Psychiatrists in West Alexandria, OH

Lisa Goecke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, BSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West Alexandria, OH 45381
My goal is to help those seeking assistance in managing their mental health needs. I have experience treating depression, bipolar, anxiety and other mental health issues. I do understand that everyone is different and treatment varies per person. My approach is to discuss options for treatment and along with your input, find a treatment plan that is beneficial to you.
My goal is to help those seeking assistance in managing their mental health needs. I have experience treating depression, bipolar, anxiety and other mental health issues. I do understand that everyone is different and treatment varies per person. My approach is to discuss options for treatment and along with your input, find a treatment plan that is beneficial to you.
(937) 500-0308 View (937) 500-0308
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Nichole McCoy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
West Alexandria, OH 45381  (Online Only)
Hello there, I'm Nikki. Are you struggling with feelings of self-doubt and confusion, or even deal with the trap of negative self-talk. Do you feel overwhelmed and pulled in a thousand directions? Do you find it hard to fit in, struggle with relationships, balance life, work and your health? No motivation, feelings lonely, and struggling to get out of bed? Do you struggle sleeping too much or barely at all with a constant energy? You deserve a safe space to talk, heal, and get to the root cause of what is weighing you down.
Hello there, I'm Nikki. Are you struggling with feelings of self-doubt and confusion, or even deal with the trap of negative self-talk. Do you feel overwhelmed and pulled in a thousand directions? Do you find it hard to fit in, struggle with relationships, balance life, work and your health? No motivation, feelings lonely, and struggling to get out of bed? Do you struggle sleeping too much or barely at all with a constant energy? You deserve a safe space to talk, heal, and get to the root cause of what is weighing you down.
(937) 857-5558 View (937) 857-5558

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Dr. Allen Masry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Eaton, OH 45320
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
(614) 683-4245 View (614) 683-4245
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Nichole McCoy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Eaton, OH 45320
Are you struggling with feelings of self-doubt and confusion, or even deal with the trap of negative self-talk. Do you feel overwhelmed and pulled in a thousand directions, find it hard to fit in, struggle with relationships, balance life, work and your health? No motivation, feelings lonely, and struggling to get out of bed? Struggling sleeping too much or barely at all with a constant energy? You deserve a safe space to talk, heal, and get to the root of what is weighing you down. Reaching out for help can be scary and brave, and I am here to compassionately guide, encourage, and support you through med-management and therapy.
Are you struggling with feelings of self-doubt and confusion, or even deal with the trap of negative self-talk. Do you feel overwhelmed and pulled in a thousand directions, find it hard to fit in, struggle with relationships, balance life, work and your health? No motivation, feelings lonely, and struggling to get out of bed? Struggling sleeping too much or barely at all with a constant energy? You deserve a safe space to talk, heal, and get to the root of what is weighing you down. Reaching out for help can be scary and brave, and I am here to compassionately guide, encourage, and support you through med-management and therapy.
(937) 735-0246 View (937) 735-0246
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333 Therapeutics Consulting LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Eaton, OH 45320
Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, or other mental health concerns including treatment resistant depression? We have immediate availability for medication stabilization and therapy appointments. There is no wait! 333 Therapeutics Consulting LLC supports children, adolescents, adults, geriatric clients, including those with developmental delays and specials needs and their families. We incorporate evidence based medication management services with therapeutic interventions to help our clients and families suceed and improve their quality of life and mental health.
Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, or other mental health concerns including treatment resistant depression? We have immediate availability for medication stabilization and therapy appointments. There is no wait! 333 Therapeutics Consulting LLC supports children, adolescents, adults, geriatric clients, including those with developmental delays and specials needs and their families. We incorporate evidence based medication management services with therapeutic interventions to help our clients and families suceed and improve their quality of life and mental health.
(937) 400-2736 View (937) 400-2736
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Gerald Makobong
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARPN, PMHNP, CNP
Verified Verified
Eaton, OH 45320
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner fully licensed in Ohio. I have experience working with adult, adolescent, and geriatric populations in high-acuity inpatient and outpatient settings. In addition, I have experience assessing, diagnosing, educating, and treating mental health patients ages 5-99.
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner fully licensed in Ohio. I have experience working with adult, adolescent, and geriatric populations in high-acuity inpatient and outpatient settings. In addition, I have experience assessing, diagnosing, educating, and treating mental health patients ages 5-99.
(380) 208-1756 View (380) 208-1756

