Psychiatrists in Burleson, TX

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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, NP
Verified Verified
Burleson, TX 76028  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients via telehealth for psychiatric evaluations, talk therapy, and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today.. We offer affordable out of pocket rates. Also accepting insurances
Accepting new patients via telehealth for psychiatric evaluations, talk therapy, and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today.. We offer affordable out of pocket rates. Also accepting insurances
(956) 707-3583 View (956) 707-3583
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Reflections Mental Health and Wellness Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Burleson, TX 76028  (Online Only)
I’m Steve, and am a native resident of Fort Worth. I have been in the healthcare industry for the last 13 years. Before launching Reflections Mental Health and Wellness Center, I was part of a team at UT Southwestern Medical Center, focusing on inpatient psychiatry.
I’m Steve, and am a native resident of Fort Worth. I have been in the healthcare industry for the last 13 years. Before launching Reflections Mental Health and Wellness Center, I was part of a team at UT Southwestern Medical Center, focusing on inpatient psychiatry.
(817) 241-4814 View (817) 241-4814
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Holistic Health and Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Burleson, TX 76097  (Online Only)
Bridget N. Shu, PMHNP-BC, is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a background as a certified medical assistant. She developed a holistic approach to patient care during her nursing career, leading to a bachelor’s degree from Western Governors University Utah. With experience in medical and psychiatry hospitals, she recognized the impact of mental health on daily lives and relationships. Mrs. Shu furthered her education with a master’s in nursing specializing in Mental Health from Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX
Bridget N. Shu, PMHNP-BC, is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a background as a certified medical assistant. She developed a holistic approach to patient care during her nursing career, leading to a bachelor’s degree from Western Governors University Utah. With experience in medical and psychiatry hospitals, she recognized the impact of mental health on daily lives and relationships. Mrs. Shu furthered her education with a master’s in nursing specializing in Mental Health from Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX
(956) 983-9426 View (956) 983-9426
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Wellness Point Psychiatry Consultants
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Burleson, TX 76028
******ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS ******Beth Wangombe is a Board Certified Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center specializing in treating Children, Teens, and Adults with mental and behavioral issues. She graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington receiving an award of Clinical Excellence; thereafter, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from the University of Alabama Huntsville. Beth takes pride in providing care to children and teens struggling with mental illness. Beth also work with adults and families struggling with depression, bipolar, anxiety, trauma and other emotional disorders.
******ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS ******Beth Wangombe is a Board Certified Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center specializing in treating Children, Teens, and Adults with mental and behavioral issues. She graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington receiving an award of Clinical Excellence; thereafter, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from the University of Alabama Huntsville. Beth takes pride in providing care to children and teens struggling with mental illness. Beth also work with adults and families struggling with depression, bipolar, anxiety, trauma and other emotional disorders.
(817) 592-9689 View (817) 592-9689
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Transcend Mental Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Burleson, TX 76028
With everything going on in the world, it is easy to get overwhelmed with emotions that could result in depression, stress, anxiety, frustration, substance, and drug addiction. My name is Simi Asekun, I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and I have over 13 years of collective nursing experience. I pride myself as an attentive listener that is passionate about my job and compassionate towards my clients. I will get to know you then establish long term relationship with you to reboot, restore and rejuvenate your mental acuity or general wellness.
With everything going on in the world, it is easy to get overwhelmed with emotions that could result in depression, stress, anxiety, frustration, substance, and drug addiction. My name is Simi Asekun, I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and I have over 13 years of collective nursing experience. I pride myself as an attentive listener that is passionate about my job and compassionate towards my clients. I will get to know you then establish long term relationship with you to reboot, restore and rejuvenate your mental acuity or general wellness.
(214) 317-4166 View (214) 317-4166
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Sheila Vinson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Burleson, TX 76028  (Online Only)
I provide services to address some of life’s most challenging issues and mental health concerns; including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, trauma, mood disorders, schizophrenia, as well as grief and loss.
I provide services to address some of life’s most challenging issues and mental health concerns; including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, trauma, mood disorders, schizophrenia, as well as grief and loss.
(469) 908-3250 View (469) 908-3250

