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64,278 people sought psychiatry/medication help in North Carolina 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 Raleigh are booked, but we have 83 other psychiatric NPs in NC 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 Raleigh, NC 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 Raleigh 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?

Melanie is struggling to cope with her work anxiety. She’s felt it build for the last few months. At first, she experienced short dizzy spells, in which her computer in front of her would shift out of focus for a moment. This happened a couple of times a week.

Then, she started to lose her breath. After a negative encounter with her boss, she’d have to focus exclusively on her breathing to ensure that she didn’t hyperventilate. Fortunately, these breathing techniques also helped her slow her racing heart. 

Today, her work anxiety is affecting every area of her life. She doesn’t just experience the anxiety at work but when she’s at home and with her loved ones. Every single night, she has work dreams (or better yet, nightmares). There is no escaping it.

Melanie’s mother talks her into meeting with a psychiatrist. While hesitant, Melanie books an appointment. Quickly, her psychiatrist diagnoses Melanie with anxiety and offers a treatment plan that is designed with Melanie’s needs in mind. This plan involves both talk therapy and medication. 

Her psychiatrist explains that talking to a therapist about her anxiety will help her to understand and manage it. And her medication will help to alleviate the harmful symptoms that come with it.

Psychiatrists help their clients understand their mental health conditions and better manage them. These professionals are experts at diagnosing and treating these disorders. If you think that you could benefit from psychiatric services, reach out to Thriveworks Counseling in Northeast Raleigh, NC. Our online psychiatrists are here and eager to help.

How Are Psychiatrists and Psychologists Different?

There are many mental health professionals on our Thriveworks team in Northeast Raleigh. For example:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Life coaches

However, if you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition, you might best benefit from meeting with a psychiatrist. Psychiatrists are equipped with a deep understanding of mental health and wellbeing. These professionals differ from psychologists and other mental health professionals in that they are medical doctors. They can diagnose a range of mental health conditions and also offer many treatment methods including:

  • Medication
  • Psychotherapy
  • Psychosocial interventions

Psychiatrists are also able to conduct psychological assessments, which evaluate the presence of mental disorders. These assessments enable them to make a proper diagnosis and then offer the appropriate treatment measures.

Who Can Benefit from Talking to a Psychiatrist?

Psychiatrists commonly treat depressive disorders, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, and other mental health conditions. Let’s take a deeper dive into those just mentioned:

  1. Depression: Many of us know about major and minor depression, but these aren’t the only depressive disorders. Other depressive disorders include seasonal affective disorder (SAD), postpartum depression, and bipolar disorder. These disorders come with harmful symptoms that can make day to day functioning unpleasant.
  2. Eating disorders: Anorexia and bulimia are probably the most well-known eating disorders. There are others, though, too. These include binge eating disorder (BED), compulsive over eating (COE), and muscle dysmorphia. These disorders come with complicated symptoms and effects, as eating is a normal part of one’s life.
  3. Anxiety: As with the previous two, there are many different anxiety disorders out there as well. For example: generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), social anxiety disorder, and specific phobias. Symptoms can vary, but these disorders are characterized by racing, out-of-control thoughts.

It can be scary to experience symptoms of the above mental health disorders and others. However, it is fortunate that there are effective treatment methods out there. If you are experiencing symptoms of a mental illness, a psychiatrist can assess your case, make a diagnosis, and then provide you with the appropriate treatment.

Schedule a Psychiatry Appointment at Thriveworks in Northeast Raleigh, NC

Thriveworks Counseling can connect you with an expert online psychiatrist right now. All you have to do is call our office. Following your call, you can expect to meet your psychiatrist within 24-48 hours! Additionally, you can look forward to attending your appointments virtually. 

If you think you could find value in psychiatric services or medication management, schedule an appointment with one of our online psychiatrists.

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 Raleigh therapists and counselors accept 25 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Caresource

  • Carolina Behavioral Health Alliance (CBHA)

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

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Self-pay costs at Raleigh
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 Learn about verified reviews
★★★★★
I quite pleased with my Therapist. She’s quite professional. She’ll corrects me, and is detailed. I’d definately recommended her to friends.
Read more I quite pleased with my Therapist. She’s quite professional. She’ll corrects me, and is detailed. I’d definately recommended her to friends.
June Feb 2024
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★★★★★
I’m very happy I found this place. I love my therapist. She really seems to care about me. Caroline has given me some good tips on handling my grief. I would recommend Caroline to anyone going through this kind of grief. I always leave feeling better then when I walked in and for that I thank you
Read more I’m very happy I found this place. I love my therapist. She really seems to care about me. Caroline has given me some good tips on handling my grief. I would recommend Caroline to anyone going through this kind of grief. I always leave feeling better then when I walked in and for that I thank you
Jan Feb 2024
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★★★★★
I’m very happy I found this place. I love my therapist. She really seems to care about me. Caroline has given me some good tips on handling my grief. I would recommend Caroline to anyone going through this kind of grief. I always leave feeling better then when I walked in and for that I thank you
Read more I’m very happy I found this place. I love my therapist. She really seems to care about me. Caroline has given me some good tips on handling my grief. I would recommend Caroline to anyone going through this kind of grief. I always leave feeling better then when I walked in and for that I thank you
Jan Feb 2024
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★★★★★
Me and my wife love Levi! He is a great therapist for couples grief counseling! Highly recommend!
Read more Me and my wife love Levi! He is a great therapist for couples grief counseling! Highly recommend!
Harley Dec 2023
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★★★★★
I have known Meredith Hinson for several years. She is patient and kind without judgement. She definitely makes me feel at ease.
Read more I have known Meredith Hinson for several years. She is patient and kind without judgement. She definitely makes me feel at ease.
Northeast Raleigh Sep 2021
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★★★★★
Kathleen is such a professional, educated, and expert in her field. She shows a lot of compassion and pride in her work with clients. Kathleen will be someone you can trust and be able to have a wonderful working relationship. I would pick her for a counselor any day!
Read more Kathleen is such a professional, educated, and expert in her field. She shows a lot of compassion and pride in her work with clients. Kathleen will be someone you can trust and be able to have a wonderful working relationship. I would pick her for a counselor any day!
Raleigh Dec 2020
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★★★★★
I have known Kathleen Moore for many years and find her to be highly skilled and professional as a Counselor. In my personal experience she is highly intuitive and knows how to listen well and respond accurately to issues as they are presented. I highly recommend her to others.
Read more I have known Kathleen Moore for many years and find her to be highly skilled and professional as a Counselor. In my personal experience she is highly intuitive and knows how to listen well and respond accurately to issues as they are presented. I highly recommend her to others.
Northeast Raleigh Dec 2020
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★★★★★
Your staff, Kathleen Moore, has been a constant professional. Her expertise and sound advice as a counselor exemplifies compassion, integrity, and honesty that is most needed in this field. Thank for the years of unwavering support.
Read more Your staff, Kathleen Moore, has been a constant professional. Her expertise and sound advice as a counselor exemplifies compassion, integrity, and honesty that is most needed in this field. Thank for the years of unwavering support.
Northeast Raleigh Dec 2020
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Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Child Therapy Northeast Raleigh is off of Highwoods Blvd. We are across the street from Highwoods Park KinderCare, and down the road from Taco Bell.

Phone number

(919) 822-8270

Languages spoken by NC providers

  • English
  • Spanish
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