Psychiatrists in Evans, GA

Photo of Dr. Chelsea Carson, Psychiatrist in Evans, GA
Dr. Chelsea Carson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Evans, GA 30809
Evans Mental Health Associates is a psychiatric private practice offering services to the child and adolescent population. Dr. Chelsea Carson provides psychiatric assessments and treatment to children and teens locally in Augusta, GA and throughout the state of GA and SC through telemedicine services. Dr. Carson evaluates and treats anxiety, depression, attention deficit and hyperactivity, disruptive mood dysregulation, oppositional defiance, and behavioral expressions of autism spectrum disorders as well as other mental health conditions. Give us a call to discuss how we can help your child shine.
Evans Mental Health Associates is a psychiatric private practice offering services to the child and adolescent population. Dr. Chelsea Carson provides psychiatric assessments and treatment to children and teens locally in Augusta, GA and throughout the state of GA and SC through telemedicine services. Dr. Carson evaluates and treats anxiety, depression, attention deficit and hyperactivity, disruptive mood dysregulation, oppositional defiance, and behavioral expressions of autism spectrum disorders as well as other mental health conditions. Give us a call to discuss how we can help your child shine.
(706) 825-4461 View (706) 825-4461
Photo of Lisa Marie Sheehan, Psychiatrist in Evans, GA
Lisa Marie Sheehan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Evans, GA 30809
Evans Mental Health Associates is a psychiatric private practice offering services to the child and adolescent population. Dr. Lisa Sheehan provides psychiatric assessments and treatment to children and teens locally in Augusta, GA and throughout the state of GA and SC through telemedicine services. Dr. Sheehan evaluates and treats anxiety, depression, attention deficit and hyperactivity, disruptive mood dysregulation, oppositional defiance, and behavioral expressions of autism spectrum disorders as well as other mental health conditions. Give us a call to discuss how we can help your child shine.
Evans Mental Health Associates is a psychiatric private practice offering services to the child and adolescent population. Dr. Lisa Sheehan provides psychiatric assessments and treatment to children and teens locally in Augusta, GA and throughout the state of GA and SC through telemedicine services. Dr. Sheehan evaluates and treats anxiety, depression, attention deficit and hyperactivity, disruptive mood dysregulation, oppositional defiance, and behavioral expressions of autism spectrum disorders as well as other mental health conditions. Give us a call to discuss how we can help your child shine.
(706) 932-5747 View (706) 932-5747
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Heather Griffin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Evans, GA 30809
Evans Mental Health Associates is a psychiatric private practice offering services to the child and adolescent population. Dr. Heather Griffin provides psychiatric assessments and treatment to children and teens locally in Augusta, GA and throughout the state of Georgia through the use of telemedicine services. Dr. Griffin evaluates and treats anxiety, depression, attention deficit and hyperactivity, disruptive mood dysregulation, oppositional defiance, and behavioral expressions of autism spectrum disorders as well as other mental health conditions. Give us a call to discuss how we can help your child shine.
Evans Mental Health Associates is a psychiatric private practice offering services to the child and adolescent population. Dr. Heather Griffin provides psychiatric assessments and treatment to children and teens locally in Augusta, GA and throughout the state of Georgia through the use of telemedicine services. Dr. Griffin evaluates and treats anxiety, depression, attention deficit and hyperactivity, disruptive mood dysregulation, oppositional defiance, and behavioral expressions of autism spectrum disorders as well as other mental health conditions. Give us a call to discuss how we can help your child shine.
(706) 916-3890 View (706) 916-3890
Photo of Linda Y. Evans, Psychiatrist in Evans, GA
Linda Y. Evans
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Evans, GA 30809
Dr. Linda Y. Evans is a Psychiatrist in Georgia who has been practicing since 1987. Dr. Evans is very thorough in her assessments. She does not just give a pill for a symptom. Dr. Evans strives to understand the person as an individual and tries to see their problems in the context of their life experiences. The trusting relationship between doctor and patient is necessary for effective and safe treatment. Outside of work, Dr. Evans loves to read, do Pilates, try new recipes (especially cakes and cookies), walk, travel, and spend time with her family.
Dr. Linda Y. Evans is a Psychiatrist in Georgia who has been practicing since 1987. Dr. Evans is very thorough in her assessments. She does not just give a pill for a symptom. Dr. Evans strives to understand the person as an individual and tries to see their problems in the context of their life experiences. The trusting relationship between doctor and patient is necessary for effective and safe treatment. Outside of work, Dr. Evans loves to read, do Pilates, try new recipes (especially cakes and cookies), walk, travel, and spend time with her family.
(706) 899-3687 View (706) 899-3687
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Global Mentality Mental Health Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Evans, GA 30809
I believe in providing the best care possible to all clients. Everyone should leave my office, feeling better than before. Together, we will develop treatment plans that work for you.
I believe in providing the best care possible to all clients. Everyone should leave my office, feeling better than before. Together, we will develop treatment plans that work for you.
(706) 203-4364 View (706) 203-4364
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Andrea R. Jackson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Evans, GA 30809
Andrea R. Jackson is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who has been practicing since 2023. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor's degree in Health Promotion and Education. She went on to obtain a Bachelor's of Nursing from Valdosta State University and a Master's of Nursing degree from Rutgers University, followed by a post-graduate Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certificate from Wilkes University. Andrea provides evidence-based, patient-centered care to individuals seeking to improve and maintain their mental health.
