Psychiatrists in 80301

Photo of Janelle Aguilon, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 80301, CO
Janelle Aguilon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
12 Endorsed
Boulder, CO 80301  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients with short wait times! Battling depression, anxiety, and stress can feel difficult and lonely. With over 10 years of healthcare experience, I'm here to support your healing journey. Imagine feeling the weight of your mental health problems lifting off your shoulders so that you feel more motivated to take on life; that relief is my goal for you. I hold a safe, nonjudgmental space to foster hope and relief. Your concerns will be addressed with personalized, high-quality care. I enjoy working together with my clients so rest assured that you will have a voice in the direction of your treatment.
Accepting new patients with short wait times! Battling depression, anxiety, and stress can feel difficult and lonely. With over 10 years of healthcare experience, I'm here to support your healing journey. Imagine feeling the weight of your mental health problems lifting off your shoulders so that you feel more motivated to take on life; that relief is my goal for you. I hold a safe, nonjudgmental space to foster hope and relief. Your concerns will be addressed with personalized, high-quality care. I enjoy working together with my clients so rest assured that you will have a voice in the direction of your treatment.
(720) 712-3213 View (720) 712-3213
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Molly Kate Brown
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boulder, CO 80301
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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Degrees of Freedom
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Boulder, CO 80301
You matter, and you deserve good care. If you want a psychiatrist who takes time to listen and has expertise in both psychiatric medicine and psychotherapy, then the way I practice may well be a good fit for you. You bring your story, I'll bring my years of training and experience, and together we'll find a way forward that works for you. My undergraduate degree is from Yale University in psychobiology. I completed medical school and residency in my home state (West Virginia) at the WVU School of Medicine. I'm board certified in psychiatry.
You matter, and you deserve good care. If you want a psychiatrist who takes time to listen and has expertise in both psychiatric medicine and psychotherapy, then the way I practice may well be a good fit for you. You bring your story, I'll bring my years of training and experience, and together we'll find a way forward that works for you. My undergraduate degree is from Yale University in psychobiology. I completed medical school and residency in my home state (West Virginia) at the WVU School of Medicine. I'm board certified in psychiatry.
(720) 310-8750 View (720) 310-8750
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Precious (Barnes) Abbott
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN , PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
Boulder, CO 80301
Are you currently feeling like life is getting the best of you? Like you are in a constant state of overwhelm or like you're just going through the motions most of the time? Are you finding it harder and harder to wind down or on the contrary find motivation to do daily tasks that were once a breeze for you? Is it hard for you to concentrate or find joy in things that you previously found fulfilling? Are you struggling to find balance between school/work or household responsibilities and self care? If so please allow me to help.
Are you currently feeling like life is getting the best of you? Like you are in a constant state of overwhelm or like you're just going through the motions most of the time? Are you finding it harder and harder to wind down or on the contrary find motivation to do daily tasks that were once a breeze for you? Is it hard for you to concentrate or find joy in things that you previously found fulfilling? Are you struggling to find balance between school/work or household responsibilities and self care? If so please allow me to help.
(720) 310-1670 View (720) 310-1670
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Dr. Brian Niehaus
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Boulder, CO 80301
Seeking mental health care can be overwhelming and my goal is to help make this experience easier. Having extensive experience in both psychotherapy and evidenced-based psychopharmacology, I provide guidance on the best treatment options and tailor them to your individual goals and values. People often have strong views and ideas about taking medication for mental health and I am here to help you find wellness regardless of your views about medications. I went to Medical School at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and stayed at UCSF for my psychiatry residency training. I am a board certified psychiatrist.
Seeking mental health care can be overwhelming and my goal is to help make this experience easier. Having extensive experience in both psychotherapy and evidenced-based psychopharmacology, I provide guidance on the best treatment options and tailor them to your individual goals and values. People often have strong views and ideas about taking medication for mental health and I am here to help you find wellness regardless of your views about medications. I went to Medical School at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and stayed at UCSF for my psychiatry residency training. I am a board certified psychiatrist.
(720) 743-5397 View (720) 743-5397
Photo of Sarah Clark, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 80301, CO
Sarah Clark
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Boulder, CO 80301
