Psychiatrists in New Hampshire

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Photo of Marigold Psychiatry, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in New Hampshire
Marigold Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Littleton, NH 03561
I am a licensed psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP). I have been in practice since 2017. I provide assessment, diagnosis and medication management.
I am a licensed psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP). I have been in practice since 2017. I provide assessment, diagnosis and medication management.
(855) 249-6471 View (855) 249-6471
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Dr. Carol Milliken
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC, CFTP, CCRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Milford, NH 03055  (Online Only)
At Mae Mental Wellness, my goal is to work collaboratively with my patients to develop a treatment plan that will result in improved mental wellness. I am a highly skilled and dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with diverse expertise. I am a Doctor of Nursing Practice and am board certified in psychiatric mental health advanced practice nursing, family trauma therapy, emergency, and critical care nursing. I am also a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt who stands at the forefront of advanced nursing practice and quality improvement in mental health care.
At Mae Mental Wellness, my goal is to work collaboratively with my patients to develop a treatment plan that will result in improved mental wellness. I am a highly skilled and dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with diverse expertise. I am a Doctor of Nursing Practice and am board certified in psychiatric mental health advanced practice nursing, family trauma therapy, emergency, and critical care nursing. I am also a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt who stands at the forefront of advanced nursing practice and quality improvement in mental health care.
(844) 719-2678 View (844) 719-2678
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Mertie Potter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Nashua, NH 03060
My name is Mertie L. Potter. I am an ANCC certified family psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner with a doctorate in nursing practice. I see children, adolescents, and adults of all ages. My clinical practice is primarily focused on medication management while I do a limited amount of psychotherapy at Merrimack Valley Counseling Association in Nashua, NH. Some areas of my expertise include anxiety, ADHD, mental health issues related to chronic illness (such as, arthritis, cancer, FMS etc.), loss and grieving, mood disorders, and stress management. I taught nursing and NP students for many years and precept NP students.
My name is Mertie L. Potter. I am an ANCC certified family psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner with a doctorate in nursing practice. I see children, adolescents, and adults of all ages. My clinical practice is primarily focused on medication management while I do a limited amount of psychotherapy at Merrimack Valley Counseling Association in Nashua, NH. Some areas of my expertise include anxiety, ADHD, mental health issues related to chronic illness (such as, arthritis, cancer, FMS etc.), loss and grieving, mood disorders, and stress management. I taught nursing and NP students for many years and precept NP students.
(866) 503-3677 View (866) 503-3677
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Access Mental Health Services PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Manchester, NH 03101
To provide our patients with the best care possible, we try to incorporate all their opinions into all therapeutic decisions.The clinician shall respect the clients' agreement to engage in their treatment and consult and collaborate with other disciplines of the healthcare continuum, such as psychotherapists, primary care doctors, and specialists, as needed, with the goal of providing equitably itemized treatment.
To provide our patients with the best care possible, we try to incorporate all their opinions into all therapeutic decisions.The clinician shall respect the clients' agreement to engage in their treatment and consult and collaborate with other disciplines of the healthcare continuum, such as psychotherapists, primary care doctors, and specialists, as needed, with the goal of providing equitably itemized treatment.
(603) 392-7803 View (603) 392-7803
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Michelle Halpin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-BC
Verified Verified
Amherst, NH 03031
Are you tired of struggling? Do you worry about what people will think if you seek treatment? Mental health and a sense of well being is an important part of overall health. Treatment is confidential and specific to your needs. **Experience treating all ages; specializing in children and adolescent psychiatry.
Are you tired of struggling? Do you worry about what people will think if you seek treatment? Mental health and a sense of well being is an important part of overall health. Treatment is confidential and specific to your needs. **Experience treating all ages; specializing in children and adolescent psychiatry.
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Cara-Jean Donaghey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, ANP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Nashua, NH 03062
