Psychiatrists in Lighthouse Point, FL

Photo of Bibiana Susaimanickam - Promoveo Psychiatry and Wellness P.A., MD, Psychiatrist
Promoveo Psychiatry and Wellness P.A.
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lighthouse Point, FL 33064  (Online Only)
At Promoveo Psychiatry, we specialize in providing compassionate and comprehensive psychiatric care for individuals facing mental health challenges, with a particular focus on patients dealing with cancer, complex medical issues, and medical professionals, including residents and medical students. Our goal is to work together, to help you heal and move forwards in life. Led by Dr. Bibiana Susaimanickam, a double board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist with a decade of experience. The practice is dedicated to supporting your mental health journey with personalized treatment plans tailored to your unique needs.
At Promoveo Psychiatry, we specialize in providing compassionate and comprehensive psychiatric care for individuals facing mental health challenges, with a particular focus on patients dealing with cancer, complex medical issues, and medical professionals, including residents and medical students. Our goal is to work together, to help you heal and move forwards in life. Led by Dr. Bibiana Susaimanickam, a double board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist with a decade of experience. The practice is dedicated to supporting your mental health journey with personalized treatment plans tailored to your unique needs.
(954) 637-7349 View (954) 637-7349
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Mustafa Pirzada
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lighthouse Point, FL 33064
With over 13 years in practice, Lotus Psychiatry and Wellness lead psychiatrist, Mustafa Pirzada M.D. has a vast amount of experience in evaluating and treating children, adolescence and adults for a wide of disorders. At Lotus Psychiatry and Wellness, he has assembled an interdisciplinary team that is equipped to treat both the body and mind. Understanding the mind body connection is the heart of their approach and a key component of their highly successful holistic approach to mental health.
With over 13 years in practice, Lotus Psychiatry and Wellness lead psychiatrist, Mustafa Pirzada M.D. has a vast amount of experience in evaluating and treating children, adolescence and adults for a wide of disorders. At Lotus Psychiatry and Wellness, he has assembled an interdisciplinary team that is equipped to treat both the body and mind. Understanding the mind body connection is the heart of their approach and a key component of their highly successful holistic approach to mental health.
(561) 462-5672 View (561) 462-5672

