Psychiatrists in Tillamook, OR

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Christopher Galbick
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Tillamook, OR 97141  (Online Only)
Dr. Galbick sees OHP patients with Columbia Pacific CCO, Health Share of Oregon, and Jackson Care Connect. He is currently welcoming new patients and can usually offer appointment availability within 2 weeks! He specializes in medication management, and he emphasizes active listening and empathy in his approach to patient care.
Dr. Galbick sees OHP patients with Columbia Pacific CCO, Health Share of Oregon, and Jackson Care Connect. He is currently welcoming new patients and can usually offer appointment availability within 2 weeks! He specializes in medication management, and he emphasizes active listening and empathy in his approach to patient care.
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Carol Crowe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tillamook, OR 97141
As a Nurse Practitioner with a focus on psychiatry, I began my healthcare journey in 2006 as an RN, progressing through degrees at OHSU, Vanderbilt, George Washington University to specialize in mental health prescriptions. Not a psychiatrist, I independently prescribe medications to all of Oregon state.
As a Nurse Practitioner with a focus on psychiatry, I began my healthcare journey in 2006 as an RN, progressing through degrees at OHSU, Vanderbilt, George Washington University to specialize in mental health prescriptions. Not a psychiatrist, I independently prescribe medications to all of Oregon state.
(503) 946-3621 View (503) 946-3621

