Psychiatrists in Orange, VA

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Kristopher Inman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Orange, VA 22960
My patients' goals are diverse and each person carries with them different needs and skills. I routinely treat patients coping with a range of conditions including Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, Bipolar, Autism, and other related concerns, and currently provide psychiatric assessment, medication management, and counseling services.
My patients' goals are diverse and each person carries with them different needs and skills. I routinely treat patients coping with a range of conditions including Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, Bipolar, Autism, and other related concerns, and currently provide psychiatric assessment, medication management, and counseling services.
(540) 329-3665 View (540) 329-3665

Online Psychiatrists

Photo of Mary Elizabeth Kwiecinski - Amazing Grace Psychiatric Services, PLCC , PMHNP, CNM, PMH-C, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Amazing Grace Psychiatric Services, PLCC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CNM, PMH-C
Verified Verified
Fishersville, VA 22939
Now accepting new in person and online appts in Virginia! Currently seeing adult clients ages 18-64 who are experiencing general mental health conditions such as but not limited to: anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, adjustment disorders, bipolar disorder, and postpartum anxiety/depression to name a few conditions. I will possibly see clients < 18yo with ADHD on a case-by-case scenario.
Now accepting new in person and online appts in Virginia! Currently seeing adult clients ages 18-64 who are experiencing general mental health conditions such as but not limited to: anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, adjustment disorders, bipolar disorder, and postpartum anxiety/depression to name a few conditions. I will possibly see clients < 18yo with ADHD on a case-by-case scenario.
(540) 572-7468 View (540) 572-7468
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Alice Greenwood
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Falls Church, VA 22046  (Online Only)
I am passionate about helping people live life as the version of themselves they aspire to be. It is my firm belief that addressing and treating mental health concerns appropriately is an integral step in helping people to achieve this.
I am passionate about helping people live life as the version of themselves they aspire to be. It is my firm belief that addressing and treating mental health concerns appropriately is an integral step in helping people to achieve this.
(571) 946-6302 View (571) 946-6302
Wykemia Swan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Alexandria, VA 22310  (Online Only)
Wykemia Swan is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of nursing experience. She has spent most of that time working in behavioral health care, collaborating with patients to improve their mental health by providing education on disease process, medication use, effectiveness, and support with their overall well-being.
Wykemia Swan is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of nursing experience. She has spent most of that time working in behavioral health care, collaborating with patients to improve their mental health by providing education on disease process, medication use, effectiveness, and support with their overall well-being.
(571) 620-6891 View (571) 620-6891
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Chloe Griffith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ashburn, VA 20147  (Online Only)
Chloe Griffith is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She received her undergraduate degree from Birmingham Southern College and later completed her Master's program at Vanderbilt University in 2017. Chloe aims to support her patients using personalized goals and education, brief cognitive behavioral techniques, and medications. She hopes to create an environment where clients feel empowered, connected, and valued.
Chloe Griffith is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She received her undergraduate degree from Birmingham Southern College and later completed her Master's program at Vanderbilt University in 2017. Chloe aims to support her patients using personalized goals and education, brief cognitive behavioral techniques, and medications. She hopes to create an environment where clients feel empowered, connected, and valued.
(571) 554-4719 View (571) 554-4719
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CapeSide Psychiatry & CapeSide Addiction Care
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fredericksburg, VA 22407  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Capeside Psychiatry is committed to providing comprehensive mental health services to children, adolescents, and adults. We provide evaluations, psychological assessments, therapy, and medication management for a range of psychological and behavioral health disorders. Capeside Addiction Care is committed to reducing opioid dependence. Our telehealth services and customized treatment plans allow patients to go through recovery anonymously, keeping their everyday lives intact. Our patients hold the power of their recovery when given the opportunity to get the help they truly need.
Capeside Psychiatry is committed to providing comprehensive mental health services to children, adolescents, and adults. We provide evaluations, psychological assessments, therapy, and medication management for a range of psychological and behavioral health disorders. Capeside Addiction Care is committed to reducing opioid dependence. Our telehealth services and customized treatment plans allow patients to go through recovery anonymously, keeping their everyday lives intact. Our patients hold the power of their recovery when given the opportunity to get the help they truly need.
