Psychiatrists in Austin, TX

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Austin Family Mental Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78704  (Online Only)
We provide professional care for the full spectrum of psychiatric disorders. Our goal is to treat Mental Health Disorders with "as few medications as possible and as much good, professional therapy to address the issues at the source." Austin Family Mental Health provides holistic psychiatric care with a primary focus on medication management specializing in the management of depression, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, schizophrenia, substance abuse disorders, and more.
We provide professional care for the full spectrum of psychiatric disorders. Our goal is to treat Mental Health Disorders with "as few medications as possible and as much good, professional therapy to address the issues at the source." Austin Family Mental Health provides holistic psychiatric care with a primary focus on medication management specializing in the management of depression, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, schizophrenia, substance abuse disorders, and more.
(512) 975-2898 View (512) 975-2898
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Reproductive Psychiatry and Counseling
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78704
If you or your partner are struggling with mental wellness during infertility, pregnancy loss, or pregnancy/postpartum, during perimenopause or experiencing premenstrual difficulties please consider reaching out for more care. We often try to be strong and work through issues alone without realizing the significant impact our own mental health has on our children and family. Receiving quality treatment can help you to improve your wellness, and by extension, the wellness of your baby, in the safest ways.
If you or your partner are struggling with mental wellness during infertility, pregnancy loss, or pregnancy/postpartum, during perimenopause or experiencing premenstrual difficulties please consider reaching out for more care. We often try to be strong and work through issues alone without realizing the significant impact our own mental health has on our children and family. Receiving quality treatment can help you to improve your wellness, and by extension, the wellness of your baby, in the safest ways.
(512) 710-2173 View (512) 710-2173
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Austin Psychcare: Magid, Fox, Cullers, & Robinson
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78759
Nature vs. Nurture? At Austin PsychCare, we believe that the two are so intricately entwined, that you can't address one without the other. As such, Michelle Magid, MD, MBA, Isadora Fox, PMHNP, Justin Cullers, PMHNP, and Anna Robinson MD have spent their entire careers becoming experts in both pharmacology and therapy. We have received specialized trained in cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and life coaching. In addition, we are experts in medication management. We hope to pass our research, knowledge, and experience in the mind/body connection onto you, so that you can become your best self.
Nature vs. Nurture? At Austin PsychCare, we believe that the two are so intricately entwined, that you can't address one without the other. As such, Michelle Magid, MD, MBA, Isadora Fox, PMHNP, Justin Cullers, PMHNP, and Anna Robinson MD have spent their entire careers becoming experts in both pharmacology and therapy. We have received specialized trained in cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and life coaching. In addition, we are experts in medication management. We hope to pass our research, knowledge, and experience in the mind/body connection onto you, so that you can become your best self.
(512) 580-8678 View (512) 580-8678
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Munira Jiwani
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78704  (Online Only)
Hello! I'm glad you've found my profile. My name is Munira Jiwani, and I've just opened more slots at Legion Psychiatry to welcome new clients. I work with most major insurance carriers, such as Cigna, Aetna, United, and more. My schedule fills up fast, but currently, I can see new patients as early as next week on Mondays and Tuesdays (morning and afternoon).
Hello! I'm glad you've found my profile. My name is Munira Jiwani, and I've just opened more slots at Legion Psychiatry to welcome new clients. I work with most major insurance carriers, such as Cigna, Aetna, United, and more. My schedule fills up fast, but currently, I can see new patients as early as next week on Mondays and Tuesdays (morning and afternoon).
(737) 888-5057 View (737) 888-5057
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Meredith M. Langguth
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78752
Meredith Langguth is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is committed to building compassionate and effective therapeutic alliances with her patients. Meredith applies a patient-centered approach that combines evidence-based treatments with the patient’s own individual goals to promote the best possible outcomes.
Meredith Langguth is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is committed to building compassionate and effective therapeutic alliances with her patients. Meredith applies a patient-centered approach that combines evidence-based treatments with the patient’s own individual goals to promote the best possible outcomes.
(512) 890-2420 View (512) 890-2420
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Dr. Michael Millstone - Brain and Behavior, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78759
