Psychiatrists in Lewisville, TX

Photo of Ugonna R Okafor, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lewisville, TX
Ugonna R Okafor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Lewisville, TX 75067  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who provides diagnostic services, medication management and Psychotherapy to individuals from 13 years old to older adults via telehealth in Texas, Washington and Arizona. I utilize evidence based practice and patient preference to give all my patient the best care possible. I have more than 7 years extensive psychiatric experience in various setting. At this time, I am only providing virtual visits. At every visit, Ugonna provides individualized therapy that is specific and tailored to your treatment goals.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who provides diagnostic services, medication management and Psychotherapy to individuals from 13 years old to older adults via telehealth in Texas, Washington and Arizona. I utilize evidence based practice and patient preference to give all my patient the best care possible. I have more than 7 years extensive psychiatric experience in various setting. At this time, I am only providing virtual visits. At every visit, Ugonna provides individualized therapy that is specific and tailored to your treatment goals.
(940) 373-6563 View (940) 373-6563
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Rich Seldeen
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lewisville, TX 75057
“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending” Richard Seldeen, a native of southern California, has been a registered nurse for over 25 years. His experience has been varied which includes mental health, ICU, nursing education, along with military leadership. His early nursing experiences were fundamental in determining his decision to become a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.
“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending” Richard Seldeen, a native of southern California, has been a registered nurse for over 25 years. His experience has been varied which includes mental health, ICU, nursing education, along with military leadership. His early nursing experiences were fundamental in determining his decision to become a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.
(469) 529-8655 View (469) 529-8655
Photo of Kehinde Temilola Adedayo, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lewisville, TX
Kehinde Temilola Adedayo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lewisville, TX 75057
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner specializing in treating people with various mental health disorders for over 8 years. I have extensive experience in both psychotherapy and medication. I have worked in various clinical settings, including hospitals, outpatient clinics, and private practice. For appointments at SavantCare-San Francisco, CA contact (415) 480-7362, SavantCare-Los Altos, CA contact (650) 690-2362, SavantCare-Lewisville, Houston, Austin & San Antonio -Texas Clinics contact (469) 946-7897 and for Charlotte, NC contact (704) 317-1666.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner specializing in treating people with various mental health disorders for over 8 years. I have extensive experience in both psychotherapy and medication. I have worked in various clinical settings, including hospitals, outpatient clinics, and private practice. For appointments at SavantCare-San Francisco, CA contact (415) 480-7362, SavantCare-Los Altos, CA contact (650) 690-2362, SavantCare-Lewisville, Houston, Austin & San Antonio -Texas Clinics contact (469) 946-7897 and for Charlotte, NC contact (704) 317-1666.
(469) 946-7897 View (469) 946-7897
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Chester Beyer Jr (Addiction Treatment)
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lewisville, TX 75057
Don't settle for a generic psychiatrist when drugs or alcohol are involved. You deserve help that actually helps you feel happy again. (And, that's in-network with your insurance).
Don't settle for a generic psychiatrist when drugs or alcohol are involved. You deserve help that actually helps you feel happy again. (And, that's in-network with your insurance).
(214) 308-2542 View (214) 308-2542
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Richard Seldeen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lewisville, TX 75077
Hello, I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who enjoys working with individuals from ages 18 to 65 who are seeking a variety of treatment options to improve their mental health. In addition to medication management, I can offer several therapy and biofeedback resources to help manage and improve complex mental health issues and overall daily function. For my ADHD clients, I offer nonstimulant medications as well as biofeedback options, but I do not prescribe amphetamines for this diagnosis.
Hello, I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who enjoys working with individuals from ages 18 to 65 who are seeking a variety of treatment options to improve their mental health. In addition to medication management, I can offer several therapy and biofeedback resources to help manage and improve complex mental health issues and overall daily function. For my ADHD clients, I offer nonstimulant medications as well as biofeedback options, but I do not prescribe amphetamines for this diagnosis.
(972) 430-4147 View (972) 430-4147
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Hecen Healthcare
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lewisville, TX 75056  (Online Only)
