Psychiatrists in 80027

Photo of Zachary Wight - Inner Joy Psychiatry | Zachary Wight PMHNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Inner Joy Psychiatry | Zachary Wight PMHNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Louisville, CO 80027
Accepting New Patients! I specialize in integrative psychiatry for individuals ages 16+ combining evidence-based medication management with holistic and non-traditional "whole-body" approaches for full-spectrum treatment of mental illnesses and substance abuse. I am accepting of all people and I provide non-judgmental care. Viewing the mind, body, emotions, and soul as beautifully interconnected, I will strive to gain a deep understanding of your unique history, the current struggles that are hindering mental wellness, and adaptation skills that can be enhanced to inspire a lasting sense of inner joy.
Accepting New Patients! I specialize in integrative psychiatry for individuals ages 16+ combining evidence-based medication management with holistic and non-traditional "whole-body" approaches for full-spectrum treatment of mental illnesses and substance abuse. I am accepting of all people and I provide non-judgmental care. Viewing the mind, body, emotions, and soul as beautifully interconnected, I will strive to gain a deep understanding of your unique history, the current struggles that are hindering mental wellness, and adaptation skills that can be enhanced to inspire a lasting sense of inner joy.
(303) 900-4790 View (303) 900-4790
Photo of Emily O'Keefe - Psychiatry Elevated | Emily O'Keefe, PMHNP, MSN, RN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Psychiatry Elevated | Emily O'Keefe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
Louisville, CO 80027
I am a Vanderbilt-trained Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, specializing in using an integrative approach to help those who suffer from depression, anxiety/panic, attention/focus issues, or chronic fatigue. I also help women struggling with mood challenges associated with infertility, menstrual irregularities, pregnancy and postpartum, and perimenopause/menopause. I am deeply committed to serving those whose past treatment yielded insufficient results, and encourage you to reach-out - even if you feel you've already exhausted your options. Interested in learning more? Your complimentary consultation can be booked on my website.
I am a Vanderbilt-trained Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, specializing in using an integrative approach to help those who suffer from depression, anxiety/panic, attention/focus issues, or chronic fatigue. I also help women struggling with mood challenges associated with infertility, menstrual irregularities, pregnancy and postpartum, and perimenopause/menopause. I am deeply committed to serving those whose past treatment yielded insufficient results, and encourage you to reach-out - even if you feel you've already exhausted your options. Interested in learning more? Your complimentary consultation can be booked on my website.
(720) 597-8944 View (720) 597-8944
Photo of Robert H Benge, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Robert H Benge
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Louisville, CO 80027  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with 16 years of experience in mental healthcare. I specialize is in diagnosing and treating depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and ADHD. Prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner, I worked as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse for 10 years.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with 16 years of experience in mental healthcare. I specialize is in diagnosing and treating depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and ADHD. Prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner, I worked as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse for 10 years.
(720) 797-5476 View (720) 797-5476
Photo of James Camp - James Camp NP LLC, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
James Camp NP LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Louisville, CO 80027
Hello! My name is James Camp, and together we can strive for your success and wellness. My approach to psychiatry is an eclectic approach to improving your mental wellbeing through medication management and cognitive behavioral psychotherapy. I specialize in the treatment of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, bereavement and many other psychiatric disorders. I offer in-person and telehealth services. My practice is collaborative and allows you to set the pace for your path to success.
Hello! My name is James Camp, and together we can strive for your success and wellness. My approach to psychiatry is an eclectic approach to improving your mental wellbeing through medication management and cognitive behavioral psychotherapy. I specialize in the treatment of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, bereavement and many other psychiatric disorders. I offer in-person and telehealth services. My practice is collaborative and allows you to set the pace for your path to success.
(720) 868-9586 View (720) 868-9586
Photo of John Tripp - Modern Mental Health , PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Modern Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Louisville, CO 80027
Welcome to Modern Mental Health! My name is John Tripp and my goal as your psychiatric provider is to listen to your goals and help you achieve them. I specialize in treating ADHD (ADHD-CCSP certified), anxiety disorders, PTSD and trauma, depression, bipolar disorders, binge eating disorder, and OCD. I believe in a partnership approach that emphasizes education, open communication, and meeting each individual where they are in their personal journey. Whether it is medication management, therapy, or a combination of the two, one size does not fit all.
Welcome to Modern Mental Health! My name is John Tripp and my goal as your psychiatric provider is to listen to your goals and help you achieve them. I specialize in treating ADHD (ADHD-CCSP certified), anxiety disorders, PTSD and trauma, depression, bipolar disorders, binge eating disorder, and OCD. I believe in a partnership approach that emphasizes education, open communication, and meeting each individual where they are in their personal journey. Whether it is medication management, therapy, or a combination of the two, one size does not fit all.
