Psychiatrists in Lancaster County, PA

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Photo of Sarah N M Gatumu, Psychiatrist in Lancaster County, PA
Sarah N M Gatumu
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified
Lancaster, PA 17602
Have you been dealing with anxiety, depression, OCD, ADHD, bipolar disorder for months or years? Have you been on this medication then that medication and these seem to work for a while only for the symptoms to come back? Are you looking for a comprehensive functional approach that addresses these problems at a functional level? Do you want to live life on your terms? What are the five things you should be doing today to optimize your mental health? Have you heard of the Walsh protocol and you want a provider who can help you with this? The solution is closer than you think.
Have you been dealing with anxiety, depression, OCD, ADHD, bipolar disorder for months or years? Have you been on this medication then that medication and these seem to work for a while only for the symptoms to come back? Are you looking for a comprehensive functional approach that addresses these problems at a functional level? Do you want to live life on your terms? What are the five things you should be doing today to optimize your mental health? Have you heard of the Walsh protocol and you want a provider who can help you with this? The solution is closer than you think.
(223) 215-3853 View (223) 215-3853
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Cognitive Behavior Institute
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
Lancaster, PA 17603  (Online Only)
Welcome to Cognitive Behavior Institute! We are committed to providing the best care possible through established treatment methods. These treatment methods are proven to be effective for a wide range of mental health diagnoses and psychological distresses. Cognitive Behavior Institute (CBI) is proud to employ adept licensed clinicians, board-certified psychiatrists, and compassionate administrative staff with diverse experience in their respective fields.
Welcome to Cognitive Behavior Institute! We are committed to providing the best care possible through established treatment methods. These treatment methods are proven to be effective for a wide range of mental health diagnoses and psychological distresses. Cognitive Behavior Institute (CBI) is proud to employ adept licensed clinicians, board-certified psychiatrists, and compassionate administrative staff with diverse experience in their respective fields.
(717) 864-8554 View (717) 864-8554
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Renee Family Health and Psychiatric Nurse Practiti
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MD, PMHNP-C, FNP-C
Verified
Manheim, PA 17545
Able to address most psychiatric needs- telephone consult is free, for all patient who are serious about mental health versus substance dependence. We will work with all income levels, and insurances. initial visit $125-200, follow up $50-125. For natural alternatives (CBD oils) regimens see: www.reneepsychhealth.com
Able to address most psychiatric needs- telephone consult is free, for all patient who are serious about mental health versus substance dependence. We will work with all income levels, and insurances. initial visit $125-200, follow up $50-125. For natural alternatives (CBD oils) regimens see: www.reneepsychhealth.com
(929) 295-7340 View (929) 295-7340
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EM&E Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Lancaster, PA 17603
1 in 5 adults suffers from a mental health condition or substance use disorder. 1 in 5 children, either currently or at some point during their life, have had a seriously debilitating mental illness. Unfortunately, stigma leads to so many individuals not receiving the care they need. Hi, I am Evelyn Mensah and I am here to partner with you to provide you with the needed psychiatric /behavioral health care. Evelyn uses a holistic and person-centered approach to care.
1 in 5 adults suffers from a mental health condition or substance use disorder. 1 in 5 children, either currently or at some point during their life, have had a seriously debilitating mental illness. Unfortunately, stigma leads to so many individuals not receiving the care they need. Hi, I am Evelyn Mensah and I am here to partner with you to provide you with the needed psychiatric /behavioral health care. Evelyn uses a holistic and person-centered approach to care.
(717) 923-8183 View (717) 923-8183
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Roxanne C. Swistock
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Lancaster, PA 17603  (Online Only)
