Psychiatrists in Dobbs Ferry, NY

Photo of Nasir Naqvi, Psychiatrist in Dobbs Ferry, NY
Nasir Naqvi
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
You've taken the first step toward getting help. Now you may be wondering: Do I need talk therapy, medication or both? As a board-certified psychiatrists who is trained in both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, I can help you choose a treatment that suits your unique needs. I provide integrated, holistic care that addresses mind, brain, body and environment while emphasizing safety, comfort, understanding and availability. No matter what kind of treatment you choose, I will listen to what you say.
You've taken the first step toward getting help. Now you may be wondering: Do I need talk therapy, medication or both? As a board-certified psychiatrists who is trained in both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, I can help you choose a treatment that suits your unique needs. I provide integrated, holistic care that addresses mind, brain, body and environment while emphasizing safety, comfort, understanding and availability. No matter what kind of treatment you choose, I will listen to what you say.
(914) 920-2953 View (914) 920-2953
Photo of Brigitte Gordon, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Dobbs Ferry, NY
Brigitte Gordon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522  (Online Only)
What is your idea of mental wellness? How do you see yourself achieving it? I specialize in multiple treatment modalities including medication management, therapy, and integrative treatment, all intended to support your mental well-being. I am experienced with the pharmacological treatment of anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, intrusive thoughts, and post traumatic stress disorder. In addition, I utilize therapy and integrative modalities of wellness to support clients' well-being. I am a multi-faceted provider that flourishes on working with clients who are open and inquisitive.
What is your idea of mental wellness? How do you see yourself achieving it? I specialize in multiple treatment modalities including medication management, therapy, and integrative treatment, all intended to support your mental well-being. I am experienced with the pharmacological treatment of anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, intrusive thoughts, and post traumatic stress disorder. In addition, I utilize therapy and integrative modalities of wellness to support clients' well-being. I am a multi-faceted provider that flourishes on working with clients who are open and inquisitive.
(914) 348-2216 View (914) 348-2216
Photo of Elizabeth Lokenauth, Physician Assistant in Dobbs Ferry, NY
Elizabeth Lokenauth
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522  (Online Only)
I specialize in medication management and psychotherapy with teenagers and adults struggling anxiety, depression, ADHD, etc. I am currently accepting telehealth patients in the state of NY. We do accept out of network benefits.
I specialize in medication management and psychotherapy with teenagers and adults struggling anxiety, depression, ADHD, etc. I am currently accepting telehealth patients in the state of NY. We do accept out of network benefits.
(407) 993-2347 View (407) 993-2347
Photo of Adam Elias, Psychiatrist in Dobbs Ferry, NY
Adam Elias
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
I am a board certified adult psychiatrist, and completed psychiatric residency at Harvard Medical School. I provide comprehensive treatment for a range of mental health concerns, and provide services for a range of ages from early to late adulthood. I am trained and experienced in both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. My professional interests include meditation, mindfulness, and using nature and the natural world in mental health.
I am a board certified adult psychiatrist, and completed psychiatric residency at Harvard Medical School. I provide comprehensive treatment for a range of mental health concerns, and provide services for a range of ages from early to late adulthood. I am trained and experienced in both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. My professional interests include meditation, mindfulness, and using nature and the natural world in mental health.
(914) 279-1954 View (914) 279-1954
Photo of Khatija Bukhari, Psychiatrist in Dobbs Ferry, NY
Khatija Bukhari
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
Seeking a psychiatrist for oneself or a family member can be a daunting process. Recognizing this, I work to put the entire family at ease through my unique approach to treatment. I describe myself as family-centered, meaning that I cater not just to the patient, but to their entire family. Through a comprehensive intake process that takes into account cultural perspectives, I assess the individual from a developmental, biological, and psycho-social perspective. I view my patients as complex individuals who are so much more than a diagnosis. My preferred modality is pharmacotherapy, though I also provide psychotherapy.
Seeking a psychiatrist for oneself or a family member can be a daunting process. Recognizing this, I work to put the entire family at ease through my unique approach to treatment. I describe myself as family-centered, meaning that I cater not just to the patient, but to their entire family. Through a comprehensive intake process that takes into account cultural perspectives, I assess the individual from a developmental, biological, and psycho-social perspective. I view my patients as complex individuals who are so much more than a diagnosis. My preferred modality is pharmacotherapy, though I also provide psychotherapy.
(845) 731-6126 View (845) 731-6126
Photo of Arun Kunwar, Psychiatrist in Dobbs Ferry, NY
Arun Kunwar
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
With more than 20 years of experience working as a psychiatrist and 15 years as a child and adolescent psychiatrist, I focus on each patient's strengths and believe strongly that empowering each individual in treatment decision making is most critical part of any good treatment. Medication management for psychiatric disorders is complex. I am strong proponent of following evidence based recommendations personalized to each individual.
With more than 20 years of experience working as a psychiatrist and 15 years as a child and adolescent psychiatrist, I focus on each patient's strengths and believe strongly that empowering each individual in treatment decision making is most critical part of any good treatment. Medication management for psychiatric disorders is complex. I am strong proponent of following evidence based recommendations personalized to each individual.
(315) 308-8014 View (315) 308-8014

