Psychiatrists in Media, PA

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Maria Lozano MD, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Media, PA 19063
Integrative Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Dreamwork. Please visit my website www.marialozanomd.com for more information.
Integrative Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Dreamwork. Please visit my website www.marialozanomd.com for more information.
(215) 774-5499 View (215) 774-5499
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Pranesh N Patel
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Media, PA 19063
Dr. Pranesh N. Patel is a Psychiatrist in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2023. Dr. Patel offers a whole lifestyle approach to mental health, the mind is affected by much more than just medications, sleep, diet, exercise, and psychotherapy alone. Mental health treatment is the combination of these things in conjunction with one another. Outside of work, Dr. Patel loves to work with his hands, he has renovated his kitchen and bathrooms on his own and enjoys the gratification of knowing that he built something with his hands.
Dr. Pranesh N. Patel is a Psychiatrist in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2023. Dr. Patel offers a whole lifestyle approach to mental health, the mind is affected by much more than just medications, sleep, diet, exercise, and psychotherapy alone. Mental health treatment is the combination of these things in conjunction with one another. Outside of work, Dr. Patel loves to work with his hands, he has renovated his kitchen and bathrooms on his own and enjoys the gratification of knowing that he built something with his hands.
(484) 209-2858 View (484) 209-2858
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Michael Silver
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Media, PA 19063
Trained at Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and the University of Pennsylvania, I have been in the clinical practice of psychiatry, psychotherapy, and psychopharmacology in the Philadelphia area for over forty years, and provide crisis-intervention, consultation and short- and long-term therapy for children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. I have extensive experience in the treatment of psychosomatic and eating disorders, depression and suicidal behavior, anxiety, psychosis, sexual and physical abuse, and addictions, among other problems, and also provide consultation and ongoing clinical supervision for mental health professionals of all disciplines.
Trained at Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and the University of Pennsylvania, I have been in the clinical practice of psychiatry, psychotherapy, and psychopharmacology in the Philadelphia area for over forty years, and provide crisis-intervention, consultation and short- and long-term therapy for children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. I have extensive experience in the treatment of psychosomatic and eating disorders, depression and suicidal behavior, anxiety, psychosis, sexual and physical abuse, and addictions, among other problems, and also provide consultation and ongoing clinical supervision for mental health professionals of all disciplines.
(610) 364-5269 View (610) 364-5269
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Shari Y Baron
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, CNS, GCP, FAGPA
Verified Verified
Media, PA 19063
Waitlist for new clients
I work with individuals, couples and in groups to help you move in new directions and explore new ways of interacting with others. Being in therapy is sometimes challenging. I will strive to help you verbalize your thoughts and feelings about what happens in your life, as well as what happens between you and me in our evolving relationship. The challenge will be to learn from whatever happens in this experience and to move toward the goals we have worked together to define for you. We will work in partnership to design the plan that will achieve your best results.
I work with individuals, couples and in groups to help you move in new directions and explore new ways of interacting with others. Being in therapy is sometimes challenging. I will strive to help you verbalize your thoughts and feelings about what happens in your life, as well as what happens between you and me in our evolving relationship. The challenge will be to learn from whatever happens in this experience and to move toward the goals we have worked together to define for you. We will work in partnership to design the plan that will achieve your best results.
(610) 880-2326 x2 View (610) 880-2326 x2
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Tenesa Rivera
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Media, PA 19063
Dr. Tenesa Rivera is a board certified psychiatrist. She obtained her medical degree from Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, completing the Women's Health Education Pathway. She trained in the psychiatry residency program in psychiatry at Temple University Hospital. Dr. Rivera then sub-specialized in the treatment of children through a fellowship at Jefferson University Hospital in child and adolescent psychiatry, where she served as a chief fellow.
Dr. Tenesa Rivera is a board certified psychiatrist. She obtained her medical degree from Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, completing the Women's Health Education Pathway. She trained in the psychiatry residency program in psychiatry at Temple University Hospital. Dr. Rivera then sub-specialized in the treatment of children through a fellowship at Jefferson University Hospital in child and adolescent psychiatry, where she served as a chief fellow.
