Joanne Comstock, PhD

Joanne Comstock

Joanne Comstock

Chevy Chase

Phone Number: (202) 449-3789 x703

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Joanne intentionally incorporates people’s openness to religion and spirituality into the counseling setting to promote the client’s psychological and emotional healing and flourishing. Joanne continues to be interested in the interconnection between positive psychology and spirituality, focusing on people’s strengths to promote growth and well being. She has worked with clients to address various issues including depression, anxiety, sexual abuse, eating disorders, grief, trauma, and relational or interpersonal problems. Joanne has completed training for Imago Relationship Therapy and uses this approach in her work with couples. She also enjoys working with clients with diverse faith traditions and/or cultural backgrounds.

Joanne has had varied experiences working as a pastoral counselor at a seminary, in a school setting, and as a psychotherapist in a psychiatric hospital before joining The Imago Center. In addition to working with adults, she has worked with children, adolescents, and families addressing issues related to childhood trauma, school problems, attachment, grief, and transitional events including divorce and the blending of families.

Prior to beginning clinical work, Joanne was a teacher and school administrator in both public and private schools. She holds a M.Ed. from the University of Virginia, a Master’s in Theology from Wesley Theological Seminary, and a MS in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola College of Maryland. She has also completed the Ph.D. program at Loyola College of Maryland. Joanne is a member of ACA and AAPC. She is licensed both in Maryland (LCPC) and nationally (NCC) and works in the Bethesda office.

Joanne is also an affiliate faculty member at Loyola College in Maryland, teaching in the pastoral counseling department’s graduate program.

Recent Posts

  • Looking to Alternatives in Pain Management - Someone very dear to me lives with pain that has become the defining factor in her life. It is difficult, most certainly for her, but also for those who love her. This is an issue that affects families and relationships and it is often not talked about. It is also … Continue reading
  • The Joys of Being a Grandmother - No one ever tells you how much your heart will swell upon becoming a grandmother. Research studies have determined that women who have grandchildren geographically close by, and are involved in their lives, live longer. It is no surprise to me. But the benefits go both ways in this relationship. … Continue reading
  • Changes in Relationships - In a recent article about changes in relationship By Sara Polanchek and Sidney Shaw (Counseling Today, December 2015 – Ten intimate relationship research findings every counselor should know) I was slightly surprised by some statistics.  For example, cohabitation before marriage was reported as 60% today as compared to 5% in 1960. … Continue reading
  • What Has Love Got to Do with It??? - What Has Love got to do with it???             So what do we really know about the benefits of marriage, love and/or a committed relationship? Where are the arguments for a stable relationship? One argument that we might not think about too often is better health. Not surprisingly, there are … Continue reading
  • Seven Days of Thanksgiving: We are the branches bound together - Giving thanks can be a complicated process. We often don’t appreciate what we have until we lose it. Loss opens our eyes to what we truly value and whom we truly depend on. Growing up Thanksgiving was filled with noisy children, warm moments and the good scents coming from my … Continue reading

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