Psychiatrists in Las Vegas, NV

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CiTi MD
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MEd, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89146
Welcome to CITI MD, Your Partner in Comprehensive Healthcare At, CITI MD we pride ourselves on being more than just a healthcare provider- we are your partner in achieving optimal health and wellness. With a comprehensive range of services tailored to meet the unique needs of every individual, we are dedicated to serving all members of our community, regardless of background, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status. Diverse Services to Meet Your Needs At our clinic, we understand that healthcare is not one-size-fits-all. That's why we offer a wide array of services designed to address the diverse needs of our patients.
Welcome to CITI MD, Your Partner in Comprehensive Healthcare At, CITI MD we pride ourselves on being more than just a healthcare provider- we are your partner in achieving optimal health and wellness. With a comprehensive range of services tailored to meet the unique needs of every individual, we are dedicated to serving all members of our community, regardless of background, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status. Diverse Services to Meet Your Needs At our clinic, we understand that healthcare is not one-size-fits-all. That's why we offer a wide array of services designed to address the diverse needs of our patients.
(702) 602-5106 View (702) 602-5106
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Kee Essentials
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
16 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89120
Hello from Kee Essentials NV & OH! I am Dr. Kee, a Doctoral-Prepared Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner located in Las Vegas. I offer comprehensive psychiatric treatment for a variety of mental health concerns, and seek to provide an individualized approach through medication management. My goal is to provide compassionate and professional care, and to truly understand the person seeking my help by listening, understanding, and collaborating with them. Additionally, I am an Adjunct Professor for Northern Kentucky University to train other Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners to understand the treatment of mental health.
Hello from Kee Essentials NV & OH! I am Dr. Kee, a Doctoral-Prepared Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner located in Las Vegas. I offer comprehensive psychiatric treatment for a variety of mental health concerns, and seek to provide an individualized approach through medication management. My goal is to provide compassionate and professional care, and to truly understand the person seeking my help by listening, understanding, and collaborating with them. Additionally, I am an Adjunct Professor for Northern Kentucky University to train other Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners to understand the treatment of mental health.
(301) 760-2977 View (301) 760-2977
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Manpreet Sandhu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89134  (Online Only)
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner specializing in mental health, I am committed to providing comprehensive and compassionate care to individuals struggling with a range of psychiatric disorders, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and insomnia. With advanced training in psychiatric care, I bring a unique blend of clinical expertise, empathy, and dedication to supporting clients on their journey toward mental wellness. My approach to care is rooted in a deep understanding of the complex interplay between biological, psychological, and social factors that contribute to mental health disorders.
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner specializing in mental health, I am committed to providing comprehensive and compassionate care to individuals struggling with a range of psychiatric disorders, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and insomnia. With advanced training in psychiatric care, I bring a unique blend of clinical expertise, empathy, and dedication to supporting clients on their journey toward mental wellness. My approach to care is rooted in a deep understanding of the complex interplay between biological, psychological, and social factors that contribute to mental health disorders.
(702) 803-3266 View (702) 803-3266
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Nina Parikh
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89118
Hi there, it’s so nice to meet you! My private practice, Lucid Psychiatry, specializes in holistic psychiatry services for children, adolescents and young adults in Nevada. I am dedicated to providing compassionate and exceptional patient care here at Lucid.
Hi there, it’s so nice to meet you! My private practice, Lucid Psychiatry, specializes in holistic psychiatry services for children, adolescents and young adults in Nevada. I am dedicated to providing compassionate and exceptional patient care here at Lucid.
(702) 935-4564 View (702) 935-4564
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Sharlotte Tay
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89134  (Online Only)
Sharlotte is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with training and experience treating patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan in outpatient clinics and inpatient hospitals. Her specialties include Anxiety disorders, Depression disorders, Attention Deficit/Hyperactive disorder, Panic disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress disorder, Adjustment disorders, and more.
Sharlotte is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with training and experience treating patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan in outpatient clinics and inpatient hospitals. Her specialties include Anxiety disorders, Depression disorders, Attention Deficit/Hyperactive disorder, Panic disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress disorder, Adjustment disorders, and more.
(702) 829-5315 View (702) 829-5315
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Rodney Fox
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89118
Specializing in comprehensive care for the LGBTQI+ and diverse communities, my practice uniquely combines medication management with therapy. Facing challenges like anxiety, impulsivity, or emotional ups and downs? These issues, often exacerbated by societal pressures and inequalities, need a specialized approach. I focus on ADHD and anxiety, offering support that integrates medication and therapy to navigate these experiences.
Specializing in comprehensive care for the LGBTQI+ and diverse communities, my practice uniquely combines medication management with therapy. Facing challenges like anxiety, impulsivity, or emotional ups and downs? These issues, often exacerbated by societal pressures and inequalities, need a specialized approach. I focus on ADHD and anxiety, offering support that integrates medication and therapy to navigate these experiences.
(725) 237-5770 View (725) 237-5770
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Carri Campbell-Nasby
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89119  (Online Only)
