I am committed to providing a safe, supportive and non judgmental space for clients to explore what is impeding life satisfaction, to increase self awareness, and to build coping skills to navigate life challenges. Everyone needs assistance at times, and I believe that therapy can provide the space and foundation to better understand ourselves, to heal, and to move forward with a more grounded sense of self.
My specialties include assisting individuals who are coping with depression, anxiety, difficulties with self worth, relationship/marital issues, pregnancy/parenthood, fertility, young adult and life transition issues, cancer, grief and loss, as well as the chaos, upheaval and isolation associated with world events during the past few years.
In addition to my clinical experience, graduate work and licensure, I have additional training in couples/marital therapy through the Gottman Institute, and have completed their Bringing Baby Home program. I am also trained in Promoting First Relationships, and hold an Infant Mental Health Certificate through the University of Washington.
At this time, I am only able to see residents of Washington and Montana, due to state licensure guidelines.
Additional areas of focus: Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Career difficulties, Depression, Coping with life changes, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Blended Family Issues, Cancer, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Divorce and Separation, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fertility Issues, Guilt and Shame, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Midlife Crisis, Postpartum Depression, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Women's Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Gottman Method, Mindfulness Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
IL LCSW 149.026103
MT LCSW BBH-LCSW-LIC-64830
WA LICSW LW 00004892
Joanna is full of powerful insights - I have learned from her to be more mindful. I appreciate her gentle yet strong approach and sense of humor. Thank you for encouraging reflection and self love!
Written on Oct 29, 2023 after therapy with Joanna for 4 months on issues concerning depression, family conflicts, coping with life changes, and coaching
Joanna has helped me to understand where some my anxieties and concerns stem from and has given me concrete ways to work through them. She is supportive and interested in my progress.
Written on Sep 09, 2023 after therapy with Joanna for 11 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, and parenting issues
Joanna is very professional. She creates a calm, nonjudgmental environment and is a great listener. She also asks really helpful questions. For me, I'm dealing with a lot of anxiety and depression, and her questions have helped guide me deeper into the crux of what is driving those feelings. Moreover, she has provided handy resources I can reference outside of our session. Highly recommend!
Written on Apr 26, 2023 after therapy with Joanna for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties
Already Referred to two other people ❤️
Written on Sep 01, 2022 after therapy with Joanna for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and grief
I was afraid of the process but Joanna Bifone put me at ease from the moment I first met her (on video). I like the process of using the video conferences and also being able to message Joanna. It's more convenient than going to an office!
Written on Aug 21, 2022 after therapy with Joanna for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, anger management, and coping with life changes
So far Joanna has been really helpful, attentative and in tune with how I feel and what I need. Highly recommend her.
Written on Jul 07, 2022 after therapy with Joanna for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, compassion fatigue, and adhd