Psychiatrists in The Woodlands, TX

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Vishnu Challapalli
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
The Woodlands, TX 77380
Dr. Vishnu Challapalliis a board-certified general psychiatrist with more than 25 years of experience treating patients with anxiety and mood disorders. Dr. Challapalli is board-eligible for child psychiatry. He utilizes diagnostic assessment and medication management. Dr. Challapalli can complete same-day initial evaluations. He completed his residency in pediatrics at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago and his residency in psychiatry at the Chicago Medical School. Dr. Challapalli completed his child psychiatry fellowship at the University of Rochester. He is fluent in English and Telugu.
Dr. Vishnu Challapalliis a board-certified general psychiatrist with more than 25 years of experience treating patients with anxiety and mood disorders. Dr. Challapalli is board-eligible for child psychiatry. He utilizes diagnostic assessment and medication management. Dr. Challapalli can complete same-day initial evaluations. He completed his residency in pediatrics at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago and his residency in psychiatry at the Chicago Medical School. Dr. Challapalli completed his child psychiatry fellowship at the University of Rochester. He is fluent in English and Telugu.
(855) 976-2039 View (855) 976-2039
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Dr Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
The Woodlands, TX 77381
Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Are these emotional and behavioral patterns fixable? Which ones stem from genetics or brain chemistry, and which are rooted in upbringing or circumstances?
Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Are these emotional and behavioral patterns fixable? Which ones stem from genetics or brain chemistry, and which are rooted in upbringing or circumstances?
(936) 937-2844 View (936) 937-2844
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Angela Tefft
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
The Woodlands, TX 77380  (Online 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.
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.
(281) 609-6255 View (281) 609-6255
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Layth Hakim
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
The Woodlands, TX 77380
Dr. Layth Hakim is a Psychiatrist in Texas who has been practicing since 2006. Dr. Hakim has more than 15 years of clinical experience and have taught psychopharmacology to psychiatric residents. Outside of work, Dr. Hakim enjoys fishing, meditation, and narcissistic abuse recovery.
Dr. Layth Hakim is a Psychiatrist in Texas who has been practicing since 2006. Dr. Hakim has more than 15 years of clinical experience and have taught psychopharmacology to psychiatric residents. Outside of work, Dr. Hakim enjoys fishing, meditation, and narcissistic abuse recovery.
(936) 253-1920 View (936) 253-1920
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Peter Berndt, MD PA
Psychiatrist, MD, BSc
Verified Verified
The Woodlands, TX 77382
Waitlist for new clients
Stress and anxiety are major contributing causes in 85% of medical and emotional illness, usually because of past and unresolved trauma. Psychotherapy rather than medication offers a way out of the otherwise hopeless chaos of anxiety states or stress induced physical illness. Innovative psychothrapeutic techniques beyond the usual conversational methods can offer hope and can successfully address these issues and resolve them. If you wish to inform yourself further, my book on Amazon "Tales from the Couch" will give you the essence of my decades of work in this field and inform you further. Or just call me for a Q & A session.
Stress and anxiety are major contributing causes in 85% of medical and emotional illness, usually because of past and unresolved trauma. Psychotherapy rather than medication offers a way out of the otherwise hopeless chaos of anxiety states or stress induced physical illness. Innovative psychothrapeutic techniques beyond the usual conversational methods can offer hope and can successfully address these issues and resolve them. If you wish to inform yourself further, my book on Amazon "Tales from the Couch" will give you the essence of my decades of work in this field and inform you further. Or just call me for a Q & A session.
(866) 995-7910 View (866) 995-7910
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Ifeoma Nwugbana
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
The Woodlands, TX 77381
I am passionate about providing excellent, wholesome and compassionate care, as I believe this is the key to any successful mental health treatment. I have special interests in treating ADHD, autism, depression and anxiety, and can provide specialist services to all age groups. I am looking forward to building a great therapeutic relationship with you.
I am passionate about providing excellent, wholesome and compassionate care, as I believe this is the key to any successful mental health treatment. I have special interests in treating ADHD, autism, depression and anxiety, and can provide specialist services to all age groups. I am looking forward to building a great therapeutic relationship with you.
(713) 597-4204 View (713) 597-4204
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Hilary Butella
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
The Woodlands, TX 77380  (Online Only)
