Psychiatrists in Guadalupe County, TX

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Photo of Tsung Wai Aw, MD, FAPA, Psychiatrist
Tsung Wai Aw
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Schertz, TX 78154
An ideal patient for Dr. Aw, is one who understands that it takes a team to get them feeling better, both the patient themselves and Dr. Aw. Therefore, he enjoys using a collaborative approach and he states, “there must be a buy-in from my patients, otherwise they won’t trust my recommendations and we both should be agreeable to the game plan for getting better. “
An ideal patient for Dr. Aw, is one who understands that it takes a team to get them feeling better, both the patient themselves and Dr. Aw. Therefore, he enjoys using a collaborative approach and he states, “there must be a buy-in from my patients, otherwise they won’t trust my recommendations and we both should be agreeable to the game plan for getting better. “
(210) 762-4683 View (210) 762-4683
Photo of undefined - Texas Mental Health and Wellness Center PLLC, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC, CMGT-BC, CCM, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Texas Mental Health and Wellness Center PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC, CMGT-BC, CCM
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Seguin, TX 78155  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients from anywhere in Texas! Do you sometimes wonder if what you're feeling is normal? Do you wonder why you are so forgetful, why it's so hard to concentrate, or why you easily get distracted? Or maybe it's hard to get out of bed in the morning, you lack the motivation to participate in life anymore, and you can sometimes be tearful for no reason? Is it hard to fall asleep at night or do you wake up multiple times which leaves you feeling exhausted the next day? Have you experienced trauma that has left you feeling anxious and on edge? You do not have to go through these challenges alone! I would like to help!
Accepting new patients from anywhere in Texas! Do you sometimes wonder if what you're feeling is normal? Do you wonder why you are so forgetful, why it's so hard to concentrate, or why you easily get distracted? Or maybe it's hard to get out of bed in the morning, you lack the motivation to participate in life anymore, and you can sometimes be tearful for no reason? Is it hard to fall asleep at night or do you wake up multiple times which leaves you feeling exhausted the next day? Have you experienced trauma that has left you feeling anxious and on edge? You do not have to go through these challenges alone! I would like to help!
(830) 445-2671 View (830) 445-2671
Photo of Jocelyn Jingwa, DNP, PMHNP, -BC, Psychiatric Nurse
Jocelyn Jingwa
Psychiatric Nurse, DNP, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Schertz, TX 78154  (Online Only)
I have a doctorate degree in Nursing Practice with over 13 years of experience in the mental health field. I utilize a holistic approach when assessing, diagnosing, and treating my patients irrespective of your struggles. I provide a safe environment that encourages open communication so I can meet you were you are and we develop an individualized treatment plan. Every patient will be treated with dignity and respect irrespective of their struggles. My patients do feel that they are being heard as a person and that they're not just a diagnosis. We will come up with the safest treatment plan that meets your goals and follow through.
I have a doctorate degree in Nursing Practice with over 13 years of experience in the mental health field. I utilize a holistic approach when assessing, diagnosing, and treating my patients irrespective of your struggles. I provide a safe environment that encourages open communication so I can meet you were you are and we develop an individualized treatment plan. Every patient will be treated with dignity and respect irrespective of their struggles. My patients do feel that they are being heard as a person and that they're not just a diagnosis. We will come up with the safest treatment plan that meets your goals and follow through.
(210) 796-7561 View (210) 796-7561
Bernadette Andrea Horton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Schertz, TX 78154
As a Psychiatric Mental health Nurse Practitioner, we are working hard and dedicating our lives to making the lives of others a priority. We work closely with clients to achieve mental wellness and a new beginning. No two people are the same and we treat patients according to their needs. We will provide treatment specifically for you with the utmost respect and trust. We will work as a team to get you the best outcome and treatment modality.
