Psychiatrists in Boulder County, CO

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Photo of Reflective Minds Mental Wellness, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Boulder County, CO
Reflective Minds Mental Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Boulder, CO 80302  (Online Only)
Appointment Request: www.headway.co/providers/clarence-johnson Openings within a week! Now treating ADHD as well! As a compassionate and highly-skilled psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am committed to providing exceptional care to individuals who are struggling with mental health issues. With extensive training and experience in diagnosing and treating a wide range of mental health disorders, I strive to empower my patients to achieve optimal mental wellness and improve their overall quality of life.
Appointment Request: www.headway.co/providers/clarence-johnson Openings within a week! Now treating ADHD as well! As a compassionate and highly-skilled psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am committed to providing exceptional care to individuals who are struggling with mental health issues. With extensive training and experience in diagnosing and treating a wide range of mental health disorders, I strive to empower my patients to achieve optimal mental wellness and improve their overall quality of life.
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Sean Paul
Psychiatrist, MD, ABPN
Verified Verified
Boulder, CO 80302
Compassionate, holistic, and open-minded psychiatrist for all ages. I see children, teens and adults with all types of mental health conditions. I can see patients virtually by computer, phone, or tablet (for patients anywhere in Colorado or Florida). I specialize in ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, and trauma. Typical issues include depression, anxiety, struggles with school, behavioral issues at home or interpersonal relationships. Search google for my practice to see my practice information, reviews, and website: "NowPsych Sean Paul, MD"
Compassionate, holistic, and open-minded psychiatrist for all ages. I see children, teens and adults with all types of mental health conditions. I can see patients virtually by computer, phone, or tablet (for patients anywhere in Colorado or Florida). I specialize in ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, and trauma. Typical issues include depression, anxiety, struggles with school, behavioral issues at home or interpersonal relationships. Search google for my practice to see my practice information, reviews, and website: "NowPsych Sean Paul, MD"
(720) 927-9868 View (720) 927-9868
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Vistas Pediatric and Family Mental Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Erie, CO 80516
It can be difficult to reach out for help, I'm glad you are here! If you ask any of my past or current patients about their treatment experiences with me, you'd hear that; I am a down-to-earth provider who is easy to talk to, who actually takes the time to listen and understand your struggles and lived experiences, explains things in a way that is understandable, and thorough in sharing treatment options. I like to have fun, and most importantly establish a sincere connection. I believe trust and connection are most valuable in this therapeutic relationship. I look forward to working together on your journey of mental wellness.
It can be difficult to reach out for help, I'm glad you are here! If you ask any of my past or current patients about their treatment experiences with me, you'd hear that; I am a down-to-earth provider who is easy to talk to, who actually takes the time to listen and understand your struggles and lived experiences, explains things in a way that is understandable, and thorough in sharing treatment options. I like to have fun, and most importantly establish a sincere connection. I believe trust and connection are most valuable in this therapeutic relationship. I look forward to working together on your journey of mental wellness.
(970) 620-9523 View (970) 620-9523
Photo of Michelle Sanay, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Boulder County, CO
Michelle Sanay
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN, RXN, RN, MD
Verified Verified
Boulder, CO 80302
Do you feel you're having hard time dealing with your daily life? Any decline in your level of functioning? PEC (Psychiatric Empowerment Center) applies to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition by American Psychiatric Association to evaluate if your signs and symptoms fit the criteria for psychiatric disorders. Treatments are client-centered and follows the FDA guidelines and the most current and reliable scientific research. Treatment plan is co-designed by PEC and you; addressing your short and long term goals, prioritizing your most urgent concerns to improve your overall health and functioning.
Do you feel you're having hard time dealing with your daily life? Any decline in your level of functioning? PEC (Psychiatric Empowerment Center) applies to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition by American Psychiatric Association to evaluate if your signs and symptoms fit the criteria for psychiatric disorders. Treatments are client-centered and follows the FDA guidelines and the most current and reliable scientific research. Treatment plan is co-designed by PEC and you; addressing your short and long term goals, prioritizing your most urgent concerns to improve your overall health and functioning.
