Psychiatrists in Fort Worth, TX

Photo of Navjot Hughes, MSN, APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Navjot Hughes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Worth, TX 76179
I want to help you get out of bed and look forward to your day. I want to help you build a growth mindset that will allow you to feel free. The goal is to help lighten your burden by creating a clear lens. My decades of experience caring for clients of all ages gave me the tools to get you the results you crave. Acceptance and validation are the foundation of my therapeutic work and medications. About me: Some things that bring me joy are reading, hiking, walking, traveling, cooking. I am a foodie, a mom, a provider with a purpose, an empowerment coach, an entrepreneur, and many other things. "We are more alike than different."
I want to help you get out of bed and look forward to your day. I want to help you build a growth mindset that will allow you to feel free. The goal is to help lighten your burden by creating a clear lens. My decades of experience caring for clients of all ages gave me the tools to get you the results you crave. Acceptance and validation are the foundation of my therapeutic work and medications. About me: Some things that bring me joy are reading, hiking, walking, traveling, cooking. I am a foodie, a mom, a provider with a purpose, an empowerment coach, an entrepreneur, and many other things. "We are more alike than different."
(817) 587-9191 View (817) 587-9191
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Kathleen M. Dahle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Worth, TX 76111  (Online Only)
Hello. A little about myself: I am a seasoned professional with decades of experience as a RN, including 20-plus years in psychiatry. My commitment is to serve - serve my patients and clients. This dedication to service has earned me honors to include The DAISY Award from the DAISY Foundation, and recognition as a 2020 Top 10 Nurse by The Fort Worth Magazine. My education includes a MSN from Benedictine University, followed by a PMHNP certificate from The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, subsequently earning board certification from the American Nursing Credentialing Center.
Hello. A little about myself: I am a seasoned professional with decades of experience as a RN, including 20-plus years in psychiatry. My commitment is to serve - serve my patients and clients. This dedication to service has earned me honors to include The DAISY Award from the DAISY Foundation, and recognition as a 2020 Top 10 Nurse by The Fort Worth Magazine. My education includes a MSN from Benedictine University, followed by a PMHNP certificate from The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, subsequently earning board certification from the American Nursing Credentialing Center.
(682) 243-5887 View (682) 243-5887
Photo of Nzima Josephine Etta - Sound Mind Holistic Services, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Sound Mind Holistic Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Fort Worth, TX 76116
We accept new patients. Are you feeling down and unable to get out of bed? Do you feel overwhelmed or cry for no reasons? Do you have trouble focusing? Do you struggle falling sleeping or staying asleep and feeling tired in the morning? Do you feel anxious and have anxiety/panic attacks? Are you dealing with mood swings or struggle to get along with people? Have you experienced trauma and having nightmares/ flashbacks? We are here to assist you. We offer same-day Virtual and In-person psychiatric services from 7 am- 7 pm 7 days a week for Texas, Oregon, Washington State
We accept new patients. Are you feeling down and unable to get out of bed? Do you feel overwhelmed or cry for no reasons? Do you have trouble focusing? Do you struggle falling sleeping or staying asleep and feeling tired in the morning? Do you feel anxious and have anxiety/panic attacks? Are you dealing with mood swings or struggle to get along with people? Have you experienced trauma and having nightmares/ flashbacks? We are here to assist you. We offer same-day Virtual and In-person psychiatric services from 7 am- 7 pm 7 days a week for Texas, Oregon, Washington State
(817) 663-7539 View (817) 663-7539
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Dr Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fort Worth, TX 76104
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.
(817) 904-5308 View (817) 904-5308
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Satang Ann
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-B, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Worth, TX 76177  (Online Only)
I value meeting my clients where they are, utilizing an evidence-based treatment approach, and working with the interdisciplinary treatment team if needed. My core values are being a good listener, showing empathy, and building rapport with my client. The client remains the center of care. Thank you for trusting me with your care.
I value meeting my clients where they are, utilizing an evidence-based treatment approach, and working with the interdisciplinary treatment team if needed. My core values are being a good listener, showing empathy, and building rapport with my client. The client remains the center of care. Thank you for trusting me with your care.
(682) 688-8176 View (682) 688-8176
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Caroline Mose
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Fort Worth, TX 76179  (Online Only)
