Psychiatrists in Anderson County, TX

Photo of Olufunke Mercygrace Jinadu - Mercygrace Mental Wellness,PLLC, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Mercygrace Mental Wellness,PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Palestine, TX 75801  (Online Only)
Mercy graduated from Texas State University with an M.S. in Nursing and is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Mercy has over 8 years of expertise in psychiatric nursing and specializes in the treatment of mood and anxiety problems in adults and adolescents. Mercy, as a provider, takes a nonjudgmental, sympathetic approach and believes that every individual has the ability to reach his or her full potential. Mercy adds wellness therapies such as healthy sleep, exercise, diet, mindfulness, and social connectedness into her clients' treatment programs in addition to medication management.
Mercy graduated from Texas State University with an M.S. in Nursing and is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Mercy has over 8 years of expertise in psychiatric nursing and specializes in the treatment of mood and anxiety problems in adults and adolescents. Mercy, as a provider, takes a nonjudgmental, sympathetic approach and believes that every individual has the ability to reach his or her full potential. Mercy adds wellness therapies such as healthy sleep, exercise, diet, mindfulness, and social connectedness into her clients' treatment programs in addition to medication management.
(915) 348-3129 View (915) 348-3129
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Wacha's Wellness PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Palestine, TX 75801
Hello! I have been a nurse practitioner since 2016 and I am board certified in both family and psychiatry. I have long had a passion for serving those with mental illness and it is my joy to help clients reach their full potential. I look at the body as a whole and know that each individual has unique needs, which means they each require a specific combination of treatments to help them find wellness. I treat a range of mental health conditions and tailor each treatment plan according to your needs.
Hello! I have been a nurse practitioner since 2016 and I am board certified in both family and psychiatry. I have long had a passion for serving those with mental illness and it is my joy to help clients reach their full potential. I look at the body as a whole and know that each individual has unique needs, which means they each require a specific combination of treatments to help them find wellness. I treat a range of mental health conditions and tailor each treatment plan according to your needs.
(903) 500-7715 View (903) 500-7715
Photo of Belen Ramos, PA-C, Physician Assistant
Belen Ramos
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Palestine, TX 75802
School or work schedule creating difficulty making your appointments? Well, worry no more. I can visit with you as LATE as 8PM. I am a compassionate driven mental health provider. Goal oriented and personable. I enjoy working with my patients to attain a wholistic wellness state of mind. Many people experience depression and other mental health disorders that are non-responsive to conventional medications. There is hope for your symptoms. The clinic also offer the FDA approved Spravato (Esketamine) for treatment resistant depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Call for inquiries.
School or work schedule creating difficulty making your appointments? Well, worry no more. I can visit with you as LATE as 8PM. I am a compassionate driven mental health provider. Goal oriented and personable. I enjoy working with my patients to attain a wholistic wellness state of mind. Many people experience depression and other mental health disorders that are non-responsive to conventional medications. There is hope for your symptoms. The clinic also offer the FDA approved Spravato (Esketamine) for treatment resistant depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Call for inquiries.
(210) 880-3854 View (210) 880-3854

