Psychiatrists in New Braunfels, TX

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Dr Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Braunfels, TX 78130
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?
(830) 320-3153 View (830) 320-3153
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Intuitive Mind Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
New Braunfels, TX 78130
Lydia is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She believes that every patient is unique in their needs and circumstances, and each one requires great care in harmonizing treatment plans, provider-patient interactions, and medications to achieve positive and therapeutic outcomes. Lydia values listening and understanding her patients more than issuing directives to them. She has extensive experience in the medical field, including 10 years as a Registered Nurse (BSN) and then as a Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) since 2019. She found her passion for working in psychiatric care in 2014 and has remained ever since.
Lydia is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She believes that every patient is unique in their needs and circumstances, and each one requires great care in harmonizing treatment plans, provider-patient interactions, and medications to achieve positive and therapeutic outcomes. Lydia values listening and understanding her patients more than issuing directives to them. She has extensive experience in the medical field, including 10 years as a Registered Nurse (BSN) and then as a Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) since 2019. She found her passion for working in psychiatric care in 2014 and has remained ever since.
(830) 283-4754 View (830) 283-4754
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Whitney H Mitchell
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Braunfels, TX 78130
Whitney H. Mitchell, MD is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist in private practice in New Braunfels, Texas. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Mitchell received a Bachelor of Science in Genetics from Texas A&M University. She attended medical school at University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio where she graduated in the top ten percentile of her class. She completed a residency in Psychiatry in San Antonio and has been in private practice in New Braunfels for 15 years. She specializes in evidence-based treatment of anxiety, mood disorders, and personality and relational problems.
Whitney H. Mitchell, MD is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist in private practice in New Braunfels, Texas. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Mitchell received a Bachelor of Science in Genetics from Texas A&M University. She attended medical school at University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio where she graduated in the top ten percentile of her class. She completed a residency in Psychiatry in San Antonio and has been in private practice in New Braunfels for 15 years. She specializes in evidence-based treatment of anxiety, mood disorders, and personality and relational problems.
(830) 542-9931 View (830) 542-9931
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Your Convenience Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, GNP, FNP
Verified Verified
New Braunfels, TX 78132  (Online Only)
Mental Health Services: Psychotropic Medication Management, Brief Counseling, Comprehensive Psychiatric Evaluations, Emotional Support Animal Documentation, Focused Psychiatric Evaluations, Pre-Surgical Clearances
Mental Health Services: Psychotropic Medication Management, Brief Counseling, Comprehensive Psychiatric Evaluations, Emotional Support Animal Documentation, Focused Psychiatric Evaluations, Pre-Surgical Clearances
(830) 202-6309 View (830) 202-6309
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Dr. Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Braunfels, TX 78130  (Online Only)
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?
(830) 445-2079 View (830) 445-2079
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Dr. Joshua James
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Braunfels, TX 78130  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients. Initial consultation is free. Dr. James completed medical school at Texas A&M School of Medicine and psychiatric residency at UT Health in San Antonio. He is committed to serving the people of Colorado, Texas, and Utah. He specializes in helping people who struggle with depression, anxiety, and PTSD, but can treat other mental health afflictions as well (see list for the most commonly treated conditions). Dr. James works exclusively via telehealth to conveniently fit appointments into your busy schedule. Insurance is not accepted at this time but ask about options for insurance reimbursement.
Accepting new patients. Initial consultation is free. Dr. James completed medical school at Texas A&M School of Medicine and psychiatric residency at UT Health in San Antonio. He is committed to serving the people of Colorado, Texas, and Utah. He specializes in helping people who struggle with depression, anxiety, and PTSD, but can treat other mental health afflictions as well (see list for the most commonly treated conditions). Dr. James works exclusively via telehealth to conveniently fit appointments into your busy schedule. Insurance is not accepted at this time but ask about options for insurance reimbursement.
(210) 985-7604 View (210) 985-7604
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New Braunfels Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Braunfels, TX 78130
I provide Opioid addiction treatment, painkiller addiction treatment, and detox. See our website (www.newbraunfelspsychiatry.com).
I provide Opioid addiction treatment, painkiller addiction treatment, and detox. See our website (www.newbraunfelspsychiatry.com).
(830) 469-3386 View (830) 469-3386
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Ketamine Therapy & Medication Management
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
New Braunfels, TX 78130
Inner Healing Ketamine therapy Offers intramuscular ketamine injections, oral ketamine, and medication management services to help treat depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and ptsd.
Inner Healing Ketamine therapy Offers intramuscular ketamine injections, oral ketamine, and medication management services to help treat depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and ptsd.
(830) 445-7327 View (830) 445-7327
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Affective Mental Wellness, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
