Psychiatrists in Castle Pines, CO

Photo of Angela Graham, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Angela Graham
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Castle Pines, CO 80108  (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) 586-7825 View (303) 586-7825
Photo of Kimberly Danielle, FNP-C, PMHNP-C, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kimberly Danielle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Castle Pines, CO 80108  (Online Only)
Welcome to Klarity Wellness! My name is Kimberly Danielle, PMHNP- BC, FNP-C. With training in integrative & functional medicine as well as being double board-certified in Psychiatry and Family Medicine, I bring a unique and comprehensive perspective to mental and physical health care. My expertise allows me to offer an integrated approach to a wide range of conditions, including anxiety, depression, bipolar & mood disorders, PTSD, ADHD, and more. With extensive experience in psychiatry and hospital based medicine, I have developed an expertise in addressing the relationship between mental and physical well-being.
Welcome to Klarity Wellness! My name is Kimberly Danielle, PMHNP- BC, FNP-C. With training in integrative & functional medicine as well as being double board-certified in Psychiatry and Family Medicine, I bring a unique and comprehensive perspective to mental and physical health care. My expertise allows me to offer an integrated approach to a wide range of conditions, including anxiety, depression, bipolar & mood disorders, PTSD, ADHD, and more. With extensive experience in psychiatry and hospital based medicine, I have developed an expertise in addressing the relationship between mental and physical well-being.
(720) 386-4049 View (720) 386-4049
Photo of undefined - Mindfulness Psychiatry, PLLC, Tracy Tyler, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Mindfulness Psychiatry, PLLC, Tracy Tyler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Castle Pines, CO 80108
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) 276-4051 View (303) 276-4051
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Psychiatry Elevated | Emily O'Keefe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
Castle Pines, CO 80108
I am a Vanderbilt-trained Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, specializing in using an integrative approach to help those who suffer from depression, anxiety/panic, attention/focus issues, or chronic fatigue. I also help women struggling with mood challenges associated with infertility, menstrual irregularities, pregnancy and postpartum, and perimenopause/menopause. I am deeply committed to serving those whose past treatment yielded insufficient results, and encourage you to reach-out - even if you feel you've already exhausted your options. Interested in learning more? Your complimentary consultation can be booked on my website.
I am a Vanderbilt-trained Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, specializing in using an integrative approach to help those who suffer from depression, anxiety/panic, attention/focus issues, or chronic fatigue. I also help women struggling with mood challenges associated with infertility, menstrual irregularities, pregnancy and postpartum, and perimenopause/menopause. I am deeply committed to serving those whose past treatment yielded insufficient results, and encourage you to reach-out - even if you feel you've already exhausted your options. Interested in learning more? Your complimentary consultation can be booked on my website.
(720) 597-8944 View (720) 597-8944
Photo of undefined - Falcon HealthCare, MSN, NP, AMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Falcon HealthCare
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, NP, AMHNP
Verified Verified
Castle Pines, CO 80108
If you are struggling with the daily tasks and finding you're having trouble day to day, and it is reaching a point, now is the time to reach out and consult. Let's target those areas and bring notable improvement in your level of functioning and making your goals clear and achievable. I am accepting new clientele for concierge and online treatment of ADHD and any other mental health concerns. Appointments are cash only and I'm not accepting insurance at this time, but generally have a better rate than most psychiatrists. If you have medicaid, per law you have to see a medicaid accepting provider,
If you are struggling with the daily tasks and finding you're having trouble day to day, and it is reaching a point, now is the time to reach out and consult. Let's target those areas and bring notable improvement in your level of functioning and making your goals clear and achievable. I am accepting new clientele for concierge and online treatment of ADHD and any other mental health concerns. Appointments are cash only and I'm not accepting insurance at this time, but generally have a better rate than most psychiatrists. If you have medicaid, per law you have to see a medicaid accepting provider,
(720) 702-4174 View (720) 702-4174
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Stacy Wideman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Castle Pines, CO 80108  (Online Only)
License states: CA, CO, DE, FL, IA, OR, TX UT & WA. Accepting new patients. I have 25 years of experience, in both inpatient and outpatient mental health. ANCC Board Certification Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Treatment and medication management for all specialties: Anxiety Bipolar Depression PTSD Insomnia OCD Panic Disorders and more. Most insurance accepted, Aetna, Cigna, (BCBS & Medicare FL only) & United Healthcare. Book at www.invigorationhealth.com
License states: CA, CO, DE, FL, IA, OR, TX UT & WA. Accepting new patients. I have 25 years of experience, in both inpatient and outpatient mental health. ANCC Board Certification Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Treatment and medication management for all specialties: Anxiety Bipolar Depression PTSD Insomnia OCD Panic Disorders and more. Most insurance accepted, Aetna, Cigna, (BCBS & Medicare FL only) & United Healthcare. Book at www.invigorationhealth.com
(305) 384-6632 View (305) 384-6632
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Sarah Mobley - - With Rocky Mountain Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, PMHNP, RXN
Verified Verified
Castle Pines, CO 80108
*New Patient appointments within one week! I am an ANCC board certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who offers psychiatric medication management services. I obtained my degree from the University of Colorado and have experience with serving individuals across the lifespan within a variety of settings including outpatient, inpatient, residential, crisis settings, and via “Tele” psychiatry. During sessions, I strive to ensure that your concerns are not only addressed, but truly heard, and that you are able to experience hope and confidence along the journey towards the best you.
*New Patient appointments within one week! I am an ANCC board certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who offers psychiatric medication management services. I obtained my degree from the University of Colorado and have experience with serving individuals across the lifespan within a variety of settings including outpatient, inpatient, residential, crisis settings, and via “Tele” psychiatry. During sessions, I strive to ensure that your concerns are not only addressed, but truly heard, and that you are able to experience hope and confidence along the journey towards the best you.
(970) 517-3533 View (970) 517-3533

