Psychiatrists in 80206

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Holly Vause
Psychiatric Nurse, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80206
I specialize in psychiatric medication evaluation and management for children, adolescents and adults.I believe we must have a collaborative relationship working together to meet your treatment goals. This collaboration is achieved through honest communication about your symptoms of concern and medication effects. I do not believe medications are appropriate for everyone dealing with emotional, behavioral, and/or relational issues. I do believe that some form of therapy is critical for maintaining long-term benefits. In many situations therapy as well as medications provide the best outcomes. Working together, we will determine the best course of treatment for you.
I specialize in psychiatric medication evaluation and management for children, adolescents and adults.I believe we must have a collaborative relationship working together to meet your treatment goals. This collaboration is achieved through honest communication about your symptoms of concern and medication effects. I do not believe medications are appropriate for everyone dealing with emotional, behavioral, and/or relational issues. I do believe that some form of therapy is critical for maintaining long-term benefits. In many situations therapy as well as medications provide the best outcomes. Working together, we will determine the best course of treatment for you.
(720) 330-4904 x3 View (720) 330-4904 x3
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Wellcova Health Services
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80206
Wellcova Health is excited to announce that Dr. Katz has joined our team. She brings a vast amount of knowledge and expertise in psychiatric medication management in both pediatric and adult patients. Dr. Rebecca Katz is a Board Certified Psychiatrist. Prior to becoming a physician, Dr. Katz received a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Pittsburgh and was a High School Science and Math Teacher as well as an Athletic coach in Pennsylvania for 6 years. She went on to receive a Master’s in Biomedical Sciences with a focus in stroke research from Rutgers’s University before changing careers to study medicine.
Wellcova Health is excited to announce that Dr. Katz has joined our team. She brings a vast amount of knowledge and expertise in psychiatric medication management in both pediatric and adult patients. Dr. Rebecca Katz is a Board Certified Psychiatrist. Prior to becoming a physician, Dr. Katz received a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Pittsburgh and was a High School Science and Math Teacher as well as an Athletic coach in Pennsylvania for 6 years. She went on to receive a Master’s in Biomedical Sciences with a focus in stroke research from Rutgers’s University before changing careers to study medicine.
(303) 952-8042 View (303) 952-8042
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Cindy Rossetti
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80206  (Online Only)
Dr. Cindy Rossetti is board certified in Adult Psychiatry. She has been practicing for over 13 years. Dr. Rossetti received her medical degree from The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. She completed her general psychiatry residency at University of Kentucky in Lexington where she was chief resident. She worked at Eastern State Hospital in Kentucky treating severe and persistent mental illness. She spent most of her post graduate time providing outpatient care in a rural and underserved area of Arkansas.
Dr. Cindy Rossetti is board certified in Adult Psychiatry. She has been practicing for over 13 years. Dr. Rossetti received her medical degree from The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. She completed her general psychiatry residency at University of Kentucky in Lexington where she was chief resident. She worked at Eastern State Hospital in Kentucky treating severe and persistent mental illness. She spent most of her post graduate time providing outpatient care in a rural and underserved area of Arkansas.
(720) 709-2837 View (720) 709-2837
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Alexis Adams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80206
As an experienced Nurse Practitioner with 12 years in healthcare, my passion lies in providing exceptional mental health services and medication management. Throughout my journey, I have honed my expertise across multiple specialties, catering to diverse age groups to include pediatrics and adults. Working closely with clients facing various mental health diagnoses, I have developed a deep understanding of their unique needs. My commitment to empowering individuals is reflected in my ability to create personalized treatment plans that align with clients' goals and values.
As an experienced Nurse Practitioner with 12 years in healthcare, my passion lies in providing exceptional mental health services and medication management. Throughout my journey, I have honed my expertise across multiple specialties, catering to diverse age groups to include pediatrics and adults. Working closely with clients facing various mental health diagnoses, I have developed a deep understanding of their unique needs. My commitment to empowering individuals is reflected in my ability to create personalized treatment plans that align with clients' goals and values.
(720) 613-6755 View (720) 613-6755
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Satveet Khela
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80206  (Online Only)
Dr. Satveet Khela is a board certified physician specializing in adult psychiatry. She has been practicing since 2021. n addition to focusing on medication management, Dr Khela's practice also prioritizes a whole person approach, incorporating aspects of nutrition, lifestyle, mindfulness, and supportive or brief cognitive behavioral therapy into the treatment plan. Occasionally, Dr. Khela may believe that additional therapy is also needed and ask that you see a separate therapist to provide the best outcome. Dr. Khela received her undergraduate degree from University of California Berkeley and her medical degree from A.T. Still.
Dr. Satveet Khela is a board certified physician specializing in adult psychiatry. She has been practicing since 2021. n addition to focusing on medication management, Dr Khela's practice also prioritizes a whole person approach, incorporating aspects of nutrition, lifestyle, mindfulness, and supportive or brief cognitive behavioral therapy into the treatment plan. Occasionally, Dr. Khela may believe that additional therapy is also needed and ask that you see a separate therapist to provide the best outcome. Dr. Khela received her undergraduate degree from University of California Berkeley and her medical degree from A.T. Still.
