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1,912 people sought psychiatry/medication help at West Palm Beach 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 West Palm Beach are booked, but we have 53 other psychiatric NPs in FL 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 West Palm Beach, FL 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 West Palm Beach 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?

Many people go through life struggling with significant mental health issues. For example, take Monica Geller from the television show Friends. Monica suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). She feels the compulsion to clean constantly and becomes very anxious when a mess is made. 

Monica also struggles with the need to feel in control over every part of her life. This later causes her anxiety when she discusses having a baby with Chandler, as she realizes that there are many things she cannot control when it comes to a baby. Both her compulsion to clean constantly and her need for control cause strain on her personal relationships. Monica could have greatly benefited from psychiatric care. 

A psychiatrist would have been able to evaluate Monica’s mental health state and provide her with a diagnosis. Through psychotherapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), she would have been able to learn coping mechanisms to help with her compulsions. A psychiatrist would have also been able to provide Monica with a medication, such as an antidepressant, to help treat her OCD. 

If you think you may benefit from psychiatric care, like Monica, consider scheduling an appointment with one of our online psychiatrists at Thriveworks. You can schedule your appointment at our Thriveworks office in West Palm Beach, FL today and have a phone or video session with a psychiatrist within 24-48 hours.

What Disorders Can a Psychiatrist Treat?

A Psychiatrist is a medical professional who has specialized in the field of psychiatry. In medical school, psychiatrists study the regions of the brain that control our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, as well as the connections between neurochemistry and these actions. This allows them to help determine the biological factors that contribute to mental disorders and properly diagnose them.

Now that you have a better understanding of what a psychiatrist is, let’s look at some of the common mental disorders they can treat:

  1. OCD: According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), this mental disorder affects 2.2 million adults worldwide. Symptoms of OCD may include fear of contamination or dirt, needing things orderly and symmetrical, doubting and having difficulty tolerating uncertainty, and many others. A psychiatrist will investigate to discern the medical component of these symptoms and then provide a tailored treatment plan. They may also prescribe an antidepressant, which is commonly used to treat OCD.
  2. Anxiety: According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), this is the most common mental disorder in the United States, affecting over 40 million adults. Anxiety symptoms may include feelings of panic, danger, or dread, rapid heart rate, nervousness, restlessness, and more. After evaluating their symptoms, a psychiatrist may recommend that a client undergo psychotherapy, such as CBT, as well as prescribe an anti anxiety medication. 
  3. Depression: According to the World Health Organization (WHO), this mental disorder impacts 264 million people globally. Symptoms of depression can include loss of interest in activities, decreased mood, feelings of hopelessness, weight changes, and many others. Once a diagnosis has been made, a psychiatrist will likely have the client start psychotherapy, as well as potentially start an antidepressant regimen. 

Should I See a Psychiatrist?

Due to the broad spectrum of mental illnesses that can be treated with psychiatry, there are many reasons why you may want to seek psychiatric care. Every individual will likely have a different reason; however, here are some factors you might want to take into consideration: 

  • You are exhibiting signs and symptoms of a significant mental illness (e.g. anxiety, loss of interest, decreased mood, fear of contamination or dirt, or difficulty tolerating uncertainty) 
  • Addictive behaviors (e.g. substance abuse or gambling)
  • Low self-esteem or body image issues
  • Violent or aggressive thoughts and behaviors towards yourself or others
  • You find life overwhelming and are feeling hopeless
  • You are a victim of any form of abuse (e.g. emotional, physical, or sexual)
  • You have been referred by a medical professional or therapist

A psychiatrist will be able to conduct both laboratory and psychological testing to help discern the cause of your symptoms and provide a professional assessment of your mental state.

Medication Management: What Do I Need to Know?

When you begin the discussion of using medication for your symptoms, you will need to inform your psychiatrist of any current medications you are taking, as well as any allergies you may have to medications or ingredients. You should also provide them with your medical history before starting any new medications. 

