Psychiatrists in Rosenberg, TX

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AvemaPsych & Medical PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, DNP, FNP-C
Verified
Rosenberg, TX 77471
Biography: I completed my master’s degree in nursing at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, followed by a post-master’s degree in Family Nursing Practice (FNP) and a doctoral degree in nursing practice (DNP) at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina. I also completed a post-doctoral degree in psychiatric mental health practice (PMHNP) (across the lifespan) at Frontier Nursing University in Kentucky. I am board certified in Adult, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatry (PMHNP-BC). I am also board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C), a DOT Medical Examiner, and SAMHSA (X-Waiver) addiction provider.
Biography: I completed my master’s degree in nursing at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, followed by a post-master’s degree in Family Nursing Practice (FNP) and a doctoral degree in nursing practice (DNP) at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina. I also completed a post-doctoral degree in psychiatric mental health practice (PMHNP) (across the lifespan) at Frontier Nursing University in Kentucky. I am board certified in Adult, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatry (PMHNP-BC). I am also board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C), a DOT Medical Examiner, and SAMHSA (X-Waiver) addiction provider.
(281) 984-6190 View (281) 984-6190
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Priscillia Madueke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Rosenberg, TX 77469  (Online Only)
Hello, my name is Priscilla. I am very confident and offer a wide range of services to meet the needs of my clients. My career started 24 years ago as a Nurse and today as a Board Certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas Tech in Lubbock, My Master's from Walden University as an Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner and my Post Masters from National University as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
Hello, my name is Priscilla. I am very confident and offer a wide range of services to meet the needs of my clients. My career started 24 years ago as a Nurse and today as a Board Certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas Tech in Lubbock, My Master's from Walden University as an Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner and my Post Masters from National University as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
(832) 743-2934 View (832) 743-2934
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Velox Mental and Wellness Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MBA, BSN
Verified
Rosenberg, TX 77471
In my psychiatric nursing practice, I specialize in addressing the unique needs of individuals grappling with moderate to severe anxiety and depression. I understand that these challenges often stem from diverse sources such as life transitions or traumatic experiences. My approach is comprehensive, blending psychoeducation, therapeutic interventions, and, when appropriate, medication management. I am committed to fostering a supportive and non-judgmental therapeutic relationship, providing a safe space for clients to explore their concerns and work towards positive change.
In my psychiatric nursing practice, I specialize in addressing the unique needs of individuals grappling with moderate to severe anxiety and depression. I understand that these challenges often stem from diverse sources such as life transitions or traumatic experiences. My approach is comprehensive, blending psychoeducation, therapeutic interventions, and, when appropriate, medication management. I am committed to fostering a supportive and non-judgmental therapeutic relationship, providing a safe space for clients to explore their concerns and work towards positive change.
(832) 583-1540 View (832) 583-1540
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CrossEssence Mental Health Care Group, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Rosenberg, TX 77471
Funmi Akinrimisi MSN, PMHNP-BC Funmi Akinrimisi is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She completed her undergraduate degree in Nursing at Texas Tech University and completed her Master of Science in Nursing at Walden University. Before working in the NP role, Funmi has several years of experience in medical-surgical /Pediatric
Funmi Akinrimisi MSN, PMHNP-BC Funmi Akinrimisi is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She completed her undergraduate degree in Nursing at Texas Tech University and completed her Master of Science in Nursing at Walden University. Before working in the NP role, Funmi has several years of experience in medical-surgical /Pediatric
(832) 966-7814 View (832) 966-7814
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Racheal Onodu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Rosenberg, TX 77469  (Online Only)
Do you find yourself depressed and anxious? Do you feel lost, worried, hopeless, and helpless? Do you struggle with issues from past traumatic event, or negative thoughts that affect your normal daily activities and life in general? Are you struggling with intrusive thoughts, disorganization, procrastination, inattentive and hyperactive behaviors? Do you lack concentration and focus and feel you need help with your mental health? Then you are in the right place as I aim to assist you in living your best life and enjoying mental wellness. My strategies are aimed to help you to develop coping skills and achieve optimal mental health.
Do you find yourself depressed and anxious? Do you feel lost, worried, hopeless, and helpless? Do you struggle with issues from past traumatic event, or negative thoughts that affect your normal daily activities and life in general? Are you struggling with intrusive thoughts, disorganization, procrastination, inattentive and hyperactive behaviors? Do you lack concentration and focus and feel you need help with your mental health? Then you are in the right place as I aim to assist you in living your best life and enjoying mental wellness. My strategies are aimed to help you to develop coping skills and achieve optimal mental health.
(346) 521-4969 View (346) 521-4969
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Adanna Oladejo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
3 Endorsed
Rosenberg, TX 77471  (Online Only)
Welcome to my practice, my name is Adanna Oladejo, and I am a Board-certified PMHNP with experience treating most mental health-related conditions and struggles. My experience in the several years of being a Nurse Practitioner encompasses the treatment of Adolescents and Adults who are struggling with life situations and/or medical comorbidities; with a particular focus on individuals, groups, and families. My goal is to provide mental health treatment in line with evidenced-based practice guidelines keeping ethical approaches in mind while partnering with you to prioritize your mental wellbeing.
Welcome to my practice, my name is Adanna Oladejo, and I am a Board-certified PMHNP with experience treating most mental health-related conditions and struggles. My experience in the several years of being a Nurse Practitioner encompasses the treatment of Adolescents and Adults who are struggling with life situations and/or medical comorbidities; with a particular focus on individuals, groups, and families. My goal is to provide mental health treatment in line with evidenced-based practice guidelines keeping ethical approaches in mind while partnering with you to prioritize your mental wellbeing.
(214) 833-5709 View (214) 833-5709

