Psychiatrists in 75093

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Philip David Korenman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Plano, TX 75093
I am a Board Certified psychiatrist, and have been practicing in North Dallas and Plano for over 30 years. My specialty is mood disorders (including Bipolar Disorder), but I also treat anxiety disorders, eating disorders, ADD/ ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, relationship and situational stress (including gender issues), and virtually any other situations that need professional consultation. While not an Addictions Psychiatrist, I have treated alcohol and substance use disorders for my entire career. Many substance use issues benefit from medication judiciously prescribed to assist in preventing cravings or relapse behaviors or to treat co-occurring psychiatric disorders.
I am a Board Certified psychiatrist, and have been practicing in North Dallas and Plano for over 30 years. My specialty is mood disorders (including Bipolar Disorder), but I also treat anxiety disorders, eating disorders, ADD/ ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, relationship and situational stress (including gender issues), and virtually any other situations that need professional consultation. While not an Addictions Psychiatrist, I have treated alcohol and substance use disorders for my entire career. Many substance use issues benefit from medication judiciously prescribed to assist in preventing cravings or relapse behaviors or to treat co-occurring psychiatric disorders.
(973) 832-0857 View (973) 832-0857
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Inspire Mental Health Solutions
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Plano, TX 75093
Jean Awosoga, PMHNP-BC. A graduate of Walden University with a master's degree in mental health nursing. I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 16 years of clinical experience in nursing. I am very passionate about patient care, safety, well-being, and patient's privacy. I always keeps in mind the personalization and uniqueness of every patient.
Jean Awosoga, PMHNP-BC. A graduate of Walden University with a master's degree in mental health nursing. I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 16 years of clinical experience in nursing. I am very passionate about patient care, safety, well-being, and patient's privacy. I always keeps in mind the personalization and uniqueness of every patient.
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Plano Behavioral Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Plano, TX 75093
I am a Double Board Certified psychiatrist in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. My focus is to help individuals heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths. I try achieve this by providing a neutral safe space, listening to your concerns, and customizing a treatment plan. I have been helping my patients in remission of opioid, nicotine, alcohol dependance. I have extensive experience in Medication Assisted Treatment.
I am a Double Board Certified psychiatrist in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. My focus is to help individuals heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths. I try achieve this by providing a neutral safe space, listening to your concerns, and customizing a treatment plan. I have been helping my patients in remission of opioid, nicotine, alcohol dependance. I have extensive experience in Medication Assisted Treatment.
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Tobi Odunsi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Plano, TX 75093
Making the decision to seek a psychiatrist is not always easy and can take some time. I'm glad that you are taking the step to work on your mental health. I take a collaborative, patient centered and evidence-based approach when treating my patients. My goal is to empower patients to better understand their mental health, advocate for themselves and improve their quality of life. I have a special interest in working with pregnant and post-partum patients but also see patients who are not pregnant or post partum.
Making the decision to seek a psychiatrist is not always easy and can take some time. I'm glad that you are taking the step to work on your mental health. I take a collaborative, patient centered and evidence-based approach when treating my patients. My goal is to empower patients to better understand their mental health, advocate for themselves and improve their quality of life. I have a special interest in working with pregnant and post-partum patients but also see patients who are not pregnant or post partum.
(469) 777-4691 View (469) 777-4691
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Tonya Putman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Plano, TX 75093
Thank you for visiting my profile. I am excited you took the first step in addressing your mental health needs. I welcome the opportunity to walk with you on this journey. I am a Board certified Psychiatric NP specializing in treating a wide range of disorders. This includes depression, anxiety , bipolar disorder , schizophrenia, substance use and ADD/ADHD. I also treat substance use, and can prescribe suboxone. My background includes caring for patients in community health clinics, inpatient/outpatient and private practice setttings. Please give me a call today to schedule an appt.
Thank you for visiting my profile. I am excited you took the first step in addressing your mental health needs. I welcome the opportunity to walk with you on this journey. I am a Board certified Psychiatric NP specializing in treating a wide range of disorders. This includes depression, anxiety , bipolar disorder , schizophrenia, substance use and ADD/ADHD. I also treat substance use, and can prescribe suboxone. My background includes caring for patients in community health clinics, inpatient/outpatient and private practice setttings. Please give me a call today to schedule an appt.