Looking for someone to talk to? Well, look no further! At Hecen Healthcare, we offer medication management, psychoeducation, and psychiatric evaluation. Our focus areas include anxiety, depression, sleep problems, bipolar, PTSD, psychosis, attention & focus, and panic disorder. We provide patient-driven care and treat our patients with respect, honesty, and dignity. We are passionate and caring about our services and your utmost well-being is the goal, ensuring a non-judgmental approach.
Looking for someone to talk to? Well, look no further! At Hecen Healthcare, we offer medication management, psychoeducation, and psychiatric evaluation. Our focus areas include anxiety, depression, sleep problems, bipolar, PTSD, psychosis, attention & focus, and panic disorder. We provide patient-driven care and treat our patients with respect, honesty, and dignity. We are passionate and caring about our services and your utmost well-being is the goal, ensuring a non-judgmental approach.
(915) 221-8468 View (915) 221-8468
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Madison Cierto
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lewisville, TX 75057
**Accepting New Patients** (Please list my name when leaving a message to ensure you are booked w/ me) I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I strive to create an environment that is an inclusive, safe space for all people. During our meetings you will be an active participant in your treatment plan as we work on obtaining your goals together. While my main focus is on proper diagnosis and medication management, neither of those can be completed with out proper understanding of your history, current situation, and future goals.
**Accepting New Patients** (Please list my name when leaving a message to ensure you are booked w/ me) I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I strive to create an environment that is an inclusive, safe space for all people. During our meetings you will be an active participant in your treatment plan as we work on obtaining your goals together. While my main focus is on proper diagnosis and medication management, neither of those can be completed with out proper understanding of your history, current situation, and future goals.
(972) 433-9874 View (972) 433-9874
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John G Muthiga
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lewisville, TX 75067
Is your mental health affecting; Your joy and happiness? Your focus and concentration? How well you get along with family and friends? Your work or school? Your interest in activities, social settings and other situations? Your energy level? Your quality of sleep? Or leading to legal issues? You are not alone. Help is available. Lets work together to get you to a better place where you can experience the quality of life that you deserve.
Is your mental health affecting; Your joy and happiness? Your focus and concentration? How well you get along with family and friends? Your work or school? Your interest in activities, social settings and other situations? Your energy level? Your quality of sleep? Or leading to legal issues? You are not alone. Help is available. Lets work together to get you to a better place where you can experience the quality of life that you deserve.
(972) 860-1577 View (972) 860-1577
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Kimberly Matchett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lewisville, TX 75057
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who believes in treating each patient with respect and dignity. I strive to create a safe space for clients to feel comfortable in sharing and creating goals for their mental health journey with an understanding that all clients are individuals and each person’s journey will look a little different.
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who believes in treating each patient with respect and dignity. I strive to create a safe space for clients to feel comfortable in sharing and creating goals for their mental health journey with an understanding that all clients are individuals and each person’s journey will look a little different.
(972) 597-7091 View (972) 597-7091
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Shebna N Osanmoh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lewisville, TX 75067
Navigating the complexities of mental health challenges can be an overwhelming journey, but you're not alone. I'm Shebna Osanmoh, and I'm here to walk alongside you on this path towards healing and resilience. I understand that seeking help for mental health concerns can be a daunting step, but please know that your well-being is my utmost priority. My commitment to you is rooted in empathy.. Please contact for my appointments at SavantCare Clinics for Lewisville, Austin, San Antonio and Houston in TX-Phone: (469) 946-7897, Sacramento, CA-Phone: (916) 745-8199, New York, NY-Phone: (332) 456-4362 and Atlanta, GA-Ph: (470) 480-0362.
Navigating the complexities of mental health challenges can be an overwhelming journey, but you're not alone. I'm Shebna Osanmoh, and I'm here to walk alongside you on this path towards healing and resilience. I understand that seeking help for mental health concerns can be a daunting step, but please know that your well-being is my utmost priority. My commitment to you is rooted in empathy.. Please contact for my appointments at SavantCare Clinics for Lewisville, Austin, San Antonio and Houston in TX-Phone: (469) 946-7897, Sacramento, CA-Phone: (916) 745-8199, New York, NY-Phone: (332) 456-4362 and Atlanta, GA-Ph: (470) 480-0362.
(650) 610-1549 View (650) 610-1549
Photo of Joann Mundin, Psychiatrist in Lewisville, TX
Joann Mundin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lewisville, TX 75057
