Psychiatrists in Suffolk County, NY

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Tanya Sydnor Holmes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
North Babylon, NY 11703  (Online Only)
Everyone worries but do you worry about everything? Do you forget what you were worrying about, and then worry about that? Do you lay in bed at night trying to go to sleep, but you can't because you are worrying about what happened during the day? I can help you with that. Have you been extremely sad for a while, and nothing seems to help? Are you always late to work, or meetings? Do you lose track of time and end up handing in your projects late even though you intended to finish early? These are just some of the things I can help you with.
Everyone worries but do you worry about everything? Do you forget what you were worrying about, and then worry about that? Do you lay in bed at night trying to go to sleep, but you can't because you are worrying about what happened during the day? I can help you with that. Have you been extremely sad for a while, and nothing seems to help? Are you always late to work, or meetings? Do you lose track of time and end up handing in your projects late even though you intended to finish early? These are just some of the things I can help you with.
(631) 735-6598 View (631) 735-6598
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One Mind Psychiatry NP PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, NP-P, BC
Verified Verified
Stony Brook, NY 11794  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric NP, trained at New York University. I specialize in adults, children, adolescents, and geriatrics. My virtual and in-person practices are friendly and confidential spaces where I provide a thorough psychiatric evaluation and personalized medication management. My approach is to always see things from the client’s perspective. My mission is to support my clients while they create more meaningful progress in life. I use my expertise to help them find harmony between mind and body. I think mental health care can be a spiritual, and yet a scientific way for the client to look into their soul.
I am a board-certified psychiatric NP, trained at New York University. I specialize in adults, children, adolescents, and geriatrics. My virtual and in-person practices are friendly and confidential spaces where I provide a thorough psychiatric evaluation and personalized medication management. My approach is to always see things from the client’s perspective. My mission is to support my clients while they create more meaningful progress in life. I use my expertise to help them find harmony between mind and body. I think mental health care can be a spiritual, and yet a scientific way for the client to look into their soul.
(201) 969-5923 View (201) 969-5923
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Long Island Psychiatrist Online and Office visits
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Melville, NY 11747
I am a board certified Psychiatrist practicing in Long Island, NY. I provide both office visits and telepsychiatry visits ( please visit my website at gaba.healthcare). I have trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive behavioral therapy, family and marital therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as medication management. Whatever your reasons for seeing a psychiatrist? whether you are suffering from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, OCD, attention problems dysphoria or just wanting to perform better at work, I strongly believe that everyone has the potential to feel and be better, and everyone deserves optimal care.
I am a board certified Psychiatrist practicing in Long Island, NY. I provide both office visits and telepsychiatry visits ( please visit my website at gaba.healthcare). I have trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive behavioral therapy, family and marital therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as medication management. Whatever your reasons for seeing a psychiatrist? whether you are suffering from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, OCD, attention problems dysphoria or just wanting to perform better at work, I strongly believe that everyone has the potential to feel and be better, and everyone deserves optimal care.
(516) 701-3494 View (516) 701-3494
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Megan B Resnick
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, MSN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Smithtown, NY 11787
I work with adults ages 18 and older struggling with Anxiety, Panic disorder, ADHD, OCD, Depression, as well as, a several other psychiatric diagnoses. I offer concierge style of approach, my treatment plans are individual to your needs and treatment goals. I am open and supportive of a holistic approach to achieving wellness, with the options to utilize medication management when necessary. I will require a screening assessment prior to initial intake. I am an provider with CIGNA, OSCAR, BC/BS, AETNA, United Heath, Oxford ONLY. No community plans are accepted. Private pay is accepted.
I work with adults ages 18 and older struggling with Anxiety, Panic disorder, ADHD, OCD, Depression, as well as, a several other psychiatric diagnoses. I offer concierge style of approach, my treatment plans are individual to your needs and treatment goals. I am open and supportive of a holistic approach to achieving wellness, with the options to utilize medication management when necessary. I will require a screening assessment prior to initial intake. I am an provider with CIGNA, OSCAR, BC/BS, AETNA, United Heath, Oxford ONLY. No community plans are accepted. Private pay is accepted.
(631) 570-8530 View (631) 570-8530
