Psychiatrists in Knox County, ME

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Open Door Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, ANP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Rockland, ME 04841
My goal is to provide help and solutions to those clients suffering from burnout, compassion fatigue, anxiety, depression and PTSD especially those who use maladaptive behaviors to cope. Together we will discover and expose the root causes and create concrete and positive strategies to increase coping and resilience. In addition to being a PMHNP I am also trauma trained and continue to add additional training yearly. I can provide medication management to alleviate symptoms while we do therapy to uncover the root causes. You will learn concrete take home tools to increase resiliency and coping.
My goal is to provide help and solutions to those clients suffering from burnout, compassion fatigue, anxiety, depression and PTSD especially those who use maladaptive behaviors to cope. Together we will discover and expose the root causes and create concrete and positive strategies to increase coping and resilience. In addition to being a PMHNP I am also trauma trained and continue to add additional training yearly. I can provide medication management to alleviate symptoms while we do therapy to uncover the root causes. You will learn concrete take home tools to increase resiliency and coping.
(207) 835-3593 View (207) 835-3593
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Dr. Marianne Bernadino
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Camden, ME 04843
Dr. Bernadino is an Interventional Psychiatrist practicing in Camden, Maine. She is currently accepting new patients for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), ketamine therapy and Spravato. At this time, she is not accepting new patients for psychotherapy or medication management.
Dr. Bernadino is an Interventional Psychiatrist practicing in Camden, Maine. She is currently accepting new patients for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), ketamine therapy and Spravato. At this time, she is not accepting new patients for psychotherapy or medication management.
(207) 292-7608 View (207) 292-7608
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Alicia Snow, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, CHom
Verified Verified
Camden, ME 04843
I have a special love and a particular skill set for helping folks with issues around anxiety and depression. I offer a spectrum of choices from meditation and yoga techniques, to homeopathic, herbal and supplemental support, all the way to pharmaceutical management - depending on the preferences and beliefs of the client. I find homeopathy to be particularly effective at shifting the mental and emotional patterns that can bind up a persons ability to think and to have a sense of well-being. However, addressing systemic health on the physical plane is equally important and all to often neglected by the Western model.
I have a special love and a particular skill set for helping folks with issues around anxiety and depression. I offer a spectrum of choices from meditation and yoga techniques, to homeopathic, herbal and supplemental support, all the way to pharmaceutical management - depending on the preferences and beliefs of the client. I find homeopathy to be particularly effective at shifting the mental and emotional patterns that can bind up a persons ability to think and to have a sense of well-being. However, addressing systemic health on the physical plane is equally important and all to often neglected by the Western model.
(207) 481-4502 View (207) 481-4502
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Robert King
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Camden, ME 04843
I provide psychiatric care for adults, age 18 and above. Treatments for mental illness are not a one-size-fits-all, and I approach each patient as a unique individual. Using contemporary, evidence-based treatments, I aim to relieve suffering and improve quality of life. Following an accurate diagnosis, it is often important to consider how lifestyle modification, therapy, medications, and other treatments can provide benefit. I employ various psychotherapeutic techniques, including psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral, and am adept in medication management.
I provide psychiatric care for adults, age 18 and above. Treatments for mental illness are not a one-size-fits-all, and I approach each patient as a unique individual. Using contemporary, evidence-based treatments, I aim to relieve suffering and improve quality of life. Following an accurate diagnosis, it is often important to consider how lifestyle modification, therapy, medications, and other treatments can provide benefit. I employ various psychotherapeutic techniques, including psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral, and am adept in medication management.
(207) 607-4022 x400 View (207) 607-4022 x400

