Mental Health Therapy
Specializing in Trauma
I am passionate about helping people to experience healing from the negative effects of trauma. It is an honor to be part of a person's journey toward getting their life back. Trauma is a personal experience, and I seek to meet clients where they are. I believe that healing is possible for all types of psychological wounds experienced in life.
I primarily work from the Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy approach, which is an alternative to traditional talk therapy. EMDR Therapy can lessen or eliminate the emotional disturbance of past traumatic memories by promoting healing of the whole person. Many people who have tried talk therapy without success have found this type of therapy to offer the healing they were seeking. I work from an integrative approach that incorporates various modalities that coincide well with the EMDR approach to support effective treatment.
I am certified in Pain Reprocessing Therapy, which is a therapy approach for people with chronic pain and those who have perfectionistic tendencies or those who put high pressure on themselves. Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT) is a newer therapy that helps to lessen or eliminate chronic pain. I became interested in PRT as part of my own journey of chronic pain and have found it to be effective for myself and my patients. PRT is focused on feeling safe in your body and helps to decrease the amount of pressure you put on yourself. Treatment involves somatic tracking in which you allow and notice your body's discomfort in session without trying to change it or push it away. This helps a person to feel safer in their body instead of being afraid of the pain or trying to push it away. When you feel safer in your body, the pain is lessened or eliminated.
My name is Joy Paul, LPC, NCC. I received my master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Liberty University. I was trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy in March 2019. I became certified in Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT) in July of 2022. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Oregon and a National Certified Counselor (NCC).
Victim Assistance Training by Office for Victims of Crime (40 hours; 2017)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Basic Training Levels I and II (40 hours; 2019) - Personal Transformation Institute
Gestalt Experience Weekend (14 hours; 2019) - The Contact Institute
Managing and Preventing Burnout (4 Hours; 2019) - NetCe
Borderline Personality Disorder (6 Hours; 2019) - NetCE
When the Body Becomes the Weapon: Trauma Related Disordered Eating (6 Hours; 2020) - Personal Transformation Institute
Diving Deep into DBT Skills (10 Hours; 2020) - Portland DBT Insititute
Advanced Master Program on the Treatment of Trauma (12 Hours; 2020) - NICABM
Demystifying Autism Spectrum Disorder (3 Hours; 2021) - WOMHA
Neurobiology with Heart (12 Hours; 2022) - Academy of Therapy Wisdom
Treating Affairs and Trauma Gottman Method (17 Hours; 2022) - PESI
Pain Reprocessing Therapy (12 Hours; 2022)- Pain Reprocessing Center Therapy Center