Psychiatrists in Warren, OH

Photo of Jerret Kolesar, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Warren, OH
Jerret Kolesar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Warren, OH 44484
I work with individuals, couples, and families, helping them to navigate challenges that hinder the experience of the beauty and joy of life. I look to build healthy and trustworthy relationships with clients in order to tackle some of life's most difficult issues. In a confidential and safe environment, I address areas of addiction, anxiety and depression, trauma, PTSD, marital/premarital counseling, etc. I am able to address minor and major problems that are impeding you from experiencing your full potential.
I work with individuals, couples, and families, helping them to navigate challenges that hinder the experience of the beauty and joy of life. I look to build healthy and trustworthy relationships with clients in order to tackle some of life's most difficult issues. In a confidential and safe environment, I address areas of addiction, anxiety and depression, trauma, PTSD, marital/premarital counseling, etc. I am able to address minor and major problems that are impeding you from experiencing your full potential.
(234) 742-4495 View (234) 742-4495
Photo of Stacy Horvath, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Warren, OH
Stacy Horvath
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Warren, OH 44484
Accepting new clients! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner offering medication management. I am here to work with you to find the best treatment plan to manage those symptoms that are interfering with your life. We work together as team to make decisions that are informed and beneficial to your individual needs. My goal is to create a space that is supportive and free from judgment. I believe every single person deserves compassionate and comprehensive care.
Accepting new clients! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner offering medication management. I am here to work with you to find the best treatment plan to manage those symptoms that are interfering with your life. We work together as team to make decisions that are informed and beneficial to your individual needs. My goal is to create a space that is supportive and free from judgment. I believe every single person deserves compassionate and comprehensive care.
(330) 366-1921 View (330) 366-1921
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Mary G. Hall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-B, FNP-C, MSN, BSN
Verified Verified
Warren, OH 44484
I care about my patients and listen to his or her needs to come up with the best individualized treatment plan. I diagnose and treat all mental health conditions with appropriate medications as needed. I do this in a holistic manner, meaning I treat the patient as a whole rather than a sum of his or her parts. I will run appropriate bloodwork as well as treat mental health conditions in the context of any chronic illness the patient may be suffering. I am here to help.
I care about my patients and listen to his or her needs to come up with the best individualized treatment plan. I diagnose and treat all mental health conditions with appropriate medications as needed. I do this in a holistic manner, meaning I treat the patient as a whole rather than a sum of his or her parts. I will run appropriate bloodwork as well as treat mental health conditions in the context of any chronic illness the patient may be suffering. I am here to help.
(234) 235-3864 View (234) 235-3864
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Kassandra Kornbau
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Warren, OH 44484
I received my Doctorate of Nursing Practice in 2018, and I am dually board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner by ANCC. My goal is to create a collaborative relationship with you to understand your unique story and provide individualized treatment through evidence-based practices. My clinical interests include, but are not limited to, the following: attention deficit disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, insomnia, depressive disorders, anxiety/panic disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, binge eating disorder, and mood disorders.
I received my Doctorate of Nursing Practice in 2018, and I am dually board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner by ANCC. My goal is to create a collaborative relationship with you to understand your unique story and provide individualized treatment through evidence-based practices. My clinical interests include, but are not limited to, the following: attention deficit disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, insomnia, depressive disorders, anxiety/panic disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, binge eating disorder, and mood disorders.
(330) 729-5770 View (330) 729-5770

