Psychiatrists in Denton, TX

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Dr. Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Denton, TX 76210
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?
(940) 291-9028 View (940) 291-9028
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Dr Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Denton, TX 76210
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?
(940) 236-0670 View (940) 236-0670
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NPJ Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Denton, TX 76201
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner with 12 years experience treating Adults/Adolescents & Geriatrics/Dementia. I realize that no two people are the same, so I collaborate with you to tailor treatment/ therapy to meet your specific needs as an individual. I love helping people understand the things that are holding them back with an in-depth approach. You can fully realize your strengths & adjust certain behaviors/thoughts to see things differently in a healthier way. A holistic approach to get you on track to leading a happier fulfilled life by equipping you with the tools you need to be a better you.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner with 12 years experience treating Adults/Adolescents & Geriatrics/Dementia. I realize that no two people are the same, so I collaborate with you to tailor treatment/ therapy to meet your specific needs as an individual. I love helping people understand the things that are holding them back with an in-depth approach. You can fully realize your strengths & adjust certain behaviors/thoughts to see things differently in a healthier way. A holistic approach to get you on track to leading a happier fulfilled life by equipping you with the tools you need to be a better you.
(940) 315-7890 View (940) 315-7890
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Hecen Healthcare
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Denton, TX 76202  (Online Only)
Looking for someone to talk to? Well, look no further! At Hecen Healthcare, we offer medication management, psychoeducation, and psychiatric evaluation. Our focus areas include anxiety, depression, sleep problems, bipolar, PTSD, psychosis, attention & focus, and panic disorder. We provide patient-driven care and treat our patients with respect, honesty, and dignity. We are passionate and caring about our services and your utmost well-being is the goal, ensuring a non-judgmental approach.
Looking for someone to talk to? Well, look no further! At Hecen Healthcare, we offer medication management, psychoeducation, and psychiatric evaluation. Our focus areas include anxiety, depression, sleep problems, bipolar, PTSD, psychosis, attention & focus, and panic disorder. We provide patient-driven care and treat our patients with respect, honesty, and dignity. We are passionate and caring about our services and your utmost well-being is the goal, ensuring a non-judgmental approach.
(940) 360-4621 View (940) 360-4621
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Suboxone, Vivitrol, Buprenorphine in Denton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP
Verified Verified
Denton, TX 76201
Rodney is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner with experience in working with individuals struggling with addiction. Addiction effects all parts of a person and as such requires treatment that addresses each of these parts. Medication assisted sobriety encompasses certain medications that help to work on the parts of the brain that either cause an individual to be more prone to addiction or to help block the reward centers of the brain in order to minimize cravings and desire to use.
Rodney is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner with experience in working with individuals struggling with addiction. Addiction effects all parts of a person and as such requires treatment that addresses each of these parts. Medication assisted sobriety encompasses certain medications that help to work on the parts of the brain that either cause an individual to be more prone to addiction or to help block the reward centers of the brain in order to minimize cravings and desire to use.
(940) 531-3195 View (940) 531-3195
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Alisha Fluker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Denton, TX 76210  (Online Only)
Are your relationships suffering because of your current mental state? Are you looking for a provider who will listen and partner with you on your journey to mental wellness? Look no further! I provide medication management services via telehealth which means you can be seen from the comfort of your home or office. I utilize a person centered and evidence based approach to mental wellness.
Are your relationships suffering because of your current mental state? Are you looking for a provider who will listen and partner with you on your journey to mental wellness? Look no further! I provide medication management services via telehealth which means you can be seen from the comfort of your home or office. I utilize a person centered and evidence based approach to mental wellness.
(817) 646-3696 View (817) 646-3696
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Deanette James
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denton, TX 76205  (Online Only)
Deanette James specializes in providing mental health medication management to women, especially those in the working-class group, who are experiencing the burdens of life. If you are a woman who is a wife, a homemaker, a mother, a professional, a daughter, has family responsibilities, or other factors contributing to a decline in your mental health, she is the person to see. Her services focus on women experiencing anxiety, depression, and PTSD. She understands that these disorders are very prevalent and act as determinants of the outcome of a woman's daily life.
Deanette James specializes in providing mental health medication management to women, especially those in the working-class group, who are experiencing the burdens of life. If you are a woman who is a wife, a homemaker, a mother, a professional, a daughter, has family responsibilities, or other factors contributing to a decline in your mental health, she is the person to see. Her services focus on women experiencing anxiety, depression, and PTSD. She understands that these disorders are very prevalent and act as determinants of the outcome of a woman's daily life.
(832) 479-3548 View (832) 479-3548
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Diana Mummert
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Denton, TX 76201
As a psychiatrist with over 9 years of experience, I am adept at treating mental health concerns ranging from mood and anxiety disorders to interpersonal difficulties and life challenges. Knowing that these problems can affect anyone and cause significant impairment in one's life, I strive to provide compassionate and comprehensive care with the goal of restoring my patients to the state of mind and level of functioning they expect. My approach is an integrative one, wherein I assess one's psychological, emotional, medical and environmental contributors to problems and address these in treatment using both psychotherapy and medication management.
