Psychiatrists in Northglenn, CO

Photo of Carol Oakleaf, PA-C, Physician Assistant
Carol Oakleaf
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Northglenn, CO 80233
I have been a Family Practice Physician Assistant for over 27 years, and have come to realize that emotional health is as important, (if not more important), than physical health. If we are not mentally healthy, then it is difficult to focus on trying to become physically healthy. Healthy nutrition, good sleep, and regular exercise are an essential foundation. We can thrive when our body, mind, heart, and soul are all working in harmony together.
I have been a Family Practice Physician Assistant for over 27 years, and have come to realize that emotional health is as important, (if not more important), than physical health. If we are not mentally healthy, then it is difficult to focus on trying to become physically healthy. Healthy nutrition, good sleep, and regular exercise are an essential foundation. We can thrive when our body, mind, heart, and soul are all working in harmony together.
(720) 802-3683 View (720) 802-3683
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Kari Green
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Northglenn, CO 80234
Kari Green is dual-certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Kari has prescriptive authority and treats children, adolescents, and adults. Kari is versed in pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and lifestyle treatment options and utilizes a holistic and individualized approach. Kari is passionate about uncovering and treating root causes of mental health and addiction issues (e.g. intestinal bacteria/yeast overgrowth, vitamin/mineral/micronutrient imbalances, mold/toxin exposure, etc.).
Kari Green is dual-certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Kari has prescriptive authority and treats children, adolescents, and adults. Kari is versed in pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and lifestyle treatment options and utilizes a holistic and individualized approach. Kari is passionate about uncovering and treating root causes of mental health and addiction issues (e.g. intestinal bacteria/yeast overgrowth, vitamin/mineral/micronutrient imbalances, mold/toxin exposure, etc.).
(720) 408-7393 View (720) 408-7393
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Evelle Brock
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Northglenn, CO 80234  (Online Only)
Evelle has many years of experience working in community public health, both general medical as well as psychiatric care, where she has provided care to the most fragile and underserved community members. She has learned the importance of a holistic approach to treatment and treatment modalities. Evelle understands that each client comes with unique physical, mental, and spiritual needs that factor into their individual treatment plan. She will explore pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic options, such as exercise, nutrition, and sleep, in conjunction with psychotherapy to attain the best results.
Evelle has many years of experience working in community public health, both general medical as well as psychiatric care, where she has provided care to the most fragile and underserved community members. She has learned the importance of a holistic approach to treatment and treatment modalities. Evelle understands that each client comes with unique physical, mental, and spiritual needs that factor into their individual treatment plan. She will explore pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic options, such as exercise, nutrition, and sleep, in conjunction with psychotherapy to attain the best results.
(720) 893-8797 View (720) 893-8797
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Sandra Osborne
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Northglenn, CO 80233
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) 802-6949 View (720) 802-6949
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Jennifer Murdock
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Northglenn, CO 80233  (Online Only)
Seeking treatment for mental health issues can be intimidating and difficult. It can also come at a time of challenges and hardships. If you are dealing with mental health issues that don’t seem to be resolving with traditional talk therapy, it may be necessary to consider more intensive outpatient treatment options such as medication and/or alternative strategies to help with symptom relief. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I strive to create an open, inviting, and non-judgmental environment with compassion and acceptance. I am here to support, guide, and empower you in your journey to do the work of recovery.
Seeking treatment for mental health issues can be intimidating and difficult. It can also come at a time of challenges and hardships. If you are dealing with mental health issues that don’t seem to be resolving with traditional talk therapy, it may be necessary to consider more intensive outpatient treatment options such as medication and/or alternative strategies to help with symptom relief. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I strive to create an open, inviting, and non-judgmental environment with compassion and acceptance. I am here to support, guide, and empower you in your journey to do the work of recovery.
(720) 776-5956 View (720) 776-5956
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Rick Loonam
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Northglenn, CO 80233
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) 619-3338 View (720) 619-3338
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Ebony Villarreal
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Northglenn, CO 80233
I have had 7 years in the diverse field of family medicine which encompasses all aspects of physical and mental health. This includes being a part of a Colorado clinic wide Loneliness Project. This project involves providing patients with the resources to combat loneliness which coincides with anxiety and depression.
I have had 7 years in the diverse field of family medicine which encompasses all aspects of physical and mental health. This includes being a part of a Colorado clinic wide Loneliness Project. This project involves providing patients with the resources to combat loneliness which coincides with anxiety and depression.
(720) 740-5986 View (720) 740-5986
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Maria Mojica-Rangel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN , PMHNP
Verified Verified
Northglenn, CO 80233
Maria Mojica-Rangel is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2013. Maria provides psychiatric assessments, diagnosis, and medication management for the treatment of OCD, PTSD, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, and Behavioral disorders. She has over ten years of experience as a Nurse Practitioner working with children, adolescents, and adults.
Maria Mojica-Rangel is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2013. Maria provides psychiatric assessments, diagnosis, and medication management for the treatment of OCD, PTSD, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, and Behavioral disorders. She has over ten years of experience as a Nurse Practitioner working with children, adolescents, and adults.
(303) 622-0567 View (303) 622-0567
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Debbie Pawlowski-Krejcik
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Northglenn, CO 80234
Although I treat a multitude of mental health conditions, I focus on clients suffering from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, personality disorder, eating disorders, as well as alcohol and drug addiction. I seek to assist clients in their unique path to wellness.
Although I treat a multitude of mental health conditions, I focus on clients suffering from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, personality disorder, eating disorders, as well as alcohol and drug addiction. I seek to assist clients in their unique path to wellness.
(303) 975-6142 View (303) 975-6142
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Syreeta Spears
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP, CPN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Northglenn, CO 80234
