Psychiatrists in Yorktown Heights, NY

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Andrene Campbell
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
Dr. Andrene Campbell is a licensed and board-certified psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Campbell completed medical school at Loma Linda University in California. She completed adult residency training at New York Presbyterian Hospital " Cornell division and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship training at New York Presbyterian Hospital " Columbia division. She has been an attending physician in the psychiatric emergency room at Northwell Health and a telepsychiatry attending physician at Northwell Health. She was also the medical director on an adult inpatient unit.
Dr. Andrene Campbell is a licensed and board-certified psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Campbell completed medical school at Loma Linda University in California. She completed adult residency training at New York Presbyterian Hospital " Cornell division and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship training at New York Presbyterian Hospital " Columbia division. She has been an attending physician in the psychiatric emergency room at Northwell Health and a telepsychiatry attending physician at Northwell Health. She was also the medical director on an adult inpatient unit.
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Michael Schwartz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598  (Online Only)
As a Board Certified Psychiatrist, I bring a compassionate and warm approach to providing care while making well-informed recommendations as a pharmacologist. I treat patients age 5 years and older, and have a broad range of mental health care experience in the areas of psychiatric evaluation, diagnosis, and medication management. I provide well-researched, comprehensive care to meet the needs of my clients, with their best interest in mind.
As a Board Certified Psychiatrist, I bring a compassionate and warm approach to providing care while making well-informed recommendations as a pharmacologist. I treat patients age 5 years and older, and have a broad range of mental health care experience in the areas of psychiatric evaluation, diagnosis, and medication management. I provide well-researched, comprehensive care to meet the needs of my clients, with their best interest in mind.
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Maryellen D'Ambrosio
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP-B
Verified
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
Maryellen D'Ambrosio is a New York State licensed Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and is Board Certified by the American Nurses Credentialling Center. She has been practicing Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, since 2004, and has provided treatment in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She graduated, Summa Cum Laude, from Pace University - Leinhard School of Nursing with a Master of Science Degree. Her advanced education included specialized training (ages 3-17), with more explicit preparation and clinical instruction, in the area of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.
Maryellen D'Ambrosio is a New York State licensed Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and is Board Certified by the American Nurses Credentialling Center. She has been practicing Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, since 2004, and has provided treatment in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She graduated, Summa Cum Laude, from Pace University - Leinhard School of Nursing with a Master of Science Degree. Her advanced education included specialized training (ages 3-17), with more explicit preparation and clinical instruction, in the area of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.
(914) 743-3618 View (914) 743-3618
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Virginia Connolly
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RNMSNP-
Verified
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
Ginger Connolly graduated from Columbia University 22 years ago, obtaining her Nurse Practitioner degree. This was preceded by 20 years of inpatient treatment with both children and adults. She specializes in ADHD, General Anxiety Disorders, Major Depression, PTSD and Obsessive compulsive disorders. More attention is increasingly given to Social anxiety disorder which has increased in prevalence with the advent of the pandemic isolation. Age groups seen are from age 5 thru age 55. Child treatment is accompanied by parent training if needed, if Oppositional Defiant Disorder is noted in particular.
Ginger Connolly graduated from Columbia University 22 years ago, obtaining her Nurse Practitioner degree. This was preceded by 20 years of inpatient treatment with both children and adults. She specializes in ADHD, General Anxiety Disorders, Major Depression, PTSD and Obsessive compulsive disorders. More attention is increasingly given to Social anxiety disorder which has increased in prevalence with the advent of the pandemic isolation. Age groups seen are from age 5 thru age 55. Child treatment is accompanied by parent training if needed, if Oppositional Defiant Disorder is noted in particular.
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Kristina Manich
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
As a dedicated and compassionate board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner specializing in medication management , I bring a wealth of experience in helping individuals of all ages navigate through a spectrum of mental health challenges.
As a dedicated and compassionate board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner specializing in medication management , I bring a wealth of experience in helping individuals of all ages navigate through a spectrum of mental health challenges.
