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Bolanle Ahazie
Psychiatric Nurse, NP
Verified Verified
Jersey City, NJ 07306  (Online Only)
My name is Bolanle Ahazie, NP and I am a licensed nurse practitioner offering online behavioral health services to adults and children. I treat an array of conditions, however, my specializations include depression, anxiety, insomnia, bipolar disorder, and PTSD.
My name is Bolanle Ahazie, NP and I am a licensed nurse practitioner offering online behavioral health services to adults and children. I treat an array of conditions, however, my specializations include depression, anxiety, insomnia, bipolar disorder, and PTSD.
(551) 288-7016 View (551) 288-7016
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Dr. Luiza Asahme-Triolo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PsyD, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Somerset, NJ 08873
Are you struggling with symptoms of depression, anxiety, or going through a challenging time? Have you trialed numerous medications without any success, and continue to have symptoms? I am Dr. Asahme-Triolo (PsyD, PMHNP-BC) the founder and CEO of Oasis Better Health, and Southern Oasis Better Health, working with clients, both children/adolescents and adults, to manage symptoms through psychopharmacology. In addition, we have therapists available in the practice, able to see child, adolescent and adult clients, for individual therapy, utilizing various therapeutic modalities, for the best fit.
Are you struggling with symptoms of depression, anxiety, or going through a challenging time? Have you trialed numerous medications without any success, and continue to have symptoms? I am Dr. Asahme-Triolo (PsyD, PMHNP-BC) the founder and CEO of Oasis Better Health, and Southern Oasis Better Health, working with clients, both children/adolescents and adults, to manage symptoms through psychopharmacology. In addition, we have therapists available in the practice, able to see child, adolescent and adult clients, for individual therapy, utilizing various therapeutic modalities, for the best fit.
(732) 561-5605 View (732) 561-5605
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Vincent Di Antonio
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN
Verified Verified
Moorestown, NJ 08057
Vincent L. Di Antonio is a BS, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP-BC who assesses and treats adults and adolescents with depression, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and personality disorders through the use of medications and other therapeutic modalities. Vince is a firm believer in the mind-body-spirit connection and is passionate about providing quality, empathetic, and comprehensive mental health services.
Vincent L. Di Antonio is a BS, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP-BC who assesses and treats adults and adolescents with depression, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and personality disorders through the use of medications and other therapeutic modalities. Vince is a firm believer in the mind-body-spirit connection and is passionate about providing quality, empathetic, and comprehensive mental health services.
(609) 710-8158 View (609) 710-8158
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Dr. Allen Masry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Glassboro, NJ 08028
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
(856) 485-3007 View (856) 485-3007
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Karen Yeboah-Norment
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
My ideal patient is one with multiple psychiatric co-morbidities looking for a treatment to improve one’s mood, energy, anxiety, and focus. Do you feel sad daily, stopped socializing with friends & family members, perform the bare minimum work tasks, call out of work frequently, and are failing college classes due to not completing school assignments & attendance? Have you been using cannabis to cope with one’s current mood symptoms? Have you failed numerous medications due to side effects & effectiveness? I will help you develop a treatment plan to help you meet your mental health goals and feel content & yourself again.
My ideal patient is one with multiple psychiatric co-morbidities looking for a treatment to improve one’s mood, energy, anxiety, and focus. Do you feel sad daily, stopped socializing with friends & family members, perform the bare minimum work tasks, call out of work frequently, and are failing college classes due to not completing school assignments & attendance? Have you been using cannabis to cope with one’s current mood symptoms? Have you failed numerous medications due to side effects & effectiveness? I will help you develop a treatment plan to help you meet your mental health goals and feel content & yourself again.
(609) 900-7116 View (609) 900-7116
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Marc Cantillon
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA, FANA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Livingston, NJ 07039
Sadness, ADD, addiction, relationships, other anguish? No matter what pain you bear, there is hope, with care, scientific evidence, and if needed legal help. For every problem, there are solutions: I have witnessed personal change, growth at any age. For children: identity and learning; for adults work/other responsibilities, or staying active and fully enjoying the wisdom of a mature life. Together we identify the issue(s), talking support CBT therapy and/or medication including natural complementary, exercises, work coaching. For fees, I work flexibly with those patients who have out of network coverage so they are reimbursed.
Sadness, ADD, addiction, relationships, other anguish? No matter what pain you bear, there is hope, with care, scientific evidence, and if needed legal help. For every problem, there are solutions: I have witnessed personal change, growth at any age. For children: identity and learning; for adults work/other responsibilities, or staying active and fully enjoying the wisdom of a mature life. Together we identify the issue(s), talking support CBT therapy and/or medication including natural complementary, exercises, work coaching. For fees, I work flexibly with those patients who have out of network coverage so they are reimbursed.
(973) 870-0599 View (973) 870-0599
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Dr. Allen Masry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bergenfield, NJ 07621
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
(201) 685-4044 View (201) 685-4044
