Psychiatrists in 77019

Photo of Raymond Obiajulu, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 77019, TX
Raymond Obiajulu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77019  (Online Only)
Raymond Obiajulu is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He completed his master’s degree program at Walden University. After his introduction to the key areas of nursing, he found that psychiatry comprised the exact sort of comprehensive and holistic healthcare that he wished to practice. Raymond has experience treating a wide range of conditions including but not limited to anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD, mood disorders, bipolar disorder, and dementia. He incorporates an evidence-based approach in his practice with a focus on holistic mental health treatment.
Raymond Obiajulu is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He completed his master’s degree program at Walden University. After his introduction to the key areas of nursing, he found that psychiatry comprised the exact sort of comprehensive and holistic healthcare that he wished to practice. Raymond has experience treating a wide range of conditions including but not limited to anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD, mood disorders, bipolar disorder, and dementia. He incorporates an evidence-based approach in his practice with a focus on holistic mental health treatment.
(281) 595-8026 View (281) 595-8026
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Kwang Kim
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77019  (Online Only)
Are you feeling anxious, stressed, depressed, or maybe just like you are not mentally and emotionally at your best? If this sounds like you, I would love to meet you and talk about your mental health. My expertise lies in diagnosing and treating mental health conditions such as depression, ADHD, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and substance abuse in the general adult/adolescent population (ages 15+). I also aim to stay up to date with the latest advances in mental health treatment. I believe in a patient-centered approach to care, which means I work collaboratively with my patients to develop a personalized treatment plan.
Are you feeling anxious, stressed, depressed, or maybe just like you are not mentally and emotionally at your best? If this sounds like you, I would love to meet you and talk about your mental health. My expertise lies in diagnosing and treating mental health conditions such as depression, ADHD, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and substance abuse in the general adult/adolescent population (ages 15+). I also aim to stay up to date with the latest advances in mental health treatment. I believe in a patient-centered approach to care, which means I work collaboratively with my patients to develop a personalized treatment plan.
(281) 975-1767 View (281) 975-1767
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Dr. Chandler Self
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77019
Dr. Self is the go-to psychiatrist for professionals. If you are working long hours, struggling with anxiety and stress, feeling burnt out, trying to maintain friendships, possibly drinking too much alcohol and wondering if you would benefit from medication, please reach out. Dr. Self treats a wide range of professionals including physicians, lawyers, CPAs, software engineers, grad students, therapists and energy industry professionals. She is an expert in managing ADHD, anxiety and depression. Reach out today to see if you could benefit from a psychiatrist who can provide both medications and psychotherapy combined.
Dr. Self is the go-to psychiatrist for professionals. If you are working long hours, struggling with anxiety and stress, feeling burnt out, trying to maintain friendships, possibly drinking too much alcohol and wondering if you would benefit from medication, please reach out. Dr. Self treats a wide range of professionals including physicians, lawyers, CPAs, software engineers, grad students, therapists and energy industry professionals. She is an expert in managing ADHD, anxiety and depression. Reach out today to see if you could benefit from a psychiatrist who can provide both medications and psychotherapy combined.
(281) 843-3346 View (281) 843-3346
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Dr. Adeeb Masood
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77019  (Online Only)
I'm excited to invite you into a space dedicated to your well-being and fulfillment. I approach every client with a personal approach that goes at your pace. Through open communication and collaboration, we will attempt to understand the roots of your challenges and work towards lasting change. Together, we will develop a comprehensive understanding of your unique experiences allowing us to formulate a roadmap for your mental health journey.
I'm excited to invite you into a space dedicated to your well-being and fulfillment. I approach every client with a personal approach that goes at your pace. Through open communication and collaboration, we will attempt to understand the roots of your challenges and work towards lasting change. Together, we will develop a comprehensive understanding of your unique experiences allowing us to formulate a roadmap for your mental health journey.
(832) 957-7196 View (832) 957-7196
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Agnes Benjamin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77019  (Online Only)
Agnes is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). Her educational specialty and clinical training in psychiatric mental health gives her the ability to diagnose, prescribes treat, manage, and evaluate patients across the life span suffering from mental illness such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, OCD, PTSD, autism, ADHD, gender dysphoria, neurocognitive, and neurodevelopmental disorders with empathy and passion. She has over 20 years of registered nursing experience in a variety of settings including an Acute Psychiatric Hospital, having patients with psychiatric issues.