(720) 740-6814 View (720) 740-6814
Photo of Vicki Grossman, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-B, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Vicki Grossman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Louisville, CO 80027
Get seen ASAP! No waitlists and the ONLY clinic in Colorado to provide Medicaid patients with TMS treatments! I have spent the last 25 yrs working in healthcare and hold a PhD from the University of Colorado. I specialize in addressing depression, anxiety, and most common mental health issues and my approach is rooted in holistic psychiatric care and evidence-based medicine. I am proud of my ability to bridge the gap between medical and mental health care. Through transpersonal caring, mindfulness techniques, behavior modification, mind/body/spirit integration, I can help you reach your full potential and live your best life.
Get seen ASAP! No waitlists and the ONLY clinic in Colorado to provide Medicaid patients with TMS treatments! I have spent the last 25 yrs working in healthcare and hold a PhD from the University of Colorado. I specialize in addressing depression, anxiety, and most common mental health issues and my approach is rooted in holistic psychiatric care and evidence-based medicine. I am proud of my ability to bridge the gap between medical and mental health care. Through transpersonal caring, mindfulness techniques, behavior modification, mind/body/spirit integration, I can help you reach your full potential and live your best life.
(720) 964-1158 View (720) 964-1158
Photo of Rosie Gellman - Psych for Tykes and Teens, Rosie Gellman, MD, MD, Psychiatrist
Psych for Tykes and Teens, Rosie Gellman, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Louisville, CO 80027
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 Matt Battaglia, PA-C, Physician Assistant
Matt Battaglia
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Louisville, CO 80027
My goal is to understand and meet the needs of my clients drawing on 14 years of experience in emergency and psychiatric medicine. I treat the whole client from a bio-psycho-social-spiritual perspective. I take an integrative and functional approach to develop an in depth picture of my client and identify the underlying causes of behavioral disorders and guide the best course of treatment. My approach to treatment combines looking at social connections and values, medication, nutrition, lifestyle changes, sleep hygiene plus CBT-i, supplements, ketamine and other therapeutic techniques to develop an effective and enduring treatment,
My goal is to understand and meet the needs of my clients drawing on 14 years of experience in emergency and psychiatric medicine. I treat the whole client from a bio-psycho-social-spiritual perspective. I take an integrative and functional approach to develop an in depth picture of my client and identify the underlying causes of behavioral disorders and guide the best course of treatment. My approach to treatment combines looking at social connections and values, medication, nutrition, lifestyle changes, sleep hygiene plus CBT-i, supplements, ketamine and other therapeutic techniques to develop an effective and enduring treatment,
(720) 782-8587 View (720) 782-8587
Photo of Ashley Howell, PMNHP, MSN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ashley Howell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMNHP, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, CO 80027  (Online Only)
New patients and nearly all insurance accepted! Forget the waitlist and get seen ASAP! I'm a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, a veteran, and I want to help you overcome depression, anxiety, PTSD, or other mental illnesses with an integrative approach and the latest cutting-edge technologies like TMS and Ketamine. With the latest advances in depression treatment and a deeper understanding of the physiological and emotional components to mental health, I've been able to help so many people not just survive but thrive.
New patients and nearly all insurance accepted! Forget the waitlist and get seen ASAP! I'm a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, a veteran, and I want to help you overcome depression, anxiety, PTSD, or other mental illnesses with an integrative approach and the latest cutting-edge technologies like TMS and Ketamine. With the latest advances in depression treatment and a deeper understanding of the physiological and emotional components to mental health, I've been able to help so many people not just survive but thrive.
(720) 575-9341 View (720) 575-9341
Photo of Kara Guglielmo, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-B, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kara Guglielmo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Louisville, CO 80027
Accepting new patients! Immediate availability and the ONLY clinic in Colorado to provide Medicaid patients with TMS treatments! Every interaction is an opportunity to make a meaningful difference in someone's life, and I am committed to providing compassionate, individualized care to each of my patients. My journey into this field has been driven by a genuine desire to understand and support individuals facing mental health challenges. I believe in the power of holistic care, where I not only address the symptoms but also strive to understand the underlying factors contributing to my patients' well-being.
Accepting new patients! Immediate availability and the ONLY clinic in Colorado to provide Medicaid patients with TMS treatments! Every interaction is an opportunity to make a meaningful difference in someone's life, and I am committed to providing compassionate, individualized care to each of my patients. My journey into this field has been driven by a genuine desire to understand and support individuals facing mental health challenges. I believe in the power of holistic care, where I not only address the symptoms but also strive to understand the underlying factors contributing to my patients' well-being.
(720) 307-3967 View (720) 307-3967
Photo of Ross Van Allen, DNP, PMHNP, CNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ross Van Allen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, CNP
