Psychiatrists in 77057

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Andrea Ancer Leal
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77057
Andrea Ancer Leal, DNP, PMHNP-BC, LMSW is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner at Rappore. Dr. Ancer Leal has worked in mental health for 9 years in various roles and settings. She combines her social work psychotherapeutic training with nursing practice to address mental health needs holistically. She believes mental wellness and resilience are vital components to living a fulfilling and authentic life and it takes empathy, active listening, and human connection to help others address their mental health needs.
Andrea Ancer Leal, DNP, PMHNP-BC, LMSW is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner at Rappore. Dr. Ancer Leal has worked in mental health for 9 years in various roles and settings. She combines her social work psychotherapeutic training with nursing practice to address mental health needs holistically. She believes mental wellness and resilience are vital components to living a fulfilling and authentic life and it takes empathy, active listening, and human connection to help others address their mental health needs.
(332) 239-5520 View (332) 239-5520
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Thoughtful Mind Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77057  (Online Only)
I am a Dual-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatry and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over ten years of extensive nursing experience. My philosophy is “people don't care how much you know until they know how much you care” (Theodore Roosevelt). I'm passionate about delivering compassionate care to patients dealing with major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, and bipolar disorders. I understand that different experiences through a patient's life journey can contribute to mental health issues. As such, I obtain detailed psychiatric history and work with patients to create a customized treatment plan.
I am a Dual-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatry and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over ten years of extensive nursing experience. My philosophy is “people don't care how much you know until they know how much you care” (Theodore Roosevelt). I'm passionate about delivering compassionate care to patients dealing with major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, and bipolar disorders. I understand that different experiences through a patient's life journey can contribute to mental health issues. As such, I obtain detailed psychiatric history and work with patients to create a customized treatment plan.
(832) 572-5136 View (832) 572-5136
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Thoughtful Mind Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77057  (Online Only)
I am a Dual-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatry and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over ten years of extensive nursing experience. My philosophy is “people don't care how much you know until they know how much you care” (Theodore Roosevelt). I'm passionate about delivering compassionate care to patients dealing with major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, and bipolar disorders. I understand that different experiences through a patient's life journey can contribute to mental health issues. As such, I obtain detailed psychiatric history and work with patients to create a customized treatment plan.
I am a Dual-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatry and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over ten years of extensive nursing experience. My philosophy is “people don't care how much you know until they know how much you care” (Theodore Roosevelt). I'm passionate about delivering compassionate care to patients dealing with major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, and bipolar disorders. I understand that different experiences through a patient's life journey can contribute to mental health issues. As such, I obtain detailed psychiatric history and work with patients to create a customized treatment plan.
(281) 667-0541 View (281) 667-0541
Irene Okoronkwo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77057
I pride my practice on the importance of actively listening to all my clients. Physical, mental
I pride my practice on the importance of actively listening to all my clients. Physical, mental
(346) 591-8819 View (346) 591-8819
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Delphine Fru
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77057  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients all over Texas! With over 14 years of experience in healthcare, Delphine is an open-minded and solution-oriented Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is committed to providing personalized and compassionate care. I am committed to working collaboratively with my patients to identify practical and effective strategies for their unique needs. My holistic approach is geared towards instilling a sense of hope and optimism as we work to bridge the gap between mental well-being and overall health. I ensure that every client leave their appointment feeling that their concern was heard and addressed.
Accepting New Patients all over Texas! With over 14 years of experience in healthcare, Delphine is an open-minded and solution-oriented Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is committed to providing personalized and compassionate care. I am committed to working collaboratively with my patients to identify practical and effective strategies for their unique needs. My holistic approach is geared towards instilling a sense of hope and optimism as we work to bridge the gap between mental well-being and overall health. I ensure that every client leave their appointment feeling that their concern was heard and addressed.
(281) 962-7827 View (281) 962-7827
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Alina Naik
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77057  (Online Only)
