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Healing Neurons Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40223
Serving ALL of Kentucky! Hello! Welcome to Healing Neurons Psychiatry, where we are healing the mind for a better tomorrow. We all know how difficult managing stress, anxiety, depression, and everyday life can be. However, you don't have to do it alone!
Serving ALL of Kentucky! Hello! Welcome to Healing Neurons Psychiatry, where we are healing the mind for a better tomorrow. We all know how difficult managing stress, anxiety, depression, and everyday life can be. However, you don't have to do it alone!
(502) 890-9232 View (502) 890-9232
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Brian T Briscoe
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40241
Are you a Christian looking for help? Feeling overwhelmed? Unable to fall asleep? Can't turn your mind off? Having mood swings or anxious thoughts? Unable to focus? In a 'dark place' and unable to pull yourself out? Been diagnosed with Depression, OCD, ADHD, Bipolar, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, PTSD, ... or just wondering if you might be struggling with a medical or psychological issue?
Are you a Christian looking for help? Feeling overwhelmed? Unable to fall asleep? Can't turn your mind off? Having mood swings or anxious thoughts? Unable to focus? In a 'dark place' and unable to pull yourself out? Been diagnosed with Depression, OCD, ADHD, Bipolar, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, PTSD, ... or just wondering if you might be struggling with a medical or psychological issue?
(502) 289-0649 View (502) 289-0649
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Kim Vilt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40223
Accepting New Patients May 28, 2024. Hello! I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner experienced working with patients in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings. I welcome the opportunity to work with you and support you on your journey to better mental health. I am experienced in helping adult patients navigate depression, anxiety, Bipolar Spectrum Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, PTSD, Schizophrenia Disorders and cognitive challenges. I particularly enjoy providing care to individuals who are experiencing emotional and psychological challenges during pregnancy and the postpartum period.
Accepting New Patients May 28, 2024. Hello! I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner experienced working with patients in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings. I welcome the opportunity to work with you and support you on your journey to better mental health. I am experienced in helping adult patients navigate depression, anxiety, Bipolar Spectrum Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, PTSD, Schizophrenia Disorders and cognitive challenges. I particularly enjoy providing care to individuals who are experiencing emotional and psychological challenges during pregnancy and the postpartum period.
(502) 673-1612 View (502) 673-1612
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Dr. Whitney Gilley
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Crestwood, KY 40014  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
This is a small practice where I believe in taking time with patients. As an M.D. specialist in psychiatry, I offer weekly therapy with the option for medication. My focus is helping adults manage stress and heal from conditions including depression, anxiety, trauma, and PTSD. I am certified as a Clinical Trauma Professional and stay up-to-date on the latest in our understanding of how stress and trauma affect our body, mood, and relationships. My sincere goal is not just to treat symptoms but to help patients take steps to improve their overall quality of life.
This is a small practice where I believe in taking time with patients. As an M.D. specialist in psychiatry, I offer weekly therapy with the option for medication. My focus is helping adults manage stress and heal from conditions including depression, anxiety, trauma, and PTSD. I am certified as a Clinical Trauma Professional and stay up-to-date on the latest in our understanding of how stress and trauma affect our body, mood, and relationships. My sincere goal is not just to treat symptoms but to help patients take steps to improve their overall quality of life.
(502) 610-4747 View (502) 610-4747
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Brittany Nicole Martin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40245  (Online Only)
By using a holistic approach, I assess and treat individuals as a whole. Treating you holistically means I will monitor lab work, blood pressure, heart rate, weight, sleep, diet and exercise habits, collaboration with your other providers, and lifestyle counseling. We will touch on each of these subjects during your visits. My mission is to develop a therapeutic relationship, listen to your concerns, and together customize a treatment plan with medication management and lifestyle counseling. I do offer a free 15 minute consultation to discuss what I do, go over my process and decide if this is a good fit for you!
By using a holistic approach, I assess and treat individuals as a whole. Treating you holistically means I will monitor lab work, blood pressure, heart rate, weight, sleep, diet and exercise habits, collaboration with your other providers, and lifestyle counseling. We will touch on each of these subjects during your visits. My mission is to develop a therapeutic relationship, listen to your concerns, and together customize a treatment plan with medication management and lifestyle counseling. I do offer a free 15 minute consultation to discuss what I do, go over my process and decide if this is a good fit for you!