Online Psychiatrists

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Balance Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, ME 04101  (Online Only)
We understand that you are coming to us at one of the most vulnerable and difficult times in your life. We will listen to your concerns without judgement and offer a safe space to overcome your unique challenges. We are here to help if you are struggling with overwhelming feelings of sadness, irritability, anxious thoughts, or chaotic shifts in your mood. We can assess for ADHD if you feel unable to focus or struggle with completing tasks without distraction. We are experienced in providing trauma informed care.
We understand that you are coming to us at one of the most vulnerable and difficult times in your life. We will listen to your concerns without judgement and offer a safe space to overcome your unique challenges. We are here to help if you are struggling with overwhelming feelings of sadness, irritability, anxious thoughts, or chaotic shifts in your mood. We can assess for ADHD if you feel unable to focus or struggle with completing tasks without distraction. We are experienced in providing trauma informed care.
(207) 739-4059 View (207) 739-4059
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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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Art of Wellness Mental Health Care, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Passadumkeag, ME 04475  (Online Only)
Tele-Psych medication management. Are you struggling to make it to appointments? Life is busy and I am here to help with convenient, virtual, personalized care that ensures well-being. Jennifer Ferguson is a distinguished psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner, who has graduated with honors. With over a decade in healthcare, she adeptly treats diverse mental health issues, prioritizing patient satisfaction. Passionate about accessible, affordable care, she values the therapeutic bond, respecting each client's uniqueness, regardless of background.
Tele-Psych medication management. Are you struggling to make it to appointments? Life is busy and I am here to help with convenient, virtual, personalized care that ensures well-being. Jennifer Ferguson is a distinguished psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner, who has graduated with honors. With over a decade in healthcare, she adeptly treats diverse mental health issues, prioritizing patient satisfaction. Passionate about accessible, affordable care, she values the therapeutic bond, respecting each client's uniqueness, regardless of background.
(207) 492-7456 View (207) 492-7456
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Empower Psychiatry Solutions
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Scarborough, ME 04074
No matter where you are on your mental health recovery journey, Empower Psychiatry Solutions, PLLC is here for you. Let us help you identify and take steps towards achieving your goals, starting today. Our vision: a world where mental health care is prioritized for all, free from stigma, patient-centered, evidence based, integrative and holistic. Our mission: mental health care that is personalized, empathic, warm, and holds you in the highest and most positive regard at all times, free from judgment.
No matter where you are on your mental health recovery journey, Empower Psychiatry Solutions, PLLC is here for you. Let us help you identify and take steps towards achieving your goals, starting today. Our vision: a world where mental health care is prioritized for all, free from stigma, patient-centered, evidence based, integrative and holistic. Our mission: mental health care that is personalized, empathic, warm, and holds you in the highest and most positive regard at all times, free from judgment.
(207) 483-5162 View (207) 483-5162
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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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LiveWell Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Freeport, ME 04032
Please find additional information on my website: www.lwpsych.org. 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.
Please find additional information on my website: www.lwpsych.org. 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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Sarah Jewell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bangor, ME 04401
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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Julia Gallant
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bangor, ME 04401  (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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Alison Moore Tetrault
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, ME 04103
Any client that needs help and is ready to start exploring options is ideal. I would like to help with mental health issues to include depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, substance use disorders, eating disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, as well as schizophrenia and psychosis. An ideal client for is ready to consider the possible treatment options recommended and work with me to find a plan that works for them. I can offer supportive psychotherapy as well as medication management, TMS and integrative holistic approaches to care.
Any client that needs help and is ready to start exploring options is ideal. I would like to help with mental health issues to include depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, substance use disorders, eating disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, as well as schizophrenia and psychosis. An ideal client for is ready to consider the possible treatment options recommended and work with me to find a plan that works for them. I can offer supportive psychotherapy as well as medication management, TMS and integrative holistic approaches to care.
(207) 204-8363 View (207) 204-8363
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PSM Center for Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, ME 04101
We are a group of experienced psychiatrists dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive mental health care to adults, teens, and children. We are committed to helping our patients achieve optimal mental well-being and lead fulfilling lives. Our team of providers work collaboratively with patients, tailoring treatment plans to address their specific challenges and goals. We focus on evidence-based practices, staying up-to-date with the latest research and advancements in psychiatry to ensure the best possible outcomes.
