Psychiatrists in Collin County, TX

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Photo of Emery Chapa, PMHNP at Allen Psychiatry, TMS & IOP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Collin County, TX
Emery Chapa, PMHNP at Allen Psychiatry, TMS & IOP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Allen, TX 75013
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
(214) 643-8394 View (214) 643-8394
Photo of Dr. Randall McIntyre - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry, Psychiatrist in Collin County, TX
Dr. Randall McIntyre - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75287
*** ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS WITH A WAIT TIME OF 1 WEEK OR LESS *** Dr. Randal McIntyre has been practicing Adult Psychiatry for over thirty years. He was raised in Midland, Texas. He holds a BA - Biology from The University of Texas - Austin, and an MD from The University of Texas Medical School - Houston. He did his internship in Family Practice at Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. Subsequently, he completed residence n General and Child Psychiatry at UTHCSC-Houston. He is Boarded Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
*** ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS WITH A WAIT TIME OF 1 WEEK OR LESS *** Dr. Randal McIntyre has been practicing Adult Psychiatry for over thirty years. He was raised in Midland, Texas. He holds a BA - Biology from The University of Texas - Austin, and an MD from The University of Texas Medical School - Houston. He did his internship in Family Practice at Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. Subsequently, he completed residence n General and Child Psychiatry at UTHCSC-Houston. He is Boarded Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
(512) 229-9477 View (512) 229-9477
Photo of Alexis Kropf, Psychiatrist in Collin County, TX
Alexis Kropf
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
McKinney, TX 75071  (Online Only)
Dr. Alexis Kropf is a board-eligible adult psychiatrist beginning her practice at Talkiatry after four years of clinical experience in residency. Dr. Kropf primarily focuses on providing medication management during 30-minute follow-up visits, weaving in elements of supportive therapy according to the needs of her clients. When additional therapy is indicated to promote recovery, Dr. Kropf may recommend that her clients work with a therapist as part of the treatment team. Dr. Kropf credits her undergraduate education at Southwestern University for strengthening her curiosity about and dedication to serving others.
Dr. Alexis Kropf is a board-eligible adult psychiatrist beginning her practice at Talkiatry after four years of clinical experience in residency. Dr. Kropf primarily focuses on providing medication management during 30-minute follow-up visits, weaving in elements of supportive therapy according to the needs of her clients. When additional therapy is indicated to promote recovery, Dr. Kropf may recommend that her clients work with a therapist as part of the treatment team. Dr. Kropf credits her undergraduate education at Southwestern University for strengthening her curiosity about and dedication to serving others.
(469) 457-2628 View (469) 457-2628
Photo of Tayo Olotewo @ Thrive Psychiatry,PLLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Collin County, TX
Tayo Olotewo @ Thrive Psychiatry,PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Frisco, TX 75034
Immediate in-network availability! Are you ready to take the first step in getting the help you desire? At Thrive Psychiatry, PLLC, we provide virtual and in person psychiatric treatments. We incorporate holistic, individualized treatment to each client's treatment. If you are looking for a safe, compassionate judgment free zone, we are here to assist you.
Immediate in-network availability! Are you ready to take the first step in getting the help you desire? At Thrive Psychiatry, PLLC, we provide virtual and in person psychiatric treatments. We incorporate holistic, individualized treatment to each client's treatment. If you are looking for a safe, compassionate judgment free zone, we are here to assist you.
(972) 433-5439 View (972) 433-5439
Photo of Fredric Matthew Johnson, Psychiatrist in Collin County, TX
Fredric Matthew Johnson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Frisco, TX 75034  (Online Only)
Patients that I see want to get better and find out why they are having problems. My practice is largely devoted to mood and thought disorders. I am a minimalist when it comes to using medication. I am often seeing folks who are either over-medicated and/or on the wrong types of medications. The 2 letters after my surname are M and D. To me, these not only stand for Medical Doctor, but almost more important to me, is they stand for Medical Detective.
Patients that I see want to get better and find out why they are having problems. My practice is largely devoted to mood and thought disorders. I am a minimalist when it comes to using medication. I am often seeing folks who are either over-medicated and/or on the wrong types of medications. The 2 letters after my surname are M and D. To me, these not only stand for Medical Doctor, but almost more important to me, is they stand for Medical Detective.
(844) 390-3778 View (844) 390-3778
Photo of Dr. Suparna Basu, Psychiatrist in Collin County, TX
Dr. Suparna Basu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
McKinney, TX 75072
