Psychiatrists in Henderson, TX

Photo of Ma Camille Tabtab, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ma Camille Tabtab
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Henderson, TX 75654  (Online Only)
Hello! I'm a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner and I've acquired my Master's Degree at Maryville University. I've been working for a decade in healthcare focusing on emergency and mental heath issues. My profession has enabled me to practice in several countries including the Philippines, New Zealand, and the United States. I'm eager to help people especially those suffering from depression, anxiety, and ptsd.
Hello! I'm a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner and I've acquired my Master's Degree at Maryville University. I've been working for a decade in healthcare focusing on emergency and mental heath issues. My profession has enabled me to practice in several countries including the Philippines, New Zealand, and the United States. I'm eager to help people especially those suffering from depression, anxiety, and ptsd.
(903) 602-1038 View (903) 602-1038
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Deanna Limburg
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Henderson, TX 75652
At Rae of Hope, PLLC., I am dedicated to providing compassionate and effective psychiatric care tailored to each individual's needs. I am a registered nurse with over a decade of experience in the medical field. I also obtained my masters in psychiatric nursing in 2019 and am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have been working in outpatient psychiatry since 2019 and have a wealth of experience caring for patients with a variety of mental health conditions. Whether you're struggling with anxiety, depression, or any other mental health issue, I believe that there is hope for everyone. www.raeofhopementalhealth.com
At Rae of Hope, PLLC., I am dedicated to providing compassionate and effective psychiatric care tailored to each individual's needs. I am a registered nurse with over a decade of experience in the medical field. I also obtained my masters in psychiatric nursing in 2019 and am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have been working in outpatient psychiatry since 2019 and have a wealth of experience caring for patients with a variety of mental health conditions. Whether you're struggling with anxiety, depression, or any other mental health issue, I believe that there is hope for everyone. www.raeofhopementalhealth.com
(903) 282-4965 View (903) 282-4965

