Psychiatrists in Dickson County, TN

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Photo of LaTasha Mcvey, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Dickson County, TN
LaTasha Mcvey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Dickson, TN 37055
Hello! My name is Tasha McVey and I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am passionate about working with individuals struggling with mental health disorders. I started my calling to help these individuals with my first degree, a bachelors in Psychology, from Mississippi State University. I later attended nursing school at Northeast MS Community College, and then continued my nursing education with a Master of Science Nursing degree, with a concentration in psychiatric mental health. I am currently accepting new clients. - Tasha!
Hello! My name is Tasha McVey and I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am passionate about working with individuals struggling with mental health disorders. I started my calling to help these individuals with my first degree, a bachelors in Psychology, from Mississippi State University. I later attended nursing school at Northeast MS Community College, and then continued my nursing education with a Master of Science Nursing degree, with a concentration in psychiatric mental health. I am currently accepting new clients. - Tasha!
(931) 408-9850 View (931) 408-9850
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Elite Psychiatry of Tennessee
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Dickson, TN 37055  (Online Only)
What sets Elite Psychiatry apart? This is a locally owned practice where you will have continuous and personalized care with the same provider every visit, which is essential for appropriate diagnosis and medication management. We offer compassionate care without judgement; you will feel heard. This is your journey. You will have to put the work in, but we are here to help and pride ourselves on being as invested as you are!
What sets Elite Psychiatry apart? This is a locally owned practice where you will have continuous and personalized care with the same provider every visit, which is essential for appropriate diagnosis and medication management. We offer compassionate care without judgement; you will feel heard. This is your journey. You will have to put the work in, but we are here to help and pride ourselves on being as invested as you are!
(615) 637-3131 View (615) 637-3131
Photo of Brandon D Teeftaller, Psychiatric Nurse in Dickson County, TN
Brandon D Teeftaller
Psychiatric Nurse, APN, RN, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dickson, TN 37055
I specialize in treating a wide variety of mental illness in adolescents and adults. In the last 20 years, I have developed a special interest in helping individuals achieve personal goals. I support and assist clients to develop a healthy self. It is my goal each day to help individuals improve their daily functioning. I believe the combination of medication management and brief psychotherapy offers clients the best tools for success. I work hard with each client offering my expertise in both areas to maximize his/her potential for holistic growth.
I specialize in treating a wide variety of mental illness in adolescents and adults. In the last 20 years, I have developed a special interest in helping individuals achieve personal goals. I support and assist clients to develop a healthy self. It is my goal each day to help individuals improve their daily functioning. I believe the combination of medication management and brief psychotherapy offers clients the best tools for success. I work hard with each client offering my expertise in both areas to maximize his/her potential for holistic growth.
(615) 745-1107 View (615) 745-1107

