Psychiatrists in 75024

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Chelsea Dickson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Plano, TX 75024  (Online Only)
I am born and raised in Texas and have been in the nursing field since 2011. I have experience in various areas including Pre-op, PACU, Med-Surg, OR and ER.
I am born and raised in Texas and have been in the nursing field since 2011. I have experience in various areas including Pre-op, PACU, Med-Surg, OR and ER.
(972) 284-0938 View (972) 284-0938
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Ifeoma Irokwe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Plano, TX 75024
Welcome to Effulgence Psychiatry, where your journey to mental wellness is honored with compassion, expertise, and a commitment to holistic care. My name is Ifeoma Irokwe, a mental health nurse practitioner, I envision my clients as individuals with unique struggles, seeking solace in their darkest moments. Understanding their needs for compassionate care, I strive to empower them to reclaim their lives, overcome obstacles, and achieve personal growth. My goal is to foster an environment where clients feel heard, valued, and supported, paving the way for them to pursue a future filled with hope, resilience, and fulfillment.
Welcome to Effulgence Psychiatry, where your journey to mental wellness is honored with compassion, expertise, and a commitment to holistic care. My name is Ifeoma Irokwe, a mental health nurse practitioner, I envision my clients as individuals with unique struggles, seeking solace in their darkest moments. Understanding their needs for compassionate care, I strive to empower them to reclaim their lives, overcome obstacles, and achieve personal growth. My goal is to foster an environment where clients feel heard, valued, and supported, paving the way for them to pursue a future filled with hope, resilience, and fulfillment.
(830) 541-7716 View (830) 541-7716
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Round Rock Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Plano, TX 75024  (Online Only)
Currently offering online telemedicine appointments to all Texas Residents. My pledge to you: I will actively listen to your unique story-what is troubling you, impairing you and distressing you. I will work in collaboration with you to primarily discover what your personal goals are for treatment and then secondarily formulate a mutually-agreed upon strategy for treatment, for achieving your goals. I will do this with empathy and compassion; I will do this with all dignity, respect and complete confidentiality; and I will do this without judgment or assumption.
Currently offering online telemedicine appointments to all Texas Residents. My pledge to you: I will actively listen to your unique story-what is troubling you, impairing you and distressing you. I will work in collaboration with you to primarily discover what your personal goals are for treatment and then secondarily formulate a mutually-agreed upon strategy for treatment, for achieving your goals. I will do this with empathy and compassion; I will do this with all dignity, respect and complete confidentiality; and I will do this without judgment or assumption.
(469) 530-3631 View (469) 530-3631
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Aaron Fernandez
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Plano, TX 75024
My name is Dr. Aaron Fernandez and I am a board certified psychiatrist and co-founder of Prestonwood Health, a new psychiatry practice serving patients in the DFW metroplex. I am proud to be part of a team of experienced and compassionate psychiatrists that are committed to helping our patients achieve optimal mental wellness using a variety of evidence-based treatment approaches. I believe that excellent mental health care should be affordable and available to everyone. Prestonwood health is in network with most major insurance plans and we have immediate availability.
My name is Dr. Aaron Fernandez and I am a board certified psychiatrist and co-founder of Prestonwood Health, a new psychiatry practice serving patients in the DFW metroplex. I am proud to be part of a team of experienced and compassionate psychiatrists that are committed to helping our patients achieve optimal mental wellness using a variety of evidence-based treatment approaches. I believe that excellent mental health care should be affordable and available to everyone. Prestonwood health is in network with most major insurance plans and we have immediate availability.
(972) 318-2093 View (972) 318-2093
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Norman Sowell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Plano, TX 75024
My ideal client is the one who reaches out when they need help. If you make that first step, I know that you are motivated! I will work tirelessly to help you meet your mental health goals. The relationship between an individual and their psychiatric provider should be a collaborative one. I always strive to seek feedback from clients and to provide alternatives & options for care. Medication management is my primary focus, so I would love to work alongside your therapist or I could help you to find one.
My ideal client is the one who reaches out when they need help. If you make that first step, I know that you are motivated! I will work tirelessly to help you meet your mental health goals. The relationship between an individual and their psychiatric provider should be a collaborative one. I always strive to seek feedback from clients and to provide alternatives & options for care. Medication management is my primary focus, so I would love to work alongside your therapist or I could help you to find one.
(972) 232-7474 View (972) 232-7474
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Mosaic Behavioral Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Plano, TX 75024
Mosaic Behavioral Health is a cornerstone of mental health treatment in this community. Whether you're struggling with mood issues, grief, relationship conflict, or managing a life transition, we are here to help you along the way by providing support and guidance.
