Psychiatrists in Brazos County, TX

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Tina Chapman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bryan, TX 77802  (Online Only)
Tina is a board certified psychiatric mental-health nurse practitioner with over a decade of experience in behavioral health. She is committed to providing individualized, culturally responsive care. She believes in meeting you where you are and appreciates the unique values and experiences that help define your journey. Tina prioritizes collaboration and values your insight. She looks forward to helping you define and achieve your wellness goals.
Tina is a board certified psychiatric mental-health nurse practitioner with over a decade of experience in behavioral health. She is committed to providing individualized, culturally responsive care. She believes in meeting you where you are and appreciates the unique values and experiences that help define your journey. Tina prioritizes collaboration and values your insight. She looks forward to helping you define and achieve your wellness goals.
(210) 864-5824 View (210) 864-5824
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Michelle Costlow
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bryan, TX 77802
Michelle has almost 15 years of nursing experience in various settings. We are proud of her dedicated service to her community members. She is caring, compassionate, and empathetic. We would also like to thank her for her service in the United States Air Force. She has a lot of life experience and clinical expertise to share with the world. Thank you for coming aboard. We love your passion!
Michelle has almost 15 years of nursing experience in various settings. We are proud of her dedicated service to her community members. She is caring, compassionate, and empathetic. We would also like to thank her for her service in the United States Air Force. She has a lot of life experience and clinical expertise to share with the world. Thank you for coming aboard. We love your passion!
(979) 271-6881 View (979) 271-6881
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Omar Masihuddin (Addiction Treatment)
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Don't settle for a generic drug and alcohol therapist. You deserve help that actually helps you feel happy again. (And, that's in-network with your insurance).
Don't settle for a generic drug and alcohol therapist. You deserve help that actually helps you feel happy again. (And, that's in-network with your insurance).
(979) 475-2693 View (979) 475-2693
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David M Dranetz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
I have been a Psychiatrist for about 30 years. I have treated patients in a variety of settings, including general hospitals, outpatient clinics, medical school faculty, addiction treatment centers, community mental health centers, and Psychiatric hospitals. My training was extensive in both medication management and psychotherapy, and my experience in all settings is that patients have the best outcome when patient are willing to work collaboratively on identifying stressors, creating treatment goals, building of personal strengths and insights, with medication being a tool in this process.
I have been a Psychiatrist for about 30 years. I have treated patients in a variety of settings, including general hospitals, outpatient clinics, medical school faculty, addiction treatment centers, community mental health centers, and Psychiatric hospitals. My training was extensive in both medication management and psychotherapy, and my experience in all settings is that patients have the best outcome when patient are willing to work collaboratively on identifying stressors, creating treatment goals, building of personal strengths and insights, with medication being a tool in this process.
(979) 201-8794 View (979) 201-8794
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Billie Morgan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bryan, TX 77802
Not accepting new clients
I have been working in the field of psychiatry for over 20 years. I enjoy working with my clients to help improve their lives. I am holistic and believe that everything about you is a part of your puzzle. We will work together to form specific plans and goals to meet your needs, i.e., medication management, therapy, or alternative treatments, etc. I work with ages 5 and up. We take insurances and are working to expand our insurers. It is important that everyone have access to services. We see patients in person in Bryan, TX. I am licensed in TX/CO/NM/WA.
I have been working in the field of psychiatry for over 20 years. I enjoy working with my clients to help improve their lives. I am holistic and believe that everything about you is a part of your puzzle. We will work together to form specific plans and goals to meet your needs, i.e., medication management, therapy, or alternative treatments, etc. I work with ages 5 and up. We take insurances and are working to expand our insurers. It is important that everyone have access to services. We see patients in person in Bryan, TX. I am licensed in TX/CO/NM/WA.
(979) 201-8969 View (979) 201-8969
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Dr. Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bryan, TX 77802
Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Which emotions stem from genetics and which are rooted in circumstances? How can you even begin to accurately express yourself? How much change is even possible? What if medications change you for the worse? These uncertainties can leave us in a never ending struggle that keeps us from achieving our true potential. If you’re finally ready to find out answers, then you need Evolve Psychiatry to navigate you out of this maze.
Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Which emotions stem from genetics and which are rooted in circumstances? How can you even begin to accurately express yourself? How much change is even possible? What if medications change you for the worse? These uncertainties can leave us in a never ending struggle that keeps us from achieving our true potential. If you’re finally ready to find out answers, then you need Evolve Psychiatry to navigate you out of this maze.
(915) 221-1656 View (915) 221-1656
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Jim Simon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bryan, TX 77802
Jim is a psychiatric nurse practitioner who brings a wealth of knowledge about mental health and experience in behavioral health management to our clinic where he serves as our Clinical Director and provides medication management for our patients. Jim has an MSN from Seattle University and worked in behavioral health administration prior to becoming a psychiatric nurse. As an RN, he worked as a staff nurse on a medical-psych unit and as a charge nurse on an adolescent psych unit and an adult psychiatric intensive care unit. He became a nurse to work in psychiatry and has always worked in psychiatry – he loves every day on the job.
Jim is a psychiatric nurse practitioner who brings a wealth of knowledge about mental health and experience in behavioral health management to our clinic where he serves as our Clinical Director and provides medication management for our patients. Jim has an MSN from Seattle University and worked in behavioral health administration prior to becoming a psychiatric nurse. As an RN, he worked as a staff nurse on a medical-psych unit and as a charge nurse on an adolescent psych unit and an adult psychiatric intensive care unit. He became a nurse to work in psychiatry and has always worked in psychiatry – he loves every day on the job.
(979) 406-5618 View (979) 406-5618
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Dr Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bryan, TX 77802  (Online Only)
Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Which emotions stem from genetics and which are rooted in circumstances? How can you even begin to accurately express yourself? How much change is even possible? What if medications change you for the worse? These uncertainties can leave us in a never ending struggle that keeps us from achieving our true potential. If you’re finally ready to find out answers, then you need Evolve Psychiatry to navigate you out of this maze.
Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Which emotions stem from genetics and which are rooted in circumstances? How can you even begin to accurately express yourself? How much change is even possible? What if medications change you for the worse? These uncertainties can leave us in a never ending struggle that keeps us from achieving our true potential. If you’re finally ready to find out answers, then you need Evolve Psychiatry to navigate you out of this maze.
(979) 316-9889 View (979) 316-9889
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Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
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Ijeoma Ononenyi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Bryan, TX 77803  (Online Only)
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I specialize in helping people with mental health conditions and substance use disorders. I work with my clients to develop personalized care plans that meet their individual needs and goals. My ideal client is someone who's struggling with a mental health condition, substance use disorder, or both, including those who identify as LGBTQ+. If that's you, I can help. Please reach out to me to get started.
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I specialize in helping people with mental health conditions and substance use disorders. I work with my clients to develop personalized care plans that meet their individual needs and goals. My ideal client is someone who's struggling with a mental health condition, substance use disorder, or both, including those who identify as LGBTQ+. If that's you, I can help. Please reach out to me to get started.
(214) 949-8061 View (214) 949-8061
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Oluremi Cole
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Bryan, TX 77807
I am Oluremi Cole, a highly skilled Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a wealth of experience in providing compassionate and evidence-based care to individuals facing a range of mental health challenges. I have a deep commitment to improving the lives of my patients. I specialize in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mood disorders, anxiety, psychosis, and substance use disorders. I work with adults, and older adults. I am experienced in assessing, diagnosing, and treating various mental health conditions.
