Psychiatrists in 80129

Photo of Zoie Cason, PA-C, Physician Assistant
Zoie Cason
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
You deserve to live a life of abundance and happiness. To reach this level of alignment within yourself, the bravest thing you can do is start the journey of understanding your story & the effects it has on your mood & daily functioning. I applaud you for taking this first step & looking for a provider to walk alongside you! My passion for psychiatry developed early in life. Following formal training and working as a PA, the passion has only grown. If you are struggling with past trauma, anxiety, depression, panic, concentration or attention issues, obsessions or compulsions, or substance use concerns, let's start a conversation.
You deserve to live a life of abundance and happiness. To reach this level of alignment within yourself, the bravest thing you can do is start the journey of understanding your story & the effects it has on your mood & daily functioning. I applaud you for taking this first step & looking for a provider to walk alongside you! My passion for psychiatry developed early in life. Following formal training and working as a PA, the passion has only grown. If you are struggling with past trauma, anxiety, depression, panic, concentration or attention issues, obsessions or compulsions, or substance use concerns, let's start a conversation.
(303) 835-9346 View (303) 835-9346
Photo of undefined - Esther Okanlawon-New Path, FNP-C, PMHNP-C, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Esther Okanlawon-New Path
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Littleton, CO 80129
In a world that's constantly buzzing, your mental health matters. Our cozy haven embraces everyone, seeing clients from age 5 and up. Step into a warm and inviting setting that feels more like a comforting embrace than a clinical space. We believe in breaking down the barriers to mental health, making it a seamless part of your journey. Our clinic is not just about appointments; it's about fostering connections and creating a support system weather it's ADHD or other conditions that spans your whole mental health journey.
In a world that's constantly buzzing, your mental health matters. Our cozy haven embraces everyone, seeing clients from age 5 and up. Step into a warm and inviting setting that feels more like a comforting embrace than a clinical space. We believe in breaking down the barriers to mental health, making it a seamless part of your journey. Our clinic is not just about appointments; it's about fostering connections and creating a support system weather it's ADHD or other conditions that spans your whole mental health journey.
(720) 702-9694 View (720) 702-9694
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Meagan Holland
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Meagan -pronounced May-gan- here! I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, driven by a lifelong passion for supporting mental well-being. 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.
Meagan -pronounced May-gan- here! I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, driven by a lifelong passion for supporting mental well-being. 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.
(720) 764-9937 View (720) 764-9937
Photo of undefined - Alison Schmitt--Larson Mental Health, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Alison Schmitt--Larson Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Accepting New Patients, Book Online: www.larsonmentalhealth.com/scheduling-information. I treat ages 13+, bringing a holistic approach to patient treatment. I see patients as individuals who've had unique experiences that have shaped them. I identify the root cause of a mental health concern, taking the time to learn about you, to be able to. offer treatment with long term success. I have experience treating ADHD, PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and Disordered Eating in addition to other mental health concerns. If you are looking for a new provider, I can help.
Accepting New Patients, Book Online: www.larsonmentalhealth.com/scheduling-information. I treat ages 13+, bringing a holistic approach to patient treatment. I see patients as individuals who've had unique experiences that have shaped them. I identify the root cause of a mental health concern, taking the time to learn about you, to be able to. offer treatment with long term success. I have experience treating ADHD, PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and Disordered Eating in addition to other mental health concerns. If you are looking for a new provider, I can help.
(720) 740-8852 View (720) 740-8852
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Kimberly Warren
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
It is so cheesy to say, but I really went into mental health to help people, to be able to supply the tools as well as walk through life with you. It is so brave to be vulnerable and ask for help, so for you even being here on this page, I applaud you, seriously! If you do schedule an appointment, regardless of if it is with me or another provider, I wish you all the best on your journey!
It is so cheesy to say, but I really went into mental health to help people, to be able to supply the tools as well as walk through life with you. It is so brave to be vulnerable and ask for help, so for you even being here on this page, I applaud you, seriously! If you do schedule an appointment, regardless of if it is with me or another provider, I wish you all the best on your journey!
(720) 730-4219 View (720) 730-4219
