Psychiatrists in Winchester, VA

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Maura Constance
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MPH, PMHNP, FNP, BC
Verified Verified
Winchester, VA 22603
I am a warm, compassionate psychiatric nurse practitioner devoted to helping people overcome difficulties and thrive. I employ a humanistic approach that looks at the whole person to understand how elements in the past and factors in the present environment can contribute to your current challenges. I listen deeply and work with you to find the right mix of evidence-based therapies and medications to address your particular needs. I have a special interest in depression, anxiety, personality disorders, addiction issues, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia
I am a warm, compassionate psychiatric nurse practitioner devoted to helping people overcome difficulties and thrive. I employ a humanistic approach that looks at the whole person to understand how elements in the past and factors in the present environment can contribute to your current challenges. I listen deeply and work with you to find the right mix of evidence-based therapies and medications to address your particular needs. I have a special interest in depression, anxiety, personality disorders, addiction issues, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia
(301) 392-7120 View (301) 392-7120
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B Bryant Parson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Winchester, VA 22602
Dealing with anxiety, depression, ADHD, and/or bipolar disorder can be tough. Maybe you want to get back to your normal or just figure out what your normal means so that you can get back to living your life.
Dealing with anxiety, depression, ADHD, and/or bipolar disorder can be tough. Maybe you want to get back to your normal or just figure out what your normal means so that you can get back to living your life.
(757) 906-3437 View (757) 906-3437
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Mimi Tyson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
Winchester, VA 22638
I am a friendly and insightful psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who provides compassionate, empathetic care tailored to your concerns. I am trained in the use of both psychotherapy and medication management to treat a variety of psychiatric disorders. I have developed expertise in anxiety, trauma, personality disorders, and mood disorders, including depression and bipolar disorder.
I am a friendly and insightful psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who provides compassionate, empathetic care tailored to your concerns. I am trained in the use of both psychotherapy and medication management to treat a variety of psychiatric disorders. I have developed expertise in anxiety, trauma, personality disorders, and mood disorders, including depression and bipolar disorder.
(301) 392-7120 View (301) 392-7120
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Telepsychiatrist_Piedmont Behavioral Services
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Winchester, VA 22601
We provide Child and Adult Psychiatry, Therapy and Substance abuse services including Suboxone Treatment via video for clients across Virginia. Our Board Certified Psychiatrists and Therapists are available to help everyday and we can offer same day appointments. Telepsychiatry or Telemedicine uses video link (via computer or smartphone) to offer appointments from home or outside clinic. It offers the option to see a psychiatrist any time as long as you have access to your smart phone or computer. Please use our website or below link to make an appointment. https://piedmontbs.com/telepsychiatry/
We provide Child and Adult Psychiatry, Therapy and Substance abuse services including Suboxone Treatment via video for clients across Virginia. Our Board Certified Psychiatrists and Therapists are available to help everyday and we can offer same day appointments. Telepsychiatry or Telemedicine uses video link (via computer or smartphone) to offer appointments from home or outside clinic. It offers the option to see a psychiatrist any time as long as you have access to your smart phone or computer. Please use our website or below link to make an appointment. https://piedmontbs.com/telepsychiatry/
(571) 223-6226 View (571) 223-6226
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Dr. Rauf Cheema
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Winchester, VA 22601
I help patients with various mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar disorder, and more. I encourage an open and compassionate relationship between myself and my patients. I have been serving the Northern Virginia and Shenandoah area for 24 years and remain passionate about serving this community.
I help patients with various mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar disorder, and more. I encourage an open and compassionate relationship between myself and my patients. I have been serving the Northern Virginia and Shenandoah area for 24 years and remain passionate about serving this community.
(540) 917-5870 View (540) 917-5870
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Maura Constance
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MPH, PMHNP, FNP, BC
Verified Verified
Winchester, VA 22601
I am a warm, compassionate psychiatric nurse practitioner devoted to helping people overcome difficulties and thrive. I employ a humanistic approach that looks at the whole person to understand how elements in the past and factors in the present environment can contribute to your current challenges. I listen deeply and work with you to find the right mix of evidence-based therapies and medications to address your particular needs. I have a special interest in depression, anxiety, personality disorders, addiction issues, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.
