Psychiatrists in Parma, OH

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Rod Comforters, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Parma, OH 44134
**ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS!!** Do you feel hopeless, helpless, or as if your life has no purpose? Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then Welcome to Rod Comforters, LLC. At Rod Comforters, we believe that high quality mental health care is more than treating illness - it is a journey to achieving wellness. Our approach is to help clients form more effective strategies for managing stress so they can feel better, take control of their circumstances and recognize that the power to improve is in their hands.
**ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS!!** Do you feel hopeless, helpless, or as if your life has no purpose? Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then Welcome to Rod Comforters, LLC. At Rod Comforters, we believe that high quality mental health care is more than treating illness - it is a journey to achieving wellness. Our approach is to help clients form more effective strategies for managing stress so they can feel better, take control of their circumstances and recognize that the power to improve is in their hands.
(216) 930-1844 View (216) 930-1844
Jehan F. Helmi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Parma, OH 44134
Dr. Jehan Helmi is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist. She has extensive knowledge and training in psychotherapy and medication management. Her practice offers the latest Telepsychiatry, allowing you to visit with your doctor from the convenience of your home or work. Dr. Jehan Helmi's approach is unique and integrative, she believes in the person as 'the whole', and strives for a comprehensive evaluation, stepwise, and 'bio-psycho-social' model. With compassion, knowledge, and multidisciplinary collaboration.
Dr. Jehan Helmi is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist. She has extensive knowledge and training in psychotherapy and medication management. Her practice offers the latest Telepsychiatry, allowing you to visit with your doctor from the convenience of your home or work. Dr. Jehan Helmi's approach is unique and integrative, she believes in the person as 'the whole', and strives for a comprehensive evaluation, stepwise, and 'bio-psycho-social' model. With compassion, knowledge, and multidisciplinary collaboration.
(949) 478-1606 View (949) 478-1606
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Syed E Ahmed
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Parma, OH 44129
I have been practicing psychiatry for the last nearly 30 years and take great pride in my profession. I treat adults of all ages. My goal is to make the most accurate diagnosis possible, help my patients make the behavioral changes that would help them improve, treat them with the least amount of medication and keep them symptoms and side-effects free.
I have been practicing psychiatry for the last nearly 30 years and take great pride in my profession. I treat adults of all ages. My goal is to make the most accurate diagnosis possible, help my patients make the behavioral changes that would help them improve, treat them with the least amount of medication and keep them symptoms and side-effects free.
(440) 271-8492 View (440) 271-8492
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Parma, OH 44134  (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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Tameshia Wiggins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Parma, OH 44129
Hello, my name is Tameshia, and I am a dual certified nurse practitioner specializing in psychiatry and adult geriatric primary care. I am nationally certified by both the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. My focus is on adults throughout their life span, and I provide medication management and therapy. I work with adults aged 18 and up. I am comfortable treating patients who are dealing with symptoms related to depression, anxiety, insomnia, schizophrenia, addiction, weight issues, ADHD, bipolar disorder and more.
Hello, my name is Tameshia, and I am a dual certified nurse practitioner specializing in psychiatry and adult geriatric primary care. I am nationally certified by both the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. My focus is on adults throughout their life span, and I provide medication management and therapy. I work with adults aged 18 and up. I am comfortable treating patients who are dealing with symptoms related to depression, anxiety, insomnia, schizophrenia, addiction, weight issues, ADHD, bipolar disorder and more.
(440) 739-3024 View (440) 739-3024
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TelaMD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Parma, OH 44130
TelaMD offers Mental Health Care completely via telehealth. Speak with us on the phone or video chat with a provider at your convenience. We have a waiting period of only a few days and are currently accepting patients. Please call us at (216) 238-3555 if you would like to set up an appointment.
TelaMD offers Mental Health Care completely via telehealth. Speak with us on the phone or video chat with a provider at your convenience. We have a waiting period of only a few days and are currently accepting patients. Please call us at (216) 238-3555 if you would like to set up an appointment.
(216) 238-3555 View (216) 238-3555
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Lauren Mente
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Parma, OH 44129
My name is Lauren Mente, and I was born and raised in Ohio. I am a board-certified nurse practitioner in psychiatry and primary care. I received my first nursing degree as a registered nurse in 2001. I furthered my education at Ohio University in 2010 with a bachelor's in nursing, followed by a master's in nursing in 2013. My focus area as a NP has been in community mental health. I received my psychiatric mental health post-master's certification from Northern Kentucky University in 2021.
