Psychiatrists in Hempstead, NY

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Ketie D Saintelus
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Hempstead, NY 11550
Hello, my name is Ketie Saintelus, I am a dual board-certified Psychiatric Nurse practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. I have 23 years of Nursing experience providing family-centered healthcare to patients of all ages. Mental Illness is real and it can take a toll on you. It is time to take charge of your life, stop procrastinating, do no be afraid and seek help. Simply ask me how? I am here to hear you, to help you feel well, to help you smile, and to help you appreciate you and fall in love with you all over again.
Hello, my name is Ketie Saintelus, I am a dual board-certified Psychiatric Nurse practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. I have 23 years of Nursing experience providing family-centered healthcare to patients of all ages. Mental Illness is real and it can take a toll on you. It is time to take charge of your life, stop procrastinating, do no be afraid and seek help. Simply ask me how? I am here to hear you, to help you feel well, to help you smile, and to help you appreciate you and fall in love with you all over again.
(516) 202-6714 View (516) 202-6714
Marie Mercure Nurse Practitioner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Hempstead, NY 11550
Welcome and thank you for visiting my profile. I am a Board-Certified Psych Nurse Practitioner with great experience in the field. I provide diagnostic assessments and medication management to patients across the lifespan using holistic approach. I have experience working with adult and children(14+) with a variety of mental health needs. I have a primary clinical interest in anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, OCD and Pre and/or Postpartum related mood disorders.
Welcome and thank you for visiting my profile. I am a Board-Certified Psych Nurse Practitioner with great experience in the field. I provide diagnostic assessments and medication management to patients across the lifespan using holistic approach. I have experience working with adult and children(14+) with a variety of mental health needs. I have a primary clinical interest in anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, OCD and Pre and/or Postpartum related mood disorders.
(516) 518-7091 View (516) 518-7091
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Empire-State NP in Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hempstead, NY 11550
I'm Natacha Joseph, MS, APRN, PMHNP-BC, a board-certified psychiatric practitioner dedicated to helping clients through individualized integrative psychiatric treatment plans. These plans include both traditional and non-traditional/off-label uses of psychotropic medications and supplements. With nearly fifteen years of nursing experience and education in various areas of patient care, both medically and psychiatrically, I have extensive experience in a multitude of healthcare settings, including hospital medicine, home health care, and inpatient and outpatient clinical services.
I'm Natacha Joseph, MS, APRN, PMHNP-BC, a board-certified psychiatric practitioner dedicated to helping clients through individualized integrative psychiatric treatment plans. These plans include both traditional and non-traditional/off-label uses of psychotropic medications and supplements. With nearly fifteen years of nursing experience and education in various areas of patient care, both medically and psychiatrically, I have extensive experience in a multitude of healthcare settings, including hospital medicine, home health care, and inpatient and outpatient clinical services.
(516) 347-2408 View (516) 347-2408
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Theresa Chibuoke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, MBA, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hempstead, NY 11550
Hello I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Texaas, New York and Arizona. My expertise lies in assessing, diagnosing, and treating mental health conditions, as well as promoting overall well-being.
Hello I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Texaas, New York and Arizona. My expertise lies in assessing, diagnosing, and treating mental health conditions, as well as promoting overall well-being.
(646) 332-9647 View (646) 332-9647
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Dr. Godfrey Aneke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MBA, MSc, PMHNP-B, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
19 Endorsed
Hempstead, NY 11550
At Timely Psychiatry, our clients receive personalized, evidence-based, high-quality psychiatric care. We focus on providing holistic care, treating you with dignity and respect, and protecting your privacy. We provide both medication management and psychotherapy to manage your mental health concerns. Our goal is to reduce human suffering and help you to live a meaningful, fulfilling, and enjoyable life!
At Timely Psychiatry, our clients receive personalized, evidence-based, high-quality psychiatric care. We focus on providing holistic care, treating you with dignity and respect, and protecting your privacy. We provide both medication management and psychotherapy to manage your mental health concerns. Our goal is to reduce human suffering and help you to live a meaningful, fulfilling, and enjoyable life!
(516) 715-3607 View (516) 715-3607
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Felicia Hassan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hempstead, NY 11550
Hi! I offer psychiatric assessment and diagnosing that takes place on an individual basis. our mission is to offer innovative and convenient care via face to face and virtual, we also offer home visit on case-by-case basis. (medication management) and home/tele-therapy (talk therapy).
Hi! I offer psychiatric assessment and diagnosing that takes place on an individual basis. our mission is to offer innovative and convenient care via face to face and virtual, we also offer home visit on case-by-case basis. (medication management) and home/tele-therapy (talk therapy).
(929) 209-3361 View (929) 209-3361
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SA Boone NP in Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hempstead, NY 11550  (Online Only)
Hello, I'm Shanequa Boone, a dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a passion for helping individuals navigate their mental health journeys. My approach is rooted in empathy, understanding, and a deep respect for each person's unique experiences and challenges. In our work together, my goal is to create a safe and supportive environment where you feel heard, valued, and empowered.