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Kristian Georgiev
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
As a psychotherapist, I believe that working to understand our struggles in the context of a healing relationship can help us live life with greater wisdom, flexibility, and integrity. I also believe that we are shaped by our relationships, past and present. My work is to address internal conflicts and patterns of suffering that can leave us feeling stuck in our lives and relationships. I aim to provide a safe and non-judgmental space that fosters lasting emotional growth, greater fulfillment, and deeper connection with self and others. I use psychotherapy as an opportunity to be your partner in a journey of self-discovery.
As a psychotherapist, I believe that working to understand our struggles in the context of a healing relationship can help us live life with greater wisdom, flexibility, and integrity. I also believe that we are shaped by our relationships, past and present. My work is to address internal conflicts and patterns of suffering that can leave us feeling stuck in our lives and relationships. I aim to provide a safe and non-judgmental space that fosters lasting emotional growth, greater fulfillment, and deeper connection with self and others. I use psychotherapy as an opportunity to be your partner in a journey of self-discovery.
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Alexis N Haughton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN , BSN
Verified
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, with more than 11 years of psychiatric experience. I strive to provide safe access to mental health services across the lifespan and specialize in a wide range of psychiatric conditions. My personalized and comprehensive approach is held at high standards, regardless of race, gender or social status. I recognize the disparities in mental health and have devoted my career to making a positive influence.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, with more than 11 years of psychiatric experience. I strive to provide safe access to mental health services across the lifespan and specialize in a wide range of psychiatric conditions. My personalized and comprehensive approach is held at high standards, regardless of race, gender or social status. I recognize the disparities in mental health and have devoted my career to making a positive influence.
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Sybil Mouzon
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
Dr. Mouzon is a New York State licensed psychiatrist, certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She earned her medical degree at New York University School of Medicine and completed psychiatry residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Prior to joining our staff, she was the Associate Medical Director of the Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Department at Montefiore Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Dr. Mouzon is a New York State licensed psychiatrist, certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She earned her medical degree at New York University School of Medicine and completed psychiatry residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Prior to joining our staff, she was the Associate Medical Director of the Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Department at Montefiore Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
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Katherine Harding
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
Dr. Harding is a New York State licensed psychiatrist, certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She graduated from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine and completed her psychiatry residency at Montefiore Hospital. She been a staff psychiatrist at Montefiore and Northern Westchester Hospital.
Dr. Harding is a New York State licensed psychiatrist, certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She graduated from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine and completed her psychiatry residency at Montefiore Hospital. She been a staff psychiatrist at Montefiore and Northern Westchester Hospital.
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Jennifer C McKenna
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, PNP, PMHNP
Verified
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
We are living in an extraordinary moment in human history. Change is coming...we can all feel it. Are you struggling to find your place in this time? You're meant to be part of it, yet you struggle with addiction, depression, anxiety, self-deprecation, or other deep-seated discomfort.
We are living in an extraordinary moment in human history. Change is coming...we can all feel it. Are you struggling to find your place in this time? You're meant to be part of it, yet you struggle with addiction, depression, anxiety, self-deprecation, or other deep-seated discomfort.
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Kathleen Fanning Woods
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, NPP
Verified
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
Not accepting new clients
From our first meeting, we begin a relationship built upon kindness, empathy, trust and wellbeing. We will work collaboratively to address the important issues that are bringing you here. Through my years as a Nurse Practitioner, I have realized that mental health encompasses more than just words, it includes physical, psychological, emotional and social well being. Our mental health affects how we think, feel and deal with stressful situations, how we make choices, interact with others and find solutions. I would like the opportunity to work with you in discovering and treating the issues that are affecting you.
