joanna frederick, LCSW
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I am an experienced clinician who specializes in individual and group therapy with adults with mood disorders, eating disorders, chronic illness and chronic pain .
You are more than a list of symptoms. I want to get to know you and your story. During therapy consultations, most people say that they want a therapist who won't just sit there and nod at them. That makes a lot of sense to me. Most hurt and trauma happens in our relationships with others and in order for therapy to help you need to be able to trust that your therapist understands you. When you talk with me, you have my full attention. We'll make connections between what's happening now and what happened in your past experiences. We'll also work on feeling less shame and more safety.
I'm easy to sit with. My clients tell me that they feel like they can tell me anything. You won't learn too much about me personally but you'll know a lot about who I am because the therapeutic relationship is a big part of what heals us. That means that I'll have thoughts and reactions and I'll share them kindly and carefully.
You'll get to know yourself better and that will mean that you can feel more connected to other people. Most of the people who work with me find that their relationships with others are stronger and more satisfying and that they feel less shame, fear and sadness. We all deserve relief from our burdens.
I am trained in psychodynamic, interpersonal, relational and cognitive behavioral styles of therapy and will match my style to your unique needs. I am medically knowledgable and full of resources to suggest for you to pursue outside of our sessions. I have worked at college counseling centers, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, residential eating disorder clinics and for 10 years at an outpatient clinic providing individual and group therapy to adults.
I work well with adults of parents who had addictions or personality disorders and with people who now struggle with perfectionism, shame, anxiety and self criticism. I also work well with adults with ADHD, emotional overeating and people who struggle with their health. I have a lot of experience and interest in treating people with chronic health issues such as any and all autoimmune disorders, IBD and IBS, cancer, fibromyalgia, ME/CFS, EDS, RA, etc.
If you're interested in knowing more, just reach out to set up a free consultation.
Specialties & Clinical Interests
- Binge Eating
- Bipolar & Other Mood Disorders
- Body Image
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Chronic Illness
- Chronic Pain
- Divorce & Separation
- Eating Disorders
- Family Conflict
- Grief & Loss
- Highly Sensitive Persons (HSPs)
- Mental Health Professionals
- Obesity & Weight Management
- Personality Disorders
- Pet Loss
- Pre-Marital & Marital Issues
- Sexual Abuse
- Sexual Identity
- Suicide Loss
- Trauma & Ptsd
- Women's Issues
- Client-Centered Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)