Psychiatrists in Frisco, TX

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April Monarrez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Frisco, TX 75034  (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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Stella A Bediako
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Frisco, TX 75035
I have over 13 years expedience with psychiatry and I’m passionate in assisting individuals with their mental health. I’m emphatic, compassionate, trustworthy, respectful, dependable and caring individual and I’m willing to help.
I have over 13 years expedience with psychiatry and I’m passionate in assisting individuals with their mental health. I’m emphatic, compassionate, trustworthy, respectful, dependable and caring individual and I’m willing to help.
(469) 778-3313 View (469) 778-3313
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Aloha Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Frisco, TX 75033  (Online Only)
I partner with my clients to find the best treatment options for their situations. Having been a Registered Nurse for over 20 years, I know the impact of mental health on the lives of not only our patients but also their families and loved ones. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who specializes in all lifespans for treating conditions related to mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, substance use, ADHD, and other behavioral health-related issues. I feel privileged to have the experience of working with diverse populations in outpatient, inpatient, residential, and community settings.
I partner with my clients to find the best treatment options for their situations. Having been a Registered Nurse for over 20 years, I know the impact of mental health on the lives of not only our patients but also their families and loved ones. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who specializes in all lifespans for treating conditions related to mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, substance use, ADHD, and other behavioral health-related issues. I feel privileged to have the experience of working with diverse populations in outpatient, inpatient, residential, and community settings.
(469) 717-6635 View (469) 717-6635
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Fredric Matthew Johnson
Psychiatrist
Verified
Frisco, TX 75034  (Online Only)
Patients that I see want to get better and find out why they are having problems. My practice is largely devoted to mood and thought disorders. I am a minimalist when it comes to using psychiatric medications. I am often seeing folks who are either over-medicated and/or on the wrong types of medications. The 2 letters after my surname are M and D. To me, these letters not only stand for Medical Doctor, but almost more important to me, is they stand for Medical Detective.
Patients that I see want to get better and find out why they are having problems. My practice is largely devoted to mood and thought disorders. I am a minimalist when it comes to using psychiatric medications. I am often seeing folks who are either over-medicated and/or on the wrong types of medications. The 2 letters after my surname are M and D. To me, these letters not only stand for Medical Doctor, but almost more important to me, is they stand for Medical Detective.
(972) 366-4067 View (972) 366-4067
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Lorraine Victorian-Burks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Frisco, TX 75034
Lorraine Victorian-Burks is an experienced, licensed, board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Dallas, TX who specializes in the psychological assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. Mrs. Victorian-Burks provides medication management and other evidence-based approaches to treat a wide range of psychological, emotional, and behavioral problems. Mrs. Victorian-Burks has been in the medical profession for over 15 years.
Lorraine Victorian-Burks is an experienced, licensed, board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Dallas, TX who specializes in the psychological assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. Mrs. Victorian-Burks provides medication management and other evidence-based approaches to treat a wide range of psychological, emotional, and behavioral problems. Mrs. Victorian-Burks has been in the medical profession for over 15 years.
(972) 945-9059 View (972) 945-9059
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Yemi Aina
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Frisco, TX 75034
Are you or a loved one burdened by chronic depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, insomnia or brain fog? Have these conditions disrupted your sense of well-being and made daily life and relationships challenging? Tri-MED's integrative approach empowers you to experience maximal health through personalized treatments that heal the mind and body. Beyond medication management, we offer innovative modalities, such as Spravato, IM and IV Ketamine and deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (dTMS).
Are you or a loved one burdened by chronic depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, insomnia or brain fog? Have these conditions disrupted your sense of well-being and made daily life and relationships challenging? Tri-MED's integrative approach empowers you to experience maximal health through personalized treatments that heal the mind and body. Beyond medication management, we offer innovative modalities, such as Spravato, IM and IV Ketamine and deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (dTMS).
