Psychiatrists in Dedham, MA

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Effie Saly
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Not Verified Not Verified
Dedham, MA 02026
If you feel overwhelmed, stressed, unable to cope I am here to help. I provide a safe and supportive and judgement free environment ,where you can be heard and be helped toward healing and hope. I am a Board Certified with dual certifications as Family nurse practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice.
If you feel overwhelmed, stressed, unable to cope I am here to help. I provide a safe and supportive and judgement free environment ,where you can be heard and be helped toward healing and hope. I am a Board Certified with dual certifications as Family nurse practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice.
(857) 267-8962 View (857) 267-8962
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Dale Buckman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, AGPCNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dedham, MA 02026
NOW Accepting New Adult Clients. Same Week and Evening Appointments Available for your convenience. Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, panic, sleep issues, PTSD, OCD, ADHD? I am a Doctorally-trained, Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health with a philosophical approach rooted in functional and lifestyle medicine. I offer an open and welcoming approach to exploring ways to mental wellness that integrate both patient-centered lifestyle changes, evidence-based medication management, and individual psychotherapy. www.mindovermatterboston.com
NOW Accepting New Adult Clients. Same Week and Evening Appointments Available for your convenience. Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, panic, sleep issues, PTSD, OCD, ADHD? I am a Doctorally-trained, Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health with a philosophical approach rooted in functional and lifestyle medicine. I offer an open and welcoming approach to exploring ways to mental wellness that integrate both patient-centered lifestyle changes, evidence-based medication management, and individual psychotherapy. www.mindovermatterboston.com
(781) 404-3449 View (781) 404-3449
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Maria Eden Aguilar Gianan
Psychiatric Nurse, BSN, NP, CNS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Dedham, MA 02026
My clients are usually feeling overwhelmed by sudden challenges and transitions which can alter perspective and cause stress, depression, anxiety and trauma. I provide the guidance and positive outlook needed to respond to stressful situations as opportunities to learn and grow. I also have a wide range of experience in crisis stabilization. Crisis strongly impacts day-to-day routines, yet with counseling, clients can move forward with life. Learning how to move forward, although often difficult, can prevent further emotional distress.
My clients are usually feeling overwhelmed by sudden challenges and transitions which can alter perspective and cause stress, depression, anxiety and trauma. I provide the guidance and positive outlook needed to respond to stressful situations as opportunities to learn and grow. I also have a wide range of experience in crisis stabilization. Crisis strongly impacts day-to-day routines, yet with counseling, clients can move forward with life. Learning how to move forward, although often difficult, can prevent further emotional distress.
(781) 787-2485 View (781) 787-2485
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Brenda Vigue
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
Dedham, MA 02026
Patients reach out for a variety of reasons. Many of these are related to change, life transitions, and inability to function at their fullest potential. The patient may be going through a major life transition and associated stress, seeking some relief from their psychiatric symptoms. Through taking a thorough history of the patient's symptoms and life situation, we can come up with a plan for medication management and therapy.
Patients reach out for a variety of reasons. Many of these are related to change, life transitions, and inability to function at their fullest potential. The patient may be going through a major life transition and associated stress, seeking some relief from their psychiatric symptoms. Through taking a thorough history of the patient's symptoms and life situation, we can come up with a plan for medication management and therapy.
(339) 331-2336 View (339) 331-2336
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Amina West
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Dedham, MA 02026  (Online Only)
I am a licensed Professional Mental Health Practitioner (PMHP) dedicated to helping you navigate through life's challenges. I specialize in offering support and guidance to individuals struggling with ADHD, anxiety, depression, grief, challenging relationships, and loss of a sense of self, among other issues. Do you find these struggles affecting your day-to-day life, relationships, ability to function, or your work and career? Do you feel emotionally exhausted, overwhelmed, frustrated, or lost due to the pressures of living up to someone else's standards? Do you question, wonder, or hope that things could be better?
I am a licensed Professional Mental Health Practitioner (PMHP) dedicated to helping you navigate through life's challenges. I specialize in offering support and guidance to individuals struggling with ADHD, anxiety, depression, grief, challenging relationships, and loss of a sense of self, among other issues. Do you find these struggles affecting your day-to-day life, relationships, ability to function, or your work and career? Do you feel emotionally exhausted, overwhelmed, frustrated, or lost due to the pressures of living up to someone else's standards? Do you question, wonder, or hope that things could be better?
(339) 329-8951 x102 View (339) 329-8951 x102
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Charlotte Maguire
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Dedham, MA 02026
Not accepting new clients
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and received my training from MGH Institute of Health Professions, which included induction into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and received my training from MGH Institute of Health Professions, which included induction into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.
