Psychiatrists in Salina, KS

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Angela Christine Kingsbury
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, Kansas
Verified Verified
Salina, KS 67401  (Online Only)
Angela is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is available to treat Kansas residents. She is experienced to treat a wide range of mental and behavioral health conditions in children, adolescents, and adults. Angela advocates for her patients to meet all psychosocial needs. She nurtures patients to overcome barriers, using evidence-based solutions, and believes early identification and treatment is necessary for successful remission. Angela understands that each individual is unique, & works with the patient when building a therapeutic treatment plan to meet the best outcome!
Angela is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is available to treat Kansas residents. She is experienced to treat a wide range of mental and behavioral health conditions in children, adolescents, and adults. Angela advocates for her patients to meet all psychosocial needs. She nurtures patients to overcome barriers, using evidence-based solutions, and believes early identification and treatment is necessary for successful remission. Angela understands that each individual is unique, & works with the patient when building a therapeutic treatment plan to meet the best outcome!
(785) 369-7035 View (785) 369-7035
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Ediomi Enebong
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Salina, KS 67401
Need URGENT psychiatric care? Call 888-877-7022 now to start your healing journey. We understand how stress, anxiety, ADHD, depression, burnout, & overwhelming emotions can prevent you from living your best life. At AB Holistic, we believe in a compassionate, integrative approach. We offer personalized treatment plans that include traditional medications, therapy, counseling & holistic therapies to address the root causes of your distress. We're dedicated to supporting you every step of the way. Find the relief you deserve. We're conveniently located, offer flexible hours, and have telehealth options available. Call today.
Need URGENT psychiatric care? Call 888-877-7022 now to start your healing journey. We understand how stress, anxiety, ADHD, depression, burnout, & overwhelming emotions can prevent you from living your best life. At AB Holistic, we believe in a compassionate, integrative approach. We offer personalized treatment plans that include traditional medications, therapy, counseling & holistic therapies to address the root causes of your distress. We're dedicated to supporting you every step of the way. Find the relief you deserve. We're conveniently located, offer flexible hours, and have telehealth options available. Call today.
(316) 974-3042 View (316) 974-3042
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Prila Psychiatric Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Salina, KS 67401
My ideal client may be navigating the challenges of women's mental health or perinatal issues, though I welcome individuals from all backgrounds starting at age 10. They seek understanding, relief from symptoms, and effective coping strategies. Their goals often include improving emotional regulation, overcoming anxiety or depression, and achieving a balanced, fulfilling life. They want a therapist who listens without judgment, offers flexible scheduling, and provides a blend of traditional and holistic treatment options to tailor a care plan that respects their unique needs and life circumstances.
My ideal client may be navigating the challenges of women's mental health or perinatal issues, though I welcome individuals from all backgrounds starting at age 10. They seek understanding, relief from symptoms, and effective coping strategies. Their goals often include improving emotional regulation, overcoming anxiety or depression, and achieving a balanced, fulfilling life. They want a therapist who listens without judgment, offers flexible scheduling, and provides a blend of traditional and holistic treatment options to tailor a care plan that respects their unique needs and life circumstances.
(913) 513-3817 View (913) 513-3817
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Steven K Elrod
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
11 Endorsed
Salina, KS 67401  (Online Only)
Hi! Do you or your family need Medication or Therapy for Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Anger, PTSD? A comprehensive psychiatric evaluation and research-proven treatment options could put you back on the right path.
Hi! Do you or your family need Medication or Therapy for Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Anger, PTSD? A comprehensive psychiatric evaluation and research-proven treatment options could put you back on the right path.
(913) 675-1395 View (913) 675-1395
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Robyn Renee Burwell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Salina, KS 67401
(785) 201-5829 View (785) 201-5829

