Psychiatrists in Furlong, PA

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Dr. Matthew Sommons
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Furlong, PA 18925
I am currently accepting new clients for evaluations, medication management, and ketamine therapy. Immediate appointments available.
I am currently accepting new clients for evaluations, medication management, and ketamine therapy. Immediate appointments available.
(267) 848-9817 View (267) 848-9817
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Heather Bisca
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Furlong, PA 18925
I am currently a Board Certified, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with over 23+ years' experience working in healthcare. My past experiences include 10+ years as a Medical Assistant, 11+ years as a Registered Nurse, and 2+ years as a PMHNP-BC. I strongly believe the mental health profession should be a culture of acceptance and understanding. It is my priority to create a safe environment for all patients. It is my passion to advocate for patients who struggle with mental health issues. I will genuinely listen to all of your questions and concerns and manage your treatment with compassion, I care about your well being.
I am currently a Board Certified, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with over 23+ years' experience working in healthcare. My past experiences include 10+ years as a Medical Assistant, 11+ years as a Registered Nurse, and 2+ years as a PMHNP-BC. I strongly believe the mental health profession should be a culture of acceptance and understanding. It is my priority to create a safe environment for all patients. It is my passion to advocate for patients who struggle with mental health issues. I will genuinely listen to all of your questions and concerns and manage your treatment with compassion, I care about your well being.
(267) 762-9681 View (267) 762-9681
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Joyce Yablunksy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, MSN, RN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Furlong, PA 18925
Accepting new clients for medication management, evaluations, ketamine therapy, ADHD testing etc. Immediate appointments available.
Accepting new clients for medication management, evaluations, ketamine therapy, ADHD testing etc. Immediate appointments available.
(484) 232-3587 View (484) 232-3587
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Bobbie Posmontier
Psychiatric Nurse, PhD, CNM, PMHNP
Verified
Furlong, PA 18925  (Online Only)
I am a board certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner with expertise in psychotherapy, complementary modalities, and psychotropic medication support tailored to women across the lifespan. With my dual certification as both a nurse midwife and family psychiatric nurse practitioner, I have a unique understanding of women’s psychiatric disorders related to hormonal and neurobiological imbalances from menarche through menopause such as premenstrual mood disorder, antenatal and postpartum mood disorders, as well as peri- and post-menopausal psychiatric disturbances. My goal is to partner with you to explore ways to help you achieve physical, mental and spiritual balance in your life
I am a board certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner with expertise in psychotherapy, complementary modalities, and psychotropic medication support tailored to women across the lifespan. With my dual certification as both a nurse midwife and family psychiatric nurse practitioner, I have a unique understanding of women’s psychiatric disorders related to hormonal and neurobiological imbalances from menarche through menopause such as premenstrual mood disorder, antenatal and postpartum mood disorders, as well as peri- and post-menopausal psychiatric disturbances. My goal is to partner with you to explore ways to help you achieve physical, mental and spiritual balance in your life
(215) 488-7277 View (215) 488-7277
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Magnolia Shapit
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Furlong, PA 18925
A team oriented, board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. Magnolia has over 21 years of clinical experience in healthcare with over 17 years in the mental health field. She has an exemplary track record of establishing strong relationships with her clients and team members. Her goal as a nurse practitioner is to follow evidence-based protocols in caring for and treating her clients. Managing mental health by offering quality patient care through decisions made in conjunction with the client’s goal is what she strives to provide. She believes that every individual is unique with different needs with different response to
A team oriented, board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. Magnolia has over 21 years of clinical experience in healthcare with over 17 years in the mental health field. She has an exemplary track record of establishing strong relationships with her clients and team members. Her goal as a nurse practitioner is to follow evidence-based protocols in caring for and treating her clients. Managing mental health by offering quality patient care through decisions made in conjunction with the client’s goal is what she strives to provide. She believes that every individual is unique with different needs with different response to
(267) 493-1098 View (267) 493-1098

