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Photo of Kate Swartz, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 30005, GA
Kate Swartz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified
Alpharetta, GA 30005
Kate’s clinical approach is rooted in the core nursing principle of caring. She believes that medication often plays a crucial role but seldom serves as the sole solution. Mental health issues usually require a broad, collaborative effort, and Kate will partner with you to pursue the best therapeutic strategy.
Kate’s clinical approach is rooted in the core nursing principle of caring. She believes that medication often plays a crucial role but seldom serves as the sole solution. Mental health issues usually require a broad, collaborative effort, and Kate will partner with you to pursue the best therapeutic strategy.
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Lakia Davis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Alpharetta, GA 30005
I developed a passion for caring for others at a very young age and knew very early on in life that I wanted to be a healthcare provider. I have experience as a medical/surgical nurse and also have many years of experience as a critical care nurse. However, throughout my years of nursing, I developed a love for psychiatry and decided to pursue an advanced nursing degree specializing in psychiatry. I truly enjoy helping people feel better mentally, physically, and emotionally.
I developed a passion for caring for others at a very young age and knew very early on in life that I wanted to be a healthcare provider. I have experience as a medical/surgical nurse and also have many years of experience as a critical care nurse. However, throughout my years of nursing, I developed a love for psychiatry and decided to pursue an advanced nursing degree specializing in psychiatry. I truly enjoy helping people feel better mentally, physically, and emotionally.
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Tina Ezeolisah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Alpharetta, GA 30005
Dr. Tina Ezeolisah, DNP, PMHNP-BC Dr. Tina Ezeolisah is a Doctoral-Prepared, Board-Certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who has been practicing since 2016. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Columbus State University, a Master of Science in Nursing, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of South Alabama, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of South Alabama.
Dr. Tina Ezeolisah, DNP, PMHNP-BC Dr. Tina Ezeolisah is a Doctoral-Prepared, Board-Certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who has been practicing since 2016. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Columbus State University, a Master of Science in Nursing, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of South Alabama, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of South Alabama.
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Jacqueline Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Alpharetta, GA 30005
Jacqueline Williams, PMHNP Jacqueline Williams is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the College of Charleston, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Marymount University, a Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner from Howard University, and a Post Master's Certificate, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Maryville University.
Jacqueline Williams, PMHNP Jacqueline Williams is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the College of Charleston, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Marymount University, a Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner from Howard University, and a Post Master's Certificate, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Maryville University.
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Ayman Fareed
Psychiatrist
Verified
Alpharetta, GA 30005
My name is Ayman Fareed and I am a board-certified, Harvard-trained clinical psychiatrist taking new clients at our Alpharetta location. I worked as an Associate Professor and Director of Addiction Fellowship Program in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University School of Medicine. I currently hold the title of Staff Psychiatrist/Medical Director at Atlanta Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC).
My name is Ayman Fareed and I am a board-certified, Harvard-trained clinical psychiatrist taking new clients at our Alpharetta location. I worked as an Associate Professor and Director of Addiction Fellowship Program in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University School of Medicine. I currently hold the title of Staff Psychiatrist/Medical Director at Atlanta Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC).
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Alexis Kessen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Alpharetta, GA 30005
Dr. Kessen graduated from the University of Nevada School of Medicine and completed her psychiatry residency at the University of Utah. She enjoys taking a personalized approach to each patient she sees, taking into account their unique life experiences. Dr. Kessen focuses on medication management of adult patients ages 18 and older with mood and anxiety disorders, as well as others falling under general psychiatry. Dr. Kessen is known to be a good listener who cares greatly for her patients. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking and traveling.
Dr. Kessen graduated from the University of Nevada School of Medicine and completed her psychiatry residency at the University of Utah. She enjoys taking a personalized approach to each patient she sees, taking into account their unique life experiences. Dr. Kessen focuses on medication management of adult patients ages 18 and older with mood and anxiety disorders, as well as others falling under general psychiatry. Dr. Kessen is known to be a good listener who cares greatly for her patients. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking and traveling.
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Hannah Brooks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Alpharetta, GA 30005
Hannah Brooks, RN, MSN, PMHNP-BC is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing where she received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees, graduating with Honors in Nursing. After completing her undergraduate degree, she accepted a position at UAB Hospital inpatient psychiatry where she worked in the Emergency Department and Inpatient Adult Psychiatric Units. While working towards her graduate degree, Ms. Brooks trained at UAB Hospital, Cooper Green Community Clinic, and the Birmingham VA.
Hannah Brooks, RN, MSN, PMHNP-BC is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing where she received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees, graduating with Honors in Nursing. After completing her undergraduate degree, she accepted a position at UAB Hospital inpatient psychiatry where she worked in the Emergency Department and Inpatient Adult Psychiatric Units. While working towards her graduate degree, Ms. Brooks trained at UAB Hospital, Cooper Green Community Clinic, and the Birmingham VA.
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Ronald Soelimto
Psychiatric Nurse, ARNP
Verified
Alpharetta, GA 30005
