Psychiatrists in El Paso County, CO

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Photo of Dailyn Somoza Menendez, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in El Paso County, CO
Dailyn Somoza Menendez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Dailyn Somoza Menendez is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Colorado. She has a Master's Degree in Nursing, specializing in Psychiatric care across the life span, from Colorado State University. Dailyn believes in cultural-sensitive centered care. Her holistic approach utilizes conventional medicine in combination with supplements and alternative and complementary methods. She aids in lifestyle modifications to help patients achieve their ultimate goals. In her spare time, Dailyn enjoys gardening, traveling, going to the beach, and spending quality time with family.
Dailyn Somoza Menendez is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Colorado. She has a Master's Degree in Nursing, specializing in Psychiatric care across the life span, from Colorado State University. Dailyn believes in cultural-sensitive centered care. Her holistic approach utilizes conventional medicine in combination with supplements and alternative and complementary methods. She aids in lifestyle modifications to help patients achieve their ultimate goals. In her spare time, Dailyn enjoys gardening, traveling, going to the beach, and spending quality time with family.
(719) 581-6446 View (719) 581-6446
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Calming Waters Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, AGPCNP
Verified Verified
Calming Waters Psychiatry welcomes clients 18 years and older (65+)! Anxiety, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Eating disorders, Insomnia, Medication Management, OCD, Personality Disorders, PTSD, and Suicidal Ideations are evaluated and treated while optimizing patient safety. I follow the principles of shared decision-making and patient-centered care, holding the belief that patients should be actively involved in their care to optimize mental health outcomes. Strengthening a person's mental health and emotional well-being with a focus on improving quality of life measures are essential goals at Calming Waters Psychiatry.
Calming Waters Psychiatry welcomes clients 18 years and older (65+)! Anxiety, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Eating disorders, Insomnia, Medication Management, OCD, Personality Disorders, PTSD, and Suicidal Ideations are evaluated and treated while optimizing patient safety. I follow the principles of shared decision-making and patient-centered care, holding the belief that patients should be actively involved in their care to optimize mental health outcomes. Strengthening a person's mental health and emotional well-being with a focus on improving quality of life measures are essential goals at Calming Waters Psychiatry.
(719) 625-8474 View (719) 625-8474
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Dr. Joshua James: Rivendell Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Colorado Springs, CO 80920  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients. Initial consultation is free. Dr. James completed medical school at Texas A&M School of Medicine and psychiatric residency at UT Health in San Antonio. He is committed to serving the people of Colorado, Texas, and Utah. He specializes in helping people who struggle with depression, anxiety, and PTSD, but can treat other mental health afflictions as well (see list for the most commonly treated conditions). Dr. James works exclusively via telehealth to conveniently fit appointments into your busy schedule. Insurance is not accepted at this time, but ask about options for insurance reimbursement.
Accepting new patients. Initial consultation is free. Dr. James completed medical school at Texas A&M School of Medicine and psychiatric residency at UT Health in San Antonio. He is committed to serving the people of Colorado, Texas, and Utah. He specializes in helping people who struggle with depression, anxiety, and PTSD, but can treat other mental health afflictions as well (see list for the most commonly treated conditions). Dr. James works exclusively via telehealth to conveniently fit appointments into your busy schedule. Insurance is not accepted at this time, but ask about options for insurance reimbursement.
(719) 751-5836 View (719) 751-5836
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Artin Terhakopian
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
If you suspect medical issues are contributing to your condition or if you think medical treatments are needed for your mental health, a psychiatric evaluation is the way to go. Dr. Terhakopian's services include the assessment and treatment of: Mood (e.g depressive and bipolar) disorders, Anxiety (e.g. phobic, panic, social or generalized anxiety) disorders, Obsessions and Compulsions, Trauma-related disorders (e.g. PTSD), Sleep disorders, Substance (e.g. alcohol or opioid) use disorders, and Psychotic disorders. Dr. Terhakopian is a Suboxone (buprenorphine-naloxone) and Ketamine prescriber and ECT referral provider.
If you suspect medical issues are contributing to your condition or if you think medical treatments are needed for your mental health, a psychiatric evaluation is the way to go. Dr. Terhakopian's services include the assessment and treatment of: Mood (e.g depressive and bipolar) disorders, Anxiety (e.g. phobic, panic, social or generalized anxiety) disorders, Obsessions and Compulsions, Trauma-related disorders (e.g. PTSD), Sleep disorders, Substance (e.g. alcohol or opioid) use disorders, and Psychotic disorders. Dr. Terhakopian is a Suboxone (buprenorphine-naloxone) and Ketamine prescriber and ECT referral provider.
(719) 220-3752 View (719) 220-3752
Photo of Julie Gritz, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in El Paso County, CO
Julie Gritz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Colorado Springs, CO 80919  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Julie is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. When you meet with Julie, you'll meet with an experienced, attentive and caring provider that will help you find stability in your mental health journey. She'll welcome you into a collaborative atmosphere where your goals are the focus. Julie has a passion for teaching, she understands that people need to be in the driver's seat in getting their mental health needs met and always welcomes questions and discussion.
