Psychiatrists in 80210

Photo of Chelsey Lahr, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 80210, CO
Chelsey Lahr
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80210
I understand the courage it takes to ask for help, and when you do take that first step in healing, my goal is to make sure you feel heard and safe in a non-judgmental atmosphere. Our first appointment is tailored to me understanding you, your history, and your symptoms. I will provide you with different treatment options that I feel would be safe, effective, & with the lowest risk for side effects, and together we develop your treatment plan. My goal is to support you along your journey & move from debilitating symptoms to feeling happy, productive, and yourself again!
I understand the courage it takes to ask for help, and when you do take that first step in healing, my goal is to make sure you feel heard and safe in a non-judgmental atmosphere. Our first appointment is tailored to me understanding you, your history, and your symptoms. I will provide you with different treatment options that I feel would be safe, effective, & with the lowest risk for side effects, and together we develop your treatment plan. My goal is to support you along your journey & move from debilitating symptoms to feeling happy, productive, and yourself again!
(719) 422-7668 View (719) 422-7668
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Joe Crowley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Denver, CO 80210
Accepting New Patients! - Joseph “Joe” P. Crowley is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner in Colorado. He brings over seven years of inpatient and outpatient psychiatric experience to his patients while offering an attentive, accommodating patient care philosophy. Joe earned his BSN and MSN degrees at Regis University. He completed his inpatient and outpatient clinical training at various facilities in the Denver Metro area. He also received professional recognition for academic achievements and ICARE awards while working at the V.A. Eastern Colorado Health Care System.
Accepting New Patients! - Joseph “Joe” P. Crowley is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner in Colorado. He brings over seven years of inpatient and outpatient psychiatric experience to his patients while offering an attentive, accommodating patient care philosophy. Joe earned his BSN and MSN degrees at Regis University. He completed his inpatient and outpatient clinical training at various facilities in the Denver Metro area. He also received professional recognition for academic achievements and ICARE awards while working at the V.A. Eastern Colorado Health Care System.
(720) 712-1554 View (720) 712-1554
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Andrew Nagy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Denver, CO 80210
Accepting New Patients! I'm board certified, specializing in medication management, treating ADHD, depression, anxiety, addiction 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! I'm board certified, specializing in medication management, treating ADHD, depression, anxiety, addiction 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.
(319) 984-0809 View (319) 984-0809
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Krystal Arney
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Denver, CO 80210
Hello, I am Krystal, and I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I started my medical career eleven years ago as a flight medic in the Army, the experiences that I had in that time lead me to pursue a career in mental health. I believe that the mind and body are intrinsically connected, and the best outcomes are achieved when medications are combined with a holistic approach and lifestyle adjustments. My goal is to work with my clients in a partnership to determine the treatment modalities best suited to meet their individual treatment goals and optimal mental health and well-being.
Hello, I am Krystal, and I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I started my medical career eleven years ago as a flight medic in the Army, the experiences that I had in that time lead me to pursue a career in mental health. I believe that the mind and body are intrinsically connected, and the best outcomes are achieved when medications are combined with a holistic approach and lifestyle adjustments. My goal is to work with my clients in a partnership to determine the treatment modalities best suited to meet their individual treatment goals and optimal mental health and well-being.
(719) 286-5222 View (719) 286-5222
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Jesse Maizels
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Denver, CO 80210
As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I am licensed and trained to assess and diagnose mental health conditions, provide supportive therapy, and write medication prescriptions where appropriate. Additionally, I have a broad range of experience working with clients across the lifespan and with many different presenting concerns including, but not limited to depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, PTSD and ADHD. I also have a special interest in providing care to LGBTQIA+ individuals and aim to provide nonjudgmental care to people from all walks of life.
As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I am licensed and trained to assess and diagnose mental health conditions, provide supportive therapy, and write medication prescriptions where appropriate. Additionally, I have a broad range of experience working with clients across the lifespan and with many different presenting concerns including, but not limited to depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, PTSD and ADHD. I also have a special interest in providing care to LGBTQIA+ individuals and aim to provide nonjudgmental care to people from all walks of life.
