Psychiatrists in Dallas County, TX

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AJ Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Richardson, TX 75080
*NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS***TELEMEDICINE and IN PERSON / IN OFFICE ***. Are you struggling with depression, anxiety or even mood instability or struggling with addiction ? Do you feel that life is so hard and you are constantly dealing with sadness? Do you just want to be happy again? I am here to walk with you in this journey. I strive to create a welcoming and inclusive environment where you feel safe, accepted and understood.
*NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS***TELEMEDICINE and IN PERSON / IN OFFICE ***. Are you struggling with depression, anxiety or even mood instability or struggling with addiction ? Do you feel that life is so hard and you are constantly dealing with sadness? Do you just want to be happy again? I am here to walk with you in this journey. I strive to create a welcoming and inclusive environment where you feel safe, accepted and understood.
(469) 382-4276 View (469) 382-4276
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Jennifer Kent Autry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75235  (Online Only)
My clinical experience includes working with children, adolescents, adults and elders with attention deficit disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders and chemical dependency issues. I have experience in both private practice and governmental entities, including working with the homeless in Tarrant County & at a Maximum Security Forensic State Hospital. I am a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, the American Nurses Association, Texas Nurses Association and the Neuroscience Education Institute. I have extensive experience evaluating, diagnosing, and treating a broad range of psychiatric disorders.
My clinical experience includes working with children, adolescents, adults and elders with attention deficit disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders and chemical dependency issues. I have experience in both private practice and governmental entities, including working with the homeless in Tarrant County & at a Maximum Security Forensic State Hospital. I am a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, the American Nurses Association, Texas Nurses Association and the Neuroscience Education Institute. I have extensive experience evaluating, diagnosing, and treating a broad range of psychiatric disorders.
(469) 281-9350 View (469) 281-9350
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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
Progressive Pain & Interventional Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, , FNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75243
Here at Progressive Pain & Interventional Psychiatry we strive to maintain a supportive atmosphere, & utilize a team approach in your care. We provide medication & interventional management of mood disorders &/or chronic pain. Our care is client centered & tailored to your specific needs. If you struggle with both chronic pain & a mood disorder, it is often difficult to get improvement with either problem, unless your pain & mood disorder are treated together, not the individual conditions separately. We look at all the moving pieces in the puzzle that are holding you back from leading an authentic life with purpose.
Here at Progressive Pain & Interventional Psychiatry we strive to maintain a supportive atmosphere, & utilize a team approach in your care. We provide medication & interventional management of mood disorders &/or chronic pain. Our care is client centered & tailored to your specific needs. If you struggle with both chronic pain & a mood disorder, it is often difficult to get improvement with either problem, unless your pain & mood disorder are treated together, not the individual conditions separately. We look at all the moving pieces in the puzzle that are holding you back from leading an authentic life with purpose.
(972) 433-5755 View (972) 433-5755
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Semper Healthcare Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Addison, TX 75001
Dr. Anne-Marie Odo DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, BSN, ASN, is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who is qualified and experienced in treating patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. Small steps big changes Semper healthcare Treatment Center provides professionally supervised Opiate Addiction maintenance with the use of Methadone as well as Suboxone. Dr. Odo values interdisciplinary clinical practice and inter-professional collaboration for a whole person, patient-centered approach to health and healthcare. “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it”. (Proverb 3:27)"
Dr. Anne-Marie Odo DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, BSN, ASN, is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who is qualified and experienced in treating patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. Small steps big changes Semper healthcare Treatment Center provides professionally supervised Opiate Addiction maintenance with the use of Methadone as well as Suboxone. Dr. Odo values interdisciplinary clinical practice and inter-professional collaboration for a whole person, patient-centered approach to health and healthcare. “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it”. (Proverb 3:27)"
(214) 466-6786 View (214) 466-6786
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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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Upnext Psychiatric Associates
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75240
As a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with diverse clinical experiences, I prioritize evidence-based practices, medication management, and patient-centered approaches in transformative mental health care. Committed to delivering detailed and personalized care, my unique work background fuels my dedication to assisting individuals facing mental health challenges. I aspire to empower people of all ages to lead more fulfilling lives through a comprehensive approach that integrates evidence-based practices and supportive psychotherapy.
As a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with diverse clinical experiences, I prioritize evidence-based practices, medication management, and patient-centered approaches in transformative mental health care. Committed to delivering detailed and personalized care, my unique work background fuels my dedication to assisting individuals facing mental health challenges. I aspire to empower people of all ages to lead more fulfilling lives through a comprehensive approach that integrates evidence-based practices and supportive psychotherapy.
(833) 400-0120 View (833) 400-0120
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Newstone Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, NP, PMHNP, BEd
