Psychiatrists in Lancaster, OH

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Hope Providers Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Lancaster, OH 43130
I am a dual certified nurse practitioner in mental health and family practice. I see patient via Telehealth and in person for medication management. I have been a nurse for 9 years and a nurse practitioner for 4 years.
I am a dual certified nurse practitioner in mental health and family practice. I see patient via Telehealth and in person for medication management. I have been a nurse for 9 years and a nurse practitioner for 4 years.
(614) 756-4624 View (614) 756-4624
Lisa Bond
Psychiatric Nurse, RN
Lancaster, OH 43130
An RN for over 25 years, I have successfully completed intensive training through Behavioral Tech in DBTI am passionate about helping individuals, their families and supports using the evidence based principles and skills of Dialectical Behavior Therapy. My enthusiasm for my work comes from seeing my clients experience relief from emotional suffering while they build mastery in making and keeping relationships, thrive in daily living, and build their lives in such a way as to make them worth embracing every day. In DBT we call this, "Having a Life Worth Living."
An RN for over 25 years, I have successfully completed intensive training through Behavioral Tech in DBTI am passionate about helping individuals, their families and supports using the evidence based principles and skills of Dialectical Behavior Therapy. My enthusiasm for my work comes from seeing my clients experience relief from emotional suffering while they build mastery in making and keeping relationships, thrive in daily living, and build their lives in such a way as to make them worth embracing every day. In DBT we call this, "Having a Life Worth Living."
(740) 617-1032 View (740) 617-1032
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Krishona Poignard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified
Lancaster, OH 43130  (Online Only)
My goal as a clinician is to provide comprehensive empathetic care by setting a foundation of collaboration and trust. Every patient is dealing with their own set of symptoms, stressors, triggers, and overall goals for treatment. I ambition to explore all symptoms and provide information and education, employ appropriate and evidence based diagnostics, and establish both short and long term goals for optimal outcomes for mental health and/or substance abuse/addiction disorders. The wide range of treatment options from psychotherapy, behavioral management, and pharmacotherapy will be discussed and incorporated into the plan of care
My goal as a clinician is to provide comprehensive empathetic care by setting a foundation of collaboration and trust. Every patient is dealing with their own set of symptoms, stressors, triggers, and overall goals for treatment. I ambition to explore all symptoms and provide information and education, employ appropriate and evidence based diagnostics, and establish both short and long term goals for optimal outcomes for mental health and/or substance abuse/addiction disorders. The wide range of treatment options from psychotherapy, behavioral management, and pharmacotherapy will be discussed and incorporated into the plan of care
(513) 548-4120 View (513) 548-4120
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Michelle Marko
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-C, FNP-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Lancaster, OH 43130
I enjoy working with clients who are willing to open up to share their story. I appreciate being able to assist clients in connecting together past events and other factors to learn how those affect their current mental & physical health. My ideal client will have an open mind to learn on a basic level how mental health conditions develop, and also how we can apply treatments to help reduce the impact of mental health symptoms on their activities of daily living.
I enjoy working with clients who are willing to open up to share their story. I appreciate being able to assist clients in connecting together past events and other factors to learn how those affect their current mental & physical health. My ideal client will have an open mind to learn on a basic level how mental health conditions develop, and also how we can apply treatments to help reduce the impact of mental health symptoms on their activities of daily living.
(614) 739-9455 View (614) 739-9455

