Psychiatrists in Boston, MA

Photo of Christoforos Iraklis Giakoumatos, Psychiatrist in Boston, MA
Christoforos Iraklis Giakoumatos
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02116
I treat adults with mental health disorders, such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, ADHD and PTSD. I also treat adults with substance use disorders and behavioral addictions. I believe in individualizing treatment based on each person's needs. I offer medication management visits, complemented with elements of Motivational Interviewing (MI), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and psychodymanic psychotherapy. I also offer psychotherapy visits without medication management, if someone is not in need of medications.
I treat adults with mental health disorders, such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, ADHD and PTSD. I also treat adults with substance use disorders and behavioral addictions. I believe in individualizing treatment based on each person's needs. I offer medication management visits, complemented with elements of Motivational Interviewing (MI), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and psychodymanic psychotherapy. I also offer psychotherapy visits without medication management, if someone is not in need of medications.
(857) 810-4123 View (857) 810-4123
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Dr. Jen Sweet
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02116  (Online Only)
I offer mental healthcare for women and their loved ones, encompassing a more holistic, and I believe, warmer approach to emotional health treatment. I aim to provide specialized and comprehensive treatment for challenges specific to your different life stages. I offer inclusive and truly quality care with the ultimate goal of helping you overcome emotional hurdles that you face, in any phase of your life.
I offer mental healthcare for women and their loved ones, encompassing a more holistic, and I believe, warmer approach to emotional health treatment. I aim to provide specialized and comprehensive treatment for challenges specific to your different life stages. I offer inclusive and truly quality care with the ultimate goal of helping you overcome emotional hurdles that you face, in any phase of your life.
(925) 248-4512 View (925) 248-4512
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Lauren Stanley
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02129
Meet Lauren, a nationally certified Physician Associate with a specialization in psychiatry, highlighting her commitment to mental health care. Her educational journey, marked by academic excellence, includes both a Bachelor of Science in Health Science and a Master of Physician Assistant Studies from MCPHS University, where she graduated magna cum laude. Lauren's primary goal as a psychiatric PA is to empower her patients to achieve their mental health goals through honest and open communication.
Meet Lauren, a nationally certified Physician Associate with a specialization in psychiatry, highlighting her commitment to mental health care. Her educational journey, marked by academic excellence, includes both a Bachelor of Science in Health Science and a Master of Physician Assistant Studies from MCPHS University, where she graduated magna cum laude. Lauren's primary goal as a psychiatric PA is to empower her patients to achieve their mental health goals through honest and open communication.
(617) 765-1792 View (617) 765-1792
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Beth Makar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02110  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Beth and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of Massachusetts. I specialize in ADHD, , Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, Infertility, Insomnia/Sleep Issues, Life Transitions, Loss, grief, bereavement, Men's Issues, OCD, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Sexual Health/Dysfunction, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Stress Management and Women's Issues. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Beth and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of Massachusetts. I specialize in ADHD, , Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, Infertility, Insomnia/Sleep Issues, Life Transitions, Loss, grief, bereavement, Men's Issues, OCD, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Sexual Health/Dysfunction, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Stress Management and Women's Issues. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
(617) 944-5189 View (617) 944-5189
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Isabelle Girard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02110
Isabelle Girard provides psychiatric and psychopharmacological assessment and treatment for pediatric patients, as well as adolescents and young adults. She utilizes a holistic approach to guarantee well rounded care for her patients, in addition to supporting the family unit as a whole. Using evidence based practice to evaluate and diagnose, implement therapy skills, and psychopharmacological intervention if necessary, Isabelle treats each and every patient uniquely to find the course of treatment best suited for them.
Isabelle Girard provides psychiatric and psychopharmacological assessment and treatment for pediatric patients, as well as adolescents and young adults. She utilizes a holistic approach to guarantee well rounded care for her patients, in addition to supporting the family unit as a whole. Using evidence based practice to evaluate and diagnose, implement therapy skills, and psychopharmacological intervention if necessary, Isabelle treats each and every patient uniquely to find the course of treatment best suited for them.
