Psychiatrists in Princeton, NJ

Photo of Vanessa Doobay - Jersey Forensic Consulting (Psychiatry), MSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jersey Forensic Consulting (Psychiatry)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Princeton, NJ 08540
Vanessa Doobay, RN, MSN, PMHNP-BC is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with 10+ years of nursing experience in mental health. She spent the majority of her nursing career caring for patients with mental health needs ranging from the long-term care, adults, and gerontology community to patients with addiction and acute withdrawal. Her goals are to help individuals and families who are struggling with mental illnesses particularly those in minority, transgender, and gender-expansive communities.
Vanessa Doobay, RN, MSN, PMHNP-BC is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with 10+ years of nursing experience in mental health. She spent the majority of her nursing career caring for patients with mental health needs ranging from the long-term care, adults, and gerontology community to patients with addiction and acute withdrawal. Her goals are to help individuals and families who are struggling with mental illnesses particularly those in minority, transgender, and gender-expansive communities.
(609) 928-8554 View (609) 928-8554
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Dr. Vivian Shnaidman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Princeton, NJ 08540
My ideal treatment client is someone who values themself, and who is ready to make a commitment to their mental health. Together we will explore various treatment options and strive to find the best possibly modality for the best possible long term outcome.
My ideal treatment client is someone who values themself, and who is ready to make a commitment to their mental health. Together we will explore various treatment options and strive to find the best possibly modality for the best possible long term outcome.
(609) 834-3847 View (609) 834-3847
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Ruth MacKenzie (adolescent/teen specialist)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN
Verified Verified
Princeton, NJ 08540
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.
(609) 905-5382 View (609) 905-5382
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Henrietta Udeh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CSN-NJ, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Princeton, NJ 08540
My ideal client presents with anxiety; she has been experiencing a lot of panic attacks. She has been to the ER over three times in the past two months, where they ruled out cardiac problems. They always give her benzodiazepine and follow up with a psychiatrist. She does not want to be on medications, so she tried psychotherapy. She was then referred by her therapist. Her goal is to stay on medication for a short time. She prefers to use natural remedies. She is very fearful of science and the long-term effects of medications.
My ideal client presents with anxiety; she has been experiencing a lot of panic attacks. She has been to the ER over three times in the past two months, where they ruled out cardiac problems. They always give her benzodiazepine and follow up with a psychiatrist. She does not want to be on medications, so she tried psychotherapy. She was then referred by her therapist. Her goal is to stay on medication for a short time. She prefers to use natural remedies. She is very fearful of science and the long-term effects of medications.
(609) 881-1196 View (609) 881-1196
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Eronmwon Balogun
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Princeton, NJ 08540
As an ideal psychiatric mental health client, I present with moderate depression and generalized anxiety disorder. My primary needs include medication management for symptom relief and psychoeducation on coping strategies. My goals are to attain emotional stability, enhance daily functioning, and reduce distress. I seek an understanding of my conditions, effective pharmacological interventions, and therapeutic support to develop resilience. Motivated by a desire for improved quality of life, I aim to cultivate a balanced mental state, fostering a sense of control and well-being in navigating life's challenges.
As an ideal psychiatric mental health client, I present with moderate depression and generalized anxiety disorder. My primary needs include medication management for symptom relief and psychoeducation on coping strategies. My goals are to attain emotional stability, enhance daily functioning, and reduce distress. I seek an understanding of my conditions, effective pharmacological interventions, and therapeutic support to develop resilience. Motivated by a desire for improved quality of life, I aim to cultivate a balanced mental state, fostering a sense of control and well-being in navigating life's challenges.
(609) 604-7108 View (609) 604-7108
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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.
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.
(848) 278-6172 View (848) 278-6172
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Amanda Decker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MA, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
15 Endorsed
Princeton, NJ 08540  (Online Only)
Hi, my name is Mandy and I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in integrative psychiatry. I work with all ages and my goal is to promote optimal wellness, rather than just stick a bandage on a wound via a pill. Integrative psychiatry means western medicine and eastern medicine. I do prescribe medication, however I may also recommend nutraceuticals, mind body approaches, and/or other therapeutic, holistic, energetic, or complementary means. I also deprescribe. My goal is to help you heal and help YOU get to know YOU better!
Hi, my name is Mandy and I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in integrative psychiatry. I work with all ages and my goal is to promote optimal wellness, rather than just stick a bandage on a wound via a pill. Integrative psychiatry means western medicine and eastern medicine. I do prescribe medication, however I may also recommend nutraceuticals, mind body approaches, and/or other therapeutic, holistic, energetic, or complementary means. I also deprescribe. My goal is to help you heal and help YOU get to know YOU better!
