Psychiatrists in Grayson County, TX

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Photo of Elizabeth Otucho, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Grayson County, TX
Elizabeth Otucho
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Sherman, TX 75090  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Child, Adolescent and Adult psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who is very passionate about mental health care. My specialties include treating depression, anxiety, bipolar, sleep disorders and other common mental health problems in individuals above the age of 16. I enjoy working closely with patients and their families. I am a good listener, warm, compassionate and approach every individual with kindness and respect.
I am a board-certified Child, Adolescent and Adult psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who is very passionate about mental health care. My specialties include treating depression, anxiety, bipolar, sleep disorders and other common mental health problems in individuals above the age of 16. I enjoy working closely with patients and their families. I am a good listener, warm, compassionate and approach every individual with kindness and respect.
(972) 764-8680 View (972) 764-8680
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Yemi Aina
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Sherman, TX 75092
Are you or a loved one burdened by chronic depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, insomnia or brain fog? Have these conditions disrupted your sense of well-being and made daily life and relationships challenging? Tri-MED's integrative approach empowers you to experience maximal health through personalized treatments that heal the mind and body. Beyond medication management, we offer innovative modalities, such as Spravato, IM and IV Ketamine and deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (dTMS).
Are you or a loved one burdened by chronic depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, insomnia or brain fog? Have these conditions disrupted your sense of well-being and made daily life and relationships challenging? Tri-MED's integrative approach empowers you to experience maximal health through personalized treatments that heal the mind and body. Beyond medication management, we offer innovative modalities, such as Spravato, IM and IV Ketamine and deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (dTMS).
(903) 328-6556 View (903) 328-6556
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Dr. Deepika Bhargava
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Sherman, TX 75090
I provide a unique integrated bio-psycho-social-spiritual-nutritional approach to mental well-being. Personalized and comprehensive services in an atmosphere of respect and compassion to help create healthy communities. One-stop for all your mental health needs that includes psychiatry med management (anxiety, depression, bipolar, PTSD, geriatric disorders, dementia); individual and family therapy (marital, addiction, anger management, behavior modification, stress management, work-life balance; adult/adolescent Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) - (mood disorders, substance abuse, eating disorders, trauma, women's issues). TMS.
I provide a unique integrated bio-psycho-social-spiritual-nutritional approach to mental well-being. Personalized and comprehensive services in an atmosphere of respect and compassion to help create healthy communities. One-stop for all your mental health needs that includes psychiatry med management (anxiety, depression, bipolar, PTSD, geriatric disorders, dementia); individual and family therapy (marital, addiction, anger management, behavior modification, stress management, work-life balance; adult/adolescent Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) - (mood disorders, substance abuse, eating disorders, trauma, women's issues). TMS.
(469) 425-2053 View (469) 425-2053
Photo of Milka Kamau, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Grayson County, TX
Milka Kamau
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FPMHNP
Verified
Sherman, TX 75092
I enjoy treating patients aged 16 and older. I treat all mental health conditions, including, but not limited to depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD/ADD and Bipolar disorder. My non-judgmental approach helps individuals and families understand that there should be no shame or guilt associated with mental illness.
I enjoy treating patients aged 16 and older. I treat all mental health conditions, including, but not limited to depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD/ADD and Bipolar disorder. My non-judgmental approach helps individuals and families understand that there should be no shame or guilt associated with mental illness.
(214) 494-2131 View (214) 494-2131
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Dr. Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Denison, TX 75020
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?
(940) 291-9028 View (940) 291-9028

Online Psychiatrists

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Peace Way Psychiatry - Navdip Kaur
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Frisco, TX 75035  (Online Only)
Peace Way psychiatrist will reach you where you are because your comfort and safety is our priority. One small crack does not mean you are broken, it means you were put to the test, and you didn’t fall apart. I am here with you in this journey which will be full of miracles and accomplishments. Peace Way team will bring your smiles and success back to your lives that you deserve. Your stories will inspire others and Peace Way Psychiatrist will advocate her clients recognizing strength in the aftermath of their emotional recovery.
Peace Way psychiatrist will reach you where you are because your comfort and safety is our priority. One small crack does not mean you are broken, it means you were put to the test, and you didn’t fall apart. I am here with you in this journey which will be full of miracles and accomplishments. Peace Way team will bring your smiles and success back to your lives that you deserve. Your stories will inspire others and Peace Way Psychiatrist will advocate her clients recognizing strength in the aftermath of their emotional recovery.
(972) 430-7886 View (972) 430-7886
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Yana Bekker
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Allen, TX 75013
Dr Yana Bekker offers a compassionate and holistic approach to mental health. As a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Bekker's focus is on the whole person. Treatment highlights optimizing your overall well-being. Areas of focus include anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, maternal mental health and postpartum recovery.
Dr Yana Bekker offers a compassionate and holistic approach to mental health. As a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Bekker's focus is on the whole person. Treatment highlights optimizing your overall well-being. Areas of focus include anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, maternal mental health and postpartum recovery.
(945) 253-8853 View (945) 253-8853
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Satang Ann
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Midlothian, TX 76065  (Online Only)
Accepting NEW Clients TODAY. SAME-DAY appointments are available. After-hours and WEEKEND appointments are available. Currently in-network with Superior Medicaid, BCBS, UHC/Optum, CIGNA, Aetna, and Medicare in Texas. Private Pay rates made affordable. I value meeting my clients where they are WITHOUT making them feel judged. During our initial session, we will talk about what led you to me, and at the end of the session, we will come up with a treatment plan that best suits your needs. The goal is to develop the best therapeutic relationship possible to ease any stress related to having appointments.
Accepting NEW Clients TODAY. SAME-DAY appointments are available. After-hours and WEEKEND appointments are available. Currently in-network with Superior Medicaid, BCBS, UHC/Optum, CIGNA, Aetna, and Medicare in Texas. Private Pay rates made affordable. I value meeting my clients where they are WITHOUT making them feel judged. During our initial session, we will talk about what led you to me, and at the end of the session, we will come up with a treatment plan that best suits your needs. The goal is to develop the best therapeutic relationship possible to ease any stress related to having appointments.
(972) 707-2489 View (972) 707-2489
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Francis Segovia
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified
Dallas, TX 75204  (Online Only)
Francis Segovia is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She is qualified to diagnose, provide psychotherapy, and prescribe medications to children, adolescents, and adults with mental health disorders. Francis has experience working with individuals who experience symptoms of anxiety, impulsivity, depression, insomnia, trauma, abuse, obsessive compulsive, adjustment, behavioral, and psychosis. She has over 14 years of experience working with individuals from ages 10 to 95.
Francis Segovia is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She is qualified to diagnose, provide psychotherapy, and prescribe medications to children, adolescents, and adults with mental health disorders. Francis has experience working with individuals who experience symptoms of anxiety, impulsivity, depression, insomnia, trauma, abuse, obsessive compulsive, adjustment, behavioral, and psychosis. She has over 14 years of experience working with individuals from ages 10 to 95.
(469) 871-6024 View (469) 871-6024
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Jashunta Carson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified
Dallas, TX 75254
JaShunta Carson is a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Ms. Carson felt the only way to accomplish that is to become an expert in both medicine and psychiatry. JaShunta wanted to be a well-rounded provider. Ms. Carson felt the only way to accomplish that is to become an expert in both medicine and psychiatry. Ms. Carson serves the entire life span seeing ages 6 and older. She has worked in every area of mental health serving, children, adolescents, adult, and geriatric populations.
JaShunta Carson is a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Ms. Carson felt the only way to accomplish that is to become an expert in both medicine and psychiatry. JaShunta wanted to be a well-rounded provider. Ms. Carson felt the only way to accomplish that is to become an expert in both medicine and psychiatry. Ms. Carson serves the entire life span seeing ages 6 and older. She has worked in every area of mental health serving, children, adolescents, adult, and geriatric populations.
(281) 767-8985 View (281) 767-8985
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Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75201
Dr. Shah is welcoming new patients for video appointments. As a Board-certified M.D. psychiatrist, he specializes in assessing and treating anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD and other psychiatric issues. A holistic provider, he combines non-pharmacologic approaches - including psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy - in addition to medication. He utilizes such therapeutic modalities in medication management appointments as well as dedicated therapy sessions. Consequently, patients benefit from well-integrated treatment that is both systematic and thorough.
Dr. Shah is welcoming new patients for video appointments. As a Board-certified M.D. psychiatrist, he specializes in assessing and treating anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD and other psychiatric issues. A holistic provider, he combines non-pharmacologic approaches - including psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy - in addition to medication. He utilizes such therapeutic modalities in medication management appointments as well as dedicated therapy sessions. Consequently, patients benefit from well-integrated treatment that is both systematic and thorough.
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Care Dominance Health services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Celina, TX 75009
My name is Caroline Sam, I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My mission as a psychiatric mental health practitioner is to provide compassionate, evidence-based care to individuals and families affected by mental illness. I strive to create a safe and supportive environment where my patients feel heard, understood, and empowered to take control of their mental health. Through a collaborative approach that integrates medication management, therapy, and holistic interventions, I aim to improve the quality of life of my patients and help them achieve their full potential.
