Psychiatrists in Carbondale, CO

Photo of Siri Achimbi, APN, NP, RXN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Siri Achimbi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, NP, RXN
Verified Verified
Carbondale, CO 81623  (Online Only)
Life can be hard to explore especially during life events that present with uncertainties that accompany adulthood. As a compassionate, empathetic, experienced and knowledgeable provider, I collaborate with my clients to make treatment plans that target their needs. I am also very passionate about the veteran population as I have worked with the Veterans Administration for years.
Life can be hard to explore especially during life events that present with uncertainties that accompany adulthood. As a compassionate, empathetic, experienced and knowledgeable provider, I collaborate with my clients to make treatment plans that target their needs. I am also very passionate about the veteran population as I have worked with the Veterans Administration for years.
(720) 807-1787 View (720) 807-1787
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Amy Halstead -Lotus Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Carbondale, CO 81623
I take an integrative approach to treatment which may include medication, psychotherapy, and lifestyle modification to address patients’ mental health needs. I fully believe in the role that sleep, exercise, and nutrition play in mental wellness. My approach is warm and collaborative in an effort to facilitate healing and growth through patient empowerment. I will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan that prioritizes your goals and values in a safe environment that is free of judgement.
I take an integrative approach to treatment which may include medication, psychotherapy, and lifestyle modification to address patients’ mental health needs. I fully believe in the role that sleep, exercise, and nutrition play in mental wellness. My approach is warm and collaborative in an effort to facilitate healing and growth through patient empowerment. I will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan that prioritizes your goals and values in a safe environment that is free of judgement.
(970) 512-3648 View (970) 512-3648
Photo of Rick Loonam, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Rick Loonam
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Carbondale, CO 81623
Now Scheduling New Patients! I'm Rick, a compassionate and board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. With a solid foundation as a former flight and emergency department nurse, I bring over 15 years of invaluable experience to my practice. Graduating from Regis University in Denver, I'm dedicated to providing the highest quality care to my clients.
Now Scheduling New Patients! I'm Rick, a compassionate and board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. With a solid foundation as a former flight and emergency department nurse, I bring over 15 years of invaluable experience to my practice. Graduating from Regis University in Denver, I'm dedicated to providing the highest quality care to my clients.
(720) 640-7038 View (720) 640-7038
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Robert H Benge
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Carbondale, CO 81623  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with 16 years of experience in mental healthcare. I specialize is in diagnosing and treating depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and ADHD. Prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner, I worked as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse for 10 years.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with 16 years of experience in mental healthcare. I specialize is in diagnosing and treating depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and ADHD. Prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner, I worked as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse for 10 years.
(720) 797-5476 View (720) 797-5476

