Psychiatrists in 80501

Photo of undefined - Mindfulness Psychiatry, PLLC, Tracy Tyler, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Mindfulness Psychiatry, PLLC, Tracy Tyler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Longmont, CO 80501
Accepting New Patients for medication management of adult Colorado residents! Immediate Availability! I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, specializing in medication management of depression, ADHD, anxiety, and a variety of other mental health conditions. Please click on the “website” button to schedule an appointment. I look forward to meeting with you and helping you on your journey to optimal well-being!
Accepting New Patients for medication management of adult Colorado residents! Immediate Availability! I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, specializing in medication management of depression, ADHD, anxiety, and a variety of other mental health conditions. Please click on the “website” button to schedule an appointment. I look forward to meeting with you and helping you on your journey to optimal well-being!
(303) 590-3487 View (303) 590-3487
Photo of Christine Cork -- Connections Psychiatry, PA-C, CAQ-Psy, Physician Assistant
Christine Cork -- Connections Psychiatry
Physician Assistant, PA-C, CAQ-Psy
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Longmont, CO 80501
I'm Christine, a PA with many years of experience in psychiatry. I am the founder of Connections Psychiatry, LLC, a group of psychiatric providers. We treat anxiety, depression, mood, and trauma disorders. We are happy to serve clients who are new to psychiatric care (seeking a diagnosis and guidance) or those coming from other practitioners (such as a referral from a PCP or transferring care from a previous psychiatrist). We like to align with our clients in the belief that all aspects of health are interconnected (hence, Connections Psychiatry!) and that while medications are an aspect of treatment, they aren’t the sole answer.
I'm Christine, a PA with many years of experience in psychiatry. I am the founder of Connections Psychiatry, LLC, a group of psychiatric providers. We treat anxiety, depression, mood, and trauma disorders. We are happy to serve clients who are new to psychiatric care (seeking a diagnosis and guidance) or those coming from other practitioners (such as a referral from a PCP or transferring care from a previous psychiatrist). We like to align with our clients in the belief that all aspects of health are interconnected (hence, Connections Psychiatry!) and that while medications are an aspect of treatment, they aren’t the sole answer.
(720) 782-8686 x1 View (720) 782-8686 x1
Photo of Rhiannon Brey, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Rhiannon Brey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Longmont, CO 80501
My nursing career brought me the good fortune of traveling for work; I have lived in all four corners of the US (and in the middle, too!) and have enjoyed meeting and working with individuals of diverse backgrounds. As a nurse practitioner, curiosity and respect drive my practice; I join each person’s journey toward mental wellness with a collaborative treatment approach, taking time to “zoom out” and view symptoms through a holistic lens. I work closely with all my clients to make thoughtful, evidence-based, and safe decisions regarding treatment plans.
My nursing career brought me the good fortune of traveling for work; I have lived in all four corners of the US (and in the middle, too!) and have enjoyed meeting and working with individuals of diverse backgrounds. As a nurse practitioner, curiosity and respect drive my practice; I join each person’s journey toward mental wellness with a collaborative treatment approach, taking time to “zoom out” and view symptoms through a holistic lens. I work closely with all my clients to make thoughtful, evidence-based, and safe decisions regarding treatment plans.
(720) 740-8225 View (720) 740-8225
Photo of Megan Riederer, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Megan Riederer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Longmont, CO 80501
Hi there! I’m Megan, a psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I have worked in various healthcare settings over the years, first as a CNA/MA, then RN, and now NP. I have shifted my focus in recent years from medical to mental health care. It is my passion to understand and address the psycho-social aspects of patients’ lives to assist them in achieving better physical and mental health. I have extensive experience working with adolescents in acute mental health crises in an inpatient setting.
Hi there! I’m Megan, a psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I have worked in various healthcare settings over the years, first as a CNA/MA, then RN, and now NP. I have shifted my focus in recent years from medical to mental health care. It is my passion to understand and address the psycho-social aspects of patients’ lives to assist them in achieving better physical and mental health. I have extensive experience working with adolescents in acute mental health crises in an inpatient setting.
(720) 802-6412 View (720) 802-6412
Photo of Sean Paul, MD, ABPN, Psychiatrist
Sean Paul
Psychiatrist, MD, ABPN
Verified Verified
Longmont, CO 80501
Compassionate, holistic, and open-minded psychiatrist for all ages. I see children, teens and adults with all types of mental health conditions. I can see patients virtually by computer, phone, or tablet (for patients anywhere in Colorado or Florida). I specialize in ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, and trauma. Typical issues include depression, anxiety, struggles with school, behavioral issues at home or interpersonal relationships. Search google for my practice to see my practice information, reviews, and website: "NowPsych Sean Paul, MD"
