Psychiatrists in Westminster, CO

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Mindful Minds Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Westminster, CO 80031
Mindful Minds Psychiatry is an outpatient psychiatric practice in Colorado, offering in IN Person & TELEhealth to children as young as 3 years old, adolescents, and adults across the metro area. We are located in PARKER, CO Springs, BOULDER, DENVER, and Westminster.
Mindful Minds Psychiatry is an outpatient psychiatric practice in Colorado, offering in IN Person & TELEhealth to children as young as 3 years old, adolescents, and adults across the metro area. We are located in PARKER, CO Springs, BOULDER, DENVER, and Westminster.
(719) 259-4872 View (719) 259-4872
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Dr. Dylan Jones, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Westminster, CO 80031
I am a board-certified psychiatrist with a solo private practice. Please call if you wish to schedule an appointment. If you get my voicemail, please leave me a message. In addition to newer medications, I am proficient in the use of older medications such as tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) and monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs).
I am a board-certified psychiatrist with a solo private practice. Please call if you wish to schedule an appointment. If you get my voicemail, please leave me a message. In addition to newer medications, I am proficient in the use of older medications such as tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) and monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs).
(720) 619-2023 View (720) 619-2023
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Sherissa Sebastian
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, APRN, RXN
Verified Verified
Westminster, CO 80234
Hello! My name is Dr. Sherissa Sebastian and I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) with a doctorate in nursing practice (DNP). I have experience working with patients facing a variety of mental health issues. My goal is to create a safe, open, and compassionate environment for you to express your concerns so we can create a successful plan together!
Hello! My name is Dr. Sherissa Sebastian and I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) with a doctorate in nursing practice (DNP). I have experience working with patients facing a variety of mental health issues. My goal is to create a safe, open, and compassionate environment for you to express your concerns so we can create a successful plan together!
(719) 631-1940 View (719) 631-1940
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Lorraine Victorian-Burks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
19 Endorsed
Westminster, CO 80234  (Online Only)
Hello! I am an experienced, licensed, board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in the psychological assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. I provide medication management and other evidence-based approaches to treat a wide range of psychological, emotional, and behavioral problems.
Hello! I am an experienced, licensed, board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in the psychological assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. I provide medication management and other evidence-based approaches to treat a wide range of psychological, emotional, and behavioral problems.
(720) 797-4809 View (720) 797-4809
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Sean McNamara- Amavi Integrative Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Westminster, CO 80234
Welcome! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and graduate of Regis University. Prior to joining Amavi, I worked with the acute adult psychiatric population at Denver Health. I take a holistic approach when working with patients so I can better understand and care for your physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual needs.
Welcome! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and graduate of Regis University. Prior to joining Amavi, I worked with the acute adult psychiatric population at Denver Health. I take a holistic approach when working with patients so I can better understand and care for your physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual needs.
(720) 790-3438 View (720) 790-3438
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Thriveworks Counseling
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, RXN
Verified Verified
Westminster, CO 80031  (Online Only)
We have a group of 22 great Counselors, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, and Psychologists that can see you tomorrow! Our counselors offer a wide range of specialties, and therapeutic styles. Thriveworks believes that the best time to seek counseling is right now. For this reason, we decided that our offices would not operate on a waiting list. Instead, we do the best we can to get you scheduled in the next 24 hours
We have a group of 22 great Counselors, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, and Psychologists that can see you tomorrow! Our counselors offer a wide range of specialties, and therapeutic styles. Thriveworks believes that the best time to seek counseling is right now. For this reason, we decided that our offices would not operate on a waiting list. Instead, we do the best we can to get you scheduled in the next 24 hours
(303) 945-3264 View (303) 945-3264
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FundaMental Health and TMS
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Westminster, CO 80031
