Psychiatrists in Cedar Hill, TX

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Lyte Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cedar Hill, TX 75104
Accepting New Clients - Book online today. www.lytepsych.com. “My approach is to actively listen to your concerns, fears, emotions, feeling and more. Your existence matters, your mood, your thoughts, your body, your health, your innocence”. I am accepting new clients so let us connect when you are ready. At Lyte Psychiatry, we understand the importance of mental well-being to your overall health. Rather than relying on a hunch - or attempting to identify a few points that suit a predictive diagnosis - we take a more thorough collaborative approach.
Accepting New Clients - Book online today. www.lytepsych.com. “My approach is to actively listen to your concerns, fears, emotions, feeling and more. Your existence matters, your mood, your thoughts, your body, your health, your innocence”. I am accepting new clients so let us connect when you are ready. At Lyte Psychiatry, we understand the importance of mental well-being to your overall health. Rather than relying on a hunch - or attempting to identify a few points that suit a predictive diagnosis - we take a more thorough collaborative approach.
(469) 529-7311 View (469) 529-7311
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Cynthia Nicholson-Guidry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Cedar Hill, TX 75104  (Online Only)
I empower you to create a safe and supportive space where your mental health and happiness come first.
I empower you to create a safe and supportive space where your mental health and happiness come first.
(469) 871-5046 View (469) 871-5046
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Integrative Psychiatry Services PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MBA
Verified Verified
Cedar Hill, TX 75104  (Online Only)
Over 43 million people in America and 1 out of 5 adults struggle with mental health problems. Mental health problems can affect your sleep, thoughts, processing information, perceiving events or other people, handling stress, making decisions, and interacting with your friends and loved ones. You don't have to suffer in silence. Your feelings are valid, so please do not feel shame or compare your struggle with anyone else's. Book your Appointment.
Over 43 million people in America and 1 out of 5 adults struggle with mental health problems. Mental health problems can affect your sleep, thoughts, processing information, perceiving events or other people, handling stress, making decisions, and interacting with your friends and loved ones. You don't have to suffer in silence. Your feelings are valid, so please do not feel shame or compare your struggle with anyone else's. Book your Appointment.
(469) 296-5135 View (469) 296-5135
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Atem Dibaki
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Cedar Hill, TX 75104
Mental health knows no socio-economic boundaries. I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who takes pride in providing holistic individualized care across the life span. Our model at Leanonme Psychiatry is to be the shoulders you can lean and depend on.
Mental health knows no socio-economic boundaries. I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who takes pride in providing holistic individualized care across the life span. Our model at Leanonme Psychiatry is to be the shoulders you can lean and depend on.
(972) 299-8965 View (972) 299-8965
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Augustina Ogbonna
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cedar Hill, TX 75104  (Online Only)
Hello, I am a licensed psych NP. I received my masters from Walden University. I am available to help evaluate and treat your mental health needs
Hello, I am a licensed psych NP. I received my masters from Walden University. I am available to help evaluate and treat your mental health needs
(469) 871-5216 View (469) 871-5216
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Keisha Witherspoon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cedar Hill, TX 75104  (Online Only)
​At Witherspoon Mental Health And Wellness, PLLC, we are committed to providing you and your loved ones with exceptional care in a compassionate and friendly atmosphere. We are Located in Cedar Hill. Witherspoon Mental Health And Wellness, PLLC is known to be the best Mental Health Clinic in the area. We believe that our patients deserve the best care. We make an effort to make sure that you always feel welcomed and at ease. Whether you’re coming in for a simple medication management followup or a more complex initial psychiatric evaluation, our provider has the skills and resources to manage all of your mental health needs.
