Psychiatrists in Kuna, ID

Photo of Scott Watkins - Wellness Psychiatry, MSN, PMHNP, CARN-AP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Wellness Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, CARN-AP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kuna, ID 83634
(208) 486-0569 View (208) 486-0569

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Sami Phuyal
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Meridian, ID 83642
Are you seeking the best psychiatrist near you? Look no further, we are accepting new patients. Our practice in Meridian warmly welcomes new patients, dedicated to providing top-tier mental health care. We understand the significance of accessible mental health help and offer a range of services including ADHD testing, anxiety, depression testing, and treatment for children. We see patients of all ages 7 years and up.
Are you seeking the best psychiatrist near you? Look no further, we are accepting new patients. Our practice in Meridian warmly welcomes new patients, dedicated to providing top-tier mental health care. We understand the significance of accessible mental health help and offer a range of services including ADHD testing, anxiety, depression testing, and treatment for children. We see patients of all ages 7 years and up.
(208) 291-1621 View (208) 291-1621
Photo of Victor Onodjacha, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Victor Onodjacha
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boise, ID 83709  (Online Only)
My experience has been gained through various positions in the field of nursing as a registered nurse in the occupational, long term acute care, and psychiatric/mental health before moving into the role of a health care provider. I am a committed and hardworking individual with excellent communication and prioritization skills. I believe in being proactive and I am excellent at setting and attaining work related goals.
My experience has been gained through various positions in the field of nursing as a registered nurse in the occupational, long term acute care, and psychiatric/mental health before moving into the role of a health care provider. I am a committed and hardworking individual with excellent communication and prioritization skills. I believe in being proactive and I am excellent at setting and attaining work related goals.
(208) 551-1712 View (208) 551-1712
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Healthy Mind Behavioral Health Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boise, ID 83704
We are now offering medication management services through telehealth & in person. Please contact us to learn more and see if you qualify. We offer same day visits. Call Today 2082847100 or (986) 234-6010
We are now offering medication management services through telehealth & in person. Please contact us to learn more and see if you qualify. We offer same day visits. Call Today 2082847100 or (986) 234-6010
(986) 234-6010 View (986) 234-6010
Photo of Satu H Woodland - Hope Mental Health, APRN, PMHCNS, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Hope Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHCNS
Verified Verified
Meridian, ID 83646
Hi, I'm Satu Woodland and am the Clinic Owner and Clinician at Hope Mental Health. We are a mental health clinic providing psych evals, med management and psychotherapy. When you schedule with me, you will be signing up for a team. We have PMHNP interns that work with me. An intern will take your medical history and psychiatric history, then bring me in and together weI will create the treatment plan. On subsequent visits, you will see the intern and he/she will bring me on when the medication and/or treatment plan needs to be changed. All of us provide Integrative Psychiatry using the most recent medications and supplements.
Hi, I'm Satu Woodland and am the Clinic Owner and Clinician at Hope Mental Health. We are a mental health clinic providing psych evals, med management and psychotherapy. When you schedule with me, you will be signing up for a team. We have PMHNP interns that work with me. An intern will take your medical history and psychiatric history, then bring me in and together weI will create the treatment plan. On subsequent visits, you will see the intern and he/she will bring me on when the medication and/or treatment plan needs to be changed. All of us provide Integrative Psychiatry using the most recent medications and supplements.
(208) 925-1735 View (208) 925-1735
Photo of Pascale Kidane - VirtualPsychiatricCare.com, MSN, APRN, CNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, CNP
Verified Verified
Meridian, ID 83642  (Online Only)
We are board-certified to treat Children and Adults. Accepting new patients via telehealth visits in Idaho for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups are $99. Insurances accepted.
We are board-certified to treat Children and Adults. Accepting new patients via telehealth visits in Idaho for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups are $99. Insurances accepted.
(208) 900-4637 View (208) 900-4637
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Adam Horn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boise, ID 83709  (Online Only)
Adam is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in psychological trauma, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and addiction issues. He has more than 25 years of experience in mental health, as a psychotherapist with a Cognitive Behavioral approach and as a nurse practitioner. He has helped people from all walks of life, all sorts of life experiences, from the coasts of Washington State to hills of Tennessee and Virginia; urban and rural. He believes our pasts do not dictate our futures; and through a combination of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, we are all capable of change and creating a better life.
