Best Online Psychiatry Services of 2022

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While medical telehealth services have been available for decades, the industry is increasingly offering virtual mental health care as well. 

Some research goes as far as to call telehealth technology and mental health services a “natural match." This is because telemedicine offers convenient online sessions with the same quality of care as in-person appointments. 

Online mental health care can be a lifeline to those in rural areas and other geographic locations that lack sufficient options and availability for psychiatry, therapy, and/or medication management services, especially since the rates for online services are largely more affordable than those charged by a psychiatrist’s office.

In order to determine the best online psychiatry services, we surveyed 100 users from each of 33 different companies, though not all of these companies offered psychiatric services or medication management. We also sent detailed questionnaires to the companies themselves in order to gain further information. Here are the services that came out on top in our reviews.

Best Online Psychiatry Services of 2022

Why Trust Us We surveyed 100 users from each online therapy company and asked the companies to complete questionnaires. Then, we conducted comprehensive research with a psychotherapist. Read our Full Methodology
33 Companies reviewed
3,497 Total users surveyed
300 Data points analyzed

Best Overall : Teladoc Health

Verywell's Rating
3.8

Teladoc Review
  • Price: $99 per therapy session, $209 for initial psychiatry appointments, and $109 for follow ups (without insurance)
  • Is Insurance Accepted?: Yes
  • Communication Options: Audio, Video Chat
Why We Chose It

Teladoc is Verywell Mind’s overall top choice, as it provides psychiatry, therapy, and primary care to people in all 50 states and is in-network with many insurance providers.

Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Accepts insurance

  • Has psychiatrists, therapists, and medical doctors

  • You choose your provider

  • 24/7 general medical and primary care also available

  • Available nationwide

  • Serves adults and teenagers

Cons
  • Expensive without insurance

  • Can’t see bios until after signing up

  • Mental health providers are not available 24/7

  • No free consultation sessions

  • No subscriptions or bundle discounts

  • Cannot prescribe controlled substances

Overview

Since its launch in 2002, the telehealth practice Teladoc has connected its clients with board-certified doctors, licensed therapists, and psychiatrists without the need to leave home. 

Ninety-five percent of Teladoc survey respondents told us they were either likely or very likely to recommend the company to others, so the company has clearly been doing something right for the past two decades. Therefore, Teladoc is the winner of Verywell Mind’s Best for Psychiatry award.

Its providers have more availability than clinicians in traditional settings, so busy people can work early morning or evening psychiatry appointments into their schedules. And if you prefer to get general medical appointments, primary care, therapy, and psychiatry from the same place, Teladoc has got you covered.

The company only employs clinicians who are licensed and/or board-certified. Though providers can treat a wide range of concerns (for instance, stress, anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, and PTSD), they cannot prescribe controlled substances. Unfortunately, this means that Teladoc is not the best choice for certain conditions—such as ADHD—that respond best to those medications.

Seventy-one percent of surveyed Teladoc users rated the services as very good or excellent, so Teladoc is a great place to begin your online psychiatry search, especially if you’re interested in also seeing a therapist or medical doctor.

Plans & Prices


The company is in-network with many insurance companies—in fact, numerous insurers have incorporated Teladoc into their own online client portals, many offering $0 doctor visits. However, even the self-pay prices are still comparable to or more affordable than conventional private practices. 

Expect to pay:

  • $0–$299 per initial psychiatric session
  • $0–$119 per follow-up psychiatric session
  • $0–$99 per 45-minute therapy session

To find out how much of the cost will be covered by insurance, reach out to Teladoc (or your insurer) and a customer service agent can verify the amount you’ll be responsible for per session. 

While no subscriptions or bundle discounts are available, 76% of our survey respondents told us their final cost was a very good or excellent value; they also reported spending an average of $63.50 out of pocket per month for therapy and/or psychiatry sessions.

Runner-Up, Best Overall : Cerebral

Verywell's Rating
4.4

Cerebral Online Therapy Review
  • Price: $85 to $195 per month
  • Is Insurance Accepted?: Yes
  • Communication Options: Messaging, Video Chat
Why We Chose It

Cerebral provides affordable online medication management and talk therapy services, and it's in-network with a growing number of insurance plans. Even more convenient is the company’s free prescription delivery service.

Pros & Cons
Pros
  • In-network with several insurance companies

  • Offers both medication management and talk therapy

  • $10 medications with free delivery

  • Video and phone sessions available

  • Provider bios are posted on website

  • Medication management available in all 50 states + D.C.

  • Can prescribe controlled substances in select states

Cons
  • In-network with relatively few insurance companies

  • Therapy not available in all states

  • Cannot treat certain conditions in all states

  • You cannot pick your own provider

  • Not all care counselors are licensed therapists

  • Insurance only covers video sessions

Overview

Cerebral launched in January 2020 with the goal of making virtual therapy, psychiatry, and medication management affordable for more people, even those who are uninsured. 

Eighty-three percent of current Cerebral clients who responded to our survey rated the company as overall either very good or excellent, earning this relatively young platform the highest overall rating of all 33 companies we surveyed—and also the title of Verywell Mind’s Best for Patient Satisfaction.

Cerebral can offer mental health treatment for anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, or insomnia. There are three main types of providers at Cerebral: prescribers, therapists, and care counselors. The prescribers range from psychiatrists and medical physicians to physicians assistants and nurse practitioners, while the company’s therapy department is made up of licensed clinical professional counselors (LCPCs), licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFTs), licensed clinical social workers (LCSWs), licensed mental health counselors (LMHWs), and other qualified mental health professionals.

Only some of Cerebral’s care counselors are licensed therapists, but all are well-equipped to help clients using evidence-based techniques like behavioral activation and motivational interviewing (MI), at a lower cost.

Cerebral providers can consider prescribing controlled substances—including certain medications for ADHD and other conditions that might be helped by these medications—if you establish together that non-controlled medications aren’t working for you. 

Ninety-five percent of Cerebral respondents said they were likely or very likely to recommend the company to others like themselves. If you’re looking for medication management, therapy, and psychiatry in one service at an affordable cost, Cerebral could be an excellent service for you, even if you’re not insured.

Plans & Prices


If you’re using insurance, all of Cerebral’s plans are only $29 per month, plus applicable copays and medication costs. (Note: Expect to have video sessions, as insurance does not cover phone appointments.) The company offers services to all 50 states and the District of Columbia. As of January 2022, only a few insurers are in-network: Aetna, Cigna, Blue Cross, Blue Shield, and Medicare. The plans accepted by those insurers vary widely by state. 

Cerebral is in the process of making its services in-network with more insurance companies. But even if you’re self-paying, the company’s monthly rates are still much more affordable than those at traditional private practices:

  • The Medication + Care Counseling Plan: $85 per month for as many medication management appointments as your prescriber feels are necessary, plus one session with a care counselor. Your first month will be discounted by $30, and there are no commitments, so this is a good opportunity to give the service a try.
  • The Therapy Plan: $259 per month for weekly visits with a licensed therapist
  • The Medication + Therapy Plan: $325 per month for however many prescriber appointments are necessary to monitor your medications, plus weekly counseling sessions with a care counselor

All plans include free medication delivery and unlimited messaging to the Cerebral care team. The out-of-pocket price for most of the medications Cerebral prescribes is about $10, but your final cost may be less if you’re using insurance. 

Eighty-one percent of survey respondents who used Cerebral reported finding the service to be either a very good or excellent value for the amount they paid per month. That secures the company’s position in our survey as the third-best value, after Rethink My Therapy and Monument (which were tied for first). 

Best Up-and-Comer : Talkiatry

Verywell's Rating
4.0

Talkiatry
  • Price: Copays and out-of-pocket fees vary
  • Is Insurance Accepted?: Yes. BCBS, Cigna, United Health, Aetna, Tricare, Medicare, and others
  • Communication Options: Video Chat
Why We Chose It

Available in four states so far, Talkiatry is a great in-network option for psychiatric services and medication management for everyone ages seven and up.