(720) 571-4063 View (720) 571-4063
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Naseem Smith
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Denver, CO 80210
Personal growth and a happier life can happen in different ways. Sometimes the focus is on removing obstacles, using therapy to improve patterns in thinking, behaving and relating, or medication to address symptoms standing in your way. Other times it focuses mainly on building new skills, understanding links between the past & present, expanding one's identity, or balancing lifestyle choices. I strive to help people identify and believe in the person they really wish to be, what inspires them, and the life they wish to create. I support using lowest effective medicine doses, but am experienced with complex meds when necessary.
Personal growth and a happier life can happen in different ways. Sometimes the focus is on removing obstacles, using therapy to improve patterns in thinking, behaving and relating, or medication to address symptoms standing in your way. Other times it focuses mainly on building new skills, understanding links between the past & present, expanding one's identity, or balancing lifestyle choices. I strive to help people identify and believe in the person they really wish to be, what inspires them, and the life they wish to create. I support using lowest effective medicine doses, but am experienced with complex meds when necessary.
(720) 310-1610 View (720) 310-1610
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Adam Gears
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MEd, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80210  (Online Only)
Hi there, I'm Adam, a psychiatric nurse practitioner providing medication management in AZ, WA, and CO. I'm committed to treating patients with honesty, a touch of humor, and straightforward communication. My main goal is to help patients feel better and regain the life they desire. If medication management isn't the right fit, we'll explore alternative approaches like healthy lifestyle changes, exercise, nutrition, and mindful practices. I'm here for you every step of the way.
Hi there, I'm Adam, a psychiatric nurse practitioner providing medication management in AZ, WA, and CO. I'm committed to treating patients with honesty, a touch of humor, and straightforward communication. My main goal is to help patients feel better and regain the life they desire. If medication management isn't the right fit, we'll explore alternative approaches like healthy lifestyle changes, exercise, nutrition, and mindful practices. I'm here for you every step of the way.
(720) 729-9744 View (720) 729-9744
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Kristina Mordecai
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Denver, CO 80210
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.
(303) 622-5068 View (303) 622-5068
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Deanna Nicholson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Denver, CO 80210
Accepting New Patients Now! With over 16 years of experience in mental healthcare, I am a dedicated expert in my field. I merge cutting-edge knowledge with a genuine passion for providing exceptional care. From navigating substance use disorders to delving into the depths of depression and anxiety, I confront a wide spectrum of mental health challenges. My unwavering commitment to adult and geriatric populations, including those with cognitive impairment, truly sets me apart. Together, we will unlock your potential and embark on a transformative journey towards optimal well-being. Your path to a brighter future starts here!
Accepting New Patients Now! With over 16 years of experience in mental healthcare, I am a dedicated expert in my field. I merge cutting-edge knowledge with a genuine passion for providing exceptional care. From navigating substance use disorders to delving into the depths of depression and anxiety, I confront a wide spectrum of mental health challenges. My unwavering commitment to adult and geriatric populations, including those with cognitive impairment, truly sets me apart. Together, we will unlock your potential and embark on a transformative journey towards optimal well-being. Your path to a brighter future starts here!
(720) 669-6415 View (720) 669-6415
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Intrepid Mental Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Denver, CO 80210
We are a group of Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners who are passionate about providing mental health care in an environment that is safe and non-judgmental. We treat a wide range of issues including anxiety, trauma, depression, insomnia, irritability, anger, intense emotions, bipolar/mood disorders, and ADHD. We use a collaborative holistic approach to treatment which may include the use of psychiatric medications, but additionally we will explore possible root causes for your mental health symptoms and we may recommend things such as laboratory testing or natural supplements.
We are a group of Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners who are passionate about providing mental health care in an environment that is safe and non-judgmental. We treat a wide range of issues including anxiety, trauma, depression, insomnia, irritability, anger, intense emotions, bipolar/mood disorders, and ADHD. We use a collaborative holistic approach to treatment which may include the use of psychiatric medications, but additionally we will explore possible root causes for your mental health symptoms and we may recommend things such as laboratory testing or natural supplements.
(720) 703-9261 View (720) 703-9261
Photo of Briana Haight, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 80210, CO
