Psychiatrists in 78258

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Caroline Horton
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
San Antonio, TX 78258
Caroline is a Physician Assistant, nationally certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She received a Master in Physician Assistant Studies at James Madison University in Virginia and is licensed to practice in the state of TX by the Texas Medical Board. She has experience in Emergency Medicine and the care of adults and children with acute and chronic mental health disorders in the ER setting. She is committed to helping provide mental health services to the people of San Antonio and surrounding communities that allows more people to access the care they need in an outpatient setting.
Caroline is a Physician Assistant, nationally certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She received a Master in Physician Assistant Studies at James Madison University in Virginia and is licensed to practice in the state of TX by the Texas Medical Board. She has experience in Emergency Medicine and the care of adults and children with acute and chronic mental health disorders in the ER setting. She is committed to helping provide mental health services to the people of San Antonio and surrounding communities that allows more people to access the care they need in an outpatient setting.
(210) 774-6364 View (210) 774-6364
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Ascend Psychiatric Specialty Services
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
San Antonio, TX 78258
Dr. Quiroga is excited to bring her Direct Care Psychiatric Practice to the Stone Oak area. With this model, Insurance is not accepted, and payment is made directly to the office at the time of service. This allows for more personalized care that is not limited in appointment time and frequency by the insurance carrier. The medical record remains confidential, unless you wish to share that information with your insurance. Please refer to the rates section of our website for more information on the cost of initial consultation and follow-up visits. Initial consultation- $550 (up to 90 min), Follow-up visit- $225 (up to 25 min).
Dr. Quiroga is excited to bring her Direct Care Psychiatric Practice to the Stone Oak area. With this model, Insurance is not accepted, and payment is made directly to the office at the time of service. This allows for more personalized care that is not limited in appointment time and frequency by the insurance carrier. The medical record remains confidential, unless you wish to share that information with your insurance. Please refer to the rates section of our website for more information on the cost of initial consultation and follow-up visits. Initial consultation- $550 (up to 90 min), Follow-up visit- $225 (up to 25 min).
(210) 702-3143 View (210) 702-3143
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Margaret Betanco
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
San Antonio, TX 78258
Meg Betanco is a Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2015. She has a Master Degree in Social Work with a Concentration in Clinical Services for Children and Families from The University of Denver, and a Master Degree in Nursing with Concentration of Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Meg's approach to care is wholistic and patient centered. She seeks to join patients as a support in their journey to optimal wellness, as the patient defines it. Meg draws on her training as a social worker and a nurse practitioner to combine therapeutic modalities to personalize treatment.
Meg Betanco is a Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2015. She has a Master Degree in Social Work with a Concentration in Clinical Services for Children and Families from The University of Denver, and a Master Degree in Nursing with Concentration of Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Meg's approach to care is wholistic and patient centered. She seeks to join patients as a support in their journey to optimal wellness, as the patient defines it. Meg draws on her training as a social worker and a nurse practitioner to combine therapeutic modalities to personalize treatment.
(708) 840-8649 View (708) 840-8649
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Dr. Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
San Antonio, TX 78258
The dawn of the new year unfolds as an opportunity for profound personal reinvention. Are your thought patterns due to ADHD or anxiety? When will that fatigue resolve? Which emotions are based on your upbringing, genetics, brain chemistry, or your recent circumstances? Break free from the cyclical ruts that may have defined your journey and let the dedicated team of experts at Evolve Psychiatry show you how we can provide unwavering support and education tailored to your individual challenges. We specialize in offering proven options (and not just medications), grounded in a deep understanding of your unique needs.
The dawn of the new year unfolds as an opportunity for profound personal reinvention. Are your thought patterns due to ADHD or anxiety? When will that fatigue resolve? Which emotions are based on your upbringing, genetics, brain chemistry, or your recent circumstances? Break free from the cyclical ruts that may have defined your journey and let the dedicated team of experts at Evolve Psychiatry show you how we can provide unwavering support and education tailored to your individual challenges. We specialize in offering proven options (and not just medications), grounded in a deep understanding of your unique needs.
(210) 361-6840 View (210) 361-6840
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Chikwelu Christian Umeh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78258  (Online Only)