As a Psychiatric Mental health Nurse Practitioner, we are working hard and dedicating our lives to making the lives of others a priority. We work closely with clients to achieve mental wellness and a new beginning. No two people are the same and we treat patients according to their needs. We will provide treatment specifically for you with the utmost respect and trust. We will work as a team to get you the best outcome and treatment modality.
(210) 361-5015 View (210) 361-5015
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Mental Aspects Behavioral Health Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Schertz, TX 78154  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients at this time! At Mental Aspects, our overall goal is to achieve wellness. From the initial psychiatric evaluation, through our client-centered treatment plans with a personalized medication management concept, I focus on you, your past traumas, your current functional state, how you have been coping, and your mental state that has been produced from it. Whether it's depression, anxiety, mood swings, bipolar, ADHD, nightmares, or hallucinations, your treatment is individualized with your goal of recovery in mind.
Not accepting new clients at this time! At Mental Aspects, our overall goal is to achieve wellness. From the initial psychiatric evaluation, through our client-centered treatment plans with a personalized medication management concept, I focus on you, your past traumas, your current functional state, how you have been coping, and your mental state that has been produced from it. Whether it's depression, anxiety, mood swings, bipolar, ADHD, nightmares, or hallucinations, your treatment is individualized with your goal of recovery in mind.
(210) 796-2167 View (210) 796-2167
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Focus & Balance, LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Schertz, TX 78154
Focus & Balance is a private psychiatric practice mental health professionals qualified and experienced in providing advanced psychiatric treatment, including ADHD in adults and children, to patients in the San Antonio area, With us, you can expect advanced psychopharmacology treatment for all mental issues provided by caring and compassionate clinicians. We are also offer TMS Therapy to our patients with depression. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy is one of the most technologically advanced depression treatments available. This non-invasive, outpatient therapy is FDA cleared and has helped thousand of depressed patients
Focus & Balance is a private psychiatric practice mental health professionals qualified and experienced in providing advanced psychiatric treatment, including ADHD in adults and children, to patients in the San Antonio area, With us, you can expect advanced psychopharmacology treatment for all mental issues provided by caring and compassionate clinicians. We are also offer TMS Therapy to our patients with depression. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy is one of the most technologically advanced depression treatments available. This non-invasive, outpatient therapy is FDA cleared and has helped thousand of depressed patients
(210) 934-4518 View (210) 934-4518
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Whitney H Mitchell
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Schertz, TX 78154
Whitney H. Mitchell, MD is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist in private practice in New Braunfels, Texas. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Mitchell received a Bachelor of Science in Genetics from Texas A&M University. She attended medical school at University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio where she graduated in the top ten percentile of her class. She completed a residency in Psychiatry in San Antonio and has been in private practice in New Braunfels for 15 years. She specializes in evidence-based treatment of anxiety, mood disorders, and personality and relational problems.
Whitney H. Mitchell, MD is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist in private practice in New Braunfels, Texas. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Mitchell received a Bachelor of Science in Genetics from Texas A&M University. She attended medical school at University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio where she graduated in the top ten percentile of her class. She completed a residency in Psychiatry in San Antonio and has been in private practice in New Braunfels for 15 years. She specializes in evidence-based treatment of anxiety, mood disorders, and personality and relational problems.
(830) 542-9931 View (830) 542-9931
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Your Convenience Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, GNP, FNP
