Psychiatrists in 80303

Photo of undefined - Shanin Vowell, PMHNP - OptiMindHealth, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Shanin Vowell, PMHNP - OptiMindHealth
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boulder, CO 80303
Shanin completed her training at Walden university, and has been providing psychiatric care for patients across all ages since that time. She is board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She had previously worked in multiple different care settings, and appreciates working as an outpatient clinician because of the long term care she can provide to her patients during their journey of healing.
Shanin completed her training at Walden university, and has been providing psychiatric care for patients across all ages since that time. She is board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She had previously worked in multiple different care settings, and appreciates working as an outpatient clinician because of the long term care she can provide to her patients during their journey of healing.
(720) 619-8669 View (720) 619-8669
Photo of undefined - Rebekah Bullock, PMHNP - OptiMindHealth, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Rebekah Bullock, PMHNP - OptiMindHealth
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boulder, CO 80303
Bekah is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She received her bachelor's degree in art history from the University of Alabama, and her first nursing degree from Missouri Western State University. She received her master's degree in nursing from the University of South Alabama.
Bekah is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She received her bachelor's degree in art history from the University of Alabama, and her first nursing degree from Missouri Western State University. She received her master's degree in nursing from the University of South Alabama.
(970) 408-3046 View (970) 408-3046
Photo of Kate N Hamzi, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kate N Hamzi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Boulder, CO 80303  (Online Only)
We will work collaboratively to establish a comprehensive plan and discuss the role of medication and psychotherapy in your treatment. I appreciate that each client I have the privilege to work had had unique lived experiences and will work to create the most effective treatment plan based on each individuals’ goals. I know that seeking mental health care can elicit feelings of vulnerability. I strive to create an environment free of judgment, provide compassionate care.
We will work collaboratively to establish a comprehensive plan and discuss the role of medication and psychotherapy in your treatment. I appreciate that each client I have the privilege to work had had unique lived experiences and will work to create the most effective treatment plan based on each individuals’ goals. I know that seeking mental health care can elicit feelings of vulnerability. I strive to create an environment free of judgment, provide compassionate care.
(970) 425-8431 View (970) 425-8431
Photo of undefined - Reliant Psychiatric Services, LLC, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Reliant Psychiatric Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boulder, CO 80303  (Online Only)
I am a dual certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner who specializes in treating patients across the lifespan. My focus is primarily working with adults in the mental health community. My emphasis is to promote stabilization while building a rapport, forming individualized treatment plans, and managing care.
I am a dual certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner who specializes in treating patients across the lifespan. My focus is primarily working with adults in the mental health community. My emphasis is to promote stabilization while building a rapport, forming individualized treatment plans, and managing care.
(720) 637-5341 View (720) 637-5341
Photo of undefined - Larson Mental Health - Olga Baturenko, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Larson Mental Health - Olga Baturenko
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boulder, CO 80303
Accepting New Patients, Book Online: www.larsonmentalhealth.com/scheduling-information. I treat patients ages 8+ for most psychiatric conditions, including ADHD, depression, anxiety and bipolar disorders, OCD, addiction, psychotic disorders, and trauma-related disorders. I offer an integrative approach to psychiatric treatment that encompasses a mindful selection of psychiatric medication for each patient combined with recommendations for supplements, lifestyle interventions, and appropriate referrals to functional medicine providers, including acupuncturists, chiropractors, and naturopaths.
Accepting New Patients, Book Online: www.larsonmentalhealth.com/scheduling-information. I treat patients ages 8+ for most psychiatric conditions, including ADHD, depression, anxiety and bipolar disorders, OCD, addiction, psychotic disorders, and trauma-related disorders. I offer an integrative approach to psychiatric treatment that encompasses a mindful selection of psychiatric medication for each patient combined with recommendations for supplements, lifestyle interventions, and appropriate referrals to functional medicine providers, including acupuncturists, chiropractors, and naturopaths.
(720) 784-6749 View (720) 784-6749
Photo of undefined - Nicoline Frinwie--Larson Mental Health, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Nicoline Frinwie--Larson Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boulder, CO 80303
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
