Psychiatrists in 80002

Photo of undefined - Mindfulness Psychiatry, PLLC, Tracy Tyler, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Mindfulness Psychiatry, PLLC, Tracy Tyler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Arvada, CO 80002
Accepting New Patients for medication management of adult Colorado residents! Immediate Availability! I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, specializing in medication management of depression, ADHD, anxiety, and a variety of other mental health conditions. Please click on the “website” button to schedule an appointment. I look forward to meeting with you and helping you on your journey to optimal well-being!
Accepting New Patients for medication management of adult Colorado residents! Immediate Availability! I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, specializing in medication management of depression, ADHD, anxiety, and a variety of other mental health conditions. Please click on the “website” button to schedule an appointment. I look forward to meeting with you and helping you on your journey to optimal well-being!
(303) 493-9563 View (303) 493-9563
Photo of Alli McClintock, MSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Alli McClintock
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Arvada, CO 80002  (Online Only)
Specialize in treating ADHD particularly in women who are often overlooked in this diagnosis. Will help to manage ADHD symptoms, establish coping skills and identify if any additional supplementation is needed.
Specialize in treating ADHD particularly in women who are often overlooked in this diagnosis. Will help to manage ADHD symptoms, establish coping skills and identify if any additional supplementation is needed.
(720) 790-6442 View (720) 790-6442
Photo of undefined - Mountain Valley Mental Health, LLC, MSN,  APRN, PMHNP,  -BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Mountain Valley Mental Health, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Arvada, CO 80002
I believe everyone deserves quality mental health care and that is why I chose to be a psychiatric nurse practitioner. Let's talk and see if we can get you on track to mental wellness. PLEASE SCHEDULE ONLINE: www.mountainvalleymentalhealth.com At Mountain Valley Mental Health we have a few providers, Mr. Dahlberg is only taking a few new patients monthly, however - we have Harmony Wright taking new patients and another practitioner Bryan Eckhard joining in Aug/Sept. Please CALL TODAY to set up appointment or schedule online @ www.mountainvalleymentalhealth.com
I believe everyone deserves quality mental health care and that is why I chose to be a psychiatric nurse practitioner. Let's talk and see if we can get you on track to mental wellness. PLEASE SCHEDULE ONLINE: www.mountainvalleymentalhealth.com At Mountain Valley Mental Health we have a few providers, Mr. Dahlberg is only taking a few new patients monthly, however - we have Harmony Wright taking new patients and another practitioner Bryan Eckhard joining in Aug/Sept. Please CALL TODAY to set up appointment or schedule online @ www.mountainvalleymentalhealth.com
(720) 696-9430 View (720) 696-9430
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Sean Paul
Psychiatrist, MD, ABPN
Verified Verified
Arvada, CO 80002
Compassionate, holistic, and open-minded psychiatrist for all ages. I see children, teens and adults with all types of mental health conditions. I can see patients virtually by computer, phone, or tablet (for patients anywhere in Colorado or Florida). I specialize in ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, and trauma. Typical issues include depression, anxiety, struggles with school, behavioral issues at home or interpersonal relationships. Search google for my practice to see my practice information, reviews, and website: "NowPsych Sean Paul, MD"
Compassionate, holistic, and open-minded psychiatrist for all ages. I see children, teens and adults with all types of mental health conditions. I can see patients virtually by computer, phone, or tablet (for patients anywhere in Colorado or Florida). I specialize in ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, and trauma. Typical issues include depression, anxiety, struggles with school, behavioral issues at home or interpersonal relationships. Search google for my practice to see my practice information, reviews, and website: "NowPsych Sean Paul, MD"
(720) 927-9868 View (720) 927-9868
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Henrietta Evans
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, DNP, PMHNPBC, GNPBC
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80002
Hello! I am a Dual Board-Certified Doctor of Nursing Practice, specializing as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Geriatric Nurse Practitioner. I have dedicated over 31 years to nurturing, cultivating, and promoting human well-being, guided by my strong ethical beliefs. I strive to treat all who pass through my doors with kindness, compassion, empathy, and humility. My life's passion is to support others when they need it the most. As a proud US Army Veteran, I am honored to have served my country and I bring this sense of duty and care to my practice.
