Psychiatrists in Hicksville, NY

Photo of Aline Lys Rabel - Healthy Minds Of New York NP in Psychiatry PC, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Healthy Minds Of New York NP in Psychiatry PC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hicksville, NY 11801
I spent almost a decade of my career working in a New York State inpatient psychiatric hospital. This experience has assisted me in the understanding of psychiatric presentations and the manifestation of mental disorders. I’m very companionable and treat my patients with respect. I find it most important to create a safe, non-judgmental and comfortable environment for my patients. I pride myself in my innate ability of creating a therapeutic atmosphere which allows my patients to express their needs, experiences and together create a self-centered treatment goal oriented plan.
I spent almost a decade of my career working in a New York State inpatient psychiatric hospital. This experience has assisted me in the understanding of psychiatric presentations and the manifestation of mental disorders. I’m very companionable and treat my patients with respect. I find it most important to create a safe, non-judgmental and comfortable environment for my patients. I pride myself in my innate ability of creating a therapeutic atmosphere which allows my patients to express their needs, experiences and together create a self-centered treatment goal oriented plan.
(516) 928-4148 View (516) 928-4148
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Ali Khan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Hicksville, NY 11801
I am a Clinical Assistant Professor in Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, Inpatient Medical Director at Bellevue Hospital/NYU and Per-diem ER psychiatrist at Cohen's Children Hospital. My professional background involves working in inpatient, outpatient, emergency, and community treatment, catering to individuals across all age groups. Beyond clinical practice, I have actively engaged with national medical organizations and contributed to initiatives supporting both physicians and patients. I have published widely in the form of case reports, systematic reviews, and meta-analysis.
I am a Clinical Assistant Professor in Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, Inpatient Medical Director at Bellevue Hospital/NYU and Per-diem ER psychiatrist at Cohen's Children Hospital. My professional background involves working in inpatient, outpatient, emergency, and community treatment, catering to individuals across all age groups. Beyond clinical practice, I have actively engaged with national medical organizations and contributed to initiatives supporting both physicians and patients. I have published widely in the form of case reports, systematic reviews, and meta-analysis.
(516) 914-8344 View (516) 914-8344
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Julie Van-Lare-JVL Mental Health Consult
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hicksville, NY 11801  (Online Only)
JVL is dedicated to embracing a patient-centered philosophy that underscores a unique approach to mental health care. Provider prioritizes the essential act of actively listening to individuals, fostering a collaborative relationship aimed at co-creating a personalized treatment plan. This plan is meticulously tailored to align with the unique needs and aspirations of each individual client.
JVL is dedicated to embracing a patient-centered philosophy that underscores a unique approach to mental health care. Provider prioritizes the essential act of actively listening to individuals, fostering a collaborative relationship aimed at co-creating a personalized treatment plan. This plan is meticulously tailored to align with the unique needs and aspirations of each individual client.
(516) 973-1797 View (516) 973-1797
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Dr. Chenen Hsieh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Hicksville, NY 11801
Navigating the path toward mental health wellness is a deeply personal journey, often filled with challenges. Adopting a patient-centered treatment approach, I tailor recommendations according to the latest scientific evidence. My prescribing philosophy prioritizes optimizing patients' medication regimens, ensuring each medicine or supplement serves a clear purpose.
Navigating the path toward mental health wellness is a deeply personal journey, often filled with challenges. Adopting a patient-centered treatment approach, I tailor recommendations according to the latest scientific evidence. My prescribing philosophy prioritizes optimizing patients' medication regimens, ensuring each medicine or supplement serves a clear purpose.
(516) 216-9893 View (516) 216-9893
Photo of Fahimir Jean-Baptiste - Diverse Mind Care, MSN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Diverse Mind Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Hicksville, NY 11801  (Online Only)