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Garland, TX 75041  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients within 24 Hrs.! We treat various mental health disorders through telepsychiatry services that make it easy to get help without long waits and from the convenience of your home. quality and safe healthcare services to our patients consistent with standard medical practice and ethics. At Newstone Behavioral Health, we have collaborating physician, Psych Mental Health Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified and office assistance who are trained and dedicated with experience in mental health care.
Accepting new patients within 24 Hrs.! We treat various mental health disorders through telepsychiatry services that make it easy to get help without long waits and from the convenience of your home. quality and safe healthcare services to our patients consistent with standard medical practice and ethics. At Newstone Behavioral Health, we have collaborating physician, Psych Mental Health Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified and office assistance who are trained and dedicated with experience in mental health care.
(972) 573-5242 View (972) 573-5242
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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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Win Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Grand Prairie, TX 75050
Psychiatric Mental Health Provider. Accepting new patients ages 12 and above. With over 13 years of experience in Mental Health Care, I am committed to providing my patients the best care, with a compassionate and holistic approach, in an understanding and therapeutic environment. I work collaboratively with individuals/families to create individualized treatment plans that best meet the needs of my patients. I will not judge you but rather guide and help improve your abilities to live a healthy lifestyle. Together we will achieve a realistic goal that focuses on prevention and treatment.
Psychiatric Mental Health Provider. Accepting new patients ages 12 and above. With over 13 years of experience in Mental Health Care, I am committed to providing my patients the best care, with a compassionate and holistic approach, in an understanding and therapeutic environment. I work collaboratively with individuals/families to create individualized treatment plans that best meet the needs of my patients. I will not judge you but rather guide and help improve your abilities to live a healthy lifestyle. Together we will achieve a realistic goal that focuses on prevention and treatment.
(817) 646-2699 View (817) 646-2699
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Effulgence Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75240
Welcome to Effulgence Psychiatry, where your journey to mental wellness is honored with compassion, expertise, and a commitment to holistic care. My name is Ifeoma Irokwe, a mental health nurse practitioner, I envision my clients as individuals with unique struggles, seeking solace in their darkest moments. Understanding their needs for compassionate care, I strive to empower them to reclaim their lives, overcome obstacles, and achieve personal growth. My goal is to foster an environment where clients feel heard, valued, and supported, paving the way for them to pursue a future filled with hope, resilience, and fulfillment.
Welcome to Effulgence Psychiatry, where your journey to mental wellness is honored with compassion, expertise, and a commitment to holistic care. My name is Ifeoma Irokwe, a mental health nurse practitioner, I envision my clients as individuals with unique struggles, seeking solace in their darkest moments. Understanding their needs for compassionate care, I strive to empower them to reclaim their lives, overcome obstacles, and achieve personal growth. My goal is to foster an environment where clients feel heard, valued, and supported, paving the way for them to pursue a future filled with hope, resilience, and fulfillment.
(940) 286-4548 View (940) 286-4548
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Celina Egemasi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75254  (Online Only)
Dr. Celina Egemasi is a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of medical practice in multiple fields of medicine including behavioral health, primary care, urgent care, emergency room, and internal medicine.
Dr. Celina Egemasi is a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of medical practice in multiple fields of medicine including behavioral health, primary care, urgent care, emergency room, and internal medicine.
(214) 393-5577 View (214) 393-5577
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Ziks Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75217
Njideka (NJ) Domrufus is a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Advance Practice Nurse (APN) with a dual board certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. NJ Domrufus believes in working one to one with each patient to provide expert medical treatment, guidance and care tailored specifically for their health concerns. She conducts psychiatric assessments and makes recommendations for treatment which often includes psychiatric medications and brief solution focused therapy.
Njideka (NJ) Domrufus is a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Advance Practice Nurse (APN) with a dual board certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. NJ Domrufus believes in working one to one with each patient to provide expert medical treatment, guidance and care tailored specifically for their health concerns. She conducts psychiatric assessments and makes recommendations for treatment which often includes psychiatric medications and brief solution focused therapy.
(469) 281-7205 View (469) 281-7205
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Aimee Theresa Dunnam
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75230  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Sometimes just getting through the day can be a challenge, but it doesn't have to be. Life circumstances can feel as though it's taken hold and you're unable to get free, to take the necessary steps to move forward, but it doesn't have to be.
Sometimes just getting through the day can be a challenge, but it doesn't have to be. Life circumstances can feel as though it's taken hold and you're unable to get free, to take the necessary steps to move forward, but it doesn't have to be.
(469) 833-4501 View (469) 833-4501
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Alisha Fluker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, WHNP, PMH-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Carrollton, TX 75006  (Online Only)
