Psychiatrists in Marlborough, MA

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Claire Wakulyaka
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
Marlborough, MA 01752
I am accepting new patients. My name is Claire Wakulyaka. I want to help you work through your mental health challenges. The goal is to build a therapeutic relationship that will lead to better outcomes. You can expect a compassionate, empathetic, engaging, and safe environment where you are respected and listened to. The treatment plan may include medication management and/or brief therapy.
I am accepting new patients. My name is Claire Wakulyaka. I want to help you work through your mental health challenges. The goal is to build a therapeutic relationship that will lead to better outcomes. You can expect a compassionate, empathetic, engaging, and safe environment where you are respected and listened to. The treatment plan may include medication management and/or brief therapy.
(508) 625-7049 View (508) 625-7049
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Compassionate community Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Np
Verified
1 Endorsed
Marlborough, MA 01752
Eva is passionate about providing her patients with quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services, including mood disorders, depression, anxiety, sleep, insomnia, PTSD, substance abuse, etc. Eva possesses solid clinical skills, enhanced by her natural ability to build rapport with patients and families. She follows evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience and personal observation. She provides culturally sensitive, emotionally-focused, and person-centered care. Eva also Psychopharmacological prescribes and provides psychotherapy based on the Massachusetts Board of Nursing and ANCC guidelines.
Eva is passionate about providing her patients with quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services, including mood disorders, depression, anxiety, sleep, insomnia, PTSD, substance abuse, etc. Eva possesses solid clinical skills, enhanced by her natural ability to build rapport with patients and families. She follows evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience and personal observation. She provides culturally sensitive, emotionally-focused, and person-centered care. Eva also Psychopharmacological prescribes and provides psychotherapy based on the Massachusetts Board of Nursing and ANCC guidelines.
(978) 574-8851 View (978) 574-8851
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Victoria Counseling Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMNP-BC, ACNP-BC
Verified
Marlborough, MA 01752
Victoria Counseling Services is an outpatient Adult Psychiatry, established in 2015 following the sudden death of a beloved younger sister, Victoria, who suffered from severe depression and PTSD for most of her adult years. As a patient, expect to be an active participant in your treatment plan.
Victoria Counseling Services is an outpatient Adult Psychiatry, established in 2015 following the sudden death of a beloved younger sister, Victoria, who suffered from severe depression and PTSD for most of her adult years. As a patient, expect to be an active participant in your treatment plan.
(508) 252-0916 View (508) 252-0916
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William Chad Garrett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Marlborough, MA 01752
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.
(781) 653-5110 View (781) 653-5110
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Lanika Whyte
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Marlborough, MA 01752  (Online Only)
Have you found yourself in a rut and wish to get back to the way things used to be? Or have you discovered the way you've been doing things just aren't working anymore? Hi, I'm Lanika a nurse practitioner and I invite you to meet with me and let me know what's going on. Kick back and get comfortable and together we can create a path to help you meet your goals. Life is full of ups and downs, which can lead to the need for medication management. I know it sounds like a lot but you're in good hands.
Have you found yourself in a rut and wish to get back to the way things used to be? Or have you discovered the way you've been doing things just aren't working anymore? Hi, I'm Lanika a nurse practitioner and I invite you to meet with me and let me know what's going on. Kick back and get comfortable and together we can create a path to help you meet your goals. Life is full of ups and downs, which can lead to the need for medication management. I know it sounds like a lot but you're in good hands.
(617) 841-3156 View (617) 841-3156
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Mended Root LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
1 Endorsed
Marlborough, MA 01752  (Online Only)
The ideal client might be someone who struggles with anxiety, depression, trauma, or other mental health concerns. They may be seeking help with managing their symptoms, improving their mood and general outlook, and finding meaningful ways to cope with their issues. They likely want a compassionate and supportive environment where they can feel safe and understood. They may also be looking for individualized treatment tailored to their unique needs. Furthermore, they may have goals related to improving their daily functioning, building positive relationships, or pursuing personal growth.
The ideal client might be someone who struggles with anxiety, depression, trauma, or other mental health concerns. They may be seeking help with managing their symptoms, improving their mood and general outlook, and finding meaningful ways to cope with their issues. They likely want a compassionate and supportive environment where they can feel safe and understood. They may also be looking for individualized treatment tailored to their unique needs. Furthermore, they may have goals related to improving their daily functioning, building positive relationships, or pursuing personal growth.
(781) 556-6258 View (781) 556-6258
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John-Paul Cloutier
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified
Marlborough, MA 01752  (Online Only)