Online Psychiatrists

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Win Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Mansfield, TX 76063
Psychiatric Mental Health Provider. Accepting new patients ages 12 and above. With over 13 years of experience in Mental Health Care, I am committed to providing my patients the best care, with a compassionate and holistic approach, in an understanding and therapeutic environment. I work collaboratively with individuals/families to create individualized treatment plans that best meet the needs of my patients. I will not judge you but rather guide and help improve your abilities to live a healthy lifestyle. Together we will achieve a realistic goal that focuses on prevention and treatment.
Psychiatric Mental Health Provider. Accepting new patients ages 12 and above. With over 13 years of experience in Mental Health Care, I am committed to providing my patients the best care, with a compassionate and holistic approach, in an understanding and therapeutic environment. I work collaboratively with individuals/families to create individualized treatment plans that best meet the needs of my patients. I will not judge you but rather guide and help improve your abilities to live a healthy lifestyle. Together we will achieve a realistic goal that focuses on prevention and treatment.
(817) 646-2699 View (817) 646-2699
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Refresh Psychiatry and Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Not Verified Not Verified
Dallas, TX 75219
The mission of our practice is to provide Person-Centered Care and empower our clients with the knowledge and skills to achieve their desirable goals. We strive to provide the highest quality evidence-based, compassionate care through a combination of medication management and customized psychotherapy to help patients/families overcome their most difficult challenges and achieve their greatest goals to lead their most joyful, fulfilling lives.
The mission of our practice is to provide Person-Centered Care and empower our clients with the knowledge and skills to achieve their desirable goals. We strive to provide the highest quality evidence-based, compassionate care through a combination of medication management and customized psychotherapy to help patients/families overcome their most difficult challenges and achieve their greatest goals to lead their most joyful, fulfilling lives.
(214) 233-5557 View (214) 233-5557
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Brightlight Oasis Psychiatry and Counseling PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75204  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients/ Appointments are available within 48HRS/ Offering free 15mins consultations. I am a dedicated, compassionate, knowledgeable nurse practitioner who offers high-quality of care to individuals presenting with diverse psychiatric diagnoses such as anxiety, ADHD, depression, PTSD, insomnia, bipolar disorder and many more . My approach is holistic, evidenced based individualized strategies tailored towards your needs. We provide ADHD testing.
Accepting new patients/ Appointments are available within 48HRS/ Offering free 15mins consultations. I am a dedicated, compassionate, knowledgeable nurse practitioner who offers high-quality of care to individuals presenting with diverse psychiatric diagnoses such as anxiety, ADHD, depression, PTSD, insomnia, bipolar disorder and many more . My approach is holistic, evidenced based individualized strategies tailored towards your needs. We provide ADHD testing.
(928) 585-6725 View (928) 585-6725
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Kimberly Dobbins
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Forney, TX 75126  (Online Only)
Dr. Dobbins brings over a decade of experience and is double board certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry as well as Adult Psychiatry. In addition to her previous experience as a professor at UT Southwestern in Dallas, her experience comes from multiple care settings to include high acuity Psychiatric ER, VA outpatient mental health clinic and a community Child Psychiatry clinic. Dr. Dobbins will lead the BasePoint Academy’s client treatment as well as seeing patients individually in BasePoint Psychiatry and Wellness.
Dr. Dobbins brings over a decade of experience and is double board certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry as well as Adult Psychiatry. In addition to her previous experience as a professor at UT Southwestern in Dallas, her experience comes from multiple care settings to include high acuity Psychiatric ER, VA outpatient mental health clinic and a community Child Psychiatry clinic. Dr. Dobbins will lead the BasePoint Academy’s client treatment as well as seeing patients individually in BasePoint Psychiatry and Wellness.
(972) 430-6151 View (972) 430-6151
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Augustina Ogbonna
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cedar Hill, TX 75104  (Online Only)
Hello, I am a licensed psych NP. I received my masters from Walden University. I am available to help evaluate and treat your mental health needs
Hello, I am a licensed psych NP. I received my masters from Walden University. I am available to help evaluate and treat your mental health needs
(469) 871-5216 View (469) 871-5216
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Mabel Nwachukwu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PNP
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75204  (Online Only)
Mab Nwachukwu is a Board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with many years of experience. She works with clients 18 years and older, helping them to achieve their recovery goals while treating depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, fatigue, women's issues, and much more.
Mab Nwachukwu is a Board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with many years of experience. She works with clients 18 years and older, helping them to achieve their recovery goals while treating depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, fatigue, women's issues, and much more.
(469) 871-8609 View (469) 871-8609
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Ankit A Parmar
Psychiatrist, MD, MHA
Verified Verified
Rockwall, TX 75032  (Online Only)
We provide personalized treatment for various psychiatric disorders such as ADHD, DMDD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Major Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Eating Disorders, Schizophrenia and other Psychotic Disorders across all age-groups. By combining modern and holistic medicine, we strive to find the perfect balance of various therapeutic modalities to promote well-being and happiness of our patients and their families. We also provide genetic testing for our existing clients.
We provide personalized treatment for various psychiatric disorders such as ADHD, DMDD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Major Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Eating Disorders, Schizophrenia and other Psychotic Disorders across all age-groups. By combining modern and holistic medicine, we strive to find the perfect balance of various therapeutic modalities to promote well-being and happiness of our patients and their families. We also provide genetic testing for our existing clients.
(214) 466-1652 View (214) 466-1652
Photo of Britton Bahador, LMSW, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Britton Bahador
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, LMSW, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75220
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
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Simratpal Kaur
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75201  (Online Only)
Simratpal (Simy) Kaur is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The University of Texas at Arlington. Simy has over six years of practice experience and has worked in various fields such as oncology, med-surg, surgery, and cardiology. She found her passion for mental health through her nursing and personal experiences. Simy believes in a holistic approach to care and focuses her treatment plans on medication, therapy, lifestyle modifications, and other treatment modalities.
