Both are doctoral-level providers with about seven years of postgraduate training. A psychiatrist attended medical school, has an M.D. or D.O., and can prescribe medications and do psychotherapy. A psychiatrist is licensed with the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners.
A psychologist who attended graduate school in psychology has a Ph.D., Ed.D., or Psy.D. degree. A psychologist usually does psychological testing and psychotherapy but does not prescribe medication. A psychologist is licensed with the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists. A Ph.D. or Ed.D. degree does not indicate someone is a psychologist; the board must license them.
Most insurance plans cover mental health treatment, but the coverage varies by insurance companies and employer groups. Our Insurance Coordinator will call your insurance company and verify your benefits once you have made an appointment with a psychologist and furnished all your Insurance information. We will report the benefits as they are quoted to us, but benefits may vary when the claim is paid. Please watch your Explanation of Benefits that will come to you explaining how your claim was paid.
Bring your current medication bottles with you to your first appointment. We understand that for some, this can be a challenge due to the number of medications or other practical reasons. If bringing your medication bottles does not work for you, we will happily accept a list of your medications that includes the strength and dosage amounts.