Psychiatrists in 80920

Photo of Dr. Joshua James: Rivendell Health, Psychiatrist in 80920, CO
Dr. Joshua James: Rivendell Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Colorado Springs, CO 80920  (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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Online Kairos Psychiatry in Colorado
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Colorado Springs, CO 80920  (Online Only)
We often risk our mental health in this busy world and people often have to choose between psychiatric/ therapy appointments or keeping up with other life responsibilities. Now you won't have to. My goal is to reduce fragmented care by providing accessible psychiatric care online, wherever you are, all across Colorado. No more congested traffic or long drives, waiting room, missing work or school. Online psychiatry is privacy-friendly and customizable. I connect with teens, collegiates, and young professionals to navigate anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, stressors of career and school transitions, and family life.
We often risk our mental health in this busy world and people often have to choose between psychiatric/ therapy appointments or keeping up with other life responsibilities. Now you won't have to. My goal is to reduce fragmented care by providing accessible psychiatric care online, wherever you are, all across Colorado. No more congested traffic or long drives, waiting room, missing work or school. Online psychiatry is privacy-friendly and customizable. I connect with teens, collegiates, and young professionals to navigate anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, stressors of career and school transitions, and family life.
(720) 897-5644 View (720) 897-5644
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Springs Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Christine Khan, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who graduated from California State University, Long Beach. Christine’s passion lies in working with children and their families in helping them achieve their goals and reach their maximum potential. She provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management with special attention to each person’s individual needs, including attention to personal history, concerns about, or fears of medications, all of which she approaches with patience, warmth, understanding, as well as helpful explanations that facilitate treatment.
Christine Khan, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who graduated from California State University, Long Beach. Christine’s passion lies in working with children and their families in helping them achieve their goals and reach their maximum potential. She provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management with special attention to each person’s individual needs, including attention to personal history, concerns about, or fears of medications, all of which she approaches with patience, warmth, understanding, as well as helpful explanations that facilitate treatment.
(719) 982-2111 View (719) 982-2111
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Cottonwood Creek Wellness Center Psychiatric Team
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPs
Verified Verified
We welcome you to learn more about Cottonwood Creek Wellness Center’s Psychiatric Services. Our board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners will partner with you to identify the best psychiatric and integrative interventions that are both evidence-based and individualized to you. Our services include: Psychiatric evaluations, genetic testing, and integrative strategies. We will explore symptoms, lifestyle factors & your history to collaborate on a plan that provides symptom relief, increases functioning & improves mental wellness.
We welcome you to learn more about Cottonwood Creek Wellness Center’s Psychiatric Services. Our board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners will partner with you to identify the best psychiatric and integrative interventions that are both evidence-based and individualized to you. Our services include: Psychiatric evaluations, genetic testing, and integrative strategies. We will explore symptoms, lifestyle factors & your history to collaborate on a plan that provides symptom relief, increases functioning & improves mental wellness.
(719) 982-8214 View (719) 982-8214
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Brandon Baker
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Dr. Brandon Baker is a Psychiatrist in Colorado who has been practicing since 2018. He graduated from Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Baker believes every person does the best they can with the knowledge, tools, and perceptions they have available at the moment. He feels it is the job of those in mental health to help enlighten people and equip them to be their best selves.
Dr. Brandon Baker is a Psychiatrist in Colorado who has been practicing since 2018. He graduated from Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Baker believes every person does the best they can with the knowledge, tools, and perceptions they have available at the moment. He feels it is the job of those in mental health to help enlighten people and equip them to be their best selves.
(719) 215-9093 View (719) 215-9093
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Thomas Kittelsen Physician
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Dr. Kittelsen specializes in empowering highly intelligent, self-driven individuals. His ideal clients often excel in remote work environments, valuing the efficiency and convenience of virtual meetings. Sessions, typically lasting one hour, prioritize interactive engagement to ensure productivity. Dr. Kittelsen is deeply committed to helping clients navigate challenges like Adult ADHD, demonstrating a steadfast dedication to their personal growth and success.
Dr. Kittelsen specializes in empowering highly intelligent, self-driven individuals. His ideal clients often excel in remote work environments, valuing the efficiency and convenience of virtual meetings. Sessions, typically lasting one hour, prioritize interactive engagement to ensure productivity. Dr. Kittelsen is deeply committed to helping clients navigate challenges like Adult ADHD, demonstrating a steadfast dedication to their personal growth and success.
(719) 781-3488 View (719) 781-3488
