Psychiatrists in Baltic, CT

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Wholistic Perspective
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, NP
Verified Verified
Baltic, CT 06330
Unresolved emotional conflicts lie at the core of human suffering and at times life can be unusually painful, scary and confusing. We may feel anxious, sad, discouraged and alone and not know what to do. Talking things out with someone can help us become clearer about who we are, our strengths and also our self-defeating ways so we can move forward with an improved sense of self and direction. As a Mental Health Practitioners, we are trained to provide mental health treatment via psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. Here at Wholisitic Perspective, we have providers that have experience with children, adolescent and adult populations. At Wholistic Perspective we believe the patient is the expert and emphasize collaboration and communication to find the best treatment for you! We take a holistic approach to treatment and collaborate with other providers to ensure safety and accomplishment of treatment goals. We provide psychiatric evaluations to better understand diagnoses and medication management. We are also certified to provide evaluations for medical marijuana for posttraumatic stress disorder in adults.
Unresolved emotional conflicts lie at the core of human suffering and at times life can be unusually painful, scary and confusing. We may feel anxious, sad, discouraged and alone and not know what to do. Talking things out with someone can help us become clearer about who we are, our strengths and also our self-defeating ways so we can move forward with an improved sense of self and direction. As a Mental Health Practitioners, we are trained to provide mental health treatment via psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. Here at Wholisitic Perspective, we have providers that have experience with children, adolescent and adult populations. At Wholistic Perspective we believe the patient is the expert and emphasize collaboration and communication to find the best treatment for you! We take a holistic approach to treatment and collaborate with other providers to ensure safety and accomplishment of treatment goals. We provide psychiatric evaluations to better understand diagnoses and medication management. We are also certified to provide evaluations for medical marijuana for posttraumatic stress disorder in adults.
(203) 433-6890 View (203) 433-6890

