Who We Are

Joanna Nowak, LCSW

Joanna (Jo) Nowak, LCSW


I aspire to create a therapeutic space that is safe and affirming, while forming an authentic and genuine connection to best support you. Whether you are seeking out therapy for self-exploration, change, acceptance, or all of the above, we can work together to find the path that is best suited for you. I will collaborate with you every step of the way, challenge you when appropriate, and meet you with compassion and humor when needed.

My approach to therapy is holistic, individualized, and super collaborative. This means I work to take bits and pieces of different types of therapy and different perspectives in order to create a unique space for each client. I encourage my clients to mindfully engage, listen to their bodies, and to use a variety of methods to process and modify thoughts, behaviors, and emotions.

I hold a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I am a licensed clinical social worker, specializing in the treatment of adolescents and adults with anxiety disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), mood disorders, trauma related disorders, disordered eating, life transitions, and relationship concerns.

More information about my training, style, and clinical interests:

  • Therapeutic frameworks: holistic, mindfulness-based, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical-Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), solution-focused, and trauma-informed care.
  • Affirmative and supportive care for LGBTQIA+ individuals, couples, and families.
    • If you are hoping to work with someone within the community, I am a cisgender queer female!
  • An antiracist space that creates room for all individuals, backgrounds, and lived experiences.
  • Extensive training and experience working with survivors of trauma, domestic violence, or assault.
  • Extensive training and experience working with emerging adults and college students with life transitions, goal-setting, challenges with executive functioning, and relationship concerns.
  • Extensive training and experience in best practice treatment for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and complex anxiety disorders.
  • As appropriate, a focus on the mind-body connection and on how we can better treat our physical being in order to promote emotional wellness.