Psychiatrists in 80015

Photo of Mary Beth Hutchinson, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Mary Beth Hutchinson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Aurora, CO 80015
Are you depressed or anxious? I can help with your medication management. My name is Mary "Beth" Hutchinson. I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, treating patients ages 4 and up. I am also certified as a family nurse practitioner, which provides a broad base to individualize age appropriate treatment. We can meet and have our sessions through video on our telemedicine platform, so you can be at the comfort of your home while we meet. We will evaluate your specific concerns, work with you to develop a practical plan, and I'll support you through the process of improving your life.
Are you depressed or anxious? I can help with your medication management. My name is Mary "Beth" Hutchinson. I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, treating patients ages 4 and up. I am also certified as a family nurse practitioner, which provides a broad base to individualize age appropriate treatment. We can meet and have our sessions through video on our telemedicine platform, so you can be at the comfort of your home while we meet. We will evaluate your specific concerns, work with you to develop a practical plan, and I'll support you through the process of improving your life.
(720) 712-1142 View (720) 712-1142
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Gregory E Wykoff
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Centennial, CO 80015
Comprehensive mental healthcare from a highly trained provider who really knows you! Dr. Wykoff's approach focuses around patient-centered, holistic care across all domains of life, and we work with each patient extensively to create an individualized treatment plan. Currently open for new patients virtually throughout Colorado!
Comprehensive mental healthcare from a highly trained provider who really knows you! Dr. Wykoff's approach focuses around patient-centered, holistic care across all domains of life, and we work with each patient extensively to create an individualized treatment plan. Currently open for new patients virtually throughout Colorado!
(720) 782-5869 View (720) 782-5869
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Joe Crowley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Aurora, CO 80015
Accepting New Patients! - Joseph “Joe” P. Crowley is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner in Colorado. He brings over seven years of inpatient and outpatient psychiatric experience to his patients while offering an attentive, accommodating patient care philosophy. Joe earned his BSN and MSN degrees at Regis University. He completed his inpatient and outpatient clinical training at various facilities in the Denver Metro area. He also received professional recognition for academic achievements and ICARE awards while working at the V.A. Eastern Colorado Health Care System.
Accepting New Patients! - Joseph “Joe” P. Crowley is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner in Colorado. He brings over seven years of inpatient and outpatient psychiatric experience to his patients while offering an attentive, accommodating patient care philosophy. Joe earned his BSN and MSN degrees at Regis University. He completed his inpatient and outpatient clinical training at various facilities in the Denver Metro area. He also received professional recognition for academic achievements and ICARE awards while working at the V.A. Eastern Colorado Health Care System.
(720) 506-2249 View (720) 506-2249
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Esther Okanlawon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Aurora, CO 80015
Accepting New Patients! I am dual certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I have been in healthcare for the past 14 years. Started out my career as a nurse in homecare in NY and also worked on the Navajo reservation. As an FNP, I have worked in primary care, wellness health and treated patients with substance use disorder. As a PMHNP, I am going to help you achieve your goal of functioning to your highest capabilities. I also offer suboxone services. Call or email today to learn more.
Accepting New Patients! I am dual certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I have been in healthcare for the past 14 years. Started out my career as a nurse in homecare in NY and also worked on the Navajo reservation. As an FNP, I have worked in primary care, wellness health and treated patients with substance use disorder. As a PMHNP, I am going to help you achieve your goal of functioning to your highest capabilities. I also offer suboxone services. Call or email today to learn more.
(720) 613-5588 View (720) 613-5588
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Faustina Abby Mensah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Centennial, CO 80015  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with a Doctor of Nursing Practice. I am passionate about providing quality, evidence-based, trauma-informed, patient-centered, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to the vulnerable population and across the lifespan.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with a Doctor of Nursing Practice. I am passionate about providing quality, evidence-based, trauma-informed, patient-centered, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to the vulnerable population and across the lifespan.
(720) 964-2962 View (720) 964-2962
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Melissa Shulman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Aurora, CO 80015  (Online Only)
Accepting New Clients! I believe mental health care should be an empowering experience. As your provider, we will work together to identify what is most important to you on your journey to building a rich and meaningful life. I provide holistic, trauma-informed care and medication management for a variety of mental health needs and specialize in treating anxiety, addictions, and mood disorders.
