Psychiatrists in Richland, WA

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Online Kairos Psychiatry in Washington
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Richland, WA 99352  (Online Only)
We often risk our mental health in this busy world and people often have to choose between psychiatric/ therapy appointments or keeping up with other life responsibilities. Now you won't have to. My goal is to reduce fragmented care by providing accessible psychiatric care online, where ever you are. No more congested traffic or long drives, waiting room, missing work or school. Online psychiatry is privacy-friendly and customizable. I connect with teens, collegiates, and young professionals to navigate anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, stressors of career and school transitions, and family life.
We often risk our mental health in this busy world and people often have to choose between psychiatric/ therapy appointments or keeping up with other life responsibilities. Now you won't have to. My goal is to reduce fragmented care by providing accessible psychiatric care online, where ever you are. No more congested traffic or long drives, waiting room, missing work or school. Online psychiatry is privacy-friendly and customizable. I connect with teens, collegiates, and young professionals to navigate anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, stressors of career and school transitions, and family life.
(720) 605-6295 View (720) 605-6295
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Farrukh Hashmi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Richland, WA 99352
I am a board-certified psychiatrist. I have worked with a diverse group of psychiatric patients for the past twenty years within the Tri-Cities.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist. I have worked with a diverse group of psychiatric patients for the past twenty years within the Tri-Cities.
(425) 292-8446 View (425) 292-8446
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Kohler Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Richland, WA 99352
New patients always welcome. I am able to treat many mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar, and much more.
New patients always welcome. I am able to treat many mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar, and much more.
(509) 518-0876 View (509) 518-0876
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Mary Salerno
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Richland, WA 99352  (Online Only)
Telepsychiatry is proven to be a very effective means of treating mental health issues. All patients are treated with respect and dignity via of HIPAA-compliant televideo appointments. Most follow-up appointments last 20 to 30 minutes and offer you the convenience of a visit from the privacy of your own home or wherever you have a WiFi or cellular connection. No waiting in crowded lobbies or driving to appointments. Medications are sent electronically to your pharmacy and are ready within a short period of time. I offer convenient appointment times. I do not provide therapy or counseling sessions; I do medication management only.
Telepsychiatry is proven to be a very effective means of treating mental health issues. All patients are treated with respect and dignity via of HIPAA-compliant televideo appointments. Most follow-up appointments last 20 to 30 minutes and offer you the convenience of a visit from the privacy of your own home or wherever you have a WiFi or cellular connection. No waiting in crowded lobbies or driving to appointments. Medications are sent electronically to your pharmacy and are ready within a short period of time. I offer convenient appointment times. I do not provide therapy or counseling sessions; I do medication management only.
(509) 476-8245 View (509) 476-8245
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Heramba Mental Healthcare, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, pMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Richland, WA 99352
We accept new clients every day throughout the year. We are opened Mondays through Saturdays. We accept all insurances, Medicaid, and Medicare. WE do have telepsychiatry, telemedicine, or telehealth availability. We are opened every day, include Saturdays and Sundays. Mental health disorders impact people from a broad spectrum of the population. We love to help and support people. We are passionate about our patients’ psychiatric health and wellbeing. We spend time listening to our clients. We take into considerations our clients’ preferences and complaints.