Hello, I’m Roxy. I have been an adult nurse practitioner for 10 years and I reside in Central PA. I have a passion for authenticity and connecting with my patients on a personal level. Throughout my practice experiences, I have found the best outcomes for patients are provided when we, the providers, understand the patient's needs and desires as they relate to reaching our treatment goals. By helping patients reach their healthcare goals, physically, mentally, emotionally, and aesthetically, I hope to add an extra touch of caring and compassion to your healthcare experience.
Hello, I’m Roxy. I have been an adult nurse practitioner for 10 years and I reside in Central PA. I have a passion for authenticity and connecting with my patients on a personal level. Throughout my practice experiences, I have found the best outcomes for patients are provided when we, the providers, understand the patient's needs and desires as they relate to reaching our treatment goals. By helping patients reach their healthcare goals, physically, mentally, emotionally, and aesthetically, I hope to add an extra touch of caring and compassion to your healthcare experience.
(717) 942-9352 View (717) 942-9352
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Philadelphia Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Lancaster, PA 17602
I am a board certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist who works hard to practice psychotherapy and psychopharmacology in both a private & supportive setting. While I strongly believe in pharmacologic interventions backed by empirical evidence, I am a firm believer in the value of therapy & more holistic interventions (exercise, diet, meditation, mindfulness). I understand the importance of shoring up wellness rather than treating illness, and you can expect to spend a significant amount of time discussing the importance of sleep, fitness and nutrition, in addition to tackling deeper psychological issues.
I am a board certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist who works hard to practice psychotherapy and psychopharmacology in both a private & supportive setting. While I strongly believe in pharmacologic interventions backed by empirical evidence, I am a firm believer in the value of therapy & more holistic interventions (exercise, diet, meditation, mindfulness). I understand the importance of shoring up wellness rather than treating illness, and you can expect to spend a significant amount of time discussing the importance of sleep, fitness and nutrition, in addition to tackling deeper psychological issues.
(484) 471-6024 View (484) 471-6024
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Lancaster, PA 17602  (Online Only)
We are board-certified to treat Children and Adults. Accepting new patients in Pennsylvania via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make an appointment using our website today. Evening and weekend hours available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups are $99. Also accepting some insurances.
We are board-certified to treat Children and Adults. Accepting new patients in Pennsylvania via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make an appointment using our website today. Evening and weekend hours available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups are $99. Also accepting some insurances.
(833) 775-0571 View (833) 775-0571
Optimum Care Counseling Wellness Solutions
Psychiatrist
Verified
Lancaster, PA 17602
Optimum Care Counseling and Wellness Solutions is now Accepting New Patients for both medication management and psychotherapeutic appointments. Most patients are scheduled within 2-3 days. We are accepting all commercial insurances and cash. We are doing both in person and telepsychiatry appointments for both med management and psychotherapy. New in 2021, now offering Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) program services for individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders i.e. Autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Optimum Care Counseling and Wellness Solutions is now Accepting New Patients for both medication management and psychotherapeutic appointments. Most patients are scheduled within 2-3 days. We are accepting all commercial insurances and cash. We are doing both in person and telepsychiatry appointments for both med management and psychotherapy. New in 2021, now offering Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) program services for individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders i.e. Autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
(610) 601-2730 View (610) 601-2730
Photo of Sheila Jourdain, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lancaster County, PA
Sheila Jourdain
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Lancaster, PA 17602  (Online Only)
**ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS ** I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who provides a holistic approach in the treatment of mental challenges and conditions. I specialize in the treatment of adults in providing motivational talk psychotherapy, medication management, consulting, and alternative treatments when applicable. I develop comprehensive and thorough treatment plans. I am eager and excited to assist patients in achieving their individual goals for their mental health. I like to work alongside my patients as a guide to help them decide the best treatment options for their diagnosis.
**ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS ** I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who provides a holistic approach in the treatment of mental challenges and conditions. I specialize in the treatment of adults in providing motivational talk psychotherapy, medication management, consulting, and alternative treatments when applicable. I develop comprehensive and thorough treatment plans. I am eager and excited to assist patients in achieving their individual goals for their mental health. I like to work alongside my patients as a guide to help them decide the best treatment options for their diagnosis.
(610) 215-2536 View (610) 215-2536
Photo of Chenhang Zou, Psychiatrist in Lancaster County, PA
Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Lancaster, PA 17603
Dr. Zou is welcoming new patients seeking specialized treatment for anxiety, depression, trauma, OCD, bipolar disorder, and other psychiatric concerns. As a holistic psychiatrist, Dr. Zou draws from a wide-ranging toolbox of treatment options - including psychotherapy, psycho-education and lifestyle adaptations in addition to medication where appropriate. Consequently, patients benefit from a well-integrated approach to care that is both systematic and thorough.
Dr. Zou is welcoming new patients seeking specialized treatment for anxiety, depression, trauma, OCD, bipolar disorder, and other psychiatric concerns. As a holistic psychiatrist, Dr. Zou draws from a wide-ranging toolbox of treatment options - including psychotherapy, psycho-education and lifestyle adaptations in addition to medication where appropriate. Consequently, patients benefit from a well-integrated approach to care that is both systematic and thorough.
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Photo of Sheila Jourdain, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lancaster County, PA
Sheila Jourdain
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Lancaster, PA 17601
Fully Virtual for "All of Pennsylvania" I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who provides a holistic approach in the treatment of mental challenges and conditions. I specialize in the treatment of adults in providing motivational talk psychotherapy, medication management, consulting, and alternative treatments when applicable. I develop comprehensive and thorough treatment plans. I am eager and excited to assist patients in achieving their individual goals for their mental health. I like to work alongside my patients as a guide to help them decide the best treatment options for their diagnosis.
Fully Virtual for "All of Pennsylvania" I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who provides a holistic approach in the treatment of mental challenges and conditions. I specialize in the treatment of adults in providing motivational talk psychotherapy, medication management, consulting, and alternative treatments when applicable. I develop comprehensive and thorough treatment plans. I am eager and excited to assist patients in achieving their individual goals for their mental health. I like to work alongside my patients as a guide to help them decide the best treatment options for their diagnosis.
(484) 917-0368 View (484) 917-0368
Photo of Erin Knowlton, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lancaster County, PA
Erin Knowlton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Elizabethtown, PA 17022
Not accepting new clients
I have a huge passion for helping the mental health population. I often feel we just need someone who will not judge us, and will listen to what is going on, and get us back to the person we want to feel like again. I have a very upbeat, wanting to help personality and wish the best for everyone. Our goals will be to talk about what is going on, figure out what the right treatment options are, and get you back to feeling like the person you want to be. I am currently only offering medication management, but work very closely with many therapists, to ensure you are getting the well rounded care you need.
I have a huge passion for helping the mental health population. I often feel we just need someone who will not judge us, and will listen to what is going on, and get us back to the person we want to feel like again. I have a very upbeat, wanting to help personality and wish the best for everyone. Our goals will be to talk about what is going on, figure out what the right treatment options are, and get you back to feeling like the person you want to be. I am currently only offering medication management, but work very closely with many therapists, to ensure you are getting the well rounded care you need.
(717) 759-7940 View (717) 759-7940

