Psychiatrists in 78759

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Prasanna Sharma - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Austin, TX 78759
Prasanna Sharma is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a passion for helping individuals overcome mental health challenges. She graduated summa cum laude with a BSN from the University of Texas and went on to earn an MSN with a specialization in psychiatric mental health from the Cizik School of Nursing at UT Health Houston. She has dedicated her career to helping individuals to achieve optimal health & well-being & has experience working in various healthcare settings, including hospitals, clinics, and long-term care facilities, where she cared for patients with complex medical & mental health conditions.
Prasanna Sharma is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a passion for helping individuals overcome mental health challenges. She graduated summa cum laude with a BSN from the University of Texas and went on to earn an MSN with a specialization in psychiatric mental health from the Cizik School of Nursing at UT Health Houston. She has dedicated her career to helping individuals to achieve optimal health & well-being & has experience working in various healthcare settings, including hospitals, clinics, and long-term care facilities, where she cared for patients with complex medical & mental health conditions.
(512) 768-0648 View (512) 768-0648
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Amanda Anazia - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Austin, TX 78759
Amanda Anazia MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner as well as a certified family nurse practitioner. She is a part of the inaugural class of 2012 where she received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Texas State University. Amanda obtained her MSN from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, where she specialized in Family in 2020. She also obtained a Post-Master’s Certificate from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston where she specialized as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2021.
Amanda Anazia MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner as well as a certified family nurse practitioner. She is a part of the inaugural class of 2012 where she received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Texas State University. Amanda obtained her MSN from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, where she specialized in Family in 2020. She also obtained a Post-Master’s Certificate from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston where she specialized as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2021.
(737) 637-3191 View (737) 637-3191
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The Timothy Center Medical
Psychiatrist, MD, PA-C, NP
Verified
Austin, TX 78759
The Timothy Center is a collaborative group of therapists and medication providers founded in 2001 by Dr. Jimmy Myers, offering individual, couples, family, and group therapy as well as medication management. We are dedicated to individual assessment and treatment, and we are pleased to be able to accept many insurance plans. While we strongly believe in therapy, life-style, and environmental changes, we also believe that medication may be helpful, and is sometimes needed, for people to achieve remission of symptoms.
The Timothy Center is a collaborative group of therapists and medication providers founded in 2001 by Dr. Jimmy Myers, offering individual, couples, family, and group therapy as well as medication management. We are dedicated to individual assessment and treatment, and we are pleased to be able to accept many insurance plans. While we strongly believe in therapy, life-style, and environmental changes, we also believe that medication may be helpful, and is sometimes needed, for people to achieve remission of symptoms.
(512) 982-6287 View (512) 982-6287
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Singularity Psychiatry and Mental Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78759
Waitlist for new clients
I am a psychiatrist with extra training and experience with Treatment Resistant Depression, whether due to common psychiatric comorbidities such as anxiety, OCD, and PTSD or to medical illness. In particular I have a special focus on patients with immunological disease and chronic illness that causes inflammation. My typical patients are adults with a history of treatment failure or who need to balance the effects of complex medication regimens to maximize function. I also work with adults with Bipolar, ADHD, and ASD. I am happy to work with patients of all sexual/gender identities, ethnicities and faiths.
I am a psychiatrist with extra training and experience with Treatment Resistant Depression, whether due to common psychiatric comorbidities such as anxiety, OCD, and PTSD or to medical illness. In particular I have a special focus on patients with immunological disease and chronic illness that causes inflammation. My typical patients are adults with a history of treatment failure or who need to balance the effects of complex medication regimens to maximize function. I also work with adults with Bipolar, ADHD, and ASD. I am happy to work with patients of all sexual/gender identities, ethnicities and faiths.
(512) 543-1499 View (512) 543-1499
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Dr. Michael Millstone - Brain and Behavior, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78759
I know your time is valuable. I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist with Fellowships in Psychoanalysis and Mindfulness based treatments. I provide individualized treatment for those dealing with concerns about mood, anxiety, or struggles in one or more areas of life. While I offer short sessions of psychiatric care, my area of expertise is long sessions integrating treatments such as psychoanalysis talk therapy, exercise, mindfulness, and medications when indicated.
I know your time is valuable. I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist with Fellowships in Psychoanalysis and Mindfulness based treatments. I provide individualized treatment for those dealing with concerns about mood, anxiety, or struggles in one or more areas of life. While I offer short sessions of psychiatric care, my area of expertise is long sessions integrating treatments such as psychoanalysis talk therapy, exercise, mindfulness, and medications when indicated.