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Margie Francis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Pompano Beach, FL 33069  (Online Only)
I provide a holistic approach to my clients. I provide medication management, psychiatric evaluation, and supportive therapy.
I provide a holistic approach to my clients. I provide medication management, psychiatric evaluation, and supportive therapy.
(954) 737-3285 View (954) 737-3285
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Cora Healing Hands Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Coconut Creek, FL 33063
As a Christian, I know the challenge you experience deciding to see a psychiatric provider for depression, anxiety; mood or any other mental health problems because you trust in God. I know you are afraid to accept that God would want you to take medications and if you do, you are afraid that you would be doubting that God can heal you. The struggle to make a decision about improving or maintaining mental health is complex, and everyone regardless of religious beliefs struggle with mental health treatment decisions. The fact is, while a lot is being done to eradicate the stigma of mental illness there is still more to be done.
As a Christian, I know the challenge you experience deciding to see a psychiatric provider for depression, anxiety; mood or any other mental health problems because you trust in God. I know you are afraid to accept that God would want you to take medications and if you do, you are afraid that you would be doubting that God can heal you. The struggle to make a decision about improving or maintaining mental health is complex, and everyone regardless of religious beliefs struggle with mental health treatment decisions. The fact is, while a lot is being done to eradicate the stigma of mental illness there is still more to be done.
(954) 475-6179 View (954) 475-6179
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Carol Smith
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Parkland, FL 33067
Self-discovery and implementation of new habits and skills can be uncomfortable. My ideal client is someone who is ready to be uncomfortable and one who is dedicated to making an investment in their mental health. Having someone who is consistent with their care and transparent about their feelings and symptoms will lead to an efficient resolution of concerns and achieving goals.
Self-discovery and implementation of new habits and skills can be uncomfortable. My ideal client is someone who is ready to be uncomfortable and one who is dedicated to making an investment in their mental health. Having someone who is consistent with their care and transparent about their feelings and symptoms will lead to an efficient resolution of concerns and achieving goals.
(561) 556-3563 View (561) 556-3563
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Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Pompano Beach, FL 33064  (Online Only)
Accepting New Clients. Appointments are typically available within 7 days. We offer Medication Management, Counseling/Psychotherapy, and Neuropsychological Testing online via our Telepsychiatry Services throughout Florida. Our team of experienced mental health professionals includes Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Certified Physician Assistants, and Licensed Therapists. We care for adults, adolescents, and children, ages 5 and above. We accept most insurance plans including Medicare.
Accepting New Clients. Appointments are typically available within 7 days. We offer Medication Management, Counseling/Psychotherapy, and Neuropsychological Testing online via our Telepsychiatry Services throughout Florida. Our team of experienced mental health professionals includes Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Certified Physician Assistants, and Licensed Therapists. We care for adults, adolescents, and children, ages 5 and above. We accept most insurance plans including Medicare.
(321) 306-0374 View (321) 306-0374
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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Pompano Beach, FL 33060
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
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Latoya Jackson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN , PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Pompano Beach, FL 33060
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, licensed and Board Certified with experience, knowledge, and compassion in Adult, Geriatric, Pediatrics, Crisis Intervention, therapy, holistic medicine and substance abuse.
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, licensed and Board Certified with experience, knowledge, and compassion in Adult, Geriatric, Pediatrics, Crisis Intervention, therapy, holistic medicine and substance abuse.
(754) 240-8509 View (754) 240-8509
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Safir Azam Md Telepsychiatry Services
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Boca Raton, FL 33431  (Online Only)
I am passionate about quickly identifying and implementing strategies to help you notice results soon. I completed 8 years of Psychiatric training including 4 years at Royal London Hospital UK followed by Residency at SUNY Downstate Hospital , New York and a fellowship year at UF Gainesville . I treat most Paychiatric issues and specialize in Moor disorders, ADHD, Anxiety and depressive issues . I provide care in a confidential and caring manner . I formulate a treatment plan that is tailored to the needs and wishes of each patient. I help my patients achieve their goals and aspirations and bring positive changes in their lives .
I am passionate about quickly identifying and implementing strategies to help you notice results soon. I completed 8 years of Psychiatric training including 4 years at Royal London Hospital UK followed by Residency at SUNY Downstate Hospital , New York and a fellowship year at UF Gainesville . I treat most Paychiatric issues and specialize in Moor disorders, ADHD, Anxiety and depressive issues . I provide care in a confidential and caring manner . I formulate a treatment plan that is tailored to the needs and wishes of each patient. I help my patients achieve their goals and aspirations and bring positive changes in their lives .
(305) 434-2148 View (305) 434-2148
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MiamiPsych Concierge-Virtual Psychiatric Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Boca Raton, FL 33432  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue that is adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. MiamiPsych Concierge offers affordable tele-psych services to everyone with busy demanding lifestyles. Make an appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours available. Affordable out-of-pocket rates. Accepting Optum/UHC/UBH, Cigna (Evernorth) and Medicare insurance.
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue that is adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. MiamiPsych Concierge offers affordable tele-psych services to everyone with busy demanding lifestyles. Make an appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours available. Affordable out-of-pocket rates. Accepting Optum/UHC/UBH, Cigna (Evernorth) and Medicare insurance.
(786) 420-4833 View (786) 420-4833
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Dr. Allen Masry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Boca Raton, FL 33431
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
(561) 816-4436 View (561) 816-4436
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Jessica Evelson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Boca Raton, FL 33431
I'm a board certified psychiatrist at Premier Psychiatry of South Florida who provides thorough evidence based Comprehensive Psychiatric evaluations and medication management to Children , Adolescents and Adults both in English and Spanish.
I'm a board certified psychiatrist at Premier Psychiatry of South Florida who provides thorough evidence based Comprehensive Psychiatric evaluations and medication management to Children , Adolescents and Adults both in English and Spanish.
(561) 763-7203 View (561) 763-7203
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Helen Lancy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boca Raton, FL 33434  (Online Only)
