Psychiatrists in Shenandoah, TX

Photo of Jeremy Eugene Orgel, Psychiatrist in Shenandoah, TX
Jeremy Eugene Orgel
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Shenandoah, TX 77381  (Online Only)
Many patients believe psychiatrists only prescribe medications, or that they treat mental illnesses but not patients. I am a very experienced psychiatrist, psychotherapist and psychoanalyst. I also worked for 25 years with hospitalized teenagers. I will listen carefully, offer expert support and guidance, and treat you as a whole, unique person with complex needs and wishes. We will work collaboratively to formulate your own goals, and I will help you meet them. I do prescribe medications, but only when it is necessary, and not without also offering you other ways of getting the help that you need. Licensed in Texas and California.
Many patients believe psychiatrists only prescribe medications, or that they treat mental illnesses but not patients. I am a very experienced psychiatrist, psychotherapist and psychoanalyst. I also worked for 25 years with hospitalized teenagers. I will listen carefully, offer expert support and guidance, and treat you as a whole, unique person with complex needs and wishes. We will work collaboratively to formulate your own goals, and I will help you meet them. I do prescribe medications, but only when it is necessary, and not without also offering you other ways of getting the help that you need. Licensed in Texas and California.
(936) 213-6354 View (936) 213-6354
Photo of Obiageli Ezekwesili, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Shenandoah, TX
Obiageli Ezekwesili
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Shenandoah, TX 77380  (Online Only)
Hello, My name is Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili . I am a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner who believes in a patient-centered and humanistic approach to treatment. My goal is to engage with patients to reduce their distress, improve functioning, and help them reach their potential.
Hello, My name is Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili . I am a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner who believes in a patient-centered and humanistic approach to treatment. My goal is to engage with patients to reduce their distress, improve functioning, and help them reach their potential.
(210) 972-4341 View (210) 972-4341
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Layth Hakim
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Shenandoah, TX 77381
Dr. Layth Hakim is a Psychiatrist in Texas who has been practicing since 2006. Dr. Hakim has more than 15 years of clinical experience and have taught psychopharmacology to psychiatric residents. Outside of work, Dr. Hakim enjoys fishing, meditation, and narcissistic abuse recovery.
Dr. Layth Hakim is a Psychiatrist in Texas who has been practicing since 2006. Dr. Hakim has more than 15 years of clinical experience and have taught psychopharmacology to psychiatric residents. Outside of work, Dr. Hakim enjoys fishing, meditation, and narcissistic abuse recovery.
(936) 253-1920 View (936) 253-1920
Photo of Sheila Sasieta, Psychiatrist in Shenandoah, TX
Sheila Sasieta
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Shenandoah, TX 77381
Dr. Sasieta is a child and adolescent psychiatrist, who has been practicing in Texas since 2017. She is a native Texan, an Aggie, and received her medical degree in 2012 from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth. Her psychiatry residency was completed at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry at The University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
Dr. Sasieta is a child and adolescent psychiatrist, who has been practicing in Texas since 2017. She is a native Texan, an Aggie, and received her medical degree in 2012 from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth. Her psychiatry residency was completed at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry at The University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
(936) 259-2742 View (936) 259-2742
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Gloria Keraga
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Shenandoah, TX 77381
Dr. Keraga did her Medical School training at New York Medical College, psychiatric residency at St. Vincent's hospital and finished her last year of psychiatric residency at Baylor Medical School in Houston. Since, graduations she worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings, private practice and nursing homes. She held positions as the unit head of a treatment units in hospital and was the Head of a company, Pathfinders of America, who put psychiatric units into general hospitals in Texas, California and Las Vegas.
Dr. Keraga did her Medical School training at New York Medical College, psychiatric residency at St. Vincent's hospital and finished her last year of psychiatric residency at Baylor Medical School in Houston. Since, graduations she worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings, private practice and nursing homes. She held positions as the unit head of a treatment units in hospital and was the Head of a company, Pathfinders of America, who put psychiatric units into general hospitals in Texas, California and Las Vegas.
