Psychiatrists in Colorado

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Photo of Derenda Beasley, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Colorado
Derenda Beasley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified
Denver, CO 80204  (Online Only)
I specialize in providing a comprehensive secure psychiatric mental health evaluation and medication management for children, teens, and adults who are struggling with a variety of symptoms. These include anxiety, depression, ADHD, unstable moods, personality disorders, trauma, sleep disturbances, substance use, OCD and psychosis. Patients seek privacy and educated treatment within a non-judgmental space to ultimately lead to a more healthy, productive and positive experience with the management of mental health concerns.
I specialize in providing a comprehensive secure psychiatric mental health evaluation and medication management for children, teens, and adults who are struggling with a variety of symptoms. These include anxiety, depression, ADHD, unstable moods, personality disorders, trauma, sleep disturbances, substance use, OCD and psychosis. Patients seek privacy and educated treatment within a non-judgmental space to ultimately lead to a more healthy, productive and positive experience with the management of mental health concerns.
(720) 740-1124 View (720) 740-1124
Photo of Indizo Moon, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Colorado
Indizo Moon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Denver, CO 80205  (Online Only)
I believe in partnership with my patients. To build treatment plans in partnership with you I take the time to understand your concerns, goals, values, strengths, challenges, and preferences as well as providing the information you need to understand and make informed decisions about your diagnosis and treatment options. I also value and foster the provider-patient relationship by always being honest with you and by not judging you.
I believe in partnership with my patients. To build treatment plans in partnership with you I take the time to understand your concerns, goals, values, strengths, challenges, and preferences as well as providing the information you need to understand and make informed decisions about your diagnosis and treatment options. I also value and foster the provider-patient relationship by always being honest with you and by not judging you.
(720) 713-6951 View (720) 713-6951
Photo of Jeffrey Wentz, Psychiatrist in Colorado
Jeffrey Wentz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Dr. Wentz is a board-certified adult psychiatrist and United States Air Force veteran with extensive experience in the evaluation and treatment of mental illness across the lifespan. He earned his Doctor of Medicine (MD) from the University of Nebraska, and completed his postgraduate training in Psychiatry at the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio.
Dr. Wentz is a board-certified adult psychiatrist and United States Air Force veteran with extensive experience in the evaluation and treatment of mental illness across the lifespan. He earned his Doctor of Medicine (MD) from the University of Nebraska, and completed his postgraduate training in Psychiatry at the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio.
(719) 356-5384 View (719) 356-5384
Photo of Therese J Calabrese, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Colorado
Therese J Calabrese
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Denver, CO 80202  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients via tele-psychiatry, a virtual practice, I provide psychiatric/mental health management with a holistic approach. Specializing in treating ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, and PTSD. Treatment is provided in a judgement free atmosphere from the initial evaluation, ongoing medication management and psychotherapy working in a partnership, establishing goals and providing the tools for you to achieve them. Through telehealth I am able to see patients in New York, Colorado and FLorida.
Accepting new patients via tele-psychiatry, a virtual practice, I provide psychiatric/mental health management with a holistic approach. Specializing in treating ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, and PTSD. Treatment is provided in a judgement free atmosphere from the initial evaluation, ongoing medication management and psychotherapy working in a partnership, establishing goals and providing the tools for you to achieve them. Through telehealth I am able to see patients in New York, Colorado and FLorida.
(850) 601-8614 View (850) 601-8614
Photo of Rudy Spector, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Colorado
Rudy Spector
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Optimal health begins with understanding the connection between your brain and body. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I look forward to helping you achieve your best mental wellness. Together we will look at your psychiatric symptoms, sleep patterns, and lifestyle. The initial interview will include a thorough psychiatric assessment, family history, and medical history. Medication management, supplements, laboratory draws, adrenal testing, and micronutrient testing are all avenues to consider during this initial interview.
Optimal health begins with understanding the connection between your brain and body. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I look forward to helping you achieve your best mental wellness. Together we will look at your psychiatric symptoms, sleep patterns, and lifestyle. The initial interview will include a thorough psychiatric assessment, family history, and medical history. Medication management, supplements, laboratory draws, adrenal testing, and micronutrient testing are all avenues to consider during this initial interview.
(970) 875-6588 View (970) 875-6588
Photo of Heidi Linn, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Colorado
Heidi Linn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, RN, PMHNPBC
Verified
3 Endorsed
Littleton, CO 80120
I treat people whose anxiety and depression are hijacking their personal, professional and social lives. I take time to listen to what's most important and areas they are hoping to improve. Sometimes medications are an obvious starting point whereas in other times we work to build coping skills and connection. Listening to your sleep patterns, your diet habits and how exercise is part of your life is part of the puzzle. People come to me because they are looking for a relational approach that's not rushed.
