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Our psychiatric NPs in Hoffman Estates are booked, but we have 18 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 Hoffman Estates , 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 Hoffman Estates 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.

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At a 2015 White House event on mental health, Michelle Obama stated, “When it comes to mental health conditions, we often treat them differently from other diseases like cancer, diabetes or asthma. And that makes no sense. Whether an illness affects your heart, your leg or your brain, it’s still an illness, and there should be no distinction.” But all too often in today’s society, a mental health diagnosis has the unfortunate distinction of being tangled up in who we are and how we’re perceived. A mental health condition can be seen inaccurately as some sort of personal defect, rather than as a medical affliction. And this is incredibly unfair to people who are in distress from psychological or behavioral symptoms. They might avoid seeking treatment because they worry about what their disorder might say about them. But this doesn’t have to be the case. 

The expert and compassionate psychiatrists at Thriveworks in Hoffman Estates, IL treat the person, not the diagnosis. They know that each client deserves conscientious, individualized care and premium, nonjudgmental medical support. Thriveworks psychiatrists are fully licensed and recruited from the top 4% of applicants to ensure that clients get the best providers available. After all, the quality of a doctor really matters when it comes to a subject as personal as mental health. 

What’s a Psychiatrist?

A psychiatrist is a medical doctor (MD) who specialized in psychiatry in medical school. Psychiatrists are extensively trained to diagnose, treat, and help prevent mild to severe mental health disorders classified as such in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). These disorders include anxiety disorder, personality disorder, bipolar disorder, and many more. Psychiatric mental health services might include prescribing medication, managing psychotropic medication, and doing evidence-based psychotherapies like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners (PMHNPs) can also prescribe medication. 

Clients might encounter the following additional mental health providers at Thriveworks in Hoffman Estates, IL, though they cannot prescribe medication:

  • Psychologists (PsyDs or PhDs), who provide in-depth psychotherapy (talk therapy). 
  • Licensed professional counselors (LPCs), who provide solution-focused counseling, usually for people with specific issues.
  • Licensed clinical social workers (LCSWs), who provide counseling and guidance for social services.
  • Licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFTs), who counsel couples and family members for relationship issues. 

Do All Mental Health Illnesses Require Medication?

There’s a widespread misunderstanding that psychiatrists only treat mental health conditions and psychiatric disorders with prescription medication. Medication is one of many different supports that a qualified psychiatrist might enlist. For example, the mental health providers at Thriveworks in Hoffman Estates, IL create personalized treatment plans that may utilize a variety of therapies, including the following:

  • CBT
  • Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Person-centered therapy (PCT)
  • Exposure therapy, especially for specific phobias
  • Systematic desensitization therapy
  • Psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Mindfulness therapy
  • Light therapy
  • Holistic therapies
  • Meditation
  • Progressive muscle relaxation
  • Supportive-expressive therapy
  • Couples counseling
  • Family therapy
  • Substance use disorder (SUD) treatment
  • Emotion-focused therapy (EFT)
  • Narrative therapy
  • Lifestyle modifications that address nutrition and exercise
  • Psychosocial interventions like support groups
  • Motivation enhancement therapy (MET)
  • Biofeedback 
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR)

The long-term course of treatment depends on client feedback and the psychiatrist’s clinical judgment. Treatment plans can adapt depending on responses over time. If a psychiatrist is incorporating prescription medications into treatment, then they will book regular follow-up appointments to monitor progress and side effects.

How Do Psychiatrists Diagnose Bipolar Disorder?

Psychiatrists use a variety of indicators and tests to diagnose bipolar disorder (manic depression). In the United States, psychiatrists use the DSM-5 for the classification of mental health conditions. A client must meet certain criteria to get the diagnosis and follow a course of treatment. 

To determine the full breadth of a client’s symptoms and experiences, a Thriveworks psychiatrist will perform a comprehensive assessment. This assessment can take place online through a virtual appointment with a provider in Hoffman Estates, IL. A full client evaluation may include the following elements: 

  • Medical history
  • Psychological tests
  • Discussion of symptoms (cognitive, emotional, and behavioral)
  • Psychoeducation on mental health conditions
  • Discussion of lifestyle 
  • Psychosocial evaluation
  • Family medical history

Meet with a Licensed Psychiatrist Online at Thriveworks in Hoffman Estates, IL

Many mental, physical, and behavioral changes can indicate the need for a psychiatric consultation. For example, sleep disturbances, appetite changes, and heightened or lowered energy levels can all be signs of something neurochemically amiss. If you think that you may have the symptoms of a mental health condition, make an appointment with an expert at Thriveworks in Hoffman Estates, IL. You could meet with your provider as early as tomorrow if you call today. 

Thriveworks providers accept most major forms of health insurance. And Thriveworks clients can call or email their provider between sessions. Online therapy sessions are of the same length and quality as in-person sessions. Book online or on the phone today to get the premium support you deserve.

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 Hoffman Estates therapists and counselors accept 26 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 and Blue Shield of Illinois- Telepsych

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Choice Care (Humana)

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

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Getting here

Thriveworks in Hoffman Estates, IL is located off of W Higgins Rd. We currently share a building with Quest Diagnostics and Bedrose Pediatrics, and East Branch Poplar Creek runs on the backside.

Phone number

(224) 267-9477

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  • English
  • Spanish
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