With more than 20 years experience I have had the privilege of watching people learn and grow in their life journeys. Psychotherapy offers a safe and healing environment in order to facilitate change and problem solving. I believe that my job is to listen to your story and to serve as an interactive guide in the process of change. You will learn a number of excellent tools to help you better communicate with yourself and others. Drawing from several modalities and techniques I encourage you to find your own voice and evolve into who you want to be.
On Groups: I am convinced that if we wish to construct any societal changes we must start at the individual and small group level. Groups are an excellent place to learn how to find your own blind spots, discover that you really are courageous and that each of us matters.
Aristotle's concept entelechy: a certain state of being in which a thing was actively working to be itself; the Latin translation denotes a force propelling one to self-fulfillment. I am like a potter at the wheel forming clay into a vessel not knowing how it will be filled.
Call or Email Grace C Riddell for a free phone consultation now - (301) 744-8923 x2


  • Years in Practice: 20+ Years
  • School: Catholic University of America
  • Year Graduated: 1985
  • License No. and State: LC301378 District of Columbia


  • Avg Cost (per session): $140+
  • Sliding Scale: Yes
  • Accepted Payment Methods: American Express, Cash, Check, Mastercard, Visa

Accepted Insurance Plans
  • Out of Network

Additional Credentials

  • License No. and State: 05523 State of Maryland

Grace C Riddell's Groups

It''s All About Change

"Who are you?"said the Caterpillar..."I hardly know, Sir, just at present," Alice replied rather shyly, "at least I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I think I must have changed several times since then." Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Like Alice we may be doubtful when facing career or relationship changes. Without the interior work of transition, change is just a rearrangement of the furniture. This group provides a safe place to explore the stages of transition: letting go, inner reflection during the in-between zone and a new beginning.

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A Group for Women: Becoming Yourself

This group offers a safe place to examine core issues of codependency. When you have a good relationship with yourself, you can have healthy intimate relationships. Based on Pia Mellody's model of Codependence we explore: Boundaries Self Esteem Dependency Perfectionism Moderation Need and Wants This group provides encouragement for over functioning women who are finding their voices and ready for change. Please call if you have further questions. This group offers a safe and healing environment to promote emotional support, utilize constructive feedback and learn new ways of communicating with others.

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LGBT Group for Adults

This psychotherapy group offers a safe place to connect and explore: *Affirmation not Alienation *Coming Out of Marriage *Parenting *Finding Intimate Relationships * Living Two Lives * LGB Resources in Suburbia *Stages of Coming Out *Societal and Internalized Homophobia

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  • Mood Disorders
  • Relationship Issues
  • Anxiety


  • Addiction
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Drug Abuse
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Internet Addiction
  • Life Coaching
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Parenting
  • Self Esteem
  • Sex Therapy
  • Sexual Addiction
  • Spirituality
  • Substance Abuse
  • Womens Issues, Codependence, Love Addict

Mental Health

  • Elderly Persons Disorders


  • Bisexual Issues
  • Gay Issues
  • Lesbian Issues

Client Focus


  • Adults
  • Elders (65+)


  • Bisexual Clients
  • Gay Clients
  • Lesbian Clients
  • Transsexual Clients

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation

  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • EMDR
  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Family / Marital
  • Interpersonal
  • Mindfulness-based (MBCT)
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational
  • Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
  • The Meadows Codependence Model
  • Transpersonal


  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Group
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2015
Grace C Riddell, LICSW, LCSW-C, MEd, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Washington

Grace C Riddell

Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LCSW-C, MEd