My name is Caroline Sam, I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My mission as a psychiatric mental health practitioner is to provide compassionate, evidence-based care to individuals and families affected by mental illness. I strive to create a safe and supportive environment where my patients feel heard, understood, and empowered to take control of their mental health. Through a collaborative approach that integrates medication management, therapy, and holistic interventions, I aim to improve the quality of life of my patients and help them achieve their full potential.
(214) 214-4362 View (214) 214-4362
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Dr. Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Weatherford, TX 76086
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?
(325) 312-3044 View (325) 312-3044
Photo of Furqan Rizvi, Psychiatrist in Grayson County, TX
Furqan Rizvi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Frisco, TX 75036
Dr. Rizvi is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist, currently providing psychiatric services at a private office in Frisco Mental Health Services and as a chief medical officer at Haven Behavioral Hospital of Frisco. Dr. Rizvi provides services to ages 10 years and above. He is well experienced in providing medication management for a wide spectrum of psychiatric illnesses including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychosis, ADHD, alcohol use disorder, opioid use disorder, schizophrenia, sleep issues, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and behavioral disturbances related to dementia.
Dr. Rizvi is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist, currently providing psychiatric services at a private office in Frisco Mental Health Services and as a chief medical officer at Haven Behavioral Hospital of Frisco. Dr. Rizvi provides services to ages 10 years and above. He is well experienced in providing medication management for a wide spectrum of psychiatric illnesses including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychosis, ADHD, alcohol use disorder, opioid use disorder, schizophrenia, sleep issues, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and behavioral disturbances related to dementia.
(469) 824-3511 View (469) 824-3511
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Zia Uddin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
McKinney, TX 75070
Adults with ADHD may have been undiagnosed when younger, only having symptoms later in life when something changed (i.e., going off to college, getting married, having children, etc.) Adult ADHD patients also frequently have anxiety, depression or other issues that may or may not be related.
Adults with ADHD may have been undiagnosed when younger, only having symptoms later in life when something changed (i.e., going off to college, getting married, having children, etc.) Adult ADHD patients also frequently have anxiety, depression or other issues that may or may not be related.
(469) 331-6285 View (469) 331-6285
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Lean On Love Psychiatry
Physician Assistant, PA-C
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
Photo of Judith Maduh, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Grayson County, TX
Judith Maduh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified
3 Endorsed
Frisco, TX 75034
Hello! I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington, did my rotation experiences in both outpatient and inpatient psychiatric hospital. I have been privileged to train with many but especially 2 of the renowned child-adolescent psychiatrists in North Texas! I do comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis, and medication treatment for numerous psychiatric disorders.
Hello! I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington, did my rotation experiences in both outpatient and inpatient psychiatric hospital. I have been privileged to train with many but especially 2 of the renowned child-adolescent psychiatrists in North Texas! I do comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis, and medication treatment for numerous psychiatric disorders.
(972) 954-2187 View (972) 954-2187
Photo of Martha Motari, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Grayson County, TX
Martha Motari
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Arlington, TX 76013
Welcome! I'm Martha K. Motari, a dedicated and compassionate nursing professional. My expertise lies in conducting thorough mental health assessments for children and adults, identifying their needs, and developing personalized care plans. My approach is rooted in evidence-based practice, ensuring that each patient receives the most effective treatments available.
Welcome! I'm Martha K. Motari, a dedicated and compassionate nursing professional. My expertise lies in conducting thorough mental health assessments for children and adults, identifying their needs, and developing personalized care plans. My approach is rooted in evidence-based practice, ensuring that each patient receives the most effective treatments available.
(817) 646-5350 View (817) 646-5350
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Resilient Mind Psychiatric Services PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
2 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75208  (Online Only)
Mental illness can often be stressful and confusing to clients and their love ones. The goal of every individual experiencing a mental health crisis is to achieve relieve and wellbeing. You deserved to be listened to and your concerns validated and attended to without being judged or stigmatized. Behind every mental health crisis is a gentle and beautiful individual yearning for a listening ear and to be appreciated as any other human being. At Resilient Mind psychiatric services, we are here to listen and work with you as a valued partner on your journey to mental wellness. call us and will be there for you all the way.
Mental illness can often be stressful and confusing to clients and their love ones. The goal of every individual experiencing a mental health crisis is to achieve relieve and wellbeing. You deserved to be listened to and your concerns validated and attended to without being judged or stigmatized. Behind every mental health crisis is a gentle and beautiful individual yearning for a listening ear and to be appreciated as any other human being. At Resilient Mind psychiatric services, we are here to listen and work with you as a valued partner on your journey to mental wellness. call us and will be there for you all the way.
(469) 751-4583 View (469) 751-4583
Photo of Joann Gulley, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Grayson County, TX
Joann Gulley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Dallas, TX 75243
Hello! My name is JoAnn, I believe mental wellness plays a vital role in our overall health. If you are having difficulty coping with life or experience 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, nonjudgmental environment is important to me. I received my Master of Science in Nursing from Texas A& M Corpus Christi and worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner since 2009.
Hello! My name is JoAnn, I believe mental wellness plays a vital role in our overall health. If you are having difficulty coping with life or experience 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, nonjudgmental environment is important to me. I received my Master of Science in Nursing from Texas A& M Corpus Christi and worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner since 2009.
(469) 770-7535 View (469) 770-7535

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Grayson County, TX

< 10

Psychiatrists in Grayson County, TX who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Bipolar Disorder
80% ADHD
80% Sleep or Insomnia
80% Medication Management
60% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Grayson County, TX see their clients

80% In Person and Online
20% Online Only

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Grayson 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.