Well done for taking this first step towards being your best self. It is normal to feel apprehensive about reaching out for help. It is my aim to reduce the barriers to counseling with flexible availability and approaches that work for you! I believe in meeting people where they are at and providing them with an enriching experience that equips them to meet their goals. With over 25 years of experience as a social worker, including extensive international work, I have worked with a large range of clients across the lifespan, with a broad range of needs, desires, and wants. My practice style is relational, strength-based, and individualized. In counseling you can expect professional, empathetic, and targeted support to facilitate the changes you want to achieve. I believe strongly in helping people to leverage their strengths, build resilience, and heal from grief and loss, trauma, and other adversities that they have experienced. I am passionate about giving back to the community. Therefore, I have volunteered in many capacities through-out my career. Currently I am a volunteer assistant swim coach for a local university, where I support athletes to find their feet, navigate the demands of college life, and develop important life skills. I have extensive experience working with young adults as they make important life transitions and forge their unique life paths. As part of my practice I also work with adults with relationship concerns, career challenges, anxiety, and depression. At the core of my work is a belief in the power of transformation through connections, empowerment, and healing. My personal and professional philosophy is that what binds us all together are some common needs, desires, and wants. People want to have a voice and to be heard. We are wired for connections and relationships. Fundamentally we want and need to feel that we belong and have a place in this world. We all have our fears, doubts, and unique experiences that shape our sense of self, choices, and world view. We all have mountains to climb, barriers to overcome, and pains to bear and heal. The idea of counseling is to gain the support and tools you need when you need it most. I look forward to meeting you, learning about you, and helping you during your life journey.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Coping with life changes, ADHD, Body Image, Cancer, Divorce and Separation, First Responder Issues, Guilt and Shame, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Mood Disorders, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Post-traumatic Stress, Self-Love, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
GA LCSW CSW003073
She’s great! I appreciate and value her expertise and insight.
Written on Oct 31, 2022 after therapy with Joy for 2 years and 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and adhd
Joy is kind and caring. She is a great communicator and knows when to listen and how to guide the session so you get the most out of your time together. Her insight is relevant to your situation and her advice and suggestions are well-thought out and given with a sincere heart. She is a true professional and has a lot of knowledge and experience and is able to pull from that and give you the best next steps in your specific situation. She is trustworthy and a great therapist. I appreciate her for helping me, teaching me new tools and providing solid advice on next steps to my goal in healing and improving my life. Thank you, Joy!
Written on Jun 30, 2020 after therapy with Joy for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes
Dr. Kelleher has been fantastic and supportive. She is quick to respond and always knows what to say to help
Written on May 23, 2020 after therapy with Joy for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and self esteem
She’s been very helpful.
Written on May 13, 2020 after therapy with Joy for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue
Joy is experienced, and apparently that really matters! In the past, I've had bad therapists, and I've had pretty good therapists, but Joy a great therapist. A very good listener. Doesn't rush me. Responds to the chat quickly and thoughtfully. Thanks, Joy!
Written on Apr 25, 2020 after therapy with Joy for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and adhd
I really enjoy working with Joy. She has a calming and reassuring presence and makes me feel like I can handle what's going on in my life.
Written on Apr 22, 2020 after therapy with Joy for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and career difficulties