Psychiatrists in Brielle, NJ

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Colleen A Ryan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Brielle, NJ 08730
I am offering in-person psychiatric care for adults seeking help from a psychiatrist skilled in medication management. I will provide an initial medical-psychiatric 90 minute evaluation during which we will discuss my assessment, and mutually agree upon the next steps. My recommended treatment course will likely include, but is not limited to, supportive type therapy and medication management follow-up appointments. The frequency and duration of our visits will vary depending on your needs.
I am offering in-person psychiatric care for adults seeking help from a psychiatrist skilled in medication management. I will provide an initial medical-psychiatric 90 minute evaluation during which we will discuss my assessment, and mutually agree upon the next steps. My recommended treatment course will likely include, but is not limited to, supportive type therapy and medication management follow-up appointments. The frequency and duration of our visits will vary depending on your needs.
(732) 629-9810 View (732) 629-9810

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Chimena P Duke
Psychiatric Nurse, APN
Verified
Howell, NJ 07731
Welcome! I am Chimena Duke, a dedicated and compassionate psychiatric nurse practitioner with a deep passion for helping individuals achieve optimal mental health and well-being. With advanced training and extensive experience in the field of psychiatry, I am committed to providing client-centered care to my patients. I firmly believe that everyone deserves access to quality mental healthcare, and I am dedicated to making a positive impact in the lives of those I serve.
Welcome! I am Chimena Duke, a dedicated and compassionate psychiatric nurse practitioner with a deep passion for helping individuals achieve optimal mental health and well-being. With advanced training and extensive experience in the field of psychiatry, I am committed to providing client-centered care to my patients. I firmly believe that everyone deserves access to quality mental healthcare, and I am dedicated to making a positive impact in the lives of those I serve.
(732) 605-4987 View (732) 605-4987
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Dr. Stephen Jaeger
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Avon By The Sea, NJ 07717
Yale University trained psychiatrist, Dr. Stephen Jaeger’s philosophy on psychiatric care is grounded in his belief that every client is entitled to the highest quality personalized care. His unique approach focuses on individualized treatment plans. His mission is to optimize every aspect of your life and the individualized treatment plans are designed to do just that. Clients play an active role in tailoring their personalized treatment plan with Dr. Jaeger.
Yale University trained psychiatrist, Dr. Stephen Jaeger’s philosophy on psychiatric care is grounded in his belief that every client is entitled to the highest quality personalized care. His unique approach focuses on individualized treatment plans. His mission is to optimize every aspect of your life and the individualized treatment plans are designed to do just that. Clients play an active role in tailoring their personalized treatment plan with Dr. Jaeger.
(732) 517-7971 View (732) 517-7971
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Blessing Nwele
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Brick, NJ 08724
My Name is Blessing Nwele and I am a board certified Psychiatric/Mental Health Advanced Practice Nurse. Psychiatric/mental health disorders and behavioral health have been the focal point of my professional life for a decade, culminating in my opening of a mental health private practice. The Positive Touch Behavioral Health Services was born out of almost a decade entirely dedicated to promoting a culture of health and health equity.
My Name is Blessing Nwele and I am a board certified Psychiatric/Mental Health Advanced Practice Nurse. Psychiatric/mental health disorders and behavioral health have been the focal point of my professional life for a decade, culminating in my opening of a mental health private practice. The Positive Touch Behavioral Health Services was born out of almost a decade entirely dedicated to promoting a culture of health and health equity.
(732) 783-5417 View (732) 783-5417
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The Parks Center for Women\'s Wellness & Medicine
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Asbury Park, NJ 07712  (Online Only)
The Parks Center for Women’s Wellness and Medicine treats women of all ages 18 years and older. We treat a broad range of mental heath issues including anxiety, depression, and bipolar illness in all phase of life. This includes, but is not limited too, comprehensive treatment of mood disorders during the reproductive years including mood disorders during the premenstrual period, pregnancy, postpartum and menopause. www.theparkscenter.com
The Parks Center for Women’s Wellness and Medicine treats women of all ages 18 years and older. We treat a broad range of mental heath issues including anxiety, depression, and bipolar illness in all phase of life. This includes, but is not limited too, comprehensive treatment of mood disorders during the reproductive years including mood disorders during the premenstrual period, pregnancy, postpartum and menopause. www.theparkscenter.com
(732) 945-8942 View (732) 945-8942
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L. E. Loray
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Neptune, NJ 07753