Please visit my website to schedule an appointment. I have a particular interest in working with clients with Depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, and bipolar. Separately, if you are interested in tapering off psychiatric medications, I would be happy to help.
Please visit my website to schedule an appointment. I have a particular interest in working with clients with Depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, and bipolar. Separately, if you are interested in tapering off psychiatric medications, I would be happy to help.
(857) 370-4486 View (857) 370-4486
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Adriana Neagoe
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Marlborough, MA 01752
Real change requires healing the underlying psychological and chemical imbalances, not just treating the symptoms. My goal is to take you, my patient, to the root causes that created your difficulties. Our intersection should mark a positive difference for the rest of your life. My practice is small and I operate alone without an office staff, so my patients have full access to me at all times. I am often able to accommodate same day. I believe treatment works best with a combination of medication & therapy, therefore I offer both services in my practice or collaborate with an already therapist in place.
Real change requires healing the underlying psychological and chemical imbalances, not just treating the symptoms. My goal is to take you, my patient, to the root causes that created your difficulties. Our intersection should mark a positive difference for the rest of your life. My practice is small and I operate alone without an office staff, so my patients have full access to me at all times. I am often able to accommodate same day. I believe treatment works best with a combination of medication & therapy, therefore I offer both services in my practice or collaborate with an already therapist in place.
(508) 443-6076 View (508) 443-6076
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Johanne Cazeau
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified
Marlborough, MA 01752  (Online Only)
I am a dual board-certified nurse practitioner in Family and Psychiatric Mental Health. My patient’s well-being, safety are of the upmost importance. My goal is to care for the community by providing a holistic approach that centered around medication management, emotional and spiritual well-being and meeting my clients where they are. Prior to obtaining a doctorate in nursing practice, I was a special educator for five years.
I am a dual board-certified nurse practitioner in Family and Psychiatric Mental Health. My patient’s well-being, safety are of the upmost importance. My goal is to care for the community by providing a holistic approach that centered around medication management, emotional and spiritual well-being and meeting my clients where they are. Prior to obtaining a doctorate in nursing practice, I was a special educator for five years.
(617) 767-0192 View (617) 767-0192
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Psychiatric Holistic Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, PMH-NP, APRN-NP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Marlborough, MA 01752
Do you feel tired in trying to find help for yourself and others? Do you feel fed up with a lot of negative things happening in your life? Does it seem like you are no longer in control of what’s happening to you? Are your thoughts always racing trying to solve anything? With a strong focus on holistic wellness, career coaching, personal coaching, we are committed to addressing the needs of our patients both psychologically, physically, emotionally and mentally. We can’t go through life alone.
Do you feel tired in trying to find help for yourself and others? Do you feel fed up with a lot of negative things happening in your life? Does it seem like you are no longer in control of what’s happening to you? Are your thoughts always racing trying to solve anything? With a strong focus on holistic wellness, career coaching, personal coaching, we are committed to addressing the needs of our patients both psychologically, physically, emotionally and mentally. We can’t go through life alone.
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Elizabeth Sarah Waithira
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, C, AGNP, BC
Verified
Marlborough, MA 01752  (Online Only)
Are you constantly feeling overwhelmed, having difficulty concentrating on tasks, and having sleep problems? Mental illness can affect every aspect of your life. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who strives to meet every individual's unique physical and mental health, and wellness needs no matter what situation life brings to them. It is always a challenge for clients going through a divorce, losing a relative or job, having a terminal illness, adjusting to a new school or location, retiring, and taking care of elderly –ill parents.
Are you constantly feeling overwhelmed, having difficulty concentrating on tasks, and having sleep problems? Mental illness can affect every aspect of your life. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who strives to meet every individual's unique physical and mental health, and wellness needs no matter what situation life brings to them. It is always a challenge for clients going through a divorce, losing a relative or job, having a terminal illness, adjusting to a new school or location, retiring, and taking care of elderly –ill parents.
(339) 229-9934 View (339) 229-9934
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Nadine Collier
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
Marlborough, MA 01752  (Online Only)
The decision to seek help for a mental health issue does not always come naturally. Many people endure needless suffering for months or years even, rather than seek help. The reasons why vary. Some are skeptical about the effectiveness of mental health therapy or concerned about the need for medication. Whatever the reason for not seeking help, it is absolutely crucial that you give yourself a break. Remaining in denial, making excuses, or judging yourself harshly probably isn’t the way you would handle a physical health problem.