Are you frustrated with the access to the mental healthcare system, or overwhelmed with emotions and do not know where to start? I have 6 plus years working in various setting inpatient, outpatient and via tele-medicine I believe everyone’s mental health needs is unique, My goal is to take adequate time, to get to know you and work with you to customize treatment according to your needs. I strive to provide quality care that is individual based in a caring and non-judgmental manner.
Are you frustrated with the access to the mental healthcare system, or overwhelmed with emotions and do not know where to start? I have 6 plus years working in various setting inpatient, outpatient and via tele-medicine I believe everyone’s mental health needs is unique, My goal is to take adequate time, to get to know you and work with you to customize treatment according to your needs. I strive to provide quality care that is individual based in a caring and non-judgmental manner.
(817) 809-2464 View (817) 809-2464
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Dr Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fort Worth, TX 76107
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.
(817) 760-7935 View (817) 760-7935
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Stacy Edosonmwan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fort Worth, TX 76104  (Online Only)
A key component of my practice is the emphasis on progressively improving patient outcomes. This involves not only addressing immediate concerns, but also equipping patients with the tools and strategies necessary for long-term resilience and self-efficacy. I prioritize building a collaborative relationship with my patients, fostering a safe and non-judgmental space where they can openly explore their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
A key component of my practice is the emphasis on progressively improving patient outcomes. This involves not only addressing immediate concerns, but also equipping patients with the tools and strategies necessary for long-term resilience and self-efficacy. I prioritize building a collaborative relationship with my patients, fostering a safe and non-judgmental space where they can openly explore their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
(817) 623-4730 View (817) 623-4730
Photo of Peter Formusoh - Holistic Health and Psychiatry, PLLC, APRN-RN, PMHNP, FNP-BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Holistic Health and Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-RN, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Fort Worth, TX 76102  (Online Only)
Peter Formusoh, PMHNPBC, FNP-BC, is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. He is also certified as a family nurse practitioner. Peter provides expert care to patients at Holistic Health and Psychiatry in Mansfield, Texas. Peter obtained his post-master's certification as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) from Maryville University in St Louis, Missouri. He received his family nurse practitioner (FNP) certification from South University Austin in Round Rock, Texas.
Peter Formusoh, PMHNPBC, FNP-BC, is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. He is also certified as a family nurse practitioner. Peter provides expert care to patients at Holistic Health and Psychiatry in Mansfield, Texas. Peter obtained his post-master's certification as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) from Maryville University in St Louis, Missouri. He received his family nurse practitioner (FNP) certification from South University Austin in Round Rock, Texas.
(956) 253-1490 View (956) 253-1490
Photo of Paige Thacker, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Paige Thacker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Fort Worth, TX 76104  (Online Only)
There is nothing worse than hearing that alarm clock day in and out, only to wake up feeling like you didn’t sleep at all. All the thoughts begin to flood in, your “to-do’s”, this or that meeting or appointment. You haven’t even made it out the door before feeling completely overwhelmed, defeated, or maybe even hopeless. Depressed, anxious, moody, or irritable may be words that describe how you’re feeling; perhaps your loved ones have said similar things. I have helped countless others like yourself, and I am confident that together we can get you feeling better. I treat a wide range of mental health disorders adolescents and adults
There is nothing worse than hearing that alarm clock day in and out, only to wake up feeling like you didn’t sleep at all. All the thoughts begin to flood in, your “to-do’s”, this or that meeting or appointment. You haven’t even made it out the door before feeling completely overwhelmed, defeated, or maybe even hopeless. Depressed, anxious, moody, or irritable may be words that describe how you’re feeling; perhaps your loved ones have said similar things. I have helped countless others like yourself, and I am confident that together we can get you feeling better. I treat a wide range of mental health disorders adolescents and adults
(682) 243-8289 View (682) 243-8289
Photo of Suvekchya Subedi, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Suvekchya Subedi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Worth, TX 76118  (Online Only)
Accepting NEW Clients in TX, OR & DE. Mental health is integral to our overall health. I understand that it is difficult to reach out and ask for help because of fear and stigma. I provide professional and culturally sensitive care tailored to each individual's needs and make it as easy as possible for you. I provide a supportive and comfortable environment and empower clients to maintain their mental wellbeing.
