Psychiatrists in Waxahachie, TX

Photo of Sheila Vinson, MSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Sheila Vinson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Waxahachie, TX 75165  (Online Only)
I provide services to address some of life’s most challenging issues and mental health concerns; including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, trauma, mood disorders, schizophrenia, as well as grief and loss.
I provide services to address some of life’s most challenging issues and mental health concerns; including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, trauma, mood disorders, schizophrenia, as well as grief and loss.
(469) 908-3250 View (469) 908-3250
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Barbara Miller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, C-PMHNP
Verified Verified
Waxahachie, TX 75165
Barbara Miller's office, APN Behavioral Healthcare LLC, is located in Ellis county and offers behavioral healthcare for the child, adolescent, and adult. We provide a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation and treatment recommendations, if needed. Various treatment recommendations may include: medication management, assessment tools for various mood disorders, therapy for adults and children, diet therapy, and much more. Our goal is the best care possible for you and your loved ones. We serve all ages, from children to the elderly.
Barbara Miller's office, APN Behavioral Healthcare LLC, is located in Ellis county and offers behavioral healthcare for the child, adolescent, and adult. We provide a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation and treatment recommendations, if needed. Various treatment recommendations may include: medication management, assessment tools for various mood disorders, therapy for adults and children, diet therapy, and much more. Our goal is the best care possible for you and your loved ones. We serve all ages, from children to the elderly.
(214) 463-2108 View (214) 463-2108
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Amber Ebner
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Waxahachie, TX 75165
Amber Ebner, PA-C provides diagnostic psychiatric evaluations and medication management services for depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and many other psychiatric disorders.
Amber Ebner, PA-C provides diagnostic psychiatric evaluations and medication management services for depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and many other psychiatric disorders.
(469) 513-8094 View (469) 513-8094
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Dr. Stephanie Omotayo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Waxahachie, TX 75165
Accepting New Patients. You deserve a life that makes you happy. To wake up in the morning, and at peace when you get in bed at night. I’m here to help! I love clients who are motivated and open to change. I know taking that first step towards seeking help can be intimidating and hard, but I’m here for you! Together we will create a personalized treatment plan that includes medication, therapy, or a combination of the two. I love helping regardless of gender, race, or sexuality. For people with opioid addiction, I prescribe Buprenorphine.
Accepting New Patients. You deserve a life that makes you happy. To wake up in the morning, and at peace when you get in bed at night. I’m here to help! I love clients who are motivated and open to change. I know taking that first step towards seeking help can be intimidating and hard, but I’m here for you! Together we will create a personalized treatment plan that includes medication, therapy, or a combination of the two. I love helping regardless of gender, race, or sexuality. For people with opioid addiction, I prescribe Buprenorphine.
(214) 623-6732 View (214) 623-6732
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Bonny B Petty
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Waxahachie, TX 75165  (Online Only)
Online and telehealth Videoconference Psychiatric medication management for children, adolescents, and adults with ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and depression. Believes in a holistic approach to treatment that blends traditional medicine, functional medicine, and nonpharmacologic interventions.
Online and telehealth Videoconference Psychiatric medication management for children, adolescents, and adults with ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and depression. Believes in a holistic approach to treatment that blends traditional medicine, functional medicine, and nonpharmacologic interventions.
(469) 373-9151 View (469) 373-9151
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North Texas Behavioral Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, DNP
Verified Verified
Waxahachie, TX 75167
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Board certified (PMHNP-BC) and accredited by the ANCC. I obtained a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in 2012 from Rocky Mountain University in Utah. I specialize in treating Children & Adolescents with various Mental Disorders. I have a little over 10 years of experience & my love for Children to succeed is what drives my practice.
