Psychiatrists in Sugar Land, TX

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Izuchukwu Emejulu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Sugar Land, TX 77478
I am a nationally credentialed and board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a Master of Science degree in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing from University of South Alabama with certification to treat children, adolescents, and adults. I also have an additional specialization as a DEA certified Buprenorphine practitioner with vast knowledge and experience in treating patients with opioid use disorders.
I am a nationally credentialed and board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a Master of Science degree in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing from University of South Alabama with certification to treat children, adolescents, and adults. I also have an additional specialization as a DEA certified Buprenorphine practitioner with vast knowledge and experience in treating patients with opioid use disorders.
(281) 801-8612 View (281) 801-8612
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Lynora Metoyer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
Sugar Land, TX 77478
My name is Dr. Lynora J. Metoyer. I am a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I graduated from Texas Woman's University in 1987 with a Bachelors of Nursing degree. I practiced as a heart/kidney/liver transplant nurse and then transferred to Medical Surgical ICU at St. Luke's Hospital. I then obtained my Master's degree in Nursing and Post Masters FNP from University of Texas and Houston Baptist University respectively. I received my Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in 2011 from Chatham University in Pittsburgh. I received my PMHNP certification in 2021.
My name is Dr. Lynora J. Metoyer. I am a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I graduated from Texas Woman's University in 1987 with a Bachelors of Nursing degree. I practiced as a heart/kidney/liver transplant nurse and then transferred to Medical Surgical ICU at St. Luke's Hospital. I then obtained my Master's degree in Nursing and Post Masters FNP from University of Texas and Houston Baptist University respectively. I received my Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in 2011 from Chatham University in Pittsburgh. I received my PMHNP certification in 2021.
(346) 414-0900 View (346) 414-0900
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Monica Stout
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified
2 Endorsed
Sugar Land, TX 77478
I am accepting new patients: Are you experiencing: Anxiety, fatigue, irritability, mood swings, suffering from overwhelming work stress, feeling depressed, having sleep difficulties, lack motivation, having trouble focusing, concentrating or any other mental health issues? I am dedicated to supporting you in achieving all of your wellness goals. I am a Doctor of Nursing practice dual board-certified Psychiatric mental health and Family nurse practitioner with over 20 years in healthcare, I provide comprehensive evidence-based, holistic healthcare utilizing both psychopharmacology and psychotherapy.
I am accepting new patients: Are you experiencing: Anxiety, fatigue, irritability, mood swings, suffering from overwhelming work stress, feeling depressed, having sleep difficulties, lack motivation, having trouble focusing, concentrating or any other mental health issues? I am dedicated to supporting you in achieving all of your wellness goals. I am a Doctor of Nursing practice dual board-certified Psychiatric mental health and Family nurse practitioner with over 20 years in healthcare, I provide comprehensive evidence-based, holistic healthcare utilizing both psychopharmacology and psychotherapy.
(346) 857-0589 View (346) 857-0589
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Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry - Sugar Land
Psychiatrist, PhD, MD
Verified
Sugar Land, TX 77479
If you are suffering from medication-resistant depression, anxiety, OCD, or PTSD, a combination of talk therapy and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) may be the answer for you. For many people, antidepressants do not fully relieve the symptoms or cause too many side effects, and it can become very difficult to go through multiple medications that do not seem to work. After failed medication attempts, you are eligible to be treated with TMS and therapy together. Call our Specialists to learn more about your options.
If you are suffering from medication-resistant depression, anxiety, OCD, or PTSD, a combination of talk therapy and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) may be the answer for you. For many people, antidepressants do not fully relieve the symptoms or cause too many side effects, and it can become very difficult to go through multiple medications that do not seem to work. After failed medication attempts, you are eligible to be treated with TMS and therapy together. Call our Specialists to learn more about your options.
(832) 543-8202 View (832) 543-8202
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Racheal Onodu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Sugar Land, TX 77498  (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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Nurocoach Medical Group, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Sugar Land, TX 77478  (Online Only)
Nurocoach is a telehealth integrated psychiatry and talk therapy practice. We offer care coordination and alternative therapies - all in one stop. Our team provides expert diagnosis and holistic care for patients with psychiatric needs, recognizing that pharmaceutical solutions may not be the best fit for everyone. We are dedicated to access to care with many insurances pre-credentialed prior to the appointment.
Nurocoach is a telehealth integrated psychiatry and talk therapy practice. We offer care coordination and alternative therapies - all in one stop. Our team provides expert diagnosis and holistic care for patients with psychiatric needs, recognizing that pharmaceutical solutions may not be the best fit for everyone. We are dedicated to access to care with many insurances pre-credentialed prior to the appointment.
(832) 430-7249 View (832) 430-7249
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Ifeoluwa Ihaza - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Sugar Land, TX 77479
