Psychiatrists in Kaysville, UT

Photo of Andrea Beckstrom, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Kaysville, UT
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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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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Melanie Nielsen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
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
Photo of Armando (Manny) Slack, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Kaysville, UT
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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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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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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Megan Konopacke
Psychiatric Nurse, APRN, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Kaysville, UT 84037
I recognize that seeking treatment for mental health and eating disorders can be a difficult and vulnerable experience, and I strive to create a safe and supportive space where my clients feel heard, respected, and understood. I believe in taking care of the whole person which encompasses not only your mental health, but also, your physical well-being. By taking the time to listen and understand who you are, I will help you find the best treatment option to overcome previous barriers and get you back to what's important.
I recognize that seeking treatment for mental health and eating disorders can be a difficult and vulnerable experience, and I strive to create a safe and supportive space where my clients feel heard, respected, and understood. I believe in taking care of the whole person which encompasses not only your mental health, but also, your physical well-being. By taking the time to listen and understand who you are, I will help you find the best treatment option to overcome previous barriers and get you back to what's important.
(385) 503-5752 View (385) 503-5752
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Cheryl Wentworth
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Kaysville, UT 84037
I have experience and enjoy treating depression, anxiety, and many other mental health conditions. I am comfortable treating people of all ages and genders. I have a passion for working with women struggling with mental health concerns throughout their lifespan. As I work closely with many therapists, I encourage a holistic, comprehensive, and collaborative approach to treating your mental health concerns.
I have experience and enjoy treating depression, anxiety, and many other mental health conditions. I am comfortable treating people of all ages and genders. I have a passion for working with women struggling with mental health concerns throughout their lifespan. As I work closely with many therapists, I encourage a holistic, comprehensive, and collaborative approach to treating your mental health concerns.
(385) 492-5830 View (385) 492-5830

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Photo of Tonya Hood, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Kaysville, UT
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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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
Photo of Adam Creer, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Kaysville, UT
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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Regan Harwell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MA, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Layton, UT 84041
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I was an elementary school teacher for 20 years, so I have extensive experience with children. I also have 8 years of inpatient psychiatric experience with adults,adolescents, and geriatric patients,so my experience is all-encompassing. I am also well versed in children with oppositional defiant disorder and DMDD amd have used Matthew's protocol with patients with these conditions.
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I was an elementary school teacher for 20 years, so I have extensive experience with children. I also have 8 years of inpatient psychiatric experience with adults,adolescents, and geriatric patients,so my experience is all-encompassing. I am also well versed in children with oppositional defiant disorder and DMDD amd have used Matthew's protocol with patients with these conditions.
(385) 479-8207 View (385) 479-8207
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Canvi Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, CADDRA
Verified Verified
Layton, UT 84041
Amy Belnap is one of the only CADDRA certified psychiatric providers in the state of Idaho; a certification for specialists working with ADHD. In addition to ADHD, she also treats those with learning or behavioral problems, mood and conduct disorders, OCD, and Autism. She uses medication and psychotherapy to help patients achieve their greatest potential. She also offers genetic testing to help identify treatment options that are the most likely to help you or your loved one.
Amy Belnap is one of the only CADDRA certified psychiatric providers in the state of Idaho; a certification for specialists working with ADHD. In addition to ADHD, she also treats those with learning or behavioral problems, mood and conduct disorders, OCD, and Autism. She uses medication and psychotherapy to help patients achieve their greatest potential. She also offers genetic testing to help identify treatment options that are the most likely to help you or your loved one.
(801) 896-5345 View (801) 896-5345
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
Photo of Dustin C Jasmer, Psychiatric Nurse in Kaysville, UT
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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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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Krista Gusack
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Clearfield, UT 84015  (Online Only)
As a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I am experienced in treating people with diagnoses including anxiety, depression, bipolar, trauma related disorders including PTSD, ADHD, insomnia, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, substance use, and personality disorders. I am passionate about providing an accepting environment where we work together to explore your values, preferences and goals. Options will be shared with you with risks/benefits, you are encouraged to ask questions and have a supportive person present if you choose this.
As a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I am experienced in treating people with diagnoses including anxiety, depression, bipolar, trauma related disorders including PTSD, ADHD, insomnia, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, substance use, and personality disorders. I am passionate about providing an accepting environment where we work together to explore your values, preferences and goals. Options will be shared with you with risks/benefits, you are encouraged to ask questions and have a supportive person present if you choose this.
(801) 206-9596 View (801) 206-9596
Photo of Ben Saxey, Physician Assistant in Kaysville, UT
Ben Saxey
Physician Assistant, PA-C, Psych
Verified Verified
Layton, UT 84040
I am 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.
I am 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
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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
Photo of Colin Riley, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Kaysville, UT
Colin Riley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Layton, UT 84040
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

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Kaysville, UT

< 10

Psychiatrists in Kaysville, UT who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Medication Management
88% Bipolar Disorder
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
75% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Kaysville, UT see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

63% Female
37% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Kaysville?

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.