Psychiatrists in Aspen, CO

Photo of Kathleen Johnson, MSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kathleen Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Aspen, CO 81611  (Online Only)
CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS & Saturday Appointments Available! I assist patients who are experiencing a range of presenting concerns, including: anxiety, depression, substance dependence, ADHD, autism, stress related disorders, PTSD, sleep challenges, and more. As a psychiatric provider, I take the time to explain the science behind what is creating the the challenges you are experiencing, answer questions, and work with you on the goal of full remission of the mental health or addictive crisis so you can go on living your life to the fullest.
CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS & Saturday Appointments Available! I assist patients who are experiencing a range of presenting concerns, including: anxiety, depression, substance dependence, ADHD, autism, stress related disorders, PTSD, sleep challenges, and more. As a psychiatric provider, I take the time to explain the science behind what is creating the the challenges you are experiencing, answer questions, and work with you on the goal of full remission of the mental health or addictive crisis so you can go on living your life to the fullest.
(970) 323-2524 View (970) 323-2524
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Jessica R. Stern, M.D., LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Aspen, CO 81611
I am board certified in Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and I am committed to providing compassionate, comprehensive, evidence-based, and collaborative care to children, adolescents, and adults. My training and professional experience emphasize the improved functioning and decreased suffering that psychotherapy can provide to individuals by increasing self-awareness, increasing understanding of interactions with others and the world, and moving towards engaging in life in a way that feels more meaningful. I can also prescribe medications as an additional intervention if needed.
I am board certified in Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and I am committed to providing compassionate, comprehensive, evidence-based, and collaborative care to children, adolescents, and adults. My training and professional experience emphasize the improved functioning and decreased suffering that psychotherapy can provide to individuals by increasing self-awareness, increasing understanding of interactions with others and the world, and moving towards engaging in life in a way that feels more meaningful. I can also prescribe medications as an additional intervention if needed.
(720) 463-2370 View (720) 463-2370
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Amy Halstead -Lotus Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Aspen, CO 81611
I take an integrative approach to treatment which may include medication, psychotherapy, and lifestyle modification to address patients’ mental health needs. I fully believe in the role that sleep, exercise, and nutrition play in mental wellness. My approach is warm and collaborative in an effort to facilitate healing and growth through patient empowerment. I will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan that prioritizes your goals and values in a safe environment that is free of judgement.
I take an integrative approach to treatment which may include medication, psychotherapy, and lifestyle modification to address patients’ mental health needs. I fully believe in the role that sleep, exercise, and nutrition play in mental wellness. My approach is warm and collaborative in an effort to facilitate healing and growth through patient empowerment. I will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan that prioritizes your goals and values in a safe environment that is free of judgement.
(970) 512-3648 View (970) 512-3648
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Dr. Daniel Daylamani
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Aspen, CO 81611  (Online Only)
I am a board certified psychiatrist currently accepting new patients. My practice is strictly through the use of telepsychiatry which means that all appointments will be held via HIPAA compliant video conferencing software. Many patients prefer this means of treatment as appointments can be done from the comfort of your home or office without the need for lengthy commutes or waiting rooms and it provides access to mental health treatment to patients located in more remote locations. I treat adult (18+) patients located in Colorado, Texas and Washington State though controlled substance prescribing may only be done in Colorado.
