Psychiatrists in Davis County, UT

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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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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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Clear Sky Psychiatry & Therapy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Farmington, UT 84025
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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Alliant Behavioral Health of Utah, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Layton, UT 84041
We have 4 medication providers and 5 therapists to help with anxiety and depression to PTSD. Including Medical Weight Loss, Eating disorders, Addictions, Trauma, Military's Issues, Family or Couples issues, Grieve and Loss, Mood Disorders, ADHD and LGBTQ issues. We offer DBT group on Monday nights.
We have 4 medication providers and 5 therapists to help with anxiety and depression to PTSD. Including Medical Weight Loss, Eating disorders, Addictions, Trauma, Military's Issues, Family or Couples issues, Grieve and Loss, Mood Disorders, ADHD and LGBTQ issues. We offer DBT group on Monday nights.
(801) 447-1537 View (801) 447-1537
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Chelsea Bauer
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Kaysville, UT 84037
My philosophy is that it’s okay to ask for help. The bar needs to be lowered on the stigma for mental health. Life can be hard, and everyone needs some help at times. I want to encourage people to not be afraid or ashamed to reach out for help, and to be open and honest with their treatment team. I am here to help anyone who is ready. I believe in getting to know people, finding out their individual story, their needs, and creating a treatment and medication plan together.
My philosophy is that it’s okay to ask for help. The bar needs to be lowered on the stigma for mental health. Life can be hard, and everyone needs some help at times. I want to encourage people to not be afraid or ashamed to reach out for help, and to be open and honest with their treatment team. I am here to help anyone who is ready. I believe in getting to know people, finding out their individual story, their needs, and creating a treatment and medication plan together.
(385) 432-6845 View (385) 432-6845
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Melanie Nielsen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Kaysville, UT 84037
Hi! I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Utah seeing patients through telehealth and in office appointments. My goal as a provider is to empower you to become the best version of yourself. I treat children, teens and adults with a variety of mental health diagnoses. Working together at your pace, providing a healing space for personal growth through medication management and brief psychotherapy.
Hi! I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Utah seeing patients through telehealth and in office appointments. My goal as a provider is to empower you to become the best version of yourself. I treat children, teens and adults with a variety of mental health diagnoses. Working together at your pace, providing a healing space for personal growth through medication management and brief psychotherapy.
(385) 314-4436 View (385) 314-4436
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Sherrie Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Layton, UT 84040
Accepting New Patients! Sherrie is a board-certified PMHNP and licensed as an APRN. She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) specializing in Psychiatric Mental Health from the University of Utah and completed her undergraduate studies in Microbiology and Nursing at Weber State University. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, the American Nurses Association (ANA), American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA), and Utah Nurse Practitioners (UNP).
Accepting New Patients! Sherrie is a board-certified PMHNP and licensed as an APRN. She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) specializing in Psychiatric Mental Health from the University of Utah and completed her undergraduate studies in Microbiology and Nursing at Weber State University. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, the American Nurses Association (ANA), American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA), and Utah Nurse Practitioners (UNP).
(385) 557-7986 View (385) 557-7986
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Dustin C Jasmer
Psychiatric Nurse, FNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Layton, UT 84041
I see children (4+) for Medication Management ADHD, Anger/Aggression, Anxiety, Autism, Depression, Bipolar, Aggression, behavioral issues and a variety of other issues as well. I also see Adults for a variety of conditions including Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Bipolar, PTSD, Hormone Replacement, Low Testosterone, Menopause, PCOS and Weight Loss.
I see children (4+) for Medication Management ADHD, Anger/Aggression, Anxiety, Autism, Depression, Bipolar, Aggression, behavioral issues and a variety of other issues as well. I also see Adults for a variety of conditions including Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Bipolar, PTSD, Hormone Replacement, Low Testosterone, Menopause, PCOS and Weight Loss.
(801) 528-4826 View (801) 528-4826
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Andrea Beckstrom
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Kaysville, UT 84037