(720) 897-1183 View (720) 897-1183
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Jessica Tsourmas
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Longmont, CO 80503
Dr. Jessica Tsourmas is a Psychiatrist in Colorado who has been practicing since 2006. She studied at Vanderbilt University and George Washington Medical. Dr. Tsourmas would describe her medical and psychiatric approach as holistic and patient centered. The joy in and passion in what she does comes from each patient striving for and achieving their own personal goals. There is something so meaningful in this work when a patient gets better and creates the life they want to live. Outside of work, Dr. Tsourmas enjoys spending time with family and friends, yoga, cooking, reading, being a lifelong student, and DIYing.
Dr. Jessica Tsourmas is a Psychiatrist in Colorado who has been practicing since 2006. She studied at Vanderbilt University and George Washington Medical. Dr. Tsourmas would describe her medical and psychiatric approach as holistic and patient centered. The joy in and passion in what she does comes from each patient striving for and achieving their own personal goals. There is something so meaningful in this work when a patient gets better and creates the life they want to live. Outside of work, Dr. Tsourmas enjoys spending time with family and friends, yoga, cooking, reading, being a lifelong student, and DIYing.
(970) 251-1817 View (970) 251-1817
Photo of Allison Poole, Physician Assistant in Boulder County, CO
Allison Poole
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Erie, CO 80516
Allison is a Board-Certified Physician Assistant, who also holds a Master of Science in Education with a specialization in Special Education and Human Development and Family Studies. She works with both children and adults with various mental health conditions. Specifically, she enjoys working with teens and young adults battling depression and anxiety and children with developmental disabilities and behavioral challenges. Her specialties include ADHD, anxiety, autism and other specific learning disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, depression, and mood disorders.
Allison is a Board-Certified Physician Assistant, who also holds a Master of Science in Education with a specialization in Special Education and Human Development and Family Studies. She works with both children and adults with various mental health conditions. Specifically, she enjoys working with teens and young adults battling depression and anxiety and children with developmental disabilities and behavioral challenges. Her specialties include ADHD, anxiety, autism and other specific learning disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, depression, and mood disorders.
(970) 438-2399 View (970) 438-2399
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Quinn Yen
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boulder, CO 80302
I am Dr. Quinn Yen, a board-certified psychiatrist located in Boulder, CO. I specialize in depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, insomnia, and bipolar disorder. I work with teens (16+) and adults throughout Colorado. Both in-person and online appointments are available. Rate for the initial 1-hour appointment is $240, and follow-up appointments are $95 to $170 for 15 to 30 minutes, respectively. Insurance is not accepted, and by law I am unable to accept patients with Medicaid.
I am Dr. Quinn Yen, a board-certified psychiatrist located in Boulder, CO. I specialize in depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, insomnia, and bipolar disorder. I work with teens (16+) and adults throughout Colorado. Both in-person and online appointments are available. Rate for the initial 1-hour appointment is $240, and follow-up appointments are $95 to $170 for 15 to 30 minutes, respectively. Insurance is not accepted, and by law I am unable to accept patients with Medicaid.
(720) 386-3046 View (720) 386-3046
Photo of Shamim Namakula--Larson Mental Health, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Boulder County, CO
Shamim Namakula--Larson Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boulder, CO 80303
Accepting New Patients, Book Online: www.larsonmentalhealth.com/scheduling-information. I treat patients ages 8 and up experiencing mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, disordered eating, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, trauma, life transitions, grief, stressor-related disorders and so many more. I will listen to you and we will work together to find an individualized treatment plan to meet your specific needs. I apply an integrative approach that could include medication management, psychoeducation, nutrition, and complementary therapies.
Accepting New Patients, Book Online: www.larsonmentalhealth.com/scheduling-information. I treat patients ages 8 and up experiencing mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, disordered eating, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, trauma, life transitions, grief, stressor-related disorders and so many more. I will listen to you and we will work together to find an individualized treatment plan to meet your specific needs. I apply an integrative approach that could include medication management, psychoeducation, nutrition, and complementary therapies.
