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K Mental Wellness LLC /
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002  (Online Only)
Start your journey to mental wellness today at K Mental Wellness if you are struggling with challenging mental health symptoms like depression, anxiety, mood swings & much more. Dr. Harriet Asamoah, a doctorate prepared Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at K Mental Wellness is ready to assist you to reach your mental wellness potential using evidence-based treatment approaches and patient centered care. A HIPPA compliant telehealth platform is used to provide mental health services to clients in the comfort of their homes to increase access to care. Telehealth require access to a smartphone, tablet or computer.
Start your journey to mental wellness today at K Mental Wellness if you are struggling with challenging mental health symptoms like depression, anxiety, mood swings & much more. Dr. Harriet Asamoah, a doctorate prepared Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at K Mental Wellness is ready to assist you to reach your mental wellness potential using evidence-based treatment approaches and patient centered care. A HIPPA compliant telehealth platform is used to provide mental health services to clients in the comfort of their homes to increase access to care. Telehealth require access to a smartphone, tablet or computer.
(609) 766-0853 View (609) 766-0853
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Thomas Scary
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Collingswood, NJ 08108
I am currently scheduling patients for both in-person (PA/NJ) and telehealth (PA/NJ/MA) appointments. I welcome patients who are looking for medication management, therapy, a second opinion, or any combination of the above. My interests include diagnostic clarification of mood/anxiety/attention disorders, evaluation of young adults who may be seeking help for the first time, and treatment of substance use disorders that often present with other common diagnoses.
I am currently scheduling patients for both in-person (PA/NJ) and telehealth (PA/NJ/MA) appointments. I welcome patients who are looking for medication management, therapy, a second opinion, or any combination of the above. My interests include diagnostic clarification of mood/anxiety/attention disorders, evaluation of young adults who may be seeking help for the first time, and treatment of substance use disorders that often present with other common diagnoses.
(856) 672-7720 View (856) 672-7720
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Amanda Guarnere
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Haddonfield, NJ 08033
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.
(856) 865-5273 View (856) 865-5273
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Brianna Dawson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Collingswood, NJ 08108  (Online Only)
Are you pregnant or postpartum, feeling overwhelmed or anxious? This can lead to constant worry, feeling on edge, tense, or angry. Has your mood affected your sleep or relationships? Do you have repetitive, unwanted thoughts or feel very protective of your baby? Has this time that you thought would feel joyous felt sad, leading to feelings of guilt or regret? Perhaps you had a scary birthing experience. Adjusting to motherhood can be hard! You may feel like you are being pulled in different directions, resulting in difficulty making decisions, or barely finding time to eat or bathe. I am so glad you are here! There is hope.
Are you pregnant or postpartum, feeling overwhelmed or anxious? This can lead to constant worry, feeling on edge, tense, or angry. Has your mood affected your sleep or relationships? Do you have repetitive, unwanted thoughts or feel very protective of your baby? Has this time that you thought would feel joyous felt sad, leading to feelings of guilt or regret? Perhaps you had a scary birthing experience. Adjusting to motherhood can be hard! You may feel like you are being pulled in different directions, resulting in difficulty making decisions, or barely finding time to eat or bathe. I am so glad you are here! There is hope.
(610) 510-4359 View (610) 510-4359
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Pooja Shah MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Hi, I am Dr. Pooja Shah, a board-certified child psychiatrist and adult psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of anxiety, depression, ADHD, and Autism. If you have worked with a psychiatrist before or are new to seeking mental health care, Welcome! We will start with an initial 90-minute appointment where we go over your symptoms and formulate an evidence-based treatment plan including talk therapy and if appropriate, use of medications where indicated. We can also discuss non-medication alternatives if you prefer a holistic approach. I look forward to partnering with you to help you be the best version of you!
