Psychiatrists in Cameron County, TX

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Photo of Dr. Velma Vega-Hughes, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Cameron County, TX
Dr. Velma Vega-Hughes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN , PMHNP-, BC
Verified
5 Endorsed
Harlingen, TX 78550
I am a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who utilizes theoretical, scientific, and clinical knowledge for diagnosing mental illnesses, interpreting data, and facilitating treatment planning, including prescribing medication when needed. I use evidence-based practice using a holistic approach to provide healing, wellness, and recovery through innovative, person-centered, and individualized care. The therapeutic services I offer provide a warm, non-biased, and nurturing environment for individuals and families to achieve optimal mental health. MIND-BODY-SOUL
I am a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who utilizes theoretical, scientific, and clinical knowledge for diagnosing mental illnesses, interpreting data, and facilitating treatment planning, including prescribing medication when needed. I use evidence-based practice using a holistic approach to provide healing, wellness, and recovery through innovative, person-centered, and individualized care. The therapeutic services I offer provide a warm, non-biased, and nurturing environment for individuals and families to achieve optimal mental health. MIND-BODY-SOUL
(956) 230-8880 View (956) 230-8880
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Alexandra Elisabeth Brotzman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
South Padre Island, TX 78597  (Online Only)
Beginning your journey towards healing and personal growth is one of the most challenging, yet rewarding life experiences. I am committed to helping you find your way through the challenges in order to meet your wellness goals. As a board certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner I focus on evidence based practice and holistic treatment to assist my patients in feeling like themselves again. I have been a family nurse practitioner since 2015, and received my post-graduate degree as a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner in 2021 in order to fully diagnose and treat the patient population I serve.
Beginning your journey towards healing and personal growth is one of the most challenging, yet rewarding life experiences. I am committed to helping you find your way through the challenges in order to meet your wellness goals. As a board certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner I focus on evidence based practice and holistic treatment to assist my patients in feeling like themselves again. I have been a family nurse practitioner since 2015, and received my post-graduate degree as a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner in 2021 in order to fully diagnose and treat the patient population I serve.
(956) 363-4320 View (956) 363-4320
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Vilma L Rangel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
Brownsville, TX 78520
I am a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who provides comprehensive, compassionate & exceptional mental health care for children, adolescents and adults. I utilize a holistic approach together with scientific & clinical knowledge to diagnose mental illnesses to formulate a treatment plan that is developed based on individual needs & cultural preferences. Soy una enfermera practicante especializada en enfermedades mentales. proporciono cuidado basado en evidencia clinica tomando en cuenta el individuo y sus preferencias culturales.
I am a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who provides comprehensive, compassionate & exceptional mental health care for children, adolescents and adults. I utilize a holistic approach together with scientific & clinical knowledge to diagnose mental illnesses to formulate a treatment plan that is developed based on individual needs & cultural preferences. Soy una enfermera practicante especializada en enfermedades mentales. proporciono cuidado basado en evidencia clinica tomando en cuenta el individuo y sus preferencias culturales.
(956) 446-2936 View (956) 446-2936
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Beyond the Break Psychiatric Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC
Verified
Laguna Vista, TX 78578  (Online Only)
Life sometimes feels out of control. Overwhelming emotions, discouragement, depression, and anxiety sometimes seem impossible to overcome. Beyond the Break Psychiatric Services is here to partner with you so we can overcome those challenges together.
Life sometimes feels out of control. Overwhelming emotions, discouragement, depression, and anxiety sometimes seem impossible to overcome. Beyond the Break Psychiatric Services is here to partner with you so we can overcome those challenges together.
(956) 633-2558 View (956) 633-2558
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Healthy Minds, Body, and Feet Center PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-B
Verified
Brownsville, TX 78520
Our Mission Statement is to “Achieve a healthy body through a healthy mind.” We believe in providing compassionate and comprehensive psychiatric care tailored to the unique needs of every person. With our commitment to fostering healing, understanding, and resilience we strive to create a supportive and safe environment where individuals can begin their journey to mental well-being. Through evidence-based practices, collaboration, and a holistic approach, our team is committed to helping clients achieve optimal mental health, empowering them to lead fulfilling and meaningful lives.
Our Mission Statement is to “Achieve a healthy body through a healthy mind.” We believe in providing compassionate and comprehensive psychiatric care tailored to the unique needs of every person. With our commitment to fostering healing, understanding, and resilience we strive to create a supportive and safe environment where individuals can begin their journey to mental well-being. Through evidence-based practices, collaboration, and a holistic approach, our team is committed to helping clients achieve optimal mental health, empowering them to lead fulfilling and meaningful lives.
(956) 625-9857 View (956) 625-9857
