Psychiatrists in 80104

Photo of Ashley Benally-Ross, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 80104, CO
Ashley Benally-Ross
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Castle Rock, CO 80104  (Online Only)
Book with me now by clicking on my website. I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with a holistic approach to mental health care. My educational background includes a BSN, RN, and MSN. I specialize in treating a wide range of mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and eating disorders. In my practice, I utilize both traditional and integrative approaches to provide comprehensive care. My goal is to provide medication management and supportive therapy with a balanced approach that respects and incorporates the diverse needs and preferences of my clients.
Book with me now by clicking on my website. I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with a holistic approach to mental health care. My educational background includes a BSN, RN, and MSN. I specialize in treating a wide range of mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and eating disorders. In my practice, I utilize both traditional and integrative approaches to provide comprehensive care. My goal is to provide medication management and supportive therapy with a balanced approach that respects and incorporates the diverse needs and preferences of my clients.
(720) 790-4336 View (720) 790-4336
Photo of Sara Van Anrooy, Psychiatrist in 80104, CO
Sara Van Anrooy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Castle Rock, CO 80104
At The Center for Stress Medicine we are passionate about helping our patients achieve optimal physical and emotional health. Dr. Van Anrooy supervises and is supported by a Physician Assistant, Jessica Botts, PA-C, and a Health and Wellness Coach, Kayli Meyers, MCWC. This allows us to provide comprehensive medical care in all areas of health. Dr. Van Anrooy is double board certified in Psychiatry and Integrative Health.
At The Center for Stress Medicine we are passionate about helping our patients achieve optimal physical and emotional health. Dr. Van Anrooy supervises and is supported by a Physician Assistant, Jessica Botts, PA-C, and a Health and Wellness Coach, Kayli Meyers, MCWC. This allows us to provide comprehensive medical care in all areas of health. Dr. Van Anrooy is double board certified in Psychiatry and Integrative Health.
(303) 663-0360 View (303) 663-0360
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Christy Short
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, APN, MSN
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Castle Rock, CO 80104
I am currently accepting new patients and have same week availability. The first step is always the hardest to take when asking for help and I am here to make it as easy as possible for you. My aim is to provide you superb mental health care tailored for deeper healing, unique to your specific needs and journey to help you achieve your desired goals.
I am currently accepting new patients and have same week availability. The first step is always the hardest to take when asking for help and I am here to make it as easy as possible for you. My aim is to provide you superb mental health care tailored for deeper healing, unique to your specific needs and journey to help you achieve your desired goals.
(720) 679-5705 View (720) 679-5705
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Ivy Gugat
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Castle Rock, CO 80104  (Online Only)
When I am meeting a client for the first time, I understand that it can be nerve-wracking and I will try to put you at ease. I fully believe in “meeting people where they are.” The path to healing is always a team effort and I will ensure that the client always is in the driver’s seat of the plan. I am ready to join your team and get to work. My goal is to tailor every care plan to the patient and their life. I will begin by asking you about your goals and how you would like to measure our progress toward those goals. We will build a comprehensive plan around therapy, medications, exercise, and nutrition.
When I am meeting a client for the first time, I understand that it can be nerve-wracking and I will try to put you at ease. I fully believe in “meeting people where they are.” The path to healing is always a team effort and I will ensure that the client always is in the driver’s seat of the plan. I am ready to join your team and get to work. My goal is to tailor every care plan to the patient and their life. I will begin by asking you about your goals and how you would like to measure our progress toward those goals. We will build a comprehensive plan around therapy, medications, exercise, and nutrition.
(303) 590-3762 View (303) 590-3762
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Grace Ann Pittari
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified Verified
26 Endorsed
Castle Rock, CO 80104  (Online Only)
Hi there! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of overall nursing experience with an emphasis on mental health. I see adult clients between the ages of 18-64 for a variety of psychiatric illnesses including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. In my free time, I prioritize my own mental health through exercise, spending quality time with loved ones, and getting out into nature.
Hi there! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of overall nursing experience with an emphasis on mental health. I see adult clients between the ages of 18-64 for a variety of psychiatric illnesses including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. In my free time, I prioritize my own mental health through exercise, spending quality time with loved ones, and getting out into nature.
(720) 796-9529 View (720) 796-9529
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Beverly Ann White
