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Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine is a group of psychiatrists in Augusta County, VA specializing in the treatment of mood and thought disorders, major depression, PTSD, Bipolar disorder, and Schizophrenia. The psychiatrists at Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine are passionate about creating a program of care that’s the perfect fit for you. That’s why we offer comprehensive care to all of our patients through group therapy, single therapy, or cognitive behavioral therapy.

If you’re thinking about starting counseling, you’ll want to start your journey by finding the right psychiatrist for you. A psychiatrist who works well for one person, might not be the right fit for another. So, if you meet with a psychiatrist, and it just doesn’t feel quite right, don’t be discouraged. 

There are a number of factors to take into consideration when choosing a psychiatrist. For starters, you will want to know if the person you are seeing is a psychiatrist or a therapist, and if that matters for your personal mental health care. Psychiatrists are licensed medical doctors, and as such, have the ability to prescribe medication to their patients. Therapists typically have their Master’s degree and cannot prescribe medication themselves, but can work in conjunction with a psychiatrist to do so.

You will also want to consider if you have any particular preferences when it comes to your therapist. Would you prefer a female psychiatrist over a male? Do you want someone close to your own age? Do you want someone with a faith-based approach? All of these are questions that you should ask yourself when you’re searching for a potential psychiatrist.

Once you’ve found a psychiatrist that you’d like to meet, you should book an appointment and go to at least a few sessions to see if you feel comfortable with your psychiatrist. Remember, that it does take time to get to a level of comfort where you’ll feel able to open up about certain things. So, if you don’t feel that right away, don’t worry. However, you may have a gut feeling that you won’t mesh with your psychiatrist, now or ever, and that’s something to discuss with them so that you can consider your options moving forward. Ultimately, you will want to choose someone whom you feel will help you make positive strides in your mental wellbeing.

If you’d like to meet one of our psychiatrists at Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine, be sure to give us a call to schedule an appointment.