Psychiatrists in Benbrook, TX

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Bridgett Gant
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Benbrook, TX 76116  (Online Only)
Hello! If you're visiting my profile, I'm here to assist you on your path to better mental health. My name is Bridgett Gant, and I've just opened more spots at Legion Psychiatry for new clients. I accept a range of major insurance providers (including Cigna, Aetna, United, etc). My schedule tends to fill up fast, but currently, I have openings from Monday to Friday (morning and afternoon).
Hello! If you're visiting my profile, I'm here to assist you on your path to better mental health. My name is Bridgett Gant, and I've just opened more spots at Legion Psychiatry for new clients. I accept a range of major insurance providers (including Cigna, Aetna, United, etc). My schedule tends to fill up fast, but currently, I have openings from Monday to Friday (morning and afternoon).
(817) 668-3634 View (817) 668-3634
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Satang Ann
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Benbrook, TX 76116  (Online Only)
Accepting NEW Clients TODAY. SAME-DAY appointments are available. After-hours and WEEKEND appointments are available. Currently in-network with Superior Medicaid, BCBS, UHC/Optum, CIGNA, Aetna, and Medicare in Texas. Private Pay rates made affordable. I value meeting my clients where they are WITHOUT making them feel judged. During our initial session, we will talk about what led you to me, and at the end of the session, we will come up with a treatment plan that best suits your needs. The goal is to develop the best therapeutic relationship possible to ease any stress related to having appointments.
Accepting NEW Clients TODAY. SAME-DAY appointments are available. After-hours and WEEKEND appointments are available. Currently in-network with Superior Medicaid, BCBS, UHC/Optum, CIGNA, Aetna, and Medicare in Texas. Private Pay rates made affordable. I value meeting my clients where they are WITHOUT making them feel judged. During our initial session, we will talk about what led you to me, and at the end of the session, we will come up with a treatment plan that best suits your needs. The goal is to develop the best therapeutic relationship possible to ease any stress related to having appointments.
(972) 707-2489 View (972) 707-2489
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Dr. Zian Omene
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Benbrook, TX 76109
Your condition does not define you. If you're looking for a trusted Christian provider who listens and offers treatments that address the root problem, consider medication as an option, not the only option. For Christians, we co-create a Kingdom Bible-based plan to help you live your best life.
Your condition does not define you. If you're looking for a trusted Christian provider who listens and offers treatments that address the root problem, consider medication as an option, not the only option. For Christians, we co-create a Kingdom Bible-based plan to help you live your best life.
(817) 587-8099 View (817) 587-8099

