Psychiatrists in Princeton, TX

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Centered Mental Health LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Princeton, TX 75407
After hours!Do you feel overwhelmed, depressed, feeling down, difficulty with sleep and anxious due to life stressors? EVENING hours available. We offer services starting with a comprehensive psychiatric eval and development of collaborative treatment plan recommendations tailored to your specific needs. But decision to take charge of your mental health is an important decision to help you live a more fulfilling life. We treat Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Postpartum Depression, Stress Management,Trauma, Assessments, Work, ADHD… She uses evidence-based practice, compassionate care, and confidentiality.,headway,zocdoc,kareo provider,TX.
After hours!Do you feel overwhelmed, depressed, feeling down, difficulty with sleep and anxious due to life stressors? EVENING hours available. We offer services starting with a comprehensive psychiatric eval and development of collaborative treatment plan recommendations tailored to your specific needs. But decision to take charge of your mental health is an important decision to help you live a more fulfilling life. We treat Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Postpartum Depression, Stress Management,Trauma, Assessments, Work, ADHD… She uses evidence-based practice, compassionate care, and confidentiality.,headway,zocdoc,kareo provider,TX.
(214) 740-3973 View (214) 740-3973
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Princess Eghianruwa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified
4 Endorsed
Princeton, TX 75407  (Online Only)
Elevate your mood, conquer the chaos, and rewrite your mental narrative – your well-being, your story, our expertise. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with training and experience treating patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan.
Elevate your mood, conquer the chaos, and rewrite your mental narrative – your well-being, your story, our expertise. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with training and experience treating patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan.
(737) 637-4123 View (737) 637-4123
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Jiji Payikkattu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, FNP-BC, APRN
Verified
Princeton, TX 75407
Jilji is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who is qualified and experienced in treating patients with Psychiatric disorders. She graduated from University of Texas at Arlington with a Master of Science in Nursing and became a board-certified family nurse practitioner in 2013. She completed a post-master certificate in 2021 as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She has over 17 years of experience in health care in many practice areas including acute care hospitals, nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living, and outpatient clinics.
Jilji is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who is qualified and experienced in treating patients with Psychiatric disorders. She graduated from University of Texas at Arlington with a Master of Science in Nursing and became a board-certified family nurse practitioner in 2013. She completed a post-master certificate in 2021 as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She has over 17 years of experience in health care in many practice areas including acute care hospitals, nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living, and outpatient clinics.
(217) 669-4197 View (217) 669-4197