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN RXN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Castle Rock, CO 80104
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS Life is full of changes that can disrupt sleep, cause anxiety, panic, mood dysregulation and a wide array of other symptoms. People may struggle with these symptoms throughout their lives or they can be brought on by new, expected or unexpected life stressors. It isn’t always easy to know where to turn to feel welcomed and accepted without judgment and to find yourself in a place of safety and security. This is where the broken road meets the journey of empowerment of healing.
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS Life is full of changes that can disrupt sleep, cause anxiety, panic, mood dysregulation and a wide array of other symptoms. People may struggle with these symptoms throughout their lives or they can be brought on by new, expected or unexpected life stressors. It isn’t always easy to know where to turn to feel welcomed and accepted without judgment and to find yourself in a place of safety and security. This is where the broken road meets the journey of empowerment of healing.
(719) 399-6067 View (719) 399-6067
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Mindfulness Psychiatry, PLLC, Tracy Tyler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Castle Rock, CO 80104
Accepting New Patients for medication management of adult Colorado residents! Immediate Availability! I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, specializing in medication management of depression, ADHD, anxiety, and a variety of other mental health conditions. Please click on the “website” button to schedule an appointment. I look forward to meeting with you and helping you on your journey to optimal well-being!
Accepting New Patients for medication management of adult Colorado residents! Immediate Availability! I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, specializing in medication management of depression, ADHD, anxiety, and a variety of other mental health conditions. Please click on the “website” button to schedule an appointment. I look forward to meeting with you and helping you on your journey to optimal well-being!
(303) 276-4051 View (303) 276-4051
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Colorado Psychiatric
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PsychNP, BC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Castle Rock, CO 80104  (Online Only)
Although carefully chosen medications can quickly achieve much needed relief of anxiety, depression, insomnia and trauma symptoms, a thorough evaluation can also identify many opportunities for improvement without medications. The most effective treatment plan may include work-life balance, nutrition and sleep strategies, address, avoid or adapting to triggers, in addition to multiple psychotherapies. When needed, medications with the lowest side effects, easiest to use, most predictably effective & not addictive are recommended. Ultimately, it is up to each person to decide which strategies they will use to achieve wellness.
Although carefully chosen medications can quickly achieve much needed relief of anxiety, depression, insomnia and trauma symptoms, a thorough evaluation can also identify many opportunities for improvement without medications. The most effective treatment plan may include work-life balance, nutrition and sleep strategies, address, avoid or adapting to triggers, in addition to multiple psychotherapies. When needed, medications with the lowest side effects, easiest to use, most predictably effective & not addictive are recommended. Ultimately, it is up to each person to decide which strategies they will use to achieve wellness.
(719) 359-9859 View (719) 359-9859
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Bealis Burger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Castle Rock, CO 80104  (Online Only)
Board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I manage medications and provide counseling. There is no doubt that asking for help can be a difficult thing to do. We also recognize that finding a provider you can trust to guide you through mental health care can be difficult. Mental Health Minds provides comprehensive treatment tailored to your particular circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments, an online patient portal where you can communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team to make becoming a patient as straightforward as possible.
Board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I manage medications and provide counseling. There is no doubt that asking for help can be a difficult thing to do. We also recognize that finding a provider you can trust to guide you through mental health care can be difficult. Mental Health Minds provides comprehensive treatment tailored to your particular circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments, an online patient portal where you can communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team to make becoming a patient as straightforward as possible.
(719) 625-8511 View (719) 625-8511
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Chika V Achebe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Castle Rock, CO 80104
Hi, my name is Chika Achebe. I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 15 years of experience in the field of psychiatry. I completed my psychiatric nurse practitioner program at University of Kansas in Kansas City Kansas. I have a wealth of experience caring for and catering to psychiatric patients of all age groups within outpatient/inpatient settings.
Hi, my name is Chika Achebe. I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 15 years of experience in the field of psychiatry. I completed my psychiatric nurse practitioner program at University of Kansas in Kansas City Kansas. I have a wealth of experience caring for and catering to psychiatric patients of all age groups within outpatient/inpatient settings.
