Psychiatrists in Broomfield, CO

Photo of Roderick Shields O'Brien, MD, FASAM, Psychiatrist
Roderick Shields O'Brien
Psychiatrist, MD, FASAM
Verified Verified
Broomfield, CO 80020
Dr. Roderick O’Brien provides inpatient psychopharmacology at Centennial Peaks Hospital. He also provides inpatient and outpatient Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) at Centennial Peaks. Dr. O’Brien sees outpatients at A Stepping Stone in Greenwood Village, Colorado for general adult psychiatry. He also provides Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) in affiliation with TMS Solutions. Interventional Psychiatric services, including Ketamine Infusions, Spravato treatments, and TMS are provided at Axis Integrated Mental Health in Aurora, Colorado. Dr. O’Brien also provides ECT services at Longs Peak Hospital in Longmont, Colorado.
Dr. Roderick O’Brien provides inpatient psychopharmacology at Centennial Peaks Hospital. He also provides inpatient and outpatient Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) at Centennial Peaks. Dr. O’Brien sees outpatients at A Stepping Stone in Greenwood Village, Colorado for general adult psychiatry. He also provides Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) in affiliation with TMS Solutions. Interventional Psychiatric services, including Ketamine Infusions, Spravato treatments, and TMS are provided at Axis Integrated Mental Health in Aurora, Colorado. Dr. O’Brien also provides ECT services at Longs Peak Hospital in Longmont, Colorado.
(720) 770-4080 View (720) 770-4080
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Andrew Nagy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Broomfield, CO 80020
*Accepting New Patients!* I'm board certified, specializing in medication management, treating ADHD, depression, anxiety, addiction and many other ailments. Accepting new patients and variety of insurances. I can easily E-prescribe your medication and use the latest technology for easy virtual sessions, without you having to leave your home. Schedule your in-office or video appointment by clicking ‘My Website’ link or call.
*Accepting New Patients!* I'm board certified, specializing in medication management, treating ADHD, depression, anxiety, addiction and many other ailments. Accepting new patients and variety of insurances. I can easily E-prescribe your medication and use the latest technology for easy virtual sessions, without you having to leave your home. Schedule your in-office or video appointment by clicking ‘My Website’ link or call.
(844) 959-0752 View (844) 959-0752
Photo of James Anderson, MSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
James Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Broomfield, CO 80020
Accepting New Patients! Looking forward to meet you. I'm board certified, specializing in medication management, treating depression, anxiety, addiction, PTSD and many other ailments. Accepting new patients and variety of insurances. I can easily E-prescribe your medication and use the latest technology for easy virtual sessions, without you having to leave your home. Schedule your in-office or video appointment by clicking ‘My Website’ link or call.
Accepting New Patients! Looking forward to meet you. I'm board certified, specializing in medication management, treating depression, anxiety, addiction, PTSD and many other ailments. Accepting new patients and variety of insurances. I can easily E-prescribe your medication and use the latest technology for easy virtual sessions, without you having to leave your home. Schedule your in-office or video appointment by clicking ‘My Website’ link or call.
(720) 445-8831 View (720) 445-8831
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TLCCounseling
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, CS
Verified Verified
Broomfield, CO 80020
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
Photo of Kiley Gilbert, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kiley Gilbert
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Broomfield, CO 80020  (Online Only)
Together, we'll navigate the twists and turns of life, offering insightful medication management strategies to work toward healing and growth. As a board-certified nurse practitioner who has worked in a variety of treatment settings, I am dedicated to providing personalized treatment strategies that integrate medication management to promote improved well-being. With an understanding of psychiatric conditions and pharmacology, I specialize in prescribing medication to address a wide range of mental health concerns. My approach is grounded in evidence-based practices and guided by a commitment to individualized care.
Together, we'll navigate the twists and turns of life, offering insightful medication management strategies to work toward healing and growth. As a board-certified nurse practitioner who has worked in a variety of treatment settings, I am dedicated to providing personalized treatment strategies that integrate medication management to promote improved well-being. With an understanding of psychiatric conditions and pharmacology, I specialize in prescribing medication to address a wide range of mental health concerns. My approach is grounded in evidence-based practices and guided by a commitment to individualized care.
(720) 915-2325 View (720) 915-2325
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Angela Graham
