Psychiatrists in Eagle County, CO

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Photo of Adriana Manygoats de Julio, MD, MSPH, Psychiatrist
Adriana Manygoats de Julio
Psychiatrist, MD, MSPH
Verified Verified
Edwards, CO 81632
My motto is, “You’re the expert on you.” I have expert knowledge in psychiatry, and you are the expert on your life, body, and needs. My goal is to work together with you to assess your unique story and create a plan to help you address your needs and meet your goals. I work with my team at Plus by APN to help you evaluate additional psychiatric options like Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), Spravato or ketamine-assisted healing, or neurofeedback.
My motto is, “You’re the expert on you.” I have expert knowledge in psychiatry, and you are the expert on your life, body, and needs. My goal is to work together with you to assess your unique story and create a plan to help you address your needs and meet your goals. I work with my team at Plus by APN to help you evaluate additional psychiatric options like Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), Spravato or ketamine-assisted healing, or neurofeedback.
(833) 480-1404 View (833) 480-1404
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Concierge Home Detox
Psychiatric Nurse, BSN RN
Verified Verified
Avon, CO 81620
I provide private, on-demand, in-home nursing services to treat alcohol and drug withdrawal.
I provide private, on-demand, in-home nursing services to treat alcohol and drug withdrawal.
(970) 696-8615 View (970) 696-8615
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Kris Vandenberg
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, DNP
Verified Verified
Avon, CO 81620  (Online Only)
Appointments Available ! Taking Olivia's Fund, Mountain Strong EAP, private pay and most Colorado commercial insurances. I am a Vail Valley local with over 30 years of experience in mental health treatment. As a board certified advanced nurse practitioner with a clinical doctorate, I have extensive training providing psychiatric medication management for all ages. With a background in both family practice and psychiatric mental health, I recognize the importance of treating the whole person, mind and body.
Appointments Available ! Taking Olivia's Fund, Mountain Strong EAP, private pay and most Colorado commercial insurances. I am a Vail Valley local with over 30 years of experience in mental health treatment. As a board certified advanced nurse practitioner with a clinical doctorate, I have extensive training providing psychiatric medication management for all ages. With a background in both family practice and psychiatric mental health, I recognize the importance of treating the whole person, mind and body.
(970) 528-1828 View (970) 528-1828
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Joanna Kluender
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP, AGNP-C
Verified Verified
Edwards, CO 81632  (Online Only)
In-person appointments starting August! Teleheath appointments currently available. As a psychiatric provider living in the Rocky Mountains, I understand the unique challenges our rural lifestyle can have on mental health. I'm here to make psychiatric support accessible, compassionate, and tailored to your needs. From adolescents to adults, I offer diagnostic and medication management for mental health issues.
In-person appointments starting August! Teleheath appointments currently available. As a psychiatric provider living in the Rocky Mountains, I understand the unique challenges our rural lifestyle can have on mental health. I'm here to make psychiatric support accessible, compassionate, and tailored to your needs. From adolescents to adults, I offer diagnostic and medication management for mental health issues.
(970) 972-0976 View (970) 972-0976
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Inner Joy Psychiatry | Zachary Wight PMHNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Eagle, CO 81631
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.
(970) 514-5359 View (970) 514-5359
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Thoughtful Mind Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Basalt, CO 81621  (Online Only)
I am a Dual-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatry and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over ten years of extensive nursing experience. My philosophy is “people don't care how much you know until they know how much you care” (Theodore Roosevelt). I'm passionate about delivering compassionate care to patients dealing with major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, and bipolar disorders. I understand that different experiences through a patient's life journey can contribute to mental health issues. As such, I obtain detailed psychiatric history and work with patients to create a customized treatment plan.
I am a Dual-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatry and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over ten years of extensive nursing experience. My philosophy is “people don't care how much you know until they know how much you care” (Theodore Roosevelt). I'm passionate about delivering compassionate care to patients dealing with major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, and bipolar disorders. I understand that different experiences through a patient's life journey can contribute to mental health issues. As such, I obtain detailed psychiatric history and work with patients to create a customized treatment plan.
(281) 667-0541 View (281) 667-0541
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Alexis Adams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Edwards, CO 81632
