Psychiatrists in 22182

Photo of Agnes M. Zorniak, M.D., Psychiatrist in 22182, VA
Agnes M. Zorniak, M.D.
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Vienna, VA 22182  (Online Only)
I am a Georgetown University trained psychiatrist with an extensive postgraduate training and experience. I practice evidence-based psychopharmacology, psychodynamic psychotherapy and integrative medicine. I specialize in intense short-term dynamic psychotherapy (ISTDP) that can lead to rapid and permanent recovery from a wide range of problems including anxiety, depression, loneliness, self-esteem and relationship problems, anger management issues, self-destructive behaviors and psychosomatic conditions. This model of therapy is very efficient and often works, even when previous therapies failed, or were only partially successful.
I am a Georgetown University trained psychiatrist with an extensive postgraduate training and experience. I practice evidence-based psychopharmacology, psychodynamic psychotherapy and integrative medicine. I specialize in intense short-term dynamic psychotherapy (ISTDP) that can lead to rapid and permanent recovery from a wide range of problems including anxiety, depression, loneliness, self-esteem and relationship problems, anger management issues, self-destructive behaviors and psychosomatic conditions. This model of therapy is very efficient and often works, even when previous therapies failed, or were only partially successful.
(703) 893-6077 View (703) 893-6077
Photo of Ibrahim Iftoni, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 22182, VA
Ibrahim Iftoni
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Vienna, VA 22182
Ibrahim iftoni is a board Certified nurse practitioner in Psychiatry. He received his Master's degree from the University of Walden. He has been in the nursing field and mental health for over 15 years. His lengthy experience in both fields has allowed him to integrate nursing and mental health for the most effective treatment of his patients.
Ibrahim iftoni is a board Certified nurse practitioner in Psychiatry. He received his Master's degree from the University of Walden. He has been in the nursing field and mental health for over 15 years. His lengthy experience in both fields has allowed him to integrate nursing and mental health for the most effective treatment of his patients.
(571) 520-7442 View (571) 520-7442
Photo of Kylie Wright, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 22182, VA
Kylie Wright
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, BSN, RN
Verified Verified
Vienna, VA 22182
Meet Kylie Wright – I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, with over 18 years of experience in the behavioral health field. I specialize in a wide variety of mental health illnesses. I work with adults, providing each patient with quality care while providing a safe and therapeutic environment. I offer both medication management and counseling to aid in the recovery process.
Meet Kylie Wright – I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, with over 18 years of experience in the behavioral health field. I specialize in a wide variety of mental health illnesses. I work with adults, providing each patient with quality care while providing a safe and therapeutic environment. I offer both medication management and counseling to aid in the recovery process.
(571) 351-2827 View (571) 351-2827
Photo of Harish Goyal, Psychiatrist in 22182, VA
Harish Goyal
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Vienna, VA 22182  (Online Only)
We all have solutions within us – it is a matter of learning how to tap into these solutions. The most effective way to heal is by focusing on your strengths, harness into your available resources, while getting the symptoms under control. At inspire behavioral health, we consider all treatment options available and strive to take a balanced and integrative approach. While it’s necessary to target the symptoms that lead someone to get help, but it is also important to understand that people are much more than symptoms they are experiencing.
We all have solutions within us – it is a matter of learning how to tap into these solutions. The most effective way to heal is by focusing on your strengths, harness into your available resources, while getting the symptoms under control. At inspire behavioral health, we consider all treatment options available and strive to take a balanced and integrative approach. While it’s necessary to target the symptoms that lead someone to get help, but it is also important to understand that people are much more than symptoms they are experiencing.
(571) 520-5487 View (571) 520-5487
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Erik Frost
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Vienna, VA 22182  (Online Only)
We all have solutions within us – it is a matter of learning how to tap into these solutions. The most effective way to heal is by focusing on your strengths, harness into your available resources, while getting the symptoms under control. At inspire behavioral health, we consider all treatment options available and strive to take a balanced and integrative approach. While it’s necessary to target the symptoms that lead someone to get help, but it is also important to understand that people are much more than symptoms they are experiencing.
We all have solutions within us – it is a matter of learning how to tap into these solutions. The most effective way to heal is by focusing on your strengths, harness into your available resources, while getting the symptoms under control. At inspire behavioral health, we consider all treatment options available and strive to take a balanced and integrative approach. While it’s necessary to target the symptoms that lead someone to get help, but it is also important to understand that people are much more than symptoms they are experiencing.
(571) 200-1822 View (571) 200-1822
Photo of Stephanie Stavish, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 22182, VA
Stephanie Stavish
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Vienna, VA 22182
