Psychiatrists in Bountiful, UT

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Spencer Lowe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Bountiful, UT 84010
Dr. Spencer Lowe graduated from the University of Utah with a Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree and is board certified as a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner and Certified Nurse Educator. Spencer is a member of the Utah Air National Guard with 18 years of service. Spencer has a passion for working with clients to improve their mental health surrounding depression, anxiety, ADHD and other mental health disorders to optimize health and wellness.
Dr. Spencer Lowe graduated from the University of Utah with a Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree and is board certified as a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner and Certified Nurse Educator. Spencer is a member of the Utah Air National Guard with 18 years of service. Spencer has a passion for working with clients to improve their mental health surrounding depression, anxiety, ADHD and other mental health disorders to optimize health and wellness.
(801) 683-9340 View (801) 683-9340
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Garrett Jefferies
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Bountiful, UT 84010
I believe that success in mental health is ultimately achieved through sustainable lifestyle change and that medications and therapy are often necessary tools in that process. No matter where you feel that you are with your mental health right now, there are tools to help. I specialize in helping clients reach mental stability using all tools available and then adding coaching for sustainable lifestyle changes that will ultimately help ensure long-term mental health.
I believe that success in mental health is ultimately achieved through sustainable lifestyle change and that medications and therapy are often necessary tools in that process. No matter where you feel that you are with your mental health right now, there are tools to help. I specialize in helping clients reach mental stability using all tools available and then adding coaching for sustainable lifestyle changes that will ultimately help ensure long-term mental health.
(385) 489-1816 View (385) 489-1816
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Carian McLean
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, CNM, PMHNP, PMH-C
Verified Verified
Bountiful, UT 84011
Centering Psychiatry is accepting new clients - a consultation phone call or initial visit can be scheduled on our website. The practice provides thoughtful and individualized mental healthcare including evaluation and assessment and medication management with the goal to improve daily emotional wellbeing for each client. Utilizing a holistic approach, we consider the impact of stress, sleep structure, nutrition, relationship dynamics, and thinking patterns on emotional health, coupled with thoughtful medication therapy. Centering Psychiatry approaches every client with trauma informed and LGBTQ+ affirming care.
Centering Psychiatry is accepting new clients - a consultation phone call or initial visit can be scheduled on our website. The practice provides thoughtful and individualized mental healthcare including evaluation and assessment and medication management with the goal to improve daily emotional wellbeing for each client. Utilizing a holistic approach, we consider the impact of stress, sleep structure, nutrition, relationship dynamics, and thinking patterns on emotional health, coupled with thoughtful medication therapy. Centering Psychiatry approaches every client with trauma informed and LGBTQ+ affirming care.
(385) 743-1995 View (385) 743-1995
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Clear Sky Psychiatry & Therapy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bountiful, UT 84010
Clear Sky Psychiatry & Therapy: Dedicated to Your Mental Well-being. At Clear Sky, we understand the profound impact of mental health on your overall quality of life. Our experienced team of therapists and psychiatrists is committed to providing practical and effective treatments tailored to your unique needs. With a focus on evidence-based approaches, we offer a safe and non-judgmental environment where you can explore your thoughts, emotions, and experiences. Whatever your mental health concerns, let us guide you towards a brighter tomorrow.
Clear Sky Psychiatry & Therapy: Dedicated to Your Mental Well-being. At Clear Sky, we understand the profound impact of mental health on your overall quality of life. Our experienced team of therapists and psychiatrists is committed to providing practical and effective treatments tailored to your unique needs. With a focus on evidence-based approaches, we offer a safe and non-judgmental environment where you can explore your thoughts, emotions, and experiences. Whatever your mental health concerns, let us guide you towards a brighter tomorrow.
(385) 832-7506 View (385) 832-7506

