Psychiatrists in Mattapoisett, MA

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Kerri Sullivan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mattapoisett, MA 02739
Over the course of the last two decades, I have had the opportunity to work collaboratively with many vulnerable populations with health disparities in the emergency setting. I completed my doctorate of nursing at the University of Massachusetts specializing in psychiatric mental health nursing and my doctoral research centered around improving communication among healthcare workers. I have a passion for perinatal psychiatry and supporting women/mothers.
Over the course of the last two decades, I have had the opportunity to work collaboratively with many vulnerable populations with health disparities in the emergency setting. I completed my doctorate of nursing at the University of Massachusetts specializing in psychiatric mental health nursing and my doctoral research centered around improving communication among healthcare workers. I have a passion for perinatal psychiatry and supporting women/mothers.
(508) 504-7760 View (508) 504-7760
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Safe Harbor Wellness & Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mattapoisett, MA 02739
Immediate openings within 1-2 weeks. Have you been struggling with symptoms that are impacting your ability to move forward? Have you tried medications for these symptoms that haven't been helpful for you? Have you been struggling in relationships, at work, in school or with activities of daily living? At Safe Harbor Wellness & Psychiatric services we put a focus on symptoms, not just diagnosis, to help you in these areas of your life.
Immediate openings within 1-2 weeks. Have you been struggling with symptoms that are impacting your ability to move forward? Have you tried medications for these symptoms that haven't been helpful for you? Have you been struggling in relationships, at work, in school or with activities of daily living? At Safe Harbor Wellness & Psychiatric services we put a focus on symptoms, not just diagnosis, to help you in these areas of your life.
(508) 500-1539 View (508) 500-1539
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Anne-Margaret (Annie) Botelho
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mattapoisett, MA 02739
While I am not personally currently accepting new patients, the providers that work for me are and have immediately availability within 1-2 weeks. Please go to our website www.safeharborwellness.org. Have you been struggling with symptoms that are impacting your ability to move forward? Have you tried medications for these symptoms that haven't been helpful for you? Have you been struggling in relationships, at work, in school or with activities of daily living? I put a focus on symptoms, not just diagnosis, to help you in these areas of your life. GeneSight testing offered, more information available on our website regarding this.
While I am not personally currently accepting new patients, the providers that work for me are and have immediately availability within 1-2 weeks. Please go to our website www.safeharborwellness.org. Have you been struggling with symptoms that are impacting your ability to move forward? Have you tried medications for these symptoms that haven't been helpful for you? Have you been struggling in relationships, at work, in school or with activities of daily living? I put a focus on symptoms, not just diagnosis, to help you in these areas of your life. GeneSight testing offered, more information available on our website regarding this.
(508) 594-3522 View (508) 594-3522
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Kevin Cromer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mattapoisett, MA 02739  (Online Only)
Currently accepting new patients 18 and older for medication management. Please go to the “my website” link at the bottom of the page to request a new patient appointment.
Currently accepting new patients 18 and older for medication management. Please go to the “my website” link at the bottom of the page to request a new patient appointment.
(508) 206-9321 View (508) 206-9321
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Jessica Mitchell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mattapoisett, MA 02739
I am currently accepting new patients for medication management (children/adolescents only), please go to www.safeharborwellness.org/new-patients to request an appointment. I enjoy working with children, adolescents and their families to identify challenging areas of their life and provide assistance in improving the quality of their day to day life and relationships. This process will look different for each child, and we will work together to achieve mutual goals. I look forward to meeting and working with your family!
I am currently accepting new patients for medication management (children/adolescents only), please go to www.safeharborwellness.org/new-patients to request an appointment. I enjoy working with children, adolescents and their families to identify challenging areas of their life and provide assistance in improving the quality of their day to day life and relationships. This process will look different for each child, and we will work together to achieve mutual goals. I look forward to meeting and working with your family!
(508) 850-0531 View (508) 850-0531
