Psychiatrists in Aurora, CO

Photo of Joseph Deak, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Joseph Deak
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
22 Endorsed
Aurora, CO 80014  (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.
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Lynne Fenton
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Aurora, CO 80045  (Online Only)
Hi! I've been on the faculty at the University of Colorado for 15 years and I am taking new patients in my private telepsychiatry practice for medication management. Please see my website for more information: www.lynnefenton.com
Hi! I've been on the faculty at the University of Colorado for 15 years and I am taking new patients in my private telepsychiatry practice for medication management. Please see my website for more information: www.lynnefenton.com
(720) 730-4137 View (720) 730-4137
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Mary Beth Hutchinson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Aurora, CO 80013
Are you depressed or anxious? I can help with your medication management. My name is Mary "Beth" Hutchinson. I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, treating patients ages 4 and up. I am also certified as a family nurse practitioner, which provides a broad base to individualize age appropriate treatment. We can meet and have our sessions through video on our telemedicine platform, so you can be at the comfort of your home while we meet. We will evaluate your specific concerns, work with you to develop a practical plan, and I'll support you through the process of improving your life.
Are you depressed or anxious? I can help with your medication management. My name is Mary "Beth" Hutchinson. I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, treating patients ages 4 and up. I am also certified as a family nurse practitioner, which provides a broad base to individualize age appropriate treatment. We can meet and have our sessions through video on our telemedicine platform, so you can be at the comfort of your home while we meet. We will evaluate your specific concerns, work with you to develop a practical plan, and I'll support you through the process of improving your life.
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Lori Neiswanger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Aurora, CO 80012
You can expect to enter a safe and secure place with an active listener when you meet with Lori. You’ll experience empathy and support as you partner with her to address your life difficulties. Lori provides her patients with comprehensive sessions. She will obtain detailed history to better understand each client holistically and then tailor appropriate approaches to care and medications if necessary. She uses active listening and solution-focused techniques, and is certified in trauma-focused CBT.
You can expect to enter a safe and secure place with an active listener when you meet with Lori. You’ll experience empathy and support as you partner with her to address your life difficulties. Lori provides her patients with comprehensive sessions. She will obtain detailed history to better understand each client holistically and then tailor appropriate approaches to care and medications if necessary. She uses active listening and solution-focused techniques, and is certified in trauma-focused CBT.
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Brence Brooks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Aurora, CO 80013  (Online Only)
Brence Brooks is a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, board-certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2020. He received his bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Louisville and his master’s degree in Nursing from Walden University. Specialty areas include medication management for major depressive disorder, bipolar I and II disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, childhood behavioral disorders, psychotic disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Brence Brooks is a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, board-certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2020. He received his bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Louisville and his master’s degree in Nursing from Walden University. Specialty areas include medication management for major depressive disorder, bipolar I and II disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, childhood behavioral disorders, psychotic disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
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Bryce Thacker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Aurora, CO 80012  (Online Only)
Availability now for online med management appointments. Antidepressants are not the only thing you can try to get relief from depression and anxiety. I was previously a family nurse practitioner and combined my knowledge of physical health with mental health to provide a well-rounded therapeutic approach. The latest research in treatments like TMS and ketamine, many of which are covered by insurance, can give you better results. I combine a holistic approach to mental health, leveraging the latest tools and focusing on both physical and mental health to help you not just survive but thrive. Call today!
Availability now for online med management appointments. Antidepressants are not the only thing you can try to get relief from depression and anxiety. I was previously a family nurse practitioner and combined my knowledge of physical health with mental health to provide a well-rounded therapeutic approach. The latest research in treatments like TMS and ketamine, many of which are covered by insurance, can give you better results. I combine a holistic approach to mental health, leveraging the latest tools and focusing on both physical and mental health to help you not just survive but thrive. Call today!
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Ross Van Allen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, CNP
Verified Verified
Aurora, CO 80012
New patients accepted! Mental health is more than meds and I am dedicated to co-creating plan with you that goes beyond just medications to get you long-term, sustainable results. I am a board-certified DNP/PMHNP and dedicated holistic provider. Through a combo of cutting-edge tools like ketamine and TMS, lifestyle changes, therapy and more, I've helped patients recover from life-long depression, anxiety, and other common mental health conditions. Best of all, when you come to see me, you get all that Axis Integrated Mental Health offers under 1 roof, which makes it easier to get the care you need, and your costs under control.
New patients accepted! Mental health is more than meds and I am dedicated to co-creating plan with you that goes beyond just medications to get you long-term, sustainable results. I am a board-certified DNP/PMHNP and dedicated holistic provider. Through a combo of cutting-edge tools like ketamine and TMS, lifestyle changes, therapy and more, I've helped patients recover from life-long depression, anxiety, and other common mental health conditions. Best of all, when you come to see me, you get all that Axis Integrated Mental Health offers under 1 roof, which makes it easier to get the care you need, and your costs under control.
