Psychiatrists in Wentzville, MO

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Brittania Phillips
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Wentzville, MO 63385
(636) 242-8075 View (636) 242-8075

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Stacy Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP/PMH
Verified Verified
O Fallon, MO 63368
Stacy Johnson is a Nurse Practitioner in Missouri who has been practicing since 2020. Stacy finds it extremely gratifying to help improve the quality of life of her clients. She listens to her patients and allows them to have input into their treatment recommendations. Stacy currently offers in-person and telehealth appointments, making psychiatric medication services accessible and convenient for you. In her free time, Stacy enjoys being outside and loves to camp and swim.
Stacy Johnson is a Nurse Practitioner in Missouri who has been practicing since 2020. Stacy finds it extremely gratifying to help improve the quality of life of her clients. She listens to her patients and allows them to have input into their treatment recommendations. Stacy currently offers in-person and telehealth appointments, making psychiatric medication services accessible and convenient for you. In her free time, Stacy enjoys being outside and loves to camp and swim.
(636) 249-2694 View (636) 249-2694
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Chido Zvirawa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Dardenne Prairie, MO 63368
Chido, is a dual nurse practitioner in Family and psychiatric mental health specializing in providing comprehensive mental health care to individuals, with a passion for promoting mental well-being. I am committed to helping you navigate life's challenges and achieve optimal mental health. Chido has been a nurse for 14 years and 6 years as a nurse practitioner for 6 years.
Chido, is a dual nurse practitioner in Family and psychiatric mental health specializing in providing comprehensive mental health care to individuals, with a passion for promoting mental well-being. I am committed to helping you navigate life's challenges and achieve optimal mental health. Chido has been a nurse for 14 years and 6 years as a nurse practitioner for 6 years.
(636) 745-4624 View (636) 745-4624
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Rachel Kranz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
O Fallon, MO 63368
Rachel Kranz is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She received her Master's Degree in Nursing from Saint Louis University in 2018 and completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Bradley University in 2013. Rachel offers medication management to children, adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar disorder, and a variety of other mental health conditions. As a nurse practitioner, Rachel works primarily in the outpatient setting but has done inpatient work in the behavioral health hospital as well.
Rachel Kranz is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She received her Master's Degree in Nursing from Saint Louis University in 2018 and completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Bradley University in 2013. Rachel offers medication management to children, adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar disorder, and a variety of other mental health conditions. As a nurse practitioner, Rachel works primarily in the outpatient setting but has done inpatient work in the behavioral health hospital as well.
(636) 324-8653 View (636) 324-8653
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Kelsey Kingsborough
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
O Fallon, MO 63368
I am a Nurse Practitioner specializing in adult mental health. I want to help the patient and their family get an individualized care plan from the patient centered model including psychiatric history, medical history, diagnosis, medication management with prescribing, therapy recommendations, and other goal seeking treatment. My main focus is to get patients to their optimal wellness.
I am a Nurse Practitioner specializing in adult mental health. I want to help the patient and their family get an individualized care plan from the patient centered model including psychiatric history, medical history, diagnosis, medication management with prescribing, therapy recommendations, and other goal seeking treatment. My main focus is to get patients to their optimal wellness.
(636) 303-1023 View (636) 303-1023
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Srinivas Chilakamarri
Psychiatrist, MD
Not Verified Not Verified
O Fallon, MO 63368  (Online Only)
Dr. Srinivas Chlakamarri received his medical degree from Guntur Medical College, Andhra/ Nagarjuna University, India. He then went on to complete his residency in psychiatry at St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO. He is board certified in Psychiatry. He started career as a Psychiatrist in the Admitting Unit of St. Louis State Hospital and as Clinical instructor of Dept of Psychiatry at St. Louis University. Then he led the role of physician and President of C group Psychiatric Services Inc.
Dr. Srinivas Chlakamarri received his medical degree from Guntur Medical College, Andhra/ Nagarjuna University, India. He then went on to complete his residency in psychiatry at St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO. He is board certified in Psychiatry. He started career as a Psychiatrist in the Admitting Unit of St. Louis State Hospital and as Clinical instructor of Dept of Psychiatry at St. Louis University. Then he led the role of physician and President of C group Psychiatric Services Inc.
