I am a nurse practitioner who has recently come on board with Barnabas Behavioral Healthcare to assist with the management of psychotropic medications for patients with both acute and chronic mental health/behavioral conditions.
Before joining the Barnabas team, I enjoyed the emergency department and intensive care unit as a RN and after my master's in nursing, I cared for cardiac patients as a family nurse practitioner. My time in these roles has revealed to me the immense needs of the mental health population and I am passionate to provide excellence in care for these patients.
I have had training and involvement in the behavioral health field including my baccalaureate degree in Psychology, Nursing education and experiences, and Nurse Practitioner didactic and clinical experiences. I have specific training and practice in the diagnosis and treatment of behavioral health conditions and in the prescribing of psychopharmacology. During my clinical experiences in the family nurse practitioner program at MUW, I examined, diagnosed, treated, and prescribed appropriate medications for patients with disorders such as depression, anxiety, and ADHD. I regularly instruct my patients regarding non-pharmacologic management of depression and anxiety.
I was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina and have remained in this beautiful state my entire life. Early into my education at the University of South Carolina, I felt the Lord leading me to counsel and encourage those who are hurting or struggling to find hope in times of tribulation. I received an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Business from the University of South Carolina in 2007 and went on to receive my Master’s Degree in Social Work in 2009. Following my Master’s Degree, I continued my professional development and obtained my Independent Clinical License in 2014.
Areas of therapeutic focus include women’s issues, maternal mental health, grief and loss and adult anxiety disorders. As a therapist I use a variety of evidenced- based practices to help my clients reach their desired goals & achieve positive outcomes. Having experienced my own adversities, I know we are not spared pain and suffering in this life and through my faith I have found that joy is possible in the midst of mourning. I live by my life verse which says, “For you were once darkness, but you are now light in the Lord...” and believe that we all have hope for a better future.
I am an advanced practice nurse with a combined nurse practitioner and clinical specialist in psychiatric and mental health focus. I am also a master’s level social worker with an advanced practice license. These educational preparations allow me to integrate the biological, spiritual, and psycho-social domains of the human condition in my practice area.
Apart from my medical work as a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am experienced in therapies for individuals, couples, families, groups and trained in divorce and family mediation. My specialties include adolescent counseling, treatment of anxiety, assertiveness training, brief psychotherapy, chemical dependency treatment, child and parent counseling, crisis intervention, depression management, treatment of dissociative disorders, eating disorders, family counseling, individual counseling, marriage counseling, treatment of phobias and panic attacks, therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder, sexual abuse and stress management. I am also an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina College of Social Work and College of Nursing. I am responsible for clinical supervision of social work students as well as psychiatric specialty nurse practitioners.
In 2001 I set up my own practice with one staff member, an office administrator and we have grown ever since. My personal goals are very similar to my professional goals which are to reflect excellence in every aspect of my practice. I desire whole heartedly to reflect God in every way possible in my life by developing a deeper knowledge of God and a fuller obedience to HIS precepts.
Hi! Thanks for checking us out. We have a warm, caring and professional center and I am proud to be associated with everyone here (most of whom have done part of their actual clinical training here). I am the psychologist of the group. I have been seeing clients for forty-one years and as a psychologist for thirty-three years. There’s not a lot I haven’t seen. I’ve learned a lot. I hope to bring that wealth of experience and training to assist people who are psychologically wounded or who are going through wounding circumstances in a variety of ways. Some of my key written material includes: He Wins, She Wins (Thomas Nelson); Barnabas Ministry -a training and equipping program (www.barnabasministryinternational.com); and The Effects of Chronic Pain on the Marital Relationship. I am the founder and director of a number of programs over the years including the multi-disciplinary Pain Management Program at Baptist Medical Center in Columbia, my private practice, and several other counseling services/businesses. First and foremost I am a Christian who has been blessed to have been trained in the highest levels of both secular psychology and Christian counseling (University of S.C.; Georgia State University, The Psychological Studies Institute). I have post-doctoral training and diplomate status in psychopharmacology (International College of Prescribing Psychologists, PPR). I was a Diplomate in Pain Management. I taught counseling courses at Reformed Seminary, Orlando, and at Georgia State University, Atlanta. I am also a husband, grandfather, (inactive) elder in PCA church, mentor, consultant, golfer (hacker), boater and traveler. I attempt to bring all of my training and life experiences into the counseling experience with diverse and eclectic ways of helping. I love working with people and helping them overcome their psychological battles in order to get back on the road of becoming the best person(s) that God created them to be.
