Psychiatrists in Garland County, AR

Photo of Erin Holleman, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Garland County, AR
Erin Holleman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Hot Springs, AR 71901
I am a Spravato Treatment Center specializing in Spravato for treatment resistant depression. I am amazed daily with seeing clients depression improve after years of struggling with lingering symptoms despite trying and failing other medications or only finding minimal relief with their current medications. My goal is to help every individual reach their fullest potential.
I am a Spravato Treatment Center specializing in Spravato for treatment resistant depression. I am amazed daily with seeing clients depression improve after years of struggling with lingering symptoms despite trying and failing other medications or only finding minimal relief with their current medications. My goal is to help every individual reach their fullest potential.
(501) 236-5944 View (501) 236-5944
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Sarah Cloud
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN , PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Hot Springs, AR 71913  (Online Only)
I am passionate about caring for the whole person with a focus on mental health. I place an emphasis on the most up-to-date evidence-based research in combination with individualized care that is specific for you, including what you are comfortable with and what will work best for you and your goals of treatment.
I am passionate about caring for the whole person with a focus on mental health. I place an emphasis on the most up-to-date evidence-based research in combination with individualized care that is specific for you, including what you are comfortable with and what will work best for you and your goals of treatment.
(501) 285-8975 View (501) 285-8975
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Rebecca Webb
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MNSc, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Hot Springs, AR 71901
Many patients I see are seeking change. Change from their current symptoms, history of family dysfunction, or response to the world around them. They are pursuing fulfillment. As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, my focus is medication management. My aim is to collaborate with patients and set mutual goals to help in this pursuit of fulfillment. I believe the foundation of a strong relationship is honesty and empathy, this is true of the working relationship between provider and patient. I have long had an interest in mental health, first earning a degree in psychology prior to becoming a nurse.
Many patients I see are seeking change. Change from their current symptoms, history of family dysfunction, or response to the world around them. They are pursuing fulfillment. As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, my focus is medication management. My aim is to collaborate with patients and set mutual goals to help in this pursuit of fulfillment. I believe the foundation of a strong relationship is honesty and empathy, this is true of the working relationship between provider and patient. I have long had an interest in mental health, first earning a degree in psychology prior to becoming a nurse.
(501) 302-4157 View (501) 302-4157
Photo of Karen Hall, Psychiatrist in Garland County, AR
Karen Hall
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Hot Springs, AR 71913
Dr. Karen D. Hall specializes in psychiatry with a primary focus on child and adolescent psychiatry. This includes diagnosing, treating, and managing mental health conditions and disorders in children and teenagers. Her extensive education, training, and experience have equipped her to address the unique mental health needs of this specific age group.
Dr. Karen D. Hall specializes in psychiatry with a primary focus on child and adolescent psychiatry. This includes diagnosing, treating, and managing mental health conditions and disorders in children and teenagers. Her extensive education, training, and experience have equipped her to address the unique mental health needs of this specific age group.
(501) 624-7111 View (501) 624-7111
Photo of Amanda Smith, Psychiatrist in Garland County, AR
Amanda Smith
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Hot Springs, AR 71902
Finding the right support on your mental health journey can feel overwhelming, but you've taken a brave step by being here. I'm Dr. Amanda Smith, a board-certified psychiatrist with a warm heart and a passion for helping adults like you navigate life's challenges. I have a special interest in Bipolar Disorder. However, my expertise encompasses a wide range of conditions, including: Anxiety disorders (generalized anxiety, panic disorder, social anxiety, etc.) Depression and mood disorders, Trauma and Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and ADHD and Attention Disorders.
Finding the right support on your mental health journey can feel overwhelming, but you've taken a brave step by being here. I'm Dr. Amanda Smith, a board-certified psychiatrist with a warm heart and a passion for helping adults like you navigate life's challenges. I have a special interest in Bipolar Disorder. However, my expertise encompasses a wide range of conditions, including: Anxiety disorders (generalized anxiety, panic disorder, social anxiety, etc.) Depression and mood disorders, Trauma and Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and ADHD and Attention Disorders.
(501) 456-4805 View (501) 456-4805
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Omni Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, LCSW
Verified Verified
Hot Springs, AR 71901
OMNI Health & Wellness is a mental and behavioral health practice for individuals age 14 and up. We offer individual therapy and medication management. Each of our Therapists and Nurse Practitioners are specialists in particular areas and regularly collaborate on patient care. We utilize evidence based treatments and tailor it to each individual client. Our goal is to provide each client the best, most comprehensive care that we can.
OMNI Health & Wellness is a mental and behavioral health practice for individuals age 14 and up. We offer individual therapy and medication management. Each of our Therapists and Nurse Practitioners are specialists in particular areas and regularly collaborate on patient care. We utilize evidence based treatments and tailor it to each individual client. Our goal is to provide each client the best, most comprehensive care that we can.
(501) 557-0761 View (501) 557-0761
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Rhonda Mattox
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hot Springs, AR 71901  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Dr. Mattox specializes in helping people "Rise, Shine, & Transform" after a fall. It's tempting to ruminate and retreat after life's great disappointments (divorce, death, downsize & other devastating blows.) But Dr. Mattox helps you get off the sidelines and get back into the game of life. She serves as a guide to facilitate the process through coaching. Some think they "should be stronger" or that it's weak to invest in coaching. But the truth is that it's not weak to seek feedback. Why do you think Tiger Woods, Venus Williams, and Michael Jordan have coaches? Why do you think Fortune 500 companies have advisory boards? Results!
Dr. Mattox specializes in helping people "Rise, Shine, & Transform" after a fall. It's tempting to ruminate and retreat after life's great disappointments (divorce, death, downsize & other devastating blows.) But Dr. Mattox helps you get off the sidelines and get back into the game of life. She serves as a guide to facilitate the process through coaching. Some think they "should be stronger" or that it's weak to invest in coaching. But the truth is that it's not weak to seek feedback. Why do you think Tiger Woods, Venus Williams, and Michael Jordan have coaches? Why do you think Fortune 500 companies have advisory boards? Results!
(501) 322-8165 View (501) 322-8165