As a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I have worked with clients across the lifespan, specializing in depression and anxiety disorders, mood dysregulation, trauma, addictions, attachment disruptions, and those struggling with adjustment and difficult transitions through life. My main approach to treatment is developing a collaborative relationship with my clients to enhance and foster an environment where patients feel validated while working to improve their psychosocial functioning. For those looking for a more holistic approach to treating mental health issues, I also offer Integrative Psychiatry services.
As a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I have worked with clients across the lifespan, specializing in depression and anxiety disorders, mood dysregulation, trauma, addictions, attachment disruptions, and those struggling with adjustment and difficult transitions through life. My main approach to treatment is developing a collaborative relationship with my clients to enhance and foster an environment where patients feel validated while working to improve their psychosocial functioning. For those looking for a more holistic approach to treating mental health issues, I also offer Integrative Psychiatry services.
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Nicole Palmieri
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Manasquan, NJ 08736
Behavioral Health services provided by a doctorate level Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner that is dedicated to providing quality care and treating the whole person, including the body, mind and spirit. With 10 years experience the the mental/behavioral health field, and great experience in evaluation, diagnosing, and medication management across the lifespan, I treat a wide range of behavioral, emotional, and substance use disorders, including opiate and alcohol use, anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, and mood disorders, amongst others.
Behavioral Health services provided by a doctorate level Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner that is dedicated to providing quality care and treating the whole person, including the body, mind and spirit. With 10 years experience the the mental/behavioral health field, and great experience in evaluation, diagnosing, and medication management across the lifespan, I treat a wide range of behavioral, emotional, and substance use disorders, including opiate and alcohol use, anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, and mood disorders, amongst others.
(848) 251-0183 View (848) 251-0183
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Guided Strength Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Manasquan, NJ 08736
In her practice, Rebecca believes the most important aspect of care is compassion; she is an advocate for holistic health. She evaluates and treats teens through and seniors. Her focus is ruling out additional medical issues, providing brief therapy, and prescribing medication management. She is experienced in treating clients with a variety of mental heal
In her practice, Rebecca believes the most important aspect of care is compassion; she is an advocate for holistic health. She evaluates and treats teens through and seniors. Her focus is ruling out additional medical issues, providing brief therapy, and prescribing medication management. She is experienced in treating clients with a variety of mental heal
(732) 646-6950 View (732) 646-6950
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Jessica Augustyniak
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Brick, NJ 08723  (Online Only)
I treat symptoms associated with anxiety, depression, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorders, mood disorders, insomnia, and ADHD.
I treat symptoms associated with anxiety, depression, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorders, mood disorders, insomnia, and ADHD.
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Dr. Leopold Bolona
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
4 Endorsed
Brick, NJ 08724
Dr. Leopold Bolona is a compassionate psychiatrist in private practice in Westfield and Brick, and Freehold NJ seeing adults only at this time. The practice has 9 Nurse Practioners offering comprehensive diagnostic evaluations and individualized treatment for a variety of issues such as: Depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, addiction and more. 6 Therapist ready to assist all of our patients. The practice offers both in person and telehealth. All offices offer Genetic testing and Neuropsych testing. The Westfield and Freehold office also offers both TMS and Spravato for Treatment Resistant Depression.
Dr. Leopold Bolona is a compassionate psychiatrist in private practice in Westfield and Brick, and Freehold NJ seeing adults only at this time. The practice has 9 Nurse Practioners offering comprehensive diagnostic evaluations and individualized treatment for a variety of issues such as: Depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, addiction and more. 6 Therapist ready to assist all of our patients. The practice offers both in person and telehealth. All offices offer Genetic testing and Neuropsych testing. The Westfield and Freehold office also offers both TMS and Spravato for Treatment Resistant Depression.
(732) 440-3179 View (732) 440-3179
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Psychiatric and Behavioral Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse, DNP, APN
Verified
Howell, NJ 07731
Psychiatric and Behavioral Health Services of New Jersey is a private psychiatric practice that provides a full range of outpatient mental health services, including psychiatric evaluations, medication management, individual, family and group psychotherapy for clients at all stages of life; children, adolescents, adults, and the geriatric population.
Psychiatric and Behavioral Health Services of New Jersey is a private psychiatric practice that provides a full range of outpatient mental health services, including psychiatric evaluations, medication management, individual, family and group psychotherapy for clients at all stages of life; children, adolescents, adults, and the geriatric population.
