About Joan Emerson
Joan Emerson has a long history in working with people. It began in high school as a teenage volunteer for the Saturday recreation program at the NY Lighthouse for the Blind. After college, she became a Guidance Counselor for the NYC Board of Education, a career she remained with as she continuted her studies. During those years, she ran support groups for Women at the Union Center in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn; groups for the well-spouses of people with Multiple Sclerosis; and support groups for people with eating disorders. She completed her PHD at New York University and became a licensed psychologist in 1988. Since then, her interests have particularly focussed on the world of relationships and she has taken training in various schools of theory, particularly Imago Therapy, about what it takes to make a couple's relationship work. She has written columns about relationships for the Brooklyn Free Press, a supplement of the Brooklyn Eagle, back in 2003, and is currently writing a column for Brooklyn Family, a monthly magazine available city wide.