My name is Lauren Mente, and I was born and raised in Ohio. I am a board-certified nurse practitioner in psychiatry and primary care. I received my first nursing degree as a registered nurse in 2001. I furthered my education at Ohio University in 2010 with a bachelor's in nursing, followed by a master's in nursing in 2013. My focus area as a NP has been in community mental health. I received my psychiatric mental health post-master's certification from Northern Kentucky University in 2021.
(440) 762-7206 View (440) 762-7206
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Richelle Jenkins-Garrett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Parma, OH 44129
Richelle Jenkins-Garrett MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She is passionate about providing evidenced based, quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services across the lifespan. Her focus is on the treatment of mood disorders, trauma, psychotic disorders, substance abuse and chronic mental illness through psychiatric assessment, medication management and brief psychotherapeutic intervention for clients across the lifespan with focus in clients ages 18-65+.
Richelle Jenkins-Garrett MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She is passionate about providing evidenced based, quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services across the lifespan. Her focus is on the treatment of mood disorders, trauma, psychotic disorders, substance abuse and chronic mental illness through psychiatric assessment, medication management and brief psychotherapeutic intervention for clients across the lifespan with focus in clients ages 18-65+.
(440) 635-3447 View (440) 635-3447
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Danny Miller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Parma, OH 44129
Hello and welcome! My name is Danny Miller, and I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). My goal is to help people live their best lives through appropriate diagnosis and treatment options. My approach is holistic and patient-centered with a strong emphasis on diagnosis and appropriate treatment planning. I enjoy learning about my patients and helping to shape a plan that improves their quality of life as soon as possible. I work with multiple populations and treat many conditions including ADHD, Depressive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, and bipolar disorder.
Hello and welcome! My name is Danny Miller, and I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). My goal is to help people live their best lives through appropriate diagnosis and treatment options. My approach is holistic and patient-centered with a strong emphasis on diagnosis and appropriate treatment planning. I enjoy learning about my patients and helping to shape a plan that improves their quality of life as soon as possible. I work with multiple populations and treat many conditions including ADHD, Depressive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, and bipolar disorder.
(440) 701-5912 View (440) 701-5912
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Comprehensive minds LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Parma, OH 44129
Our experienced medical professionals put your healing needs first. We are proud to provide a high quality level of customer service, medical experience, and commitment to health and wellness to all of our patients. Our goal is to make you feel better as quickly as possible.
Our experienced medical professionals put your healing needs first. We are proud to provide a high quality level of customer service, medical experience, and commitment to health and wellness to all of our patients. Our goal is to make you feel better as quickly as possible.
(440) 554-0035 View (440) 554-0035
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Mark Tuvelle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Parma, OH 44129
Mark Tuvelle strives to provide a safe and welcoming environment and always wants to ensure that his clients feel they are “being listened to.” Mark believes a provider must truly listen to understand his client’s concerns, thus ensuring that their priorities are being addressed. He believes that communication lays the foundation for any effective partnership and that successful psychiatric care begins with open, honest, and genuine communication between provider and client, with an overall goal of helping the individual enhance all aspects of health and overall well-being using a holistic approach.
Mark Tuvelle strives to provide a safe and welcoming environment and always wants to ensure that his clients feel they are “being listened to.” Mark believes a provider must truly listen to understand his client’s concerns, thus ensuring that their priorities are being addressed. He believes that communication lays the foundation for any effective partnership and that successful psychiatric care begins with open, honest, and genuine communication between provider and client, with an overall goal of helping the individual enhance all aspects of health and overall well-being using a holistic approach.
(440) 553-8704 View (440) 553-8704
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Jennifer Seelie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Parma, OH 44130  (Online Only)
I am Psych NP who specializes in depressive disorders, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, OCD, ADHD, mood disorders, and addiction medicine.
I am Psych NP who specializes in depressive disorders, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, OCD, ADHD, mood disorders, and addiction medicine.
(513) 450-3752 View (513) 450-3752

