Dr. Joy Heafner is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in couples therapy. She is passionate about helping couples create highly functional relationships defined by respect, admiration, and happiness.
Joy's approach combines two evidence-based treatments for couples: Emotionally Focused Therapy and the Gottman Method. She offers clients tools to communicate effectively and manage conflicts, while also getting to the bottom of why conflict is happening in the first place. Her style is direct, nonjudgmental, and empathic. After working with Joy, clients feel more connected with each other and more confident that they have the skills to handle problems as they arise.
Joy’s goal is to ensure that her clients see real progress. She takes a feedback-informed approach, meaning she regularly asks you how the therapy is going, what is working, and what could be better. Just like in the relationships she treats, Joy believes that if something isn’t working in the therapy process, then it’s important to talk about it and make adjustments accordingly.
Joy conducts therapy online anywhere in Rhode Island or Connecticut. She strives to create an environment that is safe and welcoming for folks of any gender, sexual orientation, and relationship style.
Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges through strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love
Communication issues - Developing effective interpersonal skills in relationships withpartners, families, and co-workers; using healthy methods of communication to convey needs and respond to others
Relationships - Exploring needs and wants in a satisfying relationship; exploring patterns in your relationship history and addressing concerns to establish the insight and skills necessary for a fulfilling relationship
Premarital counseling - Providing a safe and neutral environment for couples to explore expectations and prepare for the rewards and challenges of marriage
Joy Heafner is not in-network with any insurances.
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Years of Experience: 7 years
Private Practice, 2020 - Present
United Services, Inc., 2018 - 2020
Stafford Family Services, 2013 - 2018
University of Connecticut, PhD, 2018
University of Connecticut, MA, 2014
University of Chicago, MS, 2008
Illinois College, BS, 2006