Psychiatrists in 77024

Zishan Samiuddin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77024
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
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Nicholas Bryant
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77024
Dr. Bryant is a psychiatrist committed to providing quality mental health care for adults and children of all ages. Believing that mental health is the foundation for a happy and meaningful life, Dr. Bryant takes the time with each patient to understand his or her unique situation in order to customize an effective treatment plan. Always with a smile and caring attitude, he looks forward to welcoming your family.
Dr. Bryant is a psychiatrist committed to providing quality mental health care for adults and children of all ages. Believing that mental health is the foundation for a happy and meaningful life, Dr. Bryant takes the time with each patient to understand his or her unique situation in order to customize an effective treatment plan. Always with a smile and caring attitude, he looks forward to welcoming your family.
(832) 648-2573 View (832) 648-2573
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Patrick Thomas Jr
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77024
Sometimes life breaks you down, either in a hurry, or over time. I work to help you heal those breaks. Using evidence-based psychotherapeutic techniques, I can provide you tools to address the pressing issues; then, if you so choose, we can explore the causes of long standing concerns in your life. As a board certified psychiatrist, I also have expertise in psychopharmacology. Additionally, I recognize that each patient's situation may be complicated by various factors; to optimize well-being and quality of life, I will collaborate with you on a treatment plan that addresses all aspects of concern.
Sometimes life breaks you down, either in a hurry, or over time. I work to help you heal those breaks. Using evidence-based psychotherapeutic techniques, I can provide you tools to address the pressing issues; then, if you so choose, we can explore the causes of long standing concerns in your life. As a board certified psychiatrist, I also have expertise in psychopharmacology. Additionally, I recognize that each patient's situation may be complicated by various factors; to optimize well-being and quality of life, I will collaborate with you on a treatment plan that addresses all aspects of concern.
(832) 558-5525 View (832) 558-5525
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Maher Chehab
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77024
Hello, my name is Maher Chehab and offer immediate face to face and tele visits. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with education and training in treating clients with mental health conditions across the lifespan.
Hello, my name is Maher Chehab and offer immediate face to face and tele visits. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with education and training in treating clients with mental health conditions across the lifespan.
(832) 345-3830 View (832) 345-3830
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AuraMD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77024
Dr. Toutounchi has extensive training in medication management, working collaboratively with you to achieve your a sense of stability and optimal outcomes. Dr. T received her undergraduate University of North Texas, graduating with highest honors, summa cum laude. She obtained her medical degree and completed residency at the University of Texas Medical Texas at Houston and served as chief resident. She was voted by patients for "On time Doctor Award," "Patient's Choice Award" and Compassionate Doctor Recognition. She has been recognized and honored in both 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 as Top Doctors in H Texas Magazine."
Dr. Toutounchi has extensive training in medication management, working collaboratively with you to achieve your a sense of stability and optimal outcomes. Dr. T received her undergraduate University of North Texas, graduating with highest honors, summa cum laude. She obtained her medical degree and completed residency at the University of Texas Medical Texas at Houston and served as chief resident. She was voted by patients for "On time Doctor Award," "Patient's Choice Award" and Compassionate Doctor Recognition. She has been recognized and honored in both 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 as Top Doctors in H Texas Magazine."
(832) 956-0419 View (832) 956-0419
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George Attobrah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77024  (Online Only)
I offer quality, affordable mental health care with immediate in-person appointments available in Houston and online appointments throughout Texas. After a detailed assessment and diagnostic evaluation, I will provide you with a customized treatment plan that may include psychotropic medication management and psychotherapy services. If you suffer from depression, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, and other mental disorders, I would be happy to help.
I offer quality, affordable mental health care with immediate in-person appointments available in Houston and online appointments throughout Texas. After a detailed assessment and diagnostic evaluation, I will provide you with a customized treatment plan that may include psychotropic medication management and psychotherapy services. If you suffer from depression, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, and other mental disorders, I would be happy to help.
(832) 648-4087 View (832) 648-4087
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Bejoy John
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77024
