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Appointment Types

Assessment and consultation:  After hearing about your symptoms and reasons for seeking care, your emotional and physical health, and your family's health history, Dr. Alson will work with you to develop a plan for ongoing treatment and/or referrals. Initial appointments are 90 minutes long.


Psychiatric medication management may be provided independently, or in combination with psychotherapy provided by another therapist. Most medication-focused appointments last 30-minutes. 


Psychotherapy may be offered, with or without medication management. Most therapy sessions are 50 minutes. 


Second opinion consultations are similar to assessment and consultation, and may include review of relevant medical records.


Telemedicine is available for established patients in Virginia and in Florida, when appropriate.

Eating Disorders Medicine:

Dr. Alson brings knowledge, understanding, and hope to the care of individuals with disordered eating.  She works with local psychotherapists, dietitians, and medical colleagues to provide structured, specialized, individualized treatment in a supportive environment.

Required lab work and other studies ordered by Dr. Alson can be performed in your primary care physician's facility or at a local laboratory. As one of the few internists in the U.S. and one of two psychiatrists in Virginia to be certified by the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals as a Certified Eating Disorders Specialist, Dr. Alson does not practice primary care medicine in her psychiatry office; she will collaborate with your current general practitioner, or provide referrals for primary care.

Conditions treated
  • Mood and anxiety disorders

  • Adjustment disorders

  • Relationship difficulties

  • Difficulty with major life transitions (such as adjustment to college, graduate or professional school)

  • Eating disorders

  • Psychiatric symptoms associated with general medical health problems

  • Hypochondriasis (health anxiety)

  • Symptoms related to trauma

  • Attention deficit disorder

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