Psychiatrists in Austin, TX

Photo of Dr. Victoria Nettles, Psychiatrist in Austin, TX
Dr. Victoria Nettles
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Austin, TX 78731
I aim for a for a collaborative approach with my patients. I wants to work together with each patient to provide holistic care that works. I have a personal interest in overall wellness outside of the treatment plan, which incorporates wellness via nutrition, exercise, sleep, meditative practices, and medication or other medical interventions when appropriate. I'm also a believer in other interventional treatments, such as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy. These alternatives not only are proven to be effective, but they also provide more options for each patient.
I aim for a for a collaborative approach with my patients. I wants to work together with each patient to provide holistic care that works. I have a personal interest in overall wellness outside of the treatment plan, which incorporates wellness via nutrition, exercise, sleep, meditative practices, and medication or other medical interventions when appropriate. I'm also a believer in other interventional treatments, such as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy. These alternatives not only are proven to be effective, but they also provide more options for each patient.
(832) 240-2428 View (832) 240-2428
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Dr. Lynn Spillar
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Austin, TX 78746
I am a Psychiatrist and have been providing mental health services for 20 years in outpatient and in home settings. I see Individuals ages 18-62 and address ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Mood Disorder, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I am focused on providing thoughtful and individualized care, integrating pharmacotherapy with individual psychotherapy. I believe a comprehensive understanding of one's experiences helps in leading a brave authentic life, and I am dedicated to helping my patients find this.
I am a Psychiatrist and have been providing mental health services for 20 years in outpatient and in home settings. I see Individuals ages 18-62 and address ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Mood Disorder, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I am focused on providing thoughtful and individualized care, integrating pharmacotherapy with individual psychotherapy. I believe a comprehensive understanding of one's experiences helps in leading a brave authentic life, and I am dedicated to helping my patients find this.
(512) 357-7234 View (512) 357-7234
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Xingchun Tang
Psychiatrist, MD , PhD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78738  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Dr. Xingchun Tang is board-certified in both General Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry. She completed her residency in Medical University of South Carolina & fellowship training at the UT Southwestern at Dallas. She works with adult patients using both medications and psychotherapy. She has extensive experience working with a wide range of psychiatric diagnosis including depression, bipolar, anxiety, ADHD and opioid use disorder. She sees patients for Saturday, and Monday for video appointment.
Dr. Xingchun Tang is board-certified in both General Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry. She completed her residency in Medical University of South Carolina & fellowship training at the UT Southwestern at Dallas. She works with adult patients using both medications and psychotherapy. She has extensive experience working with a wide range of psychiatric diagnosis including depression, bipolar, anxiety, ADHD and opioid use disorder. She sees patients for Saturday, and Monday for video appointment.
(737) 888-1649 View (737) 888-1649
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Robert Robinson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Austin, TX 78746  (Online Only)
I graduated from medical school in Texas. I am board certified in ophthalmology and psychiatry. I was an eye surgeon for twenty years. I had to have emergency heart surgery. I was in surgery for seven hours. After long recovery I was left with hand tremor. As a result I could not do surgery, and I had to retire. After six months I was going crazy with boredom. I enrolled in a local university and took psychology courses for fun. I liked the psychology courses, and the department convinced me to enter their master program.
I graduated from medical school in Texas. I am board certified in ophthalmology and psychiatry. I was an eye surgeon for twenty years. I had to have emergency heart surgery. I was in surgery for seven hours. After long recovery I was left with hand tremor. As a result I could not do surgery, and I had to retire. After six months I was going crazy with boredom. I enrolled in a local university and took psychology courses for fun. I liked the psychology courses, and the department convinced me to enter their master program.
(737) 258-8396 View (737) 258-8396
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Supriya Sharma Kothavale
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
2 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78759
Not accepting new clients
Each individual should be approached with compassion and empathy, and this is rooted deeply in my work. I am a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist treating all psychiatric disorders, working collaboratively with you to improve not just symptoms, but also your sense of self-worth, and overall well-being. I approach your care holistically, by integrating psychotherapy, medications when clinically indicated, and guidance on lifestyle modifications. I treat individuals of all ages, with a special interest in the child/adolescent population, college/graduate students, young adults, and women's mental health.