(720) 807-1474 View (720) 807-1474
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Monique Rees- Amavi Integrative Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, LPC
Verified Verified
Niwot, CO 80503
I take a comprehensive approach to treating mental health conditions and tailor treatment to meet the needs of my patients. My training is unique in that I have a masters degree as a psychotherapist in addition to being a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. This, along with additional training in integrative psychiatry, allows me to treat my patients holistically, addressing symptoms as well as root causes for mental health conditions. I work with my patients to develop treatment plans that may include lifestyle changes, counseling, medication, and non pharmacological supplementation.
I take a comprehensive approach to treating mental health conditions and tailor treatment to meet the needs of my patients. My training is unique in that I have a masters degree as a psychotherapist in addition to being a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. This, along with additional training in integrative psychiatry, allows me to treat my patients holistically, addressing symptoms as well as root causes for mental health conditions. I work with my patients to develop treatment plans that may include lifestyle changes, counseling, medication, and non pharmacological supplementation.
(720) 741-6958 View (720) 741-6958
Photo of Emma Brown, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Boulder County, CO
Emma Brown
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boulder, CO 80302
My lifelong passion has been to understand and support the complex mental, emotional, and behavioral journeys of adults, children, and adolescents. Every individual I have had the privilege to work with has taught me something new. My dedication to the younger demographic led me first to Yale to learn advanced psychiatric care and then to SUNY for a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Here, I delved deep into the nuanced challenges faced by young minds and how to best address and support their unique needs. My time at SUNY gave me invaluable experiences and insights into the delicate balance of young psyches.
My lifelong passion has been to understand and support the complex mental, emotional, and behavioral journeys of adults, children, and adolescents. Every individual I have had the privilege to work with has taught me something new. My dedication to the younger demographic led me first to Yale to learn advanced psychiatric care and then to SUNY for a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Here, I delved deep into the nuanced challenges faced by young minds and how to best address and support their unique needs. My time at SUNY gave me invaluable experiences and insights into the delicate balance of young psyches.
(303) 481-2366 View (303) 481-2366
Photo of Precious (Barnes) Abbott, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Boulder County, CO
Precious (Barnes) Abbott
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN , PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
Boulder, CO 80301
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) 310-1670 View (720) 310-1670
Photo of Josh Raufman, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Boulder County, CO
Josh Raufman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, AGNP
Verified Verified
Boulder, CO 80304  (Online Only)
Combining my background in neuroscience and my dedication to holistic mental health care, I provide a distinctive approach to psychiatric treatment. With over ten years of experience as a former teacher and a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am committed to guiding individuals through their mental health journey. My training at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in NYC has equipped me with a diverse skill set, enabling me to offer effective support across various settings, including outpatient, corrections, and addictions contexts.
Combining my background in neuroscience and my dedication to holistic mental health care, I provide a distinctive approach to psychiatric treatment. With over ten years of experience as a former teacher and a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am committed to guiding individuals through their mental health journey. My training at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in NYC has equipped me with a diverse skill set, enabling me to offer effective support across various settings, including outpatient, corrections, and addictions contexts.
(720) 897-3578 View (720) 897-3578
Photo of Joseph Yeretsian, Psychiatrist in Boulder County, CO
Joseph Yeretsian
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Boulder, CO 80303
I work closely with individuals struggling with anxiety in their daily lives. If anxiety is making your relationships problematic, or your work difficult to perform, it may be time to get help. In my approach, psychotherapy will generally be the first step taken in exploring your specific needs, and a discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of medication use can be pursued if you are interested in the option. For more detailed information about the services I offer, please visit my practice website. Appointments requests can be made online quickly and securely at: optimindhealth.com
