Psychiatrists in Camden, ME

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Dr. Marianne Bernadino
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Camden, ME 04843
Dr. Bernadino is an Interventional Psychiatrist practicing in Camden, Maine. She is currently accepting new patients for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), ketamine therapy and Spravato. Her availability for medication management fluctuates. For current availability, please call the office.
Dr. Bernadino is an Interventional Psychiatrist practicing in Camden, Maine. She is currently accepting new patients for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), ketamine therapy and Spravato. Her availability for medication management fluctuates. For current availability, please call the office.
(207) 292-7608 View (207) 292-7608
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Alicia Snow, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, CHom
Verified Verified
Camden, ME 04843
I have a special love and a particular skill set for helping folks with issues around anxiety and depression. I offer a spectrum of choices from meditation and yoga techniques, to homeopathic, herbal and supplemental support, all the way to pharmaceutical management - depending on the preferences and beliefs of the client. I find homeopathy to be particularly effective at shifting the mental and emotional patterns that can bind up a persons ability to think and to have a sense of well-being. However, addressing systemic health on the physical plane is equally important and all to often neglected by the Western model.
I have a special love and a particular skill set for helping folks with issues around anxiety and depression. I offer a spectrum of choices from meditation and yoga techniques, to homeopathic, herbal and supplemental support, all the way to pharmaceutical management - depending on the preferences and beliefs of the client. I find homeopathy to be particularly effective at shifting the mental and emotional patterns that can bind up a persons ability to think and to have a sense of well-being. However, addressing systemic health on the physical plane is equally important and all to often neglected by the Western model.
(207) 481-4502 View (207) 481-4502
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Robert King
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Camden, ME 04843
I provide psychiatric care for adults, age 18 and above. Treatments for mental illness are not a one-size-fits-all, and I approach each patient as a unique individual. Using contemporary, evidence-based treatments, I aim to relieve suffering and improve quality of life. Following an accurate diagnosis, it is often important to consider how lifestyle modification, therapy, medications, and other treatments can provide benefit. I employ various psychotherapeutic techniques, including psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral, and am adept in medication management.
I provide psychiatric care for adults, age 18 and above. Treatments for mental illness are not a one-size-fits-all, and I approach each patient as a unique individual. Using contemporary, evidence-based treatments, I aim to relieve suffering and improve quality of life. Following an accurate diagnosis, it is often important to consider how lifestyle modification, therapy, medications, and other treatments can provide benefit. I employ various psychotherapeutic techniques, including psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral, and am adept in medication management.
(207) 607-4022 x400 View (207) 607-4022 x400

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Open Door Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, ANP
Verified Verified
2 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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Danielle Marie Trenelli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Rockland, ME 04841  (Online Only)
Hello, I'm Dani, a Family Nurse Practitioner with certifications in Geriatrics and Counseling. My goal is to ensure that patients have easy and immediate access to healthcare. When requested by my patients, I combine conventional medications with functional and integrative medicine approaches to address concerns like anxiety, depression, and ADHD. I'm passionate about empowering individuals to find their own motivation for a healthy life. In addition to addressing behavioral health, I am capable of treating a wide range of conditions, both acute (skin and respiratory infections) and chronic (pre-diabetes, diabetes, HTN, and pain)
Hello, I'm Dani, a Family Nurse Practitioner with certifications in Geriatrics and Counseling. My goal is to ensure that patients have easy and immediate access to healthcare. When requested by my patients, I combine conventional medications with functional and integrative medicine approaches to address concerns like anxiety, depression, and ADHD. I'm passionate about empowering individuals to find their own motivation for a healthy life. In addition to addressing behavioral health, I am capable of treating a wide range of conditions, both acute (skin and respiratory infections) and chronic (pre-diabetes, diabetes, HTN, and pain)
(207) 492-4296 View (207) 492-4296