We accept new clients every day throughout the year. We are opened Mondays through Saturdays. We accept all insurances, Medicaid, and Medicare. WE do have telepsychiatry, telemedicine, or telehealth availability. We are opened every day, include Saturdays and Sundays. Mental health disorders impact people from a broad spectrum of the population. We love to help and support people. We are passionate about our patients’ psychiatric health and wellbeing. We spend time listening to our clients. We take into considerations our clients’ preferences and complaints.
(509) 800-5751 View (509) 800-5751
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Dr. Miguel De La Mora
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Richland, WA 99352
Dr. Miguel De La Mora, DNP, PMHNP-BC is a University of Texas-trained board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. During his time in Houston, TX completing his Doctorate in Nursing Practice degree he completed clinical rotations at UTHealth Houston Harris County Psychiatric Center, Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston Behavioral Healthcare Hospital, Psychiatry of Texas, Synapse Psychiatry and Turning Point Psychiatry. He completed his doctoral research project on post-stroke depression and post-stroke anxiety.
Dr. Miguel De La Mora, DNP, PMHNP-BC is a University of Texas-trained board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. During his time in Houston, TX completing his Doctorate in Nursing Practice degree he completed clinical rotations at UTHealth Houston Harris County Psychiatric Center, Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston Behavioral Healthcare Hospital, Psychiatry of Texas, Synapse Psychiatry and Turning Point Psychiatry. He completed his doctoral research project on post-stroke depression and post-stroke anxiety.
(509) 257-4102 View (509) 257-4102
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Dr. Rowena C. Mercado | Lifestyle Psychiatry M. D.
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Richland, WA 99352  (Online Only)
If you're dealing with depression, anxiety, or stress, find personalized care and support at Lifestyle Psychiatry MD. Led by Dr. Rowena Mercado, a board-certified psychiatrist, our practice blends physician guidance with evidence-based medication management and lifestyle interventions. From understanding the intricate connection between mental health and lifestyle factors to tailoring treatment plans that suit your unique needs, we're committed to fostering resilience, recovery, and overall wellness. Book your appointment today at www.lifestylepsychiatrymd.com and take the first step towards a healthier mind.
If you're dealing with depression, anxiety, or stress, find personalized care and support at Lifestyle Psychiatry MD. Led by Dr. Rowena Mercado, a board-certified psychiatrist, our practice blends physician guidance with evidence-based medication management and lifestyle interventions. From understanding the intricate connection between mental health and lifestyle factors to tailoring treatment plans that suit your unique needs, we're committed to fostering resilience, recovery, and overall wellness. Book your appointment today at www.lifestylepsychiatrymd.com and take the first step towards a healthier mind.
(509) 519-3142 View (509) 519-3142
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Tri Cities Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Richland, WA 99352
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner whose primary services include psychiatric evaluations, diagnosing, medication management, and psychoeducation. I offer both in-person and online visits in the state of Washington.
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner whose primary services include psychiatric evaluations, diagnosing, medication management, and psychoeducation. I offer both in-person and online visits in the state of Washington.
(509) 265-7038 View (509) 265-7038
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Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Richland, WA 99352
Dr. Shah is welcoming new patients for video appointments. As a Board-certified M.D. psychiatrist, he specializes in assessing and treating anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD and other psychiatric issues. A holistic provider, he combines non-pharmacologic approaches - including psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy - in addition to medication. He utilizes such therapeutic modalities in medication management appointments as well as dedicated therapy sessions. Consequently, patients benefit from well-integrated treatment that is both systematic and thorough.