(502) 237-6992 View (502) 237-6992
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Stephen Michael Taylor
Psychiatrist, MD, PLLC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40242
My work as a psychiatrist and a psychoanalyst in training inform my approach to psychotherapy. Traditional psychoanalysis is central to my work which is to help patients experience themselves and their world more fully.
My work as a psychiatrist and a psychoanalyst in training inform my approach to psychotherapy. Traditional psychoanalysis is central to my work which is to help patients experience themselves and their world more fully.
(502) 289-6207 View (502) 289-6207
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Elizabeth Crowe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40223
I'm all about creating a space where you feel heard and supported, free from judgment. I've been in the healthcare field for over 17 years. My focus is on building a real connection with my patients – a therapeutic relationship that goes beyond just diagnoses and treatments. Compassionate care is at the core of what I do. So, if you're looking for someone who's been around, understands the challenges, and genuinely cares, I'm here for you. Let's work together! Schedule online at Inclusionmentalhealth.com.
I'm all about creating a space where you feel heard and supported, free from judgment. I've been in the healthcare field for over 17 years. My focus is on building a real connection with my patients – a therapeutic relationship that goes beyond just diagnoses and treatments. Compassionate care is at the core of what I do. So, if you're looking for someone who's been around, understands the challenges, and genuinely cares, I'm here for you. Let's work together! Schedule online at Inclusionmentalhealth.com.
(502) 673-1320 View (502) 673-1320
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Isabel Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40241
Hello. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over a decade of experience in nursing and psychiatry across the lifespan. I believe that mental health is as important as physical health. I am committed to providing client centered care and believe that successful treatment involves a collaboration between provider and client.
Hello. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over a decade of experience in nursing and psychiatry across the lifespan. I believe that mental health is as important as physical health. I am committed to providing client centered care and believe that successful treatment involves a collaboration between provider and client.
(502) 251-8593 View (502) 251-8593
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Kayla Lesher
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40223
Appointments available for in person and Telehealth! At Inclusion Mental Health, we have 5 practitioners available with full prescriptive authority. Please visit inclusionmentalhealth.com to get to know our providers!
Appointments available for in person and Telehealth! At Inclusion Mental Health, we have 5 practitioners available with full prescriptive authority. Please visit inclusionmentalhealth.com to get to know our providers!
(502) 317-8134 View (502) 317-8134
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Aiyesha Stiles
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40241  (Online Only)
Hello, I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with 21 years of experience in healthcare. I have worked multiple specialties and multiple states. I have also taught mental health at a local nursing school. I have been treating people with mental illness for the past 5 years.
Hello, I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with 21 years of experience in healthcare. I have worked multiple specialties and multiple states. I have also taught mental health at a local nursing school. I have been treating people with mental illness for the past 5 years.
(859) 208-2999 View (859) 208-2999
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Kay Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40241
Teresa Kay Jones has 5 years of experience with Psychiatric medicine and is Board Certified. Holistic care is a consistent goal with balancing physical and mental health for everyone. Previous experience and certification with Family medical care with management of multiple conditions supports holistic care. Kay is an avid supporter of Holistic Self care and Holistic care education. Areas of expertise include patients with multiple medical illnesses in addition to mental health concerns. Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, Dementia, Sleep disorders, ADHD, Autism, and Intellectually challenged.
Teresa Kay Jones has 5 years of experience with Psychiatric medicine and is Board Certified. Holistic care is a consistent goal with balancing physical and mental health for everyone. Previous experience and certification with Family medical care with management of multiple conditions supports holistic care. Kay is an avid supporter of Holistic Self care and Holistic care education. Areas of expertise include patients with multiple medical illnesses in addition to mental health concerns. Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, Dementia, Sleep disorders, ADHD, Autism, and Intellectually challenged.
