Psychiatrists in 80521

Photo of Jannet Harkins, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jannet Harkins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
19 Endorsed
Fort Collins, CO 80521  (Online Only)
Psychiatry has always been my passion. Psychiatry is an art and science I am grateful to have the privilege of working in. I have been working as a certified nurse practitioner for the past 5 years in Emergency Psychiatry, Inpatient Adult and Adolescent Psychiatry, Outpatient Adult and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Chemical Dependency. I have experience in working with several disorders including Anxiety, Depression, OCD, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, and Schizophrenia. I have traveled the country for the past few years learning different ways of practicing and approaching patients' obstacles. Let's work together to meet your health goals.
Psychiatry has always been my passion. Psychiatry is an art and science I am grateful to have the privilege of working in. I have been working as a certified nurse practitioner for the past 5 years in Emergency Psychiatry, Inpatient Adult and Adolescent Psychiatry, Outpatient Adult and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Chemical Dependency. I have experience in working with several disorders including Anxiety, Depression, OCD, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, and Schizophrenia. I have traveled the country for the past few years learning different ways of practicing and approaching patients' obstacles. Let's work together to meet your health goals.
(970) 500-0908 View (970) 500-0908
Photo of Brittani Schwintosky - Healthy Minds of Colorado, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Healthy Minds of Colorado
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Fort Collins, CO 80521
Life can be challenging. We are here to help you manage and overcome mental health challenges standing in the way of living your most fulfilling life. We primarily provide medication management but our goal is to help you find your best path forward in a comprehensive treatment style. Successful treatment is achieved not only through medication management but also through talk therapy, healthy eating habits, exercise, and consistent sleep patterns. When medication is needed, our providers aim to use the least amount of medications at the lowest dose that provides the most optimal treatment outcomes for you.
Life can be challenging. We are here to help you manage and overcome mental health challenges standing in the way of living your most fulfilling life. We primarily provide medication management but our goal is to help you find your best path forward in a comprehensive treatment style. Successful treatment is achieved not only through medication management but also through talk therapy, healthy eating habits, exercise, and consistent sleep patterns. When medication is needed, our providers aim to use the least amount of medications at the lowest dose that provides the most optimal treatment outcomes for you.
(970) 329-8059 View (970) 329-8059
Photo of Michelle Miranda, PMHNPBC, APRN, MSN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Michelle Miranda
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, APRN, MSN
Verified Verified
Fort Collins, CO 80521
Waitlist for new clients
Welcome! I am currently accepting new clients. I know that making the decision to take charge of your mental health is one of the most important steps you can take. Finding the right provider to help you is equally important. With 9 years of experience as a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I have extensive experience in the treatment of depression and mood disorders, substance abuse disorders, anxiety disorders, and psychotic disorders. I believe that medication is only part of the equation in treating mental health concerns, and we will work together to explore a variety of treatment modalities for optimal results.
Welcome! I am currently accepting new clients. I know that making the decision to take charge of your mental health is one of the most important steps you can take. Finding the right provider to help you is equally important. With 9 years of experience as a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I have extensive experience in the treatment of depression and mood disorders, substance abuse disorders, anxiety disorders, and psychotic disorders. I believe that medication is only part of the equation in treating mental health concerns, and we will work together to explore a variety of treatment modalities for optimal results.
(970) 660-3615 View (970) 660-3615
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Amy Card
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
17 Endorsed
Fort Collins, CO 80521  (Online Only)
Hello there! I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), with a Master’s in Nursing Practice (ARNP). I have over 10 years of nursing experience in acute, rehabilitation, home health, and psychiatric care across the lifespan. My goal is to provide a care of excellence to people struggling with mental wellness impacting their quality of life. Together I work to build a therapeutic relationship giving respect, dignity, and autonomy. I meet any individual “right where they are” with no judgments or preconceived ideals.
Hello there! I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), with a Master’s in Nursing Practice (ARNP). I have over 10 years of nursing experience in acute, rehabilitation, home health, and psychiatric care across the lifespan. My goal is to provide a care of excellence to people struggling with mental wellness impacting their quality of life. Together I work to build a therapeutic relationship giving respect, dignity, and autonomy. I meet any individual “right where they are” with no judgments or preconceived ideals.
(720) 597-8499 View (720) 597-8499
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Jordan Gardner
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Collins, CO 80521
