Psychiatrists in 75205

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Michelle Monson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75205  (Online Only)
Michelle is a compassionate PMHNP dedicated to helping others create or build upon a strong foundation of mental wellness through medication management, talk therapy, nutracuetical supplementation, and overall wellness. She recognizes the need to address one’s mental health is essential in treating the whole being. She treats adults ages 18+ with a wide range of mental health ailments to include depression, anxiety, trauma/stress, ADHD, sleep struggles, bipolar disorders and beyond. Please specify with inquiry if you are located in TX or ID and if you are self-pay or which insurance.
Michelle is a compassionate PMHNP dedicated to helping others create or build upon a strong foundation of mental wellness through medication management, talk therapy, nutracuetical supplementation, and overall wellness. She recognizes the need to address one’s mental health is essential in treating the whole being. She treats adults ages 18+ with a wide range of mental health ailments to include depression, anxiety, trauma/stress, ADHD, sleep struggles, bipolar disorders and beyond. Please specify with inquiry if you are located in TX or ID and if you are self-pay or which insurance.
(214) 239-4572 View (214) 239-4572
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Dr. Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75205
Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Which emotions stem from genetics and which are rooted in circumstances? How can you even begin to accurately express yourself? How much change is even possible? What if medications change you for the worse? These uncertainties can leave us in a never ending struggle that keeps us from achieving our true potential. If you’re finally ready to find out answers, then you need Evolve Psychiatry to navigate you out of this maze.
Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Which emotions stem from genetics and which are rooted in circumstances? How can you even begin to accurately express yourself? How much change is even possible? What if medications change you for the worse? These uncertainties can leave us in a never ending struggle that keeps us from achieving our true potential. If you’re finally ready to find out answers, then you need Evolve Psychiatry to navigate you out of this maze.
(469) 746-3676 View (469) 746-3676
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Dr Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75205  (Online Only)
Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Which emotions stem from genetics and which are rooted in circumstances? How can you even begin to accurately express yourself? How much change is even possible? What if medications change you for the worse? These uncertainties can leave us in a never ending struggle that keeps us from achieving our true potential. If you’re finally ready to find out answers, then you need Evolve Psychiatry to navigate you out of this maze.
Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Which emotions stem from genetics and which are rooted in circumstances? How can you even begin to accurately express yourself? How much change is even possible? What if medications change you for the worse? These uncertainties can leave us in a never ending struggle that keeps us from achieving our true potential. If you’re finally ready to find out answers, then you need Evolve Psychiatry to navigate you out of this maze.
(214) 428-6492 View (214) 428-6492
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Nancy Soll Shosid
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75205
After practicing psychiatry for 30 years my practice has evolved with a focus on Functional Psychiatry and Women's Brain Health. If you have a psychiatric condition and are looking to alternatives to psychiatric medications or ways to decrease or optimize your response to your medications Functional Psychiatry may the approach you have been missing. Additionally, if you are a woman of any age it is never too early or late to focus on ways to maximize your brain health. This is especially important to women in the perimenopausal and postmenopausal age range as the rate of Dementia is on the rise.
After practicing psychiatry for 30 years my practice has evolved with a focus on Functional Psychiatry and Women's Brain Health. If you have a psychiatric condition and are looking to alternatives to psychiatric medications or ways to decrease or optimize your response to your medications Functional Psychiatry may the approach you have been missing. Additionally, if you are a woman of any age it is never too early or late to focus on ways to maximize your brain health. This is especially important to women in the perimenopausal and postmenopausal age range as the rate of Dementia is on the rise.
(469) 940-4147 View (469) 940-4147
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Kameko McGuire - New Hope Mental Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, NP-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75205
I pride myself on being approachable. I have worked with clients of all ages. I feel it is imperative to decrease the stigma associated with mental health care. How can I help? I am your mental health advocate, and as a team, we will work on getting you what you need to be the best version of yourself. Please review my list of accepted insurances. I do not accept Medicaid at this time.
I pride myself on being approachable. I have worked with clients of all ages. I feel it is imperative to decrease the stigma associated with mental health care. How can I help? I am your mental health advocate, and as a team, we will work on getting you what you need to be the best version of yourself. Please review my list of accepted insurances. I do not accept Medicaid at this time.