Dr. Shah is welcoming new patients for video appointments. As a Board-certified M.D. psychiatrist, he specializes in assessing and treating anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD and other psychiatric issues. A holistic provider, he combines non-pharmacologic approaches - including psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy - in addition to medication. He utilizes such therapeutic modalities in medication management appointments as well as dedicated therapy sessions. Consequently, patients benefit from well-integrated treatment that is both systematic and thorough.
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Angela Hamel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Richland, WA 99352
As a psychiatric specialist, I have a unique opportunity to improve the mental health of my patients thus improving their quality of life. I enjoy listening to my patients, helping them achieve their mental health goals, and creating an environment that is caring and empathetic. Visit my website: cbpsychiatricsolutions.com
As a psychiatric specialist, I have a unique opportunity to improve the mental health of my patients thus improving their quality of life. I enjoy listening to my patients, helping them achieve their mental health goals, and creating an environment that is caring and empathetic. Visit my website: cbpsychiatricsolutions.com
(509) 204-9413 View (509) 204-9413
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Tabita Lewis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Richland, WA 99352
Tabita is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has an extensive experience in diagnosis and management of broad spectrum mental health issues including MTHFR Deficiency, Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar and Substance use. Tabita uses a holistic approach to health and wellbeing. Her focus is to prescribe medications in a conservative and effective manner.
Tabita is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has an extensive experience in diagnosis and management of broad spectrum mental health issues including MTHFR Deficiency, Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar and Substance use. Tabita uses a holistic approach to health and wellbeing. Her focus is to prescribe medications in a conservative and effective manner.
(509) 204-5689 View (509) 204-5689
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Brent J. Landkammer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Richland, WA 99352
Our office is located in Kennewick, WA but we also see patients anywhere in Washington or Idaho via telepsychiatry. We believe in effective, evidence-based treatment delivered in a friendly, professional, and personalized way, and we find it frustrating that this minimum standard is often not met for patients. We believe psychiatry is about the therapeutic relationship, and we strive to create a warm and compassionate environment from the beginning. We will always listen, and we will work together to get you where you’re going.
Our office is located in Kennewick, WA but we also see patients anywhere in Washington or Idaho via telepsychiatry. We believe in effective, evidence-based treatment delivered in a friendly, professional, and personalized way, and we find it frustrating that this minimum standard is often not met for patients. We believe psychiatry is about the therapeutic relationship, and we strive to create a warm and compassionate environment from the beginning. We will always listen, and we will work together to get you where you’re going.
(509) 213-1605 View (509) 213-1605
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Rafael Achacoso
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Richland, WA 99354  (Online Only)
Hello and welcome! I'm thrilled to announce that I have immediate openings available for new patients. As a dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, my mission is to offer a safe, warm, and inviting space where your mental health is the priority. I provide comprehensive medication management, ensuring that any medications prescribed are effectively addressing your symptoms while minimizing side effects. My practice places a strong emphasis on treating ADHD, anxiety and depression. With a personalized approach, I help patients manage their symptoms, improve daily functioning, and enhance overall quality of life.
Hello and welcome! I'm thrilled to announce that I have immediate openings available for new patients. As a dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, my mission is to offer a safe, warm, and inviting space where your mental health is the priority. I provide comprehensive medication management, ensuring that any medications prescribed are effectively addressing your symptoms while minimizing side effects. My practice places a strong emphasis on treating ADHD, anxiety and depression. With a personalized approach, I help patients manage their symptoms, improve daily functioning, and enhance overall quality of life.
(509) 732-9815 View (509) 732-9815

