Psychiatrists in Kennebec County, ME

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Photo of Heriberto Sierra, MSN, RN, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Heriberto Sierra
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Augusta, ME 04330  (Online Only)
Our mission at Serenity Health Telepsychiatry, LLC. is to provide children, adolescents, and adults who do not have the ability or opportunity to see healthcare providers the chance to be seen by a mental health professional. Our focus and goals are to provide the best evidence-based care and treatment to our patients.
Our mission at Serenity Health Telepsychiatry, LLC. is to provide children, adolescents, and adults who do not have the ability or opportunity to see healthcare providers the chance to be seen by a mental health professional. Our focus and goals are to provide the best evidence-based care and treatment to our patients.
(302) 307-9640 View (302) 307-9640
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Janet Zalanskas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMH NP, PMH CS, APRN-BC
Verified Verified
Waterville, ME 04901
People looking to clarify diagnosis and for psychiatric medication. Helping patients to minimize side effects from medications.
People looking to clarify diagnosis and for psychiatric medication. Helping patients to minimize side effects from medications.
(207) 255-7770 View (207) 255-7770
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, CNP
Verified Verified
Augusta, ME 04330  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for entire state for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups are $99. Accepting Optum/UHC/UBH insurances.
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for entire state for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups are $99. Accepting Optum/UHC/UBH insurances.
(517) 743-0945 View (517) 743-0945
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Alyson Maloy
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA, DABIHM
Verified Verified
Augusta, ME 04330
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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Sarah Jewell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Waterville, ME 04901
Hello! My name is Dr. Sarah Jewell, and I am dual certified as a family nurse practitioner and psychiatric nurse practitioner. I enjoy helping others by reducing their anxiety and depression symptoms and helping them realize better days are ahead. By using active listening, motivational interviewing, and supportive techniques, my patients will feel more positive about life. I have many years of experience working with adults who suffer from anxiety, depression, PTSD, and insomnia.
Hello! My name is Dr. Sarah Jewell, and I am dual certified as a family nurse practitioner and psychiatric nurse practitioner. I enjoy helping others by reducing their anxiety and depression symptoms and helping them realize better days are ahead. By using active listening, motivational interviewing, and supportive techniques, my patients will feel more positive about life. I have many years of experience working with adults who suffer from anxiety, depression, PTSD, and insomnia.
(207) 614-2804 View (207) 614-2804
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Courtney McClendon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Waterville, ME 04901
Accepting new clients of all ages! Embracing mental health care is not just about managing symptoms—it’s a pathway to understanding oneself, cultivating resilience, and developing coping strategies for life's challenges. I am Heather McClendon, APRN, PMHNP-BC - I work with all patients aged 6 and up, providing psychiatric evaluations, diagnosis, brief psychotherapy, and psychotropic medication management. Specialties include, but are not limited to; depression disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, sleep disorders, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia and more.
Accepting new clients of all ages! Embracing mental health care is not just about managing symptoms—it’s a pathway to understanding oneself, cultivating resilience, and developing coping strategies for life's challenges. I am Heather McClendon, APRN, PMHNP-BC - I work with all patients aged 6 and up, providing psychiatric evaluations, diagnosis, brief psychotherapy, and psychotropic medication management. Specialties include, but are not limited to; depression disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, sleep disorders, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia and more.
(207) 305-3648 View (207) 305-3648
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Laura Feaga
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN , PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Waterville, ME 04901
I specialize in the psychiatric care of the public safety community. I provide crisis intervention and stabilization, medications, supportive therapy, and complementary and alternative treatments to help with sleep, anxiety, trauma and mood. My practice incorporates polyvagal strategies, alpha stim, nutrition, and mindfulness in ways that are culturally appropriate for first responders and military veterans to help you understand and learn to control your nervous system. I also do trainings for departments on wellness, resilience, and stress as well as critical incident stress management.
I specialize in the psychiatric care of the public safety community. I provide crisis intervention and stabilization, medications, supportive therapy, and complementary and alternative treatments to help with sleep, anxiety, trauma and mood. My practice incorporates polyvagal strategies, alpha stim, nutrition, and mindfulness in ways that are culturally appropriate for first responders and military veterans to help you understand and learn to control your nervous system. I also do trainings for departments on wellness, resilience, and stress as well as critical incident stress management.
