Psychiatrists in Commack, NY

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Sharon Hill
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP-BC
Verified Verified
Commack, NY 11725
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner that is very passionate about my work. I specialize in treating adults and adolescents with a wide range of psychiatric conditions. I offer both, medication management and psychotherapy. I am glad you found me. Please call to schedule an intake appointment at a time that suits you so we can work together to formulate an individualized treatment plan which works best for you.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner that is very passionate about my work. I specialize in treating adults and adolescents with a wide range of psychiatric conditions. I offer both, medication management and psychotherapy. I am glad you found me. Please call to schedule an intake appointment at a time that suits you so we can work together to formulate an individualized treatment plan which works best for you.
(631) 557-5668 View (631) 557-5668
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Romane Melissa Abbensetts
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Commack, NY 11725  (Online Only)
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, focused in providing Client Centered Care to adults with various mental health needs. To optimize care, first I will perform a comprehensive mental health assessment, individual psychotherapy and medication management. My objective is to evaluate both your physical and mental health well-being in order to formulate a diagnosis, and develop an invidualized treatment plan; to provide unbiased humane care, and effective treatment for all.
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, focused in providing Client Centered Care to adults with various mental health needs. To optimize care, first I will perform a comprehensive mental health assessment, individual psychotherapy and medication management. My objective is to evaluate both your physical and mental health well-being in order to formulate a diagnosis, and develop an invidualized treatment plan; to provide unbiased humane care, and effective treatment for all.
(631) 253-8534 View (631) 253-8534
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Bob Kalani
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Commack, NY 11725
The mission of our practice is to provide Person-Centered Care and empower our clients with the knowledge and skills to achieve their desirable goals. We have had the satisfaction of seeing 100s of our clients achieve success and their lives changed through the shared partnership and treatment planning with us. Unlike the traditional mental health practitioner who focuses on only the problems or deficits and dominates the treatment decision making, we focus on client strengths, empowerment and choices, preventive, skill acquisition, quality-of-life. We like to talk to our clients, our clients feel they are heard and understood.
The mission of our practice is to provide Person-Centered Care and empower our clients with the knowledge and skills to achieve their desirable goals. We have had the satisfaction of seeing 100s of our clients achieve success and their lives changed through the shared partnership and treatment planning with us. Unlike the traditional mental health practitioner who focuses on only the problems or deficits and dominates the treatment decision making, we focus on client strengths, empowerment and choices, preventive, skill acquisition, quality-of-life. We like to talk to our clients, our clients feel they are heard and understood.
(631) 259-7014 View (631) 259-7014
Psychiatric & Psychotherapy Services
Psychiatric Nurse, RN, MS, NP
Verified Verified
Commack, NY 11725
"The mission of my practice is to provide Person-Centered Care" and empower my clients with the knowledge and skills to achieve "their" desirable goals. I've had the satisfaction of seeing my clients achieve success and their lives changed through the shared partnership and treatment planning with me. Unlike the traditional mental health practitioner who focuses only on the problems or deficits, and dominates the treatment of decision making; I focus on my client's strengths, skill acquisition, quality-of-life, and choices. I like to talk to my clients. My clients feel they are heard and understood.
"The mission of my practice is to provide Person-Centered Care" and empower my clients with the knowledge and skills to achieve "their" desirable goals. I've had the satisfaction of seeing my clients achieve success and their lives changed through the shared partnership and treatment planning with me. Unlike the traditional mental health practitioner who focuses only on the problems or deficits, and dominates the treatment of decision making; I focus on my client's strengths, skill acquisition, quality-of-life, and choices. I like to talk to my clients. My clients feel they are heard and understood.
(631) 292-1868 View (631) 292-1868
Phyllis Pinard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Commack, NY 11725
***I am a Board Certified Mental Health/Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner*** Psychiatric Medication Management is an art; and for over 10 years I have treated children and adolescents at a Children's Psychiatric Center. I also have experience working with Adults for the past 11 years. With the utilization of both brief psychotherapy and/or medication management; I have worked successfully with Adults, Adolescents and Children who have psychiatric issues of Depression, Anxiety, Sleep Difficulties, ADHD, Behavioral Disorders, OCD, Eating Disorders; Mood Disorders, Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia.
***I am a Board Certified Mental Health/Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner*** Psychiatric Medication Management is an art; and for over 10 years I have treated children and adolescents at a Children's Psychiatric Center. I also have experience working with Adults for the past 11 years. With the utilization of both brief psychotherapy and/or medication management; I have worked successfully with Adults, Adolescents and Children who have psychiatric issues of Depression, Anxiety, Sleep Difficulties, ADHD, Behavioral Disorders, OCD, Eating Disorders; Mood Disorders, Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia.
(631) 706-4065 View (631) 706-4065
Asra F Siddiqi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Commack, NY 11725  (Online Only)