(972) 885-3348 View (972) 885-3348
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Edwige Tonye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified
Frisco, TX 75035  (Online Only)
As a board- certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am passionate about providing quality, compassionate mental health care to patients dealing with anxiety, depression, substance abuse/ addiction, mood/personality disorders, bipolar disorder, ADHD, OCD, PTSD and many more. I possess strong clinical skills and have the ability to build strong connections with patients and families. My goal is to provide an optimum level of care to all my patients by promoting mental well-being. I believe the use of psychotherapy, medication, patient’s active participation in the care, is the key for the treatment of mental health disorders.
As a board- certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am passionate about providing quality, compassionate mental health care to patients dealing with anxiety, depression, substance abuse/ addiction, mood/personality disorders, bipolar disorder, ADHD, OCD, PTSD and many more. I possess strong clinical skills and have the ability to build strong connections with patients and families. My goal is to provide an optimum level of care to all my patients by promoting mental well-being. I believe the use of psychotherapy, medication, patient’s active participation in the care, is the key for the treatment of mental health disorders.
(214) 571-7847 View (214) 571-7847
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Open Hands Psychiatry-TX, NY, CA, AZ, CO, WY, NM
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified
3 Endorsed
Frisco, TX 75034  (Online Only)
Hi, my name is Festus. I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner providing medication and nonmedication management. If you are overwhelmed, dealing with depression, anxiety, panic episodes, PSTD; bipolar or personality disorder or ADHD, I am here to help. Let us work together. I bring a humane and nonjudgmental feeling to my clients as I care for their minds and bodies.
Hi, my name is Festus. I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner providing medication and nonmedication management. If you are overwhelmed, dealing with depression, anxiety, panic episodes, PSTD; bipolar or personality disorder or ADHD, I am here to help. Let us work together. I bring a humane and nonjudgmental feeling to my clients as I care for their minds and bodies.
(214) 888-3609 View (214) 888-3609
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Mayra Koedam
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP , PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Frisco, TX 75034  (Online Only)
Mayra is a dual board certified psychiatric mental-health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and a family nurse practitioner (FNP-C).
Mayra is a dual board certified psychiatric mental-health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and a family nurse practitioner (FNP-C).
(469) 908-3297 View (469) 908-3297
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Milka Kamau
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FPMHNP
Verified
Frisco, TX 75034
I enjoy treating patients aged 16 and older. I treat all mental health conditions, including, but not limited to depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD/ADD and Bipolar disorder. My non-judgmental approach helps individuals and families understand that there should be no shame or guilt associated with mental illness.
I enjoy treating patients aged 16 and older. I treat all mental health conditions, including, but not limited to depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD/ADD and Bipolar disorder. My non-judgmental approach helps individuals and families understand that there should be no shame or guilt associated with mental illness.
(214) 494-2131 View (214) 494-2131
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Judith Maduh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified
3 Endorsed
Frisco, TX 75034
Hello! I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington, did my rotation experiences in both outpatient and inpatient psychiatric hospital. I have been privileged to train with many but especially 2 of the renowned child-adolescent psychiatrists in North Texas! I do comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis, and medication treatment for numerous psychiatric disorders.
Hello! I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington, did my rotation experiences in both outpatient and inpatient psychiatric hospital. I have been privileged to train with many but especially 2 of the renowned child-adolescent psychiatrists in North Texas! I do comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis, and medication treatment for numerous psychiatric disorders.
(972) 954-2187 View (972) 954-2187
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Fredric Matthew Johnson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Frisco, TX 75034  (Online Only)
Patients that I see want to get better and find out why they are having problems. My practice is largely devoted to mood and thought disorders. I am a minimalist when it comes to using medication. I am often seeing folks who are either over-medicated and/or on the wrong types of medications. The 2 letters after my surname are M and D. To me, these not only stand for Medical Doctor, but almost more important to me, is they stand for Medical Detective.
