Diana Joakimson, AMFT #96785
Diana earned her B.A. in Sociology with an emphasis in Social Work from Chapman University and her M.A. from John F. Kennedy University in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Holistic studies. Diana’s academic focus was somatic and transpersonal psychotherapy. Diana has been an active member of California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (CAMFT) since 2015.
Diana has over five years experience working with those struggling with eating disorders and other co-occuring disorders. She has provided clinical services at a number of Bay-Area residential and PHP/IOP treatment programs working with both adolescents and adults. In addition to her eating disorder work, Diana is passionate about providing trauma-informed care, relational issues and couples counseling.
Diana was called to her work as a clinician from her own personal journey with healing. This has instilled her with compassion, empathy, and understanding in working with her clients and their families. In her clinical approach, Diana uses somatic and mindfulness based interventions. She aims to help her clients connect mind and body, and believes “you, yourself are your own best healer”. Diana aims to assist her clients in becoming embodied, which she explains as the ability to exist fully in the present moment using all of your senses (images, sensations, feelings, & thoughts) in a compassionate & observational manner. This full awareness to the present moment can create a space for healing and allow clients to move thorough pain and struggles that can otherwise cause stuckness. When one is struggling with an eating disorder the body becomes the enemy. Restoring safety in the body allows one to move through challenges and struggles in a grounded manner. As Diana explains, “pain and distress are not a permanent state and we are all capable of moving through it”.
In addition to somatic and mindfulness based approaches, Diana utilizes DBT, guided imagery, narrative and strength based theories and strives to always meet her clients where they are at on their healing journey. In addition to her clinical work, Diana is a 200-hour certified Yoga Instructor, a certified Hypnotherapist, and a certified Reiki Master practitioner and teacher.
When not in the office Diana can be found spending time with her husband & infant daughter. She loves hiking, cultivating her spiritual life, and spending time with friends. Diana also fosters her creativity through dance, writing and poetry and is an active part of her community, and is on a continuing journey of learning and education.
Diana shares that her favorite thing about the Mid-Peninsula is how many beautiful places there are nearby to connect with nature and be amongst trees.