Psychiatrists in 19041

Photo of Meghan N. Starner, Psychiatrist in 19041, PA
Meghan N. Starner
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Haverford, PA 19041
I am a double ABPN board certified psychiatrist in private practice specializing in both Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Adult Psychiatry. I offer individualized, compassionate, comprehensive psychiatric treatment using a combination of psychotherapy and medication management. I treat patients across the life span, from early elementary school age to older adults. In addition to providing ongoing care for patients and their families, I am also available for consultation and second opinion evaluations. Telehealth appointments are available.
I am a double ABPN board certified psychiatrist in private practice specializing in both Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Adult Psychiatry. I offer individualized, compassionate, comprehensive psychiatric treatment using a combination of psychotherapy and medication management. I treat patients across the life span, from early elementary school age to older adults. In addition to providing ongoing care for patients and their families, I am also available for consultation and second opinion evaluations. Telehealth appointments are available.
(610) 854-8667 View (610) 854-8667
Photo of Antony Krumbhaar, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 19041, PA
Antony Krumbhaar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Haverford, PA 19041
Tony Krumbhaar is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2016. He earned a BA in Psychology, a BSN in Nursing, and an MSN in Psychiatric-Mental Health from the University of Pennsylvania. Tony believes that we all have a unique background that contributes to our well-being through our family history, upbringing, and the experiences that we have in life.
Tony Krumbhaar is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2016. He earned a BA in Psychology, a BSN in Nursing, and an MSN in Psychiatric-Mental Health from the University of Pennsylvania. Tony believes that we all have a unique background that contributes to our well-being through our family history, upbringing, and the experiences that we have in life.
(484) 603-3987 View (484) 603-3987
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Tiffany Daye-Lee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Haverford, PA 19041
Dr. Tiffany Daye-Lee is a Doctor of Nursing Practice and a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She treats conditions such as depression, anxiety, insomnia and other mood disorders. After over 10 years of working as a psychiatric registered nurse, Dr. Daye-Lee earned her master's degree in Nursing Administration at Thomas Edison State University. She then earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at Chatham University followed by her post-master's degree at Wilkes University. Dr. Daye-Lee believes in a holistic treatment approach based on evidence-based practice and patient centered-care.
Dr. Tiffany Daye-Lee is a Doctor of Nursing Practice and a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She treats conditions such as depression, anxiety, insomnia and other mood disorders. After over 10 years of working as a psychiatric registered nurse, Dr. Daye-Lee earned her master's degree in Nursing Administration at Thomas Edison State University. She then earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at Chatham University followed by her post-master's degree at Wilkes University. Dr. Daye-Lee believes in a holistic treatment approach based on evidence-based practice and patient centered-care.
(484) 613-3409 View (484) 613-3409
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Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Haverford, PA 19041
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
(215) 309-9215 View (215) 309-9215
Photo of Maria Francisco-Solon, Psychiatrist in 19041, PA
Maria Francisco-Solon
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Haverford, PA 19041
Dr. Francisco-Solon is a Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who worked at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for 14 years in many different capacities. She spent most of her time in the outpatient faculty practice, wherein she assumed clinical and leadership role as Interim Medical Director. She provided clinical supervision for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellows, as well as teaching and supervising medical students and rotating residents from the Adult Psychiatry program at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Francisco-Solon is a Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who worked at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for 14 years in many different capacities. She spent most of her time in the outpatient faculty practice, wherein she assumed clinical and leadership role as Interim Medical Director. She provided clinical supervision for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellows, as well as teaching and supervising medical students and rotating residents from the Adult Psychiatry program at the University of Pennsylvania.
(267) 863-7080 View (267) 863-7080
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Dr. Michael Rosen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Haverford, PA 19041
The ideal client is quite simply someone who truly wants help. Someone who is willing to work where the goal is to live the best life, reach the goals one seeks, and to enjoy the journey. The details of how that is done of course depends on the individual's station at the time one seeks help.
The ideal client is quite simply someone who truly wants help. Someone who is willing to work where the goal is to live the best life, reach the goals one seeks, and to enjoy the journey. The details of how that is done of course depends on the individual's station at the time one seeks help.
(484) 946-3864 View (484) 946-3864
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Edena Walden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified
Haverford, PA 19041
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
(484) 559-8368 View (484) 559-8368
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Nichelle Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
Haverford, PA 19041
