Trauma, Grief, Adoption, Disabilities, Anxiety, and Depression.
Joan’s calm presence and reassuring smile instantly make you feel safe and at home.
Joan brings significant life experiences into her practice. Prior to becoming a therapist, she worked at an international consulting firm in both the United States and Germany, raised two adopted children in the North Shore, and volunteered at numerous nonprofits throughout the Chicago area. These experiences provide her with unique insight into the special concerns of students, parents, seniors, business professionals, military families, caregivers, cancer patients, and individuals with disabilities.
Joan’s work with her clients is trauma-informed, helping individuals recognize how various events from their past might impact how they think, feel and act today through talk therapy and EMDR, when appropriate. She also incorporates mindfulness techniques into her work to help individuals learn how to regulate their emotions. Her goal is for every client to leave therapy feeling more balanced and empowered to direct their own lives.
Grief, Loss & Trauma
Joan has a deep desire to help individuals who have experienced negative life events through the difficult processes of recovery and building resilience. She has a particular gift in helping people heal through grief and loss, whether it is a result of divorce, illness, the loss of a loved one, or another event. She also understands the intergenerational effects of trauma-related to child abuse, bullying, sexual molestation, or combat, and how it impacts both the individual and the family.
Parenting & Special Needs
Joan appreciates the challenges many parents face in raising their children, especially when a child has special needs due to physical, emotional, or cognitive disabilities. She has helped numerous parents of children with learning disabilities and ADHD navigate the school system and access other resources in the community. She is also trained as a speaker on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). Joan recognizes the toll disabilities can take on the entire family, and the need for support throughout the child’s life.
Joan also understands the unique challenges facing many adoptive families, especially those related to early childhood trauma and attachment disorders. She works toward normalizing the feelings of adopted teens and their adoptive parents to bring them closer together.
Joan has a special interest in working with individuals with disabilities, as well as their caregivers. She understands the emotional stress that comes along with long-term illness and living with other disabilities. She aspires to help people with disabilities navigate through life while acknowledging their unique challenges.
Joan lived in Europe for six years and has traveled extensively throughout the world for both business and pleasure. In addition, in the past 10 years, she has participated in two work trips and eight church mission trips to various countries in Central and South America. Joan loves to learn about other cultures, help those not born in the United States, and understand and navigate the American way of life.
For fun …
Joan has raised five Leader Dog puppies for the blind, one of which was “career-changed” to work as a therapy dog, visiting schools and hospitals. She has a passion for yoga and earned her teaching certificate during the pandemic. Joan also loves the outdoors, spending most vacations hiking, skiing, bicycling, kayaking, and swimming.
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