Psychiatrists in Cherry Hills, CO

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Dr. Rebecca I Katz
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cherry Hills, CO 80113
Wellcova Health is excited to announce that Dr. Katz has joined our team. She brings a vast amount of knowledge and expertise in psychiatric medication management in both pediatric and adult patients. Dr. Rebecca Katz is a Board Certified Psychiatrist. Prior to becoming a physician, Dr. Katz received a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Pittsburgh and was a High School Science and Math Teacher as well as an Athletic coach in Pennsylvania for 6 years. She went on to receive a Master’s in Biomedical Sciences with a focus in stroke research from Rutgers’s University before changing careers to study medicine.
Wellcova Health is excited to announce that Dr. Katz has joined our team. She brings a vast amount of knowledge and expertise in psychiatric medication management in both pediatric and adult patients. Dr. Rebecca Katz is a Board Certified Psychiatrist. Prior to becoming a physician, Dr. Katz received a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Pittsburgh and was a High School Science and Math Teacher as well as an Athletic coach in Pennsylvania for 6 years. She went on to receive a Master’s in Biomedical Sciences with a focus in stroke research from Rutgers’s University before changing careers to study medicine.
(303) 952-8042 View (303) 952-8042
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Logos Therapeutics/Integrative Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ANP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cherry Hills, CO 80110
Numerous studies have shown that medications in combination with psychotherapy yield the best treatment outcomes. If you have been searching for a provider with dual expertise in these critical aspects of care and desire a more comprehensive and holistic experience, contact me today. As your provider I am committed to facilitating your unique path to self-discovery through evidence-based multi-modal interventions.
Numerous studies have shown that medications in combination with psychotherapy yield the best treatment outcomes. If you have been searching for a provider with dual expertise in these critical aspects of care and desire a more comprehensive and holistic experience, contact me today. As your provider I am committed to facilitating your unique path to self-discovery through evidence-based multi-modal interventions.
(720) 438-4135 View (720) 438-4135