Dr Bejoy John MD is a board certified psychiatrist with over 12 years of clinical experience in treating depression, anxiety, bipolar , schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders .Dr John primarily treats adults . Dr John graduated from BLDEA Patil Medical College from India .He did his psychiatry residency from Metro Health Medical Center in Cleveland , Ohio and completed a year of fellowship at the University of Arizona, Tuscon. In his free time Dr John enjoys spending time with his family, friends and traveling.
Dr Bejoy John MD is a board certified psychiatrist with over 12 years of clinical experience in treating depression, anxiety, bipolar , schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders .Dr John primarily treats adults . Dr John graduated from BLDEA Patil Medical College from India .He did his psychiatry residency from Metro Health Medical Center in Cleveland , Ohio and completed a year of fellowship at the University of Arizona, Tuscon. In his free time Dr John enjoys spending time with his family, friends and traveling.
(346) 423-3801 View (346) 423-3801
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Linzi Leighton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77024
Linzi Leighton is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who has been practicing since 2012. She graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2005 and earned her Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University in 2012. Linzi believes in using a collaborate approach that is patient-centered and individualized. She provides support, guidance, and education to address individual needs and enhance emotional well-being.
Linzi Leighton is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who has been practicing since 2012. She graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2005 and earned her Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University in 2012. Linzi believes in using a collaborate approach that is patient-centered and individualized. She provides support, guidance, and education to address individual needs and enhance emotional well-being.
(832) 688-6614 View (832) 688-6614
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Harry Siegele
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77024  (Online Only)
Dr. Siegele will meet with you for a one-hour initial consultation to gather a comprehensive psychiatric, medical and social assessment. He will then work with you to determine a preliminary treatment plan using evidence-based treatment, encompassing both medications and therapy. Some patients may require a longer period of assessment as Dr. Siegele reviews previous treatment records, collaborates with family members or visits with you to gather more of your history. Dr. Siegele strongly believes in a collaborative doctor-patient alliance and he will work with you to find the best treatment plan for your specialized needs.
Dr. Siegele will meet with you for a one-hour initial consultation to gather a comprehensive psychiatric, medical and social assessment. He will then work with you to determine a preliminary treatment plan using evidence-based treatment, encompassing both medications and therapy. Some patients may require a longer period of assessment as Dr. Siegele reviews previous treatment records, collaborates with family members or visits with you to gather more of your history. Dr. Siegele strongly believes in a collaborative doctor-patient alliance and he will work with you to find the best treatment plan for your specialized needs.
(281) 377-0535 View (281) 377-0535
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Ronald Garb
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77024
Dr Garb was born and educated in Johannesburg, South Africa. He received his medical and psychiatric training in South Africa and the U.K. He is board.certified in 3 countries, including by the American Board of Psychiatry in 1990. His career has included academic honors and professorial experience, as well as clinical leadership across a broad spectrum of psychiatric services in Johannesburg and Tel Aviv, before being recruited to Houston in 1991. Throughout, Dr Garb has also maintained a well recognized and highly respected private practice wherever he has gone, including his current outpatient practice in Houston.
Dr Garb was born and educated in Johannesburg, South Africa. He received his medical and psychiatric training in South Africa and the U.K. He is board.certified in 3 countries, including by the American Board of Psychiatry in 1990. His career has included academic honors and professorial experience, as well as clinical leadership across a broad spectrum of psychiatric services in Johannesburg and Tel Aviv, before being recruited to Houston in 1991. Throughout, Dr Garb has also maintained a well recognized and highly respected private practice wherever he has gone, including his current outpatient practice in Houston.
(281) 779-8566 View (281) 779-8566
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Donna Louella Edwards
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMH-NP
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77024
I am board certified as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, and have had a licensed nurse since 1978. I have worked in Emergency Triage of Psychiatric Problems, and worked on many inpatient Psychiatric Units. For the last 15 years I have been a Nurse Practitioner and have been helping people with Emotional and Mental Problems live successful and productive lives. A combination of medication and psychotherapy help people get better. I have worked in collaboration with Dr. Boris Rubashkin since 2004.
I am board certified as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, and have had a licensed nurse since 1978. I have worked in Emergency Triage of Psychiatric Problems, and worked on many inpatient Psychiatric Units. For the last 15 years I have been a Nurse Practitioner and have been helping people with Emotional and Mental Problems live successful and productive lives. A combination of medication and psychotherapy help people get better. I have worked in collaboration with Dr. Boris Rubashkin since 2004.