(936) 246-2944 View (936) 246-2944
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Dave Adeleye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PMH, BC
Verified Verified
Shenandoah, TX 77380  (Online Only)
Do you feel overwhelmed with negative emotions? Are you or your child struggling with mental health issues? Do you feel helpless and believe that no one care or listens to you? The good news is that I am available! I am a doctorally prepared and board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with nearly 2 decades of experience in psychiatry nursing. I work with children, adolescents, and adults with depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, PTSD, mood disorders, substance use disorders, sleep disorders, and psychotic disorders
Do you feel overwhelmed with negative emotions? Are you or your child struggling with mental health issues? Do you feel helpless and believe that no one care or listens to you? The good news is that I am available! I am a doctorally prepared and board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with nearly 2 decades of experience in psychiatry nursing. I work with children, adolescents, and adults with depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, PTSD, mood disorders, substance use disorders, sleep disorders, and psychotic disorders
(210) 879-1691 View (210) 879-1691
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Gwendolyn Molina
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Shenandoah, TX 77380  (Online Only)
Ever feel lost or lonely? Or perhaps have lost control of yourself? Are you struggling with relationships or work/life balance? Or perhaps its a struggle of attention, poor sleep, moods that are all over the place. There is nothing more invigorating than to open up and confide with person. And to know that he or she will enable you to learn more about yourself and become the better version of you. I hold a Master's degree as a Psychiatric nurse practitioner and Family nurse practitioner. Allow me to work with you during your times of struggle, conflict, sadness, or need further input on lifestyle changes, or career moves.
Ever feel lost or lonely? Or perhaps have lost control of yourself? Are you struggling with relationships or work/life balance? Or perhaps its a struggle of attention, poor sleep, moods that are all over the place. There is nothing more invigorating than to open up and confide with person. And to know that he or she will enable you to learn more about yourself and become the better version of you. I hold a Master's degree as a Psychiatric nurse practitioner and Family nurse practitioner. Allow me to work with you during your times of struggle, conflict, sadness, or need further input on lifestyle changes, or career moves.
(713) 322-5882 View (713) 322-5882
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Walter Akwo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Shenandoah, TX 77380
Walter provides medication management, brief supportive therapy, lifestyle coaching, solution-focused, and goal-oriented therapeutic interventions to individuals from ages 13 years and older, who struggle with depression anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, psychotic and other mood disorders to overcome crippling negative self-talk and reclaim their confidence, purpose, and joy. His philosophy focuses on a multi-faceted practical approach of individualized client-centered care, to achieve overall wellness treatment goals.
Walter provides medication management, brief supportive therapy, lifestyle coaching, solution-focused, and goal-oriented therapeutic interventions to individuals from ages 13 years and older, who struggle with depression anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, psychotic and other mood disorders to overcome crippling negative self-talk and reclaim their confidence, purpose, and joy. His philosophy focuses on a multi-faceted practical approach of individualized client-centered care, to achieve overall wellness treatment goals.
(832) 617-9460 View (832) 617-9460
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Angelica Valle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Shenandoah, TX 77380  (Online Only)
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner providing outpatient modeled virtual care for clients located in the state of Texas. Please visit link provided under “Website” to schedule appointment directly.
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner providing outpatient modeled virtual care for clients located in the state of Texas. Please visit link provided under “Website” to schedule appointment directly.
(210) 934-6574 View (210) 934-6574
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Careen Tetuh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Shenandoah, TX 77380