After choosing a medication, your psychiatrist will provide you with instructions on how to properly take your medication, as well as inform you of any potential side effects. 

If your medication is not yielding the desired results, tell your psychiatrist. They will be happy to prescribe a different medication, one that is a better fit for you.

Scheduling An Appointment with a Psychiatrist at Thriveworks in West Palm Beach, FL

If you think you may benefit from psychiatric care, consider working with an online psychiatrist at Thriveworks in West Palm Beach, FL. Our psychiatrists accept most insurance plans, offer evening and weekend appointments, and new clients may see a psychiatrist in as little as 24 hours. You can schedule an appointment online or by calling (561) 536-5293. Our scheduling specialists are standing by to help you thrive.

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 West Palm Beach therapists and counselors accept 22 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Florida Blue | BCBS | Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

  • Humana PPO/EPO/HDHP

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Self-pay costs at West Palm Beach
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Hear from our clients

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My therapist, Kathy, is fabulous and very patient with me. I feel amazing each time I get off line from her - baby steps !!
Read more My therapist, Kathy, is fabulous and very patient with me. I feel amazing each time I get off line from her - baby steps !!
Linda Feb 2024
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Jessica Campbell is amazing. I would highly recommend her.
John Feb 2024
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Thanks for the convenience of services and matching with a Christian Therapist Kathy is wonderful!
Read more Thanks for the convenience of services and matching with a Christian Therapist Kathy is wonderful!
Kim Feb 2024
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She is an amazing therapist very easy to talk to
Kim Jan 2024
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Jason Weed is amazingly passionate and dedicated to his clients. If you’ve had even the tiniest inkling that Jason would be a good fit for you, go with it & go with Jason
Read more Jason Weed is amazingly passionate and dedicated to his clients. If you’ve had even the tiniest inkling that Jason would be a good fit for you, go with it & go with Jason
West Palm Beach Jun 2022
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★★★★★
Jason Weed is one of the most compassionate therapist that I have known. He is attentive to his patients/clients and adjust his therapeutic style to meet the needs of each and everyone of his patients/clients. Jason is a well rounded therapist who is educated in EDMR therapy. Jason is also passionate and knowledgeable in the LBGBTQIA plus community.
Read more Jason Weed is one of the most compassionate therapist that I have known. He is attentive to his patients/clients and adjust his therapeutic style to meet the needs of each and everyone of his patients/clients. Jason is a well rounded therapist who is educated in EDMR therapy. Jason is also passionate and knowledgeable in the LBGBTQIA plus community.
West Palm Beach Jul 2021
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★★★★★
Jason is so warm and welcoming to everyone he works with. He is versed in a multitude of therapeutic techniques and approaches to counseling and has experience working with teens and adults with mental health and/or substance use disorders. He helps educate me with planning and preparation for better handling of daily stressful situations both in and out of the workplace. I cannot recommend him highly enough!
Read more Jason is so warm and welcoming to everyone he works with. He is versed in a multitude of therapeutic techniques and approaches to counseling and has experience working with teens and adults with mental health and/or substance use disorders. He helps educate me with planning and preparation for better handling of daily stressful situations both in and out of the workplace. I cannot recommend him highly enough!
West Palm Beach Jul 2021
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Melanie provides exceptional services! I truly appreciate all that she does. She is caring, professional, and goes far and beyond! I would recommend her to anyone! Thank you Melanie for all you do!
Read more Melanie provides exceptional services! I truly appreciate all that she does. She is caring, professional, and goes far and beyond! I would recommend her to anyone! Thank you Melanie for all you do!
West Palm Beach May 2020
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Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry West Palm Beach is located near the intersection of Australian Ave and Belvedere Rd, just west of Interstate 95. Our office shares a building with Embassy Suites by Hilton West Palm Beach Central, as well as Romano Law Group, among other businesses. The closest bus stop is Australian Ave at Belvedere Rd.

Phone number

(561) 903-2450

Languages spoken by FL providers

  • English
  • Creole
  • French
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