I am board certified in adult, child, & adolescent psychiatry. My goals are to alleviate suffering and focus on improving my patients' relationships, school or work-life balance, and ultimate acceptance of the self. My preference is to pursue wellness first through therapy, nutrition, exercise, and optimizing sleep. Medications may also be needed, and with my medical background I can prescribe them using safety and the newest evidenced based practices. I feel the therapeutic alliance, or the partnership between a psychiatrist and patient, is essential for an individual to receive the greatest possible benefits from the therapy.
I am board certified in adult, child, & adolescent psychiatry. My goals are to alleviate suffering and focus on improving my patients' relationships, school or work-life balance, and ultimate acceptance of the self. My preference is to pursue wellness first through therapy, nutrition, exercise, and optimizing sleep. Medications may also be needed, and with my medical background I can prescribe them using safety and the newest evidenced based practices. I feel the therapeutic alliance, or the partnership between a psychiatrist and patient, is essential for an individual to receive the greatest possible benefits from the therapy.
(720) 500-6993 View (720) 500-6993
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Margaret Anne Curran
Psychiatric Nurse, DNP, MSN, ARNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Collins, CO 80521
BE SEEN THIS WEEK. VERY AFFORDABLE RATES. Exceptional reviews, check me out on Google. Want to receive mental health treatment and medication management from the comfort and convenience of your own home or office? I see patients over a HIPAA compliant telepsychiatry service, providing psychiatric evaluations and medication management. You need fast internet a PC or Mac with a webcam and Google Chrome. In a pinch a smartphone with WIFI will work. I e-prescribe to the pharmacy of your choice.
BE SEEN THIS WEEK. VERY AFFORDABLE RATES. Exceptional reviews, check me out on Google. Want to receive mental health treatment and medication management from the comfort and convenience of your own home or office? I see patients over a HIPAA compliant telepsychiatry service, providing psychiatric evaluations and medication management. You need fast internet a PC or Mac with a webcam and Google Chrome. In a pinch a smartphone with WIFI will work. I e-prescribe to the pharmacy of your choice.
(720) 712-2404 View (720) 712-2404
Photo of Margaret Anne Parnell - Telepsychiatric Bridge Services, LLC., DNP, MSN, ARNP, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Telepsychiatric Bridge Services, LLC.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, ARNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Fort Collins, CO 80521
BE SEEN THIS WEEK. VERY AFFORDABLE RATES. Exceptional reviews. Check me out on Google. Want to receive mental health treatment and medication management from the comfort and convenience of your own home or office? I see patients over a HIPAA compliant telepsychiatry service, providing psychiatric evaluations and medication management throughout the states of Colorado, Florida and Montana (Arizona coming soon!). You need fast internet a PC or Mac with a webcam and Google Chrome. In a pinch a smartphone with WIFI will work. I e-prescribe to the pharmacy of your choice. Super convenient hours; before work, lunch or early evening.
BE SEEN THIS WEEK. VERY AFFORDABLE RATES. Exceptional reviews. Check me out on Google. Want to receive mental health treatment and medication management from the comfort and convenience of your own home or office? I see patients over a HIPAA compliant telepsychiatry service, providing psychiatric evaluations and medication management throughout the states of Colorado, Florida and Montana (Arizona coming soon!). You need fast internet a PC or Mac with a webcam and Google Chrome. In a pinch a smartphone with WIFI will work. I e-prescribe to the pharmacy of your choice. Super convenient hours; before work, lunch or early evening.
(970) 540-5412 View (970) 540-5412
Photo of Jordan Logan, MSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jordan Logan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Fort Collins, CO 80521
I am a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner with prescriptive authority in the State of Colorado. Services are provided via telehealth technology and in person. I have experience with clients of all ages. I worked with children and adolescents for nearly a decade and now work with students at the University of Colorado at Boulder. I am a minimalist when it comes to medications and I will work with you to develop a treatment plan to improve your life. I have been an athlete my whole life and I believe that exercise and activity can improve symptoms.
I am a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner with prescriptive authority in the State of Colorado. Services are provided via telehealth technology and in person. I have experience with clients of all ages. I worked with children and adolescents for nearly a decade and now work with students at the University of Colorado at Boulder. I am a minimalist when it comes to medications and I will work with you to develop a treatment plan to improve your life. I have been an athlete my whole life and I believe that exercise and activity can improve symptoms.
(720) 573-0317 View (720) 573-0317
Photo of Samantha Cerqua, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Samantha Cerqua
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Collins, CO 80521
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Elmhurst University and Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Rush University. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, I worked as a psychiatric registered nurse for seven years in various settings including: community behavioral health, inpatient psychiatry, residential treatment for substance abuse and obsessive compulsive disorders, and outpatient psychiatry.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Elmhurst University and Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Rush University. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, I worked as a psychiatric registered nurse for seven years in various settings including: community behavioral health, inpatient psychiatry, residential treatment for substance abuse and obsessive compulsive disorders, and outpatient psychiatry.
(720) 419-1405 View (720) 419-1405
