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Dr. Alexander Isaac, MD

Psychiatrist

Professional statement

I practice individual psychodynamic psychotherapy with medication management and psychotherapy combined. In my training and experience split treatment does not provide adequate time or knowledge for optimal treatment. I tailor therapy to meet the patient's needs, i.e. less complex problems require briefer therapies. I am an assistant professor at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine and a clinical instructor at both Georgetown and George Washington University Schools of Medicine. I have a subspecialization in psychosomatic medicine with a specific focus in conditions involving both psychiatric and general medical conditions. A routine visit with Dr. Isaac includes psychotherapy and medication management that last 50 minutes. For medication management, please select 'medication review' and for first time appointments only, please choose 'psychiatry consultation.'

Specialties

  • Psychiatrist

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Board certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Psychiatry (Psychiatry and Neurology)

Education and training

  • Medical School - Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Doctor of Medicine
  • University of Maryland (Residency)
  • Georgetown University Hospital (Fellowship)

Professional memberships

  • American Psychiatric Association

Awards and publications

  • George Balis Award for Excellence in Medical Student Teaching 2002

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Languages spoken

  • English

Provider's gender

Male

NPI number

1861428054

Office locations

Alexander S. Isaac, MD

229 Pennsylvania Ave SE

Washington, DC 20003

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Initial appointment- left feeling very good! Tool his time and really listened.
Less than 1 month ago
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I felt I was in an open environment where I could share anything and everything. Dr. Isaac asked insightful questions, made good jokes, and made me feel comfortable while providing insights into my life.
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If you just need meds, he's fine. If you're looking for someone who actually cares about you, probably not your guy.
Less than 6 months ago
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There is no more sensitive and wise man in this branch of medicine.
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Love this guy. Highly recommended, if you don’t mind sarcasm and no-nonsense attitude.
Less than 1 year ago
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Dr. Issac was thorough, personable, and very empathic, One of the best experiences I've had with a doctor in a while.
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I was very pleased with my visit with Dr. Isaac. He is friendly, thorough and attentive. I enjoyed talking with him and telling him about my history. He was open to continuing my treatment plan from my previous psychiatrist, which Iwas very happy about. I would definitely recommend him to patients who are seeking quality mental health care.
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Successful
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He is the right kind of therapist for me. He is good for bouncing insights and thoughts and feeling off of, and is sympathetic without getting mushy. I have seen him over the last few years and would be happy tokeep him, unfortunately I'm moving and will have to start the search all over again.
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As always, Dr. Isaac was most responsive and helpful. He is a very compassionate listener and gives just the right amount of feedback. Caring, most intelligent, and a great listener. Highly recommended.
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Very professional, warm and engaging. Looking forward to seeing him again.
More than 1 year ago
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First psychiatrist I felt that cared and was personable. Would recommend to anyone would is looking for a great psychiatrist.
More than 1 year ago
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He is an excellent doctor - a great therapist; highly intelligent, insightful, and informed.
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He was absolutely fantastic. He figured out exactly what was going on and together we came up with a thorough, complete plan. He went over our allotted time and was engaged and interested in figuring out how to help me.
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I continue to recommend Dr. Isaac to friends and family. No Psychiatrist has a more wholistic approach, is more understanding, patient and wise.
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As a long time patient, I continue to have the upmost respect for Dr. Issac and consider him a compassionate, knowledgeable provider. He is forthright and honest, and makes you feel supported in your treatment. He advocates for you and views you as an active participant in your care!
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Dr. Isaac is very thoughtful and extremely talented. He listens and is very intuitive. I highly recommend him to anyone that would like to explore life's challenges and find meaningful guidance to better your relationships and to understand why you may feel the way you do.
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Dr. Isaac is always professional and he cares about me as a patient and as a person. It's impressive how he remembers every detail about my therapy, even from several years ago. Using Zoc Doc can be a little tricky sometimesbut definitely worth it as I can make several appointments at once for months in advance.
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He is compassionate and caring. He has a way of listening to me and responding that is so helpful. I always leave feeling more positive about everything I am facing.
More than 1 year ago
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Incredibly smart, intuitive and accepting. Beyond helpful.
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My second visit was fantastic!! Dr. Isaac was spot on, with his questions, arms length distance from not making decisions for me an outstanding questions to think about outside of my box.
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Dr Isaac, was very pleasant. His humorous side was a nice unexpected surprise. Highly trained. As a somewhat seasoned client with Psychiatric an Therapist physicians I found his questions on target an insightful. Looking forward to additional visits.
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I like doctor Isaac - he's thoughtful and engaging and offers good insight.
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Highly recommend
