Psychiatrists in 80108

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Blossom Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Castle Rock, CO 80108
Blossom Psychiatric Services, is a family operated business offering compassionate patient centered therapeutic care and understanding with responsible psychiatric medication management . We are welcoming clients interested in an initial 90 minute Psychiatric Evaluation "in person" followed by 30 minute "tele-psych" follow ups thereafter. Provider will NOT prescribe for IR stimulants or benzodiazepine over use.
Blossom Psychiatric Services, is a family operated business offering compassionate patient centered therapeutic care and understanding with responsible psychiatric medication management . We are welcoming clients interested in an initial 90 minute Psychiatric Evaluation "in person" followed by 30 minute "tele-psych" follow ups thereafter. Provider will NOT prescribe for IR stimulants or benzodiazepine over use.
(720) 637-3920 View (720) 637-3920
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Kimberly Danielle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Castle Pines, CO 80108  (Online Only)
Welcome to Klarity Wellness! My name is Kimberly Danielle, PMHNP- BC, FNP-C. With training in integrative & functional medicine as well as being double board-certified in Psychiatry and Family Medicine, I bring a unique and comprehensive perspective to mental and physical health care. My expertise allows me to offer an integrated approach to a wide range of conditions, including anxiety, depression, bipolar & mood disorders, PTSD, ADHD, and more. With extensive experience in psychiatry and hospital based medicine, I have developed an expertise in addressing the relationship between mental and physical well-being.
Welcome to Klarity Wellness! My name is Kimberly Danielle, PMHNP- BC, FNP-C. With training in integrative & functional medicine as well as being double board-certified in Psychiatry and Family Medicine, I bring a unique and comprehensive perspective to mental and physical health care. My expertise allows me to offer an integrated approach to a wide range of conditions, including anxiety, depression, bipolar & mood disorders, PTSD, ADHD, and more. With extensive experience in psychiatry and hospital based medicine, I have developed an expertise in addressing the relationship between mental and physical well-being.
(720) 386-4049 View (720) 386-4049
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Angela Graham
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Castle Rock, CO 80108  (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) 712-2596 View (720) 712-2596
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Ashley Howell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Castle Rock, CO 80108  (Online Only)
Ashley is a board-certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner with over ten years of experience in mental health & critical care fields. Ashley is a veteran of the Armed Services, which allows her to have a special understanding of the mental health concerns of a veteran. Ashley is passionate about working with patients who are recognizing a transition phase in their life such as high school, college, military or post-partum. Ashley is a LGBTQ+ provider.
Ashley is a board-certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner with over ten years of experience in mental health & critical care fields. Ashley is a veteran of the Armed Services, which allows her to have a special understanding of the mental health concerns of a veteran. Ashley is passionate about working with patients who are recognizing a transition phase in their life such as high school, college, military or post-partum. Ashley is a LGBTQ+ provider.
(720) 477-6966 View (720) 477-6966
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Mindfulness Psychiatry, PLLC, Tracy Tyler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Castle Pines, CO 80108
Accepting New Patients for medication management of adult Colorado residents! Immediate Availability! I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, specializing in medication management of depression, ADHD, anxiety, and a variety of other mental health conditions. Please click on the “website” button to schedule an appointment. I look forward to meeting with you and helping you on your journey to optimal well-being!
Accepting New Patients for medication management of adult Colorado residents! Immediate Availability! I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, specializing in medication management of depression, ADHD, anxiety, and a variety of other mental health conditions. Please click on the “website” button to schedule an appointment. I look forward to meeting with you and helping you on your journey to optimal well-being!
(303) 276-4051 View (303) 276-4051
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Clarity Mental Health, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Castle Rock, CO 80108
At Clarity Mental Health we offer medication management and therapy services for a wide variety of mental disorders. Our Nurse Practitioner and LCSW help clients improve their lives by offering traditional treatment plans and recommendations based on the most current evidence and research in our field. While we will offer recommendations, we understand that the final choice is always yours and encourage patients to be active participants in their care.
At Clarity Mental Health we offer medication management and therapy services for a wide variety of mental disorders. Our Nurse Practitioner and LCSW help clients improve their lives by offering traditional treatment plans and recommendations based on the most current evidence and research in our field. While we will offer recommendations, we understand that the final choice is always yours and encourage patients to be active participants in their care.
(720) 605-0955 View (720) 605-0955
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Angela Graham
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Castle Pines, CO 80108  (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.
(303) 586-7825 View (303) 586-7825
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Prescott Coe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
27 Endorsed
Castle Rock, CO 80108  (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
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Dr. Daniel Daylamani
