Psychiatrists in Valley Stream, NY

joseph Pierrot
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Valley Stream, NY 11581
My name is Joseph Pierrot certified psychiatric nurse practitioners and I am qualified to help patients who are struggling with Anxiety and depression, sleep disorders eating disorders as well and Schizophrenia by managing their symptoms using therapy, and medication but also helping them meet certain goals such as: reducing the symptoms of Depression, Anxiety, Schizophrenia, as well as increasing their ability to function in their daily life, as well as improve their relationships and social skills through counseling and therapy treatments that helped my patients who have wanted to learn ways to cope with their mental illness.
My name is Joseph Pierrot certified psychiatric nurse practitioners and I am qualified to help patients who are struggling with Anxiety and depression, sleep disorders eating disorders as well and Schizophrenia by managing their symptoms using therapy, and medication but also helping them meet certain goals such as: reducing the symptoms of Depression, Anxiety, Schizophrenia, as well as increasing their ability to function in their daily life, as well as improve their relationships and social skills through counseling and therapy treatments that helped my patients who have wanted to learn ways to cope with their mental illness.
(516) 447-3273 View (516) 447-3273
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Jazz psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Valley Stream, NY 11581
As an integrative holistic psychiatrist, I specialize in helping individuals seeking relief from mental health challenges. I'm passionate about working with clients and am open to exploring a comprehensive approach to their well-being. Beyond traditional diagnostic evaluations, medication, and psychotherapy, I incorporate holistic therapies like nutrition, exercise, yoga, and meditation into our treatment plan. My mission is to guide clients in improving their mental health and overall well-being. I have a longstanding interest in spirituality, and when appropriate, I teach breathing and meditation.
As an integrative holistic psychiatrist, I specialize in helping individuals seeking relief from mental health challenges. I'm passionate about working with clients and am open to exploring a comprehensive approach to their well-being. Beyond traditional diagnostic evaluations, medication, and psychotherapy, I incorporate holistic therapies like nutrition, exercise, yoga, and meditation into our treatment plan. My mission is to guide clients in improving their mental health and overall well-being. I have a longstanding interest in spirituality, and when appropriate, I teach breathing and meditation.
(516) 407-2714 View (516) 407-2714
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Seth Barrington Dressekie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Valley Stream, NY 11580
Practicing at Woodstock Health Works, LLC, Mr. Seth Dressekie serves the community of Valley Stream, NY. Mr. Dressekie is a skilled nurse practitioner who specializes in family psychiatric and mental health nursing and adult psychiatric and mental health nursing. He manages a wide array of patient concerns, such as sleep problems, stress, alcoholism, anxiety, and depression. He enjoys sharing his love for a healthy living with his patients to inspire them to reach their health goals.
Practicing at Woodstock Health Works, LLC, Mr. Seth Dressekie serves the community of Valley Stream, NY. Mr. Dressekie is a skilled nurse practitioner who specializes in family psychiatric and mental health nursing and adult psychiatric and mental health nursing. He manages a wide array of patient concerns, such as sleep problems, stress, alcoholism, anxiety, and depression. He enjoys sharing his love for a healthy living with his patients to inspire them to reach their health goals.
(718) 866-3645 View (718) 866-3645
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Mindful Integral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Valley Stream, NY 11581  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has been practicing psychiatry for over seven years. I have treated patients from all diverse groups. At present, I only conduct psychiatric evaluations and follow-up assessments in the adult and the geriatric population. I specialize in treating behavioral, psychotic, mood, depression, anxiety, and personality disorders. My hope as a mental health provider is to collaborate with patients and/or their significant other by implementing a holistic approach in devising a treatment plan with the goal of addressing mental disorders, symptoms, and/or issues.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has been practicing psychiatry for over seven years. I have treated patients from all diverse groups. At present, I only conduct psychiatric evaluations and follow-up assessments in the adult and the geriatric population. I specialize in treating behavioral, psychotic, mood, depression, anxiety, and personality disorders. My hope as a mental health provider is to collaborate with patients and/or their significant other by implementing a holistic approach in devising a treatment plan with the goal of addressing mental disorders, symptoms, and/or issues.
(516) 347-2809 View (516) 347-2809
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Ricardo Miller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Valley Stream, NY 11580
