Joan Laguzza, LCSW Joie PDX Counseling

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS! ** I believe in the inherent strength and resilience of humans. I offer experienced guidance to people encountering challenges on their life's journey. We can discover your strengths and learn to use them effectively to overcome setbacks and achieve your maximum potential.


  • Individual Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy
  • Group Therapy

My Approach

My approach is adaptable to accommodate your needs, whether you are hoping to focus on a specific issue, or wanting ongoing support for a chronic or complex problem. My perspective is trauma informed, and I rely on techniques derived from multiple therapeutic disciplines, including cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, narrative therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy. I work with adults, whether you are looking for short term support or are wishing to deepen your understanding of yourself. My practice is inclusive of all cultures, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and abilities. I specialize in helping older adults, their families, and caregivers with the myriad issues associated with aging. These may include memory loss, medical challenges, changes in family dynamics, depression, anxiety, loss of relationships, and the complexities of long term care and end of life planning. I offer consulting services in addition to traditional therapy.

My Background

I am a clinical social worker licensed in the State of Oregon by the Board of Licensed Social Workers. I hold bachelor's and master's degrees in social work from Radford University in Virginia. I have practiced in a wide variety of environments, including psychiatric and medical hospitals, nonprofit community mental health agencies, and an outpatient medical specialty clinic. I am an experienced advocate, creative problem solver, and empathic listener. I have lived in large cities and rural areas, across the United States and in Europe. I welcome diversity in my practice, and invite the challenges of adapting techniques to individual needs. I am passionate about helping others and want to guide people to discover their true selves, feel personally empowered, and make progress on their life's journey.

Insurance Plans Accepted

  • Out of Network
  • Medicare


  • 571.278.2063
  • Website
  • 510 SW Third Avenue, Suite 200
    Portland, OR 97204

At a Glance

  • Experience: 6 Year(s) of Practice
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Free Initial Consultation

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