I am a board certified psychiatrist currently accepting new patients. My practice is strictly through the use of telepsychiatry which means that all appointments will be held via HIPAA compliant video conferencing software. Many patients prefer this means of treatment as appointments can be done from the comfort of your home or office without the need for lengthy commutes or waiting rooms and it provides access to mental health treatment to patients located in more remote locations. I treat adult (18+) patients located in Colorado, Texas and Washington State though controlled substance prescribing may only be done in Colorado.
(720) 868-9577 View (720) 868-9577
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Heather Shannon Ford
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Aspen, CO 81611  (Online Only)
With backgrounds in both conventional and alternative therapies, I love personalizing care to your individual mental health needs. Your symptoms are often rooted in a deeper cause (or causes) that require considering your mind, body, daily habits and relationships. I specialize in working with adults 18 and older who want to go beyond just 'a pill for every ill' worldview and incorporate lifestyle changes, hormone optimization and effective supplement regimes. Appointments Online -Lunch Time and Evening/After Work Options Available! In Person Option in Grand Junction ONLY.
With backgrounds in both conventional and alternative therapies, I love personalizing care to your individual mental health needs. Your symptoms are often rooted in a deeper cause (or causes) that require considering your mind, body, daily habits and relationships. I specialize in working with adults 18 and older who want to go beyond just 'a pill for every ill' worldview and incorporate lifestyle changes, hormone optimization and effective supplement regimes. Appointments Online -Lunch Time and Evening/After Work Options Available! In Person Option in Grand Junction ONLY.
(970) 251-8077 View (970) 251-8077
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Lindsey Steigerwald
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Aspen, CO 81611
Hello, my name is Lindsey. I see kids in the PARKER location. I was born and raised in the state of Colorado. I have 15 years of healthcare experience working directly with patients across the lifespan. Throughout my career, I worked as a nursing assistant, a burn care technician, and a registered nurse. I have worked in multiple settings such as the Neuro ICU, the Burn Unit, as well as the Operating Room. During my nursing career, I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to travel to different surgical centers and hospitals around Colorado and Vermont.
Hello, my name is Lindsey. I see kids in the PARKER location. I was born and raised in the state of Colorado. I have 15 years of healthcare experience working directly with patients across the lifespan. Throughout my career, I worked as a nursing assistant, a burn care technician, and a registered nurse. I have worked in multiple settings such as the Neuro ICU, the Burn Unit, as well as the Operating Room. During my nursing career, I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to travel to different surgical centers and hospitals around Colorado and Vermont.
(720) 664-2518 View (720) 664-2518
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Adriana Manygoats de Julio
Psychiatrist, MD, MSPH
Verified Verified
Aspen, CO 81611
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. 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. 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 Rudy Spector, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Rudy Spector
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Aspen, CO 81611
Optimal health begins with understanding the connection between your brain and body. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I look forward to helping you achieve your best mental wellness. Together we will look at your psychiatric symptoms, sleep patterns, and lifestyle. The initial interview will include a thorough psychiatric assessment, family history, and medical history. Medication management, supplements, laboratory draws, adrenal testing, and micronutrient testing are all avenues to consider during this initial interview.
Optimal health begins with understanding the connection between your brain and body. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I look forward to helping you achieve your best mental wellness. Together we will look at your psychiatric symptoms, sleep patterns, and lifestyle. The initial interview will include a thorough psychiatric assessment, family history, and medical history. Medication management, supplements, laboratory draws, adrenal testing, and micronutrient testing are all avenues to consider during this initial interview.
(970) 875-6588 View (970) 875-6588

