Psychiatrists in Utah

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Photo of Balance Psychiatric Services, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Utah
Balance Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PHMNP
Verified Verified
Salt Lake City, UT 84102  (Online Only)
We understand that you are coming to us at one of the most vulnerable and difficult times in your life. We will listen to your concerns without judgement and offer a safe space to overcome your unique challenges. We are here to help if you are struggling with overwhelming feelings of sadness, irritability, anxious thoughts, or chaotic shifts in your mood. We can assess for ADHD if you feel unable to focus or struggle with completing tasks without distraction. We are experienced in providing trauma informed care.
We understand that you are coming to us at one of the most vulnerable and difficult times in your life. We will listen to your concerns without judgement and offer a safe space to overcome your unique challenges. We are here to help if you are struggling with overwhelming feelings of sadness, irritability, anxious thoughts, or chaotic shifts in your mood. We can assess for ADHD if you feel unable to focus or struggle with completing tasks without distraction. We are experienced in providing trauma informed care.
(801) 742-8098 View (801) 742-8098
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Dr. Morgan Alexander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
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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Photo of Lori Jardine, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Utah
Lori Jardine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Saint George, UT 84770
My life's journey is to inspire others to live their best lives by reaching their greatest potential. I find strength in doing hard things and am driven to accomplish any goal. My most important contribution to the people in my life will be to teach them how to accomplish their dreams no matter how impossible they may seem. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner, it is my goal to help those who struggle with mental health to be able to live their best lives as soon as possible.
My life's journey is to inspire others to live their best lives by reaching their greatest potential. I find strength in doing hard things and am driven to accomplish any goal. My most important contribution to the people in my life will be to teach them how to accomplish their dreams no matter how impossible they may seem. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner, it is my goal to help those who struggle with mental health to be able to live their best lives as soon as possible.
(435) 500-6529 View (435) 500-6529
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Dynamic Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
South Jordan, UT 84095
Want to get both medication management and therapy in one place and be seen within a week by providers with decades of experience? We can help! Over 95% of our patients are seen in less than a week of calling and every provider is either a physician or directly trained by physicians. We accept anyone 12+ years old and take virtually all insurances. Call to setup your first appointment.
Want to get both medication management and therapy in one place and be seen within a week by providers with decades of experience? We can help! Over 95% of our patients are seen in less than a week of calling and every provider is either a physician or directly trained by physicians. We accept anyone 12+ years old and take virtually all insurances. Call to setup your first appointment.
(385) 475-4049 View (385) 475-4049
Photo of Lin Clark, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Utah
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
Photo of Dr. Ronil Shah, Psychiatrist in Utah
Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Ogden, UT 84401
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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Photo of Megan Konopacke, Psychiatric Nurse in Utah
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
Photo of Melissa Alm, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Utah
Melissa Alm
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, BSN, RN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
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
Photo of Deven Jennings, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Utah
Deven Jennings
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
American Fork, UT 84003
Deven Jennings earned his Doctor of Nursing Practice with an emphasis in Psychiatric-Mental Health in May of 2021. He has worked in mental health for the past 5 years in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric services. Deven graduated from Brigham Young University in April 2016 and joined Huntsman Mental Health Institute on the geriatric and medical psychiatric unit in inpatient services. He worked for 2 years as a charge nurse before returning to graduate school to earn his DNP. He worked as a graduate assistant and outpatient psychiatric nurse with the College of Nursing at the University of Utah.
Deven Jennings earned his Doctor of Nursing Practice with an emphasis in Psychiatric-Mental Health in May of 2021. He has worked in mental health for the past 5 years in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric services. Deven graduated from Brigham Young University in April 2016 and joined Huntsman Mental Health Institute on the geriatric and medical psychiatric unit in inpatient services. He worked for 2 years as a charge nurse before returning to graduate school to earn his DNP. He worked as a graduate assistant and outpatient psychiatric nurse with the College of Nursing at the University of Utah.
(385) 308-0052 View (385) 308-0052
Photo of Ben Saxey, Physician Assistant in Utah
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
Photo of Carian McLean, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Utah
Carian McLean
