Psychiatrists in Waukesha County, WI

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Photo of Bobbi Jo Durst, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Waukesha County, WI
Bobbi Jo Durst
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pewaukee, WI 53072
Accepting new patients! My personal goal is to create and provide positive changes in soceity by being an exceptional mental health role model. I use a collaborative approach and current evidence based practice to focus on prevention, treatment and education to promote health and wellness for my patients.
Accepting new patients! My personal goal is to create and provide positive changes in soceity by being an exceptional mental health role model. I use a collaborative approach and current evidence based practice to focus on prevention, treatment and education to promote health and wellness for my patients.
(262) 218-4677 View (262) 218-4677
Photo of Aruna K Tummala, Psychiatrist in Waukesha County, WI
Aruna K Tummala
Psychiatrist, MD, ABIHM
Verified Verified
New Berlin, WI 53151
Heal the body, heal the mind! Chemical imbalance is a myth. Psych drugs are toxic. I'm Dr Aruna, holistic psychiatrist & de-prescription expert. I offer personalized, holistic, natural, side-effect free medicine, a mind-body-spirit approach that removes your specific root cause so you can find health, joy & vitality again! Because ALL mental illness (depresn, anxiety, autism, trauma, bipolar, ADHD, etc) is from neuro-inflammation/degen caused by ONLY 3 root causes- (wrong) diet, trauma and toxins. Remove them to heal! Many video reviews at trinergyhealth.com. Free e-book at Psychiatry2.com. Call 2629556600 if you are ready to heal!
Heal the body, heal the mind! Chemical imbalance is a myth. Psych drugs are toxic. I'm Dr Aruna, holistic psychiatrist & de-prescription expert. I offer personalized, holistic, natural, side-effect free medicine, a mind-body-spirit approach that removes your specific root cause so you can find health, joy & vitality again! Because ALL mental illness (depresn, anxiety, autism, trauma, bipolar, ADHD, etc) is from neuro-inflammation/degen caused by ONLY 3 root causes- (wrong) diet, trauma and toxins. Remove them to heal! Many video reviews at trinergyhealth.com. Free e-book at Psychiatry2.com. Call 2629556600 if you are ready to heal!
(262) 404-4994 View (262) 404-4994
Photo of Ann Barbaro, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Waukesha County, WI
Ann Barbaro
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pewaukee, WI 53072
Accepting New Patients! I consider myself lucky to work in health care at a time when mental health diagnoses are becoming more accepted and better understood in our culture. I firmly believe that optimal health cannot be attained without giving adequate attention to mental health. As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, my goal is to advocate for patients and direct their care with understanding and compassion. My hope is that the care I provide will ease my patients’ struggles and empower them to live to the fullest degree.
Accepting New Patients! I consider myself lucky to work in health care at a time when mental health diagnoses are becoming more accepted and better understood in our culture. I firmly believe that optimal health cannot be attained without giving adequate attention to mental health. As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, my goal is to advocate for patients and direct their care with understanding and compassion. My hope is that the care I provide will ease my patients’ struggles and empower them to live to the fullest degree.
(262) 667-5426 View (262) 667-5426
Photo of Regina Van Gorden, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Waukesha County, WI
Regina Van Gorden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Waukesha, WI 53186  (Online Only)
Hello! I am accepting new patients, treat a variety of mental health conditions and typically have availability within one week. I am skilled in helping people struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD and PTSD find a regimen that works for their unique needs. I have a special interest in helping those struggling with occupational and/or academic stress including first responders, nurses, therapists, teachers and students.
Hello! I am accepting new patients, treat a variety of mental health conditions and typically have availability within one week. I am skilled in helping people struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD and PTSD find a regimen that works for their unique needs. I have a special interest in helping those struggling with occupational and/or academic stress including first responders, nurses, therapists, teachers and students.
(262) 300-5271 View (262) 300-5271
Photo of Lauri Lowenbraun, Psychiatrist in Waukesha County, WI
Lauri Lowenbraun
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Brookfield, WI 53005
Dr. Lauri Lowenbraun is a board certified adult psychiatrist who has been treating patients in the Milwaukee area for over twenty years. Following her residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where she served as Chief Resident, she settled locally to provide care for the psychiatric needs in her community. Dr. Lowenbraun enjoys treating a full range of psychiatric conditions in adults 18 years and older. Her primary focus, however, includes the treatment of all mood and anxiety disorders. She further values the supportive therapeutic alliance she establishes with her patients.
