Psychiatrists in 80238

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Troy Grantham
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80238
Dr. Troy Grantham is a board-certified staff psychiatrist who treats adult patients. A former engineer, Dr. Grantham has developed a passion for guiding patients along the road to recovery. He completed his undergraduate studies at The University of Texas at Austin and later completed medical school and residency in General Psychiatry at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Grantham's practice focuses on medication management. He utilizes a systematic approach to ensure diagnoses are accurate and treatment plans are optimized to each individual patient.
Dr. Troy Grantham is a board-certified staff psychiatrist who treats adult patients. A former engineer, Dr. Grantham has developed a passion for guiding patients along the road to recovery. He completed his undergraduate studies at The University of Texas at Austin and later completed medical school and residency in General Psychiatry at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Grantham's practice focuses on medication management. He utilizes a systematic approach to ensure diagnoses are accurate and treatment plans are optimized to each individual patient.
(720) 807-0388 View (720) 807-0388
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Cherly Dasler
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80238  (Online Only)
Dr. Cheryl Dasler is a double board certified psychiatrist in General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Following completion of her training, she spent the next 10 years fulfilling her passion for indigent care of children, working in a community mental health center. She went on to complete additional training in Functional Medicine, with the goal of offering patients greater insight into the physical factors contributing to their symptoms. She has also trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and encourages mindfulness as a healing technique along with medication management.
Dr. Cheryl Dasler is a double board certified psychiatrist in General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Following completion of her training, she spent the next 10 years fulfilling her passion for indigent care of children, working in a community mental health center. She went on to complete additional training in Functional Medicine, with the goal of offering patients greater insight into the physical factors contributing to their symptoms. She has also trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and encourages mindfulness as a healing technique along with medication management.
(720) 637-2308 View (720) 637-2308
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Larson Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APN, RXN
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80238
Not accepting new clients
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with prescriptive authority. I've been practicing since 2014, initially as an officer in the U.S. Army, and as a civilian since 2017. Treatment involves consistent communication and the consideration of your input. No one is immune from mental health concerns, but they don't have to derail your life. I have treated everyone from high school students, to successful professionals, to elite military officers. If you are struggling with feeling down, have experienced significant trauma, or feel like things aren't right, give me a call.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with prescriptive authority. I've been practicing since 2014, initially as an officer in the U.S. Army, and as a civilian since 2017. Treatment involves consistent communication and the consideration of your input. No one is immune from mental health concerns, but they don't have to derail your life. I have treated everyone from high school students, to successful professionals, to elite military officers. If you are struggling with feeling down, have experienced significant trauma, or feel like things aren't right, give me a call.
(720) 650-7082 View (720) 650-7082
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Amanda Befferman
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80238
I am a board certified physician assistant. My treatment goal is to use evidence-based medicine to provide holistic and patient-centered care. It is important to me that I treat my patients as individuals to provide a treatment plan that will work for their unique set of circumstances. My extensive background in adult primary care and geriatric medicine means that I am confident in my ability to consider other medical comorbidities when deciding on treatment for my patients.
I am a board certified physician assistant. My treatment goal is to use evidence-based medicine to provide holistic and patient-centered care. It is important to me that I treat my patients as individuals to provide a treatment plan that will work for their unique set of circumstances. My extensive background in adult primary care and geriatric medicine means that I am confident in my ability to consider other medical comorbidities when deciding on treatment for my patients.
(720) 986-4342 View (720) 986-4342
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Brendon Pardington
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80238
I am a certified Physician Assistant as well as a certified Life Coach through the International Coaching Federation. I specialize in ADHD and I love working with people who want to take control of their lives.
I am a certified Physician Assistant as well as a certified Life Coach through the International Coaching Federation. I specialize in ADHD and I love working with people who want to take control of their lives.
(720) 619-3848 View (720) 619-3848
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Jennifer Lyman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80238  (Online Only)
Dr. Lyman is a board-certified psychiatrist who values the lived experience of every individual seeking treatment. She completed her undergraduate studies at Stanford University, received her MPH from University of Hawai'i, Manoa and graduated with her MD from the John A. Burns School of Medicine. She completed her residency training in Psychiatry at the Queens Medical Center, where she served as chief resident. She is currently pursuing a nutritional psychiatry certificate through the Integrative Psychiatry Institute and has a particular interest in the connection between the food we consume and our emotional well-being.
Dr. Lyman is a board-certified psychiatrist who values the lived experience of every individual seeking treatment. She completed her undergraduate studies at Stanford University, received her MPH from University of Hawai'i, Manoa and graduated with her MD from the John A. Burns School of Medicine. She completed her residency training in Psychiatry at the Queens Medical Center, where she served as chief resident. She is currently pursuing a nutritional psychiatry certificate through the Integrative Psychiatry Institute and has a particular interest in the connection between the food we consume and our emotional well-being.
(646) 963-9285 View (646) 963-9285
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Shamim Namakula--Larson Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80238
Accepting New Patients, Book Online: www.larsonmentalhealth.com/scheduling-information. I treat patients ages 8 and up experiencing mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, disordered eating, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, trauma, life transitions, grief, stressor-related disorders and so many more. I will listen to you and we will work together to find an individualized treatment plan to meet your specific needs. I apply an integrative approach that could include medication management, psychoeducation, nutrition, and complementary therapies.
Accepting New Patients, Book Online: www.larsonmentalhealth.com/scheduling-information. I treat patients ages 8 and up experiencing mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, disordered eating, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, trauma, life transitions, grief, stressor-related disorders and so many more. I will listen to you and we will work together to find an individualized treatment plan to meet your specific needs. I apply an integrative approach that could include medication management, psychoeducation, nutrition, and complementary therapies.
(720) 807-1474 View (720) 807-1474
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Holly Greenfield
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80238
Dr. Holly Greenfield attended medical school at New York Medical College. She went on to do an internal medicine internship at Tulane followed by Psychiatry residency at Beth Israel Medical Center. She has been a board-certified psychiatrist for more than 30 years. She has experience in inpatient psychiatry, outpatient psychiatry, and Consult Liaison Psychiatry. She has worked in a private freestanding psychiatric hospital in Connecticut as well as the state hospital in Colorado. She has been the Medical Director for Jefferson Center for Mental Health in Colorado.
Dr. Holly Greenfield attended medical school at New York Medical College. She went on to do an internal medicine internship at Tulane followed by Psychiatry residency at Beth Israel Medical Center. She has been a board-certified psychiatrist for more than 30 years. She has experience in inpatient psychiatry, outpatient psychiatry, and Consult Liaison Psychiatry. She has worked in a private freestanding psychiatric hospital in Connecticut as well as the state hospital in Colorado. She has been the Medical Director for Jefferson Center for Mental Health in Colorado.
(475) 290-6857 View (475) 290-6857
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Prescott Coe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
26 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80238  (Online Only)
Hi there! My name is Prescott Coe and I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and have been working in the mental health field for over five years. Shoring up my studies, I became passionate about mental health early in life, as I lived and grew up with multiple family members with varying mental health disorders, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, traumatic brain injury, addiction, and autism.
Hi there! My name is Prescott Coe and I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and have been working in the mental health field for over five years. Shoring up my studies, I became passionate about mental health early in life, as I lived and grew up with multiple family members with varying mental health disorders, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, traumatic brain injury, addiction, and autism.
(720) 899-5681 View (720) 899-5681
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Nicoline Frinwie--Larson Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80238
Accepting New Patients, Book online at www.larsonmentalhealth.com/scheduling-information. I specialize in treating patients ages 8+ with psychiatric, chemical dependency, and dual diagnosis concerns including but not limited to Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Substance Abuse, Anxiety, ADHD, Schizophrenia/Psychosis, and Bipolar Disorder. I am driven to build strong relationships with patients and their families. My goal is to act as a patient advocate to achieve the best possible outcomes. If you are looking for a new provider, I am here to listen.
Accepting New Patients, Book online at www.larsonmentalhealth.com/scheduling-information. I specialize in treating patients ages 8+ with psychiatric, chemical dependency, and dual diagnosis concerns including but not limited to Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Substance Abuse, Anxiety, ADHD, Schizophrenia/Psychosis, and Bipolar Disorder. I am driven to build strong relationships with patients and their families. My goal is to act as a patient advocate to achieve the best possible outcomes. If you are looking for a new provider, I am here to listen.
(720) 619-8854 View (720) 619-8854
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Dr. Kelly Tull
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80238
I am a board-certified psychiatrist practicing in Colorado who specializes in psychotherapy and medication management, with special expertise in reproductive psychiatry. I provide compassionate and specialized care for a broad range of conditions. I commonly help people with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and trauma. I love working with women planning for pregnancy and through the perinatal period, as well as supporting those experiencing infertility and women facing the hormone shifts of perimenopause.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist practicing in Colorado who specializes in psychotherapy and medication management, with special expertise in reproductive psychiatry. I provide compassionate and specialized care for a broad range of conditions. I commonly help people with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and trauma. I love working with women planning for pregnancy and through the perinatal period, as well as supporting those experiencing infertility and women facing the hormone shifts of perimenopause.
