Psychiatrists in Rowlett, TX

H and M Healthcare of Texas Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
1 Endorsed
Rowlett, TX 75089  (Online Only)
Dedicated and patient-focused professional with extensive experience in providing psychiatric consultation, diagnostic, and treatment services to the identified patient population, including medication management and crisis intervention services. Maintains composure and makes decisions in fast-paced, unpredictable, and stressful environments. Demonstrated abilities in discussing with patients about their problems, building relationships with patients, implementing therapies, administering medication, monitoring patient progress, handling distressed patients in a non-threatening manner, implementing care plans, updating records
Dedicated and patient-focused professional with extensive experience in providing psychiatric consultation, diagnostic, and treatment services to the identified patient population, including medication management and crisis intervention services. Maintains composure and makes decisions in fast-paced, unpredictable, and stressful environments. Demonstrated abilities in discussing with patients about their problems, building relationships with patients, implementing therapies, administering medication, monitoring patient progress, handling distressed patients in a non-threatening manner, implementing care plans, updating records
(972) 779-9695 x75089 View (972) 779-9695 x75089
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Integrated Psychiatry Services, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Rowlett, TX 75088  (Online Only)
My ideal client is someone actively seeking mental health support and dealing with issues like mood disorders or trauma. They value a holistic approach, combining medication and psychotherapy. I appreciate clients who engage in collaborative, judgment-free sessions. Their goals include improving overall quality of life, developing coping strategies, and building resilience. I aim to empower them to achieve positive change and navigate life's challenges through a strong therapeutic alliance.
My ideal client is someone actively seeking mental health support and dealing with issues like mood disorders or trauma. They value a holistic approach, combining medication and psychotherapy. I appreciate clients who engage in collaborative, judgment-free sessions. Their goals include improving overall quality of life, developing coping strategies, and building resilience. I aim to empower them to achieve positive change and navigate life's challenges through a strong therapeutic alliance.
(469) 658-7786 View (469) 658-7786
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MindWell Urgent Care
Psychiatrist, MD, FAACAP
Verified
Rowlett, TX 75088  (Online Only)
MindWell Urgent Care is a revolutionary, first of its kind psychiatric practice that provides the residents of Texas with state of the art, same-day psychiatric care for a wide range of mental health issues. Currently, we are offering same-day psychiatric and telepsychiatry services in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. We are also offering telepsychiatry services throughout the states of Texas, Oklahoma and New Jersey.
MindWell Urgent Care is a revolutionary, first of its kind psychiatric practice that provides the residents of Texas with state of the art, same-day psychiatric care for a wide range of mental health issues. Currently, we are offering same-day psychiatric and telepsychiatry services in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. We are also offering telepsychiatry services throughout the states of Texas, Oklahoma and New Jersey.
(682) 243-8029 View (682) 243-8029
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Broadway Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC, RN
Verified
2 Endorsed
Rowlett, TX 75089
*NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS* Call (469) 573-5539 to schedule your appointment ***TELEMEDICINE AVAILABLE *** Velile loves to work with people from diverse cultures. She treats pre-teens, adolescents and adults from ages 11 and above. Velile relates to patients in a warm, compassionate and non-judgemental manner. She enjoys working with diverse groups and people from different cultures. She practices with a goal of all wanting to improve mental wellness and quality of life for her patients.
*NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS* Call (469) 573-5539 to schedule your appointment ***TELEMEDICINE AVAILABLE *** Velile loves to work with people from diverse cultures. She treats pre-teens, adolescents and adults from ages 11 and above. Velile relates to patients in a warm, compassionate and non-judgemental manner. She enjoys working with diverse groups and people from different cultures. She practices with a goal of all wanting to improve mental wellness and quality of life for her patients.
(972) 303-8392 View (972) 303-8392
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Deepti Vats
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Rowlett, TX 75088
Deepti Vats M.D. is a compassionate and dedicated physician who has been in the field of Psychiatry for the past ten years. She is board certified in General and Forensic Psychiatry and licensed to practice in Texas. She is well versed with medication management of depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder and other psychiatric illness.
