Psychiatrists in Sarpy County, NE

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Photo of Barbara K Clinkenbeard, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Sarpy County, NE
Barbara K Clinkenbeard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, MP
Verified Verified
Bellevue, NE 68123  (Online Only)
The ideal client would be someone who needs medication management in conjunction with brief psychotherapy. I enjoy working with young adults, college age and above. I pride myself on being an expert in psychopharmacology/medication management.
The ideal client would be someone who needs medication management in conjunction with brief psychotherapy. I enjoy working with young adults, college age and above. I pride myself on being an expert in psychopharmacology/medication management.
(402) 538-8861 View (402) 538-8861
Photo of Councill Psychiatric Care Specialists, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Sarpy County, NE
Councill Psychiatric Care Specialists
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bellevue, NE 68005
I Provide comprehensive whole person centered care with an emphasis on shared decision making and extensive education around diagnoses and treatment. I see clients of all ages and can provide research based effective treatment for any type of mental illness.Shared decision making means that you and I will discuss and decide all aspects of your care together as a team. We will discuss the symptoms/difficulties you present with and decide together if a diagnoses fits those symptoms.
I Provide comprehensive whole person centered care with an emphasis on shared decision making and extensive education around diagnoses and treatment. I see clients of all ages and can provide research based effective treatment for any type of mental illness.Shared decision making means that you and I will discuss and decide all aspects of your care together as a team. We will discuss the symptoms/difficulties you present with and decide together if a diagnoses fits those symptoms.
(402) 281-9035 View (402) 281-9035
Phyllis Theresa Vance
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
La Vista, NE 68128
I seek to treat the whole person, listening to their issues, finding the right medications, recommending therapies that will be helpful. This is a collaborative exercise as each individual has their own unique needs. I seek to listen to the client to find therapies that will best meet their needs.
I seek to treat the whole person, listening to their issues, finding the right medications, recommending therapies that will be helpful. This is a collaborative exercise as each individual has their own unique needs. I seek to listen to the client to find therapies that will best meet their needs.
(402) 382-9820 x107 View (402) 382-9820 x107
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Amy Barnes
Psychiatric Nurse, APRN-NP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
La Vista, NE 68128
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am committed to helping my patients achieve wellness in mind, body, and spirit. In my practice at Focus C3, I work in collaboration with multiple specialties to treat psychiatric diagnoses such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD and PTSD. I also work with women who are pre-natal, pregnant, or postpartum; as well as those going through fertility treatment. I am an advocate and ally of the LGBTQIA community. I believe patients are best served when approached with non-judgment and are encouraged to be an active part of their health journey.
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am committed to helping my patients achieve wellness in mind, body, and spirit. In my practice at Focus C3, I work in collaboration with multiple specialties to treat psychiatric diagnoses such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD and PTSD. I also work with women who are pre-natal, pregnant, or postpartum; as well as those going through fertility treatment. I am an advocate and ally of the LGBTQIA community. I believe patients are best served when approached with non-judgment and are encouraged to be an active part of their health journey.
(402) 281-9969 View (402) 281-9969
Photo of Darrel Moreland, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Sarpy County, NE
Darrel Moreland
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN-NP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Bellevue, NE 68005
Are you struggling with your mental health? Do you, a family member, or friend need professional psychiatric help? Have you or a loved one spent years in treatment for mental health issues in the past yet feel have gotten nowhere? You deserve a better life, and I am here to help.
Are you struggling with your mental health? Do you, a family member, or friend need professional psychiatric help? Have you or a loved one spent years in treatment for mental health issues in the past yet feel have gotten nowhere? You deserve a better life, and I am here to help.
(402) 939-6623 View (402) 939-6623
Photo of Amanda Krueger, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Sarpy County, NE
Amanda Krueger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
La Vista, NE 68128
Waitlist for new clients
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner I am committed to using a holistic approach to help my clients improve both their emotional and physical health. I enjoy working with all ages including the geriatric population and am especially interested in helping clients reduce the use of multiple medications. I want my clients to be actively involved in every aspect of their care and enjoy incorporating DBT, CBT, and Solution-focused therapy into our medication management sessions.
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner I am committed to using a holistic approach to help my clients improve both their emotional and physical health. I enjoy working with all ages including the geriatric population and am especially interested in helping clients reduce the use of multiple medications. I want my clients to be actively involved in every aspect of their care and enjoy incorporating DBT, CBT, and Solution-focused therapy into our medication management sessions.
(712) 372-3136 View (712) 372-3136
Photo of Janette Stallings, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Sarpy County, NE
Janette Stallings
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MA, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Bellevue, NE 68005
I use medications & therapy in conjunction with one another. I also have a background working in Complementary and Alternative Medicine. My goal is to help people experiencing a variety of life challenges to be their best. To accomplish that goal, I use a holistic approach to treat the whole person (mental, emotional, physical, professional and spiritual) listening to you, and discussing with you the best options to reach your goals. If medications are needed, I can prescribe them. I work with ages 8 & older. I am currently accepting new patients. Please call to schedule an appointment and have your information insurance available.
I use medications & therapy in conjunction with one another. I also have a background working in Complementary and Alternative Medicine. My goal is to help people experiencing a variety of life challenges to be their best. To accomplish that goal, I use a holistic approach to treat the whole person (mental, emotional, physical, professional and spiritual) listening to you, and discussing with you the best options to reach your goals. If medications are needed, I can prescribe them. I work with ages 8 & older. I am currently accepting new patients. Please call to schedule an appointment and have your information insurance available.
