Psychiatrists in Levelland, TX

Photo of Lauren Camille Todd, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Lauren Camille Todd
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Levelland, TX 79336  (Online Only)
I will meet you and partner with you wherever you are in your health journey to work toward total wellbeing. I believe there is no one thing that is a cure all, and almost always more than just one cause to a problem. I believe in practicing health care holistically, integrating lifestyle, nutrition, mindfulness, and pharmacotherapeutics when appropriate. I use evidence-based practices to achieve best outcomes.
I will meet you and partner with you wherever you are in your health journey to work toward total wellbeing. I believe there is no one thing that is a cure all, and almost always more than just one cause to a problem. I believe in practicing health care holistically, integrating lifestyle, nutrition, mindfulness, and pharmacotherapeutics when appropriate. I use evidence-based practices to achieve best outcomes.
(806) 639-5319 View (806) 639-5319

Online Psychiatrists

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Jessica Spiegelberg
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lubbock, TX 79416
Dr. Spiegelberg is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Doctor of Nursing Practice who aims to understand each patient’s life experiences to best align treatment plans and goals for care. She works with patients’ other health care providers for a comprehensive approach to treatment. Psychiatric evaluations blend medication management with a consideration for each person's genetic risk, personality traits, behaviors, as well as life experiences. By incorporating these dimensions, treatment plans can be individually tailored to include medication management, psychotherapy, as well as other interventions.
Dr. Spiegelberg is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Doctor of Nursing Practice who aims to understand each patient’s life experiences to best align treatment plans and goals for care. She works with patients’ other health care providers for a comprehensive approach to treatment. Psychiatric evaluations blend medication management with a consideration for each person's genetic risk, personality traits, behaviors, as well as life experiences. By incorporating these dimensions, treatment plans can be individually tailored to include medication management, psychotherapy, as well as other interventions.
(806) 605-1117 View (806) 605-1117
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Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lubbock, TX 79401
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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Donna Rich
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, MS, PMHNPBC, APRN
Verified Verified
Andrews, TX 79714
People want to be accepted for who they are not what they can do for others. Everyone wants to be successful in their personal, work, and home life. Unfortunately, issues arise that cause emotional turmoil, which can result in anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and the inability to cope. We all have points in time when we just cannot "take it anymore" and we need help! Many times we just need someone that we can talk to freely who will listen and not judge us, and sometimes medication may be needed. We are here to help you through life's challenges. We consider all aspects of your life through a holistic approach. Contact us.
People want to be accepted for who they are not what they can do for others. Everyone wants to be successful in their personal, work, and home life. Unfortunately, issues arise that cause emotional turmoil, which can result in anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and the inability to cope. We all have points in time when we just cannot "take it anymore" and we need help! Many times we just need someone that we can talk to freely who will listen and not judge us, and sometimes medication may be needed. We are here to help you through life's challenges. We consider all aspects of your life through a holistic approach. Contact us.
(432) 216-4904 View (432) 216-4904
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Charlie Comrie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lubbock, TX 79423
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and my strengths are adolescent and adult psychiatry for ages 13 and older. I specialize in depression, anxiety, bipolar, borderline personality disorder, eating disorders, OCD, panic, ADHD, autism, PTSD, alcohol use disorder, anger, and psychosis. I am an advocate for integrating holistic care with psychiatric medication management to help patients address their mental health.
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and my strengths are adolescent and adult psychiatry for ages 13 and older. I specialize in depression, anxiety, bipolar, borderline personality disorder, eating disorders, OCD, panic, ADHD, autism, PTSD, alcohol use disorder, anger, and psychosis. I am an advocate for integrating holistic care with psychiatric medication management to help patients address their mental health.
(817) 646-8134 View (817) 646-8134
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Shazar Khan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lubbock, TX 79401
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.
(806) 531-3877 View (806) 531-3877
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Dr. Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lubbock, TX 79409
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.
(940) 308-2117 View (940) 308-2117
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Katie Brandon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Lubbock, TX 79423