Hi there, my name is Sarah. I was born in California but grew up in Northern Colorado. I have over 10 years of nursing experience in medical/surgical, post-partum/NICU care and pediatrics. I have also worked at an inpatient facility specializing in the treatment of eating disorders for adults and child/adolescents. I became a Nurse Practitioner because I love helping others and wanted to provide mental health services to my community. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who focuses on treating patients across the life span, providing mental health care to adolescents and adults.
Hi there, my name is Sarah. I was born in California but grew up in Northern Colorado. I have over 10 years of nursing experience in medical/surgical, post-partum/NICU care and pediatrics. I have also worked at an inpatient facility specializing in the treatment of eating disorders for adults and child/adolescents. I became a Nurse Practitioner because I love helping others and wanted to provide mental health services to my community. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who focuses on treating patients across the life span, providing mental health care to adolescents and adults.
(720) 706-7166 View (720) 706-7166
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Abbey Stone
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boulder, CO 80301
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) 821-6815 View (720) 821-6815
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Liz Connor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boulder, CO 80301
As a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am dedicated to your mental wellness. I listen attentively to your story and together, we will determine the best path towards feeling whole and happy. I offer a functional approach to psychiatry, which may include hormone and nutritional support, psychedelic medicine, and, if necessary, psychiatric medications tailored to your unique health, lifestyle, and wellness needs.
As a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am dedicated to your mental wellness. I listen attentively to your story and together, we will determine the best path towards feeling whole and happy. I offer a functional approach to psychiatry, which may include hormone and nutritional support, psychedelic medicine, and, if necessary, psychiatric medications tailored to your unique health, lifestyle, and wellness needs.
(970) 540-4067 View (970) 540-4067
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Sidoine Michele Magakou
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
24 Endorsed
Boulder, CO 80301  (Online Only)
Hello! I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 15 years of Nursing experience beginning as a CNA, then as a bedside Registered Nurse for over 12 years, many of which were spent in the critical care unit where I worked during the Covid pandemic. My experience during that time cemented my need to care for patients in order to prevent them from finding themselves in that setting. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, listening to podcasts, hiking, and spending time with loved ones when not traveling and learning about other cultures.
Hello! I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 15 years of Nursing experience beginning as a CNA, then as a bedside Registered Nurse for over 12 years, many of which were spent in the critical care unit where I worked during the Covid pandemic. My experience during that time cemented my need to care for patients in order to prevent them from finding themselves in that setting. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, listening to podcasts, hiking, and spending time with loved ones when not traveling and learning about other cultures.
(720) 408-7996 View (720) 408-7996
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Modern Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boulder, CO 80301
Welcome to Modern Mental Health! My name is John Tripp and my goal as your psychiatric provider is to listen to your goals and help you achieve them. I specialize in treating ADHD (ADHD-CCSP certified), anxiety disorders, PTSD and trauma, depression, bipolar disorders, binge eating disorder, and OCD. I believe in a partnership approach that emphasizes education, open communication, and meeting each individual where they are in their personal journey. Whether it is medication management, therapy, or a combination of the two, one size does not fit all.
Welcome to Modern Mental Health! My name is John Tripp and my goal as your psychiatric provider is to listen to your goals and help you achieve them. I specialize in treating ADHD (ADHD-CCSP certified), anxiety disorders, PTSD and trauma, depression, bipolar disorders, binge eating disorder, and OCD. I believe in a partnership approach that emphasizes education, open communication, and meeting each individual where they are in their personal journey. Whether it is medication management, therapy, or a combination of the two, one size does not fit all.
(720) 740-6814 View (720) 740-6814
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Nichole Thorne
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Boulder, CO 80301  (Online Only)
I am a dual certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have been a NP for over 8 years and a RN for 18 years. I have a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree in Nurse Administration/Leadership, a Post-Master’s Certificate as a FNP, and Post Master's Certificate as a Psychiatric Mental Health NP. I have a passion for teaching others about health and wellness and incorporate functional/integrative medicine with each patient interaction. I work with patients providing them tools and skills necessary in their personal life which enables them to live a healthier life.
I am a dual certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have been a NP for over 8 years and a RN for 18 years. I have a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree in Nurse Administration/Leadership, a Post-Master’s Certificate as a FNP, and Post Master's Certificate as a Psychiatric Mental Health NP. I have a passion for teaching others about health and wellness and incorporate functional/integrative medicine with each patient interaction. I work with patients providing them tools and skills necessary in their personal life which enables them to live a healthier life.