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Jordan Calabrese
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
O Fallon, MO 63366
Are you struggling with Substance Use (SUD) or Alcohol Use Disorders (AUD)? Sana Lake Recovery Center is the place for you. We offer a full system of care without the long wait to see licensed providers. Addiction treatment is not a one-size-fits-all solution, which is why we offer tailored treatment plans to meet your unique needs.
Are you struggling with Substance Use (SUD) or Alcohol Use Disorders (AUD)? Sana Lake Recovery Center is the place for you. We offer a full system of care without the long wait to see licensed providers. Addiction treatment is not a one-size-fits-all solution, which is why we offer tailored treatment plans to meet your unique needs.
(636) 201-3500 View (636) 201-3500
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James Adams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
O Fallon, MO 63368
Andrew Adams is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Andrew earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2013 and a graduate degree from Saint Louis University in 2018. He is a member of the nursing honor society, Sigma Theta Tau as well as the graduate honor society, Alpha Lambda Epsilon. Andrew practices a holistic approach to mental wellness including brief therapy and medication management. Andrew listens to his patients and gets their input regarding treatment options to make a collaborative approach to his patients' care.
Andrew Adams is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Andrew earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2013 and a graduate degree from Saint Louis University in 2018. He is a member of the nursing honor society, Sigma Theta Tau as well as the graduate honor society, Alpha Lambda Epsilon. Andrew practices a holistic approach to mental wellness including brief therapy and medication management. Andrew listens to his patients and gets their input regarding treatment options to make a collaborative approach to his patients' care.
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Thripura Thirtala
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
O Fallon, MO 63368
Dr. Thripura Thirtala received her medical degree from Alluri Sita Rama Raju Academy of Medical Sciences in India. She completed her residency in Psychiatry at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Her practice is focused on patients 12 years and older, treating ADHD, depression, mood disorders, bi-polar disorder, generalized anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders and panic disorders. In addition to practicing in general Psychiatry, Dr. Thirtala has specific interests in treating adolescent and substance abuse populations.
Dr. Thripura Thirtala received her medical degree from Alluri Sita Rama Raju Academy of Medical Sciences in India. She completed her residency in Psychiatry at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Her practice is focused on patients 12 years and older, treating ADHD, depression, mood disorders, bi-polar disorder, generalized anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders and panic disorders. In addition to practicing in general Psychiatry, Dr. Thirtala has specific interests in treating adolescent and substance abuse populations.
(636) 434-1795 View (636) 434-1795
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James Peter Cho
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
O Fallon, MO 63368
Are you struggling with Substance Use (SUD) or Alcohol Use Disorders (AUD)? Sana Lake Behavioral Wellness Center Outpatient Care is the place for you. Offering a full system of care without the long wait to see Licensed Providers who specialize in Therapeutic Interventions and Medical Services which include Medication Assisted Treatments.
Are you struggling with Substance Use (SUD) or Alcohol Use Disorders (AUD)? Sana Lake Behavioral Wellness Center Outpatient Care is the place for you. Offering a full system of care without the long wait to see Licensed Providers who specialize in Therapeutic Interventions and Medical Services which include Medication Assisted Treatments.
(314) 470-8517 View (314) 470-8517
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Enos Moss
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
O Fallon, MO 63368
EJ is a board-certified Adult Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He has been with Lifestance Health since January 2020. He received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Maryville University "“ St. Louis in 2001, and obtained his Master of Science in Nursing from Maryville University "“ St. Louis in 2011. In 2016, he received his post-master's certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of Cincinnati. He is currently a Doctor of Nursing Practice candidate at Capella University and plans to complete his studies in 2023.
EJ is a board-certified Adult Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He has been with Lifestance Health since January 2020. He received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Maryville University "“ St. Louis in 2001, and obtained his Master of Science in Nursing from Maryville University "“ St. Louis in 2011. In 2016, he received his post-master's certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of Cincinnati. He is currently a Doctor of Nursing Practice candidate at Capella University and plans to complete his studies in 2023.
(636) 747-1086 View (636) 747-1086

