Psychiatrists in Dripping Springs, TX

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Stefani Reinold
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified
Dripping Springs, TX 78620
Accepting new patients- in person or virtual! Schedule at: www.wholeheartedpsychiatry.com I'm a board certified psychiatrist who treats adolescents and adults 10 yo+. We provide a unique integrative, holistic approach to your mental health offering a comprehensive evaluation. We work collaboratively with patients to develop the most personalized treatment plan, including a balanced approach between medication management, supplement protocols, genetic and lab testing, therapy, and lifestyle changes.
Accepting new patients- in person or virtual! Schedule at: www.wholeheartedpsychiatry.com I'm a board certified psychiatrist who treats adolescents and adults 10 yo+. We provide a unique integrative, holistic approach to your mental health offering a comprehensive evaluation. We work collaboratively with patients to develop the most personalized treatment plan, including a balanced approach between medication management, supplement protocols, genetic and lab testing, therapy, and lifestyle changes.
(737) 204-3712 View (737) 204-3712
Photo of Perry Bishop, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Dripping Springs, TX
Perry Bishop
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Dripping Springs, TX 78620  (Online Only)
Through active listening and compassionate care, Perry Bishop, PMHNP, is dedicated to delivering the highest standard of psychiatric care to his patients. Perry prides himself on being an advocate for his patients. He strives to deliver the highest quality of care to create personalized treatment plans. His goal is to support his patients so they can achieve their goals in life.
Through active listening and compassionate care, Perry Bishop, PMHNP, is dedicated to delivering the highest standard of psychiatric care to his patients. Perry prides himself on being an advocate for his patients. He strives to deliver the highest quality of care to create personalized treatment plans. His goal is to support his patients so they can achieve their goals in life.
(737) 373-4067 View (737) 373-4067
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David Walsh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNPBC
Verified
Dripping Springs, TX 78620  (Online Only)
My primary area of interest is in working with individuals and families struggling with addiction, and supporting those in recovery through smart medication management and ongoing therapy. My belief in the recovery model informs my empathic yet pragmatic approach to behavioral healthcare.
My primary area of interest is in working with individuals and families struggling with addiction, and supporting those in recovery through smart medication management and ongoing therapy. My belief in the recovery model informs my empathic yet pragmatic approach to behavioral healthcare.
(512) 842-4487 View (512) 842-4487
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Esther Fires
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Dripping Springs, TX 78620
I am passionate about providing care for adolescents, adults, and older adults. I specialize in treating bipolar disorders, schizophreniform disorders, and PTSD while still seeing clients with general psychiatry concerns.
I am passionate about providing care for adolescents, adults, and older adults. I specialize in treating bipolar disorders, schizophreniform disorders, and PTSD while still seeing clients with general psychiatry concerns.
(737) 252-6978 View (737) 252-6978
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Bret Bellard
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Dripping Springs, TX 78620  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I have over 23 years of experience with mental health issues. I am certified in both Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine. I strive to treat all aspects of my patient's life, including exercise and nutrition in addition to counseling and medication. My goal is to empower patients to take the best care of themselves.
I have over 23 years of experience with mental health issues. I am certified in both Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine. I strive to treat all aspects of my patient's life, including exercise and nutrition in addition to counseling and medication. My goal is to empower patients to take the best care of themselves.
(512) 957-9554 View (512) 957-9554
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Russell Hayes
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Dripping Springs, TX 78620
Russell is a Psychiatric Mental Health Physician Assistant with a passion to help all age groups. As a graduate from the Brook Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Russell understands the need to listen and create a comprehensive treatment plan that aligns with your specific needs. Russell takes a holistic approach to treating mental health while incorporating modern day therapies.
Russell is a Psychiatric Mental Health Physician Assistant with a passion to help all age groups. As a graduate from the Brook Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Russell understands the need to listen and create a comprehensive treatment plan that aligns with your specific needs. Russell takes a holistic approach to treating mental health while incorporating modern day therapies.
(512) 580-7035 View (512) 580-7035
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Hannah J Green, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, PMH-C
Verified
Dripping Springs, TX 78620  (Online Only)
As a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, my practice embodies a philosophy of holistic care, based on the principle that health of the mind and body are strongly intertwined. My approach is to understand and appreciate all aspects of a person, focusing not only on client concerns but also on strengths and abilities to reach optimal wellness. I strive to create a collaborative relationship with each client that is nurturing, motivating, challenging, and authentic, and that leads to achievement of goals and positive change. ​
As a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, my practice embodies a philosophy of holistic care, based on the principle that health of the mind and body are strongly intertwined. My approach is to understand and appreciate all aspects of a person, focusing not only on client concerns but also on strengths and abilities to reach optimal wellness. I strive to create a collaborative relationship with each client that is nurturing, motivating, challenging, and authentic, and that leads to achievement of goals and positive change. ​
(512) 710-1200 x6 View (512) 710-1200 x6
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May (Meiling) Wang - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Dripping Springs, TX 78620
May Wang is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. After she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Texas at Austin, she obtained her Master’s in nursing with honors from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. May has several years of mental health experience working with a variety of patients in different settings. Her clinical background includes delivering psychiatric services to underserved communities in the state institution, children and adolescents with behavioral and neurobehavioral diagnoses and adults with mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders.
May Wang is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. After she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Texas at Austin, she obtained her Master’s in nursing with honors from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. May has several years of mental health experience working with a variety of patients in different settings. Her clinical background includes delivering psychiatric services to underserved communities in the state institution, children and adolescents with behavioral and neurobehavioral diagnoses and adults with mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders.
(512) 778-0362 View (512) 778-0362

