Psychiatrists in Centennial, CO

Photo of Rada Bostock, PMHNP, FNP , Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Rada Bostock
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Centennial, CO 80112  (Online Only)
This profile is managed by Cerebral. To get connected with Rada and directly schedule, please click the "my website" button! Rada Bostock is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She earned her Master of Science degree from the University of Cincinnati. Her experience focuses on providing tailored holistic mental health assessment and treatment for individuals across the lifespan in rural communities. To see if you are eligible for insurance coverage, please use your phone's camera app to scan the QR code below.
This profile is managed by Cerebral. To get connected with Rada and directly schedule, please click the "my website" button! Rada Bostock is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She earned her Master of Science degree from the University of Cincinnati. Her experience focuses on providing tailored holistic mental health assessment and treatment for individuals across the lifespan in rural communities. To see if you are eligible for insurance coverage, please use your phone's camera app to scan the QR code below.
(720) 330-3432 View (720) 330-3432
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Mindfulness Psychiatry, PLLC, Tracy Tyler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Centennial, CO 80122
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) 622-0285 View (303) 622-0285
Photo of Faustina Abby Mensah, DNP, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Faustina Abby Mensah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Centennial, CO 80015  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with a Doctor of Nursing Practice. I am passionate about providing quality, evidence-based, trauma-informed, patient-centered, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to the vulnerable population and across the lifespan.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with a Doctor of Nursing Practice. I am passionate about providing quality, evidence-based, trauma-informed, patient-centered, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to the vulnerable population and across the lifespan.
(720) 964-2962 View (720) 964-2962
Photo of Gregory E Wykoff, MD, MPH, Psychiatrist
Gregory E Wykoff
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Centennial, CO 80015
Comprehensive mental healthcare from a highly trained provider who really knows you! Dr. Wykoff's approach focuses around patient-centered, holistic care across all domains of life, and we work with each patient extensively to create an individualized treatment plan. Currently open for new patients virtually throughout Colorado!
Comprehensive mental healthcare from a highly trained provider who really knows you! Dr. Wykoff's approach focuses around patient-centered, holistic care across all domains of life, and we work with each patient extensively to create an individualized treatment plan. Currently open for new patients virtually throughout Colorado!
(720) 782-5869 View (720) 782-5869
Photo of Sekou Jones, MSN, PMHNP, RXN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Sekou Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, RXN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Centennial, CO 80112  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I work with adolescents and adults with a wide range mental health needs. I especially enjoy serving clients dealing with issues related to depression, anxiety, job related stress, difficulties at school, life transitions and relationship issues. I deliver care that is compassionate, empathetic, patient and thorough. I believe in taking time to listen and to understand each person's unique needs. It is my priority to establish a safe, non-judgmental, and supportive environment to promote growth, development, and healing.
I work with adolescents and adults with a wide range mental health needs. I especially enjoy serving clients dealing with issues related to depression, anxiety, job related stress, difficulties at school, life transitions and relationship issues. I deliver care that is compassionate, empathetic, patient and thorough. I believe in taking time to listen and to understand each person's unique needs. It is my priority to establish a safe, non-judgmental, and supportive environment to promote growth, development, and healing.
(303) 848-3052 View (303) 848-3052
Photo of Nicole Watson, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Nicole Watson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
12 Endorsed
Centennial, CO 80112
If your mental health symptoms are leaving you feeling stuck and overwhelmed, I'm here to meet you exactly where and how you are. Through virtual appointments designed for your comfort, I can evaluate, diagnose, and treat you from the convenience of your home. My focus is on compassionately guiding you to optimal mental wellness, helping you return to the best version of yourself. I firmly believe that every treatment plan should be uniquely tailored to honor the individual in front of me.
If your mental health symptoms are leaving you feeling stuck and overwhelmed, I'm here to meet you exactly where and how you are. Through virtual appointments designed for your comfort, I can evaluate, diagnose, and treat you from the convenience of your home. My focus is on compassionately guiding you to optimal mental wellness, helping you return to the best version of yourself. I firmly believe that every treatment plan should be uniquely tailored to honor the individual in front of me.
