Psychiatrists in State College, PA

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Angela Heffner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
State College, PA 16803
Proud resident of the Penn State University area in State College, PA, and an alumnus of Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. My nursing journey began with earning my ASN in 2006 and BSN in 2020, followed by achieving my graduate degree as a PMHNP from Walden University. Driven by a profound passion for aiding others, I have amassed a wealth of expertise, boasting certifications in perinatal loss/bereavement, perinatal psychopharmacology, PMH-C, certified school nursing, DBT, and CCTP. My journey into nursing was deeply influenced by my eldest son's health challenges, navigating through NICU struggles and mental health issues.
Proud resident of the Penn State University area in State College, PA, and an alumnus of Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. My nursing journey began with earning my ASN in 2006 and BSN in 2020, followed by achieving my graduate degree as a PMHNP from Walden University. Driven by a profound passion for aiding others, I have amassed a wealth of expertise, boasting certifications in perinatal loss/bereavement, perinatal psychopharmacology, PMH-C, certified school nursing, DBT, and CCTP. My journey into nursing was deeply influenced by my eldest son's health challenges, navigating through NICU struggles and mental health issues.
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Melissa Lopez-Larson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
State College, PA 16801
Don't wait 2 weeks, appointments available! Dr. Lopez-Larson is a board certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist and received her MD from the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine. She performed her adult and child psychiatry training at Harvard Medical School training sites including Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital and Cambridge Hospital, respectively. She has been practicing for over 15 years in a variety of settings including academic research, inpatient, residential and outpatient psychiatric services.
Don't wait 2 weeks, appointments available! Dr. Lopez-Larson is a board certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist and received her MD from the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine. She performed her adult and child psychiatry training at Harvard Medical School training sites including Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital and Cambridge Hospital, respectively. She has been practicing for over 15 years in a variety of settings including academic research, inpatient, residential and outpatient psychiatric services.
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Trilessence
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN/PHN, CRNP, PMHNP, ANP
Verified Verified
State College, PA 16801
Our offices provide a full range of services to treat your mental, emotional and psychological health. We conduct on-site assessments and testing for various conditions, and then put together an appropriate treatment plan, including medication management and/or psychotherapy services as needed. Our offices are also available for individual and family counseling. Our certified therapists will work with you to help manage issues with anger, anxiety, depression, guilt, abuse, grief, including certain traumas.
Our offices provide a full range of services to treat your mental, emotional and psychological health. We conduct on-site assessments and testing for various conditions, and then put together an appropriate treatment plan, including medication management and/or psychotherapy services as needed. Our offices are also available for individual and family counseling. Our certified therapists will work with you to help manage issues with anger, anxiety, depression, guilt, abuse, grief, including certain traumas.
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Katrina Denise Scannelli
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
State College, PA 16801  (Online Only)
If you are seeking expert medication management, you have come to the right place. We value you and put you while we focus on quality care and convenience. As a dedicated Physician Assistant in Psychiatry, I am driven by a deep personal connection to the challenges of mental health. Growing up with close family and friends who battled depression and anxiety, I witnessed firsthand the impact these conditions can have on individuals and their loved ones. This experience ignited my passion for psychiatry and set me on a path of extensive training and education.
If you are seeking expert medication management, you have come to the right place. We value you and put you while we focus on quality care and convenience. As a dedicated Physician Assistant in Psychiatry, I am driven by a deep personal connection to the challenges of mental health. Growing up with close family and friends who battled depression and anxiety, I witnessed firsthand the impact these conditions can have on individuals and their loved ones. This experience ignited my passion for psychiatry and set me on a path of extensive training and education.
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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
State College, PA 16801
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
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Dr. Axeline Johnson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
State College, PA 16801
