Psychiatrists in Hampden County, MA

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Photo of John Graziano, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Hampden County, MA
John Graziano
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Westfield, MA 01085
John Graziano, APRN, PMHNP has a philosophy that care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with John, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfillment. That’s because – with a board certification in psychiatry and experience in a variety of settings such as inpatient, community, and outpatient – John is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
John Graziano, APRN, PMHNP has a philosophy that care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with John, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfillment. That’s because – with a board certification in psychiatry and experience in a variety of settings such as inpatient, community, and outpatient – John is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
(413) 224-6573 View (413) 224-6573
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Damaris Kongo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Ludlow, MA 01056  (Online Only)
I have a Masters degree from university of Massachusetts, Amherst. I’m a Certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a 2 + experience in a large outpatient clinic. I have worked with different age groups for medication management based on their individual needs. I can help you manage and maintain a healthy mind set based on your individual needs and goals.
I have a Masters degree from university of Massachusetts, Amherst. I’m a Certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a 2 + experience in a large outpatient clinic. I have worked with different age groups for medication management based on their individual needs. I can help you manage and maintain a healthy mind set based on your individual needs and goals.
(413) 299-2251 View (413) 299-2251
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Dr. Andrietta Wright Barnett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, FNP, CNS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West Springfield, MA 01089  (Online Only)
With over two decades as a nurse practitioner, I've navigated diverse healthcare realms. Holding a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Walden University and a Doctorate in Psychology from the University of South Carolina Columbia, I specialize in Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health. Throughout my career, I've extensively engaged with individuals facing mental health challenges—bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, OCD, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and PTSD. My journey started in a community mental health center, where I pioneered holistic care, customizing each approach to meet the unique needs of every client.
With over two decades as a nurse practitioner, I've navigated diverse healthcare realms. Holding a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Walden University and a Doctorate in Psychology from the University of South Carolina Columbia, I specialize in Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health. Throughout my career, I've extensively engaged with individuals facing mental health challenges—bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, OCD, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and PTSD. My journey started in a community mental health center, where I pioneered holistic care, customizing each approach to meet the unique needs of every client.
(413) 553-5281 x507 View (413) 553-5281 x507
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Toussaint Casimir
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Springfield, MA 01129  (Online Only)
I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I am licensed in Massachusetts and Florida. For several years, I have been serving those struggling to fulfill their goals due to mental illness. I extend my services from adolescents to adults of all ages. I see patients with conditions like anxiety, depression, ADHD, Bipolar and more.
I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I am licensed in Massachusetts and Florida. For several years, I have been serving those struggling to fulfill their goals due to mental illness. I extend my services from adolescents to adults of all ages. I see patients with conditions like anxiety, depression, ADHD, Bipolar and more.
(413) 308-6694 View (413) 308-6694
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Geena Novinsky
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Brimfield, MA 01010  (Online Only)
February/March 2024 Update for Hometown Mental Health Services- Accepting New Clients with Immediate openings! My name is Geena and I am a double board-certified family and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I provide outpatient psychiatric medication management for clients 18 years and older in Massachusetts via Telehealth. I would love the opportunity to work with you!
February/March 2024 Update for Hometown Mental Health Services- Accepting New Clients with Immediate openings! My name is Geena and I am a double board-certified family and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I provide outpatient psychiatric medication management for clients 18 years and older in Massachusetts via Telehealth. I would love the opportunity to work with you!
(413) 402-6531 View (413) 402-6531
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Abdonne Mbouadeu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Holyoke, MA 01040