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VPP Clinic | Dr. Arif Mirza MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Brownsville, TX 78521  (Online Only)
Welcome to VPPclinic.com ... As an experienced Psychiatrist in private practice, inpatient and telehealth settings, I'm here to offer authentic, compassionate care. Time is precious, especially for busy students, parents, and working professionals. I look forward to collaborate to reach your goals ASAP! ... Same week Video appointments are available statewide (Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio). Text 469-770-7750 for quick booking assist.
Welcome to VPPclinic.com ... As an experienced Psychiatrist in private practice, inpatient and telehealth settings, I'm here to offer authentic, compassionate care. Time is precious, especially for busy students, parents, and working professionals. I look forward to collaborate to reach your goals ASAP! ... Same week Video appointments are available statewide (Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio). Text 469-770-7750 for quick booking assist.
(214) 833-5968 View (214) 833-5968
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Mindful Behavioral Solutions (MBS)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Brownsville, TX 78521
Now Accepting NEW Patients. Are you experiencing Depression and Anxiety? We can help you. Get your life back today. Our goal is to provide you and your family with high-quality evidence-based care. Acara is caring and compassionate about mental health. She provides unique person-centered mental health services to children, adults, and elderly population suffering from mental health disorders. We offer virtual and in-person visits. Schedule your consultation today by calling -888-550-4842 or Text 469-722-7334. Visit out website: www.mbspsych.org
Now Accepting NEW Patients. Are you experiencing Depression and Anxiety? We can help you. Get your life back today. Our goal is to provide you and your family with high-quality evidence-based care. Acara is caring and compassionate about mental health. She provides unique person-centered mental health services to children, adults, and elderly population suffering from mental health disorders. We offer virtual and in-person visits. Schedule your consultation today by calling -888-550-4842 or Text 469-722-7334. Visit out website: www.mbspsych.org
(214) 367-5893 View (214) 367-5893
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Mindful Behavioral Solutions (MBS)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Brownsville, TX 78521
Now Accepting NEW Patients. Are you experiencing Depression and Anxiety? We can help you. Get your life back today. Our goal is to provide you and your family with high-quality evidence-based care. Jean is caring and compassionate about mental health. She provides unique person-centered mental health services to children, adults, and elderly population suffering from mental health disorders. We offer virtual and in-person visits. Schedule your consultation today by calling -888-550-4842 or Text 469-722-7334. Visit our website: www.mbspsych.org.
Now Accepting NEW Patients. Are you experiencing Depression and Anxiety? We can help you. Get your life back today. Our goal is to provide you and your family with high-quality evidence-based care. Jean is caring and compassionate about mental health. She provides unique person-centered mental health services to children, adults, and elderly population suffering from mental health disorders. We offer virtual and in-person visits. Schedule your consultation today by calling -888-550-4842 or Text 469-722-7334. Visit our website: www.mbspsych.org.
(214) 692-2138 View (214) 692-2138
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Deena Velazquez Dong- Psychiatry Texas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified
3 Endorsed
Harlingen, TX 78550
Feeling overwhelmed, burnt out, and often at your wits' end? Struggling to be your best self in your career, educational pursuit, or family life (spouse/partner/parent)? Difficulty staying focused, making careless mistakes, racing thoughts, or trouble turning your brain off at night? Finding yourself feeling guilty or ashamed of constantly feeling on edge, irritable, or lashing out at others? Exhausted, unmotivated, sad, and just 'meh' about things? Let's talk about getting you back on track to being your optimal self.
Feeling overwhelmed, burnt out, and often at your wits' end? Struggling to be your best self in your career, educational pursuit, or family life (spouse/partner/parent)? Difficulty staying focused, making careless mistakes, racing thoughts, or trouble turning your brain off at night? Finding yourself feeling guilty or ashamed of constantly feeling on edge, irritable, or lashing out at others? Exhausted, unmotivated, sad, and just 'meh' about things? Let's talk about getting you back on track to being your optimal self.
(512) 982-0580 View (512) 982-0580
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Holistic Health and Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-RN, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified
Brownsville, TX 78521
NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS WITH TELEHEALTH APPOINTMENTS. MULTIPLE OPTIONS ON APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE; AFTERNOONS, EVENINGS, WEEKDAYS AND WEEKENDS. Mental and emotional difficulties are real and can greatly limit our functioning. At Holistic health and psychiatry, we believe in a multidimensional approach in managing mental health. Our practitioners collaborate to offer therapeutic interventions including medication management and various therapy approaches to assist individuals with mental health difficulties.
NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS WITH TELEHEALTH APPOINTMENTS. MULTIPLE OPTIONS ON APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE; AFTERNOONS, EVENINGS, WEEKDAYS AND WEEKENDS. Mental and emotional difficulties are real and can greatly limit our functioning. At Holistic health and psychiatry, we believe in a multidimensional approach in managing mental health. Our practitioners collaborate to offer therapeutic interventions including medication management and various therapy approaches to assist individuals with mental health difficulties.
(956) 253-1490 View (956) 253-1490

