Psychiatrists in East Lansing, MI

Photo of Lori DiLorenzo, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in East Lansing, MI
Lori DiLorenzo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHCNS
Verified Verified
East Lansing, MI 48823
I have been an RN for 20 years and an Advanced Practice Nurse in Psychiatry since 2007. I absolutely LOVE what I do, my patients, and Lifestance!.
I have been an RN for 20 years and an Advanced Practice Nurse in Psychiatry since 2007. I absolutely LOVE what I do, my patients, and Lifestance!.
(517) 836-5085 View (517) 836-5085
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Michigan Psychiatric & Primary Care Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-C
Verified Verified
East Lansing, MI 48823
Not accepting new clients
Our mission is to exceed the patient’s expectations. We promote the wellbeing of the individuals and families in the Greater Lansing Area community, and throughout the state by providing accessible, quality mental health & primary care for children, adolescents, adults, and their families, utilizing a service system that emphasizes integrity, optimism, respect and compassion. We are committed to quality mental health & primary care provided in a collaborative effort with patients’ overall health strategies and an array of medical services.
Our mission is to exceed the patient’s expectations. We promote the wellbeing of the individuals and families in the Greater Lansing Area community, and throughout the state by providing accessible, quality mental health & primary care for children, adolescents, adults, and their families, utilizing a service system that emphasizes integrity, optimism, respect and compassion. We are committed to quality mental health & primary care provided in a collaborative effort with patients’ overall health strategies and an array of medical services.
(517) 236-8586 View (517) 236-8586
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Karla Jordan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
East Lansing, MI 48823  (Online Only)
Hi ! I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has over 7 years of clinical experience. I earned a Master’s in Nursing, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certification from the University of St. Francis. My career background includes positions at various health centers and behavioral hospitals. I assist individuals with mental health disorders and help them feel their best.
Hi ! I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has over 7 years of clinical experience. I earned a Master’s in Nursing, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certification from the University of St. Francis. My career background includes positions at various health centers and behavioral hospitals. I assist individuals with mental health disorders and help them feel their best.
(517) 852-8916 View (517) 852-8916
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Princewell Onwere
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
East Lansing, MI 48823  (Online Only)
Welcome to my outpatient psychiatry practice. I take a whole person clinical approach to assessment and treatment. When necessary, I may prescribe psychotropic medication to help alleviate overwhelming mental distress that impairs functioning in meaningful areas of one’s life. I also provide mindfulness-based psychotherapy and consider the role of diet, physical exercise, and other lifestyle activities in support of mental health. I offer hope for individuals seeking relief from depression, anxiety, bipolar illness, and other mental health conditions.
Welcome to my outpatient psychiatry practice. I take a whole person clinical approach to assessment and treatment. When necessary, I may prescribe psychotropic medication to help alleviate overwhelming mental distress that impairs functioning in meaningful areas of one’s life. I also provide mindfulness-based psychotherapy and consider the role of diet, physical exercise, and other lifestyle activities in support of mental health. I offer hope for individuals seeking relief from depression, anxiety, bipolar illness, and other mental health conditions.
(517) 429-2005 View (517) 429-2005
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Marcia Kent
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
East Lansing, MI 48823
I am a proponent of reality based therapy and specialize in work with people impacted by narcissistic abuse, childhood trauma and a wide range of symptoms that include anxiety, depression, PTSD, cPTSD, trauma, Interpersonal relationships issues, and self esteem. Clients find my authentic and engaging approaches to therapy an invitation to unpack and explore themselves in a safe place.
I am a proponent of reality based therapy and specialize in work with people impacted by narcissistic abuse, childhood trauma and a wide range of symptoms that include anxiety, depression, PTSD, cPTSD, trauma, Interpersonal relationships issues, and self esteem. Clients find my authentic and engaging approaches to therapy an invitation to unpack and explore themselves in a safe place.
(517) 200-3529 View (517) 200-3529
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Tonya Lake
Psychiatric Nurse, NP
Verified Verified
East Lansing, MI 48823
Tonya graduated with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice with a focus in Psychiatry from the University of Michigan. She also holds a Master of Arts in Counseling degree from Spring Arbor University. Tonya is a board-certified nurse practitioner who specializes in the psychiatric treatment of adolescents and adults. She provides psychiatric evaluations, medication management and therapy for a variety of mental health conditions. Her goal is to provide a non-judgemental, therapeutic atmosphere where patients feel comfortable speaking openly about and exploring their struggles.