I know your time is valuable. I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist with Fellowships in Psychoanalysis and Mindfulness based treatments. I provide individualized treatment for those dealing with concerns about mood, anxiety, or struggles in one or more areas of life. While I offer short sessions of psychiatric care, my area of expertise is long sessions integrating treatments such as psychoanalysis talk therapy, exercise, mindfulness, and medications when indicated.
I know your time is valuable. I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist with Fellowships in Psychoanalysis and Mindfulness based treatments. I provide individualized treatment for those dealing with concerns about mood, anxiety, or struggles in one or more areas of life. While I offer short sessions of psychiatric care, my area of expertise is long sessions integrating treatments such as psychoanalysis talk therapy, exercise, mindfulness, and medications when indicated.
(512) 861-8929 View (512) 861-8929
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Cynthia Benton
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78704
Cynthia Benton, M.D. provides psychopharmacology and/or psychotherapy services for adult patients in her private practice in Austin, Texas. She completed medical school at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas and completed her residency in psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco. She is board certified in General Adult Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She has served as adjunct clinical faculty at both the University of California at San Francisco and at the Austin Medical Education Programs.
Cynthia Benton, M.D. provides psychopharmacology and/or psychotherapy services for adult patients in her private practice in Austin, Texas. She completed medical school at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas and completed her residency in psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco. She is board certified in General Adult Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She has served as adjunct clinical faculty at both the University of California at San Francisco and at the Austin Medical Education Programs.
(512) 843-7026 View (512) 843-7026
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Chris Masuda MD/Sigma Mental Health Urgent Care
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78745
Dr. Christine Masuda is the psychiatric medical director of the Austin location of Sigma. Sigma Mental Health Urgent Care takes same day appointments and is open 7 days a week except major holidays. Our Austin location has limited in person services and we request that you call to schedule in Austin. We treat people during gaps in care, while they are waiting to get an appointment in the community, and we can continue treatment long-term when our clinic is the best fit for an individual's needs.
Dr. Christine Masuda is the psychiatric medical director of the Austin location of Sigma. Sigma Mental Health Urgent Care takes same day appointments and is open 7 days a week except major holidays. Our Austin location has limited in person services and we request that you call to schedule in Austin. We treat people during gaps in care, while they are waiting to get an appointment in the community, and we can continue treatment long-term when our clinic is the best fit for an individual's needs.
(737) 302-5812 View (737) 302-5812
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Dr. Lauren Williams
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78746
The ideal client is an adult grappling with mental health challenges, seeking more than just symptom management. They desire comprehensive care that addresses their mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. These individuals recognize the limitations of conventional treatments and are looking for integrative, holistic and innovative therapies. They are curious about evidence based treatment not skewed by external entities. They aspire to overcome deep-seated traumas and achieve a sustained sense of joy and fulfillment in their lives.
The ideal client is an adult grappling with mental health challenges, seeking more than just symptom management. They desire comprehensive care that addresses their mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. These individuals recognize the limitations of conventional treatments and are looking for integrative, holistic and innovative therapies. They are curious about evidence based treatment not skewed by external entities. They aspire to overcome deep-seated traumas and achieve a sustained sense of joy and fulfillment in their lives.
(512) 766-3061 View (512) 766-3061
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Zack Lazar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78752  (Online Only)
I am an especially good fit for individuals committed to self-discovery who are in a place of courage and willingness to do the work of healing. I am particularly well suited to serve individuals looking to integrate spiritual/inner work (eg. medicine work, deep meditation study, etc).
I am an especially good fit for individuals committed to self-discovery who are in a place of courage and willingness to do the work of healing. I am particularly well suited to serve individuals looking to integrate spiritual/inner work (eg. medicine work, deep meditation study, etc).
(512) 489-9720 View (512) 489-9720
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Adefemi Taiwo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78731