Ronald Soelimto is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who has been practicing since 2023. He has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from California State University, Northridge, a Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner from Azusa Pacific University, and a Post-Master's Certificate, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Purdue University Global. Ronald always wanted to challenge himself and expand his knowledge of practice. His learning did not stop at school. Ronald is always looking at the newest research to better help his clients.
Ronald Soelimto is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who has been practicing since 2023. He has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from California State University, Northridge, a Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner from Azusa Pacific University, and a Post-Master's Certificate, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Purdue University Global. Ronald always wanted to challenge himself and expand his knowledge of practice. His learning did not stop at school. Ronald is always looking at the newest research to better help his clients.
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Erika Kang
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified
Alpharetta, GA 30005
Erika Kang, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC is a graduate from the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she received her Masters as an FNP and Augusta University where she received her PMHNP as a Post Masters. While Psychiatry is her true passion, she loves being able to incorporate a comprehensive treatment plan using her background as an FNP by helping clients understand how untreated or unmanaged physical illnesses can exacerbate mental illness. She enjoys working with her clients to help them achieve the goals they are seeking, whether through medication alone or a combination of medication and psychotherapy.
Erika Kang, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC is a graduate from the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she received her Masters as an FNP and Augusta University where she received her PMHNP as a Post Masters. While Psychiatry is her true passion, she loves being able to incorporate a comprehensive treatment plan using her background as an FNP by helping clients understand how untreated or unmanaged physical illnesses can exacerbate mental illness. She enjoys working with her clients to help them achieve the goals they are seeking, whether through medication alone or a combination of medication and psychotherapy.
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Shannon Hummel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Alpharetta, GA 30005
Shannon Hummel is a board certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC).
Shannon Hummel is a board certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC).
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Susan Player
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Alpharetta, GA 30005
I am an advanced practice registered nurse with a variety of experiences in medical/surgical, psychiatric and project management experience in the arena of nursing care and administration in both civilian and military populations. I graduated from the University of South Caroline for my undergraduate degree in 1979, worked in patient care in Charleston, SC in a variety of hospital settings until I entered into the USAF in 1988, I served on Active Duty until 1991.
I am an advanced practice registered nurse with a variety of experiences in medical/surgical, psychiatric and project management experience in the arena of nursing care and administration in both civilian and military populations. I graduated from the University of South Caroline for my undergraduate degree in 1979, worked in patient care in Charleston, SC in a variety of hospital settings until I entered into the USAF in 1988, I served on Active Duty until 1991.
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Katie Butler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-BC
Verified
Alpharetta, GA 30005
As an Advanced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Katie Butler specializes in prescribing and managing medication for clients with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD, and substance abuse.
As an Advanced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Katie Butler specializes in prescribing and managing medication for clients with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD, and substance abuse.
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Barry Jones
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Alpharetta, GA 30005
Barry Jones, M.D., is a licensed psychiatrist at Georgia Behavioral Health Professionals working in the Cumming office. My training as a medical doctor, addictionologist, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst has given me a unique background for the evaluation and treatment of patients. My education has spanned a period of almost 38 years, and continues so that I may always remain abreast of the latest developments. As with any medical specialty, psychiatry is always changing. New and better approaches to solving problems are being developed.
Barry Jones, M.D., is a licensed psychiatrist at Georgia Behavioral Health Professionals working in the Cumming office. My training as a medical doctor, addictionologist, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst has given me a unique background for the evaluation and treatment of patients. My education has spanned a period of almost 38 years, and continues so that I may always remain abreast of the latest developments. As with any medical specialty, psychiatry is always changing. New and better approaches to solving problems are being developed.
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Oksana Kershteyn
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Alpharetta, GA 30005
Dr. Oksana Kershteyn is a Psychiatrist in Georgia who has been practicing since 2005. She earned her medical degree from Russia's top medical school, the Siberian State Medical University, where she also completed her general adult neurology residency. After moving to United States, she completed her general psychiatry residency at Albany Medical College in NY. While there she was a Chief Resident. Dr. Kershteyn truly believes that appropriate and timely treatment of emotional illness and substance use disorders can restore patient's health, productivity, social and family life to the fullest.
Dr. Oksana Kershteyn is a Psychiatrist in Georgia who has been practicing since 2005. She earned her medical degree from Russia's top medical school, the Siberian State Medical University, where she also completed her general adult neurology residency. After moving to United States, she completed her general psychiatry residency at Albany Medical College in NY. While there she was a Chief Resident. Dr. Kershteyn truly believes that appropriate and timely treatment of emotional illness and substance use disorders can restore patient's health, productivity, social and family life to the fullest.
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Shahnaz Mulla
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Alpharetta, GA 30005
I graduated as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2021. I’ve also worked as a mental health nurse at a psychiatric facility for more than 13 years. I’m skilled in diagnosing psychiatric illnesses, initiating and management of psychiatric medications in patients across the lifespan.
