Psychiatrists in Coppell, TX

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Dr Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Coppell, TX 75019
Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Are these emotional and behavioral patterns fixable? Which ones stem from genetics or brain chemistry, and which are rooted in upbringing or circumstances?
Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Are these emotional and behavioral patterns fixable? Which ones stem from genetics or brain chemistry, and which are rooted in upbringing or circumstances?
(214) 865-7127 View (214) 865-7127
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Dr. Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Coppell, TX 75019
Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Are these emotional and behavioral patterns fixable? Which ones stem from genetics or brain chemistry, and which are rooted in upbringing or circumstances?
Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Are these emotional and behavioral patterns fixable? Which ones stem from genetics or brain chemistry, and which are rooted in upbringing or circumstances?
(469) 717-6415 View (469) 717-6415
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William Goldman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Coppell, TX 75019  (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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Madison Cierto
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Coppell, TX 75019
**Accepting New Patients** (Please list my name when leaving a message to ensure you are booked w/ me) I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I strive to create an environment that is an inclusive, safe space for all people. During our meetings you will be an active participant in your treatment plan as we work on obtaining your goals together. While my main focus is on proper diagnosis and medication management, neither of those can be completed with out proper understanding of your history, current situation, and future goals.
**Accepting New Patients** (Please list my name when leaving a message to ensure you are booked w/ me) I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I strive to create an environment that is an inclusive, safe space for all people. During our meetings you will be an active participant in your treatment plan as we work on obtaining your goals together. While my main focus is on proper diagnosis and medication management, neither of those can be completed with out proper understanding of your history, current situation, and future goals.
(972) 433-9874 View (972) 433-9874
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Supreme Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Coppell, TX 75019
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner - graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington. Your mental health needs is our priority at Supreme Psychiatry. Are you feeling overwhelmed by stressful life events and finding it difficult to function in your day-to-day life? Current life events have highlighted the need for increased access to mental health care. I specialize in treating both children, preteens, adolescents, and Adult
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner - graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington. Your mental health needs is our priority at Supreme Psychiatry. Are you feeling overwhelmed by stressful life events and finding it difficult to function in your day-to-day life? Current life events have highlighted the need for increased access to mental health care. I specialize in treating both children, preteens, adolescents, and Adult
(469) 436-9272 View (469) 436-9272
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Kekam Psychiatry Services, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Coppell, TX 75019  (Online Only)
At Kekam Psychiatry, Our mental health providers are well trained and are focused on building a therapeutic relationship with each patient at every visit. The first step to recovery can be overwhelming, however through our integrated and holistic approach tailored to each individual, we guarantee to work with each individual to find a balance in their mental health needs. We provides diagnostic services, medication management and Psychotherapy to individuals from 6 years old to older adults via telehealth across Texas.
At Kekam Psychiatry, Our mental health providers are well trained and are focused on building a therapeutic relationship with each patient at every visit. The first step to recovery can be overwhelming, however through our integrated and holistic approach tailored to each individual, we guarantee to work with each individual to find a balance in their mental health needs. We provides diagnostic services, medication management and Psychotherapy to individuals from 6 years old to older adults via telehealth across Texas.
(469) 871-7423 View (469) 871-7423
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Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry of Dallas - We Are Open!
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Coppell, TX 75019
*** ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS WITH A WAIT TIME OF 1 WEEK OR LESS *** If you or a loved one are struggling with a mental illness, Anew Era TMS can provide excellent quality psychiatric treatment and TMS therapy for depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, post-partum, tinnitus, or chronic migraines. At Anew Era TMS Dallas, our priority is patient care and comfort-driven by a personalized treatment plan.
*** ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS WITH A WAIT TIME OF 1 WEEK OR LESS *** If you or a loved one are struggling with a mental illness, Anew Era TMS can provide excellent quality psychiatric treatment and TMS therapy for depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, post-partum, tinnitus, or chronic migraines. At Anew Era TMS Dallas, our priority is patient care and comfort-driven by a personalized treatment plan.
(972) 684-5043 View (972) 684-5043

