Psychiatrists in Hopewell Junction, NY

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Kathleen Fanning Woods
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, NPP
Verified
Hopewell Junction, NY 12533
Not accepting new clients
From our first meeting, we begin a relationship built upon kindness, empathy, trust and wellbeing. We will work collaboratively to address the important issues that are bringing you here. Through my years as a Nurse Practitioner, I have realized that mental health encompasses more than just words, it includes physical, psychological, emotional and social well being. Our mental health affects how we think, feel and deal with stressful situations, how we make choices, interact with others and find solutions. I would like the opportunity to work with you in discovering and treating the issues that are affecting you.
From our first meeting, we begin a relationship built upon kindness, empathy, trust and wellbeing. We will work collaboratively to address the important issues that are bringing you here. Through my years as a Nurse Practitioner, I have realized that mental health encompasses more than just words, it includes physical, psychological, emotional and social well being. Our mental health affects how we think, feel and deal with stressful situations, how we make choices, interact with others and find solutions. I would like the opportunity to work with you in discovering and treating the issues that are affecting you.
(845) 203-2320 View (845) 203-2320
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Suboxone Buprenorphine Treatment of Danbury
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Hopewell Junction, NY 12533
Welcome to Suboxone/Buprenorphine Treatment of Danbury. Opioid/Heroin Addiction is a national epidemic and our mission is to provide outpatient Suboxone/Buprenorphine treatment for patients with opioid dependence in a discreet manner. We also have state of the art therapist and counselors. Dr Varinder Rathore MD (“DR V”) is Double Board Certified in Adult & Addiction Psychiatry and an expert in MAT(Medication Assisted Treatment). We are conveniently located a mile from Danbury Hospital at 72 North Street, Danbury, CT 06810. https://www.suboxonedoctorny.com/
Welcome to Suboxone/Buprenorphine Treatment of Danbury. Opioid/Heroin Addiction is a national epidemic and our mission is to provide outpatient Suboxone/Buprenorphine treatment for patients with opioid dependence in a discreet manner. We also have state of the art therapist and counselors. Dr Varinder Rathore MD (“DR V”) is Double Board Certified in Adult & Addiction Psychiatry and an expert in MAT(Medication Assisted Treatment). We are conveniently located a mile from Danbury Hospital at 72 North Street, Danbury, CT 06810. https://www.suboxonedoctorny.com/
(203) 794-7784 View (203) 794-7784
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Varinder S Rathore MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Hopewell Junction, NY 12533
"I am Double Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry & Addiction Psychiatry and an expert in MICA (Mentally Ill-Chemical Abuse) patients. I was born and raised in the Hudson Valley and thus feel a distinct sense of pride practicing here. I completed my Adult Psychiatry Residency at Albany Medical Center & Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship at Albert Einstein Medical Center where he was an Assistant Professor. I have years of experience in treating patients with a vast range of psychiatric conditions including Major Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Bipolar Disorder and ADD/ADHD.
"I am Double Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry & Addiction Psychiatry and an expert in MICA (Mentally Ill-Chemical Abuse) patients. I was born and raised in the Hudson Valley and thus feel a distinct sense of pride practicing here. I completed my Adult Psychiatry Residency at Albany Medical Center & Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship at Albert Einstein Medical Center where he was an Assistant Professor. I have years of experience in treating patients with a vast range of psychiatric conditions including Major Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Bipolar Disorder and ADD/ADHD.
(845) 478-6594 View (845) 478-6594
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Northern Medical Group Behavioral Health Division
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Hopewell Junction, NY 12533
Opiate addiction effects 1.9 million Americans and has the potential to destroy individuals and families but their is help.. We offer evidence-based medication assisted treatments including buprenorphine (Suboxone, Zubsolv) for opioid dependence. We offer personalized one-on-one care for every patient to reclaim their lives. Varinder S. Rathore MD is Board Certified in Addiction Psychiatry with 15+ years experience with opioid dependence treatment. As a former Assistant Professor at Albert Einstein/Montefiore Medical he is one of the most skilled addiction physicians in the country. We can help you. Call us today.
Opiate addiction effects 1.9 million Americans and has the potential to destroy individuals and families but their is help.. We offer evidence-based medication assisted treatments including buprenorphine (Suboxone, Zubsolv) for opioid dependence. We offer personalized one-on-one care for every patient to reclaim their lives. Varinder S. Rathore MD is Board Certified in Addiction Psychiatry with 15+ years experience with opioid dependence treatment. As a former Assistant Professor at Albert Einstein/Montefiore Medical he is one of the most skilled addiction physicians in the country. We can help you. Call us today.
(845) 237-3915 View (845) 237-3915

