Psychiatrists in Newtonville, MA

Photo of Dr. Steven Alan Adelman, MD, Psychiatrist
Dr. Steven Alan Adelman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newtonville, MA 02460
Although successful, you're not as happy as you deserve to be, and you are likely pretty good at hiding your internal distress. You may be dissatisfied with the situation at work, or with the quality of your relationships, or both. This gnaws at you, you want to fix it, and you may be skeptical about the “therapy industrial complex.” Before launching into the fix, you need to clearly understand the problem, and how different approaches may or may not address it. You like the idea of starting with an evaluation by a seasoned expert who gets people like you, and who will tell it like it is with compassion and understanding.
Although successful, you're not as happy as you deserve to be, and you are likely pretty good at hiding your internal distress. You may be dissatisfied with the situation at work, or with the quality of your relationships, or both. This gnaws at you, you want to fix it, and you may be skeptical about the “therapy industrial complex.” Before launching into the fix, you need to clearly understand the problem, and how different approaches may or may not address it. You like the idea of starting with an evaluation by a seasoned expert who gets people like you, and who will tell it like it is with compassion and understanding.
(617) 843-5917 View (617) 843-5917
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Rebecca Kaye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Newtonville, MA 02458
Bex Kaye is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Massachusetts who has been practicing since 2023. She studied at the MGH Institute of Health Professions, Columbia University, and Wellesley College. Bex thoughtfully integrates psychodynamic principles and individualized approaches to medication management. She encourages patients to approach their challenges with curiosity and compassion, exploring root causes to gain insights that promote deep healing.
Bex Kaye is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Massachusetts who has been practicing since 2023. She studied at the MGH Institute of Health Professions, Columbia University, and Wellesley College. Bex thoughtfully integrates psychodynamic principles and individualized approaches to medication management. She encourages patients to approach their challenges with curiosity and compassion, exploring root causes to gain insights that promote deep healing.
(857) 575-4008 View (857) 575-4008

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Jennifer M. Gelda
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newton, MA 02468  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I am a Harvard-trained, board-certified psychiatrist with a broad range of clinical experience and a passion for psychotherapy. I provide warm and collaborative care for adults who are coping with personal or professional challenges, life transitions, or struggling to achieve satisfying relationships. I enjoy working with individuals who are highly motivated to invest in their mental health. I offer both psychotherapy and medication management for adults ages 18-65. Sessions are conducted virtually to accommodate busy working professionals, parents, and students. I am currently accepting new patients.
I am a Harvard-trained, board-certified psychiatrist with a broad range of clinical experience and a passion for psychotherapy. I provide warm and collaborative care for adults who are coping with personal or professional challenges, life transitions, or struggling to achieve satisfying relationships. I enjoy working with individuals who are highly motivated to invest in their mental health. I offer both psychotherapy and medication management for adults ages 18-65. Sessions are conducted virtually to accommodate busy working professionals, parents, and students. I am currently accepting new patients.
(781) 604-1495 View (781) 604-1495
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Sangeeta Banerjee
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Waltham, MA 02453
Dr. Banerjee provides psychiatric and psychopharmacological (medical) assessment and treatment for adults. Her areas of interest include various mood disorders,anxiety disorders,women's mental health issues. Education & Certifications Dr.Banerjee completed her medical education at RGKar Medical college( Calcutta University),India. She completed her psychiatry residency from St.Elizabeth's Medical Center in Boston. Dr.Banerjee is board certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Dr. Banerjee provides psychiatric and psychopharmacological (medical) assessment and treatment for adults. Her areas of interest include various mood disorders,anxiety disorders,women's mental health issues. Education & Certifications Dr.Banerjee completed her medical education at RGKar Medical college( Calcutta University),India. She completed her psychiatry residency from St.Elizabeth's Medical Center in Boston. Dr.Banerjee is board certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
(781) 630-4663 View (781) 630-4663
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Lucy Barts
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newton, MA 02464
As a Board Certified Psychiatrist I help patients struggling with depression and moodiness, attention regulation, severe anxiety and stress, and addictive behaviors, among others. As a therapist trained in classical and emerging therapies I approach these problems with greatest compassion, carefully considering one's life experiences, character, emotional and behavioral patterns, upbringing and relationships. We work together to uncover aspects and origins of their symptoms, and together we move forward.
