Psychiatrists in Harris County, TX

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Livewell Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77042  (Online Only)
Taiwo Elemuren is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has been practicing as a Nurse Practitioner since 2015 and has extensive knowledge, and experience, in psychiatry. She provides patient-centered psychiatric evaluation and medication management. Her goal is to continually provide unbiased and all-inclusive care to individuals regardless of race, gender, and sexual orientation.
Taiwo Elemuren is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has been practicing as a Nurse Practitioner since 2015 and has extensive knowledge, and experience, in psychiatry. She provides patient-centered psychiatric evaluation and medication management. Her goal is to continually provide unbiased and all-inclusive care to individuals regardless of race, gender, and sexual orientation.
(281) 317-8310 View (281) 317-8310
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Jessica Basa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Spring, TX 77389
Hi! I'm a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner at Magnolia Psychiatry clinic in Spring, TX. I specialize in treating patients of all ages on a wide spectrum of psychiatric conditions, including anxiety, PTSD, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and schizophrenia.
Hi! I'm a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner at Magnolia Psychiatry clinic in Spring, TX. I specialize in treating patients of all ages on a wide spectrum of psychiatric conditions, including anxiety, PTSD, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and schizophrenia.
(281) 533-8352 View (281) 533-8352
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Jon Stevens
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77027
I see a broad range of children, adolescents, and adults in my private practice located in the River Oaks area of Houston. My patients appreciate my accessibility and my skills in managing complex cases. With a strong background in psychopharmacology and advanced diagnostic tools, I strive to blend the art and science of psychiatric care. I believe in personalized mental health care, and in open communication about treatment options. I provide integrated services, including families and loved ones in the conversation to improve outcomes. I also have extensive experience in hospital settings and community outreach and education.
I see a broad range of children, adolescents, and adults in my private practice located in the River Oaks area of Houston. My patients appreciate my accessibility and my skills in managing complex cases. With a strong background in psychopharmacology and advanced diagnostic tools, I strive to blend the art and science of psychiatric care. I believe in personalized mental health care, and in open communication about treatment options. I provide integrated services, including families and loved ones in the conversation to improve outcomes. I also have extensive experience in hospital settings and community outreach and education.
(281) 626-8389 View (281) 626-8389
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Jia Wang
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77004
At my practice, we understand that taking care of your mental health is just as important as your physical health. That is why we see patients of all backgrounds, such as students, athletes, professionals, and retirees. We strive to be comprehensive in your care, listening to your needs and providing you with a personalized treatment plan. You might be recommended medication management, psychotherapy, or both. For those not seeking formal psychiatric care, Dr. Wang offers coaching and supervision as well.
At my practice, we understand that taking care of your mental health is just as important as your physical health. That is why we see patients of all backgrounds, such as students, athletes, professionals, and retirees. We strive to be comprehensive in your care, listening to your needs and providing you with a personalized treatment plan. You might be recommended medication management, psychotherapy, or both. For those not seeking formal psychiatric care, Dr. Wang offers coaching and supervision as well.
(832) 981-1275 View (832) 981-1275
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Confidence Etuk
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77099  (Online Only)
Hello, I am a compassionate psychiatric nurse practitioner and owner of Journey of Hope Psychiatry and Wellness. I have over 9 years of experience in healthcare, specializing in treating patients with depression, anxiety and a wide range of mental disorders.
Hello, I am a compassionate psychiatric nurse practitioner and owner of Journey of Hope Psychiatry and Wellness. I have over 9 years of experience in healthcare, specializing in treating patients with depression, anxiety and a wide range of mental disorders.
(281) 595-9481 View (281) 595-9481
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Holistic Health Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Katy, TX 77494  (Online Only)
Andrea Yoshiko Carter is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has experience treating adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, PTSD, childhood trauma, and bipolar disorder. Andrea has received training in dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and is certified in brainspotting.
Andrea Yoshiko Carter is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has experience treating adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, PTSD, childhood trauma, and bipolar disorder. Andrea has received training in dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and is certified in brainspotting.
(281) 843-1984 View (281) 843-1984
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Nanu A Ogunyoku
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BSN, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Katy, TX 77494  (Online Only)