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Alma R Barreto
Psychiatric Nurse, APRN-C, MSN, BSN
Verified Verified
Norwich, CT 06360  (Online Only)
My great reward as a prescriber is when my clients do well. I can help you reach your goals but we have to work together and find best treatment options. I started this practice to help patients needing psychiatric med management . I do not prescribe Benzo's or stimulants (no control substances). My practice hours are M-W-TH 5-7:30 pm some Saturdays. If you are interested please email me at barretoaprn@ gmail.com with your name and date of birth and i will call you back and send you forms to complete. Please do not call me before 5 pm.
My great reward as a prescriber is when my clients do well. I can help you reach your goals but we have to work together and find best treatment options. I started this practice to help patients needing psychiatric med management . I do not prescribe Benzo's or stimulants (no control substances). My practice hours are M-W-TH 5-7:30 pm some Saturdays. If you are interested please email me at barretoaprn@ gmail.com with your name and date of birth and i will call you back and send you forms to complete. Please do not call me before 5 pm.
(959) 210-0046 View (959) 210-0046
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Lawrencia Addo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Norwich, CT 06360  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner licensed in both Connecticut and Maryland. I have worked in the mental health field for over twelve years. I specialize in treating psychiatric conditions such as depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, insomnia, and substance use disorders. My passion is to enhance the quality of life of my patients and provide compassionate individualized care with medication management.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner licensed in both Connecticut and Maryland. I have worked in the mental health field for over twelve years. I specialize in treating psychiatric conditions such as depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, insomnia, and substance use disorders. My passion is to enhance the quality of life of my patients and provide compassionate individualized care with medication management.
(475) 405-2322 View (475) 405-2322
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Aurele Kamm APRN, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, APRN, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Norwich, CT 06360
Not accepting new clients
I have 40 years experience in the mental health field as a psychiatric nurse, and 24 years as a prescriber. I work with clients using a collaborative, holistic, compassionate approach that makes best use of my skills as a nurse. I work with children age 10 to adults, including elderly. I have a wide range of experience that varies from ADHD, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, trauma, dementia... life transitions... basically almost everything. I'm a strong believer in psychoeducation about medications and creating a partnership in the treatment process that is inclusive and empowering.
I have 40 years experience in the mental health field as a psychiatric nurse, and 24 years as a prescriber. I work with clients using a collaborative, holistic, compassionate approach that makes best use of my skills as a nurse. I work with children age 10 to adults, including elderly. I have a wide range of experience that varies from ADHD, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, trauma, dementia... life transitions... basically almost everything. I'm a strong believer in psychoeducation about medications and creating a partnership in the treatment process that is inclusive and empowering.
(959) 210-0073 View (959) 210-0073
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Ashley LaBonte
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Norwich, CT 06360  (Online Only)
Ashley LaBonte is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 10 years of experience in the mental health field, receiving her Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Saint Joseph in 2018. Since that time, she has worked in a variety of settings, including inpatient psychiatric units, intensive outpatient treatment programs and more recently in outpatient community mental health.
Ashley LaBonte is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 10 years of experience in the mental health field, receiving her Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Saint Joseph in 2018. Since that time, she has worked in a variety of settings, including inpatient psychiatric units, intensive outpatient treatment programs and more recently in outpatient community mental health.
(888) 344-3893 View (888) 344-3893
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Jill Fischer
Psychiatric Nurse, PsyA, APRN, BC, IAAP
Verified Verified
Norwich, CT 06360
I am Jill Fischer, PsyA, APRN, B.C., a Jungian Psychoanalyst, and a board certified, advanced nurse practitioner. With over fifty years of clinical experience, I have a private practice in Norwich, CT. and teach and hold workshops in Brief and In-Depth Analysis and embodied dreamwork worldwide. I am also Co- chair of the Ethics committee for the IAAP. During COVID19 I will be available for sessions online or on the phone. I will also be available to help you work those troubling dreams.
