Psychiatrists in Fort Hood, TX

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Dr. Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fort Hood, TX 76544
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?
(830) 402-4373 View (830) 402-4373
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Dr. Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fort Hood, TX 76544
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?
(915) 221-1656 View (915) 221-1656

More Psychiatrists Nearby

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Princess Eghianruwa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Harker Heights, TX 76542  (Online Only)
Elevate your mood, conquer the chaos, and rewrite your mental narrative – your well-being, your story, our expertise. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with training and experience treating patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan.
Elevate your mood, conquer the chaos, and rewrite your mental narrative – your well-being, your story, our expertise. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with training and experience treating patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan.
(737) 637-4123 View (737) 637-4123
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Seresea Mitchell-Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-C, CME, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Killeen, TX 76549
Mindful Primary & Psych Care is an integrative clinic focused on providing compassionate and holistic care to address the community's primary and mental health needs. Our clinic is the first in the area to offer primary care and psychiatric services to the community. As we know that physical decline can affect your mental health, and your mental health can affect your physical health. The clinic practice supports evidence-based medicine guidelines. While we are small, we have a BIG heart dedicated to keeping you focused on your health and wellness.
Mindful Primary & Psych Care is an integrative clinic focused on providing compassionate and holistic care to address the community's primary and mental health needs. Our clinic is the first in the area to offer primary care and psychiatric services to the community. As we know that physical decline can affect your mental health, and your mental health can affect your physical health. The clinic practice supports evidence-based medicine guidelines. While we are small, we have a BIG heart dedicated to keeping you focused on your health and wellness.
(254) 274-4732 View (254) 274-4732
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VPP Clinic | Dr. Arif Mirza MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Killeen, TX 76549  (Online Only)
Welcome to VPPclinic.com ... As an experienced Psychiatrist in private practice, inpatient and telehealth settings, I'm here to offer authentic, compassionate care. Time is precious, especially for busy students, parents, and working professionals. I look forward to collaborate to reach your goals ASAP! ... Same week Video appointments are available statewide (Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio). Text 469-770-7750 for quick booking assist.
Welcome to VPPclinic.com ... As an experienced Psychiatrist in private practice, inpatient and telehealth settings, I'm here to offer authentic, compassionate care. Time is precious, especially for busy students, parents, and working professionals. I look forward to collaborate to reach your goals ASAP! ... Same week Video appointments are available statewide (Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio). Text 469-770-7750 for quick booking assist.
(832) 536-9271 View (832) 536-9271
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Immaculate Minds
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Killeen, TX 76540
Accepting New Patients Now! Welcome to Immaculate Minds, where we prioritize your mental well-being above all else. Our dedicated team is committed to providing exceptional mental health and psychiatric services to patients of all ages, tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual.
Accepting New Patients Now! Welcome to Immaculate Minds, where we prioritize your mental well-being above all else. Our dedicated team is committed to providing exceptional mental health and psychiatric services to patients of all ages, tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual.
(254) 221-7609 View (254) 221-7609
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Dr Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Killeen, TX 76545
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?
(979) 316-9889 View (979) 316-9889
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Shalanda Cross- Psychiatry Texas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Killeen, TX 76540
A board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner specializing in patient advocacy, behavioral interventions, and mood disorders. It is important as a provider that patients have a safe environment to discuss mental health issues without feeling stigmatized. Patients will work collaboratively to address unhealthy thoughts and actions, work towards improving mood disorders, create healthy goals, and regain self-confidence.
A board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner specializing in patient advocacy, behavioral interventions, and mood disorders. It is important as a provider that patients have a safe environment to discuss mental health issues without feeling stigmatized. Patients will work collaboratively to address unhealthy thoughts and actions, work towards improving mood disorders, create healthy goals, and regain self-confidence.
(512) 883-1917 View (512) 883-1917
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Janet Oladipo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, ARNP, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Killeen, TX 76549  (Online Only)
Janet Oladipo is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner that is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Janet earned her first associate degree in nursing from Albany State University, Albany, Georgia and Bachelor’s degree in nursing from University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.
Janet Oladipo is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner that is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Janet earned her first associate degree in nursing from Albany State University, Albany, Georgia and Bachelor’s degree in nursing from University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.
(254) 274-6924 View (254) 274-6924
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Georgia Dixon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, DNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Killeen, TX 76542  (Online Only)
As a seasoned and compassionate Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), my mission is to provide comprehensive mental health care across the lifespan. With a commitment to fostering holistic well-being, I am driven by a profound passion for psychiatry and a patient-centered philosophy that extends beyond conventional treatment modalities.
As a seasoned and compassionate Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), my mission is to provide comprehensive mental health care across the lifespan. With a commitment to fostering holistic well-being, I am driven by a profound passion for psychiatry and a patient-centered philosophy that extends beyond conventional treatment modalities.
(254) 278-2573 View (254) 278-2573
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Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Killeen, TX 76542
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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Deanette James
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Copperas Cove, TX 76522  (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.
(972) 433-7704 View (972) 433-7704

