Psychiatrists in Wyoming

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Photo of Jennifer Foresman, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Wyoming
Jennifer Foresman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Jackson, WY 83002  (Online Only)
Do you feel like you’ve tried everything to overcome your mental illness? Are you suffering from persistent feelings of sadness, chaotic mood swings, or debilitating anxiety? You might not remember a time when you didn’t feel this way. You are desperate for relief but beginning to wonder if there is hope of feeling better. Clients come to me looking for a provider with the experience and knowledge to manage challenging chronic symptoms, because mental health treatment does not need to be a constant unconquerable quest.
Do you feel like you’ve tried everything to overcome your mental illness? Are you suffering from persistent feelings of sadness, chaotic mood swings, or debilitating anxiety? You might not remember a time when you didn’t feel this way. You are desperate for relief but beginning to wonder if there is hope of feeling better. Clients come to me looking for a provider with the experience and knowledge to manage challenging chronic symptoms, because mental health treatment does not need to be a constant unconquerable quest.
(878) 217-0931 View (878) 217-0931
Photo of Brian Schlidt, Psychiatrist in Wyoming
Brian Schlidt
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Casper, WY 82601
307 Psychiatry is accepting new patients! Is your current mental health plan not working well for you? Are you looking for outpatient stabilization, clarification on your diagnosis, or optimization of your regimen? My focus is to simplify treatment regimens and collaborate with your other existing providers to help you feel your best.
307 Psychiatry is accepting new patients! Is your current mental health plan not working well for you? Are you looking for outpatient stabilization, clarification on your diagnosis, or optimization of your regimen? My focus is to simplify treatment regimens and collaborate with your other existing providers to help you feel your best.
(307) 392-7407 View (307) 392-7407
Photo of Heather Judkins, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Wyoming
Heather Judkins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Lander, WY 82520
Heather is a compassionate and dedicated Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a profound passion for empowering individuals on their journey to mental wellness. Heather's roots in Wyoming have nurtured her commitment to serving the local community and fostering lasting relationships with her patients. Armed with a Bachelor's and Doctoral degrees in Nursing Practice from the University of Wyoming, Heather's academic background ensures a solid foundation in evidence-based care. With 10 years of experience in rural hospitals and community mental health settings in Montana and Wyoming, she brings a wealth of expertise to her practice.
Heather is a compassionate and dedicated Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a profound passion for empowering individuals on their journey to mental wellness. Heather's roots in Wyoming have nurtured her commitment to serving the local community and fostering lasting relationships with her patients. Armed with a Bachelor's and Doctoral degrees in Nursing Practice from the University of Wyoming, Heather's academic background ensures a solid foundation in evidence-based care. With 10 years of experience in rural hospitals and community mental health settings in Montana and Wyoming, she brings a wealth of expertise to her practice.
(307) 312-9224 View (307) 312-9224
Photo of Stuart Sugarman, Psychiatrist in Wyoming
Stuart Sugarman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Jackson, WY 83002
PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS: JUST CLICK ON LINK TO THE LEFT OR BELOW. --- In brief, we treat adults who have anxiety, depression and other psychological symptoms. we also treat couples/relationships, as well as CD experience. Dr. Fredstrom [the other psychiatrist in our practice] and I have been the only psychiatrists in the valley for most of the past 28 years - we know what it takes to treat folks in Jackson Hole! We are the most trained and most experienced mental health clinicians in the valley. We provide psychotherapy and psycho-pharmacology. Visit our website [see hyperlink on this page].
PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS: JUST CLICK ON LINK TO THE LEFT OR BELOW. --- In brief, we treat adults who have anxiety, depression and other psychological symptoms. we also treat couples/relationships, as well as CD experience. Dr. Fredstrom [the other psychiatrist in our practice] and I have been the only psychiatrists in the valley for most of the past 28 years - we know what it takes to treat folks in Jackson Hole! We are the most trained and most experienced mental health clinicians in the valley. We provide psychotherapy and psycho-pharmacology. Visit our website [see hyperlink on this page].
(307) 461-4037 View (307) 461-4037
Photo of Emily Bodner, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Wyoming
Emily Bodner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jackson, WY 83001
Emily has lived between Wyoming and Alaska the last 20 years. She has settled permanently in WY, raising her family there and enjoying all the outdoor adventures it has to offer. She graduated from University of Wyoming for her BSN and Frontier Nursing University with a MSN, now practicing as a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. ​
Emily has lived between Wyoming and Alaska the last 20 years. She has settled permanently in WY, raising her family there and enjoying all the outdoor adventures it has to offer. She graduated from University of Wyoming for her BSN and Frontier Nursing University with a MSN, now practicing as a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. ​
