Kourtney Bell, Ph.D.

My therapeutic approach is supportive, patient-centered, and non-judgmental. I believe in the importance of collaboration to establish and work toward goal attainment. I utilize a theoretical approach that incorporates elements from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, as well as Motivational Interviewing. I offer personalized treatment that is tailored to each client’s individual and unique needs.

I completed my Doctorate degree in Clinical Health Psychology at Virginia State University. My clinical training includes working with adults with severe and persistent mental health disorders in university counseling centers, community mental health centers, forensic settings, and outpatient and primary care settings. I have a strong interest in health psychology, with a focus on stress management and coping. I receive supervision from Dr. Stanley.

Location: Thomas Circle Office Suite 450

My specialty areas include:
• Anxiety
• Depression
• Adjustment
• Life Transitions
• Stress Management

Jessica Smedley, Psy.D.

I greatly enjoy working with individuals and witnessing the growth that the therapeutic relationship creates the space to occur in one’s life.  I approach my work in a strength-based, culturally sensitive manner, while supporting one’s journey to find meaning in the presenting issue.  My primary clinical orientations are psychodynamic, interpersonal and cognitive-behavioral.  I tend to be flexible in my approach, and tailor my style to the needs of each individual.  I tend to also incorporate a holistic view to therapy; it is often helpful to consider one’s overall lifestyle and health to treatment to ensure realistic goals are set.

I am a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary Graduate School of Psychology in Pasadena, CA.  I also completed a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy, at the University of San Francisco.  I am a Licensed as a Clinical Psychologist in Washington, DC.  My background consists of providing individual and family therapy and psychological assessments for children and adults.  I have over 12 years of experience in the mental health field in community, residential, private and forensic based settings.  My research focus was in the areas of trauma, spirituality and urban community context.  I have a great deal of experience working with people of varying ethnicities, demographics and cultural contexts.

Location: Thomas Circle Office Suite 450

My specialty areas include:
• Depression
• Anxiety
• Grief/Loss
• Life Transitions/Adjustments
• Women’s Issues
• Relationship Issues
• Cultural Issues
• Work-Life Balance
• Student-Athlete Issues

I also have experience with:
• Trauma/PTSD
• Self-Injurious Behaviors
• Psychotic Disorders

Victoria Sylos-Labini, Psy.D.

I am a clinical psychologist, licensed in both Virginia and Washington D.C. I received my masters and doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Nova Southeastern University’s APA-accredited doctoral program. My clinical experience includes providing individual, couples, family, and group psychotherapy to clients of various ages, backgrounds, and presenting concerns. My research background is in multicultural and acculturation issues, and my bicultural background allows me to assist Italian-speaking clients.

My therapeutic approach is person-centered, holistic, compassionate, and nonjudgmental. I work carefully to collaborate with each client and tailor treatment to his or her personal needs. My theoretical orientation integrates modern psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral theories to assist clients in addressing their past and present challenges. I also incorporate interpersonal, behavioral, and mindfulness techniques to achieve both quick symptom relief as well as long-lasting, meaningful change. At the client’s own pace, I strive to help increase insight into one’s thoughts and behaviors, guide and support self-motivated changes, and assist in strengthening one’s self-concept and resiliency. Together, the therapeutic process aims to not only decrease emotional distress, but also increase an overall sense of well-being and fortitude.

Location: Thomas Circle Office Suite 450

My specialty areas include:
• Depression and Mood disorders
• Anxiety disorders and stress management
• Interpersonal and relationship concerns
• Life transitions
• Identity development and self esteem
• Multicultural issues
• Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder and Learning Disabilities
• Women’s issues

I also have experience with:
• Grief and loss
• LGBT issues

 

Diane Shapson, LPC

I am a graduate of The George Washington University’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s Program, and I am licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor in the District of Columbia . I also hold a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Management and Psychology, from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.

My clinical experience includes work with adults with chronic mental illness in a non-profit and group home setting as well as providing one on one counseling at a community counseling center.

My counseling style is a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy and reality therapy with a person-centered and multicultural approach. I believe that no two people are alike and experience stressors in their own unique ways. My role is to provide a strong therapeutic relationship through empathy, genuineness, and positive regard in order to enable the individual to develop the skills to change and grow.

Location: Thomas Circle Office Suite 450

My specialty areas include:

• Anxiety
• Depression
• Mood Disorders
• Life Transitions
• Interpersonal Relationship Issues
• Trauma Related Issues

I also have experience with:
• Career Counseling
• Substance Abuse
• Psychotic Disorders
• Grief and Loss