Psychiatrists in Brighton, CO

Photo of Lilian Onwuka, LPC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Lilian Onwuka
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, LPC
Verified Verified
Brighton, CO 80601  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 13 years of nursing experience in the psychiatric field ranging from child and adult inpatient care to community mental health crisis stabilization and substance abuse treatment. I obtained my Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Colorado State University in Pueblo, Colorado. After graduation, I worked in various fields in nursing but eventually found my niche working for an inpatient psychiatric hospital. While working with inpatients, I saw the need for mental health, especially with the recent pandemic.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 13 years of nursing experience in the psychiatric field ranging from child and adult inpatient care to community mental health crisis stabilization and substance abuse treatment. I obtained my Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Colorado State University in Pueblo, Colorado. After graduation, I worked in various fields in nursing but eventually found my niche working for an inpatient psychiatric hospital. While working with inpatients, I saw the need for mental health, especially with the recent pandemic.
(720) 915-5256 View (720) 915-5256
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Henry Fagnant
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, PNP
Verified Verified
Brighton, CO 80603
Appointments available! Henry is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who obtained his undergraduate and advanced nursing degree from Regis University in Denver, CO. He has over ten years of healthcare experience serving pediatric, adult and geriatric populations. Henry’s background includes an engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines, ecclesiastical work in service to the poor and underserved, and nursing services that include pediatric homecare, hospital inpatient and hospice care.
Appointments available! Henry is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who obtained his undergraduate and advanced nursing degree from Regis University in Denver, CO. He has over ten years of healthcare experience serving pediatric, adult and geriatric populations. Henry’s background includes an engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines, ecclesiastical work in service to the poor and underserved, and nursing services that include pediatric homecare, hospital inpatient and hospice care.
(720) 403-2838 View (720) 403-2838
Photo of Rick Loonam, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Rick Loonam
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Brighton, CO 80601
Now Scheduling New Patients! I'm Rick, a compassionate and board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. With a solid foundation as a former flight and emergency department nurse, I bring over 15 years of invaluable experience to my practice. Graduating from Regis University in Denver, I'm dedicated to providing the highest quality care to my clients.
Now Scheduling New Patients! I'm Rick, a compassionate and board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. With a solid foundation as a former flight and emergency department nurse, I bring over 15 years of invaluable experience to my practice. Graduating from Regis University in Denver, I'm dedicated to providing the highest quality care to my clients.
(719) 624-3406 View (719) 624-3406
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Kyle Brown
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Brighton, CO 80601
Accepting New Patients! Kyle is a dual board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and a family nurse practitioner with prescriptive authority in Colorado. Mr. Brown received his advanced degree from Regis University in Denver Colorado and has 14 years of experience in the healthcare arena; including pediatrics, communicable disease control, and integrated family practice. Kyle has a passion for current research and treatment therapies in psychiatry, with a focus on both pharmacological and non-medication management of psychiatric disorders. He has a particular interest in treatment resistant mood disorders and OCD.
Accepting New Patients! Kyle is a dual board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and a family nurse practitioner with prescriptive authority in Colorado. Mr. Brown received his advanced degree from Regis University in Denver Colorado and has 14 years of experience in the healthcare arena; including pediatrics, communicable disease control, and integrated family practice. Kyle has a passion for current research and treatment therapies in psychiatry, with a focus on both pharmacological and non-medication management of psychiatric disorders. He has a particular interest in treatment resistant mood disorders and OCD.
