Psychiatrists in Grant County, WI

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Photo of Emily Longhenry, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Grant County, WI
Emily Longhenry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Platteville, WI 53818
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I provide psychiatric medication management to all ages. Telehealth appointments MAY be available ONLY after a face-to-face visit has been completed.
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I provide psychiatric medication management to all ages. Telehealth appointments MAY be available ONLY after a face-to-face visit has been completed.
(608) 557-4525 View (608) 557-4525

Online Psychiatrists

Photo of Allison Barton, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Grant County, WI
Allison Barton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Madison, WI 53719
Allison Barton is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner located in Madison, WI. Beginning August 2024, Allison is accepting new clients. She can prescribe psychiatric medications and provide therapy. Allison is trained in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), which is a therapy used to treat PTSD, anxiety, self esteem concerns, and panic. She has experience serving individuals with diverse psychiatric conditions including mood disorders, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, eating disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and substance use.
Allison Barton is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner located in Madison, WI. Beginning August 2024, Allison is accepting new clients. She can prescribe psychiatric medications and provide therapy. Allison is trained in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), which is a therapy used to treat PTSD, anxiety, self esteem concerns, and panic. She has experience serving individuals with diverse psychiatric conditions including mood disorders, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, eating disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and substance use.
(608) 274-0355 View (608) 274-0355
Photo of Monika Zawadzka, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Grant County, WI
Monika Zawadzka
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN (C
Verified Verified
Madison, WI 53713
Monika Zawadzka is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Wisconsin who has been practicing since 2017. Monika believes she can help her clients by listening to their concerns, educating them about their illness and medications, and by including them in the process of developing a treatment plan. They are more likely to respond better to treatment when they understand it and when they are a part of the team. Outside of work, Monika enjoys hiking, biking, reading, writing, and spending time with family and friends.
Monika Zawadzka is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Wisconsin who has been practicing since 2017. Monika believes she can help her clients by listening to their concerns, educating them about their illness and medications, and by including them in the process of developing a treatment plan. They are more likely to respond better to treatment when they understand it and when they are a part of the team. Outside of work, Monika enjoys hiking, biking, reading, writing, and spending time with family and friends.
(608) 736-1381 View (608) 736-1381
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Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Madison, WI 53703
Dr. Shah is welcoming new patients for video appointments. As a Board-certified M.D. psychiatrist, he specializes in assessing and treating anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD and other psychiatric issues. A holistic provider, he combines non-pharmacologic approaches - including psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy - in addition to medication. He utilizes such therapeutic modalities in medication management appointments as well as dedicated therapy sessions. Consequently, patients benefit from well-integrated treatment that is both systematic and thorough.
Dr. Shah is welcoming new patients for video appointments. As a Board-certified M.D. psychiatrist, he specializes in assessing and treating anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD and other psychiatric issues. A holistic provider, he combines non-pharmacologic approaches - including psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy - in addition to medication. He utilizes such therapeutic modalities in medication management appointments as well as dedicated therapy sessions. Consequently, patients benefit from well-integrated treatment that is both systematic and thorough.
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Reworking Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Madison, WI 53705
In my 20 years of psychiatric practice in hospital, outpatient, community, and municipal settings, I've witnessed and participated in harms perpetrated by a profit-driven, dehumanizing health care system. After trying to provide the best care possible from within, I came to see it as incompatible with my ethics. Reworking Psychiatry is a fully independent practice committed to reducing and repairing harms caused by the medical and mental health system. Most of my clients have experienced injury from prior treatment, and I aim to provide respectful and reparative care, specializing in medication tapering and careful deprescribing.
In my 20 years of psychiatric practice in hospital, outpatient, community, and municipal settings, I've witnessed and participated in harms perpetrated by a profit-driven, dehumanizing health care system. After trying to provide the best care possible from within, I came to see it as incompatible with my ethics. Reworking Psychiatry is a fully independent practice committed to reducing and repairing harms caused by the medical and mental health system. Most of my clients have experienced injury from prior treatment, and I aim to provide respectful and reparative care, specializing in medication tapering and careful deprescribing.
