Psychiatrists in Point Pleasant, NJ

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OCA Behavioral Health Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP , PMHNP-B, APN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Point Pleasant, NJ 08742
OCA Behavioral Health Services is dedicated to helping clients with their mental health needs. Through comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, customized individual treatment plan, and medication management, we help our clients to feel and function better in the quickest time possible. We team up with our clients in working through their issues cooperatively and collaboratively.
OCA Behavioral Health Services is dedicated to helping clients with their mental health needs. Through comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, customized individual treatment plan, and medication management, we help our clients to feel and function better in the quickest time possible. We team up with our clients in working through their issues cooperatively and collaboratively.
(732) 782-9615 View (732) 782-9615
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OCA Behavioral Health Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, , PMHNP-B, APN
Verified Verified
Point Pleasant, NJ 08742
OCA Behavioral Health Services is dedicated to helping clients with their mental health needs. Through comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, customized individual treatment plan, and medication management, we help our clients to feel and function better in the quickest time possible. We team up with our clients in working through their issues cooperatively and collaboratively. Evaluation & Follow-up is now available via Telehealth due to The COVID-19 Health Crisis.
OCA Behavioral Health Services is dedicated to helping clients with their mental health needs. Through comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, customized individual treatment plan, and medication management, we help our clients to feel and function better in the quickest time possible. We team up with our clients in working through their issues cooperatively and collaboratively. Evaluation & Follow-up is now available via Telehealth due to The COVID-19 Health Crisis.
(732) 889-7151 View (732) 889-7151
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OCA Behavioral Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse, DNP, PMHNP-B, APN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Point Pleasant, NJ 08742
OCA Behavioral Health Services is dedicated to helping clients with their mental health needs. Through comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, customized individual treatment plan, and medication management, we help our clients to feel and function better in the quickest time possible. We team up with our clients in working through their issues cooperatively and collaboratively. Evaluation & Follow-up is now available via Telehealth due to The COVID-19 Health Crisis.
OCA Behavioral Health Services is dedicated to helping clients with their mental health needs. Through comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, customized individual treatment plan, and medication management, we help our clients to feel and function better in the quickest time possible. We team up with our clients in working through their issues cooperatively and collaboratively. Evaluation & Follow-up is now available via Telehealth due to The COVID-19 Health Crisis.
(732) 907-8786 View (732) 907-8786
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OCA Behavioral Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse, DNP, PMHNP-B, APN
Verified Verified
Point Pleasant, NJ 08742
EVALUATION & FOLLOW-UP IS NOW AVAILABLE VIA TELEHEALTH DUE TO THE COVID-19 HEALTH CRISIS..... OCA Behavioral Health Services is dedicated to helping clients with their mental health needs. Through comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, customized individual treatment plan, and medication management, we help our clients to feel and function better in the quickest time possible. We team up with our clients in working through their issues cooperatively and collaboratively.
EVALUATION & FOLLOW-UP IS NOW AVAILABLE VIA TELEHEALTH DUE TO THE COVID-19 HEALTH CRISIS..... OCA Behavioral Health Services is dedicated to helping clients with their mental health needs. Through comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, customized individual treatment plan, and medication management, we help our clients to feel and function better in the quickest time possible. We team up with our clients in working through their issues cooperatively and collaboratively.
(732) 365-4207 View (732) 365-4207
Valeo Behavioral Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Point Pleasant, NJ 08742
Our team is experienced in offering effective outpatient, individualized psychological medication for patients suffering from substance abuse. We effectively treat such patients through constant consultation and medication management.
Our team is experienced in offering effective outpatient, individualized psychological medication for patients suffering from substance abuse. We effectively treat such patients through constant consultation and medication management.
(732) 808-3013 View (732) 808-3013
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OCA Behavioral Health Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse, DNP, PMHNP-B, APN
Verified Verified
Point Pleasant, NJ 08742
OCA Behavioral Health Services is dedicated to helping clients with their mental health needs. Through comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, customized individual treatment plan, and medication management, we help our clients to feel and function better in the quickest time possible. We team up with our clients in working through their issues cooperatively and collaboratively. Evaluation & Follow-up is now available via Telehealth due to the COVID-19 Health Crisis.
OCA Behavioral Health Services is dedicated to helping clients with their mental health needs. Through comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, customized individual treatment plan, and medication management, we help our clients to feel and function better in the quickest time possible. We team up with our clients in working through their issues cooperatively and collaboratively. Evaluation & Follow-up is now available via Telehealth due to the COVID-19 Health Crisis.
(732) 517-7681 View (732) 517-7681
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OCA Behavioral Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-B, APN
Verified Verified
Point Pleasant, NJ 08742
OCA Behavioral Health Services is dedicated to helping clients with their mental health needs. Through comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, customized individual treatment plan, and medication management, we help our clients to feel and function better in the quickest time possible. We team up with our clients in working through their issues cooperatively and collaboratively. Evaluation & Follow-up is now available via Telehealth due to The COVID-19 Health Crisis.
OCA Behavioral Health Services is dedicated to helping clients with their mental health needs. Through comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, customized individual treatment plan, and medication management, we help our clients to feel and function better in the quickest time possible. We team up with our clients in working through their issues cooperatively and collaboratively. Evaluation & Follow-up is now available via Telehealth due to The COVID-19 Health Crisis.
(732) 314-7353 View (732) 314-7353

