Psychiatrists in Downers Grove, IL

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Dianna Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC, ARNP
Verified Verified
Downers Grove, IL 60515  (Online Only)
Hi, are you ready to feel better sooner? I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner currently seeing patients virtually in IL, WA, OR, and NC with BlueSky Telepsych. We specialize in PTSD, Depression, Trauma, Bipolar Disorder, OCD, Anxiety, Anger Management, Panic Disorders, Schizophrenia, Mood Disorders, Psychotic Disorders, Grief, Bereavement, ADHD, Psychotherapy, Medication Management, Personality Disorders, and More. Book an appointment today and feel better sooner.
Hi, are you ready to feel better sooner? I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner currently seeing patients virtually in IL, WA, OR, and NC with BlueSky Telepsych. We specialize in PTSD, Depression, Trauma, Bipolar Disorder, OCD, Anxiety, Anger Management, Panic Disorders, Schizophrenia, Mood Disorders, Psychotic Disorders, Grief, Bereavement, ADHD, Psychotherapy, Medication Management, Personality Disorders, and More. Book an appointment today and feel better sooner.
(630) 755-3480 View (630) 755-3480
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Beth Dudley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Downers Grove, IL 60515  (Online Only)
Beth is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a focus on delivering high-quality mental health care. She embraces the use of telehealth to deliver safe, discreet, convenient, patient-centered care supported by evidence. Specializing in assessment, diagnosis, and treatment and management of a variety of mental health disorders, Beth is an empathetic listener who believes that each patient requires unique attention. While all individuals can benefit from psychotherapy and some from psychotropic medication in their therapy plan, Beth can explore all effective treatment options with you.
Beth is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a focus on delivering high-quality mental health care. She embraces the use of telehealth to deliver safe, discreet, convenient, patient-centered care supported by evidence. Specializing in assessment, diagnosis, and treatment and management of a variety of mental health disorders, Beth is an empathetic listener who believes that each patient requires unique attention. While all individuals can benefit from psychotherapy and some from psychotropic medication in their therapy plan, Beth can explore all effective treatment options with you.
(630) 381-6186 View (630) 381-6186
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Loving Minds Llc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Downers Grove, IL 60515  (Online Only)
Lovelyne Ngeche is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) in Illinois; I have two years of medication management experience in inpatient and outpatient settings. I have strong work ethic, adaptability, and exceptional interpersonal skills. I manage mental health illnesses across the lifespan, adhering to evidence-based guidelines. I value both patients and families involvement in developing treatment plans.
Lovelyne Ngeche is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) in Illinois; I have two years of medication management experience in inpatient and outpatient settings. I have strong work ethic, adaptability, and exceptional interpersonal skills. I manage mental health illnesses across the lifespan, adhering to evidence-based guidelines. I value both patients and families involvement in developing treatment plans.
(630) 360-8077 View (630) 360-8077
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Kyleigh Baker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Downers Grove, IL 60515  (Online Only)
Kyleigh is a board-certified nurse practitioner in psychiatric mental-health. She completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. Prior to working as a nurse practitioner, she worked as a registered nurse at an inpatient psychiatric facility. Kyleigh uses her education and training experience to provide patient-centered care to provide the best outcomes for her patients.
Kyleigh is a board-certified nurse practitioner in psychiatric mental-health. She completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. Prior to working as a nurse practitioner, she worked as a registered nurse at an inpatient psychiatric facility. Kyleigh uses her education and training experience to provide patient-centered care to provide the best outcomes for her patients.
(630) 931-3236 View (630) 931-3236
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Teresia Gitau
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Downers Grove, IL 60515  (Online Only)
Teresia is a board-certified psychiatric mental health practitioner. She obtained her Master of Science degree in Nursing at the University of Texas at Arlington and her Nursing degree at Bethel University Mishawaka. She has over 15 years of experience in the HealthCare Industry in various capacities and a diverse patient population. Teresia has experience working with patients with psychiatric disorders. She is committed to increasing access to treatment for mental health services with the understanding that one’s struggle with mental health ultimately affects the community.
Teresia is a board-certified psychiatric mental health practitioner. She obtained her Master of Science degree in Nursing at the University of Texas at Arlington and her Nursing degree at Bethel University Mishawaka. She has over 15 years of experience in the HealthCare Industry in various capacities and a diverse patient population. Teresia has experience working with patients with psychiatric disorders. She is committed to increasing access to treatment for mental health services with the understanding that one’s struggle with mental health ultimately affects the community.
