Psychiatrists in 77493

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Veronica Umerah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Katy, TX 77493  (Online Only)
Welcome! I'm Veronica Umerah. Hi! I just want use this opportunity to appreciate you for taking this bold step to seek help for your mental health, because, let's be honest - starting therapy can be empowering, confusing, or scary, all at the same time. I strive to create a safe and welcoming environment that allows clients to explore obstacles with concerns related to anxiety, depression, Bipolar d/o, Schizoaffective d/o, Schizophrenia and/or self-care.
Welcome! I'm Veronica Umerah. Hi! I just want use this opportunity to appreciate you for taking this bold step to seek help for your mental health, because, let's be honest - starting therapy can be empowering, confusing, or scary, all at the same time. I strive to create a safe and welcoming environment that allows clients to explore obstacles with concerns related to anxiety, depression, Bipolar d/o, Schizoaffective d/o, Schizophrenia and/or self-care.
(346) 553-9544 View (346) 553-9544
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Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry - Katy
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Katy, TX 77493
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.
(346) 258-7259 View (346) 258-7259
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Dr Lynda Parker - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Katy, TX 77493
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.
(346) 746-6829 View (346) 746-6829
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Dr Randall McIntyre - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Katy, TX 77493
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.
(281) 729-5176 View (281) 729-5176
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Dr Randall McIntyre - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Katy, TX 77493
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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De-Blessed Mental Wellness PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Katy, TX 77493  (Online Only)
De-Blessed Mental Wellness, PLLC, is a one-stop practice for your mental health. Our care model considers the holistic nature of mind and body. We specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of mood disorders, bipolar disorder, anxiety and panic disorders, ADHD, schizophrenia, insomnia, major depression, psychotic disorders, trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, substance abuse and addiction, and other mental health conditions. We also offer individual psychotherapy. We are currently accepting new clients...
De-Blessed Mental Wellness, PLLC, is a one-stop practice for your mental health. Our care model considers the holistic nature of mind and body. We specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of mood disorders, bipolar disorder, anxiety and panic disorders, ADHD, schizophrenia, insomnia, major depression, psychotic disorders, trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, substance abuse and addiction, and other mental health conditions. We also offer individual psychotherapy. We are currently accepting new clients...
(346) 697-6065 View (346) 697-6065
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Dr Lynda Parker - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Katy, TX 77493
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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Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry - Sugar Land
Psychiatrist, PhD, MD
Verified Verified
Katy, TX 77493
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
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Accessible Psychiatry And Consultation Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Katy, TX 77493  (Online Only)
Now accepting new patients!....Welcome to Accessible Psychiatry, a behavioral health clinic. Mental health issues can be a challenge and hence affect one's quality of life and that of the family as well. so if you or your family member is battling with these issues: Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, OCD, ADHD, addiction, Sleep disorders, eating disorders among others, then you are in the right place to get a long-term solution. For private pay, we have a sliding scale. visit our web htts: accessiblepsychiatry.org or call us today
Now accepting new patients!....Welcome to Accessible Psychiatry, a behavioral health clinic. Mental health issues can be a challenge and hence affect one's quality of life and that of the family as well. so if you or your family member is battling with these issues: Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, OCD, ADHD, addiction, Sleep disorders, eating disorders among others, then you are in the right place to get a long-term solution. For private pay, we have a sliding scale. visit our web htts: accessiblepsychiatry.org or call us today
(214) 833-7613 View (214) 833-7613
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Joshua Abraham Thomas
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Katy, TX 77493
Seeking mental health care can be an overwhelming experience but my approach is to break it down into simple steps. I meet my patients and families where they are, understand their concerns and collaborate with them to create a plan that we all can buy into. To create the best patient experience, I provide longer appointment times as well as my patients and families have my direct contact number so that we stay connected in between visits. I believe that quality time and collaborating with my patients and families leads to the best mental health care.
