Psychiatrists in Denver, CO

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Zach Robinson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80246
As a double board-certified adult and child and adolescent psychiatrist, I specialize in medication management, psychotherapy, and lifestyle interventions. My goal is to create a safe and inclusive environment where all patients can feel comfortable expressing themselves. My approach is collaborative, meaning we will work together to find a treatment plan that works best for you. Learn more at SylvanPsychiatry.com
As a double board-certified adult and child and adolescent psychiatrist, I specialize in medication management, psychotherapy, and lifestyle interventions. My goal is to create a safe and inclusive environment where all patients can feel comfortable expressing themselves. My approach is collaborative, meaning we will work together to find a treatment plan that works best for you. Learn more at SylvanPsychiatry.com
(720) 792-8360 View (720) 792-8360
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Syreeta Spears
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP, CPN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80206
Hello, I'm Syreeta Spears and I'm a Board-Certified, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with full prescriptive authority. I focus on using a collaborative, comprehensive methodology when treating patients and families. I specialize in the treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults, and currently only see patients age 35 and under. I provide support and treatment plans for issues surrounding: suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, emotional disturbances, trauma, Bipolar disorder, behavioral issues, sleep problems, troubled thought patterns, difficult life transitions, and attention issues.
Hello, I'm Syreeta Spears and I'm a Board-Certified, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with full prescriptive authority. I focus on using a collaborative, comprehensive methodology when treating patients and families. I specialize in the treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults, and currently only see patients age 35 and under. I provide support and treatment plans for issues surrounding: suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, emotional disturbances, trauma, Bipolar disorder, behavioral issues, sleep problems, troubled thought patterns, difficult life transitions, and attention issues.
(833) 248-5327 View (833) 248-5327
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Kevin Huynh - Denver Wellness Associates
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80209  (Online Only)
I offer psychiatric medication evaluations and treatment and am currently open to new patients. I received my PA Master’s degree at the University of Colorado Child Health Associate/Physician Assistant (CHA/PA) Program in 2020 and have remained in Denver since. I completed my B.S. in Human Biology and B.A. in Art History & Criticism at the University of California, San Diego. Before moving to Colorado, I spent two years as an EMT, followed by two years as a TMS technician. Working in the field of TMS, I naturally gravitated towards psychiatry and have continued to enhance my skills in the field since.
I offer psychiatric medication evaluations and treatment and am currently open to new patients. I received my PA Master’s degree at the University of Colorado Child Health Associate/Physician Assistant (CHA/PA) Program in 2020 and have remained in Denver since. I completed my B.S. in Human Biology and B.A. in Art History & Criticism at the University of California, San Diego. Before moving to Colorado, I spent two years as an EMT, followed by two years as a TMS technician. Working in the field of TMS, I naturally gravitated towards psychiatry and have continued to enhance my skills in the field since.
(720) 597-7336 View (720) 597-7336
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Elizabeth Erickson
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80230
I received my medical degree from Des Moines University and completed my psychiatry residency at the University of Chicago. My care is centered around children and adults, and I have a strong background in eating disorders and children. I enjoy partnering and collaborating with each patient, using my medical training, their knowledge of themselves and their life experience to strategize the right path to healing.
I received my medical degree from Des Moines University and completed my psychiatry residency at the University of Chicago. My care is centered around children and adults, and I have a strong background in eating disorders and children. I enjoy partnering and collaborating with each patient, using my medical training, their knowledge of themselves and their life experience to strategize the right path to healing.
(720) 915-2258 View (720) 915-2258
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David Jiang
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80206  (Online Only)
Dr. Jiang is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. His practice focuses on medication management and supportive therapy. His major goal is for treatment to be patient centered, with a focus on high quality, evidence-based care in the safest and most meaningful way.
Dr. Jiang is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. His practice focuses on medication management and supportive therapy. His major goal is for treatment to be patient centered, with a focus on high quality, evidence-based care in the safest and most meaningful way.
(720) 802-0058 View (720) 802-0058
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Intrepid Mental Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80210
We are a group of Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners who are passionate about providing mental health care in an environment that is safe and non-judgmental. We treat a wide range of issues including anxiety, trauma, depression, insomnia, irritability, anger, intense emotions, bipolar/mood disorders, and ADHD. We use a collaborative holistic approach to treatment which may include the use of psychiatric medications, but additionally we will explore possible root causes for your mental health symptoms and we may recommend things such as laboratory testing or natural supplements.
We are a group of Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners who are passionate about providing mental health care in an environment that is safe and non-judgmental. We treat a wide range of issues including anxiety, trauma, depression, insomnia, irritability, anger, intense emotions, bipolar/mood disorders, and ADHD. We use a collaborative holistic approach to treatment which may include the use of psychiatric medications, but additionally we will explore possible root causes for your mental health symptoms and we may recommend things such as laboratory testing or natural supplements.
(720) 703-9261 View (720) 703-9261
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Nichollette Dykes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80212
Nichollette is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, specializing in medication management. Nichollette’s practice embodies a holistic approach towards psychiatric treatment that focuses on improving the overall mental well-being of an individual, rather than just treating the symptoms. With every patient, Nichollette strives to create a motivating and nurturing environment that is optimal for healing and growth. She utilizes an artful and collaborative process to create an individualized treatment plan tailored to your unique needs.
Nichollette is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, specializing in medication management. Nichollette’s practice embodies a holistic approach towards psychiatric treatment that focuses on improving the overall mental well-being of an individual, rather than just treating the symptoms. With every patient, Nichollette strives to create a motivating and nurturing environment that is optimal for healing and growth. She utilizes an artful and collaborative process to create an individualized treatment plan tailored to your unique needs.
(720) 664-9662 View (720) 664-9662
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Holly Vause
Psychiatric Nurse, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80206
I specialize in psychiatric medication evaluation and management for children, adolescents and adults.I believe we must have a collaborative relationship working together to meet your treatment goals. This collaboration is achieved through honest communication about your symptoms of concern and medication effects. I do not believe medications are appropriate for everyone dealing with emotional, behavioral, and/or relational issues. I do believe that some form of therapy is critical for maintaining long-term benefits. In many situations therapy as well as medications provide the best outcomes. Working together, we will determine the best course of treatment for you.
I specialize in psychiatric medication evaluation and management for children, adolescents and adults.I believe we must have a collaborative relationship working together to meet your treatment goals. This collaboration is achieved through honest communication about your symptoms of concern and medication effects. I do not believe medications are appropriate for everyone dealing with emotional, behavioral, and/or relational issues. I do believe that some form of therapy is critical for maintaining long-term benefits. In many situations therapy as well as medications provide the best outcomes. Working together, we will determine the best course of treatment for you.
(720) 330-4904 x3 View (720) 330-4904 x3
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Susan Hudson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80212
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner practicing in the Boulder office of the Strock Medical Group. Prior to completing my Master of Science in Nursing, I worked in the corrections setting as a RN for seven years where I was able to offer compassionate, empathic care, and I learned that I am able to treat everyone with unconditional positive regard regardless of circumstances. I specialize in working with adults with a variety of mental health concerns, and I am truly passionate about treating trauma/PTSD, mood disorders, and substance use disorders using current evidence to guide treatment decisions.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner practicing in the Boulder office of the Strock Medical Group. Prior to completing my Master of Science in Nursing, I worked in the corrections setting as a RN for seven years where I was able to offer compassionate, empathic care, and I learned that I am able to treat everyone with unconditional positive regard regardless of circumstances. I specialize in working with adults with a variety of mental health concerns, and I am truly passionate about treating trauma/PTSD, mood disorders, and substance use disorders using current evidence to guide treatment decisions.
(720) 738-6598 View (720) 738-6598
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Lubna Grewal
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80209
I established Denver Psychiatric Clinic to add needed space for individuals to focus on issues affecting their mental well-being. Anxiety, mood instability, depression, relationship stress, and general dissatisfaction are often what bring people into treatment but typically represent only the surface layer of why we experience distress the way we do. The purpose of my practice is to create space for exploration of any and all sources of that distress through medication and/or therapy. My objective for each patient is that such exploration facilitates improvement through an increased understanding of themselves.
I established Denver Psychiatric Clinic to add needed space for individuals to focus on issues affecting their mental well-being. Anxiety, mood instability, depression, relationship stress, and general dissatisfaction are often what bring people into treatment but typically represent only the surface layer of why we experience distress the way we do. The purpose of my practice is to create space for exploration of any and all sources of that distress through medication and/or therapy. My objective for each patient is that such exploration facilitates improvement through an increased understanding of themselves.
(720) 605-7488 View (720) 605-7488
