Psychiatrists in Lone Tree, CO

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Thomas Vertrees
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lone Tree, CO 80124
Thank you for your interest in my practice. Since joining the Dodson ADHD Center in 2018, I have been specializing exclusively in adult ADHD. I see people over the age of 15. In my experience, people with ADHD are bright, creative, and hardworking, but have struggled for decades to fully express their talents. They know they are working overtime but aren't getting the results other people seem to get. They know something isn't quite right and that it's sabotaging their work, friendships and families. They are always slightly anxious and find it hard to be in the moment. After so many years of this, they want something different!
Thank you for your interest in my practice. Since joining the Dodson ADHD Center in 2018, I have been specializing exclusively in adult ADHD. I see people over the age of 15. In my experience, people with ADHD are bright, creative, and hardworking, but have struggled for decades to fully express their talents. They know they are working overtime but aren't getting the results other people seem to get. They know something isn't quite right and that it's sabotaging their work, friendships and families. They are always slightly anxious and find it hard to be in the moment. After so many years of this, they want something different!
(303) 300-6635 View (303) 300-6635
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Alison Schmitt--Larson Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lone Tree, CO 80124
Accepting New Patients, Book Online: www.larsonmentalhealth.com/scheduling-information. I treat ages 13+, bringing a holistic approach to patient treatment. I see patients as individuals who've had unique experiences that have shaped them. I identify the root cause of a mental health concern, taking the time to learn about you, to be able to. offer treatment with long term success. I have experience treating ADHD, PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and Disordered Eating in addition to other mental health concerns. If you are looking for a new provider, I can help.
Accepting New Patients, Book Online: www.larsonmentalhealth.com/scheduling-information. I treat ages 13+, bringing a holistic approach to patient treatment. I see patients as individuals who've had unique experiences that have shaped them. I identify the root cause of a mental health concern, taking the time to learn about you, to be able to. offer treatment with long term success. I have experience treating ADHD, PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and Disordered Eating in addition to other mental health concerns. If you are looking for a new provider, I can help.
(720) 740-8852 View (720) 740-8852
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Plus by APN: Interventional Psychiatry & Neurotech
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Lone Tree, CO 80124
We're Plus by APN in Colorado - a team of psychiatry, therapy, and medical providers who have come together to provide real, comprehensive, interventional care for your mental health and well-being. Traditional psychiatry involves diagnosis and medication management. And we certainly do those. But at Plus by APN, we also provide in-depth psychiatric assessments to help you determine the best comprehensive treatment plan for your needs - whether that be therapy, medication, Deep TMS, ketamine-assisted healing, brain mapping, neurofeedback, stellate ganglion block (SGB) or some combination of the above.
We're Plus by APN in Colorado - a team of psychiatry, therapy, and medical providers who have come together to provide real, comprehensive, interventional care for your mental health and well-being. Traditional psychiatry involves diagnosis and medication management. And we certainly do those. But at Plus by APN, we also provide in-depth psychiatric assessments to help you determine the best comprehensive treatment plan for your needs - whether that be therapy, medication, Deep TMS, ketamine-assisted healing, brain mapping, neurofeedback, stellate ganglion block (SGB) or some combination of the above.
(720) 594-3914 View (720) 594-3914
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Jill Orr
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Lone Tree, CO 80112
Now accepting New Clients! I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I invite you to allow me to help guide you through your mental health journey. My background includes over 9 years of inpatient and outpatient clinical experience as well as a clinical instructor for CU and Regis. Listening to my patients and collaborating with them to come up with the best strategy to accomplish their goals is my expertise. My strong clinical background allows me to evaluate and interpret each patient as an individual.
Now accepting New Clients! I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I invite you to allow me to help guide you through your mental health journey. My background includes over 9 years of inpatient and outpatient clinical experience as well as a clinical instructor for CU and Regis. Listening to my patients and collaborating with them to come up with the best strategy to accomplish their goals is my expertise. My strong clinical background allows me to evaluate and interpret each patient as an individual.
(303) 536-5517 View (303) 536-5517
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Samantha Hudgins
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Lone Tree, CO 80112
Regardless of where you are at in your mental health journey, we start with a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation. During this evaluation, we review your history engaging in psychotherapy, psychiatric treatment, symptoms, and comprehensive medical history. This evaluation sets the stage for your mental health journey. Using an integrative psychiatry approach, I then develop a treatment plan for you that includes optimized prescription medication management, supplementation, nutrition, and lifestyle changes. I am able to provide treatment for depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar, PMDD, PPD, Autism, OCD, and disordered eating.
Regardless of where you are at in your mental health journey, we start with a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation. During this evaluation, we review your history engaging in psychotherapy, psychiatric treatment, symptoms, and comprehensive medical history. This evaluation sets the stage for your mental health journey. Using an integrative psychiatry approach, I then develop a treatment plan for you that includes optimized prescription medication management, supplementation, nutrition, and lifestyle changes. I am able to provide treatment for depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar, PMDD, PPD, Autism, OCD, and disordered eating.
(720) 915-2965 View (720) 915-2965
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Dr. Heath D Canfield
