Psychiatrists in Pentagon, DC

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Francois Williams
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Pentagon, DC 20301
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Joseph Michael Jeral
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Washington, DC 20037
I use talk therapy and, when necessary, medications, to help people get to a place in which they can listen to their own voice, and use their own strengths, to cope with life's challenges, to establish a meaningful vision for their life, and to carry it out. I help people with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and career difficulties.
I use talk therapy and, when necessary, medications, to help people get to a place in which they can listen to their own voice, and use their own strengths, to cope with life's challenges, to establish a meaningful vision for their life, and to carry it out. I help people with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and career difficulties.
(202) 601-3747 View (202) 601-3747
Eva Maria Theodosiadis
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Washington, DC 20001
At Sound Body & Mind Psychiatric Services, we recognize that both emotional and physical factors contribute to the development of psychiatric symptoms. Genetics, environment and specific stressors or traumatic events can also play an important role. Finally, an individual's character, personality, temperament, and resilence all contribute to the clinical picture, and can shape the types of symptoms we see and the prognosis. No two individuals are exactly alike and therefore, no two individuals experience psychiatric symptoms in the exact same way. This is why we create a unique treatment plan to target your specific experience.
At Sound Body & Mind Psychiatric Services, we recognize that both emotional and physical factors contribute to the development of psychiatric symptoms. Genetics, environment and specific stressors or traumatic events can also play an important role. Finally, an individual's character, personality, temperament, and resilence all contribute to the clinical picture, and can shape the types of symptoms we see and the prognosis. No two individuals are exactly alike and therefore, no two individuals experience psychiatric symptoms in the exact same way. This is why we create a unique treatment plan to target your specific experience.
(571) 414-0538 View (571) 414-0538
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Shama Milon
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Washington, DC 20006
Dr. Shama Milon is a triple-board eligible physician in Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She has experience treating mood disorders, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, OCD, and other conditions, including specializing in treating patients with co-occurring psychiatric and medical conditions. . Central to her philosophy as a physician is to understand the unique physical, emotional, and psychological needs of her patients. She strives to provide an empathetic and judgment-free space where her patients and families can feel supported and understood.
Dr. Shama Milon is a triple-board eligible physician in Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She has experience treating mood disorders, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, OCD, and other conditions, including specializing in treating patients with co-occurring psychiatric and medical conditions. . Central to her philosophy as a physician is to understand the unique physical, emotional, and psychological needs of her patients. She strives to provide an empathetic and judgment-free space where her patients and families can feel supported and understood.
(771) 888-5094 View (771) 888-5094
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Kate Pabai•Psychiatric Nurse•Medication Management
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MS, RN
Verified
Washington, DC 20005
Do you, your teenager, or your adolescent need medication management for ADHD, depression, insomnia or problems sleeping, bipolar disorder, anxiety, OCD, or other psychiatric challenges? Are you already taking medication but need to adjust your prescription? Has your therapist recommended medication? You don't have to struggle or suffer needlessly. If you are not sure about medication, an assessment can help determine if you need medication, and we can develop a plan for your treatment. Often, medication and support psychotherapy can deliver tangible improvements in your life. Reach out now. I am eager to hear your story!
Do you, your teenager, or your adolescent need medication management for ADHD, depression, insomnia or problems sleeping, bipolar disorder, anxiety, OCD, or other psychiatric challenges? Are you already taking medication but need to adjust your prescription? Has your therapist recommended medication? You don't have to struggle or suffer needlessly. If you are not sure about medication, an assessment can help determine if you need medication, and we can develop a plan for your treatment. Often, medication and support psychotherapy can deliver tangible improvements in your life. Reach out now. I am eager to hear your story!
(301) 691-4331 View (301) 691-4331
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Giovanna Happy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified
Washington, DC 20006
WE ARE ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS. I aim to understand each patient’s unique experience to make appropriate diagnoses and incorporate psychopharmacology into an integrative treatment plan. I work with people of all ages struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, thought disorders, autism spectrum disorder, and academic and social difficulties. We work to transform their challenges into opportunities for growth.
