Psychiatrists in Commerce City, CO

Photo of John Yates, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
John Yates
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Commerce City, CO 80022
My name is John, a seasoned professional who has devoted over two decades to the field of Emergency Medicine, where I was privileged to witness the resilience of the human spirit in times of immense crisis. Throughout my tenure, I discovered the profound fulfillment that comes from being a compassionate listener and guide during people’s moments of vulnerability, helping them navigate through their personal stories of trials, triumphs, and transformations.
My name is John, a seasoned professional who has devoted over two decades to the field of Emergency Medicine, where I was privileged to witness the resilience of the human spirit in times of immense crisis. Throughout my tenure, I discovered the profound fulfillment that comes from being a compassionate listener and guide during people’s moments of vulnerability, helping them navigate through their personal stories of trials, triumphs, and transformations.
(720) 770-8608 View (720) 770-8608
Photo of Joe Crowley, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Joe Crowley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Commerce City, CO 80022
Accepting New Patients! - Joseph “Joe” P. Crowley is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner in Colorado. He brings over seven years of inpatient and outpatient psychiatric experience to his patients while offering an attentive, accommodating patient care philosophy. Joe earned his BSN and MSN degrees at Regis University. He completed his inpatient and outpatient clinical training at various facilities in the Denver Metro area. He also received professional recognition for academic achievements and ICARE awards while working at the V.A. Eastern Colorado Health Care System.
Accepting New Patients! - Joseph “Joe” P. Crowley is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner in Colorado. He brings over seven years of inpatient and outpatient psychiatric experience to his patients while offering an attentive, accommodating patient care philosophy. Joe earned his BSN and MSN degrees at Regis University. He completed his inpatient and outpatient clinical training at various facilities in the Denver Metro area. He also received professional recognition for academic achievements and ICARE awards while working at the V.A. Eastern Colorado Health Care System.
(720) 734-7170 View (720) 734-7170
Photo of Andrew Nagy, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Andrew Nagy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Commerce City, CO 80022
*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.
(319) 984-1018 View (319) 984-1018
Photo of Alison Baker, PNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Alison Baker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Commerce City, CO 80022
Accepting new clients! I am a board-certified nurse practitioner specializing in psychiatry. Asking for help takes courage, and my goal is to meet you where you are. I intend to understand your values, needs, and emotions. Effective treatment starts with trust and feeling heard without judgment. Your initial appointment can be in person or in the comfort of your home utilizing telehealth. By learning about you, your family history, and your symptoms, we can develop a treatment plan we are both comfortable with.
Accepting new clients! I am a board-certified nurse practitioner specializing in psychiatry. Asking for help takes courage, and my goal is to meet you where you are. I intend to understand your values, needs, and emotions. Effective treatment starts with trust and feeling heard without judgment. Your initial appointment can be in person or in the comfort of your home utilizing telehealth. By learning about you, your family history, and your symptoms, we can develop a treatment plan we are both comfortable with.
(720) 807-1909 View (720) 807-1909
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Henry Fagnant
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Commerce City, CO 80022
Appointments available! Henry is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who obtained his undergraduate and advanced nursing degree from Regis University in Denver, CO. He has over ten years of healthcare experience serving pediatric, adult and geriatric populations. Henry’s background includes an engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines, ecclesiastical work in service to the poor and underserved, and nursing services that include pediatric homecare, hospital inpatient and hospice care.
Appointments available! Henry is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who obtained his undergraduate and advanced nursing degree from Regis University in Denver, CO. He has over ten years of healthcare experience serving pediatric, adult and geriatric populations. Henry’s background includes an engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines, ecclesiastical work in service to the poor and underserved, and nursing services that include pediatric homecare, hospital inpatient and hospice care.
(720) 807-4845 View (720) 807-4845
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Kyle Brown
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Commerce City, CO 80022
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) 547-9826 View (720) 547-9826
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Rhiannon Lee Brey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Commerce City, CO 80022
My nursing career brought me the good fortune of traveling for work; I have lived in all four corners of the US (and in the middle, too!) and have enjoyed meeting and working with individuals of diverse backgrounds. As a nurse practitioner, curiosity and respect drive my practice; I join each person’s journey toward mental wellness with a collaborative treatment approach, taking time to “zoom out” and view symptoms through a holistic lens.
