Psychiatrists in Algonquin, IL

Photo of Michelle Gosnell, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Algonquin, IL
Michelle Gosnell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN CNP, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Algonquin, IL 60102
I provide psychiatric evaluations and medication management for children 6 years and older with Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder.
I provide psychiatric evaluations and medication management for children 6 years and older with Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder.
(815) 393-1038 View (815) 393-1038
Photo of Tricia Ward, Psychiatric Nurse in Algonquin, IL
Tricia Ward
Psychiatric Nurse, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Algonquin, IL 60102
I provide psychiatric evaluations and medication management to adults and adolescents with concerns in all areas of mental health including anxiety disorders, mood disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, and ADHD.
I provide psychiatric evaluations and medication management to adults and adolescents with concerns in all areas of mental health including anxiety disorders, mood disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, and ADHD.
(815) 421-1325 View (815) 421-1325
Photo of Dennis Brightwell, Psychiatrist in Algonquin, IL
Dennis Brightwell
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Algonquin, IL 60156
I am a Psychiatrist and have been providing mental health services for 49 years in outpatient and in home settings. I see Individuals and I address Addiction / Substance Abuse, Cognitive Disorders, Mood Disorder, Schizophrenia, Sleep Disorders.
I am a Psychiatrist and have been providing mental health services for 49 years in outpatient and in home settings. I see Individuals and I address Addiction / Substance Abuse, Cognitive Disorders, Mood Disorder, Schizophrenia, Sleep Disorders.
(224) 337-5357 View (224) 337-5357
Photo of BZA Behavioral Health - Arlington Heights office, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Algonquin, IL
BZA Behavioral Health - Arlington Heights office
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MEd, LCSW
Verified Verified
Algonquin, IL 60156
BZA Behavioral Health is an inclusive, highly specialized group of clinicians dedicated to the emotional and behavioral wellness of the individuals and families we treat. We value the diversity & unique experiences of each person & it is our mission to have comprehensive & individualized types of treatment options to best match those personal needs. Services we offer include (but are not limited to) neuropsychological/psychological assessment, psychiatry, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), EMDR, & art therapy. We work with clients of all ages to utilizing strength to cope with life's challenges.
BZA Behavioral Health is an inclusive, highly specialized group of clinicians dedicated to the emotional and behavioral wellness of the individuals and families we treat. We value the diversity & unique experiences of each person & it is our mission to have comprehensive & individualized types of treatment options to best match those personal needs. Services we offer include (but are not limited to) neuropsychological/psychological assessment, psychiatry, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), EMDR, & art therapy. We work with clients of all ages to utilizing strength to cope with life's challenges.
(847) 892-1654 View (847) 892-1654
Photo of Tana Lombardo, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Algonquin, IL
Tana Lombardo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN , FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Algonquin, IL 60102
Hi there, my name is Tana and I am a Rush trained, certified nurse practitioner. Before becoming a nurse practitioner I worked bedside in the hospital as a nurse for over 15 years. This is where I developed a deep passion for helping others heal. My goal is to help you feel your very best. I want to hear your input and listen to your preferences when coming up with a plan that best fits your needs. I believe that working together and having an open & honest relationship is the best way to get you back to enjoying your life again.
Hi there, my name is Tana and I am a Rush trained, certified nurse practitioner. Before becoming a nurse practitioner I worked bedside in the hospital as a nurse for over 15 years. This is where I developed a deep passion for helping others heal. My goal is to help you feel your very best. I want to hear your input and listen to your preferences when coming up with a plan that best fits your needs. I believe that working together and having an open & honest relationship is the best way to get you back to enjoying your life again.
(708) 729-5598 View (708) 729-5598

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Photo of Allyson Guzman Monelli, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Algonquin, IL
Allyson Guzman Monelli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, FNP-BC, FPA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Hey there, I'm Ally- and yes, you guessed it, I prefer Ally over the whole "Allyson" thing. I've been a nurse practitioner for a few years now, but let me take you on a journey from where it all began. Picture this: I was a mere 15-year old diving into the world of healthcare as a dietary aide at Alexian Village. Yeah, that's right, I started right at the bottom, soaking up the experiences like a sponge. Fast forward a bit, and I found myself rocking new titles of CNA, PCT, and eventually a full-fledged registered nurse. It's like that song "Started from the Bottom," and trust me, I can hum it in my sleep.
