Psychiatrists in Allen, TX

Photo of Tiffany Freeman, MSN, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Tiffany Freeman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Allen, TX 75013
Mental health is a passion of mine. I help pregnant and non-pregnant adults struggling with anxiety, depression, and mood swings manage their symptoms through medication management. I've worked in various populations and have a diverse background including trauma, crisis, psychosis, pregnancy, and incarceration. My focus is to get you back to feeling balanced, back to those hobbies, back to enjoying life, and back to living.
Mental health is a passion of mine. I help pregnant and non-pregnant adults struggling with anxiety, depression, and mood swings manage their symptoms through medication management. I've worked in various populations and have a diverse background including trauma, crisis, psychosis, pregnancy, and incarceration. My focus is to get you back to feeling balanced, back to those hobbies, back to enjoying life, and back to living.
(972) 994-1549 View (972) 994-1549
Photo of undefined - Dr Randall McIntyre - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry, MD, Psychiatrist
Dr Randall McIntyre - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Allen, TX 75013
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.
(214) 974-4081 View (214) 974-4081
Photo of Jenny Haney, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jenny Haney
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Allen, TX 75013
I am Jenny Haney, a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 7 years of experience treating adolescents and adults in outpatient and inpatient settings. I take pride in building lasting therapeutic relationships with my patients to provide confident, high-quality care. I provide a thorough evaluation by utilizing excellent communication and interpersonal skills to diagnose and develop a treatment plan based on a conservative approach to medication management while integrating psychotherapy. Take the first step towards mental wellness and schedule an appointment with me today.
I am Jenny Haney, a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 7 years of experience treating adolescents and adults in outpatient and inpatient settings. I take pride in building lasting therapeutic relationships with my patients to provide confident, high-quality care. I provide a thorough evaluation by utilizing excellent communication and interpersonal skills to diagnose and develop a treatment plan based on a conservative approach to medication management while integrating psychotherapy. Take the first step towards mental wellness and schedule an appointment with me today.
(469) 414-0893 View (469) 414-0893
Photo of Britton Bahador, LMSW, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Britton Bahador
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, LMSW, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Allen, TX 75013
Saturday appointments available. People of all ages and backgrounds reach out for mental health care and treatment for a variety of reasons, including- depressed mood, anxiety, trauma, self-harm, and emotional disturbances as a result of life circumstances. People want to feel understood and supported on their path to finding mental and individual wellness for themselves or their loved ones. Mental health care should be patient, supportive, and a collaborate approach between individual and practitioner and be tailored to each individuals' specific needs.
Saturday appointments available. People of all ages and backgrounds reach out for mental health care and treatment for a variety of reasons, including- depressed mood, anxiety, trauma, self-harm, and emotional disturbances as a result of life circumstances. People want to feel understood and supported on their path to finding mental and individual wellness for themselves or their loved ones. Mental health care should be patient, supportive, and a collaborate approach between individual and practitioner and be tailored to each individuals' specific needs.
(972) 646-8900 View (972) 646-8900
Photo of Dr. Taiye Popoola - Zoe Psychiatry And Sleep Medicine, MD,  PhD, PMH-C, Psychiatrist
Dr. Taiye Popoola - Zoe Psychiatry And Sleep Medicine
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD, PMH-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Allen, TX 75013
I am a Board Certified General Psychiatrist, Perinatal Psychiatrist, and Sleep Medicine Specialist. I am accepting NEW Patients and have availability within 48hrs. I provide compassionate and patient centered care using medication management and brief psychotherapeutic interventions to help my patients overcome their mental health struggles.
I am a Board Certified General Psychiatrist, Perinatal Psychiatrist, and Sleep Medicine Specialist. I am accepting NEW Patients and have availability within 48hrs. I provide compassionate and patient centered care using medication management and brief psychotherapeutic interventions to help my patients overcome their mental health struggles.
(972) 433-7337 View (972) 433-7337
Photo of undefined - Shahla Ali, MD at Allen Psychiatry, MD, Psychiatrist
Shahla Ali, MD at Allen Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Allen, TX 75013
Schedule appointment online with just a few clicks at www.allenpsychiatry.com . Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, we are providing virtual/telemedicine visits for all appointments except TMS and Spravato treatments. Do you have a concern about a psychiatric or mental health issue? Do you need advice and diagnosis? Do you need medication management of an already diagnosed issue? We now provide TMS Therapy - an FDA cleared treatment for patients suffering from depression who have not achieved satisfactory improvement from prior antidepressant treatment. TMS stands for “Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.” (TMS).
