Psychiatrists in Delmar, NY

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Anna T LaRose
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Delmar, NY 12054
I’m a Holistic Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist in the Capital Region of New York. I’m looking to work with people who want a provider who will help them reconnect with the parts of themselves that they have lost due to mental illness, excessive stress, medical illness, difficult transitions, grief or burn out. I want to focus on your specific needs. I do not have an agenda other than making you whole again.
I’m a Holistic Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist in the Capital Region of New York. I’m looking to work with people who want a provider who will help them reconnect with the parts of themselves that they have lost due to mental illness, excessive stress, medical illness, difficult transitions, grief or burn out. I want to focus on your specific needs. I do not have an agenda other than making you whole again.
(518) 333-3004 View (518) 333-3004
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Katherine Carlton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Delmar, NY 12054
Greetings & welcome. As a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I offer in person & telehealth services to adolescents & adults.. I specialize in working with women facing fertility and reproductive health challenges including perinatal & birth trauma. Having worked with adolescents for decades, I enjoy guiding them through challenges. I hold a certification in Wellness Counseling from Cornell University. Diet, activity and spending time doing what nourishes you, all contribute to healing. Via telehealth & in person appointments we can explore your goals & treatment options.
Greetings & welcome. As a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I offer in person & telehealth services to adolescents & adults.. I specialize in working with women facing fertility and reproductive health challenges including perinatal & birth trauma. Having worked with adolescents for decades, I enjoy guiding them through challenges. I hold a certification in Wellness Counseling from Cornell University. Diet, activity and spending time doing what nourishes you, all contribute to healing. Via telehealth & in person appointments we can explore your goals & treatment options.
(518) 721-3154 View (518) 721-3154
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Jennifer MacQueen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Delmar, NY 12054  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Jennifer and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New York. I specialize in Religion/Spirituality, Relationship Issues, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Loss/Grief/Bereavement, Life Transitions, Insomnia/Sleep Issues, Family Issues, Depression, Chronic Illness and Anxiety. 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 Jennifer and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New York. I specialize in Religion/Spirituality, Relationship Issues, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Loss/Grief/Bereavement, Life Transitions, Insomnia/Sleep Issues, Family Issues, Depression, Chronic Illness and Anxiety. 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.
(929) 225-8493 View (929) 225-8493
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Katrina Millard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Delmar, NY 12054  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Katrina and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New York. I specialize in Anxiety, Depression, Family Issues and Insomnia & Sleep Issues. 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 Katrina and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New York. I specialize in Anxiety, Depression, Family Issues and Insomnia & Sleep Issues. 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.
(929) 470-1524 View (929) 470-1524

