Psychiatrists in Ossining, NY

Photo of Carol L Kessler, Psychiatrist in Ossining, NY
Carol L Kessler
Psychiatrist, MD, MDiv
Verified
Ossining, NY 10562  (Online Only)
I serve children, adolescents and adults who are in need of appropriate diagnosis and treatment of mental health issues. I am able to prescribe medication when indicated, yet make this decision in the context of an evaluation of psychological, social, spiritual and familial circumstances. I strive to provide a compassionate, safe space for those seeking my care.
I serve children, adolescents and adults who are in need of appropriate diagnosis and treatment of mental health issues. I am able to prescribe medication when indicated, yet make this decision in the context of an evaluation of psychological, social, spiritual and familial circumstances. I strive to provide a compassionate, safe space for those seeking my care.
(914) 819-5002 View (914) 819-5002
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David M. Brody, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Ossining, NY 10562
I am an experienced psychiatrist having worked with children, adolescents, and adults over many years in a variety of settings, including private practice, day treatment, residential treatment, public schools and hospital, using a variety of modalities, including individual therapy, family therapy, parent counseling and medication. I follow an eclectic approach to treatment, with a strong background in psychodynamic and family systems.
I am an experienced psychiatrist having worked with children, adolescents, and adults over many years in a variety of settings, including private practice, day treatment, residential treatment, public schools and hospital, using a variety of modalities, including individual therapy, family therapy, parent counseling and medication. I follow an eclectic approach to treatment, with a strong background in psychodynamic and family systems.
(914) 935-7603 View (914) 935-7603
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Debra Mayers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Ossining, NY 10562  (Online Only)
I understand you may be experiencing excessive worry, anxiousness, pounding chest and shortness of breath and cannot understand why. Or you may be feeling down, not able enjoy the things you once enjoyed, feel like you don’t want to get out of bed; I don’t want you continue to suffer anymore; I will work with you to provide a combination of medication and therapy that will give you the relief you are seeking and give you your life back.
I understand you may be experiencing excessive worry, anxiousness, pounding chest and shortness of breath and cannot understand why. Or you may be feeling down, not able enjoy the things you once enjoyed, feel like you don’t want to get out of bed; I don’t want you continue to suffer anymore; I will work with you to provide a combination of medication and therapy that will give you the relief you are seeking and give you your life back.
(845) 237-3932 View (845) 237-3932
Photo of Shajiuddin Faraz Mohammed, Psychiatrist in Ossining, NY
Shajiuddin Faraz Mohammed
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified
Ossining, NY 10562
Dr. Mohammed is well known in the community for his empathetic manner, and his ability to develop a therapeutic relationship with his patients. He can work with patients from all age groups, including children with special needs. Dr. Mohammed is fluent in English, Hindi and Urdu and welcomes patients of all ages, genders, and sexual orientations.
Dr. Mohammed is well known in the community for his empathetic manner, and his ability to develop a therapeutic relationship with his patients. He can work with patients from all age groups, including children with special needs. Dr. Mohammed is fluent in English, Hindi and Urdu and welcomes patients of all ages, genders, and sexual orientations.
(914) 229-9519 View (914) 229-9519

