Psychiatrists in Lakeway, TX

Photo of Timothy D. Sheehan, Psychiatrist in Lakeway, TX
Timothy D. Sheehan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Lakeway, TX 78734
My goal as a psychiatrist is to provide education and tools to deal with issues that will inevitably arise. I encourage clients to participate in mindfulness exercises as awareness is the first step in understanding our patterns of behavior and coping strategies. Ultimately, individuals come to see me when these coping strategies have broken down. Both medication and therapy can be beneficial as one attempts to change their style of thinking and realize options. I believe that hope is lost when one feels a profound lack of options. For example, this is very common with depression as individuals thinking shades to the negative.
My goal as a psychiatrist is to provide education and tools to deal with issues that will inevitably arise. I encourage clients to participate in mindfulness exercises as awareness is the first step in understanding our patterns of behavior and coping strategies. Ultimately, individuals come to see me when these coping strategies have broken down. Both medication and therapy can be beneficial as one attempts to change their style of thinking and realize options. I believe that hope is lost when one feels a profound lack of options. For example, this is very common with depression as individuals thinking shades to the negative.
(512) 842-6414 View (512) 842-6414
Photo of David Walsh, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lakeway, TX
David Walsh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNPBC
Verified
Lakeway, TX 78734  (Online Only)
My primary area of interest is in working with individuals and families struggling with addiction, and supporting those in recovery through smart medication management and ongoing therapy. My belief in the recovery model informs my empathic yet pragmatic approach to behavioral healthcare.
My primary area of interest is in working with individuals and families struggling with addiction, and supporting those in recovery through smart medication management and ongoing therapy. My belief in the recovery model informs my empathic yet pragmatic approach to behavioral healthcare.
(512) 842-4487 View (512) 842-4487
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Ryann Rathbone
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNP
Verified
Lakeway, TX 78734
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), and owner of Clear Water Psychiatry. I provide psychiatric assessments, diagnostic services and medication management with psychoeducation. I believe in a holistic, client-centered and evidence based perspective. I specialize in the treatment of adults with trauma, mood, anxiety and thought disorders as well as pre-peri-post natal psychiatry. I am committed to an integrated model of care and partner with my clients, their healthcare providers and therapists. My Master's of Nursing and training as a PMHNP from the University of Texas in Austin.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), and owner of Clear Water Psychiatry. I provide psychiatric assessments, diagnostic services and medication management with psychoeducation. I believe in a holistic, client-centered and evidence based perspective. I specialize in the treatment of adults with trauma, mood, anxiety and thought disorders as well as pre-peri-post natal psychiatry. I am committed to an integrated model of care and partner with my clients, their healthcare providers and therapists. My Master's of Nursing and training as a PMHNP from the University of Texas in Austin.
(737) 258-7141 View (737) 258-7141
Photo of Stefani Reinold, Psychiatrist in Lakeway, TX
Stefani Reinold
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified
Lakeway, TX 78738
Accepting new patients- in person or virtual! Schedule at: www.wholeheartedpsychiatry.com I'm a board certified psychiatrist who treats adolescents and adults 10 yo+. We provide a unique integrative, holistic approach to your mental health offering a comprehensive evaluation. We work collaboratively with patients to develop the most personalized treatment plan, including a balanced approach between medication management, supplement protocols, genetic and lab testing, therapy, and lifestyle changes.
Accepting new patients- in person or virtual! Schedule at: www.wholeheartedpsychiatry.com I'm a board certified psychiatrist who treats adolescents and adults 10 yo+. We provide a unique integrative, holistic approach to your mental health offering a comprehensive evaluation. We work collaboratively with patients to develop the most personalized treatment plan, including a balanced approach between medication management, supplement protocols, genetic and lab testing, therapy, and lifestyle changes.
(737) 204-3712 View (737) 204-3712
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Lisa D'Amura
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, Dr Whit
Verified
Lakeway, TX 78734
Lisa D’Amura is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She earned both her Bachelors (2003) and Masters (2017) Degrees of Nursing from The University of Texas at Austin. She has experience working with a wide variety of patients in both in-patient and out-patient mental health. Before her move to psychiatric nursing Lisa was a Registered Nurse, Lactation Consultant and volunteer with a grassroots mental health organization-PSI.
Lisa D’Amura is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She earned both her Bachelors (2003) and Masters (2017) Degrees of Nursing from The University of Texas at Austin. She has experience working with a wide variety of patients in both in-patient and out-patient mental health. Before her move to psychiatric nursing Lisa was a Registered Nurse, Lactation Consultant and volunteer with a grassroots mental health organization-PSI.
(737) 373-2036 View (737) 373-2036
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Amanda Anazia | Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Lakeway, TX 78738
Amanda Anazia MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, as well as a certified family nurse practitioner. She graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in the inaugural class of 2012. Amanda obtained her MSN from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, where she specialized in Family in 2020. She also obtained a Post-Master’s Certificate from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston where she specialized as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2021.
Amanda Anazia MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, as well as a certified family nurse practitioner. She graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in the inaugural class of 2012. Amanda obtained her MSN from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, where she specialized in Family in 2020. She also obtained a Post-Master’s Certificate from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston where she specialized as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2021.
(512) 855-7054 View (512) 855-7054
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Mynd Works Psych
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Lakeway, TX 78738
I am an Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) in Austin, Texas. As an PMHNP, I provide both medication managment and psychotherapy and coaching services. I am committed to providing extraordinary, comprehensive care and have a warm, welcoming, and authentic approach. I relate to you as a human being not as a disease or set of symptoms. I suppose you could call that my "bedside manner." I firmly believe that this approach is key to being able to develop a trusting relationship with me, your partner in having the life you desire and deserve. I see patients via tele-session and/or face to face.
I am an Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) in Austin, Texas. As an PMHNP, I provide both medication managment and psychotherapy and coaching services. I am committed to providing extraordinary, comprehensive care and have a warm, welcoming, and authentic approach. I relate to you as a human being not as a disease or set of symptoms. I suppose you could call that my "bedside manner." I firmly believe that this approach is key to being able to develop a trusting relationship with me, your partner in having the life you desire and deserve. I see patients via tele-session and/or face to face.
(512) 746-1351 View (512) 746-1351

