Ms. Joanne Pignanelli, M.S.W. , R.S.W.


Online Therapy

About Me

As your therapist, my goal is to foster a nonjudgmental and authentic environment allowing you to safely explore what is holding you back and find a path towards growth and resilience. Together, we will look at your current situation more in depth and help you overcome the obstacles that cause you to feel so overwhelmed. I believe that as human beings, we have the innate capacity to heal when we are provided with safety and acceptance. By the end of our sessions, you will not only have found relief but you will feel empowered to move forward towards the life you deserve.

Education & Experience

- University of Windsor, Bachelor of Social Work, - Wayne State University, Master of Social Work, -EMDR Basic Training - completed, 2023 - in process of EMDR therapy Certification I have significant training in various treatment modalities including, DBT; CBT, ACT, Ego State, Mindfulness; and Somatic Interventions. With over 30 years of clinical experience, I have had the honour of supporting many individuals who experienced complex trauma, difficult life transitions, grief/loss; chronic illness, depression and anxiety. I have supported many individuals who have struggled with substance use and/or behavioural addictions as a means to cope with their trauma symptoms and/or overwhelming life events.

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations

-Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. - Ontario Association of Social Workers -SWIIP- Social Workers in Private Practice -University of Windsor and Wayne State University, Field Instructor (1995 to 2023) -Adjunct Academic Appointment - University of Western Ontario, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry (2019 to 2022) -Providers of Addiction Committee (2013 to 2022)

Specialty Area

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • Addictions
  • Alcohol/Substance Abuse
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Chronic Illness/Medical Issues
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Eating Disorders
  • Family Issues
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Mood Disorders
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Phobias
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Self-Harm
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Somatic Issues
  • Stress Management
  • Suicide Risk
  • Survivor's Guilt
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adults
  • Families
  • First Responders
  • LGBTQ+
  • Seniors


  • English
  • Italian


I accept many Insurances within Ontario, Canada