I graduated as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2021. I’ve also worked as a mental health nurse at a psychiatric facility for more than 13 years. I’m skilled in diagnosing psychiatric illnesses, initiating and management of psychiatric medications in patients across the lifespan.
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Nirupama Natarajan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Alpharetta, GA 30005
Dr. Niru Natarajan obtained her Medical Degree from The Tamilnadu Dr. MGR University Medical University at Chennai, India after completing Medical school education from Coimbatore Medical College. She then Completed her Adult Psychiatry ResidencyTraining at Louisiana State University, Shreveport, LA and her Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Carilion Clinic Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine in Roanoke, VA. Dr. Natarajan is Double board certified by American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology In Psychiatry as well as Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.
Dr. Niru Natarajan obtained her Medical Degree from The Tamilnadu Dr. MGR University Medical University at Chennai, India after completing Medical school education from Coimbatore Medical College. She then Completed her Adult Psychiatry ResidencyTraining at Louisiana State University, Shreveport, LA and her Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Carilion Clinic Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine in Roanoke, VA. Dr. Natarajan is Double board certified by American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology In Psychiatry as well as Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.
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Photo of Teresa Lane, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 30005, GA
Teresa Lane
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHCNS
Verified
Alpharetta, GA 30005
Teresa is a seasoned, consummate mental health professional who has dedicated her entire 40 year career to the care and treatment of mental health patients. She sees each encounter as sacred and seeks to honor the sacred stories of those entrusted to her care. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She then went on to obtain a Master of Nursing in Gerontology/Mental Health. At 44, she entered the University of North Georgia to obtain a Family Nurse Practitioner post Master's certificate.
Teresa is a seasoned, consummate mental health professional who has dedicated her entire 40 year career to the care and treatment of mental health patients. She sees each encounter as sacred and seeks to honor the sacred stories of those entrusted to her care. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She then went on to obtain a Master of Nursing in Gerontology/Mental Health. At 44, she entered the University of North Georgia to obtain a Family Nurse Practitioner post Master's certificate.
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Elizabeth Licalzi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Alpharetta, GA 30005
Dr. LiCalzi graduated with her Bachelor's degree from Colgate University in Hamilton, NY and received her medical degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. She completed her psychiatry residency training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN.
Dr. LiCalzi graduated with her Bachelor's degree from Colgate University in Hamilton, NY and received her medical degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. She completed her psychiatry residency training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN.
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Photo of Kimberly Thompson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 30005, GA
Kimberly Thompson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Alpharetta, GA 30005
After several years in North Carolina working as a nurse and wanting to do more, I decided to become a nurse practitioner. Relocating to Georgia afforded me the opportunity to become an NP and begin my career working in women’s health and family medicine. In my daily work, I could not ignore the impact chronic physical conditions had on the mental health of my patients. This experience led me to making a change working with individuals struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues. It was here I found my niche, leading me back to school for a psychiatric mental health degree.
After several years in North Carolina working as a nurse and wanting to do more, I decided to become a nurse practitioner. Relocating to Georgia afforded me the opportunity to become an NP and begin my career working in women’s health and family medicine. In my daily work, I could not ignore the impact chronic physical conditions had on the mental health of my patients. This experience led me to making a change working with individuals struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues. It was here I found my niche, leading me back to school for a psychiatric mental health degree.
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Dr. Mary Opara
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, BSc, PMHCNS-, BC, BA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Johns Creek, GA 30005  (Online Only)
I am a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), licensed, and Board Certified, in Psychiatry/Mental Health as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. My Philosophy is "Let all you do be done with love." If a client for instance, has depression and anxiety, we will discuss how it affects their life. Talk about what triggers make it worse, and how they handle the symptoms. For compliance, we collaborate on the best plan of care. I present the options for medications, benefits, alternatives, side effects, and encourage therapy as a great combination with the medication. The ultimate goal is to return the client to be healthy, happy and enjoy life again.
I am a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), licensed, and Board Certified, in Psychiatry/Mental Health as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. My Philosophy is "Let all you do be done with love." If a client for instance, has depression and anxiety, we will discuss how it affects their life. Talk about what triggers make it worse, and how they handle the symptoms. For compliance, we collaborate on the best plan of care. I present the options for medications, benefits, alternatives, side effects, and encourage therapy as a great combination with the medication. The ultimate goal is to return the client to be healthy, happy and enjoy life again.
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Number of Psychiatrists in 30005

20+

Average cost per session

$375

Psychiatrists in 30005 who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
81% Bipolar Disorder
81% Medication Management
71% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
62% ADHD
57% Psychosis

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

95% Humana
84% Aetna
84% Anthem | Elevance

How Psychiatrists in 30005 see their clients

91% In Person and Online
9% Online Only

Gender breakdown

79% Female
21% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 30005?

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.