Online Psychiatrists

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Mercygrace Mental Wellness,PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Palestine, TX 75801  (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.
(915) 348-3129 View (915) 348-3129
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Holistic Health and Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Tyler, TX 75701
Omotayo Gbengaojo is a board-certified Psychiatric mental health Nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Centre (ANCC). She obtained her bachelor's in nursing from Grand Canyon University and master's degree from the University of Texas at Tyler. Omotayo or "Tayo" as she is fondly called, clinical experience span medical and psychiatry nursing.
Omotayo Gbengaojo is a board-certified Psychiatric mental health Nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Centre (ANCC). She obtained her bachelor's in nursing from Grand Canyon University and master's degree from the University of Texas at Tyler. Omotayo or "Tayo" as she is fondly called, clinical experience span medical and psychiatry nursing.
(682) 327-1189 View (682) 327-1189
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Premier Mental Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Gun Barrel City, TX 75156
Accepting new clients for psychiatric medication management, both online and in person! While medications can certainly be helpful, I also like to emphasize nutrition and wellness to promote optimal mental health. Many of my clients struggle with depression, anxiety, trauma, and other mood disorders. I use a whole person approach to see what interventions in order to individualize their care.
Accepting new clients for psychiatric medication management, both online and in person! While medications can certainly be helpful, I also like to emphasize nutrition and wellness to promote optimal mental health. Many of my clients struggle with depression, anxiety, trauma, and other mood disorders. I use a whole person approach to see what interventions in order to individualize their care.
(940) 245-6183 View (940) 245-6183
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Robin Turner Watson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Longview, TX 75601
In the current healthcare environment, finding a provider to prescribe medications for mental health concerns can be a difficult and frustrating process. Many people search for months for a prescriber only to be told they must wait even longer on a waiting list. Some shy away from entering treatment due to fear of being judged or looked down upon because of their mental health or addiction struggles. The providers at Resolute are here to bridge the gap for people in need of psychiatric medication management and substance use treatment.
In the current healthcare environment, finding a provider to prescribe medications for mental health concerns can be a difficult and frustrating process. Many people search for months for a prescriber only to be told they must wait even longer on a waiting list. Some shy away from entering treatment due to fear of being judged or looked down upon because of their mental health or addiction struggles. The providers at Resolute are here to bridge the gap for people in need of psychiatric medication management and substance use treatment.
(903) 662-2598 View (903) 662-2598
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Resolute - Addiction and Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Longview, TX 75601
Are you dealing with crippling anxiety or depression? Struggling with addiction issues? Our team focuses on the total recovery of those who are struggling with addiction, co-occurring disorders, or mental health disorders. We love clients who are committed to recreating their lives by following simple principles. Those who have the willingness to make the initial call can apply that willingness to completely changing their lives. Don't believe us? There are thousands of us out there that have completely broken the chains of addiction and mental health disorders and have found a life of purpose, positivity, and joy.
Are you dealing with crippling anxiety or depression? Struggling with addiction issues? Our team focuses on the total recovery of those who are struggling with addiction, co-occurring disorders, or mental health disorders. We love clients who are committed to recreating their lives by following simple principles. Those who have the willingness to make the initial call can apply that willingness to completely changing their lives. Don't believe us? There are thousands of us out there that have completely broken the chains of addiction and mental health disorders and have found a life of purpose, positivity, and joy.
(903) 226-8421 View (903) 226-8421
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Ranie Meyer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tyler, TX 75701  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and I believe in a holistic, patient-centered, and non-judgmental approach to mental healthcare. I provide specialized care for individuals of all ages—from children, teens, to adults—struggling with issues like anxiety, depression, attention/focus challenges, Bipolar, and trauma. My approach extends beyond traditional psychiatry by integrating methods that address both the mind and body. By focusing on the root causes of symptoms, I tailor treatments to meet your unique needs.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and I believe in a holistic, patient-centered, and non-judgmental approach to mental healthcare. I provide specialized care for individuals of all ages—from children, teens, to adults—struggling with issues like anxiety, depression, attention/focus challenges, Bipolar, and trauma. My approach extends beyond traditional psychiatry by integrating methods that address both the mind and body. By focusing on the root causes of symptoms, I tailor treatments to meet your unique needs.
(903) 500-9685 View (903) 500-9685
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Pacificah Nyangau Doctor Of Nursing Practice
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP , APRN-RN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Athens, TX 75751
I understand life brings challenges that at some point can be very overwhelming to handle alone, leading to the inability to maintain mental calmness and happiness to live to our fullest potential. My Mission is to provide a warm, calm, and compassionate environment for us to walk on the journey together to see you reach your goals. You are not just a number, to me, you are a very special person, so I am here to listen to you and together we will develop a partnership that will help us to evaluate, diagnose, and develop an individualized treatment plan best suited for you to achieve optimal outcomes.