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Sean Elrod
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80239  (Online Only)
Now ADHD certified! Life stressors got you down? Are you feeling anxious, overwhelmed, or exhausted? I strongly believe one's mental health is just as important as one's physical health. I recognize the importance of maintaining mental health and how it can greatly impact physical health and vice versa. We all have life stressors, and I strongly believe we can all benefit from regular mental health checkups. I enjoy working with a diverse adult population including the LGBTQ+ community. My approach is compassionate and non judgmental.
Now ADHD certified! Life stressors got you down? Are you feeling anxious, overwhelmed, or exhausted? I strongly believe one's mental health is just as important as one's physical health. I recognize the importance of maintaining mental health and how it can greatly impact physical health and vice versa. We all have life stressors, and I strongly believe we can all benefit from regular mental health checkups. I enjoy working with a diverse adult population including the LGBTQ+ community. My approach is compassionate and non judgmental.
(720) 806-6310 View (720) 806-6310
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Dr. Henrietta Evans
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, GNPBC
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80202  (Online Only)
Hi, I'm Dr. Henrietta Evans, DNP, APRN, with dual certifications in Psychiatric Mental Health and Geriatric Nursing. My career began in 1993 as an LPN in the U.S. Army, leading to a BSN from the University of Phoenix and an MSN from the University of South Alabama, focusing on psychiatric care. I earned a Gerontological NP certificate in 2010 and a DNP in 2015. Additionally, I'm certified in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy. With over 31 years across diverse medical fields, my holistic approach integrates mind, body, and soul wellness, continually advancing nursing excellence.
Hi, I'm Dr. Henrietta Evans, DNP, APRN, with dual certifications in Psychiatric Mental Health and Geriatric Nursing. My career began in 1993 as an LPN in the U.S. Army, leading to a BSN from the University of Phoenix and an MSN from the University of South Alabama, focusing on psychiatric care. I earned a Gerontological NP certificate in 2010 and a DNP in 2015. Additionally, I'm certified in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy. With over 31 years across diverse medical fields, my holistic approach integrates mind, body, and soul wellness, continually advancing nursing excellence.
(720) 669-7572 View (720) 669-7572
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Jewish Family Service
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, RXN, APN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80231
Happy you found my page. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and I work with individuals who are needing support with there wellness. I specialize in treating mood, anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD. In the past 24 years I have been honored to work with clients who want to improve their quality of life, stabilize their mental health symptoms, and create the life they desire. I have been trained as a Integrative Psychiatric Provider and able to take a deeper dive into providing wholistic treatment recommendations. As I work at Jewish Family Services, Denver County residents are able to schedule and I look forward to meeting you.
Happy you found my page. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and I work with individuals who are needing support with there wellness. I specialize in treating mood, anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD. In the past 24 years I have been honored to work with clients who want to improve their quality of life, stabilize their mental health symptoms, and create the life they desire. I have been trained as a Integrative Psychiatric Provider and able to take a deeper dive into providing wholistic treatment recommendations. As I work at Jewish Family Services, Denver County residents are able to schedule and I look forward to meeting you.
(720) 741-6588 View (720) 741-6588
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R A Oddy MD Psychiatry LLC
Psychiatrist, MD, MA, DABPN, FASAM
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80209
Dr. Richard Oddy has 20+ years of expertise as a psychiatrist and psychotherapist, operating a thriving private practice in Denver, previously established in Fort Collins in 2005. His medical education was accomplished at the University of Cambridge in England, followed by a residency in psychiatry at Cornell Medical Center-New York Hospital in 2000. Dr. Oddy holds board certifications in General Psychiatry, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, and is a distinguished lifetime fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Oddy is also experienced in the use of buprenorphine for opioid dependence.
Dr. Richard Oddy has 20+ years of expertise as a psychiatrist and psychotherapist, operating a thriving private practice in Denver, previously established in Fort Collins in 2005. His medical education was accomplished at the University of Cambridge in England, followed by a residency in psychiatry at Cornell Medical Center-New York Hospital in 2000. Dr. Oddy holds board certifications in General Psychiatry, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, and is a distinguished lifetime fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Oddy is also experienced in the use of buprenorphine for opioid dependence.
(720) 650-7723 View (720) 650-7723
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James Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80204
Accepting New Patients! Looking forward to meet you. I'm board certified, specializing in medication management, treating 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 us.
Accepting New Patients! Looking forward to meet you. I'm board certified, specializing in medication management, treating 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 us.
(720) 459-4497 View (720) 459-4497
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Lauren Paul
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80212
Lauren is an ANCC board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and received a Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She began working in mental health in 2010 and is passionate about providing excellent, compassionate care. She has a variety of clinical interests including (but not limited to) ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety, and trauma.
Lauren is an ANCC board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and received a Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She began working in mental health in 2010 and is passionate about providing excellent, compassionate care. She has a variety of clinical interests including (but not limited to) ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety, and trauma.
(720) 649-5535 View (720) 649-5535
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Todd Kline
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80209
Cigna or Blue Cross? Hey, it's Dr. Todd Kline. I offer medications, psychotherapy, and innovative biofeedback treatments for those suffering with anxiety, depression and other mood disorders. By training, I'm a psychiatrist (medical doctor) and psychoanalyst (advanced psychotherapist) and have a thriving private practice in Cherry Creek where I'm now adding an additional 8 hours to my schedule. Thus, I'm excited to be accepting a limited number of new patients into the practice at this time! I specialize in treating Anxiety Disorders (GAD, OCD, PTSD, Panic Disorder) Depression, Grief, Life Transitions, Mood illnesses.
Cigna or Blue Cross? Hey, it's Dr. Todd Kline. I offer medications, psychotherapy, and innovative biofeedback treatments for those suffering with anxiety, depression and other mood disorders. By training, I'm a psychiatrist (medical doctor) and psychoanalyst (advanced psychotherapist) and have a thriving private practice in Cherry Creek where I'm now adding an additional 8 hours to my schedule. Thus, I'm excited to be accepting a limited number of new patients into the practice at this time! I specialize in treating Anxiety Disorders (GAD, OCD, PTSD, Panic Disorder) Depression, Grief, Life Transitions, Mood illnesses.
(720) 726-6205 View (720) 726-6205
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Katherine Jefferson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80207
Hi :) I am Katherine Jefferson, a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I am originally from Birmingham, Alabama, where I completed my Master's Degree in Nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. While pursuing my master's degree, I worked as a registered nurse in a neurological and trauma intensive care unit at UAB Hospital for over five years. I later worked as a travel nurse at Saint Anthony Hospital in Colorado.
Hi :) I am Katherine Jefferson, a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I am originally from Birmingham, Alabama, where I completed my Master's Degree in Nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. While pursuing my master's degree, I worked as a registered nurse in a neurological and trauma intensive care unit at UAB Hospital for over five years. I later worked as a travel nurse at Saint Anthony Hospital in Colorado.
(720) 797-5355 View (720) 797-5355
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Amanda Befferman
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80238
I am a board certified physician assistant. My treatment goal is to use evidence-based medicine to provide holistic and patient-centered care. It is important to me that I treat my patients as individuals to provide a treatment plan that will work for their unique set of circumstances. My extensive background in adult primary care and geriatric medicine means that I am confident in my ability to consider other medical comorbidities when deciding on treatment for my patients.
I am a board certified physician assistant. My treatment goal is to use evidence-based medicine to provide holistic and patient-centered care. It is important to me that I treat my patients as individuals to provide a treatment plan that will work for their unique set of circumstances. My extensive background in adult primary care and geriatric medicine means that I am confident in my ability to consider other medical comorbidities when deciding on treatment for my patients.
(720) 986-4342 View (720) 986-4342
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Heather Jones
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80204
Dr. Heather Jones, trained at UCLA, Johns Hopkins, and the Mayo Clinic, is a compassionate mental health leader with over a decade of experience. Dr. Jones goes beyond expertise, taking the time to understand each patient's unique background and strengths. She fosters a strong connection and empowers patients to make informed healthcare decisions. Her approach is down-to-earth, marked by humor and empathy, creating a judgment-free zone. She tailors treatment to your specific needs, empowering you on your journey to well-being.
Dr. Heather Jones, trained at UCLA, Johns Hopkins, and the Mayo Clinic, is a compassionate mental health leader with over a decade of experience. Dr. Jones goes beyond expertise, taking the time to understand each patient's unique background and strengths. She fosters a strong connection and empowers patients to make informed healthcare decisions. Her approach is down-to-earth, marked by humor and empathy, creating a judgment-free zone. She tailors treatment to your specific needs, empowering you on your journey to well-being.
(720) 790-4212 View (720) 790-4212

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Denver, CO

500+

Average cost per session

$225

Psychiatrists in Denver, CO who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
95% Depression
86% Medication Management
83% ADHD
82% Bipolar Disorder
78% Trauma and PTSD
73% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

93% Cigna and Evernorth
92% Aetna
90% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Denver, CO see their clients

65% In Person and Online
35% Online Only

Gender breakdown

69% Female
31% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Denver?

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.