Psychiatrists in 80016

Photo of Brittany Rideaux, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Brittany Rideaux
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
18 Endorsed
Aurora, CO 80016  (Online Only)
Hello! I am a PMHNP that hails from Oklahoma City. I started my career in the nursing field 16 years ago and began as a medical assistant. I later became a CNA, then a registered nurse. I have worked both inpatient and outpatient behavioral health for many years before becoming a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I enjoy spending time with my family and have an 18 year old step son that is in college, a daughter headed to college next year, a three year old son, and a 1 year old daughter. I love caring for others as it is one of my passions in life.
Hello! I am a PMHNP that hails from Oklahoma City. I started my career in the nursing field 16 years ago and began as a medical assistant. I later became a CNA, then a registered nurse. I have worked both inpatient and outpatient behavioral health for many years before becoming a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I enjoy spending time with my family and have an 18 year old step son that is in college, a daughter headed to college next year, a three year old son, and a 1 year old daughter. I love caring for others as it is one of my passions in life.
(720) 738-6131 View (720) 738-6131
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Deanna Nicholson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Aurora, CO 80016
Accepting New Patients Now! With over 16 years of experience in mental healthcare, I am a dedicated expert in my field. I merge cutting-edge knowledge with a genuine passion for providing exceptional care. From navigating substance use disorders to delving into the depths of depression and anxiety, I confront a wide spectrum of mental health challenges. My unwavering commitment to adult and geriatric populations, including those with cognitive impairment, truly sets me apart. Together, we will unlock your potential and embark on a transformative journey towards optimal well-being. Your path to a brighter future starts here!
Accepting New Patients Now! With over 16 years of experience in mental healthcare, I am a dedicated expert in my field. I merge cutting-edge knowledge with a genuine passion for providing exceptional care. From navigating substance use disorders to delving into the depths of depression and anxiety, I confront a wide spectrum of mental health challenges. My unwavering commitment to adult and geriatric populations, including those with cognitive impairment, truly sets me apart. Together, we will unlock your potential and embark on a transformative journey towards optimal well-being. Your path to a brighter future starts here!
(720) 669-7372 View (720) 669-7372
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Olaf Garcia
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
22 Endorsed
Aurora, CO 80016  (Online Only)
Hello! I graduated with a degree in nursing from Santa Monica College in 2009. Since that time, I’ve worked in several hospital settings including intensive care. I finished my first masters degree as and Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist in 2017 from California State University at Dominguez Hills and started managing extremely sick people in a long-term acute care hospital One universal I’ve seen throughout my many different careers in and out of healthcare is that the presence (or absence) of good mental health care spells the difference between success and failure in any environment.
Hello! I graduated with a degree in nursing from Santa Monica College in 2009. Since that time, I’ve worked in several hospital settings including intensive care. I finished my first masters degree as and Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist in 2017 from California State University at Dominguez Hills and started managing extremely sick people in a long-term acute care hospital One universal I’ve seen throughout my many different careers in and out of healthcare is that the presence (or absence) of good mental health care spells the difference between success and failure in any environment.
(720) 759-3766 View (720) 759-3766
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Grace Ann Pittari
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified Verified
21 Endorsed
Aurora, CO 80016  (Online Only)
Hi there! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of overall nursing experience with an emphasis on mental health. I see adult clients between the ages of 18-64 for a variety of psychiatric illnesses including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. In my free time, I prioritize my own mental health through exercise, spending quality time with loved ones, and getting out into nature.
Hi there! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of overall nursing experience with an emphasis on mental health. I see adult clients between the ages of 18-64 for a variety of psychiatric illnesses including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. In my free time, I prioritize my own mental health through exercise, spending quality time with loved ones, and getting out into nature.
(720) 796-9529 View (720) 796-9529
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Erin Lutchkus
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MPA, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
22 Endorsed
