Psychiatrists in Longmont, CO

Photo of Christine Cork -- Connections Psychiatry, PA-C, CAQ-Psy, Physician Assistant
Christine Cork -- Connections Psychiatry
Physician Assistant, PA-C, CAQ-Psy
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Longmont, CO 80501
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.
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Jessica Tsourmas
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Longmont, CO 80503
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
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Mindfulness Psychiatry, PLLC, Tracy Tyler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Longmont, CO 80501
Accepting New Patients for medication management of adult Colorado residents! Immediate Availability! I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, specializing in medication management of depression, ADHD, anxiety, and a variety of other mental health conditions. Please click on the “website” button to schedule an appointment. I look forward to meeting with you and helping you on your journey to optimal well-being!
Accepting New Patients for medication management of adult Colorado residents! Immediate Availability! I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, specializing in medication management of depression, ADHD, anxiety, and a variety of other mental health conditions. Please click on the “website” button to schedule an appointment. I look forward to meeting with you and helping you on your journey to optimal well-being!
(303) 590-3487 View (303) 590-3487
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Vistas Pediatric and Family Mental Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Longmont, CO 80503
It can be difficult to reach out for help, I'm glad you are here! If you ask any of my past or current patients about their treatment experiences with me, you'd hear that; I am a down-to-earth provider who is easy to talk to, who actually takes the time to listen and understand your struggles and lived experiences, explains things in a way that is understandable, and thorough in sharing treatment options. I like to have fun, and most importantly establish a sincere connection. I believe trust and connection are most valuable in this therapeutic relationship. I look forward to working together on your journey of mental wellness.
It can be difficult to reach out for help, I'm glad you are here! If you ask any of my past or current patients about their treatment experiences with me, you'd hear that; I am a down-to-earth provider who is easy to talk to, who actually takes the time to listen and understand your struggles and lived experiences, explains things in a way that is understandable, and thorough in sharing treatment options. I like to have fun, and most importantly establish a sincere connection. I believe trust and connection are most valuable in this therapeutic relationship. I look forward to working together on your journey of mental wellness.
(970) 620-9523 View (970) 620-9523
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Ryan Brown
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Longmont, CO 80503
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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Rhiannon Brey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Longmont, CO 80501
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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Kristen Dale
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
22 Endorsed
Longmont, CO 80503
I am Kristen Dale, PMHNP-BC, licensed in the states of Colorado and Texas. I obtained my undergraduate degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch and my graduate degree from the University of Texas Health and Science Center Houston. Throughout my nursing career, I have worked at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center on the thoracic and cardiovascular surgery unit, Menninger Clinic on the Professionals in Crisis Unit, Neuropsychiatric Center, Harris County Jail, Harris County Psychiatric Center, Heading Health, and have provided psychiatric consult services to various nursing homes.
I am Kristen Dale, PMHNP-BC, licensed in the states of Colorado and Texas. I obtained my undergraduate degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch and my graduate degree from the University of Texas Health and Science Center Houston. Throughout my nursing career, I have worked at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center on the thoracic and cardiovascular surgery unit, Menninger Clinic on the Professionals in Crisis Unit, Neuropsychiatric Center, Harris County Jail, Harris County Psychiatric Center, Heading Health, and have provided psychiatric consult services to various nursing homes.
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Patricia L Foster, MD, LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Longmont, CO 80503
I have an extensive background in a wide range of treatment settings, eg. in-patient, out-patient, schools, inner city and chronic care facilities. I look for a person's strengths and talents as well as their difficulties. Treatment should be a working partnership for the best outcome. My outlook is caring, compassionate and hopeful no matter what the issues. Each patient is unique with treatment specific to his or her needs. I have fellowship training in psychopharmacology and am board-certified in both Adult and Child Psychiatry. *Genomind DNA testing for medication guidance is now available if clinically appropriate.*
I have an extensive background in a wide range of treatment settings, eg. in-patient, out-patient, schools, inner city and chronic care facilities. I look for a person's strengths and talents as well as their difficulties. Treatment should be a working partnership for the best outcome. My outlook is caring, compassionate and hopeful no matter what the issues. Each patient is unique with treatment specific to his or her needs. I have fellowship training in psychopharmacology and am board-certified in both Adult and Child Psychiatry. *Genomind DNA testing for medication guidance is now available if clinically appropriate.*
(720) 619-8586 View (720) 619-8586
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Patrick Sassoon
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
Longmont, CO 80502
My approach is based on integrative psychiatry, which uses medications, therapy and complementary medicine to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms. I address the combined impact of sleep, lifestyle, relationships, nutrition and chronic medical conditions on well-being, and use cutting edge tools like genetic testing to guide personalized treatment with medication and supplements. I consider the patient’s cultural background in my assessments and I can provide treatment in Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian. My goal is to help my patients create lasting changes and build vitality, resilience and purpose in life.
