Psychiatrists in Muhlenberg County, KY

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Donna Joy Wilson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Greenville, KY 42345
Do you need help with your energy, focus, mood, or sleep? Do you feel overly tired, anxious, overwhelmed, withdrawn, or stressed out ? Donna's mission is to help you feel your best, mentally and physically. Donna is a Psychiatric NP (PMHNP) licensed in Kentucky. Her experience as a Family Nurse Practitioner has especially prepared her to consider underlying medical issues that may affect your mental health. She takes an integrative holistic approach to care, offering evidence-based medication management, supplement recommendations, and brief supportive psychotherapy. secure.helloalma.com/providers/donna-wilson/
Do you need help with your energy, focus, mood, or sleep? Do you feel overly tired, anxious, overwhelmed, withdrawn, or stressed out ? Donna's mission is to help you feel your best, mentally and physically. Donna is a Psychiatric NP (PMHNP) licensed in Kentucky. Her experience as a Family Nurse Practitioner has especially prepared her to consider underlying medical issues that may affect your mental health. She takes an integrative holistic approach to care, offering evidence-based medication management, supplement recommendations, and brief supportive psychotherapy. secure.helloalma.com/providers/donna-wilson/
(270) 216-2212 View (270) 216-2212

Online Psychiatrists

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Alecia White
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bowling Green, KY 42101  (Online Only)
Telehealth Only - Accepting New Patients - Self-Scheduling. Specializes in: Psychiatric medication management, Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia, Mood disorders, and Trauma disorders. Now Accepting BlueCross BlueShield - Massachusetts.
Telehealth Only - Accepting New Patients - Self-Scheduling. Specializes in: Psychiatric medication management, Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia, Mood disorders, and Trauma disorders. Now Accepting BlueCross BlueShield - Massachusetts.
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Derek Ratliff
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
Paducah, KY 42001
I believe that mental health care is and should be a normal part of navigating the human experience. We all have our own unique experiences, goals, and challenges. My ideal client is someone who is looking to navigate through these experiences and challenges together.
I believe that mental health care is and should be a normal part of navigating the human experience. We all have our own unique experiences, goals, and challenges. My ideal client is someone who is looking to navigate through these experiences and challenges together.
(270) 558-1516 View (270) 558-1516
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Carol S McLennan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHCNS, NP-C
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40214
I am a psychiatric Nurse practitioner and a Family nurse practitioner with over 20 years experience treating a variety of diagnoses including PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar Type I & II, as well as schizophrenia; ages 12 to 65; Specializing in military populations. Can provide in person & Telehealth appts. Psychiatric evaluations & medication management.
I am a psychiatric Nurse practitioner and a Family nurse practitioner with over 20 years experience treating a variety of diagnoses including PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar Type I & II, as well as schizophrenia; ages 12 to 65; Specializing in military populations. Can provide in person & Telehealth appts. Psychiatric evaluations & medication management.
(502) 628-4157 View (502) 628-4157
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Kentucky Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bowling Green, KY 42104
At Kentucky Psychiatry we believe YOU ARE IMPORTANT. We are a dynamic office of 5 providers, including Psychiatrist, Psychiatric NPs & Therapists. If you are a senior, a child or an adult we have the ability to understand what you are going through, and we have the professionals with the ability to treat what ails you. You are important. If you are in need of therapy, someone to talk to, someone who can help lead you through the dark times, we can help. If medication is needed, our talented staff of psychiatrist and psychiatric nurse practitioners can help you find your balance. You are important. You deserve to feel good.
At Kentucky Psychiatry we believe YOU ARE IMPORTANT. We are a dynamic office of 5 providers, including Psychiatrist, Psychiatric NPs & Therapists. If you are a senior, a child or an adult we have the ability to understand what you are going through, and we have the professionals with the ability to treat what ails you. You are important. If you are in need of therapy, someone to talk to, someone who can help lead you through the dark times, we can help. If medication is needed, our talented staff of psychiatrist and psychiatric nurse practitioners can help you find your balance. You are important. You deserve to feel good.
(270) 290-1041 View (270) 290-1041
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Dr. Brian Barczak
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bowling Green, KY 42104
