Psychiatrists in 77433

Photo of Dr. Funmilola Sijuade, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 77433, TX
Dr. Funmilola Sijuade
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cypress, TX 77433
I am a doctorally prepared, multi-state-licensed, and board-certified family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and I have been working in the mental health field for over a decade. I received my doctorate, master’s, and bachelors from Chamberlain University and post-master’s certificate from the University of Cincinnati. For the past 10 years, I have worked in several settings including inpatient and outpatient, correctional, community, and academic settings. Expertise includes Psychiatric evaluation, diagnosis, medication management, and supportive psychotherapy.
I am a doctorally prepared, multi-state-licensed, and board-certified family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and I have been working in the mental health field for over a decade. I received my doctorate, master’s, and bachelors from Chamberlain University and post-master’s certificate from the University of Cincinnati. For the past 10 years, I have worked in several settings including inpatient and outpatient, correctional, community, and academic settings. Expertise includes Psychiatric evaluation, diagnosis, medication management, and supportive psychotherapy.
(512) 269-0396 View (512) 269-0396
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MindHaven Behavioral Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
Cypress, TX 77433  (Online Only)
Do you often encounter emotions of being misunderstood and not having enough support? Do you desire to establish a connection with someone who is receptive and impartial? Let me introduce you to Chinwe, the founder and owner of MindHaven Behavioral Health Services. With more than 16 years of expertise in the mental health domain, Chinwe prioritizes patient-centered care and crafting personalized interpersonal treatment strategies, guaranteeing meticulous attention to your mental health needs. Please visit Mindhavenbehavioralhealthservices.com.
Do you often encounter emotions of being misunderstood and not having enough support? Do you desire to establish a connection with someone who is receptive and impartial? Let me introduce you to Chinwe, the founder and owner of MindHaven Behavioral Health Services. With more than 16 years of expertise in the mental health domain, Chinwe prioritizes patient-centered care and crafting personalized interpersonal treatment strategies, guaranteeing meticulous attention to your mental health needs. Please visit Mindhavenbehavioralhealthservices.com.
(281) 984-6780 View (281) 984-6780
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Ngozi Okocha
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cypress, TX 77433  (Online Only)
Every client's presenting issue is different, therefore, it is important for me as a Psychiatric Mental Health Provider to provide a solution-oriented, inclusive, evidence based as well as holistic approach in their treatment. Clients expect to walk away being prescribed up to date psychiatric medications. Education will be provided patients, families and their caregivers arming them with tools necessary to achieve and maintain optimal mental health status. Follow up care is also a tool I use by which medication compliance is checked to help them achieve both short-term and long-term goals related to their care.
Every client's presenting issue is different, therefore, it is important for me as a Psychiatric Mental Health Provider to provide a solution-oriented, inclusive, evidence based as well as holistic approach in their treatment. Clients expect to walk away being prescribed up to date psychiatric medications. Education will be provided patients, families and their caregivers arming them with tools necessary to achieve and maintain optimal mental health status. Follow up care is also a tool I use by which medication compliance is checked to help them achieve both short-term and long-term goals related to their care.
(346) 660-2365 View (346) 660-2365
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Chineye Aghado
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cypress, TX 77433
Chineye combines the science of general nursing, psychiatry, and neurology to treat clients with a wide range of mental health disorders. She treats clients age 6 and older. Her special interest is in helping patients using a wholistic approach with emphasis on patient centered outcome to provide mental health care.
Chineye combines the science of general nursing, psychiatry, and neurology to treat clients with a wide range of mental health disorders. She treats clients age 6 and older. Her special interest is in helping patients using a wholistic approach with emphasis on patient centered outcome to provide mental health care.
(832) 346-6595 View (832) 346-6595
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Neuron Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cypress, TX 77433  (Online Only)
Embark on a journey to mental well-being with compassionate care. Dr. Bello, DNP, PMHNP-BC has worked in mental health since 2017, and she is committed to guiding you towards a brighter, balanced life. As a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, she has worked for the largest academic psychiatric hospital in the nation. She is passionate about providing holistic and patient center. Your mental health is your greatest wealth, and Dr. Bello's goal is to help you thrive. Let's navigate the path to healing together, where understanding meets expertise.
Embark on a journey to mental well-being with compassionate care. Dr. Bello, DNP, PMHNP-BC has worked in mental health since 2017, and she is committed to guiding you towards a brighter, balanced life. As a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, she has worked for the largest academic psychiatric hospital in the nation. She is passionate about providing holistic and patient center. Your mental health is your greatest wealth, and Dr. Bello's goal is to help you thrive. Let's navigate the path to healing together, where understanding meets expertise.
