JOY MORRIS, Ph.D.|
THERAPIST, INTERN SUPERVISOR
Joy is a licensed Counseling Psychologist. She is originally from DeLand, Florida, where she grew up on a lake, alligators and all. She enjoyed all sorts of water sports on the lake as a child such as water skiing, tubing, canoeing, swimming, and also body surfing at the ocean 30 miles away. She received her B.A. from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina in 1984. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, in Carbondale, Illinois in 1992. She has been licensed in the state of Utah since 1994. She worked in private practice settings from 1992 to 2000 and in community mental health settings from 2000 until 2003 when she joined our staff here at Sorensonís Ranch.
Joy has worked for Sorensonís for the past six years and has enjoyed providing individual, group, and family therapy to our students. She works with a broad range of mental health issues including mood disorders, attachment disorders, substance abuse, grief, oppositional defiance, divorce, child abuse, and other unresolved trauma. Her area of expertise is working through and releasing old unresolved trauma and its impact on oneís current life. She has been trained in EMDR, which is a therapeutic technique that is especially effective in releasing trauma. EMDR has a lot of evidenced-based research proving its effectiveness with children and adolescents as well as adults.
Joy lives 40 miles away in Torrey, Utah, ten miles from the beautiful red rock Capital Reef National Park. She enjoys hiking with her dog on her days off and enjoys growing a fairly large garden in the summer time. She also enjoys working the twenty-six fruit trees in her fruit orchard. Her gentle Border Collie/Brittany Spaniel mix dog, Juniper, can be seen from time to time on campus. Sometimes she brings Juniper to work to serve as an informal therapy dog. She has found that students delve into some of their most difficult experiences when Juniper is lying on the couch right beside them serving as their personal support group.