Psychiatrists in Lewiston, ME

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Shannon Grose
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Lewiston, ME 04240  (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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Jennifer Sims
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lewiston, ME 04240  (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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Madeleine Reyes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, DNP
Verified Verified
Lewiston, ME 04240  (Online Only)
Welcome to Salvaje Minds Associates! My name is Dr. Madeleine “Salvaje” Reyes, a Psychiatric Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) who is board certified to see individuals across the lifespan. I completed my Master of Science in Nursing- Advanced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner from Florida International University (FIU) in 2017 and my Doctorate in Nursing Practice in the mental health field in 2019.
Welcome to Salvaje Minds Associates! My name is Dr. Madeleine “Salvaje” Reyes, a Psychiatric Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) who is board certified to see individuals across the lifespan. I completed my Master of Science in Nursing- Advanced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner from Florida International University (FIU) in 2017 and my Doctorate in Nursing Practice in the mental health field in 2019.
(207) 306-2524 View (207) 306-2524
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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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Adam Horn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lewiston, ME 04240  (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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Jennifer Snowden
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lewiston, ME 04240
Dr. Jennifer Snowden completed medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995. She then completed a residency in general psychiatry at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia followed by a fellowship in forensic psychiatry also at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia from 1995-2000. She spent ten years practicing forensic psychiatry at a state hospital in Atlanta. She then decided that she wanted to travel and spent eighteen months as a locum tenens psychiatrist primarily practicing in New England.
Dr. Jennifer Snowden completed medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995. She then completed a residency in general psychiatry at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia followed by a fellowship in forensic psychiatry also at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia from 1995-2000. She spent ten years practicing forensic psychiatry at a state hospital in Atlanta. She then decided that she wanted to travel and spent eighteen months as a locum tenens psychiatrist primarily practicing in New England.
(207) 386-8693 View (207) 386-8693
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PSM Center for Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lewiston, ME 04241
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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Ketamine Institute of Sebago Medical Group Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, MA MEd
Verified Verified
Lewiston, ME 04240
Sebago Medical Group's ketamine therapy is a breakthrough treatment that has shown remarkable results in relieving depression, anxiety, mood disorders and C-PTSD; even in cases that have not responded to other treatments. Ketamine works differently than traditional psychiatric medications through rapid regulation of the glutamate system, which is involved in mood regulation. It works together with GABA, a neurotransmitter involved with anxiety and mood states, to alleviate mental health symptoms. Recent research has shown that ketamine can provide rapid relief and lasting effects from weeks to months.
Sebago Medical Group's ketamine therapy is a breakthrough treatment that has shown remarkable results in relieving depression, anxiety, mood disorders and C-PTSD; even in cases that have not responded to other treatments. Ketamine works differently than traditional psychiatric medications through rapid regulation of the glutamate system, which is involved in mood regulation. It works together with GABA, a neurotransmitter involved with anxiety and mood states, to alleviate mental health symptoms. Recent research has shown that ketamine can provide rapid relief and lasting effects from weeks to months.
(207) 305-4287 View (207) 305-4287

More Psychiatrists Nearby

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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, CNP
Verified Verified
Auburn, ME 04210  (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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Summyji Groom
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Auburn, ME 04210
Optimal Mental Health Virtual Clinic, PLLC is committed to providing personalized, comprehensive mental health care in a safe, secure virtual space. We cater to individuals dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, or those wishing to enhance their mental well-being. Our strength lies in our holistic approach, integrating various therapeutic methods tailored to each client's unique needs. Our skilled professionals foster a supportive environment, aimed at empowering clients to navigate life's challenges with increased resilience. Your mental health is our priority.
Optimal Mental Health Virtual Clinic, PLLC is committed to providing personalized, comprehensive mental health care in a safe, secure virtual space. We cater to individuals dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, or those wishing to enhance their mental well-being. Our strength lies in our holistic approach, integrating various therapeutic methods tailored to each client's unique needs. Our skilled professionals foster a supportive environment, aimed at empowering clients to navigate life's challenges with increased resilience. Your mental health is our priority.
(502) 673-1568 View (502) 673-1568