(307) 336-7041 View (307) 336-7041
Photo of Janet Louise Damiano, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Wyoming
Janet Louise Damiano
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN, MSN
Verified Verified
Worland, WY 82401
Worried that your medication is effecting your mental wellness? Let's unlock your path to mental well-being. I am an experienced psychiatric nurse practitioner who can provide you compassionate care, personalized treatment plans, through a mind-body approach.
Worried that your medication is effecting your mental wellness? Let's unlock your path to mental well-being. I am an experienced psychiatric nurse practitioner who can provide you compassionate care, personalized treatment plans, through a mind-body approach.
(307) 240-8752 View (307) 240-8752
Photo of Alecia White, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Wyoming
Alecia White
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cheyenne, WY 82001  (Online Only)
Telehealth Only - Accepting New Patients - Self-Scheduling. Specializes in: Psychiatric medication management, Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia, Mood disorders, and Trauma disorders. Now Accepting BlueCross BlueShield - Massachusetts.
Telehealth Only - Accepting New Patients - Self-Scheduling. Specializes in: Psychiatric medication management, Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia, Mood disorders, and Trauma disorders. Now Accepting BlueCross BlueShield - Massachusetts.
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Photo of Hannah Meier, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Wyoming
Hannah Meier
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Jackson, WY 83001
Welcome to Deep Roots Mental Health. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), dedicated to supporting individuals on their journey to mental well-bring. I strive to create a warm and non-judgmental environment where clients can explore their challenges and discover their inner strengths. I work with individuals on medication management, therapy, or a combination of both.
Welcome to Deep Roots Mental Health. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), dedicated to supporting individuals on their journey to mental well-bring. I strive to create a warm and non-judgmental environment where clients can explore their challenges and discover their inner strengths. I work with individuals on medication management, therapy, or a combination of both.
(307) 323-4523 View (307) 323-4523
Photo of Summyji Groom, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Wyoming
Summyji Groom
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Sheridan, WY 82801  (Online Only)
Are you an adult struggling with feelings of depression or anxiety? Do you often find yourself overwhelmed by life's stressors, such as relationship issues, career uncertainties, financial difficulties, health concerns, or even the joy and stress of getting married? Are you navigating the challenging waters of grief and loss? If any of these resonate with you, I want you to know that you are not alone. We understand how these concerns can make you feel isolated, with no one to share your struggles with. But remember, reaching out for help is a strength, not a weakness.
Are you an adult struggling with feelings of depression or anxiety? Do you often find yourself overwhelmed by life's stressors, such as relationship issues, career uncertainties, financial difficulties, health concerns, or even the joy and stress of getting married? Are you navigating the challenging waters of grief and loss? If any of these resonate with you, I want you to know that you are not alone. We understand how these concerns can make you feel isolated, with no one to share your struggles with. But remember, reaching out for help is a strength, not a weakness.
(307) 323-2545 View (307) 323-2545
Photo of EZ Mind Psychiatric Care, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Wyoming
EZ Mind Psychiatric Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Sheridan, WY 82801  (Online Only)
Meet Kristi Ramirez, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. As a dedicated and compassionate Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Kristi specializes in providing comprehensive psychiatric assessments, diagnosis, and treatment for individuals navigating the complexities of mental health and integrated a hollistic perspective.
Meet Kristi Ramirez, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. As a dedicated and compassionate Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Kristi specializes in providing comprehensive psychiatric assessments, diagnosis, and treatment for individuals navigating the complexities of mental health and integrated a hollistic perspective.
(307) 314-0398 View (307) 314-0398
Photo of Jeff Leininger, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Wyoming
Jeff Leininger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Sheridan, WY 82801
I help individuals who are experiencing challenging life transitions, acute or chronic anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar, insomnia and chemical dependency issues. Soon, I will offer Ketamine and Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy. I work with clients during their times of wellness in order to create a more balanced, mindful and body-centered consciousness. I have considerable experience working with individuals who are reconsidering their relationship to alcohol and other substances.
I help individuals who are experiencing challenging life transitions, acute or chronic anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar, insomnia and chemical dependency issues. Soon, I will offer Ketamine and Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy. I work with clients during their times of wellness in order to create a more balanced, mindful and body-centered consciousness. I have considerable experience working with individuals who are reconsidering their relationship to alcohol and other substances.
