Staying Sincere And Working Toward My Goals
At a young age, my parents taught me the importance of caring for people in need. Through observing their commitment to serving others, I learned how to make genuine connections with people and help them find the strength within themselves to overcome life hurdles. As I navigated my own life path, I added to these core values a passion for working toward social justice, as well as fortifying the self-worth, relationships and dignity of others.
It wasn’t until after I started my professional career in the banking industry that I knew I wanted to be a therapist. I had long conversations with many of the individuals who did business at my bank. Sometimes these talks turned into “counseling” sessions – where customers expressed their personal struggles, and I offered validation and support. The more I listened to their different issues, the more I wanted to learn more about the human mind, better understand how people can enact positive change in their lives and become part of a solution.
Staying true to myself and my values, I decided to enter the social work and therapy fields. Since then, I have continued to learn and grow as a counselor, attending advanced trainings and keeping up with innovative techniques proven to bring my clients hope, relief and healing.
Employing Cutting Edge Strategies During Counseling Sessions
As a therapist, I have always been fascinated by the capacity for people to change and rise above life obstacles. My specialties include helping individuals clear their past trauma and find relief from their symptoms of worry, fear and hopelessness or their dependence on substances. I address my clients’ underlying pain through effective, empirically proven brainspotting and/or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) approaches, helping them free themselves from stress, phobias, mood imbalances and addictions. These therapy tools work with the brain on a neurobiological level, allowing my clients to clear emotional blocks and move forward in life with confidence.
I have also found it helpful to combine body-oriented approaches and thought-focused strategies, into all of my sessions to further facilitate the healing process. Sessions with me are always client-driven, and I approach our work together with an open mind so we can explore the benefits of personalized techniques, such as art therapy, so each client can resolve deep personal issues, develop new coping strategies and maintain lasting results. I believe the mind is naturally resilient, and with a tailored mind-body therapy approach, everyone has the ability to feel whole and reach their goals.
Getting Involved In My Community
My specialization in treating trauma disorders and addictions informs my important involvement in the veteran community. After offering veterans and their family members treatment for a number of years, I decided to take my commitment to social justice to the next level. In November 2015, I founded the Bodhi Battalion, a nonprofit that works with military veterans to help them find safe housing, overcome mental or physical health issues, recover from addictions and build a rewarding life in the civilian world.
Outside of my professional work, I enjoy spending time with my family and my dogs, leading an active lifestyle and taking advantage of the beautiful Colorado outdoors. Personally, I have also worked on my own mind-body wellness, benefitting from practicing many of the therapy techniques I use with clients during sessions.
Ensuring The Best Therapy Environment
I’m dedicated to building a personalized counseling experience that is tailored to your needs and interests. I hold all of my clients to an unconditional high regard, understanding that “normal” is relative. As we work together, I will honor your individual observations and experiences and help you find your most fulfilling, vibrant and healthy “normal.”
I also believe the positive relationship between the client and the therapist is one of the most important components to successful therapy. In addition to respecting your personal history and preferences during treatment, I offer a flexible schedule, allowing for some evening, early morning or weekend sessions.
If you are interested in learning more about how counseling can help you find relief from your struggles and release your inner potential, please contact me at 720-550-2677, by email or schedule for a free 30-minute phone consultation. I’m happy to discuss your needs, my practice, my therapy philosophy and how we may work together.
JoAnna McTevia is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Licensed Addictions Counselor (LAC) in the state of Colorado. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from USC’s School of Social Work with a Masters in Social Work. She also holds a B.A. in Psychology from Arizona State University. JoAnna has also completed several certifications and trainings throughout the past five years, including advanced training in brainspotting, EMDR and mindfulness.