Online Psychiatrists

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Chad Saint-Amant
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, ME 04103
Chad Saint-Amant is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). Chad completed his clinical training and obtained his master’s degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.
Chad Saint-Amant is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). Chad completed his clinical training and obtained his master’s degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.
(207) 417-4354 View (207) 417-4354
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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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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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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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Paula A. Gentile
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
South Portland, ME 04106
As a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I provide psychiatric diagnosis and evaluation, medication management, and psychotherapy. I consider the opportunity to serve in this role as a genuine privilege and I look forward to the chance to work collaboratively with you in my private practice. I offer a setting which allows time and space for personalized care and discovery of root causes, instead of rushed appointments that only leave time to graze the surface. You deserve to be heard and understood so that improvement happens in ways that are meaningful to you.
As a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I provide psychiatric diagnosis and evaluation, medication management, and psychotherapy. I consider the opportunity to serve in this role as a genuine privilege and I look forward to the chance to work collaboratively with you in my private practice. I offer a setting which allows time and space for personalized care and discovery of root causes, instead of rushed appointments that only leave time to graze the surface. You deserve to be heard and understood so that improvement happens in ways that are meaningful to you.
(207) 263-0837 View (207) 263-0837
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Arbor Psychiatry Pllc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MS,
Verified Verified
Orono, ME 04473
I believe that everyone has a right to transparent and caring mental health treatment. Mental health is just as important as physical health and often there is significant overlap, when the mind is not healthy the body suffers. I have experience working with children and adults, in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I work with patients on a variety of concerns: anxiety, depression, bipolar, PTSD, ADHD, grief, addiction as well as other disorders. I believe that with support and guidance mental illness should not hold back anyone from living a fulfilling and happy life. I offer both in-person and telehealth.
I believe that everyone has a right to transparent and caring mental health treatment. Mental health is just as important as physical health and often there is significant overlap, when the mind is not healthy the body suffers. I have experience working with children and adults, in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I work with patients on a variety of concerns: anxiety, depression, bipolar, PTSD, ADHD, grief, addiction as well as other disorders. I believe that with support and guidance mental illness should not hold back anyone from living a fulfilling and happy life. I offer both in-person and telehealth.
(207) 204-8453 View (207) 204-8453
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Micaela Brooke Strevay
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Brunswick, ME 04011  (Online Only)
Hi there! I'm a certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, and I've worked with patients in various inpatient and outpatient settings. My expertise lies in helping individuals dealing with substance abuse, addiction, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD. I rely on the latest DSM diagnostic guidelines and evidence-based treatments to support my patients in regaining their well-being. I firmly believe that mental health holds the same significance as physical health, and my objective is to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness while encouraging others to prioritize their mental well-being.
Hi there! I'm a certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, and I've worked with patients in various inpatient and outpatient settings. My expertise lies in helping individuals dealing with substance abuse, addiction, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD. I rely on the latest DSM diagnostic guidelines and evidence-based treatments to support my patients in regaining their well-being. I firmly believe that mental health holds the same significance as physical health, and my objective is to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness while encouraging others to prioritize their mental well-being.
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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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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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Tonya Shantel Escobar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bangor, ME 04401  (Online Only)
www.healthymindsrx.com Visit my website first. I offer quick convenient telehealth utilizing a professional approach. As a Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse, with the ability to Prescribe Psych MEDS if needed.
www.healthymindsrx.com Visit my website first. I offer quick convenient telehealth utilizing a professional approach. As a Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse, with the ability to Prescribe Psych MEDS if needed.
(707) 506-0433 View (707) 506-0433

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Lewiston, ME

< 10

Psychiatrists in Lewiston, ME who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Bipolar Disorder
88% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
75% Trauma and PTSD
75% Stress
63% Grief

Average years in practice

16 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

88% Aetna
75% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
63% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Lewiston, ME see their clients

62% Online Only
38% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Lewiston?

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.