Psychiatrists in Shawnee County, KS

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Douglas Owen Jones
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Topeka, KS 66614
I see patients from 3 years to 60 years of age and I believe in treating the whole patient: body, mind and spirit. My approach is a combination of medication management, and individual therapy, frequently augmented with a support group. I support the team approach, working collaboratively with other therapists or health care professionals. Frequently treatment is augmented with 12-Step study. I am readily available to all of my patients by phone and you can expect to speak to me personally on most occasions. If you receive my voicemail, please leave a message and I will return your call promptly.
I see patients from 3 years to 60 years of age and I believe in treating the whole patient: body, mind and spirit. My approach is a combination of medication management, and individual therapy, frequently augmented with a support group. I support the team approach, working collaboratively with other therapists or health care professionals. Frequently treatment is augmented with 12-Step study. I am readily available to all of my patients by phone and you can expect to speak to me personally on most occasions. If you receive my voicemail, please leave a message and I will return your call promptly.
(785) 727-7136 View (785) 727-7136
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Alicia Sader
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Topeka, KS 66611
Are you a stressed mother, wife, or daughter who is putting others’ needs in front of your own? Are you a father, husband, or son who is trying to do the best to provide for his family during this ever-changing season? Do you find yourself struggling to help your child with school related stress? Are you ready to start medications for the first time or just need a tweak of your current medications. Let me help you drop your shoulders and find peace!
Are you a stressed mother, wife, or daughter who is putting others’ needs in front of your own? Are you a father, husband, or son who is trying to do the best to provide for his family during this ever-changing season? Do you find yourself struggling to help your child with school related stress? Are you ready to start medications for the first time or just need a tweak of your current medications. Let me help you drop your shoulders and find peace!
(785) 429-4046 View (785) 429-4046
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Adam Gears
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MEd, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Topeka, KS 66606  (Online Only)
Hi there, I'm Adam, a psychiatric nurse practitioner providing medication management in AZ, WA, KA and CO. I'm committed to treating patients with honesty, a touch of humor, and straightforward communication. My main goal is to help patients feel better and regain the life they desire. If medication management isn't the right fit, we'll explore alternative approaches like healthy lifestyle changes, exercise, nutrition, and mindful practices. I'm here for you every step of the way.
Hi there, I'm Adam, a psychiatric nurse practitioner providing medication management in AZ, WA, KA and CO. I'm committed to treating patients with honesty, a touch of humor, and straightforward communication. My main goal is to help patients feel better and regain the life they desire. If medication management isn't the right fit, we'll explore alternative approaches like healthy lifestyle changes, exercise, nutrition, and mindful practices. I'm here for you every step of the way.
(785) 675-5592 View (785) 675-5592
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Kristin Cunningham
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Topeka, KS 66614
Immediate Appointments Available! I am board certified in psychiatric care for patients across the lifespan. I am especially passionate about caring for children, adolescents, and members of the queer community. I am kink/polyamory/LGBTQ+ affirming and strive to provide care that honors the complexities of my patients' intersecting identities.
Immediate Appointments Available! I am board certified in psychiatric care for patients across the lifespan. I am especially passionate about caring for children, adolescents, and members of the queer community. I am kink/polyamory/LGBTQ+ affirming and strive to provide care that honors the complexities of my patients' intersecting identities.
(785) 465-4446 View (785) 465-4446
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Shakera Kathleen Snelling
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
12 Endorsed
Topeka, KS 66604
Hey! You’re seeking help because it is needed. That’s huge! Many people don’t seek treatment or therapy but you’re already on this path. Some folks don’t find the path. You’ve got some idea of what you need and are ready for someone to be along with you on this journey. We both know humans succeed in a team not so much when we are alone. First, give yourself credit because it takes a lot of courage to not do things alone and to be willing to open up to someone you do not know. Your courage is where our journey together starts. It would be an honor to be a part of your team in life, for life!