(502) 237-1411 View (502) 237-1411
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Mark Bush
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40241
Accepting New Patients. I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 10 years of helping people manage their mental health wellness. I believe that mental wellness is a key foundation for overall health. I understand that all my clients are unique and valued individuals who deserve acceptance, appreciation, support, and compassion. My perfect client would be someone struggling with life’s challenges who wants to obtain optimal happiness and wellness. My goal is simple - to assist you to live your very best life. Everyone deserves that!
Accepting New Patients. I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 10 years of helping people manage their mental health wellness. I believe that mental wellness is a key foundation for overall health. I understand that all my clients are unique and valued individuals who deserve acceptance, appreciation, support, and compassion. My perfect client would be someone struggling with life’s challenges who wants to obtain optimal happiness and wellness. My goal is simple - to assist you to live your very best life. Everyone deserves that!
(502) 419-4289 View (502) 419-4289
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Dane Mendelsohn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40241
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with expertise in Crisis Stabilization, Addiction Medicine, Women’s Health, and General Psychiatry. With six years of experience in psychiatry, I am equipped to treat patients of all ages. I offer various psychotherapy services such as lifestyle modification, manifestation, and mindfulness, and view medications as a tool not as a solution. Currently, I serve as a Medical Officer in the United States Air Force and have extensive knowledge in writing Veteran Affairs disability claim evaluations. I received my BSN from UofL and my MSN from WKU.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with expertise in Crisis Stabilization, Addiction Medicine, Women’s Health, and General Psychiatry. With six years of experience in psychiatry, I am equipped to treat patients of all ages. I offer various psychotherapy services such as lifestyle modification, manifestation, and mindfulness, and view medications as a tool not as a solution. Currently, I serve as a Medical Officer in the United States Air Force and have extensive knowledge in writing Veteran Affairs disability claim evaluations. I received my BSN from UofL and my MSN from WKU.
(502) 503-5549 View (502) 503-5549
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Sarah Thomas | The Lotus Connection
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40223  (Online Only)
My mission at The Lotus Connection is to normalize mental health as a part of the human experience and allow everyone to love and accept every part of themselves; knowing they are uniquely and beautifully made; accepting that we are each perfectly imperfect! Regardless of circumstances you feel you may presently be or have been in, you can rise above and blossom Beautifully and Gracefully as the Lotus Flower. I specialize in medication management for Anxiety Disorders (OCD, PTSD, Social Anxiety), Depression, ADHD, Mood Disorders (Bipolar and Schizophrenia), and SUD.
My mission at The Lotus Connection is to normalize mental health as a part of the human experience and allow everyone to love and accept every part of themselves; knowing they are uniquely and beautifully made; accepting that we are each perfectly imperfect! Regardless of circumstances you feel you may presently be or have been in, you can rise above and blossom Beautifully and Gracefully as the Lotus Flower. I specialize in medication management for Anxiety Disorders (OCD, PTSD, Social Anxiety), Depression, ADHD, Mood Disorders (Bipolar and Schizophrenia), and SUD.
(502) 791-9800 View (502) 791-9800
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Markquetta Jackson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40223  (Online Only)
Hello there, I'm Markquetta! Do you every feel overwhelmed, stressed and drained from daily life and the situations that may arise in it? Are you overthinking, worried, scattered brain, and have racing thoughts? Do you feel sad, moody, and want to isolate yourself from other people? I can help you achieve that sense of calm and mental wellbeing you are searching for.
Hello there, I'm Markquetta! Do you every feel overwhelmed, stressed and drained from daily life and the situations that may arise in it? Are you overthinking, worried, scattered brain, and have racing thoughts? Do you feel sad, moody, and want to isolate yourself from other people? I can help you achieve that sense of calm and mental wellbeing you are searching for.
(859) 651-7686 View (859) 651-7686
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Gabrielle Caniglia
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, APRN
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40223  (Online Only)
I have been in practice as a nurse practitioner since 2016 working in various outpatient settings. I treat children, adolescents and adults. Let’s work together as a team to create a treatment plan that best suits you as an individual. I accept most insurances as well as cash pay. I currently only offer telehealth sessions.
I have been in practice as a nurse practitioner since 2016 working in various outpatient settings. I treat children, adolescents and adults. Let’s work together as a team to create a treatment plan that best suits you as an individual. I accept most insurances as well as cash pay. I currently only offer telehealth sessions.
