Psychiatrists in Pleasantville, NY

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Rozy Aurora
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Pleasantville, NY 10570
I am a dual board certified psychiatrist specializing in child and adolescent psychiatry, and have clinical experience in a wide range of settings with diverse patient population. I am trained to provide a variety of behavioral and medical treatments for helping children and adults of all ages. With patients and families, I like to work as a team to address their individual needs.
I am a dual board certified psychiatrist specializing in child and adolescent psychiatry, and have clinical experience in a wide range of settings with diverse patient population. I am trained to provide a variety of behavioral and medical treatments for helping children and adults of all ages. With patients and families, I like to work as a team to address their individual needs.
(914) 816-3082 View (914) 816-3082
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Carol L Kessler
Psychiatrist, MD, MDiv
Verified Verified
Pleasantville, NY 10570  (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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Sifat Ameen
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Pleasantville, NY 10570
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
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Joseph Rivera
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Pleasantville, NY 10570
Joseph Rivera is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in New York, NY who has been practicing since 2024. Joseph specializes in the mental health treatment and diagnosis of the adult population. Joseph provides an empathetic approach, while utilizing his clinical experience and evidence-based practice protocols to ensure each patient receives the appropriate level of care possible. Through his assessment, diagnosis, and treatment, he offers a holistic and individualized plan for each patient's mental health journey.
Joseph Rivera is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in New York, NY who has been practicing since 2024. Joseph specializes in the mental health treatment and diagnosis of the adult population. Joseph provides an empathetic approach, while utilizing his clinical experience and evidence-based practice protocols to ensure each patient receives the appropriate level of care possible. Through his assessment, diagnosis, and treatment, he offers a holistic and individualized plan for each patient's mental health journey.
(914) 293-4556 View (914) 293-4556
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Ugo Oji
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Pleasantville, NY 10570
Ugo Oji is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in New York who has been practicing since 2024. She obtained her Masters of Nursing degree in Psychiatry from Pace University and her Bachelors at Dominican College. Ugo helps clients by providing medication management along with solution focused therapy. Outside of work, Ugo is into beauty and fashions and enjoys doing hair. Health and fitness have also been important to her. She also loves traveling to different countries.
Ugo Oji is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in New York who has been practicing since 2024. She obtained her Masters of Nursing degree in Psychiatry from Pace University and her Bachelors at Dominican College. Ugo helps clients by providing medication management along with solution focused therapy. Outside of work, Ugo is into beauty and fashions and enjoys doing hair. Health and fitness have also been important to her. She also loves traveling to different countries.
(914) 540-8285 View (914) 540-8285
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Nikesha Abdool
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP/PMH
Verified Verified
Pleasantville, NY 10570
Ms. Abdool is a New York State licensed Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry with a degree from New York University's Rory Meyers College. She is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and utilizes an eclectic approach to patient care, providing treatment for a wide variety of mental health issues including mood and anxiety disorders, trauma, and addiction. She offers a holistic approach to treatment for the adult population she serves in our Tarrytown office.
Ms. Abdool is a New York State licensed Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry with a degree from New York University's Rory Meyers College. She is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and utilizes an eclectic approach to patient care, providing treatment for a wide variety of mental health issues including mood and anxiety disorders, trauma, and addiction. She offers a holistic approach to treatment for the adult population she serves in our Tarrytown office.
(914) 292-3361 View (914) 292-3361