My ideal client is dealing with a mental concern that is causing them distress that they are seeking relief from. They are looking for someone who will listen to their concerns and work with them to develop an individualized treatment plan that aligns with their unique goals. They seek a safe, nonjudgmental environment with a trustworthy provider to deliver quality care. Hi, my name is Nichelle and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have over 10 years of clinical experience in treating psychiatric disorders and specialize in treating major depression, anxiety disorder, mood disorders, PTSD & ADHD.
My ideal client is dealing with a mental concern that is causing them distress that they are seeking relief from. They are looking for someone who will listen to their concerns and work with them to develop an individualized treatment plan that aligns with their unique goals. They seek a safe, nonjudgmental environment with a trustworthy provider to deliver quality care. Hi, my name is Nichelle and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have over 10 years of clinical experience in treating psychiatric disorders and specialize in treating major depression, anxiety disorder, mood disorders, PTSD & ADHD.
(484) 739-8136 View (484) 739-8136
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Sosunmolu O Shoyinka
Psychiatrist, MD, MBA, DFAPA
Verified
Haverford, PA 19041
I work best clients who are experiencing anxiety, depression, stress or trauma-related conditions, are motivated, willing to engage in treatment and work towards their own recovery. I typically collaborate with other clinicians involved in the care of such individuals. This may include therapists, primary care physicians and specialists. Lifestyle modifications are often integral to improvement.
I work best clients who are experiencing anxiety, depression, stress or trauma-related conditions, are motivated, willing to engage in treatment and work towards their own recovery. I typically collaborate with other clinicians involved in the care of such individuals. This may include therapists, primary care physicians and specialists. Lifestyle modifications are often integral to improvement.
(267) 762-1692 View (267) 762-1692
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Sheil Jourdain
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Haverford, PA 19041  (Online Only)
Virtual Appts for "All of Pennsylvania" I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who provides a holistic approach in the treatment of mental challenges and conditions. I specialize in the treatment of adults in providing motivational talk psychotherapy, medication management, consulting, and alternative treatments when applicable. I develop comprehensive and thorough treatment plans. I am eager and excited to assist patients in achieving their individual goals for their mental health. I like to work alongside my patients as a guide to help them decide the best treatment options for their diagnosis.
Virtual Appts for "All of Pennsylvania" I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who provides a holistic approach in the treatment of mental challenges and conditions. I specialize in the treatment of adults in providing motivational talk psychotherapy, medication management, consulting, and alternative treatments when applicable. I develop comprehensive and thorough treatment plans. I am eager and excited to assist patients in achieving their individual goals for their mental health. I like to work alongside my patients as a guide to help them decide the best treatment options for their diagnosis.
(484) 370-4655 View (484) 370-4655
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Harmony Bay
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Haverford, PA 19041
Harmony Bay Wellness is a psychiatry and therapy office that provides primary mental health treatment programs for psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and ADHD. We offer a clean, bright environment with a calming and positive tone. We offer programs and services for both therapy and psychiatry including individual therapy, group therapy, couples therapy, and medication management.
Harmony Bay Wellness is a psychiatry and therapy office that provides primary mental health treatment programs for psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and ADHD. We offer a clean, bright environment with a calming and positive tone. We offer programs and services for both therapy and psychiatry including individual therapy, group therapy, couples therapy, and medication management.
(484) 348-4405 View (484) 348-4405
Photo of Dr. Allen Masry, Psychiatrist in 19041, PA
Dr. Allen Masry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Haverford, PA 19041
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
(484) 559-7561 View (484) 559-7561
Photo of Sidra Ghafoor, Psychiatrist in 19041, PA
Sidra Ghafoor
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Haverford, PA 19041
I believe that healing begins at the level of mind, body and spirit, integrating a patient’s whole life experience into the treatment plan. I provide comprehensive treatment options combining psychopharmacology and psychotherapeutic modalities. Working with me you will develop insight into yourself and begin to effect change and make progress in the problem areas of your life. I am ABPN board-certified in both General Psychiatry & Addiction Psychiatry. In addition to treating addictions, mood disorders, and anxiety disorders; I specialize in women's mental health.
I believe that healing begins at the level of mind, body and spirit, integrating a patient’s whole life experience into the treatment plan. I provide comprehensive treatment options combining psychopharmacology and psychotherapeutic modalities. Working with me you will develop insight into yourself and begin to effect change and make progress in the problem areas of your life. I am ABPN board-certified in both General Psychiatry & Addiction Psychiatry. In addition to treating addictions, mood disorders, and anxiety disorders; I specialize in women's mental health.
(215) 253-3861 View (215) 253-3861
Photo of Melissa Brubaker, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 19041, PA
Melissa Brubaker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified
Haverford, PA 19041  (Online Only)
Next available Mar 12 - click on 'My website' to book directly ... Hi, I’m Melissa, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, dedicated to providing empathetic, evidence-based care for individuals navigating mental health challenges. My mission is to provide a safe and supportive space where you can feel understood and empowered on your journey to wellness. Beyond medication management, I emphasize holistic wellness, including nutrition, exercise, and self-care practices. Together, we'll identify your treatment goals and explore effective options to help you achieve them.
