Psychiatrists in Elbert County, CO

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Meagan Holland
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Elizabeth, CO 80107
My journey began at Denver College of Nursing, where I earned my BSN. Eager to dive into the world of psychiatry, I spent over 6 years as a Mental Health Registered Nurse. Those years were invaluable, giving me experience in diverse settings like outpatient, inpatient, detox, and crisis care. Mental health has always held a special place in my heart. Naturally, I pursued my Master's degree as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Regis College. My commitment to learning doesn't stop there – I'm constantly seeking new ways to expand my knowledge and better serve my patients.
My journey began at Denver College of Nursing, where I earned my BSN. Eager to dive into the world of psychiatry, I spent over 6 years as a Mental Health Registered Nurse. Those years were invaluable, giving me experience in diverse settings like outpatient, inpatient, detox, and crisis care. Mental health has always held a special place in my heart. Naturally, I pursued my Master's degree as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Regis College. My commitment to learning doesn't stop there – I'm constantly seeking new ways to expand my knowledge and better serve my patients.
(720) 307-3820 View (720) 307-3820
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Lisa Brown
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Elizabeth, CO 80107
Lisa Brown, PMHNP Lisa Brown is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Colorado who has been practicing since 2020. She completed the Master's program at Walden University and earned her Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner license. Lisa's philosophy is to approach the person as a whole, with physical, emotional spiritual, culture, and environment as factors. Lisa tries to create a balanced home life/work life. She and her husband like to cook, hike, camp, and practice yoga. They have a very rich social life where they spend time with family, friends, and neighbors.
Lisa Brown, PMHNP Lisa Brown is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Colorado who has been practicing since 2020. She completed the Master's program at Walden University and earned her Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner license. Lisa's philosophy is to approach the person as a whole, with physical, emotional spiritual, culture, and environment as factors. Lisa tries to create a balanced home life/work life. She and her husband like to cook, hike, camp, and practice yoga. They have a very rich social life where they spend time with family, friends, and neighbors.
(720) 815-3943 View (720) 815-3943
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Leslie Mormile
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Elizabeth, CO 80107
Leslie Mormile is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Colorado who has been practicing since 2008. Dr. Mormile offers client listening skills and an understanding of their unique needs. She strives to treat each one as a family member and not as just a client, every one of us are different and unique. When she is not working, Leslie Mormile enjoys exploring and listening to music. She was trained as a classical pianist but has more fun playing the banjo or flatpicking fiddle tunes on her guitar. She likes to be outside hiking, but doesn't always have time for that.
Leslie Mormile is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Colorado who has been practicing since 2008. Dr. Mormile offers client listening skills and an understanding of their unique needs. She strives to treat each one as a family member and not as just a client, every one of us are different and unique. When she is not working, Leslie Mormile enjoys exploring and listening to music. She was trained as a classical pianist but has more fun playing the banjo or flatpicking fiddle tunes on her guitar. She likes to be outside hiking, but doesn't always have time for that.
(720) 586-4771 View (720) 586-4771
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Mindfulness Psychiatry, PLLC, Tracy Tyler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Elizabeth, CO 80107
Accepting New Patients for medication management of adult Colorado residents! Immediate Availability! I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, specializing in medication management of depression, ADHD, anxiety, and a variety of other mental health conditions. Please click on the “website” button to schedule an appointment. I look forward to meeting with you and helping you on your journey to optimal well-being!
Accepting New Patients for medication management of adult Colorado residents! Immediate Availability! I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, specializing in medication management of depression, ADHD, anxiety, and a variety of other mental health conditions. Please click on the “website” button to schedule an appointment. I look forward to meeting with you and helping you on your journey to optimal well-being!
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Online Psychiatrists

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Mindfulness Psychiatry, PLLC, Tracy Tyler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Windsor, CO 80528
Accepting New Patients for medication management of adult Colorado residents! Immediate Availability! I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, specializing in medication management of depression, ADHD, anxiety, and a variety of other mental health conditions. Please click on the “website” button to schedule an appointment. I look forward to meeting with you and helping you on your journey to optimal well-being!
Accepting New Patients for medication management of adult Colorado residents! Immediate Availability! I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, specializing in medication management of depression, ADHD, anxiety, and a variety of other mental health conditions. Please click on the “website” button to schedule an appointment. I look forward to meeting with you and helping you on your journey to optimal well-being!