(402) 385-5323 View (402) 385-5323
Photo of Athena Clare Fertig, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Sarpy County, NE
Athena Clare Fertig
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Papillion, NE 68046
Accepting new patients! I offer in person and telehealth visits and I am fully licensed in Iowa and Nebraska. My mission is to provide affordable, holistic, compassionate and comprehensive care. Now accepting many insurance plans; I also offer sliding scale option for self-pay. I take a Holistic approach, which may include referrals for therapy, nutritional counseling, ruling out environmental and medical problems that may cause symptoms, genetic testing when needed, and medications to target symptoms. I invite you to contact my office for an initial consultation.
Accepting new patients! I offer in person and telehealth visits and I am fully licensed in Iowa and Nebraska. My mission is to provide affordable, holistic, compassionate and comprehensive care. Now accepting many insurance plans; I also offer sliding scale option for self-pay. I take a Holistic approach, which may include referrals for therapy, nutritional counseling, ruling out environmental and medical problems that may cause symptoms, genetic testing when needed, and medications to target symptoms. I invite you to contact my office for an initial consultation.
(712) 458-4217 View (712) 458-4217
Photo of Kimberly Camp-Grimit, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Sarpy County, NE
Kimberly Camp-Grimit
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Bellevue, NE 68005
Over the past 17 years of practice, the most rewarding part of my career has been seeing patients achieve their occupational, personal and spiritual goals through the management of their psychiatric symptoms. I work with patients to create an individualized treatment plan that addresses the symptoms that are causing difficulty in their lives I have experience in working with children, adults, and geriatrics patients. Other areas of experience include addiction medicine and providing psychiatric consultation services for an inpatient medical facility where I was able to use my background in family practice and psychiatry.
Over the past 17 years of practice, the most rewarding part of my career has been seeing patients achieve their occupational, personal and spiritual goals through the management of their psychiatric symptoms. I work with patients to create an individualized treatment plan that addresses the symptoms that are causing difficulty in their lives I have experience in working with children, adults, and geriatrics patients. Other areas of experience include addiction medicine and providing psychiatric consultation services for an inpatient medical facility where I was able to use my background in family practice and psychiatry.
(402) 281-9304 View (402) 281-9304
Photo of Latrice Martin, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Sarpy County, NE
Latrice Martin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, CNM
Verified Verified
Bellevue, NE 68005
Life is a Journey! Life is about LIVING. We can't know what is coming and we need to enjoy every day instead of trying to “arrive.” We should enjoy the unfolding and the process. It's so much easier said than done. When you are in the throes of a traumatic or depressive episode, it can feel like there is no end in sight. In this mindset, you can easily make broad-sweeping judgments like, “I have such a bad life.” But it’s important not to mistake a bad time in your life for a bad life.
Life is a Journey! Life is about LIVING. We can't know what is coming and we need to enjoy every day instead of trying to “arrive.” We should enjoy the unfolding and the process. It's so much easier said than done. When you are in the throes of a traumatic or depressive episode, it can feel like there is no end in sight. In this mindset, you can easily make broad-sweeping judgments like, “I have such a bad life.” But it’s important not to mistake a bad time in your life for a bad life.
(402) 523-2876 View (402) 523-2876
Photo of Molly Petersen, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Sarpy County, NE
Molly Petersen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Gretna, NE 68028
***Now offering Telehealth Visits ****I use a patient centered holistic approach. I want my patients to be involved in their care. There are many different treatments including medications, different therapies, and non-medicinal treatment options. We will explore all options, and together we will come up with a plan that will best fit your needs at this time in your life. We will talk about long term outcomes and what research has shown for your projected treatment course. I will work with you to provide education and self empowerment so you feel like you have control of your illness, not the other way around.
***Now offering Telehealth Visits ****I use a patient centered holistic approach. I want my patients to be involved in their care. There are many different treatments including medications, different therapies, and non-medicinal treatment options. We will explore all options, and together we will come up with a plan that will best fit your needs at this time in your life. We will talk about long term outcomes and what research has shown for your projected treatment course. I will work with you to provide education and self empowerment so you feel like you have control of your illness, not the other way around.
(402) 810-8161 View (402) 810-8161
Photo of Janelle Hill, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Sarpy County, NE
Janelle Hill
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bellevue, NE 68123
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I believe in providing a holistic approach in the treatment of mental health concerns by utilizing a combination of medication management and brief psychotherapy. I specialize in the treatment of adults and adolescents with various mental health disorders. I am committed to fostering an environment of empathy, support, and mutual respect to promote the recovery and personal development of my clients. Resiliency is a powerful attribute of survival and I believe, with the right support and guidance, my clients have the capacity to overcome even the most challenging of circumstances.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I believe in providing a holistic approach in the treatment of mental health concerns by utilizing a combination of medication management and brief psychotherapy. I specialize in the treatment of adults and adolescents with various mental health disorders. I am committed to fostering an environment of empathy, support, and mutual respect to promote the recovery and personal development of my clients. Resiliency is a powerful attribute of survival and I believe, with the right support and guidance, my clients have the capacity to overcome even the most challenging of circumstances.
(402) 500-2011 View (402) 500-2011
Photo of Melissa Smith, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Sarpy County, NE
Melissa Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN-NP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
La Vista, NE 68128
