Psychiatrists in Yardley, PA

Photo of Arif Noorbaksh, Psychiatrist in Yardley, PA
Arif Noorbaksh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Yardley, PA 19067
Are you struggling with depressive, anxiety, and/or bipolar and related disorders? I strongly believe in meeting patients where they are in their individual journeys. The ideal client is the one who attends their initial evaluation to talk through their experience and potential treatment options. I approach patient care holistically and attempt to develop an understanding of the patient’s lived experience and current symptoms.
Are you struggling with depressive, anxiety, and/or bipolar and related disorders? I strongly believe in meeting patients where they are in their individual journeys. The ideal client is the one who attends their initial evaluation to talk through their experience and potential treatment options. I approach patient care holistically and attempt to develop an understanding of the patient’s lived experience and current symptoms.
(267) 719-1750 View (267) 719-1750
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Adnan Zawawi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Yardley, PA 19067
Adnan Zawawi, MD (Doctor Z) is a Board Certified Psychiatrist and Board Certified Neurologist. He has also completed fellowships in Neuropsychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine. He has a long history of successfully treating adults and children helping them to achieve their goals. Dr. Z's approach is helping his patients achieve excellent physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. Through consultations, he helps them cope with various life events at work, school and leisure. He has a well documented success with treating various mental health issues incl. but not limited to Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Bipolar ADHD and Substance Use.
Adnan Zawawi, MD (Doctor Z) is a Board Certified Psychiatrist and Board Certified Neurologist. He has also completed fellowships in Neuropsychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine. He has a long history of successfully treating adults and children helping them to achieve their goals. Dr. Z's approach is helping his patients achieve excellent physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. Through consultations, he helps them cope with various life events at work, school and leisure. He has a well documented success with treating various mental health issues incl. but not limited to Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Bipolar ADHD and Substance Use.
(215) 309-9255 View (215) 309-9255
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Biju Basil
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Yardley, PA 19067
Dr.Basil is a Board Certified Psychiatrist who practices in Yardley PA. He specializes in the treatment of different Mental Health Conditions including Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, OCD, ADHD, Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders, Substance abuse, Dual Diagnosis disorders,
Dr.Basil is a Board Certified Psychiatrist who practices in Yardley PA. He specializes in the treatment of different Mental Health Conditions including Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, OCD, ADHD, Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders, Substance abuse, Dual Diagnosis disorders,
(215) 352-4311 View (215) 352-4311
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Lisa P. Berkowitz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, CRNP
Verified
Yardley, PA 19067
Lisa is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, specializing in Adult Psychiatry and has her practice in Yardley/Morrisville area. With many years of extensive experience Lisa performs Complete Psychiatric Evaluations; she diagnoses and treats vast variety of mental health conditions such as Major Depressive Disorders, Anxiety, PTSD, Bipolar Disorders, ADD, ADHD, Substance Use. As part of her treatment Lisa will offer to do Genetic Testing (DNA Testing) to provide you with the most effective treatment.
Lisa is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, specializing in Adult Psychiatry and has her practice in Yardley/Morrisville area. With many years of extensive experience Lisa performs Complete Psychiatric Evaluations; she diagnoses and treats vast variety of mental health conditions such as Major Depressive Disorders, Anxiety, PTSD, Bipolar Disorders, ADD, ADHD, Substance Use. As part of her treatment Lisa will offer to do Genetic Testing (DNA Testing) to provide you with the most effective treatment.
(267) 833-2090 View (267) 833-2090
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Edena Walden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified
Yardley, PA 19067
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
(215) 709-3262 View (215) 709-3262
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Dr. Allen Masry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Yardley, PA 19067
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.
(215) 974-0175 View (215) 974-0175
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Shannon Bucciarelli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B, B-C
Verified
Yardley, PA 19067
My ideal client would understand that the journey to wellness and recovery requires time, effort, and patience. They would be receptive to treatment suggestions which may include psychotherapy, behavioral interventions, and medication options. My patients would take an active role in their care, and engage in open and honest communication with their provider.
My ideal client would understand that the journey to wellness and recovery requires time, effort, and patience. They would be receptive to treatment suggestions which may include psychotherapy, behavioral interventions, and medication options. My patients would take an active role in their care, and engage in open and honest communication with their provider.
(215) 857-9593 View (215) 857-9593
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Dr. Michael Rosen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Yardley, PA 19067
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) 712-8995 View (215) 712-8995
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Shallom
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Yardley, PA 19067  (Online Only)
Toyin Oladele, RN, MSN, PMHNP-BC (Shallom LLC): Specializes in providing mental health services, including psychiatric evaluations and medication management, to children, adolescents, teens and adults with more than seventeen years of experience. This vast experience delivered with patience and compassion, in managing conditions such as anxiety, depression, psychosis among others, has yielded tremendous positive outcomes to clients.
Toyin Oladele, RN, MSN, PMHNP-BC (Shallom LLC): Specializes in providing mental health services, including psychiatric evaluations and medication management, to children, adolescents, teens and adults with more than seventeen years of experience. This vast experience delivered with patience and compassion, in managing conditions such as anxiety, depression, psychosis among others, has yielded tremendous positive outcomes to clients.
(215) 703-2662 View (215) 703-2662
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Harmony Bay
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Yardley, PA 19067
Harmony Bay is a psychiatry and therapy office that provides primary mental health treatment programs for psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and ADHD. We offer a clean, bright environment with a calming and positive tone. We offer programs and services for both therapy and psychiatry including individual therapy, group therapy, couples therapy, and medication management.
Harmony Bay is a psychiatry and therapy office that provides primary mental health treatment programs for psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and ADHD. We offer a clean, bright environment with a calming and positive tone. We offer programs and services for both therapy and psychiatry including individual therapy, group therapy, couples therapy, and medication management.