(213) 423-4292 View (213) 423-4292
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Awaken Telepsychiatry, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Boulder, CO 80301  (Online Only)
At Awaken Telepsychiatry, LLC nonprofit organization mental wellness is a personal journey, and we’re here to help you navigate that journey with compassion, support, and personalized care. Our telepsychiatry services provide an integrative approach to mental health care that nurtures the entire person. We embrace holistic wellness at our core. We take a multidisciplinary approach, incorporating alternative therapies into your treatment plan. We aim to help you achieve balance and well-being that encompasses your mind, body, and soul. We recognize that mental health issues are overwhelming and isolating.
At Awaken Telepsychiatry, LLC nonprofit organization mental wellness is a personal journey, and we’re here to help you navigate that journey with compassion, support, and personalized care. Our telepsychiatry services provide an integrative approach to mental health care that nurtures the entire person. We embrace holistic wellness at our core. We take a multidisciplinary approach, incorporating alternative therapies into your treatment plan. We aim to help you achieve balance and well-being that encompasses your mind, body, and soul. We recognize that mental health issues are overwhelming and isolating.
(855) 381-6128 View (855) 381-6128
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Sonya Riske - Desert Foothills Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boulder, CO 80301  (Online Only)
I help people who are worried and feeling anxious about many issues in their lives. Are you experiencing worry, feeling edgy, tired, and not sleeping well? I can help you with that. Do you find yourself constantly on edge, anticipating the possibility of an impending anxiety attack? I understand the sensations all too well: the rapid heartbeat, the breathlessness, the overwhelming sense of needing an immediate escape. These attacks can be frightening, and I want to help you break free from their grip. I am eager to guide you in acquiring the tools to regain control of your life.
I help people who are worried and feeling anxious about many issues in their lives. Are you experiencing worry, feeling edgy, tired, and not sleeping well? I can help you with that. Do you find yourself constantly on edge, anticipating the possibility of an impending anxiety attack? I understand the sensations all too well: the rapid heartbeat, the breathlessness, the overwhelming sense of needing an immediate escape. These attacks can be frightening, and I want to help you break free from their grip. I am eager to guide you in acquiring the tools to regain control of your life.
(720) 802-0177 View (720) 802-0177
Photo of Mindful Minds Psychiatry, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 80301, CO
Mindful Minds Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boulder, CO 80301
Mindful Minds Psychiatry is a growing outpatient psychiatric practice in Colorado, offering in IN Person & TELEhealth to children as young as 3 years old, adolescents, and adults across the metro area. We are located in PARKER, CO Springs, BOULDER, DENVER . We stand out in the fact that we will always see you as a very special individual to us and we are just as happy to have you be part of our group. We like to educate our patients that medications are a tool to help you navigate through struggles. But we will work on gaining resilience together.
Mindful Minds Psychiatry is a growing outpatient psychiatric practice in Colorado, offering in IN Person & TELEhealth to children as young as 3 years old, adolescents, and adults across the metro area. We are located in PARKER, CO Springs, BOULDER, DENVER . We stand out in the fact that we will always see you as a very special individual to us and we are just as happy to have you be part of our group. We like to educate our patients that medications are a tool to help you navigate through struggles. But we will work on gaining resilience together.
(720) 664-2518 View (720) 664-2518
Photo of Michael A Zona, Psychiatrist in 80301, CO
Michael A Zona
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Boulder, CO 80301
All patients are treated with dignity and respect. Most of my patients require medical management solutions where both their medical issues and their psychiatric issues are coordinated and resolved. I actively work with my patients' internists/family practice/neurologists to coordinate care and develop a treatment plan. Patients are expected to be informed and to be involved in their care. All medications are carefully explained. I believe patients do best when they are engaged participants in their own care. Similarly, I actively encourage coordination with any patient that has their own therapist and want medication management only.
All patients are treated with dignity and respect. Most of my patients require medical management solutions where both their medical issues and their psychiatric issues are coordinated and resolved. I actively work with my patients' internists/family practice/neurologists to coordinate care and develop a treatment plan. Patients are expected to be informed and to be involved in their care. All medications are carefully explained. I believe patients do best when they are engaged participants in their own care. Similarly, I actively encourage coordination with any patient that has their own therapist and want medication management only.
(310) 751-7577 View (310) 751-7577
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Amanda Farrell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Boulder, CO 80301