As a Board Certified Psychiatrist I help patients struggling with depression and moodiness, attention regulation, severe anxiety and stress, and addictive behaviors, among others. As a therapist trained in classical and emerging therapies I approach these problems with greatest compassion, carefully considering one's life experiences, character, emotional and behavioral patterns, upbringing and relationships. We work together to uncover aspects and origins of their symptoms, and together we move forward.
(617) 307-7442 View (617) 307-7442
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Percy Ballard
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newton, MA 02458  (Online Only)
My joy is in using Internal Family Systems therapy, non-dual meditation, Somatica sex and relationship coaching, and medicine when indicated, to help people discover their true Self and live life from the space of Self acceptance, presence and authenticity. For the most information about who I am and my approach to client care, please visit my personal website, www.percyballardmd.com.
My joy is in using Internal Family Systems therapy, non-dual meditation, Somatica sex and relationship coaching, and medicine when indicated, to help people discover their true Self and live life from the space of Self acceptance, presence and authenticity. For the most information about who I am and my approach to client care, please visit my personal website, www.percyballardmd.com.
(617) 702-2337 View (617) 702-2337
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Laura B Gimby
Psychiatric Nurse, RN, MSN, PMHCNS, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Watertown, MA 02472
Not accepting new clients
"Life is so hard, how can we be anything but kind?" - Jack Kornfield. This is collaborative and dynamic counseling work, based in your strengths, preferences and values. I work with adults, young adults and elders to nourish courage and calm, wisdom and clarity. The work can be short-term or long-term, cyclical or one-time, depending on your goals and treatment needs. I work with every person as a fully rounded individual, respectful of the myriad gifts, hopes, heartbreaks and challenges that color our lives.
"Life is so hard, how can we be anything but kind?" - Jack Kornfield. This is collaborative and dynamic counseling work, based in your strengths, preferences and values. I work with adults, young adults and elders to nourish courage and calm, wisdom and clarity. The work can be short-term or long-term, cyclical or one-time, depending on your goals and treatment needs. I work with every person as a fully rounded individual, respectful of the myriad gifts, hopes, heartbreaks and challenges that color our lives.
(617) 612-5241 View (617) 612-5241
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Catherine Moore
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Newton, MA 02460
I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who works alongside clients to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health concerns through medication management. I value client centered and collaborative care to make sure the focus of treatment is on what matters most to you.
I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who works alongside clients to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health concerns through medication management. I value client centered and collaborative care to make sure the focus of treatment is on what matters most to you.
(781) 664-9303 View (781) 664-9303
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John Humphrys
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Needham, MA 02494
John Humphrys is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Massachusetts who has been practicing since 2022. He has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Massachusetts and Regis College and a Master's degree Harvard University and Regis College. John offers individually focused, compassionate, kind, and thoughtful care for helping individuals develop a medication plan to improve their life. Outside of work, John is an avid woodworker, tennis player and addicted to salt-water boating and fishing.
John Humphrys is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Massachusetts who has been practicing since 2022. He has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Massachusetts and Regis College and a Master's degree Harvard University and Regis College. John offers individually focused, compassionate, kind, and thoughtful care for helping individuals develop a medication plan to improve their life. Outside of work, John is an avid woodworker, tennis player and addicted to salt-water boating and fishing.
(781) 679-1620 View (781) 679-1620
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Ainat Koren
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Newton, MA 02458
Are you feeling overwhelmed by sudden changes, transitions or challenging times? Are you dealing with depression,anxiety, sleep issues as a result? I offer in person and Tele Mental Health Services.
Are you feeling overwhelmed by sudden changes, transitions or challenging times? Are you dealing with depression,anxiety, sleep issues as a result? I offer in person and Tele Mental Health Services.
