Psychiatrists in Denver, CO

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Todd Kline
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80209
Cigna or Blue Cross? Hey, it's Dr. Todd Kline. I offer medications, psychotherapy, and innovative biofeedback treatments for those suffering with anxiety, depression and other mood disorders. By training, I'm a psychiatrist (medical doctor) and psychoanalyst (advanced psychotherapist) and have a thriving private practice in Cherry Creek where I'm now adding an additional 8 hours to my schedule. Thus, I'm excited to be accepting a limited number of new patients into the practice at this time! I specialize in treating Anxiety Disorders (GAD, OCD, PTSD, Panic Disorder) Depression, Grief, Life Transitions, Mood illnesses.
Cigna or Blue Cross? Hey, it's Dr. Todd Kline. I offer medications, psychotherapy, and innovative biofeedback treatments for those suffering with anxiety, depression and other mood disorders. By training, I'm a psychiatrist (medical doctor) and psychoanalyst (advanced psychotherapist) and have a thriving private practice in Cherry Creek where I'm now adding an additional 8 hours to my schedule. Thus, I'm excited to be accepting a limited number of new patients into the practice at this time! I specialize in treating Anxiety Disorders (GAD, OCD, PTSD, Panic Disorder) Depression, Grief, Life Transitions, Mood illnesses.
(720) 726-6205 View (720) 726-6205
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Katie Spann
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80222  (Online Only)
Accepting New Clients. Have you found that it has become increasingly more difficult to find the joy you seek in everyday life? Well, if you can relate, allow me to assist you with becoming the best version of yourself that you can be. That best version starts with improving your mental health. I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with 4 + years of experience as an NP and 14 + years as a psychiatric nurse. I am licensed in Colorado, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
Accepting New Clients. Have you found that it has become increasingly more difficult to find the joy you seek in everyday life? Well, if you can relate, allow me to assist you with becoming the best version of yourself that you can be. That best version starts with improving your mental health. I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with 4 + years of experience as an NP and 14 + years as a psychiatric nurse. I am licensed in Colorado, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
(720) 680-3393 View (720) 680-3393
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Chelsea Keselman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80203  (Online Only)
Meet Chelsea, a psychiatric nurse practitioner who brings a compassionate, patient-focused approach to mental healthcare and wellness. Born and raised in the Midwest, Chelsea relocated to Denver with her husband and two children to pursue her passion for helping those struggling with their mental health. With experience across settings - from hospitals to private practice - Chelsea leverages her background in nursing and expertise in a variety of mental health conditions to provide medication management and brief supportive therapy to adolescents and adults.
Meet Chelsea, a psychiatric nurse practitioner who brings a compassionate, patient-focused approach to mental healthcare and wellness. Born and raised in the Midwest, Chelsea relocated to Denver with her husband and two children to pursue her passion for helping those struggling with their mental health. With experience across settings - from hospitals to private practice - Chelsea leverages her background in nursing and expertise in a variety of mental health conditions to provide medication management and brief supportive therapy to adolescents and adults.
(720) 782-6819 View (720) 782-6819
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Caitlin Kieltyka
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80230
I decided to pursue medicine and specialize in psychiatry because I love talking to people about their life experiences. I treat adults experiencing the full spectrum of mental illness, and I also enjoy working with reproductive-age women who are navigating trying to conceive, pregnancy, and the postpartum period.
I decided to pursue medicine and specialize in psychiatry because I love talking to people about their life experiences. I treat adults experiencing the full spectrum of mental illness, and I also enjoy working with reproductive-age women who are navigating trying to conceive, pregnancy, and the postpartum period.
(720) 821-0830 View (720) 821-0830
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Tim Wood
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80231
I am excited to address medication management and diagnostic clarification for patients with Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorders, OCD, ADHD, PTSD and others.
I am excited to address medication management and diagnostic clarification for patients with Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorders, OCD, ADHD, PTSD and others.
(720) 740-0745 View (720) 740-0745
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Galia Regina Abadi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80246  (Online Only)
I am an adult psychiatrist, providing both psychotherapy and medication management for patients with a wide variety of psychiatric disorders including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance abuse disorders, trauma-related disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, attention deficit disorders, and others. I practice evidence based conventional medication management but am complementary-medicine and alternative-medicine friendly. I will take patients who work with other psychotherapists and are in need of medication management alone, or am able to provide both services.