Online Psychiatrists

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Mary E Theodore, MD, MPH
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97210
Thank you for taking the time to view my profile. I hope we can work together. Practicing for years, in a profession that I love, I have formed deep & lasting bonds with my patients. I am a Board Certified psychiatrist who has a bi-coastal practice in NYC & Portland, Oregon. I care for patients both in-person and virtually. My expertise is in providing both psycho-pharmacology & psychotherapy. I specialize in complex & hard to treat cases & work closely with the LGBTQIA+ community. My areas of expertise include Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, & Personality & Substance Use Disorders.
Thank you for taking the time to view my profile. I hope we can work together. Practicing for years, in a profession that I love, I have formed deep & lasting bonds with my patients. I am a Board Certified psychiatrist who has a bi-coastal practice in NYC & Portland, Oregon. I care for patients both in-person and virtually. My expertise is in providing both psycho-pharmacology & psychotherapy. I specialize in complex & hard to treat cases & work closely with the LGBTQIA+ community. My areas of expertise include Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, & Personality & Substance Use Disorders.
(646) 593-2134 View (646) 593-2134
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Anton Georgiev
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tigard, OR 97223
NO WAIT TIME! APPOINTMENTS IN 24 HRS. WEEKENDS AVAILABILITY. SERVING FLORIDA AND OREGON ANTON is aware of the clients’ personal choice of treatment, cultural and spiritual believes, which have the potential to greatly affect the treatment and the therapeutic relationship between provider and patient. He invests the time to explain, educate, and provide the client with all of the needed information to make the best possible choice. Anton understands that a treatment is never static, it is an ongoing and highly dynamic process, involving honest communication and effort from both, provider and client.
NO WAIT TIME! APPOINTMENTS IN 24 HRS. WEEKENDS AVAILABILITY. SERVING FLORIDA AND OREGON ANTON is aware of the clients’ personal choice of treatment, cultural and spiritual believes, which have the potential to greatly affect the treatment and the therapeutic relationship between provider and patient. He invests the time to explain, educate, and provide the client with all of the needed information to make the best possible choice. Anton understands that a treatment is never static, it is an ongoing and highly dynamic process, involving honest communication and effort from both, provider and client.
(904) 867-8162 View (904) 867-8162
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Healing Continually Behavioral
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC, MSN
Verified Verified
Beaverton, OR 97005  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I work with clients through empathy, respect, dignity, and humility. I have a passion for restoring dignity and reducing stigma in all mental health aspects including Substance use, anxiety, PTSD, Depression, Schizophrenia, and ADHD.
I am a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I work with clients through empathy, respect, dignity, and humility. I have a passion for restoring dignity and reducing stigma in all mental health aspects including Substance use, anxiety, PTSD, Depression, Schizophrenia, and ADHD.
(971) 290-1632 View (971) 290-1632
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Sarah Notton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MN, PMHNP, RN
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97214
I am here to assist you on your journey to live a life according to your values. My approach to treating common mental health challenges integrates medication management with skills, healthy lifestyle practices, and social frameworks that support your ability to thrive and engage in the world around you. Expect to collaborate on non-pharmaceutical interventions and activity plans while also working to find the lowest effective dose of medication(s) to help you function optimally.
I am here to assist you on your journey to live a life according to your values. My approach to treating common mental health challenges integrates medication management with skills, healthy lifestyle practices, and social frameworks that support your ability to thrive and engage in the world around you. Expect to collaborate on non-pharmaceutical interventions and activity plans while also working to find the lowest effective dose of medication(s) to help you function optimally.
(503) 470-2470 x1 View (503) 470-2470 x1
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Kathleen Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97229  (Online Only)
CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS & Saturday Appointments Available! I assist patients who are experiencing a range of presenting concerns, including: anxiety, depression, substance dependence, ADHD, autism, stress related disorders, PTSD, sleep challenges, and more. As a psychiatric provider, I take the time to explain the science behind what is creating the the challenges you are experiencing, answer questions, and work with you on the goal of full remission of the mental health or addictive crisis so you can go on living your life to the fullest.
CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS & Saturday Appointments Available! I assist patients who are experiencing a range of presenting concerns, including: anxiety, depression, substance dependence, ADHD, autism, stress related disorders, PTSD, sleep challenges, and more. As a psychiatric provider, I take the time to explain the science behind what is creating the the challenges you are experiencing, answer questions, and work with you on the goal of full remission of the mental health or addictive crisis so you can go on living your life to the fullest.
(971) 299-7633 View (971) 299-7633
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Dr. Kristina Timmons
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Salem, OR 97301
Now Accepting New Clients! Struggling with sadness, lack of motivation or finding joy? Consumed by worry or often feeling on edge? Trouble focusing or staying on task? Self-medicating because the emotional pain is too much? Do you often leave medical appointments feeling rushed and unheard or misunderstood? .... Whatever the struggle may be that is keeping you from being your best self, there is hope! ....You are the expert of your own experience and I bring years of experience and knowledge of the latest evidence-based treatments. I would love to meet with you and walk with you on your journey to mental wellness and freedom.