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Biju Basil
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Newtown, PA 18940
Dr.Basil is a Board Certified Psychiatrist who practices in Yardley PA. He specializes in the treatment of different Mental Health Conditions including Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, OCD, ADHD, Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders, Substance abuse, Dual Diagnosis disorders,
Dr.Basil is a Board Certified Psychiatrist who practices in Yardley PA. He specializes in the treatment of different Mental Health Conditions including Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, OCD, ADHD, Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders, Substance abuse, Dual Diagnosis disorders,
(215) 352-4311 View (215) 352-4311
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Chikodili Obi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified
Doylestown, PA 18902  (Online Only)
Great to meet you! Chikodili Obi is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who graduated from Wilkes University. She is enthusiastic about providing quality, evidence based psychiatric care across the life span. Chikodili possesses strong clinical skills necessary to establish and build relationships with patients She specializes in treatment of depression, anxiety, ADHD, panic disorder, bipolar disorder, PTSD, borderline personality disorder, psychosis and mood disorders.
Great to meet you! Chikodili Obi is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who graduated from Wilkes University. She is enthusiastic about providing quality, evidence based psychiatric care across the life span. Chikodili possesses strong clinical skills necessary to establish and build relationships with patients She specializes in treatment of depression, anxiety, ADHD, panic disorder, bipolar disorder, PTSD, borderline personality disorder, psychosis and mood disorders.
(610) 510-6813 View (610) 510-6813
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Teri Hardgrove
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Newtown, PA 18940
As a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I treat psychiatric conditions using a holistic and bio-psycho-social approach. My goal is to restore feelings of stability and well-being and I work with each patient to develop a specialized plan of care. My training has offered me the ability to provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and medication management. I understand that starting medication can have its concerns and I strive to provide education and counseling during this process.
As a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I treat psychiatric conditions using a holistic and bio-psycho-social approach. My goal is to restore feelings of stability and well-being and I work with each patient to develop a specialized plan of care. My training has offered me the ability to provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and medication management. I understand that starting medication can have its concerns and I strive to provide education and counseling during this process.
(267) 309-2815 View (267) 309-2815
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Huma Mahmood
Psychiatrist
Verified
Newtown, PA 18940
Double Board Certified Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatrist providing psychotherapy, Medication Management and compassionate care to patients in the Greater Philadelphia Area. Two practice locations: Mainline Mental Health, LLC www.mainlinemh.com in Narberth, PA & Supreme Wellness, LLC www.supremewellnessrecovery.com in Newtown, PA which also provided Intensive Outpatient Treatment and Addiction Counseling to teens and adults. Our staff includes highly skilled licensed therapists who specialize in anxiety, depression and trauma-focused treatment.
Double Board Certified Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatrist providing psychotherapy, Medication Management and compassionate care to patients in the Greater Philadelphia Area. Two practice locations: Mainline Mental Health, LLC www.mainlinemh.com in Narberth, PA & Supreme Wellness, LLC www.supremewellnessrecovery.com in Newtown, PA which also provided Intensive Outpatient Treatment and Addiction Counseling to teens and adults. Our staff includes highly skilled licensed therapists who specialize in anxiety, depression and trauma-focused treatment.
(215) 874-3636 View (215) 874-3636
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Nichelle Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
Newtown, PA 18940
My ideal client is dealing with a mental concern that is causing them distress that they are seeking relief from. They are looking for someone who will listen to their concerns and work with them to develop an individualized treatment plan that aligns with their unique and goals. They are looking for a safe, nonjudgmental environment with a trustworthy provider to deliver quality care. Hi, my name is Nichelle and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have over 10 years of clinical experience in treating psychiatric disorders and specialize in treating major depression, anxiety disorder, mood disorders, PTSD & ADHD.
My ideal client is dealing with a mental concern that is causing them distress that they are seeking relief from. They are looking for someone who will listen to their concerns and work with them to develop an individualized treatment plan that aligns with their unique and goals. They are looking for a safe, nonjudgmental environment with a trustworthy provider to deliver quality care. Hi, my name is Nichelle and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have over 10 years of clinical experience in treating psychiatric disorders and specialize in treating major depression, anxiety disorder, mood disorders, PTSD & ADHD.
(267) 214-8636 View (267) 214-8636
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Edena Walden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified
Southampton, PA 18966
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
(267) 551-5821 View (267) 551-5821
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Taslim Zaman
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Warrington, PA 18976
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatrist and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO). I address conditions from both a Lifestyle AND Medical perspective compared to most physicians who focus often on solely a medical perspective. I have experience treating ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, Trauma, Personality Disorders, Obsessions & Compulsions, Insomnia, Psychosis, and more. My treatments comprise of Wellness & Nutritional Advice, Meditation, Psychotherapy, and Osteopathic Treatments. I offer evidence-based Psychedelic-Assisted-Psychotherapy (with Ketamine).
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatrist and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO). I address conditions from both a Lifestyle AND Medical perspective compared to most physicians who focus often on solely a medical perspective. I have experience treating ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, Trauma, Personality Disorders, Obsessions & Compulsions, Insomnia, Psychosis, and more. My treatments comprise of Wellness & Nutritional Advice, Meditation, Psychotherapy, and Osteopathic Treatments. I offer evidence-based Psychedelic-Assisted-Psychotherapy (with Ketamine).
(267) 843-8943 View (267) 843-8943
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Ying Wang
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Langhorne, PA 19047
I am a Yale educated and Harvard trained psychiatrist currently licensed in PA and NJ. My work integrates therapeutic approaches rooted in science with the art of healing. I begin with a thorough assessment (medical, nutritional and psychosocial), and work hard to tailor treatment to you needs. Our work may entail talk therapy, skills coaching, nutritional assessment and repair, meditation and mindfulness exercises, and if indicated, medication treatment. When medications are used, I work diligently to minimize side effects and monitor potential interactions.