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Alina Naik - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN , APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified
Sugar Land, TX 77479
Alina Naik, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, has worked in a variety of health settings, including acute care, psychiatry and neurology. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas at Austin, with a certificate in Public Health. She then received her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, specializing as a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Alina is passionate about equity and treats every client with empathy and understanding. Her approach to treatment utilizes culturally-competent, patient-centered care to promote optimal healing.
Alina Naik, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, has worked in a variety of health settings, including acute care, psychiatry and neurology. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas at Austin, with a certificate in Public Health. She then received her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, specializing as a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Alina is passionate about equity and treats every client with empathy and understanding. Her approach to treatment utilizes culturally-competent, patient-centered care to promote optimal healing.
(832) 536-6494 View (832) 536-6494
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Dr Randall McIntyre - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Sugar Land, TX 77479
Dr. Randall McIntyre has been practicing Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry in the Austin area for over thirty years. He was raised in Midland, Texas. He holds a BA- biology from The University of Texas - Austin, and an MD from The University of Texas Medical School-Houston. He did his internship in Family Practice at Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. Subsequently, he completed residencies in General and Child Psychiatry at UTHSC-Houston. He is doubly Boarded in Child and Adult Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Dr. Randall McIntyre has been practicing Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry in the Austin area for over thirty years. He was raised in Midland, Texas. He holds a BA- biology from The University of Texas - Austin, and an MD from The University of Texas Medical School-Houston. He did his internship in Family Practice at Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. Subsequently, he completed residencies in General and Child Psychiatry at UTHSC-Houston. He is doubly Boarded in Child and Adult Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
(832) 772-2178 View (832) 772-2178
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Navdip Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Richmond, TX 77407  (Online Only)
Do you feel stressed by everyday challenges? Do you struggle with your mood? Does anxiety hold you back from achieving your goal? Do you struggle with low self-esteem? Are you having difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep? I treat anxiety, depression, insomnia, PTSD, eating disorder, gambling addiction, and bipolar using medication management to your target symptoms.
Do you feel stressed by everyday challenges? Do you struggle with your mood? Does anxiety hold you back from achieving your goal? Do you struggle with low self-esteem? Are you having difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep? I treat anxiety, depression, insomnia, PTSD, eating disorder, gambling addiction, and bipolar using medication management to your target symptoms.
(832) 400-4281 View (832) 400-4281
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Riaz Rahman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Richmond, TX 77407
I am a dual boarded physician in psychiatry and internal medicine. I have broad experience both in internal medicine and psychiatry. I do inpatient and office-based psychiatry. My expertise are Addiction Medicine, Attention Deficit disorder, geriatric psychiatry, depression, anxiety disorders and bipolar disorder. I have Hospital privileges in majority of Houston and Ford Bend County hospitals, where I perform consultation liaison psychiatry.
I am a dual boarded physician in psychiatry and internal medicine. I have broad experience both in internal medicine and psychiatry. I do inpatient and office-based psychiatry. My expertise are Addiction Medicine, Attention Deficit disorder, geriatric psychiatry, depression, anxiety disorders and bipolar disorder. I have Hospital privileges in majority of Houston and Ford Bend County hospitals, where I perform consultation liaison psychiatry.