Photo of undefined - Elliott O'Melia--Larson Mental Health, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Elliott O'Melia--Larson Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boulder, CO 80303
Accepting New Patients, Book Online: www.larsonmentalhealth.com/scheduling-information. Treating ages 8 and up. One of my favorite aspects of being a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner includes getting to know the individual. I believe that we never forget the people that were there for us when we asked for help. Working in psychiatry, I appreciate this amazing opportunity to be remembered as that very person. I see it as an incredible honor when someone puts faith in me and my ability to support them, knowing how difficult initially sharing a vulnerability with a stranger can feel.
Accepting New Patients, Book Online: www.larsonmentalhealth.com/scheduling-information. Treating ages 8 and up. One of my favorite aspects of being a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner includes getting to know the individual. I believe that we never forget the people that were there for us when we asked for help. Working in psychiatry, I appreciate this amazing opportunity to be remembered as that very person. I see it as an incredible honor when someone puts faith in me and my ability to support them, knowing how difficult initially sharing a vulnerability with a stranger can feel.
(720) 902-7308 View (720) 902-7308
Photo of Kari Stemm-Wolf, MSN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kari Stemm-Wolf
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boulder, CO 80303  (Online Only)
​I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who specializes in treating mental health challenges and symptom management for children, teens and adults on the Autism Spectrum, and those with ADHD, Anxiety and OCD. Ages 3 and up. ​ I also have a background in the natural foods industry and can provide guidance with alternatives to pharmaceuticals as well. Being Non-Neurotypical myself with an ADHD diagnosis, I know about wrangling with mental health stigma. I want my clients to look forward to coming to see me and to feel better about who they are when they go
​I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who specializes in treating mental health challenges and symptom management for children, teens and adults on the Autism Spectrum, and those with ADHD, Anxiety and OCD. Ages 3 and up. ​ I also have a background in the natural foods industry and can provide guidance with alternatives to pharmaceuticals as well. Being Non-Neurotypical myself with an ADHD diagnosis, I know about wrangling with mental health stigma. I want my clients to look forward to coming to see me and to feel better about who they are when they go
(720) 727-6465 View (720) 727-6465
Photo of undefined - ShorePeak Psychiatry and Wellness, MD, Psychiatrist
ShorePeak Psychiatry and Wellness
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Boulder, CO 80303
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS. Welcome to ShorePeak Psychiatry and Wellness, where we aim to be your resource for all of your mental health needs. Being telehealth based, we can see you at your convenience from a private location of your choice. We specialize in a wide variety of psychiatric care including depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, as well as perinatal and postpartum psychiatric conditions. Whether you are feeling not like yourself or have a long term mental health concern, we are here to help you on your journey to wellness. We will work with you to create a treatment plan that takes into account your unique concerns and needs.
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS. Welcome to ShorePeak Psychiatry and Wellness, where we aim to be your resource for all of your mental health needs. Being telehealth based, we can see you at your convenience from a private location of your choice. We specialize in a wide variety of psychiatric care including depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, as well as perinatal and postpartum psychiatric conditions. Whether you are feeling not like yourself or have a long term mental health concern, we are here to help you on your journey to wellness. We will work with you to create a treatment plan that takes into account your unique concerns and needs.
(303) 529-6984 View (303) 529-6984
Photo of undefined - Larson Mental Health-Charles Berndt, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Larson Mental Health-Charles Berndt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boulder, CO 80303
I see clients ages 8+, diagnosing and treating a wide range of concerns including but not limited to depression, anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, grief, disordered eating, and schizophrenia. (Click here to schedule with me online: nextpatient.co/p/larsonboulder/schedule.) I have been working in the mental health field for over 7 years. I started my career in mental health as a Psychiatric Nurse’s Assistant in a psychiatric hospital. While there, I quickly discovered my passion for mental health and became first an RN and then a PMHNP. My goal is to support clients as they navigate their chosen path towards mental well-being.
I see clients ages 8+, diagnosing and treating a wide range of concerns including but not limited to depression, anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, grief, disordered eating, and schizophrenia. (Click here to schedule with me online: nextpatient.co/p/larsonboulder/schedule.) I have been working in the mental health field for over 7 years. I started my career in mental health as a Psychiatric Nurse’s Assistant in a psychiatric hospital. While there, I quickly discovered my passion for mental health and became first an RN and then a PMHNP. My goal is to support clients as they navigate their chosen path towards mental well-being.
