Psychiatrists in Springfield, TN

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Misty Leigh Hinkle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Springfield, TN 37172  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
My name is Misty Hinkle. I am a Board-Certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. As I worked in the hospital as an RN I observed those with medical conditions were provided more compassionate treatment than those with mental health & substance misuse disorders. This prompted me to continue my education, enabling me to become an advocate and a voice for those with mental health & substance misuse disorders.
My name is Misty Hinkle. I am a Board-Certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. As I worked in the hospital as an RN I observed those with medical conditions were provided more compassionate treatment than those with mental health & substance misuse disorders. This prompted me to continue my education, enabling me to become an advocate and a voice for those with mental health & substance misuse disorders.
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Spring Creek Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Springfield, TN 37172
Spring Creek Mental Health consists of Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners. Their training and experience qualify them to diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication for patients across the lifespan. Our primary focus is to deliver evidence-based mental health care services and provide quality resources for patients involved. We offer telemedicine and in-person services. Some of our practice specialties include (but not limited to): ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, PTSD, and support for members of the LGBTQIA community.
Spring Creek Mental Health consists of Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners. Their training and experience qualify them to diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication for patients across the lifespan. Our primary focus is to deliver evidence-based mental health care services and provide quality resources for patients involved. We offer telemedicine and in-person services. Some of our practice specialties include (but not limited to): ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, PTSD, and support for members of the LGBTQIA community.
(615) 708-4950 View (615) 708-4950
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Angie Janicek
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Springfield, TN 37172
Accepting New Clients! Are you ready to seize control of your life and unleash your inner resilience? I commend you for taking this courageous step on your healing journey. I am wholeheartedly committed to guiding you on your path to recovery; I know that rediscovering joy and resilience are within your reach. With 20 years of mental health experience, I have a deep understanding of mood disorders and am particularly passionate about working with individuals who have experienced trauma. I also specialize in working with high school and collegiate-level athletes on injuries, peak performance, and performance anxiety.
Accepting New Clients! Are you ready to seize control of your life and unleash your inner resilience? I commend you for taking this courageous step on your healing journey. I am wholeheartedly committed to guiding you on your path to recovery; I know that rediscovering joy and resilience are within your reach. With 20 years of mental health experience, I have a deep understanding of mood disorders and am particularly passionate about working with individuals who have experienced trauma. I also specialize in working with high school and collegiate-level athletes on injuries, peak performance, and performance anxiety.
(615) 437-5245 View (615) 437-5245
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Luis Dulin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Springfield, TN 37172
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. Our practice treats mental health conditions across the lifespan including Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and Addiction Issues. Luis Dulin is fluent in Spanish and offers culturally sensitive care, however an interpreter will be necessary to schedule the initial appointment with the front desk to begin treatment.
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. Our practice treats mental health conditions across the lifespan including Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and Addiction Issues. Luis Dulin is fluent in Spanish and offers culturally sensitive care, however an interpreter will be necessary to schedule the initial appointment with the front desk to begin treatment.
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Corinne (Cori) Powell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Springfield, TN 37172
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.
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Gundu Reddy
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Springfield, TN 37172  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist in Tennessee. 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 Tennessee. 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.
(931) 288-5153 View (931) 288-5153
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Corinne (Cori) Powell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Springfield, TN 37172
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
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Clarity Mental Health, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Springfield, TN 37172  (Online Only)
(931) 345-3162 View (931) 345-3162

