Psychiatrists in Argyle, TX

Photo of Preji Somar, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Argyle, TX
Preji Somar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, MSN, APRN, PHMNP, LPC
Verified
Argyle, TX 76226
Preji is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner by American Nurses Credentialing Center. She is a graduate of Advanced Master Psychopharmacology Program from Neuroscience Education Institute accredited by Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. Preji is also a LPC. After receiving her BA in Psychology from University of Texas at Dallas, she obtained her Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Abilene Christian University, she then became a registered nurse and obtained a Master's Degree in Family Mental Health Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program at The University of Texas at Austin.
Preji is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner by American Nurses Credentialing Center. She is a graduate of Advanced Master Psychopharmacology Program from Neuroscience Education Institute accredited by Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. Preji is also a LPC. After receiving her BA in Psychology from University of Texas at Dallas, she obtained her Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Abilene Christian University, she then became a registered nurse and obtained a Master's Degree in Family Mental Health Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program at The University of Texas at Austin.
(940) 355-0319 View (940) 355-0319
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Sante Outpatient Program
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
1 Endorsed
Argyle, TX 76226
Santé's Intensive Outpatient Program is structured in 3 phases. Our philosophy is that the length of our program is dependent on goals achieved. Thus, some finish treatment in 16 weeks while others take a little longer. Phase One consists of 3 sessions per week for 6 weeks. Phase Two consists of 3 sessions per week for 6 weeks where different assignments & increase expectations around recovery behaviors are given. Phase Three consists of 3 sessions per week for 4 weeks. Our 16-week program includes group & individual therapy sessions spread through all the phases. Program completion dates & phases are individualized.
Santé's Intensive Outpatient Program is structured in 3 phases. Our philosophy is that the length of our program is dependent on goals achieved. Thus, some finish treatment in 16 weeks while others take a little longer. Phase One consists of 3 sessions per week for 6 weeks. Phase Two consists of 3 sessions per week for 6 weeks where different assignments & increase expectations around recovery behaviors are given. Phase Three consists of 3 sessions per week for 4 weeks. Our 16-week program includes group & individual therapy sessions spread through all the phases. Program completion dates & phases are individualized.
(940) 236-0672 View (940) 236-0672
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Dr. Kelly Quakenbush
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Argyle, TX 76226
Take charge of your health. Whether it is depression, anxiety, or ADHD, we can help you. See an actual physician, not a random "provider" assigned to you with an online-only company. You deserve a qualified physician to oversee your treatment. Intentional Life Psychiatry is a medical practice and you are the priority.
Take charge of your health. Whether it is depression, anxiety, or ADHD, we can help you. See an actual physician, not a random "provider" assigned to you with an online-only company. You deserve a qualified physician to oversee your treatment. Intentional Life Psychiatry is a medical practice and you are the priority.
(940) 277-7373 View (940) 277-7373
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Dykstra Freeman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Argyle, TX 76226
Dykstra Freeman, APRN has more than 10 years of experience in the behavioral health field. In addition to APRN, he has served as an RN and an MHT. Education is fundamental to his work and his expertise. He has a Master of Science degree in Nursing from Walden University, two Bachelor’s degrees (biology and nursing) from Northwestern State University at LA, and an Associate’s in Nursing from Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University of LA.
Dykstra Freeman, APRN has more than 10 years of experience in the behavioral health field. In addition to APRN, he has served as an RN and an MHT. Education is fundamental to his work and his expertise. He has a Master of Science degree in Nursing from Walden University, two Bachelor’s degrees (biology and nursing) from Northwestern State University at LA, and an Associate’s in Nursing from Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University of LA.
(214) 307-8342 View (214) 307-8342
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Dr. Tara R. Fuller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified
Argyle, TX 76226
I have ten+ years in nursing including emergency medicine, cardiac critical care & cardiothoracic transplant management. I received my Doctorate of Nursing Practice at Loyola University New Orleans in 2023. I believe in compassionate care & a collaborative approach to achieve success. I value the importance of therapeutic relationships, embracing one’s mental health & patient-involved care to facilitate successful outcomes. Remember—it takes courage to ask for help & reading this means you’re ready to take that step. An evaluation is the first step to determine what needs you have & how to explore your personalized treatment goals.
I have ten+ years in nursing including emergency medicine, cardiac critical care & cardiothoracic transplant management. I received my Doctorate of Nursing Practice at Loyola University New Orleans in 2023. I believe in compassionate care & a collaborative approach to achieve success. I value the importance of therapeutic relationships, embracing one’s mental health & patient-involved care to facilitate successful outcomes. Remember—it takes courage to ask for help & reading this means you’re ready to take that step. An evaluation is the first step to determine what needs you have & how to explore your personalized treatment goals.
(940) 286-3679 View (940) 286-3679
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Dr. Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Argyle, TX 76226
The dawn of the new year unfolds as an opportunity for profound personal reinvention. Are your thought patterns due to ADHD or anxiety? When will that fatigue resolve? Which emotions are based on your upbringing, genetics, brain chemistry, or your recent circumstances? Break free from the cyclical ruts that may have defined your journey and let the dedicated team of experts at Evolve Psychiatry show you how we can provide unwavering support and education tailored to your individual challenges. We specialize in offering proven options (and not just medications), grounded in a deep understanding of your unique needs.
The dawn of the new year unfolds as an opportunity for profound personal reinvention. Are your thought patterns due to ADHD or anxiety? When will that fatigue resolve? Which emotions are based on your upbringing, genetics, brain chemistry, or your recent circumstances? Break free from the cyclical ruts that may have defined your journey and let the dedicated team of experts at Evolve Psychiatry show you how we can provide unwavering support and education tailored to your individual challenges. We specialize in offering proven options (and not just medications), grounded in a deep understanding of your unique needs.
(972) 853-6219 View (972) 853-6219

