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2,129 people sought psychiatry/medication help at Allentown 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 Allentown are booked, but we have 73 other psychiatric NPs in PA 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 Allentown, PA 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 Allentown 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?

When we think of our health, what are the first things that come to mind? Often they are physical in nature: things like our heart, our blood sugar, our weight, our backs, or our knees. We figure if all of these things are in check, we’re doing pretty well.

But what we may not think about is our mental and emotional well-being. Are you constantly anxious and overwhelmed to the point where it’s impacting your life? Have you been struggling with substance abuse or having trouble dealing with the loss of a loved one? When mental health issues start getting in the way of your ability to live your life, they can be just as detrimental as if you were diagnosed with a physical disease.

Mental health conditions can get in the way of your productivity, your career, your relationships with others, and your overall happiness. Just as you would go to see a doctor if you felt physically unwell, psychiatrists can provide a medical perspective to help get your mental health back on track.

Seeing a mental health professional is far more common than you may realize. Take famed actress and model Dakota Johnson, for example. She’s suffered from consistent panic attacks throughout her entire life. She put off getting treatment for some time but after scheduling a therapy session, she realized how important that was in allowing her to feel better and refocus on her personal life and professional career.

As a result, Johnson has spoken publicly about the importance of professional mental health services in order to raise awareness and encourage others to do the same. When you feel ready to take the next step in your mental health journey, our licensed psychiatrists at Thriveworks in Allentown, PA are here to help.

What Disorders Do Psychiatrists Treat?

One thing that sets psychiatrists apart from other mental health professionals is that they are medical doctors. They are able to provide psychotherapy, prescribe medications, and administer other treatment options. This gives them the ability to treat clients with a wide range of mental, emotional, and behavioral health issues.

Here are some of the most common disorders psychiatrists treat:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Eating disorders

If you are experiencing symptoms of a mental illness that are interfering with your daily life, consider reaching out to a Thriveworks psychiatrist located in Allentown, PA. We are ready to help you get the treatment you need.

How Psychiatrists Help Their Clients

Psychiatrists attend medical school to earn an MD (Doctor of Medicine) or a DO (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine). They then go on to complete a three- or four-year psychiatry residency to get hands-on medical training. They may choose to specialize in a specific field within psychiatry but are capable of treating a variety of mental and emotional disorders.

A psychiatrist’s main role in your care is to help diagnose and treat whatever underlying mental health issues you may be experiencing. Once a diagnosis is reached, your psychiatrist can create a treatment plan that incorporates talk therapy and/or medication. Various forms of talk therapy are often used, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure therapy, interpersonal therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). While psychiatrists are equipped to carry out talk therapy on their own, they may also refer you to a Thriveworks psychologist or therapist to conduct more consistent therapy sessions.

If medication would be helpful for your symptoms, your psychiatrist will ensure that you are taking the proper amount and can adjust your prescription to work best for your needs.

Some of the medications a psychiatrist may prescribe include:

  • Antidepressants: Antidepressants are used to elevate mood and are sometimes prescribed to treat certain mood disorders.
  • Anti-anxiety medicines: Anti-anxiety medications can reduce the occurrence of panic attacks and other symptoms of severe anxiety disorders.
  • Mood stabilizers: Mood stabilizers can help control mood swings.
  • Stimulants: Stimulants increase focus and are sometimes used to treat ADHD.

If you’re ready to work with a psychiatrist, contact us at Thriveworks in Allentown, PA to schedule your first appointment.

Schedule a Psychiatry Appointment at Thriveworks in Allentown, PA

At Thriveworks in Allentown, PA, scheduling an appointment with a licensed psychiatrist couldn’t be easier. Click our booking widget or give us a call to take advantage of early morning, afternoon, and evening appointments, with availability on Saturdays and Sundays too. Our psychiatrists offer remote therapy appointments by phone or video for your convenience and are even available in between sessions as questions arise.

As a Thriveworks client, you’ll also enjoy access to our counselor-moderated discussion boards, video resources to support your recovery, and a free e-copy of “Leaving Depression Behind.”

Ready to take the next step? Contact Thriveworks in Allentown, PA today to schedule your first psychiatry appointment with one of our licensed professionals.

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 Allentown therapists and counselors accept 30 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • AmeriHealth

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Capital BlueCross of Pennsylvania | BCBS | Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Geisinger Health Plan

  • Geisinger Health Plan Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

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Self-pay costs at Allentown
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

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I looked around for a therapist for a month or so I found this place and I read and reread the reviews and Lauren’s bio a few times When I finally called a few months ago the woman who took my information and answered my questions, I specifically asked if I needed a new letter for my emotional support dog would they be able to help. She assured me absolutely yes. We do it all the time Now a few months into my sessions I asked Lauren for a letter to give my landlord. Lauren informed me over 3 weeks ago she would ask her boss. 2 weeks later she told me no, her boss said no. I had to go online. A year ago my landlord did not like the online one and wanted it from a local Therapist This past week when I had my appointment with Lauren, she said she couldn’t, i asked what kind of therapist she was. Because I was told when I decided to come to your practice that I could get one, I was told I had to have a few sessions with the therapist Now on Tuesday 2/13 I asked, she told me she was meeting with her boss the next day and would tell him what I was told She said she would email me the next day, now it’s Saturday and nothing. I now am so upset that I put all this time into a therapist that isn’t qualified to write a letter, not because of her, but from some rule that I was lied to about on the onset Now I really think I need to go find a true therapist The fact I’m told to go online to get one from a stranger, while I am in therapy Makes me question your practice In sales we call it bait and switch
Read more I looked around for a therapist for a month or so I found this place and I read and reread the reviews and Lauren’s bio a few times When I finally called a few months ago the woman who took my information and answered my questions, I specifically asked if I needed a new letter for my emotional support dog would they be able to help. She assured me absolutely yes. We do it all the time Now a few months into my sessions I asked Lauren for a letter to give my landlord. Lauren informed me over 3 weeks ago she would ask her boss. 2 weeks later she told me no, her boss said no. I had to go online. A year ago my landlord did not like the online one and wanted it from a local Therapist This past week when I had my appointment with Lauren, she said she couldn’t, i asked what kind of therapist she was. Because I was told when I decided to come to your practice that I could get one, I was told I had to have a few sessions with the therapist Now on Tuesday 2/13 I asked, she told me she was meeting with her boss the next day and would tell him what I was told She said she would email me the next day, now it’s Saturday and nothing. I now am so upset that I put all this time into a therapist that isn’t qualified to write a letter, not because of her, but from some rule that I was lied to about on the onset Now I really think I need to go find a true therapist The fact I’m told to go online to get one from a stranger, while I am in therapy Makes me question your practice In sales we call it bait and switch
Donna Feb 2024
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Top notch service! Excellent 1-on-1 counseling. Very pleased with her help so far!
Paul Feb 2024
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★★★★★
Mikayla is by far the most responsive and compassionate therapist I ever had. She listens, and gives advice and truly cares. I am very grateful for her and the convenience of my weekly sessions.
Read more Mikayla is by far the most responsive and compassionate therapist I ever had. She listens, and gives advice and truly cares. I am very grateful for her and the convenience of my weekly sessions.
Kristen Jan 2024
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Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Allentown is located off of Hausman Rd., in a building with several other businesses. These include Integrity Personnel, Inova Technologies, and GPI/Greenman-Pederson, Inc. There is a small lake behind our building.

Phone number

(484) 246-8451

Languages spoken by PA providers

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
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