Psychiatrists in Bulverde, TX

Photo of Riz Ahmad - Dr Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry, MD, Psychiatrist
Dr Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bulverde, TX 78163
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.
(830) 396-5174 View (830) 396-5174
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Dr. Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bulverde, TX 78163
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.
(210) 361-6840 View (210) 361-6840
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Dr. Brandi Milmo @ Wisemind
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bulverde, TX 78163
Accepting new patients with immediate availability! Dr. Brandi Milmo is a board-certified psychiatrist based in San Antonio. She has experience working with diverse patient populations and values the physician-patient relationship as the most important factor in helping patients reach their treatment goals.
Accepting new patients with immediate availability! Dr. Brandi Milmo is a board-certified psychiatrist based in San Antonio. She has experience working with diverse patient populations and values the physician-patient relationship as the most important factor in helping patients reach their treatment goals.
(210) 794-7827 View (210) 794-7827

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Photo of Ijeoma Ajufo - Northridge Behavioral Health PLLC, MD, Psychiatrist
Northridge Behavioral Health PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78258
Dr Ajufo is fully licensed in state of Texas and accepting NEW patients. She is experienced in working with a diverse population of motivated patients. She provides high quality, comprehensive, compassionate and patient focused care for patients 6yrs AND ABOVE Focusing on the whole person Dr Ajufo works with the patient to develop individualized treatment plans. Our clinic treats patients with Anxiety,ADHD, Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia, , Depression, Postpartum Depression, Panic disorder, Schizophrenia , Schizoaffective Disorder and Sleep Disorders ,
Dr Ajufo is fully licensed in state of Texas and accepting NEW patients. She is experienced in working with a diverse population of motivated patients. She provides high quality, comprehensive, compassionate and patient focused care for patients 6yrs AND ABOVE Focusing on the whole person Dr Ajufo works with the patient to develop individualized treatment plans. Our clinic treats patients with Anxiety,ADHD, Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia, , Depression, Postpartum Depression, Panic disorder, Schizophrenia , Schizoaffective Disorder and Sleep Disorders ,
(210) 361-8427 View (210) 361-8427
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New Braunfels Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78258
I provide Opioid addiction treatment, painkiller addiction treatment, and detox. See our website (www.newbraunfelspsychiatry.com).
I provide Opioid addiction treatment, painkiller addiction treatment, and detox. See our website (www.newbraunfelspsychiatry.com).
(830) 469-3386 View (830) 469-3386
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Christina Vasquez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78258
I want to serve my community and help those in need of assistance with their mental health and or substance use disorder I offer an evidence based non- biased approach for all clients. My goal is to decrease the stigma associated with mental health.
I want to serve my community and help those in need of assistance with their mental health and or substance use disorder I offer an evidence based non- biased approach for all clients. My goal is to decrease the stigma associated with mental health.
(210) 541-8455 x1 View (210) 541-8455 x1
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Dr. Anuron Mandal
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78259  (Online Only)
Are you someone who is working hard towards a personal goal but is finding that you are having a hard time keeping up, whether it be at school, work, or with family? Maybe you keep procrastinating important tasks. Maybe you were previously doing great, but are now having a hard time even getting out of bed. Do you want to understand more about what’s keeping you from succeeding?
Are you someone who is working hard towards a personal goal but is finding that you are having a hard time keeping up, whether it be at school, work, or with family? Maybe you keep procrastinating important tasks. Maybe you were previously doing great, but are now having a hard time even getting out of bed. Do you want to understand more about what’s keeping you from succeeding?
(832) 864-9525 View (832) 864-9525
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Amber Mansoor
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78258
Dr. Amber Mansoor is a highly qualified and skilled double board certified psychiatrist , currently serving the city of San Antonio. She finished her psychiatry residency at UT health San Antonio and continued her training to further specialize in child and adolescent psychiatry in the same program. She is extremely passionate about helping families who are struggling with mental health problems and is committed to providing excellent care to her patients.
Dr. Amber Mansoor is a highly qualified and skilled double board certified psychiatrist , currently serving the city of San Antonio. She finished her psychiatry residency at UT health San Antonio and continued her training to further specialize in child and adolescent psychiatry in the same program. She is extremely passionate about helping families who are struggling with mental health problems and is committed to providing excellent care to her patients.
(210) 985-9181 View (210) 985-9181
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Dr. Abigail Talley
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78258
Abigail Talley, MD, is board-certified in both Adult Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Born and raised in San Antonio, Dr. Talley attended Trinity University, where she graduated with a B.S. in Biology. She completed medical school, General Psychiatry residency, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship at UT Health San Antonio. Dr. Talley joined the faculty at UT Health before starting her own private practice. In addition to patient care, she is passionate about mental health education for both patients and medical professionals. She regularly presents on women's mental health and pediatric mental health topics.