My approach is based on integrative psychiatry, which uses medications, therapy and complementary medicine to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms. I address the combined impact of sleep, lifestyle, relationships, nutrition and chronic medical conditions on well-being, and use cutting edge tools like genetic testing to guide personalized treatment with medication and supplements. I consider the patient’s cultural background in my assessments and I can provide treatment in Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian. My goal is to help my patients create lasting changes and build vitality, resilience and purpose in life.
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Kari Stemm-Wolf
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Longmont, CO 80501  (Online Only)
​I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who specializes in treating mental health challenges and symptom management for children, teens and adults on the Autism Spectrum, and those with ADHD, Anxiety and OCD. Ages 3 and up. ​ I also have a background in the natural foods industry and can provide guidance with alternatives to pharmaceuticals as well. Being Non-Neurotypical myself with an ADHD diagnosis, I know about wrangling with mental health stigma. I want my clients to look forward to coming to see me and to feel better about who they are when they go
​I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who specializes in treating mental health challenges and symptom management for children, teens and adults on the Autism Spectrum, and those with ADHD, Anxiety and OCD. Ages 3 and up. ​ I also have a background in the natural foods industry and can provide guidance with alternatives to pharmaceuticals as well. Being Non-Neurotypical myself with an ADHD diagnosis, I know about wrangling with mental health stigma. I want my clients to look forward to coming to see me and to feel better about who they are when they go
(720) 727-6465 View (720) 727-6465
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Chris Archer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, GNP-BC
Verified Verified
Longmont, CO 80501
Accepting New Patients! Christopher Archer, Maj (ret), USAF, PMHNP/GNP-BC, is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (GNP) with nearly 16 years of experience. In 2000, he joined the United States Air Force, where he worked as a clinical nurse in Pediatrics, Family Practice, Flight/Aerospace Medicine, and also had the opportunity to be a team leader on Vice President Dick Cheney's medical support team. Chris is an expert in diagnosing and treating ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Addiction, Stress, Trauma and PTSD - as well as many other conditions.
Accepting New Patients! Christopher Archer, Maj (ret), USAF, PMHNP/GNP-BC, is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (GNP) with nearly 16 years of experience. In 2000, he joined the United States Air Force, where he worked as a clinical nurse in Pediatrics, Family Practice, Flight/Aerospace Medicine, and also had the opportunity to be a team leader on Vice President Dick Cheney's medical support team. Chris is an expert in diagnosing and treating ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Addiction, Stress, Trauma and PTSD - as well as many other conditions.
(720) 815-9735 View (720) 815-9735
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Megan Riederer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Longmont, CO 80501
Hi there! I’m Megan, a psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I have worked in various healthcare settings over the years, first as a CNA/MA, then RN, and now NP. I have shifted my focus in recent years from medical to mental health care. It is my passion to understand and address the psycho-social aspects of patients’ lives to assist them in achieving better physical and mental health. I have extensive experience working with adolescents in acute mental health crises in an inpatient setting.
Hi there! I’m Megan, a psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I have worked in various healthcare settings over the years, first as a CNA/MA, then RN, and now NP. I have shifted my focus in recent years from medical to mental health care. It is my passion to understand and address the psycho-social aspects of patients’ lives to assist them in achieving better physical and mental health. I have extensive experience working with adolescents in acute mental health crises in an inpatient setting.
(720) 802-6412 View (720) 802-6412
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Sean Paul
Psychiatrist, MD, ABPN
Verified Verified
Longmont, CO 80501
Search google for my practice "NowPsych Sean Paul, MD" for reviews and more. Empathetic, holistic, and inclusive psychiatrist for all ages. I offer personalized care for children, teens, and adults facing various mental health challenges. Consultations are available virtually via computer, phone, or tablet for residents of Colorado and Florida. My expertise includes ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, and trauma. Common concerns addressed are depression, anxiety, academic struggles, behavioral issues at home, and interpersonal relationship difficulties.
Search google for my practice "NowPsych Sean Paul, MD" for reviews and more. Empathetic, holistic, and inclusive psychiatrist for all ages. I offer personalized care for children, teens, and adults facing various mental health challenges. Consultations are available virtually via computer, phone, or tablet for residents of Colorado and Florida. My expertise includes ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, and trauma. Common concerns addressed are depression, anxiety, academic struggles, behavioral issues at home, and interpersonal relationship difficulties.
(720) 927-9868 View (720) 927-9868
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Quinn Yen
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Longmont, CO 80501
I am Dr. Quinn Yen, a board-certified psychiatrist located in Boulder, CO. I specialize in depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, insomnia, and bipolar disorder. I work with teens (16+) and adults throughout Colorado. Both in-person and online appointments are available. Rate for the initial 1-hour appointment is $240, and follow-up appointments are $95 to $170 for 15 to 30 minutes, respectively. Insurance is not accepted, and by law I am unable to accept patients with Medicaid.
I am Dr. Quinn Yen, a board-certified psychiatrist located in Boulder, CO. I specialize in depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, insomnia, and bipolar disorder. I work with teens (16+) and adults throughout Colorado. Both in-person and online appointments are available. Rate for the initial 1-hour appointment is $240, and follow-up appointments are $95 to $170 for 15 to 30 minutes, respectively. Insurance is not accepted, and by law I am unable to accept patients with Medicaid.
