Psychiatrists in Milford, CT

Photo of Dr. Lisa Harding, Psychiatrist in Milford, CT
Dr. Lisa Harding
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Milford, CT 06461
I'm an adult psychiatrist, fluent in English and Spanish who specializes in treating depression and treatment resistance depression. I completed my training at Yale School of Medicine as the chief resident of Intervention Psychiatry Services at Yale Psychiatric Hospital. I offer comprehensive diagnostic consultations with specific and individualized treatment recommendations. Should you choose me as your provider, I will monitor the effectiveness of your medication regimen over a course of time to determine if the treatment meets your goals.
I'm an adult psychiatrist, fluent in English and Spanish who specializes in treating depression and treatment resistance depression. I completed my training at Yale School of Medicine as the chief resident of Intervention Psychiatry Services at Yale Psychiatric Hospital. I offer comprehensive diagnostic consultations with specific and individualized treatment recommendations. Should you choose me as your provider, I will monitor the effectiveness of your medication regimen over a course of time to determine if the treatment meets your goals.
(203) 701-9737 View (203) 701-9737
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Blues & Blahs
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Milford, CT 06461  (Online Only)
Blues and Blahs was born out of a vision to provide mental health services for the LGBTQIA+ community and our allies. Dr. Nelson Leach offers treatments that are affordable, convenient, and based on current evidence. No matter what struggles you may be facing, you have the power to overcome them. We are here to support you every step on your journey towards wellness. Together, we can develop strategies and find the proper medication and/or therapy to help you feel your best and live the life you deserve. Visit bluesandblahs.com to book your appointment today!
Blues and Blahs was born out of a vision to provide mental health services for the LGBTQIA+ community and our allies. Dr. Nelson Leach offers treatments that are affordable, convenient, and based on current evidence. No matter what struggles you may be facing, you have the power to overcome them. We are here to support you every step on your journey towards wellness. Together, we can develop strategies and find the proper medication and/or therapy to help you feel your best and live the life you deserve. Visit bluesandblahs.com to book your appointment today!
(203) 350-0329 View (203) 350-0329
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Melissa Kneass Welby
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Milford, CT 06460
I am a Harvard trained, board certified psychiatrist with private practices in Milford and Fairfield, CT. I offer telepsychiatric care (appointments by video conference) to patients throughout Connecticut. As an accurate diagnostician and skilled psychotherapist with extensive knowledge in psychopharmacology, I believe that patient care is optimized through a partnership between the patient and the physician. I specialize in treating a variety of illnesses, including depression, anxiety, and adult attention deficit disorders.
I am a Harvard trained, board certified psychiatrist with private practices in Milford and Fairfield, CT. I offer telepsychiatric care (appointments by video conference) to patients throughout Connecticut. As an accurate diagnostician and skilled psychotherapist with extensive knowledge in psychopharmacology, I believe that patient care is optimized through a partnership between the patient and the physician. I specialize in treating a variety of illnesses, including depression, anxiety, and adult attention deficit disorders.
(203) 580-6634 View (203) 580-6634
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Marie Joseph
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Milford, CT 06460
I am a highly skilled and accomplished Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. During a significant portion of my career, I worked in different healthcare settings, including the primary care setting, home care setting, and psychiatric mental health. She collaborated with interdisciplinary team members from initial patient assessments to treatment planning, medication management, counseling, and discharge. I have maintained a strong commitment to Best Practices, standards of excellence, and continuous improvement.
I am a highly skilled and accomplished Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. During a significant portion of my career, I worked in different healthcare settings, including the primary care setting, home care setting, and psychiatric mental health. She collaborated with interdisciplinary team members from initial patient assessments to treatment planning, medication management, counseling, and discharge. I have maintained a strong commitment to Best Practices, standards of excellence, and continuous improvement.
(860) 775-4975 View (860) 775-4975
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Holistic Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse, APRN, MSN
Verified Verified
Milford, CT 06461
Hello! I am a nurse practitioner who has been helping those with mental health issues for many years. I do medication management. I also do tele-health visits.I am a kind and compassionate practitioner that focuses on the whole person and their needs.