More Psychiatrists Nearby

Photo of Patrick Sassoon, Psychiatrist in Lakeway, TX
Patrick Sassoon
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified
Austin, TX 78730
My approach is based on integrative psychiatry, which uses medications, therapy and complementary medicine to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms. I address the combined impact of sleep, lifestyle, relationships, nutrition and chronic medical conditions on well-being, and use cutting edge tools like genetic testing to guide personalized treatment with medication and supplements. I consider the patient’s cultural background in my assessments and I can provide treatment in Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian. My goal is to help my patients create lasting changes and build vitality, resilience and purpose in life.
My approach is based on integrative psychiatry, which uses medications, therapy and complementary medicine to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms. I address the combined impact of sleep, lifestyle, relationships, nutrition and chronic medical conditions on well-being, and use cutting edge tools like genetic testing to guide personalized treatment with medication and supplements. I consider the patient’s cultural background in my assessments and I can provide treatment in Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian. My goal is to help my patients create lasting changes and build vitality, resilience and purpose in life.
(972) 752-2167 View (972) 752-2167
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Roots Behavioral Health
Psychiatrist
Verified
4 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78746
We provide comprehensive behavioral health care for adults in Central Texas. Roots Behavioral Health serves to meet the psychiatric needs of the growing Austin population. Our practitioners collaborate to offer therapeutic interventions including medication management and various therapy approaches to aid an individual's mental health.
We provide comprehensive behavioral health care for adults in Central Texas. Roots Behavioral Health serves to meet the psychiatric needs of the growing Austin population. Our practitioners collaborate to offer therapeutic interventions including medication management and various therapy approaches to aid an individual's mental health.
(512) 379-0288 View (512) 379-0288
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Fresh Start Psychiatry and Recovery
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC, CARN-AP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78726  (Online Only)
Are you ready for a fresh start? Are you tired of living life chained to a mental health and/or a substance problem? If you want to heal your anxiety, PTSD, insomnia, mood problems (Depression, Bipolar, Mixed moods)-we can together! If you want to break the chains of binging and addiction to alcohol, cannabis, opioids, kratom, benzodiazepine, stimulants, with or without a psychiatric condition- we will do great work as you journey from surviving- to thriving! STEP 1: contact me today for your FREE screening!
Are you ready for a fresh start? Are you tired of living life chained to a mental health and/or a substance problem? If you want to heal your anxiety, PTSD, insomnia, mood problems (Depression, Bipolar, Mixed moods)-we can together! If you want to break the chains of binging and addiction to alcohol, cannabis, opioids, kratom, benzodiazepine, stimulants, with or without a psychiatric condition- we will do great work as you journey from surviving- to thriving! STEP 1: contact me today for your FREE screening!
(903) 600-9210 View (903) 600-9210
Photo of Tracy Figlan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lakeway, TX
Tracy Figlan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Leander, TX 78645
It takes strength and courage to reach out for assistance. Thank you for taking that first step towards self-discovery and creating the life you have envisioned. Each person has an individualistic life experience, therefore each treatment plan is personalized and may include supportive medication or medication/therapy. I work with clients who have graduated high school/GED, 18 years and older; who have depression, ptsd, anxiety, bipolar, adhd. My specialized areas are bipolar, adhd, ptsd. As a veteran, I understand the military community and our combat veterans.
It takes strength and courage to reach out for assistance. Thank you for taking that first step towards self-discovery and creating the life you have envisioned. Each person has an individualistic life experience, therefore each treatment plan is personalized and may include supportive medication or medication/therapy. I work with clients who have graduated high school/GED, 18 years and older; who have depression, ptsd, anxiety, bipolar, adhd. My specialized areas are bipolar, adhd, ptsd. As a veteran, I understand the military community and our combat veterans.
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Robin May-Davis
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Austin, TX 78746