Online Psychiatrists

Photo of Marlene Pino, APRN, PFMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Marlene Pino
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PFMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Lakewood, CO 80235
I am accepting new clients! As an Integrative Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner I have cared for hundreds clients across the lifespan. Nothing matters more to me than your health and comfort, which is why I’ve put in so much time and effort into advancing my medical practice and therapeutic techniques. In recognition that everyone has their own unique challenges and journeys towards achieving their personal definition of happy and healthy lives; I have developed Red Rocks Psychiatry to be a nurturing and safe place that fosters emotional healing, development and education to support resilient mental health.
I am accepting new clients! As an Integrative Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner I have cared for hundreds clients across the lifespan. Nothing matters more to me than your health and comfort, which is why I’ve put in so much time and effort into advancing my medical practice and therapeutic techniques. In recognition that everyone has their own unique challenges and journeys towards achieving their personal definition of happy and healthy lives; I have developed Red Rocks Psychiatry to be a nurturing and safe place that fosters emotional healing, development and education to support resilient mental health.
(720) 710-7332 View (720) 710-7332
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Wellness Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, LCSW
Verified Verified
Lakewood, CO 80401
We specialize in integrative psychiatry services, emphasizing a holistic approach to mental health & well-being. Our goal is to make sure that each of our patients receives the best possible care. Drawing from our expertise, our philosophy centers around providing clients with personalized treatment plans tailored to their individual needs and goals. We understand that there is no single factor that determines one’s mental health, but rather a complex interplay of biological, psychological, and social elements. Our practice is based on the principle that patients’ mental health can only improve if we attend to all of these factors.
We specialize in integrative psychiatry services, emphasizing a holistic approach to mental health & well-being. Our goal is to make sure that each of our patients receives the best possible care. Drawing from our expertise, our philosophy centers around providing clients with personalized treatment plans tailored to their individual needs and goals. We understand that there is no single factor that determines one’s mental health, but rather a complex interplay of biological, psychological, and social elements. Our practice is based on the principle that patients’ mental health can only improve if we attend to all of these factors.
(720) 896-3164 View (720) 896-3164
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Amanda Farrell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Golden, CO 80401
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have worked outpatient for the last 8 years, providing medication management and ketamine treatment. Previously I worked in-patient with those in acute crisis & additionally in home health, providing psychiatric care in the patient's home. I provide integrative care, working with the patient's health care provider & therapist when indicated. I believe in a holistic treatment approach & I practice evidence-based treatment. My treatment goals include providing improved quality of life & I am eager to work with patients who are motivated to make personal changes.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have worked outpatient for the last 8 years, providing medication management and ketamine treatment. Previously I worked in-patient with those in acute crisis & additionally in home health, providing psychiatric care in the patient's home. I provide integrative care, working with the patient's health care provider & therapist when indicated. I believe in a holistic treatment approach & I practice evidence-based treatment. My treatment goals include providing improved quality of life & I am eager to work with patients who are motivated to make personal changes.
(720) 613-2752 View (720) 613-2752
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Sami Tengberg - Denver Wellness Associates
Physician Assistant, PA-C , MMS
Verified Verified
Lakewood, CO 80215
I am psychiatry physician assistant. I see medication management patients, just like a Psychiatrist would, and are currently open to new patients. I am a Certified Physician Assistant who graduated from Midwestern University. I am originally from Phoenix, Arizona who decided to get out of the heat and move to Denver in 2019. I work mainly with young adults, however I like working with people across all spans of life. I deal with patients of varying disorders, including anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADD/ADHD, OCD, and PTSD.
I am psychiatry physician assistant. I see medication management patients, just like a Psychiatrist would, and are currently open to new patients. I am a Certified Physician Assistant who graduated from Midwestern University. I am originally from Phoenix, Arizona who decided to get out of the heat and move to Denver in 2019. I work mainly with young adults, however I like working with people across all spans of life. I deal with patients of varying disorders, including anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADD/ADHD, OCD, and PTSD.
(720) 650-7628 View (720) 650-7628
Photo of Judy Kwedar - Judy Kwedar - Denver Wellness Associates, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Judy Kwedar - Denver Wellness Associates
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lakewood, CO 80215
I have been practicing as a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner in the Denver area since 2019. I offer psychiatric medication evaluations and treatment for various conditions including anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and PTSD. I value practicing safe-competent care that incorporates current evidence-based practice. I hope to provide my clients with a comfortable environment where we can collaborate together to create an individualized treatment plan. I believe medication is just one of the many tools involved in treating mental health conditions.
I have been practicing as a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner in the Denver area since 2019. I offer psychiatric medication evaluations and treatment for various conditions including anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and PTSD. I value practicing safe-competent care that incorporates current evidence-based practice. I hope to provide my clients with a comfortable environment where we can collaborate together to create an individualized treatment plan. I believe medication is just one of the many tools involved in treating mental health conditions.
(720) 605-6460 View (720) 605-6460
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Rob Clyman, MD LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Boulder, CO 80302
My intention is to provide compassionate and thoughtful treatment for every child, adolescent and adult I work with. I often see people who are uncertain if they want medicine and are concerned about the potential risks. I will listen carefully to your concerns, conduct a complete assessment, and then discuss the pro's and con's of your different treatment options so you can make the best decision for yourself or your child. I often recommend combinations of psychotherapy and medications. I have found that carefully prescribed medication frequently enables people to grow more rapidly in psychotherapy.