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Broomfield, CO 80023  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and the founder of authentic mental health, PLLC.  I am a compassionate, down-to-earth provider, who is dedicated to helping individuals manage their mental and emotional well-being while creating healthy, fulfilling lives. I specialize in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating a wide range of mental health conditions within a safe and supportive environment where clients feel comfortable sharing their concerns and working towards their mental health goals. I believe in fostering a strong therapeutic alliance and involving clients in their own treatment plans.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and the founder of authentic mental health, PLLC.  I am a compassionate, down-to-earth provider, who is dedicated to helping individuals manage their mental and emotional well-being while creating healthy, fulfilling lives. I specialize in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating a wide range of mental health conditions within a safe and supportive environment where clients feel comfortable sharing their concerns and working towards their mental health goals. I believe in fostering a strong therapeutic alliance and involving clients in their own treatment plans.
(303) 625-6850 View (303) 625-6850
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Julie Bremer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Broomfield, CO 80020
Welcome! Meet Julie Bremer, a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience in acute care, labor and delivery, newborn care, and case management. Passionate about perinatal mental health, Julie is certified through PSI and has volunteered as a peer support. She believes in treating the whole person with a welcoming, caring, and non-judgmental approach.
Welcome! Meet Julie Bremer, a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience in acute care, labor and delivery, newborn care, and case management. Passionate about perinatal mental health, Julie is certified through PSI and has volunteered as a peer support. She believes in treating the whole person with a welcoming, caring, and non-judgmental approach.
(720) 707-3124 View (720) 707-3124
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Kevin Jones
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Broomfield, CO 80021
Kevin Jones is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist in Arizona who has been practicing since 2006. Kevin treats ADHD, Schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders, Bipolar and related disorders, Depressive disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive and related disorders, Trauma and stressor-related disorders, Insomnia Disorder, Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders, and offers Supportive & Motivational psychotherapy. In his spare time, Kevin enjoys theatre, golf, tennis, piano, reading, and ballroom dancing.
Kevin Jones is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist in Arizona who has been practicing since 2006. Kevin treats ADHD, Schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders, Bipolar and related disorders, Depressive disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive and related disorders, Trauma and stressor-related disorders, Insomnia Disorder, Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders, and offers Supportive & Motivational psychotherapy. In his spare time, Kevin enjoys theatre, golf, tennis, piano, reading, and ballroom dancing.
(720) 619-6072 View (720) 619-6072
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Linda Hilliker
Psychiatric Nurse, MS, CNS, RXN
Verified Verified
Broomfield, CO 80020
My favorite thing about Psychiatric practice is contributing to your success by working with you to create and sustain your best life. I prescribe, and medications often can be very helpful in supporting health and healing, however they are only part of an optimized treatment plan. I also give a bit of homework, which helps anchor your progress into your life. It may challenge you, but it will grow you. Not only are you likely to experience a relief of the symptoms bothering you, but you may also bring your life to a whole new level. Doesn't that sound good?
My favorite thing about Psychiatric practice is contributing to your success by working with you to create and sustain your best life. I prescribe, and medications often can be very helpful in supporting health and healing, however they are only part of an optimized treatment plan. I also give a bit of homework, which helps anchor your progress into your life. It may challenge you, but it will grow you. Not only are you likely to experience a relief of the symptoms bothering you, but you may also bring your life to a whole new level. Doesn't that sound good?
(720) 408-9090 View (720) 408-9090
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Mindfulness Psychiatry, PLLC, Tracy Tyler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Broomfield, CO 80023
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) 328-9167 View (303) 328-9167
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Sherra Stclair
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Broomfield, CO 80021
Sherra St Clair is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Doctor of Nursing. She has more than a decade of experience working with individuals and families with a wide range of behavioral health issues including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, personality disorders, and trauma. She is a compassionate provider who welcomes patients of all genders and socioeconomic backgrounds. Sherra recognizes that each individual is the expert in their life experiences and works to empower people to recognize their strengths, worth, and potential.