Online Psychiatrists

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Eagle Behavioral Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, PMHNP-B, APN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Harrisburg, PA 17102
EVALUATION & FOLLOW-UP IS AVAILABLE VIA TELEHEALTH.....Eagle Behavioral Health Services is dedicated to helping clients with their mental health needs. Through comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, customized individual treatment plan, and medication management, we help our clients to feel and function better in the quickest time possible. We team up with our clients in working through their issues cooperatively and collaboratively.
EVALUATION & FOLLOW-UP IS AVAILABLE VIA TELEHEALTH.....Eagle Behavioral Health Services is dedicated to helping clients with their mental health needs. Through comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, customized individual treatment plan, and medication management, we help our clients to feel and function better in the quickest time possible. We team up with our clients in working through their issues cooperatively and collaboratively.
(717) 276-4371 View (717) 276-4371
Photo of Daniel Coleman, Psychiatrist in Lancaster County, PA
Daniel Coleman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Welcome, my name is Dr. Dan Coleman. My practice provides a safe, confidential and caring environment and it is my sincere goal to be a source of healing in your life. We all experience pain. Sometimes though, the suffering that accompanies this pain overwhelms our coping abilities. You may feel stuck, cycling through frustration, anxiety, depression, loneliness or even hopelessness. Psychotherapy can be an effective and healing way out of these suffering experiences.
Welcome, my name is Dr. Dan Coleman. My practice provides a safe, confidential and caring environment and it is my sincere goal to be a source of healing in your life. We all experience pain. Sometimes though, the suffering that accompanies this pain overwhelms our coping abilities. You may feel stuck, cycling through frustration, anxiety, depression, loneliness or even hopelessness. Psychotherapy can be an effective and healing way out of these suffering experiences.
(207) 843-3348 View (207) 843-3348
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Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Quakertown, PA 18951
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) 608-6928 View (215) 608-6928
Photo of Ijeoma Njoku, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lancaster County, PA
Ijeoma Njoku
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, LPN, CNP
Verified
West Chester, PA 19380
People with mental health disorders are affected in many ways due to the nature of the problem. These individuals need stability and want to be well. My goal of treatment is to reduce their symptoms so that it will not impact their daily functioning and so they can live a fruitful and healthy life.
People with mental health disorders are affected in many ways due to the nature of the problem. These individuals need stability and want to be well. My goal of treatment is to reduce their symptoms so that it will not impact their daily functioning and so they can live a fruitful and healthy life.
(484) 673-6379 View (484) 673-6379
Photo of Dr. Michael Rosen, Psychiatrist in Lancaster County, PA
Dr. Michael Rosen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Emmaus, PA 18049
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.
(484) 532-8041 View (484) 532-8041
Photo of Dr. Michael Rosen, Psychiatrist in Lancaster County, PA
Dr. Michael Rosen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Limerick, PA 19468
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.
(484) 362-0129 View (484) 362-0129
Photo of Francesca Engel, Psychiatrist in Lancaster County, PA
Francesca Engel
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19103
People seek treatment for many reasons. Sometimes the source of pain is clear, as in a traumatic event or a painful loss. Just as often, there may be symptoms that are harder to pinpoint and understand. It could be that you are struggling with emotional pain due to a difficult relationship or aren't sure how to move forward in life. Psychotherapy can be brief and support you in a difficult time; or it can help you develop a deeper understanding of who you are and what you want out of life. My approach is psychodynamic: I believe that our past relationships and attachments impact how we live life in the present.
People seek treatment for many reasons. Sometimes the source of pain is clear, as in a traumatic event or a painful loss. Just as often, there may be symptoms that are harder to pinpoint and understand. It could be that you are struggling with emotional pain due to a difficult relationship or aren't sure how to move forward in life. Psychotherapy can be brief and support you in a difficult time; or it can help you develop a deeper understanding of who you are and what you want out of life. My approach is psychodynamic: I believe that our past relationships and attachments impact how we live life in the present.
(267) 214-9895 View (267) 214-9895
Photo of Mahip Gupta, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lancaster County, PA
Mahip Gupta
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Blue Bell, PA 19422  (Online Only)
Mahip is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a goal to restore and solidify feelings of stability and well-being for each of his clients. He obtained his Master of Science in Psychiatric and Mental Health Family Nurse Practitioner from University of Pennsylvania. Mahip’s background in medicine is extensive with a Doctor of Medicine Degree from India.
Mahip is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a goal to restore and solidify feelings of stability and well-being for each of his clients. He obtained his Master of Science in Psychiatric and Mental Health Family Nurse Practitioner from University of Pennsylvania. Mahip’s background in medicine is extensive with a Doctor of Medicine Degree from India.
(610) 421-0299 View (610) 421-0299

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Number of Psychiatrists in Lancaster County, PA

10+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Lancaster County, PA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
92% ADHD
83% Bipolar Disorder
75% Trauma and PTSD
75% Medication Management
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

4 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
100% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Lancaster County, PA see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

89% Female
11% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Lancaster County?

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.