Julie is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. When you meet with Julie, you'll meet with an experienced, attentive and caring provider that will help you find stability in your mental health journey. She'll welcome you into a collaborative atmosphere where your goals are the focus. Julie has a passion for teaching, she understands that people need to be in the driver's seat in getting their mental health needs met and always welcomes questions and discussion.
(719) 223-3742 View (719) 223-3742
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Austin Kopas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Austin Kopas, PMHNP-BC, is a Nurse Practitioner who specializes in mood disorders like depression, bipolar, anxiety, ADHD, and schizophrenia-type disorders. Before completed his psychiatric nursing graduate degree in 2020, he worked for 5 years in a trauma intensive care unit treating victims after events like car crashes and gunshot wounds. Austin is inclusive of all patients and is passionate about making them feel safe, informed, and comfortable when discussing their care.
Austin Kopas, PMHNP-BC, is a Nurse Practitioner who specializes in mood disorders like depression, bipolar, anxiety, ADHD, and schizophrenia-type disorders. Before completed his psychiatric nursing graduate degree in 2020, he worked for 5 years in a trauma intensive care unit treating victims after events like car crashes and gunshot wounds. Austin is inclusive of all patients and is passionate about making them feel safe, informed, and comfortable when discussing their care.
(719) 938-0319 View (719) 938-0319
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Jacob Wilson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Do you feel like you're able to manage your symptoms as they arise or do you find more often than not, that your current symptoms are managing you several days? If you find that despite your best efforts, your symptoms are stagnant or getting worse, you are precisely the type of patient I would like to listen to and treat. I aim to meet each individual wherever they are in their current journey when they arrive in my office. I genuinely believe with the proper treatment plan and professional support, that everyone has an opportunity to thrive and if this is something you're seeking, I'd love the opportunity to be of service.
Do you feel like you're able to manage your symptoms as they arise or do you find more often than not, that your current symptoms are managing you several days? If you find that despite your best efforts, your symptoms are stagnant or getting worse, you are precisely the type of patient I would like to listen to and treat. I aim to meet each individual wherever they are in their current journey when they arrive in my office. I genuinely believe with the proper treatment plan and professional support, that everyone has an opportunity to thrive and if this is something you're seeking, I'd love the opportunity to be of service.
(719) 356-4968 View (719) 356-4968
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Springbok Health, Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, MSN, BA
Verified Verified
My specialties include, but not limited to PTSD, GAD, Depression, TBI, ADHD, Mood Disorders, Substance Abuse, Behavioral Health Courts, and serve as an expert witness in many Mental Health Areas. I have created a safe environment for all my patients to access care, to include a comprehensive telehealth program.
My specialties include, but not limited to PTSD, GAD, Depression, TBI, ADHD, Mood Disorders, Substance Abuse, Behavioral Health Courts, and serve as an expert witness in many Mental Health Areas. I have created a safe environment for all my patients to access care, to include a comprehensive telehealth program.
(719) 312-7594 View (719) 312-7594
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Mary Chamberlain
Physician Assistant, MSPAS, PA-C, CAQ-psy
Verified Verified
Hi, I'm Mary Chamberlain. I have a deep passion for mental well-being. In my practice, my goal is to assess the whole person, not just a diagnosis. I offer psychiatric diagnosis, medication management, and comprehensive treatment planning. My expertise also includes alternative depression treatments like esketamine nasal treatment and TMS therapy, ensuring recovery is tailored to each patient's unique needs.
Hi, I'm Mary Chamberlain. I have a deep passion for mental well-being. In my practice, my goal is to assess the whole person, not just a diagnosis. I offer psychiatric diagnosis, medication management, and comprehensive treatment planning. My expertise also includes alternative depression treatments like esketamine nasal treatment and TMS therapy, ensuring recovery is tailored to each patient's unique needs.
(719) 781-6208 View (719) 781-6208
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Bellbird Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MBA, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Colorado Springs, CO 80909  (Online Only)
Hi! My name is Holly Werstein, and I would love to work together. This quote speaks to my philosophy of care, “Emotional pain is not something that should be hidden away and never spoken about. There is truth in your pain, there is growth in your pain, but only if it’s first brought out into the open.” — Steven Aitchison. With a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, medication services, and/or psychotropic genetic testing, we will design your path to emotional relief and healing.
Hi! My name is Holly Werstein, and I would love to work together. This quote speaks to my philosophy of care, “Emotional pain is not something that should be hidden away and never spoken about. There is truth in your pain, there is growth in your pain, but only if it’s first brought out into the open.” — Steven Aitchison. With a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, medication services, and/or psychotropic genetic testing, we will design your path to emotional relief and healing.
