Psychiatrists in Middleburg Heights, OH

Photo of Lauren Mente, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Middleburg Heights, OH
Lauren Mente
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Middleburg Heights, OH 44130
My name is Lauren Mente, and I was born and raised in Ohio. I am a board-certified nurse practitioner in psychiatry and primary care. I received my first nursing degree as a registered nurse in 2001. I furthered my education at Ohio University in 2010 with a bachelor's in nursing, followed by a master's in nursing in 2013. My focus area as a NP has been in community mental health. I received my psychiatric mental health post-master's certification from Northern Kentucky University in 2021.
My name is Lauren Mente, and I was born and raised in Ohio. I am a board-certified nurse practitioner in psychiatry and primary care. I received my first nursing degree as a registered nurse in 2001. I furthered my education at Ohio University in 2010 with a bachelor's in nursing, followed by a master's in nursing in 2013. My focus area as a NP has been in community mental health. I received my psychiatric mental health post-master's certification from Northern Kentucky University in 2021.
(440) 762-7206 View (440) 762-7206
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Danny Miller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Middleburg Heights, OH 44130
Hello and welcome! My name is Danny Miller, and I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). My goal is to help people live their best lives through appropriate diagnosis and treatment options. My approach is holistic and patient-centered with a strong emphasis on diagnosis and appropriate treatment planning. I enjoy learning about my patients and helping to shape a plan that improves their quality of life as soon as possible. I work with multiple populations and treat many conditions including ADHD, Depressive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, and bipolar disorder.
Hello and welcome! My name is Danny Miller, and I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). My goal is to help people live their best lives through appropriate diagnosis and treatment options. My approach is holistic and patient-centered with a strong emphasis on diagnosis and appropriate treatment planning. I enjoy learning about my patients and helping to shape a plan that improves their quality of life as soon as possible. I work with multiple populations and treat many conditions including ADHD, Depressive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, and bipolar disorder.
(440) 701-5912 View (440) 701-5912
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Mark Tuvelle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Middleburg Heights, OH 44130
Mark Tuvelle strives to provide a safe and welcoming environment and always wants to ensure that his clients feel they are “being listened to.” Mark believes a provider must truly listen to understand his client’s concerns, thus ensuring that their priorities are being addressed. He believes that communication lays the foundation for any effective partnership and that successful psychiatric care begins with open, honest, and genuine communication between provider and client, with an overall goal of helping the individual enhance all aspects of health and overall well-being using a holistic approach.
Mark Tuvelle strives to provide a safe and welcoming environment and always wants to ensure that his clients feel they are “being listened to.” Mark believes a provider must truly listen to understand his client’s concerns, thus ensuring that their priorities are being addressed. He believes that communication lays the foundation for any effective partnership and that successful psychiatric care begins with open, honest, and genuine communication between provider and client, with an overall goal of helping the individual enhance all aspects of health and overall well-being using a holistic approach.
(440) 553-8704 View (440) 553-8704
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Chris Mccourt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Middleburg Heights, OH 44130
Christopher likes to use his knowledge, empathy, and understanding to help formulate a plan with you to tackle your mental health condition. Christopher feels like he does more than just prescribe medications. He tries to tailor each session to meet the person’s needs by also incorporating some therapy into the session as well as discussing if medications are an option. His goal is to stabilize your mental health and continue working hard with you until that goal is obtained.
Christopher likes to use his knowledge, empathy, and understanding to help formulate a plan with you to tackle your mental health condition. Christopher feels like he does more than just prescribe medications. He tries to tailor each session to meet the person’s needs by also incorporating some therapy into the session as well as discussing if medications are an option. His goal is to stabilize your mental health and continue working hard with you until that goal is obtained.
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Austin Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, APRN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Middleburg Heights, OH 44130
I am board certified in psychiatric mental health across the lifespan and offer medication management, initial consultations, follow up visit, psychoeducation, supportive therapy, and promoting a holistic approach to mental health treatment.
I am board certified in psychiatric mental health across the lifespan and offer medication management, initial consultations, follow up visit, psychoeducation, supportive therapy, and promoting a holistic approach to mental health treatment.