Adam is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in psychological trauma, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and addiction issues. He has more than 25 years of experience in mental health, as a psychotherapist with a Cognitive Behavioral approach and as a nurse practitioner. He has helped people from all walks of life, all sorts of life experiences, from the coasts of Washington State to hills of Tennessee and Virginia; urban and rural. He believes our pasts do not dictate our futures; and through a combination of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, we are all capable of change and creating a better life.
(208) 886-1698 View (208) 886-1698
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Brent Coyle
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boise, ID 83709  (Online Only)
Brent R. Coyle, M.D. is a Board Certified Psychiatrist with the additional distinction of "Distinguished Fellow," with over 36 years of experience in psychiatry in various settings, including inpatient, academic, and outpatient. Dr. Coyle received his M.D. from The University of Minnesota, Mpls. campus, and he completed his Psychiatric Residency at Wilford Hall, USAF Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. His clinical passion is Patient-Centered Care and working in collaboration with Clients to assist them with their mental health and well-being.
Brent R. Coyle, M.D. is a Board Certified Psychiatrist with the additional distinction of "Distinguished Fellow," with over 36 years of experience in psychiatry in various settings, including inpatient, academic, and outpatient. Dr. Coyle received his M.D. from The University of Minnesota, Mpls. campus, and he completed his Psychiatric Residency at Wilford Hall, USAF Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. His clinical passion is Patient-Centered Care and working in collaboration with Clients to assist them with their mental health and well-being.
(208) 427-8860 View (208) 427-8860
Photo of Leslie Pardue, MSN, PMHNP, CIMHP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Leslie Pardue
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, CIMHP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Meridian, ID 83642
My approach to care is rooted in empathy, respect, and collaboration. I understand that each individual is unique, and I tailor my treatment plans to meet the specific needs and preferences of my patients. Whether it's managing medications or offering guidance and support, I prioritize open communication and active involvement in the decision-making processes. By fostering a therapeutic partnership built on trust and mutual respect, I empower my patients to take control of their mental health journey and work towards their goals.
My approach to care is rooted in empathy, respect, and collaboration. I understand that each individual is unique, and I tailor my treatment plans to meet the specific needs and preferences of my patients. Whether it's managing medications or offering guidance and support, I prioritize open communication and active involvement in the decision-making processes. By fostering a therapeutic partnership built on trust and mutual respect, I empower my patients to take control of their mental health journey and work towards their goals.
(208) 626-6168 View (208) 626-6168
Photo of Kim Salinger, MSN, PMHNP, FNP, AHN, APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kim Salinger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP, AHN, APRN
Verified Verified
Meridian, ID 83646
Holistic & Integrative Psychiatry for creative, unique and neurodiverse individuals. ​I offer the best aspects of conventional, alternative & integrative psych to help you optimize mental health and overall well-being. Prescription psychiatric medications are used and natural alternatives, based on your preferences. Please note that I do not prescribe controlled substances, which includes stimulants for attention issues. Emphasizing positivity, self acceptance, celebration of uniqueness and optimizing your individual potential. Focus on now and future forward (no dredging up the past). Friendly, supportive and non-judgmental care.
Holistic & Integrative Psychiatry for creative, unique and neurodiverse individuals. ​I offer the best aspects of conventional, alternative & integrative psych to help you optimize mental health and overall well-being. Prescription psychiatric medications are used and natural alternatives, based on your preferences. Please note that I do not prescribe controlled substances, which includes stimulants for attention issues. Emphasizing positivity, self acceptance, celebration of uniqueness and optimizing your individual potential. Focus on now and future forward (no dredging up the past). Friendly, supportive and non-judgmental care.
(415) 797-0687 View (415) 797-0687
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Amanda Stewart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Meridian, ID 83642
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) in private practice in Boise, ID. As a PMHNP, I hold a master’s degree in nursing with specialized education and training in psychiatric assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. I am able to prescribe and manage psychiatric medications and use brief solution focused therapies. My approach to pharmacotherapy is judicious and thoughtful. I am currently accepting new clients ages 14 and up and I am credentialed with most major commercial insurance panels.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) in private practice in Boise, ID. As a PMHNP, I hold a master’s degree in nursing with specialized education and training in psychiatric assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. I am able to prescribe and manage psychiatric medications and use brief solution focused therapies. My approach to pharmacotherapy is judicious and thoughtful. I am currently accepting new clients ages 14 and up and I am credentialed with most major commercial insurance panels.
