Psychiatrists in Springvale, ME

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Peggy Ouellette
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FPMH-NP
Verified
Springvale, ME 04083
Are you a caregiver looking to create a healthier and happier lifestyle for your entire family? Do you feel overwhelmed by the emotional and physical demands of balancing everything? Concerned about the long-term impact of medications on your child's physical and emotional health? Worried about the financial strain of medical bills? Feeling isolated and alone in your experience especially when others don't understand? Are you ready to rejuvenate your mind and body, and embark on a transformative journey towards optimal well-being?
Are you a caregiver looking to create a healthier and happier lifestyle for your entire family? Do you feel overwhelmed by the emotional and physical demands of balancing everything? Concerned about the long-term impact of medications on your child's physical and emotional health? Worried about the financial strain of medical bills? Feeling isolated and alone in your experience especially when others don't understand? Are you ready to rejuvenate your mind and body, and embark on a transformative journey towards optimal well-being?
(207) 716-0604 View (207) 716-0604

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Bishop Health - Portland
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Waterboro, ME 04087
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

Online Psychiatrists

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Heriberto Sierra
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Augusta, ME 04330  (Online Only)
Our mission at Serenity Health Telepsychiatry, LLC. is to provide children, adolescents, and adults who do not have the ability or opportunity to see healthcare providers the chance to be seen by a mental health professional. Our focus and goals are to provide the best evidence-based care and treatment to our patients.
Our mission at Serenity Health Telepsychiatry, LLC. is to provide children, adolescents, and adults who do not have the ability or opportunity to see healthcare providers the chance to be seen by a mental health professional. Our focus and goals are to provide the best evidence-based care and treatment to our patients.
(302) 307-9640 View (302) 307-9640
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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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Bonnie Lemieux
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN (C
Verified
South Portland, ME 04106
Bonnie Lemieux is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Maine who has been practicing since 2016. Bonnie is experienced in assessment and medication management of PTSD, Bipolar disorder, Psychotic disorders, and Depressive disorders. Outside of work, Bonnie enjoys reading, cooking, and learning.
Bonnie Lemieux is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Maine who has been practicing since 2016. Bonnie is experienced in assessment and medication management of PTSD, Bipolar disorder, Psychotic disorders, and Depressive disorders. Outside of work, Bonnie enjoys reading, cooking, and learning.
(207) 843-9948 View (207) 843-9948
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Dr. Nicolas Sikaczowski
Psychiatrist
Verified
Saco, ME 04072
I'm an Adult & Child Psychiatrist accepting new patients, with same month availability! I provide medication management and CBT for children, teens, and adults in Saco/Biddeford and am one of few greater Board-Certified Portland Maine Child Psychiatrists. I completed 5 years of residency/fellowship training in General and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry after completing medical school. I provide unrushed, evidence-based treatment. I allocate 90 minutes for intake appointments and 30 minutes for follow-up visits as well as communication via direct message. I commonly treat ADHD, depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar, & psychotic disorders.
I'm an Adult & Child Psychiatrist accepting new patients, with same month availability! I provide medication management and CBT for children, teens, and adults in Saco/Biddeford and am one of few greater Board-Certified Portland Maine Child Psychiatrists. I completed 5 years of residency/fellowship training in General and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry after completing medical school. I provide unrushed, evidence-based treatment. I allocate 90 minutes for intake appointments and 30 minutes for follow-up visits as well as communication via direct message. I commonly treat ADHD, depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar, & psychotic disorders.
(207) 690-6306 View (207) 690-6306
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Julie Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Yarmouth, ME 04096
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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North Star Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Kennebunkport, ME 04046  (Online Only)
I am a licensed and board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP). My approach is one of active listening, collaboration and treating each individual in a holistic manner. My goal is to collaboratively devise a plan of care that meets the healthcare needs of my patients, but also a plan in which my patients feel invested, to ensure the highest rates of success. I am accessible and attentive and welcome input in determining the best way I can help you. After all, you are the expert on you, and your insights and ideas are invaluable.
I am a licensed and board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP). My approach is one of active listening, collaboration and treating each individual in a holistic manner. My goal is to collaboratively devise a plan of care that meets the healthcare needs of my patients, but also a plan in which my patients feel invested, to ensure the highest rates of success. I am accessible and attentive and welcome input in determining the best way I can help you. After all, you are the expert on you, and your insights and ideas are invaluable.
