Psychiatrists in Houston, TX

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Dr. Karolyn Skalany
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77096  (Online Only)
Dr. Karolyn Skalany focuses on providing patient centered medical care for the treatment of depression, anxiety, panic disorder, ADHD, and insomnia. Dr. Skalany is also a specialist in female reproductive psychiatry, including perinatal and post-partum depression, pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder, and mood issues related to perimenopause.
Dr. Karolyn Skalany focuses on providing patient centered medical care for the treatment of depression, anxiety, panic disorder, ADHD, and insomnia. Dr. Skalany is also a specialist in female reproductive psychiatry, including perinatal and post-partum depression, pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder, and mood issues related to perimenopause.
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Agnes Ayeh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77074
Licensed to see clients in MD, New York, New Mexico, Iowa, Texas and Oregon. My philosophy of care is always providing patient centered. In addition, motivational and cognitive therapy are great strategies to use but focusing on the patient’s current needs should never be strayed away. Experienced in depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, Bipolar disorders, intimate partner violence, and more. I believe in providing compassionate care to clients of all ages.
Licensed to see clients in MD, New York, New Mexico, Iowa, Texas and Oregon. My philosophy of care is always providing patient centered. In addition, motivational and cognitive therapy are great strategies to use but focusing on the patient’s current needs should never be strayed away. Experienced in depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, Bipolar disorders, intimate partner violence, and more. I believe in providing compassionate care to clients of all ages.
(254) 271-3606 View (254) 271-3606
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Dr. Li Jin
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77030  (Online Only)
Dr. Jin is a double board-certified addiction psychiatrist at Modern Psychiatry Center. She specializes in medication management of various psychiatric conditions, such as depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, PTSD and ADHD. Her area of expertise lies in the treatment of substance use disorders, especially Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) with buprenorphine. Dr. Jin offers only video appointments. Modern Psychiatry Center does not offer counseling services at this time. Please visit our website at modernpsychcenter.com to learn more about Dr. Jin and our practice.
Dr. Jin is a double board-certified addiction psychiatrist at Modern Psychiatry Center. She specializes in medication management of various psychiatric conditions, such as depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, PTSD and ADHD. Her area of expertise lies in the treatment of substance use disorders, especially Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) with buprenorphine. Dr. Jin offers only video appointments. Modern Psychiatry Center does not offer counseling services at this time. Please visit our website at modernpsychcenter.com to learn more about Dr. Jin and our practice.
(832) 307-0941 View (832) 307-0941
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Sound Mynd
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-C,
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77031
Are you feeling down, worried, angry or struggling with life's challenges? Are you unable to cope and concentrate? I am here to help. I offer talk therapy and medication management for Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, Depression, OCD, PTSD, and Schizophrenia. You won't wait long to see me, and we can even meet online (Telehealth). I strive to offer a non-judgmental and healing space for you to make the changes you want.
Are you feeling down, worried, angry or struggling with life's challenges? Are you unable to cope and concentrate? I am here to help. I offer talk therapy and medication management for Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, Depression, OCD, PTSD, and Schizophrenia. You won't wait long to see me, and we can even meet online (Telehealth). I strive to offer a non-judgmental and healing space for you to make the changes you want.
(281) 524-2834 View (281) 524-2834
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Zenith Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77089  (Online Only)
NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS! Appointment within a week are available including AFTERNOONS, EVENINGS, WEEKDAYS AND WEEKENDS. At Zenith Psychiatry, we specialize in kids, Adolescent and Adult mental health. We provide Compassionate, Safe, and Evidence Based Care. We believe in a holistic approach to mental health which involves addressing your emotional, mental, physical and spiritual health needs. We will work with you to individualize your treatment plan and treat you in a Safe, Caring and non-judgmental matter.
NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS! Appointment within a week are available including AFTERNOONS, EVENINGS, WEEKDAYS AND WEEKENDS. At Zenith Psychiatry, we specialize in kids, Adolescent and Adult mental health. We provide Compassionate, Safe, and Evidence Based Care. We believe in a holistic approach to mental health which involves addressing your emotional, mental, physical and spiritual health needs. We will work with you to individualize your treatment plan and treat you in a Safe, Caring and non-judgmental matter.
