Psychiatrists in Helotes, TX

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Nathan S Johnston
Psychiatrist, DO, MS
Verified Verified
Helotes, TX 78023
Our clinic is now accepting all major insurances for medication management! Call now to schedule same day appointments at our San Antonio Medical Center location. Dr. Johnston specializes in the use of cutting edge evidence based treatments for depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and other treatment-resistant disorders. Using treatments like Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, IV and IM Ketamine, Inhaled Esketamine (Spravato), and ECT (Electroconvulsive Therapy) we have been able to help many in our community that had lost hope for getting better. Many of our treatments are covered by insurance.
Our clinic is now accepting all major insurances for medication management! Call now to schedule same day appointments at our San Antonio Medical Center location. Dr. Johnston specializes in the use of cutting edge evidence based treatments for depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and other treatment-resistant disorders. Using treatments like Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, IV and IM Ketamine, Inhaled Esketamine (Spravato), and ECT (Electroconvulsive Therapy) we have been able to help many in our community that had lost hope for getting better. Many of our treatments are covered by insurance.
(210) 762-4761 View (210) 762-4761
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Dr. James T. Fuqua - Board Certified Psychiatrist
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Helotes, TX 78023  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients. Dr. Fuqua is a medical doctor certified in General Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of mental health issues including depression, anxiety, insomnia, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and many other conditions. He started his practice with the goal of providing Texans with psychiatric care that is comprehensive and readily accessible. Visit our website for more information!
Accepting new patients. Dr. Fuqua is a medical doctor certified in General Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of mental health issues including depression, anxiety, insomnia, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and many other conditions. He started his practice with the goal of providing Texans with psychiatric care that is comprehensive and readily accessible. Visit our website for more information!
(210) 880-2350 View (210) 880-2350
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Dr. Ami Chatrath @ Wisemind
Psychiatrist, DO, MBA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Helotes, TX 78023
. . . . . . . Get yourself an experienced board-certified physician that went through medical school & residency training! Dr. Ami Chatrath is based in San Antonio, Texas, and currently accepting new patients, both in-person and virtual, with immediate availability. . . . . . .
. . . . . . . Get yourself an experienced board-certified physician that went through medical school & residency training! Dr. Ami Chatrath is based in San Antonio, Texas, and currently accepting new patients, both in-person and virtual, with immediate availability. . . . . . .
(210) 940-3041 View (210) 940-3041

