Joanna is a Registered Clinical Social Worker and Registered Clinical Counselor. She is the sole founder, owner and psychotherapist at Embracing Change Therapy, a private practice she started in 2013 supporting individuals in processing traumatic material using a variety of techniques such as: Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing, Mindfulness, Internal Family Systems and various somatic approaches.
She graduated from York University in Toronto, ON in 2006 with an Honours Undergraduate Degree in Psychology. She also completed her Masters of Social Work at Wilfrid University in Kitchener, ON in 2012. She has been in the helping profession serving various populations for the last 12 years. Her main passion is working with trauma survivors as she herself has extensive lived experience with overcoming trauma. Trauma work is her passion and calling in life as she supports individuals in healing traumatic material and achieving post traumatic growth.
Joanna was invited into the Vancouver MAPS team in early 2016 as one of the MAPS Therapists for the MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy Phase III Research Study. Joanna possess a wide array of experience working with trauma from her work in Medellin, Columbia working with marginalized youth, working with First Nations communities in Northern British Columbia and also supporting at risk youth in Newfoundland and Toronto.
Throughout her career, Joanna has supported individuals and families in overcoming difficulties such as: developmental trauma, abuse and neglect, sexual trauma, first responders’ exposure to traumatic events on the job, domestic violence, adult children of caregivers abusing alcohol and drugs and various others exposures to difficult life events. Her other passion is her devotion to spirituality and personal transformation as well as being out in nature, hiking and exploring the beauty of British Columbia.
How I work with clients
Have you been feeling anxious or depressed? Are you trying to overcome a substance use issue without success? Is your past triggering you? Is life passing you by and you feel stuck or frozen? You don’t have to go through this alone. Helping people gain AHA moments for over a decade, I can help you become your best self TODAY.
If you have been struggling or feeling stuck, Embracing Change Therapy can help. I am not in the business of managing symptoms but rather helping you look at your core issues to help you create long term relief and reduce hopelessness. I will tailor my approach to your specific needs in order to help you create a new brighter future.