Ife Ihaza is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of experience working in the field of mental health. She is dedicated and patient-focused with proven strengths in acute and primary patient care, research, and patient advocacy. Ife is known for her exceptional interpersonal and communication skills and for her ability to manage competing priorities while maintaining accurate and efficient documentation. She holds a BSN from Shenandoah University and an MSN in Psychiatric Mental Health from The University of Texas Health Science Center Houston.
Ife Ihaza is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of experience working in the field of mental health. She is dedicated and patient-focused with proven strengths in acute and primary patient care, research, and patient advocacy. Ife is known for her exceptional interpersonal and communication skills and for her ability to manage competing priorities while maintaining accurate and efficient documentation. She holds a BSN from Shenandoah University and an MSN in Psychiatric Mental Health from The University of Texas Health Science Center Houston.
(832) 345-1904 View (832) 345-1904
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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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Nelly Okere
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC, FNP-C
Verified
Sugar Land, TX 77479
Accepting NEW clients( children, teens, and adults). Are you feeling overwhelmed, struggling with focus and concentration, anxiety, sleeping, low motivation, over eating, and depression? Untreated mental health illnesses can lead to poor quality of life and make it difficult for you to reach your goals and achieve your fullest potential in life. I'm passionate about helping clients to get prompt mental health diagnosis and treatments so that they can live their lives to the fullest. I specialize in treating ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, symptoms of autism disorder and bipolar disorder. Call now for a consultation.
Accepting NEW clients( children, teens, and adults). Are you feeling overwhelmed, struggling with focus and concentration, anxiety, sleeping, low motivation, over eating, and depression? Untreated mental health illnesses can lead to poor quality of life and make it difficult for you to reach your goals and achieve your fullest potential in life. I'm passionate about helping clients to get prompt mental health diagnosis and treatments so that they can live their lives to the fullest. I specialize in treating ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, symptoms of autism disorder and bipolar disorder. Call now for a consultation.
(713) 955-6469 View (713) 955-6469
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Joshua Abraham Thomas
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Sugar Land, TX 77478
Seeking mental health care can be an overwhelming experience but my approach is to break it down into simple steps. I meet my patients and families where they are, understand their concerns and collaborate with them to create a plan that we all can buy into. To create the best patient experience, I provide longer appointment times as well as my patients and families have my direct contact number so that we stay connected in between visits. I believe that quality time and collaborating with my patients and families leads to the best mental health care.
Seeking mental health care can be an overwhelming experience but my approach is to break it down into simple steps. I meet my patients and families where they are, understand their concerns and collaborate with them to create a plan that we all can buy into. To create the best patient experience, I provide longer appointment times as well as my patients and families have my direct contact number so that we stay connected in between visits. I believe that quality time and collaborating with my patients and families leads to the best mental health care.
(832) 500-8716 View (832) 500-8716
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Aishwarya Raju
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
1 Endorsed
Sugar Land, TX 77479
I treat a variety of patients that include ages 5 and up and all socioeconomic ranges. I aim to provide my patients with whatever they may need through my outpatient programs.
I treat a variety of patients that include ages 5 and up and all socioeconomic ranges. I aim to provide my patients with whatever they may need through my outpatient programs.
(832) 261-9289 View (832) 261-9289
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Kyle Grammond
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Sugar Land, TX 77478
Life’s challenges are too heavy to carry alone. Humans are designed to live in community, to be supported and be supportive of others. I am excited to come alongside you and integrate into your support system as you journey towards a peaceful and purposeful life.
Life’s challenges are too heavy to carry alone. Humans are designed to live in community, to be supported and be supportive of others. I am excited to come alongside you and integrate into your support system as you journey towards a peaceful and purposeful life.
(281) 846-4616 View (281) 846-4616
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Monica Stout
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified
Sugar Land, TX 77478
As a dual board-certified Psychiatric mental health and Family nurse practitioner with over 20 years in healthcare, I provide comprehensive evidence-based, holistic healthcare utilizing both psychopharmacology and psychotherapy.
As a dual board-certified Psychiatric mental health and Family nurse practitioner with over 20 years in healthcare, I provide comprehensive evidence-based, holistic healthcare utilizing both psychopharmacology and psychotherapy.
(346) 512-4710 View (346) 512-4710
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Abiola Oyemade
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified
Sugar Land, TX 77478
Abiola Oyemade is a Psychiatric Mental Health Provider who sees patients from age 16-90 years, who has been practicing since 2018. She graduated from Wilkes University with her Doctorate in Nursing, Walden University with a degree in Masters in Psychiatric Mental Health. Abiola believes in combining Psychopharmacology and psychotherapy as treatment approach. She believes we must be consistent with our actions throughout our journey in life , being persistent and patient in life, will make your goals come into fruition. Her main areas of focus include ADHD, Schizophrenia, Bipolar, Major Depressive disorder and Insomnia.