Compassionate, holistic, and open-minded psychiatrist for all ages. I see children, teens and adults with all types of mental health conditions. I can see patients virtually by computer, phone, or tablet (for patients anywhere in Colorado or Florida). I specialize in ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, and trauma. Typical issues include depression, anxiety, struggles with school, behavioral issues at home or interpersonal relationships. Search google for my practice to see my practice information, reviews, and website: "NowPsych Sean Paul, MD"
(720) 927-9868 View (720) 927-9868
Photo of Chris Archer, PMHNP, GNP-BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Chris Archer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, GNP-BC
Verified Verified
Longmont, CO 80501
Accepting New Patients! Christopher Archer, Maj (ret), USAF, PMHNP/GNP-BC, is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (GNP) with nearly 16 years of experience. In 2000, he joined the United States Air Force, where he worked as a clinical nurse in Pediatrics, Family Practice, Flight/Aerospace Medicine, and also had the opportunity to be a team leader on Vice President Dick Cheney's medical support team. Chris is an expert in diagnosing and treating ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Addiction, Stress, Trauma and PTSD - as well as many other conditions.
Accepting New Patients! Christopher Archer, Maj (ret), USAF, PMHNP/GNP-BC, is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (GNP) with nearly 16 years of experience. In 2000, he joined the United States Air Force, where he worked as a clinical nurse in Pediatrics, Family Practice, Flight/Aerospace Medicine, and also had the opportunity to be a team leader on Vice President Dick Cheney's medical support team. Chris is an expert in diagnosing and treating ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Addiction, Stress, Trauma and PTSD - as well as many other conditions.
(720) 815-9735 View (720) 815-9735
Photo of Quinn Yen, DO, Psychiatrist
Quinn Yen
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Longmont, CO 80501
I am Dr. Quinn Yen, a board-certified psychiatrist located in Boulder, CO. I specialize in depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, insomnia, and bipolar disorder. I work with teens (16+) and adults throughout Colorado. Both in-person and online appointments are available. Rate for the initial 1-hour appointment is $240, and follow-up appointments are $95 to $170 for 15 to 30 minutes, respectively. Insurance is not accepted, and by law I am unable to accept patients with Medicaid.
I am Dr. Quinn Yen, a board-certified psychiatrist located in Boulder, CO. I specialize in depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, insomnia, and bipolar disorder. I work with teens (16+) and adults throughout Colorado. Both in-person and online appointments are available. Rate for the initial 1-hour appointment is $240, and follow-up appointments are $95 to $170 for 15 to 30 minutes, respectively. Insurance is not accepted, and by law I am unable to accept patients with Medicaid.
(720) 386-3046 View (720) 386-3046
Photo of Kari Stemm-Wolf, MSN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kari Stemm-Wolf
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Longmont, CO 80501  (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 Andrew Nagy, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Andrew Nagy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Longmont, CO 80501
*Accepting New Patients!* I'm board certified, specializing in medication management, treating ADHD, depression, anxiety, addiction and many other ailments. Accepting new patients and variety of insurances. I can easily E-prescribe your medication and use the latest technology for easy virtual sessions, without you having to leave your home. Schedule your in-office or video appointment by clicking ‘My Website’ link or call.
*Accepting New Patients!* I'm board certified, specializing in medication management, treating ADHD, depression, anxiety, addiction and many other ailments. Accepting new patients and variety of insurances. I can easily E-prescribe your medication and use the latest technology for easy virtual sessions, without you having to leave your home. Schedule your in-office or video appointment by clicking ‘My Website’ link or call.
(844) 959-0752 View (844) 959-0752
Photo of Jessica Tsourmas, MD, Psychiatrist
Jessica Tsourmas
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Longmont, CO 80501
Dr. Jessica Tsourmas is a Psychiatrist in Colorado who has been practicing since 2006. She studied at Vanderbilt University and George Washington Medical. Dr. Tsourmas would describe her medical and psychiatric approach as holistic and patient centered. The joy in and passion in what she does comes from each patient striving for and achieving their own personal goals. There is something so meaningful in this work when a patient gets better and creates the life they want to live. Outside of work, Dr. Tsourmas enjoys spending time with family and friends, yoga, cooking, reading, being a lifelong student, and DIYing.
