Psychiatrists in Palm Beach County, FL

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Disambiguation Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
West Palm Beach, FL 33407  (Online Only)
Now accepting new patients. Operating remotely as a general psychiatrist. New clients in FL and NY are seen within days of inquiring, via telepsychiatry. Our practice suits high-functioning individuals with busy lives. Focus areas include: anxiety, ADHD, insomnia, and depression. Forensic psychiatry services, disability evaluations, power of attorney/capacity evaluations, etc., are also available to attorneys, agencies, and other professionals.
Now accepting new patients. Operating remotely as a general psychiatrist. New clients in FL and NY are seen within days of inquiring, via telepsychiatry. Our practice suits high-functioning individuals with busy lives. Focus areas include: anxiety, ADHD, insomnia, and depression. Forensic psychiatry services, disability evaluations, power of attorney/capacity evaluations, etc., are also available to attorneys, agencies, and other professionals.
(561) 461-2493 View (561) 461-2493
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Manouchka Mildor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BSN OCN, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Greenacres, FL 33463
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, also holding oncology certification. My focus lies in providing comprehensive and top-tier mental health care, particularly catering to individuals with chronic illnesses, notably oncology patients and their families. Proficient in trauma therapy, behavioral counseling, motivational interviewing, and medication management, I empower my patients to actively participate in their holistic healthcare journey for optimal wellness. I am grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with you, combining my skills and compassion to support your journey.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, also holding oncology certification. My focus lies in providing comprehensive and top-tier mental health care, particularly catering to individuals with chronic illnesses, notably oncology patients and their families. Proficient in trauma therapy, behavioral counseling, motivational interviewing, and medication management, I empower my patients to actively participate in their holistic healthcare journey for optimal wellness. I am grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with you, combining my skills and compassion to support your journey.
(561) 258-4867 View (561) 258-4867
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Luminous Mind Care, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP-BC, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
My approach is client-centered. Holistic, and individualized. My treatment philosophy is anchored on the fact that, to provide adequate treatment, one must address not only the biological and psychological factors contributing to one's distress, but also the socio-economic factors that so often are contributing factors. The well-being of the client is paramount. Sustained relief depends on an infrastructure that covers all areas that contribute to the crisis.My approach is client-centered. Holistic, and individualized.
My approach is client-centered. Holistic, and individualized. My treatment philosophy is anchored on the fact that, to provide adequate treatment, one must address not only the biological and psychological factors contributing to one's distress, but also the socio-economic factors that so often are contributing factors. The well-being of the client is paramount. Sustained relief depends on an infrastructure that covers all areas that contribute to the crisis.My approach is client-centered. Holistic, and individualized.
(561) 556-6603 View (561) 556-6603
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Kathy Monroy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Boca Raton, FL 33431
I am a Board Certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst. I know it can be difficult to find yourself struggling with your emotions which in turn create disharmony, inhibition or unhappiness. These difficulties can feel overwhelming and affect every aspect of life from relationships to your work and daily activities. Sometimes it is difficult to understand why we react the way we do and how to achieve a change in a deep and long lasting way.
I am a Board Certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst. I know it can be difficult to find yourself struggling with your emotions which in turn create disharmony, inhibition or unhappiness. These difficulties can feel overwhelming and affect every aspect of life from relationships to your work and daily activities. Sometimes it is difficult to understand why we react the way we do and how to achieve a change in a deep and long lasting way.
(954) 329-0817 View (954) 329-0817
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Andrew Sorial
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Boca Raton, FL 33428
I was born in Miami but grew up right here in Boca Raton. I worked at Cleveland Clinic Hospital in Weston and later in the Miami Veterans Affairs Healthcare System. Serving those who served this country was one of the most humbling and enlightening experiences of my life, and it helped me to discover my true passion for Psychiatry. I completed my training in General Psychiatry in Miami and decided to move closer to family. I currently treat those with Anxiety and Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, PTSD and Depression. I currently accept Aetna, Cigna, Optum, United Healthcare, Humana, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Medicare.
I was born in Miami but grew up right here in Boca Raton. I worked at Cleveland Clinic Hospital in Weston and later in the Miami Veterans Affairs Healthcare System. Serving those who served this country was one of the most humbling and enlightening experiences of my life, and it helped me to discover my true passion for Psychiatry. I completed my training in General Psychiatry in Miami and decided to move closer to family. I currently treat those with Anxiety and Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, PTSD and Depression. I currently accept Aetna, Cigna, Optum, United Healthcare, Humana, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Medicare.
(561) 264-5539 View (561) 264-5539
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Willine Louis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boca Raton, FL 33432
I am a dual certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse practitioner (FNP, PMHNP) who entered this profession to provide the impactful, meaningful results that most people hope to find when they seek treatment for a mental health condition. My main areas of focus include depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, substance use disorder in the adult and geriatric population. I utilize medication management and psychotherapy to meet the needs of my clients.
I am a dual certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse practitioner (FNP, PMHNP) who entered this profession to provide the impactful, meaningful results that most people hope to find when they seek treatment for a mental health condition. My main areas of focus include depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, substance use disorder in the adult and geriatric population. I utilize medication management and psychotherapy to meet the needs of my clients.
