Psychiatrists in Scarborough, ME

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Saco Bay Mental Health, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Scarborough, ME 04074
My name is Samuel G. Kingsley and I have been working in the mental health field for 8 years. I take a holistic approach to mental health treatment that combines the latest evidence based treatments with your lived experience. I believe that you are the expert on you and want to understand your goals and will work to combine the best treatments for you to be able to reach them.
My name is Samuel G. Kingsley and I have been working in the mental health field for 8 years. I take a holistic approach to mental health treatment that combines the latest evidence based treatments with your lived experience. I believe that you are the expert on you and want to understand your goals and will work to combine the best treatments for you to be able to reach them.
(207) 962-2290 View (207) 962-2290
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Danielle Sipsock
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Scarborough, ME 04074  (Online Only)
Finding the right person to trust and rely on for help can be hard. I listen and work with my patients and their families in order to create a safe, reliable, and collaborative space to address their problems while also identifying their strengths for overcoming barriers to achieving success and deeper satisfaction in relationships and life as a whole. I am a double board certified and Brown University trained psychiatrist, with fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry and a small private practice personalized to each of my patient's needs.
Finding the right person to trust and rely on for help can be hard. I listen and work with my patients and their families in order to create a safe, reliable, and collaborative space to address their problems while also identifying their strengths for overcoming barriers to achieving success and deeper satisfaction in relationships and life as a whole. I am a double board certified and Brown University trained psychiatrist, with fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry and a small private practice personalized to each of my patient's needs.
(207) 292-5761 View (207) 292-5761
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Mark Shaughnessy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Scarborough, ME 04074
I have been practicing as a psychiatric nurse practitioner for more than 20 years. I employ evidence based treatments to serve adults with depression, anxiety, panic disorder, OCD, bipolar disorder, psychosis, PTSD, ADHD, and other conditions. Medication management is a substantial focus of my practice, but I also offer psychotherapy in the setting of a 30 minute visit or in the more traditional 45 minute session.
I have been practicing as a psychiatric nurse practitioner for more than 20 years. I employ evidence based treatments to serve adults with depression, anxiety, panic disorder, OCD, bipolar disorder, psychosis, PTSD, ADHD, and other conditions. Medication management is a substantial focus of my practice, but I also offer psychotherapy in the setting of a 30 minute visit or in the more traditional 45 minute session.
(207) 358-3975 View (207) 358-3975
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Henry Blanchette
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Scarborough, ME 04074
The most common feedback I get from patients is gratitude for “really listening.” I think that properly understanding your experience is fundamental to providing effective care. I will work with you collaboratively and respectfully to improve your emotional well-being.  Together, we will clarify your personal goals, and work towards reaching them.  This process will consider the broader scope of your life experiences (biological, psychological, social, cultural, and spiritual context). Based on an accurate diagnosis, I utilize a variety of tools, including medication, therapy, and lifestyle modification to help you reach your goals.
The most common feedback I get from patients is gratitude for “really listening.” I think that properly understanding your experience is fundamental to providing effective care. I will work with you collaboratively and respectfully to improve your emotional well-being.  Together, we will clarify your personal goals, and work towards reaching them.  This process will consider the broader scope of your life experiences (biological, psychological, social, cultural, and spiritual context). Based on an accurate diagnosis, I utilize a variety of tools, including medication, therapy, and lifestyle modification to help you reach your goals.
(207) 515-8355 View (207) 515-8355
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James Snyder
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Scarborough, ME 04074
Not accepting new clients
Dr. James Snyder, M.D. is known for his sensitivity, careful diagnostic assessments and expertise in the psychopharmacological treatment of children, adolescents and adults with ADHD, Anxiety Disorders, OCD, Tic Disorders, Social Anxiety/Selective Mutism and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Snyder completed his Adult Psychiatry Residency and Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School and holds a Diplomate from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Dr. James Snyder, M.D. is known for his sensitivity, careful diagnostic assessments and expertise in the psychopharmacological treatment of children, adolescents and adults with ADHD, Anxiety Disorders, OCD, Tic Disorders, Social Anxiety/Selective Mutism and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Snyder completed his Adult Psychiatry Residency and Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School and holds a Diplomate from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
(207) 218-0546 View (207) 218-0546
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Dr. Robert Vinton McCarley
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Scarborough, ME 04074
Not accepting new clients
I am an adult psychiatrist whom has resided and worked in Maine for 20 years, trained in Boston at the Harvard Longwood Adult Psychiatry Residency Program, and have lived in New England my whole life. I have a small adult psychiatric practice that is individual focused and located in Scarborough Maine.
I am an adult psychiatrist whom has resided and worked in Maine for 20 years, trained in Boston at the Harvard Longwood Adult Psychiatry Residency Program, and have lived in New England my whole life. I have a small adult psychiatric practice that is individual focused and located in Scarborough Maine.
(207) 417-4983 View (207) 417-4983
