Psychiatrists in Greenwood, SC

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Metropolitan Mobile Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, APRN, BC
Verified Verified
Greenwood, SC 29646
I have over 30 years experience in health care. I have been a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner for 8 years. I offer a judgment free environment
I have over 30 years experience in health care. I have been a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner for 8 years. I offer a judgment free environment
(864) 606-3142 View (864) 606-3142

Online Psychiatrists

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Dana Wiley
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Piedmont, SC 29673
As a psychiatrist who can prescribe medication, I also appreciate the importance of therapy in helping patients improve. While I do incorporate supportive therapy in my sessions, for those patients who may need more intensive counseling, I have both male & female therapists in my practice and work with a psychologist, Dr. Yadira Baez-Lockard who treats children, adults & families in addition to psychological testing, DSS & forensic work. I treat the most common psychiatric disorders, but also have Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners who appreciate the interface between medical and psychiatric disorders.
As a psychiatrist who can prescribe medication, I also appreciate the importance of therapy in helping patients improve. While I do incorporate supportive therapy in my sessions, for those patients who may need more intensive counseling, I have both male & female therapists in my practice and work with a psychologist, Dr. Yadira Baez-Lockard who treats children, adults & families in addition to psychological testing, DSS & forensic work. I treat the most common psychiatric disorders, but also have Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners who appreciate the interface between medical and psychiatric disorders.
(864) 506-8517 View (864) 506-8517
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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
Dr. Vanessa Thompson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, GNP-BC
Verified Verified
Greer, SC 29651
Are you feeling overwhelmed or constantly worried about your life. I am here to collaborate with you to establish an individualized plan of care that will help you restore and maintain your mental fitness. I am a Spartanburg native, and I received my graduate education from Clemson University, the University of South Carolina and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Anderson University. I have been a nurse practitioner for over a decade, and I hold dual board certifications in geriatrics and psychiatric mental healthcare. I have a diverse clinical background that includes gerontology, neurology, and psychiatry.
Are you feeling overwhelmed or constantly worried about your life. I am here to collaborate with you to establish an individualized plan of care that will help you restore and maintain your mental fitness. I am a Spartanburg native, and I received my graduate education from Clemson University, the University of South Carolina and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Anderson University. I have been a nurse practitioner for over a decade, and I hold dual board certifications in geriatrics and psychiatric mental healthcare. I have a diverse clinical background that includes gerontology, neurology, and psychiatry.
(864) 263-2653 View (864) 263-2653
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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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Upstate Mental Health, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Spartanburg, SC 29306
Now Accepting New Patients with Primary Care Provider Referral: Upstate Mental Health, LLC is owned and operated by a Professional Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, ANCC Board Certified, serving patients with a range of mental health diagnoses in an outpatient setting. Beyond outpatient services, we also offer free collaboration with local therapist and psychologist for the better care of patients within our community.
Now Accepting New Patients with Primary Care Provider Referral: Upstate Mental Health, LLC is owned and operated by a Professional Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, ANCC Board Certified, serving patients with a range of mental health diagnoses in an outpatient setting. Beyond outpatient services, we also offer free collaboration with local therapist and psychologist for the better care of patients within our community.
(864) 971-3740 View (864) 971-3740
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Clarence Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
Columbia, SC 29201  (Online Only)
www.reflectivemindsmw.com. Visit my website to request an appointment! Openings within the week! Now treating ADHD! As a compassionate and highly-skilled psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am committed to providing exceptional care to individuals who are struggling with mental health issues. I have extensive training and experience in diagnosing and treating a wide range of mental health disorders, and I strive to empower my patients to achieve optimal mental wellness and improve their overall quality of life.
www.reflectivemindsmw.com. Visit my website to request an appointment! Openings within the week! Now treating ADHD! As a compassionate and highly-skilled psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am committed to providing exceptional care to individuals who are struggling with mental health issues. I have extensive training and experience in diagnosing and treating a wide range of mental health disorders, and I strive to empower my patients to achieve optimal mental wellness and improve their overall quality of life.
(301) 478-8609 View (301) 478-8609
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Ken Nicholson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Seneca, SC 29678
I provide a positive and goal oriented plan including wellness and/or medication management for a variety of mental health disorders ages six years and older. Treatment for: Mood, ADHD, OCD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, PTSD, Major Depressive Disorder, Adjustment Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Bipolar, Borderline, Schizophrenia, Psychosis, Addiction, Dementia, Autism Spectrum Disorder and Sleep Disorders. I also utilize assessment tools and lab testing as needed to help manage or adjust symptoms disrupting your daily life. I also offer lifestyle and wellness services.
