Psychiatrists in Westbury, NY

PsychiaTreat
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Westbury, NY 11590  (Online Only)
Often times patient's are left frustrated without proper understanding of their diagnosis and treatment options. Patient's are too often told their symptoms are "all in their head." If you are suffering from psychiatric illness as a component of an overall medical/neurological disorder or disease then I can help. I specialize in psychosomatic psychiatry and treatment of psychiatric manifestations of medical/neurological illness. My aim is to help educate you on your illness, help guide you through treatment options and ultimately take a whole body approach to alleviating your symptoms and improving your overall well-being.
Often times patient's are left frustrated without proper understanding of their diagnosis and treatment options. Patient's are too often told their symptoms are "all in their head." If you are suffering from psychiatric illness as a component of an overall medical/neurological disorder or disease then I can help. I specialize in psychosomatic psychiatry and treatment of psychiatric manifestations of medical/neurological illness. My aim is to help educate you on your illness, help guide you through treatment options and ultimately take a whole body approach to alleviating your symptoms and improving your overall well-being.
(516) 928-6028 View (516) 928-6028
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VJM NP Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Westbury, NY 11590  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have been taking care of patients for the last 12 plus years. I have earned a master's degree in Nursing with Summa Cum Laude from Stonybrook University, specializing in psychiatry across the life span. I have experience in medication management treatment for patients from different backgrounds and all ages ranging from age 8 to 80 and above.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have been taking care of patients for the last 12 plus years. I have earned a master's degree in Nursing with Summa Cum Laude from Stonybrook University, specializing in psychiatry across the life span. I have experience in medication management treatment for patients from different backgrounds and all ages ranging from age 8 to 80 and above.
(518) 405-6986 View (518) 405-6986
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PsychiaTreat
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Westbury, NY 11590
Waitlist for new clients
Suffering from mental health issues can be among one of the most difficult things a person can go through. Depression, anxiety, grief, ADHD, PTSD, and other mental health struggles can look different in each individual. In order to provide high quality treatment, you need a psychiatrist to spend time to understand you and to develop a treatment plan tailored to your unique needs and goals. As your psychiatrist, I am dedicated to empowering you to achieve your fullest potential and improve your quality of life.
Suffering from mental health issues can be among one of the most difficult things a person can go through. Depression, anxiety, grief, ADHD, PTSD, and other mental health struggles can look different in each individual. In order to provide high quality treatment, you need a psychiatrist to spend time to understand you and to develop a treatment plan tailored to your unique needs and goals. As your psychiatrist, I am dedicated to empowering you to achieve your fullest potential and improve your quality of life.
(516) 928-4784 View (516) 928-4784
RK NP in Psychiatry and NP in Family health PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Westbury, NY 11590  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified NP in Psychiatry and Family Health. I am accepting patients with mental health disorders for psych evaluations, and meds management. I have four years of experience in psychiatry and 9 years of experience in Internal medicine.
I am a Board Certified NP in Psychiatry and Family Health. I am accepting patients with mental health disorders for psych evaluations, and meds management. I have four years of experience in psychiatry and 9 years of experience in Internal medicine.
(516) 916-7634 View (516) 916-7634
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Empire Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Westbury, NY 11590  (Online Only)
Psychiatric practice specializing in medication management for the treatment of ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Insomnia, OCD, Panic Disorder, PTSD, and Schizophrenia. Insurances Accepted, and now offering Tele-psychiatry in the New York, Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island areas.
Psychiatric practice specializing in medication management for the treatment of ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Insomnia, OCD, Panic Disorder, PTSD, and Schizophrenia. Insurances Accepted, and now offering Tele-psychiatry in the New York, Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island areas.
(646) 845-9787 View (646) 845-9787
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Lisa Marie Persad
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Westbury, NY 11590  (Online Only)
Lisa embraces a humanistic and holistic approach to care with a commitment to individualization and collaboration. She believes many episodes of depression and anxiety are rooted in underlying emotional wounds related to sexual, physical, and/or emotional trauma, including direct and indirect abuse or neglect. Lisa is committed to evidence-based medication management. She emphasizes the complementary role of psycho-pharmacological treatment in establishing and maintaining functionality while "doing the work in therapy".
Lisa embraces a humanistic and holistic approach to care with a commitment to individualization and collaboration. She believes many episodes of depression and anxiety are rooted in underlying emotional wounds related to sexual, physical, and/or emotional trauma, including direct and indirect abuse or neglect. Lisa is committed to evidence-based medication management. She emphasizes the complementary role of psycho-pharmacological treatment in establishing and maintaining functionality while "doing the work in therapy".
(347) 321-9835 View (347) 321-9835
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Annette Jarrett-Graham
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Westbury, NY 11590  (Online Only)
I am a board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Family Health Nurse Practitioner. Central to my professional philosophy is the commitment to enhance both behavioral and medical health, while effectively managing diseases and medications. Working with a diverse range of patients throughout my career has enabled me to communicate effectively with clients from diverse backgrounds.
I am a board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Family Health Nurse Practitioner. Central to my professional philosophy is the commitment to enhance both behavioral and medical health, while effectively managing diseases and medications. Working with a diverse range of patients throughout my career has enabled me to communicate effectively with clients from diverse backgrounds.
(631) 641-8858 View (631) 641-8858
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Jatoopon Maldonado
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Westbury, NY 11590
Jatoopon Maldonado is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with over fifteen years of professional nursing experience in behavioral health encompassing adult, geriatric, emergency, and substance use.
Jatoopon Maldonado is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with over fifteen years of professional nursing experience in behavioral health encompassing adult, geriatric, emergency, and substance use.
(631) 772-0558 View (631) 772-0558

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Samantha Shue
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Jericho, NY 11853  (Online Only)
Samantha Shue is a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in adult and children services. She has experience working in a Residential Treatment Center and Therapeutic Family Foster Care agency with young children and adolescents, as well as experience working in outpatient mental health treatment, telepsychiatry, addiction services and the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP).
Samantha Shue is a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in adult and children services. She has experience working in a Residential Treatment Center and Therapeutic Family Foster Care agency with young children and adolescents, as well as experience working in outpatient mental health treatment, telepsychiatry, addiction services and the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP).
(551) 257-2692 View (551) 257-2692
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Dr. Govind B Oza
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Garden City, NY 11530
Waitlist for new clients
I am a board certified psychiatrist who helped many individuals with mind and emotional disturbances since I started my training in psychiatry in 2002. I have experienced in treating adolescents and adults since I completed my training in child & adolescent psychiatry fellowship in 2007. I can provide treatment for psychiatric conditions such as anxiety, depression and ADHD through psycho education and medication management. I always enjoy helping my patients and families for well-being.
I am a board certified psychiatrist who helped many individuals with mind and emotional disturbances since I started my training in psychiatry in 2002. I have experienced in treating adolescents and adults since I completed my training in child & adolescent psychiatry fellowship in 2007. I can provide treatment for psychiatric conditions such as anxiety, depression and ADHD through psycho education and medication management. I always enjoy helping my patients and families for well-being.
(516) 447-2317 View (516) 447-2317
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Vikas Malik
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Garden City, NY 11530
Anxiety, Depression, Attention problems can cause significant difficulties in life. I provide medication management and at my Garden City location offer TMS therapy. TMS or Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is non-invasive treatment for Depression for patients who have not responded to medications and therapy. It does not require anesthesia and only requires at an average 20-30 minutes. Most patients are able to drive back home and resume daily activities.
Anxiety, Depression, Attention problems can cause significant difficulties in life. I provide medication management and at my Garden City location offer TMS therapy. TMS or Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is non-invasive treatment for Depression for patients who have not responded to medications and therapy. It does not require anesthesia and only requires at an average 20-30 minutes. Most patients are able to drive back home and resume daily activities.
(516) 588-1700 View (516) 588-1700
Photo of Nisha Pradeep, DNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Nisha Pradeep
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Garden City, NY 11530
Waitlist for new clients
I am a board certified psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner with over 9 yrs of experience in treating adults with various mental illness including but not limited to anxiety, panic disorder, depression, OCD, and ADHD. I have completed my masters degree from Stony Brook University and Doctorate degree from University at Buffalo. Every individual has unique needs and I use individually tailored treatment plans for my patients. Please use the website link, call or email to book an appointment.
I am a board certified psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner with over 9 yrs of experience in treating adults with various mental illness including but not limited to anxiety, panic disorder, depression, OCD, and ADHD. I have completed my masters degree from Stony Brook University and Doctorate degree from University at Buffalo. Every individual has unique needs and I use individually tailored treatment plans for my patients. Please use the website link, call or email to book an appointment.
(516) 714-4556 View (516) 714-4556
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Efraim J. Keisari, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hicksville, NY 11801
Asking for help can be hard. Finding the right psychiatrist for you can be hard. As a board certified psychiatrist with a small patient-centered practice, I strive to create a personalized and thoughtful experience for you. I treat adults of all ages with a wide range of conditions, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and various phobias. We can address issues such as sleeping difficulties (insomnia), relationship challenges, work stress, and life stage transitions.
