Psychiatrists in Bexar County, TX

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Photo of Sarah Casola, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Bexar County, TX
Sarah Casola
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78249
Same week appointments available! Hi there! Do you find it difficult to get out of bed in the morning, have low energy, and low motivation? Is it hard to find joy even in the things you would normally enjoy doing? Do you constantly worry or have fears that hold you back? Or maybe you find yourself struggling with frequent unwanted thoughts, or have compulsions you cannot control? You do not have to face this alone. Let's work together!
Same week appointments available! Hi there! Do you find it difficult to get out of bed in the morning, have low energy, and low motivation? Is it hard to find joy even in the things you would normally enjoy doing? Do you constantly worry or have fears that hold you back? Or maybe you find yourself struggling with frequent unwanted thoughts, or have compulsions you cannot control? You do not have to face this alone. Let's work together!
(210) 796-5030 View (210) 796-5030
Photo of Dave Adeleye, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Bexar County, TX
Dave Adeleye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PMH, BC
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78258  (Online Only)
Do you feel overwhelmed with negative emotions? Are you or your child struggling with mental health issues? Do you feel helpless and believe that no one care or listens to you? The good news is that I am available! I am a doctorally prepared and board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with nearly 2 decades of experience in psychiatry nursing. I work with children, adolescents, and adults with depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, PTSD, mood disorders, substance use disorders, sleep disorders, and psychotic disorders
Do you feel overwhelmed with negative emotions? Are you or your child struggling with mental health issues? Do you feel helpless and believe that no one care or listens to you? The good news is that I am available! I am a doctorally prepared and board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with nearly 2 decades of experience in psychiatry nursing. I work with children, adolescents, and adults with depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, PTSD, mood disorders, substance use disorders, sleep disorders, and psychotic disorders
(210) 879-1691 View (210) 879-1691
Photo of Brian Hollis, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Bexar County, TX
Brian Hollis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Alamo Heights, TX 78209
Brian Hollis is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2017. He earned a BSN at George Mason University and an MSN at the University of South Alabama. Brian offers the ability to create a therapeutic rapport. He collects a thorough history for development of a clinical database required for diagnosis and management. During his free time, Brian enjoys attending church, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Brian Hollis is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2017. He earned a BSN at George Mason University and an MSN at the University of South Alabama. Brian offers the ability to create a therapeutic rapport. He collects a thorough history for development of a clinical database required for diagnosis and management. During his free time, Brian enjoys attending church, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
(210) 942-0425 View (210) 942-0425
Photo of Luis Valdez, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Bexar County, TX
Luis Valdez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78229
Luis Javier Valdez is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over one year of experience specializing in depression, anxiety, and ADHD. Javier treats clients between the ages of 5 and 64 utilizing a biopsychosocial treatment approach, meaning that I will attempt to understand you as a whole individual including biological processes, your psychological approaches to coping, as well as your support system/family, and work systems to create a tailored treatment plan that is evidenced-based and unique for you.
Luis Javier Valdez is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over one year of experience specializing in depression, anxiety, and ADHD. Javier treats clients between the ages of 5 and 64 utilizing a biopsychosocial treatment approach, meaning that I will attempt to understand you as a whole individual including biological processes, your psychological approaches to coping, as well as your support system/family, and work systems to create a tailored treatment plan that is evidenced-based and unique for you.
(210) 361-4207 View (210) 361-4207
Photo of Caroline Horton, Physician Assistant in Bexar County, TX
Caroline Horton
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78258
Caroline is a Physician Assistant, nationally certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She received a Master in Physician Assistant Studies at James Madison University in Virginia and is licensed to practice in the state of TX by the Texas Medical Board. She has experience in Emergency Medicine and the care of adults and children with acute and chronic mental health disorders in the ER setting. She is committed to helping provide mental health services to the people of San Antonio and surrounding communities that allows more people to access the care they need in an outpatient setting.
Caroline is a Physician Assistant, nationally certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She received a Master in Physician Assistant Studies at James Madison University in Virginia and is licensed to practice in the state of TX by the Texas Medical Board. She has experience in Emergency Medicine and the care of adults and children with acute and chronic mental health disorders in the ER setting. She is committed to helping provide mental health services to the people of San Antonio and surrounding communities that allows more people to access the care they need in an outpatient setting.