Seeking mental health care can be an overwhelming experience but my approach is to break it down into simple steps. I meet my patients and families where they are, understand their concerns and collaborate with them to create a plan that we all can buy into. To create the best patient experience, I provide longer appointment times as well as my patients and families have my direct contact number so that we stay connected in between visits. I believe that quality time and collaborating with my patients and families leads to the best mental health care.
(832) 500-8716 View (832) 500-8716
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Riaz Rahman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Katy, TX 77493
I am a dual boarded physician in psychiatry and internal medicine. I have broad experience both in internal medicine and psychiatry. I do inpatient and office-based psychiatry. My expertise are Addiction Medicine, Attention Deficit disorder, geriatric psychiatry, depression, anxiety disorders and bipolar disorder. I have Hospital privileges in majority of Houston and Ford Bend County hospitals, where I perform consultation liaison psychiatry.
I am a dual boarded physician in psychiatry and internal medicine. I have broad experience both in internal medicine and psychiatry. I do inpatient and office-based psychiatry. My expertise are Addiction Medicine, Attention Deficit disorder, geriatric psychiatry, depression, anxiety disorders and bipolar disorder. I have Hospital privileges in majority of Houston and Ford Bend County hospitals, where I perform consultation liaison psychiatry.
(713) 984-4546 View (713) 984-4546
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Dr. Shelly Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN , PMHNP-C, FNP-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Katy, TX 77493
Are you looking for some relief from your anxiety and depression? Do you have trouble focusing or sleeping? Do you desire a provider who listens to you, is compassionate and understanding, and tailors the treatment to your individual needs? Contact Dr. Shelly, NP today! Dr. Shelly's desire is to provide more holistic care to her clients because the body suffers when the mind is not sound. Her philosophy is based on a holistic, evidence-based patient-centered approach to the management and treatment of psychiatric and medical disorders. Her goal is to build a therapeutic alliance that focuses on unique and individual patient care.
Are you looking for some relief from your anxiety and depression? Do you have trouble focusing or sleeping? Do you desire a provider who listens to you, is compassionate and understanding, and tailors the treatment to your individual needs? Contact Dr. Shelly, NP today! Dr. Shelly's desire is to provide more holistic care to her clients because the body suffers when the mind is not sound. Her philosophy is based on a holistic, evidence-based patient-centered approach to the management and treatment of psychiatric and medical disorders. Her goal is to build a therapeutic alliance that focuses on unique and individual patient care.
(832) 843-8443 View (832) 843-8443
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Holistic Health and Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-RN, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Katy, TX 77493  (Online Only)
Peter Formusoh, PMHNPBC, FNP-BC, is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. He is also certified as a family nurse practitioner. Peter provides expert care to patients at Holistic Health and Psychiatry in Mansfield, Texas. Peter obtained his post-master's certification as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) from Maryville University in St Louis, Missouri. He received his family nurse practitioner (FNP) certification from South University Austin in Round Rock, Texas.
Peter Formusoh, PMHNPBC, FNP-BC, is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. He is also certified as a family nurse practitioner. Peter provides expert care to patients at Holistic Health and Psychiatry in Mansfield, Texas. Peter obtained his post-master's certification as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) from Maryville University in St Louis, Missouri. He received his family nurse practitioner (FNP) certification from South University Austin in Round Rock, Texas.
(956) 253-1490 View (956) 253-1490
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Wolfgang Rosenfeldt
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Katy, TX 77493
Struggling with depression or anxiety? I am here to help - I offer a deep psychological perspective. Brain-chemistry and mind-psychology: I treat both. I am a psychoanalyst as well as medication-prescribing psychiatrist. I treat the whole patient. Medication often gives quicker relief -however, with our hard work together in psychotherapy, we will have the best hope for healing - something I hope to give to you.
Struggling with depression or anxiety? I am here to help - I offer a deep psychological perspective. Brain-chemistry and mind-psychology: I treat both. I am a psychoanalyst as well as medication-prescribing psychiatrist. I treat the whole patient. Medication often gives quicker relief -however, with our hard work together in psychotherapy, we will have the best hope for healing - something I hope to give to you.
(469) 754-8124 View (469) 754-8124
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Arianne Suarez Lago
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Katy, TX 77493  (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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Adedamola Adefioye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Park Row, TX 77493  (Online Only)
