Joan Balcome, MA, LMFT
Art Therapist, DBT Intensive Training (Behavioral Tech), Certificate for TeleMental Health from Zur Institute
Joan (she/her) believes in providing a safe and healing therapeutic space that encourages her clients to move forward confidently and enjoy their life’s journey. She embarks on this journey with her clients so they may look forward to moving on with their life being confident they that they will thrive and enjoy their life again even when life has been difficult and challenging.
Joan enjoys working with all ages, individuals, families and couples. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist and has a Masters degree in Psychotherapy/Art Therapy.
By incorporating empathy, and compassion along with her knowledge of psychotherapy, art therapy, DBT, solution focused therapy, and AIR network trauma therapy she helps her clients deal with the stressors and struggles of life, including anxiety, depression, assault, trauma, or rebuilding their lives after addiction. The purpose of this therapeutic journey is to help clients heal and flourish. Each session is tailored to each client’s specific needs using both conversation and art.
In Joan’s personal experience, art has always been a therapeutic and healing endeavor that provided insight and direction in her life. She began her professional career by getting her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. From there she went on to become an art director designing campaigns that promoted health awareness and well as public safety periodicals. Joan then spent years working with at risk youth. After seeing the positive affects art made in their lives, she proceeded to return to school and take the additional courses needed for her to get a dual master’s in Art Therapy and Adlerian Psychotherapy, focusing on both individuals, and families in 2016.
Art making is an important part of Joan’s life she enjoys sharing with others. Her art reflects her need to express the abstract and intangible aspects of life, as well as celebrate both life’s joys and struggles.