Patients that I see want to get better and find out why they are having problems. My practice is largely devoted to mood and thought disorders. I am a minimalist when it comes to using medication. I am often seeing folks who are either over-medicated and/or on the wrong types of medications. The 2 letters after my surname are M and D. To me, these not only stand for Medical Doctor, but almost more important to me, is they stand for Medical Detective.
(972) 694-6473 View (972) 694-6473
Photo of Melaine Ndi, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Frisco, TX
Melaine Ndi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B, FNP-C, APRN
Verified
Frisco, TX 75033  (Online Only)
As a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I use an evidence-based and holistic approach that aims to enhance the adaptive and healing capability of each individual. I encourage self-care and personal responsibility, fostering independence and a sense of empowerment for you. After a thorough psychiatric evaluation and diagnosis, and if counseling alone is not enough, psychiatric medication regimens can be explored and kept as simple as possible. You will be educated on medication risks, benefits and available treatment options, to allow informed decision-making and to provide patient-centered care.
As a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I use an evidence-based and holistic approach that aims to enhance the adaptive and healing capability of each individual. I encourage self-care and personal responsibility, fostering independence and a sense of empowerment for you. After a thorough psychiatric evaluation and diagnosis, and if counseling alone is not enough, psychiatric medication regimens can be explored and kept as simple as possible. You will be educated on medication risks, benefits and available treatment options, to allow informed decision-making and to provide patient-centered care.
(469) 489-4508 View (469) 489-4508
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Sherita Bardley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN
Verified
Frisco, TX 75035  (Online Only)
Dr. Sherita Bardley, is a Dual Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner in primary care and psychiatry with over 20 years of experience in the medical field in various settings. She credits her upbringing for her understanding that it takes more than just competence and knowledge in this area to help people cope with mental illness. She believes that in order to be impactful, the healthcare provider must be empathetic and understanding of patients' daily struggles with their illness and society.
Dr. Sherita Bardley, is a Dual Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner in primary care and psychiatry with over 20 years of experience in the medical field in various settings. She credits her upbringing for her understanding that it takes more than just competence and knowledge in this area to help people cope with mental illness. She believes that in order to be impactful, the healthcare provider must be empathetic and understanding of patients' daily struggles with their illness and society.
(469) 638-8290 View (469) 638-8290
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Jacinta Madu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified
Frisco, TX 75034
I am the lead board-certified family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), at GOFAN Healthcare Services LLC. I have a passion for mental health. As a PMHNP, I work with clients through compassion, empathy, respect, humility, and hope to restore dignity and reduce mental health stigma. I enjoy treating patients with all kinds of mental illness including but not limited to depression, anxiety, adhd, bipolar, and schizophrenia. My compassion and nonjudgmental approach working with individuals and families builds hope and reduces mental health sigma.
I am the lead board-certified family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), at GOFAN Healthcare Services LLC. I have a passion for mental health. As a PMHNP, I work with clients through compassion, empathy, respect, humility, and hope to restore dignity and reduce mental health stigma. I enjoy treating patients with all kinds of mental illness including but not limited to depression, anxiety, adhd, bipolar, and schizophrenia. My compassion and nonjudgmental approach working with individuals and families builds hope and reduces mental health sigma.
(972) 945-0448 View (972) 945-0448
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Zishan Khan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Frisco, TX 75034
Dr. Zishan Khan is board-certified in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. Dr. Khan primarily treats children, adolescents, and young adults suffering from ADHD, anxiety, depression, and behavioral issues that cause hindrances. He works with patients of various cultural and professional backgrounds to help them improve their lives and conquer their struggles. Dr. Khan’s focus is to treat the whole person, not just individual symptoms. Every human is unique, with differing circumstances, motivations, experiences, and life factors.
Dr. Zishan Khan is board-certified in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. Dr. Khan primarily treats children, adolescents, and young adults suffering from ADHD, anxiety, depression, and behavioral issues that cause hindrances. He works with patients of various cultural and professional backgrounds to help them improve their lives and conquer their struggles. Dr. Khan’s focus is to treat the whole person, not just individual symptoms. Every human is unique, with differing circumstances, motivations, experiences, and life factors.
