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996 people sought psychiatry/medication help at Portage 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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Aetna, ASR, Blue Care Network of Michigan, +24 more
Military / Veteran, Stress, Women’s Issues, ADHD, Sexual Abuse, +8 more

As a female Veteran who has worked in mental health over 13 years, I understand the vast spectrum of life experiences that challenge clients.

Starting Psychiatry/medication

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 Portage, MI 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 Portage 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?

They live in gorgeous beach homes, drive exotic cars, bask in the adoration of fans, and live lives that seem so enviable. Celebrities, athletes, and others who have achieved great success have it all, right? On the outside, perhaps. But their fame and glory don’t shield them from struggling with mental illness.

Millions of Americans live with a mental illness, including celebrities such as Oprah, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Chris Evans, and Lady Gaga. They have all spoken publicly about their mental health struggles. Perhaps more importantly, they have also discussed the benefits of getting treatment to help encourage others to do the same.

Psychiatric services have proven helpful for countless people dealing with anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. If you’re experiencing symptoms of a mental health issue or think you might be struggling with a mental illness, consider making an appointment with one of our licensed psychiatrists at Thriveworks in Portage, MI.

When To Consult With a Psychiatrist

Psychiatrists are medical doctors who specialize in the study, prevention, and treatment of mental disorders. They undergo a rigorous education and training program, which includes medical school and a written exam to be licensed.

Psychiatrists then complete four years of a psychiatry residency, during which they see a variety of clients in hospital or clinical settings. During this residency, psychiatrists treat clients with a wide range of mental disorders, including bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety. With this training, psychiatrists learn to diagnose and treat a variety of mental health issues, ranging from mild to severe.

Your symptoms might vary, but here are some that might prompt an appointment with a psychiatrist:

  • Persistent sense of doom
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Thoughts of self-harm
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Panic attacks
  • Changes in personality
  • Substance abuse
  • Mood swings
  • Frequent outbursts of anger
  • Addictive behaviors

If you find yourself experiencing symptoms that are interfering with your ability to live your life to the fullest, the licensed psychiatrists at Thriveworks in Portage, MI are here to help. Call today if you’re ready to speak with a mental health professional.

What Does Psychiatric Treatment Involve?

As medical doctors, psychiatrists are uniquely trained to treat mental illnesses. Just as important, they are trained to help people to recognize early symptoms and prevent them from getting worse.

Psychiatrists perform a range of medical exams, lab tests, and psychological evaluations to complete a diagnosis. With this information, psychiatrists are able to differentiate mental disorders from other medical conditions that might present with similar symptoms.

Once a diagnosis is made, a psychiatrist’s next job is to customize a treatment plan, developing the right playbook for each client. They might use cognitive behavioral therapy to address dysfunctional thought patterns. They might incorporate medication to address underlying issues as is often done for those with high cholesterol or high blood pressure.

If medication is right for your situation, your psychiatrist is licensed to prescribe it directly and monitor for any potential side effects. If ongoing talk therapy sessions are deemed helpful, your psychiatrist might collaborate with other Thriveworks staff members to deliver that form of treatment.

Your symptoms don’t have to define you any longer. At Thriveworks in Portage, MI, we look forward to helping you move beyond your mental health issues so you can live a fuller, happier life.

Schedule an Appointment With a Licensed Psychiatrist in Portage, MI

Feeling anxious, trapped, or depressed doesn’t have to be your normal. At Thriveworks, we offer remote psychiatry appointments, by video and phone, so you can address your concerns and overcome your symptoms without ever leaving your home. When you’re ready to make an appointment, give us a call to schedule a session with a board-certified psychiatrist — we’re available with extended hours, seven days a week for your convenience.

As a Thriveworks client, you’ll get access to a suite of perks including our Therapy Buddy app, which allows you to record your appointments, save important takeaways, and set reminders and alerts. Clients also benefit from our “Dear Abby” style Q&A service and our moderated forums where you can join our active community and connect with others facing similar struggles.