My approach to clinical practice is based on a collaborative model and as such works well with patients who take an active interest in their treatment and are genuinely curious.
My approach to clinical practice is based on a collaborative model and as such works well with patients who take an active interest in their treatment and are genuinely curious.
(832) 979-7514 View (832) 979-7514
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78745  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients via telehealth for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today.. We offer affordable out-of-pocket rates-. Also accepting insurances soon.
Accepting new patients via telehealth for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today.. We offer affordable out-of-pocket rates-. Also accepting insurances soon.
(737) 510-7683 View (737) 510-7683
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Magdalene Rozmiarek
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78731  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients and immediate openings available. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who embraces a holistic approach with the use of evidence-based medication management, complimentary treatments, and lifestyle changes to achieve your goals. I embrace a safe, compassionate, non-discriminatory and culturally centered approach to care. My aim is to create a nurturing environment that allows you to be heard so we can create a treatment plan together.
Accepting new patients and immediate openings available. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who embraces a holistic approach with the use of evidence-based medication management, complimentary treatments, and lifestyle changes to achieve your goals. I embrace a safe, compassionate, non-discriminatory and culturally centered approach to care. My aim is to create a nurturing environment that allows you to be heard so we can create a treatment plan together.
(512) 203-3588 View (512) 203-3588
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Abby Riggs
Psychiatric Nurse, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78756
As a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I provide high quality, affordable mental health care for children and adults. My approach to care is collaborative, which means that you will ALWAYS have an active voice in the treatment. Not all mental health concerns require medication, of course, but if we do decide that medication may be helpful, my philosophy is always to "start low and go slow." My goal is to help clients achieve full remission of symptoms and an optimal level of functioning with as little medication as possible.
As a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I provide high quality, affordable mental health care for children and adults. My approach to care is collaborative, which means that you will ALWAYS have an active voice in the treatment. Not all mental health concerns require medication, of course, but if we do decide that medication may be helpful, my philosophy is always to "start low and go slow." My goal is to help clients achieve full remission of symptoms and an optimal level of functioning with as little medication as possible.
(512) 843-8586 View (512) 843-8586
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Kurt L. Cousins
Psychiatrist, MD, MBA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78731
Kurt Cousins, MD, MBA is a fellowship-trained, double board-certified psychiatrist, practicing general psychiatry and subspecializing in child and adolescent psychiatry in Austin, TX. Dr. Cousins completed residency training in Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine - Sheppard Pratt Hospital (#6 in Psychiatry, U.S. News & World Report); and fellowship training in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine, The Menninger Clinic (#5 in Psychiatry) and Texas Children’s Hospital (#4 in Pediatrics). He completed additional training in addiction psychiatry at the Betty Ford Clinic, Rancho Mirage, CA.
Kurt Cousins, MD, MBA is a fellowship-trained, double board-certified psychiatrist, practicing general psychiatry and subspecializing in child and adolescent psychiatry in Austin, TX. Dr. Cousins completed residency training in Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine - Sheppard Pratt Hospital (#6 in Psychiatry, U.S. News & World Report); and fellowship training in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine, The Menninger Clinic (#5 in Psychiatry) and Texas Children’s Hospital (#4 in Pediatrics). He completed additional training in addiction psychiatry at the Betty Ford Clinic, Rancho Mirage, CA.
(737) 204-6960 View (737) 204-6960
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Ekaete Oyeka
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, NP, RXN
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78705  (Online Only)
Hi there, I'm Eka. Do you feel pulled in a million directions, unable to fit it all in? Are you struggling to keep up with your relationships, work, school, and health? Is it hard to be kind to yourself or others? I believe in each client's uniqueness and ensure a holistic treatment based on individual needs. I specialize in treating psychiatric disorders, including, but not limited to, Anxiety, Depression, Mood Disorders, Bipolar, PTSD and ADHD in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. I am very passionate about contributing to the improvement of the community's health by utilizing an evidence-based approach to mental health care