WE ARE ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS. I aim to understand each patient’s unique experience to make appropriate diagnoses and incorporate psychopharmacology into an integrative treatment plan. I work with people of all ages struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, thought disorders, autism spectrum disorder, and academic and social difficulties. We work to transform their challenges into opportunities for growth.
(301) 392-7120 View (301) 392-7120
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Sharon L Bernier
Psychiatric Nurse, PhD, CNS
Verified
Washington, DC 20003
I have an adult practice for persons over the age of 18. If you are seeking therapy, you are interested in improving your life in the areas of relationships, communications and any other areas causing emotional discomfort or pain such as: work, marital or couple issues, parenting differences, losses, life phase adaptations, body image and decision making. Effectiveness of therapy depends on your active participation. It requires time, effort and regularity. Therapy involves evaluating your thoughts and behaviors, identifying stresses and working to modify both. The therapy relationship is a collaborative effort with strict confidentiality and respect for the client.
I have an adult practice for persons over the age of 18. If you are seeking therapy, you are interested in improving your life in the areas of relationships, communications and any other areas causing emotional discomfort or pain such as: work, marital or couple issues, parenting differences, losses, life phase adaptations, body image and decision making. Effectiveness of therapy depends on your active participation. It requires time, effort and regularity. Therapy involves evaluating your thoughts and behaviors, identifying stresses and working to modify both. The therapy relationship is a collaborative effort with strict confidentiality and respect for the client.
(202) 609-8855 View (202) 609-8855
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Jason M Rosen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Washington, DC 20037
The unique nature of my practice and approach to therapy stem from my medical training and advanced training in insight-oriented psychotherapy. Although I have a strong background in psychiatric diagnosis and medical management, I believe strongly in a holistic approach to therapy.
The unique nature of my practice and approach to therapy stem from my medical training and advanced training in insight-oriented psychotherapy. Although I have a strong background in psychiatric diagnosis and medical management, I believe strongly in a holistic approach to therapy.
(202) 559-1102 View (202) 559-1102
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Samuel Koroma
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified
Washington, DC 20003
If you are suffering from a mental health condition that is causing distress or pain in your life, you are not alone. Millions of Americans suffer from these conditions each year. Some find it more difficult to seek appropriate care. My goal is to work with you to help alleviate this distress and get you to optimal functioning. My approach is to provide individualized care tailored to you and your experience. I provide care in a compassionate, non-judgmental, culturally sensitive, and thoughtful manner that encompasses respect and dignity.
If you are suffering from a mental health condition that is causing distress or pain in your life, you are not alone. Millions of Americans suffer from these conditions each year. Some find it more difficult to seek appropriate care. My goal is to work with you to help alleviate this distress and get you to optimal functioning. My approach is to provide individualized care tailored to you and your experience. I provide care in a compassionate, non-judgmental, culturally sensitive, and thoughtful manner that encompasses respect and dignity.
(202) 946-6233 View (202) 946-6233
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Matthew J Lyman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Washington, DC 20003
I've worked in outpatient mental health clinics, on a mobile team performing community-based interventions, and as a specialty psychiatric provider within a primary care group practice. I have a wide range of experiences in providing pharmacological interventions to promote improved mental health, quality of life and general well-being. I take an approach that is collaborative in decision making for medication interventions, providing education, weighing risks and benefits, and considering each person's unique goals for wellness with respect and empathy. I'm inclined to be cognizant of social and cultural factors in approaching treatment and strive toward cultural competence in many forms.
I've worked in outpatient mental health clinics, on a mobile team performing community-based interventions, and as a specialty psychiatric provider within a primary care group practice. I have a wide range of experiences in providing pharmacological interventions to promote improved mental health, quality of life and general well-being. I take an approach that is collaborative in decision making for medication interventions, providing education, weighing risks and benefits, and considering each person's unique goals for wellness with respect and empathy. I'm inclined to be cognizant of social and cultural factors in approaching treatment and strive toward cultural competence in many forms.
(202) 883-4906 View (202) 883-4906
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Davonna (Dee) Wilson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN
Verified
Washington, DC 20002
