Psychiatrists in Wethersfield, CT

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Kelly K. Prior
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Wethersfield, CT 06109
Are you struggling with feelings of sadness and inability to enjoy things that used to make you happy? Are you worrying so much that your mind is unable to relax even when things might be going well? Are you having a difficult time getting adequate sleep to focus during the day? Are you a mother having a rough time managing "having it all?" Are you having difficulties focusing on your work? have a special interest in helping mothers, working professionals, nurses, therapists, gamer geeks, and undergraduate and graduate students.
Are you struggling with feelings of sadness and inability to enjoy things that used to make you happy? Are you worrying so much that your mind is unable to relax even when things might be going well? Are you having a difficult time getting adequate sleep to focus during the day? Are you a mother having a rough time managing "having it all?" Are you having difficulties focusing on your work? have a special interest in helping mothers, working professionals, nurses, therapists, gamer geeks, and undergraduate and graduate students.
(860) 855-3561 View (860) 855-3561
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Sound Mynd
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN,, APRN, FNP-C, PMHPBC
Verified Verified
Wethersfield, CT 06109
Do you feel depressed, anxious, angry, stuck, uncertain about your life; making decision, and unable to cope and concentrate? I am here to help. I offer talk therapy and medication management for Anxiety, Bipolar, ADHD Depression, OCD, PTSD, Schizophrenia. No long wait times, same-day or next-day appointments available, and flexible virtual visits. I strive to offer a safe and therapeutic environment to enable my patients to create the change they are seeking.
Do you feel depressed, anxious, angry, stuck, uncertain about your life; making decision, and unable to cope and concentrate? I am here to help. I offer talk therapy and medication management for Anxiety, Bipolar, ADHD Depression, OCD, PTSD, Schizophrenia. No long wait times, same-day or next-day appointments available, and flexible virtual visits. I strive to offer a safe and therapeutic environment to enable my patients to create the change they are seeking.
(860) 775-6069 View (860) 775-6069
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Jenna Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN , APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wethersfield, CT 06109
I am currently offering admissions within the same week, in person or telehealth. I provide services for children ages 6 and up, as well as adults. I have Saturday and Evening hours. Please visit my website jennasmithaprn.com and complete prospective patient tab for fastest appointment! Are you or your child struggling with mental health concerns? I am a psychiatric prescriber with 20+ years of experience within the field in different roles. I provide a patient centered and collaborative space for us to create and tailor a care plan specific to your goals.
I am currently offering admissions within the same week, in person or telehealth. I provide services for children ages 6 and up, as well as adults. I have Saturday and Evening hours. Please visit my website jennasmithaprn.com and complete prospective patient tab for fastest appointment! Are you or your child struggling with mental health concerns? I am a psychiatric prescriber with 20+ years of experience within the field in different roles. I provide a patient centered and collaborative space for us to create and tailor a care plan specific to your goals.
(860) 864-4761 View (860) 864-4761
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Central Connecticut Behavioral Health, LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Wethersfield, CT 06109
Providing quality care to all our satisfied clients through a comprehensive array of services, convenience and timely access. Our Expert, and caring team of clinicians with more than 30 yrs in the field of Psychiatry. We are multilingual with fluency in English, Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi and treat patients age 18 and over. We provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluation including thorough evaluation of your medical records, Extensive psychiatric interview and explanation of treatment plan .
Providing quality care to all our satisfied clients through a comprehensive array of services, convenience and timely access. Our Expert, and caring team of clinicians with more than 30 yrs in the field of Psychiatry. We are multilingual with fluency in English, Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi and treat patients age 18 and over. We provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluation including thorough evaluation of your medical records, Extensive psychiatric interview and explanation of treatment plan .
(860) 248-2391 View (860) 248-2391
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Nourish Psychiatric- Katie Scheinberg
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMH-NP, APRN, MSN, BSN
Verified Verified
Wethersfield, CT 06109
Accepting new patients for June-July 2024! Some people find that therapy alone does not allow them to reach their mental health potential and may be considering starting medication, changing medication or looking to continue medication. No matter where you are on your journey to mental wellness, there are options. I provide psychiatric evaluations, medication management, health/nutrition/sleep education, and therapeutic support to children, adolescents, and emerging adults who are struggling with depression, anxiety, sleep and eating issues and other mental health concerns.
