Joanna Nappi, LMSW
Making the decision to begin therapy is a sign of strength and courage. I view everyday as a fresh start and an opportunity to become whoever you want to be. I am a passionate, non-judgmental, and empathic social worker and therapist, licensed in NY and CT. I have experience working with at-risk youth, families, and young adults in a variety of therapeutic settings, such as correctional facilities, domestic violence shelters, mental health clinics, refugee academies, and rural villages in Haiti. The majority of my work has been in schools, conducting crisis intervention, social emotional learning, yoga and mindfulness-training, and therapeutic counseling. In addition to private practice, I am a yoga instructor and apprentice llama farmer.
I graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies and a minor in Women’s Studies. I completed my Master’s of Social Work at Fordham University, where I studied clinical social work, as well as macro social work and advocacy. I completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training with YogaFit. I am moderately proficient in Spanish and speak some Haitian Creole.
My therapeutic style is eclectic, incorporating elements of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), yoga/movement, art, play therapy, and psychoeducation. I am committed to providing a safe, compassionate, and supportive environment for my clients, so that they can process their experiences, challenge limiting beliefs, and move towards change. I trust that my clients are the experts of their own lives and that my role is to empower as a coach and collaborator.
I primarily work with young children, adolescents, and young adults facing a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and emotional regulation issues. Special interests: Emerging adulthood, LGBTQIA+, DBT skills training, fostering creativity and the mind-body connection.
I feel recharged anytime that I do yoga, make art, spend time with animals, or travel with friends and family.
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