Psychiatrists in China, TX

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Mercygrace Mental Wellness, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
China, TX 77613
Mercy graduated from Texas State University with an M.S. in Nursing and is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Mercy has over 8 years of expertise in psychiatric nursing and specializes in the treatment of mood and anxiety problems in adults and adolescents. Mercy, as a provider, takes a nonjudgmental, sympathetic approach and believes that every individual has the ability to reach his or her full potential. Mercy adds wellness therapies such as healthy sleep, exercise, diet, mindfulness, and social connectedness into her clients' treatment programs in addition to medication management.
Mercy graduated from Texas State University with an M.S. in Nursing and is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Mercy has over 8 years of expertise in psychiatric nursing and specializes in the treatment of mood and anxiety problems in adults and adolescents. Mercy, as a provider, takes a nonjudgmental, sympathetic approach and believes that every individual has the ability to reach his or her full potential. Mercy adds wellness therapies such as healthy sleep, exercise, diet, mindfulness, and social connectedness into her clients' treatment programs in addition to medication management.
(972) 895-7369 View (972) 895-7369

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Larissa DeBlanc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Beaumont, TX 77713
(409) 207-8166 View (409) 207-8166

Online Psychiatrists

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Jim Simon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kingwood, TX 77339
Jim is a psychiatric nurse practitioner who brings a wealth of knowledge about mental health and experience in behavioral health management to our clinic where he serves as our Clinical Director and provides medication management for our patients. Jim has an MSN from Seattle University and worked in behavioral health administration prior to becoming a psychiatric nurse. As an RN, he worked as a staff nurse on a medical-psych unit and as a charge nurse on an adolescent psych unit and an adult psychiatric intensive care unit. He became a nurse to work in psychiatry and has always worked in psychiatry – he loves every day on the job.
Jim is a psychiatric nurse practitioner who brings a wealth of knowledge about mental health and experience in behavioral health management to our clinic where he serves as our Clinical Director and provides medication management for our patients. Jim has an MSN from Seattle University and worked in behavioral health administration prior to becoming a psychiatric nurse. As an RN, he worked as a staff nurse on a medical-psych unit and as a charge nurse on an adolescent psych unit and an adult psychiatric intensive care unit. He became a nurse to work in psychiatry and has always worked in psychiatry – he loves every day on the job.
(281) 532-8882 View (281) 532-8882
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Merit Nwosu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77080  (Online Only)
At Youthrive-Care Clinic, we are committed to offer hope to the hopeless. Here, every story is heard and every challenge is met with empathy. we provide Medication management to adolescents, young adult and older adult with special attention to treating anxiety, depression, stress related disorders, Insomnia, attention deficit hyperactive disorder and substance use disorder. we also incorporate psychotherapy with focus on using CBT, compassion focus, acceptance and commitment which has been effective in managing and treating these issues.
At Youthrive-Care Clinic, we are committed to offer hope to the hopeless. Here, every story is heard and every challenge is met with empathy. we provide Medication management to adolescents, young adult and older adult with special attention to treating anxiety, depression, stress related disorders, Insomnia, attention deficit hyperactive disorder and substance use disorder. we also incorporate psychotherapy with focus on using CBT, compassion focus, acceptance and commitment which has been effective in managing and treating these issues.
(346) 746-7829 View (346) 746-7829
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Richard Senyszyn
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77090
I provide Opioid addiction treatment, painkiller addiction treatment, and detox. See our website (http://www.houstonpsychiatryonline.com/) and our service location website (https://www.lonestarmedicaltexas.com/).
I provide Opioid addiction treatment, painkiller addiction treatment, and detox. See our website (http://www.houstonpsychiatryonline.com/) and our service location website (https://www.lonestarmedicaltexas.com/).
(281) 746-6850 View (281) 746-6850
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Dr Yahya Saeed - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sugar Land, TX 77479
Dr. Yahya Saeed is a long time Houstonian, having graduated from Stratford High School and from the University of Houston. He has also been a general psychiatry resident at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana, and then completed his addiction psychiatry fellowship at the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut. He is trilingual in English, Spanish, and Urdu/Hindi, and accepts patients who speak these languages. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Houston College of Medicine.
Dr. Yahya Saeed is a long time Houstonian, having graduated from Stratford High School and from the University of Houston. He has also been a general psychiatry resident at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana, and then completed his addiction psychiatry fellowship at the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut. He is trilingual in English, Spanish, and Urdu/Hindi, and accepts patients who speak these languages. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Houston College of Medicine.