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Mary Blankenship
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Kennewick, WA 99336  (Online Only)
Do you feel that things just cannot continue this way? Is it becoming harder and harder to get up every day? Some say life is a journey rather than a destination, and for many, the road gets muddy, the sky darkens, and it’s easy to get lost, making it seem impossible to get where you’re trying to go. Are you ready to make a change?
Do you feel that things just cannot continue this way? Is it becoming harder and harder to get up every day? Some say life is a journey rather than a destination, and for many, the road gets muddy, the sky darkens, and it’s easy to get lost, making it seem impossible to get where you’re trying to go. Are you ready to make a change?
(541) 982-6847 View (541) 982-6847
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Debra Rice PLLC.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Kennewick, WA 99336  (Online Only)
I am now accepting Medicare clients! Welcome to my practice! My extensive experience in Mental Health, over 20 years experience with adults, adolescents and children, includes both inpatient and outpatient contexts. Our journey toward your mental health goals entails a commitment to our partnership. I often remind my clients, We accomplish this together. I am the expert on mental health diagnoses, medications, and treatments, and you are the expert on you. To ensure successful treatment, and achieve your goals, we both need
I am now accepting Medicare clients! Welcome to my practice! My extensive experience in Mental Health, over 20 years experience with adults, adolescents and children, includes both inpatient and outpatient contexts. Our journey toward your mental health goals entails a commitment to our partnership. I often remind my clients, We accomplish this together. I am the expert on mental health diagnoses, medications, and treatments, and you are the expert on you. To ensure successful treatment, and achieve your goals, we both need
(509) 498-3826 View (509) 498-3826
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Mary Kimani
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Kennewick, WA 99336  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I offer psychiatric medication management and psychotherapeutic services. I work collaboratively with individuals to create individualized treatment plans that best meet their needs. I believe in holistic, individualized, evidence-based care to help clients achieve optimal mental health.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I offer psychiatric medication management and psychotherapeutic services. I work collaboratively with individuals to create individualized treatment plans that best meet their needs. I believe in holistic, individualized, evidence-based care to help clients achieve optimal mental health.
(253) 352-4156 View (253) 352-4156
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Dr. Kelsey Martell - Mountain Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Kennewick, WA 99337
I’m an integrative psychiatrist and psychotherapist who believes in the innate healing power of the mind, body, and spirit. I help adults who struggle with anxiety disorders, mood disorders, ADHD, and PTSD/trauma harness the power of their experiences and emotions to restore self-confidence, reconnect with their purpose, pursue fulfilling relationships, and accomplish their personal and professional goals with joy. I also have a special interest in working with healthcare professionals to heal from work related trauma and find fulfillment in their career again.
I’m an integrative psychiatrist and psychotherapist who believes in the innate healing power of the mind, body, and spirit. I help adults who struggle with anxiety disorders, mood disorders, ADHD, and PTSD/trauma harness the power of their experiences and emotions to restore self-confidence, reconnect with their purpose, pursue fulfilling relationships, and accomplish their personal and professional goals with joy. I also have a special interest in working with healthcare professionals to heal from work related trauma and find fulfillment in their career again.
(509) 567-3734 View (509) 567-3734
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Katasha Draper
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Kennewick, WA 99336
Resilient Minds Behavioral Health knows asking for help is not an easy thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here and we're doing things differently. As a client at Resilient Minds Behavioral Health, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, and an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider.
Resilient Minds Behavioral Health knows asking for help is not an easy thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here and we're doing things differently. As a client at Resilient Minds Behavioral Health, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, and an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider.
(318) 824-4077 View (318) 824-4077
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Kennewick, WA 99336  (Online Only)
We are board-certified to treat Children and Adults. Accepting new patients via telehealth visits in Washington state for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours are available. Affordable rates. Also accepting some insurance plans.
We are board-certified to treat Children and Adults. Accepting new patients via telehealth visits in Washington state for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours are available. Affordable rates. Also accepting some insurance plans.
(253) 528-7487 View (253) 528-7487
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Mental Health For All Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kennewick, WA 99337  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and I completed my graduate program at Walden University. The services I provide include psychiatric diagnostic evaluations, psychoeducation, as well as an evidence-based practice of medication prescribing and management. As a mental health provider, I value providing psychiatric care that supports holistic wellness of mind, body, and spirit, and greatly appreciate collaboration with other health care providers to ensure an integrated care approach.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and I completed my graduate program at Walden University. The services I provide include psychiatric diagnostic evaluations, psychoeducation, as well as an evidence-based practice of medication prescribing and management. As a mental health provider, I value providing psychiatric care that supports holistic wellness of mind, body, and spirit, and greatly appreciate collaboration with other health care providers to ensure an integrated care approach.
(509) 253-8515 View (509) 253-8515

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Number of Psychiatrists in Richland, WA

10+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in Richland, WA who prioritize treating:

77% Depression
77% Anxiety
77% Trauma and PTSD
77% Medication Management
69% ADHD
69% Bipolar Disorder
54% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

83% Aetna
83% Premera
75% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Richland, WA see their clients

70% In Person and Online
30% Online Only

Gender breakdown

71% Male
29% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Richland?

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.