Maryjoy is a National Board Certified Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). She is an EMDRIA-approved EMDR trained therapist with experience implementing a trauma-informed approach to help children and adolescents, adults, and families heal from past adverse experiences. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Professional Honor Society, earning a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Phoenix. Maryjoy’s passion for serving others influenced past roles in family support and high needs behavior management as well as group facilitation for parents of traumatized children and intensive outpatient adult and adolescent groups focused on harm-reduction and skill-building using dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). Prior to pursuing her Masters degree, Maryjoy was a restaurant manager and model striving to work in law enforcement. She made it halfway through the police officer hiring and exam process with hopes to help improve mental health issues through public service before deciding to become a therapist with a goal to help those who serve in law enforcement, military, and other first responders as well as victims of crime, and individuals and families in distress or that have experienced trauma.
What does a trauma-informed approach mean for your treatment?
Understanding our history of traumatic or disturbing experiences and how they may continue to impact our perception of safety and stability, our core beliefs, and our current relationships, can provide insight on many of the emotions and challenges we face in our daily lives.
We all experience differently, and your story is unique. It is yours, as is your treatment process. My approach is to meet you where you are, and to collaborate with you through transparency, communication, and awareness of your goals, needs, and readiness to engage in each phase of the treatment process. You are the expert when it comes to you and your experience. I will honor your process, follow your pace, and acknowledge your cues reflecting readiness for new levels of growth.
Trauma occurs when an event is experienced or perceived as life-threatening or physically or emotionally harmful.; it can be anything that causes the mind/body/spirit to be overwhelmed and shut down. These experiences are encoded in implicit memory and can lead to difficulty or inability to function in our daily activities. Symptoms can manifest physically, emotionally, psychologically, and in behaviors related to survival responses.
Depression and anxiety show up in a variety of ways and can be caused by a range or combination of factors related to genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological elements. Due to the different types and levels of depression and anxiety treatment is tailored to the individual based on assessment of history, needs, and responses to interventions.