Psychiatrists in Coos County, NH

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Blue Sky Ahead, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Whitefield, NH 03598
Thanks for visiting our site. I invite you to share your life experiences and allow me to tailor a psychiatric treatment plan to help achieve your maximum potential. To start the process, we will need a referral from your primary care provider faxed to 917 268 9696. We currently take Vermont BC BS, Aetna, HPI, and Cigna insurance.
Thanks for visiting our site. I invite you to share your life experiences and allow me to tailor a psychiatric treatment plan to help achieve your maximum potential. To start the process, we will need a referral from your primary care provider faxed to 917 268 9696. We currently take Vermont BC BS, Aetna, HPI, and Cigna insurance.
(833) 359-3559 View (833) 359-3559
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Karen J Greene
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN Ed, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Colebrook, NH 03576  (Online Only)
Licensed in NH and MA, I provide treatment for a wide spectrum of psychiatric conditions through therapy and medication management, aiming to assist my clients effectively. Your well-being is the central focus of my practice. Together, we can collaborate to ensure you receive the quality care you deserve.
Licensed in NH and MA, I provide treatment for a wide spectrum of psychiatric conditions through therapy and medication management, aiming to assist my clients effectively. Your well-being is the central focus of my practice. Together, we can collaborate to ensure you receive the quality care you deserve.
(603) 691-1936 View (603) 691-1936
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Johannah Cacio
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Whitefield, NH 03598
Navigating our way toward mental wellness is not always straightforward or without roadblocks. At New England Psychiatry and Wellness, we aim to navigate life with you, exploring roadblocks and finding solutions that work for you. Mental health treatment is not a one-size-fits-all, which is why we take an individualized approach to care, making sure we meet you where you are at, to ensure the best outcomes.
Navigating our way toward mental wellness is not always straightforward or without roadblocks. At New England Psychiatry and Wellness, we aim to navigate life with you, exploring roadblocks and finding solutions that work for you. Mental health treatment is not a one-size-fits-all, which is why we take an individualized approach to care, making sure we meet you where you are at, to ensure the best outcomes.
(877) 959-5007 View (877) 959-5007
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Theresa Webster
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Berlin, NH 03570  (Online Only)
Do you feel like you are constantly fighting with your own brain? You try to concentrate on a task but your mind constantly wanders off. Your friends joke that you have no concept of time but you wonder when they will tire of your inconsistency. You struggle in social settings with worry that you are talking too much or lose track of what someone is talking with you about when in conversation. Your finances are a mess or you just can’t seem to hold on to savings. Social media has you thinking you might have ADHD and you are ready to find answers.
Do you feel like you are constantly fighting with your own brain? You try to concentrate on a task but your mind constantly wanders off. Your friends joke that you have no concept of time but you wonder when they will tire of your inconsistency. You struggle in social settings with worry that you are talking too much or lose track of what someone is talking with you about when in conversation. Your finances are a mess or you just can’t seem to hold on to savings. Social media has you thinking you might have ADHD and you are ready to find answers.
(702) 830-7193 View (702) 830-7193
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Sandra J Rabis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Colebrook, NH 03576  (Online Only)
I am a doctoral level psychiatric nurse practitioner, board certified and trained at Yale University. I have 21 years of experience diagnosing and assessing mental health issues as well as prescribing medications for such issues. In addition, I have 27 years of experience in mental health treatment in general. I began my career as a psychotherapist and then furthered my education to include medical practice.
I am a doctoral level psychiatric nurse practitioner, board certified and trained at Yale University. I have 21 years of experience diagnosing and assessing mental health issues as well as prescribing medications for such issues. In addition, I have 27 years of experience in mental health treatment in general. I began my career as a psychotherapist and then furthered my education to include medical practice.
(888) 344-3893 View (888) 344-3893
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Dr. Mary Elizabeth Keyes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lancaster, NH 03584
Now accepting patients ages 5-18 who reside in MA and NH for medication management. For more information or to schedule a consultation call please visit www.keyesbehavioralhealth.com. I am a doctorally prepared board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. I became passionate about child and adolescent mental health while treating families at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. I enjoy working with children and their families affected by ADHD, autism, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and psychotic disorders.
Now accepting patients ages 5-18 who reside in MA and NH for medication management. For more information or to schedule a consultation call please visit www.keyesbehavioralhealth.com. I am a doctorally prepared board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. I became passionate about child and adolescent mental health while treating families at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. I enjoy working with children and their families affected by ADHD, autism, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and psychotic disorders.
(978) 696-8578 View (978) 696-8578
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Dawn Marie Chui
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Gorham, NH 03581  (Online Only)
Are you tired of feeling down, depressed, not like your usual self? Having trouble sleeping, focusing, and feeling anxious? Looking for accessible and quality mental health care from a provider that will treat you with the compassion and respect you deserve? It can be difficult to navigate life’s challenges when you are experiencing mental pain and suffering. We will work together to ease your pain and help you become a more peaceful and happier version of yourself. I utilize a holistic approach to mental health that combines both traditional medications and complimentary treatments that are evidenced-based.
Are you tired of feeling down, depressed, not like your usual self? Having trouble sleeping, focusing, and feeling anxious? Looking for accessible and quality mental health care from a provider that will treat you with the compassion and respect you deserve? It can be difficult to navigate life’s challenges when you are experiencing mental pain and suffering. We will work together to ease your pain and help you become a more peaceful and happier version of yourself. I utilize a holistic approach to mental health that combines both traditional medications and complimentary treatments that are evidenced-based.
(603) 931-4328 View (603) 931-4328

