Psychiatrists in Torrington, CT

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New England Mind Matters
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Torrington, CT 06790
Please note that I am licensed in and can only see clients who reside in Connecticut. Clients in my practice seek a provider who is compassionate, comprehensive and understands their individual needs. I am also one of the few practitioners in the area that will consult on and prescribe gender affirming hormone therapy to adults.
Please note that I am licensed in and can only see clients who reside in Connecticut. Clients in my practice seek a provider who is compassionate, comprehensive and understands their individual needs. I am also one of the few practitioners in the area that will consult on and prescribe gender affirming hormone therapy to adults.
(860) 294-0211 View (860) 294-0211

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Kenneth R Cohen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Litchfield, CT 06759
I am a Board Certified psychiatrist with over twenty-five years of clinical experience since my graduation from residency, and I maintain practices in psychiatry in New York City (in person or telemedicine Tuesday-Thursday), Sag Harbor Village (in person or telemedicine Friday), and Litchfield County, Connecticut (telemedicine only). Areas of expertise include psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, in-home and nursing home consultations and management, and work with patients suffering from medical illness; I have completed formal fellowships in these areas at Cornell, Columbia, and Memorial Sloan Kettering.
I am a Board Certified psychiatrist with over twenty-five years of clinical experience since my graduation from residency, and I maintain practices in psychiatry in New York City (in person or telemedicine Tuesday-Thursday), Sag Harbor Village (in person or telemedicine Friday), and Litchfield County, Connecticut (telemedicine only). Areas of expertise include psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, in-home and nursing home consultations and management, and work with patients suffering from medical illness; I have completed formal fellowships in these areas at Cornell, Columbia, and Memorial Sloan Kettering.
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Garrit Cerruto
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Litchfield, CT 06759
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Garrit is a certified advanced practice professional. He is an expert at assessing client needs and prescribing medications that will treat accordingly. Garrit has comprehensive knowledge of medicine, pharmacology, clinical skills, and standards of care resulting in the highest possible level of safety.
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Garrit is a certified advanced practice professional. He is an expert at assessing client needs and prescribing medications that will treat accordingly. Garrit has comprehensive knowledge of medicine, pharmacology, clinical skills, and standards of care resulting in the highest possible level of safety.
(860) 979-5455 View (860) 979-5455
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Clifford Kye
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Litchfield, CT 06759
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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Perry Githens APRN
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Thomaston, CT 06787
Perry Githens has sound experience in substance abuse, long-term care settings, outpatient, and acute inpatient settings with pediatric and adult populations. He has experience in all different areas, such as residential substance abuse, alcohol use disorder, inpatient geriatric psychiatry with dementia, and mental illness in the elderly.
Perry Githens has sound experience in substance abuse, long-term care settings, outpatient, and acute inpatient settings with pediatric and adult populations. He has experience in all different areas, such as residential substance abuse, alcohol use disorder, inpatient geriatric psychiatry with dementia, and mental illness in the elderly.
(845) 250-3614 View (845) 250-3614
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Holistic Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse, APRN, MSN
Verified Verified
Litchfield, CT 06750
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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Janet L Howe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP , MS, BC
Verified Verified
Goshen, CT 06756  (Online Only)
As a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I provide care for individuals with a range of mental health concerns. Mental health disorders that I pursue include, depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, OCD, ADHD, and substance use disorders.It is sometimes difficult to find someone that you can connect with and be comfortable with. My goal is to provide quality and evidence based individualized care while creating trust, mutual respect and compassion, within a safe environment. achieved through minimal supportive psychotherapy, medication management and lifestyle adjustments.
As a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I provide care for individuals with a range of mental health concerns. Mental health disorders that I pursue include, depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, OCD, ADHD, and substance use disorders.It is sometimes difficult to find someone that you can connect with and be comfortable with. My goal is to provide quality and evidence based individualized care while creating trust, mutual respect and compassion, within a safe environment. achieved through minimal supportive psychotherapy, medication management and lifestyle adjustments.
(860) 783-7118 View (860) 783-7118
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TLC Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Canton, CT 06019
Trisha is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a Master of Science in Nursing and over twenty years of clinical experience working in mental health. She is an independent practitioner in the states of CT, NY and MA, is board certified with prescriptive authority and specializes in psychiatric medication management. At TLC Psychiatry, her approach to care involves getting to know each client individually, partnering closely with them to construct a plan of care specific to their needs, and supporting them to achieve their goals with medication management and therapy.
Trisha is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a Master of Science in Nursing and over twenty years of clinical experience working in mental health. She is an independent practitioner in the states of CT, NY and MA, is board certified with prescriptive authority and specializes in psychiatric medication management. At TLC Psychiatry, her approach to care involves getting to know each client individually, partnering closely with them to construct a plan of care specific to their needs, and supporting them to achieve their goals with medication management and therapy.
