Psychiatrists in Forney, TX

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Michael Akwo Adelowo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Forney, TX 75126  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified PMHNP. I have a Bachelor in Pre-Med from TSU and A Bachelor in Science of Nursing from MWSU. I obtained my Master of Science in PMHNP from Walden University. My previous experiences have been working as the director of Behavioral health and substance use services for an FQHC in Brownwood, TX.
I am a board-certified PMHNP. I have a Bachelor in Pre-Med from TSU and A Bachelor in Science of Nursing from MWSU. I obtained my Master of Science in PMHNP from Walden University. My previous experiences have been working as the director of Behavioral health and substance use services for an FQHC in Brownwood, TX.
(469) 414-5513 View (469) 414-5513
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Edens Vantage
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Forney, TX 75126  (Online Only)
Connecting Competence with Compassion in Behavioral Healthcare… Eden’s Vantage …because we do it right! We build on enviable customers service, collaborative teamplay and Integrity-Driven Business Ethics. To learn more visit https:/www.edensvantage.org Thank you
Connecting Competence with Compassion in Behavioral Healthcare… Eden’s Vantage …because we do it right! We build on enviable customers service, collaborative teamplay and Integrity-Driven Business Ethics. To learn more visit https:/www.edensvantage.org Thank you
(469) 609-6537 View (469) 609-6537
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Steve Osasere Erimwioghae
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Forney, TX 75126  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, difficulty sleeping, or experiencing mood swings or psychosis? Do you feel like you are unable to cope or are reaching a breaking point and need to try the medication option? I can help you navigate through these difficult periods with medication management and brief psychotherapy techniques that are evidence-based. I currently see clients for psychiatric evaluation and medication management through telehealth, which makes it convenient for you to see me from the comfort of your home.
Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, difficulty sleeping, or experiencing mood swings or psychosis? Do you feel like you are unable to cope or are reaching a breaking point and need to try the medication option? I can help you navigate through these difficult periods with medication management and brief psychotherapy techniques that are evidence-based. I currently see clients for psychiatric evaluation and medication management through telehealth, which makes it convenient for you to see me from the comfort of your home.
(469) 658-7796 View (469) 658-7796
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Brandy Cooks-Thomas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Forney, TX 75126
I am a dually certified PMHNP and FNP. I received my initial bachelor’s degree from Brown University in Human Biology: Brain and Behavior. I received a master’s degree in Teaching and taught for 9 years beginning with Teach for America. I received both my BSN and MSN from Emory University, which is where my nursing career originally began. I received my PMHNP certification from Southeastern Louisiana University. Most of my work experience has been in rural health and involved integrated care amongst outpatient clinic, nursing homes, group homes, school-based clinic, sleep study clinic, ER and primary care.
I am a dually certified PMHNP and FNP. I received my initial bachelor’s degree from Brown University in Human Biology: Brain and Behavior. I received a master’s degree in Teaching and taught for 9 years beginning with Teach for America. I received both my BSN and MSN from Emory University, which is where my nursing career originally began. I received my PMHNP certification from Southeastern Louisiana University. Most of my work experience has been in rural health and involved integrated care amongst outpatient clinic, nursing homes, group homes, school-based clinic, sleep study clinic, ER and primary care.
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Dr. Micah Duke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Forney, TX 75126  (Online Only)
Micah is a Board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a dual Board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner licensed to practice in the state of Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming. Micah specializes in medication management and psychotherapy for PTSD, depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar, eating disorders, personality disorders, and addiction for all age groups.
Micah is a Board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a dual Board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner licensed to practice in the state of Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming. Micah specializes in medication management and psychotherapy for PTSD, depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar, eating disorders, personality disorders, and addiction for all age groups.
(469) 437-7829 View (469) 437-7829
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Michael Akwo-Adelowo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNPBC
Not Verified Not Verified
Forney, TX 75126
Michael has over a decade of experience as a Nurse Practitioner in various mental health clinic settings. Michael's clinical experience includes working with adolescents, young adults and geriatric adults facing challenges with mental health, intellectual disabilities and substance use disorders.
Michael has over a decade of experience as a Nurse Practitioner in various mental health clinic settings. Michael's clinical experience includes working with adolescents, young adults and geriatric adults facing challenges with mental health, intellectual disabilities and substance use disorders.
(469) 345-7590 View (469) 345-7590
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Healing Souls Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Forney, TX 75126
At Healing Souls psychiatry, we strive for the best experience by offering non-judgmental, compassionate and empathic mental and behavioral health services. Our goal is to help you lead a more autonomous and productive lifestyle. We believe in individualized therapeutic services to meet specific needs of our clients.
At Healing Souls psychiatry, we strive for the best experience by offering non-judgmental, compassionate and empathic mental and behavioral health services. Our goal is to help you lead a more autonomous and productive lifestyle. We believe in individualized therapeutic services to meet specific needs of our clients.
(972) 787-0060 View (972) 787-0060
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Marlisha Thomas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Forney, TX 75126
Mrs . Thomas is an ambitious Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) treating adults (18- 65yo) with mental health disorders (mood disorders, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, insomnia). She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mississippi University for Women. Marlisha later went on to obtain her Master of Science in Nursing from University of Alabama in Birmingham. She works hard to provide her clients a safe zone and a place to feel heard while freely being themselves.
Mrs . Thomas is an ambitious Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) treating adults (18- 65yo) with mental health disorders (mood disorders, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, insomnia). She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mississippi University for Women. Marlisha later went on to obtain her Master of Science in Nursing from University of Alabama in Birmingham. She works hard to provide her clients a safe zone and a place to feel heard while freely being themselves.