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Julie Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Scarborough, ME 04074
I specialize in medication management. I offer a personalized, holistic, evidence-based approach to the treatment of mental health and addiction disorders. My specific interests are treating ADHD, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, panic, and addiction disorders in adolescents and adults. Together, we can develop a holistic approach to treatment. Through thorough evaluations, developing a clear diagnostic picture, and taking into consideration the social, financial, interpersonal and physical factors which contribute to menal health we will develop a personlized treatment plan to move you in the direction of your goals.
I specialize in medication management. I offer a personalized, holistic, evidence-based approach to the treatment of mental health and addiction disorders. My specific interests are treating ADHD, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, panic, and addiction disorders in adolescents and adults. Together, we can develop a holistic approach to treatment. Through thorough evaluations, developing a clear diagnostic picture, and taking into consideration the social, financial, interpersonal and physical factors which contribute to menal health we will develop a personlized treatment plan to move you in the direction of your goals.
(207) 614-2845 View (207) 614-2845
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At Your Service Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP
Verified
Scarborough, ME 04074
Schedule online: go to AtYourServicePsychiatry.com and click "get started" to see appointment times available. Online telepsychiatry with medications sent right to your local pharmacy. This telepsychiatry practice focuses on caring for you from your home or office, with visits from a smartphone, tablet, or computer. With over a decade of psychiatry experience, we care for people with ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar 1 and 2, PTSD, OCD, insomnia, postpartum depression, and various conditions. Telepsychiatry has given people with agoraphobia a way to heal. Stay home, stay well, but still get care.
Schedule online: go to AtYourServicePsychiatry.com and click "get started" to see appointment times available. Online telepsychiatry with medications sent right to your local pharmacy. This telepsychiatry practice focuses on caring for you from your home or office, with visits from a smartphone, tablet, or computer. With over a decade of psychiatry experience, we care for people with ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar 1 and 2, PTSD, OCD, insomnia, postpartum depression, and various conditions. Telepsychiatry has given people with agoraphobia a way to heal. Stay home, stay well, but still get care.
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Bishop Health - Portland
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Scarborough, ME 04070
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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Paula A. Gentile
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Scarborough, ME 04074
Waitlist for new clients
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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Davonna Wilson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
Scarborough, ME 04074  (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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Catherine A Yu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
Scarborough, ME 04070  (Online Only)
Listening with compassion and without judgment. Our life challenges and life circumstances are what make each of us unique. Together we can work toward understanding and achieving your treatment goals. Initial individual mental health and health assessment provides key information to begin to establish treatment goals. This is an essential step to provide the support and care for you to improve your health.
Listening with compassion and without judgment. Our life challenges and life circumstances are what make each of us unique. Together we can work toward understanding and achieving your treatment goals. Initial individual mental health and health assessment provides key information to begin to establish treatment goals. This is an essential step to provide the support and care for you to improve your health.
(207) 605-5421 View (207) 605-5421
Photo of Catherine Yu, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Scarborough, ME
Catherine Yu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
Scarborough, ME 04070  (Online Only)
I listen with compassion and without judgment. Our life challenges and life circumstances are what make each of us unique. Together we can work toward understanding and achieving your treatment goals. Initial visit and ongoing individual mental health and health assessment provides key information to begin to establish treatment goals. This is an essential step to provide the support and care for you to improve your health.
I listen with compassion and without judgment. Our life challenges and life circumstances are what make each of us unique. Together we can work toward understanding and achieving your treatment goals. Initial visit and ongoing individual mental health and health assessment provides key information to begin to establish treatment goals. This is an essential step to provide the support and care for you to improve your health.
(508) 501-7769 View (508) 501-7769
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Your Journey Behavioral and Mental Health, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Scarborough, ME 04074  (Online Only)
My name is Alicia Soucy and I provide medication management services to individuals over the age of 18. At this time, I am not providing intensive therapy or therapy only. I provide treatment for all mental disorders including depressive disorders, bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders, and trauma disorders. I am dedicated to providing exceptional, compassionate, personalized and evidence-based care. I emphasize the importance of developing a trusting relationship to help all clients reach their health goals.
My name is Alicia Soucy and I provide medication management services to individuals over the age of 18. At this time, I am not providing intensive therapy or therapy only. I provide treatment for all mental disorders including depressive disorders, bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders, and trauma disorders. I am dedicated to providing exceptional, compassionate, personalized and evidence-based care. I emphasize the importance of developing a trusting relationship to help all clients reach their health goals.
(207) 355-7442 View (207) 355-7442