Andrea R. Jackson is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who has been practicing since 2023. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor's degree in Health Promotion and Education. She went on to obtain a Bachelor's of Nursing from Valdosta State University and a Master's of Nursing degree from Rutgers University, followed by a post-graduate Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certificate from Wilkes University. Andrea provides evidence-based, patient-centered care to individuals seeking to improve and maintain their mental health.
(706) 962-6378 View (706) 962-6378
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Kathy Dexter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MLS, MHA, MPA, PA-C, CAQ-Psy
Not Verified Not Verified
Evans, GA 30809
Ms. Dexter focuses on supporting the adult patient’s total mental health and emotional well-being. She encourages family involvement in the therapeutic process. Discovering the optimal medication regimen for each patient is her goal. She believes that psychotherapy is an essential adjunct to medication in improving each person’s quality of life.
Ms. Dexter focuses on supporting the adult patient’s total mental health and emotional well-being. She encourages family involvement in the therapeutic process. Discovering the optimal medication regimen for each patient is her goal. She believes that psychotherapy is an essential adjunct to medication in improving each person’s quality of life.
(706) 210-8855 View (706) 210-8855
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Dr. Anna Jackson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Evans, GA 30809  (Online Only)
Hi, I'm Dr. Anna Jackson. I am passionate about helping patients overcome anxiety, depression, difficult life transitions, and burnout. Whether you are feeling stuck and trying to find your path, a new mom dealing with anxiety and overwhelm, or feeling burned out from the demands of your busy life, I would love to help! I use an integrative approach to care including medication, therapy, nutritional guidance, lifestyle coaching, sleep hygiene, meditation, and more.
Hi, I'm Dr. Anna Jackson. I am passionate about helping patients overcome anxiety, depression, difficult life transitions, and burnout. Whether you are feeling stuck and trying to find your path, a new mom dealing with anxiety and overwhelm, or feeling burned out from the demands of your busy life, I would love to help! I use an integrative approach to care including medication, therapy, nutritional guidance, lifestyle coaching, sleep hygiene, meditation, and more.
(912) 301-4087 View (912) 301-4087
Photo of Stefanie Livingston, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Evans, GA
Stefanie Livingston
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Evans, GA 30809
Mrs. Stefanie Livingston is a compassionate adult psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner. As a part of her formal education, she attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Here, she received her master's degree specializing in psychiatric/mental health nursing. Based in Augusta, GA, Mrs. Livingston is an integral member of LifeStance Health - Georgia. She provides each client with the professional concern and attention needed to attain an improved quality of life. Mrs. Livingston treats anxiety, depression, post-partum depression, bipolar disorders, anger management concerns and PTSD, etc.
Mrs. Stefanie Livingston is a compassionate adult psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner. As a part of her formal education, she attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Here, she received her master's degree specializing in psychiatric/mental health nursing. Based in Augusta, GA, Mrs. Livingston is an integral member of LifeStance Health - Georgia. She provides each client with the professional concern and attention needed to attain an improved quality of life. Mrs. Livingston treats anxiety, depression, post-partum depression, bipolar disorders, anger management concerns and PTSD, etc.
(706) 400-4788 View (706) 400-4788
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Porscha Dickens Campbell
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Evans, GA 30809  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Life can often present with twists and turns that can affect how we think and feel. There are times were we can feel overwhelmed, stressed, worried, sad, angry, or all of the above. Many times our past experiences can contribute to how we manage present situations. Sometimes we know something is off or we are not living the life we want, but might not be sure how to make a change. You are not alone. By starting mental health treatment you can learn about your past and present to create the change you may want in the future.
Life can often present with twists and turns that can affect how we think and feel. There are times were we can feel overwhelmed, stressed, worried, sad, angry, or all of the above. Many times our past experiences can contribute to how we manage present situations. Sometimes we know something is off or we are not living the life we want, but might not be sure how to make a change. You are not alone. By starting mental health treatment you can learn about your past and present to create the change you may want in the future.
(706) 471-1128 View (706) 471-1128
Photo of Jennifer Logan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Evans, GA
Jennifer Logan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Evans, GA 30809
Dr. Jennifer Logan attended Augusta University where she received her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree with a concentration in Psychiatric Mental Health. While her clinical experience covers the lifespan, she has a grounded combination of clinical, research and educational experience in working with the adult and veteran population. Dr. Logan has a solid and diverse background in leadership and academic excellence. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi honor society and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.
Dr. Jennifer Logan attended Augusta University where she received her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree with a concentration in Psychiatric Mental Health. While her clinical experience covers the lifespan, she has a grounded combination of clinical, research and educational experience in working with the adult and veteran population. Dr. Logan has a solid and diverse background in leadership and academic excellence. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi honor society and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.
(706) 906-6662 View (706) 906-6662

