Psychiatrists in Riverview, FL

Photo of Antoinette Watson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Riverview, FL
Antoinette Watson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, AGACNP
Verified Verified
Riverview, FL 33569
My goal is to establish a practice where patients are able to have timely access to medication management and counseling services in an effort to help them persevere with ease. I make my best effort to find the potential in each patient and formulate a treatment plan that is individualized to their needs. At present, I am offering the traditional outpatient setting as well as incorporating the use of technology to provide convenient psychiatric services to patients while they remain in the comfort of their own home. A Little H.O.P.E goes a long way and I am here to provide that for you.
My goal is to establish a practice where patients are able to have timely access to medication management and counseling services in an effort to help them persevere with ease. I make my best effort to find the potential in each patient and formulate a treatment plan that is individualized to their needs. At present, I am offering the traditional outpatient setting as well as incorporating the use of technology to provide convenient psychiatric services to patients while they remain in the comfort of their own home. A Little H.O.P.E goes a long way and I am here to provide that for you.
(813) 683-8781 View (813) 683-8781
Photo of Krista White, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Riverview, FL
Krista White
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Riverview, FL 33569
Krista White is a dual certified FNP-C, PMHNP-BC serving the greater Tampa area. She is dedicated to promoting mental and physical health and wellbeing to adult individuals. The impact that mental health and physical health have on each other is undeniable. As a board-certified family and psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 25 years of experience. Equipping individuals with the necessary tools to make quality decisions regarding their health is her philosophy; health promotion, disease prevention, and quality care are her priorities!
Krista White is a dual certified FNP-C, PMHNP-BC serving the greater Tampa area. She is dedicated to promoting mental and physical health and wellbeing to adult individuals. The impact that mental health and physical health have on each other is undeniable. As a board-certified family and psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 25 years of experience. Equipping individuals with the necessary tools to make quality decisions regarding their health is her philosophy; health promotion, disease prevention, and quality care are her priorities!
(813) 519-5303 View (813) 519-5303
Photo of Marie R. Dona, Psychiatrist in Riverview, FL
Marie R. Dona
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Riverview, FL 33569  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Currently not accepting new clients until October 2023. Dr. Marie R. Dona, M.D is a Dual Board Certified Psychiatrist who specializes in Child, Adolescent, Perinatal, Lifestyle, and Adult Psychiatry. She sees a wide variety of patients with numerous conditions and concerns. She has extensive experience in the treatment of depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, OCD, mood disorders, psychosis, addiction, eating disorders, perinatal and postpartum mood disorders and more. She provides therapy and medication management services. We are also able to offer GeneSight testing to see how you may metabolize medications differently.
Currently not accepting new clients until October 2023. Dr. Marie R. Dona, M.D is a Dual Board Certified Psychiatrist who specializes in Child, Adolescent, Perinatal, Lifestyle, and Adult Psychiatry. She sees a wide variety of patients with numerous conditions and concerns. She has extensive experience in the treatment of depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, OCD, mood disorders, psychosis, addiction, eating disorders, perinatal and postpartum mood disorders and more. She provides therapy and medication management services. We are also able to offer GeneSight testing to see how you may metabolize medications differently.
(813) 696-6326 View (813) 696-6326
Photo of Nina M Gagnier, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Riverview, FL
Nina M Gagnier
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Riverview, FL 33569
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in geriatric psychiatry working alongside Trevon Friar Founder and CEO of Pivoting Minds Psychiatry, Nina Gagnier brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the table. Her expertise includes conducting comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, diagnosing and treating patients with a wide range of psychiatric disorders. Nina Gagnier prescribes medicines to treat a wide span of mental health disorders including Schizophrenia, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Insomnia, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in geriatric psychiatry working alongside Trevon Friar Founder and CEO of Pivoting Minds Psychiatry, Nina Gagnier brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the table. Her expertise includes conducting comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, diagnosing and treating patients with a wide range of psychiatric disorders. Nina Gagnier prescribes medicines to treat a wide span of mental health disorders including Schizophrenia, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Insomnia, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
(813) 896-3105 View (813) 896-3105
Photo of Miriandra De Jesus Rivera, Psychiatrist in Riverview, FL
Miriandra De Jesus Rivera
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Riverview, FL 33569
