Psychiatrists in Arapahoe County, CO

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Photo of Tara Ostromencki, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Arapahoe County, CO
Tara Ostromencki
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, APNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Littleton, CO 80120  (Online Only)
Offering adolescents and adults support as they're navigating life and crises is my area of expertise. People seek me out to help treat depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, mood and adjustment disorders among other things. Each person is different and I approach care considering their interest and willingness to use medications to treat their symptoms, their openness to therapy and exploring lifestyle factors that can make an impact on their mental health. It's a team approach.
Offering adolescents and adults support as they're navigating life and crises is my area of expertise. People seek me out to help treat depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, mood and adjustment disorders among other things. Each person is different and I approach care considering their interest and willingness to use medications to treat their symptoms, their openness to therapy and exploring lifestyle factors that can make an impact on their mental health. It's a team approach.
(720) 821-6356 View (720) 821-6356
Photo of Adriana Manygoats de Julio, Psychiatrist in Arapahoe County, CO
Adriana Manygoats de Julio
Psychiatrist, MD, MSPH
Verified Verified
Aurora, CO 80014
My motto is, “You’re the expert on you.” I have expert knowledge in psychiatry, and you are the expert on your life, body, and needs. My goal is to work together with you to assess your unique story and create a plan to help you address your needs and meet your goals. In addition to "traditional" medication management and psychiatry, I work with my team at Plus by APN to help you evaluate additional psychiatric options like Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), Spravato or ketamine-assisted healing, or neurofeedback.
My motto is, “You’re the expert on you.” I have expert knowledge in psychiatry, and you are the expert on your life, body, and needs. My goal is to work together with you to assess your unique story and create a plan to help you address your needs and meet your goals. In addition to "traditional" medication management and psychiatry, I work with my team at Plus by APN to help you evaluate additional psychiatric options like Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), Spravato or ketamine-assisted healing, or neurofeedback.
(833) 480-1404 View (833) 480-1404
Photo of Leslie Vannucci, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Arapahoe County, CO
Leslie Vannucci
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Centennial, CO 80111
My passion is to provide care that is more than a ten-minute conversation, and the only answer is more medication that is not working. My care focuses on the client and their individual needs. First and foremost, I will listen to you. I believe that the best results come from a care plan that looks at all options, and is created with you. Combining integrative treatments, traditional treatments and outside-of-the-box plans will result in a tailored approach that works for you. I will meet you right where you are at. Mental Health is complex and requires an open mindset, and it is my belief that everyone has hope. Let me help you.
My passion is to provide care that is more than a ten-minute conversation, and the only answer is more medication that is not working. My care focuses on the client and their individual needs. First and foremost, I will listen to you. I believe that the best results come from a care plan that looks at all options, and is created with you. Combining integrative treatments, traditional treatments and outside-of-the-box plans will result in a tailored approach that works for you. I will meet you right where you are at. Mental Health is complex and requires an open mindset, and it is my belief that everyone has hope. Let me help you.
(720) 575-4912 View (720) 575-4912
Photo of Megan Riederer, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Arapahoe County, CO
Megan Riederer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hi there! I’m Megan, a psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I have worked in various healthcare settings over the years, first as a CNA/MA, then RN, and now NP. I have shifted my focus in recent years from medical to mental health care. It is my passion to understand and address the psycho-social aspects of patients’ lives to assist them in achieving better physical and mental health. I have extensive experience working with adolescents in acute mental health crises in an inpatient setting.
Hi there! I’m Megan, a psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I have worked in various healthcare settings over the years, first as a CNA/MA, then RN, and now NP. I have shifted my focus in recent years from medical to mental health care. It is my passion to understand and address the psycho-social aspects of patients’ lives to assist them in achieving better physical and mental health. I have extensive experience working with adolescents in acute mental health crises in an inpatient setting.
(720) 927-9635 View (720) 927-9635
Rachel Norwood
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Englewood, CO 80113
I work with adults with a variety of issues. If you find yourself repeating tangled up patterns in relationships, struggling to make something different happen in your life then these are two areas I emphasize in my practice. I can also offer a non-medication based approach to help folks struggling with insomnia.
I work with adults with a variety of issues. If you find yourself repeating tangled up patterns in relationships, struggling to make something different happen in your life then these are two areas I emphasize in my practice. I can also offer a non-medication based approach to help folks struggling with insomnia.
(303) 732-6195 View (303) 732-6195
Photo of Hannah Ney, Physician Assistant in Arapahoe County, CO
Hannah Ney
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hello, my name is Hannah Ney. I provide diagnostic psychiatric evaluations and medication management. My clinical experience is rooted in urgent care and family practice. I have served as a volunteer provider in South Africa and Sir Lanka. These experiences provided insight into how important mental health is to overall well-being and quality of life.
