Psychiatrists in Grand Prairie, TX

Photo of Victoria Benson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Grand Prairie, TX
Victoria Benson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Grand Prairie, TX 75050
Clients' mental health needs are our priority. Homage Behavioral Health Clinic utilizes an evidence-based approach to provide our clients with the best quality care they need. We work with our patients individually to involve them in their care with safety measures to help them find balance and meet their individualized therapy goals. With compassion and individualized treatment plans, meeting the needs of our patients by providing quality of life is our goal.
Clients' mental health needs are our priority. Homage Behavioral Health Clinic utilizes an evidence-based approach to provide our clients with the best quality care they need. We work with our patients individually to involve them in their care with safety measures to help them find balance and meet their individualized therapy goals. With compassion and individualized treatment plans, meeting the needs of our patients by providing quality of life is our goal.
(214) 441-6916 View (214) 441-6916
BroadView Family Psychiatric Solutions
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Grand Prairie, TX 75051  (Online Only)
In my career spanning over a decade, I have worked in diverse healthcare settings, honing a multi-faceted skill set. My experience ranges from acute care to chronic disease management, with particular expertise in psychiatric and mental health nursing. As a PMHNP for the past year, I have been able to leverage these skills to provide patient-centered care, focusing on the diagnosis, treatment, and management of mental health disorders.
In my career spanning over a decade, I have worked in diverse healthcare settings, honing a multi-faceted skill set. My experience ranges from acute care to chronic disease management, with particular expertise in psychiatric and mental health nursing. As a PMHNP for the past year, I have been able to leverage these skills to provide patient-centered care, focusing on the diagnosis, treatment, and management of mental health disorders.
(817) 383-0989 View (817) 383-0989
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Yaa Brago
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Grand Prairie, TX 75050
Yaa B. is a board certified nurse practitioner who offers compassion,empathy and a sense of humor, making it easy to communicate with all patients and families across the lifespan. She has worked in a variety of setting such as psychiatric emergency, inpatient hospital, and rehabilitation. She has a strong passion for helping Patients get better on a personal level.
Yaa B. is a board certified nurse practitioner who offers compassion,empathy and a sense of humor, making it easy to communicate with all patients and families across the lifespan. She has worked in a variety of setting such as psychiatric emergency, inpatient hospital, and rehabilitation. She has a strong passion for helping Patients get better on a personal level.
(214) 466-2205 View (214) 466-2205
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Apex Behavioral Health LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN, PMHNP , -BC
Verified Verified
Grand Prairie, TX 75050
Your mental health needs is our priority at Apex Behavioral Health LLC. I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 12 years experiences in Adult and adolescents psychiatric services. We utilize holistic individualized approach to give you the best care you need.
Your mental health needs is our priority at Apex Behavioral Health LLC. I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 12 years experiences in Adult and adolescents psychiatric services. We utilize holistic individualized approach to give you the best care you need.
(469) 660-2938 View (469) 660-2938
Photo of Anthonia Onyinye Oyerinde, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Grand Prairie, TX
Anthonia Onyinye Oyerinde
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Grand Prairie, TX 75050  (Online Only)
Anthonia Oyerinde is a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner with more than a decade of experience in psychiatric mental health. She is solution-oriented, open-minded, creative, and empathetic. She takes a holistic and trauma-informed approach to treating patients. Anthonia Oyerinde’s client base includes adolescents, adults, and older adults with psychiatric disorders. Since she is fluent in English, Yoruba, and Igbo, she is accessible to patients from various cultural backgrounds. People know her to be a solution-oriented, open-minded, creative, and empathetic professional.
Anthonia Oyerinde is a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner with more than a decade of experience in psychiatric mental health. She is solution-oriented, open-minded, creative, and empathetic. She takes a holistic and trauma-informed approach to treating patients. Anthonia Oyerinde’s client base includes adolescents, adults, and older adults with psychiatric disorders. Since she is fluent in English, Yoruba, and Igbo, she is accessible to patients from various cultural backgrounds. People know her to be a solution-oriented, open-minded, creative, and empathetic professional.
(682) 463-1577 View (682) 463-1577
Photo of Goodness Psychiatry, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Grand Prairie, TX
Goodness Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Grand Prairie, TX 75051
Are you struggling to find your way out of a dark place ? Fighting to overcome feelings of grief , ADHD, addiction , anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, Bipolar disorder or major life transitions? Have a history of physical , emotional, or sexual trauma? Feeling like you’ve exhausted all options for treatment and given up hope on finding a solution ? I am here to provide light at the end of the tunnel for you .