More Psychiatrists Nearby

Photo of Beverly Ann White, MSN, APN RXN, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Beverly Ann White
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN RXN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Castle Rock, CO 80104
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS Life is full of changes that can disrupt sleep, cause anxiety, panic, mood dysregulation and a wide array of other symptoms. People may struggle with these symptoms throughout their lives or they can be brought on by new, expected or unexpected life stressors. It isn’t always easy to know where to turn to feel welcomed and accepted without judgment and to find yourself in a place of safety and security. This is where the broken road meets the journey of empowerment of healing.
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS Life is full of changes that can disrupt sleep, cause anxiety, panic, mood dysregulation and a wide array of other symptoms. People may struggle with these symptoms throughout their lives or they can be brought on by new, expected or unexpected life stressors. It isn’t always easy to know where to turn to feel welcomed and accepted without judgment and to find yourself in a place of safety and security. This is where the broken road meets the journey of empowerment of healing.
(719) 399-6067 View (719) 399-6067
Photo of Kayla Sharpe, MSN, PMHNPBC, APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kayla Sharpe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC, APRN
Verified Verified
Castle Rock, CO 80109  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Hello! I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with prescriptive authority providing treatment for psychiatric conditions across the lifespan. Specializing in the treatment of mental health disorders allows me to provide excellent care for complications including Women's Health/Perinatal/Postpartum, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, Substance Use/Dual Diagnosis, Psychosis, and behavioral concerns.
Hello! I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with prescriptive authority providing treatment for psychiatric conditions across the lifespan. Specializing in the treatment of mental health disorders allows me to provide excellent care for complications including Women's Health/Perinatal/Postpartum, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, Substance Use/Dual Diagnosis, Psychosis, and behavioral concerns.
(720) 702-1436 View (720) 702-1436
Photo of undefined - Blossom Psychiatric Services, PMHNP-C, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Blossom Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Castle Rock, CO 80108
Blossom Psychiatric Services, is a family operated business offering compassionate patient centered therapeutic care and understanding with responsible psychiatric medication management . We are welcoming clients interested in an initial 90 minute Psychiatric Evaluation "in person" followed by 30 minute "tele-psych" follow ups thereafter. Provider will NOT prescribe for IR stimulants or benzodiazepine over use.
Blossom Psychiatric Services, is a family operated business offering compassionate patient centered therapeutic care and understanding with responsible psychiatric medication management . We are welcoming clients interested in an initial 90 minute Psychiatric Evaluation "in person" followed by 30 minute "tele-psych" follow ups thereafter. Provider will NOT prescribe for IR stimulants or benzodiazepine over use.
(720) 637-3920 View (720) 637-3920
Photo of Alison Schmitt, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Alison Schmitt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Castle Rock, CO 80104
Immediate Openings! I have 9 years of psychiatric experience and over 4 years of medication management experience. I specialize in ADHD, depression, and anxiety. I have extensive experience working with bipolar disorder, PTSD, personality disorders, and other mental health disorders. I see ages 13 and up. Do you feel depressed, anxious, angry, stuck, uncertain about your life; making decisions, and unable to cope and concentrate? I am here to help. I offer medication management and counseling for most mental health disorders. No long wait times and virtual visits available! Take the first step and call me today.
Immediate Openings! I have 9 years of psychiatric experience and over 4 years of medication management experience. I specialize in ADHD, depression, and anxiety. I have extensive experience working with bipolar disorder, PTSD, personality disorders, and other mental health disorders. I see ages 13 and up. Do you feel depressed, anxious, angry, stuck, uncertain about your life; making decisions, and unable to cope and concentrate? I am here to help. I offer medication management and counseling for most mental health disorders. No long wait times and virtual visits available! Take the first step and call me today.
(720) 835-0508 View (720) 835-0508
Photo of Ashley Benally-Ross, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ashley Benally-Ross
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Castle Rock, CO 80104  (Online Only)