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Ample Grace Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, APRN
Verified
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603  (Online Only)
We are currently accepting new patients for ADHD Neuropsychological testing. Think you have ADHD? No problem! We offer ADHD Objective Testing that can be used to guide ADHD diagnosis for patients. The testing can also be done at the office and via telehealth. We also offer adult autism assessment and trauma therapy. At Ample Grace Psychiatry, we offer a custom approach for each client! We start with understanding where you are now and your challenges. We help you put a plan in place to help you move forward, and we celebrate your successes along the way. We offer an inclusive, safe space with virtual visits to suit your schedule.
We are currently accepting new patients for ADHD Neuropsychological testing. Think you have ADHD? No problem! We offer ADHD Objective Testing that can be used to guide ADHD diagnosis for patients. The testing can also be done at the office and via telehealth. We also offer adult autism assessment and trauma therapy. At Ample Grace Psychiatry, we offer a custom approach for each client! We start with understanding where you are now and your challenges. We help you put a plan in place to help you move forward, and we celebrate your successes along the way. We offer an inclusive, safe space with virtual visits to suit your schedule.
(585) 449-9554 View (585) 449-9554
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Casey Cuddy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C
Verified
Beacon, NY 12508
I offer a $50 per month prescribing services plan. I am interested in, respectful of, and responsive to your issues, struggles, and inquiries, and I will challenge you to solve problems, to heal, and to grow. We will strive to identify causes of, and strategies for addressing symptoms and problems—not just to take medications. You will learn about your diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment options to inform your healthcare choices. Trauma-related issues and safe, optimized prescribing are the primary focuses; however, all disorders are treated, and always with evidence-based practices. Please visit cuddy.org for details.
I offer a $50 per month prescribing services plan. I am interested in, respectful of, and responsive to your issues, struggles, and inquiries, and I will challenge you to solve problems, to heal, and to grow. We will strive to identify causes of, and strategies for addressing symptoms and problems—not just to take medications. You will learn about your diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment options to inform your healthcare choices. Trauma-related issues and safe, optimized prescribing are the primary focuses; however, all disorders are treated, and always with evidence-based practices. Please visit cuddy.org for details.
(845) 668-4489 View (845) 668-4489
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Iva Lesniak, DO, Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatrist, DO, BC
Verified
Lagrangeville, NY 12540
Hi, contact me if you're looking for an experienced, empathic Board Certified psychiatrist and psychotherapist who will work collaboratively with you to help you improve your quality of life and resilience. In treatment with me, you will find a safe, supportive environment where mutual respect, trust and personal growth become possible. I will work closely with you to select a treatment that best fits your individual needs and preferences, whether it's lifestyle changes, psychotherapy, medications, or a combination. Your input is very important to me and I am happy to answer any questions about the process and treatment.
Hi, contact me if you're looking for an experienced, empathic Board Certified psychiatrist and psychotherapist who will work collaboratively with you to help you improve your quality of life and resilience. In treatment with me, you will find a safe, supportive environment where mutual respect, trust and personal growth become possible. I will work closely with you to select a treatment that best fits your individual needs and preferences, whether it's lifestyle changes, psychotherapy, medications, or a combination. Your input is very important to me and I am happy to answer any questions about the process and treatment.
(845) 237-3981 View (845) 237-3981
Hudson Healthy Minds
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
We treat a myriad of psychiatric emotional/mental health issues with medication management and psychotherapy. We serve the Hudson Valley. We have several therapist on staff to provide counseling to both adults, children and adolescent population.
We treat a myriad of psychiatric emotional/mental health issues with medication management and psychotherapy. We serve the Hudson Valley. We have several therapist on staff to provide counseling to both adults, children and adolescent population.
(845) 581-2697 View (845) 581-2697
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Michael J Mahelsky
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Most of the patients who have worked with me over the years have a variety of different mental health issues. These include depression, anxiety and substance dependence. However, in psychiatry, there are many other mental health matters which need to be diagnosed and carefully treated. I feel very capable and prepared given my years of experience to work with patients who have these conditions as well.
Most of the patients who have worked with me over the years have a variety of different mental health issues. These include depression, anxiety and substance dependence. However, in psychiatry, there are many other mental health matters which need to be diagnosed and carefully treated. I feel very capable and prepared given my years of experience to work with patients who have these conditions as well.
