Joan Coles

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Joan <strong>Coles</strong>
Joan Coles MS, LPC



Joan is a driven, enthusiastic, and caring therapist who works primarily with children and adolescents from ages 3 to 25. She earned her Master’s of Science in Clinical Counseling Psychology from Brenau University in 2017 where she interned working with children and adolescents in both a non-profit counseling setting and in the public school system. Joan has diverse professional experience ranging from working in residential treatment centers to private practices before finding her happy place here at Counseling Plus More/CNSL. Joan provides LGBTQ+ and neurodiversity-affirming therapy.

With her younger clients, Joan practices from a Child-Centered perspective, using play to connect to children and help them explore and process their thoughts and feelings about the world around them. Joan is passionate about using play to provide developmentally appropriate therapy to little ones and is currently working towards earning the Registered Play Therapist credential. She works with children experiencing grief and loss, depression, anxiety, trauma, oppositional defiance disorder, disruptive mood dysregulation disorder, and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder as well as those struggling with adjusting to divorce, a move, or other significant life transitions. Parents often ask “Why do you play in session?” or “How will play help my child to feel better?” The simplest answer is that just as an adult will come into the therapy room and share their thoughts and feelings with words, children will come into the playroom and share their thoughts and feelings through play. When working with play therapy clients, Joan meets with parents regularly for parent support sessions to allow for collaborative work and sees parents as her partners in helping their kiddos on their journey to recovery.

Joan is the Team Lead for Counseling Plus More/CNSL’s Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Program and loves using DBT to help her adolescent clients build a life worth living. She is intensively trained in DBT and is an eager learner, continually broadening her knowledge base by attending additional trainings and completing independent study. Joan loves leading DBT skills classes for adolescents and finding ways to incorporate playfulness and fun into her class sessions. She provides Comprehensive DBT Therapy to adolescents with chronic suicidal and self-injurious behavior, depression, anxiety, trauma, borderline personality disorder, disruptive mood dysregulation disorder, and substance use, misuse, and abuse. Joan enthusiastically provides phone coaching to help her clients generalize skills use and avoid target behaviors. She is a passionate DBT provider. When working with teen clients, Joan includes parents with monthly parent or family sessions.

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