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Bishop Health - Portland
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Waterboro, ME 04087
The ideal client seeks a safe haven where their unique experiences are valued and understood. They desire a compassionate guide who recognizes the complexity of their struggles with conditions like depression, anxiety, or trauma. They crave validation and support, knowing that their journey towards healing requires tailored interventions. They seek collaborative discussions to explore their needs, ranging from therapy to medication and lifestyle adjustments. My commitment to holistic care assures them of a comprehensive approach that prioritizes their mental well-being.
The ideal client seeks a safe haven where their unique experiences are valued and understood. They desire a compassionate guide who recognizes the complexity of their struggles with conditions like depression, anxiety, or trauma. They crave validation and support, knowing that their journey towards healing requires tailored interventions. They seek collaborative discussions to explore their needs, ranging from therapy to medication and lifestyle adjustments. My commitment to holistic care assures them of a comprehensive approach that prioritizes their mental well-being.
(207) 820-2854 View (207) 820-2854
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Nicole Sawyer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PHMHP-C
Verified
Gorham, ME 04038
Waitlist for new clients
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I come with a background as a Family Practice Nurse Practitioner in primary care with a passion for mental health. I provide psychiatric care and medication management for adults ages 20 and up. I treat a wide range of conditions such as anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, depression, OCD, PTSD, and ADHD. Based on a thorough assessment and accurate diagnosis, I utilize variety of tools, including lifestyle modification, medication, and therapy to help you reach your goals. I provide supportive psychotherapy that incorporates skills based techniques.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I come with a background as a Family Practice Nurse Practitioner in primary care with a passion for mental health. I provide psychiatric care and medication management for adults ages 20 and up. I treat a wide range of conditions such as anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, depression, OCD, PTSD, and ADHD. Based on a thorough assessment and accurate diagnosis, I utilize variety of tools, including lifestyle modification, medication, and therapy to help you reach your goals. I provide supportive psychotherapy that incorporates skills based techniques.
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Kate Radlinski
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
South Portland, ME 04106
Kate A. Radlinski is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Maine who has been practicing since 2014. Kate strives to help clients by providing holistic, individualized mental health care utilizing the mind, body, and spirit. She works to help clients and their families become the best version of themselves by utilizing education and shared decision making to create client-centered treatment plans. Her hope is to form long-term relationships with clients to serve their individual and family mental health concerns using evidence-based psychopharmacology and therapeutic interventions to promote health and wellness.
Kate A. Radlinski is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Maine who has been practicing since 2014. Kate strives to help clients by providing holistic, individualized mental health care utilizing the mind, body, and spirit. She works to help clients and their families become the best version of themselves by utilizing education and shared decision making to create client-centered treatment plans. Her hope is to form long-term relationships with clients to serve their individual and family mental health concerns using evidence-based psychopharmacology and therapeutic interventions to promote health and wellness.
(207) 945-8267 View (207) 945-8267
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Jonathan Yoder
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Portland, ME 04101  (Online Only)
Are you accumulating more and more diagnoses and medication, but not getting better? Are you tired of feeling like you are just throwing medications against a wall and seeing what sticks? Are you not making progress despite doing 'the right things'? Together we will systematically assess where you're at, what is working, what is not, and create a plan to get started on the path to feeling better. I am focused on helping people struggling with depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, and borderline personality disorder recover.
Are you accumulating more and more diagnoses and medication, but not getting better? Are you tired of feeling like you are just throwing medications against a wall and seeing what sticks? Are you not making progress despite doing 'the right things'? Together we will systematically assess where you're at, what is working, what is not, and create a plan to get started on the path to feeling better. I am focused on helping people struggling with depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, and borderline personality disorder recover.
(443) 232-0701 View (443) 232-0701
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Julie Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Yarmouth, ME 04096
I specialize in medication management. I offer 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, panic, and addiction disorders in adolescents and adults. Together, we can develop a holistic approach to treatment. Through thorough evaluations, developing a clear diagnostic picture, and taking into consideration the social, financial, interpersonal and physical factors which contribute to menal health we will develop a personlized treatment plan to move you in the direction of your goals.
