Psychiatrists in 80134

Photo of Samrawit Mersha, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 80134, CO
Samrawit Mersha
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Parker, CO 80134
I pursued a career in mental health because I care deeply about the impact it can have on individuals and society. I greatly value the opportunity to give others life-changing support and offer compassionate and individualized care. I value empathy, competence, flexibility and building a therapeutic relationship that always prioritizes patients.
I pursued a career in mental health because I care deeply about the impact it can have on individuals and society. I greatly value the opportunity to give others life-changing support and offer compassionate and individualized care. I value empathy, competence, flexibility and building a therapeutic relationship that always prioritizes patients.
(303) 529-8405 View (303) 529-8405
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Briana Haight
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Parker, CO 80134
*Accepting New Clients* Hello, I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I provide treatment including medication management for all age ranges from childhood onward. Specializing in mental health allows me to provide excellent care for problems involving depression, sleep, anxiety, attention/concentration, mood disorders including bipolar and schizophrenia, trauma, addictions, behavioral issues and any emotional disturbances that may be experienced. I am conservative in my prescribing practices and prefer frequent follow ups.
*Accepting New Clients* Hello, I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I provide treatment including medication management for all age ranges from childhood onward. Specializing in mental health allows me to provide excellent care for problems involving depression, sleep, anxiety, attention/concentration, mood disorders including bipolar and schizophrenia, trauma, addictions, behavioral issues and any emotional disturbances that may be experienced. I am conservative in my prescribing practices and prefer frequent follow ups.
(720) 943-0396 View (720) 943-0396
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Christopher Archer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, GNP-BC
Verified
Parker, CO 80134
Accepting New Patients! Christopher Archer, Maj (ret), USAF, PMHNP/GNP-BC, is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (GNP) with nearly 16 years of experience. In 2000, he joined the United States Air Force, where he worked as a clinical nurse in Pediatrics, Family Practice, Flight/Aerospace Medicine, and also had the opportunity to be a team leader on Vice President Dick Cheney's medical support team. Chris is an expert in diagnosing and treating ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Addiction, Stress, Trauma and PTSD - as well as many other conditions.
Accepting New Patients! Christopher Archer, Maj (ret), USAF, PMHNP/GNP-BC, is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (GNP) with nearly 16 years of experience. In 2000, he joined the United States Air Force, where he worked as a clinical nurse in Pediatrics, Family Practice, Flight/Aerospace Medicine, and also had the opportunity to be a team leader on Vice President Dick Cheney's medical support team. Chris is an expert in diagnosing and treating ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Addiction, Stress, Trauma and PTSD - as well as many other conditions.
(720) 706-2054 View (720) 706-2054
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Alyssa Jennings
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B, MSN, APRN
Verified
2 Endorsed
Parker, CO 80134
Accepting New Patients! Now accepting Anthem, United, Cigna, Colorado Medicaid, and Self-Pay clients! Specializing in all ages from children to adults with mental health concerns. I have worked with individuals suffering from depression, anxiety, attention disorders, trauma disorders, eating disorders, and a variety of other mood disorders. I have experience in both inpatient and outpatient care.
Accepting New Patients! Now accepting Anthem, United, Cigna, Colorado Medicaid, and Self-Pay clients! Specializing in all ages from children to adults with mental health concerns. I have worked with individuals suffering from depression, anxiety, attention disorders, trauma disorders, eating disorders, and a variety of other mood disorders. I have experience in both inpatient and outpatient care.
(970) 627-4370 View (970) 627-4370
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Amanda Buchholz
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
Parker, CO 80134
Waitlist for new clients
I grew up in North Dakota and Wisconsin, my fondest memories being helping (playing!) on my grandparent’s farm or playing basketball and tennis. After that I attended West Point, where I added rugby to my list of sports. I was in the Army for 11 years after graduation, including two trips to Iraq and one to Kuwait. Now I have settled in Aurora, Colorado. I enjoy hiking and doing wood working projects with my family as well as giving lots of attention to my two dogs.
I grew up in North Dakota and Wisconsin, my fondest memories being helping (playing!) on my grandparent’s farm or playing basketball and tennis. After that I attended West Point, where I added rugby to my list of sports. I was in the Army for 11 years after graduation, including two trips to Iraq and one to Kuwait. Now I have settled in Aurora, Colorado. I enjoy hiking and doing wood working projects with my family as well as giving lots of attention to my two dogs.
(720) 606-4694 View (720) 606-4694
Photo of Briana Haight Rocky Heights Wellness , Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 80134, CO