(281) 214-8207 View (281) 214-8207
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Sandra Bialose
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77002  (Online Only)
Sandra Bialose is a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner with a notable career spanning 7 years. Sandra’s practice revolves around providing exceptional care for a diverse range of disorders, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, and insomnia. Recognizing the significance of seeking care for mental health needs, Sandra commends the courage and strength displayed by individuals who embark on this journey.
Sandra Bialose is a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner with a notable career spanning 7 years. Sandra’s practice revolves around providing exceptional care for a diverse range of disorders, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, and insomnia. Recognizing the significance of seeking care for mental health needs, Sandra commends the courage and strength displayed by individuals who embark on this journey.
(713) 766-0572 View (713) 766-0572
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Wholerapha
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77002  (Online Only)
As a person, I am always available to listen to my surrounding concerns and struggles; moreover, I go above and beyond to help find a solution to their concerns. As a Psychiatry Mental Health Nurse Practioner, I listen to my patients; in creating a therapeutic rapport, I ask about their short-term and long-term goals and what they expect to achieve when they come to my search. Furthermore, I always use a holistic approach that includes pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches.
As a person, I am always available to listen to my surrounding concerns and struggles; moreover, I go above and beyond to help find a solution to their concerns. As a Psychiatry Mental Health Nurse Practioner, I listen to my patients; in creating a therapeutic rapport, I ask about their short-term and long-term goals and what they expect to achieve when they come to my search. Furthermore, I always use a holistic approach that includes pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches.
(520) 636-6672 View (520) 636-6672
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Riaz Rahman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77060
I am a dual boarded physician in psychiatry and internal medicine. I have broad experience both in internal medicine and psychiatry. I do inpatient and office-based psychiatry. My expertise are Addiction Medicine, Attention Deficit disorder, geriatric psychiatry, depression, anxiety disorders and bipolar disorder. I have Hospital privileges in majority of Houston and Ford Bend County hospitals, where I perform consultation liaison psychiatry.
I am a dual boarded physician in psychiatry and internal medicine. I have broad experience both in internal medicine and psychiatry. I do inpatient and office-based psychiatry. My expertise are Addiction Medicine, Attention Deficit disorder, geriatric psychiatry, depression, anxiety disorders and bipolar disorder. I have Hospital privileges in majority of Houston and Ford Bend County hospitals, where I perform consultation liaison psychiatry.
(713) 984-4546 View (713) 984-4546
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Jashunta Carson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77070
JaShunta Carson is a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Ms. Carson felt the only way to accomplish that is to become an expert in both medicine and psychiatry. JaShunta wanted to be a well-rounded provider. Ms. Carson felt the only way to accomplish that is to become an expert in both medicine and psychiatry. Ms. Carson serves the entire life span seeing ages 6 and older. She has worked in every area of mental health serving, children, adolescents, adult, and geriatric populations.
JaShunta Carson is a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Ms. Carson felt the only way to accomplish that is to become an expert in both medicine and psychiatry. JaShunta wanted to be a well-rounded provider. Ms. Carson felt the only way to accomplish that is to become an expert in both medicine and psychiatry. Ms. Carson serves the entire life span seeing ages 6 and older. She has worked in every area of mental health serving, children, adolescents, adult, and geriatric populations.
(281) 767-8985 View (281) 767-8985
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Patrick Thomas Jr
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77024
Sometimes life breaks you down, either in a hurry, or over time. I work to help you heal those breaks. Using evidence-based psychotherapeutic techniques, I can provide you tools to address the pressing issues; then, if you so choose, we can explore the causes of long standing concerns in your life. As a board certified psychiatrist, I also have expertise in psychopharmacology. Additionally, I recognize that each patient's situation may be complicated by various factors; to optimize well-being and quality of life, I will collaborate with you on a treatment plan that addresses all aspects of concern.