I specialize in medication management. I offer 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, panic, and addiction disorders in adolescents and adults. Together, we can develop a holistic approach to treatment. Through thorough evaluations, developing a clear diagnostic picture, and taking into consideration the social, financial, interpersonal and physical factors which contribute to menal health we will develop a personlized treatment plan to move you in the direction of your goals.
(207) 614-2845 View (207) 614-2845
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Kevin DiCesare
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Portland, ME 04101
Dr. Kevin DiCesare is a board-certified psychiatrist, treating adults. He received his undergraduate degree at Harvard University, his medical degree at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and then went on to train at Maine Medical Center for his psychiatric residency. He has 22 years of expertise in diagnosing and treating psychiatric conditions, including depression, anxiety, Bipolar spectrum disorders, adjustment problems, ADHD and other disorders.
Dr. Kevin DiCesare is a board-certified psychiatrist, treating adults. He received his undergraduate degree at Harvard University, his medical degree at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and then went on to train at Maine Medical Center for his psychiatric residency. He has 22 years of expertise in diagnosing and treating psychiatric conditions, including depression, anxiety, Bipolar spectrum disorders, adjustment problems, ADHD and other disorders.
(207) 770-6756 View (207) 770-6756
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Balance Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified
Portland, ME 04101  (Online Only)
We understand that you are coming to us at one of the most vulnerable and difficult times in your life. We will listen to your concerns without judgement and offer a safe space to overcome your unique challenges. We are here to help if you are struggling with overwhelming feelings of sadness, irritability, anxious thoughts, or chaotic shifts in your mood. We can assess for ADHD if you feel unable to focus or struggle with completing tasks without distraction. We are experienced in providing trauma informed care.
We understand that you are coming to us at one of the most vulnerable and difficult times in your life. We will listen to your concerns without judgement and offer a safe space to overcome your unique challenges. We are here to help if you are struggling with overwhelming feelings of sadness, irritability, anxious thoughts, or chaotic shifts in your mood. We can assess for ADHD if you feel unable to focus or struggle with completing tasks without distraction. We are experienced in providing trauma informed care.
(207) 739-4059 View (207) 739-4059
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Jeremy Spiegel
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Portland, ME 04101
Jeremy Spiegel, MD, is available for psychiatric evaluations and medication management at his Portland, Maine office at Casco Bay Medical. He specializes in treatment of ADHD, anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD, Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety and most other psychiatric disorders and conditions. New Treatment Offering: Brief Psychotherapy. Dr. Spiegel, as psychotherapist and collaborative problem solver, can help address your core psychological problem with weekly virtual visits over 12 sessions. Call the office for more details to see if you may be a candidate for this exciting approach.
Jeremy Spiegel, MD, is available for psychiatric evaluations and medication management at his Portland, Maine office at Casco Bay Medical. He specializes in treatment of ADHD, anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD, Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety and most other psychiatric disorders and conditions. New Treatment Offering: Brief Psychotherapy. Dr. Spiegel, as psychotherapist and collaborative problem solver, can help address your core psychological problem with weekly virtual visits over 12 sessions. Call the office for more details to see if you may be a candidate for this exciting approach.
(207) 808-7352 View (207) 808-7352
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Allison Baird
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMH NP, BC
Verified
Brunswick, ME 04011
Hello! Welcome to my practice. I work with child and adult psychiatry. Mental health issues have a profound effect on home life, school, work, and friendships. I am passionate about working with families and systems to overcome these negative effects and help children and adults achieve their true potential. I am currently accepting new referrals. Most visits are in person at this time. Telehealth will continue to be available on an as needed basis. I am in private practice, which means that we, not the insurance company, get to decide the path that is best for you.
Hello! Welcome to my practice. I work with child and adult psychiatry. Mental health issues have a profound effect on home life, school, work, and friendships. I am passionate about working with families and systems to overcome these negative effects and help children and adults achieve their true potential. I am currently accepting new referrals. Most visits are in person at this time. Telehealth will continue to be available on an as needed basis. I am in private practice, which means that we, not the insurance company, get to decide the path that is best for you.
