Psychiatrists in Friday Harbor, WA

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Quinn N Fihn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Friday Harbor, WA 98250
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I believe that mental health is more than the absence of mental illness. Although my training and education is to diagnose, evaluate, and treat psychiatric disorders, my goal is to work in partnership with clients toward an integrated sense of mental clarity, balance, and resiliency. My approach to treatment involves understanding more than pharmacology- patients can expect that I will seek to understand their unique biopsychosocial context, coping skills, and patterns.
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I believe that mental health is more than the absence of mental illness. Although my training and education is to diagnose, evaluate, and treat psychiatric disorders, my goal is to work in partnership with clients toward an integrated sense of mental clarity, balance, and resiliency. My approach to treatment involves understanding more than pharmacology- patients can expect that I will seek to understand their unique biopsychosocial context, coping skills, and patterns.
(206) 761-0667 View (206) 761-0667

Online Psychiatrists

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Gabriel Obu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
Are you experiencing depression? Be aware that innovative treatment options are now available, promising relief from depressive symptoms within weeks. These are not SSRI's or SNRI's, but they are covered by insurance and do not require significant out-of-pocket expenses. There is help and hope available for you. No Waitlist. Appointments are within 24-48 hours. My treatment philosophy is rooted in a holistic, integrative, and collaborative approach to achieving my patient holistic goals.
Are you experiencing depression? Be aware that innovative treatment options are now available, promising relief from depressive symptoms within weeks. These are not SSRI's or SNRI's, but they are covered by insurance and do not require significant out-of-pocket expenses. There is help and hope available for you. No Waitlist. Appointments are within 24-48 hours. My treatment philosophy is rooted in a holistic, integrative, and collaborative approach to achieving my patient holistic goals.
(425) 517-1711 View (425) 517-1711
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Melissa J Spencer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Renton, WA 98058
Waitlist for new clients
I am an experienced Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner passionate about ending the stigma against mental illness that prevents people from getting the support they need. I am a fierce advocate of LGBTQ+ persons and of anyone else who needs my support. I have expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of psychiatric conditions: mood disorders, anxiety, substance use disorders, ADHD, PTSD, and many more. I work with adults and teens to determine an appropriate combination of both medications and psychotherapy.
I am an experienced Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner passionate about ending the stigma against mental illness that prevents people from getting the support they need. I am a fierce advocate of LGBTQ+ persons and of anyone else who needs my support. I have expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of psychiatric conditions: mood disorders, anxiety, substance use disorders, ADHD, PTSD, and many more. I work with adults and teens to determine an appropriate combination of both medications and psychotherapy.
(206) 339-5809 View (206) 339-5809
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Dr. Mercy Omijie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bothell, WA 98021
Accepting New Client in Washington State! I am a doctoral prepared & board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in the evaluation, diagnosis, & treatment of various psychiatric disorders in individuals of all ages. My approach to assessment is comprehensive & whole-person focused. I take my time to know each of my clients & to address their specific needs. I understand that everyone has their own unique psychological, biological, social & cultural factors that influence their mental health. I consider each of these components when formulating assessments & developing collaborative treatment plans with my clients.
Accepting New Client in Washington State! I am a doctoral prepared & board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in the evaluation, diagnosis, & treatment of various psychiatric disorders in individuals of all ages. My approach to assessment is comprehensive & whole-person focused. I take my time to know each of my clients & to address their specific needs. I understand that everyone has their own unique psychological, biological, social & cultural factors that influence their mental health. I consider each of these components when formulating assessments & developing collaborative treatment plans with my clients.
(480) 765-9955 View (480) 765-9955
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Anu Marrott-Ware
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN-L, RN
Verified Verified
Snohomish, WA 98296  (Online Only)
Welcome to Holistic Mental Health, LLC! Are you looking for a provider who will work with you through the struggle/s you may be facing? As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I provide compassionate and individualized care, utilizing best practices. Services offered include psychiatric evaluations, medication management, genetic testing, and therapy/counseling services for adolescents (16+) and adults for most mental health issues.
