Psychotropic Medications for Anxiety

An Overview for Psychotherapists

Psychotropic Medications for Anxiety: An Overview for Psychotherapists
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Intended For

Psychotherapists of all disciplines and experience levels


Friday November 22, 2019: 12:00 – 1:30 pm and Friday, December 6, 2019: 10:00 – 11:30 am

About the Session

Psychotropic medications are some of the most widely prescribed medications in the country.  Often psychotherapists are working with clients who are also taking psychotropic medications, or who may want to consider medication as another option. It is important that therapists have a good understanding of the indications for medications, the different classes of medications and when they are used, and what to expect in terms of efficacy and side effects.  The role of the therapist in making a referral for medication management is also of vital importance.  Therapists can help the patient and the prescriber to ascertain whether medication is having benefit, and whether changes need to be made in prescribing patterns.

Through this intermediate-level training, participants will build awareness of the importance of their role in making a referral for medication management and ways in which they can collaborate with the prescriber to best coordinate services.  Participants will come away with increased knowledge of psychotropic medications used to treat common anxiety disorders, including indications for when to refer, common side effects, expectations for efficacy, and related safety issues regarding medication.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the various classes of psychotropic medication used to treat anxiety disorders.
  • Identify common side effects and rate of side effects for different medications and strategies to mitigate these side effects.
  • Discuss recommended medication treatment lengths, and identify indications for tapering medication.
  • Identify safety issues around medication, including use of medication in medically ill or pregnant patients.

Instructor Credentials

Dr. Nadia Robertson is an experienced psychiatrist who specializes in treating adults with anxiety and mood disorders, ADHD and adjustment difficulties with life transitions. Her expertise in assessment and diagnosis is used to determine when psychiatric medications are appropriate with a focus on efficacy and minimizing side effects. Her particular clinical interests are in generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder and panic disorder. Dr. Robertson received her Medical Degree from the Duke University School of Medicine completed her residency in Psychiatry at the University of Michigan where she served as chief resident.

FREE – Space is limited
*Please note, if you need to cancel, kindly provide 48 hour notice to

1 CE credit awarded for psychologists
(Full attendance is required to obtain CE credit)

The Ross Center – Northern Virginia
1595 Spring Hill Road, Suite 520
Vienna, VA 22182

November 22: 12:00 – 1:30pm. Lunch is Provided. Agenda

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December 6: 10:00 – 11:30am. Coffee/Snacks Provided. Agenda

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For more information, please contact Stacy Coyle, Psy.D. at: or 202-363-1010 ext. 125. Special accommodation requests must be made by Friday, November 8th, 2019.

There is no known commercial support for this program.

The Ross Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Ross Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content. For information about our grievance procedure relating to CE programs, click here.


  • Nadia Robertson, MD


    Northern Virginia

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