I believe in dealing with the patient as a whole when it comes to depression, anxiety, trauma , mood disorders, PTSD, and sleep problems. We are currently accepting New Telehealth Patients from Colorado, Nevada and Texas. We will work with you to make sure you get the best care possible.
I believe in dealing with the patient as a whole when it comes to depression, anxiety, trauma , mood disorders, PTSD, and sleep problems. We are currently accepting New Telehealth Patients from Colorado, Nevada and Texas. We will work with you to make sure you get the best care possible.
(832) 621-4605 View (832) 621-4605
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Able Integrative Practice
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77080  (Online Only)
Dr. Nneka Ikedinma is the founder of Able Integrative Practice and she is a dedicated and highly qualified professional with a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. As a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) with an additional board certification as a family nurse practitioner (FNP), she has exceptional knowledge and skills in providing top-notch advanced psychiatric and mental health treatment. She utilizes a patient-centered approach in her practice and tailors her treatment to each individual patient's needs because everyone’s mental health journey varies.
Dr. Nneka Ikedinma is the founder of Able Integrative Practice and she is a dedicated and highly qualified professional with a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. As a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) with an additional board certification as a family nurse practitioner (FNP), she has exceptional knowledge and skills in providing top-notch advanced psychiatric and mental health treatment. She utilizes a patient-centered approach in her practice and tailors her treatment to each individual patient's needs because everyone’s mental health journey varies.
(346) 512-3928 View (346) 512-3928
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InnerSpace, Intensive Outpatient Program
Psychiatrist, MD, LCSW-S, LCDC, CSAT, PhD
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77027
Do you seek deep healing without pressing pause on your life? InnerSpace is an intensive outpatient program designed in an 8-week cycle. Our treatment methods help you find wellness while keeping you out of the hospital. With an interdisciplinary approach, InnerSpace combines therapeutic and psychiatric modalities. We specialize in treating mood and anxiety disorders, ADHD and learning disorders, and various forms of addiction. Group sessions occur on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 4 pm to 7 pm. The program also includes individual therapy, individual psychiatry sessions, family sessions, treatment planning, and a feedback session upon completion of the program.
Do you seek deep healing without pressing pause on your life? InnerSpace is an intensive outpatient program designed in an 8-week cycle. Our treatment methods help you find wellness while keeping you out of the hospital. With an interdisciplinary approach, InnerSpace combines therapeutic and psychiatric modalities. We specialize in treating mood and anxiety disorders, ADHD and learning disorders, and various forms of addiction. Group sessions occur on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 4 pm to 7 pm. The program also includes individual therapy, individual psychiatry sessions, family sessions, treatment planning, and a feedback session upon completion of the program.
(281) 205-1987 View (281) 205-1987
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Nelly Okere
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-C, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77058
Accepting NEW clients( children, teens, and adults). Are you feeling overwhelmed, struggling with focus and concentration, anxiety, sleeping, low motivation, over eating, and depression? Untreated mental health illnesses can lead to poor quality of life and make it difficult for you to reach your goals and achieve your fullest potential in life. I'm passionate about helping clients to get prompt mental health diagnosis and treatments so that they can live their lives to the fullest. I specialize in treating ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, symptoms of autism disorder and bipolar disorder. Call now for a consultation.
Accepting NEW clients( children, teens, and adults). Are you feeling overwhelmed, struggling with focus and concentration, anxiety, sleeping, low motivation, over eating, and depression? Untreated mental health illnesses can lead to poor quality of life and make it difficult for you to reach your goals and achieve your fullest potential in life. I'm passionate about helping clients to get prompt mental health diagnosis and treatments so that they can live their lives to the fullest. I specialize in treating ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, symptoms of autism disorder and bipolar disorder. Call now for a consultation.
(346) 207-1164 View (346) 207-1164
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Heidi Warmbold
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77057  (Online Only)
I am dual certified as a PMHNP and FNP (family nurse practitioner) and have been working in health care for over 20 years with over 15 years as an advanced practice nurse. I have worked in a variety of settings to include acute and outpatient care with all ages as well as with veteran and active duty military service members. I have had exposure and experience working with all ranges of mental health disorders at all stages of severity. I enjoy working with a diverse patient population and am passionate about helping people achieve their personal health goals; both physical and mental.
I am dual certified as a PMHNP and FNP (family nurse practitioner) and have been working in health care for over 20 years with over 15 years as an advanced practice nurse. I have worked in a variety of settings to include acute and outpatient care with all ages as well as with veteran and active duty military service members. I have had exposure and experience working with all ranges of mental health disorders at all stages of severity. I enjoy working with a diverse patient population and am passionate about helping people achieve their personal health goals; both physical and mental.
