Psychiatrists in Johnstown, CO

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Christine Cork -- Connections Psychiatry
Physician Assistant, PA-C, CAQ-Psy
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Johnstown, CO 80534
I'm Christine, a PA with many years of experience in psychiatry. I am the founder of Connections Psychiatry, LLC, a group of psychiatric providers. We treat anxiety, depression, mood, and trauma disorders. We are happy to serve clients who are new to psychiatric care (seeking a diagnosis and guidance) or those coming from other practitioners (such as a referral from a PCP or transferring care from a previous psychiatrist). We like to align with our clients in the belief that all aspects of health are interconnected (hence, Connections Psychiatry!) and that while medications are an aspect of treatment, they aren’t the sole answer.
I'm Christine, a PA with many years of experience in psychiatry. I am the founder of Connections Psychiatry, LLC, a group of psychiatric providers. We treat anxiety, depression, mood, and trauma disorders. We are happy to serve clients who are new to psychiatric care (seeking a diagnosis and guidance) or those coming from other practitioners (such as a referral from a PCP or transferring care from a previous psychiatrist). We like to align with our clients in the belief that all aspects of health are interconnected (hence, Connections Psychiatry!) and that while medications are an aspect of treatment, they aren’t the sole answer.
(720) 782-8686 View (720) 782-8686
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Rena Diem
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Johnstown, CO 80534
Rena Diem, PMHNP Rena Diem is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Colorado who has been practicing since 2024. She received a Master of Science in Nursing as a Certified Nurse Midwife in 2010 before becoming a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2023. Rena's role is to be a guide on your journey towards greater health and understanding. By fostering a trusting and supportive environment, Rena hopes that you can feel that you don't have to do hard things alone.
Rena Diem, PMHNP Rena Diem is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Colorado who has been practicing since 2024. She received a Master of Science in Nursing as a Certified Nurse Midwife in 2010 before becoming a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2023. Rena's role is to be a guide on your journey towards greater health and understanding. By fostering a trusting and supportive environment, Rena hopes that you can feel that you don't have to do hard things alone.
(970) 609-9926 View (970) 609-9926
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Michael Wyskiel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Johnstown, CO 80534
When you meet with Mike, you will feel welcomed into a non-judgmental, positive environment to overcome obstacles and become the best version of yourself. He is accepting of individuals from all walks of life and does not discriminate on gender, race, ethnicity, or cultural background. After a session with Mike, you will leave feeling accepted, listened to, and better equipped for your healing journey. Mike’s clients can expect to gain knowledge and tools to overcome many life struggles, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar, OCD, ADHD, insomnia, substance abuse, and eating issues.
When you meet with Mike, you will feel welcomed into a non-judgmental, positive environment to overcome obstacles and become the best version of yourself. He is accepting of individuals from all walks of life and does not discriminate on gender, race, ethnicity, or cultural background. After a session with Mike, you will leave feeling accepted, listened to, and better equipped for your healing journey. Mike’s clients can expect to gain knowledge and tools to overcome many life struggles, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar, OCD, ADHD, insomnia, substance abuse, and eating issues.
(719) 212-9161 View (719) 212-9161
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Keri Lemmond
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Johnstown, CO 80534
Keri Lemmond, M.D. is a board-certified adult psychiatrist with more than 22 years of experience in the field of medication management for the treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, women and college student issues. She graduated medical school from Texas A&M Health Sciences Center and completed her residency at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. She has been on faculty at the University of Colorado Department of Psychiatry and on staff at Colorado State University Health Center.
Keri Lemmond, M.D. is a board-certified adult psychiatrist with more than 22 years of experience in the field of medication management for the treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, women and college student issues. She graduated medical school from Texas A&M Health Sciences Center and completed her residency at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. She has been on faculty at the University of Colorado Department of Psychiatry and on staff at Colorado State University Health Center.
(970) 638-8625 View (970) 638-8625
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Katherine Kelto
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Johnstown, CO 80534  (Online Only)
Katherine Kelto is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has been practicing since 2015. She graduated from Colorado State University. She has experience treating clients with medication management in all age groups with mental health disorders. She has extended training focused on applied genetics as a treatment tool. By utilizing the most recent research and most importantly listening, she persistently seeks to help clients realize their fullest potential.
Katherine Kelto is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has been practicing since 2015. She graduated from Colorado State University. She has experience treating clients with medication management in all age groups with mental health disorders. She has extended training focused on applied genetics as a treatment tool. By utilizing the most recent research and most importantly listening, she persistently seeks to help clients realize their fullest potential.
(719) 497-2309 View (719) 497-2309
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Lauri Lohse
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Johnstown, CO 80534
Lauri Lohse has been a nurse practitioner since 2005. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a master's degree in nursing. Lauri believes in treating her patients as unique individuals and enjoys working with all age groups from childhood through adulthood. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and playing with her grandchildren.
Lauri Lohse has been a nurse practitioner since 2005. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a master's degree in nursing. Lauri believes in treating her patients as unique individuals and enjoys working with all age groups from childhood through adulthood. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and playing with her grandchildren.
(970) 360-4416 View (970) 360-4416

