Psychiatrists in 10022

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Anil Thomas
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10022  (Online Only)
Dr. Thomas collaborates with clinicians like psychiatrists, psychologists, and therapists who may have clients struggling with addiction. He can help with "low dose initiation," pain and addiction, methadone to buprenorphine conversions, and medication assisted treatment (MAT).
Dr. Thomas collaborates with clinicians like psychiatrists, psychologists, and therapists who may have clients struggling with addiction. He can help with "low dose initiation," pain and addiction, methadone to buprenorphine conversions, and medication assisted treatment (MAT).
(929) 499-0706 View (929) 499-0706
Tri America Health and Wellness
Psychiatrist, MD, LCSW, LCADC
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10022  (Online Only)
Rediscover your happiness in a safe space! Tri America offers in-person visits in NJ and telehealth visits in 15 states. Services include individual & family counseling for children, adolescents, and adults, medication management, school testing for ADHD & TMS treatment for depression. Evening and weekend hours available. Call today to learn more.
Rediscover your happiness in a safe space! Tri America offers in-person visits in NJ and telehealth visits in 15 states. Services include individual & family counseling for children, adolescents, and adults, medication management, school testing for ADHD & TMS treatment for depression. Evening and weekend hours available. Call today to learn more.
(201) 347-1447 View (201) 347-1447
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Valerie Mildeberger
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10022
I am a Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist. I trained in psychiatry at Westchester Medical Center and completed a Fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. I am on the faculty at The Albert Einstein College of Medicine where I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. I have served as a hospital psychiatrist as well as an emergency room psychiatrist which provides me with a wide breadth of experience in the field of behavioral medicine.
I am a Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist. I trained in psychiatry at Westchester Medical Center and completed a Fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. I am on the faculty at The Albert Einstein College of Medicine where I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. I have served as a hospital psychiatrist as well as an emergency room psychiatrist which provides me with a wide breadth of experience in the field of behavioral medicine.
(212) 808-8010 View (212) 808-8010
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Phillip E. Romero, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10022
You’ve achieved conventional success. Despite being financially stable with a family or successful career, you feel overwhelmed. Stress is constant. You feel out of control. So many things seem wrong (when they should be right). It’s so hard to communicate how you feel. Little disappointments trigger big stress. No matter how hard you try, it’s never enough. You feel like a hostage to your own life. Is this burnout?
You’ve achieved conventional success. Despite being financially stable with a family or successful career, you feel overwhelmed. Stress is constant. You feel out of control. So many things seem wrong (when they should be right). It’s so hard to communicate how you feel. Little disappointments trigger big stress. No matter how hard you try, it’s never enough. You feel like a hostage to your own life. Is this burnout?
(646) 600-8199 View (646) 600-8199
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Manhattan Psychiatrist
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10022
I am a thorough and insightful psychiatrist, specializing in the care of adults in NYC and the surrounding communities. I am Board Certified in Psychiatry and Clinical Neurology and I am a member of the American Psychiatric Association. I have extensive experience in the ADD / ADHD treatment.
I am a thorough and insightful psychiatrist, specializing in the care of adults in NYC and the surrounding communities. I am Board Certified in Psychiatry and Clinical Neurology and I am a member of the American Psychiatric Association. I have extensive experience in the ADD / ADHD treatment.
(917) 809-5355 View (917) 809-5355
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Brenda Kibola
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10022
When life feels clouded by depression or anxiety, it can seem like the joyful world you once knew is just out of reach. It's like a puzzle piece is missing, but it's hard to figure out which one. I've heard this from many clients, and together we've managed to fill in those gaps. We've addressed conditions like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, and peripartum disorders using a blend of medication and therapy. If it aligns with your beliefs, we can incorporate Christian Biblical principles into your treatment. Let's work collaboratively to rediscover the joy and peace in your world.
When life feels clouded by depression or anxiety, it can seem like the joyful world you once knew is just out of reach. It's like a puzzle piece is missing, but it's hard to figure out which one. I've heard this from many clients, and together we've managed to fill in those gaps. We've addressed conditions like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, and peripartum disorders using a blend of medication and therapy. If it aligns with your beliefs, we can incorporate Christian Biblical principles into your treatment. Let's work collaboratively to rediscover the joy and peace in your world.
(646) 681-4541 View (646) 681-4541