(346) 644-6584 View (346) 644-6584
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Martha Akinbile
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, FNP, C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77036
Appointments are available within 24-48 hours. Are you feeling overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, or simply not yourself? Do you need someone to talk to, who can understand and guide you through these challenging times? Look no further. Our team believes in a holistic approach to address your struggles with insomnia, anxiety, addiction, inattention, low mood/energy, and stress. We are committed to helping you regain control of your life and achieve your mental health goals.
Appointments are available within 24-48 hours. Are you feeling overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, or simply not yourself? Do you need someone to talk to, who can understand and guide you through these challenging times? Look no further. Our team believes in a holistic approach to address your struggles with insomnia, anxiety, addiction, inattention, low mood/energy, and stress. We are committed to helping you regain control of your life and achieve your mental health goals.
(713) 766-4654 View (713) 766-4654
Photo of Reena Kumar, Psychiatrist in Harris County, TX
Reena Kumar
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77008
Dr. Reena Kumar, MD is a Child, Adolescent, and Adult Nutritional Psychiatrist. Dr Kumar earned her Child & Adolescent Psychiatry degree from Dell Medical School at The University of Texas in Austin. Dr. Kumar is very passionate about working with children and their families and making a difference in their lives. Her patients love her for her calm demeanor, indomitable spirit, and genuine love & care she brings into her their lives. She has also received accolades for family therapy, mindfulness and self-compassion work. She also provides experiential group sessions for mindfulness meditation and lifestyle and dietary changes.
Dr. Reena Kumar, MD is a Child, Adolescent, and Adult Nutritional Psychiatrist. Dr Kumar earned her Child & Adolescent Psychiatry degree from Dell Medical School at The University of Texas in Austin. Dr. Kumar is very passionate about working with children and their families and making a difference in their lives. Her patients love her for her calm demeanor, indomitable spirit, and genuine love & care she brings into her their lives. She has also received accolades for family therapy, mindfulness and self-compassion work. She also provides experiential group sessions for mindfulness meditation and lifestyle and dietary changes.
(346) 226-3008 View (346) 226-3008
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Texas Psychiatry Group
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77098  (Online Only)
At our mental health clinic, we pride ourselves on our collaborative care approach, which aims to work alongside your primary care physician as well as other treating physicians in order to provide you a personalized and effective treatment plan. In addition, Texas Psychiatry Group offers flexible appointment times as well as online telepsychiatry visits so you can have comfortable and easy access to the care you need. Furthermore, our clinic even offers appointments within 24 hours, so why wait? If you or your loved one is suffering with depression, anxiety, or any other mental health illness.
At our mental health clinic, we pride ourselves on our collaborative care approach, which aims to work alongside your primary care physician as well as other treating physicians in order to provide you a personalized and effective treatment plan. In addition, Texas Psychiatry Group offers flexible appointment times as well as online telepsychiatry visits so you can have comfortable and easy access to the care you need. Furthermore, our clinic even offers appointments within 24 hours, so why wait? If you or your loved one is suffering with depression, anxiety, or any other mental health illness.
(281) 377-0673 View (281) 377-0673
Photo of Elizabeth Rozier, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Harris County, TX
Elizabeth Rozier
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77002  (Online Only)
Hello! I am a PMHNP based in Texas who graduated from UTA. Before getting my MSN, I worked for many years as a psychiatric nurse. My primary job now is working with women with substance use disorders.
Hello! I am a PMHNP based in Texas who graduated from UTA. Before getting my MSN, I worked for many years as a psychiatric nurse. My primary job now is working with women with substance use disorders.
(832) 536-1148 View (832) 536-1148
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Memorial TMS
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77024
Boris Rubashkin was born and educated in St. Petersburg, Russia. He graduated 1969 and took his psychiatric residency in 1973. He immigrated to the United States in 1974 and spent five years working in a mental health field in Minnesota. With his desire to escape from the cold weather, he moved to a warmer climate of Houston, Texas. From 1979 - 1983, he worked at University of Texas Health Science Psychiatric Residency. In 1983, he went into private practice. In 1997, he also became a consulting psychiatrist to Long Term Care Facilities. Additionally, he cofounded Behavioral Health Consultants, a multi-specialty outpatient psychiatric office.
Boris Rubashkin was born and educated in St. Petersburg, Russia. He graduated 1969 and took his psychiatric residency in 1973. He immigrated to the United States in 1974 and spent five years working in a mental health field in Minnesota. With his desire to escape from the cold weather, he moved to a warmer climate of Houston, Texas. From 1979 - 1983, he worked at University of Texas Health Science Psychiatric Residency. In 1983, he went into private practice. In 1997, he also became a consulting psychiatrist to Long Term Care Facilities. Additionally, he cofounded Behavioral Health Consultants, a multi-specialty outpatient psychiatric office.