Pros & Cons
Pros
  • In-network with major insurers (including Medicare)

  • Child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric psychiatry

  • Can prescribe controlled substances

  • Some psychiatrists can offer therapy

  • Is a psychiatry practice (not a referral network)

  • LGBTQIA+ friendly

Cons
  • Site matches you with psychiatrist

  • Site does not list self-pay rates

  • Currently only available in four states

  • Does not accept Medicaid

  • Cannot treat conditions that require inpatient care

Overview

Talkiatry is one of the youngest online mental health services included in our survey, but it’s the only one that focuses on psychiatry and medication management. Launched in New York in April 2020, the practice has since expanded to three other states—Texas, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut—and is hoping to eventually serve all 50 states. From the company’s job board, it appears it is currently hiring in New Jersey and Washington, D.C. 

In addition, Talkiatry is also one of the few services we reviewed that offers child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric psychiatry; its providers can see children as young as seven. This gives the practice an edge over competitors, most of which only provide psychiatric services to adults 18 and older.

Talkiatry’s board-certified psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners can treat many issues, including depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, and adjustment disorders, using medication and techniques like eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). Seventy percent of respondents to our survey rated Talkiatry’s overall services as either very good or excellent. 

Unlike most of the other 33 companies we reviewed and surveyed, providers at Talkiatry can prescribe controlled substances, making the service an attractive option for people with ADHD and other conditions that are best managed with these types of medications. Live video sessions are held using the secure, HIPAA-compliant Healow app, and prescriptions can be sent directly to the pharmacy of your choice. 

Depending on availability, some providers may be able to offer therapy to established clients, but as their bios note, they may recommend finding an external therapist who can go into more depth with you during longer, more frequent sessions. Talkiatry providers are happy to communicate with your therapist in this case, which helps make it easier to coordinate your treatment.

The site cautions that Talkiatry is an outpatient practice, meaning that it is not suitable for emergencies or other conditions that require inpatient monitoring and care—such as schizophrenia and other psychotic illnesses, certain substance use disorders, active suicidal ideation, and some other severe forms of mental illness.

Ninety-eight percent of the users we surveyed reported being either likely or very likely to recommend the service to others. The practice’s providers, services, and insurance acceptance make Talkiatry a company to watch, especially as it expands to serve more states.

Plans & Prices

Talkiatry is in-network with over 60 insurance companies and Medicare (but not Medicaid), which reduces your per-appointment cost to a copay or coinsurance, which will vary depending on your policy.

Its staff can also help patients whose plans aren’t accepted to receive at least partial out-of-network coverage. While many of Talkiatry’s competitors list the prices (or at least price ranges) for their self-pay services, the practice’s FAQs instruct uninsured people to reach out using the contact form for more information. 

Eighty-four percent of Talkiatry users who responded to our survey used insurance coverage to pay for their sessions. All together, respondents spent a monthly average of about $280—which is less expensive than traditional psychiatry—with 77% of respondents rating the services they received as either a very good or excellent value.  

Best for Alcohol Use Disorder : Monument

Verywell's Rating
3.8

Monument Review
  • Price: $0 to $249 per month
  • Is Insurance Accepted?: Yes
  • Communication Options: Messaging, Video Chat
Why We Chose It

Monument provides effective medication management and therapy, as well as free community support, to help its clients cut back or quit drinking. 

Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Multiple subscription options

  • Free moderated groups and forums

  • Board-certified doctors and licensed therapists

  • Focus on addiction recovery

  • Serves adults 18+ only

Cons
  • Not a detox program

  • Only prescribes two medications

  • Does not address mental health beyond substance use

  • Currently only available in 19 states and D.C.

  • Does not replace a psychiatrist

Overview

The 2019 National Survey of Drug Use and Health found that 5.3% of all Americans 12 and older have alcohol use disorder (AUD)—and of those 14.5 million people, only 6.4% had received AUD treatment in the past year. However, teletherapy for addiction has been shown to be as effective as in-person treatment (except in cases that require detox and other monitoring).

Founder Mike Russell had struggled personally with long clinic waitlists and support groups he didn’t feel comfortable in before finding medication and therapy to help him stop drinking. So he launched Monument in May 2020, combining medication, therapy, and anonymous community support to help others reduce or eliminate their alcohol use, without judgment, from the privacy of their own homes.

Seventy-five percent of current users we surveyed rated the services they received through Monument as either very good or excellent, while 88% said they were likely to recommend the company to others.

