Psychiatrists in Dallas, TX

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Ijeoma Osuji
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75208  (Online Only)
My name is Ijeoma Osuji, I live in Texas. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner that has been in practice for four years. As a Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner since 2019, I have devoted my career to improving the lives of individuals struggling with mental health challenges.
My name is Ijeoma Osuji, I live in Texas. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner that has been in practice for four years. As a Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner since 2019, I have devoted my career to improving the lives of individuals struggling with mental health challenges.
(682) 297-7826 View (682) 297-7826
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Hearts of Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, AGACNP
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75240
I hold a Doctorate in Nursing from the University of Texas and am dual board-certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP-BC). Additionally, I completed a certificate program in Gerontology Healthcare. With years of experience working in outpatient and inpatient settings, I bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to my practice.
I hold a Doctorate in Nursing from the University of Texas and am dual board-certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP-BC). Additionally, I completed a certificate program in Gerontology Healthcare. With years of experience working in outpatient and inpatient settings, I bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to my practice.
(469) 423-9410 View (469) 423-9410
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Michelle Monson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75205  (Online Only)
Michelle is a compassionate PMHNP dedicated to helping others create or build upon a strong foundation of mental wellness through medication management, talk therapy, nutracuetical supplementation, and overall wellness. She recognizes the need to address one’s mental health is essential in treating the whole being. She treats adults ages 18+ with a wide range of mental health ailments to include depression, anxiety, trauma/stress, ADHD, sleep struggles, bipolar disorders and beyond. Please specify with inquiry if you are located in TX or ID and if you are self-pay or which insurance.
Michelle is a compassionate PMHNP dedicated to helping others create or build upon a strong foundation of mental wellness through medication management, talk therapy, nutracuetical supplementation, and overall wellness. She recognizes the need to address one’s mental health is essential in treating the whole being. She treats adults ages 18+ with a wide range of mental health ailments to include depression, anxiety, trauma/stress, ADHD, sleep struggles, bipolar disorders and beyond. Please specify with inquiry if you are located in TX or ID and if you are self-pay or which insurance.
(214) 239-4572 View (214) 239-4572
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Manju R. Goyal
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75230
Dr. Manju R. Goyal is currently in practice of outpatient psychiatry at 5477 Glen Lakes Dr, Suite 210, Dallas, Texas. She has resided in Dallas area since 1982 and has more than 35 years of experience of treating psychiatric problems in both inpatient and outpatient arena. She uses a comprehensive approach including both psychotherapy and medication if necessary, to evaluate and treat patients and if possible bring symptoms to full remission. She specializes in treating different psychiatric disorders such as Major Depressive Disorder, anxiety, panic disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, etc.
Dr. Manju R. Goyal is currently in practice of outpatient psychiatry at 5477 Glen Lakes Dr, Suite 210, Dallas, Texas. She has resided in Dallas area since 1982 and has more than 35 years of experience of treating psychiatric problems in both inpatient and outpatient arena. She uses a comprehensive approach including both psychotherapy and medication if necessary, to evaluate and treat patients and if possible bring symptoms to full remission. She specializes in treating different psychiatric disorders such as Major Depressive Disorder, anxiety, panic disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, etc.
(972) 843-7877 View (972) 843-7877
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Shellylice Thomas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75248
I am a board-certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has more than 25 years of varied experience in healthcare. I provide person-centered care with the client's best interests at the forefront of any treatment decisions. My focus is to provide empathetic and accessible care to the patients with mental health problems. I am aware of the toll of mental health problems on the client's functioning in relationships, work, and study settings.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has more than 25 years of varied experience in healthcare. I provide person-centered care with the client's best interests at the forefront of any treatment decisions. My focus is to provide empathetic and accessible care to the patients with mental health problems. I am aware of the toll of mental health problems on the client's functioning in relationships, work, and study settings.
(469) 529-6659 View (469) 529-6659
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VIP Integrative Health Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-BC, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75219  (Online Only)