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Photo of Stephanie Stecker, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Warren, OH
Stephanie Stecker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Austintown, OH 44515
I am a strong believer in psychotherapy combined with medication management to achieve optimal mental health wellness. I am dedicated to understanding each client’s life experiences, traumas and personal holistic health goals. I also value the relationship between provider and client and will strive to build a foundation of trust, openness, and understanding to guide clients through a healthy and active life. Every treatment will be individualized and I will pay special attention to holistic care and treat every patient with compassion. Age range of patients served: 17 years and older
I am a strong believer in psychotherapy combined with medication management to achieve optimal mental health wellness. I am dedicated to understanding each client’s life experiences, traumas and personal holistic health goals. I also value the relationship between provider and client and will strive to build a foundation of trust, openness, and understanding to guide clients through a healthy and active life. Every treatment will be individualized and I will pay special attention to holistic care and treat every patient with compassion. Age range of patients served: 17 years and older
(330) 304-4514 View (330) 304-4514
Photo of Melissa Gelsomino, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Warren, OH
Melissa Gelsomino
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mineral Ridge, OH 44440  (Online Only)
Hi, and thank you for taking the time to invest in your mental health. Are you having a hard time balancing family, work, and life? Are you struggling with stress, avoidance and anxiety about the future? Are you just ready for a change and aren't sure how to make a plan of action?
Hi, and thank you for taking the time to invest in your mental health. Are you having a hard time balancing family, work, and life? Are you struggling with stress, avoidance and anxiety about the future? Are you just ready for a change and aren't sure how to make a plan of action?
(330) 778-4286 View (330) 778-4286
Photo of Candice Wood, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Warren, OH
Candice Wood
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CNP
Verified Verified
Austintown, OH 44515
I work with clients experiencing a variety of mental health conditions, such as anxiety, depression, impulsive behaviors, anger, insomnia, PTSD, panic disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, ADHD, dementia, Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD) disorder, and mental health symptoms during recovery from addiction. I offer both in office and telehealth appointments.
I work with clients experiencing a variety of mental health conditions, such as anxiety, depression, impulsive behaviors, anger, insomnia, PTSD, panic disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, ADHD, dementia, Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD) disorder, and mental health symptoms during recovery from addiction. I offer both in office and telehealth appointments.
(330) 295-2353 View (330) 295-2353
Photo of Melissa Novits, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Warren, OH
Melissa Novits
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
North Jackson, OH 44451
Do you find yourself saying things like "Iam mentally exhausted, I have no motivation, Iam overwhelmed, my brain won't shut off, Iam not good enough? My name is Melissa. I too have these feelings from time to time. Life is interesting and often unfair. Let me help you tackle these negative emotions and unwanted feelings and together we can develop a sound treatment plan to get through the day-to-day obstacles of life. I love helping people help and themselves. I strive to help provide empowerment and the tools to motivate the body and mind. My goal is to help you focus on Mental Wellness verses Mental Illness from the inside out.
Do you find yourself saying things like "Iam mentally exhausted, I have no motivation, Iam overwhelmed, my brain won't shut off, Iam not good enough? My name is Melissa. I too have these feelings from time to time. Life is interesting and often unfair. Let me help you tackle these negative emotions and unwanted feelings and together we can develop a sound treatment plan to get through the day-to-day obstacles of life. I love helping people help and themselves. I strive to help provide empowerment and the tools to motivate the body and mind. My goal is to help you focus on Mental Wellness verses Mental Illness from the inside out.
(330) 355-8551 View (330) 355-8551
Photo of Shannon Milliken, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Warren, OH
Shannon Milliken
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austintown, OH 44515
Throughout my 20 year career in healthcare I have come to appreciate that patients desire a healthcare provider that listens to their needs, validates their message and understands their concerns. I am an ANCC board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. In my practice I strive to have a therapeutic alliance with all my patients. I believe that the patient is a vital member of the health care team and a key component of creating a patient plan of care that is patient focused and patient centered.
Throughout my 20 year career in healthcare I have come to appreciate that patients desire a healthcare provider that listens to their needs, validates their message and understands their concerns. I am an ANCC board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. In my practice I strive to have a therapeutic alliance with all my patients. I believe that the patient is a vital member of the health care team and a key component of creating a patient plan of care that is patient focused and patient centered.
(330) 975-8891 View (330) 975-8891
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Restore Compassionate Care
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Austintown, OH 44515
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(234) 204-4457 View (234) 204-4457

