Psychiatrists in 76051

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Doris Cudjoe - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Grapevine, TX 76051
Doris Cudjoe is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has over 12 years of critical care and psychiatric nursing experience, and has worked for non-profit organizations as well as the federal government. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from University of Ghana, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Masters of Science in Nursing from University of Texas. Doris treats every patient as the unique individual they are. She is compassionate in her care and she pays attention to detail. Doris practices patient and family-centered care. She is married and has 3 beautiful daughters.
Doris Cudjoe is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has over 12 years of critical care and psychiatric nursing experience, and has worked for non-profit organizations as well as the federal government. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from University of Ghana, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Masters of Science in Nursing from University of Texas. Doris treats every patient as the unique individual they are. She is compassionate in her care and she pays attention to detail. Doris practices patient and family-centered care. She is married and has 3 beautiful daughters.
(817) 769-7860 View (817) 769-7860
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Dr. Nicole Nguyen - Board Certified Psychiatrist
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Grapevine, TX 76051  (Online Only)
Dr. Nicole Nguyen is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. She attained her Bachelor of Arts in Biology with a minor in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Southern California prior to returning to her home state of Texas to complete both her medical school and residency training at UT Health San Antonio.
Dr. Nicole Nguyen is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. She attained her Bachelor of Arts in Biology with a minor in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Southern California prior to returning to her home state of Texas to complete both her medical school and residency training at UT Health San Antonio.
(682) 255-1349 View (682) 255-1349
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Lynda Parker - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Grapevine, TX 76051
Dr. Lynda Parker is a psychiatrist currently practicing at Anew Era TMS and Psychiatry of Austin in Austin, TX. She also offers virtual consultations.
Dr. Lynda Parker is a psychiatrist currently practicing at Anew Era TMS and Psychiatry of Austin in Austin, TX. She also offers virtual consultations.
(817) 934-5817 View (817) 934-5817
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Katrina Coulter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Grapevine, TX 76051
I’m a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner servicing the DFW Metropolitan Area. Are you experiencing low moods, mood swings, excessive worry, irritability, fatigue or any other mental health symptoms? Schedule an appointment with me so we can discuss treatment options and improve your mental wellbeing! Now accepting Aetna, Medicare, Cigna, United Health Care, and cash pay clients.
I’m a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner servicing the DFW Metropolitan Area. Are you experiencing low moods, mood swings, excessive worry, irritability, fatigue or any other mental health symptoms? Schedule an appointment with me so we can discuss treatment options and improve your mental wellbeing! Now accepting Aetna, Medicare, Cigna, United Health Care, and cash pay clients.
(817) 416-7500 View (817) 416-7500
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Ujay Egbuji
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Grapevine, TX 76051
Hi there, I'm Dr. Ujay, a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner. Do you feel overwhelmed and unable to fit it all in? Are you struggling to keep up with your relationships, work and health? Is it hard to be kind to yourself?
Hi there, I'm Dr. Ujay, a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner. Do you feel overwhelmed and unable to fit it all in? Are you struggling to keep up with your relationships, work and health? Is it hard to be kind to yourself?
(817) 406-6718 View (817) 406-6718
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Oyebola Bola Oyelade
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Grapevine, TX 76051
My name is Oyebola ‘Bola’ Oyelade, DNP, Board-Certified PMHNP with over 14 years of experience actively listening and treating clients across various lifespans. I provide psychiatric evaluation, medication management and evidence-based treatment for a wide range of psychiatric disorders such as depression, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsion disorder (OCD), schizophrenia, psychosis, PTSD, insomnia, and ADHD.
My name is Oyebola ‘Bola’ Oyelade, DNP, Board-Certified PMHNP with over 14 years of experience actively listening and treating clients across various lifespans. I provide psychiatric evaluation, medication management and evidence-based treatment for a wide range of psychiatric disorders such as depression, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsion disorder (OCD), schizophrenia, psychosis, PTSD, insomnia, and ADHD.
(817) 835-7303 View (817) 835-7303
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Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry - Grapevine
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Grapevine, TX 76051
Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry's mission is to advance TMS provider services availability for persons suffering with depression throughout the United States. Excellence in patient care and an overall positive experience with our TMS treatment services and our skilled compassionate team of Doctor’s, Technicians and office staff are our highest priorities. At Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry, we offer patients their very best chance for depressive symptomatic relief success through the latest, most advanced, FDA cleared, non-medicinal treatment solution.
Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry's mission is to advance TMS provider services availability for persons suffering with depression throughout the United States. Excellence in patient care and an overall positive experience with our TMS treatment services and our skilled compassionate team of Doctor’s, Technicians and office staff are our highest priorities. At Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry, we offer patients their very best chance for depressive symptomatic relief success through the latest, most advanced, FDA cleared, non-medicinal treatment solution.
(817) 442-3220 View (817) 442-3220
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Dr. Tanya Zielinski
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Grapevine, TX 76051
My goal is to help you enhance your overall quality of life. I am interested in the development of the personality throughout the life cycle, how difficulties affect the experience of the self, and how medication and therapy can improve these (and, of course, improve your ability to function in the world.) The majority of my patients have depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, ADHD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, learning disabilities, trauma, Asperger's Disorder, relationship issues, or some combination of these. Often, after I have known someone a while, we move past the presenting problem into personal growth or recovery issues.
My goal is to help you enhance your overall quality of life. I am interested in the development of the personality throughout the life cycle, how difficulties affect the experience of the self, and how medication and therapy can improve these (and, of course, improve your ability to function in the world.) The majority of my patients have depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, ADHD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, learning disabilities, trauma, Asperger's Disorder, relationship issues, or some combination of these. Often, after I have known someone a while, we move past the presenting problem into personal growth or recovery issues.
(682) 356-3891 View (682) 356-3891
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Dr Terry Eagan - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Grapevine, TX 76051
Dr. Terry Eagan brings to Anew Era TMS an extensive body of professional experience in the field of psychiatry, encompassing both his clinical private practice and multiple Medical Director positions where he provides medical and psychiatric oversight of mental health treatment centers. Dr. Eagan’s diverse background includes the founding of various institutes that focus on providing specialized and innovative treatment for a variety of psychiatric disorders.
Dr. Terry Eagan brings to Anew Era TMS an extensive body of professional experience in the field of psychiatry, encompassing both his clinical private practice and multiple Medical Director positions where he provides medical and psychiatric oversight of mental health treatment centers. Dr. Eagan’s diverse background includes the founding of various institutes that focus on providing specialized and innovative treatment for a variety of psychiatric disorders.
(817) 241-0688 View (817) 241-0688
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Imran Shuja Khawaja
Psychiatrist, MD, FAASM
Verified Verified
Grapevine, TX 76051
My patients are busy professionals who come to see me for medication management and supportive therapy. They need medication management for their depression, anxiety, bipolar mood episodes or sleep issues. I also treat patients with complex psychiatric disorders, including treatment-resistant depression as I provide TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) and Ketamine treatment. In addition, I see patients with bipolar disorder and psychosis. Patients particularly feel satisfied as I help them with their sleep issues including insomnia, sleep apnea, and other sleep disorders.
My patients are busy professionals who come to see me for medication management and supportive therapy. They need medication management for their depression, anxiety, bipolar mood episodes or sleep issues. I also treat patients with complex psychiatric disorders, including treatment-resistant depression as I provide TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) and Ketamine treatment. In addition, I see patients with bipolar disorder and psychosis. Patients particularly feel satisfied as I help them with their sleep issues including insomnia, sleep apnea, and other sleep disorders.
(682) 688-4327 View (682) 688-4327
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Dr Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Grapevine, TX 76051
Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Are these emotional and behavioral patterns fixable? Which ones stem from genetics or brain chemistry, and which are rooted in upbringing or circumstances?
Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Are these emotional and behavioral patterns fixable? Which ones stem from genetics or brain chemistry, and which are rooted in upbringing or circumstances?
(817) 765-6787 View (817) 765-6787