(720) 727-6596 View (720) 727-6596
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Brittany Rideaux
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
18 Endorsed
Brighton, CO 80601  (Online Only)
Hello! I am a PMHNP that hails from Oklahoma City. I started my career in the nursing field 16 years ago and began as a medical assistant. I later became a CNA, then a registered nurse. I have worked both inpatient and outpatient behavioral health for many years before becoming a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I enjoy spending time with my family and have an 18 year old step son that is in college, a daughter headed to college next year, a three year old son, and a 1 year old daughter. I love caring for others as it is one of my passions in life.
Hello! I am a PMHNP that hails from Oklahoma City. I started my career in the nursing field 16 years ago and began as a medical assistant. I later became a CNA, then a registered nurse. I have worked both inpatient and outpatient behavioral health for many years before becoming a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I enjoy spending time with my family and have an 18 year old step son that is in college, a daughter headed to college next year, a three year old son, and a 1 year old daughter. I love caring for others as it is one of my passions in life.
(720) 738-6131 View (720) 738-6131
Photo of Deanna Nicholson, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Deanna Nicholson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Brighton, CO 80601
Accepting New Patients Now! With over 16 years of experience in mental healthcare, I am a dedicated expert in my field. I merge cutting-edge knowledge with a genuine passion for providing exceptional care. From navigating substance use disorders to delving into the depths of depression and anxiety, I confront a wide spectrum of mental health challenges. My unwavering commitment to adult and geriatric populations, including those with cognitive impairment, truly sets me apart. Together, we will unlock your potential and embark on a transformative journey towards optimal well-being. Your path to a brighter future starts here!
Accepting New Patients Now! With over 16 years of experience in mental healthcare, I am a dedicated expert in my field. I merge cutting-edge knowledge with a genuine passion for providing exceptional care. From navigating substance use disorders to delving into the depths of depression and anxiety, I confront a wide spectrum of mental health challenges. My unwavering commitment to adult and geriatric populations, including those with cognitive impairment, truly sets me apart. Together, we will unlock your potential and embark on a transformative journey towards optimal well-being. Your path to a brighter future starts here!
(720) 802-6476 View (720) 802-6476
Photo of Rick Loonam, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Rick Loonam
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Brighton, CO 80601
Now Scheduling New Patients! I'm Rick, a compassionate and board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. With a solid foundation as a former flight and emergency department nurse, I bring over 15 years of invaluable experience to my practice. Graduating from Regis University in Denver, I'm dedicated to providing the highest quality care to my clients.
Now Scheduling New Patients! I'm Rick, a compassionate and board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. With a solid foundation as a former flight and emergency department nurse, I bring over 15 years of invaluable experience to my practice. Graduating from Regis University in Denver, I'm dedicated to providing the highest quality care to my clients.
(720) 821-7627 View (720) 821-7627
Photo of Sandra Osborne, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Sandra Osborne
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Brighton, CO 80602
Accepting New Patients! I'm Sandra (she/her), an empathetic mental health provider with a wealth of experience in crisis services, forensics, and veteran care. My mission is to meet you where you are and provide a judgment-free space where your voice is heard and valued. By integrating mind, body, and self, we'll navigate challenging emotions together. I can also prescribe and help with your medication management.
Accepting New Patients! I'm Sandra (she/her), an empathetic mental health provider with a wealth of experience in crisis services, forensics, and veteran care. My mission is to meet you where you are and provide a judgment-free space where your voice is heard and valued. By integrating mind, body, and self, we'll navigate challenging emotions together. I can also prescribe and help with your medication management.