Dr. Asra Siddiqi is an adept child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist providing virtual services through North Shore Child Psychiatry. She earned her medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine.
Dr. Asra Siddiqi is an adept child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist providing virtual services through North Shore Child Psychiatry. She earned her medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine.
(631) 801-4160 View (631) 801-4160
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Rebecca Triana
Physician Assistant
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Commack, NY 11725
Our team combines traditional medication management and psychotherapy with cutting edge alternative treatments such as TMS, psychedelics, regenerative medicine, spiritual healing, and more.
Our team combines traditional medication management and psychotherapy with cutting edge alternative treatments such as TMS, psychedelics, regenerative medicine, spiritual healing, and more.
(347) 657-5426 View (347) 657-5426
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Infinity Psychiatry LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Commack, NY 11725
Currently serving individuals in NY, OH, WI via Telepsychiatric services. We believe the key to wellness is partnering with a physician who can ally themselves with the patient in order to empower and guide the individual to create positive change in their life. We strive to eliminate the obstacles many individuals face when making the decision to seek psychiatric care. Using videoconferencing you can be seen in your own home, ensuring privacy and expanding accessibility. We cater to busy professionals and offer non-traditional and expanded office hours for your convenience. To get started, visit: InfinityPsychiatry.org
Currently serving individuals in NY, OH, WI via Telepsychiatric services. We believe the key to wellness is partnering with a physician who can ally themselves with the patient in order to empower and guide the individual to create positive change in their life. We strive to eliminate the obstacles many individuals face when making the decision to seek psychiatric care. Using videoconferencing you can be seen in your own home, ensuring privacy and expanding accessibility. We cater to busy professionals and offer non-traditional and expanded office hours for your convenience. To get started, visit: InfinityPsychiatry.org
(513) 817-0054 View (513) 817-0054
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Janine DeSimone
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Commack, NY 11725
I am a Johns Hopkins University doctorate prepared Family Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have experience working with children, adolescents, and adult patients with a variety of psychiatric illness. I am committed to using the highest standards of care and evidence-based practice protocols, along with emerging research to provide the best possible care to my patients. I believe in building therapeutic relationships with my patients and use a collaborative approach when formulating treatment plans.
I am a Johns Hopkins University doctorate prepared Family Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have experience working with children, adolescents, and adult patients with a variety of psychiatric illness. I am committed to using the highest standards of care and evidence-based practice protocols, along with emerging research to provide the best possible care to my patients. I believe in building therapeutic relationships with my patients and use a collaborative approach when formulating treatment plans.
(934) 451-1024 View (934) 451-1024
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Dimple Sodhi
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
Commack, NY 11725
I am dual board certified in Child/Adolescent & Adult Psychiatry. I received my Adult Psychiatry training at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and obtained my Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship from Hofstra North Shore LIJ School of Medicine. I treat a vast array of psychiatric ailments including but not limited to attention problems, mood issues, poor self esteem, PTSD, anxiety, adjustment difficulties, social awkwardness and behavioral problems.
I am dual board certified in Child/Adolescent & Adult Psychiatry. I received my Adult Psychiatry training at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and obtained my Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship from Hofstra North Shore LIJ School of Medicine. I treat a vast array of psychiatric ailments including but not limited to attention problems, mood issues, poor self esteem, PTSD, anxiety, adjustment difficulties, social awkwardness and behavioral problems.
(516) 858-3302 View (516) 858-3302
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Elizabeth Cohen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, PMHNPBC, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Commack, NY 11725
I specialize in Anxiety, Depression, Binge Eating, Alcohol Abuse, Bariatric Evaluations, Menapausal Symptoms & Insomnia. I enjoy working with teens and adults by helping them navigate through current issues. I believe strongly in treating my patients as a "whole person". Your consultation may include: Diagnostics testing such as Lab work , Genetic testing , Written screening tools. Solution Focused treatment includes: Diet / Behavior Lifestyle Modifications, Vitamin Therapy, and Medications as deemed appropriate.
I specialize in Anxiety, Depression, Binge Eating, Alcohol Abuse, Bariatric Evaluations, Menapausal Symptoms & Insomnia. I enjoy working with teens and adults by helping them navigate through current issues. I believe strongly in treating my patients as a "whole person". Your consultation may include: Diagnostics testing such as Lab work , Genetic testing , Written screening tools. Solution Focused treatment includes: Diet / Behavior Lifestyle Modifications, Vitamin Therapy, and Medications as deemed appropriate.
(631) 791-6801 View (631) 791-6801
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Juliana Kanji
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Commack, NY 11725