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Sarah T Porter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Farmington, UT 84025
I am a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner providing collaborative and individualized treatments for adults. My private practice was named Ideal Mindset because the perfect perspective is unique for each individual. Most people are a combination of mindsets. Each type of mindset has it's own strengths and vulnerabilities. I am looking for patients who are motivated to find their authentic selves.
I am a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner providing collaborative and individualized treatments for adults. My private practice was named Ideal Mindset because the perfect perspective is unique for each individual. Most people are a combination of mindsets. Each type of mindset has it's own strengths and vulnerabilities. I am looking for patients who are motivated to find their authentic selves.
(801) 335-5242 View (801) 335-5242
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Adam Creer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Farmington, UT 84025
Adam Creer is a board-certified Psych Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner.. He has worked in the healthcare field since 2004. He has worked as a nurse aide, nurse, nurse educator and nurse practitioner. Adam’s experience working in healthcare has led him to become an advocate for individuals with mental health disorders. He believes that primary prevention begins with mental health. He is excited to work with individuals to improve their mental health and well-being.
Adam Creer is a board-certified Psych Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner.. He has worked in the healthcare field since 2004. He has worked as a nurse aide, nurse, nurse educator and nurse practitioner. Adam’s experience working in healthcare has led him to become an advocate for individuals with mental health disorders. He believes that primary prevention begins with mental health. He is excited to work with individuals to improve their mental health and well-being.
(385) 786-6546 View (385) 786-6546
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Aubri Hansen
Psychiatric Nurse, APRN, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Salt Lake City, UT 84103
I have experience working with pediatric to geriatric patients and am comfortable working with individuals of all ages and stages of life who feel that they need support from medication to improve their mental health. Ideally, my patients are also active in therapy and the services I offer can support them on their path to healing.
I have experience working with pediatric to geriatric patients and am comfortable working with individuals of all ages and stages of life who feel that they need support from medication to improve their mental health. Ideally, my patients are also active in therapy and the services I offer can support them on their path to healing.
(801) 890-2594 View (801) 890-2594
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Charlie Health
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Salt Lake City, UT 84101  (Online Only)
Charlie Health is a leading provider of virtual mental health treatment for people in need of more than once-weekly therapy. Whether you're struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, self-harm, suicidal ideation, or any ongoing mental health issue, Charlie Health’s Clinical Team is ready to help you start your healing journey today. You don’t have to struggle alone – we’re here for you. To get started today, reach out at t.ly/ch-ut
Charlie Health is a leading provider of virtual mental health treatment for people in need of more than once-weekly therapy. Whether you're struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, self-harm, suicidal ideation, or any ongoing mental health issue, Charlie Health’s Clinical Team is ready to help you start your healing journey today. You don’t have to struggle alone – we’re here for you. To get started today, reach out at t.ly/ch-ut
(385) 213-1580 View (385) 213-1580
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Austin B Imus DO Mental Health
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Farmington, UT 84025  (Online Only)
I have been in practice for over 20 years. I am skilled in treating refractory depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, bipolar and ADHD. I have had extra training on the medical side of illnesses and make sure your illness is not being caused by or contributed to by a medical condition. Please call my office phone mail number 801-923-8044 to leave a message. I am currently accepting patients on a limited basis. I am currently doing Telepsychiatry only. I will need a referral from your primary care provider if you're seeking treatment for ADHD.
I have been in practice for over 20 years. I am skilled in treating refractory depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, bipolar and ADHD. I have had extra training on the medical side of illnesses and make sure your illness is not being caused by or contributed to by a medical condition. Please call my office phone mail number 801-923-8044 to leave a message. I am currently accepting patients on a limited basis. I am currently doing Telepsychiatry only. I will need a referral from your primary care provider if you're seeking treatment for ADHD.
(801) 682-1790 View (801) 682-1790
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Armando (Manny) Slack
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Salt Lake City, UT 84104
I enjoy working with children, teens and adults who are experiencing both minor and more severe mental health conditions and feel that they can benefit from the addition of medication to their treatment plan. I encourage my patients to take an active role in therapy in addition to medication management for ideal results.