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Ijeoma Ononenyi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, APRN
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78240  (Online Only)
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I specialize in helping people with mental health conditions and substance use disorders. I work with my clients to develop personalized care plans that meet their individual needs and goals. My ideal client is someone who's struggling with a mental health condition, substance use disorder, or both, including those who identify as LGBTQ+. If that's you, I can help. Please reach out to me to get started.
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I specialize in helping people with mental health conditions and substance use disorders. I work with my clients to develop personalized care plans that meet their individual needs and goals. My ideal client is someone who's struggling with a mental health condition, substance use disorder, or both, including those who identify as LGBTQ+. If that's you, I can help. Please reach out to me to get started.
(210) 526-0432 View (210) 526-0432
Photo of Brandi Hrasdzira, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Helotes, TX
Brandi Hrasdzira
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78229
Brandi Hrasdzira is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2021. She is a 2020 graduate from University of the Incarnate Word where she obtained her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Brandi offers a holistic approach to psychiatric treatment where she considers medical, mental, and social causes of symptoms. Brandi believes the best modality for treatment is both therapy and medication management. In her free time, Brandi enjoys spending time with her two dogs, the outdoors, gardening, crafting, concerts, and video games.
Brandi Hrasdzira is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2021. She is a 2020 graduate from University of the Incarnate Word where she obtained her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Brandi offers a holistic approach to psychiatric treatment where she considers medical, mental, and social causes of symptoms. Brandi believes the best modality for treatment is both therapy and medication management. In her free time, Brandi enjoys spending time with her two dogs, the outdoors, gardening, crafting, concerts, and video games.
(210) 864-9669 View (210) 864-9669
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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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Kelvin Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78240
Have you ever struggled with lack of confidence, grief, feeling depressed, frustrated, or uncertain about making a difficult transition? If so, I believe we can work together to find a solution. I understand that everyone is unique and likely responds differently to life challenges. At times we may need help distinguishing the things we can and cannot change in our lives; at other times, we need additional encouragement to make necessary changes in our lives. As a nurse for nearly 20 years, building trust, offering hope and words of encouragement, has repeatedly reminded me of the power of empathy and compassion.
Have you ever struggled with lack of confidence, grief, feeling depressed, frustrated, or uncertain about making a difficult transition? If so, I believe we can work together to find a solution. I understand that everyone is unique and likely responds differently to life challenges. At times we may need help distinguishing the things we can and cannot change in our lives; at other times, we need additional encouragement to make necessary changes in our lives. As a nurse for nearly 20 years, building trust, offering hope and words of encouragement, has repeatedly reminded me of the power of empathy and compassion.
(469) 290-3514 View (469) 290-3514
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Novelty Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78230
We are a Nonprofit Organization that treats a wide range of Psychiatric / Mental Health conditions. We work with any age group from children to the geriatric population. Our mission is to provide Comprehensive, Accessible and Affordable Holistic-Based Mental-Health care to the communities we serve without regard to background or insurance status in a caring environment that Fosters overall Recovery and Growth.
We are a Nonprofit Organization that treats a wide range of Psychiatric / Mental Health conditions. We work with any age group from children to the geriatric population. Our mission is to provide Comprehensive, Accessible and Affordable Holistic-Based Mental-Health care to the communities we serve without regard to background or insurance status in a caring environment that Fosters overall Recovery and Growth.
(956) 303-1949 View (956) 303-1949
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Christine Joy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78257
Dr. Christine Joy is a double board-certified adult and geriatric psychiatrist currently accepting new patients with same week availability. A San Antonio native and third-generation healthcare professional, Dr. Joy leads her psychiatric practice with the belief that the doctor-patient relationship is fundamental for healing. She has over ten years of experience, including expertise with elderly, medically-complex, and veteran populations.
Dr. Christine Joy is a double board-certified adult and geriatric psychiatrist currently accepting new patients with same week availability. A San Antonio native and third-generation healthcare professional, Dr. Joy leads her psychiatric practice with the belief that the doctor-patient relationship is fundamental for healing. She has over ten years of experience, including expertise with elderly, medically-complex, and veteran populations.
(210) 853-2397 x101 View (210) 853-2397 x101
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Optimal Life Care, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN, RN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Shavano Park, TX 78231
