Psychiatrists in Rock Hill, SC

Photo of Sharon Brown - WeCare Health and Community Services LLC, FNP-C, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
WeCare Health and Community Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rock Hill, SC 29732
I am a personable provider who is able to successfully establish therapeutic relationships while providing medication management and therapeutic services with patients.
I am a personable provider who is able to successfully establish therapeutic relationships while providing medication management and therapeutic services with patients.
(803) 882-2046 View (803) 882-2046
Photo of Mary Goldin, MSN,  PMHNP-, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
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
Photo of Rebecca Merli, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Rebecca Merli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rock Hill, SC 29730  (Online Only)
Rebecca Merli is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), with over 25 years of experience working in psychiatry. She is experienced in treating both the child/adolescent and adult population of patients needing assistance with mental health diagnosis and medication management. Rebecca does not perform traditional psychotherapy but will incorporate brief psychotherapy into scheduled appointments. Rebecca understands that each person is a unique individual who deserves the time and respect of being heard and will give each patient her individual attention to address their specific needs.
Rebecca Merli is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), with over 25 years of experience working in psychiatry. She is experienced in treating both the child/adolescent and adult population of patients needing assistance with mental health diagnosis and medication management. Rebecca does not perform traditional psychotherapy but will incorporate brief psychotherapy into scheduled appointments. Rebecca understands that each person is a unique individual who deserves the time and respect of being heard and will give each patient her individual attention to address their specific needs.
(803) 721-2914 View (803) 721-2914
Photo of Liz Alexander, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Liz Alexander
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rock Hill, SC 29732
Dr. Liz Alexander is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in South Carolina who has been practicing since 2010. Dr. Liz earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Northeastern University where her PhD thesis focused on improving the quality care of opioid-dependent patients in primary care with Vivitrol injections. Dr. Liz has worked as a Nurse Practitioner in an Urgent Care and Primary Care Clinics in Boston, Massachusetts, where she developed a special expertise in addiction medicine. She is authorized to treat opioid dependency with buprenorphine in South Carolina.
Dr. Liz Alexander is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in South Carolina who has been practicing since 2010. Dr. Liz earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Northeastern University where her PhD thesis focused on improving the quality care of opioid-dependent patients in primary care with Vivitrol injections. Dr. Liz has worked as a Nurse Practitioner in an Urgent Care and Primary Care Clinics in Boston, Massachusetts, where she developed a special expertise in addiction medicine. She is authorized to treat opioid dependency with buprenorphine in South Carolina.
(803) 525-0982 View (803) 525-0982
Photo of Gundu Reddy, MD, MBBS, Psychiatrist
Gundu Reddy
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Rock Hill, SC 29730  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist in South Carolina. I have trained in Psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family and Marital therapy, as well as Psychiatric Medication Management. I have always believed that brain health is the key to every form of well being and every individual regardless of their diagnosis or symptoms has the potential to be healthier. Whether your reasons for seeking treatment include treatment-resistant hallucinations, persistent irritability, dysphoria, insomnia, wanting to perform better at work- the core principles of treatment are often similar.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist in South Carolina. I have trained in Psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family and Marital therapy, as well as Psychiatric Medication Management. I have always believed that brain health is the key to every form of well being and every individual regardless of their diagnosis or symptoms has the potential to be healthier. Whether your reasons for seeking treatment include treatment-resistant hallucinations, persistent irritability, dysphoria, insomnia, wanting to perform better at work- the core principles of treatment are often similar.
(803) 675-7882 View (803) 675-7882
Photo of Michele Reina, PHMNP, -BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Michele Reina
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PHMNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Rock Hill, SC 29730  (Online Only)