Sherra St Clair is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Doctor of Nursing. She has more than a decade of experience working with individuals and families with a wide range of behavioral health issues including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, personality disorders, and trauma. She is a compassionate provider who welcomes patients of all genders and socioeconomic backgrounds. Sherra recognizes that each individual is the expert in their life experiences and works to empower people to recognize their strengths, worth, and potential.
(720) 702-4036 View (720) 702-4036
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Inspire TMS Denver
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Broomfield, CO 80020
Have you lost interest in the world around you, including your passions? Is your depression making you sick? Does the thought of taking medication make you feel sick? Are the side effects making you sicker? Are you ready to consider an alternative? Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is an exciting new therapy that can give you significant results in four to six weeks. TMS therapy is an alternative to antidepressants and other mood-enhancing drugs in tackling depression. TMS offers a fast route to relief and recovery from Depressive and Anxiety disorders with high short and long-term success rates.
Have you lost interest in the world around you, including your passions? Is your depression making you sick? Does the thought of taking medication make you feel sick? Are the side effects making you sicker? Are you ready to consider an alternative? Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is an exciting new therapy that can give you significant results in four to six weeks. TMS therapy is an alternative to antidepressants and other mood-enhancing drugs in tackling depression. TMS offers a fast route to relief and recovery from Depressive and Anxiety disorders with high short and long-term success rates.
(720) 706-6810 View (720) 706-6810
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Mara Minasian
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Broomfield, CO 80021
Mara Minasian is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has been practicing since 2020. She has a BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan and an MSN from Vanderbilt University. Mara treats patients across the lifespan with a variety of mental health disorders, with a focus on treating young adults with mood and anxiety disorders. She uses a collaborative and individualized approach to providing care that incorporates medication management, supportive therapy, and patient education.
Mara Minasian is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has been practicing since 2020. She has a BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan and an MSN from Vanderbilt University. Mara treats patients across the lifespan with a variety of mental health disorders, with a focus on treating young adults with mood and anxiety disorders. She uses a collaborative and individualized approach to providing care that incorporates medication management, supportive therapy, and patient education.
(720) 790-7968 View (720) 790-7968
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Heather Jones
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Broomfield, CO 80020
Dr. Heather Jones, trained at UCLA, Johns Hopkins, and the Mayo Clinic, is a compassionate mental health leader with over a decade of experience. Dr. Jones goes beyond expertise, taking the time to understand each patient's unique background and strengths. She fosters a strong connection and empowers patients to make informed healthcare decisions. Her approach is down-to-earth, marked by humor and empathy, creating a judgment-free zone. She tailors treatment to your specific needs, empowering you on your journey to well-being.
Dr. Heather Jones, trained at UCLA, Johns Hopkins, and the Mayo Clinic, is a compassionate mental health leader with over a decade of experience. Dr. Jones goes beyond expertise, taking the time to understand each patient's unique background and strengths. She fosters a strong connection and empowers patients to make informed healthcare decisions. Her approach is down-to-earth, marked by humor and empathy, creating a judgment-free zone. She tailors treatment to your specific needs, empowering you on your journey to well-being.
(720) 790-4212 View (720) 790-4212
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Andrew Nagy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Broomfield, CO 80020
*Accepting New Patients!* I'm board certified, specializing in medication management, treating ADHD, depression, anxiety, addiction and many other ailments. Accepting new patients and variety of insurances. I can easily E-prescribe your medication and use the latest technology for easy virtual sessions, without you having to leave your home. Schedule your in-office or video appointment by clicking ‘My Website’ link or call.
*Accepting New Patients!* I'm board certified, specializing in medication management, treating ADHD, depression, anxiety, addiction and many other ailments. Accepting new patients and variety of insurances. I can easily E-prescribe your medication and use the latest technology for easy virtual sessions, without you having to leave your home. Schedule your in-office or video appointment by clicking ‘My Website’ link or call.
(252) 501-6039 View (252) 501-6039
Photo of Jannet Harkins, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jannet Harkins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
22 Endorsed
Broomfield, CO 80020  (Online Only)
