Psychiatrists in Austin, TX

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Munira Jiwani
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78701  (Online Only)
Hello! I'm glad you've found my profile. My name is Munira Jiwani, and I've just opened more slots at Legion Psychiatry to welcome new clients. I work with most major insurance carriers, such as Cigna, Aetna, United, and more. My schedule fills up fast, but currently, I can see new patients as early as next week on Mondays and Tuesdays (morning and afternoon).
Hello! I'm glad you've found my profile. My name is Munira Jiwani, and I've just opened more slots at Legion Psychiatry to welcome new clients. I work with most major insurance carriers, such as Cigna, Aetna, United, and more. My schedule fills up fast, but currently, I can see new patients as early as next week on Mondays and Tuesdays (morning and afternoon).
(512) 881-8788 View (512) 881-8788
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Richard Sambrook
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78737
I am passionate about helping people find that balance in their life between medication, therapy, and maximizing their potential. I enjoy educating my patients and helping them make complex disorders more understandable. I try and empower my patients by collaborating with them to choose the best treatments. I am the guide; you are the decision maker. I have experience with the treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, substance use, personality disorders and schizophrenia. I stay up to date on the latest treatments options, but my goal is to help people get off of their medications for good or minimize if long-term is needed.
I am passionate about helping people find that balance in their life between medication, therapy, and maximizing their potential. I enjoy educating my patients and helping them make complex disorders more understandable. I try and empower my patients by collaborating with them to choose the best treatments. I am the guide; you are the decision maker. I have experience with the treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, substance use, personality disorders and schizophrenia. I stay up to date on the latest treatments options, but my goal is to help people get off of their medications for good or minimize if long-term is needed.
(737) 315-3888 View (737) 315-3888
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Kristin Miselis
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78756
Dr. Kristin Miselis was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. She took a non-traditional path to a career in medicine that enabled her to augment her medical practice with a broad range of life experiences. She specializes in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry with a specific expertise in the treatment of individuals with eating disorders. She is proud to be serving the youth and families of Austin and the surrounding communities.
Dr. Kristin Miselis was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. She took a non-traditional path to a career in medicine that enabled her to augment her medical practice with a broad range of life experiences. She specializes in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry with a specific expertise in the treatment of individuals with eating disorders. She is proud to be serving the youth and families of Austin and the surrounding communities.
(512) 379-6769 View (512) 379-6769
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Pondworks - Bernard Kim MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78731
I am a board certified, general adult psychiatrist, offering medication management--alone or in combination with psychotherapy--for adults. We schedule new patient appointments through a form on our website. Please provide the requested information, and a member of our staff will respond promptly!
I am a board certified, general adult psychiatrist, offering medication management--alone or in combination with psychotherapy--for adults. We schedule new patient appointments through a form on our website. Please provide the requested information, and a member of our staff will respond promptly!
(512) 765-9578 View (512) 765-9578
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Josh Ingleby
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78731
I am a board-certified psychiatric physician assistant with prescribing authority. I offer medication management, alone or in combination with psychotherapy, to adults. We schedule new patient appointments through a secure form on our website. Please provide the requested information, and a member of our staff will respond promptly! www.pondworkspsychiatry.com
I am a board-certified psychiatric physician assistant with prescribing authority. I offer medication management, alone or in combination with psychotherapy, to adults. We schedule new patient appointments through a secure form on our website. Please provide the requested information, and a member of our staff will respond promptly! www.pondworkspsychiatry.com
(512) 991-8774 View (512) 991-8774
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Emily Ashley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP , APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78731
Emily is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a doctoral degree in nursing practice. She specializes in the holistic treatment of adults suffering from trauma, mood, anxiety, thought disorders including co-occurring substance use disorders. She values high quality, evidence-based, holistic mental health care. While providing psychiatric assessment, diagnosis, medication management, and psychoeducation, Emily ensures the client is at the center of decision making. She adheres to a compassionate and non-judgemental approach when managing mental health.
