Psychiatrists in Corsicana, TX

Photo of Barbara Miller, C-PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Barbara Miller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, C-PMHNP
Verified Verified
Corsicana, TX 75109
Barbara Miller's office, APN Behavioral Healthcare LLC, is located in Ellis county and offers behavioral healthcare for the child, adolescent, and adult. We provide a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation and treatment recommendations, if needed. Various treatment recommendations may include: medication management, assessment tools for various mood disorders, therapy for adults and children, diet therapy, and much more. Our goal is the best care possible for you and your loved ones. We serve all ages, from children to the elderly.
Barbara Miller's office, APN Behavioral Healthcare LLC, is located in Ellis county and offers behavioral healthcare for the child, adolescent, and adult. We provide a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation and treatment recommendations, if needed. Various treatment recommendations may include: medication management, assessment tools for various mood disorders, therapy for adults and children, diet therapy, and much more. Our goal is the best care possible for you and your loved ones. We serve all ages, from children to the elderly.
(214) 463-2108 View (214) 463-2108
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Amber Ebner
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Corsicana, TX 75109
Amber Ebner, PA-C provides diagnostic psychiatric evaluations and medication management services for depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and many other psychiatric disorders.
Amber Ebner, PA-C provides diagnostic psychiatric evaluations and medication management services for depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and many other psychiatric disorders.
(469) 513-8094 View (469) 513-8094
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Transcend Mental Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Corsicana, TX 75109
With everything going on in the world, it is easy to get overwhelmed with emotions that could result in depression, stress, anxiety, frustration, substance, and drug addiction. My name is Simi Asekun, I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and I have over 13 years of collective nursing experience. I pride myself as an attentive listener that is passionate about my job and compassionate towards my clients. I will get to know you then establish long term relationship with you to reboot, restore and rejuvenate your mental acuity or general wellness.
With everything going on in the world, it is easy to get overwhelmed with emotions that could result in depression, stress, anxiety, frustration, substance, and drug addiction. My name is Simi Asekun, I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and I have over 13 years of collective nursing experience. I pride myself as an attentive listener that is passionate about my job and compassionate towards my clients. I will get to know you then establish long term relationship with you to reboot, restore and rejuvenate your mental acuity or general wellness.
(214) 317-4166 View (214) 317-4166
MindFirst Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Corsicana, TX 75110  (Online Only)
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) 972-6384 View (469) 972-6384

Online Psychiatrists

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Alpha Mental Health Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC, FNP-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Mesquite, TX 75149
Accepting SAME day appointments with no wait, in person or virtually . My mission is to provide quality and culturally competent care. Are you depressed, hurting, or having trouble sleeping? Are you easily irritated and stressed out? You don't have to keep suffering. We can help you. Our providers are working in collaboration with an MD who has has numerous years of psychiatric experience. I treat the whole patient and approach our patients with empathy, and compassion. Medication often gives quicker relief, however with our hard work, together with brief solution-focused therapy, we will have the best hope for healing.
Accepting SAME day appointments with no wait, in person or virtually . My mission is to provide quality and culturally competent care. Are you depressed, hurting, or having trouble sleeping? Are you easily irritated and stressed out? You don't have to keep suffering. We can help you. Our providers are working in collaboration with an MD who has has numerous years of psychiatric experience. I treat the whole patient and approach our patients with empathy, and compassion. Medication often gives quicker relief, however with our hard work, together with brief solution-focused therapy, we will have the best hope for healing.
(469) 908-3417 View (469) 908-3417
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Harmony Neuro Behavioral Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Grand Prairie, TX 75050
Yaa B. is a board certified nurse practitioner who offers compassion,empathy and a sense of humor, making it easy to communicate with all patients and families across the lifespan. She has worked in a variety of setting such as psychiatric emergency, inpatient hospital, and rehabilitation. She has a strong passion for helping Patients get better on a personal level.
Yaa B. is a board certified nurse practitioner who offers compassion,empathy and a sense of humor, making it easy to communicate with all patients and families across the lifespan. She has worked in a variety of setting such as psychiatric emergency, inpatient hospital, and rehabilitation. She has a strong passion for helping Patients get better on a personal level.
(214) 466-2205 View (214) 466-2205
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Jilji Payikkattu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, FNP-BC, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
McKinney, TX 75070
Jilji is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who is qualified and experienced in treating patients with Psychiatric disorders. She graduated from University of Texas at Arlington with a Master of Science in Nursing and became a board-certified family nurse practitioner in 2013. She completed a post-master certificate in 2021 as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She has over 17 years of experience in health care in many practice areas including acute care hospitals, nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living, and outpatient clinics.
Jilji is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who is qualified and experienced in treating patients with Psychiatric disorders. She graduated from University of Texas at Arlington with a Master of Science in Nursing and became a board-certified family nurse practitioner in 2013. She completed a post-master certificate in 2021 as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She has over 17 years of experience in health care in many practice areas including acute care hospitals, nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living, and outpatient clinics.
(469) 393-7232 View (469) 393-7232
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Julie Ross Pittman
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Arlington, TX 76015
Dr. Pittman is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. She has a passion for helping people improve the quality of their lives by diagnosing and managing conditions, such as depression, anxiety, addiction, and more. She also helps men and women address weight management issues with thorough medical evaluation and treatment planning regarding diet, nutrition, exercise, and medication.
Dr. Pittman is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. She has a passion for helping people improve the quality of their lives by diagnosing and managing conditions, such as depression, anxiety, addiction, and more. She also helps men and women address weight management issues with thorough medical evaluation and treatment planning regarding diet, nutrition, exercise, and medication.
(817) 472-9369 View (817) 472-9369
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Moni Baidya
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
McKinney, TX 75071  (Online Only)
Dr. Moni Baidya is double board-certified in adult psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry. She has been practicing for over 6 years. She strongly believes developing a good therapeutic rapport with a patient is an important milestone to start any treatment. Dr. Baidya’s practice focuses on medication management. Normally, she combines this in conjunction with supportive or psychodynamic therapy in 20 -30-minute follow-up- visits. However, Dr. Baidya may believe that additional therapy is crucial and advise you to bring a therapist on board to provide the best outcome.
Dr. Moni Baidya is double board-certified in adult psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry. She has been practicing for over 6 years. She strongly believes developing a good therapeutic rapport with a patient is an important milestone to start any treatment. Dr. Baidya’s practice focuses on medication management. Normally, she combines this in conjunction with supportive or psychodynamic therapy in 20 -30-minute follow-up- visits. However, Dr. Baidya may believe that additional therapy is crucial and advise you to bring a therapist on board to provide the best outcome.
(972) 430-4124 View (972) 430-4124
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Dr. Stephanie Omotayo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Waxahachie, TX 75165
Accepting New Patients. You deserve a life that makes you happy. To wake up in the morning, and at peace when you get in bed at night. I’m here to help! I love clients who are motivated and open to change. I know taking that first step towards seeking help can be intimidating and hard, but I’m here for you! Together we will create a personalized treatment plan that includes medication, therapy, or a combination of the two. I love helping regardless of gender, race, or sexuality. For people with opioid addiction, I prescribe Buprenorphine.
Accepting New Patients. You deserve a life that makes you happy. To wake up in the morning, and at peace when you get in bed at night. I’m here to help! I love clients who are motivated and open to change. I know taking that first step towards seeking help can be intimidating and hard, but I’m here for you! Together we will create a personalized treatment plan that includes medication, therapy, or a combination of the two. I love helping regardless of gender, race, or sexuality. For people with opioid addiction, I prescribe Buprenorphine.
(214) 623-6732 View (214) 623-6732
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Restoring Minds Behavioral Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Arlington, TX 76010
Are you are struggling with your emotions, having sad mood, anxiety and finding it difficulty to cope with your situation? It can be discouraging when you feel like you've bounced around to different doctors and therapists and never experienced true relief for your symptoms. You don't want to deal with the hassle of multiple locations, multiple providers, and trying to get them to communicate about YOUR best treatment. Considering psychiatric evaluation and medication management may be an appropriate treatment for you.
Are you are struggling with your emotions, having sad mood, anxiety and finding it difficulty to cope with your situation? It can be discouraging when you feel like you've bounced around to different doctors and therapists and never experienced true relief for your symptoms. You don't want to deal with the hassle of multiple locations, multiple providers, and trying to get them to communicate about YOUR best treatment. Considering psychiatric evaluation and medication management may be an appropriate treatment for you.
(817) 587-0861 View (817) 587-0861
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Donatus Benson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Grand Prairie, TX 75050