(848) 301-1995 View (848) 301-1995
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Michelle McCarthy
Psychiatric Nurse, APN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Princeton, NJ 08540
Michelle is passionate about delivering care to individuals suffering from anxiety, substance use, and depression. Client motivation and dedication are key to utilizing the tools provided during our sessions including medication management, implementing lifestyle interventions, and therapy to help develop and implement a successful treatment plan. Relief of the client's suffering in dealing with their mental health issues and striving for an improvement in their quality of life is key to treatment.
Michelle is passionate about delivering care to individuals suffering from anxiety, substance use, and depression. Client motivation and dedication are key to utilizing the tools provided during our sessions including medication management, implementing lifestyle interventions, and therapy to help develop and implement a successful treatment plan. Relief of the client's suffering in dealing with their mental health issues and striving for an improvement in their quality of life is key to treatment.
(609) 710-7844 View (609) 710-7844
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Alexander Road Associates
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Princeton, NJ 08540
ARA has been serving the Princeton area for over thirty years. ARA offers psychiatry, psychotherapy, psycho/educational testing and substance abuse counseling for people of all ages. ARA is dedicated to providing thoughtful and compassionate integrated care for our patients. Psychiatrists and therapists collaborate to offer evidence-based treatments including, but not limited to, cognitive behavioral therapy and psycho-pharmacological intervention. ARA child, adolescent and adult psychiatrists are skilled in diagnosis & psychopharmacology.
ARA has been serving the Princeton area for over thirty years. ARA offers psychiatry, psychotherapy, psycho/educational testing and substance abuse counseling for people of all ages. ARA is dedicated to providing thoughtful and compassionate integrated care for our patients. Psychiatrists and therapists collaborate to offer evidence-based treatments including, but not limited to, cognitive behavioral therapy and psycho-pharmacological intervention. ARA child, adolescent and adult psychiatrists are skilled in diagnosis & psychopharmacology.
(609) 957-6887 View (609) 957-6887
Alexander Kanevsky
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Princeton, NJ 08540
I am a physician with more than overall 30 years of clinical experience and 25 years in my private psychiatry and psychoanalysis practice. During my time at psychiatry residency program at University of Maryland I have been trained under the guidance of leading psychiatrists and psychoanalysts of the country in all psychiatry and psychotherapy models and methods with a special emphasis on psychoanalytical and psychodynamic therapies. I am treating anxiety disorders by the Mind Reframing Technique. I my private practice my goal is to help patients without the use of medications.
I am a physician with more than overall 30 years of clinical experience and 25 years in my private psychiatry and psychoanalysis practice. During my time at psychiatry residency program at University of Maryland I have been trained under the guidance of leading psychiatrists and psychoanalysts of the country in all psychiatry and psychotherapy models and methods with a special emphasis on psychoanalytical and psychodynamic therapies. I am treating anxiety disorders by the Mind Reframing Technique. I my private practice my goal is to help patients without the use of medications.
(609) 312-5362 View (609) 312-5362
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Dr. Oluwabukola Princess Adasofunjo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Princeton, NJ 08540
I deliver individualized care for children, adolescents, and young adults with various mental health and behavior challenges. As a board-certified pediatrician, and adult, child & adolescent psychiatrist, I understand the associations between physical and psychological health; hence, I will work closely with your primary care doctor to ensure that you are in good physical and mental health.
I deliver individualized care for children, adolescents, and young adults with various mental health and behavior challenges. As a board-certified pediatrician, and adult, child & adolescent psychiatrist, I understand the associations between physical and psychological health; hence, I will work closely with your primary care doctor to ensure that you are in good physical and mental health.
(609) 604-7548 View (609) 604-7548
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Lydie-Danielle Frederic
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Princeton, NJ 08542  (Online Only)
Lydie-Danielle Frederic, PA-C, is a certified physician assistant with over a decade of experience treating complex neurological conditions. PA Frederic stays up-to-date with recent research, ensuring her patients a rapid return to the quality of life they are seeking. She is committed to ensuring his patients have a detailed evaluation and prides herself on exploring the best holistic and medication management options available that best suit each unique patient. PA Frederic works to ensure each patient has a treatment plan that is individually tailored to their needs
Lydie-Danielle Frederic, PA-C, is a certified physician assistant with over a decade of experience treating complex neurological conditions. PA Frederic stays up-to-date with recent research, ensuring her patients a rapid return to the quality of life they are seeking. She is committed to ensuring his patients have a detailed evaluation and prides herself on exploring the best holistic and medication management options available that best suit each unique patient. PA Frederic works to ensure each patient has a treatment plan that is individually tailored to their needs
(609) 359-0543 View (609) 359-0543
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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!
(609) 293-2697 View (609) 293-2697
Photo of Hasan Memon - Garden Psych, MD, Psychiatrist
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!
(848) 278-6049 View (848) 278-6049
Kelly Reid
Psychiatrist, MD