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Patricia Grendell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591  (Online Only)
I specialize in working with individuals experiencing a wide range of acute and chronic stress and distress using a multitude of medicine-based and non-pharmacological methods to achieve increased well-being and recovery. I tailor treatment to the goals, needs, and comfort level of each individual at her or his own pace.
I specialize in working with individuals experiencing a wide range of acute and chronic stress and distress using a multitude of medicine-based and non-pharmacological methods to achieve increased well-being and recovery. I tailor treatment to the goals, needs, and comfort level of each individual at her or his own pace.
(914) 502-4346 View (914) 502-4346
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Henna Warman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510  (Online Only)
Hello, my name is Henna and I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 7 years of nursing experience. I graduated with my Masters of Science in Nursing from Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing. I specialize in Medication Management, Anxiety, Depression and Mood Disorders. I work at Lavender where we believe that psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive, intimidating or impossible to access.
Hello, my name is Henna and I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 7 years of nursing experience. I graduated with my Masters of Science in Nursing from Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing. I specialize in Medication Management, Anxiety, Depression and Mood Disorders. I work at Lavender where we believe that psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive, intimidating or impossible to access.
(347) 482-0788 View (347) 482-0788
Photo of Crystal Moschiano, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Ossining, NY
Crystal Moschiano
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
8 Endorsed
Mount Kisco, NY 10549  (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
Photo of Adam Kaufman, Psychiatrist in Ossining, NY
Adam Kaufman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Chappaqua, NY 10514
Welcome! I am a board certified psychiatrist trained at Weill Cornell Medical College and NYU. I bring a compassionate and practical approach to helping you get where you want to go.
Welcome! I am a board certified psychiatrist trained at Weill Cornell Medical College and NYU. I bring a compassionate and practical approach to helping you get where you want to go.
(914) 425-5808 View (914) 425-5808
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Arashinder Dhaliwal
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
White Plains, NY 10604
Arashinder Dhaliwal has 10+ years of experience working with wide range of mental health issues. He believes that a thorough assessment of all aspects of mental health followed by collaborative treatment planning is key to successful treatment. He partners with his patients for their treatment goals and strives to provide holistic mental health care using up to date advancements in medications and therapy. He has special interest in anxiety, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, first break psychosis, trauma associated mental health disorders and ADHD.
Arashinder Dhaliwal has 10+ years of experience working with wide range of mental health issues. He believes that a thorough assessment of all aspects of mental health followed by collaborative treatment planning is key to successful treatment. He partners with his patients for their treatment goals and strives to provide holistic mental health care using up to date advancements in medications and therapy. He has special interest in anxiety, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, first break psychosis, trauma associated mental health disorders and ADHD.
(914) 928-2138 View (914) 928-2138
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Vanessa Leigh Carroll
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Irvington, NY 10533
As a psychiatrist I wear many different hats while supporting my clients, but first and foremost I’m a psychotherapist and that is where I do my most rewarding work. I use my background in Integrative Psychiatry to give my clients a 360 degree treatment plan, including supplements, lifestyle modification and psychiatric medications when appropriate. My approach appreciates that while psychiatric drugs and supplements can help they are not the cure and most patients need that therapeutic space in order to thrive and steer the treatment in a new direction.
As a psychiatrist I wear many different hats while supporting my clients, but first and foremost I’m a psychotherapist and that is where I do my most rewarding work. I use my background in Integrative Psychiatry to give my clients a 360 degree treatment plan, including supplements, lifestyle modification and psychiatric medications when appropriate. My approach appreciates that while psychiatric drugs and supplements can help they are not the cure and most patients need that therapeutic space in order to thrive and steer the treatment in a new direction.
(914) 506-5448 View (914) 506-5448
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Dr. Mark Nakhla
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified adult and geriatric psychiatrist. I utilize a compassionate, collaborative, and recovery-oriented approach to support each of my patients in living meaningful and sustainably healthy lives. I offer psychotherapy and medication management approaches where appropriate. I work with adults of all ages and treat a wide variety of concerns including anxiety disorders, mood disorders including depression and bipolar disorder, ADHD, OCD, and interpersonal challenges.
I am a board-certified adult and geriatric psychiatrist. I utilize a compassionate, collaborative, and recovery-oriented approach to support each of my patients in living meaningful and sustainably healthy lives. I offer psychotherapy and medication management approaches where appropriate. I work with adults of all ages and treat a wide variety of concerns including anxiety disorders, mood disorders including depression and bipolar disorder, ADHD, OCD, and interpersonal challenges.
