Psychiatrists in Junction, TX

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Mercygrace Mental Wellness,PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Junction, TX 76849  (Online Only)
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.
(915) 348-3129 View (915) 348-3129

Online Psychiatrists

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Blue Skyes Health Psychiatry Group
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78229
We thrive on supporting our pediatric community and their families with an integrative care for children and their behavioral health. Specializing in treating conditions such as ADHD, depression, anxiety, anger, bipolar disorder and other behavior problems. We understand that when a child in the family is struggling the whole family struggles. We provide medication management for our patients and an open communication with the parents because we believe good communication with our patients makes for better treatment outcomes.
We thrive on supporting our pediatric community and their families with an integrative care for children and their behavioral health. Specializing in treating conditions such as ADHD, depression, anxiety, anger, bipolar disorder and other behavior problems. We understand that when a child in the family is struggling the whole family struggles. We provide medication management for our patients and an open communication with the parents because we believe good communication with our patients makes for better treatment outcomes.
(210) 405-7504 View (210) 405-7504
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Christina Wei
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78229
Mental wellness is a journey, and I would love to be a part of your treatment team! With more than 20 years of experience, I have a huge appreciation and respect for people who place their care in my hands. My ideal patient wants help from a highly qualified and caring professional who is versed in both psychiatry and brief psychotherapy, specializing in medication management for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trauma, and PTSD. Let's spend time collaborating on a well-thought-out and comprehensive treatment plan for your problems/concerns. Group therapy for adults is available.
Mental wellness is a journey, and I would love to be a part of your treatment team! With more than 20 years of experience, I have a huge appreciation and respect for people who place their care in my hands. My ideal patient wants help from a highly qualified and caring professional who is versed in both psychiatry and brief psychotherapy, specializing in medication management for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trauma, and PTSD. Let's spend time collaborating on a well-thought-out and comprehensive treatment plan for your problems/concerns. Group therapy for adults is available.
(210) 920-8212 View (210) 920-8212
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Nicholas Estioko
Physician Assistant, MSPAS, PA-C
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78257
***ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS WITH APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE SAME WEEK*** PA Estioko is a board-certified physician assistant specializing in the field of psychiatry. He completed his medical training at California Baptist University and took special interest in the treatment of psychiatric disorders during his clinical year. He recognized the need for mental health services across various specialties and is excited to join Phoenix Mental Health to help increase accessibility in San Antonio, TX.
***ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS WITH APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE SAME WEEK*** PA Estioko is a board-certified physician assistant specializing in the field of psychiatry. He completed his medical training at California Baptist University and took special interest in the treatment of psychiatric disorders during his clinical year. He recognized the need for mental health services across various specialties and is excited to join Phoenix Mental Health to help increase accessibility in San Antonio, TX.
(210) 940-2438 View (210) 940-2438
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Shazar Khan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78245  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, or navigating a major life change? My ideal client seeks a compassionate and understanding partner in their mental health journey. They desire to regain control, find hope, and achieve a balanced, fulfilling life. They want a personalized approach that respects their unique experiences and goals. At Legion Health, we offer a supportive environment where you can feel truly heard and valued.
Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, or navigating a major life change? My ideal client seeks a compassionate and understanding partner in their mental health journey. They desire to regain control, find hope, and achieve a balanced, fulfilling life. They want a personalized approach that respects their unique experiences and goals. At Legion Health, we offer a supportive environment where you can feel truly heard and valued.
(726) 727-4777 View (726) 727-4777
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Ascend Psychiatric Specialty Services
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78258
Dr. Quiroga is excited to bring her Direct Care Psychiatric Practice to the Stone Oak area. With this model, Insurance is not accepted, and payment is made directly to the office at the time of service. This allows for more personalized care that is not limited in appointment time and frequency by the insurance carrier. The medical record remains confidential, unless you wish to share that information with your insurance. Please refer to the rates section of our website for more information on the cost of initial consultation and follow-up visits. Initial consultation- $550 (up to 90 min), Follow-up visit- $225 (up to 25 min).
Dr. Quiroga is excited to bring her Direct Care Psychiatric Practice to the Stone Oak area. With this model, Insurance is not accepted, and payment is made directly to the office at the time of service. This allows for more personalized care that is not limited in appointment time and frequency by the insurance carrier. The medical record remains confidential, unless you wish to share that information with your insurance. Please refer to the rates section of our website for more information on the cost of initial consultation and follow-up visits. Initial consultation- $550 (up to 90 min), Follow-up visit- $225 (up to 25 min).
(210) 702-3143 View (210) 702-3143
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Clarissa Chaisson-McRae
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78229
I am a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. I completed my Psychiatry Residency at Henry Ford Hospital, where I served as chief resident. In addition, I completed a Medical Leadership Fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital, and an Electroconvulsive Therapy Visiting Fellowship at Duke University. I am general psychiatrist who treats adults with a variety of mental health disorders. I strive for balance in your treatment plan, including medication management and psychotherapy. Coordination of care and continuity of care are very important to me.