(440) 298-2358 View (440) 298-2358
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Richelle Jenkins-Garrett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Middleburg Heights, OH 44130
Richelle Jenkins-Garrett MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She is passionate about providing evidenced based, quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services across the lifespan. Her focus is on the treatment of mood disorders, trauma, psychotic disorders, substance abuse and chronic mental illness through psychiatric assessment, medication management and brief psychotherapeutic intervention for clients across the lifespan with focus in clients ages 18-65+.
Richelle Jenkins-Garrett MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She is passionate about providing evidenced based, quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services across the lifespan. Her focus is on the treatment of mood disorders, trauma, psychotic disorders, substance abuse and chronic mental illness through psychiatric assessment, medication management and brief psychotherapeutic intervention for clients across the lifespan with focus in clients ages 18-65+.
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Tameshia Wiggins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Middleburg Heights, OH 44130
Hello, my name is Tameshia, and I am a dual certified nurse practitioner specializing in psychiatry and adult geriatric primary care. I am nationally certified by both the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. My focus is on adults throughout their life span, and I provide medication management and therapy. I work with adults aged 18 and up. I am comfortable treating patients who are dealing with symptoms related to depression, anxiety, insomnia, schizophrenia, addiction, weight issues, ADHD, bipolar disorder and more.
Hello, my name is Tameshia, and I am a dual certified nurse practitioner specializing in psychiatry and adult geriatric primary care. I am nationally certified by both the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. My focus is on adults throughout their life span, and I provide medication management and therapy. I work with adults aged 18 and up. I am comfortable treating patients who are dealing with symptoms related to depression, anxiety, insomnia, schizophrenia, addiction, weight issues, ADHD, bipolar disorder and more.
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Saissy Kendig
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Middleburg Heights, OH 44130
Saissy is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Akron in 2010 and worked as a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department as well as a Psychiatric inpatient unit for several years. She continued her education and graduated with her Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Akron.
Saissy is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Akron in 2010 and worked as a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department as well as a Psychiatric inpatient unit for several years. She continued her education and graduated with her Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Akron.
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Christina Redfern
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Middleburg Heights, OH 44130
Christina is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), She is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to adults. Christina possesses strong clinical skills enhanced by natural ability to build rapport with patients and families. She follows evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience, personal observation, and intuition. As a PMHNP, Christina’s role is multifaceted, including educator, mental health advocate, therapist, and scientist. Christina values interdisciplinary education and inter-professional collaboration.
Christina is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), She is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to adults. Christina possesses strong clinical skills enhanced by natural ability to build rapport with patients and families. She follows evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience, personal observation, and intuition. As a PMHNP, Christina’s role is multifaceted, including educator, mental health advocate, therapist, and scientist. Christina values interdisciplinary education and inter-professional collaboration.
(440) 737-3890 View (440) 737-3890
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Kerri Pearch
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, ENP, CNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Middleburg Heights, OH 44130  (Online Only)
Kerri Pearch is a Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMH-BC) with over 25 years nursing experience, including with Cleveland Clinic. She also holds certifications as a nurse practitioner in both family and emergency medicine. She has served as an adjunct professor at Aultman College of Nursing and Health Sciences and as a preceptor for Chamberlain University’s nurse practitioner program. Kerri's medical training has equipped her to provide excellent care and support to patients with chronic mental illnesses, cognitive impairment, and functional loss due to mental health issues.
Kerri Pearch is a Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMH-BC) with over 25 years nursing experience, including with Cleveland Clinic. She also holds certifications as a nurse practitioner in both family and emergency medicine. She has served as an adjunct professor at Aultman College of Nursing and Health Sciences and as a preceptor for Chamberlain University’s nurse practitioner program. Kerri's medical training has equipped her to provide excellent care and support to patients with chronic mental illnesses, cognitive impairment, and functional loss due to mental health issues.