I am Jill Fischer, PsyA, APRN, B.C., a Jungian Psychoanalyst, and a board certified, advanced nurse practitioner. With over fifty years of clinical experience, I have a private practice in Norwich, CT. and teach and hold workshops in Brief and In-Depth Analysis and embodied dreamwork worldwide. I am also Co- chair of the Ethics committee for the IAAP. During COVID19 I will be available for sessions online or on the phone. I will also be available to help you work those troubling dreams.
(860) 578-2787 View (860) 578-2787
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Linda Starr
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Willimantic, CT 06226
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I am committed to delivering compassionate and evidence-based care to individuals addressing mental health challenges. Recognizing the importance of perinatal mental health, I have additional training and certification in perinatal mental health to better provide support to individuals and families navigating the complexities of pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period.
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I am committed to delivering compassionate and evidence-based care to individuals addressing mental health challenges. Recognizing the importance of perinatal mental health, I have additional training and certification in perinatal mental health to better provide support to individuals and families navigating the complexities of pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period.
(860) 855-3426 View (860) 855-3426
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Connecticut Behavioral Health Associates, PC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Plainfield, CT 06374
Connecticut Behavioral Health Associates (CBHA) was established in 1989 by Dr. Bassam Awwa MD, who’s vision was to create a world-class treatment program that sets the standard of excellence in the treatment of behavioral health disorders and addictive diseases, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression and Spravato treatment. Every member of our team strives towards the unified goal of making CBHA synonymous with excellent care, phenomenal customer service & an unmatched commitment to families, our communities and most of all, our clients.
Connecticut Behavioral Health Associates (CBHA) was established in 1989 by Dr. Bassam Awwa MD, who’s vision was to create a world-class treatment program that sets the standard of excellence in the treatment of behavioral health disorders and addictive diseases, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression and Spravato treatment. Every member of our team strives towards the unified goal of making CBHA synonymous with excellent care, phenomenal customer service & an unmatched commitment to families, our communities and most of all, our clients.
(860) 564-2242 x206 View (860) 564-2242 x206
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Family health care & walk in center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Willimantic, CT 06226
We provide individualize substance and alcohol treatment. We evaluate and manage depression, anxiety, ADHD and bipolar disorders.
We provide individualize substance and alcohol treatment. We evaluate and manage depression, anxiety, ADHD and bipolar disorders.
(860) 718-4617 View (860) 718-4617
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Northeast Wellness Clinic
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mansfield Center, CT 06250
We are accepting new patients. Dr. Wen is a top-rated, board-certified adult psychiatrist dedicated to providing personalized mental health care. He founded Northeast Wellness Clinic. He offers personalized mental healthcare, collaborating with you and other providers as needed. Dr. Wen believes in a holistic approach, considering physical, psychological, and lifestyle factors to create a tailored treatment plan. His goal is to maximize symptom reduction with minimal medication side effects, leading to your full functional recovery. Patients and colleagues alike praise his compassionate and thorough care.
We are accepting new patients. Dr. Wen is a top-rated, board-certified adult psychiatrist dedicated to providing personalized mental health care. He founded Northeast Wellness Clinic. He offers personalized mental healthcare, collaborating with you and other providers as needed. Dr. Wen believes in a holistic approach, considering physical, psychological, and lifestyle factors to create a tailored treatment plan. His goal is to maximize symptom reduction with minimal medication side effects, leading to your full functional recovery. Patients and colleagues alike praise his compassionate and thorough care.
(860) 200-2931 View (860) 200-2931
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Heather Evans
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
33 Endorsed
Mansfield Center, CT 06250
Developing a trusted, professional relationship with patients is an important aspect of mental healthcare. I invite patients to express themselves openly in this non-judgmental, therapeutic office space. We work in collaboration and partnership to move toward improved mood and better mental health.
Developing a trusted, professional relationship with patients is an important aspect of mental healthcare. I invite patients to express themselves openly in this non-judgmental, therapeutic office space. We work in collaboration and partnership to move toward improved mood and better mental health.
(860) 813-6078 View (860) 813-6078

