Joyce Baldinucci, MSW, LCSW
As most pathways through life, mine has provided numerous unforeseen twists and turns. Starting my adult life as a corporate attorney, my younger self would have been quite surprised at where life’s journey has taken me. I know only too well how challenging the change process can be even when we desire it. We often choose comfort over happiness because the fear of the unknown is a powerful barrier to change. Our tendency for harsh self-judgment and lack of self-compassion also complicates the change process as our negative thought patterns hold us back from taking risks. In addition, many are “stuck” in destructive cycles of substance use disorders and other addictive behaviors. Others are struggling to deal with the effects of trauma, which prevent them from living the life they desire. Finally, our ability to distract ourselves in this world of constant stimulation leads us away from our true inner selves and a life of peace.
My approach to both psychotherapy and mindfulness education addresses these challenges to the change process. Whether you pursue mindfulness education or decide that you are ready to engage in psychotherapy, I work with you to cultivate mindfulness and self-compassion and to bring awareness to self-sabotaging thought patterns and judgments. We work together to help you cultivate acceptance of your present moment experience, a skill that helps you navigate life’s challenges. We learn to give ourselves “space” so that we can choose how to respond instead of reacting automatically. There is no magic to the change process. But you can learn to harness your inner strength and wisdom to walk life’s pathway toward greater peace, gratitude, and happiness.
Education Certifications and Specialized Training
State of New Jersey: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
EMDR Institute: Completed EMDR Training
UC San Diego Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute: Teacher Certification Pathway
The Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute: Completed Training in ARC (Attachment, Regulation, and Competency) Model of Trauma Treatment
Certified Teacher: Stressed Teens – Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program for 13-18 year olds
Rutgers School of Alcohol Studies: Completed Summer School (2017) of Addiction Studies Training in Foundations of DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)
Rutgers School of Social Work: Masters of Social Work (MSW); Addiction Counselor Training Certificate
New York University School of Law: Juris Doctor (JD)
Colgate University: Bachelor of Arts (BA)