(850) 204-9390 View (850) 204-9390
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William Goldman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75205  (Online Only)
I care about positive outcomes in my patients, and depend upon patients' and families' investment in the process of seeking health, recovery, and long-term well-being. I encourage collaboration with area psychotherapists as part of this process. My role is not that of a pill-pusher, but rather an expert diagnostician, guide, educator, and pharmacologic manager; likewise, I believe the patient's duty is to be an active participant in the process of diagnosis, treatment, and long-term recovery. *Please note that I do not participate in Medicare, Medicaid or any third-party payor or insurance panels.*
I care about positive outcomes in my patients, and depend upon patients' and families' investment in the process of seeking health, recovery, and long-term well-being. I encourage collaboration with area psychotherapists as part of this process. My role is not that of a pill-pusher, but rather an expert diagnostician, guide, educator, and pharmacologic manager; likewise, I believe the patient's duty is to be an active participant in the process of diagnosis, treatment, and long-term recovery. *Please note that I do not participate in Medicare, Medicaid or any third-party payor or insurance panels.*
(817) 533-8326 View (817) 533-8326
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Paige Thacker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75205  (Online Only)
There is nothing worse than hearing that alarm clock day in and out, only to wake up feeling like you didn’t sleep at all. All the thoughts begin to flood in, your “to-do’s”, this or that meeting or appointment. You haven’t even made it out the door before feeling completely overwhelmed, defeated, or maybe even hopeless. Depressed, anxious, moody, or irritable may be words that describe how you’re feeling; perhaps your loved ones have said similar things. I have helped countless others like yourself, and I am confident that together we can get you feeling better. I treat a wide range of mental health disorders adolescents and adults
There is nothing worse than hearing that alarm clock day in and out, only to wake up feeling like you didn’t sleep at all. All the thoughts begin to flood in, your “to-do’s”, this or that meeting or appointment. You haven’t even made it out the door before feeling completely overwhelmed, defeated, or maybe even hopeless. Depressed, anxious, moody, or irritable may be words that describe how you’re feeling; perhaps your loved ones have said similar things. I have helped countless others like yourself, and I am confident that together we can get you feeling better. I treat a wide range of mental health disorders adolescents and adults
(682) 243-8289 View (682) 243-8289
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Dr. Stephanie Omotayo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75205
Accepting New Patients. You deserve a life that makes you happy. To wake up in the morning, and at peace when you get in bed at night. I’m here to help! I love clients who are motivated and open to change. I know taking that first step towards seeking help can be intimidating and hard, but I’m here for you! Together we will create a personalized treatment plan that includes medication, therapy, or a combination of the two. I love helping regardless of gender, race, or sexuality. For people with opioid addiction, I prescribe Buprenorphine.
Accepting New Patients. You deserve a life that makes you happy. To wake up in the morning, and at peace when you get in bed at night. I’m here to help! I love clients who are motivated and open to change. I know taking that first step towards seeking help can be intimidating and hard, but I’m here for you! Together we will create a personalized treatment plan that includes medication, therapy, or a combination of the two. I love helping regardless of gender, race, or sexuality. For people with opioid addiction, I prescribe Buprenorphine.
(214) 623-6732 View (214) 623-6732
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Dr. Daniel Daylamani
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75205  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatrist currently accepting new patients. My practice is strictly through the use of telepsychiatry which means that all appointments will be held via HIPAA compliant video conferencing software. Many patients prefer this means of treatment as appointments can be done from the comfort of your home or office without the need for lengthy commutes or waiting rooms and it provides access to mental health treatment to patients located in more remote locations. I treat adult (18+) patients located in Colorado, Texas and Washington State though controlled substance prescribing may only be done in Colorado.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist currently accepting new patients. My practice is strictly through the use of telepsychiatry which means that all appointments will be held via HIPAA compliant video conferencing software. Many patients prefer this means of treatment as appointments can be done from the comfort of your home or office without the need for lengthy commutes or waiting rooms and it provides access to mental health treatment to patients located in more remote locations. I treat adult (18+) patients located in Colorado, Texas and Washington State though controlled substance prescribing may only be done in Colorado.
