Psychiatrists in Loveland, CO

Photo of Esther Uangbaoje - Hecen Healthcare, APRN,  , PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Hecen Healthcare
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, , PMHNP
Verified Verified
Loveland, CO 80538  (Online Only)
Looking for someone to talk to? Well, look no further! At Hecen Healthcare, we offer medication management, psychoeducation, and psychiatric evaluation. Our focus areas include anxiety, ADHD, depression, sleep problems, bipolar, PTSD, psychosis, and panic disorder. We provide patient-driven care and treat our patients with respect, honesty, and dignity. We are passionate and caring about our services and your utmost well-being is the goal, ensuring a non-judgmental approach.
Looking for someone to talk to? Well, look no further! At Hecen Healthcare, we offer medication management, psychoeducation, and psychiatric evaluation. Our focus areas include anxiety, ADHD, depression, sleep problems, bipolar, PTSD, psychosis, and panic disorder. We provide patient-driven care and treat our patients with respect, honesty, and dignity. We are passionate and caring about our services and your utmost well-being is the goal, ensuring a non-judgmental approach.
(970) 465-5517 View (970) 465-5517
Photo of Michael Wyskiel, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Michael Wyskiel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Loveland, CO 80538
When you meet with Mike, you will feel welcomed into a non-judgmental, positive environment to overcome obstacles and become the best version of yourself. He is accepting of individuals from all walks of life and does not discriminate on gender, race, ethnicity, or cultural background. After a session with Mike, you will leave feeling accepted, listened to, and better equipped for your healing journey. Mike’s clients can expect to gain knowledge and tools to overcome many life struggles, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar, OCD, ADHD, insomnia, substance abuse, and eating issues.
When you meet with Mike, you will feel welcomed into a non-judgmental, positive environment to overcome obstacles and become the best version of yourself. He is accepting of individuals from all walks of life and does not discriminate on gender, race, ethnicity, or cultural background. After a session with Mike, you will leave feeling accepted, listened to, and better equipped for your healing journey. Mike’s clients can expect to gain knowledge and tools to overcome many life struggles, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar, OCD, ADHD, insomnia, substance abuse, and eating issues.
(719) 212-9161 View (719) 212-9161
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Dawnelle Schatte
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Loveland, CO 80538
I want to meet people where they are and help them meet their goals. I appreciate hearing what people’s values are so that we can collaboratively develop a plan. It is my job to provide education and offer evidence-based treatment options.
I want to meet people where they are and help them meet their goals. I appreciate hearing what people’s values are so that we can collaboratively develop a plan. It is my job to provide education and offer evidence-based treatment options.
(970) 572-4424 View (970) 572-4424
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Rena Diem
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Loveland, CO 80538
Rena Diem, PMHNP Rena Diem is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Colorado who has been practicing since 2024. She received a Master of Science in Nursing as a Certified Nurse Midwife in 2010 before becoming a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2023. Rena's role is to be a guide on your journey towards greater health and understanding. By fostering a trusting and supportive environment, Rena hopes that you can feel that you don't have to do hard things alone.
Rena Diem, PMHNP Rena Diem is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Colorado who has been practicing since 2024. She received a Master of Science in Nursing as a Certified Nurse Midwife in 2010 before becoming a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2023. Rena's role is to be a guide on your journey towards greater health and understanding. By fostering a trusting and supportive environment, Rena hopes that you can feel that you don't have to do hard things alone.
(970) 609-9926 View (970) 609-9926
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Eutierria Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Loveland, CO 80538
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), with over 11 years of psychiatric nursing experience prior to obtaining my PMHNP. In addition to conventional treatment, I am currently taking part in a yearlong fellowship at the Integrative Psychiatry Institute. This fellowship will provide added holistic and alternative treatment options. My focus is to help individuals heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths. This is achieved by providing a neutral safe space, establishing a therapeutic relationship, and developing an individualized treatment plan.
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), with over 11 years of psychiatric nursing experience prior to obtaining my PMHNP. In addition to conventional treatment, I am currently taking part in a yearlong fellowship at the Integrative Psychiatry Institute. This fellowship will provide added holistic and alternative treatment options. My focus is to help individuals heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths. This is achieved by providing a neutral safe space, establishing a therapeutic relationship, and developing an individualized treatment plan.
(970) 425-1514 View (970) 425-1514
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Chris Pate
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Loveland, CO 80538
An ideal patient is one that is suffering, hurting, and wants help. While at first glance this may sound abrasive, the harsh truth is pain and suffering in some form is an inevitable part of life. While my intentions are altruistic, I would argue that they aren't in that by being of service to others is what provides fulfilment in what I do-fosters purpose in my life. To alleviate the pain of another, specifically that of mental illness-to watch them grow and heal brings joy like nothing else.
An ideal patient is one that is suffering, hurting, and wants help. While at first glance this may sound abrasive, the harsh truth is pain and suffering in some form is an inevitable part of life. While my intentions are altruistic, I would argue that they aren't in that by being of service to others is what provides fulfilment in what I do-fosters purpose in my life. To alleviate the pain of another, specifically that of mental illness-to watch them grow and heal brings joy like nothing else.
(970) 709-7773 View (970) 709-7773
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Jaimie Dirks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-C , RN