Hey there, I'm Ally- and yes, you guessed it, I prefer Ally over the whole "Allyson" thing. I've been a nurse practitioner for a few years now, but let me take you on a journey from where it all began. Picture this: I was a mere 15-year old diving into the world of healthcare as a dietary aide at Alexian Village. Yeah, that's right, I started right at the bottom, soaking up the experiences like a sponge. Fast forward a bit, and I found myself rocking new titles of CNA, PCT, and eventually a full-fledged registered nurse. It's like that song "Started from the Bottom," and trust me, I can hum it in my sleep.
(224) 207-4122 View (224) 207-4122
Photo of Alyssa Ellis, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Algonquin, IL
Alyssa Ellis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PHMNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Huntley, IL 60142
I am a provider that comes from a long-standing background in nursing with various experiences in multiple health care settings. Throughout my years of working with patients, it has become obvious how mental health effects people, not only mentally and emotionally, but physically as well.
I am a provider that comes from a long-standing background in nursing with various experiences in multiple health care settings. Throughout my years of working with patients, it has become obvious how mental health effects people, not only mentally and emotionally, but physically as well.
(815) 849-8196 View (815) 849-8196
Photo of Adriana Gilli, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Algonquin, IL
Adriana Gilli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Not Verified Not Verified
Barrington, IL 60010
Adriana Gilli is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who is qualified to diagnose, treat, and prescribe psychiatric medication for children, adolescents, and adults. Some of her practice specialties include (but not limited to) ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Panic Attacks, and Insomnia. Adriana's practice style can be traditional (prescribing up to date psychiatric medications) or alternative medicine (natural treatments including but not limited to vitamins, supplements, lifestyle modification, nutrition, exercise, and stress management).
Adriana Gilli is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who is qualified to diagnose, treat, and prescribe psychiatric medication for children, adolescents, and adults. Some of her practice specialties include (but not limited to) ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Panic Attacks, and Insomnia. Adriana's practice style can be traditional (prescribing up to date psychiatric medications) or alternative medicine (natural treatments including but not limited to vitamins, supplements, lifestyle modification, nutrition, exercise, and stress management).
(224) 218-5752 View (224) 218-5752
Photo of Jennie Krull, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Algonquin, IL
Jennie Krull
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC, FNP-BC
Not Verified Not Verified
Barrington, IL 60010
Jennie Krull, MSN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who also is Board Certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She has experience treating patients with acute and chronic psychiatric disorders across the lifespan and across practice settings, from outpatient clinics to nursing homes to addiction treatment centers. She specializes in treating ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, PTSD/trauma, anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, serious mental illness, and addiction.
Jennie Krull, MSN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who also is Board Certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She has experience treating patients with acute and chronic psychiatric disorders across the lifespan and across practice settings, from outpatient clinics to nursing homes to addiction treatment centers. She specializes in treating ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, PTSD/trauma, anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, serious mental illness, and addiction.
(224) 250-2844 View (224) 250-2844
Photo of Robert G Kohn, Psychiatrist in Algonquin, IL
Robert G Kohn
Psychiatrist, DO FAAN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
I offer the medical knowledge learned from a thirty year career in Neuropsychiatry. The brain and mind work in harmony seeking balance. The difficulty that you are experiencing, whether this affects your emotions, thinking or behavior, is something I may be able to help. Life is both complicated and simple. I would like to help.
I offer the medical knowledge learned from a thirty year career in Neuropsychiatry. The brain and mind work in harmony seeking balance. The difficulty that you are experiencing, whether this affects your emotions, thinking or behavior, is something I may be able to help. Life is both complicated and simple. I would like to help.
(779) 804-2262 View (779) 804-2262
Photo of Khyati V Patel, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Algonquin, IL
Khyati V Patel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Elgin, IL 60120
Khyati Patel is a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner. She has experienced working with adults and adolescents. She has exceptional clinical skills in treating both pediatric and adult population. She is specializing in Adhd, Anxiety, Depression, and Ptsd. Khyati, approaches her patient Holistic rather than focusing on their diagnosis. She believes it is important to understand the patient holistically to receive benefits from the treatment. Listening to patients’ concerns is one of her empower skills that she carries with her.