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Lone Tree, CO 80124  (Online Only)
I am a licensed physician, board certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology. I'm also a fully trained psychoanalyst. After medical school and psychiatric residency at the University of Colorado, I opted for over four additional years of training in intensive psychotherapy (psychoanalysis) beyond what most psychiatrists undertake. While I spend most of my time doing psychotherapy, I also prescribe medications when appropriate. I have a particular interest in treating physicians of all specialties who struggle with work related burnout, depression, or other mental health issues
I am a licensed physician, board certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology. I'm also a fully trained psychoanalyst. After medical school and psychiatric residency at the University of Colorado, I opted for over four additional years of training in intensive psychotherapy (psychoanalysis) beyond what most psychiatrists undertake. While I spend most of my time doing psychotherapy, I also prescribe medications when appropriate. I have a particular interest in treating physicians of all specialties who struggle with work related burnout, depression, or other mental health issues
(720) 806-6034 View (720) 806-6034
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Kari Underwood
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lone Tree, CO 80124
Are you frustrated with the one-size fits all, rushed approach to mental health care? My name is Kari Underwood and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in medication management for a variety of conditions. With every medication management appointment, I offer compassion, kindness, and collaboration and a guarantee that I will care for you the absolute best I can! Each initial appointment is 60 minutes long, and follow-ups are scheduled for 30 minutes to allow for the time it takes to develop trust and connection, complete a thorough assessment, and educate on your condition and available treatment options.
Are you frustrated with the one-size fits all, rushed approach to mental health care? My name is Kari Underwood and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in medication management for a variety of conditions. With every medication management appointment, I offer compassion, kindness, and collaboration and a guarantee that I will care for you the absolute best I can! Each initial appointment is 60 minutes long, and follow-ups are scheduled for 30 minutes to allow for the time it takes to develop trust and connection, complete a thorough assessment, and educate on your condition and available treatment options.
(303) 731-3243 View (303) 731-3243
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Rose NeuroSpa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DO
Verified Verified
Lone Tree, CO 80124
Rose NeuroSpa is a locally owned clinic that was opened to help individuals and families deal with the devastating issues relating to mental health and related co-occurring conditions. Not only do we offer traditional mental health services (med mgmt and therapy), but we are bringing break through treatments to our communities. Our team includes Scott Akridge (medical director), Shantel Gallegos (psychiatric mental health nurse practioner (PMHNP), Rachel Hiatt (PMHNP), Mark McNary (therapist) and various accredited technicians.
Rose NeuroSpa is a locally owned clinic that was opened to help individuals and families deal with the devastating issues relating to mental health and related co-occurring conditions. Not only do we offer traditional mental health services (med mgmt and therapy), but we are bringing break through treatments to our communities. Our team includes Scott Akridge (medical director), Shantel Gallegos (psychiatric mental health nurse practioner (PMHNP), Rachel Hiatt (PMHNP), Mark McNary (therapist) and various accredited technicians.
(720) 730-2749 View (720) 730-2749
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Heather Holmes
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Lone Tree, CO 80124
My goal is for my sessions with you to be a collaboration in which we together define your goals, discuss your holistic treatment plan, and decide which options fit your needs best. I enjoy incorporating encouragement, self-compassion and self-love, and a bit of laughter into our sessions together. I see both adolescents (13+) and adults. I welcome all, but I especially enjoy working with young adults in times of transition (high school seniors, college students, and young adults entering their post-school lives), patients with OCD and/or social anxiety, and patients in the LGTBQIA+ community.
My goal is for my sessions with you to be a collaboration in which we together define your goals, discuss your holistic treatment plan, and decide which options fit your needs best. I enjoy incorporating encouragement, self-compassion and self-love, and a bit of laughter into our sessions together. I see both adolescents (13+) and adults. I welcome all, but I especially enjoy working with young adults in times of transition (high school seniors, college students, and young adults entering their post-school lives), patients with OCD and/or social anxiety, and patients in the LGTBQIA+ community.
(720) 215-4776 View (720) 215-4776
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Erica Guerrero
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP
Verified Verified
Lone Tree, CO 80124
Dr. Erica Guerrero is a board-certified psychiatric mental-health nurse practitioner who graduated with a doctorate from Regis College. She is experienced in treating a wide variety of psychiatric diagnoses including depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, bipolar disorders, psychotic disorders, substance use disorders, trauma and mental health disparities among the LGBTQIA+ community. She is a Life Span psychiatric nurse practitioner, who incorporates multiple treatment modalities including psychopharmacologic treatment and psychotherapy, along with the utmost gentle and compassionate care.
Dr. Erica Guerrero is a board-certified psychiatric mental-health nurse practitioner who graduated with a doctorate from Regis College. She is experienced in treating a wide variety of psychiatric diagnoses including depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, bipolar disorders, psychotic disorders, substance use disorders, trauma and mental health disparities among the LGBTQIA+ community. She is a Life Span psychiatric nurse practitioner, who incorporates multiple treatment modalities including psychopharmacologic treatment and psychotherapy, along with the utmost gentle and compassionate care.
(303) 486-5686 x101 View (303) 486-5686 x101
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Hallie Williams
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Lone Tree, CO 80124
