Psychiatrists in Shelburne Falls, MA

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Roma Estevez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Shelburne Falls, MA 01370
Welcome to Riverview Practice, a psychiatric concierge practice offering a range of personalized services. I aim to provide comprehensive support, including psychiatric evaluations, medication management, supportive therapy, second opinions, treatment plans, and referrals. I understand that decisions about medication – whether to start, continue, or discontinue – are deeply personal and can have significant health implications. Your well-being is my priority, and I am committed to guiding you through these choices with expertise, care and empathy.
Welcome to Riverview Practice, a psychiatric concierge practice offering a range of personalized services. I aim to provide comprehensive support, including psychiatric evaluations, medication management, supportive therapy, second opinions, treatment plans, and referrals. I understand that decisions about medication – whether to start, continue, or discontinue – are deeply personal and can have significant health implications. Your well-being is my priority, and I am committed to guiding you through these choices with expertise, care and empathy.
(413) 489-5543 View (413) 489-5543
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Rosie Fanale
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, RNCS
Verified
Shelburne Falls, MA 01370
Are you in pain, mentally or physically and anxious? Are you depressed? Have you had symptoms of physical distress? Are you wanting so much more for life, but not knowing how to get there or if it is even possible? Are you questioning yourself and your life and have you suffered from a neurological or neurodegenerative disease like MS, Fibromyalgia, Lou Gehrigs, Lupus, Parkinsons or Lyme, or even the beginning cognitive decline of Alzheimers? and felt depressed? I am both a therapist and a psychiatric nurse practitioner. I understand and can help.
Are you in pain, mentally or physically and anxious? Are you depressed? Have you had symptoms of physical distress? Are you wanting so much more for life, but not knowing how to get there or if it is even possible? Are you questioning yourself and your life and have you suffered from a neurological or neurodegenerative disease like MS, Fibromyalgia, Lou Gehrigs, Lupus, Parkinsons or Lyme, or even the beginning cognitive decline of Alzheimers? and felt depressed? I am both a therapist and a psychiatric nurse practitioner. I understand and can help.
(413) 337-3049 View (413) 337-3049

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Thrive Integrative Psychiatry - Robin Rivinus NP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNM, PNP, MS
Verified
1 Endorsed
Ashfield, MA 01330  (Online Only)
I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner available to work with individuals and couples of all genders.I have been in practice for more than 30 years. I have a background in women's health as a nurse-midwife which has developed into a specialty in women's mental health, perinatal mental health, hormonal transitions such as peri and post-menopause, menstrual related symptoms( PMS, PMDD, PCOS), and sexual health. Other interests include healthy aging, life style medicine, professional burn-out, caregiver fatigue, mindfulness approaches, stress resilience, psycho-education, trauma resolution, mood disorders, anxiety, and depression.
I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner available to work with individuals and couples of all genders.I have been in practice for more than 30 years. I have a background in women's health as a nurse-midwife which has developed into a specialty in women's mental health, perinatal mental health, hormonal transitions such as peri and post-menopause, menstrual related symptoms( PMS, PMDD, PCOS), and sexual health. Other interests include healthy aging, life style medicine, professional burn-out, caregiver fatigue, mindfulness approaches, stress resilience, psycho-education, trauma resolution, mood disorders, anxiety, and depression.
(413) 269-5235 View (413) 269-5235
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Amalia F Lee
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
South Deerfield, MA 01373
I am a Board Certified psychiatrist and have been practicing for 41 years. I have expertise and extensive training in interpersonal and dynamic psychotherapy, and in psychopharmacology. I believe in working with patients to develop a treatment plan that is uniquely appropriate to them, and I devote the time necessary to provide the care patients need. And to provide maximum therapeutic benefit with minimum negative side effects, I take a conservative approach to medication, and get to know you well before prescribing.