Agnes is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). Her educational specialty and clinical training in psychiatric mental health gives her the ability to diagnose, prescribes treat, manage, and evaluate patients across the life span suffering from mental illness such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, OCD, PTSD, autism, ADHD, gender dysphoria, neurocognitive, and neurodevelopmental disorders with empathy and passion. She has over 20 years of registered nursing experience in a variety of settings including an Acute Psychiatric Hospital, having patients with psychiatric issues.
(346) 633-4115 View (346) 633-4115
Photo of Caroline Ogashi, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 77019, TX
Caroline Ogashi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77019  (Online Only)
Dr. Caroline Ogashi is a Board-Certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Her training and nursing experience expands over three decades working in various nursing settings. Dr. Ogashi is compassionate and possesses great listening and caring skills that are loved by her clients. She believes in a holistic approach and holds the philosophy that the body, mind, and spirit must work together in harmony to achieve balance. Dr. Ogashi specializes in treating the following mental health conditions: anxiety, major depression, ADHD, OCD, panic disorder, bipolar disorders,eating disorders, mood disorders, PTSD, insomnia, and schizophrenia.
Dr. Caroline Ogashi is a Board-Certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Her training and nursing experience expands over three decades working in various nursing settings. Dr. Ogashi is compassionate and possesses great listening and caring skills that are loved by her clients. She believes in a holistic approach and holds the philosophy that the body, mind, and spirit must work together in harmony to achieve balance. Dr. Ogashi specializes in treating the following mental health conditions: anxiety, major depression, ADHD, OCD, panic disorder, bipolar disorders,eating disorders, mood disorders, PTSD, insomnia, and schizophrenia.
(281) 801-4939 View (281) 801-4939
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Jordan Dickens
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77019
Jordan Dickens is a Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2022. Jordan has multiple experiences and trainings involving diversity and inclusion, which accelerates her passion to serving diverse, underserved populations in her Nurse Practitioner practice. Jordan approaches medication management through a holistic health perspective to promote optimal wellness for her patients. Outside of work, Jordan enjoys yoga, outdoor walks, being a foodie, and traveling.
Jordan Dickens is a Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2022. Jordan has multiple experiences and trainings involving diversity and inclusion, which accelerates her passion to serving diverse, underserved populations in her Nurse Practitioner practice. Jordan approaches medication management through a holistic health perspective to promote optimal wellness for her patients. Outside of work, Jordan enjoys yoga, outdoor walks, being a foodie, and traveling.
(832) 501-3235 View (832) 501-3235
Photo of Christina Shephard, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 77019, TX
Christina Shephard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77019
Christina Shephard is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2023. Christina provides a warm and collaborative approach to psychiatry by using an unbiased approach and active listening. She focuses on what motivates the client. Christina is empathetic, knowledgeable, and responsive. She's known for her attention to detail and patience. She has six years of nursing experience. Outside of work, Christina enjoys ice-skating, traveling, playing with her dog, binge watching her favorite shows, and trying new restaurants.
Christina Shephard is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2023. Christina provides a warm and collaborative approach to psychiatry by using an unbiased approach and active listening. She focuses on what motivates the client. Christina is empathetic, knowledgeable, and responsive. She's known for her attention to detail and patience. She has six years of nursing experience. Outside of work, Christina enjoys ice-skating, traveling, playing with her dog, binge watching her favorite shows, and trying new restaurants.
(832) 990-1053 View (832) 990-1053
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Patrick Sassoon
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77019
My approach is based on integrative psychiatry, which uses medications, therapy and complementary medicine to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms. I address the combined impact of sleep, lifestyle, relationships, nutrition and chronic medical conditions on well-being, and use cutting edge tools like genetic testing to guide personalized treatment with medication and supplements. I consider the patient’s cultural background in my assessments and I can provide treatment in Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian. My goal is to help my patients create lasting changes and build vitality, resilience and purpose in life.
My approach is based on integrative psychiatry, which uses medications, therapy and complementary medicine to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms. I address the combined impact of sleep, lifestyle, relationships, nutrition and chronic medical conditions on well-being, and use cutting edge tools like genetic testing to guide personalized treatment with medication and supplements. I consider the patient’s cultural background in my assessments and I can provide treatment in Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian. My goal is to help my patients create lasting changes and build vitality, resilience and purpose in life.
(940) 448-0574 View (940) 448-0574
Photo of Davidson Ewuzie, Psychiatric Nurse in 77019, TX
Davidson Ewuzie
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77019
Davidson received his bachelor's degree in Nursing from Grand Canyon University, Arizona, and went on to complete a Master of Science degree at Walden University, Minnesota, majoring in Psychiatric/Mental Health across the lifespan. Davidson has more than 12 years of nursing experience and is a member of the American Nurses Association, the Texas Nurses Association as well as the Neuroscience Education Institute.
