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

Discover how starting psychiatry/medication therapy can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

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Our psychiatric NPs in Thousand Oaks are booked, but we have 13 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 Thousand Oaks, 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 Thousand Oaks 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?

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Human ingenuity is what makes a good book work. The human brain is capable of creating all sorts of wondrous things. But when our minds are filled with anxiety, stress, and other impediments, we can create monsters inside of our heads. Like the dragons that fill up the pages of so many fantasy books, we can create psychological beasts — so to speak — that wear us down in our day-to-day lives.

But every story has a resolution. And just like the characters in books undergo growth in the face of obstacles, so can you grow in the face of your mental and emotional challenges.

The trick is having a licensed professional in your corner. Psychiatrists, for example, are medical doctors with medical degrees who specialize in treating illnesses and disorders of the mind. They can diagnose, treat, and prevent mental and emotional illnesses using their years of expertise. With your commitment to recovery, they can guide you to overcome the challenges that are holding you back.

We know that facing your fears is difficult. But with our support and your courage, we can set you on the right path. Together, we can form goals and create practices that help you lead a more productive and joyful life.

Be the hero of your story. Team up with one of our online board-certified psychiatrists at Thriveworks in Thousand Oaks, CA to conquer your fears and move forward in life. It only takes one call to make an appointment.

Common Disorders Treated by Licensed Psychiatrists

There’s a saying that we’re more alike than we are different, and this rings true in the world of mental and emotional health. We may believe that no one else could possibly be undergoing the same types of psychological challenges we face, but the truth is that millions of people are dealing with disorders and illnesses that impact their lives.

Psychiatric care can help. Treatment is available for a number of mental illnesses and disorders including:

  • Personality disorders that impact our perception of ourselves and the world around us. Examples include borderline personality disorder and avoidant personality disorder.
  • Substance abuse of alcohol, drugs, and other legal or illegal substances that are consumed to achieve a high or avoid difficult feelings.
  • Mood disorders that impact a person’s emotional state and often cause mood swings from emotional lows to extravagant highs. Examples include seasonal affective disorder, major depressive disorder, and bipolar disorder.
  • Anxiety disorders which include excessive, enduring feelings of anxiousness or fear. Examples include phobias, social anxiety disorder, and panic disorder.
  • Addictions, or the compulsive need to engage in a certain behavior or use a certain substance. Sex, shopping, and gambling are common addictions.

Psychiatric Next Steps and Treatment Plans

After years of attending medical school and learning about countless disorders and illnesses, your psychiatrist is ready to help you with your anxiety, mood disorder, or other mental health challenge.

Psychiatrists are trained professionals who have the ability to treat both mental and physical illnesses with a combination of therapy and medication. While your exact treatment plan will vary, providers typically do the following:

  • Diagnose: Your provider will learn more about your behavioral, environmental, and family experiences to diagnose your illness or disorder.
  • Treat: With the help of prescribed medication, therapy, and self-care recommendations, your provider will provide treatment that works to mitigate your illness. They may use psychoanalytic therapy, exposure therapy, or another form of therapy as part of your treatment.
  • Prevent: Your provider will discuss tools and techniques you can use to prevent future challenges from overwhelming you. This can include grounding techniques, meditation, and other skills.

To schedule a session, call us at Thriveworks in Thousand Oaks, CA. We can get started whenever you’re ready.

Schedule an Appointment With a Board-Certified Psychiatrist

Your board-certified mental health provider is here to help you achieve your wellness goals. Using therapy and other forms of treatment, you’ll learn to work together to address your illness or disorder.

Our psychiatrists at Thriveworks can be seen remotely using video or phone. If you need to reach your provider outside of your scheduled appointment time, you can reach them via phone or email. We host a community discussion forum that is moderated by a counselor and we accept a variety of insurance options.

To begin the next chapter of your story and set up an appointment, give us a call today. Our team members in Thousand Oaks, CA are standing by.

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 Thousand Oaks therapists and counselors accept 24 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Shield of California | BCBS

  • Blue Shield of California Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

  • Humana PPO/EPO/HDHP

  • Imperial Health Plan

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Self-pay costs at Thousand Oaks
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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Thousand Oaks is located at the intersection of Camino Dos Rios and W Hillcrest Rd – this can be accessed easily from Ventura Fwy. We share a building with Edward Jones, and our building is located right next door to KnowledgeLens's building.

Phone number

(805) 262-8291

Languages spoken by CA providers

  • English
  • Spanish
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