Psychiatrists in Berlin, NJ

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Serena M Natal
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN, FPMHNP
Verified
Berlin, NJ 08009
Not accepting new clients
Dr. Natal is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 24 years experience in the field of mental health. Dr. Natal is a compassionate supportive practitioner that takes pride in providing quality comprehensive psychiatric treatment. Services are provided throughout the developmental lifespan, from age three to senior.
Dr. Natal is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 24 years experience in the field of mental health. Dr. Natal is a compassionate supportive practitioner that takes pride in providing quality comprehensive psychiatric treatment. Services are provided throughout the developmental lifespan, from age three to senior.
(856) 924-6932 View (856) 924-6932
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J&T Behavioral Health and Counseling Services
Psychiatric Nurse, NP, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Berlin, NJ 08009
I am an experienced and compassionate board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have cared and provided mental health services to individuals and their families ages 14 and above. My experience comes from working in diverse settings that includes the prison system, state psychiatric hospitals, Inpatient psychiatric hospitals, Outpatient community clinics and Crisis centers. I will work with you to reach your goal of obtaining mental wellness, "being yourself again".
I am an experienced and compassionate board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have cared and provided mental health services to individuals and their families ages 14 and above. My experience comes from working in diverse settings that includes the prison system, state psychiatric hospitals, Inpatient psychiatric hospitals, Outpatient community clinics and Crisis centers. I will work with you to reach your goal of obtaining mental wellness, "being yourself again".
(856) 281-3942 View (856) 281-3942