Hi everyone! I am Dr. De Jesus Rivera, medical director at Self Improvement Psychiatry. I treat English and Spanish speaking teens and adults, 15 years or older. We specialize in top notch, personalized and timely psychiatric services through telemedicine. I work mainly with patients looking for both psychotherapy and medication management. I practice psychodynamic therapy, which aim is to find the root causes of the issues that you're presenting with. By bringing awareness of the causes, patients are able to process their feelings and find symptom relief.
Hi everyone! I am Dr. De Jesus Rivera, medical director at Self Improvement Psychiatry. I treat English and Spanish speaking teens and adults, 15 years or older. We specialize in top notch, personalized and timely psychiatric services through telemedicine. I work mainly with patients looking for both psychotherapy and medication management. I practice psychodynamic therapy, which aim is to find the root causes of the issues that you're presenting with. By bringing awareness of the causes, patients are able to process their feelings and find symptom relief.
(813) 946-6678 View (813) 946-6678
Photo of Trevon J. Friar, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Riverview, FL
Trevon J. Friar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Riverview, FL 33569
Trevon Friar, PHMNP-BC is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner in Florida, based in the Tampa Bay area. Combining his expertise in evaluation and treatment, he founded Pivoting Minds Psychiatry. He provides comprehensive psychiatric services in Riverview, Florida and throughout the state of Florida, via telemedicine. Through extensive coursework, clinical rotations, and clinical practice, he has received specialized training and years of preparation in psychiatry for adolescents, adult and geriatric patients. He is skilled at using assessment-based and treatment-focused approaches to enhance mental clarity.
Trevon Friar, PHMNP-BC is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner in Florida, based in the Tampa Bay area. Combining his expertise in evaluation and treatment, he founded Pivoting Minds Psychiatry. He provides comprehensive psychiatric services in Riverview, Florida and throughout the state of Florida, via telemedicine. Through extensive coursework, clinical rotations, and clinical practice, he has received specialized training and years of preparation in psychiatry for adolescents, adult and geriatric patients. He is skilled at using assessment-based and treatment-focused approaches to enhance mental clarity.
(813) 328-5754 View (813) 328-5754
Photo of Marketa Smith, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Riverview, FL
Marketa Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Riverview, FL 33579  (Online Only)
Hi, I am Marketa PMHNP-BC, My vast experience as a nurse practitioner has led me to the awareness that patients psychological/emotional needs are rarely addressed in the physical healthcare setting but are a large part of the patients well-being and outcomes. My passion is driven by the bonds that I build with my patients over the course of their lives and the enjoyment I hold in keeping them healthy and well.
Hi, I am Marketa PMHNP-BC, My vast experience as a nurse practitioner has led me to the awareness that patients psychological/emotional needs are rarely addressed in the physical healthcare setting but are a large part of the patients well-being and outcomes. My passion is driven by the bonds that I build with my patients over the course of their lives and the enjoyment I hold in keeping them healthy and well.
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Patricia Hoyt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Riverview, FL 33578
Do you struggle with anxiety, depression, or mood swings that impact your day-to-day life or relationships? Do you feel exhausted, overwhelmed, and frustrated by these symptoms that you just can’t get under control? Do you wonder if you’re ever going to feel better? The answer is, yes. You can feel better, and I am here to help you do just that.
Do you struggle with anxiety, depression, or mood swings that impact your day-to-day life or relationships? Do you feel exhausted, overwhelmed, and frustrated by these symptoms that you just can’t get under control? Do you wonder if you’re ever going to feel better? The answer is, yes. You can feel better, and I am here to help you do just that.
(813) 544-2642 x112 View (813) 544-2642 x112
Photo of Mark Weisman, Psychiatrist in Riverview, FL
Mark Weisman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Riverview, FL 33569
LifeStance in Brandon, FL provides counseling and therapy online or in person. Also, psychiatry and medication management are available by video. The choice is yours. We offer individual therapy, couples therapy, family therapy and marriage counseling. We accept most insurances and serve all ages. Call or book online today!.
LifeStance in Brandon, FL provides counseling and therapy online or in person. Also, psychiatry and medication management are available by video. The choice is yours. We offer individual therapy, couples therapy, family therapy and marriage counseling. We accept most insurances and serve all ages. Call or book online today!.
(813) 640-4934 View (813) 640-4934
Photo of Kathleen Muller, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Riverview, FL
Kathleen Muller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Riverview, FL 33569
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and am passionate about providing quality and compassionate mental health services to children, adolescents, and adults. My clinical skills are enhanced by my natural ability to build a rapport with patients and my easy-going communication style. I combine personal observation and clinical experience with evidence-based practice in order to provide all patients with a holistic approach to wellness.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and am passionate about providing quality and compassionate mental health services to children, adolescents, and adults. My clinical skills are enhanced by my natural ability to build a rapport with patients and my easy-going communication style. I combine personal observation and clinical experience with evidence-based practice in order to provide all patients with a holistic approach to wellness.
