Psychiatrists in 80202

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Felicia Turner, APRN | Text #Enroll 503-925-6606
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80202  (Online Only)
Welcome to Psychiatry On Demand, where we strive to create a warm and understanding environment that helps you begin your journey toward mental wellness. We are happy to welcome individuals like you who are navigating the complexities of mental health. Whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, or any other challenges, we are here to offer personalized strategies for growth and resilience that are precisely tailored to your needs.
Welcome to Psychiatry On Demand, where we strive to create a warm and understanding environment that helps you begin your journey toward mental wellness. We are happy to welcome individuals like you who are navigating the complexities of mental health. Whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, or any other challenges, we are here to offer personalized strategies for growth and resilience that are precisely tailored to your needs.
(503) 410-7472 View (503) 410-7472
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Holistic Mental Healthcare PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80202
Do you have ADHD? Are you struggling with depression or anxiety? Do you have trouble sleeping at night or have no energy during the day? Is your mental health holding you back from living your most joyful, most productive life? If so, reach out right now! I can help you.!
Do you have ADHD? Are you struggling with depression or anxiety? Do you have trouble sleeping at night or have no energy during the day? Is your mental health holding you back from living your most joyful, most productive life? If so, reach out right now! I can help you.!
(720) 637-4384 View (720) 637-4384
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Dr. Erin Knopf
Psychiatrist, MD, FAAP, DBPN, CEDS
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80202  (Online Only)
Dr. Erin Knopf is a board-certified pediatrician, adult psychiatrist and child/adolescent psychiatrist as well as an iaedp Certified Eating Disorder Specialist. She specializes in treating eating disorder behaviors as well as comorbid symptoms of anxiety, depression, OCD and more. She is the co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of VERY- Virtual Eating Recovery for You. VERY offers expert psychiatry, therapy and dietary services in Colorado, Texas, Utah, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio! Use one, two or all 3 services and get bundled treatment discounts. We will work with your outside providers to ensure cohesive care!
Dr. Erin Knopf is a board-certified pediatrician, adult psychiatrist and child/adolescent psychiatrist as well as an iaedp Certified Eating Disorder Specialist. She specializes in treating eating disorder behaviors as well as comorbid symptoms of anxiety, depression, OCD and more. She is the co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of VERY- Virtual Eating Recovery for You. VERY offers expert psychiatry, therapy and dietary services in Colorado, Texas, Utah, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio! Use one, two or all 3 services and get bundled treatment discounts. We will work with your outside providers to ensure cohesive care!
(720) 790-4316 View (720) 790-4316
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MindHealthNet
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80202  (Online Only)
Are you having trouble managing your emotions? Are you having difficulty with sleep? Do you have difficulty with attention, focus, and motivation to complete tasks? There is hope. I help people manage their anxiety, depression, and focus before it has a chance to control your life and well being. My practice is able to treat and prescribe medication for a range of mental health issues including but not limited to: Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, Depressive Disorders, Mood Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, or Personality Disorders.
Are you having trouble managing your emotions? Are you having difficulty with sleep? Do you have difficulty with attention, focus, and motivation to complete tasks? There is hope. I help people manage their anxiety, depression, and focus before it has a chance to control your life and well being. My practice is able to treat and prescribe medication for a range of mental health issues including but not limited to: Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, Depressive Disorders, Mood Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, or Personality Disorders.
(720) 594-5702 View (720) 594-5702
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80202  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for all Colorado residents conducting psychiatric evaluations and medication management. I treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or any other mental health issue that is adversely affecting optimal functioning. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups for med management $99. Talk therapy $89-$129. Also Accepting Optum/UHC/UBH insurances.
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for all Colorado residents conducting psychiatric evaluations and medication management. I treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or any other mental health issue that is adversely affecting optimal functioning. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups for med management $99. Talk therapy $89-$129. Also Accepting Optum/UHC/UBH insurances.
(720) 741-6477 View (720) 741-6477
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Optimal Mental Health Virtual Clinical, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80202  (Online Only)
