About Me

I am a California and Oregon state licensed Marriage & Family therapist with over 30 years of experience working primarily with adult men and women of various cultures. I have worked with clients that have experienced a wide range of challenges including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, addiction, and trauma (including multi-generational trauma).

My style is warm and collaborative and I utilize humor when it is appropriate to do so. My approach pulls from various sources including solution-focused, dialectical behavioral, narrative, and experiential therapies. Effective therapy must include context and incorporate the awareness of culture, ethnicity and ethnic identity in addition to gender, age, orientation, and other characteristics. My clients that come from cultural and ethnic backgrounds where mental health treatment is a particular stigma would not be found in the waiting area at a therapy office . I am especially grateful to work with these clients who have the option of this online mental health platform.

These are three of my current favorite statements. I hope they are helpful to you in some way and that perhaps we can discuss them together....

"Meditation is not something I'm doing really; it's something that I'm ceasing to do. Ceasing to be distracted by thought." - Sam Harris
“The only way to live a life without regret is to pay attention."~ Sam Harris
"Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose." ~ Viktor Frankl


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Grief
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Family conflicts , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , Abandonment , Attachment Issues , Blended Family Issues , Codependency , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Attachment-Based Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 30

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

CA LMFT 28654

OR LMFT T1997


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Joy Nussen. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Written by A.L. on Oct 05, 2022 after therapy with Joy for 2 years and 10 months on issues concerning family conflicts, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

Joy has helped me reframe the way I think about and approach problems in my daily life. She is very resourceful and can usually offer a worksheet, a website, or whatever is appropriate for the situation. One of the qualities that drew me to her as a therapist initially was that her profile said she uses humor, and that made it so easy for me to feel comfortable sharing and bringing my own situation into perspective. Joy has a keen ability to talk through a situation, allow for my tangents, and then guide me back to original topic. I'm so grateful to have worked with Joy! I would recommend her highly.

Written by H.O. on Sep 22, 2022 after therapy with Joy for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Joy is knowledgeable and kind yet straight forward and encouraging! She is inspirational and truly a JOY to work with!!!

Written by L.A. on Sep 20, 2022 after therapy with Joy for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and compassion fatigue

She has been extremely helpful in giving me insight and love the homework

Written by M.A. on Sep 17, 2022 after therapy with Joy for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, anger management, and coping with life changes

I did some research on which therapist is right for me. Finally, I found Joy and I believe I made the right choice to go with her. She is a great listener and could called out some issues quickly from my complicated situations quickly after a couple sessions. And she started to offer some skills for me to practice. Hope I can live a better and happier life after get all the issues straighten out. Thank you Joy for all your help and responsiveness!! Look forward to our next session!

Written by B.A. on Sep 16, 2022 after therapy with Joy for 6 months on issues concerning coping with life changes

Joy combines experience and maturity with a no nonsense practicality.

Written by M.E. on Sep 02, 2022 after therapy with Joy for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

Joy is a great listener and provided good resources for my particular situation. I really appreciate her warmth, humor, insight and knowledge! I highly recommend her.

Written by D.A. on Jul 25, 2022 after therapy with Joy for 1 month on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, and intimacy-related issues

Joy is a talented, knowledgeable, no nonsense therapist She gets right to the issues, makes strong useful suggestions and has helped me quickly clarify issues and directly deal. I am highly impressed.

Written by J.A. on Jul 12, 2022 after therapy with Joy for 2 weeks on issues concerning addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, bipolar disorder, and adhd

I have already recommended BetterHelp to friends and people I know! It is a very supportive platform!

Written by L.I. on Jul 07, 2022 after therapy with Joy for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, and coping with life changes

Joy is a fantastic therapist- she is empathetic and understanding while also challenging me where appropriate and helpful. She pushes me to succeed in my relationships, both familial, romantic, and professional.

Written by J.O. on Jun 27, 2022 after therapy with Joy for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes

She is wonderful!

Written by T.I. on Jun 20, 2022 after therapy with Joy for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

I am so happy to have Joy as my therapist.

Written by J.E. on Jun 06, 2022 after therapy with Joy for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, parenting issues, and self esteem

Joy has been incredibly helpful in the short time I’ve been working with her, I am deeply grateful to have her support

Written by E.R. on Apr 08, 2022 after therapy with Joy for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Joy is, well, a joy! I've had numerous therapists over the years and Joy is one of the best I've come across. She really helps put things in perspective and helps me look at things from another angle.

Written by A.N. on Apr 02, 2022 after therapy with Joy for 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

The best!