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Sheila Trish Morgan-Freeman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Highland Village, TX 75077
Quality driven psychiatric care provided with compassion. I specialize in providing evidence-based treatments for a wide spectrum of mental health conditions including ADHD, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, mood disorders, OCD, psychosis, traumatic stress and more. My goal is to empower my patients and equip them with the tools and strategies they need to improve their mental health and achieve their goals.
Quality driven psychiatric care provided with compassion. I specialize in providing evidence-based treatments for a wide spectrum of mental health conditions including ADHD, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, mood disorders, OCD, psychosis, traumatic stress and more. My goal is to empower my patients and equip them with the tools and strategies they need to improve their mental health and achieve their goals.
(972) 736-8223 View (972) 736-8223
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Dr. Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Denton, TX 76210
The dawn of the new year unfolds as an opportunity for profound personal reinvention. Are your thought patterns due to ADHD or anxiety? When will that fatigue resolve? Which emotions are based on your upbringing, genetics, brain chemistry, or your recent circumstances? Break free from the cyclical ruts that may have defined your journey and let the dedicated team of experts at Evolve Psychiatry show you how we can provide unwavering support and education tailored to your individual challenges. We specialize in offering proven options (and not just medications), grounded in a deep understanding of your unique needs.
The dawn of the new year unfolds as an opportunity for profound personal reinvention. Are your thought patterns due to ADHD or anxiety? When will that fatigue resolve? Which emotions are based on your upbringing, genetics, brain chemistry, or your recent circumstances? Break free from the cyclical ruts that may have defined your journey and let the dedicated team of experts at Evolve Psychiatry show you how we can provide unwavering support and education tailored to your individual challenges. We specialize in offering proven options (and not just medications), grounded in a deep understanding of your unique needs.
(940) 291-9028 View (940) 291-9028
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Morna Agoki
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-C
Verified
Denton, TX 76210  (Online Only)
Morna Agoki is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner-Across the Lifespan and is excited to be a part of the Connections Wellness Group. Morna begun her nursing career 14 years ago and earned her bachelor’s degree at Southwestern Adventist University. She worked at various hospitals in Dallas-Fort worth area working with children and adolescents in outpatient settings and adults in both inpatient and outpatient mental health hospitals and clinics. With her passion gained over the years in behavioral health, she went back to pursue her master’s degree in psychiatric nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington
Morna Agoki is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner-Across the Lifespan and is excited to be a part of the Connections Wellness Group. Morna begun her nursing career 14 years ago and earned her bachelor’s degree at Southwestern Adventist University. She worked at various hospitals in Dallas-Fort worth area working with children and adolescents in outpatient settings and adults in both inpatient and outpatient mental health hospitals and clinics. With her passion gained over the years in behavioral health, she went back to pursue her master’s degree in psychiatric nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington
(940) 748-1702 View (940) 748-1702
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DFW TMS and The Costello Clinic
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Highland Village, TX 75077
The Costello Clinic and DFW TMS in Highland Village is a full service mental health clinic. We offer a complete array of therapeutic interventions from medication-psychotherapy combined sessions to Interventional Psychiatric care (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), and Esketamine (Spravato) care services when indicated). We use a lifestyle medicine approach in order to provide comprehensive care in collaboration with a team of caregivers and works to help each individual to create as joyful, meaningful, and functional a life as that person's strengths will allow.
The Costello Clinic and DFW TMS in Highland Village is a full service mental health clinic. We offer a complete array of therapeutic interventions from medication-psychotherapy combined sessions to Interventional Psychiatric care (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), and Esketamine (Spravato) care services when indicated). We use a lifestyle medicine approach in order to provide comprehensive care in collaboration with a team of caregivers and works to help each individual to create as joyful, meaningful, and functional a life as that person's strengths will allow.
(972) 810-7523 View (972) 810-7523
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Helena Hernandez
Physician Assistant
Verified
Trophy Club, TX 76262
Helena is a board-certified physician assistant and a proud Texan. She was born in the Philippines, but came to Texas as fast as she could. She studied international studies and chemistry at Baylor University, then health IT & informatics at the University of Texas at Austin. She worked in tech in Boston for three years, then returned to Austin to work on her post-baccalaureate. Helena obtained her Masters of Physician Assistant from Wichita State University in Kansas in July 2019 and was board certified on August 2019.
