Joan French


About Me

I've met with many clients who say they don't feel really listened to or understood by others. As a result they can feel lonely, isolated, misunderstood, and hopeless. I believe that to feel a sense of personal wellness we must also feel heard, connected, and hopeful!

Finding and connecting with a positive & affirming counselor is a valuable and courageous choice to move forward! It is important for me to create a space where my clients feel trusting and comfortable. Also, this space is a 'judgement-free zone'. This is to say I want to create an atmosphere in relationship to my clients in which they can share those things which might feel 'unspeakable'. Because, it has been my experience that it is those things that need saying.

I have a well-seasoned 16 years of experience working as a therapeutic counselor. I am thankful to be able to do this work! I consider myself to be a resourceful, creative, patient therapist with a robust combination of clinical expertise, therapeutic skill, and practical knowledge.

My approach may be considered integrative, as I will often utilize techniques from: CBT, Mindfulness and Relaxation Training, Wellness-based approach, Positive Communication Skill Building, Anger Management, Art Therapy, Expressive Therapy, & Family Systems. I must also add here that I try to incorporate humor, when appropriate, as I am very funny. Let's call this 'chuckle healing'.

I received my Master of Arts Degree in Community Counseling from Governors State University, and I received an Art Therapy Certificate from Northwestern University.

I'd consider it an honor to be a part of your journey forward.


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Anger management
  • Self esteem
  • Depression

I also have experience in LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LCPC #180.007674 (Expires: 2021-03-31)


Written by J.E. on Oct 07, 2019 after counseling with Joan for 1 year and 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and trauma and abuse

Joan helped me immensely following the breakup with my fiancé. I really like Joan a lot. She’s kind, compassionate, and funny. There were times where I’d start a session feeling extremely depressed, and somehow this woman always made me feel special and beautiful upon session termination. She also did a wonderful job identifying and addressing other stressers /concerns in my life. The homework she assigns is awesome! I still journal to this day.

Written by C.H. on Sep 13, 2019 after counseling with Joan for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Joan is kind, patient and personable and truly listens.

Written by N.I. on Aug 28, 2019 after counseling with Joan for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues

Joan has been such a great support during my time in need. I find our weekly sessions incredibly helpful! Always end up with a feeling of relief.

Written by R.O. on Aug 15, 2019 after counseling with Joan for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Joan was absolutely wonderful. She was attentive and thoughtful, offering good insight into the topics I brought up. My time with her was short but productive!

Written by L.I. on Aug 09, 2019 after counseling with Joan for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Joan is so supportive and caring. She makes me feel important and listened to. I never feel judged or uncomfortable. She is so sweet and very encouraging.

Written by J.A. on Nov 16, 2018 after counseling with Joan for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, anger management, and career difficulties

Joan takes time to process all my concerns and it really shows she is listening and taking into account all aspects of my troubles, she is very calming and willing to help and supportive of my counseling goals.

Written by D.A. on Oct 12, 2018 after counseling with Joan for 4 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

I really enjoy the sessions with Joan. She is kind, funny and really listens to the problems you have and offers great perspective.

Written by J.I. on Oct 08, 2018 after counseling with Joan for 5 months on issues concerning family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and anger management

It can be tough to find the right counselor and I was really lucky to get Joan. We clicked immediately. She is very empathetic and intuitive and patient and uses a wide variety of tools and materials and articles to help give you perspective. I came to her with a long-standing problem I've had in my life, dealing with intrusive bitter memories stemming from childhood emotional trauma that have been hurting the quality of my life for a long time. She quickly recommended techniques that really helped me get to the core wound and start to heal it. I was really stuck and she helped me make real progress with creative solutions. She is also just a wonderful, kindhearted person and a dream to work with. I can't recommend her highly enough.

Written by H.O. on Jul 22, 2018 after counseling with Joan for 1 week on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and grief

Joan French is amazing! She is really nice and kind. I love how she uses different techniques to help you, for instance art therapy. Art therapy has been helping me heal from the traumatic event that I have been through, and also helping me express how and what I am feeling! She also makes you feel comfortable to talk to her. And she also give you good feedback and will explain something to you if you don’t understand. And one last thing, if you do the homework assignment as she calls them; you will get more out of therapy. Your not just talking to her, but also do activities that will help you heal, and or move past what your going though.