Psychiatrists in Castle Rock, CO

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
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Prescott Coe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
26 Endorsed
Castle Rock, CO 80108  (Online Only)
Hi there! My name is Prescott Coe and I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and have been working in the mental health field for over five years. Shoring up my studies, I became passionate about mental health early in life, as I lived and grew up with multiple family members with varying mental health disorders, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, traumatic brain injury, addiction, and autism.
Hi there! My name is Prescott Coe and I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and have been working in the mental health field for over five years. Shoring up my studies, I became passionate about mental health early in life, as I lived and grew up with multiple family members with varying mental health disorders, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, traumatic brain injury, addiction, and autism.
(720) 899-5681 View (720) 899-5681
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Sara Van Anrooy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Castle Rock, CO 80104
At The Center for Stress Medicine we are passionate about helping our patients achieve optimal physical and emotional health. Dr. Van Anrooy supervises and is supported by a Physician Assistant, Jessica Botts, PA-C, and a Health and Wellness Coach, Kayli Meyers, MCWC. This allows us to provide comprehensive medical care in all areas of health. Dr. Van Anrooy is double board certified in Psychiatry and Integrative Health.
At The Center for Stress Medicine we are passionate about helping our patients achieve optimal physical and emotional health. Dr. Van Anrooy supervises and is supported by a Physician Assistant, Jessica Botts, PA-C, and a Health and Wellness Coach, Kayli Meyers, MCWC. This allows us to provide comprehensive medical care in all areas of health. Dr. Van Anrooy is double board certified in Psychiatry and Integrative Health.
(303) 663-0360 View (303) 663-0360
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Ashley Howell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Castle Rock, CO 80108  (Online Only)
Ashley is a board-certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner with over ten years of experience in mental health & critical care fields. Ashley is a veteran of the Armed Services, which allows her to have a special understanding of the mental health concerns of a veteran. Ashley is passionate about working with patients who are recognizing a transition phase in their life such as high school, college, military or post-partum. Ashley is a LGBTQ+ provider.
Ashley is a board-certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner with over ten years of experience in mental health & critical care fields. Ashley is a veteran of the Armed Services, which allows her to have a special understanding of the mental health concerns of a veteran. Ashley is passionate about working with patients who are recognizing a transition phase in their life such as high school, college, military or post-partum. Ashley is a LGBTQ+ provider.
(720) 477-6966 View (720) 477-6966
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Integrative Mind
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Castle Rock, CO 80109
I utilize traditional and integrative approaches for treatment of mental health issues. Optimizing results and improvement of symptoms with minimal use of medication to achieve the best outcome.
I utilize traditional and integrative approaches for treatment of mental health issues. Optimizing results and improvement of symptoms with minimal use of medication to achieve the best outcome.
(720) 735-2942 View (720) 735-2942
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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
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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
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Clarity Mental Health, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Castle Rock, CO 80108
At Clarity Mental Health we offer medication management and therapy services for a wide variety of mental disorders. Our Nurse Practitioner and LCSW help clients improve their lives by offering traditional treatment plans and recommendations based on the most current evidence and research in our field. While we will offer recommendations, we understand that the final choice is always yours and encourage patients to be active participants in their care.
At Clarity Mental Health we offer medication management and therapy services for a wide variety of mental disorders. Our Nurse Practitioner and LCSW help clients improve their lives by offering traditional treatment plans and recommendations based on the most current evidence and research in our field. While we will offer recommendations, we understand that the final choice is always yours and encourage patients to be active participants in their care.
(720) 605-0955 View (720) 605-0955
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Ivy Gugat
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Castle Rock, CO 80104  (Online Only)
When I am meeting a client for the first time, I understand that it can be nerve-wracking and I will try to put you at ease. I fully believe in “meeting people where they are.” The path to healing is always a team effort and I will ensure that the client always is in the driver’s seat of the plan. I am ready to join your team and get to work. My goal is to tailor every care plan to the patient and their life. I will begin by asking you about your goals and how you would like to measure our progress toward those goals. We will build a comprehensive plan around therapy, medications, exercise, and nutrition.
When I am meeting a client for the first time, I understand that it can be nerve-wracking and I will try to put you at ease. I fully believe in “meeting people where they are.” The path to healing is always a team effort and I will ensure that the client always is in the driver’s seat of the plan. I am ready to join your team and get to work. My goal is to tailor every care plan to the patient and their life. I will begin by asking you about your goals and how you would like to measure our progress toward those goals. We will build a comprehensive plan around therapy, medications, exercise, and nutrition.
(303) 590-3762 View (303) 590-3762
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Inner Joy Psychiatry | Zachary Wight PMHNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Castle Rock, CO 80109
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.
(720) 964-2624 View (720) 964-2624
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Angela Graham
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Castle Rock, 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.