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Effulgence Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Irving, TX 75039
My name is Ifeoma Irokwe, a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Effulgence Psychiatry. With a deep-rooted belief in the interconnectedness of spirit, body, and soul, I strive to be a guiding light for those navigating the complex journey of mental health. I approach mental wellness from a holistic perspective, recognizing that true healing occurs when all aspects of our being are in harmony. I believe that when the spirit, body, and soul are aligned, individuals can experience a profound sense of peace and fulfillment.
My name is Ifeoma Irokwe, a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Effulgence Psychiatry. With a deep-rooted belief in the interconnectedness of spirit, body, and soul, I strive to be a guiding light for those navigating the complex journey of mental health. I approach mental wellness from a holistic perspective, recognizing that true healing occurs when all aspects of our being are in harmony. I believe that when the spirit, body, and soul are aligned, individuals can experience a profound sense of peace and fulfillment.
(903) 437-7434 View (903) 437-7434
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Dr. Ivy Jones - PMHNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
DFW, TX 75261
Dr. Ivy Jones holds a Doctorate of Nursing Degree & is board certified through American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). She is a highly-skilled professional clinician with over 5 years of providing direct patient care to persons receiving treatment for psychiatric disorders, & over 13 years of Registered Nursing. Dr. Ivy' holistic approach & evidenced based treatment modalities include pharmacologic management and psychotherapeutic interventions. She's skilled in addressing acute and chronic illnesses while maintaining a collaborative, warm and non-judgmental stance.
Dr. Ivy Jones holds a Doctorate of Nursing Degree & is board certified through American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). She is a highly-skilled professional clinician with over 5 years of providing direct patient care to persons receiving treatment for psychiatric disorders, & over 13 years of Registered Nursing. Dr. Ivy' holistic approach & evidenced based treatment modalities include pharmacologic management and psychotherapeutic interventions. She's skilled in addressing acute and chronic illnesses while maintaining a collaborative, warm and non-judgmental stance.
(972) 992-5572 View (972) 992-5572
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Mindfirst Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Irving, TX 75062
Accepting new clients now, same day appointments with weekend availability. We provide Telehealth services, accept self pay and insurances. Welcome to a non-judgmental environment where there is no biasness ! Meet Dorothy PMHNP-BC ( over 14 years experience in health care) who strives to ensure that patients receive comprehensive care that considers their mental and emotional well-being. I'm dedicated and focused on providing you with high-quality initial evaluations, diagnosing, formulating treatment plan and continued medication management. My focus is on pre- teens, teens and adults.
Accepting new clients now, same day appointments with weekend availability. We provide Telehealth services, accept self pay and insurances. Welcome to a non-judgmental environment where there is no biasness ! Meet Dorothy PMHNP-BC ( over 14 years experience in health care) who strives to ensure that patients receive comprehensive care that considers their mental and emotional well-being. I'm dedicated and focused on providing you with high-quality initial evaluations, diagnosing, formulating treatment plan and continued medication management. My focus is on pre- teens, teens and adults.
(469) 947-7601 View (469) 947-7601
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The OAK Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75220  (Online Only)
Welcome to The OAK Psychiatry, your dedicated partner in mental health and well-being. At the OAK Psychiatry, we understand that taking care of your mental health is essential for leading a fulfilling life. Whether you’re seeking help for anxiety, depression, stress management, or any other mental health concern, The OAK Psychiatry is here to support you every step of the way. Together, we can embark on a journey towards better mental well-being.
Welcome to The OAK Psychiatry, your dedicated partner in mental health and well-being. At the OAK Psychiatry, we understand that taking care of your mental health is essential for leading a fulfilling life. Whether you’re seeking help for anxiety, depression, stress management, or any other mental health concern, The OAK Psychiatry is here to support you every step of the way. Together, we can embark on a journey towards better mental well-being.
(469) 529-7827 View (469) 529-7827
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Sheila Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Irving, TX 75038
Sheila Johnson is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2023. She received her Master of Science in Nursing as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Frontier Nursing University. Sheila takes an empathetic and compassionate approach to patient care. She partners with you to help identify your concerns and provide individual treatment and support that aligns with your goals and values in life. She spends quality time with her patients to get to know them as a person and explore their unique situation.
Sheila Johnson is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2023. She received her Master of Science in Nursing as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Frontier Nursing University. Sheila takes an empathetic and compassionate approach to patient care. She partners with you to help identify your concerns and provide individual treatment and support that aligns with your goals and values in life. She spends quality time with her patients to get to know them as a person and explore their unique situation.
(469) 564-5461 View (469) 564-5461
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Elizabeth Ucheoma-Cofield
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Southlake, TX 76092
I am a double board certified Child/Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist with over a decade of experience in managing both simple and complex child, adolescent, and adult cases in a variety of clincal settings ranging from hospital based to telemedicine. My practice focuses on providing holistic mental health care to the entire family by utilizing nutrition, exercise, therapeutic modalities, and psychiatric medication management to optimize outcomes. I provide easily accessible psychiatric care utilizing a telepsychiatry based platform, and my hours of service provision are tailored to fit comfortably within your family's schedule.