I provide a positive and goal oriented plan including wellness and/or medication management for a variety of mental health disorders ages six years and older. Treatment for: Mood, ADHD, OCD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, PTSD, Major Depressive Disorder, Adjustment Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Bipolar, Borderline, Schizophrenia, Psychosis, Addiction, Dementia, Autism Spectrum Disorder and Sleep Disorders. I also utilize assessment tools and lab testing as needed to help manage or adjust symptoms disrupting your daily life. I also offer lifestyle and wellness services.
(864) 732-6116 View (864) 732-6116
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Total Care Psychiatry LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Easley, SC 29640  (Online Only)
As a telehealth company, Total Care Psychiatry focuses on providing comprehensive psychiatric treatment to patients in the comfort of their home. We will work closely with your primary care provider to assure quality care and limit the over prescribing of medications. We aim to provide evidence-based care with proven positive outcomes. Forensic Psychiatry services are also available by a board-certified Forensic Psychiatrist. A board-certified clinical pharmacist, Dr. Katie Touma, is also available for medication consultation and to review your response to medications.
As a telehealth company, Total Care Psychiatry focuses on providing comprehensive psychiatric treatment to patients in the comfort of their home. We will work closely with your primary care provider to assure quality care and limit the over prescribing of medications. We aim to provide evidence-based care with proven positive outcomes. Forensic Psychiatry services are also available by a board-certified Forensic Psychiatrist. A board-certified clinical pharmacist, Dr. Katie Touma, is also available for medication consultation and to review your response to medications.
(864) 572-7687 View (864) 572-7687
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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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Shatarra T Salley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Spartanburg, SC 29306
My ideal client is looking for a provider that understands the signs, symptoms, and any associated factors of life that have brought on a change to their mental state or condition. As your mental health provider, I'll perform an initial screening to gather more background information and learn about you, and I enjoy taking this time to know each patient individually. You'll have the opportunity to express your preferences in regard to managing your mental health, and I'll work with you to develop an individual treatment plan based on your needs and concerns.
My ideal client is looking for a provider that understands the signs, symptoms, and any associated factors of life that have brought on a change to their mental state or condition. As your mental health provider, I'll perform an initial screening to gather more background information and learn about you, and I enjoy taking this time to know each patient individually. You'll have the opportunity to express your preferences in regard to managing your mental health, and I'll work with you to develop an individual treatment plan based on your needs and concerns.
(864) 702-2520 View (864) 702-2520
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Patricia Banke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, DSL, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Greer, SC 29651  (Online Only)
I am an Adult ADHD specialist. I understand the negative impact it has on a clients' life when left untreated. Many times adults with ADHD go most of their lives not recognizing their need for treatment because they have managed to move through life and get by. At some point, they realize certain things are harder for them than they seem to be for others. My clients come to me after they have begun to recognize they could use help. I look forward each day to working with my clients to maximize their abilities and engage life in a way that allows them to optimize their potential.
I am an Adult ADHD specialist. I understand the negative impact it has on a clients' life when left untreated. Many times adults with ADHD go most of their lives not recognizing their need for treatment because they have managed to move through life and get by. At some point, they realize certain things are harder for them than they seem to be for others. My clients come to me after they have begun to recognize they could use help. I look forward each day to working with my clients to maximize their abilities and engage life in a way that allows them to optimize their potential.
(864) 740-3908 View (864) 740-3908
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Chrissie Marie Middleton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Greenville, SC 29615  (Online Only)
Thank you for visting my page. I am Dr. Chrissie Middleton, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have been in healthcare for the last thirty years and I have practiced as a family medicine provider for the last 15 years. Within my role as a family healthcare practitioner, I have cared for many clients with anxiety, depression, and post traumatic stress disorder.
Thank you for visting my page. I am Dr. Chrissie Middleton, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have been in healthcare for the last thirty years and I have practiced as a family medicine provider for the last 15 years. Within my role as a family healthcare practitioner, I have cared for many clients with anxiety, depression, and post traumatic stress disorder.
(864) 375-6604 View (864) 375-6604
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Dr. Joan M Burns
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Columbia, SC 29206  (Online Only)
I provide care to patients (14 and older) with a wide range of mental health concerns, specializing in mood disorders such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder, as well as psychotic, neurocognitive and neurodevelopmental disorders, ADHD, and OCD. I also provide prenatal, perinatal, and postpartum psychiatric care.
I provide care to patients (14 and older) with a wide range of mental health concerns, specializing in mood disorders such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder, as well as psychotic, neurocognitive and neurodevelopmental disorders, ADHD, and OCD. I also provide prenatal, perinatal, and postpartum psychiatric care.
(321) 450-8172 View (321) 450-8172
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Peter A. Bertelli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lake Wylie, SC 29710
