Psychiatrists in Williamson County, TX

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Photo of Amanda Anazia | Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Williamson County, TX
Amanda Anazia | Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Cedar Park, TX 78613
Amanda Anazia MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, as well as a certified family nurse practitioner. She graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in the inaugural class of 2012. Amanda obtained her MSN from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, where she specialized in Family in 2020. She also obtained a Post-Master’s Certificate from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston where she specialized as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2021.
Amanda Anazia MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, as well as a certified family nurse practitioner. She graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in the inaugural class of 2012. Amanda obtained her MSN from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, where she specialized in Family in 2020. She also obtained a Post-Master’s Certificate from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston where she specialized as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2021.
(512) 855-7054 View (512) 855-7054
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Holly Kerby (Grace Psychiatric Services)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified
Georgetown, TX 78628
At Grace Psychiatric Services, PLLC, my dedication is fueled by a passion for the universal significance of mental health. Life's challenges touch every individual—whether a professional, parent, caretaker, student, or someone encountered at the store. With two decades of work in the profession and a lifetime dedicated to caretaking, I've gained insights into the resilience inherent in each person. This underscores the importance of nurturing mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being—a comprehensive 360-degree approach.
At Grace Psychiatric Services, PLLC, my dedication is fueled by a passion for the universal significance of mental health. Life's challenges touch every individual—whether a professional, parent, caretaker, student, or someone encountered at the store. With two decades of work in the profession and a lifetime dedicated to caretaking, I've gained insights into the resilience inherent in each person. This underscores the importance of nurturing mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being—a comprehensive 360-degree approach.
(512) 598-4285 View (512) 598-4285
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Dr. Colin Ross
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Round Rock, TX 78681
I am a psychiatrist specializing in trauma and dissociation and have been providing treatment, consultation, educational and supervision services for over 30 years in Texas in outpatient, inpatient, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient treatment settings. I see teens and adults and address a wide range of mental disorders including anxiety, depression, PTSD and substance use disorders.
I am a psychiatrist specializing in trauma and dissociation and have been providing treatment, consultation, educational and supervision services for over 30 years in Texas in outpatient, inpatient, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient treatment settings. I see teens and adults and address a wide range of mental disorders including anxiety, depression, PTSD and substance use disorders.
(972) 928-0535 View (972) 928-0535
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Dr Terry Eagan - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Cedar Park, TX 78613
Dr. Terry Eagan brings to Anew Era TMS an extensive body of professional experience in the field of psychiatry, encompassing both his clinical private practice and multiple Medical Director positions where he provides medical and psychiatric oversight of mental health treatment centers. Dr. Eagan’s diverse background includes the founding of various institutes that focus on providing specialized and innovative treatment for a variety of psychiatric disorders.
Dr. Terry Eagan brings to Anew Era TMS an extensive body of professional experience in the field of psychiatry, encompassing both his clinical private practice and multiple Medical Director positions where he provides medical and psychiatric oversight of mental health treatment centers. Dr. Eagan’s diverse background includes the founding of various institutes that focus on providing specialized and innovative treatment for a variety of psychiatric disorders.
(512) 601-4675 View (512) 601-4675
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Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry - Cedar Park
Psychiatrist
Verified
Cedar Park, TX 78613
If you are suffering from medication resistant depression, anxiety, OCD, or PTSD, a combination of talk therapy and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) may be the answer for you. For many people, antidepressants do not fully relieve the symptoms or cause too many side effects, and it can become very difficult going through multiple medications that do not seem to work. After failed medication attempts, you are eligible to be treated with TMS and therapy together. Call our Specialists to learn more about your options.
If you are suffering from medication resistant depression, anxiety, OCD, or PTSD, a combination of talk therapy and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) may be the answer for you. For many people, antidepressants do not fully relieve the symptoms or cause too many side effects, and it can become very difficult going through multiple medications that do not seem to work. After failed medication attempts, you are eligible to be treated with TMS and therapy together. Call our Specialists to learn more about your options.
