Wondering if Mood Health is the right option for you? There are a lot of options out there, from seeing your primary care doctor to finding an in-person psychiatrist to trying therapy and meditation apps. There is a mental health solution out there for you. If you’re considering Mood, here’s what you should know about us and why we’re different.

Is Mood Health right for me?

We think Mood is the best service by far for people looking for immediate care and long-term results. We prioritize deep, personal relationships over quick fixes, and we know that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to mental health. The providers on our team share a passion for getting to know their patients as people, not as problems to be solved. We’ll work with you to understand your goals, what you’re interested in and comfortable with trying, and what pace you want to move at. Together, we’ll build a personalized treatment plan using a range of options, from therapy to supplements and medication to online tools. We understand that not every technique is right for everyone, and we never push you to do something you’re not 100% on board with. In the end, your long-term mental health is our goal.

We believe you’ll love Mood if you

  • Want to start feeling better right away. (We often have same-day appointment availability, and we work around your schedule.)
  • Believe that top-notch care means warm, friendly, caring people as well as world-class expertise and experience.
  • Are looking for a convenient solution that works at your own pace, in your own time, from home.
  • Feel that data and technology should be tools to improve the quality of human-to-human care, not replace it.
  • Haven’t been satisfied with mental health care you may have received in the past.

With that in mind, we know that nothing is perfect for everyone. Here are some reasons you may want to choose another service:

  • You are looking for algorithmically driven care.
  • You only need relaxation or meditation coaching.
  • You prefer to receive care by text or chat rather than via a conversation.
  • You need to see a professional in person.
  • You need to pay nothing out of pocket right away.

What’s the difference between psychiatry and therapy?

Great question! The terms “psychiatrist,” “therapist,” “psychologist,” and “counselor” can cause confusion. These are all professions under the umbrella of mental health care, and it’s helpful to understand the nuances. 

We’ve written an entire article on the subject, but one key difference is that while both psychiatrists and therapists use a range of treatments to improve patients’ mental health, psychiatrists and psychiatric nurses are medically qualified to prescribe medicine, while therapists are not. 

You might also come across the terms “psychologist” and “counselor.” For practical purposes, these terms are interchangeable with “therapist.” There are several advanced degrees and credentials mental health professionals can earn, and the terminology can be confusing. Generally, you don’t have to worry too much about the letters after someone’s name. The most important factors are whether they are licensed to practice therapy or prescribe medication.

While psychiatric treatment and talk therapy can produce wonderful results on their own, a combination of treatment styles is often optimal. Should you choose a combination of psychiatry and talk therapy, our providers will work as a team to provide you with the best mental health care possible. They will work with you to develop a program that works for you.

Can your psychiatrists do talk therapy and vice versa?

While there is certainly overlap in these mental health care disciplines, they are distinct. Our therapists cannot prescribe medication. Conversely, our psychiatrists do not specialize in talk therapy. Our providers have deep medical expertise, and we want to ensure that you are getting treatment from the right expert team.

If you have any questions about whether psychiatry or therapy is right for you, hit us up at hello@moodhealth.com.