About

Meet JoAnna

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (Minnesota)

In healing, the About Me page is really about you and if you feel like there is an us.

My clients tease that I look sweet…until I open my mouth.  I am a compassionate intuitive with grit.  Many clients I have worked with have expressed relief as they have had negative therapy and healing experiences in the past.  I refer to myself as a ‘digger”.  We go where we need to (not always want to) and do real and meaningful work.  I do not do band aid fixes and honestly, I do not know how.  Simply stated, we dig to the core, release what does not serve you, and build up what you need and want.   You then go off on your own and lead that amazing life you just created.  

My role (also my mission) is to hold space for you to do the most sensitive and raw work.  I do this in all aspects of my healing work.  I may also serve to be your most honest mirror that exposes all needed parts of you–reflecting the ‘undesirable’ that can be hard to look at but gets in your own way.  This is quite a delicate balance and my training (below) has afforded me the skills that I can, in turn, teach you. All of your healing and changing is truly done by you.

There have been curious comments about the range of people I serve.  I admit, on an appearance level, it might raise an eyebrow.  However, the invisible pattern that connects me to others is THEIR desire for core level change and the belief that I am the person to help them do it.  Because truly, all healing is really self-healing.  I am simply the torch holder who ignites your internal flame to heal and achieve your full capacity of being.

I happily report that I am bi-lingual: I speak both heart-talk and head-talk.  Whether you live in your heart space and feel ruled by emotions OR spend most of your time in headspace, I can speak your speak.  This is especially true of couples who often feel like they speak different languages.

If in reading this you feel that nudge, the inner voice yelling “Yes!”, I invite you to call, email me or set up a consult.  That is often the next best step to figuring out the “us” and the “how”.  I am healer and there is no sales pitch.  Just an opportunity for us to connect, share, and for you to determine if I am the right fit for you.

I appreciate that you are just trying to figure out right now if I can even help you.  If you find it helpful, please refer below to a summary of my education and training. However, I suspect that you likely already have a strong feeling of whether we are a match.

Specialized Training

MA in Counseling Psychology, University of St. Thomas
Post Master’s Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy, University of St. Thomas
Certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
Somatic Experiencing and Processing for Trauma Resolution
Clinical Hypnosis
EFT Tapping (Emotional Freedom Technique)
Master Level Reiki Practitioner
Sound Therapy and Healing

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