Psychiatrists in Layton, UT

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Sherrie Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Layton, UT 84040
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).
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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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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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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Ben Saxey
Physician Assistant, PA-C, Psych
Verified Verified
Layton, UT 84040
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.
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
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Alliant Behavioral Health of Utah, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, AGACNP, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Layton, UT 84041
Anna is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and also an Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. She graduated with a DNP from the University of Utah then went on to get her PMHNP post-Master’s certificate from Maryville University of St. Louis. She is board certified to treat all ages and part of her training was with our NP Beth Harrop for more than a year. Anna’s background is in critical care nursing and cardiology. She is excited to join our team and advocates a combined approach to treatment, including psychotherapy and medication.
Anna is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and also an Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. She graduated with a DNP from the University of Utah then went on to get her PMHNP post-Master’s certificate from Maryville University of St. Louis. She is board certified to treat all ages and part of her training was with our NP Beth Harrop for more than a year. Anna’s background is in critical care nursing and cardiology. She is excited to join our team and advocates a combined approach to treatment, including psychotherapy and medication.
(385) 231-2145 View (385) 231-2145
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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
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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Brett Sharp
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Layton, UT 84040
Dr. Brett Sharp is a triple board-certified (pediatrics, child psychiatry and adult psychiatry) physician with experience treating adults, children and adolescents. He has extensive experience in treating all aspects of medical, behavioral and developmental problems in children and adolescents. He also has extensive experience in both outpatient and inpatient adult psychiatry.
Dr. Brett Sharp is a triple board-certified (pediatrics, child psychiatry and adult psychiatry) physician with experience treating adults, children and adolescents. He has extensive experience in treating all aspects of medical, behavioral and developmental problems in children and adolescents. He also has extensive experience in both outpatient and inpatient adult psychiatry.
(385) 557-8426 View (385) 557-8426
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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
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Alana Jacobs-Davis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Layton, UT 84041  (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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Tonya Hood
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Layton, UT 84040
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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Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Layton, UT 84041
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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Dr. Morgan Alexander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Layton, UT 84041
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
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Aubri Hansen
Psychiatric Nurse, APRN, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Layton, UT 84041
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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Andrea Beckstrom
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Layton, UT 84041
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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Clear Sky Psychiatry & Therapy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Layton, UT 84040
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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Melanie Nielsen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Layton, UT 84041
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

More Psychiatrists Nearby

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Steven K Elrod
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Clearfield, UT 84015  (Online Only)
Do you or your family need Medication or Therapy for Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Anger, or PTSD? A full psychiatric evaluation and research-proven effective treatment options including medication and psychotherapy could put you back on the healthy path.
Do you or your family need Medication or Therapy for Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Anger, or PTSD? A full psychiatric evaluation and research-proven effective treatment options including medication and psychotherapy could put you back on the healthy path.
(801) 448-0102 View (801) 448-0102
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Sarah T Porter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ogden, UT 84405
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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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

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Layton, UT

10+

Average cost per session

$175

Psychiatrists in Layton, UT who prioritize treating:

94% Depression
94% Medication Management
88% Anxiety
82% Bipolar Disorder
76% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
76% Trauma and PTSD
65% ADHD

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Regence
100% SelectHealth

How Psychiatrists in Layton, UT see their clients

95% In Person and Online
5% Online Only

Gender breakdown

85% Female
15% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Layton?

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.