Psychiatrists in East Brunswick, NJ

Photo of Insyte Psychiatric, Psychiatrist in East Brunswick, NJ
Insyte Psychiatric
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist . I see individuals in need of medication management. I strongly believe that clients should be well informed about their treatment . Clients participate in treatment planning and their needs are always taken into consideration. My clients feel well cared for and walk away knowing that at all times I have their best interests in mind. It is my hope that clients feel we are taking a journey together in terms of their treatment. I specialize in postpartum depression, major depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, alcohol abuse, psychotic disorders and bipolar disorder.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist . I see individuals in need of medication management. I strongly believe that clients should be well informed about their treatment . Clients participate in treatment planning and their needs are always taken into consideration. My clients feel well cared for and walk away knowing that at all times I have their best interests in mind. It is my hope that clients feel we are taking a journey together in terms of their treatment. I specialize in postpartum depression, major depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, alcohol abuse, psychotic disorders and bipolar disorder.
(732) 515-5089 View (732) 515-5089
Photo of Steven Dyckman, Psychiatrist in East Brunswick, NJ
Steven Dyckman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
My practice is built around the dedication to diagnose, treat, and offer preventative alternatives to provide mental health, hope, and self-empowerment to each patient. I understand the complex relationship between emotional suffering, illness, and other medical disorders. I specialize in providing treatment for ADD / ADHD, OCD, ODD, and Mood Disorders for patients of all ages. I have completed a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and will partner with young patients and their parents to provide an effective strategy to restore balance and harmony for all. Consultations are conducted to establish rapport and create a safe and trustworthy environment.
My practice is built around the dedication to diagnose, treat, and offer preventative alternatives to provide mental health, hope, and self-empowerment to each patient. I understand the complex relationship between emotional suffering, illness, and other medical disorders. I specialize in providing treatment for ADD / ADHD, OCD, ODD, and Mood Disorders for patients of all ages. I have completed a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and will partner with young patients and their parents to provide an effective strategy to restore balance and harmony for all. Consultations are conducted to establish rapport and create a safe and trustworthy environment.
(732) 238-7711 View (732) 238-7711
Photo of Emad Mounir, Psychiatrist in East Brunswick, NJ
Emad Mounir
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
East Brunswick, NJ 08816  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with mood problems, anxiety, or difficulties with attention, concentration, focusing, organizing, & prioritizing your daily activities and executive functioning? Are you having difficulties coping with daily stressors, loss, or interpersonal problems? You’ve come to the right place to start your journey of healing. With over 24 years in practice, I’ve worked in various capacities including outpatient, inpatient, & partial hospitalization programs, and have treated adult and elder patients with emotional and mental issues. I provide space to improve the capacity in which you function day-to-day by working with you.
Are you struggling with mood problems, anxiety, or difficulties with attention, concentration, focusing, organizing, & prioritizing your daily activities and executive functioning? Are you having difficulties coping with daily stressors, loss, or interpersonal problems? You’ve come to the right place to start your journey of healing. With over 24 years in practice, I’ve worked in various capacities including outpatient, inpatient, & partial hospitalization programs, and have treated adult and elder patients with emotional and mental issues. I provide space to improve the capacity in which you function day-to-day by working with you.
(732) 333-8520 View (732) 333-8520
Photo of Alison DeLuca, Psychiatrist in East Brunswick, NJ
Alison DeLuca
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
East Brunswick, NJ 08816  (Online Only)
I look forward to working together to help you feel better and meet your goals.
I look forward to working together to help you feel better and meet your goals.
(732) 592-2574 View (732) 592-2574
Photo of Chowdhury F Azam, Psychiatrist in East Brunswick, NJ
Chowdhury F Azam
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
I have long experience and experience in clinical areas of treating Mood Disorders, Bipolar, ADHD, PTSD, Substance abuse, Opioid addiction, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
I have long experience and experience in clinical areas of treating Mood Disorders, Bipolar, ADHD, PTSD, Substance abuse, Opioid addiction, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
(732) 538-8780 View (732) 538-8780
Photo of Ronke Babalola, Psychiatrist in East Brunswick, NJ
Ronke Babalola
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
East Brunswick, NJ 08816  (Online Only)
Everyone deserves the best care and this is why this practice was created. We provide personalized and quality psychiatric care to children, adolescent and adult.​