Now Accepting New Clients! Struggling with sadness, lack of motivation or finding joy? Consumed by worry or often feeling on edge? Trouble focusing or staying on task? Self-medicating because the emotional pain is too much? Do you often leave medical appointments feeling rushed and unheard or misunderstood? .... Whatever the struggle may be that is keeping you from being your best self, there is hope! ....You are the expert of your own experience and I bring years of experience and knowledge of the latest evidence-based treatments. I would love to meet with you and walk with you on your journey to mental wellness and freedom.
(503) 444-8973 View (503) 444-8973
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Mohamed Bah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97221
Psychiatric medication management in person and via telepsychiatry or telehealth that sees Adults and adolescents in Oregon. I am accepting new patients with no waiting list, or less than a week. I even see patients on the weekend. I am dedicated to providing compassionate and evidence-based care. Life is not often filled with puppies, rainbows, and unicorns, but it can result in trauma, stress, and the unexpected. I know you are not looking for a provider because things are going well in your life, and that is my purpose for being here. I became a mental health nurse practitioner because I wanted to help others.
Psychiatric medication management in person and via telepsychiatry or telehealth that sees Adults and adolescents in Oregon. I am accepting new patients with no waiting list, or less than a week. I even see patients on the weekend. I am dedicated to providing compassionate and evidence-based care. Life is not often filled with puppies, rainbows, and unicorns, but it can result in trauma, stress, and the unexpected. I know you are not looking for a provider because things are going well in your life, and that is my purpose for being here. I became a mental health nurse practitioner because I wanted to help others.
(503) 386-0402 View (503) 386-0402
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Michael Boas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97223  (Online Only)
I believe in a working partnership with every patient, and their families, in order to produce the best results together. I have chosen to focus on ADHD/ADD, anxiety, & depression, which are issues personal to me. The only thing I ask of my clients is that they are invested in themselves and our treatment plan. I promise to give my all to you and just want the same commitment back.
I believe in a working partnership with every patient, and their families, in order to produce the best results together. I have chosen to focus on ADHD/ADD, anxiety, & depression, which are issues personal to me. The only thing I ask of my clients is that they are invested in themselves and our treatment plan. I promise to give my all to you and just want the same commitment back.
(503) 404-4557 View (503) 404-4557
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Todd Infinger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97233  (Online Only)
Currently accepting new patients! Free genetic and neuropsychological testing available! I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a wide range of experience working with children and adults suffering from mental illnesses. I have a passion for the treatment of anxiety disorders, agoraphobia, and the unique experiences of those in the LGBTQIA+ community. I hold a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of South Alabama. I believe the patient’s goals are at the center of effective treatment and strive to ensure they feel informed and are an equal partner throughout the treatment process.
Currently accepting new patients! Free genetic and neuropsychological testing available! I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a wide range of experience working with children and adults suffering from mental illnesses. I have a passion for the treatment of anxiety disorders, agoraphobia, and the unique experiences of those in the LGBTQIA+ community. I hold a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of South Alabama. I believe the patient’s goals are at the center of effective treatment and strive to ensure they feel informed and are an equal partner throughout the treatment process.
(541) 539-4683 View (541) 539-4683
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Joan Ili
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lake Oswego, OR 97035  (Online Only)
I provide remote psychiatric evaluations and manage medications through telehealth care for adults in AZ, OR and WA. I love to help my clients work towards feeling better! An individualized care plan is created for each client. Along with prescribing medication, I may also recommend labs, nutrients, and mental health techniques, if appropriate. I strive to use the least amount of medications while still improving mental health.
I provide remote psychiatric evaluations and manage medications through telehealth care for adults in AZ, OR and WA. I love to help my clients work towards feeling better! An individualized care plan is created for each client. Along with prescribing medication, I may also recommend labs, nutrients, and mental health techniques, if appropriate. I strive to use the least amount of medications while still improving mental health.
(503) 543-1207 View (503) 543-1207
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Michelle Schilz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97217
Now taking new clients. To contact me, make an appointment for a phone call at calendly.com/rainfallwellness. (I am bad at voicemail and email.) I welcome TRANS and GNB folks. I welcome PLURALS and SYSTEMS. I work with people who have ADHD and I prescribe ADHD meds. I teach clients about how our brain causes our symptoms. I do my best to provide safe and respectful care to my Queer and Gender-nonconforming sibs. Together, we will find a treatment plan that suits best.
Now taking new clients. To contact me, make an appointment for a phone call at calendly.com/rainfallwellness. (I am bad at voicemail and email.) I welcome TRANS and GNB folks. I welcome PLURALS and SYSTEMS. I work with people who have ADHD and I prescribe ADHD meds. I teach clients about how our brain causes our symptoms. I do my best to provide safe and respectful care to my Queer and Gender-nonconforming sibs. Together, we will find a treatment plan that suits best.