I treat people whose anxiety and depression are hijacking their personal, professional and social lives. I take time to listen to what's most important and areas they are hoping to improve. Sometimes medications are an obvious starting point whereas in other times we work to build coping skills and connection. Listening to your sleep patterns, your diet habits and how exercise is part of your life is part of the puzzle. People come to me because they are looking for a relational approach that's not rushed.
(720) 637-2860 View (720) 637-2860
Photo of Magnolia Psychiatric Services, PLLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Colorado
Magnolia Psychiatric Services, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Denver, CO 80237  (Online Only)
Welcome! I am passionate about helping you to achieve optimal functioning in your pursuit to regain emotional and mental well-being. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I provide high-quality mental health care for adolescents and adults. I conduct comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and collaboratively create individualized treatment plans. I give thorough consideration to the biological, psychological, and social factors impacting your mental health. Please note ALL visits are conducted VIRTUALLY.
Welcome! I am passionate about helping you to achieve optimal functioning in your pursuit to regain emotional and mental well-being. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I provide high-quality mental health care for adolescents and adults. I conduct comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and collaboratively create individualized treatment plans. I give thorough consideration to the biological, psychological, and social factors impacting your mental health. Please note ALL visits are conducted VIRTUALLY.
(720) 740-4605 View (720) 740-4605
Photo of Dr. Christopher J. Smallwood, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Colorado
Dr. Christopher J. Smallwood
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified
Boulder, CO 80302
Dr. Smallwood offers a new and innovative self-service concept in private practice the pioneering use of effective technologies with the most reliable evidence-based strategies for the treatment of a wide variety of mental health disorders with the most appropriate medication options available. Patients of Dr. Smallwood receive individualized treatment that is focused on the patient as a “whole person” with a unique set of needs and goals that guide their lives.
Dr. Smallwood offers a new and innovative self-service concept in private practice the pioneering use of effective technologies with the most reliable evidence-based strategies for the treatment of a wide variety of mental health disorders with the most appropriate medication options available. Patients of Dr. Smallwood receive individualized treatment that is focused on the patient as a “whole person” with a unique set of needs and goals that guide their lives.
(720) 571-4532 View (720) 571-4532
Photo of Mark Elliott, MD, Psychiatrist in Colorado
Mark Elliott, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Denver, CO 80218
I prefer to work with people who are interested in pursuing treatment and taking their mental health into their own hands. My patients preferably have their own therapists already and are interested in supplemental medication management. Beyond that, I am very flexible as to individual goals and means of acquiring those goals.
I prefer to work with people who are interested in pursuing treatment and taking their mental health into their own hands. My patients preferably have their own therapists already and are interested in supplemental medication management. Beyond that, I am very flexible as to individual goals and means of acquiring those goals.
(805) 316-7407 View (805) 316-7407
Photo of Larson Mental Health - Brienna Johnson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Colorado
Larson Mental Health - Brienna Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Fort Collins, CO 80525
Not accepting new clients
I am not currently taking new patients. I treat ages 8+ with a combination of medication management and therapy, specializing in ADHD, depression, anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, disordered eating, insomnia, grief, loss, PTSD, self harm, school and self esteem issues, and trauma. I have Online Scheduling to make it easier to ask for help: larsonmentalhealth.com/scheduling-information. Using a trauma focused approach, I help you to regain your sense of well-being and peace. I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all framework to care and prefer to apply an approach that understands the uniqueness and differences between each body and mind.
I am not currently taking new patients. I treat ages 8+ with a combination of medication management and therapy, specializing in ADHD, depression, anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, disordered eating, insomnia, grief, loss, PTSD, self harm, school and self esteem issues, and trauma. I have Online Scheduling to make it easier to ask for help: larsonmentalhealth.com/scheduling-information. Using a trauma focused approach, I help you to regain your sense of well-being and peace. I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all framework to care and prefer to apply an approach that understands the uniqueness and differences between each body and mind.
(970) 444-4921 View (970) 444-4921
Photo of Michael Wyskiel, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Colorado
Michael Wyskiel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Loveland, CO 80538
When you meet with Mike, you will feel welcomed into a non-judgmental, positive environment to overcome obstacles and become the best version of yourself. He is accepting of individuals from all walks of life and does not discriminate on gender, race, ethnicity, or cultural background. After a session with Mike, you will leave feeling accepted, listened to, and better equipped for your healing journey. Mike’s clients can expect to gain knowledge and tools to overcome many life struggles, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar, OCD, ADHD, insomnia, substance abuse, and eating issues.