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Victory Psych Consultation Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, MA
Verified
Blackwood, NJ 08012
I am a Board-Certified Advanced Psychiatric Nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). As a PMHNP-BC, my work experiences, since June 2021, include providing proficient psychiatric assessment, diagnosing mental health conditions, medication management, hospital psychiatric liaison consultation, providing collaborative care and treating diverse psychiatric disorders across the life span. I have over twenty-five years’ experience of psychiatric care as an RN, managing patients in crises, and caring for clients in both short and long-term care settings. My professional strengths include use of evidence-based treatment approach, reliability, etc.
I am a Board-Certified Advanced Psychiatric Nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). As a PMHNP-BC, my work experiences, since June 2021, include providing proficient psychiatric assessment, diagnosing mental health conditions, medication management, hospital psychiatric liaison consultation, providing collaborative care and treating diverse psychiatric disorders across the life span. I have over twenty-five years’ experience of psychiatric care as an RN, managing patients in crises, and caring for clients in both short and long-term care settings. My professional strengths include use of evidence-based treatment approach, reliability, etc.
(856) 475-6213 View (856) 475-6213
Psychiatric and Recovery Services
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Marlton, NJ 08053
Psychiatric and Recovery Services (formerly Psychiatric and Addiction Services or PASSNJ) treats: depression, opiate addiction, ADD, ADHD, OCD, and much more. We make sure to provide the safest, and most effective treatments in order to get back to their daily lives. We also offer forensic and clinical psychology in addition to our other services for children and adults. We also provide Suboxone or Buprenorphine, for those who are struggling with opiate addiction to help ease the withdrawal process.
Psychiatric and Recovery Services (formerly Psychiatric and Addiction Services or PASSNJ) treats: depression, opiate addiction, ADD, ADHD, OCD, and much more. We make sure to provide the safest, and most effective treatments in order to get back to their daily lives. We also offer forensic and clinical psychology in addition to our other services for children and adults. We also provide Suboxone or Buprenorphine, for those who are struggling with opiate addiction to help ease the withdrawal process.
(856) 872-2693 View (856) 872-2693
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Amanda Guarnere
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Voorhees, NJ 08043
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.
(856) 865-5273 View (856) 865-5273
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Dr. Oliver Moore
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-, BC
Verified
Medford, NJ 08055
When an individual experiences behavioral health challenges it is often disheartening. The feeling of loneliness, negative self talk, and "why me" statements are a shared reality. The truth is you are not alone, and behavioral health challenges can often build resolve and character when appropriate interventions are utilized to combat these experiences. I am consistently amazed at the strength of those who take the first step towards healing, as this is the most difficult. My focus is positive psychology, strength building, and providing my clients with evidence based pharmacotherapies to produce the changes they desire.
When an individual experiences behavioral health challenges it is often disheartening. The feeling of loneliness, negative self talk, and "why me" statements are a shared reality. The truth is you are not alone, and behavioral health challenges can often build resolve and character when appropriate interventions are utilized to combat these experiences. I am consistently amazed at the strength of those who take the first step towards healing, as this is the most difficult. My focus is positive psychology, strength building, and providing my clients with evidence based pharmacotherapies to produce the changes they desire.
(609) 773-8507 View (609) 773-8507
Ruth MacKenzie (adolescent/teen specialist)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN
Verified
Voorhees, NJ 08043
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with years of experience treating teen/adolescents and their families. I focus on treating the whole individual with psychotherapy and medication when appropriate, and after careful assessment. The driving force behind my practice is to create a nurturing environment where kids can grow into healthy adults with learned coping skills and a better understanding of their own identity.
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with years of experience treating teen/adolescents and their families. I focus on treating the whole individual with psychotherapy and medication when appropriate, and after careful assessment. The driving force behind my practice is to create a nurturing environment where kids can grow into healthy adults with learned coping skills and a better understanding of their own identity.
(856) 565-3673 View (856) 565-3673
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Caring Counselors, Inc. (Heather Wilmore, APN)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN
Verified
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
My name is Heather Wilmore, APN and I am the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at Caring Counselors, Inc. For some, obtaining psychiatric medication management services may feel like a daunting task. When individuals come to my office, my goal is to provide a safe and nurturing environment where they feel comfortable and heard. I recognize that my patients are the experts when it comes to how they are feeling. So, it’s important for me to really listen to them. I believe it’s my job to help my patients through medication and/or psycho-education to live their best life.
My name is Heather Wilmore, APN and I am the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at Caring Counselors, Inc. For some, obtaining psychiatric medication management services may feel like a daunting task. When individuals come to my office, my goal is to provide a safe and nurturing environment where they feel comfortable and heard. I recognize that my patients are the experts when it comes to how they are feeling. So, it’s important for me to really listen to them. I believe it’s my job to help my patients through medication and/or psycho-education to live their best life.
