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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 Bellingham, WA 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 Bellingham 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?

Psychiatrists and other psychiatric providers dedicate their lives to helping people improve their mental health. They’re doctors who specialize in diagnosing, treating, and managing a wide range of mental health issues to help you get back on your feet.

Are you ready to work with one of our online psychiatric nurse practitioners? Call our office today at Thriveworks Counseling in Bellingham, WA. Someone from our scheduling team will take your call and help you get started.

Can a Psychiatrist Help Me?

Some people think that mental health services are only for those with severe mental illnesses, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Psychiatrists can help people with mild mental disorders, severe mental illnesses, and even those who are simply going through a difficult time.

Our psychiatrists work with their clients using convenient online appointments via video. Many of our clients love these online appointments, as it makes scheduling easier and lets them get mental health care from the comfort of their own homes.

No matter what kinds of problems you may be facing in your life, working with a psychiatrist or another psychiatric provider can help you calm your mind and find a sense of happiness and fulfillment for the future. Call our office at Thriveworks Counseling in Bellingham, WA today to get started.

What Treatments Do Psychiatrists Use?

In some ways, working with a psychiatrist is similar to working with other types of mental health professionals. They will meet with you to understand your background and any symptoms you’re living with. They’ll use this information to create a personalized treatment plan that they’ll implement over the following weeks.

But in other ways, working with a psychiatric provider is a unique experience. Psychiatrists spend years in medical school learning how to diagnose and treat mental health issues. They have a deep understanding of both physical and mental health, empowering them to treat your symptoms holistically and comprehensively.

Every psychiatric nurse practitioner at Thriveworks can prescribe medications for their clients. Not all treatment plans will involve medication but it can help some people reduce symptoms of a mental illness and make significant progress with their mental health. If your psychiatric provider thinks that you might benefit from a prescription, they’ll make sure you understand everything to expect from your medication including the benefits and any potential side effects.

When you’re ready to start, call our office at Thriveworks Counseling in Bellingham, WA today to set up your first appointment with one of our online psychiatric nurse practitioners.

Thriveworks in Bellingham, WA: Schedule Online Psychiatry Today

Psychiatrists can provide a space for you to discuss your mental health issues without fear of judgment. This confidential support in a neutral environment can help you learn to manage your symptoms and reach your goals.

At Thriveworks, we know that finding mental health care can be frustrating. We wanted to change that – when you call us, you’ll speak to a real person and we’ll never put you on a waitlist. Many of our new clients can have their first session within the same week as scheduling, allowing you to get care as quickly as possible. Our psychiatric nurse practitioners also host their sessions remotely by video, for your utmost convenience.

These days, many insurance plans cover mental health care costs and we work with most major health insurance providers to help you access affordable care. Call our office today at Thriveworks Counseling in Bellingham, WA to start working with one of our board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. We look forward to providing you with compassionate care.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Bellingham therapists and counselors accept 20 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

  • Humana PPO | EPO | HDHP

  • JP Farley Corporation

  • Medicare WA

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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Bellingham is located on W Magnolia St between Commercial St and Cornwall Ave. We currently share the Crown Plaza building with the Daisy Cafe, among other businesses. Our building is located on the same side of the street and next door to the USPS.

Phone number

(360) 526-6856

Languages spoken by WA providers

  • English
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