Psychiatrists in Lake Zurich, IL

Photo of Inna Dilman, Physician Assistant in Lake Zurich, IL
Inna Dilman
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Lake Zurich, IL 60047  (Online Only)
Inna Dilman is nationally certified and state licensed to practice medical and psychiatric care in the state of Illinois. She has over 10 years of experience including preventive, medical and mental health care. She has a special interest in treating anxiety, depression, ADHD, and insomnia. She is a compassionate and empathetic provider that strives to understand and heal the whole patient. As a PA, she is skilled in providing individualized, judgement free and comprehensive care using both pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical approaches, as well as offering brief psychotherapy. For more information: www.psychwellnessgroup.com
Inna Dilman is nationally certified and state licensed to practice medical and psychiatric care in the state of Illinois. She has over 10 years of experience including preventive, medical and mental health care. She has a special interest in treating anxiety, depression, ADHD, and insomnia. She is a compassionate and empathetic provider that strives to understand and heal the whole patient. As a PA, she is skilled in providing individualized, judgement free and comprehensive care using both pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical approaches, as well as offering brief psychotherapy. For more information: www.psychwellnessgroup.com
(847) 616-2442 View (847) 616-2442
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Sharyl Balkin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
I attended the University of Florida for my undergraduate degree and went on to complete a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies at Florida State. I earned Certificate of Added Qualifications in psychiatry in 2022. Every visit, I aim to supply an inclusive, transparent, and team-based environment. I am a LGBTIQA+ ally.
I attended the University of Florida for my undergraduate degree and went on to complete a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies at Florida State. I earned Certificate of Added Qualifications in psychiatry in 2022. Every visit, I aim to supply an inclusive, transparent, and team-based environment. I am a LGBTIQA+ ally.
(847) 851-3249 View (847) 851-3249
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Brianna Wicinski
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP, FPA, RN
Verified Verified
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Since the beginning of my career, I have gained knowledge and expertise as a healthcare provider in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I excel in providing care to a variety of individuals, including emergency, intensive care, medical-surgical, correctional, and psychiatric populations. While supporting my patients in overcoming their physical and emotional challenges, I developed a passion for working with individuals struggling with mental health disorders and and thoroughly enjoy educating & empowering my patients to strengthen their mental health throughout their healing journey.
Since the beginning of my career, I have gained knowledge and expertise as a healthcare provider in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I excel in providing care to a variety of individuals, including emergency, intensive care, medical-surgical, correctional, and psychiatric populations. While supporting my patients in overcoming their physical and emotional challenges, I developed a passion for working with individuals struggling with mental health disorders and and thoroughly enjoy educating & empowering my patients to strengthen their mental health throughout their healing journey.
(224) 293-6742 View (224) 293-6742
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Brianne Brown
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FPA, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Are you drowning in an ocean of providers to choose from? Are you constantly overthinking? Do you struggle to quiet your racing thoughts, replaying different scenarios in your head? Do you feel like stress and your mood make it hard to fall asleep or get out of bed? Are you feeling isolated and lonely but still can't leave the house? You have a million things to do, but feel paralyzed. Are you unsatisfied in your relationships or work and need help to get through another day? I understand how you feel and want to help you regain control and improve your wellbeing.
Are you drowning in an ocean of providers to choose from? Are you constantly overthinking? Do you struggle to quiet your racing thoughts, replaying different scenarios in your head? Do you feel like stress and your mood make it hard to fall asleep or get out of bed? Are you feeling isolated and lonely but still can't leave the house? You have a million things to do, but feel paralyzed. Are you unsatisfied in your relationships or work and need help to get through another day? I understand how you feel and want to help you regain control and improve your wellbeing.
(847) 973-5890 View (847) 973-5890
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Grace Esmalla
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
(779) 237-3079 View (779) 237-3079
EOHT
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Osinowo, Oluseun, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
(224) 219-0682 View (224) 219-0682