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Photo of Joe Crowley, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
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.
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Robyn Goldsmith (Accepting New Patients)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
48 Endorsed
Aurora, CO 80014
Welcome to our practice where we specialize in delivering empathetic psychiatric care and tailored medication management services. If you're on a journey to prioritize your mental well-being, you've found a supportive and understanding team here. Are you noticing disruptions in your sleep, appetite, or motivation levels? Do you find yourself battling with persistent feelings of sadness, worry, or unease? Perhaps you're experiencing difficulty concentrating, irritability, or changes in your behavior? By addressing these symptoms together, we can create a personalized treatment plan to empower you towards a healthier and happier life.
Welcome to our practice where we specialize in delivering empathetic psychiatric care and tailored medication management services. If you're on a journey to prioritize your mental well-being, you've found a supportive and understanding team here. Are you noticing disruptions in your sleep, appetite, or motivation levels? Do you find yourself battling with persistent feelings of sadness, worry, or unease? Perhaps you're experiencing difficulty concentrating, irritability, or changes in your behavior? By addressing these symptoms together, we can create a personalized treatment plan to empower you towards a healthier and happier life.
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David Asante
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Aurora, CO 80013
My name is David Asante and I’m a dedicated and compassionate board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). My expertise covers a wide range of psychiatric conditions across the lifespan, including Depression, Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders, PTSD, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, other Mood Disorders, Eating and Personality Disorders, ADHD and many more.
My name is David Asante and I’m a dedicated and compassionate board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). My expertise covers a wide range of psychiatric conditions across the lifespan, including Depression, Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders, PTSD, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, other Mood Disorders, Eating and Personality Disorders, ADHD and many more.
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Photo of Faiza Haque, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Faiza Haque
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Aurora, CO 80014
Ms. Haque is committed to making each patient's experience at the practice as comfortable and practical as possible. She believes that an amalgamation of sound medical judgment, technology, and an optimistic attitude are needed to guarantee quick recovery and thorough care.
Ms. Haque is committed to making each patient's experience at the practice as comfortable and practical as possible. She believes that an amalgamation of sound medical judgment, technology, and an optimistic attitude are needed to guarantee quick recovery and thorough care.
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Photo of Christopher Perez - Axis Integrated Mental Health, APRN, CRNA, Psychiatric Nurse
Axis Integrated Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse, APRN, CRNA
Verified Verified
Aurora, CO 80012
Get seen ASAP! Accepting new patients and nearly every insurance! The ONLY clinic in Colorado who does TMS for Medicaid patients thanks to our personal endowment. Whether you need medications, therapy, or cutting-edge treatment for Major Depressive Disorder or anxiety, we are your single-stop shop for help. With board-certified psychiatric providers, licensed psychotherapists, and treatments like Spravato, TMS, and Ketamine all under one roof, we can minimize out-of-pocket costs while maximizing healing.
Get seen ASAP! Accepting new patients and nearly every insurance! The ONLY clinic in Colorado who does TMS for Medicaid patients thanks to our personal endowment. Whether you need medications, therapy, or cutting-edge treatment for Major Depressive Disorder or anxiety, we are your single-stop shop for help. With board-certified psychiatric providers, licensed psychotherapists, and treatments like Spravato, TMS, and Ketamine all under one roof, we can minimize out-of-pocket costs while maximizing healing.
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Photo of Allison Cherrier - Hillstone Psych and TMS, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Hillstone Psych and TMS
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Aurora, CO 80014
Hillstone Psych and TMS strives to offer a welcoming approach to those in need of psychiatric care. We are currently accepting new Medicaid, Aetna, Cigna, United, UMR, and Anthem BCBS clients. We offer both telehealth and in person appointments. We are able to diagnose and treat a variety of mental health issues, offer psychiatric medication management, addiction medication management and TMS treatment. We specialize in addiction management, ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and many others. Presently, we are able to see clients as young as 10 years of age.
Hillstone Psych and TMS strives to offer a welcoming approach to those in need of psychiatric care. We are currently accepting new Medicaid, Aetna, Cigna, United, UMR, and Anthem BCBS clients. We offer both telehealth and in person appointments. We are able to diagnose and treat a variety of mental health issues, offer psychiatric medication management, addiction medication management and TMS treatment. We specialize in addiction management, ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and many others. Presently, we are able to see clients as young as 10 years of age.
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Photo of Amanda Wisian, PMHNP, LPC, NCC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Amanda Wisian
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Aurora, CO 80013
Hiya! My name is Amanda and I love working in the mental health field. After many years of travelling and living across the United States, I am happy call Colorado home and have lived here for over a decade so far. Having had the opportunity to live among many other cultures and those with different lifestyles and values has provided me with a broad humanistic perspective, burgeoning empathy, and a wealth of experience that have positively impacted my work with those in need.
Hiya! My name is Amanda and I love working in the mental health field. After many years of travelling and living across the United States, I am happy call Colorado home and have lived here for over a decade so far. Having had the opportunity to live among many other cultures and those with different lifestyles and values has provided me with a broad humanistic perspective, burgeoning empathy, and a wealth of experience that have positively impacted my work with those in need.
