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Photo of undefined - Alpha Psychiatric Services, LLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Alpha Psychiatric Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Our mission is to provide quality, culturally competent mental health care to those in Chesapeake, Virginia and the surrounding areas that make up Hampton Roads.
Our mission is to provide quality, culturally competent mental health care to those in Chesapeake, Virginia and the surrounding areas that make up Hampton Roads.
(757) 387-6865 View (757) 387-6865
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Emlyne St. Helen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Richmond, VA 23225  (Online Only)
I have experience treating patients in acute care setting, outpatient practice and long-term care setting. I have experience working with a diverse group of patients living with mental health diagnosis for the past Six and half years I Practice psychiatry mostly in the adult and geriatric population in long-term care, assisted living independent living facilities and the geriatric assessment clinic. I have extensive experience working with persons living with dementia and equip to educate caregivers if indicated.
I have experience treating patients in acute care setting, outpatient practice and long-term care setting. I have experience working with a diverse group of patients living with mental health diagnosis for the past Six and half years I Practice psychiatry mostly in the adult and geriatric population in long-term care, assisted living independent living facilities and the geriatric assessment clinic. I have extensive experience working with persons living with dementia and equip to educate caregivers if indicated.
(571) 462-2628 View (571) 462-2628
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Kedian Gooden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Richmond, VA 23223  (Online Only)
Kedian Gooden is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) committed to assisting individuals with mental health challenges to live more productive lives and improve their functioning in society. As a PMHNP, Kedian’s role is to provide safe, quality psychiatric care to individuals and their families. She is well versed in applying an evidence-based approach to conducting a psychiatric assessment, medication evaluation, and management for a wide variety of mental health conditions. Furthermore, Kedian has over 15 years of experience in health care, working in various positions.
Kedian Gooden is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) committed to assisting individuals with mental health challenges to live more productive lives and improve their functioning in society. As a PMHNP, Kedian’s role is to provide safe, quality psychiatric care to individuals and their families. She is well versed in applying an evidence-based approach to conducting a psychiatric assessment, medication evaluation, and management for a wide variety of mental health conditions. Furthermore, Kedian has over 15 years of experience in health care, working in various positions.
(804) 207-5542 View (804) 207-5542
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Jeffrey Semler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Newport News, VA 23606
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a rich background in mental health care. With years of experience as a Psychiatric Nurse in acute inpatient settings, I’ve developed a deep understanding of the complexities of mental health. I earned my MSN from VCU’s School of Nursing and have since focused my expertise on acute inpatient psychiatry as a PMHNP prior to transitioning to the outpatient setting.
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a rich background in mental health care. With years of experience as a Psychiatric Nurse in acute inpatient settings, I’ve developed a deep understanding of the complexities of mental health. I earned my MSN from VCU’s School of Nursing and have since focused my expertise on acute inpatient psychiatry as a PMHNP prior to transitioning to the outpatient setting.
(757) 899-4949 View (757) 899-4949
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Sobriety & Suboxone Holistic Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN-Ed, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portsmouth, VA 23707
Sobriety and Suboxone Service Providers offer Operations STOP Services. Stay Substance/Alcohol Free by Tapering from Opioids/Ethanol using Prescription and Psychosocial Services. Come see us for Access to complete induction and Maintenance Care to End suffering mentally and physically. Your mental health is also our top priority, anxious, depressed, unable to concentrate and focus, hallucinating, mood elevation. Take action, we can help, call 757 606 1213.
Sobriety and Suboxone Service Providers offer Operations STOP Services. Stay Substance/Alcohol Free by Tapering from Opioids/Ethanol using Prescription and Psychosocial Services. Come see us for Access to complete induction and Maintenance Care to End suffering mentally and physically. Your mental health is also our top priority, anxious, depressed, unable to concentrate and focus, hallucinating, mood elevation. Take action, we can help, call 757 606 1213.
