Are you struggling with issues or trauma from your past?
Are you longing for a life filled with meaning and purpose?
Most people who are looking for counseling or life coaching have a variety of questions including:
What is mental health?
Is there hope? Solutions? Healing?
Will I be heard? Understood? Accepted? Supported?
Can I continue to grow? Change? Achieve? Excel?
These are great questions and my hope is that you can find some answers on the following pages. Once you know a little more about me, I also hope you will consider my services. When working with clients, I specifically try to help them reach the following goals:
Development of a more integrated sense of self
Experience increased individual meaning and purpose for their lives
Development of respectful and enduring relationships with others
Experience restoration, so they can live their life to the fullest potential
When you are ready to take the next step I encourage you to call and ask any questions you may have - it's the best way to determine whether I could be a good fit for your particular situation. Whatever happens, you'll likely get some valuable information... and perhaps be on your way to a life marked by personal contentment, rewarding relationships and authenticity! Joyce
About Me: Professionally, I am a trained counselor educator (Ph.D.) & licensed clinical social worker (LCSW-R) with sixteen years of clinical experience. In addition to counseling individuals and families I am also involved with the following:
Providing clinical supervision for licensed therapists & master/doctoral level students
Speaking at conferences, workshops and other addresses locally & nationally
Delivering psychological consultation services for non-for-profit agencies & educational institutions
Teaching at the undergraduate, graduate & doctoral levels
Writing publications including peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters & book reviews
You may also want to know I am a Christian and will incorporate spiritual beliefs with those clients who feel this would be helpful. I believe in maintaining a healthy sense of humor and do my best to achieve a good work/life balance. Overall, I strive to live out these three core values:
Integrity - a life characterized by character & transparency
Authenticity - being genuine, real & honest with myself & others
Compassion - a true display of empathy & mercy towards others
Not that I do any of the above perfectly (by any means),but I do try to put into practice many of the principles I talk with others about.
Therapeutically I borrow from several different schools of thought. When doing psychotherapy I tend to work from a perspective that includes practical skills (such as are found within the realm of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) and believe many people can find relief of their symptoms within a brief time frame. I also firmly believe each person has multiple strengths and that experiencing a truly therapeutic relationship is an important factor in causing lasting changes.
Some of my core therapeutic beliefs include the following:
Individuals are part of systems (family, work, church) & what we do (or don't do) affects these systems (Bowen, Satir)
Individuals are faced with critical tasks at key periods in their life (Erikson, Kohlberg)
Individuals are free to make choices, but must temper this freedom with personal responsibility (Frankl, Yalom)
Individuals are responsible for their own thoughts, feelings & actions (Adler, Glasser)
Individuals are shaped both by their past as well as who they desire to become in the future (Jung)
Individuals are also shaped tremendously by their social & cultural environment (Adler, White)
Individuals have meaning, no matter what their circumstances may be (Frankl, Kierkegaard)
Individuals will have a better life (marked by greater contentment with self & others) if they can learn to fully appreciate & live life in the present moment (Linehan, Perls)
Individuals will make mistakes but can learn to correct these, and regardless, can learn to love themselves (Ellis)
Individuals will experience therapeutic change if they have someone in their life who is fully present genuine, and truly empathic (Nouwen, Rogers, Yalom)
2008 Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision: Regent University
2014 M.S., Higher Education Administration, University of Rochester
2000 M.S.W., Social Work: Roberts Wesleyan College
1992 B.A., Communication Arts: Roberts Wesleyan College
Licenses, Certifications & Trainings:
2012 Licensed Clinical Social Worker "R" (Reimbursement) Privilege