Psychiatrists in Mount Lebanon, PA

Photo of Dr. Michael Rosen, Psychiatrist in Mount Lebanon, PA
Dr. Michael Rosen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Mount Lebanon, PA 15228
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.
(724) 492-4056 View (724) 492-4056
Photo of Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter, Psychiatrist in Mount Lebanon, PA
Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Mount Lebanon, PA 15228
I am a Psychiatrist with years of experience treating teen/adolescents and their families. I focus on treating the whole individual with psychotherapy and medication when appropriate, and after careful assessment. The driving force behind my practice is to create a nurturing environment where kids can grow into healthy adults with learned coping skills and a better understanding of their own identity.
I am a Psychiatrist with years of experience treating teen/adolescents and their families. I focus on treating the whole individual with psychotherapy and medication when appropriate, and after careful assessment. The driving force behind my practice is to create a nurturing environment where kids can grow into healthy adults with learned coping skills and a better understanding of their own identity.
(724) 870-4294 View (724) 870-4294
Photo of Nichelle Jones, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Mount Lebanon, PA
Nichelle Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP , PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mount Lebanon, PA 15228
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.
(724) 951-2984 View (724) 951-2984
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Harmony Bay
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Mount Lebanon, PA 15228
Harmony Bay Wellness is a psychiatry and therapy office that provides primary mental health treatment programs for psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and ADHD. We offer a clean, bright environment with a calming and positive tone. We offer programs and services for both therapy and psychiatry including individual therapy, group therapy, couples therapy, and medication management.
Harmony Bay Wellness is a psychiatry and therapy office that provides primary mental health treatment programs for psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and ADHD. We offer a clean, bright environment with a calming and positive tone. We offer programs and services for both therapy and psychiatry including individual therapy, group therapy, couples therapy, and medication management.
(724) 885-2824 View (724) 885-2824
Photo of Dale E. Panzer, Psychiatrist in Mount Lebanon, PA
Dale E. Panzer
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Mount Lebanon, PA 15228
I provide telepsychiatry services focusing on psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. With over 25 years of clinical experience, I perform comprehensive psychiatric-medical assessments and identify specific psychopharmacology and psychotherapy treatments tailored to individual needs. I am board certified in both psychiatry and brain injury medicine, a clinical associate professor of psychiatry and a former medical director of university-based treatment programs. I regularly provide psychopharmacology consultations for clients of referring therapists. I am also an experienced expert witness and forensic evaluator in legal matters.
I provide telepsychiatry services focusing on psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. With over 25 years of clinical experience, I perform comprehensive psychiatric-medical assessments and identify specific psychopharmacology and psychotherapy treatments tailored to individual needs. I am board certified in both psychiatry and brain injury medicine, a clinical associate professor of psychiatry and a former medical director of university-based treatment programs. I regularly provide psychopharmacology consultations for clients of referring therapists. I am also an experienced expert witness and forensic evaluator in legal matters.
(610) 756-9645 View (610) 756-9645