Welcome to Holistic Mental Health, LLC! Are you looking for a provider who will work with you through the struggle/s you may be facing? As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I provide compassionate and individualized care, utilizing best practices. Services offered include psychiatric evaluations, medication management, genetic testing, and therapy/counseling services for adolescents (16+) and adults for most mental health issues.
(206) 202-2823 View (206) 202-2823
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Charlie Ren Scheuerman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98107  (Online Only)
Hello, I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) in Louisville, Kentucky. I work with patients with Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar and Mood Spectrum, Schizophrenia, PTSD, Eating Disorders, and Panic Disorders. I also welcome anyone in the LGBTQ community.
Hello, I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) in Louisville, Kentucky. I work with patients with Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar and Mood Spectrum, Schizophrenia, PTSD, Eating Disorders, and Panic Disorders. I also welcome anyone in the LGBTQ community.
(859) 309-2655 View (859) 309-2655
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Zach Nelson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP
Verified Verified
Kirkland, WA 98033  (Online Only)
Have you tried several medications for your mental health and experienced no relief of symptoms? At Active Path, we are here to help your treatment-resistant depression, anxiety and OCD. Get back to you with services tailored to your specific needs. We offer Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), talk therapy, Spravato (esketamine), and medication management. These services are designed to provide comprehensive support to our patients on their mental health journey. Our services are covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid.
Have you tried several medications for your mental health and experienced no relief of symptoms? At Active Path, we are here to help your treatment-resistant depression, anxiety and OCD. Get back to you with services tailored to your specific needs. We offer Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), talk therapy, Spravato (esketamine), and medication management. These services are designed to provide comprehensive support to our patients on their mental health journey. Our services are covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid.
(425) 600-7583 View (425) 600-7583
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Dr. Catherine R Royalty
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98119  (Online Only)
I am a doctorally-prepared, board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I utilize a holistic, trauma-informed, culturally sensitive, and collaborative approach to managing a variety of mental health conditions requiring medication treatment. Although I specialize in psychiatric (medication) treatment, I value integrative and complementary therapies and will offer these options alongside medications as requested or indicated. Additionally, I offer the option of conducting visits virtually. In doing so, I aim to increase access to psychiatric care with the use of Telemedicine, an evidence-based healthcare delivery model.
I am a doctorally-prepared, board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I utilize a holistic, trauma-informed, culturally sensitive, and collaborative approach to managing a variety of mental health conditions requiring medication treatment. Although I specialize in psychiatric (medication) treatment, I value integrative and complementary therapies and will offer these options alongside medications as requested or indicated. Additionally, I offer the option of conducting visits virtually. In doing so, I aim to increase access to psychiatric care with the use of Telemedicine, an evidence-based healthcare delivery model.
(206) 203-4271 View (206) 203-4271
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Pacific Wellness & Lactation
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, FNP-C, PMH-C
Verified Verified
Everett, WA 98204  (Online Only)
BreAnne Marcucci ARNP, FNP-C, PMH-C is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner who is Perinatal Mental Health Certified. She specializes in medication management for anxiety and depression in pregnancy and postpartum. She specializes in Postpartum Depression and Anxiety and incorporates Wellness Care Planning as part of the treatment plan to support whole person care. Wellness Care Planning focuses on short term goals and is centered on sleep, nutrition, lactation/infant feeding and partner transitions. BreAnne does not treat ADHD at this time.
BreAnne Marcucci ARNP, FNP-C, PMH-C is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner who is Perinatal Mental Health Certified. She specializes in medication management for anxiety and depression in pregnancy and postpartum. She specializes in Postpartum Depression and Anxiety and incorporates Wellness Care Planning as part of the treatment plan to support whole person care. Wellness Care Planning focuses on short term goals and is centered on sleep, nutrition, lactation/infant feeding and partner transitions. BreAnne does not treat ADHD at this time.
(425) 517-1981 View (425) 517-1981
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Julie A Lord
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98109