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, CNM, PMHNP, PMH-C
Verified Verified
Millcreek, UT 84124
Centering Psychiatry is accepting new clients - a consultation phone call or initial visit can be scheduled on our website. The practice provides thoughtful and individualized mental healthcare including medication management with the goal to improve daily emotional wellbeing for each client. Utilizing a holistic approach, we consider the impact of stress, sleep structure, nutrition, relationship dynamics, and thinking patterns on emotional health, coupled with thoughtful medication therapy. Centering Psychiatry approaches every client with trauma informed and LGBTQ+ affirming care.
Centering Psychiatry is accepting new clients - a consultation phone call or initial visit can be scheduled on our website. The practice provides thoughtful and individualized mental healthcare including medication management with the goal to improve daily emotional wellbeing for each client. Utilizing a holistic approach, we consider the impact of stress, sleep structure, nutrition, relationship dynamics, and thinking patterns on emotional health, coupled with thoughtful medication therapy. Centering Psychiatry approaches every client with trauma informed and LGBTQ+ affirming care.
(385) 743-1995 View (385) 743-1995
Photo of Courtney Marden, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Utah
Courtney Marden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
American Fork, UT 84003
As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, Courtney Marden is trained to treat the whole patient. Mental health is influenced by many factors, including stress, home environment, past history, medical conditions, and lifestyle considerations. Courtney Marden takes all of these factors into consideration and ensures that you are an equal partner in your mental health treatment.
As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, Courtney Marden is trained to treat the whole patient. Mental health is influenced by many factors, including stress, home environment, past history, medical conditions, and lifestyle considerations. Courtney Marden takes all of these factors into consideration and ensures that you are an equal partner in your mental health treatment.
(801) 369-8989 View (801) 369-8989
Photo of Michael Miles, Physician Assistant in Utah
Michael Miles
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Draper, UT 84020
Mike graduated from the University of Utah physician assistant program and immediately pursued his doctorate degree from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. He completed the psychiatry track of the Doctor of Medical Science (DMSc) degree where he received additional education about the physiology of mental health conditions, psychiatric diagnosis, treatment, and therapy modalities like cognitive behavioral therapy.
Mike graduated from the University of Utah physician assistant program and immediately pursued his doctorate degree from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. He completed the psychiatry track of the Doctor of Medical Science (DMSc) degree where he received additional education about the physiology of mental health conditions, psychiatric diagnosis, treatment, and therapy modalities like cognitive behavioral therapy.
(385) 485-8061 View (385) 485-8061
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Dr. Vineka Heeramun
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West Jordan, UT 84088
Feeling overwhelmed? Feel like you’re stuck? Disconnected, sad, down? Sleepless nights? Riddled with worry, anxiety, or panic? Feeling like you cant get going, get things done no matter how hard you try? Have You or a loved one been struggling with mood changes or psychosis? Suffered from trauma? Have you been hesitant to seek help despite your struggles? If you answered yes to any of the above, you are at right place.Now is the time to reach out. Your life does not need to be miserable, you deserve better. Let us help you, so you can achieve your goals.
Feeling overwhelmed? Feel like you’re stuck? Disconnected, sad, down? Sleepless nights? Riddled with worry, anxiety, or panic? Feeling like you cant get going, get things done no matter how hard you try? Have You or a loved one been struggling with mood changes or psychosis? Suffered from trauma? Have you been hesitant to seek help despite your struggles? If you answered yes to any of the above, you are at right place.Now is the time to reach out. Your life does not need to be miserable, you deserve better. Let us help you, so you can achieve your goals.
(801) 683-5133 View (801) 683-5133
Photo of Dr. Megan Kimberly, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Utah
Dr. Megan Kimberly
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP CNM, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Midvale, UT 84047
Now Accepting New Clients! I am passionate about helping clients with a variety of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, trauma, life transitions, substance use, self-esteem, and identity struggles. My approach to treatment includes not just medication management, but providing a supportive environment to explore new coping strategies. I strive to establish a strong therapeutic alliance built on trust, empathy, and respect that fosters a sense of security and encourages open communication. The goal of our visits is not just symptom relief, but to increase self-awareness, resiliency, and quality of life.
Now Accepting New Clients! I am passionate about helping clients with a variety of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, trauma, life transitions, substance use, self-esteem, and identity struggles. My approach to treatment includes not just medication management, but providing a supportive environment to explore new coping strategies. I strive to establish a strong therapeutic alliance built on trust, empathy, and respect that fosters a sense of security and encourages open communication. The goal of our visits is not just symptom relief, but to increase self-awareness, resiliency, and quality of life.