Online Psychiatrists

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Nicole Xanders-Danler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Derby, KS 67037
I am a Kansas native who is passionate about my home state and the people living in it. I genuinely see each and every person through unique, compassionate, and empathetic eyes. I work with my clients to manage chronic mental health situations, especially addressing situations that present multiple barriers to care. If you are looking for someone to walk through the struggles of mental health with, I have the tools, resources, and attitude to help you live a happier and healthier life! I will treat you with the utmost kindness and respect, advocating with and for you to achieve positive mental health outcomes!
I am a Kansas native who is passionate about my home state and the people living in it. I genuinely see each and every person through unique, compassionate, and empathetic eyes. I work with my clients to manage chronic mental health situations, especially addressing situations that present multiple barriers to care. If you are looking for someone to walk through the struggles of mental health with, I have the tools, resources, and attitude to help you live a happier and healthier life! I will treat you with the utmost kindness and respect, advocating with and for you to achieve positive mental health outcomes!
(316) 553-5091 View (316) 553-5091
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★★TeleMind®★★
Psychiatrist, DO, Psych
Verified Verified
Wichita, KS 67212
At TeleMind, we specialize in delivering virtual mental health services tailored for individuals with demanding schedules. Our approach is designed to accommodate those whose daily commitments or lifestyle constraints make it challenging to travel to a doctor's office. Say goodbye to lengthy commutes, inconvenient office hours, and waiting room delays. With TeleMind, you have the flexibility to choose your specialist, schedule appointments at your convenience, and even reschedule to fit your availability. Experience the comfort of attending sessions from your home, workplace, or even while on the go.
At TeleMind, we specialize in delivering virtual mental health services tailored for individuals with demanding schedules. Our approach is designed to accommodate those whose daily commitments or lifestyle constraints make it challenging to travel to a doctor's office. Say goodbye to lengthy commutes, inconvenient office hours, and waiting room delays. With TeleMind, you have the flexibility to choose your specialist, schedule appointments at your convenience, and even reschedule to fit your availability. Experience the comfort of attending sessions from your home, workplace, or even while on the go.
(800) 341-3083 View (800) 341-3083
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Ethel B Akongnui
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Junction City, KS 66441  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I am passionate about providing quality, compassionate and comprehensive mental health across the lifespan. I Possess strong clinical skills enhanced by a natural ability to build rapport with patients and their families. I follow evidenced-based guidelines blended with clinical experience, and personal observation. My role is multifaceted including mental health advocate, educator and therapist.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I am passionate about providing quality, compassionate and comprehensive mental health across the lifespan. I Possess strong clinical skills enhanced by a natural ability to build rapport with patients and their families. I follow evidenced-based guidelines blended with clinical experience, and personal observation. My role is multifaceted including mental health advocate, educator and therapist.
(785) 498-8705 View (785) 498-8705
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Amy Adams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Derby, KS 67037
I found my passion for mental health during my 2nd semester of nursing school. After graduating with my BSN in 2007, I started my first job as a psychiatric nurse and never looked back. I earned my MSN in 2021, now practicing as a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the Wichita area. I have experience in providing medication management for a variety of psychiatric diagnoses, including ADHD, anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, insomnia, OCD, personality disorders, PTSD, psychotic disorders, and substance use disorders. I take pride in my ability to connect with my patients and their families.
I found my passion for mental health during my 2nd semester of nursing school. After graduating with my BSN in 2007, I started my first job as a psychiatric nurse and never looked back. I earned my MSN in 2021, now practicing as a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the Wichita area. I have experience in providing medication management for a variety of psychiatric diagnoses, including ADHD, anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, insomnia, OCD, personality disorders, PTSD, psychotic disorders, and substance use disorders. I take pride in my ability to connect with my patients and their families.
(316) 837-1847 View (316) 837-1847
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Uyen Dinh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wichita, KS 67208
Website: Copy and paste link to request consultation/scheduling > Nowpsychiatryservices.com/consultationappointment. —— We, as humans, all have emotions. Even the strongest can break sometimes. Mental illness does not discriminate and can happen to anyone in their life time. We need to de-stigmatize mental illness and normalize mental health treatment as a priority. I hope to be able to provide my patients with the tool they need in order to be successful in whatever challenges they may be facing.
