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Joanna A Lester MA, LPC, NCC

Psychotherapist & Founder

I’m Joanna (she/they/we), a licensed therapist who works with individuals who are ready to reclaim their belonging in life. Before my work as a therapist, I spent years in the world of linguistics and psychology research. This background combined with threads of mindfulness, mysticism, and wonder have shaped my therapeutic approach: bridging cutting edge evidence-based practices with the potent soulfulness that deep inner work requires. It continues to be a great honor to work with those ready to unfold their journey of becoming.
 

Outside (and alongside) my work, I love to write and read, create art and music, and connect with the natural world. I'm a passionate soul, but I also know first hand the struggle of not knowing how to channel my creativity and gifts while caught in the maze of anxiety, perfectionism, and self-doubt.  Through the process of my own healing emerged a deep devotion to supporting others in finding the transformative power of self-compassion.

I specialize in guiding individuals through the complexities of identity exploration and integration, leveraging my own experiences with gender fluidity and multiculturalism. I strive to cultivate therapeutic relationships that serve as a sanctuary for creative, thoughtful individuals seeking to break free from the tired tangles of internal strife and (re)discover the joy of living authentically.
 

Whether you're navigating the nuances of your identity, seeking to overcome the barriers of past traumas, or longing to express your true self and confidently connect with others, I'm here to support you. Together, we'll embark on a transformative journey towards healing, empowering you to embrace your uniqueness and live a life of profound fulfillment.
 

Let's unlock the door to your authentic self, fostering a deeper connection with who you are and cultivating the resilience to live with intention. Whatever heaviness you may find yourself holding at this moment, know that there truly is lightness on the other side. I'm here to help you each step of the way there.

My Credentials

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

  • National Certified Counselor (NCC)

  • Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Naropa University, specializing in Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling

  • Special training in Gestalt

  • Special training in Parts Work

  • Special training in advanced trans/ gender-affirming mental health care (WPATH)

  • Worked as a community-based therapist as well as residential treatment facilities with adults and adolescents from diverse backgrounds

  • Experience working with identity issues, depression, anxiety, complex trauma, gender and sexuality, body image, chronic illness, neurodivergence, spiritual emergency, psychosis

  • Attachment theory and repair expertise informed by extensive research experience in early childhood language, psychology, and neurological development

  • Formal study of Gender and Sexuality in language and philosophy in Paris, France

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