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Ketan Hirapara
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Edison, NJ 08837  (Online Only)
Dr. Ketan Hirapara is a psychiatrist and fellowship trained interventional pain physician, licensed in NJ & PA. Dr. Hirapara specializes in treating comorbid mental health conditions associated with complex pain problems. Additionally, he also specializes in treating depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, sleep disorders, and mood disorders.
Dr. Ketan Hirapara is a psychiatrist and fellowship trained interventional pain physician, licensed in NJ & PA. Dr. Hirapara specializes in treating comorbid mental health conditions associated with complex pain problems. Additionally, he also specializes in treating depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, sleep disorders, and mood disorders.
(732) 906-9600 View (732) 906-9600
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Marie Juline Cherubin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Maplewood, NJ 07040
Marie Juline Cherubin has over a decade of experience working with individuals in the mental health field. She has worked with young and older adults suffering from depression, anxiety, ADHD, and other mental health issues. Marie Juline uses an integrative approach that connects with clients of all backgrounds and allows them to attain the help they need.
Marie Juline Cherubin has over a decade of experience working with individuals in the mental health field. She has worked with young and older adults suffering from depression, anxiety, ADHD, and other mental health issues. Marie Juline uses an integrative approach that connects with clients of all backgrounds and allows them to attain the help they need.
(908) 206-4809 View (908) 206-4809
Photo of Devon B. Young, MSN, PMHNP, AGNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Devon B. Young
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, AGNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Marlton, NJ 08053
Hi! I am a dual board certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Adult- Gerontology Nurse Practitioner with a passion for helping people. I am qualified to treat patients across the life span for a variety of Mental Health conditions. I also specialize in internal medicine for adults and geriatrics. I have 10 years of experience as a nurse practitioner and 15 years of experience in nursing. I have worked in a variety of medical settings from inpatient to outpatient. Regardless of the personal challenge, my goal is to provide evidence-based care using the mind-body connection to assist clients in achieving their wellness goals.
Hi! I am a dual board certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Adult- Gerontology Nurse Practitioner with a passion for helping people. I am qualified to treat patients across the life span for a variety of Mental Health conditions. I also specialize in internal medicine for adults and geriatrics. I have 10 years of experience as a nurse practitioner and 15 years of experience in nursing. I have worked in a variety of medical settings from inpatient to outpatient. Regardless of the personal challenge, my goal is to provide evidence-based care using the mind-body connection to assist clients in achieving their wellness goals.
(856) 865-5952 View (856) 865-5952
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Dr. Allen Masry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Voorhees, NJ 08043
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
(856) 677-5895 View (856) 677-5895
Carline F Archille
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Metuchen, NJ 08840
Accepting New Clients- Hi, My name is Carline Archille, a Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 23 years of experience caring for patients and four years of treating and managing individuals with various mental health disorders. My goal is that you are being heard, supported, and treated appropriately to improve your health and well-being.
Accepting New Clients- Hi, My name is Carline Archille, a Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 23 years of experience caring for patients and four years of treating and managing individuals with various mental health disorders. My goal is that you are being heard, supported, and treated appropriately to improve your health and well-being.
(732) 217-7926 View (732) 217-7926
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Dr. Emily Liberatore-Maguire
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Haddonfield, NJ 08033
Dr. Maguire is a Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist at Haddonfield Psychiatry & Therapy, licensed to practice in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and completed her adult psychiatry residency at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia.
Dr. Maguire is a Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist at Haddonfield Psychiatry & Therapy, licensed to practice in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and completed her adult psychiatry residency at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia.
(609) 245-5107 View (609) 245-5107
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Amanda Nahas-Wilson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN, AGPCNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Somers Point, NJ 08244
In today's world we are constantly inundated with stressors and things that seem to make life unmanageable. We can often times feel alone, feel like no one else feels what we feel, and even worse, feel like no one would understand if they heard us express ourselves. Sometimes all we need is know that someone is there to listen, to hear us, to say, you are not alone.
In today's world we are constantly inundated with stressors and things that seem to make life unmanageable. We can often times feel alone, feel like no one else feels what we feel, and even worse, feel like no one would understand if they heard us express ourselves. Sometimes all we need is know that someone is there to listen, to hear us, to say, you are not alone.
(609) 293-4850 View (609) 293-4850
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Garden Psych
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Princeton, NJ 08540
Do you have a busy life? Do you wish for you and your family to be as successful as possible? Garden Psych is a mental health practice with focus on telepsychiatry. The advantage of Garden Psych is using telemedicine to take less time off school or work. We are open on WEEKDAY EVENINGS and WEEKENDS! We have helped thousands of adults and children become more successful in their lives. Our award winning team of experts can help you do the same!