(347) 941-1342 View (347) 941-1342
Photo of Maureen B Doyle, Psychiatric Nurse in Ossining, NY
Maureen B Doyle
Psychiatric Nurse, PhD, PMHCNS-, CARN, CNE
Verified
Valhalla, NY 10595  (Online Only)
I am currently accepting new clients. MY FORTE IS TALK THERAPY. I DO NOT PRESCRIBE! Hope for relief from pain and dreams of becoming one's best self require an empathic foundation of trust. Imagine that you are harnessing your intuitive power to change. If you would welcome a companion-guide on such a journey, contact me, I'll do my best to help. Extensive experience as an Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse in both direct clinical practice and teaching in academic and clinical settings, provides a secure base of wisdom and evidence that informs my practice.
I am currently accepting new clients. MY FORTE IS TALK THERAPY. I DO NOT PRESCRIBE! Hope for relief from pain and dreams of becoming one's best self require an empathic foundation of trust. Imagine that you are harnessing your intuitive power to change. If you would welcome a companion-guide on such a journey, contact me, I'll do my best to help. Extensive experience as an Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse in both direct clinical practice and teaching in academic and clinical settings, provides a secure base of wisdom and evidence that informs my practice.
(914) 229-9268 View (914) 229-9268
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Sheila Devlin-Craane
Psychiatric Nurse, DNP, NPP, MSN, APRN-BC
Verified
Chappaqua, NY 10514
Dr Sheila Devlin-Craane - Counseling Associates Inc / EMDR for Trauma is a DNP, & Clinical Specialist, board certified in psychiatric mental health with more than 30 years in clinical practice as an APRN in psychiatric mental health NP in psychiatry. Was graduated from CUNY 1991, and from Fairfield University in 2015 with a doctorate degree in Psychiatric Mental Health. Practice and experience includes Integrative psychotherapy, addictions, EMDR, pharmacotherapy and marriage and family Therapy. Clients receive a complete psychiatric assessment which for medication and/or psychotherapy specific to their needs.
Dr Sheila Devlin-Craane - Counseling Associates Inc / EMDR for Trauma is a DNP, & Clinical Specialist, board certified in psychiatric mental health with more than 30 years in clinical practice as an APRN in psychiatric mental health NP in psychiatry. Was graduated from CUNY 1991, and from Fairfield University in 2015 with a doctorate degree in Psychiatric Mental Health. Practice and experience includes Integrative psychotherapy, addictions, EMDR, pharmacotherapy and marriage and family Therapy. Clients receive a complete psychiatric assessment which for medication and/or psychotherapy specific to their needs.
(917) 577-2129 View (917) 577-2129
Photo of Sifat Ameen, Psychiatric Nurse in Ossining, NY
Sifat Ameen
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP-B
Verified
Tarrytown, NY 10591
Sifat Ameen is a board-certified, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She is dedicated about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services, including brief psychotherapy and prescribing medications if indicated, for young adults and adult population. Her ongoing areas of interest include integrating nutrition , physical movement and improved sleep practices as foundations and multi-level response for care. Overall Sifat tends to be more conservative in her prescribing practices, especially in regards to prescribing controlled substances.
Sifat Ameen is a board-certified, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She is dedicated about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services, including brief psychotherapy and prescribing medications if indicated, for young adults and adult population. Her ongoing areas of interest include integrating nutrition , physical movement and improved sleep practices as foundations and multi-level response for care. Overall Sifat tends to be more conservative in her prescribing practices, especially in regards to prescribing controlled substances.
(914) 252-3894 View (914) 252-3894
Photo of Janice Hesler, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Ossining, NY
Janice Hesler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RNC, MSN, CNM, PMHNP
Verified
Valhalla, NY 10595  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I am currently accepting new patients from anywhere in New York State for telepsychiatry only. I have day, evening and weekend appointments available. My practice is focused on medication management for adults . My background is as an RN for 26 years, focusing in Women's Health, prior to becoming a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 2008 working in settings across the country to include NY, Arizona, Iowa, Minnesota and Alaska. I would love to explore your story with you to determine the best way to get you feeling your best by looking at the big picture and then utilizing medications and various other forms of support.
I am currently accepting new patients from anywhere in New York State for telepsychiatry only. I have day, evening and weekend appointments available. My practice is focused on medication management for adults . My background is as an RN for 26 years, focusing in Women's Health, prior to becoming a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 2008 working in settings across the country to include NY, Arizona, Iowa, Minnesota and Alaska. I would love to explore your story with you to determine the best way to get you feeling your best by looking at the big picture and then utilizing medications and various other forms of support.
(518) 351-2149 View (518) 351-2149
Photo of Sybil Mouzon, Psychiatrist in Ossining, NY
Sybil Mouzon
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
