Psychiatrists in Celina, TX

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Care Dominance Health services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Celina, TX 75009
My name is Caroline Sam, I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My mission as a psychiatric mental health practitioner is to provide compassionate, evidence-based care to individuals and families affected by mental illness. I strive to create a safe and supportive environment where my patients feel heard, understood, and empowered to take control of their mental health. Through a collaborative approach that integrates medication management, therapy, and holistic interventions, I aim to improve the quality of life of my patients and help them achieve their full potential.
My name is Caroline Sam, I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My mission as a psychiatric mental health practitioner is to provide compassionate, evidence-based care to individuals and families affected by mental illness. I strive to create a safe and supportive environment where my patients feel heard, understood, and empowered to take control of their mental health. Through a collaborative approach that integrates medication management, therapy, and holistic interventions, I aim to improve the quality of life of my patients and help them achieve their full potential.
(214) 214-4362 View (214) 214-4362
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Titilope Lawal-Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Celina, TX 75009  (Online Only)
My name is Titilope Lawal-Johnson. I am a PMHNP who has been practicing in healthcare for the past 12 years. I take pride in helping other be their best. We first complete a detailed evaluation, arrive at a diagnosis, then develop an individualized plan of care to address the issues that are most important to our patients.
My name is Titilope Lawal-Johnson. I am a PMHNP who has been practicing in healthcare for the past 12 years. I take pride in helping other be their best. We first complete a detailed evaluation, arrive at a diagnosis, then develop an individualized plan of care to address the issues that are most important to our patients.
(972) 433-5648 View (972) 433-5648
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Kehinde T Adedayo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Celina, TX 75009  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (NP) with more than 10+ years of practice in mental health nursing. I am committed to helping you navigate life's challenges and achieve optimal mental health. My philosophy of patient care is to provide the highest level of evidence-based quality care that is patient-centered. I firmly believe in treating the body as a whole. I believe in a holistic approach to health, integrating medication management with therapeutic strategies for a comprehensive healing experience that considers your entire well-being.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (NP) with more than 10+ years of practice in mental health nursing. I am committed to helping you navigate life's challenges and achieve optimal mental health. My philosophy of patient care is to provide the highest level of evidence-based quality care that is patient-centered. I firmly believe in treating the body as a whole. I believe in a holistic approach to health, integrating medication management with therapeutic strategies for a comprehensive healing experience that considers your entire well-being.
(469) 746-4198 View (469) 746-4198
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Dr. Noor @ Faith Behavioral
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Celina, TX 75009
I see ages 6-60 years old, I work with school for 504 and IEP. As a child, adult psychiatrist, I am dedicated to providing comprehensive care that considers the unique needs of individuals. I focus on the underlying factors that may contribute to their difficulties. This allows me to develop personalized treatment plans that support their overall well-being.
I see ages 6-60 years old, I work with school for 504 and IEP. As a child, adult psychiatrist, I am dedicated to providing comprehensive care that considers the unique needs of individuals. I focus on the underlying factors that may contribute to their difficulties. This allows me to develop personalized treatment plans that support their overall well-being.
(214) 609-1776 View (214) 609-1776
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Crystal Mind Psychiatry and Counseling
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Celina, TX 75009
Embarking on a mental health journey? Struggling with anxiety, depression, insomnia, or ADHD, hindering your optimal functioning? We prioritize evidence-based practices, grounded in research to enhance your well-being. Offering Same DAY Appointments with NO waitlist. After-hours and WEEKEND appointments are available upon request. Welcoming NEW clients across Texas, Colorado, and Arizona. We offer In-person and Telepsychiatry Services from the Comfort of your home. Accepting major insurances such as BCBS, UHC / UBH, Medicare, Optum, CIGNA, Aetna, Oscar Health, and Private Pay. Your path to mental wellness starts here.
Embarking on a mental health journey? Struggling with anxiety, depression, insomnia, or ADHD, hindering your optimal functioning? We prioritize evidence-based practices, grounded in research to enhance your well-being. Offering Same DAY Appointments with NO waitlist. After-hours and WEEKEND appointments are available upon request. Welcoming NEW clients across Texas, Colorado, and Arizona. We offer In-person and Telepsychiatry Services from the Comfort of your home. Accepting major insurances such as BCBS, UHC / UBH, Medicare, Optum, CIGNA, Aetna, Oscar Health, and Private Pay. Your path to mental wellness starts here.
(469) 253-7751 View (469) 253-7751

