Psychiatrists in Franklin, TN

Photo of Allison Richardson, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Allison Richardson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Franklin, TN 37064
Mercy Community Healthcare offers comprehensive primary and mental healthcare to adults and children. Mercy’s psychiatric services enhance the quality of excellence in assessment, diagnosis, medication administration, evaluation and professional education. Mercy employs board-certified psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners.
Mercy Community Healthcare offers comprehensive primary and mental healthcare to adults and children. Mercy’s psychiatric services enhance the quality of excellence in assessment, diagnosis, medication administration, evaluation and professional education. Mercy employs board-certified psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners.
(629) 299-2893 View (629) 299-2893
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Sherika Cowan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Franklin, TN 37067  (Online Only)
Hi! I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse practitioner with 17 years total of nursing experience. I received my Masters Degree from Walden University in 2021. I believe in forming a personalized plan of care that values you and put your feelings first by use of evidence based practice, strong communication, and listening skills.
Hi! I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse practitioner with 17 years total of nursing experience. I received my Masters Degree from Walden University in 2021. I believe in forming a personalized plan of care that values you and put your feelings first by use of evidence based practice, strong communication, and listening skills.
(629) 280-4777 View (629) 280-4777
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Bailey G Dryden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Franklin, TN 37064  (Online Only)
Hey y’all! I started my career working in rural community mental health, where I developed a love for underserved populations. I will see all ages, starting at age 5, but have a special love for teens and young adults. I also love working pregnant and postpartum patients. I have experience with ADHD, ODD, anxiety, depression, OCD, bipolar, schizophrenia, and PTSD. I have a passion for using medication as well as more holistic methods for optimal mental wellness. I want to help you become the best version of yourself!
Hey y’all! I started my career working in rural community mental health, where I developed a love for underserved populations. I will see all ages, starting at age 5, but have a special love for teens and young adults. I also love working pregnant and postpartum patients. I have experience with ADHD, ODD, anxiety, depression, OCD, bipolar, schizophrenia, and PTSD. I have a passion for using medication as well as more holistic methods for optimal mental wellness. I want to help you become the best version of yourself!
(629) 295-8580 View (629) 295-8580
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The Hawkins Group
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Franklin, TN 37067
At The Hawkins Group, we are dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive psychiatric care to our patients. Our practice specializes in medication management, therapy, and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for the treatment of depression. We are committed to creating a welcoming and supportive atmosphere where you can feel comfortable and understood. Our Approach: Our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to helping you achieve your mental health goals. We prioritize staying up-to-date with the latest advancements in psychiatry through our multiple academic affiliations throughout Alabama and Tennessee.
At The Hawkins Group, we are dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive psychiatric care to our patients. Our practice specializes in medication management, therapy, and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for the treatment of depression. We are committed to creating a welcoming and supportive atmosphere where you can feel comfortable and understood. Our Approach: Our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to helping you achieve your mental health goals. We prioritize staying up-to-date with the latest advancements in psychiatry through our multiple academic affiliations throughout Alabama and Tennessee.
(629) 229-9703 View (629) 229-9703
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Kari Edick
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Franklin, TN 37064
Kari is a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who provides medication management for all ages. She has experience treating a variety of mental health conditions including but not limited to: bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, OCD and personality disorders.
Kari is a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who provides medication management for all ages. She has experience treating a variety of mental health conditions including but not limited to: bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, OCD and personality disorders.
(629) 258-6794 View (629) 258-6794
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Toni A. Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC, DNP
Not Verified Not Verified
Franklin, TN 37069  (Online Only)