A compassionate and empathetic Board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with 13 years of comprehensive experience in health care, providing wellness and mental health management for a variety of populations.
A compassionate and empathetic Board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with 13 years of comprehensive experience in health care, providing wellness and mental health management for a variety of populations.
(469) 447-7667 View (469) 447-7667
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Ma Camille Tabtab
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Shenandoah, TX 77380  (Online Only)
Hello! I'm a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner and I've acquired my Master's Degree at Maryville University. I've been working for a decade in healthcare focusing on emergency and mental heath issues. My profession has enabled me to practice in several countries including the Philippines, New Zealand, and the United States. I'm eager to help people especially those suffering from depression, anxiety, and ptsd.
Hello! I'm a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner and I've acquired my Master's Degree at Maryville University. I've been working for a decade in healthcare focusing on emergency and mental heath issues. My profession has enabled me to practice in several countries including the Philippines, New Zealand, and the United States. I'm eager to help people especially those suffering from depression, anxiety, and ptsd.
(903) 602-1038 View (903) 602-1038
Photo of Ene Isidahomen, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Shenandoah, TX
Ene Isidahomen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Shenandoah, TX 77380
Hello all! My name is Ene Isidahomen and I am a PMHNP in Texas.
Hello all! My name is Ene Isidahomen and I am a PMHNP in Texas.
(346) 248-4463 View (346) 248-4463
Photo of Chinasa Oriaku, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Shenandoah, TX
Chinasa Oriaku
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Shenandoah, TX 77380
Chinasa Oriaku is a certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner practicing in the state of Texas and Montana for Grow Therapy. Chinasa has about 30years of combined experience as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and as a Psychiatric Registered Nurse. She practices at the Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center- Mental Health Unit. She also practiced at Parkland Hospital psychiatric unit, Dallas Texas. Whatever is your mental health condition, I want to help. We can work together to achieve a common goal of helping you become the best person you can be. We accept most insurance coverage in Texas and also accept self-pay.
Chinasa Oriaku is a certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner practicing in the state of Texas and Montana for Grow Therapy. Chinasa has about 30years of combined experience as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and as a Psychiatric Registered Nurse. She practices at the Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center- Mental Health Unit. She also practiced at Parkland Hospital psychiatric unit, Dallas Texas. Whatever is your mental health condition, I want to help. We can work together to achieve a common goal of helping you become the best person you can be. We accept most insurance coverage in Texas and also accept self-pay.
(214) 609-1147 View (214) 609-1147
Photo of Cynthia Nicholson-Guidry, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Shenandoah, TX
Cynthia Nicholson-Guidry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Shenandoah, TX 77380  (Online Only)
I empower you to create a safe and supportive space where your mental health and happiness come first.
I empower you to create a safe and supportive space where your mental health and happiness come first.
(469) 871-5046 View (469) 871-5046
Photo of Barkat Ali, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Shenandoah, TX
Barkat Ali
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Shenandoah, TX 77380  (Online Only)
Hello, I graduated from the Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences (LUMHS), Jamshoro Sindh, with a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). I also obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, in 2016. I completed my Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in 2022 from Northern Kentucky University with a specialty in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (lifespan), licensed in Texas.
Hello, I graduated from the Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences (LUMHS), Jamshoro Sindh, with a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). I also obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, in 2016. I completed my Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in 2022 from Northern Kentucky University with a specialty in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (lifespan), licensed in Texas.
(832) 979-9789 View (832) 979-9789