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Photo of Sheila Jourdain, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Mount Lebanon, PA
Sheila Jourdain
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Offering NEW in-office non-medication treatment for depression called "TMS" Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. Offering NEW “Virtual ADHD Assessments for All of Pennsylvania". I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I specialize in the treatment of adults with Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, Pre-pregnancy and Postpartum issues, Female Sexual Issues, Depression, Medication Management including discontinuation of current medication. I provide motivational talk psychotherapy and I am excited to assist patients decide the best treatment options for their diagnosis.
Offering NEW in-office non-medication treatment for depression called "TMS" Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. Offering NEW “Virtual ADHD Assessments for All of Pennsylvania". I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I specialize in the treatment of adults with Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, Pre-pregnancy and Postpartum issues, Female Sexual Issues, Depression, Medication Management including discontinuation of current medication. I provide motivational talk psychotherapy and I am excited to assist patients decide the best treatment options for their diagnosis.
(484) 623-5994 View (484) 623-5994
Photo of Chikodili Obi, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Mount Lebanon, PA
Chikodili Obi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15220  (Online Only)
Great to meet you! Chikodili Obi is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who graduated from Wilkes University. She is enthusiastic about providing quality, evidence based psychiatric care across the life span. Chikodili possesses strong clinical skills necessary to establish and build relationships with patients She specializes in treatment of depression, anxiety, ADHD, panic disorder, bipolar disorder, PTSD, borderline personality disorder, psychosis and mood disorders.
Great to meet you! Chikodili Obi is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who graduated from Wilkes University. She is enthusiastic about providing quality, evidence based psychiatric care across the life span. Chikodili possesses strong clinical skills necessary to establish and build relationships with patients She specializes in treatment of depression, anxiety, ADHD, panic disorder, bipolar disorder, PTSD, borderline personality disorder, psychosis and mood disorders.
(610) 510-6813 View (610) 510-6813
Photo of Melanie Valenti - Mental Health Psychiatry, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Mount Lebanon, PA
Melanie Valenti - Mental Health Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Melanie Valenti is a Board Certified Doctor of Nursing Practitioner (DNP) specializing in Psychiatry and Mental Health at the Nexus Group. She completed her doctorate degree at the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to joining the Nexus Group, Melanie had over 6 years of experience working at Western Psychiatric Hospital, caring for children, adolescents, and adults diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, and ADHD.
Melanie Valenti is a Board Certified Doctor of Nursing Practitioner (DNP) specializing in Psychiatry and Mental Health at the Nexus Group. She completed her doctorate degree at the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to joining the Nexus Group, Melanie had over 6 years of experience working at Western Psychiatric Hospital, caring for children, adolescents, and adults diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, and ADHD.
(412) 214-0042 View (412) 214-0042
Photo of Sheena Dohar, Psychiatrist in Mount Lebanon, PA
Sheena Dohar
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15122  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Dr. Sheena Dohar is a board certified general psychiatrist. Before joining Talkiatry, she practiced extensively in community mental health with adults of all ages in both outpatient and inpatient settings and as the medical director of several intensive outpatient and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) based programs. She has experience in private practice and in the dual diagnoses of mental health and substance abuse disorders.
Dr. Sheena Dohar is a board certified general psychiatrist. Before joining Talkiatry, she practiced extensively in community mental health with adults of all ages in both outpatient and inpatient settings and as the medical director of several intensive outpatient and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) based programs. She has experience in private practice and in the dual diagnoses of mental health and substance abuse disorders.
(215) 693-6596 View (215) 693-6596
Photo of Lula Thomas, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Mount Lebanon, PA
Lula Thomas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15220  (Online Only)
Hello, my name is Lula Thomas, I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and have been in practice for over ten years. I genuinely love what I do and believe in a holistic patient-centered approach. If you ever feel sad overwhelmed, lack motivation, struggle with goals, or don't enjoy things you used to, I am here to help.
Hello, my name is Lula Thomas, I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and have been in practice for over ten years. I genuinely love what I do and believe in a holistic patient-centered approach. If you ever feel sad overwhelmed, lack motivation, struggle with goals, or don't enjoy things you used to, I am here to help.
(484) 613-3179 View (484) 613-3179
Photo of Carol Smith, Physician Assistant in Mount Lebanon, PA
Carol Smith
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Self-discovery and implementation of new habits and skills can be uncomfortable. My ideal client is someone who is ready to be uncomfortable and one who is dedicated to making an investment in their mental health. Having someone who is consistent with their care and transparent about their feelings and symptoms will lead to an efficient resolution of concerns and achieving goals.
Self-discovery and implementation of new habits and skills can be uncomfortable. My ideal client is someone who is ready to be uncomfortable and one who is dedicated to making an investment in their mental health. Having someone who is consistent with their care and transparent about their feelings and symptoms will lead to an efficient resolution of concerns and achieving goals.
(412) 520-3250 View (412) 520-3250
Photo of Dr. Alexandra Blaes, Psychiatrist in Mount Lebanon, PA
Dr. Alexandra Blaes
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15122  (Online Only)
Dr. Alexandra (“Sasha”) Blaes is a board-certified psychiatrist. Dr. Blaes completed medical school at The University of Maryland, followed by a psychiatry residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. While at Johns Hopkins, she mastered clinical assessment and treatment of general psychiatric problems. She also received specialized training in eating disorders, addiction, reproductive psychiatry, chronic pain, and geriatric psychiatry, an interest she pursued further with a fellowship at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Dr. Alexandra (“Sasha”) Blaes is a board-certified psychiatrist. Dr. Blaes completed medical school at The University of Maryland, followed by a psychiatry residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. While at Johns Hopkins, she mastered clinical assessment and treatment of general psychiatric problems. She also received specialized training in eating disorders, addiction, reproductive psychiatry, chronic pain, and geriatric psychiatry, an interest she pursued further with a fellowship at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
(215) 774-6622 View (215) 774-6622
