Chrysalis Therapists

Joanne Irving - Chrysalis Group

Joanne Irving, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and cofounder of The Chrysalis Group Inc. Over the past two decades, Joanne has had a thriving private practice where she helps people go after what they really want out of life. Joanne is especially enthusiastic about her work with couples, helping them develop and maintain a passionate best friendship with each other.

Joanne received her PhD in clinical psychology in 1983 and has worked in a variety of settings including: a residential treatment center for adolescents, a county heath department, a community psychiatric clinic, and since 1988, in a wonderful private practice filled with successful motivated clients who have taught her much over the years. She believes that the quality of our relationships with other people, especially with those with whom we are most intimately involved, is central to our entire experience of life. Joanne’s clients describe her as an intelligent, energetic therapist who listens intently and approaches their goals with respect, honesty, pragmatism, caring and sometimes, with humor.

Joanne is a certified Imago Relationship therapist, a graduate of MentorCoach and has post-doctoral training in Gestalt therapy, hypnosis, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and a variety of couples counseling methods. She is a member of the Maryland Psychological Association, the American Psychological Association, International Coaching Federation, and the Mid-Atlantic Association of Imago Therapists.

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To reach Joanne: (301) 943-3074

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.

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To reach Jude: (301) 943-3029

Judy Wendkos Liss - Chrysalis Group

Judy Wendkos Liss, LCSW-C 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 skills, 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.

In addition 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.

Judy is also the lead clinician for two programs at Chrysalis:

  • Preparing to Launch, for students and their families as they navigate through the senior year of high school and beyond.
  • The Operation Extinguish Program for juveniles involved in fire-related incidents and their families.

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. Judy is a member of the Greater Washington Clinical Social Work Society and is proficient in Spanish.

To reach Judy: (301) 652-1582

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

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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