I am an adult psychiatrist, providing both psychotherapy and medication management for patients with a wide variety of psychiatric disorders including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance abuse disorders, trauma-related disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, attention deficit disorders, and others. I practice evidence based conventional medication management but am complementary-medicine and alternative-medicine friendly. I will take patients who work with other psychotherapists and are in need of medication management alone, or am able to provide both services.
(720) 943-7961 View (720) 943-7961
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Bahattin Ergin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PHMNP, ARNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80202  (Online Only)
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I understand that each client is unique, with their own set of challenges, needs, and goals. My ideal client is someone struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, or mood disorders, seeking not only relief from their symptoms but also a deeper understanding of themselves. They desire a holistic, compassionate approach that integrates evidence-based treatment with a personalized touch. What makes me unique is my dedication to creating a safe, non-judgmental space where clients feel heard and valued. By combining my clinical expertise with genuine empathy,
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I understand that each client is unique, with their own set of challenges, needs, and goals. My ideal client is someone struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, or mood disorders, seeking not only relief from their symptoms but also a deeper understanding of themselves. They desire a holistic, compassionate approach that integrates evidence-based treatment with a personalized touch. What makes me unique is my dedication to creating a safe, non-judgmental space where clients feel heard and valued. By combining my clinical expertise with genuine empathy,
(720) 778-8032 View (720) 778-8032
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Richard Froude
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD, MFA
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80218
Richard Froude is a psychiatrist practicing in Denver, CO. He provides in-person and telehealth appointments for diagnostic evaluation, treatment solutions, psychotherapy, and medication management. Originally from Bristol, England, Dr Froude has made his home in Colorado for the past 20 years. His background in the literary arts, combined with a broad knowledge of psychotherapy and evidence-based psychopharmacology, affords a unique skillset to understand and conceptualize your individual narrative.
Richard Froude is a psychiatrist practicing in Denver, CO. He provides in-person and telehealth appointments for diagnostic evaluation, treatment solutions, psychotherapy, and medication management. Originally from Bristol, England, Dr Froude has made his home in Colorado for the past 20 years. His background in the literary arts, combined with a broad knowledge of psychotherapy and evidence-based psychopharmacology, affords a unique skillset to understand and conceptualize your individual narrative.
(303) 963-9331 View (303) 963-9331
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Brendon Pardington
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80238
I am a certified Physician Assistant as well as a certified Life Coach through the International Coaching Federation. I specialize in ADHD and I love working with people who want to take control of their lives.
I am a certified Physician Assistant as well as a certified Life Coach through the International Coaching Federation. I specialize in ADHD and I love working with people who want to take control of their lives.
(720) 619-3848 View (720) 619-3848
Phillip Bankston
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80246
I'm a dedicated psychiatric physician assistant committed to providing inclusive and affirming care to individuals from all backgrounds, including the LGBTQIA+ community. With expertise in treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, and ADHD, I approach each patient with empathy and understanding. I tailor every treatment plan to each patient’s specific needs and goals. My passion lies in helping patients not just manage their symptoms but thrive and become their best selves.
I'm a dedicated psychiatric physician assistant committed to providing inclusive and affirming care to individuals from all backgrounds, including the LGBTQIA+ community. With expertise in treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, and ADHD, I approach each patient with empathy and understanding. I tailor every treatment plan to each patient’s specific needs and goals. My passion lies in helping patients not just manage their symptoms but thrive and become their best selves.
(720) 770-8293 View (720) 770-8293
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Jennifer French
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80246
My approach to patient care involves treating all of my patients with honor, humility, and kindness. I treat my patients as if they were family members, doing everything I possibly can to obtain the best outcome. I will always take the extra time to make sure my patients feel heard and understood. I believe it is critically important to treat patients of all backgrounds, races, religions, and sexual orientations with the utmost respect and to create a safe environment free of judgment. My philosophy is that the foundation of patient care is the human connection.
