MAGGIE VALLADARES, M.D.
MAGGIE VALLADARES, M.D.

Psychiatry & Psychotherapy

About

MAGGIE VALLADARES, M.D.

Hello! I’m a seasoned psychiatrist, with a rich experience spanning over a decade in clinical practice. My journey has been dedicated to unraveling the intricacies of the mind, fostering a safe haven for exploring emotions, and nurturing resilience in the face of life’s challenges. My expertise lies in the realm of psychoanalysis, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and thoughtful medication management, tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual.

Having worked in culturally diverse environments, I cherish the richness that different perspectives bring to the therapeutic journey. I am also fluent in Spanish, which allows me to connect on a deeper level with a broader range of individuals.

I have had the privilege of supporting a diverse patient population, aiding them through various struggles such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, eating disorders, and relational hurdles, to name a few. Together, we embark on a transformative journey towards healing, self-discovery, and enriched relationships. Your mental wellness journey deserves a compassionate and experienced companion, and I am here to provide a supportive and insightful partnership every step of the way.

Much of our mental activity hums along beneath the surface of our conscious awareness, yet holds a profound sway over our thoughts, feelings, and interactions with the world around us. It is here, in the rich tapestry of the unexplored mind, that Dr. Valladares draws upon her contemplative practice and psychoanalytic training, infusing her therapeutic approach with a mindfulness that enhances the exploration of these unconscious realms. This blend of psychoanalysis and reflective practice enriches the journey, allowing for a compassionate, deep-seated understanding of oneself.

Areas of Expertise

Much of our mental activity hums along beneath the surface of our conscious awareness, yet holds a profound sway over our thoughts, feelings, and interactions with the world around us. It is here, in the rich tapestry of the unexplored mind, that Dr. Valladares draws upon her contemplative practice and psychoanalytic training, infusing her therapeutic approach with a mindfulness that enhances the exploration of these unconscious realms. This blend of psychoanalysis and reflective practice enriches the journey, allowing for a compassionate, deep-seated understanding of oneself.

About

Practice

I treat adults and adolescents with psychodynamic psychotherapy or psychoanalysis along with medication management, if indicated.

Services

What We Offer

Psychiatry

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Psychotherapy

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Psychiatry is the branch of medicine that focuses on mental health. During an assessment with me, we will discuss whether treatment with medication is right for you or not. This decision is ultimately personal and together we can determine whether you would benefit from pharmacotherapy to address issues such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, insomnia or simply going through a challenging time.
 
I usually recommend ongoing psychotherapy for all my patients as this has been proven to be most effective than either therapy or medication alone.  If you are currently being seen by a  therapist I can work with you in handling the medication aspect of your treatment. My psychiatry practice style includes taking the time to listen and learn more about you. I often recommend  lifestyle changes that will support you in the development of healthier and more adaptive life skills.

My primary approach to therapy is through a psychodynamic perspective, meaning that most of what we think or believe and the way our minds work is hidden under the surface or unconscious. These beliefs influence our behavior and the way we make decisions. Increasing our awareness and understanding of the way our mind works allows us to have more freedom of choice and break free from repetitive patterns.

These patterns are often rooted in the past and out of our awareness. When our ways of dealing with life remain out of our awareness we are bound to repeat patterns that might no longer serve us. Together we can work in creating a space of openness and curiosity to bring attention and increase your understanding of situations that might be causing unnecessary suffering in your life. My goal is to help you find a healthier way to deal with life’s challenges so that you can create a life that is engaging and meaningful. In my clinical practice I also draw from my long term experience with meditation and mindfulness practice. 

Credentials

 

  • Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis Psychoanalytic Studies Program; 2023 and ongoing
  • University of Maryland at Sheppard Pratt Eating Disorders Fellowship; 2014- 2015
  • University of Virginia Psychiatry Residency Training;2010- 2014
  • Escuela de Medicina Ignacio A. Santos (ITESM); Medical Degree 2008
  • George Washington University
    Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
    Fall 2023
  • Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) at the City of Alexandria
    Senior Psychiatrist
    2018 – Current
  • Western State Hospital
    Unit Psychiatrist with Academic Appointment to UVA
    2016 -2018
  • University of Virginia Health System
    Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
    2015 – 2018
  • Licensed in DC # MD210012009 
  • License in Virgina # 0101259367
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Certification # 69143
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