Psychiatrists in Robbinsville, NJ

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Shannon Bucciarelli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, B-C
Verified Verified
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
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.
(732) 217-4693 View (732) 217-4693
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Amanda Guarnere
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
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.
(732) 889-7293 View (732) 889-7293
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Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
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.
(732) 538-8139 View (732) 538-8139
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Karen Yeboah-Norment
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
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.
(732) 607-5557 View (732) 607-5557
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Lee Ann Colleton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN-C , PMHNP, CARN-AP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
Life can be "overwhelming" leaving you feeling "off-track" at times. My practice is dedicated to empowering clients with strategies to balance areas of anxiety, depression and mood disorders. Having a background in family medicine and family psychiatric mental health, helps to evaluate each client from a psychiatric perspective and incorporate their medical issues. I can provide behavioral and psychiatric services to clients across the lifespan.
Life can be "overwhelming" leaving you feeling "off-track" at times. My practice is dedicated to empowering clients with strategies to balance areas of anxiety, depression and mood disorders. Having a background in family medicine and family psychiatric mental health, helps to evaluate each client from a psychiatric perspective and incorporate their medical issues. I can provide behavioral and psychiatric services to clients across the lifespan.
(848) 400-4302 View (848) 400-4302

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Michelle McCarthy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, LMFT
Verified Verified
Hamilton, NJ 08690
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.
(609) 614-3232 View (609) 614-3232
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Tonnesha Kidd
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, APN
Verified Verified
Hamilton, NJ 08691  (Online Only)
Every client is unique in their mental health needs. I strive to provide holistic care, and treatment plan geared at improving the overall mental health well being of all clients across the lifespan.
Every client is unique in their mental health needs. I strive to provide holistic care, and treatment plan geared at improving the overall mental health well being of all clients across the lifespan.
(609) 201-3805 View (609) 201-3805
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LACKA Behavioral Health LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Hamilton, NJ 08691
Dr. Loretta Oguonu, is a board-certified doctorate prepared psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I maintain LACKA Behavioral Health, a private owned practice which specializes in the treatment of younger adults and older adults with a broad range of mental health issues including anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorders, impulsivity, and many more. I have 16 years’ experience as a nurse in mental health disorders and has been treating younger adults and older adults as a board-certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner for 8 years.
Dr. Loretta Oguonu, is a board-certified doctorate prepared psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I maintain LACKA Behavioral Health, a private owned practice which specializes in the treatment of younger adults and older adults with a broad range of mental health issues including anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorders, impulsivity, and many more. I have 16 years’ experience as a nurse in mental health disorders and has been treating younger adults and older adults as a board-certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner for 8 years.
(609) 445-3794 View (609) 445-3794
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Edena Walden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Hamilton, NJ 08690
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
(609) 834-3181 View (609) 834-3181
Chioma Ugo-Ogbuewu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Trenton, NJ 08690  (Online Only)
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I'm deeply passionate about guiding individuals through mental health challenges with compassion and expertise. I prioritize holistic care and therapeutic relationships, aiming to create a safe and nonjudgmental space where patients feel valued and understood. My practice is evidence-based, culturally sensitive, and collaborative, tailored to each person's unique needs and goals. I advocate for patients' rights and strive to reduce mental health stigma, viewing my role not just as a profession, but as a calling to bring hope, healing, and empowerment to those I serve.
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I'm deeply passionate about guiding individuals through mental health challenges with compassion and expertise. I prioritize holistic care and therapeutic relationships, aiming to create a safe and nonjudgmental space where patients feel valued and understood. My practice is evidence-based, culturally sensitive, and collaborative, tailored to each person's unique needs and goals. I advocate for patients' rights and strive to reduce mental health stigma, viewing my role not just as a profession, but as a calling to bring hope, healing, and empowerment to those I serve.
(856) 431-5792 View (856) 431-5792
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Sandhya Chinala
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Windsor, NJ 08561
I am board- certified in psychiatry and licensed to practice in New Jersey. My practice is geared towards providing psychopharmacology and psychotherapy to functional individuals. I help children, adolescents and adults with clinical depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD (children only), OCD, PTSD, and a variety of other mental health and wellness issues. I believe in comprehensive, careful evaluation and systematic plan for treatment.
I am board- certified in psychiatry and licensed to practice in New Jersey. My practice is geared towards providing psychopharmacology and psychotherapy to functional individuals. I help children, adolescents and adults with clinical depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD (children only), OCD, PTSD, and a variety of other mental health and wellness issues. I believe in comprehensive, careful evaluation and systematic plan for treatment.
(609) 380-7573 View (609) 380-7573
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K Mental Wellness LLC /
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hamilton, NJ 08691  (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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Ursula Nonyerem Odimara
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, NJ 08691  (Online Only)
