Psychiatrists in 06107

Photo of Maria Manuela Da Costa, Psychiatrist in 06107, CT
Maria Manuela Da Costa
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
West Hartford, CT 06107
I believe that the key to effective treatment depends upon a strong collaborative alliance between patient and physician. The difficulties you are experiencing are most likely a combination of physiological and psychological problems.Treatment begins with a comprehensive review of your physical, emotional state and social well being. If you need medication we will discuss the various options. Together we will take into account your unique circumstances and arrive at a personalized treatment plan. Subsequent visits will moniter your response to the medication and help you learn how the medication works.
I believe that the key to effective treatment depends upon a strong collaborative alliance between patient and physician. The difficulties you are experiencing are most likely a combination of physiological and psychological problems.Treatment begins with a comprehensive review of your physical, emotional state and social well being. If you need medication we will discuss the various options. Together we will take into account your unique circumstances and arrive at a personalized treatment plan. Subsequent visits will moniter your response to the medication and help you learn how the medication works.
(860) 578-8396 View (860) 578-8396
Photo of Shantelle Brokaw, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 06107, CT
Shantelle Brokaw
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West Hartford, CT 06107  (Online Only)
Now accepting new clients! Helping women who experience anxiety, depression, or ADHD, lower and better manage their symptoms, adopt better lifestyle habits, improve the relationships in their lives and live with more clarity. Schedule an alignment call on the website; you will get 30 mins with me to answer any questions, get insight into your concerns, and see if it is a good fit to meet your needs.
Now accepting new clients! Helping women who experience anxiety, depression, or ADHD, lower and better manage their symptoms, adopt better lifestyle habits, improve the relationships in their lives and live with more clarity. Schedule an alignment call on the website; you will get 30 mins with me to answer any questions, get insight into your concerns, and see if it is a good fit to meet your needs.
(959) 265-0992 View (959) 265-0992
Photo of Francisco A Ripepi, Psychiatrist in 06107, CT
Francisco A Ripepi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
West Hartford, CT 06107
Accepting New patients at this time. I am a Child and adolescent psychiatrist as well as adult psychiatrist who specializes in Developmental Disorders, including Autism and intellectual disabilities. I also specialize in treating ADHD, anxiety, OCD and mood disorders in all ages. My training in child and adolescent psychiatry is tailored to help children and families. I believe that the modality of treatment should be appropriate to the patient's needs.
Accepting New patients at this time. I am a Child and adolescent psychiatrist as well as adult psychiatrist who specializes in Developmental Disorders, including Autism and intellectual disabilities. I also specialize in treating ADHD, anxiety, OCD and mood disorders in all ages. My training in child and adolescent psychiatry is tailored to help children and families. I believe that the modality of treatment should be appropriate to the patient's needs.
(860) 846-3740 View (860) 846-3740
Photo of Brian Eddy, Psychiatrist in 06107, CT
Brian Eddy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
West Hartford, CT 06107
Are you feeling tired, can't keep up with your daily routine, emotional for no reason, dealing with overwhelming stress? You may be struggling with untreated medical symptoms. These symptoms can be treated with the guidance of a physician. "Let's talk and see what happens." I hope to keep things as open as possible, because not every patient will present with a textbook case of issues. I strive to find a way to connect with each patient in a way that respects their autonomy and dignity.
Are you feeling tired, can't keep up with your daily routine, emotional for no reason, dealing with overwhelming stress? You may be struggling with untreated medical symptoms. These symptoms can be treated with the guidance of a physician. "Let's talk and see what happens." I hope to keep things as open as possible, because not every patient will present with a textbook case of issues. I strive to find a way to connect with each patient in a way that respects their autonomy and dignity.
(860) 498-4777 View (860) 498-4777
Photo of Anne Koneru, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 06107, CT
Anne Koneru
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
West Hartford, CT 06107  (Online Only)
Thank you for your interest in my practice. I completed my training at Johns Hopkins University, and I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I also have over a decade of experience working as an FNP in primary care. I provide holistic care with evidence-based medication management. In addition to traditional psychiatry, I also offer in-person Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy sessions, when appropriate. When used in a therapeutic setting, Ketamine can produce rapid, profound, and sustained changes in insight, mood, behavior, and consciousness.
Thank you for your interest in my practice. I completed my training at Johns Hopkins University, and I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I also have over a decade of experience working as an FNP in primary care. I provide holistic care with evidence-based medication management. In addition to traditional psychiatry, I also offer in-person Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy sessions, when appropriate. When used in a therapeutic setting, Ketamine can produce rapid, profound, and sustained changes in insight, mood, behavior, and consciousness.