Online Psychiatrists

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Tennessee Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Madison, TN 37115
Whether it is medication management, or in-depth talk therapy, the team at Tennessee Psychiatry is ready to help. Our team of psychiatrists, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners, and licensed clinical social workers are here to help you get back on track.
Whether it is medication management, or in-depth talk therapy, the team at Tennessee Psychiatry is ready to help. Our team of psychiatrists, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners, and licensed clinical social workers are here to help you get back on track.
(615) 422-6170 View (615) 422-6170
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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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Chanel Thomas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37203
As a provider who is neurodivergent, queer, and Black, I know I provide a unique perspective when it comes to mental health and wellbeing. If you are tired of rushed appointments that do not get to the root of your distress, then you are ready for an integrative approach! I work primarily with young adults of various backgrounds with emphasis on BIPOC and queer/questioning/transgender folx. I work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that may include medications, herbal alternatives/supplements, and psychotherapy to empower your journey to sustainable wellness. +I do not accept insurance at this time+
As a provider who is neurodivergent, queer, and Black, I know I provide a unique perspective when it comes to mental health and wellbeing. If you are tired of rushed appointments that do not get to the root of your distress, then you are ready for an integrative approach! I work primarily with young adults of various backgrounds with emphasis on BIPOC and queer/questioning/transgender folx. I work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that may include medications, herbal alternatives/supplements, and psychotherapy to empower your journey to sustainable wellness. +I do not accept insurance at this time+
(615) 437-8506 View (615) 437-8506
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Brandee Madden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP, RN
Verified Verified
Madison, TN 37115
GateHouse Treatment is a drug and alcohol rehab center in the Nashville, Tennessee area. We offer Partial Hospitalization (PHP,) Intensive Outpatient (IOP) and Outpatient (OP) services with an associated sober living component to help our clients achieve sobriety. Our medical professionals and staff are focused on the full recovery of the clients that walk through our doors. With decades of experience on the front lines of treating addiction, our professional and certified staff are well equipped to help empower our patients to overcome the helplessness, despair, and guilt that is common with substance abuse.
GateHouse Treatment is a drug and alcohol rehab center in the Nashville, Tennessee area. We offer Partial Hospitalization (PHP,) Intensive Outpatient (IOP) and Outpatient (OP) services with an associated sober living component to help our clients achieve sobriety. Our medical professionals and staff are focused on the full recovery of the clients that walk through our doors. With decades of experience on the front lines of treating addiction, our professional and certified staff are well equipped to help empower our patients to overcome the helplessness, despair, and guilt that is common with substance abuse.
(629) 200-6626 View (629) 200-6626
Photo of Trey Perkins, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Dickson County, TN
Trey Perkins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Trey is double board-certified as both a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. Trey’s experience ranges from inpatient psychiatry, outpatient psychiatry, partial hospitalization programs, and intensive outpatient programs. Trey specializes in depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and psychotic disorders. Trey is accepting new clients to help you with your mental health journey.
Trey is double board-certified as both a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. Trey’s experience ranges from inpatient psychiatry, outpatient psychiatry, partial hospitalization programs, and intensive outpatient programs. Trey specializes in depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and psychotic disorders. Trey is accepting new clients to help you with your mental health journey.
(615) 205-8905 View (615) 205-8905
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Laura Reynolds
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37205  (Online Only)
Dr. Reynolds started her practice to serve her patients and help them lead enriched and fulfilling lives. She will guide and support you as you navigate life’s stressors and challenges. In addition to medication, she will use a comprehensive approach for your mental health needs that focuses on the whole self. It takes courage to ask for help and Dr. Reynolds will use her knowledge and compassion to help you achieve your treatment goals. In-person and Telepsychiatry appointments are available for your convenience.
Dr. Reynolds started her practice to serve her patients and help them lead enriched and fulfilling lives. She will guide and support you as you navigate life’s stressors and challenges. In addition to medication, she will use a comprehensive approach for your mental health needs that focuses on the whole self. It takes courage to ask for help and Dr. Reynolds will use her knowledge and compassion to help you achieve your treatment goals. In-person and Telepsychiatry appointments are available for your convenience.
(615) 247-6932 View (615) 247-6932
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
Photo of Lori Jenkins, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Dickson County, TN
Lori Jenkins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jackson, TN 38301  (Online Only)
