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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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
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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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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
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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

Online Psychiatrists

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Michelle Regener
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN , CRNP, PMHNP-B
Verified
1 Endorsed
Downingtown, PA 19335
I believe that every aspect of nursing has a calling – a pull to where you are meant to serve and care for those that may be experiencing difficult times in their lives. That place for me has always been in the mental health field. I have a passion as well as an extensive history of working with those suffering from symptoms of anxiety, depression, mood lability, psychosis, trauma, substance abuse, eating disorders, and personality disorders. I have spent the last 18 years working with children and adolescents in residential treatment settings and the previous four years working with adults in residential treatment.
I believe that every aspect of nursing has a calling – a pull to where you are meant to serve and care for those that may be experiencing difficult times in their lives. That place for me has always been in the mental health field. I have a passion as well as an extensive history of working with those suffering from symptoms of anxiety, depression, mood lability, psychosis, trauma, substance abuse, eating disorders, and personality disorders. I have spent the last 18 years working with children and adolescents in residential treatment settings and the previous four years working with adults in residential treatment.
(610) 632-1817 x115 View (610) 632-1817 x115
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Dr. Michael Rosen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Levittown, PA 19057
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. Daisy Lara
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, FNP, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Downingtown, PA 19335
Life can be hard… Life can be full of adversity, especially in the stressful world that we live in today. The good news is we’re here to help, to listen, and to nurture your mental, emotional and psychological health. We are a resource to help you sort through the complex emotions and stressors in your life. Whether it’s a specific trauma or a condition that affects your day-to-day life. Our goal is to help you live your best life. We will do a thorough assessment and develop a treatment plan that is personalized for you.
Life can be hard… Life can be full of adversity, especially in the stressful world that we live in today. The good news is we’re here to help, to listen, and to nurture your mental, emotional and psychological health. We are a resource to help you sort through the complex emotions and stressors in your life. Whether it’s a specific trauma or a condition that affects your day-to-day life. Our goal is to help you live your best life. We will do a thorough assessment and develop a treatment plan that is personalized for you.
(610) 609-7414 View (610) 609-7414
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Taliba M Foster
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19151  (Online Only)
A private psychiatric practice in a safe and comfortable atmosphere. Specializing in the identification and treatment of a broad range of cognitive, emotional and behavioral conditions found in children, adolescents and adults.
A private psychiatric practice in a safe and comfortable atmosphere. Specializing in the identification and treatment of a broad range of cognitive, emotional and behavioral conditions found in children, adolescents and adults.
(484) 652-8730 View (484) 652-8730
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Adjoa Amoah - Aya Integrative Psychiatry And Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
Harleysville, PA 19438
Hello and Welcome! Are you looking for services for you or your child? Our practice is accepting new clients. Call us for psychiatric evaluations, medication treatment, coaching, yoga, nutritional assessment & supplementation, herbs, Ayurveda, and genetic testing. A thorough history, including that of traumatic experiences helps us identify the root cause of the presenting problem for a more comprehensive solution. Additional support for parents is included in our mindful parent coaching sessions. We address behavioral challenges in children including children diagnosed with autism.
Hello and Welcome! Are you looking for services for you or your child? Our practice is accepting new clients. Call us for psychiatric evaluations, medication treatment, coaching, yoga, nutritional assessment & supplementation, herbs, Ayurveda, and genetic testing. A thorough history, including that of traumatic experiences helps us identify the root cause of the presenting problem for a more comprehensive solution. Additional support for parents is included in our mindful parent coaching sessions. We address behavioral challenges in children including children diagnosed with autism.
(267) 668-0205 View (267) 668-0205
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Dr. Doss M.D., at Feel Good Behavioral Health
Psychiatrist, MD , MRCPsyc
Verified
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462  (Online Only)
I am committed to providing high quality of care in a safe and comfortable environment, to meet your mental health needs via Feel Good Behavioral Health. You being the most important team member, my focus is to have a good therapeutic relationship by treating You with Respect, Honesty & Compassion. I am 3 times board-certified in General Adult, as well as Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, after being trained in different countries including United States, United Kingdom & India. As a mental health advocate, my primary goal is to promote overall emotional and mental health well-being, as well as better quality of life for my patients.
I am committed to providing high quality of care in a safe and comfortable environment, to meet your mental health needs via Feel Good Behavioral Health. You being the most important team member, my focus is to have a good therapeutic relationship by treating You with Respect, Honesty & Compassion. I am 3 times board-certified in General Adult, as well as Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, after being trained in different countries including United States, United Kingdom & India. As a mental health advocate, my primary goal is to promote overall emotional and mental health well-being, as well as better quality of life for my patients.
(267) 682-6908 View (267) 682-6908
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Nefertiti Isoke
Psychiatric Nurse, RN, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19103
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who has been conducting therapy for over twenty years. While doing this work, I became aware of the severe shortage of providers able to prescribe psychotropic medication and its detrimental impact on my client's mental health. So, I decided to return to school to provide more integrated care. I became a registered nurse (RN) in 2020 and will complete NYU’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program in May 2024. I am currently completing my practicum at Dr. Robin Lowey & Associates, providing psychiatric evaluations and medication management services.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who has been conducting therapy for over twenty years. While doing this work, I became aware of the severe shortage of providers able to prescribe psychotropic medication and its detrimental impact on my client's mental health. So, I decided to return to school to provide more integrated care. I became a registered nurse (RN) in 2020 and will complete NYU’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program in May 2024. I am currently completing my practicum at Dr. Robin Lowey & Associates, providing psychiatric evaluations and medication management services.
(484) 989-8277 View (484) 989-8277
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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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David L. Fink
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19103  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
How do we sort out problems of living? How do we formulate who we are and who we want to become? How do we develop loving satisfying relationships? How much are these questions of the mind and to what extent are they about the biology of our brains? As a psychiatrist, these are the questions that have shaped my clinical practice for over 25 years.
How do we sort out problems of living? How do we formulate who we are and who we want to become? How do we develop loving satisfying relationships? How much are these questions of the mind and to what extent are they about the biology of our brains? As a psychiatrist, these are the questions that have shaped my clinical practice for over 25 years.
(215) 596-4086 View (215) 596-4086
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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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How can I find a psychiatrist in Lititz?

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.