Psychiatrists in Fort Collins, CO

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Amber Stire
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Collins, CO 80525  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients! I am passionate about helping people reach their goals with their mental health. ADHD, depression, anxiety, and so many other mental health challenges can significantly affect our everyday lives. I hope I can help my clients identify the roadblocks to their success and work with them to help find effective treatment options. I also specialize in women's mental health and I hope women can feel safe and supported in our sessions.
Accepting New Patients! I am passionate about helping people reach their goals with their mental health. ADHD, depression, anxiety, and so many other mental health challenges can significantly affect our everyday lives. I hope I can help my clients identify the roadblocks to their success and work with them to help find effective treatment options. I also specialize in women's mental health and I hope women can feel safe and supported in our sessions.
(970) 636-1523 View (970) 636-1523
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Lorna Gail Dawson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, NP-C
Verified Verified
Fort Collins, CO 80525
Lorna (GAIL) Dawson has 14 years of experience helping people achieve their mental health goals, whether that is through traditional medication management, tapering off benzodiazepines, or reducing alcohol use. She has certifications in bio-identical hormone therapy & functional medicine and easily incorporates medications, nutraceuticals, and dietary & lifestyle changes to help you reach your health goals.
Lorna (GAIL) Dawson has 14 years of experience helping people achieve their mental health goals, whether that is through traditional medication management, tapering off benzodiazepines, or reducing alcohol use. She has certifications in bio-identical hormone therapy & functional medicine and easily incorporates medications, nutraceuticals, and dietary & lifestyle changes to help you reach your health goals.
(970) 825-1238 View (970) 825-1238
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Prima Psychiatry LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Fort Collins, CO 80526
Frustrated that you have to take off work for an appointment? We offer flexible scheduling. Are you feeling hopeless, worthless, or riddled with guilt? Do you find yourself having difficulty falling and staying asleep or sleeping too much? Are you tired of people telling you to think positive thoughts or to "snap out of it"? I am here to help. Our visits are confidential and your records are secure. Rest assured, I will listen to what you have to say. You don't have to suffer in silence.
Frustrated that you have to take off work for an appointment? We offer flexible scheduling. Are you feeling hopeless, worthless, or riddled with guilt? Do you find yourself having difficulty falling and staying asleep or sleeping too much? Are you tired of people telling you to think positive thoughts or to "snap out of it"? I am here to help. Our visits are confidential and your records are secure. Rest assured, I will listen to what you have to say. You don't have to suffer in silence.
(970) 387-2841 View (970) 387-2841
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Courtney Hill
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Collins, CO 80526
Hi! I'm a board-certified, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I focuses on treating patients across the life span, including children and adolescents while working alongside families, parents, and other health professionals. This is essential in forming a treatment plan that follows a holistic approach, with the overall goal of creating a more desirable quality of life. I am easy to talk to and I focus on making sure you are heard. We will brainstorm ideas together, develop a plan, and set goals. I want to make sure each patient receives individualized care and enables trust in the partnership.
Hi! I'm a board-certified, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I focuses on treating patients across the life span, including children and adolescents while working alongside families, parents, and other health professionals. This is essential in forming a treatment plan that follows a holistic approach, with the overall goal of creating a more desirable quality of life. I am easy to talk to and I focus on making sure you are heard. We will brainstorm ideas together, develop a plan, and set goals. I want to make sure each patient receives individualized care and enables trust in the partnership.
(720) 310-1981 View (720) 310-1981
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Rosa Kauffman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fort Collins, CO 80525  (Online Only)
Managing mental health is essential and at times a task not easily accomplished alone. In addition to psychotherapy, pharmacological treatments may also be useful. Whether your symptoms are situational or ones you have battled for years, there is help available.
Managing mental health is essential and at times a task not easily accomplished alone. In addition to psychotherapy, pharmacological treatments may also be useful. Whether your symptoms are situational or ones you have battled for years, there is help available.
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Joe Crowley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fort Collins, CO 80525
Accepting New Patients! - Joseph “Joe” P. Crowley is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner in Colorado. He brings over seven years of inpatient and outpatient psychiatric experience to his patients while offering an attentive, accommodating patient care philosophy. Joe earned his BSN and MSN degrees at Regis University. He completed his inpatient and outpatient clinical training at various facilities in the Denver Metro area. He also received professional recognition for academic achievements and ICARE awards while working at the V.A. Eastern Colorado Health Care System.
