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730 people sought psychiatry/medication help at Watertown 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 Watertown are booked, but we have 47 other psychiatric NPs in MA 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 Watertown, MA 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 Watertown 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?

One in five Americans will be impacted by a mental illness during their lifetime. Out of the one in five people in the United States with a mental health condition, only 41% of them will receive the proper treatment. But why? Maybe a lack of resources or time, or they don’t even realize that they have a mental illness. It’s essential that we better understand the signs and symptoms of different mental illnesses, like anxiety or depression, so that way we can get the help we need before it progresses and gets worse.

If you aren’t sure if you have a diagnosable illness, are battling something already, or just need a little extra help getting through a tough spot, a combination of counseling and psychiatry could be the right option for you. While counseling is an effective option, some people greatly benefit from the use of medication alongside their therapy sessions.

Be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to know when you need help, and brave enough to ask for it.” – Unknown

Every person’s story and situation are unique, and that’s why every treatment plan should also be different. What works for you might not work for someone else, and that’s completely normal and expected. Luckily, the online psychiatrists and nurse practitioners at Thriveworks Watertown Counseling have the training, skills, and experience to diagnose, treat, and manage a wide variety of mental health conditions and concerns. We offer medication management to our clients to help improve their overall quality of life in a safe, monitored environment. If you would like to get started with a trusted mental health professional at Thriveworks Watertown, just give us a call. One of our scheduling specialist team members can help get you set up. Let’s dive into what psychiatry and medication management are.

Who Could Benefit from Medication Management?

People often assume that you must have the most severe case of a mental illness in order to find benefit in the use of medication. However, that’s not true. You can also find it beneficial to take a prescribed medication if you have a milder case of mental illness. People with conditions such as anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, bipolar disorder, and other mood disorders are all examples of common illnesses that often use medication in their treatment plans.

Starting a new medication can be scary if you feel like you don’t 100% know what you’re getting into. Luckily for you, our psychiatrists and nurse practitioners at Thriveworks Watertown Counseling are dedicated to providing compassionate, understanding client care and will make this a smooth process for you. Types of medication that you could benefit from include antidepressants, mood stabilizers, and more. Your mental health provider will assess your specific needs and goals as well as past medical history to determine what medication is the best fit for you.

What Should I Know Before Taking a New Medication?

Starting any new kind of medication or supplement should be done so after your complete medical history and needs are taken into account. Prior to starting anything new, your provider will discuss all of the potential side effects that can be associated with your medicine. They will also inform you what time of day to take your medication, whether or not you should eat before taking your medication, and how much should be taking. This will help ensure that you are staying as safe and comfortable as possible. If you have any questions before starting a new prescription or during, just reach out and set up an appointment.

It’s important to have an open and honest relationship with your provider. If something feels off or you just have a question, we want you to feel comfortable coming to us with any questions or concerns. Before you start a new medication, make sure to:

  • Talk about any medications and supplements you are currently taking
  • Discuss any allergies or negative reactions you’ve had with different medications in the past
  • Ensure you fully understand how much and how often you should be taking your medication
  • Ask any questions you may have
  • Call your provider if you are having any problems or concerns about the prescription you are on

Why Choose Online Psychiatry?

There are many benefits to working with an online psychiatrist or nurse practitioner at Thriveworks Watertown Counseling. One of the best perks is how convenient it is. You can talk to your provider from your home, while on the way home from work, during your lunch break, or even after you’ve finished eating dinner and are unwinding on your couch.

With our flexible scheduling options and extended hours that include evenings and weekends, you can be sure to find something that fits your schedule. In addition to convenience, online psychiatry is comfortable and reliable. You don’t have to worry about uncontrollable outside factors like weather or traffic. There are many other benefits that you will get to explore when deciding to work with us.

Schedule an Appointment with an Online Psychiatrist in Watertown, MA

Our office is dedicated to making this an easy and painless process. If you are ready to get started, give our office a call at (617) 830-1704.

Deciding to get help is daunting but it is our mission to make it something you look forward to. We can’t wait to hear from you and start this journey together.

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 Watertown therapists and counselors accept 25 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

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

  • Carelon

  • Caresource

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Compsych

  • Fallon Health

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Watertown is located at the intersection of Main St and John Sonny Whooley Way, which becomes Cross St once you pass our office and continue through this intersection. We share a building with Lutheran Child & Family Services and Beaverbrook STEP, Inc.

Phone number

(617) 958-5773

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