Psychiatrists in Chesterfield County, VA

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Inner Peace LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
If I were to imagine my ideal client, they would be in search of support to heal, energize and become aware of their inner strengths. Such goals can be achieved at Inner Peace LLC by providing a safe space and building rapport. I actively listen to client concerns and customize an individualized treatment plan. I specialize in the treatment of individuals across the lifespan, serving adolescence to the geriatric population who suffer from mental illness. I desire to accompany my clients every step of their journey. My goal is to assist clients in growing from struggles, healing from pain, and moving forward in their lives.
If I were to imagine my ideal client, they would be in search of support to heal, energize and become aware of their inner strengths. Such goals can be achieved at Inner Peace LLC by providing a safe space and building rapport. I actively listen to client concerns and customize an individualized treatment plan. I specialize in the treatment of individuals across the lifespan, serving adolescence to the geriatric population who suffer from mental illness. I desire to accompany my clients every step of their journey. My goal is to assist clients in growing from struggles, healing from pain, and moving forward in their lives.
(804) 792-3412 View (804) 792-3412
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Isaac K Wood MD LLC
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA, FAACAP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Midlothian, VA 23112  (Online Only)
The most underserved group with mental health issues is men. Men do not seek mental health treatment and often feel uncomfortable addressing emotional wellbeing. This has serioualy impacted relationships, career advancement and family health. I strive to provide a practice that focuses exclusively on men's issues. I create an environment where every man may feel comfortable addressing the problems that impact their lives. I focus on men's mental health with straight, gay and transgender men. I believe that men, although underserved, deserve the best access to behavioral health care available.
The most underserved group with mental health issues is men. Men do not seek mental health treatment and often feel uncomfortable addressing emotional wellbeing. This has serioualy impacted relationships, career advancement and family health. I strive to provide a practice that focuses exclusively on men's issues. I create an environment where every man may feel comfortable addressing the problems that impact their lives. I focus on men's mental health with straight, gay and transgender men. I believe that men, although underserved, deserve the best access to behavioral health care available.
(804) 525-9572 View (804) 525-9572
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Natalie Dionne Haslem
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-B, CNE-BC
Verified Verified
Chester, VA 23831  (Online Only)
As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, it will be my goal to advocate for patients who struggle to be heard or respected, and to manage their treatment with compassion, understanding, and attention to medication management and therapy. My job is to manage your medications successfully, providing you with an enhanced quality of life. I am currently seeing clients in Virginia and Georgia will follow.
As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, it will be my goal to advocate for patients who struggle to be heard or respected, and to manage their treatment with compassion, understanding, and attention to medication management and therapy. My job is to manage your medications successfully, providing you with an enhanced quality of life. I am currently seeing clients in Virginia and Georgia will follow.
(804) 336-2552 View (804) 336-2552
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OTL Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Richmond, VA 23236  (Online Only)
Jonathan is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner that has been with OTL Behavioral Health since June of 2022. He specializes in ADHD/ADD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, adolescents and adults. He has previously worked as a psychiatric nurse for over 12 years and obtained his master's degree in nursing from Walden University. Developing strong relationships is the foundation of everything he does, both professionally and personally. He enjoys spending time with his family and serving his faith-based community.
Jonathan is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner that has been with OTL Behavioral Health since June of 2022. He specializes in ADHD/ADD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, adolescents and adults. He has previously worked as a psychiatric nurse for over 12 years and obtained his master's degree in nursing from Walden University. Developing strong relationships is the foundation of everything he does, both professionally and personally. He enjoys spending time with his family and serving his faith-based community.
(804) 531-3560 View (804) 531-3560
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Tanya Satterwhite
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Richmond, VA 23235
Tanya Satterwhite, PMHNP Tanya Satterwhite is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the state of Virginia who has been practicing since 2000. She has a BS and MS in Nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University, a DNP from Old Dominion University, and a PMHNP Post Master's Certificate from the University of New Hampshire. Tanya strives to help individuals, especially those of color, get quality care to be well. In her spare time, Tanya enjoys traveling and volunteering.
