Psychiatrists in Cerro Gordo County, IA

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Jennifer Nelsen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mason City, IA 50401  (Online Only)
Jennifer is accepting NEW Patients 14+. Jennifer is here to hold space during times of crisis. She wants to help you build a treatment plan with your goals in mind. She finds meaning in helping patients who are in times of struggle, as well as, those who are ready to move from feeling “good enough” to feeling truly like themselves again.
Jennifer is accepting NEW Patients 14+. Jennifer is here to hold space during times of crisis. She wants to help you build a treatment plan with your goals in mind. She finds meaning in helping patients who are in times of struggle, as well as, those who are ready to move from feeling “good enough” to feeling truly like themselves again.
(319) 246-5254 View (319) 246-5254
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Tami Hill
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Mason City, IA 50401
Accepting new clients. Tami works with individuals ages 14 to 64. It is important to her to help break the stigma around mental health in general. She is a compassionate and down to earth individual, giving her a natural ability to form and build relationships with others.
Accepting new clients. Tami works with individuals ages 14 to 64. It is important to her to help break the stigma around mental health in general. She is a compassionate and down to earth individual, giving her a natural ability to form and build relationships with others.
(319) 220-3673 View (319) 220-3673

Online Psychiatrists

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Jenna Z Berendzen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
Jenna has extensive practice experience in psychiatry and reproductive health has helped Jenna gain knowledge and expertise in how hormones and life-changes, such as pregnancy, postpartum and menopause, play a role in one's mental health. She has post-graduate training in perinatal mental health including the 12-hour post-graduate PPD training and the Master Clinician Summit at the Postpartum Stress Center. She helped to found, and is a former board member of, the Iowa chapter of Postpartum Support International.
Jenna has extensive practice experience in psychiatry and reproductive health has helped Jenna gain knowledge and expertise in how hormones and life-changes, such as pregnancy, postpartum and menopause, play a role in one's mental health. She has post-graduate training in perinatal mental health including the 12-hour post-graduate PPD training and the Master Clinician Summit at the Postpartum Stress Center. She helped to found, and is a former board member of, the Iowa chapter of Postpartum Support International.
(319) 469-8951 View (319) 469-8951
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Veronica Holloway
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Waterloo, IA 50703  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients! Taking the first steps towards improving your mental health can be intimidating. I sincerely want to help you in the journey to develop hope for the future, with renewed energy, strength and passion for life. I will be there helping and guiding you, to optimize your healing and health, with evidence based recommendations. Let's review your treatment goals and an action plan on how to achieve this. Please call to schedule your appointment 515-207-0110.
Accepting new patients! Taking the first steps towards improving your mental health can be intimidating. I sincerely want to help you in the journey to develop hope for the future, with renewed energy, strength and passion for life. I will be there helping and guiding you, to optimize your healing and health, with evidence based recommendations. Let's review your treatment goals and an action plan on how to achieve this. Please call to schedule your appointment 515-207-0110.
(319) 528-5111 View (319) 528-5111
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CoreHealthPsych
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Grinnell, IA 50112  (Online Only)
We are a virtual-psychiatric mental health practice. We at CoreHealthPsych believe that everyone in need should have access to quality care. We provide patients with the knowledge and tools they need to live their best lives. Our experience enables us to offer effective outpatient telehealth and individualized psychiatric care. We provide a safe and non-judgmental environment.
We are a virtual-psychiatric mental health practice. We at CoreHealthPsych believe that everyone in need should have access to quality care. We provide patients with the knowledge and tools they need to live their best lives. Our experience enables us to offer effective outpatient telehealth and individualized psychiatric care. We provide a safe and non-judgmental environment.
(515) 949-4839 View (515) 949-4839
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Walnut Creek Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Ames, IA 50010
Walnut Creek Psychiatry is deeply committed to providing individuals with exceptional psychiatric care. We specialize in your mental well-being by relying on our expertise to provide the highest quality of psychiatric care with an emphasis on individual uniqueness. We treat ages 4 through older adults for illnesses such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, behavioral issues, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and others. We provide a safe environment, empathetic listening skills, and diverse services to meet the individual needs of our clients. Medical and therapy services are provided in offices or through telehealth across Iowa.
