Psychiatrists in Greeley, CO

Photo of Melissa Shulman, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Melissa Shulman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greeley, CO 80634  (Online Only)
Accepting new clients! I believe mental health care should be an empowering experience. As your provider, we will work together to identify what is most important to you on your journey to building a rich and meaningful life. I provide holistic, trauma-informed care and medication management for a variety of mental health needs and specialize in treating anxiety, addictions, and mood disorders.
Accepting new clients! I believe mental health care should be an empowering experience. As your provider, we will work together to identify what is most important to you on your journey to building a rich and meaningful life. I provide holistic, trauma-informed care and medication management for a variety of mental health needs and specialize in treating anxiety, addictions, and mood disorders.
(720) 893-3436 View (720) 893-3436
Photo of Adam Horn, APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Adam Horn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greeley, CO 80631  (Online Only)
Adam is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in psychological trauma, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and addiction issues. He has more than 25 years of experience in mental health, as a psychotherapist with a Cognitive Behavioral approach and as a nurse practitioner. He has helped people from all walks of life, all sorts of life experiences, from the coasts of Washington State to hills of Tennessee and Virginia; urban and rural. He believes our pasts do not dictate our futures; and through a combination of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, we are all capable of change and creating a better life.
Adam is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in psychological trauma, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and addiction issues. He has more than 25 years of experience in mental health, as a psychotherapist with a Cognitive Behavioral approach and as a nurse practitioner. He has helped people from all walks of life, all sorts of life experiences, from the coasts of Washington State to hills of Tennessee and Virginia; urban and rural. He believes our pasts do not dictate our futures; and through a combination of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, we are all capable of change and creating a better life.
(970) 499-1710 View (970) 499-1710
Photo of Alison Baker, PNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Alison Baker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Greeley, CO 80634
Accepting new clients! I am a board-certified nurse practitioner specializing in psychiatry. Asking for help takes courage, and my goal is to meet you where you are. I intend to understand your values, needs, and emotions. Effective treatment starts with trust and feeling heard without judgment. Your initial appointment can be in person or in the comfort of your home utilizing telehealth. By learning about you, your family history, and your symptoms, we can develop a treatment plan we are both comfortable with.
Accepting new clients! I am a board-certified nurse practitioner specializing in psychiatry. Asking for help takes courage, and my goal is to meet you where you are. I intend to understand your values, needs, and emotions. Effective treatment starts with trust and feeling heard without judgment. Your initial appointment can be in person or in the comfort of your home utilizing telehealth. By learning about you, your family history, and your symptoms, we can develop a treatment plan we are both comfortable with.
(970) 620-9670 View (970) 620-9670
Photo of Jose L. Vasquez, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jose L. Vasquez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Greeley, CO 80634
Proudly serving Colorado. My ideal client is someone courageously facing mental health challenges like depression, anxiety, and mood fluctuations. They seek understanding, relief, and strategies for a better life. Our approach at NoCo begins with a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation to thoughtfully assess if medication can support your journey towards healing and personal growth.
Proudly serving Colorado. My ideal client is someone courageously facing mental health challenges like depression, anxiety, and mood fluctuations. They seek understanding, relief, and strategies for a better life. Our approach at NoCo begins with a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation to thoughtfully assess if medication can support your journey towards healing and personal growth.
(970) 438-5732 View (970) 438-5732
Photo of Robert Owens, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Robert Owens
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Greeley, CO 80634
Positive mental health and wellness is a life-long journey and Rob is here to help you on that journey. He takes a holistic, evidence-based approach in his practice, believing that medications are not always the answer, or at least the whole answer, and often chooses to recommend therapy, dietary changes, exercise, and lifestyle modification when indicated.
Positive mental health and wellness is a life-long journey and Rob is here to help you on that journey. He takes a holistic, evidence-based approach in his practice, believing that medications are not always the answer, or at least the whole answer, and often chooses to recommend therapy, dietary changes, exercise, and lifestyle modification when indicated.
(970) 251-7947 View (970) 251-7947
Photo of Wilber Mendez, APN, NP, RXN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Wilber Mendez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, NP, RXN
Verified Verified
Greeley, CO 80634  (Online Only)
Wil grew up in Eagle County Colorado where he started his medical career as a pharmacy technician. This knowledge and experience empowered Wil to help people on a deeper level. Wil pursued his bachelor's in nursing at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ. While in nursing school Wil found a passion for behavioral health and the importance of providing culturally competent care and patient centered care in both English and Spanish. The importance of behavioral health and its disparity in our community fueled Wil to gain his Master’s in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Regis College in Massachusetts.
Wil grew up in Eagle County Colorado where he started his medical career as a pharmacy technician. This knowledge and experience empowered Wil to help people on a deeper level. Wil pursued his bachelor's in nursing at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ. While in nursing school Wil found a passion for behavioral health and the importance of providing culturally competent care and patient centered care in both English and Spanish. The importance of behavioral health and its disparity in our community fueled Wil to gain his Master’s in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Regis College in Massachusetts.