Verified Verified
Louisville, CO 80027
Accepting new patients! Mental health is more than meds and I am dedicated to co-creating plan with you that goes beyond just medications to get you long-term, sustainable results. I am a board-certified DNP/PMHNP and dedicated holistic provider. Through a combo of cutting-edge tools like ketamine and TMS, lifestyle changes, therapy and more, I've helped patients recover from life-long depression, anxiety, and other common mental health conditions. Best of all, when you come to see me, you get all that Axis Integrated Mental Health offers under 1 roof, which makes it easier to get the care you need, and your costs under control.
Accepting new patients! Mental health is more than meds and I am dedicated to co-creating plan with you that goes beyond just medications to get you long-term, sustainable results. I am a board-certified DNP/PMHNP and dedicated holistic provider. Through a combo of cutting-edge tools like ketamine and TMS, lifestyle changes, therapy and more, I've helped patients recover from life-long depression, anxiety, and other common mental health conditions. Best of all, when you come to see me, you get all that Axis Integrated Mental Health offers under 1 roof, which makes it easier to get the care you need, and your costs under control.
(720) 802-2982 View (720) 802-2982
Photo of Christopher Perez - Axis Integrated Mental Health, APRN, CRNA, Psychiatric Nurse
Axis Integrated Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse, APRN, CRNA
Verified Verified
Louisville, CO 80027
Get seen ASAP! We accept new patients and nearly every insurance! The ONLY clinic in Colorado who does TMS for Medicaid patients thanks to our personal endowment. Whether you need medications, therapy, or cutting-edge treatment for Major Depressive Disorder or anxiety, we are your single-stop shop for help. With board-certified psychiatric providers, licensed psychotherapists, and treatments like Spravato, TMS, and Ketamine all under one roof, we can minimize out-of-pocket costs while maximizing healing.
Get seen ASAP! We accept new patients and nearly every insurance! The ONLY clinic in Colorado who does TMS for Medicaid patients thanks to our personal endowment. Whether you need medications, therapy, or cutting-edge treatment for Major Depressive Disorder or anxiety, we are your single-stop shop for help. With board-certified psychiatric providers, licensed psychotherapists, and treatments like Spravato, TMS, and Ketamine all under one roof, we can minimize out-of-pocket costs while maximizing healing.
(720) 734-8160 View (720) 734-8160
Photo of Richard Wallis, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Richard Wallis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Louisville, CO 80027
**ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS** I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with experience in several psychiatric settings. I completed my psychiatric training at the University of Kentucky and his PhD at the University of Texas Medical Branch. I obtained an advanced training in psychopharmacology and has presented several posters and spoken at several national psychiatry conferences.
**ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS** I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with experience in several psychiatric settings. I completed my psychiatric training at the University of Kentucky and his PhD at the University of Texas Medical Branch. I obtained an advanced training in psychopharmacology and has presented several posters and spoken at several national psychiatry conferences.
(720) 704-1028 View (720) 704-1028
Photo of Sarah Paston, PMNHP, MSN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Sarah Paston
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMNHP, MSN
Verified Verified
Louisville, CO 80027
Accepting new patients! Forget the waitlist and get seen ASAP! The ONLY clinic in Colorado to provide Medicaid patients with TMS treatments. My holistic psychiatry philosophy is that mental health and physical health are tightly connected and we can go at the speed you're comfortable with. I am a humanistic provider who listens to your concerns, collaborates with you to create a treatment plan that will work with you and for you, and a psychopharmacologist who can explain in simple language how different medication classes work. We will go low and slow and make one modification at a time to ensure we tailor an effective plan.
Accepting new patients! Forget the waitlist and get seen ASAP! The ONLY clinic in Colorado to provide Medicaid patients with TMS treatments. My holistic psychiatry philosophy is that mental health and physical health are tightly connected and we can go at the speed you're comfortable with. I am a humanistic provider who listens to your concerns, collaborates with you to create a treatment plan that will work with you and for you, and a psychopharmacologist who can explain in simple language how different medication classes work. We will go low and slow and make one modification at a time to ensure we tailor an effective plan.
(720) 400-7025 View (720) 400-7025
Photo of Tracy Tyler - Mindfulness Psychiatry, PLLC, Tracy Tyler, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Mindfulness Psychiatry, PLLC, Tracy Tyler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Superior, CO 80027
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!
(720) 669-6686 View (720) 669-6686
Photo of Bryce Thacker, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Bryce Thacker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Louisville, CO 80027  (Online Only)
Immediate availability for online med management appointments. Antidepressants are not the only thing you can try to get relief from depression and anxiety. I was previously a family nurse practitioner and combined my knowledge of physical health with mental health to provide a well-rounded therapeutic approach. The latest research in treatments like TMS and ketamine, many of which are covered by insurance, can give you better results. I combine a holistic approach to mental health, leveraging the latest tools and focusing on both physical and mental health to help you not just survive but thrive. Call today!