Are you an adult struggling with feelings of depression or anxiety? Do you often find yourself overwhelmed by life's stressors, such as relationship issues, career uncertainties, financial difficulties, health concerns, or even the joy and stress of getting married? Are you navigating the challenging waters of grief and loss? If any of these resonate with you, I want you to know that you are not alone. We understand how these concerns can make you feel isolated, with no one to share your struggles with. But remember, reaching out for help is a strength, not a weakness.
Are you an adult struggling with feelings of depression or anxiety? Do you often find yourself overwhelmed by life's stressors, such as relationship issues, career uncertainties, financial difficulties, health concerns, or even the joy and stress of getting married? Are you navigating the challenging waters of grief and loss? If any of these resonate with you, I want you to know that you are not alone. We understand how these concerns can make you feel isolated, with no one to share your struggles with. But remember, reaching out for help is a strength, not a weakness.
(303) 479-3448 View (303) 479-3448
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Carrie Radding
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80202  (Online Only)
Born and raised in Colorado, I am passionate about supporting those who live in our rural and mountainous communities. Colorado is a progressive state in many ways including the rights of the LBGTQ community as well as support for mental health. I believe in access to mental health from personal experience and understand the importance of having a provider who listens without judgment, who cares, and who responds quickly to questions and any pharmacological concerns. I believe in and strive to provide psychiatric care to individuals with empathy and compassion.
Born and raised in Colorado, I am passionate about supporting those who live in our rural and mountainous communities. Colorado is a progressive state in many ways including the rights of the LBGTQ community as well as support for mental health. I believe in access to mental health from personal experience and understand the importance of having a provider who listens without judgment, who cares, and who responds quickly to questions and any pharmacological concerns. I believe in and strive to provide psychiatric care to individuals with empathy and compassion.
(720) 702-8332 View (720) 702-8332
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Dr. Henrietta Evans
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, GNPBC
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80202  (Online Only)
I am a Doctor of Nursing Practice Dual Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health NP and Geriatric NP with over 29 years of patient care experience. My foundations and ethical beliefs have helped me to nurture, cultivate, and promote human well-being by showing my patients kindness, compassion, empathy, and humility to anyone that passes through my doors. My passion in life is to help others when they need it the most. My goal is the help each patient achieve total mental, physical, and spiritual wellness, especially people of color, women with low socioeconomic status, veterans, and the elderly.
I am a Doctor of Nursing Practice Dual Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health NP and Geriatric NP with over 29 years of patient care experience. My foundations and ethical beliefs have helped me to nurture, cultivate, and promote human well-being by showing my patients kindness, compassion, empathy, and humility to anyone that passes through my doors. My passion in life is to help others when they need it the most. My goal is the help each patient achieve total mental, physical, and spiritual wellness, especially people of color, women with low socioeconomic status, veterans, and the elderly.
(720) 669-7572 View (720) 669-7572
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Ingenious Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80202  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients! Are you seeking for a treatment that is client centered to manage your mental health issues? Managing life issues ranging from personal care, relationship, work, can be very challenging in today's ever changing world. I strive to serve adult clients who have depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, & other mental health issues, using a client focused holistic approach. I have worked with mental health clients for 5 years and have equally worked in emergency department where I served homeless communities. I have experience seeing mental health clients via telehealth and together, we can make each experience count.
Accepting New Patients! Are you seeking for a treatment that is client centered to manage your mental health issues? Managing life issues ranging from personal care, relationship, work, can be very challenging in today's ever changing world. I strive to serve adult clients who have depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, & other mental health issues, using a client focused holistic approach. I have worked with mental health clients for 5 years and have equally worked in emergency department where I served homeless communities. I have experience seeing mental health clients via telehealth and together, we can make each experience count.
(720) 730-7827 View (720) 730-7827
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Therese J Calabrese
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80202  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients via tele-psychiatry, a virtual practice, I provide psychiatric/mental health management with a holistic approach. Specializing in treating ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, and PTSD. Treatment is provided in a judgement free atmosphere from the initial evaluation, ongoing medication management and psychotherapy working in a partnership, establishing goals and providing the tools for you to achieve them. Through telehealth I am able to see patients in New York, Colorado and FLorida.