Hey! You’re seeking help because it is needed. That’s huge! Many people don’t seek treatment or therapy but you’re already on this path. Some folks don’t find the path. You’ve got some idea of what you need and are ready for someone to be along with you on this journey. We both know humans succeed in a team not so much when we are alone. First, give yourself credit because it takes a lot of courage to not do things alone and to be willing to open up to someone you do not know. Your courage is where our journey together starts. It would be an honor to be a part of your team in life, for life!
(520) 394-8415 View (520) 394-8415
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Dr. Anne Phan-Huy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Topeka, KS 66612  (Online Only)
Dr. Phan-Huy's philosophy of care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with Dr. Phan-Huy, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfilment. That’s because – with Board certification in psychiatry and specialty training from the University of Michigan – Dr. Phan-Huy is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
Dr. Phan-Huy's philosophy of care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with Dr. Phan-Huy, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfilment. That’s because – with Board certification in psychiatry and specialty training from the University of Michigan – Dr. Phan-Huy is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
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C. Shaffia Laue
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Topeka, KS 66601
I graduated from The Menninger Clinic and pursued studies in environmental medicine, nutrition, biochemistry, auricular medicine, homeopathy and bioenergy healing. My practice incorporates spiritual, energetic meditative therapies and traditional psychodynamic psychotherapy, stress management, dreamwork, imagery, and behavior modification. I provide necessary information to choose a path toward wellness, rather than suppressing symptoms with drugs. Your spiritual beliefs are honored to facilitate your movement towards healing. Each individual is an active co-creator in orchestrating a personal treatment plan and path to wholeness.
I graduated from The Menninger Clinic and pursued studies in environmental medicine, nutrition, biochemistry, auricular medicine, homeopathy and bioenergy healing. My practice incorporates spiritual, energetic meditative therapies and traditional psychodynamic psychotherapy, stress management, dreamwork, imagery, and behavior modification. I provide necessary information to choose a path toward wellness, rather than suppressing symptoms with drugs. Your spiritual beliefs are honored to facilitate your movement towards healing. Each individual is an active co-creator in orchestrating a personal treatment plan and path to wholeness.
(785) 877-0905 View (785) 877-0905
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Vicki Tsai
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, MHA
Verified Verified
Topeka, KS 66614
I start my Psychiatric nursing career since 1996. Throughout the years old practice, I have extended education, knowledge, and experiences in helping children, adult, and geriatric population with mental and behavioral health issues such as: ADHD, Anxiety disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Bipolar and related issues, Childhood mental health concerns, Depression, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and other severe psychiatric disorders. In addition, I am certified by PSI in managing women with mental health issues during childbearing age.
I start my Psychiatric nursing career since 1996. Throughout the years old practice, I have extended education, knowledge, and experiences in helping children, adult, and geriatric population with mental and behavioral health issues such as: ADHD, Anxiety disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Bipolar and related issues, Childhood mental health concerns, Depression, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and other severe psychiatric disorders. In addition, I am certified by PSI in managing women with mental health issues during childbearing age.
(913) 795-5524 View (913) 795-5524
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Joe Stroud
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, FNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Topeka, KS 66601
I'm focused on medication management to address behavioral health concerns. After serving in the Air Force for a decade, I pursued nursing, and began working in the Emergency Room. While pursing my APRN at the University of Kansas I focused on mental health electives and diversifying my experiences with people of all walks of life. This background allows him to comfortably care for many populations, including my fellow veterans, first responders, children, LGBTQ+ individuals, and other underserved communities. I use evidence-based practices to collaboratively develop the best treatment plan for your mental health.
