Psychiatrists in Elburn, IL

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Grace Roxas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Elburn, IL 60119
Grace Roxas is a dual certified Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. She has been practicing as nurse practitioner since 2016. She graduated from Northern Illinois University for her Family Nurse Practitioner and received her post master's degree for Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner from University of Cincinnati. She believes in a holistic and collaborative approach in treating her patients. She also uses the best quality evidence and best practices in the treatment plan in addressing the patient's concern.
Grace Roxas is a dual certified Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. She has been practicing as nurse practitioner since 2016. She graduated from Northern Illinois University for her Family Nurse Practitioner and received her post master's degree for Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner from University of Cincinnati. She believes in a holistic and collaborative approach in treating her patients. She also uses the best quality evidence and best practices in the treatment plan in addressing the patient's concern.
(630) 216-7858 View (630) 216-7858
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Carol Lynn Craig
Psychiatrist, MD
Elburn, IL 60119
Dr. Carol Lynn Craig is a Psychiatrist in Illinois who has been practicing since 1991. She has a B.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan, an M.D. from Wayne State University School of Medicine, and an M. P. H. from Northern Illinois University. Dr. Craig approaches care of her patients from a holistic biopsychosocial model which allows her to develop a treatment plan that helps her patients to function at their highest optimal potential. Outside of work, Dr. Craig enjoys practicing Vinyasa Yoga. She enjoys cooking and has become quite the Vegan Chef and Vegan Baker.
Dr. Carol Lynn Craig is a Psychiatrist in Illinois who has been practicing since 1991. She has a B.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan, an M.D. from Wayne State University School of Medicine, and an M. P. H. from Northern Illinois University. Dr. Craig approaches care of her patients from a holistic biopsychosocial model which allows her to develop a treatment plan that helps her patients to function at their highest optimal potential. Outside of work, Dr. Craig enjoys practicing Vinyasa Yoga. She enjoys cooking and has become quite the Vegan Chef and Vegan Baker.
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Jaya Luis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Elburn, IL 60119
Jaya Luis is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois. Jaya offers mental health treatment and support that promotes healing and growth, while empowering clients to take control of their own mental health journey. Outside of work, Jaya passionately follows/practices Christian beliefs and doctrine. Her day begins and ends with prayer and connection with her Creator. This keeps her grounded. Her hunger for family time never ends! She enjoys going on bikes rides and walks with family, it gives them a chance to connect. She has a gym membership and likes to work out.
Jaya Luis is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois. Jaya offers mental health treatment and support that promotes healing and growth, while empowering clients to take control of their own mental health journey. Outside of work, Jaya passionately follows/practices Christian beliefs and doctrine. Her day begins and ends with prayer and connection with her Creator. This keeps her grounded. Her hunger for family time never ends! She enjoys going on bikes rides and walks with family, it gives them a chance to connect. She has a gym membership and likes to work out.
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Heidi Napolitano
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Elburn, IL 60119
I work to help my patients understand themselves while defining clear goals for treatment and identifying how I can help them reach those goals.
I work to help my patients understand themselves while defining clear goals for treatment and identifying how I can help them reach those goals.
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Melissa Welch
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Elburn, IL 60119
(630) 749-9958 View (630) 749-9958

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Joseph Malcolm
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
North Aurora, IL 60542  (Online Only)
I have been in health care for over two decades and in the mental health arena for over 15 years in a multitude of capacities: from direct nursing care, administration, and working as a health care provider serving our nation's heroes, and in the correctional system. Helping children and adolescents is not only a passion but a calling. Guiding children and adolescents to meet their optimal level of achievement, as they navigate through diagnoses such as ADHD, Conduct Disorder, DMDD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), and other disorders that impeded our children and adolescents from meeting their fullest potential.
I have been in health care for over two decades and in the mental health arena for over 15 years in a multitude of capacities: from direct nursing care, administration, and working as a health care provider serving our nation's heroes, and in the correctional system. Helping children and adolescents is not only a passion but a calling. Guiding children and adolescents to meet their optimal level of achievement, as they navigate through diagnoses such as ADHD, Conduct Disorder, DMDD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), and other disorders that impeded our children and adolescents from meeting their fullest potential.