(617) 752-8823 View (617) 752-8823
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Rachel Steere
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02116
Waitlist for new clients
I am a double board-certified psychiatrist in adult psychiatry and addiction psychiatry in Boston, Massachusetts. I provide psychiatric evaluation, consultation, individual psychodynamic psychotherapy, and psychopharmacology for adults age 18-65. My focus is on helping individuals to develop a greater understanding of themselves and their patterns of relating to others as they navigate life transitions, relationships, losses, and life’s many complexities.
I am a double board-certified psychiatrist in adult psychiatry and addiction psychiatry in Boston, Massachusetts. I provide psychiatric evaluation, consultation, individual psychodynamic psychotherapy, and psychopharmacology for adults age 18-65. My focus is on helping individuals to develop a greater understanding of themselves and their patterns of relating to others as they navigate life transitions, relationships, losses, and life’s many complexities.
(857) 382-3215 View (857) 382-3215
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Annie Hollyer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, ANCC-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02109  (Online Only)
South Boston Psychiatry was created with the understanding that mental health can not be “one-size-fits-all”. The telehealth model allows you to seek care when/how it is convenient for you. Board Certified Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner Annie Hollyer, PMHNP-BC, RN, MSN offers psychiatric evaluations, medication management, psychotherapy treatment, documentation and will be happy to work with you on referrals to the cutting edge medicine that’s changing mental health including Pharmacogenetic testing, Spravato, Suboxone, and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).
South Boston Psychiatry was created with the understanding that mental health can not be “one-size-fits-all”. The telehealth model allows you to seek care when/how it is convenient for you. Board Certified Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner Annie Hollyer, PMHNP-BC, RN, MSN offers psychiatric evaluations, medication management, psychotherapy treatment, documentation and will be happy to work with you on referrals to the cutting edge medicine that’s changing mental health including Pharmacogenetic testing, Spravato, Suboxone, and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).
(857) 475-7839 View (857) 475-7839
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Ashley Russell Gray
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02129
Ashley is a nationally certified Physician Assistant with a Master of Science from Methodist University in North Carolina. Prior to becoming a PA-C she served in the Army for 9 years including several combat deployments.
Ashley is a nationally certified Physician Assistant with a Master of Science from Methodist University in North Carolina. Prior to becoming a PA-C she served in the Army for 9 years including several combat deployments.
(617) 533-0572 View (617) 533-0572
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Ruben Montenez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02199  (Online Only)
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 25 years of experience in the Mental Health field. My experience includes inpatient and outpatient psychiatry. I am dually certified as an Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner across the life span by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Graduated from Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, and University of Miami. I am currently providing Tele-Psychiatry services for Massachusetts, and New York.
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 25 years of experience in the Mental Health field. My experience includes inpatient and outpatient psychiatry. I am dually certified as an Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner across the life span by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Graduated from Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, and University of Miami. I am currently providing Tele-Psychiatry services for Massachusetts, and New York.
(617) 855-0056 View (617) 855-0056
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Kelsey Row
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02110
One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to mental health care. My name is Dr. Kelsey Row, and I created Symmetry Psychiatry, a practice that combines ease of access with personalized care - cutting edge tools and platforms to make booking appointments and requesting refills easy, combined with a smaller caseload and more appointment availability to ensure that each patient receives the quality of care they deserve.
One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to mental health care. My name is Dr. Kelsey Row, and I created Symmetry Psychiatry, a practice that combines ease of access with personalized care - cutting edge tools and platforms to make booking appointments and requesting refills easy, combined with a smaller caseload and more appointment availability to ensure that each patient receives the quality of care they deserve.
(617) 655-8703 View (617) 655-8703
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Erin Valenti
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02116  (Online Only)