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Christine Garcia
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CPNP-PC, PMHS
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10022
When a child is struggling, it is vitally important to uncover the correct cause. The process or journey should enable a child to take part and gain mastery over the issue. Equally important is identifying all those that should assist with the child an important part of the journey. Christine Garcia considers herself a provider and advocate, but mainly a facilitator. Identifying and negotiating all the settings your child is a part of, getting them to align are essential for a child to grow and flourish. This can only be achieved through open communication and active participation of everyone in this process.
When a child is struggling, it is vitally important to uncover the correct cause. The process or journey should enable a child to take part and gain mastery over the issue. Equally important is identifying all those that should assist with the child an important part of the journey. Christine Garcia considers herself a provider and advocate, but mainly a facilitator. Identifying and negotiating all the settings your child is a part of, getting them to align are essential for a child to grow and flourish. This can only be achieved through open communication and active participation of everyone in this process.
(646) 798-5389 View (646) 798-5389
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Addiction Psychiatrist NYC - Stephen Gilman, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10022
Helping motivated individuals overcome substance use, drug abuse, addiction alcohol, even if failed in the past. Being an addiction psychiatrist, I’ll treat any other psychiatric issues, depression, anxiety - including those in stable recovery. Are you always a little bit afraid that another relapse to your substance is waiting just around the corner? Have you tried and failed countless times to stop your use on your own? Have you gone to other clinicians for addiction treatment, but had relapsed or worsening depression, anxiety, relationship and job consequences? This is how an addiction psychiatrist excels in addiction treatment.
Helping motivated individuals overcome substance use, drug abuse, addiction alcohol, even if failed in the past. Being an addiction psychiatrist, I’ll treat any other psychiatric issues, depression, anxiety - including those in stable recovery. Are you always a little bit afraid that another relapse to your substance is waiting just around the corner? Have you tried and failed countless times to stop your use on your own? Have you gone to other clinicians for addiction treatment, but had relapsed or worsening depression, anxiety, relationship and job consequences? This is how an addiction psychiatrist excels in addiction treatment.
(646) 736-4362 View (646) 736-4362
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Edmund Griffin MD PhD
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10022
I am an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University. I specialize in the treatment of mood, anxiety, and ADHD disorders --particularly when associated with compulsive behaviors such as drug, alcohol or sex addiction. While I use diagnosis as a guidepost for evidenced-based recommendations, I believe strongly that diagnosis should not define you, or the work that we do together. I want to understand you as a person, your values, and your goals, so that we can develop an treatment that helps you to go beyond symptom management, to obtain your optimal sense of well-being and performance.
I am an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University. I specialize in the treatment of mood, anxiety, and ADHD disorders --particularly when associated with compulsive behaviors such as drug, alcohol or sex addiction. While I use diagnosis as a guidepost for evidenced-based recommendations, I believe strongly that diagnosis should not define you, or the work that we do together. I want to understand you as a person, your values, and your goals, so that we can develop an treatment that helps you to go beyond symptom management, to obtain your optimal sense of well-being and performance.
(646) 798-7936 View (646) 798-7936
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Eryn Oberlander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10022
Board Certified NYS Licensed Yale and Columbia educated psychiatrist and graduate of Amherst College Summa Cum Laude Phi Beta Kappa. I specialize in freeing smart professionals from self-sabotaging emotional and behavioral patterns inhibiting success. If you are desiring to increase your satisfaction in work and personal relationships, wanting to identify your purpose and create joy, aiming to release habits that leak time and energy, wishing to transcend a childhood history of poor emotional parenting now interfering with bringing out your best ... My psychotherapy is transformational psychoeducation and I restore through re-story.
Board Certified NYS Licensed Yale and Columbia educated psychiatrist and graduate of Amherst College Summa Cum Laude Phi Beta Kappa. I specialize in freeing smart professionals from self-sabotaging emotional and behavioral patterns inhibiting success. If you are desiring to increase your satisfaction in work and personal relationships, wanting to identify your purpose and create joy, aiming to release habits that leak time and energy, wishing to transcend a childhood history of poor emotional parenting now interfering with bringing out your best ... My psychotherapy is transformational psychoeducation and I restore through re-story.
(646) 846-6148 View (646) 846-6148
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Derek Blevins
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10022