(646) 502-8481 View (646) 502-8481
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Syeda I Hasan MD, Pc DFAPA
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603  (Online Only)
I am a board certified psychiatrist in child & adolescent/Adult medicine with 20+ years of experience. Associated with the field of psychiatry, my work experience and professionalism have led me to establish myself as a strong candidate for dealing with patients with chronic mental ailments. I offer psychiatric consultations, evaluations & medication management through telemedicine.
I am a board certified psychiatrist in child & adolescent/Adult medicine with 20+ years of experience. Associated with the field of psychiatry, my work experience and professionalism have led me to establish myself as a strong candidate for dealing with patients with chronic mental ailments. I offer psychiatric consultations, evaluations & medication management through telemedicine.
(845) 539-1286 View (845) 539-1286
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Wildflower Holistic Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Chelsea, NY 12512  (Online Only)
Have you been struggling with excessive worry, low mood, or irritability? Just don't feel as good as you used to? Need some help getting back to living your best life? Let Wildflower Holistic Behavioral Health help you get back to living your best life.
Have you been struggling with excessive worry, low mood, or irritability? Just don't feel as good as you used to? Need some help getting back to living your best life? Let Wildflower Holistic Behavioral Health help you get back to living your best life.
(929) 447-2267 View (929) 447-2267
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Ann Rodriguez PC
Psychiatric Nurse, NPP-BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Fishkill, NY 12524
I believe that treating the whole person is essential to providing the best care for clients not only focusing on specific problem. I provide a multifaceted approach to treatment and concentrate on an individual strengths. An in-depth assessment and prioritizing of client needs is the first step in the development of treatment goals.
I believe that treating the whole person is essential to providing the best care for clients not only focusing on specific problem. I provide a multifaceted approach to treatment and concentrate on an individual strengths. An in-depth assessment and prioritizing of client needs is the first step in the development of treatment goals.
(914) 825-4376 View (914) 825-4376
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Laura Van De Laar
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, RN, NP-P
Verified
2 Endorsed
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
Licensed in NY and Ct. Clients from age 5 through adult are provided thorough psychiatric evaluations with appropriate academic and testing recommendations, referrals to numerous community resources, alternative/supplementary treatment modalities where appropriate, medication evaluation and management and referrals for appropriate therapeutic support(s). I utilize genomic testing when appropriate or upon request. While I prefer in-person visits, telehealth and virtual appointments are also available.
Licensed in NY and Ct. Clients from age 5 through adult are provided thorough psychiatric evaluations with appropriate academic and testing recommendations, referrals to numerous community resources, alternative/supplementary treatment modalities where appropriate, medication evaluation and management and referrals for appropriate therapeutic support(s). I utilize genomic testing when appropriate or upon request. While I prefer in-person visits, telehealth and virtual appointments are also available.
(845) 562-0168 View (845) 562-0168
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Omer Margolin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Beacon, NY 12508
Omer is a nurse practitioner dually certified in psychiatry and family medicine. He has received his Master's degree from the University of Hawaii, Manoa and his post-graduate certification in psychiatry from Duke University. In his psychiatric practice, he draws on his experience and training in traditional psychiatry, functional medicine as well as aspects of general medicine which are inherently intertwined with mental health.
Omer is a nurse practitioner dually certified in psychiatry and family medicine. He has received his Master's degree from the University of Hawaii, Manoa and his post-graduate certification in psychiatry from Duke University. In his psychiatric practice, he draws on his experience and training in traditional psychiatry, functional medicine as well as aspects of general medicine which are inherently intertwined with mental health.
(845) 524-9347 View (845) 524-9347
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Renata Krymkevich
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
I've been practicing psychiatry for over 25 years with a special area of expertise in affective disorders such as Depression, Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, as well as treating young adults with Attention Deficit Disorder. I am an independent practitioner and my office is very private. I pride myself to run on schedule. I make myself available for emergency appointments if needed, and respond to phone calls within 24 business hours.
I've been practicing psychiatry for over 25 years with a special area of expertise in affective disorders such as Depression, Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, as well as treating young adults with Attention Deficit Disorder. I am an independent practitioner and my office is very private. I pride myself to run on schedule. I make myself available for emergency appointments if needed, and respond to phone calls within 24 business hours.
(845) 660-8267 View (845) 660-8267