Davidson received his bachelor's degree in Nursing from Grand Canyon University, Arizona, and went on to complete a Master of Science degree at Walden University, Minnesota, majoring in Psychiatric/Mental Health across the lifespan. Davidson has more than 12 years of nursing experience and is a member of the American Nurses Association, the Texas Nurses Association as well as the Neuroscience Education Institute.
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Lauren Marangell
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77019
I have devoted my entire career to improving the treatment depression. After completing a fellowship the National Institutes for Health, I was recruited to Baylor College of Medicine where I became a tenured professor. I have conducted original research into new treatments, lectured and helped with our national research agenda. I am proud to have my efforts recognized by my peers with with several awards, including "Super Doctor" from Texas Monthly magazine. The best fit for my practice are successful individuals who have recently found themselves suffering from depression.
I have devoted my entire career to improving the treatment depression. After completing a fellowship the National Institutes for Health, I was recruited to Baylor College of Medicine where I became a tenured professor. I have conducted original research into new treatments, lectured and helped with our national research agenda. I am proud to have my efforts recognized by my peers with with several awards, including "Super Doctor" from Texas Monthly magazine. The best fit for my practice are successful individuals who have recently found themselves suffering from depression.
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Lisa Boyd
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77019
Personal Service from a respected medical doctor in a relaxing, quiet setting. Seeing New Patients each week! Board Certified: Adults, Adolescents, and Children. We are proud of our individual approach to patient care. We have one simple goal and that goal has never changed: We want to take care of people.
Personal Service from a respected medical doctor in a relaxing, quiet setting. Seeing New Patients each week! Board Certified: Adults, Adolescents, and Children. We are proud of our individual approach to patient care. We have one simple goal and that goal has never changed: We want to take care of people.
(832) 981-6282 View (832) 981-6282
Zishan Samiuddin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77019
If you are in distress and want to schedule a confidential consultation with a Board Certified psychiatrist within 1-2 weeks, please call me. I have 25+ years of experience, expertise and interest in treating adult and geriatric patients. We will start with taking inventory of your medical, psycho-spiritual and socio-cultural needs and decide if medications and/or psychotherapy are indicated. I can provide a comprehensive second opinion about your medication and therapy regimen. You will hear from me personally to answer questions before you schedule an appointment.
If you are in distress and want to schedule a confidential consultation with a Board Certified psychiatrist within 1-2 weeks, please call me. I have 25+ years of experience, expertise and interest in treating adult and geriatric patients. We will start with taking inventory of your medical, psycho-spiritual and socio-cultural needs and decide if medications and/or psychotherapy are indicated. I can provide a comprehensive second opinion about your medication and therapy regimen. You will hear from me personally to answer questions before you schedule an appointment.
(713) 597-8602 View (713) 597-8602
Photo of William H. Reading, MD, Psychiatrist in 77019, TX
William H. Reading, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77019
I have been Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology for the past 25 years. I am a graduate of San Jacinto College, The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio, and Texas Tech Medical School Residency program in Neuropsychiatry. I diagnose and treat adults, adolescents, and children for most psychiatric disorders especially major depressive disorder and attention deficit disorder (ADHD).
I have been Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology for the past 25 years. I am a graduate of San Jacinto College, The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio, and Texas Tech Medical School Residency program in Neuropsychiatry. I diagnose and treat adults, adolescents, and children for most psychiatric disorders especially major depressive disorder and attention deficit disorder (ADHD).
(281) 853-8453 View (281) 853-8453
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Rayan K. Al Jurdi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77019
As a double-boarded psychiatrist, I am trained to assess, evaluate and treat any psychiatric disease. However, I have built my clinical and research career specializing in the area of mood disorders specifically depression and bipolar disorder. My special interests also include neurobehavioral psychiatry, psychosomatic psychiatry and cultural psychiatry. I offer a wide range of treatment modalities including psychopharmacology, psychotherapy and transcranial magnetic stimulation.
As a double-boarded psychiatrist, I am trained to assess, evaluate and treat any psychiatric disease. However, I have built my clinical and research career specializing in the area of mood disorders specifically depression and bipolar disorder. My special interests also include neurobehavioral psychiatry, psychosomatic psychiatry and cultural psychiatry. I offer a wide range of treatment modalities including psychopharmacology, psychotherapy and transcranial magnetic stimulation.
(832) 981-4396 View (832) 981-4396
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Ricardo Delcid
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77019
I manage a small private practice with a focus on individualized psychiatric care. I work to observe a practice style that is oriented around the principles of psychotherapy by engaging in education, insight generation, and thoughtful medical planning. In a mindful process we attend to an individual’s narrative with a respect to suffering but also the soul’s innate drive to heal from the wounding of life.