Emily is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a doctoral degree in nursing practice. She specializes in the holistic treatment of adults suffering from trauma, mood, anxiety, thought disorders including co-occurring substance use disorders. She values high quality, evidence-based, holistic mental health care. While providing psychiatric assessment, diagnosis, medication management, and psychoeducation, Emily ensures the client is at the center of decision making. She adheres to a compassionate and non-judgemental approach when managing mental health.
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Oladunni Liyele
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78701  (Online Only)
Hello! If you’ve landed on my profile, I'm here to support your mental wellness goals. I am Oladunni Liyele, and I've opened new slots at Legion Psychiatry for fresh clients. I'm an in-network provider for most major insurance carriers, including Cigna, Aetna, and United. My schedule tends to fill up quickly; however, I currently have openings on Thursdays (morning to afternoon).
Hello! If you’ve landed on my profile, I'm here to support your mental wellness goals. I am Oladunni Liyele, and I've opened new slots at Legion Psychiatry for fresh clients. I'm an in-network provider for most major insurance carriers, including Cigna, Aetna, and United. My schedule tends to fill up quickly; however, I currently have openings on Thursdays (morning to afternoon).
(737) 520-7265 View (737) 520-7265
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Ghadeer Okayli
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78703
I am Dr. Ghadeer Okayli, an adult psychiatrist in Central Austin,Tx. I have 22years of experience in treating adults with a large spectrum of psychiatric conditions like Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, OCD, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and ADHD to mention a few. I was privileged to be trained in top psychiatric programs, by world renowned psychiatrists and researchers like Drs. Herbert Y Meltzer, Joe Calabrese, Brian Roth, Ned Kalin, and others. The training provided a strong foundation to build my practice on. I have continued to consult with my mentors throughout the past 22years. I am equipped with state of the art knowledge.
I am Dr. Ghadeer Okayli, an adult psychiatrist in Central Austin,Tx. I have 22years of experience in treating adults with a large spectrum of psychiatric conditions like Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, OCD, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and ADHD to mention a few. I was privileged to be trained in top psychiatric programs, by world renowned psychiatrists and researchers like Drs. Herbert Y Meltzer, Joe Calabrese, Brian Roth, Ned Kalin, and others. The training provided a strong foundation to build my practice on. I have continued to consult with my mentors throughout the past 22years. I am equipped with state of the art knowledge.
(512) 948-3752 View (512) 948-3752
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Princess Uzoh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78746
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and have been providing mental health services for 3 years in outpatient and in home settings. I see Individuals and I address Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Psychosis. I began my career in mental health over four years ago caring for children, adolescents, and adults. Over time, I've gained the knowledge, skills, and expertise that now enable me to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health disorders appropriately.
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and have been providing mental health services for 3 years in outpatient and in home settings. I see Individuals and I address Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Psychosis. I began my career in mental health over four years ago caring for children, adolescents, and adults. Over time, I've gained the knowledge, skills, and expertise that now enable me to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health disorders appropriately.
(512) 882-4932 View (512) 882-4932
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Elizabeth Gomez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78727  (Online Only)
Dealing with mental health can be tricky, but it’s not something you have to face alone. In my practice, we tackle these issues head-on with a mix of medication management and self-care strategies. It’s all about finding what works best for you, so you can focus more on enjoying life and less on the stress these conditions can bring. We’ll work together in a relaxed, supportive setting to discover effective ways to manage symptoms and boost your well-being. Let’s navigate this journey together, towards a life that feels more manageable and fulfilling.
Dealing with mental health can be tricky, but it’s not something you have to face alone. In my practice, we tackle these issues head-on with a mix of medication management and self-care strategies. It’s all about finding what works best for you, so you can focus more on enjoying life and less on the stress these conditions can bring. We’ll work together in a relaxed, supportive setting to discover effective ways to manage symptoms and boost your well-being. Let’s navigate this journey together, towards a life that feels more manageable and fulfilling.
(512) 601-8923 View (512) 601-8923
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Oladunni Liyele
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78704  (Online Only)
Hello! If you’ve landed on my profile, I'm here to support your mental wellness goals. I am Oladunni Liyele, and I've opened new slots at Legion Psychiatry for fresh clients. I'm an in-network provider for most major insurance carriers, including Cigna, Aetna, and United. My schedule tends to fill up quickly; however, I currently have openings on Thursdays (morning to afternoon).
Hello! If you’ve landed on my profile, I'm here to support your mental wellness goals. I am Oladunni Liyele, and I've opened new slots at Legion Psychiatry for fresh clients. I'm an in-network provider for most major insurance carriers, including Cigna, Aetna, and United. My schedule tends to fill up quickly; however, I currently have openings on Thursdays (morning to afternoon).
