Psychiatrists in McKinney, TX

Photo of Jonathan Ariel Kaminar, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in McKinney, TX
Jonathan Ariel Kaminar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
McKinney, TX 75071
I am a licensed and board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Excel Psychiatry servicing all of Texas. We are located in McKinney, TX near Prosper and Frisco. I offer psychiatric evaluation, medication management, and therapy to adults from ages 18-65. I work with my clients to find a treatment plan that best suits them, and incorporate both medication and psychotherapy to meet their needs. For those with complex or chronic mental health needs, we offer both Spravato and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) treatments. Visit our website and book with me at www.excel-psychiatry.com or look for me on Zocdoc!
I am a licensed and board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Excel Psychiatry servicing all of Texas. We are located in McKinney, TX near Prosper and Frisco. I offer psychiatric evaluation, medication management, and therapy to adults from ages 18-65. I work with my clients to find a treatment plan that best suits them, and incorporate both medication and psychotherapy to meet their needs. For those with complex or chronic mental health needs, we offer both Spravato and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) treatments. Visit our website and book with me at www.excel-psychiatry.com or look for me on Zocdoc!
(469) 824-9620 View (469) 824-9620
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Dr. Deepika Bhargava
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
McKinney, TX 75069
I provide a unique integrated bio-psycho-social-spiritual-nutritional approach to mental well-being. Personalized and comprehensive services in an atmosphere of respect and compassion to help create healthy communities. One-stop for all your mental health needs that includes psychiatry med management (anxiety, depression, bipolar, PTSD, geriatric disorders, dementia); individual and family therapy (marital, addiction, anger management, behavior modification, stress management, work-life balance; adult/adolescent Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) - (mood disorders, substance abuse, eating disorders, trauma, women's issues). TMS.
I provide a unique integrated bio-psycho-social-spiritual-nutritional approach to mental well-being. Personalized and comprehensive services in an atmosphere of respect and compassion to help create healthy communities. One-stop for all your mental health needs that includes psychiatry med management (anxiety, depression, bipolar, PTSD, geriatric disorders, dementia); individual and family therapy (marital, addiction, anger management, behavior modification, stress management, work-life balance; adult/adolescent Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) - (mood disorders, substance abuse, eating disorders, trauma, women's issues). TMS.
(469) 425-2053 View (469) 425-2053
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Osman Athar
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
McKinney, TX 75071
Dr. Osman Athar is board certified in General Psychiatry and board eligible in Consult-Liaison Psychiatry. He graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in English from Rice University, from McGovern Medical School for his medical doctorate and went on to complete Psychiatry residency at the University of Texas-Houston where he served as a chief resident. Afterwards, he completed fellowship in Consult-Liaison Psychiatry at Louisiana State University - Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans.
Dr. Osman Athar is board certified in General Psychiatry and board eligible in Consult-Liaison Psychiatry. He graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in English from Rice University, from McGovern Medical School for his medical doctorate and went on to complete Psychiatry residency at the University of Texas-Houston where he served as a chief resident. Afterwards, he completed fellowship in Consult-Liaison Psychiatry at Louisiana State University - Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans.
(469) 537-7843 View (469) 537-7843
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Jamelle Amouri
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
McKinney, TX 75071  (Online Only)
Dr. Jamelleh Amouri is a board-certified adult psychiatrist and board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist who specializes in treating children, adolescents, and young adults. Dr. Amouri is a firm believer in early intervention, patient- and family-centered care, and a holistic approach to mental health treatment. Dr. Amouri's practice focuses on medication management, which she offers in conjunction with psychotherapeutic interventions in her follow-up visits. Occasionally, Dr. Amouri may believe that additional therapy is needed to achieve the best outcome and may ask that you bring a therapist into your care team.
Dr. Jamelleh Amouri is a board-certified adult psychiatrist and board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist who specializes in treating children, adolescents, and young adults. Dr. Amouri is a firm believer in early intervention, patient- and family-centered care, and a holistic approach to mental health treatment. Dr. Amouri's practice focuses on medication management, which she offers in conjunction with psychotherapeutic interventions in her follow-up visits. Occasionally, Dr. Amouri may believe that additional therapy is needed to achieve the best outcome and may ask that you bring a therapist into your care team.
(972) 645-6392 View (972) 645-6392
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Elizabeth Otucho
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
McKinney, TX 75071  (Online Only)
Elizabeth Otucho, PMHNP, is a licensed psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner based in Texas. With a strong emphasis on telemedicine, she offers convenient tele visits to individuals seeking support and treatment for a range of mental health concerns. Elizabeth's practice specializes in the management of depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and personality disorders. In her work, Elizabeth recognizes the profound impact that major mental health illnesses have on individuals' lives and that the process of diagnosis is crucial in providing effective treatment.
Elizabeth Otucho, PMHNP, is a licensed psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner based in Texas. With a strong emphasis on telemedicine, she offers convenient tele visits to individuals seeking support and treatment for a range of mental health concerns. Elizabeth's practice specializes in the management of depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and personality disorders. In her work, Elizabeth recognizes the profound impact that major mental health illnesses have on individuals' lives and that the process of diagnosis is crucial in providing effective treatment.
(972) 402-6616 View (972) 402-6616
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Lisa Ekeanyanwu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
McKinney, TX 75071  (Online Only)
Lisa Ekeanyanwu, MD is a board eligible Psychiatrist. She completed her psychiatry residency training at Stanford. She has experience providing patients with compassionate psychiatric care. Dr. Ekeanyanwu's practice centers on pharmacotherapy. She offers this in conjunction with supportive therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and psychodynamic therapy, to treat several types of psychiatric conditions. Occasionally she may believe that additional therapy is also needed and ask that you bring a therapist into your care team to provide the best outcome.
Lisa Ekeanyanwu, MD is a board eligible Psychiatrist. She completed her psychiatry residency training at Stanford. She has experience providing patients with compassionate psychiatric care. Dr. Ekeanyanwu's practice centers on pharmacotherapy. She offers this in conjunction with supportive therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and psychodynamic therapy, to treat several types of psychiatric conditions. Occasionally she may believe that additional therapy is also needed and ask that you bring a therapist into your care team to provide the best outcome.
(469) 564-5206 View (469) 564-5206
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Diane Lewis
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
McKinney, TX 75071  (Online Only)
Dr. Diane Lewis is an adult psychiatrist at Talkiatry. She is board-certified in general psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She has been practicing for over eight years, and she has a special interest in college mental health. Her practice focuses on medication management. Typically, she offers this in conjunction with supportive therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. Often, Dr. Lewis encourages additional therapy and asks that you bring a therapist into your care team to provide the best outcome.
Dr. Diane Lewis is an adult psychiatrist at Talkiatry. She is board-certified in general psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She has been practicing for over eight years, and she has a special interest in college mental health. Her practice focuses on medication management. Typically, she offers this in conjunction with supportive therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. Often, Dr. Lewis encourages additional therapy and asks that you bring a therapist into your care team to provide the best outcome.
(972) 433-5460 View (972) 433-5460
Photo of Gopan Pillai, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in McKinney, TX
Gopan Pillai
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CPT
Verified
5 Endorsed
McKinney, TX 75072
*Telemedicine available* Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and NSCA certified personal trainer specializing in treating and prescribing medications when appropriate for anxiety, depression, ADHD, and mood/bipolar disorders. I focus on quality of care, outcomes, and have over 20 years of experience in the mental health field. I value active listening and not prematurely jumping to conclusions. Your opinion truly matters to me so I will include you in the decision-making process every step of the way especially when it deals with medications. I look forward to partnering with you on your journey to success.
*Telemedicine available* Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and NSCA certified personal trainer specializing in treating and prescribing medications when appropriate for anxiety, depression, ADHD, and mood/bipolar disorders. I focus on quality of care, outcomes, and have over 20 years of experience in the mental health field. I value active listening and not prematurely jumping to conclusions. Your opinion truly matters to me so I will include you in the decision-making process every step of the way especially when it deals with medications. I look forward to partnering with you on your journey to success.
(214) 978-6429 View (214) 978-6429
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Gerald Matthews
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
McKinney, TX 75071  (Online Only)
Dr. Gerald Matthews is a staff psychiatrist at Talkiatry. He is board-certified in adult psychiatry, and has experience treating civilians, as well as active duty military and veterans. The majority of Dr. Matthews's practice is in providing medication management, however he often collaborates with therapists in caring for his patients, where indicated.
Dr. Gerald Matthews is a staff psychiatrist at Talkiatry. He is board-certified in adult psychiatry, and has experience treating civilians, as well as active duty military and veterans. The majority of Dr. Matthews's practice is in providing medication management, however he often collaborates with therapists in caring for his patients, where indicated.
(469) 770-7885 View (469) 770-7885
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Eunjin Jang
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
McKinney, TX 75071  (Online Only)
Dr. Eunjin Jang is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. She received her medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and completed her residency training at the University of Chicago, where she was chief resident. Dr. Jang aims to help patients achieve optimal health and functioning by providing compassionate and thorough care. Education is an important part of the treatment plan, as it allows patients to actively participate in their care. She specializes in treating a wide range of psychiatric conditions including, but not limited to, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and OCD.
