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2,398 people sought psychiatry/medication help at Kennesaw 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 Kennesaw are booked, but we have 59 other psychiatric NPs in GA 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 Kennesaw, GA 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 Kennesaw 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?

A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in psychiatry. These individuals use their experience and training to evaluate and treat mental disorders, such as eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and behavioral health problems.

Since psychiatry is a branch of medicine that deals with diagnosing, treating, and preventing mental disorders, psychiatrists are experts in the connection between our behaviors and our neurochemistry—that is, they have studied in medical school the specific areas in the brain that control our thoughts, reactions, and behaviors, and they can help determine the biological factors in the brain that contribute to mental disorders.

For example, before a diagnosis of depression is determined, a psychiatrist will check to make sure there isn’t a medical cause, such as a vitamin deficiency or thyroid issue. A psychiatrist will also want to know if a client is currently taking any medication or has any allergic reactions to medication. A psychiatrist can make a diagnosis and recommend medication that aims to treat biological factors.

If you are looking for psychiatry in Kennesaw, GA, consider scheduling an appointment with an online psychiatrist at Thriveworks. You can schedule your appointment at the Thriveworks office in Kennesaw today and meet with a psychiatrist virtually within 24-48 hours.

What Conditions Can Psychiatrists Treat?

Psychiatrists treat various mental health conditions and disorders, which are listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, a handbook used by health care professionals worldwide as the authoritative guide to the diagnoses of mental disorders.

Some psychiatrists also specialize in their care. For example, they may specialize in geriatric psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, and addiction psychiatry.

Let’s explore a couple of mental disorders a psychiatrist at Thriveworks in Kennesaw, GA can help treat:

  1. Depression: this is a common mental disorder that, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, affects over 17 million U.S. adults. Depression is marked by persistent sadness, loss of pleasure in things normally enjoyed, diminished ability to concentrate and make decisions, persistent fatigue, and feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt, among other symptoms. After evaluating a client, a psychiatrist might recommend one or more forms of psychotherapy (e.g., cognitive behavioral therapy) in addition to medication, such as an antidepressant.
  2. Anxiety: another common disorder, anxiety involves unexplained panic, fear, or phobias that occur in certain situations or are the result of one or more triggers. For example, someone may become panicked at the thought of giving a speech or presentation. A psychiatrist will work to identify the medical factors that contribute to the anxiety symptoms and provide treatment plans to address them.
  3. Bipolar disorder: this disorder can cause unusual shifts in mood, concentration, energy, activity, and the ability to manage daily living. A person with this disorder may be energized and elated at one point in the day and then dramatically shift to sadness, hopelessness, or indifference at another point in the day. In this case, a psychiatrist might prescribe an antipsychotic as part of a medication management plan. This class of medication helps regulate the functioning of brain circuits that control mood, thinking, and perception.

Should I See a Psychiatrist?

There are many reasons why you might want to seek help from a psychiatrist. Each individual’s reason will vary, but listed below are some factors to consider:

  • Mental illness symptoms such as stress, anxiety, hallucinations, depressive thoughts, memory problems, or difficulty regulating emotions
  • Addictive behaviors (e.g., drugs, alcohol, gambling)
  • A change to your medication treatment
  • Low self-esteem or concerns about your body image
  • Violence or aggressive behaviors (e.g. toward yourself or others)
  • Life seems overwhelming and you’re feeling hopeless
  • You are a victim of abuse (e.g., psychological, physical, or sexual)
  • You’re seeking professional counseling or therapy

A psychiatrist can administer a physical along with a range of laboratory and psychological tests that can help assess your mental state.

These tests, combined with a honed clinical understanding of all the many complexities involved in treating mental illnesses, helps psychiatrists address clients’ needs and develop a psychiatric care plan based on those needs.

What Should I Know If I Start Medication?

As discussed above, your psychiatrist will review any current medications you may be taking as well as your medical history before starting any new medication. The psychiatrist will also discuss any possible side effects of the medication.

Additionally, you will receive information instructing you when to take your medication, whether or not it has to be taken with food or water, and the prescribed dose. Besides treating your condition, it’s important that any medication you are prescribed is taken safely.

Scheduling An Appointment with a Psychiatrist at Thriveworks in Kennesaw, GA, 

If you think you could benefit from talking with a psychiatrist about your symptoms, or you think medication, therapy, or a combination of the two could help, then consider Thriveworks in Kennesaw, GA. We have psychiatrists who are here for you and want to help you live a happy and successful life.

Better yet, our psychiatrists can conduct the majority of your appointments online. You may have to come into the office on occasion for an assessment or check-up, but otherwise, your psychiatrist will be happy to help you over the phone or video chat. 

Thriveworks in Kennesaw, GA, also has many benefits to offer you, including convenient scheduling by phone or online and same- or next-day appointments. We also accept most forms of insurance.

