Dr. Joy Lere

Therapy allows you to give language to your experiences and facilitates understanding of how your history impacts the way you connect, interact, and travel through your life. It is an experience in which you can learn to expand, reorganize, and appropriately manage emotional responses.

Using therapy to locate, understand, and actively work with emotions can open up new possibilities for closing the distance in our relationships. You can discover the freedom to break out of problematic, persistent patterns by making new, more strategic choices. I believe in making space for honest conversations that will humanize your story and give you room to facilitate your personal growth, awareness, and understanding, and enhance your self-esteem.

My clinical training has afforded me opportunities to work with clients whose journeys have taught me about the universal language of pain, loss, courage, hope, and resilience. I completed my Master’s degree while living in the United Kingdom and earned my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The George Washington University. I am well-versed in working with clients contending with depression and anxiety, relationship and intimacy difficulties, cultural transitions, medical concerns, substance use, and trauma. My experience includes working alongside individuals and families navigating challenging issues related to chronic illness, advance care planning, grief, and bereavement. Additionally, I have specialized training in delivering treatment to children, adolescents, and adults presenting with severe eating disorder diagnoses and complex body image concerns.

My professional work and personal experience as a military spouse have provided me with a unique understanding of the complex demands inherent in the lives of those in high-stakes engagement on domestic and foreign service platforms. As such, I frequently interface with members of the Department of Defense, U.S. Department of State, USAID, and other government agencies and their families.

In addition to collaborating with our team at Dodini Behavioral Health, I am an Assistant Clinical Professor of Clinical Psychology at The George Washington University.

Email Dr. Lere
703.909.5101 ext.105