Psychiatrists in Henderson County, TX

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Photo of Lauren K Hughes - Premier Mental Health & Wellness, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Premier Mental Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
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
Photo of Shellylice Thomas, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Shellylice Thomas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Athens, TX 75751  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has more than 25 years of varied experience in healthcare. I provide person-centered care with the client's best interests at the forefront of any treatment decisions. My focus is to provide empathetic and accessible care to the patients with mental health problems. I am aware of the toll of mental health problems on the client's functioning in relationships, work, and study settings.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has more than 25 years of varied experience in healthcare. I provide person-centered care with the client's best interests at the forefront of any treatment decisions. My focus is to provide empathetic and accessible care to the patients with mental health problems. I am aware of the toll of mental health problems on the client's functioning in relationships, work, and study settings.
(817) 242-6593 View (817) 242-6593
Photo of Pacificah Nyangau Doctor Of Nursing Practice, DNP , APRN-RN, PMHNP-B, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
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

Online Psychiatrists

Photo of Sheila Trish Morgan-Freeman, APRN, MSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Sheila Trish Morgan-Freeman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Fort Worth, TX 76133  (Online Only)
The most important thing is your mental health. I am here to help you through your struggles. I specialize in providing evidence-based treatments for a wide spectrum of mental health conditions including ADHD, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, mood disorders, OCD and more. My goal is to empower my patients and equip them with the tools they need to improve their mental health. I look forward to providing you with exceptional care and the best individualized treatment plan after a thorough evaluation.
The most important thing is your mental health. I am here to help you through your struggles. I specialize in providing evidence-based treatments for a wide spectrum of mental health conditions including ADHD, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, mood disorders, OCD and more. My goal is to empower my patients and equip them with the tools they need to improve their mental health. I look forward to providing you with exceptional care and the best individualized treatment plan after a thorough evaluation.
(817) 904-9017 View (817) 904-9017
Photo of Kim Gardner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kim Gardner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Frisco, TX 75033
As a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), my treatment approach aims to enhance the adaptive and healing capability of each individual. I encourage self-care and personal responsibility, fostering independence and a sense of empowerment for my patients. After a thorough psychiatric evaluation and diagnosis, and in the event that counseling alone is not enough, psychiatric medication regimens can be explored and are kept as simple as possible. Patients are educated on medication risks, benefits and available treatment options, to allow informed decision-making and to provide patient-centered care.
As a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), my treatment approach aims to enhance the adaptive and healing capability of each individual. I encourage self-care and personal responsibility, fostering independence and a sense of empowerment for my patients. After a thorough psychiatric evaluation and diagnosis, and in the event that counseling alone is not enough, psychiatric medication regimens can be explored and are kept as simple as possible. Patients are educated on medication risks, benefits and available treatment options, to allow informed decision-making and to provide patient-centered care.
(214) 438-4387 View (214) 438-4387
Photo of Omotayo Gbengaojo - Holistic  Health and Psychiatry, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Holistic Health and Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Frisco, TX 75034  (Online Only)
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.
(469) 947-7261 View (469) 947-7261
Photo of Esther Uangbaoje - Hecen Healthcare, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Hecen Healthcare
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Flower Mound, TX 75028  (Online Only)
Looking for someone to talk to? Well, look no further! At Hecen Healthcare, we offer medication management, psychoeducation, and psychiatric evaluation. Our focus areas include anxiety, depression, sleep problems, bipolar, PTSD, psychosis, attention & focus, and panic disorder. We provide patient-driven care and treat our patients with respect, honesty, and dignity. We are passionate and caring about our services and your utmost well-being is the goal, ensuring a non-judgmental approach.
Looking for someone to talk to? Well, look no further! At Hecen Healthcare, we offer medication management, psychoeducation, and psychiatric evaluation. Our focus areas include anxiety, depression, sleep problems, bipolar, PTSD, psychosis, attention & focus, and panic disorder. We provide patient-driven care and treat our patients with respect, honesty, and dignity. We are passionate and caring about our services and your utmost well-being is the goal, ensuring a non-judgmental approach.
(361) 240-7804 View (361) 240-7804
Photo of Odochi Onungwa - Nextgen Psychiatry, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Nextgen Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Mesquite, TX 75150  (Online Only)
Dr. Odochi Onungwa is a highly trained and experienced practitioners with a proven background in the treatment of a wide range of psychiatric disorders. Our goal is to restore the whole person including the body, psyche, brain, and soul.
Dr. Odochi Onungwa is a highly trained and experienced practitioners with a proven background in the treatment of a wide range of psychiatric disorders. Our goal is to restore the whole person including the body, psyche, brain, and soul.
(214) 239-4282 View (214) 239-4282
Photo of Britton Bahador, LMSW, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Britton Bahador
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, LMSW, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75220
Saturday appointments available. People of all ages and backgrounds reach out for mental health care and treatment for a variety of reasons, including- depressed mood, anxiety, trauma, self-harm, and emotional disturbances as a result of life circumstances. People want to feel understood and supported on their path to finding mental and individual wellness for themselves or their loved ones. Mental health care should be patient, supportive, and a collaborate approach between individual and practitioner and be tailored to each individuals' specific needs.
Saturday appointments available. People of all ages and backgrounds reach out for mental health care and treatment for a variety of reasons, including- depressed mood, anxiety, trauma, self-harm, and emotional disturbances as a result of life circumstances. People want to feel understood and supported on their path to finding mental and individual wellness for themselves or their loved ones. Mental health care should be patient, supportive, and a collaborate approach between individual and practitioner and be tailored to each individuals' specific needs.
(972) 646-8900 View (972) 646-8900
Photo of Rodolfo Molina, MD, PA, Psychiatrist
Rodolfo Molina
Psychiatrist, MD, PA
Verified Verified
Southlake, TX 76092
Dr. Molina is board certified psychiatrist with extensive experience treating mood/anxiety disorders and ADHD. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He completed his residency at UTMB where he served as chief resident. Over the past two decades he has proficiently provided psychiatric care across all levels of treatment. He is held in high esteem by his patients and colleagues. He has been recognized on many occasions as a “Texas Super Doctor” in Texas Monthly and has been recognized in D Magazine as one of “The Most Respected Doctors in Dallas” in 2017.
Dr. Molina is board certified psychiatrist with extensive experience treating mood/anxiety disorders and ADHD. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He completed his residency at UTMB where he served as chief resident. Over the past two decades he has proficiently provided psychiatric care across all levels of treatment. He is held in high esteem by his patients and colleagues. He has been recognized on many occasions as a “Texas Super Doctor” in Texas Monthly and has been recognized in D Magazine as one of “The Most Respected Doctors in Dallas” in 2017.
(682) 463-1068 View (682) 463-1068
Photo of Dianne Fontaine, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dianne Fontaine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Frisco, TX 75034  (Online Only)
My name is Dianne Fontaine and I am a psychiatric Nurse practitioner. I'm glad you have taken the steps towards seeking help and support for your mental health. I am dedicated to providing compassionate, evidence-based care to help you manage your symptoms, achieve your goals, and improve your overall well-being. My approach is collaborative, empathetic, and non-judgmental. I believe in empowering you with knowledge and tools you need to take control of your mental health journey. I am committed to providing a safe and supportive environment where you feel heard, understood, and valued.
My name is Dianne Fontaine and I am a psychiatric Nurse practitioner. I'm glad you have taken the steps towards seeking help and support for your mental health. I am dedicated to providing compassionate, evidence-based care to help you manage your symptoms, achieve your goals, and improve your overall well-being. My approach is collaborative, empathetic, and non-judgmental. I believe in empowering you with knowledge and tools you need to take control of your mental health journey. I am committed to providing a safe and supportive environment where you feel heard, understood, and valued.
(623) 288-9290 View (623) 288-9290
Photo of Martha Akinbile, PMHNP, BC, FNP, C, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Martha Akinbile
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, FNP, C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75215
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 Olubunmi Oladosu, PMHNP, Psychiatrist
Olubunmi Oladosu
Psychiatrist, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
North Richland Hills, TX 76180  (Online Only)
My passion is working with people who want to make their lives better. If you are experiencing stress, struggling with low self-esteem. I use evidence-based practices in my assesement to determine if you have a diagnosis that medication can help. If so, we discuss options that may improve the quality of your life. You will find that I truly seek to understand you..... who you are, how you feel, and why you feel the way you do.
My passion is working with people who want to make their lives better. If you are experiencing stress, struggling with low self-esteem. I use evidence-based practices in my assesement to determine if you have a diagnosis that medication can help. If so, we discuss options that may improve the quality of your life. You will find that I truly seek to understand you..... who you are, how you feel, and why you feel the way you do.
(210) 987-8378 View (210) 987-8378
Photo of Beatrice Mupenzi May - Mindset Psychiatric PLLC, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Mindset Psychiatric PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Desoto, TX 75115
Beatrice May is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with extensive training in mental health and chemical dependency with over ten years of clinical experience. She is licensed in Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, & Arizona. She is available in person in Colorado or virtually -Telehealth- in CO, TX, NM & AZ . Education: Bachelors of Science in Nursing - UT Arlington; Masters of Nursing Degree - Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner - Walden University. Ms. May applies evidence-based practices that are based on current research to promote optimum outcomes and quality of life for her patients.
Beatrice May is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with extensive training in mental health and chemical dependency with over ten years of clinical experience. She is licensed in Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, & Arizona. She is available in person in Colorado or virtually -Telehealth- in CO, TX, NM & AZ . Education: Bachelors of Science in Nursing - UT Arlington; Masters of Nursing Degree - Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner - Walden University. Ms. May applies evidence-based practices that are based on current research to promote optimum outcomes and quality of life for her patients.
(719) 416-5894 View (719) 416-5894
Photo of Olamide Kolawole, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Olamide Kolawole
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Arlington, TX 76010  (Online Only)
