Joanne King, MA joins us from the University of Hawaii, Hilo where she completed her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology. She completed her internship there providing counseling for students, couples, and groups.
A member of the American Psychological Association (APA), Joanne is experienced in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness Based Eating (MB-EAT), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Her practice is grounded in Humanistic psychology. Joanne’s work focuses on health and wellness. She has foundational and advanced training in Mindfulness, is a certified yoga teacher (RYT-200) practicing since 1997, and is able to counsel, mentor, and advise others from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and socioeconomic conditions.
Joanne has a published book on relationships titled,”Too Good To Go, Too Bad to Stay”. She believes that mental health has a profound effect on relationships, and that the inner thought process is an integral part of the outer manifestation of life. This effect can not only can be seen in one’s inner circle of family and friends, but also extends into ones work, community and society as a whole. She also developed a simple, yet comprehensive program called “Ditch The Diet For Life”, that is about obtaining your personal optimum body weight without dieting.
Her therapy practice uses a holistic approach incorporating mind, body, and integrative medicine for health and well-being. Joanne works with people in their larger context to understand their perspective, instead of using a diagnosis or label. From this viewpoint she is able to offer genuine and compassionate care, while still being firmly rooted in empirically supported therapies that provide results. Her expertise lies in working with people to help empower them in their lives, relationships and work. The foundation of her practice centers on authenticity, equanimity and personal growth.
Joanne believes that everyone has the ability to heal, by searching within themselves to find wisdom, fulfillment, and healing people can grow to live a full and happy life. Using a mindful approach of staying grounded in the here and now Joanne is able to provide nonjudgmental support, while staying focused on the person and helping them discover their positive traits. She believes most people just need a guide who can help them through the struggles they are experiencing.
Joanne’s passion for life is her daily Iyengar yoga practice meditation varying in mantra, breath work, and mindfulness. She enjoys going to the beach, painting, quilting, cooking, traveling, and spending time with her dog and loved ones.