Deepti Vats M.D. is a compassionate and dedicated physician who has been in the field of Psychiatry for the past ten years. She is board certified in General and Forensic Psychiatry and licensed to practice in Texas. She is well versed with medication management of depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder and other psychiatric illness.
(972) 217-8131 View (972) 217-8131
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Elizabeth Ucheoma-Cofield
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Rowlett, TX 75089
I am a double board certified Child/Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist with over a decade of experience in managing both simple and complex child, adolescent, and adult cases in a variety of clincal settings ranging from hospital based to telemedicine. My practice focuses on providing holistic mental health care to the entire family by utilizing nutrition, exercise, therapeutic modalities, and psychiatric medication management to optimize outcomes. I provide easily accessible psychiatric care utilizing a telepsychiatry based platform, and my hours of service provision are tailored to fit comfortably within your family's schedule.
I am a double board certified Child/Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist with over a decade of experience in managing both simple and complex child, adolescent, and adult cases in a variety of clincal settings ranging from hospital based to telemedicine. My practice focuses on providing holistic mental health care to the entire family by utilizing nutrition, exercise, therapeutic modalities, and psychiatric medication management to optimize outcomes. I provide easily accessible psychiatric care utilizing a telepsychiatry based platform, and my hours of service provision are tailored to fit comfortably within your family's schedule.
(817) 915-9223 View (817) 915-9223
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Jennifer Kent Autry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Rowlett, TX 75088  (Online Only)
My clinical experience includes working with children, adolescents, adults and elders with attention deficit disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders and chemical dependency issues. I have experience in both private practice and governmental entities, including working with the homeless in Tarrant County & at a Maximum Security Forensic State Hospital. I am a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, the American Nurses Association, Texas Nurses Association and the Neuroscience Education Institute. I have extensive experience evaluating, diagnosing, and treating a broad range of psychiatric disorders.
My clinical experience includes working with children, adolescents, adults and elders with attention deficit disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders and chemical dependency issues. I have experience in both private practice and governmental entities, including working with the homeless in Tarrant County & at a Maximum Security Forensic State Hospital. I am a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, the American Nurses Association, Texas Nurses Association and the Neuroscience Education Institute. I have extensive experience evaluating, diagnosing, and treating a broad range of psychiatric disorders.
(469) 281-9350 View (469) 281-9350
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Great hope psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Rowlett, TX 75088
I understand your pain and I know how hard it can get sometimes, My goal is to keep every patient healthy, stable, functional, and productive. Great hope Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Services is a private, outpatient psychiatric and behavioral health practice based in Garland, Texas. We are committed to helping you navigate challenging situations and achieve your mental health goals. We treat patients with depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, bipolar, moods, sleep disorders and other psychiatric conditions. We also help children with psychiatric disorders, including ADHD, depression, anxiety, and Autism.
I understand your pain and I know how hard it can get sometimes, My goal is to keep every patient healthy, stable, functional, and productive. Great hope Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Services is a private, outpatient psychiatric and behavioral health practice based in Garland, Texas. We are committed to helping you navigate challenging situations and achieve your mental health goals. We treat patients with depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, bipolar, moods, sleep disorders and other psychiatric conditions. We also help children with psychiatric disorders, including ADHD, depression, anxiety, and Autism.
(972) 703-4175 View (972) 703-4175
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Healing Souls Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Rowlett, TX 75088
At Healing Souls psychiatry, we strive for the best experience by offering non-judgmental, compassionate and empathic mental and behavioral health services. Our goal is to help you lead a more autonomous and productive lifestyle. We believe in individualized therapeutic services to meet specific needs of our clients.
At Healing Souls psychiatry, we strive for the best experience by offering non-judgmental, compassionate and empathic mental and behavioral health services. Our goal is to help you lead a more autonomous and productive lifestyle. We believe in individualized therapeutic services to meet specific needs of our clients.
(972) 787-0060 View (972) 787-0060

