Psychiatrists in McAllen, TX

Photo of Anna Salinas - Salinas Behavioral Health, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Salinas Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
McAllen, TX 78504  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients from anywhere in Texas. Do you have difficulties concentrating or focusing? Do you feel anxious or nervous? Do your thoughts and feelings affect your everyday life? Do you feel like no one is listening or no one cares? I can help. If you are seeking help for yourself or a loved one, please feel free to reach out. I am here to support you on your journey to better mental health.
Accepting new patients from anywhere in Texas. Do you have difficulties concentrating or focusing? Do you feel anxious or nervous? Do your thoughts and feelings affect your everyday life? Do you feel like no one is listening or no one cares? I can help. If you are seeking help for yourself or a loved one, please feel free to reach out. I am here to support you on your journey to better mental health.
(956) 758-3685 View (956) 758-3685
Photo of Jodie L Hopkins - Holistic Health and Psychiatry PLLC, PMHNP-C, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Holistic Health and Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
McAllen, TX 78501  (Online Only)
I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and a counselor who has worked across the spectrum of age groups. Many of my clients have commented that they like my insight and non-judgmental approach. In my experience, the right therapy and if needed, the right medication can be life changing. It can liberate a life. The right treatment does not solve all your problems but when needed, it can remove obstacles and allow you to discover your full potential to live your best life, the life you deserve to have.
I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and a counselor who has worked across the spectrum of age groups. Many of my clients have commented that they like my insight and non-judgmental approach. In my experience, the right therapy and if needed, the right medication can be life changing. It can liberate a life. The right treatment does not solve all your problems but when needed, it can remove obstacles and allow you to discover your full potential to live your best life, the life you deserve to have.
(956) 948-6566 View (956) 948-6566
Photo of Dr. Rita McCallan, DNP, APRN , PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Rita McCallan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN , PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
McAllen, TX 78504
Mental health struggles are extremely common, yet they often go untreated, making it nearly impossible for individuals to lead a productive life. These issues can be difficult to manage privately, and it is important to recognize that they are not a sign of weakness, but rather a unique response to what has happened or is happening to a person. Unfortunately, many people fight this battle alone.
Mental health struggles are extremely common, yet they often go untreated, making it nearly impossible for individuals to lead a productive life. These issues can be difficult to manage privately, and it is important to recognize that they are not a sign of weakness, but rather a unique response to what has happened or is happening to a person. Unfortunately, many people fight this battle alone.
(956) 306-8703 View (956) 306-8703
Photo of Dr. Gerardo Castillo, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Gerardo Castillo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
McAllen, TX 78501
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner that is trained to provide a wide range of mental health services and behavioral services to patients and families in a variety of settings. I can diagnose, conduct psychotherapy, and prescribe medications for patients who have mental health disorders, behavioral issues, medical organic brain disorders, or substance abuse problems. I am licensed to provide psychosocial and physical assessments of mental health patients, establish treatment plans, and manage patient care.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner that is trained to provide a wide range of mental health services and behavioral services to patients and families in a variety of settings. I can diagnose, conduct psychotherapy, and prescribe medications for patients who have mental health disorders, behavioral issues, medical organic brain disorders, or substance abuse problems. I am licensed to provide psychosocial and physical assessments of mental health patients, establish treatment plans, and manage patient care.
(956) 450-6884 View (956) 450-6884
Photo of Ajibola Fat-Anthony - Unique Behavioral Clinic, PMHNP, APRN, MSN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Unique Behavioral Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
McAllen, TX 78501
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I diagnose and treat patient from age 6-99 years old. At Unique Behavioral Clinic, we prioritize your mental well-being by providing compassionate mental health care in a timely manner so that you can focus on your daily tasks.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I diagnose and treat patient from age 6-99 years old. At Unique Behavioral Clinic, we prioritize your mental well-being by providing compassionate mental health care in a timely manner so that you can focus on your daily tasks.
(956) 394-0369 View (956) 394-0369
Photo of Bridget N Shu - Holistic Health and Psychiatry PLLC, PMHNP-C, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Holistic Health and Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
McAllen, TX 78501  (Online Only)
Bridget N. Shu, PMHNP-BC, is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a background as a certified medical assistant. She developed a holistic approach to patient care during her nursing career, leading to a bachelor’s degree from Western Governors University Utah. With experience in medical and psychiatry hospitals, she recognized the impact of mental health on daily lives and relationships. Mrs. Shu furthered her education with a master’s in nursing specializing in Mental Health from Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX
Bridget N. Shu, PMHNP-BC, is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a background as a certified medical assistant. She developed a holistic approach to patient care during her nursing career, leading to a bachelor’s degree from Western Governors University Utah. With experience in medical and psychiatry hospitals, she recognized the impact of mental health on daily lives and relationships. Mrs. Shu furthered her education with a master’s in nursing specializing in Mental Health from Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX
(956) 983-9426 View (956) 983-9426
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Dr. Chipo Ndlovu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD , NPD-BC, APRN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
McAllen, TX 78504
Here at Proginosko Behavioral Health & Wellness, we are committed to your mental well-being. We provide comprehensive and person-centered psychiatric mental health services including psychiatric medication management for children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. Our mission at Proginosko Behavioral Health & Wellness is to provide behavioral health services to Texans, including immigrant / international populations and underserved populations.
Here at Proginosko Behavioral Health & Wellness, we are committed to your mental well-being. We provide comprehensive and person-centered psychiatric mental health services including psychiatric medication management for children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. Our mission at Proginosko Behavioral Health & Wellness is to provide behavioral health services to Texans, including immigrant / international populations and underserved populations.
(956) 436-5336 View (956) 436-5336
Photo of Yemi Adebowale - Integrated Minds Wellness Center, DNP, APRN, PMHMPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Integrated Minds Wellness Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHMPBC
Verified Verified
McAllen, TX 78504  (Online Only)
We are devoted to providing quality comprehensive psychiatric services and delivering excellent high quality health care. Our team prides itself in our expertise with both the diagnosis and treatment of the occurrence of mental illness and believes that the relationship between health care provider and patient is of the utmost importance. We take a balanced approach to go beyond symptom relief and help you find ways to revitalize your life so that you can thrive in all of your endeavors.
We are devoted to providing quality comprehensive psychiatric services and delivering excellent high quality health care. Our team prides itself in our expertise with both the diagnosis and treatment of the occurrence of mental illness and believes that the relationship between health care provider and patient is of the utmost importance. We take a balanced approach to go beyond symptom relief and help you find ways to revitalize your life so that you can thrive in all of your endeavors.
(956) 329-6273 View (956) 329-6273
Photo of Dr. Velma Vega-Hughes, DNP, APRN , PMHNP-, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Velma Vega-Hughes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN , PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
McAllen, TX 78501
I am a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who utilizes theoretical, scientific, and clinical knowledge for diagnosing mental illnesses, interpreting data, and facilitating treatment planning, including prescribing medication when needed. I use evidence-based practice using a holistic approach to provide healing, wellness, and recovery through innovative, person-centered, and individualized care. The therapeutic services I offer provide a warm, non-biased, and nurturing environment for individuals and families to achieve optimal mental health. MIND-BODY-SOUL
I am a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who utilizes theoretical, scientific, and clinical knowledge for diagnosing mental illnesses, interpreting data, and facilitating treatment planning, including prescribing medication when needed. I use evidence-based practice using a holistic approach to provide healing, wellness, and recovery through innovative, person-centered, and individualized care. The therapeutic services I offer provide a warm, non-biased, and nurturing environment for individuals and families to achieve optimal mental health. MIND-BODY-SOUL
(956) 230-8880 View (956) 230-8880
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Dr. Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
McAllen, TX 78503  (Online Only)
Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Which emotions stem from genetics and which are rooted in circumstances? How can you even begin to accurately express yourself? How much change is even possible? What if medications change you for the worse? These uncertainties can leave us in a never ending struggle that keeps us from achieving our true potential. If you’re finally ready to find out answers, then you need Evolve Psychiatry to navigate you out of this maze.
Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Which emotions stem from genetics and which are rooted in circumstances? How can you even begin to accurately express yourself? How much change is even possible? What if medications change you for the worse? These uncertainties can leave us in a never ending struggle that keeps us from achieving our true potential. If you’re finally ready to find out answers, then you need Evolve Psychiatry to navigate you out of this maze.
(817) 241-2565 View (817) 241-2565
Photo of Joshua Petty - VirtualPsychiatricCare.com, MSN, PMHNP, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, NP
Verified Verified
McAllen, TX 78501  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients via telehealth in Texas for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting daily optimal functioning. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today.. We offer affordable out of pocket rates. Also accepting insurances
Accepting new patients via telehealth in Texas for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting daily optimal functioning. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today.. We offer affordable out of pocket rates. Also accepting insurances
(346) 476-4637 View (346) 476-4637
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VPP Clinic | Dr. Arif Mirza MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
McAllen, TX 78504  (Online Only)
Welcome to VPPclinic.com ... As an experienced Psychiatrist in private practice, inpatient and telehealth settings, I'm here to offer authentic, compassionate care. Time is precious, especially for busy students, parents, and working professionals. I look forward to collaborate to reach your goals ASAP! ... Same week Video appointments are available statewide (Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio). Text 469-770-7750 for quick booking assist.
Welcome to VPPclinic.com ... As an experienced Psychiatrist in private practice, inpatient and telehealth settings, I'm here to offer authentic, compassionate care. Time is precious, especially for busy students, parents, and working professionals. I look forward to collaborate to reach your goals ASAP! ... Same week Video appointments are available statewide (Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio). Text 469-770-7750 for quick booking assist.
(832) 536-9271 View (832) 536-9271
Photo of Vilma L Rangel, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Vilma L Rangel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
McAllen, TX 78505
I am a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who provides comprehensive, compassionate & exceptional mental health care for children, adolescents and adults. I utilize a holistic approach together with scientific & clinical knowledge to diagnose mental illnesses to formulate a treatment plan that is developed based on individual needs & cultural preferences. Soy una enfermera practicante especializada en enfermedades mentales. proporciono cuidado basado en evidencia clinica tomando en cuenta el individuo y sus preferencias culturales.
I am a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who provides comprehensive, compassionate & exceptional mental health care for children, adolescents and adults. I utilize a holistic approach together with scientific & clinical knowledge to diagnose mental illnesses to formulate a treatment plan that is developed based on individual needs & cultural preferences. Soy una enfermera practicante especializada en enfermedades mentales. proporciono cuidado basado en evidencia clinica tomando en cuenta el individuo y sus preferencias culturales.
(956) 446-2936 View (956) 446-2936
Photo of Riz Ahmad - Dr Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry, MD, Psychiatrist
Dr Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
McAllen, TX 78503
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.
(956) 766-4163 View (956) 766-4163
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Ricardo A Mendiola
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
McAllen, TX 78504
JULY 2024 - Accepting New Patients - I'm Board Certified as an Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner with a specialization in Psychiatry and Mental Health in Multi-States (Texas, Rhode Island, Washington, Colorado, and New Hampshire), I'm bilingual and fluent in Spanish and English. I believe that each person has a unique problem and treatment is tailored specifically to their mental health concerns. I aim to provide patients with compassionate and judgment-free care using advanced technology (telehealth) to help enhance their quality of life for those that are affected with a mental health disorder..
JULY 2024 - Accepting New Patients - I'm Board Certified as an Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner with a specialization in Psychiatry and Mental Health in Multi-States (Texas, Rhode Island, Washington, Colorado, and New Hampshire), I'm bilingual and fluent in Spanish and English. I believe that each person has a unique problem and treatment is tailored specifically to their mental health concerns. I aim to provide patients with compassionate and judgment-free care using advanced technology (telehealth) to help enhance their quality of life for those that are affected with a mental health disorder..
(956) 516-7304 View (956) 516-7304