Aurora, CO 80016  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over a decade of experience in a variety of nursing specialties. I am an active member in Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. I aim to provide my patients with the support they need based on their individually unique situations. I hope that my patients feel safe, comfortable and respected in my care.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over a decade of experience in a variety of nursing specialties. I am an active member in Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. I aim to provide my patients with the support they need based on their individually unique situations. I hope that my patients feel safe, comfortable and respected in my care.
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Leslie Mormile
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Aurora, CO 80016
Leslie Mormile is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Colorado who has been practicing since 2008. Dr. Mormile offers client listening skills and an understanding of their unique needs. She strives to treat each one as a family member and not as just a client, every one of us are different and unique. When she is not working, Leslie Mormile enjoys exploring and listening to music. She was trained as a classical pianist but has more fun playing the banjo or flatpicking fiddle tunes on her guitar. She likes to be outside hiking, but doesn't always have time for that.
Leslie Mormile is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Colorado who has been practicing since 2008. Dr. Mormile offers client listening skills and an understanding of their unique needs. She strives to treat each one as a family member and not as just a client, every one of us are different and unique. When she is not working, Leslie Mormile enjoys exploring and listening to music. She was trained as a classical pianist but has more fun playing the banjo or flatpicking fiddle tunes on her guitar. She likes to be outside hiking, but doesn't always have time for that.
(720) 586-4771 View (720) 586-4771
Photo of Shari Pettit, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Shari Pettit
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
18 Endorsed
Aurora, CO 80016  (Online Only)
Hello! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 13 years of experience in the nursing field. I have a diverse background that includes roles in medical-surgical, emergency department,oncology radiation, hospice, correctional care, substance abuse, geriatric psychiatry, and mental health crisis unit settings. Preceding my nursing career, I dedicated 7 years to the healthcare field, providing care for individuals diagnosed with intellectual and developmental deficits with dual diagnoses.
Hello! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 13 years of experience in the nursing field. I have a diverse background that includes roles in medical-surgical, emergency department,oncology radiation, hospice, correctional care, substance abuse, geriatric psychiatry, and mental health crisis unit settings. Preceding my nursing career, I dedicated 7 years to the healthcare field, providing care for individuals diagnosed with intellectual and developmental deficits with dual diagnoses.
(720) 597-8004 View (720) 597-8004
Photo of Meagan Holland, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Meagan Holland
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Aurora, CO 80016
My journey began at Denver College of Nursing, where I earned my BSN. Eager to dive into the world of psychiatry, I spent over 6 years as a Mental Health Registered Nurse. Those years were invaluable, giving me experience in diverse settings like outpatient, inpatient, detox, and crisis care. Mental health has always held a special place in my heart. Naturally, I pursued my Master's degree as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Regis College. My commitment to learning doesn't stop there – I'm constantly seeking new ways to expand my knowledge and better serve my patients.
My journey began at Denver College of Nursing, where I earned my BSN. Eager to dive into the world of psychiatry, I spent over 6 years as a Mental Health Registered Nurse. Those years were invaluable, giving me experience in diverse settings like outpatient, inpatient, detox, and crisis care. Mental health has always held a special place in my heart. Naturally, I pursued my Master's degree as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Regis College. My commitment to learning doesn't stop there – I'm constantly seeking new ways to expand my knowledge and better serve my patients.
(720) 307-3820 View (720) 307-3820
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Vanda VanBibber
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Aurora, CO 80016
Vanda VanBibber is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Colorado who has been practicing since 2023. Vanda has a passion for helping people with mental health challenges. This passion is fueled by empathy, allowing her to understand and truly connect with my patients. Empathy is a cornerstone of effective mental health care, as it enables Vanda to see the world through her patients’ eyes, understand their struggles, and provide the support and guidance they need. In addition to empathy, Vanda brings dedication to her work as a PMHNP.
Vanda VanBibber is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Colorado who has been practicing since 2023. Vanda has a passion for helping people with mental health challenges. This passion is fueled by empathy, allowing her to understand and truly connect with my patients. Empathy is a cornerstone of effective mental health care, as it enables Vanda to see the world through her patients’ eyes, understand their struggles, and provide the support and guidance they need. In addition to empathy, Vanda brings dedication to her work as a PMHNP.
(720) 502-0237 View (720) 502-0237
Photo of James Anderson, MSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
James Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Aurora, CO 80016