Michele is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PHMNP-BC) with more than 17 years of experience working with adults who are suffering from anxiety, depression, stress management, adjustment difficulties, OCD, PTSD, and substance abuse. She is hard-working, compassionate, and empathic with a commitment to providing the best mental health care services to individuals. Michele obtained her Bachelor's degree in Nursing from Daemen College and completed her Master's degree in Nursing from the University of South Carolina.
Michele is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PHMNP-BC) with more than 17 years of experience working with adults who are suffering from anxiety, depression, stress management, adjustment difficulties, OCD, PTSD, and substance abuse. She is hard-working, compassionate, and empathic with a commitment to providing the best mental health care services to individuals. Michele obtained her Bachelor's degree in Nursing from Daemen College and completed her Master's degree in Nursing from the University of South Carolina.
(803) 882-3861 View (803) 882-3861
Photo of Kelly Svedberg - The Mind Wellness Center, LLC Kelly Svedberg , PA-C, Physician Assistant
The Mind Wellness Center, LLC Kelly Svedberg
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rock Hill, SC 29730
Waitlist for new clients
The goal of treatment will be the remission of your unwanted symptoms and to stabilize your moods and to improve attention, focus, concentration/motivation. I use an integrative approach with targeted medication and competent therapy. I can be reached online at www.themindwellnesscenter.com or by telephone at 704-350-5885
The goal of treatment will be the remission of your unwanted symptoms and to stabilize your moods and to improve attention, focus, concentration/motivation. I use an integrative approach with targeted medication and competent therapy. I can be reached online at www.themindwellnesscenter.com or by telephone at 704-350-5885
(803) 310-2795 View (803) 310-2795
Photo of Patrick Harmon, MD, Psychiatrist
Patrick Harmon
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Rock Hill, SC 29730
Dr. Patrick Harmon is a Psychiatrist in South Carolina who has been practicing since 2011. Dr. Harmon enjoys providing medication management with a therapeutic mindset. Outside of work, Dr. Harmon enjoys spending time with his family, and hiking and mountaineering in the mountains of NC and TN.
Dr. Patrick Harmon is a Psychiatrist in South Carolina who has been practicing since 2011. Dr. Harmon enjoys providing medication management with a therapeutic mindset. Outside of work, Dr. Harmon enjoys spending time with his family, and hiking and mountaineering in the mountains of NC and TN.
(803) 471-4614 View (803) 471-4614
Photo of Treasure Vaughn, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Treasure Vaughn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rock Hill, SC 29732
Treasure Vaughn is a Nurse Practitioner in South Carolina who has been practicing since 2021. She graduated with her Master's of Science from Ohio University with a focus in Psychiatric Mental health Nursing. Treasure has more than 15 years of experience in mental health. She is enthusiastic about her career and helping others. She has a lot of passion for mental health and human behaviors. Outside of work, Treasure loves spending time with her family and friends, trying new recipes, traveling, and photography.
Treasure Vaughn is a Nurse Practitioner in South Carolina who has been practicing since 2021. She graduated with her Master's of Science from Ohio University with a focus in Psychiatric Mental health Nursing. Treasure has more than 15 years of experience in mental health. She is enthusiastic about her career and helping others. She has a lot of passion for mental health and human behaviors. Outside of work, Treasure loves spending time with her family and friends, trying new recipes, traveling, and photography.
(803) 770-5102 View (803) 770-5102
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Bret Guidry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Rock Hill, SC 29732
Dr. Guidry graduated from LSU Medical School in New Orleans. He completed his psychiatry residency training in Augusta Georgia. He is uniquely qualified a psychiatrist and a surgeon. Dr. Guidry is board certified in Psychiatry and OBGYN. His specialties include the treatment of depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, sexual disorders, anger management, sexual assault, and trauma. Dr. Guidry is a combat veteran, who retired from the United States Army after 25 years of service. He enjoys spending time with his family, writing novels, playing his guitar, and riding his motorcycle on mountain backroads.
Dr. Guidry graduated from LSU Medical School in New Orleans. He completed his psychiatry residency training in Augusta Georgia. He is uniquely qualified a psychiatrist and a surgeon. Dr. Guidry is board certified in Psychiatry and OBGYN. His specialties include the treatment of depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, sexual disorders, anger management, sexual assault, and trauma. Dr. Guidry is a combat veteran, who retired from the United States Army after 25 years of service. He enjoys spending time with his family, writing novels, playing his guitar, and riding his motorcycle on mountain backroads.
(980) 372-8112 View (980) 372-8112
Photo of Melissa Pate, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Melissa Pate
