Psychiatrists in Colorado City, CO

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E Kioko
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Colorado City, CO 81019
Dr. Kioko is a mental health provider with 9 years of experience as a psychiatric nurse practitioner and 22 years as a bedside Registered Nurse in different clinical settings including psychiatric units, medical-surgical, Neuro, oncology, Cardiac, and orthopedic units. This diverse experience has given me the tools and expertise to provide mental health care to patients in a holistic manner. My care focuses on diversity and inclusion to improve the health and promote thewellbeing of the individual, family, and community as a whole. Services offered include psychiatric evaluation, medication management, and supportive therapy service
Dr. Kioko is a mental health provider with 9 years of experience as a psychiatric nurse practitioner and 22 years as a bedside Registered Nurse in different clinical settings including psychiatric units, medical-surgical, Neuro, oncology, Cardiac, and orthopedic units. This diverse experience has given me the tools and expertise to provide mental health care to patients in a holistic manner. My care focuses on diversity and inclusion to improve the health and promote thewellbeing of the individual, family, and community as a whole. Services offered include psychiatric evaluation, medication management, and supportive therapy service
(520) 214-8671 View (520) 214-8671
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Green Pasture Primary Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Colorado City, CO 81019
Do you have problems with focusing, impulsivity, or both that last for a long time and get in the way of daily life and growth. Carelessness with details, not paying attention when others are speaking, failing to complete tasks as directed, avoidance of activities demanding prolonged mental effort and fidgeting. Is your mood low, attention impaired, guilt feelings, suicidal thoughts, sleep disturbed, decreased appetite, decreased pleasure in normally enjoyable things, Are you experiencing low self-esteem? Do you manifest anxiety symptoms?
Do you have problems with focusing, impulsivity, or both that last for a long time and get in the way of daily life and growth. Carelessness with details, not paying attention when others are speaking, failing to complete tasks as directed, avoidance of activities demanding prolonged mental effort and fidgeting. Is your mood low, attention impaired, guilt feelings, suicidal thoughts, sleep disturbed, decreased appetite, decreased pleasure in normally enjoyable things, Are you experiencing low self-esteem? Do you manifest anxiety symptoms?
(813) 822-3429 View (813) 822-3429
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Harmoni Health and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Colorado City, CO 81019  (Online Only)
Hello, my name is Tanya and I have been working with the adult mental health population for over 18 years. When providing care to people, it is important to provide care and treatment that is tailored to the individual. At Harmoni Health and Wellness, individualized care provided virtually allow clients to be cared for in the comfort and safety of their own homes which makes open, honest, therapeutic communication easier, leading to quality individualized treatment. I will work hard together with you to even out some of the hills and valleys in your life.
Hello, my name is Tanya and I have been working with the adult mental health population for over 18 years. When providing care to people, it is important to provide care and treatment that is tailored to the individual. At Harmoni Health and Wellness, individualized care provided virtually allow clients to be cared for in the comfort and safety of their own homes which makes open, honest, therapeutic communication easier, leading to quality individualized treatment. I will work hard together with you to even out some of the hills and valleys in your life.
(234) 657-3105 View (234) 657-3105
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Anna K Shudzeka
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Colorado City, CO 81019
As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), my goal is to support your well-being with compassionate and personalized care. I understand that everyone is unique, and I tailor my approach to meet your specific needs and goals. Using proven treatments, including medication, therapy, and lifestyle changes, I focus on your overall health. I am dedicated to professionalism, confidentiality, and ethical practice, helping you face mental health challenges. My aim is to empower you to regain control and look forward to a future filled with strength and hope.
As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), my goal is to support your well-being with compassionate and personalized care. I understand that everyone is unique, and I tailor my approach to meet your specific needs and goals. Using proven treatments, including medication, therapy, and lifestyle changes, I focus on your overall health. I am dedicated to professionalism, confidentiality, and ethical practice, helping you face mental health challenges. My aim is to empower you to regain control and look forward to a future filled with strength and hope.
(319) 254-5550 View (319) 254-5550