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Dr. Anne Phan-Huy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Dr. Phan-Huy's philosophy of care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with Dr. Phan-Huy, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfilment. That’s because – with Board certification in psychiatry and specialty training from the University of Michigan – Dr. Phan-Huy is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
Dr. Phan-Huy's philosophy of care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with Dr. Phan-Huy, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfilment. That’s because – with Board certification in psychiatry and specialty training from the University of Michigan – Dr. Phan-Huy is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
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Amee Kishor Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Huntington, NY 11743
I have spent several years working with adults from ages 16 to 70. Several of my patients are going through difficult transitions and have experienced anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, and ADHD. I use a multidisciplinary approach if appropriate, and often times will do weekly therapy in addition to medication management.
I have spent several years working with adults from ages 16 to 70. Several of my patients are going through difficult transitions and have experienced anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, and ADHD. I use a multidisciplinary approach if appropriate, and often times will do weekly therapy in addition to medication management.
(631) 683-3527 View (631) 683-3527
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Susan Walton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Smithtown, NY 11787
Going off to college and need help with treatment of ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD or other problem? Having trouble getting through your days? Attention problems, mood instability and intrusive thoughts can make it hard to move forward and accomplish your goals at work or home. I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) treating children, adolescents and adults. My experience includes working at a major psychiatric center, outpatient and in emergency settings. I can explain things in a way you can understand take time for questions. I offer a whole body approach, choosing medications thoughtfully.
Going off to college and need help with treatment of ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD or other problem? Having trouble getting through your days? Attention problems, mood instability and intrusive thoughts can make it hard to move forward and accomplish your goals at work or home. I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) treating children, adolescents and adults. My experience includes working at a major psychiatric center, outpatient and in emergency settings. I can explain things in a way you can understand take time for questions. I offer a whole body approach, choosing medications thoughtfully.
(631) 309-2786 View (631) 309-2786
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Georgia Kelly-Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Smithtown, NY 11787  (Online Only)
My work includes helping individuals who may be having a difficult time managing life's challenges as well as dealing with depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or other mental illnesses. I look forward to collaborating with you as you actively seek to begin your healing journey through medication management and or therapy.
My work includes helping individuals who may be having a difficult time managing life's challenges as well as dealing with depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or other mental illnesses. I look forward to collaborating with you as you actively seek to begin your healing journey through medication management and or therapy.
(631) 529-6913 View (631) 529-6913
Dr. Virginia Summerville
Psychiatrist, MD, PLLC
Verified Verified
Hauppauge, NY 11788
Dr. Summerville is a Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist. She completed her residency and fellowship at the North Shore LIJ Medical Center (now known as Northwell Health) where she served as Chief Resident. She attended the State University of New York at Downstate. Dr. Summerville has private practice office locations in Bayside and Hauppauge. In addition, she has provided services to Emotionally Disturbed and Blind children through The New York Institute For Special Education and she provides psychiatric services in community-based clinics throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.
Dr. Summerville is a Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist. She completed her residency and fellowship at the North Shore LIJ Medical Center (now known as Northwell Health) where she served as Chief Resident. She attended the State University of New York at Downstate. Dr. Summerville has private practice office locations in Bayside and Hauppauge. In addition, she has provided services to Emotionally Disturbed and Blind children through The New York Institute For Special Education and she provides psychiatric services in community-based clinics throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.
(718) 225-3565 View (718) 225-3565
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Janine DeSimone
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Smithtown, NY 11787
I am a Johns Hopkins University doctorally prepared Family Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have experience working with children, adolescents, and adult patients with a variety of psychiatric illness. I am committed to using the highest standards of care and evidence-based practice protocols, along with emerging research to provide the best possible care to my patients. I believe in building therapeutic relationships with my patients and use a collaborative approach when formulating treatment plans.
