Psychiatrists in Lynn, MA

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Chinne Health Systems LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Lynn, MA 01901
Some challenges and transitions people encounter each day can change outlook, cause stress, bring difficulties, sadness, panic, depression, anxiety and emotional shock. These situations may leave clients confused, distraught and overwhelmed. Focus is to help clients deal with these presenting issues. Working through stressful times and helping clients to attain their optimal level of functioning is a priority. Medication management is big in this practice; however different treatment methods are used and tailored to fit each individual client need.
Some challenges and transitions people encounter each day can change outlook, cause stress, bring difficulties, sadness, panic, depression, anxiety and emotional shock. These situations may leave clients confused, distraught and overwhelmed. Focus is to help clients deal with these presenting issues. Working through stressful times and helping clients to attain their optimal level of functioning is a priority. Medication management is big in this practice; however different treatment methods are used and tailored to fit each individual client need.
(774) 314-4153 View (774) 314-4153
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Northeast Wellness
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lynn, MA 01902
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 Monomoy Health, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lynn, MA
Monomoy Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Lynn, MA 01901
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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AmiTop Care LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lynn, MA 01903  (Online Only)
Welcome to AmiTop Care LLC, where we are dedicated to providing top-tier, comprehensive psychiatry care. Our professional private practice, based in Massachusetts, seamlessly combines psychopharmacology and psychotherapy to deliver personalized mental health solutions. We extend our services to include telepsychiatry for follow-up visits, ensuring continuity of care. We offer specialized services in medication management, pharmacogenomic testing, and psychotherapy treatment. Our expertise extends to managing a range of conditions, including ADHD, depression and anxiety
Welcome to AmiTop Care LLC, where we are dedicated to providing top-tier, comprehensive psychiatry care. Our professional private practice, based in Massachusetts, seamlessly combines psychopharmacology and psychotherapy to deliver personalized mental health solutions. We extend our services to include telepsychiatry for follow-up visits, ensuring continuity of care. We offer specialized services in medication management, pharmacogenomic testing, and psychotherapy treatment. Our expertise extends to managing a range of conditions, including ADHD, depression and anxiety
(617) 295-7359 View (617) 295-7359
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Mental Health Plus LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lynn, MA 01902  (Online Only)
Living is leaning to face life challenges with a sense of acceptance and control. However, it's not always easy to do on our own. Without a doubt, many of us on earth have a negative answer when dealing with our mental health. Here, at Mental Health Plus LLC, we are interested in seeing you take control of yourself. We strive to encourage our clients to live life to the fullest by being assisted with a unique bundle care approach. Partner with us.
Living is leaning to face life challenges with a sense of acceptance and control. However, it's not always easy to do on our own. Without a doubt, many of us on earth have a negative answer when dealing with our mental health. Here, at Mental Health Plus LLC, we are interested in seeing you take control of yourself. We strive to encourage our clients to live life to the fullest by being assisted with a unique bundle care approach. Partner with us.
(978) 288-1303 View (978) 288-1303
Photo of Jeffrey Lucero, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lynn, MA
Jeffrey Lucero
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lynn, MA 01904
Welcome. Thoughtful Psychiatry is a group of psychiatric providers devoted to providing a "thoughtful" approach to psychiatric care. The practice consists of multiple psychiatric prescribers that have extensive training in psychotherapy. While we believe that medications can be very helpful, we insist on providing more than medication for our patients.
Welcome. Thoughtful Psychiatry is a group of psychiatric providers devoted to providing a "thoughtful" approach to psychiatric care. The practice consists of multiple psychiatric prescribers that have extensive training in psychotherapy. While we believe that medications can be very helpful, we insist on providing more than medication for our patients.
(781) 679-5270 View (781) 679-5270
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Rose O. Obarisiagbon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Lynn, MA 01902
(781) 650-8928 View (781) 650-8928