(719) 851-5647 View (719) 851-5647
Photo of Latonia Mitchell, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in El Paso County, CO
Latonia Mitchell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Colorado Springs, CO 80903  (Online Only)
I am currently accepting new patients! Although I am not currently offering controlled substances, I assist individuals in dealing with anxiety and depression by addressing specific mental health needs through coaching, counseling, psychoeducation, medication management, and other psychotherapeutic interventions. Maintaining a person-centered focus and approach to help others reach their mental health goals allows me to provide treatment in a safe, effective manner using evidence-based practice tools.
I am currently accepting new patients! Although I am not currently offering controlled substances, I assist individuals in dealing with anxiety and depression by addressing specific mental health needs through coaching, counseling, psychoeducation, medication management, and other psychotherapeutic interventions. Maintaining a person-centered focus and approach to help others reach their mental health goals allows me to provide treatment in a safe, effective manner using evidence-based practice tools.
(719) 625-3180 View (719) 625-3180
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Dr. Davi Ann Hardy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Colorado Springs, CO 80918  (Online Only)
I am here for you in a nonjudgemental and active listening environment. This time is yours and we will work together as a team to construct a plan that will help you with your mental health goals. If you have mental health concerns, we can determine an accurate diagnosis, get you the right medications, continue medications you are already on, or I can simply listen or offer professional guidance.
I am here for you in a nonjudgemental and active listening environment. This time is yours and we will work together as a team to construct a plan that will help you with your mental health goals. If you have mental health concerns, we can determine an accurate diagnosis, get you the right medications, continue medications you are already on, or I can simply listen or offer professional guidance.
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Melanie R Sida
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, CPNP-PC, Rxn
Verified Verified
Melanie is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in children and adolescents with developmental, behavioral and mental health disorders. She sees children and adolescents and is able to provide general assessments, recommendations for therapies and medication management for various disorders including ADHD, Autism, Anxiety and Depression. She has prescriptive authority in Colorado and can prescribe medications for children and adolescents. She has been in practice in Colorado since 2002.
Melanie is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in children and adolescents with developmental, behavioral and mental health disorders. She sees children and adolescents and is able to provide general assessments, recommendations for therapies and medication management for various disorders including ADHD, Autism, Anxiety and Depression. She has prescriptive authority in Colorado and can prescribe medications for children and adolescents. She has been in practice in Colorado since 2002.
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Photo of Dr. Ronil Shah, Psychiatrist in El Paso County, CO
Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
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Photo of Milestone Psychiatry, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in El Paso County, CO
Milestone Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
I have 10 years experience treating both mental health and substance abuse. My goal is to help patients and their families diagnose and treat the problems they have, while being respectful and compassionate. I help those suffering from depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, OCD, as well as many other mental health disorders, including opiate addiction on an outpatient basis using buprenorphine. I am accepting new patients, ages 8 and up. Milestone provides medication management of psychiatric medications only. We do NOT fill out disability nor FMLA paperwork.
I have 10 years experience treating both mental health and substance abuse. My goal is to help patients and their families diagnose and treat the problems they have, while being respectful and compassionate. I help those suffering from depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, OCD, as well as many other mental health disorders, including opiate addiction on an outpatient basis using buprenorphine. I am accepting new patients, ages 8 and up. Milestone provides medication management of psychiatric medications only. We do NOT fill out disability nor FMLA paperwork.
(719) 772-0846 View (719) 772-0846
Photo of Kristina Kurtz, Psychiatrist in El Paso County, CO
Kristina Kurtz
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
If you're seeking adult psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, palliative medicine, or end-of-life care, Kristina can help you find relief and comfort. Kristina graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania. She completed a Transitional Internship at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Oakland in Pontiac, Michigan, and Psychiatry Residency training at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan. During her residency training, she held multiple professional leadership positions, including ethics committee consultant, associate chief resident, and chief resident.
If you're seeking adult psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, palliative medicine, or end-of-life care, Kristina can help you find relief and comfort. Kristina graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania. She completed a Transitional Internship at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Oakland in Pontiac, Michigan, and Psychiatry Residency training at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan. During her residency training, she held multiple professional leadership positions, including ethics committee consultant, associate chief resident, and chief resident.
