Psychiatrists in 80111

Photo of Samantha Hudgins, PA-C, Physician Assistant
Samantha Hudgins
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Regardless of where you are at in your mental health journey, we start with a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation. During this evaluation, we review your history engaging in psychotherapy, psychiatric treatment, symptoms, and comprehensive medical history. This evaluation sets the stage for your mental health journey. Using an integrative psychiatry approach, I then develop a treatment plan for you that includes optimized prescription medication management, supplementation, nutrition, and lifestyle changes. I am able to provide treatment for depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar, PMDD, PPD, Autism, OCD, and disordered eating.
Regardless of where you are at in your mental health journey, we start with a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation. During this evaluation, we review your history engaging in psychotherapy, psychiatric treatment, symptoms, and comprehensive medical history. This evaluation sets the stage for your mental health journey. Using an integrative psychiatry approach, I then develop a treatment plan for you that includes optimized prescription medication management, supplementation, nutrition, and lifestyle changes. I am able to provide treatment for depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar, PMDD, PPD, Autism, OCD, and disordered eating.
(720) 915-2965 View (720) 915-2965
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Chandra Crawford
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, my passion lies in providing a safe space for adults navigating the complexities of mental health. With 14 years of experience, my goal is to understand you wholly — your struggles, aspirations, and all factors that influence your well-being. Whether you’re dealing with anxiety or depression or seeking a path to joy, I’m here to listen, understand, and walk alongside you.
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, my passion lies in providing a safe space for adults navigating the complexities of mental health. With 14 years of experience, my goal is to understand you wholly — your struggles, aspirations, and all factors that influence your well-being. Whether you’re dealing with anxiety or depression or seeking a path to joy, I’m here to listen, understand, and walk alongside you.
(303) 951-6334 View (303) 951-6334
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Alyssa Nadolny
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
I believe it takes serious courage to ask for help of any kind, and I am in awe of my clients’ strength, resilience, and grit on their road to mental health recovery. It is my ultimate goal to empower my clients through education, making them feel engaged and valued, and being the loudest cheerleader in their corner. No matter what life journey you’ve travelled, you will be treated warmly, with respect and dignity, always. I treat patients ages 6 and up for a range of mental health concerns including but not limited to depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, mood disorders, and insomnia.
I believe it takes serious courage to ask for help of any kind, and I am in awe of my clients’ strength, resilience, and grit on their road to mental health recovery. It is my ultimate goal to empower my clients through education, making them feel engaged and valued, and being the loudest cheerleader in their corner. No matter what life journey you’ve travelled, you will be treated warmly, with respect and dignity, always. I treat patients ages 6 and up for a range of mental health concerns including but not limited to depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, mood disorders, and insomnia.
(720) 619-3253 View (720) 619-3253
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BestMind Behavioral Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Are you seeking a compassionate, experienced mental health professional who understands? At BestMind Behavioral Health, we specialize in helping individuals facing mood and anxiety disorders find the support they need. Our ideal clients seek to regain control over their mental well-being and live fulfilling lives. They want to overcome challenges, find inner peace, and develop effective coping strategies. We want to support clients to gain the tools and insights necessary for lasting positive change.
Are you seeking a compassionate, experienced mental health professional who understands? At BestMind Behavioral Health, we specialize in helping individuals facing mood and anxiety disorders find the support they need. Our ideal clients seek to regain control over their mental well-being and live fulfilling lives. They want to overcome challenges, find inner peace, and develop effective coping strategies. We want to support clients to gain the tools and insights necessary for lasting positive change.
(303) 586-6609 View (303) 586-6609
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Megan Riederer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hi there! I’m Megan, a psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I have worked in various healthcare settings over the years, first as a CNA/MA, then RN, and now NP. I have shifted my focus in recent years from medical to mental health care. It is my passion to understand and address the psycho-social aspects of patients’ lives to assist them in achieving better physical and mental health. I have extensive experience working with adolescents in acute mental health crises in an inpatient setting.
Hi there! I’m Megan, a psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I have worked in various healthcare settings over the years, first as a CNA/MA, then RN, and now NP. I have shifted my focus in recent years from medical to mental health care. It is my passion to understand and address the psycho-social aspects of patients’ lives to assist them in achieving better physical and mental health. I have extensive experience working with adolescents in acute mental health crises in an inpatient setting.