(801) 758-2138 View (801) 758-2138
Photo of Dave Lindsay, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Utah
Dave Lindsay
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
My focus is to help individuals heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths. I achieve this by providing a neutral safe space, listening to your concerns, and customizing a treatment plan that may include therapy with medication management. My experience enables me to offer effective outpatient, individualized, psychiatry care. I treat a number of mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, bipolar disorders.
My focus is to help individuals heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths. I achieve this by providing a neutral safe space, listening to your concerns, and customizing a treatment plan that may include therapy with medication management. My experience enables me to offer effective outpatient, individualized, psychiatry care. I treat a number of mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, bipolar disorders.
(385) 247-3012 View (385) 247-3012
Photo of Brett Sharp, Psychiatrist in Utah
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
Photo of Heather Dangerfield, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Utah
Heather Dangerfield
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-
Verified Verified
Riverton, UT 84096
Heather M. Dangerfield is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Utah who has been practicing since 2018. She has a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Utah and a Bachelor's of Nursing and Bachelor's in Psychology from Westminster College. As someone working in mental health for almost twenty years, Heather continues to have passion for treating each individual as just that, an individual with unique needs and perspectives who deserves tailored treatment instead of a one size fits all approach. Heather spends her free time spoiling her cat, reading, powerlifting, playing with Legos, and doing embroidery.
Heather M. Dangerfield is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Utah who has been practicing since 2018. She has a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Utah and a Bachelor's of Nursing and Bachelor's in Psychology from Westminster College. As someone working in mental health for almost twenty years, Heather continues to have passion for treating each individual as just that, an individual with unique needs and perspectives who deserves tailored treatment instead of a one size fits all approach. Heather spends her free time spoiling her cat, reading, powerlifting, playing with Legos, and doing embroidery.
(385) 367-2449 View (385) 367-2449
Photo of Dr. Brittany Bullock, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Utah
Dr. Brittany Bullock
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tooele, UT 84074
I am a compassionate and dedicated mental health professional with a genuine passion for helping individuals achieve optimal well-being. I firmly believe in the power of collaboration, working closely with each client to develop personalized treatment plans tailored to their unique needs and goals. Recognizing that mental health is a multi-faceted issue, I also emphasize the importance of self-care, stress management, and overall wellness in my practice. I educate and support my clients in adopting healthy lifestyle habits that contribute to their mental and emotional well-being.
I am a compassionate and dedicated mental health professional with a genuine passion for helping individuals achieve optimal well-being. I firmly believe in the power of collaboration, working closely with each client to develop personalized treatment plans tailored to their unique needs and goals. Recognizing that mental health is a multi-faceted issue, I also emphasize the importance of self-care, stress management, and overall wellness in my practice. I educate and support my clients in adopting healthy lifestyle habits that contribute to their mental and emotional well-being.
(435) 466-7099 View (435) 466-7099
Photo of McKenzie Reynolds, Physician Assistant in Utah
McKenzie Reynolds
Physician Assistant, MPAS, PA-C
Verified Verified
Sandy, UT 84094
Hello - I'm glad you're here! I provide medication management support with the Moving Forward Counseling team. Our multidisciplinary team provides individualized care to meet your healthcare needs. I have experience in family medicine, psychiatry, and addiction medicine. My goal is to empower you and support you in identifying and overcoming barriers that are preventing you from living your best life. I strongly believe in the power of holistic health and incorporate nutrition, exercise, and comprehensive lifestyle optimization into care plans to help you reach your health and wellness goals in all areas of your life.
Hello - I'm glad you're here! I provide medication management support with the Moving Forward Counseling team. Our multidisciplinary team provides individualized care to meet your healthcare needs. I have experience in family medicine, psychiatry, and addiction medicine. My goal is to empower you and support you in identifying and overcoming barriers that are preventing you from living your best life. I strongly believe in the power of holistic health and incorporate nutrition, exercise, and comprehensive lifestyle optimization into care plans to help you reach your health and wellness goals in all areas of your life.
(385) 899-2437 View (385) 899-2437

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Average cost per session

$175

Psychiatrists in Utah who prioritize treating:

89% Anxiety
88% Depression
79% Medication Management
75% Trauma and PTSD
74% Bipolar Disorder
72% ADHD
72% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

79% Cigna and Evernorth
77% BlueCross and BlueShield
76% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Utah see their clients

80% In Person and Online
20% Online Only

Gender breakdown

68% Female
31% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Utah?

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.