Psychiatrists in Carmel, NY

Photo of Sarah Krim, PMHCNS-, Psychiatric Nurse
Sarah Krim
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHCNS-
Verified Verified
Carmel, NY 10512
Please note Sarah works with patients to taper their benzodiazepines and hypnotics, she does not prescribe them long term. Sarah is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who earned both her Doctorate in Nursing and Master's in Nursing from Columbia University. Sarah implements a team approach, coupled with evidence-based practice when working with patients. She always includes her patients in the decision making process regarding medication management and treatment options. The core of successful treatment is a plan that both patient and provider agree on. Sarah has experience working in the community outpatient setting.
Please note Sarah works with patients to taper their benzodiazepines and hypnotics, she does not prescribe them long term. Sarah is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who earned both her Doctorate in Nursing and Master's in Nursing from Columbia University. Sarah implements a team approach, coupled with evidence-based practice when working with patients. She always includes her patients in the decision making process regarding medication management and treatment options. The core of successful treatment is a plan that both patient and provider agree on. Sarah has experience working in the community outpatient setting.
(845) 506-8185 View (845) 506-8185
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Katherine Harding
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Carmel, NY 10512
Dr. Harding is a New York State licensed psychiatrist, certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She graduated from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine and completed her psychiatry residency at Montefiore Hospital. She been a staff psychiatrist at Montefiore and Northern Westchester Hospital.
Dr. Harding is a New York State licensed psychiatrist, certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She graduated from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine and completed her psychiatry residency at Montefiore Hospital. She been a staff psychiatrist at Montefiore and Northern Westchester Hospital.
(845) 420-3702 View (845) 420-3702
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Naomi Fisher
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Carmel, NY 10512
Ms. Fisher is a New York State licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner with a doctoral degree from Rush University. She received her BSN from the University of Connecticut. Ms. Fisher works with adolescents, adults, and older adults carrying a broad range of psychiatric and substance use related diagnoses. She provides psychiatric assessment and medication management.
Ms. Fisher is a New York State licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner with a doctoral degree from Rush University. She received her BSN from the University of Connecticut. Ms. Fisher works with adolescents, adults, and older adults carrying a broad range of psychiatric and substance use related diagnoses. She provides psychiatric assessment and medication management.
(845) 506-8645 View (845) 506-8645
Geneva Vivino
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Carmel, NY 10512
Ms. Vivino is a New York State licensed nurse practitioner in psychiatry with specialty training in mood disorders, anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD and personality disorders. She is certified to prescribe medications and utilizes an eclectic approach to assist adults in need of psychiatric services.
Ms. Vivino is a New York State licensed nurse practitioner in psychiatry with specialty training in mood disorders, anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD and personality disorders. She is certified to prescribe medications and utilizes an eclectic approach to assist adults in need of psychiatric services.
(845) 478-7461 View (845) 478-7461
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Kristina Manich
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Carmel, NY 10512
As a dedicated and compassionate board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner specializing in medication management , I bring a wealth of experience in helping individuals of all ages navigate through a spectrum of mental health challenges.
As a dedicated and compassionate board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner specializing in medication management , I bring a wealth of experience in helping individuals of all ages navigate through a spectrum of mental health challenges.
(914) 531-4476 View (914) 531-4476
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Kristina Manich
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP , BC, NP-P
Verified Verified
Carmel, NY 10512  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. With over 20 years of nursing, I have experience helping people of all ages cope with addiction, eating disorders, women's mental health issues, ADHD, mood disorder and anxiety. I believe in partnering with my clients utilizing a holistic approach including diet , exercise, psychopharmacology, aromatherapy, relaxation, and mindfulness.
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. With over 20 years of nursing, I have experience helping people of all ages cope with addiction, eating disorders, women's mental health issues, ADHD, mood disorder and anxiety. I believe in partnering with my clients utilizing a holistic approach including diet , exercise, psychopharmacology, aromatherapy, relaxation, and mindfulness.
(347) 707-7735 View (347) 707-7735

