Psychiatrists in Killeen, TX

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Janet Oladipo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, ARNP, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Killeen, TX 76549  (Online Only)
Janet Oladipo is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner that is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Janet earned her first associate degree in nursing from Albany State University, Albany, Georgia and Bachelor’s degree in nursing from University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.
Janet Oladipo is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner that is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Janet earned her first associate degree in nursing from Albany State University, Albany, Georgia and Bachelor’s degree in nursing from University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.
(254) 274-6924 View (254) 274-6924
Photo of Nadia Bening - Texas Hill Country TMS, Psychiatrist
Texas Hill Country TMS
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Killeen, TX 76541
Need something different than medications and traditional therapy? We accept Tricare/insurance and offer the most advanced treatment for depression and anxiety available. TMS is a powerful yet non-invasive office procedure that uses magnetic fields to activate underactive depression circuits in the brain and inhibit overactive anxiety pathways. TMS is NOT shock therapy. It can be done as monotherapy or in addition to antidepressant medication. At Texas Hill Country TMS, over 90% of our patients with severe, treatment-resistant clinical depression and anxiety have experienced a significant clinical response with long-term outcomes.
Need something different than medications and traditional therapy? We accept Tricare/insurance and offer the most advanced treatment for depression and anxiety available. TMS is a powerful yet non-invasive office procedure that uses magnetic fields to activate underactive depression circuits in the brain and inhibit overactive anxiety pathways. TMS is NOT shock therapy. It can be done as monotherapy or in addition to antidepressant medication. At Texas Hill Country TMS, over 90% of our patients with severe, treatment-resistant clinical depression and anxiety have experienced a significant clinical response with long-term outcomes.
(254) 332-1545 View (254) 332-1545
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Seresea Mitchell-Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-C, CME, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Killeen, TX 76549
Mindful Primary & Psych Care is an integrative clinic focused on providing compassionate and holistic care to address the community's primary and mental health needs. Our clinic is the first in the area to offer primary care and psychiatric services to the community. As we know that physical decline can affect your mental health, and your mental health can affect your physical health. The clinic practice supports evidence-based medicine guidelines. While we are small, we have a BIG heart dedicated to keeping you focused on your health and wellness.
Mindful Primary & Psych Care is an integrative clinic focused on providing compassionate and holistic care to address the community's primary and mental health needs. Our clinic is the first in the area to offer primary care and psychiatric services to the community. As we know that physical decline can affect your mental health, and your mental health can affect your physical health. The clinic practice supports evidence-based medicine guidelines. While we are small, we have a BIG heart dedicated to keeping you focused on your health and wellness.
(254) 274-4732 View (254) 274-4732
Photo of Dr. Nadia Bening-Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, MD, Psychiatrist
Dr. Nadia Bening-Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Killeen, TX 76541
Experience transformational treatment for depression and anxiety. Dripping Springs, Killeen and Burnet. Dr. Nadia Bening specializes in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). TMS is a powerful yet non-invasive procedure, typically covered by insurance, that uses magnetic fields to activate underactive depression circuits in the brain and inhibit overactive anxiety pathways. It can be done as monotherapy or in addition to antidepressant medication. At Texas Hill Country TMS, over 90% of our patients with severe, treatment-resistant clinical depression have experienced a significant clinical response with long-term outcomes.
Experience transformational treatment for depression and anxiety. Dripping Springs, Killeen and Burnet. Dr. Nadia Bening specializes in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). TMS is a powerful yet non-invasive procedure, typically covered by insurance, that uses magnetic fields to activate underactive depression circuits in the brain and inhibit overactive anxiety pathways. It can be done as monotherapy or in addition to antidepressant medication. At Texas Hill Country TMS, over 90% of our patients with severe, treatment-resistant clinical depression have experienced a significant clinical response with long-term outcomes.
(737) 345-4978 View (737) 345-4978
Photo of Georgia Dixon, PMHNP, FNP, DNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Georgia Dixon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, DNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Killeen, TX 76542  (Online Only)