I provide individualized psychiatric medication management while incorporating aspects of physical wellbeing, lifestyle choices, emotional health and spirituality. My goal is to promote health and wellness in a compassionate, empathetic setting. Evaluating factors from genetics, personality, relationships, and lifestyle enables a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to meet your specific needs. I am a doctorally prepared nurse practitioner with dual certifications in psychiatry and family practice/primary care. I believe these certifications combined give me the ability to assess and treat my patients more comprehensively.
I provide individualized psychiatric medication management while incorporating aspects of physical wellbeing, lifestyle choices, emotional health and spirituality. My goal is to promote health and wellness in a compassionate, empathetic setting. Evaluating factors from genetics, personality, relationships, and lifestyle enables a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to meet your specific needs. I am a doctorally prepared nurse practitioner with dual certifications in psychiatry and family practice/primary care. I believe these certifications combined give me the ability to assess and treat my patients more comprehensively.
(832) 307-0981 View (832) 307-0981
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Nishan D Adihetty
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
The Woodlands, TX 77380  (Online Only)
Hello, I'm a Board-Certified Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist and a Board-Certified Adult Psychiatrist, practicing Psychiatry for over 12 years. My practice is, Pathways Specialty Clinic in The Woodlands, TX. I treat a wide variety of psychiatric illnesses in Adults and in Children. Depressive Disorders, Bipolar disorder, Anxiety & panic disorder, Schizophrenia, Acute and Post Traumatic Stress disorders, ADHD, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation D/O, OCD are among them. Throughout my career I've possessed knowledge and experience in treating Adults & Children with mild to severe mental illnesses, in diverse psychiatric treatment settings.
Hello, I'm a Board-Certified Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist and a Board-Certified Adult Psychiatrist, practicing Psychiatry for over 12 years. My practice is, Pathways Specialty Clinic in The Woodlands, TX. I treat a wide variety of psychiatric illnesses in Adults and in Children. Depressive Disorders, Bipolar disorder, Anxiety & panic disorder, Schizophrenia, Acute and Post Traumatic Stress disorders, ADHD, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation D/O, OCD are among them. Throughout my career I've possessed knowledge and experience in treating Adults & Children with mild to severe mental illnesses, in diverse psychiatric treatment settings.
(844) 791-0604 View (844) 791-0604
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The Care Clinic
Psychiatrist, DO, MS
Verified Verified
The Woodlands, TX 77382
At the CARE Clinic, we provide our patients with up-to-date, evidenced based practices along with some of the most experienced and dedicated healthcare professionals in the field. Our mission has been to provide quality care in a safe environment - earning us a reputation as the clinic most often recommended by family members and colleagues alike. From Addiction Medicine to Brain Health and Wellness, our personalized services allow us to cater to your individual needs. We truly believe that recovery can be a reality for everyone.
At the CARE Clinic, we provide our patients with up-to-date, evidenced based practices along with some of the most experienced and dedicated healthcare professionals in the field. Our mission has been to provide quality care in a safe environment - earning us a reputation as the clinic most often recommended by family members and colleagues alike. From Addiction Medicine to Brain Health and Wellness, our personalized services allow us to cater to your individual needs. We truly believe that recovery can be a reality for everyone.
(281) 626-5591 View (281) 626-5591
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Dr. Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
The Woodlands, TX 77380  (Online Only)
Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Are these emotional and behavioral patterns fixable? Which ones stem from genetics or brain chemistry, and which are rooted in upbringing or circumstances?
Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Are these emotional and behavioral patterns fixable? Which ones stem from genetics or brain chemistry, and which are rooted in upbringing or circumstances?
(346) 206-1377 View (346) 206-1377
Lisa Boyd
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
The Woodlands, TX 77381
Personal Service from a respected medical doctor in a relaxing, quiet setting. Seeing New Patients each week! Board Certified: Adults, Adolescents, and Children. We are proud of our individual approach to patient care. We have one simple goal and that goal has never changed: We want to take care of people.
Personal Service from a respected medical doctor in a relaxing, quiet setting. Seeing New Patients each week! Board Certified: Adults, Adolescents, and Children. We are proud of our individual approach to patient care. We have one simple goal and that goal has never changed: We want to take care of people.
(832) 981-6282 View (832) 981-6282
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Vitality by Kym
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNPBC, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
The Woodlands, TX 77380
