Psychiatrists in Humble, TX

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Cordelia O Egwim
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, BSN, RN, CRRN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Humble, TX 77396  (Online Only)
Cordelia O E, PMHNP-BC, is an ANCC board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in the outpatient treatment of a wide range of psychiatric and behavioral services for children, adolescents, and adults. She is well-informed in the specialty of psychiatry and utilizes diversity, holistic, and evidence-based approaches in diagnosing, treating, and monitoring her clients’ mental conditions. She has over 14 years of experience working with clients in multiple specialties treating clients across the lifespan.
Cordelia O E, PMHNP-BC, is an ANCC board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in the outpatient treatment of a wide range of psychiatric and behavioral services for children, adolescents, and adults. She is well-informed in the specialty of psychiatry and utilizes diversity, holistic, and evidence-based approaches in diagnosing, treating, and monitoring her clients’ mental conditions. She has over 14 years of experience working with clients in multiple specialties treating clients across the lifespan.
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Alicia R Thomas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Humble, TX 77338  (Online Only)
Alicia is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a significant background in mental health and behavioral problems across the lifespan. She obtained her Master of Science degree in Nursing at the Maryville University of St Louis and has over 20 years of nursing experience in various capacities. She is committed to providing compassionate, client-centered care to all while increasing access to mental health services. Alicia believes in providing holistic care and understanding each patient is a unique individual.
Alicia is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a significant background in mental health and behavioral problems across the lifespan. She obtained her Master of Science degree in Nursing at the Maryville University of St Louis and has over 20 years of nursing experience in various capacities. She is committed to providing compassionate, client-centered care to all while increasing access to mental health services. Alicia believes in providing holistic care and understanding each patient is a unique individual.
(469) 871-5837 View (469) 871-5837
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Anna Lander
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Humble, TX 77396  (Online Only)
Are you confused and fed up with the Google research for answers about your symptoms? Are you becoming overwhelmed with feelings of depression and low motivation? Is your anxiety just not manageable anymore? If you are experiencing these issues and many other mental conditions, you have come to the right place. I would love to assist you in understanding what your issues are and collaborating with you to develop an individual plan that works for you and your needs. I strive to helping you take back control of your life.
Are you confused and fed up with the Google research for answers about your symptoms? Are you becoming overwhelmed with feelings of depression and low motivation? Is your anxiety just not manageable anymore? If you are experiencing these issues and many other mental conditions, you have come to the right place. I would love to assist you in understanding what your issues are and collaborating with you to develop an individual plan that works for you and your needs. I strive to helping you take back control of your life.
(346) 248-7042 View (346) 248-7042
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Tawa Raji
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Humble, TX 77338
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 18 years of clinical experience. I have an extensive experience with child and adult psychiatry. Through the years I have gained extensive experience in treating clients experiencing attention deficit, depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, chronic illness, and substance use issues. I use an integrative and client-centered approach to help clients build strength and clarity of mind to find their purpose.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 18 years of clinical experience. I have an extensive experience with child and adult psychiatry. Through the years I have gained extensive experience in treating clients experiencing attention deficit, depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, chronic illness, and substance use issues. I use an integrative and client-centered approach to help clients build strength and clarity of mind to find their purpose.
(281) 626-7115 View (281) 626-7115
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Linda Mbang ( Serenity Family Psychiatry)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified
Humble, TX 77339  (Online Only)
I attend to patients with Mood disorders, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar I and II, Autism, Schizophrenia, shift work sleep disorders and other psychiatric conditions. I believe in the integration of holistic modalities and the latest advancement in psychiatric research to deliver tailored solutions that address the complex interplay of social, psychological and biological factors that affect a mental well-being of an individual. I strive to create a non-judgmental environment where people can feel heard, valued, respected, and supported towards their journey to mental health wellness using evidence-based interventions.
I attend to patients with Mood disorders, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar I and II, Autism, Schizophrenia, shift work sleep disorders and other psychiatric conditions. I believe in the integration of holistic modalities and the latest advancement in psychiatric research to deliver tailored solutions that address the complex interplay of social, psychological and biological factors that affect a mental well-being of an individual. I strive to create a non-judgmental environment where people can feel heard, valued, respected, and supported towards their journey to mental health wellness using evidence-based interventions.
(281) 843-5288 View (281) 843-5288
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Bradley Vessel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC, PMHNP, APRN
Verified
Humble, TX 77346