Sometimes life breaks you down, either in a hurry, or over time. I work to help you heal those breaks. Using evidence-based psychotherapeutic techniques, I can provide you tools to address the pressing issues; then, if you so choose, we can explore the causes of long standing concerns in your life. As a board certified psychiatrist, I also have expertise in psychopharmacology. Additionally, I recognize that each patient's situation may be complicated by various factors; to optimize well-being and quality of life, I will collaborate with you on a treatment plan that addresses all aspects of concern.
(832) 558-5525 View (832) 558-5525
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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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PsychEase Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77042
As a clinician, my focus is on holistic and patient-centered care for adults and adolescents. I specialize in treating anxiety, mood, stress-related disorders, and substance use disorders. I am trained in motivational interviewing and CBT, which I find to be effective tools for understanding and treating these issues. My approach is compassionate and nonjudgmental, to help my patients reach their goals. Creating a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship is a vital part of my practice, as it facilitates the healing process.
As a clinician, my focus is on holistic and patient-centered care for adults and adolescents. I specialize in treating anxiety, mood, stress-related disorders, and substance use disorders. I am trained in motivational interviewing and CBT, which I find to be effective tools for understanding and treating these issues. My approach is compassionate and nonjudgmental, to help my patients reach their goals. Creating a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship is a vital part of my practice, as it facilitates the healing process.
(281) 957-1281 View (281) 957-1281
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Bejoy John
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77024
Dr Bejoy John MD is a board certified psychiatrist with over 12 years of clinical experience in treating depression, anxiety, bipolar , schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders .Dr John primarily treats adults . Dr John graduated from BLDEA Patil Medical College from India .He did his psychiatry residency from Metro Health Medical Center in Cleveland , Ohio and completed a year of fellowship at the University of Arizona, Tuscon. In his free time Dr John enjoys spending time with his family, friends and traveling.
Dr Bejoy John MD is a board certified psychiatrist with over 12 years of clinical experience in treating depression, anxiety, bipolar , schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders .Dr John primarily treats adults . Dr John graduated from BLDEA Patil Medical College from India .He did his psychiatry residency from Metro Health Medical Center in Cleveland , Ohio and completed a year of fellowship at the University of Arizona, Tuscon. In his free time Dr John enjoys spending time with his family, friends and traveling.
(346) 423-3801 View (346) 423-3801
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Kimberly Sennet
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77002  (Online Only)
Hi there! If you’re reading this, I hope I can be of help in your mental health journey today. My name is Kimberly Sennet, and I’ve recently opened additional availability in my practice to take on new clients. I’m a board-certified psychiatric provider and I accept most major insurance plans (including Cigna, Aetna, United, etc) because I believe care should be affordable to all. I tend to fill up quickly, but as of right now, I have appointment slots open as early as next week.
Hi there! If you’re reading this, I hope I can be of help in your mental health journey today. My name is Kimberly Sennet, and I’ve recently opened additional availability in my practice to take on new clients. I’m a board-certified psychiatric provider and I accept most major insurance plans (including Cigna, Aetna, United, etc) because I believe care should be affordable to all. I tend to fill up quickly, but as of right now, I have appointment slots open as early as next week.
(832) 957-9268 View (832) 957-9268
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Napoleon B Higgins Jr
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77089
Napoleon B. Higgins, Jr., MD, is a psychiatrist in the Houston/Clear Lake City Area. He currently serves as Owner, CEO and President of Bay Pointe Behavioral Health Service, Inc., and South East Houston Research Group, Inc. He also practices as the Medical Director of Hold My Hand Residential Treatment Center. Dr. Higgins specializes in treating mental health disorders through medication management, psychotherapy and behavioral training.
Napoleon B. Higgins, Jr., MD, is a psychiatrist in the Houston/Clear Lake City Area. He currently serves as Owner, CEO and President of Bay Pointe Behavioral Health Service, Inc., and South East Houston Research Group, Inc. He also practices as the Medical Director of Hold My Hand Residential Treatment Center. Dr. Higgins specializes in treating mental health disorders through medication management, psychotherapy and behavioral training.
