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Behavioral Health

Gaertner Psychiatric PC is now Mary Washington Behavioral Health. We are a full service outpatient psychiatric medical practice serving Fredericksburg, VA. We provide psychiatric treatment, outpatient care, and medication management.

Mary Washington Behavioral Health providers practice a “continuity of care” treatment approach that emphasizes collaboration between you, your psychiatrist or psychiatric provider, your therapist, and anyone you choose among your family members and significant loved ones. Our aim is to help you stabilize your life and to get you from crisis-living to healthy living!

621 Emancipation Highway, Ste. 201
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Phone: 540.372.2028
Fax: 540.373.0945

Please call or use MyChart messaging two weeks in advance if you need a refill and allow 48 to 72 hours (3 days) to complete your request. If you need an appointment, please notify us immediately after your last appointment to schedule your follow-up.

If you have already sent us a message through MyChart, we are in the process of completing your request. If you have an emergency, please go directly to the ER. Thank you for your assistance.

What We Do

When you are struggling with life-controlling problems, it is important to get the help that you need.
We provide the most advanced psychiatric medical treatments for:

  • Major depression
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Psychosis
  • Schizophrenia
  • Delusional disorders
  • Social anxiety and phobias
  • Personality disorders
  • Panic attacks
  • Paranoia
  • Major affective disorders
  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviors
  • Grief
  • Trauma
  • Anger management
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD)

We offer the most advanced psychiatric medicine treatments and evidenced-based medicine. We are here to help you achieve your best mental health and addiction recovery possible.

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What is the first office visit like?

The first step to improving your mental health is obtaining a proper diagnosis. This should always come before starting a treatment plan. A comprehensive psychiatric evaluation helps to uncover what diagnosis (or diagnoses) explain the symptoms, struggles and negative consequences you have experienced.

Your first visit is likely a similar experience to other medical professionals that you may have seen in the past. We will discuss what brought you into the office, in other words, “what we will be working on together.” Next, we’ll go through a series of questions together, regarding current and past mental health, general health, and family history. The initial appointment lasts about 60 minutes.

Can you diagnose me during one appointment?

Every patient is unique and comes with a history of different symptoms, life experiences, treatment failures, treatment successes and treatment options that have not been tried in the past. The goal is to help the patient determine an accurate diagnosis or diagnoses. Even if a diagnosis seems obvious, other conditions will be ruled out such as depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, anxiety, psychosis, addiction and certain medical conditions, as these conditions influence which medications and therapeutic treatment options would be most suitable. In some cases, it can take several follow up sessions to further clarify the diagnosis.

How does my diagnosis affect my treatment plan?

A patient’s treatment plan is based on many factors, including the severity of the symptoms, how much their condition is impacting their ability to function at work and/or home, and their history of previous treatments. Additionally, each patient has preferences about taking medication, what types of medications, and other treatments used to individualize their treatment plan.

What if I want to be diagnosed but I do not want medication?

Our goal mental health professionals is to first establish an accurate diagnosis (or diagnoses). Only then can the patient understand all of their treatment options which may include medication and non-mediation treatment options.

How often are my appointments?

Follow up appointments are centered around medication changes, so initially they can be more frequent. Once the patient is doing better and the symptoms have stabilized, the frequency of the appointments will decrease. Since every patient has different needs, each patient is treated with a personalized approach that enable us to work together toward a common goal of optimal mental health. It is not uncommon during a patient’s treatment plan to try several medications over time to achieve optimum results.

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