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Jo-Anne Ballard, LCSW, MSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Cost: $130 per session

Online or In-person

Hi! My name is Jo-Anne! 


I am a neurodivergent and trauma expert, here to help people live a happier and healthier life. I have much experience working with children and adolescents but I also provide services to adults struggling with various aspects of their lives. My goal is to help each person I work with realize the resources within themselves to make positive changes in their lives. I pride myself on building a strong therapeutic relationship with my clients by providing an environment of compassion and support.


Over the years, I have become inspired by neurodivergent individuals and have chosen to specialize in services for Autistic individuals. I also work with military veterans and their families who struggle with mental health and interpersonal challenges. In the last 5 years, I also supported educators within learning environments in improving dynamics in their classroom and with their students. This work has helped me understand the unique stressors experienced by teachers.

My treatment approach focuses on providing understanding, perspective, and strategies to improve lives. I use an integrated approach tailored to the unique needs of each client using mindfulness, Cognitive Behavior Therapies, social skills training, and Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral therapy (TF-CBT). These evidence-based treatments help improve emotional flexibility. I am actively engaged with clients through the therapeutic process, monitoring their progress regularly, and engaging the family as needed.


I have a Master’s degree in Social Work and a Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Healthcare from the University of South Florida (USF).


Jo-Anne enjoys kayaking, yoga, meditation, and spending time with her family

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