Psychiatrists in San Antonio, TX

Photo of Ephraim T Fombo, PMHNP, MSN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ephraim T Fombo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78230
Mental illness knows no socio-economic boundaries and afflicts people in all socioeconomic statuses. Yet, mental illness has unnecessarily been a taboo, which is particularly unfortunate because this only makes it more likely that people will suffer in silence. It is an ordinary illness with its own kind of treatment approaches. Life is full of overwhelming challenges that may affect mental balance. Also, mental illness is often not situational and is prominent among members of certain families. With all this, it is no surprise that mental illness is rampant and should be taken seriously and treated, rather than hide it in shame.
Mental illness knows no socio-economic boundaries and afflicts people in all socioeconomic statuses. Yet, mental illness has unnecessarily been a taboo, which is particularly unfortunate because this only makes it more likely that people will suffer in silence. It is an ordinary illness with its own kind of treatment approaches. Life is full of overwhelming challenges that may affect mental balance. Also, mental illness is often not situational and is prominent among members of certain families. With all this, it is no surprise that mental illness is rampant and should be taken seriously and treated, rather than hide it in shame.
(210) 761-5127 View (210) 761-5127
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Earl Stenger
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78229
Dr. Stenger treats a full range of psychiatric disorders and specializes in medication management of anxiety, mood disorders, and psychotic disorders.
Dr. Stenger treats a full range of psychiatric disorders and specializes in medication management of anxiety, mood disorders, and psychotic disorders.
(210) 794-6428 View (210) 794-6428
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★★TeleMind®★★
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78238
At TeleMind, we specialize in delivering virtual mental health services tailored for individuals with demanding schedules. Our approach is designed to accommodate those whose daily commitments or lifestyle constraints make it challenging to travel to a doctor's office. Say goodbye to lengthy commutes, inconvenient office hours, and waiting room delays. With TeleMind, you have the flexibility to choose your specialist, schedule appointments at your convenience, and even reschedule to fit your availability. Experience the comfort of attending sessions from your home, workplace, or even while on the go.
At TeleMind, we specialize in delivering virtual mental health services tailored for individuals with demanding schedules. Our approach is designed to accommodate those whose daily commitments or lifestyle constraints make it challenging to travel to a doctor's office. Say goodbye to lengthy commutes, inconvenient office hours, and waiting room delays. With TeleMind, you have the flexibility to choose your specialist, schedule appointments at your convenience, and even reschedule to fit your availability. Experience the comfort of attending sessions from your home, workplace, or even while on the go.
(800) 341-3083 View (800) 341-3083
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Live Oak Psychiatry and Family Practice, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78209
Now Accepting New Patients! Appointments within a week are available including, evenings weekdays and weekends. Are you struggling with issues related to trauma, grief, depression, anxiety, or major life changes? At Live Oak Psychiatric and Family Practice, we strive to understand individuals and their symptoms within the context of their environments and relationships. We are skilled in addressing acute and chronic illnesses while maintaining a collaborative, warm and non-judgmental stance. We focus on holistic approach and evidenced based treatment modalities including pharmacologic management and psychotherapeutic interventions.
Now Accepting New Patients! Appointments within a week are available including, evenings weekdays and weekends. Are you struggling with issues related to trauma, grief, depression, anxiety, or major life changes? At Live Oak Psychiatric and Family Practice, we strive to understand individuals and their symptoms within the context of their environments and relationships. We are skilled in addressing acute and chronic illnesses while maintaining a collaborative, warm and non-judgmental stance. We focus on holistic approach and evidenced based treatment modalities including pharmacologic management and psychotherapeutic interventions.
(210) 941-1525 View (210) 941-1525
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Ijeoma Ononenyi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, APRN
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78223  (Online Only)
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I specialize in helping people with mental health conditions and substance use disorders. I work with my clients to develop personalized care plans that meet their individual needs and goals. My ideal client is someone who's struggling with a mental health condition, substance use disorder, or both, including those who identify as LGBTQ+. If that's you, I can help. Please reach out to me to get started.
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I specialize in helping people with mental health conditions and substance use disorders. I work with my clients to develop personalized care plans that meet their individual needs and goals. My ideal client is someone who's struggling with a mental health condition, substance use disorder, or both, including those who identify as LGBTQ+. If that's you, I can help. Please reach out to me to get started.
(210) 526-0432 View (210) 526-0432