Khyati Patel is a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner. She has experienced working with adults and adolescents. She has exceptional clinical skills in treating both pediatric and adult population. She is specializing in Adhd, Anxiety, Depression, and Ptsd. Khyati, approaches her patient Holistic rather than focusing on their diagnosis. She believes it is important to understand the patient holistically to receive benefits from the treatment. Listening to patients’ concerns is one of her empower skills that she carries with her.
(847) 595-5190 View (847) 595-5190
Photo of Grace Roxas, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Algonquin, IL
Grace Roxas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Barrington, IL 60011
Grace Roxas is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and board certified family nurse practitioner. Her treatment approach begins with patient education and using evidence-based treatment options.
Grace Roxas is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and board certified family nurse practitioner. Her treatment approach begins with patient education and using evidence-based treatment options.
(224) 219-1612 View (224) 219-1612
Photo of Idowu O Oshokoya, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Algonquin, IL
Idowu O Oshokoya
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lake In The Hills, IL 60102  (Online Only)
Idowu Oshokoya is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Chicago, IL. He works with adolescents, adults, and older adults, and provides care for patients who are battling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, Bipolars, and other mental disorders. Idowu studied at Walden University, where he obtained a Master of Science in PMHNP. He has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Chamberlain University. He has extensive training and 10 years of experience with behavioral health. He has provided cares for Veterans, minorities, children, homeless, and others at over 6 different teaching hospitals.
Idowu Oshokoya is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Chicago, IL. He works with adolescents, adults, and older adults, and provides care for patients who are battling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, Bipolars, and other mental disorders. Idowu studied at Walden University, where he obtained a Master of Science in PMHNP. He has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Chamberlain University. He has extensive training and 10 years of experience with behavioral health. He has provided cares for Veterans, minorities, children, homeless, and others at over 6 different teaching hospitals.
(773) 232-5526 View (773) 232-5526
Photo of Faith Caster, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Algonquin, IL
Faith Caster
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Kindness first. We all have had our own hardships that we have had to overcome. Each experience is unique, even in the same family. I can only understand what it has been like for you by listening to you and getting to know you as a person. Who you are and how you identify matters to me. Once I better understand you, we can formulate a plan of care for you (with your care team, family, supportive people) that is safe, beneficial, and realistic.
Kindness first. We all have had our own hardships that we have had to overcome. Each experience is unique, even in the same family. I can only understand what it has been like for you by listening to you and getting to know you as a person. Who you are and how you identify matters to me. Once I better understand you, we can formulate a plan of care for you (with your care team, family, supportive people) that is safe, beneficial, and realistic.
(815) 338-3590 View (815) 338-3590
Photo of Mya Yee Nandar, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Algonquin, IL
Mya Yee Nandar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Barrington, IL 60010
Mya Nandar (Maya) is a Dual Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner in Illinois. Her extensive training in the fields of family and psychiatric mental health led her to a unique understanding of a humanistic approach to holistic care. Her education includes a Master of Science in Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializations. She is a recipient of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners’ 2024 State Award for Excellence in Illinois. Mya is also fluent in the Burmese language.
Mya Nandar (Maya) is a Dual Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner in Illinois. Her extensive training in the fields of family and psychiatric mental health led her to a unique understanding of a humanistic approach to holistic care. Her education includes a Master of Science in Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializations. She is a recipient of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners’ 2024 State Award for Excellence in Illinois. Mya is also fluent in the Burmese language.
(224) 507-1979 View (224) 507-1979
Photo of Emmanuel Ofori Danso, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Algonquin, IL
Emmanuel Ofori Danso
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lake In The Hills, IL 60156
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner committed to empowering my patients to make mental well-being a priority. Since 2021, I have dedicated myself to the field of psychiatry, driven by a profound passion for healing. Within my practice, I emphasize a holistic approach to mental health, recognizing the intricate interconnections within our lives. My specialization encompasses a spectrum of mental health challenges, including bipolar disorder, depression, generalized anxiety, hyperactivity, and schizophrenia.
