Psychiatrists in Houston, TX

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Yahya Saeed
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77002
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(713) 820-6908 View (713) 820-6908
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Merit Nwosu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77080
Our clinical practice is focused on treating individual holistically, we provide Medication management to adolescents, young adult and older adult with special attention to treating anxiety, depression, stress related disorders, attention deficit hyperactive disorder and substance use disorder. we also incorporate psychotherapy with focus on using CBT, compassion focus, acceptance and commitment which has been effective in managing and treating these issues.
Our clinical practice is focused on treating individual holistically, we provide Medication management to adolescents, young adult and older adult with special attention to treating anxiety, depression, stress related disorders, attention deficit hyperactive disorder and substance use disorder. we also incorporate psychotherapy with focus on using CBT, compassion focus, acceptance and commitment which has been effective in managing and treating these issues.
(203) 989-4172 View (203) 989-4172
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Jocelyn Jingwa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77009
Jocelyn Jingwa, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 13 years of experience in mental health nursing and in delivering quality care in various mental health settings Focus areas of practice: Psychiatric evaluation, medication management, and supportive psychotherapy. 18 years and older. Anxiety disorders. Depressive disorders. Schizophrenic disorders. Bipolar disorders. Insomnia disorders. ADHD/ADD. Post-traumatic stress disorders
Jocelyn Jingwa, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 13 years of experience in mental health nursing and in delivering quality care in various mental health settings Focus areas of practice: Psychiatric evaluation, medication management, and supportive psychotherapy. 18 years and older. Anxiety disorders. Depressive disorders. Schizophrenic disorders. Bipolar disorders. Insomnia disorders. ADHD/ADD. Post-traumatic stress disorders
(832) 841-4725 View (832) 841-4725
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Keilah Baker Ford Dnp Pmhnp
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77069
I am a Doctor of Nursing Practice and dually Board-Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. I believe in the balance of spiritual, mental, social, physical, and emotional well-being and I go above and beyond by making sure they all align in my treatment approach.
I am a Doctor of Nursing Practice and dually Board-Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. I believe in the balance of spiritual, mental, social, physical, and emotional well-being and I go above and beyond by making sure they all align in my treatment approach.
(281) 957-8046 View (281) 957-8046
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Dr. Jessie DiCarlo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77098
Dr. DiCarlo is a physician/medical doctor specializing in adult and child psychiatry. At The Menninger Clinic, Texas Children's Hospital, and Tufts Medical Center, Dr. DiCarlo trained with leaders in psychoanalytic and family therapies, advanced psychopharmacology, and evidence-based medicine. Dr. DiCarlo helps people with a wide variety of problems including trauma, depression, anxiety, and psychosis. In most cases, she leans strongly into the importance of psychotherapy. When medications are prescribed, it is typically with thoughtful integration of psychotherapy as well.
Dr. DiCarlo is a physician/medical doctor specializing in adult and child psychiatry. At The Menninger Clinic, Texas Children's Hospital, and Tufts Medical Center, Dr. DiCarlo trained with leaders in psychoanalytic and family therapies, advanced psychopharmacology, and evidence-based medicine. Dr. DiCarlo helps people with a wide variety of problems including trauma, depression, anxiety, and psychosis. In most cases, she leans strongly into the importance of psychotherapy. When medications are prescribed, it is typically with thoughtful integration of psychotherapy as well.
(832) 979-0491 View (832) 979-0491
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Alexander Welge
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77084  (Online Only)
Dr. Welge completed his Residency at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, based at Elmhurst Hospital Center in Queens, NY. For most of the past 10 years, Dr. Welge has primarily worked as an Outpatient Psychiatrist in a Community-based Behavioral Health Center in rural Pennsylvania, where he enjoyed building relationships with clients, some of whom have been with him for almost 10 years. Dr. Welge also has a Master's in Physiology, and that background served as a strength, as their medical issues were as important as their psychiatric ones, given the changes in kidney function, thyroid function, etc as one age.
Dr. Welge completed his Residency at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, based at Elmhurst Hospital Center in Queens, NY. For most of the past 10 years, Dr. Welge has primarily worked as an Outpatient Psychiatrist in a Community-based Behavioral Health Center in rural Pennsylvania, where he enjoyed building relationships with clients, some of whom have been with him for almost 10 years. Dr. Welge also has a Master's in Physiology, and that background served as a strength, as their medical issues were as important as their psychiatric ones, given the changes in kidney function, thyroid function, etc as one age.
(281) 954-3750 View (281) 954-3750