New Braunfels, TX 78130
At Affective Mental Wellness, three fully licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners are able to meet your mental health needs in the state of Texas. We are experienced in working with a diverse population of patients. We are able to provide high-quality, comprehensive, compassionate, and patient-focused care for patients between ages 2 to 999 years old. Focusing on the whole person, we, with the patient develop individualized treatment plans.
At Affective Mental Wellness, three fully licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners are able to meet your mental health needs in the state of Texas. We are experienced in working with a diverse population of patients. We are able to provide high-quality, comprehensive, compassionate, and patient-focused care for patients between ages 2 to 999 years old. Focusing on the whole person, we, with the patient develop individualized treatment plans.
(830) 483-8064 View (830) 483-8064
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Advanced Child & Adult Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, APN, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
New Braunfels, TX 78130
Advanced Child & Adult Psychiatric Services provides expert psychiatric evaluations, medication management, & psychosocial counseling for children, adults, & their families. Our ability to provide high-quality, compassionate, affordable psychiatric care in a timely manner is one of our greatest strengths. Most appointments can be scheduled within one week of contacting us. Given today's concerns related to COVID-19, telepsychiatry visits are offered.
Advanced Child & Adult Psychiatric Services provides expert psychiatric evaluations, medication management, & psychosocial counseling for children, adults, & their families. Our ability to provide high-quality, compassionate, affordable psychiatric care in a timely manner is one of our greatest strengths. Most appointments can be scheduled within one week of contacting us. Given today's concerns related to COVID-19, telepsychiatry visits are offered.
(833) 761-0510 View (833) 761-0510
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VPP Clinic | Dr Arif Mirza MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Braunfels, TX 78130  (Online Only)
Welcome to VPPclinic.com ... 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 statewide (Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio). Text 469-770-7750 for quick booking assist.
Welcome to VPPclinic.com ... 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 statewide (Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio). Text 469-770-7750 for quick booking assist.
(726) 227-1205 View (726) 227-1205
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Phillip Balfanz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New Braunfels, TX 78130
I am a child and adolescent psychiatrist with experience in helping family members of all ages when illness interferes with a person's mental health. I believe in the process of recovery and the power of hope in working toward a healthier life.
I am a child and adolescent psychiatrist with experience in helping family members of all ages when illness interferes with a person's mental health. I believe in the process of recovery and the power of hope in working toward a healthier life.
(210) 880-3424 View (210) 880-3424
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Focus & Balance, LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Braunfels, TX 78130
Focus & Balance is a private psychiatric practice mental health professionals qualified and experienced in providing advanced psychiatric treatment, including ADHD in adults and children, to patients in the San Antonio area, With us, you can expect advanced psychopharmacology treatment for all mental issues provided by caring and compassionate clinicians. We are also offer TMS Therapy to our patients with depression. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy is one of the most technologically advanced depression treatments available. This non-invasive, outpatient therapy is FDA cleared and has helped thousand of depressed patients
Focus & Balance is a private psychiatric practice mental health professionals qualified and experienced in providing advanced psychiatric treatment, including ADHD in adults and children, to patients in the San Antonio area, With us, you can expect advanced psychopharmacology treatment for all mental issues provided by caring and compassionate clinicians. We are also offer TMS Therapy to our patients with depression. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy is one of the most technologically advanced depression treatments available. This non-invasive, outpatient therapy is FDA cleared and has helped thousand of depressed patients
(210) 934-4518 View (210) 934-4518
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John T Pichot
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New Braunfels, TX 78130
Dr. John Pichot is located in Alamo Heights and is a graduate of the UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology and specializes in psychotherapy with or without medications related to the treatment of anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and substance use disorders. Dr Pichot is selected for the Best Doctors in America (Database of the top 5% physicians in the country. Specialists who have been chosen by peers in their specialty as best in their field). www.bestdoctors.com. He is licensed in both Texas and Colorado.
Dr. John Pichot is located in Alamo Heights and is a graduate of the UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology and specializes in psychotherapy with or without medications related to the treatment of anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and substance use disorders. Dr Pichot is selected for the Best Doctors in America (Database of the top 5% physicians in the country. Specialists who have been chosen by peers in their specialty as best in their field). www.bestdoctors.com. He is licensed in both Texas and Colorado.
(210) 871-1169 View (210) 871-1169
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Northridge Behavioral Health PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New Braunfels, TX 78131
Dr Ajufo is fully licensed in state of Texas and accepting NEW patients. She is experienced in working with a diverse population of motivated patients. She provides high quality, comprehensive, compassionate and patient focused care for patients 6yrs AND ABOVE Focusing on the whole person Dr Ajufo works with the patient to develop individualized treatment plans. Our clinic treats patients with Anxiety,ADHD, Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia, , Depression, Postpartum Depression, Panic disorder, Schizophrenia , Schizoaffective Disorder and Sleep Disorders ,