(720) 790-4618 View (720) 790-4618
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Kristina Mordecai
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Brighton, CO 80601
Accepting New Patients! Kristina is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is currently accepting new clients. Her journey began in 1999 when she graduated with an Associate of Science in Nursing from Meridian Community College. She then progressed to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Chamberlain University in 2015 and graduated at the top of her class. After furthering her career in nursing management and stress management courses, she decided to pursue the Master of Science in Nursing, specializing in Psychiatry, at Herzing University where she graduated with honors.
Accepting New Patients! Kristina is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is currently accepting new clients. Her journey began in 1999 when she graduated with an Associate of Science in Nursing from Meridian Community College. She then progressed to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Chamberlain University in 2015 and graduated at the top of her class. After furthering her career in nursing management and stress management courses, she decided to pursue the Master of Science in Nursing, specializing in Psychiatry, at Herzing University where she graduated with honors.
(303) 622-5068 View (303) 622-5068
Photo of Leslie Vannucci, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Leslie Vannucci
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Brighton, CO 80601  (Online Only)
My name is Leslie, i am a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and received her Master's in Nursing from University of Cincinnati in 2005. I utilize medication, vitamins, nutrition, hormones, and gut-brain connections for treatment of mental health issues.
My name is Leslie, i am a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and received her Master's in Nursing from University of Cincinnati in 2005. I utilize medication, vitamins, nutrition, hormones, and gut-brain connections for treatment of mental health issues.
(720) 358-9430 View (720) 358-9430
Photo of Deanna Nicholson, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Deanna Nicholson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Brighton, CO 80602
Accepting New Patients Now! With over 16 years of experience in mental healthcare, I am a dedicated expert in my field. I merge cutting-edge knowledge with a genuine passion for providing exceptional care. From navigating substance use disorders to delving into the depths of depression and anxiety, I confront a wide spectrum of mental health challenges. My unwavering commitment to adult and geriatric populations, including those with cognitive impairment, truly sets me apart. Together, we will unlock your potential and embark on a transformative journey towards optimal well-being. Your path to a brighter future starts here!
Accepting New Patients Now! With over 16 years of experience in mental healthcare, I am a dedicated expert in my field. I merge cutting-edge knowledge with a genuine passion for providing exceptional care. From navigating substance use disorders to delving into the depths of depression and anxiety, I confront a wide spectrum of mental health challenges. My unwavering commitment to adult and geriatric populations, including those with cognitive impairment, truly sets me apart. Together, we will unlock your potential and embark on a transformative journey towards optimal well-being. Your path to a brighter future starts here!
(720) 669-6415 View (720) 669-6415
Photo of Dean Gainey, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dean Gainey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Brighton, CO 80601  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Michigan State University. My clinical acumen is enriched by an extensive career dedicated to healthcare, where I have cultivated a deep understanding of the diverse communities I serve. My background includes a pivotal role in the U.S. Army as a Psychiatric Nurse, which has provided me with invaluable experience in care coordination and healthcare team leadership.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Michigan State University. My clinical acumen is enriched by an extensive career dedicated to healthcare, where I have cultivated a deep understanding of the diverse communities I serve. My background includes a pivotal role in the U.S. Army as a Psychiatric Nurse, which has provided me with invaluable experience in care coordination and healthcare team leadership.
(720) 414-5897 View (720) 414-5897