Christian Umeh is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). He received his Master of Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) from the University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore. He obtained Post-Masters Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner from Drexel University, Philadelphia. After extensive experience ranging from critical care medicine, emergency medicine and Trauma-Surgical program, he proceeded to University of Texas Rio Grande Valley for Post-Masters Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP).
Christian Umeh is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). He received his Master of Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) from the University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore. He obtained Post-Masters Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner from Drexel University, Philadelphia. After extensive experience ranging from critical care medicine, emergency medicine and Trauma-Surgical program, he proceeded to University of Texas Rio Grande Valley for Post-Masters Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP).
(210) 361-2592 View (210) 361-2592
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Angelica Valle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
San Antonio, TX 78258  (Online Only)
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner providing outpatient modeled virtual care for clients located in the state of Texas. Please visit link provided under “Website” to schedule appointment directly.
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner providing outpatient modeled virtual care for clients located in the state of Texas. Please visit link provided under “Website” to schedule appointment directly.
(210) 934-6574 View (210) 934-6574
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Omar Ali
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
San Antonio, TX 78258
Dr. Omar Ali is a Psychiatrist in Texas who has been practicing since 2019. He went to Medical School at Texas Tech University School of Medicine and completed his Residency at LSU-Ochsner Adult Psychiatry Program. Dr. Ali strives to provide a collaborative and personalized approach in which we work together to find a way forward to living the best quality of life possible. He understands that seeking mental health treatment can be intimidating and anxiety provoking for many, and some may never seek help for these reasons.
Dr. Omar Ali is a Psychiatrist in Texas who has been practicing since 2019. He went to Medical School at Texas Tech University School of Medicine and completed his Residency at LSU-Ochsner Adult Psychiatry Program. Dr. Ali strives to provide a collaborative and personalized approach in which we work together to find a way forward to living the best quality of life possible. He understands that seeking mental health treatment can be intimidating and anxiety provoking for many, and some may never seek help for these reasons.
(830) 262-2217 View (830) 262-2217
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Victoria Walter-Etoh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
San Antonio, TX 78258
Victoria Walter-Etoh is a Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2022. Victoria utilizes a compassionate and empathetic approach in treating her patients. Building rapport and establishing a strong therapeutic working relationship is very important to her. Victoria believes in developing and implementing a treatment plan for each patient using a patient-centered and evidence-based model. And most importantly, she strives to treat each person with strict confidentiality, dignity, and respect. Outside of work, Victoria enjoys traveling, watching movies, and reading.
Victoria Walter-Etoh is a Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2022. Victoria utilizes a compassionate and empathetic approach in treating her patients. Building rapport and establishing a strong therapeutic working relationship is very important to her. Victoria believes in developing and implementing a treatment plan for each patient using a patient-centered and evidence-based model. And most importantly, she strives to treat each person with strict confidentiality, dignity, and respect. Outside of work, Victoria enjoys traveling, watching movies, and reading.
(210) 942-7877 View (210) 942-7877
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John Michael Adams
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78258
Our clinic will serve patients aged 4 years old through college age. The practice will serve families who deal with psychiatric concerns of mood, disruptive behaviors, and difficulties in learning and school performance. While the patient is always the primary focus of any treatment, the family as a whole will be supported and counseled in ways to best deal with the stressors they face.
Our clinic will serve patients aged 4 years old through college age. The practice will serve families who deal with psychiatric concerns of mood, disruptive behaviors, and difficulties in learning and school performance. While the patient is always the primary focus of any treatment, the family as a whole will be supported and counseled in ways to best deal with the stressors they face.
(210) 879-8927 View (210) 879-8927
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Dave Adeleye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PMH, BC
Verified
San Antonio, TX 78258  (Online Only)
Do you feel overwhelmed with negative emotions? Are you or your child struggling with mental health issues? Do you feel helpless and believe that no one care or listens to you? The good news is that I am available! I am a doctorally prepared and board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with nearly 2 decades of experience in psychiatry nursing. I work with children, adolescents, and adults with depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, PTSD, mood disorders, substance use disorders, sleep disorders, and psychotic disorders
