Let’s work together to create true and profound healing for you! Each session is adapted to suit your individual needs and goals. To schedule an appointment, Click on which session option you prefer or contact me for guidance. I am here to help you on your journey.
FREE Introductory Consultation via Phone or Skype
This session is designed for you and I to get acquainted. We will determine the issues you are facing and would like to have resolved. We will also discuss expectations of results and set a plan of action to accomplish them. $67 Session Value — Fee waived at this time. Learn More
Limit one  per client.
Getting the Love You Want—Couples Workshop 1 Day for 1 Couple
This workshop is for the couple who desires a more private learning and healing experience for improving their relationship utilizing the techniques of Imago Relationship Therapy. Workshops are held throughout the year at our Michigan location.Learn More
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Extended Description Of Services.
Following each Emotion Code or Body Code session, you will receive a report by email, going over the details along with recommendations that were discussed. Some sessions may be done using email correspondence as well and will be noted as such.
As you become familiar with this work, you will notice that energy does not distinguish between time or space. The benefits and results are experienced even when we work by Phone, Skype or email. Contact me at any time if you need guidance in your choice. I am here to help you on your journey.
FREE Introductory Consultation SCHEDULE APPT.
This session is designed for you and I to get acquainted. We will determine the issues you are facing and would like to have resolved. We will also discuss expectations of results and set a plan of action to accomplish them. Due to the nature of this session, we use only Phone or Skype for communication.
Allow 20 minutes. Session Value $67 – Fee waived at this time. Limit one (1) per client.
Life Worth Living – Quick Release Session SCHEDULE APPT.
Sometimes life throws us out of balance, it may be from something unexpected, or simply from an extremely trying day. This 20 minute session is designed for established clients desiring a shorter session for those quick release needs.
Session can be done via Phone, Skype or Email. Allow 20 minutes. Currently $67
Life Worth Living – Full Session SCHEDULE APPT.
This most popular Body Code session is designed to help identify and release trapped emotions, the Heart-Wall and correct imbalances in the body. Sessions may focus on achieving general wellness or address more specific physical and emotional issues, as well as life challenges. Each session may include, but is not limited to the release or correction of trapped emotions, structural and energetic circuit imbalances in the body, and recommendations to address nutritional deficiencies, pathogens and toxicity. The focus of a session can be of your choosing or we can allow muscle testing to guide the process.
Sessions by Phone, Skype or Email. Allow 40 Minutes. Currently $97
Life Worth Living Series – 3 Full Session Bundle SCHEDULE APPT.
Save by scheduling Emotion Code/Body Code sessions in a 3 Bundle package. Sessions may focus on issues and life challenges, specific health problems, or working towards a state of wellness. Areas of focus may include depression, anxiety, PTSD, chronic pain, health issues, relationship issues, specific traumatic events such as accidents, or abuse, etc. Release of the Heart-Wall may be accomplished in three sessions. Long term issues may need more than 3 sessions. Time limit to redeem this package is one year from date of purchase.
Sessions by Phone, Skype or Email. Allow 40 Minutes. Currently $267
Life Worth Living – Complete Evaluation with Session SCHEDULE APPT.
This service is designed for those dealing with a major health issues, or have experienced a serious decline in health. It is a complete Body Code evaluation of the body systems and includes testing for the presence of structural imbalances, low-grade pathogens, nutritional imbalances, toxins, all organ and gland circuits, trapped emotions, and the Heart-Wall. We will also determine how well your immune system is functioning. How well your brain is communicating with your organs and glands and how well your heart is communicating with the rest of your body. This is the same examination used by Dr. Bradley Nelson for many years in practice as he worked with people suffering from mysterious and “incurable” illnesses. Sessions by Phone, Skype or Email.
Allow 55 Minutes. Currently $147
Individual or Couple Counseling Sessions SCHEDULE APPT.
Counseling is a process that allows us to understand our behaviors and make the changes necessary to improve our lives. It allows us to take a clear look at our issues, make these changes, and integrate new behaviors. Sessions are integrative providing traditional and energy psychology modalities, as well as Emotion Code and Body Code. Counseling Sessions are by Phone or Skype only. Learn more about Imago Relationship Therapy for couples.
Allow 45 Minutes. Currently $120
Getting The Love You Want – Couple’s Workshop Call to Schedule
Private and individualized workshop designed to fit your individual needs. This intensive 10 hour day [1/Day-1/Couple] workshop is for those couples desiring a more personal and private learning experience using the Imago Therapy approach. This unique couple’s experience typically runs from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. These workshops are ongoing throughout the year, and held at our Michigan location. Contact Joan to discuss and schedule a date. Learn more about this Imago Relationship Therapy based couple’s workshop.
Allow an Entire Day – Minimum 10 Hours. Currently $897
Joan specializes in the treatment of a broad range of medical and emotional difficulties. Our services include, but are not limited to, assisting individuals who are experiencing:
- Anxiety Disorders
- Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder
- Panic Disorder
- Self-Esteem Issues
- Stress Reduction
- Imago Relationship Therapy
- Getting The Love You Want – Workshop
Everyone experiences life’s stresses from time to time. Meeting deadlines, raising kids, or driving in heavy traffic are three examples of situations in which normal anxious feelings can occur. While mild anxiety helps us remain alert and focused in challenging situations, anxiety disorders cause just the opposite. Severe distress over a period of time can keep you from having a life at all. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States. An estimated 19 million American adults are affected by anxiety disorders each year. This is not about being a ‘worry wart’ or being ‘stressed out.’ This requires professional care.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder – Excessive anxiety and worry about everyday life activities that occur more days than not for at least six months. The anxiety and worry are associated with at least three of the following six symptoms: restlessness, easily fatigued, difficulty concentrating, irritability, muscle tension, and sleep disturbances
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Recurrent and persistent thoughts or behaviors that seem impossible to control. Obsessions are thoughts that are experienced as intrusive and inappropriate and cause marked anxiety or distress. Compulsions are repetitive behaviors (e.g. hand washing, ordering, checking) or mental acts (e.g. praying, counting, repeating words silently) that the person feels driven to perform
Repeated episodes of intense fear or discomfort develop abruptly and peak within ten minutes. Symptoms often include heart palpitations, trembling, sweating, shortness of breath, dizziness, fear of dying, abdominal distress, and chest pain. Living with panic disorder is extremely difficult because the individual is always in a constant state of anxiety waiting for the next episode thus limiting their ability to lead a productive life.