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Faith Psychiatry
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Martinez, GA 30907
I have been in psychiatry for 28 years. I see all ages, I typically offer second medication opinions to those who have been struggling with their current medications and lack of satisfactory results. I also offer supportive therapy.
I have been in psychiatry for 28 years. I see all ages, I typically offer second medication opinions to those who have been struggling with their current medications and lack of satisfactory results. I also offer supportive therapy.
(762) 252-8771 View (762) 252-8771
Photo of Harriet Kay, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Evans, GA
Harriet Kay
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Martinez, GA 30907
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a Master of Science from University of Alabama at Birmingham. I have been a provider for over 25 years first as an RN working with clients having experienced catastrophic injuries or life-limiting disease in palliative care and trauma and then as a Nurse Practitioner in both Psychiatry and Palliative Care. I have followed clients in residential, PHP/IOP, and outpatient levels of care for mental health and alcohol/substance use treatment.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a Master of Science from University of Alabama at Birmingham. I have been a provider for over 25 years first as an RN working with clients having experienced catastrophic injuries or life-limiting disease in palliative care and trauma and then as a Nurse Practitioner in both Psychiatry and Palliative Care. I have followed clients in residential, PHP/IOP, and outpatient levels of care for mental health and alcohol/substance use treatment.
(706) 252-3351 View (706) 252-3351
Photo of Olasimbo Babatope, Psychiatrist in Evans, GA
Olasimbo Babatope
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Augusta, GA 30909
Welcome to Atlanta Tele-psychiatry! We believe in recovery from mental illness that goes beyond the absence of symptoms, and we will work with you to establish and maintain your recovery journey. Our ultimate goal is to help you regain a rich, rewarding, and meaningful life in our community.
Welcome to Atlanta Tele-psychiatry! We believe in recovery from mental illness that goes beyond the absence of symptoms, and we will work with you to establish and maintain your recovery journey. Our ultimate goal is to help you regain a rich, rewarding, and meaningful life in our community.
(706) 408-6607 View (706) 408-6607
Photo of Allison Freeman, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Evans, GA
Allison Freeman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Augusta, GA 30909
In my nursing career I have had the privilege of working with patients throughout all stages of their life. I enjoy partnering with my patients to develop a holistic individualized plan. After working with mothers in the NICU and being a new mother myself, I am particularly passionate about maternal mental health education and treatment. I have completed continuing education through Postpartum Support International to allow me to partner with and serve families throughout the CSRA.
In my nursing career I have had the privilege of working with patients throughout all stages of their life. I enjoy partnering with my patients to develop a holistic individualized plan. After working with mothers in the NICU and being a new mother myself, I am particularly passionate about maternal mental health education and treatment. I have completed continuing education through Postpartum Support International to allow me to partner with and serve families throughout the CSRA.
(706) 690-4183 View (706) 690-4183
Photo of Stewart Shevitz, Psychiatrist in Evans, GA
Stewart Shevitz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Augusta, GA 30909
Dr. Shevitz has been in Augusta since 1992. After obtaining his BA from the University of Virginia in Psychology, Dr. Shevitz attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and then went on to do his psychiatric training at Dartmouth Medical School. He has worked in a variety of settings including the Navajo Indian Reservation, Vanderbilt University, and served as Director of Psychiatry at a large general hospital in Eugene, OR before coming to Augusta.
Dr. Shevitz has been in Augusta since 1992. After obtaining his BA from the University of Virginia in Psychology, Dr. Shevitz attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and then went on to do his psychiatric training at Dartmouth Medical School. He has worked in a variety of settings including the Navajo Indian Reservation, Vanderbilt University, and served as Director of Psychiatry at a large general hospital in Eugene, OR before coming to Augusta.
(706) 898-4722 View (706) 898-4722
Photo of Jennifer Simonds, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Evans, GA
Jennifer Simonds
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Augusta, GA 30909