Written by V.E. on Mar 21, 2022 after therapy with Joy for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Kind and knowledgeable

Written by J.A. on Feb 03, 2022 after therapy with Joy for 1 year and 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Joy is easily the best therapist I have ever had. She is insightful, compassionate, and humorous! She seems to know everything and has helped me to successfully wrangle anxiety, depression, trauma, and codependency. Her expertise and wisdom are just incredible. I am so grateful to have found her.

Written by E.M. on Dec 13, 2021 after therapy with Joy for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and bipolar disorder

Joy is great!!

Written by J.O. on Dec 07, 2021 after therapy with Joy for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and anger management

Joy has made me realize how important talking to someone really is. She's incredible.

Written by R.O. on Dec 05, 2021 after therapy with Joy for 2 years on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, and career difficulties

Joy brings an honest, straight forward approach to her sessions. I really appreciate her candor and her focus on practical applications in addressing my issues. She has helped me tremendously.

Written by L.E. on Nov 05, 2021 after therapy with Joy for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

Joy is incredible. Every session leaves me feeling so grateful to have found her. I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking therapy.

Written by J.E. on Oct 13, 2021 after therapy with Joy for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem

Thank you! Joy is truly instrumental at being able to get at the heart behind the question (the real issue) in a matter of little time. I am impressed with how quickly she distills information to help the person get to that A-ha Moment on their own. Thank you, Joy, for also providing me tangible actions and next steps to move my life forward. She got me out of a rough time and was like the sunshine that parted my mental clouds. Highly recommend.

Written by L.U. on Jul 16, 2021 after therapy with Joy for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and family conflicts

Joy is such a gift! I have learned so much about myself and my marriage through her careful listening, questions and advice. She is a game changer and real gift to my life!

Written by G.A. on Jul 12, 2021 after therapy with Joy for 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I've been to many therapist over the last decade. I was beginning to think therapy wasn't really for me because I didn't get a lot out of it. Joy Nussen has changed that for me. She's helped guide me through some very challenging situations and emotional history with a kind but firm hand. She challenges me in just the right way, which has been instrumental for my growth and healing. Joy may not be the right fit for everyone but her style is exactly what I was looking for. I can not thank her enough for helping me onto the path I'm walking now. Full five stars!

Written by D.A. on Apr 26, 2021 after therapy with Joy for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and compassion fatigue

Joy is warm and humorous and gets to the heart of what is really going on. She’s also supportive and highlights strengths/what’s working and helps me set healthy boundaries.

Written by A.L. on Mar 12, 2021 after therapy with Joy for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, and self esteem

Joy Nussen has been an amazing to partner with. I feel she is well equipped to help me work through much of what life throws in my path by offering support, comfort and providing me with a plethora of additional tools to help me smartly and healthily navigate my way. She is insightful, patient and honest and helps me to this be way with myself as well. I am very thankful for the help Joy has given me and look forward to continuing to work with her.

Written by M.E. on Oct 19, 2020 after therapy with Joy for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

Joy is an incredible counselor and has helped me with a lot this year. She has been a reliable and attentive individual to all my concerns whether big or small. I am extremely grateful for her counseling and her genuine concern for my well being and growth.

Written by S.A. on Oct 12, 2020 after therapy with Joy for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and career difficulties

joy is fantastic. she’s honest and straightforward. she tells you want you need to hear to heal.

Written by R.O. on Oct 08, 2020 after therapy with Joy for 1 month on issues concerning relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

Joy listens and understands things that I have not said about how I am feeling. She is extremely insightful, empathetic and attentive. I love working with her to resolve the problems that I have. It makes me confident that I will heal my trauma and learn to understand myself more.

Written by T.I. on Oct 07, 2020 after therapy with Joy for 6 months on issues concerning relationship issues

I have been working with Joy since March and she has helped me change and manage my emotions in so many different aspects of my life. From family, work, romantic relationships, a loved one with addiction, the craziness of the current world... I don't know if I would have my head on straight without her. She has a been a true blessing in teaching me to take care of myself.

Written by C.H. on Sep 27, 2020 after therapy with Joy for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Joy is an amazing person and very educated in her field.

Written by H.U. on Sep 24, 2020 after therapy with Joy for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

I appreciate Joy very much. I’ve only done a few sessions with her but she really knows how to dig deep into your traumas and unfold each and every one. Be prepared to be hit with facts when working with Joy. She is super straight up which i love.

Written by S.C. on Aug 27, 2020 after therapy with Joy for 4 months on issues concerning relationship issues

I highly recommend Joy Nussen. She has a rare blend of wisdom, empathy, and positivity that I find to be extremely helpful.

Written by L.E. on Aug 26, 2020 after therapy with Joy for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Joy is very attentive and understanding. She has very good suggestions and useful tools that help me.