Online Psychiatrists

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Sophia Kassem
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Worthington, OH 43085
Sophia Kassem, D.O. is now accepting new patients for in-person and telehealth appointments! Dr. Kassem provides psychiatric evaluations and treatment to children, adolescents, and young adults, mainly focusing on patients ages 6 to 21. She specializes in depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar disorders, and ADHD. Dr. Kassem is committed to de-stigmatizing mental health issues.
Sophia Kassem, D.O. is now accepting new patients for in-person and telehealth appointments! Dr. Kassem provides psychiatric evaluations and treatment to children, adolescents, and young adults, mainly focusing on patients ages 6 to 21. She specializes in depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar disorders, and ADHD. Dr. Kassem is committed to de-stigmatizing mental health issues.
(614) 762-9571 View (614) 762-9571
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Justin Kerr
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified
Columbus, OH 43215
I am a licensed PMNHNP trained to diagnose and treat a variety of psychiatric disorders in adults aged 18-65. I draw upon my work experiences from inpatient, outpatient, substance use, and LGBTQ care to provide compassionate care with a focus on collaboration. I understand that psychiatric medications may just be one part of a client's path toward healing and strive to provide holistic care that includes mindfulness and self-compassion practices. I also teach mindfulness meditation classes.
I am a licensed PMNHNP trained to diagnose and treat a variety of psychiatric disorders in adults aged 18-65. I draw upon my work experiences from inpatient, outpatient, substance use, and LGBTQ care to provide compassionate care with a focus on collaboration. I understand that psychiatric medications may just be one part of a client's path toward healing and strive to provide holistic care that includes mindfulness and self-compassion practices. I also teach mindfulness meditation classes.
(380) 201-9015 View (380) 201-9015
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Anna Cherri
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN (C
Verified
Hilliard, OH 43026
Anna Cherri is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Ohio who has been practicing since 2022. She earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Ohio University. Anna comes from a very diverse background of caring for patients during periods of stability as well as crisis. She wants clients to know that their diagnosis is not as important as the whole person and their road to recovery and better living, however that may look. Anna never wants clients to feel as though there is a standard treatment protocol that she follows.
Anna Cherri is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Ohio who has been practicing since 2022. She earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Ohio University. Anna comes from a very diverse background of caring for patients during periods of stability as well as crisis. She wants clients to know that their diagnosis is not as important as the whole person and their road to recovery and better living, however that may look. Anna never wants clients to feel as though there is a standard treatment protocol that she follows.
(380) 666-4575 View (380) 666-4575
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Marquetta D Colbert
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, FNP-C, PMHNPBC, DNP
Verified
Dayton, OH 45415
I am a licensed board certified mental health nurse practioner with a private practice in Dayton, OH. I have over 10 years experience working with behavioral health patients on both an inpatient and outpatient basis.
I am a licensed board certified mental health nurse practioner with a private practice in Dayton, OH. I have over 10 years experience working with behavioral health patients on both an inpatient and outpatient basis.
(937) 501-0167 x1 View (937) 501-0167 x1
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Dipika Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Milford, OH 45150
I received my medical degree from Gujarat University, and completed residency in psychiatry at Rosalind Franklin University in North Chicago. Prior to my work in psychiatry, I worked in private practice and as an assistant professor in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology. I am certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. I have been practicing for over 25 years in the Cincinnati area and have experience with diverse populations in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I keep current with new advances in medicine and use evidence-based guidelines for treatment, but am also constantly learning from my patients.
I received my medical degree from Gujarat University, and completed residency in psychiatry at Rosalind Franklin University in North Chicago. Prior to my work in psychiatry, I worked in private practice and as an assistant professor in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology. I am certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. I have been practicing for over 25 years in the Cincinnati area and have experience with diverse populations in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I keep current with new advances in medicine and use evidence-based guidelines for treatment, but am also constantly learning from my patients.
(513) 547-4366 View (513) 547-4366
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Soumi Dey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43215
I am a board certified, licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner trained to treat clients ages 12-65. I have several years of experience in diagnosing and treating a variation of psychiatric and substance use disorders in adolescents and adults. I have a background in inpatient as well as outpatient psychiatry. I focus on trauma informed care for my patients and provide pharmacological interventions in conjunction with nonpharmacological treatment modalities to best treat symptoms of mental illness and addiction.
