Joanne Irving PhD, Psychologist in Bethesda, Maryland, 20814

Joanne Irving


Joanne Irving


Professions: Psychotherapist, Marriage & Family Therapist, Life Coach
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Psychologist - 1884
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4405 East West Hwy Suite 301
Bethesda, MD 20814
Bethesda, Maryland 20814

My Approach to Helping

I believe that having quality relationships with other people and being involved in meaningful work/activities are central to our entire experience of life and that many people feel that life simply isn't as fulfilling or vibrant as they'd like it to be. And having been in practice for over 20 years, I know that when it comes to helping people, "one size does not fit all" so I have learned and use a variety of approaches to meet my clients' needs. I am an empathetic, active listener who approaches my clients' concerns with deep respect, honesty, pragmatism, caring and sometimes, with humor. I am results oriented and ensure that my clients can transfer what they experience and learn in my sessions to their real life.

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

I feel passionate about helping couples in crisis, especially when there has been some kind of betrayal. So many relationships that start out feeling wonderful and exciting end up in frustration and disappointment. In addition, life crises can stress a relationship to the brink. It saddens me to know that couples go through the intense pain of breaking up only to struggle in their next relationship. My specialized training in a variety of couples therapy methods and my many years of experience, both as a therapist and as a partner enables me to guide couples through very trying times.

My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy

I see psychotherapy as helping people access their inner resources, deepen their self awareness, develop strategies for overcoming obstacles and break old habits, and learning coping skills to face the inevitable stresses of life. In the end, I believe psychotherapy leads to enriched personal relationships and more fulfillment and satisfaction with life

What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist

I am humbled and honored by the trust my clients have shown me over the years as me I have accompanied them on their journey back to safety and fulfillment in their relationship. I can think of nothing more rewarding

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Coaching
  • Clinical Supervision

Ages I Work With

  • Adults


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Habits
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Panic
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Imago Relationship Therapy (IRT)
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Positive Psychotherapy
  • Relationship Enhancement Therapy
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