(630) 523-0330 View (630) 523-0330
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Holistic Behavioral and TMS therapy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Batavia, IL 60510
Lawrence Abah, PMHNP treats patients starting from 12 years old. Lawrence is dual board certified in Across the lifespan psychiatry and Family practice. Lawrence believes in using holistic approach to behavioral health and partnering with his clients for the best treatment outcome. He believes in development of good therapeutic alliance with his patients. He prides himself in providing patient focused, high quality and individualized care to his patients. Lawrence has more than 15 years experience in behavioral health, and he understands how difficult it is finding that provider that truly cares about your holistic wellness.
Lawrence Abah, PMHNP treats patients starting from 12 years old. Lawrence is dual board certified in Across the lifespan psychiatry and Family practice. Lawrence believes in using holistic approach to behavioral health and partnering with his clients for the best treatment outcome. He believes in development of good therapeutic alliance with his patients. He prides himself in providing patient focused, high quality and individualized care to his patients. Lawrence has more than 15 years experience in behavioral health, and he understands how difficult it is finding that provider that truly cares about your holistic wellness.
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Elizabeth Adekoya
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Geneva, IL 60134  (Online Only)
Hi there, I'm Elizabeth. Do you you suffer from persistent sadness? Are you struggling to find joy in your day to day life? Or do you find yourself constantly worrying, afraid or anxious? Are you in search of a provider that is both compassionate and adequately skilled to help you treat and manage your symptoms? I am a Psychiatric Mental health Nurse Practitioner. I help adult individuals with mood disorders and other mental/psychiatric disorders. I am compassionate about helping you manage your depression, anxiety and any other comorbidities.
Hi there, I'm Elizabeth. Do you you suffer from persistent sadness? Are you struggling to find joy in your day to day life? Or do you find yourself constantly worrying, afraid or anxious? Are you in search of a provider that is both compassionate and adequately skilled to help you treat and manage your symptoms? I am a Psychiatric Mental health Nurse Practitioner. I help adult individuals with mood disorders and other mental/psychiatric disorders. I am compassionate about helping you manage your depression, anxiety and any other comorbidities.
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Suzanne Butler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, RN
Verified
North Aurora, IL 60542
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and have been providing mental health services for 1 years in outpatient and in home settings. I see individuals and I address anxiety, depression, Hyperactive Disorder (ADD/ADHD), mood disorder, and psychosis.
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and have been providing mental health services for 1 years in outpatient and in home settings. I see individuals and I address anxiety, depression, Hyperactive Disorder (ADD/ADHD), mood disorder, and psychosis.
(224) 257-3459 View (224) 257-3459
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Theresa Towle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC, APRN
Verified
Geneva, IL 60134  (Online Only)
Greetings! My name is Dr. Theresa Towle. I have decades of experience providing holistic care to help heal hurt, process trauma, build resilience, and find balance. As a dual-certified family & psychiatric mental-health nurse practitioner, I use evidence-based techniques to treat mind and body, including addressing the role of the gut-brain axis in anxiety, depression, trauma, attention issues, weight loss and a host of other issues. I am dedicated to working with you develop a holistic approach to care.
Greetings! My name is Dr. Theresa Towle. I have decades of experience providing holistic care to help heal hurt, process trauma, build resilience, and find balance. As a dual-certified family & psychiatric mental-health nurse practitioner, I use evidence-based techniques to treat mind and body, including addressing the role of the gut-brain axis in anxiety, depression, trauma, attention issues, weight loss and a host of other issues. I am dedicated to working with you develop a holistic approach to care.
(708) 564-3560 View (708) 564-3560
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Pooja J Patel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Saint Charles, IL 60174
I have been working in a psychiatric setting for a few years now. I have experienced in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I am skilled in providing individual and comprehensive care including prescribing medications and therapeutic approaches. I believe, mental health is just as important as any other medical issue. It plays an important role in the way we deal with daily life stress, how we relate to others, and the decisions we make. I believe in giving the best quality of care that my patient desires. I am friendly and approachable, with my warm nature I am easily get connected with children and adults.
