Psychiatrists in Austin, TX

Photo of Pauravi J. Rana, Psychiatrist in Austin, TX
Pauravi J. Rana
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78731
I am most experienced with treating psychiatric concerns of a young adult population but I consult with and treat adults of all ages. I have broad experience treating depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and eating disorder. I enjoy educating clients who may be new to medication treatment and have reservations about it. I work best with clients who are looking to incorporate medication treatment with other therapeutic options such as psychotherapy, lifestyle change, exercise, and mindfulness-based approaches. Though I do not offer specific treatment for addictions, I address self-medication issues and substance abuse issues with all clients.
I am most experienced with treating psychiatric concerns of a young adult population but I consult with and treat adults of all ages. I have broad experience treating depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and eating disorder. I enjoy educating clients who may be new to medication treatment and have reservations about it. I work best with clients who are looking to incorporate medication treatment with other therapeutic options such as psychotherapy, lifestyle change, exercise, and mindfulness-based approaches. Though I do not offer specific treatment for addictions, I address self-medication issues and substance abuse issues with all clients.
(512) 270-6443 View (512) 270-6443
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Dr Lynda Parker - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78746  (Online Only)
Dr. Lynda Parker is a psychiatrist currently practicing at Anew Era TMS and Psychiatry of Austin in Austin, TX. She also offers virtual consultations.
Dr. Lynda Parker is a psychiatrist currently practicing at Anew Era TMS and Psychiatry of Austin in Austin, TX. She also offers virtual consultations.
(737) 777-9743 View (737) 777-9743
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Kelly Campbell
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78731
Psychiatrists are medical doctors who specialize in medication management for mental illness and psychotherapy. After medical school I completed five years in residency and fellowship training and a double board certification to give me psychiatric expertise in patients of all ages. I work with children, adolescents and adults (ages 4-55) and provide diagnosis and treatment on a wide range of conditions including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and OCD, autism, PTSD, and more.
Psychiatrists are medical doctors who specialize in medication management for mental illness and psychotherapy. After medical school I completed five years in residency and fellowship training and a double board certification to give me psychiatric expertise in patients of all ages. I work with children, adolescents and adults (ages 4-55) and provide diagnosis and treatment on a wide range of conditions including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and OCD, autism, PTSD, and more.
(512) 399-5403 View (512) 399-5403
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Shelly Riley
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78746
Welcome! Dr. Riley is board certified in both child and adolescent and adult psychiatry. She provides psychopharmacology for patients in Austin, Texas. She completed medical school at University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio in 1999 and completed her residency and fellowship at The University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 2004. She has been in practice in Austin, Texas since 2004. To find out more about her practice, please visit her website.
Welcome! Dr. Riley is board certified in both child and adolescent and adult psychiatry. She provides psychopharmacology for patients in Austin, Texas. She completed medical school at University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio in 1999 and completed her residency and fellowship at The University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 2004. She has been in practice in Austin, Texas since 2004. To find out more about her practice, please visit her website.
(512) 572-9408 View (512) 572-9408
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Dr Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78705
Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Are these emotional and behavioral patterns fixable? Which ones stem from genetics or brain chemistry, and which are rooted in upbringing or circumstances?
Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Are these emotional and behavioral patterns fixable? Which ones stem from genetics or brain chemistry, and which are rooted in upbringing or circumstances?
(512) 265-2532 View (512) 265-2532
Photo of Jaime Nelson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Austin, TX
Jaime Nelson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78752
Jaime Nelson is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and has been practicing in the Austin community since 2011. She has experience in inpatient psychiatric hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living communities, group homes and she is currently practicing in private practice with outpatient clients.
Jaime Nelson is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and has been practicing in the Austin community since 2011. She has experience in inpatient psychiatric hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living communities, group homes and she is currently practicing in private practice with outpatient clients.
(512) 879-1153 View (512) 879-1153
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Mona Adamaszek
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78746
You have to be your own best advocate, no one is going to do the work for you. It is my goal to meet you where you are and to start delivering comprehensive care from there. I engage in a client centered yet evidence based practice approach. I believe in helping and working beside you to create a treatment plan that empowers you to become the best version of yourself in the season you are in. My intention is to support your growth toward living a healthier more authentic and fulfilling life.
You have to be your own best advocate, no one is going to do the work for you. It is my goal to meet you where you are and to start delivering comprehensive care from there. I engage in a client centered yet evidence based practice approach. I believe in helping and working beside you to create a treatment plan that empowers you to become the best version of yourself in the season you are in. My intention is to support your growth toward living a healthier more authentic and fulfilling life.