I understand life brings challenges that at some point can be very overwhelming to handle alone, leading to the inability to maintain mental calmness and happiness to live to our fullest potential. My Mission is to provide a warm, calm, and compassionate environment for us to walk on the journey together to see you reach your goals. You are not just a number, to me, you are a very special person, so I am here to listen to you and together we will develop a partnership that will help us to evaluate, diagnose, and develop an individualized treatment plan best suited for you to achieve optimal outcomes.
(832) 957-9499 View (832) 957-9499
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Fresh Start Psychiatry and Recovery
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC, CARN-AP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Tyler, TX 75707  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Are you ready for a fresh start? Are you tired of living life chained to a mental health and/or a substance problem? If you want to heal your anxiety, PTSD, insomnia, mood problems (Depression, Bipolar, Mixed moods)-we can together! If you want to break the chains of binging and addiction to alcohol, cannabis, opioids, kratom, benzodiazepine, stimulants, with or without a psychiatric condition- we will do great work as you journey from surviving- to thriving! As of summer 2024, wait time is approximately 2-4 weeks.
Are you ready for a fresh start? Are you tired of living life chained to a mental health and/or a substance problem? If you want to heal your anxiety, PTSD, insomnia, mood problems (Depression, Bipolar, Mixed moods)-we can together! If you want to break the chains of binging and addiction to alcohol, cannabis, opioids, kratom, benzodiazepine, stimulants, with or without a psychiatric condition- we will do great work as you journey from surviving- to thriving! As of summer 2024, wait time is approximately 2-4 weeks.
(903) 600-9210 View (903) 600-9210
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Whispering Pines Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tyler, TX 75703
At Whispering Pines Psychiatry, our mission is to provide compassionate, comprehensive, and evidence-based mental health care to our clients. We are dedicated to fostering a supportive and healing environment where every patient feels valued and understood. By combining traditional psychiatric care with a holistic, well-rounded approach, we address the mind, body, and spirit, ensuring that our patients receive the most thorough and personalized treatment possible.
At Whispering Pines Psychiatry, our mission is to provide compassionate, comprehensive, and evidence-based mental health care to our clients. We are dedicated to fostering a supportive and healing environment where every patient feels valued and understood. By combining traditional psychiatric care with a holistic, well-rounded approach, we address the mind, body, and spirit, ensuring that our patients receive the most thorough and personalized treatment possible.
(430) 202-6712 View (430) 202-6712
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Angela Sanders
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
White Oak, TX 75693  (Online Only)
Hello there, my name is Angela Sanders and I'm a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner.
Hello there, my name is Angela Sanders and I'm a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner.
(903) 587-5627 View (903) 587-5627
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Dr. Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Mount Pleasant, TX 75455
Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Which emotions stem from genetics and which are rooted in circumstances? How can you even begin to accurately express yourself? How much change is even possible? What if medications change you for the worse? These uncertainties can leave us in a never ending struggle that keeps us from achieving our true potential. If you’re finally ready to find out answers, then you need Evolve Psychiatry to navigate you out of this maze.
Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Which emotions stem from genetics and which are rooted in circumstances? How can you even begin to accurately express yourself? How much change is even possible? What if medications change you for the worse? These uncertainties can leave us in a never ending struggle that keeps us from achieving our true potential. If you’re finally ready to find out answers, then you need Evolve Psychiatry to navigate you out of this maze.
(430) 245-5781 View (430) 245-5781
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Tyler / Headlight
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Tyler, TX 75703
Headlight is proud to offer Tyler, TX a full circle of mental health care services, including therapy, coaching, support groups, medication management, and an online library of self-care resources. We make world-class mental health care accessible for everyone!
Headlight is proud to offer Tyler, TX a full circle of mental health care services, including therapy, coaching, support groups, medication management, and an online library of self-care resources. We make world-class mental health care accessible for everyone!
(430) 249-2827 View (430) 249-2827
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Dr Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Mount Pleasant, TX 75455
Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Which emotions stem from genetics and which are rooted in circumstances? How can you even begin to accurately express yourself? How much change is even possible? What if medications change you for the worse? These uncertainties can leave us in a never ending struggle that keeps us from achieving our true potential. If you’re finally ready to find out answers, then you need Evolve Psychiatry to navigate you out of this maze.
Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Which emotions stem from genetics and which are rooted in circumstances? How can you even begin to accurately express yourself? How much change is even possible? What if medications change you for the worse? These uncertainties can leave us in a never ending struggle that keeps us from achieving our true potential. If you’re finally ready to find out answers, then you need Evolve Psychiatry to navigate you out of this maze.