Accepting new patients via tele-psychiatry, a virtual practice, I provide psychiatric/mental health management with a holistic approach. Specializing in treating ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, and PTSD. Treatment is provided in a judgement free atmosphere from the initial evaluation, ongoing medication management and psychotherapy working in a partnership, establishing goals and providing the tools for you to achieve them. Through telehealth I am able to see patients in New York, Colorado and FLorida.
(850) 601-8614 View (850) 601-8614
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Sublimity Care, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DrHA, MSN, AAPRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80202
Ingrid Maria Suazo, DrHA, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, is a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and has been practicing in the field of mental health for over 25 years.
Ingrid Maria Suazo, DrHA, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, is a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and has been practicing in the field of mental health for over 25 years.
(720) 776-8970 View (720) 776-8970
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Justin R Ragon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80202  (Online Only)
Justin is an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with prescriptive authority in Colorado, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Justin is originally from Mississippi, and after serving four years in the United States Air Force as an aircraft avionic technician, he attended University of Southern Mississippi where he majored in nursing. Justin worked for five years as a Registered Nurse before earning his Master’s in Nursing from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs and began working as Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Justin treats children age 5 and over, adults, and geriatric patients.
Justin is an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with prescriptive authority in Colorado, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Justin is originally from Mississippi, and after serving four years in the United States Air Force as an aircraft avionic technician, he attended University of Southern Mississippi where he majored in nursing. Justin worked for five years as a Registered Nurse before earning his Master’s in Nursing from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs and began working as Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Justin treats children age 5 and over, adults, and geriatric patients.
(303) 653-9502 View (303) 653-9502
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Ike Uzowulu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80202  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner. I have verifiable experience in treating variety of psychiatric disorders such as; mood disorders including resistant depression, eating disorders, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, schizophrenia, stress and sleep related disorders.
I am a board-certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner. I have verifiable experience in treating variety of psychiatric disorders such as; mood disorders including resistant depression, eating disorders, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, schizophrenia, stress and sleep related disorders.
(720) 743-5311 View (720) 743-5311
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Shannon Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-C , PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80202
Hello! I am currently accepting new patients as of 1/20/2022. All visits are through telemedicine, so I can see anyone in the state of Colorado or Massachusetts. My love for what I do in psychiatry, comes from the joy I get in helping others improve their lives. Most of my patients do not know which direction to go when then come to me, and that is ok. Some people come to me looking for second or third opinions about diagnosis or medications, some people are referred by a therapist to start medication. We can openly discuss decisions and options. This is a judgement free zone. There is no way you can TMI me!
Hello! I am currently accepting new patients as of 1/20/2022. All visits are through telemedicine, so I can see anyone in the state of Colorado or Massachusetts. My love for what I do in psychiatry, comes from the joy I get in helping others improve their lives. Most of my patients do not know which direction to go when then come to me, and that is ok. Some people come to me looking for second or third opinions about diagnosis or medications, some people are referred by a therapist to start medication. We can openly discuss decisions and options. This is a judgement free zone. There is no way you can TMI me!
(720) 637-5175 View (720) 637-5175
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Alex Betz, PMHNP - OptiMindHealth
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80202
Alex is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. He started his career working as a registered nurse in while pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Toledo where he specialized in psychiatric mental health.
Alex is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. He started his career working as a registered nurse in while pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Toledo where he specialized in psychiatric mental health.
(720) 734-4651 View (720) 734-4651
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Germaine Mbuh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80202
