Psychiatrists in McKinney, TX

Photo of Matthew Koller, Psychiatrist in McKinney, TX
Matthew Koller
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
McKinney, TX 75071  (Online Only)
Dr. Matthew Koller is a board-certified adult psychiatrist who is joining the Talkiatry team as a staff psychiatrist after completion of his psychiatry residency. Dr. Koller believes that a person must be known before they are treated, and he works with patients to understand their goals of care while prioritizing a collaborative treatment approach. His practice focuses on medication management, however he allows space for supportive therapy and other therapeutic modalities within sessions. He may include a therapist in the treatment plan for optimal care.
Dr. Matthew Koller is a board-certified adult psychiatrist who is joining the Talkiatry team as a staff psychiatrist after completion of his psychiatry residency. Dr. Koller believes that a person must be known before they are treated, and he works with patients to understand their goals of care while prioritizing a collaborative treatment approach. His practice focuses on medication management, however he allows space for supportive therapy and other therapeutic modalities within sessions. He may include a therapist in the treatment plan for optimal care.
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Eunjin Jang
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
McKinney, TX 75071  (Online Only)
Dr. Eunjin Jang is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. She received her medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and completed her residency training at the University of Chicago, where she was chief resident. Dr. Jang aims to help patients achieve optimal health and functioning by providing compassionate and thorough care. Education is an important part of the treatment plan, as it allows patients to actively participate in their care. She specializes in treating a wide range of psychiatric conditions including, but not limited to, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and OCD.
Dr. Eunjin Jang is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. She received her medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and completed her residency training at the University of Chicago, where she was chief resident. Dr. Jang aims to help patients achieve optimal health and functioning by providing compassionate and thorough care. Education is an important part of the treatment plan, as it allows patients to actively participate in their care. She specializes in treating a wide range of psychiatric conditions including, but not limited to, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and OCD.
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Osman Athar
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
McKinney, TX 75071
Dr. Osman Athar is board certified in General Psychiatry and board eligible in Consult-Liaison Psychiatry. He graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in English from Rice University, from McGovern Medical School for his medical doctorate and went on to complete Psychiatry residency at the University of Texas-Houston where he served as a chief resident. Afterwards, he completed fellowship in Consult-Liaison Psychiatry at Louisiana State University - Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans.
Dr. Osman Athar is board certified in General Psychiatry and board eligible in Consult-Liaison Psychiatry. He graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in English from Rice University, from McGovern Medical School for his medical doctorate and went on to complete Psychiatry residency at the University of Texas-Houston where he served as a chief resident. Afterwards, he completed fellowship in Consult-Liaison Psychiatry at Louisiana State University - Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans.
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Photo of Jessica Matthews, Psychiatrist in McKinney, TX
Jessica Matthews
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
McKinney, TX 75071  (Online Only)
Dr. Jessica Matthews is a staff physician who is board certified in general psychiatry. Dr. Matthew's practice focuses primarily on medication management. She typically offers this in addition to applicable supportive and cognitive behavioral focused therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. However, Dr. Matthews may believe that additional therapy is needed and asks that you bring a therapist into your care team to provide the best outcome. She received her medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, in San Antonio, TX, before moving to Honolulu, HI to complete her residency.
Dr. Jessica Matthews is a staff physician who is board certified in general psychiatry. Dr. Matthew's practice focuses primarily on medication management. She typically offers this in addition to applicable supportive and cognitive behavioral focused therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. However, Dr. Matthews may believe that additional therapy is needed and asks that you bring a therapist into your care team to provide the best outcome. She received her medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, in San Antonio, TX, before moving to Honolulu, HI to complete her residency.
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Knoelle Park
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
McKinney, TX 75071  (Online Only)
Dr. Knoelle Park is a board-certified adult psychiatrist who is joining the Talkiatry team to begin her post-residency career. Dr. Park knows a patient is much more than an illness. With empathic listening, she collaborates with her clients to understand their background, values, and goals for treatment. Although her practice focuses on medication management, she strives to incorporate modalities such as supportive therapy to enhance treatment and will encourage her clients to seek more intensive therapy when indicated.
