Locations : Alpharetta – GA, Telemental Health – GA
“My approach to therapy is to create a therapeutic alliance using respect and compassion in a non-judging manner that encourages exploring the individual’s concerns and assists in their journey toward empowerment and wellness. My integrative approach allows me to pull from multiple techniques to best support the uniqueness of each individual. I offer a variety of therapeutic techniques that can be used to manage stress, crisis, overcome challenges and obstacles, and support healing for a more balanced life. I truly believe in the power of change and am honored to be a part of the process, together we’ll work towards goals that you set for yourself to grow and improve your quality of life.”
JoAnna has been working in the Mental Health field since 2001 and has experience working with the mental health needs of children, adolescents and adults in both outpatient and inpatient settings. She has experience and skills in clinical social work, working with diverse populations in community practice, residential treatment, school-based settings and private practice. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Kent State University (OH) and a Master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University (OH). She holds credentials as a LISW-S in Ohio and a LCSW in Georgia. She has a special interest in the psychotherapy approach of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and has received EMDR training. EMDR is a scientific method that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing, traumatic life experiences. She can utilize this approach to assist individuals in acquiring the skills needed for adaptive functioning. She is also a 300 hour certified yoga teacher with specialized training in Restorative Yoga, a certified Yoga Unchained facilitator and a Reiki II practitioner. Yoga is widely practiced for relaxation but a regular yoga practice has also been scientifically proven to reduce anxiety, enhance mood, improve sleep quality and aid in overall health improvements physically, emotionally and mentally. After JoAnna learned of the countless benefits to a regular yoga practice, she knew she wanted to pursue additional learning and integrate yoga within her clinical work.
Her specialty areas of interest and experience include EMDR, the incorporation of yoga and yogic techniques in psychotherapy, and in treating:
- Self-Esteem Issues
- Stress Management
- Relationship/Parent-Child Communication Issues
- Children Ages 8+
- Grief and Loss
- Adjustment disorders.