Psychiatrists in Cape Elizabeth, ME

Photo of Mary Kate Grady, Psychiatrist in Cape Elizabeth, ME
Mary Kate Grady
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107
I provide psychiatric care for adults, age 18 and older. I take a wholistic approach to psychiatric care, focusing on the physical, psychological, emotional and social well-being of each patient. I provide both therapy and medication management, integrating an evidence based approach to nutrition, joyful movement, and social connection.
I provide psychiatric care for adults, age 18 and older. I take a wholistic approach to psychiatric care, focusing on the physical, psychological, emotional and social well-being of each patient. I provide both therapy and medication management, integrating an evidence based approach to nutrition, joyful movement, and social connection.
(207) 223-7653 View (207) 223-7653
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Jeremy Spiegel
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107
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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Bonnie Lemieux
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN (C
Verified Verified
South Portland, ME 04106
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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Claudine Grange
Psychiatric Nurse, BA, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, ME 04102
Not accepting new clients
I treat psychiatric illness by listening to one's life story. Individuals are a harmony of thoughts and feelings; mind and body. Medications are sometimes necessary to help a person manage their day to day life but they are not sufficient. I prescribe medication if necessary and provide therapies that are suited to the individual patient. The focus is primarily on lifestyle therapy and daily practice. Lifestyle medicine includes diet, exercise, meditation, and stress reduction along with cognitive therapy. I know that with the right support, knowledge and practice a person can experience joy, continue to grow and love.
I treat psychiatric illness by listening to one's life story. Individuals are a harmony of thoughts and feelings; mind and body. Medications are sometimes necessary to help a person manage their day to day life but they are not sufficient. I prescribe medication if necessary and provide therapies that are suited to the individual patient. The focus is primarily on lifestyle therapy and daily practice. Lifestyle medicine includes diet, exercise, meditation, and stress reduction along with cognitive therapy. I know that with the right support, knowledge and practice a person can experience joy, continue to grow and love.
(207) 517-2874 View (207) 517-2874
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James Snyder
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Scarborough, ME 04074
Not accepting new clients
Dr. James Snyder, M.D. is known for his sensitivity, careful diagnostic assessments and expertise in the psychopharmacological treatment of children, adolescents and adults with ADHD, Anxiety Disorders, OCD, Tic Disorders, Social Anxiety/Selective Mutism and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Snyder completed his Adult Psychiatry Residency and Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School and holds a Diplomate from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Dr. James Snyder, M.D. is known for his sensitivity, careful diagnostic assessments and expertise in the psychopharmacological treatment of children, adolescents and adults with ADHD, Anxiety Disorders, OCD, Tic Disorders, Social Anxiety/Selective Mutism and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Snyder completed his Adult Psychiatry Residency and Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School and holds a Diplomate from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
(207) 218-0546 View (207) 218-0546
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Aurora Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, ME 04102  (Online Only)
I believe that mental health is as important as physical health. I have worked with all ages, both inpatient and outpatient and would be honored to be your partner in healing and happiness. I work with patients with anxiety, depression, bipolar, PTSD, trauma and grief as well as psychotic disorders. I believe that every person deserves to live the best life that they can and that mental illness should not be a barrier to a happy life. I deliver care via telehealth. I currently am only accepting credit card payment but am happy to provide a detailed bill for submission to insurance if requested.
I believe that mental health is as important as physical health. I have worked with all ages, both inpatient and outpatient and would be honored to be your partner in healing and happiness. I work with patients with anxiety, depression, bipolar, PTSD, trauma and grief as well as psychotic disorders. I believe that every person deserves to live the best life that they can and that mental illness should not be a barrier to a happy life. I deliver care via telehealth. I currently am only accepting credit card payment but am happy to provide a detailed bill for submission to insurance if requested.
(207) 802-7230 View (207) 802-7230
Photo of Shelly Miller, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Cape Elizabeth, ME
Shelly Miller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, AGPCNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Portland, ME 04101
Waitlist for new clients
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner I provide medication management for a variety of mental health concerns. By providing sensitive, compassionate care and education, I partner with clients to move toward a better state of wellness. I have a particular interest in professional burn out, cancer survivorship and end of life treatment
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner I provide medication management for a variety of mental health concerns. By providing sensitive, compassionate care and education, I partner with clients to move toward a better state of wellness. I have a particular interest in professional burn out, cancer survivorship and end of life treatment
(207) 333-3278 View (207) 333-3278
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Danielle Sipsock
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Scarborough, ME 04074  (Online Only)
Finding the right person to trust and rely on for help can be hard. I listen and work with my patients and their families in order to create a safe, reliable, and collaborative space to address their problems while also identifying their strengths for overcoming barriers to achieving success and deeper satisfaction in relationships and life as a whole. I am a double board certified and Brown University trained psychiatrist, with fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry and a small private practice personalized to each of my patient's needs.
Finding the right person to trust and rely on for help can be hard. I listen and work with my patients and their families in order to create a safe, reliable, and collaborative space to address their problems while also identifying their strengths for overcoming barriers to achieving success and deeper satisfaction in relationships and life as a whole. I am a double board certified and Brown University trained psychiatrist, with fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry and a small private practice personalized to each of my patient's needs.