Hello, I'm Syreeta Spears and I'm a Board-Certified, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with full prescriptive authority. I focus on using a collaborative, comprehensive methodology when treating patients and families. I specialize in the treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults, and currently only see patients age 35 and under. I provide support and treatment plans for issues surrounding: suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, emotional disturbances, trauma, Bipolar disorder, behavioral issues, sleep problems, troubled thought patterns, difficult life transitions, and attention issues.
Hello, I'm Syreeta Spears and I'm a Board-Certified, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with full prescriptive authority. I focus on using a collaborative, comprehensive methodology when treating patients and families. I specialize in the treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults, and currently only see patients age 35 and under. I provide support and treatment plans for issues surrounding: suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, emotional disturbances, trauma, Bipolar disorder, behavioral issues, sleep problems, troubled thought patterns, difficult life transitions, and attention issues.
(833) 248-5327 View (833) 248-5327
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Alexandra Himel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
Northglenn, CO 80234
The decision to seek mental health and psychiatric care for you or your child is a brave step forward. It takes courage to ask for help and a commitment to make long-lasting positive change. I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with a Doctorate from Boston College (DNP) and a masters in counseling from Boston University (LMHC). I specialize in the assessment and treatment of children with autism, ADHD, and anxiety as well as, adults & teens with anxiety, depression, self esteem issues, major life changes, work/school stress, building confidence, & family conflict.
The decision to seek mental health and psychiatric care for you or your child is a brave step forward. It takes courage to ask for help and a commitment to make long-lasting positive change. I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with a Doctorate from Boston College (DNP) and a masters in counseling from Boston University (LMHC). I specialize in the assessment and treatment of children with autism, ADHD, and anxiety as well as, adults & teens with anxiety, depression, self esteem issues, major life changes, work/school stress, building confidence, & family conflict.
(720) 802-3316 View (720) 802-3316
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Holly Vause
Psychiatric Nurse, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Northglenn, CO 80234
I specialize in psychiatric medication evaluation and management for children, adolescents and adults.I believe we must have a collaborative relationship working together to meet your treatment goals. This collaboration is achieved through honest communication about your symptoms of concern and medication effects. I do not believe medications are appropriate for everyone dealing with emotional, behavioral, and/or relational issues. I do believe that some form of therapy is critical for maintaining long-term benefits. In many situations therapy as well as medications provide the best outcomes. Working together, we will determine the best course of treatment for you.
I specialize in psychiatric medication evaluation and management for children, adolescents and adults.I believe we must have a collaborative relationship working together to meet your treatment goals. This collaboration is achieved through honest communication about your symptoms of concern and medication effects. I do not believe medications are appropriate for everyone dealing with emotional, behavioral, and/or relational issues. I do believe that some form of therapy is critical for maintaining long-term benefits. In many situations therapy as well as medications provide the best outcomes. Working together, we will determine the best course of treatment for you.
(720) 330-4904 View (720) 330-4904
Ketamine and Spravato at Mindful Minds Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Northglenn, CO 80233
Mindful Minds Psychiatry is an outpatient psychiatric practice in Colorado, offering in IN Person & TELEhealth to children as young as 3 years old, adolescents, and adults across the metro area. We are located in PARKER, CO Springs, BOULDER, DENVER, and Westminster.
Mindful Minds Psychiatry is an outpatient psychiatric practice in Colorado, offering in IN Person & TELEhealth to children as young as 3 years old, adolescents, and adults across the metro area. We are located in PARKER, CO Springs, BOULDER, DENVER, and Westminster.
(719) 259-4872 View (719) 259-4872
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Katie Farley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Northglenn, CO 80233
Hi there! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I have over 13 years of nursing experience and have worked in numerous settings including medical oncology, med surg, surgery, infusion therapy, and nurse navigation. My most recent position before joining Mindful Minds Psychiatry, I worked as a registered nurse on an acute inpatient psychiatric unit where we treated adult patients with various mental health disorders including mood, anxiety, psychotic illnesses, substance use, and disorders requiring acute stabilization.
Hi there! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I have over 13 years of nursing experience and have worked in numerous settings including medical oncology, med surg, surgery, infusion therapy, and nurse navigation. My most recent position before joining Mindful Minds Psychiatry, I worked as a registered nurse on an acute inpatient psychiatric unit where we treated adult patients with various mental health disorders including mood, anxiety, psychotic illnesses, substance use, and disorders requiring acute stabilization.
(720) 637-4091 View (720) 637-4091
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Sean McNamara- Amavi Integrative Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Northglenn, CO 80260
Welcome! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and graduate of Regis University. Prior to joining Amavi, I worked with the acute adult psychiatric population at Denver Health. I take a holistic approach when working with patients so I can better understand and care for your physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual needs.
Welcome! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and graduate of Regis University. Prior to joining Amavi, I worked with the acute adult psychiatric population at Denver Health. I take a holistic approach when working with patients so I can better understand and care for your physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual needs.
(720) 790-3438 View (720) 790-3438
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Mindfulness Psychiatry, PLLC, Tracy Tyler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Northglenn, CO 80233
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!
(720) 669-6686 View (720) 669-6686
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Ashley Howell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMNHP, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Northglenn, CO 80234  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients and nearly all insurance! Forget the waitlist and get seen ASAP! I'm a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, a veteran, and I want to help you overcome depression, anxiety, PTSD, or other mental illnesses with an integrative approach and the latest cutting-edge technologies like TMS and Ketamine. With the latest advances in depression treatment and a deeper understanding of the physiological and emotional components to mental health, I've been able to help so many people not just survive but thrive.
Accepting new patients and nearly all insurance! Forget the waitlist and get seen ASAP! I'm a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, a veteran, and I want to help you overcome depression, anxiety, PTSD, or other mental illnesses with an integrative approach and the latest cutting-edge technologies like TMS and Ketamine. With the latest advances in depression treatment and a deeper understanding of the physiological and emotional components to mental health, I've been able to help so many people not just survive but thrive.
(720) 575-9341 View (720) 575-9341

