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16,958 people sought psychiatry/medication help in California in the last year

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Our psychiatric NPs in Palo Alto are booked, but we have 11 other psychiatric NPs in CA available for an online or in-person session.

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What is psychiatry?

Psychiatry is a branch of medicine that focuses specifically on the medical and psychotherapeutic treatment of mental conditions and disorders.

How does psychiatry work?

Psychiatry allows people struggling to manage mental conditions or disorders to get access to medications that will make daily functioning easier, as well as work through any mental factors that might be causing or worsening their condition. Though medications can't cure mental disorders, medication can make symptoms more manageable, making the process of psychotherapeutic treatment easier and more effective. Psychiatric care can be available through in-person psychiatry and online psychiatry, depending on where you live and your own preferences. However, psychiatric providers at Thriveworks in Palo Alto, CA specifically offer online psychiatry to their clients.

Does psychiatry deal with anxiety?

Psychiatrists are among the mental health professionals who can prescribe anxiety medication, and they are also capable of offering therapeutic treatment for anxiety as well, though not every psychiatric professional offers therapy. Medication management can be offered via in-person or online psychiatry.

What is the difference between a mental health therapist and psychiatrist?

A therapist has an education specifically rooted in therapeutic practice, approaches, techniques, and treatment. They cannot prescribe medications for clients, thought they often refer clients to psychiatrists for medication management. Psychiatrists are medically trained doctors who specialize in mental health treatment, mainly through medication management and prescription, though they can also practice therapy.

What's the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

Psychologists and psychiatrists receive differing educations, as psychologists are not medically trained the same way that psychiatrists are. Psychologists mainly specialize in providing therapy services and diagnoses for mental disorders — something that most therapists cannot provide — while psychiatrists manage medications and sometimes provide therapy services. The main difference is that psychologists (generally) cannot prescribe medications the way psychiatrists can.

Do psychiatric NPs treat mental disorders?

Psychiatric nurse practitioners (NPs) treat and diagnose disorders, prescribe and manage medications, and offer psychotherapy services, too.

How do psychiatriac providers diagnose?

Oftentimes, psychiatrists or psychiatric professionals will perform a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, which involves an in-depth discussion about your symptoms, medical history, and current medications. Once they reach a diagnosis, they may suggest starting certain medications depending on your condition and the intensity of your symptoms.

Is psychiatry/medication conducted in person or online?

At Thriveworks, we offer online psychiatry as well as in-person therapy services for optimal comfort and convenience.

How long does psychiatry last?

Psychiatric services at Thriveworks Palo Alto can last for as little or as much time as the client needs to reach their treatment goals, whether that be a month or two or over the course of years. treatment length is heavily dependent on the condition(s) being treated, the course of treatment, and the client's goals for treatment.

Need more help deciding?

When it comes down to taking care of yourself, you might focus primarily on your physical health. You try your hardest to eat healthy foods, exercise when possible, and get plenty of sleep when you can. Regular checkups with your doctor ensure that everything is in order and screen for potential health problems.

Most of us have been taught about taking care of our physical health from a young age. But very rarely are we taught how to maintain good mental health. Your mental health affects each moment of your day and has the power to change the way you feel, act, and behave. So how do you keep it in check?

Just as you trust your primary care physician for guidance in keeping your body healthy, you can count on a psychiatrist to help take care of your mental health. Board-certified psychiatrists can provide comprehensive mental health care, help manage mental illness, and show you how to improve and maintain your mental health.

If you need help managing a specific mental health issue or need assistance in rebuilding or maintaining a healthy state of mind, consider speaking with a psychiatrist from Thriveworks Counseling in Palo Alto, CA today. You can schedule your first appointment online or by calling our counseling center.

Can a Psychiatrist Help Me?

Psychiatrists help people in all stages of life work through issues that affect their mental health. Whether you are struggling with the effects of a significant life change or working to manage a chronic mental health issue, a board-certified psychiatrist can provide guidance and keep you on track.

