Psychiatrists in Cottontown, TN

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Samantha Hopkins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cottontown, TN 37048  (Online Only)
As a dedicated and compassionate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Samantha is committed to providing top-tier mental health care to individuals of all ages. With a deep understanding of the intricate complexities of mental health, she offers a holistic approach that encompasses medication management, evidenced-based treatments, and unwavering support on the journey to mental well-being.
As a dedicated and compassionate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Samantha is committed to providing top-tier mental health care to individuals of all ages. With a deep understanding of the intricate complexities of mental health, she offers a holistic approach that encompasses medication management, evidenced-based treatments, and unwavering support on the journey to mental well-being.
(615) 552-6186 View (615) 552-6186
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Stanley Chima
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cottontown, TN 37048
Stanley Chima is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee who has been practicing since 2021. Stanley's great experience in different healthcare settings over the past 15 years has prepared him as mental health provider with great compassion who strives to organically find a lasting solution. In his spare time, Stanley likes to travel the world with his family and he loves sports, especially the NBA.
Stanley Chima is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee who has been practicing since 2021. Stanley's great experience in different healthcare settings over the past 15 years has prepared him as mental health provider with great compassion who strives to organically find a lasting solution. In his spare time, Stanley likes to travel the world with his family and he loves sports, especially the NBA.
(615) 805-5325 View (615) 805-5325
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Kalietta Webb
Psychiatric Nurse, ARNP
Verified Verified
Cottontown, TN 37048
Kalietta Webb is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee who has been working in the mental health field for six years. Kalietta has experience in inpatient and outpatient mental health treatment that includes helping all walks of life of all ages with a variety of mental health diagnoses ranging from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, addictions, psychosis such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective, and substance induced psychosis. She advocates for holistic care for individuals with the collaboration of medication management and therapy.
Kalietta Webb is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee who has been working in the mental health field for six years. Kalietta has experience in inpatient and outpatient mental health treatment that includes helping all walks of life of all ages with a variety of mental health diagnoses ranging from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, addictions, psychosis such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective, and substance induced psychosis. She advocates for holistic care for individuals with the collaboration of medication management and therapy.
(615) 821-2216 View (615) 821-2216

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Luis Dulin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
White House, TN 37188
At Open Minds Mental Health Services we believe in evidence based treatment with a collaborative approach. We practice holistic interventions that incorporate a combination of medication, therapy, and lifestyle changes to better your overall mental health.
At Open Minds Mental Health Services we believe in evidence based treatment with a collaborative approach. We practice holistic interventions that incorporate a combination of medication, therapy, and lifestyle changes to better your overall mental health.
(615) 433-6334 View (615) 433-6334
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Online Psychiatrist in Jacksonville, Florida
Psychiatrist, MD , MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
White House, TN 37188  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist Practicing in New York City. Due to requests, I have started providing tele-psychiatry services in Tennessee. I have really enjoyed learning meeting my patients in the South and learning a new culture and way of life. I have trained in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family and Marital therapy, as well as Psychiatric Medication Management. Whether your reasons for seeking treatment include treatment-resistant hallucinations, depression, irritability, anxiety, OCD insomnia, wanting to perform better at work the core principles of symptom treatment are often similar.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist Practicing in New York City. Due to requests, I have started providing tele-psychiatry services in Tennessee. I have really enjoyed learning meeting my patients in the South and learning a new culture and way of life. I have trained in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family and Marital therapy, as well as Psychiatric Medication Management. Whether your reasons for seeking treatment include treatment-resistant hallucinations, depression, irritability, anxiety, OCD insomnia, wanting to perform better at work the core principles of symptom treatment are often similar.
(904) 675-1124 View (904) 675-1124

