Psychiatrists in Jackson County, OR

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Photo of MotherRoot Integrated Wellness, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Jackson County, OR
MotherRoot Integrated Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ND, PMHNP, CNM/NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ashland, OR 97520
MotherRoot offers psychiatric services across the lifespan from adolescence to the aging adult. I know that strong mental health is a priority for growth. I offer a range of services including medication management for ADHD, OCD, Depression, Bipolar, Anxiety, PTSD, Panic and Perinatal Mood Disorders. Please visit my website motherrootinc.com for more.
MotherRoot offers psychiatric services across the lifespan from adolescence to the aging adult. I know that strong mental health is a priority for growth. I offer a range of services including medication management for ADHD, OCD, Depression, Bipolar, Anxiety, PTSD, Panic and Perinatal Mood Disorders. Please visit my website motherrootinc.com for more.
(541) 576-8939 View (541) 576-8939
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Juliana Ayres
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ashland, OR 97520
The ideal patient recognizes the interconnectedness of mind, body, and lifestyle. They confront mental health challenges such as mood disorders, anxiety, or OCD, often accompanied by physical symptoms like fatigue, sleep issues, and brain fog. They seek holistic assessment and personalized treatment plans to address their unique needs. Their goals include symptom relief, improved functioning, and overall well-being. They value collaboration, empowerment and education.
The ideal patient recognizes the interconnectedness of mind, body, and lifestyle. They confront mental health challenges such as mood disorders, anxiety, or OCD, often accompanied by physical symptoms like fatigue, sleep issues, and brain fog. They seek holistic assessment and personalized treatment plans to address their unique needs. Their goals include symptom relief, improved functioning, and overall well-being. They value collaboration, empowerment and education.
(541) 502-3763 View (541) 502-3763
Photo of Pamela Jean Rivera, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Jackson County, OR
Pamela Jean Rivera
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Medford, OR 97504  (Online Only)
I have had a diverse background in Mental Health. Beginning as a Mental Health Registered Nurse working; in-patient, out-patient and Psychiatric Emergency care settings for 20 years. I graduated from Oregon Health Sciences University in 2006 with board certification through American Nurses Association Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Across the Lifespan). I have been trained to provide Primary Mental Health care to individuals and families from early childhood to older adults (8-65 years old).
I have had a diverse background in Mental Health. Beginning as a Mental Health Registered Nurse working; in-patient, out-patient and Psychiatric Emergency care settings for 20 years. I graduated from Oregon Health Sciences University in 2006 with board certification through American Nurses Association Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Across the Lifespan). I have been trained to provide Primary Mental Health care to individuals and families from early childhood to older adults (8-65 years old).
(458) 207-2610 View (458) 207-2610
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Dr. Christopher Galbick
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Ashland, OR 97520  (Online Only)
Dr. Galbick accepts OHP patients with Jackson Care Connect, Health Share of Oregon, or Columbia Pacific CCO. He specializes in providing medication management, active listening, and empathy.
Dr. Galbick accepts OHP patients with Jackson Care Connect, Health Share of Oregon, or Columbia Pacific CCO. He specializes in providing medication management, active listening, and empathy.
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Megan Sapp
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CNM, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ashland, OR 97520  (Online Only)
2024 - Current openings! To get started, complete a new patient form at www.upwellpsych.com/contact. As a psychiatric NP, I specialize in supporting people through life transitions. With a background a Nurse Midwife, I have special interest in serving clients who are pregnant, postpartum, experiencing perinatal loss or fertility challenges, or affected by hormonal changes. I bring a comprehensive understanding of reproductive and physical health to assist clients in weighing options for care and building a treatment plan that is consistent with their goals and values.
2024 - Current openings! To get started, complete a new patient form at www.upwellpsych.com/contact. As a psychiatric NP, I specialize in supporting people through life transitions. With a background a Nurse Midwife, I have special interest in serving clients who are pregnant, postpartum, experiencing perinatal loss or fertility challenges, or affected by hormonal changes. I bring a comprehensive understanding of reproductive and physical health to assist clients in weighing options for care and building a treatment plan that is consistent with their goals and values.
(503) 461-2847 View (503) 461-2847
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Armando Javier Brito
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Ashland, OR 97520
I provide compassionate, non-judgmental and patient-centered care to individuals who are struggling with mental health concerns. I understand that not every treatment option may work for everyone.