I'm Toni, an accomplished healthcare professional, holding a Doctoral degree in Nursing Practice. Licensed in 39 states, I have certifications as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) from AANP and ANCC. My educational journey encompasses a Master's in Nursing (FNP) and a Bachelor's in Nursing. Additionally, I have diverse training, including ADN, LPN, and MA, providing me with a comprehensive foundation in healthcare. I serve as the VP of Nursing at Landmark Recovery. I lead strategic initiatives to ensure high-quality care and foster excellence in education and research.
I'm Toni, an accomplished healthcare professional, holding a Doctoral degree in Nursing Practice. Licensed in 39 states, I have certifications as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) from AANP and ANCC. My educational journey encompasses a Master's in Nursing (FNP) and a Bachelor's in Nursing. Additionally, I have diverse training, including ADN, LPN, and MA, providing me with a comprehensive foundation in healthcare. I serve as the VP of Nursing at Landmark Recovery. I lead strategic initiatives to ensure high-quality care and foster excellence in education and research.
(629) 263-7633 View (629) 263-7633
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Taylor Berry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Franklin, TN 37064  (Online Only)
All appointments will be 100% virtual with the possibility for in-person appointments as early as January 2024 on Friday's in Franklin, TN. Accepting cash pay, Aetna, Cigna, Optum/United Healthcare, BCBS, and Tricare. VACCN coming soon!
All appointments will be 100% virtual with the possibility for in-person appointments as early as January 2024 on Friday's in Franklin, TN. Accepting cash pay, Aetna, Cigna, Optum/United Healthcare, BCBS, and Tricare. VACCN coming soon!
(615) 471-7521 View (615) 471-7521
Photo of William Siegal, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
William Siegal
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Franklin, TN 37069
Will is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with 10+ years of experience working in Mental Health. He specializes in psychiatric medication management as well as psychotherapy and sees children (ages 6 and up), adolescents and adults with a range of conditions including but not limited to ADHD, PTSD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and autism. Will works collaboratively with clients in an open and nonjudgmental manner, often with humor, curiosity, and intentional therapeutic self-disclosure to help uncover the biological, medical, spiritual and social dimensions of concerns.
Will is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with 10+ years of experience working in Mental Health. He specializes in psychiatric medication management as well as psychotherapy and sees children (ages 6 and up), adolescents and adults with a range of conditions including but not limited to ADHD, PTSD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and autism. Will works collaboratively with clients in an open and nonjudgmental manner, often with humor, curiosity, and intentional therapeutic self-disclosure to help uncover the biological, medical, spiritual and social dimensions of concerns.
(629) 465-4880 View (629) 465-4880
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Dakotah Willis
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Franklin, TN 37067
As a Physician Assistant it is my duty to explore all aspects of your health. In order to treat every patient holistically, I use the 4-part biopsychosocial-spiritual model. This acknowledges that each and every individual has 4 key factors surrounding your mental wellbeing these being: biological, psychological, social and spiritual. Using evidence-based practice I will dive into each of these aspects in order to fully understand what brought you to me. I want to be your teammate on this journey of healing and be the support you need to be able to celebrate and enjoy life to the fullest extent.
As a Physician Assistant it is my duty to explore all aspects of your health. In order to treat every patient holistically, I use the 4-part biopsychosocial-spiritual model. This acknowledges that each and every individual has 4 key factors surrounding your mental wellbeing these being: biological, psychological, social and spiritual. Using evidence-based practice I will dive into each of these aspects in order to fully understand what brought you to me. I want to be your teammate on this journey of healing and be the support you need to be able to celebrate and enjoy life to the fullest extent.
(615) 697-4889 View (615) 697-4889
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Tennessee Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Franklin, TN 37064
Whether it is medication management, or in-depth talk therapy, the team at Tennessee Psychiatry is ready to help. Our team of psychiatrists, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners, and licensed clinical social workers are here to help you get back on track.
Whether it is medication management, or in-depth talk therapy, the team at Tennessee Psychiatry is ready to help. Our team of psychiatrists, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners, and licensed clinical social workers are here to help you get back on track.
(629) 333-3820 View (629) 333-3820
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Sam Burress
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Franklin, TN 37067
Sam Burress received his Bachelor’s degree from Martin Methodist College in 2015. Sam has a background in Intensive Care and Emergency nursing, but quickly realized that his true passion was in psychiatric nursing. He worked in Centennial’s inpatient psychiatric hospital in various bedside and administrative roles for 6 years prior to attending Middle Tennessee State University to obtain a Master’s degree and PMHNP certification. He strives to provide excellent and compassionate care to all of his clients.
