Kristen Joseph, Psy.D.
Dr. Kristen Joseph received her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from The George Washington University. She completed her doctoral internship at Howard University’s Counseling Services located in Washington, D.C where she provided psychological services to students attending the university. During the time Dr. Joseph was engaged in her doctoral internship at Howard University, she also provided forensic psychological assessments at the District of Columbia Superior Courts Child Guidance Clinic and therapy services at Howard University Hospital’s inpatient unit. Dr. Joseph has worked in various settings conducting psychological and neuropsychological assessments, at which, her areas of focus include recognizing difficulties associated with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), emotional functioning concerns, and academic learning disabilities.
In addition to providing psychological assessment, Dr. Joseph has provided therapy to clients in a myriad of clinical settings including in-patient hospital, community mental health, school, and private practice settings. Dr. Joseph believes in the importance of tailoring each client's treatment to their own unique needs via a client-centered collaborative approach that focuses on relational dynamics. Furthermore, Dr. Joseph places emphasis on the importance of embracing healing-informed care (also known as trauma-informed care) with Black and POC individuals who may experience stress related to family, life transitions, trauma, and/or self-esteem concerns. Her training accentuates a psychodynamic lens which focuses on the belief that an individual’s present thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are influenced by past experiences, unconscious processes, cultural identities, and relational patterns. Moreover, empathy and engagement are the core of Dr. Joseph’s therapeutic practices. Dr. Joseph strives to create an open, safe, warm, and nonjudgmental space for each client that she encounters in an effort for them to feel heard, understood, and valued, all while remaining attentive to ensure support is provided to the best of her ability.