Hello! I am a nurse practitioner who has been helping those with mental health issues for many years. I do medication management. I also do tele-health visits.I am a kind and compassionate practitioner that focuses on the whole person and their needs.
(860) 483-3163 View (860) 483-3163
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Carine Jean
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Milford, CT 06460
I am a Yale trained psychiatrist, board certified in general and addiction psychiatry. I am also board certified in addiction medicine and a certified provider of Suboxone. I have extensive experience treating co-occurring disorders and chronic mental illnesses. I provide medication management for mental illnesses including: schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, post partum depression, post traumatic stress disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder. I treat young adults, adults and elders.
I am a Yale trained psychiatrist, board certified in general and addiction psychiatry. I am also board certified in addiction medicine and a certified provider of Suboxone. I have extensive experience treating co-occurring disorders and chronic mental illnesses. I provide medication management for mental illnesses including: schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, post partum depression, post traumatic stress disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder. I treat young adults, adults and elders.
(203) 493-0478 View (203) 493-0478
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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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Ingrid Coello
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Milford, CT 06460  (Online Only)
As a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), Ingrid assesses and treats adults and adolescents with depression, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and personality disorders. Her focus is on treatment, psychiatric assessment, psychotherapeutic interventions, and medication management.
As a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), Ingrid assesses and treats adults and adolescents with depression, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and personality disorders. Her focus is on treatment, psychiatric assessment, psychotherapeutic interventions, and medication management.
(475) 264-6729 View (475) 264-6729
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Brandi Morgan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Milford, CT 06460
***NOW ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS!***Our goal is to meet all of your therapy and medication needs. Through a web-based platform (telepsychiatry), we hope to maintain a relaxing environment for you as we allow for care to be given to you in your home, from the comfort of your couch to a quiet space in your providers' office. We provide exceptional, personalized, and timely access to psychiatric care with little to no wait time.
***NOW ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS!***Our goal is to meet all of your therapy and medication needs. Through a web-based platform (telepsychiatry), we hope to maintain a relaxing environment for you as we allow for care to be given to you in your home, from the comfort of your couch to a quiet space in your providers' office. We provide exceptional, personalized, and timely access to psychiatric care with little to no wait time.
(475) 231-4410 View (475) 231-4410
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Genna Thompson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Milford, CT 06460
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner licensed to prescribe psychiatric medication across the lifespan with mental health needs. I have 15+ years working solely in psychiatry.
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner licensed to prescribe psychiatric medication across the lifespan with mental health needs. I have 15+ years working solely in psychiatry.
(475) 253-3719 View (475) 253-3719
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George Ramos
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Milford, CT 06460  (Online Only)
George Ramos is a highly motivated board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with a great passion for holistic and patient-centered care. George has experience working in community health clinics, nursing homes, inpatient settings (Yale New Haven Hospital), and private practices. Depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar, insomnia, substance use, schizophrenia, and PTSD are some of his specialties.
George Ramos is a highly motivated board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with a great passion for holistic and patient-centered care. George has experience working in community health clinics, nursing homes, inpatient settings (Yale New Haven Hospital), and private practices. Depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar, insomnia, substance use, schizophrenia, and PTSD are some of his specialties.
(475) 473-9583 View (475) 473-9583
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Amy Roberts
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Milford, CT 06461
Amy Roberts is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with experience as an advanced practice nurse since 2013. She believes in the benefit of personalized psychiatry services when utilized beside a foundation of psychotherapy and brings a commitment to ensuring accessible, quality, mental healthcare. She will meet you at your initial appointment with patience and understanding in order to collaboratively and effectively and effectively move toward your treatment goals.