(720) 619-6104 View (720) 619-6104
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Leslie Vannucci
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Centennial, CO 80111
My passion is to provide care that is more than a ten-minute conversation, and the only answer is more medication that is not working. My care focuses on the client and their individual needs. First and foremost, I will listen to you. I believe that the best results come from a care plan that looks at all options, and is created with you. Combining integrative treatments, traditional treatments and outside-of-the-box plans will result in a tailored approach that works for you. I will meet you right where you are at. Mental Health is complex and requires an open mindset, and it is my belief that everyone has hope. Let me help you.
My passion is to provide care that is more than a ten-minute conversation, and the only answer is more medication that is not working. My care focuses on the client and their individual needs. First and foremost, I will listen to you. I believe that the best results come from a care plan that looks at all options, and is created with you. Combining integrative treatments, traditional treatments and outside-of-the-box plans will result in a tailored approach that works for you. I will meet you right where you are at. Mental Health is complex and requires an open mindset, and it is my belief that everyone has hope. Let me help you.
(720) 575-4912 View (720) 575-4912
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Beth Ballen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Centennial, CO 80111
We specialize in treating a range of disorders including depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar mood disorder, addiction, phobias, anxiety, and OCD among others. We work with you, with the respect and understanding that you are a partner in all decision-making regarding what is best for your individual needs and preferences. We are experienced with all levels of trauma and stress, which have increased dramatically in our modern, fast-paced world. We pride ourselves in our ability to connect with individuals and families and thoughtfully assist our clients through challenges with warmth and compassion.
We specialize in treating a range of disorders including depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar mood disorder, addiction, phobias, anxiety, and OCD among others. We work with you, with the respect and understanding that you are a partner in all decision-making regarding what is best for your individual needs and preferences. We are experienced with all levels of trauma and stress, which have increased dramatically in our modern, fast-paced world. We pride ourselves in our ability to connect with individuals and families and thoughtfully assist our clients through challenges with warmth and compassion.
(720) 806-4749 View (720) 806-4749
Photo of Chika V Achebe, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Chika V Achebe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Centennial, CO 80112
Hi, my name is Chika Achebe. I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 15 years of experience in the field of psychiatry. I completed my psychiatric nurse practitioner program at University of Kansas in Kansas City Kansas. I have a wealth of experience caring for and catering to psychiatric patients of all age groups within outpatient/inpatient settings.
Hi, my name is Chika Achebe. I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 15 years of experience in the field of psychiatry. I completed my psychiatric nurse practitioner program at University of Kansas in Kansas City Kansas. I have a wealth of experience caring for and catering to psychiatric patients of all age groups within outpatient/inpatient settings.
(303) 529-8809 View (303) 529-8809
Photo of Kari Underwood, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kari Underwood
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Centennial, CO 80112
Are you frustrated with the one-size fits all, rushed approach to mental health care? My name is Kari Underwood and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in medication management for a variety of conditions. With every medication management appointment, I offer compassion, kindness, and collaboration and a guarantee that I will care for you the absolute best I can! Each initial appointment is 60 minutes long, and follow-ups are scheduled for 30 minutes to allow for the time it takes to develop trust and connection, complete a thorough assessment, and educate on your condition and available treatment options.
Are you frustrated with the one-size fits all, rushed approach to mental health care? My name is Kari Underwood and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in medication management for a variety of conditions. With every medication management appointment, I offer compassion, kindness, and collaboration and a guarantee that I will care for you the absolute best I can! Each initial appointment is 60 minutes long, and follow-ups are scheduled for 30 minutes to allow for the time it takes to develop trust and connection, complete a thorough assessment, and educate on your condition and available treatment options.