​At Witherspoon Mental Health And Wellness, PLLC, we are committed to providing you and your loved ones with exceptional care in a compassionate and friendly atmosphere. We are Located in Cedar Hill. Witherspoon Mental Health And Wellness, PLLC is known to be the best Mental Health Clinic in the area. We believe that our patients deserve the best care. We make an effort to make sure that you always feel welcomed and at ease. Whether you’re coming in for a simple medication management followup or a more complex initial psychiatric evaluation, our provider has the skills and resources to manage all of your mental health needs.
(469) 214-6322 View (469) 214-6322
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Outpatient Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, NP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Cedar Hill, TX 75104  (Online Only)
***ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS: AGES 7 THROUGH GERIATRICS***. MEDICARE, MEDICAID, BCBS, UNITED HEALTH, AND MANY MORE. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners. I perform initial Psychiatric evaluations, Diagnosis, treatment with ongoing medication management for patients experiencing depression, anxiety, addiction/substance use, ADHD, mood disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders, behavioral issues, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, and many more not listed here. **I ALSO PROVIDE CLINICAL SUPERVISION TO PSYCH NP STUDENTS**
***ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS: AGES 7 THROUGH GERIATRICS***. MEDICARE, MEDICAID, BCBS, UNITED HEALTH, AND MANY MORE. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners. I perform initial Psychiatric evaluations, Diagnosis, treatment with ongoing medication management for patients experiencing depression, anxiety, addiction/substance use, ADHD, mood disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders, behavioral issues, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, and many more not listed here. **I ALSO PROVIDE CLINICAL SUPERVISION TO PSYCH NP STUDENTS**
(972) 293-9795 View (972) 293-9795
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Dr. Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cedar Hill, TX 75104
Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Are these emotional and behavioral patterns fixable? Which ones stem from genetics or brain chemistry, and which are rooted in upbringing or circumstances?
Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Are these emotional and behavioral patterns fixable? Which ones stem from genetics or brain chemistry, and which are rooted in upbringing or circumstances?
(972) 308-0088 View (972) 308-0088
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Esiah Allen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cedar Hill, TX 75104  (Online Only)
******ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS- Ages 6-55 YEARS OLD***** Dr. Esiah Allen, owner of PYOU'RE Life Behavioral Health and Wellness, LLC, is a doctorally prepared Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in evaluating, diagnosing, & treating various mental health conditions. Dr. Allen treats CHILDREN, ADOLESCENTS, & ADULTS ages 6-55 yrs old. Her service area includes all of Texas including DFW & surrounding cities. Dr. Allen is proud to provide a high-quality level of customer service, healthcare experience, & commitment to health & wellness. Her goal is to help her patients feel better as quickly as possible!
******ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS- Ages 6-55 YEARS OLD***** Dr. Esiah Allen, owner of PYOU'RE Life Behavioral Health and Wellness, LLC, is a doctorally prepared Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in evaluating, diagnosing, & treating various mental health conditions. Dr. Allen treats CHILDREN, ADOLESCENTS, & ADULTS ages 6-55 yrs old. Her service area includes all of Texas including DFW & surrounding cities. Dr. Allen is proud to provide a high-quality level of customer service, healthcare experience, & commitment to health & wellness. Her goal is to help her patients feel better as quickly as possible!
(972) 325-7998 View (972) 325-7998
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Dr Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cedar Hill, TX 75104
Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Are these emotional and behavioral patterns fixable? Which ones stem from genetics or brain chemistry, and which are rooted in upbringing or circumstances?
Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Are these emotional and behavioral patterns fixable? Which ones stem from genetics or brain chemistry, and which are rooted in upbringing or circumstances?
(469) 871-7383 View (469) 871-7383
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Nwamaka Emeruem
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, MBA, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cedar Hill, TX 75104
Now accepting new patients! Are you struggling with your mood? Anxious all the time? Have you failed several medications in the past and just feel like giving up? @ Ease Psychiatry is here to help. We aim to help our patients by putting them at ease with their mental health. Search no more and call us today: 972-503-4109. We generally respond within 48 hours. Virtual visits from the comfort of your home is also available.
Now accepting new patients! Are you struggling with your mood? Anxious all the time? Have you failed several medications in the past and just feel like giving up? @ Ease Psychiatry is here to help. We aim to help our patients by putting them at ease with their mental health. Search no more and call us today: 972-503-4109. We generally respond within 48 hours. Virtual visits from the comfort of your home is also available.
(214) 974-4404 View (214) 974-4404
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Nicholas Glaze @ Beyond Wellness Total Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cedar Hill, TX 75104
Nicholas Glaze APRN, PMHNP-BC is an experienced psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner dedicated to fostering healing and empowerment. With a collaborative and non-judgmental style, we provide a safe space for clients to explore thoughts and feelings. We believe in uncovering strengths and empowering clients to overcome challenges. If you're seeking a genuine ally on your journey to mental well-being, Nicholas offers a compassionate, evidence-based approach that includes medication evaluation and management, along with diverse therapeutic modalities.
Nicholas Glaze APRN, PMHNP-BC is an experienced psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner dedicated to fostering healing and empowerment. With a collaborative and non-judgmental style, we provide a safe space for clients to explore thoughts and feelings. We believe in uncovering strengths and empowering clients to overcome challenges. If you're seeking a genuine ally on your journey to mental well-being, Nicholas offers a compassionate, evidence-based approach that includes medication evaluation and management, along with diverse therapeutic modalities.
(972) 694-7899 View (972) 694-7899
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Premier Behavioral Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-C, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cedar Hill, TX 75106
Violet Ashu, an ANCC board-certified PMHNP-BC, specializes in providing client-centered mental health services using evidence-based, holistic, individualized care to enable clients to achieve a healthy, productive, and positive sense of self. Has experience in psychiatric/medical settings for 16 years. Good mental health is our greatest wealth, but poor mental health makes us more vulnerable to certain physical health issues. Work experience was with Intouch Psychiatry, Meditelecare, and Done Health. Currently with Grow Therapy, ALMA, Headway, Premier Behavioral Health & Wellness, Rula Health, and Texas Health Resources.
Violet Ashu, an ANCC board-certified PMHNP-BC, specializes in providing client-centered mental health services using evidence-based, holistic, individualized care to enable clients to achieve a healthy, productive, and positive sense of self. Has experience in psychiatric/medical settings for 16 years. Good mental health is our greatest wealth, but poor mental health makes us more vulnerable to certain physical health issues. Work experience was with Intouch Psychiatry, Meditelecare, and Done Health. Currently with Grow Therapy, ALMA, Headway, Premier Behavioral Health & Wellness, Rula Health, and Texas Health Resources.
(469) 552-7844 View (469) 552-7844
Inno-Vations Care LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cedar Hill, TX 75104  (Online Only)
(469) 966-2424 x75104 View (469) 966-2424 x75104