Online Psychiatrists

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Shannon Bucciarelli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, B-C
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43221
My ideal client would understand that the journey to wellness and recovery requires time, effort, and patience. They would be receptive to treatment suggestions which may include psychotherapy, behavioral interventions, and medication options. My patients would take an active role in their care, and engage in open and honest communication with their provider.
My ideal client would understand that the journey to wellness and recovery requires time, effort, and patience. They would be receptive to treatment suggestions which may include psychotherapy, behavioral interventions, and medication options. My patients would take an active role in their care, and engage in open and honest communication with their provider.
(614) 401-3541 View (614) 401-3541
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Cassandra Hazelrig
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West Chester, OH 45069
Welcoming New Patients to Encounter Wellness Mental Health Services! "And still, I rise.” —  Maya Angelou. Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma symptoms, or maybe you just do not feel like yourself? We are here to help you. Hello, I am Cassandra Hazelrig, a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. My work experience includes hospital and community mental health settings, serving patients with depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, PTSD, and other conditions.
Welcoming New Patients to Encounter Wellness Mental Health Services! "And still, I rise.” —  Maya Angelou. Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma symptoms, or maybe you just do not feel like yourself? We are here to help you. Hello, I am Cassandra Hazelrig, a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. My work experience includes hospital and community mental health settings, serving patients with depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, PTSD, and other conditions.
(513) 717-8149 View (513) 717-8149
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Tyneah Morris
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, CNP-BC, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Englewood, OH 45322
"There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn't." That is my mission statement and goal for all to understand that come in for help. Mental health is an important medical specialty, but is often overlooked. As a board- certified family and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner I am trained to assess, diagnose and treat the mental health needs of patients—such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder or substance abuse disorders. My patients receive patient centered care with ongoing treatment plans that are adjusted and specifically customized according to the need.
"There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn't." That is my mission statement and goal for all to understand that come in for help. Mental health is an important medical specialty, but is often overlooked. As a board- certified family and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner I am trained to assess, diagnose and treat the mental health needs of patients—such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder or substance abuse disorders. My patients receive patient centered care with ongoing treatment plans that are adjusted and specifically customized according to the need.
(937) 731-3918 View (937) 731-3918
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Heather Cypher
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
Miamisburg, OH 45342
Dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner here, committed to providing genuine and inclusive care. My focus lies in serving the LGBTQ community, utilizing holistic approaches to prioritize mental well-being. With a knack for skillful medication management across various mental health conditions, I integrate evidence-based practices into prescribing decisions. Beyond that, I'm committed to creating a warm and supportive space, aiming to build therapeutic relationships that empower individuals on their unique journey to mental health and overall wellness.
Dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner here, committed to providing genuine and inclusive care. My focus lies in serving the LGBTQ community, utilizing holistic approaches to prioritize mental well-being. With a knack for skillful medication management across various mental health conditions, I integrate evidence-based practices into prescribing decisions. Beyond that, I'm committed to creating a warm and supportive space, aiming to build therapeutic relationships that empower individuals on their unique journey to mental health and overall wellness.
(937) 709-5833 View (937) 709-5833
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Laura Schreckengost
Psychiatric Nurse, NP
Verified Verified
Mount Healthy, OH 45231  (Online Only)