(339) 209-2879 View (339) 209-2879
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Ineida Barros
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Dedham, MA 02026
***Now ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS in Massachusetts VIA in-person or online appointments. Ineida Barros is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Licensed in Massachusetts, providing psychiatric evaluations, medication management specializing in a full range of mental health issues for individuals. Client-centered care is my top priority with individualized treatment plans tailored to your specific needs.
***Now ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS in Massachusetts VIA in-person or online appointments. Ineida Barros is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Licensed in Massachusetts, providing psychiatric evaluations, medication management specializing in a full range of mental health issues for individuals. Client-centered care is my top priority with individualized treatment plans tailored to your specific needs.
(339) 331-1921 View (339) 331-1921
Gabriella Marciante
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Dedham, MA 02026  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I am a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) across the lifespan. Embracing a holistic approach with the belief that mental health is a multidimensional experience, I strive to promote an active partnership with my clients to manage and decrease symptoms of mental illness. I would enjoy collaborating with your therapist or other providers, and believe combining both medication and psychotherapy allows for the best possible outcomes. I enjoy working with patients age 16 and older who present with a diversity of psychiatric needs.
I am a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) across the lifespan. Embracing a holistic approach with the belief that mental health is a multidimensional experience, I strive to promote an active partnership with my clients to manage and decrease symptoms of mental illness. I would enjoy collaborating with your therapist or other providers, and believe combining both medication and psychotherapy allows for the best possible outcomes. I enjoy working with patients age 16 and older who present with a diversity of psychiatric needs.
(781) 613-2513 View (781) 613-2513
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Bupe Martha M Habiyambere
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, MS, DVM
Verified Verified
Dedham, MA 02026
I have four years of invaluable experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings as well as a profound commitment to enhancing the lives of my clients. Mental health is interconnected with every aspect of our lives. That is why I take a holistic approach to treatment, addressing not just the symptoms but also the underlying factors contributing to your mental well-being. Your journey towards mental wellness is a collaborative effort.
I have four years of invaluable experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings as well as a profound commitment to enhancing the lives of my clients. Mental health is interconnected with every aspect of our lives. That is why I take a holistic approach to treatment, addressing not just the symptoms but also the underlying factors contributing to your mental well-being. Your journey towards mental wellness is a collaborative effort.
(857) 420-4225 View (857) 420-4225
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Sweeney Dawley Recovery Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dedham, MA 02027
I prescribe medication for mental health problems such as anxiety depression and bipolar disorder. I also help patients with substance use disorder with vivitrol. I do not prescribe suboxone or methadone. I believe if you treat the underlying problem recovery will be permanent. Failure to treat the underlying anxiety, depression etc., leads to constant relapse. My goal is to provide nonjudgemental treatment to patients who want to feel better. Congratulations on recognizing the problem! I hope you find a provider that is right for your needs!
I prescribe medication for mental health problems such as anxiety depression and bipolar disorder. I also help patients with substance use disorder with vivitrol. I do not prescribe suboxone or methadone. I believe if you treat the underlying problem recovery will be permanent. Failure to treat the underlying anxiety, depression etc., leads to constant relapse. My goal is to provide nonjudgemental treatment to patients who want to feel better. Congratulations on recognizing the problem! I hope you find a provider that is right for your needs!
(781) 268-2638 x1 View (781) 268-2638 x1
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Clarence Theodore Dennis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Dedham, MA 02026
with all the technological advances in society you would expect life to be more simple to manage, but it has become more complicated. there are more and more people dealing with depression,anxiety, and other mental health issues. my practice is centered on creating a safe environment to help you live successfully and reach the goals that you have set for yourself.I use a combination of solution-focused brief therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and medication management.
with all the technological advances in society you would expect life to be more simple to manage, but it has become more complicated. there are more and more people dealing with depression,anxiety, and other mental health issues. my practice is centered on creating a safe environment to help you live successfully and reach the goals that you have set for yourself.I use a combination of solution-focused brief therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and medication management.
(617) 405-3008 View (617) 405-3008
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First Seed Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dedham, MA 02026