(210) 774-6364 View (210) 774-6364
Photo of Ann Torres, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Bexar County, TX
Ann Torres
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PHMNP
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78216
At Aura Psychiatry our Mission is to Improve the Quality of Life of our clients, to overcome Mental Barriers & truly live the life they deserve. Our purpose is to Support, Educate, & Empower clients & their families by providing them a safe & reliable place to share their problems and stories. We pride ourselves on our Patient-Focused approach that emphasizes the Highest possible Standards. Immediate Appointments Available! Evenings & some Weekend appointments available. Visit us at www.AuraPsychiatry.com
At Aura Psychiatry our Mission is to Improve the Quality of Life of our clients, to overcome Mental Barriers & truly live the life they deserve. Our purpose is to Support, Educate, & Empower clients & their families by providing them a safe & reliable place to share their problems and stories. We pride ourselves on our Patient-Focused approach that emphasizes the Highest possible Standards. Immediate Appointments Available! Evenings & some Weekend appointments available. Visit us at www.AuraPsychiatry.com
(210) 972-8488 View (210) 972-8488
Photo of Javen Valerie Cavazos, Psychiatrist in Bexar County, TX
Javen Valerie Cavazos
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78257
Strive Psychiatry encourages patients to STRIVE to be courageous, connected, and understanding about mental health. It is the beginning journey of hope to being a better you. Advocating for bringing back medicine the way it used to be with direct patient care. Dr. Cavazos has been practicing in san antonio for 6 years and has over a decade of professional experience in mental health. Please visit www.strivepsychiatry.com for further information. Please schedule https://app.luminello.com/javencavazosmd/form
Strive Psychiatry encourages patients to STRIVE to be courageous, connected, and understanding about mental health. It is the beginning journey of hope to being a better you. Advocating for bringing back medicine the way it used to be with direct patient care. Dr. Cavazos has been practicing in san antonio for 6 years and has over a decade of professional experience in mental health. Please visit www.strivepsychiatry.com for further information. Please schedule https://app.luminello.com/javencavazosmd/form
(830) 476-0929 View (830) 476-0929
Photo of Britanni O Greene, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Bexar County, TX
Britanni O Greene
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78258  (Online Only)
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in holistic, integrative psychiatry and psychotherapy, I am deeply committed to providing a personalized and empowering approach to mental health care. My practice is founded on the belief that true healing encompasses not just the body, but also the mind and spirit. I understand that seeking help for mental health concerns can be daunting, which is why I strive to create a warm and welcoming environment where clients feel safe to explore their emotions and experiences. My approach is centered around fostering a strong therapeutic alliance built on trust, respect, and collaboration.
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in holistic, integrative psychiatry and psychotherapy, I am deeply committed to providing a personalized and empowering approach to mental health care. My practice is founded on the belief that true healing encompasses not just the body, but also the mind and spirit. I understand that seeking help for mental health concerns can be daunting, which is why I strive to create a warm and welcoming environment where clients feel safe to explore their emotions and experiences. My approach is centered around fostering a strong therapeutic alliance built on trust, respect, and collaboration.
(210) 905-9612 View (210) 905-9612
Photo of Anthony Okafor, Physician Assistant in Bexar County, TX
Anthony Okafor
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78217
NOW Accepting NEW Patients! PA Okafor is a fully licensed Physician Assistant in the State of Texas. My goal and passion are to help individuals (18 and above) find and regain their sense of self again using my extensive background & experiences I've encountered in the field of medicine and also working as a PA in San Antonio Behavioral Hospital. Those experiences & exposures to different kinds of people from the underserved to suburban areas prepared me well to be in-tune with others' feelings emotionally, cognitively & physically.
NOW Accepting NEW Patients! PA Okafor is a fully licensed Physician Assistant in the State of Texas. My goal and passion are to help individuals (18 and above) find and regain their sense of self again using my extensive background & experiences I've encountered in the field of medicine and also working as a PA in San Antonio Behavioral Hospital. Those experiences & exposures to different kinds of people from the underserved to suburban areas prepared me well to be in-tune with others' feelings emotionally, cognitively & physically.
(210) 964-3661 View (210) 964-3661
Photo of Elizabeth Ann Keller, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Bexar County, TX
Elizabeth Ann Keller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-BC, LPC, MS
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78240
Hello, I'm Elizabeth Keller. I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner and psychotherapist and hypnotherapist. I am board certified as a nurse practitioner in Family Practice and Psychiatry. I am licensed as an LPC. And I am nationally certified as a hypnotherapist. I also teach self-hypnosis. I have been in private practice since 2010. I have been a nurse practitioner since 1983. I take a holistic approach and a wellness orientation with my clients. If you would like more details about my practice, my website is lifemotivationssa.com. My phone number (PLEASE TEXT ONLY) 210.473.1619/email: lifemotivationssa@gmail.com