Online Psychiatrists

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Stanley Chima
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hendersonville, TN 37075
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.
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Kerrie Wilder - Women's Mental Health Specialist
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNM, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37211  (Online Only)
My goals are to help you feel your best, in all areas of your life! Whether you have had mental health struggles before or are seeking mental health support for the first time. I have firsthand experience and knowledge of the options available - from complex medication management to therapy options. Together we can close the gap between mental and physical healthcare.
My goals are to help you feel your best, in all areas of your life! Whether you have had mental health struggles before or are seeking mental health support for the first time. I have firsthand experience and knowledge of the options available - from complex medication management to therapy options. Together we can close the gap between mental and physical healthcare.
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Mandy Kay Gentry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-
Verified Verified
Mount Juliet, TN 37122
Mandy Kay Gentry is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee who has been practicing since 2017. She earned her Associate Degree in Nursing from Northwest Mississippi Community College and her Master of Science in Nursing with a specialty in PMHNP from University of Mississippi Medical Center. Mandy worked inpatient psychiatry 20112018 as an RN in adult acute psychiatry, detox, dual diagnosis, geriatrics, child/adolescent, and ECT. She has worked in private practice since 2017 focusing on medication management, supportive psychotherapy, and holistic approaches.
Mandy Kay Gentry is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee who has been practicing since 2017. She earned her Associate Degree in Nursing from Northwest Mississippi Community College and her Master of Science in Nursing with a specialty in PMHNP from University of Mississippi Medical Center. Mandy worked inpatient psychiatry 20112018 as an RN in adult acute psychiatry, detox, dual diagnosis, geriatrics, child/adolescent, and ECT. She has worked in private practice since 2017 focusing on medication management, supportive psychotherapy, and holistic approaches.
(629) 299-2662 View (629) 299-2662
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Seth Christman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37216
East Nashville Wellness Center is a nonprofit mental health clinic focusing on the mental health needs of Nashvillians. We use integrated care to work with a broad range of mental health problems including mood and anxiety disorders, insomnia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and substance use.
East Nashville Wellness Center is a nonprofit mental health clinic focusing on the mental health needs of Nashvillians. We use integrated care to work with a broad range of mental health problems including mood and anxiety disorders, insomnia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and substance use.
(615) 240-5370 View (615) 240-5370
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Marina Alane Pincock
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Gallatin, TN 37066
My personal experience overcoming chronic mental suffering, addictions, and emotional disorders compelled me to enter the mental health field. My greatest desire is to help others find the relief I have found by creating a path that leads to peace, healing, and restoration of the mind, body, and spiritual connection. Medication is a true gift and can be part of the treatment plan. But medication alone will not produce the level of healing available. I will work with you to restore mental, physical, and spiritual wellness.
My personal experience overcoming chronic mental suffering, addictions, and emotional disorders compelled me to enter the mental health field. My greatest desire is to help others find the relief I have found by creating a path that leads to peace, healing, and restoration of the mind, body, and spiritual connection. Medication is a true gift and can be part of the treatment plan. But medication alone will not produce the level of healing available. I will work with you to restore mental, physical, and spiritual wellness.
(615) 359-6317 View (615) 359-6317
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Alicia Ellis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, AGNP-BC
Verified Verified
Brentwood, TN 37027  (Online Only)
Hello! I'm Alicia Ellis. Choosing you is the first step towards gaining control over your mental health because, honestly – initiating therapy can be scary and enlightening all at the same time. I am passionate about assisting patients who have experienced trauma-related experiences. I can assist Veterans that experienced PTSD, anxiety, substance use disorders, and depression. I strive to create a safe and welcoming environment that allows my clients to explore their triggers that have caused them undue trauma, anxiety, depression, addiction, and/or self-care.
Hello! I'm Alicia Ellis. Choosing you is the first step towards gaining control over your mental health because, honestly – initiating therapy can be scary and enlightening all at the same time. I am passionate about assisting patients who have experienced trauma-related experiences. I can assist Veterans that experienced PTSD, anxiety, substance use disorders, and depression. I strive to create a safe and welcoming environment that allows my clients to explore their triggers that have caused them undue trauma, anxiety, depression, addiction, and/or self-care.