I am a Johns Hopkins University doctorally prepared Family Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have experience working with children, adolescents, and adult patients with a variety of psychiatric illness. I am committed to using the highest standards of care and evidence-based practice protocols, along with emerging research to provide the best possible care to my patients. I believe in building therapeutic relationships with my patients and use a collaborative approach when formulating treatment plans.
(934) 451-1024 View (934) 451-1024
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Brian Donatelli, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Dix Hills, NY 11746
I treat children, adolescents, and adults with a variety of psychiatric conditions, including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, disruptive and impulse control disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, trauma- and stressor-related disorders, eating disorders, psychotic disorders, and gender dysphoria. I do my best to help my patients to lead healthy, successful, and fulfilling lives in a way that aligns with their unique experiences and goals. For more information on my background and interests, please feel free to access my professional website, located on my profile here.
I treat children, adolescents, and adults with a variety of psychiatric conditions, including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, disruptive and impulse control disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, trauma- and stressor-related disorders, eating disorders, psychotic disorders, and gender dysphoria. I do my best to help my patients to lead healthy, successful, and fulfilling lives in a way that aligns with their unique experiences and goals. For more information on my background and interests, please feel free to access my professional website, located on my profile here.
(332) 400-6308 View (332) 400-6308
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Christina Stern
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Hauppauge, NY 11788
I am a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner that is passionate about my work. I spend time listening to my patients and understanding what their needs are. I have experience working with diverse populations in multiple settings including inpatient and outpatient environments. I have worked with adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients. I offer a psychotherapeutic approach by offering medication management as well as psychotherapy.
I am a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner that is passionate about my work. I spend time listening to my patients and understanding what their needs are. I have experience working with diverse populations in multiple settings including inpatient and outpatient environments. I have worked with adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients. I offer a psychotherapeutic approach by offering medication management as well as psychotherapy.
(631) 257-3265 View (631) 257-3265
Photo of Marilyn Lika, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Suffolk County, NY
Marilyn Lika
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP, BC
Verified Verified
Hauppauge, NY 11788
I am a Board Certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is bilingual (English/Spanish). I am primarily in a private practice setting. Currently working with adolescents and adults utilizing both medication management and/or therapy for a wide range of Psychiatric Conditions. I look forward to meeting with you, together we will be able to formulate an individualized treatment plan.
I am a Board Certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is bilingual (English/Spanish). I am primarily in a private practice setting. Currently working with adolescents and adults utilizing both medication management and/or therapy for a wide range of Psychiatric Conditions. I look forward to meeting with you, together we will be able to formulate an individualized treatment plan.
(631) 212-0687 View (631) 212-0687
Photo of Lauren Hertwig, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Suffolk County, NY
Lauren Hertwig
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MS, FNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Hampton Bays, NY 11946
I am a dual board certified nurse practitioner in Family Health and Psychiatry who provides treatment to patients across the lifespan. I treat children, adolescents, adults, and the geriatric population with psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, diet, exercise, and alternative modalities of treatment.
I am a dual board certified nurse practitioner in Family Health and Psychiatry who provides treatment to patients across the lifespan. I treat children, adolescents, adults, and the geriatric population with psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, diet, exercise, and alternative modalities of treatment.
(631) 483-2057 View (631) 483-2057
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Mian A Siddique
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Southampton, NY 11968  (Online Only)
I am a board certified adult psychiatrist in New York, practicing via Telemedicine and accepting new patients residing in New York and Florida. I did my psychiatric training at The University of the State of New York and have over 50 years of experience.
I am a board certified adult psychiatrist in New York, practicing via Telemedicine and accepting new patients residing in New York and Florida. I did my psychiatric training at The University of the State of New York and have over 50 years of experience.
(347) 396-0267 View (347) 396-0267
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Kathleen A Bowen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
