Psychiatrists in Jefferson County, NY

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Yvonne Lorelle Davis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Watertown, NY 13601  (Online Only)
Are you looking for individualized compassionate care based on mutual respect and understanding in a judgement free environment?? Then you've come to the right place! I offer a collaborative approach to help people achieve their goals. I believe in treating each person as a unique individual, and together, we will find the best path toward wellness. I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is experienced in treating depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder and other psychiatric disorders.
Are you looking for individualized compassionate care based on mutual respect and understanding in a judgement free environment?? Then you've come to the right place! I offer a collaborative approach to help people achieve their goals. I believe in treating each person as a unique individual, and together, we will find the best path toward wellness. I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is experienced in treating depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder and other psychiatric disorders.
(315) 302-1745 View (315) 302-1745
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Arun Kunwar
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Watertown, NY 13601
With more than 20 years of experience working as a psychiatrist and 15 years as a child and adolescent psychiatrist, I focus on each patient's strengths and believe strongly that empowering each individual in treatment decision making is most critical part of any good treatment. Medication management for psychiatric disorders is complex. I am strong proponent of following evidence based recommendations personalized to each individual.
With more than 20 years of experience working as a psychiatrist and 15 years as a child and adolescent psychiatrist, I focus on each patient's strengths and believe strongly that empowering each individual in treatment decision making is most critical part of any good treatment. Medication management for psychiatric disorders is complex. I am strong proponent of following evidence based recommendations personalized to each individual.
(315) 308-8014 View (315) 308-8014
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The Court Doctor
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Watertown, NY 13601
Dr. Jason Lulejian, a distinguished psychiatrist based in Jacksonville, Florida, is highly regarded for his extensive experience in conducting psychiatric evaluations for non-medical purposes, including legal assessments for courts, DMV, and CPS. A significant aspect of his career involves his expertise in disability evaluations, hearings, and providing expert witness testimony, which demonstrates his deep understanding of the intersection between mental health and legal systems. His role as a director of Medicaid, Medicare, and commercial insurance plans highlights his proficiency in navigating the complexities of healthcare.
Dr. Jason Lulejian, a distinguished psychiatrist based in Jacksonville, Florida, is highly regarded for his extensive experience in conducting psychiatric evaluations for non-medical purposes, including legal assessments for courts, DMV, and CPS. A significant aspect of his career involves his expertise in disability evaluations, hearings, and providing expert witness testimony, which demonstrates his deep understanding of the intersection between mental health and legal systems. His role as a director of Medicaid, Medicare, and commercial insurance plans highlights his proficiency in navigating the complexities of healthcare.
(904) 842-3355 View (904) 842-3355
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Diane DeCarolis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Belleville, NY 13611
With more than 25 years of experience in the Mental Health field, I began to practice as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner after graduating from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 2013. My goal as a mental health provider is to help patients to alleviate their symptoms and to reach their highest potential in all aspects of their lives.
With more than 25 years of experience in the Mental Health field, I began to practice as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner after graduating from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 2013. My goal as a mental health provider is to help patients to alleviate their symptoms and to reach their highest potential in all aspects of their lives.
(973) 860-3255 View (973) 860-3255
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Julie Rogers Yankowsky
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APHN
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Watertown, NY 13601  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
New York and Vermont - At PsychLife Mental Wellness, we specialize in caring for those experiencing symptoms of anxiety, bipolar, depression, and trauma related disorders. You desire a life that's filled with joy and love without being stressed about the symptoms of a mental illness and we're here to help you do just that!
New York and Vermont - At PsychLife Mental Wellness, we specialize in caring for those experiencing symptoms of anxiety, bipolar, depression, and trauma related disorders. You desire a life that's filled with joy and love without being stressed about the symptoms of a mental illness and we're here to help you do just that!
(315) 678-4429 View (315) 678-4429
Photo of Danielle M. Trenelli, FNP-BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Danielle M. Trenelli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Watertown, NY 13601  (Online Only)
Hello, I'm Dani, a Family Nurse Practitioner with certifications in Geriatrics and Counseling. My goal is to ensure that patients have easy and immediate access to healthcare. When requested by my patients, I combine conventional medications with functional and integrative medicine approaches to address concerns like anxiety, depression, and ADHD. I'm passionate about empowering individuals to find their own motivation for a healthy life. In addition to addressing behavioral health, I am capable of treating a wide range of conditions, both acute (skin and respiratory infections) and chronic (pre-diabetes, diabetes, HTN, and pain)
Hello, I'm Dani, a Family Nurse Practitioner with certifications in Geriatrics and Counseling. My goal is to ensure that patients have easy and immediate access to healthcare. When requested by my patients, I combine conventional medications with functional and integrative medicine approaches to address concerns like anxiety, depression, and ADHD. I'm passionate about empowering individuals to find their own motivation for a healthy life. In addition to addressing behavioral health, I am capable of treating a wide range of conditions, both acute (skin and respiratory infections) and chronic (pre-diabetes, diabetes, HTN, and pain)
(401) 324-1195 View (401) 324-1195

