Psychiatrists in Portland, ME

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Balance Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
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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Daniel Coleman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, ME 04103
Welcome, my name is Dr. Dan Coleman. My practice provides a safe, confidential and caring environment and it is my sincere goal to be a source of healing in your life. We all experience pain. Sometimes though, the suffering that accompanies this pain overwhelms our coping abilities. You may feel stuck, cycling through frustration, anxiety, depression, loneliness or even hopelessness. Psychotherapy can be an effective and healing way out of these suffering experiences.
Welcome, my name is Dr. Dan Coleman. My practice provides a safe, confidential and caring environment and it is my sincere goal to be a source of healing in your life. We all experience pain. Sometimes though, the suffering that accompanies this pain overwhelms our coping abilities. You may feel stuck, cycling through frustration, anxiety, depression, loneliness or even hopelessness. Psychotherapy can be an effective and healing way out of these suffering experiences.
(207) 843-3348 View (207) 843-3348
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Claudine Grange
Psychiatric Nurse, BA, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Portland, ME 04102
Not accepting new clients
I treat psychiatric illness by listening to one's life story. Individuals are a harmony of thoughts and feelings; mind and body. Medications are sometimes necessary to help a person manage their day to day life but they are not sufficient. I prescribe medication if necessary and provide therapies that are suited to the individual patient. The focus is primarily on lifestyle therapy and daily practice. Lifestyle medicine includes diet, exercise, meditation, and stress reduction along with cognitive therapy. I know that with the right support, knowledge and practice a person can experience joy, continue to grow and love.
I treat psychiatric illness by listening to one's life story. Individuals are a harmony of thoughts and feelings; mind and body. Medications are sometimes necessary to help a person manage their day to day life but they are not sufficient. I prescribe medication if necessary and provide therapies that are suited to the individual patient. The focus is primarily on lifestyle therapy and daily practice. Lifestyle medicine includes diet, exercise, meditation, and stress reduction along with cognitive therapy. I know that with the right support, knowledge and practice a person can experience joy, continue to grow and love.
(207) 517-2874 View (207) 517-2874
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Sylvia Park
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Portland, ME 04101
It is the brave person who allows him or herself to feel vulnerable, admit there is a problem, and take steps to find the right help. Loneliness, sadness, anxiety, depression, irritability, anger and/or mood swings are common experiences. Some have experienced trauma in the past, which may continue to cause problems today. I am committed to help people live their best lives. I completed a medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine, and am board-certified in Psychiatry and Preventive Medicine.
It is the brave person who allows him or herself to feel vulnerable, admit there is a problem, and take steps to find the right help. Loneliness, sadness, anxiety, depression, irritability, anger and/or mood swings are common experiences. Some have experienced trauma in the past, which may continue to cause problems today. I am committed to help people live their best lives. I completed a medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine, and am board-certified in Psychiatry and Preventive Medicine.
(207) 407-5174 View (207) 407-5174
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Dr Valerie A. Hart
Psychiatric Nurse, EdD, PMHCNS, BC
Verified
Portland, ME 04101
I have maintained a continuous psychotherapy practice since 1979. In addition to clinical practice I taught in the graduate program for Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners at the University of Southern Maine - retired as Professor Emeritus in 2017. My background is in psychodynamic therapy which acknowledges the importance that family of origin plays in our life as well as the role of the unconscious in determining our decisions. I accompany my clients on a journey of self-discovery and self-awareness which leads to symptom reduction and a more fulfilling life. My practice consists of individual, couples and family therapy- I do not prescribe in my practice.
I have maintained a continuous psychotherapy practice since 1979. In addition to clinical practice I taught in the graduate program for Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners at the University of Southern Maine - retired as Professor Emeritus in 2017. My background is in psychodynamic therapy which acknowledges the importance that family of origin plays in our life as well as the role of the unconscious in determining our decisions. I accompany my clients on a journey of self-discovery and self-awareness which leads to symptom reduction and a more fulfilling life. My practice consists of individual, couples and family therapy- I do not prescribe in my practice.
(207) 747-3146 View (207) 747-3146
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Robert King
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, ME 04101
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
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Alison Moore Tetrault
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
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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Benjamin Crocker
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Portland, ME 04102
Not accepting new clients
I see patients relatively short term. I'm 77 and not sure how long I will keep practicing. Many patients can get meds prescribed by their PCP after having a consultation or brief treatment with me and I am happy to consult with your PCP or other provider. I am especially interested in treating anxiety. I like doing behavior therapy for phobias 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. I like doing behavior therapy for phobias 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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Mary Kate Grady
Psychiatrist, MD
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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Bishop Health - Portland
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Portland, ME 04103
The ideal client seeks a safe haven where their unique experiences are valued and understood. They desire a compassionate guide who recognizes the complexity of their struggles with conditions like depression, anxiety, or trauma. They crave validation and support, knowing that their journey towards healing requires tailored interventions. They seek collaborative discussions to explore their needs, ranging from therapy to medication and lifestyle adjustments. My commitment to holistic care assures them of a comprehensive approach that prioritizes their mental well-being.
The ideal client seeks a safe haven where their unique experiences are valued and understood. They desire a compassionate guide who recognizes the complexity of their struggles with conditions like depression, anxiety, or trauma. They crave validation and support, knowing that their journey towards healing requires tailored interventions. They seek collaborative discussions to explore their needs, ranging from therapy to medication and lifestyle adjustments. My commitment to holistic care assures them of a comprehensive approach that prioritizes their mental well-being.
(207) 820-2854 View (207) 820-2854
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Hollie-Anne Stanwood
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN (C