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Dr. Karina Santibanez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mahopac, NY 10541
Hi! I am a doctorally prepared psychiatric nurse practitioner from New York University, specializing in children and adolescent. I received the majority of my clinical training from inpatient settings, where I learned to work with a wide range of patients and families struggling from depression, anxiety, substance use, and trauma. I also have extensive experience working with adults, and can offer clozapine management. In my 14 years of practice I have fallen in love with the healing process and watching how empathetic, holistic, and client-centered care can change entire family structures.
Hi! I am a doctorally prepared psychiatric nurse practitioner from New York University, specializing in children and adolescent. I received the majority of my clinical training from inpatient settings, where I learned to work with a wide range of patients and families struggling from depression, anxiety, substance use, and trauma. I also have extensive experience working with adults, and can offer clozapine management. In my 14 years of practice I have fallen in love with the healing process and watching how empathetic, holistic, and client-centered care can change entire family structures.
(914) 302-4360 View (914) 302-4360
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Stephen 'chris' Marshall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Brewster, NY 10509  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Chris and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New York. I specialize in Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, men's issues, Seasonal Affective Disorder, stress management loss & grief, as well as medication management. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Chris and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New York. I specialize in Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, men's issues, Seasonal Affective Disorder, stress management loss & grief, as well as medication management. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
(646) 759-9680 View (646) 759-9680
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Simone Lawrence
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Brewster, NY 10509
As a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I am trained to provide care to the client both through psychopharmacology as well as brief psychotherapy. My experience and training have allowed me to gain expertise in all areas of assessment, diagnosing, medication management and psychotherapy.
As a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I am trained to provide care to the client both through psychopharmacology as well as brief psychotherapy. My experience and training have allowed me to gain expertise in all areas of assessment, diagnosing, medication management and psychotherapy.
(845) 999-0507 View (845) 999-0507
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Kimberly Levitt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Brewster, NY 10509  (Online Only)
I am a board certified psychiatric NP practicing in New York and Connecticut. I earned both my BSN and MSN at NYU. My wholistic approach to treatment involves combining evidence-based psychopharmacology with a therapeutic process that prioritizes the individual and their goals over their symptoms. I have experience helping people with depression, anxiety, ADHD, and addiction. I rely on my clinical experience for diagnosis and pharmacology, however what sets me apart is my ability to relate to others.
I am a board certified psychiatric NP practicing in New York and Connecticut. I earned both my BSN and MSN at NYU. My wholistic approach to treatment involves combining evidence-based psychopharmacology with a therapeutic process that prioritizes the individual and their goals over their symptoms. I have experience helping people with depression, anxiety, ADHD, and addiction. I rely on my clinical experience for diagnosis and pharmacology, however what sets me apart is my ability to relate to others.
(347) 707-7735 View (347) 707-7735
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Joy Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Patterson, NY 12563  (Online Only)
If you are looking for a psychiatrist who would understand you without judging you, and not see you as a "robot to be fixed with medications", you are at the right place. You can see me from the comfort of your home, office or any place you wanna be. I am very friendly, experienced and knowledgable. I would be happy to help you understand yourself better, find out what's best for you at the time and guide you towards that path.
If you are looking for a psychiatrist who would understand you without judging you, and not see you as a "robot to be fixed with medications", you are at the right place. You can see me from the comfort of your home, office or any place you wanna be. I am very friendly, experienced and knowledgable. I would be happy to help you understand yourself better, find out what's best for you at the time and guide you towards that path.
(845) 209-2726 View (845) 209-2726
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Marianna Garibaldi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mahopac Falls, NY 10542  (Online Only)
Please visit my webpage for more information at www.serenitytelementalhealth.com
