Psychiatrists in Milwaukee County, WI

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Hong Yin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
I specialize in TMS therapy and see individuals for a course of TMS. This stands for transcranial magnetic stimulation and it is FDA approved and endorsed by the American Psychiatric Association. TMS is ideal to consider if a patient has underwent traditional therapy and medication management but they are still struggling with finding relief from their depressive symptoms. Individuals may still struggle with low mood, lack of interest, low energy, difficulty thinking clearly, sleep and appetite disturbances and more. If you are interested in meeting me, please tell the front desk you are interested in TMS to get an appointment.
I specialize in TMS therapy and see individuals for a course of TMS. This stands for transcranial magnetic stimulation and it is FDA approved and endorsed by the American Psychiatric Association. TMS is ideal to consider if a patient has underwent traditional therapy and medication management but they are still struggling with finding relief from their depressive symptoms. Individuals may still struggle with low mood, lack of interest, low energy, difficulty thinking clearly, sleep and appetite disturbances and more. If you are interested in meeting me, please tell the front desk you are interested in TMS to get an appointment.
(262) 404-3696 View (262) 404-3696
Photo of Lake Effect Wellness - Leah Mott, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Milwaukee County, WI
Lake Effect Wellness - Leah Mott
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53212
If you've been struggling with depression, anxiety, or ADHD, let's talk about exploring your options. Oftentimes, adding a medication to your wellness toolbox in addition to holistic practices can help you reach your full potential. I created Lake Effect Wellness in 2020 to provide mental health care to the Milwaukee community. I am passionate about working together with clients to create a personalized journey to mental wellness. When working with clients, I help you connect with your mind, body, and spirit in order to lead a more purposeful and joyful life.
If you've been struggling with depression, anxiety, or ADHD, let's talk about exploring your options. Oftentimes, adding a medication to your wellness toolbox in addition to holistic practices can help you reach your full potential. I created Lake Effect Wellness in 2020 to provide mental health care to the Milwaukee community. I am passionate about working together with clients to create a personalized journey to mental wellness. When working with clients, I help you connect with your mind, body, and spirit in order to lead a more purposeful and joyful life.
(414) 240-9378 View (414) 240-9378
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Balanced Mental Health and Wellness, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, AGPNP
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53223
Not accepting new clients
Dr. Octavia Manuel-Wright is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a broad knowledge of primary care and psychiatric care for ages 10 years and over. She has a special interest in a holistic approach to care that integrates medication, behavioral modifications, dietary changes, and physical activity. She strives to build strong therapeutic relationships with her patients using a patient-centered collaborative care model. ( Octavia is NOT a licensed therapist, she offers medication management for psychiatric conditions)
Dr. Octavia Manuel-Wright is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a broad knowledge of primary care and psychiatric care for ages 10 years and over. She has a special interest in a holistic approach to care that integrates medication, behavioral modifications, dietary changes, and physical activity. She strives to build strong therapeutic relationships with her patients using a patient-centered collaborative care model. ( Octavia is NOT a licensed therapist, she offers medication management for psychiatric conditions)
(414) 376-8830 View (414) 376-8830
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Kristen Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, BSN, RN, APNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Oak Creek, WI 53154
Accepting New Patients. Kristen has over ten years of psychiatric experience across the lifespan and in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She places a large emphasis on including the patient in their own care and treatment. When not at work Kristen loves spending time with her family.
Accepting New Patients. Kristen has over ten years of psychiatric experience across the lifespan and in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She places a large emphasis on including the patient in their own care and treatment. When not at work Kristen loves spending time with her family.
(262) 404-3204 x7 View (262) 404-3204 x7
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Rachel Glick
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
Accepting new patients for med management. Dual Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner Rachel Glick is a dedicated and compassionate dual board-certified nurse practitioner with expertise in both psychiatric/mental health and primary care. As a nurse practitioner since 2007, she has worked in various healthcare settings, including cardiology, primary care, palliative care, and house calls. Treatment Approach: Rachel’s treatment style is client-centered and individualized. She believes in addressing mental health holistically, considering the mind, body, and spirit.
Accepting new patients for med management. Dual Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner Rachel Glick is a dedicated and compassionate dual board-certified nurse practitioner with expertise in both psychiatric/mental health and primary care. As a nurse practitioner since 2007, she has worked in various healthcare settings, including cardiology, primary care, palliative care, and house calls. Treatment Approach: Rachel’s treatment style is client-centered and individualized. She believes in addressing mental health holistically, considering the mind, body, and spirit.
(262) 749-5136 View (262) 749-5136
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TMS Center of Wisconsin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
TMS Center of Wisconsin provides the latest in depression treatments in the Milwaukee area. We are pleased to be able to offer TMS Therapy to our patients. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy is one of the most technologically advanced depression treatments available. This non-invasive, outpatient therapy is FDA cleared and has helped thousands of depression patients who have not received adequate results from antidepressants.
TMS Center of Wisconsin provides the latest in depression treatments in the Milwaukee area. We are pleased to be able to offer TMS Therapy to our patients. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy is one of the most technologically advanced depression treatments available. This non-invasive, outpatient therapy is FDA cleared and has helped thousands of depression patients who have not received adequate results from antidepressants.
