Psychiatrists in Palisade, CO

Photo of Michelle Weckenbrock, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Michelle Weckenbrock
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Palisade, CO 81526
Why Roam & Wonder? I offer in-person/telemedicine appts in Grand Junction with mobile office/nature-based appointments throughout the Western Slope including Grand Junction, Lake City, and Gateway, CO. I am disrupting mental health, focusing instead on life health. The brain, body, life, environment, and physical health impact and disrupt life. I see mental illness as a reordering of mood, attention, anxiety, happiness, etc as it gets in the way of living a healthy life. I am seeking clients who are ready to reorder those symptoms and help you meet your goals through medication, analysis, therapy, nutrition, and nature.
Why Roam & Wonder? I offer in-person/telemedicine appts in Grand Junction with mobile office/nature-based appointments throughout the Western Slope including Grand Junction, Lake City, and Gateway, CO. I am disrupting mental health, focusing instead on life health. The brain, body, life, environment, and physical health impact and disrupt life. I see mental illness as a reordering of mood, attention, anxiety, happiness, etc as it gets in the way of living a healthy life. I am seeking clients who are ready to reorder those symptoms and help you meet your goals through medication, analysis, therapy, nutrition, and nature.
(970) 410-2589 View (970) 410-2589

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Andrew Nagy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Grand Junction, CO 81504
*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.
(319) 984-1018 View (319) 984-1018
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Chris Archer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, GNP-BC
Verified Verified
Grand Junction, CO 81501
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) 706-1674 View (720) 706-1674
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Susan Short
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Grand Junction, CO 81506
Susan Short, PMHNP Susan Short is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Colorado who has been practicing since 2000. She has earned a BSN, MSN, FNP, and PMHNP-BC. Susan utilizes evidence-based practices based on APA and AACAP psychiatric standards of care, her clinical experience, and the patient's personal values and situations. These assist Susan with informed clinical decision making in the psychiatric care of the child, adolescents, and their families. Outside of work, Susan enjoys golf, hiking, dogs, fitness, reading, and traveling.
Susan Short, PMHNP Susan Short is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Colorado who has been practicing since 2000. She has earned a BSN, MSN, FNP, and PMHNP-BC. Susan utilizes evidence-based practices based on APA and AACAP psychiatric standards of care, her clinical experience, and the patient's personal values and situations. These assist Susan with informed clinical decision making in the psychiatric care of the child, adolescents, and their families. Outside of work, Susan enjoys golf, hiking, dogs, fitness, reading, and traveling.
(970) 427-2835 View (970) 427-2835
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Erica G Reiff
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Grand Junction, CO 81501
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner in private practice. I have over a decade of experience in the field of mental health working with adults and adolescents. I work collaboratively with patients to optimize a patient's ability to function in the world and to meet patient-identified goals of treatment. I prioritize patient education in a calm, therapeutic environment so patients are able to make informed decisions in a judgment-free atmosphere.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner in private practice. I have over a decade of experience in the field of mental health working with adults and adolescents. I work collaboratively with patients to optimize a patient's ability to function in the world and to meet patient-identified goals of treatment. I prioritize patient education in a calm, therapeutic environment so patients are able to make informed decisions in a judgment-free atmosphere.
(720) 619-2347 View (720) 619-2347
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Stacey Salmonson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, RXN
Verified Verified
Grand Junction, CO 81506
Board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with clinical experience in outpatient, inpatient, substance abuse treatment centers, and jail settings. Education includes a Master of Science in Nursing, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specialization, from the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. Experience treating people across the life span, including veterans, for anxiety disorders, ADHD, bipolar, psychotic disorders, substance use disorders, PTSD, trauma, and depression.
Board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with clinical experience in outpatient, inpatient, substance abuse treatment centers, and jail settings. Education includes a Master of Science in Nursing, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specialization, from the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. Experience treating people across the life span, including veterans, for anxiety disorders, ADHD, bipolar, psychotic disorders, substance use disorders, PTSD, trauma, and depression.
(970) 713-9525 View (970) 713-9525
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Mindfulness Psychiatry, PLLC, Tracy Tyler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Grand Junction, CO 81504
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!
(719) 215-9585 View (719) 215-9585
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Lifespan Psychiatry of Colorado
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CNS
Verified Verified
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Our provider, Carrie Shahbahrami, MSN, APRN, ACCNS-AG, PMHNP-BC, is dually boarded in medical and psychiatric care allowing a comprehensive assessment of each client's needs. Carrie began her nursing career in 2000 focusing on the needs of patients within the acute hospital setting. Upon furthering her education at Johns Hopkins University and University of Cincinnati, Carrie chose to focus on client's needing specialized psychiatric care and treatment. Carrie's passion is serving the underrepresented while reducing the stigma associated with mental health.
Our provider, Carrie Shahbahrami, MSN, APRN, ACCNS-AG, PMHNP-BC, is dually boarded in medical and psychiatric care allowing a comprehensive assessment of each client's needs. Carrie began her nursing career in 2000 focusing on the needs of patients within the acute hospital setting. Upon furthering her education at Johns Hopkins University and University of Cincinnati, Carrie chose to focus on client's needing specialized psychiatric care and treatment. Carrie's passion is serving the underrepresented while reducing the stigma associated with mental health.