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Andrew Nagy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80219
*Accepting New Patients!* I'm board certified, specializing in medication management, treating ADHD, depression, anxiety, addiction and many other ailments. Accepting new patients and variety of insurances. I can easily E-prescribe your medication and use the latest technology for easy virtual sessions, without you having to leave your home. Schedule your in-office or video appointment by clicking ‘My Website’ link or call.
*Accepting New Patients!* I'm board certified, specializing in medication management, treating ADHD, depression, anxiety, addiction and many other ailments. Accepting new patients and variety of insurances. I can easily E-prescribe your medication and use the latest technology for easy virtual sessions, without you having to leave your home. Schedule your in-office or video appointment by clicking ‘My Website’ link or call.
(319) 984-1018 View (319) 984-1018
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Dr. Michael J Fuller
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80205
A large portion of my career over the last 15 years was spent working solely in the acute inpatient psychiatric setting. In 2020 I decided to begin to use the expertise developed from a strong residency and a decade of experience to the outpatient individuals in need of psychiatric care. I have experienced and truly enjoyed developing long standing relationships and seeing my patients succeed in this setting. My focus is to help create comprehensive treatment plans tailored to each individual’s needs.
A large portion of my career over the last 15 years was spent working solely in the acute inpatient psychiatric setting. In 2020 I decided to begin to use the expertise developed from a strong residency and a decade of experience to the outpatient individuals in need of psychiatric care. I have experienced and truly enjoyed developing long standing relationships and seeing my patients succeed in this setting. My focus is to help create comprehensive treatment plans tailored to each individual’s needs.
(720) 821-6458 View (720) 821-6458
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Susan Hudson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80212
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner practicing in the Boulder office of the Strock Medical Group. Prior to completing my Master of Science in Nursing, I worked in the corrections setting as a RN for seven years where I was able to offer compassionate, empathic care, and I learned that I am able to treat everyone with unconditional positive regard regardless of circumstances. I specialize in working with adults with a variety of mental health concerns, and I am truly passionate about treating trauma/PTSD, mood disorders, and substance use disorders using current evidence to guide treatment decisions.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner practicing in the Boulder office of the Strock Medical Group. Prior to completing my Master of Science in Nursing, I worked in the corrections setting as a RN for seven years where I was able to offer compassionate, empathic care, and I learned that I am able to treat everyone with unconditional positive regard regardless of circumstances. I specialize in working with adults with a variety of mental health concerns, and I am truly passionate about treating trauma/PTSD, mood disorders, and substance use disorders using current evidence to guide treatment decisions.
(720) 738-6598 View (720) 738-6598
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Falcon HealthCare
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, NP, AMHNP
Verified Verified
Littleton, CO 80130
If you are struggling with the daily tasks and finding you're having trouble day to day, and it is reaching a point, now is the time to reach out and consult. Let's target those areas and bring notable improvement in your level of functioning and making your goals clear and achievable. I am accepting new clientele for concierge and online treatment of ADHD and any other mental health concerns. Appointments are cash only and I'm not accepting insurance at this time, but generally have a better rate than most psychiatrists. If you have medicaid, per law you have to see a medicaid accepting provider,
If you are struggling with the daily tasks and finding you're having trouble day to day, and it is reaching a point, now is the time to reach out and consult. Let's target those areas and bring notable improvement in your level of functioning and making your goals clear and achievable. I am accepting new clientele for concierge and online treatment of ADHD and any other mental health concerns. Appointments are cash only and I'm not accepting insurance at this time, but generally have a better rate than most psychiatrists. If you have medicaid, per law you have to see a medicaid accepting provider,
(720) 702-4174 View (720) 702-4174
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Victoria Cabral
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80203
*Accepting New Clients* I am a Yale University trained and Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over ten years of experience working in the field of mental health. I believe in a holistic and client-centered approach to psychiatric mental health care. In addition to evidenced-based psychiatry and medication management, we will review supplements, vitamins, and other complementary approaches as part of your mental health treatment.