I am a board certified psychiatrist with 20 years of experience. I treat a wide variety of conditions including life adjustment issues, relationship difficulties, anxiety, mood disorders, and other common psychiatric conditions. I specialize in adult psychiatry and psychotherapy, utilizing a strengths-based approach and medications when indicated.
I am a board certified psychiatrist with 20 years of experience. I treat a wide variety of conditions including life adjustment issues, relationship difficulties, anxiety, mood disorders, and other common psychiatric conditions. I specialize in adult psychiatry and psychotherapy, utilizing a strengths-based approach and medications when indicated.
(206) 866-2281 View (206) 866-2281
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Bernard Mwangi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kirkland, WA 98034  (Online Only)
Greetings, I am Bernard Mwangi, a seasoned nurse practitioner driven by a profound commitment to guiding individuals along their mental health journeys. With a wealth of experience, I specialize in conducting comprehensive evaluations, adeptly identifying mental health hurdles, and tailoring personalized treatment plans for each unique client. My approach is founded on empathy, understanding, and a dedication to fostering a safe, judgment-free space where clients feel heard and supported. I believe in the power of compassionate listening, recognizing that every individual's story is unique and deserving of respect.
Greetings, I am Bernard Mwangi, a seasoned nurse practitioner driven by a profound commitment to guiding individuals along their mental health journeys. With a wealth of experience, I specialize in conducting comprehensive evaluations, adeptly identifying mental health hurdles, and tailoring personalized treatment plans for each unique client. My approach is founded on empathy, understanding, and a dedication to fostering a safe, judgment-free space where clients feel heard and supported. I believe in the power of compassionate listening, recognizing that every individual's story is unique and deserving of respect.
(425) 243-0391 View (425) 243-0391
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George Frazier Jackson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tacoma, WA 98403
I treat the full range of psychiatric conditions from anxiety and depression to ADHD and dementia. I am very interested in helping people improve their lives. Certain situations may benefit from the use of psychotropic medications. Other times, psychotherapy is recommended and often a combination of the two is the best treatment approach.
I treat the full range of psychiatric conditions from anxiety and depression to ADHD and dementia. I am very interested in helping people improve their lives. Certain situations may benefit from the use of psychotropic medications. Other times, psychotherapy is recommended and often a combination of the two is the best treatment approach.
(253) 337-4471 View (253) 337-4471
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Ryan Thebo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Tacoma, WA 98402
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide holistic online psychiatry services (telemedicine), so that you can conveniently be seen in the comfort of your home for appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as in-person visits and I will address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness beyond a standard psychiatry visit. My aim is for you to truly thrive at your best! You can conveniently self-schedule a holistic psychiatry video appointment right now at: pwpsychiatry.com/WA
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide holistic online psychiatry services (telemedicine), so that you can conveniently be seen in the comfort of your home for appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as in-person visits and I will address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness beyond a standard psychiatry visit. My aim is for you to truly thrive at your best! You can conveniently self-schedule a holistic psychiatry video appointment right now at: pwpsychiatry.com/WA
(253) 265-9205 View (253) 265-9205
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Vernon LaFreniere
Psychiatric Nurse, ARNP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98101
Are you feeling disconnected from your life? Overwhelmed with tasks which lead to little satisfaction? Does it seem like you are not enjoying activities that were once fun? Do you cry more often, feel like nothing can be done to fix your life, or feel disappointed when you wake up in the morning? I come through for people when they have been trying and are close to giving up. My main tool is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, a new alternative to traditional therapy and medication management. You could finally feel like yourself again. Stop hiding how you feel and free yourself to project who you really are. Call us today.
Are you feeling disconnected from your life? Overwhelmed with tasks which lead to little satisfaction? Does it seem like you are not enjoying activities that were once fun? Do you cry more often, feel like nothing can be done to fix your life, or feel disappointed when you wake up in the morning? I come through for people when they have been trying and are close to giving up. My main tool is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, a new alternative to traditional therapy and medication management. You could finally feel like yourself again. Stop hiding how you feel and free yourself to project who you really are. Call us today.