Alina Naik, MSN, PMHNP-BC is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner at Rappore, a therapy services and medication management practice based in Manhattan, New York. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Honors from the University of Texas at Austin, along with a certificate in Public Health. She then received her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She has worked in a variety of health settings, including acute care, psychiatry and neurology.
Alina Naik, MSN, PMHNP-BC is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner at Rappore, a therapy services and medication management practice based in Manhattan, New York. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Honors from the University of Texas at Austin, along with a certificate in Public Health. She then received her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She has worked in a variety of health settings, including acute care, psychiatry and neurology.
(332) 248-0613 View (332) 248-0613
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Sheila Morgan-Freeman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77057  (Online Only)
Trish is a board-certified PMHNP who obtained her BSN from the University of Texas at Arlington and her MSN from Eastern Kentucky University. She has over 27 years in healthcare including working as a psychiatric registered nurse, where she became passionate about caring for those dealing with mental health issues. Supporting, advocating for, encouraging, and motivating her patients is imperative to her when providing care. She strives to provide exceptional care to her patients.
Trish is a board-certified PMHNP who obtained her BSN from the University of Texas at Arlington and her MSN from Eastern Kentucky University. She has over 27 years in healthcare including working as a psychiatric registered nurse, where she became passionate about caring for those dealing with mental health issues. Supporting, advocating for, encouraging, and motivating her patients is imperative to her when providing care. She strives to provide exceptional care to her patients.
(281) 500-9937 View (281) 500-9937
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Heidi Warmbold
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77057  (Online Only)
I am dual certified as a PMHNP and FNP (family nurse practitioner) and have been working in health care for over 20 years with over 15 years as an advanced practice nurse. I have worked in a variety of settings to include acute and outpatient care with all ages as well as with veteran and active duty military service members. I have had exposure and experience working with all ranges of mental health disorders at all stages of severity. I enjoy working with a diverse patient population and am passionate about helping people achieve their personal health goals; both physical and mental.
I am dual certified as a PMHNP and FNP (family nurse practitioner) and have been working in health care for over 20 years with over 15 years as an advanced practice nurse. I have worked in a variety of settings to include acute and outpatient care with all ages as well as with veteran and active duty military service members. I have had exposure and experience working with all ranges of mental health disorders at all stages of severity. I enjoy working with a diverse patient population and am passionate about helping people achieve their personal health goals; both physical and mental.
(346) 644-6584 View (346) 644-6584
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Thoughtful Mind Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BSN, RN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77057  (Online Only)
I am a Dual-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatry and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over ten years of extensive nursing experience. My philosophy is “people don't care how much you know until they know how much you care” (Theodore Roosevelt). I'm passionate about delivering compassionate care to patients dealing with major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, and bipolar disorders. I understand that different experiences through a patient's life journey can contribute to mental health issues. As such, I obtain detailed psychiatric history and work with patients to create a customized treatment plan.
I am a Dual-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatry and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over ten years of extensive nursing experience. My philosophy is “people don't care how much you know until they know how much you care” (Theodore Roosevelt). I'm passionate about delivering compassionate care to patients dealing with major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, and bipolar disorders. I understand that different experiences through a patient's life journey can contribute to mental health issues. As such, I obtain detailed psychiatric history and work with patients to create a customized treatment plan.
(832) 572-5136 View (832) 572-5136
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Thoughtful Mind Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77057  (Online Only)
I am a Dual-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatry and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over ten years of extensive nursing experience. My philosophy is “people don't care how much you know until they know how much you care” (Theodore Roosevelt). I'm passionate about delivering compassionate care to patients dealing with major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, and bipolar disorders. I understand that different experiences through a patient's life journey can contribute to mental health issues. As such, I obtain detailed psychiatric history and work with patients to create a customized treatment plan.
I am a Dual-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatry and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over ten years of extensive nursing experience. My philosophy is “people don't care how much you know until they know how much you care” (Theodore Roosevelt). I'm passionate about delivering compassionate care to patients dealing with major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, and bipolar disorders. I understand that different experiences through a patient's life journey can contribute to mental health issues. As such, I obtain detailed psychiatric history and work with patients to create a customized treatment plan.
