Psychiatrists in Dandridge, TN

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Ladonna Hubbard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Dandridge, TN 37725  (Online Only)
At The Tiqvah Clinic we will work together to help you look forward to a future filled with hope, without the pain, anxiety, depression, and regret, you may be living with today. Are you looking to make changes in your life to maximize your mental health? Are considering a job change and struggling with tough decisions? Perhaps you’re struggling with an abusive spouse or other family member, and need guidance concerning how to navigate the situation safely. Anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder. We can help! Telemed offers you the convenience of a visit from the privacy of your home or wherever you have a cellular connection.
At The Tiqvah Clinic we will work together to help you look forward to a future filled with hope, without the pain, anxiety, depression, and regret, you may be living with today. Are you looking to make changes in your life to maximize your mental health? Are considering a job change and struggling with tough decisions? Perhaps you’re struggling with an abusive spouse or other family member, and need guidance concerning how to navigate the situation safely. Anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder. We can help! Telemed offers you the convenience of a visit from the privacy of your home or wherever you have a cellular connection.
(865) 344-6110 View (865) 344-6110
Christi Banks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Dandridge, TN 37725
I am a kind and compassionate Christian provider committed to providing excellent care. I offer Christian counseling, Evidence-based counseling, and psychiatric medication management as needed, to people of all ages.
I am a kind and compassionate Christian provider committed to providing excellent care. I offer Christian counseling, Evidence-based counseling, and psychiatric medication management as needed, to people of all ages.
(865) 344-2407 View (865) 344-2407

