Psychiatrists in Salt Lake City, UT

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Emily Van Os
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Salt Lake City, UT 84109  (Online Only)
Hello! I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and my passion is helping individuals achieve their mental health goals. I look at health from an evidence based integrative perspective and value finding the root causes of imbalances leading to mental health concerns. There are often medical issues that contribute to mental health symptoms, including hormone or nutritional imbalances. I will work with each person to find an optimal treatment plan that takes medical and emotional factors into consideration. I look forward to working with you!
Hello! I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and my passion is helping individuals achieve their mental health goals. I look at health from an evidence based integrative perspective and value finding the root causes of imbalances leading to mental health concerns. There are often medical issues that contribute to mental health symptoms, including hormone or nutritional imbalances. I will work with each person to find an optimal treatment plan that takes medical and emotional factors into consideration. I look forward to working with you!
(801) 609-6823 View (801) 609-6823
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Sam Everett
Physician Assistant, PA-C, MPAS, CAQ-PSY, MPH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Salt Lake City, UT 84115  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
NOT accepting new patients at this time
NOT accepting new patients at this time
(385) 832-7458 View (385) 832-7458
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Dr. Dallas Bowles
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
Accepting new patients with HMHI-BHN, Aetna, BlueCross/ BlueShield, or self-pay! I specialize in treating adults, and offer a range of mental health services, including diagnostic evaluation, psychotherapy, and medication prescription. I believe in holistic treatment for mental health issues and use the bio-psycho-social model. I want to help you progress on your path to supporting your well-being. I focus on depression, anxiety, OCD, and ADHD.
Accepting new patients with HMHI-BHN, Aetna, BlueCross/ BlueShield, or self-pay! I specialize in treating adults, and offer a range of mental health services, including diagnostic evaluation, psychotherapy, and medication prescription. I believe in holistic treatment for mental health issues and use the bio-psycho-social model. I want to help you progress on your path to supporting your well-being. I focus on depression, anxiety, OCD, and ADHD.
(435) 447-4435 View (435) 447-4435
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Erika Bales
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Salt Lake City, UT 84111  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients! Are you feeling overwhelmed? Taking the first step towards healing can be daunting, but you're not alone on this journey. I am here to help guide you towards a more fulfilling life with symptom relief. I believe in fostering a strong therapeutic alliance built on trust and respect. Together, we will create an effective treatment plan tailored to you. I combine evidence-based techniques with a holistic approach, taking into account your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. My goal is to support you in restoring and maintaining a healthier state of mind.
Accepting new patients! Are you feeling overwhelmed? Taking the first step towards healing can be daunting, but you're not alone on this journey. I am here to help guide you towards a more fulfilling life with symptom relief. I believe in fostering a strong therapeutic alliance built on trust and respect. Together, we will create an effective treatment plan tailored to you. I combine evidence-based techniques with a holistic approach, taking into account your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. My goal is to support you in restoring and maintaining a healthier state of mind.
(385) 327-8023 View (385) 327-8023
Marissa Sarhadi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Salt Lake City, UT 84103  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I work with adult clients suffering from depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, and mood instability. Many of my clients are dealing with emotional or behavioral issues related to modern life stresses and do not necessarily have a diagnosis (or "label"). Sometimes clients just need someone to maintain upkeep on ordering their medications and ensuring insurance coverage. I encourage people from all demographics and all backgrounds to have an open mind and reach out!
I work with adult clients suffering from depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, and mood instability. Many of my clients are dealing with emotional or behavioral issues related to modern life stresses and do not necessarily have a diagnosis (or "label"). Sometimes clients just need someone to maintain upkeep on ordering their medications and ensuring insurance coverage. I encourage people from all demographics and all backgrounds to have an open mind and reach out!
(385) 380-3962 View (385) 380-3962
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Dr. Alicia Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Salt Lake City, UT 84104  (Online Only)
My name is Dr. Johnson. I love to help people dealing with real-life issues including depression, anxiety, trauma and those struggling with self-defeating behaviors. Delivering a safe, comfortable, non-judgmental environment and making a difference is what it is all about. My passion is assisting others in their journey, will prescribe medication, if needed, as I can make a difference. I am here to help. WEBSITE: www.progressivepsych.org (Book Online Today!)
My name is Dr. Johnson. I love to help people dealing with real-life issues including depression, anxiety, trauma and those struggling with self-defeating behaviors. Delivering a safe, comfortable, non-judgmental environment and making a difference is what it is all about. My passion is assisting others in their journey, will prescribe medication, if needed, as I can make a difference. I am here to help. WEBSITE: www.progressivepsych.org (Book Online Today!)
(435) 677-5993 View (435) 677-5993
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Nancy Foster
