Psychiatrists in New Milford, CT

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Perry Githens
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New Milford, CT 06776
I embrace a diverse practice that ranges from adolescents through older adults in all ages and areas. I enjoy helping people that have struggled to find a way to peace and happiness. Perry appreciates listening and learning about a person and building a therapeutic relationship. I work with people who have never taken medications that are new to psychiatric treatment and medication management. I also have the ability to manage difficult complex psychiatric cases.
I embrace a diverse practice that ranges from adolescents through older adults in all ages and areas. I enjoy helping people that have struggled to find a way to peace and happiness. Perry appreciates listening and learning about a person and building a therapeutic relationship. I work with people who have never taken medications that are new to psychiatric treatment and medication management. I also have the ability to manage difficult complex psychiatric cases.
(860) 792-4332 View (860) 792-4332
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Jeremy R Mack
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Milford, CT 06776
Medication can provide wonderful relief for acute matters but only psychotherapy offers the possibility of fundamental change of life-long destructive patterns. With a combination of medication and therapy I have helped many patients to achieve a better life. Board certified in child as well as adult psychiatry, I am experienced in the treatment of conditions affecting children and adolescents, adults, and the geriatric population.
Medication can provide wonderful relief for acute matters but only psychotherapy offers the possibility of fundamental change of life-long destructive patterns. With a combination of medication and therapy I have helped many patients to achieve a better life. Board certified in child as well as adult psychiatry, I am experienced in the treatment of conditions affecting children and adolescents, adults, and the geriatric population.
(203) 313-6616 View (203) 313-6616
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Suboxone Buprenorphine Treatment of Danbury
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Milford, CT 06776
Welcome to Suboxone/Buprenorphine Treatment of Danbury. Opioid/Heroin Addiction is a national epidemic and our mission is to provide outpatient Suboxone/Buprenorphine treatment for patients with opioid dependence in a discreet manner. We also have state of the art therapist and counselors. Dr Varinder Rathore MD (“DR V”) is Double Board Certified in Adult & Addiction Psychiatry and an expert in MAT(Medication Assisted Treatment). We are conveniently located a mile from Danbury Hospital at 72 North Street, Danbury, CT 06810. https://www.suboxonedoctorny.com/
Welcome to Suboxone/Buprenorphine Treatment of Danbury. Opioid/Heroin Addiction is a national epidemic and our mission is to provide outpatient Suboxone/Buprenorphine treatment for patients with opioid dependence in a discreet manner. We also have state of the art therapist and counselors. Dr Varinder Rathore MD (“DR V”) is Double Board Certified in Adult & Addiction Psychiatry and an expert in MAT(Medication Assisted Treatment). We are conveniently located a mile from Danbury Hospital at 72 North Street, Danbury, CT 06810. https://www.suboxonedoctorny.com/
(203) 794-7784 View (203) 794-7784
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Jennifer Marie Ross
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
New Milford, CT 06776
I am an ANCC board certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP), with over 10 years of nursing and clinical experience in both inpatient and outpatient care. Offering patient-centered psychopharmacology and psychotherapy for children ages 5+, adolescents, adults, including couple and family counseling. I work in collaboration with various treatment providers from a holistic standpoint that is evidenced-based, while respecting the autonomy of the client. A compassionate therapeutic relationship is part of my practice that focuses on positive aspects to promote the healing process for various disorders..
I am an ANCC board certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP), with over 10 years of nursing and clinical experience in both inpatient and outpatient care. Offering patient-centered psychopharmacology and psychotherapy for children ages 5+, adolescents, adults, including couple and family counseling. I work in collaboration with various treatment providers from a holistic standpoint that is evidenced-based, while respecting the autonomy of the client. A compassionate therapeutic relationship is part of my practice that focuses on positive aspects to promote the healing process for various disorders..
(475) 473-9653 View (475) 473-9653
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Brew Medical and Rejuvenation Clinic LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
New Milford, CT 06776
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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Clifford Kye
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Washington, CT 06793
Dr. Kye specializes in Psychiatry for Adolescents through Geriatrics. He offers medication management therapy, supportive psychotherapy, genetic testing, and pre-surgical psychiatric evaluations.
Dr. Kye specializes in Psychiatry for Adolescents through Geriatrics. He offers medication management therapy, supportive psychotherapy, genetic testing, and pre-surgical psychiatric evaluations.
(860) 880-0280 View (860) 880-0280
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Sarah Phillips
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Danbury, CT 06811  (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, grief, divorce, 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, grief, divorce, 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) 898-9216 View (860) 898-9216
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Lindsay Macri
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
New Fairfield, CT 06812
ANCC Board certified nurse practitioner with 9 years of nursing experience in both the inpatient and outpatient clinical settings. Providing highest quality of mental health services with psychopharmacology and psychotherapy for adults, adolescents and children ages 6+. Offering holistic and comprehensive treatment plans which are individually tailored to the patient's condition and needs. Providing medication management, individual psychotherapy, as well as couple and family counseling.
ANCC Board certified nurse practitioner with 9 years of nursing experience in both the inpatient and outpatient clinical settings. Providing highest quality of mental health services with psychopharmacology and psychotherapy for adults, adolescents and children ages 6+. Offering holistic and comprehensive treatment plans which are individually tailored to the patient's condition and needs. Providing medication management, individual psychotherapy, as well as couple and family counseling.
(475) 265-6234 View (475) 265-6234
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Alison Kraska
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
New Fairfield, CT 06812
As a dedicated and compassionate psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am committed to providing comprehensive mental health care to individuals in Connecticut and beyond. With a blend of clinical expertise and empathy, I strive to empower my patients on their journey toward improved mental wellness. I am dedicated to supporting my patients in achieving their mental health goals with a therapeutic approach to medication management.
As a dedicated and compassionate psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am committed to providing comprehensive mental health care to individuals in Connecticut and beyond. With a blend of clinical expertise and empathy, I strive to empower my patients on their journey toward improved mental wellness. I am dedicated to supporting my patients in achieving their mental health goals with a therapeutic approach to medication management.
(475) 303-6102 View (475) 303-6102
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Radmila Meyer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
New Fairfield, CT 06812  (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, grief, divorce, 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, grief, divorce, 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) 962-4359 View (860) 962-4359
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WCT Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Brookfield, CT 06804
Welcome! We are a group practice of 60 licensed counselors and medication providers. We have a multi disciplinary team which is trained in several models to tailor each of our clients needs. Our biggest focus, is you, our client. We provide family, couples and individual counseling. Medication management for psychiatry and also offer Primary Care Services.
Welcome! We are a group practice of 60 licensed counselors and medication providers. We have a multi disciplinary team which is trained in several models to tailor each of our clients needs. Our biggest focus, is you, our client. We provide family, couples and individual counseling. Medication management for psychiatry and also offer Primary Care Services.
(203) 916-4595 View (203) 916-4595

