Psychiatrists in King George, VA

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Vital Health & Integrative Care LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C, FNP-C
Verified Verified
King George, VA 22485
I believe in providing excellent, individualistic, and holistic care while treating everyone with dignity and respect focusing on Mental health and Addiction medicine.
I believe in providing excellent, individualistic, and holistic care while treating everyone with dignity and respect focusing on Mental health and Addiction medicine.
(540) 640-6097 View (540) 640-6097
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Vital Health & Integrative Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
King George, VA 22485
Kristen Ritenour, a Nurse Practitioner specializing in Psychiatric Mental Health Disorders. Kristen combines empathy and expertise to understand the complexities of the human experience, encompassing mind, body, and spirit.Kristen adopts a client-centered approach, customizing her services to each individual. She combines medication management and psychotherapy to address her clients' needs effectively. Kristen specializes in treating mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, mood disorders, substance abuse, and ADHD across the lifespan.
Kristen Ritenour, a Nurse Practitioner specializing in Psychiatric Mental Health Disorders. Kristen combines empathy and expertise to understand the complexities of the human experience, encompassing mind, body, and spirit.Kristen adopts a client-centered approach, customizing her services to each individual. She combines medication management and psychotherapy to address her clients' needs effectively. Kristen specializes in treating mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, mood disorders, substance abuse, and ADHD across the lifespan.
(540) 402-9924 View (540) 402-9924
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Jacquetta “Jay” Garris
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
King George, VA 22485  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I work with children, adolescents, and adults with a variety of specific conditions and symptoms. I conduct psychiatric evaluations, provide medication management, and when appropriate provide psychotherapeutic interventions. My approach to mental health care is holistic and patient-centered in nature. *NOW OFFERING CBD/THC-A Oil evaluations*
I work with children, adolescents, and adults with a variety of specific conditions and symptoms. I conduct psychiatric evaluations, provide medication management, and when appropriate provide psychotherapeutic interventions. My approach to mental health care is holistic and patient-centered in nature. *NOW OFFERING CBD/THC-A Oil evaluations*
(757) 982-8258 View (757) 982-8258
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All Dimensions Behavioral Health, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, AGNP-C
Verified Verified
King George, VA 22485
Rhoda Ndamukong is a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner with specializes in Adult-Geriatric and family psychiatric care. Rhoda graduated from Princes George’s community college as a registered nurse with high honors. She furthered her education achieving a bachelor’s degree and graduating with president honors from Chamberlain University. Rhoda also graduated with honors from Walden University with a Master’s in Nursing and Maryville University with a Post Master's in psychiatry. She is dual certified AANP and ANCC Nurse Practitioner. Rhoda's areas of focus are treating the whole spectrum of psychiatric disorders.
Rhoda Ndamukong is a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner with specializes in Adult-Geriatric and family psychiatric care. Rhoda graduated from Princes George’s community college as a registered nurse with high honors. She furthered her education achieving a bachelor’s degree and graduating with president honors from Chamberlain University. Rhoda also graduated with honors from Walden University with a Master’s in Nursing and Maryville University with a Post Master's in psychiatry. She is dual certified AANP and ANCC Nurse Practitioner. Rhoda's areas of focus are treating the whole spectrum of psychiatric disorders.
(240) 213-7859 View (240) 213-7859