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Kate Radlinski
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
South Portland, ME 04106
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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Evergreen Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
South Portland, ME 04106  (Online Only)
Thank you for considering Evergreen Psychiatric Care for your mental health needs. As a board-certified psychiatrist, I am dedicated to delivering comprehensive treatment across Maine, catering to a broad spectrum of mental health challenges such as depression, anxiety, and trauma. I have a particular interest in women's mental health including providing compassionate care during and after pregnancy. In my private practice, I emphasize medication management while also offering brief therapy when appropriate. My goal is to create a safe and compassionate space, free of judgment, where you can openly discuss your concerns.
Thank you for considering Evergreen Psychiatric Care for your mental health needs. As a board-certified psychiatrist, I am dedicated to delivering comprehensive treatment across Maine, catering to a broad spectrum of mental health challenges such as depression, anxiety, and trauma. I have a particular interest in women's mental health including providing compassionate care during and after pregnancy. In my private practice, I emphasize medication management while also offering brief therapy when appropriate. My goal is to create a safe and compassionate space, free of judgment, where you can openly discuss your concerns.
(207) 223-3246 View (207) 223-3246
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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
Photo of Stephen Morley, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Scarborough, ME
Stephen Morley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Portland, ME 04101
Stephen Morley is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Licensed in both Maine and New Hampshire, Stephen works with virtually all ages—from mid-adolescents to adults—and offers his patients both in-office and remote teletherapy options. With a true affinity for the humanistic, health-promoting principles of nursing, Stephen is dedicated to providing each client with compassionate, supportive care. He strives to create a collaborative healthcare experience for every client, offering holistic, patient-centered care that respects and supports individual autonomy.
Stephen Morley is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Licensed in both Maine and New Hampshire, Stephen works with virtually all ages—from mid-adolescents to adults—and offers his patients both in-office and remote teletherapy options. With a true affinity for the humanistic, health-promoting principles of nursing, Stephen is dedicated to providing each client with compassionate, supportive care. He strives to create a collaborative healthcare experience for every client, offering holistic, patient-centered care that respects and supports individual autonomy.
(207) 218-0029 View (207) 218-0029
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Dr. Nicolas Sikaczowski
Psychiatrist
Verified
Biddeford, ME 04005
I'm an Adult & Child Psychiatrist accepting new patients, with same month availability! I provide medication management and CBT for children, teens, and adults in Saco/Biddeford and am one of few greater Board-Certified Portland Maine Child Psychiatrists. I completed 5 years of residency/fellowship training in General and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry after completing medical school. I provide unrushed, evidence-based treatment. I allocate 90 minutes for intake appointments and 30 minutes for follow-up visits as well as communication via direct message. I commonly treat ADHD, depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar, & psychotic disorders.
I'm an Adult & Child Psychiatrist accepting new patients, with same month availability! I provide medication management and CBT for children, teens, and adults in Saco/Biddeford and am one of few greater Board-Certified Portland Maine Child Psychiatrists. I completed 5 years of residency/fellowship training in General and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry after completing medical school. I provide unrushed, evidence-based treatment. I allocate 90 minutes for intake appointments and 30 minutes for follow-up visits as well as communication via direct message. I commonly treat ADHD, depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar, & psychotic disorders.
(207) 690-6306 View (207) 690-6306
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Thayanne Delima-Tokarz
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Portland, ME 04101  (Online Only)
Dr. Delima-Tokarz is double Board Certified in Psychiatry and Lifestyle medicine. She has more than five years of experience treating patients with anxiety, depression, PTSD, Bipolar, OCD, ADHD, and other mental health issues. She employs pharmacotherapy along with supportive therapy and integrative approaches. Her philosophy includes a healing-oriented approach that considers the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle. Dr. Delima-Tokarz is fluent in English, Portuguese, and Spanish.
Dr. Delima-Tokarz is double Board Certified in Psychiatry and Lifestyle medicine. She has more than five years of experience treating patients with anxiety, depression, PTSD, Bipolar, OCD, ADHD, and other mental health issues. She employs pharmacotherapy along with supportive therapy and integrative approaches. Her philosophy includes a healing-oriented approach that considers the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle. Dr. Delima-Tokarz is fluent in English, Portuguese, and Spanish.
(475) 256-5003 View (475) 256-5003

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Scarborough, ME

10+

Average cost per session

$175

Psychiatrists in Scarborough, ME who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
93% Anxiety
86% Bipolar Disorder
86% Medication Management
79% Trauma and PTSD
71% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
64% ADHD

Average years in practice

15 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
89% Aetna
78% Harvard Pilgrim

How Psychiatrists in Scarborough, ME see their clients

65% In Person and Online
35% Online Only

Gender breakdown

62% Female
38% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Scarborough?

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.