Psychiatrists in San Juan County, WA

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Quinn N Fihn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Friday Harbor, WA 98250
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I believe that mental health is more than the absence of mental illness. Although my training and education is to diagnose, evaluate, and treat psychiatric disorders, my goal is to work in partnership with clients toward an integrated sense of mental clarity, balance, and resiliency. My approach to treatment involves understanding more than pharmacology- patients can expect that I will seek to understand their unique biopsychosocial context, coping skills, and patterns.
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I believe that mental health is more than the absence of mental illness. Although my training and education is to diagnose, evaluate, and treat psychiatric disorders, my goal is to work in partnership with clients toward an integrated sense of mental clarity, balance, and resiliency. My approach to treatment involves understanding more than pharmacology- patients can expect that I will seek to understand their unique biopsychosocial context, coping skills, and patterns.
(206) 761-0667 View (206) 761-0667

Online Psychiatrists

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Alex Tan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, ND, MSN
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98107  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients for ADHD Management via Telehealth/In-Person. Are you looking to work with a medical provider who can help evaluate and manage ADHD? Adults with ADHD may struggle with staying focused, paying attention, completing projects and may feel impulsive and restless. This can affect your work, personal lives and relationships. I provide comprehensive evaluations to discern if your symptoms may be due to ADHD or other conditions, and provide both prescription and non-prescription options for treatment. I believe that ADHD can become a strength if it is managed properly and responsibly.
Accepting New Patients for ADHD Management via Telehealth/In-Person. Are you looking to work with a medical provider who can help evaluate and manage ADHD? Adults with ADHD may struggle with staying focused, paying attention, completing projects and may feel impulsive and restless. This can affect your work, personal lives and relationships. I provide comprehensive evaluations to discern if your symptoms may be due to ADHD or other conditions, and provide both prescription and non-prescription options for treatment. I believe that ADHD can become a strength if it is managed properly and responsibly.
(206) 758-2148 View (206) 758-2148
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Jennifer Irwin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tacoma, WA 98467
Dr. Irwin is a general psychiatrist interested in an integrative care approach to healing, incorporating medication, psychotherapy and exercise. After graduating Hartwick College, in upstate New York, summa cum laude with departmental honors in Biology, Dr. Irwin attended Michigan State Medical School. She went on to complete four years of residency training in Psychiatry at the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit and moved to Washington in 1999. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, hiking, skiing, and practicing yoga and meditation.
Dr. Irwin is a general psychiatrist interested in an integrative care approach to healing, incorporating medication, psychotherapy and exercise. After graduating Hartwick College, in upstate New York, summa cum laude with departmental honors in Biology, Dr. Irwin attended Michigan State Medical School. She went on to complete four years of residency training in Psychiatry at the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit and moved to Washington in 1999. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, hiking, skiing, and practicing yoga and meditation.
(253) 338-5169 View (253) 338-5169
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Nina Chandler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bellevue, WA 98004  (Online Only)
Nina Chandler provides comprehensive psychiatric care for all ages, focusing on wellness and collaboration, and has expertise in women’s mental health, especially postpartum mood disorders, adolescent mental health, depression, anxiety, OCD, Bipolar Spectrum Disorders, and management of severe and persistent mental health conditions.
Nina Chandler provides comprehensive psychiatric care for all ages, focusing on wellness and collaboration, and has expertise in women’s mental health, especially postpartum mood disorders, adolescent mental health, depression, anxiety, OCD, Bipolar Spectrum Disorders, and management of severe and persistent mental health conditions.
(425) 584-5462 View (425) 584-5462
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EZ Mind Psychiatric Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98119  (Online Only)
Do you feel depressed or anxious? Struggling to stay motivated or focused? Hitting roadblocks as you try to navigate big life transitions? I can help.
Do you feel depressed or anxious? Struggling to stay motivated or focused? Hitting roadblocks as you try to navigate big life transitions? I can help.
(307) 314-0398 View (307) 314-0398
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Robert Devney
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Bothell, WA 98011
I have a general psychiatry and child/adolescent psychiatry practice and will see individuals up to the age of 65 years. Interests include autism spectrum disorder in patients with co-occurring physiologic illness. My practice often focuses on anxiety, mood, thought disorders and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). These diagnoses frequently present as home, school, and work concerns. For assistance with substance use disorders, I rely on other community providers.
I have a general psychiatry and child/adolescent psychiatry practice and will see individuals up to the age of 65 years. Interests include autism spectrum disorder in patients with co-occurring physiologic illness. My practice often focuses on anxiety, mood, thought disorders and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). These diagnoses frequently present as home, school, and work concerns. For assistance with substance use disorders, I rely on other community providers.
(425) 949-0204 View (425) 949-0204
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Ryan Thebo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Tacoma, WA 98402