I am a double board certified Child/Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist with over a decade of experience in managing both simple and complex child, adolescent, and adult cases in a variety of clincal settings ranging from hospital based to telemedicine. My practice focuses on providing holistic mental health care to the entire family by utilizing nutrition, exercise, therapeutic modalities, and psychiatric medication management to optimize outcomes. I provide easily accessible psychiatric care utilizing a telepsychiatry based platform, and my hours of service provision are tailored to fit comfortably within your family's schedule.
(817) 915-9223 View (817) 915-9223
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Whole Life Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse, DNP, PMHNP, BC, MSN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Irving, TX 75038
Dr. Kim Tubbs, DNP - Whole Life Psychiatry - offering holistic psychiatry, medication management, yoga-based therapy, and energy psychology. I enjoy working with kids, teens, and adults who are ready to get to the bottom of why they are struggling. I take a holistic approach to psychiatry, looking to uncover the root of the problem. Together we will examine the situation and presenting symptoms to determine what course of action will be best. This may include medication, a change in diet, changes in environment, new coping skills, or all of the above. Please be aware that I do NOT prescribe stimulants such as Adderall/Vyvanse.
Dr. Kim Tubbs, DNP - Whole Life Psychiatry - offering holistic psychiatry, medication management, yoga-based therapy, and energy psychology. I enjoy working with kids, teens, and adults who are ready to get to the bottom of why they are struggling. I take a holistic approach to psychiatry, looking to uncover the root of the problem. Together we will examine the situation and presenting symptoms to determine what course of action will be best. This may include medication, a change in diet, changes in environment, new coping skills, or all of the above. Please be aware that I do NOT prescribe stimulants such as Adderall/Vyvanse.
(972) 992-7682 View (972) 992-7682
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Preferred Partners Healthcare Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
DFW, TX 75261
Patricia Nkhono MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, graduated with a master's degree in nursing from the College of Health Science at Walden University in Minneapolis and became a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. Patricia holds a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington and worked as a registered nurse in a number of hospitals, including Parkland Hospital and UT Southwestern Medical Center.
Patricia Nkhono MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, graduated with a master's degree in nursing from the College of Health Science at Walden University in Minneapolis and became a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. Patricia holds a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington and worked as a registered nurse in a number of hospitals, including Parkland Hospital and UT Southwestern Medical Center.
(817) 697-0349 View (817) 697-0349
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Dr. Randall McIntyre - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Grapevine, TX 76051
*** 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
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Shane Tipton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Southlake, TX 76092
As a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner working in the practice of Lee Spencer, MD, I provide comprehensive and personalized care for individuals 17 and older who are struggling with a variety of mental health issues such as anxiety, mood disorders (including depression & bipolar disorder), post-traumatic stress, ADHD, problematic substance use, addictive disorders, and many other psychiatric illnesses.
As a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner working in the practice of Lee Spencer, MD, I provide comprehensive and personalized care for individuals 17 and older who are struggling with a variety of mental health issues such as anxiety, mood disorders (including depression & bipolar disorder), post-traumatic stress, ADHD, problematic substance use, addictive disorders, and many other psychiatric illnesses.
(469) 838-5529 View (469) 838-5529
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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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Emmanuella Edekobi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Irving, TX 75038  (Online Only)
As a compassionate and dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I am committed to providing personalized care that fosters healing and well-being. With a deep understanding of the challenges individuals face in their mental health journeys, I offer a safe and supportive space for patients seeking guidance and support. My approach centers on empathy, active listening, and evidence-based interventions tailored to each person's unique needs.
As a compassionate and dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I am committed to providing personalized care that fosters healing and well-being. With a deep understanding of the challenges individuals face in their mental health journeys, I offer a safe and supportive space for patients seeking guidance and support. My approach centers on empathy, active listening, and evidence-based interventions tailored to each person's unique needs.
(505) 672-7660 View (505) 672-7660
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Dr. Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75229
Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Are these emotional and behavioral patterns fixable? Which ones stem from genetics or brain chemistry, and which are rooted in upbringing or circumstances?
Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Are these emotional and behavioral patterns fixable? Which ones stem from genetics or brain chemistry, and which are rooted in upbringing or circumstances?
(469) 746-3676 View (469) 746-3676

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Coppell, TX

< 10

Psychiatrists in Coppell, TX who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Medication Management
86% ADHD

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Coppell, TX see their clients

72% In Person and Online
28% Online Only

Gender breakdown

60% Female
40% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Coppell?

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.