Psychiatrists in Hood County, TX

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Kyle Smith
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Granbury, TX 76048
My mission in the practice is to provide high quality evidence-based modern psychiatric care with the goal of improving functioning and performance in your professional, personal or athletic life along with your everyday experience.
My mission in the practice is to provide high quality evidence-based modern psychiatric care with the goal of improving functioning and performance in your professional, personal or athletic life along with your everyday experience.
(817) 760-2405 View (817) 760-2405
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Sylvie Djoumessi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Granbury, TX 76049
Feeling stuck and unable to break free? Does it seem like there is no light at the end of the tunnel? I understand that asking for help can be daunting. Are you searching for some relief, from your struggles longing for a listener? I aim to customize treatments to meet each person's needs; my objective is to empower patients by educating them about their options thus fostering wellbeing in an understanding environment. My goal is to assist you in taking control of your health bridging the gap, between where you're now and where you want to be. No waiting lists here. Let's collaborate and make progress together!
Feeling stuck and unable to break free? Does it seem like there is no light at the end of the tunnel? I understand that asking for help can be daunting. Are you searching for some relief, from your struggles longing for a listener? I aim to customize treatments to meet each person's needs; my objective is to empower patients by educating them about their options thus fostering wellbeing in an understanding environment. My goal is to assist you in taking control of your health bridging the gap, between where you're now and where you want to be. No waiting lists here. Let's collaborate and make progress together!
(682) 424-6043 View (682) 424-6043
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Wholesome Mind Psychiatry and Wellness Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Granbury, TX 76049
Accepting NEW Clients TODAY. SAME-DAY appointments are available. After-hours and WEEKEND appointments are available. Currently in-network with BCBS, UHC/Optum, CIGNA, Aetna, Private Pay rates made affordable. My approach to providing care as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner is rooted in empathy, collaboration, and evidence-based care.
Accepting NEW Clients TODAY. SAME-DAY appointments are available. After-hours and WEEKEND appointments are available. Currently in-network with BCBS, UHC/Optum, CIGNA, Aetna, Private Pay rates made affordable. My approach to providing care as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner is rooted in empathy, collaboration, and evidence-based care.
(682) 327-1054 View (682) 327-1054
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Satang Ann
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Granbury, TX 76049  (Online Only)
Accepting NEW Clients TODAY. SAME-DAY appointments are available. After-hours and WEEKEND appointments are available. Currently in-network with BCBS, Superior Medicaid, UHC/Optum, CIGNA, Aetna, and Medicare in Texas. Private Pay rates made affordable. I value meeting my clients where they are WITHOUT making them feel judged. During our initial session, we will talk about what led you to me, and at the end of the session, we will come up with a treatment plan that best suits your needs. The goal is to develop the best therapeutic relationship possible to ease any stress related to having appointments.
Accepting NEW Clients TODAY. SAME-DAY appointments are available. After-hours and WEEKEND appointments are available. Currently in-network with BCBS, Superior Medicaid, UHC/Optum, CIGNA, Aetna, and Medicare in Texas. Private Pay rates made affordable. I value meeting my clients where they are WITHOUT making them feel judged. During our initial session, we will talk about what led you to me, and at the end of the session, we will come up with a treatment plan that best suits your needs. The goal is to develop the best therapeutic relationship possible to ease any stress related to having appointments.
(432) 535-3743 View (432) 535-3743
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I & E Family and Psychiatry Practice
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Granbury, TX 76048
If you are struggling with anxiety, depression or trauma related to relationships or family, help is not far away and the time to seek help is now. I will work with you and help you regain control of your life and find lasting relief from your symptoms. We will work together to develop a personalized treatment plan that is tailored to your unique needs and goals. Many clients experience significant improvement within the first month of treatment, and I will work with you to ensure that you continue to make progress over time.
If you are struggling with anxiety, depression or trauma related to relationships or family, help is not far away and the time to seek help is now. I will work with you and help you regain control of your life and find lasting relief from your symptoms. We will work together to develop a personalized treatment plan that is tailored to your unique needs and goals. Many clients experience significant improvement within the first month of treatment, and I will work with you to ensure that you continue to make progress over time.
(817) 646-3897 View (817) 646-3897
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Olivier Bertrand Djoumessi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MPH, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Granbury, TX 76049
I am a board-certified Advanced Practice Nurse with a specialization in Psychiatry with experience treating and managing various mental health and addiction disorders. My clinical expertise is with children, adults, elders, and veterans presenting with psychiatric conditions (depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, eating disorders, psychotic disorders, schizophrenia) and addiction. I know that accurate wellness means treating our bodies and minds with care. We built a safe environment for clients. We provide telehealth and in-person appointments to fit all needs. Book your Appointment.
I am a board-certified Advanced Practice Nurse with a specialization in Psychiatry with experience treating and managing various mental health and addiction disorders. My clinical expertise is with children, adults, elders, and veterans presenting with psychiatric conditions (depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, eating disorders, psychotic disorders, schizophrenia) and addiction. I know that accurate wellness means treating our bodies and minds with care. We built a safe environment for clients. We provide telehealth and in-person appointments to fit all needs. Book your Appointment.
(682) 688-3726 View (682) 688-3726

