Psychiatrists in Denver County, CO

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Photo of Elizabeth Macshadiya, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Denver County, CO
Elizabeth Macshadiya
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80237
Hi, I’m Liz! Are you suffering from challenges caused by depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, insomnia, and more? Do you often wonder if what you are feeling or experiencing is “normal?” Let’s talk! I am an experienced, board-certified psychiatric provider who believes in treating you with respect and compassion, and encourages you to actively participate in your journey to wellness. My overall goal is for you to feel seen, heard, and have a greater overall understanding about your mental health. I focus on you as a whole person, and not just a diagnosis. I see patients ages 6+ in TX, CO, IA, MI, and WA.
Hi, I’m Liz! Are you suffering from challenges caused by depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, insomnia, and more? Do you often wonder if what you are feeling or experiencing is “normal?” Let’s talk! I am an experienced, board-certified psychiatric provider who believes in treating you with respect and compassion, and encourages you to actively participate in your journey to wellness. My overall goal is for you to feel seen, heard, and have a greater overall understanding about your mental health. I focus on you as a whole person, and not just a diagnosis. I see patients ages 6+ in TX, CO, IA, MI, and WA.
(303) 647-3072 View (303) 647-3072
Photo of Sarah McKinley Johnson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Denver County, CO
Sarah McKinley Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ACNP-BC, RN, MSN
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80223  (Online Only)
Sarah welcomes you to a safe space where you can feel confident that she will work with you to achieve optimal results. She has experience meeting with clients to formulate a comprehensive plan of care that considers your concerns, values, and health history. Sarah has over 10 years of experience treating patients with complex medical and psychiatric needs, working together with clients and families to achieve their best overall health. She has a special interest in holistic treatment, integrating all aspects of health. We believe in Diversity and Inclusion, that each person has their unique story to tell.
Sarah welcomes you to a safe space where you can feel confident that she will work with you to achieve optimal results. She has experience meeting with clients to formulate a comprehensive plan of care that considers your concerns, values, and health history. Sarah has over 10 years of experience treating patients with complex medical and psychiatric needs, working together with clients and families to achieve their best overall health. She has a special interest in holistic treatment, integrating all aspects of health. We believe in Diversity and Inclusion, that each person has their unique story to tell.
(720) 807-8610 View (720) 807-8610
Photo of Adrienne Long, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Denver County, CO
Adrienne Long
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80209
I firmly believe everyone has the capacity for healing. I see medication as an adjunct to therapy and not as a sole intervention. Because there are so many factors that affect our emotional and mental wellbeing, I believe in taking an integrative and collaborative approach to your mental and physical health. Consideration of factors such as sleep, potential nutrient deficiencies, lifestyle and stress, genetics, and of course mood, are critical when developing and a comprehensive treatment plan. I truly believe this type of collaborative and comprehensive plan will allow you to thrive.
I firmly believe everyone has the capacity for healing. I see medication as an adjunct to therapy and not as a sole intervention. Because there are so many factors that affect our emotional and mental wellbeing, I believe in taking an integrative and collaborative approach to your mental and physical health. Consideration of factors such as sleep, potential nutrient deficiencies, lifestyle and stress, genetics, and of course mood, are critical when developing and a comprehensive treatment plan. I truly believe this type of collaborative and comprehensive plan will allow you to thrive.
(720) 675-7123 View (720) 675-7123
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Candor Mind and Body
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP, RN
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80224  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Life can be hard to explore particularly during life events that presents with uncertainties that accompany adulthood. Sometimes, it becomes hard to deal with these uncertainties as they appear when we don’t have the right tools to deal with them. I can help with pharmacotherapy and non-pharmacotherapy approaches to help calm the waters.
Life can be hard to explore particularly during life events that presents with uncertainties that accompany adulthood. Sometimes, it becomes hard to deal with these uncertainties as they appear when we don’t have the right tools to deal with them. I can help with pharmacotherapy and non-pharmacotherapy approaches to help calm the waters.
(720) 868-9204 View (720) 868-9204
Photo of Sandra Osborne, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Denver County, CO
Sandra Osborne
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80249
Accepting New Patients! I'm Sandra (she/her), an empathetic mental health provider with a wealth of experience in crisis services, forensics, and veteran care. My mission is to meet you where you are and provide a judgment-free space where your voice is heard and valued. By integrating mind, body, and self, we'll navigate challenging emotions together. I can also prescribe and help with your medication management.
Accepting New Patients! I'm Sandra (she/her), an empathetic mental health provider with a wealth of experience in crisis services, forensics, and veteran care. My mission is to meet you where you are and provide a judgment-free space where your voice is heard and valued. By integrating mind, body, and self, we'll navigate challenging emotions together. I can also prescribe and help with your medication management.
(720) 790-4618 View (720) 790-4618
Photo of Ivy Hoo, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Denver County, CO
Ivy Hoo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80219
