Professionally, I am a trained counselor educator (Ph.D.) & licensed clinical social worker (LCSW-R) with twenty-one years of clinical experience. 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:
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.
In addition to counseling individuals and families I am also involved with the following:
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:
2014: M.S., Higher Education Administration, University of Rochester
2008: Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision: Regent University
2000: M.S.W., Social Work: Roberts Wesleyan College
1992: B.A., Communication Arts: Roberts Wesleyan College
2012: Licensed Clinical Social Worker "R" (Reimbursement) Privilege
2012: Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
2011: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) - Level 1 & 2
2010: DBT Skills Training and Behavioral Analysis for the Therapist
2008: L.C.S.W., (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) New York State (#076370)
2004: Critical Incident Stress Management Level One Training Certified
2000: Disaster Mental Health Training Certified (Red Cross)
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:
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 is a very caring individual who honestly connects with others' needs and helps them make necessary changes to improve the quality of their life. She has the ability to lead a person through a crisis and bring about a positive result. I like her complete attention, concern, and focus on my issues and the direction she gives that helps me overcome my problems and work toward a better quality of life. I like the fact that Joyce has 'been there'. She's not one of those counselors who puts on airs of being better than you and she is willing to be vulnerable and transparent enough to share some of her own experience in order to help you with your issues."