Psychiatrists in Palestine, TX

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Mercygrace Mental Wellness,PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Palestine, TX 75801  (Online Only)
Mercy graduated from Texas State University with an M.S. in Nursing and is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Mercy has over 8 years of expertise in psychiatric nursing and specializes in the treatment of mood and anxiety problems in adults and adolescents. Mercy, as a provider, takes a nonjudgmental, sympathetic approach and believes that every individual has the ability to reach his or her full potential. Mercy adds wellness therapies such as healthy sleep, exercise, diet, mindfulness, and social connectedness into her clients' treatment programs in addition to medication management.
Mercy graduated from Texas State University with an M.S. in Nursing and is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Mercy has over 8 years of expertise in psychiatric nursing and specializes in the treatment of mood and anxiety problems in adults and adolescents. Mercy, as a provider, takes a nonjudgmental, sympathetic approach and believes that every individual has the ability to reach his or her full potential. Mercy adds wellness therapies such as healthy sleep, exercise, diet, mindfulness, and social connectedness into her clients' treatment programs in addition to medication management.
(915) 348-3129 View (915) 348-3129
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Wacha's Wellness PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Palestine, TX 75801
Hello! I have been a nurse practitioner since 2016 and I am board certified in both family and psychiatry. I have long had a passion for serving those with mental illness and it is my joy to help clients reach their full potential. I look at the body as a whole and know that each individual has unique needs, which means they each require a specific combination of treatments to help them find wellness. I treat a range of mental health conditions and tailor each treatment plan according to your needs.
Hello! I have been a nurse practitioner since 2016 and I am board certified in both family and psychiatry. I have long had a passion for serving those with mental illness and it is my joy to help clients reach their full potential. I look at the body as a whole and know that each individual has unique needs, which means they each require a specific combination of treatments to help them find wellness. I treat a range of mental health conditions and tailor each treatment plan according to your needs.
(903) 500-7715 View (903) 500-7715
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Belen Ramos
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Palestine, TX 75802
School or work schedule creating difficulty making your appointments? Well, worry no more. I can visit with you as LATE as 8PM. I am a compassionate driven mental health provider. Goal oriented and personable. I enjoy working with my patients to attain a wholistic wellness state of mind. Many people experience depression and other mental health disorders that are non-responsive to conventional medications. There is hope for your symptoms. The clinic also offer the FDA approved Spravato (Esketamine) for treatment resistant depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Call for inquiries.
School or work schedule creating difficulty making your appointments? Well, worry no more. I can visit with you as LATE as 8PM. I am a compassionate driven mental health provider. Goal oriented and personable. I enjoy working with my patients to attain a wholistic wellness state of mind. Many people experience depression and other mental health disorders that are non-responsive to conventional medications. There is hope for your symptoms. The clinic also offer the FDA approved Spravato (Esketamine) for treatment resistant depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Call for inquiries.
(210) 880-3854 View (210) 880-3854