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Rock Hill, SC 29730  (Online Only)
Melissa is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner (NP). She has worked to manage a wide variety of mental health concerns such as crisis intervention, depression, anxiety, ADHD, school and social issues, personality disorders, adjustment disorders, caregiver fatigue, and addiction disorders. She is easy to talk to and helps you feel comfortable with sharing in order to best manage your mental and emotional health. She is compassionate in providing comprehensive mental health services to all ages. Melissa's role as a PMHNP includes medication manager, therapist, educator, and mental health advocate.
Melissa is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner (NP). She has worked to manage a wide variety of mental health concerns such as crisis intervention, depression, anxiety, ADHD, school and social issues, personality disorders, adjustment disorders, caregiver fatigue, and addiction disorders. She is easy to talk to and helps you feel comfortable with sharing in order to best manage your mental and emotional health. She is compassionate in providing comprehensive mental health services to all ages. Melissa's role as a PMHNP includes medication manager, therapist, educator, and mental health advocate.
(803) 974-8867 View (803) 974-8867
Photo of Samantha Suffren - Women's Transitional Healthcare, MD, DFAPA, Psychiatrist
Women's Transitional Healthcare
Psychiatrist, MD, DFAPA
Verified Verified
Rock Hill, SC 29732
We are a Women's Mental Health clinic that focuses on helping women through their hormonal life transitions. We work closely with your OB/GYN and provide you with other resource options to help you reach your goals.
We are a Women's Mental Health clinic that focuses on helping women through their hormonal life transitions. We work closely with your OB/GYN and provide you with other resource options to help you reach your goals.
(704) 675-7013 View (704) 675-7013
Photo of Violeta Nistor, MD, Psychiatrist
Violeta Nistor
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rock Hill, SC 29734
If you are here it means you are ready to start your new life today. My strength is finding the right approach for you, finding the balance between your medical and psychiatric problems for the best outcome available. Here you can safely start your journey to YOU. No matter what your struggles are, I am here with no judgment, just acceptance, readiness to listen and to understand your story.
If you are here it means you are ready to start your new life today. My strength is finding the right approach for you, finding the balance between your medical and psychiatric problems for the best outcome available. Here you can safely start your journey to YOU. No matter what your struggles are, I am here with no judgment, just acceptance, readiness to listen and to understand your story.
(864) 668-2079 View (864) 668-2079
Photo of Patricia Carter, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Patricia Carter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rock Hill, SC 29732  (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
Photo of Laura Harvey Nazzaro - Pediatric and Family Behavioral Health, PMHNP, MSN, Psychiatric Nurse
Pediatric and Family Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rock Hill, SC 29730
Laura Nazzaro, PMHNP has over 10 years experience in the field of Psychiatric Mental-Health Nursing and received certification as a Child/Adolescent Psychiatric/Mental Health and Family Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2011. She received her Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Psychology from Boston University and her Master of Science in Nursing degree from University of Illinois at Chicago with an emphasis on evaluation, assessment, diagnosis and medication management of a wide range of psychiatric/mental health disorders.
Laura Nazzaro, PMHNP has over 10 years experience in the field of Psychiatric Mental-Health Nursing and received certification as a Child/Adolescent Psychiatric/Mental Health and Family Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2011. She received her Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Psychology from Boston University and her Master of Science in Nursing degree from University of Illinois at Chicago with an emphasis on evaluation, assessment, diagnosis and medication management of a wide range of psychiatric/mental health disorders.
(704) 327-0609 View (704) 327-0609
Photo of Micah Bright, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Micah Bright
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rock Hill, SC 29730
Micah Bright is an ANCC board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Her 10 years of nursing includes a range of experiences from stabilizing patients in the emergency department, to implementing long-term treatments and recovery plans for patients in the inpatient psychiatric hospital setting.
Micah Bright is an ANCC board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Her 10 years of nursing includes a range of experiences from stabilizing patients in the emergency department, to implementing long-term treatments and recovery plans for patients in the inpatient psychiatric hospital setting.
(704) 981-6717 View (704) 981-6717

