Psychiatrists in Brenham, TX

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Mahesh Dave
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Brenham, TX 77833
I help you with the State of the Art Psychiatry in Bryan-College Station. TMS-TRANSCRANIAL MAGNETIC STIMULATION, SPRAVATO-esKETAMINE INHALATION, KETAMINE INFUSIONS, EEG BASED BRAIN FUNCTION - MEMORY TESTING, AND MEDICATION MANAGEMENT. With God's Grace, my mission is to help my patients rise against the tide of mental illness and function well, free of stigma, with respect and dignity granted to all of us.
I help you with the State of the Art Psychiatry in Bryan-College Station. TMS-TRANSCRANIAL MAGNETIC STIMULATION, SPRAVATO-esKETAMINE INHALATION, KETAMINE INFUSIONS, EEG BASED BRAIN FUNCTION - MEMORY TESTING, AND MEDICATION MANAGEMENT. With God's Grace, my mission is to help my patients rise against the tide of mental illness and function well, free of stigma, with respect and dignity granted to all of us.
(979) 243-6959 View (979) 243-6959
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Dawn of Grace Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified
Brenham, TX 77833
Is it time to make some changes in your life? Are struggling in ways you don't understand? Depression and anxiety are real. Whether it is lack of knowledge, embarrassment, or misinformation, mental health is the topic many individuals and families would rather avoid. This leads to undiagnosed and untreated mental health struggles that can many times cause one to feel lost, invisible, alone, and unheard—but this does not have to be! Your mental health struggles do not have to control your destiny. You can take contorl and change the trajectory of your life. Let me help.
Is it time to make some changes in your life? Are struggling in ways you don't understand? Depression and anxiety are real. Whether it is lack of knowledge, embarrassment, or misinformation, mental health is the topic many individuals and families would rather avoid. This leads to undiagnosed and untreated mental health struggles that can many times cause one to feel lost, invisible, alone, and unheard—but this does not have to be! Your mental health struggles do not have to control your destiny. You can take contorl and change the trajectory of your life. Let me help.
(346) 567-8256 View (346) 567-8256

Online Psychiatrists

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David Stern
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Bellaire, TX 77401
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist, and I see children, adolescents, and adults of all ages. I offer diagnostic evaluations, psycho-education, treatment planning sessions, and comprehensive psychopharmacological interventions.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist, and I see children, adolescents, and adults of all ages. I offer diagnostic evaluations, psycho-education, treatment planning sessions, and comprehensive psychopharmacological interventions.
(346) 214-8133 View (346) 214-8133
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Reena Kumar
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77008
Dr. Reena Kumar, MD is a Child, Adolescent, and Adult Nutritional Psychiatrist. Dr Kumar earned her Child & Adolescent Psychiatry degree from Dell Medical School at The University of Texas in Austin. Dr. Kumar is very passionate about working with children and their families and making a difference in their lives. Her patients love her for her calm demeanor, indomitable spirit, and genuine love & care she brings into her their lives. She has also received accolades for family therapy, mindfulness and self-compassion work. She also provides experiential group sessions for mindfulness meditation and lifestyle and dietary changes.
Dr. Reena Kumar, MD is a Child, Adolescent, and Adult Nutritional Psychiatrist. Dr Kumar earned her Child & Adolescent Psychiatry degree from Dell Medical School at The University of Texas in Austin. Dr. Kumar is very passionate about working with children and their families and making a difference in their lives. Her patients love her for her calm demeanor, indomitable spirit, and genuine love & care she brings into her their lives. She has also received accolades for family therapy, mindfulness and self-compassion work. She also provides experiential group sessions for mindfulness meditation and lifestyle and dietary changes.
(346) 226-3008 View (346) 226-3008
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George Attobrah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Houston, TX 77024  (Online Only)
I offer quality, affordable mental health care with immediate in-person appointments available in Houston and online appointments throughout Texas. After a detailed assessment and diagnostic evaluation, I will provide you with a customized treatment plan that may include psychotropic medication management and psychotherapy services. If you suffer from depression, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, and other mental disorders, I would be happy to help.
I offer quality, affordable mental health care with immediate in-person appointments available in Houston and online appointments throughout Texas. After a detailed assessment and diagnostic evaluation, I will provide you with a customized treatment plan that may include psychotropic medication management and psychotherapy services. If you suffer from depression, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, and other mental disorders, I would be happy to help.
(832) 648-4087 View (832) 648-4087
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Singularity Psychiatry and Mental Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78759
Waitlist for new clients
I am a psychiatrist with extra training and experience with Treatment Resistant Depression, whether due to common psychiatric comorbidities such as anxiety, OCD, and PTSD or to medical illness. In particular I have a special focus on patients with immunological disease and chronic illness that causes inflammation. My typical patients are adults with a history of treatment failure or who need to balance the effects of complex medication regimens to maximize function. I also work with adults with Bipolar, ADHD, and ASD. I am happy to work with patients of all sexual/gender identities, ethnicities and faiths.
I am a psychiatrist with extra training and experience with Treatment Resistant Depression, whether due to common psychiatric comorbidities such as anxiety, OCD, and PTSD or to medical illness. In particular I have a special focus on patients with immunological disease and chronic illness that causes inflammation. My typical patients are adults with a history of treatment failure or who need to balance the effects of complex medication regimens to maximize function. I also work with adults with Bipolar, ADHD, and ASD. I am happy to work with patients of all sexual/gender identities, ethnicities and faiths.
(512) 543-1499 View (512) 543-1499
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Dr. Peters Etchu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, -BC
Verified
Houston, TX 77082  (Online Only)
Peters Etchu is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). Have been in healthcare for over thirteen years, providing holistic, compassionate mental, and medical care to various demography of patients. Have worked with various psychiatric hospitals around the Houston area providing care to underserved population with mental health challenges. Graduated from Delaware State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and earned a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of South Alabama.
Peters Etchu is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). Have been in healthcare for over thirteen years, providing holistic, compassionate mental, and medical care to various demography of patients. Have worked with various psychiatric hospitals around the Houston area providing care to underserved population with mental health challenges. Graduated from Delaware State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and earned a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of South Alabama.
(281) 626-5592 View (281) 626-5592
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Russell Hayes
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78731
Russell is a Psychiatric Mental Health Physician Assistant with a passion to help all age groups. As a graduate from the Brook Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Russell understands the need to listen and create a comprehensive treatment plan that aligns with your specific needs. Russell takes a holistic approach to treating mental health while incorporating modern day therapies.
Russell is a Psychiatric Mental Health Physician Assistant with a passion to help all age groups. As a graduate from the Brook Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Russell understands the need to listen and create a comprehensive treatment plan that aligns with your specific needs. Russell takes a holistic approach to treating mental health while incorporating modern day therapies.
(512) 580-7035 View (512) 580-7035
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David Walsh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNPBC
Verified
Dripping Springs, TX 78620  (Online Only)
My primary area of interest is in working with individuals and families struggling with addiction, and supporting those in recovery through smart medication management and ongoing therapy. My belief in the recovery model informs my empathic yet pragmatic approach to behavioral healthcare.
My primary area of interest is in working with individuals and families struggling with addiction, and supporting those in recovery through smart medication management and ongoing therapy. My belief in the recovery model informs my empathic yet pragmatic approach to behavioral healthcare.
