“These mountains that you are carrying, you were only supposed to climb”. – Najwa Zebian
Hello & thank you for visiting my profile!
First, I want to acknowledge your decision to seek counseling at this point in your life- good for you. So often we rush to help or take care of others, while minimizing or just simply ignoring our own needs. This is a great step in self-care, and so I’ll share some of my beliefs and background to assist in your search for a counselor.
My counseling philosophy is dynamic but is rooted in client-centered therapy. Essentially, I believe that the therapeutic relationship is foundational in order for effective counseling to occur. Elements like acceptance, openness, positive regard, and trust, all come together to create a space where you feel comfortable and confident to unpack whatever it is you need to, and to hopefully generate the insight for whatever change you seek. I also believe that you are the expert on your life, and so I consider the therapeutic relationship to be a partnership. I also believe that you are unique and complex, and this translates into my using an integrative approach to therapy. An integrative approach allows me to use different counseling techniques to meet you where you are, to tailor therapy to your unique needs and enables us to develop creative solutions vs. limiting us to a one size (or therapy) fits all model.
Moreover, I am a licensed professional counselor (LPC) with over 7 years of experience working with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, trauma, grief, family conflicts, and relationship conflicts. Moreover, I’ve worked with adjustment issues or emotional distress related to life transitions, such as break-ups, divorce, and career changes. I’ve also provided support for clients who were simply seeking greater self-understanding and personal growth. Whatever it is that you are seeking, be it relief from emotional/ mental distress, insight, or support, I am ready, willing, and able to help.
Again, thank you for reading my profile & good luck on your search!
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue
HI LMHC MHC-947
Jo has helped me grow tremendously in the past two years. I went through several life transitions (school, work, moving, relationship breakup) and she gave me the skills and confidence to challenge irrational thoughts and address my inner critical voice. The worksheets and homework prompts gave me a chance to unpack my thoughts before each session. Jo helped me identify ways to set boundaries and hold myself accountable. I feel more confident in my ability to maintain healthier relationships with my friends, family, coworkers, and myself. Thank you Jo!
Written on Apr 21, 2023 after therapy with Joanika for 1 year and 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and compassion fatigue
Jo is personable, honest, retrospective, and empathetic. She learns her clients deeply. She uses that bond to build corrective (Rational Emotive), or validating interjections. She supportively ushers your thinking with well placed and intentioned nudges in perspective.
Written on Feb 19, 2023 after therapy with Joanika for 3 years and 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes
I’m so happy that I start back taking my mental health seriously. Joanika has been amazing and helped me in more ways than she will ever know. Highly recommend her.
Written on Feb 16, 2022 after therapy with Joanika for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue
Her ability to adapt her communication style to meet my needs has been impressive. She seems to adapt quickly and seamlessly to maintain a level of comfort and safety while challenging me to make real changes and reflections.
Written on Oct 25, 2021 after therapy with Joanika for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and anger management
Joanika is an excellent counselor. She listens carefully and is able to discern what I'm going through even if I dont express myself well. Her responses are on point and very helpful to me. I truly appreciate her expertise.
Written on Nov 30, 2020 after therapy with Joanika for 1 year and 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and family conflicts
Great listener. Amazing
Written on Sep 05, 2020 after therapy with Joanika for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes