Psychiatrists in Porter Ranch, CA

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Kristine Mbamalu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PHMNP, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Porter Ranch, CA 91326  (Online Only)
My name is Kristine Mbamalu. I am a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner with prescribing privileges and proficiency managing children, adolescents, and adults. I am licensed in the state of California and provide psychiatric evaluations, individual therapy, and medication management.
My name is Kristine Mbamalu. I am a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner with prescribing privileges and proficiency managing children, adolescents, and adults. I am licensed in the state of California and provide psychiatric evaluations, individual therapy, and medication management.
(747) 207-3731 View (747) 207-3731
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Joshua Rashon Petty
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Porter Ranch, CA 91326  (Online Only)
My name is Joshua Rashon Petty, and I'm a psychiatric nurse practitioner. I’am really excited about the opportunity to support you in "Discovering Clarity, Embracing Balance, and Inspiring Change". I have specialized in emotional health for eight years, with experience treating adolescents and adults with various diagnoses.
My name is Joshua Rashon Petty, and I'm a psychiatric nurse practitioner. I’am really excited about the opportunity to support you in "Discovering Clarity, Embracing Balance, and Inspiring Change". I have specialized in emotional health for eight years, with experience treating adolescents and adults with various diagnoses.
(832) 979-6238 View (832) 979-6238
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Advanced Health Preference Group, Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, FNP-C, LMFT, EdPsy
Verified Verified
Porter Ranch, CA 91326  (Online Only)
At Advanced Health Preference Group, we offer Concierge Behavioral Medicine. Specialized services include treating Anxiety, ADHD , Addiction, Mood Disorders, Schizophrenia and other mental health disorders. Services are tailored to the individual’s needs to achieve their goal and improving their quality of life . The patient-provider relationship is based on a collaborative-integrative model addressing mental health wellness.
At Advanced Health Preference Group, we offer Concierge Behavioral Medicine. Specialized services include treating Anxiety, ADHD , Addiction, Mood Disorders, Schizophrenia and other mental health disorders. Services are tailored to the individual’s needs to achieve their goal and improving their quality of life . The patient-provider relationship is based on a collaborative-integrative model addressing mental health wellness.
(844) 957-2532 View (844) 957-2532
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Family Psychiatry - Counseling - Wellness
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Porter Ranch, CA 91326
Psychiatric Treatment & Counseling for the Whole Family. We are a Full Service Psychiatry & Counseling Practice. We Have a Team of Psychiatrists, Nurse Practitioners, Marriage & Family Therapists. We Offer Psychiatric Assessment & Treatment of ADHD in Adults and Children, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Substance Abuse Disorders. We Combine Conventional Medical Treatment With New Non-Drug, Non-Invasive, FPD Approved, Safe & Effective Treatment Modalities Like Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS ).
Psychiatric Treatment & Counseling for the Whole Family. We are a Full Service Psychiatry & Counseling Practice. We Have a Team of Psychiatrists, Nurse Practitioners, Marriage & Family Therapists. We Offer Psychiatric Assessment & Treatment of ADHD in Adults and Children, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Substance Abuse Disorders. We Combine Conventional Medical Treatment With New Non-Drug, Non-Invasive, FPD Approved, Safe & Effective Treatment Modalities Like Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS ).
(310) 601-8113 View (310) 601-8113
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Jacquelyn Zommick
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Porter Ranch, CA 91326
Even on a good day, life can be overwhelming. Buzzing phones, work obligations, relationships, family, to-do lists, email overload, expectations and illness. Feeling like you just can’t handle it all? With so many unknowns in life, we can often feel overwhelmed, stressed out, and scared. I believe that every individual has the right to feel seen and heard. I chose to become a psychiatric nurse practitioner after being a patient myself. I made the decision to help others that were struggling with their mental health because of my own personal experience as a patient.
Even on a good day, life can be overwhelming. Buzzing phones, work obligations, relationships, family, to-do lists, email overload, expectations and illness. Feeling like you just can’t handle it all? With so many unknowns in life, we can often feel overwhelmed, stressed out, and scared. I believe that every individual has the right to feel seen and heard. I chose to become a psychiatric nurse practitioner after being a patient myself. I made the decision to help others that were struggling with their mental health because of my own personal experience as a patient.
(661) 669-7973 View (661) 669-7973

