Psychiatrists in Bergenfield, NJ

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Shandel Douglas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, AGNP-BC, MAT-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bergenfield, NJ 07621
My ideal client would be someone seeking mental health support with a genuine commitment to their well-being and personal growth. Here are some characteristics, issues, needs, and goals of this client: Openness to therapy, mental health challenges, emotional support, self-improvement, stress management, relationship enhancement, coping skills, reducing symptoms, medication management, holistic approach, and long-term well-being. My ideal client is motivated, committed to their mental well-being, and seeking to improve their overall quality of life and achieve personal growth and self-awareness.
My ideal client would be someone seeking mental health support with a genuine commitment to their well-being and personal growth. Here are some characteristics, issues, needs, and goals of this client: Openness to therapy, mental health challenges, emotional support, self-improvement, stress management, relationship enhancement, coping skills, reducing symptoms, medication management, holistic approach, and long-term well-being. My ideal client is motivated, committed to their mental well-being, and seeking to improve their overall quality of life and achieve personal growth and self-awareness.
(551) 292-8280 View (551) 292-8280
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Shannon Bucciarelli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, B-C
Verified Verified
Bergenfield, NJ 07621
My ideal client would understand that the journey to wellness and recovery requires time, effort, and patience. They would be receptive to treatment suggestions which may include psychotherapy, behavioral interventions, and medication options. My patients would take an active role in their care, and engage in open and honest communication with their provider.
My ideal client would understand that the journey to wellness and recovery requires time, effort, and patience. They would be receptive to treatment suggestions which may include psychotherapy, behavioral interventions, and medication options. My patients would take an active role in their care, and engage in open and honest communication with their provider.
(201) 690-1049 View (201) 690-1049
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Amanda Guarnere
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bergenfield, NJ 07621
There is no such thing as an "ideal client." Each individual is unique, and care will be tailored to fit patient needs.
There is no such thing as an "ideal client." Each individual is unique, and care will be tailored to fit patient needs.
(201) 654-7420 View (201) 654-7420
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Dr. Allen Masry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bergenfield, NJ 07621
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
(201) 685-4044 View (201) 685-4044
Photo of Shannon Bucciarelli, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Bergenfield, NJ
Shannon Bucciarelli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, B-C
Verified Verified
Bergenfield, NJ 07621
My ideal client would understand that the journey to wellness and recovery requires time, effort, and patience. They would be receptive to treatment suggestions which may include psychotherapy, behavioral interventions, and medication options. My patients would take an active role in their care, and engage in open and honest communication with their provider.
My ideal client would understand that the journey to wellness and recovery requires time, effort, and patience. They would be receptive to treatment suggestions which may include psychotherapy, behavioral interventions, and medication options. My patients would take an active role in their care, and engage in open and honest communication with their provider.
(201) 354-5023 View (201) 354-5023
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Gabriel Essilfie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bergenfield, NJ 07621
My ideal client would be a client who comes in ready to work on their treatment together through psychotherapy and, at times, medication management. I strive to allow the client to feel heard, spend time with the client to understand their symptoms, and provide good, competent care.
My ideal client would be a client who comes in ready to work on their treatment together through psychotherapy and, at times, medication management. I strive to allow the client to feel heard, spend time with the client to understand their symptoms, and provide good, competent care.
(551) 210-8937 View (551) 210-8937
