Thank you for visiting my website and getting a glimpse of who I am. My name is Joy Boatman but most of my clients call me Dr. Joy. I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist as well as a Life and Business Coach practicing in the historic neighborhood of South Park. I provide children, teens, adults, couples and families with support for all of their life transition issue, such as death, divorce and deployment. I have extensive experience with trauma and address such issues as domestic violence, child abuse, relational aggression (aka girl bullying), and cyberbullying. I run a successful after school program at numerous schools in the San Diego area addressing girl bullying issues and I am often presenting to small or large groups of students, parents, teachers, administrators or other professionals throughout North America on the topics of social media, cyberbullying or relational aggression.
People often ask me what I do for my living, and when I tell them they almost always assume that it must be a very distressing job. But the reality is that I love my work. I have the privilege of seeing people make positive changes in their lives every day. I get to witness brave men, women, teenagers and children confront difficult and painful problems or situations. Through this relationship I watch them grow and become more confident, develop a stronger sense of themselves and come to terms with significant loss. I always feel excited and immensely privileged to be a part of that journey and applaud those who have the courage to look inward and realize how strong and resilient they truly are. I encourage my clients to welcome change through proactive, forward looking and at times playful experiences that leave them feeling powerful, positive, nurtured and accepted. So, no, I don’t find my work distressing, even as I empathize and feel with those who are struggling to find their way out of distressing situations.