Clients' mental health need is my priority. I utilize a holistic approach to provide the best quality care clients need. I work with my patients individually to involve them in their care with safety measures to help them find balance and meet their individualized therapy goals. With compassion and individualized treatment plans, meeting the needs of my patients by providing quality of life is my goal.
Clients' mental health need is my priority. I utilize a holistic approach to provide the best quality care clients need. I work with my patients individually to involve them in their care with safety measures to help them find balance and meet their individualized therapy goals. With compassion and individualized treatment plans, meeting the needs of my patients by providing quality of life is my goal.
(214) 666-8640 View (214) 666-8640
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Danielle Fortingo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
McKinney, TX 75070  (Online Only)
I am board-certified as both a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a Family Nurse Practitioner. My career as a clinician span over 14 years of inpatient and outpatient care experience across multiple specialties including – Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Urgent Care, Pediatrics, Pain Management, Med-Surg, Telemetry, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Disorder. I obtained a Master of Science degree in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Chamberlain University and a Post-master's degree as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse from Maryville University. I also have a Bachelor of Nursing from Mercer University.
I am board-certified as both a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a Family Nurse Practitioner. My career as a clinician span over 14 years of inpatient and outpatient care experience across multiple specialties including – Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Urgent Care, Pediatrics, Pain Management, Med-Surg, Telemetry, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Disorder. I obtained a Master of Science degree in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Chamberlain University and a Post-master's degree as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse from Maryville University. I also have a Bachelor of Nursing from Mercer University.
(972) 694-3662 View (972) 694-3662
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William Goldman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Southlake, TX 76092  (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
Sangita Yagnik
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Plano, TX 75093
I am Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I specialize in screening, diagnosing, treating, and preventing a wide range of psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, psychotic disorders, substance use disorders, and eating disorders in pediatric, adolescent, adult, and elderly. I believe in a multi-faceted comprehensive, evidence-based, and holistic approach. I strive to include in a treatment plan, a combination of medication, therapy, and lifestyle changes for the optimal result. I bring compassion, empathy, dedication, & holistic caring to your healing process.
I am Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I specialize in screening, diagnosing, treating, and preventing a wide range of psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, psychotic disorders, substance use disorders, and eating disorders in pediatric, adolescent, adult, and elderly. I believe in a multi-faceted comprehensive, evidence-based, and holistic approach. I strive to include in a treatment plan, a combination of medication, therapy, and lifestyle changes for the optimal result. I bring compassion, empathy, dedication, & holistic caring to your healing process.
(469) 848-4459 View (469) 848-4459
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Dianne Fontaine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Frisco, TX 75034  (Online Only)
My name is Dianne Fontaine and I am a psychiatric Nurse practitioner. I'm glad you have taken the steps towards seeking help and support for your mental health. I am dedicated to providing compassionate, evidence-based care to help you manage your symptoms, achieve your goals, and improve your overall well-being. My approach is collaborative, empathetic, and non-judgmental. I believe in empowering you with knowledge and tools you need to take control of your mental health journey. I am committed to providing a safe and supportive environment where you feel heard, understood, and valued.
My name is Dianne Fontaine and I am a psychiatric Nurse practitioner. I'm glad you have taken the steps towards seeking help and support for your mental health. I am dedicated to providing compassionate, evidence-based care to help you manage your symptoms, achieve your goals, and improve your overall well-being. My approach is collaborative, empathetic, and non-judgmental. I believe in empowering you with knowledge and tools you need to take control of your mental health journey. I am committed to providing a safe and supportive environment where you feel heard, understood, and valued.
(623) 288-9290 View (623) 288-9290
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Alexis Kropf
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
McKinney, TX 75071  (Online Only)
Dr. Alexis Kropf is a board-certified 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. Alexis Kropf is a board-certified 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.
(469) 457-2628 View (469) 457-2628
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Green Pastures Mental Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75210
July 2024. Same week appointments available. Hi there! Do you feel tired, disinterested in doing things you once loved to do? Do you have low energy, low motivation, or feel hopeless? Or maybe you have constant worry, and think about worst case scenarios or a lot of 'what ifs"? If your goal is to climb out of that dark place and begin to overcome feelings of depression and anxiety because you are tired of being tired, let's work together.
July 2024. Same week appointments available. Hi there! Do you feel tired, disinterested in doing things you once loved to do? Do you have low energy, low motivation, or feel hopeless? Or maybe you have constant worry, and think about worst case scenarios or a lot of 'what ifs"? If your goal is to climb out of that dark place and begin to overcome feelings of depression and anxiety because you are tired of being tired, let's work together.
(210) 791-0838 View (210) 791-0838
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Inemesit Sampson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-C, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75252
Inemesit Sampson is a double board certified nurse practitioner
Inemesit Sampson is a double board certified nurse practitioner
(469) 461-7426 View (469) 461-7426
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Rachael Daniel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Duncanville, TX 75116
Rachael Daniel is a dual certified Nurse Practitioner with expertise in both Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Care. She is committed to providing comprehensive, compassionate, and integrated healthcare services to patients, while addressing their physical and mental well-being. Rachael will evaluate, diagnose and treat a wide variety of psychiatric disorders including ADHD, Major Depression Disorder, Bipolar, Anxiety Disorders, Eating Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Rachael Daniel is a dual certified Nurse Practitioner with expertise in both Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Care. She is committed to providing comprehensive, compassionate, and integrated healthcare services to patients, while addressing their physical and mental well-being. Rachael will evaluate, diagnose and treat a wide variety of psychiatric disorders including ADHD, Major Depression Disorder, Bipolar, Anxiety Disorders, Eating Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
(214) 441-6107 View (214) 441-6107

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Number of Psychiatrists in Corsicana, TX

< 10

Psychiatrists in Corsicana, TX who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Sleep or Insomnia
100% Suicidal Ideation
100% Medication Management
75% ADHD
75% Eating Disorders

Average years in practice

17 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Corsicana, TX see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Corsicana?

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.