(720) 619-6876 View (720) 619-6876
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Suzanne Monsivais
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80206
I am board-certified in Adult Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. I work with children, adolescents and adults of all ages. When working with children and adolescents, I aim to include caregivers, as much as possible, in the assessment and treatment process. Whether you are seeking treatment for yourself or for a child or adolescent in your life, my hope is that we can build a team together, working in support of you and/or your family.
I am board-certified in Adult Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. I work with children, adolescents and adults of all ages. When working with children and adolescents, I aim to include caregivers, as much as possible, in the assessment and treatment process. Whether you are seeking treatment for yourself or for a child or adolescent in your life, my hope is that we can build a team together, working in support of you and/or your family.
(720) 410-9214 View (720) 410-9214
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Marjorie Lavin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80206  (Online Only)
For the past 20 years, Dr. Lavin worked at the University of Denver Health and Counseling Center where she treated undergraduate and graduate students. She also worked at a training clinic for students pursuing their PsyD degree. She has supervised and taught psychiatry residents. She taught a psychopharmacology and differential diagnosis course to psychology trainees. Dr. Lavin has a strong interest in functional medicine and alternative therapies. She is board certified in adult psychiatry. Dr. Lavin focuses on a comprehensive medical assessment, medication management, psychoeducation, wellness, and alternative therapies.
For the past 20 years, Dr. Lavin worked at the University of Denver Health and Counseling Center where she treated undergraduate and graduate students. She also worked at a training clinic for students pursuing their PsyD degree. She has supervised and taught psychiatry residents. She taught a psychopharmacology and differential diagnosis course to psychology trainees. Dr. Lavin has a strong interest in functional medicine and alternative therapies. She is board certified in adult psychiatry. Dr. Lavin focuses on a comprehensive medical assessment, medication management, psychoeducation, wellness, and alternative therapies.
(303) 872-8295 View (303) 872-8295
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Mary Stephenson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80206
Dr. Mary Stephenson is a board-certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with more than 25 years of clinical experience working with this population. Dr. Stephenson's practice focus is on medication management. She believes support and involvement of the family is an integral part of treatment for the client. Additionally, more therapy support may be needed on occasion, and the recommendation to bring a psychotherapist on the care team may occur to provide an optimal outcome.
Dr. Mary Stephenson is a board-certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with more than 25 years of clinical experience working with this population. Dr. Stephenson's practice focus is on medication management. She believes support and involvement of the family is an integral part of treatment for the client. Additionally, more therapy support may be needed on occasion, and the recommendation to bring a psychotherapist on the care team may occur to provide an optimal outcome.
(303) 622-3302 View (303) 622-3302
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Kristin Ratz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80206  (Online Only)
Dr. Kristin Ratz is a Board-Certified psychiatrist who is an expert in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental, emotional and behavioral disorders. She specializes in medication management combined with supportive therapy during 30-minute follow-up sessions. A California local, Dr. Ratz obtained her undergraduate education at University of California, Davis, graduating magna cum laude.t. She then attended medical school at Loma Linda University School of Medicine, obtaining her Medical Doctorate. Following this, she completed her adult psychiatry residency training at the University of California, Irvine.
Dr. Kristin Ratz is a Board-Certified psychiatrist who is an expert in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental, emotional and behavioral disorders. She specializes in medication management combined with supportive therapy during 30-minute follow-up sessions. A California local, Dr. Ratz obtained her undergraduate education at University of California, Davis, graduating magna cum laude.t. She then attended medical school at Loma Linda University School of Medicine, obtaining her Medical Doctorate. Following this, she completed her adult psychiatry residency training at the University of California, Irvine.
(720) 807-6413 View (720) 807-6413
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Marla Richard
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80206
Dr. Marla Richard is Stanford trained board-certified psychiatrist and board eligible in geriatric psychiatry from UCSD. She has been practicing in a variety of settings for the last 30 years. Dr. Richard uses an an integrated health paradigm with general and geriatric patients using traditional psychopharmacology, interpersonal neurobiology practices, and personality assessments to look at root motivations for behaviors to address core issues and with medication management as needed. Dr. Marla believes that you need to take a whole-person approach to both mental and physical health.
Dr. Marla Richard is Stanford trained board-certified psychiatrist and board eligible in geriatric psychiatry from UCSD. She has been practicing in a variety of settings for the last 30 years. Dr. Richard uses an an integrated health paradigm with general and geriatric patients using traditional psychopharmacology, interpersonal neurobiology practices, and personality assessments to look at root motivations for behaviors to address core issues and with medication management as needed. Dr. Marla believes that you need to take a whole-person approach to both mental and physical health.
(303) 951-8007 View (303) 951-8007