Dr. Jessica Tsourmas is a Psychiatrist in Colorado who has been practicing since 2006. She studied at Vanderbilt University and George Washington Medical. Dr. Tsourmas would describe her medical and psychiatric approach as holistic and patient centered. The joy in and passion in what she does comes from each patient striving for and achieving their own personal goals. There is something so meaningful in this work when a patient gets better and creates the life they want to live. Outside of work, Dr. Tsourmas enjoys spending time with family and friends, yoga, cooking, reading, being a lifelong student, and DIYing.
(970) 251-1817 View (970) 251-1817
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
Longmont, CO 80501
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 Ryan Brown, MD, Psychiatrist
Ryan Brown
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Longmont, CO 80501
Dr. Ryan Brown is a Psychiatrist in Texas who has been practicing since 2020. Dr. Brown earned his Bachelor's degree in history from Southwestern University and his medical degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He completed a residency in general psychiatry at the University of North Carolina Medical Center and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Texas Dell Medical School. Dr. Brown has experience and specialization in the treatment of acute mental illness, developmental disorders, and integrated whole person mental health care.
Dr. Ryan Brown is a Psychiatrist in Texas who has been practicing since 2020. Dr. Brown earned his Bachelor's degree in history from Southwestern University and his medical degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He completed a residency in general psychiatry at the University of North Carolina Medical Center and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Texas Dell Medical School. Dr. Brown has experience and specialization in the treatment of acute mental illness, developmental disorders, and integrated whole person mental health care.
(720) 790-3097 View (720) 790-3097
Photo of Sarah Clark, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Sarah Clark
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Longmont, CO 80501
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
Photo of Harrison Levine, MD, Psychiatrist
Harrison Levine
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Longmont, CO 80501
I provide treatment to children, teen and adult patients throughout Colorado with most psychiatric conditions, including a wide range of neurological and/or developmental challenges (ADHD, Anxiety, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Mood Disorders) and major medical issues. It is imperative I take the time to study and research patients' cases to find answers. It is my ultimate goal to limit and minimize my patients’ need for further therapy as much as possible. Additionally, I make every effort to maximize the relief of symptoms with the most conservative use of medication possible.
I provide treatment to children, teen and adult patients throughout Colorado with most psychiatric conditions, including a wide range of neurological and/or developmental challenges (ADHD, Anxiety, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Mood Disorders) and major medical issues. It is imperative I take the time to study and research patients' cases to find answers. It is my ultimate goal to limit and minimize my patients’ need for further therapy as much as possible. Additionally, I make every effort to maximize the relief of symptoms with the most conservative use of medication possible.
(720) 487-1044 View (720) 487-1044
Photo of Shari Pettit, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Shari Pettit
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
22 Endorsed
Longmont, CO 80501  (Online Only)
Hello! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 13 years of experience in the nursing field. I have a diverse background that includes roles in medical-surgical, emergency department,oncology radiation, hospice, correctional care, substance abuse, geriatric psychiatry, and mental health crisis unit settings. Preceding my nursing career, I dedicated 7 years to the healthcare field, providing care for individuals diagnosed with intellectual and developmental deficits with dual diagnoses.
Hello! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 13 years of experience in the nursing field. I have a diverse background that includes roles in medical-surgical, emergency department,oncology radiation, hospice, correctional care, substance abuse, geriatric psychiatry, and mental health crisis unit settings. Preceding my nursing career, I dedicated 7 years to the healthcare field, providing care for individuals diagnosed with intellectual and developmental deficits with dual diagnoses.
(720) 597-8004 View (720) 597-8004
Photo of undefined - Lorrie Day--Larson Mental Health, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Lorrie Day--Larson Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Longmont, CO 80501
Accepting New Patients, Book Online: www.larsonmentalhealth.com/scheduling-information. I treat ages 8+ for concerns including but not limited to ADHD, depression, anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, disordered eating, grief, self harm, school issues, and addiction. I am passionate about issues surrounding diversity, mental health disparities, and ending stigma. I believe that each person is a unique individual who possesses the resources to partner in the decision-making process and recovery journey. My goal is to create a space where you feel safe and accepted. We will create a treatment plan tailored to your personal needs and goals.
