Psychiatrists in El Paso County, TX

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Ugochi Azubuike
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
El Paso, TX 79912  (Online Only)
Greetings! I'm delighted you've stopped by my profile. I’m Ugochi Azubuike, and I've just expanded my schedule at Legion Psychiatry to welcome new clients. I work with most major insurance providers (including Cigna, Aetna, United, etc.). My openings tend to fill up fast, but I currently have spaces available on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings.
Greetings! I'm delighted you've stopped by my profile. I’m Ugochi Azubuike, and I've just expanded my schedule at Legion Psychiatry to welcome new clients. I work with most major insurance providers (including Cigna, Aetna, United, etc.). My openings tend to fill up fast, but I currently have spaces available on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings.
(915) 642-0540 View (915) 642-0540
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Body & Mind Health LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-BC, PMNPN-C
Verified Verified
El Paso, TX 79936
Kenyua (Ken) Johnson is a Board Certified Psychiatric and Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner. He also served in the Military for 11 years and understands what it means to be a veteran. He provides psychiatric services for children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. He believes in carefully choosing a treatment to improve the long-term health of the mind and body. He is an expert on natural and lifestyle techniques that improve overall health. Health Starts in the mind.
Kenyua (Ken) Johnson is a Board Certified Psychiatric and Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner. He also served in the Military for 11 years and understands what it means to be a veteran. He provides psychiatric services for children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. He believes in carefully choosing a treatment to improve the long-term health of the mind and body. He is an expert on natural and lifestyle techniques that improve overall health. Health Starts in the mind.
(915) 465-3840 View (915) 465-3840
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Dr Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
El Paso, TX 79901
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) 223-2541 View (915) 223-2541
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Holistic Health and Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
El Paso, TX 79936  (Online Only)
Andrea Yoshiko Carter is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has experience treating adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, PTSD, childhood trauma, and bipolar disorder. Andrea has received training in dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and is certified in brainspotting.
Andrea Yoshiko Carter is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has experience treating adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, PTSD, childhood trauma, and bipolar disorder. Andrea has received training in dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and is certified in brainspotting.
(915) 348-4078 View (915) 348-4078
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Holistic Health and Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
El Paso, TX 79912  (Online Only)
Bridget N. Shu, PMHNP-BC, is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a background as a certified medical assistant. She developed a holistic approach to patient care during her nursing career, leading to a bachelor’s degree from Western Governors University Utah. With experience in medical and psychiatry hospitals, she recognized the impact of mental health on daily lives and relationships. Mrs. Shu furthered her education with a master’s in nursing specializing in Mental Health from Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX.
Bridget N. Shu, PMHNP-BC, is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a background as a certified medical assistant. She developed a holistic approach to patient care during her nursing career, leading to a bachelor’s degree from Western Governors University Utah. With experience in medical and psychiatry hospitals, she recognized the impact of mental health on daily lives and relationships. Mrs. Shu furthered her education with a master’s in nursing specializing in Mental Health from Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX.
(915) 348-5905 View (915) 348-5905
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Nkechi Nduka
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
El Paso, TX 79901  (Online Only)
Hello! Thank you for considering your mental health needs with me today. My name is Nkechi Nduka, and I'm excited to announce that I've opened new slots at Legion Psychiatry for new clients. I work with most major insurance providers (including Cigna, Aetna, United, and others). My schedule tends to fill up fast, but I currently have openings on Wednesdays, both morning and afternoon.
Hello! Thank you for considering your mental health needs with me today. My name is Nkechi Nduka, and I'm excited to announce that I've opened new slots at Legion Psychiatry for new clients. I work with most major insurance providers (including Cigna, Aetna, United, and others). My schedule tends to fill up fast, but I currently have openings on Wednesdays, both morning and afternoon.
(915) 666-9052 View (915) 666-9052
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Holistic Health and Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-RN, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
El Paso, TX 79936
NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS WITH TELEHEALTH APPOINTMENTS. MULTIPLE OPTIONS ON APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE; AFTERNOONS, EVENINGS, WEEKDAYS AND WEEKENDS. Mental and emotional difficulties are real and can greatly limit our functioning. At Holistic health and psychiatry, we believe in a multidimensional approach in managing mental health. Our practitioners collaborate to offer therapeutic interventions including medication management and various therapy approaches to assist individuals with mental health difficulties.
NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS WITH TELEHEALTH APPOINTMENTS. MULTIPLE OPTIONS ON APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE; AFTERNOONS, EVENINGS, WEEKDAYS AND WEEKENDS. Mental and emotional difficulties are real and can greatly limit our functioning. At Holistic health and psychiatry, we believe in a multidimensional approach in managing mental health. Our practitioners collaborate to offer therapeutic interventions including medication management and various therapy approaches to assist individuals with mental health difficulties.
(713) 993-7240 View (713) 993-7240
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Tri-Crowns Holistic Healthcare, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
El Paso, TX 79912
Are you ready for a change? Are you struggling with ADHD, Depression, Eating disorders, Anxiety, PTSD, Addiction, Stress, Bipolar disorder, OCD, and LGBTQIA support? I can help you find the way to the healthiest you. My approach to care is to provide compassionate, safe, evidence-based care centered on emotional, mental, and physical stability and well-being through holistic intervention, psychotherapy, or medication management. Let’s embark on this wellness journey together where we can explore self-awareness, emotions, gain new insights, manage stress, build coping skills, and improve self-love. I look forward to working with you.
Are you ready for a change? Are you struggling with ADHD, Depression, Eating disorders, Anxiety, PTSD, Addiction, Stress, Bipolar disorder, OCD, and LGBTQIA support? I can help you find the way to the healthiest you. My approach to care is to provide compassionate, safe, evidence-based care centered on emotional, mental, and physical stability and well-being through holistic intervention, psychotherapy, or medication management. Let’s embark on this wellness journey together where we can explore self-awareness, emotions, gain new insights, manage stress, build coping skills, and improve self-love. I look forward to working with you.
(915) 268-3713 View (915) 268-3713
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Bridgett Gant
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
El Paso, TX 79901  (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).
(915) 900-6689 View (915) 900-6689
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Olapeju Fakeye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
El Paso, TX 79901  (Online Only)
Olapeju "Peggy" Fakeye is a board-certified psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has been working in the mental field for the past 7 years. Obtained her bachelors' from the University of Texas and a Masters from the University of Walden.
Olapeju "Peggy" Fakeye is a board-certified psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has been working in the mental field for the past 7 years. Obtained her bachelors' from the University of Texas and a Masters from the University of Walden.
(915) 900-7641 View (915) 900-7641
Photo of Bridgett Gant, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Bridgett Gant
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
El Paso, TX 79912  (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).
(915) 223-2350 View (915) 223-2350
Photo of Victor Lee Ilog, PMHNP, FNP-C, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Victor Lee Ilog
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Horizon City, TX 79928
Mr. Victor Lee Ilog is a nationally credentialed and double board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. Mr. Ilog holds advanced training as a nationally recognized Certified Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Specialist. He also specializes in addiction medicine, treatment-resistant depression, intellectual disabilities (IDD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD), insomnia, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. He holds additional specialization as a DEA-certified Suboxone provider. Mr. Ilog. has served individuals and families for over seventeen years.
Mr. Victor Lee Ilog is a nationally credentialed and double board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. Mr. Ilog holds advanced training as a nationally recognized Certified Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Specialist. He also specializes in addiction medicine, treatment-resistant depression, intellectual disabilities (IDD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD), insomnia, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. He holds additional specialization as a DEA-certified Suboxone provider. Mr. Ilog. has served individuals and families for over seventeen years.
(915) 666-2592 View (915) 666-2592
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Munira Jiwani
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
El Paso, TX 79901  (Online Only)
Hello! I'm glad you've found my profile. My name is Munira Jiwani, and I've just opened more slots at Legion Psychiatry to welcome new clients. I work with most major insurance carriers, such as Cigna, Aetna, United, and more. My schedule fills up fast, but currently, I can see new patients as early as next week on Mondays and Tuesdays (morning and afternoon).