Juliana Kanji is a warm and friendly doctor specializing in child, adolescent, adult and geriatric psychiatric care in Huntington, NY. She is fluent in both English and Hindi. Dr. Kanji achieved her doctorate degree from Khyber Medical College. She went on to complete her internship at Frankford Hospital and later her residency in psychiatry at Albany Medical Center Hospital. Dr. Kanji furthered her experience by completing a fellowship in forensic psychiatry followed by another fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry Dr. Kanji currently serves her patients full-time within a private practice she started in 1995
Juliana Kanji is a warm and friendly doctor specializing in child, adolescent, adult and geriatric psychiatric care in Huntington, NY. She is fluent in both English and Hindi. Dr. Kanji achieved her doctorate degree from Khyber Medical College. She went on to complete her internship at Frankford Hospital and later her residency in psychiatry at Albany Medical Center Hospital. Dr. Kanji furthered her experience by completing a fellowship in forensic psychiatry followed by another fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry Dr. Kanji currently serves her patients full-time within a private practice she started in 1995
(516) 614-5523 View (516) 614-5523
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Nidhin Samuel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Commack, NY 11725  (Online Only)
Nidhin Samuel places a strong emphasis on creating a safe environment in which you can work toward developing and strengthening mental health and maintenance. She enjoys assisting and providing care through telehealth in an integrated practice, building and fortifying care accessible to you. Sessions are personalized, targeted, and integrative. The initial sessions will be dedicated to assessing your current wellness and creating a personalized plan to fit your unique needs and goals. She is accepting new clients.
Nidhin Samuel places a strong emphasis on creating a safe environment in which you can work toward developing and strengthening mental health and maintenance. She enjoys assisting and providing care through telehealth in an integrated practice, building and fortifying care accessible to you. Sessions are personalized, targeted, and integrative. The initial sessions will be dedicated to assessing your current wellness and creating a personalized plan to fit your unique needs and goals. She is accepting new clients.
(646) 970-1695 View (646) 970-1695
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Empire Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Commack, NY 11725  (Online Only)
Psychiatric practice specializing in medication management for the treatment of ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Insomnia, OCD, Panic Disorder, PTSD, and Schizophrenia. Insurances Accepted, and now offering Tele-psychiatry in the New York, Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island areas.
Psychiatric practice specializing in medication management for the treatment of ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Insomnia, OCD, Panic Disorder, PTSD, and Schizophrenia. Insurances Accepted, and now offering Tele-psychiatry in the New York, Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island areas.
(347) 472-1061 View (347) 472-1061
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Jatoopon Maldonado
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Commack, NY 11725
Jatoopon Maldonado is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with over fifteen years of professional nursing experience in behavioral health encompassing adult, geriatric, emergency, and substance use.
Jatoopon Maldonado is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with over fifteen years of professional nursing experience in behavioral health encompassing adult, geriatric, emergency, and substance use.
(631) 772-0558 View (631) 772-0558
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Dawn Perisa Psychiatry NP, PC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Commack, NY 11725
I am an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner treating children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of behavioral and emotional diagnosis/difficulties. It is my endeavor to provide excellent and thoughtful psychopharmacology and therapy with compassion and attuned insight. With 12 years’ experience working inpatient, outpatient and in emergency settings. I have developed a more holistic approach to psychiatry by exploring the individual’s mental, physical, and emotional health. I enjoy building on patient’s strengths and goals by using tools including evidence-based psychotherapy, medication and mindfulness
I am an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner treating children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of behavioral and emotional diagnosis/difficulties. It is my endeavor to provide excellent and thoughtful psychopharmacology and therapy with compassion and attuned insight. With 12 years’ experience working inpatient, outpatient and in emergency settings. I have developed a more holistic approach to psychiatry by exploring the individual’s mental, physical, and emotional health. I enjoy building on patient’s strengths and goals by using tools including evidence-based psychotherapy, medication and mindfulness
(631) 250-8622 View (631) 250-8622
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Ana Umana-Ramirez, Long Island NP Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Commack, NY 11725  (Online Only)
Hello! I'm Ana, a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in depression, anxiety, ADHD, and perinatal mental health. Do you struggle with anxiety, depression, or inattention that affects your day-to-day life, relationships, ability to function, your work, and your career? Do you feel exhausted, overwhelmed, or frustrated by just getting through the day? Do you question if your life could somehow be better or happier? I'm here to support you through life's transitions and challenges. I offer comprehensive initial evaluations and treatment, including medication management and supportive talk therapy.
Hello! I'm Ana, a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in depression, anxiety, ADHD, and perinatal mental health. Do you struggle with anxiety, depression, or inattention that affects your day-to-day life, relationships, ability to function, your work, and your career? Do you feel exhausted, overwhelmed, or frustrated by just getting through the day? Do you question if your life could somehow be better or happier? I'm here to support you through life's transitions and challenges. I offer comprehensive initial evaluations and treatment, including medication management and supportive talk therapy.
(631) 832-4555 View (631) 832-4555