I am a warm, compassionate psychiatric nurse practitioner devoted to helping people overcome difficulties and thrive. I employ a humanistic approach that looks at the whole person to understand how elements in the past and factors in the present environment can contribute to your current challenges. I listen deeply and work with you to find the right mix of evidence-based therapies and medications to address your particular needs. I have a special interest in depression, anxiety, personality disorders, addiction issues, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.
(301) 392-7120 View (301) 392-7120
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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Winchester, VA 22601
Dr. Zou is welcoming new patients seeking specialized treatment for anxiety, depression, trauma, OCD, bipolar disorder, and other psychiatric concerns. As a holistic psychiatrist, Dr. Zou draws from a wide-ranging toolbox of treatment options - including psychotherapy, psycho-education and lifestyle adaptations in addition to medication where appropriate. Consequently, patients benefit from a well-integrated approach to care that is both systematic and thorough.
Dr. Zou is welcoming new patients seeking specialized treatment for anxiety, depression, trauma, OCD, bipolar disorder, and other psychiatric concerns. As a holistic psychiatrist, Dr. Zou draws from a wide-ranging toolbox of treatment options - including psychotherapy, psycho-education and lifestyle adaptations in addition to medication where appropriate. Consequently, patients benefit from a well-integrated approach to care that is both systematic and thorough.
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Dr. Anne Phan-Huy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Winchester, VA 22601
Dr. Phan-Huy treats adults of all walks of life. Backed by medical and specialty training from the University of Michigan coupled with broad clinical experience, she provides bespoke care for various psychiatric concerns, including anxiety, OCD, depression, bipolar disorder and trauma-related disorders. Her treatment philosophy is to combine medication where indicated with psychotherapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and psychodynamic therapy. This integrative approach sets the foundation for healing and life-long well-being.
Dr. Phan-Huy treats adults of all walks of life. Backed by medical and specialty training from the University of Michigan coupled with broad clinical experience, she provides bespoke care for various psychiatric concerns, including anxiety, OCD, depression, bipolar disorder and trauma-related disorders. Her treatment philosophy is to combine medication where indicated with psychotherapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and psychodynamic therapy. This integrative approach sets the foundation for healing and life-long well-being.
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Dr. Morgan Alexander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Winchester, VA 22601  (Online Only)
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
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Terry Taylor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, BSN
Verified Verified
Winchester, VA 22601  (Online Only)
Mental health treatment can be overwhelming and scary, congratulations on taking the first step! I am a compassionate and empathetic provider who understands the importance of building long term trusting relationships with patients, to create a safe and nonjudgmental environment where individuals can openly discuss their mental health concerns, and work together towards achieving their goals. With a patient-centered approach, I will take the time to listen to each individual's unique needs, and to develop comprehensive treatment plans.
Mental health treatment can be overwhelming and scary, congratulations on taking the first step! I am a compassionate and empathetic provider who understands the importance of building long term trusting relationships with patients, to create a safe and nonjudgmental environment where individuals can openly discuss their mental health concerns, and work together towards achieving their goals. With a patient-centered approach, I will take the time to listen to each individual's unique needs, and to develop comprehensive treatment plans.
(804) 315-0483 View (804) 315-0483
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Debra S Trasati
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Winchester, VA 22601
I embrace an integrated, strength-based approach to promoting wellness. I work with adolescents, young adults, and families affected by a variety of behavioral health symptoms. I have worked extensively with children and adolescents struggling with significant mood and behavioral dysregulation related to Autism Spectrum Disorder, anxiety and ADHD. My experience extends to college age and young adults who struggle with attention, depression, and generalized and social anxiety symptoms. I have a particular practice interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder, especially those referred to as "High Functioning Autism" or "Asperger's."
I embrace an integrated, strength-based approach to promoting wellness. I work with adolescents, young adults, and families affected by a variety of behavioral health symptoms. I have worked extensively with children and adolescents struggling with significant mood and behavioral dysregulation related to Autism Spectrum Disorder, anxiety and ADHD. My experience extends to college age and young adults who struggle with attention, depression, and generalized and social anxiety symptoms. I have a particular practice interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder, especially those referred to as "High Functioning Autism" or "Asperger's."
(703) 489-6700 View (703) 489-6700