(339) 214-9322 View (339) 214-9322
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Dr. Swaminathan Thangaraj
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Watertown, MA 02472  (Online Only)
Dr. Swaminathan Thangaraj is a double-board certified adult and child/adolescent psychiatrist in Boston. He is currently an assistant professor at Drexel College of Medicine. Dr. Thangaraj also worked at McLean Hospital/Harvard University and Sheppard Pratt establishing various inpatient units. He is one of the few doctors who treats patients of all ages from toddler, adolescence to adulthood.
Dr. Swaminathan Thangaraj is a double-board certified adult and child/adolescent psychiatrist in Boston. He is currently an assistant professor at Drexel College of Medicine. Dr. Thangaraj also worked at McLean Hospital/Harvard University and Sheppard Pratt establishing various inpatient units. He is one of the few doctors who treats patients of all ages from toddler, adolescence to adulthood.
(339) 255-1723 View (339) 255-1723
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Joseph Allaire
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Watertown, MA 02472
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with multiple years of experience working in Psychiatric and Critical Care Nursing. I have experience treating various Psychiatric disorders and enjoy working with people in all life stages.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with multiple years of experience working in Psychiatric and Critical Care Nursing. I have experience treating various Psychiatric disorders and enjoy working with people in all life stages.
(617) 433-5898 View (617) 433-5898
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Leah Miller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newton, MA 02467
I provide psychiatric care to individuals ages 9+ struggling with their mental health, including changes in mood, increased anxiety, OCD, ADHD, trauma, stress, and loss. I offer an empathetic, collaborative approach with the intention of helping my clients feel heard and supported. I value my clients' preferences and take a holistic view of their lives when considering the best treatment for them. My clinical interests include working with tweens, teens, and young adults, as well as women of child-bearing age.
I provide psychiatric care to individuals ages 9+ struggling with their mental health, including changes in mood, increased anxiety, OCD, ADHD, trauma, stress, and loss. I offer an empathetic, collaborative approach with the intention of helping my clients feel heard and supported. I value my clients' preferences and take a holistic view of their lives when considering the best treatment for them. My clinical interests include working with tweens, teens, and young adults, as well as women of child-bearing age.
(774) 208-0530 View (774) 208-0530
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Devin Gibbs
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Waltham, MA 02453
Most people at some point in their lives find themselves feeling stuck, unable to break out of old patterns or achieve their goals. Many of the individuals I work with are outwardly functioning well in many areas of their lives, but struggling with depression, anxiety, or navigating life transitions. Talk therapy can be a powerful tool to help people move past these roadblocks and build a more meaningful and full life.
Most people at some point in their lives find themselves feeling stuck, unable to break out of old patterns or achieve their goals. Many of the individuals I work with are outwardly functioning well in many areas of their lives, but struggling with depression, anxiety, or navigating life transitions. Talk therapy can be a powerful tool to help people move past these roadblocks and build a more meaningful and full life.
(339) 331-1566 View (339) 331-1566
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Alissa Fodor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, APRN, MPHNP
Verified Verified
Newton, MA 02459
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
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Martha Stark
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newton, MA 02459  (Online Only)
Are you not as healthy - in mind or body - as you would want to be? Have you already consulted numerous healthcare specialists but remain confused, broken, and desperate for answers and relief? Do you suffer from chronic pain, fatigue, brain fog, memory problems, depression, low energy, insomnia, anxiety? My passion is helping people regain their health and restore their hope. As a seasoned (Harvard-trained / Harvard-affiliated) holistic psychiatrist and innovative psychoanalyst with expertise in the integration of traditional and alternative approaches to MindBodyHealth, I have acquired a broad-based appreciation for the underlying causes of, and holistic treatments for, chronic psychiatric and medical conditions.