It’s important to remember, however, that Monument is not a replacement for general psychiatric services or in-person detox programs (though its physicians are ready to help you find one if they think it’s necessary). 

Monument’s licensed clinical social workers (LCSWs) and licensed mental health workers (LMHWs) use techniques like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and motivational interviewing (MI) as an adjunct to medication, therapist-moderated group video sessions, and anonymous, forum-based support. 

Unlike the other winners on this list, Monument does not have psychiatrists on staff. Instead, medication management is provided by board-certified physicians who are experienced in treating substance use disorders (SUDs). While many people have achieved harm reduction or sobriety without taking additional substances, there are medications that can reduce the neurochemical appeal of drinking. 

The only medications the company’s physicians prescribe are disulfiram and naltrexone, which work very differently to address (but not cure) alcohol abuse. Disulfiram is taken daily and quickly discourages drinking by causing nausea, vomiting, and other unpleasant symptoms when users consume even small amounts of alcohol. 

On the other hand, Monument also utilizes the Sinclair method, which involves taking naltrexone before drinking to block the receptors that make alcohol (and opioid) consumption feel pleasurable. Using this technique generally takes longer to result in behavioral changes, but it has been thoroughly proven to help patients achieve their treatment goals. It also offers more flexibility, as it does not promote a blanket all-or-nothing approach to sobriety, which some addiction specialists disagree with.

We recommend Monument to anyone who wants to drink less or stop drinking entirely, does not require medication management or therapy for other mental health conditions, doesn’t require in-person care or rehab, and lives in one of the locations in which the company’s services are currently available.

These states include Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Washington, D.C.

Monument is working to expand further, though, so if you live elsewhere, it might not be too long before its services are available in your state.

Plans & Prices

Monument’s Community Membership is free and includes access to the forum and therapist-led support groups. 

There are three paid plans, all of which include unlimited messaging with your physician (and/or therapist), as well as group sessions and forum access:

  • Physician Care: $9.99 per month (with a one-time $45 fee) for one monthly medication management appointment, with additional appointments costing $45 each
  • Total Care (Biweekly): $149 per month for two therapy sessions per month and unlimited medication management appointments
  • Total Care (Weekly): $249 per month for four therapist sessions per month and unlimited medication management appointments

Monument is in-network with six major healthcare insurance companies (including Medicare), which may reduce these costs to copays for many clients with in- or out-of-network benefits. Eighty-two percent of surveyed Monument users considered the final cost of their membership to be a very good or excellent value.

Best for Postpartum Depression : Amwell

Verywell's Rating
3.9

Amwell Therapy Logo
  • Price: $109 to $129 per session or Copay
  • Is Insurance Accepted?: Yes
  • Communication Options: Video Chat
Why We Chose It

Amwell wins Best for New Parents because of its postpartum mental health services and high user survey ratings. 

Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Pay-per session

  • Some therapists are available nights and weekends

  • Offers children’s, adult, and couples therapy

  • Sees clients as young as 10

  • Offers psychiatry and medication management services

Cons
  • Video sessions only

  • No free consultation sessions

  • Does not offer family therapy

  • No subscriptions or bundle services offered

Overview

If you’re a new parent of an infant, you’re facing a huge life adjustment. Amwell’s licensed therapists, psychiatrists, and medical physicians are there to help with this transition using therapy and, if necessary, psychiatric medication.

Amwell came out on top for new parents due to its flexible scheduling, high user survey ratings, and specialization in postpartum depression (PPD) and postpartum anxiety.

The providers at Amwell offer individual therapy to children and adults, and relationship counseling as well, making it a great service for many families, not just those with newborns. Adult clients can add children to their accounts without any extra fees. Seventy-three percent of current Amwell users (including both parents and childless therapy seekers) reported receiving either very good or excellent services from their clinicians. And eighty-eight percent of the users we surveyed told us they were likely or very likely to recommend Amwell to others like themselves. 

Amwell is a good option for new and seasoned parents alike who need help navigating parenting issues, managing stress, treating postpartum mental health conditions, and getting other medical attention, all from the same service.