Welcome! I am committed to comprehensive mental health care. I work collaboratively with each individual to customized the goals and interventions of those I serve. I am ready to devote my time, training, and attention to optimize your plan. As a psychiatrist, I use a combination of lifestyle changes, medications, and therapies for treatment and often collaborate with outside providers. I began my post-graduate education at Occidental College, where I was honored Phi Beta Kappa with my Bachelor of Arts in Psychobiology. I then moved on to earn my Doctorate of Medicine from Harvard Medical School.
Welcome! I am committed to comprehensive mental health care. I work collaboratively with each individual to customized the goals and interventions of those I serve. I am ready to devote my time, training, and attention to optimize your plan. As a psychiatrist, I use a combination of lifestyle changes, medications, and therapies for treatment and often collaborate with outside providers. I began my post-graduate education at Occidental College, where I was honored Phi Beta Kappa with my Bachelor of Arts in Psychobiology. I then moved on to earn my Doctorate of Medicine from Harvard Medical School.
(512) 865-6717 View (512) 865-6717
Photo of Shannon Skolaut, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lakeway, TX
Shannon Skolaut
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
West Lake Hills, TX 78746
Go to centerforgreenpsychiatry.com/shannonskolaut to book directly! Currently accepting new patients with immediate openings - Shannon Skolaut is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who embraces a holistic and humanistic approach to healthcare. Shannon believes that the body and mind must be treated together as one. She encompasses an approach toward wellness that must be individualized, and each person must be treated based off their individual strengths, abilities, and treatment goals. Shannon embraces an empathetic, compassionate, non-discriminatory, and culturally centered approach to medicine and care.
Go to centerforgreenpsychiatry.com/shannonskolaut to book directly! Currently accepting new patients with immediate openings - Shannon Skolaut is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who embraces a holistic and humanistic approach to healthcare. Shannon believes that the body and mind must be treated together as one. She encompasses an approach toward wellness that must be individualized, and each person must be treated based off their individual strengths, abilities, and treatment goals. Shannon embraces an empathetic, compassionate, non-discriminatory, and culturally centered approach to medicine and care.
(737) 234-7884 View (737) 234-7884
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Oliver T Bernhardt
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78735  (Online Only)
I completed my general psychiatry training right here in Austin, and I fell in love with psychotherapy. I like using multiple different types and styles of treatment, and not merely medications. I enjoy working with individuals with Addiction Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders, Anxiety and Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Depression, Eating Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Personality Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorders, and Schizophrenia Disorders. I hope to have a significant number of psychotherapy patients, and I want to eventually facilitate group therapy.
I completed my general psychiatry training right here in Austin, and I fell in love with psychotherapy. I like using multiple different types and styles of treatment, and not merely medications. I enjoy working with individuals with Addiction Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders, Anxiety and Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Depression, Eating Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Personality Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorders, and Schizophrenia Disorders. I hope to have a significant number of psychotherapy patients, and I want to eventually facilitate group therapy.
(512) 270-7274 View (512) 270-7274
Photo of Ian M Crooks, Psychiatrist in Lakeway, TX
Ian M Crooks
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Austin, TX 78746  (Online Only)
Your health and well-being matter. If you have been struggling with mental, emotional or behavioral challenges, it can be helpful to meet with a psychiatrist for a comprehensive and thorough evaluation, as well discuss treatment recommendations that will get you back on the path to feeling and functioning as you need and want to be. As a physician, I work in a collaborative and caring manner, listening to your concerns and supporting you along the way as you set out on your path to improved health and well-being. Your life matters, and as your doctor, it is my responsibility to be available, accessible and helpful to you.