(469) 552-2737 View (469) 552-2737
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Kimberly Dobbins
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Forney, TX 75126  (Online Only)
Dr. Dobbins brings over a decade of experience and is double board certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry as well as Adult Psychiatry. In addition to her previous experience as a professor at UT Southwestern in Dallas, her experience comes from multiple care settings to include high acuity Psychiatric ER, VA outpatient mental health clinic and a community Child Psychiatry clinic. Dr. Dobbins will lead the BasePoint Academy’s client treatment as well as seeing patients individually in BasePoint Psychiatry and Wellness.
Dr. Dobbins brings over a decade of experience and is double board certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry as well as Adult Psychiatry. In addition to her previous experience as a professor at UT Southwestern in Dallas, her experience comes from multiple care settings to include high acuity Psychiatric ER, VA outpatient mental health clinic and a community Child Psychiatry clinic. Dr. Dobbins will lead the BasePoint Academy’s client treatment as well as seeing patients individually in BasePoint Psychiatry and Wellness.
(972) 430-6151 View (972) 430-6151
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Kayode Zacchaeus Oluwayomi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Forney, TX 75126  (Online Only)
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner living in Texas. I work with diverse kinds of clients (Age 18 +) with different cultural backgrounds and mental health problems. I specialize in depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, Insomnia, bipolar disorder, eating disorder, personality disorder and much more. I am a compassionate provider with a passion for patients with mental illness.
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner living in Texas. I work with diverse kinds of clients (Age 18 +) with different cultural backgrounds and mental health problems. I specialize in depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, Insomnia, bipolar disorder, eating disorder, personality disorder and much more. I am a compassionate provider with a passion for patients with mental illness.
(940) 251-2606 View (940) 251-2606
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Better Days Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Forney, TX 75126
Are you looking for a caring and compassionate partner on your mental health journey? Do you need a safe space to express your thoughts and feelings without judgment? Do you want guidance on treatment options, medication management, and strategies for coping with life's challenges? I'm here to guide you, providing the tools and support you need to achieve your goals. Let's work together to build the future you desire!
Are you looking for a caring and compassionate partner on your mental health journey? Do you need a safe space to express your thoughts and feelings without judgment? Do you want guidance on treatment options, medication management, and strategies for coping with life's challenges? I'm here to guide you, providing the tools and support you need to achieve your goals. Let's work together to build the future you desire!
(469) 754-9546 View (469) 754-9546
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Renew Health Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Forney, TX 75126
Hi, I am Dr. Boma, a DNP prepared Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 11 years of experience. I am passionate about helping adolescents and adults improve their mental health. My specialty is bipolar disorder, ADHD (T.OV.A. testing), depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and OCD. My individualized treatment plans are tailored to best fit your needs and goals. I work closely with patients, and they can reach out to us directly. Our purpose is to support & empower clients & their families by providing them with a safe & reliable space to share their stories.
Hi, I am Dr. Boma, a DNP prepared Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 11 years of experience. I am passionate about helping adolescents and adults improve their mental health. My specialty is bipolar disorder, ADHD (T.OV.A. testing), depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and OCD. My individualized treatment plans are tailored to best fit your needs and goals. I work closely with patients, and they can reach out to us directly. Our purpose is to support & empower clients & their families by providing them with a safe & reliable space to share their stories.
(469) 770-7380 View (469) 770-7380
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Ayuk Obale
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Forney, TX 75126
Accepting new patients from anywhere in Texas! Do you wonder if what you are feeling is normal? Do you wonder why you have loss of interest, or why you consistently have low energy? Do you wonder why one day you are happy and the next day you are sad. Do you wonder why you consistently worry about everything, and you feel like your thoughts are racing in your head? If you answered yes to these questions, I would love to help. I have experience treating individuals from age 14- 99 years old. My focus is anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders, and thought disorders. I work collaboratively with my patients and value feedback
Accepting new patients from anywhere in Texas! Do you wonder if what you are feeling is normal? Do you wonder why you have loss of interest, or why you consistently have low energy? Do you wonder why one day you are happy and the next day you are sad. Do you wonder why you consistently worry about everything, and you feel like your thoughts are racing in your head? If you answered yes to these questions, I would love to help. I have experience treating individuals from age 14- 99 years old. My focus is anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders, and thought disorders. I work collaboratively with my patients and value feedback
(214) 888-3679 View (214) 888-3679
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Alpha Mental Health Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC, FNP-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Forney, TX 75126
Accepting SAME day appointments with no wait, in person or virtually . My mission is to provide quality and culturally competent care. Are you depressed, hurting, or having trouble sleeping? Are you easily irritated and stressed out? You don't have to keep suffering. We can help you. Our providers are working in collaboration with an MD who has has numerous years of psychiatric experience. I treat the whole patient and approach our patients with empathy, and compassion. Medication often gives quicker relief, however with our hard work, together with brief solution-focused therapy, we will have the best hope for healing.
Accepting SAME day appointments with no wait, in person or virtually . My mission is to provide quality and culturally competent care. Are you depressed, hurting, or having trouble sleeping? Are you easily irritated and stressed out? You don't have to keep suffering. We can help you. Our providers are working in collaboration with an MD who has has numerous years of psychiatric experience. I treat the whole patient and approach our patients with empathy, and compassion. Medication often gives quicker relief, however with our hard work, together with brief solution-focused therapy, we will have the best hope for healing.
(469) 908-3417 View (469) 908-3417

