Psychiatrists in Saratoga County, NY

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Patricia Ann Ford
Psychiatric Nurse, NPP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
I received my Bachelors and Masters of Arts in Psychology and Health Communications from the State University of New York at Albany. I received my Masters of Science Degree in Nursing from the Sage Colleges. I am a board certified Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse practitioner and I also hold a current certification in College Health Nursing.
I received my Bachelors and Masters of Arts in Psychology and Health Communications from the State University of New York at Albany. I received my Masters of Science Degree in Nursing from the Sage Colleges. I am a board certified Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse practitioner and I also hold a current certification in College Health Nursing.
(518) 631-5531 View (518) 631-5531
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Briana McMorris
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NPP-BC, MSN, MBA
Verified Verified
Malta, NY 12020
Hello! It's a pleasure to meet you! I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner providing medication management and counseling. Based in Saratoga Springs, NY, I am seeing patients in person or telehealth. During our comprehensive intake, we will identify goals and explore viable options that fit into your lifestyle. If interested, we can utilize a holistic approach, incorporating nutrition and other modalities. I treat depression, anxiety, insomnia, ADHD, mood disorders, OCD, bipolar disorders and personality disorders.
Hello! It's a pleasure to meet you! I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner providing medication management and counseling. Based in Saratoga Springs, NY, I am seeing patients in person or telehealth. During our comprehensive intake, we will identify goals and explore viable options that fit into your lifestyle. If interested, we can utilize a holistic approach, incorporating nutrition and other modalities. I treat depression, anxiety, insomnia, ADHD, mood disorders, OCD, bipolar disorders and personality disorders.
(518) 351-2931 View (518) 351-2931
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Lisa Ann Oberg
Psychiatric Nurse, NPP-C, MS, RN
Verified Verified
Clifton Park, NY 12065
Not accepting new clients
I am currently NOT accepting new patients. I provide MEDICATION MANAGEMENT for people ages 18 and above. I treat people suffering from Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder and OCD, to name a few. I have 15 years of experience in Psychiatry and have been a Nurse Practitioner for the past 8 years. I look forward to working with you.
I am currently NOT accepting new patients. I provide MEDICATION MANAGEMENT for people ages 18 and above. I treat people suffering from Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder and OCD, to name a few. I have 15 years of experience in Psychiatry and have been a Nurse Practitioner for the past 8 years. I look forward to working with you.
(518) 304-5832 View (518) 304-5832
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Peter Joseph Valastro Jr
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-B, MSN
Verified Verified
Malta, NY 12020
Hello and Welcome. I'm Peter Valastro, a board-certified Family Mental Health Nurse Practitioner based in Saratoga, New York seeing patients in person or via telehealth. After graduating with a Master of Science in Nursing from SUNY Upstate Medical University, I found my true passion in treating individuals who are managing depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and ADHD. Currently treating patients from the age of 12 to 80 and taking new patients.
Hello and Welcome. I'm Peter Valastro, a board-certified Family Mental Health Nurse Practitioner based in Saratoga, New York seeing patients in person or via telehealth. After graduating with a Master of Science in Nursing from SUNY Upstate Medical University, I found my true passion in treating individuals who are managing depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and ADHD. Currently treating patients from the age of 12 to 80 and taking new patients.
(518) 897-3482 View (518) 897-3482
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Kim Gendron
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-BC, NPP-BC
Verified Verified
Malta, NY 12020
Kim has been in the field of nursing for 37 years with the last 26 years focused on her practice as a Nurse Practitioner. She is also a Professor at Sage College in Troy for the last eight years teaching Graduate Nurse Practitioner students. She has been a pioneer in integrative psychiatry in a multitude of outpatient settings for the last 15 years. She has integrated psychiatry into adult family practices, primary care health centers, and continues to practice in multiple local nursing home settings providing Geropsychiatry to nursing home residents. Her practice includes medication management as well as psychotherapy.
Kim has been in the field of nursing for 37 years with the last 26 years focused on her practice as a Nurse Practitioner. She is also a Professor at Sage College in Troy for the last eight years teaching Graduate Nurse Practitioner students. She has been a pioneer in integrative psychiatry in a multitude of outpatient settings for the last 15 years. She has integrated psychiatry into adult family practices, primary care health centers, and continues to practice in multiple local nursing home settings providing Geropsychiatry to nursing home residents. Her practice includes medication management as well as psychotherapy.
(518) 240-9924 View (518) 240-9924