Everyone at some point in their life goes through difficult times. However, if you have been struggling with anxiety or mood issues for more than a few weeks or loved ones have noticed a change and feel you need help, you might benefit from an evaluation. I look at and consider the whole picture including the client's the mental health, physical health and social and environmental factors. I love people, understanding their story, learning who they are and their goal for the future. I have a passion for helping as many as possible from those who are looking for why they just don't feel right to those who are greatly suffering.
Everyone at some point in their life goes through difficult times. However, if you have been struggling with anxiety or mood issues for more than a few weeks or loved ones have noticed a change and feel you need help, you might benefit from an evaluation. I look at and consider the whole picture including the client's the mental health, physical health and social and environmental factors. I love people, understanding their story, learning who they are and their goal for the future. I have a passion for helping as many as possible from those who are looking for why they just don't feel right to those who are greatly suffering.
(385) 483-2101 View (385) 483-2101
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Ben Saxey
Physician Assistant, PA-C, Psych
Verified Verified
Layton, UT 84040
Now Accepting New Patients! I want a patient that wants to find an answer. Sometimes the answer requires changing our lifestyle which includes sleeping habits, diet and exercise. Sometimes the answer is with the right medication(s). Sometimes it is with trying something "new". If you are willing to make changes, then we can explore options at Numinus that might not be available at other clinics. If you want someone who will listen and navigate your mental health journey with you, then I am happy to help and hope to see you at our clinic.
Now Accepting New Patients! I want a patient that wants to find an answer. Sometimes the answer requires changing our lifestyle which includes sleeping habits, diet and exercise. Sometimes the answer is with the right medication(s). Sometimes it is with trying something "new". If you are willing to make changes, then we can explore options at Numinus that might not be available at other clinics. If you want someone who will listen and navigate your mental health journey with you, then I am happy to help and hope to see you at our clinic.
(801) 784-6201 View (801) 784-6201
Photo of Colin Riley, DNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Colin Riley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Syracuse, UT 84075
Colin Riley (he/him) earned his Doctorate of Nursing Practice with an emphasis in Psychiatric-Mental Health in May of 2021. He was worked in mental health for the past 8 years. Colin (he/him) is dedicated to learning as much as he can about evidenced-based care for mental illness and is devoted to reducing stigma associated with having mental illness. Colin is an LGBTQ+ ally and is committed to providing affirmative and supportive care to this population. Colin believes in a Health at Every Size approach to wellness. He also is excited about upcoming and novel treatments in psychiatry, especially psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy.
Colin Riley (he/him) earned his Doctorate of Nursing Practice with an emphasis in Psychiatric-Mental Health in May of 2021. He was worked in mental health for the past 8 years. Colin (he/him) is dedicated to learning as much as he can about evidenced-based care for mental illness and is devoted to reducing stigma associated with having mental illness. Colin is an LGBTQ+ ally and is committed to providing affirmative and supportive care to this population. Colin believes in a Health at Every Size approach to wellness. He also is excited about upcoming and novel treatments in psychiatry, especially psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy.
(385) 220-8130 View (385) 220-8130
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Armando (Manny) Slack
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Kaysville, UT 84037
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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Tonya Hood
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Clearfield, UT 84015
As a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner Mrs. Hood treats psychiatric conditions using a holistic approach. Her goal is to restore feelings of stability and well-being by working with each client to develop a specialized plan of care. Her training has offered her the ability to provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Her areas of focus include anxiety, depression, mood disorders, abuse/trauma, adjustment issues, sleep difficulties, ADHD, impulsivity, Bipolar disorder and co-occurring disorders.
As a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner Mrs. Hood treats psychiatric conditions using a holistic approach. Her goal is to restore feelings of stability and well-being by working with each client to develop a specialized plan of care. Her training has offered her the ability to provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Her areas of focus include anxiety, depression, mood disorders, abuse/trauma, adjustment issues, sleep difficulties, ADHD, impulsivity, Bipolar disorder and co-occurring disorders.
(385) 393-1944 View (385) 393-1944
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North Salt Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Syracuse, UT 84075  (Online Only)
I believe that medications are meant to put us in control of our moods, our anxiety, and our cognition.
