Joan enjoys working with a variety of therapeutic approaches with clients, some more verbal and some non-verbal. She focuses on a client centered approach, developing a plan for achieving goals the client participates in developing.
She uses a family system philosophy in working with clients, including individuals, couples, families and youth, Included in the therapies she uses are art therapy, sandtray therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, EMDR, and psychodynamic therapy.
Sandtray therapy was developed in the 1930’s in England by Dr. Margaret Lowenfeld and uses many miniature figures used in the sandtray to work on a deeply symbolic level, Sandtray work unlocks the individual’s natural ability to heal and grow through the creativity of the experience of working with the miniatures in the sand, often unblocking barriers to inner development.
Joan is trained as a Clinical Social Worker and had worked in the mental health field for over thirty years. She has experience in community mental health agencies and pastoral counseling centers. Her interests include working with people of faith, as well as diverse cultural and racial backgrounds. She has special expertise in working issues of transitions in life; blended families, grief and loss, and trauma.
Education: Joan has a Master of Arts degree in counseling from Cornell University, and a Master of Social Work degree from Syracuse University. Her post graduate training include an Internships at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic, Philadelphia PA and at Stanford University.