Laura is married with one daughter and three beautiful granddaughters, has a dog, cat, cows, goats, and chickens. Laura enjoys spending time with her family, friends, reading, cooking, and being in nature. Laura is a family nurse practitioner who holds a post master’s certificate in psychiatric nursing. She provides a comprehensive, holistic, and compassionate evaluation and treatment plan. Her scope of practice as a nurse practitioner across the lifespan in both family practice and psychiatric illness, advocating for health promotion.
Laura is married with one daughter and three beautiful granddaughters, has a dog, cat, cows, goats, and chickens. Laura enjoys spending time with her family, friends, reading, cooking, and being in nature. Laura is a family nurse practitioner who holds a post master’s certificate in psychiatric nursing. She provides a comprehensive, holistic, and compassionate evaluation and treatment plan. Her scope of practice as a nurse practitioner across the lifespan in both family practice and psychiatric illness, advocating for health promotion.
(380) 221-8466 View (380) 221-8466
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Mike Hatesohl
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fairborn, OH 45324
Dr. Mike Hatesohl, MD Dr. Mike Hatesohl is a Psychiatrist in Ohio who has been practicing since 2023. Dr. Hatesohl seeks to treat a patient holistically, without judgement. He meets a patient where they are at and works together to develop a treatment plan that they both agree on. Dr. Mike Hatesohl emphasizes therapy in every appointment. Outside of work, Dr. Mike Hatesohl enjoys video games, exercising, reading history, trying new restaurants, and going for walks.
Dr. Mike Hatesohl, MD Dr. Mike Hatesohl is a Psychiatrist in Ohio who has been practicing since 2023. Dr. Hatesohl seeks to treat a patient holistically, without judgement. He meets a patient where they are at and works together to develop a treatment plan that they both agree on. Dr. Mike Hatesohl emphasizes therapy in every appointment. Outside of work, Dr. Mike Hatesohl enjoys video games, exercising, reading history, trying new restaurants, and going for walks.
(937) 745-2165 View (937) 745-2165
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Neema Mrisho
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43215  (Online Only)
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I am passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to adolescents and adults. I possess strong clinical skills enhanced by natural ability to build rapport with patients and families.
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I am passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to adolescents and adults. I possess strong clinical skills enhanced by natural ability to build rapport with patients and families.
(505) 370-7726 View (505) 370-7726
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Corey Lozier
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43235  (Online Only)
Do you struggle with brain fog, excessive worry, panic attacks, thoughts or behaviors you can't control, or feelings of sadness or hopelessness? As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I'm here to help. Prior to obtaining my advanced practice degree from Northern Kentucky University, I earned my Bachelors of Science in Nursing at Ohio University.
Do you struggle with brain fog, excessive worry, panic attacks, thoughts or behaviors you can't control, or feelings of sadness or hopelessness? As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I'm here to help. Prior to obtaining my advanced practice degree from Northern Kentucky University, I earned my Bachelors of Science in Nursing at Ohio University.
(614) 820-8916 View (614) 820-8916
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New Vistas for Women Integrative Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ACNS-BC, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43235
Stacey Molle (pronounced Moe-lay) is a Clinical Nurse Specialist and Nurse Practitioner that has 18 years of nursing experience and certification in both Family Practice and Psychiatric Mental Health. She has worked with people from all walks of life and realizes that she particularly identifies with women, LGBTQIA+, and neurodivergent persons. Even while providing comprehensive care, she has found that something is missing in traditional medicine. By focusing on care that identifies the ROOT cause of clients’ symptoms, she has found that her clients have better outcomes.
Stacey Molle (pronounced Moe-lay) is a Clinical Nurse Specialist and Nurse Practitioner that has 18 years of nursing experience and certification in both Family Practice and Psychiatric Mental Health. She has worked with people from all walks of life and realizes that she particularly identifies with women, LGBTQIA+, and neurodivergent persons. Even while providing comprehensive care, she has found that something is missing in traditional medicine. By focusing on care that identifies the ROOT cause of clients’ symptoms, she has found that her clients have better outcomes.
(380) 201-9553 View (380) 201-9553
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Thomas Crane
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cincinnati, OH 45249  (Online Only)