(303) 731-3243 View (303) 731-3243
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Holly Ellis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, BSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Centennial, CO 80111
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I started in mental health to help people who are struggling with mental health issues. I have experience in treating a vast array of diagnoses to include, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, behavioral issues, and bipolar disorders. I have experience in treating all ages; 5 and above though specialize in children, adolescents, and adults. I also have experience in treating women with psychiatric conditions in the peri-, intra-, and post- partum periods.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I started in mental health to help people who are struggling with mental health issues. I have experience in treating a vast array of diagnoses to include, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, behavioral issues, and bipolar disorders. I have experience in treating all ages; 5 and above though specialize in children, adolescents, and adults. I also have experience in treating women with psychiatric conditions in the peri-, intra-, and post- partum periods.
(720) 782-2204 View (720) 782-2204
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Frances Rhodes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Centennial, CO 80111
Frani Rhodes is a Nurse Practitioner in Colorado with 11 years of experience. She has an Associates Degree in Nursing from Advocate Northside Kutsch College of Nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education from Purdue University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Metropolitan State College of Denver, a Master of Science in Nursing from University of Colorado Health Sciences, and a Post-Master's Degree-PMHNP from Frontier Nursing University.
Frani Rhodes is a Nurse Practitioner in Colorado with 11 years of experience. She has an Associates Degree in Nursing from Advocate Northside Kutsch College of Nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education from Purdue University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Metropolitan State College of Denver, a Master of Science in Nursing from University of Colorado Health Sciences, and a Post-Master's Degree-PMHNP from Frontier Nursing University.
(720) 594-3032 View (720) 594-3032
Photo of Richard Wallis, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Richard Wallis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Centennial, CO 80122
**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) 730-5887 View (720) 730-5887
Photo of Amber Lockman, PMHNP , Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Amber Lockman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Centennial, CO 80112  (Online Only)
This profile is managed by Cerebral. To get connected with Amber and directly schedule, please click the "my website" button! Amber Lockman is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and is a graduate of The University of Texas at Houston. She has a passion for helping others overcome struggles in their lives and has experience working with patients across the lifespan in the ER, inpatient mental health facilities, as well as outpatient settings. To see if you are eligible for insurance coverage, please use your phone's camera app to scan the QR code below:
This profile is managed by Cerebral. To get connected with Amber and directly schedule, please click the "my website" button! Amber Lockman is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and is a graduate of The University of Texas at Houston. She has a passion for helping others overcome struggles in their lives and has experience working with patients across the lifespan in the ER, inpatient mental health facilities, as well as outpatient settings. To see if you are eligible for insurance coverage, please use your phone's camera app to scan the QR code below:
(720) 477-4484 View (720) 477-4484
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Dr. Kyle Brown
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Centennial, CO 80122
Accepting New Patients! Kyle is a dual board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and a family nurse practitioner with prescriptive authority in Colorado. Mr. Brown received his advanced degree from Regis University in Denver Colorado and has 14 years of experience in the healthcare arena; including pediatrics, communicable disease control, and integrated family practice. Kyle has a passion for current research and treatment therapies in psychiatry, with a focus on both pharmacological and non-medication management of psychiatric disorders. He has a particular interest in treatment resistant mood disorders and OCD.
Accepting New Patients! Kyle is a dual board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and a family nurse practitioner with prescriptive authority in Colorado. Mr. Brown received his advanced degree from Regis University in Denver Colorado and has 14 years of experience in the healthcare arena; including pediatrics, communicable disease control, and integrated family practice. Kyle has a passion for current research and treatment therapies in psychiatry, with a focus on both pharmacological and non-medication management of psychiatric disorders. He has a particular interest in treatment resistant mood disorders and OCD.
(720) 806-4554 View (720) 806-4554
Photo of Angela Graham, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Angela Graham
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Centennial, CO 80121  (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.
