Psychiatrists in Androscoggin County, ME

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Shannon Grose
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Lewiston, ME 04240  (Online Only)
Shannon Grose is a board-certified family nurse practitioner. She attended Dabney S Lancaster Community College where she obtained her associate's degree in nursing and Frontier Nursing University where she obtained her graduate degree in nursing. She started her career as a registered nurse working in both the emergency department and correctional facility settings. As a family nurse practitioner, she has gained experience serving a diverse population of all ages via in-person and virtual care settings. Start working on an improved journey to a healthier lifestyle today.
Shannon Grose is a board-certified family nurse practitioner. She attended Dabney S Lancaster Community College where she obtained her associate's degree in nursing and Frontier Nursing University where she obtained her graduate degree in nursing. She started her career as a registered nurse working in both the emergency department and correctional facility settings. As a family nurse practitioner, she has gained experience serving a diverse population of all ages via in-person and virtual care settings. Start working on an improved journey to a healthier lifestyle today.
(207) 548-5317 View (207) 548-5317
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Jennifer Sims
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lewiston, ME 04240  (Online Only)
Ms. Jennifer Sims is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has over 25 years of experience in psychiatry and in a variety of settings including inpatient, academics, and outpatient. Ms. Sims received her Master’s in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Indiana University. She is also a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist and has an MBA. Her clinical passion is Patient-Centered Care and working in collaboration with Clients to assist them with their mental health well-being. She treats a variety of psychiatric disorders to include, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders.
Ms. Jennifer Sims is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has over 25 years of experience in psychiatry and in a variety of settings including inpatient, academics, and outpatient. Ms. Sims received her Master’s in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Indiana University. She is also a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist and has an MBA. Her clinical passion is Patient-Centered Care and working in collaboration with Clients to assist them with their mental health well-being. She treats a variety of psychiatric disorders to include, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders.
(207) 280-8774 View (207) 280-8774
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Adam Horn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lewiston, ME 04240  (Online Only)
Adam is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in psychological trauma, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and addiction issues. He has more than 25 years of experience in mental health, as a psychotherapist with a Cognitive Behavioral approach and as a nurse practitioner. He has helped people from all walks of life, all sorts of life experiences, from the coasts of Washington State to hills of Tennessee and Virginia; urban and rural. He believes our pasts do not dictate our futures; and through a combination of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, we are all capable of change and creating a better life.
Adam is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in psychological trauma, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and addiction issues. He has more than 25 years of experience in mental health, as a psychotherapist with a Cognitive Behavioral approach and as a nurse practitioner. He has helped people from all walks of life, all sorts of life experiences, from the coasts of Washington State to hills of Tennessee and Virginia; urban and rural. He believes our pasts do not dictate our futures; and through a combination of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, we are all capable of change and creating a better life.
(207) 222-7094 View (207) 222-7094
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Madeleine Reyes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, DNP
Verified Verified
Lewiston, ME 04240  (Online Only)
Welcome to Salvaje Minds Associates! My name is Dr. Madeleine “Salvaje” Reyes, a Psychiatric Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) who is board certified to see individuals across the lifespan. I completed my Master of Science in Nursing- Advanced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner from Florida International University (FIU) in 2017 and my Doctorate in Nursing Practice in the mental health field in 2019.
Welcome to Salvaje Minds Associates! My name is Dr. Madeleine “Salvaje” Reyes, a Psychiatric Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) who is board certified to see individuals across the lifespan. I completed my Master of Science in Nursing- Advanced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner from Florida International University (FIU) in 2017 and my Doctorate in Nursing Practice in the mental health field in 2019.
(207) 306-2524 View (207) 306-2524
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Unitas Healthcare Systems
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lewiston, ME 04240  (Online Only)
Immediate Availability! Currently Accepting New Patients! Unitas Healthcare Systems is a full-service psychiatric practice. We serve all ages, from children to older adults. We are proudly serving all of Maine through the use of telehealth.
