Joanne intentionally incorporates people’s openness to religion and spirituality into the counseling setting to promote the client’s psychological and emotional healing and flourishing. Joanne continues to be interested in the interconnection between positive psychology and spirituality, focusing on people’s strengths to promote growth and well being. She has worked with clients to address various issues including depression, anxiety, sexual abuse, eating disorders, grief, trauma, and relational or interpersonal problems. Joanne has completed training for Imago Relationship Therapy and uses this approach in her work with couples. She also enjoys working with clients with diverse faith traditions and/or cultural backgrounds.
Joanne has had varied experiences working as a pastoral counselor at a seminary, in a school setting, and as a psychotherapist in a psychiatric hospital before joining The Imago Center. In addition to working with adults, she has worked with children, adolescents, and families addressing issues related to childhood trauma, school problems, attachment, grief, and transitional events including divorce and the blending of families.
Prior to beginning clinical work, Joanne was a teacher and school administrator in both public and private schools. She holds a M.Ed. from the University of Virginia, a Master’s in Theology from Wesley Theological Seminary, and a MS in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola College of Maryland. She has also completed the Ph.D. program at Loyola College of Maryland. Joanne is a member of ACA and AAPC. She is licensed both in Maryland (LCPC) and nationally (NCC) and works in the Bethesda office.
Joanne is also an affiliate faculty member at Loyola College in Maryland, teaching in the pastoral counseling department’s graduate program.