Psychiatrists in Jefferson County, TX

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Nkem A Nwaobi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Beaumont, TX 77708  (Online Only)
You deserve the right to heal! Yes, I’m talking to you. You deserve the right to heal from your past and present traumas- “big T's or small t's” that may be causing you any mental health challenges. You deserve to live a fulfilling life and be the very best version of yourself! I am here to support you achieve that in the most compassionate, personalized and respectful way. I am very confident in my skills to assess, diagnose, prescribe medications/therapy, and offer a comprehensive behavioral health services. I am also very experienced in treating opioid addiction and other substance use disorders with a harm reduction approach.
You deserve the right to heal! Yes, I’m talking to you. You deserve the right to heal from your past and present traumas- “big T's or small t's” that may be causing you any mental health challenges. You deserve to live a fulfilling life and be the very best version of yourself! I am here to support you achieve that in the most compassionate, personalized and respectful way. I am very confident in my skills to assess, diagnose, prescribe medications/therapy, and offer a comprehensive behavioral health services. I am also very experienced in treating opioid addiction and other substance use disorders with a harm reduction approach.
(409) 710-5735 View (409) 710-5735
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Courageous Coaching MT
Psychiatric Nurse, LVN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Beaumont, TX 77703  (Online Only)
You will never make it to your destination if you don't know where you are.
You will never make it to your destination if you don't know where you are.
(409) 405-4922 View (409) 405-4922
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Jt Seaman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Beaumont, TX 77713  (Online Only)
I love working with children and adolescents. I also love working with individuals who suffer from substance use disorders. But I am qualified and willing and able to work with individuals across the lifespan. It would be a pleasure to work with you and help you set goals to obtain your maximal level of mental health and well-being.
I love working with children and adolescents. I also love working with individuals who suffer from substance use disorders. But I am qualified and willing and able to work with individuals across the lifespan. It would be a pleasure to work with you and help you set goals to obtain your maximal level of mental health and well-being.
(409) 746-5125 View (409) 746-5125
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Holistic Health and Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Beaumont, TX 77701  (Online Only)
Andrea Yoshiko Carter is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has experience treating adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, PTSD, childhood trauma, and bipolar disorder. Andrea has received training in dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and is certified in brainspotting.
Andrea Yoshiko Carter is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has experience treating adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, PTSD, childhood trauma, and bipolar disorder. Andrea has received training in dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and is certified in brainspotting.
(409) 684-0656 View (409) 684-0656
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Beverly Winn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Beaumont, TX 77706  (Online Only)
Passionate about mental health and finding the best treatment for you when symptoms are keeping you from having a productive and fulfilled life.
Passionate about mental health and finding the best treatment for you when symptoms are keeping you from having a productive and fulfilled life.
(409) 215-3528 View (409) 215-3528
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Riceland Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Beaumont, TX 77707
I have experience with working with and treating patients with a variety of psychiatric diagnoses, including bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, Dementia, Alzheimer’s. I have worked with underserved populations in community mental health that are stable or in crisis. Medication management and counselling for Geriatrics but I am comfortable with patients from age 18 and up.
I have experience with working with and treating patients with a variety of psychiatric diagnoses, including bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, Dementia, Alzheimer’s. I have worked with underserved populations in community mental health that are stable or in crisis. Medication management and counselling for Geriatrics but I am comfortable with patients from age 18 and up.
(409) 215-0890 View (409) 215-0890
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MindRestorative Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Beaumont, TX 77707
At MindRestorative, our providers are highly skilled, compassionate, and experienced Board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners specializing in treating adults, adolescents, children, and families dealing with Anxiety, ADHD, Depression, Bipolar, Substance Abuse, Schizophrenia, PTSD, Insomnia, and Childhood mood Disorders.
At MindRestorative, our providers are highly skilled, compassionate, and experienced Board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners specializing in treating adults, adolescents, children, and families dealing with Anxiety, ADHD, Depression, Bipolar, Substance Abuse, Schizophrenia, PTSD, Insomnia, and Childhood mood Disorders.
(832) 662-8218 View (832) 662-8218
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Chinwe Mbonu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Beaumont, TX 77707
Dear client, I am committed to providing you with personalized and compassionate care tailored to your needs. I understand that seeking mental health support can be a vulnerable and courageous step, and I want to assure you that I am here to support you on your journey toward wellness. With my specialized training and expertise in mental health, I am equipped to assess, diagnose, and develop a comprehensive treatment plan specifically designed to address your concerns. Your wellbeing is my top priority, and I will work closely with you to understand your experience, concerns, and goals, ensuring that your voice is heard with respect
