I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) with a Master of Social Work degree from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. I have over 30 years experience in the areas of post-traumatic stress, life transitions such as recovery from divorce, life after retirement or the management of health challenges and a specialty in empowering domestic violence survivors.
I believe that I am a partner and guide to help others achieve stability, personal growth and inner peace. I consider it a privilege when someone shares a personal life story with me, and I respect the courage it takes to do that. I will help to identify strengths and to build confidence, as well as lead to resources which will give tools for a fulfilling life.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Depression, Compassion fatigue, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Blended Family Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Domestic Violence, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, First Responder Issues, Guilt and Shame, Isolation/Loneliness, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Post-traumatic Stress, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues
Clinical approaches: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
AL LICSW 1745C
I've been working with Joan for several months now and look forward to our sessions. As a therapist myself, I feel I have a at least some knowledge of "what's out there" and couldn't imagine why I would change. She asks sometimes tough questions that lead me to the work I need to do, and I greatly appreciate that.
Written on Dec 01, 2022 after therapy with Joan for 10 months on issues concerning coping with life changes
Joan is very attentive and perceptive of my thought process, even when I don't really know it myself. With all the conflicting emotions and ideas running around in my head, its wonderful to find someone who can help me gain clarity.
Written on Nov 08, 2022 after therapy with Joan for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes
Joan is attentive, intuitive, thoughtful and wise. She’s helped me tremendously in my grieving process. I look forward to our sessions and I’m grateful for her care.
Written on Jan 29, 2022 after therapy with Joan for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, and coping with life changes
Joan has been understanding and I believe wants to solve the complexity of my concerns.
Time will tell.
Written on Jan 25, 2022 after therapy with Joan for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and coping with life changes
I enjoyed talking with Joan. She was patient, kind, and understanding. She really listened to me and gave me advice and feedback that helped me.
Written on Dec 20, 2021 after therapy with Joan for 3 weeks on issues concerning trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related issues
Joan is very nice and I like her every one has got to get familiar with each other but I’m happy with Joan and look forward to getting to know her better
Written on Dec 10, 2021 after therapy with Joan for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, self esteem, relationship issues, and coping with life changes