Moved deeply by my experiences with the many benefits of yoga and psychotherapy, I decided to pursue a career in clinical mental health counseling and yoga. I earned my master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University. In addition to mental health counseling, and with over 1,000 hours of yoga training in vinyasa, yin, restorative, prenatal, therapeutic, and trauma-informed yoga, my professional career includes the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center, Harvard University’s School of Public Health, South Boston Yoga, Healing Tree Yoga & Wellness Center, Om Births, Breathe & Play Every Day, and The Pathways Institute.  

In addition to counseling and yoga, I have consulted with multiple women’s organizations and have presented at national conferences on the topics of stress, wellness, and holistic well-being. My work has also been featured through Boston Business Women and the South Shore Wellness Collective. 

My experience in holistic wellness and mind-body modalities for healing has led me towards guiding individuals to reach their full potential for optimal well-being. Through my work, I support individual clients and groups in managing their symptoms, deepening their relationships to themselves and others, and coming home to themselves.  

Clients have described me as empathetic and compassionate, honest and non-judgmental, insightful and trustworthy.

Meet Joanna

MA, LMHC, E-RYT

Licensed Mental Health Counselor
State of Massachusetts

Master’s Degree, Lesley University
Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills Training
Behavioral Tech, Dr. Marsha Linehan

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Foundations Training
Behavioral Tech, Dr. Marsha Linehan

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills for Adolescent & Families
Behavioral Tech, Drs. Marsha Linehan, Alec Miller, and Jill Rathus

Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals Program
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Trauma Team Therapist and Meditation Group Leader
South Bay Community Services

Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Mindfulness Group Leader
DCS Mental Health

Licensed Mental Health Counselor and DBT Group Leader
Inspired DBT 



200-hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training Program
South Boston Yoga

Yoga As Therapy Training & Mentorship Program
Kate Graham/Soulful Yoga Therapy

Relax and Renew® Restorative Yoga Certification
Judith Hanson Lasater

Yin Yoga Certification
Josh Summers

Prenatal Yoga Certification
Rebecca Conant/Om Births

“The Psychology of Yoga” and “Restorative Yoga Therapeutics”
Bo Forbes/Elemental Yoga

“Trauma Informed Mind Body (TIMBo)” Foundations Training Sue Jones/YogaHOPE

Yoga as Medicine Training 
Dr. Timothy McCall

National Counseling Association

American Mental Health Counselors Association

Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association

International Association of Yoga Therapists

Yoga Alliance

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Community Partners

Yoga & Therapy
Joanna Barrett