Psychiatrists in Woodland Park, CO

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Colorado Psychiatric
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PsychNP, BC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Woodland Park, CO 80863  (Online Only)
Although carefully chosen medications can quickly achieve much needed relief of anxiety, depression, insomnia and trauma symptoms, a thorough evaluation can also identify many opportunities for improvement without medications. The most effective treatment plan may include work-life balance, nutrition and sleep strategies, address, avoid or adapting to triggers, in addition to multiple psychotherapies. When needed, medications with the lowest side effects, easiest to use, most predictably effective & not addictive are recommended. Ultimately, it is up to each person to decide which strategies they will use to achieve wellness.
Although carefully chosen medications can quickly achieve much needed relief of anxiety, depression, insomnia and trauma symptoms, a thorough evaluation can also identify many opportunities for improvement without medications. The most effective treatment plan may include work-life balance, nutrition and sleep strategies, address, avoid or adapting to triggers, in addition to multiple psychotherapies. When needed, medications with the lowest side effects, easiest to use, most predictably effective & not addictive are recommended. Ultimately, it is up to each person to decide which strategies they will use to achieve wellness.
(719) 359-9859 View (719) 359-9859
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Rick Loonam
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Woodland Park, CO 80863
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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Julie Bremer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Woodland Park, CO 80863
Welcome! Meet Julie Bremer, a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience in acute care, labor and delivery, newborn care, and case management. Passionate about perinatal mental health, Julie is certified through PSI and has volunteered as a peer support. She believes in treating the whole person with a welcoming, caring, and non-judgmental approach.
Welcome! Meet Julie Bremer, a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience in acute care, labor and delivery, newborn care, and case management. Passionate about perinatal mental health, Julie is certified through PSI and has volunteered as a peer support. She believes in treating the whole person with a welcoming, caring, and non-judgmental approach.
(719) 625-3766 View (719) 625-3766
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Abbey Carroll
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Woodland Park, CO 80863
Hi there!Abbey Carroll. I am a local to Colorado and left only briefly to complete my nursing degree in Oklahoma before moving back to the area. I have over 10 years of nursing experience in various positions and settings. While working extensively with adults of all ages, I found a passion in the mental health field. I have a deep interest in integrative care and believe that mental health must be addressed from multiple fronts.
Hi there!Abbey Carroll. I am a local to Colorado and left only briefly to complete my nursing degree in Oklahoma before moving back to the area. I have over 10 years of nursing experience in various positions and settings. While working extensively with adults of all ages, I found a passion in the mental health field. I have a deep interest in integrative care and believe that mental health must be addressed from multiple fronts.
(719) 626-8475 View (719) 626-8475
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Jacob Wilson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, NP, RXN
Verified Verified
Woodland Park, CO 80863
(833) 283-4641 View (833) 283-4641

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Journey Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, RXN-P
Verified Verified
Colorado Springs, CO 80921
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 8 years of experience in mental health. I previously specialized in counseling teenagers and young adults and have specialized training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). I offer both medication management and counseling services to all age groups. Most of my appointments are offered virtually, providing convenience and comfort to clients throughout the state of Colorado.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 8 years of experience in mental health. I previously specialized in counseling teenagers and young adults and have specialized training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). I offer both medication management and counseling services to all age groups. Most of my appointments are offered virtually, providing convenience and comfort to clients throughout the state of Colorado.
(719) 299-3349 View (719) 299-3349