(207) 962-1491 View (207) 962-1491
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David Wright
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Portland, ME 04101
David Wright is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) in Portland, Maine who has been practicing since 2018. Prior to joining LifeStance Health, he worked in numerous psychiatric departments for many years, including Adult Outpatient; Adult Inpatient; Adolescent Inpatient; Inpatient Treatment for Substance Use, Abuse, and Addiction; Behavioral Emergency Department; and psychiatric consultation in hospital medical units. In his clinical work, David utilizes an integrative approach specifically designed to meet each individual's needs.
David Wright is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) in Portland, Maine who has been practicing since 2018. Prior to joining LifeStance Health, he worked in numerous psychiatric departments for many years, including Adult Outpatient; Adult Inpatient; Adolescent Inpatient; Inpatient Treatment for Substance Use, Abuse, and Addiction; Behavioral Emergency Department; and psychiatric consultation in hospital medical units. In his clinical work, David utilizes an integrative approach specifically designed to meet each individual's needs.
(207) 606-7884 View (207) 606-7884
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Open Door Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, ANP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Rockland, ME 04841
My goal is to provide help and solutions to those clients suffering from burnout, compassion fatigue, anxiety, depression and PTSD especially those who use maladaptive behaviors to cope. Together we will discover and expose the root causes and create concrete and positive strategies to increase coping and resilience. In addition to being a PMHNP I am also trauma trained and continue to add additional training yearly. I can provide medication management to alleviate symptoms while we do therapy to uncover the root causes. You will learn concrete take home tools to increase resiliency and coping.
My goal is to provide help and solutions to those clients suffering from burnout, compassion fatigue, anxiety, depression and PTSD especially those who use maladaptive behaviors to cope. Together we will discover and expose the root causes and create concrete and positive strategies to increase coping and resilience. In addition to being a PMHNP I am also trauma trained and continue to add additional training yearly. I can provide medication management to alleviate symptoms while we do therapy to uncover the root causes. You will learn concrete take home tools to increase resiliency and coping.
(207) 835-3593 View (207) 835-3593
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Mood Clinic, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
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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StonyCreek Psychotherapy and Wellness, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Falmouth, ME 04105  (Online Only)
Immediate Openings: Jan Lorenz, PMHNP: Jan has been practicing psychiatric medication management for the past 18 years. We are honored to have Jan as an integral part of our Medication Management team. Jan's goal is to empower clients to regain their optimal functioning and states, "I feel very honored to help people get there." Jan is available for Wed & Thurs appointments via telehealth and currently accepts Anthem BCBS, Harvard Pilgrim, Optum, UMR, UBH, Cigna, Aetna Maine Health, MCHO and self-pay.
Immediate Openings: Jan Lorenz, PMHNP: Jan has been practicing psychiatric medication management for the past 18 years. We are honored to have Jan as an integral part of our Medication Management team. Jan's goal is to empower clients to regain their optimal functioning and states, "I feel very honored to help people get there." Jan is available for Wed & Thurs appointments via telehealth and currently accepts Anthem BCBS, Harvard Pilgrim, Optum, UMR, UBH, Cigna, Aetna Maine Health, MCHO and self-pay.
(207) 656-1358 x1 View (207) 656-1358 x1
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Amber Frank
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Portland, ME 04101
Dr. Amber Frank is board certified in Adult Psychiatry. She received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed her residency training at the Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School Adult Psychiatry Training Program. Dr. Frank believes in a holistic approach to patient care. She strives to understand and treat every patient using a framework that includes not just the biological (medical), but also the psychological, social, environmental, and cultural elements that may contribute to an individual person’s experience of mental health and wellness.
Dr. Amber Frank is board certified in Adult Psychiatry. She received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed her residency training at the Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School Adult Psychiatry Training Program. Dr. Frank believes in a holistic approach to patient care. She strives to understand and treat every patient using a framework that includes not just the biological (medical), but also the psychological, social, environmental, and cultural elements that may contribute to an individual person’s experience of mental health and wellness.
