Psychiatrists in 80917

Photo of Cynthia Allen, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 80917, CO
Cynthia Allen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, MSW, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Ready to feel better? My goal is to partner with you on your path to wellbeing, so that mental health issues no longer hold you back from living the life you want. I have worked successfully with those struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, OCD and schizophrenia (among others). I will work with you to tailor a medication regimen that is effective and comfortable.
Ready to feel better? My goal is to partner with you on your path to wellbeing, so that mental health issues no longer hold you back from living the life you want. I have worked successfully with those struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, OCD and schizophrenia (among others). I will work with you to tailor a medication regimen that is effective and comfortable.
(719) 249-0506 View (719) 249-0506
Photo of NuMedical & Psychiatry Clinic / Dr. Mary Okonofua, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 80917, CO
NuMedical & Psychiatry Clinic / Dr. Mary Okonofua
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
"ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS IN COLORADO, TEXAS & ARIZONA". Many patients believe providers offer one-sided visit, where they are not listened to or cared about. I can promise you that I am as real as it gets, caring and compassionate about my patients' recovery. I want to walk with you on your journey of recovery and see you smile again! I want to help you achieve solutions within my professional expertise while being there for you as you experience yourself in positive new ways.Simply put, I don't believe talking to a mental health provider should have any negative perception or stigma.Call for appointment or if we take your insurance
"ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS IN COLORADO, TEXAS & ARIZONA". Many patients believe providers offer one-sided visit, where they are not listened to or cared about. I can promise you that I am as real as it gets, caring and compassionate about my patients' recovery. I want to walk with you on your journey of recovery and see you smile again! I want to help you achieve solutions within my professional expertise while being there for you as you experience yourself in positive new ways.Simply put, I don't believe talking to a mental health provider should have any negative perception or stigma.Call for appointment or if we take your insurance
(480) 771-1433 View (480) 771-1433
Photo of Jessica Mamula, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 80917, CO
Jessica Mamula
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Not accepting new clients
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 10 years of experience working in mental health. I obtained my BSN in 2011 and worked as a nurse in areas of emergency psychiatry, emergency medicine, MAT for addiction, and dialysis. I obtained my MSN and psych board certification in 2018. The first 3 years working as a PMHNP-BC, I worked with cancer patients and their loved ones. I enjoy collaborating with other members of the mental health care team and medical providers as needed to ensure good quality and continuity of care. Since January 2022, I've worked in private practice in Colorado.
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 10 years of experience working in mental health. I obtained my BSN in 2011 and worked as a nurse in areas of emergency psychiatry, emergency medicine, MAT for addiction, and dialysis. I obtained my MSN and psych board certification in 2018. The first 3 years working as a PMHNP-BC, I worked with cancer patients and their loved ones. I enjoy collaborating with other members of the mental health care team and medical providers as needed to ensure good quality and continuity of care. Since January 2022, I've worked in private practice in Colorado.
(719) 417-4620 View (719) 417-4620
Photo of Shannon Stone, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 80917, CO
Shannon Stone
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, AGACNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greetings! I am a dual board-certified nurse practitioner in Psychiatric Mental Health and Adult Gerontology Acute Care. My focus spans across many disorders; however, I have a special interest in PTSD, trauma and suicidal ideation. I am currently accepting new patients throughout Colorado and would love the opportunity to see how I can be of help to you. My goal is to build a rapport with you and get a strong sense of who you are, assess your primary treatment objectives, and develop an individually tailored approach to achieve our agreed upon plan of care.
Greetings! I am a dual board-certified nurse practitioner in Psychiatric Mental Health and Adult Gerontology Acute Care. My focus spans across many disorders; however, I have a special interest in PTSD, trauma and suicidal ideation. I am currently accepting new patients throughout Colorado and would love the opportunity to see how I can be of help to you. My goal is to build a rapport with you and get a strong sense of who you are, assess your primary treatment objectives, and develop an individually tailored approach to achieve our agreed upon plan of care.
(719) 624-0467 View (719) 624-0467
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Amber Gates
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
I believe that everyone should have access to mental health care. I accept most major insurances and offer self-pay rates. After initial in person appointment, I offer the flexibility of virtual and in person appointments. I take a holistic approach to care by looking at other physiological causes such as nutrition deficiencies, thyroid abnormalities, etc. With 5 years of family practice background, I can manage basic needs without the need for juggling multiple providers.
I believe that everyone should have access to mental health care. I accept most major insurances and offer self-pay rates. After initial in person appointment, I offer the flexibility of virtual and in person appointments. I take a holistic approach to care by looking at other physiological causes such as nutrition deficiencies, thyroid abnormalities, etc. With 5 years of family practice background, I can manage basic needs without the need for juggling multiple providers.