Each of us has a different background and unfolding story that makes us unique. As your provider, my goal is to listen and understand before we both move forward with any decisions about your own well-being. I have a deep appreciation for the mental health benefits provided by a comprehensive plan. This may include but is not limited to a well-rounded diet, daily movement, intentional therapy, and medication if needed.
Each of us has a different background and unfolding story that makes us unique. As your provider, my goal is to listen and understand before we both move forward with any decisions about your own well-being. I have a deep appreciation for the mental health benefits provided by a comprehensive plan. This may include but is not limited to a well-rounded diet, daily movement, intentional therapy, and medication if needed.
(720) 715-8941 View (720) 715-8941
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Kristin Demmert
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, PMHNP, WHNP
Verified Verified
Lone Tree, CO 80124
Kristin Demmert, WHNP, PMHNP, MSN, RN attended Johns Hopkins for her bachelor's degree and the University of Colorado for her master's and post-master's. She has practiced as a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner for over a decade and then added mental health nursing to her scope of practice. Kristin treats all mental health concerns and has a particular interest in women's behavioral health including perinatal mental health, infertility, menstrual disorders, and menopause.
Kristin Demmert, WHNP, PMHNP, MSN, RN attended Johns Hopkins for her bachelor's degree and the University of Colorado for her master's and post-master's. She has practiced as a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner for over a decade and then added mental health nursing to her scope of practice. Kristin treats all mental health concerns and has a particular interest in women's behavioral health including perinatal mental health, infertility, menstrual disorders, and menopause.
(720) 738-6981 View (720) 738-6981
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Hy Gia Park
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH, MS
Verified Verified
Lone Tree, CO 80124
I am here to provide guidance, expertise, and treatment approaches for stress, anxiety, trauma, depression, concentration problems, relationship difficulties, drug or alcohol use, or life/career transitions. No matter what their age, many of the clients who eventually find me have done everything they can on their own and/or with the help of loved ones to manage these issues and are just in need of a little more information, help and support. They are all seeking a professional who can offer insight into what is happening with them or their loved one and provide an assortment of treatment approaches.
I am here to provide guidance, expertise, and treatment approaches for stress, anxiety, trauma, depression, concentration problems, relationship difficulties, drug or alcohol use, or life/career transitions. No matter what their age, many of the clients who eventually find me have done everything they can on their own and/or with the help of loved ones to manage these issues and are just in need of a little more information, help and support. They are all seeking a professional who can offer insight into what is happening with them or their loved one and provide an assortment of treatment approaches.
(720) 209-8537 View (720) 209-8537
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Modern Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lone Tree, CO 80124
Welcome! My goal as your psychiatric provider is to listen to your goals and help you achieve them. I specialize in treating ADHD (ADHD-CCSP certified), anxiety disorders, PTSD and trauma, depression, bipolar disorders, binge eating disorder, and OCD. I believe in a partnership approach that emphasizes education, open communication, and meeting each individual where they are in their personal journey. Whether it is medication management, therapy, or a combination of the two, one size does not fit all.
Welcome! My goal as your psychiatric provider is to listen to your goals and help you achieve them. I specialize in treating ADHD (ADHD-CCSP certified), anxiety disorders, PTSD and trauma, depression, bipolar disorders, binge eating disorder, and OCD. I believe in a partnership approach that emphasizes education, open communication, and meeting each individual where they are in their personal journey. Whether it is medication management, therapy, or a combination of the two, one size does not fit all.
(720) 706-8240 View (720) 706-8240
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Caitlin Brown
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Lone Tree, CO 80124
I am proud of you for taking this step to improve your mental health and well-being. As your provider, I am here to listen to you and understand your goals. I encourage you to be an active participant in your treatment, and together we can create an individualized treatment plan to include a combination of medications, therapy, and other interventions to address your specific needs.
I am proud of you for taking this step to improve your mental health and well-being. As your provider, I am here to listen to you and understand your goals. I encourage you to be an active participant in your treatment, and together we can create an individualized treatment plan to include a combination of medications, therapy, and other interventions to address your specific needs.
(720) 782-1164 View (720) 782-1164
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Larson Mental Health - Olga Baturenko
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lone Tree, CO 80124
Accepting New Patients, Book Online: www.larsonmentalhealth.com/scheduling-information. I treat patients ages 8+ for most psychiatric conditions, including ADHD, depression, anxiety and bipolar disorders, OCD, addiction, psychotic disorders, and trauma-related disorders. I offer an integrative approach to psychiatric treatment that encompasses a mindful selection of psychiatric medication for each patient combined with recommendations for supplements, lifestyle interventions, and appropriate referrals to functional medicine providers, including acupuncturists, chiropractors, and naturopaths.
Accepting New Patients, Book Online: www.larsonmentalhealth.com/scheduling-information. I treat patients ages 8+ for most psychiatric conditions, including ADHD, depression, anxiety and bipolar disorders, OCD, addiction, psychotic disorders, and trauma-related disorders. I offer an integrative approach to psychiatric treatment that encompasses a mindful selection of psychiatric medication for each patient combined with recommendations for supplements, lifestyle interventions, and appropriate referrals to functional medicine providers, including acupuncturists, chiropractors, and naturopaths.
(720) 784-6749 View (720) 784-6749
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Amanda M Moret
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Lone Tree, CO 80124
(720) 790-7827 View (720) 790-7827

