JoAnna Smith is a licensed clinical social worker who brings strong experience providing behavioral health services to diverse populations. She works from a client-centered, strengths-based lens that centers her client, and supports their personal agency. In addition, she also specializes in culturally-responsive counseling approaches. She earned her Master of Social Work degree from University of Southern California, (USC) Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work in Los Angeles, CA, and her Bachelor of Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies, Concordia University.

Education

  • Master of Social Work - University of Southern California
  • Bachelor of Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies - Concordia University

Awards & Certificates

  • Trauma-Informed Services Certificate
  • Clinical work was featured for National Health Center Week in 2016 for “Creating Safety from Race-based Traumatic Stress”

Clinical Interests

Language(s)

English

What can patients expect from you as a provider?  Patients can expect to receive client-centered counseling, which centers their experience, honors them for who they are, and is directed and guided by the Social Work Code of Ethics and Values.

What do you specialize in?

  • Traumatic stress, including race-based traumatic stress experienced by people of color
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

What makes you different as a provider? I am an empathic listener, and I work from a client-centered lens, centering my client’s experience, and strengths. In addition, I also focus a lot of my work on helping to support my client’s post-traumatic growth and resilience.

How would you describe your family? I would describe my family as loving and supportive.  We help each other and enjoy spending time together.

What sort of interests or hobbies do you have? My hobbies include listening to music from jazz to classical, trying out recipes, and enjoying long walks on the beach.  I also love a good book on a rainy day.

Can you recommend five resources for your patients?