Psychiatrists in Horizon City, TX

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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 79938  (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) 233-6119 View (915) 233-6119
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Bridgett Gant
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
El Paso, TX 79936  (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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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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Oladunni Liyele
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
El Paso, TX 79938  (Online Only)
Hello! If you’ve landed on my profile, I'm here to support your mental wellness goals. I am Oladunni Liyele, and I've opened new slots at Legion Psychiatry for fresh clients. I'm an in-network provider for most major insurance carriers, including Cigna, Aetna, and United. My schedule tends to fill up quickly; however, I currently have openings on Thursdays (morning to afternoon).
Hello! If you’ve landed on my profile, I'm here to support your mental wellness goals. I am Oladunni Liyele, and I've opened new slots at Legion Psychiatry for fresh clients. I'm an in-network provider for most major insurance carriers, including Cigna, Aetna, and United. My schedule tends to fill up quickly; however, I currently have openings on Thursdays (morning to afternoon).
(915) 666-9632 View (915) 666-9632
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Ugochi Azubuike
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
El Paso, TX 79938  (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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Mindful Behavioral Solutions (MBS)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
El Paso, TX 79936
Now Accepting NEW Patients. Are you experiencing Depression and Anxiety? We can help you. Get your life back today. Our goal is to provide you and your family with high-quality evidence-based care. Acara is caring and compassionate about mental health. She provides unique person-centered mental health services to children, adults, and elderly population suffering from mental health disorders. We offer virtual and in-person visits. Schedule your consultation today by calling -888-550-4842 or Text 469-722-7334. Visit out website: www.mbspsych.org
Now Accepting NEW Patients. Are you experiencing Depression and Anxiety? We can help you. Get your life back today. Our goal is to provide you and your family with high-quality evidence-based care. Acara is caring and compassionate about mental health. She provides unique person-centered mental health services to children, adults, and elderly population suffering from mental health disorders. We offer virtual and in-person visits. Schedule your consultation today by calling -888-550-4842 or Text 469-722-7334. Visit out website: www.mbspsych.org
(214) 367-5893 View (214) 367-5893
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Patrick Allen Cortado
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
El Paso, TX 79936  (Online Only)
I am a dual-certified nurse practitioner. I am board-certified in PMHNP (psychiatric mental health) and FNP (family practice). I am also certified in treating ADHD from PESI (ADHD-CCSP) and has finished a Master Psychopharmacology program from NEI.
I am a dual-certified nurse practitioner. I am board-certified in PMHNP (psychiatric mental health) and FNP (family practice). I am also certified in treating ADHD from PESI (ADHD-CCSP) and has finished a Master Psychopharmacology program from NEI.
(737) 345-2410 View (737) 345-2410
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Ramon Aragon
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
El Paso, TX 79915
Depression is a severely debilitating illness and while some patients improve with medications and psychotherapy, some patients do not. This can be due to medication adverse effects, difficulty adhering to the regimen, or a simple lack of efficacy from these agents. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is an FDA-approved and indicated therapy for these cases. TMS can also treat OCD, Anxiety, and aid in smoking cessation.
Depression is a severely debilitating illness and while some patients improve with medications and psychotherapy, some patients do not. This can be due to medication adverse effects, difficulty adhering to the regimen, or a simple lack of efficacy from these agents. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is an FDA-approved and indicated therapy for these cases. TMS can also treat OCD, Anxiety, and aid in smoking cessation.
(512) 675-5449 View (512) 675-5449
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Nkechi Nduka
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
El Paso, TX 79938  (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) 666-4125 View (915) 666-4125
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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 79936  (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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Zenith Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
El Paso, TX 79936  (Online Only)
NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS! Appointment within a week are available including AFTERNOONS, EVENINGS, WEEKDAYS AND WEEKENDS. At Zenith Psychiatry, we specialize in kids, Adolescent and Adult mental health. We provide Compassionate, Safe, and Evidence Based Care. We believe in a holistic approach to mental health which involves addressing your emotional, mental, physical and spiritual health needs. We will work with you to individualize your treatment plan and treat you in a Safe, Caring and non-judgmental matter
NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS! Appointment within a week are available including AFTERNOONS, EVENINGS, WEEKDAYS AND WEEKENDS. At Zenith Psychiatry, we specialize in kids, Adolescent and Adult mental health. We provide Compassionate, Safe, and Evidence Based Care. We believe in a holistic approach to mental health which involves addressing your emotional, mental, physical and spiritual health needs. We will work with you to individualize your treatment plan and treat you in a Safe, Caring and non-judgmental matter
(210) 879-1066 View (210) 879-1066
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Oladunni Liyele
Psychiatric Nurse
Verified Verified
El Paso, TX 79936  (Online Only)
Hello! If you’ve landed on my profile, I'm here to support your mental wellness goals. I am Oladunni Liyele, and I've opened new slots at Legion Psychiatry for fresh clients. I'm an in-network provider for most major insurance carriers, including Cigna, Aetna, and United. My schedule tends to fill up quickly; however, I currently have openings on Thursdays (morning to afternoon).
Hello! If you’ve landed on my profile, I'm here to support your mental wellness goals. I am Oladunni Liyele, and I've opened new slots at Legion Psychiatry for fresh clients. I'm an in-network provider for most major insurance carriers, including Cigna, Aetna, and United. My schedule tends to fill up quickly; however, I currently have openings on Thursdays (morning to afternoon).
(915) 268-3820 View (915) 268-3820
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
El Paso, TX 79936  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients via telehealth in Texas for psychiatric evaluations, talk therapy, and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting daily optimal functioning. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today.. We offer affordable out of pocket rates. Also accepting insurances
Accepting new patients via telehealth in Texas for psychiatric evaluations, talk therapy, and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting daily optimal functioning. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today.. We offer affordable out of pocket rates. Also accepting insurances
(817) 660-7741 View (817) 660-7741
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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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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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Daniel Hacker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C, FNP-C
Verified Verified
El Paso, TX 79936
During my 25 years in healthcare, I have experienced the value of human connection between caregiver and client in various roles and settings. Every individual I have provided care for has their own story, a unique set of experiences that has shaped them. Understanding these differences helps establish individualized plans of care. Upon establishing a therapeutic relationship with my clients, I strive to learn their stories and help them overcome their struggles. I aim to help clients find meaning and purpose, improve their quality of life, and achieve contentment.
During my 25 years in healthcare, I have experienced the value of human connection between caregiver and client in various roles and settings. Every individual I have provided care for has their own story, a unique set of experiences that has shaped them. Understanding these differences helps establish individualized plans of care. Upon establishing a therapeutic relationship with my clients, I strive to learn their stories and help them overcome their struggles. I aim to help clients find meaning and purpose, improve their quality of life, and achieve contentment.
(830) 293-3370 View (830) 293-3370
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Munira Jiwani
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
El Paso, TX 79936  (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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Tri-Crowns Holistic Healthcare, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Socorro, TX 79928
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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Number of Psychiatrists in Horizon City, TX

< 10

Psychiatrists in Horizon City, TX who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Addiction
100% ADHD
100% Psychosis
100% Other
100% Autism
100% Bipolar Disorder

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Horizon City, 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 Horizon City?

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.