(737) 747-7224 View (737) 747-7224
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Israel C. Calzada
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Round Rock, TX 78681  (Online Only)
**Currently offering ONLINE TELEMEDICINE appointments to all Texas residents** My pledge to you: I will actively listen to your unique story--what is troubling you, impairing you and distressing you. I will work in collaboration with you to primarily discover what your personal goals are for treatment and then secondarily formulate a mutually-agreed upon strategy for treatment, for achieving your goals. I will do this with empathy and compassion; I will do this with all dignity, respect and complete confidentiality; and I will do this without judgment or assumption.
**Currently offering ONLINE TELEMEDICINE appointments to all Texas residents** My pledge to you: I will actively listen to your unique story--what is troubling you, impairing you and distressing you. I will work in collaboration with you to primarily discover what your personal goals are for treatment and then secondarily formulate a mutually-agreed upon strategy for treatment, for achieving your goals. I will do this with empathy and compassion; I will do this with all dignity, respect and complete confidentiality; and I will do this without judgment or assumption.
(512) 399-0295 View (512) 399-0295
Photo of Misti B Maag, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Williamson County, TX
Misti B Maag
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified
Georgetown, TX 78633
Dr. Maag is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over twenty years of experience in various areas of healthcare. She holds a Post-Masters Certification in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing and obtained her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.
Dr. Maag is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over twenty years of experience in various areas of healthcare. She holds a Post-Masters Certification in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing and obtained her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.
(254) 566-2817 View (254) 566-2817
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Peter Soo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Round Rock, TX 78681
I am a Psychiatrist and have been providing mental health services for 24 years in outpatient and in home settings. I see Individuals and I address Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Hyperactive Disorder (ADD / ADHD), Mood Disorder. My goal is to understand & really get to know you as a person, your history and your current life. I provide Supportive/educational counseling along with medication management. I always encourage/emphasize the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle. I believe in mutual respect, collaboration, and honesty.
I am a Psychiatrist and have been providing mental health services for 24 years in outpatient and in home settings. I see Individuals and I address Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Hyperactive Disorder (ADD / ADHD), Mood Disorder. My goal is to understand & really get to know you as a person, your history and your current life. I provide Supportive/educational counseling along with medication management. I always encourage/emphasize the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle. I believe in mutual respect, collaboration, and honesty.
(512) 648-2445 View (512) 648-2445
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The HIVE Maternal Wellness Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNM
Verified
Leander, TX 78641  (Online Only)
The transition into parenthood can be challenging because there are so many changes and things happen unexpectantly. We do our best to be prepared, yet we may find ourselves lost in overwhelm. We are pretty familiar with the physical changes, but less so with the mental ones. If this is you, let me reassure you many others have been there and there is help for your situation. My name is Kimberly Sennet and I'm here to encourage you to take a step- for yourself, your baby, and your family. I'm here whenever you are ready.
The transition into parenthood can be challenging because there are so many changes and things happen unexpectantly. We do our best to be prepared, yet we may find ourselves lost in overwhelm. We are pretty familiar with the physical changes, but less so with the mental ones. If this is you, let me reassure you many others have been there and there is help for your situation. My name is Kimberly Sennet and I'm here to encourage you to take a step- for yourself, your baby, and your family. I'm here whenever you are ready.
(737) 227-0626 View (737) 227-0626
Photo of Karen Chu, Psychiatrist in Williamson County, TX
Karen Chu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Round Rock, TX 78681
I am a Psychiatrist and have been providing Psychiatry services for four years in outpatient, in home and treatment settings. I see young adults and adults and address anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and other mental health illness.
I am a Psychiatrist and have been providing Psychiatry services for four years in outpatient, in home and treatment settings. I see young adults and adults and address anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and other mental health illness.
(512) 540-3981 View (512) 540-3981
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Ugo Rufus - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Cedar Park, TX 78613