Hello, I'm Elizabeth Keller. I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner and psychotherapist and hypnotherapist. I am board certified as a nurse practitioner in Family Practice and Psychiatry. I am licensed as an LPC. And I am nationally certified as a hypnotherapist. I also teach self-hypnosis. I have been in private practice since 2010. I have been a nurse practitioner since 1983. I take a holistic approach and a wellness orientation with my clients. If you would like more details about my practice, my website is lifemotivationssa.com. My phone number (PLEASE TEXT ONLY) 210.473.1619/email: lifemotivationssa@gmail.com
(210) 981-4873 View (210) 981-4873
Photo of Dr. Mark Pichot, Psychiatrist in Bexar County, TX
Dr. Mark Pichot
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78209
Dr. Pichot is a graduate of the UT Health San Antonio Psychiatry Residency Program and is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology. He was nominated and selected by peer physicians in San Antonio Magazine’s Top Doctors of 2023 in Psychiatry and Super Doctors Rising Stars in 2024 with a special advertising section in the July issue of Texas Monthly. He is a board-certified psychiatrist trained in both psychopharmacology and psychotherapy practicing in Alamo Heights at the Broadway Theater Building. In-person and virtual visits are options if there is availability when you call.
Dr. Pichot is a graduate of the UT Health San Antonio Psychiatry Residency Program and is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology. He was nominated and selected by peer physicians in San Antonio Magazine’s Top Doctors of 2023 in Psychiatry and Super Doctors Rising Stars in 2024 with a special advertising section in the July issue of Texas Monthly. He is a board-certified psychiatrist trained in both psychopharmacology and psychotherapy practicing in Alamo Heights at the Broadway Theater Building. In-person and virtual visits are options if there is availability when you call.
(210) 794-8518 View (210) 794-8518
Photo of Brandi Hrasdzira, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Bexar County, TX
Brandi Hrasdzira
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78229
Brandi Hrasdzira is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2021. She is a 2020 graduate from University of the Incarnate Word where she obtained her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Brandi offers a holistic approach to psychiatric treatment where she considers medical, mental, and social causes of symptoms. Brandi believes the best modality for treatment is both therapy and medication management. In her free time, Brandi enjoys spending time with her two dogs, the outdoors, gardening, crafting, concerts, and video games.
Brandi Hrasdzira is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2021. She is a 2020 graduate from University of the Incarnate Word where she obtained her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Brandi offers a holistic approach to psychiatric treatment where she considers medical, mental, and social causes of symptoms. Brandi believes the best modality for treatment is both therapy and medication management. In her free time, Brandi enjoys spending time with her two dogs, the outdoors, gardening, crafting, concerts, and video games.
(210) 864-9669 View (210) 864-9669
Photo of Margaret Betanco, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Bexar County, TX
Margaret Betanco
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78258
Meg Betanco is a Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2015. She has a Master Degree in Social Work with a Concentration in Clinical Services for Children and Families from The University of Denver, and a Master Degree in Nursing with Concentration of Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Meg's approach to care is wholistic and patient centered. She seeks to join patients as a support in their journey to optimal wellness, as the patient defines it. Meg draws on her training as a social worker and a nurse practitioner to combine therapeutic modalities to personalize treatment.
Meg Betanco is a Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2015. She has a Master Degree in Social Work with a Concentration in Clinical Services for Children and Families from The University of Denver, and a Master Degree in Nursing with Concentration of Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Meg's approach to care is wholistic and patient centered. She seeks to join patients as a support in their journey to optimal wellness, as the patient defines it. Meg draws on her training as a social worker and a nurse practitioner to combine therapeutic modalities to personalize treatment.
(708) 840-8649 View (708) 840-8649
Photo of Oladunni Liyele, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Bexar County, TX
Oladunni Liyele
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78204  (Online Only)
Hi there! If you’re reading this, I hope I can be of help in your mental health journey today. My name is Oladunni Liyele, and I’ve recently opened additional availability in my practice to take on new clients. I accept most major insurance plans (including Cigna, Aetna, United, etc) because I believe care should be affordable to all. I tend to fill up quickly, but as of right now, I have appointment slots open as early as next week.
Hi there! If you’re reading this, I hope I can be of help in your mental health journey today. My name is Oladunni Liyele, and I’ve recently opened additional availability in my practice to take on new clients. I accept most major insurance plans (including Cigna, Aetna, United, etc) because I believe care should be affordable to all. I tend to fill up quickly, but as of right now, I have appointment slots open as early as next week.
(210) 756-3406 View (210) 756-3406
Photo of Sarah Kane, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Bexar County, TX
Sarah Kane
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78213
Treats persons 8 years and older who struggle with mental health and behavioral issues.
Treats persons 8 years and older who struggle with mental health and behavioral issues.