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Austin Kopas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Austin Kopas, PMHNP-BC, is a Nurse Practitioner who specializes in mood disorders like depression, bipolar, anxiety, ADHD, and schizophrenia-type disorders. Before completed his psychiatric nursing graduate degree in 2020, he worked for 5 years in a trauma intensive care unit treating victims after events like car crashes and gunshot wounds. Austin is inclusive of all patients and is passionate about making them feel safe, informed, and comfortable when discussing their care.
Austin Kopas, PMHNP-BC, is a Nurse Practitioner who specializes in mood disorders like depression, bipolar, anxiety, ADHD, and schizophrenia-type disorders. Before completed his psychiatric nursing graduate degree in 2020, he worked for 5 years in a trauma intensive care unit treating victims after events like car crashes and gunshot wounds. Austin is inclusive of all patients and is passionate about making them feel safe, informed, and comfortable when discussing their care.
(719) 938-0319 View (719) 938-0319
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Kristina Mordecai
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Accepting New Patients! Kristina is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is currently accepting new clients. Her journey began in 1999 when she graduated with an Associate of Science in Nursing from Meridian Community College. She then progressed to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Chamberlain University in 2015 and graduated at the top of her class. After furthering her career in nursing management and stress management courses, she decided to pursue the Master of Science in Nursing, specializing in Psychiatry, at Herzing University where she graduated with honors.
Accepting New Patients! Kristina is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is currently accepting new clients. Her journey began in 1999 when she graduated with an Associate of Science in Nursing from Meridian Community College. She then progressed to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Chamberlain University in 2015 and graduated at the top of her class. After furthering her career in nursing management and stress management courses, she decided to pursue the Master of Science in Nursing, specializing in Psychiatry, at Herzing University where she graduated with honors.
(303) 622-5068 View (303) 622-5068
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Jen Miller Clarity Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-C, MSN
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Ask about Genetic Testing! Our psychiatric experts offer evening & weekend availability for busy professionals and students. The Clarity Health team embraces a gentle approach to ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia, Social Anxiety, and Public Speaking struggles. We often see those who are unsure if medication is right for them. We are certified in psychiatry and use evidence-based-medicine, genetics and a functional lens to understand of how inflammation, nutrition, genetics, gut health, hormones and stress impact physical and mental health. Please visit www.clarityhealthnow.com to discover if it is the right fit for us both!
Ask about Genetic Testing! Our psychiatric experts offer evening & weekend availability for busy professionals and students. The Clarity Health team embraces a gentle approach to ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia, Social Anxiety, and Public Speaking struggles. We often see those who are unsure if medication is right for them. We are certified in psychiatry and use evidence-based-medicine, genetics and a functional lens to understand of how inflammation, nutrition, genetics, gut health, hormones and stress impact physical and mental health. Please visit www.clarityhealthnow.com to discover if it is the right fit for us both!
(971) 290-4582 View (971) 290-4582
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Sheila Fomenky
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Colorado Springs, CO 80920  (Online Only)
Taking the time to seek care for mental wellness is a bold step that I applaud in my clients. Building rapport and confidence in each session is an important part of client sessions. I provide a clear explanation on diagnosis and the treatment plan chosen while utilizing evidence based practices. Call now for same week available appointments! You are Valued and that is my commitment to you!
Taking the time to seek care for mental wellness is a bold step that I applaud in my clients. Building rapport and confidence in each session is an important part of client sessions. I provide a clear explanation on diagnosis and the treatment plan chosen while utilizing evidence based practices. Call now for same week available appointments! You are Valued and that is my commitment to you!
(720) 740-8168 View (720) 740-8168
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Joseph Deak
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
20 Endorsed
Colorado Springs, CO 80920  (Online Only)
I am originally from Alabama and attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham for my MSN. I also spent 7 years in the Army and am a combat veteran. I have been in Nursing since 2013 and mental health since 2016 where I got my start at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Tennessee working with inpatient psychiatry. Working with veterans helped me to realize my next career goal of becoming a PMHNP. I set forth and graduated in 2020 with my MSN as a PMHNP.
I am originally from Alabama and attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham for my MSN. I also spent 7 years in the Army and am a combat veteran. I have been in Nursing since 2013 and mental health since 2016 where I got my start at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Tennessee working with inpatient psychiatry. Working with veterans helped me to realize my next career goal of becoming a PMHNP. I set forth and graduated in 2020 with my MSN as a PMHNP.
(720) 414-2648 View (720) 414-2648
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Deanna Nicholson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Accepting New Patients Now! With over 16 years of experience in mental healthcare, I am a dedicated expert in my field. I merge cutting-edge knowledge with a genuine passion for providing exceptional care. From navigating substance use disorders to delving into the depths of depression and anxiety, I confront a wide spectrum of mental health challenges. My unwavering commitment to adult and geriatric populations, including those with cognitive impairment, truly sets me apart. Together, we will unlock your potential and embark on a transformative journey towards optimal well-being. Your path to a brighter future starts here!