Mental and emotional disorders can feel terribly isolating but you don’t have to deal with your symptoms alone. When you’re ready to take control of your mental health, we’re here to help. To consult with a licensed psychiatrist, click our booking tool or call to make an appointment today at Thriveworks in Portage, MI.

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 Portage therapists and counselors accept 29 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • ASR

  • Behavioral Health Systems

  • Blue Care Network of Michigan

  • Blue Care Network of Michigan Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan | BCBS

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

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

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Self-pay costs at Portage
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

4.9 Thriveworks Portage reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
This will be short since I can only type with one hand currently, but I thoroughly enjoyed my first session with Dan. He seems very patient, thoughtful, and intelligent. I look forward to working with him and letting him pick my brain to help me become a healthier and more balanced person!
Read more This will be short since I can only type with one hand currently, but I thoroughly enjoyed my first session with Dan. He seems very patient, thoughtful, and intelligent. I look forward to working with him and letting him pick my brain to help me become a healthier and more balanced person!
Portage Jun 2022
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Cassie met with my cousin for several sessions to discuss issues related to my cousin's childhood. Cassie helped my cousin assess her feelings in a balanced way . She was also very supportive, listening and providing feedback effectively without being judgmental. This was exactly what my cousin needed. A very rare technique among many counselors these days.
Read more Cassie met with my cousin for several sessions to discuss issues related to my cousin's childhood. Cassie helped my cousin assess her feelings in a balanced way . She was also very supportive, listening and providing feedback effectively without being judgmental. This was exactly what my cousin needed. A very rare technique among many counselors these days.
Portage Feb 2022
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Rudy was professional and approachable. He was able to point out beliefs I had that were interfering with my ability to enjoy my life, but did so in a respectful manner. He was an effective therapist, with a genuine, caring approach.
Read more Rudy was professional and approachable. He was able to point out beliefs I had that were interfering with my ability to enjoy my life, but did so in a respectful manner. He was an effective therapist, with a genuine, caring approach.
Portage Feb 2021
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
The best
Portage Jul 2020
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
The intake coordinator Brittany was AMAZING. She listened to my needs so she could match me with a therapist that could help me. She was incredibly kind and truly listened to me in a stressful situation.
Read more The intake coordinator Brittany was AMAZING. She listened to my needs so she could match me with a therapist that could help me. She was incredibly kind and truly listened to me in a stressful situation.
Portage Jul 2020
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Alex helped me more than I can say! He was sensitive and patient with me and helped we work through some very difficult issues. His knowledge and communication skills guided me towards a positive outcome that gave me great peace. Thank you so much Alex for being there for me!
Read more Alex helped me more than I can say! He was sensitive and patient with me and helped we work through some very difficult issues. His knowledge and communication skills guided me towards a positive outcome that gave me great peace. Thank you so much Alex for being there for me!
Portage Jul 2020
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Heather has always been the person that many people go to for advice and help. When she isn't helping people at work she is helping people at our church. All of the staff at Thriveworks are great. I highly recommend Thriveworks Counseling.
Read more Heather has always been the person that many people go to for advice and help. When she isn't helping people at work she is helping people at our church. All of the staff at Thriveworks are great. I highly recommend Thriveworks Counseling.
Portage Jul 2020
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
The experience from the persons answering the phone and emails to my counselor, Heather, have been efficient and very helpful. I'm very thankful for Thriveworks because I can count on you when I need you most.
Read more The experience from the persons answering the phone and emails to my counselor, Heather, have been efficient and very helpful. I'm very thankful for Thriveworks because I can count on you when I need you most.
Portage Jun 2019
Review left on Thriveworks.com

Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Portage is off of Milham Avenue and New Port Road. We are somewhat near a Chick-fil-A, and in the same shopping area as DICK’s, off of Gladys.

Phone number

(269) 264-4920

Languages spoken by MI providers

  • English
  • Spanish
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