(512) 842-4487 View (512) 842-4487
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Elizabeth Ssemanda
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78731
Are you running on autopilot? Feeling burnt out? Tired of taking on other people’s emotional baggage or being told to figure it out? We are your PARTNER in getting from being overwhelmed to living life on your terms. Across the globe, the mental health crisis has escalated over the last decade. No groups have felt this as strongly as healers, caregivers, and empaths. They must manage their stress while caring for individuals, young and old. Healers, caregivers, and empaths, it’s time for you to go from surviving to thriving.
Are you running on autopilot? Feeling burnt out? Tired of taking on other people’s emotional baggage or being told to figure it out? We are your PARTNER in getting from being overwhelmed to living life on your terms. Across the globe, the mental health crisis has escalated over the last decade. No groups have felt this as strongly as healers, caregivers, and empaths. They must manage their stress while caring for individuals, young and old. Healers, caregivers, and empaths, it’s time for you to go from surviving to thriving.
(512) 661-0527 View (512) 661-0527
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AvemaPsych & Medical PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, DNP, FNP-C
Verified
Rosenberg, TX 77471
Biography: I completed my master’s degree in nursing at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, followed by a post-master’s degree in Family Nursing Practice (FNP) and a doctoral degree in nursing practice (DNP) at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina. I also completed a post-doctoral degree in psychiatric mental health practice (PMHNP) (across the lifespan) at Frontier Nursing University in Kentucky. I am board certified in Adult, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatry (PMHNP-BC). I am also board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C), a DOT Medical Examiner, and SAMHSA (X-Waiver) addiction provider.
Biography: I completed my master’s degree in nursing at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, followed by a post-master’s degree in Family Nursing Practice (FNP) and a doctoral degree in nursing practice (DNP) at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina. I also completed a post-doctoral degree in psychiatric mental health practice (PMHNP) (across the lifespan) at Frontier Nursing University in Kentucky. I am board certified in Adult, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatry (PMHNP-BC). I am also board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C), a DOT Medical Examiner, and SAMHSA (X-Waiver) addiction provider.
(281) 984-6190 View (281) 984-6190
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Patrick Sassoon
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified
Austin, TX 78746
My approach is based on integrative psychiatry, which uses medications, therapy and complementary medicine to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms. I address the combined impact of sleep, lifestyle, relationships, nutrition and chronic medical conditions on well-being, and use cutting edge tools like genetic testing to guide personalized treatment with medication and supplements. I consider the patient’s cultural background in my assessments and I can provide treatment in Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian. My goal is to help my patients create lasting changes and build vitality, resilience and purpose in life.
My approach is based on integrative psychiatry, which uses medications, therapy and complementary medicine to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms. I address the combined impact of sleep, lifestyle, relationships, nutrition and chronic medical conditions on well-being, and use cutting edge tools like genetic testing to guide personalized treatment with medication and supplements. I consider the patient’s cultural background in my assessments and I can provide treatment in Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian. My goal is to help my patients create lasting changes and build vitality, resilience and purpose in life.
(972) 752-2167 View (972) 752-2167
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Shea T. Sawyer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
2 Endorsed
The Woodlands, TX 77380  (Online Only)
Hi! I am Shea, a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner. I am a Christian as well. I have years of experience working with people that desire to improve their wellness. I prescribe medication to help as well as necessary referrals and health education. I am able to formally diagnosis and treat all psychiatric conditions. I also work with patients that desire to be free from medications, or that want a second opinion. I use a holistic approach whenever possible and help guide you to find the most appropriate treatment plan you are comfortable with.
Hi! I am Shea, a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner. I am a Christian as well. I have years of experience working with people that desire to improve their wellness. I prescribe medication to help as well as necessary referrals and health education. I am able to formally diagnosis and treat all psychiatric conditions. I also work with patients that desire to be free from medications, or that want a second opinion. I use a holistic approach whenever possible and help guide you to find the most appropriate treatment plan you are comfortable with.
(281) 801-8090 View (281) 801-8090
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Shalanda Cross- Psychiatry Texas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Austin, TX 78701
A board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner specializing in patient advocacy, behavioral interventions, and mood disorders. It is important as a provider that patients have a safe environment to discuss mental health issues without feeling stigmatized. Patients will work collaboratively to address unhealthy thoughts and actions, work towards improving mood disorders, create healthy goals, and regain self-confidence.
A board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner specializing in patient advocacy, behavioral interventions, and mood disorders. It is important as a provider that patients have a safe environment to discuss mental health issues without feeling stigmatized. Patients will work collaboratively to address unhealthy thoughts and actions, work towards improving mood disorders, create healthy goals, and regain self-confidence.
(512) 883-1917 View (512) 883-1917
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Tyson Lippe
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Austin, TX 78705
I believe all of us will be impacted by mental health at some point, be it personally or from those around us. Because psychiatric conditions are so ubiquitous, it requires individualized approaches. Together, we will find the correct blend of treatments for you to drive change in your life and better your future.
I believe all of us will be impacted by mental health at some point, be it personally or from those around us. Because psychiatric conditions are so ubiquitous, it requires individualized approaches. Together, we will find the correct blend of treatments for you to drive change in your life and better your future.
