Psychiatrists in Horsham, PA

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Shannon Bucciarelli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, B-C
Verified Verified
Horsham, PA 19044
My ideal client would understand that the journey to wellness and recovery requires time, effort, and patience. They would be receptive to treatment suggestions which may include psychotherapy, behavioral interventions, and medication options. My patients would take an active role in their care, and engage in open and honest communication with their provider.
My ideal client would understand that the journey to wellness and recovery requires time, effort, and patience. They would be receptive to treatment suggestions which may include psychotherapy, behavioral interventions, and medication options. My patients would take an active role in their care, and engage in open and honest communication with their provider.
(215) 486-0146 View (215) 486-0146
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Harmony Bay
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Horsham, PA 19044
Harmony Bay 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 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) 263-7980 View (267) 263-7980
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Nichelle Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP , PMHNP
Verified Verified
Horsham, PA 19044
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 goals. They seek 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 goals. They seek 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.
(215) 770-3387 View (215) 770-3387
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Emily Coyle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified 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. Michael Rosen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Horsham, PA 19044
The ideal client is quite simply someone who truly wants help. Someone who is willing to work where the goal is to live the best life, reach the goals one seeks, and to enjoy the journey. The details of how that is done of course depends on the individual's station at the time one seeks help.
The ideal client is quite simply someone who truly wants help. Someone who is willing to work where the goal is to live the best life, reach the goals one seeks, and to enjoy the journey. The details of how that is done of course depends on the individual's station at the time one seeks help.
(215) 515-9968 View (215) 515-9968
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Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Horsham, PA 19044
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) 995-5241 View (215) 995-5241
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Venkat Chakkaravarthi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Horsham, PA 19044  (Online Only)
Visit our website for fees, services & to book an appointment. Dr. Venkat Chakkaravarthi is a Board Certified Psychiatrist in both Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and General Psychiatry. He provides medication management and therapy services. Virtual appointments are available for patients who are physically located at the time of their appointment in Pennsylvania only (this means, you do not need to be living in these states).
Visit our website for fees, services & to book an appointment. Dr. Venkat Chakkaravarthi is a Board Certified Psychiatrist in both Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and General Psychiatry. He provides medication management and therapy services. Virtual appointments are available for patients who are physically located at the time of their appointment in Pennsylvania only (this means, you do not need to be living in these states).
(215) 798-5476 View (215) 798-5476
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Patricia M Allen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Horsham, PA 19044
My passion is serving those with addiction and mental health concerns. It is my goal to instill hope and provide the medical tools necessary to support the journey to wellness. I value being part of a passionate team working to bring best practices and innovation to our clients. It doesn’t get any better than doing what you love. The first half of my nursing career was spent in psychiatric mental health nursing. The second half led me to achieving my dream of becoming a nurse practitioner and earning a doctorate in nursing practice.
My passion is serving those with addiction and mental health concerns. It is my goal to instill hope and provide the medical tools necessary to support the journey to wellness. I value being part of a passionate team working to bring best practices and innovation to our clients. It doesn’t get any better than doing what you love. The first half of my nursing career was spent in psychiatric mental health nursing. The second half led me to achieving my dream of becoming a nurse practitioner and earning a doctorate in nursing practice.
(215) 709-8320 View (215) 709-8320