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner committed to empowering my patients to make mental well-being a priority. Since 2021, I have dedicated myself to the field of psychiatry, driven by a profound passion for healing. Within my practice, I emphasize a holistic approach to mental health, recognizing the intricate interconnections within our lives. My specialization encompasses a spectrum of mental health challenges, including bipolar disorder, depression, generalized anxiety, hyperactivity, and schizophrenia.
(847) 558-6017 View (847) 558-6017
Photo of Devika Patel, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Algonquin, IL
Devika Patel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Elgin, IL 60123
I am currently accepting new patients** I have been providing excellent care for over 4 years with great compassion.  I provide psychiatric evaluations and medication management for patients 5 years and older with Anxiety Disorders, Depression, ADHD, Mood disorder, PTSD, Opioid Use Disorder, and other mental health problems.  I treat each patient as an individual and work together in developing treatment plans. I spend the time needed with each patient to get to know them and understand the source of their struggles.
I am currently accepting new patients** I have been providing excellent care for over 4 years with great compassion.  I provide psychiatric evaluations and medication management for patients 5 years and older with Anxiety Disorders, Depression, ADHD, Mood disorder, PTSD, Opioid Use Disorder, and other mental health problems.  I treat each patient as an individual and work together in developing treatment plans. I spend the time needed with each patient to get to know them and understand the source of their struggles.
(847) 261-8144 View (847) 261-8144
Photo of Altasano Integrative Wellness Center, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Algonquin, IL
Altasano Integrative Wellness Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNA, PMHNP
Verified Verified
West Dundee, IL 60118
Are you trying to manage an issue such as treatment resistant depression, insomnia, brain fog, fatigue, loss of libido or trichotillomania/body-focused repetitive disorders, without the use of conventional psychiatric medications? Mental health conditions like these affect overall quality life and impact the way you engage in relationships and in the world, and ultimately, interfere with your ability to reach your full potential. If you think that mental and physical health are interconnected and that complex mind-body health issues sometimes require non-conventional treatments, you might find the solutions you are seeking with us.
Are you trying to manage an issue such as treatment resistant depression, insomnia, brain fog, fatigue, loss of libido or trichotillomania/body-focused repetitive disorders, without the use of conventional psychiatric medications? Mental health conditions like these affect overall quality life and impact the way you engage in relationships and in the world, and ultimately, interfere with your ability to reach your full potential. If you think that mental and physical health are interconnected and that complex mind-body health issues sometimes require non-conventional treatments, you might find the solutions you are seeking with us.
(815) 472-8896 View (815) 472-8896
Photo of Lin Lu, Psychiatrist in Algonquin, IL
Lin Lu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Barrington, IL 60010
Dr. Lu specializes in Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry, who has been practicing since 2010. She also has a PhD in Microbiology & Immunology. Her extensive training in both fields leads her to a unique understanding of the mind and body. She believes in people's potential and strives to develop a personal connection with them.
Dr. Lu specializes in Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry, who has been practicing since 2010. She also has a PhD in Microbiology & Immunology. Her extensive training in both fields leads her to a unique understanding of the mind and body. She believes in people's potential and strives to develop a personal connection with them.
(224) 970-2457 View (224) 970-2457
Photo of Devika Patel, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Algonquin, IL
Devika Patel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Huntley, IL 60142
I am currently accepting new patients**** I have been providing excellent care for over 5 years with great compassion.  I provide psychiatric evaluations and medication management for patients 7 years and older with Anxiety Disorders, Depression, ADHD, Mood disorder, PTSD, Opioid Use Disorder, and other mental health problems.  I treat each patient as an individual and work together in developing treatment plans. I spend the time needed with each patient to get to know them and understand the source of their struggles.
I am currently accepting new patients**** I have been providing excellent care for over 5 years with great compassion.  I provide psychiatric evaluations and medication management for patients 7 years and older with Anxiety Disorders, Depression, ADHD, Mood disorder, PTSD, Opioid Use Disorder, and other mental health problems.  I treat each patient as an individual and work together in developing treatment plans. I spend the time needed with each patient to get to know them and understand the source of their struggles.
(224) 386-3252 View (224) 386-3252

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Algonquin, IL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Algonquin, IL who prioritize treating:

80% Depression
80% Medication Management
60% Anxiety
60% ADHD
60% Bipolar Disorder
40% Child
40% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
80% Aetna
80% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Algonquin, IL 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 Algonquin?

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.