(720) 868-9345 View (720) 868-9345
Photo of Joseph Yeretsian, MD, Psychiatrist
Joseph Yeretsian
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Boulder, CO 80303
I work closely with individuals struggling with anxiety in their daily lives. If anxiety is making your relationships problematic, or your work difficult to perform, it may be time to get help. In my approach, psychotherapy will generally be the first step taken in exploring your specific needs, and a discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of medication use can be pursued if you are interested in the option. For more detailed information about the services I offer, please visit my practice website. Appointments requests can be made online quickly and securely at: optimindhealth.com
I work closely with individuals struggling with anxiety in their daily lives. If anxiety is making your relationships problematic, or your work difficult to perform, it may be time to get help. In my approach, psychotherapy will generally be the first step taken in exploring your specific needs, and a discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of medication use can be pursued if you are interested in the option. For more detailed information about the services I offer, please visit my practice website. Appointments requests can be made online quickly and securely at: optimindhealth.com
(720) 466-7991 View (720) 466-7991
Photo of undefined - Patricia L Foster, MD, LLC, MD, Psychiatrist
Patricia L Foster, MD, LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Boulder, CO 80303
I have an extensive background in a wide range of treatment settings, eg. in-patient, out-patient, schools, inner city and chronic care facilities. I look for a person's strengths and talents as well as their difficulties. Treatment should be a working partnership for the best outcome. My outlook is caring, compassionate and hopeful no matter what the issues. Each patient is unique with treatment specific to his or her needs. I have fellowship training in psychopharmacology and am board-certified in both Adult and Child Psychiatry. *Genomind DNA testing for medication guidance is now available if clinically appropriate.*
I have an extensive background in a wide range of treatment settings, eg. in-patient, out-patient, schools, inner city and chronic care facilities. I look for a person's strengths and talents as well as their difficulties. Treatment should be a working partnership for the best outcome. My outlook is caring, compassionate and hopeful no matter what the issues. Each patient is unique with treatment specific to his or her needs. I have fellowship training in psychopharmacology and am board-certified in both Adult and Child Psychiatry. *Genomind DNA testing for medication guidance is now available if clinically appropriate.*
(720) 619-8586 View (720) 619-8586
Photo of Dhonden Tenzin, MSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dhonden Tenzin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boulder, CO 80303
Dhonden Tenzin is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who treats patients with a wide range of mental health issues. He is a competent and a compassionate provider who stays up to date with evidence-based practice. His unceasing dedication and unwavering vision for cultivating healthy minds, healthy lives and healthy communities truly aligns well with the practice values of the Strock Medical Group. Dhonden strongly believes the treatment of mental health conditions goes beyond just the resolution of psychiatric symptoms and thus includes comprehensive evaluation of the root causes in the mind and body.
Dhonden Tenzin is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who treats patients with a wide range of mental health issues. He is a competent and a compassionate provider who stays up to date with evidence-based practice. His unceasing dedication and unwavering vision for cultivating healthy minds, healthy lives and healthy communities truly aligns well with the practice values of the Strock Medical Group. Dhonden strongly believes the treatment of mental health conditions goes beyond just the resolution of psychiatric symptoms and thus includes comprehensive evaluation of the root causes in the mind and body.
(720) 706-6294 View (720) 706-6294
Photo of Jeff Wyss, MD, Psychiatrist
Jeff Wyss
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Boulder, CO 80303  (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
Photo of undefined - Alyssa Gosselin, PMHNP - OptiMindHealth, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Alyssa Gosselin, PMHNP - OptiMindHealth
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boulder, CO 80303
Alyssa received her Master of Science in Nursing from Rivier University where she specialized in psychiatric mental health. She is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, Alyssa worked as a staff nurse in the psychiatric inpatient setting for 10 years.
Alyssa received her Master of Science in Nursing from Rivier University where she specialized in psychiatric mental health. She is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, Alyssa worked as a staff nurse in the psychiatric inpatient setting for 10 years.
(970) 616-6573 View (970) 616-6573
Photo of undefined - Shamim Namakula--Larson Mental Health, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Shamim Namakula--Larson Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boulder, CO 80303
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
Photo of undefined - Melody Bourret, PMHNP - OptiMindHealth, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Melody Bourret, PMHNP - OptiMindHealth