Mosaic Behavioral Health is a cornerstone of mental health treatment in this community. Whether you're struggling with mood issues, grief, relationship conflict, or managing a life transition, we are here to help you along the way by providing support and guidance.
(469) 361-0467 View (469) 361-0467
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Satish Narayan
Psychiatrist, MD, FASAM
Verified Verified
Plano, TX 75024
Dr. Satish D. Narayan is a physician with 18 years of experience providing psychiatric services. He currently holds a position as the Medical Director of the Partial Hospitalization Program at Carrollton Springs and has been in private practice since 2008. He received his medical degree from Bangalore Medical College in 1990. He completed his Residency in Psychiatry at Temple University Hospital in 1998 and became certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in 2000. He has a professional membership with the Texas Medical Association.
Dr. Satish D. Narayan is a physician with 18 years of experience providing psychiatric services. He currently holds a position as the Medical Director of the Partial Hospitalization Program at Carrollton Springs and has been in private practice since 2008. He received his medical degree from Bangalore Medical College in 1990. He completed his Residency in Psychiatry at Temple University Hospital in 1998 and became certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in 2000. He has a professional membership with the Texas Medical Association.
(972) 608-3231 View (972) 608-3231
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Michael Lutter
Psychiatrist, MD/PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Plano, TX 75024
I work with late adolescent and adult patients struggling with eating disorder, depression, and anxiety. My approach is to work with patients and their families to craft individual treatment plans that incorporate all members of the treatment team including psychotherapy, medical nutrition therapy, and proper medical care.
I work with late adolescent and adult patients struggling with eating disorder, depression, and anxiety. My approach is to work with patients and their families to craft individual treatment plans that incorporate all members of the treatment team including psychotherapy, medical nutrition therapy, and proper medical care.
(469) 336-6908 View (469) 336-6908
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Humaira Khalid
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Plano, TX 75024
Dr. Humaira Khalid is a board certified psychiatrist with more than 7 years of experience specializing in depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, ADHD, bipolar disorder, substance use disorders, office based Opioid treatment with Suboxone/Buprenorphine and other common mental health problems. The clinic also offers esketamine treatment and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) services for eligible patients. She accepts various insurances and self-pay patients with ages 15 and above.
Dr. Humaira Khalid is a board certified psychiatrist with more than 7 years of experience specializing in depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, ADHD, bipolar disorder, substance use disorders, office based Opioid treatment with Suboxone/Buprenorphine and other common mental health problems. The clinic also offers esketamine treatment and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) services for eligible patients. She accepts various insurances and self-pay patients with ages 15 and above.
(972) 608-3013 View (972) 608-3013
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Gus Zhang
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Plano, TX 75024
My name is Dr. Gus Zhang and I am a board-certified psychiatrist at Prestonwood Health, a new outpatient psychiatry clinic in Plano, TX serving patients across the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) metroplex. At Prestonwood Health, we have a team of experienced and compassionate psychiatrists who are committed to helping you achieve optimal mental wellness using a variety of evidence-based treatment approaches. I believe that excellent mental health care should be affordable and available to everyone. Prestonwood health is in network with most major insurance plans and we are currently accepting new patients.
My name is Dr. Gus Zhang and I am a board-certified psychiatrist at Prestonwood Health, a new outpatient psychiatry clinic in Plano, TX serving patients across the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) metroplex. At Prestonwood Health, we have a team of experienced and compassionate psychiatrists who are committed to helping you achieve optimal mental wellness using a variety of evidence-based treatment approaches. I believe that excellent mental health care should be affordable and available to everyone. Prestonwood health is in network with most major insurance plans and we are currently accepting new patients.
(469) 807-7638 View (469) 807-7638
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Prestonwood Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Plano, TX 75024
Prestonwood Health is a physician-founded, owned, and operated psychiatric practice with three board-certified psychiatrists serving patients in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex and throughout Texas. Our team of experienced and compassionate psychiatrists are committed to helping our patients achieve optimal mental wellness and lead fulfilling lives using a variety of evidence-based treatment approaches, including medications, psychotherapy, and other interventions. We pride ourselves on our patient-centered, individualized approach that places you at the center of your treatment.
Prestonwood Health is a physician-founded, owned, and operated psychiatric practice with three board-certified psychiatrists serving patients in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex and throughout Texas. Our team of experienced and compassionate psychiatrists are committed to helping our patients achieve optimal mental wellness and lead fulfilling lives using a variety of evidence-based treatment approaches, including medications, psychotherapy, and other interventions. We pride ourselves on our patient-centered, individualized approach that places you at the center of your treatment.
