Psychiatrists in Denton County, TX

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Photo of Kimberly Sennet, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Denton County, TX
Kimberly Sennet
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Carrollton, TX 75010  (Online Only)
Hi there! If you’re reading this, I hope I can be of help in your mental health journey today. My name is Kimberly Sennet, and I’ve recently opened additional availability in my practice to take on new clients. I’m a board-certified psychiatric provider and I accept most major insurance plans (including Cigna, Aetna, United, etc) because I believe care should be affordable to all. I tend to fill up quickly, but as of right now, I have appointment slots open as early as next week.
Hi there! If you’re reading this, I hope I can be of help in your mental health journey today. My name is Kimberly Sennet, and I’ve recently opened additional availability in my practice to take on new clients. I’m a board-certified psychiatric provider and I accept most major insurance plans (including Cigna, Aetna, United, etc) because I believe care should be affordable to all. I tend to fill up quickly, but as of right now, I have appointment slots open as early as next week.
(972) 945-8061 View (972) 945-8061
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John G Muthiga
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lewisville, TX 75067
Is your mental health affecting; Your joy and happiness? Your focus and concentration? How well you get along with family and friends? Your work or school? Your interest in activities, social settings and other situations? Your energy level? Your quality of sleep? Or leading to legal issues? You are not alone. Help is available. Lets work together to get you to a better place where you can experience the quality of life that you deserve.
Is your mental health affecting; Your joy and happiness? Your focus and concentration? How well you get along with family and friends? Your work or school? Your interest in activities, social settings and other situations? Your energy level? Your quality of sleep? Or leading to legal issues? You are not alone. Help is available. Lets work together to get you to a better place where you can experience the quality of life that you deserve.
(972) 860-1577 View (972) 860-1577
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Grace Fultang Shadzeka
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Little Elm, TX 75068  (Online Only)
Grace Fultang-Shadzeka is a board-certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who manages and treats various mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, panic disorders, and sleep/insomnia. She is passionate about providing comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, treatment planning, and medication management. she believes in a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment that encourages engagement in various evidence-based therapeutic modalities and the use of medication to manage psychiatric symptoms.
Grace Fultang-Shadzeka is a board-certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who manages and treats various mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, panic disorders, and sleep/insomnia. She is passionate about providing comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, treatment planning, and medication management. she believes in a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment that encourages engagement in various evidence-based therapeutic modalities and the use of medication to manage psychiatric symptoms.
(214) 466-6798 View (214) 466-6798
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Dr. Kelly Quakenbush
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Argyle, TX 76226
Take charge of your health. Whether it is depression, anxiety, or ADHD, we can help you. See an actual physician, not a random "provider" assigned to you with an online-only company. You deserve a qualified physician to oversee your treatment. Intentional Life Psychiatry is a medical practice and you are the priority.
Take charge of your health. Whether it is depression, anxiety, or ADHD, we can help you. See an actual physician, not a random "provider" assigned to you with an online-only company. You deserve a qualified physician to oversee your treatment. Intentional Life Psychiatry is a medical practice and you are the priority.
(940) 277-7373 View (940) 277-7373
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Chester Beyer Jr (Addiction Treatment)
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lewisville, TX 75057
Don't settle for a generic psychiatrist when drugs or alcohol are involved. You deserve help that actually helps you feel happy again. (And, that's in-network with your insurance).
Don't settle for a generic psychiatrist when drugs or alcohol are involved. You deserve help that actually helps you feel happy again. (And, that's in-network with your insurance).
(214) 308-2542 View (214) 308-2542
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Beverly Alomepe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Flower Mound, TX 75022  (Online Only)
Sometimes just getting through the day can be a challenge, but it doesn't have to be. I offer deep healing that gets to the root of your mental health problems, so you can feel more like yourself and reclaim your joy. Perhaps you have tried numerous different doctors and medications with no luck? To help you FEEL better, I begin by learning your story, beliefs, nutrition, and lifestyle. This is to create a comprehensive and holistic treatment plan that can include: ketamine-assisted therapy, nutraceuticals, supplements, medication, and non-medication approaches to help realize the inner power of who you really are.
Sometimes just getting through the day can be a challenge, but it doesn't have to be. I offer deep healing that gets to the root of your mental health problems, so you can feel more like yourself and reclaim your joy. Perhaps you have tried numerous different doctors and medications with no luck? To help you FEEL better, I begin by learning your story, beliefs, nutrition, and lifestyle. This is to create a comprehensive and holistic treatment plan that can include: ketamine-assisted therapy, nutraceuticals, supplements, medication, and non-medication approaches to help realize the inner power of who you really are.