Photo of Emily O'Keefe, PMHNP, MSN, RN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Emily O'Keefe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Collins, CO 80521
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I take great pride in helping individuals work through their mental health challenges to reach their goals. Using a straightforward and down-to-earth approach to care, I aim to maximize outcomes using a conservative approach to prescribing medications. I implement a holistic approach to mental healthcare - integrating therapy, diet, exercise, and herbal therapies when appropriate in conjunction with prescription medications.
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I take great pride in helping individuals work through their mental health challenges to reach their goals. Using a straightforward and down-to-earth approach to care, I aim to maximize outcomes using a conservative approach to prescribing medications. I implement a holistic approach to mental healthcare - integrating therapy, diet, exercise, and herbal therapies when appropriate in conjunction with prescription medications.
(720) 679-7265 View (720) 679-7265
Photo of Samuel Mingle, MSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Samuel Mingle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Collins, CO 80521
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with an extensive amount of inpatient, outpatient and crisis stabilization experience. I specialize in psychiatric medication evaluation and management for adults (18+) who are struggling with symptoms of depression, mood instability, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, sleep disturbances, substance use, OCD and ADHD.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with an extensive amount of inpatient, outpatient and crisis stabilization experience. I specialize in psychiatric medication evaluation and management for adults (18+) who are struggling with symptoms of depression, mood instability, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, sleep disturbances, substance use, OCD and ADHD.
(720) 712-1389 View (720) 712-1389
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Chelsey McFaddin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Collins, CO 80521
Chelsey is board-certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Chelsey is skilled in assessing guiding treatment plans for a variety of psychiatric disorders including but not limited to anxiety disorders, mood disorders, PTSD and psychotic disorders.
Chelsey is board-certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Chelsey is skilled in assessing guiding treatment plans for a variety of psychiatric disorders including but not limited to anxiety disorders, mood disorders, PTSD and psychotic disorders.
(720) 741-7392 View (720) 741-7392
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Alexandra Hill
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fort Collins, CO 80521  (Online Only)
Dr. Hill is a recent graduate of the psychiatry residency program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. During her residency, she sought out additional training in psychodynamic therapy and EMDR. She participated in the Psych Scholars track, which provided in-depth education and supervision around therapy and psychoanalytic theory. This allows her to better understand the role of both medication and therapy, which to utilize, when to couple them, and what limitations they may have.
Dr. Hill is a recent graduate of the psychiatry residency program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. During her residency, she sought out additional training in psychodynamic therapy and EMDR. She participated in the Psych Scholars track, which provided in-depth education and supervision around therapy and psychoanalytic theory. This allows her to better understand the role of both medication and therapy, which to utilize, when to couple them, and what limitations they may have.
(720) 513-5548 View (720) 513-5548
Photo of Satveet Khela, DO, Psychiatrist
Satveet Khela
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Fort Collins, CO 80521  (Online Only)
Dr. Satveet Khela is a board certified physician specializing in adult psychiatry. She has been practicing since 2021. n addition to focusing on medication management, Dr Khela's practice also prioritizes a whole person approach, incorporating aspects of nutrition, lifestyle, mindfulness, and supportive or brief cognitive behavioral therapy into the treatment plan. Occasionally, Dr. Khela may believe that additional therapy is also needed and ask that you see a separate therapist to provide the best outcome. Dr. Khela received her undergraduate degree from University of California Berkeley and her medical degree from A.T. Still.
Dr. Satveet Khela is a board certified physician specializing in adult psychiatry. She has been practicing since 2021. n addition to focusing on medication management, Dr Khela's practice also prioritizes a whole person approach, incorporating aspects of nutrition, lifestyle, mindfulness, and supportive or brief cognitive behavioral therapy into the treatment plan. Occasionally, Dr. Khela may believe that additional therapy is also needed and ask that you see a separate therapist to provide the best outcome. Dr. Khela received her undergraduate degree from University of California Berkeley and her medical degree from A.T. Still.
(720) 619-6876 View (720) 619-6876
Photo of Susan Hudson, MSN, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Susan Hudson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Fort Collins, CO 80521
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner practicing in the Boulder office of the Strock Medical Group. Prior to completing my Master of Science in Nursing, I worked in the corrections setting as a RN for seven years where I was able to offer compassionate, empathic care, and I learned that I am able to treat everyone with unconditional positive regard regardless of circumstances. I specialize in working with adults with a variety of mental health concerns, and I am truly passionate about treating trauma/PTSD, mood disorders, and substance use disorders using current evidence to guide treatment decisions.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner practicing in the Boulder office of the Strock Medical Group. Prior to completing my Master of Science in Nursing, I worked in the corrections setting as a RN for seven years where I was able to offer compassionate, empathic care, and I learned that I am able to treat everyone with unconditional positive regard regardless of circumstances. I specialize in working with adults with a variety of mental health concerns, and I am truly passionate about treating trauma/PTSD, mood disorders, and substance use disorders using current evidence to guide treatment decisions.
