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Joan Avedisian, LCSW
I believe that change is possible for anyone, especially for those seeking treatment. It is a strength to ask for help.

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Joan Avedisian, LCSW


Licensed In



Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), Motivational interviewing (MI)

Therapy Style

I believe that change is possible for anyone, especially for those seeking treatment. It is a strength to ask for help. And I believe that before entering treatment, clients are doing the best they can but, for lack of resources, find themselves missing out.

A critical starting point in treatment is to listen, carefully, to a client’s story - what the client identifies as pressing concerns and what they hope to get out of treatment. From there, we begin the journey. My aim is to partner with clients to enhance internal and external resources. My role is to guide and support them on the road to change. In this process, I draw from broad experience and training, diagnostic skills honed by longstanding work with individuals struggling with a wide range of emotional difficulties. The process develops a clear plan and a clear destination.

Beyond my graduate school training in clinical social work, I have received extensive training in proven effective treatment methods for mood disorders and substance use. These include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), mindfulness-based treatment practices, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), relapse prevention, motivational enhancement, a unified protocol for transdiagnostic treatment of emotional disorders (UP). My commitment to expanding my knowledge base leads me to examine the latest research for improved methods of treatment on an ongoing basis.


MSW - Social Work, New York University

License Number and State

NY 053431



What are your interests outside of work?

Cooking, dining out, reading, movie-going, and socializing

What is one thing you do daily that supports your mental and emotional well-being?

Meditation, exercising, connecting with family and friends, cooking

Favorite organization/non-profit?

Physicians for Human Rights - through no fault of their own, huge swaths of humankind are deprived of basic human rights. This organization contributes greatly to providing a safe haven to individuals who otherwise find themselves bereft. And Innocence Project, they help people gain the freedom they deserve and sets the world straight.