At First Seed Psychiatry, our ideal client is someone navigating mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, or trauma. They seek personalized care that addresses their unique needs with empathy and expertise. Our clients aspire to holistic healing, aiming to regain balance, resilience, and empowerment in their lives. They value understanding, validation, and practical tools to navigate their journey towards emotional well-being.
At First Seed Psychiatry, our ideal client is someone navigating mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, or trauma. They seek personalized care that addresses their unique needs with empathy and expertise. Our clients aspire to holistic healing, aiming to regain balance, resilience, and empowerment in their lives. They value understanding, validation, and practical tools to navigate their journey towards emotional well-being.
(401) 389-4381 View (401) 389-4381
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Alicia Cashman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, NP
Verified Verified
Dedham, MA 02026
Waitlist for new clients
I provide person-centered therapy and medication management. I work with individuals with anxiety, depression, life transitions, mood disorders, ADHD, stress, family conflict and more. I strive to develop a genuine therapeutic relationship with each client to ensure I have a good understanding of your concerns and goals. I work with each client to develop a treatment plan with hopes of alleviating distress and helping individuals build their coping skills.
I provide person-centered therapy and medication management. I work with individuals with anxiety, depression, life transitions, mood disorders, ADHD, stress, family conflict and more. I strive to develop a genuine therapeutic relationship with each client to ensure I have a good understanding of your concerns and goals. I work with each client to develop a treatment plan with hopes of alleviating distress and helping individuals build their coping skills.
(781) 531-8586 View (781) 531-8586
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Stephanie Doyle Grant
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Dedham, MA 02026
Hi! My name is Stephanie Doyle Grant and I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner providing psychiatric care to children, adolescents, and adults. I provide psychopharm evaluation/medication management, while also including diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders and will offer psychotherapy. I have experience in working with individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD and specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of mood and psychotic disorders.
Hi! My name is Stephanie Doyle Grant and I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner providing psychiatric care to children, adolescents, and adults. I provide psychopharm evaluation/medication management, while also including diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders and will offer psychotherapy. I have experience in working with individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD and specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of mood and psychotic disorders.
(781) 837-8833 View (781) 837-8833
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Rising Behavioral Help Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Dedham, MA 02026
With more than 10 years of clinical and leadership experience in healthcare, I have a deep interest in exploring and developing care plans that optimally balance the application ratios of medications and other therapy techniques in the craft of patients' behavioral and mental care plans. I am also a clinical instructor and have continued to train aspiring student practitioners in the mental health field independently.
With more than 10 years of clinical and leadership experience in healthcare, I have a deep interest in exploring and developing care plans that optimally balance the application ratios of medications and other therapy techniques in the craft of patients' behavioral and mental care plans. I am also a clinical instructor and have continued to train aspiring student practitioners in the mental health field independently.
(617) 977-6282 View (617) 977-6282
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Olubunmi Olawale
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
Dedham, MA 02026  (Online Only)
Mental health is a priority to you and us at the Heritage Health System. We care for your mental health needs. We're aimed at supporting you to achieve your goal of a good level of functioning. We also prioritize your needs by ensuring an adequate evaluation of your presenting concerns/symptoms and come up with the appropriate diagnosis and treatment as required. I consult with your therapist and other treaters to provide expert medication management across the diagnostic spectrum. We address and manage symptoms of anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADHD, OCD, eating disorders, schizophrenia and dual diagnosis.
Mental health is a priority to you and us at the Heritage Health System. We care for your mental health needs. We're aimed at supporting you to achieve your goal of a good level of functioning. We also prioritize your needs by ensuring an adequate evaluation of your presenting concerns/symptoms and come up with the appropriate diagnosis and treatment as required. I consult with your therapist and other treaters to provide expert medication management across the diagnostic spectrum. We address and manage symptoms of anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADHD, OCD, eating disorders, schizophrenia and dual diagnosis.
(857) 855-6399 View (857) 855-6399
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Hannah (Jackson) Lynch
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Dedham, MA 02026
I am passionate about mental health care as well as holistic healing. In addition to medication management, I encourage lifestyle, environmental, and social changes personalized to meet the needs of each individual that I work with. My goal is to work together to help you reach your greatest potential.
I am passionate about mental health care as well as holistic healing. In addition to medication management, I encourage lifestyle, environmental, and social changes personalized to meet the needs of each individual that I work with. My goal is to work together to help you reach your greatest potential.
(617) 958-6036 View (617) 958-6036

