Psychiatrists in Yorktown, VA

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Rosemary A. Jackson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Yorktown, VA 23693  (Online Only)
Rosemary Jackson is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science from Virginia Commonwealth University, a Master’s of Science from the University of Cincinnati, and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Chatham University. Rosemary has been board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner for over ten years and has worked in both the inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings. She has been working with mood disorders, depression, anxiety, and trauma while specializing in military mental health.
Rosemary Jackson is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science from Virginia Commonwealth University, a Master’s of Science from the University of Cincinnati, and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Chatham University. Rosemary has been board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner for over ten years and has worked in both the inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings. She has been working with mood disorders, depression, anxiety, and trauma while specializing in military mental health.
(757) 267-9391 View (757) 267-9391
Behavioral Health Associates of Virginia
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Yorktown, VA 23690
Not accepting new clients
NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS !!!!!! Behavioral Health Associates of Virginia offers specialized behavioral health and psychiatric services that will provide you with a healthy, safe and calming environment and the best quality care. We offer complete treatment for a variety of issues and provides individual psychotherapy, group therapy, and couples psychotherapy and counseling, and marriage counseling. Our facility works with a broad variety of patients and is highly experienced in combining and integrating individual, group, and couples psychotherapy with effective psychopharmacology.
NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS !!!!!! Behavioral Health Associates of Virginia offers specialized behavioral health and psychiatric services that will provide you with a healthy, safe and calming environment and the best quality care. We offer complete treatment for a variety of issues and provides individual psychotherapy, group therapy, and couples psychotherapy and counseling, and marriage counseling. Our facility works with a broad variety of patients and is highly experienced in combining and integrating individual, group, and couples psychotherapy with effective psychopharmacology.
(757) 517-8261 View (757) 517-8261