Your health and well-being matter. If you have been struggling with mental, emotional or behavioral challenges, it can be helpful to meet with a psychiatrist for a comprehensive and thorough evaluation, as well discuss treatment recommendations that will get you back on the path to feeling and functioning as you need and want to be. As a physician, I work in a collaborative and caring manner, listening to your concerns and supporting you along the way as you set out on your path to improved health and well-being. Your life matters, and as your doctor, it is my responsibility to be available, accessible and helpful to you.
(512) 271-5156 View (512) 271-5156
Photo of Zhan Yang, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lakeway, TX
Zhan Yang
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
Bee Cave, TX 78733
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
Photo of Flume Psychiatry, Psychiatrist in Lakeway, TX
Flume Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Austin, TX 78746
New patient appointments are available. At Flume Psychiatry, our goal is to return quality of life through integration of psychopharmacological therapy (medication management) with a cognitive, motivational, and supportive therapeutic approach during each session. We value collaboration with our patients to provide empowerment through knowledge and confidence in their individualized treatment plans.
New patient appointments are available. At Flume Psychiatry, our goal is to return quality of life through integration of psychopharmacological therapy (medication management) with a cognitive, motivational, and supportive therapeutic approach during each session. We value collaboration with our patients to provide empowerment through knowledge and confidence in their individualized treatment plans.
(737) 216-8634 View (737) 216-8634
Photo of Esther Fires, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lakeway, TX
Esther Fires
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
West Lake Hills, TX 78746
I am passionate about providing care for adolescents, adults, and older adults. I specialize in treating bipolar disorders, schizophreniform disorders, and PTSD while still seeing clients with general psychiatry concerns.
I am passionate about providing care for adolescents, adults, and older adults. I specialize in treating bipolar disorders, schizophreniform disorders, and PTSD while still seeing clients with general psychiatry concerns.
(737) 252-6978 View (737) 252-6978
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Dr Nadia Bening - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Lago Vista, TX 78645  (Online Only)
Dr. Nadia Bening is a Psychiatrist and Certified Brain Health Coach in addition to wife and mom of 3 boys. She has over a decade of experience in the traditional psychiatric clinical setting and was Medical Director at a substance abuse rehabilitation center for the past 3 years.
Dr. Nadia Bening is a Psychiatrist and Certified Brain Health Coach in addition to wife and mom of 3 boys. She has over a decade of experience in the traditional psychiatric clinical setting and was Medical Director at a substance abuse rehabilitation center for the past 3 years.
(737) 777-9743 View (737) 777-9743
Photo of Dr. Lauren Williams, Psychiatrist in Lakeway, TX
Dr. Lauren Williams
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78746
The ideal client is an adult grappling with mental health challenges, seeking more than just symptom management. They desire comprehensive care that addresses their mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. These individuals recognize the limitations of conventional treatments and are looking for integrative, holistic and innovative therapies. They are curious about evidence based treatment not skewed by external entities. They aspire to overcome deep-seated traumas and achieve a sustained sense of joy and fulfillment in their lives.
The ideal client is an adult grappling with mental health challenges, seeking more than just symptom management. They desire comprehensive care that addresses their mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. These individuals recognize the limitations of conventional treatments and are looking for integrative, holistic and innovative therapies. They are curious about evidence based treatment not skewed by external entities. They aspire to overcome deep-seated traumas and achieve a sustained sense of joy and fulfillment in their lives.
(512) 766-3061 View (512) 766-3061

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Lakeway, TX

< 10

Psychiatrists in Lakeway, TX who prioritize treating:

86% Depression
86% Anxiety
86% Bipolar Disorder
71% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
71% Sleep or Insomnia
71% Medication Management
57% ADHD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

80% BlueCross and BlueShield
80% Cigna and Evernorth
60% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Lakeway, TX see their clients

86% In Person and Online
14% Online Only

Gender breakdown

72% Female
28% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Lakeway?

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.