Psychiatrists in Blue Ash, OH

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Heather Dlugosz
Psychiatrist, MD, CEDS, FAPA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Blue Ash, OH 45241  (Online Only)
Dr. Dlugosz has over a decade of experience with the treatment of eating disorders and their psychiatric co-morbidities in adolescents and adults. Dr. Dlugosz has vast experience in a variety of treatment settings, in multiple levels of care, including tele-health.  She values partnering with patients and their supports in building an inclusive, compassionate and collaborative relationship throughout the assessment and treatment process as patients build a values-driven life outside of their eating disorder.
Dr. Dlugosz has over a decade of experience with the treatment of eating disorders and their psychiatric co-morbidities in adolescents and adults. Dr. Dlugosz has vast experience in a variety of treatment settings, in multiple levels of care, including tele-health.  She values partnering with patients and their supports in building an inclusive, compassionate and collaborative relationship throughout the assessment and treatment process as patients build a values-driven life outside of their eating disorder.
(513) 848-4307 View (513) 848-4307
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Jen Milau
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Blue Ash, OH 45242
I believe that each person maintains an inherent capacity to heal and grow. The challenges we face in our day-to-day survival make it easy to defer our personal needs in favor of crisis management. Depending on our personal history, this can lead us to become weary, angry, and detached – a combination that breeds the shame and loneliness that so often contribute to our suffering. If you're feeling stuck in this cycle, then you're in the right place.
I believe that each person maintains an inherent capacity to heal and grow. The challenges we face in our day-to-day survival make it easy to defer our personal needs in favor of crisis management. Depending on our personal history, this can lead us to become weary, angry, and detached – a combination that breeds the shame and loneliness that so often contribute to our suffering. If you're feeling stuck in this cycle, then you're in the right place.
(513) 348-1780 View (513) 348-1780
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Infinity Psychiatry LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Blue Ash, OH 45242
Currently serving individuals in NY, OH, WI via Telepsychiatric services. We believe the key to wellness is partnering with a physician who can ally themselves with the patient in order to empower and guide the individual to create positive change in their life. We strive to eliminate the obstacles many individuals face when making the decision to seek psychiatric care. Using videoconferencing you can be seen in your own home, ensuring privacy and expanding accessibility. We cater to busy professionals and offer non-traditional and expanded office hours for your convenience. To get started, visit: InfinityPsychiatry.org
Currently serving individuals in NY, OH, WI via Telepsychiatric services. We believe the key to wellness is partnering with a physician who can ally themselves with the patient in order to empower and guide the individual to create positive change in their life. We strive to eliminate the obstacles many individuals face when making the decision to seek psychiatric care. Using videoconferencing you can be seen in your own home, ensuring privacy and expanding accessibility. We cater to busy professionals and offer non-traditional and expanded office hours for your convenience. To get started, visit: InfinityPsychiatry.org
(513) 817-0054 View (513) 817-0054
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Gerald Makobong
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARPN, PMHNP, CNP
Verified Verified
Blue Ash, OH 45242
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner fully licensed in Ohio. I have experience working with adult, adolescent, and geriatric populations in high-acuity inpatient and outpatient settings. In addition, I have experience assessing, diagnosing, educating, and treating mental health patients ages 5-99.
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner fully licensed in Ohio. I have experience working with adult, adolescent, and geriatric populations in high-acuity inpatient and outpatient settings. In addition, I have experience assessing, diagnosing, educating, and treating mental health patients ages 5-99.
(513) 848-6139 View (513) 848-6139
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Amber Whitlatch
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
18 Endorsed
Blue Ash, OH 45242
As a board certified psychiatric NP, my goal is to deliver the best possible care by advocating for my patients and promoting a positive atmosphere. I believe in providing holistic care along with evidence-based practice to improve patient outcomes, whether that’s assisting with lifestyle changes or medication management. My approach is client-centered and strengths-based. Mental health treatment is not "one size fits all" so we will work at your pace towards your goals. I believe every person has innate strengths and abilities that help them to achieve their goals and I work to help you maximize those strengths and abilities.
As a board certified psychiatric NP, my goal is to deliver the best possible care by advocating for my patients and promoting a positive atmosphere. I believe in providing holistic care along with evidence-based practice to improve patient outcomes, whether that’s assisting with lifestyle changes or medication management. My approach is client-centered and strengths-based. Mental health treatment is not "one size fits all" so we will work at your pace towards your goals. I believe every person has innate strengths and abilities that help them to achieve their goals and I work to help you maximize those strengths and abilities.
(513) 676-4504 View (513) 676-4504
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Dr. Allen Masry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Blue Ash, OH 45242
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
(513) 434-6192 View (513) 434-6192
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Dr. Arif Noorbaksh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Blue Ash, OH 45242
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, and/or bipolar and related disorders? I strongly believe in meeting patients where they are in their individual journeys. The ideal client is the one who attends their initial evaluation to talk through their experience and potential treatment options. I approach patient care holistically and attempt to develop an understanding of the patient’s lived experience and current symptoms.