I have been working in a psychiatric setting for a few years now. I have experienced in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I am skilled in providing individual and comprehensive care including prescribing medications and therapeutic approaches. I believe, mental health is just as important as any other medical issue. It plays an important role in the way we deal with daily life stress, how we relate to others, and the decisions we make. I believe in giving the best quality of care that my patient desires. I am friendly and approachable, with my warm nature I am easily get connected with children and adults.
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Amy Drescher-Crumpley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CNM, PMHNP, FPA
Verified
2 Endorsed
Saint Charles, IL 60174
As a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, (PMHNP-BC). My goal is to build a strong alliance with patients and provide them with hope, knowledge and tools to participate effectively in their own unique healing process. I can address a broad range of mental health issues while working in partnership with other members of the clinical team when appropriate. My scope of practice includes men and women 13 years old and up. I have over 20 years’ experience in health care including my years as a nurse midwife.
As a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, (PMHNP-BC). My goal is to build a strong alliance with patients and provide them with hope, knowledge and tools to participate effectively in their own unique healing process. I can address a broad range of mental health issues while working in partnership with other members of the clinical team when appropriate. My scope of practice includes men and women 13 years old and up. I have over 20 years’ experience in health care including my years as a nurse midwife.
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JOSEPH Spagnola
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, NP, FPA
Verified
Saint Charles, IL 60174
Joseph Spagnola III, delivers extensive and holistic psychiatric care for those who are 16 years old and older. Joseph works carefully with each of his clients to ensure that they are meeting their unique health and wellness goals. Joseph pioneers the increasing of awareness for behavioral and mental health disorders. Joseph is a clinical preceptor supervising nurse practitioner PMHNP students at universities such as NKU, EKU, Walden University, and Herzing University.
Joseph Spagnola III, delivers extensive and holistic psychiatric care for those who are 16 years old and older. Joseph works carefully with each of his clients to ensure that they are meeting their unique health and wellness goals. Joseph pioneers the increasing of awareness for behavioral and mental health disorders. Joseph is a clinical preceptor supervising nurse practitioner PMHNP students at universities such as NKU, EKU, Walden University, and Herzing University.
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Juliette Murphy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, MSN
Verified
Saint Charles, IL 60174
I want to know your story. As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, it is my job to make sure you feel seen and heard in order to provide the best care possible. I have been in the field of mental health since 2018, working in both the inpatient and outpatient sectors. I have experience across the lifespan working with a broad range of mental health diagnoses including depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar, mood disorders, personality disorders, PTSD/trauma, and serious mental illness. Together, we will collaborate using a biopsychosocial approach to meet your individual goals.
I want to know your story. As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, it is my job to make sure you feel seen and heard in order to provide the best care possible. I have been in the field of mental health since 2018, working in both the inpatient and outpatient sectors. I have experience across the lifespan working with a broad range of mental health diagnoses including depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar, mood disorders, personality disorders, PTSD/trauma, and serious mental illness. Together, we will collaborate using a biopsychosocial approach to meet your individual goals.
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Maricela Perez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-B
Verified
Batavia, IL 60510
After 30 years of healthcare experience, it's become very evident that there is no separation between wellness of the body and wellness of the mind. Unfortunately in most healthcare settings, only the wellness of the body is assessed. My philosophy is to assess the whole person. And in order to achieve this, I listen to my patients' concerns, but most importantly, I listen to their stories.I believe in providing patient centered care in a professional, yet compassionate nature, with emphasis of balance of mind, body, and spirit.
After 30 years of healthcare experience, it's become very evident that there is no separation between wellness of the body and wellness of the mind. Unfortunately in most healthcare settings, only the wellness of the body is assessed. My philosophy is to assess the whole person. And in order to achieve this, I listen to my patients' concerns, but most importantly, I listen to their stories.I believe in providing patient centered care in a professional, yet compassionate nature, with emphasis of balance of mind, body, and spirit.
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Fatima M. Hadi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Saint Charles, IL 60174
I was trained at the world renowned Cleveland Clinic Health System in Cleveland, Ohio. The training included residency in adult/general psychiatry and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry. This was a tertiary care facility and the training involved providing consultations to local practitioners/therapists for complicated patients not responding to the traditional treatment modalities.