Online Psychiatrists

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Lisa Marie Persad
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Stamford, CT 06902  (Online Only)
Lisa embraces a humanistic and holistic approach to care with a commitment to individualization and collaboration. She believes many episodes of depression and anxiety are rooted in underlying emotional wounds related to sexual, physical, and/or emotional trauma, including direct and indirect abuse or neglect. Lisa is committed to evidence-based medication management. She emphasizes the complementary role of psycho-pharmacological treatment in establishing and maintaining functionality while "doing the work in therapy".
Lisa embraces a humanistic and holistic approach to care with a commitment to individualization and collaboration. She believes many episodes of depression and anxiety are rooted in underlying emotional wounds related to sexual, physical, and/or emotional trauma, including direct and indirect abuse or neglect. Lisa is committed to evidence-based medication management. She emphasizes the complementary role of psycho-pharmacological treatment in establishing and maintaining functionality while "doing the work in therapy".
(347) 321-9835 View (347) 321-9835
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Evelyn Boateng
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP , APRN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Bristol, CT 06010
I am board certified in both family medicine, psychiatric mental health and therapy. I treat the whole person as a primary care provider, PCP. I believe that taking care of your physical and mental health is holistic and deeply personal. Compassionate and knowledgeable care is the key to successful wellness.
I am board certified in both family medicine, psychiatric mental health and therapy. I treat the whole person as a primary care provider, PCP. I believe that taking care of your physical and mental health is holistic and deeply personal. Compassionate and knowledgeable care is the key to successful wellness.
(860) 901-0611 View (860) 901-0611
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Yvonne Amune
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN-BC, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West Hartford, CT 06107  (Online Only)
My clinical focus is on holistic and patient centered care for adults and adolescents, with special attention given to treating ADHD, anxiety, depression, stress related disorders, as well as substance use disorder. Further, I am trained in motivational interviewing which I find to be effective tools in understanding and treating these issues. I believe in taking a compassionate, nonjudgmental approach to helping my patients reach their goals. My practice emphasizes the importance of creating a safe, trusting therapeutic relationship to facilitate the process of healing.
My clinical focus is on holistic and patient centered care for adults and adolescents, with special attention given to treating ADHD, anxiety, depression, stress related disorders, as well as substance use disorder. Further, I am trained in motivational interviewing which I find to be effective tools in understanding and treating these issues. I believe in taking a compassionate, nonjudgmental approach to helping my patients reach their goals. My practice emphasizes the importance of creating a safe, trusting therapeutic relationship to facilitate the process of healing.
(860) 846-4337 View (860) 846-4337
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Caitlin Aguiar
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Stamford, CT 06901  (Online Only)
Dr. Caitlin Aguiar is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. Her mental health care incorporates a holistic approach, while treating clients to facilitate healing and wellness. She incorporates non-pharmaceutical interventions to supplement medication-management including, but not limited to, mindfulness, breathwork, CBT, DBT and supportive therapy in 30min sessions.
Dr. Caitlin Aguiar is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. Her mental health care incorporates a holistic approach, while treating clients to facilitate healing and wellness. She incorporates non-pharmaceutical interventions to supplement medication-management including, but not limited to, mindfulness, breathwork, CBT, DBT and supportive therapy in 30min sessions.
(203) 541-0067 View (203) 541-0067
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Evelyn Afif Stephens MD PC
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Westport, CT 06880
Hi there, I have been trained to treat many psychiatric illnesses and issues, with both medication and psychotherapy. The treatment I provide is often a unique combination which pulls from several different types of therapies, including interpersonal psychodynamic, supportive, DBT and CBT. My patient population ranges from children as young as 6 years old to adults. The majority of children I work with are struggling with anxiety or ADHD, often both. The adolescents and adults that I treat have a variety of issues, including anxiety, substance abuse, eating disorders and mood disorders, such as depression and bipolar disorder.