(757) 606-1213 View (757) 606-1213
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Megan Zamora
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Halifax, VA 24558  (Online Only)
NEW PATIENTS WELCOME. WEEKEND AVAILABILITY. Whether depression and anxiety are long-term struggles or you are experiencing your first event, or you suffer from psychosis or a personality disorder I am here to manage your medications and provide brief psychotherapy. I understand the struggle of making it through the day when you are having trouble concentrating, connecting with others or just feeling a complete lack of motivation to interact fully with the world around you. Possibly you turn to unhealthy coping skills and maybe you feel you’ve tried it all. I am here to help you live a happier, healthier life.
NEW PATIENTS WELCOME. WEEKEND AVAILABILITY. Whether depression and anxiety are long-term struggles or you are experiencing your first event, or you suffer from psychosis or a personality disorder I am here to manage your medications and provide brief psychotherapy. I understand the struggle of making it through the day when you are having trouble concentrating, connecting with others or just feeling a complete lack of motivation to interact fully with the world around you. Possibly you turn to unhealthy coping skills and maybe you feel you’ve tried it all. I am here to help you live a happier, healthier life.
(434) 885-1257 View (434) 885-1257
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Sarah Faber-Catanese
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
33 Endorsed
Newport News, VA 23606
Have you been seeing your primary care provider for mental health needs, and not seeing the results you would like? Have you been attending therapy diligently, but not making as much progress as you had hoped? Have you ever been told you have a diagnosis such as bipolar disorder that often requires medication to achieve and maintain wellness? If any of the above apply to you, you may benefit from seeing a psychiatric specialist for medication management. Research shows that for most mental health complaints, patients get the best treatment outcomes from a combination of psychotherapy and medications.
Have you been seeing your primary care provider for mental health needs, and not seeing the results you would like? Have you been attending therapy diligently, but not making as much progress as you had hoped? Have you ever been told you have a diagnosis such as bipolar disorder that often requires medication to achieve and maintain wellness? If any of the above apply to you, you may benefit from seeing a psychiatric specialist for medication management. Research shows that for most mental health complaints, patients get the best treatment outcomes from a combination of psychotherapy and medications.
(757) 702-5191 View (757) 702-5191
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Stanisha Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chesapeake, VA 23320  (Online Only)
As a dual-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP-C), I bring a comprehensive approach to the field of mental health care. With a passion for improving the well-being of individuals across the lifespan, I specialize in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health disorders.
As a dual-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP-C), I bring a comprehensive approach to the field of mental health care. With a passion for improving the well-being of individuals across the lifespan, I specialize in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health disorders.
(757) 993-7128 View (757) 993-7128
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Brence Brooks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Woodbridge, VA 22193  (Online Only)
Brence Brooks is a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, board-certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2020. He received his bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Louisville and his master’s degree in Nursing from Walden University. Specialty areas include medication management for major depressive disorder, bipolar I and II disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, childhood behavioral disorders, psychotic disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Brence Brooks is a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, board-certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2020. He received his bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Louisville and his master’s degree in Nursing from Walden University. Specialty areas include medication management for major depressive disorder, bipolar I and II disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, childhood behavioral disorders, psychotic disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
(703) 420-5136 View (703) 420-5136
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Dr. Rashida Gray
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Richmond, VA 23226
Have you been searching for a psychiatrist, without success? Are you feeling unsatisfied with your current treatment? Needing an appointment as soon as possible? If your answers are yes, then Gray MD Psychiatry is the right choice for you. We can work together to help improve your depression, anxiety, insomnia, stress, burnout or hopelessness.
Have you been searching for a psychiatrist, without success? Are you feeling unsatisfied with your current treatment? Needing an appointment as soon as possible? If your answers are yes, then Gray MD Psychiatry is the right choice for you. We can work together to help improve your depression, anxiety, insomnia, stress, burnout or hopelessness.