Online Psychiatrists

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Harish Goyal
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Vienna, VA 22182  (Online Only)
We all have solutions within us – it is a matter of learning how to tap into these solutions. The most effective way to heal is by focusing on your strengths, harness into your available resources, while getting the symptoms under control. At inspire behavioral health, we consider all treatment options available and strive to take a balanced and integrative approach. While it’s necessary to target the symptoms that lead someone to get help, but it is also important to understand that people are much more than symptoms they are experiencing.
We all have solutions within us – it is a matter of learning how to tap into these solutions. The most effective way to heal is by focusing on your strengths, harness into your available resources, while getting the symptoms under control. At inspire behavioral health, we consider all treatment options available and strive to take a balanced and integrative approach. While it’s necessary to target the symptoms that lead someone to get help, but it is also important to understand that people are much more than symptoms they are experiencing.
(571) 520-5487 View (571) 520-5487
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Zebulon Taintor
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lansdowne, VA 20176
Dr. Zebulon Taintor is a Psychiatrist in Virginia who has been practicing since 1966. Dr. Taintor helps clients by listening and synthesizing. In his spare time, Dr. Taintor enjoys repairing farm equipment.
Dr. Zebulon Taintor is a Psychiatrist in Virginia who has been practicing since 1966. Dr. Taintor helps clients by listening and synthesizing. In his spare time, Dr. Taintor enjoys repairing farm equipment.
(540) 590-5484 View (540) 590-5484
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Eccentric Minds Health & Wellness Pllc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newport News, VA 23606
A New England native, Dr. Nadia grew up in Providence, Rhode Island. Providence being the capital of Rhode Island, is well known for its diversity and inner-city flare. As a kid Dr. Nadia experienced the cons of growing up in an urban neighborhood with barriers. Dr. Nadia was able to take these cons and turn them into pros that enabled her to bring a cultivated awareness of cultural disparities into her practice. Her ability to relate to and understand the "struggle" allows her to establish that rapport and mutual respect from patients of all ages. Her down-to-earth approach is always embraced by her patients.
A New England native, Dr. Nadia grew up in Providence, Rhode Island. Providence being the capital of Rhode Island, is well known for its diversity and inner-city flare. As a kid Dr. Nadia experienced the cons of growing up in an urban neighborhood with barriers. Dr. Nadia was able to take these cons and turn them into pros that enabled her to bring a cultivated awareness of cultural disparities into her practice. Her ability to relate to and understand the "struggle" allows her to establish that rapport and mutual respect from patients of all ages. Her down-to-earth approach is always embraced by her patients.
(757) 982-9194 View (757) 982-9194
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Rose Ehichioya
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Woodbridge, VA 22191  (Online Only)
I'm Rose. Do you feel overwhelmed with life and feel like you don't know what to do? Are you struggling to keep up with your relationships, work and health? Is it hard to be kind to yourself and others? I help high performers manage anxiety and avoid burnout. Together, we can identify what's not working and get you back to balance. We'll use a whole self approach, addressing the needs of your mind, body and spirit. I also integrate non-pharmacological and pharmacological treatments to help you develop a stronger relationship with yourself and others.
I'm Rose. Do you feel overwhelmed with life and feel like you don't know what to do? Are you struggling to keep up with your relationships, work and health? Is it hard to be kind to yourself and others? I help high performers manage anxiety and avoid burnout. Together, we can identify what's not working and get you back to balance. We'll use a whole self approach, addressing the needs of your mind, body and spirit. I also integrate non-pharmacological and pharmacological treatments to help you develop a stronger relationship with yourself and others.
(571) 946-6716 View (571) 946-6716
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Isaac K Wood MD LLC
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA, FAACAP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Midlothian, VA 23112  (Online Only)
The most underserved group with mental health issues is men. Men do not seek mental health treatment and often feel uncomfortable addressing emotional wellbeing. This has serioualy impacted relationships, career advancement and family health. I strive to provide a practice that focuses exclusively on men's issues. I create an environment where every man may feel comfortable addressing the problems that impact their lives. I focus on men's mental health with straight, gay and transgender men. I believe that men, although underserved, deserve the best access to behavioral health care available.
The most underserved group with mental health issues is men. Men do not seek mental health treatment and often feel uncomfortable addressing emotional wellbeing. This has serioualy impacted relationships, career advancement and family health. I strive to provide a practice that focuses exclusively on men's issues. I create an environment where every man may feel comfortable addressing the problems that impact their lives. I focus on men's mental health with straight, gay and transgender men. I believe that men, although underserved, deserve the best access to behavioral health care available.