(720) 927-9635 View (720) 927-9635
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Dr. Scott Schmidt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
The Stratford Clinic and Dr. Schmidt are accepting new patients. Located off of I-25 in the Cherry Hills, Greenwood Village and DTC area, I specialize in the evaluation, diagnosis, and medication management for children, adolescents and adults who may suffer from a wide range of challenges, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma, and bipolar disorder. I strive to work with my patients to improve their lives through focusing on their goals and partnering with them to achieve an improved quality of life. In the past I was a professor of neurobiology, psychopharmacology, and advanced pharmacology at the University of Colorado.
The Stratford Clinic and Dr. Schmidt are accepting new patients. Located off of I-25 in the Cherry Hills, Greenwood Village and DTC area, I specialize in the evaluation, diagnosis, and medication management for children, adolescents and adults who may suffer from a wide range of challenges, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma, and bipolar disorder. I strive to work with my patients to improve their lives through focusing on their goals and partnering with them to achieve an improved quality of life. In the past I was a professor of neurobiology, psychopharmacology, and advanced pharmacology at the University of Colorado.
(303) 536-6566 View (303) 536-6566
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Amanda Folsom
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
Greenwood Village, CO 80111  (Online Only)
Providing Mental Health treatment is my passion. I am available to listen, assess, and provide the best treatment plan for your mental health needs.
Providing Mental Health treatment is my passion. I am available to listen, assess, and provide the best treatment plan for your mental health needs.
(720) 797-5200 View (720) 797-5200
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Mind & Wellness Behavioral Health, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNP-B, FNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greenwood Village, CO 80111  (Online Only)
I'm a certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a master's degree in nursing, specializing in psychiatric mental health throughout the lifespan. As an experienced healthcare provider, I adopt a comprehensive approach to care and treatment. My commitment to excellent patient care has been recognized through multiple awards. My practice focuses on various mental health conditions, including ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorders and PTSD, among others.
I'm a certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a master's degree in nursing, specializing in psychiatric mental health throughout the lifespan. As an experienced healthcare provider, I adopt a comprehensive approach to care and treatment. My commitment to excellent patient care has been recognized through multiple awards. My practice focuses on various mental health conditions, including ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorders and PTSD, among others.
(720) 571-8655 x101 View (720) 571-8655 x101
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Leslie Vannucci
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Centennial, CO 80111
My passion is to provide care that is more than a ten-minute conversation, and the only answer is more medication that is not working. My care focuses on the client and their individual needs. First and foremost, I will listen to you. I believe that the best results come from a care plan that looks at all options, and is created with you. Combining integrative treatments, traditional treatments and outside-of-the-box plans will result in a tailored approach that works for you. I will meet you right where you are at. Mental Health is complex and requires an open mindset, and it is my belief that everyone has hope. Let me help you.
My passion is to provide care that is more than a ten-minute conversation, and the only answer is more medication that is not working. My care focuses on the client and their individual needs. First and foremost, I will listen to you. I believe that the best results come from a care plan that looks at all options, and is created with you. Combining integrative treatments, traditional treatments and outside-of-the-box plans will result in a tailored approach that works for you. I will meet you right where you are at. Mental Health is complex and requires an open mindset, and it is my belief that everyone has hope. Let me help you.
(720) 575-4912 View (720) 575-4912
Photo of Jennifer Livingston, PMHNP, RXN, PMH-C, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jennifer Livingston
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, RXN, PMH-C
Verified Verified
I deeply value working alongside patients, their families, and other healthcare providers to develop mental health medication management treatment plans that address both the physical and emotional aspects of mental health. Through empathy, education, and empowerment, I aim to not only treat symptoms but also to foster resilience and promote long-lasting well-being. Together, we can navigate the complexities of mental health with compassion, strength, and hope.
I deeply value working alongside patients, their families, and other healthcare providers to develop mental health medication management treatment plans that address both the physical and emotional aspects of mental health. Through empathy, education, and empowerment, I aim to not only treat symptoms but also to foster resilience and promote long-lasting well-being. Together, we can navigate the complexities of mental health with compassion, strength, and hope.