(813) 945-7741 View (813) 945-7741
Photo of Robert Wilkins, Psychiatrist in Riverview, FL
Robert Wilkins
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Riverview, FL 33569
Dr. Robert Wilkins sees patients of age eighteen and up at Lifestance. He provides some limited therapy for mood and anxiety disorders. He treats depression, anxiety, psychotic conditions, substance abuse, and ADHD. There is a special interest in the treatment of PTSD. Dr. Wilkins obtained his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina, and then completed his residency in Psychiatry at the University of Colorado. He spent many years at the Veterans Administration before coming to Lifestance.
Dr. Robert Wilkins sees patients of age eighteen and up at Lifestance. He provides some limited therapy for mood and anxiety disorders. He treats depression, anxiety, psychotic conditions, substance abuse, and ADHD. There is a special interest in the treatment of PTSD. Dr. Wilkins obtained his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina, and then completed his residency in Psychiatry at the University of Colorado. He spent many years at the Veterans Administration before coming to Lifestance.
(813) 896-4194 View (813) 896-4194
Photo of Jennifer Milam, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Riverview, FL
Jennifer Milam
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Riverview, FL 33569
Jennifer has over 8 years of mental health nursing experience. While working on an inpatient psychiatric unit she saw the need in the community for more mental health providers so she decided to further her education. She is a compassionate, understanding provider who enjoys taking the time to get to know her patients. Jennifer attended South Florida State College for her nursing degree and the University of South Florida for her bachelor's degree. She obtained her master's degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and is board certified as a psychiatric nurse practitioner.
Jennifer has over 8 years of mental health nursing experience. While working on an inpatient psychiatric unit she saw the need in the community for more mental health providers so she decided to further her education. She is a compassionate, understanding provider who enjoys taking the time to get to know her patients. Jennifer attended South Florida State College for her nursing degree and the University of South Florida for her bachelor's degree. She obtained her master's degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and is board certified as a psychiatric nurse practitioner.
(813) 755-8479 View (813) 755-8479
Photo of Tabatha Nicole Sams, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Riverview, FL
Tabatha Nicole Sams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MA, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Riverview, FL 33578
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(813) 592-1688 View (813) 592-1688
Photo of Sunny Sia, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Riverview, FL
Sunny Sia
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, ARNP
Verified Verified
Riverview, FL 33569
"Your privacy is our priority" at Holistic Medical Care Clinic Psychiatry. I endeavour to help my clients manage their stressors, mood or anxiety disorders, or lack of focus/attention through medication management. I evaluate each patient holistically with an agreed upon treatment care at the end of the session. I prescribe appropriate medication or supplements based on patient's preference and depth of disorder.
"Your privacy is our priority" at Holistic Medical Care Clinic Psychiatry. I endeavour to help my clients manage their stressors, mood or anxiety disorders, or lack of focus/attention through medication management. I evaluate each patient holistically with an agreed upon treatment care at the end of the session. I prescribe appropriate medication or supplements based on patient's preference and depth of disorder.
(813) 532-3610 View (813) 532-3610
Photo of Vonetta Nicole Erskine, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Riverview, FL
Vonetta Nicole Erskine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Riverview, FL 33578
You're at work and your phone rings. It's your child's school informing you that your child is having trouble staying on task with their classwork or disrupting the classroom... again. You asked your child to put their toys away for what feels like the 100th time and then out of nowhere comes an explosion of emotions! Sometimes your child seems to be happy one moment and withdrawn and isolated the next. These are just a few examples of the concerns I hear from the parents of children I work with. If you find yourself relating to any of these examples, then I may be able to help you!
You're at work and your phone rings. It's your child's school informing you that your child is having trouble staying on task with their classwork or disrupting the classroom... again. You asked your child to put their toys away for what feels like the 100th time and then out of nowhere comes an explosion of emotions! Sometimes your child seems to be happy one moment and withdrawn and isolated the next. These are just a few examples of the concerns I hear from the parents of children I work with. If you find yourself relating to any of these examples, then I may be able to help you!
(813) 491-7941 View (813) 491-7941
Photo of Abigail Lynn Butterfield, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Riverview, FL
Abigail Lynn Butterfield