Accepting new patients for June-July 2024! Some people find that therapy alone does not allow them to reach their mental health potential and may be considering starting medication, changing medication or looking to continue medication. No matter where you are on your journey to mental wellness, there are options. I provide psychiatric evaluations, medication management, health/nutrition/sleep education, and therapeutic support to children, adolescents, and emerging adults who are struggling with depression, anxiety, sleep and eating issues and other mental health concerns.
(860) 968-0168 View (860) 968-0168
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Milind Kale, MD LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Wethersfield, CT 06109
Taking your child to a psychiatrist is not an easy decision. Many parents have concerns about unnecessarily medicating their child or labeling them with a diagnosis at such a young age. As a physician and as a parent, I take those concerns very seriously. I do a lot of groundwork before I diagnose a child. I use validated rating scales completed by multiple sources and I always work in conjunction with a therapist. I take a family-centric approach to treatment. For school evaluations, I see my role as an advocate for the child, while not losing sight of the school's perspective.
Taking your child to a psychiatrist is not an easy decision. Many parents have concerns about unnecessarily medicating their child or labeling them with a diagnosis at such a young age. As a physician and as a parent, I take those concerns very seriously. I do a lot of groundwork before I diagnose a child. I use validated rating scales completed by multiple sources and I always work in conjunction with a therapist. I take a family-centric approach to treatment. For school evaluations, I see my role as an advocate for the child, while not losing sight of the school's perspective.
(860) 780-5455 View (860) 780-5455

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SMPsychotherapy & Counseling Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Hartford, CT 06103
Are the complexities of your family dynamics overwhelming you? Do you have a child suffering from ADHD who needs compassionate guidance? Is anxiety or depression ruling your life every day? It can be hard to see the positive in life when mental health issues drain you. You keep thinking about reaching out for help but aren’t sure where to start. Now is the time to connect with our experts at SMPsychotherapy & Counseling. We are dedicated to being a trusted companion on your unique mental health journey.
Are the complexities of your family dynamics overwhelming you? Do you have a child suffering from ADHD who needs compassionate guidance? Is anxiety or depression ruling your life every day? It can be hard to see the positive in life when mental health issues drain you. You keep thinking about reaching out for help but aren’t sure where to start. Now is the time to connect with our experts at SMPsychotherapy & Counseling. We are dedicated to being a trusted companion on your unique mental health journey.
(860) 560-1886 View (860) 560-1886
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SMPsychotherapy & Counseling Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PCCN, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Hartford, CT 06103
Have you tried medications for mental health conditions without success? Do you feel your medication prescriber doesn’t spend enough time with you? You want someone who will take a holistic approach when prescribing your mental health medications and listen to your experience and concerns about side effects. You want to manage your mental health conditions and get back to building the life you want. What if you could find a mental health practice that combines best practices in medication management with comprehensive therapy services? We’d be honored to help you achieve mental wellness.
Have you tried medications for mental health conditions without success? Do you feel your medication prescriber doesn’t spend enough time with you? You want someone who will take a holistic approach when prescribing your mental health medications and listen to your experience and concerns about side effects. You want to manage your mental health conditions and get back to building the life you want. What if you could find a mental health practice that combines best practices in medication management with comprehensive therapy services? We’d be honored to help you achieve mental wellness.
(203) 769-9298 View (203) 769-9298
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Ashley Sweeney
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Hartford, CT 06102  (Online Only)
Ashley Sweeney is a Christian based Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner. She believes in establishing trusting relationships, strengthening her client's decision-making process, and providing evidence-based information. She believes education and collaboration are the best methods to sustain long-term treatment success. Ashey offers faith-based services when requested. She is adamant about helping her clients become the best version of themselves while they walk their life's journey. She sees children, adolescents, and adults.
Ashley Sweeney is a Christian based Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner. She believes in establishing trusting relationships, strengthening her client's decision-making process, and providing evidence-based information. She believes education and collaboration are the best methods to sustain long-term treatment success. Ashey offers faith-based services when requested. She is adamant about helping her clients become the best version of themselves while they walk their life's journey. She sees children, adolescents, and adults.