Hello, my name is Hannah Ney. I provide diagnostic psychiatric evaluations and medication management. My clinical experience is rooted in urgent care and family practice. I have served as a volunteer provider in South Africa and Sir Lanka. These experiences provided insight into how important mental health is to overall well-being and quality of life.
(720) 802-4087 View (720) 802-4087
Photo of Marla Pidgeon, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Arapahoe County, CO
Marla Pidgeon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Englewood, CO 80113
Marla is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, earning her degree from the University of Colorado. She has worked in the mental health field for over 15 years with the bulk of her experience in emergency psychiatry. She is enthusiastic to now be caring for patients on an outpatient basis and looks forward to developing longer term therapeutic relationships. Marla specializes in medication management for adults age 18+ with a range of mental health issues including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, trauma/PTSD, bipolar, schizophrenia, ADHD, and addictions.
Marla is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, earning her degree from the University of Colorado. She has worked in the mental health field for over 15 years with the bulk of her experience in emergency psychiatry. She is enthusiastic to now be caring for patients on an outpatient basis and looks forward to developing longer term therapeutic relationships. Marla specializes in medication management for adults age 18+ with a range of mental health issues including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, trauma/PTSD, bipolar, schizophrenia, ADHD, and addictions.
(303) 529-1446 View (303) 529-1446
Photo of Beth Ballen, Psychiatrist in Arapahoe County, CO
Beth Ballen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Centennial, CO 80111
We specialize in treating a range of disorders including depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar mood disorder, addiction, phobias, anxiety, and OCD among others. We work with you, with the respect and understanding that you are a partner in all decision-making regarding what is best for your individual needs and preferences. We are experienced with all levels of trauma and stress, which have increased dramatically in our modern, fast-paced world. We pride ourselves in our ability to connect with individuals and families and thoughtfully assist our clients through challenges with warmth and compassion.
We specialize in treating a range of disorders including depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar mood disorder, addiction, phobias, anxiety, and OCD among others. We work with you, with the respect and understanding that you are a partner in all decision-making regarding what is best for your individual needs and preferences. We are experienced with all levels of trauma and stress, which have increased dramatically in our modern, fast-paced world. We pride ourselves in our ability to connect with individuals and families and thoughtfully assist our clients through challenges with warmth and compassion.
(720) 806-4749 View (720) 806-4749
Photo of Ashley Lindeman, Physician Assistant in Arapahoe County, CO
Ashley Lindeman
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Littleton, CO 80120
Ashley, a board-certified Physician Assistant (PA-C), recently joined our Bloom Mental Health team in Littleton, CO. She provides medication management and plays a key role in our ketamine clinic. Ashley's holistic approach to mental health transcends psychiatric concerns, acknowledging the interconnectedness of mental and physical well-being. Drawing from her background as a personal trainer, Ashley enjoys incorporating lifestyle changes into a comprehensive treatment plan, enhancing medication management.
Ashley, a board-certified Physician Assistant (PA-C), recently joined our Bloom Mental Health team in Littleton, CO. She provides medication management and plays a key role in our ketamine clinic. Ashley's holistic approach to mental health transcends psychiatric concerns, acknowledging the interconnectedness of mental and physical well-being. Drawing from her background as a personal trainer, Ashley enjoys incorporating lifestyle changes into a comprehensive treatment plan, enhancing medication management.
(720) 776-9391 View (720) 776-9391
Photo of Kelly Prado, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Arapahoe County, CO
Kelly Prado
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, RXN
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Englewood, CO 80112
Do you have questions about your current medications? Do you want to learn more about mixing holistic care with traditional medicine to enhance your treatment? I can help you design a unique plan for you using both treatment modalities. I am bicultural/bilingual in Spanish and board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with prescriptive authority working on my doctorate (DNP) at Yale University. I completed my Psychiatric Family Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. I also have a fellowship in integrative (holistic) Psychiatry.
Do you have questions about your current medications? Do you want to learn more about mixing holistic care with traditional medicine to enhance your treatment? I can help you design a unique plan for you using both treatment modalities. I am bicultural/bilingual in Spanish and board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with prescriptive authority working on my doctorate (DNP) at Yale University. I completed my Psychiatric Family Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. I also have a fellowship in integrative (holistic) Psychiatry.
(720) 466-2687 View (720) 466-2687
Photo of Katelyn Forsyth Pmhnp-Bc, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Arapahoe County, CO
Katelyn Forsyth Pmhnp-Bc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Littleton, CO 80120
I am a committed Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner passionate about providing comprehensive and compassionate mental health care. My focus on psychiatry has driven me to help patients achieve holistic well-being and mental health stability. Throughout my career, I have shown a deep commitment to improving the lives of my patients through evidence-based personalized care. With a Master of Nursing degree from the University of Colorado and degrees in nursing and Spanish from the University of Iowa, I have education and experience across various healthcare settings, including hospitals, mental health centers, and outpatient