(910) 537-5143 View (910) 537-5143
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Elizabeth Onyejekwe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Stafford, VA 22556
I am a psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I treat people struggling with Depression, Anxiety, OCD, Trichotillomania, Tics, Tourette's syndrome, ADHD, Autism, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, PTSD, Panic disorder, Bipolar disorder, Intermittent Explosive disorder, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective disorder, Personality disorders, perinatal and post-natal mood disorders. I offer medication management and supportive therapy with a holistic approach. I customize treatment to meet each person's unique needs and goals.
I am a psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I treat people struggling with Depression, Anxiety, OCD, Trichotillomania, Tics, Tourette's syndrome, ADHD, Autism, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, PTSD, Panic disorder, Bipolar disorder, Intermittent Explosive disorder, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective disorder, Personality disorders, perinatal and post-natal mood disorders. I offer medication management and supportive therapy with a holistic approach. I customize treatment to meet each person's unique needs and goals.
(540) 274-5245 View (540) 274-5245
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Kylie Wright
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, BSN, RN
Verified Verified
Vienna, VA 22182
Meet Kylie Wright – I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, with over 18 years of experience in the behavioral health field. I specialize in a wide variety of mental health illnesses. I work with adults, providing each patient with quality care while providing a safe and therapeutic environment. I offer both medication management and counseling to aid in the recovery process.
Meet Kylie Wright – I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, with over 18 years of experience in the behavioral health field. I specialize in a wide variety of mental health illnesses. I work with adults, providing each patient with quality care while providing a safe and therapeutic environment. I offer both medication management and counseling to aid in the recovery process.
(571) 351-2827 View (571) 351-2827
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Sangeeta R Chitlu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ashburn, VA 20147
I am a Child, Adolescent & Adult psychiatrist and have been practicing in Northern VA since 2004. I trained at the Howard Univ Hospital & UMD-Sheppard Pratt, where I served as the Chief fellow as well. I worked with Loudoun County initially, which provided me the opportunity to treat complex patients, and understand critical community- based issues. I have been working in the outpatient sector for the past decade. I specialize in ADHD, early childhood disorders including Autism, Mood disorders, Anxiety, OCD, trauma etc. I collaborate closely with families, schools, clinicians and other systems as per the need of the patient.
I am a Child, Adolescent & Adult psychiatrist and have been practicing in Northern VA since 2004. I trained at the Howard Univ Hospital & UMD-Sheppard Pratt, where I served as the Chief fellow as well. I worked with Loudoun County initially, which provided me the opportunity to treat complex patients, and understand critical community- based issues. I have been working in the outpatient sector for the past decade. I specialize in ADHD, early childhood disorders including Autism, Mood disorders, Anxiety, OCD, trauma etc. I collaborate closely with families, schools, clinicians and other systems as per the need of the patient.
(703) 686-5754 View (703) 686-5754
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Ibrahim Iftoni
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Vienna, VA 22182
Ibrahim iftoni is a board Certified nurse practitioner in Psychiatry. He received his Master's degree from the University of Walden. He has been in the nursing field and mental health for over 15 years. His lengthy experience in both fields has allowed him to integrate nursing and mental health for the most effective treatment of his patients.
Ibrahim iftoni is a board Certified nurse practitioner in Psychiatry. He received his Master's degree from the University of Walden. He has been in the nursing field and mental health for over 15 years. His lengthy experience in both fields has allowed him to integrate nursing and mental health for the most effective treatment of his patients.
(571) 520-7442 View (571) 520-7442
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Meghan Shank
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
McLean, VA 22101
Meghan Shank is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has extensive inpatient and outpatient experience treating clients with a variety of mental health diagnoses, including mood, anxiety, and attention deficit disorders. She enjoys working alongside her adult clients to help them navigate life's challenges and achieve wellness. Meghan offers psychiatric medication management both virtually and in-person at Park Psychiatry's warm and inviting office located in McLean, VA.