Tanya Satterwhite, PMHNP Tanya Satterwhite is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the state of Virginia who has been practicing since 2000. She has a BS and MS in Nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University, a DNP from Old Dominion University, and a PMHNP Post Master's Certificate from the University of New Hampshire. Tanya strives to help individuals, especially those of color, get quality care to be well. In her spare time, Tanya enjoys traveling and volunteering.
(804) 889-2376 View (804) 889-2376
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Michon Blowe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-BC, PMHNP, RNC
Verified Verified
Richmond, VA 23235
My field of practice is the management of depression, mood disorders, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorders, and ADHD treatment with medication and therapy. I provide culturally competent treatment throughout the lifespan and I am committed to staying up to date with the latest advancements in psychiatric care. This ensures that you receive the highest quality of evidence-based treatment. Your well-being is at the heart of our partnership. I view our therapeutic relationship as a collaboration, where your insights and preferences guide our journey. I am committed to actively listening and validating your experiences.
My field of practice is the management of depression, mood disorders, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorders, and ADHD treatment with medication and therapy. I provide culturally competent treatment throughout the lifespan and I am committed to staying up to date with the latest advancements in psychiatric care. This ensures that you receive the highest quality of evidence-based treatment. Your well-being is at the heart of our partnership. I view our therapeutic relationship as a collaboration, where your insights and preferences guide our journey. I am committed to actively listening and validating your experiences.
(804) 395-7660 View (804) 395-7660
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Germaine Kelley-Pope
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chesterfield, VA 23832
Accepting New Patients. Currently offering telehealth services in VA, MD, DC. It can be overwhelming and difficult to ask for help, but doing so is a crucial first step in embracing your mental health. By seeking professional help, you will be able to understand and control your symptoms as well as be open and honest about your mental health with loved ones and companions. I work to ensure that you receive treatment and learn new coping skills in order to enhance your quality of life.
Accepting New Patients. Currently offering telehealth services in VA, MD, DC. It can be overwhelming and difficult to ask for help, but doing so is a crucial first step in embracing your mental health. By seeking professional help, you will be able to understand and control your symptoms as well as be open and honest about your mental health with loved ones and companions. I work to ensure that you receive treatment and learn new coping skills in order to enhance your quality of life.
(804) 465-9601 View (804) 465-9601
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Sound Mind Restoration and Wellness Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
North Chesterfield, VA 23236  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with experience in treating patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. I began my medical career as a Navy Nurse Corps Officer in the US Navy after receiving a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. I received a Master of Science in Nursing – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Virginia Commonwealth University.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with experience in treating patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. I began my medical career as a Navy Nurse Corps Officer in the US Navy after receiving a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. I received a Master of Science in Nursing – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Virginia Commonwealth University.
(804) 207-8230 View (804) 207-8230
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Leslie McIlvried
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Midlothian, VA 23114
Feeling overwhelmed? Do you need a partner on your mental health journey? Through my years of helping individuals, I want to help you navigate and understand your mental health challenges. I would like to help you on this journey by collaborating with you for your medication management needs. Together our goal is providing medication management to promote your overall mental health wellness.
Feeling overwhelmed? Do you need a partner on your mental health journey? Through my years of helping individuals, I want to help you navigate and understand your mental health challenges. I would like to help you on this journey by collaborating with you for your medication management needs. Together our goal is providing medication management to promote your overall mental health wellness.
(804) 352-6967 View (804) 352-6967
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Camille Brenke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Midlothian, VA 23114  (Online Only)
Camille Brenke is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who has experience working with children and adults seeking help with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, psychosis, and dementia. Camille has a special interest in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders as well as alternative and complementary medicines.