(719) 215-4136 View (719) 215-4136
Photo of Amber Gates, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in El Paso County, CO
Amber Gates
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
I believe that everyone should have access to mental health care. I accept most major insurances and offer self-pay rates. After initial in person appointment, I offer the flexibility of virtual and in person appointments. I take a holistic approach to care by looking at other physiological causes such as nutrition deficiencies, thyroid abnormalities, etc. With 5 years of family practice background, I can manage basic needs without the need for juggling multiple providers.
I believe that everyone should have access to mental health care. I accept most major insurances and offer self-pay rates. After initial in person appointment, I offer the flexibility of virtual and in person appointments. I take a holistic approach to care by looking at other physiological causes such as nutrition deficiencies, thyroid abnormalities, etc. With 5 years of family practice background, I can manage basic needs without the need for juggling multiple providers.
(719) 356-4245 View (719) 356-4245
Photo of Caitlin (Catie) deWit, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in El Paso County, CO
Caitlin (Catie) deWit
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, C-APN, MSN
Verified Verified
Colorado Springs, CO 80918  (Online Only)
Hi Friends! My name is Catie; I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner offering medication management via telehealth! I enjoy caring for diverse populations, children, the LGBTQ+ community, and peripartum/postpartum women. I have found that my clients in the adolescent and young adult age groups find me incredibly calming and relatable. My patients living with substance use challenges express feeling relieved after opening up to me because of my nonjudgmental approach. My goal as a provider is to make you feel as open and comfortable as possible and get you to live a life you love again.
Hi Friends! My name is Catie; I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner offering medication management via telehealth! I enjoy caring for diverse populations, children, the LGBTQ+ community, and peripartum/postpartum women. I have found that my clients in the adolescent and young adult age groups find me incredibly calming and relatable. My patients living with substance use challenges express feeling relieved after opening up to me because of my nonjudgmental approach. My goal as a provider is to make you feel as open and comfortable as possible and get you to live a life you love again.
(719) 581-6776 View (719) 581-6776
Photo of Bright Futures Psychiatry, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in El Paso County, CO
Bright Futures Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Bright Futures Psychiatry offers traditional in-office & telepsychiatry appointments to clients throughout Colorado. Our telepsychiatry platform is easy to navigate and HIPAA compliant. It simply requires clicking a link to open the video conference from the convenience & comfort of your home, office, or location of your choosing. Our goal is to provide compassionate, prompt, & reliable mental health care...resulting in Bright Futures for our clients!
Bright Futures Psychiatry offers traditional in-office & telepsychiatry appointments to clients throughout Colorado. Our telepsychiatry platform is easy to navigate and HIPAA compliant. It simply requires clicking a link to open the video conference from the convenience & comfort of your home, office, or location of your choosing. Our goal is to provide compassionate, prompt, & reliable mental health care...resulting in Bright Futures for our clients!
(719) 220-3277 View (719) 220-3277
Photo of Colorado Psychiatric, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in El Paso County, CO
Colorado Psychiatric
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Psych, NP
Verified Verified
Colorado Springs, CO 80918  (Online Only)
Although carefully chosen medications can quickly achieve much needed relief of anxiety, depression, insomnia and trauma symptoms, a thorough evaluation can also identify many opportunities for improvement without medications. The most effective treatment plan may include work-life balance, nutrition and sleep strategies, addressing, avoiding or adapting to triggers, in addition to multiple psychotherapies. When needed, medications with the lowest side effects, easiest to use, most predictably effective & not addictive are recommended. Ultimately, it is up to each person to decide which strategies they will use to achieve wellness.
Although carefully chosen medications can quickly achieve much needed relief of anxiety, depression, insomnia and trauma symptoms, a thorough evaluation can also identify many opportunities for improvement without medications. The most effective treatment plan may include work-life balance, nutrition and sleep strategies, addressing, avoiding or adapting to triggers, in addition to multiple psychotherapies. When needed, medications with the lowest side effects, easiest to use, most predictably effective & not addictive are recommended. Ultimately, it is up to each person to decide which strategies they will use to achieve wellness.
(719) 839-7321 View (719) 839-7321

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Number of Psychiatrists in El Paso County, CO

200+

Average cost per session

$225

Psychiatrists in El Paso County, CO who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
93% Anxiety
90% Medication Management
82% ADHD
82% Bipolar Disorder
81% Trauma and PTSD
71% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

93% Cigna and Evernorth
91% Aetna
90% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in El Paso County, CO see their clients

66% In Person and Online
34% Online Only

Gender breakdown

74% Female
26% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in El Paso 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.