Photo of Raul Anthony Correa - Novelty Behavioral Health, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Novelty Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
McAllen, TX 78501
We are a Nonprofit Organization that treats a wide range of Psychiatric / Mental Health conditions. We work with any age group from children to the geriatric population. Our mission is to provide Comprehensive, Accessible and Affordable Holistic-Based Mental-Health care to the communities we serve without regard to background or insurance status in a caring environment that Fosters overall Recovery and Growth.
We are a Nonprofit Organization that treats a wide range of Psychiatric / Mental Health conditions. We work with any age group from children to the geriatric population. Our mission is to provide Comprehensive, Accessible and Affordable Holistic-Based Mental-Health care to the communities we serve without regard to background or insurance status in a caring environment that Fosters overall Recovery and Growth.
(956) 303-1949 View (956) 303-1949
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Holistic Health and Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-RN, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
McAllen, TX 78501
NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS WITH TELEHEALTH APPOINTMENTS THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE STATE OF TEXAS. MULTIPLE OPTIONS ON APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE; AFTERNOONS, EVENINGS, WEEKDAYS AND WEEKENDS. Mental and emotional difficulties are real and can greatly limit our functioning. At Holistic health and psychiatry, we believe in a multidimensional approach in managing mental health. Our practitioners collaborate to offer therapeutic interventions including medication management and various therapy approaches to assist individuals with mental health difficulties.
NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS WITH TELEHEALTH APPOINTMENTS THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE STATE OF TEXAS. MULTIPLE OPTIONS ON APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE; AFTERNOONS, EVENINGS, WEEKDAYS AND WEEKENDS. Mental and emotional difficulties are real and can greatly limit our functioning. At Holistic health and psychiatry, we believe in a multidimensional approach in managing mental health. Our practitioners collaborate to offer therapeutic interventions including medication management and various therapy approaches to assist individuals with mental health difficulties.
(806) 203-5793 View (806) 203-5793
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Emmanuella Edekobi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
McAllen, TX 78502  (Online Only)
My goal is to provide compassionate and evidence-based care to individuals struggling with mental health issues. I understand that seeking help can be daunting and sometimes it's hard to navigate healthcare especially if you feel chaotic, are unable to enjoy things, don't feel yourself, expect the worst to happen, zone out or hyperfocus or feel extra sensitive. Chat with us today and see if we can help. My approach is Whole-listic incorporating the mind, body and spirit, empathy and understanding. I focus mostly on building strong therapeutic relationship with my patients. We can work together towards a fulfilling life.
My goal is to provide compassionate and evidence-based care to individuals struggling with mental health issues. I understand that seeking help can be daunting and sometimes it's hard to navigate healthcare especially if you feel chaotic, are unable to enjoy things, don't feel yourself, expect the worst to happen, zone out or hyperfocus or feel extra sensitive. Chat with us today and see if we can help. My approach is Whole-listic incorporating the mind, body and spirit, empathy and understanding. I focus mostly on building strong therapeutic relationship with my patients. We can work together towards a fulfilling life.
(936) 241-4903 View (936) 241-4903

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Ugonna R Okafor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Edinburg, TX 78542  (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
Photo of Michael John Solon, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Michael John Solon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Edinburg, TX 78541
I am a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who provides individualized and evidenced-based care to pediatric and adult patients with diverse psychiatric and behavioral needs. I am available in-person in the Rio Grande Valley and via telehealth across Texas.
I am a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who provides individualized and evidenced-based care to pediatric and adult patients with diverse psychiatric and behavioral needs. I am available in-person in the Rio Grande Valley and via telehealth across Texas.
(956) 815-2631 View (956) 815-2631

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Number of Psychiatrists in McAllen, TX

10+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in McAllen, TX who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
94% Medication Management
89% Depression
89% Bipolar Disorder
83% Trauma and PTSD
78% ADHD
78% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
93% Cigna and Evernorth
93% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in McAllen, TX see their clients

56% In Person and Online
44% Online Only

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in McAllen?

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.