Psychiatrists in Navarre, FL

Photo of Seaside Wellness & Peace of Mind Psychiatry, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Navarre, FL
Seaside Wellness & Peace of Mind Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC, AGPCNP, ADHDCSP
Verified Verified
Navarre, FL 32566
I am a integrative family psychiatric mental health and adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner. I specialize and am certified as an ADHD clinical service provider and mental health integrative practitioner. I am here to help you overcome obstacles, restore balance, and renew mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well being. I am currently accepting new patients in Nevada and Florida.
I am a integrative family psychiatric mental health and adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner. I specialize and am certified as an ADHD clinical service provider and mental health integrative practitioner. I am here to help you overcome obstacles, restore balance, and renew mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well being. I am currently accepting new patients in Nevada and Florida.
(775) 204-4798 View (775) 204-4798
Photo of Angela Doughty Sanders, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Navarre, FL
Angela Doughty Sanders
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, AGPCNP, PMHNP, CMHIP, ADHDCSP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Navarre, FL 32566
I am certified and trained to treat and manage medical and psychiatric conditions. I focus on prevention, wellness (women's and men's healthcare) , and treat and manage chronic illnesses. I am a certified ADHD Clinical Services Professional and certified as a Mental Health Integrative Nurse Practitioner. I am experienced in treating psychiatric disorders such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, PTSD, eating disorders, ADHD/ADD, sleep disorders, and substance abuse to include suboxone therapy. We also offer IV nutrition therapy and somatic psychotherapy/energy healing.
I am certified and trained to treat and manage medical and psychiatric conditions. I focus on prevention, wellness (women's and men's healthcare) , and treat and manage chronic illnesses. I am a certified ADHD Clinical Services Professional and certified as a Mental Health Integrative Nurse Practitioner. I am experienced in treating psychiatric disorders such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, PTSD, eating disorders, ADHD/ADD, sleep disorders, and substance abuse to include suboxone therapy. We also offer IV nutrition therapy and somatic psychotherapy/energy healing.
(850) 367-1579 View (850) 367-1579
Photo of Nicole Calleiro Miller, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Navarre, FL
Nicole Calleiro Miller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Navarre, FL 32566
A compliant patient is my ideal patient. It does not matter what the patient's issues, needs, or goals are; if they do not intend to put in the work, then poorer outcomes for these patients can be expected. I have found that patients are more compliant with medications if they participated in treatment planning and agreed to their treatment. I come up with possible treatment plans and I have the patient choose the one they are most comfortable with. My patient outcomes are impeccable using this approach and my patients love the amount of time spent during their appointments.
A compliant patient is my ideal patient. It does not matter what the patient's issues, needs, or goals are; if they do not intend to put in the work, then poorer outcomes for these patients can be expected. I have found that patients are more compliant with medications if they participated in treatment planning and agreed to their treatment. I come up with possible treatment plans and I have the patient choose the one they are most comfortable with. My patient outcomes are impeccable using this approach and my patients love the amount of time spent during their appointments.
(850) 930-1576 View (850) 930-1576
Photo of Andrea Lloyd, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Navarre, FL
Andrea Lloyd
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC, APRN
Verified Verified
Navarre, FL 32566
Are you looking for psychiatric care, a medication evaluation, or medication management for anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, or other issues? I am accepting new patients and congratulate you on taking steps toward your mental well-being! I offer comprehensive, compassionate, individualized psychiatric care working with you to meet your goals and find relief. I have been in the nursing world for almost 30 years, have been practicing psychiatric medicine for over a decade, and look forward to being a part of your medical care team.
Are you looking for psychiatric care, a medication evaluation, or medication management for anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, or other issues? I am accepting new patients and congratulate you on taking steps toward your mental well-being! I offer comprehensive, compassionate, individualized psychiatric care working with you to meet your goals and find relief. I have been in the nursing world for almost 30 years, have been practicing psychiatric medicine for over a decade, and look forward to being a part of your medical care team.
(850) 389-8489 View (850) 389-8489