Dr. Barczak has more than seventeen years of experience as both an inpatient and outpatient psychiatrist. He values taking a holistic approach to patient care, individualizing each patient appointment rather than taking a one-size-fits-all stance. Dr. Barczak understands the need for comfort and convenience in your daily life, so he provides telehealth appointments. Dr. Barczak remains up-to-date on top notch treatment options and is ready and willing to discuss the best option for you. Schedule an appointment today on our website: www.barczakMD.com.
Dr. Barczak has more than seventeen years of experience as both an inpatient and outpatient psychiatrist. He values taking a holistic approach to patient care, individualizing each patient appointment rather than taking a one-size-fits-all stance. Dr. Barczak understands the need for comfort and convenience in your daily life, so he provides telehealth appointments. Dr. Barczak remains up-to-date on top notch treatment options and is ready and willing to discuss the best option for you. Schedule an appointment today on our website: www.barczakMD.com.
(502) 890-9593 View (502) 890-9593
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Sandra Edwards
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bowling Green, KY 42101
Hello, I'm Sandra Edwards APRN, PMHNP-BC. I began my career in nursing in 1991 and obtained my MSN with a focus on Psychiatry in 2020. I have been practicing since that time seeing patients across the lifespan. I practice a Holistic approach to mental healthcare. I believe it is important to understand the impact whether negative or positive each patient's physical, emotional, social and spiritual wellbeing and challenges impact their mental health. I work with individuals across the lifespan. I have experience with mood disorders, personality disorders and substance use disorder.
Hello, I'm Sandra Edwards APRN, PMHNP-BC. I began my career in nursing in 1991 and obtained my MSN with a focus on Psychiatry in 2020. I have been practicing since that time seeing patients across the lifespan. I practice a Holistic approach to mental healthcare. I believe it is important to understand the impact whether negative or positive each patient's physical, emotional, social and spiritual wellbeing and challenges impact their mental health. I work with individuals across the lifespan. I have experience with mood disorders, personality disorders and substance use disorder.
(859) 927-8539 View (859) 927-8539
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Crescent Psychiatric Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN , PMHNP
Verified Verified
Owensboro, KY 42303
My name is Brence Brooks, and I work as a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner. I offer medication management services to individuals with psychiatric needs who have struggled to cope on their own or through therapy alone. I value my relationship with my patients. Despite the value I hold on these relationships, I place higher precedence on your quality of life outside the visit itself. If able to positively impact that portion of your life, I have done my job effectively.
My name is Brence Brooks, and I work as a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner. I offer medication management services to individuals with psychiatric needs who have struggled to cope on their own or through therapy alone. I value my relationship with my patients. Despite the value I hold on these relationships, I place higher precedence on your quality of life outside the visit itself. If able to positively impact that portion of your life, I have done my job effectively.
(270) 200-5813 View (270) 200-5813
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Daltrey Tyree
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bowling Green, KY 42104
Waitlist for new clients
-Mental health struggles can be overwhelming at times and feel isolating. Just as care is needed for physical struggles, care is also needed to help resolve mental struggles. An important factor in healing from psychological ailments is reduction of social stigmas and non-judgmental attitudes. Acceptance, encouragement, hope and education are key to empowering people who are suffering. Improved comfort and functionality are crucial aspects of healing. Resilient mental health means adapting or overcoming challenges. Everyone deserves a chance to find wellness in their mental health struggles.
-Mental health struggles can be overwhelming at times and feel isolating. Just as care is needed for physical struggles, care is also needed to help resolve mental struggles. An important factor in healing from psychological ailments is reduction of social stigmas and non-judgmental attitudes. Acceptance, encouragement, hope and education are key to empowering people who are suffering. Improved comfort and functionality are crucial aspects of healing. Resilient mental health means adapting or overcoming challenges. Everyone deserves a chance to find wellness in their mental health struggles.
(270) 721-5866 View (270) 721-5866
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Brittney McKendrick
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Hopkinsville, KY 42240  (Online Only)
I have psychiatry experience in helping in-patient, outpatient, and substance abuse clients. This includes those with; anxiety, depression, psychosis, bipolar disorder, and PTSD. I am trained to provide medication management for psychiatric problems throughout the lifespan. I strive to ensure that my clients are educated on their condition, medication, and that they are an active participant in their care-making decisions.