Dr. Lauri Lowenbraun is a board certified adult psychiatrist who has been treating patients in the Milwaukee area for over twenty years. Following her residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where she served as Chief Resident, she settled locally to provide care for the psychiatric needs in her community. Dr. Lowenbraun enjoys treating a full range of psychiatric conditions in adults 18 years and older. Her primary focus, however, includes the treatment of all mood and anxiety disorders. She further values the supportive therapeutic alliance she establishes with her patients.
(262) 588-4099 View (262) 588-4099
Photo of Jerrica Brianne Vaughan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Waukesha County, WI
Jerrica Brianne Vaughan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CPNP, PMHS
Verified Verified
Waukesha, WI 53186
I am a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with a Mental Health Specialty certification. I offer psychological evaluations and provide medication management services for the treatment of anxiety, depression, ADHD, etc. I treat children and adolescents ages 4 through 21.
I am a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with a Mental Health Specialty certification. I offer psychological evaluations and provide medication management services for the treatment of anxiety, depression, ADHD, etc. I treat children and adolescents ages 4 through 21.
(414) 867-7072 View (414) 867-7072
Photo of Ann Barbaro, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Waukesha County, WI
Ann Barbaro
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Pewaukee, WI 53072  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients! I consider myself lucky to work in health care at a time when mental health diagnoses are becoming more accepted and better understood in our culture. I firmly believe that optimal health cannot be attained without giving adequate attention to mental health. As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, my goal is to advocate for patients and direct their care with understanding and compassion. My hope is that the care I provide will ease my patients’ struggles and empower them to live to the fullest degree.
Accepting New Patients! I consider myself lucky to work in health care at a time when mental health diagnoses are becoming more accepted and better understood in our culture. I firmly believe that optimal health cannot be attained without giving adequate attention to mental health. As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, my goal is to advocate for patients and direct their care with understanding and compassion. My hope is that the care I provide will ease my patients’ struggles and empower them to live to the fullest degree.
(262) 587-6075 View (262) 587-6075
Photo of Carolyn Davidson, Psychiatric Nurse in Waukesha County, WI
Carolyn Davidson
Psychiatric Nurse, RN, BSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Elm Grove, WI 53122
Carolyn’s strength is her ability to build a strong rapport with her patients. Effective communication with patients is a priority, and she takes the time with each patient, she ensures all questions and concerns are addressed. She personally strives to make all patients feel respected, welcomed, and valued while treating symptoms and meeting treatment goals.
Carolyn’s strength is her ability to build a strong rapport with her patients. Effective communication with patients is a priority, and she takes the time with each patient, she ensures all questions and concerns are addressed. She personally strives to make all patients feel respected, welcomed, and valued while treating symptoms and meeting treatment goals.
(262) 686-4927 View (262) 686-4927
Photo of Daniel Noll, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Waukesha County, WI
Daniel Noll
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Brookfield, WI 53005
Dr. Noll is a board-certified counselor and psychiatric nurse practitioner at LifeStance Health-Brookfield location. He treats adults who are dealing with a variety of mental health"? struggles including mood and anxiety spectrum disorders. In addition to outpatient psychiatry he worked at Rogers Behavioral Health from 2014-2022 servicing inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs. Prior to 2014, he worked at Bayview Behavioral Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Dr. Noll is a board-certified counselor and psychiatric nurse practitioner at LifeStance Health-Brookfield location. He treats adults who are dealing with a variety of mental health"? struggles including mood and anxiety spectrum disorders. In addition to outpatient psychiatry he worked at Rogers Behavioral Health from 2014-2022 servicing inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs. Prior to 2014, he worked at Bayview Behavioral Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas.
(262) 217-9544 View (262) 217-9544
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Psych Med Management, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse, APNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Brookfield, WI 53005
We are a small group of Advanced Practice Nurse Prescribers specializing in psychiatry and family practice. As psychiatric nurse practitioners, we provide psychiatric assessment, consultation, and treatment. We have specialized expertise in the treatment of anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder across the lifespan. Our primary goal is to provide our clients with an individualized psychiatric assessment, medication management and follow up care.
We are a small group of Advanced Practice Nurse Prescribers specializing in psychiatry and family practice. As psychiatric nurse practitioners, we provide psychiatric assessment, consultation, and treatment. We have specialized expertise in the treatment of anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder across the lifespan. Our primary goal is to provide our clients with an individualized psychiatric assessment, medication management and follow up care.