(281) 519-3622 View (281) 519-3622
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Dr Yahya Saeed - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cypress, TX 77433
Dr. Yahya Saeed is a long time Houstonian, having graduated from Stratford High School and from the University of Houston. He has also been a general psychiatry resident at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana, and then completed his addiction psychiatry fellowship at the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut. He is trilingual in English, Spanish, and Urdu/Hindi, and accepts patients who speak these languages. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Houston College of Medicine.
Dr. Yahya Saeed is a long time Houstonian, having graduated from Stratford High School and from the University of Houston. He has also been a general psychiatry resident at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana, and then completed his addiction psychiatry fellowship at the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut. He is trilingual in English, Spanish, and Urdu/Hindi, and accepts patients who speak these languages. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Houston College of Medicine.
(281) 317-6346 View (281) 317-6346
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Ebike Ale-Opinion
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Cypress, TX 77433  (Online Only)
Ebike is a certified Family and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has always been passionate about mental health care and worked as a psychiatric and mental health nurse with adults and children in inpatient psychiatry for several years. Ebike is passionate about providing mental health with compassion and respect
Ebike is a certified Family and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has always been passionate about mental health care and worked as a psychiatric and mental health nurse with adults and children in inpatient psychiatry for several years. Ebike is passionate about providing mental health with compassion and respect
(832) 789-3724 View (832) 789-3724
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Dr Lynda Parker - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cypress, TX 77433
Dr. Lynda Parker is a psychiatrist currently practicing at Anew Era TMS and Psychiatry of Austin in Austin, TX. She also offers virtual consultations.
Dr. Lynda Parker is a psychiatrist currently practicing at Anew Era TMS and Psychiatry of Austin in Austin, TX. She also offers virtual consultations.
(281) 677-3387 View (281) 677-3387
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Alicia Sandoval-Alexander
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C, FNP-C, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cypress, TX 77433
Evening and Weekend Appointments available! Mental health issues and mental illness affects everyone in some capacity, whether it is self or someone close to us. It is never too late to get the help needed. I am a board certified family nurse practitioner and a psychiatric nurse practitioner that takes a holistic approach in providing therapeutic treatment in a non-judgmental way. I will listen to your concerns and we will collaborate together to determine the best course of action.
Evening and Weekend Appointments available! Mental health issues and mental illness affects everyone in some capacity, whether it is self or someone close to us. It is never too late to get the help needed. I am a board certified family nurse practitioner and a psychiatric nurse practitioner that takes a holistic approach in providing therapeutic treatment in a non-judgmental way. I will listen to your concerns and we will collaborate together to determine the best course of action.
(832) 850-3110 View (832) 850-3110
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Dr Lynda Parker - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cypress, TX 77433
Dr. Lynda Parker is a psychiatrist currently practicing at Anew Era TMS and Psychiatry of Austin in Austin, TX. She also offers virtual consultations.
Dr. Lynda Parker is a psychiatrist currently practicing at Anew Era TMS and Psychiatry of Austin in Austin, TX. She also offers virtual consultations.
(832) 979-7049 View (832) 979-7049
Photo of Alina Naik - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry , Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 77433, TX
Alina Naik - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN , APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Cypress, TX 77433
Alina Naik, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, has worked in a variety of health settings, including acute care, psychiatry and neurology. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas at Austin, 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, specializing as a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Alina is passionate about equity and treats every client with empathy and understanding. Her approach to treatment utilizes culturally-competent, patient-centered care to promote optimal healing.
Alina Naik, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, has worked in a variety of health settings, including acute care, psychiatry and neurology. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas at Austin, 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, specializing as a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Alina is passionate about equity and treats every client with empathy and understanding. Her approach to treatment utilizes culturally-competent, patient-centered care to promote optimal healing.
(832) 536-6494 View (832) 536-6494