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TelePsychiatristPiedmont Behavioral Services
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chappaqua, NY 10514
We provide Child and Adult Psychiatry, Therapy and Substance abuse services via video across New York. Our Board Certified Psychiatrists and Therapists are available to help everyday and we can offer same day appointments. Telepsychiatry or Telemedicine uses video link (via computer or smartphone) to offer appointments from home or outside clinic. It offers the option to see a psychiatrist any time as long as you have access to your smart phone or computer. Please use our website or below link to make an appointment. https://piedmontbs.com/telepsychiatry
We provide Child and Adult Psychiatry, Therapy and Substance abuse services via video across New York. Our Board Certified Psychiatrists and Therapists are available to help everyday and we can offer same day appointments. Telepsychiatry or Telemedicine uses video link (via computer or smartphone) to offer appointments from home or outside clinic. It offers the option to see a psychiatrist any time as long as you have access to your smart phone or computer. Please use our website or below link to make an appointment. https://piedmontbs.com/telepsychiatry
(914) 313-8262 View (914) 313-8262
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Maggie Brother
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Chappaqua, NY 10514
I am a dual certified nurse practitioner, specializing in psychiatry. I utilize an integrative approach of prescribing medication, as appropriate, as well as psychotherapy to maximize symptom relief and restore quality of life. My goal is to give you the tools to be the best version of you. I am currently accepting new patients. Feel free to reach out to schedule an initial evaluation.
I am a dual certified nurse practitioner, specializing in psychiatry. I utilize an integrative approach of prescribing medication, as appropriate, as well as psychotherapy to maximize symptom relief and restore quality of life. My goal is to give you the tools to be the best version of you. I am currently accepting new patients. Feel free to reach out to schedule an initial evaluation.
(914) 454-3091 View (914) 454-3091
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Saron Fong
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Valhalla, NY 10595
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over two decades of healthcare experience in various healthcare settings, including acute and chronic illness. I work with clients suffering from anxiety, depression, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, ADHD, and other related mental illnesses. I enjoy working with individuals to make a positive difference with the goal of positive outcomes in their lives, with their families, and within their communities.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over two decades of healthcare experience in various healthcare settings, including acute and chronic illness. I work with clients suffering from anxiety, depression, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, ADHD, and other related mental illnesses. I enjoy working with individuals to make a positive difference with the goal of positive outcomes in their lives, with their families, and within their communities.
(845) 640-5693 View (845) 640-5693
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Erika Marshall
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chappaqua, NY 10514
I am a board certified psychiatrist practicing in Chappaqua, NY in Northern Westchester as well as online. I provide consultation, psychotherapy and psychopharmacology (medication management) for adults and older adolescents. I treat a wide variety of mental health conditions with particular interests in anxiety disorders, depression and other mood disorders, women's mental health and working with parents of children with special needs.
I am a board certified psychiatrist practicing in Chappaqua, NY in Northern Westchester as well as online. I provide consultation, psychotherapy and psychopharmacology (medication management) for adults and older adolescents. I treat a wide variety of mental health conditions with particular interests in anxiety disorders, depression and other mood disorders, women's mental health and working with parents of children with special needs.
(914) 864-0966 View (914) 864-0966
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Shauna Roach Psychiatric NP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Valhalla, NY 10595  (Online Only)
One size does not fit all especially when it comes to your mental health, I am sure you will agree. You not only want expert care, but you want to feel as though your concerns are validated. You want to feel empowered to move to the next step with someone who is consistent and cares about you. I want to be your accountability partner on your journey to recovery. In addition to managing your medication management, I offer brief psychotherapy to support your medication management regimen. I want to also give you a prescription for lifestyle changes to improve your mental health.
One size does not fit all especially when it comes to your mental health, I am sure you will agree. You not only want expert care, but you want to feel as though your concerns are validated. You want to feel empowered to move to the next step with someone who is consistent and cares about you. I want to be your accountability partner on your journey to recovery. In addition to managing your medication management, I offer brief psychotherapy to support your medication management regimen. I want to also give you a prescription for lifestyle changes to improve your mental health.
(845) 516-9641 View (845) 516-9641
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Iris A. Grett - Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BSN
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Valhalla, NY 10595
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I attended SUNY Delhi University receiving a BSN and then obtained a second masters degree from Sage University as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have worked with many different groups of patients that have dealt with depression, anxiety, OCD, and many other mental states. In my therapy and medication management, I utilize my philosophy of empathy, individual worth, ethics and diplomacy to make a positive difference with my patients.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I attended SUNY Delhi University receiving a BSN and then obtained a second masters degree from Sage University as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have worked with many different groups of patients that have dealt with depression, anxiety, OCD, and many other mental states. In my therapy and medication management, I utilize my philosophy of empathy, individual worth, ethics and diplomacy to make a positive difference with my patients.
(845) 671-3551 View (845) 671-3551
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Dr. John Wang
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Valhalla, NY 10595