Verified Verified
Loveland, CO 80538
I'm interested in helping folks with a variety of struggles: anxiety, depression, bipolar, psychosis, trauma, and am passionate about the veteran, healthcare professional, and first responder communities. Please visit us at thrivehealthconsultants.com
I'm interested in helping folks with a variety of struggles: anxiety, depression, bipolar, psychosis, trauma, and am passionate about the veteran, healthcare professional, and first responder communities. Please visit us at thrivehealthconsultants.com
(970) 508-8275 View (970) 508-8275
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Keri Lemmond
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Loveland, CO 80538
Keri Lemmond, M.D. is a board-certified adult psychiatrist with more than 22 years of experience in the field of medication management for the treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, women and college student issues. She graduated medical school from Texas A&M Health Sciences Center and completed her residency at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. She has been on faculty at the University of Colorado Department of Psychiatry and on staff at Colorado State University Health Center.
Keri Lemmond, M.D. is a board-certified adult psychiatrist with more than 22 years of experience in the field of medication management for the treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, women and college student issues. She graduated medical school from Texas A&M Health Sciences Center and completed her residency at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. She has been on faculty at the University of Colorado Department of Psychiatry and on staff at Colorado State University Health Center.
(970) 638-8625 View (970) 638-8625
Photo of Lauri Lohse, ARNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Lauri Lohse
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Loveland, CO 80538
Lauri Lohse has been a nurse practitioner since 2005. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a master's degree in nursing. Lauri believes in treating her patients as unique individuals and enjoys working with all age groups from childhood through adulthood. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and playing with her grandchildren.
Lauri Lohse has been a nurse practitioner since 2005. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a master's degree in nursing. Lauri believes in treating her patients as unique individuals and enjoys working with all age groups from childhood through adulthood. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and playing with her grandchildren.
(970) 360-4416 View (970) 360-4416
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Mindfulness Psychiatry, PLLC, Tracy Tyler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Loveland, CO 80538
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!
(970) 446-3999 View (970) 446-3999
Photo of Katherine Kelto, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Katherine Kelto
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Loveland, CO 80538  (Online Only)
Katherine Kelto is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has been practicing since 2015. She graduated from Colorado State University. She has experience treating clients with medication management in all age groups with mental health disorders. She has extended training focused on applied genetics as a treatment tool. By utilizing the most recent research and most importantly listening, she persistently seeks to help clients realize their fullest potential.
Katherine Kelto is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has been practicing since 2015. She graduated from Colorado State University. She has experience treating clients with medication management in all age groups with mental health disorders. She has extended training focused on applied genetics as a treatment tool. By utilizing the most recent research and most importantly listening, she persistently seeks to help clients realize their fullest potential.
(719) 497-2309 View (719) 497-2309
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Joe Ballent
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Loveland, CO 80538
An ideal patient is motivated, self-aware, proactive about their health, acknowledges accepted treatment guidelines, and is appropriately cautious of social media mental health trending topics. An ideal patient wants to bolster their health from multiple sides of a bio-psycho-social model, not just with prescriptions. There is so much to a treatment plan!
An ideal patient is motivated, self-aware, proactive about their health, acknowledges accepted treatment guidelines, and is appropriately cautious of social media mental health trending topics. An ideal patient wants to bolster their health from multiple sides of a bio-psycho-social model, not just with prescriptions. There is so much to a treatment plan!
(970) 478-1657 View (970) 478-1657
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Lisa Stiles
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Loveland, CO 80538
Lisa Dashnaw Stiles is a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who has been practicing since 2019. She graduated from University of Colorado 2018 with a master's degree in Advanced Nursing/Psychiatric and Alliance International University in San Diego CA 2001 with a Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. She combines her education with her experience of being a psychiatric nurse since 1988 to provide wholistic treatment.
Lisa Dashnaw Stiles is a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who has been practicing since 2019. She graduated from University of Colorado 2018 with a master's degree in Advanced Nursing/Psychiatric and Alliance International University in San Diego CA 2001 with a Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. She combines her education with her experience of being a psychiatric nurse since 1988 to provide wholistic treatment.
(970) 236-4922 View (970) 236-4922
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Kelly LaPointe Willow Roots Ltd.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
Loveland, CO 80537  (Online Only)
I am accepting new patients in WA and CO. I have worked in the medical field in various specialties for over 25 years, and I have always been passionate about helping people. That's why I decided to further my education and become a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner to help fill the growing gap in mental healthcare. I feel honored to support my resilient clients and hold space for them. While I trust and believe in treatment, I also believe in the importance of facilitating clients' inner healing. ​