Dr. Johnson is bilingual (Spanish and English) and a Board-certified psychiatrist. She is welcoming new patients seeking professional help for anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, ADHD and other mental health concerns. With medical education at UCLA and specialty training at the University of Pennsylvania, she combines knowledge of psychopharmacology with a nuanced understanding of patients' concerns and experiences with medications. She is particularly cognizant of therapeutic inertia, and works with her patients to ensure that medications are effective and not over-used.
Dr. Johnson is bilingual (Spanish and English) and a Board-certified psychiatrist. She is welcoming new patients seeking professional help for anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, ADHD and other mental health concerns. With medical education at UCLA and specialty training at the University of Pennsylvania, she combines knowledge of psychopharmacology with a nuanced understanding of patients' concerns and experiences with medications. She is particularly cognizant of therapeutic inertia, and works with her patients to ensure that medications are effective and not over-used.
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Patricia Webb
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
State College, PA 16801
Hello, I'm Dr. Patricia Webb, a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with a broad background in holistic mental health care. My private practice is a client-centered, safe space where you can find in-depth, whole-person care offered with respect for you and compassion for your experiences. I partner with you and draw on a variety of therapeutic approaches, which we tailor to match your unique priorities and concerns. Together, we'll identify your goals and construct a path toward the life you seek.
Hello, I'm Dr. Patricia Webb, a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with a broad background in holistic mental health care. My private practice is a client-centered, safe space where you can find in-depth, whole-person care offered with respect for you and compassion for your experiences. I partner with you and draw on a variety of therapeutic approaches, which we tailor to match your unique priorities and concerns. Together, we'll identify your goals and construct a path toward the life you seek.
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Lula Thomas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
State College, PA 16802  (Online Only)
Hello, my name is Lula Thomas, I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and have been in practice for over ten years. I genuinely love what I do and believe in a holistic patient-centered approach. If you ever feel sad overwhelmed, lack motivation, struggle with goals, or don't enjoy things you used to, I am here to help. Sometimes, loved ones/friends see us struggle unnecessarily in certain areas of our lives but we have adapted to silent hardship. I do a complete evaluation for increased awareness, provide professional resources in many areas, and look forward to helping you find and easier path.
Hello, my name is Lula Thomas, I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and have been in practice for over ten years. I genuinely love what I do and believe in a holistic patient-centered approach. If you ever feel sad overwhelmed, lack motivation, struggle with goals, or don't enjoy things you used to, I am here to help. Sometimes, loved ones/friends see us struggle unnecessarily in certain areas of our lives but we have adapted to silent hardship. I do a complete evaluation for increased awareness, provide professional resources in many areas, and look forward to helping you find and easier path.
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Sheila Jourdain
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
State College, PA 16801  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients I am a Board Certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who provides a holistic approach in the treatment of mental challenges and conditions. I specialize in the treatment of adults in providing motivational talk psychotherapy, medication management, consulting, and alternative treatments when applicable. I develop comprehensive and thorough treatment plans. I am eager and excited to assist patients in achieving their individual goals.
Accepting New Patients I am a Board Certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who provides a holistic approach in the treatment of mental challenges and conditions. I specialize in the treatment of adults in providing motivational talk psychotherapy, medication management, consulting, and alternative treatments when applicable. I develop comprehensive and thorough treatment plans. I am eager and excited to assist patients in achieving their individual goals.
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Thomas Scary
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
State College, PA 16802
I am currently scheduling patients for both in-person (PA/NJ) and telehealth (PA/NJ/MA) appointments. I welcome patients who are looking for medication management, therapy, a second opinion, or any combination of the above. My interests include diagnostic clarification of mood/anxiety/attention disorders, evaluation of young adults who may be seeking help for the first time, and treatment of substance use disorders that often present with other common diagnoses.
I am currently scheduling patients for both in-person (PA/NJ) and telehealth (PA/NJ/MA) appointments. I welcome patients who are looking for medication management, therapy, a second opinion, or any combination of the above. My interests include diagnostic clarification of mood/anxiety/attention disorders, evaluation of young adults who may be seeking help for the first time, and treatment of substance use disorders that often present with other common diagnoses.
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Online Psychiatrists