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Mehvesh Afrina
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Plano, TX 75093
I am a Double Board Certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist practicing psychiatry since 2008. I am committed to improving the wellness of my patients through a flexible and responsive approach. Special interests include holistic medicine, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and women's issues. I treat each and every one one of my patients as the unique person that they are.
I am a Double Board Certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist practicing psychiatry since 2008. I am committed to improving the wellness of my patients through a flexible and responsive approach. Special interests include holistic medicine, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and women's issues. I treat each and every one one of my patients as the unique person that they are.
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Paresh Atu Jaini
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Plano, TX 75093
Hi! I'm Dr. Jaini, a board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in screening, diagnosing, preventing, and treating a wide range of mental health conditions in children, adolescents, and adults.
Hi! I'm Dr. Jaini, a board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in screening, diagnosing, preventing, and treating a wide range of mental health conditions in children, adolescents, and adults.
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Emad Khan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Plano, TX 75093
I am a board certified Child, Adolescent and Adult psychiatrist practicing since 2000. My specialties include treating depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, sleep disorders, ADHD and other common mental health problems in adults, children and adolescents. I enjoy working closely with patients and patient's family members. I am friendly, warm, compassionate and approach every individual with respect and kindness, and in a nonjudgmental fashion.
I am a board certified Child, Adolescent and Adult psychiatrist practicing since 2000. My specialties include treating depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, sleep disorders, ADHD and other common mental health problems in adults, children and adolescents. I enjoy working closely with patients and patient's family members. I am friendly, warm, compassionate and approach every individual with respect and kindness, and in a nonjudgmental fashion.
(469) 789-1910 View (469) 789-1910
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Cherylonda Ramzy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN , PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Plano, TX 75093
Cherylonda Ramzy is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She earned her masters of science degree in nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington with honors. She is a seasoned psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 16 years experience in healthcare treating adolescents, adults and geriatric populations. Mrs. Ramzy has a special interest and is adept in treating many psychiatric illnesses. Cherylonda is passionate about providing warm, patient-centered and compassionate psychiatric care. She has very strong clinical skills and works with her patients as a team to achieve the best outcomes.
Cherylonda Ramzy is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She earned her masters of science degree in nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington with honors. She is a seasoned psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 16 years experience in healthcare treating adolescents, adults and geriatric populations. Mrs. Ramzy has a special interest and is adept in treating many psychiatric illnesses. Cherylonda is passionate about providing warm, patient-centered and compassionate psychiatric care. She has very strong clinical skills and works with her patients as a team to achieve the best outcomes.
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Sangita Yagnik
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Plano, TX 75093
I am Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I specialize in screening, diagnosing, treating, and preventing a wide range of psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, psychotic disorders, substance use disorders, and eating disorders in pediatric, adolescent, adult, and elderly. I believe in a multi-faceted comprehensive, evidence-based, and holistic approach. I strive to include in a treatment plan, a combination of medication, therapy, and lifestyle changes for the optimal result. I bring compassion, empathy, dedication, & holistic caring to your healing process.
I am Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I specialize in screening, diagnosing, treating, and preventing a wide range of psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, psychotic disorders, substance use disorders, and eating disorders in pediatric, adolescent, adult, and elderly. I believe in a multi-faceted comprehensive, evidence-based, and holistic approach. I strive to include in a treatment plan, a combination of medication, therapy, and lifestyle changes for the optimal result. I bring compassion, empathy, dedication, & holistic caring to your healing process.
(469) 848-4459 View (469) 848-4459