Online Psychiatrists

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Janet Zalanskas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMH NP, PMH CS, APRN-BC
Verified Verified
Waterville, ME 04901
People looking to clarify diagnosis and for psychiatric medication. Helping patients to minimize side effects from medications.
People looking to clarify diagnosis and for psychiatric medication. Helping patients to minimize side effects from medications.
(207) 255-7770 View (207) 255-7770
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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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Amanda Scola
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Falmouth, ME 04105  (Online Only)
Amanda Scola, MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC is a board certified ANCC Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and is licensed to provide psychopharmacology and psychotherapy services to patients across the lifespan. Amanda obtained a B.S. in Human Biology from Bay Path University, a Bachelor of Nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina, and an MSN in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing from Regis College. Amanda has a background in a number of previous psychiatric treatment settings to include outpatient, inpatient, substance abuse/dual diagnosis treatment, and eating disorders.
Amanda Scola, MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC is a board certified ANCC Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and is licensed to provide psychopharmacology and psychotherapy services to patients across the lifespan. Amanda obtained a B.S. in Human Biology from Bay Path University, a Bachelor of Nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina, and an MSN in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing from Regis College. Amanda has a background in a number of previous psychiatric treatment settings to include outpatient, inpatient, substance abuse/dual diagnosis treatment, and eating disorders.
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Daniel Coleman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, ME 04103
Welcome, my name is Dr. Dan Coleman. My practice provides a safe, confidential and caring environment and it is my sincere goal to be a source of healing in your life. We all experience pain. Sometimes though, the suffering that accompanies this pain overwhelms our coping abilities. You may feel stuck, cycling through frustration, anxiety, depression, loneliness or even hopelessness. Psychotherapy can be an effective and healing way out of these suffering experiences.
Welcome, my name is Dr. Dan Coleman. My practice provides a safe, confidential and caring environment and it is my sincere goal to be a source of healing in your life. We all experience pain. Sometimes though, the suffering that accompanies this pain overwhelms our coping abilities. You may feel stuck, cycling through frustration, anxiety, depression, loneliness or even hopelessness. Psychotherapy can be an effective and healing way out of these suffering experiences.
(207) 843-3348 View (207) 843-3348
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Carin Seadler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C, RN
Verified Verified
Portland, ME 04103
As a family psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am able to assess, diagnose and provide medication management. Currently, I am only taking middle school children through adulthood. When prescribing medication for any child or adult it is important to take into consideration the mind, body, spirit connection. In order to best serve the individual, it is extremely important to differentiate between what is medical vs. psychiatric vs needing other modalities. I provide counseling for the adult clients who I see for med management, should they want it.
As a family psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am able to assess, diagnose and provide medication management. Currently, I am only taking middle school children through adulthood. When prescribing medication for any child or adult it is important to take into consideration the mind, body, spirit connection. In order to best serve the individual, it is extremely important to differentiate between what is medical vs. psychiatric vs needing other modalities. I provide counseling for the adult clients who I see for med management, should they want it.
(207) 598-4005 View (207) 598-4005
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Juan C Mateo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Westbrook, ME 04092  (Online Only)
Hello, my name is Juan Mateo. I am a Bilingual (English/Spanish) Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have close to 10 years of medical experience both in medical and psychiatric settings. I have treated a host of psychiatric disorders including Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Personality disorders, and other psychological ailments. I know that life can be unfair, erratic, and unpredictable. Together as a team we can navigate these personal obstacles and volatilities, by enriching your ego, relationship, and career through multiple modalities.
Hello, my name is Juan Mateo. I am a Bilingual (English/Spanish) Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have close to 10 years of medical experience both in medical and psychiatric settings. I have treated a host of psychiatric disorders including Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Personality disorders, and other psychological ailments. I know that life can be unfair, erratic, and unpredictable. Together as a team we can navigate these personal obstacles and volatilities, by enriching your ego, relationship, and career through multiple modalities.
(207) 656-1844 View (207) 656-1844
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Janet L Howe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP , MS, BC
Verified Verified
Lewiston, ME 04240  (Online Only)
As a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I provide care for individuals with a range of mental health concerns. Mental health disorders that I pursue include, depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, OCD, ADHD, and substance use disorders.It is sometimes difficult to find someone that you can connect with and be comfortable with. My goal is to provide quality and evidence based individualized care while creating trust, mutual respect and compassion, within a safe environment. achieved through minimal supportive psychotherapy, medication management and lifestyle adjustments.