As a seasoned and compassionate Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), my mission is to provide comprehensive mental health care across the lifespan. With a commitment to fostering holistic well-being, I am driven by a profound passion for psychiatry and a patient-centered philosophy that extends beyond conventional treatment modalities.
As a seasoned and compassionate Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), my mission is to provide comprehensive mental health care across the lifespan. With a commitment to fostering holistic well-being, I am driven by a profound passion for psychiatry and a patient-centered philosophy that extends beyond conventional treatment modalities.
(254) 278-2573 View (254) 278-2573
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Shalanda Cross- Psychiatry Texas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Killeen, TX 76540
A board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner specializing in patient advocacy, behavioral interventions, and mood disorders. It is important as a provider that patients have a safe environment to discuss mental health issues without feeling stigmatized. Patients will work collaboratively to address unhealthy thoughts and actions, work towards improving mood disorders, create healthy goals, and regain self-confidence.
A board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner specializing in patient advocacy, behavioral interventions, and mood disorders. It is important as a provider that patients have a safe environment to discuss mental health issues without feeling stigmatized. Patients will work collaboratively to address unhealthy thoughts and actions, work towards improving mood disorders, create healthy goals, and regain self-confidence.
(512) 883-1917 View (512) 883-1917
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Immaculate Minds
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Killeen, TX 76540
Accepting New Patients Now! Welcome to Immaculate Minds, where we prioritize your mental well-being above all else. Our dedicated team is committed to providing exceptional mental health and psychiatric services to patients of all ages, tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual.
Accepting New Patients Now! Welcome to Immaculate Minds, where we prioritize your mental well-being above all else. Our dedicated team is committed to providing exceptional mental health and psychiatric services to patients of all ages, tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual.
(254) 221-7609 View (254) 221-7609
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VPP Clinic | Dr. Arif Mirza MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Killeen, TX 76549  (Online Only)
Welcome to VPPclinic.com ... As an experienced Psychiatrist in private practice, inpatient and telehealth settings, I'm here to offer authentic, compassionate care. Time is precious, especially for busy students, parents, and working professionals. I look forward to collaborate to reach your goals ASAP! ... Same week Video appointments are available statewide (Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio). Text 469-770-7750 for quick booking assist.
Welcome to VPPclinic.com ... As an experienced Psychiatrist in private practice, inpatient and telehealth settings, I'm here to offer authentic, compassionate care. Time is precious, especially for busy students, parents, and working professionals. I look forward to collaborate to reach your goals ASAP! ... Same week Video appointments are available statewide (Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio). Text 469-770-7750 for quick booking assist.
(832) 536-9271 View (832) 536-9271
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Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Killeen, TX 76542
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
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Dr Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Killeen, TX 76545  (Online Only)
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.
(979) 316-9889 View (979) 316-9889
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Optimal Life Care, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN, RN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Killeen, TX 76542
I've had the very fortunate opportunity to work with patients from various backgrounds, cultures and nationalities, in the US and abroad. I can honestly say that the common theme is the desire for stability. We know that mental health stability is imperative, before we can successfully manage our home, relationships, jobs/careers. It all begins with understanding that our brain is the most important organ in our body, so its' imbalance affects our functionality. Are you ready enjoy life, travel and explore the world, or just have peace of mind? Let Optimal Life Care help you get on track to living your BEST life.
I've had the very fortunate opportunity to work with patients from various backgrounds, cultures and nationalities, in the US and abroad. I can honestly say that the common theme is the desire for stability. We know that mental health stability is imperative, before we can successfully manage our home, relationships, jobs/careers. It all begins with understanding that our brain is the most important organ in our body, so its' imbalance affects our functionality. Are you ready enjoy life, travel and explore the world, or just have peace of mind? Let Optimal Life Care help you get on track to living your BEST life.
(210) 864-6173 View (210) 864-6173