Camille Brenke is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who has experience working with children and adults seeking help with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, psychosis, and dementia. Camille has a special interest in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders as well as alternative and complementary medicines.
(804) 575-7191 View (804) 575-7191
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Dorothy Irene Parker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Midlothian, VA 23113
Dot is particularly passionate about client advocacy and providing holistic care that considers all aspects of health to achieve overall well-being. She believes care should be personalized to meet the unique needs and experiences of individuals. She provides a warm, nonjudgmental, and encouraging environment to help anyone looking for a safe space to achieve mental health wellbeing.
Dot is particularly passionate about client advocacy and providing holistic care that considers all aspects of health to achieve overall well-being. She believes care should be personalized to meet the unique needs and experiences of individuals. She provides a warm, nonjudgmental, and encouraging environment to help anyone looking for a safe space to achieve mental health wellbeing.
(804) 607-8182 View (804) 607-8182
Mary Ukpabi-Egbuniwe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
Chesterfield, VA 23832  (Online Only)
Dr. Mary Ukpabi-Egbuniwe is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner with a combined 20 years of experience in practice management, advocacy for women & children, and patient care. She possesses a deep interest in addiction medicine and assists people in liberating themselves from dependency. She specializes in treating anxiety, depression, ADHD, adolescent psychiatry, anger, behavioral issues, bipolar disorder, OCD, sleep issues, stress, and PTSD.
Dr. Mary Ukpabi-Egbuniwe is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner with a combined 20 years of experience in practice management, advocacy for women & children, and patient care. She possesses a deep interest in addiction medicine and assists people in liberating themselves from dependency. She specializes in treating anxiety, depression, ADHD, adolescent psychiatry, anger, behavioral issues, bipolar disorder, OCD, sleep issues, stress, and PTSD.
(804) 509-1895 View (804) 509-1895
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Donna Clarke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Midlothian, VA 23113
Putting your trust in a psychiatric practitioner is no small thing. You may be trusting them to lead you out of a very dark place. Or perhaps you want someone to simply guide you through a short period of your life, getting you unstuck from a mental rut you’re currently experiencing. I believe I can help you in any of those situations.
Putting your trust in a psychiatric practitioner is no small thing. You may be trusting them to lead you out of a very dark place. Or perhaps you want someone to simply guide you through a short period of your life, getting you unstuck from a mental rut you’re currently experiencing. I believe I can help you in any of those situations.
(804) 315-0612 View (804) 315-0612
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Denise Trent
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, BC
Verified Verified
Moseley, VA 23120  (Online Only)
Are you in need of psychiatric help and struggling to find a provider with both experience and compassion? Allow me to introduce my new practice-Compassionate Restorations Psychiatry. Helping others get through hardships in their lives and gain control of their mental illness is my passion. I strongly believe that every one of my clients is entitled to treatment that exceeds the standard of care and deserves to be treated with unconditional positive regard. I hold strongly to three main values: Honesty; Integrity; and compassion. I’m not here to judge you. I'm here to help you on this journey to mental health. Immediate Openings.
Are you in need of psychiatric help and struggling to find a provider with both experience and compassion? Allow me to introduce my new practice-Compassionate Restorations Psychiatry. Helping others get through hardships in their lives and gain control of their mental illness is my passion. I strongly believe that every one of my clients is entitled to treatment that exceeds the standard of care and deserves to be treated with unconditional positive regard. I hold strongly to three main values: Honesty; Integrity; and compassion. I’m not here to judge you. I'm here to help you on this journey to mental health. Immediate Openings.
(804) 369-9376 View (804) 369-9376
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Kimberly Fields
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chesterfield, VA 23832
LIGHT Hearted Wellness Care, LLC is committed to providing compassionate care to those facing psychological challenges. I offer medication management in a safe therapeutic and supportive environment. Treatment is patient centered and supports open communication and collaboration of care. I strive to combine my clinical expertise with empathy, tailoring treatment plans to everyone’s specific needs, and encouraging a strong sense of well-being.
LIGHT Hearted Wellness Care, LLC is committed to providing compassionate care to those facing psychological challenges. I offer medication management in a safe therapeutic and supportive environment. Treatment is patient centered and supports open communication and collaboration of care. I strive to combine my clinical expertise with empathy, tailoring treatment plans to everyone’s specific needs, and encouraging a strong sense of well-being.