I am a Yale educated and Harvard trained psychiatrist currently licensed in PA and NJ. My work integrates therapeutic approaches rooted in science with the art of healing. I begin with a thorough assessment (medical, nutritional and psychosocial), and work hard to tailor treatment to you needs. Our work may entail talk therapy, skills coaching, nutritional assessment and repair, meditation and mindfulness exercises, and if indicated, medication treatment. When medications are used, I work diligently to minimize side effects and monitor potential interactions.
(267) 619-7595 View (267) 619-7595
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Emily Coyle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Horsham, PA 19044
An ideal client would be someone who is open, honest, and willing to ask for help. This person wants to get better and is open to suggestions and treatment options. They are willing to put in the effort to help themselves and work as a team with their provider in order to move toward mental wellness.
An ideal client would be someone who is open, honest, and willing to ask for help. This person wants to get better and is open to suggestions and treatment options. They are willing to put in the effort to help themselves and work as a team with their provider in order to move toward mental wellness.
(267) 762-1874 View (267) 762-1874
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Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Southampton, PA 18966
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
(215) 621-8560 View (215) 621-8560
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Mentis Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Doylestown, PA 18901
ADHD and Autism spectrum testing & screening "included in the initial evaluation." Ann has received her Master of Science from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and an undergraduate degree from Drexel University. She is board-certified and licensed in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and is nationally certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Ann achieved certification from the Neuroscience Education Institute as a Master Psychopharmacologist and offers non-invasive testing for genetic markers to optimize pharmacologic treatment. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society.
ADHD and Autism spectrum testing & screening "included in the initial evaluation." Ann has received her Master of Science from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and an undergraduate degree from Drexel University. She is board-certified and licensed in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and is nationally certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Ann achieved certification from the Neuroscience Education Institute as a Master Psychopharmacologist and offers non-invasive testing for genetic markers to optimize pharmacologic treatment. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society.
(267) 682-7123 x1001 View (267) 682-7123 x1001
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Fitz Martin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Doylestown, PA 18902  (Online Only)
tion Hello, feeling sad, anxious, or having difficulty concentrating and focusing? I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner focused on delivering Client-Centered, Caring, Compassionate, and Dedicated Care. I can help you through this trying time if the symptoms impact your daily living. Sometimes we fall into a rut and can not pull ourselves out. I treat individuals ages 14 to 70.
tion Hello, feeling sad, anxious, or having difficulty concentrating and focusing? I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner focused on delivering Client-Centered, Caring, Compassionate, and Dedicated Care. I can help you through this trying time if the symptoms impact your daily living. Sometimes we fall into a rut and can not pull ourselves out. I treat individuals ages 14 to 70.
(223) 215-4330 View (223) 215-4330
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Harmony Bay
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Newtown, PA 18940
Harmony Bay Wellness is a psychiatry and therapy office that provides primary mental health treatment programs for psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and ADHD. We offer a clean, bright environment with a calming and positive tone. We offer programs and services for both therapy and psychiatry including individual therapy, group therapy, couples therapy, and medication management.
Harmony Bay Wellness is a psychiatry and therapy office that provides primary mental health treatment programs for psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and ADHD. We offer a clean, bright environment with a calming and positive tone. We offer programs and services for both therapy and psychiatry including individual therapy, group therapy, couples therapy, and medication management.
(267) 493-4005 View (267) 493-4005
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Complete Mind Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified
Warrington, PA 18976
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, with almost 20 years of experience working in the mental health field. I was called to work in psychiatric care from an early age, entering nursing specifically to practice in psychiatry after obtaining my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. I aim to understand my patients' symptoms and the root of their aliments, in order to provide the most appropriate care. In addition to medication management, I have been trained in ketamine-assisted psychotherapy, as an alternative treatment modality.
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, with almost 20 years of experience working in the mental health field. I was called to work in psychiatric care from an early age, entering nursing specifically to practice in psychiatry after obtaining my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. I aim to understand my patients' symptoms and the root of their aliments, in order to provide the most appropriate care. In addition to medication management, I have been trained in ketamine-assisted psychotherapy, as an alternative treatment modality.
(215) 767-7444 View (215) 767-7444
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Amy Bush
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Doylestown, PA 18902  (Online Only)
There is no set approach to mental health care, individualized care is a key component to successful treatment. My experience enables me to offer effective outpatient, individualized, psychiatric care. I treat a number of mental health disorders, and provide a neutral ground to individuals seeking inner peace. I promise to be there for you every step of your journey. The goal is to help you grow from your struggles, heal from your pain, and move forward to where you want to be in your life.
There is no set approach to mental health care, individualized care is a key component to successful treatment. My experience enables me to offer effective outpatient, individualized, psychiatric care. I treat a number of mental health disorders, and provide a neutral ground to individuals seeking inner peace. I promise to be there for you every step of your journey. The goal is to help you grow from your struggles, heal from your pain, and move forward to where you want to be in your life.
(267) 578-4355 View (267) 578-4355

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Number of Psychiatrists in Furlong, PA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Furlong, PA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Bipolar Disorder
80% Addiction
80% ADHD
80% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
80% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

17 Years

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male

How Psychiatrists in Furlong, PA see their clients

80% In Person and Online
20% Online Only

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Furlong?

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.