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1,854 people sought psychiatry/medication help at Bethlehem 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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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 Bethlehem, 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 Bethlehem 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?

We are all inundated with personal mental health challenges weekly or even daily. One day you might feel on top of the world and then the next, you get knocked down a peg or two.

When those mental health challenges involve a mental illness or mental disorder, it’s important that we talk to a psychiatrist. These professionals can assess our case and then make a recommendation for treatment. Consider Howie and his anxiety:

Howie is struggling with anxiety in virtually every area of his life. He experiences out-of-control thoughts on a daily basis about different events. For example, when he’s at work, he wonders if his coworkers are all talking about him in secret. He assumes that they all hate him. Howie is even anxious about his marriage but has no reason to be. His wife tells him every day how much she loves him and how much he means to her. But Howie can’t stop thinking that she’s lying. And he is just waiting for the day that she leaves him.

A psychiatrist can assess and diagnose Howie’s anxiety. They can also talk to Howie about his anxious thoughts and put them into perspective in talk therapy. And if they determine that Howie could also benefit from medication, they can help him find a medication that helps him better manage his symptoms.

If you’re like Howie and you are experiencing anxiety or another mental health condition, consider talking to an online psychiatrist at Thriveworks in Bethlehem, PA. An online psychiatrist can assess your problem and offer treatment online. They might need you to come in on occasion, but the majority of your sessions can occur over the phone or video conference.

Should I Meet with a Psychiatrist or a Psychologist?

Psychiatrists are medical doctors who have been years of education, training, and experience in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. Psychologists, on the other hand, are mental health professionals who have a masters or a doctorate in psychology. Psychologists specialize in helping individuals manage their mental health challenges, from problems in their relationship to family issues, anger issues, stress, and mental illness.

A major difference between these two is that a psychiatrist prescribes medications and can provide medication management. If you are experiencing any of the following, you may benefit from talking to a psychiatrist over a psychologist:

  • Harmful symptoms like depressive feelings, anxious thoughts, thoughts of self harm, irritability, lack of focus
  • Symptoms of an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia
  • Addictive behaviors
  • Symptoms of emotional disorders
  • Problems with long term sleep disturbances
  • Difficulty managing a condition you were already diagnosed with
  • Trouble returning to normal life after experiencing trauma

A psychiatrist can help you in the above scenarios as well as others. The bottom line is that if you have a serious mental health problem, you should talk to a professional. And psychiatrists are able to offer:

  • Assessments
  • Psychological tests
  • Diagnoses
  • Treatment
  • Medication management

It might be a little nerve-racking scheduling a psychiatry appointment. But we want you to know that you are taking an important step in receiving the help that you need to live better. Nobody deserves to suffer from a mental illness to no resolve.

Schedule a Psychiatry Appointment at Thriveworks in Bethlehem, PA

The Thriveworks psychiatric team is ready to see you now. You can schedule an appointment with one of our online psychiatrists with ease. Just call our office and a member of our scheduling team will assist you.

In addition to working with a psychiatrist from the comfort of home (with the exception of an occasional in-person visit), you can look forward to the following benefits:

  • Access to your provider between sessions as needed
  • Scheduling support and assistance 7 days a week
  • Appointments within 24-48 hours
  • Flexible scheduling options in the evenings and on weekends

If you are struggling with symptoms of a mental disorder or another serious mental health problem, our Lehigh Valley team wants to help. We can assess your specific situation, offer a diagnosis (if warranted), and offer an effective treatment regimen, which might involve therapy, medication, or both. 

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 Bethlehem therapists and counselors accept 29 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • 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)