Immediate Availability! Currently Accepting New Patients! Unitas Healthcare Systems is a full-service psychiatric practice. We serve all ages, from children to older adults. We are proudly serving all of Maine through the use of telehealth.
(617) 401-7441 View (617) 401-7441
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Lina M Zapata Samarel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, MBA
Verified Verified
Lewiston, ME 04240  (Online Only)
Areas of interest include medication management and psychiatric evaluations for the diagnosis and treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, PTSD, OCD, and panic disorders. Lina’s approach to treating patients focuses on individual treatment plans and on integrative psychiatry by applying evidence-based psychopharmacological, therapeutic interventions, and lifestyle modifications. Lina will listen to you with empathy and will partner with you on your wellness journey.
Areas of interest include medication management and psychiatric evaluations for the diagnosis and treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, PTSD, OCD, and panic disorders. Lina’s approach to treating patients focuses on individual treatment plans and on integrative psychiatry by applying evidence-based psychopharmacological, therapeutic interventions, and lifestyle modifications. Lina will listen to you with empathy and will partner with you on your wellness journey.
(207) 218-0736 View (207) 218-0736
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PSM Center for Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lewiston, ME 04241
We are a group of experienced psychiatrists dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive mental health care to adults, teens, and children. We are committed to helping our patients achieve optimal mental well-being and lead fulfilling lives. Our team of providers work collaboratively with patients, tailoring treatment plans to address their specific challenges and goals. We focus on evidence-based practices, staying up-to-date with the latest research and advancements in psychiatry to ensure the best possible outcomes.
We are a group of experienced psychiatrists dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive mental health care to adults, teens, and children. We are committed to helping our patients achieve optimal mental well-being and lead fulfilling lives. Our team of providers work collaboratively with patients, tailoring treatment plans to address their specific challenges and goals. We focus on evidence-based practices, staying up-to-date with the latest research and advancements in psychiatry to ensure the best possible outcomes.
(207) 802-7033 View (207) 802-7033
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Jennifer Snowden
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lewiston, ME 04240
Dr. Jennifer Snowden completed medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995. She then completed a residency in general psychiatry at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia followed by a fellowship in forensic psychiatry also at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia from 1995-2000. She spent ten years practicing forensic psychiatry at a state hospital in Atlanta. She then decided that she wanted to travel and spent eighteen months as a locum tenens psychiatrist primarily practicing in New England.
Dr. Jennifer Snowden completed medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995. She then completed a residency in general psychiatry at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia followed by a fellowship in forensic psychiatry also at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia from 1995-2000. She spent ten years practicing forensic psychiatry at a state hospital in Atlanta. She then decided that she wanted to travel and spent eighteen months as a locum tenens psychiatrist primarily practicing in New England.
(207) 386-8693 View (207) 386-8693
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Ketamine Institute of Sebago Medical Group Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, MA MEd
Verified Verified
Lewiston, ME 04240
Sebago Medical Group's ketamine therapy is a breakthrough treatment that has shown remarkable results in relieving depression, anxiety, mood disorders and C-PTSD; even in cases that have not responded to other treatments. Ketamine works differently than traditional psychiatric medications through rapid regulation of the glutamate system, which is involved in mood regulation. It works together with GABA, a neurotransmitter involved with anxiety and mood states, to alleviate mental health symptoms. Recent research has shown that ketamine can provide rapid relief and lasting effects from weeks to months.
Sebago Medical Group's ketamine therapy is a breakthrough treatment that has shown remarkable results in relieving depression, anxiety, mood disorders and C-PTSD; even in cases that have not responded to other treatments. Ketamine works differently than traditional psychiatric medications through rapid regulation of the glutamate system, which is involved in mood regulation. It works together with GABA, a neurotransmitter involved with anxiety and mood states, to alleviate mental health symptoms. Recent research has shown that ketamine can provide rapid relief and lasting effects from weeks to months.
(207) 305-4287 View (207) 305-4287
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, CNP
Verified Verified
Auburn, ME 04210  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for entire state for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups are $99. Accepting Optum/UHC/UBH insurances.
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for entire state for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups are $99. Accepting Optum/UHC/UBH insurances.
(517) 743-0945 View (517) 743-0945