(414) 375-2799 View (414) 375-2799
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Amy Dice
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Amy is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Board Certified (PMHNP-BC) serving patients eighteen and older. Her background of more than fifteen years of experience in medicine offers her a wealth of first-hand knowledge, giving her an unmatched skillset in both understanding medical systems and in providing mental health care.
Amy is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Board Certified (PMHNP-BC) serving patients eighteen and older. Her background of more than fifteen years of experience in medicine offers her a wealth of first-hand knowledge, giving her an unmatched skillset in both understanding medical systems and in providing mental health care.
(414) 877-7022 View (414) 877-7022
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Stefanie Bailey
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, BSN, RN, APNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53220
Stefanie provides a comfortable, judgment-free space to discuss patient concerns and formulate a treatment plan that incorporates not only the latest evidence-based approaches but the best plan of care for the patient and their specific circumstances and needs. Her compassion and love for her work with the mental health community shines brightly with her infectious personality and boisterous laugh.
Stefanie provides a comfortable, judgment-free space to discuss patient concerns and formulate a treatment plan that incorporates not only the latest evidence-based approaches but the best plan of care for the patient and their specific circumstances and needs. Her compassion and love for her work with the mental health community shines brightly with her infectious personality and boisterous laugh.
(414) 441-4134 View (414) 441-4134
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Thomas Wright
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53211
Dr Wright engages in wholistic care of children, youth, adults and their families who struggle with emotions and feelings, in much the same way a family physician supports a family in their medical needs. He has over 3 decades of experience helping families understand how to live their lives with fullest potential. He has particular interest in a positive approach to treating individuals with ADHD, depression and other mood disorders. He specializes in issues revolving around gender identity, LGBTQ, addiction, and family struggles. He is able to see patient in office, or virtually.
Dr Wright engages in wholistic care of children, youth, adults and their families who struggle with emotions and feelings, in much the same way a family physician supports a family in their medical needs. He has over 3 decades of experience helping families understand how to live their lives with fullest potential. He has particular interest in a positive approach to treating individuals with ADHD, depression and other mood disorders. He specializes in issues revolving around gender identity, LGBTQ, addiction, and family struggles. He is able to see patient in office, or virtually.
(414) 348-0296 View (414) 348-0296
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Stella M Mahaga
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APNP, RN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greenfield, WI 53228
I am passionate about providing excellent, compassionate, respectful and culturally sensitive care. I embraces individuality and diversity while fostering resilience. My practice style is integrative. I value accountability, collaboration, patient input, safety and quality. I view myself as a partner in my patients wellness journey.
I am passionate about providing excellent, compassionate, respectful and culturally sensitive care. I embraces individuality and diversity while fostering resilience. My practice style is integrative. I value accountability, collaboration, patient input, safety and quality. I view myself as a partner in my patients wellness journey.
(262) 300-8161 View (262) 300-8161
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Tulaya Wellness - Kate Meine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, CNM
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Not accepting new clients
I am passionate about working with people to reach their full potential. I help people reconnect to their mental and physical health. I am trained as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner as well as a Certified Nurse Midwife. My care philosophy integrates mental and physical health for highly individualized treatment in a non-judgmental and empathetic space. A thorough medical and psychiatric history will be obtained and together we will decide the best treatment options.
I am passionate about working with people to reach their full potential. I help people reconnect to their mental and physical health. I am trained as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner as well as a Certified Nurse Midwife. My care philosophy integrates mental and physical health for highly individualized treatment in a non-judgmental and empathetic space. A thorough medical and psychiatric history will be obtained and together we will decide the best treatment options.
(414) 206-1643 View (414) 206-1643
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Mark Bender
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Milwaukee, WI 53211  (Online Only)
I graduated from USC in 1988. With over 35 years of experience as a physician assistant in a variety of health care settings, I am committed to the whole person concept and improving the quality of life of patients with complex medical conditions and their family members in various settings. My goal is to help patients from all walks of life navigate their complex world by listening to them in order to live a healthier and well-balanced life.
I graduated from USC in 1988. With over 35 years of experience as a physician assistant in a variety of health care settings, I am committed to the whole person concept and improving the quality of life of patients with complex medical conditions and their family members in various settings. My goal is to help patients from all walks of life navigate their complex world by listening to them in order to live a healthier and well-balanced life.
(920) 945-6188 View (920) 945-6188
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Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53202
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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Melissa Jackson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN (C
Verified Verified
Franklin, WI 53132
Melissa Jackson is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner practicing in Wisconsin since 2020. Melissa has a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from Carroll College and a Master's of Science in Nursing from Maryville University. She has experience providing care in a variety of settings including inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization programs, intensive outpatient programs and outpatient. Melissa believes in developing a therapeutic relationship and including the client in all treatment decisions.