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Satang Ann
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Alvarado, TX 76009  (Online Only)
Accepting NEW Clients TODAY. SAME-DAY appointments are available. After-hours and WEEKEND appointments are available. Currently in-network with BCBS, Superior Medicaid, UHC/Optum, CIGNA, Aetna, and Medicare in Texas. Private Pay rates made affordable. I value meeting my clients where they are WITHOUT making them feel judged. During our initial session, we will talk about what led you to me, and at the end of the session, we will come up with a treatment plan that best suits your needs. The goal is to develop the best therapeutic relationship possible to ease any stress related to having appointments.
Accepting NEW Clients TODAY. SAME-DAY appointments are available. After-hours and WEEKEND appointments are available. Currently in-network with BCBS, Superior Medicaid, UHC/Optum, CIGNA, Aetna, and Medicare in Texas. Private Pay rates made affordable. I value meeting my clients where they are WITHOUT making them feel judged. During our initial session, we will talk about what led you to me, and at the end of the session, we will come up with a treatment plan that best suits your needs. The goal is to develop the best therapeutic relationship possible to ease any stress related to having appointments.
(817) 383-1541 View (817) 383-1541
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Inner Self Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Fort Worth, TX 76123  (Online Only)
Accepting NEW Clients TODAY. SAME-DAY appointments are available. After-hours and WEEKEND appointments are available. Currently in-network with BCBS, Superior Medicaid, UHC/Optum, CIGNA, Aetna, and Medicare in Texas. Private Pay rates made affordable. I value meeting my clients where they are WITHOUT making them feel judged. During our initial session, we will talk about what led you to me, and at the end of the session, we will come up with a treatment plan that best suits your needs. The goal is to develop the best therapeutic relationship possible to ease any stress related to having appointments.
Accepting NEW Clients TODAY. SAME-DAY appointments are available. After-hours and WEEKEND appointments are available. Currently in-network with BCBS, Superior Medicaid, UHC/Optum, CIGNA, Aetna, and Medicare in Texas. Private Pay rates made affordable. I value meeting my clients where they are WITHOUT making them feel judged. During our initial session, we will talk about what led you to me, and at the end of the session, we will come up with a treatment plan that best suits your needs. The goal is to develop the best therapeutic relationship possible to ease any stress related to having appointments.
(817) 663-1202 View (817) 663-1202
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Sheila Trish Morgan-Freeman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Fort Worth, TX 76133  (Online Only)
The most important thing is your mental health. I am here to help you through your struggles. I specialize in providing evidence-based treatments for a wide spectrum of mental health conditions including ADHD, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, mood disorders, OCD and more. My goal is to empower my patients and equip them with the tools they need to improve their mental health. I look forward to providing you with exceptional care and the best individualized treatment plan after a thorough evaluation.
The most important thing is your mental health. I am here to help you through your struggles. I specialize in providing evidence-based treatments for a wide spectrum of mental health conditions including ADHD, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, mood disorders, OCD and more. My goal is to empower my patients and equip them with the tools they need to improve their mental health. I look forward to providing you with exceptional care and the best individualized treatment plan after a thorough evaluation.
(817) 904-9017 View (817) 904-9017
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Patrice Garcia
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fort Worth, TX 76123  (Online Only)
Dr. Patrice Garcia is Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who holds a Doctoral degree. She is board-certified, and state licensed in Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Florida, and New York as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
Dr. Patrice Garcia is Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who holds a Doctoral degree. She is board-certified, and state licensed in Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Florida, and New York as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
(817) 961-9428 View (817) 961-9428
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Pauline George
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Crowley, TX 76036
Am a Board Certified PMHNP, i enjoy meeting new clients and helping them reach their desired goal in treatment. I use medication and a little bit of psychotherapy to treat. I see and care for patients with anxiety, Depression and various mental health needs. My expertise allows me to proficiently diagnose, manage and continue treatments as well as make referrals appropriately. I offer in-office visit and virtual appointments to accommodate my clients’ needs.
Am a Board Certified PMHNP, i enjoy meeting new clients and helping them reach their desired goal in treatment. I use medication and a little bit of psychotherapy to treat. I see and care for patients with anxiety, Depression and various mental health needs. My expertise allows me to proficiently diagnose, manage and continue treatments as well as make referrals appropriately. I offer in-office visit and virtual appointments to accommodate my clients’ needs.
