Joan brings compassion, creativity, and a playful spirit to her clients and the therapeutic process. She draws on expressive arts techniques such as sand tray, clay work, play therapy, guided imagery, and writing (journaling, narrative, poetry) to encourage clients to use their creativity to shift their perspective, tell their life story in a more positive way and discover hope sprouting from the decaying remains of loss.
Joan works with individuals affected by anxiety, depression, grief, low self-esteem, shame, eating disorders, OCD, perfectionism, performance anxiety, spiritual questions, relationship issues and life transitions.
Joan particularly enjoys working with students, having taught music at an international high school in Germany and at a private college in Ontario. Joan’s interest in counselling came from years of listening to the life stories of her students and wanting to help them work out the deeper issues that were holding them back in the pursuit of their goals and dreams. She understands the student mindset firsthand having returned to studies herself a few times throughout her career to obtain an MMus in choral conducting, and a MA in Pastoral Counselling Psychology. Joan is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who counsels part-time at Arbour Counselling Centre and the Canadian College of Performing Arts, and continues to work part time in music.
Joan is interested in many art forms and in addition to her training and performing as a flutist and conductor, is a writer of scripts and poetry, and loves to make pottery on the wheel in her home studio. Joan loves the natural beauty of the west coast and explores it most happily in her kayak or swimming (yes, in the ocean!).