You want to take care of your mental health, but a one-size-fits-all system isn't working for you. You'd like a more flexible and creative approach and a highly personalized treatment plan. You're looking for a provider that is approachable, available, and attentive. The relationship between a provider and a client is everything in mental health treatment. I founded Newbury Street Psychiatry and Psychotherapy to provide patients with treatment relationships that are open, collaborative, and all about you.
You want to take care of your mental health, but a one-size-fits-all system isn't working for you. You'd like a more flexible and creative approach and a highly personalized treatment plan. You're looking for a provider that is approachable, available, and attentive. The relationship between a provider and a client is everything in mental health treatment. I founded Newbury Street Psychiatry and Psychotherapy to provide patients with treatment relationships that are open, collaborative, and all about you.
(774) 643-7101 View (774) 643-7101
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Connor Stimpson
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02114
My clients are often people who want to get better and are open to treatment recommendations. If you are seeking treatment you should be provided with empathy, compassion, and evidence-based practice.
My clients are often people who want to get better and are open to treatment recommendations. If you are seeking treatment you should be provided with empathy, compassion, and evidence-based practice.
(617) 433-5940 View (617) 433-5940
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Comfort Sowale
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02135
Meet Comfort, a compassionate and dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a specialization in treating Substance Use Disorders. Holding dual certifications as a PMHNP and AGPCNP, Comfort is licensed with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and is passionate about providing integrated care for individuals with dual diagnoses.
Meet Comfort, a compassionate and dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a specialization in treating Substance Use Disorders. Holding dual certifications as a PMHNP and AGPCNP, Comfort is licensed with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and is passionate about providing integrated care for individuals with dual diagnoses.
(857) 578-4886 View (857) 578-4886
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Marie Rose Canton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02122
My ideal client feels overwhelmed by life's demands and struggles with anxiety or low self-esteem. They seek to understand themselves better, manage stress effectively, and cultivate a more fulfilling life. Their goal is to develop coping strategies and build confidence to navigate their world with greater ease. They want guidance to unlock their potential and desire a therapist who listens deeply and offers compassionate, evidence-based support to help them thrive.
My ideal client feels overwhelmed by life's demands and struggles with anxiety or low self-esteem. They seek to understand themselves better, manage stress effectively, and cultivate a more fulfilling life. Their goal is to develop coping strategies and build confidence to navigate their world with greater ease. They want guidance to unlock their potential and desire a therapist who listens deeply and offers compassionate, evidence-based support to help them thrive.
(617) 433-5349 View (617) 433-5349
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Carlos Suarez MD PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02116  (Online Only)
Harvard-trained. Johns Hopkins-trained. Because expertise and experience matter. If you or your child is having difficulties with your relationships, your academic/professional demands, or your emotional well-being, I can help. I assist professionals, business leaders, and other high achievers in removing the psychological barriers that interfere with their progress so that they can reach their full potential. In order to focus exclusively on my patients, I do not accept any medical insurance. However, your medical insurance company may reimburse you for a significant portion of your paid fees (you must contact your insurance company for details).
Harvard-trained. Johns Hopkins-trained. Because expertise and experience matter. If you or your child is having difficulties with your relationships, your academic/professional demands, or your emotional well-being, I can help. I assist professionals, business leaders, and other high achievers in removing the psychological barriers that interfere with their progress so that they can reach their full potential. In order to focus exclusively on my patients, I do not accept any medical insurance. However, your medical insurance company may reimburse you for a significant portion of your paid fees (you must contact your insurance company for details).
(617) 431-2019 View (617) 431-2019
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Kaloyan Tanev
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02114
I help clients resolve psychological or psychiatric problems that keep them from fully experiencing their lives. I also work with people to help them achieve their life goals. Because no two people are the same, treatment for every person should be individually tailored. I do therapy, and use medications when they are needed. Some of the therapies I use are hypnotherapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, couples and family therapy. I help with anxiety, mood problems, habit problems, co-morbid medical and psychiatric problems, relationship and family problems.
