Psychiatrists in Lubbock County, TX

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Photo of S. Brooke Taylor, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lubbock County, TX
S. Brooke Taylor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, WHNP
Verified
Lubbock, TX 79424  (Online Only)
Anxiety Sun, Depression Moon and Bipolar Rising. I am excited to meet you and start this new adventure. I have over 20 years of experience working as a women's health nurse practitioner and am now transitioning to mental health and wellness. I would say I specialize in women's health, moods and overall happiness, but I also have experience in working with men and the adolescent population, focusing on their specific mental health needs. Please email me and I can give you details on how to schedule an appointment. I am open to seeing new patients and plan to take many common insurance plans.
Anxiety Sun, Depression Moon and Bipolar Rising. I am excited to meet you and start this new adventure. I have over 20 years of experience working as a women's health nurse practitioner and am now transitioning to mental health and wellness. I would say I specialize in women's health, moods and overall happiness, but I also have experience in working with men and the adolescent population, focusing on their specific mental health needs. Please email me and I can give you details on how to schedule an appointment. I am open to seeing new patients and plan to take many common insurance plans.
(512) 559-8428 View (512) 559-8428
Photo of Grace Wooten, Psychiatrist in Lubbock County, TX
Grace Wooten
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Lubbock, TX 79423
Doctor Wooten has a priority of making sure her patients feel heard and understood while using evidence based care to treat psychiatric needs with medication. We often spend more time with our patients to facilitate this. As a native of West Texas, Dr. Wooten’s mission is to provide kind, effective, mental health care to Lubbock and surrounding areas.
Doctor Wooten has a priority of making sure her patients feel heard and understood while using evidence based care to treat psychiatric needs with medication. We often spend more time with our patients to facilitate this. As a native of West Texas, Dr. Wooten’s mission is to provide kind, effective, mental health care to Lubbock and surrounding areas.
(806) 203-6187 View (806) 203-6187
Photo of Kimberly Sennet, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lubbock County, TX
Kimberly Sennet
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
Lubbock, TX 79401  (Online Only)
Hi there! If you’re reading this, I hope I can be of help in your mental health journey today. My name is Kimberly Sennet, and I’ve recently opened additional availability in my practice to take on new clients. I’m a board-certified psychiatric provider and I accept most major insurance plans (including Cigna, Aetna, United, etc) because I believe care should be affordable to all. I tend to fill up quickly, but as of right now, I have appointment slots open as early as next week.
Hi there! If you’re reading this, I hope I can be of help in your mental health journey today. My name is Kimberly Sennet, and I’ve recently opened additional availability in my practice to take on new clients. I’m a board-certified psychiatric provider and I accept most major insurance plans (including Cigna, Aetna, United, etc) because I believe care should be affordable to all. I tend to fill up quickly, but as of right now, I have appointment slots open as early as next week.
(806) 615-3047 View (806) 615-3047
Photo of Jessica Spiegelberg, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lubbock County, TX
Jessica Spiegelberg
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified
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
Photo of Munira Jiwani, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lubbock County, TX
Munira Jiwani
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
Lubbock, TX 79401  (Online Only)
Hi there! If you're reading this, I hope I can assist you on your mental health journey. I'm Munira Jiwani, a board-certified psychiatric specialist. I've recently made some room in my practice for new patients. I work with most major insurance providers, including Cigna, Aetna, and United, because I believe everyone should have access to affordable, quality care. My schedule tends to fill up quickly, but as of now, I have some appointment slots available as early as next week.
Hi there! If you're reading this, I hope I can assist you on your mental health journey. I'm Munira Jiwani, a board-certified psychiatric specialist. I've recently made some room in my practice for new patients. I work with most major insurance providers, including Cigna, Aetna, and United, because I believe everyone should have access to affordable, quality care. My schedule tends to fill up quickly, but as of now, I have some appointment slots available as early as next week.
(806) 590-1414 View (806) 590-1414
Photo of Jordan Riney, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lubbock County, TX
Jordan Riney
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Lubbock, TX 79423
I am a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and my strengths are child and adolescent psychiatry for ages 4 and older. I specialize in Autism, aggression, ODD, DMDD, ADHD, depression, anxiety, personality disorders, OCD, PTSD, binge eating disorder, panic, and schizophrenia. I am an advocate for integrating holistic care with psychiatric medication management to help patients address their mental health.
I am a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and my strengths are child and adolescent psychiatry for ages 4 and older. I specialize in Autism, aggression, ODD, DMDD, ADHD, depression, anxiety, personality disorders, OCD, PTSD, binge eating disorder, panic, and schizophrenia. I am an advocate for integrating holistic care with psychiatric medication management to help patients address their mental health.
(806) 515-4154 View (806) 515-4154
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Edwin Stow
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
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
Photo of Katie Brandon, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lubbock County, TX
Katie Brandon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Lubbock, TX 79423
I am certified in primary psychiatry/mental health for patients 13 years and older. I treat anxiety, depression, bipolar, addiction with MAT (Vivitrol, Naltrexone, Suboxone, Sublocade, Buprenorphine), OCD, PTSD, insomnia, panic, ADHD 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 13 years and older. I treat anxiety, depression, bipolar, addiction with MAT (Vivitrol, Naltrexone, Suboxone, Sublocade, Buprenorphine), OCD, PTSD, insomnia, panic, ADHD 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
Photo of Jeffrey Wright Bayless, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lubbock County, TX
Jeffrey Wright Bayless
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
Lubbock, TX 79401  (Online Only)
Hi there! If you’re reading this, I hope I can be of help in your mental health journey today. My name is Jef Bayless, and I’ve recently opened additional availability in my practice to take on new clients. I’m a board-certified psychiatric provider and I accept most major insurance plans (including Cigna, Aetna, United, etc) because I believe care should be affordable to all. I tend to fill up quickly, but as of right now, I have appointment slots open as early as next week.
Hi there! If you’re reading this, I hope I can be of help in your mental health journey today. My name is Jef Bayless, and I’ve recently opened additional availability in my practice to take on new clients. I’m a board-certified psychiatric provider and I accept most major insurance plans (including Cigna, Aetna, United, etc) because I believe care should be affordable to all. I tend to fill up quickly, but as of right now, I have appointment slots open as early as next week.
(806) 338-2950 View (806) 338-2950
Photo of Bridgett Gant, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lubbock County, TX
Bridgett Gant
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
Lubbock, TX 79401  (Online Only)
Hi there! If you've landed on this page, I hope I can assist you on your mental health journey. I'm Bridgett Gant, a board-certified psychiatric professional. I've recently added some availability in my practice to support new patients. I work with major insurance plans, including Cigna, Aetna, BCBS, and United, because I believe everyone should have access to affordable care. While I do have some openings as early as next week, they tend to get booked quickly.
Hi there! If you've landed on this page, I hope I can assist you on your mental health journey. I'm Bridgett Gant, a board-certified psychiatric professional. I've recently added some availability in my practice to support new patients. I work with major insurance plans, including Cigna, Aetna, BCBS, and United, because I believe everyone should have access to affordable care. While I do have some openings as early as next week, they tend to get booked quickly.
(806) 531-3550 View (806) 531-3550
Photo of Lauren Camille Todd, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lubbock County, TX
Lauren Camille Todd
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Lubbock, TX 79424  (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
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Caprock Alliance for Mental Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
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
Photo of Jacinta Madu, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lubbock County, TX
Jacinta Madu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
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
Photo of Dr. Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry, Psychiatrist in Lubbock County, TX
Dr. Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Lubbock, TX 79409
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?
(940) 308-2117 View (940) 308-2117
Photo of Dr. Ronil Shah, Psychiatrist in Lubbock County, TX
Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Lubbock, TX 79401
Dr. Shah is welcoming new patients for video appointments. As a Board-certified M.D. psychiatrist, he specializes in assessing and treating anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD and other psychiatric issues. A holistic provider, he combines non-pharmacologic approaches - including psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy - in addition to medication. He utilizes such therapeutic modalities in medication management appointments as well as dedicated therapy sessions. Consequently, patients benefit from well-integrated treatment that is both systematic and thorough.
Dr. Shah is welcoming new patients for video appointments. As a Board-certified M.D. psychiatrist, he specializes in assessing and treating anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD and other psychiatric issues. A holistic provider, he combines non-pharmacologic approaches - including psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy - in addition to medication. He utilizes such therapeutic modalities in medication management appointments as well as dedicated therapy sessions. Consequently, patients benefit from well-integrated treatment that is both systematic and thorough.
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Photo of Margarita Rice, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lubbock County, TX
Margarita Rice
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Lubbock, TX 79409
I am a double board-certified psychiatric mental health and family nurse practitioner. My education and clinical experience gives me a well-rounded perspective on physical and mental wellbeing. I see clients ages 18+, treating most psychiatric conditions. I provides holistic treatment and therapeutic interventions while focusing on medication management. This includes hormonal therapy, life style treatment, use of supplements, and medical weight loss when appropriate.
I am a double board-certified psychiatric mental health and family nurse practitioner. My education and clinical experience gives me a well-rounded perspective on physical and mental wellbeing. I see clients ages 18+, treating most psychiatric conditions. I provides holistic treatment and therapeutic interventions while focusing on medication management. This includes hormonal therapy, life style treatment, use of supplements, and medical weight loss when appropriate.
(682) 327-5482 View (682) 327-5482
Photo of Renew Health System & Counseling Services, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lubbock County, TX
Renew Health System & Counseling Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Lubbock, TX 79403
Hi, I am Dr. Boma, a DNP prepared Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 11 years of experience. I am passionate about helping adolescents and adults improve their mental health. My specialty is bipolar disorder, ADHD, depression, anxiety, eating disorder and OCD. My individualized treatment plans are tailored to best fit your needs and goals. I work closely with patients and they can reach out to us directly. Our purpose is to Support & Empower clients & their families by providing them a safe & reliable space to share their stories.
Hi, I am Dr. Boma, a DNP prepared Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 11 years of experience. I am passionate about helping adolescents and adults improve their mental health. My specialty is bipolar disorder, ADHD, depression, anxiety, eating disorder and OCD. My individualized treatment plans are tailored to best fit your needs and goals. I work closely with patients and they can reach out to us directly. Our purpose is to Support & Empower clients & their families by providing them a safe & reliable space to share their stories.
(469) 770-7380 View (469) 770-7380
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Mind Connection Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified
3 Endorsed
Lubbock, TX 79430
***ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS AT THIS TIME***Welcome to Mind Connection Behavioral Health where your mental health is our priority. We are committed to providing you with exceptional mental health and psychiatric services, and delivering high quality care to patients of all ages. Our goal is to make you feel valued and not numbered.
***ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS AT THIS TIME***Welcome to Mind Connection Behavioral Health where your mental health is our priority. We are committed to providing you with exceptional mental health and psychiatric services, and delivering high quality care to patients of all ages. Our goal is to make you feel valued and not numbered.
(281) 957-6114 View (281) 957-6114
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Seraphim Mental Wholeness LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Lubbock, TX 79404
Do you persistently feel sad, anxious, hopeless, irritable, frustrated, guilty, worthless, and helpless? Does this often result in losing interest in enjoyable activities, affecting your work, social life, family life, and overall enjoyment? We can help you at Seraphim Mental Wholeness. We have years of expertise in mental health, and we have treated various people of different ethnicities and races. We have established ourselves as dependable and dedicated to enhancing the lives of those with mental illness. We treat individuals holistically & nonjudgmentally. We have a team of Calm, passionate, & professional individuals waiting.
Do you persistently feel sad, anxious, hopeless, irritable, frustrated, guilty, worthless, and helpless? Does this often result in losing interest in enjoyable activities, affecting your work, social life, family life, and overall enjoyment? We can help you at Seraphim Mental Wholeness. We have years of expertise in mental health, and we have treated various people of different ethnicities and races. We have established ourselves as dependable and dedicated to enhancing the lives of those with mental illness. We treat individuals holistically & nonjudgmentally. We have a team of Calm, passionate, & professional individuals waiting.
(469) 217-6874 View (469) 217-6874
Photo of Cerebral Lonestar, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lubbock County, TX
Cerebral Lonestar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified
Lubbock, TX 79424  (Online Only)
My goal is to reach as many underserved clients in need of psychiatric evaluations and 1:1 motivational or straight talk therapy sessions. My focus will be to accommodate as many clients as possible throughout Texas who identify with this population. I am here to be a change agent for clients who are on their journey to being better-functioning people in mind, body, and soul. Medication is not always the answer and should be a last resort option. If you would like to schedule an appointment please schedule it today. My services are cash-based. Therapy sessions are 45-60 min at $75-100. Psychiatric evaluations are 60 min at $125.
My goal is to reach as many underserved clients in need of psychiatric evaluations and 1:1 motivational or straight talk therapy sessions. My focus will be to accommodate as many clients as possible throughout Texas who identify with this population. I am here to be a change agent for clients who are on their journey to being better-functioning people in mind, body, and soul. Medication is not always the answer and should be a last resort option. If you would like to schedule an appointment please schedule it today. My services are cash-based. Therapy sessions are 45-60 min at $75-100. Psychiatric evaluations are 60 min at $125.
(972) 787-1260 View (972) 787-1260

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Number of Psychiatrists in Lubbock County, TX

20+

Average cost per session

$225

Psychiatrists in Lubbock County, TX who prioritize treating:

97% Depression
97% Anxiety
72% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
72% Trauma and PTSD
72% Bipolar Disorder
62% ADHD
62% Psychosis

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% BlueCross and BlueShield
88% Aetna
88% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Lubbock County, TX see their clients

52% In Person and Online
48% Online Only

Gender breakdown

90% Female
10% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Lubbock County?

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.