Psychiatric Nurse, PhD, APRN
Verified Verified
Salt Lake City, UT 84109
Not accepting new clients
I believe that each patient has a right to choose his or her own path in treatment. My job is to guide you in understanding the medical causes, therapy options and potential results in order to enable your right to make informed choices about your mental health. I specialize in mental health issues as based on an integrative, evidence based approach to mind, body and spirit. I focus on identifying and treating the individual rather than the symptoms.
I believe that each patient has a right to choose his or her own path in treatment. My job is to guide you in understanding the medical causes, therapy options and potential results in order to enable your right to make informed choices about your mental health. I specialize in mental health issues as based on an integrative, evidence based approach to mind, body and spirit. I focus on identifying and treating the individual rather than the symptoms.
(801) 691-7064 x3 View (801) 691-7064 x3
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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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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
Salt Lake City, UT 84101  (Online Only)
We are board-certified to treat Children and Adults. Accepting new patients via telehealth visits in Utah for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups are $99. Accepting some insurances.
We are board-certified to treat Children and Adults. Accepting new patients via telehealth visits in Utah for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups are $99. Accepting some insurances.
(855) 789-3796 View (855) 789-3796
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Cultivating Clarity
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Salt Lake City, UT 84102
Oh, the comfort —the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person —having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away. —author Dinah María Mulock Craik
Oh, the comfort —the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person —having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away. —author Dinah María Mulock Craik
(385) 474-4319 View (385) 474-4319
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Connections Nursing Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Salt Lake City, UT 84116  (Online Only)
Life can be hard, especially when you’re worn down and experiencing mood instability such as anxiety, depression, and all of its accompanying challenges. These challenges may include insomnia, apathy, restlessness, cravings, hopelessness, panic symptoms, low self worth, obsessions and endless ruminating, thoughts of self harm, and many others. These issues and more often stem from an unstable mood and tendencies toward certain negative thoughts and emotions brought about by life’s unrelenting challenges.
Life can be hard, especially when you’re worn down and experiencing mood instability such as anxiety, depression, and all of its accompanying challenges. These challenges may include insomnia, apathy, restlessness, cravings, hopelessness, panic symptoms, low self worth, obsessions and endless ruminating, thoughts of self harm, and many others. These issues and more often stem from an unstable mood and tendencies toward certain negative thoughts and emotions brought about by life’s unrelenting challenges.
(210) 361-3795 View (210) 361-3795
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Lin Clark
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Salt Lake City, UT 84121  (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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Inner Mind Mental Health Services, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Individuals who are struggling with mental health issues are on the rise, especially considering all that has happened over the last few year. Struggling with mental health issues can be difficult and lead to feelings of hopelessness, making it hard to reach out for help. Please know that you are not alone, and that help is available. I received my MS in Health Education from Utah State University, my BSN from the University of Utah, and my MS in Nursing from Regis College. I have over 16 years of experience as a registered nurse in a variety of specialties including adult psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and substance abuse.
Individuals who are struggling with mental health issues are on the rise, especially considering all that has happened over the last few year. Struggling with mental health issues can be difficult and lead to feelings of hopelessness, making it hard to reach out for help. Please know that you are not alone, and that help is available. I received my MS in Health Education from Utah State University, my BSN from the University of Utah, and my MS in Nursing from Regis College. I have over 16 years of experience as a registered nurse in a variety of specialties including adult psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and substance abuse.
(385) 380-4243 View (385) 380-4243
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Jennifer Pemble Weakland
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, ANP
Verified Verified
Salt Lake City, UT 84124
Hi, I am accepting new patients. My sessions with you will focus on identifying your individual concerns, symptoms, and behaviors that you would like addressed. As a team, I will partner with you to target and address, the true underlying causes and factors, that prevent or inhibit you from living your ideal life. I provide therapy and medication management. In addition to treating depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, and other psychiatric disorders, I have a strong background and interest in working with clients dealing with chronic diseases and end of life issues.
Hi, I am accepting new patients. My sessions with you will focus on identifying your individual concerns, symptoms, and behaviors that you would like addressed. As a team, I will partner with you to target and address, the true underlying causes and factors, that prevent or inhibit you from living your ideal life. I provide therapy and medication management. In addition to treating depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, and other psychiatric disorders, I have a strong background and interest in working with clients dealing with chronic diseases and end of life issues.