My nursing career brought me the good fortune of traveling for work; I have lived in all four corners of the US (and in the middle, too!) and have enjoyed meeting and working with individuals of diverse backgrounds. As a nurse practitioner, curiosity and respect drive my practice; I join each person’s journey toward mental wellness with a collaborative treatment approach, taking time to “zoom out” and view symptoms through a holistic lens.
(970) 615-5590 View (970) 615-5590
Photo of Kristina Mordecai, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kristina Mordecai
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Commerce City, CO 80022
Accepting New Patients! Kristina is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is currently accepting new clients. Her journey began in 1999 when she graduated with an Associate of Science in Nursing from Meridian Community College. She then progressed to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Chamberlain University in 2015 and graduated at the top of her class. After furthering her career in nursing management and stress management courses, she decided to pursue the Master of Science in Nursing, specializing in Psychiatry, at Herzing University where she graduated with honors.
Accepting New Patients! Kristina is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is currently accepting new clients. Her journey began in 1999 when she graduated with an Associate of Science in Nursing from Meridian Community College. She then progressed to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Chamberlain University in 2015 and graduated at the top of her class. After furthering her career in nursing management and stress management courses, she decided to pursue the Master of Science in Nursing, specializing in Psychiatry, at Herzing University where she graduated with honors.
(720) 606-4748 View (720) 606-4748
Photo of Mary Beth Hutchinson, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Mary Beth Hutchinson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Commerce City, CO 80022
Are you depressed or anxious? I can help with your medication management. My name is Mary "Beth" Hutchinson. I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, treating patients ages 4 and up. I am also certified as a family nurse practitioner, which provides a broad base to individualize age appropriate treatment. We can meet and have our sessions through video on our telemedicine platform, so you can be at the comfort of your home while we meet. We will evaluate your specific concerns, work with you to develop a practical plan, and I'll support you through the process of improving your life.
Are you depressed or anxious? I can help with your medication management. My name is Mary "Beth" Hutchinson. I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, treating patients ages 4 and up. I am also certified as a family nurse practitioner, which provides a broad base to individualize age appropriate treatment. We can meet and have our sessions through video on our telemedicine platform, so you can be at the comfort of your home while we meet. We will evaluate your specific concerns, work with you to develop a practical plan, and I'll support you through the process of improving your life.
(719) 394-9967 View (719) 394-9967
Photo of Melissa Shulman, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Melissa Shulman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Commerce City, CO 80022  (Online Only)
Accepting New Clients! I believe mental health care should be an empowering experience. As your provider, we will work together to identify what is most important to you on your journey to building a rich and meaningful life. I provide holistic, trauma-informed care and medication management for a variety of mental health needs and specialize in treating anxiety, addictions, and mood disorders.
Accepting New Clients! I believe mental health care should be an empowering experience. As your provider, we will work together to identify what is most important to you on your journey to building a rich and meaningful life. I provide holistic, trauma-informed care and medication management for a variety of mental health needs and specialize in treating anxiety, addictions, and mood disorders.
(720) 821-1246 View (720) 821-1246
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Lauren Hood
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Commerce City, CO 80022
Accepting New Patients! Lauren Hood is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who provides a full range of psychiatric services and specializes in medication management. Lauren earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Wyoming. She became certified as a psychiatric registered nurse, through the American Nurses Credentialing Center, as her career progressed. Lauren completed her Master of Science in Nursing through Walden University.
Accepting New Patients! Lauren Hood is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who provides a full range of psychiatric services and specializes in medication management. Lauren earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Wyoming. She became certified as a psychiatric registered nurse, through the American Nurses Credentialing Center, as her career progressed. Lauren completed her Master of Science in Nursing through Walden University.
(720) 759-3982 View (720) 759-3982
Photo of Letitia Sam, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Letitia Sam
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
18 Endorsed
Commerce City, CO 80022
My journey into psychiatric mental health care spans diverse experiences. Originating from Ghana, I earned degrees in Marketing, Psychology, and Political Science before delving into nursing in the United States. With a background in nursing education and a focus on PMHNP, I am pursuing my DNP.
My journey into psychiatric mental health care spans diverse experiences. Originating from Ghana, I earned degrees in Marketing, Psychology, and Political Science before delving into nursing in the United States. With a background in nursing education and a focus on PMHNP, I am pursuing my DNP.
(970) 557-1324 View (970) 557-1324

