Psychiatrists in Mchenry County, IL

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Photo of Dennis Brightwell, Psychiatrist in Mchenry County, IL
Dennis Brightwell
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
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 Altasano Integrative Wellness Center, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Mchenry County, IL
Altasano Integrative Wellness Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNA, PMHNP
Verified
Wonder Lake, IL 60097
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 Robert G Kohn, Psychiatrist in Mchenry County, IL
Robert G Kohn
Psychiatrist, DO FAAN
Verified
1 Endorsed
McHenry, IL 60050
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 Emmanuel Ofori Danso, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Mchenry County, IL
Emmanuel Ofori Danso
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
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 Allyson Guzman Monelli, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Mchenry County, IL
Allyson Guzman Monelli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, FNP-BC, FPA
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 Faith Caster, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Mchenry County, IL
Faith Caster
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Woodstock, IL 60098
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.
(779) 246-4365 View (779) 246-4365
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Kohn Medical Group
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
McHenry, IL 60050
Welcome to Kohn Medical Group, where I hope to help you feel your best! I work as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Board Certified for Psychiatric Mental Health. My therapeutic approach encourages patient involvement in their treatment plan to ensure the focus is on what matters most to the patient. Unfortunately, there is no "magic pill" to fix everything, but with hard work and commitment I help patients achieve happy, balanced, and a mentally/physically healthy life. I have training and experience for patients across the lifespan, including children, adolescents, and adults.
Welcome to Kohn Medical Group, where I hope to help you feel your best! I work as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Board Certified for Psychiatric Mental Health. My therapeutic approach encourages patient involvement in their treatment plan to ensure the focus is on what matters most to the patient. Unfortunately, there is no "magic pill" to fix everything, but with hard work and commitment I help patients achieve happy, balanced, and a mentally/physically healthy life. I have training and experience for patients across the lifespan, including children, adolescents, and adults.
(779) 246-4426 View (779) 246-4426
Photo of Jennie Krull, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Mchenry County, IL
Jennie Krull
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC, FNP-BC
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 Michelle Gosnell, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Mchenry County, IL
Michelle Gosnell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN CNP, PMHNP, -BC
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
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Tricia Ward
Psychiatric Nurse, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP, -BC
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 Adriana Gilli, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Mchenry County, IL
Adriana Gilli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
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 Brianna Wicinski, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Mchenry County, IL
Brianna Wicinski
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP, FPA, RN
Verified
McHenry, IL 60050
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
Photo of Eric Martinez, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Mchenry County, IL
Eric Martinez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified
Spring Grove, IL 60081
My name is Eric Martinez where I have worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner for several years. I received my Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner as well to help treat the individual I am seeing in all aspects. My focus is to assist you in all aspects! I love assisting patients in changing their lives for the better!
My name is Eric Martinez where I have worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner for several years. I received my Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner as well to help treat the individual I am seeing in all aspects. My focus is to assist you in all aspects! I love assisting patients in changing their lives for the better!
(708) 859-7031 View (708) 859-7031
Photo of Thrive Psychiatric Services, Jessica Jacobs, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Mchenry County, IL
Thrive Psychiatric Services, Jessica Jacobs
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified
Woodstock, IL 60098  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified nurse practitioner with a background in both emergency and psychiatric medicine for 10 years. I provide medication management for patients 6 years and up. My goal is to provide a caring, compassionate, holistic, and individualized care to each of my patients. Our visits will be judgement free and my individualized treatment recommendations for each patient is based on their preferences.
I am a board-certified nurse practitioner with a background in both emergency and psychiatric medicine for 10 years. I provide medication management for patients 6 years and up. My goal is to provide a caring, compassionate, holistic, and individualized care to each of my patients. Our visits will be judgement free and my individualized treatment recommendations for each patient is based on their preferences.
(224) 302-6973 View (224) 302-6973
Photo of BZA Behavioral Health - Arlington Heights office, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Mchenry County, IL
BZA Behavioral Health - Arlington Heights office
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MEd, LCSW
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 Khyati V Patel, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Mchenry County, IL
Khyati V Patel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, NP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Cary, IL 60013
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 Devika Patel, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Mchenry County, IL
Devika Patel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
Cary, IL 60013
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 Grace Roxas, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Mchenry County, IL
Grace Roxas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
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 Katherine Dorwaldt, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Mchenry County, IL
Katherine Dorwaldt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN, BSN
Verified
Algonquin, IL 60102
Katherine has been working in healthcare for the last 15 years with experience in multiple healthcare settings. She prides herself on caring for others and creating therapeutic relationships with her patients, as well as educating patients surrounding mental health care. She has experience in various mental health related issues, but especially enjoys helping others with ADHD, treatment resistant depression, and anxiety.
Katherine has been working in healthcare for the last 15 years with experience in multiple healthcare settings. She prides herself on caring for others and creating therapeutic relationships with her patients, as well as educating patients surrounding mental health care. She has experience in various mental health related issues, but especially enjoys helping others with ADHD, treatment resistant depression, and anxiety.
(847) 999-7417 View (847) 999-7417
Photo of Idowu O Oshokoya, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Mchenry County, IL
Idowu O Oshokoya
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
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

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Number of Psychiatrists in Mchenry County, IL

20+

Average cost per session

$175

Psychiatrists in Mchenry County, IL who prioritize treating:

87% Depression
83% ADHD
78% Anxiety
70% Bipolar Disorder
57% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
57% Medication Management
52% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
77% Aetna
68% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Mchenry County, IL see their clients

87% In Person and Online
13% Online Only

Gender breakdown

77% Female
23% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Mchenry County?

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.