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Ijeoma Onwuogu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Peabody, MA 01960
If your budget is tight and looking to receive quality care, you are in the right place. Restorative Mental Health offers a wide range of mental and behavioral health support ranging from Psychotherapy, medication management and client referral. You are guaranteed to always feel welcome and at home. We utilize a holistic and person centered approach to provide quality care to our clients in a calm and relaxed environment. We provide telehealth and office visits. Ijeoma or IJ, holds a Master's Degree in Nursing, and is board certified Psych Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
If your budget is tight and looking to receive quality care, you are in the right place. Restorative Mental Health offers a wide range of mental and behavioral health support ranging from Psychotherapy, medication management and client referral. You are guaranteed to always feel welcome and at home. We utilize a holistic and person centered approach to provide quality care to our clients in a calm and relaxed environment. We provide telehealth and office visits. Ijeoma or IJ, holds a Master's Degree in Nursing, and is board certified Psych Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
(978) 404-8513 View (978) 404-8513
Photo of Jeremy Ashley Spiegel, Psychiatrist in Lynn, MA
Jeremy Ashley Spiegel
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Danvers, MA 01923
Jeremy Spiegel, MD, is available for psychiatric evaluations and medication management at his Portland, Maine office at Casco Bay Medical with both in person and virtual visits. He specializes in treatment of ADHD, anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD, Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety and most other psychiatric disorders and conditions. New Treatment Offering: Brief Psychotherapy. Dr. Spiegel, as psychotherapist and collaborative problem solver, can help address your core psychological problem with weekly virtual visits over 12 sessions. Call the office for more details to see if you may be a candidate for this exciting approach.
Jeremy Spiegel, MD, is available for psychiatric evaluations and medication management at his Portland, Maine office at Casco Bay Medical with both in person and virtual visits. He specializes in treatment of ADHD, anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD, Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety and most other psychiatric disorders and conditions. New Treatment Offering: Brief Psychotherapy. Dr. Spiegel, as psychotherapist and collaborative problem solver, can help address your core psychological problem with weekly virtual visits over 12 sessions. Call the office for more details to see if you may be a candidate for this exciting approach.
(351) 247-3908 View (351) 247-3908
Photo of Veronica Weatherspoon, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lynn, MA
Veronica Weatherspoon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Peabody, MA 01960
I provide expert treatment of Alcohol Use Disorders using Naltrexone. Abstinence is not required.
I provide expert treatment of Alcohol Use Disorders using Naltrexone. Abstinence is not required.
(857) 371-4823 View (857) 371-4823
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Christiana A Nsoh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, M, H, N, P
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Salem, MA 01970
Do you have Anxiety, ADD/ADHD, Depression, Bipolar, Trauma, Addiction or up all night thinking about when a miracle will just happen and all these symptoms will disappear in your life? Well, you are not alone, many Americans are facing similar problem, we will utilize a holistic approach, developed skills and implement comprehensive treatment plans, fostering a supportive environment for your recovery. High-quality individualized care, emphasizing on empathy and effective communication. I believe in the power of listening and strive to be a compassionate leader, your worries are mine too because any of us can go through this.
Do you have Anxiety, ADD/ADHD, Depression, Bipolar, Trauma, Addiction or up all night thinking about when a miracle will just happen and all these symptoms will disappear in your life? Well, you are not alone, many Americans are facing similar problem, we will utilize a holistic approach, developed skills and implement comprehensive treatment plans, fostering a supportive environment for your recovery. High-quality individualized care, emphasizing on empathy and effective communication. I believe in the power of listening and strive to be a compassionate leader, your worries are mine too because any of us can go through this.
(978) 543-1846 View (978) 543-1846
Photo of Julia Gibney, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lynn, MA
Julia Gibney
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, WHNP-BC
Verified Verified
Salem, MA 01970
I am an advanced nurse practitioner with an outpatient experience in mental health field. I understand how to combine both pharmacological and holistic treatments for people who might have anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar and mood disorder. By utilizing my knowledge of psychotherapy modalities and psychopharmacology, and in collaboration with other professionals, I diagnose and treat my clients on a regimen of prescription medication and holistic suggestions to improve their mental health.