Mental health is a process which requires self-care, empathy, compassion, and respect. These elements are best supported by a provider who takes time to understand individual needs with gentle sensitivity. Melissa has extensive nursing experience working with teenagers and adults in strengthening self-compassion and mental health. She strongly believes in partnering with her clients to help them reach their desired goals.
Mental health is a process which requires self-care, empathy, compassion, and respect. These elements are best supported by a provider who takes time to understand individual needs with gentle sensitivity. Melissa has extensive nursing experience working with teenagers and adults in strengthening self-compassion and mental health. She strongly believes in partnering with her clients to help them reach their desired goals.
(402) 627-8695 View (402) 627-8695
Photo of Ample Grace Psychiatry, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Sarpy County, NE
Ample Grace Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Bellevue, NE 68005
We are currently accepting new patients for ADHD Neuropsychological testing. Think you have ADHD? No problem! We offer ADHD Objective Testing that can be used to guide ADHD diagnosis for patients. The testing can also be done at the office and via telehealth. We also offer adult autism assessment and DBT-informed therapy. At Ample Grace Psychiatry, we offer a custom approach for each client! We start with understanding where you are now and your challenges. We help you put a plan in place to help you move forward, and we celebrate your successes along the way. We offer an inclusive, safe space with visits to suit your schedule.
We are currently accepting new patients for ADHD Neuropsychological testing. Think you have ADHD? No problem! We offer ADHD Objective Testing that can be used to guide ADHD diagnosis for patients. The testing can also be done at the office and via telehealth. We also offer adult autism assessment and DBT-informed therapy. At Ample Grace Psychiatry, we offer a custom approach for each client! We start with understanding where you are now and your challenges. We help you put a plan in place to help you move forward, and we celebrate your successes along the way. We offer an inclusive, safe space with visits to suit your schedule.
(402) 685-9533 View (402) 685-9533
Photo of Amber Johnson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Sarpy County, NE
Amber Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
12 Endorsed
Gretna, NE 68028
I am a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who firmly believes that mental health is just as crucial as physical health, recognizing that nurturing our minds is vital for overall well-being. I have provided supportive, non-judgmental, and therapeutic mental health care to children, adolescents, and adults in inpatient settings as a nurse for many years. My experience has enhanced my cultural competence, proficiency in crisis management, and my ability to educate and encourage patients effectively.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who firmly believes that mental health is just as crucial as physical health, recognizing that nurturing our minds is vital for overall well-being. I have provided supportive, non-judgmental, and therapeutic mental health care to children, adolescents, and adults in inpatient settings as a nurse for many years. My experience has enhanced my cultural competence, proficiency in crisis management, and my ability to educate and encourage patients effectively.
(402) 771-4875 View (402) 771-4875
Photo of Susan Gripp, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Sarpy County, NE
Susan Gripp
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN-NP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Gretna, NE 68028
Your needs are unique so your care should be too. I provide individualized psychiatric and behavioral health care to children, adolescents and adults. I have a a specialty focus in adolescents and women of all ages, including expectant and nursing mothers.
Your needs are unique so your care should be too. I provide individualized psychiatric and behavioral health care to children, adolescents and adults. I have a a specialty focus in adolescents and women of all ages, including expectant and nursing mothers.
(402) 534-1491 View (402) 534-1491
Photo of Cheri Jenkins, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Sarpy County, NE
Cheri Jenkins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC, LMHP
Verified Verified
Gretna, NE 68028
Cheri (she, her, hers) is fervent about and has garnered her skills in providing whole person, quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to adults who are dealing with real-life concerns including anxiety, depression, mood, trauma and those dealing with self-sabotaging behaviors. Cheri possesses strong clinical skills heightened by her natural capacity to build healing connections with patients and families. She follows evidence-based guidelines melded with clinical expertise, personal observation, and intuition. She is dedicated to an integrative practice.
Cheri (she, her, hers) is fervent about and has garnered her skills in providing whole person, quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to adults who are dealing with real-life concerns including anxiety, depression, mood, trauma and those dealing with self-sabotaging behaviors. Cheri possesses strong clinical skills heightened by her natural capacity to build healing connections with patients and families. She follows evidence-based guidelines melded with clinical expertise, personal observation, and intuition. She is dedicated to an integrative practice.
(531) 530-3204 View (531) 530-3204
Photo of Sheree Herkenrath, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Sarpy County, NE
Sheree Herkenrath
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Gretna, NE 68028
With over two decades of experience in healthcare, I understand how challenging it can be to juggle life and maintain your own mental health. I chose a career in mental health to instill hope, promote health and realize potential. I believe that when we enhance mental health, we also improve physical health, familial ties, and general day-to-day functioning
With over two decades of experience in healthcare, I understand how challenging it can be to juggle life and maintain your own mental health. I chose a career in mental health to instill hope, promote health and realize potential. I believe that when we enhance mental health, we also improve physical health, familial ties, and general day-to-day functioning
(402) 543-5960 View (402) 543-5960
Photo of Teresa Dowling, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Sarpy County, NE
Teresa Dowling
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bellevue, NE 68005
Not accepting new clients
Individuals who are experiencing mental illness symptoms often struggle to perform at their best. They feel life can be a chore, or a mountain that is impossible to climb. I enjoy helping individuals regain control of their life, working with them to develop a treatment plan that allows them to perform at their best.
Individuals who are experiencing mental illness symptoms often struggle to perform at their best. They feel life can be a chore, or a mountain that is impossible to climb. I enjoy helping individuals regain control of their life, working with them to develop a treatment plan that allows them to perform at their best.
(402) 781-8456 View (402) 781-8456

