I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Virginia. I retired last year, after 30 years of clinical practice in mostly medical settings. I am just not ready to give up providing therapy! I spent my entire career working with very low income persons who were struggling with multiple medical problems in addition to social and economic issues. My approach begins with building a trusting, client centered therapeutic relationship, and then using a mixture of cognitive behavioral and insight oriented approaches. I have done a great deal of work with childhood trauma, domestic violence, and dealing with loss and life change. I am also comfortable working with those who are dealing with terminal illness.
My style is warm, open and accepting. I am always working on being a better person myself because I know that we, as therapists, can only bring our clients as far as we ourselves have come. I am a deeply spiritual person and studied theology and world religions at the graduate level, but switched to social work when I realized that I was too theologically liberal to limit myself to Christianity! I believe that one should strive to have a healthy mind, body and spirit.
If there is one metaphor to describe my approach, it is this: We are all potential butterflies struggling to free ourselves from our chrysalis so that we can become what we are meant to be. My job is not to set you free, but simply to encourage you to work hard and break through on your own. It is only with the struggle that you will be made strong enough to fly.
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Eating disorders, Anger management, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Compassion fatigue, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Forgiveness, Hoarding, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Post-traumatic Stress
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
VA LCSW 0904005650
Joanne is very caring and understanding. She is a good listener. I’m grateful to have her as my therapist.
Written on Nov 28, 2022 after therapy with Joanne for 8 months on issues concerning depression, grief, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem
Joanne feels like a trusted confidant. She is open, with excellent relevant life experience that she is willing to relate to my specific concerns. I feel like I can tell Joanne anything. What a wonderful support I'm receiving with her care.
Written on Apr 05, 2022 after therapy with Joanne for 2 weeks on issues concerning self esteem, and coping with life changes
After my first session with Joanne I knew that she was the right therapist for me. I can tell she truly cares about others and enjoys helping. Her insights to our conversations are helping me understand the effects of trauma in my life. She has giving me great tools to work with and I’m excited about the next steps.
Written on Apr 05, 2022 after therapy with Joanne for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd
Joanne has been great. She is very knowledgeable and very helpful. She always responds to messages as soon as possible. I’ve had a great experience so far!
Written on Apr 04, 2022 after therapy with Joanne for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, and compassion fatigue
Written on Mar 22, 2022 after therapy with Joanne for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety