Psychiatrists in Vineland, NJ

Photo of Bright Side Wellness / Dr. LaTia Pierce DNP, APN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Vineland, NJ
Bright Side Wellness / Dr. LaTia Pierce DNP, APN
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN, PMHNPBC, FNPC
Verified Verified
Vineland, NJ 08360  (Online Only)
Equal opportunity for mental health and wellness implies that everyone, regardless of their socio-economic status, race, gender, age, or geographical location, should have access to quality mental health services. I seek to provide all patients with respect, personalized treatment plans, education, support, empathy, time, shared decision-making, and quality care. I accept most insurance including Medicaid and Medicare health plans and have a strong background in working within underserved communities as well as with the developmentally disabled. I have experience in diagnosing and treating a wide range of mental health disorders.
Equal opportunity for mental health and wellness implies that everyone, regardless of their socio-economic status, race, gender, age, or geographical location, should have access to quality mental health services. I seek to provide all patients with respect, personalized treatment plans, education, support, empathy, time, shared decision-making, and quality care. I accept most insurance including Medicaid and Medicare health plans and have a strong background in working within underserved communities as well as with the developmentally disabled. I have experience in diagnosing and treating a wide range of mental health disorders.
(609) 793-9077 View (609) 793-9077
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Dr. Tony Issac
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Vineland, NJ 08360
Dr. Issac is an experienced addiction and general psychiatrist with eight years of experience. He has helped many overcome their mental health challenges. Issac evaluates, diagnoses, and treats people based on their medical pathology, nutritional, and hormonal health. People suffering from addictions, or with other mental health challenges, such as anxiety, and depression, can recover with the correct diagnosis and treatment. Combining medications with psychotherapy, Dr. Issac considers various medical factors to treat his patients; he plans comprehensive treatments. His warmth and compassion are welcoming and supportive.
Dr. Issac is an experienced addiction and general psychiatrist with eight years of experience. He has helped many overcome their mental health challenges. Issac evaluates, diagnoses, and treats people based on their medical pathology, nutritional, and hormonal health. People suffering from addictions, or with other mental health challenges, such as anxiety, and depression, can recover with the correct diagnosis and treatment. Combining medications with psychotherapy, Dr. Issac considers various medical factors to treat his patients; he plans comprehensive treatments. His warmth and compassion are welcoming and supportive.
(609) 795-7719 View (609) 795-7719
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KIC Behavioral & Counseling Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Vineland, NJ 08361  (Online Only)
Are you seeking compassionate and comprehensive mental health care in New Jersey? Look no further. I'm Okechukwu Madu, a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over a decade of experience in various healthcare settings. My mission is to provide personalized and evidence-based treatment to individuals seeking support for their mental health concerns. Whether you're considering medication management, psychotherapy, or a combination of both, we are here to support you every step of the way. Take the first step towards a brighter tomorrow by reaching out to schedule an appointment.
Are you seeking compassionate and comprehensive mental health care in New Jersey? Look no further. I'm Okechukwu Madu, a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over a decade of experience in various healthcare settings. My mission is to provide personalized and evidence-based treatment to individuals seeking support for their mental health concerns. Whether you're considering medication management, psychotherapy, or a combination of both, we are here to support you every step of the way. Take the first step towards a brighter tomorrow by reaching out to schedule an appointment.
(856) 452-8534 View (856) 452-8534
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Victory Psych Consultation Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, MA
Verified Verified
Vineland, NJ 08361
I am a Board-Certified Advanced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). My work experiences, since June 2021, include providing proficient psychiatric assessment, diagnosing mental health conditions, medication management, hospital psychiatric liaison consultation, treating diverse psychiatric disorders across the life span, and providing collaborative care. I have over twenty-five years’ experience of psychiatric care as an RN, managing patients with mental health crises, and caring for clients in both short and long-term settings. My professional strengths include use of evidence-based treatment approach.
I am a Board-Certified Advanced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). My work experiences, since June 2021, include providing proficient psychiatric assessment, diagnosing mental health conditions, medication management, hospital psychiatric liaison consultation, treating diverse psychiatric disorders across the life span, and providing collaborative care. I have over twenty-five years’ experience of psychiatric care as an RN, managing patients with mental health crises, and caring for clients in both short and long-term settings. My professional strengths include use of evidence-based treatment approach.
(856) 475-6213 View (856) 475-6213
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Alyssa N Killion
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
48 Endorsed
Vineland, NJ 08362  (Online Only)
Embarking on this journey takes courage; commend yourself for taking the first step! As a seasoned board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I bring over 12 years of prescribing experience across diverse settings (17 years total in nursing). My practice spans inpatient, outpatient, and private settings, offering a comprehensive understanding of mental health care needs. I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, borderline personality traits, and substance abuse concerns.
Embarking on this journey takes courage; commend yourself for taking the first step! As a seasoned board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I bring over 12 years of prescribing experience across diverse settings (17 years total in nursing). My practice spans inpatient, outpatient, and private settings, offering a comprehensive understanding of mental health care needs. I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, borderline personality traits, and substance abuse concerns.
(856) 372-1819 View (856) 372-1819
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Maria Leotti
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, AHNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Vineland, NJ 08360  (Online Only)
Please do not hesitate to use the contact information provided here on Psychology Today. You may copy the following to the pre-screen form from my scheduling site.
Please do not hesitate to use the contact information provided here on Psychology Today. You may copy the following to the pre-screen form from my scheduling site.
(856) 406-2199 View (856) 406-2199
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Shannon Bucciarelli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, B-C
Verified Verified
Vineland, NJ 08360
My ideal client would understand that the journey to wellness and recovery requires time, effort, and patience. They would be receptive to treatment suggestions which may include psychotherapy, behavioral interventions, and medication options. My patients would take an active role in their care, and engage in open and honest communication with their provider.