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Krystal Family Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
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 x75150 View (972) 992-1495 x75150
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Idowu Awosere
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified
Dallas, TX 75243  (Online Only)
Are you ready to break free from the chains of anxiety and depression that have been holding you back? Are you tired of receiving those troubling calls from school about your child's behavior? I understand that life's challenges can sometimes feel overwhelming, but I'm here to assure you that there is hope, and you don't have to face these struggles alone. My name is Idowu Awosere. I’m a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and my passion lies in helping individuals and families like yours navigate the ups and downs of life, providing compassionate care tailored to your unique needs. In our time together.
Are you ready to break free from the chains of anxiety and depression that have been holding you back? Are you tired of receiving those troubling calls from school about your child's behavior? I understand that life's challenges can sometimes feel overwhelming, but I'm here to assure you that there is hope, and you don't have to face these struggles alone. My name is Idowu Awosere. I’m a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and my passion lies in helping individuals and families like yours navigate the ups and downs of life, providing compassionate care tailored to your unique needs. In our time together.
(214) 319-8537 View (214) 319-8537
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Tamara S Neuenschwander
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Garland, TX 75043
Tamara is a highly experienced and compassionate healthcare professional who comes to us with a strong background. She is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and has experience treating adolescents and adults with various disorders such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, mood disorders, and psychosis. We are confident that you will find Tamara an excellent addition to our team, passionate and dedicated to delivering the highest quality of care to our patients. Her commitment to providing patient-centered aligns perfectly with our clinic’s values.
Tamara is a highly experienced and compassionate healthcare professional who comes to us with a strong background. She is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and has experience treating adolescents and adults with various disorders such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, mood disorders, and psychosis. We are confident that you will find Tamara an excellent addition to our team, passionate and dedicated to delivering the highest quality of care to our patients. Her commitment to providing patient-centered aligns perfectly with our clinic’s values.
(972) 200-3758 View (972) 200-3758
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Dallas Therapy Associates
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Rockwall, TX 75032
Guylene Joseph is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with extensive training and experience in the field of Behavioral Health. She has over 20 years of experience with the last 7 years as mental health NP. Her goal is to provide compassionate care and to partner with you to meet your wellness goal.
Guylene Joseph is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with extensive training and experience in the field of Behavioral Health. She has over 20 years of experience with the last 7 years as mental health NP. Her goal is to provide compassionate care and to partner with you to meet your wellness goal.
(469) 423-9531 View (469) 423-9531
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Holistic Health and Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-RN, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified
Dallas, TX 75218
NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS WITH TELEHEALTH APPOINTMENTS. MULTIPLE OPTIONS ON APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE; AFTERNOONS, EVENINGS, WEEKDAYS AND WEEKENDS. Mental and emotional difficulties are real and can greatly limit our functioning. At Holistic health and psychiatry, we believe in a multidimensional approach in managing mental health. Our practitioners collaborate to offer therapeutic interventions including medication management and various therapy approaches to assist individuals with mental health difficulties.
NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS WITH TELEHEALTH APPOINTMENTS. MULTIPLE OPTIONS ON APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE; AFTERNOONS, EVENINGS, WEEKDAYS AND WEEKENDS. Mental and emotional difficulties are real and can greatly limit our functioning. At Holistic health and psychiatry, we believe in a multidimensional approach in managing mental health. Our practitioners collaborate to offer therapeutic interventions including medication management and various therapy approaches to assist individuals with mental health difficulties.
(713) 993-7240 View (713) 993-7240
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Innovated Minds
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Richardson, TX 75082
I specialize in treating children from ages 5 years and above with ADHD and disruptive behaviors.
I specialize in treating children from ages 5 years and above with ADHD and disruptive behaviors.
(817) 330-8032 View (817) 330-8032
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Emem Nkanga
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, , APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Garland, TX 75043
I am dedicated to helping individuals and families from all backgrounds achieve the highest mental and emotional health levels they deserve. I aim to reduce mental health stigma and uplift individuals' self-esteem by improving their mental well-being and quality of life. I care for children ages ten and above, adolescents, adults, and older adults. I have over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry, including psychiatry, and have focused mainly on mental health care in the last three years. I use medication management, therapy, and education to improve psychiatric symptoms.