Dear client, I am committed to providing you with personalized and compassionate care tailored to your needs. I understand that seeking mental health support can be a vulnerable and courageous step, and I want to assure you that I am here to support you on your journey toward wellness. With my specialized training and expertise in mental health, I am equipped to assess, diagnose, and develop a comprehensive treatment plan specifically designed to address your concerns. Your wellbeing is my top priority, and I will work closely with you to understand your experience, concerns, and goals, ensuring that your voice is heard with respect
(409) 235-3942 View (409) 235-3942
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Empowered Psychiatry and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Beaumont, TX 77706
Accepting new patients from anywhere in Texas! Are you ever curious if what you're experiencing is typical? Perhaps you are puzzled by your forgetfulness, struggle to focus, or find yourself easily distracted. Maybe getting out of bed in the morning feels like a chore, you lack motivation to engage in life, or you experience unexplained tearfulness. Do you find it difficult to sleep at night, waking up multiple times and feeling exhausted the next day? Have you faced trauma that leaves you feeling anxious and on edge? You don't have to navigate these difficulties by yourself.
Accepting new patients from anywhere in Texas! Are you ever curious if what you're experiencing is typical? Perhaps you are puzzled by your forgetfulness, struggle to focus, or find yourself easily distracted. Maybe getting out of bed in the morning feels like a chore, you lack motivation to engage in life, or you experience unexplained tearfulness. Do you find it difficult to sleep at night, waking up multiple times and feeling exhausted the next day? Have you faced trauma that leaves you feeling anxious and on edge? You don't have to navigate these difficulties by yourself.
(346) 559-2766 View (346) 559-2766
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Amol Chaugule MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Beaumont, TX 77707
Whether your challenge is depression, anxiety, relationship issues, or problems dealing with your feelings, it can feel overwhelming to try and deal with all of this by yourself. Not wanting to face your pain is normal and it's sometimes just too scary to do it on your own. Together we can help you face your problems in a supportive and safe space. I am a board-certified adult psychiatrist with a deep interest in psychotherapy and expertise in prescribing medications.
Whether your challenge is depression, anxiety, relationship issues, or problems dealing with your feelings, it can feel overwhelming to try and deal with all of this by yourself. Not wanting to face your pain is normal and it's sometimes just too scary to do it on your own. Together we can help you face your problems in a supportive and safe space. I am a board-certified adult psychiatrist with a deep interest in psychotherapy and expertise in prescribing medications.
(832) 412-1341 View (832) 412-1341
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Sunshine Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, FNP-C, CPNP-PC, ENP-C
Verified Verified
Beaumont, TX 77702  (Online Only)
Sunshine Health was established to help adult and pediatric clients achieve their highest level of mental and physical health. Our approach to health is comprehensive including psychiatric and medical care, therapy, nutrition, weight, and activity management tailored to each individual patient to work toward their goals. We also offer corporate consulting to businesses and schools.
Sunshine Health was established to help adult and pediatric clients achieve their highest level of mental and physical health. Our approach to health is comprehensive including psychiatric and medical care, therapy, nutrition, weight, and activity management tailored to each individual patient to work toward their goals. We also offer corporate consulting to businesses and schools.
(409) 359-2399 View (409) 359-2399
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Mercygrace Mental Wellness, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
China, TX 77613
Mercy graduated from Texas State University with an M.S. in Nursing and is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Mercy has over 8 years of expertise in psychiatric nursing and specializes in the treatment of mood and anxiety problems in adults and adolescents. Mercy, as a provider, takes a nonjudgmental, sympathetic approach and believes that every individual has the ability to reach his or her full potential. Mercy adds wellness therapies such as healthy sleep, exercise, diet, mindfulness, and social connectedness into her clients' treatment programs in addition to medication management.
Mercy graduated from Texas State University with an M.S. in Nursing and is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Mercy has over 8 years of expertise in psychiatric nursing and specializes in the treatment of mood and anxiety problems in adults and adolescents. Mercy, as a provider, takes a nonjudgmental, sympathetic approach and believes that every individual has the ability to reach his or her full potential. Mercy adds wellness therapies such as healthy sleep, exercise, diet, mindfulness, and social connectedness into her clients' treatment programs in addition to medication management.
(972) 895-7369 View (972) 895-7369
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Dr. Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Beaumont, TX 77702
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.
(346) 514-4159 View (346) 514-4159
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Dr Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Beaumont, TX 77702
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.
(281) 942-8779 View (281) 942-8779
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Ijeoma Ononenyi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Beaumont, TX 77706  (Online Only)
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I specialize in helping people with mental health conditions and substance use disorders. I work with my clients to develop personalized care plans that meet their individual needs and goals. My ideal client is someone who's struggling with a mental health condition, substance use disorder, or both, including those who identify as LGBTQ+. If that's you, I can help. Please reach out to me to get started.