If you are suffering from anxiety or depression you should know you are not alone. Problems with your emotional health can prevent you from pursuing your dreams and living life to the fullest. Working with you to reach your full potential is my number one goal. My approach can best be described as interpersonal/humanistic, one in which my working relationship is every bit as important as any medication you might decide to use. You can learn more about my practice on my website; http://basupsychiatry.com
If you are suffering from anxiety or depression you should know you are not alone. Problems with your emotional health can prevent you from pursuing your dreams and living life to the fullest. Working with you to reach your full potential is my number one goal. My approach can best be described as interpersonal/humanistic, one in which my working relationship is every bit as important as any medication you might decide to use. You can learn more about my practice on my website; http://basupsychiatry.com
(214) 225-7621 View (214) 225-7621
Photo of Sherita Bardley, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Collin County, TX
Sherita Bardley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Frisco, TX 75035  (Online Only)
Dr. Sherita Bardley, is a Dual Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner in primary care and psychiatry with over 20 years of experience in the medical field in various settings. She credits her upbringing for her understanding that it takes more than just competence and knowledge in this area to help people cope with mental illness. She believes that in order to be impactful, the healthcare provider must be empathetic and understanding of patients' daily struggles with their illness and society.
Dr. Sherita Bardley, is a Dual Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner in primary care and psychiatry with over 20 years of experience in the medical field in various settings. She credits her upbringing for her understanding that it takes more than just competence and knowledge in this area to help people cope with mental illness. She believes that in order to be impactful, the healthcare provider must be empathetic and understanding of patients' daily struggles with their illness and society.
(469) 638-8290 View (469) 638-8290
Photo of Alamgir Psychiatry, Psychiatrist in Collin County, TX
Alamgir Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75252  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Accepting NEW patients. ONLINE appointments available the SAME-DAY, 7 days a week, including late afternoons, evenings, and nights on both weekdays and weekends. Dr. Alamgir is experienced in treating ADHD, anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, depression, bipolar, and PTSD. You can contact me directly, and I respond to my patients promptly. To begin the intake process or for questions about my services, send a message (by selecting "Email Us" and providing the requested information).
Accepting NEW patients. ONLINE appointments available the SAME-DAY, 7 days a week, including late afternoons, evenings, and nights on both weekdays and weekends. Dr. Alamgir is experienced in treating ADHD, anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, depression, bipolar, and PTSD. You can contact me directly, and I respond to my patients promptly. To begin the intake process or for questions about my services, send a message (by selecting "Email Us" and providing the requested information).
(972) 695-3847 View (972) 695-3847
Photo of Dr. Deepika Bhargava, Psychiatrist in Collin County, TX
Dr. Deepika Bhargava
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
McKinney, TX 75069
I provide a unique integrated bio-psycho-social-spiritual-nutritional approach to mental well-being. Personalized and comprehensive services in an atmosphere of respect and compassion to help create healthy communities. One-stop for all your mental health needs that includes psychiatry med management (anxiety, depression, bipolar, PTSD, geriatric disorders, dementia); individual and family therapy (marital, addiction, anger management, behavior modification, stress management, work-life balance; adult/adolescent Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) - (mood disorders, substance abuse, eating disorders, trauma, women's issues). TMS.
I provide a unique integrated bio-psycho-social-spiritual-nutritional approach to mental well-being. Personalized and comprehensive services in an atmosphere of respect and compassion to help create healthy communities. One-stop for all your mental health needs that includes psychiatry med management (anxiety, depression, bipolar, PTSD, geriatric disorders, dementia); individual and family therapy (marital, addiction, anger management, behavior modification, stress management, work-life balance; adult/adolescent Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) - (mood disorders, substance abuse, eating disorders, trauma, women's issues). TMS.
(469) 425-2053 View (469) 425-2053
Photo of Kourtney Ruff, Physician Assistant in Collin County, TX
Kourtney Ruff
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Plano, TX 75075
I am a physician assistant and have been providing mental health services for 1 years in outpatient and in home settings. I see individuals and I address autism spectrum disorder, career transitions, eating disorders, insomnia, and relationship counseling.
I am a physician assistant and have been providing mental health services for 1 years in outpatient and in home settings. I see individuals and I address autism spectrum disorder, career transitions, eating disorders, insomnia, and relationship counseling.