Dr. Mouzon is a New York State licensed psychiatrist, certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She earned her medical degree at New York University School of Medicine and completed psychiatry residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Prior to joining our staff, she was the Associate Medical Director of the Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Department at Montefiore Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Dr. Mouzon is a New York State licensed psychiatrist, certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She earned her medical degree at New York University School of Medicine and completed psychiatry residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Prior to joining our staff, she was the Associate Medical Director of the Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Department at Montefiore Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
(914) 758-1195 View (914) 758-1195
Photo of Dr. Jena Simon, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Ossining, NY
Dr. Jena Simon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Nyack, NY 10960
Jena M. Simon, DNP, is a Double Board-Certified nurse practitioner specializing in psychiatric mental health and family health. After graduating from Columbia University in 2010 as a Family and Oncology Nurse Practitioner, Dr. Simon worked in New York City at a large tertiary medical center caring for adults with sickle cell disease. In this role, she became attuned to the needs of people living with chronic illness and chronic pain.
Jena M. Simon, DNP, is a Double Board-Certified nurse practitioner specializing in psychiatric mental health and family health. After graduating from Columbia University in 2010 as a Family and Oncology Nurse Practitioner, Dr. Simon worked in New York City at a large tertiary medical center caring for adults with sickle cell disease. In this role, she became attuned to the needs of people living with chronic illness and chronic pain.
(347) 967-5203 View (347) 967-5203
Photo of Mark D'agostino, Psychiatrist in Ossining, NY
Mark D'agostino
Psychiatrist, MD, MS, MSc
Verified
Mount Kisco, NY 10549
Dr. D'Agostino is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN), and has a subspeciality Board Certification in Addiction Medicine; he is a Suboxone provider, and treats a variety of substance use disorders with medication assisted treatment (MAT) and therapy (as needed). He specializes in the treatment of adults and late-adolescents, with expertise in medication management and therapy for conditions including but not limited to anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, opioid and alcohol use disorder.
Dr. D'Agostino is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN), and has a subspeciality Board Certification in Addiction Medicine; he is a Suboxone provider, and treats a variety of substance use disorders with medication assisted treatment (MAT) and therapy (as needed). He specializes in the treatment of adults and late-adolescents, with expertise in medication management and therapy for conditions including but not limited to anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, opioid and alcohol use disorder.
(833) 735-0559 View (833) 735-0559
Photo of Margaret G Kraft, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Ossining, NY
Margaret G Kraft
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, AGPCNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Hawthorne, NY 10532  (Online Only)
We all have within us the resources we need to guide us through the challenges and obstacles inherent in life. Learning to access those inner resources can be a challenge, however. While difficulties in life are inevitable, we do not have to “white knuckle” through them, nor do we have to run away from our difficult emotions. Instead, it is through investigating those emotions that we open the channel that connects us to those inner resources. Importantly, we can learn to find meaning and value, even within life’s difficulties and struggles; it is only through this process that we discover the path to joy and to a serene life.
We all have within us the resources we need to guide us through the challenges and obstacles inherent in life. Learning to access those inner resources can be a challenge, however. While difficulties in life are inevitable, we do not have to “white knuckle” through them, nor do we have to run away from our difficult emotions. Instead, it is through investigating those emotions that we open the channel that connects us to those inner resources. Importantly, we can learn to find meaning and value, even within life’s difficulties and struggles; it is only through this process that we discover the path to joy and to a serene life.
(914) 809-8221 View (914) 809-8221
Photo of Virginia Connolly, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Ossining, NY
Virginia Connolly
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RNMSNP-
Verified
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
Ginger Connolly graduated from Columbia University 22 years ago, obtaining her Nurse Practitioner degree. This was preceded by 20 years of inpatient treatment with both children and adults. She specializes in ADHD, General Anxiety Disorders, Major Depression, PTSD and Obsessive compulsive disorders. More attention is increasingly given to Social anxiety disorder which has increased in prevalence with the advent of the pandemic isolation. Age groups seen are from age 5 thru age 55. Child treatment is accompanied by parent training if needed, if Oppositional Defiant Disorder is noted in particular.
Ginger Connolly graduated from Columbia University 22 years ago, obtaining her Nurse Practitioner degree. This was preceded by 20 years of inpatient treatment with both children and adults. She specializes in ADHD, General Anxiety Disorders, Major Depression, PTSD and Obsessive compulsive disorders. More attention is increasingly given to Social anxiety disorder which has increased in prevalence with the advent of the pandemic isolation. Age groups seen are from age 5 thru age 55. Child treatment is accompanied by parent training if needed, if Oppositional Defiant Disorder is noted in particular.
(914) 530-6233 View (914) 530-6233

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Ossining, NY

< 10

Psychiatrists in Ossining, NY who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Medication Management
75% Child
75% Parenting

Average years in practice

17 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Ossining, NY see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

66% Male
34% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Ossining?

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.