Psychiatrists in McKinney, TX

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Shadi Lavasani
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
McKinney, TX 75071
Dr. Lavasani is a double board-certified Psychiatrist, specializing in both Adult and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. She received her medical degree from Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine and went on to complete both her residency in psychiatry and fellowship in child & adolescent psychiatry at Baylor Scott & White medical center in Temple, Texas. She has experience in treating patients with diverse backgrounds and a wide variety of psychiatric diagnoses including depressive and anxiety disorders, ADHD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, psychosis, intellectual disability, autism spectrum, attachment and other mood disorders.
Dr. Lavasani is a double board-certified Psychiatrist, specializing in both Adult and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. She received her medical degree from Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine and went on to complete both her residency in psychiatry and fellowship in child & adolescent psychiatry at Baylor Scott & White medical center in Temple, Texas. She has experience in treating patients with diverse backgrounds and a wide variety of psychiatric diagnoses including depressive and anxiety disorders, ADHD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, psychosis, intellectual disability, autism spectrum, attachment and other mood disorders.
(469) 564-5223 View (469) 564-5223
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Moni Baidya
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
McKinney, TX 75071  (Online Only)
Dr. Moni Baidya is double board-certified in adult psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry. She has been practicing for over 6 years. She strongly believes developing a good therapeutic rapport with a patient is an important milestone to start any treatment. Dr. Baidya’s practice focuses on medication management. Normally, she combines this in conjunction with supportive or psychodynamic therapy in 20 -30-minute follow-up- visits. However, Dr. Baidya may believe that additional therapy is crucial and advise you to bring a therapist on board to provide the best outcome.
Dr. Moni Baidya is double board-certified in adult psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry. She has been practicing for over 6 years. She strongly believes developing a good therapeutic rapport with a patient is an important milestone to start any treatment. Dr. Baidya’s practice focuses on medication management. Normally, she combines this in conjunction with supportive or psychodynamic therapy in 20 -30-minute follow-up- visits. However, Dr. Baidya may believe that additional therapy is crucial and advise you to bring a therapist on board to provide the best outcome.
(972) 430-4124 View (972) 430-4124
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Jonathan Ariel Kaminar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified 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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Austin Lin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
McKinney, TX 75071  (Online Only)
Dr. Austin Lin is a double board-certified adult and addiction psychiatrist who has been in practice for over 9 years. At the center of Dr. Lin’s clinical approach is a strong emphasis on establishing trust and using a collaborative approach to help patients develop an individualized and cohesive plan so that they are able to achieve their goals. Dr. Lin's practice focuses on medication management. Typically, he offers this in conjunction with supportive therapy, motivational interviewing, and/or cognitive behavioral therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits.
Dr. Austin Lin is a double board-certified adult and addiction psychiatrist who has been in practice for over 9 years. At the center of Dr. Lin’s clinical approach is a strong emphasis on establishing trust and using a collaborative approach to help patients develop an individualized and cohesive plan so that they are able to achieve their goals. Dr. Lin's practice focuses on medication management. Typically, he offers this in conjunction with supportive therapy, motivational interviewing, and/or cognitive behavioral therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits.
(512) 883-4169 View (512) 883-4169
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Columban Heo
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
McKinney, TX 75071  (Online Only)
Dr. Columban Heo is a board-certified psychiatrist who is dedicated to improving the quality of life of his patients. He received his medical degree from Touro University Nevada and residency training from Unity Health White County Medical Center. He went on to complete a fellowship in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry at Cleveland Clinic, where he became well-versed in working with multidisciplinary healthcare teams and treating psychiatric patients with complex medical conditions. Dr. Heo specializes in treating a wide range of psychiatric conditions including, but not limited to, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and PTSD.
Dr. Columban Heo is a board-certified psychiatrist who is dedicated to improving the quality of life of his patients. He received his medical degree from Touro University Nevada and residency training from Unity Health White County Medical Center. He went on to complete a fellowship in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry at Cleveland Clinic, where he became well-versed in working with multidisciplinary healthcare teams and treating psychiatric patients with complex medical conditions. Dr. Heo specializes in treating a wide range of psychiatric conditions including, but not limited to, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and PTSD.
(469) 437-7176 View (469) 437-7176
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Domikah Burks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
McKinney, TX 75070
Domikah is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She combines an evidence-based approach alongside a holistic approach to adult psychiatry and is able to use her experience to better understand each patient’s unique dynamic. She received her education (MSN) and training from the University of Texas at Arlington — where she received training in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
Domikah is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She combines an evidence-based approach alongside a holistic approach to adult psychiatry and is able to use her experience to better understand each patient’s unique dynamic. She received her education (MSN) and training from the University of Texas at Arlington — where she received training in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
(214) 367-5281 View (214) 367-5281
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Debbie Oyegoke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
McKinney, TX 75069
Debbie Oyegoke is a dual board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner. Her passion lies in working with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, and psychotic disorders.
Debbie Oyegoke is a dual board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner. Her passion lies in working with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, and psychotic disorders.
(469) 947-9723 View (469) 947-9723
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Lovette Okoh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
McKinney, TX 75070  (Online Only)
Taking new clients within 48 hours ! We offer effective outpatient, individualized, psychological care. We treat a number of mental health disorders, and provide a neutral ground to individuals so that you may begin the healing process and find your true self again.
Taking new clients within 48 hours ! We offer effective outpatient, individualized, psychological care. We treat a number of mental health disorders, and provide a neutral ground to individuals so that you may begin the healing process and find your true self again.
(469) 949-3581 View (469) 949-3581
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Austin Bailey
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
McKinney, TX 75071  (Online Only)
Dr. Bailey is a board certified psychiatrist, specializing in medication management and psychotherapy. He enjoys the opportunity to help patients better understand their diagnosis and how biological, psychological and social interventions can be applied to live a more fulfilling life.
Dr. Bailey is a board certified psychiatrist, specializing in medication management and psychotherapy. He enjoys the opportunity to help patients better understand their diagnosis and how biological, psychological and social interventions can be applied to live a more fulfilling life.
(469) 972-6389 View (469) 972-6389
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Mariam Onikosi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
McKinney, TX 75069
Mariam Onikosi is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. She graduated from Walden University. She has a strong history of success in the treatment of psychiatric illness, medical and emotional illness including environmental, sociological, psychological, and physical factors of mental and emotional disorders. She focuses on developing a personalized treatment plan while utilizing evidence-based pharmacological and non pharmacological modalities to support each client. The tools that I'll provide you with are tools that I have been perfecting over my career helping people just like you.
Mariam Onikosi is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. She graduated from Walden University. She has a strong history of success in the treatment of psychiatric illness, medical and emotional illness including environmental, sociological, psychological, and physical factors of mental and emotional disorders. She focuses on developing a personalized treatment plan while utilizing evidence-based pharmacological and non pharmacological modalities to support each client. The tools that I'll provide you with are tools that I have been perfecting over my career helping people just like you.
(469) 436-5582 View (469) 436-5582
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Zia Uddin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified 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
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Elizabeth Otucho
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified 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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Kehinde T Adedayo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
McKinney, TX 75070  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (NP) with more than 10+ years of practice in mental health nursing. I am committed to helping you navigate life's challenges and achieve optimal mental health. My philosophy of patient care is to provide the highest level of evidence-based quality care that is patient-centered. I firmly believe in treating the body as a whole. I believe in a holistic approach to health, integrating medication management with therapeutic strategies for a comprehensive healing experience that considers your entire well-being.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (NP) with more than 10+ years of practice in mental health nursing. I am committed to helping you navigate life's challenges and achieve optimal mental health. My philosophy of patient care is to provide the highest level of evidence-based quality care that is patient-centered. I firmly believe in treating the body as a whole. I believe in a holistic approach to health, integrating medication management with therapeutic strategies for a comprehensive healing experience that considers your entire well-being.
(469) 746-4198 View (469) 746-4198
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Fang Yang
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
McKinney, TX 75071  (Online Only)
Dr. Yang is board-certified in both general psychiatry and addiction psychiatry, and she holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience. Dr. Yang received her medical degree from the Medical School of Nanjing University in China. She went on to complete her Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the State University of New York in Buffalo, followed by several years of neuroscience research at Tufts University and Columbia University. She had completed her psychiatry residency training at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston – McGovern Medical School (UTHealth) and the addiction psychiatry fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine.
Dr. Yang is board-certified in both general psychiatry and addiction psychiatry, and she holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience. Dr. Yang received her medical degree from the Medical School of Nanjing University in China. She went on to complete her Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the State University of New York in Buffalo, followed by several years of neuroscience research at Tufts University and Columbia University. She had completed her psychiatry residency training at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston – McGovern Medical School (UTHealth) and the addiction psychiatry fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine.