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide holistic online psychiatry services (telemedicine), so that you can conveniently be seen in the comfort of your home for appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as in-person visits and I will address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness beyond a standard psychiatry visit. My aim is for you to truly thrive at your best! You can conveniently self-schedule a holistic psychiatry video appointment right now at: pwpsychiatry.com/WA
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide holistic online psychiatry services (telemedicine), so that you can conveniently be seen in the comfort of your home for appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as in-person visits and I will address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness beyond a standard psychiatry visit. My aim is for you to truly thrive at your best! You can conveniently self-schedule a holistic psychiatry video appointment right now at: pwpsychiatry.com/WA
(253) 242-2648 View (253) 242-2648
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Nathan Bushue
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Redmond, WA 98052
I have worked in both community mental health and private clinics prior to coming to LightHeart. This exposure has equipped me with a broad perspective on mental healthcare. I have worked with clients with many different backgrounds and ages. I like working with clients during life transitions. Helping clients find a path for the future is a passion of mine. I am also well-versed in the use of innovative clinical technologies such as TMS (trans-cranial magnetic stimulation) and Spravato (ketamine delivered via nasal spray) for treatment-resistant depression.
I have worked in both community mental health and private clinics prior to coming to LightHeart. This exposure has equipped me with a broad perspective on mental healthcare. I have worked with clients with many different backgrounds and ages. I like working with clients during life transitions. Helping clients find a path for the future is a passion of mine. I am also well-versed in the use of innovative clinical technologies such as TMS (trans-cranial magnetic stimulation) and Spravato (ketamine delivered via nasal spray) for treatment-resistant depression.
(206) 589-1117 View (206) 589-1117
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Brett Springer Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
Tacoma, WA 98402
I provide holistic and collaborative psychiatric care, empowering you as the expert on your unique experiences, strengths, and obstacles.
I provide holistic and collaborative psychiatric care, empowering you as the expert on your unique experiences, strengths, and obstacles.
(253) 366-8387 View (253) 366-8387
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Joanne Gartenberg
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Duvall, WA 98019
I am an experienced board-certified psychiatrist who enjoys working with adults and older adolescents who want to reduce their suffering. I provide psychiatric evaluation and treatment, psychotherapy, and individual and group mindfulness instruction. I have a holistic, welcoming approach. I offer in-person appointments and telehealth appointments are available after the first in-person session. I am not in network with insurance, but will happily provide you a statement that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.
I am an experienced board-certified psychiatrist who enjoys working with adults and older adolescents who want to reduce their suffering. I provide psychiatric evaluation and treatment, psychotherapy, and individual and group mindfulness instruction. I have a holistic, welcoming approach. I offer in-person appointments and telehealth appointments are available after the first in-person session. I am not in network with insurance, but will happily provide you a statement that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.
(425) 584-6032 View (425) 584-6032
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Jonathan Allotey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Tacoma, WA 98402  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/WA
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/WA
(253) 465-2018 View (253) 465-2018
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Barbara Rix
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
University Place, WA 98467  (Online Only)
I am a Nurse Practitioner (Family & PMHNP) that provides holistic care focusing on weight loss coaching, medical weight loss, and medication management in depression, anxiety, and ADHD.
I am a Nurse Practitioner (Family & PMHNP) that provides holistic care focusing on weight loss coaching, medical weight loss, and medication management in depression, anxiety, and ADHD.
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Leah Haddad
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Tacoma, WA 98402
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/WA
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/WA
(253) 470-2369 View (253) 470-2369
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Ethiopia Wudma Zerfu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, Post, Masters
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Seatac, WA 98188
Ethiopia Zerfu is a Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with two decades of experience providing high-impact healthcare in Washington State. Ms. Zerfu earned her bachelor’s from the University of Washington. Her master’s degree & education from Temple & Walden University. She is doing her postmaster's degree. She has worked in various specialties and has found her passion in psychiatry. Crafting her therapeutic alliances to be free of judgment and full of support, Zerfu caters to the whole-person whilst implementing evidence-based practices. She greatly values patient-center care.
Ethiopia Zerfu is a Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with two decades of experience providing high-impact healthcare in Washington State. Ms. Zerfu earned her bachelor’s from the University of Washington. Her master’s degree & education from Temple & Walden University. She is doing her postmaster's degree. She has worked in various specialties and has found her passion in psychiatry. Crafting her therapeutic alliances to be free of judgment and full of support, Zerfu caters to the whole-person whilst implementing evidence-based practices. She greatly values patient-center care.
(253) 544-4368 View (253) 544-4368
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Aspiring Health Pathway Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B, APRN
Verified Verified
Tacoma, WA 98402  (Online Only)
Judith Ngante is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner licensed to practice in the state of Washington. She comes with many years of patient care experience. Her goal is to build strong relationships with her patients and to provide comprehensive, individualized, evidence-based care. She believes that taking care of the body requires taking care of the physical and the mind to foster a positive outcome and productive lifestyle. Be it depression, anxiety, bipolar, mood disorder, remember this is what you’re going through, not who you are.