Dually board certified a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Adult Nurse Practitioner, with a background in internal medicine, I have extensive experience in treating a wide variety of mental health concerns in the setting of physical health. Comprehensive services include consultation, psychiatric evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment with particular focus on development of a strong therapeutic partnership. I provide primarily medication management, some psychotherapy and alternative modalities to adolescents and adults, ages 16 and up. Appointments are offered in person or via telehealth.
Dually board certified a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Adult Nurse Practitioner, with a background in internal medicine, I have extensive experience in treating a wide variety of mental health concerns in the setting of physical health. Comprehensive services include consultation, psychiatric evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment with particular focus on development of a strong therapeutic partnership. I provide primarily medication management, some psychotherapy and alternative modalities to adolescents and adults, ages 16 and up. Appointments are offered in person or via telehealth.
(603) 417-4378 View (603) 417-4378
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Temilola Oladotun
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Nashua, NH 03062
Accepting New Patients. With a distinctive dual background as both a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I bring a unique blend of expertise encompassing general healthcare and specialized psychiatric care. My unwavering dedication to your comprehensive well-being is the driving force behind my patient-centered approach, offering personalized mental health support grounded in robust evidence-based practices.
Accepting New Patients. With a distinctive dual background as both a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I bring a unique blend of expertise encompassing general healthcare and specialized psychiatric care. My unwavering dedication to your comprehensive well-being is the driving force behind my patient-centered approach, offering personalized mental health support grounded in robust evidence-based practices.
(866) 971-3927 View (866) 971-3927
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Insightful Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Manchester, NH 03102
Appointments Available! We are Insightful Psychiatry, a growing, and innovative Psychiatric office with the goal of providing treatment for mental health problems in the comfort of home. Evening and Weekend appointments available.
Appointments Available! We are Insightful Psychiatry, a growing, and innovative Psychiatric office with the goal of providing treatment for mental health problems in the comfort of home. Evening and Weekend appointments available.
(603) 207-3613 View (603) 207-3613
Photo of Paul F. Belliveau, M.D. & Ms. Tasha Humphreys PNP, Psychiatrist in New Hampshire
Paul F. Belliveau, M.D. & Ms. Tasha Humphreys PNP
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Exeter, NH 03833
We offer traditional adult psychiatry treatment as well as newer interventional psychiatry treatments. We will work in collaboration with your current treatment team or if you do not have a provider you can begin care here. Interventional psychiatry is a branch of psychiatry that specializes in providing r-TMS or Spravato/Ketamine treatment. These are two treatment options for people who still suffer from depression despite past trials of antidepressants and psychotherapy.
We offer traditional adult psychiatry treatment as well as newer interventional psychiatry treatments. We will work in collaboration with your current treatment team or if you do not have a provider you can begin care here. Interventional psychiatry is a branch of psychiatry that specializes in providing r-TMS or Spravato/Ketamine treatment. These are two treatment options for people who still suffer from depression despite past trials of antidepressants and psychotherapy.
(603) 606-9452 View (603) 606-9452
Photo of Alysha Cutts, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in New Hampshire
Alysha Cutts
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Londonderry, NH 03053
I am not currently accepting new patients, thank you for looking! I am licensed in NH and MA. My ideal patients are struggling with anxiety, depression, substance abuse, hallucinations, unstable mood, people who just feel like there must be more to life than what is in front of them. Sometimes we just don't know what's wrong or how to explain it-I am happy to talk to you and help you figure out what's going on and treating it with medication if applicable.
I am not currently accepting new patients, thank you for looking! I am licensed in NH and MA. My ideal patients are struggling with anxiety, depression, substance abuse, hallucinations, unstable mood, people who just feel like there must be more to life than what is in front of them. Sometimes we just don't know what's wrong or how to explain it-I am happy to talk to you and help you figure out what's going on and treating it with medication if applicable.
(603) 782-9691 View (603) 782-9691
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Jason A Bennett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hancock, NH 03449
I believe in providing holistic care that is evidenced based and effective.A person isn't defined by a diagnosis and you deserve to be able to feel your best through effective treatment;where we address diet,emotional resilience,exercise,sleep and if needed medication.We will not retread the same old same old;you'll never hear take 2 of these and call me.I've had the opportunity to work in many different areas of healthcare over the last 20+ years.The one thing I've seen in each of them is people aren't getting the personalized care they are entitled to; you matter and you count! I provide client centered care in a comfortable ...
