Psychiatrists in 78731

Photo of Sonia Ike, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 78731, TX
Sonia Ike
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78731  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) passionate about helping individuals become care for their mind and express themselves. The brain, like any other organ in the body, needs care and attention. We specialize in helping clients cope with stressful diagnoses such as cancers, diabetes, terminal illnesses, STD/STIs, and mental illnesses. It can be difficult struggling with a new diagnosis and not having anyone to talk to. A new diagnosis does not have to be daunting or defining! We are devoted to patient-centered and compassionate care.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) passionate about helping individuals become care for their mind and express themselves. The brain, like any other organ in the body, needs care and attention. We specialize in helping clients cope with stressful diagnoses such as cancers, diabetes, terminal illnesses, STD/STIs, and mental illnesses. It can be difficult struggling with a new diagnosis and not having anyone to talk to. A new diagnosis does not have to be daunting or defining! We are devoted to patient-centered and compassionate care.
(512) 515-9469 View (512) 515-9469
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Ajijala Nanna
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78731  (Online Only)
Ajijala is a board-certified PMHNP in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. She has 12 years of nursing experience in Rehabilitation and psychiatric. Ajijala’s focus is to treat the whole person, not just individual symptoms. Every person is unique, with differing circumstances, motivations, experiences, and life factors.
Ajijala is a board-certified PMHNP in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. She has 12 years of nursing experience in Rehabilitation and psychiatric. Ajijala’s focus is to treat the whole person, not just individual symptoms. Every person is unique, with differing circumstances, motivations, experiences, and life factors.
(737) 299-0923 View (737) 299-0923
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Daniel Coleman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78731  (Online Only)
Welcome, my name is Dr. Dan Coleman. My practice provides a safe, confidential and caring environment and it is my sincere goal to be a source of healing in your life. We all experience pain. Sometimes though, the suffering that accompanies this pain overwhelms our coping abilities. You may feel stuck, cycling through frustration, anxiety, depression, loneliness or even hopelessness. Psychotherapy can be an effective and healing way out of these suffering experiences.
Welcome, my name is Dr. Dan Coleman. My practice provides a safe, confidential and caring environment and it is my sincere goal to be a source of healing in your life. We all experience pain. Sometimes though, the suffering that accompanies this pain overwhelms our coping abilities. You may feel stuck, cycling through frustration, anxiety, depression, loneliness or even hopelessness. Psychotherapy can be an effective and healing way out of these suffering experiences.
(469) 813-7902 View (469) 813-7902
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Hyojin Han
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78731  (Online Only)
I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with prescribing authority. I offer medication management, alone or in combination with psychotherapy, to adults. We schedule new patient appointments through a form on our website. Please provide the requested information, and a member of our staff will respond promptly!
I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with prescribing authority. I offer medication management, alone or in combination with psychotherapy, to adults. We schedule new patient appointments through a form on our website. Please provide the requested information, and a member of our staff will respond promptly!
(512) 764-0805 View (512) 764-0805
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Chikamdy Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78731  (Online Only)
I commend you for taking this brave step to seek help with your mental health needs. You are the most critical person on this journey; no one feels your pain more than you do. I assure you that I will work with you to find the correct diagnosis and an individualized treatment plan so you can function optimally and embrace who you are. My education, experiences, and cultural background contribute to my ability to perform a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation and provide treatment anchored in evidence-based research. I am passionate about helping people struggling with mental health.
I commend you for taking this brave step to seek help with your mental health needs. You are the most critical person on this journey; no one feels your pain more than you do. I assure you that I will work with you to find the correct diagnosis and an individualized treatment plan so you can function optimally and embrace who you are. My education, experiences, and cultural background contribute to my ability to perform a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation and provide treatment anchored in evidence-based research. I am passionate about helping people struggling with mental health.
(512) 995-7366 View (512) 995-7366
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Emily Ashley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP , APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78731
Emily is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a doctoral degree in nursing practice. She specializes in the holistic treatment of adults suffering from trauma, mood, anxiety, thought disorders including co-occurring substance use disorders. She values high quality, evidence-based, holistic mental health care. While providing psychiatric assessment, diagnosis, medication management, and psychoeducation, Emily ensures the client is at the center of decision making. She adheres to a compassionate and non-judgemental approach when managing mental health.
