Psychiatrists in Waco, TX

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Jimmy Tompo Gargar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN , PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Waco, TX 76701
Mr Gargar is a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner who is qualified to practice in both primary care and psychiatry; diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication for adults and geriatric patients. Some of his practice specialties include (but not limited to) Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, PTSD, Schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorders, bipolar disorders and Insomnia. Mr Gargar’s 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).
Mr Gargar is a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner who is qualified to practice in both primary care and psychiatry; diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication for adults and geriatric patients. Some of his practice specialties include (but not limited to) Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, PTSD, Schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorders, bipolar disorders and Insomnia. Mr Gargar’s 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).
(254) 321-2700 View (254) 321-2700
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Ashley Parker Evans
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MHA, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
11 Endorsed
Waco, TX 76710
At PsychLife Mental Wellness, we specialize in caring for those experiencing symptoms of mood disorder (anxiety, bipolar, depression) as well as trauma related disorders. You desire a life that's filled with joy and love without being stressed about the symptoms of a mental illness and we're here to help you do just that! Multiple medication management providers available!
At PsychLife Mental Wellness, we specialize in caring for those experiencing symptoms of mood disorder (anxiety, bipolar, depression) as well as trauma related disorders. You desire a life that's filled with joy and love without being stressed about the symptoms of a mental illness and we're here to help you do just that! Multiple medication management providers available!
(254) 272-0867 View (254) 272-0867
AMD Medical PLLC Behavior Health Svcs
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Waco, TX 76708
Dr. Jean Dortilus at AMD Medical PLLC Behavioral Health Services is a well-trained physican who has been practicing medicine since 1994. He graduated medical school from the School of Medicine and Pharmacy of the State University of Haiti. He is Board-certified in General Psychiatry (2011) and in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (2012) by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). He did his residency training in General Psychiatry and his fellowship training in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Harlem Hospital/Columbia University in New York City.
Dr. Jean Dortilus at AMD Medical PLLC Behavioral Health Services is a well-trained physican who has been practicing medicine since 1994. He graduated medical school from the School of Medicine and Pharmacy of the State University of Haiti. He is Board-certified in General Psychiatry (2011) and in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (2012) by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). He did his residency training in General Psychiatry and his fellowship training in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Harlem Hospital/Columbia University in New York City.
(254) 400-2861 View (254) 400-2861
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Katherine Tharp
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Waco, TX 76701
Life can be challenging and difficult. All of us are vulnerable to feelings of sadness/worry when life's stressors become too much. Sometimes these issues can develop into more serious mental illness, such as clinical depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, even psychosis. ​ If your mood is interfering with your ability to enjoy life or reach your goals, it's time to seek help. If your struggles with trauma or feeling broken are making it impossible to experience life to its fullest or even just function day-to-day, it is well past time start moving forward. If in Texas or South Carolina, reach out! (Emailed preferred.)
Life can be challenging and difficult. All of us are vulnerable to feelings of sadness/worry when life's stressors become too much. Sometimes these issues can develop into more serious mental illness, such as clinical depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, even psychosis. ​ If your mood is interfering with your ability to enjoy life or reach your goals, it's time to seek help. If your struggles with trauma or feeling broken are making it impossible to experience life to its fullest or even just function day-to-day, it is well past time start moving forward. If in Texas or South Carolina, reach out! (Emailed preferred.)
(254) 455-5344 View (254) 455-5344
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Marguerite “Peggy “ Addison
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Waco, TX 76712
Not accepting new clients
I see patients ages 12 and over .... General Psychiatry. Book online by going to www.togetherwaco.com. Experienced, qualified, compassionate, psychiatric provider for medication management Be seen in person or by tele-health. Marguerite “Peggy” Addison is a Family Psychiatric – Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and is Board Certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center She treats mood disorders, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, schizophrenia , ETOH issues, along with a special interest in eating disorders and perinatal issues. Let's partner to allow you to reach your optimal functioning.
I see patients ages 12 and over .... General Psychiatry. Book online by going to www.togetherwaco.com. Experienced, qualified, compassionate, psychiatric provider for medication management Be seen in person or by tele-health. Marguerite “Peggy” Addison is a Family Psychiatric – Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and is Board Certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center She treats mood disorders, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, schizophrenia , ETOH issues, along with a special interest in eating disorders and perinatal issues. Let's partner to allow you to reach your optimal functioning.
(254) 237-5533 View (254) 237-5533
Doctor Ronald Moore
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Waco, TX 76708
Dr. Moore is a Christian practitioner board certified in both Psychiatry and Family Practice and specializes in psychiatric medication management. Although Dr. Moore treats patients across the lifespan, he has a special interest in treating the geriatric population.
Dr. Moore is a Christian practitioner board certified in both Psychiatry and Family Practice and specializes in psychiatric medication management. Although Dr. Moore treats patients across the lifespan, he has a special interest in treating the geriatric population.