Briana Haight
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Denver, CO 80210
*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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Kayse Budd
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80210  (Online Only)
Hello and welcome to my profile! I am a holistic psychiatrist who's also an artist, yoga instructor, & astrologer. I spent 12 years working with Andrew Weil MD's Integrative Medicine Program at the Univ of Arizona & Deepak Chopra/Chopra Center in Southern CA. I love helping people find purpose, live healthy + balanced lifestyles, & reach their potential. Mild depression, anxiety, insomnia, stress, path-finding, & burnout are my specialties. Though conventionally trained at Duke University, Univ of Michigan Med School, & Univ of Arizona Psychiatry Residency, I practice in a unique & integrative way.
Hello and welcome to my profile! I am a holistic psychiatrist who's also an artist, yoga instructor, & astrologer. I spent 12 years working with Andrew Weil MD's Integrative Medicine Program at the Univ of Arizona & Deepak Chopra/Chopra Center in Southern CA. I love helping people find purpose, live healthy + balanced lifestyles, & reach their potential. Mild depression, anxiety, insomnia, stress, path-finding, & burnout are my specialties. Though conventionally trained at Duke University, Univ of Michigan Med School, & Univ of Arizona Psychiatry Residency, I practice in a unique & integrative way.
(520) 346-0586 View (520) 346-0586
Photo of Jonathan Yoder, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 80210, CO
Jonathan Yoder
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Denver, CO 80210  (Online Only)
Are you accumulating more and more diagnoses and medication, but not getting better? Are you tired of feeling like you are just throwing medications against a wall and seeing what sticks? Are you not making progress despite doing 'the right things'? Together we will systematically assess where you're at, what is working, what is not, and create a plan to get started on the path to feeling better. I am focused on helping people struggling with depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, and borderline personality disorder recover.
Are you accumulating more and more diagnoses and medication, but not getting better? Are you tired of feeling like you are just throwing medications against a wall and seeing what sticks? Are you not making progress despite doing 'the right things'? Together we will systematically assess where you're at, what is working, what is not, and create a plan to get started on the path to feeling better. I am focused on helping people struggling with depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, and borderline personality disorder recover.
(941) 214-4827 View (941) 214-4827
Photo of Deborah A Coyle, Psychiatrist in 80210, CO
Deborah A Coyle
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Denver, CO 80210
You may be feeling tired, overwhelmed,and even alone. What you do know is that you do not want to feel this way anymore. My approach to helping you re- access the "best you" is an integrative approach that fits you personally. Initially, determining what may be blocking you. It could be diet, a deficiency, a loss,a trauma or what may feel most confusing is, that you don't know why you feel this way.
You may be feeling tired, overwhelmed,and even alone. What you do know is that you do not want to feel this way anymore. My approach to helping you re- access the "best you" is an integrative approach that fits you personally. Initially, determining what may be blocking you. It could be diet, a deficiency, a loss,a trauma or what may feel most confusing is, that you don't know why you feel this way.
(720) 606-2833 View (720) 606-2833
Photo of Sekou Jones, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 80210, CO
Sekou Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, RXN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80210  (Online Only)
I work with adolescents and adults with a wide range mental health needs. I especially enjoy serving clients dealing with issues related to depression, anxiety, job related stress, difficulties at school, life transitions and relationship issues. I deliver care that is compassionate, empathetic, patient and thorough. I believe in taking time to listen and to understand each person's unique needs. It is my priority to establish a safe, non-judgmental, and supportive environment to promote growth, development, and healing.
I work with adolescents and adults with a wide range mental health needs. I especially enjoy serving clients dealing with issues related to depression, anxiety, job related stress, difficulties at school, life transitions and relationship issues. I deliver care that is compassionate, empathetic, patient and thorough. I believe in taking time to listen and to understand each person's unique needs. It is my priority to establish a safe, non-judgmental, and supportive environment to promote growth, development, and healing.
(303) 848-3052 View (303) 848-3052
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Jennifer Gilligan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
17 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80210  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 23 years of nursing experience in the psychiatric field. My expertise ranges from child and adult inpatient care to community mental health crisis stabilization and substance abuse treatment. I am eager to meet you and support you on your path to wellness!
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 23 years of nursing experience in the psychiatric field. My expertise ranges from child and adult inpatient care to community mental health crisis stabilization and substance abuse treatment. I am eager to meet you and support you on your path to wellness!