Accepting New Clients! I believe mental health care should be an empowering experience. As your provider, we will work together to identify what is most important to you on your journey to building a rich and meaningful life. I provide holistic, trauma-informed care and medication management for a variety of mental health needs and specialize in treating anxiety, addictions, and mood disorders.
(720) 821-1246 View (720) 821-1246
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Ivy Hoo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Aurora, CO 80015
Accepting New Patients! As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am dedicated to helping individuals achieve their full potential and lead a fulfilling life. My goal is to take a comprehensive and holistic approach to care, considering all the factors that may impact a person's mental health and well-being. This includes working in collaboration with my patients, their families, and other healthcare providers to ensure that the care provided is safe, effective, patient-centered, and tailored to meet each individual's unique needs. To check my availability go to our website and my first available will be listed there.
Accepting New Patients! As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am dedicated to helping individuals achieve their full potential and lead a fulfilling life. My goal is to take a comprehensive and holistic approach to care, considering all the factors that may impact a person's mental health and well-being. This includes working in collaboration with my patients, their families, and other healthcare providers to ensure that the care provided is safe, effective, patient-centered, and tailored to meet each individual's unique needs. To check my availability go to our website and my first available will be listed there.
(720) 706-2871 View (720) 706-2871
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Dominique Coley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Aurora, CO 80015
My focus is psychiatry and mental health in adults and adolescents. My approach to providing mental healthcare is collaborative and patient centered. I typically work with adolescents, adults and geriatric populations. I treat mood disorders. My communication style is open and welcoming. I have been a mental health registered nurse (RN) for over a decade and a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) for nearly 5 of those years. I’ve always known I wanted to do more in the mental health specialty and help eliminate the stigma and encourage transparency to reach healing.
My focus is psychiatry and mental health in adults and adolescents. My approach to providing mental healthcare is collaborative and patient centered. I typically work with adolescents, adults and geriatric populations. I treat mood disorders. My communication style is open and welcoming. I have been a mental health registered nurse (RN) for over a decade and a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) for nearly 5 of those years. I’ve always known I wanted to do more in the mental health specialty and help eliminate the stigma and encourage transparency to reach healing.
(720) 623-2578 View (720) 623-2578
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Joanna Kluender
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Aurora, CO 80015
Welcome! I’m Joanna Kluender, a dual board-certified Nurse Practitioner specializing in Psychiatry and Adult/Gerontology primary care. Based in the majestic Rocky Mountains, I offer a wealth of expertise in mental and physical health care for adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients. Regardless of the challenges you’ve faced, a fulfilling life lies ahead—one brimming with joy, peace, purpose, meaning, and love. Let’s collaborate to discover it together. My approach is holistic; I focus on treating the whole person, nurturing hope, and affirming that emotional, physical, and social wellness are essential for everyone.
Welcome! I’m Joanna Kluender, a dual board-certified Nurse Practitioner specializing in Psychiatry and Adult/Gerontology primary care. Based in the majestic Rocky Mountains, I offer a wealth of expertise in mental and physical health care for adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients. Regardless of the challenges you’ve faced, a fulfilling life lies ahead—one brimming with joy, peace, purpose, meaning, and love. Let’s collaborate to discover it together. My approach is holistic; I focus on treating the whole person, nurturing hope, and affirming that emotional, physical, and social wellness are essential for everyone.
(720) 864-9759 View (720) 864-9759
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James Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Aurora, CO 80015
Accepting New Patients! Looking forward to meet you. I'm board certified, specializing in medication management, treating depression, anxiety, addiction, PTSD and many other ailments. Accepting new patients and variety of insurances. I can easily E-prescribe your medication and use the latest technology for easy virtual sessions, without you having to leave your home. Schedule your in-office or video appointment by clicking ‘My Website’ link or call.
Accepting New Patients! Looking forward to meet you. I'm board certified, specializing in medication management, treating depression, anxiety, addiction, PTSD and many other ailments. Accepting new patients and variety of insurances. I can easily E-prescribe your medication and use the latest technology for easy virtual sessions, without you having to leave your home. Schedule your in-office or video appointment by clicking ‘My Website’ link or call.
(720) 445-8831 View (720) 445-8831
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Chandra Price
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Aurora, CO 80015
Hello! Chandra Price here. I am a double-boarded family and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner deeply committed to providing compassionate care. With a focus on integrated behavioral health, I draw from my extensive experience in community-based clinics to address both mental health and general medical concerns. I believe in building strong relationships with my patients and collaborating with them to develop evidence-based treatment plans tailored to their unique needs. I'm dedicated to supporting you on your journey to better health and well-being.
