Dr. James Rives is a psychiatrist in Alexandria treating adolescents and adults.

James Rives, M.D.

Board-Certified Psychiatrist


Dr. James Rives is a board-certified psychiatrist in Northern VA. He is currently accepting new patients ages 16 and older for medication management and/or psychotherapy.

Initial evaluations are 2 hours in length. Follow-up appointments are either 25 or 50 minutes in length, depending upon patient preference and treatment needs.

Dr. Rives also has extensive experience evaluating and treating U.S. military veterans.

James Rives, M.D.

Board-Certified Psychiatrist


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.

Professional Involvement and Academic Affiliations:

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.

Theoretical Orientations and Treatment Approach:

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 Clinical Focus:

Dr. Rives’ areas of focus 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.

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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.