Online Psychiatrists

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Andrew Nagy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
*Accepting New Patients!* I'm board certified, specializing in medication management, treating ADHD, depression, anxiety, addiction and many other ailments. Accepting new patients and variety of insurances. I can easily E-prescribe your medication and use the latest technology for easy virtual sessions, without you having to leave your home. Schedule your in-office or video appointment by clicking ‘My Website’ link or call.
*Accepting New Patients!* I'm board certified, specializing in medication management, treating ADHD, depression, anxiety, addiction and many other ailments. Accepting new patients and variety of insurances. I can easily E-prescribe your medication and use the latest technology for easy virtual sessions, without you having to leave your home. Schedule your in-office or video appointment by clicking ‘My Website’ link or call.
(719) 350-5721 View (719) 350-5721
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Melanie R Sida
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, CPNP-PC, Rxn
Verified Verified
Colorado Springs, CO 80919
Melanie is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in children and adolescents with developmental, behavioral and mental health disorders. She sees children and adolescents and is able to provide general assessments, recommendations for therapies and medication management for various disorders including ADHD, Autism, Anxiety and Depression. She has prescriptive authority in Colorado and can prescribe medications for children and adolescents. She has been in practice in Colorado since 2002.
Melanie is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in children and adolescents with developmental, behavioral and mental health disorders. She sees children and adolescents and is able to provide general assessments, recommendations for therapies and medication management for various disorders including ADHD, Autism, Anxiety and Depression. She has prescriptive authority in Colorado and can prescribe medications for children and adolescents. She has been in practice in Colorado since 2002.
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Lorraine Victorian-Burks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
18 Endorsed
Colorado Springs, CO 80907  (Online Only)
Hello! I am an experienced, licensed, board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in the psychological assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. I provide medication management and other evidence-based approaches to treat a wide range of psychological, emotional, and behavioral problems.
Hello! I am an experienced, licensed, board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in the psychological assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. I provide medication management and other evidence-based approaches to treat a wide range of psychological, emotional, and behavioral problems.
(720) 797-4809 View (720) 797-4809
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Ike Uzowulu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Colorado Springs, CO 80917  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner. I have verifiable experience in treating variety of psychiatric disorders such as; mood disorders including resistant depression, eating disorders, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, schizophrenia, stress and sleep related disorders.
I am a board-certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner. I have verifiable experience in treating variety of psychiatric disorders such as; mood disorders including resistant depression, eating disorders, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, schizophrenia, stress and sleep related disorders.
(719) 427-6106 View (719) 427-6106
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Meagan Holland
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Colorado Springs, CO 80905
Meagan -pronounced May-gan- here! I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, driven by a lifelong passion for supporting mental well-being. My journey began at Denver College of Nursing, where I earned my BSN. Eager to dive into the world of psychiatry, I spent over 6 years as a Mental Health Registered Nurse. Those years were invaluable, giving me experience in diverse settings like outpatient, inpatient, detox, and crisis care.
Meagan -pronounced May-gan- here! I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, driven by a lifelong passion for supporting mental well-being. My journey began at Denver College of Nursing, where I earned my BSN. Eager to dive into the world of psychiatry, I spent over 6 years as a Mental Health Registered Nurse. Those years were invaluable, giving me experience in diverse settings like outpatient, inpatient, detox, and crisis care.
(720) 764-9937 View (720) 764-9937
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Jonathan Gravgaard
Physician Assistant, MSPAS, PA-C
Verified Verified
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
I believe in a team based approach to healthcare in which you, as an expert on your personal experiences, utilize my training in the treatment of mental health issues to help you live a joyful, fulfilling life. I have past experience working in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatry with patients ranging in age from 6 to 75 years of age.
I believe in a team based approach to healthcare in which you, as an expert on your personal experiences, utilize my training in the treatment of mental health issues to help you live a joyful, fulfilling life. I have past experience working in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatry with patients ranging in age from 6 to 75 years of age.
(719) 751-5587 View (719) 751-5587
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Kristina Kurtz
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
If you're seeking adult psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, palliative medicine, or end-of-life care, Kristina can help you find relief and comfort. Kristina graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania. She completed a Transitional Internship at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Oakland in Pontiac, Michigan, and Psychiatry Residency training at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan. During her residency training, she held multiple professional leadership positions, including ethics committee consultant, associate chief resident, and chief resident.