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with a holistic approach to mental health care. My educational background includes a BSN, RN, and MSN. I specialize in treating a wide range of mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and eating disorders. In my practice, I utilize both traditional and integrative approaches to provide comprehensive care. My goal is to provide medication management and supportive therapy with a balanced approach that respects and incorporates the diverse needs and preferences of my clients.
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with a holistic approach to mental health care. My educational background includes a BSN, RN, and MSN. I specialize in treating a wide range of mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and eating disorders. In my practice, I utilize both traditional and integrative approaches to provide comprehensive care. My goal is to provide medication management and supportive therapy with a balanced approach that respects and incorporates the diverse needs and preferences of my clients.
(720) 790-4336 View (720) 790-4336
Photo of Dr. Lisa Crowley, DNP, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Lisa Crowley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Castle Rock, CO 80108  (Online Only)
Hello there! I am accepting clients with Aetna, Cigna, BCBS of MA. Cash pay sessions starting at only $100/hour & $50/half hour. Are you feeling down, with little to no interest in doing things? Are you fighting a battle just to get through each day? Has your get up and go got up and went? Or, are you anxious, nervous, stressed out? Depression and anxiety are common problems for millions of people and I can help you through these issues. If you are needing help, reach out! Call or book online at integratefull.com
Hello there! I am accepting clients with Aetna, Cigna, BCBS of MA. Cash pay sessions starting at only $100/hour & $50/half hour. Are you feeling down, with little to no interest in doing things? Are you fighting a battle just to get through each day? Has your get up and go got up and went? Or, are you anxious, nervous, stressed out? Depression and anxiety are common problems for millions of people and I can help you through these issues. If you are needing help, reach out! Call or book online at integratefull.com
(720) 706-4556 View (720) 706-4556
Photo of Michele Groetzinger, FNP-C, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Michele Groetzinger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
26 Endorsed
Castle Rock, CO 80104  (Online Only)
My experience as a nurse expends 20 years and includes nursing education and emergency room practice. My experience as a provider is 10 years and includes emergency medicine, family practice, geriatrics and practicing as a sexual assault nurse examiner for almost 18 years. My hobbies include cooking and traveling with family and friends. I am a dog lover and proud mother to 2 english bulldogs and 3 human children.
My experience as a nurse expends 20 years and includes nursing education and emergency room practice. My experience as a provider is 10 years and includes emergency medicine, family practice, geriatrics and practicing as a sexual assault nurse examiner for almost 18 years. My hobbies include cooking and traveling with family and friends. I am a dog lover and proud mother to 2 english bulldogs and 3 human children.
(970) 489-8634 View (970) 489-8634
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Rose NeuroSpa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DO
Verified Verified
Castle Rock, CO 80108
Rose NeuroSpa is a locally owned clinic that was opened to help individuals and families deal with the devastating issues relating to mental health and related co-occurring conditions. Not only do we offer traditional mental health services (med mgmt and therapy), but we are bringing break through treatments to our communities. Our team includes Scott Akridge (medical director), Shantel Gallegos (psychiatric mental health nurse practioner (PMHNP), Rachel Hiatt (PMHNP), Mark McNary (therapist) and various accredited technicians.
Rose NeuroSpa is a locally owned clinic that was opened to help individuals and families deal with the devastating issues relating to mental health and related co-occurring conditions. Not only do we offer traditional mental health services (med mgmt and therapy), but we are bringing break through treatments to our communities. Our team includes Scott Akridge (medical director), Shantel Gallegos (psychiatric mental health nurse practioner (PMHNP), Rachel Hiatt (PMHNP), Mark McNary (therapist) and various accredited technicians.
(720) 730-2749 View (720) 730-2749
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Dr. Daniel Daylamani
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Castle Rock, CO 80108  (Online Only)
I am a board certified psychiatrist currently accepting new patients. My practice is strictly through the use of telepsychiatry which means that all appointments will be held via HIPAA compliant video conferencing software. Many patients prefer this means of treatment as appointments can be done from the comfort of your home or office without the need for lengthy commutes or waiting rooms and it provides access to mental health treatment to patients located in more remote locations. I treat adult (18+) patients located in Colorado, Texas and Washington State though controlled substance prescribing may only be done in Colorado.
