Hello to You! Thanks for clicking on my profile. I know that seeking help or counseling for some of life’s most painful or distressing events; whether from the past or going on presently, can be intimidating, and for that I want to acknowledge you for taking the first big step. The truth is, none of us ( no matter the age) are exempt from experiencing stress, trauma, anxiety, depression, life transitions (i.e. death of a loved one, divorce, heartbreak, relocation), and hosts of other challenges life brings and having support or somewhere to release can be the difference in moving forward or staying stuck…Below you will find a little about me and how we can make the next step together.
I have a master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University (2009) and am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia. While, I have had the opportunity to work in various sectors of the mental health field with all ages, I have always kept my finger on the pulse of young people. I have worked with teens in the juvenile court system, school setting, and who are placed in the custody of Family and Children Services. I have provided counseling to teens struggling with low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders. I have come to learn that providing a judge free zone, where you can be heard, have a voice and discover solutions can be effective in the counseling journey.
I believe that therapy provides a safe environment for you to explore your strengths in weakness. My role involves supporting you in deciding what tools you already have to help bring resolve to what’s presenting barrier to keep you moving forward. While this is talk therapy, we do not have to only sit and talk or have “Question and Answer” sessions. I’d like for us to be conversational and provide you with strategies or skills to support you toward meeting your goals. If you’re looking for a therapist that is optimistic, relatable, meets you where you are and is committed to the journey, you’ve found your match.
In addition, Therapy is not always about addressing those things that aren’t going well in life, but can also serve as a form of preventative maintenance for you to validate you’re on your desired path, and I am willing to offer that level of support as well.
You’ve taken the first big step; seeking out support! When you’re ready to make the next step, connect with me for an appointment!
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Family conflicts
- Trauma and abuse
Addictions , LGBT , Grief , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , ADHD Read more...
LPC #007273 (Expires: 2020-09-30)
I am very thankful for Joycelyn Smith. She educates with poise for me to become better. Each session I learn something about myself to continue to be the best version of me!
Joy gives incredible advice and is always approachable, communicative, and kind. She provided me with excellent strategies to confront my anxiety and depression and helped me in a dark spot with compassion and no judgment. I highly recommend her to anyone else seeking therapy!
I’ve loved working with Joy so far. I feel affirmed and validated, especially as a woman of color. She understands and empathizes with my experiences in a way many others might not be able to. I always leave our sessions feeling more clear-headed and better equipped to take on whatever challenges life may bring!
Super upbeat, very responsive. Understanding and gentle. She really encourages my daughter and makes her laugh. We love her.
Thank you for your quick support
Respectful, honest, warm, and caring
Joycelyn has been a blessing to my life and has helped me manage guilt and grief, set boundaries in relationships, and understand how to manage my anxiety. I would highly recommend her.
It's been great working with Joy so far. She always responds in a timely manner, and even checks in on me when I haven't messaged her in a while. She's been great at helping me identify and improve upon some of the issues I'm going through.
She is a EXTREMELY kind, non-judgmental, and supporting person. She's guiding step by step to handle my anxieties as well as my grief. I would highly recommend her as well as teen counseling to a person/friend, family member, etc. who needs it!
Joycelyn is really helping me come over the trauma of my past. I feel like I am becoming a better person.