I am accepting new patients in WA and CO. I have worked in the medical field in various specialties for over 25 years, and I have always been passionate about helping people. That's why I decided to further my education and become a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner to help fill the growing gap in mental healthcare. I feel honored to support my resilient clients and hold space for them. While I trust and believe in treatment, I also believe in the importance of facilitating clients' inner healing. ​
(360) 495-1883 View (360) 495-1883
Photo of Esther Okanlawon, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Esther Okanlawon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Loveland, CO 80537
Accepting New Patients! I am dual certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I have been in healthcare for the past 14 years. Started out my career as a nurse in homecare in NY and also worked on the Navajo reservation. As an FNP, I have worked in primary care, wellness health and treated patients with substance use disorder. As a PMHNP, I am going to help you achieve your goal of functioning to your highest capabilities. I also offer suboxone services. Call or email today to learn more.
Accepting New Patients! I am dual certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I have been in healthcare for the past 14 years. Started out my career as a nurse in homecare in NY and also worked on the Navajo reservation. As an FNP, I have worked in primary care, wellness health and treated patients with substance use disorder. As a PMHNP, I am going to help you achieve your goal of functioning to your highest capabilities. I also offer suboxone services. Call or email today to learn more.
(720) 730-4767 View (720) 730-4767
Photo of Aimee McLaurin, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Aimee McLaurin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Loveland, CO 80538
Aimee McLaurin is a Nurse Practitioner in Colorado who has been practicing since 2023. Aimee's prior experience in the military and acute medical settings have provided her with unique skills to assist clients in managing challenging times in their lives. She has learned how to help the client navigate a path through these times, build resilience, and thrive by embracing our individual strengths and weaknesses. In her spare time, Aimee enjoys being outdoors, gardening or just enjoying the sunshine. She likes to cook for others, learn new recipes, and is a bad but enthusiastic dancer.
Aimee McLaurin is a Nurse Practitioner in Colorado who has been practicing since 2023. Aimee's prior experience in the military and acute medical settings have provided her with unique skills to assist clients in managing challenging times in their lives. She has learned how to help the client navigate a path through these times, build resilience, and thrive by embracing our individual strengths and weaknesses. In her spare time, Aimee enjoys being outdoors, gardening or just enjoying the sunshine. She likes to cook for others, learn new recipes, and is a bad but enthusiastic dancer.
(970) 866-0192 View (970) 866-0192
Photo of Briana Laurie, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Briana Laurie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Loveland, CO 80538
Bri Laurie is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Colorado who has been practicing since 2015. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Colby-Sawyer College in 2015, where she attended on a full academic scholarship. During the early part of her career, Bri gathered a diverse portfolio working in the ED and ICU before connecting with her passion of working with mental health. Subsequently, she earned her Master of Science degree from Regis University.
Bri Laurie is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Colorado who has been practicing since 2015. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Colby-Sawyer College in 2015, where she attended on a full academic scholarship. During the early part of her career, Bri gathered a diverse portfolio working in the ED and ICU before connecting with her passion of working with mental health. Subsequently, she earned her Master of Science degree from Regis University.
(970) 572-9480 View (970) 572-9480
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Megan Riederer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Loveland, CO 80537
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) 802-6412 View (720) 802-6412
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Mary Beth Hutchinson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Loveland, CO 80537
Are you depressed or anxious? I can help with your medication management. My name is Mary "Beth" Hutchinson. I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, treating patients ages 4 and up. I am also certified as a family nurse practitioner, which provides a broad base to individualize age appropriate treatment. We can meet and have our sessions through video on our telemedicine platform, so you can be at the comfort of your home while we meet. We will evaluate your specific concerns, work with you to develop a practical plan, and I'll support you through the process of improving your life.
Are you depressed or anxious? I can help with your medication management. My name is Mary "Beth" Hutchinson. I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, treating patients ages 4 and up. I am also certified as a family nurse practitioner, which provides a broad base to individualize age appropriate treatment. We can meet and have our sessions through video on our telemedicine platform, so you can be at the comfort of your home while we meet. We will evaluate your specific concerns, work with you to develop a practical plan, and I'll support you through the process of improving your life.
(720) 712-1467 View (720) 712-1467
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Erica Earhart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Loveland, CO 80538
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. While so many mental health struggles have been destigmatized, huge stigmas still remain when it comes to managing addictions. I enjoy working with clients who are struggling with addiction and strive to provide non-judgmental care with unconditional positive regard.
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. While so many mental health struggles have been destigmatized, huge stigmas still remain when it comes to managing addictions. I enjoy working with clients who are struggling with addiction and strive to provide non-judgmental care with unconditional positive regard.
(719) 347-4482 View (719) 347-4482
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Loveland, CO

40+

Average cost per session

$225

Psychiatrists in Loveland, CO who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
98% Depression
88% ADHD
88% Medication Management
86% Bipolar Disorder
74% Trauma and PTSD
65% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
94% Cigna and Evernorth
91% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Loveland, CO see their clients

84% In Person and Online
16% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Loveland?

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.