Psychiatrists in Cabarrus County, NC

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Center for Emotional Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Concord, NC 28025
CEH offers traditional and alternative mental health services to ensure our patients have the best treatment and support available. CEH offers the following services: virtual + in-office appointments, therapy + counseling, medication management, medicated assisted treatment for substance abuse + veteran support services. CEH provides treatment for patients ages 4 and older, with a less-than two-week waiting period guaranteed at our 50+ office locations. CEH is conveniently located throughout North Carolina including Asheville, Boone, Concord, Charlotte, Raleigh, Statesville, Winston, and Wilmington; we also have offices in Florida.
CEH offers traditional and alternative mental health services to ensure our patients have the best treatment and support available. CEH offers the following services: virtual + in-office appointments, therapy + counseling, medication management, medicated assisted treatment for substance abuse + veteran support services. CEH provides treatment for patients ages 4 and older, with a less-than two-week waiting period guaranteed at our 50+ office locations. CEH is conveniently located throughout North Carolina including Asheville, Boone, Concord, Charlotte, Raleigh, Statesville, Winston, and Wilmington; we also have offices in Florida.
(704) 237-4240 View (704) 237-4240
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Tiffany Lindsay
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN
Verified Verified
Concord, NC 28025
Tiffany Lindsay is a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), with six years of experience with mental illness and substance use. Having worked primarily as a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse (PMHN-BC) in an inpatient crisis stabilization unit, Tiffany decided to pursue an advanced practice nursing degree to better bridge the gap in access to care and reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness in her community. Tiffany obtained a Bachelor's degree in nursing from Fayetteville State University and a Master's degree in nursing from East Carolina University.
Tiffany Lindsay is a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), with six years of experience with mental illness and substance use. Having worked primarily as a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse (PMHN-BC) in an inpatient crisis stabilization unit, Tiffany decided to pursue an advanced practice nursing degree to better bridge the gap in access to care and reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness in her community. Tiffany obtained a Bachelor's degree in nursing from Fayetteville State University and a Master's degree in nursing from East Carolina University.
(704) 389-5038 View (704) 389-5038
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Nathan Carter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Concord, NC 28025
Dr. Nathan Carter is currently Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both General Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry. In addition, he is currently Board Certified in Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Carter is well aware that substance abuse and dependence are among today's greatest public health problems. His certifications compliment his desire to be a conduit of recovery to his patients from their addictions and mental illnesses. Dr. Carter practices psychiatry both in the inpatient and outpatient settings and has a vast understanding of patient needs.
Dr. Nathan Carter is currently Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both General Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry. In addition, he is currently Board Certified in Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Carter is well aware that substance abuse and dependence are among today's greatest public health problems. His certifications compliment his desire to be a conduit of recovery to his patients from their addictions and mental illnesses. Dr. Carter practices psychiatry both in the inpatient and outpatient settings and has a vast understanding of patient needs.
(980) 238-3988 View (980) 238-3988
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lakshmi Ganugapenta
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Concord, NC 28027  (Online Only)
Hi, I'm Lakshmi Ganugapenta a dual-certified family and psychiatric nurse practitioner with 10 years of experience in different settings. I am a mother to two, a wife, a daughter, and a friend. I understand the struggle of trying to balance it all and falling short. Helping clients to reach wellness is my number one goal. I collaborate with my clients to develop a clear and practical plan to improve every aspect of their lives. I use a holistic model that may or may not include medications.
Hi, I'm Lakshmi Ganugapenta a dual-certified family and psychiatric nurse practitioner with 10 years of experience in different settings. I am a mother to two, a wife, a daughter, and a friend. I understand the struggle of trying to balance it all and falling short. Helping clients to reach wellness is my number one goal. I collaborate with my clients to develop a clear and practical plan to improve every aspect of their lives. I use a holistic model that may or may not include medications.
(704) 842-9813 View (704) 842-9813
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Kristina Borus
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Concord, NC 28025