Do you have a busy life? Do you wish for you and your family to be as successful as possible? Garden Psych is a mental health practice with focus on telepsychiatry. The advantage of Garden Psych is using telemedicine to take less time off school or work. We are open on WEEKDAY EVENINGS and WEEKENDS! We have helped thousands of adults and children become more successful in their lives. Our award winning team of experts can help you do the same!
(732) 392-7233 View (732) 392-7233
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Robert Kirk
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Voorhees, NJ 08043
My client's issues may include academic issues, relationships, job stress, grieving, and alcohol/substance use. They would need help managing pronounced symptoms/episodes of difficulty with focus, attention, and staying organized; anxiety or depression; hyper-vigilance/arousal, poor/low frustration tolerance, and/or exhibit behaviors of avoidance; mood dysregulation; alcohol/substance withdrawal; or difficulty with sleep. Their overall goal would be to experience, at minimum, a significant reduction in frequency, intensity, and duration of pronounced symptoms, and perhaps with some of the symptoms, elimination of them.
My client's issues may include academic issues, relationships, job stress, grieving, and alcohol/substance use. They would need help managing pronounced symptoms/episodes of difficulty with focus, attention, and staying organized; anxiety or depression; hyper-vigilance/arousal, poor/low frustration tolerance, and/or exhibit behaviors of avoidance; mood dysregulation; alcohol/substance withdrawal; or difficulty with sleep. Their overall goal would be to experience, at minimum, a significant reduction in frequency, intensity, and duration of pronounced symptoms, and perhaps with some of the symptoms, elimination of them.
(856) 733-5219 View (856) 733-5219
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Bolanle Akinronbi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Cranford, NJ 07016  (Online Only)
Bolanle Akinronbi M.D is an empathic psychiatrist and a great listener. She offers practical recommendations and treatment solutions that uses her knowledge of medicine while taking into account the multiple factors that affect a person's wellness - biology, environment, diet, relationships and daily routine. Her treatment approach is dynamic, person centered and holistic. She believes that everyone can and should live as the best possible version of themselves at any point in time.
Bolanle Akinronbi M.D is an empathic psychiatrist and a great listener. She offers practical recommendations and treatment solutions that uses her knowledge of medicine while taking into account the multiple factors that affect a person's wellness - biology, environment, diet, relationships and daily routine. Her treatment approach is dynamic, person centered and holistic. She believes that everyone can and should live as the best possible version of themselves at any point in time.
(908) 617-0247 View (908) 617-0247
Photo of Joseph Spitalieri, APN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Joseph Spitalieri
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Freehold, NJ 07728
I completed my Associates in Applied Science Nursing from Brookdale Community College, Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Aspen University, and Masters of Science in Nursing at Walden University. I currently hold the title of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) in New York, New Jersey and Florida. I have worked the last 4 years in the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program at Richmond University Medical Center in Staten Island, NY.
I completed my Associates in Applied Science Nursing from Brookdale Community College, Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Aspen University, and Masters of Science in Nursing at Walden University. I currently hold the title of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) in New York, New Jersey and Florida. I have worked the last 4 years in the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program at Richmond University Medical Center in Staten Island, NY.
(732) 393-8391 View (732) 393-8391
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Adutwumwaa Addo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Montclair, NJ 07042  (Online Only)
Accepting New Clients. I provide Adolescents and Adults mental health services. As a dedicated Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I am passionate about enhancing the mental well-being of individuals and communities. With a strong educational background and years of clinical experience, I am committed to providing patient-centered comprehensive, compassionate care in the field of mental health. My areas of specialization encompass the treatment of mood disorders, depression, and anxiety disorders among many others.
Accepting New Clients. I provide Adolescents and Adults mental health services. As a dedicated Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I am passionate about enhancing the mental well-being of individuals and communities. With a strong educational background and years of clinical experience, I am committed to providing patient-centered comprehensive, compassionate care in the field of mental health. My areas of specialization encompass the treatment of mood disorders, depression, and anxiety disorders among many others.
(973) 943-4462 View (973) 943-4462
Photo of Amanda Guarnere, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Amanda Guarnere
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bergenfield, NJ 07621
There is no such thing as an "ideal client." Each individual is unique, and care will be tailored to fit patient needs.
There is no such thing as an "ideal client." Each individual is unique, and care will be tailored to fit patient needs.
(201) 654-7420 View (201) 654-7420
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in New Jersey who prioritize treating:

92% Depression
92% Anxiety
75% Bipolar Disorder
73% ADHD
73% Medication Management
70% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
69% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

87% Aetna
83% Cigna and Evernorth
77% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in New Jersey see their clients

71% In Person and Online
29% Online Only

Gender breakdown

69% Female
30% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in New Jersey?

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.