Psychiatrists in Cumberland County, ME

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Photo of Gwen Duffield, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Cumberland County, ME
Gwen Duffield
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified
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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Unitas Healthcare Systems
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
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
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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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Claudine Grange
Psychiatric Nurse, BA, MSN, PMHNP
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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Life Coaching with Kate
Psychiatric Nurse, RN, CLC
Verified
Brunswick, ME 04011  (Online Only)
We all crave success in our personal and professional lives. The relationship we have with our past or current situation can either debilitate OR completely empower us in taking action forward toward living the ways we truly desire. Each life journey is packed with experiences we often think define us, but it's really how we think now about our past, present, and future that defines us. The best news is that every individual is fully capable and worthy of creating their dream life. Life Coaching offers practical concepts and action-based tools for individuals to solve their problems, define their future, and take action.
We all crave success in our personal and professional lives. The relationship we have with our past or current situation can either debilitate OR completely empower us in taking action forward toward living the ways we truly desire. Each life journey is packed with experiences we often think define us, but it's really how we think now about our past, present, and future that defines us. The best news is that every individual is fully capable and worthy of creating their dream life. Life Coaching offers practical concepts and action-based tools for individuals to solve their problems, define their future, and take action.
(207) 656-1499 View (207) 656-1499
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Sylvia Park
Psychiatrist, MD
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
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Hollie-Anne Stanwood
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN (C
Verified
Portland, ME 04101
Hollie-Anne Stanwood received her Undergraduate at University of Maine Fort Kent. Upon completion of her board exam she worked in multiple acute care settings over the course of 5 years. These include, Acute Cardiac Care, ICU, ED, PACU, Outpatient Surgery along with settling as a RN in a psychiatric outpatient medication management clinic before finishing her masters. During this time Hollie-Anne attended Walden University where she completed her Master's of Nursing degree. Hollie-Anne now practices as a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the State of Maine.
Hollie-Anne Stanwood received her Undergraduate at University of Maine Fort Kent. Upon completion of her board exam she worked in multiple acute care settings over the course of 5 years. These include, Acute Cardiac Care, ICU, ED, PACU, Outpatient Surgery along with settling as a RN in a psychiatric outpatient medication management clinic before finishing her masters. During this time Hollie-Anne attended Walden University where she completed her Master's of Nursing degree. Hollie-Anne now practices as a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the State of Maine.
(207) 263-0399 View (207) 263-0399
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Mary Kate Grady
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, ME 04101
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 x400 View (207) 223-7653 x400
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Ketamine Institute of Sebago Medical Group Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, MA MEd
Verified
Windham, ME 04062
Sebago Medical Group's ketamine therapy is a breakthrough treatment that has shown remarkable results in relieving depression, anxiety, mood disorders and C-PTSD; even in cases that have not responded to other treatments. Ketamine works differently than traditional psychiatric medications through rapid regulation of the glutamate system, which is involved in mood regulation. It works together with GABA, a neurotransmitter involved with anxiety and mood states, to alleviate mental health symptoms. Recent research has shown that ketamine can provide rapid relief and lasting effects from weeks to months.
Sebago Medical Group's ketamine therapy is a breakthrough treatment that has shown remarkable results in relieving depression, anxiety, mood disorders and C-PTSD; even in cases that have not responded to other treatments. Ketamine works differently than traditional psychiatric medications through rapid regulation of the glutamate system, which is involved in mood regulation. It works together with GABA, a neurotransmitter involved with anxiety and mood states, to alleviate mental health symptoms. Recent research has shown that ketamine can provide rapid relief and lasting effects from weeks to months.
(207) 305-4287 View (207) 305-4287
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Dr. Misty Stafford
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
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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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
Psychiatry of Maine
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Freeport, ME 04032  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist specializing in Child/Adolescent Psychiatry and Adult Psychiatry. My services include the diagnosis and treatment of all mental illnesses in children/adolescents/adult including but not limited to ADHD, Depression, OCD, Anxiety, Autism Spectrum, Bipolar Disorder, Personality Disorder and PTSD. I am also interested in treating women who are pregnant/postpartum and nursing. I am comfortable in the setting of treating co-morbid medical and psychiatric concerns. I only utilize medication when necessary.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist specializing in Child/Adolescent Psychiatry and Adult Psychiatry. My services include the diagnosis and treatment of all mental illnesses in children/adolescents/adult including but not limited to ADHD, Depression, OCD, Anxiety, Autism Spectrum, Bipolar Disorder, Personality Disorder and PTSD. I am also interested in treating women who are pregnant/postpartum and nursing. I am comfortable in the setting of treating co-morbid medical and psychiatric concerns. I only utilize medication when necessary.
(207) 230-6411 View (207) 230-6411