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Shannon Bucciarelli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, B-C
Verified Verified
Brunswick, OH 44212
My ideal client would understand that the journey to wellness and recovery requires time, effort, and patience. They would be receptive to treatment suggestions which may include psychotherapy, behavioral interventions, and medication options. My patients would take an active role in their care, and engage in open and honest communication with their provider.
My ideal client would understand that the journey to wellness and recovery requires time, effort, and patience. They would be receptive to treatment suggestions which may include psychotherapy, behavioral interventions, and medication options. My patients would take an active role in their care, and engage in open and honest communication with their provider.
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Michelle Meyer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cleveland, OH 44114  (Online Only)
Are you experiencing anxiety or depression and feeling like you're not where you want to be in life? Do you need support and guidance to achieve the life you desire? I'm a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is passionate about empowering individuals to overcome their mental health symptoms. As part of a comprehensive treatment plan, I can prescribe medication if needed. I believe medication is a helpful tool in the healing process toward achieving optimal well-being. Let's work together towards your goals.
Are you experiencing anxiety or depression and feeling like you're not where you want to be in life? Do you need support and guidance to achieve the life you desire? I'm a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is passionate about empowering individuals to overcome their mental health symptoms. As part of a comprehensive treatment plan, I can prescribe medication if needed. I believe medication is a helpful tool in the healing process toward achieving optimal well-being. Let's work together towards your goals.
(216) 350-0645 View (216) 350-0645
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Elizabeth Shelley
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Westlake, OH 44145  (Online Only)
My name is Dr. Elizabeth Shelley, I am a board-certified psychiatrist. I am dedicated to providing expert and compassionate medication management and therapy to individuals starting from the age of 8 through adulthood. I'm fluent in both English and Spanish. For more information, visit my website at elizabethshelleymd.com.
My name is Dr. Elizabeth Shelley, I am a board-certified psychiatrist. I am dedicated to providing expert and compassionate medication management and therapy to individuals starting from the age of 8 through adulthood. I'm fluent in both English and Spanish. For more information, visit my website at elizabethshelleymd.com.
(440) 970-0921 View (440) 970-0921
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Comprehensive minds LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Broadview Heights, OH 44147
Our experienced medical professionals put your healing needs first. We are proud to provide a high quality level of customer service, medical experience, and commitment to health and wellness to all of our patients. Our goal is to make you feel better as quickly as possible.
Our experienced medical professionals put your healing needs first. We are proud to provide a high quality level of customer service, medical experience, and commitment to health and wellness to all of our patients. Our goal is to make you feel better as quickly as possible.
(440) 554-0035 View (440) 554-0035
Photo of Christine Douglas, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Middleburg Heights, OH
Christine Douglas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Westlake, OH 44145
Christine is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who utilizes an empathetic approach in helping patients who are struggling with their mental health. Christine strives to develop individualized treatment plans, through evidence-based practice and medication management, designed to help patients reach their mental health goals. Christine has experience treating across the age span.
Christine is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who utilizes an empathetic approach in helping patients who are struggling with their mental health. Christine strives to develop individualized treatment plans, through evidence-based practice and medication management, designed to help patients reach their mental health goals. Christine has experience treating across the age span.
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Courtney Brumfield
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-, APRN
Verified Verified
Strongsville, OH 44136
Courtney Brumfield is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner that approaches treatment holistically and compassionately. She has extensive experience in mental health and medication management having worked with children, adolescents, and adults with psychiatric diagnosis, developmental disabilities, and varying levels of functioning. Her other areas of nursing experience include emergency medicine and medical/surgical inpatient. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and the Ohio Nurses Association.
Courtney Brumfield is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner that approaches treatment holistically and compassionately. She has extensive experience in mental health and medication management having worked with children, adolescents, and adults with psychiatric diagnosis, developmental disabilities, and varying levels of functioning. Her other areas of nursing experience include emergency medicine and medical/surgical inpatient. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and the Ohio Nurses Association.