Online Psychiatrists

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Jennifer Sims
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Concord, NH 03301
Ms. Jennifer Sims is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has over 25 years of experience in psychiatry and in a variety of settings including inpatient, academics, and outpatient. Ms. Sims received her Master’s in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Indiana University. She is also a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist and has an MBA. Her clinical passion is Patient-Centered Care and working in collaboration with Clients to assist them with their mental health well-being. She treats a variety of psychiatric disorders to include, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders.
Ms. Jennifer Sims is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has over 25 years of experience in psychiatry and in a variety of settings including inpatient, academics, and outpatient. Ms. Sims received her Master’s in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Indiana University. She is also a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist and has an MBA. Her clinical passion is Patient-Centered Care and working in collaboration with Clients to assist them with their mental health well-being. She treats a variety of psychiatric disorders to include, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders.
(866) 792-2871 View (866) 792-2871
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Dr. Andrés Abreu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hanover, NH 03755  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
The focus of my practice is on establishing meaningful and longitudinal therapeutic relationships with patients seeking to explore their problems in living. Through a relational and integrative approach, I focus on the thoughts and feelings that emerge in the therapeutic relationship to elucidate and interpret the challenges patients face in the wider world.
The focus of my practice is on establishing meaningful and longitudinal therapeutic relationships with patients seeking to explore their problems in living. Through a relational and integrative approach, I focus on the thoughts and feelings that emerge in the therapeutic relationship to elucidate and interpret the challenges patients face in the wider world.
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Mood Clinic, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Dover, NH 03820
Tired of mental illness pushing you around? Ready to win the struggle with anxiety, mood swings, depression? Starting today, we can help you take the first step toward transformation. According to the National Alliance on Mental Health - over 50% of adults with mental illness went untreated last year, but there's no need for that to be you. Starting today you can take the first step toward transformation. At Mood Clinic, we believe in treating you as whole person. Our integrated approach, combines both medications and talk therapy in session- ensuring you receive personalized treatment designed for you and delivered with care.
Tired of mental illness pushing you around? Ready to win the struggle with anxiety, mood swings, depression? Starting today, we can help you take the first step toward transformation. According to the National Alliance on Mental Health - over 50% of adults with mental illness went untreated last year, but there's no need for that to be you. Starting today you can take the first step toward transformation. At Mood Clinic, we believe in treating you as whole person. Our integrated approach, combines both medications and talk therapy in session- ensuring you receive personalized treatment designed for you and delivered with care.
(603) 823-3058 View (603) 823-3058
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Steven K Elrod
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Northwood, NH 03261  (Online Only)
Hi! Do you or your family need Medication or Therapy for Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Anger, PTSD? A complete psychiatric evaluation and research-backed treatment could put you back on the right path.
Hi! Do you or your family need Medication or Therapy for Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Anger, PTSD? A complete psychiatric evaluation and research-backed treatment could put you back on the right path.
(603) 803-6476 View (603) 803-6476
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Premier Health LLC
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Plymouth, NH 03264
Dr. Nasstrom specializes in pharmacology and psychiatry. He incorporates kindness and compassion to give his patients a sense of calm and security during sessions. He offers an individualized treatment approach to each patient to achieve the best outcome.
Dr. Nasstrom specializes in pharmacology and psychiatry. He incorporates kindness and compassion to give his patients a sense of calm and security during sessions. He offers an individualized treatment approach to each patient to achieve the best outcome.