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Dr. Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Plano, TX 75093
Believe it or not, these complex questions have answers. Answers that Evolve Psychiatry can help you understand, redefine yourself, and rewrite your story. Come see how our dedicated team offers the empathy, support and answers you've been craving. Experience the power of crystal clear explanations. Feel the confidence of achieving maximum benefit from min
Believe it or not, these complex questions have answers. Answers that Evolve Psychiatry can help you understand, redefine yourself, and rewrite your story. Come see how our dedicated team offers the empathy, support and answers you've been craving. Experience the power of crystal clear explanations. Feel the confidence of achieving maximum benefit from min
(210) 361-3691 View (210) 361-3691
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Agnes M. Joseph
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Plano, TX 75093
I'm a board-certified psychiatrist based in Dallas, Texas. I specialize in treating adults with mood and anxiety disorders as well as exploring life transitions, relationship issues, and low self-esteem.
I'm a board-certified psychiatrist based in Dallas, Texas. I specialize in treating adults with mood and anxiety disorders as well as exploring life transitions, relationship issues, and low self-esteem.
(214) 646-1002 View (214) 646-1002
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Dr. Stephanie Ukoha
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP , PMHNP-C, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Plano, TX 75093
Welcome to Wholesome Clinic, where healing begins and hope thrives. Whether you're seeking to alleviate distressing symptoms such as anxiety, depression, panic attacks, or intrusive thoughts; navigating relationship dynamics, or seeking to heal from past traumas, I provide a safe and supportive space where you can express yourself without judgment and explore effective strategies and interventions to manage these symptoms and improve your overall quality of life.
Welcome to Wholesome Clinic, where healing begins and hope thrives. Whether you're seeking to alleviate distressing symptoms such as anxiety, depression, panic attacks, or intrusive thoughts; navigating relationship dynamics, or seeking to heal from past traumas, I provide a safe and supportive space where you can express yourself without judgment and explore effective strategies and interventions to manage these symptoms and improve your overall quality of life.
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Mary Francis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Plano, TX 75093
Mary Francis is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2000. Mary can provide comprehensive care for patients with mental health problems to alleviate their sufferings by integrating her knowledge and considering her patients' physical, mental, emotional, and social aspects. Outside of work, Mary enjoys cooking, traveling, and enjoying time with family and friends.
Mary Francis is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2000. Mary can provide comprehensive care for patients with mental health problems to alleviate their sufferings by integrating her knowledge and considering her patients' physical, mental, emotional, and social aspects. Outside of work, Mary enjoys cooking, traveling, and enjoying time with family and friends.
(469) 228-8773 View (469) 228-8773
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Rahman Farishta
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN , PMHNP
Verified Verified
Plano, TX 75093
Are you suffering from ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, or any other mental health issue? Are you tired of waiting to see a mental health provider? Do you need medication management for an already diagnosed issue? Are you seeking a second opinion or an advice? Are you tired of trying/taking several medicines? Pinnacle Psychiatry can help provide immediate treatment. Call 940-629-7201 for more information. Schedule an appointment online with just a few clicks at www.pinnacle-psychiatry.com. We provide virtual/telemedicine visits to adults but can also accommodate an in-person visit.
Are you suffering from ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, or any other mental health issue? Are you tired of waiting to see a mental health provider? Do you need medication management for an already diagnosed issue? Are you seeking a second opinion or an advice? Are you tired of trying/taking several medicines? Pinnacle Psychiatry can help provide immediate treatment. Call 940-629-7201 for more information. Schedule an appointment online with just a few clicks at www.pinnacle-psychiatry.com. We provide virtual/telemedicine visits to adults but can also accommodate an in-person visit.
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Splendid Hope Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Plano, TX 75093
Joyce Mwaniki is a Doctor of Nursing Practice and a Board-Certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She graduated from the University of Alabama in Huntsville with a doctoral degree in nursing practice and from the University of Texas in Arlington with a master’s degree in psychiatric/mental health. She is trained to assess, diagnose & treat children, adolescents, and adults with mental and behavioral disorders.
Joyce Mwaniki is a Doctor of Nursing Practice and a Board-Certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She graduated from the University of Alabama in Huntsville with a doctoral degree in nursing practice and from the University of Texas in Arlington with a master’s degree in psychiatric/mental health. She is trained to assess, diagnose & treat children, adolescents, and adults with mental and behavioral disorders.