Online Psychiatrists

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Yolanda Owens
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN-Ed, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37203
At Restoring Minds, we seek to reduce the stigma around mental illness by providing a safe space for you to heal. Our holistic approach to mental health will engage, educate, and empower you toward a restored sense of purpose and a life balance. The road to healing is paved differently for everyone. Though your healing journey is unique, you don't have to handle it alone.
At Restoring Minds, we seek to reduce the stigma around mental illness by providing a safe space for you to heal. Our holistic approach to mental health will engage, educate, and empower you toward a restored sense of purpose and a life balance. The road to healing is paved differently for everyone. Though your healing journey is unique, you don't have to handle it alone.
(615) 558-5640 View (615) 558-5640
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Margot Feintuch
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37215
My private practice provides psychiatric evaluations, psychotherapy and medication management. I work collaboratively with each person to tailor the most current treatment modalities to meet their individual needs.
My private practice provides psychiatric evaluations, psychotherapy and medication management. I work collaboratively with each person to tailor the most current treatment modalities to meet their individual needs.
(615) 789-8083 View (615) 789-8083
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Kate Dunn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Mount Juliet, TN 37122
Dr. Kate Dunn is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee who has been practicing since 2014. She has a Doctor of Nursing Practice, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of South Carolina, a Master of Science in Nursing Education from the University of Texas at El Paso, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Dr. Dunn has clinical experience with patients of all ages, in acute inpatient, outpatient, and emergency settings, for both civilians and military.
Dr. Kate Dunn is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee who has been practicing since 2014. She has a Doctor of Nursing Practice, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of South Carolina, a Master of Science in Nursing Education from the University of Texas at El Paso, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Dr. Dunn has clinical experience with patients of all ages, in acute inpatient, outpatient, and emergency settings, for both civilians and military.
(629) 276-6346 View (629) 276-6346
Madison Blume
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37209
As a provider, I hope to create a safe and collaborative environment where we can work together to improve your overall quality of life. My goal is to assist you in your wellness journey by utilizing a holistic approach that includes evidence-based medical practices. I look forward to supporting your endeavors in finding healing, fulfillment, and peace.
As a provider, I hope to create a safe and collaborative environment where we can work together to improve your overall quality of life. My goal is to assist you in your wellness journey by utilizing a holistic approach that includes evidence-based medical practices. I look forward to supporting your endeavors in finding healing, fulfillment, and peace.
(629) 265-9160 View (629) 265-9160
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Tory Woodard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-
Verified Verified
Mount Juliet, TN 37122
Tory A. Woodard is a board-certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner with 15 years of experience as a prescriber. His education includes a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Tennessee State University, a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Middle Tennessee University, and a Master of Science in Nursing, with a specialty in psychiatry, from Vanderbilt University. He has experience in treating all ages and has worked predominately in community mental health and private outpatient settings, but also has experience providing services in school-based settings, residential programs, and primary care.
Tory A. Woodard is a board-certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner with 15 years of experience as a prescriber. His education includes a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Tennessee State University, a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Middle Tennessee University, and a Master of Science in Nursing, with a specialty in psychiatry, from Vanderbilt University. He has experience in treating all ages and has worked predominately in community mental health and private outpatient settings, but also has experience providing services in school-based settings, residential programs, and primary care.
(615) 747-1431 View (615) 747-1431
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NOVO Healthcare, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Madison, TN 37115
NOVO Healthcare, LLC. Provides psychiatric services for Nashville and its surrounding communities. We specialized in providing tiered levels of care for individuals to help them recover from life's challenges ranging from everyday stress to fully diagnose clinical syndromes. NOVO Healthcare, LLC is a professional, private, service oriented, behavioral and lifestyle management firm comprised of associates who compassionately assist our clients to renew, refresh, revive and recover form the effects of life's challenges.