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Faiq A Hameedi
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Scarsdale, NY 10583
The Anxiety & Depression Center of Scarsdale is a unique, private psychiatry practice located in lower Westchester County and the Bronx. Dr. Hameedi is a Board Certified Psychiatrist who specializes in the discreet treatment of individuals experiencing mental illness and psychiatric symptoms. Dr. Hameedi understands that each individual is unique and requires a custom-tailored approach to address that person’s needs. Our goal is to provide a friendly and supportive environment so that our patients can explore their emotional needs and overcome barriers which limit their potential.
The Anxiety & Depression Center of Scarsdale is a unique, private psychiatry practice located in lower Westchester County and the Bronx. Dr. Hameedi is a Board Certified Psychiatrist who specializes in the discreet treatment of individuals experiencing mental illness and psychiatric symptoms. Dr. Hameedi understands that each individual is unique and requires a custom-tailored approach to address that person’s needs. Our goal is to provide a friendly and supportive environment so that our patients can explore their emotional needs and overcome barriers which limit their potential.
(914) 491-5722 View (914) 491-5722
Photo of Saurabh Kaushik, Psychiatrist in Dobbs Ferry, NY
Saurabh Kaushik
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Ardsley, NY 10502
I have a strong psychopharmacologic background as well as a special interest in psychotherapy. I treat patients keeping in mind the impact of social, psychological, and behavioral factors on general health and quality of life. I have a wealth of experience in treating various disorders including but not limited to Depression, Anxiety, OCD, Bipolar disorder and Schizophrenia. I emphasize on helping people heal and not just treat them as diagnostic cases. I am passionate about removing the stigma associated with mental illness and treating the mind and body as a whole entity.
I have a strong psychopharmacologic background as well as a special interest in psychotherapy. I treat patients keeping in mind the impact of social, psychological, and behavioral factors on general health and quality of life. I have a wealth of experience in treating various disorders including but not limited to Depression, Anxiety, OCD, Bipolar disorder and Schizophrenia. I emphasize on helping people heal and not just treat them as diagnostic cases. I am passionate about removing the stigma associated with mental illness and treating the mind and body as a whole entity.
(914) 574-0016 View (914) 574-0016
Photo of Michael Hidalgo, Psychiatrist in Dobbs Ferry, NY
Michael Hidalgo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Scarsdale, NY 10583
Our services are made with the busy family, student and professional in mind. Dr. Hidalgo offers convenient evening and weekend virtual appointments to fit your busy schedule. Our goal is to find the core of your symptoms and create a comprehensive and holistic treatment plan. We will explore your professional/academic life, family responsibilities, personal relationships, and physical health to identify areas where you can find relief. We will work together to find the best combination of medications, therapy, coaching, and lifestyle changes to achieve your goals.
Our services are made with the busy family, student and professional in mind. Dr. Hidalgo offers convenient evening and weekend virtual appointments to fit your busy schedule. Our goal is to find the core of your symptoms and create a comprehensive and holistic treatment plan. We will explore your professional/academic life, family responsibilities, personal relationships, and physical health to identify areas where you can find relief. We will work together to find the best combination of medications, therapy, coaching, and lifestyle changes to achieve your goals.
(914) 521-3327 View (914) 521-3327
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May Tsui
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Ardsley, NY 10502
Feeling anxious, depressed or angry? Do you have self-esteem issues? Are you troubled by past experiences? Do you struggle with school, work or relationships? Psychotherapy can help you make changes to your life.
Feeling anxious, depressed or angry? Do you have self-esteem issues? Are you troubled by past experiences? Do you struggle with school, work or relationships? Psychotherapy can help you make changes to your life.
(646) 600-8110 View (646) 600-8110
Photo of Alexis Fliehs, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Dobbs Ferry, NY
Alexis Fliehs
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN (C
Verified Verified
Yonkers, NY 10701
Wherever you are in your mental health journey, Alexis will meet you there. Her goal is to create a safe and nonjudgmental environment, setting the foundation for a relationship based on mutual trust and respect. A comprehensive and holistic assessment will guide the collaborative efforts between patient and provider to create personalized goals and a treatment plan. This may include psychoeducation, medication management, and therapy. Lifestyle modifications such as nutrition, sleep hygiene, exercise, and meditation are also incorporated. Alexis is passionate about helping those who are struggling with mental health issues.
Wherever you are in your mental health journey, Alexis will meet you there. Her goal is to create a safe and nonjudgmental environment, setting the foundation for a relationship based on mutual trust and respect. A comprehensive and holistic assessment will guide the collaborative efforts between patient and provider to create personalized goals and a treatment plan. This may include psychoeducation, medication management, and therapy. Lifestyle modifications such as nutrition, sleep hygiene, exercise, and meditation are also incorporated. Alexis is passionate about helping those who are struggling with mental health issues.