Online Psychiatrists

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Valentine Volk
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Independence, OH 44131
I practice through a holistic lens and fully believe in the mind-body-spirit connection. In addition to prescribing appropriate psychiatric medications, my style also incorporates alternative medicine. I seek to treat the whole, individual person rather than just a specific diagnosis.
I practice through a holistic lens and fully believe in the mind-body-spirit connection. In addition to prescribing appropriate psychiatric medications, my style also incorporates alternative medicine. I seek to treat the whole, individual person rather than just a specific diagnosis.
(216) 677-1129 View (216) 677-1129
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Kimberly Ann Marshall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN-BC, PMHNP-B, C
Verified Verified
Canton, OH 44721  (Online Only)
ACCEPTING new patients!! We offer TELEMEDICINE appointments. Call or email to schedule your appointment. If you or a loved one are suffering from depression, anxiety or any other mental illness and need help, we are here for you. Our program offers a variety of services delivered with kindness and empathy.. We believe in positive behavioral health and improving your quality of life by evaluating, treating and managing a variety of mental health conditions. We offer individual counseling along with medication assisted treatment. The first step to recovery is to call for an appointment.
ACCEPTING new patients!! We offer TELEMEDICINE appointments. Call or email to schedule your appointment. If you or a loved one are suffering from depression, anxiety or any other mental illness and need help, we are here for you. Our program offers a variety of services delivered with kindness and empathy.. We believe in positive behavioral health and improving your quality of life by evaluating, treating and managing a variety of mental health conditions. We offer individual counseling along with medication assisted treatment. The first step to recovery is to call for an appointment.
(234) 256-3309 View (234) 256-3309
Photo of Robert Ussai, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Warren, OH
Robert Ussai
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Brecksville, OH 44141
Robert Ussai is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from Kent State University. His previous experience includes work in hospital and community outpatient practice settings. He currently provides medication management for adults ages 18 to 64. His treatment areas of specialty include anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Robert Ussai is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from Kent State University. His previous experience includes work in hospital and community outpatient practice settings. He currently provides medication management for adults ages 18 to 64. His treatment areas of specialty include anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
(440) 762-6277 View (440) 762-6277
Photo of Emily Coyle, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Warren, OH
Emily Coyle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Elyria, OH 44035
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.
(937) 907-1465 View (937) 907-1465
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Edena Walden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Lyndhurst, OH 44124
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
(216) 716-2592 View (216) 716-2592
Photo of April DeBiasi, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Warren, OH
April DeBiasi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Painesville, OH 44077  (Online Only)
April DeBiasi is a nurse practitioner dually board certified in psychiatric and mental health as well as Adult-Geriatric primary care nurse practitioner. She is board certified through the American Nursing Credentialing Center and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She has experience working in acute inpatient hospital and outpatient private practice settings.She sees adults ages 18 to 100 and she specializes in anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, depressive disorder, dementia, OCD, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), schizophrenia, and insomnia.
April DeBiasi is a nurse practitioner dually board certified in psychiatric and mental health as well as Adult-Geriatric primary care nurse practitioner. She is board certified through the American Nursing Credentialing Center and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She has experience working in acute inpatient hospital and outpatient private practice settings.She sees adults ages 18 to 100 and she specializes in anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, depressive disorder, dementia, OCD, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), schizophrenia, and insomnia.
(440) 530-6141 View (440) 530-6141
Photo of Andrea Balluch-Dean, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Warren, OH
Andrea Balluch-Dean
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cleveland, OH 44114  (Online Only)