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Gopan Pillai
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CPT
Verified
5 Endorsed
McKinney, TX 75069
*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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Breakthrough Mental Healthcare LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified
McKinney, TX 75069
Your mental well-being matters. Discover a safe space where healing begins, Empathetic support, personalized strategies, and a journey towards a brighter tomorrow await you at our practice. Take the first step towards a healthier mind. You deserve the care you need. Together, let's unlock your potential. I am a dedicated patient focused provider that will always seek to embrace and utilize traditional as well as innovative treatments to help you live an optimal life. I will also encourage you to participate in your treatment goals, which will enhance your mental, physical, and social wellness.
Your mental well-being matters. Discover a safe space where healing begins, Empathetic support, personalized strategies, and a journey towards a brighter tomorrow await you at our practice. Take the first step towards a healthier mind. You deserve the care you need. Together, let's unlock your potential. I am a dedicated patient focused provider that will always seek to embrace and utilize traditional as well as innovative treatments to help you live an optimal life. I will also encourage you to participate in your treatment goals, which will enhance your mental, physical, and social wellness.
(469) 382-4859 View (469) 382-4859
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Dr Terry Eagan - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
McKinney, TX 75070
Dr. Terry Eagan brings to Anew Era TMS an extensive body of professional experience in the field of psychiatry, encompassing both his clinical private practice and multiple Medical Director positions where he provides medical and psychiatric oversight of mental health treatment centers. Dr. Eagan’s diverse background includes the founding of various institutes that focus on providing specialized and innovative treatment for a variety of psychiatric disorders.
Dr. Terry Eagan brings to Anew Era TMS an extensive body of professional experience in the field of psychiatry, encompassing both his clinical private practice and multiple Medical Director positions where he provides medical and psychiatric oversight of mental health treatment centers. Dr. Eagan’s diverse background includes the founding of various institutes that focus on providing specialized and innovative treatment for a variety of psychiatric disorders.
(817) 241-0688 View (817) 241-0688
Photo of Beatrice May, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Princeton, TX
Beatrice May
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
McKinney, TX 75070
Beatrice May is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with extensive training in mental health and chemical dependency with over ten years of clinical experience. She is licensed in Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at the University of Texas Arlington. She has since earned her Masters of Nursing degree while majoring in the program as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner from Walden University. Ms. May applies evidence-based practices that are based on current research to promote optimum outcomes and quality of life for her patients.
Beatrice May is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with extensive training in mental health and chemical dependency with over ten years of clinical experience. She is licensed in Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at the University of Texas Arlington. She has since earned her Masters of Nursing degree while majoring in the program as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner from Walden University. Ms. May applies evidence-based practices that are based on current research to promote optimum outcomes and quality of life for her patients.
(719) 767-1372 View (719) 767-1372
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Excellent Touch Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Allen, TX 75002  (Online Only)
Now accepting new patients within a week appointments available; weekdays and on weekends. Are you struggling with loneliness, not your usual self, or feeling anxious, overwhelmed, or feeling stuck? You are not alone, we are here to help at Excellent Touch psychiatry, to listen, and help you become the best version of yourself, by providing client-centered, empathetic, trauma-informed, and competent quality care delivered through telehealth. We specialized in treating anyone with depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar and any other mental issue that is adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, and social life.
Now accepting new patients within a week appointments available; weekdays and on weekends. Are you struggling with loneliness, not your usual self, or feeling anxious, overwhelmed, or feeling stuck? You are not alone, we are here to help at Excellent Touch psychiatry, to listen, and help you become the best version of yourself, by providing client-centered, empathetic, trauma-informed, and competent quality care delivered through telehealth. We specialized in treating anyone with depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar and any other mental issue that is adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, and social life.
(817) 904-9434 View (817) 904-9434
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Turning Point Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, CRNP, PMHNP, MSN, RN
Verified
1 Endorsed
McKinney, TX 75069
Dr. Lisa Ghiloni is the founder and owner of Turning Point Psychiatry. Dr. Ghiloni offers a full menu of psychiatric services including psychotherapy, medication management, cognitive testing, and DNA genetic testing for psychiatric and depression medication. Psychiatric services are provided to patients of all ages. Dr. Ghiloni takes great pride in her psychiatric practice. She holds a doctorate in education, master’s in nursing, and is board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has 27 years of mental health experience of all ages. She is a member of the American Nurses Association.
Dr. Lisa Ghiloni is the founder and owner of Turning Point Psychiatry. Dr. Ghiloni offers a full menu of psychiatric services including psychotherapy, medication management, cognitive testing, and DNA genetic testing for psychiatric and depression medication. Psychiatric services are provided to patients of all ages. Dr. Ghiloni takes great pride in her psychiatric practice. She holds a doctorate in education, master’s in nursing, and is board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has 27 years of mental health experience of all ages. She is a member of the American Nurses Association.
(832) 261-7526 View (832) 261-7526
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Christal Carr
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified
Allen, TX 75002
I take a comprehensive approach to help all clients, considering their overall well-being, while collaborating with other members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team.
I take a comprehensive approach to help all clients, considering their overall well-being, while collaborating with other members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team.
(972) 449-5611 View (972) 449-5611
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April Monarrez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified
1 Endorsed
McKinney, TX 75070  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I strive to provide my patients with a well-rounded approach to meet their individual needs. I treat a broad range of mental health disorders through medication management.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I strive to provide my patients with a well-rounded approach to meet their individual needs. I treat a broad range of mental health disorders through medication management.
(214) 785-6612 View (214) 785-6612
Photo of Lovette Okoh, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Princeton, TX
Lovette Okoh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
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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Cathrine Odim-Eluebo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-C
Verified
McKinney, TX 75071  (Online Only)