Melissa Jackson is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner practicing in Wisconsin since 2020. Melissa has a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from Carroll College and a Master's of Science in Nursing from Maryville University. She has experience providing care in a variety of settings including inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization programs, intensive outpatient programs and outpatient. Melissa believes in developing a therapeutic relationship and including the client in all treatment decisions.
(262) 228-2764 View (262) 228-2764
Photo of Lisa Calabrese, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Milwaukee County, WI
Lisa Calabrese
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN (C
Verified Verified
Glendale, WI 53209
Lisa Calabrese is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Wisconsin who has been practicing since 2018. She has a Bachelor of arts in human geography from UW Madison, a Bachelor of science in nursing from UW Oshkosh, and a Master's of science in nursing from Alverno College. Lisa practices a compassionate, holistic, and trauma-informed approach to mental health care. She wants to help her clients identify their strengths and improve their mental health from multiple angles, with a focus on healthy lifestyle.
Lisa Calabrese is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Wisconsin who has been practicing since 2018. She has a Bachelor of arts in human geography from UW Madison, a Bachelor of science in nursing from UW Oshkosh, and a Master's of science in nursing from Alverno College. Lisa practices a compassionate, holistic, and trauma-informed approach to mental health care. She wants to help her clients identify their strengths and improve their mental health from multiple angles, with a focus on healthy lifestyle.
(414) 626-1251 View (414) 626-1251
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Heather Sanders
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, LPC, CSAC
Verified Verified
Glendale, WI 53209
Heather D. Sanders is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) as well as a Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor. She received her Master's Degree from Springfield College in Community Counseling. She has been providing therapeutic services since 2013. Heather works with children starting at 8 years old, adults and families. She has experience with patients seeking to address issues with depression, anxiety, ADHD, addiction, parenting issues, stress management and social skills training. Her approach is encouraging, non-judgmental and respectful.
Heather D. Sanders is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) as well as a Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor. She received her Master's Degree from Springfield College in Community Counseling. She has been providing therapeutic services since 2013. Heather works with children starting at 8 years old, adults and families. She has experience with patients seeking to address issues with depression, anxiety, ADHD, addiction, parenting issues, stress management and social skills training. Her approach is encouraging, non-judgmental and respectful.
(414) 420-9345 View (414) 420-9345
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Bienestar Psychiatric Services LLC- Maryan Torres
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53202  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients-no wait times and flexible scheduling. Maryan is Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has experience treating adults, children, and families. She is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services and takes a holistic approach to treating the overall person. She follows evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience, personal observation, and intuition.
Accepting new patients-no wait times and flexible scheduling. Maryan is Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has experience treating adults, children, and families. She is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services and takes a holistic approach to treating the overall person. She follows evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience, personal observation, and intuition.
(262) 300-7277 View (262) 300-7277
Photo of Sarah Wawrzyniak, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Milwaukee County, WI
Sarah Wawrzyniak
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Milwaukee, WI 53202  (Online Only)
I have a passion for Healing. From an early age, I was drawn to the intricate tapestry of the human mind. This passion led me to pursue a career in Psychiatry, where I have dedicated myself to understanding and addressing the diverse challenges that individuals face in their mental health journeys. I enjoy treating children and adults with depression, anxiety, bipolar, ADHD, trauma, and eating disorders.
I have a passion for Healing. From an early age, I was drawn to the intricate tapestry of the human mind. This passion led me to pursue a career in Psychiatry, where I have dedicated myself to understanding and addressing the diverse challenges that individuals face in their mental health journeys. I enjoy treating children and adults with depression, anxiety, bipolar, ADHD, trauma, and eating disorders.
(262) 300-5346 View (262) 300-5346
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Wisconsin Healthcare Network
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wauwatosa, WI 53222
We strive to improve the mental wellbeing of each person with whom we come in contact with by providing holistic care. “We aspire to bring Excellence for Extraordinary People”
We strive to improve the mental wellbeing of each person with whom we come in contact with by providing holistic care. “We aspire to bring Excellence for Extraordinary People”
(414) 310-6602 View (414) 310-6602
Photo of Cup Of Tea Psychiatry- Rachel Jones, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Milwaukee County, WI
Cup Of Tea Psychiatry- Rachel Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53207
I intentionally keep my patient panel small, so the length of our appointment time can be as long as it takes for you to feel your story has been heard and understood! I specialize in Integrative Psychiatry, meaning I not only prescribe medication, I also offer advanced lab testing and pharmaceutical grade supplementation. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, mood concerns, trauma, or ADHD, we will create a plan tailored to your individual needs.
I intentionally keep my patient panel small, so the length of our appointment time can be as long as it takes for you to feel your story has been heard and understood! I specialize in Integrative Psychiatry, meaning I not only prescribe medication, I also offer advanced lab testing and pharmaceutical grade supplementation. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, mood concerns, trauma, or ADHD, we will create a plan tailored to your individual needs.
(414) 509-1925 View (414) 509-1925

