Psychiatrists in Montgomery County, TX

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Peter Berndt, MD PA
Psychiatrist, MD, BSc
Verified Verified
The Woodlands, TX 77382
Brief, problem-focused or longer term psychotherapy are available in our office for patients with stress-related medical or psychological issues. These approaches are ideal for patients who are willing to actively participate in the treatment process and who also want to learn new life and coping skills. The free initial phone consultation is there for you if you wish to make use of it.
Brief, problem-focused or longer term psychotherapy are available in our office for patients with stress-related medical or psychological issues. These approaches are ideal for patients who are willing to actively participate in the treatment process and who also want to learn new life and coping skills. The free initial phone consultation is there for you if you wish to make use of it.
(866) 995-7910 View (866) 995-7910
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Ori Ogebe-Sheriff
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
The Woodlands, TX 77380
Dr. Ogebe-Sheriff completed her medical school at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She moved to the US and completed her General Psychiatry residency at the Case Western Reserve University Metrohealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. She went on to complete her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at the Baylor College of medicine in Houston, Texas. She is double-board certified in Adult as well as Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She has served as Assistant clinical professor at the Northeast Ohio Universities College of Medicine in Rootstown, Ohio and at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX.
Dr. Ogebe-Sheriff completed her medical school at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She moved to the US and completed her General Psychiatry residency at the Case Western Reserve University Metrohealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. She went on to complete her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at the Baylor College of medicine in Houston, Texas. She is double-board certified in Adult as well as Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She has served as Assistant clinical professor at the Northeast Ohio Universities College of Medicine in Rootstown, Ohio and at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX.
(936) 310-4105 View (936) 310-4105
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Dr Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
The Woodlands, TX 77381
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.
(936) 937-2844 View (936) 937-2844
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Leading edge behavioural health and services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Conroe, TX 77304  (Online Only)
Do you find yourself facing challenges in life that leave you feeling unfulfilled? Do you feel less understood and less alone in your daily struggles? As a child, were you the victim of abuse or neglect? Do you frequently feel down, grumpy, angry, tense, or uninspired? Do you lack self-assurance and worry that you aren't good enough? Is it hard for you to believe people? Do you struggle with mental health or relationships? I I'm a LGBTQ+ affirming Psychiatric provider who can help you create a personalized care plan to achieve your mental and emotional well-being .
Do you find yourself facing challenges in life that leave you feeling unfulfilled? Do you feel less understood and less alone in your daily struggles? As a child, were you the victim of abuse or neglect? Do you frequently feel down, grumpy, angry, tense, or uninspired? Do you lack self-assurance and worry that you aren't good enough? Is it hard for you to believe people? Do you struggle with mental health or relationships? I I'm a LGBTQ+ affirming Psychiatric provider who can help you create a personalized care plan to achieve your mental and emotional well-being .
(936) 215-8216 View (936) 215-8216
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Kindercare behavioral health services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Conroe, TX 77304  (Online Only)
Are you grappling with life's challenges, feeling isolated and unfulfilled? Are you dealing with stress from past trauma? Are you struggling with persistent emotional turmoil? Are you suffering from depression, anxiety, and mental health issues? If so, you're not alone; call for help and the path toward healing and resilience. KinderCare behavioral health services provide a wide range of psychiatric mental health needs to a variety of clients. We offer specialized expertise in addressing a wide range of psychological concerns. We provide personalized, evidence-based care to manage mental illness and meet the needs of our patients.
Are you grappling with life's challenges, feeling isolated and unfulfilled? Are you dealing with stress from past trauma? Are you struggling with persistent emotional turmoil? Are you suffering from depression, anxiety, and mental health issues? If so, you're not alone; call for help and the path toward healing and resilience. KinderCare behavioral health services provide a wide range of psychiatric mental health needs to a variety of clients. We offer specialized expertise in addressing a wide range of psychological concerns. We provide personalized, evidence-based care to manage mental illness and meet the needs of our patients.
(936) 296-3052 View (936) 296-3052
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Sheila Sasieta
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
The Woodlands, TX 77380
Dr. Sasieta is a child and adolescent psychiatrist, who has been practicing in Texas since 2017. She is a native Texan, an Aggie, and received her medical degree in 2012 from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth. Her psychiatry residency was completed at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry at The University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
Dr. Sasieta is a child and adolescent psychiatrist, who has been practicing in Texas since 2017. She is a native Texan, an Aggie, and received her medical degree in 2012 from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth. Her psychiatry residency was completed at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry at The University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
(936) 259-2742 View (936) 259-2742
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Kyung Bob Lee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
The Woodlands, TX 77380
My name is Kyung Bob Lee. I am a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner who is qualified to practice in psychiatry; diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication for children, adolescents, and adults. My practice specialties include (but not limited to) ADHD, Depression, Bipolar disorder, Anxiety, Panic Attacks and Insomnia. My style of practice can be traditional (prescribing up to date psychiatric medications) or alternative medicine (natural treatments including but not limited to vitamins, supplements, lifestyle modification, nutrition, exercise and stress management).
My name is Kyung Bob Lee. I am a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner who is qualified to practice in psychiatry; diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication for children, adolescents, and adults. My practice specialties include (but not limited to) ADHD, Depression, Bipolar disorder, Anxiety, Panic Attacks and Insomnia. My style of practice can be traditional (prescribing up to date psychiatric medications) or alternative medicine (natural treatments including but not limited to vitamins, supplements, lifestyle modification, nutrition, exercise and stress management).
(936) 937-2506 View (936) 937-2506
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Omotayo Yejide Sofela
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
The Woodlands, TX 77382  (Online Only)
Abisom Behavioral Health LLC takes a compassionate approach to care, personalizing treatment plans in a welcoming environment with patient well-being as a top priority. Patients receive skilled support on their journey toward a better life by having a provider who takes time to really listen and answer questions — a personalized touch patients can trust.
Abisom Behavioral Health LLC takes a compassionate approach to care, personalizing treatment plans in a welcoming environment with patient well-being as a top priority. Patients receive skilled support on their journey toward a better life by having a provider who takes time to really listen and answer questions — a personalized touch patients can trust.
(281) 949-7641 View (281) 949-7641
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Equanimity Behavioral Health & Consultation Serv
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Conroe, TX 77304  (Online Only)
Our Providers understand life brings challenges that at some point can be very overwhelming to handle alone, leading to the inability to maintain mental calmness and happiness to live to our fullest potential. Our Mission is to provide a warm, calm, and compassionate environment for us to walk on the journey together to see you reach your goals. You are not just a number, to us, you are a very special person, so we are here to listen to you and together we will develop a partnership that will help us to evaluate, diagnose, and develop an individualized treatment plan best suited for you to achieve optimal outcomes
Our Providers understand life brings challenges that at some point can be very overwhelming to handle alone, leading to the inability to maintain mental calmness and happiness to live to our fullest potential. Our Mission is to provide a warm, calm, and compassionate environment for us to walk on the journey together to see you reach your goals. You are not just a number, to us, you are a very special person, so we are here to listen to you and together we will develop a partnership that will help us to evaluate, diagnose, and develop an individualized treatment plan best suited for you to achieve optimal outcomes
(936) 213-8480 View (936) 213-8480
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the woodlands psychiatry and counseling
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Conroe, TX 77384
There is a daily increase in mental illness. We always need to remember that mental illness is treatable and most of the time curable. It needs a very specific goal oriented plan.
There is a daily increase in mental illness. We always need to remember that mental illness is treatable and most of the time curable. It needs a very specific goal oriented plan.
(713) 581-6315 View (713) 581-6315
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Angela Tefft
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
The Woodlands, TX 77380  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner who treats clients of all ages. I have nearly 30 years of experience in nursing which allows me to consider mind-body factors which contribute to mental health and physical disorders. I treat most disorders, including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, trauma-related disorders, and psychosis. I work with the client to develop an integrative treatment plan, using medications, naturopathic supplements as well as CBT, mindfulness and DBT methods to help clients achieve the highest level of wellness.
I am a board certified Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner who treats clients of all ages. I have nearly 30 years of experience in nursing which allows me to consider mind-body factors which contribute to mental health and physical disorders. I treat most disorders, including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, trauma-related disorders, and psychosis. I work with the client to develop an integrative treatment plan, using medications, naturopathic supplements as well as CBT, mindfulness and DBT methods to help clients achieve the highest level of wellness.
(281) 609-6255 View (281) 609-6255
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Roopa Challapalli
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
The Woodlands, TX 77380
Dr. Roopa Challapalliis board-certified in adult and geriatric psychiatry and has more than 30 years of clinical experience helping patients with acute and chronic mental illnesses. Dr. Challapalli offers Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and completes bariatric surgery evaluations and same-day initial evaluations. She completed her psychiatry residency at the Chicago Medical School and the University of Rochester. Dr. Challapalli completed her fellowship in geriatric psychiatry at the University of Rochester. She is fluent in English, Hindi, and Telugu.
Dr. Roopa Challapalliis board-certified in adult and geriatric psychiatry and has more than 30 years of clinical experience helping patients with acute and chronic mental illnesses. Dr. Challapalli offers Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and completes bariatric surgery evaluations and same-day initial evaluations. She completed her psychiatry residency at the Chicago Medical School and the University of Rochester. Dr. Challapalli completed her fellowship in geriatric psychiatry at the University of Rochester. She is fluent in English, Hindi, and Telugu.
(855) 976-2039 View (855) 976-2039
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Dr. Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
The Woodlands, TX 77380  (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.
(346) 206-1377 View (346) 206-1377
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Psychiatric Consulting Of The Woodlands, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
The Woodlands, TX 77380
Dr. Qalbani is a Double Board Certified Psychiatrist in Child & Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He completed his residency training at the University of Kentucky in Adult Psychiatry as well as a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. ​He practices psychotherapy and psychopharmacology and has extensive experience treating a wide range of problems including depression, anxiety, difficulties in relationships, underachievement and feeling overwhelmed or stressed.
Dr. Qalbani is a Double Board Certified Psychiatrist in Child & Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He completed his residency training at the University of Kentucky in Adult Psychiatry as well as a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. ​He practices psychotherapy and psychopharmacology and has extensive experience treating a wide range of problems including depression, anxiety, difficulties in relationships, underachievement and feeling overwhelmed or stressed.
(281) 603-5634 View (281) 603-5634
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Gloria Keraga
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
The Woodlands, TX 77380
Dr. Keraga did her Medical School training at New York Medical College, psychiatric residency at St. Vincent's hospital and finished her last year of psychiatric residency at Baylor Medical School in Houston. Since, graduations she worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings, private practice and nursing homes. She held positions as the unit head of a treatment units in hospital and was the Head of a company, Pathfinders of America, who put psychiatric units into general hospitals in Texas, California and Las Vegas.
Dr. Keraga did her Medical School training at New York Medical College, psychiatric residency at St. Vincent's hospital and finished her last year of psychiatric residency at Baylor Medical School in Houston. Since, graduations she worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings, private practice and nursing homes. She held positions as the unit head of a treatment units in hospital and was the Head of a company, Pathfinders of America, who put psychiatric units into general hospitals in Texas, California and Las Vegas.
(936) 246-2944 View (936) 246-2944
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The Care Clinic
Psychiatrist, DO, MS
Verified Verified
The Woodlands, TX 77382
At the CARE Clinic, we provide our patients with up-to-date, evidenced based practices along with some of the most experienced and dedicated healthcare professionals in the field. Our mission has been to provide quality care in a safe environment - earning us a reputation as the clinic most often recommended by family members and colleagues alike. From Addiction Medicine to Brain Health and Wellness, our personalized services allow us to cater to your individual needs. We truly believe that recovery can be a reality for everyone.