(214) 810-1898 View (214) 810-1898
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Crystal Akunne
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Plano, TX 75024
I am driven by a profound passion for mental wellness and an unwavering commitment to fostering positive change within the mental health community. With extensive experience in diverse mental health settings, including inpatient psychiatric hospitals and outpatient clinics, I have consistently delivered high-quality care. My dedication lies in providing compassionate, holistic care that significantly influences patient's lives in a holistic manner.
I am driven by a profound passion for mental wellness and an unwavering commitment to fostering positive change within the mental health community. With extensive experience in diverse mental health settings, including inpatient psychiatric hospitals and outpatient clinics, I have consistently delivered high-quality care. My dedication lies in providing compassionate, holistic care that significantly influences patient's lives in a holistic manner.
(469) 224-5617 View (469) 224-5617
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Dr. Funmilola Sijuade
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Plano, TX 75024
I am a doctorally prepared, multi-state-licensed, and board-certified family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and I have been working in the mental health field for over a decade. I received my doctorate, master’s, and bachelors from Chamberlain University and post-master’s certificate from the University of Cincinnati. For the past 10 years, I have worked in several settings including inpatient and outpatient, correctional, community, and academic settings. Expertise includes Psychiatric evaluation, diagnosis, medication management, and supportive psychotherapy.
I am a doctorally prepared, multi-state-licensed, and board-certified family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and I have been working in the mental health field for over a decade. I received my doctorate, master’s, and bachelors from Chamberlain University and post-master’s certificate from the University of Cincinnati. For the past 10 years, I have worked in several settings including inpatient and outpatient, correctional, community, and academic settings. Expertise includes Psychiatric evaluation, diagnosis, medication management, and supportive psychotherapy.
(786) 244-7347 View (786) 244-7347
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Jacinta Madu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
Plano, TX 75024
My name is Jacinta Madu. I am an experienced PMHNP-BC with a strong background specializing in psychiatric-mental health and behavioral issues across the lifespan. I am a strong believer that mental wellness plays a vital role in our overall health. If you are having difficulty coping with life or experiencing a mental health concern that is interfering with your ability to function on a daily basis, let me help! I have practiced in a variety of settings as an independent member of the health care team, collaborating with other health professionals to provide mental health care services.
My name is Jacinta Madu. I am an experienced PMHNP-BC with a strong background specializing in psychiatric-mental health and behavioral issues across the lifespan. I am a strong believer that mental wellness plays a vital role in our overall health. If you are having difficulty coping with life or experiencing a mental health concern that is interfering with your ability to function on a daily basis, let me help! I have practiced in a variety of settings as an independent member of the health care team, collaborating with other health professionals to provide mental health care services.
(214) 949-8284 View (214) 949-8284
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GOFAN Healthcare Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, Madu, PMHNP-, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Plano, TX 75024
Jacinta Madu is the lead Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 15 years of serving patients with different mental health issues. She has a passion for mental health. As a PMHNP, she works with clients through compassion, empathy, respect, humility, and hope to restore dignity and reduce mental health stigma. She enjoys treating patients with all kinds of mental illnesses, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and psychosis. Her compassion and non-judgmental approach to working with individuals and families build hope and eliminate mental health stigma
Jacinta Madu is the lead Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 15 years of serving patients with different mental health issues. She has a passion for mental health. As a PMHNP, she works with clients through compassion, empathy, respect, humility, and hope to restore dignity and reduce mental health stigma. She enjoys treating patients with all kinds of mental illnesses, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and psychosis. Her compassion and non-judgmental approach to working with individuals and families build hope and eliminate mental health stigma
(214) 983-9501 View (214) 983-9501
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Adanna Oladejo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Plano, TX 75024  (Online Only)
Welcome to my practice, my name is Adanna Oladejo, and I am a Board-certified PMHNP with experience treating most mental health-related conditions and struggles. My experience in the several years of being a Nurse Practitioner encompasses the treatment of Adolescents and Adults who are struggling with life situations and/or medical comorbidities; with a particular focus on individuals, groups, and families. My goal is to provide mental health treatment in line with evidenced-based practice guidelines keeping ethical approaches in mind while partnering with you to prioritize your mental wellbeing.
