Joanna Taubeneck, LCPC, R-DMT, GL-CMA, E-RYT is a licensed clinical professional counselor, registered dance/movement therapist, certified movement analyst, and experienced registered yoga teacher. She holds a bachelors degree from New York University and a masters degree from Columbia College Chicago in Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling. Dance/Movement Therapy is a psychotherapeutic modality which emphasizes the use of the body in the healing process. As a former dancer, Joanna is passionate about movement and acknowledges that the body holds deep, intuitive wisdom and also the imprints of our many life experiences. The body remembers, on a physiological level—oftentimes much more fully than does the brain—moments of calm and also moments of trauma. Joanna’s goal is always to create a safe and supportive space for exploration of how the body would like to express itself, while also inviting verbal processing of sensations, feelings, thoughts, and memories.

Joanna has been a therapist in various settings, including inpatient hospital detox, intensive outpatient treatment for substance abuse and co-occurring mental health diagnoses, and outpatient individual therapy. While in outpatient environments, Joanna worked specifically with survivors of domestic violence as well as with those struggling with anxiety and mood disorders. Joanna has worked with adults, adolescents, children, and families and specializes in working with trauma, substance use disorders, LGBTQ+ folks, anxiety and mood disorders, and grief. She is also currently being trained in NARM (NeuroAffective Relational Model).

Joanna believes that each of her clients innately holds the key to their own healing, yet deeply embedded societal systems, stigmatization, oppression, past trauma, and general feelings of “not enough-ness” so often block our ability to discover, trust, and give voice to our authentic selves. Joanna encourages her clients to come as they are and to bring all of their inter-sectional identities into the therapeutic relationship. She uses strengths-based, relational, and trauma-informed interventions to facilitate sessions, and hopes to offer her clients a grounding space where they can exhale, soften, and turn inward in an attempt to hear what their bodies are saying. Joanna is certain that with validation, compassion, safety, choice, and an empathetic witness, the body/mind has the power to heal itself.

In her spare time Joanna loves to teach and practice yoga, listen to music, cozy up with a good book, and lean into her newfound love of astrology. You can reach Joanna at joanna@headhearttherapy.com.