I am a board certified, licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner trained to treat clients ages 12-65. I have several years of experience in diagnosing and treating a variation of psychiatric and substance use disorders in adolescents and adults. I have a background in inpatient as well as outpatient psychiatry. I focus on trauma informed care for my patients and provide pharmacological interventions in conjunction with nonpharmacological treatment modalities to best treat symptoms of mental illness and addiction.
(380) 207-9175 View (380) 207-9175
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MC Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified
Cincinnati, OH 45249  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatrist with an MD from The Ohio State University and a PhD in cell and developmental biology. I have extensive training in psychotherapy for both adults and children. I have helped many patients achieve lasting, thorough changes toward a happy and fulfilling life. The issues include ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, self-harm, paranoia, PTSD, and psychotic disorder. I treat my patients with a combination of psychotherapy and medication. My psychotherapy approaches include psychodynamic and supportive psychotherapy, CBT, and play therapy, whichever proves to be most appropriate and effective.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist with an MD from The Ohio State University and a PhD in cell and developmental biology. I have extensive training in psychotherapy for both adults and children. I have helped many patients achieve lasting, thorough changes toward a happy and fulfilling life. The issues include ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, self-harm, paranoia, PTSD, and psychotic disorder. I treat my patients with a combination of psychotherapy and medication. My psychotherapy approaches include psychodynamic and supportive psychotherapy, CBT, and play therapy, whichever proves to be most appropriate and effective.
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Sarah (Reid) Red Specializing In Anxiety
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, BSN, RN
Verified
17 Endorsed
Dublin, OH 43017
Seeking help is hard. Here getting care is easy. - - Immediate openings for new patients - - Too often we are beaten down and we feel defeated, lose our self-confidence and our connection to others. It is important to me to restore that connection. I not only treat the mind - but also nurture the spirit - in a safe setting where you feel heard and receive compassionate, attentive care. Here you will have time to talk, and you will receive coaching and feedback from someone who listens and is invested in your success.
Seeking help is hard. Here getting care is easy. - - Immediate openings for new patients - - Too often we are beaten down and we feel defeated, lose our self-confidence and our connection to others. It is important to me to restore that connection. I not only treat the mind - but also nurture the spirit - in a safe setting where you feel heard and receive compassionate, attentive care. Here you will have time to talk, and you will receive coaching and feedback from someone who listens and is invested in your success.
(380) 600-9930 View (380) 600-9930
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Melissa Lopez-Larson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Columbus, OH 43210
Don't wait 2 weeks, now seeing patients in person at her new Independence, Ohio office. Telepsychiatry also available! Dr. Lopez-Larson is a board certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist and received her MD from the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine. She performed her adult and child psychiatry training at Harvard Medical School training sites including Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital and Cambridge Hospital, respectively. She has been practicing for over 15 years in a variety of settings including academic research, inpatient, residential and outpatient psychiatric services.
Don't wait 2 weeks, now seeing patients in person at her new Independence, Ohio office. Telepsychiatry also available! Dr. Lopez-Larson is a board certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist and received her MD from the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine. She performed her adult and child psychiatry training at Harvard Medical School training sites including Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital and Cambridge Hospital, respectively. She has been practicing for over 15 years in a variety of settings including academic research, inpatient, residential and outpatient psychiatric services.
(614) 714-1854 View (614) 714-1854
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Ashley Gould
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-C, FNP-C, PMHNP-B
Verified
Beavercreek, OH 45432
Ashley holds a dual board certification as a family nurse practitioner and psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner. She sees children, adolescents, and adults in office as well as through virtual visits. She works to form partnerships with her patients and is passionate about helping individuals and families thrive.
Ashley holds a dual board certification as a family nurse practitioner and psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner. She sees children, adolescents, and adults in office as well as through virtual visits. She works to form partnerships with her patients and is passionate about helping individuals and families thrive.
(937) 709-4041 View (937) 709-4041
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Dauntrica Wallstrum
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified
Columbus, OH 43213
Dauntrica Wallstrum is a board-certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner. She is certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She received her master's degree from The Ohio State University and dual bachelor's degrees from Ashland University. She has previous history working with mental health in the community setting and working with varying psychiatric diagnoses. She sees children, ages 5 and up, adolescents, and adults. Her focus is on the individual as a whole to help work towards achieving wellness.