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, and/or bipolar and related disorders? I strongly believe in meeting patients where they are in their individual journeys. The ideal client is the one who attends their initial evaluation to talk through their experience and potential treatment options. I approach patient care holistically and attempt to develop an understanding of the patient’s lived experience and current symptoms.
(513) 596-6234 View (513) 596-6234
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Not Alone, Inc. Opiate Recovery
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Blue Ash, OH 45236
Trauma and loneliness can bring women to substance dependence. It can be a struggle to stay healthy and strong in recovery. We want to learn about your life goals and help you reach them. We can help you avoid relapse, cravings and medication side effects.
Trauma and loneliness can bring women to substance dependence. It can be a struggle to stay healthy and strong in recovery. We want to learn about your life goals and help you reach them. We can help you avoid relapse, cravings and medication side effects.
(513) 440-6228 View (513) 440-6228
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MC Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Blue Ash, OH 45242  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatrist with an MD from The Ohio State University and a PhD in cell and developmental biology. I have extensive training in psychotherapy for both adults and children. I have helped many patients achieve lasting, thorough changes toward a happy and fulfilling life. The issues include ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, self-harm, paranoia, PTSD, and psychotic disorder. I treat my patients with a combination of psychotherapy and medication. My psychotherapy approaches include psychodynamic and supportive psychotherapy, CBT, and play therapy, whichever proves to be most appropriate and effective.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist with an MD from The Ohio State University and a PhD in cell and developmental biology. I have extensive training in psychotherapy for both adults and children. I have helped many patients achieve lasting, thorough changes toward a happy and fulfilling life. The issues include ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, self-harm, paranoia, PTSD, and psychotic disorder. I treat my patients with a combination of psychotherapy and medication. My psychotherapy approaches include psychodynamic and supportive psychotherapy, CBT, and play therapy, whichever proves to be most appropriate and effective.
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Calvary Family and Mental health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Blue Ash, OH 45236
Hello, I’m Maggie. A seasoned Psychiatry mental health Nurse Practitioner. Feel free to reach out to me if you or your loved ones are struggling with depression, anxiety, bipolar, OCD, PTSD, sleeping disorders, eating disorders, personality disorders, addiction, or low self-esteem. I Possess extensive knowledge about mental health and the challenges it poses to our daily lives.
Hello, I’m Maggie. A seasoned Psychiatry mental health Nurse Practitioner. Feel free to reach out to me if you or your loved ones are struggling with depression, anxiety, bipolar, OCD, PTSD, sleeping disorders, eating disorders, personality disorders, addiction, or low self-esteem. I Possess extensive knowledge about mental health and the challenges it poses to our daily lives.
(614) 414-3620 View (614) 414-3620
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Kimberly Swartz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Blue Ash, OH 45236
Hello! I’m Kimberly. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of experience in health care. I provide holistic integrative care, and I am glad you are here! Seeking help can be a bit overwhelming and perhaps even scary, but it can also be incredibly rewarding.
Hello! I’m Kimberly. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of experience in health care. I provide holistic integrative care, and I am glad you are here! Seeking help can be a bit overwhelming and perhaps even scary, but it can also be incredibly rewarding.
(937) 858-8997 View (937) 858-8997
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Dr. Sheetal Joshi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Blue Ash, OH 45241  (Online Only)
At Aspire Behavioral Health, we strive to bring you the best possible outcomes through evidence based medicine. Mental health is complex and we understand, that not everyone is the same which is exactly why Dr. Joshi provides individualized treatment catered to every individual's needs. Dr Joshi has years of experience working in several facilities across North East OHIO
At Aspire Behavioral Health, we strive to bring you the best possible outcomes through evidence based medicine. Mental health is complex and we understand, that not everyone is the same which is exactly why Dr. Joshi provides individualized treatment catered to every individual's needs. Dr Joshi has years of experience working in several facilities across North East OHIO
(330) 964-5210 View (330) 964-5210
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Akeem Adeniyi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Blue Ash, OH 45241  (Online Only)
Hi! I'm a licensed Professional Psychiatry NP base in Lima, Ohio. I received two Masters degree from University of Cincinnati, one in Family practice NP, and one as a Psychiatry NP and board certified by ANCC and AANP. I have been practicing for 5 years has Psych NP and i have been opportune to be of service to many patients. It is a great privilege in helping others, as bringing happiness to others through my job bring happiness to me as well. I am passionate about mental health and look forward to meeting you today!
Hi! I'm a licensed Professional Psychiatry NP base in Lima, Ohio. I received two Masters degree from University of Cincinnati, one in Family practice NP, and one as a Psychiatry NP and board certified by ANCC and AANP. I have been practicing for 5 years has Psych NP and i have been opportune to be of service to many patients. It is a great privilege in helping others, as bringing happiness to others through my job bring happiness to me as well. I am passionate about mental health and look forward to meeting you today!
(513) 866-4241 View (513) 866-4241