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Amanda Wisian
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Thornton, CO 80241
I believe in the resiliency of the human spirit, and I am more interested in the therapeutic connection with an individual rather than the generalization of treatment. My greatest passion is helping others find their way and bringing happiness and stability back into people’s lives.
I believe in the resiliency of the human spirit, and I am more interested in the therapeutic connection with an individual rather than the generalization of treatment. My greatest passion is helping others find their way and bringing happiness and stability back into people’s lives.
(970) 341-2293 View (970) 341-2293
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James Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Thornton, CO 80229
Accepting New Patients! Looking forward to meet you. I'm board certified, specializing in medication management, treating 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.
Accepting New Patients! Looking forward to meet you. I'm board certified, specializing in medication management, treating 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.
(720) 445-8821 View (720) 445-8821
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Mile High Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
15 Endorsed
Federal Heights, CO 80260
Ideal clients for Mile High Psychiatry are individuals who are seeking comprehensive psychiatric care and mental health services. They may be experiencing a wide range of mental health issues, including anxiety disorders, mood disorders, ADHD, or PTSD. Their needs may vary, but they generally seek expert evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment to address their symptoms and improve their quality of life.
Ideal clients for Mile High Psychiatry are individuals who are seeking comprehensive psychiatric care and mental health services. They may be experiencing a wide range of mental health issues, including anxiety disorders, mood disorders, ADHD, or PTSD. Their needs may vary, but they generally seek expert evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment to address their symptoms and improve their quality of life.
(833) 920-3302 View (833) 920-3302

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Northglenn, CO

10+

Average cost per session

$225

Psychiatrists in Northglenn, CO who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
82% ADHD
76% Bipolar Disorder
76% Medication Management
65% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
59% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Northglenn, CO see their clients

83% In Person and Online
17% Online Only

Gender breakdown

91% Female
9% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Northglenn?

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.