Psychiatrists in Murray, UT

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Jacob Woods
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Murray, UT 84107
Originally from Utah, Jacob spent many years living in New York, where he greatly enhanced his nursing practice. Graduating as valedictorian from the State University of New York, he gained invaluable experience in neuro intensive care at a comprehensive stroke center. His tenure there included advanced training with the palliative medicine team of the hospital, providing care to patients nearing the end of life and their families. Through these experiences, Jacob cultivated a profound empathy for the emotional rigors of illness and loss, deepening his understanding of the transformative impact of life’s transitions.
Originally from Utah, Jacob spent many years living in New York, where he greatly enhanced his nursing practice. Graduating as valedictorian from the State University of New York, he gained invaluable experience in neuro intensive care at a comprehensive stroke center. His tenure there included advanced training with the palliative medicine team of the hospital, providing care to patients nearing the end of life and their families. Through these experiences, Jacob cultivated a profound empathy for the emotional rigors of illness and loss, deepening his understanding of the transformative impact of life’s transitions.
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Tessa Hamilton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Murray, UT 84121
Waitlist for new clients
Welcome, and thank you for considering me as a resource on your journey to better mental health. I'm dedicated to partnering with you to navigate life's challenges and transformations. My ideal client is someone who is seeking meaningful change and growth, and who is open to exploring a multifaceted approach to achieve their mental health goals. This individual is willing to invest effort into their own well-being. I believe in the strength of combining therapies (The Developmental Model, CBT, Reality therapy, the Gottman method and ketamine-assisted therapy) with mindful lifestyle changes and a reframed perspective.
Welcome, and thank you for considering me as a resource on your journey to better mental health. I'm dedicated to partnering with you to navigate life's challenges and transformations. My ideal client is someone who is seeking meaningful change and growth, and who is open to exploring a multifaceted approach to achieve their mental health goals. This individual is willing to invest effort into their own well-being. I believe in the strength of combining therapies (The Developmental Model, CBT, Reality therapy, the Gottman method and ketamine-assisted therapy) with mindful lifestyle changes and a reframed perspective.
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Mitzy Stewart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Murray, UT 84121
Mitzy Stewart is an advance practice registered nurse (APRN). She has in nursing for 45 years and has worked as a APRN for 20 years. She graduated with a masters degree in education and administration from the University of Phoenix and as an APRN from the University of Utah in 2003. She has enjoyed working with a variety of populations, which include the seriously mentally ill homeless population, substance abuse and all types of mental health settings. She approaches every client that she sees with an open mind and to allow the client to be a partner in their own treatment.
Mitzy Stewart is an advance practice registered nurse (APRN). She has in nursing for 45 years and has worked as a APRN for 20 years. She graduated with a masters degree in education and administration from the University of Phoenix and as an APRN from the University of Utah in 2003. She has enjoyed working with a variety of populations, which include the seriously mentally ill homeless population, substance abuse and all types of mental health settings. She approaches every client that she sees with an open mind and to allow the client to be a partner in their own treatment.
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Maurice Fiedel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Murray, UT 84107
Maurice has had the privilege of working in many practice areas throughout his nursing career, including psychiatry, oncology, palliative care, medical intensive care, hospice, and home health. Much of his psychiatry experience has been in adolescents; however, he also has many years of experience working with adults. He enjoys working with a variety of age groups and possesses a natural ability to build rapport with his patients.
Maurice has had the privilege of working in many practice areas throughout his nursing career, including psychiatry, oncology, palliative care, medical intensive care, hospice, and home health. Much of his psychiatry experience has been in adolescents; however, he also has many years of experience working with adults. He enjoys working with a variety of age groups and possesses a natural ability to build rapport with his patients.
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Jane Coats
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMH-BC
Verified Verified
Murray, UT 84107
Evidence-based treatment modalities guide best practice. A combination of unconditional positive regard, targeted therapies, and expertise in medication management inform treatment planning in collaboration with the patient and provider.
Evidence-based treatment modalities guide best practice. A combination of unconditional positive regard, targeted therapies, and expertise in medication management inform treatment planning in collaboration with the patient and provider.
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Josh Bentley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Murray, UT 84107