Hello! I'm glad you've found my profile. My name is Munira Jiwani, and I've just opened more slots at Legion Psychiatry to welcome new clients. I work with most major insurance carriers, such as Cigna, Aetna, United, and more. My schedule fills up fast, but currently, I can see new patients as early as next week on Mondays and Tuesdays (morning and afternoon).
(915) 265-4773 View (915) 265-4773
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Brighter Days Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
El Paso, TX 79936
Now accepting clients throughout all of Texas and New Mexico! English and Spanish Speaking and will get you scheduled within one week! Are you feeling down about yourself, frustrated, overwhelmed or lack the motivation to become the best version of yourself? You are not alone and you deserve a compassionate person as myself to help you get through this stage in your life. It would be my pleasure to help you. I will provide you with the most nonjudgmental care and tailor your treatment plan to your individual needs as I believe we are all unique individuals.
Now accepting clients throughout all of Texas and New Mexico! English and Spanish Speaking and will get you scheduled within one week! Are you feeling down about yourself, frustrated, overwhelmed or lack the motivation to become the best version of yourself? You are not alone and you deserve a compassionate person as myself to help you get through this stage in your life. It would be my pleasure to help you. I will provide you with the most nonjudgmental care and tailor your treatment plan to your individual needs as I believe we are all unique individuals.
(915) 233-6200 x915383 View (915) 233-6200 x915383
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Roger Allen Diaz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
El Paso, TX 79925
Hello, my name is Roger Diaz. I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner and have been providing services in this role since 2019. I am also currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas at El Paso (for the psychiatric/mental health Master's program).
Hello, my name is Roger Diaz. I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner and have been providing services in this role since 2019. I am also currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas at El Paso (for the psychiatric/mental health Master's program).
(915) 995-2958 View (915) 995-2958
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Ugochi Azubuike
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
El Paso, TX 79901  (Online Only)
Greetings! I'm delighted you've stopped by my profile. I’m Ugochi Azubuike, and I've just expanded my schedule at Legion Psychiatry to welcome new clients. I work with most major insurance providers (including Cigna, Aetna, United, etc.). My openings tend to fill up fast, but I currently have spaces available on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings.
Greetings! I'm delighted you've stopped by my profile. I’m Ugochi Azubuike, and I've just expanded my schedule at Legion Psychiatry to welcome new clients. I work with most major insurance providers (including Cigna, Aetna, United, etc.). My openings tend to fill up fast, but I currently have spaces available on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings.
(915) 975-0819 View (915) 975-0819
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Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
El Paso, TX 79903
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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Photo of Samantha Hernandez, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Samantha Hernandez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
El Paso, TX 79905
I believe in providing compassionate care, suffering from a mental illness can be difficult enough, I will be here to provide understanding and compassionate care in order to provide the absolute excellent patient care.
I believe in providing compassionate care, suffering from a mental illness can be difficult enough, I will be here to provide understanding and compassionate care in order to provide the absolute excellent patient care.
(915) 666-8181 View (915) 666-8181
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Dr. Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
El Paso, TX 79901
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) 223-2841 View (915) 223-2841
Photo of Claudia Chaparro, MSN, RN, APRN, PMHNP-B, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Claudia Chaparro
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
El Paso, TX 79905  (Online Only)
Do you feel sad, anxious or isolated from the world around you? Let your dedicated Mental Health Specialist help restore you to your highest level of effective functioning. Nurse Practitioner Chaparro is Board Certified in Psychiatry, Experienced, Reliable and Bilingual
Do you feel sad, anxious or isolated from the world around you? Let your dedicated Mental Health Specialist help restore you to your highest level of effective functioning. Nurse Practitioner Chaparro is Board Certified in Psychiatry, Experienced, Reliable and Bilingual
(915) 600-6957 View (915) 600-6957

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Number of Psychiatrists in El Paso County, TX

70+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in El Paso County, TX who prioritize treating:

96% Depression
95% Anxiety
80% Bipolar Disorder
69% Trauma and PTSD
67% ADHD
60% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
53% Medication Management

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

97% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
96% Aetna
96% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in El Paso County, TX see their clients

53% Online Only
47% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

70% Female
30% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in El Paso 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.