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Nicola Rivers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Albany, NY 12207
Currently accepting new clients. I am board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with a passion for providing compassionate and comprehensive care to individuals of all ages. With over 15 years of experience in the healthcare industry, I am dedicated to helping my patients achieve optimal mental well-being.
Currently accepting new clients. I am board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with a passion for providing compassionate and comprehensive care to individuals of all ages. With over 15 years of experience in the healthcare industry, I am dedicated to helping my patients achieve optimal mental well-being.
(518) 759-6655 View (518) 759-6655
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Michelle Marchand
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Albany, NY 12205
Michelle is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner providing medication management and brief supportive psychotherapy. She specializes in working with children, teens and adults. Michelle takes a holistic and inclusive approach to the care she provides her clients. It’s is her goal to promote mental health across the life span and help clients achieve their best life.
Michelle is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner providing medication management and brief supportive psychotherapy. She specializes in working with children, teens and adults. Michelle takes a holistic and inclusive approach to the care she provides her clients. It’s is her goal to promote mental health across the life span and help clients achieve their best life.
(518) 806-7832 View (518) 806-7832
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Safir Azam Md Telepsychiatry Services
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Albany, NY 12206  (Online Only)
Mission : My mission is to embody the values of accessibility, seamless communication, respect, and excellence in treatment for each patient. I am Medically trained Physician Psychiatrist.I had the privilege to train at Royal London & St Bartholomew’s Hospital for 4 years in various branches of Psychiatry before I moved to the USA. I had a further Residency Training at SUNY Downstate Hospital Brooklyn, NY followed by a one year of Child Psychiatry training at the University of Florida. I have a fellowship in psychoanalysis from NYU and a 2 year of psychodynamic psychotherapy training at Willam Alanson White Institute , NYC.
Mission : My mission is to embody the values of accessibility, seamless communication, respect, and excellence in treatment for each patient. I am Medically trained Physician Psychiatrist.I had the privilege to train at Royal London & St Bartholomew’s Hospital for 4 years in various branches of Psychiatry before I moved to the USA. I had a further Residency Training at SUNY Downstate Hospital Brooklyn, NY followed by a one year of Child Psychiatry training at the University of Florida. I have a fellowship in psychoanalysis from NYU and a 2 year of psychodynamic psychotherapy training at Willam Alanson White Institute , NYC.
(305) 614-8923 View (305) 614-8923
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Telepsychiatrist_Piedmont Behavioral Services
Psychiatrist, MD
Not Verified Not Verified
Albany, NY 12204
We provide Child and Adult Psychiatry, Therapy and Substance abuse services via video across New York. Our Board Certified Psychiatrists and Therapists are available to help everyday and we can offer same day appointments. Telepsychiatry or Telemedicine uses video link (via computer or smartphone) to offer appointments from home or outside clinic. It offers the option to see a psychiatrist any time as long as you have access to your smart phone or computer. Please use our website or below link to make an appointment. https://piedmontbs.com/telepsychiatry/
We provide Child and Adult Psychiatry, Therapy and Substance abuse services via video across New York. Our Board Certified Psychiatrists and Therapists are available to help everyday and we can offer same day appointments. Telepsychiatry or Telemedicine uses video link (via computer or smartphone) to offer appointments from home or outside clinic. It offers the option to see a psychiatrist any time as long as you have access to your smart phone or computer. Please use our website or below link to make an appointment. https://piedmontbs.com/telepsychiatry/
(914) 506-5391 View (914) 506-5391
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Sarah Doyle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Albany, NY 12203  (Online Only)
You deserve to be listened to. I will provide a thorough evaluation of your current medications and health needs. We will collaborate to make decisions based on your needs.
You deserve to be listened to. I will provide a thorough evaluation of your current medications and health needs. We will collaborate to make decisions based on your needs.
(518) 907-0266 View (518) 907-0266
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Lyndsey Gates NP in Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, NP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Albany, NY 12201  (Online Only)
Utilizing a holistic and flexible approach, this practice is here to help you with achieving mental wellness. Lyndsey Gates is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She holds a post-graduate PMHNP certificate from Wilkes University, a DNP from the University of Vermont, an MSN and BSN from Norwich University, and a B.S. in Biology from St. Lawrence University.
Utilizing a holistic and flexible approach, this practice is here to help you with achieving mental wellness. Lyndsey Gates is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She holds a post-graduate PMHNP certificate from Wilkes University, a DNP from the University of Vermont, an MSN and BSN from Norwich University, and a B.S. in Biology from St. Lawrence University.
(518) 543-7192 View (518) 543-7192
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Taqialdeen Zamil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Colonie, NY 12205  (Online Only)
Welcome to my practice. With over a decade of diverse clinical experience, I've had the privilege of guiding clients through the intricate landscape of mental health. From adolescents struggling with identity issues, adults combating anxiety, to those deciphering the layers of substance use, depressive or bipolar disorders, PTSD, or OCD, I've witnessed the resilience of the human spirit. I'm passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care to empower individuals to reclaim control and joy in their lives. If you seek a deeper understanding and the tools to flourish, I'm here to support you on this transformative journey.
Welcome to my practice. With over a decade of diverse clinical experience, I've had the privilege of guiding clients through the intricate landscape of mental health. From adolescents struggling with identity issues, adults combating anxiety, to those deciphering the layers of substance use, depressive or bipolar disorders, PTSD, or OCD, I've witnessed the resilience of the human spirit. I'm passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care to empower individuals to reclaim control and joy in their lives. If you seek a deeper understanding and the tools to flourish, I'm here to support you on this transformative journey.
(315) 618-2566 View (315) 618-2566
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Laurie Pollard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NPP, BC
Verified Verified
Colonie, NY 12205
Not accepting new clients
NOT ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS AT THIS TIME. Support and treatment consists of medication considerations, and therapeutic options designed for each individual. The main focus is on current issues and the needs presented on introduction and together we review treatment options and make a plan based on your interests and requests.
NOT ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS AT THIS TIME. Support and treatment consists of medication considerations, and therapeutic options designed for each individual. The main focus is on current issues and the needs presented on introduction and together we review treatment options and make a plan based on your interests and requests.