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Karel Winner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
11 Endorsed
Cypress, TX 77433  (Online Only)
My style is not about quick appointments and hurried prescriptions; instead, it’s about integrative, personalized care combining medication management with multiple therapies in a conversational manner. This approach allows you to comfortably dig deep, often without realizing how much progress you make with each session. It provides the added benefit of accessing my extensive medical knowledge developed over decades of patient care, reinforced by my unwavering commitment to understanding and nurturing every facet of your being. This transformative journey is not just enriching and empowering—it's a revelation of your potential.
My style is not about quick appointments and hurried prescriptions; instead, it’s about integrative, personalized care combining medication management with multiple therapies in a conversational manner. This approach allows you to comfortably dig deep, often without realizing how much progress you make with each session. It provides the added benefit of accessing my extensive medical knowledge developed over decades of patient care, reinforced by my unwavering commitment to understanding and nurturing every facet of your being. This transformative journey is not just enriching and empowering—it's a revelation of your potential.
(801) 701-2098 View (801) 701-2098
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Titi Oyawusi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cypress, TX 77433
Find Solace and Strength at Castle Healthcare Clinic – Your Sanctuary for Mental Wellnes. Are you feeling overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, or simply not yourself? Do you need someone to talk to, who can understand and guide you through these challenging times? Look no further. Our team believes in a holistic approach to address your struggles with insomnia, anxiety, addiction, inattention, low mood/energy, and stress. We are committed to helping you regain control of your life and achieve your mental health goals.
Find Solace and Strength at Castle Healthcare Clinic – Your Sanctuary for Mental Wellnes. Are you feeling overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, or simply not yourself? Do you need someone to talk to, who can understand and guide you through these challenging times? Look no further. Our team believes in a holistic approach to address your struggles with insomnia, anxiety, addiction, inattention, low mood/energy, and stress. We are committed to helping you regain control of your life and achieve your mental health goals.
(346) 553-9264 View (346) 553-9264
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Dr Randall McIntyre - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cypress, TX 77433
Dr. Randall McIntyre has been practicing Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry in the Austin area for over thirty years. He was raised in Midland, Texas. He holds a BA- biology from The University of Texas - Austin, and an MD from The University of Texas Medical School-Houston. He did his internship in Family Practice at Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. Subsequently, he completed residencies in General and Child Psychiatry at UTHSC-Houston. He is doubly Boarded in Child and Adult Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Dr. Randall McIntyre has been practicing Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry in the Austin area for over thirty years. He was raised in Midland, Texas. He holds a BA- biology from The University of Texas - Austin, and an MD from The University of Texas Medical School-Houston. He did his internship in Family Practice at Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. Subsequently, he completed residencies in General and Child Psychiatry at UTHSC-Houston. He is doubly Boarded in Child and Adult Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
(737) 204-5810 View (737) 204-5810
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Dr Yahya Saeed - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cypress, TX 77433
Dr. Yahya Saeed is a long time Houstonian, having graduated from Stratford High School and from the University of Houston. He has also been a general psychiatry resident at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana, and then completed his addiction psychiatry fellowship at the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut. He is trilingual in English, Spanish, and Urdu/Hindi, and accepts patients who speak these languages. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Houston College of Medicine.
Dr. Yahya Saeed is a long time Houstonian, having graduated from Stratford High School and from the University of Houston. He has also been a general psychiatry resident at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana, and then completed his addiction psychiatry fellowship at the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut. He is trilingual in English, Spanish, and Urdu/Hindi, and accepts patients who speak these languages. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Houston College of Medicine.
(346) 512-3713 View (346) 512-3713
Photo of Dr. Funmilola (Lola) Sijuade, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 77433, TX
Dr. Funmilola (Lola) Sijuade
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cypress, TX 77433
Asking for help can be challenging but rewarding with educated and tailored services to your healthcare needs. Dr. Lola utilizes a holistic, evidence-based, and patient-centered approach to the management and treatment of psychiatric disorders. Psychiatric evaluation and possible medication management are offered for the following diagnoses- - 1. Anxiety 2. ADHD 3. PTSD 4. Bipolar 4. Schizophrenia 5. Adjustment disorders 6. Schizoaffective Disorders 7. Sleep issues 8. Conduct/oppositional disorders