As a psychiatrist with over 9 years of experience, I am adept at treating mental health concerns ranging from mood and anxiety disorders to interpersonal difficulties and life challenges. Knowing that these problems can affect anyone and cause significant impairment in one's life, I strive to provide compassionate and comprehensive care with the goal of restoring my patients to the state of mind and level of functioning they expect. My approach is an integrative one, wherein I assess one's psychological, emotional, medical and environmental contributors to problems and address these in treatment using both psychotherapy and medication management.
(940) 442-6455 View (940) 442-6455
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Holistic Health and Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Denton, TX 76201  (Online Only)
Omotayo Gbengaojo is a board-certified Psychiatric mental health Nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Centre (ANCC). She obtained her bachelor's in nursing from Grand Canyon University and master's degree from the University of Texas at Tyler. Omotayo or "Tayo" as she is fondly called, clinical experience span medical and psychiatry nursing.
Omotayo Gbengaojo is a board-certified Psychiatric mental health Nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Centre (ANCC). She obtained her bachelor's in nursing from Grand Canyon University and master's degree from the University of Texas at Tyler. Omotayo or "Tayo" as she is fondly called, clinical experience span medical and psychiatry nursing.
(469) 947-7261 View (469) 947-7261
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Suboxone Keller/Alliance/Southlake/Fort Worth TX
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MS, FNP-c
Verified Verified
Denton, TX 76201
Philip is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner with almost a decade of experience in working with individuals struggling with addiction. Addiction effects all parts of a person and as such requires treatment that addresses each of these parts. Medication assisted sobriety encompasses certain medications that help to work on the parts of the brain that either cause an individual to be more prone to addiction or to help block the reward centers of the brain in order to minimize cravings and desire to use.
Philip is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner with almost a decade of experience in working with individuals struggling with addiction. Addiction effects all parts of a person and as such requires treatment that addresses each of these parts. Medication assisted sobriety encompasses certain medications that help to work on the parts of the brain that either cause an individual to be more prone to addiction or to help block the reward centers of the brain in order to minimize cravings and desire to use.
(940) 442-6455 View (940) 442-6455
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Umar Latif
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Denton, TX 76201
Dr. Umar Latif is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology with triple board certification in General Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and member of the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry. Dr. Latif completed his residency training at Wayne State University in Michigan and postgraduate fellowship training at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.
Dr. Umar Latif is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology with triple board certification in General Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and member of the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry. Dr. Latif completed his residency training at Wayne State University in Michigan and postgraduate fellowship training at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.
(940) 293-2342 View (940) 293-2342
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Preji Somar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, MSN, APRN, PHMNP, LPC
Verified Verified
Denton, TX 76201
Preji is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner by American Nurses Credentialing Center. She is a graduate of Advanced Master Psychopharmacology Program from Neuroscience Education Institute accredited by Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. Preji is also a LPC. After receiving her BA in Psychology from University of Texas at Dallas, she obtained her Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Abilene Christian University, she then became a registered nurse and obtained a Master's Degree in Family Mental Health Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program at The University of Texas at Austin.
Preji is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner by American Nurses Credentialing Center. She is a graduate of Advanced Master Psychopharmacology Program from Neuroscience Education Institute accredited by Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. Preji is also a LPC. After receiving her BA in Psychology from University of Texas at Dallas, she obtained her Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Abilene Christian University, she then became a registered nurse and obtained a Master's Degree in Family Mental Health Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program at The University of Texas at Austin.
(940) 355-0319 View (940) 355-0319
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Samitriya Kroll
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denton, TX 76201  (Online Only)
Accepting new client assessments within 48 hours! Samitriya Kroll, offers compassionate and individualized, holistic care dedicated to your overall wellbeing. With over 10 years’ experience in mental health care, Samitriya specializes in mood and anxiety disorders, along with Seasonal Affective Disorder and PTSD. She offers a holistic approach to healing with personalized care, medication management, and lifestyle modification habits.
Accepting new client assessments within 48 hours! Samitriya Kroll, offers compassionate and individualized, holistic care dedicated to your overall wellbeing. With over 10 years’ experience in mental health care, Samitriya specializes in mood and anxiety disorders, along with Seasonal Affective Disorder and PTSD. She offers a holistic approach to healing with personalized care, medication management, and lifestyle modification habits.
(972) 435-6749 View (972) 435-6749
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The Healed Mind Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Denton, TX 76208
Hello, my name is Princess Riley, a doctorate prepared psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I have a passion for mental health care, because when mental health is made priority, it brings balance to the totality of our wellbeing. With over 16 years in the medical field, working in various specialties, many of my clients connect with me for my compassionate, understanding and empathetic approach to their care.