Dr. Bentley graduated with an Associate’s Degree of Science in Nursing from Weber State University, a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Nursing from Western Governor’s University, and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Utah. He has been working in healthcare for the past 8 years with a wide variety of experience including patients of all ages, while in inpatient, outpatient, and homecare settings.
Dr. Bentley graduated with an Associate’s Degree of Science in Nursing from Weber State University, a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Nursing from Western Governor’s University, and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Utah. He has been working in healthcare for the past 8 years with a wide variety of experience including patients of all ages, while in inpatient, outpatient, and homecare settings.
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Dr. Amy K Parry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN , PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Murray, UT 84107  (Online Only)
Dr. Parry is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP). She is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to adolescents and adults. She maintains a comprehensive focus to care, including brief psychotherapy and prescribing mental health medications if indicated for adolescents and adults. She possesses strong clinical skills enhanced by natural ability to build rapport with patients and families.
Dr. Parry is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP). She is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to adolescents and adults. She maintains a comprehensive focus to care, including brief psychotherapy and prescribing mental health medications if indicated for adolescents and adults. She possesses strong clinical skills enhanced by natural ability to build rapport with patients and families.
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Melissa Schulzke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, PMHNP-I
Verified Verified
Murray, UT 84107
Melissa is a psychiatric nurse practitioner intern completing her Doctorate of Nursing Practice at the University of Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah with her Bachelor’s in nursing and has worked as a registered nurse in a residential eating disorder treatment center and as a pediatric oncology nurse.
Melissa is a psychiatric nurse practitioner intern completing her Doctorate of Nursing Practice at the University of Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah with her Bachelor’s in nursing and has worked as a registered nurse in a residential eating disorder treatment center and as a pediatric oncology nurse.
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Shane Carter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC, MSN-ED, QMP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Murray, UT 84107
Shane is an advanced practice nurse (APRN) who holds dual master's degrees as an MSN-ED, and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner from the University of Cincinnati. Shane has worked in the medical field since 2004 and specialized in critical care nursing where he cared for his fellow veterans at the Salt Lake City Veterans Hospital. He has served in the military for 20 years and is currently a provider in the Utah Air National Guard med group. Shane treats a variety of mental health issues throughout the life span including children, adolescents, and adults. Shane is now accepting new patients, please call our office to set
Shane is an advanced practice nurse (APRN) who holds dual master's degrees as an MSN-ED, and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner from the University of Cincinnati. Shane has worked in the medical field since 2004 and specialized in critical care nursing where he cared for his fellow veterans at the Salt Lake City Veterans Hospital. He has served in the military for 20 years and is currently a provider in the Utah Air National Guard med group. Shane treats a variety of mental health issues throughout the life span including children, adolescents, and adults. Shane is now accepting new patients, please call our office to set
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Samuel Everett
Physician Assistant, PA-C, MPH
Verified Verified
Murray, UT 84107
Samuel currently provides care through Numinus Wellness Utah at the Murray location! Sam graduated Cum Lade from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science Exercise Science degree, and a Master in Public Health degree. Samuel received a Master of Science, Physician Assistant Studies degree from the Pacific University College of Health Professions in Hillsboro Oregon. Samuel currently provides care at Numinus Wellness Utah at the Murray location!
Samuel currently provides care through Numinus Wellness Utah at the Murray location! Sam graduated Cum Lade from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science Exercise Science degree, and a Master in Public Health degree. Samuel received a Master of Science, Physician Assistant Studies degree from the Pacific University College of Health Professions in Hillsboro Oregon. Samuel currently provides care at Numinus Wellness Utah at the Murray location!
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Scott Salomone
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Murray, UT 84107
Dr. Scott Salomone, MD (he/him) completed his Psychiatric Residency training with distinction in Spanish Language and Healthcare Disparities at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona where he was additionally the Chief Resident of outpatient psychiatry. r. Salomone has found joy in the meaningful connections built in outpatient practice whether providing medication management, therapeutic services, or both with his patients. With a foundation of medical training, he strives to understand the complex physiology underlying mental health disorders and the medications, therapies, and other modalities used to treat them.