More Psychiatrists Nearby

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Dr. Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fort Hood, TX 76544
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.
(915) 221-1656 View (915) 221-1656
Photo of Riz Ahmad - Dr Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry, MD, Psychiatrist
Dr Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fort Hood, TX 76544
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) 293-5616 View (830) 293-5616
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Princess Eghianruwa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Harker Heights, TX 76542  (Online Only)
Elevate your mood, conquer the chaos, and rewrite your mental narrative – your well-being, your story, our expertise. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with training and experience treating patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan.
Elevate your mood, conquer the chaos, and rewrite your mental narrative – your well-being, your story, our expertise. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with training and experience treating patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan.
(737) 637-4123 View (737) 637-4123
Photo of Dr. Alejandro Perez - Dr. Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry, MD, Psychiatrist
Dr. Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fort Hood, TX 76544
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) 402-4373 View (830) 402-4373

Online Psychiatrists

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Erin Cloke Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78746
The need for mental health has never been greater, I am here to help. As a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner I can diagnose mental illness, prescribe medications, and provide therapy. I can help you identify stressors and discover ways to manage them. My approach is holistic and person-centered, with a goal of helping you understand the inner workings of your body and mind. We can find ways to identify and achieve your goals and improve your day-to-day life.
The need for mental health has never been greater, I am here to help. As a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner I can diagnose mental illness, prescribe medications, and provide therapy. I can help you identify stressors and discover ways to manage them. My approach is holistic and person-centered, with a goal of helping you understand the inner workings of your body and mind. We can find ways to identify and achieve your goals and improve your day-to-day life.
(512) 980-3672 View (512) 980-3672
Photo of Hannah J Green - Hannah J Green, PLLC, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, PMH-C, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Hannah J Green, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, PMH-C
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78704  (Online Only)
As a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, my practice embodies a philosophy of holistic care, based on the principle that health of the mind and body are strongly intertwined. My approach is to understand and appreciate all aspects of a person, focusing not only on client concerns but also on strengths and abilities to reach optimal wellness. I strive to create a collaborative relationship with each client that is nurturing, motivating, challenging, and authentic, and that leads to achievement of goals and positive change. ​
As a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, my practice embodies a philosophy of holistic care, based on the principle that health of the mind and body are strongly intertwined. My approach is to understand and appreciate all aspects of a person, focusing not only on client concerns but also on strengths and abilities to reach optimal wellness. I strive to create a collaborative relationship with each client that is nurturing, motivating, challenging, and authentic, and that leads to achievement of goals and positive change. ​
(512) 710-1200 x6 View (512) 710-1200 x6
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Sonia Ike
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78731  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) passionate about helping individuals become care for their mind and express themselves. The brain, like any other organ in the body, needs care and attention. We specialize in helping clients cope with stressful diagnoses such as cancers, diabetes, terminal illnesses, STD/STIs, and mental illnesses. It can be difficult struggling with a new diagnosis and not having anyone to talk to. A new diagnosis does not have to be daunting or defining! We are devoted to patient-centered and compassionate care.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) passionate about helping individuals become care for their mind and express themselves. The brain, like any other organ in the body, needs care and attention. We specialize in helping clients cope with stressful diagnoses such as cancers, diabetes, terminal illnesses, STD/STIs, and mental illnesses. It can be difficult struggling with a new diagnosis and not having anyone to talk to. A new diagnosis does not have to be daunting or defining! We are devoted to patient-centered and compassionate care.
(512) 515-9469 View (512) 515-9469
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Zhan Yang
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78746
I am a board-certified nurse practitioner in psychiatry and family medicine since 2013. I offer medication management services both in person and through telepsychiatry to ages 12 and older. My approach focuses on integrated mental health and physical well beings. Prior to private practice, I worked in a variety of psychiatric settings with various age groups, including both acute psychiatric hospitals and long-term care facilities.
I am a board-certified nurse practitioner in psychiatry and family medicine since 2013. I offer medication management services both in person and through telepsychiatry to ages 12 and older. My approach focuses on integrated mental health and physical well beings. Prior to private practice, I worked in a variety of psychiatric settings with various age groups, including both acute psychiatric hospitals and long-term care facilities.
(512) 883-4621 View (512) 883-4621
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Justin Scaffa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
West Lake Hills, TX 78746
I am looking for those people who don't understand why they feel the way they do because one of my greatest pleasures is to help you find answers and the steps to get better. I enjoy teaching my patients and can often make the complex disorders understandable. I like to empower my patients to choose the best treatments for them. I have experience with the treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, substance use, personality disorders and schizophrenia. I am up to date on the latest treatments but I also love when I can help people off of their medications for good.
I am looking for those people who don't understand why they feel the way they do because one of my greatest pleasures is to help you find answers and the steps to get better. I enjoy teaching my patients and can often make the complex disorders understandable. I like to empower my patients to choose the best treatments for them. I have experience with the treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, substance use, personality disorders and schizophrenia. I am up to date on the latest treatments but I also love when I can help people off of their medications for good.
(512) 229-9406 View (512) 229-9406

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Killeen, TX

10+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in Killeen, TX who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
91% Sleep or Insomnia
82% Grief
82% Trauma and PTSD
73% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Killeen, TX see their clients

64% In Person and Online
36% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Killeen?

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.