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Melanie Ogburn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Clear Brook, VA 22624  (Online Only)
Do you struggle with anxiety, depression, or other mood disorders? Are you longing for greater fulfillment and peace in your life? Do you wish to address challenges and trauma from the past that seem to follow you into your present life and relationships and cause you worry about your future? Or maybe you have been gifted unique challenges in life that you wish to process and reframe?
Do you struggle with anxiety, depression, or other mood disorders? Are you longing for greater fulfillment and peace in your life? Do you wish to address challenges and trauma from the past that seem to follow you into your present life and relationships and cause you worry about your future? Or maybe you have been gifted unique challenges in life that you wish to process and reframe?
(540) 209-9778 View (540) 209-9778
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Elizabeth Onyejekwe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Stephens City, VA 22655
I am a psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I treat people struggling with Depression, Anxiety, OCD, Trichotillomania, Tics, Tourette's syndrome, ADHD, Autism, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, PTSD, Panic disorder, Bipolar disorder, Intermittent Explosive disorder, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective disorder, Personality disorders, perinatal and post-natal mood disorders. I offer medication management and supportive therapy with a holistic approach. I customize treatment to meet each person's unique needs and goals.
I am a psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I treat people struggling with Depression, Anxiety, OCD, Trichotillomania, Tics, Tourette's syndrome, ADHD, Autism, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, PTSD, Panic disorder, Bipolar disorder, Intermittent Explosive disorder, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective disorder, Personality disorders, perinatal and post-natal mood disorders. I offer medication management and supportive therapy with a holistic approach. I customize treatment to meet each person's unique needs and goals.
(540) 274-5245 View (540) 274-5245