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Peter Bordelon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
El Jeble, CO 81623  (Online Only)
I received my Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Rochester. A few years later, I completed a Master of Social Work at Syracuse University. I worked as a Clinical Social Worker for several years with youth in various community, school and hospital settings before returning to school to completed a Masters in Nursing (University of Maryland) and a post master's certificate in psychiatry and mental health (University of Virginia).
I received my Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Rochester. A few years later, I completed a Master of Social Work at Syracuse University. I worked as a Clinical Social Worker for several years with youth in various community, school and hospital settings before returning to school to completed a Masters in Nursing (University of Maryland) and a post master's certificate in psychiatry and mental health (University of Virginia).
(720) 792-8529 View (720) 792-8529
Photo of Cynthia A Okojie - Thoughtful Mind Psychiatry PLLC, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-C, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Thoughtful Mind Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Basalt, CO 81621  (Online Only)
I am a Dual-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatry and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over ten years of extensive nursing experience. My philosophy is “people don't care how much you know until they know how much you care” (Theodore Roosevelt). I'm passionate about delivering compassionate care to patients dealing with major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, and bipolar disorders. I understand that different experiences through a patient's life journey can contribute to mental health issues. As such, I obtain detailed psychiatric history and work with patients to create a customized treatment plan.
I am a Dual-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatry and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over ten years of extensive nursing experience. My philosophy is “people don't care how much you know until they know how much you care” (Theodore Roosevelt). I'm passionate about delivering compassionate care to patients dealing with major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, and bipolar disorders. I understand that different experiences through a patient's life journey can contribute to mental health issues. As such, I obtain detailed psychiatric history and work with patients to create a customized treatment plan.
(281) 667-0541 View (281) 667-0541
Photo of Zachary Wight - Inner Joy Psychiatry | Zachary Wight PMHNP, PMHNP, APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Inner Joy Psychiatry | Zachary Wight PMHNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Basalt, CO 81621
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.
(970) 514-5359 View (970) 514-5359
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Eshcol Clinic LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-, BC, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Basalt, CO 81621
We are accepting new patients. I am a Doctor of Nursing Practice with certification in FNP and Family Psychiatry. I have been practicing for over 8 years as a Certified NP and over 30 years as a BSN RN. Recognizing that health is wealth, it is imperative that your mentally ill health is taken seriously because the disease of the mind is the disease of the body. As a mentally ill, you do not have to be stigmatized. You have equal opportunity and the right to access the mental health care that you need. The world we live in is full of challenges that contribute to mental illness, and we consider those when providing your care.
We are accepting new patients. I am a Doctor of Nursing Practice with certification in FNP and Family Psychiatry. I have been practicing for over 8 years as a Certified NP and over 30 years as a BSN RN. Recognizing that health is wealth, it is imperative that your mentally ill health is taken seriously because the disease of the mind is the disease of the body. As a mentally ill, you do not have to be stigmatized. You have equal opportunity and the right to access the mental health care that you need. The world we live in is full of challenges that contribute to mental illness, and we consider those when providing your care.
(281) 816-4520 View (281) 816-4520

