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Although we are not in network with your insurance company, we make every effort to ensure you are covered. After we submit your claim, you will be billed for your balance once we receive insurance payment. David J. Fischer, M.D. is board certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and has an added qualification in the psychiatric subspecialty of Forensic Psychiatry. Dr. Fischer trained in psychiatry at the National Institutes of Mental Health. His psychiatric training has been broad and varied, including behavioral conditioning, psychoanalytical psychotherapy, gestalt therapy, existential psychotherapy, forensic psychiatry, and psychopharmacology. His orientation is eclectic, practical and goal-oriented. His extensive clinical experience has resulted in the development of a philosophy and approach to psychiatric treatment that is eclectic, practical and goal-oriented. Dr. Fischer uses his many years of training and experience to develop an effective individualized treatment plan tailored to meet the unique needs of each patient. He has 38 years of clinical experience in psychiatry. Dr. Fischer is an active clinician and maintains a full time practice in general psychiatry. He has extensive hospital and outpatient experience in clinical psychiatry. He specializes in treating ADHD, Stress, PTSD, Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders, Schizophrenia, Substance Abuse, Insomnia and Relationship Problems. Dr. Fischer evaluates and treats adults, families and couples. He conducts individual, group and couples psychotherapy. Dr. Fischer is a recognized expert in psychopharmacological (psychiatric medication) evaluation and treatment. He is a member of advisory panels and speakers’ programs of many major pharmaceutical companies.
Verified Patient Reviews
Again; I adore Dr. Fischer. He's the greatest doctor I've had in years.
My experience with Dr. Fisher has been very good. His attentiveness and understanding along with his straightforward explanations, demeanor and approach were very reassuring to me. Much of the progress I've been making with my health and day-to-day life, so far, I'd attribute to my experience and follow through with this doctor.
Dr. David Fischer continues to be the best psychiatrist that I've ever seen. He is very straight forward and honest. I really strongly recommend him.
5-star doctor across the board! Extremely knowledgeable about...seemingly everything. Great bedside manner, courteous, non-judgemental (something I always worry about when seeing a new psychiatrist), and offers very sound advice. I have a very high level of social anxiety, yet felt comfortable talking to him, which is unusually great for me! Highly recommend! And his office décor is a museum of sorts in itself!
Dr. Fischer is amazing; I'd recommend him to anyone!
Dr. Fischer can come off as a little intimidating at first, but he is very genuine and easy to talk to once you've warmed up to him a bit. He's a very smart person and you will definitely benefit from the wisdom he has from all of his life experiences. He's also gone out the way to provide me with care in the past, like the time I lost my prescription. After a short phone call he wrote another one that I was able to pick up from the main office at my convenience. He also respects the input I have about how my medication affects me, and adjusts the prescriptions accordingly.
By far; the best psychiatrist I've ever had. He's honest and upfront. Makes the patient feel immediately comfortable. A+++
I was extremely nervous (for what turned out to be silly). Dr. Fischer was excellent. He listened to me very well and I felt as though I had his complete attention. I'd highly recommend him.
In a very short period of time I took my friend there. She felt very good after her appointment.
After Fisher was very professional. He was right on time he treated me with the utmost respect . He had a various different reasons why I was experiencing certain issues he gave me different choices I highly recommend him I would deathly be going back and allow him to manage my care he is a great doctor
Although I wouldn't recommend Dr Fischer to anyone I know for a few very important reasons, he is nice, easy to talk to and seems to care. However, his appointment fee is ASTRONOMICAL. The person who is paying for my treatment, said the very high appointment fee would be doable once a month, especially based on the great reviews. I went to Dr. Fischer to get support in kicking a bad habit that I have on one of the most Powerful benzodiazepine medications, and at a high dose. He ONLY gave me a prescription for the weakest benzodiazepine, to help taper, which is a great way to do it, but he gave me the weakest one, small doses, and only enough to last 3 days for the high appointment fee. I felt ripped off. On top of that, he wanted me to come weekly to keep a short tab on me (probably to pad his pocket,) I decided to cancel, because the amount I;d have to pay would be the mortgage on a small condo!! He seems good, but be prepared to pay big bucks!!!