(610) 756-0679 View (610) 756-0679
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Melissa Stilwell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Media, PA 19063
Mental health symptoms can be debilitating and may negatively impact various aspects of daily living. Through my experience in the field of psychiatric nursing I understand that each client's needs are unique to themselves. My approach to treatment is to work with each client in identifying and understanding these specific needs and goals when developing a treatment plan. This shared decision-making model allows each client to make informed choices about their own care.
Mental health symptoms can be debilitating and may negatively impact various aspects of daily living. Through my experience in the field of psychiatric nursing I understand that each client's needs are unique to themselves. My approach to treatment is to work with each client in identifying and understanding these specific needs and goals when developing a treatment plan. This shared decision-making model allows each client to make informed choices about their own care.
(484) 948-3788 View (484) 948-3788
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Yin S. Li
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Media, PA 19063
I work with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, and relationship difficulties who are ready for change. I help them reduce their distress and improve their sense of well-being. For some, a short-term course of medication or targeted psychotherapy (talk therapy) may be enough. For others, we may embark on a more long-term treatment. Regardless of the duration of our time together, my ultimate goal is empowering you to live a fulfilling life.
I work with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, and relationship difficulties who are ready for change. I help them reduce their distress and improve their sense of well-being. For some, a short-term course of medication or targeted psychotherapy (talk therapy) may be enough. For others, we may embark on a more long-term treatment. Regardless of the duration of our time together, my ultimate goal is empowering you to live a fulfilling life.
(610) 904-8456 View (610) 904-8456
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Sosunmolu O Shoyinka
Psychiatrist, MD, MBA, DFAPA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Media, PA 19063
Hello. I am Dr Sosunmolu Shoyinka. If you are on this page, you or a family member are most likely struggling with a mental health issue. I work with adults and adolescents who are struggling with anxiety, depression, Bipolar disorder, and mental health issues related to a medical condition. In my daily work with patients, my top priority is that they feel heard, understood and supported. Together as a team in each session, we will establish a plan till we meet again the following month. I believe collaboration is key and that "it takes a village". So with consent, I am happy to speak with other clinicians involved in your care.
Hello. I am Dr Sosunmolu Shoyinka. If you are on this page, you or a family member are most likely struggling with a mental health issue. I work with adults and adolescents who are struggling with anxiety, depression, Bipolar disorder, and mental health issues related to a medical condition. In my daily work with patients, my top priority is that they feel heard, understood and supported. Together as a team in each session, we will establish a plan till we meet again the following month. I believe collaboration is key and that "it takes a village". So with consent, I am happy to speak with other clinicians involved in your care.
(267) 762-1692 View (267) 762-1692
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Thomas Wind
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Media, PA 19063
In my conveniently-located Media PA office, I offer a range of mental health services including assessments, evaluations, consultations, medication management (including genetic testing), and psychotherapy for children, adolescents and adults. Although other doctors often seek my advice on medication management for their patients, I also realize the importance of behavioral, therapeutic, genetic and nutritional/supplemental approaches to treating patients. I treat behavioral, developmental, emotional and mental health disorders affecting children, adolescents and adults.
In my conveniently-located Media PA office, I offer a range of mental health services including assessments, evaluations, consultations, medication management (including genetic testing), and psychotherapy for children, adolescents and adults. Although other doctors often seek my advice on medication management for their patients, I also realize the importance of behavioral, therapeutic, genetic and nutritional/supplemental approaches to treating patients. I treat behavioral, developmental, emotional and mental health disorders affecting children, adolescents and adults.
(610) 364-5597 View (610) 364-5597
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Zechariah Thompson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Media, PA 19063
Hello! My name is Zechariah Thompson and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. In close collaboration with a long-serving Psychiatrist, I provide the highest standards of evidence-based care through a comprehensive range of services including thorough psychiatric evaluations, diagnoses, and individualized, integrated management of mental health concerns with a focus on medication management.