More Psychiatrists Nearby

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Nicole Sbrocchi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cincinnati, OH 45236
Mental health is as important as physical health because it affects our thoughts, feelings, and actions. When our mental health is affected, it can influence how we see ourselves, relate to others, and make decisions.
Mental health is as important as physical health because it affects our thoughts, feelings, and actions. When our mental health is affected, it can influence how we see ourselves, relate to others, and make decisions.
(567) 409-2316 View (567) 409-2316
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Paul Myers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Cincinnati, OH 45242
Paul M Myers holds a BS in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati, a MSN from Xavier University and an ANP from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He was certified as an ANCC Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing in 2012. He has practiced as a psychiatric nurse clinician and manager in psychiatric hospitals and correctional facilities. He has been working in a research facility and providing outpatient care specializing in Schizophrenia, Bipolar and ADHD. He has been an educator in undergraduate psychiatric nursing programs and as a psychotherapist. He loves to travel with his husband and family/friends.
Paul M Myers holds a BS in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati, a MSN from Xavier University and an ANP from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He was certified as an ANCC Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing in 2012. He has practiced as a psychiatric nurse clinician and manager in psychiatric hospitals and correctional facilities. He has been working in a research facility and providing outpatient care specializing in Schizophrenia, Bipolar and ADHD. He has been an educator in undergraduate psychiatric nursing programs and as a psychotherapist. He loves to travel with his husband and family/friends.
(513) 643-2216 View (513) 643-2216
Photo of Stephanie Timmons, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Blue Ash, OH
Stephanie Timmons
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-BC
Verified Verified
Cincinnati, OH 45236
Stephanie Timmons is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with more than 10 years experience in outpatient, inpatient and in-home nursing care. Her specialty areas are medication management and treatment of anxiety disorders including panic and post-traumatic stress, depression, adjustment disorders, anger and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). She holds bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from the University of Cincinnati with advanced certification in family and psychiatric nursing.
Stephanie Timmons is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with more than 10 years experience in outpatient, inpatient and in-home nursing care. Her specialty areas are medication management and treatment of anxiety disorders including panic and post-traumatic stress, depression, adjustment disorders, anger and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). She holds bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from the University of Cincinnati with advanced certification in family and psychiatric nursing.
(513) 613-4453 View (513) 613-4453
Photo of Jeremy Carpenter, Psychiatrist in Blue Ash, OH
Jeremy Carpenter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cincinnati, OH 45242
Dr. Carpenter has more than 12 years of experience in psychiatry with specialty in child and adolescent psychiatry. He earned his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and completed his psychiatry residency at George Washington University in Washington, D. C. where he completed additional training in Health Policy and Advocacy. He completed his child and adolescent fellowship at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus. In 2017, he was a finalist for the Cincinnati Business Courier's Healthcare Hero for improving the quality of Cincinnati healthcare through his patient care mission.