Hi, I am Dr. Pooja Shah, a board-certified child psychiatrist and adult psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of anxiety, depression, ADHD, and Autism. If you have worked with a psychiatrist before or are new to seeking mental health care, Welcome! We will start with an initial 90-minute appointment where we go over your symptoms and formulate an evidence-based treatment plan including talk therapy and if appropriate, use of medications where indicated. We can also discuss non-medication alternatives if you prefer a holistic approach. I look forward to partnering with you to help you be the best version of you!
(856) 474-3610 View (856) 474-3610
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Carolyn Costella
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
I'm deeply passionate about guiding those battling tough conditions like treatment-resistant depression, OCD, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, bipolar, and schizophrenia. I dream of teaming up with clients who are ready to face these hurdles head-on, aiming for a life marked by strength and empowerment. If you're longing to really grasp your condition, learn how to cope effectively, and cherish a caring partnership on your path to healing, I'm here for you. Together, we'll craft creative, custom treatment plans just for you, embarking on a healing journey that leads to a hopeful and radiant tomorrow.
I'm deeply passionate about guiding those battling tough conditions like treatment-resistant depression, OCD, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, bipolar, and schizophrenia. I dream of teaming up with clients who are ready to face these hurdles head-on, aiming for a life marked by strength and empowerment. If you're longing to really grasp your condition, learn how to cope effectively, and cherish a caring partnership on your path to healing, I'm here for you. Together, we'll craft creative, custom treatment plans just for you, embarking on a healing journey that leads to a hopeful and radiant tomorrow.
(609) 547-3436 View (609) 547-3436
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Optwell Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
Haddon Heights, NJ 08035
My name is Kate and I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I look to help clients find mental wellness through a collaborative process, connecting mind, body, and spirit. Life has it challenges, and sometimes we need a little extra support. I’m here to be a part of that journey, supporting you on your path of healing.
My name is Kate and I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I look to help clients find mental wellness through a collaborative process, connecting mind, body, and spirit. Life has it challenges, and sometimes we need a little extra support. I’m here to be a part of that journey, supporting you on your path of healing.
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Lisa Carol Diamond
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Camden, NJ 08100  (Online Only)
I treat children, adolescents, and adult patients who are looking for a psychiatrist that provides comprehensive and attentive care. I believe that to help someone, we need to know who that person is and what their individual goals are. Let's get you back to feeling like your full self!
I treat children, adolescents, and adult patients who are looking for a psychiatrist that provides comprehensive and attentive care. I believe that to help someone, we need to know who that person is and what their individual goals are. Let's get you back to feeling like your full self!
(201) 548-9968 View (201) 548-9968
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Gabriel Essilfie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
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.
(856) 386-6980 View (856) 386-6980
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Amy Glick
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Haddonfield, NJ 08033
For patients looking to improve their lives through the collaborative process of developing self-knowledge and making meaningful change.
For patients looking to improve their lives through the collaborative process of developing self-knowledge and making meaningful change.
(856) 329-8365 View (856) 329-8365
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Loretta Sernekos
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Collingswood, NJ 08108  (Online Only)
Dr. Loretta Sernekos, PhD, CRNP of Rittenhouse Psychiatric Associates, provides holistic, empathic, and evidence-based care to her patients. Her prior experience as a nurse practitioner in outpatient primary care informs her thinking regarding psychiatric conditions and their relationship to the whole person’s physical and emotional health. Her appointment as a Senior Lecturer, teaching pharmacology and pathophysiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing allows her to stay current with evidence-based diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric conditions, as well as other medical conditions.
Dr. Loretta Sernekos, PhD, CRNP of Rittenhouse Psychiatric Associates, provides holistic, empathic, and evidence-based care to her patients. Her prior experience as a nurse practitioner in outpatient primary care informs her thinking regarding psychiatric conditions and their relationship to the whole person’s physical and emotional health. Her appointment as a Senior Lecturer, teaching pharmacology and pathophysiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing allows her to stay current with evidence-based diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric conditions, as well as other medical conditions.