(608) 544-8814 View (608) 544-8814
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Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
La Crosse, WI 54601
Dr. Shah is welcoming new patients for video appointments. As a Board-certified M.D. psychiatrist, he specializes in assessing and treating anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD and other psychiatric issues. A holistic provider, he combines non-pharmacologic approaches - including psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy - in addition to medication. He utilizes such therapeutic modalities in medication management appointments as well as dedicated therapy sessions. Consequently, patients benefit from well-integrated treatment that is both systematic and thorough.
Dr. Shah is welcoming new patients for video appointments. As a Board-certified M.D. psychiatrist, he specializes in assessing and treating anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD and other psychiatric issues. A holistic provider, he combines non-pharmacologic approaches - including psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy - in addition to medication. He utilizes such therapeutic modalities in medication management appointments as well as dedicated therapy sessions. Consequently, patients benefit from well-integrated treatment that is both systematic and thorough.
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Dr. Erica Larson
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
La Crosse, WI 54602
I take an approach that is comprehensive and holistic, integrating all aspects of wellness and functionality. I am compassionate and listen to my patients, spending time figuring out core challenges they face and how this has contributed to what they are experiencing as well as how we can identify strengths and provide tangible tools to get them better. I utilize personalized medicine to guide treatment recommendations and partner with my patients to develop individualized care plans. Sustainable life changes occur with decision making that is informed and purposeful, guided by an individuals' unique values and goals.
I take an approach that is comprehensive and holistic, integrating all aspects of wellness and functionality. I am compassionate and listen to my patients, spending time figuring out core challenges they face and how this has contributed to what they are experiencing as well as how we can identify strengths and provide tangible tools to get them better. I utilize personalized medicine to guide treatment recommendations and partner with my patients to develop individualized care plans. Sustainable life changes occur with decision making that is informed and purposeful, guided by an individuals' unique values and goals.
(608) 557-3347 View (608) 557-3347
Photo of Monica Gorski, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Grant County, WI
Monica Gorski
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APNP, APRN, ARNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
La Crosse, WI 54601
At the core of my work is a radical healing relationship that attunes to whatever is calling for your attention. Whatever feelings or parts of you you've learned were unlovable, unacceptable, or bad, I welcome here. Together, we can sensitively tune in and learn to see and relate to these parts differently. I help people remember how to be with themselves, the sensations in their body, their messy humanness, and their awe-inspiring magic. Here, your autonomy is central, and your care is organically holistic.
At the core of my work is a radical healing relationship that attunes to whatever is calling for your attention. Whatever feelings or parts of you you've learned were unlovable, unacceptable, or bad, I welcome here. Together, we can sensitively tune in and learn to see and relate to these parts differently. I help people remember how to be with themselves, the sensations in their body, their messy humanness, and their awe-inspiring magic. Here, your autonomy is central, and your care is organically holistic.
(608) 433-2482 View (608) 433-2482
Photo of Denise Matel-Anderson, Psychiatric Nurse in Grant County, WI
Denise Matel-Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse, APNP, RN
Verified Verified
Madison, WI 53717
I am a compassionate practitioner with a doctorate in nursing and dual certifications as a Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP). In addition to working as a PMHNP, I was a lecturer and clinical instructor for undergraduate nursing students, published research on a variety of mental health topics, and provided medical care at a psychiatric hospital for adults and children/adolescents. My research focuses on resilience, positive thinking, and resourcefulness in vulnerable populations. In practice, I treat a broad range of mental health concerns for adults.
I am a compassionate practitioner with a doctorate in nursing and dual certifications as a Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP). In addition to working as a PMHNP, I was a lecturer and clinical instructor for undergraduate nursing students, published research on a variety of mental health topics, and provided medical care at a psychiatric hospital for adults and children/adolescents. My research focuses on resilience, positive thinking, and resourcefulness in vulnerable populations. In practice, I treat a broad range of mental health concerns for adults.
(608) 736-1355 View (608) 736-1355
Photo of Amy Kuritz, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Grant County, WI
Amy Kuritz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APNP, MA
Verified Verified
Madison, WI 53717
I would like to help people struggling with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, or ADHD.
I would like to help people struggling with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, or ADHD.