Kristina provides medication management combined with a therapeutic approach that is practical, evidence based, and holistic. To maximize quality of life, Kristina works with each client to help achieve their wellness goals through education, lifestyle modification, supplementation, medication, and therapies that help integrate and heal the mind-body connection. With every client, Kristina builds a therapeutic partnership based on safety, empathy, non-judgement, and empowerment.
Kristina provides medication management combined with a therapeutic approach that is practical, evidence based, and holistic. To maximize quality of life, Kristina works with each client to help achieve their wellness goals through education, lifestyle modification, supplementation, medication, and therapies that help integrate and heal the mind-body connection. With every client, Kristina builds a therapeutic partnership based on safety, empathy, non-judgement, and empowerment.
(704) 703-9183 View (704) 703-9183
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Valeea Sutton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Harrisburg, NC 28075
An ideal client would be someone who wants to explore the root of the problem. This client would be interested in learning more about ways to be whole, healed, and healthy.
An ideal client would be someone who wants to explore the root of the problem. This client would be interested in learning more about ways to be whole, healed, and healthy.
(704) 327-5682 View (704) 327-5682
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Dr. Sabina Benel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Concord, NC 28025
We are here to provide non-judgmental support to you! Although we cannot change past challenging issues, we can support you to find a path to brighter future. If you're looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you just want to pursue a new positive path in life, let us support you to achieve your goals. We provide high quality, affordable therapy and medication management services to clients in need. Call us to make an appointment today! We are a team of experienced clinicians who are passionate about building stronger families.
We are here to provide non-judgmental support to you! Although we cannot change past challenging issues, we can support you to find a path to brighter future. If you're looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you just want to pursue a new positive path in life, let us support you to achieve your goals. We provide high quality, affordable therapy and medication management services to clients in need. Call us to make an appointment today! We are a team of experienced clinicians who are passionate about building stronger families.
(833) 906-0029 View (833) 906-0029
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A Practitioner's Touch, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Concord, NC 28025  (Online Only)
Demetris Wright is a dual certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. As a Nurse Practitioner, she realizes the challenges to accessible care. As a tele-health provider she will focus on providing convenient but comprehensive care. With a unique perspective in treating patients, Demetris allows the patient to be the center and spokesperson of their own care. She understands wellness extends well beyond medical care but involves both the mind and body.
Demetris Wright is a dual certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. As a Nurse Practitioner, she realizes the challenges to accessible care. As a tele-health provider she will focus on providing convenient but comprehensive care. With a unique perspective in treating patients, Demetris allows the patient to be the center and spokesperson of their own care. She understands wellness extends well beyond medical care but involves both the mind and body.
(803) 962-7306 View (803) 962-7306
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Craig Chepke
Psychiatrist, MD, DFAPA
Verified Verified
Concord, NC 28025
I work with adults and the aging population in all diagnostic categories, but have special interests in movement disorders (Tardive Dyskinesia, Parkinson’s Disease, Huntington’s Disease, etc.), neuropsychiatric conditions, and treatment-resistant/severe-persistent mental illness.
I work with adults and the aging population in all diagnostic categories, but have special interests in movement disorders (Tardive Dyskinesia, Parkinson’s Disease, Huntington’s Disease, etc.), neuropsychiatric conditions, and treatment-resistant/severe-persistent mental illness.
(704) 741-1452 View (704) 741-1452
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Urvashi Goswami
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Concord, NC 28027
Dr. Urvashi Goswami chose psychiatry when she realized “whole of the body is in the mind, but the whole of the mind is not in the body.”
Dr. Urvashi Goswami chose psychiatry when she realized “whole of the body is in the mind, but the whole of the mind is not in the body.”
(855) 698-1551 View (855) 698-1551
Photo of Laurie Dunne, Physician Assistant in Cabarrus County, NC
Laurie Dunne
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Concord, NC 28027
Accepting New Clients! Are you searching for a psychiatric physician assistant who goes above and beyond to prioritize your well-being? I’d love to work with you! My name is Laurie and I am a dedicated professional committed to providing unparalleled support and guidance on your journey to mental health. With years of experience and a passion for fostering genuine connections, I value the power of collaboration with my patients. I believe that open communication and mutual understanding are essential foundations for successful treatment.