Everyone deserves the best care and this is why this practice was created. We provide personalized and quality psychiatric care to children, adolescent and adult.​
(848) 225-9177 View (848) 225-9177
Photo of Prince Kena, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in East Brunswick, NJ
Prince Kena
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, APN-C
Verified Verified
East Brunswick, NJ 08816  (Online Only)
My name is Prince Kena. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and I have been involved in the care of individuals with mental health disorders since 1994. I provide treatment and support to adult patients with psychotic disorders including schizophrenia, depressive disorders, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as well as Medication Assisted Treatment for opioid use disorder and other substance use disorders.
My name is Prince Kena. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and I have been involved in the care of individuals with mental health disorders since 1994. I provide treatment and support to adult patients with psychotic disorders including schizophrenia, depressive disorders, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as well as Medication Assisted Treatment for opioid use disorder and other substance use disorders.
(732) 913-5329 View (732) 913-5329
Photo of Donna Gunther, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in East Brunswick, NJ
Donna Gunther
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
Hello, my name is Donna and I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner based in New Jersey. I am a prescriber for Family and Youth services located in New Jersey. One very important thing I have learned through my years in practice is that the relationship and connection formed between a patient and their provider is paramount. It is a solid foundation from which someone can truly move forward with their mental health goals.
Hello, my name is Donna and I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner based in New Jersey. I am a prescriber for Family and Youth services located in New Jersey. One very important thing I have learned through my years in practice is that the relationship and connection formed between a patient and their provider is paramount. It is a solid foundation from which someone can truly move forward with their mental health goals.
(732) 838-5412 View (732) 838-5412
Photo of Steven Dyckman, Psychiatrist in East Brunswick, NJ
Steven Dyckman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
My practice is built around the dedication to diagnose, treat, and offer preventative alternatives to provide mental health, hope, and self-empowerment to each patient. I understand the complex relationship between emotional suffering, illness, and other medical disorders. I specialize in providing treatment for ADD / ADHD, OCD, ODD, and Mood Disorders for patients of all ages. I have completed a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and will partner with young patients and their parents to provide an effective strategy to restore balance and harmony for all. Consultations are conducted to establish rapport and create a safe and trustworthy environment.
My practice is built around the dedication to diagnose, treat, and offer preventative alternatives to provide mental health, hope, and self-empowerment to each patient. I understand the complex relationship between emotional suffering, illness, and other medical disorders. I specialize in providing treatment for ADD / ADHD, OCD, ODD, and Mood Disorders for patients of all ages. I have completed a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and will partner with young patients and their parents to provide an effective strategy to restore balance and harmony for all. Consultations are conducted to establish rapport and create a safe and trustworthy environment.
(732) 238-7711 View (732) 238-7711
Photo of Harmony Direct Psychiatric Clinic, Psychiatrist in East Brunswick, NJ
Harmony Direct Psychiatric Clinic
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
East Brunswick, NJ 08816  (Online Only)
Board certified psychiatrist, with extensive training and professional experience. Dedicated to serve ethnic and cultural diversity. Our main goal is to bring harmony to your lives, and work with you to achieve your strengths and understanding of self.
Board certified psychiatrist, with extensive training and professional experience. Dedicated to serve ethnic and cultural diversity. Our main goal is to bring harmony to your lives, and work with you to achieve your strengths and understanding of self.
(848) 224-6358 View (848) 224-6358
Photo of Dr. Victor G Grosu, Psychiatrist in East Brunswick, NJ
Dr. Victor G Grosu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
East Brunswick, NJ 08816  (Online Only)
Quick appointments are available! I am board certified in Child & Adolescent psychiatry and provide medication management and psychotherapy services to children, adolescents and young adults, ages 8-21, with 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 using a comprehensive approach to treatment. I have frequent sessions with patients which allows me to monitor them closely to minimize side effects.
Quick appointments are available! I am board certified in Child & Adolescent psychiatry and provide medication management and psychotherapy services to children, adolescents and young adults, ages 8-21, with 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 using a comprehensive approach to treatment. I have frequent sessions with patients which allows me to monitor them closely to minimize side effects.