Helen Lancy is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s in Nursing from Spring Arbor University, pursuing a Doctor of Nursing in Psychiatric Mental Health from the University of Missouri. With four years of adult-gerontology psychiatry experience, she specializes in anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD, and trauma in adults 18+. Passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care, Helen is dedicated to serving patients from diverse backgrounds, particularly those in underserved communities. Helen champions patient empowerment, guiding her patients to take control of their health and emotional wellbeing.
Helen Lancy is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s in Nursing from Spring Arbor University, pursuing a Doctor of Nursing in Psychiatric Mental Health from the University of Missouri. With four years of adult-gerontology psychiatry experience, she specializes in anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD, and trauma in adults 18+. Passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care, Helen is dedicated to serving patients from diverse backgrounds, particularly those in underserved communities. Helen champions patient empowerment, guiding her patients to take control of their health and emotional wellbeing.
(954) 758-4567 View (954) 758-4567
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Elite Psychiatry Specialist
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
Seeking mental health treatment is not easy and requires courage. Our practice is aware of the challenges and barriers that prevent people from inquiring about treatment options. At ElitePsych, we provide personalized care that is customized to the individual’s need. We strive to maintain mutually respectful treatment relationships with every one of our patients.
Seeking mental health treatment is not easy and requires courage. Our practice is aware of the challenges and barriers that prevent people from inquiring about treatment options. At ElitePsych, we provide personalized care that is customized to the individual’s need. We strive to maintain mutually respectful treatment relationships with every one of our patients.
(904) 747-6283 View (904) 747-6283
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Lisa Youngblood
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305  (Online Only)
We are a dedicated telepsychiatry clinic that specializes in providing remote psychiatric and psychological services. Our comprehensive range of telepsychiatry options includes Psychopharmacology, Psychotherapy, Medication Management, and Spravato (Esketamine), all conveniently delivered to patients in the comfort of their own homes. We proudly serve veterans and welcome most insurances, including Medicare and Partnership (Beacon).
We are a dedicated telepsychiatry clinic that specializes in providing remote psychiatric and psychological services. Our comprehensive range of telepsychiatry options includes Psychopharmacology, Psychotherapy, Medication Management, and Spravato (Esketamine), all conveniently delivered to patients in the comfort of their own homes. We proudly serve veterans and welcome most insurances, including Medicare and Partnership (Beacon).
(415) 831-7531 View (415) 831-7531
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Shelia Barthelemy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B, APRN, MPH
Verified Verified
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Do you seek to understand your emotions, manage stress, and build resilience? Do you face anxiety or depression, seeking tools to navigate life's challenges? You crave a safe space to express yourself, fostering self-awareness and empowerment. Your goal is holistic well-being, aiming for inner peace and a fulfilling life. You want to thrive, not just survive, embracing your journey with courage and compassion.
Do you seek to understand your emotions, manage stress, and build resilience? Do you face anxiety or depression, seeking tools to navigate life's challenges? You crave a safe space to express yourself, fostering self-awareness and empowerment. Your goal is holistic well-being, aiming for inner peace and a fulfilling life. You want to thrive, not just survive, embracing your journey with courage and compassion.
(561) 794-1599 View (561) 794-1599
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Patrick Sassoon
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
Boca Raton, FL 33432
My approach is based on integrative psychiatry, which uses medications, therapy and complementary medicine to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms. I address the combined impact of sleep, lifestyle, relationships, nutrition and chronic medical conditions on well-being, and use cutting edge tools like genetic testing to guide personalized treatment with medication and supplements. I consider the patient’s cultural background in my assessments and I can provide treatment in Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian. My goal is to help my patients create lasting changes and build vitality, resilience and purpose in life.
My approach is based on integrative psychiatry, which uses medications, therapy and complementary medicine to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms. I address the combined impact of sleep, lifestyle, relationships, nutrition and chronic medical conditions on well-being, and use cutting edge tools like genetic testing to guide personalized treatment with medication and supplements. I consider the patient’s cultural background in my assessments and I can provide treatment in Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian. My goal is to help my patients create lasting changes and build vitality, resilience and purpose in life.
(772) 236-4020 View (772) 236-4020
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Adjuva Psychiatry--Dr. Ashton Thompson
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Oakland Park, FL 33334
The goal of what we do at Adjuva Psychiatry is to improve the quality of life and increase emotional resilience. Each appointment is individualized because life is individualized. Lets get to the root of the problem
The goal of what we do at Adjuva Psychiatry is to improve the quality of life and increase emotional resilience. Each appointment is individualized because life is individualized. Lets get to the root of the problem
(754) 233-1885 View (754) 233-1885
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Mental Ease
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306
Welcome to Mental Ease, where your well-being is our top priority. Under the expert guidance of Nerilene Ballard, a dedicated psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, we specialize in the treatment of ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, and a variety of other mental health conditions. We also offer Spravato. At Mental Ease, we provide compassionate, individualized care designed to support your mental wellness journey.
Welcome to Mental Ease, where your well-being is our top priority. Under the expert guidance of Nerilene Ballard, a dedicated psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, we specialize in the treatment of ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, and a variety of other mental health conditions. We also offer Spravato. At Mental Ease, we provide compassionate, individualized care designed to support your mental wellness journey.
(954) 280-9831 View (954) 280-9831
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Jermilla Augustin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308  (Online Only)
Jermilla Augustin is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a strong desire to help people and improve their daily lives. She specializes in helping individuals with anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, she worked as a mental health nurse for over 10 years in various acute settings treating anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and personality disorders.
Jermilla Augustin is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a strong desire to help people and improve their daily lives. She specializes in helping individuals with anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, she worked as a mental health nurse for over 10 years in various acute settings treating anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and personality disorders.
(954) 932-5745 View (954) 932-5745

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Lighthouse Point, FL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Lighthouse Point, FL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Anger Management
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Behavioral Issues

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Lighthouse Point, FL see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Lighthouse Point?

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.