Accepting New Patients! - Joseph “Joe” P. Crowley is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner in Colorado. He brings over seven years of inpatient and outpatient psychiatric experience to his patients while offering an attentive, accommodating patient care philosophy. Joe earned his BSN and MSN degrees at Regis University. He completed his inpatient and outpatient clinical training at various facilities in the Denver Metro area. He also received professional recognition for academic achievements and ICARE awards while working at the V.A. Eastern Colorado Health Care System.
(970) 438-5700 View (970) 438-5700
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Michelle Miranda
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, APRN, MSN
Verified Verified
Fort Collins, CO 80521
Welcome! I am currently accepting new clients. I know that making the decision to take charge of your mental health is one of the most important steps you can take. Finding the right provider to help you is equally important. With 9 years of experience as a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I have extensive experience in the treatment of depression and mood disorders, substance abuse disorders, anxiety disorders, and psychotic disorders. I believe that medication is only part of the equation in treating mental health concerns, and we will work together to explore a variety of treatment modalities for optimal results.
Welcome! I am currently accepting new clients. I know that making the decision to take charge of your mental health is one of the most important steps you can take. Finding the right provider to help you is equally important. With 9 years of experience as a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I have extensive experience in the treatment of depression and mood disorders, substance abuse disorders, anxiety disorders, and psychotic disorders. I believe that medication is only part of the equation in treating mental health concerns, and we will work together to explore a variety of treatment modalities for optimal results.
(970) 660-3615 View (970) 660-3615
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Hecen Healthcare
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, , PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fort Collins, CO 80521  (Online Only)
Looking for someone to talk to? Well, look no further! At Hecen Healthcare, we offer medication management, psychoeducation, and psychiatric evaluation. Our focus areas include anxiety, ADHD, depression, sleep problems, bipolar, PTSD, psychosis, and panic disorder. We provide patient-driven care and treat our patients with respect, honesty, and dignity. We are passionate and caring about our services and your utmost well-being is the goal, ensuring a non-judgmental approach.
Looking for someone to talk to? Well, look no further! At Hecen Healthcare, we offer medication management, psychoeducation, and psychiatric evaluation. Our focus areas include anxiety, ADHD, depression, sleep problems, bipolar, PTSD, psychosis, and panic disorder. We provide patient-driven care and treat our patients with respect, honesty, and dignity. We are passionate and caring about our services and your utmost well-being is the goal, ensuring a non-judgmental approach.
(970) 465-5517 View (970) 465-5517
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Brighter Day Psychiatry, PC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fort Collins, CO 80525
TMS provider. As a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist (patients age 4-50) in practice for the past 9 yrs helping individuals lead happier more productive and satisfying lives. Collaboration is key in meeting the patient's objectives in treatment. My approach to medication use is conservative, it is an important part of treatment for many mental health issues but there are associated side effects which can come up especially as the dosage of medications are increased. Non-medication options we provide include Brainsway dTMS for treatment resistant depression and OCD.
TMS provider. As a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist (patients age 4-50) in practice for the past 9 yrs helping individuals lead happier more productive and satisfying lives. Collaboration is key in meeting the patient's objectives in treatment. My approach to medication use is conservative, it is an important part of treatment for many mental health issues but there are associated side effects which can come up especially as the dosage of medications are increased. Non-medication options we provide include Brainsway dTMS for treatment resistant depression and OCD.
(970) 471-7321 View (970) 471-7321
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Elizabeth Walton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Fort Collins, CO 80525
Psychiatric care in a safe, non judgmental setting. I take time to listen to your unique story and understand what you want to achieve from treatment. We then work together as a team to to create a plan. This may include prescription medications, education, non pharmaceutical treatment, and/or self-care strategies. My goal is for you to feel informed of your options and empowered to take charge of your mental health.
Psychiatric care in a safe, non judgmental setting. I take time to listen to your unique story and understand what you want to achieve from treatment. We then work together as a team to to create a plan. This may include prescription medications, education, non pharmaceutical treatment, and/or self-care strategies. My goal is for you to feel informed of your options and empowered to take charge of your mental health.
(970) 500-5390 View (970) 500-5390
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Kathleen Voelsing
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP
Verified Verified
Fort Collins, CO 80525
I'm Dr. Kathleen Voelsing and I am a psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner. I specialize in evidence-based treatment of bipolar, depressive, anxiety, and psychotic disorders for patients 16 years and up. I have substantial experience with individuals struggling with addiction, trauma issues, eating disorders, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. I am welcoming to LGBTQIA+ and all races and religions. Extensively trained in psychiatric medication management, I target maximal benefit with the minimal amount of medication. I also provide medication management for substance abuse (including buprenorphine).
