Psychiatrists in Monroe, NC

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Luis Emilio Betancourt
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Monroe, NC 28112
I specialize in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. I provide comprehensive psychiatric and psychological diagnostic evaluations as well as evidenced and empirically-based psychotherapy & medication management treatment services for children, adolescents, adults and families. I have experience caring for Depressive, Bipolar, Autism spectrum, Anxiety, Substance abuse, Personality, Obsessive Compulsive, Tic, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation, Post Traumatic Stress and psychotic disorders. I also have experience and interest in the interface between religion-spirituality and psychiatry.
I specialize in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. I provide comprehensive psychiatric and psychological diagnostic evaluations as well as evidenced and empirically-based psychotherapy & medication management treatment services for children, adolescents, adults and families. I have experience caring for Depressive, Bipolar, Autism spectrum, Anxiety, Substance abuse, Personality, Obsessive Compulsive, Tic, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation, Post Traumatic Stress and psychotic disorders. I also have experience and interest in the interface between religion-spirituality and psychiatry.
(980) 365-8429 View (980) 365-8429
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Morgan Durand
Physician Assistant, PA-C, MPAS
Verified Verified
Monroe, NC 28112
Morgan Durand is originally from Waxhaw, NC and now lives in Charlotte. She obtained her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Gardner-Webb University. Morgan is dedicated to become an integral part of the health and wellness of the community she grew up in and is excited to provide mental health services to adults and pediatric patients. She treats a wide range of psychiatric illness and is passionate about always showing respect and understanding to all her patients.
Morgan Durand is originally from Waxhaw, NC and now lives in Charlotte. She obtained her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Gardner-Webb University. Morgan is dedicated to become an integral part of the health and wellness of the community she grew up in and is excited to provide mental health services to adults and pediatric patients. She treats a wide range of psychiatric illness and is passionate about always showing respect and understanding to all her patients.
(704) 368-3662 View (704) 368-3662
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Gateway Charlotte Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Monroe, NC 28112
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
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Dr. Tamara A. Neely
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-B, FNP-C, LCAS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Monroe, NC 28110  (Online Only)
As a medical provider, I am here to assist you by providing quality services with a unique emphasis on the mental health and well-being of the whole person with easy access to care from the comfort of your home. Our clinic focuses on health promotion, health education, mental health and counseling. We provide care in a non-judgmental, patient-centered environment by taking time to listen. We are ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS.
As a medical provider, I am here to assist you by providing quality services with a unique emphasis on the mental health and well-being of the whole person with easy access to care from the comfort of your home. Our clinic focuses on health promotion, health education, mental health and counseling. We provide care in a non-judgmental, patient-centered environment by taking time to listen. We are ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS.
(980) 399-5417 View (980) 399-5417
Monroe Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Monroe, NC 28112
(704) 741-9219 View (704) 741-9219

