Joanna Colrain, M.Ed., LPC, CGP, has been in practice for 35 years. Her practice is located in downtown Decatur, Georgia, just a few miles from midtown Atlanta. She specializes in clinical supervision for psychotherapists who want to bring mindfulness, collaboration, and use of self to their work. Joanna also mentors professionals, artists, and healers who are attempting to integrate their work into the rest of their lives in a way that feeds the soul, validates the authentic self, and builds community. She incorporates various modes of working with clients, including art and mindfulness skills.
For many years, she has presented workshops on Mindful Presence in Psychotherapy™, self care of the therapist, ethics, clinical supervision, and working with dissociative and borderline clients. Joanna has developed a complete course for clinicians who want to supervise other therapists-- The Art of Clinical Supervision: Facilitating a Discovery Process™, which provides 24 continuing education credits. She also teaches advanced continuing education courses for experienced supervisors. Her workshops always provide an experiential learning format.
Joanna received her Master of Education degree from Antioch University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia and is a Certified Group Psychotherapist with the American Group Psychotherapy Association. She is a member of the Registry of Approved Supervisors with the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia.
For 13 years, she worked with the Survivor Support Program of Prevent Child Abuse Georgia, Inc. in Atlanta. Joanna led the first sexual abuse survivor support group for the program, helped to write the operations manual for the program, helped to design the initial training for volunteer group leaders, designed and delivered the volunteer clinical trainings for 13 years, and provided monthly supervision to the clinical volunteers for 10 years. She also served on the program’s Advisory Board for 7 years.
From October 1995 to October 2000, she was the Director of Clinical Training for staff therapists working toward licensure at Metropolitan Counseling Services, Inc., a non-profit agency that provides low-cost therapy services to those with inadequate or no insurance.
For two years Joanna worked with refugees who are survivors of torture at the Center for Torture and Trauma Survivors in Dekalb County. Her work there involved leading a group for Somali and Ethiopian women and writing a Manual for Mental Health Professionals. She continues to provide consultation and volunteer services to agencies serving refugees and torture survivors.
In addition to private practice, Joanna has a background in organizational development and grant writing with non-profits. She provides consultation to non-profit executive directors for stress management and leadership development.
She maintains a long-time collaboration with her friend and colleague, Jim Struve, who practices in Salt Lake City. Together, they offer workshops on Mindful Presence in Psychotherapy (which they developed in 1995) and other opportunities for clinicians that emphasize the intersection of personal realization, spiritual growth, and professional integrity.