Do you feel overwhelmed with negative emotions? Are you or your child struggling with mental health issues? Do you feel helpless and believe that no one care or listens to you? The good news is that I am available! I am a doctorally prepared and board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with nearly 2 decades of experience in psychiatry nursing. I work with children, adolescents, and adults with depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, PTSD, mood disorders, substance use disorders, sleep disorders, and psychotic disorders
(210) 879-1691 View (210) 879-1691
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Salvi Marie Alday
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
San Antonio, TX 78258  (Online Only)
Mental illness is stigmatized, taboo, or scandalous in most cultures. You matter, and You are Worthy. Ask for Help. Rewire your Brain. Break the Silence. Visit my website- www.passionpurposecmhs.org
Mental illness is stigmatized, taboo, or scandalous in most cultures. You matter, and You are Worthy. Ask for Help. Rewire your Brain. Break the Silence. Visit my website- www.passionpurposecmhs.org
(210) 405-8391 View (210) 405-8391
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John Enriquez
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
San Antonio, TX 78258  (Online Only)
Dr. John Enriquez is a psychiatrist, a physician for mental health disorders. He has over 43 years of experience in the field of medicine. He graduated from medical school with his medical degree in 1975. Post-graduate training at LA County USC Medical Center. Dr. John N. Enriquez is licensed to practice by the state board in Texas and is Board Certified in Adult and Adolescent Psychiatry. He helps with the psychological well-being of men and women, with an ability to identify and treat all of the various types of Psychiatric Illness.
Dr. John Enriquez is a psychiatrist, a physician for mental health disorders. He has over 43 years of experience in the field of medicine. He graduated from medical school with his medical degree in 1975. Post-graduate training at LA County USC Medical Center. Dr. John N. Enriquez is licensed to practice by the state board in Texas and is Board Certified in Adult and Adolescent Psychiatry. He helps with the psychological well-being of men and women, with an ability to identify and treat all of the various types of Psychiatric Illness.
(210) 940-4228 View (210) 940-4228
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Melissa Deuter, MD/Sigma Mental Health Urgent Care
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78258
Dr. Melissa Deuter is Psychiatric Medical Director of Sigma Mental Health Urgent Care. She supervises a team of professionals providing immediate psychiatric appointments as well as psychotherapy. Sigma Mental Health Urgent Care takes same day appointments and walk-ins at our San Antonio location, and is open 7 days a week except major holidays. Our Austin location has limited services and we request that you call to schedule in Austin. We treat people during gaps in care, while they are waiting to get an appointment in the community, and we can continue treatment long-term when our clinic is the best fit for an individual's needs.
Dr. Melissa Deuter is Psychiatric Medical Director of Sigma Mental Health Urgent Care. She supervises a team of professionals providing immediate psychiatric appointments as well as psychotherapy. Sigma Mental Health Urgent Care takes same day appointments and walk-ins at our San Antonio location, and is open 7 days a week except major holidays. Our Austin location has limited services and we request that you call to schedule in Austin. We treat people during gaps in care, while they are waiting to get an appointment in the community, and we can continue treatment long-term when our clinic is the best fit for an individual's needs.
(210) 871-0188 View (210) 871-0188
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Raven Aleman
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified
San Antonio, TX 78258
Dr. Raven Aleman is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2023. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and from University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Most recently, she earned a Doctorate in Nursing Practice at New Mexico State University with an emphasis in Psychiatric Mental Health. Raven takes a collaborative approach and encourages patients to be active participants in their care. Raven enjoys problem-solving with patients and discovering what motivates them to live and be well.
Dr. Raven Aleman is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2023. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and from University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Most recently, she earned a Doctorate in Nursing Practice at New Mexico State University with an emphasis in Psychiatric Mental Health. Raven takes a collaborative approach and encourages patients to be active participants in their care. Raven enjoys problem-solving with patients and discovering what motivates them to live and be well.
(830) 254-7953 View (830) 254-7953
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Patrick Sassoon
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified
San Antonio, TX 78258
My approach is based on integrative psychiatry, which uses medications, therapy and complementary medicine to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms. I address the combined impact of sleep, lifestyle, relationships, nutrition and chronic medical conditions on well-being, and use cutting edge tools like genetic testing to guide personalized treatment with medication and supplements. I consider the patient’s cultural background in my assessments and I can provide treatment in Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian. My goal is to help my patients create lasting changes and build vitality, resilience and purpose in life.
My approach is based on integrative psychiatry, which uses medications, therapy and complementary medicine to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms. I address the combined impact of sleep, lifestyle, relationships, nutrition and chronic medical conditions on well-being, and use cutting edge tools like genetic testing to guide personalized treatment with medication and supplements. I consider the patient’s cultural background in my assessments and I can provide treatment in Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian. My goal is to help my patients create lasting changes and build vitality, resilience and purpose in life.
