Psychiatrists in Rhinebeck, NY

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Naheed Akhtar
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Rhinebeck, NY 12572
I love to help people! I completed my residency from Northshore University Hospital Manhasset NY. integrated within the Northwell health system - I have been practicing psychiatry and seeding hope for more than 20 years in all settings for Pt population like in-patients , community health centers and ER .During these years my focus has been to listen empathically and treat them the best i can .i was awarded by pronounced Vitals as the most compassionate dr who treat their pts with utmost kindness - also top rated by U.S News Health. My passion and profession meets here.
I love to help people! I completed my residency from Northshore University Hospital Manhasset NY. integrated within the Northwell health system - I have been practicing psychiatry and seeding hope for more than 20 years in all settings for Pt population like in-patients , community health centers and ER .During these years my focus has been to listen empathically and treat them the best i can .i was awarded by pronounced Vitals as the most compassionate dr who treat their pts with utmost kindness - also top rated by U.S News Health. My passion and profession meets here.
(845) 251-4108 View (845) 251-4108
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Scott Shaffer
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Rhinebeck, NY 12572  (Online Only)
Greetings! My private practice is here for children, teenagers, young adults, adults, and families who are looking for not only a psychiatrist, but a therapist, an advocate, a humanist, and above all else a listener. I am here to learn and understand your story and to collaborate with you on a treatment plan that will help address any symptoms of mental health challenges that you or your child are experiencing. I am board certified in child and adolescent psychiatry as well adult psychiatry and have 11 years of experience with seeing patients in multiple treatment settings as well as teaching students, residents, and fellows.
Greetings! My private practice is here for children, teenagers, young adults, adults, and families who are looking for not only a psychiatrist, but a therapist, an advocate, a humanist, and above all else a listener. I am here to learn and understand your story and to collaborate with you on a treatment plan that will help address any symptoms of mental health challenges that you or your child are experiencing. I am board certified in child and adolescent psychiatry as well adult psychiatry and have 11 years of experience with seeing patients in multiple treatment settings as well as teaching students, residents, and fellows.
(845) 393-9121 View (845) 393-9121
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Ruth C Schefflan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP-P, MS, BS
Verified Verified
Rhinebeck, NY 12572  (Online Only)
Do you frequently feel that stress, anxiety, anger, or depression interfere with your daily activities? If you do, I can offer help in relieving your emotional discomfort from whatever source. As an experienced, empathic, psychiatric nurse practitioner, with additional institute training in psychotherapy and mental health, I can provide you with the means to nurture social connections and aid in general well-being regardless of diagnosis. I can help with methods that include use of effective coping mechanisms, conflict resolution, and problem solving.
Do you frequently feel that stress, anxiety, anger, or depression interfere with your daily activities? If you do, I can offer help in relieving your emotional discomfort from whatever source. As an experienced, empathic, psychiatric nurse practitioner, with additional institute training in psychotherapy and mental health, I can provide you with the means to nurture social connections and aid in general well-being regardless of diagnosis. I can help with methods that include use of effective coping mechanisms, conflict resolution, and problem solving.
(845) 210-9787 View (845) 210-9787
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Lifespan NP in Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rhinebeck, NY 12572
I work with clients of all ages across all diagnoses. My ideal client is someone who wants to work together to manage their mental health. Psychiatry can be frustrating, often people feel like a "guinea pig" because can be difficult to find the right medication to alleviate symptoms. It takes trust and collaboration between client and provider to be successful.
I work with clients of all ages across all diagnoses. My ideal client is someone who wants to work together to manage their mental health. Psychiatry can be frustrating, often people feel like a "guinea pig" because can be difficult to find the right medication to alleviate symptoms. It takes trust and collaboration between client and provider to be successful.
(845) 448-2956 View (845) 448-2956
Photo of Jonathan L. Kirsch, Psychiatrist in Rhinebeck, NY
Jonathan L. Kirsch
Psychiatrist, MD, RN
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Rhinebeck, NY 12572
Not accepting new clients
I am a clinical psychiatrist with a private practice in Kingston, New York, where I enjoy working with a wide array of clients, and assisting with their mental health needs. Both personable and caring, I provide an individualized approach to treatment in a relaxed environment. My evaluation process is thorough and comprehensive, and my recommendations are based on the best, most current research and clinical evidence available. My approach to treatment relies heavily on a strong therapeutic relationship with my clients. Working together as a "team" we develop the best and most practical solutions to address their unique needs.
I am a clinical psychiatrist with a private practice in Kingston, New York, where I enjoy working with a wide array of clients, and assisting with their mental health needs. Both personable and caring, I provide an individualized approach to treatment in a relaxed environment. My evaluation process is thorough and comprehensive, and my recommendations are based on the best, most current research and clinical evidence available. My approach to treatment relies heavily on a strong therapeutic relationship with my clients. Working together as a "team" we develop the best and most practical solutions to address their unique needs.
(845) 481-0627 View (845) 481-0627