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Ike Uzowulu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78232  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 12 years in psychiatric and behavioral health settings. I have verifiable experience in treating variety of psychiatric disorders. I tend to be practical and hands-on rather than presuming or committing to one treatment approach. My goal is to work with you to find what works best for you. I provide urgent & routine telehealth Psychiatric services that is interactive, urgent and seamless; such that fosters continuity of care while improving access to patient's in need.
I am a board-certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 12 years in psychiatric and behavioral health settings. I have verifiable experience in treating variety of psychiatric disorders. I tend to be practical and hands-on rather than presuming or committing to one treatment approach. My goal is to work with you to find what works best for you. I provide urgent & routine telehealth Psychiatric services that is interactive, urgent and seamless; such that fosters continuity of care while improving access to patient's in need.
(830) 465-4286 View (830) 465-4286
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Sehndem Behavioral Health Care Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78213
Suffering from depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions can be debilitating and hold you back from living a happy and balanced life. Are you struggling with issues related to trauma, grief, depression, anxiety, or major life changes? At Sehndem Behavioral Health care Center, we strive to understand individuals and their symptoms within the context of their environments and relationships. We invite you to learn more about your treatment options on this journey to recovery.
Suffering from depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions can be debilitating and hold you back from living a happy and balanced life. Are you struggling with issues related to trauma, grief, depression, anxiety, or major life changes? At Sehndem Behavioral Health care Center, we strive to understand individuals and their symptoms within the context of their environments and relationships. We invite you to learn more about your treatment options on this journey to recovery.
(210) 880-0429 View (210) 880-0429
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Chikwelu Christian Umeh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78258  (Online Only)
Christian Umeh is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). He received his Master of Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) from the University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore. He obtained Post-Masters Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner from Drexel University, Philadelphia. After extensive experience ranging from critical care medicine, emergency medicine and Trauma-Surgical program, he proceeded to University of Texas Rio Grande Valley for Post-Masters Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP).
Christian Umeh is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). He received his Master of Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) from the University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore. He obtained Post-Masters Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner from Drexel University, Philadelphia. After extensive experience ranging from critical care medicine, emergency medicine and Trauma-Surgical program, he proceeded to University of Texas Rio Grande Valley for Post-Masters Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP).
(210) 361-2592 View (210) 361-2592
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Taiwo Dauda Okubanjo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78251  (Online Only)
I am accepting NEW PATIENTS who are courageous enough to seek help for their mental health needs. I treat depression, anxiety, panic attacks, PTSD, anger issues, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, misuse of recreational substances and other mental health disorders. I am trained to care for your entire health. While I enjoy prescribing medications for you, I also enjoy being a part of your wellness journey.
I am accepting NEW PATIENTS who are courageous enough to seek help for their mental health needs. I treat depression, anxiety, panic attacks, PTSD, anger issues, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, misuse of recreational substances and other mental health disorders. I am trained to care for your entire health. While I enjoy prescribing medications for you, I also enjoy being a part of your wellness journey.
(210) 903-8351 View (210) 903-8351
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Raven Aleman
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78258
Dr. Raven Aleman is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2023. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and from University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Most recently, she earned a Doctorate in Nursing Practice at New Mexico State University with an emphasis in Psychiatric Mental Health. Raven takes a collaborative approach and encourages patients to be active participants in their care. Raven enjoys problem-solving with patients and discovering what motivates them to live and be well.
Dr. Raven Aleman is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2023. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and from University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Most recently, she earned a Doctorate in Nursing Practice at New Mexico State University with an emphasis in Psychiatric Mental Health. Raven takes a collaborative approach and encourages patients to be active participants in their care. Raven enjoys problem-solving with patients and discovering what motivates them to live and be well.
(830) 254-7953 View (830) 254-7953
Rosstin Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78209
Our mission is to expand access to psychiatric care by providing cost-effective treatment.
Our mission is to expand access to psychiatric care by providing cost-effective treatment.
(210) 866-8312 View (210) 866-8312
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Britanni O Greene
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78258  (Online Only)