(737) 371-9760 View (737) 371-9760
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Zenith Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Waco, TX 76701  (Online Only)
NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS! Appointment within a week are available including AFTERNOONS, EVENINGS, WEEKDAYS AND WEEKENDS. At Zenith Psychiatry, we specialize in kids, Adolescent and Adult mental health. We provide Compassionate, Safe, and Evidence Based Care. We believe in a holistic approach to mental health which involves addressing your emotional, mental, physical and spiritual health needs. We will work with you to individualize your treatment plan and treat you in a Safe, Caring and non-judgmental matter.
NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS! Appointment within a week are available including AFTERNOONS, EVENINGS, WEEKDAYS AND WEEKENDS. At Zenith Psychiatry, we specialize in kids, Adolescent and Adult mental health. We provide Compassionate, Safe, and Evidence Based Care. We believe in a holistic approach to mental health which involves addressing your emotional, mental, physical and spiritual health needs. We will work with you to individualize your treatment plan and treat you in a Safe, Caring and non-judgmental matter.
(469) 382-4228 View (469) 382-4228
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MindWell Urgent Care
Psychiatrist, MD, FAACAP
Verified Verified
Waco, TX 76706  (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) 243-7445 View (682) 243-7445
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Ijeoma Ononenyi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Waco, TX 76701  (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.
(214) 949-8061 View (214) 949-8061
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Dr Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Waco, TX 76706
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?
(979) 316-9889 View (979) 316-9889
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Dr. Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Waco, TX 76706
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?
(915) 221-1656 View (915) 221-1656
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Holistic Health and Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Waco, TX 76701  (Online Only)
I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and a counselor who has worked across the spectrum of age groups. Many of my clients have commented that they like my insight and non-judgmental approach. In my experience, the right therapy and if needed, the right medication can be life changing. It can liberate a life. The right treatment does not solve all your problems but when needed, it can remove obstacles and allow you to discover your full potential to live your best life, the life you deserve to have.
I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and a counselor who has worked across the spectrum of age groups. Many of my clients have commented that they like my insight and non-judgmental approach. In my experience, the right therapy and if needed, the right medication can be life changing. It can liberate a life. The right treatment does not solve all your problems but when needed, it can remove obstacles and allow you to discover your full potential to live your best life, the life you deserve to have.
(956) 948-6566 View (956) 948-6566
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Allen Cortado
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC, FNP-BC, MPP-C, PhD-S
Verified Verified
Waco, TX 76798  (Online Only)
I am a dual-certified Nurse Practitioner, and I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to be considered as a potential healthcare provider for you. I hold certifications as both a PMHNP (Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner) and an FNP (Family Nurse Practitioner). Master Psychopharmacology Certified from NEI. These additional certifications enable me to offer a wide range of clinical expertise to address both your mental health and family practice needs.
I am a dual-certified Nurse Practitioner, and I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to be considered as a potential healthcare provider for you. I hold certifications as both a PMHNP (Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner) and an FNP (Family Nurse Practitioner). Master Psychopharmacology Certified from NEI. These additional certifications enable me to offer a wide range of clinical expertise to address both your mental health and family practice needs.
(312) 248-6296 View (312) 248-6296
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Empowered Psychiatry and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Waco, TX 76701
Accepting new patients from anywhere in Texas! Are you ever curious if what you're experiencing is typical? Perhaps you are puzzled by your forgetfulness, struggle to focus, or find yourself easily distracted. Maybe getting out of bed in the morning feels like a chore, you lack motivation to engage in life, or you experience unexplained tearfulness. Do you find it difficult to sleep at night, waking up multiple times and feeling exhausted the next day? Have you faced trauma that leaves you feeling anxious and on edge? You don't have to navigate these difficulties by yourself.
Accepting new patients from anywhere in Texas! Are you ever curious if what you're experiencing is typical? Perhaps you are puzzled by your forgetfulness, struggle to focus, or find yourself easily distracted. Maybe getting out of bed in the morning feels like a chore, you lack motivation to engage in life, or you experience unexplained tearfulness. Do you find it difficult to sleep at night, waking up multiple times and feeling exhausted the next day? Have you faced trauma that leaves you feeling anxious and on edge? You don't have to navigate these difficulties by yourself.
(346) 559-2766 View (346) 559-2766
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Mistee J Jefferies
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Waco, TX 76701
I work across the life spectrum providing psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy to help patients live their best lives.
I work across the life spectrum providing psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy to help patients live their best lives.
(512) 667-7506 View (512) 667-7506
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Access care services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Waco, TX 76701  (Online Only)
I have over 14 years of experience in the healthcare industry helping individuals and families in crisis. Experienced and compassionate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) dedicated to providing personalized and holistic mental health care. Specializing in the treatment of depression, mood disorders, anxiety, PTSD, and ADHD, I offer a safe and supportive environment for individuals seeking to improve their mental well-being. With a focus on evidence-based practice and a strong commitment to my patients' needs, I strive to empower individuals to achieve their mental health goals and live a fulfilling life.
