Joanna Bloss, LMHC, LCPC
“Hi! Let me start by saying I am so glad you're here. I know how hard it is to begin the counseling process - even picking up the phone to make the first call can be a little anxiety provoking. I hope to help alleviate some of that anxiety by introducing myself.
I graduated from Roosevelt University (Chicago) in 2011 with a Master's degree in Clinical Professional Psychology. Before that, I did a LOT of stuff - but mostly focused on raising my four wonderful children.
My first foray into behavioral health (after internship) was working in an inpatient psychiatric unit. This was a highly educational experience -- I think I learned as much on the job as I did in all my schooling. Eventually I transitioned into the role of Case Therapist, where I provided traditional counseling services in a hospital-based setting.
In 2013 I branched out semi-on my own and have worked independently at least part time ever since. In May of 2018 my youngest daughter graduated from high school, and I packed up and moved to Greenwood to be closer to my extended family.
My professional experience includes working with individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder and teaching DBT skills. I ran several DBT skills groups at the hospital where I worked and eventually wrote my own curriculum to use in the courses I teach. I have worked with many health care providers on the front lines of care and in that work I began to see how much trauma (past and present) impacts our daily functioning. As a result, I became interested in EMDR, and am now Level 2 EMDR trained. I have found this to be an incredibly effective addition to my repertoire and have seen many of my clients benefit from this intervention.
When I am not working or enjoying time with my now grown children, I like to write, read fiction, take walks and hang out with my Husky-mix, Rory. I also enjoy crafting and wandering around flea markets and antique stores. My craft room is definitely bigger than my office!
I look forward to talking with you.