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I specialize in helping people with mental health conditions and substance use disorders. I work with my clients to develop personalized care plans that meet their individual needs and goals. My ideal client is someone who's struggling with a mental health condition, substance use disorder, or both, including those who identify as LGBTQ+. If that's you, I can help. Please reach out to me to get started.
(214) 949-8061 View (214) 949-8061
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Compass Mental Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN , APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Beaumont, TX 77708
Compass Mental Health & Wellness (MHW) invites you to partner with us. At Compass MHW, you are not just another patient, you are part of a team. We believe in a holistic approach to mental health and wellness, in which the care is not focused solely on existing illness or pathology but expanded to allow for an integrative treatment program. During your sessions, you and your provider may discuss factors such as your daily habits and any existing physical conditions, in addition to your current symptoms. It is through that engagement that the provider is able to develop a customized program of care to better treat your concerns.
Compass Mental Health & Wellness (MHW) invites you to partner with us. At Compass MHW, you are not just another patient, you are part of a team. We believe in a holistic approach to mental health and wellness, in which the care is not focused solely on existing illness or pathology but expanded to allow for an integrative treatment program. During your sessions, you and your provider may discuss factors such as your daily habits and any existing physical conditions, in addition to your current symptoms. It is through that engagement that the provider is able to develop a customized program of care to better treat your concerns.
(832) 990-8808 View (832) 990-8808
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Oluwatobi Adeleke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-C, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Beaumont, TX 77707  (Online Only)
Do you find yourself facing challenges in life that leave you feeling unfulfilled? Do you feel less understood and less alone in your daily struggles? As a child, were you the victim of abuse or neglect? Do you frequently feel down, grumpy, angry, tense, or uninspired? Do you lack self-assurance and worry that you aren't good enough? Is it hard for you to believe people? Do you struggle with mental health or relationships? I I'm a LGBTQ+ affirming Psychiatric provider who can help you create a personalized care plan to achieve your mental and emotional well-being .
Do you find yourself facing challenges in life that leave you feeling unfulfilled? Do you feel less understood and less alone in your daily struggles? As a child, were you the victim of abuse or neglect? Do you frequently feel down, grumpy, angry, tense, or uninspired? Do you lack self-assurance and worry that you aren't good enough? Is it hard for you to believe people? Do you struggle with mental health or relationships? I I'm a LGBTQ+ affirming Psychiatric provider who can help you create a personalized care plan to achieve your mental and emotional well-being .
(409) 215-0936 View (409) 215-0936
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Holistic Health and Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-RN, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Beaumont, TX 77703  (Online Only)
NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS WITH TELEHEALTH APPOINTMENTS. MULTIPLE OPTIONS ON APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE; AFTERNOONS, EVENINGS, WEEKDAYS AND WEEKENDS. Mental and emotional difficulties are real and can greatly limit our functioning. At Holistic health and psychiatry, we believe in a multidimensional approach in managing mental health. Our practitioners collaborate to offer therapeutic interventions including medication management and various therapy approaches to assist individuals with mental health difficulties.
NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS WITH TELEHEALTH APPOINTMENTS. MULTIPLE OPTIONS ON APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE; AFTERNOONS, EVENINGS, WEEKDAYS AND WEEKENDS. Mental and emotional difficulties are real and can greatly limit our functioning. At Holistic health and psychiatry, we believe in a multidimensional approach in managing mental health. Our practitioners collaborate to offer therapeutic interventions including medication management and various therapy approaches to assist individuals with mental health difficulties.
(682) 356-2811 View (682) 356-2811
Larissa DeBlanc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Beaumont, TX 77713
(409) 207-8166 View (409) 207-8166

Online Psychiatrists

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Ebike Ale-Opinion
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Cypress, TX 77433  (Online Only)
Ebike is a certified Family and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has always been passionate about mental health care and worked as a psychiatric and mental health nurse with adults and children in inpatient psychiatry for several years. Ebike is passionate about providing mental health with compassion and respect
Ebike is a certified Family and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has always been passionate about mental health care and worked as a psychiatric and mental health nurse with adults and children in inpatient psychiatry for several years. Ebike is passionate about providing mental health with compassion and respect
(832) 789-3724 View (832) 789-3724

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Number of Psychiatrists in Jefferson County, TX

10+

Average cost per session

$110

Psychiatrists in Jefferson County, TX who prioritize treating:

84% Depression
79% Anxiety
74% Bipolar Disorder
74% Medication Management
63% ADHD
63% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
63% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

93% Aetna
93% BlueCross and BlueShield
86% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Jefferson County, TX see their clients

53% In Person and Online
47% Online Only

Gender breakdown

83% Female
17% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Jefferson 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.