Joan E. Pedersen, LCSW-C, MA, ThM, Clinical Social Work in Gaithersburg, Maryland, 20879

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

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

Professions: Clinical Social Worker, Counselor, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Clinical Social Worker
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1-800-651-8085 ext. 00853
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933-D Russell Avenue
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20879
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Billing and Insurance

Fees: I charge $135.00 per session. I accept BC/BS (PPO) and provide the necessary paperwork for out-of-network reimbursement.

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If what you have been doing isn't working, it's time to do something different. My practice focuses on helping people create a healthy and emotionally fulfilling life.

I consider therapy a deep personal exploration where you learn more about the behaviors and patterns, which block you from being your best, most authentic self.

As both a grief counselor and psychotherapist, I enjoy accompanying adults as they address the ups and downs of life--its losses and challenging transitions (illness, death, miscarriage, separation/divorce, infertility, retirement, suicide, unemployment, aging with dignity, anticipatory grief or the death of a beloved pet). And I have a sincere desire in seeing people come out on the other side, where they find healing in their relationships, work and family.

With training in psychodynamic psychotherapy, guided imagery, spirituality and Mindfulness, I also bring a rich lived experience from having worked in the corporate world in New York City.

My style is collaborative, interactive, empathetic and curious (and occasionally humorous). Working together in a safe, welcoming, non-judging space and utilizing a holistic (body-mind) therapeutic approach helps you let go of your unproductive behaviors and attitudes as you create new, healthier ways of being and relating.

I have the deepest respect for, and learn from, my heartfelt clients as they grapple with the daily challenges that life throws our way. Invest in yourself and begin a conversation that can be transformative.

Email or Call Joan E. Pedersen, LCSW-C, MA, ThM at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 00853

What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist

Feel free to give me a call and I would be happy to answer any questions you might have about my practice and the process of therapy and learn more about the hardships that led you to consider therapy. Over the years I have felt so privileged to have journeyed with clients who found greater happiness and peace in their lives. I look forward to exploring the possibility of our working together.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Group Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Grief/loss/life transitions; GLBT

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Cancer
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Physical Abuse
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Suspiciousness / Paranoia
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Humanistic Psychology
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Transpersonal Psychotherapy

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