More Psychiatrists Nearby

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Eileen Peirce
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Psych, NP
Verified Verified
Doylestown, PA 18901
Hello. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Doylestown, King of Prussia and virtually in PA. I work with ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Self Harm, OCD, ODD, Borderline Personality Disorder, Addictions, ASP, Suicidal Ideation and many other mental health Issues. I can evaluate for ADHD in the initial session. I have consults with parents who are hesitant or not quite ready for their child or adolescent to start medication but want to become knowledgeable in case that time comes. I strive in my sessions to gather all pertinent information in order to prescribe the psychiatric medications that will best suit my clients needs.
Hello. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Doylestown, King of Prussia and virtually in PA. I work with ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Self Harm, OCD, ODD, Borderline Personality Disorder, Addictions, ASP, Suicidal Ideation and many other mental health Issues. I can evaluate for ADHD in the initial session. I have consults with parents who are hesitant or not quite ready for their child or adolescent to start medication but want to become knowledgeable in case that time comes. I strive in my sessions to gather all pertinent information in order to prescribe the psychiatric medications that will best suit my clients needs.
(267) 754-2507 View (267) 754-2507
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Inspire Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jamison, PA 18929
Inspire Behavioral Health is a private psychiatry practice serving clients across the lifespan seeking to improve and maintain their emotional well-being. Offering both therapy and medication management services, our philosophy and mission are rooted in understanding you as an individual in the context of your past experiences, current family and professional lives, goals, as well as aspirations. We look forward to building the therapeutic support team that accompanies you on your journey towards a better you!
Inspire Behavioral Health is a private psychiatry practice serving clients across the lifespan seeking to improve and maintain their emotional well-being. Offering both therapy and medication management services, our philosophy and mission are rooted in understanding you as an individual in the context of your past experiences, current family and professional lives, goals, as well as aspirations. We look forward to building the therapeutic support team that accompanies you on your journey towards a better you!
(484) 254-5148 View (484) 254-5148
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Irene Hurford
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jenkintown, PA 19046
MY PRACTICE IS CURRENTLY FULL. I DO NOT ACCEPT INSURANCE. I am a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of individuals struggling to make sense of themselves, and their place in their life and in the world. I have worked for many years with individuals with psychosis, which has taught me to respect our innately human ability to construct narratives of our experiences, and the power of narrative to define our sense of purpose. I work with individuals who want to create lasting change in their lives and bring meaning back to their life story.
MY PRACTICE IS CURRENTLY FULL. I DO NOT ACCEPT INSURANCE. I am a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of individuals struggling to make sense of themselves, and their place in their life and in the world. I have worked for many years with individuals with psychosis, which has taught me to respect our innately human ability to construct narratives of our experiences, and the power of narrative to define our sense of purpose. I work with individuals who want to create lasting change in their lives and bring meaning back to their life story.
(267) 415-8517 View (267) 415-8517
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Sudha Jairaj
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Abington, PA 19001  (Online Only)
Dr. Jairaj is an established and highly skilled psychiatrist with over 44 years of practice experience, having worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings. While she has extensive experience in understanding medication dosing and drug interactions, she provides holistic treatments, to ensure optimal patient care. Dr. Jairaj's passion is driven by the bonds she builds with her patients and the enjoyment she holds in keeping them healthy and well.
Dr. Jairaj is an established and highly skilled psychiatrist with over 44 years of practice experience, having worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings. While she has extensive experience in understanding medication dosing and drug interactions, she provides holistic treatments, to ensure optimal patient care. Dr. Jairaj's passion is driven by the bonds she builds with her patients and the enjoyment she holds in keeping them healthy and well.
(215) 888-8791 View (215) 888-8791
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Taslim Zaman
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Warminster, PA 18974
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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Danielle Giuliano
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Abington, PA 19001
Everyone’s journey with mental health is not the same, so it’s important to have a personalized treatment plan, to fit each individual’s need. Often times, patients I work with have only ever been offered medication as the solution to their symptoms. I recognize the value in medication management, while also being an advocate for alternate therapies, such as TMS and esketamine. I believe it is important to establish an honest and trustworthy relationship, to ensure optimal quality care, through effective and safe approaches to care.
Everyone’s journey with mental health is not the same, so it’s important to have a personalized treatment plan, to fit each individual’s need. Often times, patients I work with have only ever been offered medication as the solution to their symptoms. I recognize the value in medication management, while also being an advocate for alternate therapies, such as TMS and esketamine. I believe it is important to establish an honest and trustworthy relationship, to ensure optimal quality care, through effective and safe approaches to care.