NOVO Healthcare, LLC. Provides psychiatric services for Nashville and its surrounding communities. We specialized in providing tiered levels of care for individuals to help them recover from life's challenges ranging from everyday stress to fully diagnose clinical syndromes. NOVO Healthcare, LLC is a professional, private, service oriented, behavioral and lifestyle management firm comprised of associates who compassionately assist our clients to renew, refresh, revive and recover form the effects of life's challenges.
(615) 374-7131 View (615) 374-7131
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Strong Foundation Behavorial Health Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Welcome to the first step to a happier you. We don't treat labels; We are symptomologist. We specialize in treating low energy, poor concentration, low motivation, crying spells, being easily startled, crowd avoidance, nightmares, unstable mood, auditory and visual hallucination, aggression, Sleep disturbances (too much or too little), impulsiveness,mild to severe anxiousness and nervousness. Our focus is on the whole person, treating them symptomatically, working closely with them. Our mission is to guide our clients in taking charge of their mental health
Welcome to the first step to a happier you. We don't treat labels; We are symptomologist. We specialize in treating low energy, poor concentration, low motivation, crying spells, being easily startled, crowd avoidance, nightmares, unstable mood, auditory and visual hallucination, aggression, Sleep disturbances (too much or too little), impulsiveness,mild to severe anxiousness and nervousness. Our focus is on the whole person, treating them symptomatically, working closely with them. Our mission is to guide our clients in taking charge of their mental health
(615) 829-8811 View (615) 829-8811
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Antonio L Eddings Sr.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Madison, TN 37115
Antonio is a Dual Board Certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner that is passionate about helping all people have the best physical and mental health as possible. He is the owner and founder of All About You Healthcare Family Practice & Behavioral Health that was founded in 2017. He has been in healthcare for over 24 years working in various clinical settings. He graduated from TSU in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in IDS with concentration in Psychology and Social Work, 2005 with BSN, 2012 with MSN/FNP, and Aug 2021 Post Certification as PMHNP from Western Kentucky University.
Antonio is a Dual Board Certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner that is passionate about helping all people have the best physical and mental health as possible. He is the owner and founder of All About You Healthcare Family Practice & Behavioral Health that was founded in 2017. He has been in healthcare for over 24 years working in various clinical settings. He graduated from TSU in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in IDS with concentration in Psychology and Social Work, 2005 with BSN, 2012 with MSN/FNP, and Aug 2021 Post Certification as PMHNP from Western Kentucky University.
(615) 709-6180 View (615) 709-6180
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Allyson Witters Cundiff
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37215
My name is Allyson Witters Cundiff and I am pleased to offer psychiatric care in the middle TN area for all ages. As a Nashville native with an understanding and appreciation of the growth of this wonderful community, I am very aware of the increased stress that our community has endured with this growth and specifically the last few years with the fallout from the pandemic and other tragedies. I am grateful to be able to work collaboratively in order to best help patients achieve their goals for mental wellbeing and healing.
My name is Allyson Witters Cundiff and I am pleased to offer psychiatric care in the middle TN area for all ages. As a Nashville native with an understanding and appreciation of the growth of this wonderful community, I am very aware of the increased stress that our community has endured with this growth and specifically the last few years with the fallout from the pandemic and other tragedies. I am grateful to be able to work collaboratively in order to best help patients achieve their goals for mental wellbeing and healing.
(615) 258-7610 View (615) 258-7610
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Nicole Libert
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37209
I view all of my clients as the leaders in this journey towards improved wellbeing, and my goal is to act as a guide that gives options, a variety of evidence-based treatment modalities and maintain safety standards throughout the process. I look forward to hearing your story.
I view all of my clients as the leaders in this journey towards improved wellbeing, and my goal is to act as a guide that gives options, a variety of evidence-based treatment modalities and maintain safety standards throughout the process. I look forward to hearing your story.
(629) 258-6615 View (629) 258-6615
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Tipton Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Brentwood, TN 37027
Hi! I'm a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) based in Tennessee. I received my Masters from the University of Mississippi Medical Center and have been practicing for three years.