(512) 434-0117 View (512) 434-0117
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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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Becky Scaduto
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78731
I provide care that centers patients, making myself a guide of available options rather than the final decision-maker. Early in my professional career I have focused on treatment of substance use disorders, but I also have years of experience treating depression and other mood disorders, anxiety, psychosis and posttraumatic stress disorder. As a PMHNP I provide psychiatric assessments, diagnostic services, and medication management with psychoeducation. Though I do not provide therapy primarily, whenever possible I use ACT therapeutic techniques to bolster my practice.
I provide care that centers patients, making myself a guide of available options rather than the final decision-maker. Early in my professional career I have focused on treatment of substance use disorders, but I also have years of experience treating depression and other mood disorders, anxiety, psychosis and posttraumatic stress disorder. As a PMHNP I provide psychiatric assessments, diagnostic services, and medication management with psychoeducation. Though I do not provide therapy primarily, whenever possible I use ACT therapeutic techniques to bolster my practice.
(737) 258-3918 View (737) 258-3918
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Yetunde Fadeyibi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC, APRN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78731  (Online Only)
When human beings experience severe life stressors, it is not uncommon for their lives to unravel. These life stressors can occur in any stage of life. I specialize in providing care to adolescent and adults that struggle with acute or chronic depression, anxiety, panic attacks, ADHD, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and psychosis, among others. I understand the vulnerability that comes with sharing your in-depth symptoms.
When human beings experience severe life stressors, it is not uncommon for their lives to unravel. These life stressors can occur in any stage of life. I specialize in providing care to adolescent and adults that struggle with acute or chronic depression, anxiety, panic attacks, ADHD, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and psychosis, among others. I understand the vulnerability that comes with sharing your in-depth symptoms.
(512) 640-0783 View (512) 640-0783
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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
Photo of Christine Kilkenny, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Austin, TX
Christine Kilkenny
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78731
I’m a psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 10 years experience working in the mental health field. I believe in having my patients involved in the decision making process regarding their care. I collaborate closely with my patients and additional medical professionals involved in their care. My goal is to effectively treat patients using the fewest amount of medications possible at the individuals lowest therapeutic dose.
I’m a psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 10 years experience working in the mental health field. I believe in having my patients involved in the decision making process regarding their care. I collaborate closely with my patients and additional medical professionals involved in their care. My goal is to effectively treat patients using the fewest amount of medications possible at the individuals lowest therapeutic dose.
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Catherine Larson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78746
I am Board Certified in both Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Adult Psychiatry. I completed my residency and fellowship training here in Austin, Texas at the University of Texas Dell Medical School. I work with children, adolescents and young adults (age 4-40) using both psychotherapy and medications. I have special interest in Anxiety Disorders but I have experience working with a wide range of diagnoses. For more information about my practice, including fees, schedule etc. please visit my website. I am not currently accepting any insurance plans.
I am Board Certified in both Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Adult Psychiatry. I completed my residency and fellowship training here in Austin, Texas at the University of Texas Dell Medical School. I work with children, adolescents and young adults (age 4-40) using both psychotherapy and medications. I have special interest in Anxiety Disorders but I have experience working with a wide range of diagnoses. For more information about my practice, including fees, schedule etc. please visit my website. I am not currently accepting any insurance plans.
(512) 270-3592 View (512) 270-3592
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Robin May-Davis
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78746
Welcome! I am committed to comprehensive mental health care. I work collaboratively with each individual to customized the goals and interventions of those I serve. I am ready to devote my time, training, and attention to optimize your plan. As a psychiatrist, I use a combination of lifestyle changes, medications, and therapies for treatment and often collaborate with outside providers. I began my post-graduate education at Occidental College, where I was honored Phi Beta Kappa with my Bachelor of Arts in Psychobiology. I then moved on to earn my Doctorate of Medicine from Harvard Medical School.
Welcome! I am committed to comprehensive mental health care. I work collaboratively with each individual to customized the goals and interventions of those I serve. I am ready to devote my time, training, and attention to optimize your plan. As a psychiatrist, I use a combination of lifestyle changes, medications, and therapies for treatment and often collaborate with outside providers. I began my post-graduate education at Occidental College, where I was honored Phi Beta Kappa with my Bachelor of Arts in Psychobiology. I then moved on to earn my Doctorate of Medicine from Harvard Medical School.
(512) 865-6717 View (512) 865-6717
