Mental Health Therapist/Counselor

Joy Souza, MS, PPSC

Joy has over 10 years of experience counseling learners in a variety of settings including traditional, forensic, and higher-education. She has a natural ability to build rapport with students and their families. Joy has a passion for working with at-promise youth.

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Middle School

High School





What was your path to becoming a provider?

I watched my grandfather struggle with undiagnosed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) which lead to self-medicating for a couple decades. During my formative years, my grandfather was able to get properly diagnosed and treated for PTSD stemming from World War II. The change that his therapeutic support caused for not only him but our entire family motivated me to help others.

What advice would you give to a family who is on the fence about signing up for a learning assessment (or counseling/therapy)?

I would be honored to be a part of your child's village. My goal is to support your student so they can reach their full potential including defining what that might be.

Why are you passionate about helping students with learning differences?

My passion with helping students with learning differences began because they are prevalent in my family. I identify as neurodivergent and believe it is one of the greatest gifts I have been given. I was taught tools for dealing with my specific combination of learning differences. When that occurred and entire world opened up in front of me. I want to share that world with others.

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