(208) 502-8425 View (208) 502-8425
Photo of John Carr, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
John Carr
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Meridian, ID 83642
Mental health problems can come out of nowhere or build slowly over time. They can cause major disruptions in life or persistently make every day more difficult to get through. As a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP), I will help you to create a plan to understand and manage those problems.
Mental health problems can come out of nowhere or build slowly over time. They can cause major disruptions in life or persistently make every day more difficult to get through. As a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP), I will help you to create a plan to understand and manage those problems.
(208) 271-8341 View (208) 271-8341
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Brenda B Franson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, CDSMPMT, NC-BC
Verified Verified
Boise, ID 83709  (Online Only)
As an integrated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, my telehealth practice is deeply grounded in the holistic well-being of individuals. I diagnose and prescribe for mental health conditions, with a specialized focus on managing stress, anxiety, and depression for individuals coping with chronic physical and mental illnesses. I prioritize evidence-based therapies, with a strong emphasis on Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. By offering practical techniques and medication management, I meet clients at their current stage of wellness, collaborating towards improved mental and physical health outcomes.
As an integrated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, my telehealth practice is deeply grounded in the holistic well-being of individuals. I diagnose and prescribe for mental health conditions, with a specialized focus on managing stress, anxiety, and depression for individuals coping with chronic physical and mental illnesses. I prioritize evidence-based therapies, with a strong emphasis on Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. By offering practical techniques and medication management, I meet clients at their current stage of wellness, collaborating towards improved mental and physical health outcomes.
(208) 306-4690 View (208) 306-4690
Photo of Josh Woodland, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Josh Woodland
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boise, ID 83709  (Online Only)
For a limited time, I am accepting new clients with limited availability within a week of booking. Rather than offering quick appointments and rushed prescriptions, my style is a holistic, personalized approach. By integrating medication management with various therapeutic techniques in a relaxed, conversational environment, I create a space where you can explore your thoughts and feelings deeply and comfortably. My clients often leave our sessions with a sense of relief, knowing they have a treatment plan that is tailored to their unique needs and preferences.
For a limited time, I am accepting new clients with limited availability within a week of booking. Rather than offering quick appointments and rushed prescriptions, my style is a holistic, personalized approach. By integrating medication management with various therapeutic techniques in a relaxed, conversational environment, I create a space where you can explore your thoughts and feelings deeply and comfortably. My clients often leave our sessions with a sense of relief, knowing they have a treatment plan that is tailored to their unique needs and preferences.
(986) 216-5154 View (986) 216-5154
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Alex B Wills
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Meridian, ID 83642
When you're tired of pretending to be happy or not getting effective treatment, it's time to see me at Perma Mental Health. I provide a safe, warm, non-judgmental environment for you or your loved ones to heal. Together we will discuss your concerns and develop solutions to free you from anxiety and depression. Once free, you will find joy and a new sense of well-being.
When you're tired of pretending to be happy or not getting effective treatment, it's time to see me at Perma Mental Health. I provide a safe, warm, non-judgmental environment for you or your loved ones to heal. Together we will discuss your concerns and develop solutions to free you from anxiety and depression. Once free, you will find joy and a new sense of well-being.
(208) 273-9536 View (208) 273-9536
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Mental Health Clinic Of Idaho
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Meridian, ID 83642
Are you seeking the best psychiatrist near you? Look no further, we are accepting new patients. Our practice in Meridian warmly welcomes new patients, dedicated to providing top-tier mental health care. We understand the significance of accessible mental health help and offer a range of services including ADHD testing, anxiety, depression testing, and treatment for children. We see patients of all ages 7 years and up.
Are you seeking the best psychiatrist near you? Look no further, we are accepting new patients. Our practice in Meridian warmly welcomes new patients, dedicated to providing top-tier mental health care. We understand the significance of accessible mental health help and offer a range of services including ADHD testing, anxiety, depression testing, and treatment for children. We see patients of all ages 7 years and up.