Not Verified Not Verified
Princeton, NJ 08540
Not accepting new clients
I have over 30 years experience helping people with feelings such as anxiety, depression, panic or other troubling feelings. Whether one is dealing with a relationship issue, work issue, self-esteem issue, or life change issue, working in the privacy of a confidential setting, allows for the free expression of feelings. Gaining a better understanding of feelings, can often lead to insights that help resolve issues or underlying conflicts. Sometimes problems are more situational or short-term, and I work to help in those circumstances also.
I have over 30 years experience helping people with feelings such as anxiety, depression, panic or other troubling feelings. Whether one is dealing with a relationship issue, work issue, self-esteem issue, or life change issue, working in the privacy of a confidential setting, allows for the free expression of feelings. Gaining a better understanding of feelings, can often lead to insights that help resolve issues or underlying conflicts. Sometimes problems are more situational or short-term, and I work to help in those circumstances also.
(609) 910-4708 View (609) 910-4708
Tina Pryor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Princeton, NJ 08540
My ideal client is struggling with anxiety and/or depression and is seeking services to find balance.
My ideal client is struggling with anxiety and/or depression and is seeking services to find balance.
(609) 710-8681 View (609) 710-8681
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Hindi/Urdu/Punjabi & in person meetings available
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC , Adults, Teens, Elders
Verified Verified
Princeton, NJ 08540
I am a psychiatric provider/nurse practitioner Kaushiki Kapoor PMHNP-BC licensed by NJ board to prescribe psychiatric medications and can conduct psychotherapy at the same time. My personal philosophy of treatment is that just by meds all problems do not disappear. Medications and psychotherapy in combination need to happen for the body and mind wellness as well as growth. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness. I can also offer my services to Hindi, Punjabi, Bhojpuri, Urdu and Gujarati speaking patients. Call me today to book an appointment :)
I am a psychiatric provider/nurse practitioner Kaushiki Kapoor PMHNP-BC licensed by NJ board to prescribe psychiatric medications and can conduct psychotherapy at the same time. My personal philosophy of treatment is that just by meds all problems do not disappear. Medications and psychotherapy in combination need to happen for the body and mind wellness as well as growth. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness. I can also offer my services to Hindi, Punjabi, Bhojpuri, Urdu and Gujarati speaking patients. Call me today to book an appointment :)
(609) 905-4268 View (609) 905-4268
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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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Quamrul Hasan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Princeton, NJ 08540
I'm a board certified psychiatrist. Psychiatric symptoms/disorders are often complex and are usually influenced by genetic factors, environmental/social stimuli and personal experience. I do a comprehensive initial assessment to determine the need for medications and if medications are indicated, I carefully consider the risk-benefit-alternatives of medications. In addition to prescribing psychotropic medications, I try to bring out one's inner strength/potential for drive and motivation for better adaptation to daily stresses.
I'm a board certified psychiatrist. Psychiatric symptoms/disorders are often complex and are usually influenced by genetic factors, environmental/social stimuli and personal experience. I do a comprehensive initial assessment to determine the need for medications and if medications are indicated, I carefully consider the risk-benefit-alternatives of medications. In addition to prescribing psychotropic medications, I try to bring out one's inner strength/potential for drive and motivation for better adaptation to daily stresses.
(917) 924-6757 View (917) 924-6757
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Ricardo J. Fernandez
Psychiatrist, MD, DFAPA, ABAM
Verified Verified
Princeton, NJ 08540
Our Mission is to provide highly individualized psychiatric care by specially trained experts. Working closely with the patient, the patient's family and other healthcare professionals, we develop a comprehensive treatment plan addressing biological, hormonal and psychosocial needs.In developing a clear diagnosis, we utilize comprenesive psychiatric testing in the evaluation phase to determine appropriate and effective treatment.Highly regarded within his field, Dr. Fernandez has almost 30 years experience in psychopharmacolgy and women's health. Quality of care is a priority.Patients are provided with round-the-clock access to their treating clinicians for emergencies and urgencies that cannot wait.
Our Mission is to provide highly individualized psychiatric care by specially trained experts. Working closely with the patient, the patient's family and other healthcare professionals, we develop a comprehensive treatment plan addressing biological, hormonal and psychosocial needs.In developing a clear diagnosis, we utilize comprenesive psychiatric testing in the evaluation phase to determine appropriate and effective treatment.Highly regarded within his field, Dr. Fernandez has almost 30 years experience in psychopharmacolgy and women's health. Quality of care is a priority.Patients are provided with round-the-clock access to their treating clinicians for emergencies and urgencies that cannot wait.
(609) 318-3045 View (609) 318-3045
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Princeton, NJ

80+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in Princeton, NJ who prioritize treating:

95% Anxiety
94% Depression
83% Bipolar Disorder
79% Medication Management
78% Trauma and PTSD
75% ADHD
72% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
84% Cigna and Evernorth
76% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Princeton, NJ see their clients

81% In Person and Online
19% Online Only

Gender breakdown

70% Female
30% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Princeton?

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.