Are you tired of being treated with medications ONLY as your primary form of mental health management? Do you wish that each of your appointments included other forms of treatment such as supportive therapy or coaching for added support? Have you ever been assessed for medical issues such as mineral/vitamin deficiencies or hormonal imbalances, which could play a major role in effective healing and recovery? Being diagnosed with or having signs and symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, OCD, and bipolar disorders warrants dedicated individualized attention, that includes support and diverse management for best patient outcomes.
Are you tired of being treated with medications ONLY as your primary form of mental health management? Do you wish that each of your appointments included other forms of treatment such as supportive therapy or coaching for added support? Have you ever been assessed for medical issues such as mineral/vitamin deficiencies or hormonal imbalances, which could play a major role in effective healing and recovery? Being diagnosed with or having signs and symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, OCD, and bipolar disorders warrants dedicated individualized attention, that includes support and diverse management for best patient outcomes.
(281) 957-3648 View (281) 957-3648
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Pacificah Nyangau Doctor Of Nursing Practice
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP , APRN-RN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
The Woodlands, TX 77380
I understand life brings challenges that at some point can be very overwhelming to handle alone, leading to the inability to maintain mental calmness and happiness to live to our fullest potential. My Mission is to provide a warm, calm, and compassionate environment for us to walk on the journey together to see you reach your goals. You are not just a number, to me, you are a very special person, so I am here to listen to you and together we will develop a partnership that will help us to evaluate, diagnose, and develop an individualized treatment plan best suited for you to achieve optimal outcomes.
I understand life brings challenges that at some point can be very overwhelming to handle alone, leading to the inability to maintain mental calmness and happiness to live to our fullest potential. My Mission is to provide a warm, calm, and compassionate environment for us to walk on the journey together to see you reach your goals. You are not just a number, to me, you are a very special person, so I am here to listen to you and together we will develop a partnership that will help us to evaluate, diagnose, and develop an individualized treatment plan best suited for you to achieve optimal outcomes.
(832) 957-9499 View (832) 957-9499
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Sheila Sasieta
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
The Woodlands, TX 77380
Dr. Sasieta is a child and adolescent psychiatrist, who has been practicing in Texas since 2017. She is a native Texan, an Aggie, and received her medical degree in 2012 from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth. Her psychiatry residency was completed at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry at The University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
Dr. Sasieta is a child and adolescent psychiatrist, who has been practicing in Texas since 2017. She is a native Texan, an Aggie, and received her medical degree in 2012 from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth. Her psychiatry residency was completed at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry at The University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
(936) 259-2742 View (936) 259-2742
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Ori Ogebe-Sheriff
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
The Woodlands, TX 77380
Dr. Ogebe-Sheriff completed her medical school at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She moved to the US and completed her General Psychiatry residency at the Case Western Reserve University Metrohealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. She went on to complete her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at the Baylor College of medicine in Houston, Texas. She is double-board certified in Adult as well as Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She has served as Assistant clinical professor at the Northeast Ohio Universities College of Medicine in Rootstown, Ohio and at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX.
Dr. Ogebe-Sheriff completed her medical school at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She moved to the US and completed her General Psychiatry residency at the Case Western Reserve University Metrohealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. She went on to complete her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at the Baylor College of medicine in Houston, Texas. She is double-board certified in Adult as well as Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She has served as Assistant clinical professor at the Northeast Ohio Universities College of Medicine in Rootstown, Ohio and at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX.
(936) 310-4105 View (936) 310-4105
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Quinn Walkley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
The Woodlands, TX 77380
I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. My care is provided in a holistic approach incorporating medication management as well as a mind-body approach. I believe that by combining mental, physical, faith, and spiritual well being each patient can achieve their full potential. Mental health is often an overlooked piece of people’s health and I am passionate about empowering people so that they can live their best life.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. My care is provided in a holistic approach incorporating medication management as well as a mind-body approach. I believe that by combining mental, physical, faith, and spiritual well being each patient can achieve their full potential. Mental health is often an overlooked piece of people’s health and I am passionate about empowering people so that they can live their best life.