Accepting NEW Clients in TX, OR & DE. Mental health is integral to our overall health. I understand that it is difficult to reach out and ask for help because of fear and stigma. I provide professional and culturally sensitive care tailored to each individual's needs and make it as easy as possible for you. I provide a supportive and comfortable environment and empower clients to maintain their mental wellbeing.
(682) 328-0184 View (682) 328-0184
Photo of Thomas Onchoke, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Thomas Onchoke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Worth, TX 76120
Are you or your loved ones struggling with depression, anxiety, focus, attention issues, or other issues affecting your work, health, or personal life? If so, you have made the first step in the right direction to make a positive change. Thomas Onchoke is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in treating ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, OCD, & other mental health disorders. Thomas believes in treating each client and their family with respect, care, and professionalism. Thomas focuses on your needs and tailors his treatment plan to keep you informed. Through a patient-centered, team-based a
Are you or your loved ones struggling with depression, anxiety, focus, attention issues, or other issues affecting your work, health, or personal life? If so, you have made the first step in the right direction to make a positive change. Thomas Onchoke is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in treating ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, OCD, & other mental health disorders. Thomas believes in treating each client and their family with respect, care, and professionalism. Thomas focuses on your needs and tailors his treatment plan to keep you informed. Through a patient-centered, team-based a
(817) 672-7421 View (817) 672-7421
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Michael Akwo-Adelowo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fort Worth, TX 76109  (Online Only)
Imagine feeling overwhelmed by the challenges life throws at you, whether it's anxiety, depression, or managing a major life transition. My ideal client seeks understanding and effective solutions to their mental health concerns. They desire to regain control, find hope, and achieve a balanced, fulfilling life. They want a compassionate partner in their journey, someone who listens, understands, and tailors treatment to their unique needs and goals. If you're looking for a therapeutic environment where you feel respected and empowered, you're in the right place.
Imagine feeling overwhelmed by the challenges life throws at you, whether it's anxiety, depression, or managing a major life transition. My ideal client seeks understanding and effective solutions to their mental health concerns. They desire to regain control, find hope, and achieve a balanced, fulfilling life. They want a compassionate partner in their journey, someone who listens, understands, and tailors treatment to their unique needs and goals. If you're looking for a therapeutic environment where you feel respected and empowered, you're in the right place.
(817) 203-2073 View (817) 203-2073
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Nkechi Nduka
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Fort Worth, TX 76109  (Online Only)
Hello! Thank you for considering your mental health needs with me today. My name is Nkechi Nduka, and I'm excited to announce that I've opened new slots at Legion Psychiatry for new clients. I work with most major insurance providers (including Cigna, Aetna, United, and others). My schedule tends to fill up fast, but I currently have openings on Wednesdays, both morning and afternoon.
Hello! Thank you for considering your mental health needs with me today. My name is Nkechi Nduka, and I'm excited to announce that I've opened new slots at Legion Psychiatry for new clients. I work with most major insurance providers (including Cigna, Aetna, United, and others). My schedule tends to fill up fast, but I currently have openings on Wednesdays, both morning and afternoon.
(817) 859-8570 View (817) 859-8570
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Sabah Choudry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fort Worth, TX 76109  (Online Only)
Are you feeling overwhelmed by anxiety, depression, or a major life change? You might be seeking a safe space to explore your feelings and find effective solutions. My ideal client is someone who wants to regain control of their life, find hope, and achieve a sense of balance and fulfillment. They value a therapeutic partnership where their unique experiences and goals are understood and respected. At Legion Health, we provide a nurturing environment where you can feel truly heard and supported.
Are you feeling overwhelmed by anxiety, depression, or a major life change? You might be seeking a safe space to explore your feelings and find effective solutions. My ideal client is someone who wants to regain control of their life, find hope, and achieve a sense of balance and fulfillment. They value a therapeutic partnership where their unique experiences and goals are understood and respected. At Legion Health, we provide a nurturing environment where you can feel truly heard and supported.
(817) 985-4404 View (817) 985-4404
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Bridgett Gant
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Fort Worth, TX 76107  (Online Only)
Hello! If you're visiting my profile, I'm here to assist you on your path to better mental health. My name is Bridgett Gant, and I've just opened more spots at Legion Psychiatry for new clients. I accept a range of major insurance providers (including Cigna, Aetna, United, etc). My schedule tends to fill up fast, but currently, I have openings from Monday to Friday (morning and afternoon).