Schedule appointment online with just a few clicks at www.allenpsychiatry.com . Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, we are providing virtual/telemedicine visits for all appointments except TMS and Spravato treatments. Do you have a concern about a psychiatric or mental health issue? Do you need advice and diagnosis? Do you need medication management of an already diagnosed issue? We now provide TMS Therapy - an FDA cleared treatment for patients suffering from depression who have not achieved satisfactory improvement from prior antidepressant treatment. TMS stands for “Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.” (TMS).
(469) 203-4069 View (469) 203-4069
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BJT Behavioral Health Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Allen, TX 75013
I am here to be part of the community's solution to mental health issues. With treatment plans tailored to individual needs due to the difference in conditions, I aim to minimize the quantity of medication required to achieve the treatment goals of each patient during the treatment journey with the hope of achieving remission.
I am here to be part of the community's solution to mental health issues. With treatment plans tailored to individual needs due to the difference in conditions, I aim to minimize the quantity of medication required to achieve the treatment goals of each patient during the treatment journey with the hope of achieving remission.
(469) 746-3592 View (469) 746-3592
Photo of Christal Carr, APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Christal Carr
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Allen, TX 75013
As a dedicated psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am committed to providing a holistic approach that prioritizes each client's overall well-being. With over a decade of experience as a psychiatric registered nurse, I bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to my practice, ensuring comprehensive and tailored care for every individual. I work with patients aged twelve and above, treating a wide range of general psychiatric conditions. My practice emphasizes active collaboration with an interdisciplinary healthcare team to deliver the best possible outcomes for my clients.
As a dedicated psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am committed to providing a holistic approach that prioritizes each client's overall well-being. With over a decade of experience as a psychiatric registered nurse, I bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to my practice, ensuring comprehensive and tailored care for every individual. I work with patients aged twelve and above, treating a wide range of general psychiatric conditions. My practice emphasizes active collaboration with an interdisciplinary healthcare team to deliver the best possible outcomes for my clients.
(972) 449-5611 View (972) 449-5611
Photo of undefined - Rhoda Madamombe - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry, APRNCNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Rhoda Madamombe - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRNCNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Allen, TX 75013
Rhoda Madamombe is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN, PMHNP-BC) and a member of the American Psychiatric Association. She graduated from Wilkes University and has been in the field of psychiatry since 2004. Rhoda has worked in psychiatric hospitals all her career. She worked for Medical City McKinney for 12 years holding various positions that include staff nurse, charge nurse, clinical supervisor, and nurse manager/PMHNP-BC.
Rhoda Madamombe is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN, PMHNP-BC) and a member of the American Psychiatric Association. She graduated from Wilkes University and has been in the field of psychiatry since 2004. Rhoda has worked in psychiatric hospitals all her career. She worked for Medical City McKinney for 12 years holding various positions that include staff nurse, charge nurse, clinical supervisor, and nurse manager/PMHNP-BC.
(469) 772-9671 View (469) 772-9671
Photo of Anita Philip-Johnson, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Anita Philip-Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Allen, TX 75013
I am a Nurse Practitioner and have been providing psychiatry services for 2+ years in outpatient, in home and treatment settings. I see adults between the ages of 18-99 and address depression, anxiety, ADHD, insomnia, panic attacks, and PTSD.
I am a Nurse Practitioner and have been providing psychiatry services for 2+ years in outpatient, in home and treatment settings. I see adults between the ages of 18-99 and address depression, anxiety, ADHD, insomnia, panic attacks, and PTSD.
(972) 372-0274 View (972) 372-0274
Photo of Cartrina Danner, MSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Cartrina Danner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Allen, TX 75013  (Online Only)
Schedule appointment online with just a few clicks at www.allenpsychiatry.com. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) working under supervision of a board-certified Psychiatrist, Shahla Ali, MD.
Schedule appointment online with just a few clicks at www.allenpsychiatry.com. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) working under supervision of a board-certified Psychiatrist, Shahla Ali, MD.
(972) 914-0767 View (972) 914-0767
Photo of undefined - Rhoda Madamombe - Great Pathways Psychiatry, PLLC, MSN, PMHNP-B, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Rhoda Madamombe - Great Pathways Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Allen, TX 75013