(832) 895-7912 View (832) 895-7912
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Richard M. Barrett
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77098
I try to help each person I work with feel understood and appreciated as a whole human being with strengths that can be mobilized, as well as with their own emotional suffering. This enforms me how how I relate to you, your child, teen, or family. Medications are used if necessary, and if progress is made and they are no longer needed, are lowered and possibly stopped. If they don't help I make every effort to adjust, change, or combine to get the desired result.
I try to help each person I work with feel understood and appreciated as a whole human being with strengths that can be mobilized, as well as with their own emotional suffering. This enforms me how how I relate to you, your child, teen, or family. Medications are used if necessary, and if progress is made and they are no longer needed, are lowered and possibly stopped. If they don't help I make every effort to adjust, change, or combine to get the desired result.
(713) 597-5299 View (713) 597-5299
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Catherine Wachira
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77024
It has always brought me great joy and fulfillment to be part of my patient’s journey, from seeking care to getting healed, through the best care I have been able to offer at their most vulnerable time of need. Having had firsthand experience with my fellow military colleagues, and my experience in clinical practice, the severity of mental health is not to be taken lightly.
It has always brought me great joy and fulfillment to be part of my patient’s journey, from seeking care to getting healed, through the best care I have been able to offer at their most vulnerable time of need. Having had firsthand experience with my fellow military colleagues, and my experience in clinical practice, the severity of mental health is not to be taken lightly.
(832) 981-7174 View (832) 981-7174
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Christina Shephard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77098
Christina Shephard is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2023. Christina provides a warm and collaborative approach to psychiatry by using an unbiased approach and active listening. She focuses on what motivates the client. Christina is empathetic, knowledgeable, and responsive. She's known for her attention to detail and patience. She has six years of nursing experience. Outside of work, Christina enjoys ice-skating, traveling, playing with her dog, binge watching her favorite shows, and trying new restaurants.
Christina Shephard is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2023. Christina provides a warm and collaborative approach to psychiatry by using an unbiased approach and active listening. She focuses on what motivates the client. Christina is empathetic, knowledgeable, and responsive. She's known for her attention to detail and patience. She has six years of nursing experience. Outside of work, Christina enjoys ice-skating, traveling, playing with her dog, binge watching her favorite shows, and trying new restaurants.
(832) 990-1053 View (832) 990-1053
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Mallory Hale
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77002  (Online Only)
I have been a nurse for 17 years. I have been a psychiatric nurse practitioner for 4 years. I believe in a holistic approach to mental healthcare. I specialize in psychiatric medication management in addition to supportive therapy.
I have been a nurse for 17 years. I have been a psychiatric nurse practitioner for 4 years. I believe in a holistic approach to mental healthcare. I specialize in psychiatric medication management in addition to supportive therapy.
(832) 780-3184 View (832) 780-3184
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Heidi Warmbold
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77057  (Online Only)
I am dual certified as a PMHNP and FNP (family nurse practitioner) and have been working in health care for over 20 years with over 15 years as an advanced practice nurse. I have worked in a variety of settings to include acute and outpatient care with all ages as well as with veteran and active duty military service members. I have had exposure and experience working with all ranges of mental health disorders at all stages of severity. I enjoy working with a diverse patient population and am passionate about helping people achieve their personal health goals; both physical and mental.
I am dual certified as a PMHNP and FNP (family nurse practitioner) and have been working in health care for over 20 years with over 15 years as an advanced practice nurse. I have worked in a variety of settings to include acute and outpatient care with all ages as well as with veteran and active duty military service members. I have had exposure and experience working with all ranges of mental health disorders at all stages of severity. I enjoy working with a diverse patient population and am passionate about helping people achieve their personal health goals; both physical and mental.
(346) 644-6584 View (346) 644-6584

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
69% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
69% Medication Management
67% 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.