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Syreeta Spears
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP, CPN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80206
Hello, I'm Syreeta Spears and I'm a Board-Certified, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with full prescriptive authority. I focus on using a collaborative, comprehensive methodology when treating patients and families. I specialize in the treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults, and currently only see patients age 35 and under. I provide support and treatment plans for issues surrounding: suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, emotional disturbances, trauma, Bipolar disorder, behavioral issues, sleep problems, troubled thought patterns, difficult life transitions, and attention issues.
Hello, I'm Syreeta Spears and I'm a Board-Certified, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with full prescriptive authority. I focus on using a collaborative, comprehensive methodology when treating patients and families. I specialize in the treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults, and currently only see patients age 35 and under. I provide support and treatment plans for issues surrounding: suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, emotional disturbances, trauma, Bipolar disorder, behavioral issues, sleep problems, troubled thought patterns, difficult life transitions, and attention issues.
(833) 248-5327 View (833) 248-5327
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John Whittier
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80206  (Online Only)
Dr. John Whittier is a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of anxiety, PTSD, ADHD and mood disorders. Dr. Whittier is primarily focused on medication management of general psychiatric conditions. He approaches each client as an individual, using the one-hour initial intake to get a comprehensive look at each client’s unique needs. From there he works with his clients to provide options and flexibility in the treatment plan utilizing a combination of psychotherapy, medications, and evidence-based alternative therapies.
Dr. John Whittier is a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of anxiety, PTSD, ADHD and mood disorders. Dr. Whittier is primarily focused on medication management of general psychiatric conditions. He approaches each client as an individual, using the one-hour initial intake to get a comprehensive look at each client’s unique needs. From there he works with his clients to provide options and flexibility in the treatment plan utilizing a combination of psychotherapy, medications, and evidence-based alternative therapies.
(720) 741-6534 View (720) 741-6534
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Spark Mental Health Clinics - Colorado
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80206  (Online Only)
Spark is accepting new patients and we have SAME & NEXT DAY appointments readily available! Plus, and more importantly, we are a fully 5 STAR rated Psychiatric Practices across all review sites. We specialize in treating depression, anxiety and attention deficit disorders in children, adolescents, and adults. We use technology to offer the most convenient care possible. In most cases, you can self-schedule appointments online, see your provider by HIPPA secure video, and have prescriptions sent in real-time electronically to the pharmacy of your choice.
Spark is accepting new patients and we have SAME & NEXT DAY appointments readily available! Plus, and more importantly, we are a fully 5 STAR rated Psychiatric Practices across all review sites. We specialize in treating depression, anxiety and attention deficit disorders in children, adolescents, and adults. We use technology to offer the most convenient care possible. In most cases, you can self-schedule appointments online, see your provider by HIPPA secure video, and have prescriptions sent in real-time electronically to the pharmacy of your choice.
(602) 755-4632 View (602) 755-4632
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David Jiang
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80206  (Online Only)
Dr. Jiang is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. His practice focuses on medication management and supportive therapy. His major goal is for treatment to be patient centered, with a focus on high quality, evidence-based care in the safest and most meaningful way.
Dr. Jiang is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. His practice focuses on medication management and supportive therapy. His major goal is for treatment to be patient centered, with a focus on high quality, evidence-based care in the safest and most meaningful way.
(720) 802-0058 View (720) 802-0058
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Mustafa Taquee
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80206  (Online Only)
Dr. Mustafa Taquee is a board-eligible Adult Psychiatrist, starting his post-graduate practice with Talkiatry. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, he completed his medical degree at Oakland University William Beaumont in Rochester, MI. He is a recent graduate from the Adult Psychiatry Residency Program at St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Livonia, MI. Additionally, Dr. Taquee has completed a psychotherapy fellowship through the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute.
Dr. Mustafa Taquee is a board-eligible Adult Psychiatrist, starting his post-graduate practice with Talkiatry. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, he completed his medical degree at Oakland University William Beaumont in Rochester, MI. He is a recent graduate from the Adult Psychiatry Residency Program at St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Livonia, MI. Additionally, Dr. Taquee has completed a psychotherapy fellowship through the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute.
(720) 307-3147 View (720) 307-3147
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Laura Obler
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80206
Dr. Laura Obler is board-certified in adult psychiatry. She received her medical degree from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in Los Angeles, California, where she stayed to complete her psychiatry residency at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience. During residency she received specialized training in reproductive psychiatry (the treatment of women who are considering pregnancy or are pregnant or postpartum) and acted as Chief Resident of the Women’s Life Center at UCLA. She has previously worked in community clinics in the greater Los Angeles area and as a staff psychiatrist at UCLA.
