In my work I see individuals who are exploring issues such as loss, depression, anxiety, life transitions, abuse and trauma.
I draw on a wide variety of theories: Client-centered, Existential and Jungian psychology to combine them in a creative way in my practice to provide an integrative approach which is educational, solution-oriented and transformational. I am a practicing artist and use techniques and theories which resonate with the client to illuminate a path to change & healing through creativity.
Some of the tools I use in my work are sand tray, all forms of art making, journaling, goal setting, relaxation techniques, guided visualizations, and creative writing, stress reduction techniques, reframing, and mindfulness meditation techniques.
My undergraduate degree is in social work and I completed my masters degree in art therapy and counseling. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a registered and board certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC). I have spent nearly 30 years working in the mental health field and for the last five years have held a position as a program director at HopeWest in Grand Junction, Colorado. I spent seven years developing a part-time private practice at ArtLight Therapy & Studios.
I deeply love the work of meeting people where they are and companioning them into work that enables a richer, more peaceful life.
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Attachment Issues, Cancer, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Communication Problems, Divorce and Separation, Emptiness, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Mood Disorders, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Post-traumatic Stress, Self-Love, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
CO LPC 6453
Wonderful, patient, insightful and caring - thank you!
Written on Nov 15, 2021 after therapy with Joni for 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting issues, self esteem, and anger management