Joan is a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist. She uses her specialties in adolescent and family psychology to assist those who struggle with disordered eating.
She began her career in psychology as an undergraduate at the University of Cincinnati. After earning her B.A. in Psychology, Joan continued her studies in Transpersonal Psychology at John F. Kennedy University, where she earned her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in child, adolescent and family therapy. She is also a certified play therapist.
Joan began her work at Alice Deal Junior High, in Washington, D.C. as their school psychologist. Upon her return to Northern California, she was employed in residential treatment services with a strong focus on child, adolescent and family therapy.
Joan's involvement with juvenile offender programs has provided her with relevant lessons in cultural diversity. She offers a cognitive behavioral perspective for treatment, blended with Transpersonal Psychology and mindfulness-based ways of helping to support the recovery process. Joan is committed to her roots in community service and respect for the underserved. Her work in the field of disordered eating provides her with a deep sense of satisfaction.