Online Psychiatrists

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Syracuse TMS
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Baldwinsville, NY 13027
Trans-cranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a treatment that targets key areas of the brain that are less active in people with moderate to severe depression. TMS is a non-invasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of depression, and it’s typically used when other treatments haven’t allowed you to experience remission from your depression. TMS is also being used for Anxiety, ADD, PTSD and is rapidly being considered by insurance companies for coverage outside of the current provision for moderate to severe depression. We have locations Fayetteville and Baldwinsville NY.
Trans-cranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a treatment that targets key areas of the brain that are less active in people with moderate to severe depression. TMS is a non-invasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of depression, and it’s typically used when other treatments haven’t allowed you to experience remission from your depression. TMS is also being used for Anxiety, ADD, PTSD and is rapidly being considered by insurance companies for coverage outside of the current provision for moderate to severe depression. We have locations Fayetteville and Baldwinsville NY.
(315) 743-0988 View (315) 743-0988
Photo of Adewunmi Bankole At Core Psychiatry, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Adewunmi Bankole At Core Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Syracuse, NY 13205  (Online Only)
Book an appointment on our website at corepsychiatry.org! Dr. Adewunmi Bankole, PMHNP-BC is a doctoral prepared Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with vast experience in psychiatry treating adults, children, adolescent and geriatric population. Dr. Bankole believes that care should be patient focus and holistic with best evidence-based practice.
Book an appointment on our website at corepsychiatry.org! Dr. Adewunmi Bankole, PMHNP-BC is a doctoral prepared Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with vast experience in psychiatry treating adults, children, adolescent and geriatric population. Dr. Bankole believes that care should be patient focus and holistic with best evidence-based practice.
(914) 521-3896 View (914) 521-3896
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Adewunmi Bankole At Core Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Utica, NY 13502  (Online Only)
Book an appointment on our website at corepsychiatry.org! Dr. Adewunmi Bankole, PMHNP-BC is a doctoral prepared Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with vast experience in psychiatry treating adults, children, adolescent and geriatric population. Dr. Bankole believes that care should be patient focus and holistic with best evidence-based practice.
Book an appointment on our website at corepsychiatry.org! Dr. Adewunmi Bankole, PMHNP-BC is a doctoral prepared Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with vast experience in psychiatry treating adults, children, adolescent and geriatric population. Dr. Bankole believes that care should be patient focus and holistic with best evidence-based practice.
(315) 809-4620 View (315) 809-4620
Photo of Dr. Cecile Matip - Fulton Family Tele- Psychiatry, Online services, Psychiatrist
Fulton Family Tele- Psychiatry, Online services
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Fulton, NY 13069  (Online Only)
Being a mother of 6 children I know the importance of mental health and how difficult it is to find the right doctor, so I created a online private practice. One aspect of my practice involves helping patients of all ages to reassess their current medication regimen or explore the possibility of tapering off their medication. I understand that medication can be a useful tool in managing mental health symptoms, it is important to regularly reassess the effectiveness and side effects of any medication a patient is taking and evaluate the benefits and risks of their current medication to determine if any changes need to be made.
Being a mother of 6 children I know the importance of mental health and how difficult it is to find the right doctor, so I created a online private practice. One aspect of my practice involves helping patients of all ages to reassess their current medication regimen or explore the possibility of tapering off their medication. I understand that medication can be a useful tool in managing mental health symptoms, it is important to regularly reassess the effectiveness and side effects of any medication a patient is taking and evaluate the benefits and risks of their current medication to determine if any changes need to be made.
(315) 897-1473 x1 View (315) 897-1473 x1
Photo of Adekola Alao - Syracuse Best TMS, MD, Psychiatrist
Syracuse Best TMS
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fayetteville, NY 13066
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a treatment that targets key areas of the brain that are less active in people with moderate to severe depression. TMS is a non-invasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of depression, and it’s typically used when other treatments haven’t allowed you to experience remission from your depression, anxiety and PTSD