(720) 782-1496 View (720) 782-1496
Photo of Allison McClintock, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 80210, CO
Allison McClintock
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Denver, CO 80210
My practice specializes in trauma, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and ADHD. I believe firmly in a holistic approach for both mind and body and am committed to providing clients with a personalized plan of care. I understand that treatment methods are carefully chosen for each person and that treatment begins with exploring and understanding the clients’ goals. I have a deep and personal understanding of trauma and am passionate about provided support around trauma and PTSD.
My practice specializes in trauma, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and ADHD. I believe firmly in a holistic approach for both mind and body and am committed to providing clients with a personalized plan of care. I understand that treatment methods are carefully chosen for each person and that treatment begins with exploring and understanding the clients’ goals. I have a deep and personal understanding of trauma and am passionate about provided support around trauma and PTSD.
(720) 547-9271 View (720) 547-9271
Photo of Molly Kate Brown, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 80210, CO
Molly Kate Brown
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Denver, CO 80210
Suniasol Integrative Mental Health & Ketamine Clinic (Suniasol.com) offers safe & supportive ketamine treatment as well as medication management for Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, OCD, and PTSD. We empower you with tools essential for navigating mental/emotional & life challenges for more spaciousness, insight, ease, peace, joy, and connection. Ketamine Treatment is available for those meeting criteria. Our approach is integrative, holistic, compassionate, somatically-oriented, and trauma-informed. Mental Wellness is multifactoral so our approach is holistic and deeply heartfelt.
Suniasol Integrative Mental Health & Ketamine Clinic (Suniasol.com) offers safe & supportive ketamine treatment as well as medication management for Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, OCD, and PTSD. We empower you with tools essential for navigating mental/emotional & life challenges for more spaciousness, insight, ease, peace, joy, and connection. Ketamine Treatment is available for those meeting criteria. Our approach is integrative, holistic, compassionate, somatically-oriented, and trauma-informed. Mental Wellness is multifactoral so our approach is holistic and deeply heartfelt.
(720) 809-7630 View (720) 809-7630
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Lubna Grewal
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80210
I established Denver Psychiatric Clinic to add needed space for individuals to focus on issues affecting their mental well-being. Anxiety, mood instability, depression, relationship stress, and general dissatisfaction are often what bring people into treatment but typically represent only the surface layer of why we experience distress the way we do. The purpose of my practice is to create space for exploration of any and all sources of that distress through medication and/or therapy. My objective for each patient is that such exploration facilitates improvement through an increased understanding of themselves.
I established Denver Psychiatric Clinic to add needed space for individuals to focus on issues affecting their mental well-being. Anxiety, mood instability, depression, relationship stress, and general dissatisfaction are often what bring people into treatment but typically represent only the surface layer of why we experience distress the way we do. The purpose of my practice is to create space for exploration of any and all sources of that distress through medication and/or therapy. My objective for each patient is that such exploration facilitates improvement through an increased understanding of themselves.
(720) 605-7488 View (720) 605-7488
Photo of Kate Price, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 80210, CO
Kate Price
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80210
Kate (she/her) is a masters-prepared, Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over ten years’ experience working in the mental health field. While she offers treatment to patients across the lifespan, she primarily works with adolescents and adults. She values a holistic, patient-centered approach to the care of her clients while remaining sensitive to each person’s individual life journey, values, and needs.
Kate (she/her) is a masters-prepared, Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over ten years’ experience working in the mental health field. While she offers treatment to patients across the lifespan, she primarily works with adolescents and adults. She values a holistic, patient-centered approach to the care of her clients while remaining sensitive to each person’s individual life journey, values, and needs.
(720) 419-1115 View (720) 419-1115

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 80210

20+

Average cost per session

$225

Psychiatrists in 80210 who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
96% Depression
93% Medication Management
81% ADHD
81% Bipolar Disorder
78% Trauma and PTSD
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

88% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
82% Cigna and Evernorth
76% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in 80210 see their clients

78% In Person and Online
22% Online Only

Gender breakdown

64% Female
36% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 80210?

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.