Online Psychiatrists

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Patterns Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Midlothian, TX 76065  (Online Only)
Now accepting new patients! visits are remote. Medications will be prescribed electronically. The thought of being all alone in a negative cycle that may be a result of anxiety, trauma, depression, unhealthy coping skills, and/or environmental stressors can be daunting. The treatment for most mental illness is effective therapy. However, some need a little more than therapy. How would you know if you could benefit from medications? If you have been suffering for a long time in a limited and/or negative cycle, most likely your brain will need some help; the right psychotropic medication + therapy will help improve your symptoms.
Now accepting new patients! visits are remote. Medications will be prescribed electronically. The thought of being all alone in a negative cycle that may be a result of anxiety, trauma, depression, unhealthy coping skills, and/or environmental stressors can be daunting. The treatment for most mental illness is effective therapy. However, some need a little more than therapy. How would you know if you could benefit from medications? If you have been suffering for a long time in a limited and/or negative cycle, most likely your brain will need some help; the right psychotropic medication + therapy will help improve your symptoms.
(469) 293-3619 View (469) 293-3619
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Fatima Nagaya
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75201  (Online Only)
As an adult psychiatrist Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, I hold a medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and completed a four-year residency in adult psychiatry at Zucker Hillside Hospital in Queens. My extensive medical education and training have equipped me with broad experience in mental health care in one of the most diverse counties in the U.S.
As an adult psychiatrist Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, I hold a medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and completed a four-year residency in adult psychiatry at Zucker Hillside Hospital in Queens. My extensive medical education and training have equipped me with broad experience in mental health care in one of the most diverse counties in the U.S.
(469) 564-1541 View (469) 564-1541
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David M Dranetz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
College Station, TX 77845
I have been a Psychiatrist for about 30 years. I have treated patients in a variety of settings, including general hospitals, outpatient clinics, medical school faculty, addiction treatment centers, community mental health centers, and Psychiatric hospitals. My training was extensive in both medication management and psychotherapy, and my experience in all settings is that patients have the best outcome when patient are willing to work collaboratively on identifying stressors, creating treatment goals, building of personal strengths and insights, with medication being a tool in this process.
I have been a Psychiatrist for about 30 years. I have treated patients in a variety of settings, including general hospitals, outpatient clinics, medical school faculty, addiction treatment centers, community mental health centers, and Psychiatric hospitals. My training was extensive in both medication management and psychotherapy, and my experience in all settings is that patients have the best outcome when patient are willing to work collaboratively on identifying stressors, creating treatment goals, building of personal strengths and insights, with medication being a tool in this process.
(979) 201-8794 View (979) 201-8794
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Keyna Omenukor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mesquite, TX 75150
Dr. Keyna Omenukor is a Dual Board-Certified Family & Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner whose training and experience have equipped her with the necessary skill to deliver compassionate and empathic mental care to children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly to optimize health outcomes. She graduated from Walden University with her Family Nurse Practitioner degree & Doctorate in addition to her Post-Doctorate degree in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree from Brandman University.
Dr. Keyna Omenukor is a Dual Board-Certified Family & Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner whose training and experience have equipped her with the necessary skill to deliver compassionate and empathic mental care to children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly to optimize health outcomes. She graduated from Walden University with her Family Nurse Practitioner degree & Doctorate in addition to her Post-Doctorate degree in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree from Brandman University.
(972) 483-2941 View (972) 483-2941
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Dr. Rowan Teboh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Venus, TX 76084  (Online Only)
Hello! Dr. Rowan Teboh here. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, board certified with the American Nurses Credentialing Center & licensed by the Texas Board of Nursing as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. I have a PhD in Nursing (hence the Dr. to my name). I am here to help with your mental health. What is that issue that is bothering you so much that you cannot function normally? Click the link below & hop in lets talk about it. That is why I am here. To listen to you and address your mental health problem. No Controlled Substances at this time please. Alternatives available.
Hello! Dr. Rowan Teboh here. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, board certified with the American Nurses Credentialing Center & licensed by the Texas Board of Nursing as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. I have a PhD in Nursing (hence the Dr. to my name). I am here to help with your mental health. What is that issue that is bothering you so much that you cannot function normally? Click the link below & hop in lets talk about it. That is why I am here. To listen to you and address your mental health problem. No Controlled Substances at this time please. Alternatives available.
(972) 846-4087 View (972) 846-4087
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Krystal Family Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mesquite, TX 75150