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Victorious HealthCare Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BSN , MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02136
I am Onyinye Osuagwu, a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have extensive experience working as a nurse in multiple settings. I found my passion for mental health early in my nursing career. A few years ago, I made providing mental healthcare one of my life's missions and decided to advance my career by obtaining a master's degree in nursing. My goal is to provide client-centered, conscientious, and holistic care to my patients.
I am Onyinye Osuagwu, a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have extensive experience working as a nurse in multiple settings. I found my passion for mental health early in my nursing career. A few years ago, I made providing mental healthcare one of my life's missions and decided to advance my career by obtaining a master's degree in nursing. My goal is to provide client-centered, conscientious, and holistic care to my patients.
(339) 218-3016 View (339) 218-3016
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Dr. Ellen Elizabeth Sampson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, GNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
West Roxbury, MA 02132
I am a Psychiatric and Geriatric Board Certified Nurse Practitioner who enjoys working closely with my patients to help them find ways to understand and improve their quality of life. I believe that everyone has issues which can become problems if not understood and addressed as life is a process with many stages. My job is to help you to find ways to cope and give you hope and good outcomes by the use of counseling, education, medications or other alternatives.
I am a Psychiatric and Geriatric Board Certified Nurse Practitioner who enjoys working closely with my patients to help them find ways to understand and improve their quality of life. I believe that everyone has issues which can become problems if not understood and addressed as life is a process with many stages. My job is to help you to find ways to cope and give you hope and good outcomes by the use of counseling, education, medications or other alternatives.
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Martha Cesena
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
West Roxbury, MA 02132
I have more than 20 years of clinical experience working In academia and private practice. I am a board certified psychiatrist affiliated with Children’s Hospital and I am assistant professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. I am a graduate of Temple University Hospital in adult psychiatry and Children’s Hospital, Boston in adolescent psychiatry. I work with young adult ages 17 and above. I provide medication management in a welcoming and safe environment where your concerns are discussed with an open mind and no judgment. My office is close to the green t line in the Brookline area.
I have more than 20 years of clinical experience working In academia and private practice. I am a board certified psychiatrist affiliated with Children’s Hospital and I am assistant professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. I am a graduate of Temple University Hospital in adult psychiatry and Children’s Hospital, Boston in adolescent psychiatry. I work with young adult ages 17 and above. I provide medication management in a welcoming and safe environment where your concerns are discussed with an open mind and no judgment. My office is close to the green t line in the Brookline area.
(857) 336-1730 View (857) 336-1730

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Dedham, MA

10+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Dedham, MA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
94% Medication Management
76% Bipolar Disorder
71% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
65% ADHD
65% Stress

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
81% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
81% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Dedham, MA see their clients

83% In Person and Online
17% Online Only

Gender breakdown

95% Female
5% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Dedham?

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.