Psychiatrists in Leon Valley, TX

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Mitarho Akpoyoware
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Leon Valley, TX 78240
I understand the difficult nature of battling and living with mental illness. It can be a daunting task at times to find a clinician that is the right fit. My clients can expect to have a better understanding of their illness, and how to cope with it. Collaborative goal setting will be utilized to address their concerns and feel empowered to improve the quality of their lives. I promote mental health and treat mental illness.
I understand the difficult nature of battling and living with mental illness. It can be a daunting task at times to find a clinician that is the right fit. My clients can expect to have a better understanding of their illness, and how to cope with it. Collaborative goal setting will be utilized to address their concerns and feel empowered to improve the quality of their lives. I promote mental health and treat mental illness.
(210) 529-7470 View (210) 529-7470

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Earl Stenger
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78229
Dr. Stenger treats a full range of psychiatric disorders and specializes in medication management of anxiety, mood disorders, and psychotic disorders.
Dr. Stenger treats a full range of psychiatric disorders and specializes in medication management of anxiety, mood disorders, and psychotic disorders.
(210) 794-6428 View (210) 794-6428
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Jolene C. Moore
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78229
Accepting high functioning adults already diagnosed with ADD/ADHD by a psychiatrist, psychologist or neurologist. Ideal for those in need of a new psychiatrist due to moving, aging out of a pediatric clinic or when their psychiatrist retires. Services include psychotherapy, behavioral management, medication management and peer/professional consultation. Consultations also available to those not seeking a new psychiatrist/prescriber and only seeking additional information about navigating medication shortages.
Accepting high functioning adults already diagnosed with ADD/ADHD by a psychiatrist, psychologist or neurologist. Ideal for those in need of a new psychiatrist due to moving, aging out of a pediatric clinic or when their psychiatrist retires. Services include psychotherapy, behavioral management, medication management and peer/professional consultation. Consultations also available to those not seeking a new psychiatrist/prescriber and only seeking additional information about navigating medication shortages.
(210) 742-5204 View (210) 742-5204
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Luis Valdez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78229
Luis Javier Valdez is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over one year of experience specializing in depression, anxiety, and ADHD. Javier treats clients between the ages of 5 and 64 utilizing a biopsychosocial treatment approach, meaning that I will attempt to understand you as a whole individual including biological processes, your psychological approaches to coping, as well as your support system/family, and work systems to create a tailored treatment plan that is evidenced-based and unique for you.
Luis Javier Valdez is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over one year of experience specializing in depression, anxiety, and ADHD. Javier treats clients between the ages of 5 and 64 utilizing a biopsychosocial treatment approach, meaning that I will attempt to understand you as a whole individual including biological processes, your psychological approaches to coping, as well as your support system/family, and work systems to create a tailored treatment plan that is evidenced-based and unique for you.
(210) 361-4207 View (210) 361-4207
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Alexandrea Wallace
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78228
Alexandrea Wallace is a psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 10 years of experience providing quality and compassionate care as mental health registered nurse and licensed vocational nurse. She believes in providing holistic and individualized care to her clients. Alexandrea Wallace aims to effectively diagnose and treat clients with individualized treatment plans with pharmacological and non-pharmacological options.
Alexandrea Wallace is a psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 10 years of experience providing quality and compassionate care as mental health registered nurse and licensed vocational nurse. She believes in providing holistic and individualized care to her clients. Alexandrea Wallace aims to effectively diagnose and treat clients with individualized treatment plans with pharmacological and non-pharmacological options.
(210) 301-0031 View (210) 301-0031
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Dr. Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78238
Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Which emotions stem from genetics and which are rooted in circumstances? How can you even begin to accurately express yourself? How much change is even possible? What if medications change you for the worse? These uncertainties can leave us in a never ending struggle that keeps us from achieving our true potential. If you’re finally ready to find out answers, then you need Evolve Psychiatry to navigate you out of this maze.
Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Which emotions stem from genetics and which are rooted in circumstances? How can you even begin to accurately express yourself? How much change is even possible? What if medications change you for the worse? These uncertainties can leave us in a never ending struggle that keeps us from achieving our true potential. If you’re finally ready to find out answers, then you need Evolve Psychiatry to navigate you out of this maze.
(940) 289-8678 View (940) 289-8678
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Turning Point Associates, Inc
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78229
Are you feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or stuck in a cycle of negative thoughts? You don't have to face these challenges alone. I’m Dr. Nabi, a compassionate and experienced psychiatrist dedicated to helping you navigate your mental health journey. I have immediate Saturday openings, and I am currently accepting Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Are you feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or stuck in a cycle of negative thoughts? You don't have to face these challenges alone. I’m Dr. Nabi, a compassionate and experienced psychiatrist dedicated to helping you navigate your mental health journey. I have immediate Saturday openings, and I am currently accepting Blue Cross Blue Shield.
(726) 223-7124 View (726) 223-7124
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Focus & Balance, LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78229