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Dr. Anne Phan-Huy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423  (Online Only)
Dr. Phan-Huy's philosophy of care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with Dr. Phan-Huy, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfilment. That’s because – with Board certification in psychiatry and specialty training from the University of Michigan – Dr. Phan-Huy is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
Dr. Phan-Huy's philosophy of care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with Dr. Phan-Huy, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfilment. That’s because – with Board certification in psychiatry and specialty training from the University of Michigan – Dr. Phan-Huy is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
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Richard Mack
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Encino, CA 91436
I will listen carefully to evaluate your problems and distress, your values and strengths. Then collaborate with and support you in psychotherapy. Besides decreasing distress and supporting you through difficult times, psychotherapy can help you to discover and understand how some automatic reactions of your mind, that you may not have been aware of, work. These can lead to problematic repetitive patterns, difficult or disrupted relationships, not working to your potential, and psychiatric symptoms. Changing these can improve your coping and interpersonal skills, allow you more freedom of choice and action, and to be more effective
I will listen carefully to evaluate your problems and distress, your values and strengths. Then collaborate with and support you in psychotherapy. Besides decreasing distress and supporting you through difficult times, psychotherapy can help you to discover and understand how some automatic reactions of your mind, that you may not have been aware of, work. These can lead to problematic repetitive patterns, difficult or disrupted relationships, not working to your potential, and psychiatric symptoms. Changing these can improve your coping and interpersonal skills, allow you more freedom of choice and action, and to be more effective
(818) 516-1423 View (818) 516-1423
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Thomas Sarti
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Encino, CA 91316  (Online Only)
My mission is to support you through life's twists and turns, especially when it comes to your mental health. Each person I encounter has a unique story, and my role is to be a compassionate guide, fostering a safe space for you to express your thoughts and emotions. I strive to create an environment where individuals feel heard and supported. It's not just about prescriptions; it's about understanding what makes you tick and finding the best way to support you.
My mission is to support you through life's twists and turns, especially when it comes to your mental health. Each person I encounter has a unique story, and my role is to be a compassionate guide, fostering a safe space for you to express your thoughts and emotions. I strive to create an environment where individuals feel heard and supported. It's not just about prescriptions; it's about understanding what makes you tick and finding the best way to support you.
(650) 747-6764 View (650) 747-6764
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Salvage Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Winnetka, CA 91306
Dr. Taiye Osawe is a Doctor of Nursing Practice and board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She has devoted over 30 years of her career to clinical practice providing comprehensive and holistic care. Taiye is the founder and CEO of Salvage Psychiatry, a telehealth technology company that link people with mental health conditions to healthcare professionals. Sometimes, life can be challenging and struggling with mental health conditions should not be solo. With Salvage, you are not alone. Join the community of mental health experts, access affordable and quality mental health services, and live productive life.
Dr. Taiye Osawe is a Doctor of Nursing Practice and board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She has devoted over 30 years of her career to clinical practice providing comprehensive and holistic care. Taiye is the founder and CEO of Salvage Psychiatry, a telehealth technology company that link people with mental health conditions to healthcare professionals. Sometimes, life can be challenging and struggling with mental health conditions should not be solo. With Salvage, you are not alone. Join the community of mental health experts, access affordable and quality mental health services, and live productive life.
(747) 298-5333 View (747) 298-5333
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TelepsychHealth
Psychiatrist, MD, NP, LCPC
Verified Verified
Hansen Hills, CA 91331  (Online Only)
We are a group practice (of psychiatrists and therapists). We usually have availability within 1-2 weeks. Feel free to check out our reviews on our website, TelepsychHealth. Please call or message us to request an ASAP appointment: www.telepsychhealth.com/request
We are a group practice (of psychiatrists and therapists). We usually have availability within 1-2 weeks. Feel free to check out our reviews on our website, TelepsychHealth. Please call or message us to request an ASAP appointment: www.telepsychhealth.com/request
(408) 539-0754 View (408) 539-0754
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Mehdi Bubba Thomas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Woodland Hills, CA 91367  (Online Only)
We know asking for help is a challenging thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here, and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now, welcoming new patients!
We know asking for help is a challenging thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here, and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now, welcoming new patients!
(818) 392-5914 View (818) 392-5914
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Pw Psych NP Services Pllc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MA, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Santa Clarita, CA 91321  (Online Only)
About the Provider: I am a Board Certified, Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, (PMHNP-BC). I obtained my prfessional degree from Walden University. Over the years, I had professional affiliations with reputable mental health facilities including Bakersfield behavior, John George psych and more. I treat children and adults affected by various mental illness with care and compassion. I utilize Evidence Based Practice model to make treatment choices. I am specialized in treating ADHD, depression, anxiety and mood instability. Stimulant and non stimulant treatment are available. I do conduct ADHD screening and testing before treatment.
About the Provider: I am a Board Certified, Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, (PMHNP-BC). I obtained my prfessional degree from Walden University. Over the years, I had professional affiliations with reputable mental health facilities including Bakersfield behavior, John George psych and more. I treat children and adults affected by various mental illness with care and compassion. I utilize Evidence Based Practice model to make treatment choices. I am specialized in treating ADHD, depression, anxiety and mood instability. Stimulant and non stimulant treatment are available. I do conduct ADHD screening and testing before treatment.
(909) 245-7678 View (909) 245-7678
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Kyle Bechaz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Encino, CA 91316