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with experience in both In-patient and Out-patient care of adults. I evaluate, diagnose and treat a wide variety of psychiatric disorders including Major Depression, Bipolar, Anxiety disorders, Post traumatic Stress disorder, and substance abuse. I am compassionate and truly enjoy helping clients reach their full potential.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with experience in both In-patient and Out-patient care of adults. I evaluate, diagnose and treat a wide variety of psychiatric disorders including Major Depression, Bipolar, Anxiety disorders, Post traumatic Stress disorder, and substance abuse. I am compassionate and truly enjoy helping clients reach their full potential.
(972) 853-5574 View (972) 853-5574
Photo of undefined - Dr. Ivy Jones - PMHNP, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Ivy Jones - PMHNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Allen, TX 75013
Dr. Ivy Jones holds a Doctorate of Nursing Degree & is board certified through American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). She is a highly-skilled professional clinician with over 5 years of providing direct patient care to persons receiving treatment for psychiatric disorders, & over 13 years of Registered Nursing. Dr. Ivy' holistic approach & evidenced based treatment modalities include pharmacologic management and psychotherapeutic interventions. She's skilled in addressing acute and chronic illnesses while maintaining a collaborative, warm and non-judgmental stance.
Dr. Ivy Jones holds a Doctorate of Nursing Degree & is board certified through American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). She is a highly-skilled professional clinician with over 5 years of providing direct patient care to persons receiving treatment for psychiatric disorders, & over 13 years of Registered Nursing. Dr. Ivy' holistic approach & evidenced based treatment modalities include pharmacologic management and psychotherapeutic interventions. She's skilled in addressing acute and chronic illnesses while maintaining a collaborative, warm and non-judgmental stance.
(972) 992-5572 View (972) 992-5572
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Yana Bekker
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Allen, TX 75013
Dr Yana Bekker offers a compassionate and holistic approach to mental health. As a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Bekker's focus is on the whole person. Treatment highlights optimizing your overall well-being. Areas of focus include anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, maternal mental health and postpartum recovery.
Dr Yana Bekker offers a compassionate and holistic approach to mental health. As a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Bekker's focus is on the whole person. Treatment highlights optimizing your overall well-being. Areas of focus include anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, maternal mental health and postpartum recovery.
(945) 253-8853 View (945) 253-8853
Photo of Jillian Adams, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jillian Adams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Allen, TX 75013
WatersEdge Psychiatry, established & directed by Jillian Adams, a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over ten years of committed experience as a mental health nurse practitioner, is a recently inaugurated private practice as of February 1, 2024. Jillian Adams is dedicated to a patient-centered approach in mental health care. She believes in the power of attentive listening & collaborative engagement with her patients. Jillian takes the time to understand each patient's unique journey & works with them to develop a personalized treatment plan that aligns with their individual needs & values.
WatersEdge Psychiatry, established & directed by Jillian Adams, a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over ten years of committed experience as a mental health nurse practitioner, is a recently inaugurated private practice as of February 1, 2024. Jillian Adams is dedicated to a patient-centered approach in mental health care. She believes in the power of attentive listening & collaborative engagement with her patients. Jillian takes the time to understand each patient's unique journey & works with them to develop a personalized treatment plan that aligns with their individual needs & values.
(972) 597-2501 View (972) 597-2501
Photo of undefined - Dr. Oluwole Popoola - Zoe Psychiatry & Sleep Med, MD, MPH, Psychiatrist
Dr. Oluwole Popoola - Zoe Psychiatry & Sleep Med
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Allen, TX 75013
I am board-certified in both General Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I am currently accepting NEW patients with wait times of 1-5 DAYS . If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, substance use or any other mental health issues, and you are looking for an empathic professional who can understand and meet you where you are, then reach out to me. I will conduct a detailed and unrushed evaluation that focuses on understanding your symptoms and creating treatment plan that is unique to YOU in order to successfully get you from where you are to where you want to be.
I am board-certified in both General Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I am currently accepting NEW patients with wait times of 1-5 DAYS . If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, substance use or any other mental health issues, and you are looking for an empathic professional who can understand and meet you where you are, then reach out to me. I will conduct a detailed and unrushed evaluation that focuses on understanding your symptoms and creating treatment plan that is unique to YOU in order to successfully get you from where you are to where you want to be.
(972) 779-9081 View (972) 779-9081