Accepting New Clients! Are you searching for a psychiatric physician assistant who goes above and beyond to prioritize your well-being? I’d love to work with you! My name is Laurie and I am a dedicated professional committed to providing unparalleled support and guidance on your journey to mental health. With years of experience and a passion for fostering genuine connections, I value the power of collaboration with my patients. I believe that open communication and mutual understanding are essential foundations for successful treatment.
(919) 726-0269 View (919) 726-0269
Photo of Ariel Lucci, Physician Assistant in Cabarrus County, NC
Ariel Lucci
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Kannapolis, NC 28081  (Online Only)
I work with patients who are struggling with mental health issues. With the privilege of diverse experience, I've honed my skills in providing top-notch outpatient psychiatric care and medication management. My expertise covers a wide range of psychiatric conditions, and I'm well-equipped to diagnose and treat patients of all ages. Armed with a Master's in Physician Assistant Studies from Chatham University and a background in Respiratory Therapy, I bring valuable insights to ensure effective care for your mental health.
I work with patients who are struggling with mental health issues. With the privilege of diverse experience, I've honed my skills in providing top-notch outpatient psychiatric care and medication management. My expertise covers a wide range of psychiatric conditions, and I'm well-equipped to diagnose and treat patients of all ages. Armed with a Master's in Physician Assistant Studies from Chatham University and a background in Respiratory Therapy, I bring valuable insights to ensure effective care for your mental health.
(919) 276-8530 View (919) 276-8530
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Christopher R Bradley
Physician Assistant, MPAS , DMSc, PA-C
Verified Verified
Concord, NC 28027
Best life brings the quality of care and patient's functional needs back to the forefront. Our mission is to care for our patients individually, to provide optimal treatment and proper management. The practice strives to provide not only hope for our patients, but a provider to listen to their needs. Best life works to improve patients mental health, while also focusing on their overall wellness.
Best life brings the quality of care and patient's functional needs back to the forefront. Our mission is to care for our patients individually, to provide optimal treatment and proper management. The practice strives to provide not only hope for our patients, but a provider to listen to their needs. Best life works to improve patients mental health, while also focusing on their overall wellness.
(980) 217-8729 View (980) 217-8729
Photo of Nicole Thompson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Cabarrus County, NC
Nicole Thompson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, LCSW, RN
Verified Verified
Concord, NC 28027
Seeking mental health treatment is an important dimension to your overall health, and I'm honored that you've chosen me to accompany you on this journey towards a happier, healthier you. I strive to provide a safe, non-judgmental space where you feel heard, valued, and supported. I'm committed to understanding your unique challenges and working together to achieve your mental wellness goals. Whatever the struggle, I will meet you where you are and according to your timeline.
Seeking mental health treatment is an important dimension to your overall health, and I'm honored that you've chosen me to accompany you on this journey towards a happier, healthier you. I strive to provide a safe, non-judgmental space where you feel heard, valued, and supported. I'm committed to understanding your unique challenges and working together to achieve your mental wellness goals. Whatever the struggle, I will meet you where you are and according to your timeline.
(980) 372-6662 View (980) 372-6662
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Telepsychiatrist_Piedmont Behavioral Services
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Concord, NC 28025
Our clinic provides Child, Adult Psychiatry, Therapy and Substance abuse services including Suboxone Treatment via video across North Carolina. Our Board Certified Psychiatrists and Therapists are available to help everyday and we can offer same day appointments. Telepsychiatry or Telemedicine uses video link (via computer or smartphone) to offer appointments from home or outside clinic. It offers the option to see a psychiatrist any time as long as you have access to your smart phone or computer. Please use our website or below link to make an appointment. https://piedmontbs.com/telepsychiatry/
Our clinic provides Child, Adult Psychiatry, Therapy and Substance abuse services including Suboxone Treatment via video across North Carolina. Our Board Certified Psychiatrists and Therapists are available to help everyday and we can offer same day appointments. Telepsychiatry or Telemedicine uses video link (via computer or smartphone) to offer appointments from home or outside clinic. It offers the option to see a psychiatrist any time as long as you have access to your smart phone or computer. Please use our website or below link to make an appointment. https://piedmontbs.com/telepsychiatry/
(704) 350-2958 View (704) 350-2958
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Pamela Reid
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Concord, NC 28027  (Online Only)
Dr. Reid is a board-certified adult psychiatrist with over 20 years of clinical experience. She completed medical school at the University of South Carolina and Residency in Psychiatry at University of North Carolina Hospitals. Dr. Reid feels that the field of Psychiatry is unique in that it requires a collaborative, whole person approach to Medical care. She has always enjoyed this aspect of being a Psychiatrist, spending time getting to know patients, unfolding and understanding together the complex interplay of medical and Psychosocial events that create the symptoms we focus on in treatment.