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Robert Bishop
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Brick, NJ 08724  (Online Only)
The clients that I treat are looking for help. They are either seeking medication to help with their mental illness or in need of someone to manage them. They are at the point where they need medical help due to a mental illness that impairs them from living a healthy, productive life.
The clients that I treat are looking for help. They are either seeking medication to help with their mental illness or in need of someone to manage them. They are at the point where they need medical help due to a mental illness that impairs them from living a healthy, productive life.
(732) 440-3154 View (732) 440-3154
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Psychiatric and Behavioral Services of New Jersey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN, BC
Verified Verified
Brick, NJ 08724
Psychiatric and Behavioral Health Services of New Jersey is a private psychiatric practice that provides a full range of outpatient mental health services, including psychiatric evaluations, medication management, individual, family and group psychotherapy for clients at all stages of life; children, adolescents, adults, and the geriatric population.
Psychiatric and Behavioral Health Services of New Jersey is a private psychiatric practice that provides a full range of outpatient mental health services, including psychiatric evaluations, medication management, individual, family and group psychotherapy for clients at all stages of life; children, adolescents, adults, and the geriatric population.
(732) 491-8710 View (732) 491-8710
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Dr. Leopold Bolona
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Brick, NJ 08724
Dr. Leopold Bolona is a compassionate psychiatrist in private practice in Westfield and Brick, and Freehold NJ seeing adults only at this time. The practice has 9 Nurse Practioners offering comprehensive diagnostic evaluations and individualized treatment for a variety of issues such as: Depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, addiction and more. 6 Therapist ready to assist all of our patients. The practice offers both in person and telehealth. All offices offer Genetic testing and Neuropsych testing. The Westfield and Freehold office also offers both TMS and Spravato for Treatment Resistant Depression.
Dr. Leopold Bolona is a compassionate psychiatrist in private practice in Westfield and Brick, and Freehold NJ seeing adults only at this time. The practice has 9 Nurse Practioners offering comprehensive diagnostic evaluations and individualized treatment for a variety of issues such as: Depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, addiction and more. 6 Therapist ready to assist all of our patients. The practice offers both in person and telehealth. All offices offer Genetic testing and Neuropsych testing. The Westfield and Freehold office also offers both TMS and Spravato for Treatment Resistant Depression.
(732) 440-3179 View (732) 440-3179
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Sade Frazier
Psychiatrist, DO, MS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brick, NJ 08724  (Online Only)
Hello, I am pleased to offer evening hours to my patients. I am Dr. Frazier, a board-certified Adult psychiatrist, who is completing fellowship training in Child & Adolescent psychiatry. I follow the biopsychosocial (biological, psychological and social determinants) model, as my approach to understanding a patient’s mental health needs and determining how best to treat each unique individual.
Hello, I am pleased to offer evening hours to my patients. I am Dr. Frazier, a board-certified Adult psychiatrist, who is completing fellowship training in Child & Adolescent psychiatry. I follow the biopsychosocial (biological, psychological and social determinants) model, as my approach to understanding a patient’s mental health needs and determining how best to treat each unique individual.
(908) 663-8836 View (908) 663-8836
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Denise Daley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MLP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brick, NJ 08724
I have been practicing in the mental health field for over 20 years, seeing patients with multiple mental health issues including, but not limited to Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia and Substance Use Disorder.
I have been practicing in the mental health field for over 20 years, seeing patients with multiple mental health issues including, but not limited to Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia and Substance Use Disorder.
(732) 365-0530 View (732) 365-0530