(804) 293-2519 View (804) 293-2519
Photo of Morgan Foster, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Morgan Foster
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Choosing treatment for mental health is tough - I'm here to help guide you step by step in the process. With 8 years of experience in the psychiatric nursing field prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, I gained tons of meaningful experiences helping treat mental illnesses across the entire lifespan, from toddlers to the elderly. I am here to treat each person holistically, and create a treatment plan that will fit THEM; telling someone to do something they don't agree with never works, right?
Choosing treatment for mental health is tough - I'm here to help guide you step by step in the process. With 8 years of experience in the psychiatric nursing field prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, I gained tons of meaningful experiences helping treat mental illnesses across the entire lifespan, from toddlers to the elderly. I am here to treat each person holistically, and create a treatment plan that will fit THEM; telling someone to do something they don't agree with never works, right?
(757) 654-2474 View (757) 654-2474
Photo of Brence Brooks, APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Brence Brooks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chesapeake, VA 23322  (Online Only)
Brence Brooks is a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, board-certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2020. He received his bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Louisville and his master’s degree in Nursing from Walden University. Specialty areas include medication management for major depressive disorder, bipolar I and II disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, childhood behavioral disorders, psychotic disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Brence Brooks is a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, board-certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2020. He received his bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Louisville and his master’s degree in Nursing from Walden University. Specialty areas include medication management for major depressive disorder, bipolar I and II disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, childhood behavioral disorders, psychotic disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
(757) 801-2433 View (757) 801-2433
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Ike Uzowulu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Richmond, VA 23228  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner. I have verifiable experience in treating variety of psychiatric disorders such as; mood disorders including resistant depression, eating disorders, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, schizophrenia, stress and sleep related disorders.
I am a board-certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner. I have verifiable experience in treating variety of psychiatric disorders such as; mood disorders including resistant depression, eating disorders, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, schizophrenia, stress and sleep related disorders.
(804) 494-4094 View (804) 494-4094
Photo of Sabine Owen, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Sabine Owen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dumfries, VA 22026
As a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I specialize in medication management. After a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, I strive to find a treatment plan that best fits your specific needs. My goal is to create a safe space and a trusting patient-provider partnership. To best support your personal wellness, I implement strategies that are both individualized and evidence-based. I treat a variety of psychiatric concerns and work with adults as well as children ages 6 and older. Let’s collaborate in your mental health journey to achieve optimal well-being and emotional balance!
As a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I specialize in medication management. After a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, I strive to find a treatment plan that best fits your specific needs. My goal is to create a safe space and a trusting patient-provider partnership. To best support your personal wellness, I implement strategies that are both individualized and evidence-based. I treat a variety of psychiatric concerns and work with adults as well as children ages 6 and older. Let’s collaborate in your mental health journey to achieve optimal well-being and emotional balance!
(571) 520-0746 View (571) 520-0746
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Essence Behavioral Health Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Is your happiness, social life, academics, and professional life affected by ADHD, Alcohol use disorder, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and looking into improving your quality of life through medications?
Is your happiness, social life, academics, and professional life affected by ADHD, Alcohol use disorder, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and looking into improving your quality of life through medications?
(571) 200-5234 View (571) 200-5234
Photo of Kate Tucker Tibbs, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kate Tucker Tibbs
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Glen Allen, VA 23059
I am Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of experience, providing medication management and adjunctive psychotherapy to children, adolescents and adults. I believe in a multifaceted collaborative approach to patient-centered care. My focus is on the whole person, including medical, emotional, social, and spiritual aspects. Medication management is just one element of a successful treatment plan and that supportive therapy and teaching coping strategies are valuable tools in treatment. I am currently accepting new patients in the Glen Allen office and/or telehealth.
I am Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of experience, providing medication management and adjunctive psychotherapy to children, adolescents and adults. I believe in a multifaceted collaborative approach to patient-centered care. My focus is on the whole person, including medical, emotional, social, and spiritual aspects. Medication management is just one element of a successful treatment plan and that supportive therapy and teaching coping strategies are valuable tools in treatment. I am currently accepting new patients in the Glen Allen office and/or telehealth.