(603) 847-7635 View (603) 847-7635
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Healthy Mind Psychiatric Care, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Concord, NH 03301
At Healthy Mind Psychiatric Care we understand the importance of meeting the individualized needs of the patient in a timely manner. Our experience enables us to offer effective outpatient, individualized, psychiatric care. When you walk through our doors you are no longer alone. Together we will work on a plan to help you live a better life. Telehealth and in-person visits are available.
At Healthy Mind Psychiatric Care we understand the importance of meeting the individualized needs of the patient in a timely manner. Our experience enables us to offer effective outpatient, individualized, psychiatric care. When you walk through our doors you are no longer alone. Together we will work on a plan to help you live a better life. Telehealth and in-person visits are available.
(603) 207-3141 View (603) 207-3141
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Balance Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Concord, NH 03301  (Online Only)
We understand that you are coming to us at one of the most vulnerable and difficult times in your life. We will listen to your concerns without judgement and offer a safe space to overcome your unique challenges. We are here to help if you are struggling with overwhelming feelings of sadness, irritability, anxious thoughts, or chaotic shifts in your mood. We can assess for ADHD if you feel unable to focus or struggle with completing tasks without distraction. We are experienced in providing trauma informed care.
We understand that you are coming to us at one of the most vulnerable and difficult times in your life. We will listen to your concerns without judgement and offer a safe space to overcome your unique challenges. We are here to help if you are struggling with overwhelming feelings of sadness, irritability, anxious thoughts, or chaotic shifts in your mood. We can assess for ADHD if you feel unable to focus or struggle with completing tasks without distraction. We are experienced in providing trauma informed care.
(412) 467-6410 View (412) 467-6410
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Linda Call
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Concord, NH 03301
Linda Call is a Psychiatrist in New Hampshire with 15 years of experience. She received her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Mississippi Medical Center and completed her Psychiatry Residency and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Linda believes in a treatment philosophy that seeks to understand the root causes of problems, identify strengths and work together to find appropriate treatments and supports. In her spare time, Linda enjoys traveling, boating, and American Eskimo dogs.
Linda Call is a Psychiatrist in New Hampshire with 15 years of experience. She received her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Mississippi Medical Center and completed her Psychiatry Residency and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Linda believes in a treatment philosophy that seeks to understand the root causes of problems, identify strengths and work together to find appropriate treatments and supports. In her spare time, Linda enjoys traveling, boating, and American Eskimo dogs.
(603) 207-8287 View (603) 207-8287
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Jennifer Maynard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Concord, NH 03301
My practice is founded on the belief that the patient-provider relationship is a partnership. You bring the expertise on yourself, and your life experiences, and I bring my knowledge and expertise on diagnosis and treatment options. Together we will work toward your goals in a supportive, inclusive, compassionate, and confidential environmentI provide psychiatric evaluations and medication management, as well as brief supportive therapy. Our practice also includes evidence-based recommendations for dietary supplements, natural medicines, and complementary alternative and integrative therapies to help manage symptoms.
My practice is founded on the belief that the patient-provider relationship is a partnership. You bring the expertise on yourself, and your life experiences, and I bring my knowledge and expertise on diagnosis and treatment options. Together we will work toward your goals in a supportive, inclusive, compassionate, and confidential environmentI provide psychiatric evaluations and medication management, as well as brief supportive therapy. Our practice also includes evidence-based recommendations for dietary supplements, natural medicines, and complementary alternative and integrative therapies to help manage symptoms.
(603) 691-1862 View (603) 691-1862
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Teresa Frederick
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Concord, NH 03301