Hello! If you're visiting my profile, I'm here to assist you on your path to better mental health. My name is Bridgett Gant, and I've just opened more spots at Legion Psychiatry for new clients. I accept a range of major insurance providers (including Cigna, Aetna, United, etc). My schedule tends to fill up fast, but currently, I have openings from Monday to Friday (morning and afternoon).
(817) 668-3634 View (817) 668-3634
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Journey Anew, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Worth, TX 76137  (Online Only)
Every client is treated holistically, recognizing that the body, mind, and spirit are integral parts of a person's health. Discovering the root cause of a problem is the first step to being empowered to achieve improved health outcomes. At Journey Anew individualized patient-centered care is delivered by utilizing evidenced-based guidelines combined with clinical experience and intuition for optimization of client outcomes.
Every client is treated holistically, recognizing that the body, mind, and spirit are integral parts of a person's health. Discovering the root cause of a problem is the first step to being empowered to achieve improved health outcomes. At Journey Anew individualized patient-centered care is delivered by utilizing evidenced-based guidelines combined with clinical experience and intuition for optimization of client outcomes.
(817) 512-9528 View (817) 512-9528
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Mallory George
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Fort Worth, TX 76132
Hello! I believe mental wellness plays a vital role in our overall health. If you are feeling stressed, having difficulty coping with life, or experiencing a mental health concern that is interfering with your ability to function as your best self, let me help. Providing compassionate and quality care for my clients in a safe, non-judgmental environment is important to me. I am highly trained and educated in performing psychiatric evaluations in order to accurately diagnose and treat a wide range of issues, including but not limited to anxiety, depression, bipolar, PTSD, substance use issues, and ADHD.
Hello! I believe mental wellness plays a vital role in our overall health. If you are feeling stressed, having difficulty coping with life, or experiencing a mental health concern that is interfering with your ability to function as your best self, let me help. Providing compassionate and quality care for my clients in a safe, non-judgmental environment is important to me. I am highly trained and educated in performing psychiatric evaluations in order to accurately diagnose and treat a wide range of issues, including but not limited to anxiety, depression, bipolar, PTSD, substance use issues, and ADHD.
(214) 307-9948 View (214) 307-9948
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Michael Tsovko
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Fort Worth, TX 76132
My ideal client is the one I can help the most. I am interested in every case and I enjoy solving problems and working on long term solutions that are most beneficial for the client.
My ideal client is the one I can help the most. I am interested in every case and I enjoy solving problems and working on long term solutions that are most beneficial for the client.
(817) 497-8042 View (817) 497-8042
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Kristin Marie Wilczynski
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Worth, TX 76116
I am dedicated to meeting patients where they are on their mental health journey, ensuring a safe and welcoming space for all! I understand the importance of respecting individual experiences and cultures in every aspect of care. I have a special appreciation for individuals with substance use disorders, and their families. I am passionate about the science behind addiction and the community found in recovery. Additionally, I am an advocate for the mental health of nurses, first responders, and healthcare professionals in a post-pandemic era, having first-hand understanding of the unique challenges they face.
I am dedicated to meeting patients where they are on their mental health journey, ensuring a safe and welcoming space for all! I understand the importance of respecting individual experiences and cultures in every aspect of care. I have a special appreciation for individuals with substance use disorders, and their families. I am passionate about the science behind addiction and the community found in recovery. Additionally, I am an advocate for the mental health of nurses, first responders, and healthcare professionals in a post-pandemic era, having first-hand understanding of the unique challenges they face.
(817) 660-7692 View (817) 660-7692

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Number of Psychiatrists in Fort Worth, TX

100+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in Fort Worth, TX who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
95% Anxiety
82% Bipolar Disorder
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
74% Trauma and PTSD
72% ADHD
67% Medication Management

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

95% Aetna
94% Cigna and Evernorth
91% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Fort Worth, TX see their clients

51% Online Only
49% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

70% Female
30% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Fort Worth?

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.