(682) 243-7001 View (682) 243-7001
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Anastasia Kimanthi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Worth, TX 76133
Hello, I am Anastasia. I am excited to be a part of your care team. I am Board-Certified as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurse Credentialing Center. I am employed by Keturah Health. Keturah Health employs experienced nurse practitioners that bring a wealth of knowledge, clinical experience, and skills to their role at Keturah Health. Keturah Health integrates health and wellness into each patient’s everyday life, with an approach that yields excellent results. Keturah Health is built on the foundation of top-quality patient care with compassion, care, and customization.
Hello, I am Anastasia. I am excited to be a part of your care team. I am Board-Certified as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurse Credentialing Center. I am employed by Keturah Health. Keturah Health employs experienced nurse practitioners that bring a wealth of knowledge, clinical experience, and skills to their role at Keturah Health. Keturah Health integrates health and wellness into each patient’s everyday life, with an approach that yields excellent results. Keturah Health is built on the foundation of top-quality patient care with compassion, care, and customization.
(817) 934-6584 View (817) 934-6584
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Mindfirst Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Worth, TX 76133
Accepting new clients now, same day appointments with weekend availability. We provide Telehealth services, accept self pay and insurances. Welcome to a non-judgmental environment where there is no biasness ! Meet Dorothy PMHNP-BC ( over 14 years experience in health care) who strives to ensure that patients receive comprehensive care that considers their mental and emotional well-being. I'm dedicated and focused on providing you with high-quality initial evaluations, diagnosing, formulating treatment plan and continued medication management. My focus is on pre- teens, teens and adults.
Accepting new clients now, same day appointments with weekend availability. We provide Telehealth services, accept self pay and insurances. Welcome to a non-judgmental environment where there is no biasness ! Meet Dorothy PMHNP-BC ( over 14 years experience in health care) who strives to ensure that patients receive comprehensive care that considers their mental and emotional well-being. I'm dedicated and focused on providing you with high-quality initial evaluations, diagnosing, formulating treatment plan and continued medication management. My focus is on pre- teens, teens and adults.
(469) 947-7601 View (469) 947-7601
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LaTasha Baker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP , PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Fort Worth, TX 76133  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Are you someone who has been struggling to maintain your mental health? Is sadness, worry, or poor sleep preventing you from living life to the fullest? Are you troubled with the behaviors of your child? Then Amiable Psychiatric Solutions (APS) is here for you! We trust that optimum psychiatric care starts by listening to and hearing a patient’s history, then understanding their goals for treatment. We also believe that mental health treatment and enhancing a patient’s well-being happens by assessing patients independently and personalizing care to meet their individual goals and needs.
Are you someone who has been struggling to maintain your mental health? Is sadness, worry, or poor sleep preventing you from living life to the fullest? Are you troubled with the behaviors of your child? Then Amiable Psychiatric Solutions (APS) is here for you! We trust that optimum psychiatric care starts by listening to and hearing a patient’s history, then understanding their goals for treatment. We also believe that mental health treatment and enhancing a patient’s well-being happens by assessing patients independently and personalizing care to meet their individual goals and needs.
(214) 817-3497 View (214) 817-3497
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Patterns Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Fort Worth, TX 76133  (Online Only)
Now accepting new patients! visits are remote. Medications will be prescribed electronically. The thought of being all alone in a negative cycle that may be a result of anxiety, trauma, depression, unhealthy coping skills, and/or environmental stressors can be daunting. The treatment for most mental illness is effective therapy. However, some need a little more than therapy. How would you know if you could benefit from medications? If you have been suffering for a long time in a limited and/or negative cycle, most likely your brain will need some help; the right psychotropic medication + therapy will help improve your symptoms.
Now accepting new patients! visits are remote. Medications will be prescribed electronically. The thought of being all alone in a negative cycle that may be a result of anxiety, trauma, depression, unhealthy coping skills, and/or environmental stressors can be daunting. The treatment for most mental illness is effective therapy. However, some need a little more than therapy. How would you know if you could benefit from medications? If you have been suffering for a long time in a limited and/or negative cycle, most likely your brain will need some help; the right psychotropic medication + therapy will help improve your symptoms.
(469) 293-3619 View (469) 293-3619