Tonya graduated with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice with a focus in Psychiatry from the University of Michigan. She also holds a Master of Arts in Counseling degree from Spring Arbor University. Tonya is a board-certified nurse practitioner who specializes in the psychiatric treatment of adolescents and adults. She provides psychiatric evaluations, medication management and therapy for a variety of mental health conditions. Her goal is to provide a non-judgemental, therapeutic atmosphere where patients feel comfortable speaking openly about and exploring their struggles.
(517) 836-5011 View (517) 836-5011
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Jen Gonzalez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
East Lansing, MI 48823
I believe in a holistic approach to mental health. Our mind and body are connected to make up who we are. Getting better is often hard work that requires commitment and patience. There will be times you may want to give up but know that I will be with you every step of the way. I listen with an open mind and will always work within your comfort level. My goal is to help you get well with as little medication as possible.
I believe in a holistic approach to mental health. Our mind and body are connected to make up who we are. Getting better is often hard work that requires commitment and patience. There will be times you may want to give up but know that I will be with you every step of the way. I listen with an open mind and will always work within your comfort level. My goal is to help you get well with as little medication as possible.
(517) 401-4188 View (517) 401-4188
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Michigan Psychiatric & Primary Care Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
East Lansing, MI 48823
Our mission is to exceed the patient’s expectations. We promote the wellbeing of the individuals and families in the Greater Lansing Area community, and throughout the state by providing accessible, quality mental health & primary care for children, adolescents, adults, and their families, utilizing a service system that emphasizes integrity, optimism, respect and compassion. We are committed to quality mental health & primary care provided in a collaborative effort with patients’ overall health strategies and an array of medical services.
Our mission is to exceed the patient’s expectations. We promote the wellbeing of the individuals and families in the Greater Lansing Area community, and throughout the state by providing accessible, quality mental health & primary care for children, adolescents, adults, and their families, utilizing a service system that emphasizes integrity, optimism, respect and compassion. We are committed to quality mental health & primary care provided in a collaborative effort with patients’ overall health strategies and an array of medical services.
(517) 418-6543 View (517) 418-6543
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Chidinma (Chichi) Okogbue
Psychiatric Nurse, NP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
East Lansing, MI 48823  (Online Only)
If you are feeling down, overwhelmed, feeling disconected from yourself, have a hard time concentrating, wondering what needs to be done. Chichi believes in helping you figure it out and plan the best care that suits you. I am a mental health nurse practitioner and I provide medication management for various mental health conditions. I see people of all ages, here for you. My goal is to help and support you in your mental Health Journey.
If you are feeling down, overwhelmed, feeling disconected from yourself, have a hard time concentrating, wondering what needs to be done. Chichi believes in helping you figure it out and plan the best care that suits you. I am a mental health nurse practitioner and I provide medication management for various mental health conditions. I see people of all ages, here for you. My goal is to help and support you in your mental Health Journey.
(616) 523-3219 View (616) 523-3219
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Joseph Ojibway
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
East Lansing, MI 48823  (Online Only)
Hello, and thank you for considering me as a provider! I worked as a primary care provider for nearly a decade before obtaining my psychiatric training at Johns Hopkins University. While living in Nashville, TN, I had the privilege of serving a diverse patient population, mainly providing care to the Latino community as a fluent Spanish speaker. My growing family returned to Michigan in 2021 so our children could be raised around their Anishinaabe culture.
Hello, and thank you for considering me as a provider! I worked as a primary care provider for nearly a decade before obtaining my psychiatric training at Johns Hopkins University. While living in Nashville, TN, I had the privilege of serving a diverse patient population, mainly providing care to the Latino community as a fluent Spanish speaker. My growing family returned to Michigan in 2021 so our children could be raised around their Anishinaabe culture.
(989) 334-5734 View (989) 334-5734
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Mfon Essien
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
East Lansing, MI 48823
