Psychiatrists in Aiken, SC

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Patrick Wiita, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Aiken, SC 29801  (Online Only)
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Online Psychiatrists

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Jennifer Ramsey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Greenville, SC 29615
Jennifer Ramsey is a Nurse Practitioner in South Carolina who has been practicing since 2013. Jennifer offers patients a safe, welcoming environment for a range of services, including diagnosis and treatment of mental illness, medication management, psychotherapy, counseling, and support in coping with life stressors. Through her training and expertise, she can provide patients with a comprehensive and individualized approach to mental health care, helping them to achieve improved quality of life and functioning.
Jennifer Ramsey is a Nurse Practitioner in South Carolina who has been practicing since 2013. Jennifer offers patients a safe, welcoming environment for a range of services, including diagnosis and treatment of mental illness, medication management, psychotherapy, counseling, and support in coping with life stressors. Through her training and expertise, she can provide patients with a comprehensive and individualized approach to mental health care, helping them to achieve improved quality of life and functioning.
(864) 365-3723 View (864) 365-3723
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Doris Reid
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Greenville, SC 29615  (Online Only)
Doris Reid is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). Over the course of her 15 years in mental health care, she's treated adolescents, adults, and older adults suffering from a variety of mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, eating disorders, OCD, insomnia, trauma, PTSD, and alcohol abuse.
Doris Reid is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). Over the course of her 15 years in mental health care, she's treated adolescents, adults, and older adults suffering from a variety of mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, eating disorders, OCD, insomnia, trauma, PTSD, and alcohol abuse.
(864) 301-6147 View (864) 301-6147
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Sahil Talwar
Physician Assistant, PA-C, MBA
Verified Verified
Greenville, SC 29607
We do not require a referral and can typically see you in less than a week. Sahil Talwar is a physician assistant with 8 years of experience in emergency, inpatient and outpatient psychiatry. He is licensed in both South Carolina and North Carolina. He graduated from South College with his Master's in Physician Assistant studies in 2015. Sahil has utilized his experience by treating patients in both civilian and military settings. He is a Captain in the Army Reserves and has 15 years of military service. He is the owner of Carolina Psychiatry and Addiction Services.
We do not require a referral and can typically see you in less than a week. Sahil Talwar is a physician assistant with 8 years of experience in emergency, inpatient and outpatient psychiatry. He is licensed in both South Carolina and North Carolina. He graduated from South College with his Master's in Physician Assistant studies in 2015. Sahil has utilized his experience by treating patients in both civilian and military settings. He is a Captain in the Army Reserves and has 15 years of military service. He is the owner of Carolina Psychiatry and Addiction Services.
(704) 324-8177 View (704) 324-8177
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Patricia Carter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Columbia, SC 29201  (Online Only)
Patricia Carter is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner. With over 10 years of experience, she is knowledgeable in caring for and treating patients in inpatient, outpatient, crisis, and skilled long-term settings. She is actively involved in promoting recovery for those with mental illness, addiction, and trauma through the integration of innovative and evidence-based clinical practice and psychosocial needs.
Patricia Carter is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner. With over 10 years of experience, she is knowledgeable in caring for and treating patients in inpatient, outpatient, crisis, and skilled long-term settings. She is actively involved in promoting recovery for those with mental illness, addiction, and trauma through the integration of innovative and evidence-based clinical practice and psychosocial needs.
(980) 220-5911 View (980) 220-5911
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Jennifer Burger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Piedmont, SC 29673
Choosing a provider may be overwhelming and difficult. My goal is to offer a secure and accessible environment for patients to discuss their mental health concerns. I am a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner with full prescriptive authority.
Choosing a provider may be overwhelming and difficult. My goal is to offer a secure and accessible environment for patients to discuss their mental health concerns. I am a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner with full prescriptive authority.
(864) 351-4618 View (864) 351-4618
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Living Healthy Body and Mind
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbia, SC 29212
I am a licensed nurse practitioner with 14 years of professional experience who believes in empowering patients through compassionate and comprehensive care. My specialties include mental health and weight loss. Throughout my career, I observed how many patients ignore the body-mind connection, which can lead to mental health challenges. Oftentimes stress can be an underlying cause of weight gain and vice versa. It encouraged me to bridge the gap by focusing on psychotherapy and medication management. My patients receive practical guidance and individualized support to promote health and wellness.