(215) 996-7119 View (215) 996-7119
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Donald A Rauh
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD, FAPA
Verified
Yardley, PA 19067
People may feel depressed and not know why. They may become more angry than seems warranted by the situation. They may not be able to maintain adequate focus and may miss details that compromise their performance. They may not achieve what they know they are capable of. They may feel fabulous and become incredibly productive for periods and then feel they are mired in lethargy and not know why. They may compromise their lives by spending too much time engaging in rituals. All of these problems and more can be carefully addressed by combining psychotherapy, lifestyle improvements, and with the judicious use of medications.
People may feel depressed and not know why. They may become more angry than seems warranted by the situation. They may not be able to maintain adequate focus and may miss details that compromise their performance. They may not achieve what they know they are capable of. They may feel fabulous and become incredibly productive for periods and then feel they are mired in lethargy and not know why. They may compromise their lives by spending too much time engaging in rituals. All of these problems and more can be carefully addressed by combining psychotherapy, lifestyle improvements, and with the judicious use of medications.
(215) 647-0586 View (215) 647-0586
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Nichelle Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
Yardley, PA 19067
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 and goals. They are looking for 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 and goals. They are looking for 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.
(267) 214-8636 View (267) 214-8636
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Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Yardley, PA 19067
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) 770-0128 View (215) 770-0128
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Teri Hardgrove
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Yardley, PA 19067
As a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I treat psychiatric conditions using a holistic and bio-psycho-social approach. My goal is to restore feelings of stability and well-being and I work with each patient to develop a specialized plan of care. My training has offered me the ability to provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and medication management. I understand that starting medication can have its concerns and I strive to provide education and counseling during this process.
As a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I treat psychiatric conditions using a holistic and bio-psycho-social approach. My goal is to restore feelings of stability and well-being and I work with each patient to develop a specialized plan of care. My training has offered me the ability to provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and medication management. I understand that starting medication can have its concerns and I strive to provide education and counseling during this process.
(267) 309-2815 View (267) 309-2815
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Javier G. Taboada
Psychiatrist, MD, FACP, FAAN
Yardley, PA 19067
Dr. Javier G. Taboada, M.D. is a Board Certified Psychiatrist and has his practice in Yardley, PA. He specializes in Adult and Child Psychiatry. He provides outpatient psychiatric evaluations, consultations and follow-up to adults and children. Fellow, American College of Physicians. Member of the American Medical Assoc. Member of the New Jersey Medical Society. Listed in ABMS, Compendium.
Dr. Javier G. Taboada, M.D. is a Board Certified Psychiatrist and has his practice in Yardley, PA. He specializes in Adult and Child Psychiatry. He provides outpatient psychiatric evaluations, consultations and follow-up to adults and children. Fellow, American College of Physicians. Member of the American Medical Assoc. Member of the New Jersey Medical Society. Listed in ABMS, Compendium.
(215) 392-2285 View (215) 392-2285
Photo of Ricardo J. Fernandez, Psychiatrist in Yardley, PA
Ricardo J. Fernandez
Psychiatrist, MD, DFAPA, ABAM
Verified
Yardley, PA 19067
Our Mission is to provide highly individualized psychiatric care by specially trained experts. Working closely with the patient, the patient's family and other healthcare professionals, we develop a comprehensive treatment plan addressing biological, hormonal and psychosocial needs.In developing a clear diagnosis, we utilize comprenesive psychiatric testing in the evaluation phase to determine appropriate and effective treatment.Highly regarded within his field, Dr. Fernandez has almost 30 years experience in psychopharmacolgy and women's health. Quality of care is a priority.Patients are provided with round-the-clock access to their treating clinicians for emergencies and urgencies that cannot wait.
Our Mission is to provide highly individualized psychiatric care by specially trained experts. Working closely with the patient, the patient's family and other healthcare professionals, we develop a comprehensive treatment plan addressing biological, hormonal and psychosocial needs.In developing a clear diagnosis, we utilize comprenesive psychiatric testing in the evaluation phase to determine appropriate and effective treatment.Highly regarded within his field, Dr. Fernandez has almost 30 years experience in psychopharmacolgy and women's health. Quality of care is a priority.Patients are provided with round-the-clock access to their treating clinicians for emergencies and urgencies that cannot wait.
(609) 318-3045 View (609) 318-3045
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Ying Wang
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Yardley, PA 19067
I am a Yale educated and Harvard trained psychiatrist currently licensed in PA and NJ. My work integrates therapeutic approaches rooted in science with the art of healing. I begin with a thorough assessment (medical, nutritional and psychosocial), and work hard to tailor treatment to you needs. Our work may entail talk therapy, skills coaching, nutritional assessment and repair, meditation and mindfulness exercises, and if indicated, medication treatment. When medications are used, I work diligently to minimize side effects and monitor potential interactions.
I am a Yale educated and Harvard trained psychiatrist currently licensed in PA and NJ. My work integrates therapeutic approaches rooted in science with the art of healing. I begin with a thorough assessment (medical, nutritional and psychosocial), and work hard to tailor treatment to you needs. Our work may entail talk therapy, skills coaching, nutritional assessment and repair, meditation and mindfulness exercises, and if indicated, medication treatment. When medications are used, I work diligently to minimize side effects and monitor potential interactions.
(267) 619-7595 View (267) 619-7595
Photo of Ann Nolan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Yardley, PA
Ann Nolan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Yardley, PA 19067
ADHD and Autism spectrum testing and screening "included in the initial evaluation." Office & Online psychiatric services. Treating children, adolescents, and adults. Ann is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who brings many years of professional mental health experience to the care of her patients. Her training has prepared her to treat patients across the lifespan -offering consultation, evaluation, and medication management for ages six through seniors.
ADHD and Autism spectrum testing and screening "included in the initial evaluation." Office & Online psychiatric services. Treating children, adolescents, and adults. Ann is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who brings many years of professional mental health experience to the care of her patients. Her training has prepared her to treat patients across the lifespan -offering consultation, evaluation, and medication management for ages six through seniors.
(215) 608-7659 View (215) 608-7659