We treat a variety of psychiatric conditions, including major depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, ADHD, obsessive compulsive disorder, eating disorders, addiction problems, and schizophrenia. Several of our doctors also specialize in reproductive psychiatry/women's mental health.
We treat a variety of psychiatric conditions, including major depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, ADHD, obsessive compulsive disorder, eating disorders, addiction problems, and schizophrenia. Several of our doctors also specialize in reproductive psychiatry/women's mental health.
(818) 639-8421 View (818) 639-8421
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BBTD Psychiatry, PC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
Hello! I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with licenses in California and Florida. I earned my Master's degree from West Coast University in California. Over the past five years, I have dedicated my expertise to the mental health unit at a county hospital in Los Angeles. Throughout my career, I have worked extensively with patients facing a wide range of mental health challenges, including severe depression, anxiety, psychosis, addiction, anger management, and issues related to violence.
Hello! I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with licenses in California and Florida. I earned my Master's degree from West Coast University in California. Over the past five years, I have dedicated my expertise to the mental health unit at a county hospital in Los Angeles. Throughout my career, I have worked extensively with patients facing a wide range of mental health challenges, including severe depression, anxiety, psychosis, addiction, anger management, and issues related to violence.
(747) 302-4668 View (747) 302-4668
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HID group Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
Van Nuys, CA 91406
As a dedicated compassionate healthcare professional, I am deeply committed to making positive impacts on the lives of individuals struggling with mental health issues. My journey in the field of psychiatry has been a continuous pursuit for knowledge, empathy, and advocacy for dose facing the challenges of mental health. I am excited to share my passion and experience. I have always believed that mental health is just as important as physical health, and I have witnessed the profound effects that mental health struggles can have on individuals and their family.
As a dedicated compassionate healthcare professional, I am deeply committed to making positive impacts on the lives of individuals struggling with mental health issues. My journey in the field of psychiatry has been a continuous pursuit for knowledge, empathy, and advocacy for dose facing the challenges of mental health. I am excited to share my passion and experience. I have always believed that mental health is just as important as physical health, and I have witnessed the profound effects that mental health struggles can have on individuals and their family.
(818) 938-2031 View (818) 938-2031
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Christina Ni
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Calabasas, CA 91302
Dr. Christina Ni is a board-certified psychiatrist. She promotes a multifaceted approach toward achieving optimal health through improving mental and physical health, including diet, exercise, and self-care.
Dr. Christina Ni is a board-certified psychiatrist. She promotes a multifaceted approach toward achieving optimal health through improving mental and physical health, including diet, exercise, and self-care.
(855) 743-2006 View (855) 743-2006
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Bell Canyon, CA 91307  (Online Only)
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
(818) 873-5345 View (818) 873-5345
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Stan Mesen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Valley Village, CA 91607  (Online Only)
I realize that most of us could use support, particularly during times of overwhelming challenges within our personal and professional lives. Our lives are complex and come with significant obligations and expectations from our families, friends, and ourselves. If the challenges become overwhelming, we may start to doubt our abilities to manage our affairs and interactions with others. If stress, doubt, and dissatisfaction remain unaddressed, thoughts and feelings may evolve into an unhealthy view of ourselves and our environment, understanding we need help.
I realize that most of us could use support, particularly during times of overwhelming challenges within our personal and professional lives. Our lives are complex and come with significant obligations and expectations from our families, friends, and ourselves. If the challenges become overwhelming, we may start to doubt our abilities to manage our affairs and interactions with others. If stress, doubt, and dissatisfaction remain unaddressed, thoughts and feelings may evolve into an unhealthy view of ourselves and our environment, understanding we need help.
(323) 616-2865 View (323) 616-2865
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Hannah Goldberg
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, NP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Santa Clarita, CA 91321
Thank you for your interest in my practice. I specialize in psychiatric assessment and medication management for children, adolescents, and young adults. I provide a safe, empathic and non-judgmental space to listen to both the parents and child. I value our dialogue when discussing a a treatment plan and role for medication. Should we decide on medication as an approach, I will work with you to find the option that best fits your values. In formulating a diagnosis I consider emotional, medical, and environmental contributors.
Thank you for your interest in my practice. I specialize in psychiatric assessment and medication management for children, adolescents, and young adults. I provide a safe, empathic and non-judgmental space to listen to both the parents and child. I value our dialogue when discussing a a treatment plan and role for medication. Should we decide on medication as an approach, I will work with you to find the option that best fits your values. In formulating a diagnosis I consider emotional, medical, and environmental contributors.
(323) 745-1470 View (323) 745-1470
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Conny Huthsteiner
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Encino, CA 91436  (Online Only)
Dr. Huthsteiner has always had a strong interest in bio-psycho-social-spiritual aspects of psychiatry and has always seen healing from a holistic perspective. Psychiatry is a unique field in medicine that allows Dr. Huthsteiner the time to really know her patients, and help them to grow in positive ways, using many tools.
Dr. Huthsteiner has always had a strong interest in bio-psycho-social-spiritual aspects of psychiatry and has always seen healing from a holistic perspective. Psychiatry is a unique field in medicine that allows Dr. Huthsteiner the time to really know her patients, and help them to grow in positive ways, using many tools.
(855) 743-2006 View (855) 743-2006

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Porter Ranch, CA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Porter Ranch, CA who prioritize treating:

80% Depression
80% Anxiety
80% Medication Management
80% Stress
60% ADHD
60% Trauma and PTSD
40% Addiction

Average years in practice

17 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
100% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Porter Ranch, CA 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 Porter Ranch?

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.