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Photo of Hilary Butella, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Shenandoah, TX
Hilary Butella
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
The Woodlands, TX 77380  (Online Only)
I provide individualized psychiatric medication management while incorporating aspects of physical wellbeing, lifestyle choices, emotional health and spirituality. My goal is to promote health and wellness in a compassionate, empathetic setting. Evaluating factors from genetics, personality, relationships, and lifestyle enables a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to meet your specific needs. I am a doctorally prepared nurse practitioner with dual certifications in psychiatry and family practice/primary care. I believe these certifications combined give me the ability to assess and treat my patients more comprehensively.
I provide individualized psychiatric medication management while incorporating aspects of physical wellbeing, lifestyle choices, emotional health and spirituality. My goal is to promote health and wellness in a compassionate, empathetic setting. Evaluating factors from genetics, personality, relationships, and lifestyle enables a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to meet your specific needs. I am a doctorally prepared nurse practitioner with dual certifications in psychiatry and family practice/primary care. I believe these certifications combined give me the ability to assess and treat my patients more comprehensively.
(832) 307-0981 View (832) 307-0981
Photo of Willicia (Lisa) Toran, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Shenandoah, TX
Willicia (Lisa) Toran
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
The Woodlands, TX 77380  (Online Only)
My professional healthcare journey began in 2008 as an eager nurse with a strong desire to help others. I understand the challenges faced to establish strong and healthy foundations for ourselves and our loved ones. I'm passionate about providing quality mental health services through blended clinical experience and evidence-based practices. With my natural ability to build patient rapport and establish a judgement free zone, clients feel empowered to achieve an improved quality of life. My clinical interests include transitional age psychiatry, integrative medicine, and spreading awareness to improve global mental health.
My professional healthcare journey began in 2008 as an eager nurse with a strong desire to help others. I understand the challenges faced to establish strong and healthy foundations for ourselves and our loved ones. I'm passionate about providing quality mental health services through blended clinical experience and evidence-based practices. With my natural ability to build patient rapport and establish a judgement free zone, clients feel empowered to achieve an improved quality of life. My clinical interests include transitional age psychiatry, integrative medicine, and spreading awareness to improve global mental health.
(832) 234-9305 View (832) 234-9305
Photo of Ifeoma Nwugbana, Psychiatrist in Shenandoah, TX
Ifeoma Nwugbana
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
The Woodlands, TX 77381
I am passionate about providing excellent, wholesome and compassionate care, as I believe this is the key to any successful mental health treatment. I have special interests in treating ADHD, autism, depression and anxiety, and can provide specialist services to all age groups. I am looking forward to building a great therapeutic relationship with you.
I am passionate about providing excellent, wholesome and compassionate care, as I believe this is the key to any successful mental health treatment. I have special interests in treating ADHD, autism, depression and anxiety, and can provide specialist services to all age groups. I am looking forward to building a great therapeutic relationship with you.
(713) 597-4204 View (713) 597-4204
Photo of Kyung Bob Lee, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Shenandoah, TX
Kyung Bob Lee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
The Woodlands, TX 77380
My name is Kyung Bob Lee. I am a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner who is qualified to practice in psychiatry; diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication for children, adolescents, and adults. My practice specialties include (but not limited to) ADHD, Depression, Bipolar disorder, Anxiety, Panic Attacks and Insomnia. My style of practice can be traditional (prescribing up to date psychiatric medications) or alternative medicine (natural treatments including but not limited to vitamins, supplements, lifestyle modification, nutrition, exercise and stress management).
My name is Kyung Bob Lee. I am a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner who is qualified to practice in psychiatry; diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication for children, adolescents, and adults. My practice specialties include (but not limited to) ADHD, Depression, Bipolar disorder, Anxiety, Panic Attacks and Insomnia. My style of practice can be traditional (prescribing up to date psychiatric medications) or alternative medicine (natural treatments including but not limited to vitamins, supplements, lifestyle modification, nutrition, exercise and stress management).
(936) 937-2506 View (936) 937-2506
Photo of Dr Michael Millstone - Brain and Behavior, PLLC, Psychiatrist in Shenandoah, TX
Dr Michael Millstone - Brain and Behavior, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
The Woodlands, TX 77380  (Online Only)
I know your time is valuable. Initial consultative evaluation appointments are available for scheduling WITHIN 1-2 WEEKS, unless I am not accepting new patients at that time. I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist with Fellowships in Psychoanalysis and Mindfulness based treatments. I provide individualized treatment for those dealing with concerns about mood, anxiety, or struggles in one or more areas of life. While I offer short sessions of psychiatric care, my area of expertise is long sessions integrating treatments such as psychoanalysis talk therapy, exercise, mindfulness, and medications when indicated.
I know your time is valuable. Initial consultative evaluation appointments are available for scheduling WITHIN 1-2 WEEKS, unless I am not accepting new patients at that time. I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist with Fellowships in Psychoanalysis and Mindfulness based treatments. I provide individualized treatment for those dealing with concerns about mood, anxiety, or struggles in one or more areas of life. While I offer short sessions of psychiatric care, my area of expertise is long sessions integrating treatments such as psychoanalysis talk therapy, exercise, mindfulness, and medications when indicated.
(832) 990-0327 View (832) 990-0327

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Shenandoah, TX

10+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in Shenandoah, TX who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
73% Bipolar Disorder
67% Trauma and PTSD
53% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
47% Medication Management
40% ADHD

Average years in practice

3 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
93% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Shenandoah, TX see their clients

53% Online Only
47% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Shenandoah?

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.