Abiola Oyemade is a Psychiatric Mental Health Provider who sees patients from age 16-90 years, who has been practicing since 2018. She graduated from Wilkes University with her Doctorate in Nursing, Walden University with a degree in Masters in Psychiatric Mental Health. Abiola believes in combining Psychopharmacology and psychotherapy as treatment approach. She believes we must be consistent with our actions throughout our journey in life , being persistent and patient in life, will make your goals come into fruition. Her main areas of focus include ADHD, Schizophrenia, Bipolar, Major Depressive disorder and Insomnia.
(346) 660-2430 View (346) 660-2430
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Oluremi Cole
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Sugar Land, TX 77478  (Online Only)
I am a dedicated and compassionate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with extensive experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I have a deep passion for providing comprehensive mental health care. I possess a strong foundation in psychiatric assessment, diagnosis, and evidence-based treatment modalities. My goal is to provide individualized care by listening attentively and allowing you to take control of your treatment.
I am a dedicated and compassionate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with extensive experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I have a deep passion for providing comprehensive mental health care. I possess a strong foundation in psychiatric assessment, diagnosis, and evidence-based treatment modalities. My goal is to provide individualized care by listening attentively and allowing you to take control of your treatment.
(832) 909-1650 View (832) 909-1650
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Sherry Young
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Sugar Land, TX 77479
You do not need to feel ashamed when you are mentally ill. Mental health is connected to various aspects of a person's life, including physical health, relationships, work, and more. Do not hesitate to see a psychiatric specialist when you need help. Let's work it out together.
You do not need to feel ashamed when you are mentally ill. Mental health is connected to various aspects of a person's life, including physical health, relationships, work, and more. Do not hesitate to see a psychiatric specialist when you need help. Let's work it out together.
(832) 979-5278 View (832) 979-5278
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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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Shaterria Warren
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Sugar Land, TX 77479
As a provider i strive to help You attain the goals you feel are realistic. Not only do i provide medication during my sessions, but i take time out to actually check on my patients well being. This means seeing how life is treating you.My sessions are never rushed and i am able to go beyond the "15min medication follow up " if needed. As your provider my first question to you is how do you want me to help you, this is vital in our patient-provider relationship because i never seek to impose my thoughts or opinions.
As a provider i strive to help You attain the goals you feel are realistic. Not only do i provide medication during my sessions, but i take time out to actually check on my patients well being. This means seeing how life is treating you.My sessions are never rushed and i am able to go beyond the "15min medication follow up " if needed. As your provider my first question to you is how do you want me to help you, this is vital in our patient-provider relationship because i never seek to impose my thoughts or opinions.
(832) 981-1725 View (832) 981-1725
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CIP Healthcare LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Sugar Land, TX 77478
Accepting New Clients in OH, TX & AZ-. I am committed to helping those suffering from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, attention-deficit disorder, psychotic disorders, and substance abuse. I am a practicing psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) in Ohio Arizona and Texas. I have been working as a nurse for 20 years and in mental health for 10 years—and have loved every moment! I became a nurse practitioner to deliver a higher level of patient care, realize a greater scope of practice and have increased job satisfaction. I wanted to participate in a follow- up and plan of care in a more meaningful way.
Accepting New Clients in OH, TX & AZ-. I am committed to helping those suffering from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, attention-deficit disorder, psychotic disorders, and substance abuse. I am a practicing psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) in Ohio Arizona and Texas. I have been working as a nurse for 20 years and in mental health for 10 years—and have loved every moment! I became a nurse practitioner to deliver a higher level of patient care, realize a greater scope of practice and have increased job satisfaction. I wanted to participate in a follow- up and plan of care in a more meaningful way.
(832) 802-7364 View (832) 802-7364
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Bayo Owens
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Sugar Land, TX 77478
Hi there, My name is Dr Bayo Owens, DNP, PMHNP-BC, I'm a board-certified Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I graduated with a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Massachusetts Global. I had my Master’s in Psychiatric Mental Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) from Walden University.
Hi there, My name is Dr Bayo Owens, DNP, PMHNP-BC, I'm a board-certified Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I graduated with a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Massachusetts Global. I had my Master’s in Psychiatric Mental Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) from Walden University.
(214) 441-7607 View (214) 441-7607

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Sugar Land, TX

90+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Sugar Land, TX who prioritize treating:

91% Anxiety
90% Depression
83% Bipolar Disorder
72% Trauma and PTSD
72% Medication Management
66% ADHD
63% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

89% BlueCross and BlueShield
89% Cigna and Evernorth
85% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Sugar Land, TX see their clients

80% In Person and Online
20% Online Only

Gender breakdown

69% Female
31% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Sugar Land?

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.