I am a board-certified adult psychiatrist and addiction psychiatrist. I completed training at the University of Virginia and Columbia University. I hold positions as an Assistant Professor at Columbia and a Research Psychiatrist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. I have experience treating depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, ADHD/ADD, OCD, thought disorders, and addictions (including alcohol, opioids, stimulants, and cannabis). I can offer psychotherapy to some patients or will work closely with your current therapist. I directly supervise the psychotherapy practice of Bryan Leach, LMSW.
I am a board-certified adult psychiatrist and addiction psychiatrist. I completed training at the University of Virginia and Columbia University. I hold positions as an Assistant Professor at Columbia and a Research Psychiatrist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. I have experience treating depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, ADHD/ADD, OCD, thought disorders, and addictions (including alcohol, opioids, stimulants, and cannabis). I can offer psychotherapy to some patients or will work closely with your current therapist. I directly supervise the psychotherapy practice of Bryan Leach, LMSW.
(914) 996-4641 View (914) 996-4641
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Jena Jamison
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10022  (Online Only)
I help patients work with tools to recover, reset, and heal; focusing on wellness from the inside out. I emphasize integrative medicine, including psychotherapy, traditional labwork, additional laboratory testing, supplement recommendations, targeted lifestyle changes, and medication.
I help patients work with tools to recover, reset, and heal; focusing on wellness from the inside out. I emphasize integrative medicine, including psychotherapy, traditional labwork, additional laboratory testing, supplement recommendations, targeted lifestyle changes, and medication.
(929) 605-5419 View (929) 605-5419
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Aimee Bensimhon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10022  (Online Only)
Aimee is passionate about helping her patients thrive and strive for mental wellness while achieving their personal goals. She adopts a genuine and nonjudgmental approach to her practice to foster a safe and comfortable therapeutic space. She uses a person-centered approach while incorporating a good balance between psychotherapy, exploring lifestyle enhancements, and recommending medication.
Aimee is passionate about helping her patients thrive and strive for mental wellness while achieving their personal goals. She adopts a genuine and nonjudgmental approach to her practice to foster a safe and comfortable therapeutic space. She uses a person-centered approach while incorporating a good balance between psychotherapy, exploring lifestyle enhancements, and recommending medication.
(201) 351-2732 View (201) 351-2732
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Christopher Zeoli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10022  (Online Only)
Christopher holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree in Mental Health/Psychiatric Nursing, from Stony Brook University, and is a board-certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He has extensive clinical experience and has worked in various psychiatric and mental health care settings, both inpatient and outpatient, seeing patients across the lifespan.
Christopher holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree in Mental Health/Psychiatric Nursing, from Stony Brook University, and is a board-certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He has extensive clinical experience and has worked in various psychiatric and mental health care settings, both inpatient and outpatient, seeing patients across the lifespan.
(646) 588-1463 View (646) 588-1463
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Renee Koval
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10022  (Online Only)
Renee has worked in the mental health field for most of her life. First as a psychiatric nurse, and then as a psychiatric nurse practitioner, capable of working with clients throughout the life cycle. In 2014, Renee was the first nurse in the nation to complete a psychiatric nurse practitioner residency program in a Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Renee received her Doctor of Nursing Practice in 2015 from the Medical University of South Carolina. She enjoys clinical work and teaching and has held academic positions and is currently the director of a training program for psychiatric nurse practitioners.
Renee has worked in the mental health field for most of her life. First as a psychiatric nurse, and then as a psychiatric nurse practitioner, capable of working with clients throughout the life cycle. In 2014, Renee was the first nurse in the nation to complete a psychiatric nurse practitioner residency program in a Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Renee received her Doctor of Nursing Practice in 2015 from the Medical University of South Carolina. She enjoys clinical work and teaching and has held academic positions and is currently the director of a training program for psychiatric nurse practitioners.
(929) 294-8674 View (929) 294-8674
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Thrive Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10022
Do you feel like you're constantly struggling to keep up, juggling the demands of work, home, and personal life, yet never quite catching up? Are you overwhelmed by the relentless pace, feeling lost in a sea of responsibilities that seems to grow by the day? It's a shared experience for many, where the pressure to perform perfectly in every aspect of life leads to deep-seated anxiety and a loss of one's sense of self. Ignoring these feelings can lead to a downward spiral of stress and emotional exhaustion. Remember, you're not alone in this struggle. It's crucial to acknowledge these challenges to find a path to peace and balance.