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Peter A. Bertelli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mattapoisett, MA 02739  (Online Only)
Are you at a point in your life where you identify things need to change? Perhaps your mood or old life patterns are no longer serving you? Is anxiety or depression becoming a major part of your daily life? Are you considering medications to help with your mental health for the first time but and would prefer trying a holistic approach? Perhaps you're currently prescribed medications but not sure if they are working. Patients who often succeed under my care are committed to transformation, willing to make lifestyle changes (ex. follow sleep, diet, exercise recommendations), and are receptive to discussing medication recommendations.
Are you at a point in your life where you identify things need to change? Perhaps your mood or old life patterns are no longer serving you? Is anxiety or depression becoming a major part of your daily life? Are you considering medications to help with your mental health for the first time but and would prefer trying a holistic approach? Perhaps you're currently prescribed medications but not sure if they are working. Patients who often succeed under my care are committed to transformation, willing to make lifestyle changes (ex. follow sleep, diet, exercise recommendations), and are receptive to discussing medication recommendations.
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Katie Brown
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Mattapoisett, MA 02739
Hi, welcome to Safe Harbor Wellness! If you are interested in becoming a new client for medication management, please go to www.safeharborwellness.org to self-schedule an intake. I look forward to meeting with you!
Hi, welcome to Safe Harbor Wellness! If you are interested in becoming a new client for medication management, please go to www.safeharborwellness.org to self-schedule an intake. I look forward to meeting with you!
(508) 501-1604 View (508) 501-1604
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Adam Ouderkirk
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mattapoisett, MA 02739  (Online Only)
Immediate openings within 1-2 weeks. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a license to practice in Massachusetts. I have been practicing in the mental health field for over 10 years with significant experience treating patients in the acute setting as well as in the community. My passion for mental health was ignited working in the community, as this was the position that allowed me to see the positive impacts of high-quality care and the resulting quality of life improvements of my patients.
Immediate openings within 1-2 weeks. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a license to practice in Massachusetts. I have been practicing in the mental health field for over 10 years with significant experience treating patients in the acute setting as well as in the community. My passion for mental health was ignited working in the community, as this was the position that allowed me to see the positive impacts of high-quality care and the resulting quality of life improvements of my patients.
(508) 978-3166 View (508) 978-3166
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Jennifer Sammarco
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, LMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Mattapoisett, MA 02739  (Online Only)
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner as well as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with many years of experience helping others. I provide psychopharmacological medication management in combination with proven therapy modalities for those that wish to include them. I am currently treating adults 18 and older struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, Insomnia, and other mental health concerns.
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner as well as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with many years of experience helping others. I provide psychopharmacological medication management in combination with proven therapy modalities for those that wish to include them. I am currently treating adults 18 and older struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, Insomnia, and other mental health concerns.
(508) 625-9968 View (508) 625-9968
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Sandpiper Wellness, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mattapoisett, MA 02739
I am a sole practitioner with my own unique style and specializations. I approach mental health related illness with a comprehensive plan that includes more than prescription medication. I explore metabolic factors within our own natural makeup that are importantly linked to depressive and anxiety syndromes. The best outcomes happen when you combine individual therapy and a complete approach to mental health.
I am a sole practitioner with my own unique style and specializations. I approach mental health related illness with a comprehensive plan that includes more than prescription medication. I explore metabolic factors within our own natural makeup that are importantly linked to depressive and anxiety syndromes. The best outcomes happen when you combine individual therapy and a complete approach to mental health.
(774) 425-7745 View (774) 425-7745

