Psychiatrists in Highland Village, TX

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DFW TMS and The Costello Clinic
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Highland Village, TX 75077
The Costello Clinic and DFW TMS in Highland Village is a full service mental health clinic. We offer a complete array of therapeutic interventions from medication-psychotherapy combined sessions to Interventional Psychiatric care (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), and Esketamine (Spravato) care services when indicated). We use a lifestyle medicine approach in order to provide comprehensive care in collaboration with a team of caregivers and works to help each individual to create as joyful, meaningful, and functional a life as that person's strengths will allow.
The Costello Clinic and DFW TMS in Highland Village is a full service mental health clinic. We offer a complete array of therapeutic interventions from medication-psychotherapy combined sessions to Interventional Psychiatric care (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), and Esketamine (Spravato) care services when indicated). We use a lifestyle medicine approach in order to provide comprehensive care in collaboration with a team of caregivers and works to help each individual to create as joyful, meaningful, and functional a life as that person's strengths will allow.
(972) 810-7523 View (972) 810-7523
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Sheila Trish Morgan-Freeman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
11 Endorsed
Highland Village, TX 75077
Quality driven psychiatric care provided with compassion. I specialize in providing evidence-based treatments for a wide spectrum of mental health conditions including ADHD, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, mood disorders, OCD, psychosis, traumatic stress and more. My goal is to empower my patients and equip them with the tools and strategies they need to improve their mental health and achieve their goals.
Quality driven psychiatric care provided with compassion. I specialize in providing evidence-based treatments for a wide spectrum of mental health conditions including ADHD, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, mood disorders, OCD, psychosis, traumatic stress and more. My goal is to empower my patients and equip them with the tools and strategies they need to improve their mental health and achieve their goals.
(972) 736-8223 View (972) 736-8223
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Dr. Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Highland Village, TX 75077
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?
(972) 853-6219 View (972) 853-6219
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Dr Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Highland Village, TX 75077
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?
(972) 846-9933 View (972) 846-9933
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Dorian Aponte
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Highland Village, TX 75067
I am a Board Certified General Psychiatrist and have ample experience in the evaluation and medical treatment of multiple psychiatric disorders, including those affecting mood, anxiety, and ADD/ADHD. I understand many of these conditions are often caused by both physical and psychological factors and I will work with you on developing the treatment plan that best fits your needs, let that be medications, counseling, or the combination of both. I am fully bilingual in English and Spanish. Visits are by appointment only and at this time I don't offer weekend hours.
I am a Board Certified General Psychiatrist and have ample experience in the evaluation and medical treatment of multiple psychiatric disorders, including those affecting mood, anxiety, and ADD/ADHD. I understand many of these conditions are often caused by both physical and psychological factors and I will work with you on developing the treatment plan that best fits your needs, let that be medications, counseling, or the combination of both. I am fully bilingual in English and Spanish. Visits are by appointment only and at this time I don't offer weekend hours.
(940) 448-0304 View (940) 448-0304