From our first meeting, we begin a relationship built upon kindness, empathy, trust and wellbeing. We will work collaboratively to address the important issues that are bringing you here. Through my years as a Nurse Practitioner, I have realized that mental health encompasses more than just words, it includes physical, psychological, emotional and social well being. Our mental health affects how we think, feel and deal with stressful situations, how we make choices, interact with others and find solutions. I would like the opportunity to work with you in discovering and treating the issues that are affecting you.
(845) 203-2320 View (845) 203-2320
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Bridget Lennon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 15 years of experience in mental health. My treatment approach is grounded in a combination of evidence-based therapies, integrative holistic modalities and pharmacotherapy. I work together with my clients to understand their lived experience as we tailor a course of treatment to meet their individual needs. My mission is to provide an environment that is supportive, and free from judgement. I provide education on medication choices and treatment decision-making is shared.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 15 years of experience in mental health. My treatment approach is grounded in a combination of evidence-based therapies, integrative holistic modalities and pharmacotherapy. I work together with my clients to understand their lived experience as we tailor a course of treatment to meet their individual needs. My mission is to provide an environment that is supportive, and free from judgement. I provide education on medication choices and treatment decision-making is shared.
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Dr. Mark Nakhla
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified adult and geriatric psychiatrist. I utilize a compassionate, collaborative, and recovery-oriented approach to support each of my patients in living meaningful and sustainably healthy lives. I offer psychotherapy and medication management approaches where appropriate. I work with adults of all ages and treat a wide variety of concerns including anxiety disorders, mood disorders including depression and bipolar disorder, ADHD, OCD, and interpersonal challenges.
I am a board-certified adult and geriatric psychiatrist. I utilize a compassionate, collaborative, and recovery-oriented approach to support each of my patients in living meaningful and sustainably healthy lives. I offer psychotherapy and medication management approaches where appropriate. I work with adults of all ages and treat a wide variety of concerns including anxiety disorders, mood disorders including depression and bipolar disorder, ADHD, OCD, and interpersonal challenges.
(347) 941-1342 View (347) 941-1342
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Strength of the Mind Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
As a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I am trained to provide care with a dual emphasis on treatment of the whole patient through psychopharmacology and brief psychotherapy, across the lifespan. From my extensive experience over the past 10 years working in both inpatient and outpatient environments, I have gained expertise in all facets of assessment, diagnosing, medication management and psychotherapy. My goal is to provide the highest level of quality care my clients in a comfortable and private setting. I strive to include not only the client, but their families in the treatment process.
As a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I am trained to provide care with a dual emphasis on treatment of the whole patient through psychopharmacology and brief psychotherapy, across the lifespan. From my extensive experience over the past 10 years working in both inpatient and outpatient environments, I have gained expertise in all facets of assessment, diagnosing, medication management and psychotherapy. My goal is to provide the highest level of quality care my clients in a comfortable and private setting. I strive to include not only the client, but their families in the treatment process.
(845) 280-5127 View (845) 280-5127
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Jyothsna Karlapalem
Psychiatrist, MD, CCTP II, NCTTP
Verified
3 Endorsed
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
I offer warm, culturally sensitive, compassionate integrative psychiatry & psychotherapy services for those suffering from depression, anxiety, trauma, or addiction. Mental health struggles can rob you of joy and make you feel alone and hopeless. Dealing with self-doubt and self-criticism is hard and painful. If you found it difficult to connect with providers, felt judged and misunderstood in the past or tried medications that just did not seem to help, don't give up! Finding the RIGHT provider that takes the time to listen, understands you, and has expertise in Integrative Psychiatry can make ALL the difference.
I offer warm, culturally sensitive, compassionate integrative psychiatry & psychotherapy services for those suffering from depression, anxiety, trauma, or addiction. Mental health struggles can rob you of joy and make you feel alone and hopeless. Dealing with self-doubt and self-criticism is hard and painful. If you found it difficult to connect with providers, felt judged and misunderstood in the past or tried medications that just did not seem to help, don't give up! Finding the RIGHT provider that takes the time to listen, understands you, and has expertise in Integrative Psychiatry can make ALL the difference.
(914) 809-5984 View (914) 809-5984

