Joy has been working in the mental health field since 2005. She earned her Master of Arts in Professional Counseling (MAPC) and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (BA) from Ottawa University, along with two Certification of Advanced Degrees in Clinical Counseling and Trauma, Abuse and Deprivation (CAGS). She has credentials from the National Board of Certified Counselors as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Board Certified-TeleMental Health Provider (BC-TMH).
Joy is independently licensed in the state of Florida (LMHC-#9977) and Arizona (LPC-#13114). Joy has experience and training in different therapy modalities of cognitive behavioral therapy, brief solution-focused therapy, TIR, along with EMDR. Joy works with adolescents and adults, including individuals, groups, and couples. She assists clients who want to cope better with stress, anxiety, depression, and have healthier relationships with themselves and others. She has worked with spiritual issues, self-empowerment, and self-esteem, as well as personal growth, transitions, and life changes.
Joy specializes in the treatment and healing of trauma and abuse, as well as PTSD utilizing trauma reducing therapies. Joy has worked with all different cultural backgrounds, spiritual beliefs, and populations, including military, military families, adolescents, homeless, veterans, seriously mentally ill, women, and anyone who is interested in personal growth, healing and empowerment. She has taught classes, workshops, facilitated groups, and made presentations.
Joy is strength-based and believes that when there is choice and power of emotion behind that choice, change will happen. She will help you feel comfortable and give you a safe space in which to share. She is gentle in her approach and won't push you, but help to encourage you to become the best version of yourself that you can be!
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Trauma and abuse
I also have experience in Addictions, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue
LPC #13114 (Expires: 2020-10-01)
LMHC #9977 (Expires: 2021-03-01)
Marla (Joy) Carmen is a wonderful counselor. She is professional and very knowledgeable. She has helped me identify and begin working on my personal issues. I highly recommend her as a counselor.
Marla is an absolute joy to communicate with! She’s very patient, addresses all points that are brought up, offers different approaches to find which fits you best, and is so sweet to top it off.
Joy has been such an essential part of my healing process. I can’t say enough about how wonderful she is.