More Psychiatrists Nearby

Photo of Linda Hilliker, MS, CNS, RXN, Psychiatric Nurse
Linda Hilliker
Psychiatric Nurse, MS, CNS, RXN
Verified Verified
Thornton, CO 80233
My favorite thing about Psychiatric practice is contributing to your success by working with you to create and sustain your best life. I prescribe, and medications often can be very helpful in supporting health and healing, however they are only part of an optimized treatment plan. I also give a bit of homework, which helps anchor your progress into your life. It may challenge you, but it will grow you. Not only are you likely to experience a relief of the symptoms bothering you, but you may also bring your life to a whole new level. Doesn't that sound good?
My favorite thing about Psychiatric practice is contributing to your success by working with you to create and sustain your best life. I prescribe, and medications often can be very helpful in supporting health and healing, however they are only part of an optimized treatment plan. I also give a bit of homework, which helps anchor your progress into your life. It may challenge you, but it will grow you. Not only are you likely to experience a relief of the symptoms bothering you, but you may also bring your life to a whole new level. Doesn't that sound good?
(720) 408-9090 View (720) 408-9090
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Mindfulness Psychiatry, PLLC, Tracy Tyler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Westminster, CO 80241
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) 590-3756 View (303) 590-3756
Photo of Andrew Nagy, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Andrew Nagy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Thornton, CO 80233
*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 John Yates, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
John Yates
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Commerce City, CO 80022
My name is John, a seasoned professional who has devoted over two decades to the field of Emergency Medicine, where I was privileged to witness the resilience of the human spirit in times of immense crisis. Throughout my tenure, I discovered the profound fulfillment that comes from being a compassionate listener and guide during people’s moments of vulnerability, helping them navigate through their personal stories of trials, triumphs, and transformations.
My name is John, a seasoned professional who has devoted over two decades to the field of Emergency Medicine, where I was privileged to witness the resilience of the human spirit in times of immense crisis. Throughout my tenure, I discovered the profound fulfillment that comes from being a compassionate listener and guide during people’s moments of vulnerability, helping them navigate through their personal stories of trials, triumphs, and transformations.
(720) 770-8608 View (720) 770-8608
Photo of Deanna Nicholson, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Deanna Nicholson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Thornton, CO 80233
Accepting New Patients Now! With over 16 years of experience in mental healthcare, I am a dedicated expert in my field. I merge cutting-edge knowledge with a genuine passion for providing exceptional care. From navigating substance use disorders to delving into the depths of depression and anxiety, I confront a wide spectrum of mental health challenges. My unwavering commitment to adult and geriatric populations, including those with cognitive impairment, truly sets me apart. Together, we will unlock your potential and embark on a transformative journey towards optimal well-being. Your path to a brighter future starts here!
Accepting New Patients Now! With over 16 years of experience in mental healthcare, I am a dedicated expert in my field. I merge cutting-edge knowledge with a genuine passion for providing exceptional care. From navigating substance use disorders to delving into the depths of depression and anxiety, I confront a wide spectrum of mental health challenges. My unwavering commitment to adult and geriatric populations, including those with cognitive impairment, truly sets me apart. Together, we will unlock your potential and embark on a transformative journey towards optimal well-being. Your path to a brighter future starts here!
(720) 669-7372 View (720) 669-7372
Photo of Andrew Nagy, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Andrew Nagy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Commerce City, CO 80022
*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.
(319) 984-1018 View (319) 984-1018
Photo of Robert Owens, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Robert Owens
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80022
Positive mental health and wellness is a life-long journey and Rob is here to help you on that journey. He takes a holistic, evidence-based approach in his practice, believing that medications are not always the answer, or at least the whole answer, and often chooses to recommend therapy, dietary changes, exercise, and lifestyle modification when indicated.
Positive mental health and wellness is a life-long journey and Rob is here to help you on that journey. He takes a holistic, evidence-based approach in his practice, believing that medications are not always the answer, or at least the whole answer, and often chooses to recommend therapy, dietary changes, exercise, and lifestyle modification when indicated.
(970) 251-7947 View (970) 251-7947
Photo of Ivy Hoo, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ivy Hoo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Westminster, CO 80241
Accepting New Patients! As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am dedicated to helping individuals achieve their full potential and lead a fulfilling life. My goal is to take a comprehensive and holistic approach to care, considering all the factors that may impact a person's mental health and well-being. This includes working in collaboration with my patients, their families, and other healthcare providers to ensure that the care provided is safe, effective, patient-centered, and tailored to meet each individual's unique needs. To check my availability go to our website and my first available will be listed there.
Accepting New Patients! As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am dedicated to helping individuals achieve their full potential and lead a fulfilling life. My goal is to take a comprehensive and holistic approach to care, considering all the factors that may impact a person's mental health and well-being. This includes working in collaboration with my patients, their families, and other healthcare providers to ensure that the care provided is safe, effective, patient-centered, and tailored to meet each individual's unique needs. To check my availability go to our website and my first available will be listed there.
(720) 706-7520 View (720) 706-7520

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Brighton, CO

10+

Average cost per session

$225

Psychiatrists in Brighton, CO who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
92% Depression
75% ADHD
75% Sleep or Insomnia
75% Medication Management
67% Trauma and PTSD
58% Addiction

Average years in practice

17 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Brighton, CO see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

60% Male
40% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Brighton?

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.