Helena is a board-certified physician assistant and a proud Texan. She was born in the Philippines, but came to Texas as fast as she could. She studied international studies and chemistry at Baylor University, then health IT & informatics at the University of Texas at Austin. She worked in tech in Boston for three years, then returned to Austin to work on her post-baccalaureate. Helena obtained her Masters of Physician Assistant from Wichita State University in Kansas in July 2019 and was board certified on August 2019.
(682) 297-2837 View (682) 297-2837
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Inemesit Sampson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-C, FNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Roanoke, TX 76262
Inemesit Sampson is a double board certified nurse practitioner with over eight years of experience as a nurse practitioner.
Inemesit Sampson is a double board certified nurse practitioner with over eight years of experience as a nurse practitioner.
(469) 461-7426 View (469) 461-7426
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Flowers Family Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN
Verified
Denton, TX 76201  (Online Only)
Welcome to Flowers Family Psychiatry, where compassionate care meets evidence-based practices. As a dedicated mental health provider, Bri Flowers is committed to guiding individuals through challenging times with open-mindedness, affirmation, and reliability. At Flowers Family Psychiatry, we understand the importance of providing non-judgmental support to individuals across the lifespan. With extensive experience in addressing various mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and psychosis, Bri Flowers ensures a comprehensive and personalized approach to each client's unique needs.
Welcome to Flowers Family Psychiatry, where compassionate care meets evidence-based practices. As a dedicated mental health provider, Bri Flowers is committed to guiding individuals through challenging times with open-mindedness, affirmation, and reliability. At Flowers Family Psychiatry, we understand the importance of providing non-judgmental support to individuals across the lifespan. With extensive experience in addressing various mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and psychosis, Bri Flowers ensures a comprehensive and personalized approach to each client's unique needs.
(817) 646-5719 View (817) 646-5719
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Kim Salinger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP AHN, APRN
Verified
Flower Mound, TX 75022
Holistic & Integrative Psychiatry for creative, unique and neurodiverse individuals. ​I offer the best aspects of conventional, alternative & integrative psych to help you optimize mental health and overall well-being. Prescription psychiatric medications are used plus natural alternatives, based on your preferences. Please note that I do not prescribe controlled substances, which includes stimulants for attention issues. Emphasizing positivity, self acceptance, celebration of uniqueness and optimizing your individual potential. Focus on now and future forward (no dredging up the past). Friendly, supportive and non-judgmental care.
Holistic & Integrative Psychiatry for creative, unique and neurodiverse individuals. ​I offer the best aspects of conventional, alternative & integrative psych to help you optimize mental health and overall well-being. Prescription psychiatric medications are used plus natural alternatives, based on your preferences. Please note that I do not prescribe controlled substances, which includes stimulants for attention issues. Emphasizing positivity, self acceptance, celebration of uniqueness and optimizing your individual potential. Focus on now and future forward (no dredging up the past). Friendly, supportive and non-judgmental care.
(972) 362-5091 View (972) 362-5091
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Neogen Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Roanoke, TX 76262
Compassionate and Empathetic Adult and Child Psychiatrist who provides evidence based Psychiatric solutions for patients seeking to balance and normalize their mental health. Patients may be seeking help with Depression, Anxiety, Adjusting to Situational Stressors, ADHD, Psychosis, Bipolar D/O, recent trauma or mental health issues related to substance abuse. (Not Addiction Medicine Fellowship trained)
Compassionate and Empathetic Adult and Child Psychiatrist who provides evidence based Psychiatric solutions for patients seeking to balance and normalize their mental health. Patients may be seeking help with Depression, Anxiety, Adjusting to Situational Stressors, ADHD, Psychosis, Bipolar D/O, recent trauma or mental health issues related to substance abuse. (Not Addiction Medicine Fellowship trained)
(817) 241-4010 View (817) 241-4010
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Hecen Healthcare
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Flower Mound, TX 75022  (Online Only)
Looking for someone to talk to? Well, look no further! At Hecen Healthcare, we offer medication management, psychoeducation, and psychiatric evaluation. Our focus areas include anxiety, depression, sleep problems, bipolar, PTSD, psychosis, attention & focus, and panic disorder. We provide patient-driven care and treat our patients with respect, honesty, and dignity. We are passionate and caring about our services and your utmost well-being is the goal, ensuring a non-judgmental approach.