When you meet with Mike, you will feel welcomed into a non-judgmental, positive environment to overcome obstacles and become the best version of yourself. He is accepting of individuals from all walks of life and does not discriminate on gender, race, ethnicity, or cultural background. After a session with Mike, you will leave feeling accepted, listened to, and better equipped for your healing journey. Mike’s clients can expect to gain knowledge and tools to overcome many life struggles, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar, OCD, ADHD, insomnia, substance abuse, and eating issues.
(719) 212-9161 View (719) 212-9161
Photo of Laurel Tronsen - Denver Wellness Associates, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Colorado
Laurel Tronsen - Denver Wellness Associates
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP
Verified
Lakewood, CO 80215
I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner based in Denver, Colorado. I received my doctorate degree from The University of Washington. I have experience treating clients with anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder and schizophrenia. My goal is to provide compassionate, efficient and patient-centered evidence-based care. I enjoy working along side my clients, providing education, resources and options to develop a plan that feels comfortable to my clients.
I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner based in Denver, Colorado. I received my doctorate degree from The University of Washington. I have experience treating clients with anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder and schizophrenia. My goal is to provide compassionate, efficient and patient-centered evidence-based care. I enjoy working along side my clients, providing education, resources and options to develop a plan that feels comfortable to my clients.
(720) 664-5288 View (720) 664-5288
Photo of Charolette Lippolis Condon, Psychiatrist in Colorado
Charolette Lippolis Condon
Psychiatrist, DO, MPH, FAPA
Verified
Conifer, CO 80433  (Online Only)
NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS VIA TELEMEDICINE IN COLORADO Are you struggling to get the help you need for your child? Have you seen professionals already, but things are not getting better? I am Board certified in child, adolescent & adult psychiatry and specialize in complex cases and second opinions. I work together with patients and families, to achieve goals as quickly and effectively, as possible. It begins with an accurate diagnosis and a plan that is clear, measurable and understandable. We will work together to track progress and make changes to treatment, as needed, in order to achieve your treatment goals.
NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS VIA TELEMEDICINE IN COLORADO Are you struggling to get the help you need for your child? Have you seen professionals already, but things are not getting better? I am Board certified in child, adolescent & adult psychiatry and specialize in complex cases and second opinions. I work together with patients and families, to achieve goals as quickly and effectively, as possible. It begins with an accurate diagnosis and a plan that is clear, measurable and understandable. We will work together to track progress and make changes to treatment, as needed, in order to achieve your treatment goals.
(720) 575-3772 View (720) 575-3772
Photo of Megan Riederer, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Colorado
Megan Riederer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
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) 927-9635 View (720) 927-9635
Photo of Zoie Cason, Physician Assistant in Colorado
Zoie Cason
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
You deserve to live a life of abundance and happiness. To reach this level of alignment within yourself, the bravest thing you can do is start the journey of understanding your story & the effects it has on your mood & daily functioning. I applaud you for taking this first step & looking for a provider to walk alongside you! My passion for psychiatry developed early in life. Following formal training and working as a PA, the passion has only grown. If you are struggling with past trauma, anxiety, depression, panic, concentration or attention issues, obsessions or compulsions, or substance use concerns, let's start a conversation.
You deserve to live a life of abundance and happiness. To reach this level of alignment within yourself, the bravest thing you can do is start the journey of understanding your story & the effects it has on your mood & daily functioning. I applaud you for taking this first step & looking for a provider to walk alongside you! My passion for psychiatry developed early in life. Following formal training and working as a PA, the passion has only grown. If you are struggling with past trauma, anxiety, depression, panic, concentration or attention issues, obsessions or compulsions, or substance use concerns, let's start a conversation.
(303) 835-9346 View (303) 835-9346
Photo of Karen H. Lyda, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Colorado
Karen H. Lyda
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
2 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80220
I believe psychotherapy and if indicated medications are important aspects of self-care and a valuable investment that we can give to ourselves. Sometimes concerns with daily life and relationships can seem overwhelming, detracting from our ability to be present, living and breathing the current moments of our lives, let alone being focused with life goals and plans. My approach to treatment emphasizes working in a collaborative, respectful effort to assist you in crafting individualized therapy goals for your life & journey to wellness.
I believe psychotherapy and if indicated medications are important aspects of self-care and a valuable investment that we can give to ourselves. Sometimes concerns with daily life and relationships can seem overwhelming, detracting from our ability to be present, living and breathing the current moments of our lives, let alone being focused with life goals and plans. My approach to treatment emphasizes working in a collaborative, respectful effort to assist you in crafting individualized therapy goals for your life & journey to wellness.