(972) 576-9499 View (972) 576-9499
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Jolyn Allen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Frisco, TX 75033
I obtained my Masters of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Texas at Arlington where I was the recipient of the Ella Kate and Wallace Ralston graduate nursing scholarship award. As a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I complete a thorough psychiatric evaluation in order to diagnose and then partner with my patients to formulate the best-individualized plan of treatment. I have worked in a variety of practice settings including: inpatient, residential treatment, community health, private practice, and nursing homes.
I obtained my Masters of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Texas at Arlington where I was the recipient of the Ella Kate and Wallace Ralston graduate nursing scholarship award. As a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I complete a thorough psychiatric evaluation in order to diagnose and then partner with my patients to formulate the best-individualized plan of treatment. I have worked in a variety of practice settings including: inpatient, residential treatment, community health, private practice, and nursing homes.
(469) 535-6563 View (469) 535-6563
Photo of Kim Gardner, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Denton County, TX
Kim Gardner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Frisco, TX 75033
As a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), my treatment approach aims to enhance the adaptive and healing capability of each individual. I encourage self-care and personal responsibility, fostering independence and a sense of empowerment for my patients. After a thorough psychiatric evaluation and diagnosis, and in the event that counseling alone is not enough, psychiatric medication regimens can be explored and are kept as simple as possible. Patients are educated on medication risks, benefits and available treatment options, to allow informed decision-making and to provide patient-centered care.
As a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), my treatment approach aims to enhance the adaptive and healing capability of each individual. I encourage self-care and personal responsibility, fostering independence and a sense of empowerment for my patients. After a thorough psychiatric evaluation and diagnosis, and in the event that counseling alone is not enough, psychiatric medication regimens can be explored and are kept as simple as possible. Patients are educated on medication risks, benefits and available treatment options, to allow informed decision-making and to provide patient-centered care.
(214) 438-4387 View (214) 438-4387
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Hecen Healthcare
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Denton, TX 76201  (Online Only)
Looking for someone to talk to? Well, look no further! At Hecen Healthcare, we offer medication management, psychoeducation, and psychiatric evaluation. Our focus areas include anxiety, depression, sleep problems, bipolar, PTSD, psychosis, attention & focus, and panic disorder. We provide patient-driven care and treat our patients with respect, honesty, and dignity. We are passionate and caring about our services and your utmost well-being is the goal, ensuring a non-judgmental approach.
Looking for someone to talk to? Well, look no further! At Hecen Healthcare, we offer medication management, psychoeducation, and psychiatric evaluation. Our focus areas include anxiety, depression, sleep problems, bipolar, PTSD, psychosis, attention & focus, and panic disorder. We provide patient-driven care and treat our patients with respect, honesty, and dignity. We are passionate and caring about our services and your utmost well-being is the goal, ensuring a non-judgmental approach.
(940) 360-4621 View (940) 360-4621
Photo of Dr. Kelly Quakenbush, Psychiatrist in Denton County, TX
Dr. Kelly Quakenbush
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Roanoke, TX 76262
Take charge of your health. Whether it is depression, anxiety, or ADHD, we can help you. See an actual physician, not a random "provider" assigned to you with an online-only company. You deserve a qualified physician to oversee your treatment. Intentional Life Psychiatry is a medical practice and you are the priority.
Take charge of your health. Whether it is depression, anxiety, or ADHD, we can help you. See an actual physician, not a random "provider" assigned to you with an online-only company. You deserve a qualified physician to oversee your treatment. Intentional Life Psychiatry is a medical practice and you are the priority.
(682) 204-6276 View (682) 204-6276
Photo of Kimberly Matchett, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Denton County, TX
Kimberly Matchett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lewisville, TX 75057
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who believes in treating each patient with respect and dignity. I strive to create a safe space for clients to feel comfortable in sharing and creating goals for their mental health journey with an understanding that all clients are individuals and each person’s journey will look a little different.
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who believes in treating each patient with respect and dignity. I strive to create a safe space for clients to feel comfortable in sharing and creating goals for their mental health journey with an understanding that all clients are individuals and each person’s journey will look a little different.
(972) 597-7091 View (972) 597-7091
Photo of Suboxone, Vivitrol, Buprenorphine in Denton, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Denton County, TX
Suboxone, Vivitrol, Buprenorphine in Denton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP
Verified Verified
Denton, TX 76201