Online Psychiatrists

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Jacqueline Wait
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Lenoir, NC 28633  (Online Only)
Hi! I'm a certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with a background in both inpatient and outpatient care. I've worked with patients dealing with substance abuse/addiction, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD. My approach involves utilizing the latest diagnostic guidelines from the DSM and evidence-based treatments to support patients in reclaiming their well-being. I strongly believe in the significance of mental health, aiming to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness and encouraging others to prioritize their mental well-being. My mission is to educate and empower individuals to make their mental health a priority.
Hi! I'm a certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with a background in both inpatient and outpatient care. I've worked with patients dealing with substance abuse/addiction, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD. My approach involves utilizing the latest diagnostic guidelines from the DSM and evidence-based treatments to support patients in reclaiming their well-being. I strongly believe in the significance of mental health, aiming to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness and encouraging others to prioritize their mental well-being. My mission is to educate and empower individuals to make their mental health a priority.
(336) 948-8918 View (336) 948-8918
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Dr. Phillip Smith
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28203  (Online Only)
Accepting new patient. Request appointment at kibunhealth.com. I am a psychiatrist medical doctor (MD). I will offer you my approach as a physician throughout your treatment journey. I understand the difficulties you face, whether it's battling depression, can't sleep, struggling with inattention, coping with psychosis, or fighting substance use disorders. If your goal is to find relief from these acute and chronic mental health conditions, and I am here to prioritize your journey towards remission.
Accepting new patient. Request appointment at kibunhealth.com. I am a psychiatrist medical doctor (MD). I will offer you my approach as a physician throughout your treatment journey. I understand the difficulties you face, whether it's battling depression, can't sleep, struggling with inattention, coping with psychosis, or fighting substance use disorders. If your goal is to find relief from these acute and chronic mental health conditions, and I am here to prioritize your journey towards remission.
(704) 734-9620 View (704) 734-9620
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Taylor Price
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Huntersville, NC 28078
Taylor pursued a career in mental health after learning the impact mental health can have on every individual’s life. She is passionate about learning about each patient and finding the root of their issues. She understands that treating symptoms can be like a puzzle, and creates collaborative treatment plans individualized to each patient.
Taylor pursued a career in mental health after learning the impact mental health can have on every individual’s life. She is passionate about learning about each patient and finding the root of their issues. She understands that treating symptoms can be like a puzzle, and creates collaborative treatment plans individualized to each patient.
(855) 698-1551 View (855) 698-1551
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Monica Bartorelli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
High Point, NC 27265
As a health care provider with over 10 years of nurse practitioner experience, I would love to learn more about you and how we can work together to improve your mental health. I believe in providing quality care that is client focused and education driven while using the most current treatment guidelines. I provide care that focuses on the whole person, and I seek to provide mental health services to anyone in NC in a virtual setting to those ages 16 and up. Part of my treatment model will evaluate your social determinants of health to ensure there are no barriers to your overall goals that directly impacts your mental health.
As a health care provider with over 10 years of nurse practitioner experience, I would love to learn more about you and how we can work together to improve your mental health. I believe in providing quality care that is client focused and education driven while using the most current treatment guidelines. I provide care that focuses on the whole person, and I seek to provide mental health services to anyone in NC in a virtual setting to those ages 16 and up. Part of my treatment model will evaluate your social determinants of health to ensure there are no barriers to your overall goals that directly impacts your mental health.
(336) 891-9391 View (336) 891-9391
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Nkwachioma Nwosu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28202
Hello, My name is Nkwachioma Nwosu, and I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) dedicated to fostering mental health and well-being. My clinical interest is in managing and treating patients with a wide range of mental health concerns, including Schizophrenia, Bipolar disorders, Depression, Anxiety disorders, PTSD, Dementia, Addiction, mood disorders, personality disorders, and Anger management. My mission is to positively impact the lives of those I serve.
Hello, My name is Nkwachioma Nwosu, and I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) dedicated to fostering mental health and well-being. My clinical interest is in managing and treating patients with a wide range of mental health concerns, including Schizophrenia, Bipolar disorders, Depression, Anxiety disorders, PTSD, Dementia, Addiction, mood disorders, personality disorders, and Anger management. My mission is to positively impact the lives of those I serve.
