Psychiatrists in University Heights, OH

Photo of Compass Crossing Behavioral Health- Lacresha Rox, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in University Heights, OH
Compass Crossing Behavioral Health- Lacresha Rox
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
University Heights, OH 44118  (Online Only)
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS, SAME WEEK, EVENING AND WEEKEND APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE. Are you or a loved one are suffering from mental health concerns? Seeking help can be overwhelming. Look no further. We offer high quality, compassionate care in a judgement free environment with a provider who listens to your concerns.
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS, SAME WEEK, EVENING AND WEEKEND APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE. Are you or a loved one are suffering from mental health concerns? Seeking help can be overwhelming. Look no further. We offer high quality, compassionate care in a judgement free environment with a provider who listens to your concerns.
(216) 454-2570 View (216) 454-2570
Photo of Amanda Lambert at Revive Counseling and Wellness, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in University Heights, OH
Amanda Lambert at Revive Counseling and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
University Heights, OH 44118
Hi! My name is Amanda! I am committed to helping improve the mental health of my patients through both medication management and therapeutic intervention. My approach to mental health treatment focuses on treating each patient as an individual by diving into their personal history, concerns with medication, and goals of treatment to improve the patient’s overall quality of life.
Hi! My name is Amanda! I am committed to helping improve the mental health of my patients through both medication management and therapeutic intervention. My approach to mental health treatment focuses on treating each patient as an individual by diving into their personal history, concerns with medication, and goals of treatment to improve the patient’s overall quality of life.
(216) 294-3692 View (216) 294-3692
Photo of Dr. Leonard Marinis, Psychiatrist in University Heights, OH
Dr. Leonard Marinis
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
University Heights, OH 44118
Hello and welcome to my Psychology Today profile. I grew up on the west side of Cleveland and initially worked as a systems engineer with several local organizations, including NASA Glenn Research center for 10+ years. I returned to school to pursue my interest in medicine, and obtained my medical degree from CWRU's School of Medicine. I relocated to California for my 4-year psychiatry residency at UC Davis, as well as an additional year of training at the San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute, before returning home to Cleveland.
Hello and welcome to my Psychology Today profile. I grew up on the west side of Cleveland and initially worked as a systems engineer with several local organizations, including NASA Glenn Research center for 10+ years. I returned to school to pursue my interest in medicine, and obtained my medical degree from CWRU's School of Medicine. I relocated to California for my 4-year psychiatry residency at UC Davis, as well as an additional year of training at the San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute, before returning home to Cleveland.
(216) 279-3700 View (216) 279-3700

