Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist
Fully Trained EMDR Therapist
Joy is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. She specializes in the treatment of complex trauma, dissociative disorders, and pregnancy & infant loss. She holds a Master of Arts in Marriage, Family, & Individual Counseling and is a fully trained EMDR Therapist. She also holds an Advanced Certificate in Complex Trauma & Dissociation from The Center for Advanced Studies in Trauma & Dissociation, a division of The International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation. She is certified by Trauma Institute International as a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist-Sex Trafficking & Exploitation. Typically Joy treats individuals and families who have experienced child abuse and neglect, childhood sexual abuse, sexual assault, human trafficking, domestic violence, pregnancy & infant loss, and other types of trauma. She offers individual and group therapy.
Joy is the mother of five amazing humans on earth & four babies lost to miscarriage and stillbirth. She is a survivor of child abuse, neglect, and domestic violence. She is passionate about helping other survivors recover from trauma as they find their voice and grow in their capacity to experience true and lasting joy.
Prior to becoming a therapist Susanna served as the director of New Creation Birth Services. In many ways her experiences as a birth & bereavement doula and childbirth educator prepared her for her role as therapist. Providing comfort and education about how to cope with the pain of labor and the challenges of parenting, in particular walking with families through grief & loss, gave her experience with being a witness & support to those enduring suffering & adversity. She continues to serve a limited number of birth clients.