Dr. James Rives is a board-certified psychiatrist in Northern VA who treats adults and adolescents (ages 16 and above) utilizing psychotherapy and/or medication.
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Alabama, Dr. Rives earned his medical degree from the University of Alabama, Birmingham. He then completed an internal medicine internship at Baptist Medical Centers (Montclair and Princeton Hospitals) in Birmingham, and a psychiatry residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD in 1999.
Dr. Rives is an experienced psychiatrist and has served as a clinical instructor in psychiatry for both Georgetown University’s and Johns Hopkins University’s Schools of Medicine, as well as a counseling practicum supervisor for the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Additionally, he currently serves on Arlington County Public Schools’ School Health Advisory Board.
When working with his patients, Dr. Rives utilizes a combination of cognitive-behavioral, rational-emotive, and supportive psychotherapeutic techniques. He is trained in providing highly structured cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and he is conversant in psychoanalytic theory. Well-versed in psychopharmacology, Dr. Rives also regularly prescribes psychotropic medication when appropriate.
Areas of Dr. Rives’ practice include, but are not limited to, the treatment of mood disorders, anxiety disorders, adjustment disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), impulse-control disorders, trauma-based conditions (including PTSD), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), sleep-related conditions, personality disorders, men’s sexual disorders, psychotic disorders, and psychiatric symptoms of neuropsychiatric disorders.