Psychiatrists in Cherry Hills Village, CO

Photo of Jesse Maizels, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jesse Maizels
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Cherry Hills Village, CO 80121
As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I am licensed and trained to assess and diagnose mental health conditions, provide supportive therapy, and write medication prescriptions where appropriate. Additionally, I have a broad range of experience working with clients across the lifespan and with many different presenting concerns including, but not limited to depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, PTSD and ADHD. I also have a special interest in providing care to LGBTQIA+ individuals and aim to provide nonjudgmental care to people from all walks of life.
As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I am licensed and trained to assess and diagnose mental health conditions, provide supportive therapy, and write medication prescriptions where appropriate. Additionally, I have a broad range of experience working with clients across the lifespan and with many different presenting concerns including, but not limited to depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, PTSD and ADHD. I also have a special interest in providing care to LGBTQIA+ individuals and aim to provide nonjudgmental care to people from all walks of life.
(720) 571-4063 View (720) 571-4063
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Grace Ann Pittari
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified Verified
20 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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Shannon Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-C , PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Cherry Hills Village, CO 80111
Hello! I am currently accepting new patients as of 1/20/2022. All visits are through telemedicine, so I can see anyone in the state of Colorado or Massachusetts. My love for what I do in psychiatry, comes from the joy I get in helping others improve their lives. Most of my patients do not know which direction to go when then come to me, and that is ok. Some people come to me looking for second or third opinions about diagnosis or medications, some people are referred by a therapist to start medication. We can openly discuss decisions and options. This is a judgement free zone. There is no way you can TMI me!
Hello! I am currently accepting new patients as of 1/20/2022. All visits are through telemedicine, so I can see anyone in the state of Colorado or Massachusetts. My love for what I do in psychiatry, comes from the joy I get in helping others improve their lives. Most of my patients do not know which direction to go when then come to me, and that is ok. Some people come to me looking for second or third opinions about diagnosis or medications, some people are referred by a therapist to start medication. We can openly discuss decisions and options. This is a judgement free zone. There is no way you can TMI me!
(720) 637-5175 View (720) 637-5175
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Heather Ford
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Cherry Hills Village, CO 80111  (Online Only)
With backgrounds in both conventional and alternative therapies, I love personalizing care to your individual mental health needs. Your symptoms are often rooted in a deeper cause (or causes) that require considering your mind, body, daily habits and relationships. I specialize in working with adults 18 and older who want to go beyond just 'a pill for every ill' worldview and incorporate lifestyle changes, hormone optimization and effective supplement regimes. Appointments Online -Lunch Time and After Work or After Class Options Available! With
With backgrounds in both conventional and alternative therapies, I love personalizing care to your individual mental health needs. Your symptoms are often rooted in a deeper cause (or causes) that require considering your mind, body, daily habits and relationships. I specialize in working with adults 18 and older who want to go beyond just 'a pill for every ill' worldview and incorporate lifestyle changes, hormone optimization and effective supplement regimes. Appointments Online -Lunch Time and After Work or After Class Options Available! With
(720) 586-4778 View (720) 586-4778
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Sean Paul
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
17 Endorsed
Cherry Hills Village, CO 80111
I see children, teens and adults with all types of mental health conditions. I can see patients virtually (in Colorado or Florida) or in my office in Sarasota Florida. Starting in 6/1/24 I will be converting my practice to virtual only. I specialize in ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, and trauma. Typical issues include struggle with school, behavioral issues at home or interpersonal relationships. Search google for my practice to see my practice information and website: NowPsych Sean Paul, MD
I see children, teens and adults with all types of mental health conditions. I can see patients virtually (in Colorado or Florida) or in my office in Sarasota Florida. Starting in 6/1/24 I will be converting my practice to virtual only. I specialize in ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, and trauma. Typical issues include struggle with school, behavioral issues at home or interpersonal relationships. Search google for my practice to see my practice information and website: NowPsych Sean Paul, MD
(941) 405-3020 View (941) 405-3020
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Leslie Vannucci
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cherry Hills Village, CO 80121
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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Tiffany S. Peterson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cherry Hills Village, CO 80111
Hi, I'm Tiffany Peterson, a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I prescribe medication, test for nutrient deficiencies and recommend complementary supplements. I help adults who do not respond to medications, those who prefer to limit prescribed medications and adults who seek alternatives to prescribed medications. Psychiatry is uniquely complex - think shades of grey rather than black and white. I respect your beliefs and individuality. We will discuss risks and benefits when customizing a treatment plan. From my experience, a good outcome is based on a good relationship - between you and me.
Hi, I'm Tiffany Peterson, a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I prescribe medication, test for nutrient deficiencies and recommend complementary supplements. I help adults who do not respond to medications, those who prefer to limit prescribed medications and adults who seek alternatives to prescribed medications. Psychiatry is uniquely complex - think shades of grey rather than black and white. I respect your beliefs and individuality. We will discuss risks and benefits when customizing a treatment plan. From my experience, a good outcome is based on a good relationship - between you and me.
(719) 974-4767 View (719) 974-4767
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Regional Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113  (Online Only)
Our clinic treats ages 5 & up. Sessions are conducted virtually (using a HIPAA compliant platform). We understand that medication management is not the only solution. The lifestyle that precipitated the stress response in the first plans needs to change. In addition to psychotherapy and medication management, we place high regards for modalities such as weight management, medical management, exercise, and sleep hygiene to combat the body’s inflammatory response, which exacerbates mental illness. We aim to uses the lowest effective dose and help people to eventually not depend on medication.
Our clinic treats ages 5 & up. Sessions are conducted virtually (using a HIPAA compliant platform). We understand that medication management is not the only solution. The lifestyle that precipitated the stress response in the first plans needs to change. In addition to psychotherapy and medication management, we place high regards for modalities such as weight management, medical management, exercise, and sleep hygiene to combat the body’s inflammatory response, which exacerbates mental illness. We aim to uses the lowest effective dose and help people to eventually not depend on medication.
(720) 807-9375 View (720) 807-9375
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Prescott Coe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
21 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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Jeffrey Byrne
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
19 Endorsed
Cherry Hills Village, CO 80121  (Online Only)
I have been working in healthcare since 2015, starting as a behavioral health technician with the Cleveland Clinic. I began work as a nurse in 2017, and have worked in various mental health settings including inpatient adult/adolescent psychiatry, as well as the psychiatric emergency department before graduating with a master’s degree from the University of Colorado.
I have been working in healthcare since 2015, starting as a behavioral health technician with the Cleveland Clinic. I began work as a nurse in 2017, and have worked in various mental health settings including inpatient adult/adolescent psychiatry, as well as the psychiatric emergency department before graduating with a master’s degree from the University of Colorado.
(720) 780-8922 View (720) 780-8922
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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.
(720) 806-4749 View (720) 806-4749
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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
(407) 258-1394 View (407) 258-1394
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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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Lauren Cone
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113
Have you been struggling with issues such as feeling unlike yourself, not feeling as connected to your family members or friends as you had been? You may be wondering if you would benefit from talking to a therapist or seeking medication for recent changes in your mood or anxiety, or perhaps you've been struggling for a long time now. Good for you for starting the search! Finding a good fit in a therapist or psychiatric prescriber is a big task and it can feel intimidating. It is my hope that you will feel safe talking with me about difficult and painful things that are making life hard and that together, we will find solutions.
Have you been struggling with issues such as feeling unlike yourself, not feeling as connected to your family members or friends as you had been? You may be wondering if you would benefit from talking to a therapist or seeking medication for recent changes in your mood or anxiety, or perhaps you've been struggling for a long time now. Good for you for starting the search! Finding a good fit in a therapist or psychiatric prescriber is a big task and it can feel intimidating. It is my hope that you will feel safe talking with me about difficult and painful things that are making life hard and that together, we will find solutions.
(719) 626-1338 View (719) 626-1338