(208) 486-0065 View (208) 486-0065
Photo of Todd Salzsieder, PA-C, MPAS, M ED, Physician Assistant
Todd Salzsieder
Physician Assistant, PA-C, MPAS, M ED
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boise, ID 83704
We understand that seeking help for your mental health can be overwhelming and uncomfortable. We want your experience to be as stress-free as possible. We deliver care with empathy & understanding while still providing a solid guide to emotional wellness. Medication is only part of the process for achieving your mental health goals and while it is an important tool, we will push to keep your total medication burden as low as possible. We promote overall wellness such as exercise, diet, stress-reducing activities, and life balance. We will work with your other care providers to ensure continuity throughout your treatment.
We understand that seeking help for your mental health can be overwhelming and uncomfortable. We want your experience to be as stress-free as possible. We deliver care with empathy & understanding while still providing a solid guide to emotional wellness. Medication is only part of the process for achieving your mental health goals and while it is an important tool, we will push to keep your total medication burden as low as possible. We promote overall wellness such as exercise, diet, stress-reducing activities, and life balance. We will work with your other care providers to ensure continuity throughout your treatment.
(208) 754-5874 View (208) 754-5874
Photo of Brandon Kruse, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Brandon Kruse
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Meridian, ID 83642
We live in a world that seems to always be in chaos and it can get confusing and frustrating and we can often feel broken down from the daily fight. Even when you have done everything in your power to overcome the challenges that come your way you may find that your efforts seem to fall short. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) I am honored to walk beside patients in their life journeys and provide the needed resources to help them meet and overcome their life challenges.
We live in a world that seems to always be in chaos and it can get confusing and frustrating and we can often feel broken down from the daily fight. Even when you have done everything in your power to overcome the challenges that come your way you may find that your efforts seem to fall short. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) I am honored to walk beside patients in their life journeys and provide the needed resources to help them meet and overcome their life challenges.
(208) 609-9809 View (208) 609-9809
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Sean Haggerty
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Meridian, ID 83642
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a deep-rooted passion for helping individuals navigate their mental health journeys. My approach to care is person-centered, meaning that I prioritize the individual needs, preferences, and values of each client. I believe that every person is unique and that their treatment should reflect this individuality. Therefore, I work diligently to develop a treatment plan that fits the specific needs of each client, ensuring that they receive the most effective and personalized care possible. Your mental health is a priority to me.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a deep-rooted passion for helping individuals navigate their mental health journeys. My approach to care is person-centered, meaning that I prioritize the individual needs, preferences, and values of each client. I believe that every person is unique and that their treatment should reflect this individuality. Therefore, I work diligently to develop a treatment plan that fits the specific needs of each client, ensuring that they receive the most effective and personalized care possible. Your mental health is a priority to me.
(208) 428-5804 View (208) 428-5804
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TeleMental Health Link
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Meridian, ID 83642
TeleMental Health Link serves the entire state of Idaho. We are accepting new patients 18 through old age. I am physically located in Meridian/Boise. I am willing to see patients residing in assisted living and geriatric nursing homes within 2I am Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners and hold 23 years experience treating many psychiatric and mental health conditions with medication and counseling therapies. Disorders such as depression, mood disorders, schizophrenia, post traumatic stress disorder, dementia, anxiety, and addictive disorders.
TeleMental Health Link serves the entire state of Idaho. We are accepting new patients 18 through old age. I am physically located in Meridian/Boise. I am willing to see patients residing in assisted living and geriatric nursing homes within 2I am Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners and hold 23 years experience treating many psychiatric and mental health conditions with medication and counseling therapies. Disorders such as depression, mood disorders, schizophrenia, post traumatic stress disorder, dementia, anxiety, and addictive disorders.
(208) 225-8904 View (208) 225-8904

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Kuna, ID

< 10

Psychiatrists in Kuna, ID who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Addiction
100% Child
100% ADHD
100% Chronic Pain
100% Eating Disorders

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Kuna, ID see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Kuna?

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.