Dr. Carpenter has more than 12 years of experience in psychiatry with specialty in child and adolescent psychiatry. He earned his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and completed his psychiatry residency at George Washington University in Washington, D. C. where he completed additional training in Health Policy and Advocacy. He completed his child and adolescent fellowship at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus. In 2017, he was a finalist for the Cincinnati Business Courier's Healthcare Hero for improving the quality of Cincinnati healthcare through his patient care mission.
(513) 654-6256 View (513) 654-6256
Photo of Emilia Chinenye Mba, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Blue Ash, OH
Emilia Chinenye Mba
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CNS, BSN
Verified Verified
Cincinnati, OH 45236
Emilia Mba, MSN, PMHNP-BC is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with training and experience treating patients with psychiatric disorders across lifespan. She is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to adolescents and adults. She follows evidence-based guidelines. She brings a humanistic philosophy of holistic care and she values interdisciplinary collaboration. She is culturally sensitive, empathetic and very particular about involving her clients in every step of their care because she believes that this approach is synonymous with the best
Emilia Mba, MSN, PMHNP-BC is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with training and experience treating patients with psychiatric disorders across lifespan. She is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to adolescents and adults. She follows evidence-based guidelines. She brings a humanistic philosophy of holistic care and she values interdisciplinary collaboration. She is culturally sensitive, empathetic and very particular about involving her clients in every step of their care because she believes that this approach is synonymous with the best
(440) 635-3962 View (440) 635-3962
Photo of Neil Tournoux, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Blue Ash, OH
Neil Tournoux
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cincinnati, OH 45236  (Online Only)
There is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think..." I became a nurse practitioner while working inpatient as a psychiatric nurse for 5 years. I am proud of my profession in nursing, as I believe that nurse practitioners bring a unique perspective to this field. Being fully present, and actively listening to understand what a patient is trying to convey is invaluable. My goal is to allow you to feel heard.
There is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think..." I became a nurse practitioner while working inpatient as a psychiatric nurse for 5 years. I am proud of my profession in nursing, as I believe that nurse practitioners bring a unique perspective to this field. Being fully present, and actively listening to understand what a patient is trying to convey is invaluable. My goal is to allow you to feel heard.
(513) 643-5861 View (513) 643-5861
Photo of Joel Ellison, Psychiatrist in Blue Ash, OH
Joel Ellison
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Cincinnati, OH 45241
My primary goal as a physician is to work with patients to establish and implement the treatment plan that best suits them. Working in a collaborative fashion with the use of therapy, medications, or a combination of both, I seek to help people improve relationships and pursue lives they find meaningful.
My primary goal as a physician is to work with patients to establish and implement the treatment plan that best suits them. Working in a collaborative fashion with the use of therapy, medications, or a combination of both, I seek to help people improve relationships and pursue lives they find meaningful.
(513) 815-3625 View (513) 815-3625

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Blue Ash, OH

10+

Average cost per session

$197

Psychiatrists in Blue Ash, OH who prioritize treating:

92% Depression
92% Anxiety
92% Trauma and PTSD
69% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
69% Bipolar Disorder
62% Medication Management
54% Addiction

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

89% Aetna
89% Cigna and Evernorth
78% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Blue Ash, OH see their clients

70% In Person and Online
30% Online Only

Gender breakdown

73% Female
27% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Blue Ash?

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.