Online Psychiatrists

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Katarzyna Tesz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Kensington, CT 06037
Hello! My name is Katarzyna (Kat) Tesz. As a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am passionate about providing quality, comprehensive and evidence-based care. I’m committed to working collaboratively with my patients in a non-judgmental environment so you feel safe, accepted, supported, and comfortable. I’m also happy to work together with your psychotherapist and your medical providers so that your psychiatric, medical, and psychological care are well-coordinated to best serve you. I accept most insurances, have a flexible schedule, and offer office-based and telehealth appointments for your convenience.
Hello! My name is Katarzyna (Kat) Tesz. As a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am passionate about providing quality, comprehensive and evidence-based care. I’m committed to working collaboratively with my patients in a non-judgmental environment so you feel safe, accepted, supported, and comfortable. I’m also happy to work together with your psychotherapist and your medical providers so that your psychiatric, medical, and psychological care are well-coordinated to best serve you. I accept most insurances, have a flexible schedule, and offer office-based and telehealth appointments for your convenience.
(860) 851-4856 x203 View (860) 851-4856 x203
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Jessica Levine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Fairfield, CT 06824  (Online Only)
I am Yale-trained Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in anxiety, depression, adjustment disorder, and ADHD. I take a collaborative approach with my patients, and look at the whole picture to try to figure out both medication and lifestyle interventions. I aim to create a safe and welcoming environment, where you feel heard and are a big part in creating the treatment plan. I want you to feel empowered to make choices that support your mental health.
I am Yale-trained Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in anxiety, depression, adjustment disorder, and ADHD. I take a collaborative approach with my patients, and look at the whole picture to try to figure out both medication and lifestyle interventions. I aim to create a safe and welcoming environment, where you feel heard and are a big part in creating the treatment plan. I want you to feel empowered to make choices that support your mental health.
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Elizabeth Alve-Hedegaard APRN
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West Hartford, CT 06107  (Online Only)
5/21/24: I am accepting new patients with Cigna, Aetna, and private pay. Approximately a one-week wait time for new patient appointments.
5/21/24: I am accepting new patients with Cigna, Aetna, and private pay. Approximately a one-week wait time for new patient appointments.
(203) 409-8655 View (203) 409-8655
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Paola Ayora
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Darien, CT 06820
I am a pediatrician for 10 years. I see adults, adolescents, and children. I provide comprehensive diagnostic consultations, medication management and psychotherapy.
I am a pediatrician for 10 years. I see adults, adolescents, and children. I provide comprehensive diagnostic consultations, medication management and psychotherapy.
(203) 894-6137 View (203) 894-6137
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Terrell D Holloway
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Milford, CT 06461
As a physician-scientist trained at Yale & Mount Sinai School of Medicine in Manhattan, I specialize in PTSD, depression/anxiety and ADHD. I've been privileged to provide aid and therapeutic interventions to diverse PTSD populations in the tri-state area, including 9/11 first responders and veterans. Additionally, my scientific contributions in the field shine through published scientific articles on trauma's influence on health & aging. I am also a national voice on stress & trauma's repercussions in underrepresented communities.
As a physician-scientist trained at Yale & Mount Sinai School of Medicine in Manhattan, I specialize in PTSD, depression/anxiety and ADHD. I've been privileged to provide aid and therapeutic interventions to diverse PTSD populations in the tri-state area, including 9/11 first responders and veterans. Additionally, my scientific contributions in the field shine through published scientific articles on trauma's influence on health & aging. I am also a national voice on stress & trauma's repercussions in underrepresented communities.
(475) 405-3134 View (475) 405-3134
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Lifespan Collaborative Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN , PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hamden, CT 06518
In the vast landscape of mental health, each individual's journey is a unique narrative, often filled with complexities, challenges, and ultimately, resilience. Welcome to Lifespan Collaborative Services a psychiatric mental health practice and sanctuary where healing transcends the boundaries of conventional therapy, embracing a holistic, integrative, and culturally supportive approach to mental wellness. Central to the Lifespan Collaborative Services approach is the integration of evidence-based therapeutic modalities with complementary healing practices drawn from diverse cultural traditions.
In the vast landscape of mental health, each individual's journey is a unique narrative, often filled with complexities, challenges, and ultimately, resilience. Welcome to Lifespan Collaborative Services a psychiatric mental health practice and sanctuary where healing transcends the boundaries of conventional therapy, embracing a holistic, integrative, and culturally supportive approach to mental wellness. Central to the Lifespan Collaborative Services approach is the integration of evidence-based therapeutic modalities with complementary healing practices drawn from diverse cultural traditions.
(475) 471-0631 View (475) 471-0631
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Martie A Boulton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, EdD, APRN, PMHCNS, LADC
Verified Verified
Westport, CT 06880
As a board-certified Clinical Nurse Specialist and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor with over 20 years’ experience, I offer a unique ability to provide comprehensive, holistic care to individuals and couples experiencing acute and chronic emotional distress. I can provide Psychiatric and Substance Misuse Evaluations and medication management if needed.
As a board-certified Clinical Nurse Specialist and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor with over 20 years’ experience, I offer a unique ability to provide comprehensive, holistic care to individuals and couples experiencing acute and chronic emotional distress. I can provide Psychiatric and Substance Misuse Evaluations and medication management if needed.
(475) 271-2064 x1 View (475) 271-2064 x1
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Brew Medical and Rejuvenation Clinic LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Brookfield, CT 06804
Happiness, freedom and peace of mind is the goal for all of our patient's. We provide evaluation, treatment and counseling services for various mental health disorders including Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, Obesity, PTSD, OCD, amongst others.
Happiness, freedom and peace of mind is the goal for all of our patient's. We provide evaluation, treatment and counseling services for various mental health disorders including Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, Obesity, PTSD, OCD, amongst others.
(475) 244-9577 View (475) 244-9577
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New Insights Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Norwalk, CT 06854  (Online Only)
Now Accepting New Patients! Are you feeling stuck, overwhelmed, or hopeless? Maybe you recently got a medical diagnosis and feel lost. Maybe your relationship lacks the connection you desire. Maybe you are wanting to learn more about ADHD and gain clarity around your patterns. Whatever it is, you want to better manage these stressors but don’t know where to start. Instead of feeling out of control and overwhelmed, you want to feel confident and calm. You want to experience more connection and joy in these hard times. We believe you can get there and our team is committed to being your compass, guiding you towards that future.
Now Accepting New Patients! Are you feeling stuck, overwhelmed, or hopeless? Maybe you recently got a medical diagnosis and feel lost. Maybe your relationship lacks the connection you desire. Maybe you are wanting to learn more about ADHD and gain clarity around your patterns. Whatever it is, you want to better manage these stressors but don’t know where to start. Instead of feeling out of control and overwhelmed, you want to feel confident and calm. You want to experience more connection and joy in these hard times. We believe you can get there and our team is committed to being your compass, guiding you towards that future.
(475) 255-2512 View (475) 255-2512

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Number of Psychiatrists in Baltic, CT

< 10

Psychiatrists in Baltic, CT who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Addiction
100% Child
100% ADHD
100% Life Coaching
100% Grief

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Baltic, CT see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Baltic?

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.