Ready to embrace change and transform your mental health journey? Are you feeling stuck in old patterns that no longer serve you? Is anxiety or depression overshadowing your daily life? If you're considering a holistic approach to mental health or questioning the effectiveness of your current medications, you're in the right place.
Ready to embrace change and transform your mental health journey? Are you feeling stuck in old patterns that no longer serve you? Is anxiety or depression overshadowing your daily life? If you're considering a holistic approach to mental health or questioning the effectiveness of your current medications, you're in the right place.
(803) 913-5128 View (803) 913-5128
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Julia Rodriguez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Greenville, SC 29615  (Online Only)
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and I work with clients who suffer from depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, PTSD, and schizophrenia. I also work with clients struggling with overwhelming life difficulties, such the death of a loved one or the end of relationship. My approach to care is tailored to your needs and may include medication, nutritional supplementation, and therapy. If you desire, we may incorporate your loved ones in your treatment to help them learn to support you on the pathway to recovery.
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and I work with clients who suffer from depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, PTSD, and schizophrenia. I also work with clients struggling with overwhelming life difficulties, such the death of a loved one or the end of relationship. My approach to care is tailored to your needs and may include medication, nutritional supplementation, and therapy. If you desire, we may incorporate your loved ones in your treatment to help them learn to support you on the pathway to recovery.
(843) 970-9955 View (843) 970-9955
Amanda Joy Bentley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cleveland, SC 29635  (Online Only)
My practice is one that is personalized and focused on the individual needs of the client. Not all situations or backgrounds are alike. This can lead to different experiences. As an open-minded, down to earth person, I am here to walk with you through this journey and provide support along the way.
My practice is one that is personalized and focused on the individual needs of the client. Not all situations or backgrounds are alike. This can lead to different experiences. As an open-minded, down to earth person, I am here to walk with you through this journey and provide support along the way.
(864) 977-4215 View (864) 977-4215
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Sarah Elizabeth Hamby
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Greenville, SC 29607
I am a native of Upstate SC and am a board certified FNP with 14 years of experience in the medical field ranging from pediatrics to adult ICUs. I am honored to serve all age populations of the Upstate, from children to matured adults, who suffer from a variety of psychiatric disorders. These disorders include ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar 1 and 2, OCD, schizoaffective disorder and schizophrenia. As a wife of a Marine Corps Veteran who suffers from PTSD, I have an intense desire to assist those who are looking to improve their quality of life and better manage their psychiatric disorders.
I am a native of Upstate SC and am a board certified FNP with 14 years of experience in the medical field ranging from pediatrics to adult ICUs. I am honored to serve all age populations of the Upstate, from children to matured adults, who suffer from a variety of psychiatric disorders. These disorders include ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar 1 and 2, OCD, schizoaffective disorder and schizophrenia. As a wife of a Marine Corps Veteran who suffers from PTSD, I have an intense desire to assist those who are looking to improve their quality of life and better manage their psychiatric disorders.
(864) 740-4176 View (864) 740-4176
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M. Brian Hendricks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Greenville, SC 29607
I concentrate on integrative psychiatry to understand you as a whole person. This allows you and I the ability to identify and treat the underlying causes of your condition, so we can move beyond just covering up symptoms with psychiatric medications and achieve profound life changes. We will often concentrate on nutrition, stress management, sleep and rest, work-life balance, movement, spirituality, relationships and community, personal development, mind-body connection, and healthy environment as ways to decrease polypharmacy.
I concentrate on integrative psychiatry to understand you as a whole person. This allows you and I the ability to identify and treat the underlying causes of your condition, so we can move beyond just covering up symptoms with psychiatric medications and achieve profound life changes. We will often concentrate on nutrition, stress management, sleep and rest, work-life balance, movement, spirituality, relationships and community, personal development, mind-body connection, and healthy environment as ways to decrease polypharmacy.
(864) 668-8193 View (864) 668-8193
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Mary Goldin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-
Verified Verified
Rock Hill, SC 29732
Mary Goldin is an energetic, compassionate, and passionate board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who goes beyond traditional methods to focus on the complete well-being of each individual across the lifespan. Mary meets each person where they are in life, helping to build that bridge to where they strive to be.
Mary Goldin is an energetic, compassionate, and passionate board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who goes beyond traditional methods to focus on the complete well-being of each individual across the lifespan. Mary meets each person where they are in life, helping to build that bridge to where they strive to be.
(803) 886-9313 View (803) 886-9313

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Number of Psychiatrists in Greenwood, SC

< 10

Psychiatrists in Greenwood, SC who prioritize treating:

100% Relationship Issues
100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Addiction
100% Child
100% Geriatric and Seniors
100% Grief

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BHS | Behavioral Health Systems
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Greenwood, SC see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Greenwood?

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.