(860) 590-3311 View (860) 590-3311
Photo of Elizabeth Alve-Hedegaard APRN , Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 06107, CT
Elizabeth Alve-Hedegaard APRN
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West Hartford, CT 06107  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I am not accepting new patients currently.
I am not accepting new patients currently.
(203) 409-8655 View (203) 409-8655
Photo of Ayesha Ahmed, Psychiatrist in 06107, CT
Ayesha Ahmed
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
West Hartford, CT 06107
We are accepting new Patient (Adult,18 years and older). I am a 15+ years Experienced, Board Certified Physician specialized in Psychiatry, with Fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry. Depression, Anxiety, Sleep Disorders, Trauma, Phobias, Alzheimer, Postpartum Depression, Behavioral Disturbance, Senior-Geriatric conditions. My mission is to provide my patients with the best care in a confidential, relaxed environment through Evaluation and Medication Management. My office is in West Hartford Center, near by towns are Bloomfield, Avon, Granby, Simsbury, Canton, Windsor, Hartford, Newrington, Glastonbury, Danbury, Springfield-MA.
We are accepting new Patient (Adult,18 years and older). I am a 15+ years Experienced, Board Certified Physician specialized in Psychiatry, with Fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry. Depression, Anxiety, Sleep Disorders, Trauma, Phobias, Alzheimer, Postpartum Depression, Behavioral Disturbance, Senior-Geriatric conditions. My mission is to provide my patients with the best care in a confidential, relaxed environment through Evaluation and Medication Management. My office is in West Hartford Center, near by towns are Bloomfield, Avon, Granby, Simsbury, Canton, Windsor, Hartford, Newrington, Glastonbury, Danbury, Springfield-MA.
(860) 478-4341 View (860) 478-4341
Photo of Yvonne Amune, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 06107, CT
Yvonne Amune
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN-BC, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West Hartford, CT 06107  (Online Only)
My clinical focus is on holistic and patient centered care for adults and adolescents, with special attention given to treating ADHD, anxiety, depression, stress related disorders, as well as substance use disorder. Further, I am trained in motivational interviewing which I find to be effective tools in understanding and treating these issues. I believe in taking a compassionate, nonjudgmental approach to helping my patients reach their goals. My practice emphasizes the importance of creating a safe, trusting therapeutic relationship to facilitate the process of healing.
My clinical focus is on holistic and patient centered care for adults and adolescents, with special attention given to treating ADHD, anxiety, depression, stress related disorders, as well as substance use disorder. Further, I am trained in motivational interviewing which I find to be effective tools in understanding and treating these issues. I believe in taking a compassionate, nonjudgmental approach to helping my patients reach their goals. My practice emphasizes the importance of creating a safe, trusting therapeutic relationship to facilitate the process of healing.
(860) 846-4337 View (860) 846-4337
Photo of Stephen E Lee, Physician Assistant in 06107, CT
Stephen E Lee
Physician Assistant, PA-C, DBH, MS
Verified Verified
West Hartford, CT 06107
Cathexis is the investment energy into another form which can be a person, idea, or object. When we cathect, we form more profound connections with others which comes from a place of authenticity and passion. Cathexis is a critical part of personal development. I believe the synergistic effort of cathexis between provider AND patient elicits positive change in a patient's life. I offer solution-focused behavioral interventions and medication management to my patients.
Cathexis is the investment energy into another form which can be a person, idea, or object. When we cathect, we form more profound connections with others which comes from a place of authenticity and passion. Cathexis is a critical part of personal development. I believe the synergistic effort of cathexis between provider AND patient elicits positive change in a patient's life. I offer solution-focused behavioral interventions and medication management to my patients.
(860) 390-4896 View (860) 390-4896
Photo of Ashley N Sansom, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 06107, CT
Ashley N Sansom
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
West Hartford, CT 06107  (Online Only)
Evening and weekend appointments available! I am a Doctorally-trained Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience treating a variety of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, and eating disorders. Using a patient-centered, holistic approach to care, I address both the physical and emotional aspects of health and well-being. I am dedicated to providing compassionate care in a warm and welcoming environment.
Evening and weekend appointments available! I am a Doctorally-trained Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience treating a variety of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, and eating disorders. Using a patient-centered, holistic approach to care, I address both the physical and emotional aspects of health and well-being. I am dedicated to providing compassionate care in a warm and welcoming environment.
(914) 256-8039 View (914) 256-8039
Photo of Cara Marie Bartos, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 06107, CT
Cara Marie Bartos
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNS, APRN
Verified Verified
West Hartford, CT 06107