I am an advanced nurse practitioner with an outpatient experience in mental health field. I understand how to combine both pharmacological and holistic treatments for people who might have anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar and mood disorder. By utilizing my knowledge of psychotherapy modalities and psychopharmacology, and in collaboration with other professionals, I diagnose and treat my clients on a regimen of prescription medication and holistic suggestions to improve their mental health.
(781) 650-3229 View (781) 650-3229
Photo of Amy Middleton, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lynn, MA
Amy Middleton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, CPNP, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Lynnfield, MA 01940
Amy is passionate about offering an integrative, personalized approach while utilizing evidence based treatment modalities to meet the needs of her clients. Amy provides comprehensive psychological evaluation, assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning across the lifespan from early adolescence into adulthood. Offering both pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment options, her specialties include anxiety disorders, mood disorders, stress related disorders and health-behavior/lifestyle changes.
Amy is passionate about offering an integrative, personalized approach while utilizing evidence based treatment modalities to meet the needs of her clients. Amy provides comprehensive psychological evaluation, assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning across the lifespan from early adolescence into adulthood. Offering both pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment options, her specialties include anxiety disorders, mood disorders, stress related disorders and health-behavior/lifestyle changes.
(781) 745-4031 View (781) 745-4031
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Kimberly Seaward
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Danvers, MA 01923  (Online Only)
***Currently Accepting New Patients*** Coastal Psychiatry provides outpatient mental health and medication management services to adolescents and adults (ages 16 and older) located anywhere in Massachusetts via telehealth. We treat a range of Behavioral Health Disorders including depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Adjustments Disorders, Grief and Bereavement, Divorce and Separation, Relationship issues as well as sleep issues.
***Currently Accepting New Patients*** Coastal Psychiatry provides outpatient mental health and medication management services to adolescents and adults (ages 16 and older) located anywhere in Massachusetts via telehealth. We treat a range of Behavioral Health Disorders including depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Adjustments Disorders, Grief and Bereavement, Divorce and Separation, Relationship issues as well as sleep issues.
(978) 982-2314 View (978) 982-2314
Photo of Abena Apraku, Psychiatrist in Lynn, MA
Abena Apraku
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Somerville, MA 02143
Dr. Apraku is welcoming new patients for video appointments. As a Board-certified M.D. psychiatrist, she specializes in providing psychiatric diagnostic assessments and treatment for anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD and PTSD. As a well-rounded provider, her focus is on medication management (including for patients wishing to decrease reliance on medication) in combination with extensive psycho-education. Read more about her approach at apraku.com/services.
Dr. Apraku is welcoming new patients for video appointments. As a Board-certified M.D. psychiatrist, she specializes in providing psychiatric diagnostic assessments and treatment for anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD and PTSD. As a well-rounded provider, her focus is on medication management (including for patients wishing to decrease reliance on medication) in combination with extensive psycho-education. Read more about her approach at apraku.com/services.
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Photo of Helen Macharia, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lynn, MA
Helen Macharia
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Danvers, MA 01923
Are you or a loved one navigating mental health challenges and seeking a compassionate and holistic approach to mental health care? Are you in a transitional phase, such as the shift from college to adulthood, worrying about your future success, and looking for personalized support to navigate these changes? Do you value a collaborative and empathetic approach where medication management, therapy, and lifestyle guidance are seamlessly integrated? If any of these questions resonate with you, Helen Macharia at Cagway Health and Wellness is here to support your journey toward stabilization, healing, and an improved quality of life.
Are you or a loved one navigating mental health challenges and seeking a compassionate and holistic approach to mental health care? Are you in a transitional phase, such as the shift from college to adulthood, worrying about your future success, and looking for personalized support to navigate these changes? Do you value a collaborative and empathetic approach where medication management, therapy, and lifestyle guidance are seamlessly integrated? If any of these questions resonate with you, Helen Macharia at Cagway Health and Wellness is here to support your journey toward stabilization, healing, and an improved quality of life.
(978) 878-2332 View (978) 878-2332
Photo of Joan longwell, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lynn, MA
Joan longwell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Danvers, MA 01923