Dr. Knoelle Park is a board-certified adult psychiatrist who is joining the Talkiatry team to begin her post-residency career. Dr. Park knows a patient is much more than an illness. With empathic listening, she collaborates with her clients to understand their background, values, and goals for treatment. Although her practice focuses on medication management, she strives to incorporate modalities such as supportive therapy to enhance treatment and will encourage her clients to seek more intensive therapy when indicated.
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Jorge Corona
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
McKinney, TX 75071  (Online Only)
Dr. Corona is a staff psychiatrist at Talkiatry. He attended the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio School of Medicine where he completed his medical degree. He received his Adult Psychiatry Residency training at UT Health San Antonio. Dr. Corona combines medication management with therapeutic techniques and works collaboratively with therapists, as needed, to create an individualized treatment plan for his patients.
Dr. Corona is a staff psychiatrist at Talkiatry. He attended the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio School of Medicine where he completed his medical degree. He received his Adult Psychiatry Residency training at UT Health San Antonio. Dr. Corona combines medication management with therapeutic techniques and works collaboratively with therapists, as needed, to create an individualized treatment plan for his patients.
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Essential Mind Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
McKinney, TX 75069
Joyce Aiyeojenku, PMHNP-BC, is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner dedicated to providing individualized holistic care tailored to the unique needs of each patient. With rigorous training and credentials, Joyce specializes in treating a spectrum of psychiatric disorders, including Anxiety, Depression, Mood Disorders, Bipolar, PTSD, and ADHD, across diverse populations—child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry.
Joyce Aiyeojenku, PMHNP-BC, is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner dedicated to providing individualized holistic care tailored to the unique needs of each patient. With rigorous training and credentials, Joyce specializes in treating a spectrum of psychiatric disorders, including Anxiety, Depression, Mood Disorders, Bipolar, PTSD, and ADHD, across diverse populations—child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry.
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Michael Escamilla
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
McKinney, TX 75071  (Online Only)
Dr. Escamilla is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He completed his psychiatry training at the University of California at San Francisco and also completed a research fellowship with the American Psychiatric Association.
Dr. Escamilla is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He completed his psychiatry training at the University of California at San Francisco and also completed a research fellowship with the American Psychiatric Association.
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Healing Souls Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
McKinney, TX 75070
At Healing Souls psychiatry, we strive for the best health outcome by making every effort to offer personalized, non-judgmental, compassionate, and evidence-based treatment. Our focus is to work collaboratively with each client to live a productive and more fulfilled lifestyle. We believe in an individualized, collaborative, and evidence-based care approach to meet the unique needs of our clients.
At Healing Souls psychiatry, we strive for the best health outcome by making every effort to offer personalized, non-judgmental, compassionate, and evidence-based treatment. Our focus is to work collaboratively with each client to live a productive and more fulfilled lifestyle. We believe in an individualized, collaborative, and evidence-based care approach to meet the unique needs of our clients.
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Elizabeth Otucho
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
McKinney, TX 75071  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Child, Adolescent and Adult psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who is very passionate about mental health care. My specialties include treating depression, anxiety, bipolar, sleep disorders and other common mental health problems in individuals above the age of 16. I enjoy working closely with patients and their families. I am a good listener, warm, compassionate and approach every individual with kindness and respect.
I am a board-certified Child, Adolescent and Adult psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who is very passionate about mental health care. My specialties include treating depression, anxiety, bipolar, sleep disorders and other common mental health problems in individuals above the age of 16. I enjoy working closely with patients and their families. I am a good listener, warm, compassionate and approach every individual with kindness and respect.
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Teresia Gitau
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
McKinney, TX 75069
I am committed to delivering the highest quality care possible by taking the time to comprehend client’s unique stories, backgrounds, and circumstances. As a PMHNP, my approach to care emphasizes holistic health and well-being. I firmly believe in the power of exploring lifestyle choices and stress management techniques to assist my clients in achieving optimal health outcomes.