I am a board certified family psychiatric /mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), with prescriptive privileges. I graduated from Adelphi University, cum laude, with a BSN and earned my MS, NP from Stony Brook University, where I was awarded distinction for Overall Excellence in Psychiatric/Mental Health and inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society.
I am a board certified family psychiatric /mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), with prescriptive privileges. I graduated from Adelphi University, cum laude, with a BSN and earned my MS, NP from Stony Brook University, where I was awarded distinction for Overall Excellence in Psychiatric/Mental Health and inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society.
(631) 203-1464 View (631) 203-1464
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Long Island - NP in Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Melville, NY 11747  (Online Only)
Hello! I'm Ana, a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in depression, anxiety, ADHD, and perinatal mental health. Do you struggle with anxiety, depression, or inattention that affects your day-to-day life, relationships, ability to function, your work, and your career? Do you feel exhausted, overwhelmed, or frustrated by just getting through the day? Do you question if your life could somehow be better or happier? I'm here to support you through life's transitions and challenges. I offer comprehensive initial evaluations and treatment, including medication management and supportive talk therapy.
Hello! I'm Ana, a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in depression, anxiety, ADHD, and perinatal mental health. Do you struggle with anxiety, depression, or inattention that affects your day-to-day life, relationships, ability to function, your work, and your career? Do you feel exhausted, overwhelmed, or frustrated by just getting through the day? Do you question if your life could somehow be better or happier? I'm here to support you through life's transitions and challenges. I offer comprehensive initial evaluations and treatment, including medication management and supportive talk therapy.
(631) 832-4555 View (631) 832-4555
Photo of Ashley Arora, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Suffolk County, NY
Ashley Arora
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Northport, NY 11768  (Online Only)
Hello! I am a ANCC board certified Psychiatric Mental health Nurse Practitioner with 10 years’ experience in the field of Psychiatry with prior work in inpatient, outpatient, and hospital psychiatry. I am deeply committed to collaborating with individuals to enhance their wellness by developing a unique, customized care strategy for each person. Treatments include psychotherapy, lifestyle interventions, and medication management.
Hello! I am a ANCC board certified Psychiatric Mental health Nurse Practitioner with 10 years’ experience in the field of Psychiatry with prior work in inpatient, outpatient, and hospital psychiatry. I am deeply committed to collaborating with individuals to enhance their wellness by developing a unique, customized care strategy for each person. Treatments include psychotherapy, lifestyle interventions, and medication management.
(631) 685-2737 View (631) 685-2737
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Anne V. Saunders
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Sayville, NY 11782
Not accepting new clients
I am a Psychiatric Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry, for over 20 years. I have specialized in crisis intervention, brief interventional counseling, with particular emphasis on Mood Disorders, and medication management. My approach to care is through use of psychotherapy, motivational interviewing and holistic therapies. Of course, therapy will always be a partnership with you choosing the direction of your care. In all of our lives, there are times of stress, which produces anxiety and sometimes depression, and the most effective form of help is through professional intervention in a secure and private environment.
I am a Psychiatric Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry, for over 20 years. I have specialized in crisis intervention, brief interventional counseling, with particular emphasis on Mood Disorders, and medication management. My approach to care is through use of psychotherapy, motivational interviewing and holistic therapies. Of course, therapy will always be a partnership with you choosing the direction of your care. In all of our lives, there are times of stress, which produces anxiety and sometimes depression, and the most effective form of help is through professional intervention in a secure and private environment.
(631) 290-7322 View (631) 290-7322
Asra F Siddiqi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Commack, NY 11725  (Online Only)
Dr. Asra Siddiqi is an adept child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist providing virtual services through North Shore Child Psychiatry. She earned her medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine.
Dr. Asra Siddiqi is an adept child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist providing virtual services through North Shore Child Psychiatry. She earned her medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine.
(631) 801-4160 View (631) 801-4160

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Number of Psychiatrists in Suffolk County, NY

100+

Average cost per session

$280

Psychiatrists in Suffolk County, NY who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
92% Depression
83% Medication Management
72% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
72% Bipolar Disorder
70% ADHD
66% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% Aetna
78% Cigna and Evernorth
77% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Suffolk County, NY see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

78% Female
22% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Suffolk 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.