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Sekou Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, RXN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80210  (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
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Grace Ann Pittari
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified Verified
21 Endorsed
Cherry Hills Village, CO 80121  (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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Megan Riederer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80222
Hi there! I’m Megan, a psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I have worked in various healthcare settings over the years, first as a CNA/MA, then RN, and now NP. I have shifted my focus in recent years from medical to mental health care. It is my passion to understand and address the psycho-social aspects of patients’ lives to assist them in achieving better physical and mental health. I have extensive experience working with adolescents in acute mental health crises in an inpatient setting.
Hi there! I’m Megan, a psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I have worked in various healthcare settings over the years, first as a CNA/MA, then RN, and now NP. I have shifted my focus in recent years from medical to mental health care. It is my passion to understand and address the psycho-social aspects of patients’ lives to assist them in achieving better physical and mental health. I have extensive experience working with adolescents in acute mental health crises in an inpatient setting.
(720) 927-9635 View (720) 927-9635
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Erin Ladd
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Englewood, CO 80110
I am passionate about helping de-stigmatize mental health and believe every patient deserves access to quality, equitable and compassionate mental health care. I believe each patient has a story and their own unique set of life experiences which has gotten them to the point they are at today. My goal is to always meet patients wherever they are at in their journey and offer treatment plans to fit their goals. My philosophy as a provider has always been that each conversation I have with patients is an honest, open one involving shared decision-making to best serve them and their treatment goals.
I am passionate about helping de-stigmatize mental health and believe every patient deserves access to quality, equitable and compassionate mental health care. I believe each patient has a story and their own unique set of life experiences which has gotten them to the point they are at today. My goal is to always meet patients wherever they are at in their journey and offer treatment plans to fit their goals. My philosophy as a provider has always been that each conversation I have with patients is an honest, open one involving shared decision-making to best serve them and their treatment goals.
(720) 807-3103 View (720) 807-3103
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Dr. Scott Schmidt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Englewood, CO 80113
The Stratford Clinic and Dr. Schmidt are accepting new patients. Located off of I-25 in the Cherry Hills, Greenwood Village and DTC area, I specialize in the evaluation, diagnosis, and medication management for children, adolescents and adults who may suffer from a wide range of challenges, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma, and bipolar disorder. I strive to work with my patients to improve their lives through focusing on their goals and partnering with them to achieve an improved quality of life. In the past I was a professor of neurobiology, psychopharmacology, and advanced pharmacology at the University of Colorado.
The Stratford Clinic and Dr. Schmidt are accepting new patients. Located off of I-25 in the Cherry Hills, Greenwood Village and DTC area, I specialize in the evaluation, diagnosis, and medication management for children, adolescents and adults who may suffer from a wide range of challenges, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma, and bipolar disorder. I strive to work with my patients to improve their lives through focusing on their goals and partnering with them to achieve an improved quality of life. In the past I was a professor of neurobiology, psychopharmacology, and advanced pharmacology at the University of Colorado.
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Rachel Norwood
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Englewood, CO 80113
I work with adults with a variety of issues. If you find yourself repeating tangled up patterns in relationships, struggling to make something different happen in your life then these are two areas I emphasize in my practice. I can also offer a non-medication based approach to help folks struggling with insomnia.
I work with adults with a variety of issues. If you find yourself repeating tangled up patterns in relationships, struggling to make something different happen in your life then these are two areas I emphasize in my practice. I can also offer a non-medication based approach to help folks struggling with insomnia.
(303) 732-6195 View (303) 732-6195
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Sami Tengberg - Denver Wellness Associates
Physician Assistant, PA-C , MMS
Verified Verified
Englewood, CO 80110
I am psychiatry physician assistant. I see medication management patients, just like a Psychiatrist would, and are currently open to new patients. I am a Certified Physician Assistant who graduated from Midwestern University. I am originally from Phoenix, Arizona who decided to get out of the heat and move to Denver in 2019. I work mainly with young adults, however I like working with people across all spans of life. I deal with patients of varying disorders, including anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADD/ADHD, OCD, and PTSD.
I am psychiatry physician assistant. I see medication management patients, just like a Psychiatrist would, and are currently open to new patients. I am a Certified Physician Assistant who graduated from Midwestern University. I am originally from Phoenix, Arizona who decided to get out of the heat and move to Denver in 2019. I work mainly with young adults, however I like working with people across all spans of life. I deal with patients of varying disorders, including anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADD/ADHD, OCD, and PTSD.
(720) 650-7628 View (720) 650-7628
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Erik Flores
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Englewood, CO 80110
Saturday Hours - Accepting New Patients. When people are overwhelmed with lack of motivation, low mood, irritability, mood swings or other challenges, I take time to listen to what's most important, what's driving the pain and hear what you're aiming to improve. Sometimes medications are an obvious starting point whereas other times we work to build coping skills and connection. Supportive therapy can be a game changer. I factor in your sleep patterns, your diet habits and how exercise is part of your life - it is all part of the puzzle. I am bilingual in Spanish and enjoy helping people in their own language.
Saturday Hours - Accepting New Patients. When people are overwhelmed with lack of motivation, low mood, irritability, mood swings or other challenges, I take time to listen to what's most important, what's driving the pain and hear what you're aiming to improve. Sometimes medications are an obvious starting point whereas other times we work to build coping skills and connection. Supportive therapy can be a game changer. I factor in your sleep patterns, your diet habits and how exercise is part of your life - it is all part of the puzzle. I am bilingual in Spanish and enjoy helping people in their own language.
(720) 964-2401 View (720) 964-2401
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Beth Ballen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cherry Hills Village, CO 80121
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.
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Dr. Carol Campbell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80210
I am a board certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center as an Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist and as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am also board certified through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as a Family Nurse Practitioner. I completed a Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Central Arkansas and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of South Alabama.
I am a board certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center as an Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist and as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am also board certified through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as a Family Nurse Practitioner. I completed a Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Central Arkansas and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of South Alabama.