(719) 356-4245 View (719) 356-4245
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Child and Adult Psychiatry, NP LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
I am accepting new patients and can schedule within 1-2 weeks. I am a Registered Nurse of 24 years and have extensive experience with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and working with children/adults in many areas of mental health. I have a passion for children & adolescence. I approach the whole person, physical, mental, and spiritual aspects, and how to improve one, to improve all areas. I have a therapy dog that works with me, she provides comfort. I am prior military (8 years active duty Army) and then worked for 14 years with the military as the civilian nurse case manager for the 10th Special Forces Group, FT Carson.
I am accepting new patients and can schedule within 1-2 weeks. I am a Registered Nurse of 24 years and have extensive experience with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and working with children/adults in many areas of mental health. I have a passion for children & adolescence. I approach the whole person, physical, mental, and spiritual aspects, and how to improve one, to improve all areas. I have a therapy dog that works with me, she provides comfort. I am prior military (8 years active duty Army) and then worked for 14 years with the military as the civilian nurse case manager for the 10th Special Forces Group, FT Carson.
(719) 631-2762 View (719) 631-2762
Photo of Ike Uzowulu, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 80917, CO
Ike Uzowulu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Colorado Springs, CO 80917  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner. I have verifiable experience in treating variety of psychiatric disorders such as; mood disorders including resistant depression, eating disorders, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, schizophrenia, stress and sleep related disorders.
I am a board-certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner. I have verifiable experience in treating variety of psychiatric disorders such as; mood disorders including resistant depression, eating disorders, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, schizophrenia, stress and sleep related disorders.
(719) 427-6106 View (719) 427-6106
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Mindfulness Psychiatry, PLLC, Tracy Tyler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
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) 328-9167 View (303) 328-9167
Photo of Dr. Joshua James: Rivendell Health, Psychiatrist in 80917, CO
Dr. Joshua James: Rivendell Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Colorado Springs, CO 80917  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients. Initial consultation is free. Dr. James completed medical school at Texas A&M School of Medicine and psychiatric residency at UT Health in San Antonio. He is committed to serving the people of Colorado, Texas, and Utah. He specializes in helping people who struggle with depression, anxiety, and PTSD, but can treat other mental health afflictions as well (see list for the most commonly treated conditions). Dr. James works exclusively via telehealth to conveniently fit appointments into your busy schedule. Insurance is not accepted at this time, but ask about options for insurance reimbursement.
Accepting new patients. Initial consultation is free. Dr. James completed medical school at Texas A&M School of Medicine and psychiatric residency at UT Health in San Antonio. He is committed to serving the people of Colorado, Texas, and Utah. He specializes in helping people who struggle with depression, anxiety, and PTSD, but can treat other mental health afflictions as well (see list for the most commonly treated conditions). Dr. James works exclusively via telehealth to conveniently fit appointments into your busy schedule. Insurance is not accepted at this time, but ask about options for insurance reimbursement.
(719) 751-5836 View (719) 751-5836
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Henry Fagnant
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Appointments available! Henry is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who obtained his undergraduate and advanced nursing degree from Regis University in Denver, CO. He has over ten years of healthcare experience serving pediatric, adult and geriatric populations. Henry’s background includes an engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines, ecclesiastical work in service to the poor and underserved, and nursing services that include pediatric homecare, hospital inpatient and hospice care.
Appointments available! Henry is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who obtained his undergraduate and advanced nursing degree from Regis University in Denver, CO. He has over ten years of healthcare experience serving pediatric, adult and geriatric populations. Henry’s background includes an engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines, ecclesiastical work in service to the poor and underserved, and nursing services that include pediatric homecare, hospital inpatient and hospice care.
(720) 734-8297 View (720) 734-8297
Photo of Sheri Rockwood, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 80917, CO
Sheri Rockwood
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
I have always had a passion for helping people with mental health issues. I received my first bachelor's degree in social work at Brigham Young University. A few years later I received my second bachelor's degree in nursing at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. I working for a few years as a registered nurse with most of my time spent working as a psychiatric nurse. I then received my master's degree as a family nurse practitioner from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and then went on to get a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner post master's certification.
I have always had a passion for helping people with mental health issues. I received my first bachelor's degree in social work at Brigham Young University. A few years later I received my second bachelor's degree in nursing at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. I working for a few years as a registered nurse with most of my time spent working as a psychiatric nurse. I then received my master's degree as a family nurse practitioner from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and then went on to get a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner post master's certification.