Sunshine Psychiatry focuses on caring for patients aged 5 to 30 through telemedicine for patients’ convenience and to leverage children’s and young adults’ ease with online interactions. We collaborate closely with you and tailor our care based on comprehensive, continual evaluation of your needs – from your stressors, symptoms and medication regimen, to your family and social history, support systems and life goals. We emphasize active discussion and involvement of our patients in care planning and want you to be empowered to make informed treatment decisions, personalized to your unique concerns and wants.
Sunshine Psychiatry focuses on caring for patients aged 5 to 30 through telemedicine for patients’ convenience and to leverage children’s and young adults’ ease with online interactions. We collaborate closely with you and tailor our care based on comprehensive, continual evaluation of your needs – from your stressors, symptoms and medication regimen, to your family and social history, support systems and life goals. We emphasize active discussion and involvement of our patients in care planning and want you to be empowered to make informed treatment decisions, personalized to your unique concerns and wants.
(703) 854-9240 View (703) 854-9240
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Dr. Katarina (Doan-Thu) Nguyen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Vienna, VA 22182  (Online Only)
Sunshine Psychiatry focuses on caring for patients aged 5 to 30 through telemedicine for patients’ convenience and to leverage children’s and young adults’ ease with online interactions. We collaborate closely with you and tailor our care based on comprehensive, continual evaluation of your needs – from your stressors, symptoms and medication regimen, to your family and social history, support systems and life goals. We emphasize active discussion and involvement of our patients in care planning and want you to be empowered to make informed treatment decisions, personalized to your unique concerns and wants.
Sunshine Psychiatry focuses on caring for patients aged 5 to 30 through telemedicine for patients’ convenience and to leverage children’s and young adults’ ease with online interactions. We collaborate closely with you and tailor our care based on comprehensive, continual evaluation of your needs – from your stressors, symptoms and medication regimen, to your family and social history, support systems and life goals. We emphasize active discussion and involvement of our patients in care planning and want you to be empowered to make informed treatment decisions, personalized to your unique concerns and wants.
(571) 409-7082 View (571) 409-7082
Photo of Simona Pick Both Md, Psychiatrist in 22182, VA
Simona Pick Both Md
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Vienna, VA 22182
I am an adult psychiatrist with 24 years of experience in treating patients who struggle with a large array of psychiatric diagnoses including psychosis, mania/bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety and substance abuse. I started my career as a researcher at NIDA working with children, adolescents and adults with ADD, ADHD, CD and ODD. I am a former sub-investigator for studies pivoting around psychosis, bipolar disorder and depression. My approach in treating patients is multifaceted, including psychopharmacology, individual, couple and family therapy, genetic testing, TMS, ECT.
I am an adult psychiatrist with 24 years of experience in treating patients who struggle with a large array of psychiatric diagnoses including psychosis, mania/bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety and substance abuse. I started my career as a researcher at NIDA working with children, adolescents and adults with ADD, ADHD, CD and ODD. I am a former sub-investigator for studies pivoting around psychosis, bipolar disorder and depression. My approach in treating patients is multifaceted, including psychopharmacology, individual, couple and family therapy, genetic testing, TMS, ECT.
(240) 800-1236 View (240) 800-1236
Photo of Nesly Hneich, Psychiatrist in 22182, VA
Nesly Hneich
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH, FAPA
Verified Verified
Vienna, VA 22182
Dr. Hneich is Board Certified Psychiatrist and Fellow for the American Psychiatric Association. Dr Hneich also has a second specialty in Gynecology. She has extended experience in outpatient psychiatry, Inpatient psychiatry, and OB/GYN.Dr Hneich specialize in treated of ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Panic disorder, Bipolar disorder. Dr Hneich has special interest in working in psychosomatic medicine and women mental health issues through adulthood- pregnancy- menopause.
Dr. Hneich is Board Certified Psychiatrist and Fellow for the American Psychiatric Association. Dr Hneich also has a second specialty in Gynecology. She has extended experience in outpatient psychiatry, Inpatient psychiatry, and OB/GYN.Dr Hneich specialize in treated of ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Panic disorder, Bipolar disorder. Dr Hneich has special interest in working in psychosomatic medicine and women mental health issues through adulthood- pregnancy- menopause.
(571) 200-7195 View (571) 200-7195
Photo of Yuelei Dong, Psychiatrist in 22182, VA
Yuelei Dong
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Vienna, VA 22182
Dr. Dong practices general adult psychiatry. She graduated from Tianjin Medical University, China and completed her psychiatric residency at University of Maryland and Sheppard Pratt Hospital. Dr. Dong served as a staff psychiatrist at Sheppard Pratt Hospital for two years. She specializes in depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, insomnia, trauma and relationship difficulties. Dr. Dong believes that medication management is most helpful when utilized in combination with psychotherapy.
Dr. Dong practices general adult psychiatry. She graduated from Tianjin Medical University, China and completed her psychiatric residency at University of Maryland and Sheppard Pratt Hospital. Dr. Dong served as a staff psychiatrist at Sheppard Pratt Hospital for two years. She specializes in depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, insomnia, trauma and relationship difficulties. Dr. Dong believes that medication management is most helpful when utilized in combination with psychotherapy.
