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Behavioral Health

Mary Washington Behavioral Health is your trusted outpatient psychiatric medical practice in Fredericksburg, VA. We specialize in psychiatric treatment, outpatient care, and medication management, providing comprehensive support to enhance your mental health.

Our practice is limited to outpatient medication management for psychiatric disorders. We do not currently provide psychotherapy.

Our Approach to Care

At Mary Washington Behavioral Health, we practice a "continuity of care" approach. This means we prioritize collaboration between you, your psychiatrist or psychiatric provider, your therapist, and your chosen family members or loved ones. Our goal is to help you transition from crisis-living to a healthier, more stable life.

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

Insurance Information

Please plan ahead for prescription refills by calling or using MyChart messaging at least two weeks in advance. Prescription processing typically takes 48 to 72 hours (3 days). If you require an appointment, kindly inform us immediately after your last visit to schedule your follow-up.

Emergency situations require immediate attention, so if you have an urgent matter, please proceed directly to the ER. We appreciate your cooperation. (If you have already sent us a message through MyChart, we are in the process of completing your request.)

What We Do

When you are struggling with life-controlling problems, it is important to get the help that you need. We are able to treat a variety of disorders, including:

  • Depressive disorders
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Bipolar disorders
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders
  • Delusional disorders
  • Social anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)
  • Substance use disorder (Dr. Yanoff only)

We are unable to see patients whose needs we cannot safely or effectively meet. This includes:

  • Patients with dementia or cognitive impairment (Varies by individual providers’ scopes of practice)
  • Patients with inappropriate or dangerous behavior related to traumatic brain injury, dementia, delirium, autism spectrum disorders (Varies by individual providers’ scopes of practice
  • Patients with active eating disorders, as they need a higher level of care
  • Patients with violent or dangerous behavior
  • Patients with active substance use disorder who do not wish to stop using
  • Patients who were recently admitted to a higher level of care, i.e. inpatient psychiatry, PHP, or IOP but who left against medical advice
  • Patients who require a higher level of care need to be seen in the ER (Emergency Room) to be evaluated for psychiatric admission, PHP, IOP or detox including:
    • Patients who are actively suicidal or homicidal
    • Patients who are a danger to themselves or others
    • Patients who need a higher level of care but refuse to go the ER or hospital.
    • Patients who are agitated
    • Patients who are delirious
    • Patients who need immediate or urgent psychiatric care

We see patients for purposes of treatment only. We are unable to provide:

  • Court ordered evaluations
  • Any evaluation for the court of legal system including capacity evaluations
  • Reports to parole or probation officer
  • Fit for duty or any employment evaluations
  • Evaluations for bariatric surgery
  • Evaluations for cosmetic surgery
  • Applications/letters for service/emotional support animals or for pets to be declared service/emotional support animals

Our Approach to Treatment

We offer cutting-edge psychiatric medicine treatments and evidence-based practices. Our mission is to support you in achieving the best possible mental health and addiction recovery. Our providers treat by medication management, and we request that you obtain a therapist outside of our practice. We do not provide therapy or psychological evaluations.

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Your First Office Visit

Your journey to improved mental health begins with an accurate diagnosis. This should always come before starting a treatment plan. During your initial visit, we'll discuss the reasons for your visit and what we'll be working on together. We'll then explore your current and past mental health, general health, and family history through a series of questions. The initial appointment typically lasts around 60 minutes.

Diagnosis Process

Every patient is unique, and a diagnosis is determined based on various factors, such as symptoms, life experiences, and treatment history. While some diagnoses may seem apparent, others may require further evaluation to rule out different conditions, including depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, anxiety, psychosis, addiction, and certain medical issues. In some cases, multiple follow-up sessions may be necessary to refine the diagnosis.

Treatment Plan

Your treatment plan is customized based on factors like symptom severity, daily functioning, treatment history, and your preferences regarding medication and other treatment methods. We prioritize individualizing your treatment plan to align with your unique needs and goals.

Medication and Non-Medication Options

We emphasize the importance of establishing an accurate diagnosis before discussing treatment options. Your treatment plan may include both medication and non-medication approaches, ensuring a holistic approach to mental wellness.

Appointment Frequency

Follow-up appointments initially focus on medication adjustments, so they may be more frequent. As your symptoms stabilize and you progress, the frequency of appointments will decrease. We understand that each patient has unique requirements, and we tailor our approach to help you achieve optimal mental health. It's not uncommon to explore different medications over time to find the most effective solution for you.

Your mental health journey is important to us, and we are here to provide the support and expertise you need to thrive.

Meet Our Team

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