Joanne Shoho

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

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My Approach to Therapy

Joanne Shoho is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with over six years of dedicated experience working with children and adolescents who suffered from trauma, anxiety, impulse control and adults who have struggled with substance abuse, depression, eating disorders, body image/self-esteem and other relational concerns.  She is certified by the state of California in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), which she received during her internship while working with children and adolescents, and is also skilled in cognitive behavioral therapy.  Joanne also worked closely with parents on parenting skills in order to help families build stronger and more positive communication with one another.  She acquired additional training in group therapy by working with children and adolescents for 20 weeks in Group Services where she learned various skills facilitating groups.

Joanne obtained experience in a partial hospitalization program and enthusiastically created a 20-week therapeutic group on body image and self-esteem concerns, where clients spoke freely regarding their specific struggles. Topics in the group therapy included relapse prevention skills, positive coping skills, anger management, stress management, and mood management. She incorporated techniques such as mindfulness, relaxation and communication skills in order for her patients to develop self-confidence. Joanne has worked with individuals who struggled with substance abuse and compassionately motivated them to make positive choices.

Professional Experience:

Center for Discovery

Primary Therapist                                                                       

  • Completed biopsychosocial within one day of admission and met with clients within twenty-four hours of admission to establish therapeutic rapport.
  • Completed Comprehensive Treatment Plan and Integrated Treatment Summary within three days of admission.
  • Prepared and facilitated group, family and individual therapy to clients struggling with Eating Disorders on a weekly basis.

College Medical Center

Social Worker                                                                               

  • Took a lead role in interviewing, assessing individuals with complex behavioral health needs.
  • Developed integrated/individualized behavioral health treatment goals as part of a comprehensive care plan.
  • Collaborated in discharge planning for patient’s safe transition to home or another level of care of collaboration with the patient, the patients’ family and the health care delivery team.

College Hospital Enterprises

Therapist                                                                                    

  • Designed and implemented a 20-week therapy group on ‘Body Image’ issues.
  • Facilitated therapy groups on topics such as Relapse Prevention, Goal Review, Self-Esteem, Life Skills, Anger Management, Mindfulness, Coping Skills, Creative Expression and Mood Management.
  • Provided targeted case management to clients in the Partial Hospitalization Program and referred to appropriate community resources when deemed necessary to ensure that their physical and emotional needs were addressed.
  • Facilitated group, individual and family therapy to clients struggling with Dual-Diagnoses, i.e. Alcohol and Drug Addictions and Mood Diagnoses.

South Coast Behavioral Health

Discharge Planner                                                       

  • Developed curriculum for clients recovering from Alcohol and Drug Addiction and led groups on anger management, parenting and family issues.
  • Motivated clients to formulate an after-care plan before discharging from the program.

Star View Community Services

  • Provided individual and family therapy to youth [ages 5-19] with emotional and behavioral disturbances.
  • Co-facilitated an ART [Anger Replacement Training] Group for teens.
  • Completed clear, concise and timely documentation in accordance with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Mental Health [DMH] regulations.

Education:

California State University, Fullerton

Master of Science in Counseling (Emphasis: Marriage, Family, Child Counseling)

California State University, Northridge

Bachelor of Art in Speech Communication

(Minor: Psychology)

Licenses and Certifications:

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT 91324

Board of Behavioral Science

Licenses and Certifications:

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT 91324

Board of Behavioral Science

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions (CIBHS)

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