Working with a psychiatrist can help people dealing with a wide range of mental health issues. Some of the most common reasons people decide to work with a psychiatrist include:

  • Depression or other mood disorders
  • Anxiety and panic disorders
  • Anger and stress management
  • Specific phobias
  • Personality disorders
  • Grief or loss
  • Trauma or PTSD
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Behavioral problems
  • Substance abuse and addiction
  • Eating disorders

If you’re struggling with any of these problems or another specific issue, a psychiatrist from Thriveworks in Palo Alto, CA may be able to help sooner than you think. We can often accommodate new clients quickly and you may be able to speak with a psychiatrist online in as little as 24 to 48 hours.

Getting Help: What Does Psychiatric Treatment Involve?

A board-certified psychiatrist is a mental health professional with a medical degree and advanced skills and training. After completing medical school, psychiatrists must undergo a rigorous certification process that qualifies them to diagnose, treat, and manage a wide variety of mental health issues. Psychiatrists can provide fully comprehensive mental health care and have the authority to prescribe medications when needed.

When you decide to work with a psychiatrist, you can rest assured you are getting thorough care for your mental health. Your psychiatrist will use their advanced training to offer a diagnosis for your mental health condition and develop a highly individualized treatment plan to work through the problems you’re facing.

The primary focus of psychiatric treatment is understanding how you think and how those thought processes impact your emotions and actions. Your treatment plan can involve various complementary therapies that help you adjust your thinking and nurture more positive thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

Talk therapy is the most common form of treatment used in psychiatry and your treatment plan may involve one or more types of therapy such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), interpersonal therapy, and exposure therapy.

In addition to talk therapy, your treatment plan may also involve certain lifestyle adjustments, the addition of prescription medication, and other stress-reduction techniques like meditation. The therapies included in your treatment plan may be implemented during therapy sessions or recommended as part of your daily routine at home to manage your condition and prevent future problems.

When you’re ready to take the next step in improving your mental health, a psychiatrist at Thriveworks in Palo Alto, CA would love to meet you and help you take the next step on your mental health journey.

Schedule an Online Appointment With a Psychiatrist at Thriveworks in Palo Alto, CA

You don’t have to wait any longer to get the support you need to build better mental health and overcome the issues that may be interfering with your life. Thriveworks in Palo Alto, CA makes it easy to connect with a psychiatrist online and offers many benefits that include:

  • Weekend and evening appointments
  • Phone and email access to providers between therapy sessions
  • Many insurance plans accepted
  • Exclusive online video content
  • 24-hour ask-a-coach Q&A

Our psychiatrists work with their clients using convenient online appointments. You can talk to a psychiatrist over the phone or through a video chat, allowing you to receive care without leaving your home.

Your mental health plays a huge role in your life and can impact each day for the better. Let a psychiatrist at Thriveworks in Palo Alto, CA show you how to nurture and improve your mental health so you can get the most out of what life has to offer. Call our office or schedule an appointment online to get started.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Palo Alto therapists and counselors accept 19 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Shield of California | BCBS

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

  • Humana PPO/EPO/HDHP

  • Imperial Health Plan Medicare Advantage

  • JP Farley Corporation

  • Magellan

  • Medicare CA

  • MHN

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Self-pay costs at Palo Alto
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Thriveworks helped me realize that I do believe people can change. I’m not the person I was three months ago, broken and fearful. I’m healthy and happy and for the first time being kind to myself. Thank you for giving me my life back.
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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Palo Alto is in the same building as Integrated Health Care, Bookshare, Heshmat Pain Management, Rea Laidler Chiropractor, Benetech, and Forbes Marshall Inc. On the other side of the building is New Mayfield Lane, and a parking garage. Nearby is Jin Sho, Terun, and Backyard Brew restaurants, as well as La Bodeguita del Medoi, Izzy’s Brooklyn Bagels, Ramen Kowa, and Kali Greek Kitchen.

Phone number

(650) 885-9469

Languages spoken by CA providers

  • English
  • Tagalog
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