My mission is to help improve the lives of my clients by providing them with an advanced, comprehensive, and holistic treatment option for depression that often works when medication and therapy have not. I believe that every client has value and deserves to be free from the burden of Major Depression so they can live their best life.
My mission is to help improve the lives of my clients by providing them with an advanced, comprehensive, and holistic treatment option for depression that often works when medication and therapy have not. I believe that every client has value and deserves to be free from the burden of Major Depression so they can live their best life.
(720) 419-0276 View (720) 419-0276
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Michael Garza- Amavi Integrative Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-C, APRN
Verified Verified
Westminster, CO 80234
Michael Garza is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I hold extensive experience in acute adult inpatient psychiatry while working in Denver Health’s Adult Inpatient Medical/Psychiatric Unit since 2014. My education in nursing, in addition to my degrees in psychology and theology, provides a client-focused practice that welcomes a collaborative, non-judgmental space. I strongly believe that every client’s life story is unique and deserves a personalized and holistic incorporation of individual narratives, social support systems, and values.
Michael Garza is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I hold extensive experience in acute adult inpatient psychiatry while working in Denver Health’s Adult Inpatient Medical/Psychiatric Unit since 2014. My education in nursing, in addition to my degrees in psychology and theology, provides a client-focused practice that welcomes a collaborative, non-judgmental space. I strongly believe that every client’s life story is unique and deserves a personalized and holistic incorporation of individual narratives, social support systems, and values.
(720) 893-3487 View (720) 893-3487
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Amanda Wisian
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Westminster, CO 80020
I believe in the resiliency of the human spirit, and I am more interested in the therapeutic connection with an individual rather than the generalization of treatment. My greatest passion is helping others find their way and bringing happiness and stability back into people’s lives.
I believe in the resiliency of the human spirit, and I am more interested in the therapeutic connection with an individual rather than the generalization of treatment. My greatest passion is helping others find their way and bringing happiness and stability back into people’s lives.
(970) 341-2293 View (970) 341-2293
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Kevin Jones
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Westminster, CO 80031
Kevin Jones is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist in Arizona who has been practicing since 2006. Kevin treats ADHD, Schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders, Bipolar and related disorders, Depressive disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive and related disorders, Trauma and stressor-related disorders, Insomnia Disorder, Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders, and offers Supportive & Motivational psychotherapy. In his spare time, Kevin enjoys theatre, golf, tennis, piano, reading, and ballroom dancing.
Kevin Jones is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist in Arizona who has been practicing since 2006. Kevin treats ADHD, Schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders, Bipolar and related disorders, Depressive disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive and related disorders, Trauma and stressor-related disorders, Insomnia Disorder, Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders, and offers Supportive & Motivational psychotherapy. In his spare time, Kevin enjoys theatre, golf, tennis, piano, reading, and ballroom dancing.
(720) 619-6072 View (720) 619-6072
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Jessica Psonak
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CNP, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Westminster, CO 80031
Immediate availability and the ONLY clinic in Colorado to provide Medicaid patients with TMS treatments. I see adolescent and adult clients for a variety of mental health needs including treatment-resistant depression, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, PTSD, amongst others. I believe it is important for my clients to be an active part of their treatment and I strive to help people accomplish their personal goals and be the best version of themselves. As long as my clients have a desire to get better, show up to appointments and engage in their care, I am happily committed to helping my patients improve their quality of life:)
Immediate availability and the ONLY clinic in Colorado to provide Medicaid patients with TMS treatments. I see adolescent and adult clients for a variety of mental health needs including treatment-resistant depression, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, PTSD, amongst others. I believe it is important for my clients to be an active part of their treatment and I strive to help people accomplish their personal goals and be the best version of themselves. As long as my clients have a desire to get better, show up to appointments and engage in their care, I am happily committed to helping my patients improve their quality of life:)
(720) 964-2397 View (720) 964-2397
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Tim Wood
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Westminster, CO 80031
I am excited to address medication management and diagnostic clarification for patients with Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorders, OCD, ADHD, PTSD and others.
