Psychiatrists in Larchmont, NY

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Eddyfay Daley Prayer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP, PMHNP
Verified
Larchmont, NY 10538  (Online Only)
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a distinguished academic background, having earned my degree from Walden University. With a rich history spanning over two decades in healthcare, I bring a wealth of experience to my practice. In my role as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am also a certified medical marijuana provider. My comprehensive approach encompasses the treatment of adolescents, adults, and geriatric clients. Specializing in ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Panic Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, and Substance-related issues, I am committed to delivering compassionate and effective care.
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a distinguished academic background, having earned my degree from Walden University. With a rich history spanning over two decades in healthcare, I bring a wealth of experience to my practice. In my role as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am also a certified medical marijuana provider. My comprehensive approach encompasses the treatment of adolescents, adults, and geriatric clients. Specializing in ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Panic Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, and Substance-related issues, I am committed to delivering compassionate and effective care.
(914) 685-5491 View (914) 685-5491
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Lisa Turtz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Larchmont, NY 10538
I am a Board certified Psychiatrist, licensed in New York State, with over 30 years of experience. I have had a private practice in Larchmont, NY since 2016. I was also, a private practitioner, working at two Montefiore Medical groups from April 2008-2022. Prior to that, I worked as a Psychiatrist for HIP for many years from 1990 to April 2008, first at a Psychiatric Outpatient Clinic and then at two medical group sites. I enjoyed working as a Psychiatrist in a medical setting, collaborating with primary care physicians, where there is an interface between Psychiatry and Medicine.
I am a Board certified Psychiatrist, licensed in New York State, with over 30 years of experience. I have had a private practice in Larchmont, NY since 2016. I was also, a private practitioner, working at two Montefiore Medical groups from April 2008-2022. Prior to that, I worked as a Psychiatrist for HIP for many years from 1990 to April 2008, first at a Psychiatric Outpatient Clinic and then at two medical group sites. I enjoyed working as a Psychiatrist in a medical setting, collaborating with primary care physicians, where there is an interface between Psychiatry and Medicine.
(914) 825-4472 View (914) 825-4472
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Zoe Birnbaum Frankel
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Larchmont, NY 10538
Dr. Birnbaum is a board-certified adult psychiatrist serving Manhattan and Westchester. She believes that fruitful psychiatric care depends on a trusting and warm relationship. She works to support her clients in making substantial improvements in their lives along with gaining a deeper understanding of themselves and their relationships. Dr. Birnbaum has extensive experience in treating conditions that impact wellness and happiness including depression, anxiety, life stage transitions, relationship difficulties, and grief. She is an expert in medication management and psychotherapy.
Dr. Birnbaum is a board-certified adult psychiatrist serving Manhattan and Westchester. She believes that fruitful psychiatric care depends on a trusting and warm relationship. She works to support her clients in making substantial improvements in their lives along with gaining a deeper understanding of themselves and their relationships. Dr. Birnbaum has extensive experience in treating conditions that impact wellness and happiness including depression, anxiety, life stage transitions, relationship difficulties, and grief. She is an expert in medication management and psychotherapy.
(914) 559-7676 View (914) 559-7676
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Galit Sharon Marcus
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MPH
Verified
Larchmont, NY 10538
Are personal, school, or business relationships a problem for you? Are you depressed, angry, or anxious? Do you feel different, alone, or like an outsider? Do you have low self esteem? Are there disturbing problems in your life that you struggle to improve? Are you trying to discover who you are? I use a "toolbox" approach using one or more therapeutic techniques based on what you need. I am trained in interpersonal therapy, mindfulness, psychopharmacology, CBT, DBT skills, EMDR, Gottman method, and trauma-informed therapy. I am confident that my combination of skills will help if we have a compatible and good rapport together.
Are personal, school, or business relationships a problem for you? Are you depressed, angry, or anxious? Do you feel different, alone, or like an outsider? Do you have low self esteem? Are there disturbing problems in your life that you struggle to improve? Are you trying to discover who you are? I use a "toolbox" approach using one or more therapeutic techniques based on what you need. I am trained in interpersonal therapy, mindfulness, psychopharmacology, CBT, DBT skills, EMDR, Gottman method, and trauma-informed therapy. I am confident that my combination of skills will help if we have a compatible and good rapport together.
(914) 268-6113 View (914) 268-6113
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Anna Bunag
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MPH
Verified
Larchmont, NY 10538  (Online Only)
My private practice focuses on treating adults with mood disorders including Depression and Anxiety. I specialize in medication management in a non-judgmental, thoughtful, and safe space. I include health, medical, and psycho-education and counseling pertinent to your treatment. I work collaboratively with you and your therapist, if you have one, to ensure seamless, whole-person care. I hold video sessions only at this time and thus accept clients from ALL of NY State.
My private practice focuses on treating adults with mood disorders including Depression and Anxiety. I specialize in medication management in a non-judgmental, thoughtful, and safe space. I include health, medical, and psycho-education and counseling pertinent to your treatment. I work collaboratively with you and your therapist, if you have one, to ensure seamless, whole-person care. I hold video sessions only at this time and thus accept clients from ALL of NY State.
(914) 359-2454 View (914) 359-2454
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Felipe Castillo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Larchmont, NY 10538
Waitlist for new clients
I am a board-certified adult psychiatrist sub-specialized in addiction psychiatry who provides comprehensive mental health treatment for adults - including psychotherapy and medication management. I will work together with you on your mental health needs without being judged, ignored or misunderstood. I intentionally have a low volume private practice in order to deliver personalized care. I primarily see patients on Thursdays evenings in person, and remotely other evenings.
I am a board-certified adult psychiatrist sub-specialized in addiction psychiatry who provides comprehensive mental health treatment for adults - including psychotherapy and medication management. I will work together with you on your mental health needs without being judged, ignored or misunderstood. I intentionally have a low volume private practice in order to deliver personalized care. I primarily see patients on Thursdays evenings in person, and remotely other evenings.
(646) 798-9661 View (646) 798-9661
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Dr. Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Larchmont, NY 10538  (Online Only)
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
(914) 359-3899 View (914) 359-3899
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Sharon Neeman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Larchmont, NY 10538
(917) 920-6445 View (917) 920-6445