(207) 387-8202 View (207) 387-8202
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Jennifer Sims
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Waterville, ME 04901  (Online Only)
Ms. Jennifer Sims is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has over 25 years of experience in psychiatry and in a variety of settings including inpatient, academics, and outpatient. Ms. Sims received her Master’s in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Indiana University. She is also a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist and has an MBA. Her clinical passion is Patient-Centered Care and working in collaboration with Clients to assist them with their mental health well-being. She treats a variety of psychiatric disorders to include, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders.
Ms. Jennifer Sims is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has over 25 years of experience in psychiatry and in a variety of settings including inpatient, academics, and outpatient. Ms. Sims received her Master’s in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Indiana University. She is also a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist and has an MBA. Her clinical passion is Patient-Centered Care and working in collaboration with Clients to assist them with their mental health well-being. She treats a variety of psychiatric disorders to include, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders.
(207) 280-8774 View (207) 280-8774
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Adam Horn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Waterville, ME 04901  (Online Only)
Adam is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in psychological trauma, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and addiction issues. He has more than 25 years of experience in mental health, as a psychotherapist with a Cognitive Behavioral approach and as a nurse practitioner. He has helped people from all walks of life, all sorts of life experiences, from the coasts of Washington State to hills of Tennessee and Virginia; urban and rural. He believes our pasts do not dictate our futures; and through a combination of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, we are all capable of change and creating a better life.
Adam is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in psychological trauma, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and addiction issues. He has more than 25 years of experience in mental health, as a psychotherapist with a Cognitive Behavioral approach and as a nurse practitioner. He has helped people from all walks of life, all sorts of life experiences, from the coasts of Washington State to hills of Tennessee and Virginia; urban and rural. He believes our pasts do not dictate our futures; and through a combination of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, we are all capable of change and creating a better life.
(207) 222-7094 View (207) 222-7094
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Julia Gallant
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Augusta, ME 04330  (Online Only)
Welcome to Eastern Sky Wellness, a telepsychiatry practice for adult residents of Maine. I offer diagnostic and medication services for adults with conditions such as anxiety, depression, trauma, bipolar spectrum, and ADHD. Clients who come to me are often feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and are looking for support. They might be on medication that isn't working and want another opinion, or perhaps want to explore the idea of discontinuing current long-term medication(s). Many are doing well with their medication and just need a new prescriber. Regardless, everyone wants to feel and function at their best.
Welcome to Eastern Sky Wellness, a telepsychiatry practice for adult residents of Maine. I offer diagnostic and medication services for adults with conditions such as anxiety, depression, trauma, bipolar spectrum, and ADHD. Clients who come to me are often feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and are looking for support. They might be on medication that isn't working and want another opinion, or perhaps want to explore the idea of discontinuing current long-term medication(s). Many are doing well with their medication and just need a new prescriber. Regardless, everyone wants to feel and function at their best.
(207) 436-8941 View (207) 436-8941
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Your Journey Behavioral and Mental Health, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Augusta, ME 04330  (Online Only)
My name is Alicia Soucy and I provide medication management services to individuals over the age of 18. At this time, I am not providing intensive therapy or therapy only. I provide treatment for all mental disorders including depressive disorders, bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders, and trauma disorders. I am dedicated to providing exceptional, compassionate, personalized and evidence-based care. I emphasize the importance of developing a trusting relationship to help all clients reach their health goals.
My name is Alicia Soucy and I provide medication management services to individuals over the age of 18. At this time, I am not providing intensive therapy or therapy only. I provide treatment for all mental disorders including depressive disorders, bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders, and trauma disorders. I am dedicated to providing exceptional, compassionate, personalized and evidence-based care. I emphasize the importance of developing a trusting relationship to help all clients reach their health goals.
(207) 355-7442 View (207) 355-7442