I am a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. I completed my Psychiatry Residency at Henry Ford Hospital, where I served as chief resident. In addition, I completed a Medical Leadership Fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital, and an Electroconvulsive Therapy Visiting Fellowship at Duke University. I am general psychiatrist who treats adults with a variety of mental health disorders. I strive for balance in your treatment plan, including medication management and psychotherapy. Coordination of care and continuity of care are very important to me.
(210) 903-8243 View (210) 903-8243
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Munira Jiwani
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78254  (Online Only)
Hello! I'm glad you've found my profile. My name is Munira Jiwani, and I've just opened more slots at Legion Psychiatry to welcome new clients. I work with most major insurance carriers, such as Cigna, Aetna, United, and more. My schedule fills up fast, but currently, I can see new patients as early as next week on Mondays and Tuesdays (morning and afternoon).
Hello! I'm glad you've found my profile. My name is Munira Jiwani, and I've just opened more slots at Legion Psychiatry to welcome new clients. I work with most major insurance carriers, such as Cigna, Aetna, United, and more. My schedule fills up fast, but currently, I can see new patients as early as next week on Mondays and Tuesdays (morning and afternoon).
(210) 761-4431 View (210) 761-4431
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Victoria Hernandez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRNCNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78251
Greetings! My name is Dr. Victoria Hernandez, I am a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I originally attended the University of Texas at Arlington, where I received my Bachelor of Science in Nursing. While working as a pediatric psychiatric nurse, I completed my Doctorate in Nursing Practice at the University of the Incarnate Word. I am an active member of The National Society of Leadership and Success, and the American Nurses Association & Texas Nurses Association.
Greetings! My name is Dr. Victoria Hernandez, I am a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I originally attended the University of Texas at Arlington, where I received my Bachelor of Science in Nursing. While working as a pediatric psychiatric nurse, I completed my Doctorate in Nursing Practice at the University of the Incarnate Word. I am an active member of The National Society of Leadership and Success, and the American Nurses Association & Texas Nurses Association.
(210) 714-9852 View (210) 714-9852
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Lovette Okoh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fredericksburg, TX 78624  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients within 48 hours. We offer effective outpatient, individualized, psychological care. We treat a number of mental health disorders, and provide a neutral ground to individuals so that you may begin the healing process and find your true self again. Our licensed and board-certified collaborating Psychiatrist , Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants have rigorous training and credentialing in the specialty area of child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry.
Accepting new patients within 48 hours. We offer effective outpatient, individualized, psychological care. We treat a number of mental health disorders, and provide a neutral ground to individuals so that you may begin the healing process and find your true self again. Our licensed and board-certified collaborating Psychiatrist , Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants have rigorous training and credentialing in the specialty area of child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry.
(325) 237-2759 View (325) 237-2759
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Luis Valdez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78229
Luis Javier Valdez is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over one year of experience specializing in depression, anxiety, and ADHD. Javier treats clients between the ages of 5 and 64 utilizing a biopsychosocial treatment approach, meaning that I will attempt to understand you as a whole individual including biological processes, your psychological approaches to coping, as well as your support system/family, and work systems to create a tailored treatment plan that is evidenced-based and unique for you.
Luis Javier Valdez is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over one year of experience specializing in depression, anxiety, and ADHD. Javier treats clients between the ages of 5 and 64 utilizing a biopsychosocial treatment approach, meaning that I will attempt to understand you as a whole individual including biological processes, your psychological approaches to coping, as well as your support system/family, and work systems to create a tailored treatment plan that is evidenced-based and unique for you.
(210) 361-4207 View (210) 361-4207
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Perfection Vista Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, B-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78213  (Online Only)
Hello, I am Grace, a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I want to help my patients achieve their goals, and I believe mental wellness is something we can achieve together. I'm here to collaborate to create an attainable care plan that meets your unique needs. I'd love to chat with you and would be honored to help you on your journey. I have openings on Fridays, weekends, and some evenings, and I can usually see you within a week. Let us work together towards better mental health and more fulfilling life.
Hello, I am Grace, a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I want to help my patients achieve their goals, and I believe mental wellness is something we can achieve together. I'm here to collaborate to create an attainable care plan that meets your unique needs. I'd love to chat with you and would be honored to help you on your journey. I have openings on Fridays, weekends, and some evenings, and I can usually see you within a week. Let us work together towards better mental health and more fulfilling life.
(726) 240-7384 View (726) 240-7384
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Dr Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78258
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.
(830) 396-5174 View (830) 396-5174
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Dr. Anuron Mandal
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78259  (Online Only)
Are you someone who is working hard towards a personal goal but is finding that you are having a hard time keeping up, whether it be at school, work, or with family? Maybe you keep procrastinating important tasks. Maybe you were previously doing great, but are now having a hard time even getting out of bed. Do you want to understand more about what’s keeping you from succeeding?