Dr. Laura Obler is board-certified in adult psychiatry. She received her medical degree from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in Los Angeles, California, where she stayed to complete her psychiatry residency at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience. During residency she received specialized training in reproductive psychiatry (the treatment of women who are considering pregnancy or are pregnant or postpartum) and acted as Chief Resident of the Women’s Life Center at UCLA. She has previously worked in community clinics in the greater Los Angeles area and as a staff psychiatrist at UCLA.
(720) 679-7239 View (720) 679-7239
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Alexandra Hill
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80206  (Online Only)
Dr. Hill is a recent graduate of the psychiatry residency program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. During her residency, she sought out additional training in psychodynamic therapy and EMDR. She participated in the Psych Scholars track, which provided in-depth education and supervision around therapy and psychoanalytic theory. This allows her to better understand the role of both medication and therapy, which to utilize, when to couple them, and what limitations they may have.
Dr. Hill is a recent graduate of the psychiatry residency program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. During her residency, she sought out additional training in psychodynamic therapy and EMDR. She participated in the Psych Scholars track, which provided in-depth education and supervision around therapy and psychoanalytic theory. This allows her to better understand the role of both medication and therapy, which to utilize, when to couple them, and what limitations they may have.
(720) 513-5548 View (720) 513-5548
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Capstone Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80206  (Online Only)
ADHD Certified! As nurse practitioners our primary goal is to help individuals overcome their mental health challenges and live a happy and fulfilling life. We understand that seeking help for mental health issues can be a difficult decision, and we want to assure you that you have made a brave and important step by considering professional support. Our approach is centered on a collaborative and personalized treatment plan that considers each patient's unique circumstances, needs, & goals. We believe that effective treatment requires an open and honest dialogue between the patient and the np, where the patient feels heard.
ADHD Certified! As nurse practitioners our primary goal is to help individuals overcome their mental health challenges and live a happy and fulfilling life. We understand that seeking help for mental health issues can be a difficult decision, and we want to assure you that you have made a brave and important step by considering professional support. Our approach is centered on a collaborative and personalized treatment plan that considers each patient's unique circumstances, needs, & goals. We believe that effective treatment requires an open and honest dialogue between the patient and the np, where the patient feels heard.
(720) 730-4242 View (720) 730-4242
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Dr. Daniel Daylamani
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80206  (Online Only)
I am a board certified psychiatrist currently accepting new patients. My practice is strictly through the use of telepsychiatry which means that all appointments will be held via HIPAA compliant video conferencing software. Many patients prefer this means of treatment as appointments can be done from the comfort of your home or office without the need for lengthy commutes or waiting rooms and it provides access to mental health treatment to patients located in more remote locations. I treat adult (18+) patients located in Colorado, Texas and Washington State though controlled substance prescribing may only be done in Colorado.
I am a board certified psychiatrist currently accepting new patients. My practice is strictly through the use of telepsychiatry which means that all appointments will be held via HIPAA compliant video conferencing software. Many patients prefer this means of treatment as appointments can be done from the comfort of your home or office without the need for lengthy commutes or waiting rooms and it provides access to mental health treatment to patients located in more remote locations. I treat adult (18+) patients located in Colorado, Texas and Washington State though controlled substance prescribing may only be done in Colorado.
(720) 868-9577 View (720) 868-9577
Photo of Dr. Kate Salama, Psychiatrist in 80206, CO
Dr. Kate Salama
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80206
I am a Harvard trained adult psychiatrist who specializes in women's mental health. Most women in my practice are struggling with mood symptoms related to the menstrual cycle, fertility, pregnancy & postpartum, as well as the menopause transition. I practice integrative psychiatry, which means I combine traditional pharmacotherapy with nutritional guidance, sleep optimization support, supplement regimens, and hormonal testing if desired. Please visit my website, tendtohermd.com, for more details.
I am a Harvard trained adult psychiatrist who specializes in women's mental health. Most women in my practice are struggling with mood symptoms related to the menstrual cycle, fertility, pregnancy & postpartum, as well as the menopause transition. I practice integrative psychiatry, which means I combine traditional pharmacotherapy with nutritional guidance, sleep optimization support, supplement regimens, and hormonal testing if desired. Please visit my website, tendtohermd.com, for more details.
(720) 571-4036 View (720) 571-4036

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 80206

50+

Average cost per session

$190

Psychiatrists in 80206 who prioritize treating:

98% Anxiety
96% Medication Management
90% Depression
88% Trauma and PTSD
88% Bipolar Disorder
78% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
69% ADHD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

93% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
90% Aetna
90% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in 80206 see their clients

63% In Person and Online
37% Online Only

Gender breakdown

61% Female
39% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 80206?

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.