Learn more about Psychotherapists and how to choose the right one for you

Learn more about Psychotherapists

A psychotherapist is a healthcare provider who specializes in the mental health needs of people of all ages. Psychotherapists use psychotherapy, or talk therapy, to help people overcome psychological problems, improve their relationships, and increase their mental well-being. A variety of healthcare providers practice psychotherapy, including psychiatrists, psychologists, nurse practitioners, clinical social workers, counselors, and marriage and family therapists.

A psychotherapist typically: 

  • Evaluates a patient’s mental and emotional health

  • Performs risk assessments and personality tests

  • Provides individual, group, family, and couples or marriage counseling

  • Develops treatment plans for patients and re-evaluates and modifies these plans as needed

  • Provides patients with skills to help them cope with or overcome many of life's challenges

  • Diagnoses and treats a variety of mental health disorders

  • Maintains strict patient confidentiality, unless patients are at risk of hurting themselves or others

  • Commits patients in involuntary, emergency situations in which a patient is a threat to himself or herself or others

A psychotherapist may also be known by the following names: therapist, mental health therapist, counselor, psychoanalyst, social worker, psychologist, and psychiatrist.

There are 82 specialists practicing Psychotherapy in Virginia with an overall average rating of 4.4 stars. There are 13 hospitals in Virginia with affiliated Psychotherapy specialists, including CJW Medical Center - Chippenham, Inova Alexandria Hospital and Inova Fairfax Hospital.

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