MSW, R.S.W., Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist
Joanna LaCaprara is a Registered Social Worker and Psychotherapist with an office located in Oshawa, Ontario. In 2007, I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree after studying Criminology at Simon Fraser University and completed a Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Windsor in 2010. I am a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and the Canadian Association of Social Workers.
I have over 9 years of working experience in the field of social work. I began my career facilitating groups for the Partner Assault Response Program in the Region of Peel. I transitioned to supporting youth and their families in an accredited children’s mental health agency in Oshawa where for 5 years I conducted family assessments, completed case management, and led individual, family, and parent support counselling sessions. I have been working on a school board for the past 4 years and continue in my position as a Mental Health Clinician where I focus my skills on student mental health and attendance. I also started my own private practice in the Durham Region in September 2019.
I ground my social work practice in strengths-based and client-centred approaches while I incorporate evidence-based treatment modalities that I have been trained in. I believe clients are their own experts of themselves, and together we create a therapeutic plan that meets their needs and comfort levels. I have received training in various treatment modalities such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Solutions-Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, trauma-informed care, and I continue to participate in professional learning courses and workshops.
Throughout my working experience, I have helped adults, children, and youth as they have encountered anxiety, depression, suicidality, stress, lack of work/school motivation, non-suicidal self-injury, family strain and communication difficulties, major life transitions, grief, and other complex mental health challenges.
With everyone I work with, I commit to establishing an authentic and genuine therapeutic relationship. While listening with empathy and compassion, I strive to learn about my clients and their personal experiences. I value clients feeling heard and empowered, and continually ask my clients for feedback to ensure that we are collaboratively meeting their personal goals.
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Age Groups Served
Adolescents, Child Preschool, Child Elementary, Early Adolescents, Late Adolescents, Adults, Older Adults/Seniors
Registered Social Worker
Social Anxiety, Assertiveness, School Problems, Parenting, emotional regulation, Relaxation, Relationship Problems, Self-Esteem and Identity Issues, Moral Injury, Occupational Stress Injury, Sanctuary Trauma, Abuse, Anger Management, Anxiety, Body Image, Bullying - School, Bullying - Workplace, Career/Work Performance Issues, Conflict Resolution, Criminal Behaviour, Crisis, Depression, Divorce & Separation, Eating Disorders, Ethnic/Minority Issues, Gender & Identity Issues, Grief & Bereavement, Marital Issues, Mood Disorders, Panic Attacks, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Relationship Issues, Self Esteem, Self Harm, Sexual Orientation, Stress, Stress Management, Suicidal Ideation, Trauma
Person-Centered, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused
650 King Street East, Suite 215, Oshawa, ON, L1H 1G5
May 12-July 6: Monday to Friday, 5 pm to 8 pm, Saturdays 9 am to 1 pm - July 7-August 20: Monday to Friday 9 am to 8 pm, Saturdays 9 am to 1 pm - August 20-July 7: Monday to Friday 5 pm to 8 pm, Saturdays 9 am to 1 pmkm awayGet Directions