(713) 984-4546 View (713) 984-4546
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Tracie DeJarnette-Holly
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Sugar Land, TX 77478
Dr. DeJarnette received her bachelors of science degree from Michigan State University in E. Lansing, MI. She obtained her medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN. Dr. DeJarnette completed her general psychiatry residency at Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation in New Orleans. She also completed her child psychiatry and forensic psychiatry fellowships in New Orleans at Tulane University Medical Center. She is board certified in general, child and forensic psychiatry.
Dr. DeJarnette received her bachelors of science degree from Michigan State University in E. Lansing, MI. She obtained her medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN. Dr. DeJarnette completed her general psychiatry residency at Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation in New Orleans. She also completed her child psychiatry and forensic psychiatry fellowships in New Orleans at Tulane University Medical Center. She is board certified in general, child and forensic psychiatry.
(832) 990-1372 View (832) 990-1372
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Onome Edokun
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, ACNP, PMHNP-B
Verified
1 Endorsed
Richmond, TX 77406  (Online Only)
At Lights Health, we specialized in Adolescent and Adult mental health. We provide Safe Compassionate care using Evidence Based practice to enhance the well-being of individuals struggling with mental health challenges such as ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar disorder, PTSD, OCD, Insomnia, Pregnancy a postpartum, eating disorder. We are dedicated to creating a therapeutic alliance with our patients built on trust, empathy and understanding, creating a safe space where individuals can express themselves without judgment. We will work with you to individualize the treatment plan to meet your specific needs.
At Lights Health, we specialized in Adolescent and Adult mental health. We provide Safe Compassionate care using Evidence Based practice to enhance the well-being of individuals struggling with mental health challenges such as ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar disorder, PTSD, OCD, Insomnia, Pregnancy a postpartum, eating disorder. We are dedicated to creating a therapeutic alliance with our patients built on trust, empathy and understanding, creating a safe space where individuals can express themselves without judgment. We will work with you to individualize the treatment plan to meet your specific needs.
(832) 346-7662 View (832) 346-7662
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Angela J Tefft
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified
Sugar Land, TX 77479  (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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Edmund Munde
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Sugar Land, TX 77479
Welcome to Psychiatric Holistic Care (PHC). We are accepting new patients with appointments available within a week. If you're overwhelmed by depression, anxiety, mood swings, psychosis, life changes, stressful events, or substance use, you're not alone. We provide guidance for healing and self-discovery through a holistic approach that addresses symptoms and underlying causes. We use evidence-based approach to treat our patients. At PHC, we treat conditions like depression, anxiety, panic disorder, OCD, bipolar disorder, insomnia, ADHD, autism, PTSD, substance use disorder, schizophrenia, and other mental disorders.
Welcome to Psychiatric Holistic Care (PHC). We are accepting new patients with appointments available within a week. If you're overwhelmed by depression, anxiety, mood swings, psychosis, life changes, stressful events, or substance use, you're not alone. We provide guidance for healing and self-discovery through a holistic approach that addresses symptoms and underlying causes. We use evidence-based approach to treat our patients. At PHC, we treat conditions like depression, anxiety, panic disorder, OCD, bipolar disorder, insomnia, ADHD, autism, PTSD, substance use disorder, schizophrenia, and other mental disorders.
(832) 307-0167 View (832) 307-0167
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Nadia Eleda