I am a licensed nurse practitioner with 14 years of professional experience who believes in empowering patients through compassionate and comprehensive care. My specialties include mental health and weight loss. Throughout my career, I observed how many patients ignore the body-mind connection, which can lead to mental health challenges. Oftentimes stress can be an underlying cause of weight gain and vice versa. It encouraged me to bridge the gap by focusing on psychotherapy and medication management. My patients receive practical guidance and individualized support to promote health and wellness.
(803) 219-4116 View (803) 219-4116
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Kathleen Dubost
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Spartanburg, SC 29306
I help people dealing with anxiety or depression, as these are common but challenging conditions. You'll be treated with empathy and no judgment, focusing on you as an individual. Together, we’ll work on getting you back to your daily activities and hobbies, the things that bring joy and normalcy. Your goals are my goals, whether it’s improving wellness, incorporating exercise, or any personal objectives. We'll create a personalized plan to help you find balance and feel better, step by step.
I help people dealing with anxiety or depression, as these are common but challenging conditions. You'll be treated with empathy and no judgment, focusing on you as an individual. Together, we’ll work on getting you back to your daily activities and hobbies, the things that bring joy and normalcy. Your goals are my goals, whether it’s improving wellness, incorporating exercise, or any personal objectives. We'll create a personalized plan to help you find balance and feel better, step by step.
(864) 568-4804 View (864) 568-4804
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Julia Rodriguez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-
Verified Verified
Greenville, SC 29615
Julia Rodriguez is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in South Carolina who has been practicing since 2012. She has an undergraduate degree in Anthropology from the College of Charleston and a Master’s degree in Nursing from the Medical University of SC. Julia works with clients who suffer from a broad range of mental health disorders, including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, PTSD, and schizophrenia. She also works with clients struggling with overwhelming life difficulties, such the death of a loved one or the end of relationship.
Julia Rodriguez is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in South Carolina who has been practicing since 2012. She has an undergraduate degree in Anthropology from the College of Charleston and a Master’s degree in Nursing from the Medical University of SC. Julia works with clients who suffer from a broad range of mental health disorders, including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, PTSD, and schizophrenia. She also works with clients struggling with overwhelming life difficulties, such the death of a loved one or the end of relationship.
(864) 387-5721 View (864) 387-5721
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Sarah McNight
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Greenville, SC 29607
Ms. McNight began her career in mental health in 2011, working with crisis intervention and stabilization of patients with complex psychiatric needs in an inpatient psychiatric setting for 6 years. She is dual board-certified as both a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C). She completed a Master’s degree in Nursing from Clemson University in 2017 and holds a post-graduate degree in Advanced Practice Registered Nurse from Wilkes University. Prior to joining Sherbondy’s Psychiatric Solutions in 2020, Ms. McNight worked as a Nurse Practitioner in diverse specialty settings.
Ms. McNight began her career in mental health in 2011, working with crisis intervention and stabilization of patients with complex psychiatric needs in an inpatient psychiatric setting for 6 years. She is dual board-certified as both a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C). She completed a Master’s degree in Nursing from Clemson University in 2017 and holds a post-graduate degree in Advanced Practice Registered Nurse from Wilkes University. Prior to joining Sherbondy’s Psychiatric Solutions in 2020, Ms. McNight worked as a Nurse Practitioner in diverse specialty settings.
(864) 523-6776 View (864) 523-6776
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Timothy Allen Naumann
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Piedmont, SC 29673
I am a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. My career in medicine began when I joined the United States Army as a Medic. I earned a Bachelors of Nursing Science from University of South Carolina. While working as a Registered Nurse for inpatient facility I earned a Masters of Nursing Science from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. While working as a Family Nurse Practitioner i gained experience and a passion for helping patients with acute and chronic mental health diagnoses. I also have a passion for helping the men and women who wear the uniform, whether as a first responder or in defense of our nation.