(720) 802-9331 View (720) 802-9331
Photo of Margaret Oliver, APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Margaret Oliver
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greeley, CO 80631  (Online Only)
Maggie is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She has a Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and minor in Neuroscience from Miami University. Since 2013 she has worked in various settings, such as: community mental health, private practice, corrections, and skilled/assisted nursing facilities.
Maggie is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She has a Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and minor in Neuroscience from Miami University. Since 2013 she has worked in various settings, such as: community mental health, private practice, corrections, and skilled/assisted nursing facilities.
(970) 638-7609 View (970) 638-7609
Photo of Andrew Nagy, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Andrew Nagy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Greeley, CO 80634
*Open Availability this Week, Call Quick to Reserve!* 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.
*Open Availability this Week, Call Quick to Reserve!* 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.
(970) 888-6115 View (970) 888-6115
Photo of Dean Gainey, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dean Gainey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Greeley, CO 80634  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Michigan State University. My clinical acumen is enriched by an extensive career dedicated to healthcare, where I have cultivated a deep understanding of the diverse communities I serve. My background includes a pivotal role in the U.S. Army as a Psychiatric Nurse, which has provided me with invaluable experience in care coordination and healthcare team leadership.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Michigan State University. My clinical acumen is enriched by an extensive career dedicated to healthcare, where I have cultivated a deep understanding of the diverse communities I serve. My background includes a pivotal role in the U.S. Army as a Psychiatric Nurse, which has provided me with invaluable experience in care coordination and healthcare team leadership.
(720) 414-5897 View (720) 414-5897
Photo of Haulek Tawmging - Online Kairos Psychiatry in Colorado, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Online Kairos Psychiatry in Colorado
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greeley, CO 80634  (Online Only)
We often risk our mental health in this busy world and people often have to choose between psychiatric/ therapy appointments or keeping up with other life responsibilities. Now you won't have to. My goal is to reduce fragmented care by providing accessible psychiatric care online, wherever you are, all across Colorado. No more congested traffic or long drives, waiting room, missing work or school. Online psychiatry is privacy-friendly and customizable. I connect with teens, collegiates, and young professionals to navigate anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, stressors of career and school transitions, and family life.
We often risk our mental health in this busy world and people often have to choose between psychiatric/ therapy appointments or keeping up with other life responsibilities. Now you won't have to. My goal is to reduce fragmented care by providing accessible psychiatric care online, wherever you are, all across Colorado. No more congested traffic or long drives, waiting room, missing work or school. Online psychiatry is privacy-friendly and customizable. I connect with teens, collegiates, and young professionals to navigate anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, stressors of career and school transitions, and family life.
(720) 897-5644 View (720) 897-5644
Photo of Kristina Mordecai, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kristina Mordecai
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Greeley, CO 80631
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
Photo of Mary Beth Hutchinson, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Mary Beth Hutchinson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Greeley, CO 80631
Are you depressed or anxious? I can help with your medication management. My name is Mary "Beth" Hutchinson. I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, treating patients ages 4 and up. I am also certified as a family nurse practitioner, which provides a broad base to individualize age appropriate treatment. We can meet and have our sessions through video on our telemedicine platform, so you can be at the comfort of your home while we meet. We will evaluate your specific concerns, work with you to develop a practical plan, and I'll support you through the process of improving your life.
Are you depressed or anxious? I can help with your medication management. My name is Mary "Beth" Hutchinson. I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, treating patients ages 4 and up. I am also certified as a family nurse practitioner, which provides a broad base to individualize age appropriate treatment. We can meet and have our sessions through video on our telemedicine platform, so you can be at the comfort of your home while we meet. We will evaluate your specific concerns, work with you to develop a practical plan, and I'll support you through the process of improving your life.
(720) 712-1142 View (720) 712-1142
Photo of Esther Okanlawon, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Esther Okanlawon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Greeley, CO 80634
Accepting New Patients! I am dual certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I have been in healthcare for the past 14 years. Started out my career as a nurse in homecare in NY and also worked on the Navajo reservation. As an FNP, I have worked in primary care, wellness health and treated patients with substance use disorder. As a PMHNP, I am going to help you achieve your goal of functioning to your highest capabilities. I also offer suboxone services. Call or email today to learn more.
Accepting New Patients! I am dual certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I have been in healthcare for the past 14 years. Started out my career as a nurse in homecare in NY and also worked on the Navajo reservation. As an FNP, I have worked in primary care, wellness health and treated patients with substance use disorder. As a PMHNP, I am going to help you achieve your goal of functioning to your highest capabilities. I also offer suboxone services. Call or email today to learn more.
(720) 594-3027 View (720) 594-3027
Photo of Joe Crowley, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Joe Crowley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Greeley, CO 80631
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