Adedamola "Ade" Adefioye is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who has over 8 years of nursing experience in the psychiatric field. She manages and treats adolescents and adults with various mental health concerns including depression, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, mood disorders, ADHD, post-traumatic stress disorder, and sleep disorders.
Adedamola "Ade" Adefioye is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who has over 8 years of nursing experience in the psychiatric field. She manages and treats adolescents and adults with various mental health concerns including depression, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, mood disorders, ADHD, post-traumatic stress disorder, and sleep disorders.
(281) 719-9117 View (281) 719-9117
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Whitney Baskett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Katy, TX 77493  (Online Only)
I am a dual-certified family and mental health nurse practitioner. I have a background as a mental health nurse working with mental health patients of all ages since 2013. It was there I found my passion in the mental health field. I am so excited our society is finally shedding more light on these issues. There has been a stigma for far too long. I firmly believe that mental health disorders are one of the most difficult diseases to live with and can impact so many aspects of our lives. Disorders such as depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders can lead to poor physical health, & I am here to help prevent this from happening!
I am a dual-certified family and mental health nurse practitioner. I have a background as a mental health nurse working with mental health patients of all ages since 2013. It was there I found my passion in the mental health field. I am so excited our society is finally shedding more light on these issues. There has been a stigma for far too long. I firmly believe that mental health disorders are one of the most difficult diseases to live with and can impact so many aspects of our lives. Disorders such as depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders can lead to poor physical health, & I am here to help prevent this from happening!
(512) 714-3273 View (512) 714-3273
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Empowered Psychiatry and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Katy, TX 77493
Accepting new patients from anywhere in Texas! Are you ever curious if what you're experiencing is typical? Perhaps you are puzzled by your forgetfulness, struggle to focus, or find yourself easily distracted. Maybe getting out of bed in the morning feels like a chore, you lack motivation to engage in life, or you experience unexplained tearfulness. Do you find it difficult to sleep at night, waking up multiple times and feeling exhausted the next day? Have you faced trauma that leaves you feeling anxious and on edge? You don't have to navigate these difficulties by yourself.
Accepting new patients from anywhere in Texas! Are you ever curious if what you're experiencing is typical? Perhaps you are puzzled by your forgetfulness, struggle to focus, or find yourself easily distracted. Maybe getting out of bed in the morning feels like a chore, you lack motivation to engage in life, or you experience unexplained tearfulness. Do you find it difficult to sleep at night, waking up multiple times and feeling exhausted the next day? Have you faced trauma that leaves you feeling anxious and on edge? You don't have to navigate these difficulties by yourself.
(346) 559-2766 View (346) 559-2766
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Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Katy, TX 77493
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
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Velox Mental and Wellness Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MBA, BSN
Verified Verified
Park Row, TX 77493
In my psychiatric nursing practice, I specialize in addressing the unique needs of individuals grappling with moderate to severe anxiety and depression. I understand that these challenges often stem from diverse sources such as life transitions or traumatic experiences. My approach is comprehensive, blending psychoeducation, therapeutic interventions, and, when appropriate, medication management. I am committed to fostering a supportive and non-judgmental therapeutic relationship, providing a safe space for clients to explore their concerns and work towards positive change.
In my psychiatric nursing practice, I specialize in addressing the unique needs of individuals grappling with moderate to severe anxiety and depression. I understand that these challenges often stem from diverse sources such as life transitions or traumatic experiences. My approach is comprehensive, blending psychoeducation, therapeutic interventions, and, when appropriate, medication management. I am committed to fostering a supportive and non-judgmental therapeutic relationship, providing a safe space for clients to explore their concerns and work towards positive change.
(832) 583-1540 View (832) 583-1540

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 77493

20+

Average cost per session

$190

Psychiatrists in 77493 who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
96% Trauma and PTSD
91% Bipolar Disorder
87% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
70% Medication Management
70% Stress

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

95% Cigna and Evernorth
95% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
89% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in 77493 see their clients

61% In Person and Online
39% Online Only

Gender breakdown

62% Female
38% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 77493?

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.