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Nia Josiah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
Katonah, NY 10536
I am a trained Doctor of Nursing Practice, and a licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Ivy League graduate. I assess, diagnose, prescribe, and treat individuals with mental health needs across the lifespan. I use integrative medicine, an evidence-based, patient-centered approach fusing conventional and complementary interventions together to address the needs of the "whole person." I combine armamentarium of body, psyche, and collective knowledge through relationships and connections within the Universe missioned to unearth deeply rooted issues, promoting healing rather than "band-aiding symptoms."
I am a trained Doctor of Nursing Practice, and a licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Ivy League graduate. I assess, diagnose, prescribe, and treat individuals with mental health needs across the lifespan. I use integrative medicine, an evidence-based, patient-centered approach fusing conventional and complementary interventions together to address the needs of the "whole person." I combine armamentarium of body, psyche, and collective knowledge through relationships and connections within the Universe missioned to unearth deeply rooted issues, promoting healing rather than "band-aiding symptoms."
(301) 200-1777 View (301) 200-1777
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Sina Saidi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Mount Kisco, NY 10549
My goal is to provide the expert psychiatric care that will allow you to perform at your personal and professional best. I am a graduate of Harvard Medical School and the Johns Hopkins psychiatry residency program, and board-certified in psychiatry. I have over twenty years combined experience in psychiatry and primary care medicine, and work with adults and adolescents 16 and older. I treat depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, and psychiatric issues related to neurological and medical conditions.
My goal is to provide the expert psychiatric care that will allow you to perform at your personal and professional best. I am a graduate of Harvard Medical School and the Johns Hopkins psychiatry residency program, and board-certified in psychiatry. I have over twenty years combined experience in psychiatry and primary care medicine, and work with adults and adolescents 16 and older. I treat depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, and psychiatric issues related to neurological and medical conditions.
(646) 783-1369 View (646) 783-1369
Photo of Catherine Colson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Yorktown Heights, NY
Catherine Colson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Somers, NY 10589
Catherine Colson is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Catherine prioritizes listening, compassion, and cultivating a collaborative relationship with her patients. She is interested in anything and everything her patients want to tell her.
Catherine Colson is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Catherine prioritizes listening, compassion, and cultivating a collaborative relationship with her patients. She is interested in anything and everything her patients want to tell her.
(347) 707-7735 View (347) 707-7735
Photo of Sarah Kent, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Yorktown Heights, NY
Sarah Kent
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CPNP
Verified
Katonah, NY 10536
I have successfully treated patients who suffer from Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Insomnia, Bipolar Disorder, Dementia, Hallucinations and Delusions as well as addiction and alcoholism. I have worked with patients as young as 2 years old and as old as 105 years old.
I have successfully treated patients who suffer from Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Insomnia, Bipolar Disorder, Dementia, Hallucinations and Delusions as well as addiction and alcoholism. I have worked with patients as young as 2 years old and as old as 105 years old.
(516) 701-2131 View (516) 701-2131
Photo of Leah C Susser, Psychiatrist in Yorktown Heights, NY
Leah C Susser
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Chappaqua, NY 10514
I specialize in women's mental health, including helping women who are planning to get pregnant, pregnant, postpartum, with PMS/PMDD or symptoms related to the menstrual cycle, in the perimenopausal period, undergoing infertility treatment, and after perinatal loss. I also help women at any stage of their lives with anxiety, OCD, depression, stress, postpartum psychosis, menstrual psychosis, and bipolar disorder. I offer one-time consultations, medication management, and evidence-based psychotherapy.
I specialize in women's mental health, including helping women who are planning to get pregnant, pregnant, postpartum, with PMS/PMDD or symptoms related to the menstrual cycle, in the perimenopausal period, undergoing infertility treatment, and after perinatal loss. I also help women at any stage of their lives with anxiety, OCD, depression, stress, postpartum psychosis, menstrual psychosis, and bipolar disorder. I offer one-time consultations, medication management, and evidence-based psychotherapy.
(845) 413-2981 View (845) 413-2981

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Yorktown Heights, NY

10+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in Yorktown Heights, NY who prioritize treating:

93% Depression
87% Anxiety
87% Bipolar Disorder
87% Medication Management
73% Trauma and PTSD
67% ADHD
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

91% Aetna
82% Cigna and Evernorth
82% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Yorktown Heights, NY see their clients

80% In Person and Online
20% Online Only

Gender breakdown

79% Female
21% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Yorktown Heights?

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.