Online Psychiatrists

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Bonnie Lemieux
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN (C
Verified Verified
Bonnie Lemieux is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Maine who has been practicing since 2016. Bonnie is experienced in assessment and medication management of PTSD, Bipolar disorder, Psychotic disorders, and Depressive disorders. Outside of work, Bonnie enjoys reading, cooking, and learning.
Bonnie Lemieux is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Maine who has been practicing since 2016. Bonnie is experienced in assessment and medication management of PTSD, Bipolar disorder, Psychotic disorders, and Depressive disorders. Outside of work, Bonnie enjoys reading, cooking, and learning.
(207) 843-9948 View (207) 843-9948
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Ruth Frydman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Portland, ME 04101
My approach is to work with you collaboratively and respectfully to improve your emotional well-being. Together we will clarify your personal goals in a safe and caring space, and work towards reaching them. This process will take into account the "big picture" of your unique experiences (biological, psychological, social, cultural, and spiritual) and help you move forward with your life. I bring extensive experience in treating people in a variety of settings for over 25 years.
My approach is to work with you collaboratively and respectfully to improve your emotional well-being. Together we will clarify your personal goals in a safe and caring space, and work towards reaching them. This process will take into account the "big picture" of your unique experiences (biological, psychological, social, cultural, and spiritual) and help you move forward with your life. I bring extensive experience in treating people in a variety of settings for over 25 years.
(207) 406-9622 x400 View (207) 406-9622 x400
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Julie Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Yarmouth, ME 04096
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I specialize in medication management, offering a personalized, holistic, evidence-based approach to the treatment of mental health and addiction disorders. My specific interests are treating ADHD, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, bipolar, panic, and addiction disorders in adolescents and adults. I approach treatment holistically, conducting thorough evaluations, developing a clear diagnostic picture, and taking into consideration the social, financial, interpersonal and physical factors which contribute to mental health.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I specialize in medication management, offering a personalized, holistic, evidence-based approach to the treatment of mental health and addiction disorders. My specific interests are treating ADHD, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, bipolar, panic, and addiction disorders in adolescents and adults. I approach treatment holistically, conducting thorough evaluations, developing a clear diagnostic picture, and taking into consideration the social, financial, interpersonal and physical factors which contribute to mental health.
(207) 614-2845 View (207) 614-2845
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Alicia Soucy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bangor, ME 04401  (Online Only)
I provide medication management services to individuals over the age of 18. At this time, I am not providing intensive therapy or therapy only. I provide treatment for all mental disorders including depressive disorders, bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders, and trauma disorders. I am dedicated to providing exceptional, compassionate, personalized and evidence-based care. I emphasize the importance of developing a trusting relationship to help all clients reach their health goals.
I provide medication management services to individuals over the age of 18. At this time, I am not providing intensive therapy or therapy only. I provide treatment for all mental disorders including depressive disorders, bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders, and trauma disorders. I am dedicated to providing exceptional, compassionate, personalized and evidence-based care. I emphasize the importance of developing a trusting relationship to help all clients reach their health goals.
(207) 230-6251 View (207) 230-6251
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Hollie-Anne Stanwood
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN (C
Verified Verified
Portland, ME 04101
Hollie-Anne Stanwood received her Undergraduate at University of Maine Fort Kent. Upon completion of her board exam she worked in multiple acute care settings over the course of 5 years. These include, Acute Cardiac Care, ICU, ED, PACU, Outpatient Surgery along with settling as a RN in a psychiatric outpatient medication management clinic before finishing her masters. During this time Hollie-Anne attended Walden University where she completed her Master's of Nursing degree. Hollie-Anne now practices as a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the State of Maine.
Hollie-Anne Stanwood received her Undergraduate at University of Maine Fort Kent. Upon completion of her board exam she worked in multiple acute care settings over the course of 5 years. These include, Acute Cardiac Care, ICU, ED, PACU, Outpatient Surgery along with settling as a RN in a psychiatric outpatient medication management clinic before finishing her masters. During this time Hollie-Anne attended Walden University where she completed her Master's of Nursing degree. Hollie-Anne now practices as a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the State of Maine.
(207) 263-0399 View (207) 263-0399
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Dr. Nicolas Sikaczowski
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Saco, ME 04072
I'm an Adult & Child Psychiatrist accepting new patients, with same month availability! I provide medication management and CBT for children, teens, and adults in Saco/Biddeford and am one of few greater Board-Certified Portland Maine Child Psychiatrists. I completed 5 years of residency/fellowship training in General and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry after completing medical school. I provide unrushed, evidence-based treatment. I allocate 90 minutes for intake appointments and 30 minutes for follow-up visits as well as communication via direct message. I commonly treat ADHD, depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar, & psychotic disorders.