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Deanna Dial
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Flower Mound, TX 75027
Dr. Dial's practice offers patients and families a calm, comfortable, and confidential environment to explore options for the evaluation and management of emotional and behavioral concerns. Our services include a thorough evaluation, medication management, patient education and may serve as a complement to a patient's current treatment team. We work with a wide range of behavioral and emotional disorders and also provide medication prescription and management. We believe that psychiatric evaluation, in addition to complementary therapeutic approaches (medication, counseling/psychotherapy) provide the best outcome for the patient. Dr. Dial develops specialized treatment plans that are evidenced based.
Dr. Dial's practice offers patients and families a calm, comfortable, and confidential environment to explore options for the evaluation and management of emotional and behavioral concerns. Our services include a thorough evaluation, medication management, patient education and may serve as a complement to a patient's current treatment team. We work with a wide range of behavioral and emotional disorders and also provide medication prescription and management. We believe that psychiatric evaluation, in addition to complementary therapeutic approaches (medication, counseling/psychotherapy) provide the best outcome for the patient. Dr. Dial develops specialized treatment plans that are evidenced based.
(972) 833-2137 View (972) 833-2137
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Angela J Tefft
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Flower Mound, TX 75028  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner who treats clients of all ages. I have nearly 30 years of experience in nursing which allows me to consider mind-body factors which contribute to mental health and physical disorders. I treat most disorders, including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, trauma-related disorders, and psychosis. I work with the client to develop an integrative treatment plan, using medications, naturopathic supplements as well as CBT, mindfulness and DBT methods to help clients achieve the highest level of wellness.
I am a board certified Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner who treats clients of all ages. I have nearly 30 years of experience in nursing which allows me to consider mind-body factors which contribute to mental health and physical disorders. I treat most disorders, including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, trauma-related disorders, and psychosis. I work with the client to develop an integrative treatment plan, using medications, naturopathic supplements as well as CBT, mindfulness and DBT methods to help clients achieve the highest level of wellness.
(469) 564-3435 View (469) 564-3435
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Rahman Farishta
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN , PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lewisville, TX 75027
Are you suffering from ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, or any other mental health issue? Are you tired of waiting to see a mental health provider? Do you need medication management for an already diagnosed issue? Are you seeking a second opinion or an advice? Are you tired of trying/taking several medicines? Pinnacle Psychiatry can help provide immediate treatment. Call 940-629-7201 for more information. Schedule an appointment online with just a few clicks at www.pinnacle-psychiatry.com. We provide virtual/telemedicine visits to adults but can also accommodate an in-person visit.
Are you suffering from ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, or any other mental health issue? Are you tired of waiting to see a mental health provider? Do you need medication management for an already diagnosed issue? Are you seeking a second opinion or an advice? Are you tired of trying/taking several medicines? Pinnacle Psychiatry can help provide immediate treatment. Call 940-629-7201 for more information. Schedule an appointment online with just a few clicks at www.pinnacle-psychiatry.com. We provide virtual/telemedicine visits to adults but can also accommodate an in-person visit.
(469) 529-8016 View (469) 529-8016
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Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry of Dallas - We Are Open!
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lewisville, TX 75077
*** ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS WITH A WAIT TIME OF 1 WEEK OR LESS *** If you or a loved one are struggling with a mental illness, Anew Era TMS can provide excellent quality psychiatric treatment and TMS therapy for depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, post-partum, tinnitus, or chronic migraines. At Anew Era TMS Dallas, our priority is patient care and comfort-driven by a personalized treatment plan.
*** ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS WITH A WAIT TIME OF 1 WEEK OR LESS *** If you or a loved one are struggling with a mental illness, Anew Era TMS can provide excellent quality psychiatric treatment and TMS therapy for depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, post-partum, tinnitus, or chronic migraines. At Anew Era TMS Dallas, our priority is patient care and comfort-driven by a personalized treatment plan.
(972) 684-5043 View (972) 684-5043
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Sante Outpatient Program
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Copper Canyon, TX 75077
Santé's Intensive Outpatient Program is structured in 3 phases. Our philosophy is that the length of our program is dependent on goals achieved. Thus, some finish treatment in 16 weeks while others take a little longer. Phase One consists of 3 sessions per week for 6 weeks. Phase Two consists of 3 sessions per week for 6 weeks where different assignments & increase expectations around recovery behaviors are given. Phase Three consists of 3 sessions per week for 4 weeks. Our 16-week program includes group & individual therapy sessions spread through all the phases. Program completion dates & phases are individualized.