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Jennifer Bowen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
Dr. Jennifer Bowen is a seasoned Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Her academic journey includes a diverse range of studies, beginning with a Neuroscience degree from Tulane University and then advancing to nursing degrees, culminating in a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the MGH Institute of Health Professions. In her practice, Jennifer provides a holistic approach to mental health care, with a particular focus on treating trauma-related disorders across all age groups. Her six years of experience in community mental health have cultivated her ability to empathize and collaborate with her patients.
Dr. Jennifer Bowen is a seasoned Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Her academic journey includes a diverse range of studies, beginning with a Neuroscience degree from Tulane University and then advancing to nursing degrees, culminating in a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the MGH Institute of Health Professions. In her practice, Jennifer provides a holistic approach to mental health care, with a particular focus on treating trauma-related disorders across all age groups. Her six years of experience in community mental health have cultivated her ability to empathize and collaborate with her patients.
(732) 365-0398 View (732) 365-0398
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Staci Barilari
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Bay Head, NJ 08742  (Online Only)
Hi! I'm Staci. I'm a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who is dedicated to integrative care, specializing in anxiety, depression, and perinatal mental health. I am committed to fostering holistic well-being and empowering individuals on their mental health journey. My appointments typically include medication management with talk therapy. I strive to create a strong relationship with my clients. Please send me an email to schedule an initial consultation. I'm looking forward to meeting you!
Hi! I'm Staci. I'm a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who is dedicated to integrative care, specializing in anxiety, depression, and perinatal mental health. I am committed to fostering holistic well-being and empowering individuals on their mental health journey. My appointments typically include medication management with talk therapy. I strive to create a strong relationship with my clients. Please send me an email to schedule an initial consultation. I'm looking forward to meeting you!
(848) 272-7153 View (848) 272-7153
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Nicholas Mwangi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brick, NJ 08724
Mood and behavior issues affecting optimal functionality including and not limited to loss of interest in pleasant activities and activities of daily living, gross psychotic disturbances like hallucinations, paranoia and delusions, disturbances in behavior patterns like compulsion, obsession, attention deficits, sleep and appetite impairment. Mood lability, ie agitation, manic and hypomanic symptoms, 1 deficits in general coping mechanisms and stress management, impaired grief, and coping with life stressors , hopelessness and suicide ideations among others.
Mood and behavior issues affecting optimal functionality including and not limited to loss of interest in pleasant activities and activities of daily living, gross psychotic disturbances like hallucinations, paranoia and delusions, disturbances in behavior patterns like compulsion, obsession, attention deficits, sleep and appetite impairment. Mood lability, ie agitation, manic and hypomanic symptoms, 1 deficits in general coping mechanisms and stress management, impaired grief, and coping with life stressors , hopelessness and suicide ideations among others.
(732) 647-9324 View (732) 647-9324
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Blessing Nwele
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Brick, NJ 08724
My Name is Blessing Nwele and I am a board certified Psychiatric/Mental Health Advanced Practice Nurse. Psychiatric/mental health disorders and behavioral health have been the focal point of my professional life for a decade, culminating in my opening of a mental health private practice. The Positive Touch Behavioral Health Services was born out of almost a decade entirely dedicated to promoting a culture of health and health equity.
My Name is Blessing Nwele and I am a board certified Psychiatric/Mental Health Advanced Practice Nurse. Psychiatric/mental health disorders and behavioral health have been the focal point of my professional life for a decade, culminating in my opening of a mental health private practice. The Positive Touch Behavioral Health Services was born out of almost a decade entirely dedicated to promoting a culture of health and health equity.