Dauntrica Wallstrum is a board-certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner. She is certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She received her master's degree from The Ohio State University and dual bachelor's degrees from Ashland University. She has previous history working with mental health in the community setting and working with varying psychiatric diagnoses. She sees children, ages 5 and up, adolescents, and adults. Her focus is on the individual as a whole to help work towards achieving wellness.
(380) 208-1844 View (380) 208-1844
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Emily Coyle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Delaware, OH 43015
An ideal client would be someone who is open, honest, and willing to ask for help. This person wants to get better and is open to suggestions and treatment options. They are willing to put in the effort to help themselves and work as a team with their provider in order to move toward mental wellness.
An ideal client would be someone who is open, honest, and willing to ask for help. This person wants to get better and is open to suggestions and treatment options. They are willing to put in the effort to help themselves and work as a team with their provider in order to move toward mental wellness.
(740) 660-3831 View (740) 660-3831
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Meagan Conwell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, PNP-PC
Verified
Beavercreek, OH 45432
Children and young adults in today's world face numerous stressors and difficulties. Dealing with mental health conditions on top of the day-to-day stress can be overwhelming for both the patient and their caregivers. As a Nurse Practitioner (NP) who is certified in both mental health and pediatric primary care, I help manage my patients' mental health conditions so that they can live their best lives. Depending on the condition, my overall goal is to help patients achieve the point at which they understand and manage their mental health independently, helping them to live life to the fullest.
Children and young adults in today's world face numerous stressors and difficulties. Dealing with mental health conditions on top of the day-to-day stress can be overwhelming for both the patient and their caregivers. As a Nurse Practitioner (NP) who is certified in both mental health and pediatric primary care, I help manage my patients' mental health conditions so that they can live their best lives. Depending on the condition, my overall goal is to help patients achieve the point at which they understand and manage their mental health independently, helping them to live life to the fullest.
(937) 882-2147 View (937) 882-2147
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Nikki Ruoss
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
West Chester, OH 45069
Taking the first step in focusing on your mental wellness is huge - and can be a little overwhelming. Congratulations for making yourself a priority! My work focuses on the treatment and medication management of mental health disorders including depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, and bipolar. I have special interest in trauma, mindful-based therapy, and nutrition for mental health. I have a strong belief in creating an environment for decreasing mental health stigma, empowering individuals to achieve mental wellness, and lead fulfilling lives!
Taking the first step in focusing on your mental wellness is huge - and can be a little overwhelming. Congratulations for making yourself a priority! My work focuses on the treatment and medication management of mental health disorders including depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, and bipolar. I have special interest in trauma, mindful-based therapy, and nutrition for mental health. I have a strong belief in creating an environment for decreasing mental health stigma, empowering individuals to achieve mental wellness, and lead fulfilling lives!
(513) 949-4635 View (513) 949-4635
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Rhea J Jeffers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP-B
Verified
1 Endorsed
Dayton, OH 45420
I am here to help any patient seeking help with their emotions, stress, mood or any mental health problems they may be experiencing. My goal is to help anyone in need with mental health issues to live the best life possible without a long wait. I encourage therapy along with medication management to improve overall mental health outcomes. I do not prescribe stimulants but I do use non-stimulants to treat ADHD, and ADD. I accept all insurances, Medicaid and Medicare. Specify 3085 Woodman Dr Ste 205, Dayton, OH 45420 or my new office opening 8/2023 at 12 Wenger Rd Englewood, OH 45322.
I am here to help any patient seeking help with their emotions, stress, mood or any mental health problems they may be experiencing. My goal is to help anyone in need with mental health issues to live the best life possible without a long wait. I encourage therapy along with medication management to improve overall mental health outcomes. I do not prescribe stimulants but I do use non-stimulants to treat ADHD, and ADD. I accept all insurances, Medicaid and Medicare. Specify 3085 Woodman Dr Ste 205, Dayton, OH 45420 or my new office opening 8/2023 at 12 Wenger Rd Englewood, OH 45322.
(937) 858-5233 View (937) 858-5233
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Harmony Bay
Psychiatrist
Verified
Pickerington, OH 43147
Harmony Bay is a psychiatry and therapy office that provides primary mental health treatment programs for psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and ADHD. We offer a clean, bright environment with a calming and positive tone. We offer programs and services for both therapy and psychiatry including individual therapy, group therapy, couples therapy, and medication management.
Harmony Bay is a psychiatry and therapy office that provides primary mental health treatment programs for psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and ADHD. We offer a clean, bright environment with a calming and positive tone. We offer programs and services for both therapy and psychiatry including individual therapy, group therapy, couples therapy, and medication management.
(614) 739-9925 View (614) 739-9925