Hello! My name is Zechariah Thompson and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. In close collaboration with a long-serving Psychiatrist, I provide the highest standards of evidence-based care through a comprehensive range of services including thorough psychiatric evaluations, diagnoses, and individualized, integrated management of mental health concerns with a focus on medication management.
(610) 697-9052 View (610) 697-9052
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Christine Wolfe
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Media, PA 19063
Dr. Wolfe is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General Psychiatry. She completed both medical school and residency training at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. In addition to her clinical role, she serves as Regional Medical Director for Lifestance Health in Pennsylvania. Having experience in multiple psychiatric settings, Dr. Wolfe appreciates the wide range of how psychiatric illness can present and the importance of individualized treatment plans.
Dr. Wolfe is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General Psychiatry. She completed both medical school and residency training at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. In addition to her clinical role, she serves as Regional Medical Director for Lifestance Health in Pennsylvania. Having experience in multiple psychiatric settings, Dr. Wolfe appreciates the wide range of how psychiatric illness can present and the importance of individualized treatment plans.
(484) 559-6991 View (484) 559-6991
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David T Springer
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Media, PA 19063
I treat patients with a wide variety of problems. My treatment is tailored to the individual needs of my patients and includes psychotherapy and the prescription of medication. Treatment is in a private and confidential setting. The first appointment is a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, lasting about 75 minutes. At the end of the evaluation, recommendations for treatment will be discussed. If there are medical issues, I will collaborate with other physicians as needed, and with your consent. Follow-up appointments will be arranged and scheduled as needed. Office hours are Monday through Friday by appointment, with some evening hours available.
I treat patients with a wide variety of problems. My treatment is tailored to the individual needs of my patients and includes psychotherapy and the prescription of medication. Treatment is in a private and confidential setting. The first appointment is a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, lasting about 75 minutes. At the end of the evaluation, recommendations for treatment will be discussed. If there are medical issues, I will collaborate with other physicians as needed, and with your consent. Follow-up appointments will be arranged and scheduled as needed. Office hours are Monday through Friday by appointment, with some evening hours available.
(610) 898-3267 View (610) 898-3267
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Broad Mountain Holistic Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Media, PA 19037
Waitlist for new clients
Offering a therapeutic, individualized, person-centered holistic approach to treatment. Combine medication management with individual psychotherapy for the best outcome and evidence for recovery based care. Utilize measurement based assessments to allow visual identification of progress of symptoms management. Have worked in all modalities and treatment settings within the mental health system. Experience is across the lifespan and with all different mental health concerns.
Offering a therapeutic, individualized, person-centered holistic approach to treatment. Combine medication management with individual psychotherapy for the best outcome and evidence for recovery based care. Utilize measurement based assessments to allow visual identification of progress of symptoms management. Have worked in all modalities and treatment settings within the mental health system. Experience is across the lifespan and with all different mental health concerns.
(725) 230-8541 View (725) 230-8541
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Irene Franck
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Media, PA 19063  (Online Only)
Hi, I am an integrative nurse practitioner and the owner of Synergy Therapy. As an integrative provider, I not only offer medication management and psychotherapy, but I treat patients in a holistic manner, whether with lifestyle changes, nutrition coaching, supplements, and mindfulness techniques. I specialize in people who are dealing with major life changes such as divorce, or people who are currently dealing with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and ADHD. I will listen to you, and I will make you seen and heard. I offer a 15 minutes complimentary call to see if we are a good fit.
Hi, I am an integrative nurse practitioner and the owner of Synergy Therapy. As an integrative provider, I not only offer medication management and psychotherapy, but I treat patients in a holistic manner, whether with lifestyle changes, nutrition coaching, supplements, and mindfulness techniques. I specialize in people who are dealing with major life changes such as divorce, or people who are currently dealing with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and ADHD. I will listen to you, and I will make you seen and heard. I offer a 15 minutes complimentary call to see if we are a good fit.
(610) 546-7019 View (610) 546-7019