Verified Verified
McQueeney, TX 78123  (Online Only)
Mental Health Services: Psychotropic Medication Management, Brief Counseling, Comprehensive Psychiatric Evaluations, Emotional Support Animal Documentation, Focused Psychiatric Evaluations, Pre-Surgical Clearances
Mental Health Services: Psychotropic Medication Management, Brief Counseling, Comprehensive Psychiatric Evaluations, Emotional Support Animal Documentation, Focused Psychiatric Evaluations, Pre-Surgical Clearances
(830) 202-6309 View (830) 202-6309
Photo of Whitney Baskett, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Whitney Baskett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seguin, TX 78155  (Online Only)
I am a dual-certified family and mental health nurse practitioner. I have a background as a mental health nurse working with mental health patients of all ages since 2013. It was there I found my passion in the mental health field. I am so excited our society is finally shedding more light on these issues. There has been a stigma for far too long. I firmly believe that mental health disorders are one of the most difficult diseases to live with and can impact so many aspects of our lives. Disorders such as depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders can lead to poor physical health, & I am here to help prevent this from happening!
I am a dual-certified family and mental health nurse practitioner. I have a background as a mental health nurse working with mental health patients of all ages since 2013. It was there I found my passion in the mental health field. I am so excited our society is finally shedding more light on these issues. There has been a stigma for far too long. I firmly believe that mental health disorders are one of the most difficult diseases to live with and can impact so many aspects of our lives. Disorders such as depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders can lead to poor physical health, & I am here to help prevent this from happening!
(361) 541-6553 View (361) 541-6553
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Affective Mental Wellness, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Cibolo, TX 78108
At Affective Mental Wellness, three fully licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners are able to meet your mental health needs in the state of Texas. We are experienced in working with a diverse population of patients. We are able to provide high-quality, comprehensive, compassionate, and patient-focused care for patients between ages 2 to 999 years old. Focusing on the whole person, we, with the patient develop individualized treatment plans.
At Affective Mental Wellness, three fully licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners are able to meet your mental health needs in the state of Texas. We are experienced in working with a diverse population of patients. We are able to provide high-quality, comprehensive, compassionate, and patient-focused care for patients between ages 2 to 999 years old. Focusing on the whole person, we, with the patient develop individualized treatment plans.
(830) 483-8064 View (830) 483-8064
Photo of Omotayo Yejide Sofela, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Omotayo Yejide Sofela
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Selma, TX 78154  (Online Only)
Abisom Behavioral Health LLC takes a compassionate approach to care, personalizing treatment plans in a welcoming environment with patient well-being as a top priority. Patients receive skilled support on their journey toward a better life by having a provider who takes time to really listen and answer questions — a personalized touch patients can trust.
Abisom Behavioral Health LLC takes a compassionate approach to care, personalizing treatment plans in a welcoming environment with patient well-being as a top priority. Patients receive skilled support on their journey toward a better life by having a provider who takes time to really listen and answer questions — a personalized touch patients can trust.
(281) 949-7641 View (281) 949-7641
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Ketamine Therapy & Medication Management
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Schertz, TX 78154
Inner Healing Ketamine therapy offers ketamine infusions, intramuscular ketamine injections, oral ketamine, IV vitamin therapy, and medication management services to help treat depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and ptsd.
Inner Healing Ketamine therapy offers ketamine infusions, intramuscular ketamine injections, oral ketamine, IV vitamin therapy, and medication management services to help treat depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and ptsd.
(830) 445-7327 View (830) 445-7327