(571) 402-4966 View (571) 402-4966
Photo of Lauren Grawert, Psychiatrist in 22182, VA
Lauren Grawert
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Vienna, VA 22182  (Online Only)
We all have solutions within us – it is a matter of learning how to tap into these solutions. The most effective way to heal is by focusing on your strengths, harness into your available resources, while getting the symptoms under control. At inspire behavioral health, we consider all treatment options available and strive to take a balanced and integrative approach. While it’s necessary to target the symptoms that lead someone to get help, but it is also important to understand that people are much more than symptoms they are experiencing.
We all have solutions within us – it is a matter of learning how to tap into these solutions. The most effective way to heal is by focusing on your strengths, harness into your available resources, while getting the symptoms under control. At inspire behavioral health, we consider all treatment options available and strive to take a balanced and integrative approach. While it’s necessary to target the symptoms that lead someone to get help, but it is also important to understand that people are much more than symptoms they are experiencing.
(571) 778-4293 View (571) 778-4293
Photo of Halima Al-Qawasmi, Psychiatrist in 22182, VA
Halima Al-Qawasmi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Vienna, VA 22182
I attended West Virginia University School of Medicine for both medical school and my residency training in Psychiatry. I am passionate about improving the lives of patients with mental illness through a combination of medication management and brief psychotherapy interventions. I practice Psychiatry using an integrative approach that includes coordination with other doctors, attempting to strengthen social supports, and encouraging healthy lifestyle choices.
I attended West Virginia University School of Medicine for both medical school and my residency training in Psychiatry. I am passionate about improving the lives of patients with mental illness through a combination of medication management and brief psychotherapy interventions. I practice Psychiatry using an integrative approach that includes coordination with other doctors, attempting to strengthen social supports, and encouraging healthy lifestyle choices.
(703) 686-8700 View (703) 686-8700
Photo of Marc Bouchard, Psychiatrist in 22182, VA
Marc Bouchard
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Vienna, VA 22182
We all have solutions within us – it is a matter of learning how to tap into these solutions. The most effective way to heal is by focusing on your strengths, harness into your available resources, while getting the symptoms under control. At inspire behavioral health, we consider all treatment options available and strive to take a balanced and integrative approach. While it’s necessary to target the symptoms that lead someone to get help, but it is also important to understand that people are much more than symptoms they are experiencing.
We all have solutions within us – it is a matter of learning how to tap into these solutions. The most effective way to heal is by focusing on your strengths, harness into your available resources, while getting the symptoms under control. At inspire behavioral health, we consider all treatment options available and strive to take a balanced and integrative approach. While it’s necessary to target the symptoms that lead someone to get help, but it is also important to understand that people are much more than symptoms they are experiencing.
(571) 462-6829 View (571) 462-6829
Photo of Dilys Chebe, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 22182, VA
Dilys Chebe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP
Verified Verified
Vienna, VA 22182
We all have solutions within us – it is a matter of learning how to tap into these solutions. The most effective way to heal is by focusing on your strengths, harness into your available resources, while getting the symptoms under control. At inspire behavioral health, we consider all treatment options available and strive to take a balanced and integrative approach. While it’s necessary to target the symptoms that lead someone to get help, but it is also important to understand that people are much more than symptoms they are experiencing.
We all have solutions within us – it is a matter of learning how to tap into these solutions. The most effective way to heal is by focusing on your strengths, harness into your available resources, while getting the symptoms under control. At inspire behavioral health, we consider all treatment options available and strive to take a balanced and integrative approach. While it’s necessary to target the symptoms that lead someone to get help, but it is also important to understand that people are much more than symptoms they are experiencing.
(571) 556-7704 View (571) 556-7704
Photo of Patricia Smith, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 22182, VA
Patricia Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Vienna, VA 22182  (Online Only)
My ideal client is the client who is coming to me ready to get to work to optimize their mental health. Everyone has health and everyone has mental health, therefore we can all experience mental illness. Whether you are coping with depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorder or other mental health concerns, my goal will be to help you understand your diagnosis and investigate the most effective means to help you reach wellness. My approach is highly collaborative, focused on client input as well as input from other members of the client’s care team.
My ideal client is the client who is coming to me ready to get to work to optimize their mental health. Everyone has health and everyone has mental health, therefore we can all experience mental illness. Whether you are coping with depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorder or other mental health concerns, my goal will be to help you understand your diagnosis and investigate the most effective means to help you reach wellness. My approach is highly collaborative, focused on client input as well as input from other members of the client’s care team.