(281) 369-9136 View (281) 369-9136
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Michelle Petmi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77024
I understand that the individual is the expert of his or her own life, and try to foster an environment where one can develop skills to manage difficulties and gain insight into unique personal challenges. I am trained in the use of both medication management and brief psychotherapy to help individuals reach their desired goals. I have experience in treating a range of Psychiatric conditions including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, personality disorders, trauma related disorders and schizophrenia spectrum disorders.
I understand that the individual is the expert of his or her own life, and try to foster an environment where one can develop skills to manage difficulties and gain insight into unique personal challenges. I am trained in the use of both medication management and brief psychotherapy to help individuals reach their desired goals. I have experience in treating a range of Psychiatric conditions including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, personality disorders, trauma related disorders and schizophrenia spectrum disorders.
(832) 430-7822 View (832) 430-7822
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Kaeside Unachukwu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, APRN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77024  (Online Only)
Struggling with medication refills or feeling unheard in addressing your psychiatric concerns? Many new clients face these common challenges. My approach centers on a holistic perspective, moving beyond mere psychopharmacology. Through attentive listening, we collaboratively develop tailored treatment plans, whether involving medication or alternative approaches. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, my commitment to empathy and community is evident through extensive work and volunteering in various settings, including community outreach, research centers, and outpatient clinics. Embark on the path to a better you.
Struggling with medication refills or feeling unheard in addressing your psychiatric concerns? Many new clients face these common challenges. My approach centers on a holistic perspective, moving beyond mere psychopharmacology. Through attentive listening, we collaboratively develop tailored treatment plans, whether involving medication or alternative approaches. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, my commitment to empathy and community is evident through extensive work and volunteering in various settings, including community outreach, research centers, and outpatient clinics. Embark on the path to a better you.
(346) 375-5829 View (346) 375-5829
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Memorial TMS
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77024
Boris Rubashkin was born and educated in St. Petersburg, Russia. He graduated 1969 and took his psychiatric residency in 1973. He immigrated to the United States in 1974 and spent five years working in a mental health field in Minnesota. With his desire to escape from the cold weather, he moved to a warmer climate of Houston, Texas. From 1979 - 1983, he worked at University of Texas Health Science Psychiatric Residency. In 1983, he went into private practice. In 1997, he also became a consulting psychiatrist to Long Term Care Facilities. Additionally, he cofounded Behavioral Health Consultants, a multi-specialty outpatient psychiatric office.
Boris Rubashkin was born and educated in St. Petersburg, Russia. He graduated 1969 and took his psychiatric residency in 1973. He immigrated to the United States in 1974 and spent five years working in a mental health field in Minnesota. With his desire to escape from the cold weather, he moved to a warmer climate of Houston, Texas. From 1979 - 1983, he worked at University of Texas Health Science Psychiatric Residency. In 1983, he went into private practice. In 1997, he also became a consulting psychiatrist to Long Term Care Facilities. Additionally, he cofounded Behavioral Health Consultants, a multi-specialty outpatient psychiatric office.
(281) 709-6958 View (281) 709-6958
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Uzochukwu Emukah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77024  (Online Only)
Greetings! I am Uzochukwu (Kachi) Emukah, a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Next Level Psychiatry, deeply committed to delivering exceptional and patient-centered care. My practice philosophy revolves around collaboration, aiming to empower clients to achieve their goals through the harmonious integration of pharmacological management and psychotherapy recommendations. While I recognize the importance of medication, I emphasize that it is just one facet of our comprehensive approach.
Greetings! I am Uzochukwu (Kachi) Emukah, a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Next Level Psychiatry, deeply committed to delivering exceptional and patient-centered care. My practice philosophy revolves around collaboration, aiming to empower clients to achieve their goals through the harmonious integration of pharmacological management and psychotherapy recommendations. While I recognize the importance of medication, I emphasize that it is just one facet of our comprehensive approach.
(832) 539-8496 View (832) 539-8496
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Chizelle Onochie
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77024
Dr. Chizelle Onochie is a Psychiatrist in Texas who has been practicing since 2019. She graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed her psychiatry residency at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Onochie provides medication management for adult patients with depression, anxiety, psychosis, and PTSD/trauma. Outside of work, Dr. Onochie enjoys traveling, writing poetry, and volunteering.