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Ceci Hayes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Ceci Hayes is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 25-years of experience as a registered nurse and over 18-years of experience in mental health. Her goals are to assist individuals achieve their personal and professional aspirations and aid in removing the stigma associated with mental illness. Ceci's approach includes medication management, psycho-educational learning, psychotherapy encompassing DBT, CBT, group and individual therapy. This holistic approach includes exploring biological, social, emotional, occupational, financial, environmental, intellectual, and spiritual factors.
Ceci Hayes is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 25-years of experience as a registered nurse and over 18-years of experience in mental health. Her goals are to assist individuals achieve their personal and professional aspirations and aid in removing the stigma associated with mental illness. Ceci's approach includes medication management, psycho-educational learning, psychotherapy encompassing DBT, CBT, group and individual therapy. This holistic approach includes exploring biological, social, emotional, occupational, financial, environmental, intellectual, and spiritual factors.
(518) 245-3288 View (518) 245-3288
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Jeanne Davis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NPP-BC, PMHNP, RN
Verified Verified
Gansevoort, NY 12831
Kids, preteens, teens, young adults, college students, and adults who are struggling with anxiety, attention, mood, focus, and decision making. I will thoroughly assess, diagnose, and provide treatment options in order to help you reach your goals as well as your potential in life.
Kids, preteens, teens, young adults, college students, and adults who are struggling with anxiety, attention, mood, focus, and decision making. I will thoroughly assess, diagnose, and provide treatment options in order to help you reach your goals as well as your potential in life.
(518) 667-8029 View (518) 667-8029
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Laurie Pollard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NPP, BC
Verified Verified
Clifton Park, NY 12065
Not accepting new clients
NOT ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS AT THIS TIME. Support and treatment consists of medication considerations, and therapeutic options designed for each individual. The main focus is on current issues and the needs presented on introduction and together we review treatment options and make a plan based on your interests and requests.
NOT ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS AT THIS TIME. Support and treatment consists of medication considerations, and therapeutic options designed for each individual. The main focus is on current issues and the needs presented on introduction and together we review treatment options and make a plan based on your interests and requests.
(518) 288-2984 View (518) 288-2984
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New York Child Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Childhood through young adulthood are times of extraordinary physical, emotional, & intellectual growth. But sometimes, mental health issues can be overwhelming & may interfere with typical development & everyday functioning. That's why early evaluation, diagnosis, & treatment can have a major impact on improving the futures of children & adolescents with mental health problems. NYCP is a unique in that we specializes in mental health care for children & adolescents. We understand the unique challenges that these youth face, & we are dedicated to providing them with the high-quality care and support they need to thrive.
Childhood through young adulthood are times of extraordinary physical, emotional, & intellectual growth. But sometimes, mental health issues can be overwhelming & may interfere with typical development & everyday functioning. That's why early evaluation, diagnosis, & treatment can have a major impact on improving the futures of children & adolescents with mental health problems. NYCP is a unique in that we specializes in mental health care for children & adolescents. We understand the unique challenges that these youth face, & we are dedicated to providing them with the high-quality care and support they need to thrive.
(518) 855-1984 View (518) 855-1984
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Elizabeth Mastro
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Elizabeth Mastro, NPP ANCC Board Certified Adult Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner -Elizabeth received her Master's Degree and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner certification from Sage Graduate School. She has experience working in clinic settings with chronically mentally ill adults as well as in private practice providing psychopharmacology and therapy addressing all facets of mental health disorders.
Elizabeth Mastro, NPP ANCC Board Certified Adult Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner -Elizabeth received her Master's Degree and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner certification from Sage Graduate School. She has experience working in clinic settings with chronically mentally ill adults as well as in private practice providing psychopharmacology and therapy addressing all facets of mental health disorders.
(518) 255-8108 View (518) 255-8108
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Desmonique Homs
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-, BC, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
Galway, NY 12074
