About Me- Joan Leary, MA, LPC, NCC
I am a Licensed Professional Supervising Counselor, licensed by the Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling and a National Certified Counselor and have been in practice nearly 17 years. I graduated with a BA in Humanities/Spanish from The Ohio State University and received a Master of Arts in Counseling from the University of Alabama Birmingham.
I have worked in a variety of settings including; short term and long term inpatient substance abuse and mental health treatment, as a Project Manager in the UAB Department of Psychiatry, Substance Abuse Programs, as a Professional Trainer and Presenter of many different Behavioral Health Workshops. The population I enjoy working with includes adults, couples dealing with communication, marriage, divorce, relationship issues, grief and loss, anger management as well as personal growth, health and well-being coaching. I have worked with impaired healthcare professionals, physicians, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, as well as other professionals, lawyers, businessmen and women, teachers, police officers, ministers, young adults, couples, families etc.
I have attended many professional development conferences including; Motivational Interviewing, Masters and Johnson’s Trauma and Addiction, Evidence Based Practices, Co-Occurring Disorders (Dual Diagnosis), Art Therapy, Spirituality, Pharmacology of Addiction, Divorce and Family Issues, Grief Therapy, and many more.
Organizations of which I currently or in the past have served as a member;
ABEC- Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling
ASTD- American Society of Training and Development
ALCA- Alabama Counseling Association
AADAA- Alabama Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association
ALAMCD- Alabama Multicultural Counseling and Development
ALMHCA-Alabama Mental Health Counselors Association
ALASGW-Alabama Specialists in Group Work
ALAMFC-Alabama Marriage and Family Counseling
ALAAOC- Alabama Addictions and Offenders Counseling
St. Anne's Home Executive Board Member
ASADS-Alabama School of Alcohol and Drugs Executive Board Member
Alabama Dept. of Mental Health Coordinating Sub Committee NAMI Representative