I provide compassionate, non-judgmental and patient-centered care to individuals who are struggling with mental health concerns. I understand that not every treatment option may work for everyone.
(541) 854-2933 View (541) 854-2933
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Paradigm Mental Health and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Medford, OR 97501
Our ideal client wants help. They are ready for a change. It may be that they continue to have symptoms from that traumatic event in childhood, or maybe they can't shake that nagging thought in the back of their head that they would be better off dead. Some may have a lifelong mental health diagnosis that they are all too aware of. Others may be having a more and more difficult time with their work or spouse. Regardless, each of these people has the desire to improve, to move past their current state, to grow.
Our ideal client wants help. They are ready for a change. It may be that they continue to have symptoms from that traumatic event in childhood, or maybe they can't shake that nagging thought in the back of their head that they would be better off dead. Some may have a lifelong mental health diagnosis that they are all too aware of. Others may be having a more and more difficult time with their work or spouse. Regardless, each of these people has the desire to improve, to move past their current state, to grow.
(541) 249-7724 View (541) 249-7724
Photo of Trae Stewart, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Jackson County, OR
Trae Stewart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, MPH, MSN, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Medford, OR 97504  (Online Only)
Accepting NEW patients! Make appointments directly at www.psychmatters.net Dr. Stewart is a Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with full prescriptive authority. He provides quality mental health care through assessment, diagnosis, and medication management via virtual appointments. Dr. Stewart focuses on medication management for adolescents and adults (13+ years old). He treats mental health disorders like anxiety, OCD, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ADHD, and sleep disorders. Email us for quickest response at psychmatters (at) outlook.com
Accepting NEW patients! Make appointments directly at www.psychmatters.net Dr. Stewart is a Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with full prescriptive authority. He provides quality mental health care through assessment, diagnosis, and medication management via virtual appointments. Dr. Stewart focuses on medication management for adolescents and adults (13+ years old). He treats mental health disorders like anxiety, OCD, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ADHD, and sleep disorders. Email us for quickest response at psychmatters (at) outlook.com
(503) 832-6847 View (503) 832-6847
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Southern Oregon Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Medford, OR 97501  (Online Only)
Offering psychiatric evaluation, medication management, limited psychotherapy & ketamine treatment to adults struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, OCD, schizophrenia and other psychiatric & neurodevelopmental conditions throughout Oregon. Direct, open-minded & non-judgmental in my approach, I believe in partnering with patients to develop a personalized treatment plan utilizing the best available/most current evidence-based research in neuropsychiatry, as well as complementary & alternative treatments.
Offering psychiatric evaluation, medication management, limited psychotherapy & ketamine treatment to adults struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, OCD, schizophrenia and other psychiatric & neurodevelopmental conditions throughout Oregon. Direct, open-minded & non-judgmental in my approach, I believe in partnering with patients to develop a personalized treatment plan utilizing the best available/most current evidence-based research in neuropsychiatry, as well as complementary & alternative treatments.
(541) 203-6352 View (541) 203-6352
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Aspire Mental Health and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Medford, OR 97501  (Online Only)
TELEHEALTH SERVICES THROUGHOUT OREGON. Aspire Mental Health & Wellness is committed to providing individualized care to help foster the healing, personal growth, and balance that you seek. We provide mental health care across the lifespan for adults, adolescents, and youth ages 7 and older.
TELEHEALTH SERVICES THROUGHOUT OREGON. Aspire Mental Health & Wellness is committed to providing individualized care to help foster the healing, personal growth, and balance that you seek. We provide mental health care across the lifespan for adults, adolescents, and youth ages 7 and older.
(541) 275-9045 View (541) 275-9045
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Warren Tom Roseland Jr
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BS, BSN, MS, MSN, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ashland, OR 97520  (Online Only)
Healing Relationships are the result of careful listening, dialogue, respect, trust, collaboration, and clear and concise education in midst of a persons real life and in as real time as possible. This requires both real time and asynchronous interaction using all aspects of technology for communication. The care must be affordable and focused on best outcomes. > Telehealth for ALL of Oregon.<