Online Psychiatrists

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Texas Advance Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Arlington, TX 76012
Untreated mental illness can unravel one's life causing severe stress, loss of employment, loss relationships, loss of hope, and sadly at times loss of one's life. My passion is to offer individualized care, treatment, medication management, and to help my clients living healthier happier and more balanced lives. Specialized in the assessment, diagnosing, and treatment of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders.
Untreated mental illness can unravel one's life causing severe stress, loss of employment, loss relationships, loss of hope, and sadly at times loss of one's life. My passion is to offer individualized care, treatment, medication management, and to help my clients living healthier happier and more balanced lives. Specialized in the assessment, diagnosing, and treatment of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders.
(682) 301-4884 View (682) 301-4884
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Holistic Health and Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Mansfield, TX 76063
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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Dr. Celina Egemasi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, NP-C, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Richardson, TX 75080  (Online Only)
Dr. Celina Egemasi is a Dual Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner who is qualified to practice in both primary care and psychiatry; diagnose, treat and prescribe medication for children, adolescents, adults and elderly. Some of her practice specialties include (but not limited to) Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, and Schizophrenia. She graduated from Walden University with her Family Nurse Practitioner degree and Brandman University with her Doctorate of Nursing Practice and Post Masters in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree. Dr. Egemasi is part of Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society and Golden Key International
Dr. Celina Egemasi is a Dual Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner who is qualified to practice in both primary care and psychiatry; diagnose, treat and prescribe medication for children, adolescents, adults and elderly. Some of her practice specialties include (but not limited to) Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, and Schizophrenia. She graduated from Walden University with her Family Nurse Practitioner degree and Brandman University with her Doctorate of Nursing Practice and Post Masters in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree. Dr. Egemasi is part of Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society and Golden Key International
(509) 300-4795 View (509) 300-4795
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Amber Ebner
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Waxahachie, TX 75165
Amber Ebner, PA-C provides diagnostic psychiatric evaluations and medication management services for depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and many other psychiatric disorders.
Amber Ebner, PA-C provides diagnostic psychiatric evaluations and medication management services for depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and many other psychiatric disorders.
(469) 513-8094 View (469) 513-8094
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Smink Achila
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Grand Prairie, TX 75050  (Online Only)
Smink Achila is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 14 years of experience in mental health. He works with various clients across the lifespan that have a variety of issues revolving around mental health with the goal of optimizing their functioning in the community. This has been his passion since high school, as his brother suffered from depression over the years and nobody could understand him. During Smink's rotation in various psychiatric hospital, his connection to mental health was fortified.
Smink Achila is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 14 years of experience in mental health. He works with various clients across the lifespan that have a variety of issues revolving around mental health with the goal of optimizing their functioning in the community. This has been his passion since high school, as his brother suffered from depression over the years and nobody could understand him. During Smink's rotation in various psychiatric hospital, his connection to mental health was fortified.
(817) 631-1060 View (817) 631-1060
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Republic Psychiatry Southlake
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Southlake, TX 76092
Pursuing treatment for mental health symptoms can take significant courage, humility, and vulnerability. We feel fortunate to have the opportunity to engage, connect, and heal. Many people struggle at times with mood or anxiety symptoms, whether of relatively recent onset or since earlier in life. We appreciate the opportunity to help patients address their symptoms and engage in a collaborative and hopefully productive treatment process. We work with adults and primarily treat depression, anxiety (including worry, panic), bipolar, trauma, adjustment disorders, stress, OCD, ADHD, etc.
Pursuing treatment for mental health symptoms can take significant courage, humility, and vulnerability. We feel fortunate to have the opportunity to engage, connect, and heal. Many people struggle at times with mood or anxiety symptoms, whether of relatively recent onset or since earlier in life. We appreciate the opportunity to help patients address their symptoms and engage in a collaborative and hopefully productive treatment process. We work with adults and primarily treat depression, anxiety (including worry, panic), bipolar, trauma, adjustment disorders, stress, OCD, ADHD, etc.
(682) 243-5421 View (682) 243-5421
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Atem Dibaki
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Cedar Hill, TX 75104
Mental health knows no socio-economic boundaries. I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who takes pride in providing holistic individualized care across the life span. Our model at Leanonme Psychiatry is to be the shoulders you can lean and depend on.
Mental health knows no socio-economic boundaries. I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who takes pride in providing holistic individualized care across the life span. Our model at Leanonme Psychiatry is to be the shoulders you can lean and depend on.
(972) 299-8965 View (972) 299-8965
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Dr Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75225
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.
(469) 871-7383 View (469) 871-7383
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Dr. Alice Sanchez
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Frisco, TX 75034
I am a board certified psychiatrist and I have been in practice in diverse settings for 19 years. I trained in general psychiatry at Maimonides medical center in New York and completed a geriatric fellowship at New York University. I firmly believe that effective treatment is a collaborative process and I am committed to helping people address symptoms and difficulties compassionately, in ways that are tailored to the individual.