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Lisa D'Amura
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, Dr Whit
Verified
Austin, TX 78737
Lisa D’Amura is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She earned both her Bachelors (2003) and Masters (2017) Degrees of Nursing from The University of Texas at Austin. She has experience working with a wide variety of patients in both in-patient and out-patient mental health. Before her move to psychiatric nursing Lisa was a Registered Nurse, Lactation Consultant and volunteer with a grassroots mental health organization-PSI.
Lisa D’Amura is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She earned both her Bachelors (2003) and Masters (2017) Degrees of Nursing from The University of Texas at Austin. She has experience working with a wide variety of patients in both in-patient and out-patient mental health. Before her move to psychiatric nursing Lisa was a Registered Nurse, Lactation Consultant and volunteer with a grassroots mental health organization-PSI.
(737) 373-2036 View (737) 373-2036
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Jennifer Dawson
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
Austin, TX 78738
To schedule, please fill out the contact form on our website! I am a board certified Psychiatric Physician Assistant with prescribing authority. I have expertise in diagnosing and treating Anxiety, Depression, OCD, ADHD, Insomnia, PTSD, and Mood Disorders. I provide medication management using a holistic, evidence-based approach. I understand how there are often medical factors that can contribute to mood symptoms and, if indicated, recommend additional testing to ensure that there are no other underlying concerns that need to be addressed in order to get maximum improvement. Please note: I do not prescribe stimulants like Adderall.
To schedule, please fill out the contact form on our website! I am a board certified Psychiatric Physician Assistant with prescribing authority. I have expertise in diagnosing and treating Anxiety, Depression, OCD, ADHD, Insomnia, PTSD, and Mood Disorders. I provide medication management using a holistic, evidence-based approach. I understand how there are often medical factors that can contribute to mood symptoms and, if indicated, recommend additional testing to ensure that there are no other underlying concerns that need to be addressed in order to get maximum improvement. Please note: I do not prescribe stimulants like Adderall.
(512) 641-8837 View (512) 641-8837
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Dr. Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Driftwood, TX 78619  (Online Only)
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?
(830) 445-2079 View (830) 445-2079
Photo of Frederic J Wilson, Psychiatrist in Dripping Springs, TX
Frederic J Wilson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78737
Dr. Frederic Wilson is a licensed medical doctor specializing in psychiatry for all ages. Dr. Wilson utilizes a multidimensional approach to the mental health needs of his patients incorporating the biological, psychological, and social aspects of their lives. Dr. Wilson is board certified in both Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Dr. Frederic Wilson is a licensed medical doctor specializing in psychiatry for all ages. Dr. Wilson utilizes a multidimensional approach to the mental health needs of his patients incorporating the biological, psychological, and social aspects of their lives. Dr. Wilson is board certified in both Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
(512) 861-8637 View (512) 861-8637
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Ryann Rathbone
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNP
Verified
Bee Caves, TX 78738
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), and owner of Clear Water Psychiatry. I provide psychiatric assessments, diagnostic services and medication management with psychoeducation. I believe in a holistic, client-centered and evidence based perspective. I specialize in the treatment of adults with trauma, mood, anxiety and thought disorders as well as pre-peri-post natal psychiatry. I am committed to an integrated model of care and partner with my clients, their healthcare providers and therapists. My Master's of Nursing and training as a PMHNP from the University of Texas in Austin.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), and owner of Clear Water Psychiatry. I provide psychiatric assessments, diagnostic services and medication management with psychoeducation. I believe in a holistic, client-centered and evidence based perspective. I specialize in the treatment of adults with trauma, mood, anxiety and thought disorders as well as pre-peri-post natal psychiatry. I am committed to an integrated model of care and partner with my clients, their healthcare providers and therapists. My Master's of Nursing and training as a PMHNP from the University of Texas in Austin.