Photo of undefined - Colleen Manzanares-Larson Mental Health, PMHNP, DNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Colleen Manzanares-Larson Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Book Online: Larsonmentalhealth.com - I feel honored when someone steps out of their comfort zone to seek guidance. I have a passion to address mental health conditions in children 8+ as well as adults and have acquired expertise in treating ADHD, PTSD, autism, depression, postpartum depression, anxiety, insomnia, panic disorders, eating difficulties, school concerns, anger issues, substance use, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and neurocognitive disorders with behavioral disturbances. I also have a passion for helping women who desire treatment during pregnancy, postpartum and during breastfeeding.
Book Online: Larsonmentalhealth.com - I feel honored when someone steps out of their comfort zone to seek guidance. I have a passion to address mental health conditions in children 8+ as well as adults and have acquired expertise in treating ADHD, PTSD, autism, depression, postpartum depression, anxiety, insomnia, panic disorders, eating difficulties, school concerns, anger issues, substance use, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and neurocognitive disorders with behavioral disturbances. I also have a passion for helping women who desire treatment during pregnancy, postpartum and during breastfeeding.
(720) 702-4653 View (720) 702-4653
Photo of Jessica Botts, PA-C, Physician Assistant
Jessica Botts
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
I take pride in my patient care. I am an empathetic and thorough medical provider.
I take pride in my patient care. I am an empathetic and thorough medical provider.
(720) 730-4219 View (720) 730-4219
Photo of Alison Schmitt, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Alison Schmitt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Immediate Openings! I have 9 years of psychiatric experience and over 4 years of medication management experience. I specialize in ADHD, depression, and anxiety. I have extensive experience working with bipolar disorder, PTSD, personality disorders, and other mental health disorders. I see ages 13 and up. Do you feel depressed, anxious, angry, stuck, uncertain about your life; making decisions, and unable to cope and concentrate? I am here to help. I offer medication management and counseling for most mental health disorders. No long wait times and virtual visits available! Take the first step and call me today.
Immediate Openings! I have 9 years of psychiatric experience and over 4 years of medication management experience. I specialize in ADHD, depression, and anxiety. I have extensive experience working with bipolar disorder, PTSD, personality disorders, and other mental health disorders. I see ages 13 and up. Do you feel depressed, anxious, angry, stuck, uncertain about your life; making decisions, and unable to cope and concentrate? I am here to help. I offer medication management and counseling for most mental health disorders. No long wait times and virtual visits available! Take the first step and call me today.
(720) 835-0508 View (720) 835-0508
Photo of Jeanna Lee Dietz, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jeanna Lee Dietz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
I started my nursing career in North Carolina after graduating from a private nursing school where I was awarded Student of the Year in 2004. I worked several years in Pediatrics and Maternity Nursing before finding my passion for working with those suffering from mental illness and substance use disorders. I now have two master's degrees in nursing (Nursing Education, and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner) and have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with all varieties of mental illness and addiction. I have additional training in perinatal psychiatry.
I started my nursing career in North Carolina after graduating from a private nursing school where I was awarded Student of the Year in 2004. I worked several years in Pediatrics and Maternity Nursing before finding my passion for working with those suffering from mental illness and substance use disorders. I now have two master's degrees in nursing (Nursing Education, and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner) and have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with all varieties of mental illness and addiction. I have additional training in perinatal psychiatry.
(720) 637-3935 View (720) 637-3935
Photo of undefined - Larson Mental Health - Olga Baturenko, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Larson Mental Health - Olga Baturenko
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Accepting New Patients, Book Online: www.larsonmentalhealth.com/scheduling-information. I treat patients ages 8+ for most psychiatric conditions, including ADHD, depression, anxiety and bipolar disorders, OCD, addiction, psychotic disorders, and trauma-related disorders. I offer an integrative approach to psychiatric treatment that encompasses a mindful selection of psychiatric medication for each patient combined with recommendations for supplements, lifestyle interventions, and appropriate referrals to functional medicine providers, including acupuncturists, chiropractors, and naturopaths.
Accepting New Patients, Book Online: www.larsonmentalhealth.com/scheduling-information. I treat patients ages 8+ for most psychiatric conditions, including ADHD, depression, anxiety and bipolar disorders, OCD, addiction, psychotic disorders, and trauma-related disorders. I offer an integrative approach to psychiatric treatment that encompasses a mindful selection of psychiatric medication for each patient combined with recommendations for supplements, lifestyle interventions, and appropriate referrals to functional medicine providers, including acupuncturists, chiropractors, and naturopaths.