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 20 years of experience in healthcare. It is my mission to listen compassionately by accepting each individual in a nonjudgemental way. My goal is to value each individual and what they bring to L.I.F.E. psychiatric services. My mission is to provide a well rounded approach to mental health services, counseling and medication management for children and adults of all ages.My vision is to provide a nurturing and supportive environment for positive change.
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 20 years of experience in healthcare. It is my mission to listen compassionately by accepting each individual in a nonjudgemental way. My goal is to value each individual and what they bring to L.I.F.E. psychiatric services. My mission is to provide a well rounded approach to mental health services, counseling and medication management for children and adults of all ages.My vision is to provide a nurturing and supportive environment for positive change.
(518) 656-8376 View (518) 656-8376
Kimberly L' Heureux
Psychiatric Nurse, NPP
Verified Verified
I received my Masters of Science Degree in Nursing from the Sage Colleges in Troy, New York. I am certified as an Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have 28 yrs of practical, hands-on experience working with patients in a variety of mental health settings. With my vast experience in addressing the mental health needs of patients, I possess a comprehensive knowledge of mental health issues and challenges for both the individual and the family. My advanced education and diverse background, enables me to provide an optimal healing environment for the individual.
I received my Masters of Science Degree in Nursing from the Sage Colleges in Troy, New York. I am certified as an Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have 28 yrs of practical, hands-on experience working with patients in a variety of mental health settings. With my vast experience in addressing the mental health needs of patients, I possess a comprehensive knowledge of mental health issues and challenges for both the individual and the family. My advanced education and diverse background, enables me to provide an optimal healing environment for the individual.
(518) 539-1329 View (518) 539-1329
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Patricia Hayden Schiller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Clifton Park, NY 12065
No two situations are the same and mental health needs in particular are profoundly personal. Everyone deserves competent, individualized, respectful care, but mental health providers are in short supply, especially for those who may need medication management as part of their treatment plan. If a provider is even accepting new patients, wait times for an appointment can be long and appointment times that meet your needs may also be in short supply. In response to these obstacles, my practice is structured to provide as much flexibility as possible to provide personalized care and meet the individual needs of my patients.
No two situations are the same and mental health needs in particular are profoundly personal. Everyone deserves competent, individualized, respectful care, but mental health providers are in short supply, especially for those who may need medication management as part of their treatment plan. If a provider is even accepting new patients, wait times for an appointment can be long and appointment times that meet your needs may also be in short supply. In response to these obstacles, my practice is structured to provide as much flexibility as possible to provide personalized care and meet the individual needs of my patients.
(518) 286-5371 View (518) 286-5371
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Amarjot Surdhar
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Hello, I am here to assist you with depression, anxiety, panic, OCD, social anxiety, Bipolar disorder, paranoia, hopelessness, emotional, family conflict, divorce issues, alcohol, drug use, and Behavioral addictions like food, sex, gambling, and many other types of dependency issues. I am Double Board-certified Addiction Psychiatrist and Medical Director for an Addition Clinic. I work in a Psychiatric emergency room as well. I have a lot of experience in handling crisis situations. I can prescribe Suboxone. I help people get sober.
Hello, I am here to assist you with depression, anxiety, panic, OCD, social anxiety, Bipolar disorder, paranoia, hopelessness, emotional, family conflict, divorce issues, alcohol, drug use, and Behavioral addictions like food, sex, gambling, and many other types of dependency issues. I am Double Board-certified Addiction Psychiatrist and Medical Director for an Addition Clinic. I work in a Psychiatric emergency room as well. I have a lot of experience in handling crisis situations. I can prescribe Suboxone. I help people get sober.
(516) 252-3132 View (516) 252-3132
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Marjorie Russell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866  (Online Only)
As a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner I am credentialed to prescribe medications when indicated. My experience is in treating Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, OCD, Panic Disorder, Mood Disorders, and many other Mental Health issues that prevent a person from leading a happy and healthy life.
As a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner I am credentialed to prescribe medications when indicated. My experience is in treating Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, OCD, Panic Disorder, Mood Disorders, and many other Mental Health issues that prevent a person from leading a happy and healthy life.
(518) 333-7915 View (518) 333-7915
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Bick Wanck