(469) 489-4992 View (469) 489-4992
Photo of Drew Edward Murray, Psychiatrist in Collin County, TX
Drew Edward Murray
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Plano, TX 75093
I seek to serve any person who needs a listening ear or wants help managing their mental illness. Someone who needs a psychiatrist that will not just prescribe medications but will consider and recommend additional treatment methods in an evidence based approach. Any patient seeking a psychiatrist who considers the whole person.
I seek to serve any person who needs a listening ear or wants help managing their mental illness. Someone who needs a psychiatrist that will not just prescribe medications but will consider and recommend additional treatment methods in an evidence based approach. Any patient seeking a psychiatrist who considers the whole person.
(469) 966-8665 View (469) 966-8665
Photo of F Matthew Johnson, Psychiatrist in Collin County, TX
F Matthew Johnson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Frisco, TX 75034  (Online Only)
Patients that I see want to get better and find out why they are having problems. My practice is largely devoted to mood and thought disorders. I am a minimalist when it comes to using psychiatric medications. I am often seeing folks who are either over-medicated and/or on the wrong types of medications. The 2 letters after my surname are M and D. To me, these letters not only stand for Medical Doctor, but almost more important to me, is they stand for Medical Detective.
Patients that I see want to get better and find out why they are having problems. My practice is largely devoted to mood and thought disorders. I am a minimalist when it comes to using psychiatric medications. I am often seeing folks who are either over-medicated and/or on the wrong types of medications. The 2 letters after my surname are M and D. To me, these letters not only stand for Medical Doctor, but almost more important to me, is they stand for Medical Detective.
(844) 390-3778 View (844) 390-3778
Photo of Gopan Pillai, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Collin County, TX
Gopan Pillai
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CPT
Verified 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
Photo of Ayla Jenson Naughton, Psychiatric Nurse in Collin County, TX
Ayla Jenson Naughton
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Plano, TX 75023
Ayla Jenson Naughton is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2023. Ayla offers both psychotherapy and medication management options to individualize treatment according to your needs. She aims to ensure you feel heard and respected during your sessions. Together, you and Ayla will collaborate on a plan of care that, if needed, will include pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions. If you are looking for a mental health teammate, Ayla is in your corner!.
Ayla Jenson Naughton is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2023. Ayla offers both psychotherapy and medication management options to individualize treatment according to your needs. She aims to ensure you feel heard and respected during your sessions. Together, you and Ayla will collaborate on a plan of care that, if needed, will include pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions. If you are looking for a mental health teammate, Ayla is in your corner!.
(469) 966-8396 View (469) 966-8396
Photo of Meron Tibebu, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Collin County, TX
Meron Tibebu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Frisco, TX 75034
Meron Tibebu is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2017. She has a Master's Degree from the University of Missouri Kansas City. Meron values and respects her patients while providing patient centered care. She follows holistic and collaborative approach. In her spare time, Meron enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters and loves to travel when she gets a chance.
Meron Tibebu is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2017. She has a Master's Degree from the University of Missouri Kansas City. Meron values and respects her patients while providing patient centered care. She follows holistic and collaborative approach. In her spare time, Meron enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters and loves to travel when she gets a chance.
(972) 848-6283 View (972) 848-6283
Photo of Jacob Kannarkat, Psychiatrist in Collin County, TX
Jacob Kannarkat
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
McKinney, TX 75071  (Online Only)
Dr. Jacob T. Kannarkat is an adult psychiatrist. Dr. Kannarkat's practice focuses on medication management. In his visits, he uses an integrative approach, blending an empathic, problem-solving orientation with an understanding that the reasons for an individual's condition can be complex. He has experience dealing with many forms of mental illness and works collaboratively with his patients in making a plan for recovery.
Dr. Jacob T. Kannarkat is an adult psychiatrist. Dr. Kannarkat's practice focuses on medication management. In his visits, he uses an integrative approach, blending an empathic, problem-solving orientation with an understanding that the reasons for an individual's condition can be complex. He has experience dealing with many forms of mental illness and works collaboratively with his patients in making a plan for recovery.
(972) 576-7863 View (972) 576-7863
Photo of Tonya Putman, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Collin County, TX