(848) 600-5264 View (848) 600-5264
Photo of Mental Flex, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in East Brunswick, NJ
Mental Flex
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN
Verified Verified
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
Do you struggle with your mental health? Have you had more days where you've felt sad rather than happy. Do you struggle to regulate your moods? Does your anxiety or negative thoughts control your life? Do you struggle to get 6-8 hours of consecutive sleep at night? Having trouble facing the trauma of your past? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it may be time to talk about medication. At Mental Flex LLC. we want to help strengthen your mind, and help you to be able to live your life as the healthiest version of yourself.
Do you struggle with your mental health? Have you had more days where you've felt sad rather than happy. Do you struggle to regulate your moods? Does your anxiety or negative thoughts control your life? Do you struggle to get 6-8 hours of consecutive sleep at night? Having trouble facing the trauma of your past? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it may be time to talk about medication. At Mental Flex LLC. we want to help strengthen your mind, and help you to be able to live your life as the healthiest version of yourself.
(732) 838-9253 View (732) 838-9253
Photo of The Cohen Center, Psychiatrist in East Brunswick, NJ
The Cohen Center
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
Welcome to The Cohen Center....Are you overly stressed? Suffering anxiety, panic attacks, ADHD symptoms, insomnia or depression? These symptoms are easily treatable, sometimes requiring medication. Willing 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 leads to a more appropriate diagnosis and plan of treatment.
Welcome to The Cohen Center....Are you overly stressed? Suffering anxiety, panic attacks, ADHD symptoms, insomnia or depression? These symptoms are easily treatable, sometimes requiring medication. Willing 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 leads to a more appropriate diagnosis and plan of treatment.
(732) 675-0011 View (732) 675-0011
Photo of Dr. Mariam Bekhit, Psychiatrist in East Brunswick, NJ
Dr. Mariam Bekhit
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
Dr. Bekhit is a highly accomplished and compassionate psychiatrist dedicated to providing exceptional mental healthcare. With over 20 years of experience in the field of psychiatry and a genuine commitment to the well-being of her patients, Dr. Bekhit is recognized for her profound understanding of the human mind and her ability to transform lives through her therapeutic interventions. She is board certified by Amercian Board of Child and Adolescents psychiatry and American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Dr. Bekhit is a highly accomplished and compassionate psychiatrist dedicated to providing exceptional mental healthcare. With over 20 years of experience in the field of psychiatry and a genuine commitment to the well-being of her patients, Dr. Bekhit is recognized for her profound understanding of the human mind and her ability to transform lives through her therapeutic interventions. She is board certified by Amercian Board of Child and Adolescents psychiatry and American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
(732) 965-6377 View (732) 965-6377
Photo of Michelle Matusalem, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in East Brunswick, NJ
Michelle Matusalem
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
As a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I specialize in diagnosing and managing psychiatric conditions such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, ADHD, sleep disorders, mood disorders, and more. I am licensed to prescribe medication and offer medication management to individuals of all ages seeking to improve their mental health. I am committed to providing compassionate and evidence-based care, and I believe in building trusting relationships with my patients through active listening and honest communication.
As a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I specialize in diagnosing and managing psychiatric conditions such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, ADHD, sleep disorders, mood disorders, and more. I am licensed to prescribe medication and offer medication management to individuals of all ages seeking to improve their mental health. I am committed to providing compassionate and evidence-based care, and I believe in building trusting relationships with my patients through active listening and honest communication.
(732) 978-9127 View (732) 978-9127
Photo of Veronica M Jensen, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in East Brunswick, NJ
Veronica M Jensen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, APNC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
Hello, my name is Veronica Jensen, DNP, MSN, APNC, PMHNP-BC. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has a Doctorate of Nursing Practice. I am the founder of Pathway to Wellness LLC. I have over 8 years of experience in prescribing psychotropic medications and over 15 years in the psychiatric field. I am very comfortable with complex, acute, and chronic cases. I have worked in various settings of mental health such as inpatient psychiatric units, emergency rooms, outpatient, acute outpatient services, and nursing home Dementia/Alzheimer units. I also provide consultation services for area nursing homes.