I'm Dr. Kathleen Voelsing and I am a psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner. I specialize in evidence-based treatment of bipolar, depressive, anxiety, and psychotic disorders for patients 16 years and up. I have substantial experience with individuals struggling with addiction, trauma issues, eating disorders, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. I am welcoming to LGBTQIA+ and all races and religions. Extensively trained in psychiatric medication management, I target maximal benefit with the minimal amount of medication. I also provide medication management for substance abuse (including buprenorphine).
(970) 446-8379 View (970) 446-8379
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Healthy Minds of Colorado
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Fort Collins, CO 80521
Life can be challenging. We are here to help you manage and overcome mental health challenges standing in the way of living your most fulfilling life. We primarily provide medication management but our goal is to help you find your best path forward in a comprehensive treatment style. Successful treatment is achieved not only through medication management but also through talk therapy, healthy eating habits, exercise, and consistent sleep patterns. When medication is needed, our providers aim to use the least amount of medications at the lowest dose that provides the most optimal treatment outcomes for you.
Life can be challenging. We are here to help you manage and overcome mental health challenges standing in the way of living your most fulfilling life. We primarily provide medication management but our goal is to help you find your best path forward in a comprehensive treatment style. Successful treatment is achieved not only through medication management but also through talk therapy, healthy eating habits, exercise, and consistent sleep patterns. When medication is needed, our providers aim to use the least amount of medications at the lowest dose that provides the most optimal treatment outcomes for you.
(970) 329-8059 View (970) 329-8059
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Be Well Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, NP-C
Verified Verified
Fort Collins, CO 80525
I am accepting clients, and invite you to visit www.bewellmentalhealth.com for further detailed information. Providing in person(Fort Collins, CO) and online appointments throughout greater Colorado area. I look forward to speaking with you!
I am accepting clients, and invite you to visit www.bewellmentalhealth.com for further detailed information. Providing in person(Fort Collins, CO) and online appointments throughout greater Colorado area. I look forward to speaking with you!
(970) 238-2596 View (970) 238-2596
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Briana Laurie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fort Collins, CO 80525
Bri Laurie is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Colorado who has been practicing since 2015. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Colby-Sawyer College in 2015, where she attended on a full academic scholarship. During the early part of her career, Bri gathered a diverse portfolio working in the ED and ICU before connecting with her passion of working with mental health. Subsequently, she earned her Master of Science degree from Regis University.
Bri Laurie is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Colorado who has been practicing since 2015. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Colby-Sawyer College in 2015, where she attended on a full academic scholarship. During the early part of her career, Bri gathered a diverse portfolio working in the ED and ICU before connecting with her passion of working with mental health. Subsequently, she earned her Master of Science degree from Regis University.
(970) 572-9480 View (970) 572-9480
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Shannon L Darling
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Collins, CO 80525
I am an Integrative NP and I provide women, children, and adolescents with holistic mental health care. As an integrative practitioner, I specialize in working with clients that prefer minimal medication intervention and are looking for a holistic approach to optimizing their mental health. I can also help clients that are currently wanting to decrease the amount of psychiatric medications they are on.
I am an Integrative NP and I provide women, children, and adolescents with holistic mental health care. As an integrative practitioner, I specialize in working with clients that prefer minimal medication intervention and are looking for a holistic approach to optimizing their mental health. I can also help clients that are currently wanting to decrease the amount of psychiatric medications they are on.
(970) 709-7222 View (970) 709-7222
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Dr. Harris Jensen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fort Collins, CO 80525
I offer both in-person and virtual visits. I am a unique provider for you in several ways. I have 25 years experience! I offer medication and psychotherapy visits. Also, I am an author and give all new patients a signed copy of my Amazon bestseller, "Prescription For Positivity." It focuses on stress management strategies. I am honored to help people with some of their deepest needs. I reach out to people who have depression, anxiety, bipolar, and addiction issues. They are feeling stuck. They can't make progress in their life, or there is great personal distress. In any case, I am here to help!
I offer both in-person and virtual visits. I am a unique provider for you in several ways. I have 25 years experience! I offer medication and psychotherapy visits. Also, I am an author and give all new patients a signed copy of my Amazon bestseller, "Prescription For Positivity." It focuses on stress management strategies. I am honored to help people with some of their deepest needs. I reach out to people who have depression, anxiety, bipolar, and addiction issues. They are feeling stuck. They can't make progress in their life, or there is great personal distress. In any case, I am here to help!