(720) 927-8702 View (720) 927-8702
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Erica Earhart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
My practice style is founded on the belief that mental wellness is a basic right. I enjoy working with my clients as their partner so that we can find the answers best suited to each individual’s needs.
My practice style is founded on the belief that mental wellness is a basic right. I enjoy working with my clients as their partner so that we can find the answers best suited to each individual’s needs.
(720) 745-5211 View (720) 745-5211
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Grace Wong
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Englewood, CO 80111
As an adult psychiatrist, I emphasize an integrative approach to wellness that involves treating the entire person--mind, body, and spirit. I help my patients identify the barriers that keep them from a fulfilling life. I believe in building a strong therapeutic alliance because positive relationships can foster hope and healing. When appropriate, I prescribe psychotropic medications to optimize wellness but also work with individuals who prefer treatment without the use of medications. My practice specializes in the treatment of adults with anxiety, depression, bipolar, post-partum disorders, and psychotic disorders.
As an adult psychiatrist, I emphasize an integrative approach to wellness that involves treating the entire person--mind, body, and spirit. I help my patients identify the barriers that keep them from a fulfilling life. I believe in building a strong therapeutic alliance because positive relationships can foster hope and healing. When appropriate, I prescribe psychotropic medications to optimize wellness but also work with individuals who prefer treatment without the use of medications. My practice specializes in the treatment of adults with anxiety, depression, bipolar, post-partum disorders, and psychotic disorders.
(303) 974-4418 View (303) 974-4418
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Annmarie Kropp - Denver Wellness Associates
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner based in Denver, Colorado. I received my doctorate degree in family nursing practice from The University of Arizona in 2016. After completing my degree, I worked in pediatric neurology for over 4.5 years. I have always had an interest in psychiatry which prompted me to pursue my postgraduate certificate in psychiatric mental health. I gained most of my psychiatric experience during my clinical rotations.
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner based in Denver, Colorado. I received my doctorate degree in family nursing practice from The University of Arizona in 2016. After completing my degree, I worked in pediatric neurology for over 4.5 years. I have always had an interest in psychiatry which prompted me to pursue my postgraduate certificate in psychiatric mental health. I gained most of my psychiatric experience during my clinical rotations.
(720) 724-3668 View (720) 724-3668
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Erin Marsico
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
I am a dual certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner. I have been in practice since 2011. I work with children, adolescents and adults and offer medication management services as well as therapy. My focus is working with attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), depression, anxiety, mood disorders and other behavioral conditions. I am also uniquely specialized to treat women during pregnancy, postpartum and pre-menopausal stages. I have 2 in-person office locations in the Denver area and also conduct visits via telemedicine.
I am a dual certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner. I have been in practice since 2011. I work with children, adolescents and adults and offer medication management services as well as therapy. My focus is working with attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), depression, anxiety, mood disorders and other behavioral conditions. I am also uniquely specialized to treat women during pregnancy, postpartum and pre-menopausal stages. I have 2 in-person office locations in the Denver area and also conduct visits via telemedicine.
(720) 806-6856 View (720) 806-6856
Photo of Jeanna Lee Dietz, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jeanna Lee Dietz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Greenwood Village, CO 80111  (Online Only)
Hi, I'm Jeanna (pronounced "Gina"). I'm a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I can help patients, ages 8+ with diagnosing and treating a variety of mental illness, including substance abuse.
Hi, I'm Jeanna (pronounced "Gina"). I'm a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I can help patients, ages 8+ with diagnosing and treating a variety of mental illness, including substance abuse.
(720) 753-4066 View (720) 753-4066
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Rhiannon Brey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
My nursing career brought me the good fortune of traveling for work; I have lived in all four corners of the US (and in the middle, too!) and have enjoyed meeting and working with individuals of diverse backgrounds. As a nurse practitioner, curiosity and respect drive my practice; I join each person’s journey toward mental wellness with a collaborative treatment approach, taking time to “zoom out” and view symptoms through a holistic lens. I work closely with all my clients to make thoughtful, evidence-based, and safe decisions regarding treatment plans.