The decision to seek help for a mental health issue does not always come naturally. Many people endure needless suffering for months or years even, rather than seek help. The reasons why vary. Some are skeptical about the effectiveness of mental health therapy or concerned about the need for medication. Whatever the reason for not seeking help, it is absolutely crucial that you give yourself a break. Remaining in denial, making excuses, or judging yourself harshly probably isn’t the way you would handle a physical health problem.
(617) 616-8828 View (617) 616-8828
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Taixiang Saur
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, MSN, PhD, PMHNP
Verified
Marlborough, MA 01752  (Online Only)
You have reasons to seek out mental health treatment. You may feel nervous about this, having doubts and suspicions concerning treatment. Past experiences may have left you feeling frustrated, but you now have found the courage to try treatment again. I am here to listen to your story and help you. My 17 years of professional medical experience include outpatient care and inpatient care; including both general hospital and mental health facilities. Having been trained and employed by McLean Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, I learned a great deal about a wide variety of mental health conditions.
You have reasons to seek out mental health treatment. You may feel nervous about this, having doubts and suspicions concerning treatment. Past experiences may have left you feeling frustrated, but you now have found the courage to try treatment again. I am here to listen to your story and help you. My 17 years of professional medical experience include outpatient care and inpatient care; including both general hospital and mental health facilities. Having been trained and employed by McLean Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, I learned a great deal about a wide variety of mental health conditions.
(978) 574-9372 View (978) 574-9372
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Mathew Bijoy Mathew
Psychiatrist
Verified
Marlborough, MA 01752
Dr. Bijoy Mathew is a knowledgeable clinician who is committed to creating a successful and therapeutic relationship by building trust with his patients. He is caring and compassionate, and seeks to collaborate to deliver the best individualized care. He earned his medical degree at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He did his psychiatric training at Columbia University Medical Center where he completed his residency in General Adult Psychiatry and his fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Dr. Bijoy Mathew is a knowledgeable clinician who is committed to creating a successful and therapeutic relationship by building trust with his patients. He is caring and compassionate, and seeks to collaborate to deliver the best individualized care. He earned his medical degree at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He did his psychiatric training at Columbia University Medical Center where he completed his residency in General Adult Psychiatry and his fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
(774) 268-8047 View (774) 268-8047
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Shanise Perez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Marlborough, MA 01752
Accepting New Patients for Medication Management-With experience in treating both children and adults, I believe mental health is the foundation of an individual's over-all health. I focus on an integrative treatment approach with an emphasis on making life changes in addition to treatment with medication. I work with my clients to develop an understanding of their own unique stressors and pressure of everyday life in order to create a well-rounded treatment plan.
Accepting New Patients for Medication Management-With experience in treating both children and adults, I believe mental health is the foundation of an individual's over-all health. I focus on an integrative treatment approach with an emphasis on making life changes in addition to treatment with medication. I work with my clients to develop an understanding of their own unique stressors and pressure of everyday life in order to create a well-rounded treatment plan.
(774) 214-2829 View (774) 214-2829
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Dr. Momen El Nesr
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Marlborough, MA 01752
Relationship first and foremost, I believe that a healthy, caring relationship with a doctor who knows you - as a person - is the most important aspect of psychiatric care. As such, I make it a priority to develop a therapeutic relationship with you for your treatment. The second part of my commitment to you is to discuss and offer state-of-the-art treatment. This includes both medication and non-medication treatments. I have extensive experience and expertise treating all age groups and have found that my patients appreciate the consistency and simplicity of the care.
Relationship first and foremost, I believe that a healthy, caring relationship with a doctor who knows you - as a person - is the most important aspect of psychiatric care. As such, I make it a priority to develop a therapeutic relationship with you for your treatment. The second part of my commitment to you is to discuss and offer state-of-the-art treatment. This includes both medication and non-medication treatments. I have extensive experience and expertise treating all age groups and have found that my patients appreciate the consistency and simplicity of the care.
(774) 804-5764 View (774) 804-5764
Photo of Vanessa DeMelo, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Marlborough, MA
Vanessa DeMelo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BSN, MSN, PMH-CNP, NP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Marlborough, MA 01752
Telehealth sessions available. We are an established practice providing care to the community since 2011. Our specialty is treating patients with anxiety, depression and ADHD. Our approach has always been holistic by considering your social, personal and work environment as well as your medical history.
Telehealth sessions available. We are an established practice providing care to the community since 2011. Our specialty is treating patients with anxiety, depression and ADHD. Our approach has always been holistic by considering your social, personal and work environment as well as your medical history.
(978) 678-8487 View (978) 678-8487

