Psychiatrists in Westport, CT

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Martha Lino
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, RN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Westport, CT 06880  (Online Only)
I am an ANCC board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I graduated from Vassar College with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Sociology. I completed my nursing education at Binghamton University (SUNY), earning my Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing.
I am an ANCC board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I graduated from Vassar College with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Sociology. I completed my nursing education at Binghamton University (SUNY), earning my Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing.
(475) 447-1254 View (475) 447-1254
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Tasneem Khan
Psychiatrist, MD, DABPN
Verified Verified
Westport, CT 06880
I am a board certified psychiatrist trained at New York Medical College. I have 26 years of experience treating major psychiatric and substance abuse disorders. I am also a certified SUBOXONE prescriber. I am very compassionate and will pay close attention to your issues. If you want a different experience in your treatment then please give me a call. You will be seen very quickly in a warm and welcoming environment that is very private and confidential.
I am a board certified psychiatrist trained at New York Medical College. I have 26 years of experience treating major psychiatric and substance abuse disorders. I am also a certified SUBOXONE prescriber. I am very compassionate and will pay close attention to your issues. If you want a different experience in your treatment then please give me a call. You will be seen very quickly in a warm and welcoming environment that is very private and confidential.
(475) 219-6903 View (475) 219-6903
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Dr. Nayla Hariz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Westport, CT 06880
I am accepting new patients and I take the following insurances: Aetna, United Healthcare and Husky. Anyone with no insurance or any other insurance will have to pay out of pocket. If you would like to schedule an appointment for yourself or your child please go to mindfulpsychiatry.as.me/new-appointment.
I am accepting new patients and I take the following insurances: Aetna, United Healthcare and Husky. Anyone with no insurance or any other insurance will have to pay out of pocket. If you would like to schedule an appointment for yourself or your child please go to mindfulpsychiatry.as.me/new-appointment.
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Jonathan M Horowitz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Westport, CT 06880
Waitlist for new clients
I have been working as a psychiatrist for over thirty years growing my skills in psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and in medication treatments for adults and adolescents (over age 12). Many psychiatrists only prescribe medications. I can provide both the psychotherapy, and when indicated, I prescribe medications. I use my training as a physician and a psychotherapist to reduce symptoms and promote resolution of emotional distress. A unique area of my practice developed from my experience as the CEO of a Boston Hosp followed by 10 years consulting to executives from major corporations regarding career stress and leadership skills.
I have been working as a psychiatrist for over thirty years growing my skills in psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and in medication treatments for adults and adolescents (over age 12). Many psychiatrists only prescribe medications. I can provide both the psychotherapy, and when indicated, I prescribe medications. I use my training as a physician and a psychotherapist to reduce symptoms and promote resolution of emotional distress. A unique area of my practice developed from my experience as the CEO of a Boston Hosp followed by 10 years consulting to executives from major corporations regarding career stress and leadership skills.
(203) 993-0024 View (203) 993-0024
Mihaela Nedelcuta
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Westport, CT 06880
Hi, people call me 'Dr. N' or 'Dr. Michaela Nedelcutza.' : [A] I have a private Psychiatry practice in downtown Fairfield near the train station. The "Website" button to the left leads to my professional psychiatry website (www.Psychiatrist-Fairfield.com).
Hi, people call me 'Dr. N' or 'Dr. Michaela Nedelcutza.' : [A] I have a private Psychiatry practice in downtown Fairfield near the train station. The "Website" button to the left leads to my professional psychiatry website (www.Psychiatrist-Fairfield.com).
(203) 763-4769 View (203) 763-4769
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Aaron J. Roberto, M.D.
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Westport, CT 06880
**Tele-Health Available. I am a dedicated, Harvard and Yale-trained child/adolescent, and adult psychiatrist. Each patient is a unique individual, exerting particular strengths and resilience through situations. I create an individualized treatment plan utilizing high-level, evidenced-based treatment including involvement of parents, counselors, and outside therapists for those already in therapy. Medication, when indicated, is offered, as well as evidence-based therapeutic interventions (CBT, supportive) and lifestyle modifications. Expertise in adult and pediatric ADHD, depression, anxiety/panic, and mood disorders.
**Tele-Health Available. I am a dedicated, Harvard and Yale-trained child/adolescent, and adult psychiatrist. Each patient is a unique individual, exerting particular strengths and resilience through situations. I create an individualized treatment plan utilizing high-level, evidenced-based treatment including involvement of parents, counselors, and outside therapists for those already in therapy. Medication, when indicated, is offered, as well as evidence-based therapeutic interventions (CBT, supportive) and lifestyle modifications. Expertise in adult and pediatric ADHD, depression, anxiety/panic, and mood disorders.
(203) 408-6156 View (203) 408-6156