Online Psychiatrists

Photo of Amanda Farrell, PMHNP, APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Amanda Farrell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Winter Park, CO 80482
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have worked outpatient for the last 8 years, providing medication management and ketamine treatment. Previously I worked in-patient with those in acute crisis & additionally in home health, providing psychiatric care in the patient's home. I provide integrative care, working with the patient's health care provider & therapist when indicated. I believe in a holistic treatment approach & I practice evidence-based treatment. My treatment goals include providing improved quality of life & I am eager to work with patients who are motivated to make personal changes.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have worked outpatient for the last 8 years, providing medication management and ketamine treatment. Previously I worked in-patient with those in acute crisis & additionally in home health, providing psychiatric care in the patient's home. I provide integrative care, working with the patient's health care provider & therapist when indicated. I believe in a holistic treatment approach & I practice evidence-based treatment. My treatment goals include providing improved quality of life & I am eager to work with patients who are motivated to make personal changes.
(970) 760-7884 View (970) 760-7884
Photo of Kathleen Johnson, MSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kathleen Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Aspen, CO 81611  (Online Only)
CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS & Saturday Appointments Available! I assist patients who are experiencing a range of presenting concerns, including: anxiety, depression, substance dependence, ADHD, autism, stress related disorders, PTSD, sleep challenges, and more. As a psychiatric provider, I take the time to explain the science behind what is creating the the challenges you are experiencing, answer questions, and work with you on the goal of full remission of the mental health or addictive crisis so you can go on living your life to the fullest.
CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS & Saturday Appointments Available! I assist patients who are experiencing a range of presenting concerns, including: anxiety, depression, substance dependence, ADHD, autism, stress related disorders, PTSD, sleep challenges, and more. As a psychiatric provider, I take the time to explain the science behind what is creating the the challenges you are experiencing, answer questions, and work with you on the goal of full remission of the mental health or addictive crisis so you can go on living your life to the fullest.
(970) 323-2524 View (970) 323-2524
Photo of Susan Short, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Susan Short
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Grand Junction, CO 81506
Susan Short, PMHNP Susan Short is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Colorado who has been practicing since 2000. She has earned a BSN, MSN, FNP, and PMHNP-BC. Susan utilizes evidence-based practices based on APA and AACAP psychiatric standards of care, her clinical experience, and the patient's personal values and situations. These assist Susan with informed clinical decision making in the psychiatric care of the child, adolescents, and their families. Outside of work, Susan enjoys golf, hiking, dogs, fitness, reading, and traveling.
Susan Short, PMHNP Susan Short is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Colorado who has been practicing since 2000. She has earned a BSN, MSN, FNP, and PMHNP-BC. Susan utilizes evidence-based practices based on APA and AACAP psychiatric standards of care, her clinical experience, and the patient's personal values and situations. These assist Susan with informed clinical decision making in the psychiatric care of the child, adolescents, and their families. Outside of work, Susan enjoys golf, hiking, dogs, fitness, reading, and traveling.
(970) 427-2835 View (970) 427-2835
Photo of Elizabeth A. Rademacher, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Elizabeth A. Rademacher
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Gunnison, CO 81230  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner fostering care across the life span fully licensed in Colorado, Florida, and Oregon. I provide initial evaluation and ongoing management of psychiatric medications, supportive counseling, health education, ketamine evaluations, and ketamine-assisted psychotherapy sessions.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner fostering care across the life span fully licensed in Colorado, Florida, and Oregon. I provide initial evaluation and ongoing management of psychiatric medications, supportive counseling, health education, ketamine evaluations, and ketamine-assisted psychotherapy sessions.
(720) 513-1011 View (720) 513-1011
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Christa Marie Aslanian
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Grand Junction, CO 81506
Christa Marie Aslanian is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Colorado who has been practicing since 2020. Christa provides patient-centered, collaborative care where she and the client work as a team to achieve the goals of each individual. Outside of work, Christa enjoys fly-fishing, kayaking, mountain-biking, snowboarding, and running.
Christa Marie Aslanian is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Colorado who has been practicing since 2020. Christa provides patient-centered, collaborative care where she and the client work as a team to achieve the goals of each individual. Outside of work, Christa enjoys fly-fishing, kayaking, mountain-biking, snowboarding, and running.
(970) 446-8953 View (970) 446-8953
Photo of Dana Johnson, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dana Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Grand Junction, CO 81506
Dana Johnson is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Colorado who has been practicing since 2005. She has a DNP from Colorado Mesa University and a PMHNP from University of South Alabama. Dana helps clients by providing medication management. Outside of work, Dana enjoys camping, fishing, ATVs, and snowmobiles.
Dana Johnson is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Colorado who has been practicing since 2005. She has a DNP from Colorado Mesa University and a PMHNP from University of South Alabama. Dana helps clients by providing medication management. Outside of work, Dana enjoys camping, fishing, ATVs, and snowmobiles.
(970) 553-4077 View (970) 553-4077
Photo of Annah Kennett, MSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Annah Kennett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Nederland, CO 80466
I'm a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I offer both medication management and therapy in my practice. I love to work with people who are genuinely curious about themselves, as this kind of work leads to more fulfilling occupations, relationships, and experiences.