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in holistic, integrative psychiatry and psychotherapy, I am deeply committed to providing a personalized and empowering approach to mental health care. My practice is founded on the belief that true healing encompasses not just the body, but also the mind and spirit. I understand that seeking help for mental health concerns can be daunting, which is why I strive to create a warm and welcoming environment where clients feel safe to explore their emotions and experiences. My approach is centered around fostering a strong therapeutic alliance built on trust, respect, and collaboration.
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in holistic, integrative psychiatry and psychotherapy, I am deeply committed to providing a personalized and empowering approach to mental health care. My practice is founded on the belief that true healing encompasses not just the body, but also the mind and spirit. I understand that seeking help for mental health concerns can be daunting, which is why I strive to create a warm and welcoming environment where clients feel safe to explore their emotions and experiences. My approach is centered around fostering a strong therapeutic alliance built on trust, respect, and collaboration.
(210) 905-9612 View (210) 905-9612
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Eric D. Seilhamer Jr.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN , PMHNP
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78216
Hello, nice to meet you! I am Eric Seilhamer, a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a passion for promoting the emotional and psychological well-being of children and adolescents. I received my Doctor of Nursing practice along with my Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree from Texas Christian University in 2023. With a background in nursing and specialized training in psychiatric and mental health care, I bring over 11 years of experience to my practice. I am committed to providing compassionate, evidence-based care to empower young minds and guide them towards a path of resilience.
Hello, nice to meet you! I am Eric Seilhamer, a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a passion for promoting the emotional and psychological well-being of children and adolescents. I received my Doctor of Nursing practice along with my Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree from Texas Christian University in 2023. With a background in nursing and specialized training in psychiatric and mental health care, I bring over 11 years of experience to my practice. I am committed to providing compassionate, evidence-based care to empower young minds and guide them towards a path of resilience.
(210) 468-7099 View (210) 468-7099
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Nathan S Johnston
Psychiatrist, DO, MS
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78257
Our clinic is now accepting all major insurances for medication management! Call now to schedule same day appointments at our San Antonio Medical Center location. Dr. Johnston specializes in the use of cutting edge evidence based treatments for depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and other treatment-resistant disorders. Using treatments like Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, IV and IM Ketamine, Inhaled Esketamine (Spravato), and ECT (Electroconvulsive Therapy) we have been able to help many in our community that had lost hope for getting better. Many of our treatments are covered by insurance.
Our clinic is now accepting all major insurances for medication management! Call now to schedule same day appointments at our San Antonio Medical Center location. Dr. Johnston specializes in the use of cutting edge evidence based treatments for depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and other treatment-resistant disorders. Using treatments like Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, IV and IM Ketamine, Inhaled Esketamine (Spravato), and ECT (Electroconvulsive Therapy) we have been able to help many in our community that had lost hope for getting better. Many of our treatments are covered by insurance.
(210) 762-4761 View (210) 762-4761
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Victoria Hernandez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRNCNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78251
Greetings! My name is Dr. Victoria Hernandez, I am a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I originally attended the University of Texas at Arlington, where I received my Bachelor of Science in Nursing. While working as a pediatric psychiatric nurse, I completed my Doctorate in Nursing Practice at the University of the Incarnate Word. I am an active member of The National Society of Leadership and Success, and the American Nurses Association & Texas Nurses Association.
Greetings! My name is Dr. Victoria Hernandez, I am a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I originally attended the University of Texas at Arlington, where I received my Bachelor of Science in Nursing. While working as a pediatric psychiatric nurse, I completed my Doctorate in Nursing Practice at the University of the Incarnate Word. I am an active member of The National Society of Leadership and Success, and the American Nurses Association & Texas Nurses Association.
(210) 714-9852 View (210) 714-9852
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Christine Joy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78257
Dr. Christine Joy is a double board-certified adult and geriatric psychiatrist currently accepting new patients with same week availability. A San Antonio native and third-generation healthcare professional, Dr. Joy leads her psychiatric practice with the belief that the doctor-patient relationship is fundamental for healing. She has over ten years of experience, including expertise with elderly, medically-complex, and veteran populations.
Dr. Christine Joy is a double board-certified adult and geriatric psychiatrist currently accepting new patients with same week availability. A San Antonio native and third-generation healthcare professional, Dr. Joy leads her psychiatric practice with the belief that the doctor-patient relationship is fundamental for healing. She has over ten years of experience, including expertise with elderly, medically-complex, and veteran populations.