(281) 709-6958 View (281) 709-6958
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Mind Connection Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77067
***ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS AT THIS TIME***Welcome to Mind Connection Behavioral Health where your mental health is our priority. We are committed to providing you with exceptional mental health and psychiatric services, and delivering high quality care to patients of all ages. Our goal is to make you feel valued and not numbered.
***ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS AT THIS TIME***Welcome to Mind Connection Behavioral Health where your mental health is our priority. We are committed to providing you with exceptional mental health and psychiatric services, and delivering high quality care to patients of all ages. Our goal is to make you feel valued and not numbered.
(281) 957-6114 View (281) 957-6114
Photo of Elizabeth Macshadiya, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Harris County, TX
Elizabeth Macshadiya
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
12 Endorsed
Katy, TX 77494
Hi, I’m Liz! Are you suffering from challenges caused by depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, insomnia, and more? Do you often wonder if what you are feeling or experiencing is “normal?” Let’s talk! I am an experienced, board-certified psychiatric provider who believes in treating you with respect and compassion, and encourages you to actively participate in your journey to wellness. My overall goal is for you to feel seen, heard, and have a greater overall understanding about your mental health. I focus on you as a whole person, and not just a diagnosis. I see patients ages 6+ in TX, CO, IA, MI, and WA.
Hi, I’m Liz! Are you suffering from challenges caused by depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, insomnia, and more? Do you often wonder if what you are feeling or experiencing is “normal?” Let’s talk! I am an experienced, board-certified psychiatric provider who believes in treating you with respect and compassion, and encourages you to actively participate in your journey to wellness. My overall goal is for you to feel seen, heard, and have a greater overall understanding about your mental health. I focus on you as a whole person, and not just a diagnosis. I see patients ages 6+ in TX, CO, IA, MI, and WA.
(281) 524-2184 View (281) 524-2184
Photo of Holistic Health and Psychiatry, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Harris County, TX
Holistic Health and Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-RN, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77027  (Online Only)
NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS WITH TELEHEALTH APPOINTMENTS. MULTIPLE OPTIONS ON APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE; AFTERNOONS, EVENINGS, WEEKDAYS AND WEEKENDS. Mental and emotional difficulties are real and can greatly limit our functioning. At Holistic health and psychiatry, we believe in a multidimensional approach in managing mental health. Our practitioners collaborate to offer therapeutic interventions including medication management and various therapy approaches to assist individuals with mental health difficulties.
NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS WITH TELEHEALTH APPOINTMENTS. MULTIPLE OPTIONS ON APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE; AFTERNOONS, EVENINGS, WEEKDAYS AND WEEKENDS. Mental and emotional difficulties are real and can greatly limit our functioning. At Holistic health and psychiatry, we believe in a multidimensional approach in managing mental health. Our practitioners collaborate to offer therapeutic interventions including medication management and various therapy approaches to assist individuals with mental health difficulties.
(682) 356-2811 View (682) 356-2811
Photo of Angela Tefft, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Harris County, TX
Angela Tefft
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Kingwood, TX 77339  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner who treats clients of all ages. I have nearly 30 years of experience in nursing which allows me to consider mind-body factors which contribute to mental health and physical disorders. I treat most disorders, including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, trauma-related disorders, and psychosis. I work with the client to develop an integrative treatment plan, using medications, naturopathic supplements as well as CBT, mindfulness and DBT methods to help clients achieve the highest level of wellness.
I am a board certified Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner who treats clients of all ages. I have nearly 30 years of experience in nursing which allows me to consider mind-body factors which contribute to mental health and physical disorders. I treat most disorders, including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, trauma-related disorders, and psychosis. I work with the client to develop an integrative treatment plan, using medications, naturopathic supplements as well as CBT, mindfulness and DBT methods to help clients achieve the highest level of wellness.
(281) 609-3386 View (281) 609-3386

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Number of Psychiatrists in Harris County, TX

600+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Harris County, TX who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
95% Depression
83% Bipolar Disorder
73% Trauma and PTSD
70% Medication Management
68% ADHD
68% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

91% Aetna
91% Cigna and Evernorth
89% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Harris County, TX see their clients

56% In Person and Online
44% Online Only

Gender breakdown

72% Female
28% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Harris 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.