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BroadView Family Psychiatric Solutions
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Grand Prairie, TX 75051  (Online Only)
In my career spanning over a decade, I have worked in diverse healthcare settings, honing a multi-faceted skill set. My experience ranges from acute care to chronic disease management, with particular expertise in psychiatric and mental health nursing. As a PMHNP for the past year, I have been able to leverage these skills to provide patient-centered care, focusing on the diagnosis, treatment, and management of mental health disorders.
In my career spanning over a decade, I have worked in diverse healthcare settings, honing a multi-faceted skill set. My experience ranges from acute care to chronic disease management, with particular expertise in psychiatric and mental health nursing. As a PMHNP for the past year, I have been able to leverage these skills to provide patient-centered care, focusing on the diagnosis, treatment, and management of mental health disorders.
(817) 383-0989 View (817) 383-0989
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In Touch Psychiatry Consultants & Family Medicine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNP-B, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Grand Prairie, TX 75054
Timothy Kimuyu is a duel Certified Board Certified Family and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurse Credentialing Center. He specializes in treating both children, preteens, adolescents, and adults with psychiatric illness. We live in a fast paced environment, busy schedules and never ending life demands. All these bring about psychosocial and psychological stressors which can be overbearing and impact our mental state.
Timothy Kimuyu is a duel Certified Board Certified Family and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurse Credentialing Center. He specializes in treating both children, preteens, adolescents, and adults with psychiatric illness. We live in a fast paced environment, busy schedules and never ending life demands. All these bring about psychosocial and psychological stressors which can be overbearing and impact our mental state.
(817) 592-9892 View (817) 592-9892
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Lovette Okoh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Grand Prairie, TX 75052  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients within 48 hours. We offer effective outpatient, individualized, psychological care. We treat a number of mental health disorders, and provide a neutral ground to individuals so that you may begin the healing process and find your true self again. Our licensed and board-certified collaborating Psychiatrist , Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants have rigorous training and credentialing in the specialty area of child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry.
Accepting new patients within 48 hours. We offer effective outpatient, individualized, psychological care. We treat a number of mental health disorders, and provide a neutral ground to individuals so that you may begin the healing process and find your true self again. Our licensed and board-certified collaborating Psychiatrist , Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants have rigorous training and credentialing in the specialty area of child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry.
(325) 237-2759 View (325) 237-2759
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Dupe Ogunyemi Ariyo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Midlothian, TX 76065  (Online Only)
I am Board board-certified psychiatry mental nurse practitioner. I provide care via Telehealth in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. I provide medication management, and diagnosis services, therapy with the best evidence-based care so that you can be successful. During the appointment, the patient will participate in their treatment to obtain their goal together. I work with children, adult, and adolescent I take a patient-centered approach to treatment working collaboratively with my patients to develop individual treatment plans that address patient issues and treatment.
I am Board board-certified psychiatry mental nurse practitioner. I provide care via Telehealth in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. I provide medication management, and diagnosis services, therapy with the best evidence-based care so that you can be successful. During the appointment, the patient will participate in their treatment to obtain their goal together. I work with children, adult, and adolescent I take a patient-centered approach to treatment working collaboratively with my patients to develop individual treatment plans that address patient issues and treatment.
(817) 857-8704 View (817) 857-8704
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IA HealthLink, PLLC & psychwell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Desoto, TX 75115  (Online Only)
Coming from a familiar community, I can identify with the clients' issues and understand their needs. My goal is to understand the need of the client and assist in creating a balance to restore their baseline comfort and peace.
Coming from a familiar community, I can identify with the clients' issues and understand their needs. My goal is to understand the need of the client and assist in creating a balance to restore their baseline comfort and peace.
(214) 367-5805 View (214) 367-5805
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Samitriya Kroll
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Grand Prairie, TX 75052  (Online Only)
Accepting new client assessments within 48 hours! Samitriya Kroll, offers compassionate and individualized, holistic care dedicated to your overall wellbeing. With over 10 years’ experience in mental health care, Samitriya specializes in mood and anxiety disorders, along with Seasonal Affective Disorder and PTSD. She offers a holistic approach to healing with personalized care, medication management, and lifestyle modification habits.
Accepting new client assessments within 48 hours! Samitriya Kroll, offers compassionate and individualized, holistic care dedicated to your overall wellbeing. With over 10 years’ experience in mental health care, Samitriya specializes in mood and anxiety disorders, along with Seasonal Affective Disorder and PTSD. She offers a holistic approach to healing with personalized care, medication management, and lifestyle modification habits.
(972) 435-6749 View (972) 435-6749

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Number of Psychiatrists in Cedar Hill, TX

10+

Average cost per session

$125

Psychiatrists in Cedar Hill, TX who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
86% Depression
86% Bipolar Disorder
79% ADHD
79% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
79% Trauma and PTSD
71% Addiction

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Cedar Hill, TX see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

67% Female
25% Male
8% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Cedar 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.