(848) 289-1485 View (848) 289-1485
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Jacqueline M Iannacone
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP , CARN
Verified
2 Endorsed
Manasquan, NJ 08736
Behavioral Health services provided by a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner that is dedicated to providing quality care and treating the whole person, including the body, mind and spirit. With experience in evaluation and medication management across the lifespan, I treat a wide range of behavioral, emotional, and substance use disorders, including opiate and alcohol use, anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, and mood disorders.
Behavioral Health services provided by a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner that is dedicated to providing quality care and treating the whole person, including the body, mind and spirit. With experience in evaluation and medication management across the lifespan, I treat a wide range of behavioral, emotional, and substance use disorders, including opiate and alcohol use, anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, and mood disorders.
(609) 557-3636 View (609) 557-3636
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Rebecca Florence Mizrahi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Manasquan, NJ 08736
People say I have a fun-loving and caring attitude and I am naturally optimistic. I have 8 years of experience in the medical field and the majority of it was on the front lines of inpatient detox. Psych, especially addictions, is my calling and I’m so lucky to have found my niche so quickly.
People say I have a fun-loving and caring attitude and I am naturally optimistic. I have 8 years of experience in the medical field and the majority of it was on the front lines of inpatient detox. Psych, especially addictions, is my calling and I’m so lucky to have found my niche so quickly.
(732) 889-5596 View (732) 889-5596
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Dr. Victor G Grosu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Brick, NJ 08723  (Online Only)
I have been board certified in both Adult and Child & Adolescent psychiatry. I provide medication management and psychotherapy services to children and adolescents struggling with various mental health conditions, including but not limited to ADHD, Depression, OCD, Panic, Mood Disorder, Stress, and Anxiety. I have been practicing psychiatry for over 17 years and was recognized by the NJ Top Doctor magazine as a Top Psychiatrist in 2019. I provide help to my patients using a comprehensive, full-systems approach to treatment. I have frequent sessions with my patients which allows me to monitor them closely to minimize side effects.
I have been board certified in both Adult and Child & Adolescent psychiatry. I provide medication management and psychotherapy services to children and adolescents struggling with various mental health conditions, including but not limited to ADHD, Depression, OCD, Panic, Mood Disorder, Stress, and Anxiety. I have been practicing psychiatry for over 17 years and was recognized by the NJ Top Doctor magazine as a Top Psychiatrist in 2019. I provide help to my patients using a comprehensive, full-systems approach to treatment. I have frequent sessions with my patients which allows me to monitor them closely to minimize side effects.
(848) 600-5264 View (848) 600-5264
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Alexander Iofin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Neptune City, NJ 07753  (Online Only)
I am dedicated to providing personalized and quality psychiatric care to help achieve the life you have always wanted. I specialize in Adult ADHD, ADD, and Anxiety disorders. I look at the whole individual, not just your symptoms, to better understand underlying components that may be affecting your mental health. Many adults who suffer from ADHD don't know they have the condition. Currently, its thought that only 10.9% of adults with ADHD are getting the necessary treatment. A self-report screener is available on my website for Adult ADHD. Don't let Anxiety or ADHD keep you from living your best life.
I am dedicated to providing personalized and quality psychiatric care to help achieve the life you have always wanted. I specialize in Adult ADHD, ADD, and Anxiety disorders. I look at the whole individual, not just your symptoms, to better understand underlying components that may be affecting your mental health. Many adults who suffer from ADHD don't know they have the condition. Currently, its thought that only 10.9% of adults with ADHD are getting the necessary treatment. A self-report screener is available on my website for Adult ADHD. Don't let Anxiety or ADHD keep you from living your best life.
(732) 528-3232 View (732) 528-3232
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Dr. Andrew Manoski
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
1 Endorsed
Brick, NJ 08724
I am currently looking for clients interested in working on their mental well-being through a deeper understanding of themselves. Through this work of introspection, we hope to better manage relationship conflicts, recurring issues with anxiety or moods, and self-sabotaging behaviors. By better understanding our past ways of interacting and experiencing the world, we can more more consciously work toward goals for the future.
I am currently looking for clients interested in working on their mental well-being through a deeper understanding of themselves. Through this work of introspection, we hope to better manage relationship conflicts, recurring issues with anxiety or moods, and self-sabotaging behaviors. By better understanding our past ways of interacting and experiencing the world, we can more more consciously work toward goals for the future.
(609) 928-7115 View (609) 928-7115
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The Cohen Center
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Lakewood, NJ 08701