(512) 543-2083 View (512) 543-2083
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Zhan Yang
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78746
I am a board-certified nurse practitioner in psychiatry and family medicine since 2013. I offer medication management services both in person and through telepsychiatry to ages 12 and older. My approach focuses on integrated mental health and physical well beings. Prior to private practice, I worked in a variety of psychiatric settings with various age groups, including both acute psychiatric hospitals and long-term care facilities.
I am a board-certified nurse practitioner in psychiatry and family medicine since 2013. I offer medication management services both in person and through telepsychiatry to ages 12 and older. My approach focuses on integrated mental health and physical well beings. Prior to private practice, I worked in a variety of psychiatric settings with various age groups, including both acute psychiatric hospitals and long-term care facilities.
(512) 883-4621 View (512) 883-4621
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Brighter Skies Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78705  (Online Only)
Demonstrating genuine compassion and empathy is crucial as we connect with patients, even when they struggle to articulate their needs or emotions, compassion can make a significant difference in their care. Mental health can be unpredictable, therefore, being adaptable allows me to respond effectively to changing situations, adjust treatment plans, and provide personalized care. Lastly, effective communication is essential to collaborate with healthcare providers, clients, and families.
Demonstrating genuine compassion and empathy is crucial as we connect with patients, even when they struggle to articulate their needs or emotions, compassion can make a significant difference in their care. Mental health can be unpredictable, therefore, being adaptable allows me to respond effectively to changing situations, adjust treatment plans, and provide personalized care. Lastly, effective communication is essential to collaborate with healthcare providers, clients, and families.
(512) 859-7986 View (512) 859-7986
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VPP Clinic | Dr Arif Mirza MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78701  (Online Only)
Welcome to VPPclinic.com ... As an experienced Psychiatrist in private practice, inpatient and telehealth settings, I'm here to offer authentic, compassionate care. Time is precious, especially for busy students, parents, and working professionals. I look forward to collaborate to reach your goals ASAP! ... Same week Video appointments are available statewide (Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio). Text 469-770-7750 for quick booking assist.
Welcome to VPPclinic.com ... As an experienced Psychiatrist in private practice, inpatient and telehealth settings, I'm here to offer authentic, compassionate care. Time is precious, especially for busy students, parents, and working professionals. I look forward to collaborate to reach your goals ASAP! ... Same week Video appointments are available statewide (Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio). Text 469-770-7750 for quick booking assist.
(737) 758-3383 View (737) 758-3383
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Bruce Bassi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78748
We are a group practice (of psychiatrists and therapists). We have availability within 1-2 weeks (sometimes the same week!). We have 4.9 star average of over 300+ reviews (on our website). Feel free to call or message us to request an ASAP appointment. You might be a bit hesitant about receiving treatment over the internet if you haven’t done it before, and that’s totally understandable. If we can provide you any reassurance, most people end up finding they enjoy virtual visits more than going to an office.
We are a group practice (of psychiatrists and therapists). We have availability within 1-2 weeks (sometimes the same week!). We have 4.9 star average of over 300+ reviews (on our website). Feel free to call or message us to request an ASAP appointment. You might be a bit hesitant about receiving treatment over the internet if you haven’t done it before, and that’s totally understandable. If we can provide you any reassurance, most people end up finding they enjoy virtual visits more than going to an office.
(512) 601-4959 View (512) 601-4959
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Reproductive Psychiatry and Counseling
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78704
If you or your partner are struggling with mental wellness during infertility, pregnancy loss, or pregnancy/postpartum, during perimenopause or experiencing premenstrual difficulties please consider reaching out for more care. We often try to be strong and work through issues alone without realizing the significant impact our own mental health has on our children and family. Receiving quality treatment can help you to improve your wellness, and by extension, the wellness of your baby, in the safest ways.
If you or your partner are struggling with mental wellness during infertility, pregnancy loss, or pregnancy/postpartum, during perimenopause or experiencing premenstrual difficulties please consider reaching out for more care. We often try to be strong and work through issues alone without realizing the significant impact our own mental health has on our children and family. Receiving quality treatment can help you to improve your wellness, and by extension, the wellness of your baby, in the safest ways.
(512) 710-2173 View (512) 710-2173
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Dr. Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78735
Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Which emotions stem from genetics and which are rooted in circumstances? How can you even begin to accurately express yourself? How much change is even possible? What if medications change you for the worse? These uncertainties can leave us in a never ending struggle that keeps us from achieving our true potential. If you’re finally ready to find out answers, then you need Evolve Psychiatry to navigate you out of this maze.
Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Which emotions stem from genetics and which are rooted in circumstances? How can you even begin to accurately express yourself? How much change is even possible? What if medications change you for the worse? These uncertainties can leave us in a never ending struggle that keeps us from achieving our true potential. If you’re finally ready to find out answers, then you need Evolve Psychiatry to navigate you out of this maze.
(737) 727-2812 View (737) 727-2812
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Matthew Maa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78721  (Online Only)
***Telehealth visits available*** I am a board certified psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner that has been practicing in the Austin area since 2013 after graduating with a Master's of Science in Nursing from The University of Texas at Austin. I have been working with both children and adults in an outpatient setting treating anxiety disorders, mood disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, psychotic disorders, substance use disorders, and behavioral concerns, considering the impact of social, physical, and environmental factors, and encourage client input and preferences in treatment planning.
***Telehealth visits available*** I am a board certified psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner that has been practicing in the Austin area since 2013 after graduating with a Master's of Science in Nursing from The University of Texas at Austin. I have been working with both children and adults in an outpatient setting treating anxiety disorders, mood disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, psychotic disorders, substance use disorders, and behavioral concerns, considering the impact of social, physical, and environmental factors, and encourage client input and preferences in treatment planning.
(833) 495-0321 View (833) 495-0321
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Oliver T Bernhardt
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78735  (Online Only)
I completed my general psychiatry training right here in Austin, and I fell in love with psychotherapy. I like using multiple different types and styles of treatment, and not merely medications. I enjoy working with individuals with Addiction Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders, Anxiety and Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Depression, Eating Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Personality Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorders, and Schizophrenia Disorders. I hope to have a significant number of psychotherapy patients, and I want to eventually facilitate group therapy.
I completed my general psychiatry training right here in Austin, and I fell in love with psychotherapy. I like using multiple different types and styles of treatment, and not merely medications. I enjoy working with individuals with Addiction Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders, Anxiety and Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Depression, Eating Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Personality Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorders, and Schizophrenia Disorders. I hope to have a significant number of psychotherapy patients, and I want to eventually facilitate group therapy.
(512) 270-7274 View (512) 270-7274
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Prestigious Guidance Services, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78735  (Online Only)
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am deeply committed to providing compassionate and evidence-based care to individuals struggling with mental health challenges. With a background in family practice and a passion for mental health advocacy, I am dedicated to promoting holistic wellness and empowering patients to achieve their full potential. My journey has been shaped by diverse clinical experiences, where I have had the privilege of working with individuals across the lifespan, from children to adults, in various settings. I believe in the importance of establishing a therapeutic alliance built on trust, respect, and empathy.
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am deeply committed to providing compassionate and evidence-based care to individuals struggling with mental health challenges. With a background in family practice and a passion for mental health advocacy, I am dedicated to promoting holistic wellness and empowering patients to achieve their full potential. My journey has been shaped by diverse clinical experiences, where I have had the privilege of working with individuals across the lifespan, from children to adults, in various settings. I believe in the importance of establishing a therapeutic alliance built on trust, respect, and empathy.
(737) 520-4986 View (737) 520-4986

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Austin, TX

300+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Austin, TX who prioritize treating:

94% Depression
94% Anxiety
80% Bipolar Disorder
77% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
77% Trauma and PTSD
73% Medication Management
69% ADHD

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

86% Cigna and Evernorth
85% Aetna
85% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Austin, TX see their clients

62% In Person and Online
38% Online Only

Gender breakdown

69% Female
30% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Austin?

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.