(919) 629-9931 View (919) 629-9931
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Jacqueline Thompson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27407
If you’re reading this page, then you may very well be taking the first step toward receiving the care you need. I’m so glad you’re here. I’m Jacqueline Thompson, a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with nearly two decades of experience in psychiatric nursing. I have spent my entire career providing care for those who struggle with mental illness—helping them to make their mental illness more manageable, or to help them move past it. I would love to do the same for you. I became a PMHNP-BC a little over four years ago after spending 14 years as a nurse, and 13 of those years specializing in psychiatric care.
If you’re reading this page, then you may very well be taking the first step toward receiving the care you need. I’m so glad you’re here. I’m Jacqueline Thompson, a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with nearly two decades of experience in psychiatric nursing. I have spent my entire career providing care for those who struggle with mental illness—helping them to make their mental illness more manageable, or to help them move past it. I would love to do the same for you. I became a PMHNP-BC a little over four years ago after spending 14 years as a nurse, and 13 of those years specializing in psychiatric care.
(980) 414-3628 View (980) 414-3628
Izzy Health Pllc
Psychiatrist, MD, MRCPsyc, ABPN
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27408
Mental health is unique in the sense that it affects the mind. It alters the way we relate to people and things around our lives. For some, they are able to tell things are not the way they used to be. Others are not able to tell the difference, but it impacts their ability to function or affects the lives of their loved ones. My role is to help my patients understand and heal the mind. My goal is to improve their level of function and quality of life
Mental health is unique in the sense that it affects the mind. It alters the way we relate to people and things around our lives. For some, they are able to tell things are not the way they used to be. Others are not able to tell the difference, but it impacts their ability to function or affects the lives of their loved ones. My role is to help my patients understand and heal the mind. My goal is to improve their level of function and quality of life
(336) 268-8976 View (336) 268-8976
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Shannon Blankenbeckler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28210  (Online Only)
Shannon Blankenbeckler is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Shannon collaborates with her patients to improve their functioning and quality of life. With active listening, kindness, and compassion, she works with her patients to identify the issues holding them back. She helps them focus on their unique strengths, address their struggles, and set meaningful, achievable goals so they can thrive and find peace. Shannon knows that patients seek help when they’re brave enough to identify that something in their life needs to change.
Shannon Blankenbeckler is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Shannon collaborates with her patients to improve their functioning and quality of life. With active listening, kindness, and compassion, she works with her patients to identify the issues holding them back. She helps them focus on their unique strengths, address their struggles, and set meaningful, achievable goals so they can thrive and find peace. Shannon knows that patients seek help when they’re brave enough to identify that something in their life needs to change.
(704) 755-3459 View (704) 755-3459
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Victoria Hills
Physician Assistant, PAC
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28287
Victoria believes that mental health is the utmost priority in a patient’s overall wellbeing. She recognizes that therapeutic plans require patience and, at times, trial-and-error until the best treatment for the patient is achieved. Victoria is prepared to work and guide patients through the process of attaining the therapeutic regimen they find the best fit for themselves.
Victoria believes that mental health is the utmost priority in a patient’s overall wellbeing. She recognizes that therapeutic plans require patience and, at times, trial-and-error until the best treatment for the patient is achieved. Victoria is prepared to work and guide patients through the process of attaining the therapeutic regimen they find the best fit for themselves.
(855) 698-1551 View (855) 698-1551
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Mariah Echevarria
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27410
Mariah earned a B.S in Human Nutrition from the University of Florida and her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of South Florida. She has experience working with substance use, mood disorders, depression, anxiety, ADHD/ADD, and other mental health concerns. She strives to deliver quality and compassionate care to all her patients. She has a passion working with children, adolescents, and young adults. Her care approach is empathetic, compassionate, trustworthy, and attentive to clients concerns and feelings.
Mariah earned a B.S in Human Nutrition from the University of Florida and her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of South Florida. She has experience working with substance use, mood disorders, depression, anxiety, ADHD/ADD, and other mental health concerns. She strives to deliver quality and compassionate care to all her patients. She has a passion working with children, adolescents, and young adults. Her care approach is empathetic, compassionate, trustworthy, and attentive to clients concerns and feelings.