I work closely with individuals struggling with anxiety in their daily lives. If anxiety is making your relationships problematic, or your work difficult to perform, it may be time to get help. In my approach, psychotherapy will generally be the first step taken in exploring your specific needs, and a discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of medication use can be pursued if you are interested in the option. For more detailed information about the services I offer, please visit my practice website. Appointments requests can be made online quickly and securely at: optimindhealth.com
(720) 466-7991 View (720) 466-7991
Photo of Molly Kate Brown, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Boulder County, CO
Molly Kate Brown
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boulder, CO 80301
Suniasol Integrative Mental Health & Ketamine Clinic (Suniasol.com) offers safe & supportive ketamine treatment as well as medication management for Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, OCD, and PTSD. We empower you with tools essential for navigating mental/emotional & life challenges for more spaciousness, insight, ease, peace, joy, and connection. Ketamine Treatment is available for those meeting criteria. Our approach is integrative, holistic, compassionate, somatically-oriented, and trauma-informed. Mental Wellness is multifactoral so our approach is holistic and deeply heartfelt.
Suniasol Integrative Mental Health & Ketamine Clinic (Suniasol.com) offers safe & supportive ketamine treatment as well as medication management for Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, OCD, and PTSD. We empower you with tools essential for navigating mental/emotional & life challenges for more spaciousness, insight, ease, peace, joy, and connection. Ketamine Treatment is available for those meeting criteria. Our approach is integrative, holistic, compassionate, somatically-oriented, and trauma-informed. Mental Wellness is multifactoral so our approach is holistic and deeply heartfelt.
(720) 809-7630 View (720) 809-7630
Photo of Sina Saidi, Psychiatrist in Boulder County, CO
Sina Saidi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Boulder, CO 80303
My goal is to provide the expert psychiatric care that will allow you to perform at your personal and professional best. I am a graduate of Harvard Medical School and the Johns Hopkins psychiatry residency program, and board-certified in psychiatry. I have over twenty years combined experience in psychiatry and primary care medicine, and work with adults and adolescents 16 and older. I treat depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, and psychiatric issues related to neurological and medical conditions.
My goal is to provide the expert psychiatric care that will allow you to perform at your personal and professional best. I am a graduate of Harvard Medical School and the Johns Hopkins psychiatry residency program, and board-certified in psychiatry. I have over twenty years combined experience in psychiatry and primary care medicine, and work with adults and adolescents 16 and older. I treat depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, and psychiatric issues related to neurological and medical conditions.
(720) 463-2342 View (720) 463-2342
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Harrison Levine
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boulder, CO 80302
I provide treatment to children, teen and adult patients throughout Colorado with most psychiatric conditions, including a wide range of neurological and/or developmental challenges (ADHD, Anxiety, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Mood Disorders) and major medical issues. It is imperative I take the time to study and research patients' cases to find answers. It is my ultimate goal to limit and minimize my patients’ need for further therapy as much as possible. Additionally, I make every effort to maximize the relief of symptoms with the most conservative use of medication possible.
I provide treatment to children, teen and adult patients throughout Colorado with most psychiatric conditions, including a wide range of neurological and/or developmental challenges (ADHD, Anxiety, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Mood Disorders) and major medical issues. It is imperative I take the time to study and research patients' cases to find answers. It is my ultimate goal to limit and minimize my patients’ need for further therapy as much as possible. Additionally, I make every effort to maximize the relief of symptoms with the most conservative use of medication possible.
(720) 487-1044 View (720) 487-1044
Photo of Henry Fagnant, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Boulder County, CO
Henry Fagnant
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Erie, CO 80516
Appointments available! Henry is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who obtained his undergraduate and advanced nursing degree from Regis University in Denver, CO. He has over ten years of healthcare experience serving pediatric, adult and geriatric populations. Henry’s background includes an engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines, ecclesiastical work in service to the poor and underserved, and nursing services that include pediatric homecare, hospital inpatient and hospice care.