(281) 519-2513 View (281) 519-2513
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Solange Adams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77057  (Online Only)
Solange is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner based in Texas. With over a decade of experience as a registered nurse, she has worked in various clinical settings from surgery to home health. For the past three years, Solange served as a Family Nurse Practitioner focused on pain management. Through this work, she recognized the interconnectedness of comorbid conditions and mental health. This inspired her to pursue post-master’s training as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner through the University of Texas Rio Grande.
Solange is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner based in Texas. With over a decade of experience as a registered nurse, she has worked in various clinical settings from surgery to home health. For the past three years, Solange served as a Family Nurse Practitioner focused on pain management. Through this work, she recognized the interconnectedness of comorbid conditions and mental health. This inspired her to pursue post-master’s training as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner through the University of Texas Rio Grande.
(281) 729-0116 View (281) 729-0116
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Kenyua Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77057
Ken Johnson is a board Certified Psychiatric and Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner. He provides psychiatric services for children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. He believes in carefully choosing treatment to improve the long-term health of the mind and body. He is an expert on natural and lifestyle techniques that improve overall health. Health Starts in the mind.
Ken Johnson is a board Certified Psychiatric and Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner. He provides psychiatric services for children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. He believes in carefully choosing treatment to improve the long-term health of the mind and body. He is an expert on natural and lifestyle techniques that improve overall health. Health Starts in the mind.
(346) 988-2423 View (346) 988-2423
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Teresia Gitau
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77057  (Online Only)
Teresia is a board-certified psychiatric mental health practitioner. She obtained her Master of Science degree in Nursing at the University of Texas at Arlington and her Nursing degree at Bethel University Mishawaka. She has over 15 years of experience in the HealthCare Industry in various capacities and a diverse patient population. Teresia has experience working with patients with psychiatric disorders. She is committed to increasing access to treatment for mental health services with the understanding that one’s struggle with mental health ultimately affects the community.
Teresia is a board-certified psychiatric mental health practitioner. She obtained her Master of Science degree in Nursing at the University of Texas at Arlington and her Nursing degree at Bethel University Mishawaka. She has over 15 years of experience in the HealthCare Industry in various capacities and a diverse patient population. Teresia has experience working with patients with psychiatric disorders. She is committed to increasing access to treatment for mental health services with the understanding that one’s struggle with mental health ultimately affects the community.
(630) 592-4004 View (630) 592-4004
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Mary Beck
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77057  (Online Only)
As a PMHNP I have worked in outpatient, PHP, IOP, inpatient and residential settings across four states and have worked with patients ages 4 to 90 from all walks of life. I have experience treating a variety of mental health disorders including but not limited to depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and substance use disorders through medication management and supportive therapy techniques.
As a PMHNP I have worked in outpatient, PHP, IOP, inpatient and residential settings across four states and have worked with patients ages 4 to 90 from all walks of life. I have experience treating a variety of mental health disorders including but not limited to depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and substance use disorders through medication management and supportive therapy techniques.
(704) 486-9398 View (704) 486-9398
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Amy Langston
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77057  (Online Only)
Before transitioning into advanced practice, Amy was a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse, that had the privilege of working at several prestigious psychiatric hospitals in a variety of settings. In both her academic and professional life, she strives to deliver comprehensive evidence-based mental health and wellness services. As a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, she aims to provide holistic care, taking into consideration the psychological, social, biological, and cultural needs of each individual patient.
Before transitioning into advanced practice, Amy was a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse, that had the privilege of working at several prestigious psychiatric hospitals in a variety of settings. In both her academic and professional life, she strives to deliver comprehensive evidence-based mental health and wellness services. As a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, she aims to provide holistic care, taking into consideration the psychological, social, biological, and cultural needs of each individual patient.
(704) 610-0188 View (704) 610-0188
