The Stuff You Learn In Therapy
Battling Anxiety & Depression
The Stuff You Learn in Therapy: Battling Anxiety and Depression is a workbook packed with both helpful knowledge and useful tools to finally break free from the oppression of anxiety and depression. Learning to approach anxiety and depression from the framework explained in this book will empower you to regain control over your life. The workbook also includes information on how to help the loved ones in your life who suffer from depression and anxiety.
Fink and the Worry Monster
A children's book about anxiety
Anxiety is not just for adults. Many children and adolescents suffer from anxiety. Joni partnered with her family to create a book to help kids understand anxiety and cast it out - in a way they can understand and apply it to everyday life. This book can be a stand-alone book or used with Joni's workbook The Stuff You Learn in Therapy: Battling Anxiety & Depression.
KK and the Sad Monster
A children's book about Depression
Depression is not just for adults. Many children and adolescents suffer from depression. Joni partnered with her family to create a book to help kids understand depression and cast it out - in a way they can understand and apply it to everyday life. This book can be a stand-alone book or used with Joni's workbook The Stuff You Learn in Therapy: Battling Anxiety & Depression.
Joni Fulkerson LCSW
Education & Credentials
I started my career in 2005 as a Counselor Aide at an inpatient drug and alcohol facility. I led groups related to addiction and recovery. After a year, I transferred to the mental health unit and worked as a Social Worker where I helped connect individuals to services in their community.
After completing my undergraduate degree, I started working with children diagnosed with behavioral problems. I worked to help children, and their families, manage their behaviors and emotions.
In my graduate program, I transitioned into mental health therapy. I have worked as a mental health Outpatient Therapist for the past 10 years.
From 2011-2012, I had the opportunity to return to Shippensburg University as an adjunct professor in the Social Work Department.
Experience & Daily Life
I graduated summa cum laude with my Bachelor of Social Work in 2007 from Shippensburg University. My dedication to the field drew me back to Shippensburg University where I attained my Masters in Social work in 2009, graduating with honors.
In 2010, I obtained my license to practice Social Work in the State of Pennsylvania. I worked closely with my mentor and supervisor for 3 years and was able to obtain my clinical license to practice Social Work in Pennsylvania in 2013.
Over the years, I have continued my education on various topics such as dream therapy, trauma, eating disorders, art therapy, ethics, divorce mediation, grief, couple's work, and treatment of ADHD.
I am a wife, a mother of two, and a follower of Jesus. I enjoy reading, music, painting, and crocheting.
As a social worker, I believe in a set of core values related to the profession.
I believe that service, social justice, dignity and worth of an individual, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence are all integral parts of helping other people.
I believe that no problem is too big or unfixable.
I believe that people deserve to be happy and enjoy their lives.
I believe in hope.
I like to approach issues from a holistic healing perspective. I prefer to address all areas of a person's life (mind, body, and spirit) to help them move towards wholeness.
As a mental health therapist, I have found that cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is the most helpful approach for a lot of people. It focuses on changing how you think so you can start to feel, and do, better. A subset of CBT that I find really helpful is dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). It has four modules that focus on learning the skills of distress tolerance, mindfulness, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. These groups of skills are very effective with conditions such as depression, anxiety, codependency, substance abuse, and borderline personality disorder.
Since there are so many different people with very different concerns, I make sure that my services are tailored to suit your needs. I work from a generalist perspective, which means that I learn and train on a lot of different topics, instead of focusing on just one. I aim to inspire, encourage, and support people through difficult times in their lives, no matter what the problem may be.
What To Expect
You can find the necessary initial paperwork below. If you have questions about what paperwork is needed, please reach out to me. Once the paperwork is completed, signed, and returned to me, we can schedule our first appointment. All sessions will be held over the phone or through video conferencing, whichever you choose. Each appointment lasts 45-60 minutes. The frequency of appointments and the length of treatment will be decided based on your needs.
"Once you choose hope, anything is possible." - Christopher Reeve
Joni Fulkerson, LCSW