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Shannon Love Morgan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BSN, RN
Verified Verified
New Bedford, MA 02740
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who is passionate about helping individuals develop a deeper understanding of themselves by evaluating the biological, psychological, and social factors that contribute to their emotional concerns. I am available for appointments via tele-health Tuesday and in person on Friday for medication management. I will soon be expanding my hours of operation. I am passionate about meeting clients where they are, helping them identify their core challenges, and assisting you to become your best self and ultimately live your best life!
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who is passionate about helping individuals develop a deeper understanding of themselves by evaluating the biological, psychological, and social factors that contribute to their emotional concerns. I am available for appointments via tele-health Tuesday and in person on Friday for medication management. I will soon be expanding my hours of operation. I am passionate about meeting clients where they are, helping them identify their core challenges, and assisting you to become your best self and ultimately live your best life!
(781) 384-6192 View (781) 384-6192
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Kathleen Heffernan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
New Bedford, MA 02740
I am accepting new patients. I am here to guide you through the complicated mental health system by listening, asking questions, and understanding your emotions. If you are considering medication and/or therapy for your mental health, I am here to discuss the different treatment approaches so that we can make a personalized treatment plan. Every conversation we have will be confidential and handled with care.
I am accepting new patients. I am here to guide you through the complicated mental health system by listening, asking questions, and understanding your emotions. If you are considering medication and/or therapy for your mental health, I am here to discuss the different treatment approaches so that we can make a personalized treatment plan. Every conversation we have will be confidential and handled with care.
(508) 466-6931 View (508) 466-6931
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Amina West
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Wareham, MA 02571  (Online Only)
I am a licensed Professional Mental Health Practitioner (PMHP) dedicated to helping you navigate through life's challenges. I specialize in offering support and guidance to individuals struggling with ADHD, anxiety, depression, grief, challenging relationships, and loss of a sense of self, among other issues. Do you find these struggles affecting your day-to-day life, relationships, ability to function, or your work and career? Do you feel emotionally exhausted, overwhelmed, frustrated, or lost due to the pressures of living up to someone else's standards? Do you question, wonder, or hope that things could be better?
I am a licensed Professional Mental Health Practitioner (PMHP) dedicated to helping you navigate through life's challenges. I specialize in offering support and guidance to individuals struggling with ADHD, anxiety, depression, grief, challenging relationships, and loss of a sense of self, among other issues. Do you find these struggles affecting your day-to-day life, relationships, ability to function, or your work and career? Do you feel emotionally exhausted, overwhelmed, frustrated, or lost due to the pressures of living up to someone else's standards? Do you question, wonder, or hope that things could be better?
(339) 329-8951 View (339) 329-8951
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Seahorse Behavioral
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, ANP-BC, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Marion, MA 02738
We manage a variety of conditions such as anxiety, depression, mood disorders, substance abuse disorders, insomnia, etc. We care for patients and their families across the lifespan and offer Genesight testing, the COPE program as well as Spravato Treatments for treatment resistant depression. We also offer Suboxone, Sublocade and Vivitrol in our Middleboro location. To find out more go to www.seahorsebehavioral.com.
We manage a variety of conditions such as anxiety, depression, mood disorders, substance abuse disorders, insomnia, etc. We care for patients and their families across the lifespan and offer Genesight testing, the COPE program as well as Spravato Treatments for treatment resistant depression. We also offer Suboxone, Sublocade and Vivitrol in our Middleboro location. To find out more go to www.seahorsebehavioral.com.
(508) 500-6533 View (508) 500-6533
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Nancy Perroni
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, BC
Verified Verified
Marion, MA 02738
Welcome! I am accepting new adult clients! I look forward to meeting with you to gain an understanding of your individual mental health needs with either in-person or telehealth visits. Together, we can explore what treatments were or were not effective in the past, and work together to make a plan to meet your goals. I offer Genesight cheek swab testing which analyzes individual client’s gene/drug metabolism which can guide treatment when other options have failed. Spravato for treatment resistant depression is also available in the office. I specialize in psychopharmacology for those who have a variety of mental health conditions.
Welcome! I am accepting new adult clients! I look forward to meeting with you to gain an understanding of your individual mental health needs with either in-person or telehealth visits. Together, we can explore what treatments were or were not effective in the past, and work together to make a plan to meet your goals. I offer Genesight cheek swab testing which analyzes individual client’s gene/drug metabolism which can guide treatment when other options have failed. Spravato for treatment resistant depression is also available in the office. I specialize in psychopharmacology for those who have a variety of mental health conditions.
(508) 715-9404 View (508) 715-9404
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Carla Niro
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Dartmouth, MA 02747