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Jimena Tuis
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Westport, CT 06880
Hi, I am a Yale-trained double-board certified psychiatrist. I specialize in Adult Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. I provide evidence-based treatments with therapy and medication management if needed. I enjoy working closely with my patients and families to create a comprehensive treatment plan that best addresses their needs and treatment goals. Please contact me by filling out the form at my webpage: seasidemh.com/contact
Hi, I am a Yale-trained double-board certified psychiatrist. I specialize in Adult Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. I provide evidence-based treatments with therapy and medication management if needed. I enjoy working closely with my patients and families to create a comprehensive treatment plan that best addresses their needs and treatment goals. Please contact me by filling out the form at my webpage: seasidemh.com/contact
(203) 349-9254 View (203) 349-9254
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Collaborative Approach in Treatment, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Westport, CT 06880  (Online Only)
Are you considering medication for your mental health? Do you struggle with symptoms of overthinking and worry? Have you been feeling depressed? I can provide psychiatric evaluations and prescribe medication in collaboration with your current therapist!
Are you considering medication for your mental health? Do you struggle with symptoms of overthinking and worry? Have you been feeling depressed? I can provide psychiatric evaluations and prescribe medication in collaboration with your current therapist!
(475) 207-4994 View (475) 207-4994
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Joan F Poll
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Westport, CT 06880
Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis
Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis
(203) 584-9478 View (203) 584-9478
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Michael Adusei
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Westport, CT 06880
Reflective Minds Mental Health is a private mental health practice which is currently accepting NEW patients. Our mission is to reduce the stigma of mental illness and provide patients and their families tools to improve their quality of life and maximize their joy. Co-founder, Dr. Adusei is a triple board-certified psychiatrist, who provides comprehensive diagnostic evaluations/ongoing pharmacologic/psychotherapeutic treatment and focuses on creating a collaborative and comfortable environment for his patients, thus ensuring the highest quality of care to everyone he treats.
Reflective Minds Mental Health is a private mental health practice which is currently accepting NEW patients. Our mission is to reduce the stigma of mental illness and provide patients and their families tools to improve their quality of life and maximize their joy. Co-founder, Dr. Adusei is a triple board-certified psychiatrist, who provides comprehensive diagnostic evaluations/ongoing pharmacologic/psychotherapeutic treatment and focuses on creating a collaborative and comfortable environment for his patients, thus ensuring the highest quality of care to everyone he treats.
(475) 253-3254 View (475) 253-3254
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Jennifer M Kenny
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP-P, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Westport, CT 06880  (Online Only)
I have focused training in perinatal psychiatry. I provide medication management for preconception, pregnant, and postpartum families. I have a special interest in working with individuals coping with stress related to infertility and medical complications during the perinatal period, including, high-risk pregnancy, fetal diagnosis, congenital anomalies, NICU stays and transitions home after a NICU hospitalization.
I have focused training in perinatal psychiatry. I provide medication management for preconception, pregnant, and postpartum families. I have a special interest in working with individuals coping with stress related to infertility and medical complications during the perinatal period, including, high-risk pregnancy, fetal diagnosis, congenital anomalies, NICU stays and transitions home after a NICU hospitalization.
(347) 934-8813 View (347) 934-8813
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Kym D'Agostino
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHCNS, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Westport, CT 06880
I'm Kym D’Agostino, a double board-certified Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and a Clinical Specialist in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing. With over 25 years of dedicated experience, I've had the privilege of providing high-quality care to individuals of all ages, particularly children, adolescents, and young adults. As an APRN, I have the advantage of being both a psycho-pharmacologist and and a psycho-therapist. I provide holistic and empathic care to my clients within a psychodynamic framework which recognizes the profound impact of one's history and relationships on their well being.
