Online Psychiatry FAQ
What is the difference between therapy and psychiatry?
Therapy and psychiatry can both play an important role in your mental health treatment plan. In therapy, licensed therapists work with you to discuss personal challenges and devise a personalized plan, but they aren't able to prescribe medication. Psychiatry is a medical specialty that monitors medication to treat mental health symptoms. Psychiatrists and nurse practitioners are licensed medical providers who specialize in mental health treatment and can provide psychiatric services and personalized medication management.
Can online therapists prescribe medication?
A licensed therapist cannot prescribe medications. To get mental health medication you need a prescription from a licensed psychiatrist or nurse practitioner. However, online psychiatrists can prescribe medication to treat mental health conditions (with the exception of controlled substances). It's important to remember that there are no major differences between in-person psychiatry and telehealth psychiatry. Talkspace's platform is HIPAA-compliant and all communication is private and encrypted.
How much is an online psychiatrist?
Costs for an appointment with an online psychiatrist can vary depending on where you live and sometimes on what mental health specialty you need. Generally an initial assessment with a psychiatrist costs more than follow-up sessions because that initial session will be longer, include a mental health evaluation, and a preliminary treatment plan.
An appointment with a Talkspace online psychiatrist costs $249.00 for the initial evaluation. Follow up appointments are $125.00, and clients can schedule follow-up sessions directly with their providers."
What kind of prescribers are on the Talkspace psychiatry network?
The Talkspace psychiatry network includes licensed psychiatrists and nurse practitioners who specialize in psychiatry and can prescribe mental health medications.
Can I see a psychiatrist without a referral?
Yes, you can be matched with one of our Talkspace psychiatrists or nurse practitioners without a referral from a primary care physician.
Will I speak to the same prescriber every time?
Yes, you will work with the same licensed psychiatrist or nurse practitioner throughout your treatment. You can also easily switch at any point without any disruptions in treatment.
What technology do I need to access Talkspace psychiatry?
All Talkspace psychiatry sessions happen through Live Video Sessions (LVS) on the Talkspace platform. At this time, we support online counseling and psychiatric services through LVS on the web and mobile/tablet versions of Talkspace. The Talkspace app is available on both iOS (iPhone, iPad, or iPod) and Android devices. You can access Talkspace using cellular connection or WiFi.
How do I get my medication?
You can pick up your psychiatric medication from your local pharmacy. If you receive mail order delivery through your insurance, you will also be able to receive your medication through delivery as well.