I graduated with a Master of Social Work degree from the University of South Carolina in 2007. I have been lucky enough to be a part of the Barnabas family since January 2003 in a variety of roles including originally as part of the office staff, and presently as the practice manager and as a licensed counselor. I enjoy helping individuals, couples, and families to reach their goals using a holistic approach to counseling to incorporate growth personally, socially, mentally, and physically. I believe in using evidence-based therapies that include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Adlerian Psychology, and Solution Focused Therapy. I look forward to helping you reach your goals and become the best you.
My desire is to help those wounded and hurt by life to become whole again. This holistic approach incorporates the mental & physical well-being as well as the social & spiritual well-being of each person. My strengths are a passion to encourage & empower my clients as well as 50+ years of life experience. Since I began a counseling career later in life after working in business and in my most important career as wife and mother, I believe it is never too late to learn, to change, and to grow.
My interest & experience is helping women in small groups & individually. Couples, family, & parenting counseling is another focus area. I utilize various evidence-based therapies including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), Solution Focused Therapy as well as integrating existential theory & Christian counseling.
Every person, regardless of age, has value & worth & a unique story of struggle to tell. I will come alongside you or your child to help you restore the purpose, joy & hope in life. This is God's lifework for me. Will you allow me to help you find the purpose and joy in your life?
Life does not have to hurt. If you are suffering the pain of addiction, complex trauma, depression, or relationship problems- I can help. The goal is to enjoy life again and become the person you were destined to be. YOU remain in control during treatment.
Family should be the most important support in our lives. Unfortunately, when it isn't we are left with hurt, fear and confusion which can effect every part of our lives. By understanding this complex dynamic you can gain the power to break through to the happiness you seek and deserve.
I have worked with Dual Diagnosis Clients for most of my career and helped many to understand the self fueling cycle of mental illness and substance abuse. This is the first step to breaking the cycle and regaining your power over your life.
Barnabas welcomes Joan “Joanie" Burns as a board certified, doctorate-prepared Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She brings to the practice experience as an ICU nurse with CCRN certification which enables her to draw from a diverse physical health background. Her studies through MUSC included research, writing, and presenting about the bidirectional relationship between chronic illness and depression as well as completing a doctorate research study on the implementation of routine depression screening for adolescents receiving behavioral health services. Her clinical experience includes intensive outpatient (IOP), partial hospitalization (PHP), and chemical dependency intensive outpatient (CDIOP) programs; as well as work with long-acting injectables (LAIs), dual-diagnoses, developmental pediatrics, maternal behavioral health, various psychotherapeutic modalities, and providing mental health care in the outpatient setting. She is a registered provider with the Clozapine REMS program and is trained in Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS).
Joanie is an avid reader of psychiatric literature and staunch advocate for people with mental health diagnoses. She seeks out the latest evidence-based practice to apply to collaborative, holistic, patient-centered care plans. She integrates a variety of psychotherapeutic modalities into her work with patients and enjoys helping patients discover their strengths and what tools work best for them in their pursuit of wellness. As a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Joanie sees patients of all ages for a wide-range of mental health concerns, including: psychotropic medication management for acute and chronic mental health diagnoses and behavioral issues associated with autism, intellectual disorders, and neurological disorders; management of ADD; and prenatal, perinatal, and postpartum psychiatric care.
I am a Licensed Master Social Worker who is working on my advanced license as a Licensed Independent Social Worker. My husband has been a pastor for the last 30 years which affords me the opportunity draw from my life's work foremost as a Christian and also as a licensed counselor. I provide therapy for individuals, couples, families, and adolescents. I also have a background in working with adults and caregivers of those with dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease and led support groups for each. My counseling style emphasizes one’s strengths and helping clients make positive and practical changes. Much of my counseling focuses on the areas of: stress and anxiety management, women’s and singles’ issues, life and career transitions, pre-martial counseling, relationship difficulties, encouraging those in full-time ministry, parenting concerns including: living with a special needs child and adoption. I have my Masters in Social Work and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.
Effective September 1, 2021; We have been awarded new rates with Blue Cross. Your deductible will not be affected nor will any Co Pays, however out of courtesy to our patients, plans with a percentage co payment will be paying the same percent based on a higher dollar amount per service.