(720) 459-4229 View (720) 459-4229
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Jayson Reyes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
26 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80238  (Online Only)
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 14 years of Psychiatric Mental Health experience, focusing mostly in crisis treatment, alcohol and opioid dependence along with the treatment of schizophrenia, depression, and anxiety. I consult all clients without judgment, exclude no psychiatric issue or age group and truly believe every patient deserves only the best treatment and care. I have worked in several different units in the psychiatric Hospitals around the Miami area. I have two beautiful young children and an amazing wife that supports me in everything I do; they are the backbone of my life.
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 14 years of Psychiatric Mental Health experience, focusing mostly in crisis treatment, alcohol and opioid dependence along with the treatment of schizophrenia, depression, and anxiety. I consult all clients without judgment, exclude no psychiatric issue or age group and truly believe every patient deserves only the best treatment and care. I have worked in several different units in the psychiatric Hospitals around the Miami area. I have two beautiful young children and an amazing wife that supports me in everything I do; they are the backbone of my life.
(720) 571-4412 View (720) 571-4412
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Mind & Wellness Behavioral Health, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNP-B, FNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80238  (Online Only)
I'm a certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a master's degree in nursing, specializing in psychiatric mental health throughout the lifespan. As an experienced healthcare provider, I adopt a comprehensive approach to care and treatment. My commitment to excellent patient care has been recognized through multiple awards. My practice focuses on various mental health conditions, including ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorders and PTSD, among others.
I'm a certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a master's degree in nursing, specializing in psychiatric mental health throughout the lifespan. As an experienced healthcare provider, I adopt a comprehensive approach to care and treatment. My commitment to excellent patient care has been recognized through multiple awards. My practice focuses on various mental health conditions, including ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorders and PTSD, among others.
(720) 571-8655 View (720) 571-8655
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Peak Interactive Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80238
At Peak Interactive Wellness, we aren't your typical psychiatric providers. We take a humanistic and positive psychiatry approach. We make medication decisions with you, not for you. We provide alternative treatment options and therapies including nutraceuticals. We work closely with other members of your health care team to form a collaborative approach to your treatment. We can provide referrals to therapists, nutrition experts, crisis services, and more. We plan for timely follow ups and offer in-person or telehealth follow ups at convenient times during the day.  Visit us at www.peakinteractivewellness.com for more information.
At Peak Interactive Wellness, we aren't your typical psychiatric providers. We take a humanistic and positive psychiatry approach. We make medication decisions with you, not for you. We provide alternative treatment options and therapies including nutraceuticals. We work closely with other members of your health care team to form a collaborative approach to your treatment. We can provide referrals to therapists, nutrition experts, crisis services, and more. We plan for timely follow ups and offer in-person or telehealth follow ups at convenient times during the day.  Visit us at www.peakinteractivewellness.com for more information.
(720) 713-7418 View (720) 713-7418
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Adrienne Long
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80238
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I view people holistically and individually. I approach client care from the bio-psycho-social framework and with compassion. In addition to prescribing psychiatric medications and ketamine-assisted therapy, I often incorporate genetic testing, brief psychotherapy, and neurofeedback into our sessions. Assessment of other influencing factors to well-being, such as sleep, potential nutritional deficiencies, lifestyle and stress, hormone fluctuations, and genetics is also crucial to a comprehensive and effective treatment plan. I also work closely with my client’s existing team.
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I view people holistically and individually. I approach client care from the bio-psycho-social framework and with compassion. In addition to prescribing psychiatric medications and ketamine-assisted therapy, I often incorporate genetic testing, brief psychotherapy, and neurofeedback into our sessions. Assessment of other influencing factors to well-being, such as sleep, potential nutritional deficiencies, lifestyle and stress, hormone fluctuations, and genetics is also crucial to a comprehensive and effective treatment plan. I also work closely with my client’s existing team.
(720) 675-7123 View (720) 675-7123
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Kristen Sheffey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, RN, CNL, CCRN
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80238
I’m Kristy, a psychiatric NP extern committed to providing integrative mental health care to children, adolescents, and adults. I combine traditional psychiatric care with holistic approaches that promote well-being, such as mindfulness, sleep hygiene practices, grounding techniques, lifestyle modification, and herbal supplements or medications if indicated. Whether you’re processing new stress or haven’t felt like yourself in a while, we can work together to create an individualized plan tailored to your specific concerns and needs. I prioritize building trust while providing a safe space for individuals to feel empowered.