I have over 14 years of experience in the healthcare industry helping individuals and families in crisis. Experienced and compassionate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) dedicated to providing personalized and holistic mental health care. Specializing in the treatment of depression, mood disorders, anxiety, PTSD, and ADHD, I offer a safe and supportive environment for individuals seeking to improve their mental well-being. With a focus on evidence-based practice and a strong commitment to my patients' needs, I strive to empower individuals to achieve their mental health goals and live a fulfilling life.
(469) 848-3551 View (469) 848-3551
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Dr. Amanda Kennedy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Waco, TX 76701  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients from anywhere in Texas! Do you sometimes wonder if what you're feeling is normal? Do you wonder why you are so forgetful, why it's so hard to concentrate, or why you easily get distracted? Or maybe it's hard to get out of bed in the morning, you lack the motivation to participate in life anymore, and you can sometimes be tearful for no reason? Is it hard to fall asleep at night or do you wake up multiple times which leaves you feeling exhausted the next day? Have you experienced trauma that has left you feeling anxious and on edge? You do not have to go through these challenges alone! I would like to help.
Accepting new patients from anywhere in Texas! Do you sometimes wonder if what you're feeling is normal? Do you wonder why you are so forgetful, why it's so hard to concentrate, or why you easily get distracted? Or maybe it's hard to get out of bed in the morning, you lack the motivation to participate in life anymore, and you can sometimes be tearful for no reason? Is it hard to fall asleep at night or do you wake up multiple times which leaves you feeling exhausted the next day? Have you experienced trauma that has left you feeling anxious and on edge? You do not have to go through these challenges alone! I would like to help.
(817) 663-7264 View (817) 663-7264
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Navdip Kaur
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Waco, TX 76702  (Online Only)
Peace Way psychiatrist will reach you where you are because your comfort and safety is our priority. One small crack does not mean you are broken, it means you were put to the test, and you didn’t fall apart. I am here with you in this journey which will be full of miracles and accomplishments. Peace Way team will bring your smiles and success back to your lives that you deserve. Your stories will inspire others and Peace Way Psychiatrist will advocate her clients recognizing strength in the aftermath of their emotional recovery.
Peace Way psychiatrist will reach you where you are because your comfort and safety is our priority. One small crack does not mean you are broken, it means you were put to the test, and you didn’t fall apart. I am here with you in this journey which will be full of miracles and accomplishments. Peace Way team will bring your smiles and success back to your lives that you deserve. Your stories will inspire others and Peace Way Psychiatrist will advocate her clients recognizing strength in the aftermath of their emotional recovery.
(972) 632-1753 View (972) 632-1753
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Patterns Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Waco, TX 76706  (Online Only)
NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS! ONLINE VISITS AVAILABLE ACROSS TEXAS. The thought of being all alone in a negative cycle that may be a result of anxiety, trauma, depression, unhealthy coping skills, and/or environmental stressors can be daunting. The treatment for most mental illness is effective therapy. However, some need a little more than therapy. How would you know if you could benefit from medications? If you have been suffering for a long time in a limited and/or negative cycle, most likely your brain will need some help; the right psychotropic medication will help improve your symptoms.
NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS! ONLINE VISITS AVAILABLE ACROSS TEXAS. The thought of being all alone in a negative cycle that may be a result of anxiety, trauma, depression, unhealthy coping skills, and/or environmental stressors can be daunting. The treatment for most mental illness is effective therapy. However, some need a little more than therapy. How would you know if you could benefit from medications? If you have been suffering for a long time in a limited and/or negative cycle, most likely your brain will need some help; the right psychotropic medication will help improve your symptoms.
(469) 415-1525 View (469) 415-1525
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Caprock Alliance for Mental Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Waco, TX 76710  (Online Only)
I have worked in the mental health field for most of my adult life. I have also been an emergency room registered nurse. I have seen the needs of all kinds of people in our communities. I became a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner because I want to meet the needs of people that suffer from mood instability, depression, anxiety, substance abuse and ADHD. This is why I chose Telemedicine to deliver services. Too many people in rural communities don't have access. Even people in cities don't have enough access. Telemedicine is easy and confidential. No more going to sit in a waiting room. I AM ABLE TO SEE ANY TEXAS RESIDENT!
I have worked in the mental health field for most of my adult life. I have also been an emergency room registered nurse. I have seen the needs of all kinds of people in our communities. I became a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner because I want to meet the needs of people that suffer from mood instability, depression, anxiety, substance abuse and ADHD. This is why I chose Telemedicine to deliver services. Too many people in rural communities don't have access. Even people in cities don't have enough access. Telemedicine is easy and confidential. No more going to sit in a waiting room. I AM ABLE TO SEE ANY TEXAS RESIDENT!
(806) 450-1115 View (806) 450-1115

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Waco, TX

20+

Average cost per session

$215

Psychiatrists in Waco, TX who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
95% Depression
95% Bipolar Disorder
86% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
77% ADHD
77% Trauma and PTSD
77% Medication Management

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

94% BlueCross and BlueShield
89% Aetna
89% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Waco, TX see their clients

55% In Person and Online
45% Online Only

Gender breakdown

73% Female
27% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Waco?

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.