I am Oluremi Cole, a highly skilled Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a wealth of experience in providing compassionate and evidence-based care to individuals facing a range of mental health challenges. I have a deep commitment to improving the lives of my patients. I specialize in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mood disorders, anxiety, psychosis, and substance use disorders. I work with adults, and older adults. I am experienced in assessing, diagnosing, and treating various mental health conditions.
(972) 810-3679 View (972) 810-3679
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Daniella Gavito
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
I offer high quality evaluations and treatment for young adults, adolescents, and children. Mental health problems often start in childhood and continue on into adulthood. Left untreated, mental health problems can affect social interactions, school performance, job performance, health, self image, and quality of life. Getting the correct diagnosis and treatment early on is crucial. All too often I see people misdiagnosed and on treatments that are not working. I have had excellent training to identify the correct diagnosis and apply evidenced based treatment. I also use rating scales to identify symptoms and track progress.
I offer high quality evaluations and treatment for young adults, adolescents, and children. Mental health problems often start in childhood and continue on into adulthood. Left untreated, mental health problems can affect social interactions, school performance, job performance, health, self image, and quality of life. Getting the correct diagnosis and treatment early on is crucial. All too often I see people misdiagnosed and on treatments that are not working. I have had excellent training to identify the correct diagnosis and apply evidenced based treatment. I also use rating scales to identify symptoms and track progress.
(859) 710-8916 View (859) 710-8916
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Kindercare behavioral health services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
College Station, TX 77841  (Online Only)
Are you grappling with life's challenges, feeling isolated and unfulfilled? Are you dealing with stress from past trauma? Are you struggling with persistent emotional turmoil? Are you suffering from depression, anxiety, and mental health issues? If so, you're not alone; call for help and the path toward healing and resilience. KinderCare behavioral health services provide a wide range of psychiatric mental health needs to a variety of clients. We offer specialized expertise in addressing a wide range of psychological concerns. We provide personalized, evidence-based care to manage mental illness and meet the needs of our patients.
Are you grappling with life's challenges, feeling isolated and unfulfilled? Are you dealing with stress from past trauma? Are you struggling with persistent emotional turmoil? Are you suffering from depression, anxiety, and mental health issues? If so, you're not alone; call for help and the path toward healing and resilience. KinderCare behavioral health services provide a wide range of psychiatric mental health needs to a variety of clients. We offer specialized expertise in addressing a wide range of psychological concerns. We provide personalized, evidence-based care to manage mental illness and meet the needs of our patients.
(936) 296-3052 View (936) 296-3052
Photo of Ben Bernard Osevwe - Solid Foundation Psychiatry, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Solid Foundation Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Bryan, TX 77801
At Solid Foundation Psychiatry, our ideal clients are individuals navigating the intricate landscape of mental health, seeking support to address various challenges like depression, anxiety, insomnia, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and psychosis. These individuals arrive seeking relief from the overwhelming weight of their conditions, each person carrying a unique set of issues, needs, and aspirations. Depression often manifests as an unrelenting cloud overshadowing daily life. Our ideal clients with depression yearn for a sense of vitality and emotional equilibrium. They desire to rediscover the joy in simple moments.
At Solid Foundation Psychiatry, our ideal clients are individuals navigating the intricate landscape of mental health, seeking support to address various challenges like depression, anxiety, insomnia, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and psychosis. These individuals arrive seeking relief from the overwhelming weight of their conditions, each person carrying a unique set of issues, needs, and aspirations. Depression often manifests as an unrelenting cloud overshadowing daily life. Our ideal clients with depression yearn for a sense of vitality and emotional equilibrium. They desire to rediscover the joy in simple moments.
(281) 982-1728 View (281) 982-1728
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Mind Connection Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
***ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS AT THIS TIME***Welcome to Mind Connection Behavioral Health where your mental health is our priority. We are committed to providing you with exceptional mental health and psychiatric services, and delivering high quality care to patients of all ages. Our goal is to make you feel valued and not numbered.
***ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS AT THIS TIME***Welcome to Mind Connection Behavioral Health where your mental health is our priority. We are committed to providing you with exceptional mental health and psychiatric services, and delivering high quality care to patients of all ages. Our goal is to make you feel valued and not numbered.
(281) 957-6114 View (281) 957-6114