(804) 277-2359 View (804) 277-2359
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Alana Chaffee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Midlothian, VA 23113
Alana Chaffee is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a passion for helping individuals achieve optimal mental health. She has 10+ years experience as a Registered Nurse, in the ER, ICU and Radiology, caring for individuals and their families with physical and mental health needs. Throughout her career in healthcare, her passion to work in mental health continued to manifest. At the end of her Family Nurse Practitioner program, she, quickly and excitedly, decided to follow that passion and become certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
Alana Chaffee is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a passion for helping individuals achieve optimal mental health. She has 10+ years experience as a Registered Nurse, in the ER, ICU and Radiology, caring for individuals and their families with physical and mental health needs. Throughout her career in healthcare, her passion to work in mental health continued to manifest. At the end of her Family Nurse Practitioner program, she, quickly and excitedly, decided to follow that passion and become certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
(804) 374-8720 View (804) 374-8720
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Brighter Days Mental Health Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chester, VA 23836
We are currently accepting clients ages 6 and older. We specialize in treating clients with Depression, ADHD, and Mood disorders across the lifespan. We understand that it can be overwhelming and quite stressful when seeking a provider to assist with your behaviorial health needs. Are goal is to provide a therapeutic and supportive environment so that our clients can feel safe and comfortable. We strive to provide an optimal level of care to help our clients meet their behavioral health needs. We offer Medical Marijuana Evaluations and Spravato Treatment.
We are currently accepting clients ages 6 and older. We specialize in treating clients with Depression, ADHD, and Mood disorders across the lifespan. We understand that it can be overwhelming and quite stressful when seeking a provider to assist with your behaviorial health needs. Are goal is to provide a therapeutic and supportive environment so that our clients can feel safe and comfortable. We strive to provide an optimal level of care to help our clients meet their behavioral health needs. We offer Medical Marijuana Evaluations and Spravato Treatment.
(804) 659-7581 View (804) 659-7581
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Dominique Moore
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Midlothian, VA 23113
I have experience providing psychiatric care to adult patients with a range of psychiatric illnesses including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, PTSD, cognitive disorders, and bipolar disorder. Wait time for initial visit is 1-2 business days.
I have experience providing psychiatric care to adult patients with a range of psychiatric illnesses including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, PTSD, cognitive disorders, and bipolar disorder. Wait time for initial visit is 1-2 business days.
(804) 485-2435 View (804) 485-2435
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Meghan Rise
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Midlothian, VA 23114  (Online Only)
Meghan Rise is a licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the state of Virginia who has been working in psychiatric care since 2013. Meghan has worked in many different capacities as a mental health provider including working with adults, children, and families across the lifespan. She received her Bachelor of Science and her Master of Science in Nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.
Meghan Rise is a licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the state of Virginia who has been working in psychiatric care since 2013. Meghan has worked in many different capacities as a mental health provider including working with adults, children, and families across the lifespan. She received her Bachelor of Science and her Master of Science in Nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.
(804) 376-9752 View (804) 376-9752
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Petitecha Wimbush
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Chester, VA 23836
I believe mental wellness can be achieved through medication management, therapy and complementary/alternative treatment to improve the health of the mind-body connection. I am here to assist you in taking back control of your mental health and well-being.
I believe mental wellness can be achieved through medication management, therapy and complementary/alternative treatment to improve the health of the mind-body connection. I am here to assist you in taking back control of your mental health and well-being.
(804) 376-9536 View (804) 376-9536

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Number of Psychiatrists in Chesterfield County, VA

60+

Average cost per session

$190

Psychiatrists in Chesterfield County, VA who prioritize treating:

89% Depression
87% Anxiety
78% Trauma and PTSD
76% ADHD
76% Medication Management
71% Bipolar Disorder
56% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

89% Cigna and Evernorth
85% Aetna
85% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Chesterfield County, VA see their clients

74% In Person and Online
26% Online Only

Gender breakdown

82% Female
18% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Chesterfield County?

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.