(385) 336-0280 View (385) 336-0280
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Adam Ellis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Salt Lake City, UT 84116  (Online Only)
Adam Ellis is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He has earned degrees from the University of California, Irvine, The George Washington University, and most recently, a Master of Science in Nursing from The University of Pennsylvania. He has worked with both adult and adolescent psychiatric populations since 2015, and he enjoys engaging with diverse patients who have a broad range of mental health needs. While serving 20 years as a naval officer, Adam developed strong active listening skills and a high level of consideration and respect for others.
Adam Ellis is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He has earned degrees from the University of California, Irvine, The George Washington University, and most recently, a Master of Science in Nursing from The University of Pennsylvania. He has worked with both adult and adolescent psychiatric populations since 2015, and he enjoys engaging with diverse patients who have a broad range of mental health needs. While serving 20 years as a naval officer, Adam developed strong active listening skills and a high level of consideration and respect for others.
(206) 312-7679 x2 View (206) 312-7679 x2
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Dr. Morgan Alexander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Salt Lake City, UT 84150
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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Melissa Alm
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, BSN, RN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
Do you find that you are struggling more and more to manage work, home, school and stability in your relationships with family and friends? It is true that these overwhelming feelings and struggles can visit anyone from time to time throughout their lives. However, if their visits have become extended stays and then they have set up permanent residence that is affecting your ability to live your life - it may be time to reach out for some additional help.
Do you find that you are struggling more and more to manage work, home, school and stability in your relationships with family and friends? It is true that these overwhelming feelings and struggles can visit anyone from time to time throughout their lives. However, if their visits have become extended stays and then they have set up permanent residence that is affecting your ability to live your life - it may be time to reach out for some additional help.
(385) 489-1384 View (385) 489-1384
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Susie Wiet
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Salt Lake City, UT 84102
A mindful approach to psychiatry: integration of emotional regulation, biological underpinnings, and building resiliency for substantive healing and wellness. Prolonged distress and/or our genetics can lead to problems with our mood, thinking, energy, productivity, health, sleep, connection with self and others, stamina, behaviors, etc. We may feel as if something is wrong or that we are struggling with serious mood changes, gripping anxiety, unusual thoughts, various addictions, physical symptoms, and more. We may find ourselves lost, frozen, feeling vulnerable and start the search for trusted help with which we resonate.
A mindful approach to psychiatry: integration of emotional regulation, biological underpinnings, and building resiliency for substantive healing and wellness. Prolonged distress and/or our genetics can lead to problems with our mood, thinking, energy, productivity, health, sleep, connection with self and others, stamina, behaviors, etc. We may feel as if something is wrong or that we are struggling with serious mood changes, gripping anxiety, unusual thoughts, various addictions, physical symptoms, and more. We may find ourselves lost, frozen, feeling vulnerable and start the search for trusted help with which we resonate.
(801) 217-9553 View (801) 217-9553
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Krista Gusack
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Salt Lake City, UT 84105  (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
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Marco Rudas-Garcia
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Salt Lake City, UT 84119  (Online Only)
Hello! My name is Marco Rudas-Garcia. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from the University of Utah and subsequently earned a master's degree in nursing from Gonzaga University. My professional experience includes working in surgical trauma units and psychiatric units, and I have experience in caring for developmentally delayed populations with mental illness. Additionally, I have worked at the VA hospital in Salt Lake City, providing care to veterans. My professional interests lie in working with trauma patients, as well as individuals with anxiety, depression, and various other mental health needs.
Hello! My name is Marco Rudas-Garcia. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from the University of Utah and subsequently earned a master's degree in nursing from Gonzaga University. My professional experience includes working in surgical trauma units and psychiatric units, and I have experience in caring for developmentally delayed populations with mental illness. Additionally, I have worked at the VA hospital in Salt Lake City, providing care to veterans. My professional interests lie in working with trauma patients, as well as individuals with anxiety, depression, and various other mental health needs.
(541) 920-0824 x2 View (541) 920-0824 x2

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Number of Psychiatrists in Salt Lake City, UT

70+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in Salt Lake City, UT who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
94% Depression
86% Trauma and PTSD
86% Medication Management
82% Bipolar Disorder
76% ADHD
71% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

75% Cigna and Evernorth
70% Aetna
66% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Salt Lake City, UT see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

71% Female
28% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Salt Lake City?

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.