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Ida (Jo) Downey, LCMHC, LPC

Stress, Anxiety Relationships Trauma, Abuse Depression ADHD
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About me

I am dually Licensed Professional Counselor in North Carolina (#2391) and Virginia (#07011008258) and have over 20 plus years of clinical experience. My experience includes working with couples, families, and individuals on relationship issues, family conflict, trauma and abuse, addiction, depression and mood disorders, anxiety, and women’s issues.

Counseling is a process by which we work together to identify and work on any issues you bring to our sessions. My approach to counseling operates from a strength base approach to help you identify your strengths within yourself and develop self-awareness that will aid you to meet you goals through your active involvement as well as efforts to change your thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Sometimes change will be easy and swift, but more often it will be slow and deliberate; effort may need to be repeated. I’m here all the way to work collaboratively with you and help you reach your goals.

My therapeutic approach is eclectic typically blending “Gestalt Therapy” developed by Fritz Perls, “Cognitive Behavior Therapy” developed by Aaron Beck, “Reality Therapy” developed by William Glasser, “Motivational Interviewing” developed by William R. Miller and Stephen Rollnick, and “Strategic Family Therapy” developed by Jay Haley.

I look forward to working with you and exploring and building on the strengths you already have.

Professional experience

25yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Relationships Trauma, Abuse Depression ADHD

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, Attachment Issues, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Dependent Personality, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Dissociation, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fertility Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Mood Disorders, Narcissism, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Post-traumatic Stress, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Sex Addiction, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Existential Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Services offered

Live Chat

License information


VA LPC 0701008258


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Ida (Jo) Downey. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Jo is a generous listener and supports my journey. I have loved working with the her.

Written on Sep 07, 2022 after therapy with Ida (Jo) for 1 year and 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, parenting issues, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Jo is an excellent listener and has a calm and caring demeanor. She encouraged me to mediate and suggested books that were helpful for me and guided me on my therapy goals.

Written on May 20, 2021 after therapy with Ida (Jo) for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, parenting issues, and adhd