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Bright Mind Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Harrisburg, PA 17111  (Online Only)
Grace Muthami is a compassionate Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) dedicated to providing holistic mental health care. She has extensive experience in assessing, diagnosing, and treating psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. She is committed to promoting mental wellness, reducing stigma. Grace values collaboration with multidisciplinary teams and believes in personalized, evidence-based treatment approaches tailored to each individual's unique needs. Outside of her clinical practice, she is actively involved in mental health advocacy, education, and research initiatives aimed at advancing the field of psychiatric nursing.
Grace Muthami is a compassionate Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) dedicated to providing holistic mental health care. She has extensive experience in assessing, diagnosing, and treating psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. She is committed to promoting mental wellness, reducing stigma. Grace values collaboration with multidisciplinary teams and believes in personalized, evidence-based treatment approaches tailored to each individual's unique needs. Outside of her clinical practice, she is actively involved in mental health advocacy, education, and research initiatives aimed at advancing the field of psychiatric nursing.
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Tracey Fowler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
Murrysville, PA 15668
With experience in delivering psychiatric services in various settings including outpatient, inpatient, state-based inpatient, and corrections, Dr. Fowler has gained much knowledge in various areas of psychiatry from mood disorders to addiction medicine. Tracey's ideal client is looking to get better physically, mentally, and spiritually with her guiding support.
With experience in delivering psychiatric services in various settings including outpatient, inpatient, state-based inpatient, and corrections, Dr. Fowler has gained much knowledge in various areas of psychiatry from mood disorders to addiction medicine. Tracey's ideal client is looking to get better physically, mentally, and spiritually with her guiding support.
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Fitz Martin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Harrisburg, PA 17101  (Online Only)
tion Hello, feeling sad, anxious, or having difficulty concentrating and focusing? I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner focused on delivering Client-Centered, Caring, Compassionate, and Dedicated Care. I can help you through this trying time if the symptoms impact your daily living. Sometimes we fall into a rut and can not pull ourselves out. I treat individuals ages 14 to 70.
tion Hello, feeling sad, anxious, or having difficulty concentrating and focusing? I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner focused on delivering Client-Centered, Caring, Compassionate, and Dedicated Care. I can help you through this trying time if the symptoms impact your daily living. Sometimes we fall into a rut and can not pull ourselves out. I treat individuals ages 14 to 70.
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Renee Family Health and Psychiatric Nurse Practiti
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MD, PMHNP-C, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Manheim, PA 17545
Able to address most psychiatric needs- telephone consult is free, for all patient who are serious about mental health versus substance dependence. We will work with all income levels, and insurances. initial visit $125-200, follow up $50-125. For natural alternatives (CBD oils) regimens see: www.reneepsychhealth.com
Able to address most psychiatric needs- telephone consult is free, for all patient who are serious about mental health versus substance dependence. We will work with all income levels, and insurances. initial visit $125-200, follow up $50-125. For natural alternatives (CBD oils) regimens see: www.reneepsychhealth.com
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Newton Psychiatric Clinic, LLC
Psychiatrist, MD, MSc, DABPN
Verified Verified
Mount Carmel, PA 17851
Working in both administrative and clinically driven roles, he remains highly involved and up-to-date in innovative approaches to mental health treatment. Dr. Newton has provided mental health care in all treatment settings including but not limited to, acute inpatient, outpatient, residential, corrections, long term inpatient settings, partial hospitalization programs, and any other imaginable setting that provides mental health treatment.
Working in both administrative and clinically driven roles, he remains highly involved and up-to-date in innovative approaches to mental health treatment. Dr. Newton has provided mental health care in all treatment settings including but not limited to, acute inpatient, outpatient, residential, corrections, long term inpatient settings, partial hospitalization programs, and any other imaginable setting that provides mental health treatment.
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Christopher Snyder
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
Murrysville, PA 15668
Chris Snyder, CRNP, has immense knowledge and extreme passion in the field of psychiatry. He is now accepting new clients both virtually and at our Murrysville location. Inquire today about seeing Christopher to address your mental health concerns in a private, nonjudgmental, individualized approach.
Chris Snyder, CRNP, has immense knowledge and extreme passion in the field of psychiatry. He is now accepting new clients both virtually and at our Murrysville location. Inquire today about seeing Christopher to address your mental health concerns in a private, nonjudgmental, individualized approach.
(724) 414-8008 View (724) 414-8008
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Psy-Quest
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Gettysburg, PA 17325  (Online Only)
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I partner with my patients to help identify, and prevent symptoms associated with anxiety, depression, impulsivity, focus, inattentiveness, recurring thoughts and compulsions. .For children and families, we develop a plan of treatment for emotional outbursts, anxiety, mood swings, aggression, fearfulness, school avoidance and sleep issues. Through biological interventions, lifestyle changes, psychotherapy, and traditional approaches including medication management, I help my patients lead happier, more productive lives.
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I partner with my patients to help identify, and prevent symptoms associated with anxiety, depression, impulsivity, focus, inattentiveness, recurring thoughts and compulsions. .For children and families, we develop a plan of treatment for emotional outbursts, anxiety, mood swings, aggression, fearfulness, school avoidance and sleep issues. Through biological interventions, lifestyle changes, psychotherapy, and traditional approaches including medication management, I help my patients lead happier, more productive lives.
(717) 523-9558 View (717) 523-9558
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Sherifat Forcey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Camp Hill, PA 17011
I am currently accepting patients in need of mental health assistance via telehealth and in-person in Pennsylvania and Minnesota and I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My specialty is in medication management, and I look forward to working with clients who are interested in a client-centered, caring approach to treatment.
I am currently accepting patients in need of mental health assistance via telehealth and in-person in Pennsylvania and Minnesota and I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My specialty is in medication management, and I look forward to working with clients who are interested in a client-centered, caring approach to treatment.
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Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Middletown, PA 17057
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
(717) 883-6316 View (717) 883-6316
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Parisa Parsa- Agency Has Immediate Openings!
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Johnstown, PA 15904
I have always been very passionate about mental health, and working with patients with depression, anxiety, ADHD, and substance use disorder over the years have helped me to develop an integrated approach to mental health. I pursued my studies to become a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner following practicing as a primary care provider for over six years. Working with a diverse population throughout my career in different countries including Canada has enabled me to develop a deeper understanding of the importance of mental health, and my goal is to work with each individual to find the best suitable treatment plan
I have always been very passionate about mental health, and working with patients with depression, anxiety, ADHD, and substance use disorder over the years have helped me to develop an integrated approach to mental health. I pursued my studies to become a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner following practicing as a primary care provider for over six years. Working with a diverse population throughout my career in different countries including Canada has enabled me to develop a deeper understanding of the importance of mental health, and my goal is to work with each individual to find the best suitable treatment plan
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in State College, PA

10+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in State College, PA who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
90% Depression
80% Bipolar Disorder
80% Stress
70% ADHD
70% Grief
70% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
75% Aetna
75% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in State College, PA see their clients

70% In Person and Online
30% Online Only

Gender breakdown

86% Female
14% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in State College?

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.