(307) 363-5337 View (307) 363-5337
Photo of Cara Hollingsworth, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Wyoming
Cara Hollingsworth
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rock Springs, WY 82901  (Online Only)
Hi! I’m Cara Hollingsworth, a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I was born and raised in Cheyenne, Wyoming and still consider Wyoming “home”. Health care is a second career for me. I spent 15 years working in Higher Education before earning my BSN from Regis University in 2014. I graduated with my MSN from Gonzaga University in 2020 and I’m currently working towards my DNP and plan to finish in May of 2025.
Hi! I’m Cara Hollingsworth, a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I was born and raised in Cheyenne, Wyoming and still consider Wyoming “home”. Health care is a second career for me. I spent 15 years working in Higher Education before earning my BSN from Regis University in 2014. I graduated with my MSN from Gonzaga University in 2020 and I’m currently working towards my DNP and plan to finish in May of 2025.
(307) 212-8578 View (307) 212-8578
Photo of Amanda Partridge, Physician Assistant in Wyoming
Amanda Partridge
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cheyenne, WY 82001  (Online Only)
Struggling to get better? Let me help you today! I am a Licensed and NCCPA-certified physician assistant (PA) who provides psychiatric assessments and medication management at Pine Ridge Mental Healthcare. I graduated from Wichita State University with a Masters of Physician Assistant Studies.
Struggling to get better? Let me help you today! I am a Licensed and NCCPA-certified physician assistant (PA) who provides psychiatric assessments and medication management at Pine Ridge Mental Healthcare. I graduated from Wichita State University with a Masters of Physician Assistant Studies.
(888) 688-0646 View (888) 688-0646
Photo of Paige Noelle Thacker, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Wyoming
Paige Noelle Thacker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cheyenne, WY 82001  (Online Only)
There is nothing worse than hearing that alarm clock day in and out, only to wake up feeling like you didn’t sleep at all. All the thoughts begin to flood in, your “to-do’s”, this or that meeting or appointment. You haven’t even made it out the door before feeling completely overwhelmed, defeated, or maybe even hopeless. Depressed, anxious, moody, or irritable may be words that describe how you’re feeling; perhaps your loved ones have said similar things. I have helped countless others like yourself, and I am confident that together we can get you feeling better. I treat a wide range of mental health disorders adolescents and adults
There is nothing worse than hearing that alarm clock day in and out, only to wake up feeling like you didn’t sleep at all. All the thoughts begin to flood in, your “to-do’s”, this or that meeting or appointment. You haven’t even made it out the door before feeling completely overwhelmed, defeated, or maybe even hopeless. Depressed, anxious, moody, or irritable may be words that describe how you’re feeling; perhaps your loved ones have said similar things. I have helped countless others like yourself, and I am confident that together we can get you feeling better. I treat a wide range of mental health disorders adolescents and adults
(307) 242-8416 View (307) 242-8416
Photo of Ike Uzowulu, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Wyoming
Ike Uzowulu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Casper, WY 82609  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 12 years in psychiatric and behavioral health settings. I have verifiable experience in treating variety of psychiatric disorders. I tend to be practical and hands-on rather than presuming or committing to one treatment approach. My goal is to work with you to find what works best for you. I provide urgent & routine telehealth Psychiatric services that is interactive, urgent and seamless; such that fosters continuity of care while improving access to patient's in need.
I am a board-certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 12 years in psychiatric and behavioral health settings. I have verifiable experience in treating variety of psychiatric disorders. I tend to be practical and hands-on rather than presuming or committing to one treatment approach. My goal is to work with you to find what works best for you. I provide urgent & routine telehealth Psychiatric services that is interactive, urgent and seamless; such that fosters continuity of care while improving access to patient's in need.
(307) 219-4851 View (307) 219-4851
Photo of Silver Sage Psychiatry, LLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Wyoming
Silver Sage Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN, BC
Verified Verified
Evanston, WY 82930
I enjoy helping people...period. I am credentialed for all ages from very young to the elderly and have worked with all ages. For patients that do need medication; I use a conservative approach and monitor closely until they are stable. My medication management patients do get some therapy in their follow up sessions, because this assists me in evaluating the effectiveness of the medication. If I am not able to help a patient, I will try to find someone else who is a better fit for them. I believe in a community approach for patients, it does take us all working together!
