Joanie graduated with her Masters in Social Work from Barry University. Over the last four years she has worked heavily with children, adolescents, young adults and their families approaching challenges such as anxiety, depression, family conflict/dynamics, relationship skills, ADHD, trauma, attachment, behavioral challenges, autism spectrum disorder, and disordered eating. Areas of specialty include play therapy, integrative sensory and art therapies, social skills and relationship training, as well as pregnancy and postpartum coaching.
Joanie has worked both with individual clients and in groups. Her approach to therapy is incredibly collaborative and strength based. Her goal is always to help guide clients in their journey of uncovering and discovering themselves, their feelings, and aspects of their life they wish to change. Through therapy every client should feel heard, seen, and safe to approach the challenges that they are facing with unwavering support. At the core of her work is the belief that each individual has the power within themselves to direct their best life.
Through Joanie’s work with play therapy she is able to reach both children and adolescents in a uniquely fruitful way. Through utilizing the skills and resources of this approach, children and adolescents can achieve targeted goals and have the space for critical emotional processing. Joanie has extensive experience working together with schools and families on maximizing this process.
In her parenting work, parents learn to connect with themselves and their child, to build healthy and secure attachments. Through this process parents can uncover the challenges hindering them from being the parents they dreamed to be while addressing the goals and challenges they are facing with their children.
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