I’m Kristy, a psychiatric NP extern committed to providing integrative mental health care to children, adolescents, and adults. I combine traditional psychiatric care with holistic approaches that promote well-being, such as mindfulness, sleep hygiene practices, grounding techniques, lifestyle modification, and herbal supplements or medications if indicated. Whether you’re processing new stress or haven’t felt like yourself in a while, we can work together to create an individualized plan tailored to your specific concerns and needs. I prioritize building trust while providing a safe space for individuals to feel empowered.
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Chelsey Lahr
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80238
You deserve a care experience that is safe, empowering, and free from judgment. That's why I am committed to providing just that - a positive and supportive space where you can feel confident and understood.  Since beginning my work as a psychiatric nurse practitioner in 2015, I have been dedicated to supporting adults facing challenges such as food addiction, depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, or bipolar disorder/mood disorders. I believe in building lasting therapeutic relationships with my clients, taking the time to understand their unique circumstances and symptoms, and together creating a treatment plan.
You deserve a care experience that is safe, empowering, and free from judgment. That's why I am committed to providing just that - a positive and supportive space where you can feel confident and understood.  Since beginning my work as a psychiatric nurse practitioner in 2015, I have been dedicated to supporting adults facing challenges such as food addiction, depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, or bipolar disorder/mood disorders. I believe in building lasting therapeutic relationships with my clients, taking the time to understand their unique circumstances and symptoms, and together creating a treatment plan.
(719) 422-7668 View (719) 422-7668
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Ross Van Allen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, CNP
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80238
Accepting new patients! Mental health is more than meds and I am dedicated to co-creating plan with you that goes beyond just medications to get you long-term, sustainable results. I am a board-certified DNP/PMHNP and dedicated holistic provider. Through a combo of cutting-edge tools like ketamine and TMS, lifestyle changes, therapy and more, I've helped patients recover from life-long depression, anxiety, and other common mental health conditions. Best of all, when you come to see me, you get all that Axis Integrated Mental Health offers under 1 roof, which makes it easier to get the care you need, and your costs under control.
Accepting new patients! Mental health is more than meds and I am dedicated to co-creating plan with you that goes beyond just medications to get you long-term, sustainable results. I am a board-certified DNP/PMHNP and dedicated holistic provider. Through a combo of cutting-edge tools like ketamine and TMS, lifestyle changes, therapy and more, I've helped patients recover from life-long depression, anxiety, and other common mental health conditions. Best of all, when you come to see me, you get all that Axis Integrated Mental Health offers under 1 roof, which makes it easier to get the care you need, and your costs under control.
(720) 802-2982 View (720) 802-2982
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Sean Paul
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
17 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80238
I see children, teens and adults with all types of mental health conditions. I can see patients virtually (in Colorado or Florida) or in my office in Sarasota Florida. Starting in 6/1/24 I will be converting my practice to virtual only. I specialize in ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, and trauma. Typical issues include struggle with school, behavioral issues at home or interpersonal relationships. Search google for my practice to see my practice information and website: NowPsych Sean Paul, MD
I see children, teens and adults with all types of mental health conditions. I can see patients virtually (in Colorado or Florida) or in my office in Sarasota Florida. Starting in 6/1/24 I will be converting my practice to virtual only. I specialize in ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, and trauma. Typical issues include struggle with school, behavioral issues at home or interpersonal relationships. Search google for my practice to see my practice information and website: NowPsych Sean Paul, MD
(941) 405-3020 View (941) 405-3020
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Jeff Wyss
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80238  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients with next day, after hours, and weekend appointments available (please schedule at www.jeffwyssmd.com). I offer medications and psychotherapy for adults with a focus on making psychiatry accessible, convenient, and affordable via telehealth. I believe strongly in partnering with my patients and supporting their treatment decisions to the fullest extent possible. There are dramatic public misconceptions about psychiatric treatments and I take pride in explaining treatment options in a way that is empathetic, honest, and easily understood.
Accepting new patients with next day, after hours, and weekend appointments available (please schedule at www.jeffwyssmd.com). I offer medications and psychotherapy for adults with a focus on making psychiatry accessible, convenient, and affordable via telehealth. I believe strongly in partnering with my patients and supporting their treatment decisions to the fullest extent possible. There are dramatic public misconceptions about psychiatric treatments and I take pride in explaining treatment options in a way that is empathetic, honest, and easily understood.
(720) 740-1513 View (720) 740-1513

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 80238

20+

Average cost per session

$160

Psychiatrists in 80238 who prioritize treating:

96% Depression
96% Medication Management
92% Anxiety
92% Bipolar Disorder
84% ADHD
84% Trauma and PTSD
80% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

94% Cigna and Evernorth
88% BlueCross and BlueShield
88% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 80238 see their clients

64% In Person and Online
36% Online Only

Gender breakdown

64% Female
36% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 80238?

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.