I have psychiatry experience in helping in-patient, outpatient, and substance abuse clients. This includes those with; anxiety, depression, psychosis, bipolar disorder, and PTSD. I am trained to provide medication management for psychiatric problems throughout the lifespan. I strive to ensure that my clients are educated on their condition, medication, and that they are an active participant in their care-making decisions.
(270) 751-7630 View (270) 751-7630
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Care Clinic
Psychiatrist, DO, MS, DABPN
Verified Verified
Paducah, KY 42001
At the CARE Clinic, we provide our patients with up-to-date, evidenced based practices along with some of the most experienced and dedicated healthcare professionals in the field. Our mission has been to provide quality care in a safe environment - earning us a reputation as the clinic most often recommended by family members and colleagues alike. From Addiction Medicine to Brain Health and Wellness, our personalized services allow us to cater to your individual needs. We truly believe that recovery can be a reality for everyone. Our areas of expertise include: Opioid treatment (Suboxone, Sublocade, Vivitrol, Naltrexone, Lucemyra, a
At the CARE Clinic, we provide our patients with up-to-date, evidenced based practices along with some of the most experienced and dedicated healthcare professionals in the field. Our mission has been to provide quality care in a safe environment - earning us a reputation as the clinic most often recommended by family members and colleagues alike. From Addiction Medicine to Brain Health and Wellness, our personalized services allow us to cater to your individual needs. We truly believe that recovery can be a reality for everyone. Our areas of expertise include: Opioid treatment (Suboxone, Sublocade, Vivitrol, Naltrexone, Lucemyra, a
(859) 217-4592 View (859) 217-4592
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Kayla Boyd
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hopkinsville, KY 42240
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), my approach is grounded in empathy and compassion, guiding every interaction and decision. With a deep understanding of the complexities of mental health, I am committed to providing personalized care that honors the unique experiences and needs of each individual. My passion for promoting mental wellness drives me to create a safe and supportive space where individuals can explore their challenges, strengths, and aspirations.
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), my approach is grounded in empathy and compassion, guiding every interaction and decision. With a deep understanding of the complexities of mental health, I am committed to providing personalized care that honors the unique experiences and needs of each individual. My passion for promoting mental wellness drives me to create a safe and supportive space where individuals can explore their challenges, strengths, and aspirations.
(270) 518-0907 View (270) 518-0907
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Talesha Leachman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
17 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40229  (Online Only)
Currently accepting clients all over Kentuckiana! Hello, I'm TaLesha, a psychiatric nurse practitioner and co-owner of Better You Behavioral Health Services. I'm dedicated to providing compassionate and effective care to individuals navigating mental well-being complexities. With a deep understanding of mind-body interconnectedness, I create a safe, nurturing environment where clients feel heard, understood, and empowered on their healing journey. My approach is evidence-based and respects each individual's unique experience.
Currently accepting clients all over Kentuckiana! Hello, I'm TaLesha, a psychiatric nurse practitioner and co-owner of Better You Behavioral Health Services. I'm dedicated to providing compassionate and effective care to individuals navigating mental well-being complexities. With a deep understanding of mind-body interconnectedness, I create a safe, nurturing environment where clients feel heard, understood, and empowered on their healing journey. My approach is evidence-based and respects each individual's unique experience.
(502) 503-5215 View (502) 503-5215
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Family Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Paducah, KY 42003
“I believe one of the bravest things you can do for yourself is to take control of your happiness." Whether you are seeking help for yourself or a loved one, feel confident you have made the right decision in choosing me. I listen to you and partner with you to restore you to your healthy place. I am a prescriber, but I am not a pill pusher. I used state-of-the-art clinical research to guide my recommendations to you. If you are looking for a REAL solution to heal your mind, body, and soul, look no further. Contact Family Psychiatric Services for psychiatric evaluations for bariatric surgery, cosmetic surgery, or immigration.
“I believe one of the bravest things you can do for yourself is to take control of your happiness." Whether you are seeking help for yourself or a loved one, feel confident you have made the right decision in choosing me. I listen to you and partner with you to restore you to your healthy place. I am a prescriber, but I am not a pill pusher. I used state-of-the-art clinical research to guide my recommendations to you. If you are looking for a REAL solution to heal your mind, body, and soul, look no further. Contact Family Psychiatric Services for psychiatric evaluations for bariatric surgery, cosmetic surgery, or immigration.
(270) 557-7410 View (270) 557-7410
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Behj Group Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, MSN