Online Psychiatrists

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Dr. Amanda Kennedy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Fort Worth, TX 76137  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients from anywhere in Texas! Do you sometimes wonder if what you're feeling is normal? Do you wonder why you are so forgetful, why it's so hard to concentrate, or why you easily get distracted? Or maybe it's hard to get out of bed in the morning, you lack the motivation to participate in life anymore, and you can sometimes be tearful for no reason? Is it hard to fall asleep at night or do you wake up multiple times which leaves you feeling exhausted the next day? Have you experienced trauma that has left you feeling anxious and on edge? You do not have to go through these challenges alone! I would like to help.
Accepting new patients from anywhere in Texas! Do you sometimes wonder if what you're feeling is normal? Do you wonder why you are so forgetful, why it's so hard to concentrate, or why you easily get distracted? Or maybe it's hard to get out of bed in the morning, you lack the motivation to participate in life anymore, and you can sometimes be tearful for no reason? Is it hard to fall asleep at night or do you wake up multiple times which leaves you feeling exhausted the next day? Have you experienced trauma that has left you feeling anxious and on edge? You do not have to go through these challenges alone! I would like to help.
(817) 663-7264 View (817) 663-7264
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Dr. Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Grapevine, TX 76051
Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Which emotions stem from genetics and which are rooted in circumstances? How can you even begin to accurately express yourself? How much change is even possible? What if medications change you for the worse? These uncertainties can leave us in a never ending struggle that keeps us from achieving our true potential. If you’re finally ready to find out answers, then you need Evolve Psychiatry to navigate you out of this maze.
Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Which emotions stem from genetics and which are rooted in circumstances? How can you even begin to accurately express yourself? How much change is even possible? What if medications change you for the worse? These uncertainties can leave us in a never ending struggle that keeps us from achieving our true potential. If you’re finally ready to find out answers, then you need Evolve Psychiatry to navigate you out of this maze.
(817) 438-2686 View (817) 438-2686
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Olive Green Behavioral Health Services PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Mansfield, TX 76063  (Online Only)
At Olive Green Behavioral Health Services, our goal is to help you achieve and maintain peace of mind. We aim to decrease the stigma associated with mental health by encouraging and assisting you to take charge of your health, not just physically but mentally as well. We look forward to assisting you to reach your life goals and live your best life.
At Olive Green Behavioral Health Services, our goal is to help you achieve and maintain peace of mind. We aim to decrease the stigma associated with mental health by encouraging and assisting you to take charge of your health, not just physically but mentally as well. We look forward to assisting you to reach your life goals and live your best life.
(682) 888-5253 View (682) 888-5253
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Adannaya Inyama
Physician Assistant, MPAS, PA-C, MPH
Verified Verified
Duncanville, TX 75116
Hello, I am honored to introduce myself as a disciple of Christ and a dedicated Physician Assistant. My commitment lies in providing comprehensive mental health care that is holistic and patient-centered. I place great emphasis on collaborating with each individual, ensuring their active participation in decision-making throughout their healing process. With a unique blend of medical expertise and psychological insight, I offer compassionate care grounded in evidence-based practices. Every person who walks through my door is greeted with respect and empathy, regardless of their background or struggles. My faith serves as the
Hello, I am honored to introduce myself as a disciple of Christ and a dedicated Physician Assistant. My commitment lies in providing comprehensive mental health care that is holistic and patient-centered. I place great emphasis on collaborating with each individual, ensuring their active participation in decision-making throughout their healing process. With a unique blend of medical expertise and psychological insight, I offer compassionate care grounded in evidence-based practices. Every person who walks through my door is greeted with respect and empathy, regardless of their background or struggles. My faith serves as the
(469) 421-7741 View (469) 421-7741
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Mahreen Ahmed
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75230
Dr. Mahreen Ahmed is comfortable treating adolescents and adults with various mental health conditions, including severe mental illness and co-occurring medical conditions. Dr. Ahmed takes her time to gather a detailed history of each patient’s symptoms, development, and family before making a diagnosis and treatment plan. Her modalities include supportive and cognitive behavioral therapy, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and esketamine treatment. Dr. Ahmed completes bariatric surgery evaluations.
Dr. Mahreen Ahmed is comfortable treating adolescents and adults with various mental health conditions, including severe mental illness and co-occurring medical conditions. Dr. Ahmed takes her time to gather a detailed history of each patient’s symptoms, development, and family before making a diagnosis and treatment plan. Her modalities include supportive and cognitive behavioral therapy, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and esketamine treatment. Dr. Ahmed completes bariatric surgery evaluations.
(855) 976-2039 View (855) 976-2039

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Burleson, TX

< 10

Psychiatrists in Burleson, TX who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
83% Anxiety
83% Trauma and PTSD
83% Psychosis
67% ADHD
67% Anger Management
67% Bipolar Disorder

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
83% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Burleson, TX see their clients

66% Online Only
34% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

60% Female
40% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Burleson?

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.