(512) 991-5846 View (512) 991-5846
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Cultivate Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75205
Our clinic is open to all clients, ages 16 and up. We treat a wide range of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, trauma, and others. We hope to attract clients that are interested in acquiring greater insight and clarity in their own lives.
Our clinic is open to all clients, ages 16 and up. We treat a wide range of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, trauma, and others. We hope to attract clients that are interested in acquiring greater insight and clarity in their own lives.
(214) 367-5323 View (214) 367-5323
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Neha Chaudhary
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75205
On faculty at Harvard / Mass General, I'm a double-boarded child, adolescent, & adult psychiatrist who offers telemedicine-based evaluation and treatment of kids, adolescents, and adults. I take a comprehensive approach, considering all aspects of you or your child’s lifestyle in order to create an individualized treatment program that meets you where you are. I believe that for treatment to be successful, you or your child will need to be evaluated and treated within the broader context of who you are, considering genetics, family dynamics, social supports, romantic relationships, careers, hobbies, habits, and unique stressors.
On faculty at Harvard / Mass General, I'm a double-boarded child, adolescent, & adult psychiatrist who offers telemedicine-based evaluation and treatment of kids, adolescents, and adults. I take a comprehensive approach, considering all aspects of you or your child’s lifestyle in order to create an individualized treatment program that meets you where you are. I believe that for treatment to be successful, you or your child will need to be evaluated and treated within the broader context of who you are, considering genetics, family dynamics, social supports, romantic relationships, careers, hobbies, habits, and unique stressors.
(628) 265-8883 View (628) 265-8883
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Mark Holsey
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75205  (Online Only)
My goal is to offer compassionate mental healthcare to adults, combining medication management with supportive psychotherapy for a holistic approach to mental health. I look forward to the opportunity to serve you!
My goal is to offer compassionate mental healthcare to adults, combining medication management with supportive psychotherapy for a holistic approach to mental health. I look forward to the opportunity to serve you!
(936) 301-0279 View (936) 301-0279
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Nextgen Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75205  (Online Only)
Dr. Odochi Onungwa is a highly trained and experienced practitioners with a proven background in the treatment of a wide range of psychiatric disorders. Our goal is to restore the whole person including the body, psyche, brain, and soul.
Dr. Odochi Onungwa is a highly trained and experienced practitioners with a proven background in the treatment of a wide range of psychiatric disorders. Our goal is to restore the whole person including the body, psyche, brain, and soul.
(214) 239-4282 View (214) 239-4282
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Preston Wiles
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75205
Dr. Wiles is an exert at treating anxiety, depression, ADHD, and neuropsychiatric disorders of children, adolescents, and young adults such as OCD, Tourette's and autism spectrum disorders. He was Medical Director of the UTSW-Childens Medical Center Autism Center for several years. He now runs the Student Wellness and Counseling clinic as UT Southwestern and the Resident Wellness Clinic as well. He was recently named Assistant Dean for Student and Resident Mental Health and Wellness at UT Southwestern. He is a qualified mindfulness teacher through Jon Kabat Zinn's Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program at UMass Medical Cntr
Dr. Wiles is an exert at treating anxiety, depression, ADHD, and neuropsychiatric disorders of children, adolescents, and young adults such as OCD, Tourette's and autism spectrum disorders. He was Medical Director of the UTSW-Childens Medical Center Autism Center for several years. He now runs the Student Wellness and Counseling clinic as UT Southwestern and the Resident Wellness Clinic as well. He was recently named Assistant Dean for Student and Resident Mental Health and Wellness at UT Southwestern. He is a qualified mindfulness teacher through Jon Kabat Zinn's Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program at UMass Medical Cntr
(475) 242-8896 View (475) 242-8896
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Melissa B. Wallace
Psychiatrist, MD, PLLC
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75205
Seeking mental health treatment can be difficult, but you are taking an important step in improving your mental and emotional well-being. It's important to find a doctor you feel comfortable with, who is willing to listen without judgment, and who can treat you holistically. As a board-certified psychiatrist, I offer both psychotherapy and medication management, allowing me to individualize treatment according to your needs.
Seeking mental health treatment can be difficult, but you are taking an important step in improving your mental and emotional well-being. It's important to find a doctor you feel comfortable with, who is willing to listen without judgment, and who can treat you holistically. As a board-certified psychiatrist, I offer both psychotherapy and medication management, allowing me to individualize treatment according to your needs.