I help clients resolve psychological or psychiatric problems that keep them from fully experiencing their lives. I also work with people to help them achieve their life goals. Because no two people are the same, treatment for every person should be individually tailored. I do therapy, and use medications when they are needed. Some of the therapies I use are hypnotherapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, couples and family therapy. I help with anxiety, mood problems, habit problems, co-morbid medical and psychiatric problems, relationship and family problems.
(617) 206-3425 View (617) 206-3425
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Richard Cook
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02118
People seek psychotherapy for a variety of reasons, but they frequently share one thing in common, the desire to relieve pain and to improve satisfaction with their life. This goal can be accomplished in a variety of ways, and a key component to successful treatment is the patient-physician relationship. I provide an empathic and non-judgmental environment that can facilitate the type of exploration and collaboration that can help one to learn more about themselves, to examine the patterns in their life that they wish to change, and to develop the courage to make those changes.
People seek psychotherapy for a variety of reasons, but they frequently share one thing in common, the desire to relieve pain and to improve satisfaction with their life. This goal can be accomplished in a variety of ways, and a key component to successful treatment is the patient-physician relationship. I provide an empathic and non-judgmental environment that can facilitate the type of exploration and collaboration that can help one to learn more about themselves, to examine the patterns in their life that they wish to change, and to develop the courage to make those changes.
(857) 255-9969 View (857) 255-9969
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Roxanne Sholevar
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02215  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I work best with adults who are motivated to understand themselves better through depth psychotherapy. While this motivation often stems from life transition, illness, relationship difficulties, or loss, there are times when we simply feel the urge to go deeper and explore our own minds.
I work best with adults who are motivated to understand themselves better through depth psychotherapy. While this motivation often stems from life transition, illness, relationship difficulties, or loss, there are times when we simply feel the urge to go deeper and explore our own minds.
(617) 676-2370 View (617) 676-2370
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Obioma Okeke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02135
My name is Obioma Linda Okeke and I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). My ideal clients include individuals experiencing behavioral and mental disorders such as anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), PTSD, and depression. I prefer integrating psychotherapy sessions, medication management, and holistic approaches. The ultimate purpose of incorporating the various approaches is to address identified mental health concerns offering comprehensive personalized care based on the specific needs of each client thereby improving their quality of life.
My name is Obioma Linda Okeke and I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). My ideal clients include individuals experiencing behavioral and mental disorders such as anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), PTSD, and depression. I prefer integrating psychotherapy sessions, medication management, and holistic approaches. The ultimate purpose of incorporating the various approaches is to address identified mental health concerns offering comprehensive personalized care based on the specific needs of each client thereby improving their quality of life.
(617) 675-5632 View (617) 675-5632
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Equilibrium Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02199  (Online Only)
Our licensed and board-certified psychiatric mental health providers are experienced in providing diagnostic evaluation and treatment, including medication management for client ages 10 and up with Depression, Bipolar disorder, Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, Adjustment disorders, OCD, PTSD, schizophrenia/schizoaffective disorder, and Alcohol use disorders
Our licensed and board-certified psychiatric mental health providers are experienced in providing diagnostic evaluation and treatment, including medication management for client ages 10 and up with Depression, Bipolar disorder, Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, Adjustment disorders, OCD, PTSD, schizophrenia/schizoaffective disorder, and Alcohol use disorders
(617) 819-0040 View (617) 819-0040

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Boston, MA

400+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Boston, MA who prioritize treating:

95% Anxiety
92% Depression
72% Bipolar Disorder
72% Medication Management
70% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
69% ADHD
65% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

87% BlueCross and BlueShield
81% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
80% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Boston, MA see their clients

55% In Person and Online
45% Online Only

Gender breakdown

67% Female
32% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Boston?

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.