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Victor Zamora
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77002  (Online Only)
Victor is a board-certified, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and provides psychiatric evaluations, and medication management for patients ranging from ages 6 to adults. We strive to help those suffering with mental illness issues and to give them a better quality of life. We are invested in helping you feel your very best by supporting your personal growth, insight and self-empowerment.
Victor is a board-certified, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and provides psychiatric evaluations, and medication management for patients ranging from ages 6 to adults. We strive to help those suffering with mental illness issues and to give them a better quality of life. We are invested in helping you feel your very best by supporting your personal growth, insight and self-empowerment.
(832) 346-9454 View (832) 346-9454
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Bilal Jilani
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77070
Dr. Jilani is a general psychiatrist who treats adults with various mental health conditions. He grew up in the Houston area and obtained his bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry at The University of Houston where he graduated summa cum laude, with the highest distinction. He then earned his medical degree and completed a general adult psychiatry residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX.
Dr. Jilani is a general psychiatrist who treats adults with various mental health conditions. He grew up in the Houston area and obtained his bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry at The University of Houston where he graduated summa cum laude, with the highest distinction. He then earned his medical degree and completed a general adult psychiatry residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX.
(281) 729-4290 View (281) 729-4290
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Dr. Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77027  (Online Only)
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?
(832) 558-7363 View (832) 558-7363
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Michelle Petmi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77024
I understand that the individual is the expert of his or her own life, and try to foster an environment where one can develop skills to manage difficulties and gain insight into unique personal challenges. I am trained in the use of both medication management and brief psychotherapy to help individuals reach their desired goals. I have experience in treating a range of Psychiatric conditions including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, personality disorders, trauma related disorders and schizophrenia spectrum disorders.
I understand that the individual is the expert of his or her own life, and try to foster an environment where one can develop skills to manage difficulties and gain insight into unique personal challenges. I am trained in the use of both medication management and brief psychotherapy to help individuals reach their desired goals. I have experience in treating a range of Psychiatric conditions including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, personality disorders, trauma related disorders and schizophrenia spectrum disorders.
(832) 430-7822 View (832) 430-7822
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Patterns Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77084  (Online Only)
Now accepting new patients! Visits are online. Medications will be prescribed electronically. The thought of being all alone in a negative cycle that may be a result of anxiety, trauma, depression, unhealthy coping skills, and/or environmental stressors can be daunting. The treatment for most mental illness is effective therapy. However, some need a little more than therapy. How would you know if you could benefit from medications? If you have been suffering for a long time in a limited and/or negative cycle, most likely your brain will need some help; the right psychotropic medication + therapy will help improve your symptoms.
Now accepting new patients! Visits are online. Medications will be prescribed electronically. The thought of being all alone in a negative cycle that may be a result of anxiety, trauma, depression, unhealthy coping skills, and/or environmental stressors can be daunting. The treatment for most mental illness is effective therapy. However, some need a little more than therapy. How would you know if you could benefit from medications? If you have been suffering for a long time in a limited and/or negative cycle, most likely your brain will need some help; the right psychotropic medication + therapy will help improve your symptoms.
(972) 954-2645 View (972) 954-2645
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Iman Hypolite
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77098  (Online Only)
Are you a high achieving woman of color longing for more balance, peace, and joy? Are life's stressors, as well as the cost of your successes taking a toll? Are you experiencing job burnout? Are others so accustomed to you being the "strong one" that they may not recognize when you need support? If so, WELCOME, I am Dr. Hypolite, a double board certified, Johns Hopkins trained psychiatrist with 20+ years of experience. As a Black female psychiatrist, I can relate to and understand the unique experiences of professional Black women and women of color AND partner with you to help you realize optimal health and wellness!