Welcome to my practice, my name is Adanna Oladejo, and I am a Board-certified PMHNP with experience treating most mental health-related conditions and struggles. My experience in the several years of being a Nurse Practitioner encompasses the treatment of Adolescents and Adults who are struggling with life situations and/or medical comorbidities; with a particular focus on individuals, groups, and families. My goal is to provide mental health treatment in line with evidenced-based practice guidelines keeping ethical approaches in mind while partnering with you to prioritize your mental wellbeing.
(214) 833-5709 View (214) 833-5709
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Sefelisha Harmon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-
Verified Verified
Plano, TX 75024
Felisha Harmon, a dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, brings extensive expertise in mental health care. Felisha began her nursing journey in 2013 and has been a boardcertified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner since 2018. With a passion for promoting wellbeing, Felisha combines clinical knowledge and compassionate care to support individuals on their mental health journey. Known for exceptional communication and therapeutic skills, Felisha is committed to fostering a safe and nurturing environment for patients seeking psychiatric care.
Felisha Harmon, a dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, brings extensive expertise in mental health care. Felisha began her nursing journey in 2013 and has been a boardcertified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner since 2018. With a passion for promoting wellbeing, Felisha combines clinical knowledge and compassionate care to support individuals on their mental health journey. Known for exceptional communication and therapeutic skills, Felisha is committed to fostering a safe and nurturing environment for patients seeking psychiatric care.
(469) 936-4593 View (469) 936-4593
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Mary Francis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Plano, TX 75024
Mary Francis is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2000. Mary can provide comprehensive care for patients with mental health problems to alleviate their sufferings by integrating her knowledge and considering her patients' physical, mental, emotional, and social aspects. Outside of work, Mary enjoys cooking, traveling, and enjoying time with family and friends.
Mary Francis is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2000. Mary can provide comprehensive care for patients with mental health problems to alleviate their sufferings by integrating her knowledge and considering her patients' physical, mental, emotional, and social aspects. Outside of work, Mary enjoys cooking, traveling, and enjoying time with family and friends.
(469) 228-8773 View (469) 228-8773
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Melaine Ndi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B, FNP-C, APRN
Verified Verified
Plano, TX 75024  (Online Only)
As a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I use an evidence-based and holistic approach that aims to enhance the adaptive and healing capability of each individual. I encourage self-care and personal responsibility, fostering independence and a sense of empowerment for you. After a thorough psychiatric evaluation and diagnosis, and if counseling alone is not enough, psychiatric medication regimens can be explored and kept as simple as possible. You will be educated on medication risks, benefits and available treatment options, to allow informed decision-making and to provide patient-centered care.
As a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I use an evidence-based and holistic approach that aims to enhance the adaptive and healing capability of each individual. I encourage self-care and personal responsibility, fostering independence and a sense of empowerment for you. After a thorough psychiatric evaluation and diagnosis, and if counseling alone is not enough, psychiatric medication regimens can be explored and kept as simple as possible. You will be educated on medication risks, benefits and available treatment options, to allow informed decision-making and to provide patient-centered care.
(469) 489-4508 View (469) 489-4508
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Kimberly Onwubuya
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Plano, TX 75024
I am a board certified Advanced Practice Nurse with a specialization in Psychiatry with over 5 years of experience. My clinical experience is with children, adolescents, and adults with psychiatric disorders including - anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, and many other disorders. I know that true wellness means treating our bodies and minds with care. I built an environment that is beneficial for all clients that offers telehealth sessions. I have available appointments to fit all needs.
I am a board certified Advanced Practice Nurse with a specialization in Psychiatry with over 5 years of experience. My clinical experience is with children, adolescents, and adults with psychiatric disorders including - anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, and many other disorders. I know that true wellness means treating our bodies and minds with care. I built an environment that is beneficial for all clients that offers telehealth sessions. I have available appointments to fit all needs.
(972) 703-4519 View (972) 703-4519

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 75024

30+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in 75024 who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
90% Depression
90% Bipolar Disorder
77% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
77% Trauma and PTSD
77% Medication Management
72% ADHD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

97% BlueCross and BlueShield
82% Aetna
82% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in 75024 see their clients

80% In Person and Online
20% Online Only

Gender breakdown

57% Female
40% Male
3% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 75024?

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.