Hello, My name is Mfon Essien. I am psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I attended Walden University and attained my PMHNP.
Hello, My name is Mfon Essien. I am psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I attended Walden University and attained my PMHNP.
(313) 825-4818 View (313) 825-4818
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Green Arbor Video Psych
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
East Lansing, MI 48823
I maintain openings within a week. See openings and book an online appointment at AnnArborPsych.com. FOCUS: ADHD, Anxiety, Mood, PTSD. While I employ research based diagnostic and treatment modalities, my training goes far beyond this to encompass expertise both on the medical side and psychiatric side. I have additional trainings, including with Dr. Akash Kumar MD known for his multi layered diagnostic approach to assess nutritional, medical, psychiatric, and cognitive dimensions. Because of my background, I am uniquely able to identify oft missed root causes of subtle medical conditions that contribute to emotional difficulty.
I maintain openings within a week. See openings and book an online appointment at AnnArborPsych.com. FOCUS: ADHD, Anxiety, Mood, PTSD. While I employ research based diagnostic and treatment modalities, my training goes far beyond this to encompass expertise both on the medical side and psychiatric side. I have additional trainings, including with Dr. Akash Kumar MD known for his multi layered diagnostic approach to assess nutritional, medical, psychiatric, and cognitive dimensions. Because of my background, I am uniquely able to identify oft missed root causes of subtle medical conditions that contribute to emotional difficulty.
(734) 203-7855 x1 View (734) 203-7855 x1
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Dr. Akash Kumar MD - Arbor Video Psych and ADHD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
East Lansing, MI 48823
See openings and book online at AnnArborPsych.com. Special interest in ADHD, anxiety, mood, and OCD. Therapeutic time cannot be rushed. As a medical doctor and psychiatrist, I address psychological AND medical factors by looking beyond the usual 20 psychiatric medications to investigate the underlying biological or psychological issues. Investigating may entail (based on current research): laboratory panels looking for chronic nutritional deficiencies; genetic testing (to predict what meds/supplements can help); brain scans; neuro exam; deeper forms of talk therapy
See openings and book online at AnnArborPsych.com. Special interest in ADHD, anxiety, mood, and OCD. Therapeutic time cannot be rushed. As a medical doctor and psychiatrist, I address psychological AND medical factors by looking beyond the usual 20 psychiatric medications to investigate the underlying biological or psychological issues. Investigating may entail (based on current research): laboratory panels looking for chronic nutritional deficiencies; genetic testing (to predict what meds/supplements can help); brain scans; neuro exam; deeper forms of talk therapy
(517) 833-4110 View (517) 833-4110
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A Better Tomorrow Counseling Services, LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
East Lansing, MI 48824  (Online Only)
I'm a board-certified adult and child psychiatrist specializing in the true integration of psychopharmacology with psychotherapy. I believe in active collaboration with patients to achieve treatment goals, while reducing the need for psychotropic medication when appropriate. I encourage patients, within an empathic and supportive environment, to gain a better understanding of themselves in order to facilitate positive change.
I'm a board-certified adult and child psychiatrist specializing in the true integration of psychopharmacology with psychotherapy. I believe in active collaboration with patients to achieve treatment goals, while reducing the need for psychotropic medication when appropriate. I encourage patients, within an empathic and supportive environment, to gain a better understanding of themselves in order to facilitate positive change.
(517) 210-1004 View (517) 210-1004
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Integrated Solutions II, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
East Lansing, MI 48825  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Our approach at Integrated Solutions, II centers on integrative care, a healing process for medical and psychiatric ailments that lends itself to the broader concepts of health promotion (e.g. lifestyle counseling and dietary guidance) and prevention of illness. This fundamental principle has served as the platform of our clients and company success for many years. In other words, we focus on every aspect of the person. We are supported by a team of expert clinicians, both locally and nationally, we bring a collection of skill-sets equipped to manage the most perplexing issues.
Our approach at Integrated Solutions, II centers on integrative care, a healing process for medical and psychiatric ailments that lends itself to the broader concepts of health promotion (e.g. lifestyle counseling and dietary guidance) and prevention of illness. This fundamental principle has served as the platform of our clients and company success for many years. In other words, we focus on every aspect of the person. We are supported by a team of expert clinicians, both locally and nationally, we bring a collection of skill-sets equipped to manage the most perplexing issues.
(517) 721-7719 View (517) 721-7719