(608) 560-5883 View (608) 560-5883
Photo of Molly Lubin, Psychiatrist in Grant County, WI
Molly Lubin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Madison, WI 53703
Are you feeling depressed, anxious, confused, or stuck? I listen closely to your story, and through supportive, careful exploration, we work to increase your understanding of yourself and of the causes of your symptoms. We build on this to reduce symptoms and help you create positive change in your life. A warm and accepting therapy relationship, where you get to be seen and heard as you, can be transformative. I also prescribe medication when needed.
Are you feeling depressed, anxious, confused, or stuck? I listen closely to your story, and through supportive, careful exploration, we work to increase your understanding of yourself and of the causes of your symptoms. We build on this to reduce symptoms and help you create positive change in your life. A warm and accepting therapy relationship, where you get to be seen and heard as you, can be transformative. I also prescribe medication when needed.
(608) 579-3241 View (608) 579-3241
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Mental Health for Women: Medication Management
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, APNP
Verified Verified
Madison, WI 53716
I provide counseling and psychiatric medication management. I collaborate with the patient regarding medication options. It's important that I understand the patient's story and experience in order to select appropriate medication/s. My specialities includes working with people with addictions, anxiety disorders, attention deficit disorders (ADD), mood disorders, and PTSD.
I provide counseling and psychiatric medication management. I collaborate with the patient regarding medication options. It's important that I understand the patient's story and experience in order to select appropriate medication/s. My specialities includes working with people with addictions, anxiety disorders, attention deficit disorders (ADD), mood disorders, and PTSD.
(608) 333-9030 View (608) 333-9030
Photo of Bronwyn Dilley, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Grant County, WI
Bronwyn Dilley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Middleton, WI 53562
Bronwyn Dilley is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Wisconsin who has been practicing since 1999. She has a master's degree in Family Nursing and Psychiatric mental health. Bronwyn has a good understanding about how mental health disorders affect the brain. She educates people about the medications and how they work to treat mental disorders. Bronwyn uses a holistic approach using diet, exercise, and sleep hygiene with counseling and medications to treat the mental issues. Outside of work, Bronwyn enjoys golf, gardening, and cooking.
Bronwyn Dilley is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Wisconsin who has been practicing since 1999. She has a master's degree in Family Nursing and Psychiatric mental health. Bronwyn has a good understanding about how mental health disorders affect the brain. She educates people about the medications and how they work to treat mental disorders. Bronwyn uses a holistic approach using diet, exercise, and sleep hygiene with counseling and medications to treat the mental issues. Outside of work, Bronwyn enjoys golf, gardening, and cooking.
(608) 292-4917 View (608) 292-4917
Photo of Eunjin Jang, Psychiatrist in Grant County, WI
Eunjin Jang
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Madison, WI 53713  (Online Only)
Dr. Eunjin Jang is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. She received her medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and completed her residency training at the University of Chicago, where she was chief resident. Dr. Jang aims to help patients achieve optimal health and functioning by providing compassionate and thorough care. Education is an important part of the treatment plan, as it allows patients to actively participate in their care. She specializes in treating a wide range of psychiatric conditions including, but not limited to, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and OCD.
Dr. Eunjin Jang is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. She received her medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and completed her residency training at the University of Chicago, where she was chief resident. Dr. Jang aims to help patients achieve optimal health and functioning by providing compassionate and thorough care. Education is an important part of the treatment plan, as it allows patients to actively participate in their care. She specializes in treating a wide range of psychiatric conditions including, but not limited to, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and OCD.
(833) 351-8255 View (833) 351-8255
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Nesrin Abu Ata
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Madison, WI 53711
We all tend to seek help when what we are doing is no longer working, or we feel stuck , dissatisfied or our life is out of control, or someone we care about says that we should get help. I view these pivotal moments as potential moments of alchemy, if we are willing to be mindful with what is, staying with our experience and working through it. Remaining mindFUL allows the experience to teach us what we are supposed to learn, if we are open to it. I am here to support you as you go through your journey, face your challenges, identify patterns with you that keep you feel stuck so that you can be more free to be your best self.
We all tend to seek help when what we are doing is no longer working, or we feel stuck , dissatisfied or our life is out of control, or someone we care about says that we should get help. I view these pivotal moments as potential moments of alchemy, if we are willing to be mindful with what is, staying with our experience and working through it. Remaining mindFUL allows the experience to teach us what we are supposed to learn, if we are open to it. I am here to support you as you go through your journey, face your challenges, identify patterns with you that keep you feel stuck so that you can be more free to be your best self.
