Have you been feeling anxious or depressed?
Are you trying to overcome a substance use issue without success?
Is your past triggering you?
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. With my extensive years of experience in the helping profession, I have extensive therapeutic skills specializing in trauma, mental health and substance use.
“For the past four years I have not been dealing with an ongoing, lingering issue in my life. One day, I decided that enough was enough, and I needed to seek help in a professional capacity to address the roots and consequences of this issue. When I walked into Joanna’s office, I was immediately graced with a perfect medley of professionalism and humanity that gave me the strength to share these issues. This strength and trust was what was needed for me to come to grips with what was holding me back in life. This strength and trust was also what made it possible for Joanna’s methods to work effectively. I can’t thank Joanna enough for her help. She is non-assuming, compassionate, and most of all, effective. Her ability to take EMDR principles and custom tailor them to her client’s needs is truly rare. Joanna made me feel like my feelings of self-doubt and insecurities were not qualities that define me. They were merely mental constructs that needed to be reprocessed as building blocks for a better, happier version of myself. If you are depressed, or dealing with something that hurts you on a daily basis, I highly recommend Embracing Change therapy’s methods to help you enjoy the same turnaround that I have. Beyond being a technician of her trade, Joanna is a compassionate listener and a motivating cheerleader that will surely show you the light at the end of your proverbial tunnel."
I am also able to support you through other issues that you may be struggling with such as concerns with family, relationships, work and life transitions. I can help you understand your situation clearly and offer you new perspectives and teach you coping skills to help you gain stability and growth as you undergo change.
I welcome individuals and families with diverse backgrounds and needs. Gender, sexual orientation, race, age, religion, ability, relationship status and family situation are never barriers to working with Embracing Change Therapy.
It is believed a woman is born three times: first, when her mother gives birth to her; second, when she gets married; third, when she, herself, gives birth to her child. But I was fortunate to be given birth a fourth time, when I met Joanna. I was going through a very tragic time in my marriage. I was drowning, slipping away slowly at the hands of death. But deep down I knew I was not in the wrong. I wanted to live. I had to live for my children. And my only way to survive was to separate from him. To end this marriage. About a year ago, we were sent to try marriage counseling. That is when I met Joanna, a counselor for both me and my husband. My husband was very hopeful that Joanna would be able to talk me into staying in this marriage. He repeatedly told her that I was ‘depressed’. But I am thankful to Joanna, as she noticed me submerged under the water (of despair); she saw that even though I might appear dead, there was life in those eyes. I saw her and I knew my savior had come. I saw my life through her eyes; my freedom through her eyes. As she spent more time with me she noticed my pain, my suffering, and that it was authentic. It was genuine. I was damaged beyond repair; I was broken into million pieces. Every waking moment I mourned the death of me and the person I had become. She noticed me not as a wife, a mother or a woman, but as a human being, something my husband had denied me of. Slowly she worked in restoring my broken pieces. With her gentle approach she tended my injured parts. Through her spirituality, she healed me.
I offer a sliding scale for service so if you cannot afford my full fee, we can negotiate a price that fits your budget. Also, I offer a discount for both part-time and full-time students.
I am a Registered Counsellor with the Crime Victim Assistance Program (CVAP). If you have been a victim of a crime, you may be eligible for funding for counselling services up to 30 covered sessions. This is a government funded program. For information about CVAP, refer to the Crime Victim Assistance Program.
I have been in the helping field for over 10 years working with adolescents, adults and families. I am a Registered Social Worker with the British Columbia College of Social Workers.
Embracing Change Therapy envisions being the professional therapy service of choice for the majority of Vancouver area residents, assisting individuals and families in achieving their full potential through high quality therapeutic services.
To provide professional, empowering and inspiring therapeutic services to adults and adolescents in the areas of trauma, mental health and substance use for the purposes of improving individual quality of life.
Integrity, Respect, Safety, Transparency, Quality, Balance, Empowerment, Providing Individualized Care, Loyalty, Inspiration.