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Valentina Doumanian
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
McKinney, TX 75071  (Online Only)
Dr. Doumanian is a board-certified in Psychiatry. She has practiced in various settings over her career including in-patient and community mental health as well as Veteran affairs out-patient clinics. She has more than 17 years of experience treating patients with anxiety, depression, OCD, grief, PTSD, adjustment disorders, and other mental health issues. She uses pharmacotherapy along with cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and supportive therapy as needed.
Dr. Doumanian is a board-certified in Psychiatry. She has practiced in various settings over her career including in-patient and community mental health as well as Veteran affairs out-patient clinics. She has more than 17 years of experience treating patients with anxiety, depression, OCD, grief, PTSD, adjustment disorders, and other mental health issues. She uses pharmacotherapy along with cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and supportive therapy as needed.
(512) 886-9597 View (512) 886-9597
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Jenny Haney, PMHNP at Allen Psychiatry, TMS & IOP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
McKinney, TX 75070
I am an experienced Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with clinical experience in both In-patient and Out-patient care of adolescents and adults. In conjunction with Shahla Ali, MD, I evaluate, diagnose and treat a wide variety of psychiatric disorders including Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity, Major Depression, Bipolar, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Substance Use Disorders. We are now providing one of the most advanced FDA cleared treatments for depression including NeuroStar TMS Therapy and Spravato (Esketamine) Nasal Spray
I am an experienced Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with clinical experience in both In-patient and Out-patient care of adolescents and adults. In conjunction with Shahla Ali, MD, I evaluate, diagnose and treat a wide variety of psychiatric disorders including Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity, Major Depression, Bipolar, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Substance Use Disorders. We are now providing one of the most advanced FDA cleared treatments for depression including NeuroStar TMS Therapy and Spravato (Esketamine) Nasal Spray
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Cordelia Odunayo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Prosper, TX 75078
My name is Cordelia Odunayo, board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I provide psychiatric treatment, diagnoses, evaluations and medication management for children and adults. I specialize in treating a wide range of mental health concerns such as: Bipolar, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Addiction and other psychiatric disorders. I am enthusiastic and compassionate, providing an outstanding quality and individualized care. Please give us a call today. We Are Here To Help.
My name is Cordelia Odunayo, board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I provide psychiatric treatment, diagnoses, evaluations and medication management for children and adults. I specialize in treating a wide range of mental health concerns such as: Bipolar, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Addiction and other psychiatric disorders. I am enthusiastic and compassionate, providing an outstanding quality and individualized care. Please give us a call today. We Are Here To Help.
(682) 213-8483 View (682) 213-8483
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Lisa Ekeanyanwu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
McKinney, TX 75071  (Online Only)
Lisa Ekeanyanwu, MD is a board eligible Psychiatrist. She completed her psychiatry residency training at Stanford. She has experience providing patients with compassionate psychiatric care. Dr. Ekeanyanwu's practice centers on pharmacotherapy. She offers this in conjunction with supportive therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and psychodynamic therapy, to treat several types of psychiatric conditions. Occasionally she may believe that additional therapy is also needed and ask that you bring a therapist into your care team to provide the best outcome.
Lisa Ekeanyanwu, MD is a board eligible Psychiatrist. She completed her psychiatry residency training at Stanford. She has experience providing patients with compassionate psychiatric care. Dr. Ekeanyanwu's practice centers on pharmacotherapy. She offers this in conjunction with supportive therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and psychodynamic therapy, to treat several types of psychiatric conditions. Occasionally she may believe that additional therapy is also needed and ask that you bring a therapist into your care team to provide the best outcome.
(469) 564-5206 View (469) 564-5206
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Dr Terry Eagan - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
McKinney, TX 75070
Dr. Terry Eagan brings to Anew Era TMS an extensive body of professional experience in the field of psychiatry, encompassing both his clinical private practice and multiple Medical Director positions where he provides medical and psychiatric oversight of mental health treatment centers. Dr. Eagan’s diverse background includes the founding of various institutes that focus on providing specialized and innovative treatment for a variety of psychiatric disorders.
Dr. Terry Eagan brings to Anew Era TMS an extensive body of professional experience in the field of psychiatry, encompassing both his clinical private practice and multiple Medical Director positions where he provides medical and psychiatric oversight of mental health treatment centers. Dr. Eagan’s diverse background includes the founding of various institutes that focus on providing specialized and innovative treatment for a variety of psychiatric disorders.
(817) 241-0688 View (817) 241-0688
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Mark Varela
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
McKinney, TX 75071  (Online Only)