Photo of Melissa Brubaker, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Mount Lebanon, PA
Melissa Brubaker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15212  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Next available Apr 9th - click on 'My website' to book directly ... Hi, I’m Melissa, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, dedicated to helping you achieve your best self. My mission is to provide you with a supportive space where you can feel understood and empowered on your journey to wellness. My primary areas of expertise are in treating burnout, stress, anxiety, and depression. Beyond medication management, I emphasize holistic wellness, including nutrition, exercise, and self-care practices. Together, we'll identify your treatment goals and explore effective options to help you achieve them.
Next available Apr 9th - click on 'My website' to book directly ... Hi, I’m Melissa, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, dedicated to helping you achieve your best self. My mission is to provide you with a supportive space where you can feel understood and empowered on your journey to wellness. My primary areas of expertise are in treating burnout, stress, anxiety, and depression. Beyond medication management, I emphasize holistic wellness, including nutrition, exercise, and self-care practices. Together, we'll identify your treatment goals and explore effective options to help you achieve them.
(484) 759-8611 View (484) 759-8611
Photo of T and C Psychiatric Services, LLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Mount Lebanon, PA
T and C Psychiatric Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15203  (Online Only)
Our Expert Team is Ready to Help! T and C Psychiatric Services LLC is a telepsychiatry practice providing psychiatric evaluations and medication management for individuals at least 18 years of age and older throughout Pennsylvania. We treat mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, insomnia, and eating disorders. At T and C Psychiatric Services, we strive to make accessing care easy and convenient for you. Becoming a patient is as simple as reaching out to us through a call, text, or email.
Our Expert Team is Ready to Help! T and C Psychiatric Services LLC is a telepsychiatry practice providing psychiatric evaluations and medication management for individuals at least 18 years of age and older throughout Pennsylvania. We treat mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, insomnia, and eating disorders. At T and C Psychiatric Services, we strive to make accessing care easy and convenient for you. Becoming a patient is as simple as reaching out to us through a call, text, or email.
(724) 997-6199 View (724) 997-6199
Photo of Milena Goldshmidt, Psychiatrist in Mount Lebanon, PA
Milena Goldshmidt
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15122  (Online Only)
Dr. Milena Goldshmidt is a new addition to the Talkiatry network which allows her the luxury of working from home after the new addition to her family. She is double boarded in Adult Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine. She has been practicing for 10 years. Dr. Goldshmidt's focus is on medication management as well as supportive and emotionally focused therapy. She gives ample time during new patient appointments and has 30-minute follow sessions. She also is a believer in additional therapy is needed and/or additional medical and procedural therapies if needed to provide the best care and outcomes to her patients.
Dr. Milena Goldshmidt is a new addition to the Talkiatry network which allows her the luxury of working from home after the new addition to her family. She is double boarded in Adult Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine. She has been practicing for 10 years. Dr. Goldshmidt's focus is on medication management as well as supportive and emotionally focused therapy. She gives ample time during new patient appointments and has 30-minute follow sessions. She also is a believer in additional therapy is needed and/or additional medical and procedural therapies if needed to provide the best care and outcomes to her patients.
(215) 631-8965 View (215) 631-8965
Photo of Volk Psychiatry, Psychiatrist in Mount Lebanon, PA
Volk Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Pleasant Hills, PA 15236
Volk Psychiatry is a private psychiatric practice located in the South Hills region of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Volk Psychiatry is a private psychiatric practice located in the South Hills region of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
(412) 455-8440 View (412) 455-8440
Photo of Sheila Jourdain, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Mount Lebanon, PA
Sheila Jourdain
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15260  (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.
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.
(610) 798-1041 View (610) 798-1041
Photo of Dr. Michael Rosen, Psychiatrist in Mount Lebanon, PA
Dr. Michael Rosen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
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.
(412) 500-9581 View (412) 500-9581
Photo of Cynthia Maritato, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Mount Lebanon, PA
Cynthia Maritato
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15222  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Have you experienced little to no benefit from medications and feel there is little hope of feeling better? Have you tried therapy but seen little improvement or felt you were not making progress? Do you often feel unheard by your provider? I believe that the client has a say in their treatment and should be an active participant in their mental wellness journey.
Have you experienced little to no benefit from medications and feel there is little hope of feeling better? Have you tried therapy but seen little improvement or felt you were not making progress? Do you often feel unheard by your provider? I believe that the client has a say in their treatment and should be an active participant in their mental wellness journey.
(412) 501-9891 View (412) 501-9891
Photo of Frank A. Fetterolf, Psychiatrist in Mount Lebanon, PA
Frank A. Fetterolf
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
I’m a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in integrating evidence-based (e.g., medication and behavioral therapy) and patient-centered (e.g., traditional and Ericksonian hypnosis) treatment. Examples of empirically validated behavioral protocols include written exposure therapy for trauma, dialectical skills for emotion regulation, activity schedule reviews for ADHD, sleep diaries for insomnia, and behavioral activation for depression. My medication prescribing is a collaborative endeavor, informed by the latest meta-analyses and randomized control trials.
I’m a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in integrating evidence-based (e.g., medication and behavioral therapy) and patient-centered (e.g., traditional and Ericksonian hypnosis) treatment. Examples of empirically validated behavioral protocols include written exposure therapy for trauma, dialectical skills for emotion regulation, activity schedule reviews for ADHD, sleep diaries for insomnia, and behavioral activation for depression. My medication prescribing is a collaborative endeavor, informed by the latest meta-analyses and randomized control trials.
(412) 832-9949 View (412) 832-9949

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Mount Lebanon, PA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Mount Lebanon, PA who prioritize treating:

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

Average years in practice

27 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% AmeriHealth
100% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Mount Lebanon, PA see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Mount Lebanon?

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.