Online Psychiatrists

Photo of Dr. Rita McCallan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Cameron County, TX
Dr. Rita McCallan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN , PMHNPBC
Verified
1 Endorsed
McAllen, TX 78504
Mental health struggles are extremely common, yet they often go untreated, making it nearly impossible for individuals to lead a productive life. These issues can be difficult to manage privately, and it is important to recognize that they are not a sign of weakness, but rather a unique response to what has happened or is happening to a person. Unfortunately, many people fight this battle alone.
Mental health struggles are extremely common, yet they often go untreated, making it nearly impossible for individuals to lead a productive life. These issues can be difficult to manage privately, and it is important to recognize that they are not a sign of weakness, but rather a unique response to what has happened or is happening to a person. Unfortunately, many people fight this battle alone.
(956) 306-8703 View (956) 306-8703
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Dr. Gerardo Castillo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
McAllen, TX 78501
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner that is trained to provide a wide range of mental health services and behavioral services to patients and families in a variety of settings. I can diagnose, conduct psychotherapy, and prescribe medications for patients who have mental health disorders, behavioral issues, medical organic brain disorders, or substance abuse problems. I am licensed to provide psychosocial and physical assessments of mental health patients, establish treatment plans, and manage patient care.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner that is trained to provide a wide range of mental health services and behavioral services to patients and families in a variety of settings. I can diagnose, conduct psychotherapy, and prescribe medications for patients who have mental health disorders, behavioral issues, medical organic brain disorders, or substance abuse problems. I am licensed to provide psychosocial and physical assessments of mental health patients, establish treatment plans, and manage patient care.
(956) 450-6884 View (956) 450-6884
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Dr. Chipo Ndlovu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD , NPD-BC, APRN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified
McAllen, TX 78504
Here at Proginosko Behavioral Health & Wellness, we are committed to your mental well-being. We provide comprehensive and person-centered psychiatric mental health services including psychiatric medication management for children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. Our mission at Proginosko Behavioral Health & Wellness is to provide behavioral health services to Texans, including immigrant / international populations and underserved populations.
Here at Proginosko Behavioral Health & Wellness, we are committed to your mental well-being. We provide comprehensive and person-centered psychiatric mental health services including psychiatric medication management for children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. Our mission at Proginosko Behavioral Health & Wellness is to provide behavioral health services to Texans, including immigrant / international populations and underserved populations.
(956) 436-5336 View (956) 436-5336
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Novelty Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Edinburg, TX 78539
We are a Nonprofit Organization that treats a wide range of Psychiatric / Mental Health conditions. We work with any age group from children to the geriatric population. Our mission is to provide Comprehensive, Accessible and Affordable Holistic-Based Mental-Health care to the communities we serve without regard to background or insurance status in a caring environment that Fosters overall Recovery and Growth.
We are a Nonprofit Organization that treats a wide range of Psychiatric / Mental Health conditions. We work with any age group from children to the geriatric population. Our mission is to provide Comprehensive, Accessible and Affordable Holistic-Based Mental-Health care to the communities we serve without regard to background or insurance status in a caring environment that Fosters overall Recovery and Growth.
(956) 303-1949 View (956) 303-1949
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Holistic Health and Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C
Verified
McAllen, TX 78501  (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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Find Balance Vilches-Vela Mental Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified
Kingsville, TX 78363
In mental health, there is no ideal client. All are treated as equals simply seeking to improve quality of life. I work with you where you are and help you meet your goals whether it is through learning life skills, coping strategies, gaining knowledge of disorders/disease management or medication management. I am here to help you reach your potential. I will support and encourage you to feel better whether you are 5 yrs old or 75 yrs old older. Have issues with Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, PTSD or any other situation, I am here to help you overcome your obstacles and find your way to a healthier you!