Welcome! Yes, I am currently accepting new clients! I see children (6 +), out of state college students who need a provider & adults. Do you suffer from anxiety, depression, or ADHD? Do you feel irritable, sad, tired, anxious, or no longer find enjoyment in things that used to make you happy? Maybe you feel completely overwhelmed with work, school, or being a new parent and are having a hard time getting adjusted. You are not alone, and I understand those feelings can be really overwhelming. The good news is that things can get better. Together, we can find the right treatment to help you start feeling like yourself again!
Welcome! Yes, I am currently accepting new clients! I see children (6 +), out of state college students who need a provider & adults. Do you suffer from anxiety, depression, or ADHD? Do you feel irritable, sad, tired, anxious, or no longer find enjoyment in things that used to make you happy? Maybe you feel completely overwhelmed with work, school, or being a new parent and are having a hard time getting adjusted. You are not alone, and I understand those feelings can be really overwhelming. The good news is that things can get better. Together, we can find the right treatment to help you start feeling like yourself again!
(844) 786-1986 View (844) 786-1986
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Michael John Scott
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Concord, NH 03301
You are the expert in your experience and as a Psychiatric Mental Health Provider, I can help you form an evidence-based treatment plan for holistic healing. More often than not, people suffer from depression and anxiety simultaneously. When we are overwhelmed by simple daily tasks, it is difficult to maintain or even experience peace, joy, and meaningful connection.
You are the expert in your experience and as a Psychiatric Mental Health Provider, I can help you form an evidence-based treatment plan for holistic healing. More often than not, people suffer from depression and anxiety simultaneously. When we are overwhelmed by simple daily tasks, it is difficult to maintain or even experience peace, joy, and meaningful connection.
(603) 605-0882 View (603) 605-0882
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Virginia Roper
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Dover, NH 03820
Are you moody or anxious? Do you struggle with attention? Do you often feel distrustful of others or out of control? I am both a clinical psychologist and a psychiatric nurse practitioner and integrate both roles to help relieve symptoms of emotional distress and improve everyday functioning. I have been a psychiatric nurse practitioner for close to a decade, caring for patients with a wide variety of mental health conditions in community mental health and acute psychiatric settings. I presently specialize in medication management only services.
Are you moody or anxious? Do you struggle with attention? Do you often feel distrustful of others or out of control? I am both a clinical psychologist and a psychiatric nurse practitioner and integrate both roles to help relieve symptoms of emotional distress and improve everyday functioning. I have been a psychiatric nurse practitioner for close to a decade, caring for patients with a wide variety of mental health conditions in community mental health and acute psychiatric settings. I presently specialize in medication management only services.
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Matthew Hersey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
13 Endorsed
Wolfeboro, NH 03894
In a fast-paced world, you might feel overwhelmed by anxiety, weighed down by depression, or struggle with focusing due to ADHD. You could be carrying the weight of past traumas, feeling like you're on a lonely path. It's important to know that many share these feelings. They don't define you or determine your future. At Granite State Behavioral Health, we see beyond the struggles to the unique individual with potential for growth and healing. Together, we can embark on a journey from where you are to where you dream to be, embracing a life of fulfillment.
In a fast-paced world, you might feel overwhelmed by anxiety, weighed down by depression, or struggle with focusing due to ADHD. You could be carrying the weight of past traumas, feeling like you're on a lonely path. It's important to know that many share these feelings. They don't define you or determine your future. At Granite State Behavioral Health, we see beyond the struggles to the unique individual with potential for growth and healing. Together, we can embark on a journey from where you are to where you dream to be, embracing a life of fulfillment.
(603) 515-1700 View (603) 515-1700

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Number of Psychiatrists in Coos County, NH

< 10

Psychiatrists in Coos County, NH who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Bipolar Disorder
86% Trauma and PTSD
86% Medication Management
71% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
86% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Coos County, NH see their clients

57% Online Only
43% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Coos 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.