I am a committed Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner passionate about providing comprehensive and compassionate mental health care. My focus on psychiatry has driven me to help patients achieve holistic well-being and mental health stability. Throughout my career, I have shown a deep commitment to improving the lives of my patients through evidence-based personalized care. With a Master of Nursing degree from the University of Colorado and degrees in nursing and Spanish from the University of Iowa, I have education and experience across various healthcare settings, including hospitals, mental health centers, and outpatient
(720) 741-7496 View (720) 741-7496
Photo of Mindfulness Psychiatry, PLLC, Tracy Tyler, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Arapahoe County, CO
Mindfulness Psychiatry, PLLC, Tracy Tyler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Centennial, CO 80122
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) 622-0285 View (303) 622-0285
Photo of Joe Crowley, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Arapahoe County, CO
Joe Crowley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Aurora, CO 80013
Accepting New Patients! - Joseph “Joe” P. Crowley is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner in Colorado. He brings over seven years of inpatient and outpatient psychiatric experience to his patients while offering an attentive, accommodating patient care philosophy. Joe earned his BSN and MSN degrees at Regis University. He completed his inpatient and outpatient clinical training at various facilities in the Denver Metro area. He also received professional recognition for academic achievements and ICARE awards while working at the V.A. Eastern Colorado Health Care System.
Accepting New Patients! - Joseph “Joe” P. Crowley is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner in Colorado. He brings over seven years of inpatient and outpatient psychiatric experience to his patients while offering an attentive, accommodating patient care philosophy. Joe earned his BSN and MSN degrees at Regis University. He completed his inpatient and outpatient clinical training at various facilities in the Denver Metro area. He also received professional recognition for academic achievements and ICARE awards while working at the V.A. Eastern Colorado Health Care System.
(720) 336-7752 View (720) 336-7752
Photo of Colorado TMS Services, Psychiatrist in Arapahoe County, CO
Colorado TMS Services
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Littleton, CO 80120
Colorado TMS Services is honored to be a member of the NeuroStar family of providers. NeuroStar Advanced TMS Therapy is designed specifically for the treatment of major depressive disorders within adult patients who have not satisfactorily improved from previous use of antidepressant medications, or who have experienced unwanted side effects from these medications. This treatment is ideal for patients requiring further intervention to reach satisfactory results.
Colorado TMS Services is honored to be a member of the NeuroStar family of providers. NeuroStar Advanced TMS Therapy is designed specifically for the treatment of major depressive disorders within adult patients who have not satisfactorily improved from previous use of antidepressant medications, or who have experienced unwanted side effects from these medications. This treatment is ideal for patients requiring further intervention to reach satisfactory results.
(720) 640-7854 View (720) 640-7854
Photo of Erin Marsico, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Arapahoe County, CO
Erin Marsico
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
I am a dual certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner. I have been in practice since 2011. I work with children, adolescents and adults and offer medication management services as well as therapy. My focus is working with attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), depression, anxiety, mood disorders and other behavioral conditions. I am also uniquely specialized to treat women during pregnancy, postpartum and pre-menopausal stages. I have 2 in-person office locations in the Denver area and also conduct visits via telemedicine.
I am a dual certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner. I have been in practice since 2011. I work with children, adolescents and adults and offer medication management services as well as therapy. My focus is working with attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), depression, anxiety, mood disorders and other behavioral conditions. I am also uniquely specialized to treat women during pregnancy, postpartum and pre-menopausal stages. I have 2 in-person office locations in the Denver area and also conduct visits via telemedicine.
(720) 806-6856 View (720) 806-6856
Photo of Joel F Miller, M.D., Psychiatrist in Arapahoe County, CO
Joel F Miller, M.D.
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Waitlist for new clients
I combine alternative treatment with general psychiatry. Medications and/or natural supplements are used as needed, but always with some degree of psychotherapy. I treat anxiety and mood disorders as well as relationship issues. Anxiety, situational depression and stress disorders can be treated with a variety of traditional and alternative methods. Couple therapy/counseling is often very helpful. . Treatment goal is to produce beneficial results as soon as feasible. My treatment style is engaging and interactive, Therapy is generally short-term
I combine alternative treatment with general psychiatry. Medications and/or natural supplements are used as needed, but always with some degree of psychotherapy. I treat anxiety and mood disorders as well as relationship issues. Anxiety, situational depression and stress disorders can be treated with a variety of traditional and alternative methods. Couple therapy/counseling is often very helpful. . Treatment goal is to produce beneficial results as soon as feasible. My treatment style is engaging and interactive, Therapy is generally short-term
(303) 578-3498 View (303) 578-3498
Photo of Matthew Soden, Psychiatrist in Arapahoe County, CO