”Mind is full of energy, so health of the mind matters first”- Hira Ratan Manek. HI.. I am a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner qualified to practice in psychiatry, diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication for children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly. Some practice specialties include Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, ADHD, OCD, Panic disorder, Mood disorder, and PTSD.
”Mind is full of energy, so health of the mind matters first”- Hira Ratan Manek. HI.. I am a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner qualified to practice in psychiatry, diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication for children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly. Some practice specialties include Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, ADHD, OCD, Panic disorder, Mood disorder, and PTSD.
(469) 824-9216 View (469) 824-9216
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M. Rehan Puri
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified
McKinney, TX 75071
Do you have stress or anxiety? Do you feel sad or depressed? Do you have problems focusing in school, work or life? Were you exposed to traumatic events or loss? Are you fallen into using drugs or alcohol? Is your child defiant & refusing to cooperate? I can help you find that right balance so you can continue living your life optimally;.I am here to listen to you and treat you with honor and respect that you deserve. Life can be tough so talk to a doctor who will not only listen to you but help you. I do Individual therapy, medication managements, office based SUBOXONE, crisis and long term personalized treatments.
Do you have stress or anxiety? Do you feel sad or depressed? Do you have problems focusing in school, work or life? Were you exposed to traumatic events or loss? Are you fallen into using drugs or alcohol? Is your child defiant & refusing to cooperate? I can help you find that right balance so you can continue living your life optimally;.I am here to listen to you and treat you with honor and respect that you deserve. Life can be tough so talk to a doctor who will not only listen to you but help you. I do Individual therapy, medication managements, office based SUBOXONE, crisis and long term personalized treatments.
(938) 253-3228 View (938) 253-3228
Photo of Round Rock Psychiatry, Psychiatrist in Princeton, TX
Round Rock Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Parker, TX 75002  (Online Only)
Currently offering online telemedicine appointments to all Texas Residents. My pledge to you: I will actively listen to your unique story-what is troubling you, impairing you and distressing you. I will work in collaboration with you to primarily discover what your personal goals are for treatment and then secondarily formulate a mutually-agreed upon strategy for treatment, for achieving your goals. I will do this with empathy and compassion; I will do this with all dignity, respect and complete confidentiality; and I will do this without judgment or assumption.
Currently offering online telemedicine appointments to all Texas Residents. My pledge to you: I will actively listen to your unique story-what is troubling you, impairing you and distressing you. I will work in collaboration with you to primarily discover what your personal goals are for treatment and then secondarily formulate a mutually-agreed upon strategy for treatment, for achieving your goals. I will do this with empathy and compassion; I will do this with all dignity, respect and complete confidentiality; and I will do this without judgment or assumption.
(469) 530-3631 View (469) 530-3631
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Nadia Eleda
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
McKinney, TX 75071
Embark on a transformative healthcare journey guided by my unwavering dedication and extensive expertise as a compassionate nurse practitioner. Holding dual certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I bring over 13 years of devoted experience in the healthcare field. In my practice, I am committed to providing comprehensive and personalized care tailored to meet the unique needs of individuals and families. Recognized for my warm and understanding approach, I strive to cultivate a supportive environment where your well-being is prioritized.
Embark on a transformative healthcare journey guided by my unwavering dedication and extensive expertise as a compassionate nurse practitioner. Holding dual certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I bring over 13 years of devoted experience in the healthcare field. In my practice, I am committed to providing comprehensive and personalized care tailored to meet the unique needs of individuals and families. Recognized for my warm and understanding approach, I strive to cultivate a supportive environment where your well-being is prioritized.
(432) 239-7631 View (432) 239-7631
Photo of Dr. Maria Orejarena, Psychiatrist in Princeton, TX
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
Photo of Angela J Tefft, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Princeton, TX
Angela J Tefft
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified
Allen, TX 75002  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Beginning in 02/2024. Telehealth 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.
Beginning in 02/2024. Telehealth 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.
(469) 564-3435 View (469) 564-3435
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Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry - Grapevine
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
McKinney, TX 75070
Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry's mission is to advance TMS provider services availability for persons suffering with depression throughout the United States. Excellence in patient care and an overall positive experience with our TMS treatment services and our skilled compassionate team of Doctor’s, Technicians and office staff are our highest priorities. At Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry, we offer patients their very best chance for depressive symptomatic relief success through the latest, most advanced, FDA cleared, non-medicinal treatment solution.
Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry's mission is to advance TMS provider services availability for persons suffering with depression throughout the United States. Excellence in patient care and an overall positive experience with our TMS treatment services and our skilled compassionate team of Doctor’s, Technicians and office staff are our highest priorities. At Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry, we offer patients their very best chance for depressive symptomatic relief success through the latest, most advanced, FDA cleared, non-medicinal treatment solution.
(817) 442-3220 View (817) 442-3220
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Crystal Mind Psychiatry and Counseling
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
McKinney, TX 75069
Embarking on a mental health journey? Struggling with anxiety, depression, insomnia, or ADHD, hindering your optimal functioning? We prioritize evidence-based practices, grounded in research to enhance your well-being. Offering Same DAY Appointments with NO waitlist. After-hours and WEEKEND appointments are available upon request. Welcoming NEW clients across Texas, Colorado, and Arizona. We offer In-person and Telepsychiatry Services from the Comfort of your home. Accepting major insurances such as BCBS, UHC / UBH, Medicare, Optum, CIGNA, Aetna, Oscar Health, and Private Pay. Your path to mental wellness starts here.
Embarking on a mental health journey? Struggling with anxiety, depression, insomnia, or ADHD, hindering your optimal functioning? We prioritize evidence-based practices, grounded in research to enhance your well-being. Offering Same DAY Appointments with NO waitlist. After-hours and WEEKEND appointments are available upon request. Welcoming NEW clients across Texas, Colorado, and Arizona. We offer In-person and Telepsychiatry Services from the Comfort of your home. Accepting major insurances such as BCBS, UHC / UBH, Medicare, Optum, CIGNA, Aetna, Oscar Health, and Private Pay. Your path to mental wellness starts here.
(469) 253-7751 View (469) 253-7751

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Number of Psychiatrists in Princeton, TX

< 10

Psychiatrists in Princeton, TX who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Medication Management
67% ADHD
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
67% Psychosis

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Blue Cross

How Psychiatrists in Princeton, TX see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Princeton?

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.