(210) 934-5759 View (210) 934-5759
Photo of Shawna Deeves, Psychiatrist in Bexar County, TX
Shawna Deeves
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78229
Dr. Deeves is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist in San Antonio, Texas. She earned her Medical Degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio and has been in practice for more than 20 years.. She leads our team and makes sure all our backgrounds work together to help support your mental health goals. Dr. Deeves is an adjunct assistant professor with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She believes in education and training of new professionals.
Dr. Deeves is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist in San Antonio, Texas. She earned her Medical Degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio and has been in practice for more than 20 years.. She leads our team and makes sure all our backgrounds work together to help support your mental health goals. Dr. Deeves is an adjunct assistant professor with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She believes in education and training of new professionals.
(210) 750-6879 View (210) 750-6879
Photo of Thomas Anthony Dietz, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Bexar County, TX
Thomas Anthony Dietz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78245  (Online Only)
My ideal client is someone who is looking for a whole mind and body approach for enhancing their overall wellness. I don't want to simply medicate symptoms, but rather work with my clients to discover the root cause for the way they feel. I want my clients to not only feel better, but to be better.
My ideal client is someone who is looking for a whole mind and body approach for enhancing their overall wellness. I don't want to simply medicate symptoms, but rather work with my clients to discover the root cause for the way they feel. I want my clients to not only feel better, but to be better.
(210) 761-5239 View (210) 761-5239
Photo of Oladunni Liyele, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Bexar County, TX
Oladunni Liyele
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78215  (Online Only)
Hi there! If you’re reading this, I hope I can be of help in your mental health journey today. My name is Oladunni Liyele, and I’ve recently opened additional availability in my practice to take on new clients. I accept most major insurance plans (including Cigna, Aetna, United, etc) because I believe care should be affordable to all. I tend to fill up quickly, but as of right now, I have appointment slots open as early as next week.
Hi there! If you’re reading this, I hope I can be of help in your mental health journey today. My name is Oladunni Liyele, and I’ve recently opened additional availability in my practice to take on new clients. I accept most major insurance plans (including Cigna, Aetna, United, etc) because I believe care should be affordable to all. I tend to fill up quickly, but as of right now, I have appointment slots open as early as next week.
(210) 774-6784 View (210) 774-6784
Azalia Veronica Martinez
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78257
Dr. Azalia Martinez is a double board-certified psychiatrist who joined Phoenix Mental Health in order to expand her treatment modalities offered to patients. Dr. Martinez completed psychiatry residency at UT Health San Antonio, where she served as a chief resident alongside Dr. Johnston. Following residency, she completed additional specialized training in Forensic Psychiatry at UC Davis. Since that time, Dr. Martinez has worked at state and local hospitals focusing on the stabilization of persons with major mood and thought disorders. She also serves as an expert witness to the court.
Dr. Azalia Martinez is a double board-certified psychiatrist who joined Phoenix Mental Health in order to expand her treatment modalities offered to patients. Dr. Martinez completed psychiatry residency at UT Health San Antonio, where she served as a chief resident alongside Dr. Johnston. Following residency, she completed additional specialized training in Forensic Psychiatry at UC Davis. Since that time, Dr. Martinez has worked at state and local hospitals focusing on the stabilization of persons with major mood and thought disorders. She also serves as an expert witness to the court.
(210) 899-0540 View (210) 899-0540
Photo of Mary Ajayi, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Bexar County, TX
Mary Ajayi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Alamo Heights, TX 78209
Mary Ajayi is a Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2022. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing. Mary strives to help patients take back control of their lives through careful treatment options and being able to gain insights into their life dynamic. Achieving mental wellness is a great way to attain personal balance in life. In her spare time, Mary enjoys traveling and trying new things.
Mary Ajayi is a Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2022. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing. Mary strives to help patients take back control of their lives through careful treatment options and being able to gain insights into their life dynamic. Achieving mental wellness is a great way to attain personal balance in life. In her spare time, Mary enjoys traveling and trying new things.
(210) 966-9809 View (210) 966-9809

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Number of Psychiatrists in Bexar County, TX

200+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Bexar County, TX who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
95% Anxiety
86% Bipolar Disorder
80% Trauma and PTSD
77% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
77% Medication Management
70% ADHD

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

90% Aetna
90% Cigna and Evernorth
88% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Bexar County, TX see their clients

61% In Person and Online
39% Online Only

Gender breakdown

62% Female
38% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Bexar 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.