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PSM Center for Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
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
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Catherine Yu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, LMHNP
Verified
Portland, ME 04101  (Online Only)
She helps treats a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, and sleep/insomnia in patients of all ages. She is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services. As a PMHNP, Katie's role is multifaceted, including educator, mental health advocate, therapist, and medication manager.
She helps treats a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, and sleep/insomnia in patients of all ages. She is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services. As a PMHNP, Katie's role is multifaceted, including educator, mental health advocate, therapist, and medication manager.
(207) 716-5179 View (207) 716-5179
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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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Dr. Andrés Abreu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Brunswick, ME 04011  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
The focus of my practice is on establishing meaningful and longitudinal therapeutic relationships with patients seeking to explore their problems in living. Through a relational and integrative approach, I focus on the thoughts and feelings that emerge in the therapeutic relationship to elucidate and interpret the challenges patients face in the wider world.
The focus of my practice is on establishing meaningful and longitudinal therapeutic relationships with patients seeking to explore their problems in living. Through a relational and integrative approach, I focus on the thoughts and feelings that emerge in the therapeutic relationship to elucidate and interpret the challenges patients face in the wider world.
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Alyson Maloy
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA, DABIHM
Verified
Portland, ME 04101
Not accepting new clients
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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CoRecover, LLC
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified
3 Endorsed
Waitlist for new clients
I am a psychiatrist (MD), board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and Board Certified in Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. I have treated thousands of patients in many different settings and levels of care over my 20 year career. I have extensive training and experience in psychopharmacology (medications), psychotherapy, and addictions (alcohol, opiates, tobacco, and others. I specialize in co-occurring disorders (that is, when mental health issues are intertwined with an addictive disorder), but I can certainly help with either disorder by itself just as well.
I am a psychiatrist (MD), board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and Board Certified in Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. I have treated thousands of patients in many different settings and levels of care over my 20 year career. I have extensive training and experience in psychopharmacology (medications), psychotherapy, and addictions (alcohol, opiates, tobacco, and others. I specialize in co-occurring disorders (that is, when mental health issues are intertwined with an addictive disorder), but I can certainly help with either disorder by itself just as well.
(207) 358-4067 View (207) 358-4067
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LiveWell Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Freeport, ME 04032
Welcome! My name is Kelly Hoyt, a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in Integrative Psychiatry and trauma-informed care. I went into private practice to provide patients with personalized, comprehensive care outside of the managed care model. With a focus on holistic and integrative psychiatry, I believe that private practice allows for more individualized treatment plans and longer appointment times, ensuring that each patient's unique needs are met.
Welcome! My name is Kelly Hoyt, a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in Integrative Psychiatry and trauma-informed care. I went into private practice to provide patients with personalized, comprehensive care outside of the managed care model. With a focus on holistic and integrative psychiatry, I believe that private practice allows for more individualized treatment plans and longer appointment times, ensuring that each patient's unique needs are met.
(207) 507-7406 View (207) 507-7406
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Evergreen Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
South Portland, ME 04106  (Online Only)
Thank you for considering Evergreen Psychiatric Care for your mental health needs. As a board-certified psychiatrist, I am dedicated to delivering comprehensive treatment across Maine, catering to a broad spectrum of mental health challenges such as depression, anxiety, and trauma. I have a particular interest in women's mental health including providing compassionate care during and after pregnancy. In my private practice, I emphasize medication management while also offering brief therapy when appropriate. My goal is to create a safe and compassionate space, free of judgment, where you can openly discuss your concerns.
Thank you for considering Evergreen Psychiatric Care for your mental health needs. As a board-certified psychiatrist, I am dedicated to delivering comprehensive treatment across Maine, catering to a broad spectrum of mental health challenges such as depression, anxiety, and trauma. I have a particular interest in women's mental health including providing compassionate care during and after pregnancy. In my private practice, I emphasize medication management while also offering brief therapy when appropriate. My goal is to create a safe and compassionate space, free of judgment, where you can openly discuss your concerns.
(207) 223-3246 View (207) 223-3246

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Number of Psychiatrists in Cumberland County, ME

80+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Cumberland County, ME who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
88% Anxiety
84% Medication Management
83% Bipolar Disorder
78% Trauma and PTSD
70% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
64% ADHD

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

81% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
67% Aetna
67% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Cumberland County, ME see their clients

68% In Person and Online
32% Online Only

Gender breakdown

70% Female
30% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Cumberland County?