(207) 292-5761 View (207) 292-5761
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Amber Frank
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified 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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Madeleine Reyes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, DNP
Verified Verified
Portland, ME 04101  (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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Alison Moore Tetrault
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Scarborough, ME 04074
I'm Ali, a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a passion for health and well-being. Throughout my career, I've had the privilege of working with individuals facing various mental health challenges, including depression, anxiety, substance use disorders, post-traumatic stress, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorders in the inpatient and outpatient settings. In addition to traditional clinical settings, I thoroughly enjoy co-leading retreats focused on healing and empowerment.
I'm Ali, a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a passion for health and well-being. Throughout my career, I've had the privilege of working with individuals facing various mental health challenges, including depression, anxiety, substance use disorders, post-traumatic stress, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorders in the inpatient and outpatient settings. In addition to traditional clinical settings, I thoroughly enjoy co-leading retreats focused on healing and empowerment.
(207) 598-4698 View (207) 598-4698
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Kevin DiCesare
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified 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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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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Peggy Ouellette
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FPMH-NP
Verified Verified
Portland, ME 04102
Are you a caregiver looking to create a healthier and happier lifestyle for your entire family? Do you feel overwhelmed by the emotional and physical demands of balancing everything? Concerned about the long-term impact of medications on your child's physical and emotional health? Worried about the financial strain of medical bills? Feeling isolated and alone in your experience especially when others don't understand? Are you ready to rejuvenate your mind and body, and embark on a transformative journey towards optimal well-being?
Are you a caregiver looking to create a healthier and happier lifestyle for your entire family? Do you feel overwhelmed by the emotional and physical demands of balancing everything? Concerned about the long-term impact of medications on your child's physical and emotional health? Worried about the financial strain of medical bills? Feeling isolated and alone in your experience especially when others don't understand? Are you ready to rejuvenate your mind and body, and embark on a transformative journey towards optimal well-being?
(207) 716-0604 View (207) 716-0604
Photo of Benjamin Crocker, Psychiatrist in Cape Elizabeth, ME
Benjamin Crocker
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Portland, ME 04102
Not accepting new clients
I see patients relatively short term. I'm 77 and not sure how long I will keep practicing. Many patients can get meds prescribed by their PCP after having a consultation or brief treatment with me and I am happy to consult with your PCP or other provider. I am especially interested in treating anxiety and ADHD. I like doing cognitive behavior therapy for phobias, ADHD and OCD, and can coach patients about how to find other kinds effective psychotherapy. Medications have their limits, and distressing symptoms should always be addressed psychologically with or without medications.
I see patients relatively short term. I'm 77 and not sure how long I will keep practicing. Many patients can get meds prescribed by their PCP after having a consultation or brief treatment with me and I am happy to consult with your PCP or other provider. I am especially interested in treating anxiety and ADHD. I like doing cognitive behavior therapy for phobias, ADHD and OCD, and can coach patients about how to find other kinds effective psychotherapy. Medications have their limits, and distressing symptoms should always be addressed psychologically with or without medications.
(207) 747-3025 View (207) 747-3025
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Jennifer Snowden
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Portland, ME 04101
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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Unitas Healthcare Systems
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, ME 04101  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients! Immediate Appointments Available! 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.
Accepting New Patients! Immediate Appointments Available! 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
Photo of Sylvia Park, Psychiatrist in Cape Elizabeth, ME
Sylvia Park
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Portland, ME 04101
It is the brave person who allows him or herself to feel vulnerable, admit there is a problem, and take steps to find the right help. Loneliness, sadness, anxiety, depression, irritability, anger and/or mood swings are common experiences. Some have experienced trauma in the past, which may continue to cause problems today. I am committed to help people live their best lives. I completed a medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine, and am board-certified in Psychiatry and Preventive Medicine.
It is the brave person who allows him or herself to feel vulnerable, admit there is a problem, and take steps to find the right help. Loneliness, sadness, anxiety, depression, irritability, anger and/or mood swings are common experiences. Some have experienced trauma in the past, which may continue to cause problems today. I am committed to help people live their best lives. I completed a medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine, and am board-certified in Psychiatry and Preventive Medicine.
(207) 407-5174 View (207) 407-5174
Photo of PSM Center for Psychiatry, Psychiatrist in Cape Elizabeth, ME
PSM Center for Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, ME 04101
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
Photo of Alyson Maloy, Psychiatrist in Cape Elizabeth, ME
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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Number of Psychiatrists in Cape Elizabeth, ME

< 10

Psychiatrists in Cape Elizabeth, ME who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Eating Disorders
100% Grief
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

24 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Harvard Pilgrim
100% Tufts

How Psychiatrists in Cape Elizabeth, ME see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Cape Elizabeth?

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.