Dr. Scott Salomone, MD (he/him) completed his Psychiatric Residency training with distinction in Spanish Language and Healthcare Disparities at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona where he was additionally the Chief Resident of outpatient psychiatry. r. Salomone has found joy in the meaningful connections built in outpatient practice whether providing medication management, therapeutic services, or both with his patients. With a foundation of medical training, he strives to understand the complex physiology underlying mental health disorders and the medications, therapies, and other modalities used to treat them.
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Dr. Amy Allen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Murray, UT 84107
Amy is a psychiatric nurse practitioner. She has a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Utah. She has worked as a mental health nurse for the last 10 years. She spent 3 years working on an inpatient adolescent unit in Utah county and then worked another 3 years in an outpatient clinic. Most recently, she lived in New York City and worked with the chronically homeless. She has extensive experience working with individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, ADHD, and trauma.
Amy is a psychiatric nurse practitioner. She has a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Utah. She has worked as a mental health nurse for the last 10 years. She spent 3 years working on an inpatient adolescent unit in Utah county and then worked another 3 years in an outpatient clinic. Most recently, she lived in New York City and worked with the chronically homeless. She has extensive experience working with individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, ADHD, and trauma.
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Mountain Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-B, MSN-Ed, QMP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Murray, UT 84107
We treat a broad range of mental health issues throughout the lifespan; providing care to children, adolescents, and adults. We specialize in the medication management, diagnosis, and treatment of psychiatric and mental health conditions. We offer esketamine/ketamine therapy for treatment resistant depression (TRD) and depressive symptoms in adults with major depressive disorder (MDD) with suicidal thoughts or actions.
We treat a broad range of mental health issues throughout the lifespan; providing care to children, adolescents, and adults. We specialize in the medication management, diagnosis, and treatment of psychiatric and mental health conditions. We offer esketamine/ketamine therapy for treatment resistant depression (TRD) and depressive symptoms in adults with major depressive disorder (MDD) with suicidal thoughts or actions.
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Jamie Mathews
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Murray, UT 84121
Jamie Mathews is an APRN, PMHNP-BC who has been a Nurse for over 20 years. She taught psychiatric patient care over 14 years after working in Home Health/Hospice, ICU, and Med-Surg. She became passionate for mental health and caring for others who need support and assistance for improved mental health while training nursing students in psychiatric hospitals, and has grown her knowledge of and interest in mental health ever since. Jamie works at a psychiatric hospital and works outpatient psychiatric care which she feels is the best of both worlds.
Jamie Mathews is an APRN, PMHNP-BC who has been a Nurse for over 20 years. She taught psychiatric patient care over 14 years after working in Home Health/Hospice, ICU, and Med-Surg. She became passionate for mental health and caring for others who need support and assistance for improved mental health while training nursing students in psychiatric hospitals, and has grown her knowledge of and interest in mental health ever since. Jamie works at a psychiatric hospital and works outpatient psychiatric care which she feels is the best of both worlds.
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Christina Thomas
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Murray, UT 84107
My scope of practice and approach as a a psychiatric PA-C is influenced by my prior career as a social worker. Prior to PA school I worked in a psychology as a cognitive behavioral therapist for research in mood disorders and pain with the University of Texas at Arlington. Deciding I wanted to become more adept with psychiatrics assessments I moved to work in the emergency department at Texas Health Recourses Hospital In Dallas, Texas where I had multiple duties including administering psychiatric and chemical dependency assessments, crisis intervention, treatment planning, and resource coordination for multiple populations.
My scope of practice and approach as a a psychiatric PA-C is influenced by my prior career as a social worker. Prior to PA school I worked in a psychology as a cognitive behavioral therapist for research in mood disorders and pain with the University of Texas at Arlington. Deciding I wanted to become more adept with psychiatrics assessments I moved to work in the emergency department at Texas Health Recourses Hospital In Dallas, Texas where I had multiple duties including administering psychiatric and chemical dependency assessments, crisis intervention, treatment planning, and resource coordination for multiple populations.
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Lindsey Gavin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Murray, UT 84107