I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 17 years of clinical experience. I specialize in the diagnoses and treatment of adults with a range of mental health issues.In addition to providing a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation to all of my new patients, I offer medication management for adults.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 17 years of clinical experience. I specialize in the diagnoses and treatment of adults with a range of mental health issues.In addition to providing a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation to all of my new patients, I offer medication management for adults.
(516) 730-9852 View (516) 730-9852
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Danielle Damas NP in Psychiatry P.C.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Valley Stream, NY 11581  (Online Only)
As a holistic mental health practice, Danielle Damas, Psychiatric NP, PC focuses on helping people of all ages overcome their challenges and move forward into a thriving, satisfying life. Board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner Danielle Damas, PMHNP-BC, MSN, BC-NP, is based in Valley Stream, New York, and offers her psychiatric services through telemedicine and in person visits.
As a holistic mental health practice, Danielle Damas, Psychiatric NP, PC focuses on helping people of all ages overcome their challenges and move forward into a thriving, satisfying life. Board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner Danielle Damas, PMHNP-BC, MSN, BC-NP, is based in Valley Stream, New York, and offers her psychiatric services through telemedicine and in person visits.
(516) 714-5852 x102 View (516) 714-5852 x102
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Ayshea Monique Beswick
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Valley Stream, NY 11580
Every patient has diverse needs and is individual's and approach to treatment will be tailored to everyone's needs. A collaborative approach which may include both therapy and/or medication management. I encourage an honest, trustworthy relationship that will be beneficial in your journey to finding balance. I congratulate you on taking the steps towards finding a mental health partner, because together we will develop a treatment plan that is best suited for you and your current situation.
Every patient has diverse needs and is individual's and approach to treatment will be tailored to everyone's needs. A collaborative approach which may include both therapy and/or medication management. I encourage an honest, trustworthy relationship that will be beneficial in your journey to finding balance. I congratulate you on taking the steps towards finding a mental health partner, because together we will develop a treatment plan that is best suited for you and your current situation.
(516) 604-5122 View (516) 604-5122
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ARCK NP in Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP , LCSW
Verified Verified
Valley Stream, NY 11580
ARCK Psychiatry is a group practice of dedicated licensed mental health professionals that offer psychiatric evaluations, medication management and psycho-therapy. We understand that it is sometimes difficult to commute to an office due to health, family and demanding work schedules, therefore, we offer office services in (Nassau/Suffolk County) in addition to tele-health visits from the comfort of your home. We are open and flexible to providing the service that best fits your needs. To learn more about us visit https://www.arckpsychiatry.com/
ARCK Psychiatry is a group practice of dedicated licensed mental health professionals that offer psychiatric evaluations, medication management and psycho-therapy. We understand that it is sometimes difficult to commute to an office due to health, family and demanding work schedules, therefore, we offer office services in (Nassau/Suffolk County) in addition to tele-health visits from the comfort of your home. We are open and flexible to providing the service that best fits your needs. To learn more about us visit https://www.arckpsychiatry.com/
(516) 550-5325 View (516) 550-5325
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Kaleen Boyd
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Valley Stream, NY 11580
I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 12 years of clinical experience. I currently maintain a clinical position in Brooklyn, NY at a non for profit client centered outpatient community health program. I specialize in adult mental health treatment; notably assessing patients with various mental health conditions, formulating diagnoses and offering treatment options.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 12 years of clinical experience. I currently maintain a clinical position in Brooklyn, NY at a non for profit client centered outpatient community health program. I specialize in adult mental health treatment; notably assessing patients with various mental health conditions, formulating diagnoses and offering treatment options.
(646) 783-4831 View (646) 783-4831
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Tamara Gordon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Valley Stream, NY 11581
Visit our website for more info www.pnpenvision.com. At Envision psychiatry, we offer comprehensive mental health evaluations, diagnosis and med management for conditions such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, Insomnia, OCD and ADHD. At present, we offer Telehealth and in-person session.We accept the following insurances. Cigna, Aetna, BCBS, UHC, oxford, Oscar, medicare, emblem health, GHI, 1199, CDPHP. Call, email or visit www.pnpenvision.com to schedule an appointment. Now offering Genesight testing.