Briana Haight Rocky Heights Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, APRN, MSN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Parker, CO 80134
*ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS* OFFERING BOTH IN PERSON AND TELEHEALTH. IMMEDIATE APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE. In network with Cigna, Anthem and United as well as accepting medicaid! Specializing in children and adolescents as well as adults of all ages with mental health concerns. I have worked with individuals suffering from depression, anxiety, attention disorders, trauma disorders and a variety of other mood disorders. I have experience in inpatient, outpatient, crisis stabilization units, and emergency room settings. I also worked in an inpatient eating disorder unit for many years.
*ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS* OFFERING BOTH IN PERSON AND TELEHEALTH. IMMEDIATE APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE. In network with Cigna, Anthem and United as well as accepting medicaid! Specializing in children and adolescents as well as adults of all ages with mental health concerns. I have worked with individuals suffering from depression, anxiety, attention disorders, trauma disorders and a variety of other mood disorders. I have experience in inpatient, outpatient, crisis stabilization units, and emergency room settings. I also worked in an inpatient eating disorder unit for many years.
(303) 974-4352 View (303) 974-4352
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Kristina Mordecai
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Parker, CO 80134
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) 790-4145 View (720) 790-4145
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Tangled Minds, Integrative Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, SANE
Verified
Parker, CO 80134
My name is Pam Collins and I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner. I am a Holistic Wellness Practitioner with certifications in several different modalities which allows me to integrate holistic and complementary approaches in your care. I treat the whole person not just a piece. I perform comprehensive diagnostic evaluations, prescribe medications and provide individual therapy. I listen to my clients and together we decide what the best options will be for you. I provide compassionate care in both an office setting and video conferencing for ages 6 years and up.
My name is Pam Collins and I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner. I am a Holistic Wellness Practitioner with certifications in several different modalities which allows me to integrate holistic and complementary approaches in your care. I treat the whole person not just a piece. I perform comprehensive diagnostic evaluations, prescribe medications and provide individual therapy. I listen to my clients and together we decide what the best options will be for you. I provide compassionate care in both an office setting and video conferencing for ages 6 years and up.
(844) 335-3612 View (844) 335-3612
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Dr. Heath D Canfield
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Parker, CO 80134  (Online Only)
I am a licensed physician, board certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology. I'm also a fully trained psychoanalyst. After medical school and psychiatric residency at the University of Colorado, I opted for over four additional years of training in intensive psychotherapy (psychoanalysis) beyond what most psychiatrists undertake. While I spend most of my time doing psychotherapy, I also prescribe medications when appropriate. I have a particular interest in treating physicians of all specialties who struggle with work related burnout, depression, or other mental health issues
I am a licensed physician, board certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology. I'm also a fully trained psychoanalyst. After medical school and psychiatric residency at the University of Colorado, I opted for over four additional years of training in intensive psychotherapy (psychoanalysis) beyond what most psychiatrists undertake. While I spend most of my time doing psychotherapy, I also prescribe medications when appropriate. I have a particular interest in treating physicians of all specialties who struggle with work related burnout, depression, or other mental health issues
(720) 806-6034 View (720) 806-6034
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Jordan Nguyen
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified
Parker, CO 80134
All journeys begin with a single step, and we can take that step together. Above all else, my goal as a mental health provider is to make sure that you feel understood while offering treatment plans that are personalized, evidence-based, and aligned with your comfort level. I will be your advocate and together we can get you feeling like your best self.
All journeys begin with a single step, and we can take that step together. Above all else, my goal as a mental health provider is to make sure that you feel understood while offering treatment plans that are personalized, evidence-based, and aligned with your comfort level. I will be your advocate and together we can get you feeling like your best self.
(720) 414-2093 View (720) 414-2093
Photo of Deimys D Vigil, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 80134, CO
Deimys D Vigil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified
3 Endorsed
Parker, CO 80134