Online Psychiatrists

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Meredith Simmons
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, BSN, RN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Knoxville, TN 37932  (Online Only)
Meredith Simmons is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with prescribing privileges in the state of Tennessee. She obtained a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Child and Family Studies as well as a bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. As an RN, Meredith worked on a senior behavioral unit. She then obtained her Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Meredith Simmons is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with prescribing privileges in the state of Tennessee. She obtained a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Child and Family Studies as well as a bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. As an RN, Meredith worked on a senior behavioral unit. She then obtained her Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
(865) 685-8847 View (865) 685-8847
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Ashley Lawhorn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Knoxville, TN 37934
Ashley Lawhorn is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee who has been practicing since 2016 in a variety of settings, including community mental health, dual diagnosis centers for substance abuse/mental health and private practice. Ashley provides psychiatric evaluations, with diagnoses and medication management, for ages 5-99. She enjoys all ages and will continue to treat the lifespan. Ashley's clients are from all backgrounds and cultures. Ashley believes your input, as her client, is the most important part of your treatment journey together.
Ashley Lawhorn is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee who has been practicing since 2016 in a variety of settings, including community mental health, dual diagnosis centers for substance abuse/mental health and private practice. Ashley provides psychiatric evaluations, with diagnoses and medication management, for ages 5-99. She enjoys all ages and will continue to treat the lifespan. Ashley's clients are from all backgrounds and cultures. Ashley believes your input, as her client, is the most important part of your treatment journey together.
(865) 412-8863 View (865) 412-8863
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Hannah Braden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Knoxville, TN 37932
Hannah Braden is a dual certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She obtained a Bachelor of Nursing degree from Lincoln Memorial University in 2015 and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2018. She has experience in caring for patients across the lifespan in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She provides psychiatric evaluation and medication management to patients 18 years and older. Her areas of focus include depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, and attention deficit disorder.
Hannah Braden is a dual certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She obtained a Bachelor of Nursing degree from Lincoln Memorial University in 2015 and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2018. She has experience in caring for patients across the lifespan in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She provides psychiatric evaluation and medication management to patients 18 years and older. Her areas of focus include depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, and attention deficit disorder.
(865) 432-0119 View (865) 432-0119
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Bailey Baker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
14 Endorsed
Seymour, TN 37865  (Online Only)
I am a dual-board certified nurse practitioner with a passion for helping individuals live their most joyful life. I am currently accepting new patients and would to chat with you about how I can help you on your mental health journey. I see patients aged 12 and up with mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, mood disorders, OCD, etc. I am accepting new patients via virtual/telehealth services through a HIPAA-compliant video conference.
I am a dual-board certified nurse practitioner with a passion for helping individuals live their most joyful life. I am currently accepting new patients and would to chat with you about how I can help you on your mental health journey. I see patients aged 12 and up with mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, mood disorders, OCD, etc. I am accepting new patients via virtual/telehealth services through a HIPAA-compliant video conference.
(865) 674-4509 View (865) 674-4509
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Kellye Hudson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Knoxville, TN 37919
I am here to help you determine if medication is needed as part of your treatment. There are many pathways to healing and medication can be one small part of this journey. If you find yourself wondering if medication may be an option for you and/or if you think you may need an adjustment to your current medication regimen, give me a call. We can work together to get your questions answered and determine the best approach for you.
I am here to help you determine if medication is needed as part of your treatment. There are many pathways to healing and medication can be one small part of this journey. If you find yourself wondering if medication may be an option for you and/or if you think you may need an adjustment to your current medication regimen, give me a call. We can work together to get your questions answered and determine the best approach for you.
(865) 276-7690 View (865) 276-7690
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Mindful Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Bristol, TN 37620
Easily schedule appointment online today, 24/7, www.mindfulmh.com
Easily schedule appointment online today, 24/7, www.mindfulmh.com
(423) 436-9837 View (423) 436-9837
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Scott Baymiller
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Knoxville, TN 37909
Scott Baymiller, M. D, is a board-certified psychiatrist with over 20 years of experience in the field of medication management for the treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. "š He graduated medical school at the University of Tennessee and completed his residency at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He has been on faculty at multiple universities and has worked in inpatient, outpatient, partial hospitalization, and community mental health settings. He has also served as medical director of multiple psychiatric hospitals.
Scott Baymiller, M. D, is a board-certified psychiatrist with over 20 years of experience in the field of medication management for the treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. "š He graduated medical school at the University of Tennessee and completed his residency at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He has been on faculty at multiple universities and has worked in inpatient, outpatient, partial hospitalization, and community mental health settings. He has also served as medical director of multiple psychiatric hospitals.
(865) 290-2334 View (865) 290-2334
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Dr Arif Mirza MD | Germantown Private Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Knoxville, TN 37922  (Online Only)
Welcome! ...As an experienced Psychiatrist in private practice, inpatient and telehealth settings, I'm here to offer authentic, compassionate care. Time is precious, especially for busy students, parents, and working professionals. I look forward to collaborate to reach your goals ASAP! ... Same week Video appointments are available. Text 469-770-7750 for quick booking assist.
Welcome! ...As an experienced Psychiatrist in private practice, inpatient and telehealth settings, I'm here to offer authentic, compassionate care. Time is precious, especially for busy students, parents, and working professionals. I look forward to collaborate to reach your goals ASAP! ... Same week Video appointments are available. Text 469-770-7750 for quick booking assist.
(423) 592-5752 View (423) 592-5752
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Mary Salerno
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Sevierville, TN 37876  (Online Only)
Telepsychiatry is proven to be a very effective means of treating mental health issues. All patients are treated with respect and dignity via of HIPAA-compliant televideo appointments. Most follow-up appointments last 20 to 30 minutes and offer you the convenience of a visit from the privacy of your own home or wherever you have a WiFi or cellular connection. No waiting in crowded lobbies or driving to appointments. Medications are sent electronically to your pharmacy and are ready within a short period of time. I offer convenient appointment times. I do not provide therapy or counseling sessions; I do medication management only.
Telepsychiatry is proven to be a very effective means of treating mental health issues. All patients are treated with respect and dignity via of HIPAA-compliant televideo appointments. Most follow-up appointments last 20 to 30 minutes and offer you the convenience of a visit from the privacy of your own home or wherever you have a WiFi or cellular connection. No waiting in crowded lobbies or driving to appointments. Medications are sent electronically to your pharmacy and are ready within a short period of time. I offer convenient appointment times. I do not provide therapy or counseling sessions; I do medication management only.
(509) 476-8245 View (509) 476-8245
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Cynthia J Easter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Maryville, TN 37801