Walnut Creek Psychiatry is deeply committed to providing individuals with exceptional psychiatric care. We specialize in your mental well-being by relying on our expertise to provide the highest quality of psychiatric care with an emphasis on individual uniqueness. We treat ages 4 through older adults for illnesses such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, behavioral issues, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and others. We provide a safe environment, empathetic listening skills, and diverse services to meet the individual needs of our clients. Medical and therapy services are provided in offices or through telehealth across Iowa.
(515) 368-7504 View (515) 368-7504
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Malory Larson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Waukon, IA 52172
Hi there! I'm a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 20 years of experience working in healthcare. I started my career in healthcare as a CNA at the age of 16, worked my way through nursing school, have experience working on an inpatient behavioral health unit for 6 years as a nurse, and have now been practicing as a psychiatric NP for the past 4 years.
Hi there! I'm a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 20 years of experience working in healthcare. I started my career in healthcare as a CNA at the age of 16, worked my way through nursing school, have experience working on an inpatient behavioral health unit for 6 years as a nurse, and have now been practicing as a psychiatric NP for the past 4 years.
(563) 926-6286 View (563) 926-6286
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Molly St Clair
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, CNP
Verified Verified
Ankeny, IA 50023
Molly has over a decade of varied nursing experience including medical-surgical, labor and delivery, and women’s health. She works with adults and is passionate about helping individuals living with depression, postpartum mood disorders, anxiety, ADHD, and trauma.
Molly has over a decade of varied nursing experience including medical-surgical, labor and delivery, and women’s health. She works with adults and is passionate about helping individuals living with depression, postpartum mood disorders, anxiety, ADHD, and trauma.
(515) 854-7685 View (515) 854-7685
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Kelsey Andresen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ankeny, IA 50023  (Online Only)
Kelsey believes it is important to create an individualized plan of care that integrates client involvement, evidence-based practices, and interprofessional collaboration. Kelsey is a board certified Psychiatric Mental health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who has worked in the mental health field since 2009. Her background includes experience in both inpatient and outpatient care. Kelsey earned her Bachelor's in Kinesiology from Iowa State University and her Master of Science in Nursing from Allen College.
Kelsey believes it is important to create an individualized plan of care that integrates client involvement, evidence-based practices, and interprofessional collaboration. Kelsey is a board certified Psychiatric Mental health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who has worked in the mental health field since 2009. Her background includes experience in both inpatient and outpatient care. Kelsey earned her Bachelor's in Kinesiology from Iowa State University and her Master of Science in Nursing from Allen College.
(515) 854-4799 View (515) 854-4799
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Shelby Leppin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
My name is Shelby Leppin, and I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I see patients in Iowa via telehealth. I work with adults and specialize in depression, PTSD, Bipolar, and ADHD using motivational interviewing, EMDR, and alternative behavioral therapy to help my clients learn how to regulate their emotions and reach their goals. My approach is determined by the goals of the individual client. I focus on helping clients learn how to regulate their emotions and understand their brain pattern.
My name is Shelby Leppin, and I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I see patients in Iowa via telehealth. I work with adults and specialize in depression, PTSD, Bipolar, and ADHD using motivational interviewing, EMDR, and alternative behavioral therapy to help my clients learn how to regulate their emotions and reach their goals. My approach is determined by the goals of the individual client. I focus on helping clients learn how to regulate their emotions and understand their brain pattern.
(319) 250-2688 View (319) 250-2688
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Paige Thacker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMH-NP, BC
Verified Verified
Ames, IA 50010  (Online Only)
There is nothing worse than hearing that alarm clock day in and out, only to wake up feeling like you didn’t sleep at all. All the thoughts begin to flood in, your “to-do’s”, this or that meeting or appointment. You haven’t even made it out the door before feeling completely overwhelmed, defeated, or maybe even hopeless. Depressed, anxious, moody, or irritable may be words that describe how you’re feeling; perhaps your loved ones have said similar things. I have helped countless others like yourself, and I am confident that together we can get you feeling better. I treat a wide range of mental health disorders adolescents and adults