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Barbara Reed - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Grapevine, TX 76051
Barbara Reed is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, American Nurses Association, and the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. She graduated from Saint Louis University and has been in the field of psychiatry for the past 11 years. She started her nursing career at SSM Wentzville in Missouri and also worked at Washington University at St Louis in the Department of Psychiatry. She is a former Adjunct Instructor of pre-licensure baccalaureate nursing students.
Barbara Reed is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, American Nurses Association, and the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. She graduated from Saint Louis University and has been in the field of psychiatry for the past 11 years. She started her nursing career at SSM Wentzville in Missouri and also worked at Washington University at St Louis in the Department of Psychiatry. She is a former Adjunct Instructor of pre-licensure baccalaureate nursing students.
(817) 904-9330 View (817) 904-9330
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Mary Lynn Wyant
Psychiatrist, MD, PA
Verified Verified
Grapevine, TX 76051
I practice psychodynamic psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and medication management. In these confusing, emotionally exhausting times I am trained to help you navigate relationship issues, coping skills, gender and sexuality issues, and other issues affecting your contentment and satisfaction in life. I want to help you understand deeper issues such as how you may have been affected by a history of abuse, neglect or trauma. I can also prescribe medication for you if we decide that might be helpful. I want to offer compassionate care in a confidential, professional environment.
I practice psychodynamic psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and medication management. In these confusing, emotionally exhausting times I am trained to help you navigate relationship issues, coping skills, gender and sexuality issues, and other issues affecting your contentment and satisfaction in life. I want to help you understand deeper issues such as how you may have been affected by a history of abuse, neglect or trauma. I can also prescribe medication for you if we decide that might be helpful. I want to offer compassionate care in a confidential, professional environment.
(817) 527-5773 View (817) 527-5773
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Dr. Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Grapevine, TX 76051
Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Are these emotional and behavioral patterns fixable? Which ones stem from genetics or brain chemistry, and which are rooted in upbringing or circumstances?
Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Are these emotional and behavioral patterns fixable? Which ones stem from genetics or brain chemistry, and which are rooted in upbringing or circumstances?
(817) 438-2686 View (817) 438-2686
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Dr. Onanuga @ New Age Behavioral Health
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
Grapevine, TX 76051
As a practicing psychiatric providers, we specialized in the management of various mental illnesses including depression, Bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHDs, and other mental health problems. We also assist in the treatment of substance abuse and addiction problems as well as dual diagnosis. We empower our patients to take control of their illnesses. Help is often available but you have to take the initiative by making the necessary phone call.
As a practicing psychiatric providers, we specialized in the management of various mental illnesses including depression, Bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHDs, and other mental health problems. We also assist in the treatment of substance abuse and addiction problems as well as dual diagnosis. We empower our patients to take control of their illnesses. Help is often available but you have to take the initiative by making the necessary phone call.
(817) 778-0191 View (817) 778-0191
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Barbara Reed
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN
Verified Verified
Grapevine, TX 76051  (Online Only)
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common neurological disorder affecting 3-7% of all school aged children and about 30-50% of these children continue to have symptoms into adulthood. I am offering QbTest online which is a FDA cleared, computer-based test that measures the core symptoms associated with ADHD. The test results are presented in a report that compares your results with a non-ADHD group of people of the same age and gender. The QbTest provides objective data that, together with other information, will help me to identify, rule out and monitor ADHD.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common neurological disorder affecting 3-7% of all school aged children and about 30-50% of these children continue to have symptoms into adulthood. I am offering QbTest online which is a FDA cleared, computer-based test that measures the core symptoms associated with ADHD. The test results are presented in a report that compares your results with a non-ADHD group of people of the same age and gender. The QbTest provides objective data that, together with other information, will help me to identify, rule out and monitor ADHD.
(214) 833-7614 View (214) 833-7614
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Dr. Randall McIntyre - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Grapevine, TX 76051
*** ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS WITH A WAIT TIME OF 1 WEEK OR LESS *** Dr. Randal McIntyre has been practicing Adult Psychiatry for over thirty years. He was raised in Midland, Texas. He holds a BA - Biology from The University of Texas - Austin, and an MD from The University of Texas Medical School - Houston. He did his internship in Family Practice at Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. Subsequently, he completed residence n General and Child Psychiatry at UTHCSC-Houston. He is Boarded Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
*** ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS WITH A WAIT TIME OF 1 WEEK OR LESS *** Dr. Randal McIntyre has been practicing Adult Psychiatry for over thirty years. He was raised in Midland, Texas. He holds a BA - Biology from The University of Texas - Austin, and an MD from The University of Texas Medical School - Houston. He did his internship in Family Practice at Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. Subsequently, he completed residence n General and Child Psychiatry at UTHCSC-Houston. He is Boarded Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
(512) 229-9477 View (512) 229-9477
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Rhoda Madamombe - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRNCNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Grapevine, TX 76051
Rhoda Madamombe is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN, PMHNP-BC) and a member of the American Psychiatric Association. She graduated from Wilkes University and has been in the field of psychiatry since 2004. Rhoda has worked in psychiatric hospitals all her career. She worked for Medical City McKinney for 12 years holding various positions that include staff nurse, charge nurse, clinical supervisor, and nurse manager/PMHNP-BC.
Rhoda Madamombe is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN, PMHNP-BC) and a member of the American Psychiatric Association. She graduated from Wilkes University and has been in the field of psychiatry since 2004. Rhoda has worked in psychiatric hospitals all her career. She worked for Medical City McKinney for 12 years holding various positions that include staff nurse, charge nurse, clinical supervisor, and nurse manager/PMHNP-BC.
(469) 772-9671 View (469) 772-9671
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Dr Randall McIntyre - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Grapevine, TX 76051
Dr. Randall McIntyre has been practicing Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry in the Austin area for over thirty years. He was raised in Midland, Texas. He holds a BA- biology from The University of Texas - Austin, and an MD from The University of Texas Medical School-Houston. He did his internship in Family Practice at Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. Subsequently, he completed residencies in General and Child Psychiatry at UTHSC-Houston. He is doubly Boarded in Child and Adult Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Dr. Randall McIntyre has been practicing Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry in the Austin area for over thirty years. He was raised in Midland, Texas. He holds a BA- biology from The University of Texas - Austin, and an MD from The University of Texas Medical School-Houston. He did his internship in Family Practice at Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. Subsequently, he completed residencies in General and Child Psychiatry at UTHSC-Houston. He is doubly Boarded in Child and Adult Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
(214) 974-4081 View (214) 974-4081
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Doris Cudjoe - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Grapevine, TX 76051  (Online Only)
Doris Cudjoe is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has over 12 years of critical care and psychiatric nursing experience, and has worked for non-profit organizations as well as the federal government. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from University of Ghana, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Masters of Science in Nursing from University of Texas. Doris treats every patient as the unique individual they are. She is compassionate in her care and she pays attention to detail. Doris practices patient and family-centered care. She is married and has 3 beautiful daughters.
Doris Cudjoe is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has over 12 years of critical care and psychiatric nursing experience, and has worked for non-profit organizations as well as the federal government. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from University of Ghana, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Masters of Science in Nursing from University of Texas. Doris treats every patient as the unique individual they are. She is compassionate in her care and she pays attention to detail. Doris practices patient and family-centered care. She is married and has 3 beautiful daughters.
(972) 303-8338 View (972) 303-8338

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 76051

30+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in 76051 who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
89% Depression
86% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
86% Bipolar Disorder
84% Trauma and PTSD
81% Medication Management
68% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

15 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

96% Cigna and Evernorth
92% Aetna
92% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 76051 see their clients

87% In Person and Online
13% Online Only

Gender breakdown

74% Female
26% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 76051?

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.