Psychiatrists in Kennebunk, ME

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Jan C Lorenz PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Kennebunk, ME 04043  (Online Only)
Hello! First and foremost, I am a Christian. My faith enables me to be hopeful and believe that we are all created equally and to treat each other with respect and kindness. I believe each of us have different gifts and face different challenges and have different needs. My philosophy is simple. I work for you. I accept -preteen, teens, parents, singles, people in relationships, and seniors. I'm not in favor of adding on medications to medications without benefit. I believe a holistic approach with emphasis on self-wellness, sleep hygiene, exercise, healthy diet, supplements, but sometimes medication(s) are necessary.
Hello! First and foremost, I am a Christian. My faith enables me to be hopeful and believe that we are all created equally and to treat each other with respect and kindness. I believe each of us have different gifts and face different challenges and have different needs. My philosophy is simple. I work for you. I accept -preteen, teens, parents, singles, people in relationships, and seniors. I'm not in favor of adding on medications to medications without benefit. I believe a holistic approach with emphasis on self-wellness, sleep hygiene, exercise, healthy diet, supplements, but sometimes medication(s) are necessary.
(207) 598-4881 View (207) 598-4881
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Kwick Care Pllc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Kennebunk, ME 04043  (Online Only)
My ideal client seeks medication management primarily. They have specific mental health concerns like SUD, anxiety, depression, or ADHD. They want an experienced, empathetic provider who can effectively manage their symptoms and enhance their well-being. They value expertise and are motivated to regain control of their mental health. They recognize that medication can offer relief and improved functioning, and they seek a personalized medication plan and supportive guidance to lead a better quality of life.
My ideal client seeks medication management primarily. They have specific mental health concerns like SUD, anxiety, depression, or ADHD. They want an experienced, empathetic provider who can effectively manage their symptoms and enhance their well-being. They value expertise and are motivated to regain control of their mental health. They recognize that medication can offer relief and improved functioning, and they seek a personalized medication plan and supportive guidance to lead a better quality of life.
(207) 367-4712 View (207) 367-4712
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Patricia Seely
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Kennebunk, ME 04043  (Online Only)
My primary goal is to help individuals find wholeness through therapy. I am not prescribing in Massachusetts at this time. I work with adults and have experience working with people struggling with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, individuals in recovery and those struggling with chronic health issues. As a veteran myself working with military active duty, their spouses and veterans is a special interest. I do prescribe in Maine but do not prescribe stimulants or benzodiazepines at this time.
My primary goal is to help individuals find wholeness through therapy. I am not prescribing in Massachusetts at this time. I work with adults and have experience working with people struggling with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, individuals in recovery and those struggling with chronic health issues. As a veteran myself working with military active duty, their spouses and veterans is a special interest. I do prescribe in Maine but do not prescribe stimulants or benzodiazepines at this time.
(207) 817-2702 View (207) 817-2702