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40258
Our mission is to be a blessing to all we encounter. Whether through the services we provide, a kind word, or a soothing smile, we seek to understand all those who enter through our doors.
Our mission is to be a blessing to all we encounter. Whether through the services we provide, a kind word, or a soothing smile, we seek to understand all those who enter through our doors.
(270) 290-0874 View (270) 290-0874
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Cheryl Gore
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Bowling Green, KY 42103
Shortly after becoming a nurse in the early 90s, I began working with clients in need of Mental Health Services. Over the years I have held various positions; Staff Nurse to Administrative roles. I have found that I prefer patient care. I have a passion for helping those struggling with mental health issues. I have been a psychiatric nurse for over 25 years; have been practicing as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner since 2014. During that time I have worked in a variety of settings: inpatient, outpatient, community mental health, telepsychiatry and currently in private practice.
Shortly after becoming a nurse in the early 90s, I began working with clients in need of Mental Health Services. Over the years I have held various positions; Staff Nurse to Administrative roles. I have found that I prefer patient care. I have a passion for helping those struggling with mental health issues. I have been a psychiatric nurse for over 25 years; have been practicing as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner since 2014. During that time I have worked in a variety of settings: inpatient, outpatient, community mental health, telepsychiatry and currently in private practice.
(270) 615-1661 View (270) 615-1661
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Stillwater Health Ketamine & TMS
Physician Assistant, DMSc, Fellow, MPAS, PA-C, MT(ASCP
Verified Verified
Paducah, KY 42001
Stillwater Health IV Ketamine & TMS is a clinic serving Paducah, Western Kentucky and our region as the premier ketamine clinic in the area. We also provide state-of-the art NeuroStar TMS chairs that have 83% response rate and 62% remission rates in treating major depressive disorder. Ketamine can help reduce depression, anxiety, PTSD, postpartum depression, suicidal thougths and more!
Stillwater Health IV Ketamine & TMS is a clinic serving Paducah, Western Kentucky and our region as the premier ketamine clinic in the area. We also provide state-of-the art NeuroStar TMS chairs that have 83% response rate and 62% remission rates in treating major depressive disorder. Ketamine can help reduce depression, anxiety, PTSD, postpartum depression, suicidal thougths and more!
(270) 258-1274 View (270) 258-1274
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Kentucky Mental Health Care
Psychiatrist, MD, Psc
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40214
At Kentucky Mental Health Care, we provide psychiatric services such as medication management and medically assisted treatment (Suboxone and more), IOP, and TRP to both Medicaid and commercial insurance clients. The majority of our patients struggle with one or more of the following issues: ADHD, anxiety, PTSD, depression, substance abuse disorder, addiction, and/or personality disorder.
At Kentucky Mental Health Care, we provide psychiatric services such as medication management and medically assisted treatment (Suboxone and more), IOP, and TRP to both Medicaid and commercial insurance clients. The majority of our patients struggle with one or more of the following issues: ADHD, anxiety, PTSD, depression, substance abuse disorder, addiction, and/or personality disorder.
(502) 306-0871 View (502) 306-0871
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Melanie Wright
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Smiths Grove, KY 42171  (Online Only)
My goal as a psychiatric nurse practitioner is to aid individuals of all ages in need of mental health services in achieving a healthy level of functioning, which will enhance their overall well-being. This includes, but is not limited to, the issues of anxiety, depression, ADHD, and mood disorders. I provide medication management and treatment across the lifespan. I collaborate with other mental health professionals, such as psychologists and therapists, to ensure a holistic approach in providing care is achieved. I have 9 years of experience as a PMHNP, and 22 years of experience working in the mental health field.
My goal as a psychiatric nurse practitioner is to aid individuals of all ages in need of mental health services in achieving a healthy level of functioning, which will enhance their overall well-being. This includes, but is not limited to, the issues of anxiety, depression, ADHD, and mood disorders. I provide medication management and treatment across the lifespan. I collaborate with other mental health professionals, such as psychologists and therapists, to ensure a holistic approach in providing care is achieved. I have 9 years of experience as a PMHNP, and 22 years of experience working in the mental health field.
(270) 817-7626 View (270) 817-7626
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Adam Michael Steele
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bardstown, KY 40004
Serving ALL of Kentucky! Immediate openings available! 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! Immediate openings available! 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) 383-5980 View (502) 383-5980