I am a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. My career in medicine began when I joined the United States Army as a Medic. I earned a Bachelors of Nursing Science from University of South Carolina. While working as a Registered Nurse for inpatient facility I earned a Masters of Nursing Science from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. While working as a Family Nurse Practitioner i gained experience and a passion for helping patients with acute and chronic mental health diagnoses. I also have a passion for helping the men and women who wear the uniform, whether as a first responder or in defense of our nation.
(864) 514-5881 View (864) 514-5881
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Dr. Brad Wuerfel
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Greenville, SC 29615
Dr. Brad Wuerfel struggled with mental health symptoms during his adolescence and has received treatment that changed his life, ultimately pushing him into a mental health career. He is most passionate about educating patients about their conditions and helping them understand their diagnosis is not what defines them.
Dr. Brad Wuerfel struggled with mental health symptoms during his adolescence and has received treatment that changed his life, ultimately pushing him into a mental health career. He is most passionate about educating patients about their conditions and helping them understand their diagnosis is not what defines them.
(855) 724-1139 View (855) 724-1139
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Frame of Mind Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, LMFT, LPC
Verified Verified
Greenville, SC 29615
At Frame of Mind Psychiatry our clinicians and prescribers are passionate in working closely with one another for all patients receiving both therapy and medication management. Your clinician is also open to working with any of your healthcare providers that you deem important. We hold treatment team meetings to devise the best plan of treatment once per week, to make certain you are receiving the best possible treatment from every angle because we know that you are worth it!
At Frame of Mind Psychiatry our clinicians and prescribers are passionate in working closely with one another for all patients receiving both therapy and medication management. Your clinician is also open to working with any of your healthcare providers that you deem important. We hold treatment team meetings to devise the best plan of treatment once per week, to make certain you are receiving the best possible treatment from every angle because we know that you are worth it!
(864) 661-6209 View (864) 661-6209
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Joshua Werblin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lexington, SC 29072  (Online Only)
I service individuals of all ages who are seeking mental wellness. My patients may face a range of issues, including mood disorders, anxiety, addiction challenges, and other mental health concerns. I provide better understanding, relief from distress, improved coping skills, and overall well-being. My goal is to have them regain control over their lives, enhance their mental health, and find balance and fulfillment. I can help them feel better, understand themselves better, and navigate life's challenges with resilience and confidence.
I service individuals of all ages who are seeking mental wellness. My patients may face a range of issues, including mood disorders, anxiety, addiction challenges, and other mental health concerns. I provide better understanding, relief from distress, improved coping skills, and overall well-being. My goal is to have them regain control over their lives, enhance their mental health, and find balance and fulfillment. I can help them feel better, understand themselves better, and navigate life's challenges with resilience and confidence.
(803) 353-1230 View (803) 353-1230
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Christina L Blake
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Simpsonville, SC 29681
Accepting NEW patients with initial appointments typically within 72 hours. Christina is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner serving clients ages 13 and older utilizing integrative principles. She empowers her clients to take an active role in their treatment plan within a patient-centered relationship. Many of her clients are seeking integrative traditional and complimentary treatments to minimize the amount of psychiatric medications they are taking. She offers mental health support in unhurried appointments in which her clients feel heard, respected, and empowered.
Accepting NEW patients with initial appointments typically within 72 hours. Christina is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner serving clients ages 13 and older utilizing integrative principles. She empowers her clients to take an active role in their treatment plan within a patient-centered relationship. Many of her clients are seeking integrative traditional and complimentary treatments to minimize the amount of psychiatric medications they are taking. She offers mental health support in unhurried appointments in which her clients feel heard, respected, and empowered.
(864) 528-2531 View (864) 528-2531
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Law of Tranquility
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Summerville, SC 29485
Hello! I am Ryan Johnson, a dual certified Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC) who will be practicing in the Summerville area. My focus is the identification and treatment of various psychiatric conditions. It is my desire to serve those who are often overlooked or underserved.
Hello! I am Ryan Johnson, a dual certified Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC) who will be practicing in the Summerville area. My focus is the identification and treatment of various psychiatric conditions. It is my desire to serve those who are often overlooked or underserved.
