Psychiatrists in Buffalo Grove, IL

Photo of Anna M Phillips, Physician Assistant in Buffalo Grove, IL
Anna M Phillips
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
My clients are looking for medication management, but also are motivated to work towards better life choices. We will collaborate to find ways to start or continue your healing journey and move towards an enrichment journey.
My clients are looking for medication management, but also are motivated to work towards better life choices. We will collaborate to find ways to start or continue your healing journey and move towards an enrichment journey.
(847) 686-3254 View (847) 686-3254
Photo of Andrea Fried, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Buffalo Grove, IL
Andrea Fried
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Andrea is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who strives to provide an all-inclusive, safe, and open space for patients across the lifespan. Andrea offers compassionate and comprehensive mental health assessments and medication management visits for adults, adolescents, and children who have a variety of mental health conditions and concerns, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and OCD.
Andrea is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who strives to provide an all-inclusive, safe, and open space for patients across the lifespan. Andrea offers compassionate and comprehensive mental health assessments and medication management visits for adults, adolescents, and children who have a variety of mental health conditions and concerns, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and OCD.
(847) 349-4455 View (847) 349-4455
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Sky Espe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089  (Online Only)
I believe in creating an accessible and personalized treatment approach, and recognize the value and strengths of the neurodivergent community and the importance of listening to lived experiences.
I believe in creating an accessible and personalized treatment approach, and recognize the value and strengths of the neurodivergent community and the importance of listening to lived experiences.
(847) 429-3507 View (847) 429-3507
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Darrin Coulter
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
My clients are motivated to improve and I meet them where they are. They prioritize their mental health and are motivated because they understand that there is a better path forward. Every session we work together to create a new path toward healing.
My clients are motivated to improve and I meet them where they are. They prioritize their mental health and are motivated because they understand that there is a better path forward. Every session we work together to create a new path toward healing.
(847) 796-8607 View (847) 796-8607
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Eric Martinez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
I'm Eric Martinez, a seasoned family nurse practitioner with a passion for holistic patient care. Over the years, I've dedicated myself to enhancing my expertise, transitioning to specialize in mental health as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. My journey has been driven by a desire to address the multifaceted needs of my patients, recognizing that true well-being encompasses both physical and mental health. In my practice, I strive to empower individuals to make meaningful changes in their lives.
I'm Eric Martinez, a seasoned family nurse practitioner with a passion for holistic patient care. Over the years, I've dedicated myself to enhancing my expertise, transitioning to specialize in mental health as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. My journey has been driven by a desire to address the multifaceted needs of my patients, recognizing that true well-being encompasses both physical and mental health. In my practice, I strive to empower individuals to make meaningful changes in their lives.
(708) 859-7031 View (708) 859-7031
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Paul Berkowitz
Psychiatrist, MD, FACLP, FAPA
Verified Verified
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
I am a double board certified psychiatrist (general psychiatry and consultation-liaison pyschiatry) with 23 years of experience providing psychiatric care in both outpatient and inpatient settings. I see adult patients to address a number of psychiatric conditions including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD and OCD.
I am a double board certified psychiatrist (general psychiatry and consultation-liaison pyschiatry) with 23 years of experience providing psychiatric care in both outpatient and inpatient settings. I see adult patients to address a number of psychiatric conditions including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD and OCD.
(847) 865-9054 View (847) 865-9054
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Albina Knight
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
I am a dually board-certified Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of nursing experience. I hold a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and a Family Nurse Practitioner certification. In my holistic practice, I provide mental health care services to adolescents and adults. I believe in integrative care that is based on the empathic understanding of my client’s physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing.
I am a dually board-certified Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of nursing experience. I hold a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and a Family Nurse Practitioner certification. In my holistic practice, I provide mental health care services to adolescents and adults. I believe in integrative care that is based on the empathic understanding of my client’s physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing.
(708) 300-1461 View (708) 300-1461
Photo of Alexis Henion (Addiction Speciality), Physician Assistant in Buffalo Grove, IL
Alexis Henion (Addiction Speciality)
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Don't settle for a generic psychiatrist for drug and alcohol issues. You deserve help that actually helps you feel happy again. (And, that's in-network with your insurance).
Don't settle for a generic psychiatrist for drug and alcohol issues. You deserve help that actually helps you feel happy again. (And, that's in-network with your insurance).
(847) 278-2871 View (847) 278-2871