Photo of Ghadeer Okayli, Psychiatrist in Austin, TX
Ghadeer Okayli
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78703
I am Dr. Ghadeer Okayli, an adult psychiatrist in Central Austin,Tx. I have 22years of experience in treating adults with a large spectrum of psychiatric conditions like Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, OCD, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and ADHD to mention a few. I was privileged to be trained in top psychiatric programs, by world renowned psychiatrists and researchers like Drs. Herbert Y Meltzer, Joe Calabrese, Brian Roth, Ned Kalin, and others. The training provided a strong foundation to build my practice on. I have continued to consult with my mentors throughout the past 22years. I am equipped with state of the art knowledge.
I am Dr. Ghadeer Okayli, an adult psychiatrist in Central Austin,Tx. I have 22years of experience in treating adults with a large spectrum of psychiatric conditions like Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, OCD, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and ADHD to mention a few. I was privileged to be trained in top psychiatric programs, by world renowned psychiatrists and researchers like Drs. Herbert Y Meltzer, Joe Calabrese, Brian Roth, Ned Kalin, and others. The training provided a strong foundation to build my practice on. I have continued to consult with my mentors throughout the past 22years. I am equipped with state of the art knowledge.
(512) 948-3752 View (512) 948-3752
Photo of Isadora Fox, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Austin, TX
Isadora Fox
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78731
Psychiatry is for any person and every person, regardless of where they are in their life. Highly successful people have problems, too. Just because your life looks great on paper does not mean that you're not suffering on the inside. Feelings and emotions don't discriminate based on income or level of education. And if you're life doesn't look so great on paper, grappling with emotional issues may be keeping you from achieving your goals and moving forward in your life. Psychiatric clinicians offer what life coaches can't--a full assessment of the biological, psychological, and sociological issues.
Psychiatry is for any person and every person, regardless of where they are in their life. Highly successful people have problems, too. Just because your life looks great on paper does not mean that you're not suffering on the inside. Feelings and emotions don't discriminate based on income or level of education. And if you're life doesn't look so great on paper, grappling with emotional issues may be keeping you from achieving your goals and moving forward in your life. Psychiatric clinicians offer what life coaches can't--a full assessment of the biological, psychological, and sociological issues.
(737) 777-8246 View (737) 777-8246
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George Attobrah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78701
NOW OFFERING ONLINE APPOINTMENTS. I offer quality and affordable mental health care with immediate appointments available. I assess and offer a detailed diagnostic evaluations for all mental disorders, and provides treatment plans that include psychotropic medication management and psychotherapy services. You will have the direct access to personally talk to me on any issue. I specialize in treating anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, and other mental disorders.
NOW OFFERING ONLINE APPOINTMENTS. I offer quality and affordable mental health care with immediate appointments available. I assess and offer a detailed diagnostic evaluations for all mental disorders, and provides treatment plans that include psychotropic medication management and psychotherapy services. You will have the direct access to personally talk to me on any issue. I specialize in treating anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, and other mental disorders.
(833) 240-4614 View (833) 240-4614
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Ryann Rathbone
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78731
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), and owner of Clear Water Psychiatry. I provide psychiatric assessments, diagnostic services and medication management with psychoeducation. I believe in a holistic, client-centered and evidence based perspective. I specialize in the treatment of adults with trauma, mood, anxiety and thought disorders as well as pre-peri-post natal psychiatry. I am committed to an integrated model of care and partner with my clients, their healthcare providers and therapists. My Master's of Nursing and training as a PMHNP from the University of Texas in Austin.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), and owner of Clear Water Psychiatry. I provide psychiatric assessments, diagnostic services and medication management with psychoeducation. I believe in a holistic, client-centered and evidence based perspective. I specialize in the treatment of adults with trauma, mood, anxiety and thought disorders as well as pre-peri-post natal psychiatry. I am committed to an integrated model of care and partner with my clients, their healthcare providers and therapists. My Master's of Nursing and training as a PMHNP from the University of Texas in Austin.
(737) 258-7141 View (737) 258-7141
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Kelli Sue Thompson
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, APRN, NP-C
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78731
Kelli Sue has joined Ellie Mental Health! Ultimately, I believe integrative and holistic therapies are vital for our mental health. My goal will always be to meet you exactly where you are in your journey toward healing. I want to work in collaboration with you to help you live your BEST life.
Kelli Sue has joined Ellie Mental Health! Ultimately, I believe integrative and holistic therapies are vital for our mental health. My goal will always be to meet you exactly where you are in your journey toward healing. I want to work in collaboration with you to help you live your BEST life.
(512) 764-5798 View (512) 764-5798
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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

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% Trauma and PTSD
77% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
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

59% In Person and Online
41% Online Only

Gender breakdown

69% Female
30% 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.