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Julie Derby LCSW-C


As a licensed clinical social worker I have been helping clients in the DC metropolitan area for over a decade. My practice focuses on treating young adults and adults suffering with anxiety, depression, body image and low self-esteem. I help individuals, parents, families and groups identify problems and concerns, develop insight, understanding, and compassion for themselves and others. I want each client to recognize their own strengths and the positive aspects of their lives, while developing new coping skills and discovering new ways to lead a meaningful and fulfilling life.

My philosophy is that everyone is capable and deserving of having a more fulfilling life. I will work collaboratively with you to help you better manage your negative emotions such as worry, fear, sadness or shame. I treat each client as an individual, working together to create goals and treatment plans that speak to your personal needs . This process is about you.



Clinical Experience

Masters Degree in Social Work - Catholic University, Washington, DC

BA in English - University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Individual, Group and Family Therapist -

Metropolitan Counseling Associates, Bethesda, MD

Individual, Group and Family Therapist -

Ascend Intensive Outpatient Program, Metropolitan Counseling Associates, Bethesda, MD

Individual and Group Therapist working with adolescents and young adults on the Autism Spectrum -

Kennedy Krieger Institute, Rockville, MD

Individual, Group and Family Therapist working with eating disorders in Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Programs -

The Renfrew Center, Bethesda, MD 

Individual, Group and Family Therapist working with incarcerated young adult men and recently hospitalized adolescents -

Adventist Behavioral Health, Rockville, MD

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In my years working in the DC metro area, I have built collaborative relationships with a spectrum of providers including psychiatrists, nutritionists and executive functioning coaches. I am excited at the prospect of sharing my knowledge and experience as you enter into this rewarding journey.

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