Psychiatrists in Petersburg, VA

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Arlene S. Quijano
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Petersburg, VA 23803  (Online Only)
I'm Arlene, a board-certified Physician Assistant and Clinical Temperament Counselor. My expertise includes Behavioral Health Counseling and Primary/Acute Care. I hold a national Surgical Assistant Certification, with specialized training in Neurosurgery, Plastics/Reconstruction, General Surgery, and Orthopedics. Additionally, I offer services in Medical Nutrition Therapy, Blood-Type Specific Nutrition Counseling, Diabetes Nutrition Counseling, Temperament Career Counseling, as well as addressing anxiety and depression. I'm passionate about my healthcare profession and have had the privilege serving patients for nearly two decades.
I'm Arlene, a board-certified Physician Assistant and Clinical Temperament Counselor. My expertise includes Behavioral Health Counseling and Primary/Acute Care. I hold a national Surgical Assistant Certification, with specialized training in Neurosurgery, Plastics/Reconstruction, General Surgery, and Orthopedics. Additionally, I offer services in Medical Nutrition Therapy, Blood-Type Specific Nutrition Counseling, Diabetes Nutrition Counseling, Temperament Career Counseling, as well as addressing anxiety and depression. I'm passionate about my healthcare profession and have had the privilege serving patients for nearly two decades.
(434) 885-0467 View (434) 885-0467
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Phoenixmides Mental Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Petersburg, VA 23805
Oluwaseyi is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner committed to providing holistic, compassionate, and personalized care. He is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). He has over 20 years of clinical experience in the behavioral health specialty, treating patients across the lifespan, especially adolescents, young adults, and geriatrics.
Oluwaseyi is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner committed to providing holistic, compassionate, and personalized care. He is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). He has over 20 years of clinical experience in the behavioral health specialty, treating patients across the lifespan, especially adolescents, young adults, and geriatrics.
(804) 676-6923 View (804) 676-6923
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Milder Touch mental Health & Wellness LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Petersburg, VA 23805
Isaiah is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner committed to providing holistic, compassionate, and personalized care. He is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). He has over 20 years of clinical experience in the behavioral health specialty, treating patients across the lifespan, especially adolescents, young adults, and geriatrics. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Babcock University, Nigeria, and further bagged his Master of Science in Nursing at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.
Isaiah is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner committed to providing holistic, compassionate, and personalized care. He is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). He has over 20 years of clinical experience in the behavioral health specialty, treating patients across the lifespan, especially adolescents, young adults, and geriatrics. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Babcock University, Nigeria, and further bagged his Master of Science in Nursing at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.
(804) 361-9738 View (804) 361-9738
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Jill B Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Petersburg, VA 23803
Are you feeling like you need to get your mind and body back on track? You may have struggles, situations, issues and circumstances. Let me help you find the best ways to get healthy and point you in the direction for a better you.
Are you feeling like you need to get your mind and body back on track? You may have struggles, situations, issues and circumstances. Let me help you find the best ways to get healthy and point you in the direction for a better you.
(804) 251-3988 View (804) 251-3988
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Michon Blowe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-BC, PMHNP, RNC
Verified Verified
Petersburg, VA 23803
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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Monique Powell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hopewell, VA 23860
I understand taking the first step towards seeking help can be hard and intimidating, but I'm here for you! I will support you and listen to you, meeting you right where you are. I enjoy patients who are motivated and open to change. We can formulate a treatment plan that works best for you including therapy and medication or both. You deserve the best this life has to offer. I'm here to help!
I understand taking the first step towards seeking help can be hard and intimidating, but I'm here for you! I will support you and listen to you, meeting you right where you are. I enjoy patients who are motivated and open to change. We can formulate a treatment plan that works best for you including therapy and medication or both. You deserve the best this life has to offer. I'm here to help!
(804) 593-0487 View (804) 593-0487