Hello! Chandra Price here. I am a double-boarded family and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner deeply committed to providing compassionate care. With a focus on integrated behavioral health, I draw from my extensive experience in community-based clinics to address both mental health and general medical concerns. I believe in building strong relationships with my patients and collaborating with them to develop evidence-based treatment plans tailored to their unique needs. I'm dedicated to supporting you on your journey to better health and well-being.
(720) 712-3723 View (720) 712-3723
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Ashley Clark
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Aurora, CO 80015
I'm Ashley Clark, a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) providing telehealth services in Colorado. With expertise in treating both children and adults, I focus on educating patients about their conditions and offering personalized treatment options. My goal is to empower individuals to manage their symptoms effectively and improve their mental well-being. I believe deeply in involving patients like you in your care journey. I advocate for you to be fully informed about all the treatment options available to you.
I'm Ashley Clark, a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) providing telehealth services in Colorado. With expertise in treating both children and adults, I focus on educating patients about their conditions and offering personalized treatment options. My goal is to empower individuals to manage their symptoms effectively and improve their mental well-being. I believe deeply in involving patients like you in your care journey. I advocate for you to be fully informed about all the treatment options available to you.
(866) 340-7806 View (866) 340-7806
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Ebelechukwu Ekwenugo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Aurora, CO 80015
I am a board-certified PMHNP who became a provider because providing service to children, adolescents and adults with mental illness is one of the highlights of my life. I have 18-year experience in health care, with 12 years in mental health. My career as a PMHNP symbolizes a partnership between patients, often their families and myself. Mental health work to me is a passion for which I employ my full commitment to helping patients with my knowledge. My single most important professional accomplishment is getting the chance to make a difference in people’s lives.
I am a board-certified PMHNP who became a provider because providing service to children, adolescents and adults with mental illness is one of the highlights of my life. I have 18-year experience in health care, with 12 years in mental health. My career as a PMHNP symbolizes a partnership between patients, often their families and myself. Mental health work to me is a passion for which I employ my full commitment to helping patients with my knowledge. My single most important professional accomplishment is getting the chance to make a difference in people’s lives.
(720) 741-2840 View (720) 741-2840
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Michael Moore
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Aurora, CO 80015  (Online Only)
Michael Moore, PMHNP-BC I deeply value the opportunity to build strong, therapeutic relationships with my participants. I strive to optimize a holistic approach, combining both pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions. I specialize in both adult and geriatric psychiatry. I understand we are all unique, with vastly different lived experiences. I tailor my approach to the individual, while incorporating aspects of brief solutions focused therapy, CBT and family systems. Medications are just one piece of the puzzle, as I work to provide my patients with as many tools as possible for future successes.
Michael Moore, PMHNP-BC I deeply value the opportunity to build strong, therapeutic relationships with my participants. I strive to optimize a holistic approach, combining both pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions. I specialize in both adult and geriatric psychiatry. I understand we are all unique, with vastly different lived experiences. I tailor my approach to the individual, while incorporating aspects of brief solutions focused therapy, CBT and family systems. Medications are just one piece of the puzzle, as I work to provide my patients with as many tools as possible for future successes.
(720) 896-7109 View (720) 896-7109
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Rhiannon Brey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Aurora, CO 80015
My nursing career brought me the good fortune of traveling for work; I have lived in all four corners of the US (and in the middle, too!) and have enjoyed meeting and working with individuals of diverse backgrounds. As a nurse practitioner, curiosity and respect drive my practice; I join each person’s journey toward mental wellness with a collaborative treatment approach, taking time to “zoom out” and view symptoms through a holistic lens. I work closely with all my clients to make thoughtful, evidence-based, and safe decisions regarding treatment plans.
My nursing career brought me the good fortune of traveling for work; I have lived in all four corners of the US (and in the middle, too!) and have enjoyed meeting and working with individuals of diverse backgrounds. As a nurse practitioner, curiosity and respect drive my practice; I join each person’s journey toward mental wellness with a collaborative treatment approach, taking time to “zoom out” and view symptoms through a holistic lens. I work closely with all my clients to make thoughtful, evidence-based, and safe decisions regarding treatment plans.
(720) 912-5018 View (720) 912-5018
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Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSc Ed
Verified Verified
Aurora, CO 80015
Book with me now by clicking on my website: The journey into psychiatric mental health care started with diverse experiences. I have a master's degree in nursing education and a post-master's degree in psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, and my DNP is near completion. My expertise spans anxiety, Bipolar d/o and other mood disorders, depression, and more. Specialties include seeing children, teenagers, adults, and geriatrics. My approach centers on personalized care and a thorough mental health assessment.
