there are 37000 psychiatrists in practice, not sure where 25000 came from. also it's important to remember that most NPs working in psychiatry are not psych NPs, they are FNPs. So in addition to the small number of Psych NPs you also have twice as many FNPs working in psychiatry. Incidentally, the psych NPs seem to resent the FNPs for "taking their jobs" and claiming that these FNPs are not qualified to work in their role. the irony of it all. there are lots of cash only and concierge NPs offering mental health services in states with independent practice. some charge more than psychiatrists do.