Graduate of the Medical College of Georgia BSN, Registered Nurse and MSN- Advanced Practice, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Psychiatry and Mental Health. Held a position as adjunct faculty with USC - Aiken School of nursing. Medical College of Georgia for over 10 years working with both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric treatment settings. Prior to joining LifeStance Health, she was employed 13+ years at the Charlie Norwood VAMC in Augusta and has extensive experience working with veterans and their families.
Graduate of the Medical College of Georgia BSN, Registered Nurse and MSN- Advanced Practice, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Psychiatry and Mental Health. Held a position as adjunct faculty with USC - Aiken School of nursing. Medical College of Georgia for over 10 years working with both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric treatment settings. Prior to joining LifeStance Health, she was employed 13+ years at the Charlie Norwood VAMC in Augusta and has extensive experience working with veterans and their families.
(706) 574-4211 View (706) 574-4211
Photo of Donna Londino, Psychiatrist in Evans, GA
Donna Londino
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Augusta, GA 30909
Donna L. Londino is a Psychiatrist in Georgia who has been practicing since 2000. She has a BS from Augusta College with Medical Training through the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta and completed her Internship, Residency, and Fellowship training through the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior at the Medical College of Georgia. To promote optimal growth and development to children and adolescents, Donna offers strategies that enhance healthy family functioning and also assists individuals transitioning to young adulthood or making other transitions in their lives.
Donna L. Londino is a Psychiatrist in Georgia who has been practicing since 2000. She has a BS from Augusta College with Medical Training through the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta and completed her Internship, Residency, and Fellowship training through the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior at the Medical College of Georgia. To promote optimal growth and development to children and adolescents, Donna offers strategies that enhance healthy family functioning and also assists individuals transitioning to young adulthood or making other transitions in their lives.
(706) 719-0428 View (706) 719-0428
Photo of Misty Lewis, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Evans, GA
Misty Lewis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Augusta, GA 30909
Dr. Lewis is a South Georgia girl with southern charm. She attended the University of Georgia where she received a Bachelor of Science in Biology. As an Augusta University Jaguar, she continued her educational journey in graduate school where she completed her Masters in Clinical Leadership in 2017 and obtained a Doctor of Nursing Practice with a concentration in Psychiatric-Mental Health in 2021. While there, she served as a scholar for the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program that integrated behavioral health with primary care. She has special interests in mood disorders, PTSD, and ADHD.
Dr. Lewis is a South Georgia girl with southern charm. She attended the University of Georgia where she received a Bachelor of Science in Biology. As an Augusta University Jaguar, she continued her educational journey in graduate school where she completed her Masters in Clinical Leadership in 2017 and obtained a Doctor of Nursing Practice with a concentration in Psychiatric-Mental Health in 2021. While there, she served as a scholar for the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program that integrated behavioral health with primary care. She has special interests in mood disorders, PTSD, and ADHD.
(706) 943-2877 View (706) 943-2877
Photo of Marron Harper, Physician Assistant in Evans, GA
Marron Harper
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Martinez, GA 30907
I am a physician assistant with extensive experience in psychiatric assessments, addiction and many other aspects of behavioral health. I've been practicing since 2004 in many different settings including orthopedics and urgent care before focusing within the mental health field in 2016.
I am a physician assistant with extensive experience in psychiatric assessments, addiction and many other aspects of behavioral health. I've been practicing since 2004 in many different settings including orthopedics and urgent care before focusing within the mental health field in 2016.
(706) 719-7418 View (706) 719-7418

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Evans, GA

10+

Psychiatrists in Evans, GA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Bipolar Disorder
82% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
82% Medication Management
64% ADHD
64% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
75% Humana

How Psychiatrists in Evans, GA see their clients

82% In Person and Online
18% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Evans?

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.