Online Psychiatrists

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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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Regional Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80246  (Online Only)
Our clinic treats ages 5 & up. Sessions are conducted virtually (using a HIPAA compliant platform). We understand that medication management is not the only solution. The lifestyle that precipitated the stress response in the first plans needs to change. In addition to psychotherapy and medication management, we place high regards for modalities such as weight management, medical management, exercise, and sleep hygiene to combat the body’s inflammatory response, which exacerbates mental illness. We aim to uses the lowest effective dose and help people to eventually not depend on medication.
Our clinic treats ages 5 & up. Sessions are conducted virtually (using a HIPAA compliant platform). We understand that medication management is not the only solution. The lifestyle that precipitated the stress response in the first plans needs to change. In addition to psychotherapy and medication management, we place high regards for modalities such as weight management, medical management, exercise, and sleep hygiene to combat the body’s inflammatory response, which exacerbates mental illness. We aim to uses the lowest effective dose and help people to eventually not depend on medication.
(720) 807-9375 View (720) 807-9375
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Kayla Krug
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Lakewood, CO 80235
Kayla completed her Doctorate in Nursing Practice at Arizona State University. She has experience working with clients with depression, anxiety, and ADHD. Kayla works with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. She seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their background and their strengths, in order to provide an individualized approach. Kayla believes that establishing a strong alliance with her clients is essential to getting the most out of treatment and creating lasting change.
Kayla completed her Doctorate in Nursing Practice at Arizona State University. She has experience working with clients with depression, anxiety, and ADHD. Kayla works with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. She seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their background and their strengths, in order to provide an individualized approach. Kayla believes that establishing a strong alliance with her clients is essential to getting the most out of treatment and creating lasting change.
(720) 893-9441 View (720) 893-9441
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Psych for Tykes and Teens, Rosie Gellman, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Louisville, CO 80027
At Psych for Tykes and Teens, we believe every child deserves to feel happy and be successful. Today's world is a tough one for kids, with the increased challenges and demands that we have never before faced. Dr. Gellman spends ample time getting to know your child and family to ensure she is providing the most beneficial care. Her true joy comes from listening to kids and helping them to feel valued and heard. With her background as a Pediatrician turned Child Psychiatrist, she is able to integrate her thorough knowledge of all things kid to utilize a more global approach to your child and his or her struggles.
At Psych for Tykes and Teens, we believe every child deserves to feel happy and be successful. Today's world is a tough one for kids, with the increased challenges and demands that we have never before faced. Dr. Gellman spends ample time getting to know your child and family to ensure she is providing the most beneficial care. Her true joy comes from listening to kids and helping them to feel valued and heard. With her background as a Pediatrician turned Child Psychiatrist, she is able to integrate her thorough knowledge of all things kid to utilize a more global approach to your child and his or her struggles.
(720) 295-8444 View (720) 295-8444
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Christopher Flinton
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
My ideal patient is a person or family motivated for change now. I offer cutting-edge treatments with intakes and followups within seven days to all of my patients. All patients have direct email, phone, and text access to my medical team. From young children to elite adult athletes with ADHD to people challenged by other behavioral health issues, I am enthusiastic and eager to help!
My ideal patient is a person or family motivated for change now. I offer cutting-edge treatments with intakes and followups within seven days to all of my patients. All patients have direct email, phone, and text access to my medical team. From young children to elite adult athletes with ADHD to people challenged by other behavioral health issues, I am enthusiastic and eager to help!
(719) 751-5801 View (719) 751-5801
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Alexine Kejika Nansinla
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP , BC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80202
I provide medication management services to children (ages 6+), adolescents, and adults. I understand life can have many challenges, and working together, I will help you gain a deeper understanding of how these challenges are impacting your life, school, work and social life. I provide a non-judgmental and client centered approach. I view you as an individual and will individualize your care based on your needs. I respect and value your cultural and personal values and will incorporate them into your plan of care. I will meet you where your mental and behavioral health needs exist and together, we will identify a treatment plan.
I provide medication management services to children (ages 6+), adolescents, and adults. I understand life can have many challenges, and working together, I will help you gain a deeper understanding of how these challenges are impacting your life, school, work and social life. I provide a non-judgmental and client centered approach. I view you as an individual and will individualize your care based on your needs. I respect and value your cultural and personal values and will incorporate them into your plan of care. I will meet you where your mental and behavioral health needs exist and together, we will identify a treatment plan.
(319) 343-5229 View (319) 343-5229
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Syretta McGraw
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Colorado Springs, CO 80919
Ms. McGraw has worked in the field of nursing for 24 years in a variety of settings which gives her the competence for a well-rounded approach to treatment. She holds a Master’s degree in Nursing and is a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She is proficient in outpatient behavioral health for adults and seniors, civilians, military dependents, retirees, and the LGBTQI+ population. She believes in treating the whole person in order to achieve a holistic approach to care.
Ms. McGraw has worked in the field of nursing for 24 years in a variety of settings which gives her the competence for a well-rounded approach to treatment. She holds a Master’s degree in Nursing and is a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She is proficient in outpatient behavioral health for adults and seniors, civilians, military dependents, retirees, and the LGBTQI+ population. She believes in treating the whole person in order to achieve a holistic approach to care.
(719) 772-6377 View (719) 772-6377
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Marla Pidgeon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Englewood, CO 80113