I am a Board Certified psychiatrist and have been practicing for 41 years. I have expertise and extensive training in interpersonal and dynamic psychotherapy, and in psychopharmacology. I believe in working with patients to develop a treatment plan that is uniquely appropriate to them, and I devote the time necessary to provide the care patients need. And to provide maximum therapeutic benefit with minimum negative side effects, I take a conservative approach to medication, and get to know you well before prescribing.
(413) 749-4719 View (413) 749-4719
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My Mental Health Matters Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Greenfield, MA 01301  (Online Only)
Taking NEW patients ! Are you struggling with mental health issues?I believe I can help you!Do you sometimes wonder if what you're feeling is normal? Do you struggle with focusing or distracted easily or struggle to complete tasks? Do you sometimes lacks the motivation,low energy or no interest to participate in things you enjoyed in the past ?Do you struggle to fall asleep at night or wakes up multiple times because of worries? Do you have past trauma that has left you feeling anxious, causing panic attacks, nightmares? You don’t have to go through these challenge!
Taking NEW patients ! Are you struggling with mental health issues?I believe I can help you!Do you sometimes wonder if what you're feeling is normal? Do you struggle with focusing or distracted easily or struggle to complete tasks? Do you sometimes lacks the motivation,low energy or no interest to participate in things you enjoyed in the past ?Do you struggle to fall asleep at night or wakes up multiple times because of worries? Do you have past trauma that has left you feeling anxious, causing panic attacks, nightmares? You don’t have to go through these challenge!
(617) 468-1115 View (617) 468-1115
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Barry Federman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified
2 Endorsed
Greenfield, MA 01301
I am a Board Certified advanced practice Psychiatric Nurse. The majority of my practice is psychopharmacology ( prescribing psychiatric medications). I do not treat ADHD or ADD. I treat each person individually and in our collaboration will listen carefully to your concerns, symptoms, and needs to develop a treatment plan that is right for you. In my practice I treat a variety of mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety disorders, panic disorder, , Bipolar disorder , PTSD as well as others. My  clients range  from late adolescents to geriatrics.  Best way to contact me is email through Psychology Today website.
I am a Board Certified advanced practice Psychiatric Nurse. The majority of my practice is psychopharmacology ( prescribing psychiatric medications). I do not treat ADHD or ADD. I treat each person individually and in our collaboration will listen carefully to your concerns, symptoms, and needs to develop a treatment plan that is right for you. In my practice I treat a variety of mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety disorders, panic disorder, , Bipolar disorder , PTSD as well as others. My  clients range  from late adolescents to geriatrics.  Best way to contact me is email through Psychology Today website.
(413) 307-4086 View (413) 307-4086

Online Psychiatrists

Sharon Ann Lehmann
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified
Granby, MA 01033
I am a Psychiatric Nurse. Practitioner who prescribes and manages medication for adults and children with psychiatric disorders
I am a Psychiatric Nurse. Practitioner who prescribes and manages medication for adults and children with psychiatric disorders
(413) 207-9729 View (413) 207-9729
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Emily Coyle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Watertown, MA 02472
An ideal client would be someone who is open, honest, and willing to ask for help. This person wants to get better and is open to suggestions and treatment options. They are willing to put in the effort to help themselves and work as a team with their provider in order to move toward mental wellness.
An ideal client would be someone who is open, honest, and willing to ask for help. This person wants to get better and is open to suggestions and treatment options. They are willing to put in the effort to help themselves and work as a team with their provider in order to move toward mental wellness.
(617) 917-2521 View (617) 917-2521
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Cecilia Sky Ryll
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
Westford, MA 01886
I am a board certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner with experience in evaluating and treating anxiety disorders, depression, various mood disorders such as bipolar, PTSD, neurocognitive and psychotic disorders. I graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a post-master certificate in psychiatry and mental health. Prior to this I earned my MSN with specialization in women’s health and then my Doctor of Nursing Practice from Frontier University, and worked as a women’s health nurse practitioner and a primary care provider for women. My niche is focusing on issues involving both areas.
