What’s the difference between therapy and psychiatry?

Therapy is an umbrella term that refers to “talk therapy” (also known as psychotherapy). With Talkspace, you can choose to do just therapy, just psychiatry, or both. If you’re not sure where to start, sign up for therapy, and your therapist can help you with your decision.


Therapists are supportive listeners. They'll work with you to understand personal challenges and come up with a plan for you to start feeling better.

  • Therapists aren't able to prescribe medication.
  • They include psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and counselors.



Psychiatry is a medical specialty that uses medication to treat mental health conditions.

The psychiatry network consists of psychiatrists and nurse practitioners who are licensed medical providers specializing in mental health and medication management.

Prescribers don’t usually offer talk therapy, but work with therapists to provide comprehensive care.

Learn more about our therapy subscriptions and psychiatry services

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