Accepting New Patients! Looking forward to meet you. I'm board certified, specializing in medication management, treating depression, anxiety, addiction 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 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.
(719) 212-4870 View (719) 212-4870
Photo of Angela Graham, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Angela Graham
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Aurora, CO 80016  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and the founder of authentic mental health, PLLC.  I am a compassionate, down-to-earth provider, who is dedicated to helping individuals manage their mental and emotional well-being while creating healthy, fulfilling lives. I specialize in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating a wide range of mental health conditions within a safe and supportive environment where clients feel comfortable sharing their concerns and working towards their mental health goals. I believe in fostering a strong therapeutic alliance and involving clients in their own treatment plans.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and the founder of authentic mental health, PLLC.  I am a compassionate, down-to-earth provider, who is dedicated to helping individuals manage their mental and emotional well-being while creating healthy, fulfilling lives. I specialize in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating a wide range of mental health conditions within a safe and supportive environment where clients feel comfortable sharing their concerns and working towards their mental health goals. I believe in fostering a strong therapeutic alliance and involving clients in their own treatment plans.
(720) 734-4411 View (720) 734-4411
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Lisa Brown
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Aurora, CO 80016
Lisa Brown, PMHNP Lisa Brown is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Colorado who has been practicing since 2020. She completed the Master's program at Walden University and earned her Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner license. Lisa's philosophy is to approach the person as a whole, with physical, emotional spiritual, culture, and environment as factors. Lisa tries to create a balanced home life/work life. She and her husband like to cook, hike, camp, and practice yoga. They have a very rich social life where they spend time with family, friends, and neighbors.
Lisa Brown, PMHNP Lisa Brown is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Colorado who has been practicing since 2020. She completed the Master's program at Walden University and earned her Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner license. Lisa's philosophy is to approach the person as a whole, with physical, emotional spiritual, culture, and environment as factors. Lisa tries to create a balanced home life/work life. She and her husband like to cook, hike, camp, and practice yoga. They have a very rich social life where they spend time with family, friends, and neighbors.
(720) 815-3943 View (720) 815-3943
Photo of Laurie Reeder, RxN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse
Laurie Reeder
Psychiatric Nurse, RxN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Centennial, CO 80016
You can find joy! As an experienced psychiatric nurse practitioner, I have worked extensively with children, adolescents, and adults prescribing medication and providing therapy services. I provide traditional psychiatric services in conjunction with holistic and complementary approaches. I believe that medication may be necessary yet is only part of the healing process. I offer alternatives to medication and help people safely get off psychiatric meds. I frequently order genetic testing and lab tests to evaluate potential root causes to symptoms and medication response.
You can find joy! As an experienced psychiatric nurse practitioner, I have worked extensively with children, adolescents, and adults prescribing medication and providing therapy services. I provide traditional psychiatric services in conjunction with holistic and complementary approaches. I believe that medication may be necessary yet is only part of the healing process. I offer alternatives to medication and help people safely get off psychiatric meds. I frequently order genetic testing and lab tests to evaluate potential root causes to symptoms and medication response.
(720) 358-5342 View (720) 358-5342
Photo of Prescott Coe, PMHNP, MSN, APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Prescott Coe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
22 Endorsed
Aurora, CO 80016  (Online Only)
Hi there! My name is Prescott Coe and I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and have been working in the mental health field for over five years. Shoring up my studies, I became passionate about mental health early in life, as I lived and grew up with multiple family members with varying mental health disorders, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, traumatic brain injury, addiction, and autism.
Hi there! My name is Prescott Coe and I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and have been working in the mental health field for over five years. Shoring up my studies, I became passionate about mental health early in life, as I lived and grew up with multiple family members with varying mental health disorders, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, traumatic brain injury, addiction, and autism.
(720) 899-5681 View (720) 899-5681
Photo of Leslie Canicatti, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Leslie Canicatti
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Aurora, CO 80016