(720) 712-2596 View (720) 712-2596
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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
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Grace Ann Pittari
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified Verified
25 Endorsed
Castle Rock, CO 80104  (Online Only)
Hi there! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of overall nursing experience with an emphasis on mental health. I see adult clients between the ages of 18-64 for a variety of psychiatric illnesses including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. In my free time, I prioritize my own mental health through exercise, spending quality time with loved ones, and getting out into nature.
Hi there! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of overall nursing experience with an emphasis on mental health. I see adult clients between the ages of 18-64 for a variety of psychiatric illnesses including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. In my free time, I prioritize my own mental health through exercise, spending quality time with loved ones, and getting out into nature.
(720) 796-9529 View (720) 796-9529
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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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Mindfulness Psychiatry, PLLC, Tracy Tyler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Castle Rock, CO 80104
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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Meagan Holland
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Castle Rock, CO 80109
Meagan -pronounced May-gan- here! I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, driven by a lifelong passion for supporting mental well-being. My journey began at Denver College of Nursing, where I earned my BSN. Eager to dive into the world of psychiatry, I spent over 6 years as a Mental Health Registered Nurse. Those years were invaluable, giving me experience in diverse settings like outpatient, inpatient, detox, and crisis care.
Meagan -pronounced May-gan- here! I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, driven by a lifelong passion for supporting mental well-being. My journey began at Denver College of Nursing, where I earned my BSN. Eager to dive into the world of psychiatry, I spent over 6 years as a Mental Health Registered Nurse. Those years were invaluable, giving me experience in diverse settings like outpatient, inpatient, detox, and crisis care.
(720) 548-2438 View (720) 548-2438
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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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Laurie Reeder
Psychiatric Nurse, RxN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Castle Rock, CO 80108
You can find joy! As an experienced psychiatric nurse practitioner, I have worked extensively with children, adolescents, and adults prescribing medication and providing therapy services. I provide traditional psychiatric services in conjunction with holistic and complementary approaches. I believe that medication may be necessary yet is only part of the healing process. I offer alternatives to medication and help people safely get off psychiatric meds. I frequently order genetic testing and lab tests to evaluate potential root causes to symptoms and medication response.
You can find joy! As an experienced psychiatric nurse practitioner, I have worked extensively with children, adolescents, and adults prescribing medication and providing therapy services. I provide traditional psychiatric services in conjunction with holistic and complementary approaches. I believe that medication may be necessary yet is only part of the healing process. I offer alternatives to medication and help people safely get off psychiatric meds. I frequently order genetic testing and lab tests to evaluate potential root causes to symptoms and medication response.
(720) 358-5342 View (720) 358-5342
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Journey Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, RXN-P
Verified Verified
Castle Rock, CO 80108
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 8 years of experience in mental health. I previously specialized in counseling teenagers and young adults and have specialized training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). I offer both medication management and counseling services to all age groups. Most of my appointments are offered virtually, providing convenience and comfort to clients throughout the state of Colorado.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 8 years of experience in mental health. I previously specialized in counseling teenagers and young adults and have specialized training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). I offer both medication management and counseling services to all age groups. Most of my appointments are offered virtually, providing convenience and comfort to clients throughout the state of Colorado.
(719) 299-3349 View (719) 299-3349
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Thomas Kittelsen Physician
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Castle Rock, CO 80109
Dr. Kittelsen specializes in empowering highly intelligent, self-driven individuals. His ideal clients often excel in remote work environments, valuing the efficiency and convenience of virtual meetings. Sessions, typically lasting one hour, prioritize interactive engagement to ensure productivity. Dr. Kittelsen is deeply committed to helping clients navigate challenges like Adult ADHD, demonstrating a steadfast dedication to their personal growth and success.
Dr. Kittelsen specializes in empowering highly intelligent, self-driven individuals. His ideal clients often excel in remote work environments, valuing the efficiency and convenience of virtual meetings. Sessions, typically lasting one hour, prioritize interactive engagement to ensure productivity. Dr. Kittelsen is deeply committed to helping clients navigate challenges like Adult ADHD, demonstrating a steadfast dedication to their personal growth and success.
(719) 781-3488 View (719) 781-3488

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Castle Rock, CO

40+

Average cost per session

$225

Psychiatrists in Castle Rock, CO who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
98% Anxiety
98% Medication Management
90% ADHD
88% Trauma and PTSD
81% Bipolar Disorder
69% Stress

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

87% Cigna and Evernorth
84% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
82% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Castle Rock, CO see their clients

65% In Person and Online
35% Online Only

Gender breakdown

70% Female
30% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Castle Rock?

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.