(971) 253-7516 View (971) 253-7516
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Janet Salimonu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Salem, OR 97301  (Online Only)
I am passionate about seeing people live life to their maximum potential. I found out that mental health illness can be an hinderance to people functioning to their full potential. It is my goal to help my clients to be the best they can be and function to as close to their full capacity as possible unhindered by health issues.
I am passionate about seeing people live life to their maximum potential. I found out that mental health illness can be an hinderance to people functioning to their full potential. It is my goal to help my clients to be the best they can be and function to as close to their full capacity as possible unhindered by health issues.
(503) 966-9089 View (503) 966-9089
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Catherine Rose Hensy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tigard, OR 97223
Neurocognitive testing offered, with a treatment plan tailored to you. ADHD testing and diagnosing, with medication management. Patient centered care, where you will leave feeling heard. Goal is to improve your quality of life with the least amount of medications possible. Both telehealth and in person options available! Office location is in Tigard/Portland, Oregon.
Neurocognitive testing offered, with a treatment plan tailored to you. ADHD testing and diagnosing, with medication management. Patient centered care, where you will leave feeling heard. Goal is to improve your quality of life with the least amount of medications possible. Both telehealth and in person options available! Office location is in Tigard/Portland, Oregon.
(971) 364-3897 View (971) 364-3897
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Brian Noonan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
I have been a Psychiatric NP for 15 years, treating Adult ADHD, Alcohol Use Disorders, Depression, Insomnia, Anxiety, and Panic attacks. I specialize in medication management and mindfulness meditation. I lived in a Zen monastery for six months and practice daily in my personal life. I am a certified tree-hugger, lover of music (rhythm-based; Celtic), avid reader, and long-distance hiker/walker.
I have been a Psychiatric NP for 15 years, treating Adult ADHD, Alcohol Use Disorders, Depression, Insomnia, Anxiety, and Panic attacks. I specialize in medication management and mindfulness meditation. I lived in a Zen monastery for six months and practice daily in my personal life. I am a certified tree-hugger, lover of music (rhythm-based; Celtic), avid reader, and long-distance hiker/walker.
(503) 506-4987 View (503) 506-4987
Photo of Brian Pollock, DNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Brian Pollock
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, 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 in the past to get better haven't worked? Now more than ever, people are feeling overwhelmed, anxious, discouraged and exhausted. For many people, finding the right medications can help them on their path to feeling better so they can live a happier and more fulfilling life. I am compassionate, patient and committed to helping people of all backgrounds and identities. Let's figure out what medications will work best to improve your health. I will collaborate with you every step of the way!
Accepting New Patients! Do you struggle with depression, anxiety or other emotional distress? Do you feel frustrated that things you've tried in the past to get better haven't worked? Now more than ever, people are feeling overwhelmed, anxious, discouraged and exhausted. For many people, finding the right medications can help them on their path to feeling better so they can live a happier and more fulfilling life. I am compassionate, patient and committed to helping people of all backgrounds and identities. Let's figure out what medications will work best to improve your health. I will collaborate with you every step of the way!
(971) 247-3643 x1 View (971) 247-3643 x1
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Keenan Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97210
SAME-WEEK Telehealth appointments. I help individuals overcome a range of mental health challenges using a balanced perspective. My approach includes thoughtful medication management, holistic care, and brief psychotherapy. As part of a holistic view, we examine nutrition, exercise, and sleep in helping clients maximize mental wellness.
SAME-WEEK Telehealth appointments. I help individuals overcome a range of mental health challenges using a balanced perspective. My approach includes thoughtful medication management, holistic care, and brief psychotherapy. As part of a holistic view, we examine nutrition, exercise, and sleep in helping clients maximize mental wellness.
(509) 285-0748 View (509) 285-0748
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Eva Gillespie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97214
Eva serves her clients with personalized care by developing a strong therapeutic relationship. She uses evidence-based-practices and takes a holistic approach to treatment, considering not just the symptoms but also the unique needs and circumstances of each client.
Eva serves her clients with personalized care by developing a strong therapeutic relationship. She uses evidence-based-practices and takes a holistic approach to treatment, considering not just the symptoms but also the unique needs and circumstances of each client.
(520) 639-9249 View (520) 639-9249
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Dr. Carrie Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97218  (Online Only)
Current Openings! To get started, please 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.
Current Openings! To get started, please 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.
(971) 248-9585 View (971) 248-9585

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Tillamook, OR

< 10

Psychiatrists in Tillamook, OR who prioritize treating:

50% Depression
50% Anxiety
50% Addiction
50% Eating Disorders
50% Grief
50% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
50% Psychosis

Average years in practice

3 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Oregon Health Plan (OHP)
50% BlueCross and BlueShield
50% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Tillamook, OR see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Tillamook?

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.