Focus & Balance is a private psychiatric practice mental health professionals qualified and experienced in providing advanced psychiatric treatment, including ADHD in adults and children, to patients in the San Antonio area, With us, you can expect advanced psychopharmacology treatment for all mental issues provided by caring and compassionate clinicians. We are also offer TMS Therapy to our patients with depression. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy is one of the most technologically advanced depression treatments available. This non-invasive, outpatient therapy is FDA cleared and has helped thousand of depressed patients
Focus & Balance is a private psychiatric practice mental health professionals qualified and experienced in providing advanced psychiatric treatment, including ADHD in adults and children, to patients in the San Antonio area, With us, you can expect advanced psychopharmacology treatment for all mental issues provided by caring and compassionate clinicians. We are also offer TMS Therapy to our patients with depression. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy is one of the most technologically advanced depression treatments available. This non-invasive, outpatient therapy is FDA cleared and has helped thousand of depressed patients
(210) 934-4518 View (210) 934-4518
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Francisca Nebe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78229  (Online Only)
Dr. Francisca Nebe is an Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP), and dual certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner. She has years of experience in her field and specializes in treating major depression, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, OCD, eating disorders and other mental health conditions.
Dr. Francisca Nebe is an Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP), and dual certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner. She has years of experience in her field and specializes in treating major depression, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, OCD, eating disorders and other mental health conditions.
(509) 517-7059 View (509) 517-7059
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Blue Skyes Health Psychiatry Group
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78229
We thrive on supporting our pediatric community and their families with an integrative care for children and their behavioral health. Specializing in treating conditions such as ADHD, depression, anxiety, anger, bipolar disorder and other behavior problems. We understand that when a child in the family is struggling the whole family struggles. We provide medication management for our patients and an open communication with the parents because we believe good communication with our patients makes for better treatment outcomes.
We thrive on supporting our pediatric community and their families with an integrative care for children and their behavioral health. Specializing in treating conditions such as ADHD, depression, anxiety, anger, bipolar disorder and other behavior problems. We understand that when a child in the family is struggling the whole family struggles. We provide medication management for our patients and an open communication with the parents because we believe good communication with our patients makes for better treatment outcomes.
(210) 405-7504 View (210) 405-7504
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Ashley Infante
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78229
Ashley Infante is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is currently accepting new patients for medication management! NP Infante, with Phoenix Mental Health, is credentialed with all major insurance providers and is currently offering same day appointments for new patients. NP Infante earned a Master’s degree from the University of Southern Indiana, and Bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech Health Science Center.
Ashley Infante is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is currently accepting new patients for medication management! NP Infante, with Phoenix Mental Health, is credentialed with all major insurance providers and is currently offering same day appointments for new patients. NP Infante earned a Master’s degree from the University of Southern Indiana, and Bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech Health Science Center.
(210) 761-7365 View (210) 761-7365
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Ijeoma Ononenyi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, APRN
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78240  (Online Only)
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I specialize in helping people with mental health conditions and substance use disorders. I work with my clients to develop personalized care plans that meet their individual needs and goals. My ideal client is someone who's struggling with a mental health condition, substance use disorder, or both, including those who identify as LGBTQ+. If that's you, I can help. Please reach out to me to get started.
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I specialize in helping people with mental health conditions and substance use disorders. I work with my clients to develop personalized care plans that meet their individual needs and goals. My ideal client is someone who's struggling with a mental health condition, substance use disorder, or both, including those who identify as LGBTQ+. If that's you, I can help. Please reach out to me to get started.
(210) 526-0432 View (210) 526-0432
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Zenith Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78229  (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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Angela Sanders
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78229  (Online Only)
Hello there, my name is Angela Sanders and I'm a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner.
Hello there, my name is Angela Sanders and I'm a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner.
(903) 587-5627 View (903) 587-5627
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Shawna Deeves
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78229
Dr. Deeves is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist in San Antonio, Texas. She earned her Medical Degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio and has been in practice for more than 20 years.. She leads our team and makes sure all our backgrounds work together to help support your mental health goals. Dr. Deeves is an adjunct assistant professor with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She believes in education and training of new professionals.
Dr. Deeves is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist in San Antonio, Texas. She earned her Medical Degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio and has been in practice for more than 20 years.. She leads our team and makes sure all our backgrounds work together to help support your mental health goals. Dr. Deeves is an adjunct assistant professor with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She believes in education and training of new professionals.