(512) 607-9404 View (512) 607-9404
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Laurel Darlington
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77056
NP Laurel Darlington is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in TX & FL with her Master of Science in Nursing from Wilkes University. She is experienced with adults and adolescents in prescribing and supportive psychotherapy and specializes in treating anxiety, mood disorders, and ADHD. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. Prior to that, she received her Bachelor of Arts in History and a certificate in Women’s Studies from University of Wisconsin- Madison. She has been a nurse
NP Laurel Darlington is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in TX & FL with her Master of Science in Nursing from Wilkes University. She is experienced with adults and adolescents in prescribing and supportive psychotherapy and specializes in treating anxiety, mood disorders, and ADHD. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. Prior to that, she received her Bachelor of Arts in History and a certificate in Women’s Studies from University of Wisconsin- Madison. She has been a nurse
(404) 882-1587 View (404) 882-1587
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Kehinde Adedayo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Houston, TX 77002  (Online Only)
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (NP) specializing in providing comprehensive mental health care to individuals, with a passion for promoting mental well-being. I am committed to helping you navigate life's challenges and achieve optimal mental health. My background includes extensive training experience in psychiatric assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. My philosophy of patient care is to provide the highest level of evidence-based quality care to my patients, their families, and the communities that I serve. I enjoy working with people from a variety of backgrounds and work to provide socially and culturally competent care.
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (NP) specializing in providing comprehensive mental health care to individuals, with a passion for promoting mental well-being. I am committed to helping you navigate life's challenges and achieve optimal mental health. My background includes extensive training experience in psychiatric assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. My philosophy of patient care is to provide the highest level of evidence-based quality care to my patients, their families, and the communities that I serve. I enjoy working with people from a variety of backgrounds and work to provide socially and culturally competent care.
(713) 538-1461 View (713) 538-1461
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Novus Beginning Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Katy, TX 77494
Many of us struggle with anxiety, depression, mood difficulties, relationship issues, and psychosis. These conditions can be from normal life stressors or from our genetics, and living with them may be difficult for us or our loved ones. Seeking help can be hard when the stigma around mental health is high. However, you know you need help and if you are reading this, then you are at the right place because our goal is to provide you with a Novus (new) Beginning for your life. We strive to provide excellent care which includes therapy and medications as indicated.
Many of us struggle with anxiety, depression, mood difficulties, relationship issues, and psychosis. These conditions can be from normal life stressors or from our genetics, and living with them may be difficult for us or our loved ones. Seeking help can be hard when the stigma around mental health is high. However, you know you need help and if you are reading this, then you are at the right place because our goal is to provide you with a Novus (new) Beginning for your life. We strive to provide excellent care which includes therapy and medications as indicated.
(281) 248-8474 View (281) 248-8474
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Compass Mental Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN , APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified
Houston, TX 77068
Compass Mental Health & Wellness (MHW) invites you to partner with us. At Compass MHW, you are not just another patient, you are part of a team. We believe in a holistic approach to mental health and wellness, in which the care is not focused solely on existing illness or pathology but expanded to allow for an integrative treatment program. During your sessions, you and your provider may discuss factors such as your daily habits and any existing physical conditions, in addition to your current symptoms. It is through that engagement that the provider is able to develop a customized program of care to better treat your concerns.
Compass Mental Health & Wellness (MHW) invites you to partner with us. At Compass MHW, you are not just another patient, you are part of a team. We believe in a holistic approach to mental health and wellness, in which the care is not focused solely on existing illness or pathology but expanded to allow for an integrative treatment program. During your sessions, you and your provider may discuss factors such as your daily habits and any existing physical conditions, in addition to your current symptoms. It is through that engagement that the provider is able to develop a customized program of care to better treat your concerns.
(832) 990-8808 View (832) 990-8808
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Jim Simon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bryan, TX 77802
Jim is a psychiatric nurse practitioner who brings a wealth of knowledge about mental health and experience in behavioral health management to our clinic where he serves as our Clinical Director and provides medication management for our patients. Jim has an MSN from Seattle University and worked in behavioral health administration prior to becoming a psychiatric nurse. As an RN, he worked as a staff nurse on a medical-psych unit and as a charge nurse on an adolescent psych unit and an adult psychiatric intensive care unit. He became a nurse to work in psychiatry and has always worked in psychiatry – he loves every day on the job.
Jim is a psychiatric nurse practitioner who brings a wealth of knowledge about mental health and experience in behavioral health management to our clinic where he serves as our Clinical Director and provides medication management for our patients. Jim has an MSN from Seattle University and worked in behavioral health administration prior to becoming a psychiatric nurse. As an RN, he worked as a staff nurse on a medical-psych unit and as a charge nurse on an adolescent psych unit and an adult psychiatric intensive care unit. He became a nurse to work in psychiatry and has always worked in psychiatry – he loves every day on the job.
(979) 406-5618 View (979) 406-5618

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Number of Psychiatrists in Brenham, TX

< 10

Psychiatrists in Brenham, TX who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Alzheimer's
100% Medication Management
50% Addiction
50% ADHD

Average years in practice

19 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
50% Aetna
50% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Brenham, TX see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Brenham?

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.