(262) 806-4398 View (262) 806-4398
Photo of Laura Heidelmeier, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Waukesha County, WI
Laura Heidelmeier
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mukwonago, WI 53149
Laura Heidelmeier is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Wisconsin who has been practicing since 2017. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Marquette University and her Master's degree in Psychiatric Nursing from Alverno College. Laura works with children and adolescents specializing in care for Eating Disorder, Depression, ADHD, OCD, and Anxiety, as well as adults for Eating Disorders. She helps her clients by listening to their needs in order to provide individualized care.
Laura Heidelmeier is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Wisconsin who has been practicing since 2017. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Marquette University and her Master's degree in Psychiatric Nursing from Alverno College. Laura works with children and adolescents specializing in care for Eating Disorder, Depression, ADHD, OCD, and Anxiety, as well as adults for Eating Disorders. She helps her clients by listening to their needs in order to provide individualized care.
(262) 302-3673 View (262) 302-3673
Photo of Chelsea Schwartz, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Waukesha County, WI
Chelsea Schwartz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Pewaukee, WI 53072
We offer the array of psychiatric services and the convenience of telehealth!
We offer the array of psychiatric services and the convenience of telehealth!
(262) 500-4049 View (262) 500-4049
Photo of Raymond Kloss, Psychiatrist in Waukesha County, WI
Raymond Kloss
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Brookfield, WI 53005
Raymond Kloss is a Psychiatrist in Wisconsin who has been practicing since 1992. Raymond treats affective, psychotic, and anxiety disorders in adults. As a specialist in anxiety disorders, he will be working with therapists to help people manage their anxiety to function better in life. Raymond enjoys working with patients to help figure out the best approach and treatment and believes in the combination of medications and therapy. In his free time, Raymond enjoys photography and travel.
Raymond Kloss is a Psychiatrist in Wisconsin who has been practicing since 1992. Raymond treats affective, psychotic, and anxiety disorders in adults. As a specialist in anxiety disorders, he will be working with therapists to help people manage their anxiety to function better in life. Raymond enjoys working with patients to help figure out the best approach and treatment and believes in the combination of medications and therapy. In his free time, Raymond enjoys photography and travel.
(262) 846-5241 View (262) 846-5241
Photo of Robin Coleman, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Waukesha County, WI
Robin Coleman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN
Verified Verified
Brookfield, WI 53005
As a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Prescriber, Robin has been providing psychiatric services to clients of Southeast Wisconsin for 30 years. She along with three colleagues obtained the first independent contract for advanced practice nurse prescribers in southeast Wisconsin. She received her Bachelor's degree from Marquette University, her Graduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Pharmacology education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is state certified in both therapy and as a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner.
As a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Prescriber, Robin has been providing psychiatric services to clients of Southeast Wisconsin for 30 years. She along with three colleagues obtained the first independent contract for advanced practice nurse prescribers in southeast Wisconsin. She received her Bachelor's degree from Marquette University, her Graduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Pharmacology education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is state certified in both therapy and as a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner.
(262) 300-5918 View (262) 300-5918
Hilary Tesch
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Brookfield, WI 53005
Dr. Hilary Tesch is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Wisconsin who has been practicing since 2017. Hilary has a Bachelor's in Nursing from Carroll University, a Master's of Nursing from Alverno College, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Dr. Tesch offers a safe space for clients to have a session focusing on their needs in the moment. Dr. Tesch believes in positive therapeutic rapport, with the client being the expert of their life and needs. Dr. Tesch offers education, therapy, and medication management in all sessions.
Dr. Hilary Tesch is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Wisconsin who has been practicing since 2017. Hilary has a Bachelor's in Nursing from Carroll University, a Master's of Nursing from Alverno College, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Dr. Tesch offers a safe space for clients to have a session focusing on their needs in the moment. Dr. Tesch believes in positive therapeutic rapport, with the client being the expert of their life and needs. Dr. Tesch offers education, therapy, and medication management in all sessions.
(262) 600-3009 View (262) 600-3009
Photo of Mary Pintarro, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Waukesha County, WI
Mary Pintarro
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brookfield, WI 53005  (Online Only)
