Psychiatrists in Falmouth, ME

Photo of Amanda Scola, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Falmouth, ME
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.
(207) 355-7305 x1 View (207) 355-7305 x1
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Susan L Chase
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Falmouth, ME 04105
Welcome to my practice, Finding Peace of Mind, serving the mental health needs of adults ages 18 & over. At Finding Peace of Mind, I provide individualized, meaningful, mental healthcare, designed to help individuals achieve stability, healing, recovery and improved quality of life. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 21+ years of experience with psychiatric medications and mental healthcare, both in the in-patient & out-patient settings. I completed my Master's in Psychiatric Nursing at the University of So. Maine and obtained my Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner certification through a Post Master's program at Husson College.
Welcome to my practice, Finding Peace of Mind, serving the mental health needs of adults ages 18 & over. At Finding Peace of Mind, I provide individualized, meaningful, mental healthcare, designed to help individuals achieve stability, healing, recovery and improved quality of life. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 21+ years of experience with psychiatric medications and mental healthcare, both in the in-patient & out-patient settings. I completed my Master's in Psychiatric Nursing at the University of So. Maine and obtained my Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner certification through a Post Master's program at Husson College.
(207) 865-8638 View (207) 865-8638
Photo of Julie Smith, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Falmouth, ME
Julie Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Falmouth, ME 04105
As a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I specialize in medication management, offering a personalized experience that integrates the latest evidence-based approaches to support you on your journey to health and well-being. My goal is not only to aid in stabilization and recovery but also to witness your flourishing and thriving. I take a holistic approach to treatment, conducting comprehensive evaluations and establishing a clear diagnostic framework, all while considering the impact of social, cultural, interpersonal, and financial influence.
As a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I specialize in medication management, offering a personalized experience that integrates the latest evidence-based approaches to support you on your journey to health and well-being. My goal is not only to aid in stabilization and recovery but also to witness your flourishing and thriving. I take a holistic approach to treatment, conducting comprehensive evaluations and establishing a clear diagnostic framework, all while considering the impact of social, cultural, interpersonal, and financial influence.
(207) 614-2845 View (207) 614-2845
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Jeremy Spiegel
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Falmouth, ME 04105
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.
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Paula A. Gentile
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Falmouth, ME 04105
As a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I provide psychiatric diagnosis and evaluation, medication management, and psychotherapy. I consider the opportunity to serve in this role as a genuine privilege and I look forward to the chance to work collaboratively with you in my private practice. I offer a setting which allows time and space for personalized care and discovery of root causes, instead of rushed appointments that only leave time to graze the surface. You deserve to be heard and understood so that improvement happens in ways that are meaningful to you.
As a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I provide psychiatric diagnosis and evaluation, medication management, and psychotherapy. I consider the opportunity to serve in this role as a genuine privilege and I look forward to the chance to work collaboratively with you in my private practice. I offer a setting which allows time and space for personalized care and discovery of root causes, instead of rushed appointments that only leave time to graze the surface. You deserve to be heard and understood so that improvement happens in ways that are meaningful to you.
(207) 263-0837 View (207) 263-0837

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Henry Blanchette
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Scarborough, ME 04074
The most common feedback I get from patients is gratitude for “really listening.” I think that properly understanding your experience is fundamental to providing effective care. I will work with you collaboratively and respectfully to improve your emotional well-being.  Together, we will clarify your personal goals, and work towards reaching them.  This process will consider the broader scope of your life experiences (biological, psychological, social, cultural, and spiritual context). Based on an accurate diagnosis, I utilize a variety of tools, including medication, therapy, and lifestyle modification to help you reach your goals.
The most common feedback I get from patients is gratitude for “really listening.” I think that properly understanding your experience is fundamental to providing effective care. I will work with you collaboratively and respectfully to improve your emotional well-being.  Together, we will clarify your personal goals, and work towards reaching them.  This process will consider the broader scope of your life experiences (biological, psychological, social, cultural, and spiritual context). Based on an accurate diagnosis, I utilize a variety of tools, including medication, therapy, and lifestyle modification to help you reach your goals.
(207) 515-8355 View (207) 515-8355
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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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LiveWell Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Yarmouth, ME 04096
Welcome! Feeling depressed, anxious...wanting better? Chances are, if you have sought care through traditional channels, you've been prescribed an antidepressant or antianxiety medication and not much else. While medications can be helpful, there's usually more that goes into achieving optimal mental health. I help adults with anxiety, depression, and PTSD worry less, improve their mood, and engage more effectively in their daily lives.
Welcome! Feeling depressed, anxious...wanting better? Chances are, if you have sought care through traditional channels, you've been prescribed an antidepressant or antianxiety medication and not much else. While medications can be helpful, there's usually more that goes into achieving optimal mental health. I help adults with anxiety, depression, and PTSD worry less, improve their mood, and engage more effectively in their daily lives.
(207) 507-7406 View (207) 507-7406
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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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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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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
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Inner Balance Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Portland, ME 04103
Understanding that everyone's path to mental wellness is different, we meet individuals where they are, providing support and guidance at every step. Our goal is not only to alleviate symptoms but to empower individuals to lead fulfilling lives. Driven by a passion for mental health advocacy, we are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of those we serve.
Understanding that everyone's path to mental wellness is different, we meet individuals where they are, providing support and guidance at every step. Our goal is not only to alleviate symptoms but to empower individuals to lead fulfilling lives. Driven by a passion for mental health advocacy, we are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of those we serve.
(207) 389-3644 View (207) 389-3644
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Evergreen Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
South Portland, ME 04106  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Thank you for considering Evergreen Psychiatric Care for your mental health needs. As a board-certified psychiatrist, I am dedicated to delivering comprehensive treatment across Maine, catering to a broad spectrum of mental health challenges such as depression, anxiety, and trauma. I have a particular interest in women's mental health including providing compassionate care during and after pregnancy. In my private practice, I emphasize medication management while also offering brief therapy when appropriate. My goal is to create a safe and compassionate space, free of judgment, where you can openly discuss your concerns.
Thank you for considering Evergreen Psychiatric Care for your mental health needs. As a board-certified psychiatrist, I am dedicated to delivering comprehensive treatment across Maine, catering to a broad spectrum of mental health challenges such as depression, anxiety, and trauma. I have a particular interest in women's mental health including providing compassionate care during and after pregnancy. In my private practice, I emphasize medication management while also offering brief therapy when appropriate. My goal is to create a safe and compassionate space, free of judgment, where you can openly discuss your concerns.
(207) 223-3246 View (207) 223-3246
Photo of Barbara Howaniec, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Falmouth, ME
Barbara Howaniec
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Portland, ME 04101
I am passionate in my belief that every person can better their life with careful introspection and exploration. My compassion and empathy provide my clients with a safe and nurturing environment in which they may explore their lives allowing them to move into a happier more functional future.
I am passionate in my belief that every person can better their life with careful introspection and exploration. My compassion and empathy provide my clients with a safe and nurturing environment in which they may explore their lives allowing them to move into a happier more functional future.
(207) 746-0763 View (207) 746-0763
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Stephen Morley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Portland, ME 04101
Stephen Morley is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Licensed in both Maine and New Hampshire, Stephen works with virtually all ages—from mid-adolescents to adults—and offers his patients both in-office and remote teletherapy options. With a true affinity for the humanistic, health-promoting principles of nursing, Stephen is dedicated to providing each client with compassionate, supportive care. He strives to create a collaborative healthcare experience for every client, offering holistic, patient-centered care that respects and supports individual autonomy.
Stephen Morley is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Licensed in both Maine and New Hampshire, Stephen works with virtually all ages—from mid-adolescents to adults—and offers his patients both in-office and remote teletherapy options. With a true affinity for the humanistic, health-promoting principles of nursing, Stephen is dedicated to providing each client with compassionate, supportive care. He strives to create a collaborative healthcare experience for every client, offering holistic, patient-centered care that respects and supports individual autonomy.
(207) 218-0029 View (207) 218-0029
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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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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
Photo of Davonna Wilson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Falmouth, ME
Davonna Wilson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, ME 04101  (Online Only)
Are you experiencing overwhelming negative emotions? Sadness, worry, shame, or guilt? You know you are ready for a change but you are unsure of how to start feeling better. Clients come to me looking for a provider who can offer a safe space to overcome individual challenges. Sessions with me will involve a true connection, this is my favorite part of working in mental health. I will earn your trust and together, we will develop a treatment plan that propels you towards wellness. As a nurse practitioner trained in both physical and mental health, your treatment plan will include personalized care for your whole being.
Are you experiencing overwhelming negative emotions? Sadness, worry, shame, or guilt? You know you are ready for a change but you are unsure of how to start feeling better. Clients come to me looking for a provider who can offer a safe space to overcome individual challenges. Sessions with me will involve a true connection, this is my favorite part of working in mental health. I will earn your trust and together, we will develop a treatment plan that propels you towards wellness. As a nurse practitioner trained in both physical and mental health, your treatment plan will include personalized care for your whole being.
(878) 206-6269 View (878) 206-6269
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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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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.
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Falmouth, ME

< 10

Psychiatrists in Falmouth, ME who prioritize treating:

80% Relationship Issues
80% Depression
80% Anxiety
80% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
80% Medication Management
80% Stress
60% ADHD

Average years in practice

23 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Harvard Pilgrim
100% Medicare
100% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Falmouth, ME see their clients

80% In Person and Online
20% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Falmouth?

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.