Hello, I am currently not accepting new clients. I've been in the behavioral health field since 1987. I have worked with patients with most types of mental health issues, in a variety of settings. I work with ages 16 - 90 years old. I provide compassionate and knowledgeable care. My goal is to assist you to reach your full potential.
Hello, I am currently not accepting new clients. I've been in the behavioral health field since 1987. I have worked with patients with most types of mental health issues, in a variety of settings. I work with ages 16 - 90 years old. I provide compassionate and knowledgeable care. My goal is to assist you to reach your full potential.
(978) 961-6166 View (978) 961-6166
Photo of Megan Cavanaugh, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lynn, MA
Megan Cavanaugh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Swampscott, MA 01907
Sometimes life can be overwhelming and we wisely recognize that we need more help. Other times we come to see that we are not functioning as our best selves, and wonder what might help. Medication can be a powerful tool to help us cope and function as our best selves. The right diagnosis and the right medication, can be life changing...... If you would like to inquire about becoming a patient, please use the link to my website on the left side of this page, from there you can submit the "New Patient Inquiry" , thank you..... Please note I provide medication management for behavioral health for ages 12-55 and not counseling/therapy.
Sometimes life can be overwhelming and we wisely recognize that we need more help. Other times we come to see that we are not functioning as our best selves, and wonder what might help. Medication can be a powerful tool to help us cope and function as our best selves. The right diagnosis and the right medication, can be life changing...... If you would like to inquire about becoming a patient, please use the link to my website on the left side of this page, from there you can submit the "New Patient Inquiry" , thank you..... Please note I provide medication management for behavioral health for ages 12-55 and not counseling/therapy.
(781) 512-6687 View (781) 512-6687
Photo of Alissa Fodor, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lynn, MA
Alissa Fodor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, APRN, MPHNP
Verified Verified
Salem, MA 01970
I want to help my clients find an ultimate and healthy approach to their mental wellbeing. My choice of treatment plan is consistent with my client's commitment. Psychiatric symptoms such as Anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, Depression, Bipolar disorder, ext. can be triggered and exacerbated by many things such as: endocrine issues, insufficient self-care, lack of exercise, poor diet and more. Armed with an understanding of holistic approach along with Psychiatric Medicine, I diagnose and create medication management plans for each of my patients and help address other issues by consulting with appropriate professionals.
I want to help my clients find an ultimate and healthy approach to their mental wellbeing. My choice of treatment plan is consistent with my client's commitment. Psychiatric symptoms such as Anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, Depression, Bipolar disorder, ext. can be triggered and exacerbated by many things such as: endocrine issues, insufficient self-care, lack of exercise, poor diet and more. Armed with an understanding of holistic approach along with Psychiatric Medicine, I diagnose and create medication management plans for each of my patients and help address other issues by consulting with appropriate professionals.
(781) 244-0115 View (781) 244-0115
Photo of Dr. Abila Primus Benazea, Psychiatric Nurse in Lynn, MA
Dr. Abila Primus Benazea
Psychiatric Nurse, DNP, APRN, AGNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Salem, MA 01970
In-person and telehealth Practice for Mental and psychiatric issues. In-person only for Addiction Management. Technology has provided means to obtain confidential and affordable treatment in the comfort of your home through Vista Healthcare solution Mental health and general psychiatry. I am a board-certified, doctoral-prepared Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Adult and gerontology Nurse Practitioner. My specialization permits me to understand the physical, biological, and psychological factors of human emotions. At Vista Healthcare we provide psychotherapeutic and psychiatric medication interventions.
In-person and telehealth Practice for Mental and psychiatric issues. In-person only for Addiction Management. Technology has provided means to obtain confidential and affordable treatment in the comfort of your home through Vista Healthcare solution Mental health and general psychiatry. I am a board-certified, doctoral-prepared Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Adult and gerontology Nurse Practitioner. My specialization permits me to understand the physical, biological, and psychological factors of human emotions. At Vista Healthcare we provide psychotherapeutic and psychiatric medication interventions.
(978) 494-1739 View (978) 494-1739

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Lynn, MA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Lynn, MA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Medication Management
67% Addiction

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Harvard Pilgrim

How Psychiatrists in Lynn, MA see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

60% Female
40% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Lynn?

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.