(207) 742-8386 View (207) 742-8386
Psychiatry of Maine
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Freeport, ME 04032  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist specializing in Child/Adolescent Psychiatry and Adult Psychiatry. My services include the diagnosis and treatment of all mental illnesses in children/adolescents/adult including but not limited to ADHD, Depression, OCD, Anxiety, Autism Spectrum, Bipolar Disorder, Personality Disorder and PTSD. I am also interested in treating women who are pregnant/postpartum and nursing. I am comfortable in the setting of treating co-morbid medical and psychiatric concerns. I only utilize medication when necessary.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist specializing in Child/Adolescent Psychiatry and Adult Psychiatry. My services include the diagnosis and treatment of all mental illnesses in children/adolescents/adult including but not limited to ADHD, Depression, OCD, Anxiety, Autism Spectrum, Bipolar Disorder, Personality Disorder and PTSD. I am also interested in treating women who are pregnant/postpartum and nursing. I am comfortable in the setting of treating co-morbid medical and psychiatric concerns. I only utilize medication when necessary.
(207) 230-6411 View (207) 230-6411
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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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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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Micaela Brooke Strevay
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
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.
(207) 865-8840 View (207) 865-8840
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Integrative Psychiatry of Maine, Linda Sillars
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, AMHNP-B
Verified
Saco, ME 04072
I am a Psychotherapist and Medication Management Specialists with 30 years experience in psychiatry, 17 of those as a Nurse Practitioner. I specialize in treating patients with ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia, Mood Disorders and PTSD.
I am a Psychotherapist and Medication Management Specialists with 30 years experience in psychiatry, 17 of those as a Nurse Practitioner. I specialize in treating patients with ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia, Mood Disorders and PTSD.
(207) 560-4115 View (207) 560-4115
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Scott M. Albin
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
3 Endorsed
Yarmouth, ME 04096
Dr. Albin is a Board Certified in Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist. He completed his residency and fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, and currently provides evaluation and management of mental health issues with psychotherapy and medication management in private practice.
Dr. Albin is a Board Certified in Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist. He completed his residency and fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, and currently provides evaluation and management of mental health issues with psychotherapy and medication management in private practice.
(207) 271-9621 View (207) 271-9621
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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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Life Coaching with Kate
Psychiatric Nurse, RN, CLC
Verified
Brunswick, ME 04011  (Online Only)
We all crave success in our personal and professional lives. The relationship we have with our past or current situation can either debilitate OR completely empower us in taking action forward toward living the ways we truly desire. Each life journey is packed with experiences we often think define us, but it's really how we think now about our past, present, and future that defines us. The best news is that every individual is fully capable and worthy of creating their dream life. Life Coaching offers practical concepts and action-based tools for individuals to solve their problems, define their future, and take action.
We all crave success in our personal and professional lives. The relationship we have with our past or current situation can either debilitate OR completely empower us in taking action forward toward living the ways we truly desire. Each life journey is packed with experiences we often think define us, but it's really how we think now about our past, present, and future that defines us. The best news is that every individual is fully capable and worthy of creating their dream life. Life Coaching offers practical concepts and action-based tools for individuals to solve their problems, define their future, and take action.
(207) 656-1499 View (207) 656-1499
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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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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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Ketamine Institute of Sebago Medical Group Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, MA MEd
Verified
Windham, ME 04062
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
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Shannon Grose
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC, PNP
Verified
Portland, ME 04101  (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) 230-6108 View (207) 230-6108

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Number of Psychiatrists in Springvale, ME

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Psychiatrists in Springvale, ME who prioritize treating:

100% Relationship Issues
100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Child
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Parenting

Average years in practice

17 Years

Gender breakdown

100% Female

How Psychiatrists in Springvale, ME see their clients

100% In Person and Online

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Springvale?

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.