Hi there, I have been trained to treat many psychiatric illnesses and issues, with both medication and psychotherapy. The treatment I provide is often a unique combination which pulls from several different types of therapies, including interpersonal psychodynamic, supportive, DBT and CBT. My patient population ranges from children as young as 6 years old to adults. The majority of children I work with are struggling with anxiety or ADHD, often both. The adolescents and adults that I treat have a variety of issues, including anxiety, substance abuse, eating disorders and mood disorders, such as depression and bipolar disorder.
(347) 632-9626 View (347) 632-9626
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Oyewole G Ogunnaike
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Groton, CT 06340  (Online Only)
We listen, care, you have a voice in your care, and you are never alone. Needing help with anxiety/panic attacks, depression, mood/bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, PTSD, ADHD/Impulse control disorder, anger management, personality disorders, alcohol use disorder, adjustment disorder, and psychosis.
We listen, care, you have a voice in your care, and you are never alone. Needing help with anxiety/panic attacks, depression, mood/bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, PTSD, ADHD/Impulse control disorder, anger management, personality disorders, alcohol use disorder, adjustment disorder, and psychosis.
(860) 650-1861 View (860) 650-1861
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Renew Your Mind LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN , APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Waterbury, CT 06702  (Online Only)
Welcome! We are a practice that provides mental health needs to all ages. Mental Health is an area of service that needs more compassion, so we are here to help you with that. We offer medication management with our APRN and we also provide tele-health visits. Our clinicians are caring and compassionate and they try to go above and beyond for all their clients. We will try to help you find the right treatment plan for your mental health needs. Our practice focuses on you as a whole person. We discuss and provide realistic goals together with compassion in mind. Contact Us today and we are here to help!
Welcome! We are a practice that provides mental health needs to all ages. Mental Health is an area of service that needs more compassion, so we are here to help you with that. We offer medication management with our APRN and we also provide tele-health visits. Our clinicians are caring and compassionate and they try to go above and beyond for all their clients. We will try to help you find the right treatment plan for your mental health needs. Our practice focuses on you as a whole person. We discuss and provide realistic goals together with compassion in mind. Contact Us today and we are here to help!
(475) 253-3461 View (475) 253-3461
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George Philip Kelly
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fairfield, CT 06825
I became a doctor because I wanted to help people, and I found a home in Psychiatry. I believe a patient and a therapist together can change lives. This requires trust, motivation and an experienced therapist. Medication can be an enormously helpful part of this treatment. Many people, in this day-and-age, walk around feeling stressed, anxious, and depressed, and don't know that they can be helped. Modern treatment, including medication, can help with these symptoms.
I became a doctor because I wanted to help people, and I found a home in Psychiatry. I believe a patient and a therapist together can change lives. This requires trust, motivation and an experienced therapist. Medication can be an enormously helpful part of this treatment. Many people, in this day-and-age, walk around feeling stressed, anxious, and depressed, and don't know that they can be helped. Modern treatment, including medication, can help with these symptoms.
(203) 767-7799 View (203) 767-7799
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Noelle O'Shea
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
New Canaan, CT 06840
Noelle provides both psychopharmacologic and psychotherapeutic interventions for children, adolescents, and adults. She is trained in SPACE (Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions), EX/RP (Exposure Response Prevention) and NVR (Non-Violent Resistance) which is a therapeutic system for supporting caregivers of children with behavioral problems, reducing parental helplessness/erasure, and helping families that suffer from intense conflict between parent and child.
Noelle provides both psychopharmacologic and psychotherapeutic interventions for children, adolescents, and adults. She is trained in SPACE (Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions), EX/RP (Exposure Response Prevention) and NVR (Non-Violent Resistance) which is a therapeutic system for supporting caregivers of children with behavioral problems, reducing parental helplessness/erasure, and helping families that suffer from intense conflict between parent and child.
(203) 594-1692 View (203) 594-1692

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Number of Psychiatrists in New Milford, CT

< 10

Psychiatrists in New Milford, CT who prioritize treating:

80% Depression
80% Anxiety
80% Trauma and PTSD
80% Other
80% Bipolar Disorder
80% Medication Management
60% Addiction

Average years in practice

15 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Anthem | Elevance
75% Aetna
75% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in New Milford, CT see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

75% Male
25% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in New 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.