Website: Copy and paste link to request consultation/scheduling > Nowpsychiatryservices.com/consultationappointment. —— We, as humans, all have emotions. Even the strongest can break sometimes. Mental illness does not discriminate and can happen to anyone in their life time. We need to de-stigmatize mental illness and normalize mental health treatment as a priority. I hope to be able to provide my patients with the tool they need in order to be successful in whatever challenges they may be facing.
(316) 285-9168 View (316) 285-9168
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Jane Crawford
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-BC, PMHNP, CARN-AP
Verified Verified
Wichita, KS 67216  (Online Only)
I treat a variety of patients but they typically have at least a few things in common- their symptoms are unmanageable and oftentimes they have had difficulties with medications in the past. Every single patient is unique, from their symptoms to medication response. I work hard to meet my patients halfway to help manage their symptoms and reach their highest potential.
I treat a variety of patients but they typically have at least a few things in common- their symptoms are unmanageable and oftentimes they have had difficulties with medications in the past. Every single patient is unique, from their symptoms to medication response. I work hard to meet my patients halfway to help manage their symptoms and reach their highest potential.
(316) 227-1989 View (316) 227-1989
Tamara Harper
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Wichita, KS 67206
I specialize in pediatric psychiatric medication management for individuals aged 5 to 17 years old. My passion is to guide children and young people in achieving their optimal quality of life, while successfully accomplishing socio-emotional developmental milestones.
I specialize in pediatric psychiatric medication management for individuals aged 5 to 17 years old. My passion is to guide children and young people in achieving their optimal quality of life, while successfully accomplishing socio-emotional developmental milestones.
(316) 395-9150 View (316) 395-9150
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Julia McVay
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Wichita, KS 67226
Julia McVay, MSN, PMHNP-BC is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with training and experience treating patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. She has 8 years of nursing experience and her education includes a Master of Science in Nursing with a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specialization. Julia takes great pride in providing exceptional care to all patients.
Julia McVay, MSN, PMHNP-BC is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with training and experience treating patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. She has 8 years of nursing experience and her education includes a Master of Science in Nursing with a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specialization. Julia takes great pride in providing exceptional care to all patients.
(316) 800-6725 View (316) 800-6725
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Elizabeth Hart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Wichita, KS 67212
I am an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse with a Masters of Science in Nursing and post graduate certifications in Family Practice and Psychiatric Mental Health. I believe in providing a holistic approach to my patients and their medication. I also offer GeneSight testing when needed to make sure the medication we have chosen works best for your unique body.
I am an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse with a Masters of Science in Nursing and post graduate certifications in Family Practice and Psychiatric Mental Health. I believe in providing a holistic approach to my patients and their medication. I also offer GeneSight testing when needed to make sure the medication we have chosen works best for your unique body.
(316) 666-1042 View (316) 666-1042
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Frances Miller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wichita, KS 67206
Welcoming New Patients! Frances (Fran) Miller APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP NP-C. Fran holds dual board certifications as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She provides mental health services including diagnosis and medication management for children, teens, and adults. Fran will work with you to meet your mental health goals in a dignified and respectful manner. She is passionate about educating her patients and their families about their diagnoses, medications, and treatment plans. Fran strives to give compassionate care in a friendly, comfortable setting to the community she serves.
Welcoming New Patients! Frances (Fran) Miller APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP NP-C. Fran holds dual board certifications as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She provides mental health services including diagnosis and medication management for children, teens, and adults. Fran will work with you to meet your mental health goals in a dignified and respectful manner. She is passionate about educating her patients and their families about their diagnoses, medications, and treatment plans. Fran strives to give compassionate care in a friendly, comfortable setting to the community she serves.
(316) 799-3815 View (316) 799-3815
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Joe Stroud
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, FNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Wichita, KS 67203
I'm focused on medication management to address behavioral health concerns. After serving in the Air Force for a decade, I pursued nursing, and began working in the Emergency Room. While pursing my APRN at the University of Kansas I focused on mental health electives and diversifying my experiences with people of all walks of life. This background allows him to comfortably care for many populations, including my fellow veterans, first responders, children, LGBTQ+ individuals, and other underserved communities. I use evidence-based practices to collaboratively develop the best treatment plan for your mental health.