I am certified in primary psychiatry/mental health for patients 6 years and older. I treat anxiety, depression, bipolar, Autism, OCD, PTSD, insomnia, panic, ADHD, addiction with MAT (Vivitrol, Naltrexone, Suboxone, Sublocade, Buprenorphine), and more. I also provide unique, integrated treatment for patients who are stress eaters, emotional eaters, binge eaters, or those who have gained weight on psychiatric medication.
I am certified in primary psychiatry/mental health for patients 6 years and older. I treat anxiety, depression, bipolar, Autism, OCD, PTSD, insomnia, panic, ADHD, addiction with MAT (Vivitrol, Naltrexone, Suboxone, Sublocade, Buprenorphine), and more. I also provide unique, integrated treatment for patients who are stress eaters, emotional eaters, binge eaters, or those who have gained weight on psychiatric medication.
(806) 491-0353 View (806) 491-0353
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Michael Akwo-Adelowo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lubbock, TX 79401
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.
(806) 484-1160 View (806) 484-1160
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Dr Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lubbock, TX 79415
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.
(940) 448-8569 View (940) 448-8569
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Ugochi Azubuike
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Lubbock, TX 79401  (Online Only)
Greetings! I'm delighted you've stopped by my profile. I’m Ugochi Azubuike, and I've just expanded my schedule at Legion Psychiatry to welcome new clients. I work with most major insurance providers (including Cigna, Aetna, United, etc.). My openings tend to fill up fast, but I currently have spaces available on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings.
Greetings! I'm delighted you've stopped by my profile. I’m Ugochi Azubuike, and I've just expanded my schedule at Legion Psychiatry to welcome new clients. I work with most major insurance providers (including Cigna, Aetna, United, etc.). My openings tend to fill up fast, but I currently have spaces available on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings.
(806) 583-1348 View (806) 583-1348
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Jacinta Madu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Lubbock, TX 79416
I am the lead board-certified family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), at GOFAN Healthcare Services LLC. I have a passion for mental health. As a PMHNP, I work with clients through compassion, empathy, respect, humility, and hope to restore dignity and reduce mental health stigma. I enjoy treating patients with all kinds of mental illness including but not limited to depression, anxiety, adhd, bipolar, and schizophrenia. My compassion and nonjudgmental approach working with individuals and families builds hope and reduces mental health sigma.
I am the lead board-certified family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), at GOFAN Healthcare Services LLC. I have a passion for mental health. As a PMHNP, I work with clients through compassion, empathy, respect, humility, and hope to restore dignity and reduce mental health stigma. I enjoy treating patients with all kinds of mental illness including but not limited to depression, anxiety, adhd, bipolar, and schizophrenia. My compassion and nonjudgmental approach working with individuals and families builds hope and reduces mental health sigma.
(972) 945-0448 View (972) 945-0448
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Sabah Choudry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lubbock, TX 79401
Are you feeling overwhelmed by anxiety, depression, or a major life change? You might be seeking a safe space to explore your feelings and find effective solutions. My ideal client is someone who wants to regain control of their life, find hope, and achieve a sense of balance and fulfillment. They value a therapeutic partnership where their unique experiences and goals are understood and respected. At Legion Health, we provide a nurturing environment where you can feel truly heard and supported.
Are you feeling overwhelmed by anxiety, depression, or a major life change? You might be seeking a safe space to explore your feelings and find effective solutions. My ideal client is someone who wants to regain control of their life, find hope, and achieve a sense of balance and fulfillment. They value a therapeutic partnership where their unique experiences and goals are understood and respected. At Legion Health, we provide a nurturing environment where you can feel truly heard and supported.
(806) 304-1314 View (806) 304-1314
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Caprock Alliance for Mental Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lubbock, TX 79414  (Online Only)
I have worked in the mental health field for most of my adult life. I have also been an emergency room registered nurse. I have seen the needs of all kinds of people in our communities. I became a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner because I want to meet the needs of people that suffer from mood instability, depression, anxiety, substance abuse and ADHD. This is why I chose Telemedicine to deliver services. Too many people in rural communities don't have access. Even people in cities don't have enough access. Telemedicine is easy and confidential. No more going to sit in a waiting room. I AM ABLE TO SEE ANY TEXAS RESIDENT!
I have worked in the mental health field for most of my adult life. I have also been an emergency room registered nurse. I have seen the needs of all kinds of people in our communities. I became a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner because I want to meet the needs of people that suffer from mood instability, depression, anxiety, substance abuse and ADHD. This is why I chose Telemedicine to deliver services. Too many people in rural communities don't have access. Even people in cities don't have enough access. Telemedicine is easy and confidential. No more going to sit in a waiting room. I AM ABLE TO SEE ANY TEXAS RESIDENT!
(806) 450-1115 View (806) 450-1115