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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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Victor Nwagwu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Colonial Heights, VA 23834
Victor concentrates on patients with psychiatric-mental health challenges across the lifespan such as ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Developmental problems, PTSD, Schizophrenia, Substance use disorders (Addiction Health), Bipolar disorder, Dementia, and other behavioral health issues. He has over 15 years experience in general and mental health care practice which spans across Canada and the US. He graduated from the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program at the University of South Alabama. He was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, Zeta Gamma Chapter.
Victor concentrates on patients with psychiatric-mental health challenges across the lifespan such as ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Developmental problems, PTSD, Schizophrenia, Substance use disorders (Addiction Health), Bipolar disorder, Dementia, and other behavioral health issues. He has over 15 years experience in general and mental health care practice which spans across Canada and the US. He graduated from the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program at the University of South Alabama. He was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, Zeta Gamma Chapter.
(804) 587-8582 View (804) 587-8582
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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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Jc Health Group Pllc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Colonial Heights, VA 23834
I am a doctoral-prepared dual-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I manage most mental health issues and avoid burnout. Together, we can identify what's not working and get you back to balance. I'll use a whole self-approach, in addressing the needs of your mind, body and spirit. I am passionate about working with diverse populations and strive to create a safe space for all, regardless of gender, religion, race/ethnicity or sexual orientation. I'm privileged to understand culturally conscious care, which has allowed me to help many families who have experienced trauma and cultural barriers.
I am a doctoral-prepared dual-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I manage most mental health issues and avoid burnout. Together, we can identify what's not working and get you back to balance. I'll use a whole self-approach, in addressing the needs of your mind, body and spirit. I am passionate about working with diverse populations and strive to create a safe space for all, regardless of gender, religion, race/ethnicity or sexual orientation. I'm privileged to understand culturally conscious care, which has allowed me to help many families who have experienced trauma and cultural barriers.
(804) 966-0209 View (804) 966-0209
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Dr. Nasr Basir Balla
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Hopewell, VA 23860  (Online Only)
Are you looking for a clear plan to help you get back to feeling like yourself? You’re tired of the cycle of toxic relationships or low self-esteem you’re caught in, and you’re ready to make some changes to help you regain that sense of confidence and control that’s missing. Through medication management & a holistic approach to psychiatry, we can identify the root cause of what you’re experiencing and how medication may be a useful tool, as well as other strategies that you can start putting into practice in day-to-day life. Whether you’re struggling with anxiety, depression, substance use, ADHD, or something else—I’m here to help.
Are you looking for a clear plan to help you get back to feeling like yourself? You’re tired of the cycle of toxic relationships or low self-esteem you’re caught in, and you’re ready to make some changes to help you regain that sense of confidence and control that’s missing. Through medication management & a holistic approach to psychiatry, we can identify the root cause of what you’re experiencing and how medication may be a useful tool, as well as other strategies that you can start putting into practice in day-to-day life. Whether you’re struggling with anxiety, depression, substance use, ADHD, or something else—I’m here to help.
(804) 589-5165 View (804) 589-5165
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Easy-Access Behavioral & Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Chester, VA 23831  (Online Only)
Building effective therapeutic relationship with our patient's is the bedrock of our practice. Our passion for treatment of all forms is centered on individualize treatment model where the client's need is our priority. We inculcate culture diversity, evidence-based model of treatment and the prioritization of patient's concerns and needs. New Client's and established clients are all given the trustworthy care to the best of our ability.
Building effective therapeutic relationship with our patient's is the bedrock of our practice. Our passion for treatment of all forms is centered on individualize treatment model where the client's need is our priority. We inculcate culture diversity, evidence-based model of treatment and the prioritization of patient's concerns and needs. New Client's and established clients are all given the trustworthy care to the best of our ability.
(540) 358-8746 View (540) 358-8746