I enjoy helping people...period. I am credentialed for all ages from very young to the elderly and have worked with all ages. For patients that do need medication; I use a conservative approach and monitor closely until they are stable. My medication management patients do get some therapy in their follow up sessions, because this assists me in evaluating the effectiveness of the medication. If I am not able to help a patient, I will try to find someone else who is a better fit for them. I believe in a community approach for patients, it does take us all working together!
(307) 312-9568 View (307) 312-9568
Photo of Renee Lee Brunner-Houser, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Wyoming
Renee Lee Brunner-Houser
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rock Springs, WY 82901  (Online Only)
Great to meet you! My undergraduate nursing degree is from Arizona State University (Go Sun Devils!). My master's program is from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and see patients between ages 8 through 65. My husband and I have 5 children and 11 grandchildren.
Great to meet you! My undergraduate nursing degree is from Arizona State University (Go Sun Devils!). My master's program is from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and see patients between ages 8 through 65. My husband and I have 5 children and 11 grandchildren.
(307) 323-4078 View (307) 323-4078
Photo of Brandon N. Respress, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Wyoming
Brandon N. Respress
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, APRN, MSN, MPH, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Sheridan, WY 82801
Is there something limiting your ability to live, love, laugh or becoming who you were meant to be? Talking to someone about your concerns may be helpful. As a nurse for over 20 years, I have often noted that the source of many of the physical complaints noted for ER visits (i.e., chest pain, abdominal pain, and headaches) were related to emotional distress, anxiety, grieving processes, and depression. No matter the age. By being authentic, empathetic, and taking the time to listen, I was able to help clients identify a major source of their "dis-ease." Engaging in a therapeutic conversation helped them and can help you too.
Is there something limiting your ability to live, love, laugh or becoming who you were meant to be? Talking to someone about your concerns may be helpful. As a nurse for over 20 years, I have often noted that the source of many of the physical complaints noted for ER visits (i.e., chest pain, abdominal pain, and headaches) were related to emotional distress, anxiety, grieving processes, and depression. No matter the age. By being authentic, empathetic, and taking the time to listen, I was able to help clients identify a major source of their "dis-ease." Engaging in a therapeutic conversation helped them and can help you too.
(307) 228-7339 View (307) 228-7339
Photo of Charlotte Toms, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Wyoming
Charlotte Toms
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Sheridan, WY 82801  (Online Only)
Your strength has led you here in this moment to take the next step in embracing a new path, a different future. I’m here to help guide you - through psychiatric evaluation/diagnosis, medication management, or therapy. You don't need to keep self-medicating with technology, social media, food, and alcohol to feel happy, dull your emotional pain or shame, or escape your feelings. Wake up feeling rested, worthy, and motivated. Reconnect with others and find joy in the simple things again. Experience peace in your life by making healthier choices and building healthier relationships with yourself and others.
Your strength has led you here in this moment to take the next step in embracing a new path, a different future. I’m here to help guide you - through psychiatric evaluation/diagnosis, medication management, or therapy. You don't need to keep self-medicating with technology, social media, food, and alcohol to feel happy, dull your emotional pain or shame, or escape your feelings. Wake up feeling rested, worthy, and motivated. Reconnect with others and find joy in the simple things again. Experience peace in your life by making healthier choices and building healthier relationships with yourself and others.
(307) 323-3715 View (307) 323-3715
Photo of Dr. Anna Cummings Rork, Psychiatrist in Wyoming
Dr. Anna Cummings Rork
Psychiatrist, MD, PMH-C
Verified Verified
Jackson, WY 83001
Wyoming Psychiatry & Consultation LLC is an outpatient psychiatry clinic with long-standing roots in Wyoming. Inspired by the strength of mountain ranges and driven by a commitment to serve the communities we call home, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive, culturally rooted psychiatric care to individuals seeking support for their mental health needs. Feel free to book your appointment today at our website www.wypsychiatry.com (under "For Patients" -> "New Patient Referral")
Wyoming Psychiatry & Consultation LLC is an outpatient psychiatry clinic with long-standing roots in Wyoming. Inspired by the strength of mountain ranges and driven by a commitment to serve the communities we call home, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive, culturally rooted psychiatric care to individuals seeking support for their mental health needs. Feel free to book your appointment today at our website www.wypsychiatry.com (under "For Patients" -> "New Patient Referral")
(307) 249-3543 View (307) 249-3543

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Wyoming who prioritize treating:

90% Anxiety
83% Depression
78% Medication Management
76% Bipolar Disorder
71% ADHD
71% Stress
68% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

78% Cigna and Evernorth
72% BlueCross and BlueShield
66% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Wyoming see their clients

52% In Person and Online
48% Online Only

Gender breakdown

78% Female
22% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Wyoming?

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.