I've had the very fortunate opportunity to work with patients from various backgrounds, cultures and nationalities, in the US and abroad. I can honestly say that the common theme is the desire for stability. We know that mental health stability is imperative, before we can successfully manage our home, relationships, jobs/careers. It all begins with understanding that our brain is the most important organ in our body, so its' imbalance affects our functionality. Are you ready enjoy life, travel and explore the world, or just have peace of mind? Let Optimal Life Care help you get on track to living your BEST life.
I've had the very fortunate opportunity to work with patients from various backgrounds, cultures and nationalities, in the US and abroad. I can honestly say that the common theme is the desire for stability. We know that mental health stability is imperative, before we can successfully manage our home, relationships, jobs/careers. It all begins with understanding that our brain is the most important organ in our body, so its' imbalance affects our functionality. Are you ready enjoy life, travel and explore the world, or just have peace of mind? Let Optimal Life Care help you get on track to living your BEST life.
(210) 864-6173 View (210) 864-6173
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Leading edge behavioural health and services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78238  (Online Only)
Do you find yourself facing challenges in life that leave you feeling unfulfilled? Do you feel less understood and less alone in your daily struggles? As a child, were you the victim of abuse or neglect? Do you frequently feel down, grumpy, angry, tense, or uninspired? Do you lack self-assurance and worry that you aren't good enough? Is it hard for you to believe people? Do you struggle with mental health or relationships? I can help". Do you occasionally use excessive eating, diet restrictions, or drug use to cope? I have assisted many in overcoming these regular human challenges.
Do you find yourself facing challenges in life that leave you feeling unfulfilled? Do you feel less understood and less alone in your daily struggles? As a child, were you the victim of abuse or neglect? Do you frequently feel down, grumpy, angry, tense, or uninspired? Do you lack self-assurance and worry that you aren't good enough? Is it hard for you to believe people? Do you struggle with mental health or relationships? I can help". Do you occasionally use excessive eating, diet restrictions, or drug use to cope? I have assisted many in overcoming these regular human challenges.
(936) 215-8216 View (936) 215-8216
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Luis Valdez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78229
Luis Javier Valdez is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over one year of experience specializing in depression, anxiety, and ADHD. Javier treats clients between the ages of 5 and 64 utilizing a biopsychosocial treatment approach, meaning that I will attempt to understand you as a whole individual including biological processes, your psychological approaches to coping, as well as your support system/family, and work systems to create a tailored treatment plan that is evidenced-based and unique for you.
Luis Javier Valdez is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over one year of experience specializing in depression, anxiety, and ADHD. Javier treats clients between the ages of 5 and 64 utilizing a biopsychosocial treatment approach, meaning that I will attempt to understand you as a whole individual including biological processes, your psychological approaches to coping, as well as your support system/family, and work systems to create a tailored treatment plan that is evidenced-based and unique for you.
(210) 361-4207 View (210) 361-4207
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Effulgence Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78229
My name is Ifeoma Irokwe, a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Effulgence Psychiatry. With a deep-rooted belief in the interconnectedness of spirit, body, and soul, I strive to be a guiding light for those navigating the complex journey of mental health. I approach mental wellness from a holistic perspective, recognizing that true healing occurs when all aspects of our being are in harmony. I believe that when the spirit, body, and soul are aligned, individuals can experience a profound sense of peace and fulfillment.
My name is Ifeoma Irokwe, a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Effulgence Psychiatry. With a deep-rooted belief in the interconnectedness of spirit, body, and soul, I strive to be a guiding light for those navigating the complex journey of mental health. I approach mental wellness from a holistic perspective, recognizing that true healing occurs when all aspects of our being are in harmony. I believe that when the spirit, body, and soul are aligned, individuals can experience a profound sense of peace and fulfillment.
(903) 437-7434 View (903) 437-7434
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Safe Space Healthcare Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Shavano Park, TX 78249
February 12th, 2024 10:00AM. Accepting new clients. Evenings and weekends available online and in-person medication management! We take Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Humana, Oxford, Optum, United Healthcare. If you want a provider who listens to you, collaborates with you, and provides a more holistic treatment approach, please reach out to us! We will be happy to assist. We specialize in many psychiatric conditions including anxiety, depression, and bipolar. Safe Space is about being calm, receptive, in the moment and non judgmental. Please don’t hesitate to reach out!
February 12th, 2024 10:00AM. Accepting new clients. Evenings and weekends available online and in-person medication management! We take Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Humana, Oxford, Optum, United Healthcare. If you want a provider who listens to you, collaborates with you, and provides a more holistic treatment approach, please reach out to us! We will be happy to assist. We specialize in many psychiatric conditions including anxiety, depression, and bipolar. Safe Space is about being calm, receptive, in the moment and non judgmental. Please don’t hesitate to reach out!
