Chrysalis Therapists

Joanne Irving - Chrysalis Group

Joanne Irving, Ph.D. is a psychologist and cofounder of The Chrysalis Group Inc. For the past two decades, she had a thriving private practice helping already successful people become happier and more satisfied with all aspects of their life – at work and at home. She worked with individuals to help them overcome their personal obstacles and specialized in working with couples, helping them develop and maintain a passionate best friendship with each other.

Today, Joanne maintains a small practice, but devotes most of her time to her coaching and consulting firm, Insight to Action Advisory. There she provides consulting and advisory services to senior leaders at mid and large size organizations to improve the performance, productivity and profitability of their organizations as well as the quality of life for themselves and those around them. She helps them create powerful stakeholder relationships, inspire innovation, increase collaboration, lead through organizational change and develop the next generation of leaders.

For biographical information regarding Joanne Irving’s Business Transformation work at the Chrysalis Group, click here.

To reach Joanne: (301) 943-3074
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Jude Setian Marston - Chrysalis Group

Jude Setian Marston, LCSW-C. A founding partner of The Chrysalis Group, Jude has devoted over 30 years to counseling and coaching adults and adolescents in creating and sustaining fulfilling and authentic lives. In a world that’s become increasingly complex, her mission is simple: to guide people who want to transform — in their work lives, in relationships, or within — bringing more of their best to every present moment. Jude particularly enjoys helping people discover ways to break out of limiting patterns that cause unnecessary pain. By aligning insight with action, her clients find concrete yet mindful ways to create personal freedom and lasting changes.

Jude is a licensed clinical social worker and is certified in EMDR, the Enneagram system of personality types, Hogan Assessments, and in Cultural Transformational Tools®. Jude is a member of the International Coaching Federation and Greater Washington Clinical Social Work Society. She earned a BA and a BS from George Mason University, and a graduate degree from The Catholic University of America, where she was a part-time faculty member at the NCSSS graduate program.

For biographical information regarding Jude Setian Marston’s Business Transformation work, click here.

To reach Jude: (301) 943-3029

Judy Wendkos Liss - Chrysalis Group

Judy Wendkos Liss, LCSW-C is a managing partner at The Chrysalis Group. She provides individual psychotherapy to tweens, adolescents, and adults. Clients seek her expertise with a variety of issues such as life transitions, depression, anxiety, anger management, social pressures and issues, and identity development. Judy’s clients appreciate her attentiveness to details and her warm and nurturing personality. She encourages a collaborative process in therapy to identify the stressors and behaviors that cause distress in her clients’ lives. Drawing on their personal strengths, clients learn to creatively solve problems and build successful and supportive relationships.

Judy has special expertise in counseling children and adolescents coping with food allergies and Celiac Disease. She uses her vast clinical and personal experience to provide therapy not only to youth coping with food allergies and Celiac but also to many parents seeking a therapist who understands the stresses and nuances of raising a child with food allergies and/or Celiac Disease.

In addition, she is the lead clinician for the Chrysalis “Preparing to Launch” program, which is for students and their families as they navigate through the senior year of high school and beyond.

Judy earned her MSW in 2002 from the Smith College School for Social Work and has participated in extensive post-graduate training. She has worked in a wide variety of settings including schools, residential treatment facilities, and community mental health centers. Judy graduated with honors from Washington University in St. Louis in 1997 where she majored in Spanish and International Studies. She is a member of the Greater Washington Clinical Social Work Society and the Clinical Social Work Association.

To reach Judy: (703) 967-7575

Nidhi Sampath - Chrysalis Group

Nidhi Sampath, LCPC has been providing psychotherapy to adults, adolescents, and families for over 7 years. She sees her role as a therapist as an opportunity to help individuals find personal fulfillment by living authentically through self reflection and self understanding. Clients appreciate her kind personality and her ability to create a supportive and empowering therapeutic environment.