Written by V.I. on Jul 27, 2020 after therapy with Joy for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

Joy Nussen
Is great she listens, really helps to clear stuff up,
very good support
Very happy with her work.

Written by W.A. on Jul 27, 2020 after therapy with Joy for 10 months on issues concerning family conflicts, and grief

Joy has helped me so much in the last year. 2019 was a year of multiple losses for me, so I needed a lot of help with the grief and questions that came with it. I learned a lot about processing grief, setting boundaries clearly, and understanding my familial messaging. I don't think I would have been able to make such big strides in the past months without her help, and I am so grateful for the time and energy she gave in helping me! Thank you, Joy!

Written by B.E. on Jul 23, 2020 after therapy with Joy for 2 months on issues concerning depression, grief, and self esteem

Joy has helped me tremendously over the last few months. She was direct and offered tangible activities and handouts that were very helpful. She was able to ask questions that uncovered underlying issues. Joy is a very skilled therapist and I would recommend her to anyone needing some help in getting past issues and ready to find relief.

Written by D.A. on May 19, 2020 after therapy with Joy for 4 days on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, compassion fatigue, and adhd

AUTHENTIC! Honest, compassionate, understanding and so helpful. I’ve only had one session so far (already scheduled my second with her!) and I am already feeling like she might be the one to really help me heal. She hears me, not just listens; giving me the right tools and tips for what works best. I am so grateful!

Written by M.A. on May 04, 2020 after therapy with Joy for 5 months on issues concerning depression, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, and coping with life changes

Joy Nussen is the best thing that has happen to my life. She listens and gives very constructive was to help and if you are truly ready to help yourself she will provide all the necessary tools. So glad I found the perfect counselor for my needs.

Written by J.E. on Apr 22, 2020 after therapy with Joy for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

What I like about BetterHelp is that it's easy to "shop around" for the right fit. I found Joy on my third try. I really like working with her. She takes me as I am and works with me. She listens and offers insight and resources without being pushy or judgmental. She's a good egg, and that's important. I trust her.

Written by A.N. on Mar 18, 2020 after therapy with Joy for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety

Joy is great!!!!

Written by O.M. on Feb 19, 2020 after therapy with Joy for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem

Joy is awesome!

Written by T.I. on Feb 17, 2020 after therapy with Joy for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and compassion fatigue

My first experience with counseling was with Joy and I immediately saw results and improvements from our first sessions. It's very easy to share things with her, she's extremely kind, calm, and patient. When I have a tangled mess of emotions she can untangle them. I appreciate her wit and charm, she is able to get deeper into an issue efficiently and tactfully. I highly recommend Joy!

Written by M.A. on Jan 17, 2020 after therapy with Joy for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, self esteem, and anger management

So far we have only had one phone session, as I’m really new, but in the short time I’ve been on Better Health she has been a wonderful resource and I really appreciate Joy taking the time to listen to me and help me with MY problems and not just regurgitate some genetic quotes. She’s a real person who I feel cares. And I like that.

Written by T.E. on Dec 27, 2019 after therapy with Joy for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I've only had 2 sessions with Joy so far but in those 2 sessions I've felt something shift inside of me. I have an understanding of myself and a respect for what I've been through that I've never had before. She has help me put that into action and notice how it affects my actions and self talk daily. I had been putting off therapy for years, I'm so glad I got the courage to start BetterHelp and even happier that I chose Joy as my counselor.

Written by L.A. on Dec 02, 2019 after therapy with Joy for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, and career difficulties

Joy is warm and welcoming. I only ever spoke with her via text but felt her compassion nevertheless. She was encouraging and helped me think through many if my issues to be able to see them more clearly.

Written by A.M. on Nov 12, 2019 after therapy with Joy for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coaching, and adhd

I have had two sessions with Joy and am so appreciative of the self-awareness and strategies I've gained. Joy is supportive and has incredibly powerful insight, and what I love most is that she will challenge you. She takes an active approach and has really helped me to uncover and break through things that I didn't even realize were holding me back. I recommend her very highly.

Written by J.E. on Oct 10, 2019 after therapy with Joy for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression

Joy is no-nonsense, empathic, helpful, and skilled. She seems to be very tuned in to what people need. She makes helpful suggestions, is patient, and is available when I reach out. I would recommend her wholeheartedly.

Written by C.H. on Oct 08, 2019 after therapy with Joy for 2 weeks on issues concerning self esteem, and coaching

Joy didn't waste any time and cut right to the heart of the matter. I've never had a therapist listen so acutely and quickly, and that allowed us to dive deep on our very first call. Not only was I impressed, but our conversation also brought me a new perspective I hadn't previously considered about myself. It was a very thought-provoking discussion that is still producing fruit. I wholeheartedly recommend her, thank you Joy!

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