Next available Mar 12 - click on 'My website' to book directly ... Hi, I’m Melissa, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, dedicated to providing empathetic, evidence-based care for individuals navigating mental health challenges. My mission is to provide a safe and supportive space where you can feel understood and empowered on your journey to wellness. Beyond medication management, I emphasize holistic wellness, including nutrition, exercise, and self-care practices. Together, we'll identify your treatment goals and explore effective options to help you achieve them.
(484) 759-8611 View (484) 759-8611
Photo of Nichelle Jones, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 19041, PA
Nichelle Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP , PMHNP
Verified
Haverford, PA 19041
My ideal client is dealing with a mental concern that is causing them distress that they are seeking relief from. They are looking for someone who will listen to their concerns and work with them to develop an individualized treatment plan that aligns with their unique goals. They seek a safe, nonjudgmental environment with a trustworthy provider to deliver quality care. Hi, my name is Nichelle and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have over 10 years of clinical experience in treating psychiatric disorders and specialize in treating major depression, anxiety disorder, mood disorders, PTSD & ADHD.
My ideal client is dealing with a mental concern that is causing them distress that they are seeking relief from. They are looking for someone who will listen to their concerns and work with them to develop an individualized treatment plan that aligns with their unique goals. They seek a safe, nonjudgmental environment with a trustworthy provider to deliver quality care. Hi, my name is Nichelle and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have over 10 years of clinical experience in treating psychiatric disorders and specialize in treating major depression, anxiety disorder, mood disorders, PTSD & ADHD.
(484) 642-9442 View (484) 642-9442
Photo of Dr. Michael Rosen, Psychiatrist in 19041, PA
Dr. Michael Rosen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Haverford, PA 19041
The ideal client is quite simply someone who truly wants help. Someone who is willing to work where the goal is to live the best life, reach the goals one seeks, and to enjoy the journey. The details of how that is done of course depends on the individual's station at the time one seeks help.
The ideal client is quite simply someone who truly wants help. Someone who is willing to work where the goal is to live the best life, reach the goals one seeks, and to enjoy the journey. The details of how that is done of course depends on the individual's station at the time one seeks help.
(484) 878-4551 View (484) 878-4551
Photo of Edena Walden, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 19041, PA
Edena Walden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified
Haverford, PA 19041
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
(484) 240-7224 View (484) 240-7224
Photo of Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter, Psychiatrist in 19041, PA
Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Haverford, PA 19041
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
(484) 218-4398 View (484) 218-4398
Photo of Michelle McCarthy, Psychiatric Nurse in 19041, PA
Michelle McCarthy
Psychiatric Nurse, APN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Haverford, PA 19041
Michelle is passionate about delivering care to individuals suffering from anxiety, substance use, and depression. Client motivation and dedication are key to utilizing the tools provided during our sessions including medication management, implementing lifestyle interventions, and therapy to help develop and implement a successful treatment plan. Relief of the client's suffering in dealing with their mental health issues and striving for an improvement in their quality of life is key to treatment.
Michelle is passionate about delivering care to individuals suffering from anxiety, substance use, and depression. Client motivation and dedication are key to utilizing the tools provided during our sessions including medication management, implementing lifestyle interventions, and therapy to help develop and implement a successful treatment plan. Relief of the client's suffering in dealing with their mental health issues and striving for an improvement in their quality of life is key to treatment.
(484) 662-4040 View (484) 662-4040
Photo of Danielle Giuliano, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 19041, PA
Danielle Giuliano
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Haverford, PA 19041
Everyone’s journey with mental health is not the same, so it’s important to have a personalized treatment plan, to fit each individual’s need. Often times, patients I work with have only ever been offered medication as the solution to their symptoms. I recognize the value in medication management, while also being an advocate for alternate therapies, such as TMS and esketamine. I believe it is important to establish an honest and trustworthy relationship, to ensure optimal quality care, through effective and safe approaches to care.
Everyone’s journey with mental health is not the same, so it’s important to have a personalized treatment plan, to fit each individual’s need. Often times, patients I work with have only ever been offered medication as the solution to their symptoms. I recognize the value in medication management, while also being an advocate for alternate therapies, such as TMS and esketamine. I believe it is important to establish an honest and trustworthy relationship, to ensure optimal quality care, through effective and safe approaches to care.
(215) 767-2777 View (215) 767-2777

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 19041

20+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in 19041 who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
95% Anxiety
80% ADHD
80% Trauma and PTSD
80% Bipolar Disorder
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
70% Medication Management

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
88% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 19041 see their clients

90% In Person and Online
10% Online Only

Gender breakdown

73% Female
27% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 19041?

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.