Accepting New Patients, Book Online: www.larsonmentalhealth.com/scheduling-information. I treat ages 8+ for concerns including but not limited to ADHD, depression, anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, disordered eating, grief, self harm, school issues, and addiction. I am passionate about issues surrounding diversity, mental health disparities, and ending stigma. I believe that each person is a unique individual who possesses the resources to partner in the decision-making process and recovery journey. My goal is to create a space where you feel safe and accepted. We will create a treatment plan tailored to your personal needs and goals.
(970) 360-3530 View (970) 360-3530
Photo of Charles Robert Davis, MD, Psychiatrist
Charles Robert Davis
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Longmont, CO 80501
I have been a Family Practice M.D. for the last 45 years. Throughout that time, I have always been interested most in Mental Health. In the last 10 years working as a gerontologist,I realized that caring for Mental Health was really more than a field of strong interest; but had become the area where I really wanted to serve. My passion to serve for the last three years. has evolved into starting a private practice devoted only to Mental Heath issues. My goal is to provide care to anyone regardless of insurance or financial status.
I have been a Family Practice M.D. for the last 45 years. Throughout that time, I have always been interested most in Mental Health. In the last 10 years working as a gerontologist,I realized that caring for Mental Health was really more than a field of strong interest; but had become the area where I really wanted to serve. My passion to serve for the last three years. has evolved into starting a private practice devoted only to Mental Heath issues. My goal is to provide care to anyone regardless of insurance or financial status.
(720) 703-9209 View (720) 703-9209
Photo of undefined - Jen Gerardy- Amavi Integrative Mental Health, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jen Gerardy- Amavi Integrative Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Longmont, CO 80501
Welcome! I enjoy working with adult patients of all ages and from diverse backgrounds, and I bring over 20 years of acute care experience in medical, surgical, and critical care to my psychiatric practice. I am also a proud veteran of the United States Air Force Nurse Corps. I believe this background has given me unique insights into the bi-directional nature of physical and mental health and how family structure and social determinants can impact mental well-being. I have been told I have a compassionate and gentle nature, and I approach each patient with unconditional positive regard. I look forward to working with you!
Welcome! I enjoy working with adult patients of all ages and from diverse backgrounds, and I bring over 20 years of acute care experience in medical, surgical, and critical care to my psychiatric practice. I am also a proud veteran of the United States Air Force Nurse Corps. I believe this background has given me unique insights into the bi-directional nature of physical and mental health and how family structure and social determinants can impact mental well-being. I have been told I have a compassionate and gentle nature, and I approach each patient with unconditional positive regard. I look forward to working with you!
(303) 622-3294 View (303) 622-3294
Photo of Precious (Barnes) Abbott, APRN , PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Precious (Barnes) Abbott
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN , PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
12 Endorsed
Longmont, CO 80501
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
Photo of Michelle Sanay, PMHNP, APRN, RXN, RN, MD, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Michelle Sanay
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN, RXN, RN, MD
Verified Verified
Longmont, CO 80501
Do you feel you're having hard time dealing with your daily life? Any decline in your level of functioning? PEC (Psychiatric Empowerment Center) applies to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition by American Psychiatric Association to evaluate if your signs and symptoms fit the criteria for psychiatric disorders. Treatments are client-centered and follows the FDA guidelines and the most current and reliable scientific research. Treatment plan is co-designed by PEC and you; addressing your short and long term goals, prioritizing your most urgent concerns to improve your overall health and functioning.
Do you feel you're having hard time dealing with your daily life? Any decline in your level of functioning? PEC (Psychiatric Empowerment Center) applies to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition by American Psychiatric Association to evaluate if your signs and symptoms fit the criteria for psychiatric disorders. Treatments are client-centered and follows the FDA guidelines and the most current and reliable scientific research. Treatment plan is co-designed by PEC and you; addressing your short and long term goals, prioritizing your most urgent concerns to improve your overall health and functioning.
(720) 897-1183 View (720) 897-1183

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 80501

20+

Average cost per session

$160

Psychiatrists in 80501 who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
95% ADHD
95% Bipolar Disorder
85% Trauma and PTSD
85% Medication Management
70% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
94% BlueCross and BlueShield
94% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in 80501 see their clients

90% In Person and Online
10% Online Only

Gender breakdown

63% Female
37% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 80501?

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.