Psychiatrists in Arlington, MA

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Ashley Tobey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Arlington, MA 02476  (Online Only)
Ashley Tobey is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and received her Master of Science in Nursing from Northeastern University. She has a broad range of experience in providing advanced practice psychiatric nursing care to adults in a variety of settings over the last seven years. She specializes in providing evaluation and medication management services to adults struggling with substance use disorders, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, attention deficit disorders and adjustment difficulties with acute life events.
Ashley Tobey is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and received her Master of Science in Nursing from Northeastern University. She has a broad range of experience in providing advanced practice psychiatric nursing care to adults in a variety of settings over the last seven years. She specializes in providing evaluation and medication management services to adults struggling with substance use disorders, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, attention deficit disorders and adjustment difficulties with acute life events.
(339) 330-4226 View (339) 330-4226
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Mehmet Camkurt
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Arlington, MA 02476
Dear Families/Patients, Greetings from Mehmet Camkurt MD. I am an adult and child psychiatrist, faculty at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. I completed General Psychiatry residency at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and Child Psychiatry fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital. My training background includes psychopharmacologic treatment and various therapy modalities including psychodynamic therapy, CBT, and couples & family therapy. I provide psychiatric evaluation and medication management for children and adults and therapy in select cases.
Dear Families/Patients, Greetings from Mehmet Camkurt MD. I am an adult and child psychiatrist, faculty at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. I completed General Psychiatry residency at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and Child Psychiatry fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital. My training background includes psychopharmacologic treatment and various therapy modalities including psychodynamic therapy, CBT, and couples & family therapy. I provide psychiatric evaluation and medication management for children and adults and therapy in select cases.
(339) 666-2557 View (339) 666-2557
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Margaret Cheng Tuttle
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Arlington, MA 02476
Not accepting new clients
I am a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital, where I see adults in the outpatient general psychiatry clinic. In my private practice in Lexington, I enjoy working with clients to design individualized treatment plans, taking into account preferences for psychotherapy, medication, or some combination of the two.
I am a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital, where I see adults in the outpatient general psychiatry clinic. In my private practice in Lexington, I enjoy working with clients to design individualized treatment plans, taking into account preferences for psychotherapy, medication, or some combination of the two.
(781) 243-3785 View (781) 243-3785
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Northeast Wellness, LLC
Physician Assistant, PA-C, MSPAS
Verified Verified
Arlington, MA 02476
Jessica Frawley is a Physician Assistant who is dedicated to improving the mental health of her patients. Receiving her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience, she utilizes her skillset to approach mental health from both a psychological and psychiatric point of view. Jessica’s clinical areas of focus include the treatment of mood disorders, ADHD, and Anxiety. She is a strong advocate of using a multifaceted model in helping her patient’s journey in their mental health and overall wellness.
Jessica Frawley is a Physician Assistant who is dedicated to improving the mental health of her patients. Receiving her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience, she utilizes her skillset to approach mental health from both a psychological and psychiatric point of view. Jessica’s clinical areas of focus include the treatment of mood disorders, ADHD, and Anxiety. She is a strong advocate of using a multifaceted model in helping her patient’s journey in their mental health and overall wellness.
(339) 666-6656 View (339) 666-6656
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Joshua Haugh
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Arlington, MA 02474
Now accepting new patients. Evening and weekend appointments are available. I treat patients as complex and dynamic individuals. As a fully licensed double-board-certified physician, my practice combines several approaches to create tailored support. At Synchrony Integrative Psychiatry, I offer support for adults struggling with psychiatric conditions and distress related to medical illnesses, emphasizing the interconnection between the mind, the body, and the social world. “Invisible illnesses” including chronic pain conditions, migraine, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and IBS are areas of distinct interest for me.
