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Primary Care Psychiatry is a program that allows children who are experiencing emotional or behavioral health concerns to receive basic psychiatric care within their medical home.  You may be referred by one of our providers or you may self-refer if you are a patient at Potomac Pediatrics.  Dr. Lauren Zohler, a board certified pediatric psychiatrist, will evaluate your child and initiate a treatment plan.  Evaluations may include multiple visits and/or testing using standardized tools.  Treatment plans may include medications, referrals for therapy or even referrals to a specialist psychiatrist.  Ideally, once your child is stabilized, ongoing care will be provided by your doctor at Potomac Pediatrics.

Candidates for this service include:

  • Patients who are currently seeing a psychiatrist and are stable on their current medications and can safely transfer to the primary care setting (see list of medicines which do not fit into this category).
  • Patients with symptoms of anger, sadness, irritability, worries or school performance issues that need an initial assessment.
  • Patients with ADHD who are currently being treated by our physicians and are not responding adequately to medication.

How does it work?
Dr. Lauren Zohler, our psychiatrist, will evaluate your child, confirm the diagnosis, if one exists, and develop a treatment plan. The next steps will either be follow up visits with her or transfer back to your pediatrician with treatment plan recommendations. Patients referred to the psychiatrist who has significant ongoing diagnostic or therapeutic challenges will be ineligible for our services and will be referred to an outside psychiatrist or other mental health providers. Our goal is to stabilize your child on the new treatment regimen and transfer them back to their pediatrician who will oversee their continued treatment.

Private patient discussions are confidential and protected under the law, they will not be shared with the parent, unless Dr. Zohler is concerned for the patient’s safety.

The following medications are not appropriate for our Primary Care Psychiatry program:


Financial Options

  • We are currently are credentialed with the following insurance companies: CareFirst, Aetna, and United Healthcare. Your visit will be subject to specialist copays, deductibles, and/or coinsurance per your individual policy. Practice policies regarding copays and deductible deposits due at the time of service will apply. Please note that we can guarantee benefit coverage for primary care psychiatry services and it is the patients’ responsibility to verify if their policy offers mental health benefits.
    • Once claims are processed to your insurance and received back your credit card will be refunded minus any copay, deductibles, or coinsurance that is assigned to patient responsibility.
  • Please be advised Cigna is not currently offering primary care psychiatry contracts. All Cigna patients will have claims processed to their out of network benefits and will be self-pay at the time of service.
  • Please read and sign the Psychiatry Financial Policy Waiver if you wish to utilize psychiatry services at Potomac Pediatrics.

Psychiatry Financial Policy & Waiver










Instructions: Please read carefully and select the link appropriate for your child’s age. The required forms below must be completed before we can schedule your ARC Assessment with JSSA. Once you have completed the forms you will be required to verify your signature through a link in your email. When you click the link it will submit your forms to Potomac Pediatrics. If your email/signature is not verified Potomac Pediatrics will not receive your forms.

Parents of patients 15 years and younger: Please CLICK HERE to complete the required forms.

Parents of patients 16 years and older: Please complete the JSSA Financial Responsibility Agreement only! Your child must complete the PSC-17 and ARC program consent forms on their own.

Patients 16 years and older: CLICK HERE to complete your PSC-17 and JSSA ARC program consent forms.