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Castle Rock, CO 80108  (Online Only)
I am a board certified psychiatrist currently accepting new patients. My practice is strictly through the use of telepsychiatry which means that all appointments will be held via HIPAA compliant video conferencing software. Many patients prefer this means of treatment as appointments can be done from the comfort of your home or office without the need for lengthy commutes or waiting rooms and it provides access to mental health treatment to patients located in more remote locations. I treat adult (18+) patients located in Colorado, Texas and Washington State though controlled substance prescribing may only be done in Colorado.
I am a board certified psychiatrist currently accepting new patients. My practice is strictly through the use of telepsychiatry which means that all appointments will be held via HIPAA compliant video conferencing software. Many patients prefer this means of treatment as appointments can be done from the comfort of your home or office without the need for lengthy commutes or waiting rooms and it provides access to mental health treatment to patients located in more remote locations. I treat adult (18+) patients located in Colorado, Texas and Washington State though controlled substance prescribing may only be done in Colorado.
(720) 868-9577 View (720) 868-9577
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Journey Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, RXN-P
Verified Verified
Castle Rock, CO 80108
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 8 years of experience in mental health. I previously specialized in counseling teenagers and young adults and have specialized training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). I offer both medication management and counseling services to all age groups. Most of my appointments are offered virtually, providing convenience and comfort to clients throughout the state of Colorado.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 8 years of experience in mental health. I previously specialized in counseling teenagers and young adults and have specialized training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). I offer both medication management and counseling services to all age groups. Most of my appointments are offered virtually, providing convenience and comfort to clients throughout the state of Colorado.
(719) 299-3349 View (719) 299-3349
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Laurie Reeder
Psychiatric Nurse, RxN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Castle Rock, CO 80108
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
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Heather Shannon Ford
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Castle Rock, CO 80108  (Online Only)
With backgrounds in both conventional and alternative therapies, I love personalizing care to your individual mental health needs. Your symptoms are often rooted in a deeper cause (or causes) that require considering your mind, body, daily habits and relationships. I specialize in working with adults 18 and older who want to go beyond just 'a pill for every ill' worldview and incorporate lifestyle changes, hormone optimization and effective supplement regimes. Appointments Online -Lunch Time and After Work or After Class Options Available!
With backgrounds in both conventional and alternative therapies, I love personalizing care to your individual mental health needs. Your symptoms are often rooted in a deeper cause (or causes) that require considering your mind, body, daily habits and relationships. I specialize in working with adults 18 and older who want to go beyond just 'a pill for every ill' worldview and incorporate lifestyle changes, hormone optimization and effective supplement regimes. Appointments Online -Lunch Time and After Work or After Class Options Available!
(719) 212-4735 View (719) 212-4735
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Integrative Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Castle Rock, CO 80108
Hello, I am Jason de Luisa, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC and holistic medicine practitioner. I am passionate about combining Western Medicine with holistic approaches to help people live happier, healthier, and fuller lives.
Hello, I am Jason de Luisa, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC and holistic medicine practitioner. I am passionate about combining Western Medicine with holistic approaches to help people live happier, healthier, and fuller lives.
(941) 336-6898 View (941) 336-6898
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Capstone Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
12 Endorsed
Castle Rock, CO 80108  (Online Only)
Now an Autism and ADHD Certified Clinical Services Provider. If you're feeling overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, or simply need someone to talk to, I am here to help. I know reaching out can be the hardest part. Don't suffer in silence. I know you want to take back control over your life and truly feel alive again! I promise you, I will offer a safe and confidential environment where you can explore your thoughts and feelings and work through any challenges you may be facing. We aren't pushy, we are a member of your healthcare team, and make decisions...as a team! You are in full control over your healthcare.
Now an Autism and ADHD Certified Clinical Services Provider. If you're feeling overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, or simply need someone to talk to, I am here to help. I know reaching out can be the hardest part. Don't suffer in silence. I know you want to take back control over your life and truly feel alive again! I promise you, I will offer a safe and confidential environment where you can explore your thoughts and feelings and work through any challenges you may be facing. We aren't pushy, we are a member of your healthcare team, and make decisions...as a team! You are in full control over your healthcare.
(720) 307-3272 View (720) 307-3272
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Wolf Pack Mind & Body
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, PNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Castle Rock, CO 80108