More Psychiatrists Nearby

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Dr. Allen Masry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Springfield, PA 19064
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
(484) 946-4188 View (484) 946-4188
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Tiffany Dyson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Swarthmore, PA 19081
I'm Tiffany, a compassionate and experienced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specialized in supporting women's mental health and individuals navigating the emotional challenges of infertility.
I'm Tiffany, a compassionate and experienced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specialized in supporting women's mental health and individuals navigating the emotional challenges of infertility.
(302) 303-4470 View (302) 303-4470
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Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Springfield, PA 19064
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.
(484) 673-6072 View (484) 673-6072
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Essential Behavioral Health LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Glen Riddle, PA 19063  (Online Only)
At Essential Behavioral Health LLC, your mental health is our top priority. We are committed to exercising the greatest standard of practice to meet the mental health of our clients’ needs. Empathetic psychiatric care in Pennsylvania from a private family owned psychiatric practice. Nurse Practitioner Mutiat. A has over a decade of experience and knowledge in mental health dealing with children, adolescent, adults and geriatric population.
At Essential Behavioral Health LLC, your mental health is our top priority. We are committed to exercising the greatest standard of practice to meet the mental health of our clients’ needs. Empathetic psychiatric care in Pennsylvania from a private family owned psychiatric practice. Nurse Practitioner Mutiat. A has over a decade of experience and knowledge in mental health dealing with children, adolescent, adults and geriatric population.
(484) 897-6345 View (484) 897-6345
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Samuel Stevenson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Swarthmore, PA 19081
With two years of professional experience, Samuel Stevenson, MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC, has developed a deep expertise in psychiatric mental health. His clinical practice spans comprehensive medication management and psychotherapy for a variety of mental health conditions, including ADHD, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and depression. Samuel has worked in diverse settings, which has enabled him to refine his approach to care, ensuring that it is both evidence-based and tailored to the individual needs of his patients.
With two years of professional experience, Samuel Stevenson, MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC, has developed a deep expertise in psychiatric mental health. His clinical practice spans comprehensive medication management and psychotherapy for a variety of mental health conditions, including ADHD, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and depression. Samuel has worked in diverse settings, which has enabled him to refine his approach to care, ensuring that it is both evidence-based and tailored to the individual needs of his patients.
(484) 353-6037 View (484) 353-6037
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KP Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN , CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Swarthmore, PA 19081  (Online Only)
Helping people has always been Krista’s calling. And now, nearly two decades after starting her journey in medicine as a Nursing Assistant, Krista has accomplished her dream of becoming a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. While managing a full-time nursing career where she has worked in dual diagnosis centers, CRCs, emergency rooms, infusion therapy, MAT and young adult units, Krista worked tirelessly in her off hours dutifully earning her degree as a Master of Science PMHNP-BC.
Helping people has always been Krista’s calling. And now, nearly two decades after starting her journey in medicine as a Nursing Assistant, Krista has accomplished her dream of becoming a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. While managing a full-time nursing career where she has worked in dual diagnosis centers, CRCs, emergency rooms, infusion therapy, MAT and young adult units, Krista worked tirelessly in her off hours dutifully earning her degree as a Master of Science PMHNP-BC.
(484) 309-8097 View (484) 309-8097

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Media, PA

10+

Average cost per session

$162

Psychiatrists in Media, PA who prioritize treating:

86% Depression
86% Anxiety
71% Bipolar Disorder
64% Trauma and PTSD
57% Relationship Issues
57% ADHD
57% Grief

Average years in practice

21 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

83% Aetna
67% Cigna and Evernorth
50% Humana

How Psychiatrists in Media, PA see their clients

93% In Person and Online
7% Online Only

Gender breakdown

54% Female
46% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Media?

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.