As a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I provide care for individuals with a range of mental health concerns. Mental health disorders that I pursue include, depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, OCD, ADHD, and substance use disorders.It is sometimes difficult to find someone that you can connect with and be comfortable with. My goal is to provide quality and evidence based individualized care while creating trust, mutual respect and compassion, within a safe environment. achieved through minimal supportive psychotherapy, medication management and lifestyle adjustments.
(860) 783-7118 View (860) 783-7118
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Bishop Health - Portland
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, ME 04103
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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Dylan McKenney
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Portland, ME 04101
My Practice is located at Touchstone Associates in Portland's Old Port. I specialize in Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP). In addition to my medical and psychiatric training I have trained with California Institute of Integral Studies, Psychedelic Therapy and Research Program. Ketamine treatment is available in many different forms which can be applied to various conditions. What I practice is specifically meant to help further the work of psychotherapy. I require that clients are currently working with a therapist and I prefer that the therapist reach out to make a referral to me. Following that, I will reach out to you.
My Practice is located at Touchstone Associates in Portland's Old Port. I specialize in Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP). In addition to my medical and psychiatric training I have trained with California Institute of Integral Studies, Psychedelic Therapy and Research Program. Ketamine treatment is available in many different forms which can be applied to various conditions. What I practice is specifically meant to help further the work of psychotherapy. I require that clients are currently working with a therapist and I prefer that the therapist reach out to make a referral to me. Following that, I will reach out to you.
(207) 481-4171 View (207) 481-4171
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Peace Behavioral Health Portland
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Portland, ME 04102
Peace Behavioral Health is a small, boutique, locally owned, comprehensive Psychiatry and Psychology practice dedicated to providing Psychiatry and Psychology services utilizing unrushed evidence-based care throughout Maine. We have offices in Portland, ME and Saco, ME & provide services via telehealth throughout the states of Maine and Florida. We utilize ABPN Board-Certified Psychiatrists, and ABPN Board Certified Child & Adolescent Psychiatrists as well as PhD Psychologists. Our current clinicians are Dr. Nicolas Sikaczowski, DO, Dr. Ashley Shaw, PhD, and Alix Buckvar, LCSW.
Peace Behavioral Health is a small, boutique, locally owned, comprehensive Psychiatry and Psychology practice dedicated to providing Psychiatry and Psychology services utilizing unrushed evidence-based care throughout Maine. We have offices in Portland, ME and Saco, ME & provide services via telehealth throughout the states of Maine and Florida. We utilize ABPN Board-Certified Psychiatrists, and ABPN Board Certified Child & Adolescent Psychiatrists as well as PhD Psychologists. Our current clinicians are Dr. Nicolas Sikaczowski, DO, Dr. Ashley Shaw, PhD, and Alix Buckvar, LCSW.
(207) 962-1188 View (207) 962-1188
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Dr. Misty Stafford
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
South Portland, ME 04106
I am a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist seeing patients for combined psychotherapy and medication management services. My practice is small and patient-focused with a tailored approach to meet every patient's unique needs. My approach to treatment is to provide a safe, comforting environment where patients feel able to express themselves emotionally without fear of judgment. I pride myself on being empathic, warm, and caring with an ability to personally connect with each of my patients and their families. I love what I do and I believe this reflects in the results I help my patients achieve.
I am a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist seeing patients for combined psychotherapy and medication management services. My practice is small and patient-focused with a tailored approach to meet every patient's unique needs. My approach to treatment is to provide a safe, comforting environment where patients feel able to express themselves emotionally without fear of judgment. I pride myself on being empathic, warm, and caring with an ability to personally connect with each of my patients and their families. I love what I do and I believe this reflects in the results I help my patients achieve.
(207) 204-3578 View (207) 204-3578
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Lisa Hagberg
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified 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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Kwick Care Pllc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified 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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Juliana Pires
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
South Portland, ME 04106  (Online Only)
I have helped people who reported anxiety that "comes unannounced from nowhere", or had been feeling low and having difficulty finding motivation, or who were just not feeling like themselves for different reasons including poor sleep, low energy, inability to stop worrying, and inability to concentrate to complete tasks.
I have helped people who reported anxiety that "comes unannounced from nowhere", or had been feeling low and having difficulty finding motivation, or who were just not feeling like themselves for different reasons including poor sleep, low energy, inability to stop worrying, and inability to concentrate to complete tasks.
(801) 845-2115 View (801) 845-2115
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, CNP
Verified Verified
Portland, ME 04101  (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

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Camden, ME

< 10

Psychiatrists in Camden, ME who prioritize treating:

67% Depression
67% Anxiety
67% Grief
67% Trauma and PTSD
67% Bipolar Disorder
67% Medication Management
33% Relationship Issues

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Harvard Pilgrim
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
100% Anthem | Elevance

How Psychiatrists in Camden, ME see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Camden?

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.