  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Pennsylvania | BCBS

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Self-pay costs at Bethlehem
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
★★★★★
So far I have had good experiences with the clinicians and the management.
Susan Feb 2024
Thriveworks.com verified review
★★★★★
My experience with Thriveworks and the Counselor I was assigned to has been good so far. The Counselor is I had hoped, compassionate and intelligent. I am looking forward to continuing with her.
Read more My experience with Thriveworks and the Counselor I was assigned to has been good so far. The Counselor is I had hoped, compassionate and intelligent. I am looking forward to continuing with her.
Susan Feb 2024
Thriveworks.com verified review
★★★★★
Kenneth Fulton has been my psychologist for over a year and a half. He has brought meaning back to my life, after losing my mother in February 2020 and dealing with covid. I can never put into words what his counseling has done for me. I went from a very dark place back into the light again. He's the greatest at what he does. I could go on and on about this counselor but that would take too long. Thank you Ken for everything you've done.
Read more Kenneth Fulton has been my psychologist for over a year and a half. He has brought meaning back to my life, after losing my mother in February 2020 and dealing with covid. I can never put into words what his counseling has done for me. I went from a very dark place back into the light again. He's the greatest at what he does. I could go on and on about this counselor but that would take too long. Thank you Ken for everything you've done.
Bethlehem Oct 2021
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Through my sessions with Lora I’ve been able to stop doubting myself and my capabilities. My life has changed drastically for the better through her teachings and spot-on feedback. I started seeing Lora because I was going through a tough breakup and not only were we able to acknowledge the toxicity of that relationship, we were also able to tackle my productivity issues at work and I have since completely turned my career around. I feel as though I’ve been running with a ton of weight on my shoulders and Lora was able to guide me on how to liberate myself from all of these burdens and run freely! Thank you Lora, don’t know where I’d be without ya!
Read more Through my sessions with Lora I’ve been able to stop doubting myself and my capabilities. My life has changed drastically for the better through her teachings and spot-on feedback. I started seeing Lora because I was going through a tough breakup and not only were we able to acknowledge the toxicity of that relationship, we were also able to tackle my productivity issues at work and I have since completely turned my career around. I feel as though I’ve been running with a ton of weight on my shoulders and Lora was able to guide me on how to liberate myself from all of these burdens and run freely! Thank you Lora, don’t know where I’d be without ya!
Bethlehem Feb 2020
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
I worked with Christiana for nearly four years in a clinical setting. In our agency, she was known as a compassionate counselor and was very sought-after by clients because of her caring nature and ability to hold clients accountable when needed. Her solid clinical skills made her a colleague I could always count on for solid feedback and a very thorough way of addressing client needs. She was able to look at clinical issues from multiple perspectives and with a real sense of fairness and respect for the client. Christiana is a rare find in this field!
Read more I worked with Christiana for nearly four years in a clinical setting. In our agency, she was known as a compassionate counselor and was very sought-after by clients because of her caring nature and ability to hold clients accountable when needed. Her solid clinical skills made her a colleague I could always count on for solid feedback and a very thorough way of addressing client needs. She was able to look at clinical issues from multiple perspectives and with a real sense of fairness and respect for the client. Christiana is a rare find in this field!
Bethlehem Jul 2019
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Throughout my first job I have had a lot of stress. Christiana has helped me battle through my mental obstacles and become a better human being.
Read more Throughout my first job I have had a lot of stress. Christiana has helped me battle through my mental obstacles and become a better human being.
Bethlehem Mar 2019
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
I've known Camille Mackey many years and she has always cared for/helped people. She is a wonderful and very compassionate therapist. I feel very comfortable talking to her.
Read more I've known Camille Mackey many years and she has always cared for/helped people. She is a wonderful and very compassionate therapist. I feel very comfortable talking to her.
Bethlehem Mar 2019
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Christiana is great! She is easy to talk to , ask the right questions to help me figure out how to get through my difficult time with my anxiety. I would recommend her to anyone looking for someone to just talk to or to help get through tough times!
Read more Christiana is great! She is easy to talk to , ask the right questions to help me figure out how to get through my difficult time with my anxiety. I would recommend her to anyone looking for someone to just talk to or to help get through tough times!
Bethlehem Mar 2019
Review left on Thriveworks.com

Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Bethlehem is located off of Linden St, just north of Bethlehem Memorial Park. We currently share a building with Our Serenity Therapeutic Massage, and our office is neighbored by Purevon. The closest bus stop is Easton at Jennings, and parking is available in our parking lot at the front of the building. If you have trouble finding our office, please reach out to us! We'll be happy to provide specific instructions.

Phone number

(484) 246-8486

Languages spoken by PA providers

  • English
  • Mandarin
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
Saturday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday 8:00am - 9:00pm

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Monday 7:00am - 9:30pm
Tuesday 7:00am - 9:30pm
Wednesday 7:00am - 9:30pm
Thursday 7:00am - 9:30pm
Friday 7:00am - 9:30pm
Saturday 7:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday 8:00am - 5:00pm

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