Psychiatrists in Colleyville, TX

Photo of Kathryn Rose Farishta - Mental Fitness Psychiatry, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Mental Fitness Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Colleyville, TX 76034
Kathryn Farishta is a fellowship-trained Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 10 years of experience in behavioral healthcare. Her compassion and dedication earned her the honor of being selected as one of the DFW's Top 100 Nurses of 2023. Her education includes a Master of Science in Nursing from UTA, subsequently earning board certification from the ANCC. Post-graduation she completed a community-focused psychiatric advanced practice provider fellowship where she trained throughout the healthcare continuum including psychiatric emergency, inpatient, outpatient, and consult-liaison services.
Kathryn Farishta is a fellowship-trained Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 10 years of experience in behavioral healthcare. Her compassion and dedication earned her the honor of being selected as one of the DFW's Top 100 Nurses of 2023. Her education includes a Master of Science in Nursing from UTA, subsequently earning board certification from the ANCC. Post-graduation she completed a community-focused psychiatric advanced practice provider fellowship where she trained throughout the healthcare continuum including psychiatric emergency, inpatient, outpatient, and consult-liaison services.
(817) 813-9368 View (817) 813-9368
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Anabel Winiecki
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Colleyville, TX 76034  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, trained to treat behavioral and mental health across the lifespan. I graduated with my Masters in Nursing from the University of Texas at Austin. My past experiences in education and work have equipped me to work well with diverse populations, be culturally competent, and have a wide array of training across specialties.
I am a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, trained to treat behavioral and mental health across the lifespan. I graduated with my Masters in Nursing from the University of Texas at Austin. My past experiences in education and work have equipped me to work well with diverse populations, be culturally competent, and have a wide array of training across specialties.
(682) 297-3268 View (682) 297-3268
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Ashley Bennett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Colleyville, TX 76034
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and have over 7 years of nursing experience ranging from medical to inpatient/outpatient psychiatric, and Partial Hospitalization/Intensive outpatient care. After graduating with my Associate’s Degree in Nursing in 2016, I went straight to working on an inpatient mental health unit in Virginia for 2 years. While returning to school to complete my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Nursing, I worked full time as a Hemodialysis charge nurse for 4.5 years. Since graduating in 2022 with my MSN, I have been working in outpatient psychiatry and PHP/IOP.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and have over 7 years of nursing experience ranging from medical to inpatient/outpatient psychiatric, and Partial Hospitalization/Intensive outpatient care. After graduating with my Associate’s Degree in Nursing in 2016, I went straight to working on an inpatient mental health unit in Virginia for 2 years. While returning to school to complete my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Nursing, I worked full time as a Hemodialysis charge nurse for 4.5 years. Since graduating in 2022 with my MSN, I have been working in outpatient psychiatry and PHP/IOP.
(817) 631-5939 View (817) 631-5939
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Zuriah Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Colleyville, TX 76034
I understand that everyone's path to wellness is different as everyone heals in their own unique way. I sincerely believe in showing empathy to those that seek out care and will work tirelessly with them and their families to find their success path. My approach is to combine both medication and psychotherapy thereby improving outcomes and reducing costs. I will develop a treatment plan that is unique to the patient by utilizing a wide range of therapies which are tailored to help one down the path to healing and recovery.
I understand that everyone's path to wellness is different as everyone heals in their own unique way. I sincerely believe in showing empathy to those that seek out care and will work tirelessly with them and their families to find their success path. My approach is to combine both medication and psychotherapy thereby improving outcomes and reducing costs. I will develop a treatment plan that is unique to the patient by utilizing a wide range of therapies which are tailored to help one down the path to healing and recovery.
(817) 345-7203 View (817) 345-7203
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Stacey Russell
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Colleyville, TX 76034  (Online Only)
I use a whole body approach to treating mental illness. I combine treatment modalities from medication management, supplements, psychotherapy, nutrition, exercise, extensive lab work & spiritual growth. I focus on true healing so you are not on a “subscription drug program.” I treat busy professionals who want to target multiple areas of their health and use time efficiently. I have expertise in depression, anxiety, adhd, substance use, bipolar disorder & PTSD. I offer both medication management as well as talk therapy so you don’t have to make multiple appointments with different providers. I am licensed in Texas and Oklahoma.
