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Joanna has been working with Art and Education, through schools and institutions for over 25 years. Being Childhood Cancer Survivor has been a major life influence, motivating her both personally and professionally. Coming from an Education and Counseling background and working as a Behavioral Therapist and MFT; she has had the opportunity to work with individuals of all ages and developmental abilities/disabilities.


Joanna has been an artist her whole life, enjoying the element of self-expression through different mediums that speak to her in the moment. She enjoys the process of "creating!" Joanna believes that by engaging the Imagination; even a seemingly simple experience  can create life long experience and results. ...After time and effort, using Jung's theory of the "Transcendent Function," she has proved this to be true! 


An innovator in her time, operating without a net per say,  before fields such as Art therapy existed and theories of Mindfulness or Expressive Arts were considerable options in the Self-Help Industry. It was through her Master’s research that she found the key to unlocking the mystery she set out to solve and has created her own methodology and programs in order to share her experience and help others.


Joanna is patient, understanding, and is able to assess/adapt her workshops to meet the needs of all individuals. From years of working as a teacher and  therapist; her workshops are constructive, with an element of exploration and discovery, while providing a valuable learning experience. 


She is energetic, creative, and encourages use of the Introspection and Self-expression. She engages with individuals and provides constructive support, opportunities and challenges, to benefit their process experience and growth in an open and supportive environment.


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As an  Advocate and Activist for Arts and Education, working on her campaign “Imagin-Action” , she is working toward creating a Non-Profit Organization to continue toward her mission to provide education and support; helping people to help themselves !  Recently she has been featured in VoyageLA Magazine as a innovative business and owner, inspiring growth into the flourishing Los Angeles Community. For Article visit http://voyagela.com/interview/meet-joanna-gates-mindful-mind-arts-district/










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