Meghan Shank is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has extensive inpatient and outpatient experience treating clients with a variety of mental health diagnoses, including mood, anxiety, and attention deficit disorders. She enjoys working alongside her adult clients to help them navigate life's challenges and achieve wellness. Meghan offers psychiatric medication management both virtually and in-person at Park Psychiatry's warm and inviting office located in McLean, VA.
(571) 450-9851 View (571) 450-9851
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Baffour Agyeman-Duah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Sterling, VA 20165
Diagnose and provide overall treatment management of applicable psychiatric conditions. Psychopharmacology and med-management. Health and Physical Evaluation.
Diagnose and provide overall treatment management of applicable psychiatric conditions. Psychopharmacology and med-management. Health and Physical Evaluation.
(571) 200-8699 View (571) 200-8699
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Golda Trompeta
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Richmond, VA 23230  (Online Only)
Golda is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who manages and treats a wide range of mental health concerns including mood disorders such as depression, anxiety, trauma, and insomnia, and life transitions. She has 24 years of acute care experience and possesses strong critical care skills. She focuses her practice on providing quality and evidenced-based care to her clients while using a compassionate approach. Golda graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, and then received her Master of Science in Nursing degree from Walden University.
Golda is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who manages and treats a wide range of mental health concerns including mood disorders such as depression, anxiety, trauma, and insomnia, and life transitions. She has 24 years of acute care experience and possesses strong critical care skills. She focuses her practice on providing quality and evidenced-based care to her clients while using a compassionate approach. Golda graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, and then received her Master of Science in Nursing degree from Walden University.
(804) 635-3153 View (804) 635-3153
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Ramia Gupta, MD PC
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
Alexandria, VA 22314
An increasing number of people suffer from depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions. Having a mental health disorder can be frightening and overwhelming especially when one doesn’t know where to go to for help. My practice offers that place where I attempt to answer your questions and allay your fears. My work with my patients emphasizes compassion, empathy and support. During the initial assessment, I conduct a detailed Diagnostic evaluation in order to devise an Individualized and Comprehensive Treatment plan unique to the needs of each patient. I am Board Certified in both General and Forensic Psychiatry.
An increasing number of people suffer from depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions. Having a mental health disorder can be frightening and overwhelming especially when one doesn’t know where to go to for help. My practice offers that place where I attempt to answer your questions and allay your fears. My work with my patients emphasizes compassion, empathy and support. During the initial assessment, I conduct a detailed Diagnostic evaluation in order to devise an Individualized and Comprehensive Treatment plan unique to the needs of each patient. I am Board Certified in both General and Forensic Psychiatry.
(571) 536-7421 View (571) 536-7421
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Easy-Access Behavioral & Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Fairfax, VA 22030  (Online Only)
Building effective therapeutic relationship with our patient's is the bedrock of our practice. Our passion for treatment of all forms is centered on individualize treatment model where the client's need is our priority. We inculcate culture diversity, evidence-based model of treatment and the prioritization of patient's concerns and needs. New Client's and established clients are all given the trustworthy care to the best of our ability.
Building effective therapeutic relationship with our patient's is the bedrock of our practice. Our passion for treatment of all forms is centered on individualize treatment model where the client's need is our priority. We inculcate culture diversity, evidence-based model of treatment and the prioritization of patient's concerns and needs. New Client's and established clients are all given the trustworthy care to the best of our ability.
(540) 358-8746 View (540) 358-8746
Photo of Grace Lee, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Grace Lee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Reston, VA 20191
Grace is a certified and licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the state of Virginia. She received her Master's degree in Nursing from the University of Virginia. Grace envisions to provide mental health services to adolescents and adults in managing depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD and ADHD. Her care goal especially focuses on the vulnerable population such as women and minority. She is culturally-sensitive and can provide bilingual care in English and Korean. Grace emphasizes the importance of holistic approach in working with her clients.