I am a board certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner with experience in evaluating and treating anxiety disorders, depression, various mood disorders such as bipolar, PTSD, neurocognitive and psychotic disorders. I graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a post-master certificate in psychiatry and mental health. Prior to this I earned my MSN with specialization in women’s health and then my Doctor of Nursing Practice from Frontier University, and worked as a women’s health nurse practitioner and a primary care provider for women. My niche is focusing on issues involving both areas.
(508) 625-7434 View (508) 625-7434
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Danielle Lamagna
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
West Springfield, MA 01089
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
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Deborah M Moran
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Cambridge, MA 02138
It's hard to see a psychiatrist! I see people in distress due to a crisis,a loss, a trauma or a major life change. This distress manifests as depression,mood swings,anxiety, racing thoughts,paranoia,insomnia etc.People are complicated. I do a comprehensive evaluation listening for various psychological, emotional and biologic "clues". This is an interactive and iterative process. "Our" formulation guides the treatment. I practice both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. I often consult for colleagues in psychology and social work regarding the use of medications.I then manage the medications as part of the treatment team.
It's hard to see a psychiatrist! I see people in distress due to a crisis,a loss, a trauma or a major life change. This distress manifests as depression,mood swings,anxiety, racing thoughts,paranoia,insomnia etc.People are complicated. I do a comprehensive evaluation listening for various psychological, emotional and biologic "clues". This is an interactive and iterative process. "Our" formulation guides the treatment. I practice both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. I often consult for colleagues in psychology and social work regarding the use of medications.I then manage the medications as part of the treatment team.
(617) 300-0452 View (617) 300-0452
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Juliana Igbinosun
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified
Randolph, MA 02368
Dr. Juliana envisions a society free of mental stigma and give everyone the freedom to live without being judged on their mental health struggles. We play our part by creating a judgment-free wellness space where the patients feel more comfortable and supported while they receive care.
Dr. Juliana envisions a society free of mental stigma and give everyone the freedom to live without being judged on their mental health struggles. We play our part by creating a judgment-free wellness space where the patients feel more comfortable and supported while they receive care.
(781) 971-8041 View (781) 971-8041
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Stacie Rose
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified
Worcester, MA 01605
Stacie is a dual-certified Family and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, providing diagnostic mental health evaluations, medication management, and psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults with a wide range of psychosocial and behavioral health concerns. Utilizing an integrative approach, treatment is a collaborative process that may include a combination of psychotherapy, medication management, lifestyle/nutritional modifications, and complementary practices.
Stacie is a dual-certified Family and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, providing diagnostic mental health evaluations, medication management, and psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults with a wide range of psychosocial and behavioral health concerns. Utilizing an integrative approach, treatment is a collaborative process that may include a combination of psychotherapy, medication management, lifestyle/nutritional modifications, and complementary practices.
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Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN, MSN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Fitchburg, MA 01420
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. I specialize in diagnostic evaluation, medication management and variety of psychotherapy to provide you with a comprehensive and individualized support for your mental health. My goal is to help you improve your mental well-being, enhance your quality of life, and promote overall wellness. In a world where mental health challenges are prevalent, I am dedicated to providing compassionate, personalized care through shared decision making with my patients.
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. I specialize in diagnostic evaluation, medication management and variety of psychotherapy to provide you with a comprehensive and individualized support for your mental health. My goal is to help you improve your mental well-being, enhance your quality of life, and promote overall wellness. In a world where mental health challenges are prevalent, I am dedicated to providing compassionate, personalized care through shared decision making with my patients.
(978) 829-4601 View (978) 829-4601
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Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Mansfield, MA 02048
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
(508) 500-8931 View (508) 500-8931
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Maria Jose Lisotto
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Brookline, MA 02445  (Online Only)
I am a Harvard-trained, Harvard-affiliated, board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist. I strongly believe that the best psychiatric care is centered on the whole person, not just on a diagnosis or specific medication. I provide weekly therapy and work with patients to determine if medications can be of help. I do not believe that everyone needs a medication, but they can be useful in treating particular psychiatric symptoms; I will work with you in order to find the best treatment modality that meets your goals and needs.