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Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bergenfield, NJ 07621
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
(201) 500-3625 View (201) 500-3625
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Karen Yeboah-Norment
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bergenfield, NJ 07621
My ideal patient is one with multiple psychiatric co-morbidities looking for a treatment to improve one’s mood, energy, anxiety, and focus. Do you feel sad daily, stopped socializing with friends & family members, perform the bare minimum work tasks, call out of work frequently, and are failing college classes due to not completing school assignments & attendance? Have you been using cannabis to cope with one’s current mood symptoms? Have you failed numerous medications due to side effects & effectiveness? I will help you develop a treatment plan to help you meet your mental health goals and feel content & yourself again.
My ideal patient is one with multiple psychiatric co-morbidities looking for a treatment to improve one’s mood, energy, anxiety, and focus. Do you feel sad daily, stopped socializing with friends & family members, perform the bare minimum work tasks, call out of work frequently, and are failing college classes due to not completing school assignments & attendance? Have you been using cannabis to cope with one’s current mood symptoms? Have you failed numerous medications due to side effects & effectiveness? I will help you develop a treatment plan to help you meet your mental health goals and feel content & yourself again.
(201) 371-3892 View (201) 371-3892
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Wei Wang
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bergenfield, NJ 07621
I am a board certified psychiatrist who provides quality care to the community. I work with a team of therapists to provide both medication management and psychotherapy for children, and adults. I provide psychopharmacology to treat mood disorders, psychiatric disorders and other behavioral health issues.
I am a board certified psychiatrist who provides quality care to the community. I work with a team of therapists to provide both medication management and psychotherapy for children, and adults. I provide psychopharmacology to treat mood disorders, psychiatric disorders and other behavioral health issues.
(201) 383-8354 View (201) 383-8354
PremiumCBT
Psychiatrist, LCSW, LPC, MD, LAC
Verified Verified
Bergenfield, NJ 07621
We believe mental distress is not only carried in our brain but also in our body, such as the heart, lung, limbs, liver, spleen, neck, chest, waist, etc. Stimulating the brain and growing back neurons are once traditional approaches. We also emphasize energizing our somatic energy, relaxing the entire body. We have many good books listed on our listed website, www.weiwangmd.com in the resource section, get an audiobook of Body Keeps the Score. TMS(deep brain stimulation)&Acupunture are offered.
We believe mental distress is not only carried in our brain but also in our body, such as the heart, lung, limbs, liver, spleen, neck, chest, waist, etc. Stimulating the brain and growing back neurons are once traditional approaches. We also emphasize energizing our somatic energy, relaxing the entire body. We have many good books listed on our listed website, www.weiwangmd.com in the resource section, get an audiobook of Body Keeps the Score. TMS(deep brain stimulation)&Acupunture are offered.
(201) 885-7915 View (201) 885-7915
Photo of Alena Debrosse, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Bergenfield, NJ
Alena Debrosse
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, APN, RN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bergenfield, NJ 07621
Alena Debrosse has over 20 years of experience as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and continues to help clients heal and grow optimally. Her focus is primarily on medication management but her approach is to get to know the whole person, your struggles, your supports and the environment in which you live. She is nonjudgmental, warm and accepting. She loves what she does and this will show in her interactions with you. She is nonjudgmental, warm and accepting.
Alena Debrosse has over 20 years of experience as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and continues to help clients heal and grow optimally. Her focus is primarily on medication management but her approach is to get to know the whole person, your struggles, your supports and the environment in which you live. She is nonjudgmental, warm and accepting. She loves what she does and this will show in her interactions with you. She is nonjudgmental, warm and accepting.
(201) 537-4831 View (201) 537-4831