There is nothing worse than hearing that alarm clock day in and out, only to wake up feeling like you didn’t sleep at all. All the thoughts begin to flood in, your “to-do’s”, this or that meeting or appointment. You haven’t even made it out the door before feeling completely overwhelmed, defeated, or maybe even hopeless. Depressed, anxious, moody, or irritable may be words that describe how you’re feeling; perhaps your loved ones have said similar things. I have helped countless others like yourself, and I am confident that together we can get you feeling better. I treat a wide range of mental health disorders adolescents and adults
(515) 585-3954 View (515) 585-3954
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Cassy Lensing
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Waterloo, IA 50701
I am a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. I graduated with my Master's of Science in Nursing in 2021 and have worked as a provider in the Cedar Valley in a variety of settings including corrections, community behavioral health, and caring for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Prior to obtaining my graduate degree, I worked as a psychiatric nurse for 8 years in correctional, inpatient mental health, outpatient, substance use/detox, and community-based treatment settings. I value my diverse work experience and believes that it assists me to meet individuals where they are at in life.
I am a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. I graduated with my Master's of Science in Nursing in 2021 and have worked as a provider in the Cedar Valley in a variety of settings including corrections, community behavioral health, and caring for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Prior to obtaining my graduate degree, I worked as a psychiatric nurse for 8 years in correctional, inpatient mental health, outpatient, substance use/detox, and community-based treatment settings. I value my diverse work experience and believes that it assists me to meet individuals where they are at in life.
(319) 253-2940 View (319) 253-2940
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Elizabeth Brake
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ankeny, IA 50023
Accepting NEW patients, we can get new patients in within a week! We offer personalized ADHD diagnosis and treatment, treatment for depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, as well as some addiction and substance abuse! We accept most insurances and have discount self pay options. We offer comprehensive assessments and customized treatment plans, we work hard to improve your quality of life.
Accepting NEW patients, we can get new patients in within a week! We offer personalized ADHD diagnosis and treatment, treatment for depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, as well as some addiction and substance abuse! We accept most insurances and have discount self pay options. We offer comprehensive assessments and customized treatment plans, we work hard to improve your quality of life.
(515) 972-5158 View (515) 972-5158
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Michelle Swan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Ames, IA 50010
Taking that first step of asking for help can be difficult, but I am here to provide support without judgment. My office is a safe space where you can be yourself — without judgement. I prioritize collaborating with you and, where appropriate, your family to create a person-centered approach to mental healthcare. As your medication prescriber, I will work with you to determine what mental health medications may help alleviate your symptoms and allow you to work towards your goals. You will have a voice and be an active participant in your mental health treatment.
Taking that first step of asking for help can be difficult, but I am here to provide support without judgment. My office is a safe space where you can be yourself — without judgement. I prioritize collaborating with you and, where appropriate, your family to create a person-centered approach to mental healthcare. As your medication prescriber, I will work with you to determine what mental health medications may help alleviate your symptoms and allow you to work towards your goals. You will have a voice and be an active participant in your mental health treatment.
(515) 827-2416 View (515) 827-2416
Emily Black
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Ames, IA 50010
I started my career in healthcare providing respite, residential, and skilled community living care to children and young adults with intellectual and physical disabilities. During this time, I fell in love with the profession of nursing and completed my BSN in 2018 at Mercy College of Health and Sciences. I began my nursing career in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and later transitioned to working at a pediatric outpatient clinic. I felt most passionate about working with children and young adults seeking treatment for mental health and chose to pursue my Master of Sciences in Nursing at Briar Cliff University.
I started my career in healthcare providing respite, residential, and skilled community living care to children and young adults with intellectual and physical disabilities. During this time, I fell in love with the profession of nursing and completed my BSN in 2018 at Mercy College of Health and Sciences. I began my nursing career in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and later transitioned to working at a pediatric outpatient clinic. I felt most passionate about working with children and young adults seeking treatment for mental health and chose to pursue my Master of Sciences in Nursing at Briar Cliff University.
(515) 516-6796 View (515) 516-6796
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Kelly Jo Scheffert
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Waterloo, IA 50701