If you are struggling with mental health symptoms, Healthy Mind is a safe place to start your mental health journey. Dr. Ursula Odimara is doctorate prepared ANCC board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and is a graduate of LaSalle University, Philadelphia, Pa. She is dual certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, this gives her the knowledge and experience to treat each patient with individualized holistic approach. She has a broad experience in dealing with diagnosis such as ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Insomnia, mood disorders and much more.
If you are struggling with mental health symptoms, Healthy Mind is a safe place to start your mental health journey. Dr. Ursula Odimara is doctorate prepared ANCC board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and is a graduate of LaSalle University, Philadelphia, Pa. She is dual certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, this gives her the knowledge and experience to treat each patient with individualized holistic approach. She has a broad experience in dealing with diagnosis such as ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Insomnia, mood disorders and much more.
(609) 710-9716 View (609) 710-9716
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Amanda Guarnere
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hamilton, NJ 08690
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.
(609) 739-9686 View (609) 739-9686
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Water Gap Wellness Center
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Hamilton, NJ 08690
Please note that individual appointments are not available at this location. Please do not contact us unless you are interested in joining our comprehensive treatment program. Water Gap Wellness offers the most intensive Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment Program in the Northeast. Our premier program requires a continuous commitment of 6 hours per day 6 days per week. Housing is available upon request. Included are weekly sessions with me or one of our other psychiatrists, two sessions with your primary therapist per week, and ongoing daily group sessions. Call us today - we are here for you.
Please note that individual appointments are not available at this location. Please do not contact us unless you are interested in joining our comprehensive treatment program. Water Gap Wellness offers the most intensive Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment Program in the Northeast. Our premier program requires a continuous commitment of 6 hours per day 6 days per week. Housing is available upon request. Included are weekly sessions with me or one of our other psychiatrists, two sessions with your primary therapist per week, and ongoing daily group sessions. Call us today - we are here for you.
(570) 618-8846 View (570) 618-8846
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Ngozi Nkemka
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, NJ 08691
I can't say that I have an ideal client, as every client presents with their own unique set of strengths and challenges. Therefore, my goal is not just to help my clients deal with their mental health issues. I provide an environment where they can restore and maintain a healthy state of mind. Graduating from Monmouth University, I have more than 18 years of healthcare and nursing experience. I bring empathy, an easygoing communication style, and sense of humor, making it easy for me to talk to patients and family members.
I can't say that I have an ideal client, as every client presents with their own unique set of strengths and challenges. Therefore, my goal is not just to help my clients deal with their mental health issues. I provide an environment where they can restore and maintain a healthy state of mind. Graduating from Monmouth University, I have more than 18 years of healthcare and nursing experience. I bring empathy, an easygoing communication style, and sense of humor, making it easy for me to talk to patients and family members.
(609) 757-8364 View (609) 757-8364
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Karen Yeboah-Norment
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hamilton, NJ 08690
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.
(609) 900-7116 View (609) 900-7116
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Macary Henry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Hamilton, NJ 08690
I bring a comprehensive background in psychiatric and mental health nursing, enriched through substantial experience in diverse inpatient and outpatient healthcare settings. My treatment approach places significant emphasis on comprehending the intricate interplay between biological, psychological, and social factors to gain a profound understanding of wellness, disease, and the healing process. My ultimate goal is to enhance and broaden the provision of psychiatric and mental health services, making them accessible to a wide range of communities.
I bring a comprehensive background in psychiatric and mental health nursing, enriched through substantial experience in diverse inpatient and outpatient healthcare settings. My treatment approach places significant emphasis on comprehending the intricate interplay between biological, psychological, and social factors to gain a profound understanding of wellness, disease, and the healing process. My ultimate goal is to enhance and broaden the provision of psychiatric and mental health services, making them accessible to a wide range of communities.
(856) 788-7822 View (856) 788-7822
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Azure Behavioral Care LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Hamilton, NJ 08691  (Online Only)
Welcome to Azure Behavioral Care. We provide treatment for those distressed by depression, anxiety, psychosis, mood disorders, PTSD, OCD, impulse control disorder and more. With a thorough initial evaluation, a collaboratively prepared individualized treatment plan, medication prescription and management, close monitoring of your response and progress, and supportive therapy, we are with you, at your service, as you progress towards recovery and wellness. Our extensive and thorough preparation, and years of experience in caring for those struggling with mental health challenges empower us to provide you with enduring support.
Welcome to Azure Behavioral Care. We provide treatment for those distressed by depression, anxiety, psychosis, mood disorders, PTSD, OCD, impulse control disorder and more. With a thorough initial evaluation, a collaboratively prepared individualized treatment plan, medication prescription and management, close monitoring of your response and progress, and supportive therapy, we are with you, at your service, as you progress towards recovery and wellness. Our extensive and thorough preparation, and years of experience in caring for those struggling with mental health challenges empower us to provide you with enduring support.
(609) 891-3323 View (609) 891-3323
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Gabriel Essilfie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hamilton, NJ 08690
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.
(609) 710-9467 View (609) 710-9467

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Robbinsville, NJ

< 10

Psychiatrists in Robbinsville, NJ who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Addiction
100% Bipolar Disorder
80% ADHD
80% Trauma and PTSD
80% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Oxford

How Psychiatrists in Robbinsville, 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 Robbinsville?

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.