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Grace Riddell,



Specializing in: Individual, Couples & Group Counseling | Addictions & Recovery


   3000 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 137C   Washington, DC 20008

(Directly across from the National Zoo)

Metrorail: A 0.5 mile walk from either the Cleveland Park or Woodley Park metro stops. (Red Line)

Metrobus: Connecticut Avenue buses (See map for other locations)

   10027 Frederick Avenue, Kensington, MD  20895

(Handicap Access: Yes)


  Phone:  202.669.4379

  Fax:  301.942.2047




Licenses: District of Columbia and Maryland (Certified -Clinical)


Faculty Appointment:

  • The Washington School of Psychiatry where I teach, train and supervise students and advanced clinicians

  • George Washington University, Clinical Faculty, MFA, Psychiatry and Behavioral Services - 2015 to present.


  • Master of Social Work, Adult Mental Health Concentration, 1985 – Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

  • Master of Education (Adult and Higher Education), 1980 – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


  • George Washington University, Washington, DC, 1983-84

  • National Institute of Mental Health, NIH, Bethesda, MD, 1984-85

Post-graduate Training:

  • D.C. Institute of Mental Health, Washington, DC 1985-1988




  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Professional Intensive Training at the Meadows Treatment Program (Love Addiction & Co-dependence based on a Shame-Based Model)

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy / Brief Psychotherapy

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Level I & II

  • IMAGO Couples Counseling

  • Twelve Step Recovery Program–AA, Al-Anon, ACOA, SCA/SLAA, etc.

  • Certified Chemical Dependency Prevention Specialist–Smoking Cessation and Substance Abuse Relapse Prevention Programs

  • Sex Counseling in Couples Therapy–i.e., Rekindling Desire in a Low-Sex or No-Sex Relationship

  • Sexual Compulsivity

  • Advanced Group Psychotherapy

  • Dream Analysis - A Cognitive Model for Working with Dreams

  • Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners Approved Supervisor for Advanced Licensure




For over 20 years as a psychotherapist, I have had the privilege of watching people learn and grow in their life journeys.  In making the choice to come to therapy, you may have many questions:

Do you suffer from extreme feelings of guilt or anxiety? Are you using drugs or alcohol to cope with sadness, anger or stress?  Do you feel alone or helpless? Are you struggling with personal relationships? Most clients come to therapy at a time of crisis and pain.  I am here to help you.

When faced with life’s challenges, I will help you view this as a moment of opportunity to examine and understand the lessons, and often the blessings, offered to you.  Psychotherapy offers you a safe and healing environment in order to facilitate change and problem solving.

I believe that my job is to listen to your stories and to serve as your interactive guide in this process. By teaching you practical skills and offering powerful tools for change, I encourage you to find your own voice and evolve into who you want to be. Living authentically is the ultimate goal.


When you walk into my office, the magic begins. You make the choice to come to therapy; you choose to care for yourself. You may bring pain, heartache, guilt and anger with you. All are welcome. If you are struggling to find your way, let me help point you in the direction of your path.




My practice includes seeing individuals/couples and families with problems such as the following:

  • Codependency/Adult Children of Alcoholics/Al Anon – family of origin, inner child and intimacy issues

  • Sexuality/loss of desire/boundary and intimacy in relationships

  • Recovery from Substance Abuse (including tobacco)/ Sexual Compulsivity/Addiction

  • Advanced Group Psychotherapy

  • Coming Out/Sexual Identity Issues

  • Anxiety and Depression

  • Mourning/Grief

  • Caregiving Issues

  • Divorce/Separation/Transitions

  • Love Addiction/Love Avoider

  • Coming Out of Marriage

  • Gay Parenting Issues

  • Gay Couples Struggling with Sexual Compulsivity

In addition I offer Group Therapy on the following topics: (click on a link for more infomation)


  • "Queer Women's Group"- A cognitive behavioral and interpersonal psychotherapy group for women who love women.


  • "Take Care of Yourself: Escaping Co-dependence"- Join this diverse, mixed gender group designed to help you gain the tools needed to live a fulfilled life.  This group offers tips for learning to love yourself, understand how to practice empathy, exude authenticity, expand the ability to feel and express emotion, establish boundaries, build confidence and fulfill your needs and wants.

  • "Navigating Life Post-COVID: 'Turning the Corner' for Re-Entry"- Join this diverse, mixed gender group designed to help you gain the tools needed to live a fulfilled life.  This group offers tips for learning to love yourself, understand how to practice empathy, exude authenticity, expand the ability to feel and express emotion, establish boundaries, build confidence and fulfill your needs and wants.


   Click here to read my article The Power of Groups


Currently I am working towards a certification in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy at the Washington Baltimore Center for EFT. I have served on a panel of health care providers for the George Washington University LGBT Graduate Certificate Program. Also, I am a small group leader for other mental health group leaders for the local chapter of  the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA). I am an active member of the GLBT Special Interest group of the AGPA. I have conducted trainings for mental health providers and the general public on the following issues:

  • Straight Clinician/LGBT Client: Bridging the Gap

  • Substance Abuse and Out of Control Sexual Behavior

  • Couples Counseling for Gay Men with Sexual Compulsivity

  • LGBT Aging and Sexuality


Member, Capital Networking Group for Addictions specialists
Member, American Group Psychotherapy Association
Member, Mid-Atlantic Group Psychotherapy Association
Member, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Association for Social Workers
Member, National Association of Social Workers
Member, Greater Washington Society of Clinical Social Workers
Faculty, Washington School of Psychiatry




I offer a few different payment plans to make my services affordable, as well as to accommodate those who do not have, or do not wish to use their insurance. I accept checks, cash or credit/debit cards. Payment is expected at each visit unless other arrangements are made with me in advance. Each month I will submit electronically for those who wish to use their health insurance and you will be reimbursed by them. I offer a discount to group clients who pay every six weeks.  Click here for further information.




Monday through Friday, day and evening appointments.

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