(215) 987-4880 View (215) 987-4880
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Dr. Obinna Ezealor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
I am Dr Obinna Ezealor, DNP, a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I have an extensive psychiatric experience, having worked for over 12 years in one of the NJ state-established long-term psychiatric hospital and experience in General and Addiction Psychiatry. I also have experience working both in inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings, and treating clients from various ethnic and cultural groups. I am a highly motivated and organized individual passionate about caring for the mental health and addiction population, and my philosophy is to tailor each client’s care to their need.
I am Dr Obinna Ezealor, DNP, a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I have an extensive psychiatric experience, having worked for over 12 years in one of the NJ state-established long-term psychiatric hospital and experience in General and Addiction Psychiatry. I also have experience working both in inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings, and treating clients from various ethnic and cultural groups. I am a highly motivated and organized individual passionate about caring for the mental health and addiction population, and my philosophy is to tailor each client’s care to their need.
(732) 641-4655 View (732) 641-4655
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Pattie James
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
My ideal client is committed to accomplishing personal goals through a collaborative relationship built on trust, accountability, and communication. The ideal client is driven to explore the root cause of issues, recognize the work required to promote psychological well-being, and utilize available resources. Clients present with issues from past experiences and current stressors that impact their personal, professional, and social lives. My ideal client is willing to gain a broader understanding of these issues, desire personal growth, and develop effective coping skills that will manifest in an improved quality of life.
My ideal client is committed to accomplishing personal goals through a collaborative relationship built on trust, accountability, and communication. The ideal client is driven to explore the root cause of issues, recognize the work required to promote psychological well-being, and utilize available resources. Clients present with issues from past experiences and current stressors that impact their personal, professional, and social lives. My ideal client is willing to gain a broader understanding of these issues, desire personal growth, and develop effective coping skills that will manifest in an improved quality of life.
(856) 446-3603 View (856) 446-3603
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Dr. Emily Liberatore-Maguire
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Haddonfield, NJ 08033
Dr. Maguire is a Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist at Haddonfield Psychiatry & Therapy, licensed to practice in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and completed her adult psychiatry residency at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia.
Dr. Maguire is a Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist at Haddonfield Psychiatry & Therapy, licensed to practice in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and completed her adult psychiatry residency at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia.
(609) 245-5107 View (609) 245-5107
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Michelle McCarthy
Psychiatric Nurse, APN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Haddonfield, NJ 08033
Michelle is passionate about delivering care to individuals suffering from anxiety, substance use, and depression. Client motivation and dedication are key to utilizing the tools provided during our sessions including medication management, implementing lifestyle interventions, and therapy to help develop and implement a successful treatment plan. Relief of the client's suffering in dealing with their mental health issues and striving for an improvement in their quality of life is key to treatment.
Michelle is passionate about delivering care to individuals suffering from anxiety, substance use, and depression. Client motivation and dedication are key to utilizing the tools provided during our sessions including medication management, implementing lifestyle interventions, and therapy to help develop and implement a successful treatment plan. Relief of the client's suffering in dealing with their mental health issues and striving for an improvement in their quality of life is key to treatment.
(856) 347-5942 View (856) 347-5942
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Gerald J Margolis
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Haddonfield, NJ 08033
I work with people who are suffering with anxiety, fears, depressive feelings, self-esteem problems, and relationship problems. My patients benefit from the opportunity to express themselves freely to me in a strictly confidential setting. I help the patient recognize, and gain deeper insight into the internal mental conflicts that have originated in childhood, evolved over their lifetime, and sit at the roots of their current problems. Understanding these unconscious connections in psychoanalytic psychotherapy allows the patient to experience relief of symptoms. This kind of treatment is only done by a psychoanalyst.
I work with people who are suffering with anxiety, fears, depressive feelings, self-esteem problems, and relationship problems. My patients benefit from the opportunity to express themselves freely to me in a strictly confidential setting. I help the patient recognize, and gain deeper insight into the internal mental conflicts that have originated in childhood, evolved over their lifetime, and sit at the roots of their current problems. Understanding these unconscious connections in psychoanalytic psychotherapy allows the patient to experience relief of symptoms. This kind of treatment is only done by a psychoanalyst.
