As a professionally trained therapist I see my role as a helper and guide who can provide a compassionate, objective viewpoint to my clients. I believe in helping people become self-reliant, self-empowered, responsible and accountable.

I use many therapeutic techniques like existential meaning-of-life therapy, person-centered therapy, motivational enhancement therapy, reality therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, spirituality and creative art modalities. I provide workshops, trainings and presentations for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Professionals. Check out my new website ;

Couples have described my marriage and relationship counseling as very helpful in working toward a more peaceful, fulfilling, communicative relationship.


  • Years in Practice: 10+ Years
  • School: University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Year Graduated: 2000
  • License No. and State: 2133 Alabama


  • Avg Cost (per session): $90 – $100
  • Accepted Payment Methods: Cash, Check

Additional Credentials

  • License No. and State: LPC-S ABEC
  • Membership: American Counseling Association
  • Member Since: 0

Joan Leary Counseling LLC’s Groups

Lonely at the Top

“Lonely at The Top,” is a group for CEO’s, COO’s, CFO’s and high level managers and business owners who find themselves without confidants and peers. This group gives successful people the opportunity to share both personal and professional issues and concerns in a confidential environment.

Dream, Create and Therapy-ate

This is a fun group for females where we create art, do dance movement, explore self through music, tastes and textures…share with other women in a safe, open environment with a therapist facilitator, exploring values, issues, growth and change. Fun!!! and Enlightening!! Starts the 1st week in Jan. 2015. Join us.

Do I Have Trouble Stopping Once I Start Drinking?

Do I drink too much once I start? Might I have a drinking problem? A “Readiness to change group,” which helps the client explore the ambivalence about changing one’s drinking patterns. This group is based on Motivational Interviewing techniques. If you think you might be willing to explore your own drinking please call Joan at 205.529.5565.