Psychiatrists in Canton, OH

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Steven Aslanides
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Canton, OH 44721  (Online Only)
Hello! I am Steven Aslanides, a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I graduated with my bachelors and master from Akron University and I am board certified through the ANCC.
Hello! I am Steven Aslanides, a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I graduated with my bachelors and master from Akron University and I am board certified through the ANCC.
(234) 813-5192 View (234) 813-5192
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Kimberly Ann Marshall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN-BC, PMHNP-B, C
Verified Verified
Canton, OH 44721  (Online Only)
ACCEPTING new patients!! We offer TELEMEDICINE appointments. Call or email to schedule your appointment. If you or a loved one are suffering from depression, anxiety or any other mental illness and need help, we are here for you. Our program offers a variety of services delivered with kindness and empathy.. We believe in positive behavioral health and improving your quality of life by evaluating, treating and managing a variety of mental health conditions. We offer individual counseling along with medication assisted treatment. The first step to recovery is to call for an appointment.
ACCEPTING new patients!! We offer TELEMEDICINE appointments. Call or email to schedule your appointment. If you or a loved one are suffering from depression, anxiety or any other mental illness and need help, we are here for you. Our program offers a variety of services delivered with kindness and empathy.. We believe in positive behavioral health and improving your quality of life by evaluating, treating and managing a variety of mental health conditions. We offer individual counseling along with medication assisted treatment. The first step to recovery is to call for an appointment.
(786) 244-7347 View (786) 244-7347
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Lisa O'Shaughnessy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Canton, OH 44709  (Online Only)
Sometimes, you get so busy taking care of everything, everyone else, that you, well, fall to pieces. When you feel like you are too tired, you have no energy left, and you just cannot keep going like this... we might be just right to work together!
Sometimes, you get so busy taking care of everything, everyone else, that you, well, fall to pieces. When you feel like you are too tired, you have no energy left, and you just cannot keep going like this... we might be just right to work together!
(330) 594-9998 View (330) 594-9998
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Danny Miller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Canton, OH 44703  (Online Only)
Mental health problems don’t define who you are. They are something you experience. You walk in the rain and you feel the rain, but you are not the rain (Matt Haig). Danny is, above all, fully engaged in optimizing your well-being. He believes it is crucial to be totally engaged in patient interactions to really connect with you and provide the best care possible. When you see Danny for medication management, you have his undivided attention. As a patient-centered prescriber, he emphasizes practical, positive medical outcomes.
Mental health problems don’t define who you are. They are something you experience. You walk in the rain and you feel the rain, but you are not the rain (Matt Haig). Danny is, above all, fully engaged in optimizing your well-being. He believes it is crucial to be totally engaged in patient interactions to really connect with you and provide the best care possible. When you see Danny for medication management, you have his undivided attention. As a patient-centered prescriber, he emphasizes practical, positive medical outcomes.
(234) 204-3191 View (234) 204-3191
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Dr. Morgan Alexander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Canton, OH 44702  (Online Only)
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
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Angela R Combs
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Canton, OH 44718  (Online Only)
Hello! Book with me now through my website! I am a medication provider. I am excited to meet you and looking forward to the opportunity to work with you! I believe care is unique to each person and I believe that you deserve the privacy and respect you want. I know that sometimes it is overwhelming to speak to a new person or to tell your story over and over. I know that there are parts of your story that are not my business to ask. When we meet, I will ask you about the symptoms you are experiencing, how long the symptoms have lasted, and if there is a family history of people with these symptoms. Come as you are, let's talk.
Hello! Book with me now through my website! I am a medication provider. I am excited to meet you and looking forward to the opportunity to work with you! I believe care is unique to each person and I believe that you deserve the privacy and respect you want. I know that sometimes it is overwhelming to speak to a new person or to tell your story over and over. I know that there are parts of your story that are not my business to ask. When we meet, I will ask you about the symptoms you are experiencing, how long the symptoms have lasted, and if there is a family history of people with these symptoms. Come as you are, let's talk.
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ARC Psychiatry
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Canton, OH 44718  (Online Only)
We believe in positive behavioral health and improving quality of life by evaluating, treating, and managing a variety of mental health conditions. We support our patients through their current life difficulties and alleviate the stress of behavioral health symptoms by offering timely access to individual, holistic, and innovative care.
We believe in positive behavioral health and improving quality of life by evaluating, treating, and managing a variety of mental health conditions. We support our patients through their current life difficulties and alleviate the stress of behavioral health symptoms by offering timely access to individual, holistic, and innovative care.
(216) 208-5303 View (216) 208-5303
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Leslie Armstrong
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Canton, OH 44718
Compassionate provider to help you through your mental health struggles and guide you to living your best life!
Compassionate provider to help you through your mental health struggles and guide you to living your best life!
(330) 975-2616 View (330) 975-2616
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Candice Wood
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CNP
Verified Verified
Canton, OH 44703
I work with clients experiencing a variety of mental health conditions, such as anxiety, depression, impulsive behaviors, anger, insomnia, PTSD, panic disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, ADHD, dementia, Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD) disorder, and mental health symptoms during recovery from addiction. I offer both in office and telehealth appointments.
I work with clients experiencing a variety of mental health conditions, such as anxiety, depression, impulsive behaviors, anger, insomnia, PTSD, panic disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, ADHD, dementia, Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD) disorder, and mental health symptoms during recovery from addiction. I offer both in office and telehealth appointments.
(330) 295-2353 View (330) 295-2353
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Terri Mcnatt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, CNP
Verified Verified
Canton, OH 44707
I am a dedicated and compassionate Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with over 20 years of experience in mental health care. I possess a strong background in nursing and a deep commitment to improving the lives of my patients through evidence-based practice and empathetic care.
I am a dedicated and compassionate Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with over 20 years of experience in mental health care. I possess a strong background in nursing and a deep commitment to improving the lives of my patients through evidence-based practice and empathetic care.
(234) 602-4495 View (234) 602-4495
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Hakim Nuru
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Canton, OH 44714  (Online Only)
Are you ready to change? Are you ready to put in the work? Are you ready to go the distance to be the best you can be? I can help! I provide therapy with medication management in low doses for proven results. Together we can make changes that will last a lifetime. If you want to stop the cycle that you are in, visit our website and schedule an appointment now.
Are you ready to change? Are you ready to put in the work? Are you ready to go the distance to be the best you can be? I can help! I provide therapy with medication management in low doses for proven results. Together we can make changes that will last a lifetime. If you want to stop the cycle that you are in, visit our website and schedule an appointment now.
(330) 878-3638 View (330) 878-3638
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Canton, OH 44702  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients for telehealth visits in Ohio for psych evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours are available. Affordable out of pocket rates. Also Accepting some insurance plans.
Accepting new patients for telehealth visits in Ohio for psych evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours are available. Affordable out of pocket rates. Also Accepting some insurance plans.
(614) 347-0826 View (614) 347-0826
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Kathleen R Boughton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Canton, OH 44708  (Online Only)
My own healing journey was a long and seemingly slow journey, with little guidance I tried more techniques than I can recall to work my way out of victimhood and into empowerment. I knew inside I was going to one day “arrive” as a better version of myself…I just didn’t know when, or how. Everything began to change once I understood that, if I wanted to uncover a better version of myself, I needed to develop a way of listening to my own inner guide. As I learned to do this, I discovered I was capable of far more than what I had been experiencing in my life. I am interested in sharing with others that which transformed my life.
My own healing journey was a long and seemingly slow journey, with little guidance I tried more techniques than I can recall to work my way out of victimhood and into empowerment. I knew inside I was going to one day “arrive” as a better version of myself…I just didn’t know when, or how. Everything began to change once I understood that, if I wanted to uncover a better version of myself, I needed to develop a way of listening to my own inner guide. As I learned to do this, I discovered I was capable of far more than what I had been experiencing in my life. I am interested in sharing with others that which transformed my life.
(330) 597-9771 View (330) 597-9771
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VirtualPsych™
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Canton, OH 44711
VirtualPsych allows for telepsych healthcare remotely in an easy to use environment. Our physicians specialize in the treatment of conditions such as anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder and have over 30 years of experience in psychiatry and mental health. We accept a variety of insurance plans from providers including Aetna, CareSource and United Healthcare. We also cover most Medicaid and Medicare plans as well. We have appointments available on a daily basis and the time to see a physician is typically less than a few days. Please call us at (330) 222-3512 if you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment.
VirtualPsych allows for telepsych healthcare remotely in an easy to use environment. Our physicians specialize in the treatment of conditions such as anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder and have over 30 years of experience in psychiatry and mental health. We accept a variety of insurance plans from providers including Aetna, CareSource and United Healthcare. We also cover most Medicaid and Medicare plans as well. We have appointments available on a daily basis and the time to see a physician is typically less than a few days. Please call us at (330) 222-3512 if you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment.
(330) 222-3512 View (330) 222-3512