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Belen Ramos
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
School or work schedule creating difficulty making your appointments? Well, worry no more. I can visit with you as LATE as 8PM. I am a compassionate driven mental health provider. Goal oriented and personable. I enjoy working with my patients to attain a wholistic wellness state of mind. Many people experience depression and other mental health disorders that are non-responsive to conventional medications. There is hope for your symptoms. The clinic also offer the FDA approved Spravato (Esketamine) for treatment resistant depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Call for inquiries.
School or work schedule creating difficulty making your appointments? Well, worry no more. I can visit with you as LATE as 8PM. I am a compassionate driven mental health provider. Goal oriented and personable. I enjoy working with my patients to attain a wholistic wellness state of mind. Many people experience depression and other mental health disorders that are non-responsive to conventional medications. There is hope for your symptoms. The clinic also offer the FDA approved Spravato (Esketamine) for treatment resistant depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Call for inquiries.
(210) 880-3854 View (210) 880-3854
Photo of Jodie L Hopkins - Holistic Health and Psychiatry PLLC, PMHNP-C, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Holistic Health and Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
College Station, TX 77840  (Online Only)
I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and a counselor who has worked across the spectrum of age groups. Many of my clients have commented that they like my insight and non-judgmental approach. In my experience, the right therapy and if needed, the right medication can be life changing. It can liberate a life. The right treatment does not solve all your problems but when needed, it can remove obstacles and allow you to discover your full potential to live your best life, the life you deserve to have.
I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and a counselor who has worked across the spectrum of age groups. Many of my clients have commented that they like my insight and non-judgmental approach. In my experience, the right therapy and if needed, the right medication can be life changing. It can liberate a life. The right treatment does not solve all your problems but when needed, it can remove obstacles and allow you to discover your full potential to live your best life, the life you deserve to have.
(210) 981-6747 View (210) 981-6747
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Fernando G. Torres, M.D.
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Caring for others is a way of life for someone who is dedicated to serving for always.
Caring for others is a way of life for someone who is dedicated to serving for always.
(936) 256-1990 View (936) 256-1990
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JLyle Medical Clinic, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
We are expanding in Texas and you can reach me by calling: 1 (786) 755-1863 or Intake+Shirley21752
We are expanding in Texas and you can reach me by calling: 1 (786) 755-1863 or Intake+Shirley21752
(979) 200-6446 View (979) 200-6446
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Jennifer Brock-Garcia
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
College Station, TX 77840  (Online Only)
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I provide compassionate, up-to-date mental health care to my clients. This can range from prescribing medication, providing information about how to improve sleep or nutrition, or simply helping clients to understand how mental health issues happen, how they can affect our lives, and what options for treatment exist. Trauma, anxiety and depression (unipolar or bipolar) and hormonal issues (PMDD, menopause) are areas of specialty for me, as I have had significant experience treating these issues. Currently, I can see clients age 17 and over.
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I provide compassionate, up-to-date mental health care to my clients. This can range from prescribing medication, providing information about how to improve sleep or nutrition, or simply helping clients to understand how mental health issues happen, how they can affect our lives, and what options for treatment exist. Trauma, anxiety and depression (unipolar or bipolar) and hormonal issues (PMDD, menopause) are areas of specialty for me, as I have had significant experience treating these issues. Currently, I can see clients age 17 and over.
(512) 359-3575 View (512) 359-3575

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Number of Psychiatrists in Brazos County, TX

20+

Average cost per session

$172

Psychiatrists in Brazos County, TX who prioritize treating:

96% Depression
88% Anxiety
88% Bipolar Disorder
83% Medication Management
79% Trauma and PTSD
71% Sleep or Insomnia
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
95% Cigna and Evernorth
90% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Brazos County, TX see their clients

71% In Person and Online
29% Online Only

Gender breakdown

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

How can I find a psychiatrist in Brazos County?

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.