Verified
Portland, ME 04101
Hollie-Anne Stanwood received her Undergraduate at University of Maine Fort Kent. Upon completion of her board exam she worked in multiple acute care settings over the course of 5 years. These include, Acute Cardiac Care, ICU, ED, PACU, Outpatient Surgery along with settling as a RN in a psychiatric outpatient medication management clinic before finishing her masters. During this time Hollie-Anne attended Walden University where she completed her Master's of Nursing degree. Hollie-Anne now practices as a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the State of Maine.
Hollie-Anne Stanwood received her Undergraduate at University of Maine Fort Kent. Upon completion of her board exam she worked in multiple acute care settings over the course of 5 years. These include, Acute Cardiac Care, ICU, ED, PACU, Outpatient Surgery along with settling as a RN in a psychiatric outpatient medication management clinic before finishing her masters. During this time Hollie-Anne attended Walden University where she completed her Master's of Nursing degree. Hollie-Anne now practices as a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the State of Maine.
(207) 263-0399 View (207) 263-0399
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Catherine Yu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, LMHNP
Verified
Portland, ME 04101  (Online Only)
She helps treats a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, and sleep/insomnia in patients of all ages. She is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services. As a PMHNP, Katie's role is multifaceted, including educator, mental health advocate, therapist, and medication manager.
She helps treats a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, and sleep/insomnia in patients of all ages. She is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services. As a PMHNP, Katie's role is multifaceted, including educator, mental health advocate, therapist, and medication manager.
(207) 716-5179 View (207) 716-5179
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Ruth Frydman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Portland, ME 04101
My approach is to work with you collaboratively and respectfully to improve your emotional well-being. Together we will clarify your personal goals in a safe and caring space, and work towards reaching them. This process will take into account the "big picture" of your unique experiences (biological, psychological, social, cultural, and spiritual) and help you move forward with your life. I bring extensive experience in treating people in a variety of settings for over 25 years.
My approach is to work with you collaboratively and respectfully to improve your emotional well-being. Together we will clarify your personal goals in a safe and caring space, and work towards reaching them. This process will take into account the "big picture" of your unique experiences (biological, psychological, social, cultural, and spiritual) and help you move forward with your life. I bring extensive experience in treating people in a variety of settings for over 25 years.
(207) 406-9622 x400 View (207) 406-9622 x400
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Dylan McKenney
Psychiatrist, MD
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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Mood Clinic, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified
Portland, ME 04101
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
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Erin L Belfort
Psychiatrist, MD, DFAACAP
Verified
Portland, ME 04101
I am a Harvard trained psychiatrist practicing in Portland, Maine with more than ten years of experience working with patients of all ages. I am board certified in general psychiatry and child & adolescent psychiatry and have additional training in family therapy. You can find more details on my website: ErinBelfortMD.com
I am a Harvard trained psychiatrist practicing in Portland, Maine with more than ten years of experience working with patients of all ages. I am board certified in general psychiatry and child & adolescent psychiatry and have additional training in family therapy. You can find more details on my website: ErinBelfortMD.com
(207) 496-1856 View (207) 496-1856
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, CNP
Verified
Portland, ME 04101  (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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PSM Center for Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
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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Davonna Wilson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
Portland, ME 04101  (Online Only)
Are you experiencing overwhelming negative emotions? Sadness, worry, shame, or guilt? You know you are ready for a change but you are unsure of how to start feeling better. Clients come to me looking for a provider who can offer a safe space to overcome individual challenges. Sessions with me will involve a true connection, this is my favorite part of working in mental health. I will earn your trust and together, we will develop a treatment plan that propels you towards wellness. As a nurse practitioner trained in both physical and mental health, your treatment plan will include personalized care for your whole being.
Are you experiencing overwhelming negative emotions? Sadness, worry, shame, or guilt? You know you are ready for a change but you are unsure of how to start feeling better. Clients come to me looking for a provider who can offer a safe space to overcome individual challenges. Sessions with me will involve a true connection, this is my favorite part of working in mental health. I will earn your trust and together, we will develop a treatment plan that propels you towards wellness. As a nurse practitioner trained in both physical and mental health, your treatment plan will include personalized care for your whole being.
(878) 206-6269 View (878) 206-6269
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David Wright
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Portland, ME 04101
David Wright is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) in Portland, Maine who has been practicing since 2018. Prior to joining LifeStance Health, he worked in numerous psychiatric departments for many years, including Adult Outpatient; Adult Inpatient; Adolescent Inpatient; Inpatient Treatment for Substance Use, Abuse, and Addiction; Behavioral Emergency Department; and psychiatric consultation in hospital medical units. In his clinical work, David utilizes an integrative approach specifically designed to meet each individual's needs.
David Wright is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) in Portland, Maine who has been practicing since 2018. Prior to joining LifeStance Health, he worked in numerous psychiatric departments for many years, including Adult Outpatient; Adult Inpatient; Adolescent Inpatient; Inpatient Treatment for Substance Use, Abuse, and Addiction; Behavioral Emergency Department; and psychiatric consultation in hospital medical units. In his clinical work, David utilizes an integrative approach specifically designed to meet each individual's needs.
(207) 606-7884 View (207) 606-7884

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Number of Psychiatrists in Portland, ME

50+

Average cost per session

$265

Psychiatrists in Portland, ME who prioritize treating:

98% Depression
95% Anxiety
88% Bipolar Disorder
86% Medication Management
83% Trauma and PTSD
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
69% ADHD

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

83% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
65% BlueCross and BlueShield
65% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Portland, ME see their clients

72% In Person and Online
28% Online Only

Gender breakdown

70% Female
30% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Portland?

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.