Krystal Family Clinic, LLC., was founded by Dr. Keyna Omenukor, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, who felt the need for a family practice in the community, one that would serve a wide range of medical needs. We are dedicated to caring for patients with acute and chronic diseases. Krystal Family Clinic also offers psychiatric services covering assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of a wide range of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders aimed at the total restoration of the entire human personality. We strive to meet the specific needs of individual clients/patients.
Krystal Family Clinic, LLC., was founded by Dr. Keyna Omenukor, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, who felt the need for a family practice in the community, one that would serve a wide range of medical needs. We are dedicated to caring for patients with acute and chronic diseases. Krystal Family Clinic also offers psychiatric services covering assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of a wide range of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders aimed at the total restoration of the entire human personality. We strive to meet the specific needs of individual clients/patients.
(972) 992-1495 View (972) 992-1495
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Munira Jiwani
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75217  (Online Only)
Hello! I'm glad you've found my profile. My name is Munira Jiwani, and I've just opened more slots at Legion Psychiatry to welcome new clients. I work with most major insurance carriers, such as Cigna, Aetna, United, and more. My schedule fills up fast, but currently, I can see new patients as early as next week on Mondays and Tuesdays (morning and afternoon).
Hello! I'm glad you've found my profile. My name is Munira Jiwani, and I've just opened more slots at Legion Psychiatry to welcome new clients. I work with most major insurance carriers, such as Cigna, Aetna, United, and more. My schedule fills up fast, but currently, I can see new patients as early as next week on Mondays and Tuesdays (morning and afternoon).
(972) 945-8498 View (972) 945-8498
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Brightlight Oasis Psychiatry and Counseling PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75204  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients/ Appointments are available within 48HRS/ Offering free 15mins consultations. I am a dedicated, compassionate, knowledgeable nurse practitioner who offers high-quality of care to individuals presenting with diverse psychiatric diagnoses such as anxiety, ADHD, depression, PTSD, insomnia, bipolar disorder and many more . My approach is holistic, evidenced based individualized strategies tailored towards your needs. We provide ADHD testing.
Accepting new patients/ Appointments are available within 48HRS/ Offering free 15mins consultations. I am a dedicated, compassionate, knowledgeable nurse practitioner who offers high-quality of care to individuals presenting with diverse psychiatric diagnoses such as anxiety, ADHD, depression, PTSD, insomnia, bipolar disorder and many more . My approach is holistic, evidenced based individualized strategies tailored towards your needs. We provide ADHD testing.
(928) 585-6725 View (928) 585-6725
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Ziks Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75217
Njideka (NJ) Domrufus is a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Advance Practice Nurse (APN) with a dual board certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. NJ Domrufus believes in working one to one with each patient to provide expert medical treatment, guidance and care tailored specifically for their health concerns. She conducts psychiatric assessments and makes recommendations for treatment which often includes psychiatric medications and brief solution focused therapy.
Njideka (NJ) Domrufus is a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Advance Practice Nurse (APN) with a dual board certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. NJ Domrufus believes in working one to one with each patient to provide expert medical treatment, guidance and care tailored specifically for their health concerns. She conducts psychiatric assessments and makes recommendations for treatment which often includes psychiatric medications and brief solution focused therapy.
(469) 281-7205 View (469) 281-7205
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Ken Hopper
Psychiatrist, MD, MBA
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75201  (Online Only)
I have been fortunate to partner with many patients to improve their happiness and impact at work, home, and in life. Patients who enter a relationship with The Hopper Group experience just that-a relationship. Our "aligned partnership" approach has been a hallmark of our clinical experience. Every patient deserves a roadmap of coaching and recommendations based on that patient's unique history and circumstance. Coaching and solution-oriented therapies in addition to appropriate medications are the tools applied to personal total person wellness plan at The Hopper Group.
I have been fortunate to partner with many patients to improve their happiness and impact at work, home, and in life. Patients who enter a relationship with The Hopper Group experience just that-a relationship. Our "aligned partnership" approach has been a hallmark of our clinical experience. Every patient deserves a roadmap of coaching and recommendations based on that patient's unique history and circumstance. Coaching and solution-oriented therapies in addition to appropriate medications are the tools applied to personal total person wellness plan at The Hopper Group.
(817) 646-2178 View (817) 646-2178
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Edens Vantage
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Forney, TX 75126  (Online Only)
Connecting Competence with Compassion in Behavioral Healthcare… Eden’s Vantage …because we do it right! We build on enviable customers service, collaborative teamplay and Integrity-Driven Business Ethics. To learn more visit https:/www.edensvantage.org Thank you
Connecting Competence with Compassion in Behavioral Healthcare… Eden’s Vantage …because we do it right! We build on enviable customers service, collaborative teamplay and Integrity-Driven Business Ethics. To learn more visit https:/www.edensvantage.org Thank you
(469) 609-6537 View (469) 609-6537
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Kendall P. Brown
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75228
Waitlist for new clients