(712) 481-9529 View (712) 481-9529
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Undivided Attention, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse, APNP, FNP-BC, ADC-C, ADHD, CCSP
Verified Verified
Madison, WI 53719
Kelly Pickens is an ADHD Certified Family Nurse Practitioner who works with adults and older adolescents with ADHD. She has extensive training in the underlying mechanisms of ADHD. Kelly understands the struggles people with ADHD experience, which go way beyond not being able to pay attention. There is a lot of misinformation and negative bias about ADHD among the public, in the media, and even in the clinical setting. People face significant challenges when trying to find a provider/doctor/clinician who fully understands ADHD and can diagnose and effectively treat the disorder with expertise and compassion.
Kelly Pickens is an ADHD Certified Family Nurse Practitioner who works with adults and older adolescents with ADHD. She has extensive training in the underlying mechanisms of ADHD. Kelly understands the struggles people with ADHD experience, which go way beyond not being able to pay attention. There is a lot of misinformation and negative bias about ADHD among the public, in the media, and even in the clinical setting. People face significant challenges when trying to find a provider/doctor/clinician who fully understands ADHD and can diagnose and effectively treat the disorder with expertise and compassion.
(608) 591-5013 View (608) 591-5013
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Prescribers Group
Psychiatrist, GP, MD, Network
Verified Verified
Madison, WI 53705
We are a network of psychiatric prescribers including physicians, GP psychiatric prescribers, and NPs, serving throughout Wisconsin. When you come in to our clinic or we see you via telehealth, we assist our patients and clients by working collaboratively with them to reach their treatment goals. We specialize in medication management & therapy for stress, OCD, anxiety, and ADHD management. We are also passionate about working with our college and graduate students, working professionals, and LGBTQ+ community.
We are a network of psychiatric prescribers including physicians, GP psychiatric prescribers, and NPs, serving throughout Wisconsin. When you come in to our clinic or we see you via telehealth, we assist our patients and clients by working collaboratively with them to reach their treatment goals. We specialize in medication management & therapy for stress, OCD, anxiety, and ADHD management. We are also passionate about working with our college and graduate students, working professionals, and LGBTQ+ community.
(608) 736-9537 View (608) 736-9537
Photo of Dileep Borra, Psychiatrist in Grant County, WI
Dileep Borra
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Onalaska, WI 54650
My clinic is named Being You Mental Health because I believe "being you" is a unique experience, and I feel honored to help my patients overcome barriers to becoming their most authentic and unique selves. I employ a strengths-based, patient-centered, and collaborative approach and I combine psychotherapy with psychiatric medication management (only if needed) to help my patients achieve the most improvement in their mental health and functioning. The electronic medical record I use is Luminello. Patients will have access to a patient portal (similar to mychart for epic) through which secure documents and messages can be exchanged
My clinic is named Being You Mental Health because I believe "being you" is a unique experience, and I feel honored to help my patients overcome barriers to becoming their most authentic and unique selves. I employ a strengths-based, patient-centered, and collaborative approach and I combine psychotherapy with psychiatric medication management (only if needed) to help my patients achieve the most improvement in their mental health and functioning. The electronic medical record I use is Luminello. Patients will have access to a patient portal (similar to mychart for epic) through which secure documents and messages can be exchanged
(608) 975-3292 View (608) 975-3292
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Nora Hill
Physician Assistant, PA-C, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Madison, WI 53717
During initial visits, I provide a thorough examination of the psychological, physiological, and social etiologies of a patient's symptoms. With that foundation, I can offer the most appropriate and beneficial recommendations for pharmacotherapy and counseling. My holistic clinical approach encompasses the mind-body connection. I incorporate into my recommendations on compassion and mindfulness practices, proper nutrition and sleep, joyful movement, as well as medication in the creation and maintenance of overall well-being.
During initial visits, I provide a thorough examination of the psychological, physiological, and social etiologies of a patient's symptoms. With that foundation, I can offer the most appropriate and beneficial recommendations for pharmacotherapy and counseling. My holistic clinical approach encompasses the mind-body connection. I incorporate into my recommendations on compassion and mindfulness practices, proper nutrition and sleep, joyful movement, as well as medication in the creation and maintenance of overall well-being.
(608) 812-8156 View (608) 812-8156
Photo of Wagdy Adly Khalil, Psychiatrist in Grant County, WI
Wagdy Adly Khalil
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Waunakee, WI 53597  (Online Only)
Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist.
Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist.
(608) 856-3305 View (608) 856-3305