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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Fort Worth, TX 76116  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients via telehealth in Texas for psychiatric evaluations, talk therapy, and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting daily optimal functioning. 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.
Accepting new patients via telehealth in Texas for psychiatric evaluations, talk therapy, and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting daily optimal functioning. 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.
(830) 854-4214 View (830) 854-4214
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Emily Cook
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fort Worth, TX 76109
Emily Cook is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2023. She received her Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Texas at Arlington, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Texas Christian University. Emily believes that everyone is deserving of a functional and fulfilling quality of life. She is an engaging and compassionate provider who emphasizes empathetic listening and an evidence-based approach, founded in the most up to date science. Emily believes in providing treatment that is tailored to each individual's unique needs.
Emily Cook is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2023. She received her Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Texas at Arlington, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Texas Christian University. Emily believes that everyone is deserving of a functional and fulfilling quality of life. She is an engaging and compassionate provider who emphasizes empathetic listening and an evidence-based approach, founded in the most up to date science. Emily believes in providing treatment that is tailored to each individual's unique needs.
(469) 228-8317 View (469) 228-8317
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Munira Jiwani
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fort Worth, TX 76107  (Online Only)
Hi there! If you're reading this, I hope I can assist you on your mental health journey. I'm Munira Jiwani, a board-certified psychiatric specialist. I've recently made some room in my practice for new patients. I work with most major insurance providers, including Cigna, Aetna, and United, because I believe everyone should have access to affordable, quality care. My schedule tends to fill up quickly, but as of now, I have some appointment slots available as early as next week.
Hi there! If you're reading this, I hope I can assist you on your mental health journey. I'm Munira Jiwani, a board-certified psychiatric specialist. I've recently made some room in my practice for new patients. I work with most major insurance providers, including Cigna, Aetna, and United, because I believe everyone should have access to affordable, quality care. My schedule tends to fill up quickly, but as of now, I have some appointment slots available as early as next week.
(817) 873-3885 View (817) 873-3885
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Norman Sowell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Fort Worth, TX 76132
My ideal client is the one who reaches out when they need help. If you make that first step, I know that you are motivated! I will work tirelessly to help you meet your mental health goals. The relationship between an individual and their psychiatric provider should be a collaborative one. I always strive to seek feedback from clients and to provide alternatives & options for care. Medication management is my primary focus, so I would love to work alongside your therapist or I could help you to find one.
My ideal client is the one who reaches out when they need help. If you make that first step, I know that you are motivated! I will work tirelessly to help you meet your mental health goals. The relationship between an individual and their psychiatric provider should be a collaborative one. I always strive to seek feedback from clients and to provide alternatives & options for care. Medication management is my primary focus, so I would love to work alongside your therapist or I could help you to find one.
(972) 232-7474 View (972) 232-7474
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Michael Tsovko
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Fort Worth, TX 76132
My ideal client is the one I can help the most. I am interested in every case and I enjoy solving problems and working on long term solutions that are most beneficial for the client.
My ideal client is the one I can help the most. I am interested in every case and I enjoy solving problems and working on long term solutions that are most beneficial for the client.
(817) 497-8042 View (817) 497-8042
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Mallory George
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Fort Worth, TX 76132
Hello! I believe mental wellness plays a vital role in our overall health. If you are feeling stressed, having difficulty coping with life, or experiencing a mental health concern that is interfering with your ability to function as your best self, let me help. Providing compassionate and quality care for my clients in a safe, non-judgmental environment is important to me. I am highly trained and educated in performing psychiatric evaluations in order to accurately diagnose and treat a wide range of issues, including but not limited to anxiety, depression, bipolar, PTSD, substance use issues, and ADHD.
Hello! I believe mental wellness plays a vital role in our overall health. If you are feeling stressed, having difficulty coping with life, or experiencing a mental health concern that is interfering with your ability to function as your best self, let me help. Providing compassionate and quality care for my clients in a safe, non-judgmental environment is important to me. I am highly trained and educated in performing psychiatric evaluations in order to accurately diagnose and treat a wide range of issues, including but not limited to anxiety, depression, bipolar, PTSD, substance use issues, and ADHD.
(214) 307-9948 View (214) 307-9948
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Jaishree Raghavan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fort Worth, TX 76109
Jaishree Raghavan is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She earned her masters of science degree and bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington. She has been in the healthcare field and worked in multiple hospitals in the DFW metroplex for over 25 years. She did her clinical rotations in Wichita Falls, Burleson and Fort Worth treating adolescents, adults and geriatric populations with multiple psychiatric and mental health issues, including, depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, Bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, substance use disorder and more.
Jaishree Raghavan is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She earned her masters of science degree and bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington. She has been in the healthcare field and worked in multiple hospitals in the DFW metroplex for over 25 years. She did her clinical rotations in Wichita Falls, Burleson and Fort Worth treating adolescents, adults and geriatric populations with multiple psychiatric and mental health issues, including, depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, Bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, substance use disorder and more.
(817) 813-1972 View (817) 813-1972
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Dr Michael Millstone - Brain and Behavior, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fort Worth, TX 76109  (Online Only)
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.
(682) 327-1930 View (682) 327-1930
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Oladunni Liyele
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Fort Worth, TX 76107  (Online Only)
Hello! If you’ve landed on my profile, I'm here to support your mental wellness goals. I am Oladunni Liyele, and I've opened new slots at Legion Psychiatry for fresh clients. I'm an in-network provider for most major insurance carriers, including Cigna, Aetna, and United. My schedule tends to fill up quickly; however, I currently have openings on Thursdays (morning to afternoon).
Hello! If you’ve landed on my profile, I'm here to support your mental wellness goals. I am Oladunni Liyele, and I've opened new slots at Legion Psychiatry for fresh clients. I'm an in-network provider for most major insurance carriers, including Cigna, Aetna, and United. My schedule tends to fill up quickly; however, I currently have openings on Thursdays (morning to afternoon).
(817) 623-4927 View (817) 623-4927
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Shazar Khan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fort Worth, TX 76109  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, or navigating a major life change? My ideal client seeks a compassionate and understanding partner in their mental health journey. They desire to regain control, find hope, and achieve a balanced, fulfilling life. They want a personalized approach that respects their unique experiences and goals. At Legion Health, we offer a supportive environment where you can feel truly heard and valued.
Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, or navigating a major life change? My ideal client seeks a compassionate and understanding partner in their mental health journey. They desire to regain control, find hope, and achieve a balanced, fulfilling life. They want a personalized approach that respects their unique experiences and goals. At Legion Health, we offer a supportive environment where you can feel truly heard and valued.
(817) 799-7671 View (817) 799-7671
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Olivia Lee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, CEDS-S
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Worth, TX 76109  (Online Only)
If you are experiencing stress, struggling with low self-esteem or are having difficulty navigating professional challenges or life transitions and need support, I can provide individualized and holistic treatment. In a nurturing yet structured manner, I encourage emotional, behavioral, social and spiritual growth that will bring you closer to achieving your goals.
If you are experiencing stress, struggling with low self-esteem or are having difficulty navigating professional challenges or life transitions and need support, I can provide individualized and holistic treatment. In a nurturing yet structured manner, I encourage emotional, behavioral, social and spiritual growth that will bring you closer to achieving your goals.
(704) 946-8119 View (704) 946-8119
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Syed Bukhari
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Fort Worth, TX 76132
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatrist with over 20 years' experience in medical and psychiatric environments. I have clinical experience in diverse psychiatric settings, these include inpatient, outpatient, emergency, and C&L psychiatry. I worked as a Team leader of ACT team as well as a TMS provider in outpatient setting. I have held key positions such as teaching and leadership roles throughout my career, including residency and afterwards working as a staff psychiatrist. Aside from my private practice; I am the Medical Director and inpatient/intensive outpatient psychiatrist at Wellbridge Healthcare Hospital, Fort Worth, TX.
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatrist with over 20 years' experience in medical and psychiatric environments. I have clinical experience in diverse psychiatric settings, these include inpatient, outpatient, emergency, and C&L psychiatry. I worked as a Team leader of ACT team as well as a TMS provider in outpatient setting. I have held key positions such as teaching and leadership roles throughout my career, including residency and afterwards working as a staff psychiatrist. Aside from my private practice; I am the Medical Director and inpatient/intensive outpatient psychiatrist at Wellbridge Healthcare Hospital, Fort Worth, TX.
(314) 970-2460 View (314) 970-2460
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Sabah Choudry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fort Worth, TX 76109  (Online Only)
Are you feeling overwhelmed by anxiety, depression, or a major life change? You might be seeking a safe space to explore your feelings and find effective solutions. My ideal client is someone who wants to regain control of their life, find hope, and achieve a sense of balance and fulfillment. They value a therapeutic partnership where their unique experiences and goals are understood and respected. At Legion Health, we provide a nurturing environment where you can feel truly heard and supported.
Are you feeling overwhelmed by anxiety, depression, or a major life change? You might be seeking a safe space to explore your feelings and find effective solutions. My ideal client is someone who wants to regain control of their life, find hope, and achieve a sense of balance and fulfillment. They value a therapeutic partnership where their unique experiences and goals are understood and respected. At Legion Health, we provide a nurturing environment where you can feel truly heard and supported.
(817) 985-4404 View (817) 985-4404
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Charlotte Coates
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fort Worth, TX 76109  (Online Only)
Facing the challenges of anxiety, depression, or major life changes can be overwhelming. My ideal client is someone who seeks effective solutions and compassionate support for their mental health journey. They aspire to regain control, discover hope, and achieve a balanced, fulfilling life. They appreciate a personalized approach that honors their unique experiences and goals. At Legion Health, we offer a nurturing environment where you can feel truly understood and empowered.
Facing the challenges of anxiety, depression, or major life changes can be overwhelming. My ideal client is someone who seeks effective solutions and compassionate support for their mental health journey. They aspire to regain control, discover hope, and achieve a balanced, fulfilling life. They appreciate a personalized approach that honors their unique experiences and goals. At Legion Health, we offer a nurturing environment where you can feel truly understood and empowered.
(817) 634-5721 View (817) 634-5721
Photo of Sara Stokes-Hubert, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Sara Stokes-Hubert
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Worth, TX 76116
Hello! I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Fort Worth, TX who works with clients 12 and up who struggle with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention-deficit disorders, etc. I also specialize in helping those who are dealing with grief and loss. I worked my entire nursing career in pediatrics. Although I now treat patients of all ages, I am excited to combine my experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults with my passion for providing quality mental health services.
Hello! I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Fort Worth, TX who works with clients 12 and up who struggle with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention-deficit disorders, etc. I also specialize in helping those who are dealing with grief and loss. I worked my entire nursing career in pediatrics. Although I now treat patients of all ages, I am excited to combine my experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults with my passion for providing quality mental health services.
(817) 904-5369 View (817) 904-5369
Photo of Michael Akwo-Adelowo, MSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Michael Akwo-Adelowo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fort Worth, TX 76109  (Online Only)
Imagine feeling overwhelmed by the challenges life throws at you, whether it's anxiety, depression, or managing a major life transition. My ideal client seeks understanding and effective solutions to their mental health concerns. They desire to regain control, find hope, and achieve a balanced, fulfilling life. They want a compassionate partner in their journey, someone who listens, understands, and tailors treatment to their unique needs and goals. If you're looking for a therapeutic environment where you feel respected and empowered, you're in the right place.
Imagine feeling overwhelmed by the challenges life throws at you, whether it's anxiety, depression, or managing a major life transition. My ideal client seeks understanding and effective solutions to their mental health concerns. They desire to regain control, find hope, and achieve a balanced, fulfilling life. They want a compassionate partner in their journey, someone who listens, understands, and tailors treatment to their unique needs and goals. If you're looking for a therapeutic environment where you feel respected and empowered, you're in the right place.
(817) 203-2073 View (817) 203-2073
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Erin C Willbanks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Fort Worth, TX 76116
I have over a decade of experience working with adults with anxiety, insomnia and various mood disorders. While I provide medication management, I also enjoy providing supportive therapy and health coaching.
I have over a decade of experience working with adults with anxiety, insomnia and various mood disorders. While I provide medication management, I also enjoy providing supportive therapy and health coaching.
(817) 646-8832 View (817) 646-8832

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Benbrook, TX

< 10

Psychiatrists in Benbrook, TX who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
67% Emotional Disturbance
67% Medication Management
67% Women's Issues

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Benbrook, TX see their clients

66% Online Only
34% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Benbrook?

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.