(210) 903-9567 x101 View (210) 903-9567 x101
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Olufunke Mercy-Grace Jinadu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78238  (Online Only)
Mercy graduated from Texas State University with an M.S. in Nursing and is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Mercy has over 8 years of expertise in psychiatric nursing and specializes in the treatment of mood and anxiety problems in adults and adolescents. Mercy, as a provider, takes a nonjudgmental, sympathetic approach and believes that every individual has the ability to reach his or her full potential. Mercy adds wellness therapies such as healthy sleep, exercise, diet, mindfulness, and social connectedness into her clients' treatment programs in addition to medication management.
Mercy graduated from Texas State University with an M.S. in Nursing and is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Mercy has over 8 years of expertise in psychiatric nursing and specializes in the treatment of mood and anxiety problems in adults and adolescents. Mercy, as a provider, takes a nonjudgmental, sympathetic approach and believes that every individual has the ability to reach his or her full potential. Mercy adds wellness therapies such as healthy sleep, exercise, diet, mindfulness, and social connectedness into her clients' treatment programs in addition to medication management.
(210) 985-7217 View (210) 985-7217
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Dr Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78238
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) 267-3392 View (940) 267-3392
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Mercie Health Psychiatric Mental Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78250
Now accepting same WEEK appointment! Mercie Health is a psychiatric and wellness center. We provide in-person, as well as virtual consultations. We are breaking down the barriers to provide access to medical and mental healthcare so that anybody can get the care and meds they need immediately. We launched publicly in April 2020, and are growing at over 40% month over month.
Now accepting same WEEK appointment! Mercie Health is a psychiatric and wellness center. We provide in-person, as well as virtual consultations. We are breaking down the barriers to provide access to medical and mental healthcare so that anybody can get the care and meds they need immediately. We launched publicly in April 2020, and are growing at over 40% month over month.
(281) 247-8505 View (281) 247-8505
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Rhiannon Soukup
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78230
Taking NEW Patients! I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner looking to build my clientele. I am located at the Office of Dr. Michelle Cantu. I see adult, child and adolescent patients. I have worked in behavioral health since 2009 and it is my passion. I have been told that I am easy to talk to and patients have been known to easily open up to me. I want my patients to feel like they are comfortable and safe when they are with me and are talking to just another human being and not in a hospital or office setting. Come see me so we can start your journey to feeling better!
Taking NEW Patients! I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner looking to build my clientele. I am located at the Office of Dr. Michelle Cantu. I see adult, child and adolescent patients. I have worked in behavioral health since 2009 and it is my passion. I have been told that I am easy to talk to and patients have been known to easily open up to me. I want my patients to feel like they are comfortable and safe when they are with me and are talking to just another human being and not in a hospital or office setting. Come see me so we can start your journey to feeling better!
(210) 934-7018 View (210) 934-7018
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Dr Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78250
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?
(830) 396-5174 View (830) 396-5174
Photo of Dr. Daniel Daylamani, Psychiatrist in Helotes, TX
Dr. Daniel Daylamani
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78257  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatrist currently accepting new patients. My practice is strictly through the use of telepsychiatry which means that all appointments will be held via HIPAA compliant video conferencing software. Many patients prefer this means of treatment as appointments can be done from the comfort of your home or office without the need for lengthy commutes or waiting rooms and it provides access to mental health treatment to patients located in more remote locations. I treat adult (18+) patients located in Colorado, Texas and Washington State though controlled substance prescribing may only be done in Colorado.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist currently accepting new patients. My practice is strictly through the use of telepsychiatry which means that all appointments will be held via HIPAA compliant video conferencing software. Many patients prefer this means of treatment as appointments can be done from the comfort of your home or office without the need for lengthy commutes or waiting rooms and it provides access to mental health treatment to patients located in more remote locations. I treat adult (18+) patients located in Colorado, Texas and Washington State though controlled substance prescribing may only be done in Colorado.
(512) 991-5846 View (512) 991-5846

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Helotes, TX

< 10

Psychiatrists in Helotes, TX who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Psychosis
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Medication Management

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Helotes, TX see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Helotes?

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.