Photo By  Katie Snyder

Photo By Katie Snyder

About Joy

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Georgia and have been working in the field since 2010.  I help people who want to achieve more balance in their life, decrease feelings of depression, and/or navigate difficult life transitions and relationships.

I believe strongly in the power of therapy to help you find clarity and fulfillment in your life. In my own experience, I know how difficult it can be to make that phone call and allow yourself to be vulnerable with a complete stranger. That's why building a trusting, non-judgmental therapeutic relationship with my clients is paramount to my work as a therapist. In this way, I view therapy as a team effort where we build trust and then work together to find the most effective methods for achieving your goals. I also try to make it fun and crack a few corny jokes along the way.

You can expect me to provide a safe, compassionate environment where you can process your emotions and experiences, while also learning practical strategies to begin to create that safe space for yourself in your daily life.  My wide range of experience allows me to tailor sessions to meet your individual needs.
 


I was born and raised in Georgia but spent 5 years in North Carolina after graduating college. I now live in Atlanta with my husband and 2 dogs. I enjoy hiking, yoga, cooking, and trying new restaurants. I'll try any type of food at least once.  I think of myself as a careful, well-prepared adventurer.

Licensure

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), State of Georgia, 2016-present

Licensed Masters Social Worker (LMSW), State of Georgia, 2015-2016

Licensed Clinical Social Work Associate (LCSWA), State of North Carolina, 2013-2015


Education

Master of Social Work, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2013

Bachelor of Social Work, University of Georgia, 2010


Specialized Training

Yoga & Meditation in Psychotherapy, by Lena Franklin, LCSW & Alyce Wellons, LCSW, 2017

Mental Health Ethics & the Provision of Telemental Services, by Charles Safford, LCSW, 2016

Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Practitioner, by Dr. Karyn Purvis, Dr. David Cross & team, Fort Worth, TX, 2016


Experience

I received my Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Georgia in 2010. While at UGA, I completed my social work internship with Clarke County School's Early Learning Family Engagement program.

After graduating from UGA, I moved to western North Carolina to work at a psychiatric treatment facility for children and teens. This was some of the the hardest and most rewarding work I have ever been privileged to do.  I also worked as a shift supervisor at a therapeutic boarding school for adolescent girls before attending graduate school.

I received my Master of Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013. While there, I worked at Duke University Medical Center as a clinical social work intern, helping patients of all ages navigate their medical care and the emotional & social toll that their medical issues brought to their life. 

After getting my masters degree, I worked as a therapist for children, teenagers, and their families . I also worked as a counselor for an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), providing telephonic counseling support to working adults and their families from all over the world. 

Before opening my own practice in Atlanta, I was a case manager at a group home facility, helping to ensure foster children in 3 different group homes received the treatment they needed.