Jennifer Pauk, Therapist in Washington DC — Zencare
Jennifer  Pauk
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Jennifer Pauk

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Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical, LCSW-C
Washington DC, Maryland Accepting Online
Updated July 12, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Chronic pain
  • Depression
  • College & graduate student mental health
  • Loss, grief, and bereavement
  • Pregnancy, perinatal, postpartum mental health

Professional statement

Jennifer Pauk is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Washington, D.C. and Maryland. Jennifer works with adults and adolescents 14+. Many of them say that worrying, irritability, feeling anxious in social settings, sadness and stress affect their work, school or relationships. They may be perfectionists, criticize themselves, self-harm, or use food or alcohol to feel better. They do not feel ‘like themselves’.

Jennifer addresses depression, anxiety, stress, loss, and trauma. She serves professionals, high school and college students, and perinatal women. She has a special interest in addressing chronic pain, adjusting to chronic health problems, and assessing problematic alcohol use.

Jennifer’s style is collaborative and curious. She highly values diversity and strives to approach each person honoring their culture and identity. She seeks to understand deeply, and at times uses humor to highlight the common human experiences. Jennifer is trained in evidence-based approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Cognitive Processing. At a first session, Jennifer asks a client to tell their life story, which many say is a new experience. Once goals are identied, Jennifer includes insight-oriented and skills based methods, and asks clients to practice new skills each week.

Jennifer Pauk received her MSW and MPH from the University of North Carolina and her BA from Brown University. Her experience includes working in 20+ years as a clinician, manager and supervisor at community health centers, high school-based wellness centers and community mental health organization. She has worked with clients diverse in age, income, educational and professional background.

When not working Jennifer gardens, hikes, bikes and throws pottery. She is a Single Mother By Choice and has a biological daughter and a foster child at home.


Message to clients

Therapy is a way to hear yourself. You may laugh, you may cry. I'm here to actively listen, reflect back what I hear and guide you to deeper self-understanding. I will share information and tools that you can use to accept yourself, make decisions about what you'd like to change, and achieve your goals.

I think we've all got a brave face we put on for the world, or a space inside we cram things into and shut the door - it takes energy to do that every day - and that's doable much of the time. But during therapy I invite you to take off the mask or open the door and see what happens, and what it might be to use your energy in a different way.

We’ll explore the 'how' and the 'why' to tackle problems - and figure out what works for you. I believe that feelings and thoughts usually don't go away, but we can learn to experience them differently. I also believe it's super important to learn be as nice to ourselves as we are to others -- surprisingly difficult! When we succeed at this, our approach to relationships, ourselves and our future can really open up!

I hope that I'll hear from you and have the opportunity to get to know you!


Specialties

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Chronic pain - Managing the biological, psychological, and emotional aspects of pain

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

College & graduate student mental health - Specialized strategies for common issues of young adulthood, including school and career stressors, support around healthy relationships, existential concerns, drug or alcohol issues, eating disorders, and anxiety and/or depression.

Loss, grief, and bereavement - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance

Pregnancy, perinatal, postpartum mental health - Addressing issues specific to women and families during the pregnancy and postpartum period, including postpartum depression and anxiety




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

Jennifer Pauk is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $175 (55min)
  • Sliding scale: $125 - $175

Location(s)

Online Sessions (Washington DC)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Tue 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Wed 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Thu 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Fri 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (Maryland)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Tue 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Wed 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Thu 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Fri 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 26 years

Acorn Counseling & Consulting LLC, Therapist, 2022 - Present
Unity Health Care, Director of Behavioral Health, 2019 - 2021
Cornerstone Montgomery Community Mental Health, Director of Integrated Services, 2018 - 2019
Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County, Director of Integrated Health Programs, 2008 - 2018
Prince George's County School Based Wellness Program, Director Mental Health Services and Therapist, 2003 - 2007
Unity Health Care, Therapist/Social Worker, 1999 - 2003
UN/OAS Mission in Haiti, Human Rights Observer, 1992 - 1992
Peace Corps, Peace Corps Volunteer Mali, 1989 - 1991

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Social Work, MSW, 1996
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Public Health, Maternal and Child Health, MPH, 1996
Brown University, BA, 1989


Licensure

Washington DC: 3000760

Maryland: 12134


Languages

English