I believe in providing holistic care that is evidenced based and effective.A person isn't defined by a diagnosis and you deserve to be able to feel your best through effective treatment;where we address diet,emotional resilience,exercise,sleep and if needed medication.We will not retread the same old same old;you'll never hear take 2 of these and call me.I've had the opportunity to work in many different areas of healthcare over the last 20+ years.The one thing I've seen in each of them is people aren't getting the personalized care they are entitled to; you matter and you count! I provide client centered care in a comfortable ...
(603) 441-2336 View (603) 441-2336
Photo of Vannessa Davis, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in New Hampshire
Vannessa Davis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Salem, NH 03079
Accepting new patients. Bethany Health Services, LLC offers telehealth psychiatric consultation and chronic disease management. We provide pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy (mental health treatment) for children, adolescents, and adults struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar, Psychotic disorder, Bordering Personality Disorder and much more.
Accepting new patients. Bethany Health Services, LLC offers telehealth psychiatric consultation and chronic disease management. We provide pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy (mental health treatment) for children, adolescents, and adults struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar, Psychotic disorder, Bordering Personality Disorder and much more.
(603) 945-5377 View (603) 945-5377
Photo of Elizabeth Steward, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in New Hampshire
Elizabeth Steward
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Bedford, NH 03110  (Online Only)
I am a certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. This dual specialty gives me knowledge and perspective on both mental and physical health, allowing me to approach your treatment in a holistic manner while helping you regain balance within your life. My approach to psychiatric care is supported by evidence-based interventions.
I am a certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. This dual specialty gives me knowledge and perspective on both mental and physical health, allowing me to approach your treatment in a holistic manner while helping you regain balance within your life. My approach to psychiatric care is supported by evidence-based interventions.
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Cymande Baxter-Rogers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Concord, NH 03301
Cymande is a dual board-certified family and psychiatric nurse practitioner in practice since 2004. Her general psychiatry practice is informed by multiple disciplines beyond biochemistry and neurology including developmental psychology, depth psychology, and existential psychology. In addition to psychiatric evaluation and medication management across the lifespan, she offers psychedelic integration and harm reduction care for adults. Cymande trained initially at the MGH Institute of Health Professions with additional training at Florida State University, the California Institute of Integral Studies and the University of Vermont.
Cymande is a dual board-certified family and psychiatric nurse practitioner in practice since 2004. Her general psychiatry practice is informed by multiple disciplines beyond biochemistry and neurology including developmental psychology, depth psychology, and existential psychology. In addition to psychiatric evaluation and medication management across the lifespan, she offers psychedelic integration and harm reduction care for adults. Cymande trained initially at the MGH Institute of Health Professions with additional training at Florida State University, the California Institute of Integral Studies and the University of Vermont.
(603) 634-9270 View (603) 634-9270
Photo of Emmanuella Edekobi, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in New Hampshire
Emmanuella Edekobi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Concord, NH 03301  (Online Only)
As a compassionate and dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 9 years of experience in the healthcare field, I am committed to providing personalized care that fosters healing and well-being. With a deep understanding of the challenges individuals face in their mental health journeys, I offer a safe and supportive space for patients seeking guidance and support. My approach centers on empathy, active listening, and evidence-based interventions tailored to each person's unique needs.
As a compassionate and dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 9 years of experience in the healthcare field, I am committed to providing personalized care that fosters healing and well-being. With a deep understanding of the challenges individuals face in their mental health journeys, I offer a safe and supportive space for patients seeking guidance and support. My approach centers on empathy, active listening, and evidence-based interventions tailored to each person's unique needs.
(603) 691-2737 View (603) 691-2737
Photo of Chad Saint-Amant, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in New Hampshire
Chad Saint-Amant
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MDS, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Nashua, NH 03064
Chad Saint-Amant is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Chad completed his clinical training and obtained his master's degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. Chad's clinical interests include dual diagnosis, mood disorders, and incorporating novel treatments into a comprehensive practice. He employs a pragmatic approach to the identification and treatment of psychiatric disorders. Chad intends to help others reach their wellness goals and to overall experience a more fulfilling and meaningful life.