(720) 784-6749 View (720) 784-6749
Photo of Colene Marshall, APRN, PMHNP-, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Colene Marshall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
26 Endorsed
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129  (Online Only)
I am a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 15 years of experience as a psychiatric prescriber and over 30 years of experience in nursing. The emphasis of my practice is fine-tuning psychiatric medications to enhance mental health recovery. I support a holistic approach to mental health recovery and maintenance. I encourage patients to incorporate mind-body-spirit strategies to heal and thrive. In my work I have witnessed the resilience of the human spirit and am always in awe of the capacity for change and healing within each of us.
I am a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 15 years of experience as a psychiatric prescriber and over 30 years of experience in nursing. The emphasis of my practice is fine-tuning psychiatric medications to enhance mental health recovery. I support a holistic approach to mental health recovery and maintenance. I encourage patients to incorporate mind-body-spirit strategies to heal and thrive. In my work I have witnessed the resilience of the human spirit and am always in awe of the capacity for change and healing within each of us.
(970) 876-6810 View (970) 876-6810
Photo of Chris Hutchings, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Chris Hutchings
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
I believe that all persons choose and walk their own unique path to wellness and a meaningful, fulfilling life. I listen carefully and collaborate with my clients in helping them explore their personal values and goals for optimal mental health. Psychiatric medications may be a part of a comprehensive and effective mental health plan of care. I have 24 years of experience treating anxiety, depression, mood disorders, trauma, ADHD. I consider myself an ally and have experience working with and treating members of the LGBTQ+ community.
I believe that all persons choose and walk their own unique path to wellness and a meaningful, fulfilling life. I listen carefully and collaborate with my clients in helping them explore their personal values and goals for optimal mental health. Psychiatric medications may be a part of a comprehensive and effective mental health plan of care. I have 24 years of experience treating anxiety, depression, mood disorders, trauma, ADHD. I consider myself an ally and have experience working with and treating members of the LGBTQ+ community.
(720) 964-1715 View (720) 964-1715
Photo of Lindsey Dempster, PMHNP, APRN, MSN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Lindsey Dempster
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN, MSN
Verified Verified
19 Endorsed
Accepting new clients with immediate availability! Medicaid and private insurance are accepted. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2022. My diverse experience spans 12 years and includes emergency medicine, ICU, oncology, psychiatry, and nursing/physician management. I promote growth and change by empowering clients to overcome personal obstacles that interfere with their desired goals, using medications as an adjunct to other meaningful lifestyle changes. Please feel free to book with me directly at www.TrendMentalHealth.com!
Accepting new clients with immediate availability! Medicaid and private insurance are accepted. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2022. My diverse experience spans 12 years and includes emergency medicine, ICU, oncology, psychiatry, and nursing/physician management. I promote growth and change by empowering clients to overcome personal obstacles that interfere with their desired goals, using medications as an adjunct to other meaningful lifestyle changes. Please feel free to book with me directly at www.TrendMentalHealth.com!
(970) 538-9387 View (970) 538-9387
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Dr. Kyle Brown
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Accepting New Patients! Kyle is a dual board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and a family nurse practitioner with prescriptive authority in Colorado. Mr. Brown received his advanced degree from Regis University in Denver Colorado and has 14 years of experience in the healthcare arena; including pediatrics, communicable disease control, and integrated family practice. Kyle has a passion for current research and treatment therapies in psychiatry, with a focus on both pharmacological and non-medication management of psychiatric disorders. He has a particular interest in treatment resistant mood disorders and OCD.
Accepting New Patients! Kyle is a dual board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and a family nurse practitioner with prescriptive authority in Colorado. Mr. Brown received his advanced degree from Regis University in Denver Colorado and has 14 years of experience in the healthcare arena; including pediatrics, communicable disease control, and integrated family practice. Kyle has a passion for current research and treatment therapies in psychiatry, with a focus on both pharmacological and non-medication management of psychiatric disorders. He has a particular interest in treatment resistant mood disorders and OCD.
(720) 784-5284 View (720) 784-5284
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Jadon Webb
