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10,499 people sought psychiatry/medication help in Illinois 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 Aurora are booked, but we have 13 other psychiatric NPs in IL 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 Aurora, IL 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 Aurora 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?

Good health is a combination of physical and mental wellness. But far too often, we focus on our physical health and leave our mental wellbeing on the back burner. The end result is that millions of Americans suffer unnecessarily from symptoms of anxiety disorders, depression, and other mental health issues every year.

Many high-profile celebrities have come out publicly with their mental and emotional struggles to help raise awareness for mental health support and encourage others to get help as they did. Ryan Reynolds, Beyoncé, Dakota Johnson, Miley Cyrus, and Prince Harry have all spoken publicly of their experiences with mental illness.

For example, Prince Harry’s trauma of losing his mother at the age of 12 led to years of panic attacks, rage, and public displays of aberrant behavior. He turned to substance abuse as a way of self-medicating and acknowledges that he blocked out his emotions for years. Since then, Prince Harry has sought counseling to deal with his grief and get his life back on track.

If you’re experiencing a mental health issue that is interfering with your life, board-certified psychiatrists are available to help at Thriveworks at Aurora, IL. They’ll diagnose your symptoms, listen to your concerns, and develop a treatment plan that is unique to your needs. And the best part is they can do it all online — so you can attend your sessions from the comfort of home. Reach out today to get started.

When Should I Talk to a Psychiatrist?

When you hear the word “psychiatrist,” what comes to mind? Do you think of people who are on the brink of a mental breakdown? Do you imagine someone lying on a couch talking about their suicidal thoughts or panic attacks while a provider nods and writes furiously on a notepad?

There are lots of stereotypes and misunderstandings surrounding psychiatric treatment but one of the most harmful is the myth that psychiatrists only treat mental illnesses that are severe or debilitating.

In fact, psychiatrists at Thriveworks offer support in many areas, including:

  • Eating disorders or problems with body image
  • Learning problems or memory problems
  • Anxiety disorders and phobias
  • Depression and other mood disorders
  • Concentration and hyperactivity concerns
  • Issues of violence and aggression
  • Insomnia and other sleep disorders
  • Uncontrolled addictive behaviors like gambling
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Bipolar disorder

At Thriveworks Counseling in Aurora, IL, our friendly and compassionate psychiatrists are available to help with all kinds of mental, emotional, and behavioral health issues. Plus, we offer telepsychiatry appointments via phone calls or video sessions so you can take the next step in your mental health journey without even stepping foot outside your home.

What Should I Expect From Psychiatric Treatment?

Psychiatrists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illnesses, emotional disorders, and various types of behavioral disorders. As medical school graduates who have completed a psychiatry residency, they are trained in the interrelationship between physical and mental health and can perform a full range of tests to assess psychological problems.

Once a diagnosis is reached, your psychiatrist can guide you through treatment that is specifically tailored to address your concerns and help you reach your wellness goals. Psychiatrists are equipped to incorporate one or more forms of talk therapy into your treatment plan, such as interpersonal therapy, psychoanalysis, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and exposure therapy.

They can also prescribe medication, manage your dosage, and monitor for any potential side effects. Not every treatment plan includes medication and you can expect your psychiatrist to determine the course of action that will be most effective for you.

When you’re ready to get support from a mental health professional, our board-certified psychiatrists at Thriveworks Counseling in Aurora, IL are here to help. Connect with our scheduling team to make a virtual appointment today.

Getting Started With Thriveworks Psychiatry Appointments

At Thriveworks, our licensed professionals have the skills and passion to help clients make meaningful advances in their lives, relationships, and careers.

We offer exceptional psychiatric services designed for a modern lifestyle, including remote appointments by phone or video, provider access in between appointments, and mobile support for billing and scheduling questions. We even keep time slots available in the evenings and on weekends and can often accommodate same-day or next-day appointments. And when life gets in the way, you can take advantage of our flexible cancellation policy.

We accept health insurance from most major insurance plans and offer clients additional benefits including our ask-a-coach Q&A, an active community forum, and access to our Therapy Buddy app to supplement your appointments.

Dealing with mental health issues can feel isolating but help is available. Give us a call at Thriveworks in Aurora, IL to set up your first telepsychiatry appointment today.

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 Aurora therapists and counselors accept 23 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois BCBS | HMO - Essential Health Partners IPA

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois BCBS | HMO - Essential Health Partners Kane County

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois BCBS | HMO - Essential Health Partners Silver Cross

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois | BCBS Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois BCBS | PPO

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

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Self-pay costs at Aurora
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 Thriveworks Aurora reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
I have to give Joleann nothing less than a 5 star review all the way. Her leadership skills were on display every day in the Psychiatric Rehab department. Leading a staff of more than 8 people in the department was no easy task and yet Joey did this with, what appeared to be, great ease. Extremely organized and ready to handle any situation that may arise. She always made time for her staff when ever any kind of guidance or support was needed. Even if it was just a smile and a few positive words to help make your day go a little brighter. On a personal level Joleann is a very empathetic and professional clinician. Going through several months of dealing with a personal tragedy she was there to listen, offer guidance and support whenever needed. She even helped answer questions when it came to confusing paperwork or dealing with frustrating phone calls that needed to be made. She is a true asset to the team.
Read more I have to give Joleann nothing less than a 5 star review all the way. Her leadership skills were on display every day in the Psychiatric Rehab department. Leading a staff of more than 8 people in the department was no easy task and yet Joey did this with, what appeared to be, great ease. Extremely organized and ready to handle any situation that may arise. She always made time for her staff when ever any kind of guidance or support was needed. Even if it was just a smile and a few positive words to help make your day go a little brighter. On a personal level Joleann is a very empathetic and professional clinician. Going through several months of dealing with a personal tragedy she was there to listen, offer guidance and support whenever needed. She even helped answer questions when it came to confusing paperwork or dealing with frustrating phone calls that needed to be made. She is a true asset to the team.
Aurora Sep 2021
Review left on Thriveworks.com

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Aurora is located in the same building as Alternative Staffing Inc., Exalttek, Aftermath Services, Velocity Resource Group, Molly Maid, and many other businesses. We are right by the intersection of Executive Dr and McCoy Dr. The Piazza theater is nearby this intersection, as is Cosmic Montessori School, Pomegranate Restaurant, Salon B, Skyzone, and Artisan Hair Sodality.

Phone number

(630) 523-8166

Languages spoken by IL providers

  • English
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