Hello, my name is Veronica Jensen, DNP, MSN, APNC, PMHNP-BC. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has a Doctorate of Nursing Practice. I am the founder of Pathway to Wellness LLC. I have over 8 years of experience in prescribing psychotropic medications and over 15 years in the psychiatric field. I am very comfortable with complex, acute, and chronic cases. I have worked in various settings of mental health such as inpatient psychiatric units, emergency rooms, outpatient, acute outpatient services, and nursing home Dementia/Alzheimer units. I also provide consultation services for area nursing homes.
(908) 867-0284 View (908) 867-0284
Photo of Soul Health Psychiatry, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in East Brunswick, NJ
Soul Health Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, MA, PMHNP
Verified Verified
East Brunswick, NJ 08816  (Online Only)
Dr. Starr Montalvo is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of NYC experience in the mental health sector. Her experience ranges from emergency medicine, psychiatry, and consultation liaison psychiatry which focuses on the interface of general medicine and psychiatry. This unique experience allows her to understand the complex relationship between physical health and emotional well being and how they may overlap or interfere with your daily functioning.
Dr. Starr Montalvo is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of NYC experience in the mental health sector. Her experience ranges from emergency medicine, psychiatry, and consultation liaison psychiatry which focuses on the interface of general medicine and psychiatry. This unique experience allows her to understand the complex relationship between physical health and emotional well being and how they may overlap or interfere with your daily functioning.
(929) 377-1259 View (929) 377-1259
Photo of Satishkumar H Patel, Psychiatrist in East Brunswick, NJ
Satishkumar H Patel
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
At Behavioral Consultation LLC, you will receive in depth psychiatric evaluation and treatment. Behavioral Consultation LLC is dedicated to provide mental health treatment to children, adolescents and adults in outpatient setting to maintain emotional and physical well-being of individual and family. We believe in personalized medicine. I previously held the position of Assistant Professor/Clinical Assistant Professor at Rowan University-SOM (Formerly UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine). We do provide services for maintenance injection. Weekend and evening hours are available.
At Behavioral Consultation LLC, you will receive in depth psychiatric evaluation and treatment. Behavioral Consultation LLC is dedicated to provide mental health treatment to children, adolescents and adults in outpatient setting to maintain emotional and physical well-being of individual and family. We believe in personalized medicine. I previously held the position of Assistant Professor/Clinical Assistant Professor at Rowan University-SOM (Formerly UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine). We do provide services for maintenance injection. Weekend and evening hours are available.
(732) 993-5968 View (732) 993-5968
Photo of Marina Moshkovich, Psychiatrist in East Brunswick, NJ
Marina Moshkovich
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
I am Board Certified in General Adult Psychiatry and have had training and experience in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. I have practiced psychiatry in different settings. My professional knowledge and interests include treatment of a broad spectrum of psychiatric disorders, including mood, anxiety, psychotic, impulse control and substance abuse. I focuse on stabilization of patient's condition with medication and educate patients about their disorder and available treatments. I work with patients and their families in order to improve patients' adjustment and functioning in community. I help my patients build up confidence and enable them to change their lives for better.
I am Board Certified in General Adult Psychiatry and have had training and experience in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. I have practiced psychiatry in different settings. My professional knowledge and interests include treatment of a broad spectrum of psychiatric disorders, including mood, anxiety, psychotic, impulse control and substance abuse. I focuse on stabilization of patient's condition with medication and educate patients about their disorder and available treatments. I work with patients and their families in order to improve patients' adjustment and functioning in community. I help my patients build up confidence and enable them to change their lives for better.
(732) 387-3076 View (732) 387-3076
Photo of Gideon Thuo, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in East Brunswick, NJ
Gideon Thuo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
I am pleased to offer Saturday Morning appointments to accommodate the needs of working individuals. I will use my listening skills and knowledge of pharmacology to enhance your mental health care so we can work together towards wellness.
I am pleased to offer Saturday Morning appointments to accommodate the needs of working individuals. I will use my listening skills and knowledge of pharmacology to enhance your mental health care so we can work together towards wellness.
(908) 388-9071 View (908) 388-9071

