I am a "seasoned" professional. I have been a therapist for over 30 years.
I acknowledge with my clients that this is a huge step: seeking a therapist.
I am the person who is listening to their story with an open, nonjudgmental mind and a caring heart. My clients say that they felt heard and listened to. I get the honor of witnessing and validating their story which is invaluable to their recovery!
I am skilled in the areas of grief and bereavement, depression, stress and anxiety I also specialize in addictions and abuse recovery. I work with adults and Seniors. I also work with individuals who are chronically and/or terminally ill.
Everyone suffers! I can help my clients understand the causes of their suffering and how to live a life without suffering.
This is a transformational process, helping you become who you want to be!
I think my years of experience, wisdom that I have gained and who I have become makes me an experienced therapist with practices that other therapists don't do.
This is why I stand out!
I love being a therapist!
Being able to walk with a client is a humbling experience. Helping a client address the "hard stuff" is a path of learning to trust. I am so appreciative when clients learn that I am a trustworthy person.
I am a kind, loving, authentic woman with a gentle spirit and a caring heart. Helping my clients accept who they have been, looking at their values and beliefs, and helping them evolve into the person they want to be is a joyful experience for me because I've been invited to be a participant in their transformation.
Clients tell me that I am a different kind of therapist. I take great pride in that type of comment. To me, it means I'm doing my job that I love, being my authentic self, and my clients value my skills.
I love being a creative problem solver. Every time you leave a session with me, you will walk out with a "food for thought" note. It includes the talking points of the session, my personal feedback, and some ideas, activities and some challenges to contemplate between sessions.
My clients find these notes to be very helpful guideposts and come back to the next session with their experiences and ready to work!
My clients say they have never been with a therapist who does this. I appreciate their candor with me!
I can help clients open their heart, find their voice, and see the beauty in their soul.
Clients say that is am empathetic, genuine, compassionate, and supportive. I am passionate, and authentic while helping you become mindful and present in your own life.
I can help my clients heal from their story and create a life concurrent with their values.
I have been a therapist for over 30 years. I trust that nobody crosses "my threshold" by mistake. People seek me out when they are ready to do "their work" and I get the pleasure of walking with them.
These are a few reasons why I still love being a therapist!
Joan has been caring, attentive, and continued to check in on my well being while I decided on a therapist. I’m happy I’ll get to meet with her soon.
I think one of the things that sets Joan apart from the other therapists I have worked with is that she never judges. As we work through things together, I have always felt completely safe in confiding things that I could never say before to anyone else. That is what has made it possible to make the breakthroughs that I have made. Joan also always makes time for important conversations and is willing to allow a session to run long because she is careful never to schedule clients back to back. And I love that she always provides a list of important things from the session and includes things to think about or work on. As far as I know, she is the only therapist who does that. I really consider myself fortunate to have found Joan after two pretty unsuccessful engagements with other therapists. I appreciate her life experience in the way that it shapes her therapeutic approach.
When a client calls me, I take a few minutes to understand what they are seeking. Once I have established that I have experience in that area, I will set up their first session which is 60-90 minutes.
Sessions thereafter are 60 minutes.
I'll schedule an appointment, give them directions and let the new client know that I'm looking forward to meeting them
If I don’t have the expertise they are looking for, I will suggest several alternatives and often times I will follow up with them to make sure they have found what they are looking for.
I think that is my ethical responsibility since they called me looking for help!
My B.S. is from the University of Cincinnati, Special Education of Multi-handicapped Hearing Impaired children grades K-8th.
My M.S. is from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Rehabilitation Psychology, with a speciality in the Psycho-Social Aspects of Spinal Cord Injured Adults. My minor was in social work.
I have been licensed by the State of Indiana as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1984.
I have additional training in addictions, PTSD, depression and anxiety, grief, bereavement and the loss of a pet. I have additional training in the areas of meditation, journaling, couples therapy, and spiritual transformation. Additional areas of expertise include ACOA issues, Senior Adults and the Aging Process, and chronic and terminal ill individuals.
I have taught on the corporate and college level, consulted with nonprofit and forprofit organizations. I have been a keynote speaker at multiple mental health and chemical dependency conferences throughout the United States. Recording of my keynotes were available to purchase and were sold nationally.
I see clients 90 minutes in the first appt. and 60 minutes thereafter. I charge $100.00 per session and I ask to be paid in cash.
If you would like to bill your insurance, I will give you a monthly statement that you can send to your insurance company or your Health Savings Account. I will complete any additional paperwork as needed.
I’ve always wanted to help people. I was a Girl Scout, a Candy Stripper and volunteered on a children’s wing in a hospital.
After receiving my BS from the U of Cincinnati, I moved to Louisville to teach Special Education knowing that I wanted a Masters Degree in Social Work.
After completing my Masters from the U of Wisconsin-Madison, my husband and I moved to Indianapolis.
Indy is my home and I have loved watching the city “grow up and develop a skyline”!
I was in the first group of professionals hired by the St. Vincent Stress Center and also realized that eventually I wanted to start a Private Practice.
Today I work primarily with young adults to seniors.
I work in all my areas of expertise though I’m probably most recognized in my work with abuse recovery, anxiety and depression, PTSD, addictions and grief and bereavement.
I’ve always believed that “nobody crosses my threshold by mistake”. We are supposed to work together which is why our paths have crossed!
During this time of the Coronavirus, I’ve had the opportunity to change the type of volunteer work that I do at the pantry I work in.
The work that this pantry does continues to inspire me today! The families needing assistance have increase by almost 50% to serving 800+ families each week.
The church members and other volunteers that I work with are kind, caring, thoughtful, individuals that I’m proud to work besides.
I’m grateful to have this opportunity to serve others.
In seeking a therapist I think any question the client has, needs to be addressed prior to the initial appointment!
Here are a few sample questions.
What are your specialty areas and what is your experience in those areas that make them a specialty?
What are the ages of your clients?
Is the therapist comfortable working with the LGBTQIA community. Is the therapist comfortable working with differently ethnic individuals, or talking about religion/spirituality? Does the therapist understand systemic racism, eqinimity, white male supremacy, the glass ceiling?
Payment: How do you want to be paid? Do you take charge cards, checks, or would you prefer cash? Will you accept my co-payment and let the insurance company pay you the remainder? Do I have to pay at each session or will you bill me?
What COVID-19 procedures do you follow? Are you vaccinated and have you received the booster? Do you require clients being masked?
Where is your office? How do you maintain confidentiality? Do you have pets?
What is going on in my life that makes me unhappy and what is increases my suffering.
Is this a new issue? Did something specific happen that has caused this pain or is this an unresolved issue from my past?
Is there anything I'm unwilling to talk about until I feel safe and that I am working with an ethical professional who won't shame me?
Am I willing to be honest?