Dr Ajufo is fully licensed in state of Texas and accepting NEW patients. She is experienced in working with a diverse population of motivated patients. She provides high quality, comprehensive, compassionate and patient focused care for patients 6yrs AND ABOVE Focusing on the whole person Dr Ajufo works with the patient to develop individualized treatment plans. Our clinic treats patients with Anxiety,ADHD, Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia, , Depression, Postpartum Depression, Panic disorder, Schizophrenia , Schizoaffective Disorder and Sleep Disorders ,
(210) 361-8427 View (210) 361-8427
Bernadette Andrea Horton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
New Braunfels, TX 78130
As a Psychiatric Mental health Nurse Practitioner, we are working hard and dedicating our lives to making the lives of others a priority. We work closely with clients to achieve mental wellness and a new beginning. No two people are the same and we treat patients according to their needs. We will provide treatment specifically for you with the utmost respect and trust. We will work as a team to get you the best outcome and treatment modality.
As a Psychiatric Mental health Nurse Practitioner, we are working hard and dedicating our lives to making the lives of others a priority. We work closely with clients to achieve mental wellness and a new beginning. No two people are the same and we treat patients according to their needs. We will provide treatment specifically for you with the utmost respect and trust. We will work as a team to get you the best outcome and treatment modality.
(210) 361-5015 View (210) 361-5015
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, NP
Verified Verified
New Braunfels, TX 78130  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients via telehealth in Texas for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting daily optimal functioning. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today.. We offer affordable rates out of pocket rates. Accepting some insurances
Accepting new patients via telehealth in Texas for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting daily optimal functioning. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today.. We offer affordable rates out of pocket rates. Accepting some insurances
(737) 530-5855 View (737) 530-5855
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Inner Self Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
New Braunfels, TX 78132  (Online Only)
Accepting NEW Clients TODAY. SAME-DAY appointments are available. After-hours and WEEKEND appointments are available. Currently in-network with BCBS, Superior Medicaid, UHC/Optum, CIGNA, Aetna, and Medicare in Texas. Private Pay rates made affordable. I value meeting my clients where they are WITHOUT making them feel judged. During our initial session, we will talk about what led you to me, and at the end of the session, we will come up with a treatment plan that best suits your needs. The goal is to develop the best therapeutic relationship possible to ease any stress related to having appointments.
Accepting NEW Clients TODAY. SAME-DAY appointments are available. After-hours and WEEKEND appointments are available. Currently in-network with BCBS, Superior Medicaid, UHC/Optum, CIGNA, Aetna, and Medicare in Texas. Private Pay rates made affordable. I value meeting my clients where they are WITHOUT making them feel judged. During our initial session, we will talk about what led you to me, and at the end of the session, we will come up with a treatment plan that best suits your needs. The goal is to develop the best therapeutic relationship possible to ease any stress related to having appointments.
(817) 663-1202 View (817) 663-1202
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Dr. Elena Gherman - Full Moon Behavioral
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Braunfels, TX 78130
Dr. Elena Gherman is a spectacular Leader and Psychiatrist in our community for more than 13 years. She is also an amazing mother of 3 beautiful children. She is Board certified in Adult Psychiatry & Neurology, with specialty fellowship training in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr G's training and professional experiences will allow her to offer you and your family the best care and treatment plans with safety and well-being in mind. The ONLY Psychiatrist doing PharmacoGenomic Testing in the office in San Antonio!
Dr. Elena Gherman is a spectacular Leader and Psychiatrist in our community for more than 13 years. She is also an amazing mother of 3 beautiful children. She is Board certified in Adult Psychiatry & Neurology, with specialty fellowship training in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr G's training and professional experiences will allow her to offer you and your family the best care and treatment plans with safety and well-being in mind. The ONLY Psychiatrist doing PharmacoGenomic Testing in the office in San Antonio!
(726) 204-4619 View (726) 204-4619
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Christina Vasquez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
New Braunfels, TX 78130
I want to serve my community and help those in need of assistance with their mental health and or substance use disorder I offer an evidence based non- biased approach for all clients. My goal is to decrease the stigma associated with mental health.
I want to serve my community and help those in need of assistance with their mental health and or substance use disorder I offer an evidence based non- biased approach for all clients. My goal is to decrease the stigma associated with mental health.
(210) 541-8455 x1 View (210) 541-8455 x1

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Number of Psychiatrists in New Braunfels, TX

20+

Average cost per session

$225

Psychiatrists in New Braunfels, TX who prioritize treating:

96% Depression
96% Anxiety
85% Trauma and PTSD
81% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
81% Bipolar Disorder
81% Medication Management
69% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

89% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
78% BlueCross and BlueShield
78% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in New Braunfels, TX see their clients

70% In Person and Online
30% Online Only

Gender breakdown

57% Female
43% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in New Braunfels?

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.