Marla is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, earning her degree from the University of Colorado. She has worked in the mental health field for over 15 years with the bulk of her experience in emergency psychiatry. She is enthusiastic to now be caring for patients on an outpatient basis and looks forward to developing longer term therapeutic relationships. Marla specializes in medication management for adults age 18+ with a range of mental health issues including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, trauma/PTSD, bipolar, schizophrenia, ADHD, and addictions.
Marla is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, earning her degree from the University of Colorado. She has worked in the mental health field for over 15 years with the bulk of her experience in emergency psychiatry. She is enthusiastic to now be caring for patients on an outpatient basis and looks forward to developing longer term therapeutic relationships. Marla specializes in medication management for adults age 18+ with a range of mental health issues including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, trauma/PTSD, bipolar, schizophrenia, ADHD, and addictions.
(303) 529-1446 View (303) 529-1446
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Lisa Drey
Psychiatric Nurse, RN, MA, PMHNP, CACIII, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Evergreen, CO 80439
I offer a range of mental health services; medication, eclectic psychotherapy including sessions with equine interactions, and telepsychiatry sessions. NP Certified in addiction treatment & Equine Assisted Mental Health, licensed as a professional counselor. I work with anxiety, depression, ADHD, parenting, OCD, (ERP trained), and women's mental health. I see individual adults and encourage a collaborative approach. I'm experienced in helping professionals who have work problems (legal or other), due to mental health and or substance disorders. The best way to contact me is by email. Please email me at lisadrey.spectra@gmail.com.
I offer a range of mental health services; medication, eclectic psychotherapy including sessions with equine interactions, and telepsychiatry sessions. NP Certified in addiction treatment & Equine Assisted Mental Health, licensed as a professional counselor. I work with anxiety, depression, ADHD, parenting, OCD, (ERP trained), and women's mental health. I see individual adults and encourage a collaborative approach. I'm experienced in helping professionals who have work problems (legal or other), due to mental health and or substance disorders. The best way to contact me is by email. Please email me at lisadrey.spectra@gmail.com.
(720) 608-4474 View (720) 608-4474
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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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La Lune Integrative Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC, GNP-BC
Verified Verified
Littleton, CO 80123  (Online Only)
Patricia specializes in individualizing care to your needs and have over 36 years of health care experience in multiple specialties. She is passionate about helping people achieve an exceptional life by teaching them how to apply both nonpharmacological skills and best practices for utilizing psychiatric medications. She uses an eclectic variety of methods that empower personal growth, bring back the strength needed to meet the demands in our lives, move people away from suffering and towards a higher level of wellbeing.
Patricia specializes in individualizing care to your needs and have over 36 years of health care experience in multiple specialties. She is passionate about helping people achieve an exceptional life by teaching them how to apply both nonpharmacological skills and best practices for utilizing psychiatric medications. She uses an eclectic variety of methods that empower personal growth, bring back the strength needed to meet the demands in our lives, move people away from suffering and towards a higher level of wellbeing.
(971) 314-6627 View (971) 314-6627
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Jeanna Lee Dietz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Greenwood Village, CO 80111  (Online Only)
Hi, I'm Jeanna (pronounced "Gina"). I'm a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I can help patients, ages 8+ with diagnosing and treating a variety of mental illness, including substance abuse.
Hi, I'm Jeanna (pronounced "Gina"). I'm a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I can help patients, ages 8+ with diagnosing and treating a variety of mental illness, including substance abuse.
(720) 753-4066 View (720) 753-4066
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Angela Dawkins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80222  (Online Only)
Angela is a dual board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. Angela has over 30 years of extensive nursing experience and has worked in a variety of settings including cardiac, acute/clinical dialysis, intensive care, home healthcare-case management services, med-surgical care, oncology care, geriatric long term care services, outpatient surgery, anesthesia assessment clinic, emergency medicine, pain management clinic, inpatient/outpatient psychiatric services, residential mental health care services, crisis stabilization community based care, and substance abuse and mental health.
Angela is a dual board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. Angela has over 30 years of extensive nursing experience and has worked in a variety of settings including cardiac, acute/clinical dialysis, intensive care, home healthcare-case management services, med-surgical care, oncology care, geriatric long term care services, outpatient surgery, anesthesia assessment clinic, emergency medicine, pain management clinic, inpatient/outpatient psychiatric services, residential mental health care services, crisis stabilization community based care, and substance abuse and mental health.
(720) 637-5908 View (720) 637-5908
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Briana Haight
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Parker, CO 80134
*Accepting New Clients* Hello, I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I provide treatment including medication management for all age ranges from childhood onward. Specializing in mental health allows me to provide excellent care for problems involving depression, sleep, anxiety, attention/concentration, mood disorders including bipolar and schizophrenia, trauma, addictions, behavioral issues and any emotional disturbances that may be experienced. I am conservative in my prescribing practices and prefer frequent follow ups.
*Accepting New Clients* Hello, I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I provide treatment including medication management for all age ranges from childhood onward. Specializing in mental health allows me to provide excellent care for problems involving depression, sleep, anxiety, attention/concentration, mood disorders including bipolar and schizophrenia, trauma, addictions, behavioral issues and any emotional disturbances that may be experienced. I am conservative in my prescribing practices and prefer frequent follow ups.
(720) 943-0396 View (720) 943-0396

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Woodland Park, CO

< 10

Psychiatrists in Woodland Park, CO who prioritize treating:

80% Depression
80% Anxiety
80% Trauma and PTSD
80% Suicidal Ideation
80% Medication Management
60% ADHD
60% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

17 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Woodland Park, CO see their clients

80% In Person and Online
20% Online Only

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Woodland Park?

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.