Fahimir Jean-Baptiste, is an ANCC board certified Psychiatrist Mental Nurse Practitioner. Fahimir has her Master of science in Nursing from Hofstra University School and has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Molloy College. Her clinical career took her on a journey through the healthcare system, from inpatient to outpatient settings. She manages and treats a wide range of mental health concerns including Major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, and ADHD.
Fahimir Jean-Baptiste, is an ANCC board certified Psychiatrist Mental Nurse Practitioner. Fahimir has her Master of science in Nursing from Hofstra University School and has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Molloy College. Her clinical career took her on a journey through the healthcare system, from inpatient to outpatient settings. She manages and treats a wide range of mental health concerns including Major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, and ADHD.
(516) 217-4842 View (516) 217-4842
Photo of Simi Joseph, PMHNP, DNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Simi Joseph
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hicksville, NY 11801
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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Dr. Jacob Palathinkal
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PsyD, NP
Verified Verified
Hicksville, NY 11801
I am a child/adolescent psychopharmacologist with extensive experience treating various diagnoses .I specialize in ADHD, DMDD and depression.
I am a child/adolescent psychopharmacologist with extensive experience treating various diagnoses .I specialize in ADHD, DMDD and depression.
(516) 373-7896 View (516) 373-7896
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Natalie Gayle Psychiatric, NP, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Hicksville, NY 11801
Have life stressors got you feeling sad, angry, anxious causing you difficulty to function. Are you feeling "stuck", having excessive worrying, and difficulty focusing? Don't worry, I am here to assist you. These are some mental health conditions that I can formulate a treatment plan together to get you back on track to a better you. Your mental wellness is important, so I can partner with you to achieve your goals.
Have life stressors got you feeling sad, angry, anxious causing you difficulty to function. Are you feeling "stuck", having excessive worrying, and difficulty focusing? Don't worry, I am here to assist you. These are some mental health conditions that I can formulate a treatment plan together to get you back on track to a better you. Your mental wellness is important, so I can partner with you to achieve your goals.
(631) 519-9003 View (631) 519-9003
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Marie C. Patton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hicksville, NY 11801  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Self-care is important to the overall wellbeing and health of an individual. Seeking assistance in sorting out day-to-day issues that impact your ability to attain your goals is the first step in working toward them. Feeling overwhelmed, anxious, worried and sometimes depressed? I understand. Have a child or teen who is afraid, overwhelmed, moody and sometimes irritable? I understand that also. We all have experiences that have shaped who we are today. You are important and you have a story to tell. I am here to listen to yours and to be of service to you.
Self-care is important to the overall wellbeing and health of an individual. Seeking assistance in sorting out day-to-day issues that impact your ability to attain your goals is the first step in working toward them. Feeling overwhelmed, anxious, worried and sometimes depressed? I understand. Have a child or teen who is afraid, overwhelmed, moody and sometimes irritable? I understand that also. We all have experiences that have shaped who we are today. You are important and you have a story to tell. I am here to listen to yours and to be of service to you.
(631) 318-4996 View (631) 318-4996
Photo of Efraim J. Keisari - Efraim J. Keisari, MD, MD, Psychiatrist
Efraim J. Keisari, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hicksville, NY 11801
Asking for help can be hard. Finding the right psychiatrist for you can be hard. As a board certified psychiatrist with a small patient-centered practice, I strive to create a personalized and thoughtful experience for you. I treat adults of all ages with a wide range of conditions, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and various phobias. We can address issues such as sleeping difficulties (insomnia), relationship challenges, work stress, and life stage transitions.
Asking for help can be hard. Finding the right psychiatrist for you can be hard. As a board certified psychiatrist with a small patient-centered practice, I strive to create a personalized and thoughtful experience for you. I treat adults of all ages with a wide range of conditions, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and various phobias. We can address issues such as sleeping difficulties (insomnia), relationship challenges, work stress, and life stage transitions.
(212) 287-5888 View (212) 287-5888

