As a Therapist, I want to be: "Handling the hard stuff with you, so you can live the life you want, rather than be living in frustration, distress or emotional pain.  You'll be trading the miseries of life for living more easily with the mysteries of life."

My Belief: "Acceptance of what is precedes Change."

Things start shifting when you begin to accept, "what is" without anger, shame, or judgment.  The first step is when you you stop fighting and stop being angry at “what is” and “what has been.” Amazingly, you don’t need to “understand” all the whys behind “what is” for change to happen.  You just need to be tired enough of, “what is,” that you’re willing to try something different (even if the thought of different is uncomfortable at first.)  When you're willing to look for a new perspective, try out new options, shift your beliefs about "what is," and you're willing to let go of the old distress you're used to, you begin to change and see progress away from what "has been" to "what can be." One person said, "It's like taking a flying leap of faith by letting go of the old tried and true emotional pain you're so used to and going through the discomfort and stress of doing something new and different until you realize, 'this is so much better.' I'm not living in that old pain anymore; it's not holding me back."

If You Choose To Work With Me, We Will Partner Using:

  • Your Strengths
  • Your Needs
  • Your Lead
  • Your Goals
  • Both our Life’s Experiences
  • My Therapeutic Expertise
  • A Large Bag of Therapeutic Tools
  • A Collaborative Team Approach


Talk Therapy


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Motivational Interviewing


Strengths-Based Approach


* I‘ve been working as a therapist since 1981. As issues have caught my interest I’ve learned about them.  As a result, I have developed a variety of specialties so I can be more responsive to people seeking help.  Some issues go hand in hand like trauma and addiction, trauma and mood disorders, addiction and marital problems or divorce, and prejudice, injustice and trauma.  When you add in anger, shame and resentment to what a person is facing, the situation becomes more complex and deserves a therapist who is skilled in a variety of modalities.  Adding specialties and therapeutic skills to what I offer has helped me work with more people in ways that allows them to go deeper in their healing…

Joanne (Preferred Pronouns She/Her/Hers) has a PhD in Social Welfare and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from The University of Wisconsin, Madison.  She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Certified Addictions Specialist in Colorado, an LCSW in Indiana, and awaiting an LCSW in Florida. Joanne has written four books and trained professionals and paraprofessionals throughout the country

Fees: Dr. Joanne Baum's fee for a session is $200.  Given today’s economy, Dr. Baum recognizes this may not be financially feasible; if necessary, we can talk about a reduced fee.

At this time, Joanne Baum, PhD is offering Telehealth sessions to people in Colorado  and Indiana while awaiting licensure in Florida.