Dr. Mark Varela is a board-eligible psychiatrist joining Talkiatry directly out of residency. He focuses primarily on medication management, often accompanied by brief cognitive, motivational, or supportive therapy. He may request that you also meet with a therapist regularly for your benefit.
Dr. Mark Varela is a board-eligible psychiatrist joining Talkiatry directly out of residency. He focuses primarily on medication management, often accompanied by brief cognitive, motivational, or supportive therapy. He may request that you also meet with a therapist regularly for your benefit.
(512) 222-6419 View (512) 222-6419
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John Whittier
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
McKinney, TX 75071  (Online Only)
Dr. John Whittier is a board certified psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of anxiety, PTSD, and mood disorders. Dr. Whittier is primarily focused on medication management of general psychiatric conditions. He approaches each client as an individual, using the one-hour initial intake to get a comprehensive look at each client’s unique needs. From there he works with his clients to provide options and flexibility in the treatment plan utilizing a combination of psychotherapy, medications, and evidence-based alternative therapies.
Dr. John Whittier is a board certified psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of anxiety, PTSD, and mood disorders. Dr. Whittier is primarily focused on medication management of general psychiatric conditions. He approaches each client as an individual, using the one-hour initial intake to get a comprehensive look at each client’s unique needs. From there he works with his clients to provide options and flexibility in the treatment plan utilizing a combination of psychotherapy, medications, and evidence-based alternative therapies.
(512) 222-6419 View (512) 222-6419
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Lillian Cole
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
McKinney, TX 75071  (Online Only)
Dr. Lillian Cole is an adult psychiatrist who completed her undergraduate education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She earned both her master’s in biomedical sciences and medical degree at Texas Tech University. She completed her psychiatry residency training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where she was exposed to patient populations that were ethnoculturally, socioeconomically, and clinically diverse.
Dr. Lillian Cole is an adult psychiatrist who completed her undergraduate education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She earned both her master’s in biomedical sciences and medical degree at Texas Tech University. She completed her psychiatry residency training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where she was exposed to patient populations that were ethnoculturally, socioeconomically, and clinically diverse.
(469) 214-6649 View (469) 214-6649
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Moni Baidya
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
McKinney, TX 75071  (Online Only)
Dr. Moni Baidya is double board-certified in adult psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry. She has been practicing for over 6 years. She strongly believes developing a good therapeutic rapport with a patient is an important milestone to start any treatment. Dr. Baidya’s practice focuses on medication management. Normally, she combines this in conjunction with supportive or psychodynamic therapy in 20 -30-minute follow-up- visits. However, Dr. Baidya may believe that additional therapy is crucial and advise you to bring a therapist on board to provide the best outcome.
Dr. Moni Baidya is double board-certified in adult psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry. She has been practicing for over 6 years. She strongly believes developing a good therapeutic rapport with a patient is an important milestone to start any treatment. Dr. Baidya’s practice focuses on medication management. Normally, she combines this in conjunction with supportive or psychodynamic therapy in 20 -30-minute follow-up- visits. However, Dr. Baidya may believe that additional therapy is crucial and advise you to bring a therapist on board to provide the best outcome.
(972) 430-4124 View (972) 430-4124
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Healing Souls Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified
1 Endorsed
McKinney, TX 75070
At Healing Souls psychiatry, we strive for the best health outcome by making every effort to offer personalized, non-judgmental, compassionate, and evidence-based treatment. Our focus is to work collaboratively with each client to live a productive and more fulfilled lifestyle. We believe in an individualized, collaborative, and evidence-based care approach to meet the unique needs of our clients.
At Healing Souls psychiatry, we strive for the best health outcome by making every effort to offer personalized, non-judgmental, compassionate, and evidence-based treatment. Our focus is to work collaboratively with each client to live a productive and more fulfilled lifestyle. We believe in an individualized, collaborative, and evidence-based care approach to meet the unique needs of our clients.
(972) 430-4607 View (972) 430-4607
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Ayanna Swinton Jamison
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
McKinney, TX 75071  (Online Only)
Dr. Ayanna Swinton Jamison is a board-certified psychiatrist with over 18 years of experience in general psychiatry. She has extensive experience in counseling, medication management, Ketamine infusions, Spravato, and ElectricMagnetic Therapy. Dr. Jamison is committed to educating her patients about their illnesses and providing personalized care for each patient.
Dr. Ayanna Swinton Jamison is a board-certified psychiatrist with over 18 years of experience in general psychiatry. She has extensive experience in counseling, medication management, Ketamine infusions, Spravato, and ElectricMagnetic Therapy. Dr. Jamison is committed to educating her patients about their illnesses and providing personalized care for each patient.
(929) 822-6495 View (929) 822-6495
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Sonia Pillai
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, PMHNP
Verified
3 Endorsed
McKinney, TX 75070
