I've met with many clients who have shared they don't feel really heard or understood by others. As a result-they feel lonely, isolated, and hopeless. I believe that to feel a sense of personal wellness we must also feel heard & connected!
Finding and connecting with a 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. This space is a 'judgement-free zone'. I want to create an atmosphere in relationship to my clients in which they can share those things which might feel 'unspeakable'. It has been my experience that those are the things that need saying.
I have a well-seasoned 17+ 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 life experience, clinical expertise, and therapeutic skill.
My trauma-informed approach may be considered integrative, as I will often utilize techniques from: CBT, DBT, IFS, Positive Communication Skill Building, Anger Management, and Art Therapy. I must also add here that I try to incorporate humor, when appropriate. Let's call this 'chuckle healing'.
Currently I am accepting individual adult clients 18+. I see a wide variety of clients seeking treatment for depression, anxiety, adjustment concerns, and more. Additionally, I welcome those who identify as LGBTQIA2S+, or who are exploring/questioning.
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.
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Family conflicts, Grief, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, Abandonment, Attachment Issues, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Divorce and Separation, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Narcissism, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Gottman Method, Mindfulness Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems
IL LCPC 180.007674
Joan is a very intuitive, creative, compassionate therapist ~ she has been so helpful and supportive. I highly recommend her!
Written on Oct 10, 2023 after therapy with Joan for 4 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, eating disorders, parenting issues, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd
Joan is thoughftul and supportive. I feel like she really listened to me and communicated to me on my level while taking my concerns seriously. Talking with Joan is an amazing experience.
Written on Sep 29, 2023 after therapy with Joan for 1 month on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, and coping with life changes
Joan was very approaching and understanding given that my ethnic background can differ from others, she was able to help me thru a lot of issues and also gave me great tools to apply into my daily life so I won't fall back into my depression.
Written on Aug 22, 2023 after therapy with Joan for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and compassion fatigue
Joan and I have only spoken twice so far, but we have already began heading down the right path to my mental health. Looking forward to future sessions!
Written on Dec 06, 2022 after therapy with Joan for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, parenting issues, and self esteem
I am so glad that I found Joan on BetterHelp. She is a kind, caring and compassionate guide as I continue to navigate early trauma and how it has impacted my life. I truly want to live a life where I am my top priority and she is helping me get there, my future is brighter with her as my guide.
Written on Sep 06, 2022 after therapy with Joan for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd
Joan is a great therapist and really cares for her clients but, if want consistency in meeting every week, she may not be the therapist for you.
Written on Jun 17, 2022 after therapy with Joan for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, and self esteem