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Wendy Reiss
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Staatsburg, NY 12580
With a decade-long experience in psychiatric medication management and a very personable style, Wendy will be your ally in your quest for balance and well-being. She specializes in anxiety, depression and substance use and is well versed in several treatment modalities. Wendy sees patients via TeleHealth only.
With a decade-long experience in psychiatric medication management and a very personable style, Wendy will be your ally in your quest for balance and well-being. She specializes in anxiety, depression and substance use and is well versed in several treatment modalities. Wendy sees patients via TeleHealth only.
(646) 687-7326 View (646) 687-7326
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Jonathan Dyckman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Staatsburg, NY 12580
Jonathan Dyckman is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who earned a master's in nursing from Hunter college in New York City. He began working in psychiatric/mental healthcare as a registered nurse in 2014, while he continued his undergraduate and graduate studies. He specializes in treating psychiatric disorders such as ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia in the adults Utilizing a patient centered approach to provide care based on each patient's unique needs.
Jonathan Dyckman is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who earned a master's in nursing from Hunter college in New York City. He began working in psychiatric/mental healthcare as a registered nurse in 2014, while he continued his undergraduate and graduate studies. He specializes in treating psychiatric disorders such as ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia in the adults Utilizing a patient centered approach to provide care based on each patient's unique needs.
(845) 720-3659 View (845) 720-3659
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Jana Gale Vengrin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MA, NP, ANCC
Verified Verified
Red Hook, NY 12571  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I see people as being made up of 3 components: Thinking, Feeling, and Willing. All 3 components need to be addressed and aligned. Medication is only recommended when symptoms get in the way of daily living. When one becomes debilitated in the realms of work, home and self to the degree that functioning is painful and inadequate then relief is essential. Suffering can be useful but when it gets in the way of healthy development its time to make changes. I provide the Medication Management services to help achieve overall balance.
I see people as being made up of 3 components: Thinking, Feeling, and Willing. All 3 components need to be addressed and aligned. Medication is only recommended when symptoms get in the way of daily living. When one becomes debilitated in the realms of work, home and self to the degree that functioning is painful and inadequate then relief is essential. Suffering can be useful but when it gets in the way of healthy development its time to make changes. I provide the Medication Management services to help achieve overall balance.
(845) 724-8129 View (845) 724-8129
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Psychiatrist in Poughkeepsie
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kingston, NY 12401  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist, licensed in New York. I have trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, family and marital therapy. I have always felt that the brain is the most important and neglected organ in the body, and taking care of the brain is the key to well being. I take a holistic approach to care, evaluating for physical, nutrition, hormones, situational and psychodynamic causes of illness, whilst practicing evidence based psychiatry. I have a background in integrative psychiatry and HIV psychiatry. I believe that everyone has value, and everyone deserves the best care.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist, licensed in New York. I have trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, family and marital therapy. I have always felt that the brain is the most important and neglected organ in the body, and taking care of the brain is the key to well being. I take a holistic approach to care, evaluating for physical, nutrition, hormones, situational and psychodynamic causes of illness, whilst practicing evidence based psychiatry. I have a background in integrative psychiatry and HIV psychiatry. I believe that everyone has value, and everyone deserves the best care.
(845) 516-6998 View (845) 516-6998
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Laura Van De Laar
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, RN, NP-P
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Kingston, NY 12401
I am a Columbia University-trained, board certified nurse practitioner treating clients from age five through adulthood. I am licensed in N.Y. and Ct. and provide thorough psychiatric evaluations with appropriate academic and testing recommendations, referrals to numerous community resources, alternative/supplementary treatment modalities where appropriate, medication evaluation/management and referrals for the right 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.
I am a Columbia University-trained, board certified nurse practitioner treating clients from age five through adulthood. I am licensed in N.Y. and Ct. and provide thorough psychiatric evaluations with appropriate academic and testing recommendations, referrals to numerous community resources, alternative/supplementary treatment modalities where appropriate, medication evaluation/management and referrals for the right 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) 593-8201 View (845) 593-8201
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Michael Hidalgo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Kingston, NY 12401
Our services are made with the busy family, student and professional in mind. Dr. Hidalgo offers convenient evening and weekend virtual appointments to fit your busy schedule. Our goal is to find the core of your symptoms and create a comprehensive and holistic treatment plan. We will explore your professional/academic life, family responsibilities, personal relationships, and physical health to identify areas where you can find relief. We will work together to find the best combination of medications, therapy, coaching, and lifestyle changes to achieve your goals.
Our services are made with the busy family, student and professional in mind. Dr. Hidalgo offers convenient evening and weekend virtual appointments to fit your busy schedule. Our goal is to find the core of your symptoms and create a comprehensive and holistic treatment plan. We will explore your professional/academic life, family responsibilities, personal relationships, and physical health to identify areas where you can find relief. We will work together to find the best combination of medications, therapy, coaching, and lifestyle changes to achieve your goals.
(914) 521-3327 View (914) 521-3327
Photo of Jessica Cingel, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rhinebeck, NY
Jessica Cingel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP-P, PMHNP, LM, CNM
Verified Verified
Kingston, NY 12401
Not accepting new clients
I'm a licensed psychiatric nurse practitioner in Kingston, NY. I've been a certified nurse midwife and lactation consultant for many years. I went back to school for psychiatry because I became frustrated with the lack of mental health resources in our area, especially for individuals whose mental health needs overlap with parenting, pregnancy, and relationship issues. I aim to help individuals balance the needs of family, work, and school with their mental health so they can feel their best in all areas of their life.
I'm a licensed psychiatric nurse practitioner in Kingston, NY. I've been a certified nurse midwife and lactation consultant for many years. I went back to school for psychiatry because I became frustrated with the lack of mental health resources in our area, especially for individuals whose mental health needs overlap with parenting, pregnancy, and relationship issues. I aim to help individuals balance the needs of family, work, and school with their mental health so they can feel their best in all areas of their life.
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Mina Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Kingston, NY 12401  (Online Only)
I practice precision-based psychiatry with a mind-body approach for treatment of Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder & ADHD, prescribing medications with consideration for your unique genetic profile, biopsychosocial and family history and personal goals.
I practice precision-based psychiatry with a mind-body approach for treatment of Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder & ADHD, prescribing medications with consideration for your unique genetic profile, biopsychosocial and family history and personal goals.
(914) 928-2620 View (914) 928-2620
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Annette Vallano
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, RN, APRN, BC
Verified Verified
Kingston, NY 12401  (Online Only)
Times of change and uncertainty can leave us feeling overwhelmed and disconnected from ourselves and others. Anxiety, depression and stress reactions can become common experiences. Psychotherapy offers opportunities to increase your understanding of why and how this happens as well as what to do about it. I work within an interpersonal and analytic perspective while incorporating the well known benefits of mindulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. This combination creates curiosity, self-discovery and change. My style is warm, collaborative and flexible. You will find me actively involved rather than silent or distant.
Times of change and uncertainty can leave us feeling overwhelmed and disconnected from ourselves and others. Anxiety, depression and stress reactions can become common experiences. Psychotherapy offers opportunities to increase your understanding of why and how this happens as well as what to do about it. I work within an interpersonal and analytic perspective while incorporating the well known benefits of mindulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. This combination creates curiosity, self-discovery and change. My style is warm, collaborative and flexible. You will find me actively involved rather than silent or distant.
(212) 586-6713 View (212) 586-6713
Photo of Taiye Ogundipe, Psychiatrist in Rhinebeck, NY
Taiye Ogundipe
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Kingston, NY 12401
(914) 745-6287 View (914) 745-6287
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Taiye Ogundipe
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Kingston, NY 12401  (Online Only)
(203) 463-5697 View (203) 463-5697

Online Psychiatrists

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Megan Wynne
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001
Dr. Megan Wynne is board certified in adult psychiatry and completed fellowship training in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (Psychosomatic Medicine). She has been in practicing psychiatry since 2006. Dr. Wynne completed her medical degree at Drexel University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA, her psychiatric residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA and her consultation/liaison psychiatric fellowship at Long Island Jewish Hospital in Queens, NY. Following a move to New Zealand, she worked as lead psychiatrist for Te Puna Waiora, Maori Mental Health team at Counties Manakau District Health Board.
Dr. Megan Wynne is board certified in adult psychiatry and completed fellowship training in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (Psychosomatic Medicine). She has been in practicing psychiatry since 2006. Dr. Wynne completed her medical degree at Drexel University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA, her psychiatric residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA and her consultation/liaison psychiatric fellowship at Long Island Jewish Hospital in Queens, NY. Following a move to New Zealand, she worked as lead psychiatrist for Te Puna Waiora, Maori Mental Health team at Counties Manakau District Health Board.
(646) 663-5264 View (646) 663-5264
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Stay Ageless Health Clinic
Physician Assistant, RPA-C
Verified Verified
Plainview, NY 11803  (Online Only)
Farina Sial is a Board-Certified Physician Assistant specializing in Neuroscience. Farina completed her undergraduate studies in Biochemistry from University of Missouri, Columbia, MO. She then earned her degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Touro College, NY. Furthermore, she enhanced her education by completing her MBA in Health Management from Hofstra University in Uniondale, NY. She is has a very keen interest & many years of medical experience in treating Neuro-Psych conditions which can affect day to day life, such as ADHD and Anxiety & Depression.
Farina Sial is a Board-Certified Physician Assistant specializing in Neuroscience. Farina completed her undergraduate studies in Biochemistry from University of Missouri, Columbia, MO. She then earned her degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Touro College, NY. Furthermore, she enhanced her education by completing her MBA in Health Management from Hofstra University in Uniondale, NY. She is has a very keen interest & many years of medical experience in treating Neuro-Psych conditions which can affect day to day life, such as ADHD and Anxiety & Depression.
(516) 530-7746 View (516) 530-7746
Photo of Dr. Yina Cruz, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rhinebeck, NY
Dr. Yina Cruz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PhD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10038  (Online Only)
Dr. Yina Cruz-Harris treats an array of psychiatric diagnoses across the lifespan, ranging from ADHD, depression, GAD, and ODD to aggression, insomnia, and mood disorders. Dr. Cruz-Harris is bilingual and fluent in Spanish.
Dr. Yina Cruz-Harris treats an array of psychiatric diagnoses across the lifespan, ranging from ADHD, depression, GAD, and ODD to aggression, insomnia, and mood disorders. Dr. Cruz-Harris is bilingual and fluent in Spanish.
(347) 862-9599 x102 View (347) 862-9599 x102
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Safir Azam Md
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10023  (Online Only)
My mission is to embody the values of accessibility, seamless communication, respect, and excellence in treatment for each patient. I am Medically trained Physician Psychiatrist.I had the privilege to train at Royal London & St Bartholomew’s Hospital for 4 years in various branches of Psychiatry before I moved to the USA. I had a further Residency Training at SUNY Downstate Hospital Brooklyn, NY followed by a one year of Child Psychiatry training at the University of Florida. I have a fellowship in psychoanalysis from NYU and a 2 year of psychodynamic psychotherapy training at Willam Alanson White Institute , NYC.
My mission is to embody the values of accessibility, seamless communication, respect, and excellence in treatment for each patient. I am Medically trained Physician Psychiatrist.I had the privilege to train at Royal London & St Bartholomew’s Hospital for 4 years in various branches of Psychiatry before I moved to the USA. I had a further Residency Training at SUNY Downstate Hospital Brooklyn, NY followed by a one year of Child Psychiatry training at the University of Florida. I have a fellowship in psychoanalysis from NYU and a 2 year of psychodynamic psychotherapy training at Willam Alanson White Institute , NYC.
(305) 434-2148 View (305) 434-2148

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Rhinebeck, NY

< 10

Psychiatrists in Rhinebeck, NY who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
80% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
80% Bipolar Disorder
60% ADHD
60% Anger Management
60% Borderline Personality (BPD)

Average years in practice

21 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

67% Aetna
33% BlueCross and BlueShield
33% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Rhinebeck, NY see their clients

60% In Person and Online
40% Online Only

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Rhinebeck?

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.