Tonya Putman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Plano, TX 75093
Thank you for visiting my profile. I am excited you took the first step in addressing your mental health needs. I welcome the opportunity to walk with you on this journey. I am a Board certified Psychiatric NP specializing in treating a wide range of disorders. This includes depression, anxiety , bipolar disorder , schizophrenia, substance use and ADD/ADHD. I also treat substance use, and can prescribe suboxone. My background includes caring for patients in community health clinics, inpatient/outpatient and private practice setttings. Please give me a call today to schedule an appt.
Thank you for visiting my profile. I am excited you took the first step in addressing your mental health needs. I welcome the opportunity to walk with you on this journey. I am a Board certified Psychiatric NP specializing in treating a wide range of disorders. This includes depression, anxiety , bipolar disorder , schizophrenia, substance use and ADD/ADHD. I also treat substance use, and can prescribe suboxone. My background includes caring for patients in community health clinics, inpatient/outpatient and private practice setttings. Please give me a call today to schedule an appt.
(214) 522-4640 x250 View (214) 522-4640 x250
Photo of Peace Way Psychiatry - Navdip Kaur, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Collin County, TX
Peace Way Psychiatry - Navdip Kaur
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Frisco, TX 75035  (Online Only)
Peace Way psychiatrist will reach you where you are because your comfort and safety is our priority. One small crack does not mean you are broken, it means you were put to the test, and you didn’t fall apart. I am here with you in this journey which will be full of miracles and accomplishments. Peace Way team will bring your smiles and success back to your lives that you deserve. Your stories will inspire others and Peace Way Psychiatrist will advocate her clients recognizing strength in the aftermath of their emotional recovery.
Peace Way psychiatrist will reach you where you are because your comfort and safety is our priority. One small crack does not mean you are broken, it means you were put to the test, and you didn’t fall apart. I am here with you in this journey which will be full of miracles and accomplishments. Peace Way team will bring your smiles and success back to your lives that you deserve. Your stories will inspire others and Peace Way Psychiatrist will advocate her clients recognizing strength in the aftermath of their emotional recovery.
(972) 430-7886 View (972) 430-7886
Photo of Compassionate Psychiatric Services, Psychiatrist in Collin County, TX
Compassionate Psychiatric Services
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Frisco, TX 75035
Hello, I’m Dr. Mohammed, Medical Director of Compassionate Psychiatric services. I finished Residency in Psychiatry through The University of Tennessee, Memphis-TN in the year 2004. Besides being Chief Resident during this Program, I was the top performer in PRITE(Psychiatry Residents In-Service Exam). I am board certified in General Adult Psychiatry and has extensive experience practicing Psychiatry since 2004. I was an affiliate Asst.Professor of Psychiatry at Loyola Medical School, Hines- IL.
Hello, I’m Dr. Mohammed, Medical Director of Compassionate Psychiatric services. I finished Residency in Psychiatry through The University of Tennessee, Memphis-TN in the year 2004. Besides being Chief Resident during this Program, I was the top performer in PRITE(Psychiatry Residents In-Service Exam). I am board certified in General Adult Psychiatry and has extensive experience practicing Psychiatry since 2004. I was an affiliate Asst.Professor of Psychiatry at Loyola Medical School, Hines- IL.
(972) 846-8314 View (972) 846-8314
Photo of EZ Mind Psychiatry, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Collin County, TX
EZ Mind Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Frisco, TX 75034  (Online Only)
Are you someone who has been struggling to cope with day to day stressors? Do you feel like your moods, anxiety or poor sleep are keeping you from feeling like your best self? Are you a parent with concerns about the behaviors or moods of your teenager? Do you find yourself wanting to seek help but are feeling overwhelmed by the process? Let us help you on your journey as you transform into a better you.
Are you someone who has been struggling to cope with day to day stressors? Do you feel like your moods, anxiety or poor sleep are keeping you from feeling like your best self? Are you a parent with concerns about the behaviors or moods of your teenager? Do you find yourself wanting to seek help but are feeling overwhelmed by the process? Let us help you on your journey as you transform into a better you.
(214) 239-0235 View (214) 239-0235

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Number of Psychiatrists in Collin County, TX

300+

Average cost per session

$190

Psychiatrists in Collin County, TX who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
91% Depression
84% Bipolar Disorder
76% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
74% Medication Management
73% Trauma and PTSD
66% ADHD

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% Aetna
92% Cigna and Evernorth
91% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Collin County, TX see their clients

58% In Person and Online
42% Online Only

Gender breakdown

69% Female
30% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Collin 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.