Online Psychiatrists

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Anna Tran
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Town And Country, MO 63017
Anna Tran is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Missouri who has been practicing since 2020. She has a Master of Science in Nursing, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Maryville University with honors, a Bachelor Science in Nursing from Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College, and a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science from Saint Louis University. Anna’s inherent desire is to serve individuals by inspiring and assisting them in making lasting changes in their lives and personifying their purposes in the world.
Anna Tran is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Missouri who has been practicing since 2020. She has a Master of Science in Nursing, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Maryville University with honors, a Bachelor Science in Nursing from Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College, and a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science from Saint Louis University. Anna’s inherent desire is to serve individuals by inspiring and assisting them in making lasting changes in their lives and personifying their purposes in the world.
(314) 897-7162 View (314) 897-7162
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Alexander B. Rose
Psychiatrist, MD, MPHS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63117
WAIT TIME: ≤ 2-4 weeks | REQUEST VISIT BY VISITING MY WEBSITE (www.veritas-psych.com) AND/OR EMAILING ME. | Dr. Rose is a forensic psychiatrist providing both clinical and medical-legal services. His approach begins by taking ample time to obtain a thorough understanding of who you are as a person from a variety of perspectives. He values making sure that every patient is informed and understands the meaning behind every diagnosis and the reasons for why certain treatments are recommended over others. Initial patient contact via my website or email is required. Phone calls are intended for existing patients (or attorneys) only.
WAIT TIME: ≤ 2-4 weeks | REQUEST VISIT BY VISITING MY WEBSITE (www.veritas-psych.com) AND/OR EMAILING ME. | Dr. Rose is a forensic psychiatrist providing both clinical and medical-legal services. His approach begins by taking ample time to obtain a thorough understanding of who you are as a person from a variety of perspectives. He values making sure that every patient is informed and understands the meaning behind every diagnosis and the reasons for why certain treatments are recommended over others. Initial patient contact via my website or email is required. Phone calls are intended for existing patients (or attorneys) only.
(314) 380-8764 View (314) 380-8764
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Jerilyn Brown
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbia, MO 65203
I am accepting new patients. Are you depressed, anxious, having panic attacks, stressed out, have trouble concentrating or trouble sleeping? Are people around you telling you that you are easily irritated? You don't have to keep suffering. I can help you by providing a full psychiatric evaluation and offering medication management with brief therapy. I do this with empathy and compassion.
I am accepting new patients. Are you depressed, anxious, having panic attacks, stressed out, have trouble concentrating or trouble sleeping? Are people around you telling you that you are easily irritated? You don't have to keep suffering. I can help you by providing a full psychiatric evaluation and offering medication management with brief therapy. I do this with empathy and compassion.
(573) 973-3690 View (573) 973-3690
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SANA Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Richmond Heights, MO 63117
Accepting New Patients - With medication and therapeutic interventions, Dr. Sindhura Saini, M.D. hopes to help patients feel respected while working to improve their well being and mental health. Dr. Saini's expertise involves anxiety, OCD, depression, trauma, ADHD and bipolar disorder.
Accepting New Patients - With medication and therapeutic interventions, Dr. Sindhura Saini, M.D. hopes to help patients feel respected while working to improve their well being and mental health. Dr. Saini's expertise involves anxiety, OCD, depression, trauma, ADHD and bipolar disorder.
(314) 866-7702 View (314) 866-7702
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KZ Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Barnhart, MO 63012
Find the help you need to achieve optimal mental health and well-being by choosing me, Katrina Zlataric, PMHNP-BC, of KZ Psychiatric Services. I have 19 years of experience providing comprehensive and compassionate mental health services in Barnhart, MO. My psychiatric consultations create a safe space for you to express yourself without judgment.
Find the help you need to achieve optimal mental health and well-being by choosing me, Katrina Zlataric, PMHNP-BC, of KZ Psychiatric Services. I have 19 years of experience providing comprehensive and compassionate mental health services in Barnhart, MO. My psychiatric consultations create a safe space for you to express yourself without judgment.
(636) 251-4409 View (636) 251-4409