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Number of Psychiatrists in Grant County, WI

< 10

Psychiatrists in Grant County, WI who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Addiction
100% Child
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

4 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% The Alliance
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Grant County, WI see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Grant County?

The Psychology Today Directory enables you to search specifically for psychiatrists, using the drop down provider menu in the navigation bar, by city or zip code, or by the name of the psychiatrist. Search results provide detailed profiles of professionals, including their treatment approach and areas of expertise. In addition, listings provide important information about each psychiatrist’s credentials, fees, payment options, and insurance affiliations. Directory users can select psychiatrists who meet an array of personally-desired criteria, such as familiarity with a specific community or condition.

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

Psychiatrists are medical specialists who focus on understanding, diagnosing, and treating diseases of the brain and disorders of the mind and behavior. As physicians, psychiatrists are trained to recognize the often-subtle biological causes of mental disorders and to monitor the effects of mental disturbances on physical conditions, such as heart disease. Psychologists are especially attuned to the influence of early experience on development and behavior, emotional and cognitive processes, the nature of personality, and social functioning. They are also trained to deploy an array of psychological tests—IQ tests, personality tests, behavioral assessments—to gauge a person’s functioning.

What is a psychiatric nurse practitioner?

A psychiatric nurse practitioner, also known as a mental health nurse practitioner, is a registered nurse who completes advanced training in psychiatric care, earning either a master’s or doctoral degree in psychiatric nursing, and in the U.S., passes a national certification exam. Like psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health conditions. In some locales, psychiatric nurse practitioners can offer the full range of psychiatric care, including prescribing and managing medication. In other places, they must work in collaboration with a physician.

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed psychiatrist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and counselors. All psychiatrists listed in the directory have a valid license issued by the state(s) in which they practice and are certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some individuals or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

Can a psychiatrist prescribe medication?

Psychiatrists are licensed medical doctors who are trained to recognize the many ways body processes affect the functioning of the brain and mind. As physicians, they can prescribe medication. Patients who are prescribed medications will typically need to continue to see a psychiatrist so that the effects of the medication can be monitored. For many psychiatric conditions, including common disorders such as anxiety and depression, the preferred treatment is combination therapy—medication accompanied by psychotherapy.

Do psychiatrists offer therapy?

Psychiatrists are generally trained in a number of treatment modalities, including psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, and, increasingly, somatic therapies. Typically, psychiatrists make a diagnosis and determine a course of treatment based on chemical or biological factors, using lab tests, brain scans and physical and psychological evaluations. While psychotherapy may be used in the first session to aid in diagnosis, it is not typically utilized in subsequent visits. In fact, after the introductory session, most sessions with a psychiatrist may only be 15-20 minutes in length and are largely focused on medication management. Many psychiatrists who do not offer psychotherapy work collaboratively with psychologists and other mental health clinicians and can refer clients seeking talk therapy to those providers.

How do I know if I need a psychiatrist or a therapist?

It is not always easy to know which type of mental health practitioner to choose. Many people are unaware of the root of their mental or behavioral problem. One way many people learn which type of care is best for them is by seeing their primary care provider first. Depending on the nature and severity of the symptoms, the physician may review their medical history or perform medical tests to determine whether biological factors are involved before making a referral. It is not necessary for a person to know precisely what type of care they need in order to seek help. Many psychiatrists and psychologists refer clients to each other depending on client needs.

Do I need a referral to see a psychiatrist?

A referral to a psychiatrist is often not required. However, seeing your primary care physician first can be helpful and actually prove to be a shortcut to getting what you need. Your PCP may have a clear idea whether psychiatric help is needed and/or which kind of mental health care would be most beneficial and refer you to the right type of practitioner. For that reason alone, some psychiatrists require a referral. Further, many insurance plans require a referral from a PCP if they cover all of part of the cost of seeing a specialist; if, however, you are paying out of pocket, you may not need a referral. In any case, a referral may speed the process of securing an appointment with a psychiatrist, especially in areas where there is a shortage of mental health specialists and new patients face long waits for appointments.