(630) 592-4004 View (630) 592-4004
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Sarah Sims
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, FPA
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Sarah Sims is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Transcendent Psychiatry treats pediatric, adolescents, and adults. In her practice, she integrates a combination of evidence-based psychopharmacologic management, psychotherapy, compassionate trauma informed care and various cognitive modalities to help you heal. She believes that high quality psychiatric care is more than just treating mental illness. It is a patient centered journey through transitioning mental illness to into mental wellness. Feel free to email us to schedule an intake.
Sarah Sims is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Transcendent Psychiatry treats pediatric, adolescents, and adults. In her practice, she integrates a combination of evidence-based psychopharmacologic management, psychotherapy, compassionate trauma informed care and various cognitive modalities to help you heal. She believes that high quality psychiatric care is more than just treating mental illness. It is a patient centered journey through transitioning mental illness to into mental wellness. Feel free to email us to schedule an intake.
(331) 214-3648 View (331) 214-3648
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Faraz Sultan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Downers Grove, IL 60515  (Online Only)
Faraz stresses a comprehensive understanding of a patient’s clinical picture, integrating multiple lines of evidence to arrive at an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment regimen. His strategies are patient-specific and motivated by quantitative evidence derived from high-quality studies. Still, as an investigator, he understands psychiatry is a rapidly evolving field, and it is the goal of translational scientists to fill the gaps in our knowledge. Faraz consistently uses his best clinical judgement, combining fact and theory to care for his patients. Faraz is a strong proponent of multimodal approaches to patient care.
Faraz stresses a comprehensive understanding of a patient’s clinical picture, integrating multiple lines of evidence to arrive at an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment regimen. His strategies are patient-specific and motivated by quantitative evidence derived from high-quality studies. Still, as an investigator, he understands psychiatry is a rapidly evolving field, and it is the goal of translational scientists to fill the gaps in our knowledge. Faraz consistently uses his best clinical judgement, combining fact and theory to care for his patients. Faraz is a strong proponent of multimodal approaches to patient care.
(630) 491-5842 View (630) 491-5842
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Dianna Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Downers Grove, IL 60515  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with more than 10 years of professional nursing experience caring for psychiatric, mental health/behavioral, developmental/intellectual disability, and substance abuse clients in the community and acute settings. I love providing direct care and value my expanded capacity to serve as a Provider.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with more than 10 years of professional nursing experience caring for psychiatric, mental health/behavioral, developmental/intellectual disability, and substance abuse clients in the community and acute settings. I love providing direct care and value my expanded capacity to serve as a Provider.
(630) 656-9872 View (630) 656-9872
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Caroline Gamble
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Downers Grove, IL 60515  (Online Only)
Caroline Gamble is a board certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner who treats adolescents and adults. Caroline began her career in mental health working as an inpatient psychiatric mental health nurse at The University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital. After graduating from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with her Master’s degree, she joined BlueSky Telepsych.
Caroline Gamble is a board certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner who treats adolescents and adults. Caroline began her career in mental health working as an inpatient psychiatric mental health nurse at The University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital. After graduating from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with her Master’s degree, she joined BlueSky Telepsych.
(630) 912-7206 View (630) 912-7206
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Danielle Stern
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Dr. Danielle Stern is a trained adult psychiatrist. She completed her undergraduate studies at Johns Hopkins University and earned her medical degree from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She specializes in evidence-based psychiatric medication management of adults, with a focus on treatment of anxiety and depression without the use of controlled substances.
Dr. Danielle Stern is a trained adult psychiatrist. She completed her undergraduate studies at Johns Hopkins University and earned her medical degree from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She specializes in evidence-based psychiatric medication management of adults, with a focus on treatment of anxiety and depression without the use of controlled substances.