Are you struggling to find your way out of a dark place ? Fighting to overcome feelings of grief , ADHD, addiction , anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, Bipolar disorder or major life transitions? Have a history of physical , emotional, or sexual trauma? Feeling like you’ve exhausted all options for treatment and given up hope on finding a solution ? I am here to provide light at the end of the tunnel for you .
(214) 441-6393 View (214) 441-6393
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Chatel Behavioral Healthcare LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BBA, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Grand Prairie, TX 75051
Same day Virtual Psychiatric Services offered from 6am-8pm 7 days a week (In DFW, Austin, Houston, San Antonio, El-Paso & all cities in Texas. Also offering virtual visits in NM & Idaho. Behavioral health services are provided in the comfort and privacy of your own home and medications are sent to the pharmacy of your choice via e-script. We are committed in providing individualized care to patients based on their specific needs. We help all patients make informed decisions regarding their care, providing psychiatric evaluations, managing psychiatric symptoms, formulating treatment plans, and ensuring prompt medication management.
Same day Virtual Psychiatric Services offered from 6am-8pm 7 days a week (In DFW, Austin, Houston, San Antonio, El-Paso & all cities in Texas. Also offering virtual visits in NM & Idaho. Behavioral health services are provided in the comfort and privacy of your own home and medications are sent to the pharmacy of your choice via e-script. We are committed in providing individualized care to patients based on their specific needs. We help all patients make informed decisions regarding their care, providing psychiatric evaluations, managing psychiatric symptoms, formulating treatment plans, and ensuring prompt medication management.
(972) 975-5012 View (972) 975-5012
Photo of Dr. Tope Anthony Adeyomola, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Grand Prairie, TX
Dr. Tope Anthony Adeyomola
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Grand Prairie, TX 75051
Do you often feel like your provider is simply prescribing medications without listening to your concerns? If that has been your experience, then Dr. Tope Adeyomola is the provider for you because your life doesn’t get better by chance, it gets better by change! Dr. Tope Adeyomola is a psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 6 years of experience in treating various psychiatric conditions. He is solution-oriented, open-minded, creative, and humorous.
Do you often feel like your provider is simply prescribing medications without listening to your concerns? If that has been your experience, then Dr. Tope Adeyomola is the provider for you because your life doesn’t get better by chance, it gets better by change! Dr. Tope Adeyomola is a psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 6 years of experience in treating various psychiatric conditions. He is solution-oriented, open-minded, creative, and humorous.
(682) 452-7235 View (682) 452-7235
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Smink Achila
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Grand Prairie, TX 75050  (Online Only)
Smink Achila is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 14 years of experience in mental health. He works with various clients across the lifespan that have a variety of issues revolving around mental health with the goal of optimizing their functioning in the community. This has been his passion since high school, as his brother suffered from depression over the years and nobody could understand him. During Smink's rotation in various psychiatric hospital, his connection to mental health was fortified.
Smink Achila is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 14 years of experience in mental health. He works with various clients across the lifespan that have a variety of issues revolving around mental health with the goal of optimizing their functioning in the community. This has been his passion since high school, as his brother suffered from depression over the years and nobody could understand him. During Smink's rotation in various psychiatric hospital, his connection to mental health was fortified.
(817) 631-1060 View (817) 631-1060
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Devine Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Grand Prairie, TX 75051  (Online Only)
I am a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years in nursing experience and 7 years of mental health experience, I am ready to deliver the highest level of quality care to the mentally ill community. I strive to deliver the best quality services to all my patients at all levels.
I am a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years in nursing experience and 7 years of mental health experience, I am ready to deliver the highest level of quality care to the mentally ill community. I strive to deliver the best quality services to all my patients at all levels.
(214) 712-8251 View (214) 712-8251
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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
Photo of Goodness Psychiatry, LLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Grand Prairie, TX
Goodness Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Grand Prairie, TX 75051
Currently accepting patients with appointments within A WEEK, with flexible scheduling. Are you struggling to find your way out of a dark place? Fighting to overcome feelings of grief, ADHD, addiction, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, Bipolar disorder or major life transitions? Have a history of physical, emotional, or sexual trauma? Feeling like you’ve exhausted all options for treatment and given up hope on finding a solution? I am here to provide light at the end of the tunnel for you.
