Counseling with Joanne
Joanne, the owner of her own practice, also works in collaboration with Peak Professional Group. She has counseled in a variety of settings including private practice, an inner-city agency, universities, and hospitals. She is experienced in crisis response and works with pre-teens, teens, adults, parents, and families facing a wide range of social, emotional, and behavioral challenges.
She believes, “No matter our age, our lives are filled with joys, triumphs, challenges, and sorrow and sometimes our experiences leave us struggling and in need of new or revised thinking, behavior, or direction.
‘Awareness’ is the first step in the process and as we grow in self-awareness, we better understand why we think, feel, and behave as we do; important elements necessary for change and growth. We all have our own story and in helping people to tell theirs, I guide my clients in identifying their strengths and making changes where needed to achieve their goals.”
Joanne’s style is interactive. She believes that there is no ‘one size fits all approach’ and ultimately it is the rapport and trust that she and her clients build together that is most important in the process.
Joanne is a Licensed Professional Counselor in North Carolina and a Nationally Certified Counselor. She holds an M.A. in Counseling Services and a B.A in Communications.
Learning Boundaries- Building Relationships
Do you have difficulty saying ‘no’ or trouble setting boundaries and limits with others? Do people ‘cross the line’ repeatedly, do things that feel frustrating or hurtful to you, or take more time, energy, and resource than you would like to or can give?
Whether it is with our children, siblings, parents, friends, spouses, colleagues, or others, the health of our relationships are essential to our well-being.We understand that a boundary marks a limit or defined physical space. When it comes to the non-physical such as our emotions and feelings, psychological boundaries are what define our dignity and how we feel about ourselves.
When our psychological limits are pushed by others, this causes emotional harm. We have the need to protect ourselves from such emotional harm but often have difficulty setting ‘healthy boundaries’.
Joanne understands that in many cultures setting boundaries with others may be viewed as rude or unkind. Through a non-judgmental approach, Joanne’s clients build the skills necessary to create and maintain healthy boundaries as an act of self-care, as well as an act of love for others; loving because relationships can then grow to be positive, happy, and healthy for all.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
This can be both an exciting and scary question. Sometimes it’s difficult to answer and through time our answer may change. The work we do, or our career, is an extremely important part of our life and its fulfillment is an essential aspect of our satisfaction, and well-being.
Joanne has a passion for, and in-depth experience in, helping people of all ages, (teens, young adults, and adults), to achieve successful career exploration, development, and transition.
Whether you are a teen trying to identify your talents and future career direction during or after high-school, a college student in need of career focus, beginning your career, building a business, mid-life and struggling with your career, thinking about making a career change, later-life and looking to continue working, re-entering the workforce, or simply finding yourself struggling with unemployment, work-performance or work- related problems, Joanne can help through individually tailored career counseling and coaching.
She shares, “Career and business development is much more than simply writing a resume and job searching. There are number of dynamics at play, some conscious and some unconscious, that can hold us back or keep us from getting and staying on track. In addition to the ‘nut’s and bolt’s and how-to’s’, I address the emotional and psychological challenges (such as self-esteem, faulty thinking, anxiety, fear, and resistance to change and risk) that are factors and part of career identification and transition.”