Not accepting new clients
Finding a psychiatric provider can be overwhelming, whether you are looking for yourself or a loved one. I am a psychiatric APRN who specializes in treating children and adolescents who struggle with emotional, behavioral, and mental health issues. I have 18 years of experience working with children and adolescents facing depression, anxiety, ADHD, and thought disorders. I have extensive experience in treating psychiatric symptoms related to trauma. When a child's symptoms impair their ability to achieve developmental milestones or a healthy quality of life, we must do our best to remove any obstacles that stand in their way.
Finding a psychiatric provider can be overwhelming, whether you are looking for yourself or a loved one. I am a psychiatric APRN who specializes in treating children and adolescents who struggle with emotional, behavioral, and mental health issues. I have 18 years of experience working with children and adolescents facing depression, anxiety, ADHD, and thought disorders. I have extensive experience in treating psychiatric symptoms related to trauma. When a child's symptoms impair their ability to achieve developmental milestones or a healthy quality of life, we must do our best to remove any obstacles that stand in their way.
(860) 512-7194 View (860) 512-7194
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Wilmot lambert
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hartford, CT 06107  (Online Only)
I believe good mental health is the corner stone in every person's life. In todays hectic and chaotic world we sometimes neglect taking care of our own mental health which can lead to burnout and psychological decompensation. Addressing mental health concerns is important in order to prevent emotional and physical problems. Having someone to talk to who genuinely cares and listens with an empathetic ear promotes therapeutic alliance and aids in stress recovery. At times medication support can assist with recovery and having a knowledgeable clinician working with you along the way can make the process less burdensome.
I believe good mental health is the corner stone in every person's life. In todays hectic and chaotic world we sometimes neglect taking care of our own mental health which can lead to burnout and psychological decompensation. Addressing mental health concerns is important in order to prevent emotional and physical problems. Having someone to talk to who genuinely cares and listens with an empathetic ear promotes therapeutic alliance and aids in stress recovery. At times medication support can assist with recovery and having a knowledgeable clinician working with you along the way can make the process less burdensome.
(203) 318-9159 View (203) 318-9159
Photo of Ted Hendrickson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 06107, CT
Ted Hendrickson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hartford, CT 06107  (Online Only)
Hi! I am a Board Certified Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) based in Connecticut. I have spent the last 8 years training and working in the mental health space.
Hi! I am a Board Certified Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) based in Connecticut. I have spent the last 8 years training and working in the mental health space.
(203) 457-3120 View (203) 457-3120
Photo of Polaris Psychiatry, Psychiatrist in 06107, CT
Polaris Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
West Hartford, CT 06107
When traditional treatments haven't worked, TMS, or transcranial magnetic stimulation, can help. TMS works by delivering a gentle, repeating magnetic pulse to an area targeted to help treatment-resistant depression and OCD. The most common side effect is mild discomfort at the treatment site. It is FDA-approved, safe, effective, and non-invasive, and it's usually covered by insurance.
When traditional treatments haven't worked, TMS, or transcranial magnetic stimulation, can help. TMS works by delivering a gentle, repeating magnetic pulse to an area targeted to help treatment-resistant depression and OCD. The most common side effect is mild discomfort at the treatment site. It is FDA-approved, safe, effective, and non-invasive, and it's usually covered by insurance.
(860) 935-8292 View (860) 935-8292
Photo of Christopher Hammel, Psychiatrist in 06107, CT
Christopher Hammel
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West Hartford, CT 06107
Not accepting new clients
As a board-certified psychiatrist trained and experienced in both talk therapy and medication management, I offer a holistic approach to your treatment: Whether you would benefit from medication, therapy, or both, I'm here to help. I work with adult patients of all ages.
As a board-certified psychiatrist trained and experienced in both talk therapy and medication management, I offer a holistic approach to your treatment: Whether you would benefit from medication, therapy, or both, I'm here to help. I work with adult patients of all ages.
(860) 792-5108 View (860) 792-5108
Photo of Thamara Jonathas, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 06107, CT
Thamara Jonathas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hartford, CT 06107  (Online Only)
Hello, I am a board-certified nurse practitioner specializing in psychiatry. I have 13 years of experience working in healthcare, providing care to patients of all ages. I am dedicated to delivering high-quality, evidence-based care and building strong relationships with my patients to ensure their overall health and well-being. I am passionate about patient education and empowerment. I am committed to staying current on the latest advancements in healthcare and to provide the best possible care for my patients.