Photo of James Anderson, MSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
James Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Greeley, CO 80634
Accepting New Patients! Looking forward to meet you. I'm board certified, specializing in medication management, treating 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 us.
Accepting New Patients! Looking forward to meet you. I'm board certified, specializing in medication management, treating 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 us.
(720) 459-4497 View (720) 459-4497
Photo of Henry Fagnant, PNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Henry Fagnant
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Greeley, CO 80634
Appointments available! Henry is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who obtained his undergraduate and advanced nursing degree from Regis University in Denver, CO. He has over ten years of healthcare experience serving pediatric, adult and geriatric populations. Henry’s background includes an engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines, ecclesiastical work in service to the poor and underserved, and nursing services that include pediatric homecare, hospital inpatient and hospice care.
Appointments available! Henry is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who obtained his undergraduate and advanced nursing degree from Regis University in Denver, CO. He has over ten years of healthcare experience serving pediatric, adult and geriatric populations. Henry’s background includes an engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines, ecclesiastical work in service to the poor and underserved, and nursing services that include pediatric homecare, hospital inpatient and hospice care.
(720) 706-7270 View (720) 706-7270
Photo of Bryan Eckhard - Great Plains Mental Health Partners Inc, MSN, FNP-C, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Great Plains Mental Health Partners Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Greeley, CO 80631
Great Plains Mental Health Partners Inc is a Veteran owned and operated Psychiatric/Behavioral Health practice located in Colorado. The providers are all trained and licensed as Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners – Board Certified (PMHNP-BC). Some have additional training in Family Practice (FNP-C) and Adult Gerontology Primary Care (AGPCNP-BC). They all share a compassion for and desire to help people live happy healthy lives.
Great Plains Mental Health Partners Inc is a Veteran owned and operated Psychiatric/Behavioral Health practice located in Colorado. The providers are all trained and licensed as Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners – Board Certified (PMHNP-BC). Some have additional training in Family Practice (FNP-C) and Adult Gerontology Primary Care (AGPCNP-BC). They all share a compassion for and desire to help people live happy healthy lives.
(720) 734-2867 View (720) 734-2867
Photo of Colina Hill - Eutierria Mental Health, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Eutierria Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Greeley, CO 80632
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), with over 11 years of psychiatric nursing experience prior to obtaining my PMHNP. In addition to conventional treatment, I am currently taking part in a yearlong fellowship at the Integrative Psychiatry Institute. This fellowship will provide added holistic and alternative treatment options. My focus is to help individuals heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths. This is achieved by providing a neutral safe space, establishing a therapeutic relationship, and developing an individualized treatment plan.
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), with over 11 years of psychiatric nursing experience prior to obtaining my PMHNP. In addition to conventional treatment, I am currently taking part in a yearlong fellowship at the Integrative Psychiatry Institute. This fellowship will provide added holistic and alternative treatment options. My focus is to help individuals heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths. This is achieved by providing a neutral safe space, establishing a therapeutic relationship, and developing an individualized treatment plan.
(970) 425-1514 View (970) 425-1514
Photo of Melissa Shulman, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Melissa Shulman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greeley, CO 80631  (Online Only)
Accepting New Clients! I believe mental health care should be an empowering experience. As your provider, we will work together to identify what is most important to you on your journey to building a rich and meaningful life. I provide holistic, trauma-informed care and medication management for a variety of mental health needs and specialize in treating anxiety, addictions, and mood disorders.
Accepting New Clients! I believe mental health care should be an empowering experience. As your provider, we will work together to identify what is most important to you on your journey to building a rich and meaningful life. I provide holistic, trauma-informed care and medication management for a variety of mental health needs and specialize in treating anxiety, addictions, and mood disorders.
(720) 821-1246 View (720) 821-1246
Photo of Lauren Hood, PNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Lauren Hood
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Greeley, CO 80634
Accepting New Patients! Lauren Hood is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who provides a full range of psychiatric services and specializes in medication management. Lauren earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Wyoming. She became certified as a psychiatric registered nurse, through the American Nurses Credentialing Center, as her career progressed. Lauren completed her Master of Science in Nursing through Walden University.
Accepting New Patients! Lauren Hood is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who provides a full range of psychiatric services and specializes in medication management. Lauren earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Wyoming. She became certified as a psychiatric registered nurse, through the American Nurses Credentialing Center, as her career progressed. Lauren completed her Master of Science in Nursing through Walden University.
(720) 730-9103 View (720) 730-9103
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Greeley, CO

30+

Average cost per session

$225

Psychiatrists in Greeley, CO who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
85% ADHD
85% Bipolar Disorder
85% Medication Management
69% Trauma and PTSD
62% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

97% Cigna and Evernorth
95% Aetna
92% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Greeley, CO see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

66% Female
34% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Greeley?

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.