Psychiatrists in Elizabeth, 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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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!
(720) 619-2241 View (720) 619-2241
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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.
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Dr. Heath D Canfield
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Parker, CO 80134  (Online Only)
I am a licensed physician, board certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology. I'm also a fully trained psychoanalyst. After medical school and psychiatric residency at the University of Colorado, I opted for over four additional years of training in intensive psychotherapy (psychoanalysis) beyond what most psychiatrists undertake. While I spend most of my time doing psychotherapy, I also prescribe medications when appropriate. I have a particular interest in treating physicians of all specialties who struggle with work related burnout, depression, or other mental health issues
I am a licensed physician, board certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology. I'm also a fully trained psychoanalyst. After medical school and psychiatric residency at the University of Colorado, I opted for over four additional years of training in intensive psychotherapy (psychoanalysis) beyond what most psychiatrists undertake. While I spend most of my time doing psychotherapy, I also prescribe medications when appropriate. I have a particular interest in treating physicians of all specialties who struggle with work related burnout, depression, or other mental health issues
(720) 806-6034 View (720) 806-6034
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Intrepid Mental Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Franktown, CO 80116
We are a group of Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners who are passionate about providing mental health care in an environment that is safe and non-judgmental. We treat a wide range of issues including anxiety, trauma, depression, insomnia, irritability, anger, intense emotions, bipolar/mood disorders, and ADHD. We use a collaborative holistic approach to treatment which may include the use of psychiatric medications, but additionally we will explore possible root causes for your mental health symptoms and we may recommend things such as laboratory testing or natural supplements.
We are a group of Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners who are passionate about providing mental health care in an environment that is safe and non-judgmental. We treat a wide range of issues including anxiety, trauma, depression, insomnia, irritability, anger, intense emotions, bipolar/mood disorders, and ADHD. We use a collaborative holistic approach to treatment which may include the use of psychiatric medications, but additionally we will explore possible root causes for your mental health symptoms and we may recommend things such as laboratory testing or natural supplements.
(720) 703-9261 View (720) 703-9261