Visit our website for more info www.pnpenvision.com. At Envision psychiatry, we offer comprehensive mental health evaluations, diagnosis and med management for conditions such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, Insomnia, OCD and ADHD. At present, we offer Telehealth and in-person session.We accept the following insurances. Cigna, Aetna, BCBS, UHC, oxford, Oscar, medicare, emblem health, GHI, 1199, CDPHP. Call, email or visit www.pnpenvision.com to schedule an appointment. Now offering Genesight testing.
(516) 908-6084 View (516) 908-6084
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Telehealthcare 365
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Valley Stream, NY 11580
Our Psychiatrist are MD and provides Tele-Psychiatry Consults via Video or Phone Session. We Offer Psychiatric consultations and Medication Management, Our staff is Board Certified Adult and Child Psychiatrists. We have convenient evening hours available for working Individuals. we treat all ages including Children, Adolescents and senior citizens. We treat all psychiatric conditions!, Accept several Insurances , Cash fees for Medication visits is $ 100 The First consultation is only $ 175 Appointments can be made by calling 718 381 2829. Managed by: Tele healthcare 365 LLC. and New Life Psychiatry Counseling svc. PC,
Our Psychiatrist are MD and provides Tele-Psychiatry Consults via Video or Phone Session. We Offer Psychiatric consultations and Medication Management, Our staff is Board Certified Adult and Child Psychiatrists. We have convenient evening hours available for working Individuals. we treat all ages including Children, Adolescents and senior citizens. We treat all psychiatric conditions!, Accept several Insurances , Cash fees for Medication visits is $ 100 The First consultation is only $ 175 Appointments can be made by calling 718 381 2829. Managed by: Tele healthcare 365 LLC. and New Life Psychiatry Counseling svc. PC,
(516) 412-6311 View (516) 412-6311
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Veronica Ogula
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP, BC
Verified Verified
Valley Stream, NY 11580
Not accepting new clients
"I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of inpatient and out-patient mental healthcare experience. I have extensive experience in diagnosing and managing mental health conditions, including psychiatric medications and individual therapy".
"I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of inpatient and out-patient mental healthcare experience. I have extensive experience in diagnosing and managing mental health conditions, including psychiatric medications and individual therapy".
(917) 382-8689 View (917) 382-8689
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Aleen Boyd
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Valley Stream, NY 11580
My passion is to help others achieve wellness. I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of experience. I currently work both inpatient and outpatient facilities within New York City. I specialize in the diagnoses and treatment of adults with a range of mental health issues.
My passion is to help others achieve wellness. I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of experience. I currently work both inpatient and outpatient facilities within New York City. I specialize in the diagnoses and treatment of adults with a range of mental health issues.
(718) 690-7261 View (718) 690-7261
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Anton Marcus Dragonetti
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Valley Stream, NY 11581  (Online Only)
I believe in using evidence-based practice and treatment modalities.I strive to look at each individual holistically and focus on holistic treatment which includes: medication management, nutrition, exercise and sleep hygiene practices. I listen to the individual’s needs and consider myself part of a team when working with clients. I believe in using supportive, solution focused, CBT and DBT therapy along with medication management to treat mental health conditions. Services available in NY,AZ,FL. Have availability within 1-3 business days. Now taking NY Medicaid.
I believe in using evidence-based practice and treatment modalities.I strive to look at each individual holistically and focus on holistic treatment which includes: medication management, nutrition, exercise and sleep hygiene practices. I listen to the individual’s needs and consider myself part of a team when working with clients. I believe in using supportive, solution focused, CBT and DBT therapy along with medication management to treat mental health conditions. Services available in NY,AZ,FL. Have availability within 1-3 business days. Now taking NY Medicaid.
(347) 983-6645 View (347) 983-6645
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Susan R Cohen
Psychiatric Nurse, PhD, RNCS
Verified Verified
Valley Stream, NY 11581
I am not an MD I do NOT prescribe medication...I have been a therapist for more than 30 years. During that time I have lived through many of the life events my clients may have been or are experiencing. I am the daughter of an aging mother, the mother of married children and a grandmother. I have experienced the loss of a parent and my spouse and understand all the emotions that come along with all life's stressful events, both joyous and sad.