(856) 421-5405 View (856) 421-5405
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Shannon Bucciarelli (adolescent/teen specialist)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, B-C
Verified
Clementon, NJ 08021
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with years of experience treating teen/adolescents and their families. I focus on treating the whole individual with psychotherapy and medication when appropriate, and after careful assessment. The driving force behind my practice is to create a nurturing environment where kids can grow into healthy adults with learned coping skills and a better understanding of their own identity.
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with years of experience treating teen/adolescents and their families. I focus on treating the whole individual with psychotherapy and medication when appropriate, and after careful assessment. The driving force behind my practice is to create a nurturing environment where kids can grow into healthy adults with learned coping skills and a better understanding of their own identity.
(856) 754-5200 View (856) 754-5200
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Clarity Psychiatric Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN, PMHNP, RNFA
Verified
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
Clarity Psychiatric Care is a boutique-style practice specializing in psychopharmacology (the art of prescribing medication in the field of psychiatry). Our providers, Cristina Sertway and Dr. Amy Carnall, offer office hours in Haddonfield and Elmer and Pennington, NJ. With over 25 years of clinical experience, Cristina and Dr. Amy are University of Pennsylvania, holistically-trained nurse practitioners, emphasizing patient and family-centered care.
Clarity Psychiatric Care is a boutique-style practice specializing in psychopharmacology (the art of prescribing medication in the field of psychiatry). Our providers, Cristina Sertway and Dr. Amy Carnall, offer office hours in Haddonfield and Elmer and Pennington, NJ. With over 25 years of clinical experience, Cristina and Dr. Amy are University of Pennsylvania, holistically-trained nurse practitioners, emphasizing patient and family-centered care.
(856) 302-0667 View (856) 302-0667
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Alice Kalu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034  (Online Only)
Alice Kalu is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental health nurse practitioner with a culturally diverse background. Alice uses an evidence-based, culturally sensitive, and client-centered approach in her treatment modules. Alice provides Psychiatric evaluations and medication management to clients of all age groups. ​Alice is passionate about what she does and wants to see everyone at their best
Alice Kalu is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental health nurse practitioner with a culturally diverse background. Alice uses an evidence-based, culturally sensitive, and client-centered approach in her treatment modules. Alice provides Psychiatric evaluations and medication management to clients of all age groups. ​Alice is passionate about what she does and wants to see everyone at their best
(609) 853-5091 View (609) 853-5091
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John O'Reardon MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Voorhees, NJ 08043
I specialize in the treatment of depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorders. I especially focus on treatment resistant cases where often you may feel hopeless and despairing. I emphasize a combination of medication and therapy approaches. I collaborate closely with therapists. I also administer transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) (TMS) to treat severe depression, along with the best medications have to offer. All of this happens within a supportive therapeutic relationship.
I specialize in the treatment of depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorders. I especially focus on treatment resistant cases where often you may feel hopeless and despairing. I emphasize a combination of medication and therapy approaches. I collaborate closely with therapists. I also administer transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) (TMS) to treat severe depression, along with the best medications have to offer. All of this happens within a supportive therapeutic relationship.
(856) 238-5241 View (856) 238-5241
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Norbert Csordas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
Everyone deserves to live their best life— sometimes that requires a helping hand. My goal is to build partnerships with patients and their families founded on trust and empathy to better heal a broad range of mental health conditions using a holistic take on therapy, medications, and some groundbreaking treatments. While I provide expert, research based care for most psychiatric issues from anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, to schizophrenia, choosing to partner with our team for treatment resistant depression may give you access to breakthroughs such as TMS and Spravato.
Everyone deserves to live their best life— sometimes that requires a helping hand. My goal is to build partnerships with patients and their families founded on trust and empathy to better heal a broad range of mental health conditions using a holistic take on therapy, medications, and some groundbreaking treatments. While I provide expert, research based care for most psychiatric issues from anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, to schizophrenia, choosing to partner with our team for treatment resistant depression may give you access to breakthroughs such as TMS and Spravato.
(856) 386-7369 View (856) 386-7369
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Dr. Emily Liberatore-Maguire
Psychiatrist, MD
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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Healthy Minds South Jersey
Psychiatrist
Verified
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