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have worked outpatient for the last 8 years, providing medication management and ketamine treatment. Previously I worked in-patient with those in acute crisis & additionally in home health, providing psychiatric care in the patient's home. I provide integrative care, working with the patient's health care provider & therapist when indicated. I believe in a holistic treatment approach & I practice evidence-based treatment. My treatment goals include providing improved quality of life & I am eager to work with patients who are motivated to make personal changes.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have worked outpatient for the last 8 years, providing medication management and ketamine treatment. Previously I worked in-patient with those in acute crisis & additionally in home health, providing psychiatric care in the patient's home. I provide integrative care, working with the patient's health care provider & therapist when indicated. I believe in a holistic treatment approach & I practice evidence-based treatment. My treatment goals include providing improved quality of life & I am eager to work with patients who are motivated to make personal changes.
(720) 613-2752 View (720) 613-2752
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Axis Integrated Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse, APRN, CRNA
Verified Verified
Boulder, CO 80301
Accepting new patients and nearly every insurance. The ONLY clinic in Colorado who does TMS for Medicaid patients thanks to our personal endowment. Whether you need medications, therapy, or cutting-edge treatment for Major Depressive Disorder or anxiety, we are your single-stop shop for help. With board-certified psychiatric providers, licensed psychotherapists, and treatments like Spravato, TMS, and Ketamine all under one roof, we can minimize out-of-pocket costs while maximizing healing.
Accepting new patients and nearly every insurance. The ONLY clinic in Colorado who does TMS for Medicaid patients thanks to our personal endowment. Whether you need medications, therapy, or cutting-edge treatment for Major Depressive Disorder or anxiety, we are your single-stop shop for help. With board-certified psychiatric providers, licensed psychotherapists, and treatments like Spravato, TMS, and Ketamine all under one roof, we can minimize out-of-pocket costs while maximizing healing.
(720) 734-8160 View (720) 734-8160
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Christopher T Clancy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Boulder, CO 80301
My mission is to provide wise, thoughtful, and meaningful care that will serve my patients to the best of my ability, always endeavoring to promote health, a sense of contentment, and joy whenever possible. Investigation and discovery were a part of my childhood and are integral to my person. The scope and content of my vision is directly a result of continuous exploration and desire to reflect on experience. My curiosity about the world and its people has been nourished by a liberal arts education and playing Division I Ice Hockey at Dartmouth, by extensive travel, and by working in a multitude of cross cultural clinical settings
My mission is to provide wise, thoughtful, and meaningful care that will serve my patients to the best of my ability, always endeavoring to promote health, a sense of contentment, and joy whenever possible. Investigation and discovery were a part of my childhood and are integral to my person. The scope and content of my vision is directly a result of continuous exploration and desire to reflect on experience. My curiosity about the world and its people has been nourished by a liberal arts education and playing Division I Ice Hockey at Dartmouth, by extensive travel, and by working in a multitude of cross cultural clinical settings
(505) 657-2768 View (505) 657-2768
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Rebekah Turner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boulder, CO 80301  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I treat patients struggling with a variety of mental health disorders, such as, depression, anxiety, panic disorder, bipolar disorder, PTSD, ADHD, addiction, OCD, as well as thyroid diseases, hormone imbalances, and weight loss. I enjoy working with all ages-children, adolescents, adults and elderly patients.
I am a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I treat patients struggling with a variety of mental health disorders, such as, depression, anxiety, panic disorder, bipolar disorder, PTSD, ADHD, addiction, OCD, as well as thyroid diseases, hormone imbalances, and weight loss. I enjoy working with all ages-children, adolescents, adults and elderly patients.
(303) 578-2978 View (303) 578-2978
Photo of Marisa Amelung, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 80301, CO
Marisa Amelung
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC, APN
Verified Verified
Boulder, CO 80301  (Online Only)
Marisa Amelung, MSN, PMHNP-BC, APN, is a master's prepared, board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) extern. She currently serves clients ages 18+ at Peak Interactive Wellness in Denver, Colorado. Marisa graduated from the University of Central Florida with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and attended Frontier Nursing University where she earned her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN).
Marisa Amelung, MSN, PMHNP-BC, APN, is a master's prepared, board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) extern. She currently serves clients ages 18+ at Peak Interactive Wellness in Denver, Colorado. Marisa graduated from the University of Central Florida with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and attended Frontier Nursing University where she earned her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN).
(720) 594-6270 View (720) 594-6270

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 80301

40+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in 80301 who prioritize treating:

98% Depression
98% Anxiety
84% ADHD
84% Medication Management
80% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
77% Trauma and PTSD
75% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

94% Aetna
94% Cigna and Evernorth
86% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 80301 see their clients

62% In Person and Online
38% Online Only

Gender breakdown

78% Female
22% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 80301?

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.