(505) 421-4435 View (505) 421-4435
Photo of Layan Zhang, Psychiatrist in 22182, VA
Layan Zhang
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Vienna, VA 22182
I am double board-certified in Child Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry. My practice philosophy is to first educate my patients and their legal guardians the most up-to-date treatment guidelines on the issues they present, ensure they fully understand treatment protocols, and then work together to make treatment decisions. I will be there for my patients all the way to their recovery.
I am double board-certified in Child Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry. My practice philosophy is to first educate my patients and their legal guardians the most up-to-date treatment guidelines on the issues they present, ensure they fully understand treatment protocols, and then work together to make treatment decisions. I will be there for my patients all the way to their recovery.
(240) 261-7770 View (240) 261-7770
Photo of Veronica Doran, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 22182, VA
Veronica Doran
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Vienna, VA 22182
I recently changed my schedule and now have immediate availability! I am a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) and a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP- BC) who works mainly with children and adolescents but I am trained to see young adults as well. I have 20 years of experience working in an inpatient setting with children, adolescents and their families. My experiences in mental health care throughout the lifespan in the inpatient, partial hospitalization, and outpatient settings has helped me develop a rich understanding of the unique challenges in this population.
I recently changed my schedule and now have immediate availability! I am a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) and a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP- BC) who works mainly with children and adolescents but I am trained to see young adults as well. I have 20 years of experience working in an inpatient setting with children, adolescents and their families. My experiences in mental health care throughout the lifespan in the inpatient, partial hospitalization, and outpatient settings has helped me develop a rich understanding of the unique challenges in this population.
(571) 701-1706 View (571) 701-1706
Photo of Norman M Jacobowitz, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 22182, VA
Norman M Jacobowitz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Vienna, VA 22182
Accepting New Patients! Psychiatric Medication Management for patients age 18-64. Serving Fairfax, Centreville, Falls Church, Vienna, Springfield and Arlington. If you need help for any general psychiatric condition, I'm here to help!
Accepting New Patients! Psychiatric Medication Management for patients age 18-64. Serving Fairfax, Centreville, Falls Church, Vienna, Springfield and Arlington. If you need help for any general psychiatric condition, I'm here to help!
(571) 620-5647 View (571) 620-5647
Photo of Kenatta Bethea, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 22182, VA
Kenatta Bethea
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Vienna, VA 22182  (Online Only)
As a PMHNP, I strive to provide quality treatment in a safe and nonjudgmental environment to support individuals in need. Throughout life someone encounter things that may cause a significant disruption in their daily life. As a provider, I am passionate about providing treatment to individuals struggling with adjusting to life stressors; experiencing anxiety, depression, and emotional challenges that may occur with traumatic experiences, infertility and postpartum challenges, and occupational stressors.
As a PMHNP, I strive to provide quality treatment in a safe and nonjudgmental environment to support individuals in need. Throughout life someone encounter things that may cause a significant disruption in their daily life. As a provider, I am passionate about providing treatment to individuals struggling with adjusting to life stressors; experiencing anxiety, depression, and emotional challenges that may occur with traumatic experiences, infertility and postpartum challenges, and occupational stressors.
(757) 996-5123 View (757) 996-5123
Photo of Mariah Eze, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 22182, VA
Mariah Eze
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Vienna, VA 22182  (Online Only)
Hi there, I'm Mariah. Do you struggle with anxiety, depression, mood swings or labile moods? I am a very compassionate board-certified mental health provider that utilizes holistic and psychopharmacological evidence-based approaches in diagnosing and treating psychiatric disorders such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and various other psychiatric disorders.
Hi there, I'm Mariah. Do you struggle with anxiety, depression, mood swings or labile moods? I am a very compassionate board-certified mental health provider that utilizes holistic and psychopharmacological evidence-based approaches in diagnosing and treating psychiatric disorders such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and various other psychiatric disorders.
(571) 368-6828 View (571) 368-6828

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 22182

20+

Average cost per session

$225

Psychiatrists in 22182 who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
96% ADHD
88% Bipolar Disorder
79% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
79% Medication Management
75% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

89% Cigna and Evernorth
84% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
74% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in 22182 see their clients

63% In Person and Online
37% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 22182?

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.