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Rayal Gorrepati
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lincolnshire, IL 60069  (Online Only)
Dr. Rayal Gorrepati is double board certified in both adult and geriatric psychiatry. He has been practicing for over 12 years. Dr. Gorrepati's practice focuses on medication management. Typically, he offers this in conjunction with supportive psychotherapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. However, occasionally Dr. Gorrepati may believe that additional therapy is also needed and ask that you bring a therapist into your care team to provide the best possible outcome.
Dr. Rayal Gorrepati is double board certified in both adult and geriatric psychiatry. He has been practicing for over 12 years. Dr. Gorrepati's practice focuses on medication management. Typically, he offers this in conjunction with supportive psychotherapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. However, occasionally Dr. Gorrepati may believe that additional therapy is also needed and ask that you bring a therapist into your care team to provide the best possible outcome.
(708) 578-2309 View (708) 578-2309
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Sarah Mennella
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lincolnshire, IL 60069  (Online Only)
Dr. Mennella is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. Dr. Mennella's practice focuses on medication management and supportive therapy. Treatment emphasizes patient education and autonomy. Dr. Mennella is a proponent of shared decision-making and believes this facilitates a strong therapeutic relationship, greater satisfaction with care, and improved clinical outcomes.
Dr. Mennella is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. Dr. Mennella's practice focuses on medication management and supportive therapy. Treatment emphasizes patient education and autonomy. Dr. Mennella is a proponent of shared decision-making and believes this facilitates a strong therapeutic relationship, greater satisfaction with care, and improved clinical outcomes.
(708) 616-1626 View (708) 616-1626
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Pamela Shay
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
Dr. Shay is a board-certified psychiatrist practicing adult general psychiatry since 2014, most recently in the outpatient clinic at VA St. Louis Healthcare System. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business at the University of Iowa and worked for years in the insurance industry managing medicolegal issues before deciding to pursue medicine as a second career. Embracing principles of holistic medicine, Dr. Shay completed her medical degree at Midwestern University/Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and her residency in general psychiatry at Loyola University Medical Center in the bio-psycho-social model of care.
Dr. Shay is a board-certified psychiatrist practicing adult general psychiatry since 2014, most recently in the outpatient clinic at VA St. Louis Healthcare System. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business at the University of Iowa and worked for years in the insurance industry managing medicolegal issues before deciding to pursue medicine as a second career. Embracing principles of holistic medicine, Dr. Shay completed her medical degree at Midwestern University/Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and her residency in general psychiatry at Loyola University Medical Center in the bio-psycho-social model of care.
(708) 564-4185 View (708) 564-4185
Photo of Irina Salabai, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Buffalo Grove, IL
Irina Salabai
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Deerfield, IL 60015
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) working with children, adolescents, and adults. I am a patient-centered, compassionate, dedicated, and attentive PMHNP who enjoys working with patients diagnosed with anxiety, depression, insomnia, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, mood disorder, self-injurious behaviors, chemical dependency, postpartum, etc. I deliver care that is empathetic, compassionate, and evidence based. I take time to listen and to understand each person's unique needs. I aim to provide and maintain a safe, non-judgmental, and supportive therapeutic environment.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) working with children, adolescents, and adults. I am a patient-centered, compassionate, dedicated, and attentive PMHNP who enjoys working with patients diagnosed with anxiety, depression, insomnia, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, mood disorder, self-injurious behaviors, chemical dependency, postpartum, etc. I deliver care that is empathetic, compassionate, and evidence based. I take time to listen and to understand each person's unique needs. I aim to provide and maintain a safe, non-judgmental, and supportive therapeutic environment.
(888) 628-6100 View (888) 628-6100
Photo of Carmen Orellana Martinez, Psychiatrist in Buffalo Grove, IL
Carmen Orellana Martinez
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lincolnshire, IL 60069  (Online Only)