Online Psychiatrists

Photo of Henry Blanchette, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
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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Daniel Coleman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, ME 04103
Welcome, my name is Dr. Dan Coleman. My practice provides a safe, confidential and caring environment and it is my sincere goal to be a source of healing in your life. We all experience pain. Sometimes though, the suffering that accompanies this pain overwhelms our coping abilities. You may feel stuck, cycling through frustration, anxiety, depression, loneliness or even hopelessness. Psychotherapy can be an effective and healing way out of these suffering experiences.
Welcome, my name is Dr. Dan Coleman. My practice provides a safe, confidential and caring environment and it is my sincere goal to be a source of healing in your life. We all experience pain. Sometimes though, the suffering that accompanies this pain overwhelms our coping abilities. You may feel stuck, cycling through frustration, anxiety, depression, loneliness or even hopelessness. Psychotherapy can be an effective and healing way out of these suffering experiences.
(207) 843-3348 View (207) 843-3348
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Dr. Nicolas Sikaczowski
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Saco, ME 04072
I'm an Adult & Child Psychiatrist accepting new patients, with same month availability! I provide medication management and CBT for children, teens, and adults in Saco/Biddeford and am one of few greater Board-Certified Portland Maine Child Psychiatrists. I completed 5 years of residency/fellowship training in General and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry after completing medical school. I provide unrushed, evidence-based treatment. I allocate 90 minutes for intake appointments and 30 minutes for follow-up visits as well as communication via direct message. I commonly treat ADHD, depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar, & psychotic disorders.
I'm an Adult & Child Psychiatrist accepting new patients, with same month availability! I provide medication management and CBT for children, teens, and adults in Saco/Biddeford and am one of few greater Board-Certified Portland Maine Child Psychiatrists. I completed 5 years of residency/fellowship training in General and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry after completing medical school. I provide unrushed, evidence-based treatment. I allocate 90 minutes for intake appointments and 30 minutes for follow-up visits as well as communication via direct message. I commonly treat ADHD, depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar, & psychotic disorders.
(207) 690-6306 View (207) 690-6306
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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
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Maggie S Murphy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMH-NP, BC, LLC
Verified Verified
York, ME 03909
Welcome! Since becoming a registered nurse in 1985, I’ve had the opportunity to work in healthcare settings including critical care, hospice and behavioral health. In 2001, I graduated from Northeastern University with my MSN and became Board Certified and licensed to practice as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. I love what I do and feel fortunate to have deepened my psychotherapy and medication management skills working with some excellent supervisors over the years. While I'm proud of my practice as a whole, I’ll admit that psychotherapy is what I love the most about my work.
Welcome! Since becoming a registered nurse in 1985, I’ve had the opportunity to work in healthcare settings including critical care, hospice and behavioral health. In 2001, I graduated from Northeastern University with my MSN and became Board Certified and licensed to practice as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. I love what I do and feel fortunate to have deepened my psychotherapy and medication management skills working with some excellent supervisors over the years. While I'm proud of my practice as a whole, I’ll admit that psychotherapy is what I love the most about my work.
(207) 613-2247 View (207) 613-2247
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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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Peggy Ouellette
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FPMH-NP
Verified Verified
Springvale, ME 04083
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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Juan C Mateo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Westbrook, ME 04092  (Online Only)
Hello, my name is Juan Mateo. I am a Bilingual (English/Spanish) Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have close to 10 years of medical experience both in medical and psychiatric settings. I have treated a host of psychiatric disorders including Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Personality disorders, and other psychological ailments. I know that life can be unfair, erratic, and unpredictable. Together as a team we can navigate these personal obstacles and volatilities, by enriching your ego, relationship, and career through multiple modalities.
Hello, my name is Juan Mateo. I am a Bilingual (English/Spanish) Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have close to 10 years of medical experience both in medical and psychiatric settings. I have treated a host of psychiatric disorders including Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Personality disorders, and other psychological ailments. I know that life can be unfair, erratic, and unpredictable. Together as a team we can navigate these personal obstacles and volatilities, by enriching your ego, relationship, and career through multiple modalities.
(207) 656-1844 View (207) 656-1844
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Juliana Pires
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
South Portland, ME 04106  (Online Only)
I have helped people who reported anxiety that "comes unannounced from nowhere", or had been feeling low and having difficulty finding motivation, or who were just not feeling like themselves for different reasons including poor sleep, low energy, inability to stop worrying, and inability to concentrate to complete tasks.
I have helped people who reported anxiety that "comes unannounced from nowhere", or had been feeling low and having difficulty finding motivation, or who were just not feeling like themselves for different reasons including poor sleep, low energy, inability to stop worrying, and inability to concentrate to complete tasks.
(801) 845-2115 View (801) 845-2115

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Number of Psychiatrists in Kennebec County, ME

10+

Average cost per session

$225

Psychiatrists in Kennebec County, ME who prioritize treating:

91% Depression
82% Bipolar Disorder
73% Anxiety
73% Stress
64% Medication Management
55% Addiction
55% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

14 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
100% Optum
88% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Kennebec County, ME see their clients

54% Online Only
46% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

86% Female
14% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Kennebec 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.