I'm focused on medication management to address behavioral health concerns. After serving in the Air Force for a decade, I pursued nursing, and began working in the Emergency Room. While pursing my APRN at the University of Kansas I focused on mental health electives and diversifying my experiences with people of all walks of life. This background allows him to comfortably care for many populations, including my fellow veterans, first responders, children, LGBTQ+ individuals, and other underserved communities. I use evidence-based practices to collaboratively develop the best treatment plan for your mental health.
(316) 535-7358 View (316) 535-7358
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Samuel Goetschius
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Topeka, KS 66604  (Online Only)
MindRx Mental Healthcare will provide services Kansas residents of any gender seeking diagnosis for or medication management services for anxiety, depression, OCD, ADHD and some limited substance abuse diagnoses with a focus on alcohol or opioid dependency. As part of telepsychiatry some counseling/therapy are often offered as part of the medication management practice.
MindRx Mental Healthcare will provide services Kansas residents of any gender seeking diagnosis for or medication management services for anxiety, depression, OCD, ADHD and some limited substance abuse diagnoses with a focus on alcohol or opioid dependency. As part of telepsychiatry some counseling/therapy are often offered as part of the medication management practice.
(913) 395-7147 View (913) 395-7147
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Elizabeth Brake
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Topeka, KS 66601
Accepting NEW patients, we can get new patients in within a week! Telemedicine, treating most psychiatric conditions. We also offer personalized ADHD diagnosis and treatment, treatment for depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, as well as some addiction and substance abuse!
Accepting NEW patients, we can get new patients in within a week! Telemedicine, treating most psychiatric conditions. We also offer personalized ADHD diagnosis and treatment, treatment for depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, as well as some addiction and substance abuse!
(316) 799-3426 View (316) 799-3426
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Jane Crawford
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-BC, PMHNP, CARN-AP
Verified Verified
Topeka, KS 66601  (Online Only)
I treat a variety of patients but they typically have at least a few things in common- their symptoms are unmanageable and oftentimes they have had difficulties with medications in the past. Every single patient is unique, from their symptoms to medication response. I work hard to meet my patients halfway to help manage their symptoms and reach their highest potential.
I treat a variety of patients but they typically have at least a few things in common- their symptoms are unmanageable and oftentimes they have had difficulties with medications in the past. Every single patient is unique, from their symptoms to medication response. I work hard to meet my patients halfway to help manage their symptoms and reach their highest potential.
(316) 227-1989 View (316) 227-1989
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Meriam Sam
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Topeka, KS 66608
I enjoy helping clients through their struggles with addiction and all other Mental Health Disorders. Intensive therapy and Medication Assisted Treatment are the tools utilized to helps assist you through your recovery. I am an advocate for holistic health care and have a passion for individually focused patient care. Im dedicated to providing the best patient care possible by listening to my patients, employing motivational interviewing techniques, and providing multiple proven treatment options. I am passionate about whole body wellness, and how mental health plays a role in the quality of your life.
I enjoy helping clients through their struggles with addiction and all other Mental Health Disorders. Intensive therapy and Medication Assisted Treatment are the tools utilized to helps assist you through your recovery. I am an advocate for holistic health care and have a passion for individually focused patient care. Im dedicated to providing the best patient care possible by listening to my patients, employing motivational interviewing techniques, and providing multiple proven treatment options. I am passionate about whole body wellness, and how mental health plays a role in the quality of your life.
(316) 535-7402 View (316) 535-7402
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Scott Psychiatric Consultants, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Topeka, KS 66601  (Online Only)
My name is Darnelle, and I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I am a provider who listens to and supports every patient. When life brings you troubles, I support you every step of the way. Disclaimer: I do not prescribe controlled substances
My name is Darnelle, and I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I am a provider who listens to and supports every patient. When life brings you troubles, I support you every step of the way. Disclaimer: I do not prescribe controlled substances
(737) 520-7823 View (737) 520-7823