Matthew Soden
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Aurora, CO 80014
I approach our work in a spirit of collaboration. My therapeutic approach is warm, compassionate and kind with the goal of cultivating an environment where progress can take place. Some the conditions that I commonly evaluate and treat include depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trauma related conditions, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (adhd), psychosis, neurodevelopmental conditions, autism spectrum disorder, issues that often affect LGBTQ+ individuals, professionals in crisis, cultural stressors and family conflict. I provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, medication management and therapy.
I approach our work in a spirit of collaboration. My therapeutic approach is warm, compassionate and kind with the goal of cultivating an environment where progress can take place. Some the conditions that I commonly evaluate and treat include depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trauma related conditions, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (adhd), psychosis, neurodevelopmental conditions, autism spectrum disorder, issues that often affect LGBTQ+ individuals, professionals in crisis, cultural stressors and family conflict. I provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, medication management and therapy.
(720) 740-8322 View (720) 740-8322
Photo of Shannon Stewart, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Arapahoe County, CO
Shannon Stewart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
When you meet with me, I will make you feel welcomed, understood, and comfortable. I will partner with you in creating a unique, holistic treatment plan that can include medications, as well as support in implementing changes in nutrition, activity, and sleep habits that will jump-start your recovery and help you maintain improvement. I will thoroughly discuss risks and benefits of any proposed treatments, and will encourage you to ask questions and do research, so you can make informed decisions about your own care. You will never feel rushed or pressured, and you will always have the final say in our treatment decisions.
When you meet with me, I will make you feel welcomed, understood, and comfortable. I will partner with you in creating a unique, holistic treatment plan that can include medications, as well as support in implementing changes in nutrition, activity, and sleep habits that will jump-start your recovery and help you maintain improvement. I will thoroughly discuss risks and benefits of any proposed treatments, and will encourage you to ask questions and do research, so you can make informed decisions about your own care. You will never feel rushed or pressured, and you will always have the final say in our treatment decisions.
(720) 782-8371 View (720) 782-8371
Photo of Grace Wong, Psychiatrist in Arapahoe County, CO
Grace Wong
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Englewood, CO 80111
As an adult psychiatrist, I emphasize an integrative approach to wellness that involves treating the entire person--mind, body, and spirit. I help my patients identify the barriers that keep them from a fulfilling life. I believe in building a strong therapeutic alliance because positive relationships can foster hope and healing. When appropriate, I prescribe psychotropic medications to optimize wellness but also work with individuals who prefer treatment without the use of medications. My practice specializes in the treatment of adults with anxiety, depression, bipolar, post-partum disorders, and psychotic disorders.
As an adult psychiatrist, I emphasize an integrative approach to wellness that involves treating the entire person--mind, body, and spirit. I help my patients identify the barriers that keep them from a fulfilling life. I believe in building a strong therapeutic alliance because positive relationships can foster hope and healing. When appropriate, I prescribe psychotropic medications to optimize wellness but also work with individuals who prefer treatment without the use of medications. My practice specializes in the treatment of adults with anxiety, depression, bipolar, post-partum disorders, and psychotic disorders.
(303) 974-4418 View (303) 974-4418
Photo of Awaken Telepsychiatry, LLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Arapahoe County, CO
Awaken Telepsychiatry, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Littleton, CO 80120  (Online Only)
At Awaken Telepsychiatry, LLC nonprofit organization mental wellness is a personal journey, and we’re here to help you navigate that journey with compassion, support, and personalized care. Our telepsychiatry services provide an integrative approach to mental health care that nurtures the entire person. We embrace holistic wellness at our core. We take a multidisciplinary approach, incorporating alternative therapies into your treatment plan. We aim to help you achieve balance and well-being that encompasses your mind, body, and soul. We recognize that mental health issues are overwhelming and isolating.
At Awaken Telepsychiatry, LLC nonprofit organization mental wellness is a personal journey, and we’re here to help you navigate that journey with compassion, support, and personalized care. Our telepsychiatry services provide an integrative approach to mental health care that nurtures the entire person. We embrace holistic wellness at our core. We take a multidisciplinary approach, incorporating alternative therapies into your treatment plan. We aim to help you achieve balance and well-being that encompasses your mind, body, and soul. We recognize that mental health issues are overwhelming and isolating.
(855) 381-6128 View (855) 381-6128

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Number of Psychiatrists in Arapahoe County, CO

200+

Average cost per session

$225

Psychiatrists in Arapahoe County, CO who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
95% Anxiety
87% Medication Management
82% ADHD
82% Trauma and PTSD
81% Bipolar Disorder
68% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

91% Cigna and Evernorth
90% Aetna
88% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Arapahoe County, CO see their clients

72% In Person and Online
28% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
24% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Arapahoe County?

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.