Hello, I'm Shanequa Boone, a dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a passion for helping individuals navigate their mental health journeys. My approach is rooted in empathy, understanding, and a deep respect for each person's unique experiences and challenges. In our work together, my goal is to create a safe and supportive environment where you feel heard, valued, and empowered.
(516) 990-6061 View (516) 990-6061
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Taqialdeen Zamil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hempstead, NY 11550  (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.
(332) 264-0685 View (332) 264-0685
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Simi Joseph
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hempstead, NY 11549
I am a Board Certified Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, graduated in 2013 who has a doctorate degree. I have diverse experience in various hospitals and outpatient clinics, with an emphasis on Psychiatry and is good in medication management. I am affiliated with many local hospitals and also collaborates with physicians in different medical groups. I provide compassionate and comprehensive mental health services to young adults and adults who live with Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar disorder, psychosis, and depression.
I am a Board Certified Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, graduated in 2013 who has a doctorate degree. I have diverse experience in various hospitals and outpatient clinics, with an emphasis on Psychiatry and is good in medication management. I am affiliated with many local hospitals and also collaborates with physicians in different medical groups. I provide compassionate and comprehensive mental health services to young adults and adults who live with Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar disorder, psychosis, and depression.
(516) 266-2124 View (516) 266-2124
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Long Island Psychiatrist & Online Psychiatrist
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Hempstead, NY 11550  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Psychiatrist practicing in Long Island, NY. I provide both office visits and telepsychiatry visits ( please visit my website at gaba.healthcare) . I have trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive behavioral therapy, family and marital therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as medication management. Whatever your reasons for seeing a psychiatrist ? whether you are suffering from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, OCD, attention problems dysphoria, or just wanting to perform better at work, I strongly believe that everyone has the potential to feel and be better, and everyone deserves optimal care.
I am a board certified Psychiatrist practicing in Long Island, NY. I provide both office visits and telepsychiatry visits ( please visit my website at gaba.healthcare) . I have trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive behavioral therapy, family and marital therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as medication management. Whatever your reasons for seeing a psychiatrist ? whether you are suffering from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, OCD, attention problems dysphoria, or just wanting to perform better at work, I strongly believe that everyone has the potential to feel and be better, and everyone deserves optimal care.
(516) 550-3440 View (516) 550-3440
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Nicola Rivers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hempstead, NY 11549
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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One Mind Psychiatry NP PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, NP-P, BC
Verified Verified
Hempstead, NY 11549  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric NP, trained at New York University. I specialize in adults, children, adolescents, and geriatrics. My virtual and in-person practices are friendly and confidential spaces where I provide a thorough psychiatric evaluation and personalized medication management. My approach is to always see things from the client’s perspective. My mission is to support my clients while they create more meaningful progress in life. I use my expertise to help them find harmony between mind and body. I think mental health care can be a spiritual, and yet a scientific way for the client to look into their soul.
I am a board-certified psychiatric NP, trained at New York University. I specialize in adults, children, adolescents, and geriatrics. My virtual and in-person practices are friendly and confidential spaces where I provide a thorough psychiatric evaluation and personalized medication management. My approach is to always see things from the client’s perspective. My mission is to support my clients while they create more meaningful progress in life. I use my expertise to help them find harmony between mind and body. I think mental health care can be a spiritual, and yet a scientific way for the client to look into their soul.
(201) 969-5923 View (201) 969-5923
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Amirome Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hempstead, NY 11550  (Online Only)
Hello I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who is here to help you be the best and most productive individual you can be. I use a client centered approach to come up with collaborative solutions. I have experience treating adult individuals struggling with anxiety and depression.
Hello I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who is here to help you be the best and most productive individual you can be. I use a client centered approach to come up with collaborative solutions. I have experience treating adult individuals struggling with anxiety and depression.
(518) 400-3123 View (518) 400-3123
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Shihab Touhid
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Hempstead, NY 11550
Shihab Touhid is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in New York who has been practicing since 2011. He provides patient-centered and trauma-informed care with experience in treatment planning, cognitive behavioral therapy, medication management, and psychotropic medication education. He believes in treating patients with the fewest number of medications. He strongly educates clients about the potential for addiction when taking controlled substances. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, driving, watching wild animals and funny videos.
Shihab Touhid is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in New York who has been practicing since 2011. He provides patient-centered and trauma-informed care with experience in treatment planning, cognitive behavioral therapy, medication management, and psychotropic medication education. He believes in treating patients with the fewest number of medications. He strongly educates clients about the potential for addiction when taking controlled substances. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, driving, watching wild animals and funny videos.