Are you seeking compassionate care and evidence-based treatment for your mental health concerns? Look no further! I'm Olamide, a Psychiatric Mental Health NP dedicated to guiding individuals on their journey to holistic well-being. Whether you're struggling with mood disturbances, stress-related issues, or life transitions, I'm here to provide comprehensive assessment, diagnosis, and personalized treatment plans tailored to your unique needs. Your mental health matters, and I'm honored to be a part of your journey towards healing.
Are you seeking compassionate care and evidence-based treatment for your mental health concerns? Look no further! I'm Olamide, a Psychiatric Mental Health NP dedicated to guiding individuals on their journey to holistic well-being. Whether you're struggling with mood disturbances, stress-related issues, or life transitions, I'm here to provide comprehensive assessment, diagnosis, and personalized treatment plans tailored to your unique needs. Your mental health matters, and I'm honored to be a part of your journey towards healing.
(214) 302-5537 View (214) 302-5537
Photo of Dr. Riz Ahmad - Dr. Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry, MD, Psychiatrist
Dr. Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fort Worth, TX 76107  (Online Only)
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.
(512) 240-2078 View (512) 240-2078
Photo of Lazedrick R Logan - 1st Choice Psychiatry PLLC, DNP, APRN-BC, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
1st Choice Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75204
I have a personal interest in working with clients from all walks of life, in an effort to help serve your mental health needs and holistic wellness. My passion is seeing the growth and transformation of others, while discovering their individual capabilities through interpersonal empowerment. Let me help you attain a level of mental freedom through medication, therapy or a combination. If you are seeking a provider who is compassionate, caring and patient-focused, let's explore your growth opportunities together, today.
I have a personal interest in working with clients from all walks of life, in an effort to help serve your mental health needs and holistic wellness. My passion is seeing the growth and transformation of others, while discovering their individual capabilities through interpersonal empowerment. Let me help you attain a level of mental freedom through medication, therapy or a combination. If you are seeking a provider who is compassionate, caring and patient-focused, let's explore your growth opportunities together, today.
(214) 247-1576 x1 View (214) 247-1576 x1
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Benjamin Chambers
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
McKinney, TX 75071  (Online Only)
Dr. Joe Chambers is a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of adults who has been practicing for 7 years. His practice focuses on medication management and brief psychotherapy for patients struggling with a wide array of psychological problems. For patients who need more intensive psychotherapy, Dr. Chambers works closely with a team of therapists who can step in and provide additional interventions. Dr. Chambers attended medical school at Texas A&M College of Medicine and completed his residency training at University of Colorado in Denver.
Dr. Joe Chambers is a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of adults who has been practicing for 7 years. His practice focuses on medication management and brief psychotherapy for patients struggling with a wide array of psychological problems. For patients who need more intensive psychotherapy, Dr. Chambers works closely with a team of therapists who can step in and provide additional interventions. Dr. Chambers attended medical school at Texas A&M College of Medicine and completed his residency training at University of Colorado in Denver.
(469) 813-7545 View (469) 813-7545
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Dr. Nicole Nguyen - Board Certified Psychiatrist
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Grapevine, TX 76051  (Online Only)
Dr. Nicole Nguyen is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. She attained her Bachelor of Arts in Biology with a minor in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Southern California prior to returning to her home state of Texas to complete both her medical school and residency training at UT Health San Antonio.
Dr. Nicole Nguyen is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. She attained her Bachelor of Arts in Biology with a minor in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Southern California prior to returning to her home state of Texas to complete both her medical school and residency training at UT Health San Antonio.
(682) 255-1349 View (682) 255-1349
Photo of Dave Adeleye, DNP, CRNP, PMH, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dave Adeleye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PMH, BC
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75254  (Online Only)
Do you feel overwhelmed with negative emotions? Are you or your child struggling with mental health issues? Do you feel helpless and believe that no one care or listens to you? The good news is that I am available! I am a doctorally prepared and board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with nearly 2 decades of experience in psychiatry nursing. I work with children, adolescents, and adults with depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, PTSD, mood disorders, substance use disorders, sleep disorders, and psychotic disorders
Do you feel overwhelmed with negative emotions? Are you or your child struggling with mental health issues? Do you feel helpless and believe that no one care or listens to you? The good news is that I am available! I am a doctorally prepared and board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with nearly 2 decades of experience in psychiatry nursing. I work with children, adolescents, and adults with depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, PTSD, mood disorders, substance use disorders, sleep disorders, and psychotic disorders
(210) 879-1691 View (210) 879-1691

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Number of Psychiatrists in Henderson County, TX

< 10

Psychiatrists in Henderson County, TX who prioritize treating:

100% Relationship Issues
100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Addiction
100% ADHD
100% Sleep or Insomnia
67% Eating Disorders

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
67% BlueCross and BlueShield
67% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Henderson County, TX see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Henderson 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.