My nursing career brought me the good fortune of traveling for work; I have lived in all four corners of the US (and in the middle, too!) and have enjoyed meeting and working with individuals of diverse backgrounds. As a nurse practitioner, curiosity and respect drive my practice; I join each person’s journey toward mental wellness with a collaborative treatment approach, taking time to “zoom out” and view symptoms through a holistic lens. I work closely with all my clients to make thoughtful, evidence-based, and safe decisions regarding treatment plans.
(720) 740-8225 View (720) 740-8225
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Jeanna Dietz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
I started my nursing career in North Carolina, after graduating from a private nursing school where I was awarded Student of the Year in 2004. I worked several years in Pediatrics and Maternity Nursing before finding my passion for working with those suffering from mental illness and substance use disorders. I now have two master's degrees in nursing (Nursing Education, and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner) and have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with all varieties of mental illness and addiction. I have additional training in perinatal psychiatry and am comfortable treating during that time.
I started my nursing career in North Carolina, after graduating from a private nursing school where I was awarded Student of the Year in 2004. I worked several years in Pediatrics and Maternity Nursing before finding my passion for working with those suffering from mental illness and substance use disorders. I now have two master's degrees in nursing (Nursing Education, and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner) and have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with all varieties of mental illness and addiction. I have additional training in perinatal psychiatry and am comfortable treating during that time.
(720) 729-9520 View (720) 729-9520
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Shannon Stewart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
When you meet with me, I will make you feel welcomed, understood, and comfortable. I will partner with you in creating a unique, holistic treatment plan that can include medications, as well as support in implementing changes in nutrition, activity, and sleep habits that will jump-start your recovery and help you maintain improvement. I will thoroughly discuss risks and benefits of any proposed treatments, and will encourage you to ask questions and do research, so you can make informed decisions about your own care. You will never feel rushed or pressured, and you will always have the final say in our treatment decisions.
When you meet with me, I will make you feel welcomed, understood, and comfortable. I will partner with you in creating a unique, holistic treatment plan that can include medications, as well as support in implementing changes in nutrition, activity, and sleep habits that will jump-start your recovery and help you maintain improvement. I will thoroughly discuss risks and benefits of any proposed treatments, and will encourage you to ask questions and do research, so you can make informed decisions about your own care. You will never feel rushed or pressured, and you will always have the final say in our treatment decisions.
(720) 782-8371 View (720) 782-8371
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Frances Rhodes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Centennial, CO 80111
Frani Rhodes is a Nurse Practitioner in Colorado with 11 years of experience. She has an Associates Degree in Nursing from Advocate Northside Kutsch College of Nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education from Purdue University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Metropolitan State College of Denver, a Master of Science in Nursing from University of Colorado Health Sciences, and a Post-Master's Degree-PMHNP from Frontier Nursing University.
Frani Rhodes is a Nurse Practitioner in Colorado with 11 years of experience. She has an Associates Degree in Nursing from Advocate Northside Kutsch College of Nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education from Purdue University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Metropolitan State College of Denver, a Master of Science in Nursing from University of Colorado Health Sciences, and a Post-Master's Degree-PMHNP from Frontier Nursing University.
(720) 594-3032 View (720) 594-3032
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Indizo Moon - Rising Moon Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
I believe in partnership with my patients. To build treatment plans in partnership with you I take the time to understand your concerns, goals, values, strengths, challenges, and preferences as well as providing the information you need to understand and make informed decisions about your diagnosis and treatment options. I also value and foster the provider-patient relationship by always being honest with you and by not judging you.
I believe in partnership with my patients. To build treatment plans in partnership with you I take the time to understand your concerns, goals, values, strengths, challenges, and preferences as well as providing the information you need to understand and make informed decisions about your diagnosis and treatment options. I also value and foster the provider-patient relationship by always being honest with you and by not judging you.
(720) 713-6951 View (720) 713-6951

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 80111

50+

Average cost per session

$237

Psychiatrists in 80111 who prioritize treating:

97% Depression
97% Anxiety
88% Medication Management
86% Trauma and PTSD
85% ADHD
83% Bipolar Disorder
69% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% Aetna
90% Cigna and Evernorth
82% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in 80111 see their clients

84% In Person and Online
16% Online Only

Gender breakdown

84% Female
16% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 80111?

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.