Psychiatric services (medication management) in Littleton, CO

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5,951 people sought psychiatry/medication help in Colorado in the last year

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Our psychiatric NPs in Littleton are booked, but we have 28 other psychiatric NPs in CO 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 Littleton, 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 Littleton 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?

The writer Brene Brown once stated, “Vulnerability is not knowing victory of defeat, it’s understanding the necessity of both; it’s engaging. It’s being all in.” Sometimes admitting that you might have a mental health condition that needs assessment and possibly treatment can make you feel vulnerable. But it can also feel empowering to ask for help. From there, you can take control of your destiny and start making the best decision for your own health. 

The board-certified psychiatrists and psychiatric nurses at Thriveworks in Littleton, CO don’t use one-size-fits-all treatment for everyone. Every client is different, and deserves individualized care. And Thriveworks psychiatrists are sensitive to the emotions that can come with confronting mental health issues for the first time. They’re here to support their clients through that journey and help them flourish. 

Is a Psychiatrist a Doctor Too?

A psychiatrist is a medical doctor with a license to practice the branch of medicine called psychiatry. These health professionals graduated from medical school with a specialized skillset: that of diagnosing, treating, and helping to prevent mental disorders that impair functioning. Psychiatrists (MDs) might work alongside other mental health professionals at Thriveworks in Littleton, CO as a collaborative team. Psychiatrists can prescribe medications like antidepressants that can support neurological health. Psychiatrists can be distinguished from the following Thriveworks providers:

  • Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners (PMHNPs): These board-certified nurses also specialize in treating clients for physical and mental issues.
  • Psychologists (PhDs or PsyDs): Counseling and clinical psychologists have doctoral degrees and are licensed to do psychotherapy (talk therapy) approaches like dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). They do not, however, prescribe or manage medications.
  • Licensed professional counselors (LPCs): They help clients solve specific problems in their lives.
  • Licensed social workers (LCSWs, LICSWs, or LMSWs): Social workers help clients work through various life issues and difficulties. 
  • Licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFTs): LMFT help couples and families with relational issues.
  • Licensed drug and addiction counselors: These counselors support people who are in recovery.

Is Taking Medication an Effective Treatment?

Taking psychiatric medication is one prong in a multi-pronged approach to treating mental illnesses like bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder (MDD), and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Medication is often necessary to control the symptoms of certain disorders, but other people may be able to manage their symptoms holistically or through psychotherapy modalities. It all depends on the client. Psychiatrists at Thriveworks in Littleton, CO might prescribe medication in the short-term to help a client get through a particular difficult time, then wean them off the prescription. But other clients may have a chronic mental illness that requires long-term medication management. They will work closely with the client to determine the best treatment plan.

When Should Someone Seek Mental Health Help?

If someone finds that their thoughts, emotions, or behaviors are impairing their daily functioning and causing problems in their relationships, occupation, or another area of their life, they may benefit from talking to a licensed psychiatrist for a full evaluation. The psychiatrists at Thriveworks in Littleton, CO may be especially alert to symptoms such as the following, which may indicate an underlying mental health disorder:

  • Focusing issues
  • Radical mood swings 
  • Enduring sadness or despair
  • Extreme and uncontrollable worries
  • New eating behaviors 
  • Mania or hyperactivity
  • Lethargy or reduction in activity levels
  • Hallucinations
  • Insomnia
  • Repetitive behaviors
  • Obsessions
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Uncharacteristic behaviors
  • Noticeable changes in mood

How Do Psychiatrists Diagnose a Mental Illness?

To diagnose a mental illness, a psychiatrist at Thriveworks in Littleton, CO will spend ample time with a client, asking questions about their medical history, their family’s medical history, their symptoms, etc. They might perform psychological tests. They might also request lab work from the client’s primary care physician to rule out underlying health issues. The end result is a full picture of the client’s mental health so the psychiatrist can make an informed decision about the proper direction of care. This all happens in close collaboration with the client, keeping them informed every step of the way. 

Get Premium Psychiatric Care at Thriveworks in Littleton, CO

If you’re ready to see a psychiatrist, you want to see them quickly. Thriveworks psychiatrists work full-time for their clients, ensuring that you can get in to see them as soon as possible. New Thriveworks clients can often see their psychiatrist for the first time within 24-48 hours of their initial booking. 

Thriveworks psychiatrists also accept most major forms of health insurance coverage. If you’re not sure if your insurance covers psychiatry, our support staff can help you figure it out. 

Call the Thriveworks office in Littleton, CO today to get matched to a great, affordable psychiatrist who can give you the care you deserve. We look forward to your call!

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
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Our Littleton therapists and counselors accept 25 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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4.9 Thriveworks Littleton reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
Fantastic practice with great therapist! The office is warm, inviting, and comfortable. I have worked with Jay, off and on, for a few years now. I have received great guidance and a wealth of tools to help navigate life. Would certainly recommend this practice!
Read more Fantastic practice with great therapist! The office is warm, inviting, and comfortable. I have worked with Jay, off and on, for a few years now. I have received great guidance and a wealth of tools to help navigate life. Would certainly recommend this practice!
Littleton Oct 2019
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Great place!!
Littleton Aug 2018
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Thanks for all the great books to check out.
Littleton Jul 2018
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Great place & a very calm environment.
Littleton Jul 2018
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Found this office and Stacey in my Cigna network and couldn’t be more impressed!!
Littleton Jul 2018
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Very friendly and calming! I was very nervous but she made me feel right at home!
Littleton Jun 2018
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My therapist is great. The office staff rubbed me the wrong way, but I don’t have to communicate with t hwm as much so it’s ok.
Read more My therapist is great. The office staff rubbed me the wrong way, but I don’t have to communicate with t hwm as much so it’s ok.
Littleton Jun 2018
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Professional, caring, and supportive. Very pleased with my experience here.
Littleton Jun 2018
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Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Littleton is located off of W Cross Dr., near Southwest Plaza We are near other major health centers including Centura Health, and we share a building with Integrated Physical Therapy of Colorado.

Phone number

(720) 358-7560

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