Dr. Carmen Orellana is a Staff Psychiatrist at Talkiatry who has been in practice for over 6 years, both in the U.S. and abroad. She is double board-certified in child and adolescent psychiatry and adult psychiatry. Dr. Orellana’s clinical interest include mood and anxiety disorders, OCD, ADHD, and ADHD-related disorders. She strives to provide exceptional medical care and has extensive experience in treating persons with diverse behavioral disorders and backgrounds. Dr. Orellana involves her patients in all decisions about their health, and provides care that is respectful of patient preferences, needs and values.
Dr. Carmen Orellana is a Staff Psychiatrist at Talkiatry who has been in practice for over 6 years, both in the U.S. and abroad. She is double board-certified in child and adolescent psychiatry and adult psychiatry. Dr. Orellana’s clinical interest include mood and anxiety disorders, OCD, ADHD, and ADHD-related disorders. She strives to provide exceptional medical care and has extensive experience in treating persons with diverse behavioral disorders and backgrounds. Dr. Orellana involves her patients in all decisions about their health, and provides care that is respectful of patient preferences, needs and values.
(708) 294-7520 View (708) 294-7520
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Layna Glenn
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lincolnshire, IL 60069  (Online Only)
Dr. Glenn is a board-certified psychiatrist in psychiatry. She has worked mostly as an outpatient psychiatrist for the last 3 years after completing her residency. Dr. Glenn mainly practices in the traditional psychiatric model with a combination of medication management and basic psychotherapy techniques. Dr. Glenn’s goal with every patient is to meet the patient where they are, get a good understanding of their concerns and work together to determine the best treatment plan and obtain the best outcomes. She hopes to continue to learn new evidence-based treatments and grow in her personal interests to better help the patients.
Dr. Glenn is a board-certified psychiatrist in psychiatry. She has worked mostly as an outpatient psychiatrist for the last 3 years after completing her residency. Dr. Glenn mainly practices in the traditional psychiatric model with a combination of medication management and basic psychotherapy techniques. Dr. Glenn’s goal with every patient is to meet the patient where they are, get a good understanding of their concerns and work together to determine the best treatment plan and obtain the best outcomes. She hopes to continue to learn new evidence-based treatments and grow in her personal interests to better help the patients.
(708) 350-6713 View (708) 350-6713
Photo of Silver Lining Behavioral Health, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Buffalo Grove, IL
Silver Lining Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, LCSW, NP, CADC, LCPC
Verified Verified
Deerfield, IL 60015
Silver Lining Behavioral Health clinicians are skilled in treating various issues ranging from the physiological manifestation of depression and anxiety to life-stage issues. Everyone is unique, so our treatment planning considers the client’s age, cultural background, socioeconomic status, ethnic background, and physical health. With proper permission, Silver Lining therapists collaborate with healthcare providers and other multidisciplinary healthcare professionals when necessary. We pride ourselves on our knowledge of the healthcare system and numerous resources.
Silver Lining Behavioral Health clinicians are skilled in treating various issues ranging from the physiological manifestation of depression and anxiety to life-stage issues. Everyone is unique, so our treatment planning considers the client’s age, cultural background, socioeconomic status, ethnic background, and physical health. With proper permission, Silver Lining therapists collaborate with healthcare providers and other multidisciplinary healthcare professionals when necessary. We pride ourselves on our knowledge of the healthcare system and numerous resources.
(708) 729-8882 View (708) 729-8882
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Boski Patel
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
Dr. Boski Patel holds the position of psychiatrist at Talkiatry. She is double board-certified in geriatric and adult psychiatry. She has been practicing for over 3 years. Dr. Patel's practice focuses on medication management. Typically, she offers this in conjunction with supportive therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. However, occasionally Dr. Patel may believe that additional therapy is also needed and ask that you bring a therapist into your care team to provide the best outcome.
Dr. Boski Patel holds the position of psychiatrist at Talkiatry. She is double board-certified in geriatric and adult psychiatry. She has been practicing for over 3 years. Dr. Patel's practice focuses on medication management. Typically, she offers this in conjunction with supportive therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. However, occasionally Dr. Patel may believe that additional therapy is also needed and ask that you bring a therapist into your care team to provide the best outcome.
(708) 381-1980 View (708) 381-1980
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Karelis Sierra-Cintron
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