Dr. Chizelle Onochie is a Psychiatrist in Texas who has been practicing since 2019. She graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed her psychiatry residency at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Onochie provides medication management for adult patients with depression, anxiety, psychosis, and PTSD/trauma. Outside of work, Dr. Onochie enjoys traveling, writing poetry, and volunteering.
(346) 788-1407 View (346) 788-1407
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Arianne Suarez Lago
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77024  (Online Only)
Hello, I'm a board-certified psychiatrist with a focus on serving the mental health needs of children, adolescents, and adults. While much of my current practice is within a partial psychiatric hospital setting, I also maintain a limited private psychiatric practice to cater to a diverse range of patients outside of my typical clinical environment. This allows me to offer a high level of responsiveness and flexibility to those seeking private care.
Hello, I'm a board-certified psychiatrist with a focus on serving the mental health needs of children, adolescents, and adults. While much of my current practice is within a partial psychiatric hospital setting, I also maintain a limited private psychiatric practice to cater to a diverse range of patients outside of my typical clinical environment. This allows me to offer a high level of responsiveness and flexibility to those seeking private care.
(346) 258-8576 View (346) 258-8576
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Brandi Starks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, CLC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77024
Are you a woman that typically has it all together, but recently you feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders. The joys of life have been wiped out by anxiety and depression. Maybe you are a mother who is struggling to manage your new normal and you feel disconnected from your baby and family? Possibly you have trauma surrounding your birth experience. Perhaps you’re a father who can’t seem to control your mood swings, and you’ve found yourself constantly on “edge”. Maybe a parent struggling and seeking help for a child that has ADHD and behavioral issues.
Are you a woman that typically has it all together, but recently you feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders. The joys of life have been wiped out by anxiety and depression. Maybe you are a mother who is struggling to manage your new normal and you feel disconnected from your baby and family? Possibly you have trauma surrounding your birth experience. Perhaps you’re a father who can’t seem to control your mood swings, and you’ve found yourself constantly on “edge”. Maybe a parent struggling and seeking help for a child that has ADHD and behavioral issues.
(346) 584-3299 View (346) 584-3299
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Odiri Akushe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77024
Hello, my name is Odiri Akushe, I am a Nurse Practitioner who utilizes a holistic and empathic approach toward my clients, you will be helping people who are struggling with various mental health issues providing them with the assistance they need to live better lives. The support and service you offer can often be life-changing and give people the comfort and hope they need to overcome their challenges.
Hello, my name is Odiri Akushe, I am a Nurse Practitioner who utilizes a holistic and empathic approach toward my clients, you will be helping people who are struggling with various mental health issues providing them with the assistance they need to live better lives. The support and service you offer can often be life-changing and give people the comfort and hope they need to overcome their challenges.
(346) 707-3120 View (346) 707-3120
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Cassidy Gillaspie
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77024
I have been blessed to practice psychiatry for the past 11 years. It is an honor to walk the journey of life with my patients, helping them work towards their goals free of burden. I have developed a pharmacologically conservative practice that is founded on listening and developing patient relationships, in the convenience of an accessible West Houston location. With a diverse practice background and the knowledge from being triple boarded in Adult Psychiatry, Child Psychiatry, and Addiction Medicine; I am able to offer experience in treating a wide array of mental illness.
I have been blessed to practice psychiatry for the past 11 years. It is an honor to walk the journey of life with my patients, helping them work towards their goals free of burden. I have developed a pharmacologically conservative practice that is founded on listening and developing patient relationships, in the convenience of an accessible West Houston location. With a diverse practice background and the knowledge from being triple boarded in Adult Psychiatry, Child Psychiatry, and Addiction Medicine; I am able to offer experience in treating a wide array of mental illness.
(281) 503-7386 View (281) 503-7386

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 77024

40+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in 77024 who prioritize treating:

98% Anxiety
95% Depression
77% Bipolar Disorder
77% Medication Management
73% ADHD
73% Trauma and PTSD
68% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

97% Cigna and Evernorth
85% BlueCross and BlueShield
79% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 77024 see their clients

69% In Person and Online
31% Online Only

Gender breakdown

73% Female
27% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 77024?

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.