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Board certified (PMHNP-BC) and accredited by the ANCC. I obtained a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in 2012 from Rocky Mountain University in Utah. I specialize in treating Children & Adolescents with various Mental Disorders. I have a little over 10 years of experience & my love for Children to succeed is what drives my practice.
(682) 319-0075 View (682) 319-0075
Photo of Keisha Witherspoon, DNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Keisha Witherspoon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Waxahachie, TX 75165  (Online Only)
​At Witherspoon Mental Health And Wellness, PLLC, we are committed to providing you and your loved ones with exceptional care in a compassionate and friendly atmosphere. We are Located in Cedar Hill. Witherspoon Mental Health And Wellness, PLLC is known to be the best Mental Health Clinic in the area. We believe that our patients deserve the best care. We make an effort to make sure that you always feel welcomed and at ease. Whether you’re coming in for a simple medication management followup or a more complex initial psychiatric evaluation, our provider has the skills and resources to manage all of your mental health needs.
​At Witherspoon Mental Health And Wellness, PLLC, we are committed to providing you and your loved ones with exceptional care in a compassionate and friendly atmosphere. We are Located in Cedar Hill. Witherspoon Mental Health And Wellness, PLLC is known to be the best Mental Health Clinic in the area. We believe that our patients deserve the best care. We make an effort to make sure that you always feel welcomed and at ease. Whether you’re coming in for a simple medication management followup or a more complex initial psychiatric evaluation, our provider has the skills and resources to manage all of your mental health needs.
(469) 214-6322 View (469) 214-6322
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Dr. Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Waxahachie, TX 75165  (Online Only)
Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Which emotions stem from genetics and which are rooted in circumstances? How can you even begin to accurately express yourself? How much change is even possible? What if medications change you for the worse? These uncertainties can leave us in a never ending struggle that keeps us from achieving our true potential. If you’re finally ready to find out answers, then you need Evolve Psychiatry to navigate you out of this maze.
Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Which emotions stem from genetics and which are rooted in circumstances? How can you even begin to accurately express yourself? How much change is even possible? What if medications change you for the worse? These uncertainties can leave us in a never ending struggle that keeps us from achieving our true potential. If you’re finally ready to find out answers, then you need Evolve Psychiatry to navigate you out of this maze.
(817) 646-0754 View (817) 646-0754
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Nicholas Glaze @ Beyond Wellness Total Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Waxahachie, TX 75165
Nicholas Glaze APRN, PMHNP-BC is an experienced psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner dedicated to fostering healing and empowerment. With a collaborative and non-judgmental style, we provide a safe space for clients to explore thoughts and feelings. We believe in uncovering strengths and empowering clients to overcome challenges. If you're seeking a genuine ally on your journey to mental well-being, Nicholas offers a compassionate, evidence-based approach that includes medication evaluation and management, along with diverse therapeutic modalities.
Nicholas Glaze APRN, PMHNP-BC is an experienced psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner dedicated to fostering healing and empowerment. With a collaborative and non-judgmental style, we provide a safe space for clients to explore thoughts and feelings. We believe in uncovering strengths and empowering clients to overcome challenges. If you're seeking a genuine ally on your journey to mental well-being, Nicholas offers a compassionate, evidence-based approach that includes medication evaluation and management, along with diverse therapeutic modalities.
(972) 694-7899 View (972) 694-7899
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Dr. Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Waxahachie, TX 75165
Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Which emotions stem from genetics and which are rooted in circumstances? How can you even begin to accurately express yourself? How much change is even possible? What if medications change you for the worse? These uncertainties can leave us in a never ending struggle that keeps us from achieving our true potential. If you’re finally ready to find out answers, then you need Evolve Psychiatry to navigate you out of this maze.
Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Which emotions stem from genetics and which are rooted in circumstances? How can you even begin to accurately express yourself? How much change is even possible? What if medications change you for the worse? These uncertainties can leave us in a never ending struggle that keeps us from achieving our true potential. If you’re finally ready to find out answers, then you need Evolve Psychiatry to navigate you out of this maze.