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Jannet Li Harkins- Telepsychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMNHP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Smithtown, NY 11787  (Online Only)
Psychiatry is an art and science I am grateful to have the privilege of working in. I have been working as a nurse practitioner for the past 5 years in Emergency Psychiatry, Inpatient Adult and Adolescent Psychiatry, Outpatient Adult and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Chemical Dependency. I have traveled the country for the past few years learning different ways of practicing and approaching patients' obstacles.
Psychiatry is an art and science I am grateful to have the privilege of working in. I have been working as a nurse practitioner for the past 5 years in Emergency Psychiatry, Inpatient Adult and Adolescent Psychiatry, Outpatient Adult and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Chemical Dependency. I have traveled the country for the past few years learning different ways of practicing and approaching patients' obstacles.
(332) 264-1689 View (332) 264-1689
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Danielle Ciancarelli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, BSN, RN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hauppauge, NY 11788
Danielle Ciancarelli NP in Psychiatry, PLLC Website: NPinpsych.com
Danielle Ciancarelli NP in Psychiatry, PLLC Website: NPinpsych.com
(631) 257-3327 View (631) 257-3327
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Dr. Christopher Zeoli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
East Northport, NY 11731  (Online Only)
Has the road you’ve been traveling seem extra hard these days? Are you weighed down by the burdens of depression, anxiety, troubling memories from the past? Are you having difficulty enjoying the things that you once enjoyed? Are you feeling socially disconnected? The world has been a stressful place these days, and everyone needs some help sometimes. There are many psychiatric prescribers, but not many who also do EMDR therapy. There are many EMDR therapists, but not many who can also prescribe medications. I am trained to be able to offer both of these therapeutic modalities.
Has the road you’ve been traveling seem extra hard these days? Are you weighed down by the burdens of depression, anxiety, troubling memories from the past? Are you having difficulty enjoying the things that you once enjoyed? Are you feeling socially disconnected? The world has been a stressful place these days, and everyone needs some help sometimes. There are many psychiatric prescribers, but not many who also do EMDR therapy. There are many EMDR therapists, but not many who can also prescribe medications. I am trained to be able to offer both of these therapeutic modalities.
(631) 529-2782 View (631) 529-2782

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Commack, NY

10+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Commack, NY who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
94% Medication Management
82% ADHD
82% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
82% Bipolar Disorder
76% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

86% Aetna
79% Cigna and Evernorth
79% Oxford

How Psychiatrists in Commack, NY see their clients

71% In Person and Online
29% Online Only

Gender breakdown

94% Female
6% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Commack?

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.