Grace is a certified and licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the state of Virginia. She received her Master's degree in Nursing from the University of Virginia. Grace envisions to provide mental health services to adolescents and adults in managing depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD and ADHD. Her care goal especially focuses on the vulnerable population such as women and minority. She is culturally-sensitive and can provide bilingual care in English and Korean. Grace emphasizes the importance of holistic approach in working with her clients.
(571) 497-5318 View (571) 497-5318
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Simple Solutions Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MS, RN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Richmond, VA 23294
WE HAVE IMMEDIATE OPENINGS!!! I offer medication management for all psychiatric issues age 18+.
WE HAVE IMMEDIATE OPENINGS!!! I offer medication management for all psychiatric issues age 18+.
(804) 709-3897 View (804) 709-3897
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Garvey T. Dobbins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Richmond, VA 23294
We Are Accpeting New Clients! - Are you are looking for something different, dynamic, and energizing? That’s our view of how therapy should be. Sometimes it’s talking it out. Other times when it’s really rough, medication may help. At our practice, you will have access to both. We will listen to you, we will work with you, and we will push you to explore different ways of seeing yourself and seeing the world around you. The goal of therapy is to one day, no longer need it. The goal of therapy is to be able to achieve your highest potential. Consultations are always free, call today and let’s talk about a new way to do therapy.
We Are Accpeting New Clients! - Are you are looking for something different, dynamic, and energizing? That’s our view of how therapy should be. Sometimes it’s talking it out. Other times when it’s really rough, medication may help. At our practice, you will have access to both. We will listen to you, we will work with you, and we will push you to explore different ways of seeing yourself and seeing the world around you. The goal of therapy is to one day, no longer need it. The goal of therapy is to be able to achieve your highest potential. Consultations are always free, call today and let’s talk about a new way to do therapy.
(804) 433-6102 View (804) 433-6102
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Calvin Layne
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fairfax, VA 22030  (Online Only)
Ask about a free non-clinical meet-and-greet to see if Calvin matches what you are looking for. Calvin is a ANCC Board-Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). He prides himself in providing care that is nonjudgmental, trauma-informed, inclusive, goal-oriented, and collaborative with his patients. He strives to provide an inclusive practice that is informed by cultural humility. Patients of all races, ethnicities, genders identities, and sexualities should feel safe and respected while in his care.
Ask about a free non-clinical meet-and-greet to see if Calvin matches what you are looking for. Calvin is a ANCC Board-Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). He prides himself in providing care that is nonjudgmental, trauma-informed, inclusive, goal-oriented, and collaborative with his patients. He strives to provide an inclusive practice that is informed by cultural humility. Patients of all races, ethnicities, genders identities, and sexualities should feel safe and respected while in his care.
(571) 699-1090 View (571) 699-1090
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Alexandru Serghi
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
McLean, VA 22101
Dr Serghi’s approach to the medical act is built around the central concept of biological, psychological and social determinants to human illness. The core principle of his practice is based on the application of the scientific method to the most current medical evidence for both the diagnosis and the treatment of brain disorders. In addition to expertise in neuropsychiatric diagnoses, Dr Serghi offers both brief psychotherapeutic interventions as well as long term psychodynamic psychotherapy, in combination with medication treatment only if indicated, within the absolute privacy and comfort of the patient-doctor therapeutic space.
Dr Serghi’s approach to the medical act is built around the central concept of biological, psychological and social determinants to human illness. The core principle of his practice is based on the application of the scientific method to the most current medical evidence for both the diagnosis and the treatment of brain disorders. In addition to expertise in neuropsychiatric diagnoses, Dr Serghi offers both brief psychotherapeutic interventions as well as long term psychodynamic psychotherapy, in combination with medication treatment only if indicated, within the absolute privacy and comfort of the patient-doctor therapeutic space.
(571) 620-6743 View (571) 620-6743

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Number of Psychiatrists in Orange, VA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Orange, VA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Eating Disorders
100% Geriatric and Seniors
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Orange, VA see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Orange?

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.