Dr. Akhil Sethi is board certified in Adult psychiatry. He started his journey in the mental health field from England, having been trained at prestigious institutions, such as: St. Georges Hospital (South London) and in Queen Elizabeth Hospital (West Norfolk, UK), which is affiliated with University of Cambridge. He furthered his training with his psychiatry residency at Cleveland Clinic, Ohio and has had a keen interest in mood and anxiety disorders. He also gained expertise in management of treatment resistant mood disorders. He has done visiting fellowship in ECT from Duke University.
Dr. Akhil Sethi is board certified in Adult psychiatry. He started his journey in the mental health field from England, having been trained at prestigious institutions, such as: St. Georges Hospital (South London) and in Queen Elizabeth Hospital (West Norfolk, UK), which is affiliated with University of Cambridge. He furthered his training with his psychiatry residency at Cleveland Clinic, Ohio and has had a keen interest in mood and anxiety disorders. He also gained expertise in management of treatment resistant mood disorders. He has done visiting fellowship in ECT from Duke University.
(856) 517-2831 View (856) 517-2831
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Al (Alican) Dalkilic
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH, FAPA
Verified
2 Endorsed
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
I specialize in treatment resistant DEPRESSION. As a Yale University trained psychiatrist, I utilize evidence based and FDA approved treatments supported with solid research to help our clients with difficult-to-treat depression. At Depression Doctors & TMS Program, we have been observing significant improvements in individuals with severe and chronic depression even if their symptoms failed to respond to trials of multiple antidepressants, complex medication regimens, and therapies. Two safe, effective, & FDA approved treatments for though-to-treat major depression are: TMS Therapy and Spravato (Esketamine) treatment.
I specialize in treatment resistant DEPRESSION. As a Yale University trained psychiatrist, I utilize evidence based and FDA approved treatments supported with solid research to help our clients with difficult-to-treat depression. At Depression Doctors & TMS Program, we have been observing significant improvements in individuals with severe and chronic depression even if their symptoms failed to respond to trials of multiple antidepressants, complex medication regimens, and therapies. Two safe, effective, & FDA approved treatments for though-to-treat major depression are: TMS Therapy and Spravato (Esketamine) treatment.
(856) 517-4169 View (856) 517-4169
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Karen Yeboah-Norment
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified
Voorhees, NJ 08043
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.
(856) 699-6509 View (856) 699-6509
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Positive Beginnings
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Marlton, NJ 08053
Dr. Jamal Mahmud is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He completed his residency training from Drexel University College of Medicine where he served as Chief Resident. Currently he is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Drexel Iniversity/tower health. He is well-published in local and international journals.
Dr. Jamal Mahmud is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He completed his residency training from Drexel University College of Medicine where he served as Chief Resident. Currently he is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Drexel Iniversity/tower health. He is well-published in local and international journals.
(856) 644-3052 View (856) 644-3052
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Inspired Healthcare Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-C, ANP-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Marlton, NJ 08053
Inspired Healthcare Services LLC is a behavioral healthcare provider based in New Jersey. We will make sure that every person who taps our professional help will always be one step closer to their goals for behavioral well-being. Our help doesn’t just end after our clients’ sessions with our practitioners. We go beyond that to secure our clients’ behavioral health. OUR VALUES: are the set of core beliefs that guide our actions and behavior. We live by our values. They influence the way we treat our patients and clients. We value the dignity of those we serve and always treat them with respect and compassion.
Inspired Healthcare Services LLC is a behavioral healthcare provider based in New Jersey. We will make sure that every person who taps our professional help will always be one step closer to their goals for behavioral well-being. Our help doesn’t just end after our clients’ sessions with our practitioners. We go beyond that to secure our clients’ behavioral health. OUR VALUES: are the set of core beliefs that guide our actions and behavior. We live by our values. They influence the way we treat our patients and clients. We value the dignity of those we serve and always treat them with respect and compassion.
(609) 795-7408 View (609) 795-7408
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Michael J Canino
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
Adjustments can often be challenging. Whether it may be a shift in career, end to a relationship, or change in phase of life, these transitions can frequently disrupt our usual patterns of thinking and behavior. My professional experience has found that having an interested, empathetic, and active listener as a psychotherapist can be extremely beneficial in assisting not only with these difficult times, but also with unforeseen situations bound to occur in the future.
Adjustments can often be challenging. Whether it may be a shift in career, end to a relationship, or change in phase of life, these transitions can frequently disrupt our usual patterns of thinking and behavior. My professional experience has found that having an interested, empathetic, and active listener as a psychotherapist can be extremely beneficial in assisting not only with these difficult times, but also with unforeseen situations bound to occur in the future.
(215) 874-4485 View (215) 874-4485

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Number of Psychiatrists in Berlin, NJ

< 10

Psychiatrists in Berlin, NJ who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Geriatric and Seniors
100% Grief
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Psychosis

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield
50% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Berlin, NJ see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Berlin?

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.