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Shy Warren
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80022  (Online Only)
I have garnered experience in medication management and caring for patients facing depression, anxiety, substance abuse, mood disorders, and behavioral disorders. I excel at performing comprehensive assessments, coming to swift diagnoses’, and building individualized treatment plans while empathetically educating and supporting patients to enable the best possible outcomes.
I have garnered experience in medication management and caring for patients facing depression, anxiety, substance abuse, mood disorders, and behavioral disorders. I excel at performing comprehensive assessments, coming to swift diagnoses’, and building individualized treatment plans while empathetically educating and supporting patients to enable the best possible outcomes.
(678) 403-6294 View (678) 403-6294
Photo of Rosa Kauffman, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Rosa Kauffman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80022  (Online Only)
Managing mental health is essential and at times a task not easily accomplished alone. In addition to psychotherapy, pharmacological treatments may also be useful. Whether your symptoms are situational or ones you have battled for years, there is help available.
Managing mental health is essential and at times a task not easily accomplished alone. In addition to psychotherapy, pharmacological treatments may also be useful. Whether your symptoms are situational or ones you have battled for years, there is help available.
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Photo of Meghan Dow, DNP, PMHNP, CARN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Meghan Dow
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, CARN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80022
If you are struggling with unmanageable moods or emotions, maybe you have tried treatment in the past but it has not worked for you. Please come see me and we can build off your history, making sure not to repeat things that have failed you in the past but rather build from this knowledge and improve your symptoms and quality of life through different treatment modalities. If this is further complicated from substance use or maybe originated with substance use we are here to support you, and your recovery.
If you are struggling with unmanageable moods or emotions, maybe you have tried treatment in the past but it has not worked for you. Please come see me and we can build off your history, making sure not to repeat things that have failed you in the past but rather build from this knowledge and improve your symptoms and quality of life through different treatment modalities. If this is further complicated from substance use or maybe originated with substance use we are here to support you, and your recovery.
(720) 637-3822 View (720) 637-3822
Photo of Jabari Dobson, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jabari Dobson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80022
I am currently a ANCC board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner here at Tranquility Telepsychiatry. I am a Savannah, GA native with over 5 years in psychiatric nursing experience ranging from forensic, inpatient crisis stabilization and travel. My specialties include Bipolar Disorder, Substance Abuse, Major Depression and Anxiety. I enjoy my free time shopping and traveling for leisure.
I am currently a ANCC board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner here at Tranquility Telepsychiatry. I am a Savannah, GA native with over 5 years in psychiatric nursing experience ranging from forensic, inpatient crisis stabilization and travel. My specialties include Bipolar Disorder, Substance Abuse, Major Depression and Anxiety. I enjoy my free time shopping and traveling for leisure.
(206) 203-3561 View (206) 203-3561
Photo of Tara Ostromencki, DNP, PMHNPBC, APNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Tara Ostromencki
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, APNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80022  (Online Only)
Offering adolescents and adults support as they're navigating life and crises is my area of expertise. People seek me out to help treat depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, mood and adjustment disorders among other things. Each person is different and I approach care considering their interest and willingness to use medications to treat their symptoms, their openness to therapy and exploring lifestyle factors that can make an impact on their mental health. It's a team approach.
Offering adolescents and adults support as they're navigating life and crises is my area of expertise. People seek me out to help treat depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, mood and adjustment disorders among other things. Each person is different and I approach care considering their interest and willingness to use medications to treat their symptoms, their openness to therapy and exploring lifestyle factors that can make an impact on their mental health. It's a team approach.
