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 of getting stuck in your emotions. We can get lost in our feelings for forever.


I will awaken you to the automatic, self-sabotaging voice in your head so you can reinvent 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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