Joanna Dougherty, MSS, LCSW
Joanna Dougherty is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College’s Graduate School of Social Service and Social Policy after daring greatly to pursue a more heartful and fulfilling professional life in counseling following a successful marketing career.
Joanna helps women, children, and families thrive! She is ready to help you navigate the soul search for what it means to feel complete, whole, loved, and worthy. This journey involves identifying the root causes of anxiety and unhappiness, learning to cope, and being open to change. Joanna believes that when we learn to face our fears and embrace our imperfections, that we can truly stand in our courage and seek the life that we want.
With a multitude of trainings in areas such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Attachment Based Family Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Sandtray Therapy and Mindfulness, Joanna’s approach is compassion-driven and open hearted. Inspired by the work of nationally recognized researcher and storyteller, Brené Brown, Joanna especially helps women and children that struggle with perfectionism and vulnerability particularly as sources of anxiety. She seeks to foster our natural wiring for connectedness and encourages facing down our inner critics to uncover ways to rise up and embrace worthiness.
Joanna has a special place in her heart for working with younger children, from preschool through elementary school, and their families. In family work, she strives to help family members effectively express thoughts and feelings, work through problems and find a new normal as children age and grow. Joanna has received training in the Nurtured Heart Approach, a transformative approach to working with children.
Working with families can begin with the first baby and Joanna has completed her certificate in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders through Postpartum Support International. Her work with anxiety, perfectionism, and the “inner critic” blends seamlessly in helping women transition into the role of motherhood in a way that feels comfortable and authentic.
Joanna is also trained in EMDR therapy which she utilizes with both adults and children. This incredibly powerful and evidence-based approach is very effective in helping heal trauma or emotional and psychological problems such as anxiety, depression, attachment disorders and other issues. The use of EMDR can be transformative for everyone, but has been shown to be especially effective with children. Joanna is enthusiastic about offering this treatment to children, adults and families to help move from a place of “stuckness” to one of healing.
“You’re imperfect and you’re wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.”
Joanna, her husband, and son have a home in southern New Jersey which is the jumping off point for adventures. Joanna likes to relax by reading and art journaling. Joanna is also a proud aunt and cherishes her relationships with her nieces and nephews.