(832) 734-9134 View (832) 734-9134
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Upendo Behavioral Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77056
As a certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I aim to provide hope and healing from life's challenges in a nonjudgmental, serene environment. I have nearly a decade of experience in the healthcare industry, inpatient and outpatient, in numerous roles. My primary purpose is to assist individuals in recovering and maintaining their mental health. The promotion of holistic care is my number one belief. I am here to listen to my client's stories, but above all, I am here to sit down and work with each client to identify their best care plan
As a certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I aim to provide hope and healing from life's challenges in a nonjudgmental, serene environment. I have nearly a decade of experience in the healthcare industry, inpatient and outpatient, in numerous roles. My primary purpose is to assist individuals in recovering and maintaining their mental health. The promotion of holistic care is my number one belief. I am here to listen to my client's stories, but above all, I am here to sit down and work with each client to identify their best care plan
(832) 619-9219 View (832) 619-9219
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Ebike Ale-Opinion
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Cypress, TX 77433  (Online Only)
Ebike is a certified Family and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has always been passionate about mental health care and worked as a psychiatric and mental health nurse with adults and children in inpatient psychiatry for several years. Ebike is passionate about providing mental health with compassion and respect
Ebike is a certified Family and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has always been passionate about mental health care and worked as a psychiatric and mental health nurse with adults and children in inpatient psychiatry for several years. Ebike is passionate about providing mental health with compassion and respect
(832) 789-3724 View (832) 789-3724
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Claudine Onsongo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Katy, TX 77494
Dr. Claudine Onsongo is a doctorally prepared nurse practitioner, board-certified in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Adult Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP-BC) with over 10 years of providing compassionate and effective care in variety of healthcare settings. My goal is to work together with you for an ideal treatment plan.
Dr. Claudine Onsongo is a doctorally prepared nurse practitioner, board-certified in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Adult Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP-BC) with over 10 years of providing compassionate and effective care in variety of healthcare settings. My goal is to work together with you for an ideal treatment plan.
(713) 677-2433 View (713) 677-2433
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Ngozi Okocha
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cypress, TX 77433  (Online Only)
Every client's presenting issue is different, therefore, it is important for me as a Psychiatric Mental Health Provider to provide a solution-oriented, inclusive, evidence based as well as holistic approach in their treatment. Clients expect to walk away being prescribed up to date psychiatric medications. Education will be provided patients, families and their caregivers arming them with tools necessary to achieve and maintain optimal mental health status. Follow up care is also a tool I use by which medication compliance is checked to help them achieve both short-term and long-term goals related to their care.
Every client's presenting issue is different, therefore, it is important for me as a Psychiatric Mental Health Provider to provide a solution-oriented, inclusive, evidence based as well as holistic approach in their treatment. Clients expect to walk away being prescribed up to date psychiatric medications. Education will be provided patients, families and their caregivers arming them with tools necessary to achieve and maintain optimal mental health status. Follow up care is also a tool I use by which medication compliance is checked to help them achieve both short-term and long-term goals related to their care.
(346) 660-2365 View (346) 660-2365
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Gladys Hope PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77043  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 12 years of experience in health care. I have a broad range of mental health care experience in areas of psychiatric evaluation, diagnosis, and medication management. I also provide brief talk therapy. I strive to help my patients become the best version of themselves. My goal is to provide the highest quality of care in a comfortable, warm, and non judgmental setting. My practice employs a holistic approach to care for people struggling with mood disorders, anxiety, and insomnia. Services are available through telehealth.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 12 years of experience in health care. I have a broad range of mental health care experience in areas of psychiatric evaluation, diagnosis, and medication management. I also provide brief talk therapy. I strive to help my patients become the best version of themselves. My goal is to provide the highest quality of care in a comfortable, warm, and non judgmental setting. My practice employs a holistic approach to care for people struggling with mood disorders, anxiety, and insomnia. Services are available through telehealth.