Are you someone who is working hard towards a personal goal but is finding that you are having a hard time keeping up, whether it be at school, work, or with family? Maybe you keep procrastinating important tasks. Maybe you were previously doing great, but are now having a hard time even getting out of bed. Do you want to understand more about what’s keeping you from succeeding?
(832) 864-9525 View (832) 864-9525
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Michael Akwo-Adelowo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78245
Imagine feeling overwhelmed by the challenges life throws at you, whether it's anxiety, depression, or managing a major life transition. My ideal client seeks understanding and effective solutions to their mental health concerns. They desire to regain control, find hope, and achieve a balanced, fulfilling life. They want a compassionate partner in their journey, someone who listens, understands, and tailors treatment to their unique needs and goals. If you're looking for a therapeutic environment where you feel respected and empowered, you're in the right place.
Imagine feeling overwhelmed by the challenges life throws at you, whether it's anxiety, depression, or managing a major life transition. My ideal client seeks understanding and effective solutions to their mental health concerns. They desire to regain control, find hope, and achieve a balanced, fulfilling life. They want a compassionate partner in their journey, someone who listens, understands, and tailors treatment to their unique needs and goals. If you're looking for a therapeutic environment where you feel respected and empowered, you're in the right place.
(737) 237-2900 View (737) 237-2900
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Delia Sanchez Patino
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78229
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS. Mrs. Patino graduated with her master’s degree from Texas State University in Round Rock, Texas. She is board-certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and licensed by the Texas Board of Nursing Examiners as an Advanced Practice Nurse. Clinic service model, insurance is not accepted at this time and payments are made at the time of service. This allows for more personalized care; rates are reasonable call for more information on the cost of initial consultation and follow-up visits.
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS. Mrs. Patino graduated with her master’s degree from Texas State University in Round Rock, Texas. She is board-certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and licensed by the Texas Board of Nursing Examiners as an Advanced Practice Nurse. Clinic service model, insurance is not accepted at this time and payments are made at the time of service. This allows for more personalized care; rates are reasonable call for more information on the cost of initial consultation and follow-up visits.
(210) 864-5947 View (210) 864-5947
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Effulgence Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78229
My name is Ifeoma Irokwe, a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Effulgence Psychiatry. With a deep-rooted belief in the interconnectedness of spirit, body, and soul, I strive to be a guiding light for those navigating the complex journey of mental health. I approach mental wellness from a holistic perspective, recognizing that true healing occurs when all aspects of our being are in harmony. I believe that when the spirit, body, and soul are aligned, individuals can experience a profound sense of peace and fulfillment.
My name is Ifeoma Irokwe, a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Effulgence Psychiatry. With a deep-rooted belief in the interconnectedness of spirit, body, and soul, I strive to be a guiding light for those navigating the complex journey of mental health. I approach mental wellness from a holistic perspective, recognizing that true healing occurs when all aspects of our being are in harmony. I believe that when the spirit, body, and soul are aligned, individuals can experience a profound sense of peace and fulfillment.
(903) 437-7434 View (903) 437-7434
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Salvi Marie Alday
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78258  (Online Only)
Mental illness is stigmatized, taboo, or scandalous in most cultures. You matter, and You are Worthy. Ask for Help. Rewire your Brain. Break the Silence. Visit my website- www.passionpurposecmhs.org
Mental illness is stigmatized, taboo, or scandalous in most cultures. You matter, and You are Worthy. Ask for Help. Rewire your Brain. Break the Silence. Visit my website- www.passionpurposecmhs.org
(210) 405-8391 View (210) 405-8391
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Shawna Deeves
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78229
Dr. Deeves is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist in San Antonio, Texas. She earned her Medical Degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio and has been in practice for more than 20 years.. She leads our team and makes sure all our backgrounds work together to help support your mental health goals. Dr. Deeves is an adjunct assistant professor with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She believes in education and training of new professionals.
Dr. Deeves is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist in San Antonio, Texas. She earned her Medical Degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio and has been in practice for more than 20 years.. She leads our team and makes sure all our backgrounds work together to help support your mental health goals. Dr. Deeves is an adjunct assistant professor with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She believes in education and training of new professionals.
(210) 750-6879 View (210) 750-6879
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Sarah Casola
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78249
Hi there! Do you find it difficult to get out of bed in the morning, have low energy, and low motivation? Is it hard to find joy even in the things you would normally enjoy doing? Do you constantly worry or have fears that hold you back? Or maybe you find yourself struggling with frequent unwanted thoughts, or have compulsions you cannot control? You do not have to face this alone. Let's work together!
Hi there! Do you find it difficult to get out of bed in the morning, have low energy, and low motivation? Is it hard to find joy even in the things you would normally enjoy doing? Do you constantly worry or have fears that hold you back? Or maybe you find yourself struggling with frequent unwanted thoughts, or have compulsions you cannot control? You do not have to face this alone. Let's work together!
(210) 796-5030 View (210) 796-5030

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Junction, TX

< 10

Psychiatrists in Junction, TX who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

2 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Junction, TX see their clients

100% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Junction?

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.