Do you have concerns regarding your child/teen's behavioral health? Have you noticed them having increased struggles with starting and finishing their school work? Have teachers brought this to your attention? Are you having difficulty/ feel anxious when it comes to parenting them because of their destructive behaviors? Are you are afraid of medication or have concerns that your child believes meds are the only answer to their current issues? Schedule an evaluation today so that you can begin to consider the many reasons for your child's struggles and discuss options that can improve their learning and/or behaviors.
Do you have concerns regarding your child/teen's behavioral health? Have you noticed them having increased struggles with starting and finishing their school work? Have teachers brought this to your attention? Are you having difficulty/ feel anxious when it comes to parenting them because of their destructive behaviors? Are you are afraid of medication or have concerns that your child believes meds are the only answer to their current issues? Schedule an evaluation today so that you can begin to consider the many reasons for your child's struggles and discuss options that can improve their learning and/or behaviors.
(214) 225-2430 View (214) 225-2430
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Gopan Pillai
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CPT
Verified
5 Endorsed
McKinney, TX 75072
*Telemedicine available* Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and NSCA certified personal trainer specializing in treating and prescribing medications when appropriate for anxiety, depression, ADHD, and mood/bipolar disorders. I focus on quality of care, outcomes, and have over 20 years of experience in the mental health field. I value active listening and not prematurely jumping to conclusions. Your opinion truly matters to me so I will include you in the decision-making process every step of the way especially when it deals with medications. I look forward to partnering with you on your journey to success.
*Telemedicine available* Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and NSCA certified personal trainer specializing in treating and prescribing medications when appropriate for anxiety, depression, ADHD, and mood/bipolar disorders. I focus on quality of care, outcomes, and have over 20 years of experience in the mental health field. I value active listening and not prematurely jumping to conclusions. Your opinion truly matters to me so I will include you in the decision-making process every step of the way especially when it deals with medications. I look forward to partnering with you on your journey to success.
(214) 978-6429 View (214) 978-6429
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Harbir Sekhon
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
McKinney, TX 75071  (Online Only)
Dr. Harbir Sekhon is double board certified in child and adult psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, with distinction of Lifetime certification. He treats all psychiatric conditions for patients of all ages, specializing in mood-anxiety disorders, sleep disorders, sexual problems, internet/gambling/substance addictions as well as neuro-psychiatric problems from ADHD to Dementia. Dr. Sekhon performed his psychiatric internship at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and completed his residency in general psychiatry, fellowship in child psychiatry at the USF Morsani School of Medicine, Tampa.
Dr. Harbir Sekhon is double board certified in child and adult psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, with distinction of Lifetime certification. He treats all psychiatric conditions for patients of all ages, specializing in mood-anxiety disorders, sleep disorders, sexual problems, internet/gambling/substance addictions as well as neuro-psychiatric problems from ADHD to Dementia. Dr. Sekhon performed his psychiatric internship at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and completed his residency in general psychiatry, fellowship in child psychiatry at the USF Morsani School of Medicine, Tampa.
(904) 675-3776 View (904) 675-3776
Photo of Dr. Carnika Donald, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Celina, TX
Dr. Carnika Donald
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC, ADHD-C
Verified
Prosper, TX 75078
Our licensed and board-certified collaborating Psychiatrist and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners have rigorous training and credentialing in the specialty area of child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. Our providers possess years of varied training and experience. Our licensed and board-certified providers specializes in psychopharmacology - the medications which treat psychiatric disorders, working with a wide range of psychiatric disorders. Our professional staff provides a wide range of high-quality, affordable, and accessible services to keep you emotionally healthy and physically active. High quality care is delivered in an environment that promotes safety, confidentiality and privacy.
Our licensed and board-certified collaborating Psychiatrist and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners have rigorous training and credentialing in the specialty area of child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. Our providers possess years of varied training and experience. Our licensed and board-certified providers specializes in psychopharmacology - the medications which treat psychiatric disorders, working with a wide range of psychiatric disorders. Our professional staff provides a wide range of high-quality, affordable, and accessible services to keep you emotionally healthy and physically active. High quality care is delivered in an environment that promotes safety, confidentiality and privacy.
(972) 734-1573 View (972) 734-1573

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Number of Psychiatrists in Celina, TX

< 10

Psychiatrists in Celina, TX who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Psychosis
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Medication Management

Average years in practice

4 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Celina, TX see their clients

60% In Person and Online
40% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Celina?

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.