Primary Care Psychology - Washington DC VA Medical Center
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Primary Care Psychology

A psychologist is stationed full-time in the primary care area to consult with patients and their doctors on psychological and other treatment issues. The services we can provide are listed below.

Evaluation and Recommendation

We can evaluate and recommend treatment options for mental health problems such as

· Depression
· Anxiety
· Life Stressors
· Suicidal Thoughts
· Patient Non-Compliance with Treatment
· PTSD and other Adjustment Disorders
· Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, and other Psychotic Disorders

Treatment

We can offer treatment directly through primary care, including

· Short-term, problem-focused psychotherapy
· Brief, one-session supportive counseling
· Incentives to change
· Education in stress management and mental health
· Behavior plans to reduce health risks

Referral

We can help with referrals to other mental health services at the VA, including

· Smoking Cessation (patients & employees)

· Substance Abuse and Relapse Prevention

· Weight Control Group

· Sexual Trauma Group

· Women’s Group

· Stress Management Group

· The PTSD Clinic

· Chronic Pain Management Clinic

· Vocational Counseling

· The Mental Health Clinic

· Social Work

· Problem-Solving Group

Location

Send consults to Primary Care Behavioral Health. We see patients on a walk-in basis from 9:00 A.M. to noon, and from 1:00 P.M. to 4:30 P.M. The office is located in 1E381 (in the orange team vestibule). The extension is 5173.

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