I'm an Adult & Child Psychiatrist accepting new patients, with same month availability! I provide medication management and CBT for children, teens, and adults in Saco/Biddeford and am one of few greater Board-Certified Portland Maine Child Psychiatrists. I completed 5 years of residency/fellowship training in General and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry after completing medical school. I provide unrushed, evidence-based treatment. I allocate 90 minutes for intake appointments and 30 minutes for follow-up visits as well as communication via direct message. I commonly treat ADHD, depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar, & psychotic disorders.
(207) 690-6306 View (207) 690-6306
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Alyson Maloy
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA, DABIHM
Verified Verified
Portland, ME 04101
Thank you for visiting my profile. I founded Portland Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology in 2017 to create a comfortable, responsive setting for patients needing cognitive and behavioral neurologic services and general psychiatric care. I am triple board-certified in psychiatry, neurology, and integrative holistic medicine. I am trained to understand and synthesize all factors that are contributing to your current condition and can work with you to address each of them in order to restore your quality of life.
Thank you for visiting my profile. I founded Portland Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology in 2017 to create a comfortable, responsive setting for patients needing cognitive and behavioral neurologic services and general psychiatric care. I am triple board-certified in psychiatry, neurology, and integrative holistic medicine. I am trained to understand and synthesize all factors that are contributing to your current condition and can work with you to address each of them in order to restore your quality of life.
(207) 222-3021 View (207) 222-3021
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Evergreen Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
South Portland, ME 04106  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Thank you for considering Evergreen Psychiatric Care for your mental health needs. As a board-certified psychiatrist, I am dedicated to delivering comprehensive treatment across Maine, catering to a broad spectrum of mental health challenges such as depression, anxiety, and trauma. I have a particular interest in women's mental health including providing compassionate care during and after pregnancy. In my private practice, I emphasize medication management while also offering brief therapy when appropriate. My goal is to create a safe and compassionate space, free of judgment, where you can openly discuss your concerns.
Thank you for considering Evergreen Psychiatric Care for your mental health needs. As a board-certified psychiatrist, I am dedicated to delivering comprehensive treatment across Maine, catering to a broad spectrum of mental health challenges such as depression, anxiety, and trauma. I have a particular interest in women's mental health including providing compassionate care during and after pregnancy. In my private practice, I emphasize medication management while also offering brief therapy when appropriate. My goal is to create a safe and compassionate space, free of judgment, where you can openly discuss your concerns.
(207) 223-3246 View (207) 223-3246
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Mood Clinic, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, ME 04101
Tired of mental illness pushing you around? Ready to win the struggle with anxiety, mood swings, depression? Starting today, we can help you take the first step toward transformation. According to the National Alliance on Mental Health - over 50% of adults with mental illness went untreated last year, but there's no need for that to be you. Starting today you can take the first step toward transformation. At Mood Clinic, we believe in treating you as whole person. Our integrated approach, combines both medications and talk therapy in session- ensuring you receive personalized treatment designed for you and delivered with care.
Tired of mental illness pushing you around? Ready to win the struggle with anxiety, mood swings, depression? Starting today, we can help you take the first step toward transformation. According to the National Alliance on Mental Health - over 50% of adults with mental illness went untreated last year, but there's no need for that to be you. Starting today you can take the first step toward transformation. At Mood Clinic, we believe in treating you as whole person. Our integrated approach, combines both medications and talk therapy in session- ensuring you receive personalized treatment designed for you and delivered with care.
(207) 605-8405 View (207) 605-8405
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Flo Leighton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Biddeford, ME 04005  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, and have over 15 years of experience in the field of mental health. As a BIPOC provider I believe navigating clients’ life challenges through an intersectional lens is necessary in order to heal. My approach offers clients a holistic and integrative approach to treatment. Along with a functional medicine in lieu of medication management, I provide supportive psychotherapy that incorporates and skills based techniques.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, and have over 15 years of experience in the field of mental health. As a BIPOC provider I believe navigating clients’ life challenges through an intersectional lens is necessary in order to heal. My approach offers clients a holistic and integrative approach to treatment. Along with a functional medicine in lieu of medication management, I provide supportive psychotherapy that incorporates and skills based techniques.
(646) 652-7996 View (646) 652-7996

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Number of Psychiatrists in Androscoggin County, ME

10+

Average cost per session

$275

Psychiatrists in Androscoggin County, ME who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Bipolar Disorder
90% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
80% Trauma and PTSD
80% Stress
70% Medication Management

Average years in practice

16 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

80% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
70% Aetna
70% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Androscoggin County, ME see their clients

70% Online Only
30% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Androscoggin County?

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.