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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 Normal are booked, but we have 21 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 Normal, 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 Normal 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?

Greg has struggled with depression since he was young. He had been able to manage his symptoms with exercise and stress-reduction techniques but recently things have gotten worse. Greg can hardly get out of bed in the morning and he’s lost interest in photography –– something that used to be his favorite hobby.

Greg’s mother suggests that he might need professional help and gets him in touch with a psychiatrist. He starts with therapy sessions and gets a prescription for an antidepressant. After a few sessions and a few weeks on his new medication, he’s starting to feel more like himself, ready to take on each day.

Have you ever felt like Greg –– dealing with a mental health issue and looking for support? Working with a psychiatrist can help. Psychiatry is a branch of medicine focused on diagnosing and treating mental, emotional, and behavioral issues.

People seek out psychiatric care for many different reasons. The problems can come on suddenly or can be more long-term and chronic. No matter what you’re dealing with, a psychiatrist can help you manage your issues and live a happier, healthier life. Call our office today at Thriveworks Counseling in Normal, IL to start working with one of our remote psychiatrists by phone or video.

Can a Psychiatrist Help With My Problems?

Psychiatry focuses on the study and treatment of mental health conditions as well as emotional and behavioral issues. The unfortunate reality of mental illness is that it can worsen over time if not treated under the guidance of a mental health professional. With their assistance, you can feel better, manage your symptoms, and gain a sense of control and agency in your life.

Are you unsure if a psychiatrist is right for you? Here are a few common signs and symptoms of mental disorders that could benefit from professional assistance:

  • Excessive fear, anxiety, or worry
  • Depressed mood or extreme sadness
  • Irritability or changes in mood
  • Substance misuse or abuse
  • Insomnia or trouble staying asleep
  • Feeling angry or hostile

If these or other symptoms are interfering with your life, consider reaching out and talking to a psychiatrist from Thriveworks Counseling in Normal, IL. Our compassionate team can diagnose a wide range of issues and help you find a way to move forward.

Psychiatric Treatment: What To Expect

Psychiatrists are doctors who learn extensively about diagnosing, treating, and managing mental illness during their years in medical school. They’re experts in understanding how the body and mind interact, allowing them to handle a wide variety of mental and emotional issues.

Many mental health treatment plans involve some form of psychotherapy. Also known as talk therapy, psychotherapy involves guided conversations with your provider –– you’ll discuss your issues and any symptoms you’re dealing with. The topics of conversation will change from session to session, but will usually focus on helping you gain insights into your mental state, adjusting harmful or inaccurate thinking patterns, and finding ways to reduce symptoms.

Every psychiatrist has a medical degree and can prescribe medications for their clients. Medication isn’t included in every treatment plan but your psychiatrist might recommend it if they think it could help. It’s not just for people with severe mental illness –– medication can sometimes help reduce symptoms of mild and moderate mental disorders as well. If medication is right for you, your provider will work with you to help you understand any benefits and potential side effects.

If you’re considering psychiatric treatment, give us a call at Thriveworks Counseling in Normal, IL to set up an appointment with a remote psychiatrist today.

Psychiatrists at Thriveworks in Normal, IL –– Schedule Your First Appointment Today

Whether you’re experiencing obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, or another mental health concern, working with a board-certified psychiatrist can help you manage your symptoms and reach your goals. If you want to work with a psychiatrist, call our office today at Thriveworks Counseling in Normal, IL.

Our psychiatrists work with their clients through convenient online appointments, connecting with them over the phone or through a video chat. This makes scheduling sessions much easier and many of our clients love the convenience of receiving care without leaving their home.

Simple, easy-to-schedule appointments mean that you can get started very quickly. Some of our new clients can even have their first session within 24-48 hours after calling. We take many medical insurance plans, so check with your insurance provider to see if your coverage includes mental health care.

You’ll be able to contact providers between sessions via email or phone in case you have any important questions that need answering. You’ll also get access to 24-hour “Dear Abby” style question support and the Thriveworks mental health community discussion forum. These resources can help you make progress between appointments.

Schedule an appointment with an online psychiatrist at Thriveworks Counseling in Normal, IL today. One of our team members will work with you to find a time that fits into your schedule. We’re here to help and look forward to hearing from you soon.

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 Normal therapists and counselors accept 24 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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Kerri was really great at helping me deal with my problems. She is very insightful and a great listener. I would recommend Kerri to anyone who needs some counseling, whether it's a minor or a major problem.
Read more Kerri was really great at helping me deal with my problems. She is very insightful and a great listener. I would recommend Kerri to anyone who needs some counseling, whether it's a minor or a major problem.
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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Normal is located off of Susan Dr. Our building is right behind Walmart, just north of the Shoppes at College Hills. We're currently sharing a building with Gregory M. Dietz D.M.D. and the Children's Center for Dentistry, and our neighbors include Elite Driving Academy, Phillip Harland Tax Preparation Service, and Drake Orthodontics. The closest bus stop to us is Susan Dr & Parkway Ct.

Phone number

(309) 485-5024

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  • English
Monday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Wednesday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Thursday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Friday 8:00am - 9:00pm
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