Hi, I am Abdonne Mbouadeu, Doctor of Nursing Practice. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. At Divine Restoration, we use a holistic approach of care that takes in consideration client’s preferences and their overall well-being including physical, emotional, social and spiritual to create individualized plan of care. We provide medication management using the best of modern medicine and complementary approaches to help our clients feel better.
Hi, I am Abdonne Mbouadeu, Doctor of Nursing Practice. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. At Divine Restoration, we use a holistic approach of care that takes in consideration client’s preferences and their overall well-being including physical, emotional, social and spiritual to create individualized plan of care. We provide medication management using the best of modern medicine and complementary approaches to help our clients feel better.
(413) 613-4809 View (413) 613-4809
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Georgina Tung
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West Springfield, MA 01089  (Online Only)
Do you struggle with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, schizophrenia, psychotic disorders, or PTSD that affects your day-to-day life, relationships, and ability to function? Do you feel overwhelmed, exhausted, or lost by the thought of navigating through life's challenges? Do you hope that your mental health could be better? Now more than ever, people from all walks of life are feeling uncertain and anxious about overcoming their mental health struggles. I believe that it shouldn't be so hard to live better, and there is hope and answers for those seeking support.
Do you struggle with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, schizophrenia, psychotic disorders, or PTSD that affects your day-to-day life, relationships, and ability to function? Do you feel overwhelmed, exhausted, or lost by the thought of navigating through life's challenges? Do you hope that your mental health could be better? Now more than ever, people from all walks of life are feeling uncertain and anxious about overcoming their mental health struggles. I believe that it shouldn't be so hard to live better, and there is hope and answers for those seeking support.
(413) 323-3515 x508 View (413) 323-3515 x508
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Unitas Healthcare Systems, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
East Longmeadow, MA 01028  (Online Only)
CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS*** WEEKEND AND EVENING APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE*** Unitas Healthcare Systems is a full-service psychiatric practice. We serve all ages, from children to older adults. We are proudly serving all of Massachusetts through the use of telehealth.
CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS*** WEEKEND AND EVENING APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE*** Unitas Healthcare Systems is a full-service psychiatric practice. We serve all ages, from children to older adults. We are proudly serving all of Massachusetts through the use of telehealth.
(617) 401-7441 View (617) 401-7441
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Rapha Health LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Springfield, MA 01108  (Online Only)
Your mental health is as important as your physical health. Stigma should not prevent you from getting the help you need. If you are suffering from feeling sad all the time, hearing voices or/and seeing things no-one else can, anxious, worry a lot, problem sleeping, eating, going out, nightmares, panic attacks. We are here to help you as best as we can.
Your mental health is as important as your physical health. Stigma should not prevent you from getting the help you need. If you are suffering from feeling sad all the time, hearing voices or/and seeing things no-one else can, anxious, worry a lot, problem sleeping, eating, going out, nightmares, panic attacks. We are here to help you as best as we can.
(413) 298-6155 View (413) 298-6155
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Stepping Stones Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Stepping Stones Psychiatry, LLC, owned and operated by Piyush Johari, MD and Alice Graham-Brown, MD is a place where we strive to provide high quality, patient centered and compassionate mental health care in a calm, and friendly setting. We were trained in world class institutions and bring a wealth of experience and expertise to our practice. Our goal is to welcome you, meet you where you are and to assist you in navigating your way to improved mental health. Please refer to our website, www.steppingstonespsychiatry.com, for more information and to submit a request to become a new client.
Stepping Stones Psychiatry, LLC, owned and operated by Piyush Johari, MD and Alice Graham-Brown, MD is a place where we strive to provide high quality, patient centered and compassionate mental health care in a calm, and friendly setting. We were trained in world class institutions and bring a wealth of experience and expertise to our practice. Our goal is to welcome you, meet you where you are and to assist you in navigating your way to improved mental health. Please refer to our website, www.steppingstonespsychiatry.com, for more information and to submit a request to become a new client.
(413) 300-2219 View (413) 300-2219
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Natalie Bass
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Longmeadow, MA 01106
***Accepting New Patients*** Start on your mental wellness journey today. Let’s work together to provide you with the necessary tools to get you through the toughest times in life. I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 8 years of mental health experience who utilizes evidence-based treatment approaches that are individually tailored to meet your needs and expectations while carefully considering your values and beliefs.
***Accepting New Patients*** Start on your mental wellness journey today. Let’s work together to provide you with the necessary tools to get you through the toughest times in life. I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 8 years of mental health experience who utilizes evidence-based treatment approaches that are individually tailored to meet your needs and expectations while carefully considering your values and beliefs.
(413) 216-6080 View (413) 216-6080
