Joseph W James, Ph.D.

Joseph W James, Ph.D.

Professions: Coaching, , , Marriage & Family Therapy
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Psychologist - 3356
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Office 1
6917 Arlington Rd.
Suite 216
Bethesda, Maryland 20814 - United States
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I've been helping individuals and couples find new ways since 1995 and been interviewed by Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Good Housekeeping and NPR. I offer day, evening and weekend appointments.

I believe that no two individuals or couples are alike and use a multi-modal approach specifically tailored for who you are and what you're struggling with. You'll find me to be warm, direct, supportive and as someone who uses a practical approach to cut through all the clutter that has been holding you back from living your full potential. Life doesn't have to feel so hard, call today to learn more!

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More Info About My Practice

Like most therapists these days, I'm no longer affiliated with any insurance company, but most of my clients are reimbursed for seeing me as an out of network provider.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

I am particularly skilled at helping couples who are locked in the endless loop of fighting break the cycle and become a team once again.

My View on the Nature of 'Disorders'

In the main I think of your struggles as coping mechanisms that were helpful at one point in your life but are now holding you back. Sometimes these coping patterns are so engrained that you may not even be aware that they are there. My role is to help you become aware of these coping patterns and find more effective ways to deal with life.

Services I Provide

  • Coaching
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    My main areas of specialization include relationship counseling, affair recovery, anger management, sexuality and alternative lifestyles and individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, stress and PTSD. I also work with older adolescent males (16 yrs. and up) with behavioral and adjustment issues.

Client Concerns Within Your Scope of Practice

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Phobias
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy
  • Anger Management
  • Authentic Movement
  • Body Talk System
  • Breathwork
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy /REBT
  • Dance / Movement Therapy
  • Drama Therapy
  • Dreamwork and Dream Analysis
  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy
  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Emotional Freedom Technique
  • Emotional Transformation Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
  • Family Constellations
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Gottman Method
  • Guided Therapeutic Imagery
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Imago Relationship Therapy
  • Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy
  • Internal Family Systems
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Journal Therapy
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Object Relations
  • Person Centered / Rogerian
  • Positive Psychotherapy
  • Psychodynamic
  • Reality Therapy
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Relationship Enhancement Therapy
  • Self Acceptance Training
  • Self Psychology
  • Self Relations
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Transactional Analysis

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