(719) 749-7252 View (719) 749-7252
Photo of Tiffany Taylor, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 80917, CO
Tiffany Taylor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
I have been working in the medical field for 29 years and most of that time was spent in the mental health realm. I have now been a mental health provider for 3 years. Moved to Colorado with my husband, son, and one fur baby a few years ago and love it here. My husband is retired military which does give me a lot of perspectives when dealing with military families and their particular life situations. I also specialize in the LGBTQ+ community along with Dementia and Alzheimers. In my time off we have started traveling a lot more and seeing fascinating parts of the world while learning more about ourselves as citizens of the world.
I have been working in the medical field for 29 years and most of that time was spent in the mental health realm. I have now been a mental health provider for 3 years. Moved to Colorado with my husband, son, and one fur baby a few years ago and love it here. My husband is retired military which does give me a lot of perspectives when dealing with military families and their particular life situations. I also specialize in the LGBTQ+ community along with Dementia and Alzheimers. In my time off we have started traveling a lot more and seeing fascinating parts of the world while learning more about ourselves as citizens of the world.
(719) 745-5277 View (719) 745-5277
Photo of Dailyn Somoza Menendez, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 80917, CO
Dailyn Somoza Menendez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Dailyn Somoza Menendez is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Colorado. She has a Master's Degree in Nursing, specializing in Psychiatric care across the life span, from Colorado State University. Dailyn believes in cultural-sensitive centered care. Her holistic approach utilizes conventional medicine in combination with supplements and alternative and complementary methods. She aids in lifestyle modifications to help patients achieve their ultimate goals. In her spare time, Dailyn enjoys gardening, traveling, going to the beach, and spending quality time with family.
Dailyn Somoza Menendez is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Colorado. She has a Master's Degree in Nursing, specializing in Psychiatric care across the life span, from Colorado State University. Dailyn believes in cultural-sensitive centered care. Her holistic approach utilizes conventional medicine in combination with supplements and alternative and complementary methods. She aids in lifestyle modifications to help patients achieve their ultimate goals. In her spare time, Dailyn enjoys gardening, traveling, going to the beach, and spending quality time with family.
(719) 581-6446 View (719) 581-6446
Photo of Jennifer Huskinson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 80917, CO
Jennifer Huskinson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Jennifer is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has an extensive nursing career that transitioned into psychiatry in 2018 when she realized her passion for helping individuals with mental health concerns and substance abuse. She has diagnosed, treated and managed all major psychiatric disorders and varieties of mental illness and addiction. She prefers an integrative approach that not only includes medication management but non-pharmacological methods, such as nutrition, complimentary alternative modalities and therapy.
Jennifer is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has an extensive nursing career that transitioned into psychiatry in 2018 when she realized her passion for helping individuals with mental health concerns and substance abuse. She has diagnosed, treated and managed all major psychiatric disorders and varieties of mental illness and addiction. She prefers an integrative approach that not only includes medication management but non-pharmacological methods, such as nutrition, complimentary alternative modalities and therapy.
(719) 497-1457 View (719) 497-1457
Photo of Kristina Kurtz, Psychiatrist in 80917, CO
Kristina Kurtz
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
If you're seeking adult psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, palliative medicine, or end-of-life care, Kristina can help you find relief and comfort. Kristina graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania. She completed a Transitional Internship at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Oakland in Pontiac, Michigan, and Psychiatry Residency training at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan. During her residency training, she held multiple professional leadership positions, including ethics committee consultant, associate chief resident, and chief resident.
If you're seeking adult psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, palliative medicine, or end-of-life care, Kristina can help you find relief and comfort. Kristina graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania. She completed a Transitional Internship at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Oakland in Pontiac, Michigan, and Psychiatry Residency training at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan. During her residency training, she held multiple professional leadership positions, including ethics committee consultant, associate chief resident, and chief resident.
(719) 215-4136 View (719) 215-4136
Photo of Alison Shapiro, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 80917, CO
Alison Shapiro
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Alison Shapiro is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Colorado who has been practicing since 2014. She has an MSN from Colorado State University with a focus in psychiatry. Alison's prescribes psychiatric medications and provides therapy in a holistic, accepting atmosphere. Her practice centers on working collaboratively with each individual in assisting, guiding and joining patients on a pathway to greater overall health and wellness In her free time, Alison enjoys traveling, kayaking, reading, and cooking.