I manage a small private practice with a focus on individualized psychiatric care. I work to observe a practice style that is oriented around the principles of psychotherapy by engaging in education, insight generation, and thoughtful medical planning. In a mindful process we attend to an individual’s narrative with a respect to suffering but also the soul’s innate drive to heal from the wounding of life.
(832) 905-0519 View (832) 905-0519
Photo of Richard M. Barrett, Psychiatrist in 77019, TX
Richard M. Barrett
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77019
I try to help each person I work with feel understood and appreciated as a whole human being with strengths that can be mobilized, as well as with their own emotional suffering. This enforms me how how I relate to you, your child, teen, or family. Medications are used if necessary, and if progress is made and they are no longer needed, are lowered and possibly stopped. If they don't help I make every effort to adjust, change, or combine to get the desired result.
I try to help each person I work with feel understood and appreciated as a whole human being with strengths that can be mobilized, as well as with their own emotional suffering. This enforms me how how I relate to you, your child, teen, or family. Medications are used if necessary, and if progress is made and they are no longer needed, are lowered and possibly stopped. If they don't help I make every effort to adjust, change, or combine to get the desired result.
(713) 597-5299 View (713) 597-5299
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Obianuju Okafor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77019
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and I have been providing mental health services for 2 years in outpatient settings. I see Individuals and address Anxiety, Depression, Hyperactive Disorder (ADD/ADHD), and Mood Disorder. I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with years of experience providing mental health services to individuals of all ages and gender. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, I spent over six years working as a nurse in different nursing specialties.
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and I have been providing mental health services for 2 years in outpatient settings. I see Individuals and address Anxiety, Depression, Hyperactive Disorder (ADD/ADHD), and Mood Disorder. I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with years of experience providing mental health services to individuals of all ages and gender. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, I spent over six years working as a nurse in different nursing specialties.
(832) 688-4769 View (832) 688-4769
Photo of Angela Elizabeth Partida, Psychiatrist in 77019, TX
Angela Elizabeth Partida
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77019
Waitlist for new clients
My goal is to work collaboratively with patients. After an initial consultation I will make a recommendation for treatment. Your treatment plan may include medications and/or psychotherapy. Based on your history I may also recommend pharmacogenomic testing to help guide the process of selecting the most appropriate medication for you. Please note that I am not contracted with any health insurance plan. Any services provided by me will be considered out of network. I have also opted out of Medicare and Medicare will not reimburse you if you choose to see a provider that has opted out.
My goal is to work collaboratively with patients. After an initial consultation I will make a recommendation for treatment. Your treatment plan may include medications and/or psychotherapy. Based on your history I may also recommend pharmacogenomic testing to help guide the process of selecting the most appropriate medication for you. Please note that I am not contracted with any health insurance plan. Any services provided by me will be considered out of network. I have also opted out of Medicare and Medicare will not reimburse you if you choose to see a provider that has opted out.
(281) 767-8624 View (281) 767-8624
Photo of Belle Meade Addiction Medicine & Psychiatry, PLLC, Psychiatrist in 77019, TX
Belle Meade Addiction Medicine & Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77019
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS - We help patients establish a professional relationship with a dedicated physician who knows their medical history and medication regimen. This provides the patient with continuity of care and on-demand access to a doctor through telemedicine or in-person appointments. We manage a wide spectrum of illnesses, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, OCD, ADHD and insomnia. Patients with these conditions have the best chance of improvement when they have regular appointments with the same physician who works with the patient in a professional setting.
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS - We help patients establish a professional relationship with a dedicated physician who knows their medical history and medication regimen. This provides the patient with continuity of care and on-demand access to a doctor through telemedicine or in-person appointments. We manage a wide spectrum of illnesses, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, OCD, ADHD and insomnia. Patients with these conditions have the best chance of improvement when they have regular appointments with the same physician who works with the patient in a professional setting.
(615) 576-8371 View (615) 576-8371

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 77019

20+

Average cost per session

$325

Psychiatrists in 77019 who prioritize treating:

96% Depression
96% Anxiety
83% Trauma and PTSD
78% Bipolar Disorder
78% Sleep or Insomnia
78% Medication Management
70% ADHD

Average years in practice

15 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
83% Aetna
75% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in 77019 see their clients

79% In Person and Online
21% Online Only

Gender breakdown

63% Male
37% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 77019?

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.