Ugochi Rufus is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP- BC), certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Ms. Rufus received her Masters degree in Nursing, from the University of South Alabama.
Ugochi Rufus is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP- BC), certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Ms. Rufus received her Masters degree in Nursing, from the University of South Alabama.
(512) 764-3345 View (512) 764-3345
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Kyle Vincent
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Cedar Park, TX 78613
I am currently accepting new patients. I work with clients who are looking to find and grow their strengths and ability to handle the challenges in their lives. I am dedicated to improving the quality of lives by providing approachable, evidence-based, and compassionate psychiatric health care services. Our first priority is strengthening emotional and mental well-being for individuals of all ages and walks of life. We aim to support our patients and their families by providing cutting-edge medication and therapy treatments.
I am currently accepting new patients. I work with clients who are looking to find and grow their strengths and ability to handle the challenges in their lives. I am dedicated to improving the quality of lives by providing approachable, evidence-based, and compassionate psychiatric health care services. Our first priority is strengthening emotional and mental well-being for individuals of all ages and walks of life. We aim to support our patients and their families by providing cutting-edge medication and therapy treatments.
(844) 958-2661 View (844) 958-2661
Photo of Whitney Baskett, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Williamson County, TX
Whitney Baskett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRNMSN, PMHNPBC, FNPBC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Round Rock, TX 78664  (Online Only)
I am a dual-certified family and mental health nurse practitioner. I have a background as a mental health nurse working with mental health patients of all ages since 2013. It was there I found my passion in the mental health field. I am so excited our society is finally shedding more light on these issues. There has been a stigma for far too long. I firmly believe that mental health disorders are one of the most difficult diseases to live with and can impact so many aspects of our lives. Disorders such as depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders can lead to poor physical health and I am here to help prevent this from happening!
I am a dual-certified family and mental health nurse practitioner. I have a background as a mental health nurse working with mental health patients of all ages since 2013. It was there I found my passion in the mental health field. I am so excited our society is finally shedding more light on these issues. There has been a stigma for far too long. I firmly believe that mental health disorders are one of the most difficult diseases to live with and can impact so many aspects of our lives. Disorders such as depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders can lead to poor physical health and I am here to help prevent this from happening!
(512) 957-6519 View (512) 957-6519
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Happiness Nwadike
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Round Rock, TX 78664
Accepting new patients now. Services include Psychiatric evaluation and medication management Telemedicine and In-person visits available. Ages 18-65 years.
Accepting new patients now. Services include Psychiatric evaluation and medication management Telemedicine and In-person visits available. Ages 18-65 years.
(737) 258-9256 View (737) 258-9256
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Dr. Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Round Rock, TX 78681
The dawn of the new year unfolds as an opportunity for profound personal reinvention. Are your thought patterns due to ADHD or anxiety? When will that fatigue resolve? Which emotions are based on your upbringing, genetics, brain chemistry, or your recent circumstances? Break free from the cyclical ruts that may have defined your journey and let the dedicated team of experts at Evolve Psychiatry show you how we can provide unwavering support and education tailored to your individual challenges. We specialize in offering proven options (and not just medications), grounded in a deep understanding of your unique needs.
The dawn of the new year unfolds as an opportunity for profound personal reinvention. Are your thought patterns due to ADHD or anxiety? When will that fatigue resolve? Which emotions are based on your upbringing, genetics, brain chemistry, or your recent circumstances? Break free from the cyclical ruts that may have defined your journey and let the dedicated team of experts at Evolve Psychiatry show you how we can provide unwavering support and education tailored to your individual challenges. We specialize in offering proven options (and not just medications), grounded in a deep understanding of your unique needs.
(737) 727-2503 View (737) 727-2503
Photo of LaSonda Michelle Courts, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Williamson County, TX
LaSonda Michelle Courts
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Cedar Park, TX 78613
Michelle is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a Masters Degree of Science in Nursing from Walden University. Ms. Courts has experience treating adults and adolescents ages fourteen and older with mental issues. She has obtained experience in treating patients experiencing depression, anxiety, and mood disorders. Her clinical training includes working with patients experiencing depression, anxiety, mood disorders, schizophrenia, and eating disorders.