Sam Burress received his Bachelor’s degree from Martin Methodist College in 2015. Sam has a background in Intensive Care and Emergency nursing, but quickly realized that his true passion was in psychiatric nursing. He worked in Centennial’s inpatient psychiatric hospital in various bedside and administrative roles for 6 years prior to attending Middle Tennessee State University to obtain a Master’s degree and PMHNP certification. He strives to provide excellent and compassionate care to all of his clients.
(615) 455-0026 x1 View (615) 455-0026 x1
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Charles Roger Freed
Psychiatrist, MHA, LFAPA, FASAM, ABIHM
Verified Verified
Franklin, TN 37067
Do you suffer from fatigue, poor concentration and 'brain fog', insomnia, anxiety and depression? How about gastrointestinal problems (gut-brain issues)? Have traditional psychiatric services failed to help? Or have prescribed medications created intolerable side effects? I can assist you in ways that traditional psychiatric services are not equipped to provide.
Do you suffer from fatigue, poor concentration and 'brain fog', insomnia, anxiety and depression? How about gastrointestinal problems (gut-brain issues)? Have traditional psychiatric services failed to help? Or have prescribed medications created intolerable side effects? I can assist you in ways that traditional psychiatric services are not equipped to provide.
(615) 603-3725 View (615) 603-3725
Photo of Erin Fish, MSN, APRN-BC, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Erin Fish
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Franklin, TN 37064  (Online Only)
Are you searching for a compassionate psychiatric provider? As a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), I provide comprehensive psychiatric assessment, consultation, and medication management utilizing current standards of care and evidence- based practice. As both a medication provider and clinically trained mental health therapist, I truly believe in patient-centered care focusing on the "whole person" via integration of physical, emotional, and social aspects in an individual's life. In our appointments we will discuss both medication and non-medication treatment interventions.
Are you searching for a compassionate psychiatric provider? As a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), I provide comprehensive psychiatric assessment, consultation, and medication management utilizing current standards of care and evidence- based practice. As both a medication provider and clinically trained mental health therapist, I truly believe in patient-centered care focusing on the "whole person" via integration of physical, emotional, and social aspects in an individual's life. In our appointments we will discuss both medication and non-medication treatment interventions.
(615) 576-8433 View (615) 576-8433
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InSight Recovery & Wellness
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Franklin, TN 37067
The InSight team welcomes patients suffering from mental illness and addictions of all kinds. Here at InSight, we work to engage the whole person by integrating psychiatric treatment, behavioral health counseling, peer support, case management, and specialized primary care, all to promote sustained recovery from addiction and mental illness and improve overall well-being. We are located in Franklin, TN. We serve the greater Nashville area and beyond.
The InSight team welcomes patients suffering from mental illness and addictions of all kinds. Here at InSight, we work to engage the whole person by integrating psychiatric treatment, behavioral health counseling, peer support, case management, and specialized primary care, all to promote sustained recovery from addiction and mental illness and improve overall well-being. We are located in Franklin, TN. We serve the greater Nashville area and beyond.
(615) 437-9643 View (615) 437-9643
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Gundu Reddy
Psychiatrist, MD , MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Franklin, TN 37067  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist Tennessee. I have trained in Psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family and Marital therapy, as well as Psychiatric Medication Management. I have always believed that brain health is the key to every form of well being and every individual regardless of their diagnosis or symptoms has the potential to be healthier. Whether your reasons for seeking treatment include treatment-resistant hallucinations, persistent irritability, dysphoria, insomnia, wanting to perform better at work- the core principles of treatment are often similar.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist Tennessee. I have trained in Psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family and Marital therapy, as well as Psychiatric Medication Management. I have always believed that brain health is the key to every form of well being and every individual regardless of their diagnosis or symptoms has the potential to be healthier. Whether your reasons for seeking treatment include treatment-resistant hallucinations, persistent irritability, dysphoria, insomnia, wanting to perform better at work- the core principles of treatment are often similar.
(615) 205-9448 View (615) 205-9448
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Debra Poplar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Franklin, TN 37067