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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
New Rochelle, NY 10801  (Online Only)
We are board-certified to treat Children and Adults. Accepting new patients in New York via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $249, Follow-ups are $99. Also Accepting some insurances.
We are board-certified to treat Children and Adults. Accepting new patients in New York via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $249, Follow-ups are $99. Also Accepting some insurances.
(833) 439-9425 View (833) 439-9425
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Jessica Eisenberg
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Harrison, NY 10528  (Online Only)
I am a double board certified adult and child/adolescent psychiatrist in New York. I am passionate about helping children, adolescents, and adults to feel better understood as individuals, reach their personal goals, and forge more meaningful relationships. To accomplish this, I approach my patients with warmth and empathic curiosity and utilize integrated and holistic methods of treatment. I’m trained in various modalities of evidenced based psychotherapies, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Psychodynamic psychotherapy. When the need arises, I also prescribe medication to enhance treatment.
I am a double board certified adult and child/adolescent psychiatrist in New York. I am passionate about helping children, adolescents, and adults to feel better understood as individuals, reach their personal goals, and forge more meaningful relationships. To accomplish this, I approach my patients with warmth and empathic curiosity and utilize integrated and holistic methods of treatment. I’m trained in various modalities of evidenced based psychotherapies, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Psychodynamic psychotherapy. When the need arises, I also prescribe medication to enhance treatment.
(914) 233-3414 View (914) 233-3414
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Leila Jean-Baptiste
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
New Rochelle, NY 10801
Leila Jean Baptiste is a medical doctor with more than ten years of experience, specializing in General Adult Psychiatry, who treats patients between 18 to 65. Leila obtained her medical degree at The State University of Haiti, where she specialized and completed her training as chief resident in Pediatrics. She then moved to the USA and continued her training with a second specialization in Adult General Psychiatry at the Westchester Medical Center Hospital in Valhalla, NY. Leila has a special interest in mental health advocacy and serves as an executive member in the Haitian American Psychiatry Association(HAPA).
Leila Jean Baptiste is a medical doctor with more than ten years of experience, specializing in General Adult Psychiatry, who treats patients between 18 to 65. Leila obtained her medical degree at The State University of Haiti, where she specialized and completed her training as chief resident in Pediatrics. She then moved to the USA and continued her training with a second specialization in Adult General Psychiatry at the Westchester Medical Center Hospital in Valhalla, NY. Leila has a special interest in mental health advocacy and serves as an executive member in the Haitian American Psychiatry Association(HAPA).
(914) 344-6492 View (914) 344-6492
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Taqialdeen Zamil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
New Rochelle, NY 10801  (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.
(949) 541-9040 View (949) 541-9040
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Anastasia Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FPMHNP
Verified
Mamaroneck, NY 10543
As a licensed therapist accepting new clients, I understand the challenges you face and want to help. Whether you're struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, or feeling stuck in unhealthy patterns, my goal is to provide a warm, nonjudgmental space for you to find clarity and meaning. I offer both counseling and medication management to support your healing. My therapeutic approach draws from CBT, DBT, and mindfulness to meet your unique needs. I have specialized training in PTSD, child/adolescent counseling, and medication management.
As a licensed therapist accepting new clients, I understand the challenges you face and want to help. Whether you're struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, or feeling stuck in unhealthy patterns, my goal is to provide a warm, nonjudgmental space for you to find clarity and meaning. I offer both counseling and medication management to support your healing. My therapeutic approach draws from CBT, DBT, and mindfulness to meet your unique needs. I have specialized training in PTSD, child/adolescent counseling, and medication management.
(914) 350-4223 View (914) 350-4223
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Dimitry Francois
Psychiatrist
Verified
Harrison, NY 10528
I am an Ivy League-trained and triple-board certified psychiatrist in general psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and addiction medicine. My expertise is in diagnosing and treating complex psychiatric conditions, including late-life depression, bipolar spectrum disorders, psychotic disorders, anxiety, personality disorders, substance use, and other disorders.
I am an Ivy League-trained and triple-board certified psychiatrist in general psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and addiction medicine. My expertise is in diagnosing and treating complex psychiatric conditions, including late-life depression, bipolar spectrum disorders, psychotic disorders, anxiety, personality disorders, substance use, and other disorders.
(914) 477-2906 View (914) 477-2906
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Mary Pressman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
New Rochelle, NY 10801
