Joyce Fu, LMHC, ATR
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and Registered Art Therapist (ATR), holding a Masters of Art (M.A.) degree in Art Therapy from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Occupational Therapy from medical school in Taiwan. I have over 10 years counseling experience from inpatient hospitals and outpatient mental health agencies in the private, state, and military sector, with a concentration in PTSD/trauma recovery, stress reduction, insight development, emotion regulation and anger management, depression and anxiety reduction, body image and self-esteem issues, coping with chronic mental illness, and supporting special needs populations to include those struggling with ADHD or autism. I am fluent in both Mandarin and English, and my experience has taught me to respect the unique differences in each client’s cultural background and personal history. I find it very fulfilling to work with a diverse range of clients, and have been honored to work with many immigrants, war refugees, military personnel, and people struggling with long-term chronic mental illness.
Psychological Evaluation & Psychotherapy, Art Therapy
My primary areas of focus:
Art Therapy for all (ages).
Adults and Adolescents: PTSD and trauma recovery.
Survivors of childhood (trauma) from (abuse,) impaired attachment, (or) pathological parenting.
Immigrants with acculturation issues, particularly Asian Americans (or) Chinese Asian Americans.
Depression and anxiety, stress reduction, insight development, emotion regulation and anger management, body image (concerns), (personal) identity, and self-esteem issues.
Children: PTSD and trauma recovery, Anxiety, separation anxiety, extreme shyness, and challenging social functioning. Adoption and attachment issues.
ADHD, attention, impulse control, self-regulation and behavioral issues. ASD with interests in working with expressive art therapy.
My Therapy Approach:
Working with children. Play is the natural language children use to express their inner sense of how they experience life. Through creative art making, play, and symbolic expression, children communicate their inner world. When they feel genuinely heard and seen, healing starts to occur. Therapeutic processes heightens their strengths, help them express their needs, and teach them to cope with stressful situations in a safe and nurturing environment with a compassionate witness. The therapy process thus enhances coping skills, self-regulation, judgment, and social intelligence. When working with children, I utilize art therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness approaches, children focusing techniques based on Eugene Gendlin’s focusing oriented psychotherapy, and sensory integration concepts from my occupational therapy experience.
As parents, you may learn children focusing techniques to help guide your children to their own inner wisdom and to help them trust their intuition when facing life challenges and ambiguity. With younger children, therapy may focus on adaptive behavioral learning; therefore, parental involvement is one of the key ingredients for successful results.
Working with adults and adolescents I endeavor to provide you with a safe environment, non-judgmental attitude, compassionate alliance, and to work with you collaboratively to move past what had been causing you to feel painfully stuck or emotionally overwhelmed. Your suffering could be from unresolved childhood or adult traumas, current stress, interpersonal conflicts, loss and grieving, depression, anxiety, or maladaptive coping such as addictions and destructive behaviors.
My counseling approach is to first help you clarify your presenting problems from an integrated mind-body-environment perspective. I utilize mindfulness to help you to develop clarity in the present moment, and art therapy and focusing-oriented psychotherapy to help you explore and embrace your inner wisdom and natural capacity for healing. Effective therapy relies on experiential learning, and through CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) and DBT (dialectical behavior therapy), we can compose an action plan together to develop new coping skills and better support your recovery. Ultimately, I believe that every human being strives to live a meaningful, fulfilling, and happy life with positive social experience. I work to validate each client’s unique personality strengths, resources, supports, and inherent capacity to change their current situation towards a better quality of life. I am dedicated to continual professional development through the newest empirically researched treatment methods, and seek to combine this knowledge with a compassionate client-centered perspective.