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a treatment that targets key areas of the brain that are less active in people with moderate to severe depression. TMS is a non-invasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of depression, and it’s typically used when other treatments haven’t allowed you to experience remission from your depression, anxiety and PTSD
(680) 201-5098 View (680) 201-5098
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Ample Grace Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Syracuse, NY 13206  (Online Only)
We are currently accepting new patients for ADHD Neuropsychological testing. Think you have ADHD? No problem! We offer ADHD Objective Testing that can be used to guide ADHD diagnosis for patients. The testing can also be done at the office and via telehealth. We also offer adult autism assessment and DBT-informed therapy. At Ample Grace Psychiatry, we offer a custom approach for each client! We start with understanding where you are now and your challenges. We help you put a plan in place to help you move forward, and we celebrate your successes along the way. We offer an inclusive, safe space with visits to suit your schedule.
We are currently accepting new patients for ADHD Neuropsychological testing. Think you have ADHD? No problem! We offer ADHD Objective Testing that can be used to guide ADHD diagnosis for patients. The testing can also be done at the office and via telehealth. We also offer adult autism assessment and DBT-informed therapy. At Ample Grace Psychiatry, we offer a custom approach for each client! We start with understanding where you are now and your challenges. We help you put a plan in place to help you move forward, and we celebrate your successes along the way. We offer an inclusive, safe space with visits to suit your schedule.
(585) 449-9554 View (585) 449-9554
Photo of Zhanna Berman At Core Psychiatry, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Zhanna Berman At Core Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Utica, NY 13502  (Online Only)
Book an appointment online today via our website corepsychiatry.org!
Book an appointment online today via our website corepsychiatry.org!
(315) 375-7722 View (315) 375-7722
Photo of Khalid Sethi - NeuroSciences and Spine Group, MD, FACS, FAANS, Psychiatrist
NeuroSciences and Spine Group
Psychiatrist, MD, FACS, FAANS
Verified Verified
Syracuse, NY 13202
After being in practice in Neurosurgery for 25 years; I am in awe at the amazing ability of the nervous system to heal itself with NeuroModulation. The NeuroSciences and Spine Group brings practitioners from related but different disciplines together : Psychiatry, Neurology and NeuroSurgery, in a coordinated team based approach to deliver the Care that you deserve . Partnering with SUNY -Upstate Psychiatry and NeuroStar we now offer TMS therapy for patients with Medically Refractory Depression and Anxiety.
After being in practice in Neurosurgery for 25 years; I am in awe at the amazing ability of the nervous system to heal itself with NeuroModulation. The NeuroSciences and Spine Group brings practitioners from related but different disciplines together : Psychiatry, Neurology and NeuroSurgery, in a coordinated team based approach to deliver the Care that you deserve . Partnering with SUNY -Upstate Psychiatry and NeuroStar we now offer TMS therapy for patients with Medically Refractory Depression and Anxiety.
(315) 679-4469 View (315) 679-4469
Photo of Dale Miller, PMHNPBC, CIC, COHN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dale Miller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, CIC, COHN
Verified Verified
Ilion, NY 13357  (Online Only)
I utilize an evidenced-based holistic approach with the patient's concerns being front and center. For the medications used, it is my priority to ensure that the "most benefit is provided, with the least amount of medication onboard". The most important tool a provider can use is simply listening. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with more than 30 years of psychiatric experience. I help people with medication management. I enjoy helping both adults and children with the current challenges in their lives.
I utilize an evidenced-based holistic approach with the patient's concerns being front and center. For the medications used, it is my priority to ensure that the "most benefit is provided, with the least amount of medication onboard". The most important tool a provider can use is simply listening. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with more than 30 years of psychiatric experience. I help people with medication management. I enjoy helping both adults and children with the current challenges in their lives.
(315) 825-6266 View (315) 825-6266
Photo of Kelly Dorman, FPMHNP, -BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kelly Dorman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FPMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Sherrill, NY 13461