Emily is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a doctoral degree in nursing practice. She specializes in the holistic treatment of adults suffering from trauma, mood, anxiety, thought disorders including co-occurring substance use disorders. She values high quality, evidence-based, holistic mental health care. While providing psychiatric assessment, diagnosis, medication management, and psychoeducation, Emily ensures the client is at the center of decision making. She adheres to a compassionate and non-judgemental approach when managing mental health.
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Samuel Omolade
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78731  (Online Only)
I have over 7 years of experience in the mental health field, working as a behavioral health nurse at Jacobi Medical Center, Nix Hospital, Perimeter Behavioral Health, and as a consultant at King Haven Counseling Group. I am a highly skilled and compassionate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a wealth of experience in treating a wide range of psychiatric conditions. I have demonstrated my proficiency in helping individuals struggling with anxiety by implementing evidence-based treatment modalities, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and medication management.
I have over 7 years of experience in the mental health field, working as a behavioral health nurse at Jacobi Medical Center, Nix Hospital, Perimeter Behavioral Health, and as a consultant at King Haven Counseling Group. I am a highly skilled and compassionate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a wealth of experience in treating a wide range of psychiatric conditions. I have demonstrated my proficiency in helping individuals struggling with anxiety by implementing evidence-based treatment modalities, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and medication management.
(512) 812-8765 View (512) 812-8765
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Pauravi J. Rana
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78731
I am most experienced with treating psychiatric concerns of a young adult population but I consult with and treat adults of all ages. I have broad experience treating depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and eating disorder. I enjoy educating clients who may be new to medication treatment and have reservations about it. I work best with clients who are looking to incorporate medication treatment with other therapeutic options such as psychotherapy, lifestyle change, exercise, and mindfulness-based approaches. Though I do not offer specific treatment for addictions, I address self-medication issues and substance abuse issues with all clients.
I am most experienced with treating psychiatric concerns of a young adult population but I consult with and treat adults of all ages. I have broad experience treating depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and eating disorder. I enjoy educating clients who may be new to medication treatment and have reservations about it. I work best with clients who are looking to incorporate medication treatment with other therapeutic options such as psychotherapy, lifestyle change, exercise, and mindfulness-based approaches. Though I do not offer specific treatment for addictions, I address self-medication issues and substance abuse issues with all clients.
(512) 270-6443 View (512) 270-6443
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Amelia Harding
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78731
I am a board-certified psychiatric physician assistant practitioner with prescribing authority. I offer medication management, alone or in combination with psychotherapy, to adults. We schedule new patient appointments through a secure form on our website. Please provide the requested information, and a member of our staff will respond promptly! www.pondworkspsychiatry.com
I am a board-certified psychiatric physician assistant practitioner with prescribing authority. I offer medication management, alone or in combination with psychotherapy, to adults. We schedule new patient appointments through a secure form on our website. Please provide the requested information, and a member of our staff will respond promptly! www.pondworkspsychiatry.com
(512) 859-5685 View (512) 859-5685
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Christina Torres
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78731
Christie is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a masters degree in Nursing Administration & Leadership. She provides care to patients ages 18+ years, with a focus young adult issues, ADHD, women's issues, substance use disorders, co-occurring diagnosis, anxiety, mood, and developmental disorders. She values a holistic, inclusive, patient focused, evidence-based approach to client care that includes psychiatric assessment, diagnosis, medication management, and psychoeducation.
Christie is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a masters degree in Nursing Administration & Leadership. She provides care to patients ages 18+ years, with a focus young adult issues, ADHD, women's issues, substance use disorders, co-occurring diagnosis, anxiety, mood, and developmental disorders. She values a holistic, inclusive, patient focused, evidence-based approach to client care that includes psychiatric assessment, diagnosis, medication management, and psychoeducation.
(512) 361-4976 View (512) 361-4976
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Kurt L. Cousins
Psychiatrist, MD, MBA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78731
Kurt Cousins, MD, MBA is a fellowship-trained, double board-certified psychiatrist, practicing general psychiatry and subspecializing in child and adolescent psychiatry in Austin, TX. Dr. Cousins completed residency training in Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine - Sheppard Pratt Hospital (#6 in Psychiatry, U.S. News & World Report); and fellowship training in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine, The Menninger Clinic (#5 in Psychiatry) and Texas Children’s Hospital (#4 in Pediatrics). He completed additional training in addiction psychiatry at the Betty Ford Clinic, Rancho Mirage, CA.