Each individual should be approached with compassion and empathy, and this is rooted deeply in my work. I am a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist treating all psychiatric disorders, working collaboratively with you to improve not just symptoms, but also your sense of self-worth, and overall well-being. I approach your care holistically, by integrating psychotherapy, medications when clinically indicated, and guidance on lifestyle modifications. I treat individuals of all ages, with a special interest in the child/adolescent population, college/graduate students, young adults, and women's mental health.
(737) 204-3645 View (737) 204-3645
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Lindsey Schwartz
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
Austin, TX 78705
My ideal client is you! I believe in treating the person as a whole, and am in awe of the mind-body-connection. There are many tools we can utilize in the treatment of mental health conditions: medications, therapy, non-invasive treatments and focusing on your overall wellbeing. Together, we will navigate your mental health concerns and use evidence-based research to find the most effective treatments to get you feeling like your best self.
My ideal client is you! I believe in treating the person as a whole, and am in awe of the mind-body-connection. There are many tools we can utilize in the treatment of mental health conditions: medications, therapy, non-invasive treatments and focusing on your overall wellbeing. Together, we will navigate your mental health concerns and use evidence-based research to find the most effective treatments to get you feeling like your best self.
(512) 412-3649 View (512) 412-3649
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Munira Jiwani
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
Austin, TX 78704  (Online Only)
Hi there! If you're reading this, I hope I can assist you on your mental health journey. I'm Munira Jiwani, a board-certified psychiatric specialist. I've recently made some room in my practice for new patients. I work with most major insurance providers, including Cigna, Aetna, and United, because I believe everyone should have access to affordable, quality care. My schedule tends to fill up quickly, but as of now, I have some appointment slots available as early as next week.
Hi there! If you're reading this, I hope I can assist you on your mental health journey. I'm Munira Jiwani, a board-certified psychiatric specialist. I've recently made some room in my practice for new patients. I work with most major insurance providers, including Cigna, Aetna, and United, because I believe everyone should have access to affordable, quality care. My schedule tends to fill up quickly, but as of now, I have some appointment slots available as early as next week.
(737) 888-5057 View (737) 888-5057
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Keisha Marsolan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78731
At eVibrant Mental Wellness, we have a board-certified psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioners that will assess, diagnose, and treat mental health issues with medication management and psychotherapy.
At eVibrant Mental Wellness, we have a board-certified psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioners that will assess, diagnose, and treat mental health issues with medication management and psychotherapy.
(512) 881-7844 View (512) 881-7844
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Katharine Conrad
Physician Assistant, PA-C
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 team 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 team will respond promptly! www.pondworkspsychiatry.com
(512) 881-8916 View (512) 881-8916
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Latham Fink
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified
Austin, TX 78702
My goal is to help my you thrive and become the most self-realized individual you can be. Often that entails at least some level of healing, whether physical, emotional, relational, or even spiritual, before we leverage awareness of the obstacles that stand in the way of living our fullest. My approach to psychiatry is to seamlessly blend medications and therapy so that you can truly live. While medications can be very helpful at times, I don't believe in a magic pill. It is important that you share with me your values and goals so we can also collaborate to find non-pharmacological approaches to helping you thrive.
My goal is to help my you thrive and become the most self-realized individual you can be. Often that entails at least some level of healing, whether physical, emotional, relational, or even spiritual, before we leverage awareness of the obstacles that stand in the way of living our fullest. My approach to psychiatry is to seamlessly blend medications and therapy so that you can truly live. While medications can be very helpful at times, I don't believe in a magic pill. It is important that you share with me your values and goals so we can also collaborate to find non-pharmacological approaches to helping you thrive.
(737) 204-9077 View (737) 204-9077
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Legion Health Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
Austin, TX 78704  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with mental health issues and unsure of where to turn for help? We at Legion Health understand the importance of providing compassionate care for those seeking support in their mental health journey. Legion Health is dedicated to providing evidence-based psychiatric care to adults aged 18 and older in Texas. Our team of board-certified clinicians offers a comprehensive range of services including medication management and supportive therapy to treat various psychiatric disorders. Our virtual care delivery model prioritizes convenience and flexibility, making it easier for you to access care when you need it.
Are you struggling with mental health issues and unsure of where to turn for help? We at Legion Health understand the importance of providing compassionate care for those seeking support in their mental health journey. Legion Health is dedicated to providing evidence-based psychiatric care to adults aged 18 and older in Texas. Our team of board-certified clinicians offers a comprehensive range of services including medication management and supportive therapy to treat various psychiatric disorders. Our virtual care delivery model prioritizes convenience and flexibility, making it easier for you to access care when you need it.