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Camille Combs
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Cleveland, OH 44114  (Online Only)
Description “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light.” — Albus Dumbledore Hello, I am Camille and I want to say welcome! This is a huge accomplishment by taking the next step to a healthier you! It may feel scary just taking this step, however, the rewards of developing a healthier you are the most rewarding. And I am here to help in any way I can.
Description “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light.” — Albus Dumbledore Hello, I am Camille and I want to say welcome! This is a huge accomplishment by taking the next step to a healthier you! It may feel scary just taking this step, however, the rewards of developing a healthier you are the most rewarding. And I am here to help in any way I can.
(513) 951-8840 View (513) 951-8840
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Kerri Pearch
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, ENP, CNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Middleburg Heights, OH 44130  (Online Only)
Kerri Pearch is a Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMH-BC) with over 25 years nursing experience, including with Cleveland Clinic. She also holds certifications as a nurse practitioner in both family and emergency medicine. She has served as an adjunct professor at Aultman College of Nursing and Health Sciences and as a preceptor for Chamberlain University’s nurse practitioner program. Kerri's medical training has equipped her to provide excellent care and support to patients with chronic mental illnesses, cognitive impairment, and functional loss due to mental health issues.
Kerri Pearch is a Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMH-BC) with over 25 years nursing experience, including with Cleveland Clinic. She also holds certifications as a nurse practitioner in both family and emergency medicine. She has served as an adjunct professor at Aultman College of Nursing and Health Sciences and as a preceptor for Chamberlain University’s nurse practitioner program. Kerri's medical training has equipped her to provide excellent care and support to patients with chronic mental illnesses, cognitive impairment, and functional loss due to mental health issues.
(380) 600-8771 View (380) 600-8771
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Elizabeth Pfalzgraf
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Brecksville, OH 44141
Elizabeth Pfalzgraf earned her bachelor's degree in psychology and both bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from Kent State University. Certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, she has experience in outpatient, inpatient, and community mental health care and serves as an educator for undergraduate nursing. She sees ages 6 to 64 and specializes in anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, depressive disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), autism spectrum disorders (ASD), and schizophrenia.
Elizabeth Pfalzgraf earned her bachelor's degree in psychology and both bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from Kent State University. Certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, she has experience in outpatient, inpatient, and community mental health care and serves as an educator for undergraduate nursing. She sees ages 6 to 64 and specializes in anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, depressive disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), autism spectrum disorders (ASD), and schizophrenia.
(440) 616-8816 View (440) 616-8816
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Ingenious Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRNCNP, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cleveland, OH 44109
Accepting New Patients! Mental wellness is a lifelong journey and is a very important aspect of your overall health. Often times, one does not recognize signs of a mental illness or there is a lack of understanding about the many treatment options available. We offer service in two states: In-office or Telehealth (OHIO clients) and Telehealth only (ARIZONA clients). We also offer evening and weekend appointments!
Accepting New Patients! Mental wellness is a lifelong journey and is a very important aspect of your overall health. Often times, one does not recognize signs of a mental illness or there is a lack of understanding about the many treatment options available. We offer service in two states: In-office or Telehealth (OHIO clients) and Telehealth only (ARIZONA clients). We also offer evening and weekend appointments!
(937) 719-5741 View (937) 719-5741
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Amanda Lambert at Revive Counseling and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cleveland, OH 44115
Hi! My name is Amanda! I am committed to helping improve the mental health of my patients through both medication management and therapeutic intervention. My approach to mental health treatment focuses on treating each patient as an individual by diving into their personal history, concerns with medication, and goals of treatment to improve the patient’s overall quality of life.
Hi! My name is Amanda! I am committed to helping improve the mental health of my patients through both medication management and therapeutic intervention. My approach to mental health treatment focuses on treating each patient as an individual by diving into their personal history, concerns with medication, and goals of treatment to improve the patient’s overall quality of life.
(216) 294-3692 View (216) 294-3692
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Steve Pessefall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brecksville, OH 44141
Steve is Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (CNP) with a focus on providing treatment for a broad-spectrum of mental health disorders. He earned his Master of Science in Nursing Degree from The University of Akron and is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He has experience in inpatient, outpatient, as well as community mental health settings as a Nurse Practitioner and over 25 years of experience as a Registered Nurse working in psychiatric / behavioral health hospitals. Steve has also earned his credential for Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) from The University of Maryland.
Steve is Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (CNP) with a focus on providing treatment for a broad-spectrum of mental health disorders. He earned his Master of Science in Nursing Degree from The University of Akron and is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He has experience in inpatient, outpatient, as well as community mental health settings as a Nurse Practitioner and over 25 years of experience as a Registered Nurse working in psychiatric / behavioral health hospitals. Steve has also earned his credential for Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) from The University of Maryland.
(440) 530-6462 View (440) 530-6462
Scott F. Martin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cleveland, OH 44113
Greetings! I provide a full range of psychiatric care, focused on individuals' needs and often consisting of psychotherapy and/or medication treatment. I welcome your inquiries and would recommend meeting for an assessment and to establish a plan on how we can work together. My psychotherapeutic background is in psychodynamic and relational work with a holistic and humanistic approach. I have a particular interest in wellness practices and in the integration of psychedelics with medicine to expand the potential for psychotherapy.
Greetings! I provide a full range of psychiatric care, focused on individuals' needs and often consisting of psychotherapy and/or medication treatment. I welcome your inquiries and would recommend meeting for an assessment and to establish a plan on how we can work together. My psychotherapeutic background is in psychodynamic and relational work with a holistic and humanistic approach. I have a particular interest in wellness practices and in the integration of psychedelics with medicine to expand the potential for psychotherapy.
(216) 859-4304 View (216) 859-4304
Anthony Smartnick
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Brecksville, OH 44141
Dr. Smartnick holds lifetime certification from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He has more than 25 years of experience in inpatient, outpatient and private practice psychiatry working with adults. He earned his medical degree from Georgetown Medical School and served his residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland, where he was chief resident.
Dr. Smartnick holds lifetime certification from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He has more than 25 years of experience in inpatient, outpatient and private practice psychiatry working with adults. He earned his medical degree from Georgetown Medical School and served his residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland, where he was chief resident.
(440) 739-6200 View (440) 739-6200

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Parma, OH

10+

Average cost per session

$164

Psychiatrists in Parma, OH who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
92% Bipolar Disorder
83% ADHD
83% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
75% Trauma and PTSD
67% Addiction

Average years in practice

20 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
92% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Parma, OH see their clients

84% In Person and Online
16% Online Only

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Parma?

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.