I am excited to address medication management and diagnostic clarification for patients with Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorders, OCD, ADHD, PTSD and others.
(720) 740-0745 View (720) 740-0745
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Katelyn Forsyth Pmhnp-Bc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Westminster, CO 80234
Do you find yourself thinking "I'm not good enough" or constantly second-guessing yourself? Does shame or guilt keep you stuck? Is anxiety or past trauma making it feel like life is out of control? Maybe you find yourself thinking unwanted negative thoughts that you just ruminate on daily. You might be feeling frustrated because it feels like you've tried everything to stop feeling this way. Perhaps you're seeing patterns in your relationships: poor or no communication, not setting important boundaries in your relationships, or avoiding conflict in your relationships which only makes things worse. You're not sure how to fix it.
Do you find yourself thinking "I'm not good enough" or constantly second-guessing yourself? Does shame or guilt keep you stuck? Is anxiety or past trauma making it feel like life is out of control? Maybe you find yourself thinking unwanted negative thoughts that you just ruminate on daily. You might be feeling frustrated because it feels like you've tried everything to stop feeling this way. Perhaps you're seeing patterns in your relationships: poor or no communication, not setting important boundaries in your relationships, or avoiding conflict in your relationships which only makes things worse. You're not sure how to fix it.
(720) 741-7496 View (720) 741-7496
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Sherra Stclair
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Westminster, CO 80031
Sherra St Clair is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Doctor of Nursing. She has more than a decade of experience working with individuals and families with a wide range of behavioral health issues including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, personality disorders, and trauma. She is a compassionate provider who welcomes patients of all genders and socioeconomic backgrounds. Sherra recognizes that each individual is the expert in their life experiences and works to empower people to recognize their strengths, worth, and potential.
Sherra St Clair is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Doctor of Nursing. She has more than a decade of experience working with individuals and families with a wide range of behavioral health issues including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, personality disorders, and trauma. She is a compassionate provider who welcomes patients of all genders and socioeconomic backgrounds. Sherra recognizes that each individual is the expert in their life experiences and works to empower people to recognize their strengths, worth, and potential.
(720) 702-4036 View (720) 702-4036
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Ivy Hoo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Westminster, CO 80031
Accepting New Patients! As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am dedicated to helping individuals achieve their full potential and lead a fulfilling life. My goal is to take a comprehensive and holistic approach to care, considering all the factors that may impact a person's mental health and well-being. This includes working in collaboration with my patients, their families, and other healthcare providers to ensure that the care provided is safe, effective, patient-centered, and tailored to meet each individual's unique needs. To check my availability go to our website and my first available will be listed there.
Accepting New Patients! As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am dedicated to helping individuals achieve their full potential and lead a fulfilling life. My goal is to take a comprehensive and holistic approach to care, considering all the factors that may impact a person's mental health and well-being. This includes working in collaboration with my patients, their families, and other healthcare providers to ensure that the care provided is safe, effective, patient-centered, and tailored to meet each individual's unique needs. To check my availability go to our website and my first available will be listed there.
(720) 706-7034 View (720) 706-7034
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Margurite Isaac
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
27 Endorsed
Westminster, CO 80021  (Online Only)
Born and raised in Kansas City, I decided to pursue a medical career during high school. I went to trade school and worked as a medical assistant and phlebotomist. After several years I decided to further my education in nursing, attaining my LPN, RN, BSN, MSN, and post-graduate certification. I graduated summa cum laude from all nursing coursework. Margurite decided to pursue my PMHNP certification out of my desire to more effectively help others suffering from anxiety and depression.
Born and raised in Kansas City, I decided to pursue a medical career during high school. I went to trade school and worked as a medical assistant and phlebotomist. After several years I decided to further my education in nursing, attaining my LPN, RN, BSN, MSN, and post-graduate certification. I graduated summa cum laude from all nursing coursework. Margurite decided to pursue my PMHNP certification out of my desire to more effectively help others suffering from anxiety and depression.
(720) 613-5782 View (720) 613-5782
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Mckenna Bagan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, WHNP