Accepting New Patients Now! With over 16 years of experience in mental healthcare, I am a dedicated expert in my field. I merge cutting-edge knowledge with a genuine passion for providing exceptional care. From navigating substance use disorders to delving into the depths of depression and anxiety, I confront a wide spectrum of mental health challenges. My unwavering commitment to adult and geriatric populations, including those with cognitive impairment, truly sets me apart. Together, we will unlock your potential and embark on a transformative journey towards optimal well-being. Your path to a brighter future starts here!
(720) 669-6415 View (720) 669-6415
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Around The Block Health Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
People all around us have some sort of mental distress. Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia, Substance use disorder are among the people we all know. I am looking to reach clients who suffer from almost any common mental health condition. I look at my patients holistically. I am able to treat many psychiatric conditions as well as physical conditions.
People all around us have some sort of mental distress. Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia, Substance use disorder are among the people we all know. I am looking to reach clients who suffer from almost any common mental health condition. I look at my patients holistically. I am able to treat many psychiatric conditions as well as physical conditions.
(719) 212-4757 View (719) 212-4757
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Maryjane Guerrero
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Colorado Springs, CO 80920  (Online Only)
As a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I stand as a compassionate bilingual professional fluent in both English and Spanish. My unwavering commitment lies in providing comprehensive mental health care to a diverse range of individuals. My focus is on supporting survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking, women, parents, caregivers, rural communities, cancer survivors, people of color, and members of the LGBTQIA2+ community.
As a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I stand as a compassionate bilingual professional fluent in both English and Spanish. My unwavering commitment lies in providing comprehensive mental health care to a diverse range of individuals. My focus is on supporting survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking, women, parents, caregivers, rural communities, cancer survivors, people of color, and members of the LGBTQIA2+ community.
(970) 489-8162 View (970) 489-8162
Transcend Mental Health LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
At Transcend, we provide medication management and psychotherapy for your unique needs to help you find harmony within yourself. Each individual is treated as a unique person and treatment is personalized to each's distinctive needs. We want to see you overcome hurdles in life and succeed in meeting your goals. We believe that the body and mind are connected, helping one helps the other. Let us help you, all we ask is your full commitment to bettering yourself.
At Transcend, we provide medication management and psychotherapy for your unique needs to help you find harmony within yourself. Each individual is treated as a unique person and treatment is personalized to each's distinctive needs. We want to see you overcome hurdles in life and succeed in meeting your goals. We believe that the body and mind are connected, helping one helps the other. Let us help you, all we ask is your full commitment to bettering yourself.
(719) 220-3723 View (719) 220-3723
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Neil Wilkey
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
I have had the privilege of working with patients for the last 20 years struggling with psychiatric problems. I am living in Colorado since 2019 and l am licensed in Colorado and California. For 10 years I was working overseas treating patients from all over the world. Many patients suffered for years with an awareness that things were sub-optimal only to realize, after receiving care, that they could have felt better long before if they had sought professional help. Optimal care entails knowing that your provider is an expert, that they care about you as a person, and maintaining continuity over time to achieve results.
I have had the privilege of working with patients for the last 20 years struggling with psychiatric problems. I am living in Colorado since 2019 and l am licensed in Colorado and California. For 10 years I was working overseas treating patients from all over the world. Many patients suffered for years with an awareness that things were sub-optimal only to realize, after receiving care, that they could have felt better long before if they had sought professional help. Optimal care entails knowing that your provider is an expert, that they care about you as a person, and maintaining continuity over time to achieve results.
(719) 454-8458 View (719) 454-8458
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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
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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
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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
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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

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 80920

20+

Average cost per session

$170

Psychiatrists in 80920 who prioritize treating:

96% Depression
96% Medication Management
93% Anxiety
82% Trauma and PTSD
79% ADHD
68% Bipolar Disorder
68% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

20 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

96% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
92% Aetna
92% Optum

How Psychiatrists in 80920 see their clients

83% In Person and Online
17% Online Only

Gender breakdown

71% Female
29% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 80920?

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.