Tele Health Virtual Visits Available! New patients are welcome! Same day/Next day appointments available! Call us for Psychiatric Evaluations, Medication Management, Prescriptions, and Addiction. We specialize in Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, and other mental health challenges.
Tele Health Virtual Visits Available! New patients are welcome! Same day/Next day appointments available! Call us for Psychiatric Evaluations, Medication Management, Prescriptions, and Addiction. We specialize in Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, and other mental health challenges.
(214) 730-6126 View (214) 730-6126
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Kendall P. Brown
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75228
Waitlist for new clients
I am currently accepting patients for a wait list, for patients via telehealth . If you call through Psychology Today, I will return calls via a 469 - ### ##99 number and text ahead that I will call. Any contacts with me, are, of course, kept completely confidential. My clinic is currently focused on help with psychotherapy (specifically for problems with depression, nervousness, conflict, and anger), developmental genetics, geriatrics, and end of life care. I focus on the patient's goals and barriers to those goals, and on sources of distress. If you have any questions with a clinical matter, please call.
I am currently accepting patients for a wait list, for patients via telehealth . If you call through Psychology Today, I will return calls via a 469 - ### ##99 number and text ahead that I will call. Any contacts with me, are, of course, kept completely confidential. My clinic is currently focused on help with psychotherapy (specifically for problems with depression, nervousness, conflict, and anger), developmental genetics, geriatrics, and end of life care. I focus on the patient's goals and barriers to those goals, and on sources of distress. If you have any questions with a clinical matter, please call.
(972) 608-3050 View (972) 608-3050
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Monisha Konana
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75230
Dr. Monisha Konana is a board-certified psychiatrist and works with young adults who’ve experienced bullying, negative group environments, or stressful life changes. Dr. Konana also treats women's reproductive mental health conditions. She became interested in women’s health after training at the Women's Pavillion. Here, she helped women cope with emotional distress involving infertility, pregnancy, and the postpartum period.
Dr. Monisha Konana is a board-certified psychiatrist and works with young adults who’ve experienced bullying, negative group environments, or stressful life changes. Dr. Konana also treats women's reproductive mental health conditions. She became interested in women’s health after training at the Women's Pavillion. Here, she helped women cope with emotional distress involving infertility, pregnancy, and the postpartum period.
(855) 976-2039 View (855) 976-2039
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Elite Touch Behavioral Health Clinic Pllc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75208  (Online Only)
Elite Touch Behavioral Health Clinic is a family-oriented clinic, offering mental health services through telehealth. It was established to support clients and their families with some mental health challenges. Our mission is to help our clients improve health and quality of life by providing outstanding Affordable care, including a thorough assessment, treatment, and education. Our vision is to provide comprehensive psychiatric services to our clients, empowering them and contributing to the growth of the community.
Elite Touch Behavioral Health Clinic is a family-oriented clinic, offering mental health services through telehealth. It was established to support clients and their families with some mental health challenges. Our mission is to help our clients improve health and quality of life by providing outstanding Affordable care, including a thorough assessment, treatment, and education. Our vision is to provide comprehensive psychiatric services to our clients, empowering them and contributing to the growth of the community.
(469) 966-8103 View (469) 966-8103
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Ellie Brungardt
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75206
Ellie was born in Kansas City, Missouri but moved to Dallas in 2012. Ellie graduated with her BS in Healthcare Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2018. She continued on and received her Master's of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from LSU Health Shreveport. She enjoyed her psychiatry rotations while in school which fueled her love and deep passion for the mental health field. Ellie enjoys spending time with friends and with her frenchie named "Cash".
Ellie was born in Kansas City, Missouri but moved to Dallas in 2012. Ellie graduated with her BS in Healthcare Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2018. She continued on and received her Master's of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from LSU Health Shreveport. She enjoyed her psychiatry rotations while in school which fueled her love and deep passion for the mental health field. Ellie enjoys spending time with friends and with her frenchie named "Cash".
(469) 663-9795 View (469) 663-9795
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Oluremi Cole
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75224
I am Oluremi Cole, a highly skilled Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a wealth of experience in providing compassionate and evidence-based care to individuals facing a range of mental health challenges. I have a deep commitment to improving the lives of my patients. I specialize in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mood disorders, anxiety, psychosis, and substance use disorders. I work with adults, and older adults. I am experienced in assessing, diagnosing, and treating various mental health conditions.