My approach to patient care involves treating all of my patients with honor, humility, and kindness. I treat my patients as if they were family members, doing everything I possibly can to obtain the best outcome. I will always take the extra time to make sure my patients feel heard and understood. I believe it is critically important to treat patients of all backgrounds, races, religions, and sexual orientations with the utmost respect and to create a safe environment free of judgment. My philosophy is that the foundation of patient care is the human connection.
(848) 222-2089 View (848) 222-2089
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Susan Joshua
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80224  (Online Only)
Welcome. I am Susan Joshua MD, a psychiatrist who cares about your needs. I have 35 years experience in the field of adult psychiatry. I bring my skills and expertise, with an open heart, to help you with your current challenges and choices. We will use a comprehensive, integrative and holistic approach. An environment of care, support, and partnership will be created in order to assist you on your journey through challenging and chaotic times. We start with what needs attention today to address your immediate needs and goals. In doing so we will assess medication needs, therapy focus and lifestyle choices.
Welcome. I am Susan Joshua MD, a psychiatrist who cares about your needs. I have 35 years experience in the field of adult psychiatry. I bring my skills and expertise, with an open heart, to help you with your current challenges and choices. We will use a comprehensive, integrative and holistic approach. An environment of care, support, and partnership will be created in order to assist you on your journey through challenging and chaotic times. We start with what needs attention today to address your immediate needs and goals. In doing so we will assess medication needs, therapy focus and lifestyle choices.
(303) 529-9461 View (303) 529-9461
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Kevin Huynh - Denver Wellness Associates
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80209  (Online Only)
I offer psychiatric medication evaluations and treatment and am currently open to new patients. I received my PA Master’s degree at the University of Colorado Child Health Associate/Physician Assistant (CHA/PA) Program in 2020 and have remained in Denver since. I completed my B.S. in Human Biology and B.A. in Art History & Criticism at the University of California, San Diego. Before moving to Colorado, I spent two years as an EMT, followed by two years as a TMS technician. Working in the field of TMS, I naturally gravitated towards psychiatry and have continued to enhance my skills in the field since.
I offer psychiatric medication evaluations and treatment and am currently open to new patients. I received my PA Master’s degree at the University of Colorado Child Health Associate/Physician Assistant (CHA/PA) Program in 2020 and have remained in Denver since. I completed my B.S. in Human Biology and B.A. in Art History & Criticism at the University of California, San Diego. Before moving to Colorado, I spent two years as an EMT, followed by two years as a TMS technician. Working in the field of TMS, I naturally gravitated towards psychiatry and have continued to enhance my skills in the field since.
(720) 597-7336 View (720) 597-7336
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Karly Yingst
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CPNP
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80222  (Online Only)
Karly’s passion is providing quality, caring mental health care. She believes each patient (and family) is unique and deserves exceptional and individualized care. She is knowledgeable, caring, and very popular already! Everyone loves Karly!
Karly’s passion is providing quality, caring mental health care. She believes each patient (and family) is unique and deserves exceptional and individualized care. She is knowledgeable, caring, and very popular already! Everyone loves Karly!
(720) 707-2879 View (720) 707-2879
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Elisabeth Marie Fabrizio
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80211  (Online Only)
I have over 20 years of experience as a family nurse practitioner and have recently earned a post-master's degree as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. Depression and anxiety are an epidemic in our world today and many are suffering. Substance abuse is also rampant in our society. I can offer a listening ear, evaluate your situation, and collaboratively we can come up with a treatment plan that may include medication, supplements, and lifestyle changes with food and exercise. All visits are done via telemedicine.
I have over 20 years of experience as a family nurse practitioner and have recently earned a post-master's degree as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. Depression and anxiety are an epidemic in our world today and many are suffering. Substance abuse is also rampant in our society. I can offer a listening ear, evaluate your situation, and collaboratively we can come up with a treatment plan that may include medication, supplements, and lifestyle changes with food and exercise. All visits are done via telemedicine.
(720) 821-6028 View (720) 821-6028
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Tracy Connor-Riddick
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80230
To prospective clients: I applaud you for taking the first step. Because of your bravery, I will take the second step to hear and see you. We can then work together to make you the best version of yourself that you want to be.
To prospective clients: I applaud you for taking the first step. Because of your bravery, I will take the second step to hear and see you. We can then work together to make you the best version of yourself that you want to be.
(720) 706-9176 View (720) 706-9176
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Chad Krumpholz
Physician Assistant, PAC
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80207