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Healthy Minds Psychiatric & TMS Center
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
East Lansing, MI 48823
Dr. Ahmed is a Diplomate of American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology. Dr. Ahmed has many years of experience in treating mental illnesses. After an initial diagnostic interview, individualized treatment plan is discussed with clients. This may include medication management, psychotherapy or a combination of both depending on your symptoms and needs. Dr. Ahmed also offers TMS treatment for Depression in his Okemos office. Dr. Ahmed treats clients with mental illnesses like Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Major Depression, Anxiety & Panic Disorders, PTSD, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Dr. Ahmed is a Diplomate of American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology. Dr. Ahmed has many years of experience in treating mental illnesses. After an initial diagnostic interview, individualized treatment plan is discussed with clients. This may include medication management, psychotherapy or a combination of both depending on your symptoms and needs. Dr. Ahmed also offers TMS treatment for Depression in his Okemos office. Dr. Ahmed treats clients with mental illnesses like Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Major Depression, Anxiety & Panic Disorders, PTSD, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
(517) 618-0934 View (517) 618-0934
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Dr. Anne Phan-Huy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
East Lansing, MI 48823
Dr. Phan-Huy treats adults of all walks of life. Backed by medical and specialty training from the University of Michigan coupled with broad clinical experience, she provides bespoke care for various psychiatric concerns, including anxiety, OCD, depression, bipolar disorder and trauma-related disorders. Her treatment philosophy is to combine medication where indicated with psychotherapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and psychodynamic therapy. This integrative approach sets the foundation for healing and life-long well-being.
Dr. Phan-Huy treats adults of all walks of life. Backed by medical and specialty training from the University of Michigan coupled with broad clinical experience, she provides bespoke care for various psychiatric concerns, including anxiety, OCD, depression, bipolar disorder and trauma-related disorders. Her treatment philosophy is to combine medication where indicated with psychotherapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and psychodynamic therapy. This integrative approach sets the foundation for healing and life-long well-being.
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Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
East Lansing, MI 48823  (Online Only)
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
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Green Arbor Psych
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
East Lansing, MI 48824
Not accepting new clients
See new patient openings and book online at AnnArborPsych.com. My focus is on ADHD, mood swings, anxiety, depression, and complex PTSD. I see ages 8 and up. I look beyond symptoms, and the usual 20 medications, to assess for underlying causes of difficulty. Neurobiologically, this may include lab work to assess nutritional status, genetic testing, lifestyle factors, and often missed underlying medical conditions.
See new patient openings and book online at AnnArborPsych.com. My focus is on ADHD, mood swings, anxiety, depression, and complex PTSD. I see ages 8 and up. I look beyond symptoms, and the usual 20 medications, to assess for underlying causes of difficulty. Neurobiologically, this may include lab work to assess nutritional status, genetic testing, lifestyle factors, and often missed underlying medical conditions.
(734) 619-6733 View (734) 619-6733
Photo of Lee Diener, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in East Lansing, MI
Lee Diener
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, AGPCNP
Verified Verified
East Lansing, MI 48825  (Online Only)
I collaborate with teenagers, adults and older adults to work through a wide range of difficulties that are a part of the human experience: mood and anxiety related concerns, sleep difficulties, life transitions, identity questions, loss and grief, social anxiety, PTSD or traumatic events.
I collaborate with teenagers, adults and older adults to work through a wide range of difficulties that are a part of the human experience: mood and anxiety related concerns, sleep difficulties, life transitions, identity questions, loss and grief, social anxiety, PTSD or traumatic events.
(616) 449-2432 View (616) 449-2432

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Number of Psychiatrists in East Lansing, MI

10+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in East Lansing, MI who prioritize treating:

84% Anxiety
79% Depression
68% Bipolar Disorder
68% Medication Management
63% Trauma and PTSD
58% ADHD
58% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

19 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

93% BlueCross and BlueShield
86% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
71% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in East Lansing, MI see their clients

64% In Person and Online
36% Online Only

Gender breakdown

60% Female
40% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in East Lansing?

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.