I enjoy working with children, teens and adults who are experiencing both minor and more severe mental health conditions and feel that they can benefit from the addition of medication to their treatment plan. I encourage my patients to take an active role in therapy in addition to medication management for ideal results.
(385) 334-5181 View (385) 334-5181
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Alana Jacobs-Davis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Centerville, UT 84014  (Online Only)
Upon graduating from the University of Kansas and Wichita State University with a Masters in Nursing in December 1992, I embarked on a fulfilling journey dedicated to mental health care. Joining the outpatient mental health team at the wonderful George Whalen Veteran’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, I had the privilege of providing medication management and various individual and group psychotherapies for 26 years. In May 2006, earning my Doctorate from the College of Nursing at the University of Utah was a significant milestone that deepened my commitment to serving others.
Upon graduating from the University of Kansas and Wichita State University with a Masters in Nursing in December 1992, I embarked on a fulfilling journey dedicated to mental health care. Joining the outpatient mental health team at the wonderful George Whalen Veteran’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, I had the privilege of providing medication management and various individual and group psychotherapies for 26 years. In May 2006, earning my Doctorate from the College of Nursing at the University of Utah was a significant milestone that deepened my commitment to serving others.
(385) 213-1052 View (385) 213-1052
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Annette Ephroni
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Farmington, UT 84025  (Online Only)
From roots in Women's Studies University of Utah, 1996 and direct entry midwifery, I entered the field of psychiatry to extend my work with people in deeply formative processes. I studied at Yale School of Nursing (2005) with training at the Personality Disorder Institute At New York Presbyterian University. I have been practicing as a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner practicing in Salt Lake City, Utah since 2007. I am available to see both medication management, ketamine assisted psychotherapy as well as regular psychotherapy clients at Mountain Valley Counseling.
From roots in Women's Studies University of Utah, 1996 and direct entry midwifery, I entered the field of psychiatry to extend my work with people in deeply formative processes. I studied at Yale School of Nursing (2005) with training at the Personality Disorder Institute At New York Presbyterian University. I have been practicing as a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner practicing in Salt Lake City, Utah since 2007. I am available to see both medication management, ketamine assisted psychotherapy as well as regular psychotherapy clients at Mountain Valley Counseling.
(385) 786-8691 View (385) 786-8691
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Dr. Marianne Haines
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, NNP-BC, PCNS-BC, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Dr. Haines has over 25 years of clinical experience, the majority of which has been spent treating children and families. She is nationally board-certified in Neonatology, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry specialties. In both clinical and residential treatment settings, Dr. Haines has worked extensively with individuals suffering from a variety of traumas and mental health disorders. She specializes in Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatry and provides diagnosis, medication management, psychotherapy, as well as collaboration with other psychiatrists, therapists, and healthcare providers to optimize the patient's treatment plan.
Dr. Haines has over 25 years of clinical experience, the majority of which has been spent treating children and families. She is nationally board-certified in Neonatology, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry specialties. In both clinical and residential treatment settings, Dr. Haines has worked extensively with individuals suffering from a variety of traumas and mental health disorders. She specializes in Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatry and provides diagnosis, medication management, psychotherapy, as well as collaboration with other psychiatrists, therapists, and healthcare providers to optimize the patient's treatment plan.
(385) 336-0572 View (385) 336-0572
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Libby Lynn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
You don’t want need another provider just giving you another prescription, you want to figure out what’s actually going on, right? “Why don’t I feel like myself?” “Where did this come from?” – these are common things I hear from patients, and I want to help you solve your puzzle. As an integrative Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over a decade of healthcare experience under my belt, I have devoted a significant portion of my professional career to blending the art of healing with the science of medicine. My practice style is not just about treating symptoms; it's about nurturing holistic wellness from within.
You don’t want need another provider just giving you another prescription, you want to figure out what’s actually going on, right? “Why don’t I feel like myself?” “Where did this come from?” – these are common things I hear from patients, and I want to help you solve your puzzle. As an integrative Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over a decade of healthcare experience under my belt, I have devoted a significant portion of my professional career to blending the art of healing with the science of medicine. My practice style is not just about treating symptoms; it's about nurturing holistic wellness from within.