I use a whole body approach to treating mental illness. I combine treatment modalities from medication management, supplements, psychotherapy, nutrition, exercise, extensive lab work & spiritual growth. I focus on true healing so you are not on a “subscription drug program.” I treat busy professionals who want to target multiple areas of their health and use time efficiently. I have expertise in depression, anxiety, adhd, substance use, bipolar disorder & PTSD. I offer both medication management as well as talk therapy so you don’t have to make multiple appointments with different providers. I am licensed in Texas and Oklahoma.
(682) 356-2328 View (682) 356-2328
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Restore Brain
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Colleyville, TX 76034
We are experts at dealing with patients who suffer from depression of any type. We understand co-occurring disorders and addiction. Patients that need cognitive therapy, treatment from depression, bipolar, anxiety, ptsd. and ADHD.Our staff is experienced and highly credentialed in these areas.
We are experts at dealing with patients who suffer from depression of any type. We understand co-occurring disorders and addiction. Patients that need cognitive therapy, treatment from depression, bipolar, anxiety, ptsd. and ADHD.Our staff is experienced and highly credentialed in these areas.
(817) 438-2868 View (817) 438-2868
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William Goldman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Colleyville, TX 76034  (Online Only)
I care about positive outcomes in my patients, and depend upon patients' and families' investment in the process of seeking health, recovery, and long-term well-being. I encourage collaboration with area psychotherapists as part of this process. My role is not that of a pill-pusher, but rather an expert diagnostician, guide, educator, and pharmacologic manager; likewise, I believe the patient's duty is to be an active participant in the process of diagnosis, treatment, and long-term recovery. *Please note that I do not participate in Medicare, Medicaid or any third-party payor or insurance panels.*
I care about positive outcomes in my patients, and depend upon patients' and families' investment in the process of seeking health, recovery, and long-term well-being. I encourage collaboration with area psychotherapists as part of this process. My role is not that of a pill-pusher, but rather an expert diagnostician, guide, educator, and pharmacologic manager; likewise, I believe the patient's duty is to be an active participant in the process of diagnosis, treatment, and long-term recovery. *Please note that I do not participate in Medicare, Medicaid or any third-party payor or insurance panels.*
(817) 533-8326 View (817) 533-8326
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Mid Cities Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Colleyville, TX 76034
Seema Kazi, MD completed her dual-residency program in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut in 1998, and in 1999 continued on to complete her fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry at NYU. She has been in private practice for over 20 years and has worked as the Medical Director at Princeton House Behavioral Health Inpatient Services, providing the highest level of care for people of all ages that were struggling with mental health issues, substance abuse problems, or a combination of both. She moved from New Jersey to the greater DFW area to be near her family in 2013.
Seema Kazi, MD completed her dual-residency program in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut in 1998, and in 1999 continued on to complete her fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry at NYU. She has been in private practice for over 20 years and has worked as the Medical Director at Princeton House Behavioral Health Inpatient Services, providing the highest level of care for people of all ages that were struggling with mental health issues, substance abuse problems, or a combination of both. She moved from New Jersey to the greater DFW area to be near her family in 2013.
(682) 688-4272 View (682) 688-4272
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Dr. Tanya Zielinski
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Colleyville, TX 76034
My goal is to help you enhance your overall quality of life. I am interested in the development of the personality throughout the life cycle, how difficulties affect the experience of the self, and how medication and therapy can improve these (and, of course, improve your ability to function in the world.) The majority of my patients have depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, ADHD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, learning disabilities, trauma, Asperger's Disorder, relationship issues, or some combination of these. Often, after I have known someone a while, we move past the presenting problem into personal growth or recovery issues.
My goal is to help you enhance your overall quality of life. I am interested in the development of the personality throughout the life cycle, how difficulties affect the experience of the self, and how medication and therapy can improve these (and, of course, improve your ability to function in the world.) The majority of my patients have depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, ADHD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, learning disabilities, trauma, Asperger's Disorder, relationship issues, or some combination of these. Often, after I have known someone a while, we move past the presenting problem into personal growth or recovery issues.
(682) 356-3891 View (682) 356-3891
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Dr. Onanuga @ New Age Behavioral Health
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
Colleyville, TX 76034