Abigail Talley, MD, is board-certified in both Adult Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Born and raised in San Antonio, Dr. Talley attended Trinity University, where she graduated with a B.S. in Biology. She completed medical school, General Psychiatry residency, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship at UT Health San Antonio. Dr. Talley joined the faculty at UT Health before starting her own private practice. In addition to patient care, she is passionate about mental health education for both patients and medical professionals. She regularly presents on women's mental health and pediatric mental health topics.
(210) 382-6566 View (210) 382-6566
Photo of Ijeoma Osuji, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ijeoma Osuji
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78258  (Online Only)
My name is Ijeoma Osuji, I live in Texas. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner that has been in practice for four years. As a Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner since 2019, I have devoted my career to improving the lives of individuals struggling with mental health challenges.
My name is Ijeoma Osuji, I live in Texas. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner that has been in practice for four years. As a Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner since 2019, I have devoted my career to improving the lives of individuals struggling with mental health challenges.
(682) 297-7826 View (682) 297-7826
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Salinas Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78258  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients from anywhere in Texas. Do you have difficulties concentrating or focusing? Do you feel anxious or nervous? Do your thoughts and feelings affect your everyday life? Do you feel like no one is listening or no one cares? I can help. If you are seeking help for yourself or a loved one, please feel free to reach out. I am here to support you on your journey to better mental health.
Accepting new patients from anywhere in Texas. Do you have difficulties concentrating or focusing? Do you feel anxious or nervous? Do your thoughts and feelings affect your everyday life? Do you feel like no one is listening or no one cares? I can help. If you are seeking help for yourself or a loved one, please feel free to reach out. I am here to support you on your journey to better mental health.
(956) 758-3685 View (956) 758-3685
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Eunice Mwaura
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78258  (Online Only)
Hello! Do you struggle with anxiety, depression, insomnia or mood instability? I specialize in treating depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, OCD, PTSD , psychosis and sleep problems. I help my patients not just with medications but also in other areas of their life . I focus on providing thoughtful, unique and individualized care to my clients. In addition to medications, I also incorporate holistic approach and supportive therapy. Together, we develop an individualized treatment plan that will help you in overcoming challenges. l look forward to working with you as you start or continue your journey to a healthy mind.
Hello! Do you struggle with anxiety, depression, insomnia or mood instability? I specialize in treating depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, OCD, PTSD , psychosis and sleep problems. I help my patients not just with medications but also in other areas of their life . I focus on providing thoughtful, unique and individualized care to my clients. In addition to medications, I also incorporate holistic approach and supportive therapy. Together, we develop an individualized treatment plan that will help you in overcoming challenges. l look forward to working with you as you start or continue your journey to a healthy mind.
(210) 964-3846 View (210) 964-3846
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John Enriquez
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78260  (Online Only)
Dr. John Enriquez is a psychiatrist, a physician for mental health disorders. He has over 43 years of experience in the field of medicine. He graduated from medical school with his medical degree in 1975. Post-graduate training at LA County USC Medical Center. Dr. John N. Enriquez is licensed to practice by the state board in Texas and is Board Certified in Adult and Adolescent Psychiatry. He helps with the psychological well-being of men and women, with an ability to identify and treat all of the various types of Psychiatric Illness.
Dr. John Enriquez is a psychiatrist, a physician for mental health disorders. He has over 43 years of experience in the field of medicine. He graduated from medical school with his medical degree in 1975. Post-graduate training at LA County USC Medical Center. Dr. John N. Enriquez is licensed to practice by the state board in Texas and is Board Certified in Adult and Adolescent Psychiatry. He helps with the psychological well-being of men and women, with an ability to identify and treat all of the various types of Psychiatric Illness.
(210) 940-4228 View (210) 940-4228
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Margaret Betanco
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78260
Meg Betanco is a Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2015. She has a Master Degree in Social Work with a Concentration in Clinical Services for Children and Families from The University of Denver, and a Master Degree in Nursing with Concentration of Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Meg's approach to care is wholistic and patient centered. She seeks to join patients as a support in their journey to optimal wellness, as the patient defines it. Meg draws on her training as a social worker and a nurse practitioner to combine therapeutic modalities to personalize treatment.
Meg Betanco is a Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2015. She has a Master Degree in Social Work with a Concentration in Clinical Services for Children and Families from The University of Denver, and a Master Degree in Nursing with Concentration of Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Meg's approach to care is wholistic and patient centered. She seeks to join patients as a support in their journey to optimal wellness, as the patient defines it. Meg draws on her training as a social worker and a nurse practitioner to combine therapeutic modalities to personalize treatment.
(708) 840-8649 View (708) 840-8649
Photo of Caroline Horton, PA-C, Physician Assistant
Caroline Horton
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78260