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Jo Muller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Downers Grove, IL 60515  (Online Only)
Jo is a certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). She completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and PMHNP post graduate training at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, with her Master’s degree and FNP training at the University of Saint Francis. Jo is trained to provide individualized and inclusive high level patient care across the lifespan; her experience enables her to see the individual as a whole being and understand the relationship between physical and mental health.
Jo is a certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). She completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and PMHNP post graduate training at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, with her Master’s degree and FNP training at the University of Saint Francis. Jo is trained to provide individualized and inclusive high level patient care across the lifespan; her experience enables her to see the individual as a whole being and understand the relationship between physical and mental health.
(630) 339-5175 View (630) 339-5175
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Rachel Roberts
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Downers Grove, IL 60515  (Online Only)
Rachel obtained her BSN from the University of Louisville and her MSN from Eastern Kentucky University. She has been working in healthcare for almost 20 years, starting as a nurse’s assistant when she was a teenager. She works with patients across the lifespan and particularly enjoys working with seniors, mothers of young children, and those struggling with personality disorders.
Rachel obtained her BSN from the University of Louisville and her MSN from Eastern Kentucky University. She has been working in healthcare for almost 20 years, starting as a nurse’s assistant when she was a teenager. She works with patients across the lifespan and particularly enjoys working with seniors, mothers of young children, and those struggling with personality disorders.
(630) 524-4330 View (630) 524-4330
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Aliya Hussain
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Downers Grove, IL 60515  (Online Only)
Ultimately, my professional goal is to work with mental health patients in disadvantaged communities, where the obstacles impeding adequate healthcare are made worse by financial restrictions and stigma surrounding seeking psychiatric care.
Ultimately, my professional goal is to work with mental health patients in disadvantaged communities, where the obstacles impeding adequate healthcare are made worse by financial restrictions and stigma surrounding seeking psychiatric care.
(630) 556-8737 View (630) 556-8737
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Nandni Gupta
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Downers Grove, IL 60515  (Online Only)
I have several years' experience in treating adults with psychiatric disorders. I will work with you to create a customizable plan to treat your psychiatric illness, that includes not just medications but also lifestyle modifications where appropriate. My goal is to help you reach your optimal functioning and I understand that this process looks different for everyone. Since past experiences can contribute to current behaviors, we can also discuss negative thought processes during treatment.
I have several years' experience in treating adults with psychiatric disorders. I will work with you to create a customizable plan to treat your psychiatric illness, that includes not just medications but also lifestyle modifications where appropriate. My goal is to help you reach your optimal functioning and I understand that this process looks different for everyone. Since past experiences can contribute to current behaviors, we can also discuss negative thought processes during treatment.
(630) 912-0451 View (630) 912-0451
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Michaeline Steves
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Downers Grove, IL 60515
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 11 years of nursing experience. While caring for my patients as a nurse, I have recognized that physical and mental health are symbiotic and necessary to thrive. I have always wanted to help others; listening is one of my biggest strengths. The mind has always fascinated me as to how powerful thoughts and feelings can be. I believe in a holistic approach and that every person is unique, and so should their care. I am passionate about learning and staying current on evidence-based practice and applying that knowledge to help my patients.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 11 years of nursing experience. While caring for my patients as a nurse, I have recognized that physical and mental health are symbiotic and necessary to thrive. I have always wanted to help others; listening is one of my biggest strengths. The mind has always fascinated me as to how powerful thoughts and feelings can be. I believe in a holistic approach and that every person is unique, and so should their care. I am passionate about learning and staying current on evidence-based practice and applying that knowledge to help my patients.
(630) 339-3752 View (630) 339-3752
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Anisha Dhan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Downers Grove, IL 60515  (Online Only)
Anisha’s goal is to provide patient-centered, empathetic care to every patient she encounters at Bluesky Telepsych. Focus areas include and not limited to major depressive disorder, anxiety disorder, schizophrenia , bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Anisha has a passion for working with patients to improve their mental health and well-being. She bases her practice on developing strong therapeutic relationships and using evidence-based practice.