If you're seeking adult psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, palliative medicine, or end-of-life care, Kristina can help you find relief and comfort. Kristina graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania. She completed a Transitional Internship at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Oakland in Pontiac, Michigan, and Psychiatry Residency training at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan. During her residency training, she held multiple professional leadership positions, including ethics committee consultant, associate chief resident, and chief resident.
(719) 215-4136 View (719) 215-4136
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Melissa Shulman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Pueblo, CO 81005  (Online Only)
Hello! My name is Melissa Shulman and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with The 40/20 Collective. As your provider, it is my goal that you feel truly seen and supported. During our sessions I will get to know you and your unique needs, and we will develop a treatment plan that is guided by what’s most important to you. Wherever you are on your mental health journey, I will meet you where you’re at. I provide holistic care and medication management for a variety of mental health needs, including Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Substance Use Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Complex Trauma, PTSD and OCD.
Hello! My name is Melissa Shulman and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with The 40/20 Collective. As your provider, it is my goal that you feel truly seen and supported. During our sessions I will get to know you and your unique needs, and we will develop a treatment plan that is guided by what’s most important to you. Wherever you are on your mental health journey, I will meet you where you’re at. I provide holistic care and medication management for a variety of mental health needs, including Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Substance Use Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Complex Trauma, PTSD and OCD.
(970) 699-4313 View (970) 699-4313
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Psychiatric Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PsychNP
Verified Verified
Colorado Springs, CO 80918  (Online Only)
Although carefully chosen medications can quickly achieve much needed relief of anxiety, depression, insomnia and trauma symptoms, a thorough evaluation can also identify many opportunities for improvement without medications. The most effective treatment plan may include work-life balance, nutrition and sleep strategies, address, avoid or adapting to triggers, in addition to multiple psychotherapies. When needed, medications with the lowest side effects, easiest to use, most predictably effective & not addictive are recommended. Ultimately, it is up to each person to decide which strategies they will use to achieve wellness.
Although carefully chosen medications can quickly achieve much needed relief of anxiety, depression, insomnia and trauma symptoms, a thorough evaluation can also identify many opportunities for improvement without medications. The most effective treatment plan may include work-life balance, nutrition and sleep strategies, address, avoid or adapting to triggers, in addition to multiple psychotherapies. When needed, medications with the lowest side effects, easiest to use, most predictably effective & not addictive are recommended. Ultimately, it is up to each person to decide which strategies they will use to achieve wellness.
(720) 776-9098 View (720) 776-9098
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Erin Sandy--Larson Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Accepting New Patients! Schedule online at www.larsonmentalhealth.com/schedule-now. I evaluate and treat ages 8+ for a range of mental health concerns including, but limited to, ADHD, depression, anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, grief, trauma, Disordered Eating, school issues, self harm, suicidality, and loss. With over a decade of dedicated service in the field of mental health, I have honed my expertise through a diverse range of experiences in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings. Calling upon this experience, in your evaluation, we will discuss and move forward with an agreed upon treatment plan that meets your needs.
Accepting New Patients! Schedule online at www.larsonmentalhealth.com/schedule-now. I evaluate and treat ages 8+ for a range of mental health concerns including, but limited to, ADHD, depression, anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, grief, trauma, Disordered Eating, school issues, self harm, suicidality, and loss. With over a decade of dedicated service in the field of mental health, I have honed my expertise through a diverse range of experiences in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings. Calling upon this experience, in your evaluation, we will discuss and move forward with an agreed upon treatment plan that meets your needs.
(719) 399-5796 View (719) 399-5796
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Jessica Courtney
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Jessica Courtney is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who has been practicing since 2020. She graduated from Colorado State University, Pueblo with Master of Science in Nursing, Psychiatry. When you meet with Jessica, you'll meet with a caring provider who has an innate ability to help you feel at ease while overcoming fears regarding life changes and mental health concerns. She'll welcome you into a collaborative atmosphere, where she'll help you understand what is going on inside your body and how exactly the medication she may prescribe will affect it.
Jessica Courtney is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who has been practicing since 2020. She graduated from Colorado State University, Pueblo with Master of Science in Nursing, Psychiatry. When you meet with Jessica, you'll meet with a caring provider who has an innate ability to help you feel at ease while overcoming fears regarding life changes and mental health concerns. She'll welcome you into a collaborative atmosphere, where she'll help you understand what is going on inside your body and how exactly the medication she may prescribe will affect it.
(719) 624-4169 View (719) 624-4169
