Psychiatrists in Brunswick, ME

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Allison Baird
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMH NP, BC
Verified Verified
Brunswick, ME 04011
Hello! Welcome to my practice. I work with child and adult psychiatry. Mental health issues have a profound effect on home life, school, work, and friendships. I am passionate about working with families and systems to overcome these negative effects and help children and adults achieve their true potential. I am currently accepting new referrals. Most visits are in person at this time. Telehealth will continue to be available on an as needed basis. I am in private practice, which means that we, not the insurance company, get to decide the path that is best for you.
Hello! Welcome to my practice. I work with child and adult psychiatry. Mental health issues have a profound effect on home life, school, work, and friendships. I am passionate about working with families and systems to overcome these negative effects and help children and adults achieve their true potential. I am currently accepting new referrals. Most visits are in person at this time. Telehealth will continue to be available on an as needed basis. I am in private practice, which means that we, not the insurance company, get to decide the path that is best for you.
(207) 962-1491 View (207) 962-1491
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Dr. Andrés Abreu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brunswick, ME 04011  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
The focus of my practice is on establishing meaningful and longitudinal therapeutic relationships with patients seeking to explore their problems in living. Through a relational and integrative approach, I focus on the thoughts and feelings that emerge in the therapeutic relationship to elucidate and interpret the challenges patients face in the wider world.
The focus of my practice is on establishing meaningful and longitudinal therapeutic relationships with patients seeking to explore their problems in living. Through a relational and integrative approach, I focus on the thoughts and feelings that emerge in the therapeutic relationship to elucidate and interpret the challenges patients face in the wider world.
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Micaela Brooke Strevay
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Brunswick, ME 04011  (Online Only)
Hi there! I'm a certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, and I've worked with patients in various inpatient and outpatient settings. My expertise lies in helping individuals dealing with substance abuse, addiction, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD. I rely on the latest DSM diagnostic guidelines and evidence-based treatments to support my patients in regaining their well-being. I firmly believe that mental health holds the same significance as physical health, and my objective is to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness while encouraging others to prioritize their mental well-being.
Hi there! I'm a certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, and I've worked with patients in various inpatient and outpatient settings. My expertise lies in helping individuals dealing with substance abuse, addiction, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD. I rely on the latest DSM diagnostic guidelines and evidence-based treatments to support my patients in regaining their well-being. I firmly believe that mental health holds the same significance as physical health, and my objective is to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness while encouraging others to prioritize their mental well-being.
(207) 865-8840 View (207) 865-8840
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Coaching with Kate
Psychiatric Nurse, RN, CLC
Verified Verified
Brunswick, ME 04011  (Online Only)
We all crave success in our personal and professional lives. The relationship we have with our past or current situation can either debilitate OR completely empower us in taking action forward toward living the ways we truly desire. Each life journey is packed with experiences we often think define us, but it's really how we think now about our past, present, and future that defines us. The best news is that every individual is fully capable and worthy of creating their dream life. Life Coaching offers practical concepts and action-based tools for individuals to solve their problems, define their future, and take action.
We all crave success in our personal and professional lives. The relationship we have with our past or current situation can either debilitate OR completely empower us in taking action forward toward living the ways we truly desire. Each life journey is packed with experiences we often think define us, but it's really how we think now about our past, present, and future that defines us. The best news is that every individual is fully capable and worthy of creating their dream life. Life Coaching offers practical concepts and action-based tools for individuals to solve their problems, define their future, and take action.
(207) 656-1499 View (207) 656-1499
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Susan L Chase
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Brunswick, ME 04011
Welcome to my practice, Finding Peace of Mind, serving the mental health needs of adults ages 18 & over. At Finding Peace of Mind, I provide individualized, meaningful, mental healthcare, designed to help individuals achieve stability, healing, recovery and improved quality of life. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 21+ years of experience with psychiatric medications and mental healthcare, both in the in-patient & out-patient settings. I completed my Master's in Psychiatric Nursing at the University of So. Maine and obtained my Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner certification through a Post Master's program at Husson College.
Welcome to my practice, Finding Peace of Mind, serving the mental health needs of adults ages 18 & over. At Finding Peace of Mind, I provide individualized, meaningful, mental healthcare, designed to help individuals achieve stability, healing, recovery and improved quality of life. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 21+ years of experience with psychiatric medications and mental healthcare, both in the in-patient & out-patient settings. I completed my Master's in Psychiatric Nursing at the University of So. Maine and obtained my Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner certification through a Post Master's program at Husson College.
(207) 865-8638 View (207) 865-8638
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PSM Center for Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brunswick, ME 04011