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FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Muhlenberg County?

The Psychology Today Directory enables you to search specifically for psychiatrists, using the drop down provider menu in the navigation bar, by city or zip code, or by the name of the psychiatrist. Search results provide detailed profiles of professionals, including their treatment approach and areas of expertise. In addition, listings provide important information about each psychiatrist’s credentials, fees, payment options, and insurance affiliations. Directory users can select psychiatrists who meet an array of personally-desired criteria, such as familiarity with a specific community or condition.

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

Psychiatrists are medical specialists who focus on understanding, diagnosing, and treating diseases of the brain and disorders of the mind and behavior. As physicians, psychiatrists are trained to recognize the often-subtle biological causes of mental disorders and to monitor the effects of mental disturbances on physical conditions, such as heart disease. Psychologists are especially attuned to the influence of early experience on development and behavior, emotional and cognitive processes, the nature of personality, and social functioning. They are also trained to deploy an array of psychological tests—IQ tests, personality tests, behavioral assessments—to gauge a person’s functioning.

What is a psychiatric nurse practitioner?

A psychiatric nurse practitioner, also known as a mental health nurse practitioner, is a registered nurse who completes advanced training in psychiatric care, earning either a master’s or doctoral degree in psychiatric nursing, and in the U.S., passes a national certification exam. Like psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health conditions. In some locales, psychiatric nurse practitioners can offer the full range of psychiatric care, including prescribing and managing medication. In other places, they must work in collaboration with a physician.

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed psychiatrist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and counselors. All psychiatrists listed in the directory have a valid license issued by the state(s) in which they practice and are certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some individuals or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

Can a psychiatrist prescribe medication?

Psychiatrists are licensed medical doctors who are trained to recognize the many ways body processes affect the functioning of the brain and mind. As physicians, they can prescribe medication. Patients who are prescribed medications will typically need to continue to see a psychiatrist so that the effects of the medication can be monitored. For many psychiatric conditions, including common disorders such as anxiety and depression, the preferred treatment is combination therapy—medication accompanied by psychotherapy.

Do psychiatrists offer therapy?

Psychiatrists are generally trained in a number of treatment modalities, including psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, and, increasingly, somatic therapies. Typically, psychiatrists make a diagnosis and determine a course of treatment based on chemical or biological factors, using lab tests, brain scans and physical and psychological evaluations. While psychotherapy may be used in the first session to aid in diagnosis, it is not typically utilized in subsequent visits. In fact, after the introductory session, most sessions with a psychiatrist may only be 15-20 minutes in length and are largely focused on medication management. Many psychiatrists who do not offer psychotherapy work collaboratively with psychologists and other mental health clinicians and can refer clients seeking talk therapy to those providers.

How do I know if I need a psychiatrist or a therapist?

It is not always easy to know which type of mental health practitioner to choose. Many people are unaware of the root of their mental or behavioral problem. One way many people learn which type of care is best for them is by seeing their primary care provider first. Depending on the nature and severity of the symptoms, the physician may review their medical history or perform medical tests to determine whether biological factors are involved before making a referral. It is not necessary for a person to know precisely what type of care they need in order to seek help. Many psychiatrists and psychologists refer clients to each other depending on client needs.

Do I need a referral to see a psychiatrist?

A referral to a psychiatrist is often not required. However, seeing your primary care physician first can be helpful and actually prove to be a shortcut to getting what you need. Your PCP may have a clear idea whether psychiatric help is needed and/or which kind of mental health care would be most beneficial and refer you to the right type of practitioner. For that reason alone, some psychiatrists require a referral. Further, many insurance plans require a referral from a PCP if they cover all of part of the cost of seeing a specialist; if, however, you are paying out of pocket, you may not need a referral. In any case, a referral may speed the process of securing an appointment with a psychiatrist, especially in areas where there is a shortage of mental health specialists and new patients face long waits for appointments.