Plans & Prices

Amwell does not offer subscriptions or other bundled discounts; instead, clients pay for each video session a la carte. The prices vary based on the type of service and provider education level:

  • Initial psychiatrist appointment: $279
  • Follow-up psychiatrist appointments: $109
  • Therapy session with a master’s level therapist: $109
  • Therapy session with a PhD-level therapist: $129

These rates are comparable or even slightly less than traditional mental health care.

However, Amwell is in-network with many insurance companies, so if you’re using insurance, your final copay/coinsurance may be even more affordable. Seventy-eight percent of current Amwell users reported considering the service to be either a very good or excellent value.

Best for Minors : Doctor on Demand

Verywell's Rating
3.8

Doctors on Demand
  • Price: $129-$179 per session
  • Is Insurance Accepted?: Yes
  • Communication Options: Audio, Video Chat
Why We Chose It

Doctor on Demand offers a wide range of medical and mental health services to people 10 years and older, making it a great option for many families with children and teens.

Pros & Cons
Pros
  • In-network with many insurers

  • Serves all 50 states

  • Weekend and same-day appointments available

  • You pick your own providers

  • Accepts clients aged 10+

  • 24/7 coaching support available

  • Also offers 24/7 medical services

Cons
  • No subscription plans

  • Self-pay prices are expensive

  • No free consultations

  • Cannot prescribe controlled substances

  • Must sign up to see which insurers are in-network

Overview

Doctor on Demand, founded in 2013 by Phil and Jay McGraw, has licensed, experienced therapists and psychiatrists who treat kids as young as 10, earning the service distinction for its ability to provide health care for most, if not all, of the family.

The majority of the 33 companies in our survey that offer psychiatry and medication management do not extend these services to minors. However, that does not mean that telepsychiatry isn’t effective for kids and teens—in fact, some studies have shown that virtual sessions can be just as effective for children as in-person sessions are.

Seventy-five percent of survey respondents who were current clients rated the company’s services as either very good or excellent. Add in the fact that the company also provides 24/7 appointments with medical doctors for non-mental health concerns—earning it the Best Flexibility award—and Doctor on Demand is a great contender for families who want to reduce the number of trips they’re taking to urgent care or the doctor’s office.

Although Doctor on Demand providers cannot prescribe controlled substances, its psychiatrists can evaluate and treat a wide range of mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, postpartum conditions, relationship issues, trauma, and grief.

Ninety percent of respondents reported being likely or very likely to recommend the company to others like themselves. Whether you want to use a single online platform for (almost) your whole family or are just looking for services for yourself, Doctor on Demand is a great option to explore, especially if you have insurance.

Plans & Prices

If your insurance policy is in-network with Doctor on Demand, you’ll only pay a copay for each appointment. Call the number on your insurance card to find out how much of each session is covered.

The self-pay rates Doctor on Demand charges—while comparable to or less than those set by traditional private practices—are more expensive than many of the other companies we reviewed:

  • $299 per initial psychiatrist appointment
  • $129 per 15-minute follow-up psychiatry appointment
  • $129 per 25-minute consultation with a psychologist 
  • $179 per 50-minute consultation with a psychologist 

This may be part of why only 58% of Doctor on Demand clients who responded to our survey rated the company to be a very good or excellent value.

Best Low-Cost : Wellnite

Verywell's Rating
4.0

Wellnite Review
  • Price: $75 to $195 per month
  • Is Insurance Accepted?: No
  • Communication Options: Live Chat, Video Chat
Why We Chose It

No online service we evaluated was more cost-effective for treating anxiety and depression than Wellnite, which offers both medication management and CBT.

Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Offers medication management and therapy

  • Individual and group therapy available

  • Serves kids and teens with parental consent

  • Plans include a 30-day supply of one medication

  • Free medication shipping

  • Medical physicians, psychiatrists, and therapists available

  • You choose your own providers

  • Available in 40 states

Cons
  • Does not accept insurance

  • Browser-only

  • Only offers CBT

  • Does not prescribe controlled substances

  • No doctor bios on website prior to sign-up

Overview

Wellnite won the 2021 Verywell Best Low-Cost Psychiatry award for a good reason: While the company focuses solely on depression and anxiety, its clinicians provide CBT and/or psychiatric medications for as low as $75 a month. 