Hello! I am a Dual Board-Certified Doctor of Nursing Practice, specializing as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Geriatric Nurse Practitioner. I have dedicated over 31 years to nurturing, cultivating, and promoting human well-being, guided by my strong ethical beliefs. I strive to treat all who pass through my doors with kindness, compassion, empathy, and humility. My life's passion is to support others when they need it the most. As a proud US Army Veteran, I am honored to have served my country and I bring this sense of duty and care to my practice.
(832) 981-2947 View (832) 981-2947
Photo of Sara Van Anrooy, MD, Psychiatrist
Sara Van Anrooy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80002
At The Center for Stress Medicine we are passionate about helping our patients achieve optimal physical and emotional health. Dr. Van Anrooy supervises and is supported by a Physician Assistant, Jessica Botts, PA-C, and a Health and Wellness Coach, Kayli Meyers, MCWC. This allows us to provide comprehensive medical care in all areas of health. Dr. Van Anrooy is double board certified in Psychiatry and Integrative Health.
At The Center for Stress Medicine we are passionate about helping our patients achieve optimal physical and emotional health. Dr. Van Anrooy supervises and is supported by a Physician Assistant, Jessica Botts, PA-C, and a Health and Wellness Coach, Kayli Meyers, MCWC. This allows us to provide comprehensive medical care in all areas of health. Dr. Van Anrooy is double board certified in Psychiatry and Integrative Health.
(303) 663-0360 View (303) 663-0360
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Dr. Richard Alldin Oddy
Psychiatrist, MD, ABPN, ABAM
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80002
Dr. Richard Oddy has 20+ years of expertise as a psychiatrist and psychotherapist, operating a thriving private practice in Denver, previously established in Fort Collins in 2005. His medical education was accomplished at the University of Cambridge in England, followed by a residency in psychiatry at Cornell Medical Center-New York Hospital in 2000. Dr. Oddy holds board certifications in General Psychiatry, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, and is a distinguished lifetime fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Oddy is also experienced in the use of buprenorphine for opioid dependence.
Dr. Richard Oddy has 20+ years of expertise as a psychiatrist and psychotherapist, operating a thriving private practice in Denver, previously established in Fort Collins in 2005. His medical education was accomplished at the University of Cambridge in England, followed by a residency in psychiatry at Cornell Medical Center-New York Hospital in 2000. Dr. Oddy holds board certifications in General Psychiatry, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, and is a distinguished lifetime fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Oddy is also experienced in the use of buprenorphine for opioid dependence.
(720) 802-0702 View (720) 802-0702
Photo of Katelyn Gray, NP PMHN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Katelyn Gray
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP PMHN
Verified Verified
Arvada, CO 80002
Katelyn Gray is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Colorado who has been practicing since 2023. She has a Masters from Regis-University. Katelyn believes that people seeking help for their mental illness or substance use disorders should feel empowered and supported “ not be ashamed of themselves or feel embarrassed. In her spare time, Katelyn enjoys skiing, swimming, enjoying nature, and anything that involves her dogs.
Katelyn Gray is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Colorado who has been practicing since 2023. She has a Masters from Regis-University. Katelyn believes that people seeking help for their mental illness or substance use disorders should feel empowered and supported “ not be ashamed of themselves or feel embarrassed. In her spare time, Katelyn enjoys skiing, swimming, enjoying nature, and anything that involves her dogs.
(720) 802-6151 View (720) 802-6151
Photo of Jeanna Lee Dietz, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jeanna Lee Dietz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80002  (Online Only)
Hi, I'm Jeanna (pronounced "Gina"). I'm a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I can help patients, ages 8+ with diagnosing and treating a variety of mental illness, including substance abuse.
Hi, I'm Jeanna (pronounced "Gina"). I'm a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I can help patients, ages 8+ with diagnosing and treating a variety of mental illness, including substance abuse.