(210) 853-2397 x101 View (210) 853-2397 x101
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Ascend Psychiatric Specialty Services
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78258
Dr. Quiroga is excited to bring her Direct Care Psychiatric Practice to the Stone Oak area. With this model, Insurance is not accepted, and payment is made directly to the office at the time of service. This allows for more personalized care that is not limited in appointment time and frequency by the insurance carrier. The medical record remains confidential, unless you wish to share that information with your insurance. Please refer to the rates section of our website for more information on the cost of initial consultation and follow-up visits. Initial consultation- $550 (up to 90 min), Follow-up visit- $225 (up to 25 min).
Dr. Quiroga is excited to bring her Direct Care Psychiatric Practice to the Stone Oak area. With this model, Insurance is not accepted, and payment is made directly to the office at the time of service. This allows for more personalized care that is not limited in appointment time and frequency by the insurance carrier. The medical record remains confidential, unless you wish to share that information with your insurance. Please refer to the rates section of our website for more information on the cost of initial consultation and follow-up visits. Initial consultation- $550 (up to 90 min), Follow-up visit- $225 (up to 25 min).
(210) 702-3143 View (210) 702-3143
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Effulgence Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78229
My name is Ifeoma Irokwe, a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Effulgence Psychiatry. With a deep-rooted belief in the interconnectedness of spirit, body, and soul, I strive to be a guiding light for those navigating the complex journey of mental health. I approach mental wellness from a holistic perspective, recognizing that true healing occurs when all aspects of our being are in harmony. I believe that when the spirit, body, and soul are aligned, individuals can experience a profound sense of peace and fulfillment.
My name is Ifeoma Irokwe, a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Effulgence Psychiatry. With a deep-rooted belief in the interconnectedness of spirit, body, and soul, I strive to be a guiding light for those navigating the complex journey of mental health. I approach mental wellness from a holistic perspective, recognizing that true healing occurs when all aspects of our being are in harmony. I believe that when the spirit, body, and soul are aligned, individuals can experience a profound sense of peace and fulfillment.
(903) 437-7434 View (903) 437-7434
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Ricardo Calderon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78213
I specialize in the management of mental health disorders including: depression, anxiety, PTSD, mood disorder, insomnia, OCD, and ADHD. I treat clients using a patient-centered approach. Safe and effective care is achieved collaboratively between the patient and provider and that is what I strive for with all of my clients. I can assist you in fulfilling your mental health needs through psychiatric evaluation and medication management. Whether you've received treatment in the past or are seeking a mental health provider for the first time, I'll do my best to help you reach your goals effectively and safely.
I specialize in the management of mental health disorders including: depression, anxiety, PTSD, mood disorder, insomnia, OCD, and ADHD. I treat clients using a patient-centered approach. Safe and effective care is achieved collaboratively between the patient and provider and that is what I strive for with all of my clients. I can assist you in fulfilling your mental health needs through psychiatric evaluation and medication management. Whether you've received treatment in the past or are seeking a mental health provider for the first time, I'll do my best to help you reach your goals effectively and safely.
(210) 541-8455 View (210) 541-8455
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John T Pichot
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78209
Dr. John Pichot is located in Alamo Heights and is a graduate of the UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology and specializes in psychotherapy with or without medications related to the treatment of anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and substance use disorders. Dr Pichot is selected for the Best Doctors in America (Database of the top 5% physicians in the country. Specialists who have been chosen by peers in their specialty as best in their field). www.bestdoctors.com. He is licensed in both Texas and Colorado.
Dr. John Pichot is located in Alamo Heights and is a graduate of the UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology and specializes in psychotherapy with or without medications related to the treatment of anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and substance use disorders. Dr Pichot is selected for the Best Doctors in America (Database of the top 5% physicians in the country. Specialists who have been chosen by peers in their specialty as best in their field). www.bestdoctors.com. He is licensed in both Texas and Colorado.
(210) 871-1169 View (210) 871-1169

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Number of Psychiatrists in San Antonio, TX

200+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in San Antonio, TX who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
95% Anxiety
86% Bipolar Disorder
79% Trauma and PTSD
76% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
76% Medication Management
72% ADHD

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

90% Cigna and Evernorth
88% Aetna
86% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in San Antonio, TX see their clients

60% In Person and Online
40% Online Only

Gender breakdown

59% Female
41% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in San Antonio?

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.