Joan Laguzza, LCSW Joie PDX Counseling

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.

Client Status

accepting clients

Contact

571.278.2063

At a Glance

Me

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2014

Languages: English

Services

  • Individual
  • Group

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network
  • Medicare

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.

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.

Techniques I Use

Specialties

  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy External link

    This style of therapy is designed to provide a quick resolution to a specific problem. It can identify existing strengths and help determine how to use them to resolve issues and attain goals. I am a creative problem solver and enjoy helping others realize their potential to create solutions to establish balance and wellbeing in their lives.

  • Eclectic External link

    Being able to access multiple therapeutic tools and methods guarantees the best adapted approach to individual needs. I strive to ever increase my knowledge of therapy modalities and use them creatively to help reach maximum potential.

  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) External link

    I use cognitive behavioral therapy techniques to help people recognize the relation between their thoughts, feelings, actions, and behaviors. This reliable method is versatile, and is easily adapted to address different issues and accommodate different viewpoints.

Issues I Treat

Specialties

  • Aging Concerns External link

    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.

  • Alzheimers External link

    For over five years, I have worked with older adults having memory loss in mental health and medical settings. I help older adults maintain their independence, mediate with family, coordinate care with medical professionals, and help maintain a sense of balance in the setting of loss of power, control, and privacy. I am successful in moderating unwanted behaviors and implementing coping skills.

  • Personality Disorders External link

    Disordered personality traits can result in maladaptive coping skills that negatively impact relationships. They can make it hard to achieve desired outcomes in life and work. I strive to create a non-judgmental space to develop better coping and more successful strategies to satisfy your needs.

  • PTSD External link

    My work as a medical social worker at a Level 1 trauma hospital in the burn center, trauma, and intensive care units has informed my approach to people suffering from the effects of trauma and familiarized me with its varied manifestations. I have expertise in dealing with crisis, the immediate impact of trauma, and the long lasting emotional and physical effects of historical trauma.

  • Depression External link

    Feelings of depression are fairly common but can manifest differently for each person. Some levels of depression can be satisfactorily addressed with therapy alone, and some may call for the addition of medical treatment. I provide assessment to ascertain how symptoms of depression can best be improved and work to devise a treatment plan that fits each individual need.

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