Psychiatrists in Hood River, OR

Photo of Jodie Butler, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jodie Butler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hood River, OR 97031
I am an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and medication management for an array of mental health issues. I am able to provide care for ages 6-65.
I am an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and medication management for an array of mental health issues. I am able to provide care for ages 6-65.
(541) 293-6950 View (541) 293-6950
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Jill C. Gladish
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH, ABPN
Verified Verified
Hood River, OR 97031  (Online Only)
My approach to treatment focuses on medication management associated with practical supportive psychotherapy and lifestyle/behavioral modifications. I have trained extensively here in the U.S., Australia and Switzerland. I pride myself on being straightforward and down to earth. I work to find a treatment approach that is symptom focused, practical and specific to your needs.
My approach to treatment focuses on medication management associated with practical supportive psychotherapy and lifestyle/behavioral modifications. I have trained extensively here in the U.S., Australia and Switzerland. I pride myself on being straightforward and down to earth. I work to find a treatment approach that is symptom focused, practical and specific to your needs.
(503) 563-7431 View (503) 563-7431
Photo of Marguerite Maguire, MD, Psychiatrist
Marguerite Maguire
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Hood River, OR 97031
I am a general adult psychiatrist, treating a wide variety of psychiatric illnesses with particular interests in depression, anxiety, maternal mental health, and ADHD. I earned my medical degree from the University of Rochester and completed my psychiatry residency at the University of Southern California/LAC+USC.
I am a general adult psychiatrist, treating a wide variety of psychiatric illnesses with particular interests in depression, anxiety, maternal mental health, and ADHD. I earned my medical degree from the University of Rochester and completed my psychiatry residency at the University of Southern California/LAC+USC.
(424) 383-5047 View (424) 383-5047
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Center & Flow Psychiatry - Loni Verzuh PMHNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hood River, OR 97031
My primary goal as both a provider and founder of the Center & Flow mental health collective is to gather a solid community of support around your care. I want to develop connections not only between you and behavioral professionals, but others like you in the community. By becoming an integral part of our small collective, you will be granted the space and opportunity to build new and profound relationships with peers who possess an firsthand understanding of your unique struggles and experiences.
My primary goal as both a provider and founder of the Center & Flow mental health collective is to gather a solid community of support around your care. I want to develop connections not only between you and behavioral professionals, but others like you in the community. By becoming an integral part of our small collective, you will be granted the space and opportunity to build new and profound relationships with peers who possess an firsthand understanding of your unique struggles and experiences.
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Online Psychiatrists