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Munira Jiwani
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lubbock, TX 79401  (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).
(806) 590-1414 View (806) 590-1414
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Bridgett Gant
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Lubbock, TX 79401  (Online Only)
Hello! If you're visiting my profile, I'm here to assist you on your path to better mental health. My name is Bridgett Gant, and I've just opened more spots at Legion Psychiatry for new clients. I accept a range of major insurance providers (including Cigna, Aetna, United, etc). My schedule tends to fill up fast, but currently, I have openings from Monday to Friday (morning and afternoon).
Hello! If you're visiting my profile, I'm here to assist you on your path to better mental health. My name is Bridgett Gant, and I've just opened more spots at Legion Psychiatry for new clients. I accept a range of major insurance providers (including Cigna, Aetna, United, etc). My schedule tends to fill up fast, but currently, I have openings from Monday to Friday (morning and afternoon).
(806) 531-3550 View (806) 531-3550
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Oladunni Liyele
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Lubbock, TX 79401  (Online Only)
Hello! If you’ve landed on my profile, I'm here to support your mental wellness goals. I am Oladunni Liyele, and I've opened new slots at Legion Psychiatry for fresh clients. I'm an in-network provider for most major insurance carriers, including Cigna, Aetna, and United. My schedule tends to fill up quickly; however, I currently have openings on Thursdays (morning to afternoon).
Hello! If you’ve landed on my profile, I'm here to support your mental wellness goals. I am Oladunni Liyele, and I've opened new slots at Legion Psychiatry for fresh clients. I'm an in-network provider for most major insurance carriers, including Cigna, Aetna, and United. My schedule tends to fill up quickly; however, I currently have openings on Thursdays (morning to afternoon).
(806) 591-3475 View (806) 591-3475
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Charlotte Coates
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lubbock, TX 79401
Facing the challenges of anxiety, depression, or major life changes can be overwhelming. My ideal client is someone who seeks effective solutions and compassionate support for their mental health journey. They aspire to regain control, discover hope, and achieve a balanced, fulfilling life. They appreciate a personalized approach that honors their unique experiences and goals. At Legion Health, we offer a nurturing environment where you can feel truly understood and empowered.
Facing the challenges of anxiety, depression, or major life changes can be overwhelming. My ideal client is someone who seeks effective solutions and compassionate support for their mental health journey. They aspire to regain control, discover hope, and achieve a balanced, fulfilling life. They appreciate a personalized approach that honors their unique experiences and goals. At Legion Health, we offer a nurturing environment where you can feel truly understood and empowered.
(806) 230-5447 View (806) 230-5447
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Nkechi Nduka
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Lubbock, TX 79401  (Online Only)
Hello! Thank you for considering your mental health needs with me today. My name is Nkechi Nduka, and I'm excited to announce that I've opened new slots at Legion Psychiatry for new clients. I work with most major insurance providers (including Cigna, Aetna, United, and others). My schedule tends to fill up fast, but I currently have openings on Wednesdays, both morning and afternoon.
Hello! Thank you for considering your mental health needs with me today. My name is Nkechi Nduka, and I'm excited to announce that I've opened new slots at Legion Psychiatry for new clients. I work with most major insurance providers (including Cigna, Aetna, United, and others). My schedule tends to fill up fast, but I currently have openings on Wednesdays, both morning and afternoon.
(806) 621-9831 View (806) 621-9831
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Edwin Stow
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lubbock, TX 79424  (Online Only)
Edwin Stow has been a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) since 2019. He has more than 30 years of healthcare experience in nursing and nursing leadership, working extensively with adults experiencing anxiety, depression, and personal loss and trauma using therapeutic interventions alone or in combination with medications as needed. Edwin is also certified in diagnosing and treating attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. He practices transcultural care and incorporates cultural sensitivity into all his treatments.
Edwin Stow has been a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) since 2019. He has more than 30 years of healthcare experience in nursing and nursing leadership, working extensively with adults experiencing anxiety, depression, and personal loss and trauma using therapeutic interventions alone or in combination with medications as needed. Edwin is also certified in diagnosing and treating attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. He practices transcultural care and incorporates cultural sensitivity into all his treatments.
(806) 602-2751 View (806) 602-2751

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Number of Psychiatrists in Levelland, TX

< 10

Psychiatrists in Levelland, TX who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Psychosis
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Behavioral Issues

Average years in practice

4 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Levelland, TX see their clients

100% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Levelland?

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.