Now accepting new patients. Evening and weekend appointments are available. I treat patients as complex and dynamic individuals. As a fully licensed double-board-certified physician, my practice combines several approaches to create tailored support. At Synchrony Integrative Psychiatry, I offer support for adults struggling with psychiatric conditions and distress related to medical illnesses, emphasizing the interconnection between the mind, the body, and the social world. “Invisible illnesses” including chronic pain conditions, migraine, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and IBS are areas of distinct interest for me.
(781) 443-8488 View (781) 443-8488
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Amanda Sideri
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP
Verified Verified
Arlington, MA 02476  (Online Only)
Imagine waking up in the morning feeling calm, deeply connected to your body, and energized, ready to embrace each day with renewed vitality. If this vision feels distant, rest assured, you’ve come to the right place to transform it into a reality. Are you experiencing disconnection, exhaustion, low mood, overwhelm, and stress? Tired of hurried healthcare visits resulting in generic prescriptions that may or may not improve your well-being? While these symptoms are common, I recognize your uniqueness and strongly believe you deserve personalized care that truly listens to you. After all, you are the expert on your own body.
Imagine waking up in the morning feeling calm, deeply connected to your body, and energized, ready to embrace each day with renewed vitality. If this vision feels distant, rest assured, you’ve come to the right place to transform it into a reality. Are you experiencing disconnection, exhaustion, low mood, overwhelm, and stress? Tired of hurried healthcare visits resulting in generic prescriptions that may or may not improve your well-being? While these symptoms are common, I recognize your uniqueness and strongly believe you deserve personalized care that truly listens to you. After all, you are the expert on your own body.
(339) 230-2275 View (339) 230-2275
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Suzy Zaganjori
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Arlington, MA 02476
Suzanna Zaganjori MSN, CRNA, PMHNP-BC provides psychiatric assessment and treatment for pediatric and adolescent individuals with mental health concerns. She is board certified to care for patients of all ages. Suzanna has worked in pediatrics for over 17 years and in various clinical settings. She has extensive experience working with children and families during their most difficult and traumatic periods. Suzanna received her Master's in Nursing Anesthesia at Northeastern University in 2014. She received her post-master's PMHNP certification at Regis College in 2022.
Suzanna Zaganjori MSN, CRNA, PMHNP-BC provides psychiatric assessment and treatment for pediatric and adolescent individuals with mental health concerns. She is board certified to care for patients of all ages. Suzanna has worked in pediatrics for over 17 years and in various clinical settings. She has extensive experience working with children and families during their most difficult and traumatic periods. Suzanna received her Master's in Nursing Anesthesia at Northeastern University in 2014. She received her post-master's PMHNP certification at Regis College in 2022.
(339) 330-4648 View (339) 330-4648
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Sue Lyons
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP
Verified Verified
Arlington, MA 02476  (Online Only)
You are the one thing in this world that you must never give up on… Asking for help is the first step. You are more precious to this world than you will ever know. -Actress Lily Reinhart. Being mentally healthy and finding balance in all aspects of life is just as important as being physically healthy. Taking care of our mental wellbeing is not always easy. I am a dual certified adult nurse practitioner and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with more than 20 years of experience. I can help you find that balance which promotes your optimal mental health.
You are the one thing in this world that you must never give up on… Asking for help is the first step. You are more precious to this world than you will ever know. -Actress Lily Reinhart. Being mentally healthy and finding balance in all aspects of life is just as important as being physically healthy. Taking care of our mental wellbeing is not always easy. I am a dual certified adult nurse practitioner and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with more than 20 years of experience. I can help you find that balance which promotes your optimal mental health.
(339) 210-1739 View (339) 210-1739
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Northeast Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Arlington, MA 02476
Flore Pierre is a dedicated psychiatric nurse practitioner with a passion for providing holistic and high-quality mental health care. She has a strong educational background, having earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Northeastern University and her Master of Science Degree from Regis College. She has extensive experience working with culturally diverse populations in a variety of healthcare settings including medical and psychiatric facilities and highlights the importance of how overall physical and spiritual health plays a role in mental health.