I am committed to delivering the highest quality care possible by taking the time to comprehend client’s unique stories, backgrounds, and circumstances. As a PMHNP, my approach to care emphasizes holistic health and well-being. I firmly believe in the power of exploring lifestyle choices and stress management techniques to assist my clients in achieving optimal health outcomes.
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Elizabeth Faust
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
McKinney, TX 75071
Dr. Elizabeth Faust is board-certified in Psychiatry with a fellowship in Integrative Psychiatry. She started in Family Medicine while in the Navy, where she also was a Flight Surgeon. She has practiced medicine since 1999, focusing on Psychiatry since 2007. Dr. Faust practices with an integrative approach to see what medical factors contribute to symptoms, unhealthy thought or relationship patterns, and lifestyle factors that maintain dysfunction. Unexamined, medications will only work briefly.
Dr. Elizabeth Faust is board-certified in Psychiatry with a fellowship in Integrative Psychiatry. She started in Family Medicine while in the Navy, where she also was a Flight Surgeon. She has practiced medicine since 1999, focusing on Psychiatry since 2007. Dr. Faust practices with an integrative approach to see what medical factors contribute to symptoms, unhealthy thought or relationship patterns, and lifestyle factors that maintain dysfunction. Unexamined, medications will only work briefly.
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Shadi Lavasani
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
McKinney, TX 75071
Dr. Lavasani is a double board-certified Psychiatrist, specializing in both Adult and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. She received her medical degree from Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine and went on to complete both her residency in psychiatry and fellowship in child & adolescent psychiatry at Baylor Scott & White medical center in Temple, Texas. She has experience in treating patients with diverse backgrounds and a wide variety of psychiatric diagnoses including depressive and anxiety disorders, ADHD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, psychosis, intellectual disability, autism spectrum, attachment and other mood disorders.
Dr. Lavasani is a double board-certified Psychiatrist, specializing in both Adult and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. She received her medical degree from Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine and went on to complete both her residency in psychiatry and fellowship in child & adolescent psychiatry at Baylor Scott & White medical center in Temple, Texas. She has experience in treating patients with diverse backgrounds and a wide variety of psychiatric diagnoses including depressive and anxiety disorders, ADHD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, psychosis, intellectual disability, autism spectrum, attachment and other mood disorders.
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Photo of Gerald Matthews, Psychiatrist in McKinney, TX
Gerald Matthews
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
McKinney, TX 75071  (Online Only)
Dr. Gerald Matthews is a staff psychiatrist at Talkiatry. He is board-certified in adult psychiatry, and has experience treating civilians, as well as active duty military and veterans. The majority of Dr. Matthews's practice is in providing medication management, however he often collaborates with therapists in caring for his patients, where indicated.
Dr. Gerald Matthews is a staff psychiatrist at Talkiatry. He is board-certified in adult psychiatry, and has experience treating civilians, as well as active duty military and veterans. The majority of Dr. Matthews's practice is in providing medication management, however he often collaborates with therapists in caring for his patients, where indicated.
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Dr. Suparna Basu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
McKinney, TX 75072
If you are suffering from anxiety or depression you should know you are not alone. Problems with your emotional health can prevent you from pursuing your dreams and living life to the fullest. Working with you to reach your full potential is my number one goal. My approach can best be described as interpersonal/humanistic, one in which my working relationship is every bit as important as any medication you might decide to use. You can learn more about my practice on my website; http://basupsychiatry.com
If you are suffering from anxiety or depression you should know you are not alone. Problems with your emotional health can prevent you from pursuing your dreams and living life to the fullest. Working with you to reach your full potential is my number one goal. My approach can best be described as interpersonal/humanistic, one in which my working relationship is every bit as important as any medication you might decide to use. You can learn more about my practice on my website; http://basupsychiatry.com
(214) 225-7621 View (214) 225-7621
Photo of Moni Baidya, Psychiatrist in McKinney, TX
Moni Baidya
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
McKinney, TX 75071  (Online Only)
Dr. Moni Baidya is double board-certified in adult psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry. She has been practicing for over 6 years. She strongly believes developing a good therapeutic rapport with a patient is an important milestone to start any treatment. Dr. Baidya’s practice focuses on medication management. Normally, she combines this in conjunction with supportive or psychodynamic therapy in 20 -30-minute follow-up- visits. However, Dr. Baidya may believe that additional therapy is crucial and advise you to bring a therapist on board to provide the best outcome.