Amy Roberts is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with experience as an advanced practice nurse since 2013. She believes in the benefit of personalized psychiatry services when utilized beside a foundation of psychotherapy and brings a commitment to ensuring accessible, quality, mental healthcare. She will meet you at your initial appointment with patience and understanding in order to collaboratively and effectively and effectively move toward your treatment goals.
(475) 255-2879 View (475) 255-2879
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Monica Starr
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Milford, CT 06461
When seeking care for your mental health needs it is important to find a practitioner with advanced training and board certification in Psychiatry. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner licensed to prescribe psychiatric medication to adults. As a nurse in the mental health field for over 30 years, I pride myself as a patient, empathic and introspective practitioner who views clients in a holistic manner.
When seeking care for your mental health needs it is important to find a practitioner with advanced training and board certification in Psychiatry. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner licensed to prescribe psychiatric medication to adults. As a nurse in the mental health field for over 30 years, I pride myself as a patient, empathic and introspective practitioner who views clients in a holistic manner.
(475) 445-2874 View (475) 445-2874
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Stephanie Settevendemie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Milford, CT 06460  (Online Only)
NOW Accepting New Patients! Have you been a victim of a traumatic event that has left you with symptoms of PTSD? Do you suffer from anxiety, depression, postpartum depression, school issues, OCD, or even stress that impacts your sleep that results in insomnia? Whether you tried ignoring it, talking with friends & family, or even reading self-help books, nothing seems to be working. Maybe it’s time to get some professional help today. The first step towards making a change is to acknowledge that you need help. The next step is to continue reading so you can learn more about how you can get that help now.
NOW Accepting New Patients! Have you been a victim of a traumatic event that has left you with symptoms of PTSD? Do you suffer from anxiety, depression, postpartum depression, school issues, OCD, or even stress that impacts your sleep that results in insomnia? Whether you tried ignoring it, talking with friends & family, or even reading self-help books, nothing seems to be working. Maybe it’s time to get some professional help today. The first step towards making a change is to acknowledge that you need help. The next step is to continue reading so you can learn more about how you can get that help now.
(860) 962-6389 View (860) 962-6389
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Vanja Kondev MD LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Milford, CT 06461
Do you want to reclaim your sense of joy, fulfillment, and purpose in life? Do you want relief from the overwhelming burden of anxiety and depression, as well as the ability to navigate challenges with resilience and grace? I offer professional help to address your mental health concerns and we are motivated to embark on a journey of self-discovery and healing alongside you.
Do you want to reclaim your sense of joy, fulfillment, and purpose in life? Do you want relief from the overwhelming burden of anxiety and depression, as well as the ability to navigate challenges with resilience and grace? I offer professional help to address your mental health concerns and we are motivated to embark on a journey of self-discovery and healing alongside you.
(475) 271-1515 View (475) 271-1515
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George J Costanzo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DC APRN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Milford, CT 06461  (Online Only)
I'm a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (APRN), licensed to prescribe psychiatric medication across the lifespan. At our practice, we collaborate with patients and their therapists to use medications conservatively, while always incorporating holistic methods to assist in recovery. I have 30 years of experience as a chiropractor, treating patients without the use of medication. Now, with the ability to prescribe medication, I carry with me the philosophy that judicious medication use is key in treatment plans. My strength is in adolescents, adults and geriatric patients.
I'm a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (APRN), licensed to prescribe psychiatric medication across the lifespan. At our practice, we collaborate with patients and their therapists to use medications conservatively, while always incorporating holistic methods to assist in recovery. I have 30 years of experience as a chiropractor, treating patients without the use of medication. Now, with the ability to prescribe medication, I carry with me the philosophy that judicious medication use is key in treatment plans. My strength is in adolescents, adults and geriatric patients.
(860) 863-1289 View (860) 863-1289
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Cheryl Henrietta Cottrol
