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2,881 people sought psychiatry/medication help at Charlottesville 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 Charlottesville are booked, but we have 89 other psychiatric NPs in VA 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 Charlottesville, VA 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 Charlottesville 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.

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Charlottesville, VA Psychiatry – Meet With a Psychiatric NP Today

The online psychiatric nurse practitioners (NPs) at Thriveworks Counseling in Charlottesville, VA are standing by to help you. Remember: These mental health professionals specialize in psychiatry, which means they are well-equipped to offer this mental health help. To schedule your appointment call our Charlottesville office. Our scheduling team will be happy to get you set up for your first telehealth session.

What Is Psychiatry?

Psychiatry is a field of medicine that focuses on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of psychological disturbances. Our psychiatric NPs are experts on mental health who have a medical degree and are qualified to evaluate one for psychological disturbances. They can consider the many contributing factors of any given disturbance, including the social, biological, and environmental contributions.

Psychiatric NPs are employed at different medical centers like hospitals, nursing homes, and counseling practices like Thriveworks in Charlottesville.

Would a Psychiatric NP Be Able to Help Me?

Most often, our psychiatric NPs focus on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental health conditions like depression and anxiety disorders.

  1. Diagnosis of mental disorders: To make a proper diagnosis, psychiatric NPs can conduct psychological testing in addition to asking clients to detail their symptoms (this is called a self-report of symptoms).
  2. Psychotherapy and medication: Psychiatric NPs then design a plan of treatment for their clients, based on their unique needs. This treatment plan will likely involve therapy, medication, or a combination of the two. Our NPs are qualified to prescribe medication and offer medication management.
  3. Prevention: Psychiatric NPs can also offer preventative measures for those who are experiencing early signs of a mental illness. They can intervene and offer the right help before one’s symptoms worsen.

If you think that you might benefit from an evaluation or treatment, schedule a psychiatry appointment. The psychiatric NPs at Thriveworks in Charlottesville, VA offer a safe, nonjudgmental space for their clients.

What Disorders Can Be Treated by a Psychiatric NP?

Our NPs can treat many different disorders, as their time in school and residency was spent learning about 200+ psychological conditions. These professionals can diagnose and treat the following:

  • Mood disorders, which include major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder
  • Personality disorders, which include avoidant personality disorder
  • Anxiety disorders, which include social anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Substance abuse and addiction problems

Reach out to Thriveworks Counseling in Charlottesville, VA for prompt help and support.

Schedule with Thriveworks in Charlottesville, VA

If you’d like to schedule an appointment with a Thriveworks psychiatric NP in Charlottesville, call our office today or schedule online.

Working with a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner is more affordable than you may think!

A Thriveworks Charlottesville, we make sure to answer your call and help you get connected with the counselor, therapist, or psychiatric NP that best fits your individual needs. Call Thriveworks Charlottesville Psychiatric Services today.

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 Charlottesville therapists and counselors accept 25 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia | BCBS

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia Medicare Advantage

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

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My therapist is absolutely awesome. Doris is thoughtful and caring, and focused on my needs. She remembers practically everything we’ve discussed about my issues, my history, members of my family, and of course the therapeutic issues we have discussed. Her ability to know me and make a meaningful connection is comforting and productive.
Read more My therapist is absolutely awesome. Doris is thoughtful and caring, and focused on my needs. She remembers practically everything we’ve discussed about my issues, my history, members of my family, and of course the therapeutic issues we have discussed. Her ability to know me and make a meaningful connection is comforting and productive.
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Getting here

We share a building with Charlottesville Title Agency, Wilkinson Wealth Management, and the office of Martin Wren, personal injury lawyer. Our building is at the intersection of Locust Ave and E High St. There is also a USPS Collection Box at this location. On either sides of the street is Children Youth and Family Services and CFA Institute.

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(434) 443-6493

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