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Our practice is located at 401 Geyser Road, Saratoga Springs, NY with 12 mental health practitioners - therapists as well as prescribers - with an emphasis on psychotherapy and counseling. Please visit our website: www.bickwanckmdandassociates.com or contact the office at 518 583-3035 for further information. We accept commercial insurance only - no Medicare or Medicaid plans. You can also check out Bick’s author website at www.bickwanckmd.com to check out blogs and links to his book Mind Easing: the 3-layered healing plan for anxiety and depression.
Our practice is located at 401 Geyser Road, Saratoga Springs, NY with 12 mental health practitioners - therapists as well as prescribers - with an emphasis on psychotherapy and counseling. Please visit our website: www.bickwanckmdandassociates.com or contact the office at 518 583-3035 for further information. We accept commercial insurance only - no Medicare or Medicaid plans. You can also check out Bick’s author website at www.bickwanckmd.com to check out blogs and links to his book Mind Easing: the 3-layered healing plan for anxiety and depression.
(518) 650-3364 View (518) 650-3364
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Maegan Majewski
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Clifton Park, NY 12065
Maegan works with children, adolescents and adults struggling with their mental health symptoms. Her practice specializes in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders including depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, ADHD, Mood and Behavioral disorders, Women's Issues and Gender & Sexual Identity.
Maegan works with children, adolescents and adults struggling with their mental health symptoms. Her practice specializes in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders including depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, ADHD, Mood and Behavioral disorders, Women's Issues and Gender & Sexual Identity.
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Iadeluca NP Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Clifton Park, NY 12065
Accepting new patients at our office in Clifton Park. NYS Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner private practice serving childhood through adulthood patients in New York's Capital Region. To request an appointment, please visit our website: www.kinpp.com
Accepting new patients at our office in Clifton Park. NYS Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner private practice serving childhood through adulthood patients in New York's Capital Region. To request an appointment, please visit our website: www.kinpp.com
(518) 975-3389 View (518) 975-3389
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Deborah Mulligan-Timer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Malta, NY 12020
Hello and welcome. Please call me "Deb". Are you having ongoing depression, anxiety or other difficulties? Or are you unsure why you are feeling the way you do and want to explore and understand more? I would like to help you on your journey toward mental health. The first appointment is usually in-person and subsequent visits most often can be via telehealth.
Hello and welcome. Please call me "Deb". Are you having ongoing depression, anxiety or other difficulties? Or are you unsure why you are feeling the way you do and want to explore and understand more? I would like to help you on your journey toward mental health. The first appointment is usually in-person and subsequent visits most often can be via telehealth.
(518) 855-7674 View (518) 855-7674
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Eloise Palmisano PMHNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
I am Eloise Palmisano a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has been a Registered Nurse for 30 years with many years of practice Mental Health and various types of practice. In 2009 I became a Nurse Practitioner, graduated from Sage College in Troy New York. My practice is private I specialize in Anxiety, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Eating Disorders including Binge Eating and Major Depressive Disorders. My patients should be engaged in therapy with a therapist and must be compliant with my treatment plan. I treat adults from the age of 18 to 80. I am available for new patients . I am also a Suboxone provider Certified Spravato site.
I am Eloise Palmisano a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has been a Registered Nurse for 30 years with many years of practice Mental Health and various types of practice. In 2009 I became a Nurse Practitioner, graduated from Sage College in Troy New York. My practice is private I specialize in Anxiety, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Eating Disorders including Binge Eating and Major Depressive Disorders. My patients should be engaged in therapy with a therapist and must be compliant with my treatment plan. I treat adults from the age of 18 to 80. I am available for new patients . I am also a Suboxone provider Certified Spravato site.
(518) 621-4792 View (518) 621-4792

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Number of Psychiatrists in Saratoga County, NY

50+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Saratoga County, NY who prioritize treating:

89% Depression
89% Anxiety
84% ADHD
84% Medication Management
80% Bipolar Disorder
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
65% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

76% CDPHP
63% Aetna
57% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Saratoga County, NY see their clients

80% In Person and Online
20% Online Only

Gender breakdown

74% Female
26% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Saratoga County?

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.