Embracing the challenges you may be encountering, I am dedicated to fostering your emotional well-being and enabling you to lead a fulfilling and meaningful life. As a board-certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with extensive training, I bring a wealth of expertise to my practice. My approach goes beyond the diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions, I like to get to know my patients as a whole person.
Embracing the challenges you may be encountering, I am dedicated to fostering your emotional well-being and enabling you to lead a fulfilling and meaningful life. As a board-certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with extensive training, I bring a wealth of expertise to my practice. My approach goes beyond the diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions, I like to get to know my patients as a whole person.
(833) 659-5085 View (833) 659-5085
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Michael Murphy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Washington, DC 20006
Dr. Michael A. Murphy is Board-certified in General Psychiatry as well as Child and Adolescent Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He has over 20 years of experience practicing medicine in outpatient, acute, and residential settings. Dr. Murphy provides psychiatric assessments and medication management along with brief supportive psychotherapy. He is a strong advocate of collaboration between psychiatric care and psychotherapeutic interventions and encourages the utilization of therapists and counselors.
Dr. Michael A. Murphy is Board-certified in General Psychiatry as well as Child and Adolescent Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He has over 20 years of experience practicing medicine in outpatient, acute, and residential settings. Dr. Murphy provides psychiatric assessments and medication management along with brief supportive psychotherapy. He is a strong advocate of collaboration between psychiatric care and psychotherapeutic interventions and encourages the utilization of therapists and counselors.
(771) 888-5094 View (771) 888-5094
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Misty Embrey
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20037
Dr. Embrey is an integrative and holistic child and adult psychiatrist in Washington DC. She is also seeing patients in Virginia, Maryland, and Wisconsin (virtually). Having trained at Johns Hopkins, she treats psychiatric illnesses with an approach that involves evaluation and treatment via traditional psychiatric methods, medications, and therapy. She also includes an assessment of how complementary interventions may be helpful toward finding mental, emotional, and spiritual balance and vitality.
Dr. Embrey is an integrative and holistic child and adult psychiatrist in Washington DC. She is also seeing patients in Virginia, Maryland, and Wisconsin (virtually). Having trained at Johns Hopkins, she treats psychiatric illnesses with an approach that involves evaluation and treatment via traditional psychiatric methods, medications, and therapy. She also includes an assessment of how complementary interventions may be helpful toward finding mental, emotional, and spiritual balance and vitality.
(240) 600-1943 View (240) 600-1943
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The College Psychiatrist
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Washington, DC 20036  (Online Only)
You're at college or university, have been stressing, and need help NOW! College isn't what you expected and you need some help. You've tried exercise and getting involved. Home feels far away. Your classes are more challenging than you thought they would be. Going to office hours hasn't helped. You want to get your work done well. You want to have confidence in what you chose as your major. Building lasting friendships has been a goal. You want to make sure your medications are helping and not getting in the way of having fun. You want to feel good! We are licensed in CA, CO, CT, DC, GA, IL, MA, MD, NY, OH, OK, PA, TX, VA.
You're at college or university, have been stressing, and need help NOW! College isn't what you expected and you need some help. You've tried exercise and getting involved. Home feels far away. Your classes are more challenging than you thought they would be. Going to office hours hasn't helped. You want to get your work done well. You want to have confidence in what you chose as your major. Building lasting friendships has been a goal. You want to make sure your medications are helping and not getting in the way of having fun. You want to feel good! We are licensed in CA, CO, CT, DC, GA, IL, MA, MD, NY, OH, OK, PA, TX, VA.
(617) 665-7832 View (617) 665-7832
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Dr. Christopher Schubert
Psychiatrist, MD, BSE
Verified
Washington, DC 20036
Dr. Schubert MD is a Board Certified in General Psychiatry and has experience in and passion for treating a diverse patient population with particular interest in young (and young at heart) adults and professionals struggling with mental health issues ranging from depression and anxiety disorders, mood and trauma disorders, personality and interpersonal relationship struggles to psychosomatic and eating disorders and psychological issues related to chronic/acute medical illness.
Dr. Schubert MD is a Board Certified in General Psychiatry and has experience in and passion for treating a diverse patient population with particular interest in young (and young at heart) adults and professionals struggling with mental health issues ranging from depression and anxiety disorders, mood and trauma disorders, personality and interpersonal relationship struggles to psychosomatic and eating disorders and psychological issues related to chronic/acute medical illness.
(703) 839-0143 View (703) 839-0143
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Riddhi Kothari
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Washington, DC 20006