More Psychiatrists Nearby

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Linda Kimble
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
East Canton, OH 44730  (Online Only)
As a nurse practitioner with many years experience, I strive to provide collaborative care between my client and myself. I focus on listening to my clients and providing supportive care and empathy as well as quality medication management in an effort to help them set realistic goals, understand themselves, and to reach their full mental health potential. I have been a nurse in every level from LPN to MSN to Post Master MSN. I have a very broad educational base and have had experiences in nursing education, hospitals, nursing homes, and clinics as well as several years of telehealth services.
As a nurse practitioner with many years experience, I strive to provide collaborative care between my client and myself. I focus on listening to my clients and providing supportive care and empathy as well as quality medication management in an effort to help them set realistic goals, understand themselves, and to reach their full mental health potential. I have been a nurse in every level from LPN to MSN to Post Master MSN. I have a very broad educational base and have had experiences in nursing education, hospitals, nursing homes, and clinics as well as several years of telehealth services.
(234) 231-8022 View (234) 231-8022
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Dr. Kim Nguyen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
North Canton, OH 44720  (Online Only)
My schedule is full at this time - you are welcome to email or leave a voice message, but unless you are an established patient, I may not be able to respond for a number of months. Optimal mental health is the goal, not just the absence of disease. The body, mind, and environment operate as a whole. You can’t treat a symptom without addressing the root cause. Extra time allows me to be thorough, listen to your story without interrupting, and discuss treatment plans in detail. This allows me to provide higher quality care and enables you to feel heard and understood in a way you may never have felt before.
My schedule is full at this time - you are welcome to email or leave a voice message, but unless you are an established patient, I may not be able to respond for a number of months. Optimal mental health is the goal, not just the absence of disease. The body, mind, and environment operate as a whole. You can’t treat a symptom without addressing the root cause. Extra time allows me to be thorough, listen to your story without interrupting, and discuss treatment plans in detail. This allows me to provide higher quality care and enables you to feel heard and understood in a way you may never have felt before.
(234) 595-3473 View (234) 595-3473