I believe that medications are meant to put us in control of our moods, our anxiety, and our cognition.
(385) 526-5462 View (385) 526-5462
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Shawn Warren
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Kaysville, UT 84037
I seek to provide a safe and comfortable environment where my patients can share their concerns and feel heard. Each individual has gone through their own personal life experience and I strive to listen in an effort to understand what treatment options are best for them. Everyone has their own goals and I want to be a resource to help them accomplish those goals.
I seek to provide a safe and comfortable environment where my patients can share their concerns and feel heard. Each individual has gone through their own personal life experience and I strive to listen in an effort to understand what treatment options are best for them. Everyone has their own goals and I want to be a resource to help them accomplish those goals.
(385) 483-3253 View (385) 483-3253
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Braun Tueller
Physician Assistant, DMSc, CAQ-Psy, PA-C
Verified Verified
Layton, UT 84040  (Online Only)
My treatment philosophy in psychiatry is one based on tenants of courtesy, integrity, perseverence, compassion, and honesty. My goal is always to use the least amount of medication, with the greatest benefit possible. I believe in working directly with the patient to create individual treatment plans designed to help the person become as healthy, happy, and functional as possible.
My treatment philosophy in psychiatry is one based on tenants of courtesy, integrity, perseverence, compassion, and honesty. My goal is always to use the least amount of medication, with the greatest benefit possible. I believe in working directly with the patient to create individual treatment plans designed to help the person become as healthy, happy, and functional as possible.
(385) 442-5820 View (385) 442-5820
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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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Steinia Lewis
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Layton, UT 84040
Steinia has 6 years of experience as a physician assistant in adult inpatient internal medicine. There, she gained wonderful experience diagnosing and treating a variety of serious medical conditions from all specialties and body systems, including psychiatry. Steinia has always had a passion for wellness, mindfulness and a holistic approach to mental health and therefore transitioned specialties to a mental health focus. She believes in the importance of combining medications and therapy with other evidence-based practices, including creating and maintaining healthy relationships, regular exercise, and improved sleep.
Steinia has 6 years of experience as a physician assistant in adult inpatient internal medicine. There, she gained wonderful experience diagnosing and treating a variety of serious medical conditions from all specialties and body systems, including psychiatry. Steinia has always had a passion for wellness, mindfulness and a holistic approach to mental health and therefore transitioned specialties to a mental health focus. She believes in the importance of combining medications and therapy with other evidence-based practices, including creating and maintaining healthy relationships, regular exercise, and improved sleep.
(385) 481-7258 View (385) 481-7258
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Matt Vickers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Kaysville, UT 84037
It can be difficult for any person to overcome mental and emotional struggles on their own. It isn’t enough to simply want to feel better or want to stop hurting. Sometimes the emotional pain can feel like too much to handle... It doesn't have to be that way. • Hopelessness • Worry • Fear • Mental fatigue • Irritability • Feeling overwhelmed • Sleep problems • Mood swings • Disorganized thinking • Poor motivation • Anxiety attacks • Substance abuse • Intrusive thoughts • We can help. Our approach to treating mental illness begins with effective communication and focuses on the root cause of the problem, not just the symptoms.
It can be difficult for any person to overcome mental and emotional struggles on their own. It isn’t enough to simply want to feel better or want to stop hurting. Sometimes the emotional pain can feel like too much to handle... It doesn't have to be that way. • Hopelessness • Worry • Fear • Mental fatigue • Irritability • Feeling overwhelmed • Sleep problems • Mood swings • Disorganized thinking • Poor motivation • Anxiety attacks • Substance abuse • Intrusive thoughts • We can help. Our approach to treating mental illness begins with effective communication and focuses on the root cause of the problem, not just the symptoms.
(385) 402-8158 View (385) 402-8158
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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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Number of Psychiatrists in Davis County, UT

30+

Average cost per session

$162

Psychiatrists in Davis County, UT who prioritize treating:

94% Depression
94% Anxiety
89% Medication Management
86% Bipolar Disorder
77% ADHD
77% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
77% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

96% Regence
93% SelectHealth
89% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Davis County, UT see their clients

78% In Person and Online
22% Online Only

Gender breakdown

63% Female
37% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Davis 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.