(854) 842-3750 View (854) 842-3750
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William R. Hall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbia, SC 29201
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and have been working in mental health for several years now. I have experience with adult and geriatric patients, and specialize in Medication Management treating ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Insomnia and PTSD. As my client, you can expect to have a better understanding of the issues you may struggle with, and I will work with you to develop a mutually agreed upon treatment plan. All of my clients can expect to be treated with empathy, and without judgement. You may use my website link to book your appointment, or call for a free 15 minute phone consultation!
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and have been working in mental health for several years now. I have experience with adult and geriatric patients, and specialize in Medication Management treating ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Insomnia and PTSD. As my client, you can expect to have a better understanding of the issues you may struggle with, and I will work with you to develop a mutually agreed upon treatment plan. All of my clients can expect to be treated with empathy, and without judgement. You may use my website link to book your appointment, or call for a free 15 minute phone consultation!
(803) 590-0915 View (803) 590-0915
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Raynia McGee
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Columbia, SC 29201  (Online Only)
As a psychiatrist, I realize the challenges of finding a provider who is caring, compassionate and comprehensive in their care. My clinical background is in providing quality care in way that shows you are valued and understood. I specialize in providing medication management for mental health issues in a professional, thoughtful and non-judgemental environment.
As a psychiatrist, I realize the challenges of finding a provider who is caring, compassionate and comprehensive in their care. My clinical background is in providing quality care in way that shows you are valued and understood. I specialize in providing medication management for mental health issues in a professional, thoughtful and non-judgemental environment.
(803) 403-0190 View (803) 403-0190
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Ramesh Gihwala
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbia, SC 29204
Are you frustrated, discouraged and overwhelmed with all the choices and options you have for getting help? It can be discouraging when you feel like you've bounced around to different doctors and therapists and never experienced true relief for your symptoms. You don't want to deal with the hassle of multiple locations, multiple providers, and trying to get them to communicate about YOUR best treatment. You just want to get help for your issues, not field a bunch of different doctors offices. This is a common frustration in mental health treatment- you as the client don't get the best support because its spread out, not localized.
Are you frustrated, discouraged and overwhelmed with all the choices and options you have for getting help? It can be discouraging when you feel like you've bounced around to different doctors and therapists and never experienced true relief for your symptoms. You don't want to deal with the hassle of multiple locations, multiple providers, and trying to get them to communicate about YOUR best treatment. You just want to get help for your issues, not field a bunch of different doctors offices. This is a common frustration in mental health treatment- you as the client don't get the best support because its spread out, not localized.
(803) 828-0963 View (803) 828-0963
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Kimberly Parker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC, APRN
Verified Verified
18 Endorsed
Mauldin, SC 29662
It's important to find the right provider, who you can trust to walk with you. I'm open, caring, and create a nonjudgmental, empathetic space to work through life. Receiving the correct diagnosis, and understanding your symptoms and diagnosis will help you manage life better. My treatment takes a holistic approach. Sleep, nutrients, stress management, and exercise all affect our physical and mental health. I can prescribe medications and also recommend supplements to help improve symptoms. I've been a nurse practitioner for over 20 years, working with varying health conditions and clients across the lifespan.
It's important to find the right provider, who you can trust to walk with you. I'm open, caring, and create a nonjudgmental, empathetic space to work through life. Receiving the correct diagnosis, and understanding your symptoms and diagnosis will help you manage life better. My treatment takes a holistic approach. Sleep, nutrients, stress management, and exercise all affect our physical and mental health. I can prescribe medications and also recommend supplements to help improve symptoms. I've been a nurse practitioner for over 20 years, working with varying health conditions and clients across the lifespan.
(864) 774-5432 View (864) 774-5432

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Number of Psychiatrists in Aiken, SC

< 10

Psychiatrists in Aiken, SC who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Child
100% ADHD
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Behavioral Issues
100% Medication Management

Average years in practice

13 Years

How Psychiatrists in Aiken, SC see their clients

100% Online Only
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Aiken?

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.