I am a Harvard-trained, Harvard-affiliated, board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist. I strongly believe that the best psychiatric care is centered on the whole person, not just on a diagnosis or specific medication. I provide weekly therapy and work with patients to determine if medications can be of help. I do not believe that everyone needs a medication, but they can be useful in treating particular psychiatric symptoms; I will work with you in order to find the best treatment modality that meets your goals and needs.
(617) 209-6196 View (617) 209-6196
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Shadi Zaghloul
Psychiatrist, MD, MBA
Verified
Northampton, MA 01060
Dr. Zaghloul is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Zaghloul has affiliations with Baystate Hospitals, Cooley Dickinson Hospital and Holyoke Medical Center. He has taught medical students, psychiatry residents and child psychiatry fellows. He earned his M.B.A. with a focus on health care from the UMass-Amherst Isenberg School of Management in the spring of 2021.
Dr. Zaghloul is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Zaghloul has affiliations with Baystate Hospitals, Cooley Dickinson Hospital and Holyoke Medical Center. He has taught medical students, psychiatry residents and child psychiatry fellows. He earned his M.B.A. with a focus on health care from the UMass-Amherst Isenberg School of Management in the spring of 2021.
(413) 251-5046 View (413) 251-5046
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Jess Romeo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Somerville, MA 02144
To reach out, please visit my website at www.integramentalhealth.com. I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner and clinical social worker who believes deeply that psychiatry should equal science plus soul. As a queer & trans person, I also know that it can be hard to find LGBTQIA-affirming care out there. My background informs a passion for helping you overcome shame, differentiate yourself from the environment around you, find and honor your true self, and navigate the middle path through struggle. If you are grappling with addiction, anxiety, depression, trauma, or need affirming care, I am invested in helping you thrive.
To reach out, please visit my website at www.integramentalhealth.com. I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner and clinical social worker who believes deeply that psychiatry should equal science plus soul. As a queer & trans person, I also know that it can be hard to find LGBTQIA-affirming care out there. My background informs a passion for helping you overcome shame, differentiate yourself from the environment around you, find and honor your true self, and navigate the middle path through struggle. If you are grappling with addiction, anxiety, depression, trauma, or need affirming care, I am invested in helping you thrive.
(301) 215-2466 View (301) 215-2466
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William Chad Garrett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Medford, MA 02155
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) 390-4882 View (781) 390-4882
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Spring of Hope Health Services Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, - BC, CNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Stoughton, MA 02072  (Online Only)
At Spring of hope, we are passionate in helping people find healing and fulfillment. We have over 15 years of experience working in the mental health sector. We are board-certified to diagnose various mental health conditions, prescribe medications, manage psychiatric needs, and provide psychotherapy to young and older adults. Our goal as psychiatric providers is to see people live at their full potential. We offer comprehensive assessment and treatment of Depression, anxiety, panic disorder, PTSD, Bipolar disorder, insomnia, Schizophrenia and other psychiatric illnesses. Spring forth and start enjoying life at it's best.
At Spring of hope, we are passionate in helping people find healing and fulfillment. We have over 15 years of experience working in the mental health sector. We are board-certified to diagnose various mental health conditions, prescribe medications, manage psychiatric needs, and provide psychotherapy to young and older adults. Our goal as psychiatric providers is to see people live at their full potential. We offer comprehensive assessment and treatment of Depression, anxiety, panic disorder, PTSD, Bipolar disorder, insomnia, Schizophrenia and other psychiatric illnesses. Spring forth and start enjoying life at it's best.
(781) 650-5149 View (781) 650-5149

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FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Shelburne Falls?

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.