(970) 426-0925 View (970) 426-0925
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Jessica Stuenzi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, MACP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Grand Junction, CO 81501  (Online Only)
Goodness can life be hard! While knowing that each of us experience difficulties in different ways throughout our lives, a few things that I believe can buffer some of life’s challenges include kindness, relationship, and self-care. I am glad that you are here, and I would be honored to be a part of your support system if that feels helpful. My primary role is to discuss and prescribe medications that may support you physiologically and therefore emotionally, should you choose medication as a tool in reaching your treatment goals. It would be a privilege to walk alongside you in the journey.
Goodness can life be hard! While knowing that each of us experience difficulties in different ways throughout our lives, a few things that I believe can buffer some of life’s challenges include kindness, relationship, and self-care. I am glad that you are here, and I would be honored to be a part of your support system if that feels helpful. My primary role is to discuss and prescribe medications that may support you physiologically and therefore emotionally, should you choose medication as a tool in reaching your treatment goals. It would be a privilege to walk alongside you in the journey.
(720) 790-3566 View (720) 790-3566
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Naira Numanovic - Avena Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Accepting new clients! Appointments are typically available within 3 business days. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, my dedication is centered on supporting you through life's challenges and assisting you in realizing your utmost potential. I provide a secure environment where individuals can openly discuss their mental health concerns.
Accepting new clients! Appointments are typically available within 3 business days. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, my dedication is centered on supporting you through life's challenges and assisting you in realizing your utmost potential. I provide a secure environment where individuals can openly discuss their mental health concerns.
(719) 631-8518 View (719) 631-8518
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Online Kairos Psychiatry in Colorado
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Grand Junction, CO 81504  (Online Only)
We often risk our mental health in this busy world and people often have to choose between psychiatric/ therapy appointments or keeping up with other life responsibilities. Now you won't have to. My goal is to reduce fragmented care by providing accessible psychiatric care online, wherever you are, all across Colorado. No more congested traffic or long drives, waiting room, missing work or school. Online psychiatry is privacy-friendly and customizable. I connect with teens, collegiates, and young professionals to navigate anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, stressors of career and school transitions, and family life.
We often risk our mental health in this busy world and people often have to choose between psychiatric/ therapy appointments or keeping up with other life responsibilities. Now you won't have to. My goal is to reduce fragmented care by providing accessible psychiatric care online, wherever you are, all across Colorado. No more congested traffic or long drives, waiting room, missing work or school. Online psychiatry is privacy-friendly and customizable. I connect with teens, collegiates, and young professionals to navigate anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, stressors of career and school transitions, and family life.
(720) 897-5644 View (720) 897-5644
Photo of Katie Spann, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Katie Spann
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Grand Junction, CO 81501  (Online Only)
Accepting New Clients. Have you found that it has become increasingly more difficult to find the joy you seek in everyday life? Well, if you can relate, allow me to assist you with becoming the best version of yourself that you can be. That best version starts with improving your mental health. I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with 4 + years of experience as an NP and 14 + years as a psychiatric nurse. I am licensed in Colorado, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
Accepting New Clients. Have you found that it has become increasingly more difficult to find the joy you seek in everyday life? Well, if you can relate, allow me to assist you with becoming the best version of yourself that you can be. That best version starts with improving your mental health. I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with 4 + years of experience as an NP and 14 + years as a psychiatric nurse. I am licensed in Colorado, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
(720) 680-3393 View (720) 680-3393
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Christa Marie Aslanian
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Grand Junction, CO 81506
Christa Marie Aslanian is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Colorado who has been practicing since 2020. Christa provides patient-centered, collaborative care where she and the client work as a team to achieve the goals of each individual. Outside of work, Christa enjoys fly-fishing, kayaking, mountain-biking, snowboarding, and running.
Christa Marie Aslanian is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Colorado who has been practicing since 2020. Christa provides patient-centered, collaborative care where she and the client work as a team to achieve the goals of each individual. Outside of work, Christa enjoys fly-fishing, kayaking, mountain-biking, snowboarding, and running.
(970) 446-8953 View (970) 446-8953
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Dean Joel Gainey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Grand Junction, CO 81501  (Online Only)
I typically work with clients navigating complex emotions or struggling with mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, or mood disorders. Individuals from diverse backgrounds and varied ages, including children, adolescents, and adults. Their needs often include a desire for understanding, compassion, evidence-based treatments, and strategies for healing and growth. Their goals might encompass achieving stability, resilience, personal growth, and holistic well-being. They seek quality care and therapeutic relationships that resonate with their unique circumstances.
I typically work with clients navigating complex emotions or struggling with mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, or mood disorders. Individuals from diverse backgrounds and varied ages, including children, adolescents, and adults. Their needs often include a desire for understanding, compassion, evidence-based treatments, and strategies for healing and growth. Their goals might encompass achieving stability, resilience, personal growth, and holistic well-being. They seek quality care and therapeutic relationships that resonate with their unique circumstances.