Immediate availability for online med management appointments. Antidepressants are not the only thing you can try to get relief from depression and anxiety. I was previously a family nurse practitioner and combined my knowledge of physical health with mental health to provide a well-rounded therapeutic approach. The latest research in treatments like TMS and ketamine, many of which are covered by insurance, can give you better results. I combine a holistic approach to mental health, leveraging the latest tools and focusing on both physical and mental health to help you not just survive but thrive. Call today!
(720) 729-3448 View (720) 729-3448
Photo of Christopher Flanagan, PMH-NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Christopher Flanagan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMH-NP
Verified Verified
Louisville, CO 80027  (Online Only)
Connecting with a psychiatric provider can be challenging and I hope to make that process easier. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner practicing in Boulder CO. I strive to provide collaborative and patient focused care for my clients mental health concerns. Currently I am accepting a limit number of telehealth clients. Please reach out via email or visit our website to set up an appointment.
Connecting with a psychiatric provider can be challenging and I hope to make that process easier. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner practicing in Boulder CO. I strive to provide collaborative and patient focused care for my clients mental health concerns. Currently I am accepting a limit number of telehealth clients. Please reach out via email or visit our website to set up an appointment.
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Degrees of Freedom
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Louisville, CO 80027
You matter, and you deserve good care. If you want a psychiatrist who takes time to listen and has expertise in both psychiatric medicine and psychotherapy, then the way I practice may well be a good fit for you. You bring your story, I'll bring my years of training and experience, and together we'll find a way forward that works for you. My undergraduate degree is from Yale University in psychobiology. I completed medical school and residency in my home state (West Virginia) at the WVU School of Medicine. I'm board certified in psychiatry.
You matter, and you deserve good care. If you want a psychiatrist who takes time to listen and has expertise in both psychiatric medicine and psychotherapy, then the way I practice may well be a good fit for you. You bring your story, I'll bring my years of training and experience, and together we'll find a way forward that works for you. My undergraduate degree is from Yale University in psychobiology. I completed medical school and residency in my home state (West Virginia) at the WVU School of Medicine. I'm board certified in psychiatry.
(720) 310-8750 View (720) 310-8750
Photo of Kristina Mordecai, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kristina Mordecai
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Louisville, CO 80027
Accepting New Patients! Kristina is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is currently accepting new clients. Her journey began in 1999 when she graduated with an Associate of Science in Nursing from Meridian Community College. She then progressed to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Chamberlain University in 2015 and graduated at the top of her class. After furthering her career in nursing management and stress management courses, she decided to pursue the Master of Science in Nursing, specializing in Psychiatry, at Herzing University where she graduated with honors.
Accepting New Patients! Kristina is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is currently accepting new clients. Her journey began in 1999 when she graduated with an Associate of Science in Nursing from Meridian Community College. She then progressed to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Chamberlain University in 2015 and graduated at the top of her class. After furthering her career in nursing management and stress management courses, she decided to pursue the Master of Science in Nursing, specializing in Psychiatry, at Herzing University where she graduated with honors.
(720) 669-7966 View (720) 669-7966
Photo of Adriana de Julio - Plus by APN - Boulder Psychiatry, Therapy, & Neuro, MD, MSPH, Psychiatrist
Plus by APN - Boulder Psychiatry, Therapy, & Neuro
Psychiatrist, MD, MSPH
Verified Verified
Louisville, CO 80027
Plus by APN is a modern mental health practice in Boulder and Auro that exists to help you find your next step toward healing and recovery. Maybe this is your first time reaching out for help regarding whatever you're struggling with, and you have no idea where to start. We can help you figure that out with assessments that help us collectively hit a deep understanding of what treatment or therapy might serve you best. OR maybe you've been to a bunch of therapists or tried a whole host of medications, and you're feeling frustrated at how stuck you still feel and how far away healing still feels. We totally get that. And we can help.
Plus by APN is a modern mental health practice in Boulder and Auro that exists to help you find your next step toward healing and recovery. Maybe this is your first time reaching out for help regarding whatever you're struggling with, and you have no idea where to start. We can help you figure that out with assessments that help us collectively hit a deep understanding of what treatment or therapy might serve you best. OR maybe you've been to a bunch of therapists or tried a whole host of medications, and you're feeling frustrated at how stuck you still feel and how far away healing still feels. We totally get that. And we can help.
(720) 740-0576 View (720) 740-0576
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 80027

20+

Average cost per session

$225

Psychiatrists in 80027 who prioritize treating:

89% Depression
86% Anxiety
82% Medication Management
79% ADHD
68% Trauma and PTSD
64% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
54% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
86% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 80027 see their clients

86% In Person and Online
14% Online Only

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 80027?

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.