(804) 525-9572 View (804) 525-9572
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Renewing Harmony
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Are you struggling with finding motivation to be successful? Do you feel constantly overwhelmed, anxious, and stressed? Do you desire to find more happiness and fulfillment in your life? We can help you conquer these things!
Are you struggling with finding motivation to be successful? Do you feel constantly overwhelmed, anxious, and stressed? Do you desire to find more happiness and fulfillment in your life? We can help you conquer these things!
(540) 413-0782 View (540) 413-0782
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Ine Saka
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Richmond, VA 23224
Warm Welcome! I am the founder and owner of Empathy Wellness Center. A Nurse Practitioner led practice that offers primary health as well as mental health services. At our practice we take an integrative approach to health, mental health, and overall wellness. We understand that treating the entire person is the goal, therefore, we combine medication management with lifestyle and diet modifications (where appropriate) to enhance the quality of life for our patients. We look forward to serving you. We currently offer management of Anxiety and Depression Symptoms, ADHD management, and primary care. Addiction medicine coming soon!
Warm Welcome! I am the founder and owner of Empathy Wellness Center. A Nurse Practitioner led practice that offers primary health as well as mental health services. At our practice we take an integrative approach to health, mental health, and overall wellness. We understand that treating the entire person is the goal, therefore, we combine medication management with lifestyle and diet modifications (where appropriate) to enhance the quality of life for our patients. We look forward to serving you. We currently offer management of Anxiety and Depression Symptoms, ADHD management, and primary care. Addiction medicine coming soon!
(804) 532-4925 View (804) 532-4925
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Binta Bojang
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Fairfax, VA 22030  (Online Only)
I am accepting new patients. I am Binta Bojang, CRNP, PMHNP.
I am accepting new patients. I am Binta Bojang, CRNP, PMHNP.
(571) 570-3045 View (571) 570-3045
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Sara Geyer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Falls Church, VA 22042
As a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I deliver comprehensive and holistic care to individuals at every life stage. My expertise lies in medication management as part of addressing mood and anxiety disorders, ADHD, psychosis, eating disorders, perinatal mood disorders, and more.
As a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I deliver comprehensive and holistic care to individuals at every life stage. My expertise lies in medication management as part of addressing mood and anxiety disorders, ADHD, psychosis, eating disorders, perinatal mood disorders, and more.
(571) 603-7850 View (571) 603-7850
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Natalia ' Natasha ' Brigham
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fairfax, VA 22031
Waitlist for new clients
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with more than 10 years of clinical experience in outpatient and inpatient settings. My approach to treatment is strength-based and tailored to each client's preferences and individual needs. Together, we will develop a holistic and safe treatment plan acceptable to you – if it doesn’t work for you, it doesn’t work for me :).
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with more than 10 years of clinical experience in outpatient and inpatient settings. My approach to treatment is strength-based and tailored to each client's preferences and individual needs. Together, we will develop a holistic and safe treatment plan acceptable to you – if it doesn’t work for you, it doesn’t work for me :).
(703) 988-1971 View (703) 988-1971
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NeuroPsych Wellness Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, PhD
Verified Verified
Fairfax, VA 22030  (Online Only)
I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner who believes in patient-centered and patient-driven care. I am here to listen without judgment and provide respectful care that you can easily access and feel comfortable with. I work with adults aged 16 and above, including active-duty military, veterans, and family members of those who have served.
I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner who believes in patient-centered and patient-driven care. I am here to listen without judgment and provide respectful care that you can easily access and feel comfortable with. I work with adults aged 16 and above, including active-duty military, veterans, and family members of those who have served.
(571) 568-7609 View (571) 568-7609
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Mendem, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
Ashburn, VA 20147  (Online Only)
Feeling overwhelmed by life's challenges? Struggling with depression, anxiety, body image issues, low self-esteem, or the complexities of trauma? You're not alone. The journey to recovery begins with a single, courageous step. Imagine each day as a step toward healing. What if you had a compassionate guide, someone who truly understands your burdens and is dedicated to helping you overcome them? Together, we can navigate the path to recovery, addressing the roots of your struggles and fostering genuine, lasting well-being.