(502) 680-8301 View (502) 680-8301
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Alphonso Nichols
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40241
Are you trying to find help for your son or daughter? Is your child struggling? Concerned your child seems overly anxious or worried? Irritable? Depressed? Angry all the time? Is your child having trouble paying attention in class, seem 'hyperactive', or falling behind in school? Are you frustrated with your child or adolescent's problematic behavior that keeps happening over and over again? Has your child been diagnosed with ADHD, depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Autism... or are you wondering if your son or daughter might be struggling with a psychiatric or emotional issue?
Are you trying to find help for your son or daughter? Is your child struggling? Concerned your child seems overly anxious or worried? Irritable? Depressed? Angry all the time? Is your child having trouble paying attention in class, seem 'hyperactive', or falling behind in school? Are you frustrated with your child or adolescent's problematic behavior that keeps happening over and over again? Has your child been diagnosed with ADHD, depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Autism... or are you wondering if your son or daughter might be struggling with a psychiatric or emotional issue?
(502) 339-2442 View (502) 339-2442
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Adam Mitchell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40241  (Online Only)
I am a psychiatric NP who has worked independently and in Community Health. I am passionate about the care of my clients of all ages. I learned that passion while serving on active duty in the military when I got to help out a doctor in an aid clinic which led to me becoming a nurse. I have lived all over the country including northern Alaska. I love dogs and camp as much as I am able to. Currently, I live in the greater Louisville area with my wife and 2 daughters ages 8 and 14.
I am a psychiatric NP who has worked independently and in Community Health. I am passionate about the care of my clients of all ages. I learned that passion while serving on active duty in the military when I got to help out a doctor in an aid clinic which led to me becoming a nurse. I have lived all over the country including northern Alaska. I love dogs and camp as much as I am able to. Currently, I live in the greater Louisville area with my wife and 2 daughters ages 8 and 14.
(859) 762-6667 View (859) 762-6667
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Ashley Ann Ricketts
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lyndon, KY 40222
Adolescent, teen and adult psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) - I believe in patient-centered, individualized, & holistic approaches to one's well-being. I will take my time in assessing your mental, physical, environmental and spiritual needs. I encourage utilizing physical activity, nutrition, and social connectedness in addition to conventional treatments such as medication management or therapy. My hope is to help you identify your strengths and challenges to create a roadmap in establishing customized goals and treatment plan.
Adolescent, teen and adult psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) - I believe in patient-centered, individualized, & holistic approaches to one's well-being. I will take my time in assessing your mental, physical, environmental and spiritual needs. I encourage utilizing physical activity, nutrition, and social connectedness in addition to conventional treatments such as medication management or therapy. My hope is to help you identify your strengths and challenges to create a roadmap in establishing customized goals and treatment plan.
(502) 628-4199 View (502) 628-4199
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Victoria Spreitler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40241
Feeling overwhelmed with life’s demands? Juggling too much and don’t know where to turn for help? Life can be tough, especially if you’ve sought out help but didn’t feel like you were truly being heard. Vicki Spreitler is not just any Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner; she’s one who cares. Born and raised in Kentucky with over 15 years of diverse experience, including pediatrics, emergency medicine, primary and acute care, and mental health, Vicki has a wealth of knowledge to help you face your biggest fears. Vicki knows firsthand the challenges of balancing a hectic life—she’s been there as a single mom raising two boys.
Feeling overwhelmed with life’s demands? Juggling too much and don’t know where to turn for help? Life can be tough, especially if you’ve sought out help but didn’t feel like you were truly being heard. Vicki Spreitler is not just any Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner; she’s one who cares. Born and raised in Kentucky with over 15 years of diverse experience, including pediatrics, emergency medicine, primary and acute care, and mental health, Vicki has a wealth of knowledge to help you face your biggest fears. Vicki knows firsthand the challenges of balancing a hectic life—she’s been there as a single mom raising two boys.
(502) 427-7548 View (502) 427-7548

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How can I find a psychiatrist in Buckner?

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.