Joanne Marcone, Pharm.D., LPC
Psychotherapist and Substance Abuse Counselor
Individual, Couples, Family Therapy
It is through our BODY that we "connect" to the physical world.
It is through our MIND that we "interpret" the information received from the body.
It is through our SPIRIT that we live out our "relationships" with others and our-selves.
It is through our SOUL that we 'transcend' suffering and find peace.
In reality, we are so much more.
ABOUT Marietta Professional Counseling, LLC
I have always been fascinated by the stories people tell me about their lives. This captivation with people's stories has been an enduring thread throughout my personal and professional life. Stories range from the untold secrets of a WWII veteran to the turmoil of a young adult caught in a maze of internet connections. Everyone has a story. Even though some people seem to flow along the river of life with few obstacles while others get lost in currents that take them astray, they all benefit from a compassionate, listening ear. Your story is the gift you give me and my attention is the gift I give you. My passion for your story will help me to understand how you view the world so I can travel with you as you discover the many paths before you - and help you choose which one to follow.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The answer to that question is not simple but I will offer a brief explanation. I practice under the theoretic orientation of Alfred Adler who developed the first holistic theory of personality. According to Adler, when we feel encouraged, we feel capable and appreciated and will generally act in a connected and cooperative way. When we are discouraged, we may act in unhealthy ways by competing, withdrawing, or giving up. For example, Adlerians believe that "a misbehaving child is a discouraged child" and that helping children to feel valued, significant, and competent is often the most effective strategy in coping with difficult child behaviors. When this doesn't happen, people grow up with self-perceived inferiority to others. These feelings of inferiority may derive from early experiences of humiliation that could arise within the family system. In fact, Adler believed that a person's basic personality is formed by age 10, primarily in response to family dynamics and early experiences with peers.
"THE UNEXAMINED LIFE IS NOT WORTH LIVING"
Approximately 400 B.C. Socrates uttered these words in his defense when accused of corrupting youth. Unfortunately he did not convince his accusers. He was sentenced to death but committed suicide before his sentence was executed. Thankfully things have changed and we have the freedom to explore our inner selves, and question our assumed beliefs. In therapy, Adlerians are concerned with understanding the unique private beliefs and strategies that each individual creates in childhood. This cognitive schema (belief) and life-style serve as the individual's reference for attitudes, behaviors, and one's private view of self, others, and the world. Healing, growth, and change occur when we have looked at our early life experiences, examined the patterns of behavior that repeat themselves in our lives, and the methods by which we go about trying to gain significance and belonging. Adler's teachings were the forerunner of other psychological theories such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Person Center Therapy.
OTHER THERAPEUTIC TECHNIQUES
At Marietta Professional Counseling, LLC, I provide “Holistic Care” to help my clients achieve their goals. "Holistic" counseling sessions take the form of traditional talk-therapy in combination with active listening, humor, writing, reading, role-playing, guided imagery, affirmations, and visualizations. Because mind, body, and spirit are deeply connected, I may also use body-centered techniques, breathing, mindfulness, meditation, EMDR (Eye Movement, Desensitization and Reprocessing), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), nutrition, medication management, and life-style changes. Holistic Care is a highly interactive approach that makes maximum use of my education and training as a professional counselor, my medical knowledge as a Doctor of Pharmacy, and my knowledge of spiritual development gained while working in Pastoral Counseling. Click on the Home Page for more specific information.
ABOUT my Professional Background
I have lived in Marietta for about 30-years. I spent much of that time working as a clinical pharmacist in local hospitals. "Clinical" pharmacists spend much of their time outside the central pharmacy working with physicians and patients to optimize drug therapy. During my years working as a clinical pharmacist, I had the opportunity to speak to many patients about their medication. I noticed that people taking multiple medications frequently seemed “different” than other patients. They talked about feeling worthless or guilty because of their illness, were easily tired, had a poor appetite, and lacked interest in life. Most notable was a sense of hopelessness or pessimism about their ability to regain their health. It was almost as if they reached a point in their illness when they gave up and became willing take more and more medications to alleviate an increasing number of symptoms. They were clearly suffering from depression. Unfortunately health care professionals are so focused on "medical" issues that the emotional aspects of chronic disease are often neglected. This not a rare event. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) estimates up to 50% of those suffering from chronic illness also have depression. These people are truly suffering. This sparked my interest in mental health and I decided to change careers. After 2 years of class-room work to obtain a Master's Degree in Counseling and 4 years of hands on training under supervision, I finally became a Licensed Professional Counselor. It was a long road but well worth the effort. I love my new career.
My first job in private practice was at Marietta Pastoral Counseling Center. In the fall of 2014, the center was closed because the owner of the practice decided to relocate. I decided to open my own business and named it Marietta Professional Counseling, LLC. My mission is to provide "holistic" care to people suffering from mental illness. "I believe that Wellness is achieved through “balance” between Mind, Body, and Spirit. Wellness cannot be achieved by treating a particular symptom or illness with a medication - or with more religious counseling - or with more psychotherapy. The "whole" person needs to be taken into consideration by evaluating and treating mind, body, and spirit in concert.