Accepting New Patients! As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am dedicated to helping individuals achieve their full potential and lead a fulfilling life. My goal is to take a comprehensive and holistic approach to care, considering all the factors that may impact a person's mental health and well-being. This includes working in collaboration with my patients, their families, and other healthcare providers to ensure that the care provided is safe, effective, patient-centered, and tailored to meet each individual's unique needs. To check my availability go to our website and my first available will be listed there.
Accepting New Patients! As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am dedicated to helping individuals achieve their full potential and lead a fulfilling life. My goal is to take a comprehensive and holistic approach to care, considering all the factors that may impact a person's mental health and well-being. This includes working in collaboration with my patients, their families, and other healthcare providers to ensure that the care provided is safe, effective, patient-centered, and tailored to meet each individual's unique needs. To check my availability go to our website and my first available will be listed there.
(720) 794-9955 View (720) 794-9955
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Carmen Chau
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80204
I believe in a holistic approach to medicine that takes into account one's body, mind and spirit. This means treating each patient on an individual level, taking into account their story, goals, boundaries, and personal beliefs to find the best course of treatment for them. I am here to provide expertise, education, suggestions, resources, and guidance; however, I believe the patient themselves (or their legal guardian) should be at the forefront of their own care.
I believe in a holistic approach to medicine that takes into account one's body, mind and spirit. This means treating each patient on an individual level, taking into account their story, goals, boundaries, and personal beliefs to find the best course of treatment for them. I am here to provide expertise, education, suggestions, resources, and guidance; however, I believe the patient themselves (or their legal guardian) should be at the forefront of their own care.
(720) 868-9316 View (720) 868-9316
Photo of Kyle Brown, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Denver County, CO
Kyle Brown
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80205
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
Jean E Kunin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80218
Jean E. Kunin
Jean E. Kunin
(303) 747-4756 View (303) 747-4756
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Tracy Connor-Riddick
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80230
To prospective clients: I applaud you for taking the first step. Because of your bravery, I will take the second step to hear and see you. We can then work together to make you the best version of yourself that you want to be.
To prospective clients: I applaud you for taking the first step. Because of your bravery, I will take the second step to hear and see you. We can then work together to make you the best version of yourself that you want to be.
(720) 706-9176 View (720) 706-9176
Photo of Enrique Caloca, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Denver County, CO
Enrique Caloca
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80205  (Online Only)
Hi, I'm Enrique and I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I completed my BSN and MSN from Azusa Pacific University. I have practiced in multiple settings; geriatrics, correctional care, outpatient, and the emergency department. My experience in various settings has given me a combination of clinical insight and collaborative skills to help guide all clinical decisions. I help those struggling with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, ptsd, & psychosis.
Hi, I'm Enrique and I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I completed my BSN and MSN from Azusa Pacific University. I have practiced in multiple settings; geriatrics, correctional care, outpatient, and the emergency department. My experience in various settings has given me a combination of clinical insight and collaborative skills to help guide all clinical decisions. I help those struggling with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, ptsd, & psychosis.
(720) 640-7817 View (720) 640-7817
Photo of Brad Tepper, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Denver County, CO
Brad Tepper
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80216
Currently working at two outpatient clinics, I continue to expand my clinical proficiency and stay at the forefront of advancements in psychiatric care. My passion lies in helping patients through medication administration, therapy, and ketamine-assisted therapy. With a focus on patients aged 18 years and older, I have extensive experience in treating a wide range of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, trauma/PTSD, substance abuse, and attention issues.
Currently working at two outpatient clinics, I continue to expand my clinical proficiency and stay at the forefront of advancements in psychiatric care. My passion lies in helping patients through medication administration, therapy, and ketamine-assisted therapy. With a focus on patients aged 18 years and older, I have extensive experience in treating a wide range of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, trauma/PTSD, substance abuse, and attention issues.
(720) 410-9021 View (720) 410-9021
Photo of Dr. Henrietta Evans, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Denver County, CO
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
Photo of Dr. Kelly Tull, Psychiatrist in Denver County, CO
Dr. Kelly Tull
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80223
I am a board-certified psychiatrist practicing in Colorado who specializes in psychotherapy and medication management, with special expertise in reproductive psychiatry. I provide compassionate and specialized care for a broad range of conditions. I commonly help people with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and trauma. I love working with women planning for pregnancy and through the perinatal period, as well as supporting those experiencing infertility and women facing the hormone shifts of perimenopause.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist practicing in Colorado who specializes in psychotherapy and medication management, with special expertise in reproductive psychiatry. I provide compassionate and specialized care for a broad range of conditions. I commonly help people with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and trauma. I love working with women planning for pregnancy and through the perinatal period, as well as supporting those experiencing infertility and women facing the hormone shifts of perimenopause.