Do you feel like you're constantly struggling to keep up, juggling the demands of work, home, and personal life, yet never quite catching up? Are you overwhelmed by the relentless pace, feeling lost in a sea of responsibilities that seems to grow by the day? It's a shared experience for many, where the pressure to perform perfectly in every aspect of life leads to deep-seated anxiety and a loss of one's sense of self. Ignoring these feelings can lead to a downward spiral of stress and emotional exhaustion. Remember, you're not alone in this struggle. It's crucial to acknowledge these challenges to find a path to peace and balance.
(715) 317-5466 View (715) 317-5466
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Diana Bleyan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10022  (Online Only)
Dr. Bleyan is a double board certified psychiatrist in general psychiatry and integrative psychiatry who is providing tele-psychiatry services to patients in Florida, California and New York. In the first 60 minute initial consultation she takes an in-depth, holistic approach to your mental health providing the highest quality patient care. Dr. Bleyan's areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, PTSD, sleep disorders, mood disorders, OCD, adjustment disorder, medication management, psychotherapy, supplements, natural remedies and mind-body wellness.
Dr. Bleyan is a double board certified psychiatrist in general psychiatry and integrative psychiatry who is providing tele-psychiatry services to patients in Florida, California and New York. In the first 60 minute initial consultation she takes an in-depth, holistic approach to your mental health providing the highest quality patient care. Dr. Bleyan's areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, PTSD, sleep disorders, mood disorders, OCD, adjustment disorder, medication management, psychotherapy, supplements, natural remedies and mind-body wellness.
(562) 573-6986 View (562) 573-6986
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Miranda Maldonado
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10022  (Online Only)
Miranda Carina Maldonado is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Miranda has experience working with adults from diverse backgrounds and believes the key to wellness is a balance of the mind, body, and soul. Clients go to Miranda looking for a provider that believes in fostering a therapeutic relationship built on mutual trust and collaboration where they can expect to be heard, validated, supported, and respected. As a provider, she strives to support her clients so they can achieve healthy, fulfilling lives with meaning and purpose.
Miranda Carina Maldonado is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Miranda has experience working with adults from diverse backgrounds and believes the key to wellness is a balance of the mind, body, and soul. Clients go to Miranda looking for a provider that believes in fostering a therapeutic relationship built on mutual trust and collaboration where they can expect to be heard, validated, supported, and respected. As a provider, she strives to support her clients so they can achieve healthy, fulfilling lives with meaning and purpose.
(646) 970-9974 View (646) 970-9974
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Uzoamaka Orji
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
New York, NY 10022  (Online Only)
Amaka Orji has several years of experience working in community mental health. Her skill set focuses on the major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and ADHD. Amaka encourages clients to approach their mental health holistically and thinking outside the box.
Amaka Orji has several years of experience working in community mental health. Her skill set focuses on the major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and ADHD. Amaka encourages clients to approach their mental health holistically and thinking outside the box.
(201) 500-2388 View (201) 500-2388
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Ashley Mathai
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10022  (Online Only)
Ashley Mathai is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Ashley partners with her patients to help them achieve their goals by providing holistic, personalized mental health care. During sessions, patients can expect active listening, respect, empathy, collaboration, and, most importantly, trust. She aims to support her patients so they can have holistic, culturally competent, wellness-focused services.
Ashley Mathai is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Ashley partners with her patients to help them achieve their goals by providing holistic, personalized mental health care. During sessions, patients can expect active listening, respect, empathy, collaboration, and, most importantly, trust. She aims to support her patients so they can have holistic, culturally competent, wellness-focused services.
(646) 798-4350 View (646) 798-4350

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 10022

70+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in 10022 who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
95% Depression
82% Medication Management
69% ADHD
69% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
65% Sleep or Insomnia
61% Stress

Average years in practice

14 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

88% Cigna and Evernorth
86% Aetna
84% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 10022 see their clients

64% In Person and Online
36% Online Only

Gender breakdown

58% Female
42% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 10022?

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.