*Accepting New Clients* I am a Yale University trained and Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over ten years of experience working in the field of mental health. I believe in a holistic and client-centered approach to psychiatric mental health care. In addition to evidenced-based psychiatry and medication management, we will review supplements, vitamins, and other complementary approaches as part of your mental health treatment.
(720) 358-7434 View (720) 358-7434
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Alan Ray Reed
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Many struggle with looking in the mirror - physically, psychologically, or both. Looking Glass Mental Health exists to support individuals challenged by how they see and interact with themselves, others, and the world. Together we'll explore how your past experiences and current circumstances drive the way you think, feel, and act. Ultimately, I want to help you achieve your ideal version of recovery and wellness.
Many struggle with looking in the mirror - physically, psychologically, or both. Looking Glass Mental Health exists to support individuals challenged by how they see and interact with themselves, others, and the world. Together we'll explore how your past experiences and current circumstances drive the way you think, feel, and act. Ultimately, I want to help you achieve your ideal version of recovery and wellness.
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Dayanara Gohil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
My name is Daya, and I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner at BestMind Behavioral Health. My clinical experience has concentrated on complex high-acuity clients with co-morbidities. This experience has provided perspicuity into the unique interdisciplinary tools required to best support my patient's treatment success.
My name is Daya, and I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner at BestMind Behavioral Health. My clinical experience has concentrated on complex high-acuity clients with co-morbidities. This experience has provided perspicuity into the unique interdisciplinary tools required to best support my patient's treatment success.
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Judy Kwedar - Denver Wellness Associates
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lakewood, CO 80215
I have been practicing as a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner in the Denver area since 2019. I offer psychiatric medication evaluations and treatment for various conditions including anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and PTSD. I value practicing safe-competent care that incorporates current evidence-based practice. I hope to provide my clients with a comfortable environment where we can collaborate together to create an individualized treatment plan. I believe medication is just one of the many tools involved in treating mental health conditions.
I have been practicing as a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner in the Denver area since 2019. I offer psychiatric medication evaluations and treatment for various conditions including anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and PTSD. I value practicing safe-competent care that incorporates current evidence-based practice. I hope to provide my clients with a comfortable environment where we can collaborate together to create an individualized treatment plan. I believe medication is just one of the many tools involved in treating mental health conditions.
(720) 605-6460 View (720) 605-6460
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Deanna Nicholson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Littleton, CO 80127
Accepting New Patients Now! With over 16 years of experience in mental healthcare, I am a dedicated expert in my field. I merge cutting-edge knowledge with a genuine passion for providing exceptional care. From navigating substance use disorders to delving into the depths of depression and anxiety, I confront a wide spectrum of mental health challenges. My unwavering commitment to adult and geriatric populations, including those with cognitive impairment, truly sets me apart. Together, we will unlock your potential and embark on a transformative journey towards optimal well-being. Your path to a brighter future starts here!
Accepting New Patients Now! With over 16 years of experience in mental healthcare, I am a dedicated expert in my field. I merge cutting-edge knowledge with a genuine passion for providing exceptional care. From navigating substance use disorders to delving into the depths of depression and anxiety, I confront a wide spectrum of mental health challenges. My unwavering commitment to adult and geriatric populations, including those with cognitive impairment, truly sets me apart. Together, we will unlock your potential and embark on a transformative journey towards optimal well-being. Your path to a brighter future starts here!
(720) 571-8383 View (720) 571-8383
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Roderick Shields O'Brien
Psychiatrist, MD, FASAM
Verified Verified
Broomfield, CO 80020
Dr. Roderick O’Brien provides inpatient psychopharmacology at Centennial Peaks Hospital. He also provides inpatient and outpatient Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) at Centennial Peaks. Dr. O’Brien sees outpatients at A Stepping Stone in Greenwood Village, Colorado for general adult psychiatry. He also provides Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) in affiliation with TMS Solutions. Interventional Psychiatric services, including Ketamine Infusions, Spravato treatments, and TMS are provided at Axis Integrated Mental Health in Aurora, Colorado. Dr. O’Brien also provides ECT services at Longs Peak Hospital in Longmont, Colorado.