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Soroosh Hashemi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Levittown, PA 19054  (Online Only)
I am Board Certified in Family Medicine and hold additional credentials in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Yoga, and Meditation. My background gives me a unique advantage at balancing the treatment of physical as well as psychiatric conditions. Sessions with me are longer than with the average Psychiatrist or Family Physician and I believe a strong partnership between doctor and patient is the key to success. I have become an expert at medication management as well as various types of talk therapy. If you're feeling lost, you've come to the right place.
I am Board Certified in Family Medicine and hold additional credentials in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Yoga, and Meditation. My background gives me a unique advantage at balancing the treatment of physical as well as psychiatric conditions. Sessions with me are longer than with the average Psychiatrist or Family Physician and I believe a strong partnership between doctor and patient is the key to success. I have become an expert at medication management as well as various types of talk therapy. If you're feeling lost, you've come to the right place.
(267) 627-6162 View (267) 627-6162
Photo of Malika Abdurakhmanova, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Yardley, PA
Malika Abdurakhmanova
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified
Morrisville, PA 19067  (Online Only)
As a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I am prepared to provide holistic, patient-centered care for clients needing mental health services and treatments. Through utilization of evidence-based practices, I continuously make efforts to achieve higher levels of clients’ mental wellbeing. Utilizing the integrated approaches to healing and wellness, the holistic healing is achieved when mind, body, and spirit are addressed as a single unit.
As a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I am prepared to provide holistic, patient-centered care for clients needing mental health services and treatments. Through utilization of evidence-based practices, I continuously make efforts to achieve higher levels of clients’ mental wellbeing. Utilizing the integrated approaches to healing and wellness, the holistic healing is achieved when mind, body, and spirit are addressed as a single unit.
(215) 586-3102 View (215) 586-3102

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Yardley, PA

10+

Average cost per session

$140

Psychiatrists in Yardley, PA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
89% ADHD
89% Bipolar Disorder
83% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
83% Trauma and PTSD
61% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

15 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
80% AmeriHealth

How Psychiatrists in Yardley, PA see their clients

95% In Person and Online
5% Online Only

Gender breakdown

58% Female
42% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Yardley?

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.