Caroline is a Physician Assistant, nationally certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She received a Master in Physician Assistant Studies at James Madison University in Virginia and is licensed to practice in the state of TX by the Texas Medical Board. She has experience in Emergency Medicine and the care of adults and children with acute and chronic mental health disorders in the ER setting. She is committed to helping provide mental health services to the people of San Antonio and surrounding communities that allows more people to access the care they need in an outpatient setting.
Caroline is a Physician Assistant, nationally certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She received a Master in Physician Assistant Studies at James Madison University in Virginia and is licensed to practice in the state of TX by the Texas Medical Board. She has experience in Emergency Medicine and the care of adults and children with acute and chronic mental health disorders in the ER setting. She is committed to helping provide mental health services to the people of San Antonio and surrounding communities that allows more people to access the care they need in an outpatient setting.
(210) 774-6364 View (210) 774-6364
Stormy Valdespino
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78258  (Online Only)
I am here to assist you become the best version of yourself. The mindset and focus of our sessions is to obtain freedom and happiness that resides within. That vison might include retraining the brain along with medication modalties. I encourage patients to be the center of their mental wellness which includes the freedom to pick the best approach to obtain goals. I am happy to be invited on this exciting journey of placing the pieces back together.
I am here to assist you become the best version of yourself. The mindset and focus of our sessions is to obtain freedom and happiness that resides within. That vison might include retraining the brain along with medication modalties. I encourage patients to be the center of their mental wellness which includes the freedom to pick the best approach to obtain goals. I am happy to be invited on this exciting journey of placing the pieces back together.
(210) 560-5841 View (210) 560-5841
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Lorna Wilks
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78258  (Online Only)
Hello, I am a board certified psychiatrist with 10 years experience.
Hello, I am a board certified psychiatrist with 10 years experience.
(346) 375-7062 View (346) 375-7062
Photo of Victoria Walter-Etoh, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Victoria Walter-Etoh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78260
Victoria Walter-Etoh is a Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2022. Victoria utilizes a compassionate and empathetic approach in treating her patients. Building rapport and establishing a strong therapeutic working relationship is very important to her. Victoria believes in developing and implementing a treatment plan for each patient using a patient-centered and evidence-based model. And most importantly, she strives to treat each person with strict confidentiality, dignity, and respect. Outside of work, Victoria enjoys traveling, watching movies, and reading.
Victoria Walter-Etoh is a Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2022. Victoria utilizes a compassionate and empathetic approach in treating her patients. Building rapport and establishing a strong therapeutic working relationship is very important to her. Victoria believes in developing and implementing a treatment plan for each patient using a patient-centered and evidence-based model. And most importantly, she strives to treat each person with strict confidentiality, dignity, and respect. Outside of work, Victoria enjoys traveling, watching movies, and reading.
(210) 942-7877 View (210) 942-7877
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Steve Scott
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, APRN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78258
Mental health problems are challenging in so many ways. I can help you navigate evaluation, diagnosis, and medication management in a patient-centered manner. I am passionate about treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) including Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD) and Mood Disorders like Depression, Treatment Resistant Depression, Anxiety and Bipolar Depression. I also diagnose and treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Personality disorders.
Mental health problems are challenging in so many ways. I can help you navigate evaluation, diagnosis, and medication management in a patient-centered manner. I am passionate about treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) including Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD) and Mood Disorders like Depression, Treatment Resistant Depression, Anxiety and Bipolar Depression. I also diagnose and treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Personality disorders.
(726) 224-7384 View (726) 224-7384
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Raven Aleman
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78260
Dr. Raven Aleman is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2023. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and from University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Most recently, she earned a Doctorate in Nursing Practice at New Mexico State University with an emphasis in Psychiatric Mental Health. Raven takes a collaborative approach and encourages patients to be active participants in their care. Raven enjoys problem-solving with patients and discovering what motivates them to live and be well.
Dr. Raven Aleman is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2023. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and from University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Most recently, she earned a Doctorate in Nursing Practice at New Mexico State University with an emphasis in Psychiatric Mental Health. Raven takes a collaborative approach and encourages patients to be active participants in their care. Raven enjoys problem-solving with patients and discovering what motivates them to live and be well.
(830) 254-7953 View (830) 254-7953

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Bulverde, TX

< 10

Psychiatrists in Bulverde, TX who prioritize treating:

100% Veterans
67% Depression
67% Anxiety
67% ADHD
67% Grief
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
67% Trauma and PTSD

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BHS | Behavioral Health Systems
100% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Bulverde, TX see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Bulverde?

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.