Simratpal (Simy) Kaur is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The University of Texas at Arlington. Simy has over six years of practice experience and has worked in various fields such as oncology, med-surg, surgery, and cardiology. She found her passion for mental health through her nursing and personal experiences. Simy believes in a holistic approach to care and focuses her treatment plans on medication, therapy, lifestyle modifications, and other treatment modalities.
(469) 840-4654 View (469) 840-4654
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Michael Akwo-Adelowo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Forney, TX 75126
Michael has over a decade of experience as a Nurse Practitioner in various mental health clinic settings. Michael's clinical experience includes working with adolescents, young adults and geriatric adults facing challenges with mental health, intellectual disabilities and substance use disorders.
Michael has over a decade of experience as a Nurse Practitioner in various mental health clinic settings. Michael's clinical experience includes working with adolescents, young adults and geriatric adults facing challenges with mental health, intellectual disabilities and substance use disorders.
(469) 345-7590 View (469) 345-7590
Photo of Satang Ann, APRN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Satang Ann
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Alvarado, TX 76009  (Online Only)
Accepting NEW Clients TODAY. SAME-DAY appointments are available. After-hours and WEEKEND appointments are available. Currently in-network with BCBS, Superior Medicaid, UHC/Optum, CIGNA, Aetna, and Medicare in Texas. Private Pay rates made affordable. I value meeting my clients where they are WITHOUT making them feel judged. During our initial session, we will talk about what led you to me, and at the end of the session, we will come up with a treatment plan that best suits your needs. The goal is to develop the best therapeutic relationship possible to ease any stress related to having appointments.
Accepting NEW Clients TODAY. SAME-DAY appointments are available. After-hours and WEEKEND appointments are available. Currently in-network with BCBS, Superior Medicaid, UHC/Optum, CIGNA, Aetna, and Medicare in Texas. Private Pay rates made affordable. I value meeting my clients where they are WITHOUT making them feel judged. During our initial session, we will talk about what led you to me, and at the end of the session, we will come up with a treatment plan that best suits your needs. The goal is to develop the best therapeutic relationship possible to ease any stress related to having appointments.
(817) 383-1541 View (817) 383-1541
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Smink Achila
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75201  (Online Only)
Picture facing life’s difficulties, whether it's anxiety, depression, or major life changes. My ideal client seeks understanding and effective solutions for their mental health concerns. They strive to regain control, find hope, and achieve a balanced, fulfilling life. They seek a compassionate partner who listens, understands, and customizes treatment to their unique needs and goals. At Legion Health, we provide a therapeutic environment where you will feel respected and empowered.
Picture facing life’s difficulties, whether it's anxiety, depression, or major life changes. My ideal client seeks understanding and effective solutions for their mental health concerns. They strive to regain control, find hope, and achieve a balanced, fulfilling life. They seek a compassionate partner who listens, understands, and customizes treatment to their unique needs and goals. At Legion Health, we provide a therapeutic environment where you will feel respected and empowered.
(469) 746-5905 View (469) 746-5905
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Wholesome Mind Psychiatry and Wellness Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mansfield, TX 76063
Judith enjoys working with diverse groups and people from different cultures. She practices improving mental wellness and quality of life for her patients. She treats children, adolescents, and adults ages twelve and above. Judith relates to patients in a warm, compassionate, and non-judgmental manner. Judith is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and a 2022 graduate of University of Texas at Arlington. She is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and has 10 years of psychiatry experience, including over 7 years of Inpatient Psychiatric care.
Judith enjoys working with diverse groups and people from different cultures. She practices improving mental wellness and quality of life for her patients. She treats children, adolescents, and adults ages twelve and above. Judith relates to patients in a warm, compassionate, and non-judgmental manner. Judith is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and a 2022 graduate of University of Texas at Arlington. She is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and has 10 years of psychiatry experience, including over 7 years of Inpatient Psychiatric care.
(682) 328-0534 View (682) 328-0534
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Oluremi Cole
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Mesquite, TX 75149
I am Oluremi Cole, a highly skilled Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a wealth of experience in providing compassionate and evidence-based care to individuals facing a range of mental health challenges. I have a deep commitment to improving the lives of my patients. I specialize in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mood disorders, anxiety, psychosis, and substance use disorders. I work with adults, and older adults. I am experienced in assessing, diagnosing, and treating various mental health conditions.
I am Oluremi Cole, a highly skilled Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a wealth of experience in providing compassionate and evidence-based care to individuals facing a range of mental health challenges. I have a deep commitment to improving the lives of my patients. I specialize in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mood disorders, anxiety, psychosis, and substance use disorders. I work with adults, and older adults. I am experienced in assessing, diagnosing, and treating various mental health conditions.
(972) 810-3679 View (972) 810-3679
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Elite Touch Behavioral Health Clinic Pllc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75208  (Online Only)
Elite Touch Behavioral Health Clinic is a family-oriented clinic, offering mental health services through telehealth. It was established to support clients and their families with some mental health challenges. Our mission is to help our clients improve health and quality of life by providing outstanding Affordable care, including a thorough assessment, treatment, and education. Our vision is to provide comprehensive psychiatric services to our clients, empowering them and contributing to the growth of the community.
Elite Touch Behavioral Health Clinic is a family-oriented clinic, offering mental health services through telehealth. It was established to support clients and their families with some mental health challenges. Our mission is to help our clients improve health and quality of life by providing outstanding Affordable care, including a thorough assessment, treatment, and education. Our vision is to provide comprehensive psychiatric services to our clients, empowering them and contributing to the growth of the community.
(469) 966-8103 View (469) 966-8103
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Dr. Taiye Popoola - Zoe Psychiatry And Sleep Medicine
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD, PMH-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75243
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
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Dr. Michael Millstone - Brain and Behavior, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75390  (Online Only)
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.
(214) 206-3421 View (214) 206-3421

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Anderson County, TX

< 10

Psychiatrists in Anderson County, TX who prioritize treating:

67% Depression
67% Anxiety
67% ADHD
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
67% Trauma and PTSD
67% Sleep or Insomnia
33% Relationship Issues

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Anderson County, TX see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Anderson County?

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.