Dr. Reid is a board-certified adult psychiatrist with over 20 years of clinical experience. She completed medical school at the University of South Carolina and Residency in Psychiatry at University of North Carolina Hospitals. Dr. Reid feels that the field of Psychiatry is unique in that it requires a collaborative, whole person approach to Medical care. She has always enjoyed this aspect of being a Psychiatrist, spending time getting to know patients, unfolding and understanding together the complex interplay of medical and Psychosocial events that create the symptoms we focus on in treatment.
(919) 694-6099 View (919) 694-6099
Photo of Angela Carter, Psychiatric Nurse in Cabarrus County, NC
Angela Carter
Psychiatric Nurse, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Concord, NC 28027  (Online Only)
Hello! I'm Angela Carter, your dedicated Family Nurse Practitioner and the proud owner of Covenant Family Care. My passion for nurturing health and well-being has driven me to provide comprehensive, patient-centered care that caters to individuals and families at every stage of life.
Hello! I'm Angela Carter, your dedicated Family Nurse Practitioner and the proud owner of Covenant Family Care. My passion for nurturing health and well-being has driven me to provide comprehensive, patient-centered care that caters to individuals and families at every stage of life.
(980) 372-1659 View (980) 372-1659
Photo of Janelle Stitt, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Cabarrus County, NC
Janelle Stitt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Concord, NC 28025  (Online Only)
My name is Janelle and I am dual licensed FNP and PMHNP and I have a servants heart. I have been an RN for 19 years in acute care, pediatrics and women's health and a Nurse Practitioner specializing in Family medicine, Medical weight management and Psychiatry for 4 years. I am currently completing my Doctorate Studies. I see ages 5 and up. I manage all mood disorders from anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and substance induced mood disorders. I also manage ADHD and Autism. I am Faith Based, Empathetic, Open-Minded, Warm, Direct, Affirming and Integrative. I believe in healing the whole person.
My name is Janelle and I am dual licensed FNP and PMHNP and I have a servants heart. I have been an RN for 19 years in acute care, pediatrics and women's health and a Nurse Practitioner specializing in Family medicine, Medical weight management and Psychiatry for 4 years. I am currently completing my Doctorate Studies. I see ages 5 and up. I manage all mood disorders from anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and substance induced mood disorders. I also manage ADHD and Autism. I am Faith Based, Empathetic, Open-Minded, Warm, Direct, Affirming and Integrative. I believe in healing the whole person.
(980) 372-6752 View (980) 372-6752
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Gateway Charlotte Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Concord, NC 28027
Gateway Charlotte Wellness is here for the mental health needs of clients (ages 6 to adults). Highly trained, empathetic, friendly and we take our time to get to know you so we can better help you. We utilize the most recent advancement in medicine. As a provider at Gateway Charlotte Wellness, I have many years of experience in mental Health. Currently works at one of Charlotte, North Carolina's local hospital. We see clients via telehealth anywhere, anytime at their convenience. Why wait? call now for help.
Gateway Charlotte Wellness is here for the mental health needs of clients (ages 6 to adults). Highly trained, empathetic, friendly and we take our time to get to know you so we can better help you. We utilize the most recent advancement in medicine. As a provider at Gateway Charlotte Wellness, I have many years of experience in mental Health. Currently works at one of Charlotte, North Carolina's local hospital. We see clients via telehealth anywhere, anytime at their convenience. Why wait? call now for help.
(980) 326-4916 View (980) 326-4916
Photo of Dr. Sheetal Joshi, Psychiatrist in Cabarrus County, NC
Dr. Sheetal Joshi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Concord, NC 28027
Dr. Joshi specializes in medication management in several clinical areas including but not limited to Depression, Anxiety, and PTSD. Dr Joshi not only will discuss with you evidence-based medication treatment, but also believes in healing from within, so a holistic approach to mental health factors in lifestyle, environment, sleep habits, diet, and exercise.
Dr. Joshi specializes in medication management in several clinical areas including but not limited to Depression, Anxiety, and PTSD. Dr Joshi not only will discuss with you evidence-based medication treatment, but also believes in healing from within, so a holistic approach to mental health factors in lifestyle, environment, sleep habits, diet, and exercise.

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Number of Psychiatrists in Cabarrus County, NC

20+

Average cost per session

$149

Psychiatrists in Cabarrus County, NC who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
91% ADHD
82% Trauma and PTSD
82% Medication Management
77% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
77% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

88% Cigna and Evernorth
82% Aetna
82% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Cabarrus County, NC see their clients

64% In Person and Online
36% Online Only

Gender breakdown

89% Female
11% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Cabarrus 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.