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Sugar Land, TX 77479
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
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Barkat Ali @ Point Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MBBS, MSN, APRN, C-DBT, PMHNPBC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Sugar Land, TX 77479
Hello, I am Barkat Ali, an experienced medical professional with strong academic training and an extensive professional background in assessing, diagnosing, and treating psychiatric conditions across the lifespan of individuals. My mission is to offer person-centered, evidence-based treatments that empower you to regain control of your mental well-being and improve your quality of life.
Hello, I am Barkat Ali, an experienced medical professional with strong academic training and an extensive professional background in assessing, diagnosing, and treating psychiatric conditions across the lifespan of individuals. My mission is to offer person-centered, evidence-based treatments that empower you to regain control of your mental well-being and improve your quality of life.
(832) 613-4036 View (832) 613-4036
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Charlotte Amorin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Sugar Land, TX 77479  (Online Only)
I am a dual board certified Psychiatric Mental Health & Family Nurse practitioner.
I am a dual board certified Psychiatric Mental Health & Family Nurse practitioner.
(832) 827-8825 View (832) 827-8825
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Perpetua Eze
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Sugar Land, TX 77478
Perpetua Eze is a Nurse practitioner who has been practicing since 2019 with a degree for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
Perpetua Eze is a Nurse practitioner who has been practicing since 2019 with a degree for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
(281) 667-0536 View (281) 667-0536
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Omar Pinjari
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Sugar Land, TX 77478
Dr. Omar Pinjari is a board-certified psychiatrist with 18 years of experience in the field of psychiatry. After completing his medical school in India, he forged a career which saw him train in the UK and the United States. After successfully completing his core psychiatry training and attaining his post graduate diploma in mental health from the prestigious Queen's University, Belfast, he worked as a Staff Psychiatrist for 5 years in the suburbs of city of Cardiff, Wales treating patients struggling with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety etc.
Dr. Omar Pinjari is a board-certified psychiatrist with 18 years of experience in the field of psychiatry. After completing his medical school in India, he forged a career which saw him train in the UK and the United States. After successfully completing his core psychiatry training and attaining his post graduate diploma in mental health from the prestigious Queen's University, Belfast, he worked as a Staff Psychiatrist for 5 years in the suburbs of city of Cardiff, Wales treating patients struggling with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety etc.
(346) 637-2991 View (346) 637-2991
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Mohammad Ashfaque
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Sugar Land, TX 77479
At One Behavioral, we treat a variety of patients that include all age ranges and all socioeconomic ranges. Between our six locations, our psychiatrists, counselors and psychologists aim to provide our patients to compassionate and judgement free care they need through advanced technology and treatment.
At One Behavioral, we treat a variety of patients that include all age ranges and all socioeconomic ranges. Between our six locations, our psychiatrists, counselors and psychologists aim to provide our patients to compassionate and judgement free care they need through advanced technology and treatment.
(346) 239-8449 x1 View (346) 239-8449 x1

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Number of Psychiatrists in Rosenberg, TX

< 10

Psychiatrists in Rosenberg, TX who prioritize treating:

83% Depression
83% Anxiety
83% Trauma and PTSD
83% Bipolar Disorder
67% Child
67% ADHD
67% Psychosis

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Rosenberg, TX see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Rosenberg?

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.