Feeling overwhelmed by life's challenges? Struggling with depression, anxiety, body image issues, low self-esteem, or the complexities of trauma? You're not alone. The journey to recovery begins with a single, courageous step. Imagine each day as a step toward healing. What if you had a compassionate guide, someone who truly understands your burdens and is dedicated to helping you overcome them? Together, we can navigate the path to recovery, addressing the roots of your struggles and fostering genuine, lasting well-being.
(240) 630-4934 View (240) 630-4934
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Adhd Aid
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Charlottesville, VA 22902  (Online Only)
Finally, Covid is almost over. I am Accepting New Patients. No more waiting for months. Suppose you are a student or professional and struggling with ADHD, Anxiety, Depression. Make an appointment, get tested, and enjoy life. Today, you are one step closer to a new you. I offer comprehensive ADHD testing accepted at schools and workplaces for ADA accommodations like extra time on tests. Anxiety and Sleep issues can feel like ADHD. Untreated Depression & Mood Ups and Downs all share the symptoms of ADHD, so let's investigate together.
Finally, Covid is almost over. I am Accepting New Patients. No more waiting for months. Suppose you are a student or professional and struggling with ADHD, Anxiety, Depression. Make an appointment, get tested, and enjoy life. Today, you are one step closer to a new you. I offer comprehensive ADHD testing accepted at schools and workplaces for ADA accommodations like extra time on tests. Anxiety and Sleep issues can feel like ADHD. Untreated Depression & Mood Ups and Downs all share the symptoms of ADHD, so let's investigate together.
(540) 210-1083 View (540) 210-1083
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Kimberly Fields
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chesterfield, VA 23832
LIGHT Hearted Wellness Care, LLC is committed to providing compassionate care to those facing psychological challenges. I offer medication management in a safe therapeutic and supportive environment. Treatment is patient centered and supports open communication and collaboration of care. I strive to combine my clinical expertise with empathy, tailoring treatment plans to everyone’s specific needs, and encouraging a strong sense of well-being.
LIGHT Hearted Wellness Care, LLC is committed to providing compassionate care to those facing psychological challenges. I offer medication management in a safe therapeutic and supportive environment. Treatment is patient centered and supports open communication and collaboration of care. I strive to combine my clinical expertise with empathy, tailoring treatment plans to everyone’s specific needs, and encouraging a strong sense of well-being.
(804) 277-2359 View (804) 277-2359
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Nana Cudjoe
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Alexandria, VA 22314
Dr. Nana Cudjoe is a board-certified adult psychiatrist who focuses on comprehensive psychiatric care in the form of medication management and psychotherapy. Dr. Cudjoe's motto is to “treat each person with humanity, dignity, and respect.” She believes in wholeheartedly supporting patients in their various walks of life. Dr. Cudjoe is a graduate of Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, NE and completed her psychiatry residency at Southern Illinois University (SIU) in Springfield, IL.
Dr. Nana Cudjoe is a board-certified adult psychiatrist who focuses on comprehensive psychiatric care in the form of medication management and psychotherapy. Dr. Cudjoe's motto is to “treat each person with humanity, dignity, and respect.” She believes in wholeheartedly supporting patients in their various walks of life. Dr. Cudjoe is a graduate of Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, NE and completed her psychiatry residency at Southern Illinois University (SIU) in Springfield, IL.
(833) 703-3982 View (833) 703-3982
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Lasting Serenity Telepsychiatry, INC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-C, MSN, CRNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Manassas, VA 20110  (Online Only)
We understand that individuals in need of services may not always prefer the clinical setting. We are giving them the chance to talk to mental health professionals at the comfort of their homes through a secure HIPAA compliant telemedicine platform. Each individual is unique, therefore, each treatment plan is individualized and created for you, with you. We encourage your involvement to enrich understanding regarding your needs while rendering an empathetic approach to your care. Lasting Serenity Telepsychiatry brings a wide array of treatment modalities and depth of experience to provide the most comprehensive care to all clients.
We understand that individuals in need of services may not always prefer the clinical setting. We are giving them the chance to talk to mental health professionals at the comfort of their homes through a secure HIPAA compliant telemedicine platform. Each individual is unique, therefore, each treatment plan is individualized and created for you, with you. We encourage your involvement to enrich understanding regarding your needs while rendering an empathetic approach to your care. Lasting Serenity Telepsychiatry brings a wide array of treatment modalities and depth of experience to provide the most comprehensive care to all clients.
(571) 751-2029 View (571) 751-2029

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Number of Psychiatrists in King George, VA

< 10

Psychiatrists in King George, VA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Bipolar Disorder
75% Addiction
75% ADHD

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Medicare

How Psychiatrists in King George, VA see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in King George?

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.