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Number of Psychiatrists in Lancaster, OH

< 10

Psychiatrists in Lancaster, OH who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Bipolar Disorder
75% Anger Management
75% Alcohol Use
50% Addiction
50% ADHD

Average years in practice

3 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
67% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Lancaster, OH see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Lancaster?

The Psychology Today Directory enables you to search specifically for psychiatrists, using the drop down provider menu in the navigation bar, by city or zip code, or by the name of the psychiatrist. Search results provide detailed profiles of professionals, including their treatment approach and areas of expertise. In addition, listings provide important information about each psychiatrist’s credentials, fees, payment options, and insurance affiliations. Directory users can select psychiatrists who meet an array of personally-desired criteria, such as familiarity with a specific community or condition.

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

Psychiatrists are medical specialists who focus on understanding, diagnosing, and treating diseases of the brain and disorders of the mind and behavior. As physicians, psychiatrists are trained to recognize the often-subtle biological causes of mental disorders and to monitor the effects of mental disturbances on physical conditions, such as heart disease. Psychologists are especially attuned to the influence of early experience on development and behavior, emotional and cognitive processes, the nature of personality, and social functioning. They are also trained to deploy an array of psychological tests—IQ tests, personality tests, behavioral assessments—to gauge a person’s functioning.

What is a psychiatric nurse practitioner?

A psychiatric nurse practitioner, also known as a mental health nurse practitioner, is a registered nurse who completes advanced training in psychiatric care, earning either a master’s or doctoral degree in psychiatric nursing, and in the U.S., passes a national certification exam. Like psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health conditions. In some locales, psychiatric nurse practitioners can offer the full range of psychiatric care, including prescribing and managing medication. In other places, they must work in collaboration with a physician.

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed psychiatrist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and counselors. All psychiatrists listed in the directory have a valid license issued by the state(s) in which they practice and are certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some individuals or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

Can a psychiatrist prescribe medication?

Psychiatrists are licensed medical doctors who are trained to recognize the many ways body processes affect the functioning of the brain and mind. As physicians, they can prescribe medication. Patients who are prescribed medications will typically need to continue to see a psychiatrist so that the effects of the medication can be monitored. For many psychiatric conditions, including common disorders such as anxiety and depression, the preferred treatment is combination therapy—medication accompanied by psychotherapy.

Do psychiatrists offer therapy?

Psychiatrists are generally trained in a number of treatment modalities, including psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, and, increasingly, somatic therapies. Typically, psychiatrists make a diagnosis and determine a course of treatment based on chemical or biological factors, using lab tests, brain scans and physical and psychological evaluations. While psychotherapy may be used in the first session to aid in diagnosis, it is not typically utilized in subsequent visits. In fact, after the introductory session, most sessions with a psychiatrist may only be 15-20 minutes in length and are largely focused on medication management. Many psychiatrists who do not offer psychotherapy work collaboratively with psychologists and other mental health clinicians and can refer clients seeking talk therapy to those providers.

How do I know if I need a psychiatrist or a therapist?

It is not always easy to know which type of mental health practitioner to choose. Many people are unaware of the root of their mental or behavioral problem. One way many people learn which type of care is best for them is by seeing their primary care provider first. Depending on the nature and severity of the symptoms, the physician may review their medical history or perform medical tests to determine whether biological factors are involved before making a referral. It is not necessary for a person to know precisely what type of care they need in order to seek help. Many psychiatrists and psychologists refer clients to each other depending on client needs.

Do I need a referral to see a psychiatrist?

A referral to a psychiatrist is often not required. However, seeing your primary care physician first can be helpful and actually prove to be a shortcut to getting what you need. Your PCP may have a clear idea whether psychiatric help is needed and/or which kind of mental health care would be most beneficial and refer you to the right type of practitioner. For that reason alone, some psychiatrists require a referral. Further, many insurance plans require a referral from a PCP if they cover all of part of the cost of seeing a specialist; if, however, you are paying out of pocket, you may not need a referral. In any case, a referral may speed the process of securing an appointment with a psychiatrist, especially in areas where there is a shortage of mental health specialists and new patients face long waits for appointments.