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Are you considering psychiatric care, but worry about the short and long-term effects of medications? Our clients want to get well, but with the least medication possible. They want to be free from their problem! In addition to medication management, many really love discussing evidence-based natural solutions such as bright light therapy, triple chronotherapy, and vitamin infusions. For certain cases of depression, PTSD, OCD, and other concerns, some find great relief from low-dose oral ketamine or ketamine infusions.
Are you considering psychiatric care, but worry about the short and long-term effects of medications? Our clients want to get well, but with the least medication possible. They want to be free from their problem! In addition to medication management, many really love discussing evidence-based natural solutions such as bright light therapy, triple chronotherapy, and vitamin infusions. For certain cases of depression, PTSD, OCD, and other concerns, some find great relief from low-dose oral ketamine or ketamine infusions.
(720) 863-6715 View (720) 863-6715
Photo of Chelsie Monroe, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Chelsie Monroe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
I am the founder of Balanced Mental Wellness and have been a psychiatric nurse practitioner for over 10 years. I currently consult other practices and speak professionally on psychiatric medication and therapy topics throughout the country. I supervise and collaborate with our clinicians at Balanced Mental Wellness, ensuring that all clients receive the highest standard of care from a holistic and patient centered perspective. We offer medication management and Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy for various mental health concerns across the lifespan.
I am the founder of Balanced Mental Wellness and have been a psychiatric nurse practitioner for over 10 years. I currently consult other practices and speak professionally on psychiatric medication and therapy topics throughout the country. I supervise and collaborate with our clinicians at Balanced Mental Wellness, ensuring that all clients receive the highest standard of care from a holistic and patient centered perspective. We offer medication management and Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy for various mental health concerns across the lifespan.
(303) 625-6592 View (303) 625-6592
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Samantha Hudgins
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Regardless of where you are at in your mental health journey, we start with a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation. During this evaluation, we review your history engaging in psychotherapy, psychiatric treatment, symptoms, and comprehensive medical history. This evaluation sets the stage for your mental health journey. Using an integrative psychiatry approach, I then develop a treatment plan for you that includes optimized prescription medication management, supplementation, nutrition, and lifestyle changes. I am able to provide treatment for depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar, PMDD, PPD, Autism, OCD, and disordered eating.
Regardless of where you are at in your mental health journey, we start with a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation. During this evaluation, we review your history engaging in psychotherapy, psychiatric treatment, symptoms, and comprehensive medical history. This evaluation sets the stage for your mental health journey. Using an integrative psychiatry approach, I then develop a treatment plan for you that includes optimized prescription medication management, supplementation, nutrition, and lifestyle changes. I am able to provide treatment for depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar, PMDD, PPD, Autism, OCD, and disordered eating.
(720) 915-2965 View (720) 915-2965
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Rose NeuroSpa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DO
Verified Verified
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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Colorado TMS Services
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Colorado TMS Services is honored to be a member of the NeuroStar family of providers. NeuroStar Advanced TMS Therapy is designed specifically for the treatment of major depressive disorders within adult patients who have not satisfactorily improved from previous use of antidepressant medications, or who have experienced unwanted side effects from these medications. This treatment is ideal for patients requiring further intervention to reach satisfactory results.
Colorado TMS Services is honored to be a member of the NeuroStar family of providers. NeuroStar Advanced TMS Therapy is designed specifically for the treatment of major depressive disorders within adult patients who have not satisfactorily improved from previous use of antidepressant medications, or who have experienced unwanted side effects from these medications. This treatment is ideal for patients requiring further intervention to reach satisfactory results.
(720) 640-7854 View (720) 640-7854
Photo of Olaf Garcia, FNP-C, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Olaf Garcia
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
26 Endorsed
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129  (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

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 80129

20+

Average cost per session

$160

Psychiatrists in 80129 who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
95% Anxiety
95% Trauma and PTSD
91% ADHD
86% Bipolar Disorder
86% Medication Management
73% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in 80129 see their clients

87% In Person and Online
13% Online Only

Gender breakdown

78% Female
17% Male
5% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 80129?

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.