Flore Pierre is a dedicated psychiatric nurse practitioner with a passion for providing holistic and high-quality mental health care. She has a strong educational background, having earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Northeastern University and her Master of Science Degree from Regis College. She has extensive experience working with culturally diverse populations in a variety of healthcare settings including medical and psychiatric facilities and highlights the importance of how overall physical and spiritual health plays a role in mental health.
(339) 330-3785 View (339) 330-3785
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Addie Dublin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Arlington, MA 02476
Addie Dublin is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist in Massachusetts who has been practicing since 2004. Addie feels that one of her strengths is being able to quickly put clients at ease and develop a rapport that allows for their story and current state of being to be heard in a space that feels safe and supportive. Addie's experience working across levels of care allows her to recognize escalating states of crisis and provide triage and support as needed.
Addie Dublin is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist in Massachusetts who has been practicing since 2004. Addie feels that one of her strengths is being able to quickly put clients at ease and develop a rapport that allows for their story and current state of being to be heard in a space that feels safe and supportive. Addie's experience working across levels of care allows her to recognize escalating states of crisis and provide triage and support as needed.
(339) 233-4330 View (339) 233-4330
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Northeast Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Arlington, MA 02476
Alicia Battles is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has spent over a decade providing direct patient care as a nurse practitioner, registered nurse, and residential counsellor. She has experience working with adolescent and adult populations in a variety of settings including the emergency room, inpatient, and residential levels of care. A strong advocate for mental health education, Alicia enjoys working with nursing students and providing clinical instruction in the behavioral health specialties. Alicia’s areas of interest include ADHD, mood disorders, trauma related disorders, and anxiety.
Alicia Battles is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has spent over a decade providing direct patient care as a nurse practitioner, registered nurse, and residential counsellor. She has experience working with adolescent and adult populations in a variety of settings including the emergency room, inpatient, and residential levels of care. A strong advocate for mental health education, Alicia enjoys working with nursing students and providing clinical instruction in the behavioral health specialties. Alicia’s areas of interest include ADHD, mood disorders, trauma related disorders, and anxiety.
(339) 330-4221 View (339) 330-4221
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Northeast Wellness
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Arlington, MA 02476
Dr. Esteban Toledo-Carrion is a board-certified adult psychiatrist with over 14 years of experience. He was born and raised in Ecuador and completed his medical training in his home country, where his interest and commitment to helping diverse populations began.
Dr. Esteban Toledo-Carrion is a board-certified adult psychiatrist with over 14 years of experience. He was born and raised in Ecuador and completed his medical training in his home country, where his interest and commitment to helping diverse populations began.
(857) 392-3412 View (857) 392-3412
Photo of Valerie Rice, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Arlington, MA
Valerie Rice
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP
Verified Verified
Arlington, MA 02476  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients, Valerie is a Psychiatric/Mental health nurse practitioner who will take time to fully explore medication options to help you meet your treatment goals, as well as non-pharmacological modalities that can help you feel like yourself. She trained as a nurse at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and received her Master’s degree in Psychiatric/Mental Health nursing at Vanderbilt University.
Accepting new patients, Valerie is a Psychiatric/Mental health nurse practitioner who will take time to fully explore medication options to help you meet your treatment goals, as well as non-pharmacological modalities that can help you feel like yourself. She trained as a nurse at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and received her Master’s degree in Psychiatric/Mental Health nursing at Vanderbilt University.
(781) 423-1816 View (781) 423-1816
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Emily Coyle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Arlington, MA 02474
An ideal client would be someone who is open, honest, and willing to ask for help. This person wants to get better and is open to suggestions and treatment options. They are willing to put in the effort to help themselves and work as a team with their provider in order to move toward mental wellness.
An ideal client would be someone who is open, honest, and willing to ask for help. This person wants to get better and is open to suggestions and treatment options. They are willing to put in the effort to help themselves and work as a team with their provider in order to move toward mental wellness.
(339) 217-6345 View (339) 217-6345