Photo of undefined - Emery Chapa, PMHNP at Allen Psychiatry, TMS & IOP, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Emery Chapa, PMHNP at Allen Psychiatry, TMS & IOP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Allen, TX 75013
I am an experienced Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with clinical experience in both In-patient and Out-patient care of adolescents and adults. In conjunction with Shahla Ali, MD, I evaluate, diagnose and treat a wide variety of psychiatric disorders including Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity, Major Depression, Bipolar, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Substance Use Disorders. We are now providing one of the most advanced FDA cleared treatments for depression including NeuroStar TMS Therapy and Spravato (Esketamine) Nasal Spray
I am an experienced Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with clinical experience in both In-patient and Out-patient care of adolescents and adults. In conjunction with Shahla Ali, MD, I evaluate, diagnose and treat a wide variety of psychiatric disorders including Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity, Major Depression, Bipolar, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Substance Use Disorders. We are now providing one of the most advanced FDA cleared treatments for depression including NeuroStar TMS Therapy and Spravato (Esketamine) Nasal Spray
(214) 643-8394 View (214) 643-8394
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M. Rehan Puri
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Allen, TX 75013
Do you have stress or anxiety? Do you feel sad or depressed? Do you have problems focusing in school, work or life? Were you exposed to traumatic events or loss? Are you fallen into using drugs or alcohol? Is your child defiant & refusing to cooperate? I can help you find that right balance so you can continue living your life optimally;.I am here to listen to you and treat you with honor and respect that you deserve. Life can be tough so talk to a doctor who will not only listen to you but help you. I do Individual therapy, medication managements, office based SUBOXONE, crisis and long term personalized treatments.
Do you have stress or anxiety? Do you feel sad or depressed? Do you have problems focusing in school, work or life? Were you exposed to traumatic events or loss? Are you fallen into using drugs or alcohol? Is your child defiant & refusing to cooperate? I can help you find that right balance so you can continue living your life optimally;.I am here to listen to you and treat you with honor and respect that you deserve. Life can be tough so talk to a doctor who will not only listen to you but help you. I do Individual therapy, medication managements, office based SUBOXONE, crisis and long term personalized treatments.
(938) 253-3228 View (938) 253-3228
Photo of Deanette James, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Deanette James
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Allen, TX 75013  (Online Only)
Deanette James specializes in providing mental health medication management to women, especially those in the working-class group, who are experiencing the burdens of life. If you are a woman who is a wife, a homemaker, a mother, a professional, a daughter, has family responsibilities, or other factors contributing to a decline in your mental health, she is the person to see. Her services focus on women experiencing anxiety, depression, and PTSD. She understands that these disorders are very prevalent and act as determinants of the outcome of a woman's daily life.
Deanette James specializes in providing mental health medication management to women, especially those in the working-class group, who are experiencing the burdens of life. If you are a woman who is a wife, a homemaker, a mother, a professional, a daughter, has family responsibilities, or other factors contributing to a decline in your mental health, she is the person to see. Her services focus on women experiencing anxiety, depression, and PTSD. She understands that these disorders are very prevalent and act as determinants of the outcome of a woman's daily life.
(972) 433-7704 x1 View (972) 433-7704 x1
Photo of undefined - Dr. Terry Eagan - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry , MD, Psychiatrist
Dr. Terry Eagan - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Allen, TX 75013
*** ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS WITH A WAIT TIME OF 1 WEEK OR LESS *** Suffering from depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions can be debilitating and hold you back from leading a happy and balanced life. We invite you to learn more about your treatment options to recover. Call for a Free Confidential assessment and schedule an appointment today.
*** ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS WITH A WAIT TIME OF 1 WEEK OR LESS *** Suffering from depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions can be debilitating and hold you back from leading a happy and balanced life. We invite you to learn more about your treatment options to recover. Call for a Free Confidential assessment and schedule an appointment today.
(972) 382-5179 View (972) 382-5179

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Allen, TX

40+

Average cost per session

$230

Psychiatrists in Allen, TX who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
94% Depression
85% Medication Management
77% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
77% Bipolar Disorder
75% Trauma and PTSD
71% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

90% Aetna
88% BlueCross and BlueShield
88% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Allen, TX see their clients

84% In Person and Online
16% Online Only

Gender breakdown

70% Female
30% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Allen?

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.