(936) 226-2241 View (936) 226-2241
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Sara Holland
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
The Woodlands, TX 77380
I'm a Board-Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner dedicated to helping individuals find strength and healing within themselves by taking a holistic approach to providing patient-centered care. I provide compassionate care, actively listening to my patients’. My evidence-based approach allows me to tailor treatment plans that address specific needs, whether managing anxiety, overcoming depression, or navigating life's challenges.
I'm a Board-Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner dedicated to helping individuals find strength and healing within themselves by taking a holistic approach to providing patient-centered care. I provide compassionate care, actively listening to my patients’. My evidence-based approach allows me to tailor treatment plans that address specific needs, whether managing anxiety, overcoming depression, or navigating life's challenges.
(936) 243-4384 View (936) 243-4384
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Omotayo Yejide Sofela
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
The Woodlands, TX 77382  (Online Only)
Abisom Behavioral Health LLC takes a compassionate approach to care, personalizing treatment plans in a welcoming environment with patient well-being as a top priority. Patients receive skilled support on their journey toward a better life by having a provider who takes time to really listen and answer questions — a personalized touch patients can trust.
Abisom Behavioral Health LLC takes a compassionate approach to care, personalizing treatment plans in a welcoming environment with patient well-being as a top priority. Patients receive skilled support on their journey toward a better life by having a provider who takes time to really listen and answer questions — a personalized touch patients can trust.
(281) 949-7641 View (281) 949-7641
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Kyung Bob Lee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
The Woodlands, TX 77380
My name is Kyung Bob Lee. I am a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner who is qualified to practice in psychiatry; diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication for children, adolescents, and adults. My practice specialties include (but not limited to) ADHD, Depression, Bipolar disorder, Anxiety, Panic Attacks and Insomnia. My style of practice can be traditional (prescribing up to date psychiatric medications) or alternative medicine (natural treatments including but not limited to vitamins, supplements, lifestyle modification, nutrition, exercise and stress management).
My name is Kyung Bob Lee. I am a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner who is qualified to practice in psychiatry; diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication for children, adolescents, and adults. My practice specialties include (but not limited to) ADHD, Depression, Bipolar disorder, Anxiety, Panic Attacks and Insomnia. My style of practice can be traditional (prescribing up to date psychiatric medications) or alternative medicine (natural treatments including but not limited to vitamins, supplements, lifestyle modification, nutrition, exercise and stress management).
(936) 937-2506 View (936) 937-2506
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Psychiatric Consulting Of The Woodlands, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
The Woodlands, TX 77380
Dr. Qalbani is a Double Board Certified Psychiatrist in Child & Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He completed his residency training at the University of Kentucky in Adult Psychiatry as well as a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. ​He practices psychotherapy and psychopharmacology and has extensive experience treating a wide range of problems including depression, anxiety, difficulties in relationships, underachievement and feeling overwhelmed or stressed.
Dr. Qalbani is a Double Board Certified Psychiatrist in Child & Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He completed his residency training at the University of Kentucky in Adult Psychiatry as well as a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. ​He practices psychotherapy and psychopharmacology and has extensive experience treating a wide range of problems including depression, anxiety, difficulties in relationships, underachievement and feeling overwhelmed or stressed.
(281) 603-5634 View (281) 603-5634

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Number of Psychiatrists in The Woodlands, TX

40+

Average cost per session

$210

Psychiatrists in The Woodlands, TX who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
89% Depression
72% ADHD
72% Bipolar Disorder
70% Medication Management
66% Trauma and PTSD
62% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

90% Aetna
90% Cigna and Evernorth
87% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in The Woodlands, TX see their clients

64% In Person and Online
36% Online Only

Gender breakdown

53% Female
47% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in The Woodlands?

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.