Wellnite does not accept insurance, but it’s still difficult to find more affordable online therapy and medication management. In fact, 73% of survey respondents who were current Wellnite clients reported considering the service to be either a very good or excellent value.

At Wellnite, your doctor and licensed therapist or mental health counselor can work together to coordinate your treatment more effectively than if they were each practicing alone. Of our survey respondents who currently used Wellnite, 76% rated the overall services they received as either very good or excellent.

It’s important to remember that the company only treats anxiety and depression, only offers CBT, and cannot prescribe controlled substances. Thus, the service may not be for you if you require therapy and/or medication for other concerns. However, the company’s providers can see children and teenagers under 18 as long as there is written parental consent, making Wellnite an option for the whole family. 

Ninety-one percent of surveyed Wellnite clients told us they were either likely or very likely to recommend the company to others. If you need help with anxiety and depression, Wellnite is an affordable, convenient service worthy of your consideration.

Plans & Prices

In 2021, Wellnite offered two plans:

  • The Serotonin Plan: $75 per month for one doctor consultation, a 30-day supply of one prescription, and four coaching chat sessions
  • The Mindfulness Plan: $195 per month for one doctor consultation, 30 days of one medication, four text-based coaching sessions, and two video therapy sessions

Shipping for up to three medications is free with either plan. If you need more than three prescriptions per month, Wellnite adds a $15 delivery fee and charges $25 for each additional medication. 

In addition to individual therapy, Wellnite says it offers group therapy services, although it’s unclear whether both types of sessions cost the same. 

Compare the Best Online Psychiatry Services of 2022

Overall Rating Best For
Price
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Teladoc Health
3.8
Best Overall $99 per therapy session, $209 for initial psychiatry appointments, and $109 for follow ups (without insurance) Yes No Audio, Video Chat Sign Up Now
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Cerebral
4.4
Runner-Up, Best Overall $85 to $195 per month Yes Yes Messaging, Video Chat Sign Up Now
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Talkiatry
4.0
Best Up-and-Comer Copays and out-of-pocket fees vary Yes. BCBS, Cigna, United Health, Aetna, Tricare, Medicare, and others No Video Chat Sign Up Now
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Monument
3.8
Best for Alcohol Use Disorder $0 to $249 per month Yes Yes Messaging, Video Chat Sign Up Now
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Amwell
3.9
Best for Postpartum Depression $109 to $129 per session or Copay Yes No Video Chat Sign Up Now
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Doctor on Demand
3.8
Best for Minors $129-$179 per session Yes No Audio, Video Chat Sign Up Now
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Wellnite
4.0
Best Low-Cost $75 to $195 per month No No Live Chat, Video Chat Sign Up Now
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Final Verdict

Teladoc is Verywell Mind’s choice for Best Overall Online Psychiatry Service thanks to its flexible scheduling options, primary care and behavioral health services, and in-network status with many insurers. Amwell is also a great option. It has won more than one Verywell Mind award for 2021, though it features on this list as Best for Postpartum Depression and Anxiety. While its physicians can provide urgent care to children of all ages, therapy sessions are only available to kids 10 and up, and its psychiatrists only treat adults, limiting some of the service’s usefulness to families with children.

Guide for Choosing the Best Online Psychiatry Services

Are Online Psychiatry Services Worth It? 

Whether online psychiatry services can be a good fit for your individual situation depends on a number of factors. Keep these questions in mind while making this decision:

  • Are your or your child’s symptoms making it difficult to manage daily tasks and responsibilities?
  • Has it been suggested by a therapist or doctor that medication might help?
  • Is talk therapy not helping enough with unwanted symptoms?
  • Does your or your child’s schedule make it difficult to commit to regular in-office sessions?
  • Do you have insurance coverage that covers virtual psychiatry and/or therapy sessions?
  • Do you or your child need controlled medications for the treatment of certain conditions, like ADHD?
  • Do you or your child need treatment for substance use disorder or eating disorders? Depending on the severity of the condition, the number of clinicians available who specialize in it, and other factors, online psychiatrists and prescribers may not agree to manage your case. If so, again, in-person services are the better, safer choice.

If any of these questions sound applicable, you may benefit from online psychiatry.

Comparing Online Psychiatry Services

With so many options out there, it can be intimidating to choose an online psychiatry service. While our review examined 33 companies that offer telepsychiatry, new ones are being launched all the time.