Dr. Mundin is a dedicated and experienced psychiatrist with her practice spanning over Lewisville, Austin, Houston & San Antonio in TX- Phone: (469)-946-7897, in 2300 West Sahara Ave, Suite 800. Las Vegas, NV 89102, Phone: (725)-214-2366 and San Diego, CA-Phone: (619-272-2728) . Since 2003, she has provided comprehensive assessments and treatments for patients with severe mental illness across various settings, such as hospitals, offices, jails, workplaces, and telehealth services. Dr. Mundin is passionate about using a multidisciplinary, collaborative team approach to deliver the highest quality psychiatric care to her patients.
Dr. Mundin is a dedicated and experienced psychiatrist with her practice spanning over Lewisville, Austin, Houston & San Antonio in TX- Phone: (469)-946-7897, in 2300 West Sahara Ave, Suite 800. Las Vegas, NV 89102, Phone: (725)-214-2366 and San Diego, CA-Phone: (619-272-2728) . Since 2003, she has provided comprehensive assessments and treatments for patients with severe mental illness across various settings, such as hospitals, offices, jails, workplaces, and telehealth services. Dr. Mundin is passionate about using a multidisciplinary, collaborative team approach to deliver the highest quality psychiatric care to her patients.
(650) 749-7188 View (650) 749-7188
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Dorian Aponte
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lewisville, TX 75022
I am a Board Certified General Psychiatrist and have ample experience in the evaluation and medical treatment of multiple psychiatric disorders, including those affecting mood, anxiety, and ADD/ADHD. I understand many of these conditions are often caused by both physical and psychological factors and I will work with you on developing the treatment plan that best fits your needs, let that be medications, counseling, or the combination of both. I am fully bilingual in English and Spanish. Visits are by appointment only and at this time I don't offer weekend hours.
I am a Board Certified General Psychiatrist and have ample experience in the evaluation and medical treatment of multiple psychiatric disorders, including those affecting mood, anxiety, and ADD/ADHD. I understand many of these conditions are often caused by both physical and psychological factors and I will work with you on developing the treatment plan that best fits your needs, let that be medications, counseling, or the combination of both. I am fully bilingual in English and Spanish. Visits are by appointment only and at this time I don't offer weekend hours.
(940) 448-0304 View (940) 448-0304
Photo of Yemi Aina, Psychiatrist in Lewisville, TX
Yemi Aina
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lewisville, TX 75067
Are you or a loved one burdened by chronic depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, insomnia or brain fog? Have these conditions disrupted your sense of well-being and made daily life and relationships challenging? Tri-MED's integrative approach empowers you to experience maximal health through personalized treatments that heal the mind and body. Beyond medication management, we offer innovative modalities, such as Spravato, IM and IV Ketamine and deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (dTMS).
Are you or a loved one burdened by chronic depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, insomnia or brain fog? Have these conditions disrupted your sense of well-being and made daily life and relationships challenging? Tri-MED's integrative approach empowers you to experience maximal health through personalized treatments that heal the mind and body. Beyond medication management, we offer innovative modalities, such as Spravato, IM and IV Ketamine and deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (dTMS).
(972) 885-3348 View (972) 885-3348
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Dr. Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lewisville, TX 75067
Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Are these emotional and behavioral patterns fixable? Which ones stem from genetics or brain chemistry, and which are rooted in upbringing or circumstances?
Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Are these emotional and behavioral patterns fixable? Which ones stem from genetics or brain chemistry, and which are rooted in upbringing or circumstances?
(972) 853-6219 View (972) 853-6219
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Excellent Touch Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lewisville, TX 75056  (Online Only)
Now accepting new patients within a week appointments available; weekdays and on weekends. Are you struggling with loneliness, not your usual self, or feeling anxious, overwhelmed, or feeling stuck? You are not alone, we are here to help at Excellent Touch psychiatry, to listen, and help you become the best version of yourself, by providing client-centered, empathetic, trauma-informed, and competent quality care delivered through telehealth. We specialized in treating anyone with depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar and any other mental issue that is adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, and social life.
Now accepting new patients within a week appointments available; weekdays and on weekends. Are you struggling with loneliness, not your usual self, or feeling anxious, overwhelmed, or feeling stuck? You are not alone, we are here to help at Excellent Touch psychiatry, to listen, and help you become the best version of yourself, by providing client-centered, empathetic, trauma-informed, and competent quality care delivered through telehealth. We specialized in treating anyone with depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar and any other mental issue that is adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, and social life.
(817) 904-9434 View (817) 904-9434
Photo of Dr Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry, Psychiatrist in Lewisville, TX
Dr Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lewisville, TX 75067
Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Are these emotional and behavioral patterns fixable? Which ones stem from genetics or brain chemistry, and which are rooted in upbringing or circumstances?
Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Are these emotional and behavioral patterns fixable? Which ones stem from genetics or brain chemistry, and which are rooted in upbringing or circumstances?
(972) 846-9933 View (972) 846-9933
Photo of Rahman Farishta, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lewisville, TX
Rahman Farishta
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN , PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lewisville, TX 75027
Are you suffering from ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, or any other mental health issue? Are you tired of waiting to see a mental health provider? Do you need medication management for an already diagnosed issue? Are you seeking a second opinion or an advice? Are you tired of trying/taking several medicines? Pinnacle Psychiatry can help provide immediate treatment. Call 940-629-7201 for more information. Schedule an appointment online with just a few clicks at www.pinnacle-psychiatry.com. We provide virtual/telemedicine visits to adults but can also accommodate an in-person visit.
Are you suffering from ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, or any other mental health issue? Are you tired of waiting to see a mental health provider? Do you need medication management for an already diagnosed issue? Are you seeking a second opinion or an advice? Are you tired of trying/taking several medicines? Pinnacle Psychiatry can help provide immediate treatment. Call 940-629-7201 for more information. Schedule an appointment online with just a few clicks at www.pinnacle-psychiatry.com. We provide virtual/telemedicine visits to adults but can also accommodate an in-person visit.
(469) 529-8016 View (469) 529-8016
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A-1 Behavioral Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, DNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lewisville, TX 75067
I am a family psychiatric/ mental health nurse practitioner with extensive experience working with children, adults, and the elderly who are struggling with a variety of mental health challenges in different care settings. I obtained a Bachelor of Science, Masters degree in nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a Doctorate from Briar Cliff University, Sioux City, Iowa. As a doctoral-prepared practitioner, I will complete a thorough evaluation and partner with you to develop an individualized and holistic treatment plan based on the right diagnosis.
I am a family psychiatric/ mental health nurse practitioner with extensive experience working with children, adults, and the elderly who are struggling with a variety of mental health challenges in different care settings. I obtained a Bachelor of Science, Masters degree in nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a Doctorate from Briar Cliff University, Sioux City, Iowa. As a doctoral-prepared practitioner, I will complete a thorough evaluation and partner with you to develop an individualized and holistic treatment plan based on the right diagnosis.
(469) 813-9224 View (469) 813-9224
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Rhoda Madamombe - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Lewisville, TX 75067
Rhoda Madamombe is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN, PMHNP-BC) and a member of the American Psychiatric Association. She graduated from Wilkes University and has been in the field of psychiatry since 2004. Rhoda has worked in psychiatric hospitals all her career. She worked for Medical City McKinney for 12 years holding various positions that include staff nurse, charge nurse, clinical supervisor, and nurse manager/PMHNP-BC.
Rhoda Madamombe is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN, PMHNP-BC) and a member of the American Psychiatric Association. She graduated from Wilkes University and has been in the field of psychiatry since 2004. Rhoda has worked in psychiatric hospitals all her career. She worked for Medical City McKinney for 12 years holding various positions that include staff nurse, charge nurse, clinical supervisor, and nurse manager/PMHNP-BC.
(469) 382-4507 View (469) 382-4507
Photo of Mary Francis, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lewisville, TX
Mary Francis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lewisville, TX 75056
Mary Francis is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2000. Mary can provide comprehensive care for patients with mental health problems to alleviate their sufferings by integrating her knowledge and considering her patients' physical, mental, emotional, and social aspects. Outside of work, Mary enjoys cooking, traveling, and enjoying time with family and friends.
Mary Francis is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2000. Mary can provide comprehensive care for patients with mental health problems to alleviate their sufferings by integrating her knowledge and considering her patients' physical, mental, emotional, and social aspects. Outside of work, Mary enjoys cooking, traveling, and enjoying time with family and friends.
(469) 228-8773 View (469) 228-8773

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Number of Psychiatrists in Lewisville, TX

20+

Average cost per session

$162

Psychiatrists in Lewisville, TX who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
91% Depression
83% Bipolar Disorder
78% Trauma and PTSD
78% Medication Management
70% ADHD
65% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
95% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Lewisville, TX see their clients

87% In Person and Online
13% Online Only

Gender breakdown

64% Female
36% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Lewisville?

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.