More Psychiatrists Nearby

Photo of Peter A. Bertelli, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Peter A. Bertelli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Mill, SC 29715
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
Photo of Jennifer Segura, MD, Psychiatrist
Jennifer Segura
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Mill, SC 29715
My goal is to provide compassionate, non-judgmental, comprehensive, high quality care tailored to meet your individual needs. You need someone who is patient, willing to listen and to take the time to understand what you are going through. I will take the time to get to know you, to answer your questions, and to learn about your goals related to relationships and family, support networks, work, personal interests, spirituality, quality of life, physical health and wellness. Together we can decide on a plan that works for you.
My goal is to provide compassionate, non-judgmental, comprehensive, high quality care tailored to meet your individual needs. You need someone who is patient, willing to listen and to take the time to understand what you are going through. I will take the time to get to know you, to answer your questions, and to learn about your goals related to relationships and family, support networks, work, personal interests, spirituality, quality of life, physical health and wellness. Together we can decide on a plan that works for you.
(919) 800-0584 View (919) 800-0584
Photo of Lindsey Bauman - Mettā Vita Health, LLC, CPNP-PC, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Mettā Vita Health, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CPNP-PC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fort Mill, SC 29708
Fostering healing, resiliency, mindfulness, and healthy relationships. We help you gain control of the issues affecting your life. Our practice truly values people – your experiences, feelings, relationships, and unique lives. Our goal is to look at the big picture and treat each person and family holistically, uniquely, and wholeheartedly. Healthy habits and self-awareness are integral to our approach. Our in-depth evaluation process helps us get to the root of the problem. Our next step is to help you gain the necessary insight to move forward. Together we tailor a detailed treatment plan specific to your needs.
Fostering healing, resiliency, mindfulness, and healthy relationships. We help you gain control of the issues affecting your life. Our practice truly values people – your experiences, feelings, relationships, and unique lives. Our goal is to look at the big picture and treat each person and family holistically, uniquely, and wholeheartedly. Healthy habits and self-awareness are integral to our approach. Our in-depth evaluation process helps us get to the root of the problem. Our next step is to help you gain the necessary insight to move forward. Together we tailor a detailed treatment plan specific to your needs.
(803) 590-7684 View (803) 590-7684
Photo of Rasheed A. Onafuye - Broadview Health, Sleep and Behavioral Center, MD, MPH, DABPN, Psychiatrist
Broadview Health, Sleep and Behavioral Center
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH, DABPN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Mill, SC 29715
Doctor Rasheed Onafuye holds dual Board certification in Sleep Medicine and Psychiatry. Helps patients with ADHD, Depression, Mood Disorders, Anxiety disorders, Bipolar disorders, PTSD, Sleep Apnea, Excessive snoring, Chronic fatigue, Daytime sleepiness, Narcolepsy, Restless legs syndrome, among others.
Doctor Rasheed Onafuye holds dual Board certification in Sleep Medicine and Psychiatry. Helps patients with ADHD, Depression, Mood Disorders, Anxiety disorders, Bipolar disorders, PTSD, Sleep Apnea, Excessive snoring, Chronic fatigue, Daytime sleepiness, Narcolepsy, Restless legs syndrome, among others.
(704) 585-1239 View (704) 585-1239

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Rock Hill, SC

10+

Average cost per session

$187

Psychiatrists in Rock Hill, SC who prioritize treating:

88% Depression
88% Trauma and PTSD
81% Anxiety
75% ADHD
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
69% Bipolar Disorder
63% Medication Management

Average years in practice

18 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

93% Aetna
87% BlueCross and BlueShield
80% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Rock Hill, SC see their clients

69% In Person and Online
31% Online Only

Gender breakdown

79% Female
21% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Rock Hill?

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.