I am Oluremi Cole, a highly skilled Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a wealth of experience in providing compassionate and evidence-based care to individuals facing a range of mental health challenges. I have a deep commitment to improving the lives of my patients. I specialize in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mood disorders, anxiety, psychosis, and substance use disorders. I work with adults, and older adults. I am experienced in assessing, diagnosing, and treating various mental health conditions.
(972) 810-3679 View (972) 810-3679
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Deborah Frempong
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75254  (Online Only)
Hello, I'm a dual-certified Nurse practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) based in Texas. I received my post-master's degree from Walden University. I have been practicing as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner for over six years, managing both chronic conditions and some psychiatric conditions.
Hello, I'm a dual-certified Nurse practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) based in Texas. I received my post-master's degree from Walden University. I have been practicing as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner for over six years, managing both chronic conditions and some psychiatric conditions.
(469) 824-9108 View (469) 824-9108
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Guardian Angels Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75243
I am a mental health professional, passionate about helping individuals and families in their mental health journey. I have expertise in Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, Mood Disorders, Trauma issues, Eating and Sleeping disorders, Addictive disorders, Spirituality, Life transitions, and Relational problems. Please contact me for a personal consult.
I am a mental health professional, passionate about helping individuals and families in their mental health journey. I have expertise in Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, Mood Disorders, Trauma issues, Eating and Sleeping disorders, Addictive disorders, Spirituality, Life transitions, and Relational problems. Please contact me for a personal consult.
(682) 382-9962 View (682) 382-9962
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Dr Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75205  (Online Only)
Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Which emotions stem from genetics and which are rooted in circumstances? How can you even begin to accurately express yourself? How much change is even possible? What if medications change you for the worse? These uncertainties can leave us in a never ending struggle that keeps us from achieving our true potential. If you’re finally ready to find out answers, then you need Evolve Psychiatry to navigate you out of this maze.
Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Which emotions stem from genetics and which are rooted in circumstances? How can you even begin to accurately express yourself? How much change is even possible? What if medications change you for the worse? These uncertainties can leave us in a never ending struggle that keeps us from achieving our true potential. If you’re finally ready to find out answers, then you need Evolve Psychiatry to navigate you out of this maze.
(214) 428-6492 View (214) 428-6492
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Adanna Oladejo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75208  (Online Only)
Welcome to my practice, my name is Adanna Oladejo, and I am a Board-certified PMHNP with experience treating most mental health-related conditions and struggles. My experience in the several years of being a Nurse Practitioner encompasses the treatment of Adolescents and Adults who are struggling with life situations and/or medical comorbidities; with a particular focus on individuals, groups, and families. My goal is to provide mental health treatment in line with evidenced-based practice guidelines keeping ethical approaches in mind while partnering with you to prioritize your mental wellbeing.
Welcome to my practice, my name is Adanna Oladejo, and I am a Board-certified PMHNP with experience treating most mental health-related conditions and struggles. My experience in the several years of being a Nurse Practitioner encompasses the treatment of Adolescents and Adults who are struggling with life situations and/or medical comorbidities; with a particular focus on individuals, groups, and families. My goal is to provide mental health treatment in line with evidenced-based practice guidelines keeping ethical approaches in mind while partnering with you to prioritize your mental wellbeing.
(214) 833-5709 View (214) 833-5709
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Xtra Care Clinic LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75243
Mental health is a journey: I, Dr. Evelyne Imah is a Doctoral Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner with 14 years of experience specializes in providing compassionate care as I take a whole person’s approach and consider mind, body, spirit, culture, environment in your care in a non-judgmental manner.
Mental health is a journey: I, Dr. Evelyne Imah is a Doctoral Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner with 14 years of experience specializes in providing compassionate care as I take a whole person’s approach and consider mind, body, spirit, culture, environment in your care in a non-judgmental manner.
(214) 367-5932 View (214) 367-5932
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Idowu Awosere
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75243  (Online Only)
Are you ready to break free from the chains of anxiety and depression that have been holding you back? Are you tired of receiving those troubling calls from school about your child's behavior? I understand that life's challenges can sometimes feel overwhelming, but I'm here to assure you that there is hope, and you don't have to face these struggles alone. My name is Idowu Awosere. I’m a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and my passion lies in helping individuals and families like yours navigate the ups and downs of life, providing compassionate care tailored to your unique needs. In our time together.
Are you ready to break free from the chains of anxiety and depression that have been holding you back? Are you tired of receiving those troubling calls from school about your child's behavior? I understand that life's challenges can sometimes feel overwhelming, but I'm here to assure you that there is hope, and you don't have to face these struggles alone. My name is Idowu Awosere. I’m a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and my passion lies in helping individuals and families like yours navigate the ups and downs of life, providing compassionate care tailored to your unique needs. In our time together.
(214) 319-8537 View (214) 319-8537
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Joy Ede
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75214
Joy is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 15 years of nursing experience and 4 years of experience as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She focuses on providing care to patients across the lifespan with varying mental health disorders such as Depression Anxiety, Bipolar, ADHD, PTSD, including other psychotic disorders. I use a holistic approach in providing care to my mental health patients whereby I employ empathy to approach my client's mental health disorders as well as their total wellbeing which includes their stress level, emotional state, and environmental factors.
Joy is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 15 years of nursing experience and 4 years of experience as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She focuses on providing care to patients across the lifespan with varying mental health disorders such as Depression Anxiety, Bipolar, ADHD, PTSD, including other psychotic disorders. I use a holistic approach in providing care to my mental health patients whereby I employ empathy to approach my client's mental health disorders as well as their total wellbeing which includes their stress level, emotional state, and environmental factors.
(972) 449-7934 View (972) 449-7934
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LaTasha Baker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP , PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75208  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Are you someone who has been struggling to maintain your mental health? Is sadness, worry, or poor sleep preventing you from living life to the fullest? Are you troubled with the behaviors of your child? Then Amiable Psychiatric Solutions (APS) is here for you! We trust that optimum psychiatric care starts by listening to and hearing a patient’s history, then understanding their goals for treatment. We also believe that mental health treatment and enhancing a patient’s well-being happens by assessing patients independently and personalizing care to meet their individual goals and needs.
Are you someone who has been struggling to maintain your mental health? Is sadness, worry, or poor sleep preventing you from living life to the fullest? Are you troubled with the behaviors of your child? Then Amiable Psychiatric Solutions (APS) is here for you! We trust that optimum psychiatric care starts by listening to and hearing a patient’s history, then understanding their goals for treatment. We also believe that mental health treatment and enhancing a patient’s well-being happens by assessing patients independently and personalizing care to meet their individual goals and needs.
(214) 817-3497 View (214) 817-3497
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Dr. Michael Millstone - Brain and Behavior, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75390  (Online Only)
I know your time is valuable. I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist with Fellowships in Psychoanalysis and Mindfulness based treatments. I provide individualized treatment for those dealing with concerns about mood, anxiety, or struggles in one or more areas of life. While I offer short sessions of psychiatric care, my area of expertise is long sessions integrating treatments such as psychoanalysis talk therapy, exercise, mindfulness, and medications when indicated.
I know your time is valuable. I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist with Fellowships in Psychoanalysis and Mindfulness based treatments. I provide individualized treatment for those dealing with concerns about mood, anxiety, or struggles in one or more areas of life. While I offer short sessions of psychiatric care, my area of expertise is long sessions integrating treatments such as psychoanalysis talk therapy, exercise, mindfulness, and medications when indicated.
(214) 206-3421 View (214) 206-3421

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Dallas, TX

400+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Dallas, TX who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
95% Depression
83% Bipolar Disorder
74% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
74% Trauma and PTSD
69% ADHD
69% Medication Management

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% Aetna
92% Cigna and Evernorth
92% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Dallas, TX see their clients

52% Online Only
48% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

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

How can I find a psychiatrist in Dallas?

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.