Karen Joyce, MA, LMHC

My therapeutic areas include treating mood disorders, relationship issues, transitions, trauma and self-esteem, transitions, and the process of grief and bereavement. I have worked with clients in hospice, inpatient psychiatric, partial hospitalization programs, and outpatient clinics, outreach clinician in schools and community; and as Clinical Specialist for the Department of Mental Health.

My interests include: identifying dysfunctional patterns and relationships; strengthening coping skills; anger management; setting healthy boundaries and the personality integration process. By examining our patterns of behavior and relationship over time, we set the stage for understanding and identifying the barriers to psychological and emotional growth.

I use an eclectic mix of CBT, Mind-Body Stress Reduction and psychoeducation about the effect of stress and trauma on the body. I frequently use expressive therapy with clients including art therapy, sand-tray, mandalas, visualization, the relaxation response, the use of metaphor, and play therapy. Some of my theoretical influences come from analytical psychology, Yalom’s therapeutic factors, Narrative Therapy and Full Catastrophe Living.

My background includes training and education in the fields Fine Art, Mind-Body Stress Reduction, Art Therapy, Systems Analysis, Mental Health Counseling and Education. I have a BS from the University of Wisconsin, an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, an MA in Art Therapy and Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University, Cambridge, MA. I also have taken graduate classes in Art Therapy and Psychology at University of California-Berkeley, Harvard University, and in Creative Art Therapy, Pratt University in New York.




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