(720) 738-5530 View (720) 738-5530
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Chelsie Monroe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Englewood, CO 80113
I am the founder of Balanced Mental Wellness and have been a psychiatric nurse practitioner for over 10 years. I currently consult other practices and speak professionally on psychiatric medication and therapy topics throughout the country. I supervise and collaborate with our clinicians at Balanced Mental Wellness, ensuring that all clients receive the highest standard of care from a holistic and patient centered perspective. We offer medication management and Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy for various mental health concerns across the lifespan.
I am the founder of Balanced Mental Wellness and have been a psychiatric nurse practitioner for over 10 years. I currently consult other practices and speak professionally on psychiatric medication and therapy topics throughout the country. I supervise and collaborate with our clinicians at Balanced Mental Wellness, ensuring that all clients receive the highest standard of care from a holistic and patient centered perspective. We offer medication management and Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy for various mental health concerns across the lifespan.
(303) 625-6592 View (303) 625-6592
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Kathryn Cullen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP, RxN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Englewood, CO 80113
Your journey to wellness starts here! I am a state board certified and ANCC credentialed psychiatric family mental health NP. I have worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings with kids, teens and young adults experiencing a variety of mental health issues including mood disorders, behavioral issues, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders and thought disorders.
Your journey to wellness starts here! I am a state board certified and ANCC credentialed psychiatric family mental health NP. I have worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings with kids, teens and young adults experiencing a variety of mental health issues including mood disorders, behavioral issues, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders and thought disorders.
(720) 336-4608 View (720) 336-4608
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Aileen Higgins
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Englewood, CO 80110
Waitlist for new clients
I am a board-certified psychiatrist with 20 years of experience who treats a wide range of emotional health problems in adults. I work to create a safe, non-judgmental space in which we can collaborate. I strive to get to the root of the problem, not just focus on symptoms. I can help you with issues including depression, anxiety, mood instability, relationship concerns, low self worth, life transitions, or even if you're simply feeling stuck. I offer compassion and integrated, individualized care.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist with 20 years of experience who treats a wide range of emotional health problems in adults. I work to create a safe, non-judgmental space in which we can collaborate. I strive to get to the root of the problem, not just focus on symptoms. I can help you with issues including depression, anxiety, mood instability, relationship concerns, low self worth, life transitions, or even if you're simply feeling stuck. I offer compassion and integrated, individualized care.
(720) 597-7490 View (720) 597-7490
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Prescott Coe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
22 Endorsed
Cherry Hills Village, CO 80121  (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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Christopher Flinton
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Englewood, CO 80113
My ideal patient is a person or family motivated for change now. I offer cutting-edge treatments with intakes and followups within seven days to all of my patients. All patients have direct email, phone, and text access to my medical team. From young children to elite adult athletes with ADHD to people challenged by other behavioral health issues, I am enthusiastic and eager to help!
My ideal patient is a person or family motivated for change now. I offer cutting-edge treatments with intakes and followups within seven days to all of my patients. All patients have direct email, phone, and text access to my medical team. From young children to elite adult athletes with ADHD to people challenged by other behavioral health issues, I am enthusiastic and eager to help!
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Dr. Sean Paul
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cherry Hills Village, CO 80121
I am a medical doctor (MD) psychiatrist and see children and teenagers, and adults with all types of mental health conditions. I can see patients virtually (for patients anywhere in Colorado or Florida) or in my office in Sarasota Florida. I specialize in autism, ADHD, anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, behavioral issues and trauma. Typical issues include struggle with school, behavioral issues at home or interpersonal relationships. Feel free to google my practice: NowPsych Sean Paul, MD for more information
I am a medical doctor (MD) psychiatrist and see children and teenagers, and adults with all types of mental health conditions. I can see patients virtually (for patients anywhere in Colorado or Florida) or in my office in Sarasota Florida. I specialize in autism, ADHD, anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, behavioral issues and trauma. Typical issues include struggle with school, behavioral issues at home or interpersonal relationships. Feel free to google my practice: NowPsych Sean Paul, MD for more information
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Alyssa Nadolny
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cherry Hills Village, CO 80121
I believe it takes serious courage to ask for help of any kind, and I am in awe of my clients’ strength, resilience, and grit on their road to mental health recovery. It is my ultimate goal to empower my clients through education, making them feel engaged and valued, and being the loudest cheerleader in their corner. No matter what life journey you’ve travelled, you will be treated warmly, with respect and dignity, always. I treat patients ages 6 and up for a range of mental health concerns including but not limited to depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, mood disorders, and insomnia.
I believe it takes serious courage to ask for help of any kind, and I am in awe of my clients’ strength, resilience, and grit on their road to mental health recovery. It is my ultimate goal to empower my clients through education, making them feel engaged and valued, and being the loudest cheerleader in their corner. No matter what life journey you’ve travelled, you will be treated warmly, with respect and dignity, always. I treat patients ages 6 and up for a range of mental health concerns including but not limited to depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, mood disorders, and insomnia.
(720) 619-3253 View (720) 619-3253
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Axis Integrated Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse, APRN, CRNA
Verified Verified
Englewood, CO 80110
Get seen ASAP! Accepting new patients and nearly every insurance! The ONLY clinic in Colorado who does TMS for Medicaid patients thanks to our personal endowment. Whether you need medications, therapy, or cutting-edge treatment for Major Depressive Disorder or anxiety, we are your single-stop shop for help. With board-certified psychiatric providers, licensed psychotherapists, and treatments like Spravato, TMS, and Ketamine all under one roof, we can minimize out-of-pocket costs while maximizing healing.
Get seen ASAP! Accepting new patients and nearly every insurance! The ONLY clinic in Colorado who does TMS for Medicaid patients thanks to our personal endowment. Whether you need medications, therapy, or cutting-edge treatment for Major Depressive Disorder or anxiety, we are your single-stop shop for help. With board-certified psychiatric providers, licensed psychotherapists, and treatments like Spravato, TMS, and Ketamine all under one roof, we can minimize out-of-pocket costs while maximizing healing.
(720) 734-8160 View (720) 734-8160

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Number of Psychiatrists in Cherry Hills, CO

< 10

Psychiatrists in Cherry Hills, CO who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Borderline Personality (BPD)
100% Medication Management
100% Chronic Illness

Top 3 insurances accepted

50% Aetna
50% BlueCross and BlueShield
50% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Cherry Hills, CO see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Cherry Hills?

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.