Dr. Thomas Crane is a board-certified psychiatrist who practices general adult psychiatry, with a special interest in managing depression, anxiety, OCD, and ADHD. He attended Calvin College for his Bachelor’s Degree and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine for his Medical Degree. He then completed his Residency in Psychiatry at Ohio State University. After spending six months serving the prison population, he is back to doing what he finds most rewarding, which is one-on-one outpatient psychiatry.
Dr. Thomas Crane is a board-certified psychiatrist who practices general adult psychiatry, with a special interest in managing depression, anxiety, OCD, and ADHD. He attended Calvin College for his Bachelor’s Degree and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine for his Medical Degree. He then completed his Residency in Psychiatry at Ohio State University. After spending six months serving the prison population, he is back to doing what he finds most rewarding, which is one-on-one outpatient psychiatry.
(513) 450-6805 View (513) 450-6805
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Emilie Breeding
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cincinnati, OH 45208
My passion is helping clients of all ages with medication management for ADHD, depression, anxiety, OCD, and mood disorders. I’m here to listen and collaborate with clients to help them feel like the best version of themselves.
My passion is helping clients of all ages with medication management for ADHD, depression, anxiety, OCD, and mood disorders. I’m here to listen and collaborate with clients to help them feel like the best version of themselves.
(513) 790-6960 View (513) 790-6960
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Richard Sanders
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cincinnati, OH 45249
Dr. Richard Sanders was born in Akron Ohio. He has lived in Ohio for most of his life. He has a BS in psychobiology from Centre College of Kentucky, an MS in biology from Akron University, and an MD from Wright State University. He completed residency in general psychiatry at University of Pittsburgh / Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in 1992. He has worked with active-duty military in the US Air Force, with military veterans in the VA, and with civilians in several settings. He has been active in research and teaching throughout his career.
Dr. Richard Sanders was born in Akron Ohio. He has lived in Ohio for most of his life. He has a BS in psychobiology from Centre College of Kentucky, an MS in biology from Akron University, and an MD from Wright State University. He completed residency in general psychiatry at University of Pittsburgh / Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in 1992. He has worked with active-duty military in the US Air Force, with military veterans in the VA, and with civilians in several settings. He has been active in research and teaching throughout his career.
(513) 957-3041 View (513) 957-3041
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ONE Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43215
Here at ONE we believe in providing individualized mental health care for every ONE. We understand that you are unique. We will value this uniqueness as part of your process towards mental, emotional, and psychological healing. Our providers are knowledgeable in the latest innovations in evidence-based care, while also allowing for opportunity to integrate specific care paths for your individual needs.
Here at ONE we believe in providing individualized mental health care for every ONE. We understand that you are unique. We will value this uniqueness as part of your process towards mental, emotional, and psychological healing. Our providers are knowledgeable in the latest innovations in evidence-based care, while also allowing for opportunity to integrate specific care paths for your individual needs.
(380) 220-7276 View (380) 220-7276
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Carol Smith
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Pickerington, OH 43147
Self-discovery and implementation of new habits and skills can be uncomfortable. My ideal client is someone who is ready to be uncomfortable and one who is dedicated to making an investment in their mental health. Having someone who is consistent with their care and transparent about their feelings and symptoms will lead to an efficient resolution of concerns and achieving goals.
Self-discovery and implementation of new habits and skills can be uncomfortable. My ideal client is someone who is ready to be uncomfortable and one who is dedicated to making an investment in their mental health. Having someone who is consistent with their care and transparent about their feelings and symptoms will lead to an efficient resolution of concerns and achieving goals.
(614) 683-3771 View (614) 683-3771

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Number of Psychiatrists in West Alexandria, OH

< 10

Psychiatrists in West Alexandria, OH who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Bipolar Disorder
50% Anxiety
50% Addiction
50% Child
50% ADHD
50% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Medicaid
100% Medicare

How Psychiatrists in West Alexandria, OH see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in West Alexandria?

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.