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Global Behavioral Healthcare LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MPH, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Springfield, MA 01103
Global Behavioral Healthcare provides both outpatient and tele-psychiatry mental health services in Springfield areas. Tele-psychiatry services are provided in the comfort of your home using a computer/ a phone. Currently accepting new patients. Evening and weekend hours are available to those busy during office hours. Global Behavioral Healthcare is the home of Annet Kabuusu, a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with training and experience across the lifespan in hospitals, emergency room and outpatient settings
Global Behavioral Healthcare provides both outpatient and tele-psychiatry mental health services in Springfield areas. Tele-psychiatry services are provided in the comfort of your home using a computer/ a phone. Currently accepting new patients. Evening and weekend hours are available to those busy during office hours. Global Behavioral Healthcare is the home of Annet Kabuusu, a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with training and experience across the lifespan in hospitals, emergency room and outpatient settings
(857) 239-0930 View (857) 239-0930
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Valerie Sharpe
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Longmeadow, MA 01106  (Online Only)
This practice is devoted to providing psychiatric treatment for women during pregnancy, postpartum and preconception. I am passionate about supporting women during the challenges that can arise during the perinatal period, such as infertility, relationship stressors, trauma, attachment issues, breastfeeding, sleep problems, and adjusting to life with a new baby, just to name a few. Psychiatric conditions that are best suited for me to treat at this solo private practice include depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, trauma related disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity diosrder and bipolar disorder.
This practice is devoted to providing psychiatric treatment for women during pregnancy, postpartum and preconception. I am passionate about supporting women during the challenges that can arise during the perinatal period, such as infertility, relationship stressors, trauma, attachment issues, breastfeeding, sleep problems, and adjusting to life with a new baby, just to name a few. Psychiatric conditions that are best suited for me to treat at this solo private practice include depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, trauma related disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity diosrder and bipolar disorder.
(413) 343-4030 View (413) 343-4030
Photo of William Chad Garrett, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Hampden County, MA
William Chad Garrett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Holyoke, MA 01040
When you are suffering, you want help now, not one month from now. If symptoms of ADHD, anxiety, depression, or insomnia are negatively affecting your life, follow the link to my website and click the "Request Consultation" button to get started.
When you are suffering, you want help now, not one month from now. If symptoms of ADHD, anxiety, depression, or insomnia are negatively affecting your life, follow the link to my website and click the "Request Consultation" button to get started.
(413) 489-5586 View (413) 489-5586
Photo of Dr. Khadija Tuitt, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Hampden County, MA
Dr. Khadija Tuitt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
14 Endorsed
Holyoke, MA 01040  (Online Only)
Welcome to In-Tuitt Behavioral Health Services, where the care feels intuitive, relaxed, and safe. No need to wait for help, we have openings every week for new patients. If you are suffering with mood changes, anxiety, ADHD symptoms, sleep disturbances, or you just aren't sure, let me help you to find clarity and treatment options that work for you. If you are ready to start your healing journey, go to my website and hit the "Book an Appointment Link" and lets get into it!
Welcome to In-Tuitt Behavioral Health Services, where the care feels intuitive, relaxed, and safe. No need to wait for help, we have openings every week for new patients. If you are suffering with mood changes, anxiety, ADHD symptoms, sleep disturbances, or you just aren't sure, let me help you to find clarity and treatment options that work for you. If you are ready to start your healing journey, go to my website and hit the "Book an Appointment Link" and lets get into it!
(413) 299-2507 x500 View (413) 299-2507 x500
Photo of Shalina Wray, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Hampden County, MA
Shalina Wray
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PHMNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Longmeadow, MA 01106
***Currently accepting new patients*** Hello, My name is Shalina and I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner licensed to see individuals across the life span and have experience working with adolescents, adults, and geriatrics. Look forward to helping you with your psychiatric/mental health needs, supportive therapies, diagnoses, and medication management.
***Currently accepting new patients*** Hello, My name is Shalina and I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner licensed to see individuals across the life span and have experience working with adolescents, adults, and geriatrics. Look forward to helping you with your psychiatric/mental health needs, supportive therapies, diagnoses, and medication management.
(413) 300-6823 View (413) 300-6823