When searching for a good fit, there are a variety of angles to consider:

Scheduling flexibility: Because sessions are held online, rather than in a clinic that needs to be staffed, cleaned, and maintained, most online psychiatry services have providers with availability outside of the usual nine-to-five work hours—even on the weekend. You can also usually send messages to your clinicians; some companies allow you to send unlimited messages, though you should not expect unlimited responses from your psychiatrist and/or therapist. These factors may make some services a more convenient match for your life than others. 

Provider expertise: Make sure a service specializes in your area of concern(s), such as anxiety, depression, or panic disorder. 

Provider availability: Not every service has providers in all states who are accepting new clients, though many companies are in the process of expanding availability to more of the country.

Types of providers: If you’re also interested in starting online therapy, there are platforms that offer both psychiatry and therapy services. If you already have a therapist or choose not to be in therapy, a psychiatry/medication management-only service might suit your needs.

Medication options: Some services provide a list of medications their providers can prescribe, while others only explain which medications cannot be prescribed. In most cases, controlled medication cannot be prescribed online, but this may vary. When comparing services, take a look at their FAQs to find out more.

Financial assistance: Look for info on the site about which insurance plans are covered, if there are any discounts for your first few months of service, whether you can pay with FSA and/or HSA cards, if there are providers who offer sliding-scale fees, or if you can apply for financial aid. Also, check with your employer to see if an employee assistance program (EAP) is available to you.

Commitment level: Does the service advertise free consultations or trial periods? If it is subscription-based, can you get a refund for unused sessions if you cancel mid-month?  

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions
  • How Can Online Psychiatry Services Help?

    Online services tend to be more convenient, discreet, and affordable than traditional in-office settings. Compared to trying to cram a trip to the psychiatrist into a busy schedule, there’s potentially less energy and stress involved: Simply sit somewhere private, turn on your device, and open your client portal. 

    Online sessions also offer more privacy—for instance, if you’re in a small community where everyone knows each other, no one will see you going into a psychiatrist's office. However, if you don’t have enough privacy for audio or video chats without being overheard, you may be able to have messaging-based sessions, or at least communicate asynchronously with your provider(s).

    Some companies will even mail prescription medications to your house for added convenience. Remember, however, that the law generally does not allow controlled substances to be prescribed online.

  • How Much Do Online Psychiatry Services Cost?

    The cost will vary depending on the company’s rates, the coverage allowed by your specific insurance plan, any financial support offered by your employer, and the frequency at which you choose to receive services. 

    Of the 33 companies we reviewed, a month of psychiatric services cost as little as about $70 per month, while the more expensive end of the spectrum climbed into the hundreds. However, even that is usually less expensive than self-pay rates at traditional psychiatry clinics.

    Plans that focus on psychiatric services tend to be much more affordable than those that also include therapy sessions. Still, if you’re interested, evidence shows that the combination of medication and therapy can be much more effective than either of the two alone. And some forms of ADHD cannot be treated effectively with talk therapy alone.

    Talk therapy can help alleviate symptoms of mild-to-moderate anxiety, depression, and mood swings, some conditions, like bipolar disorder, panic disorders,

  • Who Needs Online Psychiatry Services?

    The need for psychiatry is individual and will be determined by you and your therapist and/or doctor. 

    While online psychiatry services may be able to address some aspects of treatment for these conditions—for instance, by prescribing a non-stimulant ADHD medication—you may also have to see a clinician in person for more comprehensive treatment and medication management for certain psychiatric conditions.

    Still, many people may find telepsychiatry a literal lifeline. As long as you have a good internet connection, you’ve potentially got access to care regardless of whether you live in a city, the suburbs, or a rural area.

Methodology

Our methodology for evaluating online therapy companies informed this review of online psychiatry companies. In order to collect comprehensive data on 33 companies, we sent questionnaires to 100 current users of each. This allowed us to review the best online therapy services for anxiety fairly, impartially, and accurately. We compared companies by looking at users’ qualitative and quantitative reviews of various services offered and evaluating overall user satisfaction, therapist qualifications, types of therapy offered, website usability, cost and value for money, and client privacy protections.

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