Rodney is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner with experience in working with individuals struggling with addiction. Addiction effects all parts of a person and as such requires treatment that addresses each of these parts. Medication assisted sobriety encompasses certain medications that help to work on the parts of the brain that either cause an individual to be more prone to addiction or to help block the reward centers of the brain in order to minimize cravings and desire to use.
Rodney is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner with experience in working with individuals struggling with addiction. Addiction effects all parts of a person and as such requires treatment that addresses each of these parts. Medication assisted sobriety encompasses certain medications that help to work on the parts of the brain that either cause an individual to be more prone to addiction or to help block the reward centers of the brain in order to minimize cravings and desire to use.
(940) 531-3195 View (940) 531-3195
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Shaneel Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Flower Mound, TX 75028  (Online Only)
Hello, Thank you for taking the time to read my profile. I am a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, board certified in adult psychiatry since 2013 and child & adolescent psychiatry since 2014. For the last fourteen years, I have treated adults, children, and adolescents with mental health challenges. I have also served in the United States Army Reserve as a psychiatrist. I completed my medical school in India. I did my residency in psychiatry at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY. After the residency, I did a child & adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Mt. Sinai in New York, NY.
Hello, Thank you for taking the time to read my profile. I am a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, board certified in adult psychiatry since 2013 and child & adolescent psychiatry since 2014. For the last fourteen years, I have treated adults, children, and adolescents with mental health challenges. I have also served in the United States Army Reserve as a psychiatrist. I completed my medical school in India. I did my residency in psychiatry at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY. After the residency, I did a child & adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Mt. Sinai in New York, NY.
(972) 458-3963 View (972) 458-3963
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Pratibha Agarwal
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Little Elm, TX 75068
I am proud to bring expert psychiatric care to the team at AG Psychiatry. Treating patients aged 4 and older in Frisco & Little Elm.  I brings years of experience to their services and a passion for improving overall health and mental well-being. Appointments available within a week. At AG Psychiatry, we offer innovative forms of medication management, and school-based services to improve day-to-day well-being. Convenient virtual or in-person appointments are available on weekdays, after school hours, and on weekends.  Our team looks forward to improving your and your family’s mental health.
I am proud to bring expert psychiatric care to the team at AG Psychiatry. Treating patients aged 4 and older in Frisco & Little Elm.  I brings years of experience to their services and a passion for improving overall health and mental well-being. Appointments available within a week. At AG Psychiatry, we offer innovative forms of medication management, and school-based services to improve day-to-day well-being. Convenient virtual or in-person appointments are available on weekdays, after school hours, and on weekends.  Our team looks forward to improving your and your family’s mental health.
(214) 301-5670 View (214) 301-5670
Photo of Kehinde Temilola Adedayo, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Denton County, TX
Kehinde Temilola Adedayo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lewisville, TX 75057
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner specializing in treating people with various mental health disorders for over 8 years. I have extensive experience in both psychotherapy and medication. I have worked in various clinical settings, including hospitals, outpatient clinics, and private practice. For appointments at SavantCare-San Francisco, CA contact (415) 480-7362, SavantCare-Los Altos, CA contact (650) 690-2362, SavantCare-Lewisville, Houston, Austin & San Antonio -Texas Clinics contact (469) 946-7897 and for Charlotte, NC contact (704) 317-1666.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner specializing in treating people with various mental health disorders for over 8 years. I have extensive experience in both psychotherapy and medication. I have worked in various clinical settings, including hospitals, outpatient clinics, and private practice. For appointments at SavantCare-San Francisco, CA contact (415) 480-7362, SavantCare-Los Altos, CA contact (650) 690-2362, SavantCare-Lewisville, Houston, Austin & San Antonio -Texas Clinics contact (469) 946-7897 and for Charlotte, NC contact (704) 317-1666.
(469) 946-7897 View (469) 946-7897
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Ag Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Little Elm, TX 75068
We are proud to bring expert psychiatric care to the team at AG Psychiatry. Treating patients aged 4 and older in Frisco & Little Elm.  The psychiatrists brings years of experience to their services and a passion for improving overall health and mental well-being. We offer innovative forms of individual or family psychotherapy, medication management, and school-based services to improve day-to-day well-being. Convenient virtual or in-person appointments are available on weekdays, after school hours, and on weekends.  The AG Psychiatry team looks forward to improving your and your family’s mental health.
We are proud to bring expert psychiatric care to the team at AG Psychiatry. Treating patients aged 4 and older in Frisco & Little Elm.  The psychiatrists brings years of experience to their services and a passion for improving overall health and mental well-being. We offer innovative forms of individual or family psychotherapy, medication management, and school-based services to improve day-to-day well-being. Convenient virtual or in-person appointments are available on weekdays, after school hours, and on weekends.  The AG Psychiatry team looks forward to improving your and your family’s mental health.