I'm a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I offer both medication management and therapy in my practice. I love to work with people who are genuinely curious about themselves, as this kind of work leads to more fulfilling occupations, relationships, and experiences.
(720) 613-9445 View (720) 613-9445
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Adriana Manygoats de Julio
Psychiatrist, MD, MSPH
Verified Verified
Edwards, CO 81632
My motto is, “You’re the expert on you.” I have expert knowledge in psychiatry, and you are the expert on your life, body, and needs. My goal is to work together with you to assess your unique story and create a plan to help you address your needs and meet your goals. I work with my team at Plus by APN to help you evaluate additional psychiatric options like Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), Spravato or ketamine-assisted healing, or neurofeedback.
My motto is, “You’re the expert on you.” I have expert knowledge in psychiatry, and you are the expert on your life, body, and needs. My goal is to work together with you to assess your unique story and create a plan to help you address your needs and meet your goals. I work with my team at Plus by APN to help you evaluate additional psychiatric options like Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), Spravato or ketamine-assisted healing, or neurofeedback.
(833) 480-1404 View (833) 480-1404
Photo of Jessica Stern - Jessica R. Stern, M.D., LLC, MD, Psychiatrist
Jessica R. Stern, M.D., LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Winter Park, CO 80482
I am board certified in Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and I am committed to providing compassionate, comprehensive, evidence-based, and collaborative care to children, adolescents, and adults. My training and professional experience emphasize the improved functioning and decreased suffering that psychotherapy can provide to individuals by increasing self-awareness, increasing understanding of interactions with others and the world, and moving towards engaging in life in a way that feels more meaningful. I can also prescribe medications as an additional intervention if needed.
I am board certified in Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and I am committed to providing compassionate, comprehensive, evidence-based, and collaborative care to children, adolescents, and adults. My training and professional experience emphasize the improved functioning and decreased suffering that psychotherapy can provide to individuals by increasing self-awareness, increasing understanding of interactions with others and the world, and moving towards engaging in life in a way that feels more meaningful. I can also prescribe medications as an additional intervention if needed.
(720) 463-2370 View (720) 463-2370
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Charolette Lippolis Condon
Psychiatrist, DO, MPH, FAPA
Verified Verified
Conifer, CO 80433
Accepting New Patients in Colorado - Are you struggling to get the help you need for your child? Have you seen professionals already, but things are not getting better? I am Board certified in child, adolescent & adult psychiatry and specialize in complex cases and second opinions. I work together with patients and families, to achieve goals as quickly and effectively, as possible. It begins with an accurate diagnosis and a plan that is clear, measurable and understandable. We will work together to track progress and make changes to treatment, as needed, in order to achieve your treatment goals.
Accepting New Patients in Colorado - Are you struggling to get the help you need for your child? Have you seen professionals already, but things are not getting better? I am Board certified in child, adolescent & adult psychiatry and specialize in complex cases and second opinions. I work together with patients and families, to achieve goals as quickly and effectively, as possible. It begins with an accurate diagnosis and a plan that is clear, measurable and understandable. We will work together to track progress and make changes to treatment, as needed, in order to achieve your treatment goals.
(720) 575-3772 View (720) 575-3772
Photo of Heather Shannon Ford, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Heather Shannon Ford
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601  (Online Only)
With backgrounds in both conventional and alternative therapies, I love personalizing care to your individual mental health needs. Your symptoms are often rooted in a deeper cause (or causes) that require considering your mind, body, daily habits and relationships. I specialize in working with adults 18 and older who want to go beyond just 'a pill for every ill' worldview and incorporate lifestyle changes, hormone optimization and effective supplement regimes. Appointments Online -Lunch Time and Evening/After Work Options Available! In Person Option in Grand Junction ONLY.
With backgrounds in both conventional and alternative therapies, I love personalizing care to your individual mental health needs. Your symptoms are often rooted in a deeper cause (or causes) that require considering your mind, body, daily habits and relationships. I specialize in working with adults 18 and older who want to go beyond just 'a pill for every ill' worldview and incorporate lifestyle changes, hormone optimization and effective supplement regimes. Appointments Online -Lunch Time and Evening/After Work Options Available! In Person Option in Grand Junction ONLY.
(970) 251-8077 View (970) 251-8077
Photo of Heather Shannon Ford, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Heather Shannon Ford
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Grand Junction, CO 81501
With backgrounds in both conventional and alternative therapies, I love personalizing care to your individual mental health needs. Your symptoms are often rooted in a deeper cause (or causes) that require considering your mind, body, daily habits and relationships. I specialize in working with adults 18 and older who want to go beyond just 'a pill for every ill' worldview and incorporate lifestyle changes, hormone optimization and effective supplement regimes. Appointments Online and In Person in Grand Junction.
With backgrounds in both conventional and alternative therapies, I love personalizing care to your individual mental health needs. Your symptoms are often rooted in a deeper cause (or causes) that require considering your mind, body, daily habits and relationships. I specialize in working with adults 18 and older who want to go beyond just 'a pill for every ill' worldview and incorporate lifestyle changes, hormone optimization and effective supplement regimes. Appointments Online and In Person in Grand Junction.
(970) 517-1848 View (970) 517-1848

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Carbondale, CO

< 10

Psychiatrists in Carbondale, CO who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
75% ADHD
75% Trauma and PTSD
75% Bipolar Disorder
75% Medication Management
50% Addiction

Average years in practice

17 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Carbondale, CO see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Carbondale?

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.