(440) 739-6138 View (440) 739-6138
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Cross My Heart Wellness Behavioral Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Strongsville, OH 44136  (Online Only)
Accepting new Patients! Copy and paste this link to schedule your appointment today! crossmyheartwellnessllc.clientsecure.me Dr. Brandy McKinney is now welcoming New Clients for video appointments. As a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in multiple states, her goal is to establish therapeutic relationships with her clients to ensure they are comfortable and feel free of judgment. She specializes in ADHD diagnostic testing, providing psychiatric diagnostic assessments and treatment for anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and ADD/ADHD.
Accepting new Patients! Copy and paste this link to schedule your appointment today! crossmyheartwellnessllc.clientsecure.me Dr. Brandy McKinney is now welcoming New Clients for video appointments. As a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in multiple states, her goal is to establish therapeutic relationships with her clients to ensure they are comfortable and feel free of judgment. She specializes in ADHD diagnostic testing, providing psychiatric diagnostic assessments and treatment for anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and ADD/ADHD.
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Ascension Counseling and Therapy Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, OH 44144
Do anxiety, stress, depression, anger or even mood swings interrupt you realizing your best self? Is talk therapy by itself just not enough? If you experience sleep difficulties, disturbing traumatic memories or even panic attacks, you may need some additional support. Medication management is one option, however, sometimes people may see this as the only option. Many people are better served when treated by a specialist who is trained to carefully consider a person’s unique personality, life stressors and even family history before issuing a prescription. I also offer genetic testing to help inform best treatment options.
Do anxiety, stress, depression, anger or even mood swings interrupt you realizing your best self? Is talk therapy by itself just not enough? If you experience sleep difficulties, disturbing traumatic memories or even panic attacks, you may need some additional support. Medication management is one option, however, sometimes people may see this as the only option. Many people are better served when treated by a specialist who is trained to carefully consider a person’s unique personality, life stressors and even family history before issuing a prescription. I also offer genetic testing to help inform best treatment options.
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Hakim Nuru
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cleveland, OH 44125  (Online Only)
Are you ready to change? Are you ready to put in the work? Are you ready to go the distance to be the best you can be? I can help! I provide therapy with medication management in low doses for proven results. Together we can make changes that will last a lifetime. If you want to stop the cycle that you are in, visit our website and schedule an appointment now.
Are you ready to change? Are you ready to put in the work? Are you ready to go the distance to be the best you can be? I can help! I provide therapy with medication management in low doses for proven results. Together we can make changes that will last a lifetime. If you want to stop the cycle that you are in, visit our website and schedule an appointment now.
(330) 878-3638 View (330) 878-3638
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Rod Comforters, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Parma, OH 44134
**ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS!!** Do you feel hopeless, helpless, or as if your life has no purpose? Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then Welcome to Rod Comforters, LLC. At Rod Comforters, we believe that high quality mental health care is more than treating illness - it is a journey to achieving wellness. Our approach is to help clients form more effective strategies for managing stress so they can feel better, take control of their circumstances and recognize that the power to improve is in their hands.
**ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS!!** Do you feel hopeless, helpless, or as if your life has no purpose? Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then Welcome to Rod Comforters, LLC. At Rod Comforters, we believe that high quality mental health care is more than treating illness - it is a journey to achieving wellness. Our approach is to help clients form more effective strategies for managing stress so they can feel better, take control of their circumstances and recognize that the power to improve is in their hands.
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Number of Psychiatrists in Middleburg Heights, OH

10+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Middleburg Heights, OH who prioritize treating:

90% Depression
90% Anxiety
70% Trauma and PTSD
70% Bipolar Disorder
70% Stress
60% ADHD
60% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

15 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
100% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Middleburg Heights, OH see their clients

90% In Person and Online
10% Online Only

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Middleburg Heights?

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.