Online Psychiatrists

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Cathy Pettis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BCC
Verified Verified
Conway, AR 72032  (Online Only)
Cathy is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who has over 10 years of nursing experience. Cathy is playful, creative, and compassionate about delivering quality care to those she serves. She believes that everyone has a beautiful destination and at times needs support in arriving. We all aware that life could be extremely stressful and sometimes it feels difficult to navigate alone. Cathy is here to help you to navigate through your life struggles and optimize your quality of life. Her goal is to help our patient to achieve optimal serenity and to bring life back to homeostasis once again.
Cathy is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who has over 10 years of nursing experience. Cathy is playful, creative, and compassionate about delivering quality care to those she serves. She believes that everyone has a beautiful destination and at times needs support in arriving. We all aware that life could be extremely stressful and sometimes it feels difficult to navigate alone. Cathy is here to help you to navigate through your life struggles and optimize your quality of life. Her goal is to help our patient to achieve optimal serenity and to bring life back to homeostasis once again.
(501) 300-9926 View (501) 300-9926
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Lindsay Van Parys
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MNSc, CPNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hello! I am a nurse practitioner board-certified in psychiatric mental health and pediatrics. I specialize in the assessment, diagnosis, medication management, and therapy of individuals of all ages with autism, ADHD, adjustment disorders, anxiety and mood disorders. I am also passionate about helping with sleep problems, parent-child interactions, and substance use. I have a way of helping patients feel comfortable and at ease. My patients are encouraged to be themselves and openly discuss any and all things. I enjoy working with individuals from various backgrounds and openly welcome LBGTQ+ individuals.
Hello! I am a nurse practitioner board-certified in psychiatric mental health and pediatrics. I specialize in the assessment, diagnosis, medication management, and therapy of individuals of all ages with autism, ADHD, adjustment disorders, anxiety and mood disorders. I am also passionate about helping with sleep problems, parent-child interactions, and substance use. I have a way of helping patients feel comfortable and at ease. My patients are encouraged to be themselves and openly discuss any and all things. I enjoy working with individuals from various backgrounds and openly welcome LBGTQ+ individuals.
(501) 300-9479 View (501) 300-9479
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Integrated Wellness and Mental Health, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Fort Smith, AR 72903
We treat the Mental Health needs of adult and geriatric patients.
We treat the Mental Health needs of adult and geriatric patients.
(479) 333-2145 View (479) 333-2145
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Stephanie Burnett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-C, CNL-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Maumelle, AR 72113
Welcome! I offer medication management, supportive therapy, genetic testing for psychotropic mediations, mindfulness techniques, and other ever evolving holistic practices. I'm not your typical Psych Nurse Practitioner. I have spent over a decade building concepts taught within my practice. Within all sessions, I integrate a systematic approach composed of my 7-Step Butterfly Method TM which offers educational concepts of awareness, growth and healing from faulty thinking patterns. You will find ease in your life and more control over your emotional life and mindset.
Welcome! I offer medication management, supportive therapy, genetic testing for psychotropic mediations, mindfulness techniques, and other ever evolving holistic practices. I'm not your typical Psych Nurse Practitioner. I have spent over a decade building concepts taught within my practice. Within all sessions, I integrate a systematic approach composed of my 7-Step Butterfly Method TM which offers educational concepts of awareness, growth and healing from faulty thinking patterns. You will find ease in your life and more control over your emotional life and mindset.
(501) 271-3874 View (501) 271-3874
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Danielle Jenkins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MNSc, APRN, PHMNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Little Rock, AR 72223
My goal is to help patients along their mental health journey. I will work tirelessly to meet you where you are, as well as collaborate with you to develop a cohesive and pharmacologically advised plan to get where you need and, more importantly, want to go. This journey consists of establishing a safe, judgement-free space that encourages honesty to most efficiently and effectively help those in my care. Honesty, communication, and open dialogue are key components to creating a complete and considerate treatment and wellness plan.
My goal is to help patients along their mental health journey. I will work tirelessly to meet you where you are, as well as collaborate with you to develop a cohesive and pharmacologically advised plan to get where you need and, more importantly, want to go. This journey consists of establishing a safe, judgement-free space that encourages honesty to most efficiently and effectively help those in my care. Honesty, communication, and open dialogue are key components to creating a complete and considerate treatment and wellness plan.
(501) 236-5808 View (501) 236-5808
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Maribeth Jenkins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Little Rock, AR 72201  (Online Only)
This profile is managed by Cerebral. To get connected and schedule with Maribeth, please use the "my website" button! Maribeth Jenkins is a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has been in the nursing field for over 20 years. Maribeth has completed degrees in Licensed Vocational Nursing, Registered Nursing, and has both a Master of Science in Nursing Leadership and a Masters Degree as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.
This profile is managed by Cerebral. To get connected and schedule with Maribeth, please use the "my website" button! Maribeth Jenkins is a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has been in the nursing field for over 20 years. Maribeth has completed degrees in Licensed Vocational Nursing, Registered Nursing, and has both a Master of Science in Nursing Leadership and a Masters Degree as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.
(469) 765-0121 View (469) 765-0121
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Lizbeth Laura Herrera
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MNSc , APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
El Dorado, AR 71730
I am a licensed, board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), who provides psychiatric assessments, diagnostic services, and medication management with brief psychotherapeutic interventions. I seek to provide psychiatric services for individuals across the lifespan from children to older adults.
I am a licensed, board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), who provides psychiatric assessments, diagnostic services, and medication management with brief psychotherapeutic interventions. I seek to provide psychiatric services for individuals across the lifespan from children to older adults.
(870) 259-4700 View (870) 259-4700
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Rhianna Harberson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bryant, AR 72022  (Online Only)
I specialize in all ages across the lifespan. I primarily treat Depression, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, Disruptive Behavior and Impulse Control, PTSD, Autism, and ADHD (no stimulants). I think it is important that clients understand that medications don't "fix" people and they do not teach skills. It is important for clients to know that my job is not to ever talk you into medications, but rather help to discuss the pros and cons to see how we can help benefit and better you.
I specialize in all ages across the lifespan. I primarily treat Depression, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, Disruptive Behavior and Impulse Control, PTSD, Autism, and ADHD (no stimulants). I think it is important that clients understand that medications don't "fix" people and they do not teach skills. It is important for clients to know that my job is not to ever talk you into medications, but rather help to discuss the pros and cons to see how we can help benefit and better you.
(501) 359-5981 View (501) 359-5981
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Scotty Spurlin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Clinton, AR 72031
As a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner, I enjoy helping older children, adolescents, and adults achieve their goals and improve their lives. My emphasis is medication management, but I often also recommend counseling. I welcome members of the LGBTQ+ community. While I do see older adults, I do not specialize in dementia or geriatric psychiatry.
As a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner, I enjoy helping older children, adolescents, and adults achieve their goals and improve their lives. My emphasis is medication management, but I often also recommend counseling. I welcome members of the LGBTQ+ community. While I do see older adults, I do not specialize in dementia or geriatric psychiatry.
(501) 214-6233 View (501) 214-6233
Photo of Cathy Petty, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Garland County, AR
Cathy Petty
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
North Little Rock, AR 72116  (Online Only)