I am currently accepting patients for a wait list, for patients via telehealth . If you call through Psychology Today, I will return calls via a 469 - ### ##99 number and text ahead that I will call. Any contacts with me, are, of course, kept completely confidential. My clinic is currently focused on help with psychotherapy (specifically for problems with depression, nervousness, conflict, and anger), developmental genetics, geriatrics, and end of life care. I focus on the patient's goals and barriers to those goals, and on sources of distress. If you have any questions with a clinical matter, please call.
I am currently accepting patients for a wait list, for patients via telehealth . If you call through Psychology Today, I will return calls via a 469 - ### ##99 number and text ahead that I will call. Any contacts with me, are, of course, kept completely confidential. My clinic is currently focused on help with psychotherapy (specifically for problems with depression, nervousness, conflict, and anger), developmental genetics, geriatrics, and end of life care. I focus on the patient's goals and barriers to those goals, and on sources of distress. If you have any questions with a clinical matter, please call.
(972) 608-3050 View (972) 608-3050
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Cynthia Nicholson-Guidry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Cedar Hill, TX 75104  (Online Only)
I empower you to create a safe and supportive space where your mental health and happiness come first.
I empower you to create a safe and supportive space where your mental health and happiness come first.
(469) 871-5046 View (469) 871-5046
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Omar Masihuddin (Addiction Treatment)
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
College Station, TX 77845
Don't settle for a generic drug and alcohol therapist. You deserve help that actually helps you feel happy again. (And, that's in-network with your insurance).
Don't settle for a generic drug and alcohol therapist. You deserve help that actually helps you feel happy again. (And, that's in-network with your insurance).
(979) 475-2693 View (979) 475-2693
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Kimberly Dobbins
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Forney, TX 75126  (Online Only)
Dr. Dobbins brings over a decade of experience and is double board certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry as well as Adult Psychiatry. In addition to her previous experience as a professor at UT Southwestern in Dallas, her experience comes from multiple care settings to include high acuity Psychiatric ER, VA outpatient mental health clinic and a community Child Psychiatry clinic. Dr. Dobbins will lead the BasePoint Academy’s client treatment as well as seeing patients individually in BasePoint Psychiatry and Wellness.
Dr. Dobbins brings over a decade of experience and is double board certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry as well as Adult Psychiatry. In addition to her previous experience as a professor at UT Southwestern in Dallas, her experience comes from multiple care settings to include high acuity Psychiatric ER, VA outpatient mental health clinic and a community Child Psychiatry clinic. Dr. Dobbins will lead the BasePoint Academy’s client treatment as well as seeing patients individually in BasePoint Psychiatry and Wellness.
(972) 430-6151 View (972) 430-6151
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Apex Behavioral Health Services,PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75214  (Online Only)
Please click on the website link to request an appointment. My name is Paul Kariuki, MSN PMHNP-BC. I graduated from the University of Texas Arlington and I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health NP. I am delighted to serve patients from preteen to older adults. I am experienced in treating patients with ADHD, depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, insomnia, substance use disorders among other disorders. I work closely with my patients to finding the best evidence based medication and psychotherapy modalities.
Please click on the website link to request an appointment. My name is Paul Kariuki, MSN PMHNP-BC. I graduated from the University of Texas Arlington and I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health NP. I am delighted to serve patients from preteen to older adults. I am experienced in treating patients with ADHD, depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, insomnia, substance use disorders among other disorders. I work closely with my patients to finding the best evidence based medication and psychotherapy modalities.
(833) 575-1926 View (833) 575-1926
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Inner Self Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Mesquite, TX 75149  (Online Only)
Accepting NEW Clients TODAY. SAME-DAY appointments are available. After-hours and WEEKEND appointments are available. Currently in-network with BCBS, Superior Medicaid, UHC/Optum, CIGNA, Aetna, and Medicare in Texas. Private Pay rates made affordable. I value meeting my clients where they are WITHOUT making them feel judged. During our initial session, we will talk about what led you to me, and at the end of the session, we will come up with a treatment plan that best suits your needs. The goal is to develop the best therapeutic relationship possible to ease any stress related to having appointments.
Accepting NEW Clients TODAY. SAME-DAY appointments are available. After-hours and WEEKEND appointments are available. Currently in-network with BCBS, Superior Medicaid, UHC/Optum, CIGNA, Aetna, and Medicare in Texas. Private Pay rates made affordable. I value meeting my clients where they are WITHOUT making them feel judged. During our initial session, we will talk about what led you to me, and at the end of the session, we will come up with a treatment plan that best suits your needs. The goal is to develop the best therapeutic relationship possible to ease any stress related to having appointments.
(817) 663-1202 View (817) 663-1202

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Number of Psychiatrists in Palestine, TX

< 10

Psychiatrists in Palestine, TX who prioritize treating:

67% Depression
67% Anxiety
67% ADHD
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
67% Trauma and PTSD
67% Sleep or Insomnia
33% Relationship Issues

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Palestine, TX see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Palestine?

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.