Online Psychiatrists

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Diane Gaunt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, BC
Verified Verified
Overland Park, KS 66210
Diane Gaunt is a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years' experience. She graduated from Wichita State University with her MSN in 1990 and provides initial psychiatric consultations for diagnostic purposes, along with psychiatric medication management. Diane primarily treats adult and geriatric patients with anxiety disorders and mood disorders. She also treats other conditions, including PTSD, attention deficit disorder, and psychiatric problems associated with dementia.
Diane Gaunt is a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years' experience. She graduated from Wichita State University with her MSN in 1990 and provides initial psychiatric consultations for diagnostic purposes, along with psychiatric medication management. Diane primarily treats adult and geriatric patients with anxiety disorders and mood disorders. She also treats other conditions, including PTSD, attention deficit disorder, and psychiatric problems associated with dementia.
(913) 521-3951 View (913) 521-3951
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Hiten Soni
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lawrence, KS 66046
Dr. Soni elected to work in private practice after witnessing first-hand the dire need for high quality, timely, and accessible, psychiatry services in his community. His treatment philosophy is somewhat unique, in that, Dr. Soni places his primary emphasis on improving his patients overall quality of life. This philosophy allows for treatment that is patient specific or Patient Centered. The Patient Centered Treatment model is evidence based and includes medications when warranted in addition to behavioral and social interventions that are also tailored to the person, and not a one size fits all approach.
Dr. Soni elected to work in private practice after witnessing first-hand the dire need for high quality, timely, and accessible, psychiatry services in his community. His treatment philosophy is somewhat unique, in that, Dr. Soni places his primary emphasis on improving his patients overall quality of life. This philosophy allows for treatment that is patient specific or Patient Centered. The Patient Centered Treatment model is evidence based and includes medications when warranted in addition to behavioral and social interventions that are also tailored to the person, and not a one size fits all approach.
(785) 333-3959 View (785) 333-3959
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The Mind Clinic Of Kansas City
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Overland Park, KS 66210
Our ideal client battles adjustment, acute or chronic anxiety and depression, impacting daily life due to intrusive thoughts and low mood. Yearns for stability and relief from emotional turmoil. Requires personalized medication management for symptom control. Aspires to emotional balance, enhanced daily life, renewed motivation. Seeks effective meds with minimal side effects for better quality of life and emotional well-being. Aims to regain control, build relationships, find purpose.
Our ideal client battles adjustment, acute or chronic anxiety and depression, impacting daily life due to intrusive thoughts and low mood. Yearns for stability and relief from emotional turmoil. Requires personalized medication management for symptom control. Aspires to emotional balance, enhanced daily life, renewed motivation. Seeks effective meds with minimal side effects for better quality of life and emotional well-being. Aims to regain control, build relationships, find purpose.
(913) 423-9059 View (913) 423-9059
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Restoring Genesis Holistic Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, MSN
Verified Verified
Lawrence, KS 66047
I work with clients to increase their understanding of the thoughts and behavior patterns they have today. I use a multifaceted approach to walk clients through their life experiences lived so far in hopes to bring honor and restoration to those experiences, which is often referred to as their “story”. I believe every story is worth being told. In individual therapy, I provide a safe place that welcomes the storytelling of every individual.
I work with clients to increase their understanding of the thoughts and behavior patterns they have today. I use a multifaceted approach to walk clients through their life experiences lived so far in hopes to bring honor and restoration to those experiences, which is often referred to as their “story”. I believe every story is worth being told. In individual therapy, I provide a safe place that welcomes the storytelling of every individual.
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Alive Family Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Leavenworth, KS 66048
Hi! My name is Janice Mayer. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have 30 years of experience treating people ages 18-102 for a variety of mental health issues. My approach is integrative, combining medications and psychotherapy along with other complementary treatments. This combination of therapies is customized to fit a person's individual goals, lifestyle, and needs. I find this approach most successful in finding mental, emotional, and spiritual balance and healing.
Hi! My name is Janice Mayer. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have 30 years of experience treating people ages 18-102 for a variety of mental health issues. My approach is integrative, combining medications and psychotherapy along with other complementary treatments. This combination of therapies is customized to fit a person's individual goals, lifestyle, and needs. I find this approach most successful in finding mental, emotional, and spiritual balance and healing.
(913) 395-7574 View (913) 395-7574
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Susanna Haarhoff At Jordan Psychological Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Leawood, KS 66209
Hello, I’m Susanna Haarhoff, “Sasha” to all who know me. Are you beginning or changing gears on your mental health recovery process? Would you flourish with non-judgmental support while learning about evidence-based treatment options? Do you want a provider who is passionate about patient care and strives to meet you where you are?
Hello, I’m Susanna Haarhoff, “Sasha” to all who know me. Are you beginning or changing gears on your mental health recovery process? Would you flourish with non-judgmental support while learning about evidence-based treatment options? Do you want a provider who is passionate about patient care and strives to meet you where you are?
(913) 647-7990 View (913) 647-7990

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Shawnee County, KS

10+

Average cost per session

$115

Psychiatrists in Shawnee County, KS who prioritize treating:

93% Depression
93% Anxiety
79% ADHD
79% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
71% Bipolar Disorder
64% Medication Management
57% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

64% Aetna
64% BlueCross and BlueShield
64% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Shawnee County, KS see their clients

65% In Person and Online
35% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Shawnee 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.