(940) 448-0574 View (940) 448-0574
Photo of Chris Masuda MD/Sigma Mental Health Urgent Care, Psychiatrist in 78258, TX
Chris Masuda MD/Sigma Mental Health Urgent Care
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
San Antonio, TX 78258
Dr. Christine Masuda is the psychiatric medical director of the Austin location of Sigma. Sigma Mental Health Urgent Care takes same day appointments and is open 7 days a week except major holidays. Our Austin location has limited in person services and we request that you call to schedule in Austin. We treat people during gaps in care, while they are waiting to get an appointment in the community, and we can continue treatment long-term when our clinic is the best fit for an individual's needs.
Dr. Christine Masuda is the psychiatric medical director of the Austin location of Sigma. Sigma Mental Health Urgent Care takes same day appointments and is open 7 days a week except major holidays. Our Austin location has limited in person services and we request that you call to schedule in Austin. We treat people during gaps in care, while they are waiting to get an appointment in the community, and we can continue treatment long-term when our clinic is the best fit for an individual's needs.
(737) 302-5812 View (737) 302-5812
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New Braunfels Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
San Antonio, TX 78258
I provide Opioid addiction treatment, painkiller addiction treatment, and detox. See our website (www.newbraunfelspsychiatry.com).
I provide Opioid addiction treatment, painkiller addiction treatment, and detox. See our website (www.newbraunfelspsychiatry.com).
(830) 469-3386 View (830) 469-3386
Oren Isaac Levin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
San Antonio, TX 78258
The treatment philosophy in my practice is focused on a comprehensive initial evaluation and then setting up realistic therapeutic goals to achieve in the treatment process. Clients will find a professional, caring, and an empathetic approach where their supports system and other health care providers, when appropriate, will be part of the treatment team in order to facilitate a better treatment outcome. This approach in my experience has a higher potential for a better outcome in reaching the therapeutic goals of healing and recovery.
The treatment philosophy in my practice is focused on a comprehensive initial evaluation and then setting up realistic therapeutic goals to achieve in the treatment process. Clients will find a professional, caring, and an empathetic approach where their supports system and other health care providers, when appropriate, will be part of the treatment team in order to facilitate a better treatment outcome. This approach in my experience has a higher potential for a better outcome in reaching the therapeutic goals of healing and recovery.
(210) 879-8549 View (210) 879-8549
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Nathanial Kamerick
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified
4 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78258  (Online Only)
Overwhelmed with anxiety? Feeling beaten down from the pressures of modern life? Can't seem to keep your mood and energy levels stable? I know these stories. If you're struggling with a constant restlessness inside and confusion about where life is trying to lead you, let me help. I've worked with thousands of people to find peace and clarity amidst suffering and uncertainty. It's easy to feel like you're losing control, but I can offer options to provide relief. It's healthy to talk to someone about your struggles. Sometimes it's hard for those closest to you to understand, so I'm here to talk when you're ready.
Overwhelmed with anxiety? Feeling beaten down from the pressures of modern life? Can't seem to keep your mood and energy levels stable? I know these stories. If you're struggling with a constant restlessness inside and confusion about where life is trying to lead you, let me help. I've worked with thousands of people to find peace and clarity amidst suffering and uncertainty. It's easy to feel like you're losing control, but I can offer options to provide relief. It's healthy to talk to someone about your struggles. Sometimes it's hard for those closest to you to understand, so I'm here to talk when you're ready.
(512) 829-3870 View (512) 829-3870
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Ijeoma Osuji
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78258  (Online Only)
My name is Ijeoma Osuji, I live in Texas. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner that has been in practice for four years. As a Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner since 2019, I have devoted my career to improving the lives of individuals struggling with mental health challenges.
My name is Ijeoma Osuji, I live in Texas. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner that has been in practice for four years. As a Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner since 2019, I have devoted my career to improving the lives of individuals struggling with mental health challenges.
(682) 297-7826 View (682) 297-7826

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 78258

30+

Average cost per session

$180

Psychiatrists in 78258 who prioritize treating:

97% Depression
94% Anxiety
89% Bipolar Disorder
83% ADHD
80% Trauma and PTSD
80% Medication Management
77% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

91% Cigna and Evernorth
86% Aetna
86% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 78258 see their clients

72% In Person and Online
28% Online Only

Gender breakdown

65% Female
35% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 78258?

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.