Are you not as healthy - in mind or body - as you would want to be? Have you already consulted numerous healthcare specialists but remain confused, broken, and desperate for answers and relief? Do you suffer from chronic pain, fatigue, brain fog, memory problems, depression, low energy, insomnia, anxiety? My passion is helping people regain their health and restore their hope. As a seasoned (Harvard-trained / Harvard-affiliated) holistic psychiatrist and innovative psychoanalyst with expertise in the integration of traditional and alternative approaches to MindBodyHealth, I have acquired a broad-based appreciation for the underlying causes of, and holistic treatments for, chronic psychiatric and medical conditions.
(617) 606-9235 View (617) 606-9235
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Empowered Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newton, MA 02466
We are a group of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNP) with a passion for helping individuals identify their goals in mental health and approaching those goals holistically. Considering medication can be daunting, but our team takes the time to assist those to make informed decisions that would best suit them!
We are a group of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNP) with a passion for helping individuals identify their goals in mental health and approaching those goals holistically. Considering medication can be daunting, but our team takes the time to assist those to make informed decisions that would best suit them!
(781) 650-7912 View (781) 650-7912
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Boston Psychiatric Care LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Manager
Verified Verified
Newton, MA 02464
Currently accepting new patients! At BPC we provide an environment that encourages patient participation in their treatment. Your voice and concerns about your medications are important. We work with you not only towards reduction of symptoms, but wellness. If you need someone to follow you while you continue to take psychiatric meds, think you might need a med adjustment, or are considering taking the difficult step of talking about medication for the first time, we can help. We offer a "no pressure" environment.
Currently accepting new patients! At BPC we provide an environment that encourages patient participation in their treatment. Your voice and concerns about your medications are important. We work with you not only towards reduction of symptoms, but wellness. If you need someone to follow you while you continue to take psychiatric meds, think you might need a med adjustment, or are considering taking the difficult step of talking about medication for the first time, we can help. We offer a "no pressure" environment.
(617) 440-7211 View (617) 440-7211
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Dale Buckman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, AGPCNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brighton, MA 02135
Welcome! I’m Dr. Dale, a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with dual certification in Primary Care Medicine. My approach is rooted in Functional and Integrative Psychiatry. I am dedicated to helping you achieve mental wellness and a better quality of life. If you are experiencing anxiety, depression, sleep issues, ADHD, PTSD, or OCD, I am here to support you. I specialize in medication initiation and management as well as lifestyle and dietary changes. Together, we will develop a personalized treatment plan to address your unique needs. Reach out today. www.DrDale.com
Welcome! I’m Dr. Dale, a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with dual certification in Primary Care Medicine. My approach is rooted in Functional and Integrative Psychiatry. I am dedicated to helping you achieve mental wellness and a better quality of life. If you are experiencing anxiety, depression, sleep issues, ADHD, PTSD, or OCD, I am here to support you. I specialize in medication initiation and management as well as lifestyle and dietary changes. Together, we will develop a personalized treatment plan to address your unique needs. Reach out today. www.DrDale.com
(781) 404-3449 View (781) 404-3449
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Dr. Bennett Wechsler
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Watertown, MA 02472  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with depression that hasn’t responded to traditional treatments? As a specialist in neuromodulation and psychopharmacology, I have the expertise to help you find new paths to wellness. My focus is on treating treatment-resistant depression, utilizing advanced techniques and personalized care to help you achieve your mental health goals and live your best life. Let's work together to rediscover your happiness and well-being. Please visit www.bennettwechslermd.com
Are you struggling with depression that hasn’t responded to traditional treatments? As a specialist in neuromodulation and psychopharmacology, I have the expertise to help you find new paths to wellness. My focus is on treating treatment-resistant depression, utilizing advanced techniques and personalized care to help you achieve your mental health goals and live your best life. Let's work together to rediscover your happiness and well-being. Please visit www.bennettwechslermd.com
(617) 609-0762 View (617) 609-0762

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Newtonville, MA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Newtonville, MA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
50% Relationship Issues
50% Addiction
50% ADHD
50% Other
50% Substance Use

Average years in practice

39 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Newtonville, MA see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Newtonville?

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.