Jessica Smedley, PsyD

Position
Psychologist

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: Dupont Circle Office

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