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A.D., client 

Joel has a very warm, understanding, nonjudgmental, caring and comforting presence.  He has helped me overcome past trauma, and taught me countless ways to cope with depression and anxiety.  It is clear that he is a gifted and natural healer with many years of experience and wisdom.  He is by far the best therapist I’ve ever had and I can’t thank him enough!!

Sara Passamonte, 

executive Director compeer rochester

Joel is a fantastic trainer and connector. Compeer staff took part in a virtual Safe Zone training in the early stages of the pandemic when many trainings were not designed to be implemented using video conferencing. Joel's ability to go with the flow and still make the training meaningful and interactive was impressive. Joel has also convened many community members and human service sector employees around stigma-busting events and collaborative initiatives for mental wellness. In addition to his extensive knowledge base and lived experience, Joel demonstrates kindness, compassion, sensitivity to all audiences. I highly recommend Joel's services and endorse his dynamic skill set.

Carol  Machowski

Director of Vocational Services at OLV Human Services


Joel is a highly skilled practitioner with an approach to service delivery that is holistic and genuine. Joel demonstrates flexibility and dedication to those who he serves, and is resourceful and collaborative.

Thank you Joel, you are a pleasure to work with.
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