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Joanna von Staden


Life is a journey full of transitions that can sometimes bring unexpected change and heavy emotions. Children and adolescents often struggle with navigating and regulating such big feelings. Regardless of age, I believe we all have the ability to channel our inner strengths when given the correct tools and proper support. 

In 2004, I earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Radford University. Shortly after, I moved to the Lake Norman area which I now call home with my partner and three children. I later graduated from The University of North Carolina in Charlotte receiving a Master's in Counseling with a focus in Clinical Mental Health and a concentration in Play Therapy. ​

I enjoy working with children and adolescents with different learning abilities, ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma, and grief. When working with children under the age of 10, I use a Child-Centered Play Therapy approach providing a safe and consistent therapeutic environment in which the child can experience full acceptance, empathy, and understanding while processing their inner experiences and feelings through their natural language of play.


I have found that using a variety of evidence-based therapeutic modalities is most effective when working with adolescents because each teen's journey is not only eclectic but individually unique. 

My experience and passion include working with children, adolescents, young adults, caregivers, and individuals from our LBGTQ+ community. 

In addition, I am trained in a variety of therapeutic approaches and techniques including Play Therapy, Child-Parent Relationship Training (CPRT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). 


I believe the counseling relationship is the heart and soul of effective treatment. I utilize my education, professional knowledge, and experience to tailor each treatment plan to the needs of the client.  As a Clinical Mental Health Counselor, my goal is to provide a safe therapeutic, and inclusive environment while guiding you, your child, and your family through our collaborative and therapeutic process.                             





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