JoAnne Epping-Jordan, Ph.D.

Tel: 206 329 5255 ext. 327
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Psychologist
Individual therapy
Adjustment to illness, injury, and cognitive deficits, Anxiety disorders, Chronic pain, Depression, Grief & loss, Life transitions, Obesity and weight management, Work and/or academic stress
Acceptance-based approach, Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Mindfulness-based approach
Adults, HIV+ populations, LGBTQ

Dr Epping-Jordan’s clinical practice focuses primarily on helping people improve their health and reduce the stress associated with having a chronic or life-threatening health condition. She sees people directly affected by physical health conditions such as cancer or chronic pain; and those who are struggling to make healthy lifestyle changes such as losing weight or sticking to a medical treatment plan. She also sees people dealing with the death of a loved one and family members of people who are ill, and she works with health-care professionals to help them build resilience for dealing with ever-increasing practice demands. More generally, she sees a wide range of people who want to learn how to cope more effectively with stress, anxiety, or professional burnout.

Dr Epping-Jordan’s therapeutic approach is focused and practical. She strives to provide treatment that has been scientifically validated for the presenting issue and the person’s goals. She draws from cognitive-behavioral and behavioral approaches, as well as mindfulness-based therapies, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). All of these approaches focus on the here-and-now and involve learning new skills for dealing with difficult thoughts and feelings or challenging situations. Dr Epping-Jordan tends to be quite active during sessions, and she frequently asks people to practice new skills between sessions. Her ultimate goal is to equip them with new insight, motivation, and skills that will enable them to manage their issues on their own.

Collaboration is at the heart of Dr Epping-Jordan’s approach. She views her work with clients as a partnership, in which she brings expertise about the treatment of various psychological issues, and clients bring expertise about their needs, preferences, and approaches that will work for them. She also believes it is important to collaborate with clients’ other health-care providers, especially when clients see her for a health-related issue.

Dr Epping-Jordan completed doctoral and post-doctoral training in clinical psychology, health psychology and behavioral medicine, and she is licensed to practice psychology in the State of Washington. She obtained a PhD in psychology from the University of Vermont, where she researched the psychological impact of cancer on patients and their families and worked directly with those affected by cancer. She also treated people with a wide range of anxiety and stress-related problems. Dr Epping-Jordan completed a clinical internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, where she received additional specialized training in health psychology, with a focus on the management of chronic pain.

After completing her post-doctoral training, Dr Epping-Jordan spent 10 years working at the World Health Organization’s (WHO) global headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. She coordinated WHO’s global program on improving health care for chronic conditions, and later served as a WHO senior adviser for Chronic Diseases and Health Promotion. She continues to be engaged with WHO on various projects and initiatives.

First Choice Health Network, Premera Blue Cross, Regence Blue Shield

If you have a different health insurance plan, you might be able to be reimbursed for some of your payments for services if your plan offers out-of-network benefits. Your insurance company can confirm important plan information, such as your out-of network deductible and co-insurance percentages for psychological services.