Asking for help can be hard. Finding the right psychiatrist for you can be hard. As a board certified psychiatrist with a small patient-centered practice, I strive to create a personalized and thoughtful experience for you. I treat adults of all ages with a wide range of conditions, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and various phobias. We can address issues such as sleeping difficulties (insomnia), relationship challenges, work stress, and life stage transitions.
(212) 287-5888 View (212) 287-5888
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S Easo NP in Family Health and Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
East Meadow, NY 11554
Shiny Easo, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC: I am a dual board-certified nurse practitioner in psychiatry and family medicine, with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice. I started working as a nurse practitioner since 2013 and have a genuine interest in treating a vast array of psychiatric disorders including anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorders, OCD, PTSD, and related disorders. I have experience in treating patients with medical comorbidities and has training in issues related to primary health. I believes in the principle that body and mind are interconnected which allows me to provide comprehensive care to all of my patients.
Shiny Easo, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC: I am a dual board-certified nurse practitioner in psychiatry and family medicine, with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice. I started working as a nurse practitioner since 2013 and have a genuine interest in treating a vast array of psychiatric disorders including anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorders, OCD, PTSD, and related disorders. I have experience in treating patients with medical comorbidities and has training in issues related to primary health. I believes in the principle that body and mind are interconnected which allows me to provide comprehensive care to all of my patients.
(516) 614-4582 View (516) 614-4582
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Neha Ali
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Carle Place, NY 11514
Neha Ali is a Board Certified Psychiatrist in New York who has been in practice since 2023. She has completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry. Neha was raised and trained on Long Island and is very familiar with the community. She can relate to issues that are presented and would like to continue to give back to her local community. She lends an empathetic ear to patients and provides care without judgment. Outside of work, Neha enjoys traveling, baking, and finding good restaurants.
Neha Ali is a Board Certified Psychiatrist in New York who has been in practice since 2023. She has completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry. Neha was raised and trained on Long Island and is very familiar with the community. She can relate to issues that are presented and would like to continue to give back to her local community. She lends an empathetic ear to patients and provides care without judgment. Outside of work, Neha enjoys traveling, baking, and finding good restaurants.
(516) 518-3487 View (516) 518-3487
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Samantha Roche
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Garden City, NY 11530
Waitlist for new clients
Sometimes life's challenges require additional tools. I am a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a Master's Degree in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing from Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing and a Doctoral Degree in Nursing Practice, specializing in medication management for mental health. As a teammate in your wellness journey, I work closely with your counselor and health care providers to optimize mental and physical health outcomes.
Sometimes life's challenges require additional tools. I am a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a Master's Degree in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing from Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing and a Doctoral Degree in Nursing Practice, specializing in medication management for mental health. As a teammate in your wellness journey, I work closely with your counselor and health care providers to optimize mental and physical health outcomes.
(631) 250-6393 View (631) 250-6393
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Dr. Feby James Kanatt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Garden City, NY 11530  (Online Only)
As a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I am an expert in providing mental health care to adults and the geriatric population. My approach is collaborative and focused on responding to the needs and priorities of individual clients. Common challenges my clients seek treatment include anxiety, panic attack, post traumatic stress disorder, depression, mood disorder, sleep disturbances, psychotic episodes, and various dementia related behavioral challenges. My practice model also includes psychotherapy techniques in addition to medication management.