Dr. Riddhi Kothari is a board-certified general psychiatrist. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Psychology. She completed her medical school education at Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic medicine in 2013. She completed her residency training in adult psychiatry at University of Maryland/Sheppard Pratt Psychiatry residency program in Baltimore, Maryland. During residency, she served as Chief Resident for Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES) and Consult-Liaison Services, and was a recipient of Excellence in Community Psychiatry award.
Dr. Riddhi Kothari is a board-certified general psychiatrist. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Psychology. She completed her medical school education at Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic medicine in 2013. She completed her residency training in adult psychiatry at University of Maryland/Sheppard Pratt Psychiatry residency program in Baltimore, Maryland. During residency, she served as Chief Resident for Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES) and Consult-Liaison Services, and was a recipient of Excellence in Community Psychiatry award.
(771) 888-5094 View (771) 888-5094
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Svetlana Yakov
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified
Washington, DC 20036  (Online Only)
I am Dr. Svetlana Yakov, board certified psychiatrist with combined background in medicine and neurology in academics, clinics and research, author of USA/international publications and presentations in neuroscience/neuropsychiatry. I treat a variety of mental disorders including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, schizophrenia, substance use disorder and I specialize in treatment resistant mental illness that are not responsive to prior medications.
I am Dr. Svetlana Yakov, board certified psychiatrist with combined background in medicine and neurology in academics, clinics and research, author of USA/international publications and presentations in neuroscience/neuropsychiatry. I treat a variety of mental disorders including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, schizophrenia, substance use disorder and I specialize in treatment resistant mental illness that are not responsive to prior medications.
(877) 806-5285 View (877) 806-5285
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Sonia Palmieri
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ANP- BC, MSN , RN
Verified
3 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20009
Tranquil Healthcare is an Integrative Mental Health & Wellness practice focusing on mild to moderate anxiety and depression disorders as well as improving over all health, lifestyle and wellness. We practice conventional medicine as well as integrative and functional medicine approaches to your mental health for mood/anxiety, sleep issues, depression, GI/ abdominal issues, fatigue, nutrition. As an integrative mental health practitioner, we also offer Ketamine Therapy and Ketamine Assisted Therapy for a treatment approach to treatment resistant depression (TRD) and PTSD and trauma work. Please see our webiste for more info.
Tranquil Healthcare is an Integrative Mental Health & Wellness practice focusing on mild to moderate anxiety and depression disorders as well as improving over all health, lifestyle and wellness. We practice conventional medicine as well as integrative and functional medicine approaches to your mental health for mood/anxiety, sleep issues, depression, GI/ abdominal issues, fatigue, nutrition. As an integrative mental health practitioner, we also offer Ketamine Therapy and Ketamine Assisted Therapy for a treatment approach to treatment resistant depression (TRD) and PTSD and trauma work. Please see our webiste for more info.
(202) 335-7240 View (202) 335-7240
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Eindra Khin Khin, M.D., PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Washington, DC 20036
After serving in academic psychiatry at George Washington University for the eleven years, I opened my own private practice in August 2022. My office is located at 1519 Connecticut Avenue NW, conveniently across from the DuPont Metro Station. Street parking and on-site underground garage parking are available.
After serving in academic psychiatry at George Washington University for the eleven years, I opened my own private practice in August 2022. My office is located at 1519 Connecticut Avenue NW, conveniently across from the DuPont Metro Station. Street parking and on-site underground garage parking are available.
(202) 759-5873 View (202) 759-5873
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Meateran Funwi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Washington, DC 20001  (Online Only)
Meateran Funwi is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Meateran supports his patients with compassion, empathy, clear communication, and problem-solving skills. He knows his patients often face challenges in their day-to-day lives and relationships in addition to their mental health concerns. His main goal is to help his patients pursue more enjoyable lives. Meateran uses cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, rational emotive behavior therapy, and cognitive therapy. Meateran works with patients ages 6-64.
Meateran Funwi is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Meateran supports his patients with compassion, empathy, clear communication, and problem-solving skills. He knows his patients often face challenges in their day-to-day lives and relationships in addition to their mental health concerns. His main goal is to help his patients pursue more enjoyable lives. Meateran uses cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, rational emotive behavior therapy, and cognitive therapy. Meateran works with patients ages 6-64.
(202) 873-8124 View (202) 873-8124