I'm focused on medication management to address behavioral health concerns. After serving in the Air Force for a decade, I pursued nursing, and began working in the Emergency Room. While pursing my APRN at the University of Kansas I focused on mental health electives and diversifying my experiences with people of all walks of life. This background allows him to comfortably care for many populations, including my fellow veterans, first responders, children, LGBTQ+ individuals, and other underserved communities. I use evidence-based practices to collaboratively develop the best treatment plan for your mental health.
(316) 535-7358 View (316) 535-7358
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Anthony Donald Minja
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-BC
Verified Verified
Wichita, KS 67206
Taking New Patients: I am a Board Certified Primary Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), with many years in community mental health, inpatient care, substance abuse, and private practice. I provide mental health medication evaluations as well as medication management. I work with patients across the life span. I provide a holistic approach when it comes to my patient's mental health needs.
Taking New Patients: I am a Board Certified Primary Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), with many years in community mental health, inpatient care, substance abuse, and private practice. I provide mental health medication evaluations as well as medication management. I work with patients across the life span. I provide a holistic approach when it comes to my patient's mental health needs.
(316) 799-3160 View (316) 799-3160
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Virtual Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Sterling, KS 67579  (Online Only)
My name is Sabra Tieperman. I have more than 20 years of experience as an advanced practice psychiatric nurse treating people of all ages. I established Virtual Psychiatric Services to make treatment accessible to everyone in a way that maximizes privacy, comfort, and convenience. With my online format of care you no longer need to worry about the hassles involved in traveling to an office, embarrassment about being seen in a mental health clinic, or fear being seen in person by a professional. And you don’t have to substitute services by your family doctor when you’d prefer to see a specialist. VPS eliminates all those concerns.
My name is Sabra Tieperman. I have more than 20 years of experience as an advanced practice psychiatric nurse treating people of all ages. I established Virtual Psychiatric Services to make treatment accessible to everyone in a way that maximizes privacy, comfort, and convenience. With my online format of care you no longer need to worry about the hassles involved in traveling to an office, embarrassment about being seen in a mental health clinic, or fear being seen in person by a professional. And you don’t have to substitute services by your family doctor when you’d prefer to see a specialist. VPS eliminates all those concerns.
(620) 524-9649 View (620) 524-9649
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Meriam Sam
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Wichita, KS 67216
I enjoy helping clients through their struggles with addiction and all other Mental Health Disorders. Intensive therapy and Medication Assisted Treatment are the tools utilized to helps assist you through your recovery. I am an advocate for holistic health care and have a passion for individually focused patient care. Im dedicated to providing the best patient care possible by listening to my patients, employing motivational interviewing techniques, and providing multiple proven treatment options. I am passionate about whole body wellness, and how mental health plays a role in the quality of your life.
I enjoy helping clients through their struggles with addiction and all other Mental Health Disorders. Intensive therapy and Medication Assisted Treatment are the tools utilized to helps assist you through your recovery. I am an advocate for holistic health care and have a passion for individually focused patient care. Im dedicated to providing the best patient care possible by listening to my patients, employing motivational interviewing techniques, and providing multiple proven treatment options. I am passionate about whole body wellness, and how mental health plays a role in the quality of your life.
(316) 535-7402 View (316) 535-7402
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Amanda Haworth
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN , CNM, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Wichita, KS 67202
My ideal client will have issues with mood disorders, anxiety, and/or trauma. They will need help in managing their disorder. Their goal will be to incorporate therapeutic, lifestyle modifications, supplements, and/or medicinal modalities to improve their sense of life. The client wants to improve their overall value of life. They want to feel as if they have a purpose and feel joy in obtaining that purpose.
My ideal client will have issues with mood disorders, anxiety, and/or trauma. They will need help in managing their disorder. Their goal will be to incorporate therapeutic, lifestyle modifications, supplements, and/or medicinal modalities to improve their sense of life. The client wants to improve their overall value of life. They want to feel as if they have a purpose and feel joy in obtaining that purpose.
(316) 661-6477 View (316) 661-6477

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Salina, KS

< 10

Psychiatrists in Salina, KS who prioritize treating:

80% Depression
80% Anxiety
80% ADHD
80% Bipolar Disorder
80% Behavioral Issues
80% Medication Management
60% Grief

Average years in practice

4 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Salina, KS see their clients

60% In Person and Online
40% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Salina?

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.