(732) 783-5417 View (732) 783-5417
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Modern Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, LCSW, LMFT, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Brick, NJ 08724
Now Accepting New Patients- - -Most Insurance Plans Accepted- - - We are a team of psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, therapists, case managers and primary care physicians offering convenient and comprehensive mental health treatment across multiple states, both in-person and virtually. We specialize in treating a multitude of conditions therefore are able to match you with a provider best suited to meet your specific needs. Let us help you achieve a higher quality of life and overall sense of wellbeing. Contact us today!
Now Accepting New Patients- - -Most Insurance Plans Accepted- - - We are a team of psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, therapists, case managers and primary care physicians offering convenient and comprehensive mental health treatment across multiple states, both in-person and virtually. We specialize in treating a multitude of conditions therefore are able to match you with a provider best suited to meet your specific needs. Let us help you achieve a higher quality of life and overall sense of wellbeing. Contact us today!
(908) 638-1374 View (908) 638-1374
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Jersey Shore Behavioral Group
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNP, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brielle, NJ 08730
I have over 27 years experience in the field of psychiatry in the following environments: inpatient psychiatry, crisis (PESS), and outpatient settings (adolescent and adult). I earned my BSN in 1996 from Trenton State College (College of New Jersey) and MSN from Monmouth university in 2018. I believe in a collaborative approach with my clients, and place a strong emphasis on education regarding medication management. My prescriptive practice is conservative and I encourage my clients to be active participants in their healthcare management.
I have over 27 years experience in the field of psychiatry in the following environments: inpatient psychiatry, crisis (PESS), and outpatient settings (adolescent and adult). I earned my BSN in 1996 from Trenton State College (College of New Jersey) and MSN from Monmouth university in 2018. I believe in a collaborative approach with my clients, and place a strong emphasis on education regarding medication management. My prescriptive practice is conservative and I encourage my clients to be active participants in their healthcare management.
(732) 335-7973 View (732) 335-7973
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Healing Garden Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brick, NJ 08724  (Online Only)
Accepting NEW Patients! Ololade "Lola" Ekwere is a Board Certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has practiced for over 12 years in various capacities in healthcare serving patients and their families. Because she understands the interconnectedness of mental and physical health, she works collaboratively with each patient to prioritize and meet their mental health needs. Additionally, she is empathetic, listens and practices using evidence-based guidelines in order to provide the best available care for her patients.
Accepting NEW Patients! Ololade "Lola" Ekwere is a Board Certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has practiced for over 12 years in various capacities in healthcare serving patients and their families. Because she understands the interconnectedness of mental and physical health, she works collaboratively with each patient to prioritize and meet their mental health needs. Additionally, she is empathetic, listens and practices using evidence-based guidelines in order to provide the best available care for her patients.
(732) 538-5924 View (732) 538-5924
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Dr. Obinna Ezealor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Brick, NJ 08724
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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Number of Psychiatrists in Point Pleasant, NJ

< 10

Psychiatrists in Point Pleasant, NJ who prioritize treating:

86% Depression
86% Anxiety
86% ADHD
86% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
86% Anger Management
86% Bipolar Disorder
86% Substance Use

Average years in practice

14 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

80% Medicaid
60% Other
60% Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield

How Psychiatrists in Point Pleasant, NJ see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Point Pleasant?

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.