In mental health, there is no ideal client. All are treated as equals simply seeking to improve quality of life. I work with you where you are and help you meet your goals whether it is through learning life skills, coping strategies, gaining knowledge of disorders/disease management or medication management. I am here to help you reach your potential. I will support and encourage you to feel better whether you are 5 yrs old or 75 yrs old older. Have issues with Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, PTSD or any other situation, I am here to help you overcome your obstacles and find your way to a healthier you!
(361) 201-1759 View (361) 201-1759
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RGV Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Weslaco, TX 78596
RGV Psychiatry, PLLC is an in-person and televideo Adult Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic that opened in 2023 and is operated by an RGV-Native Psychiatrist, Daniel Lozano, M.D. Our physical location is in Weslaco, Texas, where private visits can be scheduled by appointment only.
RGV Psychiatry, PLLC is an in-person and televideo Adult Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic that opened in 2023 and is operated by an RGV-Native Psychiatrist, Daniel Lozano, M.D. Our physical location is in Weslaco, Texas, where private visits can be scheduled by appointment only.
(956) 450-8298 View (956) 450-8298
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Ugonna R Okafor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified
Mission, TX 78572  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who provides diagnostic services, medication management and Psychotherapy to individuals from 13 years old to older adults via telehealth in Texas, Washington and Arizona. I utilize evidence based practice and patient preference to give all my patient the best care possible. I have more than 7 years extensive psychiatric experience in various setting. At this time, I am only providing virtual visits. At every visit, Ugonna provides individualized therapy that is specific and tailored to your treatment goals.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who provides diagnostic services, medication management and Psychotherapy to individuals from 13 years old to older adults via telehealth in Texas, Washington and Arizona. I utilize evidence based practice and patient preference to give all my patient the best care possible. I have more than 7 years extensive psychiatric experience in various setting. At this time, I am only providing virtual visits. At every visit, Ugonna provides individualized therapy that is specific and tailored to your treatment goals.
(956) 628-4118 View (956) 628-4118
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Michael John Solon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Edinburg, TX 78541
I am a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who provides individualized and evidenced-based care to pediatric and adult patients with diverse psychiatric and behavioral needs. I am available in-person in the Rio Grande Valley and via telehealth across Texas.
I am a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who provides individualized and evidenced-based care to pediatric and adult patients with diverse psychiatric and behavioral needs. I am available in-person in the Rio Grande Valley and via telehealth across Texas.
(956) 815-2631 View (956) 815-2631
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Holistic Health and Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C
Verified
McAllen, TX 78501  (Online Only)
I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and a counselor who has worked across the spectrum of age groups. Many of my clients have commented that they like my insight and non-judgmental approach. In my experience, the right therapy and if needed, the right medication can be life changing. It can liberate a life. The right treatment does not solve all your problems but when needed, it can remove obstacles and allow you to discover your full potential to live your best life, the life you deserve to have.
I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and a counselor who has worked across the spectrum of age groups. Many of my clients have commented that they like my insight and non-judgmental approach. In my experience, the right therapy and if needed, the right medication can be life changing. It can liberate a life. The right treatment does not solve all your problems but when needed, it can remove obstacles and allow you to discover your full potential to live your best life, the life you deserve to have.
(956) 948-6566 View (956) 948-6566

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Number of Psychiatrists in Cameron County, TX

10+

Average cost per session

$137

Psychiatrists in Cameron County, TX who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Medication Management
90% Bipolar Disorder
80% Trauma and PTSD
80% Sleep or Insomnia
70% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Cameron County, TX see their clients

70% In Person and Online
30% Online Only

Gender breakdown

70% Female
30% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Cameron 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.