(210) 750-6879 View (210) 750-6879
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Christina Wei
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78229
Mental wellness is a journey, and I would love to be a part of your treatment team! With more than 20 years of experience, I have a huge appreciation and respect for people who place their care in my hands. My ideal patient wants help from a highly qualified and caring professional who is versed in both psychiatry and brief psychotherapy, specializing in medication management for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trauma, and PTSD. Let's spend time collaborating on a well-thought-out and comprehensive treatment plan for your problems/concerns. Group therapy for adults is available.
Mental wellness is a journey, and I would love to be a part of your treatment team! With more than 20 years of experience, I have a huge appreciation and respect for people who place their care in my hands. My ideal patient wants help from a highly qualified and caring professional who is versed in both psychiatry and brief psychotherapy, specializing in medication management for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trauma, and PTSD. Let's spend time collaborating on a well-thought-out and comprehensive treatment plan for your problems/concerns. Group therapy for adults is available.
(210) 920-8212 View (210) 920-8212
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MindWell Urgent Care
Psychiatrist, MD, FAACAP
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78229  (Online Only)
MindWell Urgent Care is a revolutionary, first of its kind psychiatric practice that provides the residents of Texas with state of the art, same-day psychiatric care for a wide range of mental health issues. Currently, we are offering same-day psychiatric and telepsychiatry services in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. We are also offering telepsychiatry services throughout the states of Texas, Oklahoma and New Jersey.
MindWell Urgent Care is a revolutionary, first of its kind psychiatric practice that provides the residents of Texas with state of the art, same-day psychiatric care for a wide range of mental health issues. Currently, we are offering same-day psychiatric and telepsychiatry services in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. We are also offering telepsychiatry services throughout the states of Texas, Oklahoma and New Jersey.
(682) 356-3277 View (682) 356-3277
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Olufunke Mercy-Grace Jinadu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78238  (Online Only)
Mercy graduated from Texas State University with an M.S. in Nursing and is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Mercy has over 8 years of expertise in psychiatric nursing and specializes in the treatment of mood and anxiety problems in adults and adolescents. Mercy, as a provider, takes a nonjudgmental, sympathetic approach and believes that every individual has the ability to reach his or her full potential. Mercy adds wellness therapies such as healthy sleep, exercise, diet, mindfulness, and social connectedness into her clients' treatment programs in addition to medication management.
Mercy graduated from Texas State University with an M.S. in Nursing and is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Mercy has over 8 years of expertise in psychiatric nursing and specializes in the treatment of mood and anxiety problems in adults and adolescents. Mercy, as a provider, takes a nonjudgmental, sympathetic approach and believes that every individual has the ability to reach his or her full potential. Mercy adds wellness therapies such as healthy sleep, exercise, diet, mindfulness, and social connectedness into her clients' treatment programs in addition to medication management.
(210) 985-7217 View (210) 985-7217
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Dr Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78238
Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Which emotions stem from genetics and which are rooted in circumstances? How can you even begin to accurately express yourself? How much change is even possible? What if medications change you for the worse? These uncertainties can leave us in a never ending struggle that keeps us from achieving our true potential. If you’re finally ready to find out answers, then you need Evolve Psychiatry to navigate you out of this maze.
Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Which emotions stem from genetics and which are rooted in circumstances? How can you even begin to accurately express yourself? How much change is even possible? What if medications change you for the worse? These uncertainties can leave us in a never ending struggle that keeps us from achieving our true potential. If you’re finally ready to find out answers, then you need Evolve Psychiatry to navigate you out of this maze.
(940) 267-3392 View (940) 267-3392
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Kelvin Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78240
Have you ever struggled with lack of confidence, grief, feeling depressed, frustrated, or uncertain about making a difficult transition? If so, I believe we can work together to find a solution. I understand that everyone is unique and likely responds differently to life challenges. At times we may need help distinguishing the things we can and cannot change in our lives; at other times, we need additional encouragement to make necessary changes in our lives. As a nurse for nearly 20 years, building trust, offering hope and words of encouragement, has repeatedly reminded me of the power of empathy and compassion.
Have you ever struggled with lack of confidence, grief, feeling depressed, frustrated, or uncertain about making a difficult transition? If so, I believe we can work together to find a solution. I understand that everyone is unique and likely responds differently to life challenges. At times we may need help distinguishing the things we can and cannot change in our lives; at other times, we need additional encouragement to make necessary changes in our lives. As a nurse for nearly 20 years, building trust, offering hope and words of encouragement, has repeatedly reminded me of the power of empathy and compassion.
(469) 290-3514 View (469) 290-3514

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Number of Psychiatrists in Leon Valley, TX

< 10

Psychiatrists in Leon Valley, TX who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Psychosis
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Behavioral Issues
100% Alcohol Use

Average years in practice

15 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Leon Valley, 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 Leon Valley?

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.