I was trained at the world renowned Cleveland Clinic Health System in Cleveland, Ohio. The training included residency in adult/general psychiatry and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry. This was a tertiary care facility and the training involved providing consultations to local practitioners/therapists for complicated patients not responding to the traditional treatment modalities.
(331) 260-9521 View (331) 260-9521
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Davena Beal
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN, PMH-NP
Verified
Aurora, IL 60506
After 20 years of working in the mental health field, I have learned that although psychotherapy can be a life changing experience, it is not always enough to adequately manage mental health symptoms. When patients are still experiencing debilitating symptoms of depression, anxiety, impulsiveness, or difficulty with concentration, then psychotropic medications may be beneficial. Medications may bring patients relief from overwhelming worry or panic symptoms, low mood and motivation, and mood swings or irritability.
After 20 years of working in the mental health field, I have learned that although psychotherapy can be a life changing experience, it is not always enough to adequately manage mental health symptoms. When patients are still experiencing debilitating symptoms of depression, anxiety, impulsiveness, or difficulty with concentration, then psychotropic medications may be beneficial. Medications may bring patients relief from overwhelming worry or panic symptoms, low mood and motivation, and mood swings or irritability.
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In Step Behavioral Health SC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Saint Charles, IL 60174
Our multidisciplinary group practice includes dedicated psychiatrist, psychiatric nurse practitioners, psychologist and psychotherapists providing patient centered comprehensive care that emphasize the the biopsychosocial model of care treating the whole person. We provide person specific treatment options through the life span from children to older adults. We also offer psychological testing services as well. We want to incorporate the mind and body to developing and achieving mental wellness.
Our multidisciplinary group practice includes dedicated psychiatrist, psychiatric nurse practitioners, psychologist and psychotherapists providing patient centered comprehensive care that emphasize the the biopsychosocial model of care treating the whole person. We provide person specific treatment options through the life span from children to older adults. We also offer psychological testing services as well. We want to incorporate the mind and body to developing and achieving mental wellness.
(630) 395-7603 View (630) 395-7603
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Relief Mental Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Saint Charles, IL 60174
Dr. Poprawski specializes in the use of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to treat depression, OCD, and other diagnoses. Through collaboration with all providers Dr. Poprawski has a proven track record of outstanding outcomes in the field of neuropsychiatry. Her commitment to providing the best patient care is unparalleled and contagious with patients and her peers. She uses multiple modalities in conjunction with TMS to create the best possible outcomes and efficacy. Dr. Poprawski values the goals of her patients and treats all patients with individualized care.
Dr. Poprawski specializes in the use of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to treat depression, OCD, and other diagnoses. Through collaboration with all providers Dr. Poprawski has a proven track record of outstanding outcomes in the field of neuropsychiatry. Her commitment to providing the best patient care is unparalleled and contagious with patients and her peers. She uses multiple modalities in conjunction with TMS to create the best possible outcomes and efficacy. Dr. Poprawski values the goals of her patients and treats all patients with individualized care.
(331) 210-9515 View (331) 210-9515
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Pollyanna C Vujovic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified
Saint Charles, IL 60175
​I am passionate about life and people! My goal is to make a real difference in patients' lives with comprehensive, compassionate care in a relaxed setting. I will evaluate your specific concerns, work with you to develop a clear and practical plan, and support you through the process of improving your life so you function at your very best. ​ My role as a psychiatric nurse practitioner revolves largely around medication management and psychotherapy, utilizing evidence-based treatments for a wide variety of mental health problems. This creates a strong therapeutic alliance with high patient satisfaction.
​I am passionate about life and people! My goal is to make a real difference in patients' lives with comprehensive, compassionate care in a relaxed setting. I will evaluate your specific concerns, work with you to develop a clear and practical plan, and support you through the process of improving your life so you function at your very best. ​ My role as a psychiatric nurse practitioner revolves largely around medication management and psychotherapy, utilizing evidence-based treatments for a wide variety of mental health problems. This creates a strong therapeutic alliance with high patient satisfaction.
(630) 354-0903 View (630) 354-0903

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Elburn, IL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Elburn, IL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Medication Management
80% ADHD
80% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Elburn, 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 Elburn?

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.