Joanna has extensive experience in the areas of clinical supervision, the treatment of sexual, physical
and emotional trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, eating disorders, substance abuse and major mental illness
such as Bipolar Disorder. Joanna works with adults, couples and children.
Before opening her practice
in Houston, Joanna was the Assistant Clinical Director at a program that specialized in the treatment of sexually abusive
and sexually reactive boys, The Stetson School. Joanna moved from Massachusetts to Texas in 2006
In addition to being a therapist
Joanna is also a teacher. She has been an adjunct professor at Springfield College where
she earned her graduate degree, and before she became a psychotherapist she taught high school art. In College Joanna studied painting. Click on www.jsmithlpc.com/art to see some of her art work. Joanna is also a certified breathwork facilitator, studying at The Power of Breath Institute, founded and directed
by Jeremy Youst. Therapeutic Breathwork engages all three aspects of body, mind and spirit in its approach to awareness and
healing. Joanna utilizes all of these interests in her psychotherapy practice.
Earlier in her career Joanna started a partial hospitalization program
with two other clinicians, worked with adolescent girls in residential treatment, was a therapist at a mental health clinic and
had a private practice in Northampton, MA where she treated many individuals and families struggling with all
sorts of issues.
Confidentiality is at the
core of successful therapy
Honesty is central to change
Trust is built and earned
All people are unique, valuable and have something important to say
It is an honor to witness and be a part of other peoples'
person has some form of creativity within them
Therapy is a gift you give to yourself