(720) 753-4066 View (720) 753-4066
Photo of undefined - Behavior Innovation, MSN, RN, ARNP, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Behavior Innovation
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, ARNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80002  (Online Only)
Behavior Innovation is a safe space for you to talk about your mental health. Somewhere that you can turn to for help when you’re struggling. Visits are conducted 100% through video which allows you to schedule an appointment when it’s convenient for you to talk and you will receive medication management and compassionate care from a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.
Behavior Innovation is a safe space for you to talk about your mental health. Somewhere that you can turn to for help when you’re struggling. Visits are conducted 100% through video which allows you to schedule an appointment when it’s convenient for you to talk and you will receive medication management and compassionate care from a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.
(928) 693-4759 View (928) 693-4759
Photo of Chandra Crawford, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Chandra Crawford
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80002
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, my passion lies in providing a safe space for adults navigating the complexities of mental health. With 14 years of experience, my goal is to understand you wholly — your struggles, aspirations, and all factors that influence your well-being. Whether you’re dealing with anxiety or depression or seeking a path to joy, I’m here to listen, understand, and walk alongside you.
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, my passion lies in providing a safe space for adults navigating the complexities of mental health. With 14 years of experience, my goal is to understand you wholly — your struggles, aspirations, and all factors that influence your well-being. Whether you’re dealing with anxiety or depression or seeking a path to joy, I’m here to listen, understand, and walk alongside you.
(303) 951-6334 View (303) 951-6334
Photo of Christopher Archer, PMHNP, GNP-BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Christopher Archer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, GNP-BC
Verified Verified
Arvada, CO 80002
Accepting New Patients! Christopher Archer, Maj (ret), USAF, PMHNP/GNP-BC, is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (GNP) with nearly 16 years of experience. In 2000, he joined the United States Air Force, where he worked as a clinical nurse in Pediatrics, Family Practice, Flight/Aerospace Medicine, and also had the opportunity to be a team leader on Vice President Dick Cheney's medical support team. Chris is an expert in diagnosing and treating ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Addiction, Stress, Trauma and PTSD - as well as many other conditions.
Accepting New Patients! Christopher Archer, Maj (ret), USAF, PMHNP/GNP-BC, is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (GNP) with nearly 16 years of experience. In 2000, he joined the United States Air Force, where he worked as a clinical nurse in Pediatrics, Family Practice, Flight/Aerospace Medicine, and also had the opportunity to be a team leader on Vice President Dick Cheney's medical support team. Chris is an expert in diagnosing and treating ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Addiction, Stress, Trauma and PTSD - as well as many other conditions.
(720) 513-1177 View (720) 513-1177
Photo of Kiley Gilbert, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kiley Gilbert
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80002  (Online Only)
Together, we'll navigate the twists and turns of life, offering insightful medication management strategies to work toward healing and growth. As a board-certified nurse practitioner who has worked in a variety of treatment settings, I am dedicated to providing personalized treatment strategies that integrate medication management to promote improved well-being. With an understanding of psychiatric conditions and pharmacology, I specialize in prescribing medication to address a wide range of mental health concerns. My approach is grounded in evidence-based practices and guided by a commitment to individualized care.
Together, we'll navigate the twists and turns of life, offering insightful medication management strategies to work toward healing and growth. As a board-certified nurse practitioner who has worked in a variety of treatment settings, I am dedicated to providing personalized treatment strategies that integrate medication management to promote improved well-being. With an understanding of psychiatric conditions and pharmacology, I specialize in prescribing medication to address a wide range of mental health concerns. My approach is grounded in evidence-based practices and guided by a commitment to individualized care.