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Courtney Hill
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Loveland, CO 80534
Waitlist for new clients
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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Katie Bland--Larson Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Loveland, CO 80534
I am currently accepting new patients for medication management. For ease, you can schedule online at www.larsonmentalhealth.com. With over 13 years of nursing experience, including 9 years in mental health, I have worked with a wide variety of mental health conditions. As a provider, I am determined to help individuals achieve optimal mental wellness by incorporating evidence-based treatment strategies. I delight in working with all age groups and mental health conditions including but not limited to mood disorders, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, ADHD, anxiety, and conditions derived from trauma.
I am currently accepting new patients for medication management. For ease, you can schedule online at www.larsonmentalhealth.com. With over 13 years of nursing experience, including 9 years in mental health, I have worked with a wide variety of mental health conditions. As a provider, I am determined to help individuals achieve optimal mental wellness by incorporating evidence-based treatment strategies. I delight in working with all age groups and mental health conditions including but not limited to mood disorders, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, ADHD, anxiety, and conditions derived from trauma.
(970) 410-3945 View (970) 410-3945
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Erica Earhart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Loveland, CO 80538
My practice style is founded on the belief that mental wellness is a basic right. I enjoy working with my clients as their partner so that we can find the answers best suited to each individual’s needs. While so many mental health struggles have been destigmatized, huge stigmas still remain when it comes to managing addictions. I enjoy working with clients who are struggling with addiction and strive to provide non-judgmental care with unconditional positive regard.
My practice style is founded on the belief that mental wellness is a basic right. I enjoy working with my clients as their partner so that we can find the answers best suited to each individual’s needs. While so many mental health struggles have been destigmatized, huge stigmas still remain when it comes to managing addictions. I enjoy working with clients who are struggling with addiction and strive to provide non-judgmental care with unconditional positive regard.
(719) 347-4482 View (719) 347-4482
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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
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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
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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
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Ryan Brown
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Berthoud, CO 80513
Dr. Ryan Brown is a Psychiatrist in Texas who has been practicing since 2020. Dr. Brown earned his Bachelor's degree in history from Southwestern University and his medical degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He completed a residency in general psychiatry at the University of North Carolina Medical Center and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Texas Dell Medical School. Dr. Brown has experience and specialization in the treatment of acute mental illness, developmental disorders, and integrated whole person mental health care.
Dr. Ryan Brown is a Psychiatrist in Texas who has been practicing since 2020. Dr. Brown earned his Bachelor's degree in history from Southwestern University and his medical degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He completed a residency in general psychiatry at the University of North Carolina Medical Center and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Texas Dell Medical School. Dr. Brown has experience and specialization in the treatment of acute mental illness, developmental disorders, and integrated whole person mental health care.
(720) 790-3097 View (720) 790-3097
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Brighter Day Psychiatry, PC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Loveland, CO 80538
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
Loveland, CO 80534
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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Alison Baker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Windsor, CO 80550
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.
(720) 571-8347 View (720) 571-8347
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Jessica Tsourmas
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Berthoud, CO 80513
Dr. Jessica Tsourmas is a Psychiatrist in Colorado who has been practicing since 2006. She studied at Vanderbilt University and George Washington Medical. Dr. Tsourmas would describe her medical and psychiatric approach as holistic and patient centered. The joy in and passion in what she does comes from each patient striving for and achieving their own personal goals. There is something so meaningful in this work when a patient gets better and creates the life they want to live. Outside of work, Dr. Tsourmas enjoys spending time with family and friends, yoga, cooking, reading, being a lifelong student, and DIYing.
Dr. Jessica Tsourmas is a Psychiatrist in Colorado who has been practicing since 2006. She studied at Vanderbilt University and George Washington Medical. Dr. Tsourmas would describe her medical and psychiatric approach as holistic and patient centered. The joy in and passion in what she does comes from each patient striving for and achieving their own personal goals. There is something so meaningful in this work when a patient gets better and creates the life they want to live. Outside of work, Dr. Tsourmas enjoys spending time with family and friends, yoga, cooking, reading, being a lifelong student, and DIYing.
(970) 251-1817 View (970) 251-1817
Photo of Colina Hill - Eutierria Mental Health, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Eutierria Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Loveland, CO 80538
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
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Kyle Brown
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Windsor, CO 80550
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) 792-6083 View (720) 792-6083
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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

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Johnstown, CO

< 10

Psychiatrists in Johnstown, CO who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Bipolar Disorder
83% ADHD
83% Medication Management
67% Trauma and PTSD
67% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
80% BlueCross and BlueShield
80% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Johnstown, CO see their clients

84% In Person and Online
16% Online Only

Gender breakdown

84% Female
16% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Johnstown?

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.