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Jamie Simoneau
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP, PMHCNS, APRN, MSN
Verified
Hopkinton, MA 01748
Please note: visiting our website (https://middlesexpsych.com/new-patient/) and filling out the 2 forms is the fastest way to inquire about setting up an appointment. I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 15 years of experience in providing psychopharmacological medication treatment to adults for conditions including: Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, OCD, Panic Attacks, and PTSD.
Please note: visiting our website (https://middlesexpsych.com/new-patient/) and filling out the 2 forms is the fastest way to inquire about setting up an appointment. I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 15 years of experience in providing psychopharmacological medication treatment to adults for conditions including: Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, OCD, Panic Attacks, and PTSD.
(508) 507-2497 View (508) 507-2497
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Sandra S Marien
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, BSN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Acton, MA 01720
My name is Sandra Marien and I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 15 years of experience in the mental health field. I offer psychiatric services to children, adolescents, and adults, such as psychopharmacology evaluation, medication management, diagnosis, treatment, and psychotherapy. I work with clients who have various psychiatric disorders, such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, and mood and psychotic disorders. My approach is to collaborate with you to create a personalized and realistic treatment plan that suits your needs and goals.
My name is Sandra Marien and I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 15 years of experience in the mental health field. I offer psychiatric services to children, adolescents, and adults, such as psychopharmacology evaluation, medication management, diagnosis, treatment, and psychotherapy. I work with clients who have various psychiatric disorders, such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, and mood and psychotic disorders. My approach is to collaborate with you to create a personalized and realistic treatment plan that suits your needs and goals.
(978) 254-2200 View (978) 254-2200
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LifeTent Behavioral Health, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CNP, APRN
Verified
3 Endorsed
Framingham, MA 01701  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients for diagnostic evaluation and medication management. Schedule appointment at lifetentcare.com. Insurance and self-pay accepted. Feel free to text or call us. Are you struggling with symptoms of depression, anxiety, bipolar, OCD, PTSD, ADHD, alcohol and substance use, and other mental health issues? Do you know it is recommended to combine therapy with medication? Medication can help reduce your symptoms, while therapy can teach you skills to manage the symptoms. Our experienced, board-certified psychiatric mental health providers will listen to you and develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.
Accepting new patients for diagnostic evaluation and medication management. Schedule appointment at lifetentcare.com. Insurance and self-pay accepted. Feel free to text or call us. Are you struggling with symptoms of depression, anxiety, bipolar, OCD, PTSD, ADHD, alcohol and substance use, and other mental health issues? Do you know it is recommended to combine therapy with medication? Medication can help reduce your symptoms, while therapy can teach you skills to manage the symptoms. Our experienced, board-certified psychiatric mental health providers will listen to you and develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.
(508) 635-0144 View (508) 635-0144

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Marlborough, MA

10+

Average cost per session

$205

Psychiatrists in Marlborough, MA who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
94% Depression
88% ADHD
82% Trauma and PTSD
82% Bipolar Disorder
82% Medication Management
76% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

94% BlueCross and BlueShield
81% Cigna and Evernorth
81% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Marlborough, MA see their clients

59% In Person and Online
41% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Marlborough?

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.