(855) 976-2039 View (855) 976-2039
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Breakthrough Mental Healthcare LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified
Frisco, TX 75034
Your mental well-being matters. Discover a safe space where healing begins, Empathetic support, personalized strategies, and a journey towards a brighter tomorrow await you at our practice. Take the first step towards a healthier mind. You deserve the care you need. Together, let's unlock your potential. I am a dedicated patient focused provider that will always seek to embrace and utilize traditional as well as innovative treatments to help you live an optimal life. I will also encourage you to participate in your treatment goals, which will enhance your mental, physical, and social wellness.
Your mental well-being matters. Discover a safe space where healing begins, Empathetic support, personalized strategies, and a journey towards a brighter tomorrow await you at our practice. Take the first step towards a healthier mind. You deserve the care you need. Together, let's unlock your potential. I am a dedicated patient focused provider that will always seek to embrace and utilize traditional as well as innovative treatments to help you live an optimal life. I will also encourage you to participate in your treatment goals, which will enhance your mental, physical, and social wellness.
(469) 382-4859 View (469) 382-4859
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Nisha Saraiya
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Frisco, TX 75036
I grew up just outside Dallas before crossing the border north to go to college and medical school at the University of Oklahoma. I attended (the) Ohio State University for Psychiatry residency and then joined the Veteran Affairs Hospital to serve our veterans prior to relocating back to Dallas to be closer to family. I am excited to bring my training and experience to a new community and look forward to working collaboratively with the inclusive services offered through Connections Wellness Group!
I grew up just outside Dallas before crossing the border north to go to college and medical school at the University of Oklahoma. I attended (the) Ohio State University for Psychiatry residency and then joined the Veteran Affairs Hospital to serve our veterans prior to relocating back to Dallas to be closer to family. I am excited to bring my training and experience to a new community and look forward to working collaboratively with the inclusive services offered through Connections Wellness Group!
(940) 314-4226 View (940) 314-4226
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Serena Sessions Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Frisco, TX 75034  (Online Only)
Serena Sessions is Psychiatric Clinic serving adults ages 18 to 59, offering specialized, collaborative and individual care. Dr. Elena Ammatuna, MD, is board-certified in General Psychiatry, bringing a wealth of knowledge in treating conditions such as depression, anxiety, episodes of panic attacks, symptoms related to trauma, such as PTSD, as well as psychological distress from medical conditions and life stressors, as well as women's mental health. Using a combination of psychotherapy and/or medications, treatments are customized to the preferences and needs of each patient.
Serena Sessions is Psychiatric Clinic serving adults ages 18 to 59, offering specialized, collaborative and individual care. Dr. Elena Ammatuna, MD, is board-certified in General Psychiatry, bringing a wealth of knowledge in treating conditions such as depression, anxiety, episodes of panic attacks, symptoms related to trauma, such as PTSD, as well as psychological distress from medical conditions and life stressors, as well as women's mental health. Using a combination of psychotherapy and/or medications, treatments are customized to the preferences and needs of each patient.
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EZ Mind Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Frisco, TX 75034  (Online Only)
Are you someone who has been struggling to cope with day to day stressors? Do you feel like your moods, anxiety or poor sleep are keeping you from feeling like your best self? Are you a parent with concerns about the behaviors or moods of your teenager? Do you find yourself wanting to seek help but are feeling overwhelmed by the process? Let us help you on your journey as you transform into a better you.
Are you someone who has been struggling to cope with day to day stressors? Do you feel like your moods, anxiety or poor sleep are keeping you from feeling like your best self? Are you a parent with concerns about the behaviors or moods of your teenager? Do you find yourself wanting to seek help but are feeling overwhelmed by the process? Let us help you on your journey as you transform into a better you.
(469) 564-4154 View (469) 564-4154

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Frisco, TX

100+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in Frisco, TX who prioritize treating:

97% Anxiety
96% Depression
89% Bipolar Disorder
77% ADHD
76% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
76% Trauma and PTSD
73% Medication Management

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% Aetna
91% Cigna and Evernorth
89% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Frisco, TX see their clients

63% In Person and Online
37% Online Only

Gender breakdown

68% Female
32% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Frisco?

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.