Welcome to The Cohen Center....Are you overly stressed? Suffering anxiety, panic attacks, or ADD/ADHD symptoms? Perhaps you are struggling with insomnia or depression. These symptoms are easily treatable, sometimes requiring medication. Are you ready to take the next step? Are you willing to see if medication, ideally, combined with therapy, can enhance your life? You will be monitored closely, so that you do not needlessly experience side effects, and that optimal treatment gains are obtained. Careful attention will be focused on any physical illnesses. Often, this approach leads to a more appropriate diagnosis and plan of treatment.
Welcome to The Cohen Center....Are you overly stressed? Suffering anxiety, panic attacks, or ADD/ADHD symptoms? Perhaps you are struggling with insomnia or depression. These symptoms are easily treatable, sometimes requiring medication. Are you ready to take the next step? Are you willing to see if medication, ideally, combined with therapy, can enhance your life? You will be monitored closely, so that you do not needlessly experience side effects, and that optimal treatment gains are obtained. Careful attention will be focused on any physical illnesses. Often, this approach leads to a more appropriate diagnosis and plan of treatment.
(732) 675-0011 View (732) 675-0011
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Nicholas Mwangi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Brick, NJ 08723
Mood and behavior issues affecting optimal functionality including and not limited to loss of interest in pleasant activities and activities of daily living, gross psychotic disturbances like hallucinations, paranoia and delusions, disturbances in behavior patterns like compulsion, obsession, attention deficits, sleep and appetite impairment. Mood lability, ie agitation, manic and hypomanic symptoms, 1 deficits in general coping mechanisms and stress management, impaired grief, and coping with life stressors , hopelessness and suicide ideations among others.
Mood and behavior issues affecting optimal functionality including and not limited to loss of interest in pleasant activities and activities of daily living, gross psychotic disturbances like hallucinations, paranoia and delusions, disturbances in behavior patterns like compulsion, obsession, attention deficits, sleep and appetite impairment. Mood lability, ie agitation, manic and hypomanic symptoms, 1 deficits in general coping mechanisms and stress management, impaired grief, and coping with life stressors , hopelessness and suicide ideations among others.
(732) 647-9324 View (732) 647-9324
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Ruben Singh MD LLC
Psychiatrist, MD, DABPN
Verified
Farmingdale, NJ 07727  (Online Only)
I offer a very empathic, compassionate, and individualized evaluation and treatment of a diverse population of every persuasion without any biases or prejudices and treat everyone with respect and dignity, no matter of their background or past history, and expect openness to reveal their innermost feelings for growth to happen to reach their highest potential. If you have treatment-resistant or complex problems in need of fine-tuning your medication regimen I will be able to provide the most up-to-date treatment modalities. To begin it's very easy all you have to do is be yourself and the rest therapist will handle.
I offer a very empathic, compassionate, and individualized evaluation and treatment of a diverse population of every persuasion without any biases or prejudices and treat everyone with respect and dignity, no matter of their background or past history, and expect openness to reveal their innermost feelings for growth to happen to reach their highest potential. If you have treatment-resistant or complex problems in need of fine-tuning your medication regimen I will be able to provide the most up-to-date treatment modalities. To begin it's very easy all you have to do is be yourself and the rest therapist will handle.
(732) 517-7599 View (732) 517-7599
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Jersey Shore Behavioral Group
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNP, PMH-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Manasquan, NJ 08736
I have over 23 years experience in the field of psychiatry in the following environments: inpatient psychiatry, crisis (PESS), and outpatient settings (adolescent and adult). I earned my BSN in 1996 from Trenton State College (College of New Jersey) and MSN from Monmouth university in 2018. I believe in a collaborative approach with my clients, and place a strong emphasis on education regarding medication management. My prescriptive practice is conservative and I encourage my clients to be active participants in their healthcare management.
I have over 23 years experience in the field of psychiatry in the following environments: inpatient psychiatry, crisis (PESS), and outpatient settings (adolescent and adult). I earned my BSN in 1996 from Trenton State College (College of New Jersey) and MSN from Monmouth university in 2018. I believe in a collaborative approach with my clients, and place a strong emphasis on education regarding medication management. My prescriptive practice is conservative and I encourage my clients to be active participants in their healthcare management.
(732) 335-7973 View (732) 335-7973

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Number of Psychiatrists in Brielle, NJ

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Psychiatrists in Brielle, NJ who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Child
100% ADHD
100% Eating Disorders
100% Geriatric and Seniors
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Gender breakdown

100% Female

How Psychiatrists in Brielle, NJ see their clients

100% In Person and Online

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Brielle?

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.