Appointments available! Henry is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who obtained his undergraduate and advanced nursing degree from Regis University in Denver, CO. He has over ten years of healthcare experience serving pediatric, adult and geriatric populations. Henry’s background includes an engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines, ecclesiastical work in service to the poor and underserved, and nursing services that include pediatric homecare, hospital inpatient and hospice care.
(720) 734-8297 View (720) 734-8297
Photo of Ugochi Nwaobi, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Boulder County, CO
Ugochi Nwaobi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boulder, CO 80302  (Online Only)
Driven by a profound passion for aiding individuals on their quest for optimal mental well-being, I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner dedicated to delivering personalized and high-quality mental health care to clients aged 18-99 years. My approach encompasses conducting thorough psychiatric evaluations and collaboratively crafting tailored evidence based treatment plans that account for all relevant factors impacting mental health. With over 12 years of extensive experience across diverse healthcare settings, including community mental health clinics and private practice.
Driven by a profound passion for aiding individuals on their quest for optimal mental well-being, I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner dedicated to delivering personalized and high-quality mental health care to clients aged 18-99 years. My approach encompasses conducting thorough psychiatric evaluations and collaboratively crafting tailored evidence based treatment plans that account for all relevant factors impacting mental health. With over 12 years of extensive experience across diverse healthcare settings, including community mental health clinics and private practice.
(720) 386-8353 View (720) 386-8353
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Inner Joy Psychiatry | Zachary Wight PMHNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Louisville, CO 80027
Accepting New Patients! I specialize in integrative psychiatry for individuals ages 16+ combining evidence-based medication management with holistic and non-traditional "whole-body" approaches for full-spectrum treatment of mental illnesses and substance abuse. I am accepting of all people and I provide non-judgmental care. Viewing the mind, body, emotions, and soul as beautifully interconnected, I will strive to gain a deep understanding of your unique history, the current struggles that are hindering mental wellness, and adaptation skills that can be enhanced to inspire a lasting sense of inner joy.
Accepting New Patients! I specialize in integrative psychiatry for individuals ages 16+ combining evidence-based medication management with holistic and non-traditional "whole-body" approaches for full-spectrum treatment of mental illnesses and substance abuse. I am accepting of all people and I provide non-judgmental care. Viewing the mind, body, emotions, and soul as beautifully interconnected, I will strive to gain a deep understanding of your unique history, the current struggles that are hindering mental wellness, and adaptation skills that can be enhanced to inspire a lasting sense of inner joy.
(303) 900-4790 View (303) 900-4790
Photo of Larson Mental Health-Charles Berndt, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Boulder County, CO
Larson Mental Health-Charles Berndt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boulder, CO 80303
I see clients ages 8+, diagnosing and treating a wide range of concerns including but not limited to depression, anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, grief, disordered eating, and schizophrenia. (Click here to schedule with me online: nextpatient.co/p/larsonboulder/schedule.) I have been working in the mental health field for over 7 years. I started my career in mental health as a Psychiatric Nurse’s Assistant in a psychiatric hospital. While there, I quickly discovered my passion for mental health and became first an RN and then a PMHNP. My goal is to support clients as they navigate their chosen path towards mental well-being.
I see clients ages 8+, diagnosing and treating a wide range of concerns including but not limited to depression, anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, grief, disordered eating, and schizophrenia. (Click here to schedule with me online: nextpatient.co/p/larsonboulder/schedule.) I have been working in the mental health field for over 7 years. I started my career in mental health as a Psychiatric Nurse’s Assistant in a psychiatric hospital. While there, I quickly discovered my passion for mental health and became first an RN and then a PMHNP. My goal is to support clients as they navigate their chosen path towards mental well-being.
(720) 868-9345 View (720) 868-9345

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Boulder County, CO

200+

Average cost per session

$180

Psychiatrists in Boulder County, CO who prioritize treating:

96% Depression
96% Anxiety
85% ADHD
85% Medication Management
80% Bipolar Disorder
78% Trauma and PTSD
70% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

95% Aetna
93% Cigna and Evernorth
91% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Boulder County, CO see their clients

66% In Person and Online
34% Online Only

Gender breakdown

69% Female
31% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Boulder 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.