In order to assist her patients with the journey, she strives to meet each person right where they are in the life process. She values education and autonomy in treatment and wants her patients to know that she comes from a place free of judgement. Kelly aims to facilitate a therapeutic space where patients feel comfortable to speak at ease. Kellys treatment approach is grounded in empowering each individual with access and space to help themselves identify personal goals, address individual barriers and move forward. Her interest focuses on individual wellness & treatment optimization.
In order to assist her patients with the journey, she strives to meet each person right where they are in the life process. She values education and autonomy in treatment and wants her patients to know that she comes from a place free of judgement. Kelly aims to facilitate a therapeutic space where patients feel comfortable to speak at ease. Kellys treatment approach is grounded in empowering each individual with access and space to help themselves identify personal goals, address individual barriers and move forward. Her interest focuses on individual wellness & treatment optimization.
(315) 895-8189 View (315) 895-8189
Photo of Triesha Gayle-Lawson At Core Psychiatry, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Triesha Gayle-Lawson At Core Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Utica, NY 13502  (Online Only)
Book an appointment on our website corepsychiatry.org! Dr. Gayle-Lawson has Board Certifications from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Dr. Gayle-Lawson is a member of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society and is affiliated with several advanced practice organizations dedicated to patient advocacy and access to quality mental health care. With over 16 years of diagnostic and treatment experience, she is well versed in the practice of psychiatry and mental health.
Book an appointment on our website corepsychiatry.org! Dr. Gayle-Lawson has Board Certifications from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Dr. Gayle-Lawson is a member of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society and is affiliated with several advanced practice organizations dedicated to patient advocacy and access to quality mental health care. With over 16 years of diagnostic and treatment experience, she is well versed in the practice of psychiatry and mental health.
(315) 309-1953 View (315) 309-1953
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Dynamic Emotional Wellness with Telemedicine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
East Syracuse, NY 13057
WE NOW OFFER TELEMEDICINE! We are accepting new patients. Our goal is to provide QUALITY mental health care services to all of our patients in a TIMELY manner.
WE NOW OFFER TELEMEDICINE! We are accepting new patients. Our goal is to provide QUALITY mental health care services to all of our patients in a TIMELY manner.
(315) 329-5212 View (315) 329-5212
Photo of Zhanna Berman At Core Psychiatry, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Zhanna Berman At Core Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Syracuse, NY 13202  (Online Only)
Book an appointment online today via our website corepsychiatry.org!
Book an appointment online today via our website corepsychiatry.org!
(315) 843-0025 View (315) 843-0025
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Lucinda Coffin
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Syracuse, NY 13210
Waitlist for new clients
Lucinda Coffin is a Psychiatric PA passionate about holistic health and well-being. She combines conventional medication management with integrative health approaches to offer comprehensive care for adults struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, and other conditions. Believing in the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit, Lucinda considers all aspects of health. She integrates dietary considerations, exercise routines, and cognitive processes, into her treatment plans, ensuring patients receive personalized care tailored to unique needs and lifestyles. She sees patients in person and when appropriate, online.
Lucinda Coffin is a Psychiatric PA passionate about holistic health and well-being. She combines conventional medication management with integrative health approaches to offer comprehensive care for adults struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, and other conditions. Believing in the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit, Lucinda considers all aspects of health. She integrates dietary considerations, exercise routines, and cognitive processes, into her treatment plans, ensuring patients receive personalized care tailored to unique needs and lifestyles. She sees patients in person and when appropriate, online.
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Number of Psychiatrists in Jefferson County, NY

< 10

Psychiatrists in Jefferson County, NY who prioritize treating:

83% Depression
83% Anxiety
83% Medication Management
67% Psychosis
67% Bipolar Disorder
67% Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
67% Stress

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Jefferson County, NY see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Jefferson County?

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.