Our scheduling specialists are standing by to help you find an online psychiatrist and 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 Kennesaw therapists and counselors accept 21 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia | BCBS

  • 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

  • Humana PPO/EPO/HDHP

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Self-pay costs at Kennesaw
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

5.0 Learn about verified reviews
★★★★★
Don’t feel judged and receive encouragement
Amberly Feb 2024
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★★★★★
I enjoy my visits w Mrs.Walters. She seems to really care, and she’s easy to talk to.
Amberly Jan 2024
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★★★★★
Carlene Battiste-Downie is an outstanding individual with clear vision and insightfulness. With her years of experience, I have no doubt that she would be able to provide the level of empathy and caring to help her clients to thrive.
Read more Carlene Battiste-Downie is an outstanding individual with clear vision and insightfulness. With her years of experience, I have no doubt that she would be able to provide the level of empathy and caring to help her clients to thrive.
Kennesaw Jun 2020
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★★★★★
Let's talk about Kelli Beechler for a second! This woman is an absolute God send to me! If you don’t believe in God, well then let's just say the universe or regardless of whatever it is you actually believe in, she has been an absolute gift in my life! This is a woman who NEVER makes you feel like you are just a number or a paycheck to her! I feel so thankful to know her! I can't fully express in words, how blessed I feel to have her in my life but I'm going to try just for the sake of someone else who might need to know her could be reading this. She is someone who’s beyond kind and compassionate and caring! She always meets me exactly where I am, and there has never been a single time that I don’t feel better after a session with her. My sessions change my week, my life, and also keep me sane when things go crazy! It brings me comfort in remembering no matter how hard things feel I get to see her and she will do whatever is in her power to help me help myself! She never fails to remind me who I am in my core, or what I’m trying to accomplish, or how to lead with a level head and not my emotions based on what I’ve told her I'm trying to accomplish. She helps me stay focused, determined, and accountable. Her soul is one of the best I’ve ever seen! I have been in and out of therapy the better half of my life and I'm about to be 28. I have had all kinds of people and teachings and nothing compares to the relationship I’ve developed with this woman in just a few short months. I don’t feel like she’s just a counselor, I feel like she’s my friend! Kelli shows up for me in a way no one else in my life does! I feel like I can tell her anything without fear. It's always a judgement free zone! I feel like she always comes from a place of love and of service in her heart! She’s always teaching me new ways and tricks and tips that help me. I am going through a great deal of things in my life right now and I’ve got to say I don’t really know what I would do without this woman and her support! The role she plays in my life is so significant. There is something so special about knowing you can count on someone, and not just count on someone but have great advice. There is something huge to say when a person is choosing to show up for you when you need them most, and I just want to express that I have literally never ever felt like I was just a way for her to make money. When I think about Kelli I can't help but want to express how beautiful her soul is. She is such a special person and anyone who knows her knows she’s a gift; the kind of pure magic! Don’t believe me? Set up a session with her and find out for yourself!
Read more Let's talk about Kelli Beechler for a second! This woman is an absolute God send to me! If you don’t believe in God, well then let's just say the universe or regardless of whatever it is you actually believe in, she has been an absolute gift in my life! This is a woman who NEVER makes you feel like you are just a number or a paycheck to her! I feel so thankful to know her! I can't fully express in words, how blessed I feel to have her in my life but I'm going to try just for the sake of someone else who might need to know her could be reading this. She is someone who’s beyond kind and compassionate and caring! She always meets me exactly where I am, and there has never been a single time that I don’t feel better after a session with her. My sessions change my week, my life, and also keep me sane when things go crazy! It brings me comfort in remembering no matter how hard things feel I get to see her and she will do whatever is in her power to help me help myself! She never fails to remind me who I am in my core, or what I’m trying to accomplish, or how to lead with a level head and not my emotions based on what I’ve told her I'm trying to accomplish. She helps me stay focused, determined, and accountable. Her soul is one of the best I’ve ever seen! I have been in and out of therapy the better half of my life and I'm about to be 28. I have had all kinds of people and teachings and nothing compares to the relationship I’ve developed with this woman in just a few short months. I don’t feel like she’s just a counselor, I feel like she’s my friend! Kelli shows up for me in a way no one else in my life does! I feel like I can tell her anything without fear. It's always a judgement free zone! I feel like she always comes from a place of love and of service in her heart! She’s always teaching me new ways and tricks and tips that help me. I am going through a great deal of things in my life right now and I’ve got to say I don’t really know what I would do without this woman and her support! The role she plays in my life is so significant. There is something so special about knowing you can count on someone, and not just count on someone but have great advice. There is something huge to say when a person is choosing to show up for you when you need them most, and I just want to express that I have literally never ever felt like I was just a way for her to make money. When I think about Kelli I can't help but want to express how beautiful her soul is. She is such a special person and anyone who knows her knows she’s a gift; the kind of pure magic! Don’t believe me? Set up a session with her and find out for yourself!
Kennesaw Apr 2020
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Lamonica Green has a level of patience and compassion that I have never seen. She has a way of connecting with children. I have observed her on many occasions with her special needs clients. She has a unique ability to engage them and get them to respond no matter what they are struggling with. She's extremely knowledgeable about her craft, and she's a wonderful teacher and advisor.
Read more Lamonica Green has a level of patience and compassion that I have never seen. She has a way of connecting with children. I have observed her on many occasions with her special needs clients. She has a unique ability to engage them and get them to respond no matter what they are struggling with. She's extremely knowledgeable about her craft, and she's a wonderful teacher and advisor.
Kennesaw Mar 2020
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Kelli is an amazing counselor. She is very open minded and listens carefully. She also shows genuine interest and empathy. She takes a solution focused approach.
Read more Kelli is an amazing counselor. She is very open minded and listens carefully. She also shows genuine interest and empathy. She takes a solution focused approach.
Kennesaw Dec 2019
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Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Kennesaw is located off of Cherokee St NW, west of Bozeman Lake and around the corner from the Kroger on Jiles Rd. Our building is right next to Todd Immigration and Shoemaker Pediatric Dentistry, and across the street from J & S Air Conditioning Heating and Electrical.

Phone number

(770) 343-4919

Languages spoken by GA providers

  • English
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