Are your relationships suffering because of your current mental state? Are you looking for a provider who will listen and partner with you on your journey to mental wellness? Look no further! I provide medication management services via telehealth which means you can be seen from the comfort of your home or office. I utilize a person-centered, integrative, and evidence-based methodology to steer therapeutic interventions. I collaborate with my patients to formulate a customized treatment plan that aligns with your specific needs.
Are your relationships suffering because of your current mental state? Are you looking for a provider who will listen and partner with you on your journey to mental wellness? Look no further! I provide medication management services via telehealth which means you can be seen from the comfort of your home or office. I utilize a person-centered, integrative, and evidence-based methodology to steer therapeutic interventions. I collaborate with my patients to formulate a customized treatment plan that aligns with your specific needs.
(469) 837-8361 View (469) 837-8361
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1st Choice Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75204
I have a personal interest in working with clients from all walks of life, in an effort to help serve your mental health needs and holistic wellness. My passion is seeing the growth and transformation of others, while discovering their individual capabilities through interpersonal empowerment. Let me help you attain a level of mental freedom through medication, therapy or a combination. If you are seeking a provider who is compassionate, caring and patient-focused, let's explore your growth opportunities together, today.
I have a personal interest in working with clients from all walks of life, in an effort to help serve your mental health needs and holistic wellness. My passion is seeing the growth and transformation of others, while discovering their individual capabilities through interpersonal empowerment. Let me help you attain a level of mental freedom through medication, therapy or a combination. If you are seeking a provider who is compassionate, caring and patient-focused, let's explore your growth opportunities together, today.
(214) 247-1576 x1 View (214) 247-1576 x1
Photo of Tanya Brosnan | Anxiety Depression Ptsd Assessment | Sgb | Ketamine Therapy, Physician Assistant in Dallas County, TX
Tanya Brosnan | Anxiety Depression Ptsd Assessment | Sgb | Ketamine Therapy
Physician Assistant
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sunnyvale, TX 75182  (Online Only)
I am a Physician Assistant at Stella Center with sixteen-plus years of experience. We specialize in identifying which innovative medical treatments & virtual therapies can help relieve symptoms of anxiety, depression, PTSD & TBI. After completing a virtual assessment together that accounts for medical, biological, psychological & social factors, I provide individualized treatment recommendations across our advanced protocols: the dual sympathetic reset (an advanced stellate ganglion block), ketamine infusions, integration therapy, and more. This allows you to feel better faster and maintain long-lasting gains.
I am a Physician Assistant at Stella Center with sixteen-plus years of experience. We specialize in identifying which innovative medical treatments & virtual therapies can help relieve symptoms of anxiety, depression, PTSD & TBI. After completing a virtual assessment together that accounts for medical, biological, psychological & social factors, I provide individualized treatment recommendations across our advanced protocols: the dual sympathetic reset (an advanced stellate ganglion block), ketamine infusions, integration therapy, and more. This allows you to feel better faster and maintain long-lasting gains.
(949) 832-7913 View (949) 832-7913
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Aida Dabreo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75254  (Online Only)
Aida provides treatment for adults with depression, anxiety, victims of narcissistic abuse, women's and mens issues, and medication-assisted treatment for addiction, amongst other mental health conditions.
Aida provides treatment for adults with depression, anxiety, victims of narcissistic abuse, women's and mens issues, and medication-assisted treatment for addiction, amongst other mental health conditions.
(469) 813-7193 View (469) 813-7193
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Idera Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ANP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75201
I am Babatunde Shittu, a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over four years of clinical experience in psych inpatient and outpatient settings. I specialized in treating various mental health problems in the child and adult population using medication and cognitive behavioral therapy.
I am Babatunde Shittu, a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over four years of clinical experience in psych inpatient and outpatient settings. I specialized in treating various mental health problems in the child and adult population using medication and cognitive behavioral therapy.
(469) 564-4116 View (469) 564-4116
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YesPsych LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, ARNP
Verified Verified
Garland, TX 75041
As a PMHNP, I provide a safe, supportive environment for clients. I aim to empower clients through education about their mental health condition. Clients receive a comprehensive, individualized care plan, which may include medication management. I use evidence-based treatment . The ultimate goal is to enhance clients' quality of life and mental stability. I am committed to treating clients with respect, compassion, and understanding, supporting them throughout their mental health journey.
As a PMHNP, I provide a safe, supportive environment for clients. I aim to empower clients through education about their mental health condition. Clients receive a comprehensive, individualized care plan, which may include medication management. I use evidence-based treatment . The ultimate goal is to enhance clients' quality of life and mental stability. I am committed to treating clients with respect, compassion, and understanding, supporting them throughout their mental health journey.
(972) 703-5021 View (972) 703-5021

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Number of Psychiatrists in Dallas County, TX

500+

Average cost per session

$181

Psychiatrists in Dallas County, TX who prioritize treating:

95% Anxiety
93% Depression
83% Bipolar Disorder
77% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
75% Trauma and PTSD
70% ADHD
70% Medication Management

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

91% Cigna and Evernorth
91% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
90% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Dallas County, TX see their clients

54% In Person and Online
46% Online Only

Gender breakdown

72% Female
27% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Dallas 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.