(561) 359-0902 View (561) 359-0902
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Dr. Christopher J. Smallwood, PhD, PMHNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boca Raton, FL 33432
My patients receive individualized treatment that is focused on them as a “whole person” with a unique set of needs and goals that guide their lives. I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to treatment. I take the time and listen to my patients' needs to understand their symptoms and to identify the correct diagnosis(es). Then, we will work together to integrate my wealth of knowledge and experience into each treatment decision we mutually reach. My approach is scientific and constructivist, as I focus on the physiological aspects of disorders with the understanding that each person's perception of the world is unique.
My patients receive individualized treatment that is focused on them as a “whole person” with a unique set of needs and goals that guide their lives. I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to treatment. I take the time and listen to my patients' needs to understand their symptoms and to identify the correct diagnosis(es). Then, we will work together to integrate my wealth of knowledge and experience into each treatment decision we mutually reach. My approach is scientific and constructivist, as I focus on the physiological aspects of disorders with the understanding that each person's perception of the world is unique.
(561) 861-3857 View (561) 861-3857
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Dinar Sajan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Boca Raton, FL 33432
Our mission is to restore hope, promote well-being, and cultivate harmony in the lives of our patients. In the dynamic landscape of today's society, characterized by daily stress and constant challenges, we recognize the crucial demand for a tranquil and stable environment.
Our mission is to restore hope, promote well-being, and cultivate harmony in the lives of our patients. In the dynamic landscape of today's society, characterized by daily stress and constant challenges, we recognize the crucial demand for a tranquil and stable environment.
(561) 794-3228 View (561) 794-3228
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Lyssa Brooks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
My ideal client is open-minded and motivated and would like to explore medication as part of their treatment plan. They may struggle with various mental health issues such as anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, depression, or other mood disorders. Their goal is to find relief from their symptoms and improve their overall quality of life.
My ideal client is open-minded and motivated and would like to explore medication as part of their treatment plan. They may struggle with various mental health issues such as anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, depression, or other mood disorders. Their goal is to find relief from their symptoms and improve their overall quality of life.
(561) 823-5857 View (561) 823-5857
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Resolutions Medical Services, Inc.
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Resolutions is an organization committed to providing empathetic, compassionate mental health treatment. We know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Resolutions, you will get comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances. Our mission is to revolutionize mental health services and offer sound, evidence-based care to all clients, regardless of socio-economic status. There is no wait list and appointments are available immediately.
Resolutions is an organization committed to providing empathetic, compassionate mental health treatment. We know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Resolutions, you will get comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances. Our mission is to revolutionize mental health services and offer sound, evidence-based care to all clients, regardless of socio-economic status. There is no wait list and appointments are available immediately.
(561) 556-2194 View (561) 556-2194
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Melissa Neill
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Wellington, FL 33414  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, offering Telehealth appointments to patients throughout the state of Florida, at Lewis Family Psychiatry in Wellington. I enjoy working with patients of all ages, assisting with various social, emotional or behavioral concerns in conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, behavioral concerns in children.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, offering Telehealth appointments to patients throughout the state of Florida, at Lewis Family Psychiatry in Wellington. I enjoy working with patients of all ages, assisting with various social, emotional or behavioral concerns in conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, behavioral concerns in children.
(561) 821-2610 View (561) 821-2610
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Psychiatric Specialty Center - TMS Clinic
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Psychiatric Specialty Center is a mental health practice in West Palm Beach. We offer Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) which is a FDA approved, medication free treatment for patients who have depression. This is a cutting-edge treatment that can offer you relief from your suffering even if medications have not worked. We also perform ECT at Delray Medical Center.
Psychiatric Specialty Center is a mental health practice in West Palm Beach. We offer Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) which is a FDA approved, medication free treatment for patients who have depression. This is a cutting-edge treatment that can offer you relief from your suffering even if medications have not worked. We also perform ECT at Delray Medical Center.
(561) 571-8115 View (561) 571-8115
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Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Boca Raton, FL 33433
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) 306-0765 View (321) 306-0765
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Dr. Womesh Sahadeo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
I served as a psychiatrist for over 25 years as a medical director for multiple facilities in Palm Beach County serving clients with anxiety/panic disorder, medication assistant program (suboxone)/ addiction treatment, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, attention deficit disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, developmental disorder (autism) for child/adolescent, adults, and geriatrics population. I provide optimal medication management and continued care.