He asked all the right questions and was very understanding.
Great guy. Has a bit of a cranky grandpa disposition but that actually made it easier open up.
Dr Fischer doesn't take my insurance to make sure every month to budget enough for his office visit--that should tell you something about the quality of his care. I've been visiting Dr. Fischer every month for over two years now and am totally and completely satisfied. He is warm, down to earth, and extraordinarily easy to talk to, and he has always been incredibly responsive when I've had issues with the pharmacy or just need something extra from his office. Office visits are expensive but, in my view, they're really worth every penny--dr. Fischer is a great resource and I recommend him without hesitation.
Just based on my experience, Dr. Fischer he has been focused on results and improvement and looking forward, not focusing on the past as much as some doctors insist. He's very straight-forward, and will give you an honest, no-nonsense reflection of whatever you share with him. But if you come in and you're just totally a mess, he doesn't judge you, either. He's expensive, but very smart...so it's worth it. For example, he'll tell you things in 5 minutes that would take another doctor 45 minutes to explain. So if you can keep up, and appreciate someone who is just never going to waste any of your time, this is your guy :)
Visit was good. Attended to immediately I arrived.
Awesome! Just awesome.
Great Dr. Extremely understanding. He is clearly on your side and wants to help.
Great experience all around. Recommend highly.
The visit went well and I was received a few minutes after my arrival. The reception was good and his patience to listen to my story was good and appreciated. This was an outpatient consultation.
Encouraged. Except upon arrival I was informed that my insurance was not in network
I would recommend him to anyone! I have the most respect for him. He returns calls within a hour in a situation that requires immediate attention or if I have any issues that I need help with. I could not find anyone better! Thanks as always!
He is very thorough in his intake appointment and makes sure that you get the help that you need. He seems genuine. I have no regrets.
Wonderful as always... He works to get patients to a place that can be considered a normal and healthy life... Always friendly. Always willing to go the extra mile to ensure the best therapeutic combination of medication and self acceptance.
Awesome! He has made my life so much better! Highly recommend! Always kind, remembers all the details from each visit. Couldent ask for more in my doctor! Thanks ZocDoc and Dr. Fischer! God Bless!
I have the best Dr. He is wonderful. I have a hard time with talking to doctors and I feel very at ease telling him everything. He don't judge or make me feel that I'm less than others. I dident have a appointment or rather he had not confirmed my last appointment and he saw me right away. Highly recommend! Thanks ZocDoc!
The best physiatrist I've ever had! He listons to everything I say and gives feedback. He is the best! Remembers everything I tell him each visit. I don't have to remind or repeat my issues! Anyone looking for a Great Physiatrist this is the one!. Thanks!
He is such a wonderful psychiatrist. This was my second time seeing him. I thought I would be running late and called to ask if it was okay. I arrived just in the nick of time and he was so nice about it. He is patient and very considerate. He answers all my questions and really helped me with filling out forms for work, last minute, and without even objecting to the inconvenience. When I told him one medication caused side effects, he took the time to find a different one that might work better. Once again, his beautiful office gave me a sense of peace along with his calming manner. I would give Dr. Fischer the highest recommendation possible. Also, his office is located in a beautiful peaceful neighbourhood close enough to walk to the Metro.
Dr. Fischer was dismissive and patronizing about my problems from the start and spent more time looking at his computer than at me, but his diagnosis seemed accurate so I decided to give him a shot. - Then I tried to talk to him about a sexual assault I experienced and the first words out of his mouth were - "Well, from the guy's perspective...". Then he told me it wasn't an assault, that I just needed to take responsibility for figuring out what I want, and then he made a joke about how when he was young the girls always said no, and you had to figure out when no meant no and when they just needed convincing - all this while I was sitting in his office sobbing. After I told him I wasn't comfortable seeing him any more, and he never responded to the message, even though he knew he'd put me on pills that it was dangerous to stop unexpectedly and that could have dangerous side effects. I do not recommend.