(931) 391-3301 View (931) 391-3301
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Epiphany Wellness Tennessee
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Hendersonville, TN 37075
Our facility caters to a diverse clientele facing behavioral health challenges, specifically those with substance use disorders and mental health concerns. Their needs span from medical and psychiatric care, holistic therapies, and recovery resources to comprehensive case management and family support. These individuals often seek a community that understands their unique challenges and offers holistic, tailored solutions to guide them towards recovery and well-being.
Our facility caters to a diverse clientele facing behavioral health challenges, specifically those with substance use disorders and mental health concerns. Their needs span from medical and psychiatric care, holistic therapies, and recovery resources to comprehensive case management and family support. These individuals often seek a community that understands their unique challenges and offers holistic, tailored solutions to guide them towards recovery and well-being.
(615) 488-8023 View (615) 488-8023
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Dr Arif Mirza MD | Germantown Private Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Brentwood, TN 37027  (Online Only)
Welcome! ...As an experienced Psychiatrist in private practice, inpatient and telehealth settings, I'm here to offer authentic, compassionate care. Time is precious, especially for busy students, parents, and working professionals. I look forward to collaborate to reach your goals ASAP! ... Same week Video appointments are available. Text 469-770-7750 for quick booking assist.
Welcome! ...As an experienced Psychiatrist in private practice, inpatient and telehealth settings, I'm here to offer authentic, compassionate care. Time is precious, especially for busy students, parents, and working professionals. I look forward to collaborate to reach your goals ASAP! ... Same week Video appointments are available. Text 469-770-7750 for quick booking assist.
(629) 276-6166 View (629) 276-6166
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Dr. Chandra Krishnasastry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37218
Dr. Chandra Krishnasastry has over 40 years of experience in psychotic disorders, substance abuse, addiction, mood disorders, and trauma. He is a nationally recognized psychiatrist with an extensive resume, and is currently the medical director at Saint Thomas Behavioral Health. He continues a private practice to help even more people achieve wellness and live to their full potential.
Dr. Chandra Krishnasastry has over 40 years of experience in psychotic disorders, substance abuse, addiction, mood disorders, and trauma. He is a nationally recognized psychiatrist with an extensive resume, and is currently the medical director at Saint Thomas Behavioral Health. He continues a private practice to help even more people achieve wellness and live to their full potential.
(615) 729-7966 View (615) 729-7966
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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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Crystal Kirby
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Welcoming new patients in-person or thru telemedicine; commercial insurance accepted. Crystal offers medication management for mental health, with her aim to help you to thrive at your best! Are you in need of evaluation and medication management from someone who will listen carefully to your concerns? Crystal incorporates a holistic approach that encompasses your unique physical and mental health needs. You can conveniently book an appointment and typically be seen within two weeks. Telemedicine appointments are also offered for flexibility!
Welcoming new patients in-person or thru telemedicine; commercial insurance accepted. Crystal offers medication management for mental health, with her aim to help you to thrive at your best! Are you in need of evaluation and medication management from someone who will listen carefully to your concerns? Crystal incorporates a holistic approach that encompasses your unique physical and mental health needs. You can conveniently book an appointment and typically be seen within two weeks. Telemedicine appointments are also offered for flexibility!
(615) 789-1442 View (615) 789-1442
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Lori Dickson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Clarksville, TN 37043
I have worked extensively in many areas in psychiatry these include community mental health, the prison system, and consultations for medical patients in the Ascension hospital system. I also worked doing consults in long-term care facilities and was the main provider for an inpatient geriatric psychiatric unit in the hospital setting. I have worked with patients from age 3 to 101 years of age.
I have worked extensively in many areas in psychiatry these include community mental health, the prison system, and consultations for medical patients in the Ascension hospital system. I also worked doing consults in long-term care facilities and was the main provider for an inpatient geriatric psychiatric unit in the hospital setting. I have worked with patients from age 3 to 101 years of age.
(615) 205-9862 View (615) 205-9862

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Springfield, TN

< 10

Psychiatrists in Springfield, TN who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Bipolar Disorder
88% ADHD
88% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
100% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Springfield, TN see their clients

63% In Person and Online
37% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Springfield?

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.