Online Psychiatrists

Photo of YOUniq Health, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Sarpy County, NE
YOUniq Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, FNP, WHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Lincoln, NE 68506
We have NEW patient openings so, DON'T sit on a WAIT list! Get scheduled right away! At YOUniq Health, we help children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly dealing with several mild to severe psychiatric and mental illnesses including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, schizophrenia, ADHD, OCD, substance use disorder, PTSD, eating disorder, borderline personality disorder, and many more. We believe that whole health begins with a healthy mind so, our clinicians look at your whole being while evaluating you for the need for care, prescribing medications, and offering brief supportive therapy to you.
We have NEW patient openings so, DON'T sit on a WAIT list! Get scheduled right away! At YOUniq Health, we help children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly dealing with several mild to severe psychiatric and mental illnesses including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, schizophrenia, ADHD, OCD, substance use disorder, PTSD, eating disorder, borderline personality disorder, and many more. We believe that whole health begins with a healthy mind so, our clinicians look at your whole being while evaluating you for the need for care, prescribing medications, and offering brief supportive therapy to you.
(531) 208-1424 View (531) 208-1424

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Sarpy County, NE

10+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Sarpy County, NE who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
95% Anxiety
89% Bipolar Disorder
84% ADHD
84% Trauma and PTSD
84% Medication Management
79% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
93% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
93% Midlands Choice

How Psychiatrists in Sarpy County, NE see their clients

95% In Person and Online
5% Online Only

Gender breakdown

89% Female
11% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Sarpy 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.