Dr. Moni Baidya is double board-certified in adult psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry. She has been practicing for over 6 years. She strongly believes developing a good therapeutic rapport with a patient is an important milestone to start any treatment. Dr. Baidya’s practice focuses on medication management. Normally, she combines this in conjunction with supportive or psychodynamic therapy in 20 -30-minute follow-up- visits. However, Dr. Baidya may believe that additional therapy is crucial and advise you to bring a therapist on board to provide the best outcome.
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Dr. Tanveer A Padder
Psychiatrist, MD , ABPN, ABPM
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
McKinney, TX 75070  (Online Only)
Dr. Padder is a Triple boarded Psychiatrist - Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Diplomat American Board of Addiction Medicine and added Certification in Clinical Psycho-Pharmacology. He is a preeminent expert in psychopharmacology and has been awarded a Master Psycho-pharmacologist certification. He has received numerous awards, including America's Top Psychiatrists, Patient choice award, Health grades honor roll, Top doctor award, Maryland, and many more. We also offer Ketamine therapy at the comfort of your home. For appointment for ketamine therapy, visit ketamineonline.us
Dr. Padder is a Triple boarded Psychiatrist - Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Diplomat American Board of Addiction Medicine and added Certification in Clinical Psycho-Pharmacology. He is a preeminent expert in psychopharmacology and has been awarded a Master Psycho-pharmacologist certification. He has received numerous awards, including America's Top Psychiatrists, Patient choice award, Health grades honor roll, Top doctor award, Maryland, and many more. We also offer Ketamine therapy at the comfort of your home. For appointment for ketamine therapy, visit ketamineonline.us
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Valentina Doumanian
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
McKinney, TX 75071  (Online Only)
Dr. Doumanian is a board-certified in Psychiatry. She has practiced in various settings over her career including in-patient and community mental health as well as Veteran affairs out-patient clinics. She has more than 17 years of experience treating patients with anxiety, depression, OCD, grief, PTSD, adjustment disorders, and other mental health issues. She uses pharmacotherapy along with cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and supportive therapy as needed.
Dr. Doumanian is a board-certified in Psychiatry. She has practiced in various settings over her career including in-patient and community mental health as well as Veteran affairs out-patient clinics. She has more than 17 years of experience treating patients with anxiety, depression, OCD, grief, PTSD, adjustment disorders, and other mental health issues. She uses pharmacotherapy along with cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and supportive therapy as needed.
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Photo of Zia Uddin, Psychiatrist in McKinney, TX
Zia Uddin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
McKinney, TX 75070
Adults with ADHD may have been undiagnosed when younger, only having symptoms later in life when something changed (i.e., going off to college, getting married, having children, etc.) Adult ADHD patients also frequently have anxiety, depression or other issues that may or may not be related.
Adults with ADHD may have been undiagnosed when younger, only having symptoms later in life when something changed (i.e., going off to college, getting married, having children, etc.) Adult ADHD patients also frequently have anxiety, depression or other issues that may or may not be related.
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Photo of Sharonda Clark, Psychiatrist in McKinney, TX
Sharonda Clark
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
McKinney, TX 75071  (Online Only)
Dr. Clark is a double board-certified psychiatrist specializing in General and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She completed her psychiatry residency training at Baylor College of Medicine and subsequent child fellowship at UT Health Science Center of Houston. She has provided quality patient-centered care in various community mental health, inpatient, outpatient, residential, consult liaison and emergency room settings in Texas and New Jersey. Additionally, Dr. Clark has held volunteer academic appointments where she instructed medical students, residents & fellows at Baylor College of Medicine, UT Southwestern and Rutgers.
Dr. Clark is a double board-certified psychiatrist specializing in General and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She completed her psychiatry residency training at Baylor College of Medicine and subsequent child fellowship at UT Health Science Center of Houston. She has provided quality patient-centered care in various community mental health, inpatient, outpatient, residential, consult liaison and emergency room settings in Texas and New Jersey. Additionally, Dr. Clark has held volunteer academic appointments where she instructed medical students, residents & fellows at Baylor College of Medicine, UT Southwestern and Rutgers.
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in McKinney, TX

100+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in McKinney, TX who prioritize treating:

92% Depression
92% Anxiety
88% Bipolar Disorder
83% Medication Management
82% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
74% Trauma and PTSD
61% ADHD

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

95% Aetna
93% Cigna and Evernorth
92% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in McKinney, TX see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

69% Female
31% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in McKinney?

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.