About Joan Traversy

Joan has a Master degree in counselling and a Bachelor degree in Psychology. She combines her skills as a mediator and therapist with years of experience in the realms of psychology, theology, violence prevention, and working with youth. Joan’s therapeutic approach is holistic; she uses story and play therapy in her work with children, and draws upon principles of cognitive therapy, existential and family system based modalities in her work with adolescents, individuals, couples and families. As a trained crisis counsellor for victims of sexual abuse, Joan works with people overcoming issues related to sexual trauma.

Suicide prevention and intervention has been a focus of Joan’s clinical practice for several years. She is trained to facilitate support groups for people who have lost a loved on to suicide and works with families and schools where a death by suicide has occurred.

As a professional mediator, Joan has completed advanced civil mediation training from the University of Windsor – Faculty of Law, and advanced family mediation training. Joan works with family members, businesses and members of the community who wish to resolve disputes efficiently and effectively, avoiding costly and unsatisfying court proceedings. Joan is a member in good standing of the Ontario Association for Family Mediation as well as a certified member of Family Mediation Canada.

Joan believes in a holistic, natural approach to overcoming life’s problems and challenges. Balance, perspective, insight and resources allow for optimum health and growth. Through and examination and consideration of one’s values and priorities, and by taking responsibility for one’s mental and physical health, we can each better achieve our unique potential.

Continual learning and training are important elements of Joan’s commitment to providing you with excellent care. Joan works in conjunction with clinical psychologist Martin Rovers, and attends regular clinical supervision. In 2012, a world renowned expert on Narrative Therapy , David Epston from New Zealand, conducted an intensive workshop on working with children and their families. Joan received training from David and her work with young people and their family has been positively enriched.

To learn more about Narrative Therapy and how it works please visit www.narrativetherapy.com.

Early in Joan’s life, Joan was introduced to Vipassana meditation. Vipassana is a technique of meditation that involves using the body to focus on the present moment. Vipassana is also known as “insight meditation” and through the use of meditation and objectively learning to understand one’s thoughts, many of life’s challenges can be met. Joan helps clients to compassionately explore their thoughts, feelings and experiences and assists them in discovering new perspectives.

If you would like to listen to a mediation visit www.meditation.com.

Early morning swims and sunrises are a couple of her favourite things.