We are a group of experienced psychiatrists dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive mental health care to adults, teens, and children. We are committed to helping our patients achieve optimal mental well-being and lead fulfilling lives. Our team of providers work collaboratively with patients, tailoring treatment plans to address their specific challenges and goals. We focus on evidence-based practices, staying up-to-date with the latest research and advancements in psychiatry to ensure the best possible outcomes.
We are a group of experienced psychiatrists dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive mental health care to adults, teens, and children. We are committed to helping our patients achieve optimal mental well-being and lead fulfilling lives. Our team of providers work collaboratively with patients, tailoring treatment plans to address their specific challenges and goals. We focus on evidence-based practices, staying up-to-date with the latest research and advancements in psychiatry to ensure the best possible outcomes.
(207) 802-7033 View (207) 802-7033
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Robert King
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brunswick, ME 04011
I provide psychiatric care for adults, age 18 and above. Treatments for mental illness are not a one-size-fits-all, and I approach each patient as a unique individual. Using contemporary, evidence-based treatments, I aim to relieve suffering and improve quality of life. Following an accurate diagnosis, it is often important to consider how lifestyle modification, therapy, medications, and other treatments can provide benefit. I employ various psychotherapeutic techniques, including psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral, and am adept in medication management.
I provide psychiatric care for adults, age 18 and above. Treatments for mental illness are not a one-size-fits-all, and I approach each patient as a unique individual. Using contemporary, evidence-based treatments, I aim to relieve suffering and improve quality of life. Following an accurate diagnosis, it is often important to consider how lifestyle modification, therapy, medications, and other treatments can provide benefit. I employ various psychotherapeutic techniques, including psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral, and am adept in medication management.
(207) 607-4022 x400 View (207) 607-4022 x400
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Dr. Catherine Yu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Brunswick, ME 04011  (Online Only)
I am here to listen with compassion and without judgment. Life brings challenges to each of us. Our life circumstances and how we each experience them are part of what makes each of us unique. Initial visit and ongoing individual mental health and health assessments provides key information essential to establish treatment goals. We will work together toward understanding, creating and achieving your treatment goals. These steps are important and essential to provide the support and care for you to improve your health. I look forward to meeting you.
I am here to listen with compassion and without judgment. Life brings challenges to each of us. Our life circumstances and how we each experience them are part of what makes each of us unique. Initial visit and ongoing individual mental health and health assessments provides key information essential to establish treatment goals. We will work together toward understanding, creating and achieving your treatment goals. These steps are important and essential to provide the support and care for you to improve your health. I look forward to meeting you.
(508) 501-7769 View (508) 501-7769
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LiveWell Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brunswick, ME 04011
Welcome! Feeling depressed, anxious...wanting better? Chances are, if you have sought care through traditional channels, you've been prescribed an antidepressant or antianxiety medication and not much else. While medications can be helpful, there's usually more that goes into achieving optimal mental health. I help adults with anxiety, depression, and PTSD worry less, improve their mood, and engage more effectively in their daily lives.
Welcome! Feeling depressed, anxious...wanting better? Chances are, if you have sought care through traditional channels, you've been prescribed an antidepressant or antianxiety medication and not much else. While medications can be helpful, there's usually more that goes into achieving optimal mental health. I help adults with anxiety, depression, and PTSD worry less, improve their mood, and engage more effectively in their daily lives.
(207) 507-7406 View (207) 507-7406
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Mary Kate Grady
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brunswick, ME 04011
I provide psychiatric care for adults, age 18 and older. I take a wholistic approach to psychiatric care, focusing on the physical, psychological, emotional and social well-being of each patient. I provide both therapy and medication management, integrating an evidence based approach to nutrition, joyful movement, and social connection.
I provide psychiatric care for adults, age 18 and older. I take a wholistic approach to psychiatric care, focusing on the physical, psychological, emotional and social well-being of each patient. I provide both therapy and medication management, integrating an evidence based approach to nutrition, joyful movement, and social connection.
(207) 223-7653 View (207) 223-7653
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Cousins Island Counseling and Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Brunswick, ME 04011
My professional passions include treating mood and anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, and supporting the development of insight and self-efficacy. It is a gift to observe human resilience in my work. Within my practice, I aim to nurture awareness into the connections between the body and brain and provide information about the tools we have to support ourselves in feeling well.
My professional passions include treating mood and anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, and supporting the development of insight and self-efficacy. It is a gift to observe human resilience in my work. Within my practice, I aim to nurture awareness into the connections between the body and brain and provide information about the tools we have to support ourselves in feeling well.
(207) 204-3546 View (207) 204-3546
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Janet Zalanskas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMH NP, PMH CS, APRN-BC
Verified Verified
Brunswick, ME 04011
People looking to clarify diagnosis and for psychiatric medication. Helping patients to minimize side effects from medications.
People looking to clarify diagnosis and for psychiatric medication. Helping patients to minimize side effects from medications.
(207) 255-7770 View (207) 255-7770