Healing Relationships are the result of careful listening, dialogue, respect, trust, collaboration, and clear and concise education in midst of a persons real life and in as real time as possible. This requires both real time and asynchronous interaction using all aspects of technology for communication. The care must be affordable and focused on best outcomes. > Telehealth for ALL of Oregon.<
(541) 896-5494 View (541) 896-5494
Photo of Karen Linares, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Jackson County, OR
Karen Linares
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
21 Endorsed
Medford, OR 97501
I am a licensed, board certified advance FNP and a PMHNP (Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner). I am also the founder of Care Anywhere Health & Wellness. I provide medication management for individuals 6 years and older. I have about 6 years of experience in mental health nursing caring for hundreds of patients with a diverse range of mental health diagnosis in internal and family practice. My areas of expertise include depressive disorders, anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder/Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD/ADD), Bipolar Disorder, and PTSD.
I am a licensed, board certified advance FNP and a PMHNP (Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner). I am also the founder of Care Anywhere Health & Wellness. I provide medication management for individuals 6 years and older. I have about 6 years of experience in mental health nursing caring for hundreds of patients with a diverse range of mental health diagnosis in internal and family practice. My areas of expertise include depressive disorders, anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder/Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD/ADD), Bipolar Disorder, and PTSD.
(458) 216-5912 View (458) 216-5912
Kellyn Marshall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Ashland, OR 97520
Immediate openings available via in person and telehealth (Spruce app). You can call/text 541-656-2279 to initiate scheduling.
Immediate openings available via in person and telehealth (Spruce app). You can call/text 541-656-2279 to initiate scheduling.
(541) 229-7146 View (541) 229-7146
Photo of Shannon Sheats PMHNP at Siskiyou Behavioral Health, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Jackson County, OR
Shannon Sheats PMHNP at Siskiyou Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Medford, OR 97501
Not accepting new clients
I am not currently accepting new clients.
I am not currently accepting new clients.
(541) 500-8195 View (541) 500-8195
Photo of Madeline Jacobs, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Jackson County, OR
Madeline Jacobs
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Medford, OR 97501
Madeline Jacobs is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing from Oregon Health & Science University and has been working in the psychiatric field since 2015. She has worked at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the largest LGBT Center in the country, and would love the opportunity to broaden the reach of LGBTQ+ affirming mental health care through telepsychiatry. She is trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), an evidence-based trauma therapy. She takes a trauma-informed perspective on mental health care. In-office visits near Portland, OR available!
Madeline Jacobs is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing from Oregon Health & Science University and has been working in the psychiatric field since 2015. She has worked at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the largest LGBT Center in the country, and would love the opportunity to broaden the reach of LGBTQ+ affirming mental health care through telepsychiatry. She is trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), an evidence-based trauma therapy. She takes a trauma-informed perspective on mental health care. In-office visits near Portland, OR available!
(541) 204-8386 View (541) 204-8386
Photo of Susan Joshua, Psychiatrist in Jackson County, OR
Susan Joshua
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Ashland, OR 97520  (Online Only)
Welcome. I am Susan Joshua MD, a psychiatrist who cares about your needs. I have 35 years experience in the field of adult psychiatry. I bring my skills and expertise, with an open heart, to help you with your current challenges and choices. We will use a comprehensive, integrative and holistic approach. An environment of care, support, and partnership will be created in order to assist you on your journey through challenging and chaotic times. We start with what needs attention today to address your immediate needs and goals. In doing so we will assess medication needs, therapy focus and lifestyle choices.
Welcome. I am Susan Joshua MD, a psychiatrist who cares about your needs. I have 35 years experience in the field of adult psychiatry. I bring my skills and expertise, with an open heart, to help you with your current challenges and choices. We will use a comprehensive, integrative and holistic approach. An environment of care, support, and partnership will be created in order to assist you on your journey through challenging and chaotic times. We start with what needs attention today to address your immediate needs and goals. In doing so we will assess medication needs, therapy focus and lifestyle choices.
(303) 529-9461 View (303) 529-9461
Photo of Carrie Anderson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Jackson County, OR
Carrie Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ashland, OR 97520  (Online Only)