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Number of Psychiatrists in East Brunswick, NJ

20+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in East Brunswick, NJ who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
96% Anxiety
96% Medication Management
87% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
87% Bipolar Disorder
78% ADHD
74% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

15 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

88% Aetna
71% Cigna and Evernorth
65% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in East Brunswick, NJ see their clients

70% In Person and Online
30% Online Only

Gender breakdown

59% Female
41% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in East Brunswick?

The Psychology Today Directory enables you to search specifically for psychiatrists, using the drop down provider menu in the navigation bar, by city or zip code, or by the name of the psychiatrist. Search results provide detailed profiles of professionals, including their treatment approach and areas of expertise. In addition, listings provide important information about each psychiatrist’s credentials, fees, payment options, and insurance affiliations. Directory users can select psychiatrists who meet an array of personally-desired criteria, such as familiarity with a specific community or condition.

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

Psychiatrists are medical specialists who focus on understanding, diagnosing, and treating diseases of the brain and disorders of the mind and behavior. As physicians, psychiatrists are trained to recognize the often-subtle biological causes of mental disorders and to monitor the effects of mental disturbances on physical conditions, such as heart disease. Psychologists are especially attuned to the influence of early experience on development and behavior, emotional and cognitive processes, the nature of personality, and social functioning. They are also trained to deploy an array of psychological tests—IQ tests, personality tests, behavioral assessments—to gauge a person’s functioning.

What is a psychiatric nurse practitioner?

A psychiatric nurse practitioner, also known as a mental health nurse practitioner, is a registered nurse who completes advanced training in psychiatric care, earning either a master’s or doctoral degree in psychiatric nursing, and in the U.S., passes a national certification exam. Like psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health conditions. In some locales, psychiatric nurse practitioners can offer the full range of psychiatric care, including prescribing and managing medication. In other places, they must work in collaboration with a physician.

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed psychiatrist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and counselors. All psychiatrists listed in the directory have a valid license issued by the state(s) in which they practice and are certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some individuals or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

Can a psychiatrist prescribe medication?

Psychiatrists are licensed medical doctors who are trained to recognize the many ways body processes affect the functioning of the brain and mind. As physicians, they can prescribe medication. Patients who are prescribed medications will typically need to continue to see a psychiatrist so that the effects of the medication can be monitored. For many psychiatric conditions, including common disorders such as anxiety and depression, the preferred treatment is combination therapy—medication accompanied by psychotherapy.

Do psychiatrists offer therapy?

Psychiatrists are generally trained in a number of treatment modalities, including psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, and, increasingly, somatic therapies. Typically, psychiatrists make a diagnosis and determine a course of treatment based on chemical or biological factors, using lab tests, brain scans and physical and psychological evaluations. While psychotherapy may be used in the first session to aid in diagnosis, it is not typically utilized in subsequent visits. In fact, after the introductory session, most sessions with a psychiatrist may only be 15-20 minutes in length and are largely focused on medication management. Many psychiatrists who do not offer psychotherapy work collaboratively with psychologists and other mental health clinicians and can refer clients seeking talk therapy to those providers.

How do I know if I need a psychiatrist or a therapist?

It is not always easy to know which type of mental health practitioner to choose. Many people are unaware of the root of their mental or behavioral problem. One way many people learn which type of care is best for them is by seeing their primary care provider first. Depending on the nature and severity of the symptoms, the physician may review their medical history or perform medical tests to determine whether biological factors are involved before making a referral. It is not necessary for a person to know precisely what type of care they need in order to seek help. Many psychiatrists and psychologists refer clients to each other depending on client needs.

Do I need a referral to see a psychiatrist?

A referral to a psychiatrist is often not required. However, seeing your primary care physician first can be helpful and actually prove to be a shortcut to getting what you need. Your PCP may have a clear idea whether psychiatric help is needed and/or which kind of mental health care would be most beneficial and refer you to the right type of practitioner. For that reason alone, some psychiatrists require a referral. Further, many insurance plans require a referral from a PCP if they cover all of part of the cost of seeing a specialist; if, however, you are paying out of pocket, you may not need a referral. In any case, a referral may speed the process of securing an appointment with a psychiatrist, especially in areas where there is a shortage of mental health specialists and new patients face long waits for appointments.