There are so many reasons for seeking mental health treatment. You could be struggling with a history of trauma, unstable moods, poor sleep, inability to focus and low motivation, or something else that has been negatively affecting your life. We will work together to help you grow and become a better version of yourself. I provide medication management with an emphasis on helping you to identify underlying causes of mental health concerns, such as stress, trauma, diet, physical health, sleep, relationships, and metabolic abnormalities, within a mindfulness-based framework. Please visit www.myharmonyearth.com for more information.
There are so many reasons for seeking mental health treatment. You could be struggling with a history of trauma, unstable moods, poor sleep, inability to focus and low motivation, or something else that has been negatively affecting your life. We will work together to help you grow and become a better version of yourself. I provide medication management with an emphasis on helping you to identify underlying causes of mental health concerns, such as stress, trauma, diet, physical health, sleep, relationships, and metabolic abnormalities, within a mindfulness-based framework. Please visit www.myharmonyearth.com for more information.
(615) 249-1511 View (615) 249-1511
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Shahid Ali
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Franklin, TN 37067
Shahid Ali, MD, Gold Medalists is a Board Certified Psychiatrist, Board Certified Addiction Medicine Specialist specializing in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of substance use disorders. Dr. Ali utilizes Buprenorphine to assist patients struggling with opioid use disorder. In addition to medication assisted treatment Dr. Ali works with patients diagnosed with psychiatric disorders, offers medication management for Bi-polar and mood disorders, ADD/ADHD, and anxiety disorders.
Shahid Ali, MD, Gold Medalists is a Board Certified Psychiatrist, Board Certified Addiction Medicine Specialist specializing in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of substance use disorders. Dr. Ali utilizes Buprenorphine to assist patients struggling with opioid use disorder. In addition to medication assisted treatment Dr. Ali works with patients diagnosed with psychiatric disorders, offers medication management for Bi-polar and mood disorders, ADD/ADHD, and anxiety disorders.
(615) 813-4765 View (615) 813-4765
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Deanna Martin
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Franklin, TN 37067
As a physician assistant, I have had the privilege of working closely with individuals facing a wide range of physical and mental health challenges. Through my experiences, I have developed a deep understanding of patient issues, needs, motivations, and goals. I believe that everyone has a unique story, and I am committed to providing compassionate and personalized care to each individual I encounter. I recognize that mental health is a complex interplay of biological, psychological, social and spiritual factors, and I strive to address all these aspects in my practice.
As a physician assistant, I have had the privilege of working closely with individuals facing a wide range of physical and mental health challenges. Through my experiences, I have developed a deep understanding of patient issues, needs, motivations, and goals. I believe that everyone has a unique story, and I am committed to providing compassionate and personalized care to each individual I encounter. I recognize that mental health is a complex interplay of biological, psychological, social and spiritual factors, and I strive to address all these aspects in my practice.
(615) 437-3118 View (615) 437-3118
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Lauren Caldwell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, MSN
Verified Verified
Franklin, TN 37064
While I am certified to provide care across the lifespan, my heart is for child and adolescent psychiatry. My goal is always to listen to kids, advocate for them, and be a support in their mental health journey. It is a role that I cherish and do not take lightly.
While I am certified to provide care across the lifespan, my heart is for child and adolescent psychiatry. My goal is always to listen to kids, advocate for them, and be a support in their mental health journey. It is a role that I cherish and do not take lightly.
(629) 729-4049 View (629) 729-4049
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Katharine Dinwiddie
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Franklin, TN 37067
I enjoy the collaborative nature of psychiatry. Working with parents/guardians, teachers, therapists and primary care providers to help kids thrive is very important to me.
I enjoy the collaborative nature of psychiatry. Working with parents/guardians, teachers, therapists and primary care providers to help kids thrive is very important to me.
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Franklin, TN

50+

Average cost per session

$201

Psychiatrists in Franklin, TN who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
93% Anxiety
80% Trauma and PTSD
78% Bipolar Disorder
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
75% Medication Management
73% ADHD

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

95% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
90% Cigna and Evernorth
87% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Franklin, TN see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

69% Female
31% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Franklin?

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.