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FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Pentagon?

The Psychology Today Directory enables you to search specifically for psychiatrists, using the drop down provider menu in the navigation bar, by city or zip code, or by the name of the psychiatrist. Search results provide detailed profiles of professionals, including their treatment approach and areas of expertise. In addition, listings provide important information about each psychiatrist’s credentials, fees, payment options, and insurance affiliations. Directory users can select psychiatrists who meet an array of personally-desired criteria, such as familiarity with a specific community or condition.

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

Psychiatrists are medical specialists who focus on understanding, diagnosing, and treating diseases of the brain and disorders of the mind and behavior. As physicians, psychiatrists are trained to recognize the often-subtle biological causes of mental disorders and to monitor the effects of mental disturbances on physical conditions, such as heart disease. Psychologists are especially attuned to the influence of early experience on development and behavior, emotional and cognitive processes, the nature of personality, and social functioning. They are also trained to deploy an array of psychological tests—IQ tests, personality tests, behavioral assessments—to gauge a person’s functioning.

What is a psychiatric nurse practitioner?

A psychiatric nurse practitioner, also known as a mental health nurse practitioner, is a registered nurse who completes advanced training in psychiatric care, earning either a master’s or doctoral degree in psychiatric nursing, and in the U.S., passes a national certification exam. Like psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health conditions. In some locales, psychiatric nurse practitioners can offer the full range of psychiatric care, including prescribing and managing medication. In other places, they must work in collaboration with a physician.

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed psychiatrist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and counselors. All psychiatrists listed in the directory have a valid license issued by the state(s) in which they practice and are certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some individuals or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

Can a psychiatrist prescribe medication?

Psychiatrists are licensed medical doctors who are trained to recognize the many ways body processes affect the functioning of the brain and mind. As physicians, they can prescribe medication. Patients who are prescribed medications will typically need to continue to see a psychiatrist so that the effects of the medication can be monitored. For many psychiatric conditions, including common disorders such as anxiety and depression, the preferred treatment is combination therapy—medication accompanied by psychotherapy.

Do psychiatrists offer therapy?

Psychiatrists are generally trained in a number of treatment modalities, including psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, and, increasingly, somatic therapies. Typically, psychiatrists make a diagnosis and determine a course of treatment based on chemical or biological factors, using lab tests, brain scans and physical and psychological evaluations. While psychotherapy may be used in the first session to aid in diagnosis, it is not typically utilized in subsequent visits. In fact, after the introductory session, most sessions with a psychiatrist may only be 15-20 minutes in length and are largely focused on medication management. Many psychiatrists who do not offer psychotherapy work collaboratively with psychologists and other mental health clinicians and can refer clients seeking talk therapy to those providers.

How do I know if I need a psychiatrist or a therapist?

It is not always easy to know which type of mental health practitioner to choose. Many people are unaware of the root of their mental or behavioral problem. One way many people learn which type of care is best for them is by seeing their primary care provider first. Depending on the nature and severity of the symptoms, the physician may review their medical history or perform medical tests to determine whether biological factors are involved before making a referral. It is not necessary for a person to know precisely what type of care they need in order to seek help. Many psychiatrists and psychologists refer clients to each other depending on client needs.

Do I need a referral to see a psychiatrist?

A referral to a psychiatrist is often not required. However, seeing your primary care physician first can be helpful and actually prove to be a shortcut to getting what you need. Your PCP may have a clear idea whether psychiatric help is needed and/or which kind of mental health care would be most beneficial and refer you to the right type of practitioner. For that reason alone, some psychiatrists require a referral. Further, many insurance plans require a referral from a PCP if they cover all of part of the cost of seeing a specialist; if, however, you are paying out of pocket, you may not need a referral. In any case, a referral may speed the process of securing an appointment with a psychiatrist, especially in areas where there is a shortage of mental health specialists and new patients face long waits for appointments.