(208) 858-5280 View (208) 858-5280
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Lin Clark
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Salt Lake City, UT 84101  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients! I am currently providing telehealth appointments. Let's work together to improve your mental health.
Accepting new patients! I am currently providing telehealth appointments. Let's work together to improve your mental health.
(385) 645-3868 View (385) 645-3868
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Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Salt Lake City, UT 84150
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
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Radouane Laktib
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Salt Lake City, UT 84102  (Online Only)
Let me be part of your recovery. Together, we will work to make it happen. I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with many years of broad experience in psychiatric services. I treat individuals 18 years old and up.
Let me be part of your recovery. Together, we will work to make it happen. I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with many years of broad experience in psychiatric services. I treat individuals 18 years old and up.
(813) 531-8927 View (813) 531-8927
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Trailtalk: taking therapy off the couch.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS2, APRN
Verified Verified
Salt Lake City, UT 84102
TrailtalkRX offers conservative medicine for active, functional individuals. We consider our client's genetic signature and the life events that might express those genes. We embrace the latest advances in the industry to help clients benefit from this combination of medication management and walk and talk therapy. TrailtalkRX helps our clients develop their Wellness Support Team: Primary Care Provider (PCP), Mental Health Therapist, and TrailtalkRX. Allison is dually licensed as a prescriber and mental health care therapist. Please refer to our website for more details about our Therapylite model of care.
TrailtalkRX offers conservative medicine for active, functional individuals. We consider our client's genetic signature and the life events that might express those genes. We embrace the latest advances in the industry to help clients benefit from this combination of medication management and walk and talk therapy. TrailtalkRX helps our clients develop their Wellness Support Team: Primary Care Provider (PCP), Mental Health Therapist, and TrailtalkRX. Allison is dually licensed as a prescriber and mental health care therapist. Please refer to our website for more details about our Therapylite model of care.
(435) 495-4896 View (435) 495-4896
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Melissa Lopez-Larson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Don't wait 2 weeks, appointments available! Dr. Lopez-Larson is a board certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist and received her MD from the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine. She performed her adult and child psychiatry training at Harvard Medical School training sites including Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital and Cambridge Hospital, respectively. She has been practicing for almost 20 years in a variety of settings including academic research, inpatient, residential and outpatient psychiatric services.
Don't wait 2 weeks, appointments available! Dr. Lopez-Larson is a board certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist and received her MD from the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine. She performed her adult and child psychiatry training at Harvard Medical School training sites including Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital and Cambridge Hospital, respectively. She has been practicing for almost 20 years in a variety of settings including academic research, inpatient, residential and outpatient psychiatric services.
(435) 236-2915 View (435) 236-2915
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Sean M. Erickson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CARN-AP
Verified Verified
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
Sean has been practicing as a Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner for over 10 years, is a Certified Addiction Registered Nurse-Advanced Practice, and has a strong passion for his work. Through his experience working with school systems, foster care, juvenile justice, unhoused/homeless health care, farm workers, Native Americans, and Veterans, he has developed a Solid framework for serving, wanting to connect, grow, and thrive.
Sean has been practicing as a Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner for over 10 years, is a Certified Addiction Registered Nurse-Advanced Practice, and has a strong passion for his work. Through his experience working with school systems, foster care, juvenile justice, unhoused/homeless health care, farm workers, Native Americans, and Veterans, he has developed a Solid framework for serving, wanting to connect, grow, and thrive.
(435) 246-7449 View (435) 246-7449

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Bountiful, UT

< 10

Psychiatrists in Bountiful, UT who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Medication Management
75% ADHD
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
75% Trauma and PTSD
75% Other

Average years in practice

2 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Regence
100% SelectHealth
100% University of Utah Health Plans

How Psychiatrists in Bountiful, UT see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

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

How can I find a psychiatrist in Bountiful?

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.