Santé's Intensive Outpatient Program is structured in 3 phases. Our philosophy is that the length of our program is dependent on goals achieved. Thus, some finish treatment in 16 weeks while others take a little longer. Phase One consists of 3 sessions per week for 6 weeks. Phase Two consists of 3 sessions per week for 6 weeks where different assignments & increase expectations around recovery behaviors are given. Phase Three consists of 3 sessions per week for 4 weeks. Our 16-week program includes group & individual therapy sessions spread through all the phases. Program completion dates & phases are individualized.
(940) 236-0672 View (940) 236-0672
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Rhoda Madamombe - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Lewisville, TX 75067
Rhoda Madamombe is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN, PMHNP-BC) and a member of the American Psychiatric Association. She graduated from Wilkes University and has been in the field of psychiatry since 2004. Rhoda has worked in psychiatric hospitals all her career. She worked for Medical City McKinney for 12 years holding various positions that include staff nurse, charge nurse, clinical supervisor, and nurse manager/PMHNP-BC.
Rhoda Madamombe is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN, PMHNP-BC) and a member of the American Psychiatric Association. She graduated from Wilkes University and has been in the field of psychiatry since 2004. Rhoda has worked in psychiatric hospitals all her career. She worked for Medical City McKinney for 12 years holding various positions that include staff nurse, charge nurse, clinical supervisor, and nurse manager/PMHNP-BC.
(469) 382-4507 View (469) 382-4507
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John G Muthiga
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lewisville, TX 75067
Is your mental health affecting; Your joy and happiness? Your focus and concentration? How well you get along with family and friends? Your work or school? Your interest in activities, social settings and other situations? Your energy level? Your quality of sleep? Or leading to legal issues? You are not alone. Help is available. Lets work together to get you to a better place where you can experience the quality of life that you deserve.
Is your mental health affecting; Your joy and happiness? Your focus and concentration? How well you get along with family and friends? Your work or school? Your interest in activities, social settings and other situations? Your energy level? Your quality of sleep? Or leading to legal issues? You are not alone. Help is available. Lets work together to get you to a better place where you can experience the quality of life that you deserve.
(972) 860-1577 View (972) 860-1577
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A-1 Behavioral Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, DNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lewisville, TX 75067
I am a family psychiatric/ mental health nurse practitioner with extensive experience working with children, adults, and the elderly who are struggling with a variety of mental health challenges in different care settings. I obtained a Bachelor of Science, Masters degree in nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a Doctorate from Briar Cliff University, Sioux City, Iowa. As a doctoral-prepared practitioner, I will complete a thorough evaluation and partner with you to develop an individualized and holistic treatment plan based on the right diagnosis.
I am a family psychiatric/ mental health nurse practitioner with extensive experience working with children, adults, and the elderly who are struggling with a variety of mental health challenges in different care settings. I obtained a Bachelor of Science, Masters degree in nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a Doctorate from Briar Cliff University, Sioux City, Iowa. As a doctoral-prepared practitioner, I will complete a thorough evaluation and partner with you to develop an individualized and holistic treatment plan based on the right diagnosis.
(469) 813-9224 View (469) 813-9224
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Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry - Grapevine
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lewisville, TX 75067
Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry's mission is to advance TMS provider services availability for persons suffering with depression throughout the United States. Excellence in patient care and an overall positive experience with our TMS treatment services and our skilled compassionate team of Doctor’s, Technicians and office staff are our highest priorities. At Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry, we offer patients their very best chance for depressive symptomatic relief success through the latest, most advanced, FDA cleared, non-medicinal treatment solution.
Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry's mission is to advance TMS provider services availability for persons suffering with depression throughout the United States. Excellence in patient care and an overall positive experience with our TMS treatment services and our skilled compassionate team of Doctor’s, Technicians and office staff are our highest priorities. At Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry, we offer patients their very best chance for depressive symptomatic relief success through the latest, most advanced, FDA cleared, non-medicinal treatment solution.
(817) 442-3220 View (817) 442-3220
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Richard Seldeen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lewisville, TX 75077
Hello, I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who enjoys working with individuals from ages 18 to 65 who are seeking a variety of treatment options to improve their mental health. In addition to medication management, I can offer several therapy and biofeedback resources to help manage and improve complex mental health issues and overall daily function. For my ADHD clients, I offer nonstimulant medications as well as biofeedback options, but I do not prescribe amphetamines for this diagnosis.