At the CARE Clinic, we provide our patients with up-to-date, evidenced based practices along with some of the most experienced and dedicated healthcare professionals in the field. Our mission has been to provide quality care in a safe environment - earning us a reputation as the clinic most often recommended by family members and colleagues alike. From Addiction Medicine to Brain Health and Wellness, our personalized services allow us to cater to your individual needs. We truly believe that recovery can be a reality for everyone.
(281) 626-5591 View (281) 626-5591
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Vitality by Kym
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNPBC, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
The Woodlands, TX 77380
Are you tired of being treated with medications ONLY as your primary form of mental health management? Do you wish that each of your appointments included other forms of treatment such as supportive therapy or coaching for added support? Have you ever been assessed for medical issues such as mineral/vitamin deficiencies or hormonal imbalances, which could play a major role in effective healing and recovery? Being diagnosed with or having signs and symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, OCD, and bipolar disorders warrants dedicated individualized attention, that includes support and diverse management for best patient outcomes.
Are you tired of being treated with medications ONLY as your primary form of mental health management? Do you wish that each of your appointments included other forms of treatment such as supportive therapy or coaching for added support? Have you ever been assessed for medical issues such as mineral/vitamin deficiencies or hormonal imbalances, which could play a major role in effective healing and recovery? Being diagnosed with or having signs and symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, OCD, and bipolar disorders warrants dedicated individualized attention, that includes support and diverse management for best patient outcomes.
(281) 957-3648 View (281) 957-3648
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Chris Kos
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Conroe, TX 77304
I am excited to be offering in person visits at our new clinic in Conroe, at 1904 Longmire, Ste 401, in addition to telehealth visits. I am accepting new patients ages 6 years old and up at Magnolia Psychiatry.
I am excited to be offering in person visits at our new clinic in Conroe, at 1904 Longmire, Ste 401, in addition to telehealth visits. I am accepting new patients ages 6 years old and up at Magnolia Psychiatry.
(936) 251-6832 View (936) 251-6832
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Holistic Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
The Woodlands, TX 77380
At Holistic Behavioral Health, we believe in an integrative approach to HEALING that addresses your unique struggles with dignity and understanding. Dr. Osakwe is a Doctorate prepared provider with dual Board-Certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has over 15 years of experience in providing quality care. She believes in providing holistic and individualized care to her clients. She is passionate about helping people with decreasing their stressors. She has both in-patient and out-patient experiences that she uses to individualize your treatment plan for positive and lasting improvement.
At Holistic Behavioral Health, we believe in an integrative approach to HEALING that addresses your unique struggles with dignity and understanding. Dr. Osakwe is a Doctorate prepared provider with dual Board-Certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has over 15 years of experience in providing quality care. She believes in providing holistic and individualized care to her clients. She is passionate about helping people with decreasing their stressors. She has both in-patient and out-patient experiences that she uses to individualize your treatment plan for positive and lasting improvement.
(281) 226-9942 View (281) 226-9942
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Ifeoma Nwugbana
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
The Woodlands, TX 77381
I am passionate about providing excellent, wholesome and compassionate care, as I believe this is the key to any successful mental health treatment. I have special interests in treating ADHD, autism, depression and anxiety, and can provide specialist services to all age groups. I am looking forward to building a great therapeutic relationship with you.
I am passionate about providing excellent, wholesome and compassionate care, as I believe this is the key to any successful mental health treatment. I have special interests in treating ADHD, autism, depression and anxiety, and can provide specialist services to all age groups. I am looking forward to building a great therapeutic relationship with you.
(713) 597-4204 View (713) 597-4204

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Number of Psychiatrists in Montgomery County, TX

70+

Average cost per session

$199

Psychiatrists in Montgomery County, TX who prioritize treating:

93% Depression
93% Anxiety
79% Bipolar Disorder
71% Trauma and PTSD
68% ADHD
67% Medication Management
65% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

93% Cigna and Evernorth
89% Aetna
89% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Montgomery County, TX see their clients

55% In Person and Online
45% Online Only

Gender breakdown

63% Female
37% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Montgomery 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.