Hi! I'm a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) based in Tennessee. I received my Masters from the University of Mississippi Medical Center and have been practicing for three years.
(901) 910-1795 View (901) 910-1795
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Fast Pace Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, LPC, LCSW
Verified Verified
Lawrenceburg, TN 38464
At Fast Pace Health, psychiatric nurse practitioners, licensed clinical social workers, and licensed professional counselors offer outpatient care to patients ages 5 years old and up with behavioral health issues like major depression, anxiety, and other psychiatric disorders. We have a dedicated team available to schedule appointments with our behavioral health providers. Coming to Fast Pace Health can be a patient’s first step towards treatment and productive years of life.
At Fast Pace Health, psychiatric nurse practitioners, licensed clinical social workers, and licensed professional counselors offer outpatient care to patients ages 5 years old and up with behavioral health issues like major depression, anxiety, and other psychiatric disorders. We have a dedicated team available to schedule appointments with our behavioral health providers. Coming to Fast Pace Health can be a patient’s first step towards treatment and productive years of life.
(931) 281-2743 View (931) 281-2743
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Madelaine Long
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brentwood, TN 37027
Hi there! I would love the opportunity to assist you in managing your psychiatric medication and providing a tailored approach to your individual needs. I diagnose and treat psychiatric disorders with a holistic view in mind. I have a "less is more" mindset in regard to medication and want to help you achieve your goals with not just medication, but other avenues as well. I believe in looking at the big picture and ensuring that lab values, lifestyle habits, supplements and therapies are also taken into account. Please feel free to email me for an appointment.
Hi there! I would love the opportunity to assist you in managing your psychiatric medication and providing a tailored approach to your individual needs. I diagnose and treat psychiatric disorders with a holistic view in mind. I have a "less is more" mindset in regard to medication and want to help you achieve your goals with not just medication, but other avenues as well. I believe in looking at the big picture and ensuring that lab values, lifestyle habits, supplements and therapies are also taken into account. Please feel free to email me for an appointment.
(629) 263-4202 View (629) 263-4202
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Kayla Hayes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37203  (Online Only)
Hi! I specialize in treating women (18+) with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, OCD, and trauma disorders. I offer an integrative approach to mental health that includes evidence-based psychiatric medications, complementary supplements, brief therapy interventions, and lifestyle suggestions. I believe that it is important to treat the root cause of the illness, rather than just treating the symptoms. I also specialized in treating patients through pregnancy and postpartum, as well as women in substance use and/or eating disorder recovery.
Hi! I specialize in treating women (18+) with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, OCD, and trauma disorders. I offer an integrative approach to mental health that includes evidence-based psychiatric medications, complementary supplements, brief therapy interventions, and lifestyle suggestions. I believe that it is important to treat the root cause of the illness, rather than just treating the symptoms. I also specialized in treating patients through pregnancy and postpartum, as well as women in substance use and/or eating disorder recovery.
(615) 471-6462 View (615) 471-6462
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Giles Psychiatric Associates
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Pulaski, TN 38478
Elaine Murray is a dual board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. She began her nursing career in 2005 and has worked in multiple hospitals, outpatient clinics, corporate medical management groups, telepsychiatry groups, centers for substance use disorders, and currently owns and operates Giles Psychiatric Associates. Giles Psychiatric Associates offers a full range of outpatient mental health services. Her palpable desire to provide mental health care is evident in every patient interaction.
Elaine Murray is a dual board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. She began her nursing career in 2005 and has worked in multiple hospitals, outpatient clinics, corporate medical management groups, telepsychiatry groups, centers for substance use disorders, and currently owns and operates Giles Psychiatric Associates. Giles Psychiatric Associates offers a full range of outpatient mental health services. Her palpable desire to provide mental health care is evident in every patient interaction.
(931) 202-3364 View (931) 202-3364

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Number of Psychiatrists in Cottontown, TN

< 10

Psychiatrists in Cottontown, TN who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Bipolar Disorder
67% Trauma and PTSD
67% Alcohol Use
67% Medication Management

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Cottontown, TN see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Cottontown?

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.