Scheduling new clients within 2 weeks! I provide supportive psychotherapy and psychiatric medication management. I strive for personalized service for each and every client. I speak candidly about how to be successful in a treatment plan and what the most up to date best practices are for complicated psychiatric disorders. I am licensed in multiple states for those who travel.
Scheduling new clients within 2 weeks! I provide supportive psychotherapy and psychiatric medication management. I strive for personalized service for each and every client. I speak candidly about how to be successful in a treatment plan and what the most up to date best practices are for complicated psychiatric disorders. I am licensed in multiple states for those who travel.
(262) 379-3406 View (262) 379-3406
Photo of Christina Fuchs, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Waukesha County, WI
Christina Fuchs
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pewaukee, WI 53072
Accepting new patients! I am an experienced Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who can diagnose and treat anxiety, ADHD, depression, bipolar, mood disorders, schizophrenia, addiction, sleep disorders, migraines and more across Wisconsin. I also offer telehealth appointments for your convenience!
Accepting new patients! I am an experienced Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who can diagnose and treat anxiety, ADHD, depression, bipolar, mood disorders, schizophrenia, addiction, sleep disorders, migraines and more across Wisconsin. I also offer telehealth appointments for your convenience!
(262) 233-2320 View (262) 233-2320
Photo of Jillian Rouleau, Psychiatric Nurse in Waukesha County, WI
Jillian Rouleau
Psychiatric Nurse, NP, APRN (C
Verified Verified
Brookfield, WI 53005
Dr. Jillian M. Rouleau is a dually board-certified, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of California, Fresno, a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post Graduate Certification from Maryville University, and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice, Family Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Rouleau draws from over 15 years of diverse experience in healthcare and uses up to date evidence-based research and recommendations to guide her practice.
Dr. Jillian M. Rouleau is a dually board-certified, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of California, Fresno, a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post Graduate Certification from Maryville University, and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice, Family Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Rouleau draws from over 15 years of diverse experience in healthcare and uses up to date evidence-based research and recommendations to guide her practice.
(262) 592-5042 View (262) 592-5042
Photo of Jackie Joachim, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Waukesha County, WI
Jackie Joachim
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APNP, FNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Dousman, WI 53118
Board-Certified in both Family Practice and Psychiatric-Mental Health. Highly skilled, compassionate, and solutions-oriented practitioner.  Dedicated to providing exceptional care. Employed by American Behavioral Clinics since 2008 and has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare field.  Ten years as an enlisted member with the United States armed forces.
Board-Certified in both Family Practice and Psychiatric-Mental Health. Highly skilled, compassionate, and solutions-oriented practitioner.  Dedicated to providing exceptional care. Employed by American Behavioral Clinics since 2008 and has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare field.  Ten years as an enlisted member with the United States armed forces.
(262) 476-7259 View (262) 476-7259
Photo of Nicole Bartelt, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Waukesha County, WI
Nicole Bartelt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APNP, ANP-BC, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Elm Grove, WI 53122
Accepting new patients. Nicole focuses on developing trust and therapeutic relationships with the patients and families she works with. She has a strong passion for treating patients holistically. She is dedicated to reducing stigma regarding mental health and helping patients achieve their goals and live full lives. Prior to specializing in mental health, Nicole has practiced as a nurse practitioner in acute care setting for past 8 years.
Accepting new patients. Nicole focuses on developing trust and therapeutic relationships with the patients and families she works with. She has a strong passion for treating patients holistically. She is dedicated to reducing stigma regarding mental health and helping patients achieve their goals and live full lives. Prior to specializing in mental health, Nicole has practiced as a nurse practitioner in acute care setting for past 8 years.
(414) 895-5734 View (414) 895-5734

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Number of Psychiatrists in Waukesha County, WI

30+

Average cost per session

$175

Psychiatrists in Waukesha County, WI who prioritize treating:

97% Depression
88% Medication Management
85% Anxiety
82% ADHD
82% Bipolar Disorder
70% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
64% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

87% Aetna
74% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
68% UMR

How Psychiatrists in Waukesha County, WI see their clients

79% In Person and Online
21% Online Only

Gender breakdown

88% Female
12% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Waukesha 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.