Kurt Cousins, MD, MBA is a fellowship-trained, double board-certified psychiatrist, practicing general psychiatry and subspecializing in child and adolescent psychiatry in Austin, TX. Dr. Cousins completed residency training in Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine - Sheppard Pratt Hospital (#6 in Psychiatry, U.S. News & World Report); and fellowship training in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine, The Menninger Clinic (#5 in Psychiatry) and Texas Children’s Hospital (#4 in Pediatrics). He completed additional training in addiction psychiatry at the Betty Ford Clinic, Rancho Mirage, CA.
(737) 204-6960 View (737) 204-6960
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Bee Well Mental Wellness, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78731  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I am committed to helping individuals attain their optimal mental health. I have over a decade of dedicated patient care experience. My treatment philosophy is rooted in the belief that every individual deserves to experience their personal happy place. I will help with facilitating your journey to inner well-being.
I am committed to helping individuals attain their optimal mental health. I have over a decade of dedicated patient care experience. My treatment philosophy is rooted in the belief that every individual deserves to experience their personal happy place. I will help with facilitating your journey to inner well-being.
(903) 307-2159 View (903) 307-2159
Photo of Katharine Conrad, Physician Assistant in 78731, TX
Katharine Conrad
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78731
I am a board certified psychiatric physician assistant with prescribing authority. I offer medication management, alone or in combination with psychotherapy, to adults. We schedule new patient appointments through a secure form on our website. Please provide the requested information, and a member of our team will respond promptly! www.pondworkspsychiatry.com
I am a board certified psychiatric physician assistant with prescribing authority. I offer medication management, alone or in combination with psychotherapy, to adults. We schedule new patient appointments through a secure form on our website. Please provide the requested information, and a member of our team will respond promptly! www.pondworkspsychiatry.com
(512) 881-8916 View (512) 881-8916
Photo of Candyce Willis, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 78731, TX
Candyce Willis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78731  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with prescribing authority. I offer medication management, alone or in combination with psychotherapy, to adults. We schedule new patient appointments through a secure form on our website. Please provide the requested information, and a member of our staff will respond promptly! www.pondworkspsychiatry.com
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with prescribing authority. I offer medication management, alone or in combination with psychotherapy, to adults. We schedule new patient appointments through a secure form on our website. Please provide the requested information, and a member of our staff will respond promptly! www.pondworkspsychiatry.com
(737) 201-0724 View (737) 201-0724
Photo of Brent Jakubec, Psychiatrist in 78731, TX
Brent Jakubec
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78731
The ideal patient for a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist seeks support navigating diverse mental health challenges across the lifespan. In the case of a child or adolescent, they may be grappling with issues like academic stress, social difficulties, or emerging mental health concerns. The goal is to foster resilience, emotional intelligence, and healthy coping mechanisms during this formative period. For adults, the ideal client might be facing a range of issues such as mood disorders, anxiety, relationship difficulties, or workplace stress.
The ideal patient for a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist seeks support navigating diverse mental health challenges across the lifespan. In the case of a child or adolescent, they may be grappling with issues like academic stress, social difficulties, or emerging mental health concerns. The goal is to foster resilience, emotional intelligence, and healthy coping mechanisms during this formative period. For adults, the ideal client might be facing a range of issues such as mood disorders, anxiety, relationship difficulties, or workplace stress.
(512) 714-3403 View (512) 714-3403
Photo of Chelsea Leary, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 78731, TX
Chelsea Leary
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78731  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients with immediate telehealth openings available to book on our website. Chelsea Leary is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) specializing in medication management and brief supportive psychotherapy for clients 18 – 80 years old. Chelsea received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Loyola University New Orleans and a Master of Science in Nursing with a focus in mental health from the University of Texas School of Nursing in Austin. She has experience as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in acute care/inpatient, partial hospitalization, and outpatient psychiatry settings.
Accepting new patients with immediate telehealth openings available to book on our website. Chelsea Leary is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) specializing in medication management and brief supportive psychotherapy for clients 18 – 80 years old. Chelsea received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Loyola University New Orleans and a Master of Science in Nursing with a focus in mental health from the University of Texas School of Nursing in Austin. She has experience as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in acute care/inpatient, partial hospitalization, and outpatient psychiatry settings.
