BSW – Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work
LSW – Licensed Social Worker
MSW – Master of Social Work
Joanne has an eclectic background beginning with her first degree in Laboratory Medicine. After many years of experience in a variety of clinical laboratories (hospital, oncology, reference labs), she returned to college and received both her Bachelors and Master’s Degrees in Social Work from Rutgers University, where she graduated with honors.
Joanne’s passion for helping people is fueled by her ability to truly empathize with her patients, regardless of their situation. Her sincerity and compassion are palpable; she draws from her life experiences, her open-mindedness, her insight, and her innate ability to listen with an open mind, heart, and spirit. Her work has drawn on her determination and abilities to survive as a single parent of 2, managing her own home-based childcare business coupled with a weekend lab job to make ends meet. Tenacity is her middle name; resourcefulness her forte.
Believing in a “team approach”, Joanne helps her patients prioritize their own needs with the goal of leading them to view all their options from different perspectives, thus enabling them to make decisions that are otherwise difficult or that seem insurmountable.
She is strongly supportive of the under-served needs of those who are stressed by their role as caregivers for those with Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia. She is also well-versed in helping those with depression, anxieties, grief in its many forms, relationship difficulties, and mindfulness (including self-care).
Currently, Joanne does not accept insurance (that option is in process). Fee will be decided at your first session, based on what is amenable to both parties.