Dr. Roderick O’Brien provides inpatient psychopharmacology at Centennial Peaks Hospital. He also provides inpatient and outpatient Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) at Centennial Peaks. Dr. O’Brien sees outpatients at A Stepping Stone in Greenwood Village, Colorado for general adult psychiatry. He also provides Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) in affiliation with TMS Solutions. Interventional Psychiatric services, including Ketamine Infusions, Spravato treatments, and TMS are provided at Axis Integrated Mental Health in Aurora, Colorado. Dr. O’Brien also provides ECT services at Longs Peak Hospital in Longmont, Colorado.
(720) 770-4080 View (720) 770-4080
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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
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Stacy Green
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Boulder, CO 80304
Do you suffer from chronic health issues like addiction, depression, anxiety, and chronic pain? Do you feel like you've seen many doctors and counselors, but still have not found the answer to your health concerns? Are you ready to take back your life and health? Like you, I always wished to find a doctor who took an alternative and natural approach to medicine and health. I wanted a doctor who could recommend more than just medicines and surgery. Someone who would appreciate the connection of mind and body, the importance of stress on health, and the role of the mind in healing.
Do you suffer from chronic health issues like addiction, depression, anxiety, and chronic pain? Do you feel like you've seen many doctors and counselors, but still have not found the answer to your health concerns? Are you ready to take back your life and health? Like you, I always wished to find a doctor who took an alternative and natural approach to medicine and health. I wanted a doctor who could recommend more than just medicines and surgery. Someone who would appreciate the connection of mind and body, the importance of stress on health, and the role of the mind in healing.
(720) 753-5095 View (720) 753-5095
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Jessica Courtney
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Jessica Courtney is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who has been practicing since 2020. She graduated from Colorado State University, Pueblo with Master of Science in Nursing, Psychiatry. When you meet with Jessica, you'll meet with a caring provider who has an innate ability to help you feel at ease while overcoming fears regarding life changes and mental health concerns. She'll welcome you into a collaborative atmosphere, where she'll help you understand what is going on inside your body and how exactly the medication she may prescribe will affect it.
Jessica Courtney is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who has been practicing since 2020. She graduated from Colorado State University, Pueblo with Master of Science in Nursing, Psychiatry. When you meet with Jessica, you'll meet with a caring provider who has an innate ability to help you feel at ease while overcoming fears regarding life changes and mental health concerns. She'll welcome you into a collaborative atmosphere, where she'll help you understand what is going on inside your body and how exactly the medication she may prescribe will affect it.
(719) 624-4169 View (719) 624-4169
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Modern Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lone Tree, CO 80124
Welcome! My goal as your psychiatric provider is to listen to your goals and help you achieve them. I specialize in treating ADHD (ADHD-CCSP certified), anxiety disorders, PTSD and trauma, depression, bipolar disorders, binge eating disorder, and OCD. I believe in a partnership approach that emphasizes education, open communication, and meeting each individual where they are in their personal journey. Whether it is medication management, therapy, or a combination of the two, one size does not fit all.
Welcome! My goal as your psychiatric provider is to listen to your goals and help you achieve them. I specialize in treating ADHD (ADHD-CCSP certified), anxiety disorders, PTSD and trauma, depression, bipolar disorders, binge eating disorder, and OCD. I believe in a partnership approach that emphasizes education, open communication, and meeting each individual where they are in their personal journey. Whether it is medication management, therapy, or a combination of the two, one size does not fit all.
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Sina Saidi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Boulder, CO 80303
My goal is to provide the expert psychiatric care that will allow you to perform at your personal and professional best. I am a graduate of Harvard Medical School and the Johns Hopkins psychiatry residency program, and board-certified in psychiatry. I have over twenty years combined experience in psychiatry and primary care medicine, and work with adults and adolescents 16 and older. I treat depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, and psychiatric issues related to neurological and medical conditions.
My goal is to provide the expert psychiatric care that will allow you to perform at your personal and professional best. I am a graduate of Harvard Medical School and the Johns Hopkins psychiatry residency program, and board-certified in psychiatry. I have over twenty years combined experience in psychiatry and primary care medicine, and work with adults and adolescents 16 and older. I treat depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, and psychiatric issues related to neurological and medical conditions.
(720) 463-2342 View (720) 463-2342

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Elbert County, CO

< 10

Psychiatrists in Elbert County, CO who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
75% Eating Disorders
75% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Elbert County, CO see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Elbert 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.