Psychiatry has always been my passion. Psychiatry is an art and science I am grateful to have the privilege of working in. I have been working as a certified nurse practitioner for the past 5 years in Emergency Psychiatry, Inpatient Adult and Adolescent Psychiatry, Outpatient Adult and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Chemical Dependency. I have experience in working with several disorders including Anxiety, Depression, OCD, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, and Schizophrenia. I have traveled the country for the past few years learning different ways of practicing and approaching patients' obstacles. Let's work together to meet your health goals.
Psychiatry has always been my passion. Psychiatry is an art and science I am grateful to have the privilege of working in. I have been working as a certified nurse practitioner for the past 5 years in Emergency Psychiatry, Inpatient Adult and Adolescent Psychiatry, Outpatient Adult and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Chemical Dependency. I have experience in working with several disorders including Anxiety, Depression, OCD, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, and Schizophrenia. I have traveled the country for the past few years learning different ways of practicing and approaching patients' obstacles. Let's work together to meet your health goals.
(970) 500-0908 View (970) 500-0908
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Chandra Crawford
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Broomfield, CO 80020
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, my passion lies in providing a safe space for adults navigating the complexities of mental health. With 14 years of experience, my goal is to understand you wholly — your struggles, aspirations, and all factors that influence your well-being. Whether you’re dealing with anxiety or depression or seeking a path to joy, I’m here to listen, understand, and walk alongside you.
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, my passion lies in providing a safe space for adults navigating the complexities of mental health. With 14 years of experience, my goal is to understand you wholly — your struggles, aspirations, and all factors that influence your well-being. Whether you’re dealing with anxiety or depression or seeking a path to joy, I’m here to listen, understand, and walk alongside you.
(303) 951-6334 View (303) 951-6334
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Rob Clyman, MD LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Broomfield, CO 80020
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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Brennan Lehotay
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
22 Endorsed
Broomfield, CO 80020  (Online Only)
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with experience working in mental health nursing since 2018. My area of specialization includes LGBTQIA+ issues, Anxiety, Depression, and PTSD. Outside of work, I enjoy the company of my two Huskies and two Persian cats. When free, I can be found playing the bass guitar or experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen. A love for cooking is further fueled by my spouse, a baker, making us quite the culinary team.
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with experience working in mental health nursing since 2018. My area of specialization includes LGBTQIA+ issues, Anxiety, Depression, and PTSD. Outside of work, I enjoy the company of my two Huskies and two Persian cats. When free, I can be found playing the bass guitar or experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen. A love for cooking is further fueled by my spouse, a baker, making us quite the culinary team.
(720) 790-6879 View (720) 790-6879
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Adam Horn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Broomfield, CO 80020  (Online Only)
Adam is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in psychological trauma, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and addiction issues. He has more than 25 years of experience in mental health, as a psychotherapist with a Cognitive Behavioral approach and as a nurse practitioner. He has helped people from all walks of life, all sorts of life experiences, from the coasts of Washington State to hills of Tennessee and Virginia; urban and rural. He believes our pasts do not dictate our futures; and through a combination of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, we are all capable of change and creating a better life.
Adam is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in psychological trauma, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and addiction issues. He has more than 25 years of experience in mental health, as a psychotherapist with a Cognitive Behavioral approach and as a nurse practitioner. He has helped people from all walks of life, all sorts of life experiences, from the coasts of Washington State to hills of Tennessee and Virginia; urban and rural. He believes our pasts do not dictate our futures; and through a combination of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, we are all capable of change and creating a better life.
(970) 499-1710 View (970) 499-1710

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Broomfield, CO

40+

Average cost per session

$175

Psychiatrists in Broomfield, CO who prioritize treating:

98% Depression
95% Anxiety
90% Bipolar Disorder
88% ADHD
88% Trauma and PTSD
83% Medication Management
76% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
97% Cigna and Evernorth
97% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Broomfield, CO see their clients

70% In Person and Online
30% Online Only

Gender breakdown

57% Female
43% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Broomfield?

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.