(516) 407-7804 View (516) 407-7804
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Jaspreet Hans
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Hempstead, NY 11550
Dr. Jaspreet Hans, MD Dr. Jaspreet Hans is a Psychiatrist in New York who has been practicing since 2023. She earned her MD degree from Ross University School of Medicine. She completed her General adult psychiatry residency, followed by fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC) in East Meadow, NY. She also served as a chief resident for the adult outpatient behavioral health clinic at NUMC.
Dr. Jaspreet Hans, MD Dr. Jaspreet Hans is a Psychiatrist in New York who has been practicing since 2023. She earned her MD degree from Ross University School of Medicine. She completed her General adult psychiatry residency, followed by fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC) in East Meadow, NY. She also served as a chief resident for the adult outpatient behavioral health clinic at NUMC.
(516) 585-3234 View (516) 585-3234
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Saba Mughal
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Hempstead, NY 11550
Dr. Saba Mughal, MD Dr. Saba Mughal is a Psychiatrist in New York, and ABPN Board Certified. She completed her Residency training from Nassau University Medical Center, East Meadow NY. Dr. Mughal is an empathetic listener, addresses questions and concerns, provides long-term therapeutic alliance with patients and families (if involved), and helps patients to have good quality of life and achieve desired goals In her free time, Dr. Mughal likes to travel and explore new places, spend time with her family and friends, and enjoys cooking.
Dr. Saba Mughal, MD Dr. Saba Mughal is a Psychiatrist in New York, and ABPN Board Certified. She completed her Residency training from Nassau University Medical Center, East Meadow NY. Dr. Mughal is an empathetic listener, addresses questions and concerns, provides long-term therapeutic alliance with patients and families (if involved), and helps patients to have good quality of life and achieve desired goals In her free time, Dr. Mughal likes to travel and explore new places, spend time with her family and friends, and enjoys cooking.
(516) 217-2195 View (516) 217-2195
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Ayshea Beswick
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Hempstead, NY 11550
Ayshea M. Beswick, NP Ayshea M. Beswick is a Nurse Practitioner in New York who has been practicing since 2023. She has more than 20 years of experience in various clinical settings. In her free time, Ayshea enjoys traveling, reading, and live music.
Ayshea M. Beswick, NP Ayshea M. Beswick is a Nurse Practitioner in New York who has been practicing since 2023. She has more than 20 years of experience in various clinical settings. In her free time, Ayshea enjoys traveling, reading, and live music.
(516) 928-5018 View (516) 928-5018
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Tashonna Webster
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hempstead, NY 11550
Are you currently going through each day in constant state of sadness, unable to pinpoint why you are not able to enjoy interactions with others or important moments. Have you been angry or irritable with others where minor conflicts are pushed out of proportion? These symptoms described can be seen in individuals who are suffering from depression or anxiety. These two conditions can have a huge impact on how you sleep or eat, relationships, performance at work, and health. Living with depression or anxiety can be quite challenging, but there is hope.
Are you currently going through each day in constant state of sadness, unable to pinpoint why you are not able to enjoy interactions with others or important moments. Have you been angry or irritable with others where minor conflicts are pushed out of proportion? These symptoms described can be seen in individuals who are suffering from depression or anxiety. These two conditions can have a huge impact on how you sleep or eat, relationships, performance at work, and health. Living with depression or anxiety can be quite challenging, but there is hope.
(516) 309-4898 View (516) 309-4898
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Insightful Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Hempstead, NY 11550
Appointments Available! We are Insightful Psychiatry, a growing, and innovative Psychiatric office with the goal of providing treatment for mental health problems in the comfort of home. Evening and Weekend appointments available.
Appointments Available! We are Insightful Psychiatry, a growing, and innovative Psychiatric office with the goal of providing treatment for mental health problems in the comfort of home. Evening and Weekend appointments available.
(206) 620-1222 View (206) 620-1222
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Neha Ali
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hempstead, NY 11550
Neha Ali is a Board Certified Psychiatrist in New York who has been in practice since 2023. She has completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry. Neha was raised and trained on Long Island and is very familiar with the community. She can relate to issues that are presented and would like to continue to give back to her local community. She lends an empathetic ear to patients and provides care without judgment. Outside of work, Neha enjoys traveling, baking, and finding good restaurants.
Neha Ali is a Board Certified Psychiatrist in New York who has been in practice since 2023. She has completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry. Neha was raised and trained on Long Island and is very familiar with the community. She can relate to issues that are presented and would like to continue to give back to her local community. She lends an empathetic ear to patients and provides care without judgment. Outside of work, Neha enjoys traveling, baking, and finding good restaurants.
(516) 518-3487 View (516) 518-3487
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Number of Psychiatrists in Hempstead, NY

20+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in Hempstead, NY who prioritize treating:

91% Depression
91% Anxiety
83% Bipolar Disorder
78% ADHD
78% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
78% Sleep or Insomnia
78% Medication Management

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
89% Cigna and Evernorth
79% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Hempstead, NY see their clients

74% In Person and Online
26% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Hempstead?

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.