Out of all the online therapy providers we have come across, Talkiary is arguably one of the most professional and qualified of them all. They are fully HIPAA certified and most of their therapists are qualified therapists licensed in New York.
Some users may have concerns about accepting treatment for severe mental disorders, and being prescribed medication, online without ever physically seeing a Doctor. However, the State of New York has approved the concept and afterall, during 2020 and 2021 most Doctors appointments were conducted remotely because of COVID-19 so this is the world we now live in.
|U.S Based Company||Yes, but currently only works in New York State|
|Number of Licensed Therapists|
30 board-certified psychiatrists
|Therapy Modes||Video Call and In Person|
|Available Treatments||Psychiatric Treatment, Medication Prescription and Talk Therapy|
|Average Price||Varies depending on your prescription and what treatments are recommended|
|Sign Up Time||10 Minutes|
|Response Time||One Week or Less|
|Mobile App||They Use Healow – No App Of Their Own|
|Customer Reviews||73% positive|
|Our Editorial Rating||3 Stars|
To begin using Talkiatry you have to complete the signup process via their online portal. Users enter their insurance details before completing a short questionnaire which is then used to offer them a preliminary diagnosis and match them up with potential therapists. If and once you agree upon a Doctor, you complete your sign up and then schedule your first appointment.
With Talkatry, you have the option of conducting your meeting with your therapist remotely via the Healow app, or you can come into the flagship office and meet face to face. After your session, you may well be issued with a prescription and then booked in for your next assessment. Whilst the main purpose of Talkiatry is to help patients get a medication prescription, you are not obliged to accept the script and should not feel pressured to take anything you do not feel comfortable with.
In addition to offering psychiatry, Talkiaty also offer complimentary talk therapies to patients who they think may benefit from it. Note that talk therapies such as CBT may not be conducted by your psychiatrist but rather by a psychologist or qualified counselor. A lot of patients find the dualistic approach of medication + talking therapies to be optimal for their well being.
Talkiatry do not publish any specific details about the costs of their services. Therefore we cannot say how much an initial consultation is, how much each subsequent appointment is or how much a prescription costs.
What we can advise is that Talkiatry is recognized by most major insurers (with the notable exception of Medicaid), operates on a pay-per-meeting basis and also changes separately for subscriptions. If you want to use Medicaid or Medicare, check our list of the best therapy sites with insurance instead.
It is also worth noting that Talkiatry do not offer any kind of free trial like some providers do and therefore you need to pay up front to even get any indication of whether they may be right for you.
When we tried the app, the prices we got were not competitive at all. Even with insurance, there are simply much better, cost-effective solutions out there. Furthermore, we find the very idea of not giving even an estimate of the costs in advance quite unprofessional by Talkiatry.
Because of this, we instead recommend considering Amwell who have proven to be more professional, as well as open and transparent in relation to costs. An Amwell psychiatry session costs only $109 before using insurance; Amwell does also work with a wide number of insurers and is in network with most major providers.
Talkiatry currently boasts a very impressive, full roster of qualified psychiatrists. You get the chance to choose your therapist from a shortlist and initial sessions are usually arranged within 7 days.
The Talkiatry business model focuses primarily on psychiatric evaluation, diagnosis and treatment. This includes medication & prescription management for a whole array of mental health conditions, including:
Talkiatry focuses on psychiatry and medication. However, many patients may also benefit from additional talking therapies and your psychiatrists may suggest one as part of your treatment plan. Here are some of the following talking therapies that Talkiatry offers;
Even though Talkiatry was originally established as a way to help patients get cost effective and efficient access to mediation, that does not mean that every referral will result in a prescription. It all comes down to the therapist’s estimation as to the needs of the individual patient.
However, you should remember that psychiatrists are only allowed to prescribe ‘over the counter’ medicines remotely so cannot prescribe controlled substances, if you opt for an online session via Healow app. However, if you can make it to the New York office for a face to face, in person consultation then this will extend your treatment options significantly.
Overall, we have found this part of the service to be Talkiatry’s strongest point. They currently have over 30 fully qualified psychiatrists licensed in the State of New York – and the quality of treatment is very high. In fact, it is quite possibly the best psychiatric therapy app in the market today.