Online Psychiatrists

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Angela Zimmerman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Evergreen, CO 80439
Waitlist for new clients
My focus is on women’s trauma recovery/PTSD, anxiety and depression. I strive to embody empathy, authenticity, and personalized care. I take an integrative approach and offer tailored support and holistic treatment plans, nurturing resilience and fostering hope. Expect a safe haven for exploring trauma, integrating evidence-based therapies, mindfulness, and somatic techniques.
My focus is on women’s trauma recovery/PTSD, anxiety and depression. I strive to embody empathy, authenticity, and personalized care. I take an integrative approach and offer tailored support and holistic treatment plans, nurturing resilience and fostering hope. Expect a safe haven for exploring trauma, integrating evidence-based therapies, mindfulness, and somatic techniques.
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Alison Murphy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80231  (Online Only)
Welcome to Murphy Mental Health. Some of the things I can help with include: attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety and depression. I work together with my patients on improving wellness by listening and providing options rather than just telling someone what to do. I address care in a holistic manner, integrating use of therapy, positive lifestyle changes, traditional psychiatric medications, supplements and genetic testing-as appropriate.
Welcome to Murphy Mental Health. Some of the things I can help with include: attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety and depression. I work together with my patients on improving wellness by listening and providing options rather than just telling someone what to do. I address care in a holistic manner, integrating use of therapy, positive lifestyle changes, traditional psychiatric medications, supplements and genetic testing-as appropriate.
(720) 513-6403 View (720) 513-6403
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Alison Schmitt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
Immediate Openings! I have 9 years of psychiatric experience and over 4 years of medication management experience. I specialize in ADHD, depression, and anxiety. I have extensive experience working with bipolar disorder, PTSD, personality disorders, and other mental health disorders. I see ages 13 and up. Do you feel depressed, anxious, angry, stuck, uncertain about your life; making decisions, and unable to cope and concentrate? I am here to help. I offer medication management and counseling for most mental health disorders. No long wait times and virtual visits available! Take the first step and call me today.
Immediate Openings! I have 9 years of psychiatric experience and over 4 years of medication management experience. I specialize in ADHD, depression, and anxiety. I have extensive experience working with bipolar disorder, PTSD, personality disorders, and other mental health disorders. I see ages 13 and up. Do you feel depressed, anxious, angry, stuck, uncertain about your life; making decisions, and unable to cope and concentrate? I am here to help. I offer medication management and counseling for most mental health disorders. No long wait times and virtual visits available! Take the first step and call me today.
(720) 835-0508 View (720) 835-0508
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Magnolia Psychiatric Services, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80237  (Online Only)
Welcome! I am passionate about helping you to achieve optimal functioning in your pursuit to regain emotional and mental well-being. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I provide high-quality mental health care for adolescents and adults. I conduct comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and collaboratively create individualized treatment plans. I give thorough consideration to the biological, psychological, and social factors impacting your mental health. Please note ALL visits are conducted VIRTUALLY.
Welcome! I am passionate about helping you to achieve optimal functioning in your pursuit to regain emotional and mental well-being. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I provide high-quality mental health care for adolescents and adults. I conduct comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and collaboratively create individualized treatment plans. I give thorough consideration to the biological, psychological, and social factors impacting your mental health. Please note ALL visits are conducted VIRTUALLY.
(720) 740-4605 View (720) 740-4605
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Kristina Mordecai
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80222
Accepting New Patients! Kristina is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is currently accepting new clients. Her journey began in 1999 when she graduated with an Associate of Science in Nursing from Meridian Community College. She then progressed to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Chamberlain University in 2015 and graduated at the top of her class. After furthering her career in nursing management and stress management courses, she decided to pursue the Master of Science in Nursing, specializing in Psychiatry, at Herzing University where she graduated with honors.
Accepting New Patients! Kristina is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is currently accepting new clients. Her journey began in 1999 when she graduated with an Associate of Science in Nursing from Meridian Community College. She then progressed to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Chamberlain University in 2015 and graduated at the top of her class. After furthering her career in nursing management and stress management courses, she decided to pursue the Master of Science in Nursing, specializing in Psychiatry, at Herzing University where she graduated with honors.
(720) 730-2735 View (720) 730-2735
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Prescott Coe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
26 Endorsed
Castle Rock, CO 80108  (Online Only)
Hi there! My name is Prescott Coe and I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and have been working in the mental health field for over five years. Shoring up my studies, I became passionate about mental health early in life, as I lived and grew up with multiple family members with varying mental health disorders, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, traumatic brain injury, addiction, and autism.
Hi there! My name is Prescott Coe and I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and have been working in the mental health field for over five years. Shoring up my studies, I became passionate about mental health early in life, as I lived and grew up with multiple family members with varying mental health disorders, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, traumatic brain injury, addiction, and autism.
(720) 899-5681 View (720) 899-5681
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Kyle Brown
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80223
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) 727-6596 View (720) 727-6596
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Donna Strickland
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS RXN , PMHCNS-, BC LLC
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80222
Life throws us many curve balls If you are struggling with your life, exhausted from anxiety, experienced a difficult life transition, or more, you've come to the right place. Or perhaps you are a mom, juggling many priorities, with little left for yourself....or you've had a significant loss, and need help with bereavement. Or maybe you just want to feel the best you can & have energy to spare & get back to a place where you recognize yourself: Perhaps you are in need of medications to help you "get back on balance". Donna can also help you with these types of concerns.Donna is excited to offer Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy
Life throws us many curve balls If you are struggling with your life, exhausted from anxiety, experienced a difficult life transition, or more, you've come to the right place. Or perhaps you are a mom, juggling many priorities, with little left for yourself....or you've had a significant loss, and need help with bereavement. Or maybe you just want to feel the best you can & have energy to spare & get back to a place where you recognize yourself: Perhaps you are in need of medications to help you "get back on balance". Donna can also help you with these types of concerns.Donna is excited to offer Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy
(720) 605-0656 View (720) 605-0656
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Chelsie Monroe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Englewood, CO 80113
I am the founder of Balanced Mental Wellness and have been a psychiatric nurse practitioner for over 10 years. I currently consult other practices and speak professionally on psychiatric medication and therapy topics throughout the country. I supervise and collaborate with our clinicians at Balanced Mental Wellness, ensuring that all clients receive the highest standard of care from a holistic and patient centered perspective. We offer medication management and Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy for various mental health concerns across the lifespan.
I am the founder of Balanced Mental Wellness and have been a psychiatric nurse practitioner for over 10 years. I currently consult other practices and speak professionally on psychiatric medication and therapy topics throughout the country. I supervise and collaborate with our clinicians at Balanced Mental Wellness, ensuring that all clients receive the highest standard of care from a holistic and patient centered perspective. We offer medication management and Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy for various mental health concerns across the lifespan.
(303) 625-6592 View (303) 625-6592
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Joanna Westerfield - Denver Wellness Associates
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80209
Hello! My name is Joanna Westerfield and I am a certified physician assistant. My practice is built on compassion, respect, and evidence-based approaches to psychiatric medicine. I am especially committed to working alongside you to build a holistic, whole-person treatment plan that optimizes your mental, spiritual, and physical well-being. My goal is to deliver the highest quality care, ranging from the standard treatment protocols to newer approaches including genetic testing, TMS and ketamine therapy when indicated.
Hello! My name is Joanna Westerfield and I am a certified physician assistant. My practice is built on compassion, respect, and evidence-based approaches to psychiatric medicine. I am especially committed to working alongside you to build a holistic, whole-person treatment plan that optimizes your mental, spiritual, and physical well-being. My goal is to deliver the highest quality care, ranging from the standard treatment protocols to newer approaches including genetic testing, TMS and ketamine therapy when indicated.
(720) 637-1979 View (720) 637-1979
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Lori Neiswanger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Aurora, CO 80012
You can expect to enter a safe and secure place with an active listener when you meet with Lori. You’ll experience empathy and support as you partner with her to address your life difficulties. Lori provides her patients with comprehensive sessions. She will obtain detailed history to better understand each client holistically and then tailor appropriate approaches to care and medications if necessary. She uses active listening and solution-focused techniques, and is certified in trauma-focused CBT.
You can expect to enter a safe and secure place with an active listener when you meet with Lori. You’ll experience empathy and support as you partner with her to address your life difficulties. Lori provides her patients with comprehensive sessions. She will obtain detailed history to better understand each client holistically and then tailor appropriate approaches to care and medications if necessary. She uses active listening and solution-focused techniques, and is certified in trauma-focused CBT.
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Rick Loonam
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Federal Heights, CO 80260
Now Scheduling New Patients! I'm Rick, a compassionate and board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. With a solid foundation as a former flight and emergency department nurse, I bring over 15 years of invaluable experience to my practice. Graduating from Regis University in Denver, I'm dedicated to providing the highest quality care to my clients.
Now Scheduling New Patients! I'm Rick, a compassionate and board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. With a solid foundation as a former flight and emergency department nurse, I bring over 15 years of invaluable experience to my practice. Graduating from Regis University in Denver, I'm dedicated to providing the highest quality care to my clients.
(720) 307-3981 View (720) 307-3981
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Jen Gerardy- Amavi Integrative Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Niwot, CO 80503
Welcome! I enjoy working with adult patients of all ages and from diverse backgrounds, and I bring over 20 years of acute care experience in medical, surgical, and critical care to my psychiatric practice. I am also a proud veteran of the United States Air Force Nurse Corps. I believe this background has given me unique insights into the bi-directional nature of physical and mental health and how family structure and social determinants can impact mental well-being. I have been told I have a compassionate and gentle nature, and I approach each patient with unconditional positive regard. I look forward to working with you!
Welcome! I enjoy working with adult patients of all ages and from diverse backgrounds, and I bring over 20 years of acute care experience in medical, surgical, and critical care to my psychiatric practice. I am also a proud veteran of the United States Air Force Nurse Corps. I believe this background has given me unique insights into the bi-directional nature of physical and mental health and how family structure and social determinants can impact mental well-being. I have been told I have a compassionate and gentle nature, and I approach each patient with unconditional positive regard. I look forward to working with you!
(303) 622-3294 View (303) 622-3294
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Troy Grantham
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80238
Dr. Troy Grantham is a board-certified staff psychiatrist who treats adult patients. A former engineer, Dr. Grantham has developed a passion for guiding patients along the road to recovery. He completed his undergraduate studies at The University of Texas at Austin and later completed medical school and residency in General Psychiatry at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Grantham's practice focuses on medication management. He utilizes a systematic approach to ensure diagnoses are accurate and treatment plans are optimized to each individual patient.
Dr. Troy Grantham is a board-certified staff psychiatrist who treats adult patients. A former engineer, Dr. Grantham has developed a passion for guiding patients along the road to recovery. He completed his undergraduate studies at The University of Texas at Austin and later completed medical school and residency in General Psychiatry at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Grantham's practice focuses on medication management. He utilizes a systematic approach to ensure diagnoses are accurate and treatment plans are optimized to each individual patient.
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Elizabeth, CO

< 10

Psychiatrists in Elizabeth, 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% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Elizabeth, 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 Elizabeth?

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.