As a practicing psychiatric providers, we specialized in the management of various mental illnesses including depression, Bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHDs, and other mental health problems. We also assist in the treatment of substance abuse and addiction problems as well as dual diagnosis. We empower our patients to take control of their illnesses. Help is often available but you have to take the initiative by making the necessary phone call.
As a practicing psychiatric providers, we specialized in the management of various mental illnesses including depression, Bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHDs, and other mental health problems. We also assist in the treatment of substance abuse and addiction problems as well as dual diagnosis. We empower our patients to take control of their illnesses. Help is often available but you have to take the initiative by making the necessary phone call.
(817) 778-0191 View (817) 778-0191
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Oyebola Bola Oyelade
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Colleyville, TX 76034
My name is Oyebola ‘Bola’ Oyelade, DNP, Board-Certified PMHNP with over 14 years of experience actively listening and treating clients across various lifespans. I provide psychiatric evaluation, medication management and evidence-based treatment for a wide range of psychiatric disorders such as depression, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsion disorder (OCD), schizophrenia, psychosis, PTSD, insomnia, and ADHD.
My name is Oyebola ‘Bola’ Oyelade, DNP, Board-Certified PMHNP with over 14 years of experience actively listening and treating clients across various lifespans. I provide psychiatric evaluation, medication management and evidence-based treatment for a wide range of psychiatric disorders such as depression, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsion disorder (OCD), schizophrenia, psychosis, PTSD, insomnia, and ADHD.
(817) 835-7303 View (817) 835-7303
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Kimberly Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Colleyville, TX 76034  (Online Only)
I am here to meet you where you are now. I practice integrative, whole person, wellness, using a bio psychosocial approach to work with you on identifying barriers and developing solutions. Medication management, supplements, nutrition, talk therapy, and other integrative approaches. Together, you and I will collaborate on an individualized plan that brings you forward on your wellness journey.
I am here to meet you where you are now. I practice integrative, whole person, wellness, using a bio psychosocial approach to work with you on identifying barriers and developing solutions. Medication management, supplements, nutrition, talk therapy, and other integrative approaches. Together, you and I will collaborate on an individualized plan that brings you forward on your wellness journey.
(210) 361-1498 View (210) 361-1498
Photo of Gene Fletcher - Neogen Psychiatry, DO, Psychiatrist
Neogen Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Colleyville, TX 76034
Compassionate and Empathetic Adult and Child Psychiatrist who provides evidence based Psychiatric solutions for patients seeking to balance and normalize their mental health. Patients may be seeking help with Depression, Anxiety, Adjusting to Situational Stressors, ADHD, Psychosis, Bipolar D/O, recent trauma or mental health issues related to substance abuse. (Not Addiction Medicine Fellowship trained)
Compassionate and Empathetic Adult and Child Psychiatrist who provides evidence based Psychiatric solutions for patients seeking to balance and normalize their mental health. Patients may be seeking help with Depression, Anxiety, Adjusting to Situational Stressors, ADHD, Psychosis, Bipolar D/O, recent trauma or mental health issues related to substance abuse. (Not Addiction Medicine Fellowship trained)
(817) 241-4010 View (817) 241-4010
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Dr Terry Eagan - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Colleyville, TX 76034
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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Heather Mendoza
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Colleyville, TX 76034
Heather Mendoza is a BoardCertified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2023. She has a Bachelor of Science from Texas Tech and Master of Science from Walden University. Heather is passionate about the field of psychiatry and helping others overcome challenges they face in regard to their mental health. In her free time, Heather enjoys spending time with family on her small farm, traveling, and reading.
Heather Mendoza is a BoardCertified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2023. She has a Bachelor of Science from Texas Tech and Master of Science from Walden University. Heather is passionate about the field of psychiatry and helping others overcome challenges they face in regard to their mental health. In her free time, Heather enjoys spending time with family on her small farm, traveling, and reading.
(817) 646-3262 View (817) 646-3262
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Mary Lynn Wyant
Psychiatrist, MD, PA
Verified Verified
Colleyville, TX 76034
I practice psychodynamic psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and medication management. In these confusing, emotionally exhausting times I am trained to help you navigate relationship issues, coping skills, gender and sexuality issues, and other issues affecting your contentment and satisfaction in life. I want to help you understand deeper issues such as how you may have been affected by a history of abuse, neglect or trauma. I can also prescribe medication for you if we decide that might be helpful. I want to offer compassionate care in a confidential, professional environment.
I practice psychodynamic psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and medication management. In these confusing, emotionally exhausting times I am trained to help you navigate relationship issues, coping skills, gender and sexuality issues, and other issues affecting your contentment and satisfaction in life. I want to help you understand deeper issues such as how you may have been affected by a history of abuse, neglect or trauma. I can also prescribe medication for you if we decide that might be helpful. I want to offer compassionate care in a confidential, professional environment.