Dr. Fischer is a very kind, compassionate psychiatrist who is easy to talk to. He took the time to really listen to me. His office is gorgeous and very relaxing. It's in a beautiful and convenient area. I would highly recommend Dr. Fischer.
Wonderful! Dr. Fisher is very caring and listens to everything I say, Great person and Doctor! Would recommend him to anyone that needs help with his line of Expertise..It's well worth the drive and I am very thankful to have found him. Thank you!
I would very much recommend him to anyone. He remembers things we discuss and I think I'm doing better than I have in a long time. I'm finally getting sleep and eating. :-) very caring and easy to talk to. That's something that I struggle with and I think he is wonderful at his job. Very pleased with my treatment. Thanks!
Most caring psychiatrist I have ever met. I been treated by many since returning home from Iraq, and Dr. Fischer is by far the best. He listens to your stories, takes time to help you in anyway possible, and his experience shows. I think he is probably the best psychiatrist in the D.C. area. Being a combat veteran brings many challenges, but Dr. Fischer makes life easier for me.
Wonderful!!! Very good at making me feel at ease and will work to get the proper medication that works. I will continue to see him on a monthly bases. He asks questions and listons to all my concerns and issues. Would highly recommend him to anyone! Thanks ZocDoc for helping me find a doctor that I feel comfortable and confident with. :-) LS
I highly respect him and trust him with my health. He remembered me from a year ago and that was a rare thing. I am feeling little better at this time. Medication is working. We lost my husbands dear father last night and I dident lose it completely and still managed to get sleep that a week ago would never come. Thanks to All of you at Zocdoc and to Dr. Fischer! I will be continuing to see him each month. God bless all of you!
Dr. Fischer is an extremely knowledgable, friendly, and caring doctor. He has many years of experience which makes him a true expert. Dr. Fischer is the best psychiatrist I have ever seen.
Works in a really creepy building, charges too much, very gruff in his manner.
I'm not a fan of psychiatrists. It seemed like Dr. Fischer's agenda was to prescribe medication, not help with your problems. If you want to go to a person who is sincere, engaged, and caring, go somewhere else.
The doctor was great, he took his time to explain my questions. And I did not feel like I was rushed.
My first psychiatric visit felt like a trip to a fast food restaurant. Dr. Fischer lacked engagement and was cold, asking questions off a list without making eye contact with me the whole time.
He is a very good doctor, I would highly recommend him.
Very attentive and nice. Helpful with everything I needed.
I would never see this guy again...
I was 15 min. Late because I knew nothing about area. It was very nice office, he saw me but he was irritated and I got to nervous to talk felt so stupid. It's only 27 miles away but took over hr so I just felt bad about being late and my husband and son were w me so that made me feel more uncomfortable. I would go back. How can I speak with someone at zocdoc? I have a few questions. Sincerely, Leigh
I really like Dr. Fischer. He gives you the information you need and I believe that he has come up with a plan for me that will work because he took some time to get to know me and my goals. He also answered all of my questions and I didn't feel rushed at all unlike a lot of other doctors. His bedside manner is a little more straight forward than I'm used to - but for me at least - I think this was necessary for him to communicate vital information.
Appointment went well and I was well received though I arrived a little later than the appointment time due to traffice jam.
The appointment went well he is really expensive.
He was kind and direct at the same time, which I found very helpful.
No-nonsense doctor, he is very direct and open. Has helped me a lot.
helpful and understanding
I was very satisfied with my visit.
Excellent communication and attention. Listened to my concerns and was able to hone in on the important areas and develop a treatment plan that instilled confidence. Highly recommend.
Dr. Fischer has a very straightforward direct approach to his patients. While he is informed by his patients' past trauma, Dr. Fischer's efforts during psychotherapy are oriented almost exclusively on the present. I have been a patient of his since 2008. Dr. Fischer works with his patients so they can develop deep and profound awareness of their actions and the choices and decisions they are making every day. He would never be so disrespectful of a patient that he would agree to merely comfort them and collect his fee. He is a an expert in psychopharmacology. If you have a condition with symptoms that can be treated successfully with medication but absolutely refuse to consider medication, peace be with you, but you may be happier with another therapist.
He is one of the best doctors that I ever met.