Photo of Megan Vandell, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Megan Vandell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97202
Megan is a board certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner specializing in patients struggling with dual diagnosis (mental health and addictions), PTSD, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders. Focused on patient-centered care and optimizing medication regimen, my goal in treatment is to use the fewest medications at the lowest doses possible to robustly support mood and wellness. I offer a calm, understanding environment during our sessions. Seeking help with mental health is a challenge, and I strive to make it an easy process for my patients.
Megan is a board certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner specializing in patients struggling with dual diagnosis (mental health and addictions), PTSD, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders. Focused on patient-centered care and optimizing medication regimen, my goal in treatment is to use the fewest medications at the lowest doses possible to robustly support mood and wellness. I offer a calm, understanding environment during our sessions. Seeking help with mental health is a challenge, and I strive to make it an easy process for my patients.
(503) 738-1346 View (503) 738-1346
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Johnny Tran
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97213  (Online Only)
I understand the challenges you might be facing – whether it's struggles with anxiety, depression, addiction, insomnia, or any other mental health concern. Maybe you're seeking a safe space to explore your identity and the unique challenges you face. I'm here to tell you that you're not alone. My approach to mental health care is all about partnership and compassion. I strive to listen deeply to understand your specific needs and work together to create a treatment plan that feels right for you.
I understand the challenges you might be facing – whether it's struggles with anxiety, depression, addiction, insomnia, or any other mental health concern. Maybe you're seeking a safe space to explore your identity and the unique challenges you face. I'm here to tell you that you're not alone. My approach to mental health care is all about partnership and compassion. I strive to listen deeply to understand your specific needs and work together to create a treatment plan that feels right for you.
(813) 491-1297 View (813) 491-1297
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Elita Wong, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97239  (Online Only)
Currently accepting new patients at joinlalune.com - Elita Wong, NP is a graduate of UC Berkeley's School of Public Health and NYU's College of Nursing. She received her psychiatry training at Hunter-Bellevue College in New York City and has experience in both non-profit and private practice mental health clinics. Prior to specializing in mental health, she worked as a clinical nurse at Columbia University Medical Center in the pediatric, oncology, and hematology specialities. She currently provides psychiatric mental health services via telemedicine in Oregon and Washington States.
Currently accepting new patients at joinlalune.com - Elita Wong, NP is a graduate of UC Berkeley's School of Public Health and NYU's College of Nursing. She received her psychiatry training at Hunter-Bellevue College in New York City and has experience in both non-profit and private practice mental health clinics. Prior to specializing in mental health, she worked as a clinical nurse at Columbia University Medical Center in the pediatric, oncology, and hematology specialities. She currently provides psychiatric mental health services via telemedicine in Oregon and Washington States.
(206) 531-7844 View (206) 531-7844
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Giovanni Pascal Pierre
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Salem, OR 97301  (Online Only)
Hey there! I am Giovanni Pierre, but you can call me Gio. First, thank you for taking this vital step towards better mental well-being. I get it—life is like a roller coaster, and sometimes, it’s the scary one you never wanted to get on. I own a practice called Safe Haven Health. Safe Haven Health is a virtual mental health clinic aiming to increase access to effective and efficient mental healthcare from the comfort of your home. Safe Haven Health specializes in mental health medication management, at-home ketamine treatment for depression and anxiety, ADHD testing and treatment, and more.
Hey there! I am Giovanni Pierre, but you can call me Gio. First, thank you for taking this vital step towards better mental well-being. I get it—life is like a roller coaster, and sometimes, it’s the scary one you never wanted to get on. I own a practice called Safe Haven Health. Safe Haven Health is a virtual mental health clinic aiming to increase access to effective and efficient mental healthcare from the comfort of your home. Safe Haven Health specializes in mental health medication management, at-home ketamine treatment for depression and anxiety, ADHD testing and treatment, and more.
(503) 676-5313 View (503) 676-5313
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Crabtree Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97214
I am currently accepting new clients. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I have been trained in evidence based and trauma informed treatment modalities that aim to address the entire patient as a whole. We are more than just a diagnosis or a grouping of symptoms, we are individuals seeking balance and understanding of how and why we interact with our environment and in our relationships in the ways that we do. Through collaboration in a holistic and therapeutic relationship, we can work together to build a picture of what good mental health means to you.
I am currently accepting new clients. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I have been trained in evidence based and trauma informed treatment modalities that aim to address the entire patient as a whole. We are more than just a diagnosis or a grouping of symptoms, we are individuals seeking balance and understanding of how and why we interact with our environment and in our relationships in the ways that we do. Through collaboration in a holistic and therapeutic relationship, we can work together to build a picture of what good mental health means to you.
(971) 306-4257 View (971) 306-4257
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Dr. Loan Pham
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Keizer, OR 97303  (Online Only)