More Psychiatrists Nearby

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Nancy Hart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Milton, FL 32583  (Online Only)
I am an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner based in Florida. I do medication management, equine therapy and traditional therapy. I am Board Certified in Psychiatric and Mental Health for the past 19 years. I am familiar with mental health medications as well as various counseling techniques. In addition to my education as a Nurse Practitioner, I have a master's degree in counseling psychology.
I am an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner based in Florida. I do medication management, equine therapy and traditional therapy. I am Board Certified in Psychiatric and Mental Health for the past 19 years. I am familiar with mental health medications as well as various counseling techniques. In addition to my education as a Nurse Practitioner, I have a master's degree in counseling psychology.
(850) 820-5114 View (850) 820-5114

Online Psychiatrists

Photo of Shanique Thompson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Navarre, FL
Shanique Thompson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Panama City, FL 32404  (Online Only)
Hello, it’s nice meeting you. I’m Shanique. I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 9 years of experience in the healthcare field. My goal is to get all my clients to their optimal mental health based on their individualized needs.
Hello, it’s nice meeting you. I’m Shanique. I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 9 years of experience in the healthcare field. My goal is to get all my clients to their optimal mental health based on their individualized needs.
(786) 882-8604 View (786) 882-8604
Photo of Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter, Psychiatrist in Navarre, FL
Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Pensacola, FL 32514
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
(850) 816-3285 View (850) 816-3285
Photo of Nicole Davis, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Navarre, FL
Nicole Davis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, PMH-C
Verified Verified
Pensacola, FL 32514
Accepting new patients in FLORIDA....Schedule directly at www.bellathiapsychiatry.com. I can provide psychiatric services including diagnostic evaluation, medication management, laboratory monitoring, follow up care, and referrals as needed. You are important and so is your self care! I'm here to help. I have several years of diverse experience in education and nursing. My goal is to help you understand why you are feeling this way and how we can work together towards meeting your needs.
Accepting new patients in FLORIDA....Schedule directly at www.bellathiapsychiatry.com. I can provide psychiatric services including diagnostic evaluation, medication management, laboratory monitoring, follow up care, and referrals as needed. You are important and so is your self care! I'm here to help. I have several years of diverse experience in education and nursing. My goal is to help you understand why you are feeling this way and how we can work together towards meeting your needs.
(850) 713-9997 View (850) 713-9997
Photo of Cassia Schmid, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Navarre, FL
Cassia Schmid
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mary Esther, FL 32569
My ideal client is someone that is seeking a provider that listens and care about them. Someone that knows that a pill doesn't solve all their problems, and is willing to put in the work on their relationships, diet, and physical activity to achieve their mental health goals.
My ideal client is someone that is seeking a provider that listens and care about them. Someone that knows that a pill doesn't solve all their problems, and is willing to put in the work on their relationships, diet, and physical activity to achieve their mental health goals.
(850) 990-0944 View (850) 990-0944
Photo of Holly Gardner, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Navarre, FL
Holly Gardner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Panama City Beach, FL 32407  (Online Only)
Welcome! Holly Gardner is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is Board Certified. She has over 24 years of medical experience behind her with over 8 years of experience treating child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric clients Across the Lifespan. She is also a veteran with over 19 years of experience working directly with the military and veterans.
Welcome! Holly Gardner is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is Board Certified. She has over 24 years of medical experience behind her with over 8 years of experience treating child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric clients Across the Lifespan. She is also a veteran with over 19 years of experience working directly with the military and veterans.
(850) 970-2884 View (850) 970-2884
Photo of Dr. Leigh Powers, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Navarre, FL
Dr. Leigh Powers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Niceville, FL 32578
At Bluewater Behavioral Health, we hope to provide patients in the Niceville area a closer option for mental health treatment. We are located at Merchant's Walk in Bluewater Bay with a second office on Mar Walt Drive in Fort Walton Beach, convenient to Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Crestview. Patients can be seen in a private office setting during convenient hours. We offer regular business hour appointments as well as evening and Saturday appointments.