(518) 288-2984 View (518) 288-2984
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Elizabeth McManus
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
Albany, NY 12203  (Online Only)
Hello, my name is Elizabeth and I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 6 years of nursing experience. I graduated with my Master's of Science in Nursing from the University of Rochester. I specialize in Medication Management, Depression and Anxiety. I work at Lavender where we believe that psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive, intimidating or impossible to access.
Hello, my name is Elizabeth and I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 6 years of nursing experience. I graduated with my Master's of Science in Nursing from the University of Rochester. I specialize in Medication Management, Depression and Anxiety. I work at Lavender where we believe that psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive, intimidating or impossible to access.
(518) 886-3684 View (518) 886-3684
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Carrie I. Edick
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, PMHNP, DNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Albany, NY 12222
Online & In-Person: please go to www.LuminousPsychiatric.com and complete our Consultation Request to schedule an appointment. Hello. My name is Carrie Edick, and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with Luminous Psychiatric, a group of professionals dedicated to providing access to health and wellness solutions to those in need. Our group believes that while telehealth is making access to healthcare readily available, we only accept patients that can safely be treated remotely. Suitable mental and behavioral conditions for tele-healthcare are depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and certain mood disorders.
Online & In-Person: please go to www.LuminousPsychiatric.com and complete our Consultation Request to schedule an appointment. Hello. My name is Carrie Edick, and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with Luminous Psychiatric, a group of professionals dedicated to providing access to health and wellness solutions to those in need. Our group believes that while telehealth is making access to healthcare readily available, we only accept patients that can safely be treated remotely. Suitable mental and behavioral conditions for tele-healthcare are depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and certain mood disorders.
(518) 788-7983 View (518) 788-7983
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Brittie Wintle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Albany, NY 12203  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Brian and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New York. I specialize in ADHD, anxiety and depression. 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 Brian and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New York. I specialize in ADHD, anxiety and depression. 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.
(646) 762-6395 View (646) 762-6395
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Triesha Gayle-Lawson At Core Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Albany, NY 12208  (Online Only)
Book an appointment on our website corepsychiatry.org! Dr. Gayle-Lawson has Board Certifications from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Dr. Gayle-Lawson is a member of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society and is affiliated with several advanced practice organizations dedicated to patient advocacy and access to quality mental health care. With over 16 years of diagnostic and treatment experience, she is well versed in the practice of psychiatry and mental health.
Book an appointment on our website corepsychiatry.org! Dr. Gayle-Lawson has Board Certifications from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Dr. Gayle-Lawson is a member of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society and is affiliated with several advanced practice organizations dedicated to patient advocacy and access to quality mental health care. With over 16 years of diagnostic and treatment experience, she is well versed in the practice of psychiatry and mental health.
(518) 760-0234 View (518) 760-0234
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Dr. Francess George
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FPMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Albany, NY 12207  (Online Only)
Are you or someone you know struggling with Depression, Anxiety, Eating Disorders, ADHD, Mood Disorders, Gender Identity, Trauma, OCD, Anger Issues, Sleep Disorders, Sexual Issues, or any other mental or behavioral health issues? Is your mental health making it harder to hang out with friends, maintain relationships or friendships, or is it making it harder to function at your job or school?
Are you or someone you know struggling with Depression, Anxiety, Eating Disorders, ADHD, Mood Disorders, Gender Identity, Trauma, OCD, Anger Issues, Sleep Disorders, Sexual Issues, or any other mental or behavioral health issues? Is your mental health making it harder to hang out with friends, maintain relationships or friendships, or is it making it harder to function at your job or school?
(518) 886-3639 View (518) 886-3639
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Melissa Merlin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Albany, NY 12201  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of nursing experience. I specialize in treating a variety of acute/chronic mental illnesses with psychiatric trauma. As an experienced Military Police in the Air National Guard and a Medic in the Army Reserves, I enjoy working with veterans, supporting their mental health journey through both medication management and psychotherapy. 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! I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of nursing experience. I specialize in treating a variety of acute/chronic mental illnesses with psychiatric trauma. As an experienced Military Police in the Air National Guard and a Medic in the Army Reserves, I enjoy working with veterans, supporting their mental health journey through both medication management and psychotherapy. 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.
(332) 330-4247 View (332) 330-4247
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Dr. Griffan Randall, D.O., PLLC
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Albany, NY 12203
Dr. Randall specializes in Psychiatry for Adolescents through Geriatrics. She offers Medication Management therapy, Various Individual Psychotherapies, Genetic testing, Court ordered evaluations, Medical Marijuana Certification, Maternal/Fetal Psychiatric Care, and Pre-Surgical Psychiatric Evaluations.
Dr. Randall specializes in Psychiatry for Adolescents through Geriatrics. She offers Medication Management therapy, Various Individual Psychotherapies, Genetic testing, Court ordered evaluations, Medical Marijuana Certification, Maternal/Fetal Psychiatric Care, and Pre-Surgical Psychiatric Evaluations.
(518) 255-7541 View (518) 255-7541
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Dr. Elmer Jones Elma
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Albany, NY 12201
I seek out patients who are weary of their mental burdens so I can give them the care that they need and deserve.
I seek out patients who are weary of their mental burdens so I can give them the care that they need and deserve.
(518) 963-6981 View (518) 963-6981

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Delmar, NY

< 10

Psychiatrists in Delmar, NY who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Women's Issues
75% Relationship Issues
75% ADHD
75% Infertility

Average years in practice

15 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

67% Aetna
67% Cigna and Evernorth
67% CDPHP

How Psychiatrists in Delmar, NY see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Delmar?

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.