Dr. Joan Chemarum, PsyD
I have a strong passion for working with youth who have endured complex trauma, labeled as difficult, and struggling with psychosis or severe emotional and behavioral problems. My greatest desire is to make a difference in children and adolescents' lives and their families despite their social, economic, or cultural backgrounds.
I hold a master's and doctoral degrees respectively from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. I am trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and have over 9 years of experience in providing mental health services to children, adolescents, and their families.
I work primarily from a Culturally Responsive-Cognitive Behavioral perspective that acknowledges the interaction of culture, biological, individual perceptions, and social systems on development and wellbeing. I have served the needs of children, adolescents, and families from diverse backgrounds in various multicultural and multidisciplinary settings. My main areas of expertise involve severe emotional and behavioral disturbances, trauma, and psychosis. I am very knowledgeable about multicultural work, evidence-based interventions, and the use of relational approaches in therapy. I believe in a holistic and culturally clear understanding of the person and tailoring interventions that meet the unique needs of my clients. I strongly believe in empowerment and emotional healing that promotes living a more balanced and fulfilling life.