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Aspire Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Fenton, MO 63026  (Online Only)
If you are looking for quality psychiatric medication management services, then Aspire Wellness is the right center for you! We are accepting new patients 18 years and older through telehealth. Our goal is to provide high quality healthcare services to improve overall wellbeing. Our team will support you along the way and work together to connect you with the treament and services you need.
If you are looking for quality psychiatric medication management services, then Aspire Wellness is the right center for you! We are accepting new patients 18 years and older through telehealth. Our goal is to provide high quality healthcare services to improve overall wellbeing. Our team will support you along the way and work together to connect you with the treament and services you need.
(636) 435-2586 View (636) 435-2586
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Alpha Allied Mental Health Services (AMS)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Saint Charles, MO 63303
I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in the states of Iowa and Missouri. I have full practice authority in the state of Iowa, I am accepting new patients in Iowa and Missouri. I practice psychiatry by assessing biological, psychological and social aspects of each patient I care for, to deliver optimal mental health. I take insurance in Missouri and Iowa. I prescribe a full range of psychotropic medications for genuine mental health disorders. We now have an additional provider that is accepting new patients. Give us a call.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in the states of Iowa and Missouri. I have full practice authority in the state of Iowa, I am accepting new patients in Iowa and Missouri. I practice psychiatry by assessing biological, psychological and social aspects of each patient I care for, to deliver optimal mental health. I take insurance in Missouri and Iowa. I prescribe a full range of psychotropic medications for genuine mental health disorders. We now have an additional provider that is accepting new patients. Give us a call.
(636) 735-7068 View (636) 735-7068
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Nicole Parker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Richmond Heights, MO 63117
Nicole Parker graduated with her Master's Degree in Nursing from Maryville University in 2020 and became a board-certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Prior to graduation she spent time working as an RN in a fast-paced Emergency Department and in acute inpatient behavioral units. She also spent time teaching the specialized focus of mental health clinical rotation to future registered nurses. Nicole's primary focus has been working with inner city children, adolescents and adults experiencing a variety of mental health disorders.
Nicole Parker graduated with her Master's Degree in Nursing from Maryville University in 2020 and became a board-certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Prior to graduation she spent time working as an RN in a fast-paced Emergency Department and in acute inpatient behavioral units. She also spent time teaching the specialized focus of mental health clinical rotation to future registered nurses. Nicole's primary focus has been working with inner city children, adolescents and adults experiencing a variety of mental health disorders.
(314) 916-3616 View (314) 916-3616
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Ann Chartrand
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63123
I believe that all patients should be respected and actively participate in treatment plans, and properly educating my patients leads to better outcomes. Optimal mental health involves all aspects of an individual and not simply medication management. Every person leaving my office will know how, why and what we are doing to try to help him/her feel better and be healthier. I enjoy working with adults motivated to improve their mental health. My practice is informal and relaxed, designed to reduce "white coat" anxiety and stigma toward mental health treatment. I like to call it "Psychiatry with Personality."
I believe that all patients should be respected and actively participate in treatment plans, and properly educating my patients leads to better outcomes. Optimal mental health involves all aspects of an individual and not simply medication management. Every person leaving my office will know how, why and what we are doing to try to help him/her feel better and be healthier. I enjoy working with adults motivated to improve their mental health. My practice is informal and relaxed, designed to reduce "white coat" anxiety and stigma toward mental health treatment. I like to call it "Psychiatry with Personality."
(314) 668-7023 View (314) 668-7023

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Wentzville, MO

< 10

Psychiatrists in Wentzville, MO who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Addiction
100% Grief
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Divorce

Average years in practice

3 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Wentzville, MO see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Wentzville?

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.