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Musaddiq Tariq
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Hackensack, NJ 07601
My job as a psychiatrist is centered on your recovery so you can engage fully with this wonderful life and leave your mental health struggles behind. I specialize in medication management for mood problems, anger management and panic disorders. My approach to therapy combines my characteristics as an individual who is compassionate, charismatic, non-judgmental – with years of experience and effective listening skills.
My job as a psychiatrist is centered on your recovery so you can engage fully with this wonderful life and leave your mental health struggles behind. I specialize in medication management for mood problems, anger management and panic disorders. My approach to therapy combines my characteristics as an individual who is compassionate, charismatic, non-judgmental – with years of experience and effective listening skills.
(973) 313-5839 View (973) 313-5839
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Justin K Paltrowitz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Englewood, NJ 07631
I'm a board certified Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist trained at the University of Michigan. I specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Behavioral Disorders, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Eating Disorders, Schizophrenia, and Personality Disorders, to name a few. By nature, I'm a warm, empathetic, and compassionate person who can often identify gaps in maladaptive thoughts and behaviors and guide others towards better outcomes.
I'm a board certified Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist trained at the University of Michigan. I specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Behavioral Disorders, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Eating Disorders, Schizophrenia, and Personality Disorders, to name a few. By nature, I'm a warm, empathetic, and compassionate person who can often identify gaps in maladaptive thoughts and behaviors and guide others towards better outcomes.
(201) 654-3865 View (201) 654-3865
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Alan Brown
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Englewood, NJ 07631
I am a board-certified psychiatrist with over 25 years of experience treating patients with anxiety, depression, and other stress-related disorders. I am a psychopharmacologist with expertise in the use of medications that restore your healthy mood and functioning. In addition, I have treated patients with a variety of psychotherapeutic (talk therapy) techniques include helping patients develop insight into the causes of how they feel and cognitive behavioral therapy which helps patients deal with emotional distress by evaluating negative patterns of thinking. I offer therapy in a supportive and non-judgmental setting. I offer daytime and evening hours.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist with over 25 years of experience treating patients with anxiety, depression, and other stress-related disorders. I am a psychopharmacologist with expertise in the use of medications that restore your healthy mood and functioning. In addition, I have treated patients with a variety of psychotherapeutic (talk therapy) techniques include helping patients develop insight into the causes of how they feel and cognitive behavioral therapy which helps patients deal with emotional distress by evaluating negative patterns of thinking. I offer therapy in a supportive and non-judgmental setting. I offer daytime and evening hours.
(201) 244-4561 View (201) 244-4561
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Lee R Gardner M D
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Englewood, NJ 07631  (Online Only)
We are living in terribly stressful times: political divisions, military unrest, economic uncertainty and a marked deterioration professional integrity. As a result, people are struggling more with: anxiety, depression, isolation, relationship conflicts & adjustment difficulties. Too often, continued feelings of being out of control, frustration and disappointment can illicit one’s worst traits and/or bring back memories of past traumas. It takes courage to reach out for help. I offer a free 15 minute telephone consultation to hear about how you are hoping I can help you and determine if we are a good fit.
We are living in terribly stressful times: political divisions, military unrest, economic uncertainty and a marked deterioration professional integrity. As a result, people are struggling more with: anxiety, depression, isolation, relationship conflicts & adjustment difficulties. Too often, continued feelings of being out of control, frustration and disappointment can illicit one’s worst traits and/or bring back memories of past traumas. It takes courage to reach out for help. I offer a free 15 minute telephone consultation to hear about how you are hoping I can help you and determine if we are a good fit.
(201) 654-0682 View (201) 654-0682
Photo of Irene Mazur, Psychiatrist in Bergenfield, NJ
Irene Mazur
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Dr. Irene Mazur graduated with honors from the Ternopol Medical School in Ternopol, Ukraine, in 1992. After her move to the US, she completed a Psychiatry Residency program and a Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship in in UMDNJ, Piscataway, NJ. Her area of expertise include: autism, aggression, developmental delay, ADHD, depression, and PTSD. In 2023, Dr. Mazur had received well-deserved recognition and was acknowledged as a Top Pinnacle Professional for her contributions to the field of Psychiatry.