As a doctor at Clearwave Psychiatry, I provide comprehensive healthcare that engages my patients with personally tailored problem solving for both in-person as well as telehealth appointments. Our collaborative group of providers use techniques such as genetic testing, nutritional supplementation, QEEG mapping, neurofeedback, psychotherapy and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to address each patient's physiological and psychological aspects of care and to create their optimal individualized treatment plan.
As a doctor at Clearwave Psychiatry, I provide comprehensive healthcare that engages my patients with personally tailored problem solving for both in-person as well as telehealth appointments. Our collaborative group of providers use techniques such as genetic testing, nutritional supplementation, QEEG mapping, neurofeedback, psychotherapy and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to address each patient's physiological and psychological aspects of care and to create their optimal individualized treatment plan.
(914) 229-9881 View (914) 229-9881
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Dr. Randy Ian Pardell
Psychiatrist, MD, DLFAPA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Valhalla, NY 10595
Our psychiatric clinicians address both the physiological and psychological aspects of each patient to create the optimal individualized treatment plan including genetic testing to inform medication management, nutritional supplementation, QEEG brain mapping, neurofeedback, psychotherapy and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation . Our expertise is the treatment of Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, and Psychotic Disorders. We provide empathy, time and care to each of our patients
Our psychiatric clinicians address both the physiological and psychological aspects of each patient to create the optimal individualized treatment plan including genetic testing to inform medication management, nutritional supplementation, QEEG brain mapping, neurofeedback, psychotherapy and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation . Our expertise is the treatment of Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, and Psychotic Disorders. We provide empathy, time and care to each of our patients
(845) 262-2447 View (845) 262-2447
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John Panzone
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510
My mission is to help adults with depression/anxiety live life to their full potential. I understand you are more than your diagnosis and that finding the right treatment begins with listening to your needs and concerns. My approach to practicing Psychiatry is about being a team player because I believe being directly responsive to your needs will lead to a positive outcome. At Panzone Psychiatry, Medication Management is an integral part of the process, ensuring your ongoing regimen is working optimally for you. This means that follow-up appointments will be more than a quick
My mission is to help adults with depression/anxiety live life to their full potential. I understand you are more than your diagnosis and that finding the right treatment begins with listening to your needs and concerns. My approach to practicing Psychiatry is about being a team player because I believe being directly responsive to your needs will lead to a positive outcome. At Panzone Psychiatry, Medication Management is an integral part of the process, ensuring your ongoing regimen is working optimally for you. This means that follow-up appointments will be more than a quick
(914) 228-7824 View (914) 228-7824
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David M. Brody, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510
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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Henna Warman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified 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
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Margaret G Kraft
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, AGPCNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Briarcliff, NY 10510  (Online Only)
I am a dual certified Nurse Practitioner (NP) in both Primary Care and Psychiatry. Given my qualifications, I use an integrative and holistic approach to treatment. I treat each client as a unique individual with unique needs. During our first visit I will ask a number of questions in order to get to know your history and your goals. After performing an evaluation, I will give you my recommendations which may include medications and/or therapy. We will work together to create a plan of care that sets you on the path toward achieving your goals.
I am a dual certified Nurse Practitioner (NP) in both Primary Care and Psychiatry. Given my qualifications, I use an integrative and holistic approach to treatment. I treat each client as a unique individual with unique needs. During our first visit I will ask a number of questions in order to get to know your history and your goals. After performing an evaluation, I will give you my recommendations which may include medications and/or therapy. We will work together to create a plan of care that sets you on the path toward achieving your goals.
(914) 809-8221 View (914) 809-8221
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Adam Kaufman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified 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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Denise Darling
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hawthorne, NY 10532
If you're grappling with the shadows of depression, the weight of anxiety, the depth of existential crisis, or other mental anguish, you are not alone. Your path towards healing begins with personalized care, compassion, and a commitment to your mental health and vitality. Specializing in integrative psychiatric care, I curate personalized support; we explore modalities like medication management, psychotherapy, supplements and lifestyle coaching. My passion is reigniting hope and empowering patients. Take the first step towards your revival and embark on a transformative mental well-being journey.
If you're grappling with the shadows of depression, the weight of anxiety, the depth of existential crisis, or other mental anguish, you are not alone. Your path towards healing begins with personalized care, compassion, and a commitment to your mental health and vitality. Specializing in integrative psychiatric care, I curate personalized support; we explore modalities like medication management, psychotherapy, supplements and lifestyle coaching. My passion is reigniting hope and empowering patients. Take the first step towards your revival and embark on a transformative mental well-being journey.
(914) 817-0631 View (914) 817-0631

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Pleasantville, NY

< 10

Psychiatrists in Pleasantville, NY who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
83% ADHD
83% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
83% Trauma and PTSD
83% Bipolar Disorder
83% Medication Management

Average years in practice

32 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Pleasantville, NY see their clients

84% In Person and Online
16% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Pleasantville?

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.