Book with me now by clicking on my website: The journey into psychiatric mental health care started with diverse experiences. I have a master's degree in nursing education and a post-master's degree in psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, and my DNP is near completion. My expertise spans anxiety, Bipolar d/o and other mood disorders, depression, and more. Specialties include seeing children, teenagers, adults, and geriatrics. My approach centers on personalized care and a thorough mental health assessment.
(720) 606-7817 View (720) 606-7817
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Jo Ann Brown
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Aurora, CO 80015  (Online Only)
Hello, my name is Jo Ann Brown I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I utilize evidence-based medication management and psychotherapy; both are gold standards for mental health wellbeing. My areas of experience include but not limited to: Anxiety, Depression, OCD, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, ADHD, and Alcohol Use Disorders. My approached to practice is characterized by a holistic approach. I understand optimum mental health wellbeing is a about implementing a long-term plan for life. I use evidenced based CBT and Motivational Interviewing to help people modify their thoughts and behaviors to improve mental health.
Hello, my name is Jo Ann Brown I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I utilize evidence-based medication management and psychotherapy; both are gold standards for mental health wellbeing. My areas of experience include but not limited to: Anxiety, Depression, OCD, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, ADHD, and Alcohol Use Disorders. My approached to practice is characterized by a holistic approach. I understand optimum mental health wellbeing is a about implementing a long-term plan for life. I use evidenced based CBT and Motivational Interviewing to help people modify their thoughts and behaviors to improve mental health.
(720) 802-0341 View (720) 802-0341
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David Asante
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Aurora, CO 80015
My name is David Asante and I’m a dedicated and compassionate board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). My expertise covers a wide range of psychiatric conditions across the lifespan, including Depression, Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders, PTSD, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, other Mood Disorders, Eating and Personality Disorders, ADHD and many more.
My name is David Asante and I’m a dedicated and compassionate board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). My expertise covers a wide range of psychiatric conditions across the lifespan, including Depression, Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders, PTSD, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, other Mood Disorders, Eating and Personality Disorders, ADHD and many more.
(720) 664-9329 View (720) 664-9329
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Brian Noonan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Aurora, CO 80015
I have been a Psychiatric NP for 15 years, treating Adult ADHD, Alcohol Use Disorders, Depression, Insomnia, Anxiety, and Panic attacks. I specialize in medication management and mindfulness meditation. I lived in a Zen monastery for six months and practice daily in my personal life. I am a certified tree-hugger, lover of music (rhythm-based; Celtic), avid reader, and long-distance hiker/walker.
I have been a Psychiatric NP for 15 years, treating Adult ADHD, Alcohol Use Disorders, Depression, Insomnia, Anxiety, and Panic attacks. I specialize in medication management and mindfulness meditation. I lived in a Zen monastery for six months and practice daily in my personal life. I am a certified tree-hugger, lover of music (rhythm-based; Celtic), avid reader, and long-distance hiker/walker.
(503) 506-4987 View (503) 506-4987
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Jeanna Dietz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Centennial, CO 80015
I started my nursing career in North Carolina, after graduating from a private nursing school where I was awarded Student of the Year in 2004. I worked several years in Pediatrics and Maternity Nursing before finding my passion for working with those suffering from mental illness and substance use disorders. I now have two master's degrees in nursing (Nursing Education, and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner) and have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with all varieties of mental illness and addiction. I have additional training in perinatal psychiatry and am comfortable treating during that time.
I started my nursing career in North Carolina, after graduating from a private nursing school where I was awarded Student of the Year in 2004. I worked several years in Pediatrics and Maternity Nursing before finding my passion for working with those suffering from mental illness and substance use disorders. I now have two master's degrees in nursing (Nursing Education, and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner) and have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with all varieties of mental illness and addiction. I have additional training in perinatal psychiatry and am comfortable treating during that time.
(720) 729-9520 View (720) 729-9520
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 80015

40+

Average cost per session

$225

Psychiatrists in 80015 who prioritize treating:

98% Anxiety
95% Depression
88% Bipolar Disorder
84% ADHD
84% Trauma and PTSD
81% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
74% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

95% Aetna
95% Cigna and Evernorth
93% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 80015 see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

72% Female
28% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 80015?

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.