Joan Schneider, MS, LCSW

Joan Schneider, MS, LCSW

5.0 (2)
1 employee
37 years in business

About this pro

This is a big step: seeking a therapist. Having another person who is listening and you’re feeling heard, witnessed and your story is validated and invaluable to your recovery!

I am skilled in the areas of grief and bereavement, depression and anxiety, addictions and abuse recovery. I work with adults and Seniors. I also work with individuals who are chronically and/or terminally ill. 

I will help you learn about self-acceptance and self-compassion and help you restore your integrity and self-esteem. 

Everyone suffers! I can help you understand the causes of your suffering and how to live a life without suffering.  

This is a transformational process helping you become who you want to be!

I love being a creative problem solver and you will leave your sessions with a “food for thought” note regarding what we spoke about or ideas to think about.  

You will learn about communication, ways to heal from past trauma, journaling, and meditation.   

I can help you open your heart, find your voice, and see the beauty in your soul. 

Clients say say that is am empathetic, compassionate, and supportive. I am kind, passionate, and authentic while helping you become mindful and present in your own life. 

I can help you heal from your story and create a life concurrent with your values. 

I am am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 30 years of experience. 

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Indianapolis, IN 46240
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2 Reviews


  • Lydia H.

    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.

  • Mary W.

    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.

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What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

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. 

If I don’t have the expertise they are looking for, I will suggest several alternatives.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

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 Psych-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 communication, and spiritual transformation. Additional areas of expertise include ACOA issues, Senior Adults and the Aging Process. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your services? If so, please share the details here.

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 you can send to you insurance company or your Health Savings Account. I will complete any additional paperwork as needed. 

How did you get started in this business?

I’ve always wanted to help people. I was a Girl Scout, a Candy Stripper and volunteered on a children’s wing at 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. In 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. 

I have taught nationally and on the college level. I have been a keynote speaker at multiple national conferences and workshops. I’ve also had tapes of my talks and keynote that sold nationally. 

What types of customers have you worked with?

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!

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

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.

What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a pro in your area of expertise?

I would ask the Social Worker what type of individuals do they see themselves best working with and why. 

I would ask them what type of experiences do they have working with individuals who are struggling with the difficulties that the client is struggling with. 

I would ask them the number of years of experience they have and what types of therapeutic  techniques or modalities do they incorporate when working with other clients. 

What questions should customers think through before talking to pros about their needs?

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 old unresolved issue that has resurfaced?

Is this therapist comfort with my spiritual beliefs or practices?