Online Psychiatrists

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Jessica Schafer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Reston, VA 20191
I would like to first welcome you, whether this is your first step to improving your mental health or a path you may have been on before. I’m here to support you in achieving your mental health goals and improving your quality of life. I am available to meet both via telehealth or in person and look forward to assisting in creating a tailored treatment approach to any needs you may have.
I would like to first welcome you, whether this is your first step to improving your mental health or a path you may have been on before. I’m here to support you in achieving your mental health goals and improving your quality of life. I am available to meet both via telehealth or in person and look forward to assisting in creating a tailored treatment approach to any needs you may have.
(571) 554-6829 View (571) 554-6829
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AkinsMHS
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Woodbridge, VA 22191  (Online Only)
lots of young people and adults suffer from ADHD, this has affected their daily function and productivity. My ADHD clients have many options of stimulants and non stimulants medications that have proven effective. Depression hurts, and lots of traumatic events can trigger it. Depression can also be accompanied by symptoms like anxiety, irritability, sleep disturbances, appetite change and chronic pain. Whatever symptoms my clients struggle with, there are proven screening techniques, assessment, evaluation, medications and psychotherapeutic approaches I use to help clients of all ages. You can start living a happy life again!
lots of young people and adults suffer from ADHD, this has affected their daily function and productivity. My ADHD clients have many options of stimulants and non stimulants medications that have proven effective. Depression hurts, and lots of traumatic events can trigger it. Depression can also be accompanied by symptoms like anxiety, irritability, sleep disturbances, appetite change and chronic pain. Whatever symptoms my clients struggle with, there are proven screening techniques, assessment, evaluation, medications and psychotherapeutic approaches I use to help clients of all ages. You can start living a happy life again!
(571) 946-5336 View (571) 946-5336
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Raj Sachdej
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Arlington, VA 22201  (Online Only)
Dr. Raj is a board certified adult psychiatrist who appreciates the complexity of the human experience. He comes with a global perspective regarding mental health and creates an accepting atmosphere for his patients. He uses a comprehensive, holistic approach with the aim to treat symptoms and improve overall functionality. While he values the importance of medication in treatment, Dr. Raj empowers his patients to make educated decisions utilizing evidence-based research and personal risk/benefit evaluations. Treatment also includes a focus on lifestyle to improve mental and physical health.
Dr. Raj is a board certified adult psychiatrist who appreciates the complexity of the human experience. He comes with a global perspective regarding mental health and creates an accepting atmosphere for his patients. He uses a comprehensive, holistic approach with the aim to treat symptoms and improve overall functionality. While he values the importance of medication in treatment, Dr. Raj empowers his patients to make educated decisions utilizing evidence-based research and personal risk/benefit evaluations. Treatment also includes a focus on lifestyle to improve mental and physical health.
(703) 686-8946 View (703) 686-8946
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Gurjot Toor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ashburn, VA 20147
As a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, my approach is centered on deeply understanding the distinct needs of each individual I work with. With a focus on empathy and evidence-based practice, I strive to create a safe and supportive environment for clients to explore their mental health concerns. My holistic approach integrates medication management, supportive psychotherapy, and lifestyle interventions to promote healing and overall well-being.
As a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, my approach is centered on deeply understanding the distinct needs of each individual I work with. With a focus on empathy and evidence-based practice, I strive to create a safe and supportive environment for clients to explore their mental health concerns. My holistic approach integrates medication management, supportive psychotherapy, and lifestyle interventions to promote healing and overall well-being.
(540) 253-4929 View (540) 253-4929
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Kristy Wade
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MBA, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fairfax, VA 22030  (Online Only)
We all have solutions within us – it is a matter of learning how to tap into these solutions. The most effective way to heal is by focusing on your strengths and harnessing your available resources while controlling the symptoms. At Inspire Behavioral Health, we consider all treatment options available and strive to take a balanced and integrative approach. While it’s necessary to target the symptoms that lead someone to get help, but it is also important to understand that people are much more than the symptoms they are experiencing.
We all have solutions within us – it is a matter of learning how to tap into these solutions. The most effective way to heal is by focusing on your strengths and harnessing your available resources while controlling the symptoms. At Inspire Behavioral Health, we consider all treatment options available and strive to take a balanced and integrative approach. While it’s necessary to target the symptoms that lead someone to get help, but it is also important to understand that people are much more than the symptoms they are experiencing.
(571) 901-1276 View (571) 901-1276
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Toni Plummer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Alexandria, VA 22310  (Online Only)
Toni Plummer is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) who specializes in psychiatric and mental health care and engages in a partnership with individuals to provide person-centered care. She seeks to empower individuals to be active participants in their own mental health care rather than passive observers.
Toni Plummer is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) who specializes in psychiatric and mental health care and engages in a partnership with individuals to provide person-centered care. She seeks to empower individuals to be active participants in their own mental health care rather than passive observers.
(703) 782-4865 View (703) 782-4865
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Affinity Health & Wellness, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Alexandria, VA 22314
If you are struggling with insomnia, anxiety, panic attacks, OCD, concentration difficulties, sadness, fatigue, or depression, I would love to help you. I have found that working with clients with these symptoms are often the most thoughtful and empathetic people I have encountered during my career in healthcare. Please know, these conditions are common, and are very treatable. I offer thorough diagnostic evaluations and medication management.
If you are struggling with insomnia, anxiety, panic attacks, OCD, concentration difficulties, sadness, fatigue, or depression, I would love to help you. I have found that working with clients with these symptoms are often the most thoughtful and empathetic people I have encountered during my career in healthcare. Please know, these conditions are common, and are very treatable. I offer thorough diagnostic evaluations and medication management.
(703) 520-5215 View (703) 520-5215

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Number of Psychiatrists in Winchester, VA

10+

Average cost per session

$160

Psychiatrists in Winchester, VA who prioritize treating:

91% Anxiety
82% Depression
73% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
73% Trauma and PTSD
73% Bipolar Disorder
73% Medication Management
55% ADHD

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% TRICARE

How Psychiatrists in Winchester, VA see their clients

82% In Person and Online
18% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Winchester?

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.