Looking for someone to talk to? Well, look no further! At Hecen Healthcare, we offer medication management, psychoeducation, and psychiatric evaluation. Our focus areas include anxiety, depression, sleep problems, bipolar, PTSD, psychosis, attention & focus, and panic disorder. We provide patient-driven care and treat our patients with respect, honesty, and dignity. We are passionate and caring about our services and your utmost well-being is the goal, ensuring a non-judgmental approach.
(361) 240-7804 View (361) 240-7804
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Holistic Health Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C
Verified
Keller, TX 76262  (Online Only)
Andrea Yoshiko Carter is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has experience treating adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, PTSD, childhood trauma, and bipolar disorder. Andrea has received training in dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and is certified in brainspotting.
Andrea Yoshiko Carter is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has experience treating adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, PTSD, childhood trauma, and bipolar disorder. Andrea has received training in dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and is certified in brainspotting.
(281) 843-1984 View (281) 843-1984
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Hecen Healthcare
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Denton, TX 76201  (Online Only)
Looking for someone to talk to? Well, look no further! At Hecen Healthcare, we offer medication management, psychoeducation, and psychiatric evaluation. Our focus areas include anxiety, depression, sleep problems, bipolar, PTSD, psychosis, attention & focus, and panic disorder. We provide patient-driven care and treat our patients with respect, honesty, and dignity. We are passionate and caring about our services and your utmost well-being is the goal, ensuring a non-judgmental approach.
Looking for someone to talk to? Well, look no further! At Hecen Healthcare, we offer medication management, psychoeducation, and psychiatric evaluation. Our focus areas include anxiety, depression, sleep problems, bipolar, PTSD, psychosis, attention & focus, and panic disorder. We provide patient-driven care and treat our patients with respect, honesty, and dignity. We are passionate and caring about our services and your utmost well-being is the goal, ensuring a non-judgmental approach.
(940) 360-4621 View (940) 360-4621
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Samitriya Kroll
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Denton, TX 76201  (Online Only)
Accepting new client assessments within 48 hours! Samitriya Kroll, offers compassionate and individualized, holistic care dedicated to your overall wellbeing. With over 10 years’ experience in mental health care, Samitriya specializes in mood and anxiety disorders, along with Seasonal Affective Disorder and PTSD. She offers a holistic approach to healing with personalized care, medication management, and lifestyle modification habits.
Accepting new client assessments within 48 hours! Samitriya Kroll, offers compassionate and individualized, holistic care dedicated to your overall wellbeing. With over 10 years’ experience in mental health care, Samitriya specializes in mood and anxiety disorders, along with Seasonal Affective Disorder and PTSD. She offers a holistic approach to healing with personalized care, medication management, and lifestyle modification habits.
(972) 435-6749 View (972) 435-6749
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Kim Salinger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP, AHN, APRN
Verified
Flower Mound, TX 75022
Holistic & Integrative Psychiatry for creative, unique and neurodiverse individuals. ​I offer the best aspects of conventional, alternative & integrative psych to help you optimize mental health and overall well-being. Prescription psychiatric medications are used and natural alternatives, based on your preferences. Please note that I do not prescribe controlled substances, which includes stimulants for attention issues. Emphasizing positivity, self acceptance, celebration of uniqueness and optimizing your individual potential. Focus on now and future forward (no dredging up the past). Friendly, supportive and non-judgmental care.
Holistic & Integrative Psychiatry for creative, unique and neurodiverse individuals. ​I offer the best aspects of conventional, alternative & integrative psych to help you optimize mental health and overall well-being. Prescription psychiatric medications are used and natural alternatives, based on your preferences. Please note that I do not prescribe controlled substances, which includes stimulants for attention issues. Emphasizing positivity, self acceptance, celebration of uniqueness and optimizing your individual potential. Focus on now and future forward (no dredging up the past). Friendly, supportive and non-judgmental care.
(415) 797-0687 View (415) 797-0687

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Argyle, TX

< 10

Psychiatrists in Argyle, TX who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Alcohol Use
83% Addiction
83% Substance Use
83% Drug Abuse
67% Eating Disorders

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BHS | Behavioral Health Systems
100% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Argyle, TX see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

60% Female
40% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Argyle?

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.