Photo of Dr. Michael Boggs, Psychiatrist in Hampden County, MA
Dr. Michael Boggs
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Longmeadow, MA 01106
April / May 2024 Update - Accepting New Clients. Providing expert medication management and brief supportive psychotherapy for mental health for individuals aged 12+ living throughout Massachusetts with Clearview Health & Wellness Group.
April / May 2024 Update - Accepting New Clients. Providing expert medication management and brief supportive psychotherapy for mental health for individuals aged 12+ living throughout Massachusetts with Clearview Health & Wellness Group.
(413) 300-9956 View (413) 300-9956
Photo of Danielle Lamagna, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Hampden County, MA
Danielle Lamagna
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Danielle brings warmth, humor, and compassion into each session, and engages whole-heartedly in providing holistic and patient-centered care. She has a “less is more” approach with medication management, believing that the bare minimum amount of medication that can provide a thriving quality of life is always ideal. She blends her knowledge of psychopharmacology with thoughtful therapeutic relationship-building to provide a trusting, informed, and judgement-free atmosphere for her patients.
Danielle brings warmth, humor, and compassion into each session, and engages whole-heartedly in providing holistic and patient-centered care. She has a “less is more” approach with medication management, believing that the bare minimum amount of medication that can provide a thriving quality of life is always ideal. She blends her knowledge of psychopharmacology with thoughtful therapeutic relationship-building to provide a trusting, informed, and judgement-free atmosphere for her patients.
(413) 384-5053 View (413) 384-5053
Photo of Steven Locke, Psychiatrist in Hampden County, MA
Steven Locke
Psychiatrist, MD, DLFAPA
Verified Verified
Longmeadow, MA 01106  (Online Only)
The patients who benefit the most from working with me are usually struggling with feelings of depression and/or anxiety, often associated with problems such as insomnia or recurrent physical symptoms due to stress. They want to understand what is happening to them and which treatment options might help them. Getting balanced information about the risks and benefits of treatment is usually a priority. My patients are often trying to decide whether to use medication to control their symptoms, or psychotherapy, or both. All the care is conveniently accessed via virtual visits using secure, private, easy-to-use video telehealth.
The patients who benefit the most from working with me are usually struggling with feelings of depression and/or anxiety, often associated with problems such as insomnia or recurrent physical symptoms due to stress. They want to understand what is happening to them and which treatment options might help them. Getting balanced information about the risks and benefits of treatment is usually a priority. My patients are often trying to decide whether to use medication to control their symptoms, or psychotherapy, or both. All the care is conveniently accessed via virtual visits using secure, private, easy-to-use video telehealth.
(857) 214-8523 View (857) 214-8523
Photo of Christine L Doucette, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Hampden County, MA
Christine L Doucette
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Longmeadow, MA 01106  (Online Only)
As a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I provide psychiatric evaluations diagnosis & medication management. I work with children adolescents & adults. My experience includes clinic-based settings, collaborating with therapists, DCF, Guardian Ad Litem, nursing services, & PCPs. My specialties include Depression Anxiety Bipolar & Thought Disorders. I have experience with complicated Trauma/PTSD. I practice in CT & MA. At an initial visit, patients can expect a comprehensive evaluation discussing reasons for their visit, psychiatric & medical history, medication review, family/social history review.
As a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I provide psychiatric evaluations diagnosis & medication management. I work with children adolescents & adults. My experience includes clinic-based settings, collaborating with therapists, DCF, Guardian Ad Litem, nursing services, & PCPs. My specialties include Depression Anxiety Bipolar & Thought Disorders. I have experience with complicated Trauma/PTSD. I practice in CT & MA. At an initial visit, patients can expect a comprehensive evaluation discussing reasons for their visit, psychiatric & medical history, medication review, family/social history review.
(860) 239-0524 View (860) 239-0524

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Number of Psychiatrists in Hampden County, MA

50+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Hampden County, MA who prioritize treating:

85% Anxiety
84% Depression
75% ADHD
69% Medication Management
67% Trauma and PTSD
67% Bipolar Disorder
56% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

89% BlueCross and BlueShield
89% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
82% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Hampden County, MA see their clients

56% Online Only
44% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

56% Female
44% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Hampden 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.