Does it feel like life keeps serving up endless ways to stress you out? It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by daily life problems and global crises like climate change, conflicts around the world, racism, homelessness, economic injustice, and so much more. These are all part of the fabric of the human race, but the solutions to all these problems come from the power within. It’s important to draw on your inner strength to help you overcome fear, doubt, shame, negative self talk, feeling like you’re not enough, as well as anxiety and depression.
Does it feel like life keeps serving up endless ways to stress you out? It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by daily life problems and global crises like climate change, conflicts around the world, racism, homelessness, economic injustice, and so much more. These are all part of the fabric of the human race, but the solutions to all these problems come from the power within. It’s important to draw on your inner strength to help you overcome fear, doubt, shame, negative self talk, feeling like you’re not enough, as well as anxiety and depression.
(253) 527-6759 View (253) 527-6759
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Shannon LaDouce
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97218  (Online Only)
Feb 2024- OPEN. I am passionate about supporting those who have dedicated their lives to service (of all types!). I am adept at working with the "givers" - the folks who are often over-extending to those around them. I am committed to creating a safe and judgment-free space for you to finally be the one that receives support. Whether you're a veteran navigating the challenges of post-service life, a healthcare provider managing the pressures of the field, a mom juggling the demands of parenthood, or the friend who everyone turns to, I am here to partner with you to give YOU the support you deserve.
Feb 2024- OPEN. I am passionate about supporting those who have dedicated their lives to service (of all types!). I am adept at working with the "givers" - the folks who are often over-extending to those around them. I am committed to creating a safe and judgment-free space for you to finally be the one that receives support. Whether you're a veteran navigating the challenges of post-service life, a healthcare provider managing the pressures of the field, a mom juggling the demands of parenthood, or the friend who everyone turns to, I am here to partner with you to give YOU the support you deserve.
(503) 438-7830 View (503) 438-7830
Photo of Shayna Loomis, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Shayna Loomis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97213
While medication management plays a pivotal role in recovery, the connection, support and care from a provider is the foundation for a powerful growth process. As an experienced mental healthcare professional, I understand the benefits and challenges that can come with psychiatric medications and I know the importance of staying current with evidence.
While medication management plays a pivotal role in recovery, the connection, support and care from a provider is the foundation for a powerful growth process. As an experienced mental healthcare professional, I understand the benefits and challenges that can come with psychiatric medications and I know the importance of staying current with evidence.
(503) 594-4733 View (503) 594-4733
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Lesley Arle
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP, RN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West Linn, OR 97068
I am OPEN & Accepting new patients at this time. Are you looking for mental health prescriber who also provides therapy in the same session? I combine these two specialties so that I can treat the whole person at the same time. I also provide just medication management or just therapy. I am a board certified PMHNP for ages 18-65 years. I have extensive training in Trauma focused treatment, and am certified to provide EMDR therapy.I attend updates on medications yearly. I collaborate with therapists, PCPs, Naturopaths, and other providers who support you in your health journey.
I am OPEN & Accepting new patients at this time. Are you looking for mental health prescriber who also provides therapy in the same session? I combine these two specialties so that I can treat the whole person at the same time. I also provide just medication management or just therapy. I am a board certified PMHNP for ages 18-65 years. I have extensive training in Trauma focused treatment, and am certified to provide EMDR therapy.I attend updates on medications yearly. I collaborate with therapists, PCPs, Naturopaths, and other providers who support you in your health journey.
(503) 400-7192 View (503) 400-7192
Photo of Stephanie Mangual, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Stephanie Mangual
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Salem, OR 97301
Are you seeking compassionate and expert care for your mental health? Look no further! Our highly experienced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner is currently accepting new patients. With a focus on personalized and evidence-based treatment, we are dedicated to helping you navigate life's challenges. Services include comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and therapeutic interventions. We prioritize creating a supportive and collaborative environment where you feel heard and understood. Conveniently located in Las Cruces NM & Salem Oregon, our clinic offers flexible scheduling options.
Are you seeking compassionate and expert care for your mental health? Look no further! Our highly experienced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner is currently accepting new patients. With a focus on personalized and evidence-based treatment, we are dedicated to helping you navigate life's challenges. Services include comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and therapeutic interventions. We prioritize creating a supportive and collaborative environment where you feel heard and understood. Conveniently located in Las Cruces NM & Salem Oregon, our clinic offers flexible scheduling options.
(575) 213-5223 View (575) 213-5223
Photo of Heather Hemmeger, PharmD, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Heather Hemmeger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PharmD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97205
