Joan Balcome, MA
Arts-based Mental Health Practitioner, Master of Arts in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy, Art Therapy and Marriage and Family Therapy focus, Certificate for TeleMental Health from Zur Institute
Main Office: (651) 318-0109
Direct Line: (651) 413-9938 Fax: (651) 344-0515
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Joan 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 being mindful of the pace and direction, so her clients arrive at their destination ready to move on with their life. By incorporating art, empathy, and compassion along with her knowledge of psychotherapy and art therapy, she helps her clients dealing with the stressors and struggles of life, including anxiety, depression, assault, traumatic events, or abuse. The purpose of this therapeutic journey is to help clients heal and understand their past and current struggles through conversation and art. Each session uses an integrated style of therapy that includes, Adlerian, narrative, and cognitive therapy, tailored to each client’s specific needs.
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 remains an important part of Joan’s life. The creative process is a gift she enjoys sharing with others. Her tapestries and fiber art pieces have been exhibited in shows nationally. Her paintings and jewelry reflect her need to express the abstract and intangible aspects of life. Sometimes her works celebrate life’s joys and accomplishments and other times she creates them to release life’s disappointment and struggles. When all is said and done, the process of making art is what is most important and therapeutic to her.