The Psychology Today Directory enables you to search specifically for psychiatrists, using the drop down provider menu in the navigation bar, by city or zip code, or by the name of the psychiatrist. Search results provide detailed profiles of professionals, including their treatment approach and areas of expertise. In addition, listings provide important information about each psychiatrist’s credentials, fees, payment options, and insurance affiliations. Directory users can select psychiatrists who meet an array of personally-desired criteria, such as familiarity with a specific community or condition.

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

Psychiatrists are medical specialists who focus on understanding, diagnosing, and treating diseases of the brain and disorders of the mind and behavior. As physicians, psychiatrists are trained to recognize the often-subtle biological causes of mental disorders and to monitor the effects of mental disturbances on physical conditions, such as heart disease. Psychologists are especially attuned to the influence of early experience on development and behavior, emotional and cognitive processes, the nature of personality, and social functioning. They are also trained to deploy an array of psychological tests—IQ tests, personality tests, behavioral assessments—to gauge a person’s functioning.

What is a psychiatric nurse practitioner?

A psychiatric nurse practitioner, also known as a mental health nurse practitioner, is a registered nurse who completes advanced training in psychiatric care, earning either a master’s or doctoral degree in psychiatric nursing, and in the U.S., passes a national certification exam. Like psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health conditions. In some locales, psychiatric nurse practitioners can offer the full range of psychiatric care, including prescribing and managing medication. In other places, they must work in collaboration with a physician.

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed psychiatrist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and counselors. All psychiatrists listed in the directory have a valid license issued by the state(s) in which they practice and are certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some individuals or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

Can a psychiatrist prescribe medication?

Psychiatrists are licensed medical doctors who are trained to recognize the many ways body processes affect the functioning of the brain and mind. As physicians, they can prescribe medication. Patients who are prescribed medications will typically need to continue to see a psychiatrist so that the effects of the medication can be monitored. For many psychiatric conditions, including common disorders such as anxiety and depression, the preferred treatment is combination therapy—medication accompanied by psychotherapy.

Do psychiatrists offer therapy?

Psychiatrists are generally trained in a number of treatment modalities, including psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, and, increasingly, somatic therapies. Typically, psychiatrists make a diagnosis and determine a course of treatment based on chemical or biological factors, using lab tests, brain scans and physical and psychological evaluations. While psychotherapy may be used in the first session to aid in diagnosis, it is not typically utilized in subsequent visits. In fact, after the introductory session, most sessions with a psychiatrist may only be 15-20 minutes in length and are largely focused on medication management. Many psychiatrists who do not offer psychotherapy work collaboratively with psychologists and other mental health clinicians and can refer clients seeking talk therapy to those providers.

How do I know if I need a psychiatrist or a therapist?

It is not always easy to know which type of mental health practitioner to choose. Many people are unaware of the root of their mental or behavioral problem. One way many people learn which type of care is best for them is by seeing their primary care provider first. Depending on the nature and severity of the symptoms, the physician may review their medical history or perform medical tests to determine whether biological factors are involved before making a referral. It is not necessary for a person to know precisely what type of care they need in order to seek help. Many psychiatrists and psychologists refer clients to each other depending on client needs.

Do I need a referral to see a psychiatrist?

A referral to a psychiatrist is often not required. However, seeing your primary care physician first can be helpful and actually prove to be a shortcut to getting what you need. Your PCP may have a clear idea whether psychiatric help is needed and/or which kind of mental health care would be most beneficial and refer you to the right type of practitioner. For that reason alone, some psychiatrists require a referral. Further, many insurance plans require a referral from a PCP if they cover all of part of the cost of seeing a specialist; if, however, you are paying out of pocket, you may not need a referral. In any case, a referral may speed the process of securing an appointment with a psychiatrist, especially in areas where there is a shortage of mental health specialists and new patients face long waits for appointments.