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 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 in 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-centered 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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Child Preschool, Child Elementary, Early Adolescents, Late Adolescents, Adults, Older Adults/Seniors, Families
Registered Social Worker
Abuse, Anger Management, Anxiety, 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, Relationship Issues, Self Esteem, Self Harm, Sexual Orientation, Stress, Suicidal Ideation, Trauma
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy
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