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Dr. Amy R. Salerno
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West Hartford, CT 06110
Not accepting new clients
PLEASE note: I am not taking new patients at this time. I am a Board Certified Physician with extensive experience in mental health issues across all life stages. I am Fellowship trained in both Integrative Psychiatry and Maternal Child Health. I offer holistic, culturally competent care, in both English and Spanish.
PLEASE note: I am not taking new patients at this time. I am a Board Certified Physician with extensive experience in mental health issues across all life stages. I am Fellowship trained in both Integrative Psychiatry and Maternal Child Health. I offer holistic, culturally competent care, in both English and Spanish.
(860) 935-6556 View (860) 935-6556
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Mitchelee Dunbar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Hartford, CT 06160  (Online Only)
Mitchelee Dunbar is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with years of experience in behavioral health in both inpatient and outpatient treatment settings. She diagnoses and treats a wide range of mental health concerns with a holistic and comprehensive approach. She has experience treating depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, trauma, adjustment disorders, and mood disorders. She provides quality, compassionate, patient-centered, and culturally sensitive mental health services to adult clients. Mitchelee is passionate about empowering clients to take control of their lives.
Mitchelee Dunbar is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with years of experience in behavioral health in both inpatient and outpatient treatment settings. She diagnoses and treats a wide range of mental health concerns with a holistic and comprehensive approach. She has experience treating depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, trauma, adjustment disorders, and mood disorders. She provides quality, compassionate, patient-centered, and culturally sensitive mental health services to adult clients. Mitchelee is passionate about empowering clients to take control of their lives.
(860) 891-6817 View (860) 891-6817
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Sheldon L Hollins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
West Hartford, CT 06110
People often encounter difficult times in their lives. My aim is to help people to navigate through those times and offer a treatment plan that fits their specific needs.
People often encounter difficult times in their lives. My aim is to help people to navigate through those times and offer a treatment plan that fits their specific needs.
(860) 854-9746 View (860) 854-9746
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Betsy LaRose
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PCCN, FNP-C, APRN
Verified Verified
Hartford, CT 06103
Is anxiety or depression impacting or derailing your life? Do you have goals you want to accomplish but struggle just to get out of bed or stay focused? Mental health issues can keep you from living the life you want or feeling that sense of calmness and serenity you prefer. You want to stop letting mental illness control your life, but you aren’t sure where to start. Many people struggle with mental illness - don’t let it hold you back any longer. Finding the right mental healthcare professional is critical. The right help is available; we can get through this together.
Is anxiety or depression impacting or derailing your life? Do you have goals you want to accomplish but struggle just to get out of bed or stay focused? Mental health issues can keep you from living the life you want or feeling that sense of calmness and serenity you prefer. You want to stop letting mental illness control your life, but you aren’t sure where to start. Many people struggle with mental illness - don’t let it hold you back any longer. Finding the right mental healthcare professional is critical. The right help is available; we can get through this together.
(860) 813-3562 View (860) 813-3562
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Latham Psychiatric NP Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, RN, FNP-C, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Hartford, CT 06103  (Online Only)
My family is my reason for everything. I have two beautiful daughters, a living husband and three very spoiled pups. I love learning. (
My family is my reason for everything. I have two beautiful daughters, a living husband and three very spoiled pups. I love learning. (
(860) 935-8432 View (860) 935-8432
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Kary Krochko
Psychiatric Nurse, APRN
Verified Verified
Hartford, CT 06102
We are currently accepting new clients. We offer Medical Marijuana Treatments for adults in the State of Connecticut.
We are currently accepting new clients. We offer Medical Marijuana Treatments for adults in the State of Connecticut.
(203) 408-7805 View (203) 408-7805
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Hung Do
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Hartford, CT 06106  (Online Only)
I am board certified in both Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine. Over the years, I have helped thousands of patients achieve sobriety with a combination of medication management and counseling. I have extensive experience with buprenorphine, methadone, vivitrol, and psychiatric medications to help with underlying mental illness.
I am board certified in both Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine. Over the years, I have helped thousands of patients achieve sobriety with a combination of medication management and counseling. I have extensive experience with buprenorphine, methadone, vivitrol, and psychiatric medications to help with underlying mental illness.