As a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I am an expert in providing mental health care to adults and the geriatric population. My approach is collaborative and focused on responding to the needs and priorities of individual clients. Common challenges my clients seek treatment include anxiety, panic attack, post traumatic stress disorder, depression, mood disorder, sleep disturbances, psychotic episodes, and various dementia related behavioral challenges. My practice model also includes psychotherapy techniques in addition to medication management.
(516) 973-0772 View (516) 973-0772
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Bridge Back to Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Uniondale, NY 11556
Dr. Macia Drummond, PhD, PMHNP-BC, empowers individuals, both adults and children, not just to overcome challenge, but to thrive. I envision a future where they can maintain healthy relationships, find fulfillment in their careers, and actively participate in their families and communities. I understand that seeking help can be daunting, but my practice offers a safe and supportive environment. Here, patients are not judged, but seen, heard, and valued for their potential. As a Mental Health Provider, I believe that reaching out for help isn't a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength –a first step on the path to a brighter future.
Dr. Macia Drummond, PhD, PMHNP-BC, empowers individuals, both adults and children, not just to overcome challenge, but to thrive. I envision a future where they can maintain healthy relationships, find fulfillment in their careers, and actively participate in their families and communities. I understand that seeking help can be daunting, but my practice offers a safe and supportive environment. Here, patients are not judged, but seen, heard, and valued for their potential. As a Mental Health Provider, I believe that reaching out for help isn't a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength –a first step on the path to a brighter future.
(516) 363-1754 View (516) 363-1754
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Alicia Portuondo-Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Uniondale, NY 11556
A Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who treats children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of behavioral and emotional difficulties. Specializing in anxiety, depression, and women's issues especially related to post-partum mental health and motherhood stressors. It is my belief that it is essential to initiate treatment with a thorough psychiatric evaluation and a collaborative plan that engages the patient and family (when applicable) to participate in the overall treatment plan that may include therapy and or medication management.
A Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who treats children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of behavioral and emotional difficulties. Specializing in anxiety, depression, and women's issues especially related to post-partum mental health and motherhood stressors. It is my belief that it is essential to initiate treatment with a thorough psychiatric evaluation and a collaborative plan that engages the patient and family (when applicable) to participate in the overall treatment plan that may include therapy and or medication management.
(516) 699-1694 View (516) 699-1694
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Jaspreet Hans
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Carle Place, NY 11514
Dr. Jaspreet Hans, MD Dr. Jaspreet Hans is a Psychiatrist in New York who has been practicing since 2023. She earned her MD degree from Ross University School of Medicine. She completed her General adult psychiatry residency, followed by fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC) in East Meadow, NY. She also served as a chief resident for the adult outpatient behavioral health clinic at NUMC.
Dr. Jaspreet Hans, MD Dr. Jaspreet Hans is a Psychiatrist in New York who has been practicing since 2023. She earned her MD degree from Ross University School of Medicine. She completed her General adult psychiatry residency, followed by fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC) in East Meadow, NY. She also served as a chief resident for the adult outpatient behavioral health clinic at NUMC.
(516) 585-3234 View (516) 585-3234

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Westbury, NY

< 10

Psychiatrists in Westbury, NY who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
88% ADHD
75% Depression
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
75% Trauma and PTSD
75% Bipolar Disorder
63% Medication Management

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
86% Oxford

How Psychiatrists in Westbury, NY see their clients

75% Online Only
25% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Westbury?

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.