(215) 767-2777 View (215) 767-2777
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Mary Kathryn (Kathy) Corcoran
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Southampton, PA 18966  (Online Only)
It’s difficult enough to struggle with depression and anxiety; it should be easy to find a competent, caring psychiatric specialist to help. I strive to help you recover from these and other conditions affecting your emotional health, relationships, and functioning. My patients tell me that they appreciate my emphasis on taking the time to listen to their concerns, my interactive and comprehensive approach to assessing and treating their conditions, and the education I provide about their specific diagnosis and medication. ***ALL APPOINTMENTS ARE CURRENTLY VIRTUAL - via Doxy.me***
It’s difficult enough to struggle with depression and anxiety; it should be easy to find a competent, caring psychiatric specialist to help. I strive to help you recover from these and other conditions affecting your emotional health, relationships, and functioning. My patients tell me that they appreciate my emphasis on taking the time to listen to their concerns, my interactive and comprehensive approach to assessing and treating their conditions, and the education I provide about their specific diagnosis and medication. ***ALL APPOINTMENTS ARE CURRENTLY VIRTUAL - via Doxy.me***
(267) 494-0627 View (267) 494-0627
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PS Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Doylestown, PA 18901
PS Psychiatry works with children, adolescents, adults, and older adults to evaluate, diagnose and ultimately find the most effective medication with the goal of symptom management. We have three psychiatric providers offering weekday, week nights and weekend availability. Our providers are compassionate, caring and easily accessible. Collaborating with client's therapists and doctors is a key part of our process. We gather all pertinent information to ensure our client's are getting the right medication.
PS Psychiatry works with children, adolescents, adults, and older adults to evaluate, diagnose and ultimately find the most effective medication with the goal of symptom management. We have three psychiatric providers offering weekday, week nights and weekend availability. Our providers are compassionate, caring and easily accessible. Collaborating with client's therapists and doctors is a key part of our process. We gather all pertinent information to ensure our client's are getting the right medication.
(267) 756-2276 View (267) 756-2276
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Diane Wieland
Psychiatric Nurse, PhD, MSN, RN, PMHCNS, BC
Verified Verified
Lansdale, PA 19446
Are you having difficulty coping at work or at home with depression, anxiety, or feeling overwhelmed and stressed? Are you experiencing family issues, grief, job loss, or bullying? Are excessive computer use, and other forms of Internet addiction problematic? Do you have a sex addiction? I am credentialed to see adults, couples, families, and teens age 14 and older. I specialize in treatment of depression, anxiety, grief, women's issues, computer addiction, sex addiction, and workplace bullying. I will listen to you and not rush you during your appointments.I am active in NAMI and the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.
Are you having difficulty coping at work or at home with depression, anxiety, or feeling overwhelmed and stressed? Are you experiencing family issues, grief, job loss, or bullying? Are excessive computer use, and other forms of Internet addiction problematic? Do you have a sex addiction? I am credentialed to see adults, couples, families, and teens age 14 and older. I specialize in treatment of depression, anxiety, grief, women's issues, computer addiction, sex addiction, and workplace bullying. I will listen to you and not rush you during your appointments.I am active in NAMI and the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.
(215) 688-5943 View (215) 688-5943
Wendy Pecorella
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fort Washington, PA 19034
I am a child/adolescent and adult psychiatrist specializing in psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy, when needed, in a private practice setting.
I am a child/adolescent and adult psychiatrist specializing in psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy, when needed, in a private practice setting.
(215) 515-5301 View (215) 515-5301
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Complete Mind Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
Abington, PA 19001
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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Complete Mind Care of Pa
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Abington, PA 19001  (Online Only)
Dr. Richard Yudell is a licensed psychiatrist with 41 years of experience. He received his medical degree from Universitat di Bologna Facolta di Medicina e Chirurgia in Bologna, Italy. After medical school, he completed his residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is currently affiliated with Friends Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Yudell association with Complete Mind Care of PA allows him to work with CMC of PA providers to help diagnose and treat mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders.
Dr. Richard Yudell is a licensed psychiatrist with 41 years of experience. He received his medical degree from Universitat di Bologna Facolta di Medicina e Chirurgia in Bologna, Italy. After medical school, he completed his residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is currently affiliated with Friends Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Yudell association with Complete Mind Care of PA allows him to work with CMC of PA providers to help diagnose and treat mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders.
(215) 767-7444 View (215) 767-7444

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Horsham, PA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Horsham, PA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Bipolar Disorder
75% Trauma and PTSD
63% ADHD
63% Substance Use

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% AmeriHealth
100% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Horsham, PA see their clients

88% In Person and Online
12% Online Only

Gender breakdown

84% Female
16% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Horsham?

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.