My intention is to provide compassionate and thoughtful treatment for every child, adolescent and adult I work with. I often see people who are uncertain if they want medicine and are concerned about the potential risks. I will listen carefully to your concerns, conduct a complete assessment, and then discuss the pro's and con's of your different treatment options so you can make the best decision for yourself or your child. I often recommend combinations of psychotherapy and medications. I have found that carefully prescribed medication frequently enables people to grow more rapidly in psychotherapy.
(720) 776-2820 View (720) 776-2820
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Rachel Hatch
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PHMNP
Verified Verified
Littleton, CO 80127
I believe in a holistic approach that promotes wellness and dignity through caring for the mind, body and spirit of the person. I have a passion for keeping up with the most recent pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments for psychiatric disorders. I am ready to work together with you on your mental health journey.
I believe in a holistic approach that promotes wellness and dignity through caring for the mind, body and spirit of the person. I have a passion for keeping up with the most recent pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments for psychiatric disorders. I am ready to work together with you on your mental health journey.
(303) 529-1418 View (303) 529-1418
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Ho'omalie Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boulder, CO 80302  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner specializing in psychiatry, medication management and psychotherapy to optimize mental health. I provide holistic, evidenced-based and culturally sensitive care to children, adolescents, and adults. I truly care about my patients. I strive to help you achieve a better quality of life. I will provide my expert opinion to create an evidenced-based personalized treatment plan that is guided by my knowledge in psychiatric medicine. I provide a safe, serene, and welcoming environment. I have a practicing style that is genuine and compassionate towards all my patients.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner specializing in psychiatry, medication management and psychotherapy to optimize mental health. I provide holistic, evidenced-based and culturally sensitive care to children, adolescents, and adults. I truly care about my patients. I strive to help you achieve a better quality of life. I will provide my expert opinion to create an evidenced-based personalized treatment plan that is guided by my knowledge in psychiatric medicine. I provide a safe, serene, and welcoming environment. I have a practicing style that is genuine and compassionate towards all my patients.
(970) 713-9505 View (970) 713-9505
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Mindfulness Psychiatry, PLLC, Tracy Tyler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lakewood, CO 80226
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) 586-6880 View (303) 586-6880
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Joanna Kluender
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP, AGNP-C
Verified Verified
Edwards, CO 81632  (Online Only)
In-person appointments starting August! Teleheath appointments currently available. As a psychiatric provider living in the Rocky Mountains, I understand the unique challenges our rural lifestyle can have on mental health. I'm here to make psychiatric support accessible, compassionate, and tailored to your needs. From adolescents to adults, I offer diagnostic and medication management for mental health issues.
In-person appointments starting August! Teleheath appointments currently available. As a psychiatric provider living in the Rocky Mountains, I understand the unique challenges our rural lifestyle can have on mental health. I'm here to make psychiatric support accessible, compassionate, and tailored to your needs. From adolescents to adults, I offer diagnostic and medication management for mental health issues.
(970) 972-0976 View (970) 972-0976
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TLCCounseling
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, CS
Verified Verified
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
I know this is a difficult step to see a counselor. But try to forget the stigma. Everyone needs help now and then and it takes courage to reach out and connect. It's wired in you to need others during difficult times, and sometimes it's too much for a friend or a spouse to sort through things with you. I work with you to set practical goals, work toward them, and when you've reached them you can either wrap up your sessions with me, or set new goals. We only do what feels safe and right for you. I want to come along side you to get to the root of your concerns, and I give you tools to practice in between sessions.
I know this is a difficult step to see a counselor. But try to forget the stigma. Everyone needs help now and then and it takes courage to reach out and connect. It's wired in you to need others during difficult times, and sometimes it's too much for a friend or a spouse to sort through things with you. I work with you to set practical goals, work toward them, and when you've reached them you can either wrap up your sessions with me, or set new goals. We only do what feels safe and right for you. I want to come along side you to get to the root of your concerns, and I give you tools to practice in between sessions.
(720) 706-3424 View (720) 706-3424
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Precious Barnes Abbott
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Golden, CO 80401
Are you currently feeling like life is getting the best of you? Like you are in a constant state of overwhelm or like you're just going through the motions most of the time? Are you finding it harder and harder to wind down or on the contrary find motivation to do daily tasks that were once a breeze for you? Is it hard for you to concentrate or find joy in things that you previously found fulfilling? Are you struggling to find balance between school/work or household responsibilities and self care? If so please allow me to help.
Are you currently feeling like life is getting the best of you? Like you are in a constant state of overwhelm or like you're just going through the motions most of the time? Are you finding it harder and harder to wind down or on the contrary find motivation to do daily tasks that were once a breeze for you? Is it hard for you to concentrate or find joy in things that you previously found fulfilling? Are you struggling to find balance between school/work or household responsibilities and self care? If so please allow me to help.
(720) 738-4793 View (720) 738-4793

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Aspen, CO

< 10

Psychiatrists in Aspen, CO who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
88% Bipolar Disorder
75% Trauma and PTSD
75% Medication Management
63% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Aspen, CO see their clients

63% In Person and Online
37% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Aspen?

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.