Dr. Mary Pressman is a Psychiatrist in New York who has been practicing since 1983. She is a medical doctor who has a Master's degree in public health. Dr. Pressman has many years of experience as a psychiatrist in treating children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings. Herself a widow and single mother, living with cancer, she is familiar with the need to follow where life leads and has found that our beliefs about our bodies and our circumstances are important to our ability to deal with difficult problems, not always within our control.
Dr. Mary Pressman is a Psychiatrist in New York who has been practicing since 1983. She is a medical doctor who has a Master's degree in public health. Dr. Pressman has many years of experience as a psychiatrist in treating children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings. Herself a widow and single mother, living with cancer, she is familiar with the need to follow where life leads and has found that our beliefs about our bodies and our circumstances are important to our ability to deal with difficult problems, not always within our control.
(914) 454-2349 View (914) 454-2349
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Daniel G. Wong
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
New Rochelle, NY 10804
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 Darcy Leon, Psychiatric Nurse in Larchmont, NY
Darcy Leon
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP-B
Verified
New Rochelle, NY 10801
I am an experienced psychiatric nurse practitioner with a background helping adults, adolescents, and their families heal from a variety of mental health issues. I believe that good communication between me and my clients will improve outcomes, and this has been confirmed in my practice. My primary focus of practice is psychopharmacology (medications). I am passionate about teaching my clients about their medications, staying up to date on new research, individualizing regimens for each person I treat.
I am an experienced psychiatric nurse practitioner with a background helping adults, adolescents, and their families heal from a variety of mental health issues. I believe that good communication between me and my clients will improve outcomes, and this has been confirmed in my practice. My primary focus of practice is psychopharmacology (medications). I am passionate about teaching my clients about their medications, staying up to date on new research, individualizing regimens for each person I treat.
(914) 730-5592 View (914) 730-5592
Photo of Steve Velazquez, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Larchmont, NY
Steve Velazquez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Harrison, NY 10528
Steve Velazquez is an ANCC board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who has over 7 years of experience in improving the lives of individuals suffering from mental health disorders. Steve is a warm, non-judgmental, and open-minded provider who will meet his clients at their level, and together, strive to achieve mental restoration and liberation.
Steve Velazquez is an ANCC board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who has over 7 years of experience in improving the lives of individuals suffering from mental health disorders. Steve is a warm, non-judgmental, and open-minded provider who will meet his clients at their level, and together, strive to achieve mental restoration and liberation.
(914) 449-4606 View (914) 449-4606
Photo of Paula Bu, Psychiatrist in Larchmont, NY
Paula Bu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Mamaroneck, NY 10543
When depression, anxiety, or trauma overshadows your thoughts, it can be difficult to even imagine how life could be different. Whether you are struggling with work-life balance, relationships, or life transitions, I offer new ways of thinking and a personalized treatment plan that empowers you to live your most meaningful life. I also have significant experience treating college students, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and people of color.
When depression, anxiety, or trauma overshadows your thoughts, it can be difficult to even imagine how life could be different. Whether you are struggling with work-life balance, relationships, or life transitions, I offer new ways of thinking and a personalized treatment plan that empowers you to live your most meaningful life. I also have significant experience treating college students, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and people of color.
(267) 358-6157 View (267) 358-6157
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Mavida Health
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified
Scarsdale, NY 10583  (Online Only)
Mavida Health is a deeply specialized, comprehensive mental health platform for the path to parenthood - including those trying to conceive, pregnant - including adoption and surrogacy, experiencing pregnancy loss, or in the postpartum. We offer 1:1 therapy, couples/family therapy, group therapy, prescribing, and medication management.
Mavida Health is a deeply specialized, comprehensive mental health platform for the path to parenthood - including those trying to conceive, pregnant - including adoption and surrogacy, experiencing pregnancy loss, or in the postpartum. We offer 1:1 therapy, couples/family therapy, group therapy, prescribing, and medication management.
(914) 814-6428 View (914) 814-6428

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Larchmont, NY

< 10

Psychiatrists in Larchmont, NY who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
75% Trauma and PTSD
75% Medication Management
75% Stress
63% Relationship Issues
63% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Oxford

How Psychiatrists in Larchmont, NY see their clients

63% In Person and Online
37% Online Only

Gender breakdown

72% Female
28% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Larchmont?

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.