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Milford, CT 06460
As a Board Certified physician with over 20 years of practice in both Psychiatry and Neurology I have treated patients in academic, public, private and research settings. Whether you have migraines or anxiety; seizures or movement disorders from medications; are feeling depressed or are cognitively impaired; I can work with you to optimize your health.
As a Board Certified physician with over 20 years of practice in both Psychiatry and Neurology I have treated patients in academic, public, private and research settings. Whether you have migraines or anxiety; seizures or movement disorders from medications; are feeling depressed or are cognitively impaired; I can work with you to optimize your health.
(833) 339-0508 View (833) 339-0508
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Shriya Kaneriya
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Milford, CT 06460  (Online Only)
Hi! I'm an integrative psychiatrist who is passionate about combining traditional psychiatric approaches with evidence-informed holistic modalities to help motivated adults achieve healthier, more joyful lives. I incorporate judicious use of medication, solution-oriented psychotherapy, mind-body practices, nutritional supplementation, & lifestyle coaching on healthy habits (sleep-diet-exercise) into a personalized, comprehensive treatment plan. I specialize in treating concerns related to: depression; anxiety/stress/OCD; trauma; self-identity; life transitions; relationship struggles; grief; living with cancer/major medical illness.
Hi! I'm an integrative psychiatrist who is passionate about combining traditional psychiatric approaches with evidence-informed holistic modalities to help motivated adults achieve healthier, more joyful lives. I incorporate judicious use of medication, solution-oriented psychotherapy, mind-body practices, nutritional supplementation, & lifestyle coaching on healthy habits (sleep-diet-exercise) into a personalized, comprehensive treatment plan. I specialize in treating concerns related to: depression; anxiety/stress/OCD; trauma; self-identity; life transitions; relationship struggles; grief; living with cancer/major medical illness.
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Solstice Healthcare, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Milford, CT 06461  (Online Only)
NOW Accepting New Patients! Have you been a victim of a traumatic event that has left you with symptoms of PTSD? Do you suffer from anxiety, depression, parenting problems, postpartum, school issues, substance abuse issues, or even stress that impacts your sleep that results in insomnia? Whether you tried ignoring it, talking with friends & family, or even reading self-help books, nothing seems to be working. Maybe it’s time to get some professional help today. The first step towards making a change is to acknowledge that you need help. The next step is to continue reading so you can learn more about how you can get that help now.
NOW Accepting New Patients! Have you been a victim of a traumatic event that has left you with symptoms of PTSD? Do you suffer from anxiety, depression, parenting problems, postpartum, school issues, substance abuse issues, or even stress that impacts your sleep that results in insomnia? Whether you tried ignoring it, talking with friends & family, or even reading self-help books, nothing seems to be working. Maybe it’s time to get some professional help today. The first step towards making a change is to acknowledge that you need help. The next step is to continue reading so you can learn more about how you can get that help now.
(959) 265-4524 View (959) 265-4524
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Emily Garber APRN pllc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Milford, CT 06460
We often go through mental and physical challenges in life that require additional support to maximize our well-being. This practice seeks to look at the whole person and provide both lifestyle coaching as well as medication options to allow patients to be their best selves. Please note that I am not accepting new patients for the treatment of ADHD and do not prescribe benzodiazepines or stimulants (including Adderall, Ritalin, Focalin, Concerta, Vyvanse, Klonopin, Xanax, Valium, Ativan and other similar medications).
We often go through mental and physical challenges in life that require additional support to maximize our well-being. This practice seeks to look at the whole person and provide both lifestyle coaching as well as medication options to allow patients to be their best selves. Please note that I am not accepting new patients for the treatment of ADHD and do not prescribe benzodiazepines or stimulants (including Adderall, Ritalin, Focalin, Concerta, Vyvanse, Klonopin, Xanax, Valium, Ativan and other similar medications).
(203) 551-4173 View (203) 551-4173

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Milford, CT

20+

Average cost per session

$160

Psychiatrists in Milford, CT who prioritize treating:

88% Depression
83% Anxiety
83% Trauma and PTSD
75% Medication Management
67% ADHD
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
67% Stress

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

90% Aetna
86% Cigna and Evernorth
86% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Milford, CT see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

85% Female
15% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Milford?

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.