As an experienced Nurse Practitioner with 12 years in healthcare, my passion lies in providing exceptional mental health services and medication management. Throughout my journey, I have honed my expertise across multiple specialties, catering to diverse age groups to include pediatrics and adults. Working closely with clients facing various mental health diagnoses, I have developed a deep understanding of their unique needs. My commitment to empowering individuals is reflected in my ability to create personalized treatment plans that align with clients' goals and values.
As an experienced Nurse Practitioner with 12 years in healthcare, my passion lies in providing exceptional mental health services and medication management. Throughout my journey, I have honed my expertise across multiple specialties, catering to diverse age groups to include pediatrics and adults. Working closely with clients facing various mental health diagnoses, I have developed a deep understanding of their unique needs. My commitment to empowering individuals is reflected in my ability to create personalized treatment plans that align with clients' goals and values.
(720) 613-6755 View (720) 613-6755
Photo of Sandra Osborne, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Sandra Osborne
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Eagle, CO 81631
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) 770-4983 View (720) 770-4983
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Dr. Rebecca I Katz
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Vail, CO 81657
Wellcova Health is excited to announce that Dr. Katz has joined our team. She brings a vast amount of knowledge and expertise in psychiatric medication management in both pediatric and adult patients. Dr. Rebecca Katz is a Board Certified Psychiatrist. Prior to becoming a physician, Dr. Katz received a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Pittsburgh and was a High School Science and Math Teacher as well as an Athletic coach in Pennsylvania for 6 years. She went on to receive a Master’s in Biomedical Sciences with a focus in stroke research from Rutgers’s University before changing careers to study medicine.
Wellcova Health is excited to announce that Dr. Katz has joined our team. She brings a vast amount of knowledge and expertise in psychiatric medication management in both pediatric and adult patients. Dr. Rebecca Katz is a Board Certified Psychiatrist. Prior to becoming a physician, Dr. Katz received a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Pittsburgh and was a High School Science and Math Teacher as well as an Athletic coach in Pennsylvania for 6 years. She went on to receive a Master’s in Biomedical Sciences with a focus in stroke research from Rutgers’s University before changing careers to study medicine.
(303) 952-8042 View (303) 952-8042
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Dr. Daniel Daylamani
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Vail, CO 81657  (Online Only)
I am a board certified psychiatrist currently accepting new patients. My practice is strictly through the use of telepsychiatry which means that all appointments will be held via HIPAA compliant video conferencing software. Many patients prefer this means of treatment as appointments can be done from the comfort of your home or office without the need for lengthy commutes or waiting rooms and it provides access to mental health treatment to patients located in more remote locations. I treat adult (18+) patients located in Colorado, Texas and Washington State though controlled substance prescribing may only be done in Colorado.
I am a board certified psychiatrist currently accepting new patients. My practice is strictly through the use of telepsychiatry which means that all appointments will be held via HIPAA compliant video conferencing software. Many patients prefer this means of treatment as appointments can be done from the comfort of your home or office without the need for lengthy commutes or waiting rooms and it provides access to mental health treatment to patients located in more remote locations. I treat adult (18+) patients located in Colorado, Texas and Washington State though controlled substance prescribing may only be done in Colorado.
(720) 868-9577 View (720) 868-9577
Photo of Dr. Nkechi Ukomadu - Eshcol Clinic LLC, DNP, PMHNP-, BC, FNP-C, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Eshcol Clinic LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-, BC, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Basalt, CO 81621
We are accepting new patients. I am a Doctor of Nursing Practice with certification in FNP and Family Psychiatry. I have been practicing for over 8 years as a Certified NP and over 30 years as a BSN RN. Recognizing that health is wealth, it is imperative that your mentally ill health is taken seriously because the disease of the mind is the disease of the body. As a mentally ill, you do not have to be stigmatized. You have equal opportunity and the right to access the mental health care that you need. The world we live in is full of challenges that contribute to mental illness, and we consider those when providing your care.
We are accepting new patients. I am a Doctor of Nursing Practice with certification in FNP and Family Psychiatry. I have been practicing for over 8 years as a Certified NP and over 30 years as a BSN RN. Recognizing that health is wealth, it is imperative that your mentally ill health is taken seriously because the disease of the mind is the disease of the body. As a mentally ill, you do not have to be stigmatized. You have equal opportunity and the right to access the mental health care that you need. The world we live in is full of challenges that contribute to mental illness, and we consider those when providing your care.