I served as a psychiatrist for over 25 years as a medical director for multiple facilities in Palm Beach County serving clients with anxiety/panic disorder, medication assistant program (suboxone)/ addiction treatment, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, attention deficit disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, developmental disorder (autism) for child/adolescent, adults, and geriatrics population. I provide optimal medication management and continued care.
(561) 658-4568 View (561) 658-4568
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Turning Point Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP , BC
Verified Verified
Lake Worth, FL 33461
I am located in Florida and can see patients in person and via telehealth. I have been in the mental health field for a few years, and I have worked with the general population in the outpatient and inpatient settings.
I am located in Florida and can see patients in person and via telehealth. I have been in the mental health field for a few years, and I have worked with the general population in the outpatient and inpatient settings.
(561) 783-3350 View (561) 783-3350
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Sarah Maruna
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wellington, FL 33414
IN PERSON OR TELEHEALTH EVENING VISITS AVAILABLE. Sarah Maruna is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She provides assessments, medication management, and talk therapy to adults and elders suffering from various mental health conditions. Her knowledge and passion merge as she delivers tailored treatment to the specific needs and preferences of each client. Sarah provides education about all available treatment options in a judgement free, safe space where she works together with her patients to formulate a plan of care. She is a mental health advocate, and genuinely cares!
IN PERSON OR TELEHEALTH EVENING VISITS AVAILABLE. Sarah Maruna is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She provides assessments, medication management, and talk therapy to adults and elders suffering from various mental health conditions. Her knowledge and passion merge as she delivers tailored treatment to the specific needs and preferences of each client. Sarah provides education about all available treatment options in a judgement free, safe space where she works together with her patients to formulate a plan of care. She is a mental health advocate, and genuinely cares!
(561) 903-2201 View (561) 903-2201
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Dr. Christopher J. Smallwood, PhD, PMHNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
My patients receive individualized treatment that is focused on them as a “whole person” with a unique set of needs and goals that guide their lives. I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to treatment. I take the time and listen to my patients' needs to understand their symptoms and to identify the correct diagnosis(es). Then, we will work together to integrate my wealth of knowledge and experience into each treatment decision we mutually reach. My approach is scientific and constructivist, as I focus on the physiological aspects of disorders with the understanding that each person's perception of the world is unique.
My patients receive individualized treatment that is focused on them as a “whole person” with a unique set of needs and goals that guide their lives. I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to treatment. I take the time and listen to my patients' needs to understand their symptoms and to identify the correct diagnosis(es). Then, we will work together to integrate my wealth of knowledge and experience into each treatment decision we mutually reach. My approach is scientific and constructivist, as I focus on the physiological aspects of disorders with the understanding that each person's perception of the world is unique.
(561) 375-2578 View (561) 375-2578
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Julie Gorman
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jupiter, FL 33477
Dr. Gorman is a board certified adult psychiatrist. She has been an outpatient psychiatrist for over 10 years.
Dr. Gorman is a board certified adult psychiatrist. She has been an outpatient psychiatrist for over 10 years.
(561) 782-7295 View (561) 782-7295
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Rachel Christian
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC); I bring over 20 years of quality care of nursing with the benefit of specialized education in psychiatry and medication management. I am non judgmental and treat all my patients with respect. I empower my patients to be able to manage their mental health, either through medication alone, with therapy or with different modalities, including diet and exercise. I feel it is essential to form a partnership based in trust and compassion and always with the patient’s wishes and goals in mind.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC); I bring over 20 years of quality care of nursing with the benefit of specialized education in psychiatry and medication management. I am non judgmental and treat all my patients with respect. I empower my patients to be able to manage their mental health, either through medication alone, with therapy or with different modalities, including diet and exercise. I feel it is essential to form a partnership based in trust and compassion and always with the patient’s wishes and goals in mind.
(561) 933-7761 View (561) 933-7761
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Kayla Anthony
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Delray Beach, FL 33445
As a board-certified adult psychiatrist in South Florida, I specialize in treating Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, ADHD, grief, trauma, and emotional eating. My passion for psychiatry stems from my desire to help people overcome mental health challenges and lead fulfilling lives. I believe in a patient-centered approach that builds a strong therapeutic relationship based on trust, respect, and empathy. I also recognize the importance of treating each patient as unique and tailoring my approach to their specific needs.
As a board-certified adult psychiatrist in South Florida, I specialize in treating Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, ADHD, grief, trauma, and emotional eating. My passion for psychiatry stems from my desire to help people overcome mental health challenges and lead fulfilling lives. I believe in a patient-centered approach that builds a strong therapeutic relationship based on trust, respect, and empathy. I also recognize the importance of treating each patient as unique and tailoring my approach to their specific needs.
(561) 823-4527 View (561) 823-4527

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Number of Psychiatrists in Palm Beach County, FL

300+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Palm Beach County, FL who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
95% Depression
81% Bipolar Disorder
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
74% ADHD
71% Medication Management
69% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

93% Cigna and Evernorth
86% Aetna
84% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Palm Beach County, FL see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

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

How can I find a psychiatrist in Palm Beach County?

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.