We are a group of experienced psychiatrists dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive mental health care to adults, teens, and children. We are committed to helping our patients achieve optimal mental well-being and lead fulfilling lives. Our team of providers work collaboratively with patients, tailoring treatment plans to address their specific challenges and goals. We focus on evidence-based practices, staying up-to-date with the latest research and advancements in psychiatry to ensure the best possible outcomes.
(207) 802-7033 View (207) 802-7033
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Adam Horn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bangor, ME 04401  (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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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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Mary Kate Grady
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, ME 04101
I provide psychiatric care for adults, age 18 and older. I take a wholistic approach to psychiatric care, focusing on the physical, psychological, emotional and social well-being of each patient. I provide both therapy and medication management, integrating an evidence based approach to nutrition, joyful movement, and social connection.
I provide psychiatric care for adults, age 18 and older. I take a wholistic approach to psychiatric care, focusing on the physical, psychological, emotional and social well-being of each patient. I provide both therapy and medication management, integrating an evidence based approach to nutrition, joyful movement, and social connection.
(207) 223-7653 x400 View (207) 223-7653 x400
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Dylan McKenney
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Portland, ME 04101
My Practice is located at Touchstone Associates in Portland's Old Port. I specialize in Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP). In addition to my medical and psychiatric training I have trained with California Institute of Integral Studies, Psychedelic Therapy and Research Program. Ketamine treatment is available in many different forms which can be applied to various conditions. What I practice is specifically meant to help further the work of psychotherapy. I require that clients are currently working with a therapist and I prefer that the therapist reach out to make a referral to me. Following that, I will reach out to you.
My Practice is located at Touchstone Associates in Portland's Old Port. I specialize in Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP). In addition to my medical and psychiatric training I have trained with California Institute of Integral Studies, Psychedelic Therapy and Research Program. Ketamine treatment is available in many different forms which can be applied to various conditions. What I practice is specifically meant to help further the work of psychotherapy. I require that clients are currently working with a therapist and I prefer that the therapist reach out to make a referral to me. Following that, I will reach out to you.
(207) 481-4171 View (207) 481-4171
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Kate Radlinski
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Kate A. Radlinski is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Maine who has been practicing since 2014. Kate strives to help clients by providing holistic, individualized mental health care utilizing the mind, body, and spirit. She works to help clients and their families become the best version of themselves by utilizing education and shared decision making to create client-centered treatment plans. Her hope is to form long-term relationships with clients to serve their individual and family mental health concerns using evidence-based psychopharmacology and therapeutic interventions to promote health and wellness.
Kate A. Radlinski is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Maine who has been practicing since 2014. Kate strives to help clients by providing holistic, individualized mental health care utilizing the mind, body, and spirit. She works to help clients and their families become the best version of themselves by utilizing education and shared decision making to create client-centered treatment plans. Her hope is to form long-term relationships with clients to serve their individual and family mental health concerns using evidence-based psychopharmacology and therapeutic interventions to promote health and wellness.
(207) 945-8267 View (207) 945-8267
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Jeremy Spiegel
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Portland, ME 04101
Jeremy Spiegel, MD, is available for psychiatric evaluations and medication management at his Portland, Maine office at Casco Bay Medical. He specializes in treatment of ADHD, anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD, Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety and most other psychiatric disorders and conditions. New Treatment Offering: Brief Psychotherapy. Dr. Spiegel, as psychotherapist and collaborative problem solver, can help address your core psychological problem with weekly virtual visits over 12 sessions. Call the office for more details to see if you may be a candidate for this exciting approach.
Jeremy Spiegel, MD, is available for psychiatric evaluations and medication management at his Portland, Maine office at Casco Bay Medical. He specializes in treatment of ADHD, anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD, Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety and most other psychiatric disorders and conditions. New Treatment Offering: Brief Psychotherapy. Dr. Spiegel, as psychotherapist and collaborative problem solver, can help address your core psychological problem with weekly virtual visits over 12 sessions. Call the office for more details to see if you may be a candidate for this exciting approach.
(207) 808-7352 View (207) 808-7352

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Knox County, ME

< 10

Psychiatrists in Knox County, ME who prioritize treating:

75% Anxiety
75% Trauma and PTSD
75% Bipolar Disorder
75% Medication Management
50% Depression
50% Life Coaching
50% Grief

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

67% Aetna
67% Cigna and Evernorth
67% Harvard Pilgrim

How Psychiatrists in Knox County, ME see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Knox 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.