(469) 772-9404 View (469) 772-9404
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Zaw Win
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Austin, TX 78701
Zaw Win, MD is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology in General Adult Psychiatry. Dr. Win was elected by the Membership Committee and the Board of Trustees of the American Psychiatric Association to be a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (FAPA) in recognition of his significant contributions to the field of psychiatry. Dr. Win completed his psychiatry residency training at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1998.
Zaw Win, MD is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology in General Adult Psychiatry. Dr. Win was elected by the Membership Committee and the Board of Trustees of the American Psychiatric Association to be a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (FAPA) in recognition of his significant contributions to the field of psychiatry. Dr. Win completed his psychiatry residency training at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1998.
(512) 882-2072 View (512) 882-2072
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CopeWell Psychiatry And Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-B
Verified
Austin, TX 78701  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients! Have you been feeling down, stressed, or worried lately? Do you sometimes wonder if what you're feeling is normal? You're doing your best, but you have a hard time keeping up with your daily tasks. You have intense emotions, trouble focusing, forgetful, or get easily distracted? Do you find it hard to get out of bed in the morning, you lack motivation or have no interest in things you normally enjoy doing, and you can sometimes be tearful for no reason? Or is your sleep pattern consistently disrupted which leaves you feeling exhausted the next day? You ARE NOT alone! I would like to help.
Accepting new patients! Have you been feeling down, stressed, or worried lately? Do you sometimes wonder if what you're feeling is normal? You're doing your best, but you have a hard time keeping up with your daily tasks. You have intense emotions, trouble focusing, forgetful, or get easily distracted? Do you find it hard to get out of bed in the morning, you lack motivation or have no interest in things you normally enjoy doing, and you can sometimes be tearful for no reason? Or is your sleep pattern consistently disrupted which leaves you feeling exhausted the next day? You ARE NOT alone! I would like to help.
(512) 862-1492 View (512) 862-1492
Photo of Kelly Campbell, Psychiatrist in Austin, TX
Kelly Campbell
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified
Austin, TX 78731
Psychiatrists are medical doctors who specialize in medication management for mental illness and psychotherapy. After medical school I completed five years in residency and fellowship training and a double board certification to give me psychiatric expertise in patients of all ages. I work with children, adolescents and adults (ages 4-55) and provide diagnosis and treatment on a wide range of conditions including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and OCD, autism, PTSD, and more.
Psychiatrists are medical doctors who specialize in medication management for mental illness and psychotherapy. After medical school I completed five years in residency and fellowship training and a double board certification to give me psychiatric expertise in patients of all ages. I work with children, adolescents and adults (ages 4-55) and provide diagnosis and treatment on a wide range of conditions including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and OCD, autism, PTSD, and more.
(512) 399-5403 View (512) 399-5403
Photo of Cole Weatherby, Psychiatrist in Austin, TX
Cole Weatherby
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78702
Not accepting new clients
I feel that achieving health and happiness comes by addressing many aspects of life-mind, body, spirituality, social connectedness, etc. This holistic approach recognizes that we all have an inherent ability to achieve health and that the focus of treatment should be on addressing barriers to this vs. treating or "curing" a disease. None of my patients have been in a textbook. Diagnoses should be used as a general guide for treatment, but that treatment should be customized for each individual person by taking into account the ways in which they do not fit the "textbook diagnosis".
I feel that achieving health and happiness comes by addressing many aspects of life-mind, body, spirituality, social connectedness, etc. This holistic approach recognizes that we all have an inherent ability to achieve health and that the focus of treatment should be on addressing barriers to this vs. treating or "curing" a disease. None of my patients have been in a textbook. Diagnoses should be used as a general guide for treatment, but that treatment should be customized for each individual person by taking into account the ways in which they do not fit the "textbook diagnosis".
(512) 402-8350 View (512) 402-8350
Photo of De-Blessed Mental Wellness PLLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Austin, TX
De-Blessed Mental Wellness PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Austin, TX 78731  (Online Only)
De-Blessed Mental Wellness, PLLC, is a one-stop practice for your mental health. Our care model considers the holistic nature of mind and body. We specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of mood disorders, bipolar disorder, anxiety and panic disorders, ADHD, schizophrenia, insomnia, major depression, psychotic disorders, trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, substance abuse and addiction, and other mental health conditions. We also offer individual psychotherapy. We are currently accepting new clients...