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Liza Hunter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ANP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Arlington, MA 02474
I want to work with clients who are active partners rather than recipients. I view providing care as a partnership. My ideal patient is seeking care because they want to feel better and improve their life. An ideal patient makes their needs and goals known as we work together. I admire my patients who have an open mind to suggestions for interventions that may improve how they feel. I believe this flexibility can open up new possibilities for well-being.
I want to work with clients who are active partners rather than recipients. I view providing care as a partnership. My ideal patient is seeking care because they want to feel better and improve their life. An ideal patient makes their needs and goals known as we work together. I admire my patients who have an open mind to suggestions for interventions that may improve how they feel. I believe this flexibility can open up new possibilities for well-being.
(339) 331-2008 View (339) 331-2008
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Northeast Wellness, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Arlington, MA 02476
Brian Jewers is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with many years of experience and a passion to help his community. Brian specializes in ADHD, Depression and Anxiety. Brian is a proud veteran of the United States Air Force where he served for nearly a decade, and translates the same commitment to serve into his nursing career. Now accepting new patients ages 14 and older.
Brian Jewers is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with many years of experience and a passion to help his community. Brian specializes in ADHD, Depression and Anxiety. Brian is a proud veteran of the United States Air Force where he served for nearly a decade, and translates the same commitment to serve into his nursing career. Now accepting new patients ages 14 and older.
(857) 214-5056 View (857) 214-5056
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Monomoy Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Arlington, MA 02476
Monomoy Health is passionate about mental health and advocacy. Our PMHNPs (Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners) have extensive experience in providing psychopharmacological treatment via a hybrid approach of telemedicine and in-person appointments. We understand that mental health is a sensitive issue, and we strive to provide a safe and secure environment for our clients. We offer affordable out-of-pocket pricing and accept most insurance plans except Medicare and Medicaid. Please visit us at www.monomoyhealth.com to learn more.
Monomoy Health is passionate about mental health and advocacy. Our PMHNPs (Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners) have extensive experience in providing psychopharmacological treatment via a hybrid approach of telemedicine and in-person appointments. We understand that mental health is a sensitive issue, and we strive to provide a safe and secure environment for our clients. We offer affordable out-of-pocket pricing and accept most insurance plans except Medicare and Medicaid. Please visit us at www.monomoyhealth.com to learn more.
(617) 812-8976 View (617) 812-8976
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Edena Walden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Arlington, MA 02474
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
(339) 218-3984 View (339) 218-3984
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Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Arlington, MA 02474
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
(339) 233-4493 View (339) 233-4493
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Michelle McCarthy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Arlington, MA 02474
Michelle is passionate about delivering care to individuals suffering from anxiety, substance use, and depression. Client motivation and dedication are key to utilizing the tools provided during our sessions including medication management, implementing lifestyle interventions, and therapy to help develop and implement a successful treatment plan. Relief of the client's suffering in dealing with their mental health issues and striving for an improvement in their quality of life is key to treatment.
Michelle is passionate about delivering care to individuals suffering from anxiety, substance use, and depression. Client motivation and dedication are key to utilizing the tools provided during our sessions including medication management, implementing lifestyle interventions, and therapy to help develop and implement a successful treatment plan. Relief of the client's suffering in dealing with their mental health issues and striving for an improvement in their quality of life is key to treatment.
(339) 217-8237 View (339) 217-8237

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Arlington, MA

40+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Arlington, MA who prioritize treating:

88% Depression
85% Anxiety
80% Trauma and PTSD
70% ADHD
65% Bipolar Disorder
65% Medication Management
60% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

14 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

97% BlueCross and BlueShield
83% Blue Cross
80% Blue Shield

How Psychiatrists in Arlington, MA see their clients

80% In Person and Online
20% Online Only

Gender breakdown

73% Female
27% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Arlington?

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.