(720) 575-0680 View (720) 575-0680
Photo of Kathleen Voelsing, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Colorado
Kathleen Voelsing
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP
Verified
Fort Collins, CO 80525
I'm Dr. Kathleen Voelsing and I am a psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner. I specialize in evidence-based treatment of bipolar, depressive, anxiety, and psychotic disorders for patients 16 years and up. I have substantial experience with individuals struggling with addiction, trauma issues, eating disorders, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. I am welcoming to LGBTQIA+ and all races and religions. Extensively trained in psychiatric medication management, I target maximal benefit with the minimal amount of medication. I also provide medication management for substance abuse (including buprenorphine).
I'm Dr. Kathleen Voelsing and I am a psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner. I specialize in evidence-based treatment of bipolar, depressive, anxiety, and psychotic disorders for patients 16 years and up. I have substantial experience with individuals struggling with addiction, trauma issues, eating disorders, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. I am welcoming to LGBTQIA+ and all races and religions. Extensively trained in psychiatric medication management, I target maximal benefit with the minimal amount of medication. I also provide medication management for substance abuse (including buprenorphine).
(970) 446-8379 View (970) 446-8379
Photo of Bailie Cronin, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Colorado
Bailie Cronin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MS, APRN-BC, APRN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80216
Your mental health doesn’t make up the entirety of who you are. Whether you’ve been navigating a life transition, recently experienced a traumatic event, or are simply exhausted from trying so hard. You want to feel like yourself again. You’re as motivated to help yourself as we are committed to caring for you. We support you with short-term treatment plans because we know you don’t want to be on medication forever. We don’t just prescribe prescriptions — we’re here to combine test results and cutting-edge treatment modalities with creating balance using the basics of self-care and removing barriers to getting support.
Your mental health doesn’t make up the entirety of who you are. Whether you’ve been navigating a life transition, recently experienced a traumatic event, or are simply exhausted from trying so hard. You want to feel like yourself again. You’re as motivated to help yourself as we are committed to caring for you. We support you with short-term treatment plans because we know you don’t want to be on medication forever. We don’t just prescribe prescriptions — we’re here to combine test results and cutting-edge treatment modalities with creating balance using the basics of self-care and removing barriers to getting support.
(720) 613-5562 View (720) 613-5562
Photo of Julie Cruse, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Colorado
Julie Cruse
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80202
Ideally, I prefer to work with clients who are ready for change. They have taken a look at their mental health, and while they may not know exactly what is going on, they know something is not right and they want help. I love to work with people who want to partner with me to come up with a treatment plan, and then own that treatment, participating fully in their care. I strongly believe medication management can be an integral part of mental health, but without psychotherapy and embracing changing what is not working, it cannot do the job alone.
Ideally, I prefer to work with clients who are ready for change. They have taken a look at their mental health, and while they may not know exactly what is going on, they know something is not right and they want help. I love to work with people who want to partner with me to come up with a treatment plan, and then own that treatment, participating fully in their care. I strongly believe medication management can be an integral part of mental health, but without psychotherapy and embracing changing what is not working, it cannot do the job alone.
(720) 804-0019 View (720) 804-0019
Photo of Kerry Patterson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Colorado
Kerry Patterson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Boulder, CO 80304  (Online Only)
I have been supporting clients on their journey toward better health and living in my role as Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner since 2007. I am a nurse of over 25 years. While there's no pill to solve all your problems, when psychiatric medications are indicated, they are such a gift to yourself. Psychiatric medication can afford you an opportunity to live more in alignment with the fullest and best version of yourself. My goal is for you to feel more like yourself, living to your full potential, with the support of psychiatric medication, if needed.
I have been supporting clients on their journey toward better health and living in my role as Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner since 2007. I am a nurse of over 25 years. While there's no pill to solve all your problems, when psychiatric medications are indicated, they are such a gift to yourself. Psychiatric medication can afford you an opportunity to live more in alignment with the fullest and best version of yourself. My goal is for you to feel more like yourself, living to your full potential, with the support of psychiatric medication, if needed.
(720) 706-5298 View (720) 706-5298

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Average cost per session

$225

Psychiatrists in Colorado who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
95% Anxiety
86% Medication Management
82% ADHD
81% Bipolar Disorder
80% Trauma and PTSD
71% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

90% Aetna
90% Cigna and Evernorth
90% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Colorado see their clients

72% In Person and Online
28% Online Only

Gender breakdown

71% Female
28% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Colorado?

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.