(832) 979-1485 View (832) 979-1485
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Nkechi Nduka
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77002  (Online Only)
Hello! Thank you for considering your mental health needs with me today. My name is Nkechi Nduka, and I'm excited to announce that I've opened new slots at Legion Psychiatry for new clients. I work with most major insurance providers (including Cigna, Aetna, United, and others). My schedule tends to fill up fast, but I currently have openings on Wednesdays, both morning and afternoon.
Hello! Thank you for considering your mental health needs with me today. My name is Nkechi Nduka, and I'm excited to announce that I've opened new slots at Legion Psychiatry for new clients. I work with most major insurance providers (including Cigna, Aetna, United, and others). My schedule tends to fill up fast, but I currently have openings on Wednesdays, both morning and afternoon.
(346) 591-8137 View (346) 591-8137
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Ricardo Delcid
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77006
I manage a small private practice with a focus on individualized psychiatric care. I work to observe a practice style that is oriented around the principles of psychotherapy by engaging in education, insight generation, and thoughtful medical planning. In a mindful process we attend to an individual’s narrative with a respect to suffering but also the soul’s innate drive to heal from the wounding of life.
I manage a small private practice with a focus on individualized psychiatric care. I work to observe a practice style that is oriented around the principles of psychotherapy by engaging in education, insight generation, and thoughtful medical planning. In a mindful process we attend to an individual’s narrative with a respect to suffering but also the soul’s innate drive to heal from the wounding of life.
(832) 905-0519 View (832) 905-0519
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Patterns Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN , PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77015  (Online Only)
Negative thought patterns can leave one feeling stuck and in a depressive state. With plans, goals, and visions unattainable due to the mental battle of self-doubt, isolation, and hopelessness. Did you know the longer one lasts in a chronic state of anxiety, the dire the need for treatment becomes? Anxiety can result in emotional paralysis- or a feeling of not being able to move due to multiple brain tabs open. How do we treat anxiety and other mood struggles? Research suggests talk therapy as the first-line treatment for negative mood episodes. However, medications may be an additional tool and can be an option for you
Negative thought patterns can leave one feeling stuck and in a depressive state. With plans, goals, and visions unattainable due to the mental battle of self-doubt, isolation, and hopelessness. Did you know the longer one lasts in a chronic state of anxiety, the dire the need for treatment becomes? Anxiety can result in emotional paralysis- or a feeling of not being able to move due to multiple brain tabs open. How do we treat anxiety and other mood struggles? Research suggests talk therapy as the first-line treatment for negative mood episodes. However, medications may be an additional tool and can be an option for you
(956) 232-8513 View (956) 232-8513
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@HealthTx
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Richmond, TX 77407
Dr. Aqeel Hashmi is board certified in Adult psychiatry with more than 20 years experience. Dr. Hashmi is currently Medical Director at Westpark Springs Hospital and at Fort Bend Greenbrook TMS. Appointments are currently available within 14 days.
Dr. Aqeel Hashmi is board certified in Adult psychiatry with more than 20 years experience. Dr. Hashmi is currently Medical Director at Westpark Springs Hospital and at Fort Bend Greenbrook TMS. Appointments are currently available within 14 days.
(832) 219-8224 View (832) 219-8224
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New Era Consultancy LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Missouri City, TX 77459  (Online Only)
Helen Ohene, FNP/ PMHNP-BC Ms. Helen Ohene is a graduate from University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Where she obtained her master’s and her post-master’s. She is dual certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has over 15 years of nursing experience across variety of settings including home health, inpatient, outpatient clinics, and psychiatric facilities. She has a broad range of clinical experience working with individuals with Major Depression, Bipolar Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Substance Use disorders, Personality disorders, Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective disorders.
Helen Ohene, FNP/ PMHNP-BC Ms. Helen Ohene is a graduate from University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Where she obtained her master’s and her post-master’s. She is dual certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has over 15 years of nursing experience across variety of settings including home health, inpatient, outpatient clinics, and psychiatric facilities. She has a broad range of clinical experience working with individuals with Major Depression, Bipolar Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Substance Use disorders, Personality disorders, Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective disorders.
(832) 979-8058 View (832) 979-8058
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Macbarbara Amaechi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