(720) 915-2325 View (720) 915-2325
Photo of Elizabeth Kirt, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Elizabeth Kirt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80002  (Online Only)
I specialize in using functional and holistic methods along with conventional methods to assist clients on their mental health journey. At our first appointment we discuss your goals and how you want to get there and create a plan together. As a psych nurse practitioner and a family nurse practitioner we can often dive deeper into your symptoms and look at the thyroid, hormones, vitamin levels and more to determine the cause of your symptoms.
I specialize in using functional and holistic methods along with conventional methods to assist clients on their mental health journey. At our first appointment we discuss your goals and how you want to get there and create a plan together. As a psych nurse practitioner and a family nurse practitioner we can often dive deeper into your symptoms and look at the thyroid, hormones, vitamin levels and more to determine the cause of your symptoms.
(970) 650-5344 View (970) 650-5344
Photo of undefined - Mind Over Matter Psychotherapeutics,Pllc, MD, MB;BS, ABPN, Psychiatrist
Mind Over Matter Psychotherapeutics,Pllc
Psychiatrist, MD, MB;BS, ABPN
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80002
I am a Board-certified adult psychiatrist, practicing Psychiatry since graduating from medical school in 2005. I have also done fellowship in Psychoanalysis from Boston Psychoanalytic Institute and Society and also holds an unrestricted license to prescribe Suboxone for management of patients with opiate addiction. I am originally from Pakistan and come from a family of physicians and surgeons. Following the footsteps of my family members and keeping the tradition of practicing medicine alive, I am now the fourth-generation physician in my family and the third generation practicing medicine in the USA.
I am a Board-certified adult psychiatrist, practicing Psychiatry since graduating from medical school in 2005. I have also done fellowship in Psychoanalysis from Boston Psychoanalytic Institute and Society and also holds an unrestricted license to prescribe Suboxone for management of patients with opiate addiction. I am originally from Pakistan and come from a family of physicians and surgeons. Following the footsteps of my family members and keeping the tradition of practicing medicine alive, I am now the fourth-generation physician in my family and the third generation practicing medicine in the USA.
(970) 499-1994 View (970) 499-1994
Photo of undefined - Psych for Tykes and Teens, Rosie Gellman, MD, MD, Psychiatrist
Psych for Tykes and Teens, Rosie Gellman, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80002
At Psych for Tykes and Teens, we believe every child deserves to feel happy and be successful. Today's world is a tough one for kids, with the increased challenges and demands that we have never before faced. Dr. Gellman spends ample time getting to know your child and family to ensure she is providing the most beneficial care. Her true joy comes from listening to kids and helping them to feel valued and heard. With her background as a Pediatrician turned Child Psychiatrist, she is able to integrate her thorough knowledge of all things kid to utilize a more global approach to your child and his or her struggles.
At Psych for Tykes and Teens, we believe every child deserves to feel happy and be successful. Today's world is a tough one for kids, with the increased challenges and demands that we have never before faced. Dr. Gellman spends ample time getting to know your child and family to ensure she is providing the most beneficial care. Her true joy comes from listening to kids and helping them to feel valued and heard. With her background as a Pediatrician turned Child Psychiatrist, she is able to integrate her thorough knowledge of all things kid to utilize a more global approach to your child and his or her struggles.
(720) 295-8444 View (720) 295-8444
Photo of Melanie Walker, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Melanie Walker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80002
Melanie’s approach to care is rooted in the understanding that each person is a holistic being, with interconnected mind, body, and spirit. Her practice revolves around providing compassionate care to individuals across the lifespan facing various psychiatric disorders, such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, and addiction. Leveraging evidence-based practices, medication management, and lifestyle interventions, she tailors her care to meet each individual’s specific needs. With a background in emergency medicine and psychiatric care, Melanie possesses a deep understanding of the complex interplay between physical and mental health.