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Gifty Pampuru
Psychiatric Nurse, LPC
Verified Verified
Seaford, VA 23696
Life is full of challenges, some easy and some tough! We are equipped with some skillsets to handle them. At times the going can get tricky, and this is where my professional experience can help bridge the gap. I am an RN and a Licensed Professional Counselor. Possessing a mental health nursing background and counseling has equipped me to understand the psychosocial aspect and the medical challenges clients face. My Christian faith has assisted me in meeting clients at the crossroads of their spiritual walk. Being exposed to various cultures has been an asset for me, making it more relatable to the clients.
Life is full of challenges, some easy and some tough! We are equipped with some skillsets to handle them. At times the going can get tricky, and this is where my professional experience can help bridge the gap. I am an RN and a Licensed Professional Counselor. Possessing a mental health nursing background and counseling has equipped me to understand the psychosocial aspect and the medical challenges clients face. My Christian faith has assisted me in meeting clients at the crossroads of their spiritual walk. Being exposed to various cultures has been an asset for me, making it more relatable to the clients.
(540) 781-0110 View (540) 781-0110
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Brence Brooks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tabb, VA 23693  (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) 895-7788 View (757) 895-7788
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Saving & Changing Lives, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Newport News, VA 23606
Waitlist for new clients
Dr. Jemina "Jai" Liverman is the founder and CEO of Saving & Changing Lives, LLC which was established in 2018. Her ideal client would be someone who is seeking mental health support and is open to exploring and addressing their psychological and emotional well-being. They may be facing a range of issues, including: mood disorders, trauma and PTSD, addiction and substance abuse, relationship and interpersonal difficulties. Their needs revolve around comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment planning.
Dr. Jemina "Jai" Liverman is the founder and CEO of Saving & Changing Lives, LLC which was established in 2018. Her ideal client would be someone who is seeking mental health support and is open to exploring and addressing their psychological and emotional well-being. They may be facing a range of issues, including: mood disorders, trauma and PTSD, addiction and substance abuse, relationship and interpersonal difficulties. Their needs revolve around comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment planning.
(757) 909-6370 View (757) 909-6370
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Kevina R. Boone
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Newport News, VA 23603
Kevina received her bachelor's degree from Old Dominion University and Master’s degree from Walden University. She has 20+ years of experience as an RN. Kevina specialize in medication management. Treatment should always include therapeutic techniques along with medication. She enjoys team collaboration and providing holistic care.
Kevina received her bachelor's degree from Old Dominion University and Master’s degree from Walden University. She has 20+ years of experience as an RN. Kevina specialize in medication management. Treatment should always include therapeutic techniques along with medication. She enjoys team collaboration and providing holistic care.
(757) 720-7792 View (757) 720-7792
Photo of Sarah Faber-Catanese, MSN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
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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Dr. Angel D. Blair
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Newport News, VA 23608  (Online Only)
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I strongly believe that mental health matters and so do you. No one should have to go through difficult experiences and situations alone. Although, there is still a stigma that surrounds mental health, I thrive in providing an empathetic and nonjudgmental safe space for my patients. Providing a therapeutic environment that fosters trust, encouragement, and partnership while taking into account each patient holistically is my priority.
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I strongly believe that mental health matters and so do you. No one should have to go through difficult experiences and situations alone. Although, there is still a stigma that surrounds mental health, I thrive in providing an empathetic and nonjudgmental safe space for my patients. Providing a therapeutic environment that fosters trust, encouragement, and partnership while taking into account each patient holistically is my priority.
(757) 367-8924 View (757) 367-8924
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Patricia Roy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newport News, VA 23603
Not accepting new clients
Dr. Roy graduated from Drexel University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 2008 and served on the faculty through 2011 where she specialized in mood disorders. Following her time at Johns Hopkins she served at Virginia Hospital Center as a medical director and providing patient care for a broad range of psychiatric conditions. She currently works with the College of William & Mary providing psychiatric care to students.
Dr. Roy graduated from Drexel University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 2008 and served on the faculty through 2011 where she specialized in mood disorders. Following her time at Johns Hopkins she served at Virginia Hospital Center as a medical director and providing patient care for a broad range of psychiatric conditions. She currently works with the College of William & Mary providing psychiatric care to students.
(757) 798-7967 View (757) 798-7967
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Brent Burhite
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newport News, VA 23606
Brent Burhite is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 24 years of healthcare experience. He specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety, PTSD, mood disorders, and sleep disturbances and helps individuals cope with overall life stressors. He strongly believes in a holistic approach to mental health care and stresses interprofessional collaboration to meet unique client needs. He is a firm believer that medication management is only a portion of treating mental health concerns and will help clients utilize all resources available to meet their treatment objectives.
Brent Burhite is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 24 years of healthcare experience. He specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety, PTSD, mood disorders, and sleep disturbances and helps individuals cope with overall life stressors. He strongly believes in a holistic approach to mental health care and stresses interprofessional collaboration to meet unique client needs. He is a firm believer that medication management is only a portion of treating mental health concerns and will help clients utilize all resources available to meet their treatment objectives.
(757) 255-7459 View (757) 255-7459
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Courtney Stephenson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Newport News, VA 23606
Are you searching for holistic care that allows you to understand your conditions, different treatment options, as well as preventive measures?
Are you searching for holistic care that allows you to understand your conditions, different treatment options, as well as preventive measures?
(757) 740-0376 View (757) 740-0376
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Christiana Omodugba-Udeh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Newport News, VA 23606  (Online Only)
As a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with diverse clinical experiences, I prioritize evidence-based practices, medication management, and patient-centered approaches in transformative mental health care. Committed to delivering detailed and personalized care, my unique work background fuels my dedication to assisting individuals facing mental health challenges. I aspire to empower people of all ages to lead more fulfilling lives through a comprehensive approach that integrates evidence-based practices and supportive psychotherapy.
As a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with diverse clinical experiences, I prioritize evidence-based practices, medication management, and patient-centered approaches in transformative mental health care. Committed to delivering detailed and personalized care, my unique work background fuels my dedication to assisting individuals facing mental health challenges. I aspire to empower people of all ages to lead more fulfilling lives through a comprehensive approach that integrates evidence-based practices and supportive psychotherapy.
(833) 400-0120 View (833) 400-0120
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Katrina Samborski
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newport News, VA 23606
It can be difficult to ask for help when you're struggling with your mental health. I value a relaxed, authentic, humble, and casual approach to mental healthcare in which myself and the patient can have a conversation and make decisions together about their care. My goal is patient comfort, trust, and empowerment.
It can be difficult to ask for help when you're struggling with your mental health. I value a relaxed, authentic, humble, and casual approach to mental healthcare in which myself and the patient can have a conversation and make decisions together about their care. My goal is patient comfort, trust, and empowerment.
(757) 979-3018 View (757) 979-3018
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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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Ashley McDaniel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Newport News, VA 23603
As a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I am committed to providing holistic and person-centered care in a safe, non-judgmental environment. I am passionate about working together to form an individualized treatment plan while also integrating therapy with medication management. I provide care across the lifespan to those with a variety of mental health care needs including anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, ADHD, mood disorders, thought disorders, and substance use disorders. I am here to help you overcome challenges throughout this journey to improve your health and your life.
As a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I am committed to providing holistic and person-centered care in a safe, non-judgmental environment. I am passionate about working together to form an individualized treatment plan while also integrating therapy with medication management. I provide care across the lifespan to those with a variety of mental health care needs including anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, ADHD, mood disorders, thought disorders, and substance use disorders. I am here to help you overcome challenges throughout this journey to improve your health and your life.
(757) 895-7505 View (757) 895-7505
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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newport News, VA 23602
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
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Margeuritte Chandler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Newport News, VA 23606
Margueritte Chandler is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 10 yrs of psychiatric medication management experience. She has treated a wide range of psychiatric modalities for adults and teenagers. Most of her experience was gained during her 30 plus years in the military, which allowed her to see Service members, retirees and dependents. Her approach to treatment is holistic, inclusive of medication treatment, health and wellness approaches, and therapy as needed.
Margueritte Chandler is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 10 yrs of psychiatric medication management experience. She has treated a wide range of psychiatric modalities for adults and teenagers. Most of her experience was gained during her 30 plus years in the military, which allowed her to see Service members, retirees and dependents. Her approach to treatment is holistic, inclusive of medication treatment, health and wellness approaches, and therapy as needed.
(757) 767-4370 View (757) 767-4370
Photo of Melissa Irwin, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Melissa Irwin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Poquoson, VA 23662  (Online Only)
Helping people suffering from depression, anxiety and mood disorders is my passion. If you are ready to explore adding medication to therapy, I can help you. My main goal is to help people live a better life, winning the battle against mental health stigma and illness.
Helping people suffering from depression, anxiety and mood disorders is my passion. If you are ready to explore adding medication to therapy, I can help you. My main goal is to help people live a better life, winning the battle against mental health stigma and illness.
(757) 330-8758 View (757) 330-8758
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Dr. Morgan Alexander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newport News, VA 23602  (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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Jessica Barkers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Newport News, VA 23606
Holistic focused Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in the diagnosis and medication management of psychiatric conditions. Practices open minded and informed care of patients with both traditional and non-traditional lifestyles.
Holistic focused Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in the diagnosis and medication management of psychiatric conditions. Practices open minded and informed care of patients with both traditional and non-traditional lifestyles.
(757) 709-6718 View (757) 709-6718

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Number of Psychiatrists in Yorktown, VA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Yorktown, VA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Medication Management
100% Stress

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
100% Optima | Sentara

How Psychiatrists in Yorktown, VA see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Yorktown?

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.