More Psychiatrists Nearby

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Shannon Grose
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC, PNP
Verified Verified
Freeport, ME 04032  (Online Only)
Shannon Grose is a board-certified family nurse practitioner. She attended Dabney S Lancaster Community College where she obtained her associate's degree in nursing and Frontier Nursing University where she obtained her graduate degree in nursing. She started her career as a registered nurse working in both the emergency department and correctional facility settings. As a family nurse practitioner, she has gained experience serving a diverse population of all ages via in-person and virtual care settings. Start working on an improved journey to a healthier lifestyle today.
Shannon Grose is a board-certified family nurse practitioner. She attended Dabney S Lancaster Community College where she obtained her associate's degree in nursing and Frontier Nursing University where she obtained her graduate degree in nursing. She started her career as a registered nurse working in both the emergency department and correctional facility settings. As a family nurse practitioner, she has gained experience serving a diverse population of all ages via in-person and virtual care settings. Start working on an improved journey to a healthier lifestyle today.
(207) 230-6108 View (207) 230-6108
Psychiatry of Maine
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Freeport, ME 04032  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist specializing in Child/Adolescent Psychiatry and Adult Psychiatry. My services include the diagnosis and treatment of all mental illnesses in children/adolescents/adult including but not limited to ADHD, Depression, OCD, Anxiety, Autism Spectrum, Bipolar Disorder, Personality Disorder and PTSD. I am also interested in treating women who are pregnant/postpartum and nursing. I am comfortable in the setting of treating co-morbid medical and psychiatric concerns. I only utilize medication when necessary.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist specializing in Child/Adolescent Psychiatry and Adult Psychiatry. My services include the diagnosis and treatment of all mental illnesses in children/adolescents/adult including but not limited to ADHD, Depression, OCD, Anxiety, Autism Spectrum, Bipolar Disorder, Personality Disorder and PTSD. I am also interested in treating women who are pregnant/postpartum and nursing. I am comfortable in the setting of treating co-morbid medical and psychiatric concerns. I only utilize medication when necessary.
(207) 230-6411 View (207) 230-6411