(303) 529-8809 View (303) 529-8809
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Blossom Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Castle Rock, CO 80104
Blossom Psychiatric Services, is a family operated business offering compassionate patient centered therapeutic care and understanding with responsible psychiatric medication management . We are welcoming clients interested in an initial 90 minute Psychiatric Evaluation "in person" followed by 30 minute "tele-psych" follow ups thereafter. Provider will NOT prescribe for IR stimulants or benzodiazepine over use.
Blossom Psychiatric Services, is a family operated business offering compassionate patient centered therapeutic care and understanding with responsible psychiatric medication management . We are welcoming clients interested in an initial 90 minute Psychiatric Evaluation "in person" followed by 30 minute "tele-psych" follow ups thereafter. Provider will NOT prescribe for IR stimulants or benzodiazepine over use.
(720) 637-3920 View (720) 637-3920
Photo of Christopher Flinton, Psychiatrist in 80104, CO
Christopher Flinton
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Castle Rock, CO 80104
My ideal patient is a person or family motivated for change now. I offer cutting-edge treatments with intakes and followups within seven days to all of my patients. All patients have direct email, phone, and text access to my medical team. From young children to elite adult athletes with ADHD to people challenged by other behavioral health issues, I am enthusiastic and eager to help!
My ideal patient is a person or family motivated for change now. I offer cutting-edge treatments with intakes and followups within seven days to all of my patients. All patients have direct email, phone, and text access to my medical team. From young children to elite adult athletes with ADHD to people challenged by other behavioral health issues, I am enthusiastic and eager to help!
(719) 751-5801 View (719) 751-5801
Photo of Alison Schmitt, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 80104, CO
Alison Schmitt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Castle Rock, CO 80104
Immediate Openings! I have 9 years of psychiatric experience and over 4 years of medication management experience. I specialize in ADHD, depression, and anxiety. I have extensive experience working with bipolar disorder, PTSD, personality disorders, and other mental health disorders. I see ages 13 and up. Do you feel depressed, anxious, angry, stuck, uncertain about your life; making decisions, and unable to cope and concentrate? I am here to help. I offer medication management and counseling for most mental health disorders. No long wait times and virtual visits available! Take the first step and call me today.
Immediate Openings! I have 9 years of psychiatric experience and over 4 years of medication management experience. I specialize in ADHD, depression, and anxiety. I have extensive experience working with bipolar disorder, PTSD, personality disorders, and other mental health disorders. I see ages 13 and up. Do you feel depressed, anxious, angry, stuck, uncertain about your life; making decisions, and unable to cope and concentrate? I am here to help. I offer medication management and counseling for most mental health disorders. No long wait times and virtual visits available! Take the first step and call me today.
(720) 835-0508 View (720) 835-0508
Photo of Richard Wallis, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 80104, CO
Richard Wallis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Castle Rock, CO 80104
**ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS** I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with experience in several psychiatric settings. I completed my psychiatric training at the University of Kentucky and his PhD at the University of Texas Medical Branch. I obtained an advanced training in psychopharmacology and has presented several posters and spoken at several national psychiatry conferences.
**ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS** I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with experience in several psychiatric settings. I completed my psychiatric training at the University of Kentucky and his PhD at the University of Texas Medical Branch. I obtained an advanced training in psychopharmacology and has presented several posters and spoken at several national psychiatry conferences.
(720) 707-1228 View (720) 707-1228
Photo of Michele Groetzinger, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 80104, CO
Michele Groetzinger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
27 Endorsed
Castle Rock, CO 80104  (Online Only)
My experience as a nurse expends 20 years and includes nursing education and emergency room practice. My experience as a provider is 10 years and includes emergency medicine, family practice, geriatrics and practicing as a sexual assault nurse examiner for almost 18 years. My hobbies include cooking and traveling with family and friends. I am a dog lover and proud mother to 2 english bulldogs and 3 human children.
My experience as a nurse expends 20 years and includes nursing education and emergency room practice. My experience as a provider is 10 years and includes emergency medicine, family practice, geriatrics and practicing as a sexual assault nurse examiner for almost 18 years. My hobbies include cooking and traveling with family and friends. I am a dog lover and proud mother to 2 english bulldogs and 3 human children.
(970) 489-8634 View (970) 489-8634
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Tri-Lakes Recovery
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Castle Rock, CO 80104