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Stay Ageless Health Clinic
Physician Assistant, RPA-C
Verified Verified
Plainview, NY 11803  (Online Only)
Farina Sial is a Board-Certified Physician Assistant specializing in Neuroscience. Farina completed her undergraduate studies in Biochemistry from University of Missouri, Columbia, MO. She then earned her degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Touro College, NY. Furthermore, she enhanced her education by completing her MBA in Health Management from Hofstra University in Uniondale, NY. She is has a very keen interest & many years of medical experience in treating Neuro-Psych conditions which can affect day to day life, such as ADHD and Anxiety & Depression.
Farina Sial is a Board-Certified Physician Assistant specializing in Neuroscience. Farina completed her undergraduate studies in Biochemistry from University of Missouri, Columbia, MO. She then earned her degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Touro College, NY. Furthermore, she enhanced her education by completing her MBA in Health Management from Hofstra University in Uniondale, NY. She is has a very keen interest & many years of medical experience in treating Neuro-Psych conditions which can affect day to day life, such as ADHD and Anxiety & Depression.
(516) 530-7746 View (516) 530-7746
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Samantha Shue
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Jericho, NY 11853  (Online Only)
Samantha Shue is a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in adult and children services. She has experience working in a Residential Treatment Center and Therapeutic Family Foster Care agency with young children and adolescents, as well as experience working in outpatient mental health treatment, telepsychiatry, addiction services and the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP).
Samantha Shue is a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in adult and children services. She has experience working in a Residential Treatment Center and Therapeutic Family Foster Care agency with young children and adolescents, as well as experience working in outpatient mental health treatment, telepsychiatry, addiction services and the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP).
(551) 257-2692 View (551) 257-2692
Photo of Grace Manglet - Telepsychiatry, MS, DNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Telepsychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, DNP
Verified Verified
Bethpage, NY 11714  (Online Only)
Hello! This is Grace Manglet, DNP. I am a board Certified Psychiatry and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with prescriptive privileges. I see clients via a secure Telepsychiatry platform. I use a holistic approach to Psychiatric and Mental Health issues, and focus on helping my clients create and maintain meaningful changes in their lives. Integration of mindfulness, meditation, exercise and healthy nutrition are essential components of my practice.
Hello! This is Grace Manglet, DNP. I am a board Certified Psychiatry and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with prescriptive privileges. I see clients via a secure Telepsychiatry platform. I use a holistic approach to Psychiatric and Mental Health issues, and focus on helping my clients create and maintain meaningful changes in their lives. Integration of mindfulness, meditation, exercise and healthy nutrition are essential components of my practice.
(516) 252-3585 View (516) 252-3585
Photo of Viji Meledath - VJM NP Psychiatry, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
VJM NP Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Westbury, NY 11590  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have been taking care of patients for the last 12 plus years. I have earned a master's degree in Nursing with Summa Cum Laude from Stonybrook University, specializing in psychiatry across the life span. I have experience in medication management treatment for patients from different backgrounds and all ages ranging from age 8 to 80 and above.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have been taking care of patients for the last 12 plus years. I have earned a master's degree in Nursing with Summa Cum Laude from Stonybrook University, specializing in psychiatry across the life span. I have experience in medication management treatment for patients from different backgrounds and all ages ranging from age 8 to 80 and above.
(518) 405-6986 View (518) 405-6986
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Lesley Rothschild
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, PMHNP , BC
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Plainview, NY 11803
Waitlist for new clients
I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner who is Board Certified to treat children, adolescents and adults. I specialize in psychopharmacology and my treatment philosophy centers on caring for the whole person as well as integrating holistic intervention’s when possible. I see patients between the ages of 5 and 65 years of age. Please note that I do not sub-specialize in geriatrics. Pharmacogenetic DNA testing via Genomind and GeneSight is available for appropriate patients.
I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner who is Board Certified to treat children, adolescents and adults. I specialize in psychopharmacology and my treatment philosophy centers on caring for the whole person as well as integrating holistic intervention’s when possible. I see patients between the ages of 5 and 65 years of age. Please note that I do not sub-specialize in geriatrics. Pharmacogenetic DNA testing via Genomind and GeneSight is available for appropriate patients.
(516) 586-0133 View (516) 586-0133
Photo of Gabriella Farkas Md Phd, MD, PhD, Psychiatrist
Gabriella Farkas Md Phd