Asking for help can be challenging but rewarding with educated and tailored services to your healthcare needs. Dr. Lola utilizes a holistic, evidence-based, and patient-centered approach to the management and treatment of psychiatric disorders. Psychiatric evaluation and possible medication management are offered for the following diagnoses- - 1. Anxiety 2. ADHD 3. PTSD 4. Bipolar 4. Schizophrenia 5. Adjustment disorders 6. Schizoaffective Disorders 7. Sleep issues 8. Conduct/oppositional disorders
(713) 364-1389 View (713) 364-1389
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Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry - Katy
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Cypress, TX 77433
Not accepting new clients
If you are suffering from medication-resistant depression, anxiety, OCD, or PTSD, a combination of talk therapy and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) may be the answer for you. For many people, antidepressants do not fully relieve the symptoms or cause too many side effects, and it can become very difficult to go through multiple medications that do not seem to work. After failed medication attempts, you are eligible to be treated with TMS and therapy together. Call our Specialists to learn more about your options.
If you are suffering from medication-resistant depression, anxiety, OCD, or PTSD, a combination of talk therapy and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) may be the answer for you. For many people, antidepressants do not fully relieve the symptoms or cause too many side effects, and it can become very difficult to go through multiple medications that do not seem to work. After failed medication attempts, you are eligible to be treated with TMS and therapy together. Call our Specialists to learn more about your options.
(737) 204-5810 View (737) 204-5810
Photo of Your Family Psychiatrist, Psychiatrist in 77433, TX
Your Family Psychiatrist
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cypress, TX 77433
The Cypress and NW Houston communities are growing, and we are here to provide comprehensive individualized treatment for its residents. Our psychiatrists treat patients of all ages as we are all subspecialty trained in children and adolescents after completing training in adult psychiatry. With children and adolescents, we pride ourselves in taking a family oriented approach to treatment. The initial interview includes meeting the child and parent(s) separately to develop an accurate diagnosis. After individual interviews, we meet together to discuss the treatment options that would best improve quality of life.
The Cypress and NW Houston communities are growing, and we are here to provide comprehensive individualized treatment for its residents. Our psychiatrists treat patients of all ages as we are all subspecialty trained in children and adolescents after completing training in adult psychiatry. With children and adolescents, we pride ourselves in taking a family oriented approach to treatment. The initial interview includes meeting the child and parent(s) separately to develop an accurate diagnosis. After individual interviews, we meet together to discuss the treatment options that would best improve quality of life.
(281) 761-6988 View (281) 761-6988
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Wellmind counseling Center PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Cypress, TX 77433  (Online Only)
Everyone has a story and only you know your story. My goal is to listen to your truth, understand your needs and work with you to achieve your goal, and live a healthy and fulfilling life.
Everyone has a story and only you know your story. My goal is to listen to your truth, understand your needs and work with you to achieve your goal, and live a healthy and fulfilling life.
(281) 524-4299 View (281) 524-4299
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Bright Star Behavioral
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cypress, TX 77433  (Online Only)
Welcome and great job reaching this far! I am so glad you have taken the time to visit my site. I believe getting to know you as a person, not just as a patient is an important part of a successful therapeutic alliance. This is a supportive space where you can talk about your emotional and mental health and get important questions about medication answered: What medication is right for me? What will I feel or experience with this medication? How long would I need to take it? Together, we will develop a treatment plan that will help you manage your symptoms so you can live life with more stability, ease and balance.
Welcome and great job reaching this far! I am so glad you have taken the time to visit my site. I believe getting to know you as a person, not just as a patient is an important part of a successful therapeutic alliance. This is a supportive space where you can talk about your emotional and mental health and get important questions about medication answered: What medication is right for me? What will I feel or experience with this medication? How long would I need to take it? Together, we will develop a treatment plan that will help you manage your symptoms so you can live life with more stability, ease and balance.
(281) 559-6586 View (281) 559-6586

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 77433

20+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in 77433 who prioritize treating:

97% Depression
97% Anxiety
90% Bipolar Disorder
76% Medication Management
72% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
72% Trauma and PTSD
55% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
96% Aetna
92% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in 77433 see their clients

73% In Person and Online
27% Online Only

Gender breakdown

85% Female
15% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 77433?

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.