At Bluewater Behavioral Health, we hope to provide patients in the Niceville area a closer option for mental health treatment. We are located at Merchant's Walk in Bluewater Bay with a second office on Mar Walt Drive in Fort Walton Beach, convenient to Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Crestview. Patients can be seen in a private office setting during convenient hours. We offer regular business hour appointments as well as evening and Saturday appointments.
(850) 797-2598 View (850) 797-2598
Photo of Kimberly Murphy, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Navarre, FL
Kimberly Murphy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Pensacola, FL 32501
My name is Kimberly Murphy and I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I believe there is no true benefit to the traditional fast-paced outpatient psychiatric environment and feel a patient care model should give more input to the treatment care plan where it belongs...the patient. If you choose to join me at Essential Grace Mental Health Services, LLC, you will find that I provide a compassionate and evidence-based treatment approach to help patients manage their mental health. You will also find I am dedicated to helping you achieve your goals and live a fulfilling life.
My name is Kimberly Murphy and I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I believe there is no true benefit to the traditional fast-paced outpatient psychiatric environment and feel a patient care model should give more input to the treatment care plan where it belongs...the patient. If you choose to join me at Essential Grace Mental Health Services, LLC, you will find that I provide a compassionate and evidence-based treatment approach to help patients manage their mental health. You will also find I am dedicated to helping you achieve your goals and live a fulfilling life.
(850) 988-0060 View (850) 988-0060
Photo of Dr. Maryam Davari, Psychiatrist in Navarre, FL
Dr. Maryam Davari
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Pensacola, FL 32514
My ideal client would be one who is open to learning ways to be the best version of themselves and willing to work on making those changes with the help of their healthcare team.
My ideal client would be one who is open to learning ways to be the best version of themselves and willing to work on making those changes with the help of their healthcare team.
(850) 788-7530 View (850) 788-7530
Photo of Michelle Mottern, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Navarre, FL
Michelle Mottern
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Panama City, FL 32404
Hi! My name is Michelle and I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner and founder of Mosaic Brain Health. At Mosaic Brain Health we strive to destigmatize mental health and emphasize brain health. We provide a comprehensive set of services to help boost your confidence and offer support as you navigate your personal brain health and wellness challenges.
Hi! My name is Michelle and I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner and founder of Mosaic Brain Health. At Mosaic Brain Health we strive to destigmatize mental health and emphasize brain health. We provide a comprehensive set of services to help boost your confidence and offer support as you navigate your personal brain health and wellness challenges.
(727) 855-6706 View (727) 855-6706
Photo of Emilia Banse, Psychiatric Nurse in Navarre, FL
Emilia Banse
Psychiatric Nurse, RN, postMSN, PMHNPBC, EMHSA
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
Dear guest, my name is Emilia. I have been a diagnostician and prescriber for over 12 years and healthcare field for over 22 years in various roles. I am a veteran. I have extensive experience in types of settings, conditions, and specialties. I have specialized in: community mental health, veterans, forensics Attica Federal Detention facility, LBGTQII- Whitman walker health, inpatient, outpatient, crisis, private practice, geriatrics, pediatrics, consulting, teaching. Conditions I treat include but not limited to: cPTSD, ADHD, MDD, GAD, eating d. (exclude anorexia), psychosis, bipolar, addictions.
Dear guest, my name is Emilia. I have been a diagnostician and prescriber for over 12 years and healthcare field for over 22 years in various roles. I am a veteran. I have extensive experience in types of settings, conditions, and specialties. I have specialized in: community mental health, veterans, forensics Attica Federal Detention facility, LBGTQII- Whitman walker health, inpatient, outpatient, crisis, private practice, geriatrics, pediatrics, consulting, teaching. Conditions I treat include but not limited to: cPTSD, ADHD, MDD, GAD, eating d. (exclude anorexia), psychosis, bipolar, addictions.
(850) 608-4148 View (850) 608-4148
Photo of Kameko McGuire - New Hope Mental Health & Wellness, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Navarre, FL
Kameko McGuire - New Hope Mental Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, NP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mary Esther, FL 32569
Waitlist for new clients
I am currently not accepting new patients. I have 2 excellent providers in the office that are more than capable in treating you. Please look for Lorraine Black and Cassia Schmid to receive the same great level of care. I pride myself on being approachable. I have worked with clients of all ages. I feel it is imperative to decrease the stigma associated with mental health care. How can I help? I am your mental health advocate, and as a team, we will work on getting you what you need to be the best version of yourself. Please review my list of accepted insurances. I do not accept Medicaid or Medicare at this time.