Hello, I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who enjoys working with individuals from ages 18 to 65 who are seeking a variety of treatment options to improve their mental health. In addition to medication management, I can offer several therapy and biofeedback resources to help manage and improve complex mental health issues and overall daily function. For my ADHD clients, I offer nonstimulant medications as well as biofeedback options, but I do not prescribe amphetamines for this diagnosis.
(972) 430-4147 View (972) 430-4147
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Kimberly Matchett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lewisville, TX 75057
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who believes in treating each patient with respect and dignity. I strive to create a safe space for clients to feel comfortable in sharing and creating goals for their mental health journey with an understanding that all clients are individuals and each person’s journey will look a little different.
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who believes in treating each patient with respect and dignity. I strive to create a safe space for clients to feel comfortable in sharing and creating goals for their mental health journey with an understanding that all clients are individuals and each person’s journey will look a little different.
(972) 597-7091 View (972) 597-7091
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Yemi Aina
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lewisville, TX 75067
Are you or a loved one burdened by chronic depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, insomnia or brain fog? Have these conditions disrupted your sense of well-being and made daily life and relationships challenging? Tri-MED's integrative approach empowers you to experience maximal health through personalized treatments that heal the mind and body. Beyond medication management, we offer innovative modalities, such as Spravato, IM and IV Ketamine and deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (dTMS).
Are you or a loved one burdened by chronic depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, insomnia or brain fog? Have these conditions disrupted your sense of well-being and made daily life and relationships challenging? Tri-MED's integrative approach empowers you to experience maximal health through personalized treatments that heal the mind and body. Beyond medication management, we offer innovative modalities, such as Spravato, IM and IV Ketamine and deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (dTMS).
(972) 885-3348 View (972) 885-3348
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Madison Cierto
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lewisville, TX 75057
**Accepting New Patients** (Please list my name when leaving a message to ensure you are booked w/ me) I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I strive to create an environment that is an inclusive, safe space for all people. During our meetings you will be an active participant in your treatment plan as we work on obtaining your goals together. While my main focus is on proper diagnosis and medication management, neither of those can be completed with out proper understanding of your history, current situation, and future goals.
**Accepting New Patients** (Please list my name when leaving a message to ensure you are booked w/ me) I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I strive to create an environment that is an inclusive, safe space for all people. During our meetings you will be an active participant in your treatment plan as we work on obtaining your goals together. While my main focus is on proper diagnosis and medication management, neither of those can be completed with out proper understanding of your history, current situation, and future goals.
(972) 433-9874 View (972) 433-9874
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Dr. Rhema Jacob
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Flower Mound, TX 75028
Dr. Jacob is a board certified psychiatrist and a Dallas native who provides compassionate, individualized and holistic care for her patients. She completed medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center – Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth. For her residency, she trained in general psychiatry at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX, where she served as the chief resident in her final year. Dr. Jacob has experience treating patients with Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, substance use and PTSD among other conditions.
Dr. Jacob is a board certified psychiatrist and a Dallas native who provides compassionate, individualized and holistic care for her patients. She completed medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center – Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth. For her residency, she trained in general psychiatry at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX, where she served as the chief resident in her final year. Dr. Jacob has experience treating patients with Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, substance use and PTSD among other conditions.
(214) 241-4108 View (214) 241-4108
Photo of Angela Anderson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Highland Village, TX
Angela Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lewisville, TX 75067
(972) 440-2455 View (972) 440-2455

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Highland Village, TX

< 10

Psychiatrists in Highland Village, TX who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Medication Management
80% Grief
80% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

19 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
75% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Highland Village, TX see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Highland Village?

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.