(512) 861-8929 View (512) 861-8929
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Mohammad Amjad Khan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Austin, TX 78759
My vision of care includes identifying strengths, weaknesses, unique abilities and challenges of the person. This helps me to develop a comprehensive individualized plan in an integrative holistic model of care. I like to follow evidence based treatment approach. As every person’s need is unique, I try to develop a plan of care which best addresses this need and it ranges from just talk therapy to talk therapy plus medication management or only medication management.
My vision of care includes identifying strengths, weaknesses, unique abilities and challenges of the person. This helps me to develop a comprehensive individualized plan in an integrative holistic model of care. I like to follow evidence based treatment approach. As every person’s need is unique, I try to develop a plan of care which best addresses this need and it ranges from just talk therapy to talk therapy plus medication management or only medication management.
(512) 982-4058 View (512) 982-4058
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Yvonne Joseph
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Austin, TX 78759  (Online Only)
Hi, I’m Yvonne. Are you struggling with Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, OCD, Schizophrenia, Mood swings, Eating disorder, ADHD, Insomnia, Trauma/PTSD, Personality disorder, or substance abuse? I am here for you and I care!
Hi, I’m Yvonne. Are you struggling with Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, OCD, Schizophrenia, Mood swings, Eating disorder, ADHD, Insomnia, Trauma/PTSD, Personality disorder, or substance abuse? I am here for you and I care!
(512) 575-8754 View (512) 575-8754
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Laura Katie Maxwell - Maxwell Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
6 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78759
Not accepting new clients
My primary goal is to create an environment where you feel safe, accepted, and understood. I am an adult psychiatrist offering treatment with both medications and psychotherapy. Medications can be helpful, but medicine is never the sole answer to our problems. As a psychiatrist who also does psychotherapy, I will work collaboratively with you to develop a treatment plan which includes the role of physical activity, relationships, nutrition and work/life balance. I treat adults with depression, anxiety disorders (including generalized anxiety, panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder), mood disorders, and ADHD.
My primary goal is to create an environment where you feel safe, accepted, and understood. I am an adult psychiatrist offering treatment with both medications and psychotherapy. Medications can be helpful, but medicine is never the sole answer to our problems. As a psychiatrist who also does psychotherapy, I will work collaboratively with you to develop a treatment plan which includes the role of physical activity, relationships, nutrition and work/life balance. I treat adults with depression, anxiety disorders (including generalized anxiety, panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder), mood disorders, and ADHD.
(737) 204-8085 View (737) 204-8085
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Justin Cullers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Austin, TX 78759
Are you looking for someone who will take time to listen and understand you as an individual? I’m an experienced psychiatric nurse practitioner who is accepting new patients (19-64yo) for psychiatric medication management with or without psychotherapy. In addition to my NP training, I completed a two-year program in adult psychodynamic therapy at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies in Houston, a therapy approach that encourages patients to understand the interplay of who they are, their personal history, and how it impacts their lives.
Are you looking for someone who will take time to listen and understand you as an individual? I’m an experienced psychiatric nurse practitioner who is accepting new patients (19-64yo) for psychiatric medication management with or without psychotherapy. In addition to my NP training, I completed a two-year program in adult psychodynamic therapy at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies in Houston, a therapy approach that encourages patients to understand the interplay of who they are, their personal history, and how it impacts their lives.
(512) 489-9435 View (512) 489-9435
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Shana Alexander
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, LPC, PMHNPBC
Verified
Austin, TX 78759
Shana's philosophy of practice is “a generic perfect path for all does not exist in our reality; to treat every person a clinician sees as if one does, is to do a disservice to an individual’s uniqueness and personal strengths. Everyone deserves to explore and uncover which direction is the best for them”. This philosophy of practice has been developed from her experience across a variety of clinical populations, such as individuals struggling with mood, personality, and anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, grief/loss, homelessness, Active-Duty Service members and Veterans, and people in the criminal justice system.
Shana's philosophy of practice is “a generic perfect path for all does not exist in our reality; to treat every person a clinician sees as if one does, is to do a disservice to an individual’s uniqueness and personal strengths. Everyone deserves to explore and uncover which direction is the best for them”. This philosophy of practice has been developed from her experience across a variety of clinical populations, such as individuals struggling with mood, personality, and anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, grief/loss, homelessness, Active-Duty Service members and Veterans, and people in the criminal justice system.