(914) 491-5165 View (914) 491-5165
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Meghann Alcala
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Yonkers, NY 10701
Meghann is passionate about providing quality, comprehensive, and compassionate patient-centered care. She takes pride in treating the person as a whole. Past experiences have given Meghann training geared towards utilizing individualized approaches to further assist diverse populations in coping with personal obstacles through psychiatric evaluations, therapy, and medication management. She has experience in treating a range of mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, and schizophrenia spectrum disorders.
Meghann is passionate about providing quality, comprehensive, and compassionate patient-centered care. She takes pride in treating the person as a whole. Past experiences have given Meghann training geared towards utilizing individualized approaches to further assist diverse populations in coping with personal obstacles through psychiatric evaluations, therapy, and medication management. She has experience in treating a range of mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, and schizophrenia spectrum disorders.
(914) 598-9358 View (914) 598-9358
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Vanessa Leigh Carroll
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Ardsley, NY 10502
As a psychiatrist I wear many different hats while supporting my clients, but first and foremost I’m a psychotherapist and that is where I do my most rewarding work. I use my background in Integrative Psychiatry to give my clients a 360 degree treatment plan, including supplements, lifestyle modification and psychiatric medications when appropriate. My approach appreciates that while psychiatric drugs and supplements can help they are not the cure and most patients need that therapeutic space in order to thrive and steer the treatment in a new direction.
As a psychiatrist I wear many different hats while supporting my clients, but first and foremost I’m a psychotherapist and that is where I do my most rewarding work. I use my background in Integrative Psychiatry to give my clients a 360 degree treatment plan, including supplements, lifestyle modification and psychiatric medications when appropriate. My approach appreciates that while psychiatric drugs and supplements can help they are not the cure and most patients need that therapeutic space in order to thrive and steer the treatment in a new direction.
(914) 506-5448 View (914) 506-5448
Photo of Yadagiri Chepuru MD, Psychiatrist in Dobbs Ferry, NY
Yadagiri Chepuru MD
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
Yonkers, NY 10701
I am a board certified Psychiatrist and Psychopharmacologist trained in England and united States. Been on faculty at NewYork Medical college and Albert Einstein College of Medicine . Currently the Chief Of Psychiatry at St john's Hospital, Yonkers, NY.
I am a board certified Psychiatrist and Psychopharmacologist trained in England and united States. Been on faculty at NewYork Medical college and Albert Einstein College of Medicine . Currently the Chief Of Psychiatry at St john's Hospital, Yonkers, NY.
(914) 816-2997 View (914) 816-2997
Photo of Martin Lan, Psychiatrist in Dobbs Ferry, NY
Martin Lan
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Ardsley, NY 10502
I am an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University. I did my psychiatry residency at Weill Cornell Medical Center and medical school at Duke University. In our initial appointment, I spend time getting to know you, what has been causing difficulty and what you have tried previously. Once I have a better understanding of the problems, we create a treatment plan together. I can provide medication management, psychotherapy or a combination of these depending on what's best for you. I believe treatment is a collaborative process and that empathy and open mindedness are essential to the process.
I am an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University. I did my psychiatry residency at Weill Cornell Medical Center and medical school at Duke University. In our initial appointment, I spend time getting to know you, what has been causing difficulty and what you have tried previously. Once I have a better understanding of the problems, we create a treatment plan together. I can provide medication management, psychotherapy or a combination of these depending on what's best for you. I believe treatment is a collaborative process and that empathy and open mindedness are essential to the process.
(914) 499-0420 View (914) 499-0420
Photo of Susan Weinstein, Psychiatrist in Dobbs Ferry, NY
Susan Weinstein
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Ardsley, NY 10502
Not accepting new clients
Susan Weinstein, M.D. is a board certified psychiatrist in private practice in Ardsley, NY. She treats children, adolescents, and adults using psychotherapy and medication management. Dr. Weinstein is also an attending physician and supervisor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center, with dual appointments in the departments of psychiatry and pediatrics. She completed undergraduate training at the University of Pennsylvania, and completed medical school, adult and child psychiatry training at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center.