I am a board certified psychiatrist currently accepting new patients. My practice is strictly through the use of telepsychiatry which means that all appointments will be held via HIPAA compliant video conferencing software. Many patients prefer this means of treatment as appointments can be done from the comfort of your home or office without the need for lengthy commutes or waiting rooms and it provides access to mental health treatment to patients located in more remote locations. I treat adult (18+) patients located in Colorado, Texas and Washington State though controlled substance prescribing may only be done in Colorado.
(720) 868-9577 View (720) 868-9577
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Colorado Psychiatric
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PsychNP, BC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Castle Rock, CO 80104  (Online Only)
Although carefully chosen medications can quickly achieve much needed relief of anxiety, depression, insomnia and trauma symptoms, a thorough evaluation can also identify many opportunities for improvement without medications. The most effective treatment plan may include work-life balance, nutrition and sleep strategies, address, avoid or adapting to triggers, in addition to multiple psychotherapies. When needed, medications with the lowest side effects, easiest to use, most predictably effective & not addictive are recommended. Ultimately, it is up to each person to decide which strategies they will use to achieve wellness.
Although carefully chosen medications can quickly achieve much needed relief of anxiety, depression, insomnia and trauma symptoms, a thorough evaluation can also identify many opportunities for improvement without medications. The most effective treatment plan may include work-life balance, nutrition and sleep strategies, address, avoid or adapting to triggers, in addition to multiple psychotherapies. When needed, medications with the lowest side effects, easiest to use, most predictably effective & not addictive are recommended. Ultimately, it is up to each person to decide which strategies they will use to achieve wellness.
(719) 359-9859 View (719) 359-9859
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Naira Numanovic - Avena Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Castle Rock, CO 80109
Accepting new clients! Appointments are typically available within 3 business days. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, my dedication is centered on supporting you through life's challenges and assisting you in realizing your utmost potential. I provide a secure environment where individuals can openly discuss their mental health concerns.
Accepting new clients! Appointments are typically available within 3 business days. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, my dedication is centered on supporting you through life's challenges and assisting you in realizing your utmost potential. I provide a secure environment where individuals can openly discuss their mental health concerns.
(720) 594-6309 View (720) 594-6309
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Christy Short
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, APN, MSN
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Castle Rock, CO 80104
I am currently accepting new patients and have same week availability. The first step is always the hardest to take when asking for help and I am here to make it as easy as possible for you. My aim is to provide you superb mental health care tailored for deeper healing, unique to your specific needs and journey to help you achieve your desired goals.
I am currently accepting new patients and have same week availability. The first step is always the hardest to take when asking for help and I am here to make it as easy as possible for you. My aim is to provide you superb mental health care tailored for deeper healing, unique to your specific needs and journey to help you achieve your desired goals.
(720) 679-5705 View (720) 679-5705
Photo of Richard Wallis, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Richard Wallis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Castle Rock, CO 80104
**ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS** I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with experience in several psychiatric settings. I completed my psychiatric training at the University of Kentucky and his PhD at the University of Texas Medical Branch. I obtained an advanced training in psychopharmacology and has presented several posters and spoken at several national psychiatry conferences.
**ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS** I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with experience in several psychiatric settings. I completed my psychiatric training at the University of Kentucky and his PhD at the University of Texas Medical Branch. I obtained an advanced training in psychopharmacology and has presented several posters and spoken at several national psychiatry conferences.
(720) 707-1228 View (720) 707-1228

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Castle Pines, CO

< 10

Psychiatrists in Castle Pines, CO who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Medication Management
86% ADHD
86% Bipolar Disorder
57% Trauma and PTSD
57% Stress

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

75% Aetna
75% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
50% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Castle Pines, CO see their clients

58% In Person and Online
42% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Castle Pines?

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.