(856) 672-3715 View (856) 672-3715
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Shannon Bucciarelli (adolescent/teen specialist)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, B-C
Verified Verified
Haddonfield, NJ 08033
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with years of experience treating teen/adolescents and their families. I focus on treating the whole individual with psychotherapy and medication when appropriate, and after careful assessment. The driving force behind my practice is to create a nurturing environment where kids can grow into healthy adults with learned coping skills and a better understanding of their own identity.
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with years of experience treating teen/adolescents and their families. I focus on treating the whole individual with psychotherapy and medication when appropriate, and after careful assessment. The driving force behind my practice is to create a nurturing environment where kids can grow into healthy adults with learned coping skills and a better understanding of their own identity.
(856) 408-2142 View (856) 408-2142
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Carolyn Costella
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
I specialize in treatment resistant DEPRESSION. I am board certified by ANCC for Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatric Mental Health with 25+ years of experience. Our team at Depression Doctors utilize evidence based and FDA approved treatments supported with solid research in treating your depression. In addition to medication management, our practice offers traditional talk therapy and cutting edge treatments for though-to-treat major depression: TMS Therapy and Spravato (Esketamine) treatment. We have been observing significant improvements in individuals with severe and chronic depression with TMS and Spravato treatments.
I specialize in treatment resistant DEPRESSION. I am board certified by ANCC for Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatric Mental Health with 25+ years of experience. Our team at Depression Doctors utilize evidence based and FDA approved treatments supported with solid research in treating your depression. In addition to medication management, our practice offers traditional talk therapy and cutting edge treatments for though-to-treat major depression: TMS Therapy and Spravato (Esketamine) treatment. We have been observing significant improvements in individuals with severe and chronic depression with TMS and Spravato treatments.
(856) 420-6062 View (856) 420-6062
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Tammy Lafferty
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
Collingswood, NJ 08108
Provider within Rittenhouse Psychiatric Associates, a network of over 20 Psychiatrists, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners and Psychotherapists offering in-office psychiatric evaluations, medication management and psychotherapy in Philadelphia and on The Main Line, and Virtual Telehealth Psychiatric Appointments to patients in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Florida. Treatment for Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder and ADHD. Call to discuss which providers are licensed in your specific location.
Provider within Rittenhouse Psychiatric Associates, a network of over 20 Psychiatrists, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners and Psychotherapists offering in-office psychiatric evaluations, medication management and psychotherapy in Philadelphia and on The Main Line, and Virtual Telehealth Psychiatric Appointments to patients in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Florida. Treatment for Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder and ADHD. Call to discuss which providers are licensed in your specific location.
(215) 987-4880 View (215) 987-4880
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Eronmwon Balogun
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
As an ideal psychiatric mental health client, I present with moderate depression and generalized anxiety disorder. My primary needs include medication management for symptom relief and psychoeducation on coping strategies. My goals are to attain emotional stability, enhance daily functioning, and reduce distress. I seek an understanding of my conditions, effective pharmacological interventions, and therapeutic support to develop resilience. Motivated by a desire for improved quality of life, I aim to cultivate a balanced mental state, fostering a sense of control and well-being in navigating life's challenges.
As an ideal psychiatric mental health client, I present with moderate depression and generalized anxiety disorder. My primary needs include medication management for symptom relief and psychoeducation on coping strategies. My goals are to attain emotional stability, enhance daily functioning, and reduce distress. I seek an understanding of my conditions, effective pharmacological interventions, and therapeutic support to develop resilience. Motivated by a desire for improved quality of life, I aim to cultivate a balanced mental state, fostering a sense of control and well-being in navigating life's challenges.
(856) 512-1021 View (856) 512-1021

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FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Haddon Township?

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.