Verified Verified
Westminster, CO 80031
Accepting new patients! I love providing psychiatric care from children to adults of all ages. My specialized knowledge in hormonal issues and how these influence women’s mental health stem from my background as a women's health nurse practitioner, as well as being a PMHNP. My ideal patients are not afraid to integrate other holistic, evidence-based treatments beyond just medication management, especially for issues like treatment-resistant depression, and teenage depression. I don't want to mask symptoms but help people truly upgrade their lives in a sustainable and holistic way.
Accepting new patients! I love providing psychiatric care from children to adults of all ages. My specialized knowledge in hormonal issues and how these influence women’s mental health stem from my background as a women's health nurse practitioner, as well as being a PMHNP. My ideal patients are not afraid to integrate other holistic, evidence-based treatments beyond just medication management, especially for issues like treatment-resistant depression, and teenage depression. I don't want to mask symptoms but help people truly upgrade their lives in a sustainable and holistic way.
(720) 310-6664 View (720) 310-6664
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Mary Ann Bolkovatz
Psychiatric Nurse, RN, MS, CNS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Westminster, CO 80031
I believe that creating a satisfying, meaningful and happy life is a worthy goal. There may be obstacles in the way. Getting help to identify and deal with those obstacles is one of the goals for therapy. Therapy is a collaborative process at its best and one in which the therapist uses skills and expertise as a consultant. That is my goal in providing therapy. I seek to understand and assist clients to live their lives to the fullest with a deep sense of satisfaction and realization of a life well lived.
I believe that creating a satisfying, meaningful and happy life is a worthy goal. There may be obstacles in the way. Getting help to identify and deal with those obstacles is one of the goals for therapy. Therapy is a collaborative process at its best and one in which the therapist uses skills and expertise as a consultant. That is my goal in providing therapy. I seek to understand and assist clients to live their lives to the fullest with a deep sense of satisfaction and realization of a life well lived.
(303) 747-4974 View (303) 747-4974
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Shamim Namakula--Larson Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Westminster, CO 80003
Accepting New Patients, Book Online: www.larsonmentalhealth.com/scheduling-information. I treat patients ages 8 and up experiencing mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, disordered eating, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, trauma, life transitions, grief, stressor-related disorders and so many more. I will listen to you and we will work together to find an individualized treatment plan to meet your specific needs. I apply an integrative approach that could include medication management, psychoeducation, nutrition, and complementary therapies.
Accepting New Patients, Book Online: www.larsonmentalhealth.com/scheduling-information. I treat patients ages 8 and up experiencing mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, disordered eating, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, trauma, life transitions, grief, stressor-related disorders and so many more. I will listen to you and we will work together to find an individualized treatment plan to meet your specific needs. I apply an integrative approach that could include medication management, psychoeducation, nutrition, and complementary therapies.
(720) 807-1474 View (720) 807-1474
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Linda Hilliker
Psychiatric Nurse, MS, CNS, RXN
Verified Verified
Westminster, CO 80031
My favorite thing about Psychiatric practice is contributing to your success by working with you to create and sustain your best life. I prescribe, and medications often can be very helpful in supporting health and healing, however they are only part of an optimized treatment plan. I also give a bit of homework, which helps anchor your progress into your life. It may challenge you, but it will grow you. Not only are you likely to experience a relief of the symptoms bothering you, but you may also bring your life to a whole new level. Doesn't that sound good?
My favorite thing about Psychiatric practice is contributing to your success by working with you to create and sustain your best life. I prescribe, and medications often can be very helpful in supporting health and healing, however they are only part of an optimized treatment plan. I also give a bit of homework, which helps anchor your progress into your life. It may challenge you, but it will grow you. Not only are you likely to experience a relief of the symptoms bothering you, but you may also bring your life to a whole new level. Doesn't that sound good?
(720) 408-9090 View (720) 408-9090

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Westminster, CO

30+

Average cost per session

$160

Psychiatrists in Westminster, CO who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
89% Anxiety
81% Trauma and PTSD
78% ADHD
76% Bipolar Disorder
76% Medication Management
70% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

97% Aetna
97% Cigna and Evernorth
97% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Westminster, CO see their clients

84% In Person and Online
16% Online Only

Gender breakdown

70% Female
30% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Westminster?

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.