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Center for Renewal: Grief Counseling & Psychotherapy

Joan E. Pedersen, MA, ThM, LCSW-C

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"Tell me what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"    
                                                                                                                                                 --Mary Oliver    

Offering a holistic (body-mind) approach to psychotherapy, I have been accompanying and supporting adults and couples for over 25 years, as they discover, accept and build upon their strengths to live the fullest life possible.   

With advanced degrees in clinical social work from the University of Michigan and grief/spiritual counseling from Fordham University, I have been privileged to treat adults in various mental health settings in both Maryland and Washington, DC, including CPC/Chestnut Hill, Family Services/Sheppard Pratt and the Washington Hospital Center.  

I gained valued first-hand knowledge in geriatrics; parental care-giving; palliative and hospice care; grief/loss; and end-of-life issues during my time at a long-term care facility. These opportunities led to my serving as a consultant for a local hospice group while also providing Elder Consultation for families and caregivers. (I enjoy helping people age with grace.)   


Having worked in the corporate world in New York City as well as having served for two years as a volunteer in Appalachia, I bring a variety of lived experiences to my practice. I welcome working with culturally-diverse adults as well as the gay/lesbian population and their families.


Additionally, I successfully treat families coping with chronically mentally ill or terminally ill relatives.


With post-graduate training in psychodynamic psychotherapy from Georgetown University and advanced training from the Center for Healing and Imagery in Guided Imagery and Mindfulness, I address myriad emotional and psychological issues in long and short-term therapy.


My therapeutic style is interactive, honest, open, often humorous and empathetic, as I am deeply aware that engaging in therapy takes courage and a true investment of time, money and energy. (I see the process as a conversation about how to help you fulfill your life goals.) 


Please know that I have the deepest respect for, and truly learn from, the people I work with as they grapple with the tough challenges of getting unstuck in their lives and making hopeful changes, as I myself have.     



Ready to reach out for help?
To schedule an appointment or
for a free phone consultation, please give me a call at 301.527.1382.
My office, in the Russell Office Park, is conveniently located near I-270 and
the Rockville Pike (355).
Safe & Free Parking
My hours are by appointment only.
I accept payment in cash or check.
I look forward to our work together.  
I enjoy my work with adults, including seniors.
I offer individual and couples psychotherapy as well as bereavement & life transitions counseling.
Typically I see clients at least once a week for a 45-50 minute session, but it's quite common for people to request more frequent appointments, which can further the therapeutic work.
I accept BC/BS (PPO); otherwise I can provide the necessary paperwork required for out-of-network insurance reimbursement (a benefit most people have).  On occasion, I offer a sliding-scale option since I believe everyone should have the opportunity to benefit from therapy.   



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