"People start to heal the moment they feel heard."

-Cheryl Richardson

Joanna Townsend, LCSW-C, LICSW, CHHC

Therapist at Bethesda Counseling Services

Therapy is about developing insight, learning more adaptive thoughts and behaviors, and healthier ways to approach challenges. I work collaboratively and empathically with you make connections between your emotions, thoughts, and experiences, remove barriers that are no longer serving you, and regain control over your life. Much like healing, change is not always linear. So the process of therapy involves working together to bring awareness not only to the hardships and struggles that led you to therapy, but the inherent strengths and capabilities that will guide you through it too.


I work with clients from childhood through adulthood with a wide range of presenting concerns. I specialize in helping young adults and adults through life transitions, unfulfilling relationship patterns, managing stress, healing eating issues and body image challenges, taking the power away from anxiety and depression, and feeling good enough.

I prioritize the open and trusting relationship between therapist and client, and believe that clients are truly the experts of their lives. So I seek to ensure that therapy is a warm, nurturing, safe, and non-judgmental environment from which you can feel understood, be heard authentically, and ultimately, experience personal growth.


When I am not in the therapy room, I enjoy cooking, engaging in yoga and mindfulness practices, hiking, camping, as well as traveling and immersing myself into beautiful cultures all over the world.

Joanna is currently only accepting adult clients for online therapy at this time


*Joanna works as an independent contractor at BCS

Clinical Degree: Licensed certified clinical social worker (LCSW-C), licensed independent clinical social worker (LICSW and a certified holistic health coach (CHHC)

Additional Trainings: Certificate in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Childhood Traumatic Grief

Availability: Joanna is not accepting new clients at this time

Call today at 240-225-0522

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