I'm Kym D’Agostino, a double board-certified Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and a Clinical Specialist in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing. With over 25 years of dedicated experience, I've had the privilege of providing high-quality care to individuals of all ages, particularly children, adolescents, and young adults. As an APRN, I have the advantage of being both a psycho-pharmacologist and and a psycho-therapist. I provide holistic and empathic care to my clients within a psychodynamic framework which recognizes the profound impact of one's history and relationships on their well being.
(203) 457-8243 View (203) 457-8243
Taylor Gaglia
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Westport, CT 06880
Be Well Mental Health Services, LLC is a private psychiatry practice dedicated to providing compassionate, holistic, and empathetic mental health care. It is run by Taylor Gaglia, APRN who specializes in psychiatric medication services across the lifespan. Taylor completed her training at Yale School of Nursing and has served the past 8 years working in the Yale New Haven Health System in varying capacities.
Be Well Mental Health Services, LLC is a private psychiatry practice dedicated to providing compassionate, holistic, and empathetic mental health care. It is run by Taylor Gaglia, APRN who specializes in psychiatric medication services across the lifespan. Taylor completed her training at Yale School of Nursing and has served the past 8 years working in the Yale New Haven Health System in varying capacities.
(475) 234-2532 x1 View (475) 234-2532 x1
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Intensive Outpatient Program and Outpatient Detox
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Westport, CT 06880
I've been working as a Board Certified Psychiatrist for over 15 years, and throughout that time I've been most interested in working with individuals who struggle with addiction or co-occurring illnesses. I am able to provide my clients with outpatient detoxification from alcohol and opioids as long as safety criteria are met. Evidence shows people are most likely to achieve recovery through a combination of medications and counseling. When you come to Elevate, you can have all of your needs met under one roof: Medication Management, Outpatient Detox, Individual Therapy, Group Therapy and IOP.
I've been working as a Board Certified Psychiatrist for over 15 years, and throughout that time I've been most interested in working with individuals who struggle with addiction or co-occurring illnesses. I am able to provide my clients with outpatient detoxification from alcohol and opioids as long as safety criteria are met. Evidence shows people are most likely to achieve recovery through a combination of medications and counseling. When you come to Elevate, you can have all of your needs met under one roof: Medication Management, Outpatient Detox, Individual Therapy, Group Therapy and IOP.
(203) 347-2484 View (203) 347-2484
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Karen Siegel
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Westport, CT 06880
I work with children and their families to develop personalized, effective, and sustainable treatment plans, incorporating psychotherapy, medication, or both. I treat a spectrum of psychiatric problems including anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, OCD, and tic disorders, as well as address psychological issues such as identity, self-esteem, relationship difficulties, family dynamics, life transitions, and personal fulfillment.
I work with children and their families to develop personalized, effective, and sustainable treatment plans, incorporating psychotherapy, medication, or both. I treat a spectrum of psychiatric problems including anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, OCD, and tic disorders, as well as address psychological issues such as identity, self-esteem, relationship difficulties, family dynamics, life transitions, and personal fulfillment.
(475) 251-4510 View (475) 251-4510
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Elevate Health and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BC-APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Westport, CT 06880
My ideal client is anyone and everyone, especially those that have felt overlooked, misunderstood and/or marginalized by previous providers. You want someone who genuinely cares, listens and is rooting for you. Healing is a journey of self-discovery. I am here as your partner, supporting you each step of the way towards reaching your own definition of balanced mental health and fulfillment. Your voice, your experiences, and your priorities drive my care. Let's walk this path together. Working with: depression, anxiety disorders, OCD, trauma and post-traumatic stress, gender identity, attention challenges. LGBTQIA+ affirming.
My ideal client is anyone and everyone, especially those that have felt overlooked, misunderstood and/or marginalized by previous providers. You want someone who genuinely cares, listens and is rooting for you. Healing is a journey of self-discovery. I am here as your partner, supporting you each step of the way towards reaching your own definition of balanced mental health and fulfillment. Your voice, your experiences, and your priorities drive my care. Let's walk this path together. Working with: depression, anxiety disorders, OCD, trauma and post-traumatic stress, gender identity, attention challenges. LGBTQIA+ affirming.
(475) 252-5193 View (475) 252-5193
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Dr. Patricia Hardy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-B, DNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Westport, CT 06880