Hi, I'm Leslie, a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner in Greenwood Village, Colorado. I offer both in-person or telehealth appointments. I use science-based, person-centered care to treat the whole person, rather than just your symptoms.
Hi, I'm Leslie, a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner in Greenwood Village, Colorado. I offer both in-person or telehealth appointments. I use science-based, person-centered care to treat the whole person, rather than just your symptoms.
(720) 706-1359 View (720) 706-1359
Photo of Mary Beth Hutchinson, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Mary Beth Hutchinson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Aurora, CO 80016
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) 640-8997 View (720) 640-8997
Photo of Karen Laber - ReThink Mental Health, MSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
ReThink Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Centennial, CO 80016
We see you as a person, not an illness. Together we will work with you to optimize your care and work towards remission of your symptoms. We ensure that you'll have time during your appointment to ask questions and make sure that you understand treatment options. We will offer suggestions for care and support what you decide. We will assess genetic and nutritional deficiencies and will add supplements and natural treatments as well as prescription medications as indicated.
We see you as a person, not an illness. Together we will work with you to optimize your care and work towards remission of your symptoms. We ensure that you'll have time during your appointment to ask questions and make sure that you understand treatment options. We will offer suggestions for care and support what you decide. We will assess genetic and nutritional deficiencies and will add supplements and natural treatments as well as prescription medications as indicated.
(720) 730-5399 View (720) 730-5399
Photo of Ebelechukwu Ekwenugo, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ebelechukwu Ekwenugo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Foxfield, CO 80016
Need URGENT psychiatric care? Call 888-877-7022 now to start your healing journey. We understand how stress, anxiety, ADHD, depression, burnout, & overwhelming emotions can prevent you from living your best life. At AB Holistic, we believe in a compassionate, integrative approach. We offer personalized treatment plans that include traditional medications, therapy, counseling & holistic therapies to address the root causes of your distress. We're dedicated to supporting you every step of the way. Find the relief you deserve. We're conveniently located, offer flexible hours, and have telehealth options available. Call today.
Need URGENT psychiatric care? Call 888-877-7022 now to start your healing journey. We understand how stress, anxiety, ADHD, depression, burnout, & overwhelming emotions can prevent you from living your best life. At AB Holistic, we believe in a compassionate, integrative approach. We offer personalized treatment plans that include traditional medications, therapy, counseling & holistic therapies to address the root causes of your distress. We're dedicated to supporting you every step of the way. Find the relief you deserve. We're conveniently located, offer flexible hours, and have telehealth options available. Call today.
(720) 647-2478 View (720) 647-2478
Photo of Letitia Osei Sam - Loveinstead Holistic Care, PMHNP, MSc Ed, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Loveinstead Holistic Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSc Ed
Verified Verified
Centennial, CO 80016
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
Photo of Amanda Jackson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Amanda Jackson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Centennial, CO 80016
Need URGENT psychiatric care? Call 888-877-7022 now to start your healing journey. We understand how stress, anxiety, ADHD, depression, burnout, & overwhelming emotions can prevent you from living your best life. At AB Holistic, we believe in a compassionate, integrative approach. We offer personalized treatment plans that include traditional medications, therapy, counseling & holistic therapies to address the root causes of your distress. We're dedicated to supporting you every step of the way. Find the relief you deserve. We're conveniently located, offer flexible hours, and have telehealth options available. Call today.
Need URGENT psychiatric care? Call 888-877-7022 now to start your healing journey. We understand how stress, anxiety, ADHD, depression, burnout, & overwhelming emotions can prevent you from living your best life. At AB Holistic, we believe in a compassionate, integrative approach. We offer personalized treatment plans that include traditional medications, therapy, counseling & holistic therapies to address the root causes of your distress. We're dedicated to supporting you every step of the way. Find the relief you deserve. We're conveniently located, offer flexible hours, and have telehealth options available. Call today.
(720) 639-8999 View (720) 639-8999

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 80016

20+

Average cost per session

$225

Psychiatrists in 80016 who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
95% ADHD
90% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
90% Bipolar Disorder
76% Trauma and PTSD
76% Medication Management

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
95% BlueCross and BlueShield
95% Anthem | Elevance

How Psychiatrists in 80016 see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

84% Female
16% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 80016?

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.