TREATMENT VIA TELEHEALTH ONLY. In my over 20 years experience I have worked with patients of all ages, ethnicities, and gender/ sexual orientations. After a wholistic assessment identifying which symptoms are causing greatest distress a treatment plan to target those symptoms will be developed. Your input is vital in development and choosing an effective treatment plan that will work best for you. With proper medication and therapy the most troubling times will be more manageable. You may send a message from here or access MindandBodyHealthcare.com website with the button on the left to make an online appointment request.
TREATMENT VIA TELEHEALTH ONLY. In my over 20 years experience I have worked with patients of all ages, ethnicities, and gender/ sexual orientations. After a wholistic assessment identifying which symptoms are causing greatest distress a treatment plan to target those symptoms will be developed. Your input is vital in development and choosing an effective treatment plan that will work best for you. With proper medication and therapy the most troubling times will be more manageable. You may send a message from here or access MindandBodyHealthcare.com website with the button on the left to make an online appointment request.
(731) 200-1354 View (731) 200-1354
Photo of Percy Ballard, Psychiatrist in Dickson County, TN
Percy Ballard
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Brentwood, TN 37027  (Online Only)
My joy is in using Internal Family Systems therapy, non-dual meditation, Somatica sex and relationship coaching, and medicine when indicated, to help people discover their true Self and live life from the space of Self acceptance, presence and authenticity. For the most information about who I am and my approach to client care, please visit my personal website, www.percyballardmd.com.
My joy is in using Internal Family Systems therapy, non-dual meditation, Somatica sex and relationship coaching, and medicine when indicated, to help people discover their true Self and live life from the space of Self acceptance, presence and authenticity. For the most information about who I am and my approach to client care, please visit my personal website, www.percyballardmd.com.
(617) 702-2337 View (617) 702-2337
Photo of Chelsae Castaneda, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Dickson County, TN
Chelsae Castaneda
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Brentwood, TN 37027
Chelsae is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and owner of Shepherd's Gate Psychiatry and Mental Wellness. She specializes in medication management of various mood and behavioral disorders in ages 6+. Her practice is grounded in a faith-based, person-centered approach that empowers her clients to play an active role in their treatment plan.
Chelsae is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and owner of Shepherd's Gate Psychiatry and Mental Wellness. She specializes in medication management of various mood and behavioral disorders in ages 6+. Her practice is grounded in a faith-based, person-centered approach that empowers her clients to play an active role in their treatment plan.
(629) 263-4395 View (629) 263-4395
Photo of Brei Chisholm, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Dickson County, TN
Brei Chisholm
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Brentwood, TN 37027
Brei Chisholm is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) whose journey into mental health care was sparked by a profound passion for guiding individuals toward mental wellness. Brei's approach seamlessly integrates evidence-based with personalized care, emphasizing a holistic perspective that delves beyond symptoms to address the underlying causes.
Brei Chisholm is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) whose journey into mental health care was sparked by a profound passion for guiding individuals toward mental wellness. Brei's approach seamlessly integrates evidence-based with personalized care, emphasizing a holistic perspective that delves beyond symptoms to address the underlying causes.
(629) 260-3035 View (629) 260-3035
Photo of Simonpeter Emokpaire, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Dickson County, TN
Simonpeter Emokpaire
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Brentwood, TN 37027  (Online Only)
As a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, my practice focuses on comprehensive care across all age groups, specializing in anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and psychotic disorders. I have a particular interest in integrating medication management with cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness to enhance treatment outcomes, especially for mood disorders.
As a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, my practice focuses on comprehensive care across all age groups, specializing in anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and psychotic disorders. I have a particular interest in integrating medication management with cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness to enhance treatment outcomes, especially for mood disorders.
(832) 346-8022 View (832) 346-8022
Photo of Dianna Smith, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Dickson County, TN
Dianna Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP-c
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37203  (Online Only)
Dianna Smith, MSN, PMHNP-C, DNP-c is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with more than 10 years of professional nursing experience caring for psychiatric, mental health/behavioral, developmental/intellectual disability, and substance abuse clients in the community and acute settings. She loves providing direct care and values her expanded capacity to serve as a Provider. Diana states she is honored and reverent that her practice role allows the responsibility of managing and facilitating care;