(720) 386-3046 View (720) 386-3046
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Debbie Pawlowski-Krejcik
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Longmont, CO 80503
Although I treat a multitude of mental health conditions, I focus on clients suffering from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, personality disorder, eating disorders, as well as alcohol and drug addiction. I seek to assist clients in their unique path to wellness.
Although I treat a multitude of mental health conditions, I focus on clients suffering from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, personality disorder, eating disorders, as well as alcohol and drug addiction. I seek to assist clients in their unique path to wellness.
(970) 592-5169 View (970) 592-5169
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Harrison Levine
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Longmont, CO 80501
I provide treatment to children, teen and adult patients throughout Colorado with most psychiatric conditions, including a wide range of neurological and/or developmental challenges (ADHD, Anxiety, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Mood Disorders) and major medical issues. It is imperative I take the time to study and research patients' cases to find answers. It is my ultimate goal to limit and minimize my patients’ need for further therapy as much as possible. Additionally, I make every effort to maximize the relief of symptoms with the most conservative use of medication possible.
I provide treatment to children, teen and adult patients throughout Colorado with most psychiatric conditions, including a wide range of neurological and/or developmental challenges (ADHD, Anxiety, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Mood Disorders) and major medical issues. It is imperative I take the time to study and research patients' cases to find answers. It is my ultimate goal to limit and minimize my patients’ need for further therapy as much as possible. Additionally, I make every effort to maximize the relief of symptoms with the most conservative use of medication possible.
(720) 487-1044 View (720) 487-1044
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Shari Pettit
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
22 Endorsed
Longmont, CO 80501  (Online Only)
Hello! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 13 years of experience in the nursing field. I have a diverse background that includes roles in medical-surgical, emergency department,oncology radiation, hospice, correctional care, substance abuse, geriatric psychiatry, and mental health crisis unit settings. Preceding my nursing career, I dedicated 7 years to the healthcare field, providing care for individuals diagnosed with intellectual and developmental deficits with dual diagnoses.
Hello! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 13 years of experience in the nursing field. I have a diverse background that includes roles in medical-surgical, emergency department,oncology radiation, hospice, correctional care, substance abuse, geriatric psychiatry, and mental health crisis unit settings. Preceding my nursing career, I dedicated 7 years to the healthcare field, providing care for individuals diagnosed with intellectual and developmental deficits with dual diagnoses.
(720) 597-8004 View (720) 597-8004
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Andrew Nagy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Longmont, CO 80501
*Accepting New Patients!* 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.
*Accepting New Patients!* 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.
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Charles Robert Davis
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Longmont, CO 80501
I have been a Family Practice M.D. for the last 45 years. Throughout that time, I have always been interested most in Mental Health. In the last 10 years working as a gerontologist,I realized that caring for Mental Health was really more than a field of strong interest; but had become the area where I really wanted to serve. My passion to serve for the last three years. has evolved into starting a private practice devoted only to Mental Heath issues. My goal is to provide care to anyone regardless of insurance or financial status.
I have been a Family Practice M.D. for the last 45 years. Throughout that time, I have always been interested most in Mental Health. In the last 10 years working as a gerontologist,I realized that caring for Mental Health was really more than a field of strong interest; but had become the area where I really wanted to serve. My passion to serve for the last three years. has evolved into starting a private practice devoted only to Mental Heath issues. My goal is to provide care to anyone regardless of insurance or financial status.
(720) 703-9209 View (720) 703-9209
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Jen Gerardy- Amavi Integrative Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Longmont, CO 80501
Welcome! I enjoy working with adult patients of all ages and from diverse backgrounds, and I bring over 20 years of acute care experience in medical, surgical, and critical care to my psychiatric practice. I am also a proud veteran of the United States Air Force Nurse Corps. I believe this background has given me unique insights into the bi-directional nature of physical and mental health and how family structure and social determinants can impact mental well-being. I have been told I have a compassionate and gentle nature, and I approach each patient with unconditional positive regard. I look forward to working with you!
Welcome! I enjoy working with adult patients of all ages and from diverse backgrounds, and I bring over 20 years of acute care experience in medical, surgical, and critical care to my psychiatric practice. I am also a proud veteran of the United States Air Force Nurse Corps. I believe this background has given me unique insights into the bi-directional nature of physical and mental health and how family structure and social determinants can impact mental well-being. I have been told I have a compassionate and gentle nature, and I approach each patient with unconditional positive regard. I look forward to working with you!
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Longmont, CO

30+

Average cost per session

$160

Psychiatrists in Longmont, CO who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
97% Depression
94% ADHD
88% Bipolar Disorder
84% Medication Management
81% Trauma and PTSD
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
96% BlueCross and BlueShield
96% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Longmont, CO see their clients

88% In Person and Online
12% Online Only

Gender breakdown

58% Female
42% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Longmont?

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.