I truly believe that Mental Health is fundamental at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. It is also my belief that every individual is unique with varying perspectives about life. From the initial interaction, I focus on providing an environment that is safe, comfortable, non-judgmental, and culturally sensitive. This environment provides an opportunity to collaborate and establish a positive relationship with my clients. I am trained in the use of medication management, brief psychotherapy, and relaxation techniques to help individuals reach their desired goals.
I truly believe that Mental Health is fundamental at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. It is also my belief that every individual is unique with varying perspectives about life. From the initial interaction, I focus on providing an environment that is safe, comfortable, non-judgmental, and culturally sensitive. This environment provides an opportunity to collaborate and establish a positive relationship with my clients. I am trained in the use of medication management, brief psychotherapy, and relaxation techniques to help individuals reach their desired goals.
(281) 549-8018 View (281) 549-8018
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Pheba Pappachan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Humble, TX 77346
Pheba Pappachan is a dual-certified nurse practitioner in Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Practice with Board certifications through the American Nurses Credentialing Center and American Association of Nurse Practitioners in Texas who has been practicing since 2013. She attended graduate school in Texas at the Texas Woman's University at Houston completing a Master of Science in Nursing for Family Nurse Practitioner program, and postgraduate study and certification in Psychiatry and mental health, along with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Brandman University in Irvine, California.
Pheba Pappachan is a dual-certified nurse practitioner in Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Practice with Board certifications through the American Nurses Credentialing Center and American Association of Nurse Practitioners in Texas who has been practicing since 2013. She attended graduate school in Texas at the Texas Woman's University at Houston completing a Master of Science in Nursing for Family Nurse Practitioner program, and postgraduate study and certification in Psychiatry and mental health, along with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Brandman University in Irvine, California.
(346) 708-6089 View (346) 708-6089
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Henrietta Evans
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, DNP, PMHNPBC, GNPBC
Verified
Humble, TX 77346
Hi! I am a Dual Board-Certified Doctor of Nursing Practice Psychiatric NP and Geriatric NP. My foundations and ethical beliefs have helped me to nurture, cultivate, and promote human well-being by showing my patients kindness, compassion, empathy, and humility to anyone who passes through my doors. My passion in life is to help others when they need it the most. I am a US Army Veteran and I am proud to have served my country. I also specialize in helping veterans with disability claims, Nexus Letters, and DBQ Evaluations.
Hi! I am a Dual Board-Certified Doctor of Nursing Practice Psychiatric NP and Geriatric NP. My foundations and ethical beliefs have helped me to nurture, cultivate, and promote human well-being by showing my patients kindness, compassion, empathy, and humility to anyone who passes through my doors. My passion in life is to help others when they need it the most. I am a US Army Veteran and I am proud to have served my country. I also specialize in helping veterans with disability claims, Nexus Letters, and DBQ Evaluations.
(832) 981-2947 View (832) 981-2947
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Tranquility Behavioral Health Clinic & TMS Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, DNP, PMHNPBC, GNPBC
Verified
Humble, TX 77346
Are you looking for supportive and individualized mental health care? You've come to the right place. At Tranquility Behavioral Health LLC & TMS Center, we strive to provide the highest quality mental health care services. We offer evidence-based treatment options to improve your overall well-being, including Theta-Burst rTMS therapy. We also specialize in treating Veterans with PTSD utilizing our latest Theta-Burst TMS Therapy. Schedule an appointment and let's begin your path to healing today!
Are you looking for supportive and individualized mental health care? You've come to the right place. At Tranquility Behavioral Health LLC & TMS Center, we strive to provide the highest quality mental health care services. We offer evidence-based treatment options to improve your overall well-being, including Theta-Burst rTMS therapy. We also specialize in treating Veterans with PTSD utilizing our latest Theta-Burst TMS Therapy. Schedule an appointment and let's begin your path to healing today!
(832) 353-2271 View (832) 353-2271
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Yvonne Amune
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Humble, TX 77346  (Online Only)
My clinical focus is on holistic and patient centered care for adults and adolescents, with special attention given to treating anxiety, depression, stress related disorders, as well as substance use disorder. Further, I am trained in motivational interviewing and CBT which I find to be effective tools in understanding and treating these issues. I believe in taking a compassionate, nonjudgmental approach to helping my patients reach their goals. My practice emphasizes the importance of creating a safe, trusting therapeutic relationship to facilitate the process of healing.
My clinical focus is on holistic and patient centered care for adults and adolescents, with special attention given to treating anxiety, depression, stress related disorders, as well as substance use disorder. Further, I am trained in motivational interviewing and CBT which I find to be effective tools in understanding and treating these issues. I believe in taking a compassionate, nonjudgmental approach to helping my patients reach their goals. My practice emphasizes the importance of creating a safe, trusting therapeutic relationship to facilitate the process of healing.
(346) 707-2578 View (346) 707-2578
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Donesha Tinsley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, DNP, PMHNPBC
Verified
Humble, TX 77346