I work with children, teens, women, and families, focusing on how behavioral changes (sometimes coupled with medication) can improve their psychological & physical well-being. When addressing the concerns of a child, I include the whole family system. I am a board-certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner who has a special interest in working with adolescents and young adults. My practice focuses include emergency psychiatry, ADHD, depression, anxiety, and PTSD.
I work with children, teens, women, and families, focusing on how behavioral changes (sometimes coupled with medication) can improve their psychological & physical well-being. When addressing the concerns of a child, I include the whole family system. I am a board-certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner who has a special interest in working with adolescents and young adults. My practice focuses include emergency psychiatry, ADHD, depression, anxiety, and PTSD.
(475) 897-5611 View (475) 897-5611
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Gony Alexandra Weiss
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Westport, CT 06880
Are you struggling with depression, mood swings, anxiety, insomnia, frustration, poor motivation, difficulty focusing or general dissatisfaction with where you are in life? Are you wanting help, guidance, and support in creating a life that you love? If so, I am happy to help. I am a Board-Certified Adult Psychiatrist who values a caring, compassionate, and comprehensive approach to patient care. I specialize in working with Empaths who are open to incorporating spiritual practices in their lives to help their symptoms of Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD. If this resonates, contact me so we can set up an appointment to meet!
Are you struggling with depression, mood swings, anxiety, insomnia, frustration, poor motivation, difficulty focusing or general dissatisfaction with where you are in life? Are you wanting help, guidance, and support in creating a life that you love? If so, I am happy to help. I am a Board-Certified Adult Psychiatrist who values a caring, compassionate, and comprehensive approach to patient care. I specialize in working with Empaths who are open to incorporating spiritual practices in their lives to help their symptoms of Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD. If this resonates, contact me so we can set up an appointment to meet!
(475) 242-8026 View (475) 242-8026
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Randi Cohen
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Westport, CT 06880  (Online Only)
Do you struggle with anxiety, negativity, or a sense of worthlessness? Do you find yourself cut off from feelings or going in circles in your current relationship? Do you have trouble focusing and staying organized? Is it hard for you to get past things that bother you? I am extensively trained in cognitive, behavioral, mindfulness-based, and somatic awareness techniques to help you feel comfortable in your skin. I also offer an option for medications. I work with individuals or with couples. I specialize in addressing OCD, PTSD, Asperger's, ADHD, depression, anxiety, life issues, and relationship stressors.
Do you struggle with anxiety, negativity, or a sense of worthlessness? Do you find yourself cut off from feelings or going in circles in your current relationship? Do you have trouble focusing and staying organized? Is it hard for you to get past things that bother you? I am extensively trained in cognitive, behavioral, mindfulness-based, and somatic awareness techniques to help you feel comfortable in your skin. I also offer an option for medications. I work with individuals or with couples. I specialize in addressing OCD, PTSD, Asperger's, ADHD, depression, anxiety, life issues, and relationship stressors.
(203) 490-4503 View (203) 490-4503
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Elevate Health and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, AGNP-BC, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Westport, CT 06880
Our practice is currently Accepting NEW patients. My name is Lauren Falcone and I am a Nurse Practitioner specializing in the treatment of depression, anxiety, ADHD, and addiction by seamlessly combining lifestyle counseling and medication management. I work with both adolescents and adults, and take great pride in the comprehensive and thorough treatment I provide to each of my clients. In addition to receiving medication management at Elevate, clients are also able to participate in individual therapy, as well as our Intensive Outpatient Programs (we have Adult and Adolescent tracks). All services are in-network with insurance.
Our practice is currently Accepting NEW patients. My name is Lauren Falcone and I am a Nurse Practitioner specializing in the treatment of depression, anxiety, ADHD, and addiction by seamlessly combining lifestyle counseling and medication management. I work with both adolescents and adults, and take great pride in the comprehensive and thorough treatment I provide to each of my clients. In addition to receiving medication management at Elevate, clients are also able to participate in individual therapy, as well as our Intensive Outpatient Programs (we have Adult and Adolescent tracks). All services are in-network with insurance.
(475) 242-8157 View (475) 242-8157

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Westport, CT

60+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Westport, CT who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
89% Depression
84% Medication Management
75% ADHD
69% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
66% Bipolar Disorder
62% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

85% Aetna
79% Cigna and Evernorth
76% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Westport, CT see their clients

71% In Person and Online
29% Online Only

Gender breakdown

72% Female
28% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Westport?

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.