Online Psychiatrists

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Alicia Soucy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bangor, ME 04401  (Online Only)
I provide medication management services to individuals over the age of 18. At this time, I am not providing intensive therapy or therapy only. I provide treatment for all mental disorders including depressive disorders, bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders, and trauma disorders. I am dedicated to providing exceptional, compassionate, personalized and evidence-based care. I emphasize the importance of developing a trusting relationship to help all clients reach their health goals.
I provide medication management services to individuals over the age of 18. At this time, I am not providing intensive therapy or therapy only. I provide treatment for all mental disorders including depressive disorders, bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders, and trauma disorders. I am dedicated to providing exceptional, compassionate, personalized and evidence-based care. I emphasize the importance of developing a trusting relationship to help all clients reach their health goals.
(207) 230-6251 View (207) 230-6251
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Kwick Care Pllc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Kennebunk, ME 04043  (Online Only)
My ideal client seeks medication management primarily. They have specific mental health concerns like SUD, anxiety, depression, or ADHD. They want an experienced, empathetic provider who can effectively manage their symptoms and enhance their well-being. They value expertise and are motivated to regain control of their mental health. They recognize that medication can offer relief and improved functioning, and they seek a personalized medication plan and supportive guidance to lead a better quality of life.
My ideal client seeks medication management primarily. They have specific mental health concerns like SUD, anxiety, depression, or ADHD. They want an experienced, empathetic provider who can effectively manage their symptoms and enhance their well-being. They value expertise and are motivated to regain control of their mental health. They recognize that medication can offer relief and improved functioning, and they seek a personalized medication plan and supportive guidance to lead a better quality of life.
(207) 367-4712 View (207) 367-4712
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Paula A. Gentile
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
South Portland, ME 04106
Waitlist for new clients
As a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I provide psychiatric diagnosis and evaluation, medication management, and psychotherapy. I consider the opportunity to serve in this role as a genuine privilege and I look forward to the chance to work collaboratively with you in my private practice. I offer a setting which allows time and space for personalized care and discovery of root causes, instead of rushed appointments that only leave time to graze the surface. You deserve to be heard and understood so that improvement happens in ways that are meaningful to you.
As a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I provide psychiatric diagnosis and evaluation, medication management, and psychotherapy. I consider the opportunity to serve in this role as a genuine privilege and I look forward to the chance to work collaboratively with you in my private practice. I offer a setting which allows time and space for personalized care and discovery of root causes, instead of rushed appointments that only leave time to graze the surface. You deserve to be heard and understood so that improvement happens in ways that are meaningful to you.
(207) 263-0837 View (207) 263-0837
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Unitas Healthcare Systems
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, ME 04101  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients! Immediate Appointments Available! Unitas Healthcare Systems is a full-service psychiatric practice. We serve all ages, from children to older adults. We are proudly serving all of Maine through the use of telehealth.
Accepting New Patients! Immediate Appointments Available! Unitas Healthcare Systems is a full-service psychiatric practice. We serve all ages, from children to older adults. We are proudly serving all of Maine through the use of telehealth.
(617) 401-7441 View (617) 401-7441
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Mood Clinic, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, ME 04101
Tired of mental illness pushing you around? Ready to win the struggle with anxiety, mood swings, depression? Starting today, we can help you take the first step toward transformation. According to the National Alliance on Mental Health - over 50% of adults with mental illness went untreated last year, but there's no need for that to be you. Starting today you can take the first step toward transformation. At Mood Clinic, we believe in treating you as whole person. Our integrated approach, combines both medications and talk therapy in session- ensuring you receive personalized treatment designed for you and delivered with care.
Tired of mental illness pushing you around? Ready to win the struggle with anxiety, mood swings, depression? Starting today, we can help you take the first step toward transformation. According to the National Alliance on Mental Health - over 50% of adults with mental illness went untreated last year, but there's no need for that to be you. Starting today you can take the first step toward transformation. At Mood Clinic, we believe in treating you as whole person. Our integrated approach, combines both medications and talk therapy in session- ensuring you receive personalized treatment designed for you and delivered with care.
(207) 605-8405 View (207) 605-8405
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Davonna Wilson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, ME 04101  (Online Only)
Are you experiencing overwhelming negative emotions? Sadness, worry, shame, or guilt? You know you are ready for a change but you are unsure of how to start feeling better. Clients come to me looking for a provider who can offer a safe space to overcome individual challenges. Sessions with me will involve a true connection, this is my favorite part of working in mental health. I will earn your trust and together, we will develop a treatment plan that propels you towards wellness. As a nurse practitioner trained in both physical and mental health, your treatment plan will include personalized care for your whole being.
Are you experiencing overwhelming negative emotions? Sadness, worry, shame, or guilt? You know you are ready for a change but you are unsure of how to start feeling better. Clients come to me looking for a provider who can offer a safe space to overcome individual challenges. Sessions with me will involve a true connection, this is my favorite part of working in mental health. I will earn your trust and together, we will develop a treatment plan that propels you towards wellness. As a nurse practitioner trained in both physical and mental health, your treatment plan will include personalized care for your whole being.
(878) 206-6269 View (878) 206-6269

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Brunswick, ME

10+

Average cost per session

$275

Psychiatrists in Brunswick, ME who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
83% Medication Management
75% Anxiety
75% Bipolar Disorder
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
67% Trauma and PTSD
58% ADHD

Average years in practice

15 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

75% Harvard Pilgrim
75% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
63% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Brunswick, ME see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

89% Female
11% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Brunswick?

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.