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Plainview, NY 11803  (Online Only)
I love helping my patients feel healthy and happy, no matter where they need to start. I offer evidence-based diagnostic and medication management services. I welcome second opinion, medication revision, deprescribing inquiries. My services are conducted through a secure video application so you have access to them from the privacy and convenience of your home. I welcome residents of New York and South Carolina in my new practice. Please go to my website to complete your booking: drgabbyfarkas.com. I am looking forward to working with you.
I love helping my patients feel healthy and happy, no matter where they need to start. I offer evidence-based diagnostic and medication management services. I welcome second opinion, medication revision, deprescribing inquiries. My services are conducted through a secure video application so you have access to them from the privacy and convenience of your home. I welcome residents of New York and South Carolina in my new practice. Please go to my website to complete your booking: drgabbyfarkas.com. I am looking forward to working with you.
(843) 960-3684 View (843) 960-3684
Photo of Christyn A Grillo, MSN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Christyn A Grillo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Levittown, NY 11756
Medication management for child, adolescent, and young adult populations.
Medication management for child, adolescent, and young adult populations.
(631) 201-5440 View (631) 201-5440
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Vlad Kononchuk
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Plainview, NY 11803
Not accepting new clients
Finding an experienced psychiatrist who is a good fit for you or your child can be difficult. I strive to provide the kind of care that sadly seems to be nearly extinct in today’s busy world – I get to know my patients well and give them ample time, without the distractions of insurance mandates or computer-generated checklists. Although I primarily see patients for medication management, I like to understand nuances of their lives and provide integrative treatment, rather than just tallying up symptoms and writing prescriptions. My direct, caring and practical approach is a good fit for those who are motivated to feel better.
Finding an experienced psychiatrist who is a good fit for you or your child can be difficult. I strive to provide the kind of care that sadly seems to be nearly extinct in today’s busy world – I get to know my patients well and give them ample time, without the distractions of insurance mandates or computer-generated checklists. Although I primarily see patients for medication management, I like to understand nuances of their lives and provide integrative treatment, rather than just tallying up symptoms and writing prescriptions. My direct, caring and practical approach is a good fit for those who are motivated to feel better.
(347) 846-0196 View (347) 846-0196
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Nisha Pradeep
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Levittown, NY 11756
Waitlist for new clients
I am a board certified psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner with over 9 yrs of experience in treating adults with various mental illness including but not limited to anxiety, panic disorder, depression, OCD, and ADHD. I have completed my masters degree from Stony Brook University and Doctorate degree from University at Buffalo. Every individual has unique needs and I use individually tailored treatment plans for my patients. Please use the website link, call or email to book an appointment.
I am a board certified psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner with over 9 yrs of experience in treating adults with various mental illness including but not limited to anxiety, panic disorder, depression, OCD, and ADHD. I have completed my masters degree from Stony Brook University and Doctorate degree from University at Buffalo. Every individual has unique needs and I use individually tailored treatment plans for my patients. Please use the website link, call or email to book an appointment.
(516) 714-4556 View (516) 714-4556
Photo of Annette Jarrett-Graham, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Annette Jarrett-Graham
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Westbury, NY 11590  (Online Only)
I am a board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Family Health Nurse Practitioner. Central to my professional philosophy is the commitment to enhance both behavioral and medical health, while effectively managing diseases and medications. Working with a diverse range of patients throughout my career has enabled me to communicate effectively with clients from diverse backgrounds.
I am a board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Family Health Nurse Practitioner. Central to my professional philosophy is the commitment to enhance both behavioral and medical health, while effectively managing diseases and medications. Working with a diverse range of patients throughout my career has enabled me to communicate effectively with clients from diverse backgrounds.
(631) 641-8858 View (631) 641-8858

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Hicksville, NY

10+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Hicksville, NY who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
80% ADHD
80% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
70% Psychosis
70% Sleep or Insomnia
70% Medication Management

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

86% Aetna
71% Cigna and Evernorth
57% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Hicksville, NY see their clients

70% In Person and Online
30% Online Only

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Hicksville?

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.