I have a Doctorate of Nursing Practice and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I love what I do and I'm passionate about helping others. I came to Texas in 2010 as a motivated student and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Prairie View A&M University in 2015. I gained valuable experience working in the intermediate and cardiac intensive care unit. In 2018, I had an amazing opportunity to serve on a medical mission trip in the Dominican Republic. My passion for mental health emerged from my experience in critical care, where I realized that I cared about my patient's mental health.
I have a Doctorate of Nursing Practice and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I love what I do and I'm passionate about helping others. I came to Texas in 2010 as a motivated student and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Prairie View A&M University in 2015. I gained valuable experience working in the intermediate and cardiac intensive care unit. In 2018, I had an amazing opportunity to serve on a medical mission trip in the Dominican Republic. My passion for mental health emerged from my experience in critical care, where I realized that I cared about my patient's mental health.
(346) 567-8563 View (346) 567-8563
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Victor Bonoan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Humble, TX 77346
I have over 10 years' experience working in the Emergency Room and Psychiatric inpatient, outpatient, and substance use settings. I have worked for Memorial Hermann, Methodist, Harris Health, UHS, and HCA facilities. I have been an NP over 3 years now and offer full and comprehensive mental health care. I bring that vast knowledge and training into my treatment modalities. I feel that every person is an individual with their own story to tell and life to live. I find treating patients in that individual scope is the best approach to care and healing.
I have over 10 years' experience working in the Emergency Room and Psychiatric inpatient, outpatient, and substance use settings. I have worked for Memorial Hermann, Methodist, Harris Health, UHS, and HCA facilities. I have been an NP over 3 years now and offer full and comprehensive mental health care. I bring that vast knowledge and training into my treatment modalities. I feel that every person is an individual with their own story to tell and life to live. I find treating patients in that individual scope is the best approach to care and healing.
(281) 937-8421 View (281) 937-8421
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Oluwakemi Ajibola Ojo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Humble, TX 77338  (Online Only)
Dedicated to your wellness when it comes to Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, Schizophrenia and general mental illness.
Dedicated to your wellness when it comes to Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, Schizophrenia and general mental illness.
(346) 770-2446 View (346) 770-2446
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Holistic Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
3 Endorsed
Humble, TX 77396
We offer comprehensive mental health services including psychiatric evaluations, second opinions, medication management appointments, medication assisted opioid treatments, transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) and ketamine based therapy. Our clinicians are credentialed in local inpatient facilities, to provide the full spectrum of treatment.
We offer comprehensive mental health services including psychiatric evaluations, second opinions, medication management appointments, medication assisted opioid treatments, transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) and ketamine based therapy. Our clinicians are credentialed in local inpatient facilities, to provide the full spectrum of treatment.
(713) 804-7546 View (713) 804-7546
Photo of Willicia (Lisa) Toran, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Humble, TX
Willicia (Lisa) Toran
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Humble, TX 77338
My professional healthcare journey began in 2008 as an eager nurse with a strong desire to help others. I understand the challenges faced to establish strong and healthy foundations for ourselves and our loved ones. I'm passionate about providing quality mental health services through blended clinical experience and evidence-based practices. With my natural ability to build patient rapport and establish a judgement free zone, clients feel empowered to achieve an improved quality of life. My clinical interests include transitional age psychiatry, integrative medicine, and spreading awareness to improve global mental health.
My professional healthcare journey began in 2008 as an eager nurse with a strong desire to help others. I understand the challenges faced to establish strong and healthy foundations for ourselves and our loved ones. I'm passionate about providing quality mental health services through blended clinical experience and evidence-based practices. With my natural ability to build patient rapport and establish a judgement free zone, clients feel empowered to achieve an improved quality of life. My clinical interests include transitional age psychiatry, integrative medicine, and spreading awareness to improve global mental health.
(832) 234-9305 View (832) 234-9305
Photo of Joanna Afolabi, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Humble, TX
Joanna Afolabi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Humble, TX 77346  (Online Only)
Do you feel like you are trying to juggle a million different things at once? Do you find it difficult to balance your relationships, career, and health? Is it challenging to treat yourself well? As a Board-Certified Psychiatry Nurse Practitioner, together we can figure out what isn't working and restore equilibrium to your life. My goal is to offer professional, sympathetic, impartial, culturally sensitive, and evidence-based care. I provide care to patients of all ages, including children, adolescents, young adults, and older adults. Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Autism, Bipolar disorders, and Psychotic disorders.
Do you feel like you are trying to juggle a million different things at once? Do you find it difficult to balance your relationships, career, and health? Is it challenging to treat yourself well? As a Board-Certified Psychiatry Nurse Practitioner, together we can figure out what isn't working and restore equilibrium to your life. My goal is to offer professional, sympathetic, impartial, culturally sensitive, and evidence-based care. I provide care to patients of all ages, including children, adolescents, young adults, and older adults. Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Autism, Bipolar disorders, and Psychotic disorders.
(832) 864-5198 View (832) 864-5198