(720) 821-6356 View (720) 821-6356
Photo of Zachary Wight - Inner Joy Psychiatry | Zachary Wight PMHNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Inner Joy Psychiatry | Zachary Wight PMHNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80229
Accepting New Patients! I specialize in integrative psychiatry for individuals ages 16+ combining evidence-based medication management with holistic and non-traditional "whole-body" approaches for full-spectrum treatment of mental illnesses and substance abuse. I am accepting of all people and I provide non-judgmental care. Viewing the mind, body, emotions, and soul as beautifully interconnected, I will strive to gain a deep understanding of your unique history, the current struggles that are hindering mental wellness, and adaptation skills that can be enhanced to inspire a lasting sense of inner joy.
Accepting New Patients! I specialize in integrative psychiatry for individuals ages 16+ combining evidence-based medication management with holistic and non-traditional "whole-body" approaches for full-spectrum treatment of mental illnesses and substance abuse. I am accepting of all people and I provide non-judgmental care. Viewing the mind, body, emotions, and soul as beautifully interconnected, I will strive to gain a deep understanding of your unique history, the current struggles that are hindering mental wellness, and adaptation skills that can be enhanced to inspire a lasting sense of inner joy.
(719) 496-8897 View (719) 496-8897
Photo of Julie Cain - Julie Cain PMHNP/ Healthy Minds, PMHNP, AGNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Julie Cain PMHNP/ Healthy Minds
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, AGNP
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80022  (Online Only)
Offering psychiatric medication management including ketamine treatment for clients seeking relief from depression, anxiety, PTSD and other mental health concerns. I enjoy working with clients who are open to change and transformation in their lives. I have a supportive, encouraging, intuitive style and enjoy partnering with clients on their goals to improve their quality of life. In addition to psychiatric medication management for mental health concerns and substance use disorders, I have additional training in psychedelic assisted therapy offering harm reduction, and psycho educational supports for interested clients.
Offering psychiatric medication management including ketamine treatment for clients seeking relief from depression, anxiety, PTSD and other mental health concerns. I enjoy working with clients who are open to change and transformation in their lives. I have a supportive, encouraging, intuitive style and enjoy partnering with clients on their goals to improve their quality of life. In addition to psychiatric medication management for mental health concerns and substance use disorders, I have additional training in psychedelic assisted therapy offering harm reduction, and psycho educational supports for interested clients.
(303) 369-4228 View (303) 369-4228
Photo of Rod Falcon - Falcon HealthCare, MSN, NP, AMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Falcon HealthCare
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, NP, AMHNP
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80022
If you are struggling with the daily tasks and finding you're having trouble day to day, and it is reaching a point, now is the time to reach out and consult. Let's target those areas and bring notable improvement in your level of functioning and making your goals clear and achievable. I am accepting new clientele for concierge and online treatment of ADHD and any other mental health concerns. Appointments are cash only and I'm not accepting insurance at this time, but generally have a better rate than most psychiatrists. If you have medicaid, per law you have to see a medicaid accepting provider,
If you are struggling with the daily tasks and finding you're having trouble day to day, and it is reaching a point, now is the time to reach out and consult. Let's target those areas and bring notable improvement in your level of functioning and making your goals clear and achievable. I am accepting new clientele for concierge and online treatment of ADHD and any other mental health concerns. Appointments are cash only and I'm not accepting insurance at this time, but generally have a better rate than most psychiatrists. If you have medicaid, per law you have to see a medicaid accepting provider,
(720) 702-4174 View (720) 702-4174

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Commerce City, CO

10+

Average cost per session

$225

Psychiatrists in Commerce City, CO who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% ADHD
92% Anxiety
83% Bipolar Disorder
75% Trauma and PTSD
75% Medication Management
67% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Commerce City, CO see their clients

92% In Person and Online
8% Online Only

Gender breakdown

55% Female
45% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Commerce 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.