Hi, I’m Andrea. Welcome to my private practice, New Leaf Mental Health & Wellness, LLC. I presume you found my profile because you are seeking to make a positive change in your life? I applaud your efforts. Taking the first step on your path to wellness is the most important, and for some, the most intimidating. Lets face it, it’s not easy to open up to a total stranger about your mental health needs. That’s why it is important to find a mental health clinician with whom you can connect. A clinician who possesses the qualities and skills essential to developing and growing a therapeutic relationship with you.
Hi, I’m Andrea. Welcome to my private practice, New Leaf Mental Health & Wellness, LLC. I presume you found my profile because you are seeking to make a positive change in your life? I applaud your efforts. Taking the first step on your path to wellness is the most important, and for some, the most intimidating. Lets face it, it’s not easy to open up to a total stranger about your mental health needs. That’s why it is important to find a mental health clinician with whom you can connect. A clinician who possesses the qualities and skills essential to developing and growing a therapeutic relationship with you.
(513) 643-1325 View (513) 643-1325
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Brave Health
Psychiatrist, MD, FNP-C, PhD
Verified Verified
Highland Heights, OH 44143  (Online Only)
Brave Health is a virtual mental health provider dedicated to helping people thrive by engaging them in high-quality, affordable, and easily accessible mental health care. Our diverse clinical staff includes licensed psychiatrists and nurse practitioners with expertise in treating mental health. One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to your health. We’ll work together to create a customized treatment plan for your needs. Our programs are evidence-based, drawing on approaches to treatment that are clinically proven to be effective.
Brave Health is a virtual mental health provider dedicated to helping people thrive by engaging them in high-quality, affordable, and easily accessible mental health care. Our diverse clinical staff includes licensed psychiatrists and nurse practitioners with expertise in treating mental health. One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to your health. We’ll work together to create a customized treatment plan for your needs. Our programs are evidence-based, drawing on approaches to treatment that are clinically proven to be effective.
(980) 246-3267 View (980) 246-3267
Photo of Nicholas Eilbeck, Psychiatrist in Warren, OH
Nicholas Eilbeck
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Beachwood, OH 44122
Dr. Eilbeck serves as Division Associate Medical Director for LifeStance Health. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and completed his child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at University Hospitals of Cleveland, where he also was Chief Fellow. He attended Case Western Reserve University, where he graduated magna cum laude and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. After completing medical school at the University of Toledo College of Medicine, Dr. Eilbeck served as Chief Resident during his adult psychiatry training at the University of Toledo Medical Center.
Dr. Eilbeck serves as Division Associate Medical Director for LifeStance Health. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and completed his child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at University Hospitals of Cleveland, where he also was Chief Fellow. He attended Case Western Reserve University, where he graduated magna cum laude and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. After completing medical school at the University of Toledo College of Medicine, Dr. Eilbeck served as Chief Resident during his adult psychiatry training at the University of Toledo Medical Center.
(216) 446-6735 View (216) 446-6735
Photo of Joy J King, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Warren, OH
Joy J King
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, PMHNP, AGPCNP
Verified Verified
Independence, OH 44131
I am accepting new patients! I am a board-certified Nurse practitioner in Psychiatric Primary Care and Adult-Geriatric Primary Care. I am a Cleveland native who completed my Undergraduate at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, before returning home to complete my Master's Degree at Ursuline College in Lyndhurst, Ohio. I am comfortable working with a range of ages, from adolescents to geriatrics (13+). While I have a special interest in mood and anxiety disorders, I see the full spectrum of psychiatric illnesses.
I am accepting new patients! I am a board-certified Nurse practitioner in Psychiatric Primary Care and Adult-Geriatric Primary Care. I am a Cleveland native who completed my Undergraduate at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, before returning home to complete my Master's Degree at Ursuline College in Lyndhurst, Ohio. I am comfortable working with a range of ages, from adolescents to geriatrics (13+). While I have a special interest in mood and anxiety disorders, I see the full spectrum of psychiatric illnesses.
(216) 290-1695 View (216) 290-1695

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Warren, OH

< 10

Psychiatrists in Warren, OH who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Eating Disorders
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Substance Use

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Warren, OH see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Warren?

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.