Online Psychiatrists

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Ifeoma Uzoh-Anigbogu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43213
Ifeoma Uzoh-Anigbogu, PMHNP, offers a wide range of services to individuals of all ages, including children, adolescents, adults, and seniors. She provides medication management and individual therapy, helping her patients navigate complex mental health challenges and achieve greater emotional well-being. Ifeoma’s compassionate care and expertise spans a variety of specialties, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and PTSD/trauma. She is particularly passionate about addressing childhood behavior issues and helping individuals manage attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Ifeoma Uzoh-Anigbogu, PMHNP, offers a wide range of services to individuals of all ages, including children, adolescents, adults, and seniors. She provides medication management and individual therapy, helping her patients navigate complex mental health challenges and achieve greater emotional well-being. Ifeoma’s compassionate care and expertise spans a variety of specialties, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and PTSD/trauma. She is particularly passionate about addressing childhood behavior issues and helping individuals manage attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
(614) 412-1691 View (614) 412-1691
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Dr. Mallery Neff
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Beachwood, OH 44122
Triple board-certified physician in child psychiatry, pediatrics, and adult psychiatry specializing in guiding youth through challenging mental health challenges. If your child is acting out, expressing suicidal thoughts, or has experienced trauma, but lacks a formal diagnosis, I am here to help. By offering both diagnosis and targeted treatment, we ensure each teen receives the personalized care they need in a structured, nurturing environment.
Triple board-certified physician in child psychiatry, pediatrics, and adult psychiatry specializing in guiding youth through challenging mental health challenges. If your child is acting out, expressing suicidal thoughts, or has experienced trauma, but lacks a formal diagnosis, I am here to help. By offering both diagnosis and targeted treatment, we ensure each teen receives the personalized care they need in a structured, nurturing environment.
(216) 340-9591 View (216) 340-9591
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Shumeka Hill
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC, CPNP-AC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43230  (Online Only)
Relationship problems, struggles at work, and life events can challenge our ability to cope and ultimately to thrive in life. Patterns may emerge in your life that are confusing, that make you feel stuck, uncertain, and conflicted. Life transitions can tax our internal resources, and we may find ourselves lacking in fulfillment and happiness. Above all, I strive to support my clients to increase their life satisfaction, reduce their suffering, and strengthen their relationships and capacity for joy.
Relationship problems, struggles at work, and life events can challenge our ability to cope and ultimately to thrive in life. Patterns may emerge in your life that are confusing, that make you feel stuck, uncertain, and conflicted. Life transitions can tax our internal resources, and we may find ourselves lacking in fulfillment and happiness. Above all, I strive to support my clients to increase their life satisfaction, reduce their suffering, and strengthen their relationships and capacity for joy.
(312) 313-1527 View (312) 313-1527
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Anthony Koch
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Canfield, OH 44406  (Online Only)
Hi, I'm Anthony, a Psychiatric NP & owner of Feel Better & Co. Already know you want an appointment? Email us at the provided email so we can send a link to book an appointment. Unsure if we would be a match? Email us for a free phone call consultation to see if our goals align. We specialize in helping manage mental health challenges through personalized telehealth therapy. Whether you're struggling with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, or something else, we offer support & guidance. We emphasize a holistic team approach alongside medication if needed. Our goal is to help you feel better & live a more fulfilling life.
Hi, I'm Anthony, a Psychiatric NP & owner of Feel Better & Co. Already know you want an appointment? Email us at the provided email so we can send a link to book an appointment. Unsure if we would be a match? Email us for a free phone call consultation to see if our goals align. We specialize in helping manage mental health challenges through personalized telehealth therapy. Whether you're struggling with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, or something else, we offer support & guidance. We emphasize a holistic team approach alongside medication if needed. Our goal is to help you feel better & live a more fulfilling life.
(330) 331-6871 View (330) 331-6871

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Canton, OH

10+

Average cost per session

$100

Psychiatrists in Canton, OH who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
79% Trauma and PTSD
71% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
71% Bipolar Disorder
64% Medication Management
64% Self Esteem

Average years in practice

4 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
90% Cigna and Evernorth
70% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Canton, OH see their clients

71% Online Only
29% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

73% Female
27% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Canton?

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.