Hello, my name is Princess Riley, a doctorate prepared psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I have a passion for mental health care, because when mental health is made priority, it brings balance to the totality of our wellbeing. With over 16 years in the medical field, working in various specialties, many of my clients connect with me for my compassionate, understanding and empathetic approach to their care.
(940) 394-8247 View (940) 394-8247
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Sheila Trish Morgan-Freeman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Denton, TX 76205  (Online Only)
The most important thing is your mental health. I am here to help you through your struggles. I specialize in providing evidence-based treatments for a wide spectrum of mental health conditions including ADHD, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, mood disorders, OCD and more. My goal is to empower my patients and equip them with the tools they need to improve their mental health. I look forward to providing you with exceptional care and the best individualized treatment plan after a thorough evaluation.
The most important thing is your mental health. I am here to help you through your struggles. I specialize in providing evidence-based treatments for a wide spectrum of mental health conditions including ADHD, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, mood disorders, OCD and more. My goal is to empower my patients and equip them with the tools they need to improve their mental health. I look forward to providing you with exceptional care and the best individualized treatment plan after a thorough evaluation.
(817) 904-9017 View (817) 904-9017
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April Parker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denton, TX 76203  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I strive to provide my patients with a well-rounded approach to meet their individual needs. I treat a broad range of mental health disorders through medication management.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I strive to provide my patients with a well-rounded approach to meet their individual needs. I treat a broad range of mental health disorders through medication management.
(214) 785-6612 View (214) 785-6612
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Restore Brain
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Denton, TX 76201
We are experts at dealing with patients who suffer from depression of any type. We understand co-occurring disorders and addiction. Patients that need cognitive therapy, treatment from depression, bipolar, anxiety, ptsd. and ADHD.Our staff is experienced and highly credentialed in these areas.
We are experts at dealing with patients who suffer from depression of any type. We understand co-occurring disorders and addiction. Patients that need cognitive therapy, treatment from depression, bipolar, anxiety, ptsd. and ADHD.Our staff is experienced and highly credentialed in these areas.
(817) 438-2868 View (817) 438-2868
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Kim Salinger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP AHN, APRN
Verified Verified
Denton, TX 76203
Holistic & Integrative Psychiatry for creative, unique and neurodiverse individuals. ​I offer the best aspects of conventional, alternative & integrative psych to help you optimize mental health and overall well-being. Prescription psychiatric medications are used plus natural alternatives, based on your preferences. Please note that I do not prescribe controlled substances, which includes stimulants for attention issues. Emphasizing positivity, self acceptance, celebration of uniqueness and optimizing your individual potential. Focus on now and future forward (no dredging up the past). Friendly, supportive and non-judgmental care.
Holistic & Integrative Psychiatry for creative, unique and neurodiverse individuals. ​I offer the best aspects of conventional, alternative & integrative psych to help you optimize mental health and overall well-being. Prescription psychiatric medications are used plus natural alternatives, based on your preferences. Please note that I do not prescribe controlled substances, which includes stimulants for attention issues. Emphasizing positivity, self acceptance, celebration of uniqueness and optimizing your individual potential. Focus on now and future forward (no dredging up the past). Friendly, supportive and non-judgmental care.
(972) 362-5091 View (972) 362-5091
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Writtika Roy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Denton, TX 76209
In addition to providing standard treatment of mental illnesses with medication and psychotherapy, I like to help my patients become artists of their own lives. Our minds are greater than our mental illness, and we are greater than our minds. At the same time, we have to be honest about the negative effects of a mental illness in our lives, and not delay remedies which can contain, manage, and even remove the dysfunction. Accepting the reality of an illness, but not letting an illness limit our happiness, requires conscious management. This, my patients can count on me to provide.
In addition to providing standard treatment of mental illnesses with medication and psychotherapy, I like to help my patients become artists of their own lives. Our minds are greater than our mental illness, and we are greater than our minds. At the same time, we have to be honest about the negative effects of a mental illness in our lives, and not delay remedies which can contain, manage, and even remove the dysfunction. Accepting the reality of an illness, but not letting an illness limit our happiness, requires conscious management. This, my patients can count on me to provide.
(469) 336-3283 View (469) 336-3283
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Dr. Kelly Quakenbush
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denton, TX 76201
Take charge of your health. Whether it is depression, anxiety, or ADHD, we can help you. See an actual physician, not a random "provider" assigned to you with an online-only company. You deserve a qualified physician to oversee your treatment. Intentional Life Psychiatry is a medical practice and you are the priority.
Take charge of your health. Whether it is depression, anxiety, or ADHD, we can help you. See an actual physician, not a random "provider" assigned to you with an online-only company. You deserve a qualified physician to oversee your treatment. Intentional Life Psychiatry is a medical practice and you are the priority.
(682) 204-6276 View (682) 204-6276

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Denton, TX

30+

Average cost per session

$225

Psychiatrists in Denton, TX who prioritize treating:

94% Depression
94% Anxiety
84% Bipolar Disorder
75% Medication Management
72% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
72% Trauma and PTSD
66% ADHD

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

93% Cigna and Evernorth
90% BlueCross and BlueShield
90% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Denton, TX see their clients

66% In Person and Online
34% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Denton?

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.