I am a board certified psychiatrist and I have been in practice in diverse settings for 19 years. I trained in general psychiatry at Maimonides medical center in New York and completed a geriatric fellowship at New York University. I firmly believe that effective treatment is a collaborative process and I am committed to helping people address symptoms and difficulties compassionately, in ways that are tailored to the individual.
(972) 474-6763 View (972) 474-6763
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Adeline Abam
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Arlington, TX 76006  (Online Only)
Are you scared, suffering, and feeling lonely? Do you want someone to talk to you? Someone to listen? I am here. You don’t have to walk Your health journey alone. Let me be your Provider. Mental health is REAL. I will listen. Together, we will make a plan that works for you. A plan to target your needs. I will treat you as an individual and make a customized plan just for you. I have over 7 years experience as a health care provider with diverse skills and experience . I have experience in both medical problems and psychiatric problems. I am a dual-licensed NP as PMHNP & FNP. I also work closely with a Clinical therapist
Are you scared, suffering, and feeling lonely? Do you want someone to talk to you? Someone to listen? I am here. You don’t have to walk Your health journey alone. Let me be your Provider. Mental health is REAL. I will listen. Together, we will make a plan that works for you. A plan to target your needs. I will treat you as an individual and make a customized plan just for you. I have over 7 years experience as a health care provider with diverse skills and experience . I have experience in both medical problems and psychiatric problems. I am a dual-licensed NP as PMHNP & FNP. I also work closely with a Clinical therapist
(817) 934-7335 View (817) 934-7335
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EZ Mind Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Frisco, TX 75034  (Online Only)
Are you someone who has been struggling to cope with day to day stressors? Do you feel like your moods, anxiety or poor sleep are keeping you from feeling like your best self? Are you a parent with concerns about the behaviors or moods of your teenager? Do you find yourself wanting to seek help but are feeling overwhelmed by the process? Let us help you on your journey as you transform into a better you.
Are you someone who has been struggling to cope with day to day stressors? Do you feel like your moods, anxiety or poor sleep are keeping you from feeling like your best self? Are you a parent with concerns about the behaviors or moods of your teenager? Do you find yourself wanting to seek help but are feeling overwhelmed by the process? Let us help you on your journey as you transform into a better you.
(214) 239-0235 View (214) 239-0235
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Doris Cudjoe - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Grapevine, TX 76051
Doris Cudjoe is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has over 12 years of critical care and psychiatric nursing experience, and has worked for non-profit organizations as well as the federal government. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from University of Ghana, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Masters of Science in Nursing from University of Texas. Doris treats every patient as the unique individual they are. She is compassionate in her care and she pays attention to detail. Doris practices patient and family-centered care. She is married and has 3 beautiful daughters.
Doris Cudjoe is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has over 12 years of critical care and psychiatric nursing experience, and has worked for non-profit organizations as well as the federal government. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from University of Ghana, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Masters of Science in Nursing from University of Texas. Doris treats every patient as the unique individual they are. She is compassionate in her care and she pays attention to detail. Doris practices patient and family-centered care. She is married and has 3 beautiful daughters.
(817) 769-7860 View (817) 769-7860
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Minds of Gold
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75240  (Online Only)
I was driven by a profound dedication to mental health, I've spent years nurturing hope, facilitating healing, and fostering recovery. With a diverse background encompassing 15 years as a Registered Nurse specializing in mental health, complemented by four years as a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I bring a wealth of experience and empathy to my practice.
I was driven by a profound dedication to mental health, I've spent years nurturing hope, facilitating healing, and fostering recovery. With a diverse background encompassing 15 years as a Registered Nurse specializing in mental health, complemented by four years as a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I bring a wealth of experience and empathy to my practice.
(214) 241-4325 View (214) 241-4325
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M. Rehan Puri
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Allen, TX 75013
Do you have stress or anxiety? Do you feel sad or depressed? Do you have problems focusing in school, work or life? Were you exposed to traumatic events or loss? Are you fallen into using drugs or alcohol? Is your child defiant & refusing to cooperate? I can help you find that right balance so you can continue living your life optimally;.I am here to listen to you and treat you with honor and respect that you deserve. Life can be tough so talk to a doctor who will not only listen to you but help you. I do Individual therapy, medication managements, office based SUBOXONE, crisis and long term personalized treatments.
Do you have stress or anxiety? Do you feel sad or depressed? Do you have problems focusing in school, work or life? Were you exposed to traumatic events or loss? Are you fallen into using drugs or alcohol? Is your child defiant & refusing to cooperate? I can help you find that right balance so you can continue living your life optimally;.I am here to listen to you and treat you with honor and respect that you deserve. Life can be tough so talk to a doctor who will not only listen to you but help you. I do Individual therapy, medication managements, office based SUBOXONE, crisis and long term personalized treatments.
(938) 253-3228 View (938) 253-3228

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Hood County, TX

< 10

Psychiatrists in Hood County, TX who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Bipolar Disorder
83% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
83% Trauma and PTSD
83% Psychosis

Average years in practice

2 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Hood County, TX see their clients

84% In Person and Online
16% Online Only

Gender breakdown

60% Female
40% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Hood 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.