Prior to setting up a private practice in Midtown Sacramento, I provided therapy and psycho-educational support to a diverse group of people in a variety of community based settings. My compassion for under served populations continues to express itself in the work that I have chosen. I worked as a therapist in two junior high schools in the Bay Area, providing therapy to students exposed to long term trauma. I also provided therapy and social services to children living in the foster care system. In addition I worked in an adult recovery center where I provided milieu support and psycho-educational groups to women struggling with addictions and eating disorders. I also worked as a community based therapist for mothers and their young children in an Early Childhood Mental Health Program.
Currently I continue to provide support, case management and psycho-educational groups for women and children escaping domestic violence.
My interest in human behavior stemmed from my own need to become more present and aware in my own life. In college I studied the effect that culture had on identity and human behavior when I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Santa Barbara. I also earned my Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential and my Single Subject Teaching Credential in Social Sciences from the Santa Barbara University. I earned my Master's Degree in Holistic Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University in the Bay Area. I have completed additional studies in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Trauma Therapy, Exposure Therapy for Trauma, Mindfulness and Early Childhood Mental Health.
I have always had an intense desire to understand what it is that makes us human. I have continually asked questions of myself and others as to what it is that contributes to our sense of self and our sense of efficacy in the world. I believe that we each have our own unique set of flaws and our own unique set of gifts which makes us precious and human. I believe that we have an intrinsic capacity to transform that within us that stands in our way and that which no longer serves the higher good within us and within the world.
Joan Fellows ReachesSacramento CA