Joy Walsh is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who strives to work with her clients everyday to help them create a lifestyle that is genuine and pushes them to meet their potential. Joy is most interested in working with adolescents, the millennial generation, and women, although is open to any client who is sincere in their curiosity and efforts for self-improvement. Her training and experience has provided her with the opportunity to focus on many treatment issues and concerns, specifically anxiety, depression, women’s issues, stress, self-esteem, trauma, relationship or family conflict. Starting with validating emotions, Joy continues enhancing the personal connection she has with each client by helping them gain insight to their own patterns, make sense of life’s challenges, and strengthen the motivation they have for effective changes. Individual, family or marital counseling are all options when working with her.
Joy’s education earned her a BA in Human Services from Millikin University, Masters in Social Work from Aurora University, and a Type 73 certification as a School Social Worker. She is also a member of the National Association of Social Workers. Prior to joining The Lighthouse, her background included working in many different settings, such as schools, residential and outpatient units of an addictions treatment center, and community mental health and support agencies. Joy continues to work closely with families impacted by substance use by facilitating the Family Program for Footprints to Recovery at Brooktree. Once earning her Clinical License, she has very much enjoyed supervising interns and licensure candidates.