Hi there, I'm Eka. Do you feel pulled in a million directions, unable to fit it all in? Are you struggling to keep up with your relationships, work, school, and health? Is it hard to be kind to yourself or others? I believe in each client's uniqueness and ensure a holistic treatment based on individual needs. I specialize in treating psychiatric disorders, including, but not limited to, Anxiety, Depression, Mood Disorders, Bipolar, PTSD and ADHD in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. I am very passionate about contributing to the improvement of the community's health by utilizing an evidence-based approach to mental health care
(737) 316-3763 View (737) 316-3763
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Spelber Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78705  (Online Only)
Patients often enjoy working with me because of my patient-centered, collaborative, and informative approach to psychiatric assessment and treatment. I enjoy explaining and educating individuals on the origin of psychiatric symptoms and how various treatment options–psychiatric medications or neuromodulation–work and compare to one another.
Patients often enjoy working with me because of my patient-centered, collaborative, and informative approach to psychiatric assessment and treatment. I enjoy explaining and educating individuals on the origin of psychiatric symptoms and how various treatment options–psychiatric medications or neuromodulation–work and compare to one another.
(512) 641-3581 View (512) 641-3581
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Anita Padilla Weekend Availability
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC, CIMHP, ADHDCSP
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78701  (Online Only)
Thank you for your consideration as your next provider. I appreciate that it is difficult to find the right fit for your mental health concerns. One of the main concerns I have heard over the years is that patients do not feel heard when they reach out for help. I have carried this with me throughout my career. I spend the time to truly listen and understand your concerns. I work with you to identify a treatment plan you are comfortable with. The outcomes are better if you trust your provider and you work together to achieve remission.
Thank you for your consideration as your next provider. I appreciate that it is difficult to find the right fit for your mental health concerns. One of the main concerns I have heard over the years is that patients do not feel heard when they reach out for help. I have carried this with me throughout my career. I spend the time to truly listen and understand your concerns. I work with you to identify a treatment plan you are comfortable with. The outcomes are better if you trust your provider and you work together to achieve remission.
(512) 866-1616 View (512) 866-1616
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Andrea Bickley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78704  (Online Only)
Hi there! If you're visiting my profile, I'm here to assist you on your path to mental wellness. My name is Andrea Bickley, and I'm excited to announce new openings at Legion Psychiatry for new clients. I am in-network with many leading insurance providers (including Cigna, Aetna, United, and more). My schedule tends to fill up fast, but currently, I'm available Monday to Wednesday evenings.
Hi there! If you're visiting my profile, I'm here to assist you on your path to mental wellness. My name is Andrea Bickley, and I'm excited to announce new openings at Legion Psychiatry for new clients. I am in-network with many leading insurance providers (including Cigna, Aetna, United, and more). My schedule tends to fill up fast, but currently, I'm available Monday to Wednesday evenings.
(737) 325-8643 View (737) 325-8643
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Amanda Anazia - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78759
Amanda Anazia MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner as well as a certified family nurse practitioner. She is a part of the inaugural class of 2012 where she received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Texas State University. Amanda obtained her MSN from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, where she specialized in Family in 2020. She also obtained a Post-Master’s Certificate from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston where she specialized as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2021.
Amanda Anazia MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner as well as a certified family nurse practitioner. She is a part of the inaugural class of 2012 where she received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Texas State University. Amanda obtained her MSN from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, where she specialized in Family in 2020. She also obtained a Post-Master’s Certificate from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston where she specialized as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2021.
(737) 637-3191 View (737) 637-3191

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Austin, TX

300+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Austin, TX who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
94% Anxiety
80% Bipolar Disorder
78% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
78% Trauma and PTSD
72% Medication Management
69% ADHD

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

86% Cigna and Evernorth
85% BlueCross and BlueShield
83% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Austin, TX see their clients

60% In Person and Online
40% Online Only

Gender breakdown

68% Female
31% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Austin?

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.