(512) 768-2971 View (512) 768-2971
Photo of Elizabeth Ssemanda, Psychiatrist in 78731, TX
Elizabeth Ssemanda
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78731  (Online Only)
Are you running on autopilot? Feeling burnt out? Tired of taking on other people’s emotional baggage or being told to just figure it out? We are your PARTNER in getting from being overwhelmed to living life with grace and ease. Across the globe, the mental health crisis has escalated over the last decade. No groups have felt this as strongly as healers, caregivers, and empaths. They must manage their stress while caring for individuals, young and old. Healers, caregivers, and empaths, it’s time for you to go from surviving to thriving.
Are you running on autopilot? Feeling burnt out? Tired of taking on other people’s emotional baggage or being told to just figure it out? We are your PARTNER in getting from being overwhelmed to living life with grace and ease. Across the globe, the mental health crisis has escalated over the last decade. No groups have felt this as strongly as healers, caregivers, and empaths. They must manage their stress while caring for individuals, young and old. Healers, caregivers, and empaths, it’s time for you to go from surviving to thriving.
(512) 661-0527 View (512) 661-0527
Photo of Magdalene Rozmiarek, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 78731, TX
Magdalene Rozmiarek
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78731  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients and immediate openings available. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who embraces a holistic approach with the use of evidence-based medication management, complimentary treatments, and lifestyle changes to achieve your goals. I embrace a safe, compassionate, non-discriminatory and culturally centered approach to care. My aim is to create a nurturing environment that allows you to be heard so we can create a treatment plan together.
Accepting new patients and immediate openings available. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who embraces a holistic approach with the use of evidence-based medication management, complimentary treatments, and lifestyle changes to achieve your goals. I embrace a safe, compassionate, non-discriminatory and culturally centered approach to care. My aim is to create a nurturing environment that allows you to be heard so we can create a treatment plan together.
(512) 203-3588 View (512) 203-3588
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Dr. Victoria Nettles
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78731
I aim for a for a collaborative approach with my patients. I wants to work together with each patient to provide holistic care that works. I have a personal interest in overall wellness outside of the treatment plan, which incorporates wellness via nutrition, exercise, sleep, meditative practices, and medication or other medical interventions when appropriate. I'm also a believer in other interventional treatments, such as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy. These alternatives not only are proven to be effective, but they also provide more options for each patient.
I aim for a for a collaborative approach with my patients. I wants to work together with each patient to provide holistic care that works. I have a personal interest in overall wellness outside of the treatment plan, which incorporates wellness via nutrition, exercise, sleep, meditative practices, and medication or other medical interventions when appropriate. I'm also a believer in other interventional treatments, such as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy. These alternatives not only are proven to be effective, but they also provide more options for each patient.
(832) 240-2428 View (832) 240-2428
Photo of Tracy Figlan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 78731, TX
Tracy Figlan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78731
It takes strength and courage to reach out for assistance. Thank you for taking that first step towards self-discovery and creating the life you have envisioned. Each person has an individualistic life experience, therefore each treatment plan is personalized and may include supportive medication or medication/therapy. I work with clients who have graduated high school/GED, 18 years and older; who have depression, ptsd, anxiety, bipolar, adhd. My specialized areas are bipolar, adhd, ptsd. As a veteran, I understand the military community and our combat veterans.
It takes strength and courage to reach out for assistance. Thank you for taking that first step towards self-discovery and creating the life you have envisioned. Each person has an individualistic life experience, therefore each treatment plan is personalized and may include supportive medication or medication/therapy. I work with clients who have graduated high school/GED, 18 years and older; who have depression, ptsd, anxiety, bipolar, adhd. My specialized areas are bipolar, adhd, ptsd. As a veteran, I understand the military community and our combat veterans.
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Number of Psychiatrists in 78731

60+

Average cost per session

$237

Psychiatrists in 78731 who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
92% Depression
78% Medication Management
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
75% Trauma and PTSD
73% Bipolar Disorder
67% ADHD

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

84% BlueCross and BlueShield
82% Aetna
76% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in 78731 see their clients

62% In Person and Online
38% Online Only

Gender breakdown

71% Female
29% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 78731?

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.