(720) 459-4229 View (720) 459-4229
Photo of Lauren Hood, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Denver County, CO
Lauren Hood
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80239
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) 790-3651 View (720) 790-3651
Photo of Henry Fagnant, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Denver County, CO
Henry Fagnant
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, PNP
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80237
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) 734-8442 View (720) 734-8442
Photo of Justin R Ragon, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Denver County, CO
Justin R Ragon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80202  (Online Only)
Justin is an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with prescriptive authority in Colorado, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Justin is originally from Mississippi, and after serving four years in the United States Air Force as an aircraft avionic technician, he attended University of Southern Mississippi where he majored in nursing. Justin worked for five years as a Registered Nurse before earning his Master’s in Nursing from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs and began working as Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Justin treats children age 5 and over, adults, and geriatric patients.
Justin is an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with prescriptive authority in Colorado, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Justin is originally from Mississippi, and after serving four years in the United States Air Force as an aircraft avionic technician, he attended University of Southern Mississippi where he majored in nursing. Justin worked for five years as a Registered Nurse before earning his Master’s in Nursing from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs and began working as Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Justin treats children age 5 and over, adults, and geriatric patients.
(303) 653-9502 View (303) 653-9502
Photo of Sommer Perkins, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Denver County, CO
Sommer Perkins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CAPN
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80207
Sommer Perkins is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Her passion for helping others became highly evident during her career as a registered nurse on a medical-surgical unit, where she gained firsthand insight into how mental health can impact our thoughts, actions, interactions, and physical well-being. She received a Master of Science in Nursing as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and graduated with honors from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. She has experience working with clients of varied ethnicities and embraces building a solid practitioner-client relationship with people of all ages.
Sommer Perkins is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Her passion for helping others became highly evident during her career as a registered nurse on a medical-surgical unit, where she gained firsthand insight into how mental health can impact our thoughts, actions, interactions, and physical well-being. She received a Master of Science in Nursing as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and graduated with honors from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. She has experience working with clients of varied ethnicities and embraces building a solid practitioner-client relationship with people of all ages.
(720) 806-9957 View (720) 806-9957
Photo of Dr. Carol Campbell, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Denver County, CO
Dr. Carol Campbell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80211
I am a board certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center as an Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist and as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am also board certified through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as a Family Nurse Practitioner. I completed a Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Central Arkansas and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of South Alabama.
I am a board certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center as an Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist and as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am also board certified through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as a Family Nurse Practitioner. I completed a Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Central Arkansas and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of South Alabama.
(720) 738-5530 View (720) 738-5530
Photo of Mary Stephenson, Psychiatrist in Denver County, CO
Mary Stephenson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80206
Dr. Mary Stephenson is a board-certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with more than 25 years of clinical experience working with this population. Dr. Stephenson's practice focus is on medication management. She believes support and involvement of the family is an integral part of treatment for the client. Additionally, more therapy support may be needed on occasion, and the recommendation to bring a psychotherapist on the care team may occur to provide an optimal outcome.
Dr. Mary Stephenson is a board-certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with more than 25 years of clinical experience working with this population. Dr. Stephenson's practice focus is on medication management. She believes support and involvement of the family is an integral part of treatment for the client. Additionally, more therapy support may be needed on occasion, and the recommendation to bring a psychotherapist on the care team may occur to provide an optimal outcome.
(303) 622-3302 View (303) 622-3302

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Number of Psychiatrists in Denver County, CO

400+

Average cost per session

$225

Psychiatrists in Denver County, CO who prioritize treating:

97% Anxiety
95% Depression
87% Medication Management
83% Bipolar Disorder
81% ADHD
79% Trauma and PTSD
72% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

93% Cigna and Evernorth
92% Aetna
91% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Denver County, 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 County?

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.