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Photo of Alexandra Himel, DNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Alexandra Himel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
Aurora, CO 80014
The decision to seek mental health and psychiatric care for you or your child is a brave step forward. It takes courage to ask for help and a commitment to make long-lasting positive change. I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with a Doctorate from Boston College (DNP) and a masters in counseling from Boston University (LMHC). I specialize in the assessment and treatment of children with autism, ADHD, and anxiety as well as, adults & teens with anxiety, depression, self esteem issues, major life changes, work/school stress, building confidence, & family conflict.
The decision to seek mental health and psychiatric care for you or your child is a brave step forward. It takes courage to ask for help and a commitment to make long-lasting positive change. I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with a Doctorate from Boston College (DNP) and a masters in counseling from Boston University (LMHC). I specialize in the assessment and treatment of children with autism, ADHD, and anxiety as well as, adults & teens with anxiety, depression, self esteem issues, major life changes, work/school stress, building confidence, & family conflict.
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Photo of Grace Ann Pittari, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse
Grace Ann Pittari
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified Verified
21 Endorsed
Aurora, CO 80016  (Online Only)
Hi there! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of overall nursing experience with an emphasis on mental health. I see adult clients between the ages of 18-64 for a variety of psychiatric illnesses including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. In my free time, I prioritize my own mental health through exercise, spending quality time with loved ones, and getting out into nature.
Hi there! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of overall nursing experience with an emphasis on mental health. I see adult clients between the ages of 18-64 for a variety of psychiatric illnesses including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. In my free time, I prioritize my own mental health through exercise, spending quality time with loved ones, and getting out into nature.
(720) 796-9529 View (720) 796-9529
Photo of Virginia Hogan, PMHNP-B, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Virginia Hogan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Aurora, CO 80012
Virginia Hogan is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Colorado who has been practicing since 2007. She has a Master’s of Science in Nursing in Family Practice and Post-graduate degree Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Prioritizing the needs and cultivating a trusting and open working relationship with the clients that Virginia serves highlight the focus of her care. Virginia appreciates that each client brings with them their own unique set of life experiences, including strengths and values for improving their lives.
Virginia Hogan is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Colorado who has been practicing since 2007. She has a Master’s of Science in Nursing in Family Practice and Post-graduate degree Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Prioritizing the needs and cultivating a trusting and open working relationship with the clients that Virginia serves highlight the focus of her care. Virginia appreciates that each client brings with them their own unique set of life experiences, including strengths and values for improving their lives.
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Photo of Deanna Nicholson, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Deanna Nicholson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Aurora, CO 80016
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) 669-7372 View (720) 669-7372
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Solutions Healthcare, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMNHP, BC
Verified Verified
Aurora, CO 80014
My name is Risi Sanusi & I am a mental health provider with over 20 years of nursing & mental health experience. I cater to individuals aged 18 years and above facing various mental health challenges. My expertise lies in addressing a spectrum of mental health conditions, including anxiety disorders, depression disorders, bipolar disorders, PTSD, Schizophrenia, personality disorders, dementia, substance use disorders, addictive disorders, and more. Together, let's work towards a healthier and more resilient mental state.
My name is Risi Sanusi & I am a mental health provider with over 20 years of nursing & mental health experience. I cater to individuals aged 18 years and above facing various mental health challenges. My expertise lies in addressing a spectrum of mental health conditions, including anxiety disorders, depression disorders, bipolar disorders, PTSD, Schizophrenia, personality disorders, dementia, substance use disorders, addictive disorders, and more. Together, let's work towards a healthier and more resilient mental state.
(720) 715-7002 View (720) 715-7002
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Colton Braucher
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Aurora, CO 80012
Colton Braucher is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 2 years' experience specializing in depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar, and ADHD. Colton treats patients aged 7 and up, specializing in care of patients across the lifespan. Colton believes that treatment is a multifactorial approach, but care is individualized for each patient. In his clinical work, Colton has extensive experience treating psychosis related disorders by leading a First Episode Psychosis program over the past 2 years.
Colton Braucher is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 2 years' experience specializing in depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar, and ADHD. Colton treats patients aged 7 and up, specializing in care of patients across the lifespan. Colton believes that treatment is a multifactorial approach, but care is individualized for each patient. In his clinical work, Colton has extensive experience treating psychosis related disorders by leading a First Episode Psychosis program over the past 2 years.
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Aurora, CO

100+

Average cost per session

$225

Psychiatrists in Aurora, CO who prioritize treating:

98% Anxiety
97% Depression
85% ADHD
82% Medication Management
79% Trauma and PTSD
78% Bipolar Disorder
68% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Aurora, CO see their clients

73% In Person and Online
27% Online Only

Gender breakdown

72% Female
28% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Aurora?

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.