213.309.5281 joanna@joannaburketherapy.com  |  Offices in Westlake Village and Santa Monica

Don’t let what you can’t do
interfere with what you can do

Receive Help With Your Self Esteem Issues

Learn to talk to yourself like someone you love.

There is within human nature,

an amazing potential for goodness  -Martin Luther King, Jr.

As a therapist, I view human interaction through the lens of “Humanistic Psychology,” which maintains that human beings are inherently good at heart.

That we possess an intrinsic drive to improve ourselves and make the world a better place.

In Humanistic Psychology, we focus on your inherent strengths, reaching your potential and nurturing your drive for self-actualization.

No shaming, blaming or judging allowed.  Low self esteem issues will blossom into self-acceptance.

Insight, another important therapeutic tool, links the present to the past.

Insight helps you understand why and how the things you think and feel today relate to your past so you can change the negative effect they have on you.  Low self esteem issues aren’t something you were born with. It’s a lie you were taught to believe about yourself, which isn’t true.

Combined with a healthy dose of positive, spirituality and loving energy and encouragement to nurture your growth and you’ve got a recipe for transformation.

Be Yourself. Accept Yourself. Value Yourself. Love Yourself.

TRAUMA IS A FACT OF LIFE,
but it doesn’t have to be a life sentence

When a traumatic memory gets triggered it can feel as real and intense as the actual event, which is debilitating.

Two leading edge evidence-based healing techniques I practice are specifically designed to eliminate the debilitating symptoms associated with traumatic memories, like self esteem issues, so you can live without being haunted by the past.

In addition to working on a neurobiological level to ‘rewire’ distressing and traumatic neural connections, AIT is also an energetic treatment, which simultaneously clears out emotionally charged negative energy from the energetic ‘holding points’ in your body.

Both these treatments create an alliance between your conscious and unconscious mind, so they cooperate in sustainable healing.

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy is another proven method to help remove the fear of being stalked by past traumatic events.

EMDR is engineered to reduces the long-lasting effects of distressing memories by engaging the brain’s natural adaptive information processing mechanisms to relieving present symptoms.

Start to heal the past today.  Call to Schedule A Session

“A miracle is a shift in perception from fear to love.”

-Marianne Williamson

The good life is a process, not a state of being

Integrative Psychotherapy

Integrative Psychotherapy is the process of, “making yourself whole,” which means that we integrate all the various parts of your personality, especially the darker parts you’ve disowned, repressed and are unaware of, into a “cohesive personality.”

The objective of this exercise it to reduce the use of defense mechanisms that inhibit our spontaneity, restrict our flexibility in problem solving, improve our relationships and re-engaging the world with full on.

Through integration, you’ll become present in and to the moment without the protection of a pre-formed opinion, position, attitude, or expectation.  And you self esteem issues will begin to disappear.

Which is precisely when miracles occur.

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Spiritual Psychology

Working within the transpersonal realm means you’ll have the opportunity to become aware of the synchronicity occurring between the events in your life and therapy.

You’ll notice a common thread linking experiences together which is the Universe’s way of affirming you’re on the right path.

Connecting to your own higher power provides a foundation for accessing your highest potential in all you do throughout your life.

When you are aligned with that sense of purpose, it’s easier to trust your intuitions to lead you towards happy outcomes.

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“It’s having that person, a therapist you trust. Someone just ‘gets it’. It was killing
me feeling alone with all my stuff. You showed me I didn’t have to be.”  -Client

Mentally, Physically & Emotionally Spent

Lately you’ve become so accustomed to feeling “meh”, the possibly of returning to your old self seems remote.

Pain, inflammation or stomach problems, etc. are preventing you from being your optimum self personally and professionally. You’re less active now and have given up many of the things you used to enjoy in lieu of spending more time at home, feeling lonely, bored and frustrated.

Scientific research links physical symptoms of inflammatory responses, energy levels and immune function with emotions and negative thoughts.

Once you gain a sensitivity of this nuanced relationship, you’ll become less reliant on painkillers and meds and more tuned into how you feel and how to attend to those feelings in a healthy productive way.

Feel Better Now >>

Imagine if we obsessed about the things we love about ourselves?

Our negative self-talk can be cruel, unforgiving and judgmental, while we reserve our love and appreciation for others.

Self-esteem is the degree to which we feel confident, consider ourselves valuable, and respect ourselves.

Most of us who suffer from low self-esteem grew up in dysfunctional homes where unconditional love, nurturing and attention was replaced with blame, shame, criticism and neglect.

Just because you didn’t gain self-esteem growing up, doesn’t mean you can gain it now, and more.

In therapy, you’ll learn to emotional boundaries with your family, release old limiting beliefs about yourself and replace them with an accurate assessment of what loving deserving human being you truly are.

Experience the power of feeling good about yourself. I’m ready to book my session!

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

-Eleanore Roosevelt

I AM NOT WHAT I HAVE DONE
I AM WHAT I HAVE OVERCOME

Substance abuse (SA) is an equal opportunity offender, indiscriminant of who it affects inflicting shame, self-hatred and destruction in its wake. SA is complex and unrelenting.  But so are we; armed with a tool chest of proven interventions, support, accountability and unconditional love.

And btw, I’ve never met a big deep dark feeling I couldn’t contain, including yours.

We’ll explore what codependence looks like in action and how it shows up in your relationships influencing your choice of romantic partners. Are you the “fixer” or the “fixee?”

I’ve had clients tell me to learn how to set boundaries was life changing. Self esteem issues were resolved. There is no time like right now to get started.

People start to heal from the moment they are heard