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Jessica Basa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified
Spring, TX 77373
Hi! I'm a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner at Magnolia Psychiatry clinic in Spring, TX. I specialize in treating patients of all ages on a wide spectrum of psychiatric conditions, including anxiety, PTSD, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and schizophrenia.
Hi! I'm a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner at Magnolia Psychiatry clinic in Spring, TX. I specialize in treating patients of all ages on a wide spectrum of psychiatric conditions, including anxiety, PTSD, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and schizophrenia.
(281) 533-8352 View (281) 533-8352
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Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Spring, TX 77373
Dr. Shah is welcoming new patients for video appointments. As a Board-certified M.D. psychiatrist, he specializes in assessing and treating anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD and other psychiatric issues. A holistic provider, he combines non-pharmacologic approaches - including psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy - in addition to medication. He utilizes such therapeutic modalities in medication management appointments as well as dedicated therapy sessions. Consequently, patients benefit from well-integrated treatment that is both systematic and thorough.
Dr. Shah is welcoming new patients for video appointments. As a Board-certified M.D. psychiatrist, he specializes in assessing and treating anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD and other psychiatric issues. A holistic provider, he combines non-pharmacologic approaches - including psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy - in addition to medication. He utilizes such therapeutic modalities in medication management appointments as well as dedicated therapy sessions. Consequently, patients benefit from well-integrated treatment that is both systematic and thorough.
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Goodness Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Spring, TX 77373
Currently accepting patients with appointments within A WEEK, with flexible scheduling. Are you struggling to find your way out of a dark place? Fighting to overcome feelings of grief, ADHD, addiction, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, Bipolar disorder or major life transitions? Have a history of physical, emotional, or sexual trauma? Feeling like you’ve exhausted all options for treatment and given up hope on finding a solution? I am here to provide light at the end of the tunnel for you.
Currently accepting patients with appointments within A WEEK, with flexible scheduling. Are you struggling to find your way out of a dark place? Fighting to overcome feelings of grief, ADHD, addiction, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, Bipolar disorder or major life transitions? Have a history of physical, emotional, or sexual trauma? Feeling like you’ve exhausted all options for treatment and given up hope on finding a solution? I am here to provide light at the end of the tunnel for you.
(214) 751-8913 View (214) 751-8913
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Angela Tefft
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified
Atascocita, TX 77346  (Online Only)
Beginning in 02/2024. Telehealth 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.
Beginning in 02/2024. Telehealth 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.
(281) 572-0598 View (281) 572-0598

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Humble, TX

10+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in Humble, TX who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
94% ADHD
94% Bipolar Disorder
81% Psychosis
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
69% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

4 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
93% BlueCross and BlueShield
80% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Humble, TX see their clients

57% In Person and Online
43% Online Only

Gender breakdown

85% Female
15% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Humble?

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.