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Alicia Soucy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Biddeford, ME 04007  (Online Only)
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.
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) 230-6251 View (207) 230-6251
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Shannon Grose
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Kennebunkport, ME 04046  (Online Only)
Shannon Grose is a board-certified family nurse practitioner. She attended Dabney S Lancaster Community College where she obtained her associate's degree in nursing and Frontier Nursing University where she obtained her graduate degree in nursing. She started her career as a registered nurse working in both the emergency department and correctional facility settings. As a family nurse practitioner, she has gained experience serving a diverse population of all ages via in-person and virtual care settings. Start working on an improved journey to a healthier lifestyle today.
Shannon Grose is a board-certified family nurse practitioner. She attended Dabney S Lancaster Community College where she obtained her associate's degree in nursing and Frontier Nursing University where she obtained her graduate degree in nursing. She started her career as a registered nurse working in both the emergency department and correctional facility settings. As a family nurse practitioner, she has gained experience serving a diverse population of all ages via in-person and virtual care settings. Start working on an improved journey to a healthier lifestyle today.
(207) 548-5317 View (207) 548-5317
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Integrative Psychiatry of Maine, Linda Sillars
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, AMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Kennebunkport, ME 04046
I am a Psychotherapist and Medication Management Specialists with 30 years experience in psychiatry, 17 of those as a Nurse Practitioner. I specialize in treating patients with ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia, Mood Disorders and PTSD.
I am a Psychotherapist and Medication Management Specialists with 30 years experience in psychiatry, 17 of those as a Nurse Practitioner. I specialize in treating patients with ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia, Mood Disorders and PTSD.
(207) 560-4115 View (207) 560-4115
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Benjamin Crocker
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Biddeford, ME 04005
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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Henry Blanchette
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Biddeford, ME 04005
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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Saco Bay Mental Health, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Biddeford, ME 04005
My name is Samuel G. Kingsley and I have been working in the mental health field for 8 years. I take a holistic approach to mental health treatment that combines the latest evidence based treatments with your lived experience. I believe that you are the expert on you and want to understand your goals and will work to combine the best treatments for you to be able to reach them.
My name is Samuel G. Kingsley and I have been working in the mental health field for 8 years. I take a holistic approach to mental health treatment that combines the latest evidence based treatments with your lived experience. I believe that you are the expert on you and want to understand your goals and will work to combine the best treatments for you to be able to reach them.
(207) 962-2290 View (207) 962-2290
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North Star Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Kennebunkport, ME 04046  (Online Only)
I am a licensed and board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP). My approach is one of active listening, collaboration and treating each individual in a holistic manner. My goal is to collaboratively devise a plan of care that meets the healthcare needs of my patients, but also a plan in which my patients feel invested, to ensure the highest rates of success. I am accessible and attentive and welcome input in determining the best way I can help you. After all, you are the expert on you, and your insights and ideas are invaluable.
I am a licensed and board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP). My approach is one of active listening, collaboration and treating each individual in a holistic manner. My goal is to collaboratively devise a plan of care that meets the healthcare needs of my patients, but also a plan in which my patients feel invested, to ensure the highest rates of success. I am accessible and attentive and welcome input in determining the best way I can help you. After all, you are the expert on you, and your insights and ideas are invaluable.
(207) 742-8386 View (207) 742-8386
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Peace Behavioral Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Saco, ME 04072
Peace Behavioral Health operates psychiatric services in Florida and Maine. It was founded on individualized evidence-based care. In order to focus on quality over quantity, 90 minutes are set aside for our Psychiatric intake appointments and 30 minutes for follow ups. We will do everything possible to help you feel comfortable and confident from day one. We achieve this through providing excellent direct communication, transparency, quality evidence-based care and a constant dedication to helping our patients live their best lives.
Peace Behavioral Health operates psychiatric services in Florida and Maine. It was founded on individualized evidence-based care. In order to focus on quality over quantity, 90 minutes are set aside for our Psychiatric intake appointments and 30 minutes for follow ups. We will do everything possible to help you feel comfortable and confident from day one. We achieve this through providing excellent direct communication, transparency, quality evidence-based care and a constant dedication to helping our patients live their best lives.
(207) 962-1188 View (207) 962-1188
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Flo Leighton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Biddeford, ME 04005  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, and have over 15 years of experience in the field of mental health. As a BIPOC provider I believe navigating clients’ life challenges through an intersectional lens is necessary in order to heal. My approach offers clients a holistic and integrative approach to treatment. Along with a functional medicine in lieu of medication management, I provide supportive psychotherapy that incorporates and skills based techniques.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, and have over 15 years of experience in the field of mental health. As a BIPOC provider I believe navigating clients’ life challenges through an intersectional lens is necessary in order to heal. My approach offers clients a holistic and integrative approach to treatment. Along with a functional medicine in lieu of medication management, I provide supportive psychotherapy that incorporates and skills based techniques.
(646) 652-7996 View (646) 652-7996
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James Snyder
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Kennebunkport, ME 04046
Not accepting new clients
Dr. James Snyder, M.D. is known for his sensitivity, careful diagnostic assessments and expertise in the psychopharmacological treatment of children, adolescents and adults with ADHD, Anxiety Disorders, OCD, Tic Disorders, Social Anxiety/Selective Mutism and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Snyder completed his Adult Psychiatry Residency and Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School and holds a Diplomate from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Dr. James Snyder, M.D. is known for his sensitivity, careful diagnostic assessments and expertise in the psychopharmacological treatment of children, adolescents and adults with ADHD, Anxiety Disorders, OCD, Tic Disorders, Social Anxiety/Selective Mutism and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Snyder completed his Adult Psychiatry Residency and Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School and holds a Diplomate from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
(207) 218-0546 View (207) 218-0546
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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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Micah Malenfant
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP, APRN, CNP, RN
Verified Verified
Biddeford, ME 04005
I am willing to work with anyone who is struggling with their mental health and needs help. If I am unable to help you or you require a higher level of care, I will do my best to get you set up with appropriate services. My practice is accepting new patients.
I am willing to work with anyone who is struggling with their mental health and needs help. If I am unable to help you or you require a higher level of care, I will do my best to get you set up with appropriate services. My practice is accepting new patients.
(207) 360-4591 View (207) 360-4591
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Mood Clinic, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Biddeford, ME 04005
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

Online Psychiatrists

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Lina M Zapata Samarel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, MBA
Verified Verified
Lewiston, ME 04240  (Online Only)
Areas of interest include medication management and psychiatric evaluations for the diagnosis and treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, PTSD, OCD, and panic disorders. Lina’s approach to treating patients focuses on individual treatment plans and on integrative psychiatry by applying evidence-based psychopharmacological, therapeutic interventions, and lifestyle modifications. Lina will listen to you with empathy and will partner with you on your wellness journey.
Areas of interest include medication management and psychiatric evaluations for the diagnosis and treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, PTSD, OCD, and panic disorders. Lina’s approach to treating patients focuses on individual treatment plans and on integrative psychiatry by applying evidence-based psychopharmacological, therapeutic interventions, and lifestyle modifications. Lina will listen to you with empathy and will partner with you on your wellness journey.
(207) 218-0736 View (207) 218-0736
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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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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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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

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Kennebunk, ME

< 10

Psychiatrists in Kennebunk, ME who prioritize treating:

67% Depression
67% Anxiety
67% ADHD
67% Medication Management
67% Stress
33% Relationship Issues
33% Addiction

Average years in practice

20 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
50% BlueCross and BlueShield
50% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Kennebunk, ME see their clients

100% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Kennebunk?

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.