(737) 258-7141 View (737) 258-7141
Photo of Dr. Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry, Psychiatrist in Dripping Springs, TX
Dr. Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Austin, TX 78738
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?
(737) 727-2812 View (737) 727-2812
Photo of Dr. Lauren Williams, Psychiatrist in Dripping Springs, TX
Dr. Lauren Williams
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Bee Cave, TX 78738
The ideal client is an adult grappling with mental health challenges, seeking more than just symptom management. They desire comprehensive care that addresses their mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. These individuals recognize the limitations of conventional treatments and are looking for integrative, holistic and innovative therapies. They are curious about evidence based treatment not skewed by external entities. They aspire to overcome deep-seated traumas and achieve a sustained sense of joy and fulfillment in their lives.
The ideal client is an adult grappling with mental health challenges, seeking more than just symptom management. They desire comprehensive care that addresses their mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. These individuals recognize the limitations of conventional treatments and are looking for integrative, holistic and innovative therapies. They are curious about evidence based treatment not skewed by external entities. They aspire to overcome deep-seated traumas and achieve a sustained sense of joy and fulfillment in their lives.
(512) 766-3061 View (512) 766-3061
Photo of Justin Scaffa, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Dripping Springs, TX
Justin Scaffa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Bee Caves, TX 78736
I am looking for those people who don't understand why they feel the way they do because one of my greatest pleasures is to help you find answers and the steps to get better. I enjoy teaching my patients and can often make the complex disorders understandable. I like to empower my patients to choose the best treatments for them. I have experience with the treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, substance use, personality disorders and schizophrenia. I am up to date on the latest treatments but I also love when I can help people off of their medications for good.
I am looking for those people who don't understand why they feel the way they do because one of my greatest pleasures is to help you find answers and the steps to get better. I enjoy teaching my patients and can often make the complex disorders understandable. I like to empower my patients to choose the best treatments for them. I have experience with the treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, substance use, personality disorders and schizophrenia. I am up to date on the latest treatments but I also love when I can help people off of their medications for good.
(512) 229-9406 View (512) 229-9406
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Isela Werchan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Bee Cave, TX 78738
Dr. Isela Werchan is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in general psychiatry. Dr. Werchan completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at El Paso. She received a medical degree at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. She completed a general psychiatry residency training at the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School. She was Chief Resident and awarded the VA Outstanding Resident Award and the Van Dao Award. Her training experience includes the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, traumatic and obsessive compulsive disorders, as well as psychotic disorders.
Dr. Isela Werchan is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in general psychiatry. Dr. Werchan completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at El Paso. She received a medical degree at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. She completed a general psychiatry residency training at the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School. She was Chief Resident and awarded the VA Outstanding Resident Award and the Van Dao Award. Her training experience includes the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, traumatic and obsessive compulsive disorders, as well as psychotic disorders.
(512) 271-5179 View (512) 271-5179
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Mynd Works Psych
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Lakeway, TX 78738