Judith Ngante is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner licensed to practice in the state of Washington. She comes with many years of patient care experience. Her goal is to build strong relationships with her patients and to provide comprehensive, individualized, evidence-based care. She believes that taking care of the body requires taking care of the physical and the mind to foster a positive outcome and productive lifestyle. Be it depression, anxiety, bipolar, mood disorder, remember this is what you’re going through, not who you are.
(253) 785-3243 View (253) 785-3243
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Cognitive Growth Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fircrest, WA 98466
Accepting new clients - Cecil Groetken is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Washington State. He was inspired to specialize in mental health after caring for individuals in crisis as an RN in an emergency room setting for the past eight years. He trained under multiple providers in the area before starting Cognitive Growth Mental Health and would be honored to have the opportunity to help you focus on your mental health needs.
Accepting new clients - Cecil Groetken is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Washington State. He was inspired to specialize in mental health after caring for individuals in crisis as an RN in an emergency room setting for the past eight years. He trained under multiple providers in the area before starting Cognitive Growth Mental Health and would be honored to have the opportunity to help you focus on your mental health needs.
(253) 400-2470 View (253) 400-2470
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Rose Ifeyinwa Chigbo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98115
Mental health comes in different forms. As a mental health provider, understanding your need is my priority and goal. A client seeks understanding, empathy, and a safe space to express emotions. My responsibility is to provide personalized coping strategies and treatment that will manage your symptoms effectively, therapeutic support, and a non-judgmental environment, help you build resilience, improve self-esteem, and foster overall well-being. Ultimately, helping you develop a sense of control and sustainable mental health within a balanced life.
Mental health comes in different forms. As a mental health provider, understanding your need is my priority and goal. A client seeks understanding, empathy, and a safe space to express emotions. My responsibility is to provide personalized coping strategies and treatment that will manage your symptoms effectively, therapeutic support, and a non-judgmental environment, help you build resilience, improve self-esteem, and foster overall well-being. Ultimately, helping you develop a sense of control and sustainable mental health within a balanced life.
(701) 501-8321 View (701) 501-8321
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Heramba Mental Healthcare, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Des Moines, WA 98198
We accept new clients every day throughout the year. We are opened Mondays through Saturdays. We accept all insurances, Medicaid, and Medicare. We do have telepsychiatry, telemedicine, or telehealth availability. We are opened every day, include Saturdays and Sundays. Mental health disorders impact people from a broad spectrum of the population. We love to help and support people. We are passionate about our patients’ psychiatric health and wellbeing. We spend time listening to our clients. We take into considerations our clients’ preferences and complaints.
We accept new clients every day throughout the year. We are opened Mondays through Saturdays. We accept all insurances, Medicaid, and Medicare. We do have telepsychiatry, telemedicine, or telehealth availability. We are opened every day, include Saturdays and Sundays. Mental health disorders impact people from a broad spectrum of the population. We love to help and support people. We are passionate about our patients’ psychiatric health and wellbeing. We spend time listening to our clients. We take into considerations our clients’ preferences and complaints.
(253) 243-0215 View (253) 243-0215
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Bahattin Ergin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Redmond, WA 98052
Hello. My name is Bahattin Ergin (Bobby). I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have a wide range of medication management experience across lifespan, including ADHD, OCD, mood disorders, and personality disorders. In my role as a medication management provider within mental healthcare, I prioritize a patient-centered methodology, ensuring that pharmacological treatments are precisely tailored to meet individual needs. My approach encompasses a comprehensive evaluation, collaborative medication planning, and ongoing assessment to adjust treatment in response to the patient's changing health status.
Hello. My name is Bahattin Ergin (Bobby). I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have a wide range of medication management experience across lifespan, including ADHD, OCD, mood disorders, and personality disorders. In my role as a medication management provider within mental healthcare, I prioritize a patient-centered methodology, ensuring that pharmacological treatments are precisely tailored to meet individual needs. My approach encompasses a comprehensive evaluation, collaborative medication planning, and ongoing assessment to adjust treatment in response to the patient's changing health status.
(509) 210-7386 View (509) 210-7386
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Front Street Clinic | TMS Treatment Center
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Poulsbo, WA 98370
Front Street Clinic has over 10 years experience offering NeuroStar TMS Advanced Therapy (transcranial magnetic stimulation). TMS Therapy is an FDA-cleared treatment for patients with major depression who have not benefited from antidepressant medications.
Front Street Clinic has over 10 years experience offering NeuroStar TMS Advanced Therapy (transcranial magnetic stimulation). TMS Therapy is an FDA-cleared treatment for patients with major depression who have not benefited from antidepressant medications.
(360) 997-4532 View (360) 997-4532

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How Psychiatrists in San Juan County, WA see their clients

100% In Person and Online
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in San Juan 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.