(804) 376-5312 x2 View (804) 376-5312 x2
Photo of Jennifer Schrecengost, DNP, PMHNPBC, CPNP-PC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jennifer Schrecengost
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, CPNP-PC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Glen Allen, VA 23060
Practice provider: Jennifer Schrecengost, DNP, PMHNP-BC, CPNP-PC. Jennifer has worked with children and families in primary care for nearly 20 years and treating kids and adolescents is truly where our passion lies. Whether it's depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, autism, or insomnia, it is important to know that you are working not just with an individual but with a family, each member of which plays an important part in the client's progress and recovery. My priority is providing individualized, non-judgmental, holistic care that fully supports and recognizes the importance of family participation in treatment.
Practice provider: Jennifer Schrecengost, DNP, PMHNP-BC, CPNP-PC. Jennifer has worked with children and families in primary care for nearly 20 years and treating kids and adolescents is truly where our passion lies. Whether it's depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, autism, or insomnia, it is important to know that you are working not just with an individual but with a family, each member of which plays an important part in the client's progress and recovery. My priority is providing individualized, non-judgmental, holistic care that fully supports and recognizes the importance of family participation in treatment.
(804) 352-2123 View (804) 352-2123
Photo of Cynthia Awadzi, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Cynthia Awadzi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
I'm a psychiatric and family nurse practitioner with a doctoral degree, my professional journey spans comprehensive experiences in inpatient, community, and outpatient settings, affording me a deep understanding of diverse patient needs. Supportive therapy is included in all sessions, ensuring a holistic approach to care that addresses emotional well-being alongside other therapeutic modalities. Supportive therapy dives into fostering a safe environment for open dialogue, validating emotions, and providing guidance and coping strategies tailored to individual needs.
I'm a psychiatric and family nurse practitioner with a doctoral degree, my professional journey spans comprehensive experiences in inpatient, community, and outpatient settings, affording me a deep understanding of diverse patient needs. Supportive therapy is included in all sessions, ensuring a holistic approach to care that addresses emotional well-being alongside other therapeutic modalities. Supportive therapy dives into fostering a safe environment for open dialogue, validating emotions, and providing guidance and coping strategies tailored to individual needs.
(757) 996-5414 View (757) 996-5414
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Shawlawn Freeman Hicks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
North Chesterfield, VA 23236  (Online Only)
Do you often feel that “you just can’t win?” Come talk to me. I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I received a master’s degree from Walden University and have been practicing over the past two years with a specialization in mood & thought disorders such as major depression, anxiety, dysthymic disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and personality disorders. I am also a certified Reiki Master. My first approach is building a rapport with clients. The key component of the therapeutic alliance is trust.
Do you often feel that “you just can’t win?” Come talk to me. I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I received a master’s degree from Walden University and have been practicing over the past two years with a specialization in mood & thought disorders such as major depression, anxiety, dysthymic disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and personality disorders. I am also a certified Reiki Master. My first approach is building a rapport with clients. The key component of the therapeutic alliance is trust.
(804) 609-3835 View (804) 609-3835
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Dillon Kayser
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
I am from Charlottesville originally and moved back to town in 2018 following completion of medical school at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Following medical school I completed four years of psychiatry residency training at UVA. I specialize in treating adult patients with a particular interest in psychopharmacology, psychotherapy and mood/substance disorders. My research interests include medical health disparities, with specific focus on social determinants of health
I am from Charlottesville originally and moved back to town in 2018 following completion of medical school at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Following medical school I completed four years of psychiatry residency training at UVA. I specialize in treating adult patients with a particular interest in psychopharmacology, psychotherapy and mood/substance disorders. My research interests include medical health disparities, with specific focus on social determinants of health
(434) 425-7536 View (434) 425-7536

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FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Prince George 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.