I have been working in psychiatry since 2008 in variety settings including inpatient, outpatient, corrections and academia. I am here to help you become the best version of yourself because you deserve it!
I have been working in psychiatry since 2008 in variety settings including inpatient, outpatient, corrections and academia. I am here to help you become the best version of yourself because you deserve it!
(319) 820-4794 View (319) 820-4794
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Depression Treatment (TMS / Esketamine treatment)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FPMNP
Verified Verified
Ames, IA 50010
Is depression still controlling your life? If you have tried SSRIs and SSNIs but continue to struggle with depression symptoms, adding a course of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) may help. TMS is FDA cleared for the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder, Smoking Sensation and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Esketamine Nasal Spray is also a proven treatment option for depression – especially Treatment Resistant Depression (TRD) and Major Depressive Disorder with suicidal ideation (MDSI). Central Iowa Psychological Services is a certified Spravato® treatment center. Contact us today to book a consultation.
Is depression still controlling your life? If you have tried SSRIs and SSNIs but continue to struggle with depression symptoms, adding a course of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) may help. TMS is FDA cleared for the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder, Smoking Sensation and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Esketamine Nasal Spray is also a proven treatment option for depression – especially Treatment Resistant Depression (TRD) and Major Depressive Disorder with suicidal ideation (MDSI). Central Iowa Psychological Services is a certified Spravato® treatment center. Contact us today to book a consultation.
(515) 523-6619 View (515) 523-6619
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Dr. Ahmar M Butt Psychiatrist M D (Triple Board Certified)
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Ankeny, IA 50023
Balance TMS, Esketamine, and Psychiatry. Ahmar M. Butt, MD. Board certified in General/Adult Psychiatry, Child Psychiatry & Addiction Medicine. 1517 N Ankeny Blvd Suite E, Ankeny, IA 50023 Tel: 515-446-8486, 515-337-3967. Fax: 800-861-7495 www.balanceteap.com
Balance TMS, Esketamine, and Psychiatry. Ahmar M. Butt, MD. Board certified in General/Adult Psychiatry, Child Psychiatry & Addiction Medicine. 1517 N Ankeny Blvd Suite E, Ankeny, IA 50023 Tel: 515-446-8486, 515-337-3967. Fax: 800-861-7495 www.balanceteap.com
(515) 517-2187 View (515) 517-2187
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Andrew Foster
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
To quote Lady Gaga, just because you were “born this way” or perhaps, experienced a trauma along the way, you do not need to hide yourself. Mental health impacts each and every person at some point in our lives. As someone who has personally experienced episodes of mental distress, I realize it can be debilitating and interfere with reaching our life goals and dreams if left untreated. Fortunately, mental illness can be effectively managed with a variety of interventions. I am passionate about helping those in my care overcome feelings of mental distress, maximize their quality of life, and attain their goals and dreams.
To quote Lady Gaga, just because you were “born this way” or perhaps, experienced a trauma along the way, you do not need to hide yourself. Mental health impacts each and every person at some point in our lives. As someone who has personally experienced episodes of mental distress, I realize it can be debilitating and interfere with reaching our life goals and dreams if left untreated. Fortunately, mental illness can be effectively managed with a variety of interventions. I am passionate about helping those in my care overcome feelings of mental distress, maximize their quality of life, and attain their goals and dreams.
(319) 463-3607 View (319) 463-3607
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Crystal Lee-Cook
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
Crystal Lee Cook, MSN, PMHNP, APRN My approach to mental health care involves patient center care and utilizing evidence-based practice and a collaborative approach involving patient and provider insights. A holistic assessment expands the assessment beyond the purely clinical experience to include factors such as social support, cultural background, spiritual beliefs, and lifestyle factors which facilitates improved outcomes and client empowerment.
Crystal Lee Cook, MSN, PMHNP, APRN My approach to mental health care involves patient center care and utilizing evidence-based practice and a collaborative approach involving patient and provider insights. A holistic assessment expands the assessment beyond the purely clinical experience to include factors such as social support, cultural background, spiritual beliefs, and lifestyle factors which facilitates improved outcomes and client empowerment.
(319) 456-4640 View (319) 456-4640

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Number of Psychiatrists in Cerro Gordo County, IA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Cerro Gordo County, IA who prioritize treating:

100% Relationship Issues
100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Grief
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Divorce

Average years in practice

2 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
100% HealthPartners of MN and WI
100% Midlands Choice

How Psychiatrists in Cerro Gordo County, IA see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Cerro Gordo County?

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.