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Number of Psychiatrists in Milwaukee County, WI

70+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Milwaukee County, WI who prioritize treating:

97% Anxiety
96% Depression
84% Trauma and PTSD
79% Bipolar Disorder
77% ADHD
77% Medication Management
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

88% Aetna
77% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
65% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Milwaukee County, WI see their clients

88% In Person and Online
12% Online Only

Gender breakdown

78% Female
22% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Milwaukee County?

The Psychology Today Directory enables you to search specifically for psychiatrists, using the drop down provider menu in the navigation bar, by city or zip code, or by the name of the psychiatrist. Search results provide detailed profiles of professionals, including their treatment approach and areas of expertise. In addition, listings provide important information about each psychiatrist’s credentials, fees, payment options, and insurance affiliations. Directory users can select psychiatrists who meet an array of personally-desired criteria, such as familiarity with a specific community or condition.

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

Psychiatrists are medical specialists who focus on understanding, diagnosing, and treating diseases of the brain and disorders of the mind and behavior. As physicians, psychiatrists are trained to recognize the often-subtle biological causes of mental disorders and to monitor the effects of mental disturbances on physical conditions, such as heart disease. Psychologists are especially attuned to the influence of early experience on development and behavior, emotional and cognitive processes, the nature of personality, and social functioning. They are also trained to deploy an array of psychological tests—IQ tests, personality tests, behavioral assessments—to gauge a person’s functioning.

What is a psychiatric nurse practitioner?

A psychiatric nurse practitioner, also known as a mental health nurse practitioner, is a registered nurse who completes advanced training in psychiatric care, earning either a master’s or doctoral degree in psychiatric nursing, and in the U.S., passes a national certification exam. Like psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health conditions. In some locales, psychiatric nurse practitioners can offer the full range of psychiatric care, including prescribing and managing medication. In other places, they must work in collaboration with a physician.

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed psychiatrist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and counselors. All psychiatrists listed in the directory have a valid license issued by the state(s) in which they practice and are certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some individuals or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

Can a psychiatrist prescribe medication?

Psychiatrists are licensed medical doctors who are trained to recognize the many ways body processes affect the functioning of the brain and mind. As physicians, they can prescribe medication. Patients who are prescribed medications will typically need to continue to see a psychiatrist so that the effects of the medication can be monitored. For many psychiatric conditions, including common disorders such as anxiety and depression, the preferred treatment is combination therapy—medication accompanied by psychotherapy.

Do psychiatrists offer therapy?

Psychiatrists are generally trained in a number of treatment modalities, including psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, and, increasingly, somatic therapies. Typically, psychiatrists make a diagnosis and determine a course of treatment based on chemical or biological factors, using lab tests, brain scans and physical and psychological evaluations. While psychotherapy may be used in the first session to aid in diagnosis, it is not typically utilized in subsequent visits. In fact, after the introductory session, most sessions with a psychiatrist may only be 15-20 minutes in length and are largely focused on medication management. Many psychiatrists who do not offer psychotherapy work collaboratively with psychologists and other mental health clinicians and can refer clients seeking talk therapy to those providers.

How do I know if I need a psychiatrist or a therapist?

It is not always easy to know which type of mental health practitioner to choose. Many people are unaware of the root of their mental or behavioral problem. One way many people learn which type of care is best for them is by seeing their primary care provider first. Depending on the nature and severity of the symptoms, the physician may review their medical history or perform medical tests to determine whether biological factors are involved before making a referral. It is not necessary for a person to know precisely what type of care they need in order to seek help. Many psychiatrists and psychologists refer clients to each other depending on client needs.

Do I need a referral to see a psychiatrist?

A referral to a psychiatrist is often not required. However, seeing your primary care physician first can be helpful and actually prove to be a shortcut to getting what you need. Your PCP may have a clear idea whether psychiatric help is needed and/or which kind of mental health care would be most beneficial and refer you to the right type of practitioner. For that reason alone, some psychiatrists require a referral. Further, many insurance plans require a referral from a PCP if they cover all of part of the cost of seeing a specialist; if, however, you are paying out of pocket, you may not need a referral. In any case, a referral may speed the process of securing an appointment with a psychiatrist, especially in areas where there is a shortage of mental health specialists and new patients face long waits for appointments.