Chad is a Physician Assistant (PA-C) with a Certificate of Added Qualification in Psychiatry (CAQ-Psych) who graduated from DeSales University in 2018. Originally from Texas, he has lived and practiced in Texas, Pennsylvania, and now Colorado. Chad’s focus is in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry having worked with kids in inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, and embedded in an underserved pediatric clinic. He has provided consult services at a children’s hospital and for a state-funded hotline for medical staff who had mental health questions regarding their pediatric patients.
Chad is a Physician Assistant (PA-C) with a Certificate of Added Qualification in Psychiatry (CAQ-Psych) who graduated from DeSales University in 2018. Originally from Texas, he has lived and practiced in Texas, Pennsylvania, and now Colorado. Chad’s focus is in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry having worked with kids in inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, and embedded in an underserved pediatric clinic. He has provided consult services at a children’s hospital and for a state-funded hotline for medical staff who had mental health questions regarding their pediatric patients.
(720) 893-8398 View (720) 893-8398
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John Whittier
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80206  (Online Only)
Dr. John Whittier is a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of anxiety, PTSD, ADHD and mood disorders. Dr. Whittier is primarily focused on medication management of general psychiatric conditions. He approaches each client as an individual, using the one-hour initial intake to get a comprehensive look at each client’s unique needs. From there he works with his clients to provide options and flexibility in the treatment plan utilizing a combination of psychotherapy, medications, and evidence-based alternative therapies.
Dr. John Whittier is a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of anxiety, PTSD, ADHD and mood disorders. Dr. Whittier is primarily focused on medication management of general psychiatric conditions. He approaches each client as an individual, using the one-hour initial intake to get a comprehensive look at each client’s unique needs. From there he works with his clients to provide options and flexibility in the treatment plan utilizing a combination of psychotherapy, medications, and evidence-based alternative therapies.
(720) 741-6534 View (720) 741-6534
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Ebelechukwu Ekwenugo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80205
Need URGENT psychiatric care? Call 888-877-7022 now to start your healing journey. We understand how stress, anxiety, ADHD, depression, burnout, & overwhelming emotions can prevent you from living your best life. At AB Holistic, we believe in a compassionate, integrative approach. We offer personalized treatment plans that include traditional medications, therapy, counseling & holistic therapies to address the root causes of your distress. We're dedicated to supporting you every step of the way. Find the relief you deserve. We're conveniently located, offer flexible hours, and have telehealth options available. Call today.
Need URGENT psychiatric care? Call 888-877-7022 now to start your healing journey. We understand how stress, anxiety, ADHD, depression, burnout, & overwhelming emotions can prevent you from living your best life. At AB Holistic, we believe in a compassionate, integrative approach. We offer personalized treatment plans that include traditional medications, therapy, counseling & holistic therapies to address the root causes of your distress. We're dedicated to supporting you every step of the way. Find the relief you deserve. We're conveniently located, offer flexible hours, and have telehealth options available. Call today.
(720) 647-2478 View (720) 647-2478
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Kristin Ratz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80206  (Online Only)
Dr. Kristin Ratz is a Board-Certified psychiatrist who is an expert in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental, emotional and behavioral disorders. She specializes in medication management combined with supportive therapy during 30-minute follow-up sessions. A California local, Dr. Ratz obtained her undergraduate education at University of California, Davis, graduating magna cum laude.t. She then attended medical school at Loma Linda University School of Medicine, obtaining her Medical Doctorate. Following this, she completed her adult psychiatry residency training at the University of California, Irvine.
Dr. Kristin Ratz is a Board-Certified psychiatrist who is an expert in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental, emotional and behavioral disorders. She specializes in medication management combined with supportive therapy during 30-minute follow-up sessions. A California local, Dr. Ratz obtained her undergraduate education at University of California, Davis, graduating magna cum laude.t. She then attended medical school at Loma Linda University School of Medicine, obtaining her Medical Doctorate. Following this, she completed her adult psychiatry residency training at the University of California, Irvine.
(720) 807-6413 View (720) 807-6413

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Denver, CO

500+

Average cost per session

$225

Psychiatrists in Denver, CO who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
95% Depression
86% Medication Management
83% ADHD
82% Bipolar Disorder
78% Trauma and PTSD
73% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

93% Cigna and Evernorth
92% Aetna
90% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Denver, CO see their clients

65% In Person and Online
35% Online Only

Gender breakdown

69% Female
31% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Denver?

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.