Dianna Smith, MSN, PMHNP-C, DNP-c is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with more than 10 years of professional nursing experience caring for psychiatric, mental health/behavioral, developmental/intellectual disability, and substance abuse clients in the community and acute settings. She loves providing direct care and values her expanded capacity to serve as a Provider. Diana states she is honored and reverent that her practice role allows the responsibility of managing and facilitating care;
(615) 392-6585 View (615) 392-6585
Photo of Positive Minds Psychiatry LLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Dickson County, TN
Positive Minds Psychiatry LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Empowering individuals to meet their individualized mental health goals through a team approach is my passion. I treat the whole person not a diagnosis. I think outside of the box and provide education, treatment options, and support each person in obtaining their optimal level of mental health. I perform psychiatric evaluations, provide medication management and supportive therapy for those suffering from depression, anxiety, mood disorders, Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective disorder, PTSD, ADHD, OCD and specializing in autism spectrum disorder.
Empowering individuals to meet their individualized mental health goals through a team approach is my passion. I treat the whole person not a diagnosis. I think outside of the box and provide education, treatment options, and support each person in obtaining their optimal level of mental health. I perform psychiatric evaluations, provide medication management and supportive therapy for those suffering from depression, anxiety, mood disorders, Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective disorder, PTSD, ADHD, OCD and specializing in autism spectrum disorder.
(615) 395-3882 View (615) 395-3882
Photo of Belle Meade Addiction Medicine & Psychiatry, PLLC, Psychiatrist in Dickson County, TN
Belle Meade Addiction Medicine & Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37205
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS - We help patients establish a professional relationship with a dedicated physician who knows their medical history and medication regimen. This provides the patient with continuity of care and on-demand access to a doctor through telemedicine or in-person appointments. We manage a wide spectrum of illnesses, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, OCD, ADHD and insomnia. Patients with these conditions have the best chance of improvement when they have regular appointments with the same physician who works with the patient in a professional setting.
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS - We help patients establish a professional relationship with a dedicated physician who knows their medical history and medication regimen. This provides the patient with continuity of care and on-demand access to a doctor through telemedicine or in-person appointments. We manage a wide spectrum of illnesses, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, OCD, ADHD and insomnia. Patients with these conditions have the best chance of improvement when they have regular appointments with the same physician who works with the patient in a professional setting.
(615) 576-8371 View (615) 576-8371
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Corinne (Cori) Powell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Corinne (Cori) is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Her training and experience qualify her to diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication for patients across the lifespan. Cori's primary focus is to deliver evidence-based mental health care services and provide quality resources for patients involved. She offers telemedicine and in-person services. Some of her practice specialties include (but not limited to): ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, and support for members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Corinne (Cori) is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Her training and experience qualify her to diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication for patients across the lifespan. Cori's primary focus is to deliver evidence-based mental health care services and provide quality resources for patients involved. She offers telemedicine and in-person services. Some of her practice specialties include (but not limited to): ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, and support for members of the LGBTQ+ community.
(615) 212-8887 View (615) 212-8887
Photo of Michael Kanell, Psychiatrist in Dickson County, TN
Michael Kanell
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37212  (Online Only)
Currently accepting new patients. Dr. Kanell is a board-certified psychiatrist practicing in West Los Angeles and remotely in Tennessee. Dr. Kanell's approach balances evidence-based medication with emotionally aware therapy to help you make real change. His goal is to help you live your own life honestly and build the self-reliance to take control of your future and make deep character change.
Currently accepting new patients. Dr. Kanell is a board-certified psychiatrist practicing in West Los Angeles and remotely in Tennessee. Dr. Kanell's approach balances evidence-based medication with emotionally aware therapy to help you make real change. His goal is to help you live your own life honestly and build the self-reliance to take control of your future and make deep character change.
(310) 361-4381 View (310) 361-4381

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Number of Psychiatrists in Dickson County, TN

< 10

Psychiatrists in Dickson County, TN who prioritize treating:

67% Depression
67% Anxiety
67% ADHD
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
67% Trauma and PTSD
67% Bipolar Disorder
67% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

22 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Magellan

How Psychiatrists in Dickson County, TN see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Dickson County?

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.