(970) 445-1311 View (970) 445-1311
Photo of Lisa Stiles, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Fort Collins, CO
Lisa Stiles
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fort Collins, CO 80525
Lisa Dashnaw Stiles is a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who has been practicing since 2019. She graduated from University of Colorado 2018 with a master's degree in Advanced Nursing/Psychiatric and Alliance International University in San Diego CA 2001 with a Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. She combines her education with her experience of being a psychiatric nurse since 1988 to provide wholistic treatment.
Lisa Dashnaw Stiles is a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who has been practicing since 2019. She graduated from University of Colorado 2018 with a master's degree in Advanced Nursing/Psychiatric and Alliance International University in San Diego CA 2001 with a Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. She combines her education with her experience of being a psychiatric nurse since 1988 to provide wholistic treatment.
(970) 236-4922 View (970) 236-4922
Photo of Melanie Walker, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Fort Collins, CO
Melanie Walker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fort Collins, CO 80525
Melanie’s approach to care is rooted in the understanding that each person is a holistic being, with interconnected mind, body, and spirit. Her practice revolves around providing compassionate care to individuals across the lifespan facing various psychiatric disorders, such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, and addiction. Leveraging evidence-based practices, medication management, and lifestyle interventions, she tailors her care to meet each individual’s specific needs. With a background in emergency medicine and psychiatric care, Melanie possesses a deep understanding of the complex interplay between physical and mental health.
Melanie’s approach to care is rooted in the understanding that each person is a holistic being, with interconnected mind, body, and spirit. Her practice revolves around providing compassionate care to individuals across the lifespan facing various psychiatric disorders, such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, and addiction. Leveraging evidence-based practices, medication management, and lifestyle interventions, she tailors her care to meet each individual’s specific needs. With a background in emergency medicine and psychiatric care, Melanie possesses a deep understanding of the complex interplay between physical and mental health.
(970) 538-8405 View (970) 538-8405
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Aimee McLaurin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Fort Collins, CO 80525
Aimee McLaurin is a Nurse Practitioner in Colorado who has been practicing since 2023. Aimee's prior experience in the military and acute medical settings have provided her with unique skills to assist clients in managing challenging times in their lives. She has learned how to help the client navigate a path through these times, build resilience, and thrive by embracing our individual strengths and weaknesses. In her spare time, Aimee enjoys being outdoors, gardening or just enjoying the sunshine. She likes to cook for others, learn new recipes, and is a bad but enthusiastic dancer.
Aimee McLaurin is a Nurse Practitioner in Colorado who has been practicing since 2023. Aimee's prior experience in the military and acute medical settings have provided her with unique skills to assist clients in managing challenging times in their lives. She has learned how to help the client navigate a path through these times, build resilience, and thrive by embracing our individual strengths and weaknesses. In her spare time, Aimee enjoys being outdoors, gardening or just enjoying the sunshine. She likes to cook for others, learn new recipes, and is a bad but enthusiastic dancer.
(970) 866-0192 View (970) 866-0192
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Mind Over Matter Psychotherapeutics,Pllc
Psychiatrist, MD, MB;BS, ABPN
Verified Verified
Fort Collins, CO 80525
I am a Board-certified adult psychiatrist, practicing Psychiatry since graduating from medical school in 2005. I have also done fellowship in Psychoanalysis from Boston Psychoanalytic Institute and Society and also holds an unrestricted license to prescribe Suboxone for management of patients with opiate addiction. I am originally from Pakistan and come from a family of physicians and surgeons. Following the footsteps of my family members and keeping the tradition of practicing medicine alive, I am now the fourth-generation physician in my family and the third generation practicing medicine in the USA.
I am a Board-certified adult psychiatrist, practicing Psychiatry since graduating from medical school in 2005. I have also done fellowship in Psychoanalysis from Boston Psychoanalytic Institute and Society and also holds an unrestricted license to prescribe Suboxone for management of patients with opiate addiction. I am originally from Pakistan and come from a family of physicians and surgeons. Following the footsteps of my family members and keeping the tradition of practicing medicine alive, I am now the fourth-generation physician in my family and the third generation practicing medicine in the USA.
(970) 499-1994 View (970) 499-1994

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Number of Psychiatrists in Fort Collins, CO

100+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Fort Collins, CO who prioritize treating:

97% Anxiety
96% Depression
86% Medication Management
84% Bipolar Disorder
80% ADHD
76% Trauma and PTSD
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

91% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
89% Aetna
89% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Fort Collins, CO see their clients

69% In Person and Online
31% Online Only

Gender breakdown

72% Female
28% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Fort Collins?

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.