I am currently not accepting new patients. I have 2 excellent providers in the office that are more than capable in treating you. Please look for Lorraine Black and Cassia Schmid to receive the same great level of care. I pride myself on being approachable. I have worked with clients of all ages. I feel it is imperative to decrease the stigma associated with mental health care. How can I help? I am your mental health advocate, and as a team, we will work on getting you what you need to be the best version of yourself. Please review my list of accepted insurances. I do not accept Medicaid or Medicare at this time.
(850) 204-9390 View (850) 204-9390
Photo of Lyssa Brooks, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Navarre, FL
Lyssa Brooks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Pensacola, FL 32514
My ideal client is open-minded and motivated and would like to explore medication as part of their treatment plan. They may struggle with various mental health issues such as anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, depression, or other mood disorders. Their goal is to find relief from their symptoms and improve their overall quality of life.
My ideal client is open-minded and motivated and would like to explore medication as part of their treatment plan. They may struggle with various mental health issues such as anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, depression, or other mood disorders. Their goal is to find relief from their symptoms and improve their overall quality of life.
(850) 888-3547 View (850) 888-3547
Photo of Dinar Sajan, Psychiatrist in Navarre, FL
Dinar Sajan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Miramar Beach, FL 32550  (Online Only)
Our mission is to restore hope, promote well-being, and cultivate harmony in the lives of our patients. In the dynamic landscape of today's society, characterized by daily stress and constant challenges, we recognize the crucial demand for a tranquil and stable environment.
Our mission is to restore hope, promote well-being, and cultivate harmony in the lives of our patients. In the dynamic landscape of today's society, characterized by daily stress and constant challenges, we recognize the crucial demand for a tranquil and stable environment.
(813) 820-6557 View (813) 820-6557
Photo of Melissa Richmond, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Navarre, FL
Melissa Richmond
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
I have experienced my own mental health journey and self-renewal, and seek to help others understand the transformational opportunity that exists during these times. I focus on wellness and wholeness. Under this approach, I partner with patients on their journey to synergize nutrition/lifestyle, hormones, genetics, and nurturing the inner self, in addition to medication to bring about mental wellness. Currently, I see adult and child psychiatric clients. Two locations: 543 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541, Suite 402 and 141 Mack Bayou Loop, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459, Suite 301.
I have experienced my own mental health journey and self-renewal, and seek to help others understand the transformational opportunity that exists during these times. I focus on wellness and wholeness. Under this approach, I partner with patients on their journey to synergize nutrition/lifestyle, hormones, genetics, and nurturing the inner self, in addition to medication to bring about mental wellness. Currently, I see adult and child psychiatric clients. Two locations: 543 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541, Suite 402 and 141 Mack Bayou Loop, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459, Suite 301.
(850) 220-0185 View (850) 220-0185
Photo of Michael Thad Owens, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Navarre, FL
Michael Thad Owens
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Panama City, FL 32405  (Online Only)
Whether you struggle with anxiety, depression, ADHD, or sleep issues, you can experience relief. These conditions can be debilitating and can disrupt every part of a patient's life. Anxiety is a "thief" stealing precious time that you could spend actively engaging with family and friends. Depression steals your joy and limits your potential. ADHD symptoms steal your opportunity for academic and career advancement, and also affects your relationships with others. Lack of adequate sleep limits your productivity and drains your energy. Treatment can be very effective, allowing you to return to a fulfilled and engaged life.
Whether you struggle with anxiety, depression, ADHD, or sleep issues, you can experience relief. These conditions can be debilitating and can disrupt every part of a patient's life. Anxiety is a "thief" stealing precious time that you could spend actively engaging with family and friends. Depression steals your joy and limits your potential. ADHD symptoms steal your opportunity for academic and career advancement, and also affects your relationships with others. Lack of adequate sleep limits your productivity and drains your energy. Treatment can be very effective, allowing you to return to a fulfilled and engaged life.
(850) 779-4855 View (850) 779-4855

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Navarre, FL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Navarre, FL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Eating Disorders
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Psychosis
100% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% TRICARE
75% Aetna
75% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Navarre, FL see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Navarre?

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.