Please visit my webpage for more information at www.serenitytelementalhealth.com
(845) 250-3600 View (845) 250-3600
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Strength of the Mind Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Brewster, NY 10509
As a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I am trained to provide care with a dual emphasis on treatment of the whole patient through psychopharmacology and brief psychotherapy, across the lifespan. From my extensive experience over the past 10 years working in both inpatient and outpatient environments, I have gained expertise in all facets of assessment, diagnosing, medication management and psychotherapy. My goal is to provide the highest level of quality care my clients in a comfortable and private setting. I strive to include not only the client, but their families in the treatment process.
As a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I am trained to provide care with a dual emphasis on treatment of the whole patient through psychopharmacology and brief psychotherapy, across the lifespan. From my extensive experience over the past 10 years working in both inpatient and outpatient environments, I have gained expertise in all facets of assessment, diagnosing, medication management and psychotherapy. My goal is to provide the highest level of quality care my clients in a comfortable and private setting. I strive to include not only the client, but their families in the treatment process.
(845) 280-5127 View (845) 280-5127
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Jessica C. Olivo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Brewster, NY 10509  (Online Only)
Jessica Olivo is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 15 years of mental health experience. She provides comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and ongoing medication management follow up. Jessica provides supportive listening, compassion, and cultivates a collaborative relationship with her patients. She approaches care in a calm and therapeutic manner that allows clients to feel comfortable expressing themselves and to be proactive members in their own treatment.
Jessica Olivo is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 15 years of mental health experience. She provides comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and ongoing medication management follow up. Jessica provides supportive listening, compassion, and cultivates a collaborative relationship with her patients. She approaches care in a calm and therapeutic manner that allows clients to feel comfortable expressing themselves and to be proactive members in their own treatment.
(845) 640-5810 View (845) 640-5810
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Dr. Jena Simon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Somers, NY 10589
Jena M. Simon, DNP, is a Double Board-Certified nurse practitioner specializing in psychiatric mental health and family health. After graduating from Columbia University in 2010 as a Family and Oncology Nurse Practitioner, Dr. Simon worked in New York City at a large tertiary medical center caring for adults with sickle cell disease. In this role, she became attuned to the needs of people living with chronic illness and chronic pain.
Jena M. Simon, DNP, is a Double Board-Certified nurse practitioner specializing in psychiatric mental health and family health. After graduating from Columbia University in 2010 as a Family and Oncology Nurse Practitioner, Dr. Simon worked in New York City at a large tertiary medical center caring for adults with sickle cell disease. In this role, she became attuned to the needs of people living with chronic illness and chronic pain.
(347) 967-5203 View (347) 967-5203
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Sheila Devlin-Craane
Psychiatric Nurse, DNP, NPP, MSN, APRN-BC
Verified Verified
Katonah, NY 10536
Dr Sheila Devlin-Craane - Counseling Associates Inc / EMDR for Trauma is a DNP, & Clinical Specialist, board certified in psychiatric mental health with more than 35 years’ experience. She obtained a doctorate at Fairfield University as a psychiatric DNP. She is also nationally certified in EMDR which is a preferred treatment for trauma and PTSD. Dr. Devlin has prescriptive authority in both New York and Ct. Treatment and medication management for psychiatric conditions such as: depression, anxiety, mood disorders, grief/ loss. & PTSD. Contact the office 914 727-0621 or 203 733-0054
Dr Sheila Devlin-Craane - Counseling Associates Inc / EMDR for Trauma is a DNP, & Clinical Specialist, board certified in psychiatric mental health with more than 35 years’ experience. She obtained a doctorate at Fairfield University as a psychiatric DNP. She is also nationally certified in EMDR which is a preferred treatment for trauma and PTSD. Dr. Devlin has prescriptive authority in both New York and Ct. Treatment and medication management for psychiatric conditions such as: depression, anxiety, mood disorders, grief/ loss. & PTSD. Contact the office 914 727-0621 or 203 733-0054
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Maryellen D'Ambrosio
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Somers, NY 10589