Are you a high achieving woman of color longing for more balance, peace, and joy? Are life's stressors, as well as the cost of your successes taking a toll? Are you experiencing job burnout? Are others so accustomed to you being the "strong one" that they may not recognize when you need support? If so, WELCOME, I am Dr. Hypolite, a double board certified, Johns Hopkins trained psychiatrist with 20+ years of experience. As a Black female psychiatrist, I can relate to and understand the unique experiences of professional Black women and women of color AND partner with you to help you realize optimal health and wellness!
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John Bouras
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77006
I am a Psychiatrist and have been providing mental health services for 21 years in outpatient and in home settings. I see Individuals and I address Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Counseling, Social Anxiety Disorder. I am a Board-certified adult psychiatrist with over 20 years of clinical experience in diverse clinical settings. For patients who are experiencing treatment resistant depression, we now have TMS in the office! Please contact us to see if you qualify for this advanced treatment.
I am a Psychiatrist and have been providing mental health services for 21 years in outpatient and in home settings. I see Individuals and I address Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Counseling, Social Anxiety Disorder. I am a Board-certified adult psychiatrist with over 20 years of clinical experience in diverse clinical settings. For patients who are experiencing treatment resistant depression, we now have TMS in the office! Please contact us to see if you qualify for this advanced treatment.
(832) 990-8282 View (832) 990-8282
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Thoughtful Mind Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BSN, RN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77057  (Online Only)
I am a Dual-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatry and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over ten years of extensive nursing experience. My philosophy is “people don't care how much you know until they know how much you care” (Theodore Roosevelt). I'm passionate about delivering compassionate care to patients dealing with major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, and bipolar disorders. I understand that different experiences through a patient's life journey can contribute to mental health issues. As such, I obtain detailed psychiatric history and work with patients to create a customized treatment plan.
I am a Dual-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatry and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over ten years of extensive nursing experience. My philosophy is “people don't care how much you know until they know how much you care” (Theodore Roosevelt). I'm passionate about delivering compassionate care to patients dealing with major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, and bipolar disorders. I understand that different experiences through a patient's life journey can contribute to mental health issues. As such, I obtain detailed psychiatric history and work with patients to create a customized treatment plan.
(832) 572-5136 View (832) 572-5136
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PhillWell Healthcare Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77024  (Online Only)
As a psychiatric practitioner, my goal is to provide inclusive care to all of my patients. I believe that every person has the right to access high-quality mental health care, regardless of their background, identity, or circumstances. I am passionate about promoting mental health equity and breaking down barriers to care for marginalized communities. I value the importance of building meaningful relationships with my patients, and I am committed to providing compassionate and evidence-based care.
As a psychiatric practitioner, my goal is to provide inclusive care to all of my patients. I believe that every person has the right to access high-quality mental health care, regardless of their background, identity, or circumstances. I am passionate about promoting mental health equity and breaking down barriers to care for marginalized communities. I value the importance of building meaningful relationships with my patients, and I am committed to providing compassionate and evidence-based care.
(626) 382-2408 View (626) 382-2408
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Madiha Ghayas
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77084
I have gained immense training from exceptional psychiatry training programs in Metropolitan New York City. I bring that experience and knowledge to help patients in another dynamic and rapidly expanding city,Houston and surrounding areas. I see patients 17 and up. I expertise in various mental health issues both in males and females. With so many stressors in life and multiple challenges faced anyone can need a psychiatrist anytime in life. I have specialization in Geriatrics and thus can help significantly people in their 60s going through various emotional challenges.
I have gained immense training from exceptional psychiatry training programs in Metropolitan New York City. I bring that experience and knowledge to help patients in another dynamic and rapidly expanding city,Houston and surrounding areas. I see patients 17 and up. I expertise in various mental health issues both in males and females. With so many stressors in life and multiple challenges faced anyone can need a psychiatrist anytime in life. I have specialization in Geriatrics and thus can help significantly people in their 60s going through various emotional challenges.
(832) 981-6933 View (832) 981-6933