Accepting New Patients! Do you struggle with depression, anxiety or other emotional distress? Do you feel frustrated that things you've tried so far haven't worked? As both a psychiatric nurse practitioner and former pharmacist, I strategically blend elements of psychopharmacology with psychotherapy to foster healing, restore mind-body balance, and inspire self-compassion. My therapeutic approach can be described as warm, collaborative, and grounded in evidence based research. I work from within a trauma-informed, anti-oppressive lens and am committed to creating a safe, inclusive, and empowering space for all who enter my door.
Accepting New Patients! Do you struggle with depression, anxiety or other emotional distress? Do you feel frustrated that things you've tried so far haven't worked? As both a psychiatric nurse practitioner and former pharmacist, I strategically blend elements of psychopharmacology with psychotherapy to foster healing, restore mind-body balance, and inspire self-compassion. My therapeutic approach can be described as warm, collaborative, and grounded in evidence based research. I work from within a trauma-informed, anti-oppressive lens and am committed to creating a safe, inclusive, and empowering space for all who enter my door.
(971) 260-3492 x1 View (971) 260-3492 x1
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Central Oregon Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Sisters, OR 97759
I have been in a psychiatrist for 42 years with extra training in Jungian oriented psychotherapy and Process oriented therapy. I work only with adults over 18 and specialize in dream work. My work is depth directed with emphasis on the imagination. I work with all symptom issues with this dream and body approach and prefer clients interested in long term weekly or twice weekly therapy.
I have been in a psychiatrist for 42 years with extra training in Jungian oriented psychotherapy and Process oriented therapy. I work only with adults over 18 and specialize in dream work. My work is depth directed with emphasis on the imagination. I work with all symptom issues with this dream and body approach and prefer clients interested in long term weekly or twice weekly therapy.
(503) 917-3220 View (503) 917-3220
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Jonathan T Horey
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97239
Patients come to me with a variety of different issues, from addiction to depression, anxiety to ADHD, and many others. My initial goal is to listen to your current circumstances carefully and then discuss multiple treatment options. These options usually include gold-standard treatments like talk therapy and medications, but may also include newer treatments like transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) or ketamine. Together, we will explore all of these different options and create a treatment plan together that reflects your goals and preferences.
Patients come to me with a variety of different issues, from addiction to depression, anxiety to ADHD, and many others. My initial goal is to listen to your current circumstances carefully and then discuss multiple treatment options. These options usually include gold-standard treatments like talk therapy and medications, but may also include newer treatments like transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) or ketamine. Together, we will explore all of these different options and create a treatment plan together that reflects your goals and preferences.
(503) 828-0381 View (503) 828-0381
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Christopher Galbick
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Saint Helens, OR 97051  (Online Only)
Dr. Galbick accepts OHP patients with Columbia Pacific CCO, Health Share of Oregon, and Jackson Care Connect. He is accepting new patients and offers new patient appointments within 2 weeks. He specializes in medication management, active listening, and empathy.
Dr. Galbick accepts OHP patients with Columbia Pacific CCO, Health Share of Oregon, and Jackson Care Connect. He is accepting new patients and offers new patient appointments within 2 weeks. He specializes in medication management, active listening, and empathy.
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Photo of Stefan Bulatovic, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Stefan Bulatovic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97220
Our therapeutic alliance is the very foundation of successful outcomes. By taking the time to listen to and understand the client, I explore various factors that could be contributing to the clinical presentation, and in turn, aim to develop a mutually agreeable, practical, and effective treatment plan.
Our therapeutic alliance is the very foundation of successful outcomes. By taking the time to listen to and understand the client, I explore various factors that could be contributing to the clinical presentation, and in turn, aim to develop a mutually agreeable, practical, and effective treatment plan.
(503) 461-4039 View (503) 461-4039
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Keith Lowenstein MD- Brain Body Mind LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97229  (Online Only)
We take great care to fully explore all aspects of a patient's needs and place primary emphasis on the initial consultation process. Through the health assessment, an integrated wellness plan is created. Dr. Lowenstein works with patients using a wide array of integrative medicine approaches. We assist patients in achieving optimal health and vitality. Dr. Lowenstein addresses both physical and mental health needs for patients of all ages. He works with each individual developing a unique integrated wellness plan to foster personal growth and achieve balance in their lives.
We take great care to fully explore all aspects of a patient's needs and place primary emphasis on the initial consultation process. Through the health assessment, an integrated wellness plan is created. Dr. Lowenstein works with patients using a wide array of integrative medicine approaches. We assist patients in achieving optimal health and vitality. Dr. Lowenstein addresses both physical and mental health needs for patients of all ages. He works with each individual developing a unique integrated wellness plan to foster personal growth and achieve balance in their lives.
(503) 925-5847 View (503) 925-5847

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Number of Psychiatrists in Hood River, OR

< 10

Psychiatrists in Hood River, OR who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
75% Bipolar Disorder
75% Medication Management
50% Psychosis

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% First Choice Health | FCH
100% Moda Health

How Psychiatrists in Hood River, OR 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 Hood River?

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.