Online Psychiatrists

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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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Liza Lobrin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Woodbridge, VA 22192  (Online Only)
Liza is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) focused on the treatment of the adult population with depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, and trauma- and stressor-related disorders. Liza completed her Master of Science in Nursing degree (PMHNP program) at Walden University. Before pursuing her MSN, she worked in different settings as a psychiatric nurse for almost 20 years and provided care to individuals with various mental health diagnoses, ranging from mood disorders to schizophrenia.
Liza is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) focused on the treatment of the adult population with depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, and trauma- and stressor-related disorders. Liza completed her Master of Science in Nursing degree (PMHNP program) at Walden University. Before pursuing her MSN, she worked in different settings as a psychiatric nurse for almost 20 years and provided care to individuals with various mental health diagnoses, ranging from mood disorders to schizophrenia.
(571) 556-4222 View (571) 556-4222
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Thrishanna Clark
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Virginia Beach, VA 23464  (Online Only)
My goal is to help YOU become the BEST version of yourself that you can be. I prioritize my client's concerns and needs throughout their journey. This is a no judgement, stigma free zone. I aim to provide safe, effective, trustworthy client centered care. Everyone is unique. So, I value providing unique experiences to each individual. I welcome cultural diversity and individuals of different backgrounds.
My goal is to help YOU become the BEST version of yourself that you can be. I prioritize my client's concerns and needs throughout their journey. This is a no judgement, stigma free zone. I aim to provide safe, effective, trustworthy client centered care. Everyone is unique. So, I value providing unique experiences to each individual. I welcome cultural diversity and individuals of different backgrounds.
(434) 838-3457 View (434) 838-3457
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Thaddeus M Garland MD LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Henrico, VA 23233
Through Telemedicine, I enjoy getting to know my clients and helping them discover how to lead better lives from the comfort of home. I treat clients of all ages and issues and have special interests in Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Personality Disorders, Bipolar Disorder and Schizoprenia.
Through Telemedicine, I enjoy getting to know my clients and helping them discover how to lead better lives from the comfort of home. I treat clients of all ages and issues and have special interests in Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Personality Disorders, Bipolar Disorder and Schizoprenia.
(833) 211-4745 View (833) 211-4745
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South Chesapeake Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Chesapeake, VA 23322
Welcome to South Chesapeake Psychiatry, where we specialize in comprehensive psychiatric care with a focus on medication management. At our practice, we understand the importance of personalized treatment approaches tailored to each individual's unique needs. Led by experienced mental health professionals and a dedicated team of office staff, we are committed to providing high-quality care in a supportive and compassionate environment. With a strong emphasis on evidence-based practices and patient-centered care, we strive to empower our clients to make informed decisions about their mental health and well-being.
Welcome to South Chesapeake Psychiatry, where we specialize in comprehensive psychiatric care with a focus on medication management. At our practice, we understand the importance of personalized treatment approaches tailored to each individual's unique needs. Led by experienced mental health professionals and a dedicated team of office staff, we are committed to providing high-quality care in a supportive and compassionate environment. With a strong emphasis on evidence-based practices and patient-centered care, we strive to empower our clients to make informed decisions about their mental health and well-being.
(757) 210-7245 View (757) 210-7245
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Laletha Shabazz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Smithfield, VA 23430
Laletha holds an affinity for caring for children and adolescents. She also has an affinity for caring for individuals with a diagnosis of autism. She finds joy in assisting patients and their caregivers through their unique challenges.
Laletha holds an affinity for caring for children and adolescents. She also has an affinity for caring for individuals with a diagnosis of autism. She finds joy in assisting patients and their caregivers through their unique challenges.
(757) 906-3534 View (757) 906-3534
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Anne Morrissette
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Gloucester, VA 23061
Anne Morrissette, PMHNP, is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with experience treating children, adolescents, and adults with a wide range of mental health conditions. Anne specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of mood disorders, anxiety, and ADHD. She is passionate about providing comprehensive care to her patients and believes that everyone deserves to have access to quality mental health services.
Anne Morrissette, PMHNP, is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with experience treating children, adolescents, and adults with a wide range of mental health conditions. Anne specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of mood disorders, anxiety, and ADHD. She is passionate about providing comprehensive care to her patients and believes that everyone deserves to have access to quality mental health services.
(804) 581-8251 View (804) 581-8251
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Akua Amponsah-Adjei
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Stafford, VA 22554
I am Akua Amponsah-Adjei, a passionate and experienced Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My journey began at James Madison University, where I honed the fundamentals of nursing, and it reached new heights with a graduate degree from George Washington University.
I am Akua Amponsah-Adjei, a passionate and experienced Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My journey began at James Madison University, where I honed the fundamentals of nursing, and it reached new heights with a graduate degree from George Washington University.
(540) 384-9071 View (540) 384-9071

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Petersburg, VA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Petersburg, VA who prioritize treating:

80% Depression
80% Anxiety
60% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
60% Psychosis
60% Bipolar Disorder
60% Behavioral Issues
60% Medication Management

Average years in practice

4 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
100% Optum
75% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Petersburg, VA see their clients

80% In Person and Online
20% Online Only

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Petersburg?

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.