(206) 429-6872 View (206) 429-6872
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Barbara Rix
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
University Place, WA 98467  (Online Only)
I am a Nurse Practitioner (Family & PMHNP) that provides holistic care focusing on weight loss coaching, medical weight loss, and medication management in depression, anxiety, and ADHD.
I am a Nurse Practitioner (Family & PMHNP) that provides holistic care focusing on weight loss coaching, medical weight loss, and medication management in depression, anxiety, and ADHD.
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Mindful Health Solutions
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98125
I take a collaborative approach with my patients. I like to know what my patients’ goals are so I can tailor the treatment to help them achieve their goals as much as possible. Knowing what’s important to my patients helps me know what treatments to recommend or when to suggest a change to the treatment. I find that patients experience the most success if they are open to talking about their treatment options.
I take a collaborative approach with my patients. I like to know what my patients’ goals are so I can tailor the treatment to help them achieve their goals as much as possible. Knowing what’s important to my patients helps me know what treatments to recommend or when to suggest a change to the treatment. I find that patients experience the most success if they are open to talking about their treatment options.
(206) 222-6136 View (206) 222-6136
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Kate Hume
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Kate Hume, MA, MSN, ARNP
Verified Verified
Bellingham, WA 98225
Thanks for reaching out for assistance. I have extensive training in ADHD and mood disorders. I offer a comprehensive exam, a full explanation of psychiatric conditions, and many types of approaches to address these conditions. I prescribe psychiatric medications, psychotherapy, and when requested, alternative medical treatment for psychiatric illness.
Thanks for reaching out for assistance. I have extensive training in ADHD and mood disorders. I offer a comprehensive exam, a full explanation of psychiatric conditions, and many types of approaches to address these conditions. I prescribe psychiatric medications, psychotherapy, and when requested, alternative medical treatment for psychiatric illness.
(360) 685-1850 View (360) 685-1850
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Robert Brian Noonan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98107
I am a board-certified Psychiatric ARNP with Prescriptive Authority. I have provided psychiatric care for over 15 years, including medication management and therapy. I specialize in Adult ADHD, depression, anxiety, and alcohol use disorders.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric ARNP with Prescriptive Authority. I have provided psychiatric care for over 15 years, including medication management and therapy. I specialize in Adult ADHD, depression, anxiety, and alcohol use disorders.
(206) 981-3110 View (206) 981-3110
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New Haven Geriatric Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98115
I am a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in geriatric psychiatry. Generally, my patients are older than 55 years of age. My services can be provided through in-person office visits, virtual visits, or by visits to the home. Requests for consultation can be made through my website: www.newhaven.care.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in geriatric psychiatry. Generally, my patients are older than 55 years of age. My services can be provided through in-person office visits, virtual visits, or by visits to the home. Requests for consultation can be made through my website: www.newhaven.care.
(206) 222-3452 View (206) 222-3452
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Ryan Thebo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide holistic online psychiatry services (telemedicine), so that you can conveniently be seen in the comfort of your home for appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as in-person visits and I will address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness beyond a standard psychiatry visit. My aim is for you to truly thrive at your best! You can conveniently self-schedule a holistic psychiatry video appointment right now at: pwpsychiatry.com/WA
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide holistic online psychiatry services (telemedicine), so that you can conveniently be seen in the comfort of your home for appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as in-person visits and I will address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness beyond a standard psychiatry visit. My aim is for you to truly thrive at your best! You can conveniently self-schedule a holistic psychiatry video appointment right now at: pwpsychiatry.com/WA
(425) 658-5285 View (425) 658-5285

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Number of Psychiatrists in Friday Harbor, WA

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Psychiatrists in Friday Harbor, WA who prioritize treating:

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Gender breakdown

100% Female

How Psychiatrists in Friday Harbor, WA see their clients

100% In Person and Online
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Friday Harbor?

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.