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Dr. Uchenna Stephanie Ukoha
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-C, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Plano, TX 75093
Accepting New Patients - I am committed to providing you exceptional care and support to help you work towards optimal mental wellness. With extensive training and experience in family practice and psychiatric care, I am equipped and dedicated to diagnosing, treating, and managing a wide range of mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, trauma, insomnia, and more. Through active listening, evidence-based assessments, and individualized treatment plans, I create a safe and non-judgmental space where my patients can openly discuss their concerns.
Accepting New Patients - I am committed to providing you exceptional care and support to help you work towards optimal mental wellness. With extensive training and experience in family practice and psychiatric care, I am equipped and dedicated to diagnosing, treating, and managing a wide range of mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, trauma, insomnia, and more. Through active listening, evidence-based assessments, and individualized treatment plans, I create a safe and non-judgmental space where my patients can openly discuss their concerns.
(469) 972-8357 View (469) 972-8357
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Drew Edward Murray
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Plano, TX 75093
I seek to serve any person who needs a listening ear or wants help managing their mental illness. Someone who needs a psychiatrist that will not just prescribe medications but will consider and recommend additional treatment methods in an evidence based approach. Any patient seeking a psychiatrist who considers the whole person.
I seek to serve any person who needs a listening ear or wants help managing their mental illness. Someone who needs a psychiatrist that will not just prescribe medications but will consider and recommend additional treatment methods in an evidence based approach. Any patient seeking a psychiatrist who considers the whole person.
(469) 966-8665 View (469) 966-8665
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Serena Sessions Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Plano, TX 75093
Serena Sessions is an Adult Psychiatric Clinic, offering specialized mental health care, including bilingual appointments, English -Spanish. Using a combination of psychotherapy and/or medications, treatments are customized to the preferences and needs of each patient. Dr. Elena Ammatuna, MD, is board-certified in General Psychiatry, with 20 years of experience, bringing a wealth of knowledge in treating conditions such as depression, anxiety, episodes of panic attacks, psychological distress from traumatic experiences, medical conditions, or other life stressors.
Serena Sessions is an Adult Psychiatric Clinic, offering specialized mental health care, including bilingual appointments, English -Spanish. Using a combination of psychotherapy and/or medications, treatments are customized to the preferences and needs of each patient. Dr. Elena Ammatuna, MD, is board-certified in General Psychiatry, with 20 years of experience, bringing a wealth of knowledge in treating conditions such as depression, anxiety, episodes of panic attacks, psychological distress from traumatic experiences, medical conditions, or other life stressors.
(214) 997-2952 View (214) 997-2952
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Jennifer Kent Autry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Plano, TX 75093  (Online Only)
My clinical experience includes working with children, adolescents, adults and elders with attention deficit disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders and chemical dependency issues. I have experience in both private practice and governmental entities, including working with the homeless in Tarrant County & at a Maximum Security Forensic State Hospital. I am a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, the American Nurses Association, Texas Nurses Association and the Neuroscience Education Institute. I have extensive experience evaluating, diagnosing, and treating a broad range of psychiatric disorders.
My clinical experience includes working with children, adolescents, adults and elders with attention deficit disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders and chemical dependency issues. I have experience in both private practice and governmental entities, including working with the homeless in Tarrant County & at a Maximum Security Forensic State Hospital. I am a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, the American Nurses Association, Texas Nurses Association and the Neuroscience Education Institute. I have extensive experience evaluating, diagnosing, and treating a broad range of psychiatric disorders.
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 75093

30+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in 75093 who prioritize treating:

82% Anxiety
79% Depression
79% Bipolar Disorder
69% ADHD
64% Trauma and PTSD
62% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
59% Medication Management

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% BlueCross and BlueShield
88% Aetna
88% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in 75093 see their clients

80% In Person and Online
20% Online Only

Gender breakdown

60% Female
40% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 75093?

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.