Alison Shapiro is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Colorado who has been practicing since 2014. She has an MSN from Colorado State University with a focus in psychiatry. Alison's prescribes psychiatric medications and provides therapy in a holistic, accepting atmosphere. Her practice centers on working collaboratively with each individual in assisting, guiding and joining patients on a pathway to greater overall health and wellness In her free time, Alison enjoys traveling, kayaking, reading, and cooking.
(719) 350-5965 View (719) 350-5965
Photo of Lisa Rich, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 80917, CO
Lisa Rich
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP, CNM
Verified Verified
Lisa Rich is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, and Nurse Midwife. She received her Master of Science in Nursing from Yale University and a mental health focused Post-Masters from The Johns Hopkins University. She is passionate about reproductive mental health and the interplay that different stages of our reproductive lives (from adolescence to menopause) have on wellbeing. Lisa is focused on improving access to quality mental health care for all people, especially those who struggle with infertility and during pregnancy/postpartum.
Lisa Rich is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, and Nurse Midwife. She received her Master of Science in Nursing from Yale University and a mental health focused Post-Masters from The Johns Hopkins University. She is passionate about reproductive mental health and the interplay that different stages of our reproductive lives (from adolescence to menopause) have on wellbeing. Lisa is focused on improving access to quality mental health care for all people, especially those who struggle with infertility and during pregnancy/postpartum.
(719) 738-8611 View (719) 738-8611
Photo of Jessica Courtney, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 80917, CO
Jessica Courtney
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Jessica Courtney is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who has been practicing since 2020. She graduated from Colorado State University, Pueblo with Master of Science in Nursing, Psychiatry. When you meet with Jessica, you'll meet with a caring provider who has an innate ability to help you feel at ease while overcoming fears regarding life changes and mental health concerns. She'll welcome you into a collaborative atmosphere, where she'll help you understand what is going on inside your body and how exactly the medication she may prescribe will affect it.
Jessica Courtney is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who has been practicing since 2020. She graduated from Colorado State University, Pueblo with Master of Science in Nursing, Psychiatry. When you meet with Jessica, you'll meet with a caring provider who has an innate ability to help you feel at ease while overcoming fears regarding life changes and mental health concerns. She'll welcome you into a collaborative atmosphere, where she'll help you understand what is going on inside your body and how exactly the medication she may prescribe will affect it.
(719) 624-4169 View (719) 624-4169
Photo of Dr. Kyle Brown, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 80917, CO
Dr. Kyle Brown
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Accepting New Patients! Kyle is a dual board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and a family nurse practitioner with prescriptive authority in Colorado. Mr. Brown received his advanced degree from Regis University in Denver Colorado and has 14 years of experience in the healthcare arena; including pediatrics, communicable disease control, and integrated family practice. Kyle has a passion for current research and treatment therapies in psychiatry, with a focus on both pharmacological and non-medication management of psychiatric disorders. He has a particular interest in treatment resistant mood disorders and OCD.
Accepting New Patients! Kyle is a dual board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and a family nurse practitioner with prescriptive authority in Colorado. Mr. Brown received his advanced degree from Regis University in Denver Colorado and has 14 years of experience in the healthcare arena; including pediatrics, communicable disease control, and integrated family practice. Kyle has a passion for current research and treatment therapies in psychiatry, with a focus on both pharmacological and non-medication management of psychiatric disorders. He has a particular interest in treatment resistant mood disorders and OCD.
(720) 784-5284 View (720) 784-5284
Photo of Roy Kiser, Psychiatrist in 80917, CO
Roy Kiser
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
I have always believed in the importance of understanding each patient as a whole person, evaluating both physical and emotional health needs. I know the importance of talking with my patients, becoming aware of them as individuals in the context of their family and their community. This overall approach allows me to determine how various therapy options can help relieve symptoms. I have studied the role of psychotherapy and/or medication therapy for providing the best benefit.
I have always believed in the importance of understanding each patient as a whole person, evaluating both physical and emotional health needs. I know the importance of talking with my patients, becoming aware of them as individuals in the context of their family and their community. This overall approach allows me to determine how various therapy options can help relieve symptoms. I have studied the role of psychotherapy and/or medication therapy for providing the best benefit.
(719) 751-7996 View (719) 751-7996

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 80917

20+

Average cost per session

$225

Psychiatrists in 80917 who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
95% Anxiety
95% Trauma and PTSD
95% Medication Management
86% ADHD
86% Bipolar Disorder
71% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
95% Cigna and Evernorth
95% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 80917 see their clients

91% In Person and Online
9% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 80917?

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.