You are not alone in your struggles to overcome your feelings of depression, anxiety and irritability. With supportive and compassionate care, let's work together to explore solutions that can help lead you to healthier functioning, a healthier mind, and happier living.
You are not alone in your struggles to overcome your feelings of depression, anxiety and irritability. With supportive and compassionate care, let's work together to explore solutions that can help lead you to healthier functioning, a healthier mind, and happier living.
(702) 779-0566 View (702) 779-0566
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Nicole C Okeke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89107
I am a nurse practitioner certified in Psychiatric Mental health. I also have a license as a Family Nurse Practitioner. I received my post graduate training from University of Nevada, Las Vegas and University of South Alabama, Mobile Alabama. I have been practicing as a nurse practitioner for over fourteen years. I am a caring, compassionate, and competent psychiatric nurse provider committed to providing individually appropriate health care to you and your family. My goal is to help improve your mental health as well as your overall health.
I am a nurse practitioner certified in Psychiatric Mental health. I also have a license as a Family Nurse Practitioner. I received my post graduate training from University of Nevada, Las Vegas and University of South Alabama, Mobile Alabama. I have been practicing as a nurse practitioner for over fourteen years. I am a caring, compassionate, and competent psychiatric nurse provider committed to providing individually appropriate health care to you and your family. My goal is to help improve your mental health as well as your overall health.
(702) 766-3728 View (702) 766-3728
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Mind Body Connection Health and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, , APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89106
Now Accepting New Patients! Our Clinic offers Therapy General and Integrative Psychiatry. We offer consultations and treatment planning, to uncover the root causes of your condition, and guide you towards long-term healing; With therapy and/or medications prescribed and supplements recommended. Every part of us is intricately connected, both to the world within and outside us. True healing demands an approach to mental health that takes the whole human ecosystem into consideration. Our principle underlies a combination of evidence based and integrative medicine and is the foundation of the work we do in our clinic.
Now Accepting New Patients! Our Clinic offers Therapy General and Integrative Psychiatry. We offer consultations and treatment planning, to uncover the root causes of your condition, and guide you towards long-term healing; With therapy and/or medications prescribed and supplements recommended. Every part of us is intricately connected, both to the world within and outside us. True healing demands an approach to mental health that takes the whole human ecosystem into consideration. Our principle underlies a combination of evidence based and integrative medicine and is the foundation of the work we do in our clinic.
(702) 710-5562 View (702) 710-5562
Anthony Pieracini
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89148  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C) with 19 years of experience dedicated to providing holistic, compassionate care to adults & older adults with the goal of achieving the best possible outcomes in an effort to improve quality of life. He communicates in a culturally sensitive, non-judgmental manner and collaborates with clients, empowering them to become active participants in their care. He provides comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, individualized treatment plans, incorporating psychotherapy & prescribes medications if/when indicated.
Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C) with 19 years of experience dedicated to providing holistic, compassionate care to adults & older adults with the goal of achieving the best possible outcomes in an effort to improve quality of life. He communicates in a culturally sensitive, non-judgmental manner and collaborates with clients, empowering them to become active participants in their care. He provides comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, individualized treatment plans, incorporating psychotherapy & prescribes medications if/when indicated.
(725) 307-6175 View (725) 307-6175
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Edwige Hermine Fandio Ngankou
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89146
If you are tired of ER visits due to panic attacks, feel anxious, sad, out of control, or overwhelmed, have racing thoughts, have nightmares or trouble sleeping, or trouble relaxing. Are you feeling sad, like a dark cloud is over you or experiencing trauma responses? Do you feel treated with no empathy as a person when seeking help? I provide mental health treatment that is tailored to fit your needs. My approach is person-centered. I have mastered listening and recognizing people’s needs. I treat with evidence-based practices and believe in medication reduction as much as possible to avoid people being on too many medications.
If you are tired of ER visits due to panic attacks, feel anxious, sad, out of control, or overwhelmed, have racing thoughts, have nightmares or trouble sleeping, or trouble relaxing. Are you feeling sad, like a dark cloud is over you or experiencing trauma responses? Do you feel treated with no empathy as a person when seeking help? I provide mental health treatment that is tailored to fit your needs. My approach is person-centered. I have mastered listening and recognizing people’s needs. I treat with evidence-based practices and believe in medication reduction as much as possible to avoid people being on too many medications.
(725) 900-0470 View (725) 900-0470
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Travis Chase
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89146
Providing evidence-based psychiatric medication and psychotherapy treatment with a caring attitude that is patient-centered. I see all ages and treat the broad spectrum of psychiatric conditions including, but not limited to depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, ADHD, autistic spectrum, insomnia, psychosis, schizophrenia, intellectual disabilities, eating disorders, substance abuse, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and panic disorders.
Providing evidence-based psychiatric medication and psychotherapy treatment with a caring attitude that is patient-centered. I see all ages and treat the broad spectrum of psychiatric conditions including, but not limited to depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, ADHD, autistic spectrum, insomnia, psychosis, schizophrenia, intellectual disabilities, eating disorders, substance abuse, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and panic disorders.
(725) 444-5772 View (725) 444-5772
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, APRN, CRNP
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89108  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients for telehealth visits in Nevada for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. I am experienced working with Children and Adolescents as well as Adults. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups are $99. Insurances accepted.
