Many people are unaware that can therapist prescribes medication. This is something that many therapists do to help their patients who need prescription medications for mental illness or addiction. When a therapist prescribes medication, they work closely with the patient’s prescribing physician. This is to make sure that there are no adverse effects and that the patient receives any other necessary care as well.
- 1 Can Therapists Prescribe Medication?
- 2 Psychologists vs Psychiatrists To Prescribe Medication
- 3 Advantages When Therapist Prescribe Medication
- 4 Disadvantages When Therapist Prescribe Medication
- 5 Conclusion
- 6 A Word From Mantra Care
Can Therapists Prescribe Medication?
The answer is yes, a therapist can prescribe medication. In some cases, therapists can prescribe medications as well as to conduct therapy sessions with clients. For example, if the client has been diagnosed with something such as depression or anxiety and the therapist feels that there should be further testing done then they may refer them to another doctor who will prescribe for their needs medically speaking before starting psychotherapy treatment.
Types of Therapists Who Prescribe Medication
There are some types of therapy that prescribe medications. They include:
Some psychiatrists can prescribe medication. Psychiatrists are medical doctors who specialize in treating mental health disorders with psychotherapy and medications. However, they usually do not provide therapy; rather, clients see a therapist or psychologist for this purpose while working with a psychiatrist to manage their medications.
Psychologists can also prescribe medication. This is under certain circumstances when state licensing boards allow this. This is such as if someone has been seeing them for about five years (and has completed an accredited doctoral program). In order to be prescribed medication psychologists must have additional training that includes at least 100 hours of supervised clinical work using these types of drugs over at least two years before being granted permission from the board. That said, most people go to a psychiatrist for medication management.
Clinical Social Workers
Some clinical social workers may prescribe medication but it is not common. They generally do not have the authority to do so unless they work in a psychiatric hospital setting.
In some states, nurses are allowed to prescribe medications if they have been granted prescriptive authority by their state board of nursing. This usually includes pharmacology courses as well as supervised practice with prescribing medications. In order to receive this authority, nurses must complete an accredited program and pass a national certification exam.
Counselors sometimes does’nt prescribe medication. However, they can make psychiatric referrals if needed in order for clients to receive medications when appropriate.
Primary Care Physicians
Sometimes primary care physicians will prescribe medications for psychiatric disorders. This is generally done when a person’s mental health symptoms are also impacting their physical health. For example, if someone has been struggling with anxiety and as a result hasn’t been sleeping well, has lost weight, and is developing headaches then the doctor may prescribe medication to help address these issues.
Psychologists vs Psychiatrists To Prescribe Medication
When it comes to choosing between a psychiatrist and a psychologist who prescribes medication, the choice often depends on what is covered by an individual’s health insurance plan. For example, many policies cover visits with psychiatrists but not psychologists.
Additionally, some insurers may only approve certain types of therapies for coverage so this should be considered as well before making a decision about which type of practitioner you see first. It could also come down to personal preference since both have their own areas of expertise that could benefit someone seeking treatment for mental health concerns such as depression or anxiety disorders.
Sometimes therapists who are legally allowed to prescribe medication will work with a psychiatrist if they have expertise that the therapist does not possess, however. Psychiatrists can help monitor psychotherapy treatment as well as provide prescriptions for medications when needed since psychiatrists are medical doctors who specialize in treating mental health disorders using both therapy and medications.
Advantages When Therapist Prescribe Medication
There are some advantages to having a therapist who can prescribe medication.
- One is that the therapist can provide both therapy and medications which may be more convenient for some people. Additionally, the therapist will have an in-depth understanding of how the person is responding to both the medication and the therapy which could lead to better treatment outcomes.
- Another advantage is that if there are any problems with taking medication (e.g., adverse effects or not working well), the therapist can help address these issues. Finally, it’s worth noting that many therapists undergo additional training to become prescribing providers so they have specialized knowledge about medications and their use in treating mental health disorders.
- Some other advantages are that some therapists who can prescribe medication will be able to provide treatment more quickly than if the person had to see a psychiatrist initially. Additionally, it may save time since many people prefer seeing just one provider for their mental health care instead of having separate appointments with both therapist and doctor.
Disadvantages When Therapist Prescribe Medication
There are many disadvantages to taking prescription drugs, but one of the most important is that they can have a negative effect on your mental health. Prescription medications are helpful for some people with certain conditions, but if you don’t need them or take too many, they may lead to addiction and withdrawal symptoms.
On the other hand, there are some disadvantages to having a therapist who can prescribe medication.
Can Cause Confusion For Patient
One potential disadvantage is that it can sometimes lead to confusion for patients. For example, if someone sees a therapist for anxiety and is then prescribed medication by that therapist, they may not know who to go to if they have questions about the medication or want to stop taking it. Additionally, some people may feel like they are being “dumped” on when their therapist starts prescribing them medications which could impact the therapeutic relationship.
May Not Have Expertise In All Types of Medications
Another downside is that therapists who prescribe medication may not have expertise in all types of medications. This could lead to problems if a person needs a specialized type of medication. It is also if there are any adverse effects from the medication. In these cases, it would be necessary to consult with a psychiatrist instead of a therapist.
Can Be Expensive For Patients
It’s also important to note that some insurance plans only cover certain types of therapies. So this could lead to additional costs if someone needs both therapy and medication from their therapist. Their plan doesn’t pay for these services at the same time. Additionally, not all therapists who can prescribe medications will accept insurance as payment or file claims on behalf of patients. This means they have to pay out-of-pocket. It is by those using traditional health insurance coverage.
Can Cause Additional Stress For Therapist
Another potential downside is that it can sometimes be more stressful for therapists to prescribe medications. This could lead them to burn out or stop practicing. This would affect the availability of this type of treatment option in a community. The therapist may also feel like they are being pulled away from their counseling practice since many times, they will end up doing less therapy and spend most of their time managing prescriptions and monitoring medication use with patients who have been prescribed psychiatric drugs by psychiatrists.
In conclusion, there are pros and cons to having a therapist who can prescribe medication. On the one hand, it can be more convenient for patients. This is because they only need to see one provider for their mental health care. Additionally, therapists who can prescribe medications often have additional training in this area which could lead to better treatment outcomes. Sometimes insurance covers this medication. This means they may be less expensive for patients.
A Word From Mantra Care
Your mental health — your psychological, emotional, and social well-being — has an impact on every aspect of your life. Positive mental health essentially allows you to effectively deal with life’s everyday challenges.
At Mantra Care, we have a team of therapists who provide affordable online therapy to assist you with issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, relationship, OCD, LGBTQ, and PTSD. You can take our mental health test. You can also book a free therapy or download our free Android or iOS app.