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Center for Renewal: Grief Counseling & Psychotherapy

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

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A Place for Renewal
I can help you cope with....
  • Creating a healthy/balanced/meaningful life
  • Grief/Loss: death of a loved one, infertility, suicide, unemployment, miscarriage,
    abortion, anticipatory grief, end of a relationship, independence, hopes & dreams
  • Life Transitions: major illness, retirement, disability, separation/divorce, empty-nesting, care-giving for elderly parents, aging with dignity, end-of-life issues
  • Spiritual healing & growth
  • The passing of a favorite pet 
  • Chronically or mentally ill relatives 
  • Elderly loved ones.  I provide Elder Consultation--helping families and caregivers strategize and implement appropriate options and resources for aging relatives. 




Since these are my areas of expertise and personal interest, and I would welcome the opportunity to help you understand how they get in the way of your happiness.  As the special relationship between a client and therapist sets the stage for healing and growth, I feel privileged being a part of your journey to wholeness. 




Greater Washington Society for Clinical

Social Workers

Maryland Mental Health Association

Association of the Mentally Ill

Association for Pet Loss Bereavement

Delta Society


Montgomery County Womens Business Owners

Licensed in Maryland

Licensed in the District of Columbia      



"And if the world has ceased to hear you,


say to the silent Earth: I flow.


To the rushing water, speak I am." 

                                                       --Rainer Maria Rilke