At Tri-Lakes Recovery our patients receive treatment for diagnosis such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, or substance use disorders such as alcohol or opiate abuse. Additionally, TLR welcomes patients who have been incarcerated and are in need of urgent follow up. We accept Medicaid, and offer low monthly rates for those who are self pay.
At Tri-Lakes Recovery our patients receive treatment for diagnosis such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, or substance use disorders such as alcohol or opiate abuse. Additionally, TLR welcomes patients who have been incarcerated and are in need of urgent follow up. We accept Medicaid, and offer low monthly rates for those who are self pay.
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Jayson Reyes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
27 Endorsed
Castle Rock, CO 80104  (Online Only)
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 14 years of Psychiatric Mental Health experience, focusing mostly in crisis treatment, alcohol and opioid dependence along with the treatment of schizophrenia, depression, and anxiety. I consult all clients without judgment, exclude no psychiatric issue or age group and truly believe every patient deserves only the best treatment and care. I have worked in several different units in the psychiatric Hospitals around the Miami area. I have two beautiful young children and an amazing wife that supports me in everything I do; they are the backbone of my life.
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 14 years of Psychiatric Mental Health experience, focusing mostly in crisis treatment, alcohol and opioid dependence along with the treatment of schizophrenia, depression, and anxiety. I consult all clients without judgment, exclude no psychiatric issue or age group and truly believe every patient deserves only the best treatment and care. I have worked in several different units in the psychiatric Hospitals around the Miami area. I have two beautiful young children and an amazing wife that supports me in everything I do; they are the backbone of my life.
(720) 571-4412 View (720) 571-4412
Photo of James Anderson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 80104, CO
James Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Castle Rock, CO 80104
Accepting New Patients! Looking forward to meet you. I'm board certified, specializing in medication management, treating depression, anxiety, addiction and many other ailments. Accepting new patients and variety of insurances. I can easily E-prescribe your medication and use the latest technology for easy virtual sessions, without you having to leave your home. Schedule your in-office or video appointment by clicking ‘My Website’ link or call.
Accepting New Patients! Looking forward to meet you. I'm board certified, specializing in medication management, treating depression, anxiety, addiction and many other ailments. Accepting new patients and variety of insurances. I can easily E-prescribe your medication and use the latest technology for easy virtual sessions, without you having to leave your home. Schedule your in-office or video appointment by clicking ‘My Website’ link or call.
(719) 212-4870 View (719) 212-4870
Photo of Andrew Nagy, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 80104, CO
Andrew Nagy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Castle Rock, CO 80104
*Accepting New Patients!* I'm board certified, specializing in medication management, treating ADHD, depression, anxiety, addiction and many other ailments. Accepting new patients and variety of insurances. I can easily E-prescribe your medication and use the latest technology for easy virtual sessions, without you having to leave your home. Schedule your in-office or video appointment by clicking ‘My Website’ link or call.
*Accepting New Patients!* I'm board certified, specializing in medication management, treating ADHD, depression, anxiety, addiction and many other ailments. Accepting new patients and variety of insurances. I can easily E-prescribe your medication and use the latest technology for easy virtual sessions, without you having to leave your home. Schedule your in-office or video appointment by clicking ‘My Website’ link or call.
(719) 350-5721 View (719) 350-5721
Photo of Amber Gates, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 80104, CO
Amber Gates
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Castle Rock, CO 80104
I believe that everyone should have access to mental health care. I accept most major insurances and offer self-pay rates. After initial in person appointment, I offer the flexibility of virtual and in person appointments. I take a holistic approach to care by looking at other physiological causes such as nutrition deficiencies, thyroid abnormalities, etc. With 5 years of family practice background, I can manage basic needs without the need for juggling multiple providers.
I believe that everyone should have access to mental health care. I accept most major insurances and offer self-pay rates. After initial in person appointment, I offer the flexibility of virtual and in person appointments. I take a holistic approach to care by looking at other physiological causes such as nutrition deficiencies, thyroid abnormalities, etc. With 5 years of family practice background, I can manage basic needs without the need for juggling multiple providers.
(719) 356-4245 View (719) 356-4245

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 80104

20+

Average cost per session

$225

Psychiatrists in 80104 who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Medication Management
86% ADHD
86% Trauma and PTSD
86% Bipolar Disorder
73% Stress

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

89% Cigna and Evernorth
79% Aetna
79% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in 80104 see their clients

69% In Person and Online
31% Online Only

Gender breakdown

65% Female
35% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 80104?

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.