(972) 308-0088 View (972) 308-0088
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Dr Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Waxahachie, TX 75165
Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Which emotions stem from genetics and which are rooted in circumstances? How can you even begin to accurately express yourself? How much change is even possible? What if medications change you for the worse? These uncertainties can leave us in a never ending struggle that keeps us from achieving our true potential. If you’re finally ready to find out answers, then you need Evolve Psychiatry to navigate you out of this maze.
Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Which emotions stem from genetics and which are rooted in circumstances? How can you even begin to accurately express yourself? How much change is even possible? What if medications change you for the worse? These uncertainties can leave us in a never ending struggle that keeps us from achieving our true potential. If you’re finally ready to find out answers, then you need Evolve Psychiatry to navigate you out of this maze.
(469) 871-7383 View (469) 871-7383
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Dr Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Waxahachie, TX 75165
Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Which emotions stem from genetics and which are rooted in circumstances? How can you even begin to accurately express yourself? How much change is even possible? What if medications change you for the worse? These uncertainties can leave us in a never ending struggle that keeps us from achieving our true potential. If you’re finally ready to find out answers, then you need Evolve Psychiatry to navigate you out of this maze.
Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Which emotions stem from genetics and which are rooted in circumstances? How can you even begin to accurately express yourself? How much change is even possible? What if medications change you for the worse? These uncertainties can leave us in a never ending struggle that keeps us from achieving our true potential. If you’re finally ready to find out answers, then you need Evolve Psychiatry to navigate you out of this maze.
(817) 904-5308 View (817) 904-5308
Photo of Latifat Adeogun - GivingHope Behavioral Health, Inc, DNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
GivingHope Behavioral Health, Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Waxahachie, TX 75167
Are you feeling overwhelmed with life obstacles? Are you frustrated about the direction your life is setting off? The last few years have facilitated a drastic change in the way our society and culture operates. We are now forced to work from a distance, change our expectations, and ultimately adjust to an entirely new way of life. Unfortunately, in the process of navigating these obstacles, people are feeling the stress. Dr. Adeogun, DNP is a board-certified family psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, with an extensive education and background in treating patients from late adolescence to geriatric population.
Are you feeling overwhelmed with life obstacles? Are you frustrated about the direction your life is setting off? The last few years have facilitated a drastic change in the way our society and culture operates. We are now forced to work from a distance, change our expectations, and ultimately adjust to an entirely new way of life. Unfortunately, in the process of navigating these obstacles, people are feeling the stress. Dr. Adeogun, DNP is a board-certified family psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, with an extensive education and background in treating patients from late adolescence to geriatric population.
(214) 302-5488 View (214) 302-5488
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I & E Family and Psychiatry Practice
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Waxahachie, TX 75165
If you are struggling with anxiety, depression or trauma related to relationships or family, help is not far away and the time to seek help is now. I will work with you and help you regain control of your life and find lasting relief from your symptoms. We will work together to develop a personalized treatment plan that is tailored to your unique needs and goals. Many clients experience significant improvement within the first month of treatment, and I will work with you to ensure that you continue to make progress over time.
If you are struggling with anxiety, depression or trauma related to relationships or family, help is not far away and the time to seek help is now. I will work with you and help you regain control of your life and find lasting relief from your symptoms. We will work together to develop a personalized treatment plan that is tailored to your unique needs and goals. Many clients experience significant improvement within the first month of treatment, and I will work with you to ensure that you continue to make progress over time.
(817) 646-3897 View (817) 646-3897