(512) 902-3282 View (512) 902-3282
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Daniel Hochman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78759
I specialize in comprehensive treatment of mood disorders such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse and PTSD that have been poorly responsive to other trials of treatment. After developing a process to treat people with lifelong, difficult to treat addiction, I created www.selfrecovery.org as a way to help people access good help from anywhere. As a physician I can prescribe medication, but I always include therapy to best identify and heal the actual source of the symptoms. I will take the time to review your past treatment, and enjoy improving on remaining gaps to help you reach your potential.
I specialize in comprehensive treatment of mood disorders such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse and PTSD that have been poorly responsive to other trials of treatment. After developing a process to treat people with lifelong, difficult to treat addiction, I created www.selfrecovery.org as a way to help people access good help from anywhere. As a physician I can prescribe medication, but I always include therapy to best identify and heal the actual source of the symptoms. I will take the time to review your past treatment, and enjoy improving on remaining gaps to help you reach your potential.
(512) 872-5819 View (512) 872-5819
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Linda Taylor
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Austin, TX 78759
See www.DrLindaTaylor.com. I am currently accepting new clients. In my 20+ years as a Board Certified adult psychiatrist, I have been dedicated to compassionate, respectful psychiatric care. At Columbia University, we were taught to thoroughly evaluate each patient through psychological, medical, and psychiatric assessment. Therefore, my goal is to provide a setting where all clients are allowed to comfortably communicate to me their current needs. With our continued dialogue, we can arrive at multiple treatment options. My ultimate goal is for each client to experience complete recovery.
See www.DrLindaTaylor.com. I am currently accepting new clients. In my 20+ years as a Board Certified adult psychiatrist, I have been dedicated to compassionate, respectful psychiatric care. At Columbia University, we were taught to thoroughly evaluate each patient through psychological, medical, and psychiatric assessment. Therefore, my goal is to provide a setting where all clients are allowed to comfortably communicate to me their current needs. With our continued dialogue, we can arrive at multiple treatment options. My ultimate goal is for each client to experience complete recovery.
(512) 343-8505 View (512) 343-8505
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Derica Perez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Austin, TX 78759  (Online Only)
Are you struggling in your everyday life to keep up and just feel functional? Come see me I would love to help. Welcome, my name is Derica Perez, I am thrilled to connect with you. I strive to provide individualized professional knowledge to help manage children, adolescents and adults with various mental health disorders while using evidence-based practices. My goal is to help you understand, manage, and overcome the mental health stressors that are negatively impacting your daily life.
Are you struggling in your everyday life to keep up and just feel functional? Come see me I would love to help. Welcome, my name is Derica Perez, I am thrilled to connect with you. I strive to provide individualized professional knowledge to help manage children, adolescents and adults with various mental health disorders while using evidence-based practices. My goal is to help you understand, manage, and overcome the mental health stressors that are negatively impacting your daily life.
(737) 250-6599 View (737) 250-6599
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Supriya Sharma Kothavale
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
2 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78759
Not accepting new clients
Each individual should be approached with compassion and empathy, and this is rooted deeply in my work. I am a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist treating all psychiatric disorders, working collaboratively with you to improve not just symptoms, but also your sense of self-worth, and overall well-being. I approach your care holistically, by integrating psychotherapy, medications when clinically indicated, and guidance on lifestyle modifications. I treat individuals of all ages, with a special interest in the child/adolescent population, college/graduate students, young adults, and women's mental health.
Each individual should be approached with compassion and empathy, and this is rooted deeply in my work. I am a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist treating all psychiatric disorders, working collaboratively with you to improve not just symptoms, but also your sense of self-worth, and overall well-being. I approach your care holistically, by integrating psychotherapy, medications when clinically indicated, and guidance on lifestyle modifications. I treat individuals of all ages, with a special interest in the child/adolescent population, college/graduate students, young adults, and women's mental health.
(737) 204-3645 View (737) 204-3645
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Austin Psychcare: Magid, Fox, Cullers, & Robinson
Psychiatrist
Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78759
Nature vs. Nurture? At Austin PsychCare, we believe that the two are so intricately entwined, that you can't address one without the other. As such, Michelle Magid, MD, MBA, Isadora Fox, PMHNP, Justin Cullers, PMHNP, and Anna Robinson MD have spent their entire careers becoming experts in both pharmacology and therapy. We have received specialized trained in cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and life coaching. In addition, we are experts in medication management. We hope to pass our research, knowledge, and experience in the mind/body connection onto you, so that you can become your best self.