I am dedicated to helping individuals and families from all backgrounds achieve the highest mental and emotional health levels they deserve. I aim to reduce mental health stigma and uplift individuals' self-esteem by improving their mental well-being and quality of life. I care for children ages ten and above, adolescents, adults, and older adults. I have over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry, including psychiatry, and have focused mainly on mental health care in the last three years. I use medication management, therapy, and education to improve psychiatric symptoms.
(972) 586-2415 View (972) 586-2415
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Lizette Nji
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified
Richardson, TX 75082
Everyone wants to feel heard especially when it comes to one's health. I want you to know that I am here to listen and together we can formulate a treatment plan best for you. I have been in mental health for over 3 years and being a part of your journey, ensuring your success, is what drives me. Our first session discusses specific mental health concerns, personal goals, treatment history, and tailored care options. Follow-up sessions assess medication efficacy and progress.
Everyone wants to feel heard especially when it comes to one's health. I want you to know that I am here to listen and together we can formulate a treatment plan best for you. I have been in mental health for over 3 years and being a part of your journey, ensuring your success, is what drives me. Our first session discusses specific mental health concerns, personal goals, treatment history, and tailored care options. Follow-up sessions assess medication efficacy and progress.
(214) 623-6748 View (214) 623-6748
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Nancy Morbitzer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP
Verified
Garland, TX 75040
I embrace all, ages 16 and up, to call on my practice. I am passionate about life and am drawn to this profession with the desire to have a positive impact on people’s lives as I believe people have incredible resilience and the ability to adapt to circumstances they encounter in life; further, I believe that health itself is a very personal experience. I believe that people want to heal mentally, emotionally and physically to live more functional lives. I approach clients from a client centered perspective with the belief that I am here to help and support them through collaboration and medication prescribing.
I embrace all, ages 16 and up, to call on my practice. I am passionate about life and am drawn to this profession with the desire to have a positive impact on people’s lives as I believe people have incredible resilience and the ability to adapt to circumstances they encounter in life; further, I believe that health itself is a very personal experience. I believe that people want to heal mentally, emotionally and physically to live more functional lives. I approach clients from a client centered perspective with the belief that I am here to help and support them through collaboration and medication prescribing.
(512) 641-4477 View (512) 641-4477
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Raymond Odiaka
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Sachse, TX 75048
Have you been struggling with depression, grief, anxiety, ADHD, body image, weight management, mood fluctuations or perceptual disturbances and find that life has been increasingly difficult to cope with? Have you tried to seek advice from family members, friends and spiritual counselors, to no avail? You can overcome these struggles, with the right tools and I am here to help, using an unbiased approach. I draw from a few traditional therapeutic techniques, in combination with medication management, to create a treatment plan to meet your unique needs.
Have you been struggling with depression, grief, anxiety, ADHD, body image, weight management, mood fluctuations or perceptual disturbances and find that life has been increasingly difficult to cope with? Have you tried to seek advice from family members, friends and spiritual counselors, to no avail? You can overcome these struggles, with the right tools and I am here to help, using an unbiased approach. I draw from a few traditional therapeutic techniques, in combination with medication management, to create a treatment plan to meet your unique needs.
(972) 787-2649 View (972) 787-2649
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Restoring Minds Behavioral Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Garland, TX 75042  (Online Only)
Are you are struggling with your emotions, having sad mood, anxiety and finding it difficulty to cope with your situation? It can be discouraging when you feel like you've bounced around to different doctors and therapists and never experienced true relief for your symptoms. You don't want to deal with the hassle of multiple locations, multiple providers, and trying to get them to communicate about YOUR best treatment. Considering psychiatric evaluation and medication management may be an appropriate treatment for you.
Are you are struggling with your emotions, having sad mood, anxiety and finding it difficulty to cope with your situation? It can be discouraging when you feel like you've bounced around to different doctors and therapists and never experienced true relief for your symptoms. You don't want to deal with the hassle of multiple locations, multiple providers, and trying to get them to communicate about YOUR best treatment. Considering psychiatric evaluation and medication management may be an appropriate treatment for you.
(817) 587-0861 View (817) 587-0861

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Rowlett, TX

< 10

Psychiatrists in Rowlett, TX who prioritize treating:

89% Anxiety
89% Bipolar Disorder
78% Depression
78% ADHD
78% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
78% Trauma and PTSD
78% Medication Management

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
100% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Rowlett, TX see their clients

56% In Person and Online
44% Online Only

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Rowlett?

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.