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Psychiatric Treatment with a Psychiatrist in Alexandria, VA / Greater Washington, D.C.

There’s no sidestepping it–life can be overwhelming. Whether it’s challenges at work, home, or in relationships, it’s easy to feel like we’re barely keeping our heads above water. Add to that symptoms of anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues, and life becomes even more difficult.  That’s where we come in. Our board-certified psychiatrists are highly trained, compassionate, providers well-versed in diagnosing and treating a variety of mental health conditions and sources of distress using both psychotherapy and medication when appropriate.

Whether we are providing talk therapy (psychotherapy), prescribing medication, or using a combined approach, our psychiatrists always prioritize understanding your unique background and needs. We will work with you to develop a personalized mental health treatment approach to best meet your psychiatric treatment needs and overall goals.

Initial mental health evaluations are two hours in length to afford sufficient time to arrive at accurate psychiatric diagnoses and adequately  understand not only the nature of your symptoms, but also to better gain a comprehensive perspective on you as a person.

Mental Health Conditions Treated:

medication management and psychotherapy for mood disorders, including depression and bipolar disorder
Mood symptoms and disorders (e.g., depression, bipolar disorder)
mental health treatment for anxiety, panic attacks, generalized anxiety, and social phobia
Anxiety symptoms and disorders (e.g., generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, phobias and fears)
mental health and psychiatric treatment for adjustment disorders and bereavement in Northern Virginia
Adjustment disorders (grief, bereavement, stress)
getting help for OCD and obsessive compulsive disorder in Northern VA and Washington D.C.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
hoarding treatment in Northern VA and DC
mental health treatment for impulse control disorders including gambling and sexual addiction
Impulse-control disorders
mental health treatment for PTSD and dissociative conditions
Trauma-based conditions (including PTSD and dissociative conditions)
mental health evaluations and treatment for ADHD / ADD and psychotropic medication when appropriate
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
mental health treatment for sleep disorders (insomnia) with psychiatric causes
Sleep disorders with psychiatric components
psychiatric treatment for interpersonal conflicts and relationship difficulties
Interpersonal challenges and relationship difficulties
counseling and therapy for occupational difficulties
Occupational difficulties
mental health treatment for anger management problems
Anger management issues
mental health treatment for identity, sexual identity, gay, lesbian, and LGBTQ issues
Self-esteem and identity issues, including sexual identity
mental health treatment for gender identity and gender identity disorder (GID) and transgender related mental health issues
Gender identity-related issues
sexual disorders with a psychiatric component and intimacy problems
Men’s and women’s sexual disorders
mental health treatment for psychotic disorders (schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, delusional disorders)
Psychotic disorders (schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, delusional disorders)
mental health treatment in Northern Virginia and Washington DC to assist with the maintenance of recovery
Maintenance of recovery (for individuals who are presently involved with external sources of recovery)
psychiatric medication for neuropsychiatric conditions with psychological symptoms
Psychiatric symptoms of neuropsychiatric disorders

More About our Psychiatric Treatment Services:

Our practice offers psychotherapy in Northern Virginia and the Greater Washington, D.C. area for persons ages 13 and older, and both psychotherapy and medication management for persons ages 16 and older. All of our mental health providers are skilled psychotherapists, with training in cognitive-behavioral (CBT), psychodynamic, and supportive psychotherapy.

If you think you may benefit from medication, please ask about scheduling with one of our two board-certified psychiatrists, Ryan Shugarman, M.D. (ages 18 and older) or James V. Rives, M.D. (ages 16 and older). If you are seeking psychotherapy alone, you are welcome to work with Kristin Harkins, LMFT (ages 13 and older) or with either Dr. Shugarman or Dr. Rives. Persons in treatment with outside providers are always welcome to the practice. Please note that the practice is currently not accepting new patients with Medicare Part B.

At the end of each appointment, we will provide you with a detailed receipt designed to help maximize insurance company reimbursement. Treatment-related costs vary by provider and are available upon request.

Our Board-Certified Psychiatrists:

Ryan Shugarman, M.D.

Board-Certified General and Forensic Psychiatrist

Dr. Shugarman is a board-certified general and forensic psychiatrist and founder of the practice. He provides medication management and psychotherapy for adults. Additionally, he performs forensic psychiatric evaluations and serves as an expert witness.

James V. Rives, M.D.

Board-Certified Psychiatrist

Dr. Rives is a board-certified psychiatrist. He provides medication management and psychotherapy for persons ages 16 and older. Dr. Rives also has extensive experience evaluating and treating U.S. military veterans.

Have questions?  Interested in scheduling?

Please call us at (703) 596-1024 or complete our contact form to learn more about our psychiatric treatment services in the Alexandria, VA / Greater Washington, D.C. area!

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