Online Psychiatrists

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Aura Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78216
At Aura Psychiatry, PLLC our Mission is to Improve the Quality of Life of our clients, to overcome Mental Barriers & truly live the life they deserve. Our purpose is to Support, Educate, & Empower clients & their families by providing them a safe & reliable place to share their problems and stories. We pride ourselves on our Patient-Focused approach that emphasizes the Highest possible Standards. Immediate Appointments Available! Evenings & some Weekend appointments available. For more details, visit us at www.AuraPsychiatry.com
At Aura Psychiatry, PLLC our Mission is to Improve the Quality of Life of our clients, to overcome Mental Barriers & truly live the life they deserve. Our purpose is to Support, Educate, & Empower clients & their families by providing them a safe & reliable place to share their problems and stories. We pride ourselves on our Patient-Focused approach that emphasizes the Highest possible Standards. Immediate Appointments Available! Evenings & some Weekend appointments available. For more details, visit us at www.AuraPsychiatry.com
(210) 985-7202 View (210) 985-7202
Photo of Blake Grant, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Blake Grant
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78741
Hi, I'm glad you are here! I want to help my patients achieve the goals they set for themselves, whatever they may be. I believe mental wellness is something we can achieve together and I'm here to collaborate with my clients to create a care plan that is attainable. I'd love the opportunity to chat with you and would be honored to help you on your journey. I have openings weekly and can see you within a week usually.
Hi, I'm glad you are here! I want to help my patients achieve the goals they set for themselves, whatever they may be. I believe mental wellness is something we can achieve together and I'm here to collaborate with my clients to create a care plan that is attainable. I'd love the opportunity to chat with you and would be honored to help you on your journey. I have openings weekly and can see you within a week usually.
(512) 647-2835 View (512) 647-2835
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Bridgett Gant
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78704  (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).
(512) 601-4866 View (512) 601-4866
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Kasa Weber
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
I am Kasa Weber, a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I completed my training at Vanderbilt University. I provide medication management services to individuals across the lifespan with mental health and/or substance use concerns. My approach is holistic, meaning I take into account all aspects of my client’s health and wellness in providing care. I utilize evidence-based practices and pride myself on staying up to date on the latest research in psychiatry. My specialties include ADHD/ADD, anxiety disorders, depression, insomnia, PTSD and other trauma-related concerns.
I am Kasa Weber, a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I completed my training at Vanderbilt University. I provide medication management services to individuals across the lifespan with mental health and/or substance use concerns. My approach is holistic, meaning I take into account all aspects of my client’s health and wellness in providing care. I utilize evidence-based practices and pride myself on staying up to date on the latest research in psychiatry. My specialties include ADHD/ADD, anxiety disorders, depression, insomnia, PTSD and other trauma-related concerns.
(737) 302-5391 View (737) 302-5391
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VPP Clinic | Dr Arif Mirza MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78229  (Online Only)
Welcome to VPPclinic.com ... As an experienced Psychiatrist in private practice, inpatient and telehealth settings, I'm here to offer authentic, compassionate care. Time is precious, especially for busy students, parents, and working professionals. I look forward to collaborate to reach your goals ASAP! ... Same week Video appointments are available statewide (Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio). Text 469-770-7750 for quick booking assist.
Welcome to VPPclinic.com ... As an experienced Psychiatrist in private practice, inpatient and telehealth settings, I'm here to offer authentic, compassionate care. Time is precious, especially for busy students, parents, and working professionals. I look forward to collaborate to reach your goals ASAP! ... Same week Video appointments are available statewide (Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio). Text 469-770-7750 for quick booking assist.
(726) 227-1205 View (726) 227-1205
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Nicholas Gaultney
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78230
Are you struggling to cope with the demands of daily life? Are you experiencing sadness or lack of joy, but you don’t know why? Do you lack the motivation to do things that you usually enjoy or find that the things that used to interest you are now uninteresting? Maybe you find yourself worrying all the time - about something specific or about anything and everything. Do you experience more stress than you need to because you put things off till the last minute? Perhaps you can’t stay focused long enough to finish all the things that you need to finish.
Are you struggling to cope with the demands of daily life? Are you experiencing sadness or lack of joy, but you don’t know why? Do you lack the motivation to do things that you usually enjoy or find that the things that used to interest you are now uninteresting? Maybe you find yourself worrying all the time - about something specific or about anything and everything. Do you experience more stress than you need to because you put things off till the last minute? Perhaps you can’t stay focused long enough to finish all the things that you need to finish.
(210) 934-2796 View (210) 934-2796
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Jenna Felici-West
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78745
At Valera Health, we believe mental healthcare should be high-quality, affordable and accessible for all. Our compassionate team of licensed mental healthcare experts offer virtual individual therapy, group therapy, medication management, psychiatry and more from the comfort of your own home. Our telemental healthcare services are available in 10 states (AZ, CT, FL, MA, NJ, NY, OR, TX, VT, WA) and 20 languages including English, Spanish and Chinese. Everyone deserves high-quality mental healthcare without the hassle, which is why our providers are in-network with many insurances.
At Valera Health, we believe mental healthcare should be high-quality, affordable and accessible for all. Our compassionate team of licensed mental healthcare experts offer virtual individual therapy, group therapy, medication management, psychiatry and more from the comfort of your own home. Our telemental healthcare services are available in 10 states (AZ, CT, FL, MA, NJ, NY, OR, TX, VT, WA) and 20 languages including English, Spanish and Chinese. Everyone deserves high-quality mental healthcare without the hassle, which is why our providers are in-network with many insurances.
(512) 601-4854 View (512) 601-4854
Photo of Sue Roh, APRN, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Sue Roh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78746
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC), both certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. I am providing integrated care, using a multi-directional approach to touch the base of all mental and physical illnesses.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC), both certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. I am providing integrated care, using a multi-directional approach to touch the base of all mental and physical illnesses.
(737) 210-4987 View (737) 210-4987

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Guadalupe County, TX

10+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Guadalupe County, TX who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
92% Bipolar Disorder
92% Medication Management
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
67% Trauma and PTSD
67% Self Esteem

Average years in practice

4 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
90% Cigna and Evernorth
90% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Guadalupe County, TX see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Guadalupe 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.