(860) 962-4583 View (860) 962-4583
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Holly Hillburn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Burlington, CT 06013
I specialize in child and adolescent psychiatry and work with kids, ages 4 to 21. Please visit www.centralpsychiatry.com for details. I've been a board-certified advanced practice registered nurse since 2010 and graduated from the University of Rochester School of Nursing, in Western New York. I have worked alongside child psychiatrists for over a decade and attend the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry annual training academy. These experiences have enhanced my knowledge of pediatric psychopharmacology. I conduct psychiatric evaluations, clarify psychiatric diagnoses, and prescribe psychotropic medication.
I specialize in child and adolescent psychiatry and work with kids, ages 4 to 21. Please visit www.centralpsychiatry.com for details. I've been a board-certified advanced practice registered nurse since 2010 and graduated from the University of Rochester School of Nursing, in Western New York. I have worked alongside child psychiatrists for over a decade and attend the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry annual training academy. These experiences have enhanced my knowledge of pediatric psychopharmacology. I conduct psychiatric evaluations, clarify psychiatric diagnoses, and prescribe psychotropic medication.
(860) 467-0559 View (860) 467-0559
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Sadaf M Hashmi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Farmington, CT 06032  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Adult and Forensic psychiatrist, trained at University of Connecticut and Yale School of Medicine. My background is in outpatient, correctional, emergency and forensic psychiatry. I am currently employed at Boston University (BMC), have a private practice in Back Bay, Boston (since 2018), and a new practice in Connecticut.
I am a board certified Adult and Forensic psychiatrist, trained at University of Connecticut and Yale School of Medicine. My background is in outpatient, correctional, emergency and forensic psychiatry. I am currently employed at Boston University (BMC), have a private practice in Back Bay, Boston (since 2018), and a new practice in Connecticut.
(959) 222-4751 View (959) 222-4751
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Holistic Services & Alternative Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN-BC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Canton, CT 06019
To create the kind of practice I want for my patients, I operate a full-service, "concierge" psychiatry practice, as opposed to an insurance-driven model. This allows me to focus on quality over quantity, and on personalized service and accessibility over volume. Most importantly, I have fewer patients than an insurance-driven practice, which means I have more time for you. We will have ample time during your visit to discuss your concerns. I am also much more accessible between visits for your phone calls and emails.
To create the kind of practice I want for my patients, I operate a full-service, "concierge" psychiatry practice, as opposed to an insurance-driven model. This allows me to focus on quality over quantity, and on personalized service and accessibility over volume. Most importantly, I have fewer patients than an insurance-driven practice, which means I have more time for you. We will have ample time during your visit to discuss your concerns. I am also much more accessible between visits for your phone calls and emails.
(860) 735-3592 View (860) 735-3592
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Ascend Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Canton, CT 06019
Now Welcoming New Clients. My focus is on individual therapy for children, adolescents and adults. Assisting those affected by stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, and significant life alterations. In these challenging times, seeking support is not only acceptable but necessary. As someone who is a seasoned professional, I understand the struggle to find professionals with direct experience and a deep comprehension of high-stress situations. Let's take the difficulty and guess work out of your mental health treatment.
Now Welcoming New Clients. My focus is on individual therapy for children, adolescents and adults. Assisting those affected by stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, and significant life alterations. In these challenging times, seeking support is not only acceptable but necessary. As someone who is a seasoned professional, I understand the struggle to find professionals with direct experience and a deep comprehension of high-stress situations. Let's take the difficulty and guess work out of your mental health treatment.
(860) 717-3368 View (860) 717-3368
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Ifeyinwa Utoh-Ofodile
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Burlington, CT 06013  (Online Only)
Ideal clients are adults facing mood swings, anxiety, life adjustments, or attention challenges. They seek understanding, support, and evidence-based interventions to navigate their mental health journey toward improved well-being and fulfillment.
Ideal clients are adults facing mood swings, anxiety, life adjustments, or attention challenges. They seek understanding, support, and evidence-based interventions to navigate their mental health journey toward improved well-being and fulfillment.
(959) 210-6800 View (959) 210-6800
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Martha Akinable
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-C, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Burlington, CT 06013
As a mental health specialist, I tailor treatment plans for diverse age groups, addressing conditions like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. My focus extends to managing stress, trauma, addiction, and navigating major life changes. I strive to stabilize mental health and overall well-being through personalized interventions, fostering resilience and empowerment in each client's journey toward recovery.
As a mental health specialist, I tailor treatment plans for diverse age groups, addressing conditions like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. My focus extends to managing stress, trauma, addiction, and navigating major life changes. I strive to stabilize mental health and overall well-being through personalized interventions, fostering resilience and empowerment in each client's journey toward recovery.
(959) 210-6800 View (959) 210-6800

