Psychiatrists, Therapists & Forensic Psychiatry in N. VA

Since 2010, Shugarman Psychiatric & Counseling’s board-certified psychiatrists, psychotherapists (therapists), and forensic psychiatrists and psychologists have been providing comprehensive, compassionate mental health treatment (psychotherapy and medication management) for adults, adolescents, couples, and families in the Northern VA and Greater D.C. areas.

Whether you are seeking help for depression, anxiety, OCD, or other challenges, our expert psychiatrists and psychotherapists are here to help!  We recognize that everyone’s needs differ, and we will work closely with you to develop personalized treatment plans to optimally meet your psychotherapy and medication-related mental health needs.

Conveniently located in Old Town Alexandria, VA, our office is very accessible by car and metro to those in Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. Evening hours are available and parking is provided. Please inquire further about scheduling and costs.

We also provide forensic psychiatric and forensic psychological services. Our board-certified forensic psychiatrist and forensic psychologist perform evaluations for civil, administrative, and criminal matters. Additionally, they are available to serve as an expert witness on mental health-related legal matters throughout the country.

Our compassionate, experienced board-certified psychiatrists and psychotherapists are available for medication management, psychotherapy, and couples and family counseling.

Our forensic psychiatrist and forensic psychologist provide psychiatric and psychological assessments and expert witness services for civil, administrative, and criminal matters.

Our Providers:

Ryan Shugarman, M.D.

Board-Certified General and Forensic Psychiatrist

James Rives, M.D.

Board-Certified Psychiatrist

Kristin Harkins, LMFT

Individual, Couples, and Family Therapist

Shilpa Krishnan, PH.D.

Licensed Clinical and Forensic Psychologist

Have questions?  Interested in scheduling?

Please call us at (703) 596-1024 or complete our contact form.

For more information about mental health conditions and treatment in general, the American Psychiatric Association's and NAMI's websites offer excellent resources.

Client Testimonials:

“Kristin Harkins is by far the most compassionate and caring therapist that I have ever seen. I appreciate her mind, body, spirit approach to counseling which has really helped me to take a broad look at what healing and self care means for me. This year I have been able to make a lot of progress towards healing and it wouldn’t have been possible without her help. I will always be grateful.”

Psychiatrists, Therapists & Forensic Psychiatry N. VA

“As a patient of Dr. Shugarman’s, I find him to be a caring and experienced therapist who is deeply committed to helping his patients improve their lives. He is easy to talk to and listens thoughtfully. He has been instrumental in helping me understand myself better and successfully deal with several difficult issues. He also closely manages my medications. I recommend him highly.”

Psychiatrists, Therapists & Forensic Psychiatry N. VA

“I have been a patient of Dr. Ryan Shugarman in two separate periods since 2012. His approach is practical, straightforward, and effective, all while maintaining a sense of patience, empathy and non-judgment. He helped guide me out of some of the most difficult experiences of my life and instilled confidence and trust by carefully evaluating the various factors influencing my experiences before offering a diagnosis and then working to make sure that I had a management plan I was comfortable with. I greatly value him as a psychiatrist.”

Psychiatrists, Therapists & Forensic Psychiatry N. VA

“Kristin Harkins is one of the best therapists I’ve encountered, and I have seen a lot. She is thoughtful, compassionate and really knows her stuff. She has helped me get through some really difficult life changes, and I can’t recommend her enough.”

Psychiatrists, Therapists & Forensic Psychiatry N. VA

“I have been a patient of Dr. Shugarman’s for several years. He is very knowledgeable in his field. He is very attentive to your concerns/needs and he offers not just medications, but suggestions for new activities, new interventions, and/or changes in behavior for positive results. I highly recommend the services of Dr. Shugarman.”

Psychiatrists, Therapists & Forensic Psychiatry N. VA

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