(469) 312-6967 View (469) 312-6967
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Lean On Love Psychiatry
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Frisco, TX 75033  (Online Only)
Now Accepting NEW Clients! Welcome to Lean on Love Psychiatry, where our goal is to offer compassionate, thorough, and individualized mental health services. We know how intimidating it might be to seek professional assistance for mental health issues. Our clinic offers a wide range of services to both adolescents and adults dealing with a variety of mental health conditions. As a result, our team of skilled mental health providers are committed to fostering a secure and welcoming environment for every client who enters our doors. From depression and anxiety, bipolar illness & ADHD, our specialists have the knowledge to help you.
Now Accepting NEW Clients! Welcome to Lean on Love Psychiatry, where our goal is to offer compassionate, thorough, and individualized mental health services. We know how intimidating it might be to seek professional assistance for mental health issues. Our clinic offers a wide range of services to both adolescents and adults dealing with a variety of mental health conditions. As a result, our team of skilled mental health providers are committed to fostering a secure and welcoming environment for every client who enters our doors. From depression and anxiety, bipolar illness & ADHD, our specialists have the knowledge to help you.
(214) 983-2956 View (214) 983-2956
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Star Legacy Behavioral Health PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-C, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Carrollton, TX 75007
A peaceful mind is a blessing in disguise. We are here to help all those looking to achieve a sound, happy, and productive state of mind. We truly believe all issues are treatable and we take pride in being by your side during the journey. At Star Legacy we diagnose, educate, and treat psychiatric disorders with consultation and medication management. Our goal is to provide evidence based care in efforts to give patients the necessary tools to achieve optimal mental health function.
A peaceful mind is a blessing in disguise. We are here to help all those looking to achieve a sound, happy, and productive state of mind. We truly believe all issues are treatable and we take pride in being by your side during the journey. At Star Legacy we diagnose, educate, and treat psychiatric disorders with consultation and medication management. Our goal is to provide evidence based care in efforts to give patients the necessary tools to achieve optimal mental health function.
(469) 382-3625 View (469) 382-3625
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A-1 Behavioral Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, DNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Carrollton, TX 75007
I am a family psychiatric/ mental health nurse practitioner with extensive experience working with children, adults, and the elderly who are struggling with a variety of mental health challenges in different care settings. I obtained a Bachelor of Science, Masters degree in nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a Doctorate from Briar Cliff University, Sioux City, Iowa. As a doctoral-prepared practitioner, I will complete a thorough evaluation and partner with you to develop an individualized and holistic treatment plan based on the right diagnosis.
I am a family psychiatric/ mental health nurse practitioner with extensive experience working with children, adults, and the elderly who are struggling with a variety of mental health challenges in different care settings. I obtained a Bachelor of Science, Masters degree in nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a Doctorate from Briar Cliff University, Sioux City, Iowa. As a doctoral-prepared practitioner, I will complete a thorough evaluation and partner with you to develop an individualized and holistic treatment plan based on the right diagnosis.
(469) 813-9224 View (469) 813-9224
Photo of Oladunni Liyele, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Denton County, TX
Oladunni Liyele
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Carrollton, TX 75010  (Online Only)
Hi there! If you’re reading this, I hope I can be of help in your mental health journey today. My name is Oladunni Liyele, and I’ve recently opened additional availability in my practice to take on new clients. I accept most major insurance plans (including Cigna, Aetna, United, etc) because I believe care should be affordable to all. I tend to fill up quickly, but as of right now, I have appointment slots open as early as next week.
Hi there! If you’re reading this, I hope I can be of help in your mental health journey today. My name is Oladunni Liyele, and I’ve recently opened additional availability in my practice to take on new clients. I accept most major insurance plans (including Cigna, Aetna, United, etc) because I believe care should be affordable to all. I tend to fill up quickly, but as of right now, I have appointment slots open as early as next week.
(972) 779-6542 View (972) 779-6542

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Number of Psychiatrists in Denton County, TX

100+

Average cost per session

$225

Psychiatrists in Denton County, TX who prioritize treating:

98% Anxiety
96% Depression
81% Bipolar Disorder
80% Medication Management
77% Trauma and PTSD
74% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
73% ADHD

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

93% BlueCross and BlueShield
92% Cigna and Evernorth
91% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Denton County, TX see their clients

69% In Person and Online
31% Online Only

Gender breakdown

73% Female
27% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Denton 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.