Jessica J. Nysenbaum, PhD

Psychology Associate

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Jess is an engaging and warm therapist with more than seven years of experience providing psychotherapy services to individuals and couples.  Her practice is guided by the belief that our well-being and quality of life are influenced by our relationships with romantic partners, friends, children, family members, or work colleagues.  Her therapeutic style is best described as welcoming, curious, and non-judgmental.  Jess uses humor to alleviate some of the natural anxiety and vulnerability that engaging in therapy can produce.

In order to help her clients increase insight and manage difficult emotions, Jess identifies personal strengths and challenges.  She makes connections between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and explores patterns in clients’ current and past relationships. Jess integrates mindfulness and self-compassion techniques, including guided meditation, deep breathing exercises, and acceptance of making mistakes.  With both individuals and couples, she addresses issues of depression, anxiety, relationship challenges, gender and sexual identity exploration, and difficult life transitions.

Currently, Jess is pursuing Imago Relationship Therapist Certification.  She has conducted research exploring communication about sex and sexuality within families, as well as improving co-parenting relationships.  Jess received her PhDin Clinical Psychology from The George Washington University.  She completed her doctoral internship at George Mason University’s Counseling and Psychological Services Center.

Jess is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), Maryland Psychological Association (MPA), and Mid-Atlantic Association for Imago Relationship Therapists (MAIT).