Maryellen D'Ambrosio is a New York State licensed Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and is Board Certified by the American Nurses Credentialling Center. She has been practicing Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, since 2004, and has provided treatment in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She graduated, Summa Cum Laude, from Pace University - Leinhard School of Nursing with a Master of Science Degree. Her advanced education included specialized training (ages 3-17), with more explicit preparation and clinical instruction, in the area of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.
Maryellen D'Ambrosio is a New York State licensed Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and is Board Certified by the American Nurses Credentialling Center. She has been practicing Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, since 2004, and has provided treatment in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She graduated, Summa Cum Laude, from Pace University - Leinhard School of Nursing with a Master of Science Degree. Her advanced education included specialized training (ages 3-17), with more explicit preparation and clinical instruction, in the area of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.
(914) 743-3618 View (914) 743-3618
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Sybil Mouzon
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Somers, NY 10589
Dr. Mouzon is a New York State licensed psychiatrist, certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She earned her medical degree at New York University School of Medicine and completed psychiatry residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Prior to joining our staff, she was the Associate Medical Director of the Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Department at Montefiore Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Dr. Mouzon is a New York State licensed psychiatrist, certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She earned her medical degree at New York University School of Medicine and completed psychiatry residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Prior to joining our staff, she was the Associate Medical Director of the Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Department at Montefiore Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
(914) 758-1195 View (914) 758-1195
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Andrene Campbell
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Somers, NY 10589
Dr. Andrene Campbell is a licensed and board-certified psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Campbell completed medical school at Loma Linda University in California. She completed adult residency training at New York Presbyterian Hospital " Cornell division and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship training at New York Presbyterian Hospital " Columbia division. She has been an attending physician in the psychiatric emergency room at Northwell Health and a telepsychiatry attending physician at Northwell Health. She was also the medical director on an adult inpatient unit.
Dr. Andrene Campbell is a licensed and board-certified psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Campbell completed medical school at Loma Linda University in California. She completed adult residency training at New York Presbyterian Hospital " Cornell division and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship training at New York Presbyterian Hospital " Columbia division. She has been an attending physician in the psychiatric emergency room at Northwell Health and a telepsychiatry attending physician at Northwell Health. She was also the medical director on an adult inpatient unit.
(845) 253-4183 View (845) 253-4183
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Virginia Connolly
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RNMSNP-
Verified Verified
Somers, NY 10589
Ginger Connolly graduated from Columbia University 22 years ago, obtaining her Nurse Practitioner degree. This was preceded by 20 years of inpatient treatment with both children and adults. She specializes in ADHD, General Anxiety Disorders, Major Depression, PTSD and Obsessive compulsive disorders. More attention is increasingly given to Social anxiety disorder which has increased in prevalence with the advent of the pandemic isolation. Age groups seen are from age 5 thru age 55. Child treatment is accompanied by parent training if needed, if Oppositional Defiant Disorder is noted in particular.
Ginger Connolly graduated from Columbia University 22 years ago, obtaining her Nurse Practitioner degree. This was preceded by 20 years of inpatient treatment with both children and adults. She specializes in ADHD, General Anxiety Disorders, Major Depression, PTSD and Obsessive compulsive disorders. More attention is increasingly given to Social anxiety disorder which has increased in prevalence with the advent of the pandemic isolation. Age groups seen are from age 5 thru age 55. Child treatment is accompanied by parent training if needed, if Oppositional Defiant Disorder is noted in particular.
(914) 530-6233 View (914) 530-6233

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Number of Psychiatrists in Carmel, NY

< 10

Psychiatrists in Carmel, NY who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
83% Medication Management
67% ADHD
67% Trauma and PTSD
67% Bipolar Disorder
50% Grief

Average years in practice

3 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Carmel, NY see their clients

84% In Person and Online
16% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Carmel?

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.