What’s the difference between therapy and psychiatry?
Therapy is an umbrella term that refers to “talk therapy” (also known as psychotherapy).
You may choose to do just therapy, just psychiatry, or both with Talkspace.
If you’re unsure about where to start, sign up for therapy, and your therapist can offer guidance to inform your decision.
Therapists are supportive listeners. They will work with you to understand personal challenges and devise a plan for you to feel better.
- Therapists are not 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.
Psychiatrists and nurse practitioners are licensed medical providers who specialize in mental health and medication management.
Typically, psychiatrists don’t offer talk therapy but work with therapists to provide comprehensive care.
Can I receive therapy services from my prescriber?
While psychiatry sessions involve discussion, the focus really is medication management.
If you’re looking for mental health counseling, we encourage you to learn more about Talkspace therapy.
Is Talkspace psychiatry available to teens?
At this time, Talkspace psychiatry is only offered to adults 18 years or older.
But keep checking back in! We hope to open access to more clients soon.
How much do Talkspace Psychiatry sessions cost?
Payment for Talkspace Psychiatry is session-based. Initial evaluations are $199.00 and follow-up sessions are $125.00. Clients can schedule follow-up sessions directly with their providers.
For new clients, we offer the following bundle discounts if purchased at signup:
For clients who have already had an initial session, we're offering the below follow-up bundle discounts which can be purchased any time:
Can I use my insurance to cover Talkspace psychiatry costs?
Currently, we are working with Premera, Cigna, Optum and Gatorcare to offer behavioral health benefits for psychiatry.
We are also offering psychiatry services through select employers, check in with your internal HR or benefits department to inquire about Talkspace Psychiatry.
Clients with out-of-network benefits can submit claims and receive 50-90% of the cost of Talkspace back.
Can I use my insurance to cover medications prescribed by my Talkspace provider?
If your insurance covers the cost of prescription medication, then you certainly can!
Keep in mind that this process is not managed by Talkspace — we won’t be able to answer specific questions about your eligibility, benefits, or prescription costs.
Click the links below to learn more about our psychiatry program:
Do I have to pay additional fees to speak with a prescriber If I’m already a Talkspace therapy client?
While Talkspace allows for seamless collaboration between therapy and psychiatry, the two services are separate.
You will need to purchase psychiatry credits a la carte if you wish to work with a prescriber in addition to your Talkspace provider.
How long will I have to wait to speak with a prescriber?
Once your account is created and psychiatry session purchased, you will be matched with a prescriber and can book an appointment right away!
Clients are able to book appointments within 2 days of sign-up and up to 3 weeks in advance.
What kind of prescribers are on the Talkspace psychiatry network?
The Talkspace network includes psychiatrists and nurse practitioners who specialize in psychiatry.
Are psychiatry clients guaranteed a prescription after meeting with a prescriber?
You and your prescriber will discuss the best treatment plan for your needs; this may or may not involve medication.