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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 Centennial, CO 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 Centennial 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?

US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy once stated, “Emotional wellbeing is more than the absence of a mental illness. It’s that resource within each of us which allows us to reach ever closer to our full potential, and which also enables us to be resilient in the face of adversity.” Great mental health professionals who treat mental health disorders know that people don’t just need to relieve their distressing symptoms; they also need to achieve their hopes and dreams. That is why the psychiatrists at Thriveworks in Centennial, CO treat the whole client with a holistic approach instead of just the diagnosis.

The board-certified psychiatrists at Thriveworks are recruited from the top 4% of area applicants to deliver the best care to clients in Centennial and Arapahoe County. They treat a wide variety of psychiatric disorders, including bipolar disorder (manic depression), personality disorders, major depressive disorder (MDD), attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and many others. Their goal is to help clients achieve maximum functioning in their relationships, occupations, and life pursuits. There shouldn’t be a stigma attached to the treatment of mental health conditions. Thriveworks psychiatrists offer compassionate, nonjudgmental, expert support. 

What Is the Difference Between a Psychiatrist and a Psychologist?

If you’re new to therapy, it’s easy to get confused by all the different licenses and specialties that mental health professionals can have. Here’s a quick rundown of the kinds of exceptional providers you will find at Thriveworks in Centennial, CO:

  • Psychiatrists (MDs): Psychiatrists are mental health providers who graduated from medical school. They specialize in the branch of medicine dealing with mental health and mental health disorders. These medical doctors are able to prescribe medication to help support neural functioning.
  • Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners (PMHNP): These board-certified nurses specialize in psychiatric treatment.
  • Psychologists (PhDs or PsyDs): Licensed psychologists have doctoral degrees and are qualified to use psychotherapy (talk therapy) approaches like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to treat their clients. They do not prescribe or manage medication.
  • Licensed professional counselors (LPCs): Counselors support their clients through a wide range of difficult issues and specific problems.
  • Licensed social workers (LCSWs, LICSWs, or LMSWs): Social workers have masters-level degrees in social work and can counsel clients through various life issues. 
  • Licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFTs): These licensed therapists treat relational issues in individuals, couples, and families.
  • Licensed drug and addiction counselors: These counselors help people in recovery.

When Should I See a Psychiatrist?

If you are encountering difficulties at school, home, or work, you may not know whether you would most benefit from seeing a counselor, a social worker, a psychiatrist, or another licensed professional at Thriveworks in Centennial, CO. If your symptoms are acute or severe, they may indicate that you should be evaluated for a treatable mental disorder. These symptoms include the following:

  • Difficulty paying attention or focusing
  • Radical mood swings 
  • Persistent sadness lasting longer than two weeks 
  • Extreme fear or worry 
  • New eating behaviors 
  • Mania or hyperactivity
  • Lethargy or low activity levels
  • Hallucinations
  • Difficulty sleeping or staying awake
  • Repetitive behaviors
  • Obsessions

A Thriveworks psychiatrist can talk through your symptoms with you and help determine whether you could benefit from psychiatric treatment.

How Do Psychiatrists Diagnose Bipolar Disorder?

Psychiatrists at Thriveworks in Centennial, CO operate a clinical practice that doesn’t rush to conclusions. Doctors assess and evaluate their clients carefully and conscientiously, with expert care, before diagnosing anyone with a mental health disorder, especially a long-term condition like bipolar disorder. Thriveworks psychiatrists use the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) as an important clinical resource for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disorders. 

The diagnosis process may begin with a patient physical or psychological tests. The psychiatrist will want to hear about symptoms (depression, anxiety, or manias, for example) at length. They will have many questions for the client, and it may take several sessions before they draw any conclusions. 

Do Psychiatrists Do CBT?

Psychiatrists are trained in medical school to do a variety of psychotherapies, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). Different psychiatrists have different approaches to treatment–as well as different specialties. For example, some psychiatrists at Thriveworks in Centennial, CO may specialize in medication treatment, while others may specialize in more holistic approaches like meditation and mindfulness. You can choose a provider who best suits your needs by searching their bios on the Thriveworks website.

Prioritize Your Mental Health with a Board-certified Psychiatrist at Thriveworks in Centennial, CO

If you think you may be experiencing the distressing symptoms of a mental health disorder, remember that early intervention is key. Reach out to an exceptional psychiatrist at Thriveworks in Centennial, CO today and you could be seen as early as tomorrow or the next day. Thriveworks psychiatrists accept most major forms of health insurance, and are available by phone and email between sessions. We look forward to helping you achieve your goals!

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Centennial therapists and counselors accept 24 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Colorado | BCBS

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Colorado Medicare Advantage

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Centennial is off of Arapahoe Road. We are located across the street from Shake Shack, and near AFC Urgent Care.

Phone number

(720) 802-5314

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