I'm Joanna Kleinman, a licensed psychotherapist, life coach, motivational speaker, and the founder of Dethroning Your Inner Critic™.

 

I consider myself to be an unconventional therapist.I don't buy into or follow the path (change) of getting stuck in your emotions. We can get lost (take out wallowing) in our feelings for forever.

 

I will awaken you to the automatic, self-sabotaging voice in your head so you can reinvent (change) your experience of yourself.

I will call out where you are playing small.

I will stand for your consistent growth.

I will hold space for you to put your past in the past, where it belongs.

I believe that you are capable of transformation - the kind that lasts. 

I believe that if you change your mind, you change your life.

 

So how did I find myself here? 

 

Because my parents were deeply involved in the world of self-development, by age 9, I found myself attending seminars and workshops with them on things like “Creating Happiness” and “Developing Confidence”. I knew I wanted more.  It was in my early teens when I realized that what I wanted to do with my life was to teach people that they could change their lives by changing their minds.

Even though I grew up knowing that my thoughts were responsible for how I felt, I still found myself not fulfilled or happy. No matter how good the circumstances were on the outside, I felt unsettled.

 

 

What I’ve discovered is that the voice in my head, which is what I call my Inner Critic, was having me look to the outside world - relationships, degrees, achievements, and everywhere but inside myself - to give me my self-worth.

Listening to my Inner Critic resulted in regretting my past, judging and comparing, wanting to be liked by everyone, and trying to fix myself, the people I love, and the world around me to make me feel a sense of being okay. In fact, many of the accomplishments in my life were a direct result of listening to my Inner Critic pushing me to make sure I was “good enough”. The most isolating part was that I hid all of this from myself and my world.  Denying the core belief that I just wasn’t good “enough” was exhausting and created so much suffering. No matter how good I became, it was never enough. It was a vicious cycle. And baby, I was spinning in it for years!

The game changer happened when I realized that my Inner Critic wasn’t going to one day magically disappear, no matter how hard I worked to eradicate her. Instead of silencing her or getting rid of her, I could observe her, accept her, and choose to break the habit of letting her sit in the driver’s seat. I realized that my pain and discomfort was an invitation to engage with the process of changing my mindset and my belief systems.

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