About Me

I am a licensed mental health counselor with over 25 years experience in the social service and counseling field. Over the years, I have gravitated to a more holistic approach with mental health and love helping my clients have the power within themselves to find wisdom and resources to feel content and find a more peaceful way to respond to internal and external stressors in their lives. My favorite part of the counseling process is seeing that spark in someone after it had been lost or never present and then watching positive transformations happen as a result.

I use a client-centered approach where the focus is on helping my clients fully explore situations through active listening, reflective listening, empathy and related self-disclosure. I like to empower clients to find their answers within through mindfulness and cognitive behavioral approaches focused on tools for healing such as journal writing, relaxation breathing techniques, meditation and yoga. I'm also influenced by techniques used through brief solution-focused treatment, which gives clients a lot of encouragement and control over their own healing to help clients not feel dependent on me, but rather dependent on themselves and gain confidence about capabilities. I also have experience with helping with parenting skills using a peaceful, connection parenting approach.

If you feel like I would be a good match for you, I would love to help you with your emotional and mental health concerns. I look forward to working with you!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Grief
  • Parenting issues
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Intimacy-related issues , Sleeping disorders , Codependency , Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster , Domestic Violence , Family Problems , Forgiveness , Guilt and Shame , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 17

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LMHC #39001547A (Expires: 2022-04-01)


Reviews

Written by J.O. on Feb 08, 2021 after counseling with Joy for 5 months

Joy is amazing not only with me as a parent but also has formed such an amazing trusting relationship with my teenage daughter.
She has helped her through so many tough situations and I cannot say enough good things about her. She’s wonderful!

Written by J.O. on Oct 06, 2020 after counseling with Joy for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and family conflicts

Joy has helped me tremendously! I even have people wanting to seek her out as a therapist!

Written by S.O. on Aug 29, 2020 after counseling with Joy for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Joy is wonderful.

Written by A.R. on Aug 10, 2020 after counseling with Joy for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and career difficulties

Very friendly and personable.