Seeing children and adolescents TELEHEALTH and IN PERSON. I speak SPANISH. I am the owner of MINDFUL MINDS PSYCHIATRY and a board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatric nurse practitioner who can see people beyond just a diagnosis. I am able to easily empathize, understand, and truly hear their needs. I believe that in order to create a truthful and genuine environment, and relationship between a provider and a person, is to work collaboratively towards their goals; in ways that I can help.
Seeing children and adolescents TELEHEALTH and IN PERSON. I speak SPANISH. I am the owner of MINDFUL MINDS PSYCHIATRY and a board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatric nurse practitioner who can see people beyond just a diagnosis. I am able to easily empathize, understand, and truly hear their needs. I believe that in order to create a truthful and genuine environment, and relationship between a provider and a person, is to work collaboratively towards their goals; in ways that I can help.
(720) 664-9721 View (720) 664-9721
Photo of Carol Dowd, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 80134, CO
Carol Dowd
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, MSN, APRN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Parker, CO 80134
Carol Dowd is a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has a passion for helping people in all stages of life. Through her extensive nursing experience, she has gained valuable insights into the unique mental and emotional challenges individuals face. Her empathetic approach and commitment to providing holistic care makes her a trusted ally in promoting mental well-being.
Carol Dowd is a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has a passion for helping people in all stages of life. Through her extensive nursing experience, she has gained valuable insights into the unique mental and emotional challenges individuals face. Her empathetic approach and commitment to providing holistic care makes her a trusted ally in promoting mental well-being.
(720) 776-5860 View (720) 776-5860
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Jasmine Jamerson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Parker, CO 80134
Hi everyone! I am currently taking NEW patients. I practice in PARKER at Mindful Minds Psychiatry. I see patients in person and also telehealth. I am dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive mental health care to individuals of adults. I see clients with various psychiatric conditions including depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, bipolar, schizophrenia and more. I am committed to a holistic approach to mental health, integrating evidence-based practices with a deep understand of each clients unique needs and circumstances.
Hi everyone! I am currently taking NEW patients. I practice in PARKER at Mindful Minds Psychiatry. I see patients in person and also telehealth. I am dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive mental health care to individuals of adults. I see clients with various psychiatric conditions including depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, bipolar, schizophrenia and more. I am committed to a holistic approach to mental health, integrating evidence-based practices with a deep understand of each clients unique needs and circumstances.
(720) 740-6138 View (720) 740-6138
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Wolf Pack Mind & Body
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, PNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Parker, CO 80134
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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Christy Kazmeroff
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, ACNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Parker, CO 80134  (Online Only)
Medication management, evaluation and treatment specialty. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, as well as a Family and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. Currently offering appointments via telehealth. Caring for all aspects of mental health, including depressive symptoms, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, and substance abuse/dual diagnosis related diagnosis.
Medication management, evaluation and treatment specialty. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, as well as a Family and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. Currently offering appointments via telehealth. Caring for all aspects of mental health, including depressive symptoms, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, and substance abuse/dual diagnosis related diagnosis.
(720) 790-3128 View (720) 790-3128
Photo of Sidoine Michele Magakou, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 80134, CO
Sidoine Michele Magakou
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
17 Endorsed
Parker, CO 80134  (Online Only)
Hello! I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 15 years of Nursing experience beginning as a CNA, then as a bedside Registered Nurse for over 12 years, many of which were spent in the critical care unit where I worked during the Covid pandemic. My experience during that time cemented my need to care for patients in order to prevent them from finding themselves in that setting. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, listening to podcasts, hiking, and spending time with loved ones when not traveling and learning about other cultures.
Hello! I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 15 years of Nursing experience beginning as a CNA, then as a bedside Registered Nurse for over 12 years, many of which were spent in the critical care unit where I worked during the Covid pandemic. My experience during that time cemented my need to care for patients in order to prevent them from finding themselves in that setting. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, listening to podcasts, hiking, and spending time with loved ones when not traveling and learning about other cultures.