Dr. Sierra-Cintron is board-certified in adult psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and has been in practice for 12 years. Dr. Sierra-Cintron focuses her practice on medication management. She also engages in supportive therapy in a comprehensive way, focusing on the patient as a whole and not just the symptoms. Dr. Sierra-Cintron has a comprehensive approach to treatment, and might consider the addition of therapy, either by referral or collaborating with an existing therapist for a more rounded approach and improved outcome.
Dr. Sierra-Cintron is board-certified in adult psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and has been in practice for 12 years. Dr. Sierra-Cintron focuses her practice on medication management. She also engages in supportive therapy in a comprehensive way, focusing on the patient as a whole and not just the symptoms. Dr. Sierra-Cintron has a comprehensive approach to treatment, and might consider the addition of therapy, either by referral or collaborating with an existing therapist for a more rounded approach and improved outcome.
(708) 435-2326 View (708) 435-2326
Photo of Stephen Byrd, Psychiatrist in Buffalo Grove, IL
Stephen Byrd
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
Dr. Stephen Byrd is a clinical psychiatrist at Talkiatry. He is board-certified in both psychiatry and addiction medicine. He has been practicing for over 31 years in a wide variety of settings including work with inpatients and outpatients in private practice, community mental health, geriatric, VA, and community hospital/medical center settings. Dr. Byrd's practice focuses on evidence-based medication management usually provided in conjunction with 30- minute supportive psychotherapy informed by cognitive behavior therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy and motivational enhancement.
Dr. Stephen Byrd is a clinical psychiatrist at Talkiatry. He is board-certified in both psychiatry and addiction medicine. He has been practicing for over 31 years in a wide variety of settings including work with inpatients and outpatients in private practice, community mental health, geriatric, VA, and community hospital/medical center settings. Dr. Byrd's practice focuses on evidence-based medication management usually provided in conjunction with 30- minute supportive psychotherapy informed by cognitive behavior therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy and motivational enhancement.
(708) 726-4320 View (708) 726-4320
Photo of Surinderpal Kahlon, Psychiatrist in Buffalo Grove, IL
Surinderpal Kahlon
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lincolnshire, IL 60069  (Online Only)
Dr. Kahlon has been a psychiatrist trained in the USA. He has been with the Veteran's Affairs for the past 24 years. He was employed as a staff psychiatrist and worked with a wide variety of challenging patients in the VA system. Dr. Kahlon provides medication management along with supportive therapy. In case needed further referral is made to a counselor or therapist.
Dr. Kahlon has been a psychiatrist trained in the USA. He has been with the Veteran's Affairs for the past 24 years. He was employed as a staff psychiatrist and worked with a wide variety of challenging patients in the VA system. Dr. Kahlon provides medication management along with supportive therapy. In case needed further referral is made to a counselor or therapist.
(708) 578-8080 View (708) 578-8080
Photo of Samuel Russell, Psychiatrist in Buffalo Grove, IL
Samuel Russell
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lincolnshire, IL 60069  (Online Only)
Dr. Samuel Russell is a psychiatrist at Talkiatry. He is board certified in Addiction Psychiatry and Adult Psychiatry. Dr. Russell’s practice focuses on evidence based treatments for psychiatric illness that utilizes a combination of medications and psychotherapy modalities best suited for an individual patient and their needs. He offers this in conjunction with supportive or emotionally focused therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. Weekly hour-long psychotherapy may be available if indicated. However, occasionally Dr. Russell may believe that different therapy is also needed and ask that you bring a therapist into your care team.
Dr. Samuel Russell is a psychiatrist at Talkiatry. He is board certified in Addiction Psychiatry and Adult Psychiatry. Dr. Russell’s practice focuses on evidence based treatments for psychiatric illness that utilizes a combination of medications and psychotherapy modalities best suited for an individual patient and their needs. He offers this in conjunction with supportive or emotionally focused therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. Weekly hour-long psychotherapy may be available if indicated. However, occasionally Dr. Russell may believe that different therapy is also needed and ask that you bring a therapist into your care team.
(224) 786-1998 View (224) 786-1998

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Number of Psychiatrists in Buffalo Grove, IL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Buffalo Grove, IL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
75% ADHD
75% Bipolar Disorder
63% Trauma and PTSD
63% Sleep or Insomnia
63% Medication Management

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Buffalo Grove, IL see their clients

88% In Person and Online
12% Online Only

Gender breakdown

60% Female
40% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Buffalo Grove?

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.