(719) 297-6213 View (719) 297-6213
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Manpreet Mann
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Centennial, CO 80112  (Online Only)
This profile is managed by Cerebral. To get connected with Ms. Mann and directly schedule, please click the "my website" button! Manpreet is a highly qualified and experienced PMHNP who has been providing compassionate and comprehensive mental health care since 2021. Before transitioning into mental health care, Ms. Mann was a practicing board-certified Primary Care Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner at Mt. Sinai Faculty Practices where she gained experience in providing holistic care to adult and geriatric patients. To see if you are eligible for insurance coverage, please use your phone's camera app to scan the QR code below:
This profile is managed by Cerebral. To get connected with Ms. Mann and directly schedule, please click the "my website" button! Manpreet is a highly qualified and experienced PMHNP who has been providing compassionate and comprehensive mental health care since 2021. Before transitioning into mental health care, Ms. Mann was a practicing board-certified Primary Care Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner at Mt. Sinai Faculty Practices where she gained experience in providing holistic care to adult and geriatric patients. To see if you are eligible for insurance coverage, please use your phone's camera app to scan the QR code below:
(708) 315-2872 View (708) 315-2872
Photo of Julia Meadows, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Julia Meadows
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Centennial, CO 80112  (Online Only)
This profile is managed by Cerebral. To get connected with Julia and directly schedule, please click the "my website" button! Julia Meadows is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and has been working in healthcare since 2014. Julia's purpose is to work with clients to assist them in reaching their treatment goals and improving their overall quality of life. She utilizes evidence-based psychiatric practice to provide competent, compassionate, and holistic care to her clients. To see if you are eligible for insurance coverage, please use your phone's camera app to scan the QR code below:
This profile is managed by Cerebral. To get connected with Julia and directly schedule, please click the "my website" button! Julia Meadows is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and has been working in healthcare since 2014. Julia's purpose is to work with clients to assist them in reaching their treatment goals and improving their overall quality of life. She utilizes evidence-based psychiatric practice to provide competent, compassionate, and holistic care to her clients. To see if you are eligible for insurance coverage, please use your phone's camera app to scan the QR code below:
(954) 379-8350 View (954) 379-8350
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Jennifer Samuel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP , AGNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Centennial, CO 80112  (Online Only)
This profile is managed by Cerebral. To get connected with Jennifer and directly schedule, please click the "my website" button! Jennifer has worked in many diverse settings and has a strong background in cardiology and internal medicine, and is passionate about delivering holistic care. She believes that health encompasses your physical and mental well-being. To see if you are eligible for insurance coverage, please use your phone's camera app to scan the QR code below:
This profile is managed by Cerebral. To get connected with Jennifer and directly schedule, please click the "my website" button! Jennifer has worked in many diverse settings and has a strong background in cardiology and internal medicine, and is passionate about delivering holistic care. She believes that health encompasses your physical and mental well-being. To see if you are eligible for insurance coverage, please use your phone's camera app to scan the QR code below:
(857) 810-5842 View (857) 810-5842
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MiraMinds Holistic Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-C, ACNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Centennial, CO 80112  (Online Only)
Are you feeling hopeless or struggling with your mental health? You should never suffer alone or in silence. Your mental health is essential and matters a lot. I strive to promote physical, mental, and emotional wellness and work diligently to help my clients achieve a better quality of life. I work with children and adults struggling with varying mental health disorders, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, amongst others. I also assist with medication management. I am GENDER sensitive and use an individualized approach to care for you and your needs. Book with me now by clicking on my WEBSITE! Accepting Clients!
Are you feeling hopeless or struggling with your mental health? You should never suffer alone or in silence. Your mental health is essential and matters a lot. I strive to promote physical, mental, and emotional wellness and work diligently to help my clients achieve a better quality of life. I work with children and adults struggling with varying mental health disorders, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, amongst others. I also assist with medication management. I am GENDER sensitive and use an individualized approach to care for you and your needs. Book with me now by clicking on my WEBSITE! Accepting Clients!
(206) 279-5406 View (206) 279-5406
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Number of Psychiatrists in Centennial, CO

40+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Centennial, CO who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
92% Depression
92% Medication Management
83% ADHD
79% Bipolar Disorder
75% Trauma and PTSD
71% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
94% Cigna and Evernorth
94% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Centennial, CO see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Centennial?

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.