(682) 223-4925 View (682) 223-4925
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Dr. Karolyn Skalany
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75205  (Online Only)
Dr. Karolyn Skalany focuses on providing patient centered medical care for the treatment of depression, anxiety, panic disorder, ADHD, and insomnia. Dr. Skalany is also a specialist in female reproductive psychiatry, including perinatal and post-partum depression, pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder, and mood issues related to perimenopause.
Dr. Karolyn Skalany focuses on providing patient centered medical care for the treatment of depression, anxiety, panic disorder, ADHD, and insomnia. Dr. Skalany is also a specialist in female reproductive psychiatry, including perinatal and post-partum depression, pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder, and mood issues related to perimenopause.
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Dr. Udo Chukwuocha
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Village, TX 75205  (Online Only)
I am accepting NEW patients for psychiatric evaluations + medication management. I work with patients to identify those life experiences that have led them to seek care. I know that reaching out for help may not always be easy, and some people may only pay attention to their mental health if they have mental illnesses. But the reality is your thoughts, feelings, & behaviors affect your overall energy & wellness. Taking care of your mental health is essential to creating & living the life you want. I’m here to help! I can promise you that I will listen and support you, and together we will create a treatment plan best for your needs.
I am accepting NEW patients for psychiatric evaluations + medication management. I work with patients to identify those life experiences that have led them to seek care. I know that reaching out for help may not always be easy, and some people may only pay attention to their mental health if they have mental illnesses. But the reality is your thoughts, feelings, & behaviors affect your overall energy & wellness. Taking care of your mental health is essential to creating & living the life you want. I’m here to help! I can promise you that I will listen and support you, and together we will create a treatment plan best for your needs.
(512) 399-1490 View (512) 399-1490
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The HIVE Maternal Wellness Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNM
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75205  (Online Only)
The transition into parenthood can be challenging because there are so many changes and things happen unexpectantly. We do our best to be prepared, yet we may find ourselves lost in overwhelm. We are pretty familiar with the physical changes, but less so with the mental ones. If this is you, let me reassure you many others have been there and there is help for your situation. My name is Kimberly Sennet and I'm here to encourage you to take a step- for yourself, your baby, and your family. I'm here whenever you are ready.
The transition into parenthood can be challenging because there are so many changes and things happen unexpectantly. We do our best to be prepared, yet we may find ourselves lost in overwhelm. We are pretty familiar with the physical changes, but less so with the mental ones. If this is you, let me reassure you many others have been there and there is help for your situation. My name is Kimberly Sennet and I'm here to encourage you to take a step- for yourself, your baby, and your family. I'm here whenever you are ready.
(737) 227-0626 View (737) 227-0626
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Texas Mental Health and Wellness Center PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC, CMGT-BC, CCM
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75205  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients from anywhere in Texas! Do you sometimes wonder if what you're feeling is normal? Do you wonder why you are so forgetful, why it's so hard to concentrate, or why you easily get distracted? Or maybe it's hard to get out of bed in the morning, you lack the motivation to participate in life anymore, and you can sometimes be tearful for no reason? Is it hard to fall asleep at night or do you wake up multiple times which leaves you feeling exhausted the next day? Have you experienced trauma that has left you feeling anxious and on edge? You do not have to go through these challenges alone! I would like to help!
Accepting new patients from anywhere in Texas! Do you sometimes wonder if what you're feeling is normal? Do you wonder why you are so forgetful, why it's so hard to concentrate, or why you easily get distracted? Or maybe it's hard to get out of bed in the morning, you lack the motivation to participate in life anymore, and you can sometimes be tearful for no reason? Is it hard to fall asleep at night or do you wake up multiple times which leaves you feeling exhausted the next day? Have you experienced trauma that has left you feeling anxious and on edge? You do not have to go through these challenges alone! I would like to help!
(830) 445-2671 View (830) 445-2671
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Prestonwood Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75205
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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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 75205

20+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in 75205 who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
96% Anxiety
89% Medication Management
79% Trauma and PTSD
79% Stress
75% ADHD
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

88% Aetna
82% BlueCross and BlueShield
82% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 75205 see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

64% Female
36% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 75205?

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.