Currently providing psychotropic medication management to residents of MA and RI online via a secure telepsychiatry platform. We are also offering appointments utilizing an integrative approach to treat mood, anxiety, and sleep disruption known as functional medicine. We work on finding and treating the root cause through a variety of modalities. Functional Medicine appointments are not typically covered by insurance. Upon patient request we will utilize a functional medicine approach combined with traditional psychiatric care in order to help you feel your best.
Currently providing psychotropic medication management to residents of MA and RI online via a secure telepsychiatry platform. We are also offering appointments utilizing an integrative approach to treat mood, anxiety, and sleep disruption known as functional medicine. We work on finding and treating the root cause through a variety of modalities. Functional Medicine appointments are not typically covered by insurance. Upon patient request we will utilize a functional medicine approach combined with traditional psychiatric care in order to help you feel your best.
(508) 466-5485 View (508) 466-5485
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Renee Marie Garbitt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, C-NP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
New Bedford, MA 02740  (Online Only)
Now accepting new referrals.- At Grounded Interventions Psychiatric Services we offer treatment grounded in empirically supported strategies to address a dynamic set of behavioral health needs. Our approach is compassionate, individually tailored and aimed at reducing distressing symptoms while improving overall quality of life.​
Now accepting new referrals.- At Grounded Interventions Psychiatric Services we offer treatment grounded in empirically supported strategies to address a dynamic set of behavioral health needs. Our approach is compassionate, individually tailored and aimed at reducing distressing symptoms while improving overall quality of life.​
(508) 886-3921 View (508) 886-3921
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Spring of Hope Health Services Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, - BC, CNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wareham, MA 02571  (Online Only)
At Spring of hope, we are passionate in helping people find healing and fulfillment. We have over 15 years of experience working in the mental health sector. We are board-certified to diagnose various mental health conditions, prescribe medications, manage psychiatric needs, and provide psychotherapy to young and older adults. Our goal as psychiatric providers is to see people live at their full potential. We offer comprehensive assessment and treatment of Depression, anxiety, panic disorder, PTSD, Bipolar disorder, insomnia, Schizophrenia and other psychiatric illnesses. Spring forth and start enjoying life at it's best.
At Spring of hope, we are passionate in helping people find healing and fulfillment. We have over 15 years of experience working in the mental health sector. We are board-certified to diagnose various mental health conditions, prescribe medications, manage psychiatric needs, and provide psychotherapy to young and older adults. Our goal as psychiatric providers is to see people live at their full potential. We offer comprehensive assessment and treatment of Depression, anxiety, panic disorder, PTSD, Bipolar disorder, insomnia, Schizophrenia and other psychiatric illnesses. Spring forth and start enjoying life at it's best.
(781) 650-5149 View (781) 650-5149
Photo of Jonathan Schwartz, Psychiatrist in Mattapoisett, MA
Jonathan Schwartz
Psychiatrist, MD
Not Verified Not Verified
New Bedford, MA 02740
I have been a Psychiatrist for over 40 years and have recently increased my team. I have several medical providers and Psychotherapists available taking new clients at this time. We offer an array of services including Individual Therapy, Medication Management, MAT Services and TMS Treatment. Please feel free to give us a call to get scheduled today.
I have been a Psychiatrist for over 40 years and have recently increased my team. I have several medical providers and Psychotherapists available taking new clients at this time. We offer an array of services including Individual Therapy, Medication Management, MAT Services and TMS Treatment. Please feel free to give us a call to get scheduled today.
(508) 501-7141 View (508) 501-7141
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Nicole Bradford
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Wareham, MA 02571  (Online Only)
Are you finding yourself facing the challenges of anxiety and depression, grappling with addiction, or experiencing difficulties with attention and focus? Do you find it challenging to regulate your mood and emotions? If so, know that you're not alone, and seeking support is a courageous and vital step. At the core of my practice is a belief in the power of genuine connections. I prioritize building strong therapeutic relationships with my clients, creating a safe and supportive space for them to express themselves openly. This connection is the foundation which we collaboratively develop and implement personalized treatment plans.
Are you finding yourself facing the challenges of anxiety and depression, grappling with addiction, or experiencing difficulties with attention and focus? Do you find it challenging to regulate your mood and emotions? If so, know that you're not alone, and seeking support is a courageous and vital step. At the core of my practice is a belief in the power of genuine connections. I prioritize building strong therapeutic relationships with my clients, creating a safe and supportive space for them to express themselves openly. This connection is the foundation which we collaboratively develop and implement personalized treatment plans.
(774) 713-8834 View (774) 713-8834

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Mattapoisett, MA

10+

Psychiatrists in Mattapoisett, MA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
90% Medication Management
80% ADHD
70% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
70% Trauma and PTSD
70% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Harvard Pilgrim
100% Blue Cross
100% Blue Shield

How Psychiatrists in Mattapoisett, MA see their clients

60% In Person and Online
40% Online Only

Gender breakdown

63% Female
37% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Mattapoisett?

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.