Kourtney Bell, PhD

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

Kamilah M. Woodson, Ph.D.

I am a graduate of the California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles Campus.  I earned the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, and a Master’s degree in clinical psychology.   I received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist.  I have been working in the Washington, DC metro area for the past 18 years as both a clinician and a professor. My clinical experience includes providing individual, group, and couples therapy in university counseling centers, community mental health centers, forensic settings, hospitals, and private practice.

Location: Thomas Circle Office Suite 450

My specialty areas include:

  • Sexual Victimization
  • LGBTQ concerns
  • Interpersonal Relationship Issues
  • Trauma/Abuse
  • Depression.
  • Bereavement
  • Substance Abuse
  •  & General Concerns

I believe my purpose is to answer my calling to improve the human condition.  This, for me, is a labor of Love and a responsibility that is not taken lightly.  I strive to utilize my expertise in understanding personal challenges so that I may assist individuals and couples in transforming their lives, feeling empowered and reaching their full potential.

My treatment modality is curtailed to meet the specific needs of the client. I subscribe to the notion that one’s early experiences have a significant impact on one’s unconscious thoughts and behaviors; therefore, I seek to provide insight into the unconscious to help resolve these conflicts.  Thus, I recognize the importance of focusing on building a trusting relationship, while creating a holding environment where clients feel safe to openly express feelings.  In using the therapeutic relationship to explore the past and present, one is able to create new, successful paths for the future. Therefore, my common goal of treatment is to help clients develop coping strategies to deal with feelings that accompany one’s experiences. To achieve this goal, interventions are multilayered; such that, I combine the intra-psychic with a systemic psychosocial perspective.  This implores a holistic approach assisting the client in implementing change in a variety of settings.

Jessica Smedley, PsyD

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, PsyD

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