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Patterns Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Midlothian, TX 76065  (Online Only)
Now accepting new patients! visits are remote. Medications will be prescribed electronically. 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 + therapy will help improve your symptoms.
Now accepting new patients! visits are remote. Medications will be prescribed electronically. 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 + therapy will help improve your symptoms.
(469) 293-3619 View (469) 293-3619
Photo of Anthonia Oyedele, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Anthonia Oyedele
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Midlothian, TX 76065  (Online Only)
Hello there, I’m Anthonia Oyedele, a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. Does life seem unnecessarily stressful, rough, and you can’t seem to find your way? Have you suddenly lost interest in the things that usually bring you joy? Are you seeking for a safe space to freely speak about your moodiness, sadness, or all-round gloom?
Hello there, I’m Anthonia Oyedele, a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. Does life seem unnecessarily stressful, rough, and you can’t seem to find your way? Have you suddenly lost interest in the things that usually bring you joy? Are you seeking for a safe space to freely speak about your moodiness, sadness, or all-round gloom?
(972) 945-3273 View (972) 945-3273
Photo of Dereke Bogier - Compos Mentis Integration, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Compos Mentis Integration
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Midlothian, TX 76065  (Online Only)
My ideal client values mental health, seeking support for issues like anxiety, depression, or trauma. They desire a safe space to explore, gain insights, and develop coping strategies. Their goals include emotional stability, improved relationships, and enhanced self-esteem. They prioritize mental health because they recognize its impact on their overall well-being and seek therapy to achieve personal growth, healing, and a more fulfilling life. Reach out to start your journey.
My ideal client values mental health, seeking support for issues like anxiety, depression, or trauma. They desire a safe space to explore, gain insights, and develop coping strategies. Their goals include emotional stability, improved relationships, and enhanced self-esteem. They prioritize mental health because they recognize its impact on their overall well-being and seek therapy to achieve personal growth, healing, and a more fulfilling life. Reach out to start your journey.
(469) 373-8587 View (469) 373-8587
Photo of Nadja Nelson - Peace, Hope & Harmony, Inc, MSN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Peace, Hope & Harmony, Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Midlothian, TX 76065
Not accepting new clients
Many of us are struggling in the current climate to make life make sense. If you are concerned about your mental wellness and your ability to cope while balancing family, career, children, and personal relationships, you are not alone. If you are striving to find peace in the midst of chaos, there is hope. I believe in wellness on all levels; emotionally, spiritually, physically, financially, and socially, and while medication definitely has its place, it's not typically the only answer. If you're seeking a provider who is willing to listen and cares about your outcomes and goals, look no further.
Many of us are struggling in the current climate to make life make sense. If you are concerned about your mental wellness and your ability to cope while balancing family, career, children, and personal relationships, you are not alone. If you are striving to find peace in the midst of chaos, there is hope. I believe in wellness on all levels; emotionally, spiritually, physically, financially, and socially, and while medication definitely has its place, it's not typically the only answer. If you're seeking a provider who is willing to listen and cares about your outcomes and goals, look no further.
(214) 239-4178 View (214) 239-4178
Photo of Satang Ann, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Satang Ann
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Midlothian, TX 76065  (Online Only)
Accepting NEW Clients TODAY. SAME-DAY appointments are available. After-hours and WEEKEND appointments are available. Currently in-network with Superior Medicaid, BCBS, UHC/Optum, CIGNA, Aetna, and Medicare in Texas. Private Pay rates made affordable. I value meeting my clients where they are WITHOUT making them feel judged. During our initial session, we will talk about what led you to me, and at the end of the session, we will come up with a treatment plan that best suits your needs. The goal is to develop the best therapeutic relationship possible to ease any stress related to having appointments.
Accepting NEW Clients TODAY. SAME-DAY appointments are available. After-hours and WEEKEND appointments are available. Currently in-network with Superior Medicaid, BCBS, UHC/Optum, CIGNA, Aetna, and Medicare in Texas. Private Pay rates made affordable. I value meeting my clients where they are WITHOUT making them feel judged. During our initial session, we will talk about what led you to me, and at the end of the session, we will come up with a treatment plan that best suits your needs. The goal is to develop the best therapeutic relationship possible to ease any stress related to having appointments.
(972) 707-2489 View (972) 707-2489
Photo of Atem Dibaki, PMHNP-C, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Atem Dibaki
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Midlothian, TX 76065
Mental health knows no socio-economic boundaries. I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who takes pride in providing holistic individualized care across the life span. Our model at Leanonme Psychiatry is to be the shoulders you can lean and depend on.
Mental health knows no socio-economic boundaries. I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who takes pride in providing holistic individualized care across the life span. Our model at Leanonme Psychiatry is to be the shoulders you can lean and depend on.
(972) 299-8965 View (972) 299-8965

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Number of Psychiatrists in Waxahachie, TX

10+

Average cost per session

$245

Psychiatrists in Waxahachie, TX who prioritize treating:

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

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
92% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Waxahachie, TX see their clients

72% In Person and Online
28% Online Only

Gender breakdown

64% Female
36% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Waxahachie?

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.