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Photo of James Srp, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in University Heights, OH
James Srp
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP, CNS, LICDC
Verified Verified
Cleveland, OH 44121
James Srp has been working in the field of addictions for the past 30 years. He was most recently a nurse practitioner at Addiction Recovery Services of University Hospitals of Cleveland, a program he helped develop in 2004 after an 18 year tenure as a staff nurse, followed by service as a clinical nurse specialist for the Cleveland Clinic Alcohol and Drug Recovery Center. He holds a master's degree in psychology from Cleveland State University, a master's degree in nursing from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), and a bachelor's degree in nursing from Ursuline College.
James Srp has been working in the field of addictions for the past 30 years. He was most recently a nurse practitioner at Addiction Recovery Services of University Hospitals of Cleveland, a program he helped develop in 2004 after an 18 year tenure as a staff nurse, followed by service as a clinical nurse specialist for the Cleveland Clinic Alcohol and Drug Recovery Center. He holds a master's degree in psychology from Cleveland State University, a master's degree in nursing from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), and a bachelor's degree in nursing from Ursuline College.
(216) 677-1840 View (216) 677-1840
Photo of Emily Coyle, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in University Heights, OH
Emily Coyle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lyndhurst, OH 44124
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.
(216) 616-5325 View (216) 616-5325
Photo of Anna Popova, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in University Heights, OH
Anna Popova
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CNP/PM
Verified Verified
Cleveland, OH 44121
Anna Popova, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC Anna Popova is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Ohio who has been practicing since 2017. She has a Master Science in Nursing, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of Akron, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ursuline College, is a Licensed Practical Nurse through ATS Institute of Technology, is a Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner by the Ohio Board of Nursing and is ANCC certified as a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She treats children as young as 4 years old, adolescents, adults, and seniors.
Anna Popova, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC Anna Popova is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Ohio who has been practicing since 2017. She has a Master Science in Nursing, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of Akron, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ursuline College, is a Licensed Practical Nurse through ATS Institute of Technology, is a Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner by the Ohio Board of Nursing and is ANCC certified as a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She treats children as young as 4 years old, adolescents, adults, and seniors.
(216) 446-8635 View (216) 446-8635
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Madia Pewu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118  (Online Only)
Madia Pewu is dual board-certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), and a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). Licensed in Ohio, Madia has over 23 years of experience as a Registered Nurse. She obtained her bachelor's of nursing degree from Cleveland State University, her master's degree from United States University, and her post-master's certificate from Purdue University Global. She is certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Trained in medication management and therapy, Madia provides therapy sessions via video for adolescents, adults, and seniors.
Madia Pewu is dual board-certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), and a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). Licensed in Ohio, Madia has over 23 years of experience as a Registered Nurse. She obtained her bachelor's of nursing degree from Cleveland State University, her master's degree from United States University, and her post-master's certificate from Purdue University Global. She is certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Trained in medication management and therapy, Madia provides therapy sessions via video for adolescents, adults, and seniors.
(440) 586-4993 View (440) 586-4993
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ADHD Assessment at DELR
Psychiatrist, MD, CNS, PhD, LISW
Verified Verified
Shaker Heights, OH 44120
DELR offers comprehensive ADHD assessment, evaluation and treatment. The evaluation includes taking an objective, computerized test, the QbTest, which is an FDA approved advanced test for the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. It is also used to gain a clear understanding of ADHD symptoms. The QbTest measures activity level, impulse control, and the ability to maintain attention. The results of the QbTest are used to create a report which compares an individual's results with data from other people of the same sex and age.
DELR offers comprehensive ADHD assessment, evaluation and treatment. The evaluation includes taking an objective, computerized test, the QbTest, which is an FDA approved advanced test for the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. It is also used to gain a clear understanding of ADHD symptoms. The QbTest measures activity level, impulse control, and the ability to maintain attention. The results of the QbTest are used to create a report which compares an individual's results with data from other people of the same sex and age.
(216) 831-2900 View (216) 831-2900
Photo of Jennifer Tucker Rosenberg, Psychiatrist in University Heights, OH
Jennifer Tucker Rosenberg
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Beachwood, OH 44122
I work together with my patients to discover the emotional pain they are experiencing. I feel open communication and listening is crucial to both making a diagnosis and to understanding a person and their struggles. I work closely with my patients to establish a diagnosis and the course of treatment. I find that therapy and medication alone or in combination can be very helpful. I work with people who struggle with life challenges included but not limited to anxiety, depression,life transitions,divorce, adhd,trauma,depression, anxiety,anxiety and depression in pregnancy and postpartum,infertility,relationship issues
I work together with my patients to discover the emotional pain they are experiencing. I feel open communication and listening is crucial to both making a diagnosis and to understanding a person and their struggles. I work closely with my patients to establish a diagnosis and the course of treatment. I find that therapy and medication alone or in combination can be very helpful. I work with people who struggle with life challenges included but not limited to anxiety, depression,life transitions,divorce, adhd,trauma,depression, anxiety,anxiety and depression in pregnancy and postpartum,infertility,relationship issues
(216) 223-6312 View (216) 223-6312
Photo of Alliant Treatment Center, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in University Heights, OH
Alliant Treatment Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHMP
Verified Verified
Shaker Heights, OH 44120
The goal of Alliant is to encourage and enhance the mental, physical, and emotional well-being of individuals. We meet this goal by providing a compassionate and comprehensive array of services by Psychiatrists, Social Workers, and licensed counselors, that support recovery with quality service and expert care.
The goal of Alliant is to encourage and enhance the mental, physical, and emotional well-being of individuals. We meet this goal by providing a compassionate and comprehensive array of services by Psychiatrists, Social Workers, and licensed counselors, that support recovery with quality service and expert care.
(216) 867-6569 View (216) 867-6569
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Gerald Makobong
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP
Verified Verified
Lyndhurst, OH 44124
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner fully licensed in Ohio. I have experience working with adult, adolescent, and geriatric populations in high-acuity inpatient and outpatient settings. In addition, I have experience assessing, diagnosing, educating, and treating mental health patients ages 5-99.
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner fully licensed in Ohio. I have experience working with adult, adolescent, and geriatric populations in high-acuity inpatient and outpatient settings. In addition, I have experience assessing, diagnosing, educating, and treating mental health patients ages 5-99.
(216) 677-1483 View (216) 677-1483
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DeBalzo, Elgudin, Levine, Risen LLC