More Psychiatrists Nearby

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Rhiannon Brey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
My nursing career brought me the good fortune of traveling for work; I have lived in all four corners of the US (and in the middle, too!) and have enjoyed meeting and working with individuals of diverse backgrounds. As a nurse practitioner, curiosity and respect drive my practice; I join each person’s journey toward mental wellness with a collaborative treatment approach, taking time to “zoom out” and view symptoms through a holistic lens. I work closely with all my clients to make thoughtful, evidence-based, and safe decisions regarding treatment plans.
My nursing career brought me the good fortune of traveling for work; I have lived in all four corners of the US (and in the middle, too!) and have enjoyed meeting and working with individuals of diverse backgrounds. As a nurse practitioner, curiosity and respect drive my practice; I join each person’s journey toward mental wellness with a collaborative treatment approach, taking time to “zoom out” and view symptoms through a holistic lens. I work closely with all my clients to make thoughtful, evidence-based, and safe decisions regarding treatment plans.
(720) 740-8225 View (720) 740-8225
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Chelsey Lahr
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Englewood, CO 80111
You deserve a care experience that is safe, empowering, and free from judgment. That's why I am committed to providing just that - a positive and supportive space where you can feel confident and understood.  Since beginning my work as a psychiatric nurse practitioner in 2015, I have been dedicated to supporting adults facing challenges such as food addiction, depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, or bipolar disorder/mood disorders. I believe in building lasting therapeutic relationships with my clients, taking the time to understand their unique circumstances and symptoms, and together creating a treatment plan.
You deserve a care experience that is safe, empowering, and free from judgment. That's why I am committed to providing just that - a positive and supportive space where you can feel confident and understood.  Since beginning my work as a psychiatric nurse practitioner in 2015, I have been dedicated to supporting adults facing challenges such as food addiction, depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, or bipolar disorder/mood disorders. I believe in building lasting therapeutic relationships with my clients, taking the time to understand their unique circumstances and symptoms, and together creating a treatment plan.
(719) 422-7668 View (719) 422-7668
Photo of Jeanna Dietz, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jeanna Dietz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
I started my nursing career in North Carolina, after graduating from a private nursing school where I was awarded Student of the Year in 2004. I worked several years in Pediatrics and Maternity Nursing before finding my passion for working with those suffering from mental illness and substance use disorders. I now have two master's degrees in nursing (Nursing Education, and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner) and have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with all varieties of mental illness and addiction. I have additional training in perinatal psychiatry and am comfortable treating during that time.
I started my nursing career in North Carolina, after graduating from a private nursing school where I was awarded Student of the Year in 2004. I worked several years in Pediatrics and Maternity Nursing before finding my passion for working with those suffering from mental illness and substance use disorders. I now have two master's degrees in nursing (Nursing Education, and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner) and have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with all varieties of mental illness and addiction. I have additional training in perinatal psychiatry and am comfortable treating during that time.
(720) 729-9520 View (720) 729-9520

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Lone Tree, CO

10+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Lone Tree, CO who prioritize treating:

82% Depression
82% Anxiety
71% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
71% Trauma and PTSD
71% Bipolar Disorder
65% ADHD
65% Medication Management

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

93% Aetna
93% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
86% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Lone Tree, CO see their clients

95% In Person and Online
5% Online Only

Gender breakdown

64% Female
36% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Lone Tree?

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.