13 Endorsed
Sugar Land, TX 77478
At Blissz Psychiatry, our team of highly qualified professionals is dedicated to providing evidence-based treatments that are tailored to meet the individual needs and goals of each patient. Our providers create a safe and non-judgmental space to freely express your thoughts. Our goal is for the client to be educated on their options, therefore promoting health and wellness in a compassionate, and empathetic setting. The ideal client is one who actively seek support for their mental health. We want to help you increase your power over your mental health, therefore closing the gap between where you are and where you could be.
At Blissz Psychiatry, our team of highly qualified professionals is dedicated to providing evidence-based treatments that are tailored to meet the individual needs and goals of each patient. Our providers create a safe and non-judgmental space to freely express your thoughts. Our goal is for the client to be educated on their options, therefore promoting health and wellness in a compassionate, and empathetic setting. The ideal client is one who actively seek support for their mental health. We want to help you increase your power over your mental health, therefore closing the gap between where you are and where you could be.
(346) 521-4998 View (346) 521-4998
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Becky Spencer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, APRN, PMHNPBC, IBCLC, PMH-C
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77002  (Online Only)
Hello, I am Becky Spencer. I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, a lactation consultant, and perinatal mental health specialist. Are you planning for pregnancy, currently pregnant, or postpartum, and you either just aren't feeling "right" or have a history of mental health challenges? Have other healthcare providers told you that you can't receive treatment for mental health while pregnant and breastfeeding? Is the transition to parenthood overwhelming? You are not alone, and treatment can help.
Hello, I am Becky Spencer. I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, a lactation consultant, and perinatal mental health specialist. Are you planning for pregnancy, currently pregnant, or postpartum, and you either just aren't feeling "right" or have a history of mental health challenges? Have other healthcare providers told you that you can't receive treatment for mental health while pregnant and breastfeeding? Is the transition to parenthood overwhelming? You are not alone, and treatment can help.
(972) 736-9705 View (972) 736-9705
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Corinna Maria Keenmon
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77030
As a seasoned board-certified geriatric and adult psychiatrist, my specialization lies in providing expert mental health care to adults of all ages. In addition, I have advanced training and experience caring for elderly adults. I strive to reach a deep understanding of each client's unique situation. My approach is collaborative and focused on responding to the needs and priorities of each individual. Common challenges my clients seek treatment for include difficulty finding medicines that work without causing harsh side effects, decreasing stress and worry, alleviating persistent sadness, and improving sleep.
As a seasoned board-certified geriatric and adult psychiatrist, my specialization lies in providing expert mental health care to adults of all ages. In addition, I have advanced training and experience caring for elderly adults. I strive to reach a deep understanding of each client's unique situation. My approach is collaborative and focused on responding to the needs and priorities of each individual. Common challenges my clients seek treatment for include difficulty finding medicines that work without causing harsh side effects, decreasing stress and worry, alleviating persistent sadness, and improving sleep.
(713) 795-4441 View (713) 795-4441
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Lynora Metoyer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Sugar Land, TX 77478
My name is Dr. Lynora J. Metoyer. I am a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I graduated from Texas Woman's University in 1987 with a Bachelors of Nursing degree. I practiced as a heart/kidney/liver transplant nurse and then transferred to Medical Surgical ICU at St. Luke's Hospital. I then obtained my Master's degree in Nursing and Post Masters FNP from University of Texas and Houston Baptist University respectively. I received my Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in 2011 from Chatham University in Pittsburgh. I received my PMHNP certification in 2021.
My name is Dr. Lynora J. Metoyer. I am a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I graduated from Texas Woman's University in 1987 with a Bachelors of Nursing degree. I practiced as a heart/kidney/liver transplant nurse and then transferred to Medical Surgical ICU at St. Luke's Hospital. I then obtained my Master's degree in Nursing and Post Masters FNP from University of Texas and Houston Baptist University respectively. I received my Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in 2011 from Chatham University in Pittsburgh. I received my PMHNP certification in 2021.
(346) 414-0900 View (346) 414-0900

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Number of Psychiatrists in China, TX

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Psychiatrists in China, TX who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Psychosis
100% Bipolar Disorder

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in China, TX see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in China?

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.