Joanna dos Santos, M.A., Psychology, Counselor
I believe our purpose is to discover the power of our authentic self.
My goal is to inspire hope, and to serve the important functions in communal human interactions, from the family to the wider world of care giving, to create congruence and equilibrium within ourselves.
I will collaborate carefully with your vulnerabilities, to comfort, explore and restore your strengths and intrinsic worth.
My vision is a picture where people can individuate and stand strong for what they believe is the best for themselves. With a focus on the unconscious, and examining early childhood experiences, my approach to therapy is an empathetic observation of character traits and their protective functions to your self-esteem and self-preservation.
A Short History
Joanna’s journey started when she emigrated from Poland at the age of thirteen. From a very young age, Joanna had been described as having strong interpersonal skills, capable of quickly establishing rapport with others. She was told that she was a natural reader of people and their emotions, a trait which allowed her to quickly relate to people.
Joanna’s road to helping others started at the age of 15, when she volunteered at a local YMCA, working with children ages 2-3. Her ultimate service to humanity was to the care of her mother who passed away from cancer. Her mission to support those who are confronted by life’s realities of grief, terminal illness, addiction and despair, has become her niche.
What she had learned and has become her message, is that “there is an opportunity for growth in every challenge – we strengthen our resilience to surpass our pain”.
Joanna’s Bachelor’s in Psychology and Masters in Counseling Psychology focused on “Authentic Issues on Cervical Cancer” and “Unethical Relations between Couples”. Joanna’s work at an inner-city School Based Counseling Program with adolescents was guided by steering an optimistic perception and attitude towards life.
Her position as a Breast Health Navigator at a Hospital, focused on helping breast cancer patients and survivors to continue to pursue life-enhancing desires with the acceptance of the limitations of life.
As a Crisis Worker in the Emergency Room, Joanna performed mental health evaluations to assist in determining a patient’s level of care, and as a Behavioral Health Counselor she provided onsite consumer supervision to psychiatric patients, and coordinated as directed any contact with adjunctive services.
Graduate School: Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, NJ
Undergraduate: Caldwell College, Caldwell, NJ
Therapist Type: M.A., Associate Counselor
Practice State: New Jersey
Supervisor’s Name: Brian Nandy
Supervisor’s License : 37PC00350300
Alternate Credential: LPC, MFT, ACS
Accrediting Institution, Membership Organization or Licensing Authority: NJ Board of Marriage & Therapy
Diploma/Certificate Type: Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology. Year 2011
School most recently graduated: Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, NJ
Year Graduated: 2011
Additional Expertise & Advanced Training
IMAGO Couples Therapy
EMDR Level 1 – for Trauma/PTSD
Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
Family / Marital
Imago Couples Counseling
Areas of Interest
Trauma and PTSD
Marital and Premarital
Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
Other Service Capacity
- A Grief Group
- Women’s Health Group (breast cancer/cervical cancer/hysterectomy/mastectomy)
- Toddlers / Preschoolers (4 to 6),
- Children (6 to 10),
- Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),
- Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),
- Adults & Elders (65+)
I have special interest in treating clients in these categories: Cancer
I offer special insights for clients of the following ethnicity: All Ethnicities