My Approach to Helping
Hello, my name is Jo Ann Walters (technically Jo Ann Collins-Walters). I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC), and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) in the state of Arizona.
I have a tremendous heart to work with people seeking to find healing and are looking for someone to help them in their journey. Having experienced many struggles of my own, I know first-hand how difficult it is to share your inner thoughts and fears with another person. I try to honor this by creating a safe and non-threatening environment that facilitates healing and growth.
Currently (and for the past 6+ years), I have been working with the Gila River Indian Community and feel honored to have the opportunity to get to know many of my clients on a personal level and assist them through whatever obstacles have been in their way.
Prior to working with Gila River, I worked 4 ½ years as a crisis counselor in Maricopa County as well as working with seriously mentally ill clients within a Community Living Program in west Phoenix. I have a heart to help people learn to help themselves in a non-threatening, sensitive, and caring environment. My faith is a part of who I am and strongly guides the work I do. I have always been open to including this in the counseling process for those who express a desire to have this as a part of their treatment. For those with other spiritual beliefs or no identified belief system, I will incorporate what works for the individual, couple andor family.