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, AGNP, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Riverview, FL 33578
I will help my patient's by being compassionate and truly listening to their concerns and working with them to reach their mental health and wellness goals. Providing concierge mental and behavioral health care from the comfort of your home with telehealth visits, and in office appointments available by request! You can visit my website at Renewforyou.org for more information on our services. We look forward to speaking with you! You can also book an appointment online here or visit our website at Renewforyou.org.
I will help my patient's by being compassionate and truly listening to their concerns and working with them to reach their mental health and wellness goals. Providing concierge mental and behavioral health care from the comfort of your home with telehealth visits, and in office appointments available by request! You can visit my website at Renewforyou.org for more information on our services. We look forward to speaking with you! You can also book an appointment online here or visit our website at Renewforyou.org.
(813) 212-3295 View (813) 212-3295
Photo of Shannon Munz, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Riverview, FL
Shannon Munz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PHMNP, FNP-C, APRN
Verified Verified
Riverview, FL 33578  (Online Only)
Welcome! I am deeply committed to aiding individuals from diverse backgrounds navigate life's transitions and challenges; be they work-related, personal, or social. I understand how these hurdles can throw us off balance. My primary objective is to guide you back to your optimal and authentic self.
Welcome! I am deeply committed to aiding individuals from diverse backgrounds navigate life's transitions and challenges; be they work-related, personal, or social. I understand how these hurdles can throw us off balance. My primary objective is to guide you back to your optimal and authentic self.
(813) 437-9023 View (813) 437-9023
Photo of William M Homan, Physician Assistant in Riverview, FL
William M Homan
Physician Assistant, PA-C, CAQ-PSY
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Riverview, FL 33579
*Please note: I'm a practicing Physician Assistant, with prescribing authority located in Brandon, FL. I provide services in General Adult Psychiatry. My primary goal as a provider is to work with patients to establish and implement the treatment plan that best suits them. Working in a collaborative fashion with the use of therapy, medications, or a combination of both. I seek to help people improve relationships and pursue lives they find meaningful.
*Please note: I'm a practicing Physician Assistant, with prescribing authority located in Brandon, FL. I provide services in General Adult Psychiatry. My primary goal as a provider is to work with patients to establish and implement the treatment plan that best suits them. Working in a collaborative fashion with the use of therapy, medications, or a combination of both. I seek to help people improve relationships and pursue lives they find meaningful.
(813) 519-3969 View (813) 519-3969
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4Cs Health (Statewide) Shanisha Calloway-Kirk
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Riverview, FL 33578
"Everybody has problems. Everybody has bad times. Do we sacrifice all the good times because of them?" Sometimes we don't choose the circumstances life hands us, but you can decide not to go through them alone. Please visit us at our website at www.4cshealth.com or contact us for an appointment here: https://4cshealth.clientsecure.me/
"Everybody has problems. Everybody has bad times. Do we sacrifice all the good times because of them?" Sometimes we don't choose the circumstances life hands us, but you can decide not to go through them alone. Please visit us at our website at www.4cshealth.com or contact us for an appointment here: https://4cshealth.clientsecure.me/
(786) 460-6781 View (786) 460-6781
Photo of Harmony United Psychiatric Care , Psychiatrist in Riverview, FL
Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Riverview, FL 33569
Accepting New Clients. Appointments are typically available within 7 days. We offer Medication Management, Counseling/Psychotherapy, and Neuropsychological Testing online via our Telepsychiatry Services throughout Florida. Our team of experienced mental health professionals includes Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Certified Physician Assistants, and Licensed Therapists. We care for adults, adolescents, and children, ages 5 and above. We accept most insurance plans including Medicare.
Accepting New Clients. Appointments are typically available within 7 days. We offer Medication Management, Counseling/Psychotherapy, and Neuropsychological Testing online via our Telepsychiatry Services throughout Florida. Our team of experienced mental health professionals includes Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Certified Physician Assistants, and Licensed Therapists. We care for adults, adolescents, and children, ages 5 and above. We accept most insurance plans including Medicare.
(321) 306-0765 View (321) 306-0765

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Riverview, FL

20+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Riverview, FL who prioritize treating:

83% Depression
83% Medication Management
78% Anxiety
78% Trauma and PTSD
74% Bipolar Disorder
70% ADHD
70% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

95% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
82% Cigna and Evernorth
82% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Riverview, FL see their clients

83% In Person and Online
17% Online Only

Gender breakdown

74% Female
26% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Riverview?

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.