Hello, I am a board-certified nurse practitioner specializing in psychiatry. I have 13 years of experience working in healthcare, providing care to patients of all ages. I am dedicated to delivering high-quality, evidence-based care and building strong relationships with my patients to ensure their overall health and well-being. I am passionate about patient education and empowerment. I am committed to staying current on the latest advancements in healthcare and to provide the best possible care for my patients.
(203) 599-0864 View (203) 599-0864
Photo of Jill White, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 06107, CT
Jill White
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
West Hartford, CT 06107  (Online Only)
Jill White is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who works with patients in many areas of mental health including depression, anxiety, trauma, work and life stressors, and navigating life changes. Jill is focused and is eager to work with adult patients by providing comprehensive mental health services that are tailored to support their individual needs.
Jill White is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who works with patients in many areas of mental health including depression, anxiety, trauma, work and life stressors, and navigating life changes. Jill is focused and is eager to work with adult patients by providing comprehensive mental health services that are tailored to support their individual needs.
(860) 854-4790 View (860) 854-4790
Photo of Ericka Gardener, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 06107, CT
Ericka Gardener
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
West Hartford, CT 06107  (Online Only)
Ericka is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who treats a wide range of mental health concerns including adjustment disorder, depression, anxiety, ADHD, mood disorders, thought disorders, sleep issues, and substance use disorders. She is passionate about providing holistic care and is a fervent client advocate, ensuring that the client's needs are at the center of care and ensuring that clients are connected to appropriate resources when gaps in healthcare are identified. Ericka received her Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Saint Joseph.
Ericka is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who treats a wide range of mental health concerns including adjustment disorder, depression, anxiety, ADHD, mood disorders, thought disorders, sleep issues, and substance use disorders. She is passionate about providing holistic care and is a fervent client advocate, ensuring that the client's needs are at the center of care and ensuring that clients are connected to appropriate resources when gaps in healthcare are identified. Ericka received her Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Saint Joseph.
(860) 855-7744 View (860) 855-7744
Photo of Dorothy Washington, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 06107, CT
Dorothy Washington
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Hartford, CT 06107  (Online Only)
Dorothy Washington is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who has 20 years of experience treating depression, anxiety, and many other severe and persistent mental illnesses in individuals across the lifespan. She seeks to maintain a collaborative, caring, trusting, and professional rapport with you in order to meet your emotional and mental health needs so that you can live your life with the feeling of normalcy that you deserve.
Dorothy Washington is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who has 20 years of experience treating depression, anxiety, and many other severe and persistent mental illnesses in individuals across the lifespan. She seeks to maintain a collaborative, caring, trusting, and professional rapport with you in order to meet your emotional and mental health needs so that you can live your life with the feeling of normalcy that you deserve.
(860) 560-1393 View (860) 560-1393
Photo of Mitchelee Dunbar, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 06107, CT
Mitchelee Dunbar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Hartford, CT 06107  (Online Only)
Mitchelee Dunbar is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with years of experience in behavioral health in both inpatient and outpatient treatment settings. She diagnoses and treats a wide range of mental health concerns with a holistic and comprehensive approach. She has experience treating depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, trauma, adjustment disorders, and mood disorders. She provides quality, compassionate, patient-centered, and culturally sensitive mental health services to adult clients. Mitchelee is passionate about empowering clients to take control of their lives.
Mitchelee Dunbar is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with years of experience in behavioral health in both inpatient and outpatient treatment settings. She diagnoses and treats a wide range of mental health concerns with a holistic and comprehensive approach. She has experience treating depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, trauma, adjustment disorders, and mood disorders. She provides quality, compassionate, patient-centered, and culturally sensitive mental health services to adult clients. Mitchelee is passionate about empowering clients to take control of their lives.
(860) 891-6817 View (860) 891-6817

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 06107

20+

Average cost per session

$237

Psychiatrists in 06107 who prioritize treating:

96% Depression
96% Anxiety
87% Trauma and PTSD
78% ADHD
65% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
65% Bipolar Disorder
48% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

89% Aetna
83% Cigna and Evernorth
72% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 06107 see their clients

60% Online Only
40% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 06107?

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.