(720) 408-7996 View (720) 408-7996
Photo of Brittany Rideaux, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 80134, CO
Brittany Rideaux
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
17 Endorsed
Parker, CO 80134  (Online Only)
Hello! I am a PMHNP that hails from Oklahoma City. I started my career in the nursing field 16 years ago and began as a medical assistant. I later became a CNA, then a registered nurse. I have worked both inpatient and outpatient behavioral health for many years before becoming a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I enjoy spending time with my family and have an 18 year old step son that is in college, a daughter headed to college next year, a three year old son, and a 1 year old daughter. I love caring for others as it is one of my passions in life.
Hello! I am a PMHNP that hails from Oklahoma City. I started my career in the nursing field 16 years ago and began as a medical assistant. I later became a CNA, then a registered nurse. I have worked both inpatient and outpatient behavioral health for many years before becoming a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I enjoy spending time with my family and have an 18 year old step son that is in college, a daughter headed to college next year, a three year old son, and a 1 year old daughter. I love caring for others as it is one of my passions in life.
(720) 738-6131 View (720) 738-6131
Photo of Sarah Clark, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 80134, CO
Sarah Clark
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Parker, CO 80134
Hi there, my name is Sarah. I was born in California but grew up in Northern Colorado. I have over 10 years of nursing experience in medical/surgical, post-partum/NICU care and pediatrics. I have also worked at an inpatient facility specializing in the treatment of eating disorders for adults and child/adolescents. I became a Nurse Practitioner because I love helping others and wanted to provide mental health services to my community. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who focuses on treating patients across the life span, providing mental health care to adolescents and adults.
Hi there, my name is Sarah. I was born in California but grew up in Northern Colorado. I have over 10 years of nursing experience in medical/surgical, post-partum/NICU care and pediatrics. I have also worked at an inpatient facility specializing in the treatment of eating disorders for adults and child/adolescents. I became a Nurse Practitioner because I love helping others and wanted to provide mental health services to my community. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who focuses on treating patients across the life span, providing mental health care to adolescents and adults.
(720) 706-7166 View (720) 706-7166
Photo of James Anderson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 80134, CO
James Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Parker, CO 80134
Accepting New Patients! Looking forward to meet you. I'm board certified, specializing in medication management, treating depression, anxiety, addiction, PTSD and many other ailments. Accepting new patients and variety of insurances. I can easily E-prescribe your medication and use the latest technology for easy virtual sessions, without you having to leave your home. Schedule your in-office or video appointment by clicking ‘My Website’ link or call.
Accepting New Patients! Looking forward to meet you. I'm board certified, specializing in medication management, treating depression, anxiety, addiction, PTSD and many other ailments. Accepting new patients and variety of insurances. I can easily E-prescribe your medication and use the latest technology for easy virtual sessions, without you having to leave your home. Schedule your in-office or video appointment by clicking ‘My Website’ link or call.
(720) 358-8916 View (720) 358-8916
Photo of Katherine Jefferson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 80134, CO
Katherine Jefferson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Parker, CO 80134
Hi :) I am Katherine Jefferson, a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I am originally from Birmingham, Alabama, where I completed my Master's Degree in Nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. While pursuing my master's degree, I worked as a registered nurse in a neurological and trauma intensive care unit at UAB Hospital for over five years. I later worked as a travel nurse at Saint Anthony Hospital in Colorado.
Hi :) I am Katherine Jefferson, a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I am originally from Birmingham, Alabama, where I completed my Master's Degree in Nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. While pursuing my master's degree, I worked as a registered nurse in a neurological and trauma intensive care unit at UAB Hospital for over five years. I later worked as a travel nurse at Saint Anthony Hospital in Colorado.
(720) 797-5355 View (720) 797-5355

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 80134

50+

Average cost per session

$225

Psychiatrists in 80134 who prioritize treating:

94% Depression
94% Anxiety
85% Trauma and PTSD
85% Bipolar Disorder
81% ADHD
81% Medication Management
70% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

98% Cigna and Evernorth
98% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
90% Optum

How Psychiatrists in 80134 see their clients

76% In Person and Online
24% Online Only

Gender breakdown

83% Female
17% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 80134?

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.