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Danielle Gipson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77002  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with more than 10 years of nursing experience in the psychiatric field ranging from inpatient and outpatient care for mental health, crisis stabilization and substance abuse treatment. I received my Bachelor of Science in Nursing at University of Texas at Arlington and received my graduate degree from Walden University. I have experience in managing mood disorders, trauma, psychotic disorders, substance abuse and chronic illness through assessment and medication management for adult clients age 18 and older.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with more than 10 years of nursing experience in the psychiatric field ranging from inpatient and outpatient care for mental health, crisis stabilization and substance abuse treatment. I received my Bachelor of Science in Nursing at University of Texas at Arlington and received my graduate degree from Walden University. I have experience in managing mood disorders, trauma, psychotic disorders, substance abuse and chronic illness through assessment and medication management for adult clients age 18 and older.
(713) 496-0324 View (713) 496-0324
Photo of Mindful Health Solutions - Bobbi Porche, MD, Psychiatrist in Houston, TX
Mindful Health Solutions - Bobbi Porche, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77004
My ideal patient is a person that is willing to work together to tackle their mental health issues. My ideal patient is honest and forthcoming with what they think is working or not working with their treatment plan. I enjoy working with patients who are looking to incorporate medication treatment with other therapeutic options such as psychotherapy, lifestyle change, exercise, and mindfulness-based approaches. I joined Mindful Health Solutions due to the “patient-first” company mentality.
My ideal patient is a person that is willing to work together to tackle their mental health issues. My ideal patient is honest and forthcoming with what they think is working or not working with their treatment plan. I enjoy working with patients who are looking to incorporate medication treatment with other therapeutic options such as psychotherapy, lifestyle change, exercise, and mindfulness-based approaches. I joined Mindful Health Solutions due to the “patient-first” company mentality.
(832) 734-5173 View (832) 734-5173
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Rasheedat Koleosho at Mental Soothe PLLC Texas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, CNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77069  (Online Only)
Healing Minds, Changing Lives - who else wouldn't want to change for the better? My name is Rasheedat Koleosho, a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who provides client-centered care with individualized treatment plans. I have over 10 years of experience in the medical field and a master’s degree in nursing from the Grand Canyon University and Post-graduate Certificate as a psychiatric nurse practitioner from Rocky Mountain University. I have also received additional training and certifications in various evidence-based therapies and interventions.
Healing Minds, Changing Lives - who else wouldn't want to change for the better? My name is Rasheedat Koleosho, a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who provides client-centered care with individualized treatment plans. I have over 10 years of experience in the medical field and a master’s degree in nursing from the Grand Canyon University and Post-graduate Certificate as a psychiatric nurse practitioner from Rocky Mountain University. I have also received additional training and certifications in various evidence-based therapies and interventions.
(281) 968-5444 View (281) 968-5444
Photo of Reena Kumar, Psychiatrist in Houston, TX
Reena Kumar
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77008
Dr. Reena Kumar, MD is a Child, Adolescent, and Adult Nutritional Psychiatrist. Dr Kumar earned her Child & Adolescent Psychiatry degree from Dell Medical School at The University of Texas in Austin. Dr. Kumar is very passionate about working with children and their families and making a difference in their lives. Her patients love her for her calm demeanor, indomitable spirit, and genuine love & care she brings into her their lives. She has also received accolades for family therapy, mindfulness and self-compassion work. She also provides experiential group sessions for mindfulness meditation and lifestyle and dietary changes.
Dr. Reena Kumar, MD is a Child, Adolescent, and Adult Nutritional Psychiatrist. Dr Kumar earned her Child & Adolescent Psychiatry degree from Dell Medical School at The University of Texas in Austin. Dr. Kumar is very passionate about working with children and their families and making a difference in their lives. Her patients love her for her calm demeanor, indomitable spirit, and genuine love & care she brings into her their lives. She has also received accolades for family therapy, mindfulness and self-compassion work. She also provides experiential group sessions for mindfulness meditation and lifestyle and dietary changes.
(346) 226-3008 View (346) 226-3008

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Houston, TX

500+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Houston, TX who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
95% Anxiety
83% Bipolar Disorder
72% Trauma and PTSD
68% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
68% Medication Management
66% ADHD

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

93% Cigna and Evernorth
92% Aetna
91% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Houston, TX see their clients

52% In Person and Online
48% Online Only

Gender breakdown

72% Female
28% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Houston?

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.