De-Blessed Mental Wellness, PLLC, is a one-stop practice for your mental health. Our care model considers the holistic nature of mind and body. We specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of mood disorders, bipolar disorder, anxiety and panic disorders, ADHD, schizophrenia, insomnia, major depression, psychotic disorders, trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, substance abuse and addiction, and other mental health conditions. We also offer individual psychotherapy. We are currently accepting new clients...
(512) 503-8422 View (512) 503-8422
Photo of Isadora Fox, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Austin, TX
Isadora Fox
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78731
Psychiatry is for any person and every person, regardless of where they are in their life. Highly successful people have problems, too. Just because your life looks great on paper does not mean that you're not suffering on the inside. Feelings and emotions don't discriminate based on income or level of education. And if you're life doesn't look so great on paper, grappling with emotional issues may be keeping you from achieving your goals and moving forward in your life. Psychiatric clinicians offer what life coaches can't--a full assessment of the biological, psychological, and sociological issues.
Psychiatry is for any person and every person, regardless of where they are in their life. Highly successful people have problems, too. Just because your life looks great on paper does not mean that you're not suffering on the inside. Feelings and emotions don't discriminate based on income or level of education. And if you're life doesn't look so great on paper, grappling with emotional issues may be keeping you from achieving your goals and moving forward in your life. Psychiatric clinicians offer what life coaches can't--a full assessment of the biological, psychological, and sociological issues.
(737) 777-8246 View (737) 777-8246
Photo of Robert J. Buchanan, Psychiatrist in Austin, TX
Robert J. Buchanan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Austin, TX 78757
I am the only physician fully trained and Board Certified in both Psychiatry and Neurosurgery. I think that it is important for a physician to understand that each human person is unique and the result of a melding of Brain, Mind, and Spirit. I see patients that have primary Psychiatric disease and those with neurological disease manifesting psychiatric symptoms. Patients that have a neurological disease with psychiatric symptoms need to be treated with full understanding of what brain areas will and will NOT respond to various medications. My practice employs both medication management and Neurologically informed psychotherapy.
I am the only physician fully trained and Board Certified in both Psychiatry and Neurosurgery. I think that it is important for a physician to understand that each human person is unique and the result of a melding of Brain, Mind, and Spirit. I see patients that have primary Psychiatric disease and those with neurological disease manifesting psychiatric symptoms. Patients that have a neurological disease with psychiatric symptoms need to be treated with full understanding of what brain areas will and will NOT respond to various medications. My practice employs both medication management and Neurologically informed psychotherapy.
(512) 598-6475 View (512) 598-6475
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Dr. Matthew Edward Masters Jr
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Austin, TX 78746
Board Certified in Addiction Medicine. Outpatient Detox and Treatment of Fentanyl Addiction. Specializing in: Suboxone for Opioid Addiction; Medical Detox; 12 Step Facilitation; and Dual Diagnosis treating Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, and ADHD. Austin Monthly's Top Doctor in Addiction Medicine 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021. On the Faculty of Texas A & M School of Medicine-Round Rock with extensive teaching experience in the field of Addiction Medicine. Text us (preferred) or call for appointment at (512) 810-2079 and see our website for information at: www.drugfreeaustin.com
Board Certified in Addiction Medicine. Outpatient Detox and Treatment of Fentanyl Addiction. Specializing in: Suboxone for Opioid Addiction; Medical Detox; 12 Step Facilitation; and Dual Diagnosis treating Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, and ADHD. Austin Monthly's Top Doctor in Addiction Medicine 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021. On the Faculty of Texas A & M School of Medicine-Round Rock with extensive teaching experience in the field of Addiction Medicine. Text us (preferred) or call for appointment at (512) 810-2079 and see our website for information at: www.drugfreeaustin.com
(512) 810-2079 View (512) 810-2079
Photo of Bruce Bassi, Psychiatrist in Austin, TX
Bruce Bassi
Psychiatrist, MD
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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Number of Psychiatrists in Austin, TX

300+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Austin, TX who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
94% Anxiety
80% Bipolar Disorder
78% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
77% Trauma and PTSD
75% Medication Management
67% ADHD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

84% Cigna and Evernorth
82% BlueCross and BlueShield
80% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Austin, TX see their clients

63% In Person and Online
37% Online Only

Gender breakdown

66% Female
33% 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.