Nature vs. Nurture? At Austin PsychCare, we believe that the two are so intricately entwined, that you can't address one without the other. As such, Michelle Magid, MD, MBA, Isadora Fox, PMHNP, Justin Cullers, PMHNP, and Anna Robinson MD have spent their entire careers becoming experts in both pharmacology and therapy. We have received specialized trained in cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and life coaching. In addition, we are experts in medication management. We hope to pass our research, knowledge, and experience in the mind/body connection onto you, so that you can become your best self.
(512) 580-8678 View (512) 580-8678
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Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry Austin - We Are Open!
Psychiatrist
Verified
Austin, TX 78759
If you or a loved one are struggling with a mental illness, Anew Era TMS can provide excellent quality psychiatric treatment and TMS therapy for depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, post-partum, tinnitus, or chronic migraines. At Anew Era TMS Austin, our priority is patient care and comfort driven by a personalized treatment plan.
If you or a loved one are struggling with a mental illness, Anew Era TMS can provide excellent quality psychiatric treatment and TMS therapy for depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, post-partum, tinnitus, or chronic migraines. At Anew Era TMS Austin, our priority is patient care and comfort driven by a personalized treatment plan.
(512) 746-7283 View (512) 746-7283
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Chima Egwim
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Austin, TX 78759
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am a compassionate and self-driven practitioner with a Master of Science in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and over 8 years of professional experience. My expertise includes evaluating health risk factors, stabilizing patients, minimizing complications, and providing physical and psychological support. I am adept in geriatric care management, mental health counseling, and managing psychiatric medications. I have experience in diagnosing and treating a variety of mental health disorders.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am a compassionate and self-driven practitioner with a Master of Science in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and over 8 years of professional experience. My expertise includes evaluating health risk factors, stabilizing patients, minimizing complications, and providing physical and psychological support. I am adept in geriatric care management, mental health counseling, and managing psychiatric medications. I have experience in diagnosing and treating a variety of mental health disorders.
(786) 244-7347 View (786) 244-7347
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Lilian Paulla
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Austin, TX 78759
Do you feel too overwhelmed and constantly stressed out? Do you feel like your thoughts are constantly racing and you can't switch off? Does life seem uninterested and you are losing hope? Whether you are dealing with anxiety, depression, ADHD, sleep issues, bipolar or any other mental health challenge, I am equipped to provide thorough assessments and evidence-based interventions designed just for you.
Do you feel too overwhelmed and constantly stressed out? Do you feel like your thoughts are constantly racing and you can't switch off? Does life seem uninterested and you are losing hope? Whether you are dealing with anxiety, depression, ADHD, sleep issues, bipolar or any other mental health challenge, I am equipped to provide thorough assessments and evidence-based interventions designed just for you.
(470) 868-4084 View (470) 868-4084
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Dr Terry Eagan - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Austin, TX 78759
Dr. Terry Eagan brings to Anew Era TMS an extensive body of professional experience in the field of psychiatry, encompassing both his clinical private practice and multiple Medical Director positions where he provides medical and psychiatric oversight of mental health treatment centers. Dr. Eagan’s diverse background includes the founding of various institutes that focus on providing specialized and innovative treatment for a variety of psychiatric disorders.
Dr. Terry Eagan brings to Anew Era TMS an extensive body of professional experience in the field of psychiatry, encompassing both his clinical private practice and multiple Medical Director positions where he provides medical and psychiatric oversight of mental health treatment centers. Dr. Eagan’s diverse background includes the founding of various institutes that focus on providing specialized and innovative treatment for a variety of psychiatric disorders.
(512) 601-4675 View (512) 601-4675
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Patrice Garcia
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Austin, TX 78759  (Online Only)
Dr. Patrice Garcia is Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who holds a Doctoral degree. She is board-certified, and state licensed in Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Florida, and New York as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
Dr. Patrice Garcia is Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who holds a Doctoral degree. She is board-certified, and state licensed in Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Florida, and New York as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
(817) 961-9428 View (817) 961-9428

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 78759

50+

Average cost per session

$175

Psychiatrists in 78759 who prioritize treating:

96% Depression
94% Anxiety
84% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
80% Bipolar Disorder
68% Trauma and PTSD
60% ADHD
60% Medication Management

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

90% Cigna and Evernorth
88% Aetna
88% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 78759 see their clients

52% In Person and Online
48% Online Only

Gender breakdown

82% Female
18% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 78759?

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.