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Effulgence Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77057
My name is Ifeoma Irokwe, a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Effulgence Psychiatry. With a deep-rooted belief in the interconnectedness of spirit, body, and soul, I strive to be a guiding light for those navigating the complex journey of mental health. I approach mental wellness from a holistic perspective, recognizing that true healing occurs when all aspects of our being are in harmony. I believe that when the spirit, body, and soul are aligned, individuals can experience a profound sense of peace and fulfillment.
My name is Ifeoma Irokwe, a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Effulgence Psychiatry. With a deep-rooted belief in the interconnectedness of spirit, body, and soul, I strive to be a guiding light for those navigating the complex journey of mental health. I approach mental wellness from a holistic perspective, recognizing that true healing occurs when all aspects of our being are in harmony. I believe that when the spirit, body, and soul are aligned, individuals can experience a profound sense of peace and fulfillment.
(903) 437-7434 View (903) 437-7434
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Jeffrey Cantrell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77057  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner earning my undergraduate and advanced degrees at the University of Texas at Arlington. As an Army veteran, I bring a unique perspective to understanding the diverse challenges individuals may face. I specialize in providing compassionate and inclusive care for individuals navigating mental health challenges. My practice is rooted in a client-centered approach, recognizing the unique journey each person undertakes. I am proud to be LGBTQ+ affirming and embrace the diversity of our community.
I am a Board Certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner earning my undergraduate and advanced degrees at the University of Texas at Arlington. As an Army veteran, I bring a unique perspective to understanding the diverse challenges individuals may face. I specialize in providing compassionate and inclusive care for individuals navigating mental health challenges. My practice is rooted in a client-centered approach, recognizing the unique journey each person undertakes. I am proud to be LGBTQ+ affirming and embrace the diversity of our community.
(623) 263-4908 View (623) 263-4908
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The Renewed Mind Behavioral Health and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77057
My name Olaide Akinyinka, PMHNP. I am a board-certified, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner treating patients across the lifespan. I have worked in the behavioral/medical/mental health field for over 8 years, and am here to help guide you in your healing journey! I treat teens, young adult and elderly population with a focus of ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Schizophrenia and Bipolar disorder. I believe in a collaborative approach. I specialize in medication management. I am dedicated to helping clients optimize their mental health by developing a collaborative partnership with clients and tailoring treatment to meet specific needs.
My name Olaide Akinyinka, PMHNP. I am a board-certified, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner treating patients across the lifespan. I have worked in the behavioral/medical/mental health field for over 8 years, and am here to help guide you in your healing journey! I treat teens, young adult and elderly population with a focus of ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Schizophrenia and Bipolar disorder. I believe in a collaborative approach. I specialize in medication management. I am dedicated to helping clients optimize their mental health by developing a collaborative partnership with clients and tailoring treatment to meet specific needs.
(346) 375-7371 View (346) 375-7371
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Odiri Akushe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77057
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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Fresh Start Psychiatry and Recovery
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC, CARN-AP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77057  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Are you ready for a fresh start? Are you tired of living life chained to a mental health and/or a substance problem? If you want to heal your anxiety, PTSD, insomnia, mood problems (Depression, Bipolar, Mixed moods)-we can together! If you want to break the chains of binging and addiction to alcohol, cannabis, opioids, kratom, benzodiazepine, stimulants, with or without a psychiatric condition- we will do great work as you journey from surviving- to thriving! As of summer 2024, wait time is approximately 2-4 weeks.
Are you ready for a fresh start? Are you tired of living life chained to a mental health and/or a substance problem? If you want to heal your anxiety, PTSD, insomnia, mood problems (Depression, Bipolar, Mixed moods)-we can together! If you want to break the chains of binging and addiction to alcohol, cannabis, opioids, kratom, benzodiazepine, stimulants, with or without a psychiatric condition- we will do great work as you journey from surviving- to thriving! As of summer 2024, wait time is approximately 2-4 weeks.
(903) 600-9210 View (903) 600-9210

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 77057

20+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in 77057 who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Bipolar Disorder
95% ADHD
95% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
85% Trauma and PTSD
85% Medication Management

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

90% BlueCross and BlueShield
85% Aetna
85% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 77057 see their clients

70% Online Only
30% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

91% Female
9% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 77057?

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.