(469) 564-3280 View (469) 564-3280
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Ayanna Swinton Jamison
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
McKinney, TX 75071  (Online Only)
Dr. Ayanna Swinton Jamison is a board-certified psychiatrist with over 18 years of experience in general psychiatry. She has extensive experience in counseling, medication management, Ketamine infusions, Spravato, and ElectricMagnetic Therapy. Dr. Jamison is committed to educating her patients about their illnesses and providing personalized care for each patient.
Dr. Ayanna Swinton Jamison is a board-certified psychiatrist with over 18 years of experience in general psychiatry. She has extensive experience in counseling, medication management, Ketamine infusions, Spravato, and ElectricMagnetic Therapy. Dr. Jamison is committed to educating her patients about their illnesses and providing personalized care for each patient.
(929) 822-6495 View (929) 822-6495
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Dr. Suparna Basu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified 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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Excel Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
McKinney, TX 75071
Schedule appointment online at www.excel-psychiatry.com or call at designated number. Dr. Zia is a Double Board-Certified Adult and Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist with 10 years of experience in diagnosing and treating common Psychiatric conditions including Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and psychosis. Dr. Zia completed her residency training at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tennessee. She did her fellowship from University of Texas Southwestern Medial School, Dallas, TX in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.
Schedule appointment online at www.excel-psychiatry.com or call at designated number. Dr. Zia is a Double Board-Certified Adult and Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist with 10 years of experience in diagnosing and treating common Psychiatric conditions including Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and psychosis. Dr. Zia completed her residency training at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tennessee. She did her fellowship from University of Texas Southwestern Medial School, Dallas, TX in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.
(469) 287-7191 View (469) 287-7191
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Essential Mind Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
McKinney, TX 75069
Joyce Aiyeojenku, PMHNP-BC, is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner dedicated to providing individualized holistic care tailored to the unique needs of each patient. With rigorous training and credentials, Joyce specializes in treating a spectrum of psychiatric disorders, including Anxiety, Depression, Mood Disorders, Bipolar, PTSD, and ADHD, across diverse populations—child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry.
Joyce Aiyeojenku, PMHNP-BC, is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner dedicated to providing individualized holistic care tailored to the unique needs of each patient. With rigorous training and credentials, Joyce specializes in treating a spectrum of psychiatric disorders, including Anxiety, Depression, Mood Disorders, Bipolar, PTSD, and ADHD, across diverse populations—child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry.
(505) 305-1501 View (505) 305-1501
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Gloria Oyeniyi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
McKinney, TX 75071  (Online Only)
Dr. Gloria Oyeniyi is a board-certified psychiatrist who treats adult patients. She completed her undergraduate studies at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD where she received her Bachelor's degree with Honors in Public Health, then completed her medical degree at The University of Texas at Houston. She completed her residency in Psychiatry at The University of Texas Dell Medical School at Austin where she served as Chief Resident. Dr. Oyeniyi has worked in several clinical, leadership and administrative positions and has been actively involved in teaching and community outreach.
Dr. Gloria Oyeniyi is a board-certified psychiatrist who treats adult patients. She completed her undergraduate studies at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD where she received her Bachelor's degree with Honors in Public Health, then completed her medical degree at The University of Texas at Houston. She completed her residency in Psychiatry at The University of Texas Dell Medical School at Austin where she served as Chief Resident. Dr. Oyeniyi has worked in several clinical, leadership and administrative positions and has been actively involved in teaching and community outreach.
(469) 518-3939 View (469) 518-3939
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Jacob Kannarkat
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
McKinney, TX 75071  (Online Only)
Dr. Jacob T. Kannarkat is an adult psychiatrist. Dr. Kannarkat's practice focuses on medication management. In his visits, he uses an integrative approach, blending an empathic, problem-solving orientation with an understanding that the reasons for an individual's condition can be complex. He has experience dealing with many forms of mental illness and works collaboratively with his patients in making a plan for recovery.
Dr. Jacob T. Kannarkat is an adult psychiatrist. Dr. Kannarkat's practice focuses on medication management. In his visits, he uses an integrative approach, blending an empathic, problem-solving orientation with an understanding that the reasons for an individual's condition can be complex. He has experience dealing with many forms of mental illness and works collaboratively with his patients in making a plan for recovery.
(972) 576-7863 View (972) 576-7863
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in McKinney, TX

100+

Average cost per session

$220

Psychiatrists in McKinney, TX who prioritize treating:

92% Depression
92% Anxiety
88% Bipolar Disorder
83% Medication Management
82% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
75% Trauma and PTSD
62% ADHD

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

95% Aetna
95% Cigna and Evernorth
94% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in McKinney, TX see their clients

52% In Person and Online
48% Online Only

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.