"We all have two lives. The second one begins when you realize you only have one."
- Confucius

Seven Reasons to Call Joanna for Psychotherapy

1.     If you suffer from an eating disorder, or have an eating disorder in your past

2.     If you love someone who has an eating disorder

3.     If you are troubled with emotional pain or feel sorrow and anger at not being able to live a satisfying life

4.     If you are bewildered or frustrated because you can’t take positive action toward fulfilling your goals

5.     If you are weary of carrying self-doubt and don’t know what you could possibly have or achieve in life

6.     If you feel anxious and have doubts about the quality of your relationship

7.     If you know in your heart there is more to life than how you are living now

I understand that your emotional situation is uniquely yours yet occurs within the context of a complex living situation you may want to maintain, change or leave.

Also, you are aging (as we all are), and your physical and emotional needs, priorities and desires are changing.

After 30 plus years of being a psychotherapist, plus recovering from an eating disorder,  I bring experience, understanding and compassion to our therapy sessions while I provide you with healing and growth opportunities.

We sort through what you see and what you don’t see as together we find meaning in your experience.

We create new self-care tools, find solutions to problems and often bring unexpected new satisfaction and joys into your life.

Contact me for a free telephone consultation
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How to Make Contact

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First psychotherapy appointment: what happens?


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During that conversation you and I will determine if an in-person appointment seems like the best next step for you. If it is not, then I will do my best to refer you to the kind of treatment we both decide is in your best interest.


If we agree that a psychotherapy appointment is the next right step, I will first send you required legal forms such as HIPPA, informed consent, basic client information These need to be signed by you before we begin.

All appointments ae virtual.

Often many powerful feelings come up quickly in that first meeting. I will give you emotional room to feel what you feel and time to share whatever you are willing to talke about.

You will feel what it's like to be face to face with me.  You will know if I seem c ucapable of understanding your situation and  if you can can be with me as you feel what you feel.  You will know if I seem like a person you might give an opportunity to be of help to you. You might give me a change to accompany you and support you on your  healing journey. 

You may feel rigid. You may feel sad or angry. You may feel relief and hope.  You may feel all these things. If you do, and you're willing and I believe that I may be able to help you and work with you, then we will make another psychotherapy appointment.

At that point we are building a relationship and a healing bond that supports your steps toward a more free life.



Joanna Poppink's position on virtual psychotherapy

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Joanna provides virtual psychotherapy to residents of California, Florida, Oregon and Utah.

Since the Covid pandemic I've learned that virtual appointments with visual connections are valuable, effective and sometimes even more personal than in person meetings.Clients are often more relaxed in their own environment. (What's it like now that therapy is virtal? a video)

Long Distance Consultations

Telephone consultations and private video consultations conducted through Skype are available.

These are informational meetings and relate to personal development issues and guidance as your work through the self-help exercises on this site and in my book, Healing Your Hungry Heart.

Couples and Family Therapy

My main practice is with women, most of whom have or have ever had an eating disorder.

However, families with one or more members with an eating disorder, can come in for short term work to get a sense of how they can pull together to create a more healing environment for everyone. Usually such meetings are once a week for a

Nutritional and Exercise Issues

Fears around food in general and some particular foods, emotional attraction to certain foods, vulnerability to binge foods,  issues regarding "safe" and "unsafe" foods are certainly addressed. 

Insurance Coverage for Treatment

Mine is a fee for service practice.

Insurance companies, not I, make coverage decisions.

I am not a member of any HMO program nor am I on any list of preferred providers.  If you have a PPO my fees may be partially reimbursed under the category of "out of network provider."  My services may be covered by private insurance.

Requirements to Qualify for Joanna's Practice

I work with adults only. My practice is designed for women and men who are committed to their own healing, recovery, and personal development.  I work with people in an age range of 24 - 90+.

Consultations vs. Psychotherapy

A consultation is a time limited experience with me where you provide specific information about yourself and your situations so I can give you professional perspective on your possible options.  You use my consultation services to learn more about healing and recovery exercises and how to apply them and integrate them into your life.

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