To get started, complete form at www.upwellpsych.com/contact. As a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I am dedicated to providing contextualized whole-person mental health care that considers the many factors – genetic, social, environmental, and cultural – that contribute to someone’s overall health picture. My approach is collaborative, evidence-informed, and patient-centered. I partner with my clients in shared-decision making and deeply value the foundational importance of trust, safety, and human connection in a therapeutic relationship.
To get started, complete form at www.upwellpsych.com/contact. As a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I am dedicated to providing contextualized whole-person mental health care that considers the many factors – genetic, social, environmental, and cultural – that contribute to someone’s overall health picture. My approach is collaborative, evidence-informed, and patient-centered. I partner with my clients in shared-decision making and deeply value the foundational importance of trust, safety, and human connection in a therapeutic relationship.
(360) 519-5782 View (360) 519-5782
Photo of Neupathway, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Jackson County, OR
Neupathway
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Medford, OR 97501
Accepting New Clients! Same Week Availability! ....... Hello, I'm a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience in supporting individuals across all ages through mental health challenges. My specialized expertise encompasses treating depression, anxiety, anger, insomnia, ADHD, and substance use disorders, including alcohol and opioid dependencies. I employ personalized medication-assisted treatments such as Suboxone for opioid disorders. My approach focuses on fostering healing, empowerment, and guiding each individual's unique journey toward holistic wellness.
Accepting New Clients! Same Week Availability! ....... Hello, I'm a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience in supporting individuals across all ages through mental health challenges. My specialized expertise encompasses treating depression, anxiety, anger, insomnia, ADHD, and substance use disorders, including alcohol and opioid dependencies. I employ personalized medication-assisted treatments such as Suboxone for opioid disorders. My approach focuses on fostering healing, empowerment, and guiding each individual's unique journey toward holistic wellness.
(541) 854-3230 View (541) 854-3230
Photo of Melissa Kidby, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Jackson County, OR
Melissa Kidby
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Medford, OR 97501  (Online Only)
Many people are fearful of having a mental health diagnosis. My goal is to reduce and/or alleviate symptoms so those I work with can begin to walk the path of wellness. In order to meet this goal I engage in a thorough 2-hour initial assessment. During this appointment we discuss your history, I order laboratory studies, discuss the benefits of genetic testing, and together we come up with a treatment plan.
Many people are fearful of having a mental health diagnosis. My goal is to reduce and/or alleviate symptoms so those I work with can begin to walk the path of wellness. In order to meet this goal I engage in a thorough 2-hour initial assessment. During this appointment we discuss your history, I order laboratory studies, discuss the benefits of genetic testing, and together we come up with a treatment plan.
(541) 295-5172 View (541) 295-5172
Photo of Lauren Brown, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Jackson County, OR
Lauren Brown
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Medford, OR 97503  (Online Only)
Welcome! GentlePsych is an online telepsychiatry practice seeing patients in Oregon 7 and up. Virtual visits allow for you to be in the most comfortable space for you. (Not anyone else). I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Oregon providing diagnostic evaluations, medication management services, as well as psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults suffering from a wide variety of mental health issues and disorders. I have special interests in treatment of ADHD, Adult ADHD, Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, as well as working together to help you heal.
Welcome! GentlePsych is an online telepsychiatry practice seeing patients in Oregon 7 and up. Virtual visits allow for you to be in the most comfortable space for you. (Not anyone else). I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Oregon providing diagnostic evaluations, medication management services, as well as psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults suffering from a wide variety of mental health issues and disorders. I have special interests in treatment of ADHD, Adult ADHD, Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, as well as working together to help you heal.
(541) 236-1592 View (541) 236-1592

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Number of Psychiatrists in Jackson County, OR

30+

Average cost per session

$247

Psychiatrists in Jackson County, OR who prioritize treating:

84% Depression
84% Anxiety
81% Medication Management
77% Bipolar Disorder
71% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
71% Trauma and PTSD
61% ADHD

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

81% Aetna
69% Cigna and Evernorth
65% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Jackson County, OR see their clients

58% Online Only
42% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

67% Female
29% Male
4% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Jackson County?

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.