Accepting new patients for telehealth visits in Nevada for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. I am experienced working with Children and Adolescents as well as Adults. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups are $99. Insurances accepted.
(725) 216-2198 View (725) 216-2198
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Uzma Zafar
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89148
The specific needs of psych clients are unique therefore the goals of treatment also vary, but almost always involve improving overall mental health, developing coping skills, gaining insight and understanding into one's thoughts, behaviors and emotions.
The specific needs of psych clients are unique therefore the goals of treatment also vary, but almost always involve improving overall mental health, developing coping skills, gaining insight and understanding into one's thoughts, behaviors and emotions.
(702) 830-5698 View (702) 830-5698
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Prestige Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-C, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89144
My personal approach to understanding your mental health condition is what makes me different. I spend the extra time to understand and address these issues individually. To create the kind of practice I want for patients, I operate a “concierge-like” psychiatry practice, as opposed to an insurance-driven one. This allows me to focus on quality over quantity and on personalized service and accessibility over volume.
My personal approach to understanding your mental health condition is what makes me different. I spend the extra time to understand and address these issues individually. To create the kind of practice I want for patients, I operate a “concierge-like” psychiatry practice, as opposed to an insurance-driven one. This allows me to focus on quality over quantity and on personalized service and accessibility over volume.
(702) 887-1878 View (702) 887-1878
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Kristen Cox
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89104
I enjoy working with people of all ages. I especially enjoy working with children and teenagers. I am LGBTQ+ and sex work friendly. I have experience treating depression, anxiety, ADHD, DMDD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and OCD. I have experience treating emotional disturbances related to an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis. I also have experience working in corrections. I do not do neuropsychological evaluations.
I enjoy working with people of all ages. I especially enjoy working with children and teenagers. I am LGBTQ+ and sex work friendly. I have experience treating depression, anxiety, ADHD, DMDD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and OCD. I have experience treating emotional disturbances related to an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis. I also have experience working in corrections. I do not do neuropsychological evaluations.
(702) 623-4818 View (702) 623-4818
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Andrea Petty
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89102
I truly believe that each patient is unique and has different needs; therefore, the services they receive should be tailored to each individual. I have always had a passion to help others, especially our veterans and the underserved. I believe in integrated health care by incorporating complementary therapies and treating the whole person, mind, body and spirit.
I truly believe that each patient is unique and has different needs; therefore, the services they receive should be tailored to each individual. I have always had a passion to help others, especially our veterans and the underserved. I believe in integrated health care by incorporating complementary therapies and treating the whole person, mind, body and spirit.
(702) 842-1239 View (702) 842-1239
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Kikam Yun
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89119
I am a dual board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), experience with military related psychiatric disorder, specialized in the treatment of mood disorder, anxiety disorder, cognitive disorder, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, HIV related mental disorder, and schizophrenia/schizoaffective disorder.
I am a dual board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), experience with military related psychiatric disorder, specialized in the treatment of mood disorder, anxiety disorder, cognitive disorder, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, HIV related mental disorder, and schizophrenia/schizoaffective disorder.
(702) 766-8596 View (702) 766-8596
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Nevada Integrated Health Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP - C
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89169
Are you thinking of suicidal thoughts? Do you fear that something one day will happen? Are you feeling depressed, embarrassed or have anxiety? Alcohol or drug abuse. No need to worry, Nevada Integrate Health Center is here to help you overcome those barriers that come in our way! We are the hands that care!
Are you thinking of suicidal thoughts? Do you fear that something one day will happen? Are you feeling depressed, embarrassed or have anxiety? Alcohol or drug abuse. No need to worry, Nevada Integrate Health Center is here to help you overcome those barriers that come in our way! We are the hands that care!
(702) 602-8605 View (702) 602-8605
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Ngozi Ugwu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89106
Mental health is a balance between our emotions (feeling), Cognition (thinking) and Behavior (how we act). It is very important to maintain a balance to experience a quality life. We are all going through a very tough time and have been affected one way or the other. The good news is, there is help out there, so you do not have to feel alone or hopeless. Call our office today to get help with your emotions, thoughts and unstable behavior.
Mental health is a balance between our emotions (feeling), Cognition (thinking) and Behavior (how we act). It is very important to maintain a balance to experience a quality life. We are all going through a very tough time and have been affected one way or the other. The good news is, there is help out there, so you do not have to feel alone or hopeless. Call our office today to get help with your emotions, thoughts and unstable behavior.
(725) 500-0361 View (725) 500-0361

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Las Vegas, NV

200+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Las Vegas, NV who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
88% Depression
83% Bipolar Disorder
79% Medication Management
78% ADHD
72% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
67% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

90% Aetna
90% Cigna and Evernorth
80% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Las Vegas, NV see their clients

63% In Person and Online
37% Online Only

Gender breakdown

66% Female
34% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Las Vegas?

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.