People who suffer from poor self-esteem are limited in every area of life. They generally believe they are useless, stupid, and inferior to others. Because they see themselves as failures and unworthy of success and happiness, they rarely experience fulfillment and happiness in their lives. Many people with poor self-esteem suffer from childhood experiences that have reinforced feelings of unworthy and negativity.
Everyone feels sad or “down” on occasion. Most people grieve when major life events such as death, divorce, illness, or loss of job occurs. These feelings tend to lessen as time passes. Depression, however, occurs when despair or extreme sadness are present for two weeks or longer and interfere with everyday living such as work, sleep, eating, or pleasure.
Clinical Depression is an illness and not a character flaw or weakness. Unfortunately, many people have the misconception that depressed people are weak, failures, or simply don’t try hard enough. A surprising number also believe that the depressed person can just “snap out of it.” On the other hand, some clinically depressed individuals blame others for their disorder, such as parents, society, or God. This desire to blame others is similar to the weakness mentioned above. The only difference is that blame is projected outward rather than inward.
There are three major factors that contribute to the development of depression:
- Chemical and/or psychological
Research indicates that depression is associated with an imbalance that leads to a variety of symptoms that affect the whole body, including physical symptoms, moods, and thoughts. The following list of symptoms can occur in depression: down mood, lack of interest or pleasure, weight gain or loss, too much or too little sleep, abnormal restlessness or drop in physical activity, fatigue, difficulty thinking, concentrating, or making decisions, negative self-talk, feelings of helplessness or hopelessness, thoughts of harming oneself.
Depression affects over 19 million Americans each year and less than half seek treatment. The good news is that depression is highly treatable.
Stress is an important protective emotion. When the brain recognizes a dangerous situation it sends signals to the adrenal glands thus releasing adrenaline. This increase in adrenaline raises blood sugar and other physiologic responses allowing the person to react to the danger. Once the danger is past the brain turns off the flee signals and the body physiology returns to normal.
Stress becomes a problem when it continues for long periods of time thus becoming a chronic situation. Evidence shows that chronic stress weakens the immune situation, is a contributing cause of hypertension, heart disease, stroke, anxiety, and depression.
Imago Relationship Therapy
Imago Relationship Therapy is a systematic approach to marital and relationship issues. Developed by Harville Hendrix, Ph.D. and Helen LaKelly Hunt, Ph.D., Imago therapy is a synthesis of pivotal aspects of other well-known theories. A few of those theories are Object Relations, Gestalt Systems, Cognitive Behavioral, and Humanistic. Their books on Imago Relationship Therapy, Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples; Keeping the Love You Find: A Personal Guide; Giving the Love That Heals: A Guide for Parents; and three companion books on meditation and exercises, have sold more than two million copies and have been translated into more than 50 languages.
Imago is the Latin word for “image”. Dr. Hendrix maintains that: (a) we are born into relationship; (b) as children, we were wounded in relationship; and therefore (c) as adults, healing of these wounds can take place in relationship. Imago theory states that at a very young age our brain forms a composite picture of both the positive and negative characteristics of our major caregivers.
On an unconscious level, we are attracted to an individual who holds these same traits. Initially, we believe this person is “the one” who will meet all our unmet needs from childhood. In the romantic phase, we tend to see only those positive traits in our partner. What many couples don’t understand is that the romantic phase is supposed to end. And, when it does, it seems that our partner is only interested in meeting his/her own needs and that ours will go unmet.
This new phase is known as the Power Struggle. While in the power struggle, our partner’s negative traits appear to predominate in our relationship, and thus recreates (or triggers) our wounds from childhood. The Power Struggle phase is full of criticism, bitterness, anger, and disillusionment. Many couples separate or divorce before finding resolution. Unfortunately, these couples do not realize that their partner holds the blueprint to healing. According to Dr. Hendrix, the purpose of a committed relationship is to finish childhood.
Imago Relationship Therapy provides such an avenue: a safe and secure way for couples to move from an “unconscious” relationship to a “conscious and intentional” one. Couples, however, must have the proper tools in order to make this paradigm shift in their relationship. Imago’s intentional dialogue is one of many tools taught to couples desiring to find the path of real love. Reality love blossoms when their relationship becomes conscious and intentional.
Getting The Love You Want – Couples Workshop
This workshop will benefit couples desiring to enrich their relationship, resolve longstanding conflict, or even decide if the relationship can be saved. Couples learn skills for re-establishing excitement and connection and creating a mutual vision for the present and future. Through lecture, guided imagery, demonstration, written exercises, and communication processes couples gain greater compassion and understanding for themselves and their partner and how to use their relationship for mutual healing and fulfillment. If you desire to schedule a “Getting the Love You Want” couple’s workshop, please contact me by phone to discuss arrangements.