My Goal as a Therapist is to: Handle the hard stuff with you so you can be in the mysteries of life instead of the miseries of life.

I enjoy working with people who want to make changes in their lives. We partner using your strengths, both our life’s experiences, my therapeutic expertise, and a large bag of therapist-like tools, to help you with your dreams and goals. I will follow your lead and go at your pace.

MY BELIEFS: I believe one of our basic needs as people is to connect with others in meaningful ways. When that isn’t happening, life doesn’t feel so good.

Therapy can be extremely helpful to:

  • Slow down and reduce your stress
  • Get an outside perspective
  • Heal wounds
  • Let someone else into your pain
  • Work with solutions rather than being stuck in the problem
  • Do some personal growth work
  • Heal what is keeping you stuck
  • Generate creative solutions so you can live more effectively

Personal Growth and Healing take place when you understand and accept what has not been working and you come up with new options that work better for you.

VISION: Joanne Baum brings a variety of clinical skills to each session from her many years being in private practice. We focus on current challenges while looking for solutions that work, and explore the past, as needed, to gain understanding. We work together on changing current situations, gaining skills and insights, and healing old wounds.  You can then respond from a position of thoughtful strength rather than react in emotional ways that get in your way. Dr. Baum helps you generate new choices that comfortably meet your needs.

People often call a therapist when:

  • Your relationship with yourself is not working
  • Your relationships with significant others are not working
  • You are having problems with how you are being in the world
  • Drugs and/or alcohol are interfering with your life or a loved one’s life
  • You are not enjoying how you are dealing with people, places and things
  • Past traumas are affecting how you want to live
  • You are in emotional and/or physical discomfort or pain
  • You are looking at a new stage in life and wondering how to navigate it with grace
  • You’re feeling stuck and can’t figure out how to get to a better place


  • Life’s Transitions

  • Substance Use Disorders (Abuse and Addiction)

  • Trauma Work

  • Mood Challenges

  • Divorce and Post DIvorce Issues

  • MArriage Counseling

  • the Sandwich Generation




Joanne has a PhD in Social Welfare and a Master’s Degree in Social Work. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Level III Certified Addictions Counselor in Colorado and a LCSW in Indiana. Joanne has written four books and trained professionals and paraprofessionals extensively throughout the country

Fees: Dr. Joanne Baum likes to receive $180 for a session.  Given today’s economy Dr. Baum recognizes this may not be financially feasible; if necessary, we can talk about a reduced fee.

She has an office in Bloomington, Indiana and works using HIPAA compliant Telemental Health Services with people throughout Colorado and Indiana.


Life Transitions

  • Wanting your life to be different and not sure what that would even be or how to get there
  • Empty Nest
  • Retirement
  • Health Challenges
  • Moving
  • Widowhood
  • Divorce
  • Changes in Job, life, family, moods
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  • Is “it” really a problem
  • How is “it” affecting me
  • How is “it” affecting us?
  • What can we do?
  • Find out with a thorough Substance Use Evaluation
  • Create an Intervention to help a loved one into Treatment
  • Individual Work
  • Working with someone so they can get “Treatment Ready”
  • Couples Work
  • Individualized Continuing Care after Treatment
  • Co-Dependency
  • Adult Children of Alcoholics
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  • Resolving Big T Trauma and Little t trauma
  • Being all you want to be in life without being triggered by “old stuff”
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  • What is the next stage in your family’s life?
  • Moving from one home into two loving homes
  • Divorce Coaching
  • Creating a “Parenting Plan” for your family with your children’s best interests in mind
  • Co-Parenting – what is it and how do I/we do it?
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  • When you are wishing things were different in your relationship and you’re not sure how to get there.
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  • Joanne has developed her own theories and strategies for respectfully parenting your children, helping them to develop in healthy ways emotionally, socially and cognitively
  • Individualized Parent Coaching
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  • Caught between your children’s needs and your older parent’s needs?
  • Feeling like you do not have enough time, emotions, or resources to cope?
  • Needing help setting healthy boundaries?
  • Feeling lost amidst conflicting responsibilities?
  • Later life transitions from home to assisted living or memory care?
  • Widowhood?
  • Dementia and its impact on all family members
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  • Traditional Talk Therapy
  • Brainspotting
  • Role Playing
  • Empty Chair work