(430) 803-2046 View (430) 803-2046
Photo of undefined - Dr Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry, MD, Psychiatrist
Dr Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Garrison, TX 75946
Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Which emotions stem from genetics and which are rooted in circumstances? How can you even begin to accurately express yourself? How much change is even possible? What if medications change you for the worse? These uncertainties can leave us in a never ending struggle that keeps us from achieving our true potential. If you’re finally ready to find out answers, then you need Evolve Psychiatry to navigate you out of this maze.
Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Which emotions stem from genetics and which are rooted in circumstances? How can you even begin to accurately express yourself? How much change is even possible? What if medications change you for the worse? These uncertainties can leave us in a never ending struggle that keeps us from achieving our true potential. If you’re finally ready to find out answers, then you need Evolve Psychiatry to navigate you out of this maze.
(936) 937-2844 View (936) 937-2844
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Tracy Day
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN-NP, PMHNP, AMB-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lufkin, TX 75904  (Online Only)
Tracy is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner in the Lufkin / Nacogdoches area with over 30 years of healthcare experience in a variety of medical settings. She performs diagnostic evaluations and uses a collaborative and individualized approach to treat mental health disorders in clients ages 12 and older.
Tracy is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner in the Lufkin / Nacogdoches area with over 30 years of healthcare experience in a variety of medical settings. She performs diagnostic evaluations and uses a collaborative and individualized approach to treat mental health disorders in clients ages 12 and older.
(936) 337-4549 View (936) 337-4549
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Wacha's Wellness PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Palestine, TX 75801
Hello! I have been a nurse practitioner since 2016 and I am board certified in both family and psychiatry. I have long had a passion for serving those with mental illness and it is my joy to help clients reach their full potential. I look at the body as a whole and know that each individual has unique needs, which means they each require a specific combination of treatments to help them find wellness. I treat a range of mental health conditions and tailor each treatment plan according to your needs.
Hello! I have been a nurse practitioner since 2016 and I am board certified in both family and psychiatry. I have long had a passion for serving those with mental illness and it is my joy to help clients reach their full potential. I look at the body as a whole and know that each individual has unique needs, which means they each require a specific combination of treatments to help them find wellness. I treat a range of mental health conditions and tailor each treatment plan according to your needs.
(903) 500-7715 View (903) 500-7715
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Jeremiah Sanders
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Longview, TX 75601
As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I am a professional who is dedicated to helping individuals with mental health concerns. I provide a range of services, including assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and support to people with mental illness, substance abuse issues, and other behavioral health issues. I work closely with patients and their families to develop personalized treatment plans and offer support and guidance throughout the recovery process. I offer compassionate, evidenced based care to individuals who are committed to improving their lives and helping them achieve their full potential.
As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I am a professional who is dedicated to helping individuals with mental health concerns. I provide a range of services, including assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and support to people with mental illness, substance abuse issues, and other behavioral health issues. I work closely with patients and their families to develop personalized treatment plans and offer support and guidance throughout the recovery process. I offer compassionate, evidenced based care to individuals who are committed to improving their lives and helping them achieve their full potential.
(430) 224-0159 View (430) 224-0159
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Ifeoma Irokwe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tyler, TX 75703
Welcome to Effulgence Psychiatry, where your journey to mental wellness is honored with compassion, expertise, and a commitment to holistic care. My name is Ifeoma Irokwe, a mental health nurse practitioner, I envision my clients as individuals with unique struggles, seeking solace in their darkest moments. Understanding their needs for compassionate care, I strive to empower them to reclaim their lives, overcome obstacles, and achieve personal growth. My goal is to foster an environment where clients feel heard, valued, and supported, paving the way for them to pursue a future filled with hope, resilience, and fulfillment.
Welcome to Effulgence Psychiatry, where your journey to mental wellness is honored with compassion, expertise, and a commitment to holistic care. My name is Ifeoma Irokwe, a mental health nurse practitioner, I envision my clients as individuals with unique struggles, seeking solace in their darkest moments. Understanding their needs for compassionate care, I strive to empower them to reclaim their lives, overcome obstacles, and achieve personal growth. My goal is to foster an environment where clients feel heard, valued, and supported, paving the way for them to pursue a future filled with hope, resilience, and fulfillment.
(903) 827-3233 View (903) 827-3233

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Number of Psychiatrists in Henderson, TX

< 10

Psychiatrists in Henderson, TX who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Psychosis
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Medication Management
50% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Henderson, TX see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Henderson?

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.