“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!
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Trauma and abuse
- Self esteem
I also have experience in LGBT, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue
LPC #5364 (Expires: 2021-06-01)
Counselor really listens and her schedule is really flexible.
It's only been two sessions but she's told me something that I hadn't heard before. "I'm strong"... I have never had that before. I always thought I was a coward for not dying or ending my life. But to hear that I was strong instead of the old "all fire and no smoke" I usually get made me cry.
I've now been in a therapeutic relationship with Jo for over a year and I've had tremendous growth in many areas of my life. Jo is patient with me, respectful and considerate of my opinions, and offers me meaningful insight and feedback for both my mental and physical well being. Thank you Jo for your commitment to me and my baby steps towards a healthier life.
I really like Joanika as a therapist. She is very understanding. She is good at drawing me out and trying to understand my concerns. I think she chooses activities which are appropriate and effective for me.
Jo has helped me a great deal. I felt very comfortable talking with her. She never seemed judgmental. She was able to steer me in the right direction as far as working on what has been bothering me, and things I can do to work on myself. She has always worked with me through any scheduling issues. Over all my experience has been great!
Super quick to reply, helpful and caring. Easy to talk to and professional. A great ear to have on the first step into my mental health journey :)
She is so good at taking in everything I say and honing it down to something more concise and manageable. She's professional, but not cold. Supportive, but not overly mushy.