(281) 816-4520 View (281) 816-4520
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Theresa Clark
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Vail, CO 81657
Welcome to Ten Mile Health and Wellness, the offices of Dr. Theresa Clark, MD. Located in Dillon, CO we serve Summit County and surrounding areas. This physician based practice focuses on providing high quality, individualized psychiatric care in a safe and caring environment. Evidence based medication management, psychotherapy and diet/lifestyle changes are involved in all evaluations.
Welcome to Ten Mile Health and Wellness, the offices of Dr. Theresa Clark, MD. Located in Dillon, CO we serve Summit County and surrounding areas. This physician based practice focuses on providing high quality, individualized psychiatric care in a safe and caring environment. Evidence based medication management, psychotherapy and diet/lifestyle changes are involved in all evaluations.
(970) 760-6053 View (970) 760-6053
Photo of Ryan Sheridan, MSN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ryan Sheridan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Avon, CO 81620
Hey There! I'm Ryan... My mindset: you can and will improve. Collaboration means you + me. My process is body, mind, & spirt. Success means empowering you. Take control of your wellness, improve your relationships, and optimize your life... I help individuals enhance their mental health. My approach is based on the premise that nutrition, physical activity, and how we recover are foundational to our well-being. We will optimize your life with thoughtful prescriptions, psychotherapy, nutritional and supplement counseling, and routine development.
Hey There! I'm Ryan... My mindset: you can and will improve. Collaboration means you + me. My process is body, mind, & spirt. Success means empowering you. Take control of your wellness, improve your relationships, and optimize your life... I help individuals enhance their mental health. My approach is based on the premise that nutrition, physical activity, and how we recover are foundational to our well-being. We will optimize your life with thoughtful prescriptions, psychotherapy, nutritional and supplement counseling, and routine development.
(202) 946-1279 View (202) 946-1279
Photo of Amy Halstead -Lotus Wellness, MSN, APN, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Amy Halstead -Lotus Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Basalt, CO 81621
I take an integrative approach to treatment which may include medication, psychotherapy, and lifestyle modification to address patients’ mental health needs. I fully believe in the role that sleep, exercise, and nutrition play in mental wellness. My approach is warm and collaborative in an effort to facilitate healing and growth through patient empowerment. I will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan that prioritizes your goals and values in a safe environment that is free of judgement.
I take an integrative approach to treatment which may include medication, psychotherapy, and lifestyle modification to address patients’ mental health needs. I fully believe in the role that sleep, exercise, and nutrition play in mental wellness. My approach is warm and collaborative in an effort to facilitate healing and growth through patient empowerment. I will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan that prioritizes your goals and values in a safe environment that is free of judgement.
(970) 512-3648 View (970) 512-3648
Photo of Rudy Spector, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Rudy Spector
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Vail, CO 81657
Optimal health begins with understanding the connection between your brain and body. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I look forward to helping you achieve your best mental wellness. Together we will look at your psychiatric symptoms, sleep patterns, and lifestyle. The initial interview will include a thorough psychiatric assessment, family history, and medical history. Medication management, supplements, laboratory draws, adrenal testing, and micronutrient testing are all avenues to consider during this initial interview.
Optimal health begins with understanding the connection between your brain and body. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I look forward to helping you achieve your best mental wellness. Together we will look at your psychiatric symptoms, sleep patterns, and lifestyle. The initial interview will include a thorough psychiatric assessment, family history, and medical history. Medication management, supplements, laboratory draws, adrenal testing, and micronutrient testing are all avenues to consider during this initial interview.
(970) 875-6588 View (970) 875-6588
Photo of Elizabeth A. Rademacher, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Elizabeth A. Rademacher
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Vail, CO 81657  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner fostering care across the life span fully licensed in Colorado, Florida, and Oregon. I provide initial evaluation and ongoing management of psychiatric medications, supportive counseling, health education, ketamine evaluations, and ketamine-assisted psychotherapy sessions.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner fostering care across the life span fully licensed in Colorado, Florida, and Oregon. I provide initial evaluation and ongoing management of psychiatric medications, supportive counseling, health education, ketamine evaluations, and ketamine-assisted psychotherapy sessions.
(720) 513-1011 View (720) 513-1011

Online Psychiatrists

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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
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Ugochi Nwaobi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boulder, CO 80302  (Online Only)
Driven by a profound passion for aiding individuals on their quest for optimal mental well-being, I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner dedicated to delivering personalized and high-quality mental health care to clients aged 18-99 years. My approach encompasses conducting thorough psychiatric evaluations and collaboratively crafting tailored evidence based treatment plans that account for all relevant factors impacting mental health. With over 12 years of extensive experience across diverse healthcare settings, including community mental health clinics and private practice.
Driven by a profound passion for aiding individuals on their quest for optimal mental well-being, I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner dedicated to delivering personalized and high-quality mental health care to clients aged 18-99 years. My approach encompasses conducting thorough psychiatric evaluations and collaboratively crafting tailored evidence based treatment plans that account for all relevant factors impacting mental health. With over 12 years of extensive experience across diverse healthcare settings, including community mental health clinics and private practice.
(720) 386-8353 View (720) 386-8353
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Rena Diem
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Loveland, CO 80538
Rena Diem, PMHNP Rena Diem is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Colorado who has been practicing since 2024. She received a Master of Science in Nursing as a Certified Nurse Midwife in 2010 before becoming a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2023. Rena's role is to be a guide on your journey towards greater health and understanding. By fostering a trusting and supportive environment, Rena hopes that you can feel that you don't have to do hard things alone.
Rena Diem, PMHNP Rena Diem is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Colorado who has been practicing since 2024. She received a Master of Science in Nursing as a Certified Nurse Midwife in 2010 before becoming a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2023. Rena's role is to be a guide on your journey towards greater health and understanding. By fostering a trusting and supportive environment, Rena hopes that you can feel that you don't have to do hard things alone.
(970) 609-9926 View (970) 609-9926
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Mind and Soul Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Arvada, CO 80004
My name is Jennifer Medina, and I am a Licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Through my work with various populations, I have gained extensive experience helping individuals navigate challenging times. I am here to offer my expertise to those struggling with issues such as ADHD, trauma, crisis, depression, anxiety, grief/loss, and relationship problems.
My name is Jennifer Medina, and I am a Licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Through my work with various populations, I have gained extensive experience helping individuals navigate challenging times. I am here to offer my expertise to those struggling with issues such as ADHD, trauma, crisis, depression, anxiety, grief/loss, and relationship problems.
(720) 924-7268 View (720) 924-7268

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Eagle County, CO

10+

Average cost per session

$225

Psychiatrists in Eagle County, CO who prioritize treating:

88% Anxiety
88% Bipolar Disorder
81% ADHD
75% Depression
75% Medication Management
63% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
63% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

89% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
67% Cigna and Evernorth
56% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Eagle County, CO see their clients

69% In Person and Online
31% Online Only

Gender breakdown

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

How can I find a psychiatrist in Eagle 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.