Dr. Irene Mazur graduated with honors from the Ternopol Medical School in Ternopol, Ukraine, in 1992. After her move to the US, she completed a Psychiatry Residency program and a Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship in in UMDNJ, Piscataway, NJ. Her area of expertise include: autism, aggression, developmental delay, ADHD, depression, and PTSD. In 2023, Dr. Mazur had received well-deserved recognition and was acknowledged as a Top Pinnacle Professional for her contributions to the field of Psychiatry.
(551) 239-8069 View (551) 239-8069
Photo of Lashon Simpson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Bergenfield, NJ
Lashon Simpson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Teaneck, NJ 07666
I’m a Psychiatric Provider that listens, shows compassion, and empathizes. I look forward to helping you rebuild your mental health by providing both pharmacological and holistic treatment plans. Rather you have ADHD, Depression, anxiety and/or insomnia, help is just a call away. We treat each client from a personal perspective and provide individualized psychiatric treatment plans that helps to rebuild your mental health.
I’m a Psychiatric Provider that listens, shows compassion, and empathizes. I look forward to helping you rebuild your mental health by providing both pharmacological and holistic treatment plans. Rather you have ADHD, Depression, anxiety and/or insomnia, help is just a call away. We treat each client from a personal perspective and provide individualized psychiatric treatment plans that helps to rebuild your mental health.
(973) 791-8079 View (973) 791-8079
Photo of Scott Bienenfeld, Psychiatrist in Bergenfield, NJ
Scott Bienenfeld
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tenafly, NJ 07670
Not accepting new clients
SKYPE & FaceTime Telepsychiatry & Telemedicine sessions available. Specializing in complex depression, addiction and anxiety/trauma. We provide expert, cutting edge, psychiatric and psychological care, as well as Ketamine Infusions to those suffering from mental health issues and addiction – when and where you need it. Offices in NYC near Union Square, Grand Central Station and Tenafly, NJ
SKYPE & FaceTime Telepsychiatry & Telemedicine sessions available. Specializing in complex depression, addiction and anxiety/trauma. We provide expert, cutting edge, psychiatric and psychological care, as well as Ketamine Infusions to those suffering from mental health issues and addiction – when and where you need it. Offices in NYC near Union Square, Grand Central Station and Tenafly, NJ
(646) 762-1193 View (646) 762-1193
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Tenafly Psychiatric Associates, L.L.C.
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tenafly, NJ 07670
201-568-8288 Private Individual Therapy Sessions, Family Therapy, Group Therapy, Supportive Therapy. Treatment of Anxiety and Depression, Psychotherapy, Psychopharmacology, Support Groups, Stress Relief, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Treatment of Stress causing Physical or Emotional Symptoms, Insomnia, PMS. Grief support, Healthy Weight support, Smoking-Alcohol-Substance-Cessation support. Holistic Mind and Body Approach. Repair and find balance. Calm, relax & energize. Memory and Dementia Evaluations, Competency Evaluations, Private care of patients at Assisted Living facilities, Independent living facilities, and Nursing Homes.
201-568-8288 Private Individual Therapy Sessions, Family Therapy, Group Therapy, Supportive Therapy. Treatment of Anxiety and Depression, Psychotherapy, Psychopharmacology, Support Groups, Stress Relief, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Treatment of Stress causing Physical or Emotional Symptoms, Insomnia, PMS. Grief support, Healthy Weight support, Smoking-Alcohol-Substance-Cessation support. Holistic Mind and Body Approach. Repair and find balance. Calm, relax & energize. Memory and Dementia Evaluations, Competency Evaluations, Private care of patients at Assisted Living facilities, Independent living facilities, and Nursing Homes.
(201) 430-7915 View (201) 430-7915
Photo of Linda Chuang, Psychiatrist in Bergenfield, NJ
Linda Chuang
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Englewood, NJ 07631
I am a Cornell and NYU educated board certified psychiatrist with extensive training in both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. Because of my belief in the connection between mind and body, I trained in both psychiatry and internal medicine. I approach patients from a humanistic and holistic view, with an awareness of the interactions of stress and it's impact on the body. My practice is eclectic and I see patients with a variety of psychiatric disorders or patients who simply want to achieve greater happiness and satisfaction in their lives.
I am a Cornell and NYU educated board certified psychiatrist with extensive training in both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. Because of my belief in the connection between mind and body, I trained in both psychiatry and internal medicine. I approach patients from a humanistic and holistic view, with an awareness of the interactions of stress and it's impact on the body. My practice is eclectic and I see patients with a variety of psychiatric disorders or patients who simply want to achieve greater happiness and satisfaction in their lives.
(201) 820-0658 View (201) 820-0658

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Bergenfield, NJ

10+

Average cost per session

$130

Psychiatrists in Bergenfield, NJ who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
91% Bipolar Disorder
82% Trauma and PTSD
73% Addiction
73% Coping Skills
73% Medication Management

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% AmeriHealth
100% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Bergenfield, NJ see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

90% Female
10% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Bergenfield?

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.