Nidhi specializes in working with addiction and recovery. She provides a safe and nurturing environment for clients to explore unhealthy patterns of coping, while reflecting on how substances have affected their relationships and sense of inner strength. Nidhi has the ability to support her clients while simultaneously challenging their patterns in order to help them strive toward a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle./

Clients seek Nidhi’s expertise in learning healthy coping skills to manage stressors, gaining support through life transitions, and creatively identifying ways to strengthen relationships. She especially enjoys working with adolescents and families going through conflict. Nidhi uses strength-based interventions and tailors treatment based on each family’s unique qualities.

Nidhi spent several years working in New York City’s mental health system, providing individual and group psychotherapy, addiction treatment, and family counseling. She has a diverse background having worked in schools, hospitals, homes, and treatment centers. She earned her BA in Psychology from the University of Maryland in College Park, and her MA in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness from New York University.

To reach Nidhi: (301) 652-1582

Denise Katz Chrysalis Group

Denise Katz, LCSW-C is a clinical therapist with over 24 years of experience. During the course of her professional career, Denise has worked extensively in community mental health, leading initiatives to ensure high-quality care when addressing the multiple challenges people face. She is passionate about helping her clients move forward and guiding them through the processing of past experiences that have negatively affected their lives. Clients appreciate her active listening style, pragmatic insights, and ability to empathize with a broad range of lived experiences.

Denise works with a wide variety of tween, teen and adult clients and specializes in trauma, individual, and group therapy. She is trained in EMDR, an integrative psychotherapy approach that is known to accelerate the recovery process and relieve psychological stress. Denise earned a BA in Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Masters in Social Work, with a concentration in clinical therapy, from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. She looks forward to working with you.

To reach Denise: (301) 385-0195

Phyllis Fagell - Chrysalis Group

Phyllis L. Fagell, LCPC, NCC is a licensed clinical professional counselor and a nationally certified school counselor. She has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in both the private practice and school setting. Phyllis is deeply dedicated to helping her clients gain self-awareness, sound problem-solving skills, a sense of resiliency, and a positive self-concept. Her approach is warm, caring, collaborative, and respectful.

In addition to her work with clients at the Chrysalis Group Inc., Phyllis is also the school counselor at the Sheridan School, an independent K-12 school in Washington, D.C. Prior to her work at Sheridan, Phyllis worked for Montgomery County Public Schools as a K-12 school counselor. She has a special interest in teaching mindfulness, instilling a growth mindset, and tackling school-related anxiety. She has conducted group therapy in a variety of areas, including divorce, friendship, and stress management. Phyllis also writes regularly about parenting, counseling, and education for The Washington Post.

Phyllis earned her BA cum laude from Dartmouth College, her MSJ from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, and her MS from Johns Hopkins University.

To reach Phyllis: (301) 213-3997

Kim Brams - Chrysalis Group

Kimberley H. Brams, LCSW-C, LICSW, is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia specializing in the treatment of adolescents and adults utilizing individual, group, and family therapy. Kim uses a holistic, integrative approach to counseling that includes but is not limited to the treatment of:

  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Parenting and Family Concerns
  • Grief, Crisis Intervention/Emergency Response
  • Transition/Adjustment, Work/Life Challenges
  • Addiction, ADHD/ADD, Teen/Peers/School
  • Geriatric Care Planning, Health/Advocacy

Kim ensures that clients feel understood, secure, and supported as they take risks beyond their comfort zone to address the challenges getting in their way.

Kim obtained her MSW from the University of Maryland School of Social Work in Baltimore in 1991. In addition, Kim attained a clinical sub-specialization in Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) as part of her Master’s Degree. This program is internationally recognized as the largest clinical graduate social work program in the world, preparing social workers in the prevention of psychosocial dysfunction of individuals in the workplace.

Throughout over 27 years of experience, Kim trained and worked in and across a variety of settings including: federal government, in-patient psychiatric hospitals, day treatment programs, partial hospitalization programs, schools, and aftercare settings. Kim keeps informed of current techniques, theory and research in order to best serve and deliver the most culturally competent clinical services.

To reach Kim: (202) 390-1866

Named for the miracle of biological metamorphosis, The Chrysalis Group extends that concept to the growth and development of individuals, couples and families. Decades of clinical training and experience have prepared us to help you meet difficult challenges, embrace life-changing transformation, and expand your ideas about what is possible.

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