Accepting New Patients! Are you, your child or teenager experiencing difficulties navigating everyday life? No matter what stage of life you or your loved one are in, we can help navigate through it together. While we see individuals as young as 5 years old and up to 64 years old, we do specialize in children, adolescents and young adults. We strive to break down the mental health stigma and truly listen to others to understand their needs. As a dual board-certified Nurse Practitioner, we work to bring mind and body together incorporating primary care providers and specialists when appropriate.
Accepting New Patients! Are you, your child or teenager experiencing difficulties navigating everyday life? No matter what stage of life you or your loved one are in, we can help navigate through it together. While we see individuals as young as 5 years old and up to 64 years old, we do specialize in children, adolescents and young adults. We strive to break down the mental health stigma and truly listen to others to understand their needs. As a dual board-certified Nurse Practitioner, we work to bring mind and body together incorporating primary care providers and specialists when appropriate.
(720) 637-5278 View (720) 637-5278
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Dr. Lisa Crowley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Castle Rock, CO 80108  (Online Only)
Hello there! I am accepting clients with Aetna, Cigna, BCBS of MA. Cash pay sessions starting at only $100/hour & $50/half hour. Are you feeling down, with little to no interest in doing things? Are you fighting a battle just to get through each day? Has your get up and go got up and went? Or, are you anxious, nervous, stressed out? Depression and anxiety are common problems for millions of people and I can help you through these issues. If you are needing help, reach out! Call or book online at integratefull.com
Hello there! I am accepting clients with Aetna, Cigna, BCBS of MA. Cash pay sessions starting at only $100/hour & $50/half hour. Are you feeling down, with little to no interest in doing things? Are you fighting a battle just to get through each day? Has your get up and go got up and went? Or, are you anxious, nervous, stressed out? Depression and anxiety are common problems for millions of people and I can help you through these issues. If you are needing help, reach out! Call or book online at integratefull.com
(720) 706-4556 View (720) 706-4556
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Rose NeuroSpa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DO
Verified Verified
Castle Rock, CO 80108
Rose NeuroSpa is a locally owned clinic that was opened to help individuals and families deal with the devastating issues relating to mental health and related co-occurring conditions. Not only do we offer traditional mental health services (med mgmt and therapy), but we are bringing break through treatments to our communities. Our team includes Scott Akridge (medical director), Shantel Gallegos (psychiatric mental health nurse practioner (PMHNP), Rachel Hiatt (PMHNP), Mark McNary (therapist) and various accredited technicians.
Rose NeuroSpa is a locally owned clinic that was opened to help individuals and families deal with the devastating issues relating to mental health and related co-occurring conditions. Not only do we offer traditional mental health services (med mgmt and therapy), but we are bringing break through treatments to our communities. Our team includes Scott Akridge (medical director), Shantel Gallegos (psychiatric mental health nurse practioner (PMHNP), Rachel Hiatt (PMHNP), Mark McNary (therapist) and various accredited technicians.
(720) 730-2749 View (720) 730-2749
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Mobile Care Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Castle Rock, CO 80108
I have a passion for working with people with trauma, people with mental health issues, who feel unheard, and are looking to move forward in treating the trauma so they can live their best life.
I have a passion for working with people with trauma, people with mental health issues, who feel unheard, and are looking to move forward in treating the trauma so they can live their best life.
(720) 764-7373 View (720) 764-7373
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Psychiatry Elevated | Emily O'Keefe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
Castle Pines, CO 80108
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
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Krystal Arney
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Castle Rock, CO 80108
Hello, I am Krystal, and I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I started my medical career eleven years ago as a flight medic in the Army, the experiences that I had in that time lead me to pursue a career in mental health. I believe that the mind and body are intrinsically connected, and the best outcomes are achieved when medications are combined with a holistic approach and lifestyle adjustments. My goal is to work with my clients in a partnership to determine the treatment modalities best suited to meet their individual treatment goals and optimal mental health and well-being.
Hello, I am Krystal, and I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I started my medical career eleven years ago as a flight medic in the Army, the experiences that I had in that time lead me to pursue a career in mental health. I believe that the mind and body are intrinsically connected, and the best outcomes are achieved when medications are combined with a holistic approach and lifestyle adjustments. My goal is to work with my clients in a partnership to determine the treatment modalities best suited to meet their individual treatment goals and optimal mental health and well-being.
(719) 286-5222 View (719) 286-5222

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 80108

20+

Average cost per session

$225

Psychiatrists in 80108 who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
96% Anxiety
96% Medication Management
88% ADHD
81% Trauma and PTSD
81% Bipolar Disorder
62% Stress

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

82% Aetna
82% Cigna and Evernorth
82% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 80108 see their clients

54% In Person and Online
46% Online Only

Gender breakdown

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

How can I find a psychiatrist in 80108?

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.