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boulder, CO 80303
Melody graduated from Regis University in Denver with a Master's of Science in Nursing specializing in Psychiatric Mental Health. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. She has more than 10 years of experience in health care and is dedicated to working with patients experiencing depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, attentional and cognitive concerns, as well as other mental health conditions.
Melody graduated from Regis University in Denver with a Master's of Science in Nursing specializing in Psychiatric Mental Health. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. She has more than 10 years of experience in health care and is dedicated to working with patients experiencing depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, attentional and cognitive concerns, as well as other mental health conditions.
(720) 408-6861 View (720) 408-6861
Photo of undefined - Strock Medical Group-Psychiatry, & Wellness, DNP, AGPCNP, PMHNP,  BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Strock Medical Group-Psychiatry, & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, AGPCNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
24 Endorsed
Boulder, CO 80303
Our group specializes in psychiatric medication management and therapy. We see patients starting from the age of 7 and throughout the lifespan. We specialize in mood disorders, anxiety, ADHD, medication assisted treatment (MAT) to treat addiction, and more. A majority of our providers provide Suboxone, Vivitrol, and Naltrexone medication management. Please see our website for a list of all of our services and to meet our providers. We have offices in Denver and Boulder. We offer evening and weekend appointments. We offer vitamin IV infusions & injections, and weight loss injections (Semaglutide/Tirzepatide).
Our group specializes in psychiatric medication management and therapy. We see patients starting from the age of 7 and throughout the lifespan. We specialize in mood disorders, anxiety, ADHD, medication assisted treatment (MAT) to treat addiction, and more. A majority of our providers provide Suboxone, Vivitrol, and Naltrexone medication management. Please see our website for a list of all of our services and to meet our providers. We have offices in Denver and Boulder. We offer evening and weekend appointments. We offer vitamin IV infusions & injections, and weight loss injections (Semaglutide/Tirzepatide).
(720) 613-6560 View (720) 613-6560
Photo of Sina Saidi, MD, Psychiatrist
Sina Saidi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Boulder, CO 80303
My goal is to provide the expert psychiatric care that will allow you to perform at your personal and professional best. I am a graduate of Harvard Medical School and the Johns Hopkins psychiatry residency program, and board-certified in psychiatry. I have over twenty years combined experience in psychiatry and primary care medicine, and work with adults and adolescents 16 and older. I treat depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, and psychiatric issues related to neurological and medical conditions.
My goal is to provide the expert psychiatric care that will allow you to perform at your personal and professional best. I am a graduate of Harvard Medical School and the Johns Hopkins psychiatry residency program, and board-certified in psychiatry. I have over twenty years combined experience in psychiatry and primary care medicine, and work with adults and adolescents 16 and older. I treat depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, and psychiatric issues related to neurological and medical conditions.
(720) 463-2342 View (720) 463-2342
Photo of Maggie Elizabeth Robinson, MSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Maggie Elizabeth Robinson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boulder, CO 80303
I am a passionate and dedicated Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) who is committed to providing holistic and patient-centered mental healthcare to individuals of all ages. With experience serving nations across the world in the US Navy, and a strong background in the medical field, I have developed a deep appreciation for the interconnectedness of physical, emotional, and mental well-being. I aim to bring a unique perspective to the field of mental health and your individualized needs. I am very excited to join your team and work with you towards your mental-health goals.
I am a passionate and dedicated Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) who is committed to providing holistic and patient-centered mental healthcare to individuals of all ages. With experience serving nations across the world in the US Navy, and a strong background in the medical field, I have developed a deep appreciation for the interconnectedness of physical, emotional, and mental well-being. I aim to bring a unique perspective to the field of mental health and your individualized needs. I am very excited to join your team and work with you towards your mental-health goals.
(303) 529-2810 View (303) 529-2810

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 80303

50+

Average cost per session

$160

Psychiatrists in 80303 who prioritize treating:

98% Depression
98% Anxiety
92% Medication Management
90% ADHD
86% Bipolar Disorder
78% Trauma and PTSD
61% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

98% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
93% Aetna
93% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in 80303 see their clients

83% In Person and Online
17% Online Only

Gender breakdown

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

How can I find a psychiatrist in 80303?

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.