(720) 704-2622 View (720) 704-2622
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Lynne Fenton
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Grand Junction, CO 81504  (Online Only)
Hi! I've been on the faculty at the University of Colorado for 15 years and I am taking new patients in my private telepsychiatry practice for medication management. Please see my website for more information: www.lynnefenton.com
Hi! I've been on the faculty at the University of Colorado for 15 years and I am taking new patients in my private telepsychiatry practice for medication management. Please see my website for more information: www.lynnefenton.com
(720) 730-4137 View (720) 730-4137
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Shannon Keane
Psychiatrist, MSN, FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Grand Junction, CO 81501  (Online Only)
I offer you a holistic approach to managing your mental health, utilizing evidence-based, realistic, comprehensive strategies to improve and maintain your mental health. I believe that to heal mental health conditions, and to reach an optimal state of wellbeing, you have to take care of your physical body, mind and soul. I advocate optimizing brain health through nutrition, movement, supplements, medications, meditation and other alternative therapies. By using a multimodal approach, my priority is to help you achieve a balanced state of wellbeing.
I offer you a holistic approach to managing your mental health, utilizing evidence-based, realistic, comprehensive strategies to improve and maintain your mental health. I believe that to heal mental health conditions, and to reach an optimal state of wellbeing, you have to take care of your physical body, mind and soul. I advocate optimizing brain health through nutrition, movement, supplements, medications, meditation and other alternative therapies. By using a multimodal approach, my priority is to help you achieve a balanced state of wellbeing.
(303) 951-6278 View (303) 951-6278
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Dana Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Grand Junction, CO 81506
Dana Johnson is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Colorado who has been practicing since 2005. She has a DNP from Colorado Mesa University and a PMHNP from University of South Alabama. Dana helps clients by providing medication management. Outside of work, Dana enjoys camping, fishing, ATVs, and snowmobiles.
Dana Johnson is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Colorado who has been practicing since 2005. She has a DNP from Colorado Mesa University and a PMHNP from University of South Alabama. Dana helps clients by providing medication management. Outside of work, Dana enjoys camping, fishing, ATVs, and snowmobiles.
(970) 553-4077 View (970) 553-4077
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Ann Cox Orchid Isle Wellness Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Grand Junction, CO 81501  (Online Only)
Practicing in Colorado and Hawaii via Telehealth. Dr. Cox has over 40 years experience in healthcare and is dual board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has a vision to build a healthy community of individuals and families in Colorado and the Big Island of Hawaii. By providing compassionate patient-centered care to clients across the life span, her focus is a holistic approach to your treatment plan. Psychotherapy is also provided as part of our services with the primary focus on Medication Management.
Practicing in Colorado and Hawaii via Telehealth. Dr. Cox has over 40 years experience in healthcare and is dual board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has a vision to build a healthy community of individuals and families in Colorado and the Big Island of Hawaii. By providing compassionate patient-centered care to clients across the life span, her focus is a holistic approach to your treatment plan. Psychotherapy is also provided as part of our services with the primary focus on Medication Management.
(808) 204-4388 View (808) 204-4388
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Elizabeth DePalma
Psychiatric Nurse, DNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Grand Junction, CO 81501  (Online Only)
I am a doctorally prepared, board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) dedicated to providing exceptional mental health care to clients across the lifespan. I have been working in healthcare for over 14 years, with the past 9 years focused on mental health treatment in both inpatient and outpatient settings. As a US Air Force veteran, I also have experience working with active duty service members and veterans to meet their mental health care needs.
I am a doctorally prepared, board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) dedicated to providing exceptional mental health care to clients across the lifespan. I have been working in healthcare for over 14 years, with the past 9 years focused on mental health treatment in both inpatient and outpatient settings. As a US Air Force veteran, I also have experience working with active duty service members and veterans to meet their mental health care needs.
(720) 802-6838 View (720) 802-6838
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Henry Fagnant
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Grand Junction, CO 81504
Appointments available! Henry is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who obtained his undergraduate and advanced nursing degree from Regis University in Denver, CO. He has over ten years of healthcare experience serving pediatric, adult and geriatric populations. Henry’s background includes an engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines, ecclesiastical work in service to the poor and underserved, and nursing services that include pediatric homecare, hospital inpatient and hospice care.
Appointments available! Henry is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who obtained his undergraduate and advanced nursing degree from Regis University in Denver, CO. He has over ten years of healthcare experience serving pediatric, adult and geriatric populations. Henry’s background includes an engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines, ecclesiastical work in service to the poor and underserved, and nursing services that include pediatric homecare, hospital inpatient and hospice care.
(720) 734-8297 View (720) 734-8297

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Number of Psychiatrists in Palisade, CO

< 10

Psychiatrists in Palisade, CO who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Parenting
100% Spirituality
100% Anger Management

Average years in practice

12 Years

Gender breakdown

100% Female

How Psychiatrists in Palisade, CO see their clients

100% In Person and Online
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Palisade?

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.