My ideal client would understand that the journey to wellness and recovery requires time, effort, and patience. They would be receptive to treatment suggestions which may include psychotherapy, behavioral interventions, and medication options. My patients would take an active role in their care, and engage in open and honest communication with their provider.
(856) 672-7263 View (856) 672-7263
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Dr. Bradford Bobrin
Psychiatrist, MD , FASAM , FACLP
Verified Verified
Vineland, NJ 08360
I don't have an ideal client, except that they are open to change. I will see anyone who asks for help, but I expect they are or will be willing to change. I attempt to understand the patient as a whole, from birth to the present, from a medical, psychological, familial, and neurological perspective. I am focused on practical solutions and removing emotional blocks to making progress. I speak directly and am primarily concerned about the relationship with my patients. I am an avid advocate for my patients.
I don't have an ideal client, except that they are open to change. I will see anyone who asks for help, but I expect they are or will be willing to change. I attempt to understand the patient as a whole, from birth to the present, from a medical, psychological, familial, and neurological perspective. I am focused on practical solutions and removing emotional blocks to making progress. I speak directly and am primarily concerned about the relationship with my patients. I am an avid advocate for my patients.
(856) 485-4428 View (856) 485-4428
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Edena Walden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Vineland, NJ 08360
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
(856) 372-1011 View (856) 372-1011
Photo of Elizabeth Corvino, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Vineland, NJ
Elizabeth Corvino
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Vineland, NJ 08360  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Elizabeth and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New Jersey. I specialize in Anxiety, Depression, Women's Issues, as well as medication management. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Elizabeth and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New Jersey. I specialize in Anxiety, Depression, Women's Issues, as well as medication management. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
(201) 907-7398 View (201) 907-7398
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Henrietta Udeh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CSN-NJ, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Vineland, NJ 08360
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.
(856) 485-6718 View (856) 485-6718
Photo of Dr. Arif Noorbaksh, Psychiatrist in Vineland, NJ
Dr. Arif Noorbaksh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Vineland, NJ 08360
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, and/or bipolar and related disorders? I strongly believe in meeting patients where they are in their individual journeys. The ideal client is the one who attends their initial evaluation to talk through their experience and potential treatment options. I approach patient care holistically and attempt to develop an understanding of the patient’s lived experience and current symptoms.
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, and/or bipolar and related disorders? I strongly believe in meeting patients where they are in their individual journeys. The ideal client is the one who attends their initial evaluation to talk through their experience and potential treatment options. I approach patient care holistically and attempt to develop an understanding of the patient’s lived experience and current symptoms.
(856) 440-6128 View (856) 440-6128
Photo of Amanda Guarnere, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Vineland, NJ
Amanda Guarnere
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Vineland, NJ 08360
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) 699-6328 View (856) 699-6328
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Ashley Fernandez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Vineland, NJ 08360  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Ashley and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New Jersey. I specialize in Maternal Mental Health both pre/postpartum, as well as medication management. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Ashley and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New Jersey. I specialize in Maternal Mental Health both pre/postpartum, as well as medication management. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
(201) 500-3479 View (201) 500-3479
Photo of Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter, Psychiatrist in Vineland, NJ
Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Vineland, NJ 08360
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
(856) 617-5868 View (856) 617-5868
Photo of Dr. Allen Masry, Psychiatrist in Vineland, NJ
Dr. Allen Masry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Vineland, NJ 08360
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
(856) 485-3007 View (856) 485-3007
Photo of Karen Yeboah-Norment, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Vineland, NJ
Karen Yeboah-Norment
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Vineland, NJ 08360
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) 770-2182 View (856) 770-2182
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Eronmwon Balogun
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Vineland, NJ 08360
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.
(856) 326-5508 View (856) 326-5508
Photo of Rebecca Goldman, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Vineland, NJ
Rebecca Goldman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN
Verified Verified
Vineland, NJ 08360  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Rebecca and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New Jersey. I specialize in Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, Binge Eating Disorders and OCD. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Rebecca and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New Jersey. I specialize in Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, Binge Eating Disorders and OCD. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
(201) 581-8016 View (201) 581-8016
Photo of Paul Oniwe, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Vineland, NJ
Paul Oniwe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Vineland, NJ 08360  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Paul and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New Jersey. I specialize in ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, OCD and PTSD. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Paul and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New Jersey. I specialize in ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, OCD and PTSD. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
(201) 879-6586 View (201) 879-6586

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Vineland, NJ

20+

Average cost per session

$325

Psychiatrists in Vineland, NJ who prioritize treating:

96% Depression
96% Anxiety
80% Trauma and PTSD
80% Bipolar Disorder
80% Medication Management
72% ADHD
68% Stress

Average years in practice

4 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
91% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
87% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Vineland, NJ see their clients

68% In Person and Online
32% Online Only

Gender breakdown

68% Female
32% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Vineland?

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.