(720) 738-6598 View (720) 738-6598
Photo of Molly Kate Brown, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Molly Kate Brown
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Collins, CO 80521
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
Photo of David Geldert, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
David Geldert
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Collins, CO 80521  (Online Only)
Immediate availability for medication management via teleheatlh. Medicaid, cash pay, and private insurace are accepted. I help clients manage a wide range of mental health challenges, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, insomnia, trauma, and more. I'd be happy to learn about you and your needs, so please feel free to email me to get the conversation started!
Immediate availability for medication management via teleheatlh. Medicaid, cash pay, and private insurace are accepted. I help clients manage a wide range of mental health challenges, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, insomnia, trauma, and more. I'd be happy to learn about you and your needs, so please feel free to email me to get the conversation started!
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Nicole Humphrey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Fort Collins, CO 80521  (Online Only)
I am accepting new patients at Reiff Mental Health! I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, now with Reiff Mental Health. My previous work as a community mental health provider in a large organization allowed me the opportunity to work in various settings ranging from outpatient clinics to inpatient crisis settings. I have over 10 years of work as an RN in a variety of settings in both the mental health and medical specialties. I realize the stigma that surrounds mental health and substance use, and I work hard to normalize the experience and decrease any unease that individuals may have.
I am accepting new patients at Reiff Mental Health! I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, now with Reiff Mental Health. My previous work as a community mental health provider in a large organization allowed me the opportunity to work in various settings ranging from outpatient clinics to inpatient crisis settings. I have over 10 years of work as an RN in a variety of settings in both the mental health and medical specialties. I realize the stigma that surrounds mental health and substance use, and I work hard to normalize the experience and decrease any unease that individuals may have.
(720) 961-2771 View (720) 961-2771
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Caren Blantin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fort Collins, CO 80521
Accepting New Patients! Have providers ever made you feel unheard or rushed? Why not try something new? Embracing Hope Wellness Clinic LLC is located at The Triple T Haven, a horse ranch in Ault, CO (only 13 miles East of Fort Collins). Embracing Hope is a safe place for you to heal. We offer a warm and inviting atmosphere that feels more like a retreat. During your appointment you have the option of being seen in my office or we can walk around the ranch and meet the horses. There is nothing more peaceful than brushing horses or just sitting outside enjoying the view while we talk.
Accepting New Patients! Have providers ever made you feel unheard or rushed? Why not try something new? Embracing Hope Wellness Clinic LLC is located at The Triple T Haven, a horse ranch in Ault, CO (only 13 miles East of Fort Collins). Embracing Hope is a safe place for you to heal. We offer a warm and inviting atmosphere that feels more like a retreat. During your appointment you have the option of being seen in my office or we can walk around the ranch and meet the horses. There is nothing more peaceful than brushing horses or just sitting outside enjoying the view while we talk.
(970) 519-5521 View (970) 519-5521
Photo of Brennan Lehotay, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Brennan Lehotay
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
19 Endorsed
Fort Collins, CO 80521  (Online Only)
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with experience working in mental health nursing since 2018. My area of specialization includes LGBTQIA+ issues, Anxiety, Depression, and PTSD. Outside of work, I enjoy the company of my two Huskies and two Persian cats. When free, I can be found playing the bass guitar or experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen. A love for cooking is further fueled by my spouse, a baker, making us quite the culinary team.
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with experience working in mental health nursing since 2018. My area of specialization includes LGBTQIA+ issues, Anxiety, Depression, and PTSD. Outside of work, I enjoy the company of my two Huskies and two Persian cats. When free, I can be found playing the bass guitar or experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen. A love for cooking is further fueled by my spouse, a baker, making us quite the culinary team.
(720) 790-6879 View (720) 790-6879
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 80521

30+

Average cost per session

$160

Psychiatrists in 80521 who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
97% Depression
94% Medication Management
88% Bipolar Disorder
79% Trauma and PTSD
76% ADHD
71% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

97% Aetna
97% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
94% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in 80521 see their clients

53% In Person and Online
47% Online Only

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 80521?

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.