(207) 770-6756 View (207) 770-6756
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Gwen Duffield
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified
South Portland, ME 04106
Gwen Duffield is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 7 years experience specializing in Medication Management of clients ages 21 to 60 years. She enjoys spending time in nature. She received her Masters of Science in Nursing from Husson University. She worked for Indian Health Service, practicing in Down East Maine. She also practiced in York Maine. She enjoys integrating Holistic Approaches, collaborating with therapists and other treatment providers. Her treatment is culturally informed.
Gwen Duffield is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 7 years experience specializing in Medication Management of clients ages 21 to 60 years. She enjoys spending time in nature. She received her Masters of Science in Nursing from Husson University. She worked for Indian Health Service, practicing in Down East Maine. She also practiced in York Maine. She enjoys integrating Holistic Approaches, collaborating with therapists and other treatment providers. Her treatment is culturally informed.
(207) 355-7672 View (207) 355-7672
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Dr. Robert Vinton McCarley
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Scarborough, ME 04074
I am an adult psychiatrist whom has resided and worked in Maine for 20 years, trained in Boston at the Harvard Longwood Adult Psychiatry Residency Program, and have lived in New England my whole life. I have a small adult psychiatric practice that is individual focused and located in Scarborough Maine.
I am an adult psychiatrist whom has resided and worked in Maine for 20 years, trained in Boston at the Harvard Longwood Adult Psychiatry Residency Program, and have lived in New England my whole life. I have a small adult psychiatric practice that is individual focused and located in Scarborough Maine.
(207) 417-4983 View (207) 417-4983
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Lisa Hagberg
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Portland, ME 04101
Dr. Lisa Hagberg is a board-certified psychiatrist with 20 years of experience treating patients with a wide range of diagnoses, in particular, depression, anxiety, Bipolar Disorder and PTSD. Dr. Hagberg brings a holistic approach to her practice exploring mental health in a multidimensional way, addressing the causes, not just the symptoms of one's condition. She incorporates supportive and insight-oriented psychotherapy to patient care, although at times she may recommend patients add an individual therapist to the treatment team.
Dr. Lisa Hagberg is a board-certified psychiatrist with 20 years of experience treating patients with a wide range of diagnoses, in particular, depression, anxiety, Bipolar Disorder and PTSD. Dr. Hagberg brings a holistic approach to her practice exploring mental health in a multidimensional way, addressing the causes, not just the symptoms of one's condition. She incorporates supportive and insight-oriented psychotherapy to patient care, although at times she may recommend patients add an individual therapist to the treatment team.
(207) 770-6756 View (207) 770-6756
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Saco Bay Mental Health, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Scarborough, ME 04074
My name is Samuel G. Kingsley and I have been working in the mental health field for 8 years. I take a holistic approach to mental health treatment that combines the latest evidence based treatments with your lived experience. I believe that you are the expert on you and want to understand your goals and will work to combine the best treatments for you to be able to reach them.
My name is Samuel G. Kingsley and I have been working in the mental health field for 8 years. I take a holistic approach to mental health treatment that combines the latest evidence based treatments with your lived experience. I believe that you are the expert on you and want to understand your goals and will work to combine the best treatments for you to be able to reach them.
(207) 962-2290 View (207) 962-2290
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Shannon Grose
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC
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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Kwick Care Pllc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Kennebunk, ME 04043  (Online Only)
My ideal client seeks medication management primarily. They have specific mental health concerns like SUD, anxiety, depression, or ADHD. They want an experienced, empathetic provider who can effectively manage their symptoms and enhance their well-being. They value expertise and are motivated to regain control of their mental health. They recognize that medication can offer relief and improved functioning, and they seek a personalized medication plan and supportive guidance to lead a better quality of life.
My ideal client seeks medication management primarily. They have specific mental health concerns like SUD, anxiety, depression, or ADHD. They want an experienced, empathetic provider who can effectively manage their symptoms and enhance their well-being. They value expertise and are motivated to regain control of their mental health. They recognize that medication can offer relief and improved functioning, and they seek a personalized medication plan and supportive guidance to lead a better quality of life.
(207) 367-4712 View (207) 367-4712

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How can I find a psychiatrist in Buxton?

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.