I am a board-certified pediatrician with extensive experience providing psychiatric care to children and adolescents. At Bright Star Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, we offer statewide psychiatric assessments and treatment to children and teens in Tennessee. I am able to evaluate and treat anxiety, depression, ADHD, disruptive mood dysregulation, and behavioral expressions of autism spectrum disorders as well as other mental health conditions. I offer Autism Evaluations, too! Our commitment to the children of Tennessee is to help them be the brightest star they can be!
I am a board-certified pediatrician with extensive experience providing psychiatric care to children and adolescents. At Bright Star Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, we offer statewide psychiatric assessments and treatment to children and teens in Tennessee. I am able to evaluate and treat anxiety, depression, ADHD, disruptive mood dysregulation, and behavioral expressions of autism spectrum disorders as well as other mental health conditions. I offer Autism Evaluations, too! Our commitment to the children of Tennessee is to help them be the brightest star they can be!
(865) 724-1590 View (865) 724-1590
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Michelle Wojciechowski
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Knoxville, TN 37909  (Online Only)
Michelle Wojciechowski, a licensed Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee, specializes in teletherapy, providing comprehensive mental health support. With a focus on aiding individuals facing the challenges of addiction and depression, Michelle is dedicated to guiding her clients toward achieving their goals. Drawing from her extensive experience, she employs integrated therapeutic approaches to address the complexities of mental health. Having recognized the profound impact of addiction and depression on individuals, Michelle tailors her teletherapy sessions to empower clients to navigate these struggles effectively. Her compa
Michelle Wojciechowski, a licensed Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee, specializes in teletherapy, providing comprehensive mental health support. With a focus on aiding individuals facing the challenges of addiction and depression, Michelle is dedicated to guiding her clients toward achieving their goals. Drawing from her extensive experience, she employs integrated therapeutic approaches to address the complexities of mental health. Having recognized the profound impact of addiction and depression on individuals, Michelle tailors her teletherapy sessions to empower clients to navigate these struggles effectively. Her compa
(865) 424-6235 View (865) 424-6235
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Amy Rosenbalm
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Knoxville, TN 37922
Amy Rosenbalm is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has been a registered nurse since 1996 after earning her Associate of Science in Nursing in a joint program with Middlesex County College and University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mississippi College and her Master of Science in Nursing from King University. Amy began her nursing career in geriatrics and has always enjoyed working with (and learning from) Alzheimer's disease/dementia, stroke, and orthopedic rehabilitation clients.
Amy Rosenbalm is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has been a registered nurse since 1996 after earning her Associate of Science in Nursing in a joint program with Middlesex County College and University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mississippi College and her Master of Science in Nursing from King University. Amy began her nursing career in geriatrics and has always enjoyed working with (and learning from) Alzheimer's disease/dementia, stroke, and orthopedic rehabilitation clients.
(865) 375-9194 View (865) 375-9194
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Sheri Leonard McRae
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, CPHQ, BCC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bristol, TN 37620
I welcome those who want to improve their mental health. At some point in life, most every one can use the support of a mental healthcare provider.
I welcome those who want to improve their mental health. At some point in life, most every one can use the support of a mental healthcare provider.
(423) 436-8815 View (423) 436-8815
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Open Minds Psychiatric and Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bristol, TN 37620
At Open Minds, we collaborate with each patient to develop a personalized and effective care plan, addressing their unique needs comprehensively. Open Minds features a team of six experienced Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioners who specialize in psychological, neurological, and therapeutic approaches, providing comprehensive and personalized mental health care to their patients
At Open Minds, we collaborate with each patient to develop a personalized and effective care plan, addressing their unique needs comprehensively. Open Minds features a team of six experienced Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioners who specialize in psychological, neurological, and therapeutic approaches, providing comprehensive and personalized mental health care to their patients
(423) 407-2532 View (423) 407-2532
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Andrea Belt Mental Health Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, PTSD, or other mental health issues? Are you ready to make positive changes, rediscover yourself, and improve your quality of life? You are not alone! I can help you begin a new chapter in your life. Initial appointments are in person. Follow-up appointments can be in person or via telehealth.
Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, PTSD, or other mental health issues? Are you ready to make positive changes, rediscover yourself, and improve your quality of life? You are not alone! I can help you begin a new chapter in your life. Initial appointments are in person. Follow-up appointments can be in person or via telehealth.
(865) 217-1607 View (865) 217-1607
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Southland Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Maryville, TN 37801
I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in treating ADHD, anxiety, mood disorders, and depression. I strive to have patients of all ages across the life achieve a better physiologic and mental state by offering medication management, as well as, provide counseling and educational services.
I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in treating ADHD, anxiety, mood disorders, and depression. I strive to have patients of all ages across the life achieve a better physiologic and mental state by offering medication management, as well as, provide counseling and educational services.
(865) 217-2187 View (865) 217-2187
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Toksy Akinleye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
19 Endorsed
Knoxville, TN 37932  (Online Only)
Accepting new clients! Looking for someone who provides non-rushed appointments or someone who’s not looking to just provide a quick prescription. I understand that mental health issues can be debilitating and that seeking mental health care can be challenging. I work closely with individuals who have anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, psychosis, OCD, PTSD, sleep issues, perinatal issues, and more. My passion is to help my patients achieve and improve their mental well-being. My goal is equitable and inclusive care for every individual I care for. You have taken the first step toward mental health and emotional wellness!
Accepting new clients! Looking for someone who provides non-rushed appointments or someone who’s not looking to just provide a quick prescription. I understand that mental health issues can be debilitating and that seeking mental health care can be challenging. I work closely with individuals who have anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, psychosis, OCD, PTSD, sleep issues, perinatal issues, and more. My passion is to help my patients achieve and improve their mental well-being. My goal is equitable and inclusive care for every individual I care for. You have taken the first step toward mental health and emotional wellness!
(865) 351-6256 View (865) 351-6256
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Stefani Ellis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Kingsport, TN 37664
Waitlist for new clients
I am deeply passionate about working with children and adults who are facing psychiatric disorders. My primary focus is medication management, as I believe the right pharmaceutical intervention can play a crucial role in improving overall well-being. Witnessing the positive impact that medication can have on individuals' lives is truly fulfilling for me. I am committed to staying updated with the latest research and advancements in the field, ensuring that I can provide the best possible care to my patients. My ultimate goal is to empower individuals to live fulfilling and meaningful lives.
I am deeply passionate about working with children and adults who are facing psychiatric disorders. My primary focus is medication management, as I believe the right pharmaceutical intervention can play a crucial role in improving overall well-being. Witnessing the positive impact that medication can have on individuals' lives is truly fulfilling for me. I am committed to staying updated with the latest research and advancements in the field, ensuring that I can provide the best possible care to my patients. My ultimate goal is to empower individuals to live fulfilling and meaningful lives.
(423) 250-1533 View (423) 250-1533

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Dandridge, TN

< 10

Psychiatrists in Dandridge, TN who prioritize treating:

50% Depression
50% Anxiety
50% ADHD
50% Bipolar Disorder
50% Career Counseling
50% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

1 Year

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Dandridge, TN see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Dandridge?

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.