Online Psychiatrists

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Carol J Pisani
Psychiatric Nurse, APRN
Verified Verified
Trumbull, CT 06611
I provide psychiatric medication management for adults. I have been a psychiatric nurse for over 25 years. I have worked in many different settings in many different roles and always as a nurse. My practice was started in 2010 when I earned my Master's degree in Nursing from Fairfield University and became a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. My focus of treatment is medication management. My practice is small and I pride myself on giving individualized care to each client.
I provide psychiatric medication management for adults. I have been a psychiatric nurse for over 25 years. I have worked in many different settings in many different roles and always as a nurse. My practice was started in 2010 when I earned my Master's degree in Nursing from Fairfield University and became a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. My focus of treatment is medication management. My practice is small and I pride myself on giving individualized care to each client.
(203) 437-6153 View (203) 437-6153
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Matthew Campbell
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Hartford, CT 06108  (Online Only)
Dr. Matthew Campbell received his medical degree from the University of Washington. He completed psychiatry residency and an addiction fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein. He provides telepsychiatry for adults throughout Connecticut. He is currently taking new patients interested in CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training.) This is an evidenced based therapy for people (CSO) affected by someone (IP) with an addiction. It has 3 goals of: improved mental health/quality of life of CSO, decreased substance use by IP and much higher treatment engagement to address substance use for IP.
Dr. Matthew Campbell received his medical degree from the University of Washington. He completed psychiatry residency and an addiction fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein. He provides telepsychiatry for adults throughout Connecticut. He is currently taking new patients interested in CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training.) This is an evidenced based therapy for people (CSO) affected by someone (IP) with an addiction. It has 3 goals of: improved mental health/quality of life of CSO, decreased substance use by IP and much higher treatment engagement to address substance use for IP.
(860) 764-2784 View (860) 764-2784
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Jason Sadeh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Greenwich, CT 06830
Dr. Jason Reece Sadeh is a compassionate, highly skilled, and board-certified psychiatrist dedicated to patient care. With a blend of professionalism and a touch of levity, Dr. Sadeh brings a unique approach to psychiatry that combines expertise and a warm, relatable demeanor. Dr. Sadeh completed his undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis. He then graduated from the Sackler School of Medicine, New York Program. Dr. Sadeh completed his psychiatry residency at New York Medical College, Metropolitan Hospital, where he was selected to serve as chief resident during his final year.
Dr. Jason Reece Sadeh is a compassionate, highly skilled, and board-certified psychiatrist dedicated to patient care. With a blend of professionalism and a touch of levity, Dr. Sadeh brings a unique approach to psychiatry that combines expertise and a warm, relatable demeanor. Dr. Sadeh completed his undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis. He then graduated from the Sackler School of Medicine, New York Program. Dr. Sadeh completed his psychiatry residency at New York Medical College, Metropolitan Hospital, where he was selected to serve as chief resident during his final year.
(646) 956-5489 View (646) 956-5489
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Connecticut Behavioral Health Associates, PC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Southington, CT 06489
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. Any individual in need is eligible to receive services regardless of race, religion, disability, national origin or gender, while protecting the dignity and privacy of all individuals served.
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. Any individual in need is eligible to receive services regardless of race, religion, disability, national origin or gender, while protecting the dignity and privacy of all individuals served.
(860) 406-7650 x206 View (860) 406-7650 x206
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Gordon Health Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Suffield, CT 06078  (Online Only)
Welcome! I’m Verona, a dual board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). I specialize in teens, adults, and geriatrics who are struggling with anxiety, depression, Bipolar disorder, and PTSD. I believe in a holistic approach to treatment. I provide medication management and individual therapy to teens, adults, and geriatrics. During our initial sessions, you can expect a nonjudgmental and confidential environment where you are heard and respected. I believe healing is a holistic journey encompassing the mind, body,  and soul. Through compassionate listening and collaborative exploration
Welcome! I’m Verona, a dual board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). I specialize in teens, adults, and geriatrics who are struggling with anxiety, depression, Bipolar disorder, and PTSD. I believe in a holistic approach to treatment. I provide medication management and individual therapy to teens, adults, and geriatrics. During our initial sessions, you can expect a nonjudgmental and confidential environment where you are heard and respected. I believe healing is a holistic journey encompassing the mind, body,  and soul. Through compassionate listening and collaborative exploration
(860) 935-8532 View (860) 935-8532
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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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Number of Psychiatrists in Torrington, CT

< 10

Psychiatrists in Torrington, CT who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Addiction
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Harvard Pilgrim

How Psychiatrists in Torrington, 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 Torrington?

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.