More Psychiatrists Nearby

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NJ Njideka Domrufus
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-C, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Mesquite, TX 75180
Njideka (NJ) Domrufus is a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Advance Practice Nurse (APN) with a dual board certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She is an experienced Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with years of clinical experience in treating psychiatric disorders and specializes in treating major depression, substance use disorders, eating disorders, mood disorder, anxiety disorder, OCD, PTSD and ADHD.
Njideka (NJ) Domrufus is a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Advance Practice Nurse (APN) with a dual board certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She is an experienced Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with years of clinical experience in treating psychiatric disorders and specializes in treating major depression, substance use disorders, eating disorders, mood disorder, anxiety disorder, OCD, PTSD and ADHD.
(972) 559-3273 View (972) 559-3273
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Chika Getrude Agina
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Mesquite, TX 75181  (Online Only)
Persons with mental health issues like depression, anxiety, bipolar, and adolescent issues who are seeking good mental health providers to help them will be in good hands with me.
Persons with mental health issues like depression, anxiety, bipolar, and adolescent issues who are seeking good mental health providers to help them will be in good hands with me.
(972) 430-5547 View (972) 430-5547
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Integrated Psychiatry Services, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rockwall, TX 75032
My ideal client is someone actively seeking mental health support and dealing with issues like mood disorders or trauma. They value a holistic approach, combining medication and psychotherapy. I appreciate clients who engage in collaborative, judgment-free sessions. Their goals include improving overall quality of life, developing coping strategies, and building resilience. I aim to empower them to achieve positive change and navigate life's challenges through a strong therapeutic alliance.
My ideal client is someone actively seeking mental health support and dealing with issues like mood disorders or trauma. They value a holistic approach, combining medication and psychotherapy. I appreciate clients who engage in collaborative, judgment-free sessions. Their goals include improving overall quality of life, developing coping strategies, and building resilience. I aim to empower them to achieve positive change and navigate life's challenges through a strong therapeutic alliance.
(469) 658-7786 View (469) 658-7786
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Healing Souls Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mesquite, TX 75149
At Healing Souls psychiatry, we strive for the best experience by offering non-judgmental, compassionate and empathic mental and behavioral health services. Our goal is to help you lead a more autonomous and productive lifestyle. We believe in individualized therapeutic services to meet specific needs of our clients.
At Healing Souls psychiatry, we strive for the best experience by offering non-judgmental, compassionate and empathic mental and behavioral health services. Our goal is to help you lead a more autonomous and productive lifestyle. We believe in individualized therapeutic services to meet specific needs of our clients.
(972) 433-9895 View (972) 433-9895
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Blessy Anu Kuncheria
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rockwall, TX 75032
I'm a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I'm passionate about providing high quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to adolescents and adults. I possess strong clinical skills enhanced by natural ability to build rapport with patients and families. I follow evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience, personal observation, and intuition. My goal in treating my patients is to help them reclaim their mental health in a setting which offers quality individualized care where my patients come first.
I'm a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I'm passionate about providing high quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to adolescents and adults. I possess strong clinical skills enhanced by natural ability to build rapport with patients and families. I follow evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience, personal observation, and intuition. My goal in treating my patients is to help them reclaim their mental health in a setting which offers quality individualized care where my patients come first.
(214) 544-6870 View (214) 544-6870
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Dr Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Rockwall, TX 75032
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?
(469) 557-4748 View (469) 557-4748

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Forney, TX

10+

Average cost per session

$160

Psychiatrists in Forney, TX who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Bipolar Disorder
93% ADHD
79% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
71% Trauma and PTSD
71% Psychosis

Average years in practice

3 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
93% Cigna and Evernorth
86% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Forney, TX see their clients

58% In Person and Online
42% Online Only

Gender breakdown

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

How can I find a psychiatrist in Forney?

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.