(817) 527-5773 View (817) 527-5773
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Pamela J Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Colleyville, TX 76034
Pamela J. Smith is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2023. She has an MSN in Nursing Administration with a Post-Master Certificate in PMHNP-BC. She has 20 years of bedside nursing including ICU and behavioral health. Pamela believes in taking a patient-centered approach that emphasizes a partnership with her clients. A cohesive client and provider relationship helps ensure a better understanding and response to her clients' needs, values, and preferences. These partnerships should include a mutual understanding and agreement.
Pamela J. Smith is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2023. She has an MSN in Nursing Administration with a Post-Master Certificate in PMHNP-BC. She has 20 years of bedside nursing including ICU and behavioral health. Pamela believes in taking a patient-centered approach that emphasizes a partnership with her clients. A cohesive client and provider relationship helps ensure a better understanding and response to her clients' needs, values, and preferences. These partnerships should include a mutual understanding and agreement.
(817) 646-6599 View (817) 646-6599
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Christi Hill
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Colleyville, TX 76034
Christi Hill is a Nurse Practitioner in Texas with 14 years of experience. She has a Bachelors in Nursing from the University of Texas, Arlington, and a Masters in Nursing, specializing in Family Psychiatric Mental Health. Christy believes that each person is unique and deserving of an individualized approach to healing and wellness. She takes a comprehensive approach to care with emphasis in prevention and self-care. Christy strives to assist each client to recognize their strengths and to act as a facilitator in achieving their personalized goals to improve quality of life.
Christi Hill is a Nurse Practitioner in Texas with 14 years of experience. She has a Bachelors in Nursing from the University of Texas, Arlington, and a Masters in Nursing, specializing in Family Psychiatric Mental Health. Christy believes that each person is unique and deserving of an individualized approach to healing and wellness. She takes a comprehensive approach to care with emphasis in prevention and self-care. Christy strives to assist each client to recognize their strengths and to act as a facilitator in achieving their personalized goals to improve quality of life.
(817) 755-6436 View (817) 755-6436
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Mona Jimenez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Colleyville, TX 76034
Mona Jimenez is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She earned her Master of Science at Nursing at Walden University. Her nursing career began in the Philippines where she graduated with honors and earned 3rd place in the Philippine Nursing Licensure Examination in 2007. She has over 13 years' experience as a nurse, working with clients with diverse cultures and backgrounds in the Philippines, England, and USA.
Mona Jimenez is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She earned her Master of Science at Nursing at Walden University. Her nursing career began in the Philippines where she graduated with honors and earned 3rd place in the Philippine Nursing Licensure Examination in 2007. She has over 13 years' experience as a nurse, working with clients with diverse cultures and backgrounds in the Philippines, England, and USA.
(817) 242-9021 View (817) 242-9021
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Mary Krolik
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Colleyville, TX 76034
Mary Lynn Krolik M.D. is a Psychiatrist who specializes in Adult Psychiatry. She is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Krolik completed her Residency at LSU Ochsner Psychiatry Residency Program. She has 20 years' experience diagnosing and treating various mental disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, and anxiety disorders. And she has knowledge of other conditions such as Dementia and ADD and Substance Abuse. She is looking forward to assisting you with continuing medications or starting new ones.
Mary Lynn Krolik M.D. is a Psychiatrist who specializes in Adult Psychiatry. She is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Krolik completed her Residency at LSU Ochsner Psychiatry Residency Program. She has 20 years' experience diagnosing and treating various mental disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, and anxiety disorders. And she has knowledge of other conditions such as Dementia and ADD and Substance Abuse. She is looking forward to assisting you with continuing medications or starting new ones.
(817) 646-9206 View (817) 646-9206

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Number of Psychiatrists in Colleyville, TX

20+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Colleyville, TX who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
89% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
89% Bipolar Disorder
86% Trauma and PTSD
86% Medication Management
79% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

14 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
95% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
90% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Colleyville, TX see their clients

83% In Person and Online
17% Online Only

Gender breakdown

74% Female
26% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Colleyville?

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.