Melanie’s approach to care is rooted in the understanding that each person is a holistic being, with interconnected mind, body, and spirit. Her practice revolves around providing compassionate care to individuals across the lifespan facing various psychiatric disorders, such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, and addiction. Leveraging evidence-based practices, medication management, and lifestyle interventions, she tailors her care to meet each individual’s specific needs. With a background in emergency medicine and psychiatric care, Melanie possesses a deep understanding of the complex interplay between physical and mental health.
(970) 221-1106 View (970) 221-1106
Photo of Nicholas Sahagian, MD, Psychiatrist
Nicholas Sahagian
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Arvada, CO 80002
Dr. Nicholas Sahagian is a Psychiatrist in Colorado who has been practicing since 2023. He completed his MD and Adult Psychiatry Residency at the Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University and earned his BA in Neuroscience at Skidmore College. Dr. Sahagian has experience managing a broad array of complex psychiatric diagnoses in patients of diverse socioeconomic, cultural, and clinical backgrounds. He offers psychiatric medication management but also routinely incorporates elements of cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, lifestyle interventions, and family psychoeducation into his practice.
Dr. Nicholas Sahagian is a Psychiatrist in Colorado who has been practicing since 2023. He completed his MD and Adult Psychiatry Residency at the Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University and earned his BA in Neuroscience at Skidmore College. Dr. Sahagian has experience managing a broad array of complex psychiatric diagnoses in patients of diverse socioeconomic, cultural, and clinical backgrounds. He offers psychiatric medication management but also routinely incorporates elements of cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, lifestyle interventions, and family psychoeducation into his practice.
(720) 821-7028 View (720) 821-7028
Photo of Mary Chamberlain, MSPAS, PA-C, CAQ-psy, Physician Assistant
Mary Chamberlain
Physician Assistant, MSPAS, PA-C, CAQ-psy
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80002
Hi, I'm Mary Chamberlain. I have a deep passion for mental well-being. In my practice, my goal is to assess the whole person, not just a diagnosis. I offer psychiatric diagnosis, medication management, and comprehensive treatment planning. My expertise also includes alternative depression treatments like esketamine nasal treatment and TMS therapy, ensuring recovery is tailored to each patient's unique needs.
Hi, I'm Mary Chamberlain. I have a deep passion for mental well-being. In my practice, my goal is to assess the whole person, not just a diagnosis. I offer psychiatric diagnosis, medication management, and comprehensive treatment planning. My expertise also includes alternative depression treatments like esketamine nasal treatment and TMS therapy, ensuring recovery is tailored to each patient's unique needs.
(720) 706-6628 View (720) 706-6628
Photo of Derenda Beasley, CRNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Derenda Beasley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80002  (Online Only)
I specialize in providing a comprehensive secure psychiatric mental health evaluation and medication management for children, teens, and adults who are struggling with a variety of symptoms. These include anxiety, depression, ADHD, unstable moods, personality disorders, trauma, sleep disturbances, substance use, OCD and psychosis. Patients seek privacy and educated treatment within a non-judgmental space to ultimately lead to a more healthy, productive and positive experience with the management of mental health concerns.
I specialize in providing a comprehensive secure psychiatric mental health evaluation and medication management for children, teens, and adults who are struggling with a variety of symptoms. These include anxiety, depression, ADHD, unstable moods, personality disorders, trauma, sleep disturbances, substance use, OCD and psychosis. Patients seek privacy and educated treatment within a non-judgmental space to ultimately lead to a more healthy, productive and positive experience with the management of mental health concerns.
(720) 740-1124 View (720) 740-1124

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 80002

30+

Average cost per session

$195

Psychiatrists in 80002 who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
92% Anxiety
87% ADHD
85% Medication Management
82% Trauma and PTSD
79% Bipolar Disorder
77% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

97% Cigna and Evernorth
90% Aetna
84% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 80002 see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

57% Female
43% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 80002?

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.