I am not an MD I do NOT prescribe medication...I have been a therapist for more than 30 years. During that time I have lived through many of the life events my clients may have been or are experiencing. I am the daughter of an aging mother, the mother of married children and a grandmother. I have experienced the loss of a parent and my spouse and understand all the emotions that come along with all life's stressful events, both joyous and sad.
(516) 360-2896 View (516) 360-2896
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Carbon Minds Mental Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Valley Stream, NY 11580
Robert Terrelonge, APRN, PMHNP is a licensed Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in private practice in New York. He provides treatment for children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. As a Nurse Practitioner, Mr. Terrelonge sees patients independently and offers many of the same services as a Psychiatrist, yet combines both medical and nursing perspectives. He currently serves Patients in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island and uses both office visits and tele-psychiatry to provide easy, affordable and convenient psychotherapy and psychopharmacology.
Robert Terrelonge, APRN, PMHNP is a licensed Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in private practice in New York. He provides treatment for children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. As a Nurse Practitioner, Mr. Terrelonge sees patients independently and offers many of the same services as a Psychiatrist, yet combines both medical and nursing perspectives. He currently serves Patients in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island and uses both office visits and tele-psychiatry to provide easy, affordable and convenient psychotherapy and psychopharmacology.
(929) 429-4683 View (929) 429-4683
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Usman Syed Riaz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Valley Stream, NY 11581  (Online Only)
Board Certified Psychiatrist with Addiction Psychiatry and Sleep medicine as sub specialities. If you are suffering from mental health, substance use or sleep disorders, don’t keep it to yourself, ask for help and I will make sure to provide you the best care.
Board Certified Psychiatrist with Addiction Psychiatry and Sleep medicine as sub specialities. If you are suffering from mental health, substance use or sleep disorders, don’t keep it to yourself, ask for help and I will make sure to provide you the best care.
(929) 334-3758 View (929) 334-3758
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Ekaete Lawal
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Valley Stream, NY 11581  (Online Only)
I am board -certified mental health nurse practitioner who simplifies mental health life experiences and also helps to address emotional challenges that could feel overwhelming at times by using pharmacotherapy approach. These challenges are addressed by connecting to my patients, helping them find purposes and guiding them towards balance. The goal is to make the patients life more peaceful and enjoyable.
I am board -certified mental health nurse practitioner who simplifies mental health life experiences and also helps to address emotional challenges that could feel overwhelming at times by using pharmacotherapy approach. These challenges are addressed by connecting to my patients, helping them find purposes and guiding them towards balance. The goal is to make the patients life more peaceful and enjoyable.
(516) 689-1716 View (516) 689-1716
Allison Dressekie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NPP
Verified Verified
Valley Stream, NY 11580
(929) 357-1640 View (929) 357-1640

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Joseph Sherman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lynbrook, NY 11563
I am an experienced Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a Master's Degree in Nursing from Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing. I was honored to receive Northwell Health’s Advanced Clinical Providers Recognition Award in the Department of Psychiatry in 2019. I work with a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, panic, obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder and insomnia.
I am an experienced Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a Master's Degree in Nursing from Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing. I was honored to receive Northwell Health’s Advanced Clinical Providers Recognition Award in the Department of Psychiatry in 2019. I work with a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, panic, obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder and insomnia.
(516) 518-4464 View (516) 518-4464

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Number of Psychiatrists in Valley Stream, NY

10+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in Valley Stream, NY who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
95% Anxiety
74% ADHD
68% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
68% Trauma and PTSD
68% Bipolar Disorder
68% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

94% Aetna
81% Cigna and Evernorth
69% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Valley Stream, NY see their clients

74% In Person and Online
26% Online Only

Gender breakdown

57% Female
43% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Valley Stream?

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.