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Crystal Moschiano
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
8 Endorsed
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590  (Online Only)
Crystal Moschiano is an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric- Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who earned her graduate degree from Hofstra University. She specializes in the management of mood and anxiety disorders, addiction psychiatry, and women’s health providing both psychotherapy and medication management.
Crystal Moschiano is an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric- Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who earned her graduate degree from Hofstra University. She specializes in the management of mood and anxiety disorders, addiction psychiatry, and women’s health providing both psychotherapy and medication management.
(845) 385-2482 View (845) 385-2482
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Michelle Fuhrmann
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Lagrangeville, NY 12540  (Online Only)
Michelle is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry. She has many years of experience working in inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings. Her Masters Degree is from Pace University. Michelle is a trauma-informed provider with extensive experience as the Director of Nursing in a Correctional facility and understands First Responders, Veterans, and their challenges.
Michelle is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry. She has many years of experience working in inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings. Her Masters Degree is from Pace University. Michelle is a trauma-informed provider with extensive experience as the Director of Nursing in a Correctional facility and understands First Responders, Veterans, and their challenges.
(845) 714-0482 View (845) 714-0482
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Kimberly Levitt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Lagrangeville, NY 12540  (Online Only)
I am a board certified psychiatric NP practicing in New York and Connecticut. I earned both my BSN and MSN at NYU. My wholistic approach to treatment involves combining evidence-based psychopharmacology with a therapeutic process that prioritizes the individual and their goals over their symptoms. I have experience helping people with depression, anxiety, ADHD, and addiction. I rely on my clinical experience for diagnosis and pharmacology, however what sets me apart is my ability to relate to others.
I am a board certified psychiatric NP practicing in New York and Connecticut. I earned both my BSN and MSN at NYU. My wholistic approach to treatment involves combining evidence-based psychopharmacology with a therapeutic process that prioritizes the individual and their goals over their symptoms. I have experience helping people with depression, anxiety, ADHD, and addiction. I rely on my clinical experience for diagnosis and pharmacology, however what sets me apart is my ability to relate to others.
(929) 492-4252 View (929) 492-4252
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Jeanean Aming
Psychiatric Nurse, FNP, BC
Verified
Fishkill, NY 12524
Jeanean Aming, NP, is a licensed Family Nurse Practitioner, with over ten years of experience as a healthcare provider. In her role as a Family Nurse Practitioner, she delivers behavioral health management to the Dutchess County community at large. She is certified in basic life support (BLS), advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), and pediatric advanced life support (PALS). She specializes in Child, Teen and Adult Psychiatry and has impeccable bedside manners
Jeanean Aming, NP, is a licensed Family Nurse Practitioner, with over ten years of experience as a healthcare provider. In her role as a Family Nurse Practitioner, she delivers behavioral health management to the Dutchess County community at large. She is certified in basic life support (BLS), advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), and pediatric advanced life support (PALS). She specializes in Child, Teen and Adult Psychiatry and has impeccable bedside manners
(845) 237-3823 View (845) 237-3823
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Rising Sun Psychiatric NP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, ANP
Verified
Fishkill, NY 12524
The majority of my patients come to me with symptoms of depression, anxiety, panic disorder, ADHD, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. I treat my patients with compassion and work on mental health issues which prevent them from enjoying life and achieving their full potential. I understand that psychological conditions can cause significant impairment in physical health, interpersonal relations and productivity.
The majority of my patients come to me with symptoms of depression, anxiety, panic disorder, ADHD, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. I treat my patients with compassion and work on mental health issues which prevent them from enjoying life and achieving their full potential. I understand that psychological conditions can cause significant impairment in physical health, interpersonal relations and productivity.
(845) 644-6099 View (845) 644-6099

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Number of Psychiatrists in Hopewell Junction, NY

< 10

Psychiatrists in Hopewell Junction, NY who prioritize treating:

100% Medication Management
75% Depression
75% Anxiety
75% Addiction
75% ADHD
75% Trauma and PTSD
75% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

24 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Empire BlueCross BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Hopewell Junction, NY see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

75% Male
25% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Hopewell Junction?

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.