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD, CNS, LPCC, LISW-S
Verified Verified
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
We are a comprehensive psychiatric and mental health practice offering a wide spectrum of evidence-based therapies. We provide services to children/adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Our services include psychiatric evaluation and medication management, individual psychotherapy, couples and family therapy, psychological testing, genomic testing for medication sensitivity, and evaluation and therapy for sexual and gender-related concerns. We offer ADHD assessment with the QbTest which is a FDA cleared computer based objective test.
We are a comprehensive psychiatric and mental health practice offering a wide spectrum of evidence-based therapies. We provide services to children/adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Our services include psychiatric evaluation and medication management, individual psychotherapy, couples and family therapy, psychological testing, genomic testing for medication sensitivity, and evaluation and therapy for sexual and gender-related concerns. We offer ADHD assessment with the QbTest which is a FDA cleared computer based objective test.
(216) 831-2900 View (216) 831-2900
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VirtualPsych™
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Cleveland, OH 44122
VirtualPsych allows for telepsych healthcare remotely in an easy to use environment. Our physicians specialize in the treatment of conditions such as anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder and have over 30 years of experience in psychiatry and mental health. We accept a variety of insurance plans from providers including Aetna, CareSource and United Healthcare. We also cover most Medicaid and Medicare plans as well. We have appointments available on a daily basis and the time to see a physician is typically less than a few days. Please call us at (216) 238-3555 if you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment.
VirtualPsych allows for telepsych healthcare remotely in an easy to use environment. Our physicians specialize in the treatment of conditions such as anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder and have over 30 years of experience in psychiatry and mental health. We accept a variety of insurance plans from providers including Aetna, CareSource and United Healthcare. We also cover most Medicaid and Medicare plans as well. We have appointments available on a daily basis and the time to see a physician is typically less than a few days. Please call us at (216) 238-3555 if you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment.
(216) 238-3555 View (216) 238-3555
Photo of Dr. Uros Koprivica, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in University Heights, OH
Dr. Uros Koprivica
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP, B-C
Verified Verified
Lyndhurst, OH 44124
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.
(216) 452-9116 View (216) 452-9116
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Gayatriben Gadani
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cleveland, OH 44121
Dr. Gadani is a board-certified psychiatrist with over five years of experience in psychiatry. She received her medical degree from Medical College Baroda in India. She previously worked at Saint Louis University Hospital and Mercy Hospital South in St. Louis, Missouri. She focuses on treating adults and specializes in the treatment of depression, bipolar disorders and anxiety disorders. She is a member of the American Psychiatry Association and the Missouri Psychiatry Association.
Dr. Gadani is a board-certified psychiatrist with over five years of experience in psychiatry. She received her medical degree from Medical College Baroda in India. She previously worked at Saint Louis University Hospital and Mercy Hospital South in St. Louis, Missouri. She focuses on treating adults and specializes in the treatment of depression, bipolar disorders and anxiety disorders. She is a member of the American Psychiatry Association and the Missouri Psychiatry Association.
(216) 868-7610 View (216) 868-7610
Photo of Dr. Elise Bonder, Psychiatrist in University Heights, OH
Dr. Elise Bonder
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Beachwood, OH 44122
Dr. Bonder is a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of mental health issues such as Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, Mood disorders, Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Trauma Related Disorders, and Anxiety Disorders. She has expertise in the management of patients from childhood through young adulthood.
Dr. Bonder is a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of mental health issues such as Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, Mood disorders, Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Trauma Related Disorders, and Anxiety Disorders. She has expertise in the management of patients from childhood through young adulthood.
(216) 369-1124 View (216) 369-1124
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Navjoth Karuvannur
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Cleveland, OH 44121
Dr. Karuvannur (Dr. K) is a Psychiatrist in Ohio who has been practicing since 2018. He is dual board certified in both child/adolescent and adult psychiatry. He trained in adult psychiatry at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, NY where he served as the education committee representative. He completed his child & adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Cleveland Clinic where he served as chief fellow. He is a member of the American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American Psychiatric Association, and the Ohio Psychiatric Physician’s Association.
Dr. Karuvannur (Dr. K) is a Psychiatrist in Ohio who has been practicing since 2018. He is dual board certified in both child/adolescent and adult psychiatry. He trained in adult psychiatry at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, NY where he served as the education committee representative. He completed his child & adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Cleveland Clinic where he served as chief fellow. He is a member of the American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American Psychiatric Association, and the Ohio Psychiatric Physician’s Association.
(216) 284-7910 View (216) 284-7910
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Harmony Bay
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lyndhurst, OH 44124
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.
(216) 284-1141 View (216) 284-1141
Photo of Dr. Mallery Neff, Psychiatrist in University Heights, OH
Dr. Mallery Neff
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Cleveland, OH 44122
Specialized in guiding youth through challenging mental health landscapes. If your child is acting out, expressing suicidal thoughts, or has experienced trauma, but lacks a formal diagnosis, I am here to help. By offering both diagnosis and targeted treatment, we ensure each teen receives the personalized care they need in a structured, nurturing environment.
Specialized in guiding youth through challenging mental health landscapes. If your child is acting out, expressing suicidal thoughts, or has experienced trauma, but lacks a formal diagnosis, I am here to help. By offering both diagnosis and targeted treatment, we ensure each teen receives the personalized care they need in a structured, nurturing environment.
(216) 340-9591 View (216) 340-9591
Photo of Deanna Berry, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in University Heights, OH
Deanna Berry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
Cleveland, OH 44121
Deanna Berry is a nurse practitioner dually certified in psychiatric and mental health as well as adult-geriatric primary care. She has 20 years experience as nurse. She received her bachelor's degree, master's degree and post-master's certification in nursing from Ursuline College in Cleveland, OH and is certified through the American Nursing Credentialing Center and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
Deanna Berry is a nurse practitioner dually certified in psychiatric and mental health as well as adult-geriatric primary care. She has 20 years experience as nurse. She received her bachelor's degree, master's degree and post-master's certification in nursing from Ursuline College in Cleveland, OH and is certified through the American Nursing Credentialing Center and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
(440) 762-6239 View (440) 762-6239

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Number of Psychiatrists in University Heights, OH

< 10

Psychiatrists in University Heights, OH who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Medication Management
67% ADHD

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Medical Mutual
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
100% Optum

How Psychiatrists in University Heights, OH see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in University 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.