I am an Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) in Austin, Texas. As an PMHNP, I provide both medication managment and psychotherapy and coaching services. I am committed to providing extraordinary, comprehensive care and have a warm, welcoming, and authentic approach. I relate to you as a human being not as a disease or set of symptoms. I suppose you could call that my "bedside manner." I firmly believe that this approach is key to being able to develop a trusting relationship with me, your partner in having the life you desire and deserve. I see patients via tele-session and/or face to face.
I am an Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) in Austin, Texas. As an PMHNP, I provide both medication managment and psychotherapy and coaching services. I am committed to providing extraordinary, comprehensive care and have a warm, welcoming, and authentic approach. I relate to you as a human being not as a disease or set of symptoms. I suppose you could call that my "bedside manner." I firmly believe that this approach is key to being able to develop a trusting relationship with me, your partner in having the life you desire and deserve. I see patients via tele-session and/or face to face.
(512) 746-1351 View (512) 746-1351
Photo of Carlos Tirado, Psychiatrist in Dripping Springs, TX
Carlos Tirado
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified
Bee Cave, TX 78738
Dr. Tirado is Board Certified in General and Addiction and Addiction Medicine. He is a recognized thought leader, innovator, mentor and clinical expert in addiction treatment and systems of care. Dr. Tirado spent the first half of his career in academia holding faculty appointments at University of Pennsylvania and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He subsequently has developed and implemented hospital, facility-based and outpatient addiction treatment services, outpatient chronic pain management and primary care for addiction programs. His consulting work concentrates on medication therapy and clinical trials, health plans, peer recovery support, expert witness and medical board review.
Dr. Tirado is Board Certified in General and Addiction and Addiction Medicine. He is a recognized thought leader, innovator, mentor and clinical expert in addiction treatment and systems of care. Dr. Tirado spent the first half of his career in academia holding faculty appointments at University of Pennsylvania and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He subsequently has developed and implemented hospital, facility-based and outpatient addiction treatment services, outpatient chronic pain management and primary care for addiction programs. His consulting work concentrates on medication therapy and clinical trials, health plans, peer recovery support, expert witness and medical board review.
(512) 360-9356 View (512) 360-9356
Photo of Amanda Anazia | Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Dripping Springs, TX
Amanda Anazia | Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Lakeway, TX 78738
Amanda Anazia MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, as well as a certified family nurse practitioner. She graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in the inaugural class of 2012. Amanda obtained her MSN from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, where she specialized in Family in 2020. She also obtained a Post-Master’s Certificate from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston where she specialized as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2021.
Amanda Anazia MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, as well as a certified family nurse practitioner. She graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in the inaugural class of 2012. Amanda obtained her MSN from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, where she specialized in Family in 2020. She also obtained a Post-Master’s Certificate from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston where she specialized as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2021.
(512) 855-7054 View (512) 855-7054

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Number of Psychiatrists in Dripping Springs, TX

< 10

Psychiatrists in Dripping Springs, TX who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
88% Trauma and PTSD
88% Bipolar Disorder
75% Medication Management
63% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
63% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

80% Aetna
80% Cigna and Evernorth
80% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Dripping Springs, TX see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

58% Female
42% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Dripping Springs?

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.