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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
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Shalini Varma, M.D.
Psychiatrist, Doctor, BdCert, Meds, COACH, Therapy
Verified Verified
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Accepting people of all ages within one week! Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Autism, School and Work Accommodations, Difficulty sleeping, Addictions & Medication. Evening appointments are available. Care provided by me, a Physician, a Double Board Certified MD Psychiatrist may be a more effective approach for you. I am structured and organized with treatment. I also provide neuropsychological and psychological TESTING. I am available for urgent needs. Work together to decrease struggling. US born and educated at Rutgers Medical School & completed Psychiatry Residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.
Accepting people of all ages within one week! Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Autism, School and Work Accommodations, Difficulty sleeping, Addictions & Medication. Evening appointments are available. Care provided by me, a Physician, a Double Board Certified MD Psychiatrist may be a more effective approach for you. I am structured and organized with treatment. I also provide neuropsychological and psychological TESTING. I am available for urgent needs. Work together to decrease struggling. US born and educated at Rutgers Medical School & completed Psychiatry Residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.
(224) 374-1918 View (224) 374-1918
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Alexis Henion (Addiction Speciality)
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Vernon Hills, IL 60061
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
Photo of Eric Martinez, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lake Zurich, IL
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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Tamia Chapple
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP, PMHNP
Not Verified Not Verified
Libertyville, IL 60048
Tamia Chapple is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois who has more than 10 years of experience in mental health in the inpatient and outpatient setting. She has earned MBA, HCM, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, GERO-BC, and CPhT degrees and certifications. Tamia specializes in treating children ages 4 to 17 with Neurodevelopmental Concerns, Autism, ADHD, Oppositional/Conduct/Defiance, Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Mood Disorders, and Psychotic Disorders. She also specializes in elderly patients with Irritability, Aggression, Depression, Anxiety, and Insomnia.
Tamia Chapple is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois who has more than 10 years of experience in mental health in the inpatient and outpatient setting. She has earned MBA, HCM, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, GERO-BC, and CPhT degrees and certifications. Tamia specializes in treating children ages 4 to 17 with Neurodevelopmental Concerns, Autism, ADHD, Oppositional/Conduct/Defiance, Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Mood Disorders, and Psychotic Disorders. She also specializes in elderly patients with Irritability, Aggression, Depression, Anxiety, and Insomnia.
(847) 595-4638 View (847) 595-4638
Photo of Carmen Orellana Martinez, Psychiatrist in Lake Zurich, 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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Hone ur Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Vernon Hills, IL 60061
My name is Joan Ajide, owner of Hone ur Health & Wellness. I hold a dual board certification with American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a family nurse practitioner and a psychiatric nurse practitioner. I earned both a family nurse practitioner and a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner post graduate certificate from Lewis University. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from University of Illinois in Chicago and a Master of Science in Clinical Nurse Leadership from Saint Xavier University. I have over 15 years of nursing experience in both acute and primary care treating various age groups.
My name is Joan Ajide, owner of Hone ur Health & Wellness. I hold a dual board certification with American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a family nurse practitioner and a psychiatric nurse practitioner. I earned both a family nurse practitioner and a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner post graduate certificate from Lewis University. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from University of Illinois in Chicago and a Master of Science in Clinical Nurse Leadership from Saint Xavier University. I have over 15 years of nursing experience in both acute and primary care treating various age groups.
(773) 389-1455 View (773) 389-1455
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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 Mya Yee Nandar, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lake Zurich, 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 Darrin Coulter, Physician Assistant in Lake Zurich, IL
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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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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Laura Long
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lincolnshire, IL 60069  (Online Only)
Dr. Long is a board-certified psychiatrist with over 14 years of experience treating adult and older adult patients from a wide variety of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Dr. Long's practice focuses primarily on medication management, in addition to supportive and cognitive and behavioral therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. Sometimes Dr. Long will suggest additional therapy be included in your treatment plan in order to provide the best outcome. Dr. Long received her B.A. from Yale University, graduating cum laude with a double major in Biology and Literature.
Dr. Long is a board-certified psychiatrist with over 14 years of experience treating adult and older adult patients from a wide variety of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Dr. Long's practice focuses primarily on medication management, in addition to supportive and cognitive and behavioral therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. Sometimes Dr. Long will suggest additional therapy be included in your treatment plan in order to provide the best outcome. Dr. Long received her B.A. from Yale University, graduating cum laude with a double major in Biology and Literature.
(224) 786-1998 View (224) 786-1998
Photo of Albina Knight, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lake Zurich, IL
Albina Knight
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Deerfield, IL 60015
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 Andrea Fried, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lake Zurich, 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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Number of Psychiatrists in Lake Zurich, IL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Lake Zurich, IL who prioritize treating:

83% Depression
83% Anxiety
83% ADHD
83% Sleep or Insomnia
67% Bipolar Disorder
67% Medication Management
33% Addiction

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Lake Zurich, IL see their clients

84% In Person and Online
16% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Lake Zurich?

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.