Michelle is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a Masters Degree of Science in Nursing from Walden University. Ms. Courts has experience treating adults and adolescents ages fourteen and older with mental issues. She has obtained experience in treating patients experiencing depression, anxiety, and mood disorders. Her clinical training includes working with patients experiencing depression, anxiety, mood disorders, schizophrenia, and eating disorders.
(844) 960-3089 View (844) 960-3089
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Fauzia Akhtar - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Cedar Park, TX 78613
Fauzia Akhtar is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Fauzia has over 10 years of extensive patient care experience at multiple medical institutions. She is passionate about providing top-quality, benevolent, and comprehensive mental health care to adults ages 18-64. Fauzia possesses strong clinical skills enhanced by the ability to build rapport with patients and families. She follows evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience during patient interactions.
Fauzia Akhtar is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Fauzia has over 10 years of extensive patient care experience at multiple medical institutions. She is passionate about providing top-quality, benevolent, and comprehensive mental health care to adults ages 18-64. Fauzia possesses strong clinical skills enhanced by the ability to build rapport with patients and families. She follows evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience during patient interactions.
(512) 729-8110 View (512) 729-8110
Photo of Daniel C. Mathews, Psychiatrist in Williamson County, TX
Daniel C. Mathews
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Cedar Park, TX 78630
Waitlist for new clients
Currently Not Accepting New Patients (may change 2024: check website). Trying to feel better? Austin Mind & Wellness is dedicated to treating common mental health conditions in a supportive environment, while providing outstanding patient care. We strive to formulate a tailored approach that addresses your unique needs. Dr. Mathews and his staff are truly collaborative with a great bedside manner. We are professional, personable, and trustworthy. The practice takes pride in taking the time to really listen and understand your background (90 min initial evaluations). Televideo appointments now being offered.
Currently Not Accepting New Patients (may change 2024: check website). Trying to feel better? Austin Mind & Wellness is dedicated to treating common mental health conditions in a supportive environment, while providing outstanding patient care. We strive to formulate a tailored approach that addresses your unique needs. Dr. Mathews and his staff are truly collaborative with a great bedside manner. We are professional, personable, and trustworthy. The practice takes pride in taking the time to really listen and understand your background (90 min initial evaluations). Televideo appointments now being offered.
(512) 842-4620 View (512) 842-4620
Photo of Sharon Karki, Psychiatrist in Williamson County, TX
Sharon Karki
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Round Rock, TX 78681
I am a Psychiatrist and have been providing mental health services for 5 years in outpatient and in home settings.
I am a Psychiatrist and have been providing mental health services for 5 years in outpatient and in home settings.
(512) 575-2003 View (512) 575-2003
Photo of Baobab Psychiatric Services, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Williamson County, TX
Baobab Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
Round Rock, TX 78665
Dr. Kokou-Abi is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. He obtained a master’s degree and a doctorate in nursing practice from the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Dr. Kokou-Abi uses a compassionate approach to his psychiatric practice and has an extensive experience with patients with mood, thought disorders, and anxiety. His other interests include substance abuse treatment, stigma reduction regarding psychiatric care, and improving access to mental health care for the underserved. Contact us at welcome@baobabpsychiatry.com, and visit our website to fill out our intake form.
Dr. Kokou-Abi is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. He obtained a master’s degree and a doctorate in nursing practice from the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Dr. Kokou-Abi uses a compassionate approach to his psychiatric practice and has an extensive experience with patients with mood, thought disorders, and anxiety. His other interests include substance abuse treatment, stigma reduction regarding psychiatric care, and improving access to mental health care for the underserved. Contact us at welcome@baobabpsychiatry.com, and visit our website to fill out our intake form.
(512) 883-3364 View (512) 883-3364

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Number of Psychiatrists in Williamson County, TX

100+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in Williamson County, TX who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
94% Anxiety
83% Bipolar Disorder
74% Medication Management
73% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
73% Trauma and PTSD
61% ADHD

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

87% Cigna and Evernorth
86% BlueCross and BlueShield
84% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Williamson County, TX see their clients

71% In Person and Online
29% Online Only

Gender breakdown

61% Female
38% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Williamson 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.