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Board Certified (PMHNP-BC) serving children, adults and the senior population. Professionally, I have worked in diverse roles in numerous care settings. Throughout these years of experience, I have faced numerous situations where understanding and recognizing a patient’s mental health was essential. In these care situations, I developed an indomitable passion for mental health, ultimately leading me to pursue a master’s degree in nursing to obtain my Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I provide medication management, psychoeducation, and psychiatric evaluations.
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Board Certified (PMHNP-BC) serving children, adults and the senior population. Professionally, I have worked in diverse roles in numerous care settings. Throughout these years of experience, I have faced numerous situations where understanding and recognizing a patient’s mental health was essential. In these care situations, I developed an indomitable passion for mental health, ultimately leading me to pursue a master’s degree in nursing to obtain my Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I provide medication management, psychoeducation, and psychiatric evaluations.
(319) 469-8632 View (319) 469-8632
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Topher Mercado, PMHNP - OptiMindHealth
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80202
Topher obtained his Bachelor and Master of Science in Nursing at Florida International University. He is Board Certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Florida and Colorado. Topher has experience across a wide range of medical and psychiatric disorders. He has worked in a long-term acute care hospital and an inpatient behavioral health/psychiatric unit prior to joining OptiMindHealth as an outpatient clinician.
Topher obtained his Bachelor and Master of Science in Nursing at Florida International University. He is Board Certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Florida and Colorado. Topher has experience across a wide range of medical and psychiatric disorders. He has worked in a long-term acute care hospital and an inpatient behavioral health/psychiatric unit prior to joining OptiMindHealth as an outpatient clinician.
(720) 288-0052 View (720) 288-0052
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Sameka Dowell Mills
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FPA, APN
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80202  (Online Only)
Welcome! My name is Sameka Dowell Mills and I am a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner, licensed in multiple states, who has worked in the field of Psychiatry-Mental Health since 2017. Mental Health, counseling and advocating for patients are a few of my passions and I would enjoy collaborating with each and everyone of you daily.
Welcome! My name is Sameka Dowell Mills and I am a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner, licensed in multiple states, who has worked in the field of Psychiatry-Mental Health since 2017. Mental Health, counseling and advocating for patients are a few of my passions and I would enjoy collaborating with each and everyone of you daily.
(708) 742-8892 View (708) 742-8892
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Erin Lutchkus
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80202  (Online Only)
At Mae Mental Wellness, my goal is build a trusting relationship with each of my patients via telepsychiatry. My goal is to provide high quality medication managment services to enhance mental wellness.
At Mae Mental Wellness, my goal is build a trusting relationship with each of my patients via telepsychiatry. My goal is to provide high quality medication managment services to enhance mental wellness.
(561) 782-8357 View (561) 782-8357
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Alexine Kejika Nansinla
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP , BC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80202
I provide medication management services to children (ages 6+), adolescents, and adults. I understand life can have many challenges, and working together, I will help you gain a deeper understanding of how these challenges are impacting your life, school, work and social life. I provide a non-judgmental and client centered approach. I view you as an individual and will individualize your care based on your needs. I respect and value your cultural and personal values and will incorporate them into your plan of care. I will meet you where your mental and behavioral health needs exist and together, we will identify a treatment plan.
I provide medication management services to children (ages 6+), adolescents, and adults. I understand life can have many challenges, and working together, I will help you gain a deeper understanding of how these challenges are impacting your life, school, work and social life. I provide a non-judgmental and client centered approach. I view you as an individual and will individualize your care based on your needs. I respect and value your cultural and personal values and will incorporate them into your plan of care. I will meet you where your mental and behavioral health needs exist and together, we will identify a treatment plan.
(319) 343-5229 View (319) 343-5229

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 80202

40+

Average cost per session

$225

Psychiatrists in 80202 who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
98% Anxiety
86% Bipolar Disorder
79% ADHD
79% Medication Management
74% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
72% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

86% Cigna and Evernorth
86% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
83% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in 80202 see their clients

59% In Person and Online
41% Online Only

Gender breakdown

71% Female
29% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 80202?

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.