Cathy is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) in Arkansas. She is qualified to diagnose, manage, provide psychotherapy, and prescribe medications to children, adolescents, and adults with mental health disorders. Cathy has experience working with individuals who experience symptoms of anxiety, depression, impulsivity, behavioral issues, adjustment difficulties, trauma, and psychosis. She is passionate about providing comprehensive mental health services with a holistic approach to individuals of all ages.
Cathy is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) in Arkansas. She is qualified to diagnose, manage, provide psychotherapy, and prescribe medications to children, adolescents, and adults with mental health disorders. Cathy has experience working with individuals who experience symptoms of anxiety, depression, impulsivity, behavioral issues, adjustment difficulties, trauma, and psychosis. She is passionate about providing comprehensive mental health services with a holistic approach to individuals of all ages.
(501) 790-4332 View (501) 790-4332
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Nancy L Mitchell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
My ideal patient is seeking an experienced medication management provider who embraces a holistic approach to mental and physical health. You may need a new or different psychiatric medication, or you may need health coaching, or you may need someone to help you advocate differently with your primary care physician. Or you may need all of these things! I am motivated to travel WITH my patients, to make sure they feel heard and understood, and to collaborate on a treatment plan. We will leave no stone unturned.
My ideal patient is seeking an experienced medication management provider who embraces a holistic approach to mental and physical health. You may need a new or different psychiatric medication, or you may need health coaching, or you may need someone to help you advocate differently with your primary care physician. Or you may need all of these things! I am motivated to travel WITH my patients, to make sure they feel heard and understood, and to collaborate on a treatment plan. We will leave no stone unturned.
(501) 322-6716 x10 View (501) 322-6716 x10
Photo of Jennifer Shuler, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Garland County, AR
Jennifer Shuler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Little Rock, AR 72205
I seek to serve women who are worn out. So much of being a woman is being told to be a certain way, and it's making us ill. As a critical care nurse who burned out and clawed my way back to purpose, I seek to support those in helping positions or professions who realize their coping mechanisms just aren't enough anymore. I'm tired of seeing people at the end of their journey, suffering from a life of stress that has caused physical harm; and want to help people shift into wellness now. A full life with purpose is possible!
I seek to serve women who are worn out. So much of being a woman is being told to be a certain way, and it's making us ill. As a critical care nurse who burned out and clawed my way back to purpose, I seek to support those in helping positions or professions who realize their coping mechanisms just aren't enough anymore. I'm tired of seeing people at the end of their journey, suffering from a life of stress that has caused physical harm; and want to help people shift into wellness now. A full life with purpose is possible!
(501) 301-4554 View (501) 301-4554
Photo of Kristin Kiernan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Garland County, AR
Kristin Kiernan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bryant, AR 72022
Welcome to a safe space where your mental health and well-being is my top priority. I am a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, committed to helping you achieve a brighter, more fulfilling life. I believe in the power of empathy, active listening, and evidence-based practices to guide you towards mental wellness. With over 12 years of nursing experience, I am your trusted partner in overcoming life's challenges. We all struggle, but you are not alone!
Welcome to a safe space where your mental health and well-being is my top priority. I am a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, committed to helping you achieve a brighter, more fulfilling life. I believe in the power of empathy, active listening, and evidence-based practices to guide you towards mental wellness. With over 12 years of nursing experience, I am your trusted partner in overcoming life's challenges. We all struggle, but you are not alone!
(501) 443-2653 View (501) 443-2653

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Number of Psychiatrists in Garland County, AR

< 10

Psychiatrists in Garland County, AR who prioritize treating:

71% Depression
71% Anxiety
71% Trauma and PTSD
71% Sleep or Insomnia
71% Medication Management
57% Grief
57% Stress

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

80% BlueCross and BlueShield
80% Cigna and Evernorth
80% Health Advantage

How Psychiatrists in Garland County, AR see their clients

72% In Person and Online
28% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Garland 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.