Chad Saint-Amant is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Chad completed his clinical training and obtained his master's degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. Chad's clinical interests include dual diagnosis, mood disorders, and incorporating novel treatments into a comprehensive practice. He employs a pragmatic approach to the identification and treatment of psychiatric disorders. Chad intends to help others reach their wellness goals and to overall experience a more fulfilling and meaningful life.
(603) 691-2410 View (603) 691-2410
Photo of Roselin Raja, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in New Hampshire
Roselin Raja
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Nashua, NH 03063
Roselin Raja is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with over 9 years’ experience in the behavioral health area. She earned both Bachelor’s in Nursing and Master’s in Nursing (Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner) from Rivier University. Her experience comes through working in various behavioral health settings such as in-patient, outpatient and community care. She works with clients ages 6 - 64 using both telehealth and in-person visits. Specializes in psychopharmacologic evaluation and medication management.
Roselin Raja is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with over 9 years’ experience in the behavioral health area. She earned both Bachelor’s in Nursing and Master’s in Nursing (Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner) from Rivier University. Her experience comes through working in various behavioral health settings such as in-patient, outpatient and community care. She works with clients ages 6 - 64 using both telehealth and in-person visits. Specializes in psychopharmacologic evaluation and medication management.
(888) 491-5017 View (888) 491-5017
Photo of Dr. Lionel Pereira, Psychiatrist in New Hampshire
Dr. Lionel Pereira
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Manchester, NH 03101
I am a Board Certified Child Psychiatrist based in Manchester, NH & Boston, MA. I specialize in Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, LGBTQ+ issues, Autism, OCD, Trauma. I provide diagnostic evaluations, consultations, medication management for children ages 2-18 years. I am available for in person and remote/virtual/teletherapy visits. Send us an email or call 603-851-3801 and leave your name, phone number and email ID and we will get back to you.
I am a Board Certified Child Psychiatrist based in Manchester, NH & Boston, MA. I specialize in Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, LGBTQ+ issues, Autism, OCD, Trauma. I provide diagnostic evaluations, consultations, medication management for children ages 2-18 years. I am available for in person and remote/virtual/teletherapy visits. Send us an email or call 603-851-3801 and leave your name, phone number and email ID and we will get back to you.
(866) 747-1385 View (866) 747-1385
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Mental Healthcare of New England
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashua, NH 03062
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who understands the importance of providing healthcare from a holistic perspective, centered on healing the whole person (mind, body, and spirit). I am certified in working with all ages, from children to the elderly. I can help with anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADHD, ASD, and Schizo-affective disorders. My psychiatric experience includes working in acute care psychiatric hospitals as well as private practice outpatient mental health care.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who understands the importance of providing healthcare from a holistic perspective, centered on healing the whole person (mind, body, and spirit). I am certified in working with all ages, from children to the elderly. I can help with anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADHD, ASD, and Schizo-affective disorders. My psychiatric experience includes working in acute care psychiatric hospitals as well as private practice outpatient mental health care.
(603) 200-4021 View (603) 200-4021
Photo of Karen J Greene, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in New Hampshire
Karen J Greene
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN Ed, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Temple, NH 03084  (Online Only)
Licensed in NH and MA, I provide treatment for a wide spectrum of psychiatric conditions through therapy and medication management, aiming to assist my clients effectively. Your well-being is the central focus of my practice. Together, we can collaborate to ensure you receive the quality care you deserve.
Licensed in NH and MA, I provide treatment for a wide spectrum of psychiatric conditions through therapy and medication management, aiming to assist my clients effectively. Your well-being is the central focus of my practice. Together, we can collaborate to ensure you receive the quality care you deserve.
(603) 691-1936 View (603) 691-1936

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in New Hampshire who prioritize treating:

94% Depression
91% Anxiety
81% Medication Management
77% Bipolar Disorder
69% Trauma and PTSD
68% ADHD
64% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

84% Cigna and Evernorth
79% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
76% Optum

How Psychiatrists in New Hampshire see their clients

71% In Person and Online
29% Online Only

Gender breakdown

77% Female
22% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in New Hampshire?

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.