Currently accepting patients with appointments within A WEEK, with flexible scheduling. Are you struggling to find your way out of a dark place? Fighting to overcome feelings of grief, ADHD, addiction, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, Bipolar disorder or major life transitions? Have a history of physical, emotional, or sexual trauma? Feeling like you’ve exhausted all options for treatment and given up hope on finding a solution? I am here to provide light at the end of the tunnel for you.
(214) 751-8913 View (214) 751-8913
Photo of Donatus Benson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Grand Prairie, TX
Donatus Benson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Grand Prairie, TX 75050
Clients' mental health need is my priority. I utilize a holistic approach to provide the best quality care clients need. I work with my patients individually to involve them in their care with safety measures to help them find balance and meet their individualized therapy goals. With compassion and individualized treatment plans, meeting the needs of my patients by providing quality of life is my goal.
Clients' mental health need is my priority. I utilize a holistic approach to provide the best quality care clients need. I work with my patients individually to involve them in their care with safety measures to help them find balance and meet their individualized therapy goals. With compassion and individualized treatment plans, meeting the needs of my patients by providing quality of life is my goal.
(214) 666-8640 View (214) 666-8640
Photo of Samitriya Kroll, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Grand Prairie, TX
Samitriya Kroll
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Grand Prairie, TX 75052  (Online Only)
Accepting new client assessments within 48 hours! Samitriya Kroll, offers compassionate and individualized, holistic care dedicated to your overall wellbeing. With over 10 years’ experience in mental health care, Samitriya specializes in mood and anxiety disorders, along with Seasonal Affective Disorder and PTSD. She offers a holistic approach to healing with personalized care, medication management, and lifestyle modification habits.
Accepting new client assessments within 48 hours! Samitriya Kroll, offers compassionate and individualized, holistic care dedicated to your overall wellbeing. With over 10 years’ experience in mental health care, Samitriya specializes in mood and anxiety disorders, along with Seasonal Affective Disorder and PTSD. She offers a holistic approach to healing with personalized care, medication management, and lifestyle modification habits.
(972) 435-6749 View (972) 435-6749
Photo of Dr. Ket Harris, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Grand Prairie, TX
Dr. Ket Harris
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Grand Prairie, TX 75051
Are you looking for a healthcare provider who can offer you quality patient care with compassion, care, and customization? Look no further than Keturah Health! Our team of experienced nurse practitioners, including Board-Certified Family and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Ket Harris, DNP, bring a wealth of knowledge, clinical experience, and skills to their role at Keturah Health. At Keturah Health, we are dedicated to enhancing the lives of our clients by integrating health and wellness into each patient's everyday life. Our approach yields excellent results, and we are committed to providing top-quality patient care.
Are you looking for a healthcare provider who can offer you quality patient care with compassion, care, and customization? Look no further than Keturah Health! Our team of experienced nurse practitioners, including Board-Certified Family and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Ket Harris, DNP, bring a wealth of knowledge, clinical experience, and skills to their role at Keturah Health. At Keturah Health, we are dedicated to enhancing the lives of our clients by integrating health and wellness into each patient's everyday life. Our approach yields excellent results, and we are committed to providing top-quality patient care.
(817) 859-8784 View (817) 859-8784
Photo of Francisca Ogu, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Grand Prairie, TX
Francisca Ogu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Grand Prairie, TX 75052  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a wealth of experience in delivering excellent nursing care. I treat patients with various mental health disorders such as Depression, Mood Disorders, Anxiety, Eating disorders, PTSD, OCD, Schizophrenia, etc.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a wealth of experience in delivering excellent nursing care. I treat patients with various mental health disorders such as Depression, Mood Disorders, Anxiety, Eating disorders, PTSD, OCD, Schizophrenia, etc.
(817) 587-0750 View (817) 587-0750
Photo of Kemi Olude, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Grand Prairie, TX
Kemi Olude
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Grand Prairie, TX 75051
CURRENTLY ACCEPTING PATIENTS WITH APPOINTMENTS WITHIN A WEEK, WITH FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING. Are you struggling to find your way out of a dark place? Fighting to overcome feelings of grief, ADHD, addiction, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, Bipolar disorder, or major life transitions? Have a history of physical, emotional, or sexual trauma? Feeling like you’ve exhausted all options for treatment and given up hope on finding a solution? I am here to provide light at the end of the tunnel for you. Providing services that combine traditional approaches (medication management and supportive psychotherapy with evidenced-based practice