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Dr. Issac is very direct and tells it like it is. He doesn't sugar coat his words, which I like. He actually takes the time to get to know you and understand what you're going through rather than just prescribing acocktail of medicines blindly. Of course, he does prescribe medication as needed, but he also recommends alternative/supplemental treatments. He doesn't accept insurance, but I found his prices to be very reasonable compared to another doctor I had been seeing.
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great listener and made it so easy to open up.
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Dr. Isaac spent enough time with me to get a full psyc history. He was attentive and seemed genuinely interested in my care. I will be visiting again soon!
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Dr. Isaac is a very competent professional. I highly recommend his services.
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Dr. Isaac is an insightful, thoughtful, perspicacious therapist and mentor.
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I have seen Dr. Isaac regularly for the past three years, and I am grateful for the courteous and professional attention I have received at every appointment. In my mind he defines what a conscientious and responsible provider should be...everythingabout his practice rates "five stars" in my book. He combines a highly insightful sense of a patient's needs with excellent "listening skills" and carefully considered, appropriate feedback. I would recommend him without reservation to anyone in crisis as well as any person who needs to continue therapy with a new provider.
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The other reviews are correct.
More than 1 year ago
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Dr. Isaac is an outstanding physican, his professional care and knowledge in treating someone with a mental illness is by far superior than any other doctor in psychiatry in the area. I have been with Dr. Isaac for over 7 yearsnow and there has NEVER been a moment that I haven't receive the best care. I highly recommend Dr. Isaac as a doctor when looking for a psychiatrist.
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He is a good doctor
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Cold, and disappointing.
More than 1 year ago
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Dr. Isaac is fantastic. Direct, straight-forward and clearly comes to the table with a wealth of experience. He helped pull me out of a rough period and I always enjoyed my sessions with him.
More than 1 year ago
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When I think about how much insight and wisdom he has brought to me in the tumult of the past three or four years, it's hard to put into words. He got me from where I was, stuck in just aboutevery aspect of my life, to where I am now...I enjoy a clarity that I never had before, and a refreshing sense of confidence about what the future will bring. I trust him explicitly with every aspect of my care and would never consider a change. His office is well located on Capitol Hill and easy to find (Pennsylvania Avenue, down from the Library of Congress, next to the Starbucks and restaurants). The office itself is a welcoming place and very private...that matters as much as anything else. I would recommend him without reservation to anyone in need of counseling, and feel like I did that person the best service imaginable.
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He is a good doctor, straight forward and honest. Knows when to butt in and when you need to make the choices that are best for you.
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Very compassionate, caring and positive. He calmed me down and helped focus on a lan for action.
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The best psychiatrist I've ever seen. I spent more than a decade working through a series of other psychiatrist before finding Dr Isaacs, and he took the time to really listen to me and the issues I was facing. With hishelp I was re-diagnosed and able to breakout of the rut I thought would remain in. Dr. Isaacs took the time to get to know me, and came at my problems with new eyes and a real desire to help. Sorry if this sounds like a fake review, but it's true. I've been living the last three years of my life with only the normal amount of angst and anxiety, and it's wonderful!
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great and professional, smart and straightforward. easy to talk to
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My daughter was with the idea of seeing Dr. Isaac once. When she got out of his office she asked me to make another appointment. She was really happy she saw Dr. Isaac.
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Best in the biz
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Very good listener and goes out of his way to help. Highly recommended!
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Dr. Isaac is a top doctor, he really knows how to treat a patient medically and as a person. I have been under Dr. Isaac's care for 5 years and have nothing negative to say, I only have had wonderful experiences with him.
More than 1 year ago
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Dr. Isaac is very attentive and went out of his way to assist me with some issues. It was clear that his priority is to do whatever it takes to help. I highly recommend Dr. Isaac.
More than 1 year ago
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Unprofessional. Kept me waiting an hour. Rude and poor social skills and empathy.
More than 1 year ago
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Dr Isaac is the best
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I saw him twice. At the end of the second session on July 27, 2015, he said he did not want to work with me. That was something I did not expect, but he has a right to refuse his services.What I found very disturbing and obnoxious was his refusal to provide an evaluation of me after I had provided detailed biographical information during those two sessions. He had promised to provide the evaluation, but did not provide it, despite several phone calls in August requesting the evaluation. This is not a monetary issue. I paid him the total amount owed and he has cashed my check.
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I don't recommend him at all if you consider yourself progressive, or a feminist. Weirdly fratty, very proudly mentioned an aversion to "political correctness" and a belief that men and women are inherently different and should be treateddifferently. He used the word "r*****ded" (censoring this) to describe something that he didn't like, which was kind of shockingly offensive, especially for someone who works in mental health. He strongly implied that my issues were caused by a lack of self-awareness rather than an illness that should be medicated, which held me back until I decided to look for a better doctor.
More than 1 year ago
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Doctor Isaac has a refreshingly blunt and realistic approach that I haven't experienced with many Psychiatrists. Only complaint were wait times. He tends to run over with other appointments,sometimes up to 20 minutes.
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