Online Psychiatrists

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Eva Nyambura Kirara
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, RN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78705  (Online Only)
Hello my name is Eva, a dedicated Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) of more than 10 years of experience in medicine and nursing which offers a wealth of experiences. Professionally, I have history of diverse roles in various care settings and have faced numerous situations where understanding and recognizing a patient’s mental health was essential. Because of this, I developed an indomitable passion for mental health, ultimately leading her to obtain my Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2018.
Hello my name is Eva, a dedicated Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) of more than 10 years of experience in medicine and nursing which offers a wealth of experiences. Professionally, I have history of diverse roles in various care settings and have faced numerous situations where understanding and recognizing a patient’s mental health was essential. Because of this, I developed an indomitable passion for mental health, ultimately leading her to obtain my Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2018.
(214) 225-4527 View (214) 225-4527
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Jennifer Schaefer
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78705
Dr. Schaefer is double board certified in General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Schaefer graduated from medical school at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She completed both her general psychiatry residency and child and adolescent fellowship training at The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School, where she served as chief resident. She works to collaboratively target each patient’s treatment to their particular goals through a combination of medication management and individual or family therapy.
Dr. Schaefer is double board certified in General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Schaefer graduated from medical school at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She completed both her general psychiatry residency and child and adolescent fellowship training at The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School, where she served as chief resident. She works to collaboratively target each patient’s treatment to their particular goals through a combination of medication management and individual or family therapy.
(512) 842-4316 View (512) 842-4316
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Aju Alex
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified Verified
San Marcos, TX 78666
Aju Alex has experience in treating individuals with depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, bipolar disorder, ADHD, alcohol disorder, and sleep disorders. She has her Master of Science in Nursing from Georgia Southern University and is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). Prior to working as a PMHNP she worked as an RN at in-patient psychiatric units in Kansas and Georgia, catering to the needs of children, adolescents, and adults. She was motivated to further her career as a PMHNP after seeing the struggles and trauma that caused patients to be hospitalized/homeless.
Aju Alex has experience in treating individuals with depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, bipolar disorder, ADHD, alcohol disorder, and sleep disorders. She has her Master of Science in Nursing from Georgia Southern University and is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). Prior to working as a PMHNP she worked as an RN at in-patient psychiatric units in Kansas and Georgia, catering to the needs of children, adolescents, and adults. She was motivated to further her career as a PMHNP after seeing the struggles and trauma that caused patients to be hospitalized/homeless.
(737) 637-5816 View (737) 637-5816
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Meredith M. Langguth
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78752
Meredith Langguth is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is committed to building compassionate and effective therapeutic alliances with her patients. Meredith applies a patient-centered approach that combines evidence-based treatments with the patient’s own individual goals to promote the best possible outcomes.
Meredith Langguth is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is committed to building compassionate and effective therapeutic alliances with her patients. Meredith applies a patient-centered approach that combines evidence-based treatments with the patient’s own individual goals to promote the best possible outcomes.
(512) 890-2420 View (512) 890-2420
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VPP Clinic | Dr Arif Mirza MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78701  (Online Only)
Welcome to VPPclinic.com ... As an experienced Psychiatrist in private practice, inpatient and telehealth settings, I'm here to offer authentic, compassionate care. Time is precious, especially for busy students, parents, and working professionals. I look forward to collaborate to reach your goals ASAP! ... Same week Video appointments are available statewide (Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio). Text 469-770-7750 for quick booking assist.
Welcome to VPPclinic.com ... As an experienced Psychiatrist in private practice, inpatient and telehealth settings, I'm here to offer authentic, compassionate care. Time is precious, especially for busy students, parents, and working professionals. I look forward to collaborate to reach your goals ASAP! ... Same week Video appointments are available statewide (Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio). Text 469-770-7750 for quick booking assist.
(737) 758-3383 View (737) 758-3383
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Reproductive Psychiatry and Counseling
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78704
If you or your partner are struggling with mental wellness during infertility, pregnancy loss, or pregnancy/postpartum, during perimenopause or experiencing premenstrual difficulties please consider reaching out for more care. We often try to be strong and work through issues alone without realizing the significant impact our own mental health has on our children and family. Receiving quality treatment can help you to improve your wellness, and by extension, the wellness of your baby, in the safest ways.
If you or your partner are struggling with mental wellness during infertility, pregnancy loss, or pregnancy/postpartum, during perimenopause or experiencing premenstrual difficulties please consider reaching out for more care. We often try to be strong and work through issues alone without realizing the significant impact our own mental health has on our children and family. Receiving quality treatment can help you to improve your wellness, and by extension, the wellness of your baby, in the safest ways.
(512) 710-2173 View (512) 710-2173
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Jedidiah C Becker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78705
Our mental health cannot be neatly separated from our physical bodies or from the unique events that have shaped us as individuals. While psychiatric medications have helped millions of individuals find relief from chronic mental illness and reclaim control of their lives, almost anyone who has struggled with depression or anxiety knows that medications alone are rarely enough to achieve the balanced, fulfilling lives that they desire. The question then becomes, “What else can be done?”
Our mental health cannot be neatly separated from our physical bodies or from the unique events that have shaped us as individuals. While psychiatric medications have helped millions of individuals find relief from chronic mental illness and reclaim control of their lives, almost anyone who has struggled with depression or anxiety knows that medications alone are rarely enough to achieve the balanced, fulfilling lives that they desire. The question then becomes, “What else can be done?”
(512) 233-6841 View (512) 233-6841
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Amanda Anazia - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78759
Amanda Anazia MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner as well as a certified family nurse practitioner. She is a part of the inaugural class of 2012 where she received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Texas State University. Amanda obtained her MSN from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, where she specialized in Family in 2020. She also obtained a Post-Master’s Certificate from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston where she specialized as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2021.
Amanda Anazia MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner as well as a certified family nurse practitioner. She is a part of the inaugural class of 2012 where she received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Texas State University. Amanda obtained her MSN from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, where she specialized in Family in 2020. She also obtained a Post-Master’s Certificate from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston where she specialized as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2021.
(737) 637-3191 View (737) 637-3191

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Number of Psychiatrists in Fort Hood, TX

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Psychiatrists in Fort Hood, TX who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Addiction
100% ADHD
100% Chronic Pain
100% Geriatric and Seniors
100% Grief

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Fort Hood, TX see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Fort Hood?

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.