Dr. Eunjin Jang is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. She received her medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and completed her residency training at the University of Chicago, where she was chief resident. Dr. Jang aims to help patients achieve optimal health and functioning by providing compassionate and thorough care. Education is an important part of the treatment plan, as it allows patients to actively participate in their care. She specializes in treating a wide range of psychiatric conditions including, but not limited to, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and OCD.
(469) 772-8616 View (469) 772-8616
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Dr. Maria Orejarena
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
McKinney, TX 75071  (Online Only)
Dr. Orejarena’s is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She finished her residency from Yale University and the University of Texas Houston. She has done extensive research on psychiatry during her PhD in Neuropsychopharmacology and a Masters in Neuroscience. She is bilingual in Spanish and English. She incorporates different therapy modalities and evidence-based treatments, tailored to each person’s needs. She enjoys applying her knowledge in neuroscience and pharmacology into her clinical practice and believes combination of medication and psychotherapy yields best treatment outcomes.
Dr. Orejarena’s is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She finished her residency from Yale University and the University of Texas Houston. She has done extensive research on psychiatry during her PhD in Neuropsychopharmacology and a Masters in Neuroscience. She is bilingual in Spanish and English. She incorporates different therapy modalities and evidence-based treatments, tailored to each person’s needs. She enjoys applying her knowledge in neuroscience and pharmacology into her clinical practice and believes combination of medication and psychotherapy yields best treatment outcomes.
(469) 746-3367 View (469) 746-3367
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Elizabeth Otucho
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
McKinney, TX 75071  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Child, Adolescent and Adult psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who is very passionate about mental health care. My specialties include treating depression, anxiety, bipolar, sleep disorders and other common mental health problems in individuals above the age of 16. I enjoy working closely with patients and their families. I am a good listener, warm, compassionate and approach every individual with kindness and respect.
I am a board-certified Child, Adolescent and Adult psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who is very passionate about mental health care. My specialties include treating depression, anxiety, bipolar, sleep disorders and other common mental health problems in individuals above the age of 16. I enjoy working closely with patients and their families. I am a good listener, warm, compassionate and approach every individual with kindness and respect.
(972) 764-8680 View (972) 764-8680
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Dr. Suparna Basu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
McKinney, TX 75072
If you are suffering from anxiety or depression you should know you are not alone. Problems with your emotional health can prevent you from pursuing your dreams and living life to the fullest. Working with you to reach your full potential is my number one goal. My approach can best be described as interpersonal/humanistic, one in which my working relationship is every bit as important as any medication you might decide to use. You can learn more about my practice on my website; http://basupsychiatry.com
If you are suffering from anxiety or depression you should know you are not alone. Problems with your emotional health can prevent you from pursuing your dreams and living life to the fullest. Working with you to reach your full potential is my number one goal. My approach can best be described as interpersonal/humanistic, one in which my working relationship is every bit as important as any medication you might decide to use. You can learn more about my practice on my website; http://basupsychiatry.com
(214) 225-7621 View (214) 225-7621
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Cesar De Paz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
McKinney, TX 75071  (Online Only)
Dr. De Paz is the director of Behavioral Health for CommuniCare health centers, he received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch and did his residency training in General Psychiatry and a Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Texas Medical Branch. After his training he worked at the Center for Health Care Services in San Antonio for 3 years and served as the Director of the Children’s program and the Dual Diagnosis clinic. He has also worked for JSA telehealth who were in the forefront of the use of telemedicine services to reach the most underserved populations in the state.
Dr. De Paz is the director of Behavioral Health for CommuniCare health centers, he received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch and did his residency training in General Psychiatry and a Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Texas Medical Branch. After his training he worked at the Center for Health Care Services in San Antonio for 3 years and served as the Director of the Children’s program and the Dual Diagnosis clinic. He has also worked for JSA telehealth who were in the forefront of the use of telemedicine services to reach the most underserved populations in the state.
(972) 787-1927 View (972) 787-1927
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Sumeet Singh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
McKinney, TX 75071  (Online Only)
Dr. Sumeet Singh is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General Adult Psychiatry. Most recently, Dr. Singh worked for Life Stance Health, an outpatient telehealth company, where he treated patients between the ages of 18-65 years old with both medication management and therapeutic interventions. Dr. Singh has years of experience treating the following disorders/diagnoses: depression, anxiety and panic attacks, bipolar disorder, PTSD, ADHD, and OCD.
Dr. Sumeet Singh is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General Adult Psychiatry. Most recently, Dr. Singh worked for Life Stance Health, an outpatient telehealth company, where he treated patients between the ages of 18-65 years old with both medication management and therapeutic interventions. Dr. Singh has years of experience treating the following disorders/diagnoses: depression, anxiety and panic attacks, bipolar disorder, PTSD, ADHD, and OCD.
(512) 488-4983 View (512) 488-4983
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Matthew Hamilton
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
McKinney, TX 75071  (Online Only)
Matthew Hamilton is a board-eligible adult psychiatrist who is establishing his post-residency practice with Talkiatry. Dr. Hamilton’s practice focuses on medication management. Typically, he offers this in conjunction with supportive or emotionally focused therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. However, occasionally Dr. Hamilton may believe that additional therapy is also needed and ask that you bring a therapist into your care team to provide the best outcome.
Matthew Hamilton is a board-eligible adult psychiatrist who is establishing his post-residency practice with Talkiatry. Dr. Hamilton’s practice focuses on medication management. Typically, he offers this in conjunction with supportive or emotionally focused therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. However, occasionally Dr. Hamilton may believe that additional therapy is also needed and ask that you bring a therapist into your care team to provide the best outcome.
(972) 884-5492 View (972) 884-5492
Photo of Kaycia Vansickle, Psychiatrist in McKinney, TX
Kaycia Vansickle
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
McKinney, TX 75071  (Online Only)
Dr. Vansickle is a board-certified adult psychiatrist, who has been in practice for over 25 years. At the heart of Dr. Vansickle's clinical approach is an emphasis on establishing trust. She focuses on building strong therapeutic and collaborative environments with patients who are struggling with depression, bipolar spectrum disorders, ADHD, anxiety including social, obsessive-compulsive, and generalized anxiety disorders. She provides psychiatric medication management in conjunction with supportive therapy and education.
Dr. Vansickle is a board-certified adult psychiatrist, who has been in practice for over 25 years. At the heart of Dr. Vansickle's clinical approach is an emphasis on establishing trust. She focuses on building strong therapeutic and collaborative environments with patients who are struggling with depression, bipolar spectrum disorders, ADHD, anxiety including social, obsessive-compulsive, and generalized anxiety disorders. She provides psychiatric medication management in conjunction with supportive therapy and education.
(512) 361-1847 View (512) 361-1847
Photo of Zia Uddin, Psychiatrist in McKinney, TX
Zia Uddin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
McKinney, TX 75070
Adults with ADHD may have been undiagnosed when younger, only having symptoms later in life when something changed (i.e., going off to college, getting married, having children, etc.) Adult ADHD patients also frequently have anxiety, depression or other issues that may or may not be related.
Adults with ADHD may have been undiagnosed when younger, only having symptoms later in life when something changed (i.e., going off to college, getting married, having children, etc.) Adult ADHD patients also frequently have anxiety, depression or other issues that may or may not be related.
(469) 331-6285 View (469) 331-6285
Photo of Britton Bahador, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in McKinney, TX
Britton Bahador
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, LMSW, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
McKinney, TX 75071
Saturday appointments available. People of all ages and backgrounds reach out for mental health care and treatment for a variety of reasons, including- depressed mood, anxiety, trauma, self-harm, and emotional disturbances as a result of life circumstances. People want to feel understood and supported on their path to finding mental and individual wellness for themselves or their loved ones. Mental health care should be patient, supportive, and a collaborate approach between individual and practitioner and be tailored to each individuals' specific needs.
Saturday appointments available. People of all ages and backgrounds reach out for mental health care and treatment for a variety of reasons, including- depressed mood, anxiety, trauma, self-harm, and emotional disturbances as a result of life circumstances. People want to feel understood and supported on their path to finding mental and individual wellness for themselves or their loved ones. Mental health care should be patient, supportive, and a collaborate approach between individual and practitioner and be tailored to each individuals' specific needs.
(469) 947-9223 View (469) 947-9223
Photo of Lillian Cole, Psychiatrist in McKinney, TX
Lillian Cole
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
McKinney, TX 75071  (Online Only)
Dr. Lillian Cole is an adult psychiatrist who completed her undergraduate education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She earned both her master’s in biomedical sciences and medical degree at Texas Tech University. She completed her psychiatry residency training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where she was exposed to patient populations that were ethnoculturally, socioeconomically, and clinically diverse.
Dr. Lillian Cole is an adult psychiatrist who completed her undergraduate education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She earned both her master’s in biomedical sciences and medical degree at Texas Tech University. She completed her psychiatry residency training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where she was exposed to patient populations that were ethnoculturally, socioeconomically, and clinically diverse.
(469) 214-6649 View (469) 214-6649

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Number of Psychiatrists in McKinney, TX

100+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in McKinney, TX who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
91% Depression
90% Bipolar Disorder
83% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
82% Medication Management
75% Trauma and PTSD
60% ADHD

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

96% Cigna and Evernorth
92% Aetna
90% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in McKinney, TX see their clients

52% Online Only
48% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

70% Female
30% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in McKinney?

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.