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Kathy L Myatt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
I have always had a special empathy for people at vulnerable points in their lives: birth, death, and points in-between. I want my patients to feel cozy, safe, accepted and believed. I like working alongside people as they regain hope, work through conflicts or grief, and develop a sense of well-being. It is my belief that true peace and healing can only occur with a full understanding of the individual and how they relate to the world around them.
I have always had a special empathy for people at vulnerable points in their lives: birth, death, and points in-between. I want my patients to feel cozy, safe, accepted and believed. I like working alongside people as they regain hope, work through conflicts or grief, and develop a sense of well-being. It is my belief that true peace and healing can only occur with a full understanding of the individual and how they relate to the world around them.
(719) 419-9422 View (719) 419-9422
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Geofrey K Kosgei
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Pueblo, CO 81003
As a father, a husband, and a veteran, thank you for trusting me to take the next steps of wellness and increased quality of life with you. "Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, take the first step.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
As a father, a husband, and a veteran, thank you for trusting me to take the next steps of wellness and increased quality of life with you. "Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, take the first step.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
(719) 781-3381 View (719) 781-3381
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Online Kairos Psychiatry in Colorado
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Colorado Springs, CO 80920  (Online Only)
We often risk our mental health in this busy world and people often have to choose between psychiatric/ therapy appointments or keeping up with other life responsibilities. Now you won't have to. My goal is to reduce fragmented care by providing accessible psychiatric care online, wherever you are, all across Colorado. No more congested traffic or long drives, waiting room, missing work or school. Online psychiatry is privacy-friendly and customizable. I connect with teens, collegiates, and young professionals to navigate anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, stressors of career and school transitions, and family life.
We often risk our mental health in this busy world and people often have to choose between psychiatric/ therapy appointments or keeping up with other life responsibilities. Now you won't have to. My goal is to reduce fragmented care by providing accessible psychiatric care online, wherever you are, all across Colorado. No more congested traffic or long drives, waiting room, missing work or school. Online psychiatry is privacy-friendly and customizable. I connect with teens, collegiates, and young professionals to navigate anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, stressors of career and school transitions, and family life.
(720) 897-5644 View (720) 897-5644
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Neil Wilkey
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Colorado Springs, CO 80921
I have had the privilege of working with patients for the last 20 years struggling with psychiatric problems. I am living in Colorado since 2019 and l am licensed in Colorado and California. For 10 years I was working overseas treating patients from all over the world. Many patients suffered for years with an awareness that things were sub-optimal only to realize, after receiving care, that they could have felt better long before if they had sought professional help. Optimal care entails knowing that your provider is an expert, that they care about you as a person, and maintaining continuity over time to achieve results.
I have had the privilege of working with patients for the last 20 years struggling with psychiatric problems. I am living in Colorado since 2019 and l am licensed in Colorado and California. For 10 years I was working overseas treating patients from all over the world. Many patients suffered for years with an awareness that things were sub-optimal only to realize, after receiving care, that they could have felt better long before if they had sought professional help. Optimal care entails knowing that your provider is an expert, that they care about you as a person, and maintaining continuity over time to achieve results.
(719) 454-8458 View (719) 454-8458
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Joelle Bailey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
24 Endorsed
Pueblo, CO 81008
Self-scheduling available now through our website!-I have devoted my career to providing evidence-based, comprehensive mental health treatment to individuals of all ages.I bring a unique perspective to the field, combining diverse clinical expertise, empathy, and a patient-centered approach. Each person is different and your individual treatment plan should reflect that. I treat a multitude of psychiatric disorders including but not limited to depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, and OCD. Some specialized populations that I treat include perinatal, child, and co-occurring medical complexity.
Self-scheduling available now through our website!-I have devoted my career to providing evidence-based, comprehensive mental health treatment to individuals of all ages.I bring a unique perspective to the field, combining diverse clinical expertise, empathy, and a patient-centered approach. Each person is different and your individual treatment plan should reflect that. I treat a multitude of psychiatric disorders including but not limited to depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, and OCD. Some specialized populations that I treat include perinatal, child, and co-occurring medical complexity.
(719) 745-5956 View (719) 745-5956

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Colorado City, CO

< 10

Psychiatrists in Colorado City, CO who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
75% ADHD
75% Psychosis
50% Trauma and PTSD
50% Other
50% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Colorado City, CO see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Colorado City?

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.