(617) 201-1002 View (617) 201-1002
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Dr. Cynthia B McNeill
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, MSN, NP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Hartford, CT 06108  (Online Only)
Dr. McNeill is a dedicated nurse practitioner (NP) specializing in family medicine and psychiatry, with expertise in treating a range of conditions including anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and eating disorders. Complementing her clinical role, she holds the position of associate professor within the Health, Human Services, and Science faculty at University of Pheonix. She holds a PhD in Human Services, with a specialized focus on Healthcare Administration, attained from Capella University, an MSN from the University of South Alabama. Additionally, she holds an BSN from Emory University.
Dr. McNeill is a dedicated nurse practitioner (NP) specializing in family medicine and psychiatry, with expertise in treating a range of conditions including anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and eating disorders. Complementing her clinical role, she holds the position of associate professor within the Health, Human Services, and Science faculty at University of Pheonix. She holds a PhD in Human Services, with a specialized focus on Healthcare Administration, attained from Capella University, an MSN from the University of South Alabama. Additionally, she holds an BSN from Emory University.
(678) 324-3007 View (678) 324-3007
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Anup Ojha
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West Hartford, CT 06110
Not accepting new clients
Anup Ojha, M.D. is Not Accepting new patients at this time. As a patient-centered psychiatrist, my ideal patients are individuals navigating the complexities of modern life while facing common psychiatric disorders. Drawing from evidence-based practices, I offer a personalized blend of medication management and psychoeducation. I work together with my patients, exploring their unique situations to discover strengths. Through collaboration, I empower them to navigate a path toward lasting mental well-being.
Anup Ojha, M.D. is Not Accepting new patients at this time. As a patient-centered psychiatrist, my ideal patients are individuals navigating the complexities of modern life while facing common psychiatric disorders. Drawing from evidence-based practices, I offer a personalized blend of medication management and psychoeducation. I work together with my patients, exploring their unique situations to discover strengths. Through collaboration, I empower them to navigate a path toward lasting mental well-being.
(860) 847-7919 View (860) 847-7919
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BE VEry Resilient, L.L.C.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West Hartford, CT 06110
The mission of BE VEry Resilient is to foster resilience by encouraging, uplifting, restoring, and renewing emotional strength, promoting balanced and stable emotions. Our goal for each individual is to cultivate therapeutic skills that enhance mental well-being and empower effective management of daily challenges. Sheneese, the owner/founder of BE VEry Resilient, brings over 10 years of experience in the nursing field, with a significant focus on mental health. Having practiced as a mental health provider in community outpatient settings, Sheneese has dedicated her career to supporting adults from diverse backgrounds.
The mission of BE VEry Resilient is to foster resilience by encouraging, uplifting, restoring, and renewing emotional strength, promoting balanced and stable emotions. Our goal for each individual is to cultivate therapeutic skills that enhance mental well-being and empower effective management of daily challenges. Sheneese, the owner/founder of BE VEry Resilient, brings over 10 years of experience in the nursing field, with a significant focus on mental health. Having practiced as a mental health provider in community outpatient settings, Sheneese has dedicated her career to supporting adults from diverse backgrounds.
(203) 350-7077 View (203) 350-7077
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Keisha Asante
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Hartford, CT 06102  (Online Only)
Are you grappling with mental health challenges, seeking understanding, compassion, and personalized care? Have you tried navigating anxiety, and depression, but can’t seem to get a firm grasp? Perhaps you have tried medications in the past, but don’t see the changes you envision. You long for a professional who can truly connect with your unique journey. Taking the necessary steps to optimal mental wellness doesn’t have to be difficult. Keisha at Mar Y Sol Mental Health Experts is ready to listen and provide you with a solid plan of action to achieve a more fulfilling life
Are you grappling with mental health challenges, seeking understanding, compassion, and personalized care? Have you tried navigating anxiety, and depression, but can’t seem to get a firm grasp? Perhaps you have tried medications in the past, but don’t see the changes you envision. You long for a professional who can truly connect with your unique journey. Taking the necessary steps to optimal mental wellness doesn’t have to be difficult. Keisha at Mar Y Sol Mental Health Experts is ready to listen and provide you with a solid plan of action to achieve a more fulfilling life
(203) 456-6989 View (203) 456-6989

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Wethersfield, CT

< 10

Psychiatrists in Wethersfield, CT who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Medication Management
83% Trauma and PTSD
83% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Wethersfield, CT see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Wethersfield?

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.