(336) 444-6428 View (336) 444-6428
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Karen Shugart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Clemmons, NC 27012
With a focus primarily on medication evaluation and management, I offer a warm, open, and non-judgmental approach that empowers clients to share freely and fully participate as they move toward their goals. My goal is to offer evidence-based, inclusive treatment that helps clients function at their highest level.
With a focus primarily on medication evaluation and management, I offer a warm, open, and non-judgmental approach that empowers clients to share freely and fully participate as they move toward their goals. My goal is to offer evidence-based, inclusive treatment that helps clients function at their highest level.
(336) 360-5711 View (336) 360-5711
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Dr. Crystal Montague
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
High Point, NC 27265
Dr. Crystal Montague, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, is a dually board-certified family and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with several years of training and expertise treating patients across the lifespan (child to elderly) in a variety of practice settings from hospitals to outpatient clinics. Dr. Montague provides compassionate, therapeutic care, utilizing an evidenced-based, collaborative approach with patients while formulating treatment plans. She strongly advocates for patients to receive appropriate community and school resources, and psychological testing. She is always happy to assist with bridging those connections.
Dr. Crystal Montague, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, is a dually board-certified family and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with several years of training and expertise treating patients across the lifespan (child to elderly) in a variety of practice settings from hospitals to outpatient clinics. Dr. Montague provides compassionate, therapeutic care, utilizing an evidenced-based, collaborative approach with patients while formulating treatment plans. She strongly advocates for patients to receive appropriate community and school resources, and psychological testing. She is always happy to assist with bridging those connections.
(336) 849-5585 View (336) 849-5585
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Eric Semeko
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28209
Dr. Eric Semeko, MD is a Hospitalist in Psychiatry at one of Charlotte, North Carolina's local hospitals. He is board certified in Adult Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Semeko grew up in Ghana, Africa earning his Medical Degree in Volgograd, Russia, completing his residency at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston Salem, NC. He was recently named one of America's Most Compassionate Doctors and has worked in a large metropolitan hospital clinic as lead physician. In addition to his hospital work Dr. Semeko owns a private practice on Park Road; Restoration Charlotte, PLLC.
Dr. Eric Semeko, MD is a Hospitalist in Psychiatry at one of Charlotte, North Carolina's local hospitals. He is board certified in Adult Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Semeko grew up in Ghana, Africa earning his Medical Degree in Volgograd, Russia, completing his residency at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston Salem, NC. He was recently named one of America's Most Compassionate Doctors and has worked in a large metropolitan hospital clinic as lead physician. In addition to his hospital work Dr. Semeko owns a private practice on Park Road; Restoration Charlotte, PLLC.
(704) 870-0281 View (704) 870-0281
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Joseph Vincent Jordan
Physician Assistant, MS, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28211  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified PA with a certificate of additional qualifications in psychiatry (CAQ-Psychiatry). I have experience working with adults with a myriad of psychiatric illnesses, but I have a vested interest in LGBTQ+ mental healthcare, treatment-resistant depression, personality disorders, and trauma-based disorders.
I am a board-certified PA with a certificate of additional qualifications in psychiatry (CAQ-Psychiatry). I have experience working with adults with a myriad of psychiatric illnesses, but I have a vested interest in LGBTQ+ mental healthcare, treatment-resistant depression, personality disorders, and trauma-based disorders.
(919) 355-0667 View (919) 355-0667
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Elizabeth Lemons
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28209  (Online Only)
Elizabeth "Liz" Lemons is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who manages and treats a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, ADHD, sleep/insomnia, OCD, Bipolar II, PTSD, substance use, and other areas. She has over 10 years of experience working with teens, adults, and seniors.
Elizabeth "Liz" Lemons is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who manages and treats a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, ADHD, sleep/insomnia, OCD, Bipolar II, PTSD, substance use, and other areas. She has over 10 years of experience working with teens, adults, and seniors.
(704) 610-5313 View (704) 610-5313

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Monroe, NC

< 10

Psychiatrists in Monroe, NC who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Medication Management
80% Psychosis
80% Substance Use

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BHS | Behavioral Health Systems
100% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Monroe, NC see their clients

80% In Person and Online
20% Online Only

Gender breakdown

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

How can I find a psychiatrist in Monroe?

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.