Lindsey Gavin (she/her) earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice with an emphasis in Psychiatric-Mental Health from the University of Utah in May 2022. For the past 9 years, she has worked in inpatient and outpatient mental health, emergency medicine, substance use treatment, and veteran research. Since the start of her nursing career, Lindsey has always been drawn to helping patients with mental health needs. She recognizes her patients’ strength in adversity and is committed to helping them build resilience.
Lindsey Gavin (she/her) earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice with an emphasis in Psychiatric-Mental Health from the University of Utah in May 2022. For the past 9 years, she has worked in inpatient and outpatient mental health, emergency medicine, substance use treatment, and veteran research. Since the start of her nursing career, Lindsey has always been drawn to helping patients with mental health needs. She recognizes her patients’ strength in adversity and is committed to helping them build resilience.
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Siqin (Sushi) Simmons
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Murray, UT 84121
Dr. Simmons received an MD overseas and a DNP from the University of Utah. She is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has nearly 20 years' experience in healthcare. Having lived in four countries with different cultures, she understands that each individual is the outcome of the complex interactions of their biopsychosocial factors and that trauma can have profound negative effects in people's lives. She respects people’s perspectives from all walks of life. She loves to assist people in improving the quality of their lives with evidence-based medical knowledge and psychotherapy skills.
Dr. Simmons received an MD overseas and a DNP from the University of Utah. She is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has nearly 20 years' experience in healthcare. Having lived in four countries with different cultures, she understands that each individual is the outcome of the complex interactions of their biopsychosocial factors and that trauma can have profound negative effects in people's lives. She respects people’s perspectives from all walks of life. She loves to assist people in improving the quality of their lives with evidence-based medical knowledge and psychotherapy skills.
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Suzanne Peterson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-C, RN
Verified Verified
Murray, UT 84107
Suzanne Peterson is a Utah native and earned her bachelor’s in nursing from the University of Utah. Many years ago while taking nursing classes, her 3-year old daughter was diagnosed with leukemia, which caused Suzanne to become intensely interested in pediatric care. After her daughter entered remission, she worked in pediatric oncology for years, but Suzanne saw a great need for pediatric and family mental health services given the difficult situations she’d encountered in pediatric oncology. She returned to graduate school and graduated from Georgetown to become a family Nurse Practitioner, specializing in mental health.
Suzanne Peterson is a Utah native and earned her bachelor’s in nursing from the University of Utah. Many years ago while taking nursing classes, her 3-year old daughter was diagnosed with leukemia, which caused Suzanne to become intensely interested in pediatric care. After her daughter entered remission, she worked in pediatric oncology for years, but Suzanne saw a great need for pediatric and family mental health services given the difficult situations she’d encountered in pediatric oncology. She returned to graduate school and graduated from Georgetown to become a family Nurse Practitioner, specializing in mental health.
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Megan Manning
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Murray, UT 84107
I enjoy supporting people of all ages, no matter the mental health concern. I have experience treating anxiety to psychosis both naturally and pharmacological. I believe medications are most effective when utilized with therapy and behavioral changes.
I enjoy supporting people of all ages, no matter the mental health concern. I have experience treating anxiety to psychosis both naturally and pharmacological. I believe medications are most effective when utilized with therapy and behavioral changes.
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Sajid Faizi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Murray, UT 84121
Dr. Sajid Faizi is a Psychiatrist in Utah who has been practicing since 2004. Dr. Faizi assesses the needs of the client and helps manage them. Outside of work, Dr. Faizi likes to spend time with family, enjoy outdoor activities including hiking, barbecue, and play table tennis.
Dr. Sajid Faizi is a Psychiatrist in Utah who has been practicing since 2004. Dr. Faizi assesses the needs of the client and helps manage them. Outside of work, Dr. Faizi likes to spend time with family, enjoy outdoor activities including hiking, barbecue, and play table tennis.
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Murray, UT

30+

Average cost per session

$187

Psychiatrists in Murray, UT who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
97% Anxiety
84% ADHD
84% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
84% Trauma and PTSD
84% Bipolar Disorder
84% Medication Management

Average years in practice

3 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

90% Aetna
90% Cigna and Evernorth
90% SelectHealth

How Psychiatrists in Murray, UT see their clients

91% In Person and Online
9% Online Only

Gender breakdown

62% Female
38% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Murray?

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.