Anisha’s goal is to provide patient-centered, empathetic care to every patient she encounters at Bluesky Telepsych. Focus areas include and not limited to major depressive disorder, anxiety disorder, schizophrenia , bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Anisha has a passion for working with patients to improve their mental health and well-being. She bases her practice on developing strong therapeutic relationships and using evidence-based practice.
(630) 387-6346 View (630) 387-6346
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Madison Bertram
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Downers Grove, IL 60515  (Online Only)
She began her career as a registered nurse working at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Madison treats patients with a variety of mental health disorders including depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and ADHD.
She began her career as a registered nurse working at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Madison treats patients with a variety of mental health disorders including depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and ADHD.
(630) 360-8279 View (630) 360-8279
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Jessica Moody
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Downers Grove, IL 60515  (Online Only)
I truly love psychiatry, and I hold three mental health related science degrees. I have a background that includes research experience which has enabled me to cultivate the use of objective data and self reported outcomes. The patient and I craft a unique path to wellness by examining the patient’s response to their treatment. I am well-trained in not only adult psychiatry, but also child and adolescent psychiatry. I am prepared to serve this population as well as adults to provide an adequate sensitivity to the patient experience throughout the lifespan.
I truly love psychiatry, and I hold three mental health related science degrees. I have a background that includes research experience which has enabled me to cultivate the use of objective data and self reported outcomes. The patient and I craft a unique path to wellness by examining the patient’s response to their treatment. I am well-trained in not only adult psychiatry, but also child and adolescent psychiatry. I am prepared to serve this population as well as adults to provide an adequate sensitivity to the patient experience throughout the lifespan.
(630) 517-3608 View (630) 517-3608
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Igor Grechukha
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Downers Grove, IL 60515  (Online Only)
Igor believes that optimal treatment is done with the use of psychotherapy and psychotropic medication in order to achieve remission of symptoms and improve the quality of life. Igor keeps an open mind into treatment and likes to explore non-pharmacological options when its best suited for his patients. Igor is very judicial in his prescribing practices of different medications.
Igor believes that optimal treatment is done with the use of psychotherapy and psychotropic medication in order to achieve remission of symptoms and improve the quality of life. Igor keeps an open mind into treatment and likes to explore non-pharmacological options when its best suited for his patients. Igor is very judicial in his prescribing practices of different medications.
(630) 642-6499 View (630) 642-6499
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Jaclyn McIntyre
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Downers Grove, IL 60515  (Online Only)
My approach to mental health care is grounded in a holistic and conservative philosophy, encapsulated by the belief that "through more education, there is less medication." I am deeply committed to fostering a collaborative environment, placing effective communication at the forefront to ensure that each client's voice is not only heard but becomes an integral part of their healing journey. Prioritizing a fusion of evidence-based practices and patient empowerment, I strive to tailor my services to meet the unique needs of each individual. My goal is to empower clients to actively engage in their treatment.
My approach to mental health care is grounded in a holistic and conservative philosophy, encapsulated by the belief that "through more education, there is less medication." I am deeply committed to fostering a collaborative environment, placing effective communication at the forefront to ensure that each client's voice is not only heard but becomes an integral part of their healing journey. Prioritizing a fusion of evidence-based practices and patient empowerment, I strive to tailor my services to meet the unique needs of each individual. My goal is to empower clients to actively engage in their treatment.
(630) 931-8984 View (630) 931-8984

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Number of Psychiatrists in Downers Grove, IL

40+

Average cost per session

$275

Psychiatrists in Downers Grove, IL who prioritize treating:

98% Anxiety
95% Depression
93% Bipolar Disorder
71% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
68% Stress
66% ADHD
61% Medication Management

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

95% BlueCross and BlueShield
73% Aetna
70% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Downers Grove, IL see their clients

63% Online Only
37% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

95% Female
5% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Downers Grove?

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.