Joanne Carter is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) at RiverMend Health Centers. She provides mental health services to clients in the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP). Joanne specializes in a breakthrough therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), to help her clients process traumatic events in their lives. She describes her approach to treatment as eclectic and person-centered. She believes in meeting a person wherever they may be in their recovery and building a therapeutic, one-on-one relationship.
Joanne has several decades of experience working in the mental health field. She began her career in 1986 as a Program Coordinator helping to identify the needs of homeless adults and children while working at a soup kitchen in New Jersey. Feeling inspired to do more, she went on to provide case management for children and families in need to help maintain community stability. This led her to work as an in-home clinician providing direct services to families by educating parents and their children through the use of therapeutic interventions. Soon after, she started her own practice providing cognitive behavioral therapy and trauma therapy to adults as well as play therapy to children. She has also worked with domestic violence and sexual assault victims providing crisis intervention and facilitating trauma and education awareness groups.
For the past few years, Joanne has dedicated herself to working with those in recovery providing cognitive therapy, EMDR therapy, educating clients on sober living and facilitating trauma and mindfulness groups.
Joanne received her Bachelor of Science in Urban Studies/Public Policy in 1989 from St. Peter’s College and her Master of Science in Counseling at the University of Southern Maine in 2005.