CURRENTLY ACCEPTING PATIENTS WITH APPOINTMENTS WITHIN A WEEK, WITH FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING. Are you struggling to find your way out of a dark place? Fighting to overcome feelings of grief, ADHD, addiction, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, Bipolar disorder, or major life transitions? Have a history of physical, emotional, or sexual trauma? Feeling like you’ve exhausted all options for treatment and given up hope on finding a solution? I am here to provide light at the end of the tunnel for you. Providing services that combine traditional approaches (medication management and supportive psychotherapy with evidenced-based practice
(214) 239-4167 View (214) 239-4167
Photo of Anthonia Duru, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Grand Prairie, TX
Anthonia Duru
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC, WHNP-BC, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Grand Prairie, TX 75051
At Peculiar Wellness Center, our trained and board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, Anthonia Duru, PMHNP-BC, WHNP-BC, APRN, has a diverse background in the health field and over 20 years of passion for delivering high-quality patient care. She provides unrushed, compassionate, nonjudgmental, evidence-based, holistic, patient-centered care. She specializes in medication management, women's health, and men's sexual health. So, she understands that high-quality psychiatric, holistic, and preventative care is a significant step towards a healthier and fulfilling mental well-being.
At Peculiar Wellness Center, our trained and board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, Anthonia Duru, PMHNP-BC, WHNP-BC, APRN, has a diverse background in the health field and over 20 years of passion for delivering high-quality patient care. She provides unrushed, compassionate, nonjudgmental, evidence-based, holistic, patient-centered care. She specializes in medication management, women's health, and men's sexual health. So, she understands that high-quality psychiatric, holistic, and preventative care is a significant step towards a healthier and fulfilling mental well-being.
(817) 670-4923 View (817) 670-4923
Photo of Anastasia Kimanthi, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Grand Prairie, TX
Anastasia Kimanthi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Grand Prairie, TX 75051
Hello, I am Anastasia. I am excited to be a part of your care team. I am Board-Certified as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurse Credentialing Center. I am employed by Keturah Health. Keturah Health employs experienced nurse practitioners that bring a wealth of knowledge, clinical experience, and skills to their role at Keturah Health. Keturah Health integrates health and wellness into each patient’s everyday life, with an approach that yields excellent results. Keturah Health is built on the foundation of top-quality patient care with compassion, care, and customization.
Hello, I am Anastasia. I am excited to be a part of your care team. I am Board-Certified as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurse Credentialing Center. I am employed by Keturah Health. Keturah Health employs experienced nurse practitioners that bring a wealth of knowledge, clinical experience, and skills to their role at Keturah Health. Keturah Health integrates health and wellness into each patient’s everyday life, with an approach that yields excellent results. Keturah Health is built on the foundation of top-quality patient care with compassion, care, and customization.
(817) 934-6584 View (817) 934-6584
Photo of Rebecca Bumia Atanode, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Grand Prairie, TX
Rebecca Bumia Atanode
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Grand Prairie, TX 75054
Rebecca Atanode is dedicated board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, certified by the American Nurse Credentialing Center. Rebecca has more than a decade of clinical experience working with tens, adolescents and adults of various mental health disorders in patient settings . She is experienced in psychiatric evaluation, medication management and she uses holistic approach in treating her clients. She accepting new clients virtual,and licensed in Maryland, Oregon, and Washington State. Book a consultation today and you will not regret it
Rebecca Atanode is dedicated board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, certified by the American Nurse Credentialing Center. Rebecca has more than a decade of clinical experience working with tens, adolescents and adults of various mental health disorders in patient settings . She is experienced in psychiatric evaluation, medication management and she uses holistic approach in treating her clients. She accepting new clients virtual,and licensed in Maryland, Oregon, and Washington State. Book a consultation today and you will not regret it
(443) 291-2656 View (443) 291-2656

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Number of Psychiatrists in Grand Prairie, TX

40+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in Grand Prairie, TX who prioritize treating:

95% Anxiety
91% Depression
81% Bipolar Disorder
77% Medication Management
74% ADHD
74% Trauma and PTSD
65% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

90% Aetna
90% BlueCross and BlueShield
90% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Grand Prairie, TX see their clients

70% In Person and Online
30% Online Only

Gender breakdown

64% Female
34% Male
2% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Grand Prairie?

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.