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Frances Rhodes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Englewood, CO 80113
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
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Julie Bremer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Welcome! Meet Julie Bremer, a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience in acute care, labor and delivery, newborn care, and case management. Passionate about perinatal mental health, Julie is certified through PSI and has volunteered as a peer support. She believes in treating the whole person with a welcoming, caring, and non-judgmental approach.
Welcome! Meet Julie Bremer, a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience in acute care, labor and delivery, newborn care, and case management. Passionate about perinatal mental health, Julie is certified through PSI and has volunteered as a peer support. She believes in treating the whole person with a welcoming, caring, and non-judgmental approach.
(720) 707-3124 View (720) 707-3124
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Jeanna Dietz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
I started my nursing career in North Carolina, after graduating from a private nursing school where I was awarded Student of the Year in 2004. I worked several years in Pediatrics and Maternity Nursing before finding my passion for working with those suffering from mental illness and substance use disorders. I now have two master's degrees in nursing (Nursing Education, and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner) and have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with all varieties of mental illness and addiction. I have additional training in perinatal psychiatry and am comfortable treating during that time.
I started my nursing career in North Carolina, after graduating from a private nursing school where I was awarded Student of the Year in 2004. I worked several years in Pediatrics and Maternity Nursing before finding my passion for working with those suffering from mental illness and substance use disorders. I now have two master's degrees in nursing (Nursing Education, and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner) and have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with all varieties of mental illness and addiction. I have additional training in perinatal psychiatry and am comfortable treating during that time.
(720) 729-9520 View (720) 729-9520
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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
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Jennifer Livingston
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, RXN, PMH-C
Verified Verified
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
I deeply value working alongside patients, their families, and other healthcare providers to develop mental health medication management treatment plans that address both the physical and emotional aspects of mental health. Through empathy, education, and empowerment, I aim to not only treat symptoms but also to foster resilience and promote long-lasting well-being. Together, we can navigate the complexities of mental health with compassion, strength, and hope.
I deeply value working alongside patients, their families, and other healthcare providers to develop mental health medication management treatment plans that address both the physical and emotional aspects of mental health. Through empathy, education, and empowerment, I aim to not only treat symptoms but also to foster resilience and promote long-lasting well-being. Together, we can navigate the complexities of mental health with compassion, strength, and hope.
(720) 927-8702 View (720) 927-8702
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Dr. Scott Schmidt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
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.
(303) 536-6566 View (303) 536-6566

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Cherry Hills Village, CO

10+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Cherry Hills Village, CO who prioritize treating:

93% Depression
93% Anxiety
93% Trauma and PTSD
93% Bipolar Disorder
93% Medication Management
86% ADHD
64% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

88% Aetna
88% Cigna and Evernorth
88% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Cherry Hills Village, CO see their clients

65% In Person and Online
35% Online Only

Gender breakdown

64% Female
36% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Cherry Hills Village?

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.