Susan Weinstein, M.D. is a board certified psychiatrist in private practice in Ardsley, NY. She treats children, adolescents, and adults using psychotherapy and medication management. Dr. Weinstein is also an attending physician and supervisor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center, with dual appointments in the departments of psychiatry and pediatrics. She completed undergraduate training at the University of Pennsylvania, and completed medical school, adult and child psychiatry training at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center.
(914) 768-3016 View (914) 768-3016
Photo of Yehuda Lerea, Psychiatrist in Dobbs Ferry, NY
Yehuda Lerea
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Ardsley, NY 10502
I am a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist practicing in Manhattan and Westchester, New York. I approach working with my patients with warmth and empathic curiosity and utilize an integrated and holistic approach to help my patients develop insight and greater awareness into their lived experience. I’m trained in various modalities of psychotherapy as well as medication management and often combine both. If working together, we will develop a treatment approach collaboratively that is consistent with your goals.
I am a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist practicing in Manhattan and Westchester, New York. I approach working with my patients with warmth and empathic curiosity and utilize an integrated and holistic approach to help my patients develop insight and greater awareness into their lived experience. I’m trained in various modalities of psychotherapy as well as medication management and often combine both. If working together, we will develop a treatment approach collaboratively that is consistent with your goals.
(914) 221-7587 View (914) 221-7587
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Joy Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ardsley, NY 10502  (Online Only)
If you are looking for a psychiatrist who would understand you without judging you, and not see you as a "robot to be fixed with medications", you are at the right place. You can see me from the comfort of your home, office or any place you wanna be. I am very friendly, experienced and knowledgable. I would be happy to help you understand yourself better, find out what's best for you at the time and guide you towards that path.
If you are looking for a psychiatrist who would understand you without judging you, and not see you as a "robot to be fixed with medications", you are at the right place. You can see me from the comfort of your home, office or any place you wanna be. I am very friendly, experienced and knowledgable. I would be happy to help you understand yourself better, find out what's best for you at the time and guide you towards that path.
(845) 209-2726 View (845) 209-2726
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Daniel G. Wong
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Ardsley, NY 10502
As a board certified psychiatrist, trained in both medication management and talk therapy, I offer a holistic and empathic clinical approach to your treatment that values open communication, warmth, honesty, and professionalism. Whether it is talk therapy, medication management, or both, we will work collaboratively to develop a treatment approach that is consistent with your unique needs and goals. I provide psychiatric evaluations, medication management, consultations and various modalities of psychotherapy to children, adolescents and adults.
As a board certified psychiatrist, trained in both medication management and talk therapy, I offer a holistic and empathic clinical approach to your treatment that values open communication, warmth, honesty, and professionalism. Whether it is talk therapy, medication management, or both, we will work collaboratively to develop a treatment approach that is consistent with your unique needs and goals. I provide psychiatric evaluations, medication management, consultations and various modalities of psychotherapy to children, adolescents and adults.
(646) 798-6589 View (646) 798-6589
Photo of Tri-Star Behavioral Health Inc, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Dobbs Ferry, NY
Tri-Star Behavioral Health Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FPMHNP, MSN, APRN, ANCC-BC, BSN
Verified Verified
Yonkers, NY 10706
I am a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is Board Certified. I have expertise in providing Psychiatric Assessments, Medication Management, Individual and Family Psychotherapy. I specialize in Child/Adolescent, Young Adults, Adults and the Geriatric Population. Majority of my training and clinical experience has been at Bellevue Hospital, VA Hospitals and the Prison System.
I am a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is Board Certified. I have expertise in providing Psychiatric Assessments, Medication Management, Individual and Family Psychotherapy. I specialize in Child/Adolescent, Young Adults, Adults and the Geriatric Population. Majority of my training and clinical experience has been at Bellevue Hospital, VA Hospitals and the Prison System.
(646) 863-4287 View (646) 863-4287

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Number of Psychiatrists in Dobbs Ferry, NY

< 10

Psychiatrists in Dobbs Ferry, NY who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
83% ADHD
83% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
83% Trauma and PTSD
67% Psychosis
67% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

10 Years

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male

How Psychiatrists in Dobbs Ferry, NY see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Dobbs Ferry?

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.